Where the color of nature is greener

Misamis Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital is Oroquieta City. The province borders Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga de Sur to the west and is separated from Lanao del Norte by Panguil Bay to the South and from Misamis Oriental by Iligan Bay to the east. The province of Misamis was originally inhabited by Subanons whose an easy target by the sea pirates from Lanao. Misamis is is taken from the early settlement of the Spaniards at the entrance to the Panguil Bay.

The name “Misamis” is believed to have been derived from the Subano word “Kuyamis” which is a variety of sweeto coconut- the staple food of the early settlers in this place. During the years the name persisted as an inference of the geographical location and upon the advent of the Spanish settlers, the word “kuyamis” easily gave way to the more convenient pronounceable but corrupted word “Misamis”.

 


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http://misocc.gov.ph/
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GETTING THERE
By Air
Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air & PAL Express has daily direct flight from Ozamiz to Manila and vice versa, also Cebu to Ozamiz.

By Land
Buses travel to Ozamiz City from Cagayan de Oro, Pagadian, Zamboanga City, and Dipolog.

By Sea
Ferry trips are scheduled regularly from Mukas, Kolambugan town of Lanao del Norte across Panguil Bay. 2GO Travel also goes from Manila to Ozamiz.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Cebuano
  • Subanen
  • Merana
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park
  • Baliangao Wetland Park
  • Lake Duminagat
  • St. John the Baptist Church
  • Fuerte De La Concepcion Y Del Triunfo
  • Bukagan Hill
  • The Pipe Organ of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral
  • Naomis Botanical Garden

LET’S GO TRY

  • Patatas de galletas
  • Shrimps
  • Crabs

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Have animal encounters
  • Meet Mangroves
  • Take a soak in the healing waters of Lake Duminagat’s hot springs

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Subayan Keg Subanon Festival– a week-long festivity marking the feast of Nuestra Señora del Street dancing which highlights the lifestyles of the Subanons as depicted in songs, dances, and other forms of simulated social expression
  • Binalbal Festival (held every first of January in Tudela-It is a unique celebration of welcoming the new year for the townsfolk of Tudela.)

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • In 1942, the Japanese Imperial forces landed in Misamis Occidental, beginning their brief occupation of the province as part of World War II. In 1945, combined American andPhilippine Commonwealth forces liberated the province, and with the help of the recognized guerilla units, defeated the Japanese forces.

 

BEST TIME TO VISIT
The rainiest months are November and December; the driest are February, March, and April. The entire province is outside the typhoon belt but it is sometimes affected by freak storms.


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