Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental
|Nickname(s): The Gateway to Northern Mindanao|
|Region||Northern Mindanao (Region X)|
|Founded||June 8, 1963|
|• Mayor||Oliver L. Ubaub|
|• Vice Mayor||Diosdado T. Obsioma|
|• Total||44.23 km2 (17.08 sq mi)|
|• Density||490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|Population census of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
Laguindingan is a 4th class municipality in the Province of Misamis Oriental on the Mindanao island, southern part of the Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 21,822 people in 5,416 households. Most notable landmark is the Laguindingan International Airport strategically located between Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.
Laguindingan used to be called "Daligdigan" coined from the words "daligdig" meaning trickling water from Soloan Creek and "digan" a buri plant, which was used by the early settlers as roofing and walling materials. The name later evolved into "Laguindingan" because it is easier to pronounce and has a melodious sound.
The presence of an old Spanish port "Moog" at Punta Sulawan manifest the claim that before the settlers came to Laguindingan, the place was the hideout of robbers, pirates and bandoleros because of the once thick forest cover of the municipality. A brave man named Calixto Caseres together with his family moved in from Alubijid and settled for good. Other settlers followed and soon the place became a thriving community. A number of Cagayan de Oro civilians and government officials hide in Laguindingan during the second world war. Blocking force was established in Laguindingan that let Japanese soldiers to use boat instead going to Iligan. The Philippine Independent Church was the first religious order established in the early community. The religious presence was evidenced by the Chapel erected on the highest promontory now known as Salcedo's Hill. The cross still stand today. the silent witness of the establishment of the now growing town.
Laguindingan, was a sitio of Alubijid under the municipality of Cagayan de Oro. The first Barrio Teniente was Mariano Salcedo (from Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro) which was appointed by the Alcalde de Cagayan. When Alubijid became a municipality, Proceso Pacana became the first Barrio Lieutenant until the end of World War II. Later a move to make Laguindingan a municipality was spearheaded by Glicerio Salcedo (Teniente del Barrio) who became the first Municipal Mayor of the town. The barangays that joined the move for township was known as the Sulawan Block namely: Kibaghot, Sinai, Mauswagon, Moog, Gasi, Aromahon, Tubajon, Sambulawan, Lapad and Liberty. On June 23, 1963 through House Bill No. 5612, President Diosdado Macapagal signed RA 3824, creating the municipality of Laguindingan.
Laguindingan is politically subdivided into 11 barangays, namely:
- Kibaghot (San Isidro)
- Moog (site of the Laguindingan International Airport)
Laguindingan does not have sea transportation facilities. Nearby Cagayan de Oro City is the main entry point to Misamis Oriental. From there, one would then take a bus or jeepneys from the Westbound-Bulua Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal.
Laguindingan hosts plants west of Misamis Oriental. These are Moresco-Uno that supplies the west part of Misamis Oriental and 15 barrios of Cagayan de Oro City and even in Bukidnon and portion of Iligan City. And MINDOACO (Mindanao Oxygen Acityline Corporation).
- Habal-habal is the most popular land transportation in town.
- Laguindingan Integrated Bus Terminal will be rise soon as it was proposed to the public in Laguindingan.
- Laguindingan International Airport is the upcoming air transportation in town.
There are several notable events in the town. Each barangays or barrios has its own feast locally known as Fiesta literally as festivals honoring their patron saints after achieving recognition in their own rights.
- Tobacco Festival is a one day festival celebration of Laguindinagan, held every month of July 12. Tobacco is Laguindinganon's center of commodity where immigrant from other province's and cities made their purchased of Tobacco every Sunday.
- Charter Day is the town's celebration of its townhood established on July 12, 1963. It is a non-working holiday and a roster of special activities is lined up annually to mark this special occasion.
- A Holy-Week Trek March or April (Movable) on the eve of Good Friday (Thursday evening), where hundreds of Laguindinganon trek Buntod Hill for the annual Via crucis or way of the cross. This event is the town's catholic devotees in observation of the holy week.
- Miss Teen Laguindingan (July 12) is a beauty pageant presenting the native beauty of Laguindingan lads. It is one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the Town.
- Binitinan Islet located at Mauswagon it is a rock with soil and trees where it is surrounded by sea.
- Tagbabanga Falls a place in Sinai where you walk distance.
- Hill Top (Buntod) a place where the old Iglesia Pilipina Independente Church site before it transferred. It is visible to everybody during Holy Week season where the people will walk towards the Holy Cruz.
- My Relaxing Terrace site in Tubajon a beach where many mangrove trees cited, the sand like Boracay sand.
- Berhen Milagrosa a place in Moog where it miracles it is site beside the sea, many people will Church there during Sunday it also become a tourist spot.
- Cueva Con Agua site in Mauswagon nearby the Barangay Hall, it is known as a place of enchanto, a cave that has water and being protected by Municipality of Laguindingan due to some superstitious belief.
- Tubajon Mang Groves
- Old Spanish Tower
The Gateway to Northern Mindanao
The new airport - Laguindingan International Airport - under construction in barangay Moog, Laguindingan, is currently a scar on the landscape on the northern tip of Misamis Oriental. It is expected that this new airport will become a major hub for export of agricultural and trade products, and for the import of tourists to the areas around Cagayan De Oro and Iligan City.
As you fly North from Davao to Cebu you may see Laguindingan International Airport off the port wingtip (you have to sit in an “A” seat). The photograph accompanying this new airport news item was taken just a few weeks ago and shows the runway all but complete, with only the runway direction numbers missing.
There are plans by the Philippine National Railways to connect Laguindingan to Cagayan de Oro city.
- Laguindingan Central School
- Aromahon Elementary School
- Gasi Elementary School
- Kibaghot Elementary School
- Lapad Elementary School
- Liberty Elementary School
- Mauswagon Elementary School
- Moog Elementary School
- Sambulawan Elementary School
- Sinai Elementary School
- Tubajon Elementary School
- Laguindingan National High School
- Kibaghot National High School
- Laguindingan International Airport, the first International airport in Northern Mindanao.
- Misamis Oriental
- Northern Mindanao, designated as Region X of the Philippines.
- Metro Cagayan de Oro, fourth largest metropolitan area in the Philippines.
- Cagayan de Oro
- "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013.
- "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
- Napocor refuses power for Laguindingan Airport
- Town In Misamis Oriental Is Best Site For New Airport In Northern Mindanao
- Airport Laguindingan International Airport Misamis Oriental
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- 2000 Philippine Census Information
- Local Governance Performance Management System