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Sevilla, the interior part of the island of Bohol. It is 36 kilometers by road from Tagbilaran City, which is the capital of the Province of Bohol.The name Sevilla was taken from the name of a city in southern Spain also called Sevilla. Before it was made into a town, the place was known as Panas, a barrio of Loboc, Bohol.The word panas is a Sugboanon Bisaya word. It has two meanings. One meaning is erase or to erase. Obviously this meaning is not applicable to a place.The other meaning of panas is a smooth rock-cliff, especially that which is made after a rockslide. In some places in Bohol, it is also called dapanás. The panas usually occur at riverbanks. Since the town of Sevilla, Bohol has a river, it is obvious that this second meaning was the source of the name of the place.Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Poblacion, St. Augustine Parish Church, Sevilla, Our Lady Of Guadalupe Parish ChurchSevilla is an inland town. It is surrounded by the towns of Sikatuna, Loboc, Bilar and Balilihan to its west, south, east and north.The town’s main patron saint is the Lady of Guadalupe and on the 12th of December, its town fiesta is celebrated. The festivities that happen during the fiesta are disco, contests, and gamesinside of St.Augustine Parish Church in SevillaThe Town-CenterAccording to the decree that created the town of Sevilla, Bohol, the town-center or poblacion would be the sitio Vintig (Binting).sevilla elementary schoolThe Bisayan word bintig has many meanings. One meaning refers to the chipping off or cutting the tail end of seashells so that the contents of the shell could be sucked out.Another meaning refers to a certain tree whose lumber is good material for making guitars.Another meaning is not found in old Bisayan dictionaries. Binting is the word used by the Eskaya of Bohol to refer to the natives of Bohol before the coming of the Eskaya in 667 A.D.Curiously enough, the Bintig people were not like the Aetas who are short and black.According to the Jesuits in 1596, Bohol was the only large island without Negritoes or Aetas. The Eskaya describes the Bintig as reddish in complexion (pula og súhot), like the American Indians.This would not be strange because in 1592, Miguel de Loarca wrote that most Boholanos were white in complexion especially the women. We know that a white complexion turns to tan or "reddish" color when exposed to the sun.So, if you find someone in Sevilla, Bohol who has pula og suhot, do not be surprised because they are the descendants of the original Boholanos described by the Eskaya.Disappearance of BintigDuring the Boholano-American war (1900-1901), the Americans burned the poblacion at Binting on November 3, 1901. The Americans were pursuing the Boholano patriots who retreated from Balilihan, Bohol to Sevilla, Bohol. When the Americans could not find the Boholano patriots, they burned the town center.When the town center was rebuilt, it was relocated at Sitio Maraag. It is the present site of the Poblacion of Sevilla, Bohol.The word maraag is not a standard Bisayan word. The nearest equivalent word I can find is maláag, which means being weary or tired of waiting for someone or something. Maybe it refers to the people getting tired of waiting for the poblacion at Bintig to be reestablished and eventually the evacuation center (also another meaning of maláag) grew into a poblacion.The older, disappearing generations have talked to still know the location of Bintig.The younger generation does not seem to know the location of Bintig after 105 years from its burning. The officials of Sevilla, Bohol should not let it come to pass where the younger generation forgets its historical places.This interior town north of the municipality of Loboc was founded in 1872. In all probability, this town was named after the Spanish city of Sevilla. It was one of the latest towns established during the Spanish regime. Three towns contribute to its territory, namely, Loboc in the south, Balilihan in the west and Bilar in the east. The site of the town was first located in Bentig, on the other side of the Loboc River from the present site. When the Americans invaded the town, they burned all the buildings in Bentig. When peace was declared, the site of the town was transferred to Maraag, which is the present Poblacion. In 1879, it had a population of 4,835. The Sipatan Riverthe sipatan riverBusai Falls where a river cruising is done through a pump boat which started from the boundary of Sevilla and Loboc and up to the calipuson falls in barangay Ewon. They also have a bamboo hanging footbridge installed across the scenic and pristine waters of upper Loboc River. This one of a kind footbridge has attracted several foreign tourists who savor the thrill in crossing the 100-meter footbridge and dive in the cool and unpolluted water of the river.
i miss sevilla town