As you continue your road trip to the south of Cebu, you will approach the southern tip of the island. The southern tip of the island features numerous natural attractions that can put a smile on the face any nature lover who wants to venture in this part of the island.
Just before you reach the southernmost tip of the island, you should stop by the town of Oslob. The town was supposedly named Oslob due to miscommunication between two Spaniards and a couple resting under a nigad tree. The natives were soaking boiled banana in vinegar before eating it. When the Spaniards asked for the name of the town, the natives thought they were asking what they were doing, so they answered “toslob,” which means to soak. The Spaniards thought the name of the town was Toslob and it was later changed to Oslob after a period of time. The town features rolling hills with some open grasslands and forests. The town also has one of the best shorelines in the southern part of Cebu.
Santander is the southernmost town in the island of Cebu. While it is a relatively young municipality as compared to the other towns on the island, it does have a number of places that may pique your interest. The town was once named after the waters of the Tañon Strait, Tanyong. The town was also once a part of the parish of Boljoon before it became an independent political unit during the time of the Americans.
After visiting Santander, the next town you will visit is the town of Samboan. The name of the town is the shortened version of the word “sinamboang,” which is a fishing method used by local fishermen. According to historians, the town was spotted on a reconnaissance mission by the Spaniards when Miguel Lopez de Legazpi first arrived in Cebu. The town was originally a part of Barili before it became independent in 1784. Even as the town started to progress over the years, it still retained its heritage as shown on its century-old structures.
The town of Ginatilan will be your next stop in your road trip to the southern part of Cebu. The town was once a part of Samboan. The name of the town comes from the word “hinatdan,” which means bringing things to the place, since people used to bring things needed to celebrate mass at the place. The name eventually evolved to Ginatilan since the Spaniards did not find it easy to pronounce “hinatdan.” Ginatilan is also the hometown of the second Filipino saint, St. Pedro Calungsod.
After you’ve had your fill of the delicacies in the town of Ginatilan, your next stop is Malabuyoc. The town is located in the southwestern part of the island of Cebu. It features gently sloping to rough terrain. A local legend explains how the name of the town came to be. According to the legend, the town once had numerous fruit trees, such as cacao, mango, and lanzones. The branches of these trees would bend down due to the heavy weight of the fruits, which is described as “buyoc” in Cebuano. Since this was a typical sight in the place, the town was called Buyoc. But another story indicates that the name of the town was derived from “mala,” which is Spanish for bad or dry, and the native term for “pouring milled corn into a pot” or “nagbuyoc.”