The municipality of Minglanilla is situated fifteen kilometers away from the city and was founded in 1858 by the town’s first parish priest, Fr. Sanchez. Together with other priests, they have developed the area in its earliest days.
Its etymology shares an interesting story; before the place became the municipality that we all love this day, it used to be called Buat or Buwad because the early settlers used to gather and dry fish as their primary source of living.
The name was officially changed by the friar in reference to the town of Cuenca in Spain. Its area stretches 65 kilometers and is home to 19 barangays, whose main patron saint is Sacred Heart of Mary.
To this day, the Neo-Roman designs can still be seen in historical establishments such as the churches as characterized by its columns. Should one want to visit the churches in the area, here are a few of them: Archdiocesan Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Snr. San Roque Parish, Our Lady of the Rosary Parish and the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish
In addition, the municipality is known for its Sugat–Kabanhawan Festival which translates to “meeting” while the latter means “resurrection” in commemoration of the meeting of the risen Jesus and Mother Mary. It is usually celebrated during the weekend of the Holy Week where an annual Easter Hunt also takes place.
The festival usually consists of a reenactment and street dancing activities along with other contests such as embroidery making, Carabao race and sports.
As of now, the place is home to real estate developers who have invested in the area. Furthermore, it is also known for its resorts and flowing springs that are accessible to both locals and tourists for a fraction of a price compared to other water parks in the city.
Minglanilla brings about a perfect balance between urban and rural living as large business establishments like malls and fast food chains can be easily spotted while providing recreational spots where one can enjoy a staycation.
Disclaimer: The photo used is taken from the wires.