The old folks if the Municipality of Tabuelan attribute the origin of the town’s name from several sources. In the old days, Batawang River and the locality’s fishing grounds are noted for its plentiful “tabugok,” a kind of octopus. People would refer to this place as “tabugokan” (a native word meaning “the place where tabugok are found”) and through the evolution of words, the place cam to be known as Tabuelan. (From http://www.tabuelan.gov.ph/)
It is a 5th class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 21,421 people.