|City of Carcar
Dakbayan sa Carcar (Cebuano)
Lungsod ng Carcar (Tagalog)
|— Component City —|
|Region||Central Visayas (Region VII)|
|Congr. district||1st district of Cebu|
|• Mayor||Nicepuro L. Apura|
|• Vice Mayor||Mario Patricio P. Barcenas|
|• Total||116.78 km2 (45.09 sq mi)|
|• Density||920/km2 ( 2,400/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
Carcar is located approximately 40 kilometres (25 mi) south of Cebu City. It is bounded on the north by San Fernando; on the south by Sibonga; on the west by Barili and Aloguinsan; and on the east by the Cebu Strait. It has a land area of 11,678 hectares (28,860 acres).
The land is generally level with less than 18% slope composing of 78.7% of the total land area. Areas with slopes ranging from 18 to 50% cover 19.3% of the total land area and those over 50% slope comprise approximately 1.9%. The highest recorded elevation is a little over 660 metres (2,170 ft) above sea level, located within the barangay of Napo.
The wet season occurs during the months of May to October and the dry season, from January to May.
- Poblacion I
- Poblacion II
- Poblacion III
Carcar was known as "Sialao" since before the Spanish colonization. It became a municipality in 1599.
Carcar became a city on July 7, 2007. On November 19, 2008, the City of Carcar was demoted along with 2 other cities in Cebu and 13 other cities in the Philippines. The Supreme Court ruled that the 16 cities did not pass the requirements for cityhood.
On December 10, 2008, Carcar and the other 15 cities affected filed a motion for reconsideration with the Supreme Court. More than a year later, on December 22, 2009, acting on said appeal, the Court reversed its earlier ruling as it ruled that "at the end of the day, the passage of the amendatory law (regarding the criteria for cityhood as set by Congress) is no different from the enactment of a law, i.e., the cityhood laws specifically exempting a particular political subdivision from the criteria earlier mentioned. Congress, in enacting the exempting law/s, effectively decreased the already codified indicators." As such, the cityhood status of Carcar is effectively restored.
On August 27, 2010, Carcar City in Cebu became plain old Carcar again. It shared the fate of 15 other cities, after the Supreme Court reinstated a 2008 decision declaring as “unconstitutional" the cityhood laws converting 16 municipalities into cities.
A previous law required towns aspiring to become cities to earn at least P100 million annually, which none of the 16 did. Voting 7-6, with two justices not taking part, the SC reinstated its Nov. 18, 2008 decision declaring as unconstitutional the Republic Acts (RAs) converting 16 municipalities into cities. On February 15, 2011, the supreme court upheld for the 3rd time the cityhood of Carcar and 15 other towns in the Philippines.
|Population census of Carcar|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
As a Heritage City of Cebu, Carcar is home to various Spanish to American period structures. The Carcar plaza alone hosts several heritage structures, the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria dominates the area. Within the complex various structures stand. Walking towards Sta. Catalina street one will surely be astonished with the quaint houses and their distinctive architectural details.
A visit to Carcar wouldn't be complete without sampling its mouth-watering delights. Surrounding the Rotunda and in the public market one will find the famous Carcar chicharon, lechon, ampao, bucarillo, gogorias and puso are just some delectable delicacies worth tasting.
List of former Mayors of Carcar City 
- 1932 - 1940 Hon. Mariano Mercado
- 1940 - 1942 Hon. Constancio Gantuangko
- Liberation Time: Hon. Abundio A. Aldemita
- 1946 - 1950 Hon. Constancio Gantuangko
- 1950 - 1951 Hon. Isabelo Montesclaros
- 1952 - 1955 Hon. Leoncio W. Gantuangko
- 1956 - 1958 Hon. Abundio A. Aldemita
- 1958 - 1959 Hon. Galileo Varga
- 1960 - June 1985 Hon. Abundio A. Aldemita
- July 1985 - June 1986 Hon. Cristino C. Cui, Sr.
