On the southern coast of Bohol is the municipality of Loay. It is located at the mouth of the Loboc river. This town was said to be established in 1740. In 1879, Loay had a population of 8,171. The population has 2 parts, the lower and the upper parts. The lower part used to be called Canipa-an because of the presence of nipa swamps in this part of the town while the upper part is named Ibabao, being located on the plateau.