Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon

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Manolo Fortich
Official seal of Manolo Fortich
Nickname(s): "Adventure Capital of Bukidnon"
Map of Bukidnon with Manolo Fortich highlighted
Map of Bukidnon with Manolo Fortich highlighted
Manolo Fortich is located in Philippines
Manolo Fortich
Manolo Fortich
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 08°22′N 124°52′E / 8.367°N 124.867°E / 8.367; 124.867Coordinates: 08°22′N 124°52′E / 8.367°N 124.867°E / 8.367; 124.867
Country Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Bukidnon
District 1st district of Bukidnon
Founded April 4, 1946
Barangays 15
 • Mayor Rogelio N. Quiño
 • Total 413.60 km2 (159.69 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 91,026
 • Density 220/km2 (570/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8703
Dialing code 88
Income class 1st

Manolo Fortich is a first class municipality in the province of Bukidnon, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 91,026 people.[3]

Manolo Fortich used to be known as Maluko; it was renamed in 1957.[4]


The municipality of Manolo Fortich has a total area of 506.64 square kilometres (195.61 sq mi), accounting 6.1% of the total land area of the province of Bukidnon.

Manolo Fortich is situated in the northern part of the Province of Bukidnon. It is about 40 minutes away from the bustling commercial center of Cagayan de Oro City.

It is bounded in the north by Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, and the Municipality of Malitbog. In the east by the Municipality of Sumilao, in the west by the Municipality of Libona and Baungon and in the south by the rugged ranges of Mount Kitanglad.


The climate is classified as belonging to type IV or Intermediate. It is characterized by a moderate dry season with average rainfall of about 2,000 millimetres (79 in). Its temperature is relatively cool and humid making the place suitable for production of any kind of crops. Production of high valued crops, which include vegetables, cut flowers and ornamentals is a big potential in the area.


Manolo Fortich is politically subdivided into 22 barangays.[2]

Manolo Fortich political map
  • Agusan Canyon
  • Alae
  • Dahilayan
  • Dalirig
  • Damilag
  • Dicklum
  • Guilang-guilang
  • Kalugmanan
  • Lindaban
  • Lingion
  • Lunocan
  • Maluko
  • Mambatangan
  • Mampayag
  • Minsuro
  • Mantibugao
  • Tankulan (Pob.)
  • San Miguel
  • Sankanan
  • Santiago
  • Santo Niño
  • Ticala


Before the coming of the Spaniards, the term "Bukidnon" referred to as the semi-sedentary indigenous inhabitants of the high plateaus and rugged mountain ranges of central Mindanao. The more prominent of these peoples were the "Manobos" who were the earliest settlers of this region. Located on the northern part of Bukidnon, is the Municipality of Manolo Fortich.

The great pre-historic Asiatic migration was believed to have brought the early settlers of Bukidnon. It was theorized that they came from places of what is now known as Indonesia. Traveling by the sea, these migrants reached the gulf of Davao where some ventured further to areas of what is now known as Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental. The Asiatic beginnings of these people can be seen from their oral tradition and folktales, like the "Kalikat Hu Mga Elaw Dini Ta Mindanao" (Origin of the People of Mindanao). This folktale revolved on the story of two brothers from Asia "who crossed the seas" in their long journey "towards the east" which refers to the islands of the Philippines. The brothers reportedly landed in the island of Mindanao. With the region experiencing a drought, one of the brothers was forced to venture Northward in order to survive. He did this by following a dried up river to its almost dried up source, a lake. He settled and inter-married with the local inhabitants in the upstream of what is now known as Pulangi River. He and his family were considered as the ancestors of the present Bukidnons.

During the pre-historic era, the Bukidnons, also called Montesses or mountain-people, had settled in the area of what is now the Province of Bukidnon. These people have remained traditional till 1860 preserving most of their customs and traditions. Furthermore, these people had not been significantly influenced by the Spanish colonizers because of their isolation. The rugged mountain ranges and high plateaus which serve as home to these people presented an overwhelming obstacle to these colonizers. The Bukidnons undoubtedly have links to the culture predominant in the Southeast Asian region as evidenced by the similar customs and traditions. Their presence here can be traced to the early migration of these Asians throughout the region. Today, the surviving tribes inhabiting the mountains of Bukidnon still bear the culture they have inherited from their ancestors.

Manolo Fortich is named after Don Manolo Fortich, a provincial resident of Barrio Damilag being the first Governor (1902-1914) of the District of Bukidnon.

The original name of the Municipality is Maluko, was governed by Santiago Mambinonsad who was appointed as Alcalde de Barrio from 1922 to 1924. It was during the term of Ciriaco Asilan as Presidente del Barrio from 1926 to 1928, that the seat of government was transferred in Tankulan, which became the permanent seat of Municipal Government. Mayor Mateo Gumaling, was the first appointed mayor of Manolo Fortich and in 1940 Margarito Cabang became the first elected Mayor.


Population census of Manolo Fortich
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1990 61,329 —    
1995 67,400 +1.78%
2000 74,252 +2.10%
2007 82,051 +1.39%
2010 91,026 +3.85%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

As of the 2010 census, the population of the municipality is 91,026 people, up from 82,051 in 2007. Manolo Fortich belongs to a very low-density area which has only approximately 162 persons per square kilometre. The urban population is confined in barangays Agusan Canyon, Damilag and Tankulan.

Ethnic origin[edit]

There are three major ethnic groups in Manolo Fortich and they are the Higaonon, Talaandig and the Cebuano-Bohol ethnic groups. the latter were mostly migrants from Cebu and Bohol who came to work as agricultural laborers in the planatation and orchard farms of the highland plateau, about 55% of the residents are Higaonons who are indigenous people in the area.


Cebuano-Visayan is the major dialect spoken. In the upland barangay plateau areas of Dahilayan, Guilang-guilang, Kalugmanan, Santiago and Ticala, the Higa-onon and Talaandig speak their local dialect called "binukid".

Natural resources[edit]

Water/drainage systems[edit]

Manolo Fortich has three major river systems crisscrossing the upstream and downstream agricultural lands. These are the Tagoloan, Mangima and Agusan RIvers, which serve as natural boundaries and drainage of excess water and run-off from around the municipality. The other rivers of the municipality are, among others: Dicklum, Kumaykay, Guihian, Tasaon and Kulaman Rivers. The river systems also serve as sources of potable water supply for domestic use. About 26 creeks spread across nine barangays in the municipality.


Forest areas in Manolo Fortich are found in two barangays along the Mt. Kitanglad Range. Mt. Kitanglad hosts a diverse species of flora and fauna, many of them rare and endemic, making it a potential for tourism and bio-diversity research.


The major metallic mineral found in the municipality is chromite and the non-metallic includes semi-precious stones. Also available are clay, limestone, feldspar, silica quartz and schist.

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: 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. 
  4. ^ "An Act Changing the Name of the Municipality of Maluko, Province of Bukidnon, to Municipality of Manolo Fortich". Retrieved 2011-04-12. 

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