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Daanbantayan is a 1st municipal income class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines, the northern tip of Cebu island. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 84,430. In the 2016 electoral roll, it had 48,601 registered voters.
Daanbantayan celebrates its annual fiesta along with the Haladaya Festival which starts 21 August and ends with street-dancing on 30 August, in honor of Datu Daya, the legendary founder of the town.
The name Daanbantayan was derived from two words: the word “daan”, which means “old” in Cebuano, and the word “bantayan”, which refers to a place that served as a look out for Moro raiders during the Pre-Hispanic Philippines. Older usages have the two words separately, as “Daan Bantayan”. The original site of the town might have been at an elevated vantage point near Punta, in Tapilon.
In 1945, the Philippine Commonwealth Army troops of the 3rd, 8th, 81st, 82nd, 83rd, 85th and 86th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army entered the town of Daanbantayan, supported by the Cebuano guerrillas, and were attacked by the Japanese forces in the Battle of Daanbantayan during World War II.
On 8 November 2013, 9 people were killed and 50 injured when Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in Philippines area of responsibility) passed over Daanbantayan.