The name of the town came from the “badyang” plant, which was abundant in the area. Since it was not easy for the Spaniards to pronounce the name, the “g” was removed while the letter ”y” was replaced with “i.” It was once under the Parish of Barili before it separated in 1825. The Santiago de Apostle Parish Church of Badian has a unique appearance with its odd-looking façade and quadrilateral columns that support a triangular pediment. The belfry was originally located on top of the pediment before it was removed and rebuilt beside it upon the recommendation of the National Historical Institute.
When one thinks of Badian, an image of its most famous tourist attraction comes to mind, the Kawasan Falls. The falls has three levels and is the destination of most tourists visiting the town. Aside from taking a dip at the waterfalls, tourists can also join a canyoneering activity from Barangay Matutinao where the falls is located to Barangay Compostela at the Municipality of Alegria. But, these activities have been suspended by the authorities until August. The falls is also a part of the Matutinao River System, which received multiple awards for being the cleanest inland body of water in the entire archipelago.
The Lambug Beach is one of the hidden treasures of Badian where visitors can get away from the stress of city life. The white sand beach is located in Barangay Lambug and visitors can pitch a tent to stay overnight for free. The beach also has a number of resorts offering reasonably-priced accommodations.
While Osmeña Peak is considered a part of Mantalongon in Dalaguete, it is technically within the town of Badian. It is the highest peak in the Cebu with an elevation of around 1,000 meters above sea level. It is a part of the Mantalongon mountain range and offers a 360-degree view of the island.