Madridejos is a fourth class municipality in the province of Cebu, Philippines. In the 2010 census there was a population of 34,905 people. It is one of the three municipalities that make up the island of Bantayan, which lies to the west of the northern tip of Cebu. It is bounded to the south by the municipality of Bantayan, and on all other sides by the Visayan Sea.
There is a light station – LS Madridejos – about 50 metres (160 ft) north of the mean high-water mark at Kota point
Lawis was the old name of Madridejos. Even up to the present day people still use the name Lawis. In the vernacular term of “Promontory”, the portion carved out to constitute the municipality of Madridejos being the peninsula located on the northern side of Bantayan island facing the Visayan Sea.
During the time of Governor Sebastián Hurtado de Corcuera (1635–1644), the Visayas were continually harassed by the Moros, who worked dreadful havoc, capturing, massacring, robbing, sacking churches, and burning everything there was.
History credits Loreto the Mangubat as the first to settle in this part of the Island of Bantayan. He was then the founder of Lawis (meaning point to the sea) in the middle of the 16th century. It was also Mangubat who proclaimed it a visita (beginnings of a parish) of the town of Bantayan.[dubious ][circular reference]