Jagna


Jagna is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Bohol, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 32,034 people.
The name Jagna was, according to historical records, derived from legendary vernacular exclamation 'ni hagna na'. The tale started from the usual occurrence at the mouth of a small river which is already dried up now but whose actual traces of real existence are still visible beyond doubt. At the mouth of the river was a hole or cave-in of considerable depth and size. Such condition of the river led the early inhabitants to call it as 'Boho' river. The river used to abound with so much fish called 'tigue' in the local dialect. When the school of that particular fish played on the surface of the water, such part seemed to appear like coconut oil boiling in a frying pan. And whenever the people saw the sizzling surface of the water caused by the movement of the fish, they used to remark 'ni hagna na', meaning the oil being cooked is almost done. Therefore, from this common expression of the villagers evolved the present name of the town 'Jagna'.Like Tagbilaran, Jagna is a port town. Ferries travel daily to and from other islands. Routes to Mindanao available are via Balingoan. The island of Camiguin is visible from Jagna and Oceanjet operates daily from Jagna to the port of Baligoan. For more information, please visit www.bohol.gov.ph/jagna.html

Attractions

Festivals, Historical and Religious Sites

Pandayan Festival: The Pandayan Festival is held at barangay Lonoy, Jagna to celebrate the canonical erection or the parochial anniversary of St. Joseph the Worker Parish. Activities include a nine-day novena in honor of the patron saint, a procession of the image of St. Joseph the Worker, Carpentry and Handicrafts Fair, an inter-barangay basketball tournament and last but not least, the street dancing competition.

Sinu-og Festival: he Sinu-og Festival is celebrated at the town of Jagna in honor of their patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel where two groups, one coming from barangay Mayana and the other from Cabungaan, perform a native war dance during the vesper procession and also during the morning fluvial procession on the feast day itself which falls on September 29.

Sinu-og Estokada: The Sinu-og Estokada is a modification of the above sinu-og celebration. Here, the native war dance is portrayed as a fight between good and evil where the basic sequence of movements are modified conforming to a rhythm in marching and regular procedure. This festival is joined by the young adolescents of the town.

The Church of St. Michael the Archangel: Thru forced labor, the first church and convent was built yet damaged by fire in 1808. A bigger church ensued with nipa roofing and occupying an area of 125 yards long, 25 yards wide and a facade 16 yards tall until the mouldings.

Birhen Sa Barangay Shrine: The 'Jagnaanons' great love for the Blessed Virgin led them to build the Birhen Sa Barangay Shrine. The shrine is located at Pangdan, only a few meters away from the municipal building.

Ilihan Shrine: The Ilihan Shrine is located at Ilihan Hill, about half a kilometer from the town of Jagna. It is reached thru a winding road and at the topmost of the hill is enshrined the image of the Barangay Sang Birhen where a chapel has been built in her honor.

Lonoy Martyr Site: was erected to give honor to 406 guerrilla soldiers led by Capt. Gregorio "Goyo" Caseñas who died during the Philippine-American War at Lonoy, in Jagna town.