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Component City
City of Ozamiz
Ozamiz Port
Ozamiz Port
Official seal of Ozamiz
Nickname(s): Pilgrimage Destination
Motto: Better Image, Better Lives
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Legislative district 2nd District of Misamis Occidental
Chartered 1757
Cityhood July 16, 1948[1]
Barangays 51
 • Mayor Reynaldo O. Parojinog Sr. (NUP)
 • Vice Mayor Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez (NUP)
 • Land 169.95 km2 (65.62 sq mi)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Density 774/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
 • Language(s) Cebuano, Filipino, English, