Villanueva, Misamis Oriental

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Municipality of Villanueva
Villanueva Municipal Covered Court
Villanueva Municipal Covered Court
Map of Misamis Oriental with Villanueva highlighted
Map of Misamis Oriental with Villanueva highlighted
Villanueva is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 8°35′N 124°47′E / 8.58°N 124.78°E / 8.58; 124.78Coordinates: 8°35′N 124°47′E / 8.58°N 124.78°E / 8.58; 124.78
Country Philippines
RegionNorthern Mindanao (Region X)
ProvinceMisamis Oriental
District2nd District
FoundedJune 16, 1962
Barangays11 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorJennie Rosalie T. Uy
 • Vice MayorEdwin C. Dagasuhan
 • CongressmanJuliette T. Uy
 • Electorate20,629 voters (2016)
 • Total48.80 km2 (18.84 sq mi)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total39,378
 • Density810/km2 (2,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)88
Climate typetropical climate
Income class2nd municipal income class
Revenue (₱)193.5 million  (2016)
Native languagesCebuano
Subanon language

Villanueva, officially the Municipality of Villanueva, is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 39,378 people.[3]


Long before the 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.

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


Population census of Villanueva
YearPop.±% p.a.
1970 6,889—    
1975 9,863+7.46%
1980 11,895+3.82%
1990 17,122+3.71%
1995 21,310+4.19%
YearPop.±% p.a.
2000 24,867+3.36%
2007 29,315+2.30%
2010 31,966+3.20%
2015 39,378+4.05%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][4][5][6]

In the 2015 census, the population of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental, was 39,378 people,[3] with a density of 810 inhabitants per square kilometre or 2,100 inhabitants per square mile.


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.[7] In 2015, it celebrated its ″1st Bongloy Festival″.[8]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Misamis Oriental". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Census of Population (2015). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region X (Northern Mindanao)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  6. ^ "Province of Misamis Oriental". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  7. ^ Poole, Stafford. "Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Origins and Sources of a Mexican National Symbol, 1531-1797". University of Arizona Press, 1995. Retrieved 6 November 2015.
  8. ^ "Villanueva celebrates its "1st Bongloy Festival"". Riain Alfonso. Sun Star Cagayan de Oro. Retrieved 12 December 2015.

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