- July 1986 - Nov. 1986 Hon. Jose C. Torres - OIC
- Dec 1987 - Jan 1988 Hon. Zosimo N. Cabungcal, Sr. - OIC
- Feb. 1988 - Mar 1992 Hon. Cristino C. Cui, Sr.
- April 1992 - June 1992 Hon. Loreto Lawas
- July 1992 - June 2001 Hon. Severino A, Escobido, Jr.
- July 2001 - June 2010 Hon. Mario Patricio P. Barcenas
- 2010 - Present Hon. Nicepuro L. Apura
Notable People 
- Professor Brigido Lakandazon: A popular composer-arranger-conductor is a Carcaranon by blood. He’s the composer of the nationally famous overture of “Juan de la Cruz.” Juan de la Cruz was performed by the Philippine Constabulary Band at a concert in Luneta.
- Maria “Manding Karya” Alcordo-Cabigon: Prodigious writer; her works first found publication in 1902 when it was an all-male world (using various masculine pen names); wrote drama, novels, poems and essays; except for mega-hit advice column in Bisaya, chose to be a freelance writer; her weekly Panid ni Manding Karya received an average 20 letters a day seeking advice which she tried to answer personally (and mailed to the person) those that could no longer be accommodated in her column. Married to Filomeno Tapia Cabigon of San Fernando[disambiguation needed] with 4 children two of whom died in infancy.
- Vicente M. Florido: Composer of “Inahan Kong Yuta”, “Drifted” and “Babaeng Pilipinhon” ( is a Carcaranon.) Other Carcaranon composers were: Placido Bargayo, Ruter de la Cerna, Diosdado Alferez and Antonio Abellana who was also a violinist.
- Fr. Rodolfo Villanueva: Known as one of the Philippine’s best English fictitionists, composer-arranger-conductor. Villanueva got his master in music composition and arrangement at Mankato University in Minnesota, U.S.A. He also finished his M.A. in literature in this university.
- Romulo Galicano: One of Martino Abellana’s student; one of the outstanding impressionist painters in Manila. Romulo, also known as “mulong” was also under the direction of Sofronio Y. Mendoza ( a popular Sugboanon painter). Abellana’s, Galicano’s and Mendoza’s works were placed on critical reviews in the “Orientation Magazine” in Hong Kong. Their pencil sketches were also included in Alfredo Rocec’s “Filipino Nudes.”
- Msgr. Teofilo Bastida Camomot: Served as the first Prior of St. Elias Chapter for Priests of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites established in 1955; two months later became Auxiliary Bishop of Jaro (Iloilo), 1955; Coadjutor (with right of succession) Archbishop of Cagayan de Oro, 1958; founded in 1959 (1960 in some accounts) the Congregation of Blessed Virgin Missionaries of Carmel in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental; Resigned as Coadjutor Archbishop 1970; next became, first, parish priest of Pardo, Cebu City, and in 1976 of Carcar.
- Catalino “Capitan Talino” Tagimacruz Alfafara: Shares honor with his sister Primitiva Alfafara-Padin (1903-19__ ), long-serving Carcar Academy principal, and her husband, Elpidio Alesna Padin (1899- ) who succeeded Catalino as Academy director, for having shaped the futures of the most number of Carcaranon, as well as young men and women from other towns; since he was a captain during the Japanese occupation and a big prize, his family members were imprisoned by the Japanese and grilled regarding his whereabouts, but he had already made the jump to Bohol; unexpected death in 1945.
- Sheryn Regis: Sheryn Mae Poncardas Regis better known as simply Sheryn Regis -The Crystal Voice of Asia is a Filipina pop singer, composer, host and actress.
- Atty. Abundio A. Aldemita: Was elected as the mayor of Carcar since 1956-1958.
See also 
- "Municipalities". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "Province: Cebu". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
- Napallacan, Jhunex (2008-11-21). "Cities’ demotion worries DepEd execs". Cebu Daily News. Inquirer.net. Retrieved 2008-11-27.
- SC reverses self, upholds creation of 16 cities
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