|City of Iligan
Dakbayan sa Iligàn
Lungsod ng Iligàn
|— Highly Urbanized City —|
|Nickname(s): Industrial Center of the South and City of Majestic Waterfalls|
|Lanao del Norte showing the location of Iligan City.|
|Region||Northern Mindanao (Region X)|
|Province||Lanao del Norte|
|District||Lone District of Iligan City|
|Incorporated (city)||June 16, 1950|
|• Congressman||Vicente F. Belmonte, Jr. (LP)|
|• Mayor||Celso Regencia (NUP)|
|• Vice Mayor||Rudy Marzo (LP)|
|• Total||813.37 km2 (314.04 sq mi)|
|Population (2010 Census)|
|• Density||391.02/km2 (1,012.7/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PHT (UTC+8)|
The City of Iligan (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Iligan; Tagalog: Lungsod ng Iligan) is a first class highly urbanized city in the province of Lanao del Norte, Philippines. It was part of Central Mindanao (Region 12) and now under Northern Mindanao (Region 10).
Iligan has a total land area of 813.37 km2 (314.04 sq mi), making it one of the 10 largest cities in the Philippines in terms of land area. It has an estimated population of 322,821 inhabitants as of 2010.
The name Iligan is from the Higaonon word iligan or ilijan' meaning "fortress of defense" against frequent attacks by pirates and other hostile Mindanao tribes.
Iligan City had its beginnings in the village of Bayug, four (4) kilometers north of the present Poblacion. It was the earliest pre-Spanish settlement of native sea dwellers. The monotony of indigenous life in the territory was broken when in the later part of the 16th century, the inhabitants were subdued by the Visayan migrants from the island kingdom of Panglao.
In Dapitan, the surviving Prince of Panglao Pagbuaya, received Legazpi's expedition in 1565. Later, Pagbuaya's son Manook was baptized Pedro Manuel Manook. The Christianized Manook subdued the Higaunon village in Bayug and established it as one of the earliest Christian settlements in the country. The settlement survived other raids from other enemies, and, because of their faith in God and in their patron saint, Saint Michael the Archangel, the early Iliganons moved their settlement from Bayug to Iligan.
Spanish Era 
A stone fort called Fort St. Francis Xavier was built in 1642 where Iliganons sought refuge during raids by bandits. But again, the fort sank due to floods. Another fort was built and this was named Fort Victoria or Cota de Iligan.
In 1850, because of floods, Don Remigio Cabili, then Iligan's governadorcillo, built another fort and moved the poblacion of the old Iligan located at the mouth of Tubod River west of the old market to its present site.
Iligan was already a town of the once undivided Misamis Province in 1832. However, it did not have an independent religious administration because it was part of Cagayan de Oro, the provincial capital. It was one of the biggest municipalities of Misamis Province.
The Spaniards abandoned Iligan in 1899, paving the way for the landing of the American forces in 1900.
American Era 
In 1903, the Moro Province was created. Iligan, because of its Moro residents was taken away from the Misamis Province. Then Iligan became the capital of the Lanao District and seat of the government where the American officials lived and held office. Later in 1907 the capital of the Lanao District was transferred to Dansalan.
In 1914, under the restructuring of Moroland after the end of the Moro Province (1903–1913), Iligan became a municipality composed of eight barrios together with the municipal district of Mandulog. After enjoying peace and prosperity for about 40 years, Iligan was invaded by Japanese forces in 1942.
The liberation in Iligan by the Philippine Commonwealth forces attacked by the Japanese held sway in the city until 1944 to 1945 when the war ended. On November 15, 1944, the city held a Commonwealth Day parade to celebrate the end of Japanese atrocities and occupation.
Using the same territorial definition as a municipality, Iligan became a chartered city of Lanao del Norte on June 16, 1950. It was declared a first class city in 1969 and was reclassified as First Class City "A" on July 1, 1977 by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 465. In 1983, Iligan was again reclassified as a highly urbanized city.
Lone District 
REPUBLIC ACT No. 9724, an Act separating the City of Iligan from the First Legislative District of the Province of Lanao del Norte was approved by Pres. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo last October 20, 2009.
Iligan City is bounded on the north by the 3 municipalities of Misamis Oriental (namely Lugait, Manticao and Opol), to the south by the 3 municipalities of Lanao del Norte (Baloi, Linamon and Tagoloan) and the 2 municipalities of Lanao del Sur (Kapai and Tagoloan II), to the northeast by Cagayan de Oro City, to the east by the municipality of Talakag, Bukidnon; and to the west by Iligan Bay.
To the west, Iligan Bay provides ferry and container ship transportation. East of the city, flat cultivated coastal land gives way to steep volcanic hills and mountains providing the waterfalls and cold springs for which the area is well known.
Iligan falls within the third type of climate wherein the seasons are not very pronounced. Rain is more or less evenly distributed throughout the year. Because of its tropical location the city does not experience cold weather. Neither does it experience strong weather disturbances due to its geographical location (being outside the typhoon belt) And also because of the mountains that are surrounding the city.
