Villanueva, Misamis Oriental

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Municipality of Villanueva
Map of Misamis Oriental with Villanueva highlighted
Map of Misamis Oriental with Villanueva highlighted
Villanueva is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°35′N 124°47′E / 8.583°N 124.783°E / 8.583; 124.783Coordinates: 08°35′N 124°47′E / 8.583°N 124.783°E / 8.583; 124.783
Country Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Misamis Oriental
District 2nd district of Misamis Oriental
Founded June 16, 1962
Barangays 11
 • Mayor Julio T. Uy
 • Total 48.80 km2 (18.84 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 31,966
 • Density 660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9002
Dialing code 88
Income class 2nd

Villanueva is a second class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. It is approximately 30–40 minutes away from the city of Cagayan de Oro. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 31,966 people.[3]

The presence of companies like Philippine Sinter Corporation (PSC), STEAG State Power Inc., Purina, and recent opening Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc. contributes to the municipality's income although it is largely agricultural.

Villanueva celebrates the feast of the Our Lady of Guadalupe every 12 December.


Long before the advent of Spanish colonization, the place was originally named “Bongloy” by the natives called the Magahats, because of the three gigantic Bongloy trees that grew in the place where the Catholic church and town plaza stands today.

In 1830, the mission of Jasaan, an adjacent town to the north, was to establish separation from Cagayan de Oro and evangelization to as far as the towns of Sumilao, Linabo and Malitbog in the province of Bukidnon. Its center of civilization and the first Church was at “Daanglungsod” which is now the Aplaya, Jasaan, where an old kota (watchtower) still exists, thus marked the birth of Christianity in Bongloy.

Father Gregorio Parache, S.J., - (432 local historical sources of Northern Mindanao by Father Francisco Demetrio, S. J), who was the parish priest of Jasaan at that time brought a certain Captain Villanueva to Bongloy. Villanueva was a Mexican-American soldier who was one of the occupants of Balingasag Convent during the American occupation of the Philippines.

Father Parache requested Captain Villanueva to assist him in the plans and then commissioned the captain to develop a potable water and irrigation system in the Bongloy area. As the years passed, the Magahats moved eastward below the town of Claveria and began calling Bongloy as Villanueva in honor of the captain. The word Villanueva was handed down through word of mouth in the succeeding generations.


Villanueva is politically subdivided into 11 barangays.[2]

  • Balacanas
  • Dayawan
  • Katipunan
  • Kimaya
  • Poblacion 1
  • Poblacion 2
  • Poblacion 3
  • San Martin
  • Tambobong
  • Imelda
  • Looc


Population census of Villanueva
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 17,122 —    
1995 21,310 +4.19%
2000 24,867 +3.36%
2007 29,315 +2.30%
2010 31,966 +3.20%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


  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. 

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