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Misamis Occidental
Mis Occ
Where the color of nature is greener
Location in the Philippines
08 20 N
123 42 E
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November 8, 1929
Oroquieta City+
Herminia M. Ramiro (NUP+)
Vice Governor+
Aurora Virginia M. Almonte (Independent+)

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The area of now Misamis Occidental was first occupied by Subanen+ and later Visayans+ settled in the coastal areas. The name ''Misamis'' is derived from Subanen+ word ''kuyamis'' which is a variety of coconut+. During the 1750’s was the time that the coastal villages in Southern Luzon+, Visayas+ and Mindanao+ suffered attacks from bands of pirates, who burned houses and crops, and captured people to be sold as slaves in Maguindanao+, Sulu+, Borneo+ or the islands now known as Indonesia+. To counteract this terrible scourge, the colonial government in Manila created a flotilla+ and appointed a Spanish Jesuit missionary+, Father Jose Ducos+, as its commander. After several successful battles against the pirates, when some peace had been restored, it was decided to build a stone fort at the mouth of Panguil Bay, at a place called ''Misamis'', and Father Ducos was put in charge of the construction. The construction began in 1756. It was officially called “Fuerte de la Concepción y del Triunfo.”

*1818 - Mindanao was organized into five politico-military districts, one of which was the ''Segundo Distrito de Misamis'', the largest district in Mindanao. This area was composed of today’s Misamis Oriental+, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin+, Bukidnon+, Lanao+, Zamboanga del Norte+, and the northern part of Cotabato +.

*1850 - the town of Misamis became the capital of the district of Misamis until February 27, 1872 when the Spanish Governor General+ Carlos María de la Torre y Navacerrada+ issued a decree+ declaring Cagayan the permanent capital of Segundo Distrito de Misamis. During this era, the name of the town was “Cagayan de Misamis.”

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*November 2, 1929 - ''Legislative Act No. 3537'' passed, dividing the old province of Misamis+ into Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental, which took effect on January 1, 1930. Misamis Occidental comprised the original nine towns of Baliangao+, Lopez Jaena+, Tudela+, Clarin+, Plaridel+, Oroquieta+, Aloran+, Jimenez+, and Misamis. Don Jose Fortich Ozamiz+ became the first governor.

*January 6, 1930 - the provincial council of Misamis Occidental, selected Oroquieta to become the capital town (''cabecera'') of the province.

*1935 - the Provincial Capitol Building, commonly called ''Capitolio'', begun and became the seat of executive and legislative power of the province, in the town of Oroquieta.

*In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces landed in Misamis Occidental, beginning their brief occupation of the province during World War II+. In 1945, combined American and Philippine Commonwealth+ forces liberated the province, and with the help of the recognized guerilla units, defeated the Japanese forces. During World War II, Misamis became the capital of the Free Philippines as the seat of government of the Free Philippines then was the Capitolio. The United States Forces in the Philippines (USFIP) under Col. Wendell W. Fertig+ based in Misamis Occidental, was the rallying point for the guerrillas in Mindanao. This was historically significant because it is the only time in Philippine history when its capital was in Mindanao, in the region then known as Misamis. The Free Philippine Government was then issuing Misamis Occidental emergency notes. Late President+ Quezon+, upon knowing that Oroquieta was made a capital of the Free Philippines and that the town was issuing emergency notes, authorized the Printing of the Mindanao emergency note.

*July 16, 1948 - the town of Misamis became a chartered city by virtue of ''Republic Act+ 321'', making the 4th city in Mindanao+ after Zamboanga+, Davao+ and Marawi+, also renamed ''Misamis'' to ''Ozamiz+'' after a World War II hero José Ozámiz+ who hailed from the province of Misamis Occidental and who at one time also served as its governor and congressional representative of the Lone District of Misamis Occidental, Senator of the Philippines, a delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention that resulted in the creation of the 1935 Constitution+ for the Philippine Commonwealth+ Government.

*May 2010 - the people of Misamis Occidental elected their first lady governor, Hon. Herminia M. Ramiro.

Misamis Occidental is located near the narrow strip of land linking Northwestern Mindanao+, to the Northcentral part of the island. Shaped like a collapsible fan it is bounded on the northeast by the Mindanao Sea+, east by the Iligan Bay+, southeast by the Panguil Bay+, and the west by the Zamboanga del Norte and Sur. The fact that three of its boundaries are bodies of water gives away water life as one of its natural resources and fishing as one of its main industries. Except along the coastal area, hilly and rolling land characterized the provincial terrain. Towards the western border, the terrain is particularly rugged.

Misamis Occidental is subdivided into 14 municipalities+ and 3 component cities+.


