Kitaotao, Bukidnon

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Kitaotao Municipal Hall
Kitaotao Municipal Hall
Official seal of Kitaotao
Nickname(s): The Municipality at the hips of Bukidnon ; Friendly Municipality in Province of Bukidnon ; Mango Capital of Bukidnon
Map of Bukidnon with Kitaotao highlighted
Map of Bukidnon with Kitaotao highlighted
Kitaotao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 07°38′N 125°01′E / 7.633°N 125.017°E / 7.633; 125.017Coordinates: 07°38′N 125°01′E / 7.633°N 125.017°E / 7.633; 125.017
Country Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Bukidnon
District 3rd district of Bukidnon
Founded June 18, 1966
Barangays 35
 • Mayor Lorenzo A. Gawilan Jr.
 • Total 788.78 km2 (304.55 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 49,488
 • Density 63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8716
Dialing code 88
Income class 1st

Kitaotao is a first class municipality in the province of Bukidnon, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 49,488 people.[3]


Kitaotao is situated in the southern part of Bukidnon. It lies in the 124°24’ east longitude and 7°40’ to 7°39 south longitude. It is bounded in the north by the municipalities of Don Carlos, Quezon and San Fernando; and the municipalities of Kadingilan, Dangcagan, and Kibawe in the west; and then the province of North Cotabato in the south and Davao City in the east.


The area along the Sayre Highway is a plateau while the eastern portion including the Upper Pulangi region is mostly rolling hills with varying mountain slopes.

There are several mountains along the North Cotabato-Davao del Norte Border. Foremost of them are Mt. Sinaka, Mt. Malambo, Mt. Molawit, Mt. Makaayat, Mt. Kibinaton, Mt. Mahanao, Mt. Sumalili, Mt. Zita, and Mt. Kibanda which serve as the sanctuaries of the rare Philippine wildlife. It featured also the numerous waterfalls such as Sumalili, Kinanoran, Matigol and Lalapoy Falls which can be found in the Upper Pulangi region.

Drainage is generally directed southwards where the principal rivers: Pulangi, Muleta, Kulaman, Rawari, Zita, and Salog River.


Kitaotao is politically subdivided into 35 barangays.[2]

  • Balangigay
  • Balukbukan
  • Bershiba
  • Bobong
  • Bolocaon
  • Cabalantian
  • Calapaton
  • Sinaysayan (Dalurong)
  • Kahusayan
  • Kalumihan
  • Kauyonan
  • Kimolong
  • Kitaihon
  • Kitobo
  • Magsaysay
  • Malobalo
  • Metebagao
  • Sagundanon
  • Pagan
  • Panganan
  • Poblacion
  • San Isidro
  • San Lorenzo
  • Santo Rosario
  • Sinuda (Simod)
  • Tandong
  • Tawas
  • White Kulaman
  • Napalico
  • Digongan
  • Kiulom
  • Binoongan
  • Kipilas
  • East Dalurong
  • West Dalurong


Cultural history[edit]

During the Spanish regime, a Manobo Tribe in Bukidnon, headed by Datu Tayaotao, was known among its neighboring settlements for his bravery and leadership. When the Spaniards invaded Cotabato, in one of their drives to expand their colonial control over the Philippines, Datu Tayaotao was called upon for help by one Datu Muslim. The combined forces of the Muslims and Manobo successfully repulsed the Spanish operation.

A feast was declared by the Muslim chief to honor and thank Datu Tayaotao and his men. During the feast, the Muslim chief offered his only daughter to Datu Tayaotao to be his wife, as reward and bond, to strengthen the relation of the two tribes.

The wedding took place at Datu Tayaotao’s enclave, followed by a three-day feast. The Muslim Datu, overwhelmed by the gaiety and lavishness of the celebration, proclaimed and called Datu Tayaotao as Datu Kitaotao, the chief of the land of wealth. After his death, the locality was named after Datu Kitaotao.

Political history[edit]

Kitaotao was once part of the district of Maramag. The creation of Kibawe in 1956 as a new district reclassified Kitaotao as part of Kibawe. After the Second World War, municipalities were created from the existing district and some settlements. In 1961, President Carlos P. Garcia issued Executive Order No. 444 for the creation of the municipality.

Under the sponsorship of Bukidnon Congressman Benjamin Tabios, House Bill No. 1655 was passed by Congress and approved by President Ferdinand E. Marcos as Republic Act No. 4801 for the creation of Kitaotao into a municipality on June 16, 1966. Its first political election was held in November 1967, electing Eusebio B. Pabualan as Kitaotao’s first municipal mayor. At present, Kitaotao is composed of 35 barangays and 108 sitios, with an approximate area of 52, 512 hectares.


Population census of Kitaotao
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 34,472 —    
1995 38,404 +2.04%
2000 26,073 −7.97%
2007 42,212 +6.87%
2010 49,488 +5.96%
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: BUKIDNON". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 12 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 12 June 2014. 

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