The town of Malabuyoc is located in the southern part of the island. Its name supposedly came from the Cebuano term “buyoc,” which means to bend down heavily. The name is based on a story indicating that the town was once abundant in many fruit-bearing trees, like mangoes, cacaos, and lanzones, among others. Some of these trees apparently had so much fruits that they would bend down due to the weight.
The Binuyocan Festival of Malabuyoc is celebrated in honor of the patron saint of the town, San Nicolas de Tolentino. It is held on September 9 and 10. The festival is highlighted by a dance competition, which is typical of many town festivals on Cebu. The participants of the competition are students from different elementary and high schools in the town.
Your journey to Malabuyoc starts at the Cebu South Bus Terminal where you can get on a bus headed for the town. The trip will take around four hours depending on the traffic. There are numerous options for you if aim to stay in the town for a few days in your visit.
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