A peaceful and quiet second-class municipality named Medellin can be found in Cebu's northern part. Its total land area is 7,382.33 hectares, while population is 50,047 people according to the 2010 census. The town is considered as one of the 9 municipalities that comprise the 4th Congressional District of Cebu Province.
Medellin's 19 barangays are as follows:
- Dalingding Sur
- Caputatan Norte
- Caputatan Sur
- Lamintak Norte
- Don Virgilio Gonzales
- Lamintak Sur
The name Medellin comes from a Spanish city with the same name located in the province of Bajadoz, which is in Spain's Extremadura Region. It became a municipality in September 9, 1881 by virtue of a royal decree that was promulgated by Queen Isabel of Spain. Before it was declared as a municipality, Medellin was part of Daanbantayan, a first-class municipality found in the northernmost tip of Cebu.
The town's main agricultural products are sugarcane, coconuts, fruits, and corn. Just like any other Cebu province, Medellin has an annual town fiesta celebrated every April 26 and 27.
A 30-minute boat ride from Barangay Mahawak will take you to Medellin's hidden gem called Gibitngil “Funtastic” Island. It boasts of blue-green waters, white sands, and huge rock formations, which are perfect for an exciting cliff diving experience. Find out more info about how fantastic this attraction really is by reading our previous post.
Medellin Zip-Away and Tarzan Jump
For as low as 50 pesos and 25 pesos, you'll have the chance to experience the municipality's exciting zip line and Tarzan jump (respectively)! The prices are these low since these outdoor activities are operated by the Municipality of Medellin and located in a government-owned eco-adventure park. To enjoy the rides and be mesmerized by an evergreen view, go to Barangay Caputatan Norte.
There's probably no other Cebu province that has this kind of attraction. It's a secluded resort in Barangay Tindug that features a half-kilometer pathway of a bamboo footbridge in the middle of the sea connecting to a peaceful and quiet cottage, thus the name “hideaway”. The cottages placed on beautiful sea rocks will definitely give you the privacy that you need!
Dagusungan River Cruise
If you want to go nature tripping in this northern municipality, the Dagusungan River is the perfect destination for you. Aside from the fact that you will see a mesmerizing range of mangroves, you'll also enjoy a kayaking trip that will take you to the 1.9-kilometer tranquil river stretch from Caputatan Norte to Caputatan Sur or the 2.8-kilometer route from Poblacion to Caputatan Norte.
Medellin Discovery Reef
This one's for all diving enthusiasts. Explore the rich waters of Medellin through the Discovery Reef, which lets you dive around a pristine stretch of coral gardens from Polambato canal to Daanbantayan's water boundary.
In Barangay Dayhagon, you will find the Mercedes Plantation Golf and Country Club that has international standards and is frequently visited by foreign visitors. It boasts of 145 fully equipped guestrooms, stunning garden views, and luxurious amenities that include a pool and a wide golf course. More details can be read on our previous post.
Other must-go attractions in Medellin are the Dayhaganon Canal, Watch Tower, and the Cable Car!
Medellin is approximately 119.86 kilometers from Cebu City, and to get there, you must first go to the North Bus Terminal in Mandaue City. You then have to look for an air-conditioned or a non-aircon bus that's bound for Kawit, which will directly take you to Medellin's town proper. However, you may also hire a bus that has Daanbantayan, San Remigio, or Bogo routes for tricycles are readily available there going to Kawit and other Medellin barangays. If you come from the airport, travel time via a taxi or a private vehicle may take around 3 hours. Or better yet, book a tour through the Municipal Government of Medellin to avail of their coaster transportation services.