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Poro, Cebu

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Country  Philippines
Founded  17 December 1701
Time zone  PHT (UTC+8)
Province  Cebu
District  5th district of Cebu
Barangay  20 (see § Barangays)
Area  63.59 km²
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Region  Central Visayas (Region VII)
Neighborhoods  Pagsa, Teguis, Western Poblacion, Paz, San Jose

Poro is a 4th municipal income class municipality on Camotes Islands in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 25,212. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 13,790 registered voters.


Map of Poro, Cebu, Philippines

Poro, along with the municipality of Tudela, is located on Poro Island of the Camotes Islands.

The patronal feast of Poro is celebrated on the third Friday of January, in honour of the Santo Niño de Cebu.


Poro comprises 17 barangays:


In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 13,790 registered voters, meaning that 55% of the population are aged 18 and over.

Etymology and languages

The town's name is derived from the Waray-Waray word puro meaning "island". This how Camotes Island is called by Warays and Leyteños. Before the first municipality to be established in Camotes, puro meant the name of all the islands.

Aside from Visayan languages, Filipino, and English, the townsfolk also speak the local Porohanon language. Also known as Camotes Visayan, the language is mutually intelligible with other Visayan languages (e.g. Cebuano) spoken in the rest of the Camotes Islands, Cebu, other parts of the Visayas, and Northern Mindanao.

Porohanon is distinguished by the way the locals substitute /j/ sounds with /ʒ/, for instance Cebuano maayong buntag ("good morning") vocalised as maazong buntag in Porohanon. (Possibly occasions too a handover from the yeísmo phenomenon in Spanish.) Other dialectical variations include the Porohanon ara dira instead of the standard Cebuano na-a diha.


Poro, Cebu Wikipedia

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