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*Coordinates are sorted according to latitude+.
::(''Italicized'' entries indicate the generic location. Otherwise, they mark the vicinity of the city or town center+).
*Income classifications for cities are ''italicized''.
*''Italicized'' names are former names.
*Dashes (—) in cells indicate unavailable information.

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Philippine Census
Population census of
Misamis Occidental
Source: National Statistics Office

The dense population along the coast consists mainly of migrants from Cebu+ and Bohol+. Thus the major dialects are Cebuano+ and Boholano+. The native Subanen+s live in the interior uplands.

In 2013, Roman Catholicism+ remains the predominant faith of the people of Misamis Occidental having 70 percent affiliation and the second most members are with the Aglipayan Church+ with 20% while several Protestant Churches+ as well as Islam+ are the minorities.


The province economy depends firstly on fishing, secondly on coconuts, thirdly on rice. The province has 169 kilometers of coastline fronting the rich fishing grounds of Panguil and Iligan+ bays. It also has the biggest area of brackish water+ fishponds in the region. Tangub City+ is a fishing port on Panguil Bay famous for seafood. Coconut is the chief crop. This is processed into oil, desiccated coconut, and coir+, most of which are shipped to Cebu+. Coconut processing is the main industry in Oroquieta City+. Other crops grown are rice, corn, abaca+, coffee, cacao and rubber.

Wood is the major forest product. Predominant species are the lauan group, apitong, tanguige yakal, and Philippine mahogany+. There is also an abundant supply of bamboo, rattan and various vines. Forest land in the province has an area of 66,002.46 hectares; 53,262 hectares of which are considered a national park (which has legal implications).

The province has a considerable deposit of clay especially in the municipalities of Lopez Jaena+ and Concepcion+.

There are also an abundant sources of sand and gravel.

The province is traditionally a net exporter of various commodities. Historical data from the Ozamiz Port District of the Bureau of Customs+ show that outgoing commodities, which is mainly of coconut products, far outweigh incoming cargoes.

Being a coco-based province, major manufacturing firms in Misamis Occidental are engaged in the production of crude coconut oil, cooking oil, lard, margarine, laundry soap and desiccated coconut. Other products are furniture, ceramics gifts toys and housewares, processed food like banana chips and marine products.

Locally fabricated agri-industrial machines and equipment are also available in the province.

*Baliangao Protected Landscape and Seascape
*Binalbal Festival+, Tudela, Misamis Occidental+
*Christmas Symbols Festival, Tangub City
*Dalit Festival, Tangub City
*Dampawan Festival, Concepcion, Misamis Occidental - September
*Fort Santiago, Ozamiz City
*Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel and Adventure Park, Tangub City
*Immaculate Conception Cathedral Pipe Organ, Ozamiz City
*Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park+
*Mount Malindang Range Natural Park and Lake Duminagat
*Pas'ungko S'g Mis. Occ. Festival of all Festivals - November
*Sapang Dalaga Falls
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*1st District: Rep. Jorge T. Almonte
*2nd District: Rep. Henry "Henz" S. Oaminal

;Governor : Herminia "Hermie" M. Ramiro

;Vice-Governor: Aurora Virginia "Gigi" M. Almonte

;Board Members:

*1st District:
**Engr. Roy M. Yap
**Edilma "Angging" C. Bulawin
**Zaldy G. Daminar
**Lovely Liezl "Lileth" B. Yape
**Jim R. Delos Santos
*2nd District:
**David M. Navarro
**Edwin B. Florida
**Dr. Gerard Teodorico "Boy" R. Olegario
**Ricardo "Ardot" O. Parojinog
**Simplicia "Bebie" O. Neri
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*Anselmo Bernad
*Gella Caay
*Loreto Leo S. Ocampos
*José Ozámiz+
*Gedeon G. Quijano+
*Henry Y. Regalado Sr.
*Atty. Ernie D. Clarete
*Gorgonio F. Buaquiña II
*William Chiongbian
*Benito Chiongbian
*____ Sagrado
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* Laguindingan Airport+, the first International airport in Northern Mindanao region.

Commons category:

Geographic location
Misamis Occidental
''Bohol Sea+''
''Iligan Bay+'' / Misamis Oriental+
Lanao del Norte+
Zamboanga del Norte+
Zamboanga del Sur+

Northern Mindanao:
Philippines political divisions:
Philippines topics:

Misamis Occidental+ Misamis Occidental (Filipino: Kanlurang Misamis; Subanen: Sindepan Mis'samis; Cebuano: Kasadpang Misamis) is a province in the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region.
 Misamis Occidental Science and Technology High School+ The Misamis Occidental Science and Technology High School (Mataas na Paaralang Pang-Agham at Pangteknolohiya ng Misamis Occidental) is a Secondary Public Science High School system located in Misamis Occidental, Philippines.
 Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park+ Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park is a tropical resort and a prominent habitat for various marine mammals in Mindanao, Philippines.