The town was once known as Tabugokan, which is derived from the word “tabugok.” The tabugok is an octopus that was once abundant in the area. Whenever people on the way to the place were asked where they were going, they would answer “sa tabugokan” or the place where the octopus lives. It was also a part of the town of Tuburan before it became a separate town. The town is also home to a number of tourist spots, including the Gumbang Spring and the Maravilla Beach.
The annual festival of Tabuelan is celebrated on June 24 of every year. The Ani-Anihan Festival is held in honor of the patron saint of the town, S t. John the Baptist. The term “ani-anihan” is derived from the Cebuano word “ani,” which means harvest. The Ani-Anihan Festival essentially celebrates the bountiful harvest the residents have each year. It features a street dancing competition that showcases one of the primary sources of livelihood of the residents of the town.
You can reach Tabuelan by getting on bus headed for the town at the Cebu North Bus Terminal. This route passes through Danao City and the town of Sogod before reaching Tabuelan. The trip takes around three to four hours, depending on the traffic. Another option is to ride on a vehicle for hire at the Ayala Center Cebu Terminal to the town of Tuburan. After reaching Tuburan you can ride on a tricycle or motorcycle for hire to Tabuelan.