People and Culture 
Iligan is predominantly Christian (93.61%), with Catholics constitutes the majority of the Christians. Iliganons compose of the Cebuano speaking locals and the minority that compose of the Maranao, Tagalog and some other cultural minorities and immigrants from other places. It is not only rich in natural resources and industries but it is also the home of a mix of cultures, Maranaos of Lanao del Sur, Higaonons of Bukidnon, and many settlers and migrants from other parts of the country. It is known for its diverse culture.
Cebuano is the major language in the city (about 93%). The rest speak Tagalog, Maranao, Hiligaynon, Ilocano, Chavacano, and Waray-Waray. The majority of the population can speak and understand English and Spanish.
Patron Saint 
Saint Michael is the Patron saint of the city, and the city fiesta in devotion to the saint is held every September 29.
Iligan is one of the few cities in the Philippines and the only place in Mindanao where one can find a tartanilla, a horse-drawn carriage, plying the main streets from Badelles Street to Tambacan.
City of Majestic Waterfalls 
Iligan is known as the City of Majestic Waterfalls because of the numerous waterfalls located within its area. There are about 23 waterfalls in the city. The most famous as well as the city's major landmark, is the Maria Cristina Falls. It is also the primary source of electric power of the city, harnessed by Agus VI Hydroelectric Plant.
Other famous waterfalls in the city are, Tinago Falls, accessible through a 300-step staircase in Barangay Ditucalan. Mimbalut Falls in Barangay Buru-un, Abaga Falls in Barangay Suarez, and Dodiongan Falls in Barangay Bonbonon.
List of waterfalls in Iligan.
Waterfall hopping is one of the popular activities of ecotourists in Iligan City.
Diyandi Festival and Kasadya Street Dancing 
Diyandi Festival is Iligan City's month long cultural celebration held every month of September and concludes on the feast day of Saint Michael on September 29. Highlight of the Diyandi Festival is the Kasadya Street Dancing, a ritual dance offered to the patron saint as thanksgiving.
The City of Iligan has one state university and seven private colleges specialized in Engineering and Information Technology, Health Services, Maritime Science, Business and Administration, Primary and Secondary Education, and Arts and Social Sciences.
With a total of 181 schools (106 public; 75 private; 17 madrasah) including vocational and technical schools, Iligan City has an average literacy rate of 94.71, one of the highest in the whole Philippines.
- Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology, one of the few autonomous external campuses of the Mindanao State University and "the light-bearer of the several campuses of the MSU System." It is not only one of the best universities in the Visayas and Mindanao regions but considered as well as one of the best universities in Philippines with a standing of being within the top ten (10) best universities in the country with excellence in Science and Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Information Technology, and Natural Sciences.
- St. Michael's College, Iligan City, is known as the oldest school in the Lanao area, founded as a catechetical center way back 1914 by Fr. Felix Cordova, S.J. It was formally established in 1915 as Escuela de San Miguel in honor of the patron saint, St. Michael the Archangel. Now on its active bid to become the city's first Private Catholic University, Saint Michael's College of Iligan currently offers 6 disciplines: Business Administration, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Engineering and Information Technology, Nursing, Criminology, Education, Arts and Sciences and the Basic Education. It also offers the TESDA Ladderized Courses and the education - related Graduate Studies Program.
- St. Peter's College, Iligan City, is an engineering, accounting and business administration school founded in 1952.
- Capitol College of Iligan, Inc., more popularly known as Iligan Capitol College (ICC), is a private, non-sectarian, co-educational institution of learning which was established in 1963 by the late Engr. Sesenio S. Rosales and Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on February 12, 1964. In 1997, Iligan Capitol College established Lyceum Foundation of Iligan which is to become its sister college beside Corpus Christi Parish in Tubod, Iligan City.
- Iligan Medical Center College, is a private and non-sectarian Medicine and Health Services school founded in 1975.
- Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital College, known as MSH College of Medical Arts Foundation, is one of the colleges of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a medical school which focuses on healthcare courses like Nursing, Medical Technology, Physical Therapy, Pharmacy and Radiology.
- Lyceum of Iligan Foundation focuses on maritime and engineering courses. It also offers courses on Hotel and Restaurant Management, Nursing, Business Administration, and other allied Health Services.
- Other notable colleges and technical schools are Iligan Computer Institute, ICTSI, Sta. Monica Institute Of Technology (SMIT), STI, AMA Computer College, Picardal Institute of Technology (PIST), Saint Lawrence Institute of Technology, Masters Technological Institute of Mindanao, and ICTI Polytechnic College, Inc. formerly Iligan City Technical Institute (ICTI).
Basic Education 
- Lanao Chung Hua School, is the first and only existing Chinese school in Iligan City which was founded in November 12, 1938.
- La Salle Academy (Iligan City)
- There are some church schools in Iligan using the Accelerated Christian Education system, one of these schools include Bethany Baptist Academy.
