Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental

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Municipality of Laguindingan
Laguindingan International Airport
Laguindingan International Airport
Official seal of Laguindingan
Nickname(s): Gateway to Northern Mindanao
Map of Misamis Oriental with Laguindingan highlighted
Map of Misamis Oriental with Laguindingan highlighted
Laguindingan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°35′N 124°27′E / 8.583°N 124.450°E / 8.583; 124.450Coordinates: 08°35′N 124°27′E / 8.583°N 124.450°E / 8.583; 124.450
Country Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Misamis Oriental
District 2nd district of Misamis Oriental
Founded June 8, 1963
Barangays 11
 • Mayor Oliver L. Ubaub
 • Vice Mayor Diosdado T. Obsioma
 • Total 44.23 km2 (17.08 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 21,822
 • Density 490/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9019
Dialing code 88
Income class 4th

Laguindingan is a fourth 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.[3] Most notable landmark is the Laguindingan Airport, located between Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.


Laguindingan is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.[2]

  • Aromahon
  • Gasi
  • Kibaghot (San Isidro)
  • Lapad
  • Liberty
  • Mauswagon
  • Moog
  • Poblacion
  • Sambulawan
  • Sinai
  • Tubajon


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.


Population census of Laguindingan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 15,503 —    
1995 16,521 +1.20%
2000 18,451 +2.40%
2007 19,952 +1.08%
2010 21,822 +3.31%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Laguindingan hosts plants west of Misamis Oriental. These are MORESCO 1[4] 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).


  • Binitinan Islet located at Mauswagon it is a rock with soil and trees where it is surrounded by sea.
  • Tagbabanga Spring a place in Sinai where you walk distance from the National Highway. This spring is the source of potable water that is the source of drinking water not only in Barangay Sinai but to some neighboring barangays as well.
  • 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

Town events[edit]

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.
  • Town Fiesta April 20 the original town fiesta of Laguindingan. Majority of the people of Poblacion celebrating the fiesta.


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.

By land
  • 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.
By air
  • Laguindingan Airport is the air transportation in town.[5] The new airport is in barangay Moog, Laguindingan, and is expected to 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. There are plans by the Philippine National Railways to connect Laguindingan to Cagayan de Oro city.


Public schools:

  • Elementary
    • 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
  • Secondary
    • Laguindingan National High School
    • Kibaghot National High School

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 1 July 2013. Retrieved 5 September 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: MISAMIS ORIENTAL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. ^ Napocor refuses power for Laguindingan Airport
  5. ^ Town In Misamis Oriental Is Best Site For New Airport In Northern Mindanao

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