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Daanbantayan is a first class municipality located at the northernmost tip of the Province of Cebu. It has a total land area of 9,227.26 hectares comprising of twenty barangays (2 island, 13 coastal and 5 inland). Daanbantayan has a population of 84,430 based on the 2015 census with 48,601 registered voters as of the 2016 election. Its main source of livelihood is farming and fishing, owing to its mostly agricultural and coastal areas. Daanbantayan is 128 kilometers from Cebu City, with about 3-4 hours travel time.

Daanbantayan is a renowned tropical getaway among local and foreign tourists. Malapascua Island is especially famous for its pristine, white powder-like sandy beaches and breathtaking dive spots. The rich marine life and diverse coral reefs in Bounty Beach makes it the best location for snorkeling and diving. Malapascua also hosts a long string of dive sites including Gato Cave and Monad Shoal, an underwater plateau where thresher sharks and manta rays can regularly be sighted. Monad Shoal is best known as the only place in the world where thresher sharks can be seen regularly at and just before sunrise.

Daanbantayan celebrates its annual fiesta with nightly activities starting on the 21st of August and culminates on the 30th with the Haladaya Festival. Daanbantayan locals celebrate this in honor of Datu Daya, the legendary chieftain of the town as well as Saint Rose of Lima, the municipality’s patron saint. Derived from the words “Halad” (offering) and “Daya”, it is a form of prayer manifested through street dancing and chanting participated in by students from different elementary and secondary schools of the 20 barangays of Daanbantayan. Dances and thanksgiving are done for the Datu who defended the town from the Moro pirates at the time. Participants perform in intricate costumes and props–shimmering shields and colorful headdresses make the dances all the more eye-catching.