The Lighthouse in Ginatilan, Cebu, Philippines

Ginatilan is a municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. It is located in the southwestern part of Cebu and is the third town from the southwestern tip of the province. It is a coastal area as you can see in the image below. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 13,654 people.

Livelihoods include farming, fishing, government, and business.

This is the lighthouse located in the municipality of Ginatilan. Taken during our visit last January 2010.


Long before the word Ginatilan was coined, the places was called 'HINATDAN", one of the populated barrios of Samboan. Spanish friars had to bring along with them acolytes and things they needed for the Holy Mass since the chapel in Hinatdan did not have its own. This was how the word hinatdan came into being, a vernacular word that means any of goods and services were transported from a place to another.

Due to the growing population, the people eventually built a church and requested the authorities through the Municipality of Samboan to recognize Hinatdan as a town. Before this recognition, some Spanish authorities were authorized to investigate its condition. These officials had a hard time pronouncing the word Hinatdan. Hence, it was changed to Ginatilan of which it became popular today. .ginatilan.gov.ph

Ginatilan is administratively subdivided into 14 barangays.

* Anao
* Cagsing
* Calabawan
* Cambagte
* Campisong
* CaƱorong
* Guilungsuran (G-Beach)
* Guiwanon
* Looc
* Malatbo
* Mangaco
* Palanas
* Poblacion
* Salamanca
* San Roque

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