According to oral tradition, Datu Daya was the leader of the first Malayan settlers in northern Cebu. The new settlers cleared forests and in a few years were able to establish a progressive Indianized local polity. Moro pirates continually attacked the community and kidnapped women and children until a bantayan (watchtower) was constructed to defend the town. For his leadership of the community, Datu Daya was idolized.
Before the conversion of the district now known as Daanbantayan into a town, it was known as Kandaya (kang Daya - Daya's place in Cebuano).
- Rajah Humabon
- Ferdinand Magellan
- Miguel López de Legazpi
- Sri Lumay- Founder of Rajahnate of Cebu.
- Rajahnate of Cebu
- Kedatuan of Madja-as
- Cebu City
- History of the Philippines (900-1521)
- Chola Dynasty