MESSAGE OF THE MUNICIPAL MAYOR
Bahandi ka Madridejos!
Welcome to the Official Website of the Municipality of Madridejos.
It is my pride and joy to show you what our town has to offer, from our rich culture and history, to our tourist sites and products, and much more.
Kausaban. The thrust of my administration is change, change of mindset and changing the way we do things in order to effect a positive change for the town and for its people. Numerous projects have been lined up and are already in place – from the creation of new roads, the overall beautification of the municipality, improvements in the water system, digitalization of some of our systems and processes and the construction of the new Municipal hall and Legislative building, to name a few.
Our town’s produce is centered on the agro industry, one of which are eggs and poultry. Madridejos is also home to the Madridejos Community College, the only tertiary school in the island that is being run and managed by a local government unit.
Tourism is flourishing. We have strengthened our known sites – we breathed new life in our Welcome Arc, and added splashes of color in our tree-lined streets; sunsets are made more enjoyable at our Kota Heritage Park which houses centuries old fort. We have also discovered and developed emerging tourist sites. Make sure to sample our fresh seafood, our locally made delicacies like kulo chips and tago-angkan and do bring home with you our products proudly made by the Lawisanon.
Come and discover what makes us different, what makes us Uniquely Madridejos.
Frequently Asked Questions
Madridejos is a municipality located on Bantayan Island, which is part of the province of Cebu in the Philippines. Bantayan Island is situated in the Visayas region of the country. To provide you with a more specific geographical reference, Madridejos is located on the northern coast of Bantayan Island. It is approximately 140 kilometers (87 miles) away from Cebu City, the capital of Cebu province. The municipality is bordered by the municipalities of Santa Fe and Bantayan. Madridejos is known for its picturesque coastal areas, beautiful beaches, and fishing communities. The island's natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere attract tourists who seek a serene beach destination away from the urban centers.
- How to get there?
If via public transportation: Go to the North Bus Terminal and ride a bus. There are 3 options: direct to Madridejos, Bantayan or Santa Fe. All buses bound for Bantayan Island will make a temporary stop at the Hagnaya Port. Purchase your boat ticket from the ticketing office. If your bus stops at Bantayan, alight at the terminal and ride the jeep to Madridejos. If your bus stops at Santa Fe, alight at Santa Fe port and ride a tricycle or habal-habal (motor for hire) to Bantayan. Take a jeep from Bantayan to Madridejos.
If via private transportation: Drive to Hagnaya port. Purchase your boat ticket at the ticketing counter. You can opt to cross your vehicle via the roro or leave your vehicle parked at Hagnaya port. If you decide to leave your vehicle at Hagnaya port, take the public transport to Madridejos.
- Why is Madridejos called Lawis?
The original name of the town is Lawis and islanders have stuck to it until now because it is the natural name of the place owing to its topography. Lawis means land tip. The early settlers of the island were mostly fishermen. Before the coming of the spaniards and other europeans, the lumad named places according to the obvious and, perhaps, only reason commonly understood. Thus, lawis is to the natives what point is to the english or punta is to the hispanics. In 1889 Father Juan Alcoseba, then curate of the place, proclaimed Lawis as Madridejos in honor of archbishop Fray Benito de Madridejos of Spain. (source: Cebu Provincial History Series No. 29, the History of Madridejos by Faustino Lim Suan, Jr.)
- What is the zip code of Madridejos Cebu?
ZIP Code - 6053
- What can I see and do in Madridejos?
There are several tourist spots that you can see at Madridejos. The most known of all is the Kota Heritage Park, where the Bontay Walk is also located. Make sure to catch the beautiful sunsets at Kota Heritage Park. Here’s a the list of our tourist attractions (Tourist Attractions).
Aside from summer, the best times to visit the town is during the town’s fiesta in celebration of the Immaculate Conception on December 8. The festivities however lasts for 9 days, from December 1 all the way to December 9. Make sure to visit during the Holy Week, on Maundy Thursday or Good Friday and witness the passion, death and resurrection of Christ in a foot procession with life-size images and icons on caros.