THE WORD “POLAMBATO” is a coinage or contraction of two Cebuano words “PULA” (red) and “BATO” (stone). Joined together, these two Cebuano words became Pulangbato or Polambato.
POLAMBATO is the name of one of the barangays of Bogo, Cebu with a population of a little over 2,000 scattered on an area of about 423 hectares of mostly arable land. How this Barangay got its name is not supportedly by historical records but according to stories handed down from generation to generation, it was told that even before the construction of the Polambato Wharf, the shorelines, in the area became famous for the abundance of red stones lying loose along its whole length. The red color of the stones is more pronounced during early sunrise and can even be observed from the opposite shorelined of Bogo town proper.
Because of this, everybody refers to the red stones (pulangbato) whenever they wish to mean the place with abundant red stones. Slowly and then more markedly, the place was eventually called POLAMBATO which is the accepted name at present.