Industrial Center of the South 
Iligan is known as the Industrial Center of the South and its economy is largely based on heavy industries. It produces hydroelectric power for the Mindanao region through the National Power Corporation (NAPOCOR), the site of the Mindanao Regional Center (MRC) housing Agus IV, VI and VII hydroelectric plants. It also houses industries like steel, tinplate, cement and flour mills.
After the construction of Maria Cristina (Agus VI) Hydroelectric Plant by National Power Corporation (NPC, NAPOCOR) in 1950, the city experienced rapid industrialization and continued until the late 1980s. The largest steel plant in the country, National Steel Corporation (NSC), was also established in 1962.
The city made its economic revival with the reopening of the National Steel Corporation, renamed Global Steelworks Infrastructures, Inc. (GSII) in 2004. On October 2005, GSII officially took a new corporate name: Global Steel Philippines (SPV-AMC), Inc.
Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor 
The Port of Iligan is located along the northern central coastal areas of Mindanao facing the Iligan Bay with geographical coordinates of approximately 8o13’56’’ North latitude, 124o13’54’’ East. It is 795 kilometers southwest of Metro Manila.
It serves the port users and passengers coming from the hinterlands of the provinces of Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and parts of the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur, and the Cities of Iligan and Marawi.
There are four major shipping lines operating in the Port of Iligan serving Manila, Cebu City, Oroquieta City, and Ozamiz City routes. These are 2Go Travel, Carlos A. Gothong Lines, Ocean Jet, and Cokaliong Shipping Lines.
There are around 7 private seaports in Iligan operated by their respective heavy industry companies. These private seaports can be found in Barangays Maria Cristina, Suarez, Tominobo, Sta. Filomena, and Kiwalan.
The main airport is Lumbia Airport (IATA: CGY, ICAO: RPML), located in Cagayan de Oro City. Lumbia Airport is a major domestic airport serving Misamis Oriental and Northern Mindanao. It has daily commercial flights from and to Manila and Cebu via Philippine Airlines, PAL Express, and Cebu Pacific.
Other nearby commercial airports include:
- Laguindingan International Airport (IATA:none, ICAO:none), is located in the Municipality of Laguindingan, Province of Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao (Region X), southern part of the Philippines. When it opens on June 15, 2013, the airport will replace Lumbia Airport as the main airport of Misamis Oriental and Northern Mindanao.
- Maria Cristina Airport (IATA:IGN, ICAO:RPMI), is located in Baloi, Lanao del Norte and was the main airport of Iligan in the late 1980s. Aerolift Philippines, a defunct regional airline, ceased its services when its passenger plane crashed at some structures at the end of the runway of the Manila Domestic Airport in 1990 which resulted to its bankruptcy. Thus, it ended its service to Iligan's airport at Balo-i which also resulted to the closure of the airport. Philippine Airlines served the city for many years before stopping services in 1998 due to the Asian financial crisis.
Bus Terminals 
There are two main bus terminals in Iligan.
- The Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal (IBJT), caters trips to and from Cagayan de Oro City and various parts of Misamis Oriental.
- Southbound Bus and Jeepney Terminal, caters trips to and from Dipolog City, Pagadian City, Ozamiz City, and Zamboanga City, various parts of Lanao del Norte and Marawi City.
Rural Transit (RTMI) and Super 5 Transport are the dominant public bus companies with daily trips from and to Iligan. Passenger vans also services various municipalities in Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Misamis Oriental.
City Transportation 
The public modes of transportation within the city are Jeepneys, Taxis, and Pedicabs. "Tartanillas" services main roads in Barangay Pala-o and Barangay Tambacan.
Telecommunications and Media 
Iligan City's pioneering communication company is PLDT-MaraTel. Bayan Telecommunications Inc., Italtel, a government controlled communications system then followed. Recently major national carriers such as PilTel, Globe Telecom, Mobile telecommunications are catered by Smart Communications, Globe Handyphone, and Sun Cellular are serving the telecommunication needs of Iligan City.
Law and Government 
Iligan City is a highly urbanized city and is independent from the Province of Lanao del Norte. Registered voters of the city no longer vote for provincial candidates such as the Governor and Vice Governor unlike its nearby towns that make up the provinces as a result to its charter as a city in the 1950s.
Iligan City's seat of government, the city hall, is located at Buhanginan Hills in Barangay Pala-o. The government structure compose of one mayor, one vice-mayor and twelve councilors. Each official is elected publicly to a 3-year term and can be re-elected up to 3 terms in succession. The day to day administration of the city is handled by the city administrator.
Iligan City is politically subdivided into 44 barangays.
Notable people 
- Tomas Cabili, Senator of the Philippines (1946-1955) and World War II veteran
- Cyrus Baguio, professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association (2003–present)
Sister Cities 
- Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines
- Makati City, Philippines
- Dipolog City, Philippines
- Butuan City, Philippines
See also 
- List of cities in the Philippines
- Northern Mindanao
- Roman Catholic Diocese of Iligan
- Baloi, Lanao del Norte
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