Talisay, officially the City of Talisay and often referred to as Talisay City, is a 3rd city income class component city in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 227,645. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 120,240 registered voters. Primarily a residential and trading center, Talisay lies within the Metro Cebu area.
The name of Talisay is taken from the magtalisay tree which is abundant in the city.
Talisay was founded in 1648 as an estate owned by the Augustinians. In 1849 it was converted into a municipality.
During both the American colonial period and World War II, Talisay served as a haven of colonial military forces. The municipality served as the center of guerrilla intelligence operations for the Philippine resistance movement in Cebu during World War II. The returning U. S. liberation forces landed on the beaches of Talisay on 28 March 1945, and were helped together with the Philippine Commonwealth forces and the Cebuano guerrillas, an event that marked the eventual surrender of Japanese forces on Cebu. That day is now an official holiday in the province of Cebu.
In 2000 the municipality of Talisay was converted into a city. The municipality is now linked to Cebu City via the South Coastal Highway from Lawaan, opened in 2004. This brought some recent inward investment in the form of subdivisions, but some hastily planned plagued by problems. Conflict occurred between the residents of the mountain barangay of Maghaway and those of Crown Asia's Azienda Milan and Venezia subdivisions. According to the National Statistics Office in its 2000 report, some 70% of the population of Talisay belongs to the urban poor.
Talisay City comprises 22 barangays:
In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 120,240 registered voters, meaning that 53% of the population are aged 18 and over.
Cebuano is the predominant language of the inhabitants of the city (96%).
Talisay City has 90% Roman Catholic population with 9% other Christian denomination and 1% Muslim.
Talisay remains an important center for the production of blasting caps used in dynamite.
Much of the commerce in Talisay takes place in the Tabunok area, where several public markets, strip malls and commercial establishments are situated. The biggest mall is Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall Tabunok, which has a supermarket, department store and formerly, a cinema. However, much of the population still depend on the public markets, where they can find fresh meat, fish and vegetables, as well as other household needs. There are many sari-sari stores. Talisay City and the Tabunok area also serve as the commercial area for municipalities south of the city, being the southern gateway to Cebu City.
Talisay City, its citizens and its surrounding barangays have benefited from the construction of the South Road Properties project, which is a 6-lane coastal highway from downtown Cebu City to the town of Minglanilla, with several exits in between, many of which serve several areas of Talisay. Because of this highway, traffic, which has always been a problem for the inhabitants in the past few years for this area, has been greatly reduced, making the city a popular zone for housing once more, as it was in the early 70s and 80s.
In 2016 Talisay City Council expressed support for the proposed Light Rail Transit (LRT) project in Cebu.20 Elementary schools (Private & Public)
12 Public secondary schools
08 Private secondary schools
Roman Catholic churches:
Other denomination churches:
Attractions in Talisay include:12 January
Talisay City Charter Day
American Landing Anniversary – a parade and re-enactment from the Armed Forces and war veterans highlight the yearly celebration to honor and remember the American and Filipino soldiers who liberated the province of Cebu from the hands of the Japanese.
Founding Day – the city commemorates its Foundation day celebration with a series of week-long cultural sports and other events
Fiesta Sa Talisay – the city celebrates its annual fiesta in honor of St. Teresa of Avila, the city's patroness.
Halad Kang Santa Teresa– an offering of thanksgiving in the form of dance by local Talisaynons and pilgrims to pay homage to St. Teresa of Avila. People from all walks of life flock to the city to dance, offer thanksgiving, and join the merriment.
Inasal Festival – lechon inasal is served in every resident's banquet. The festival is a showcase of lechons in various costumes and decorations.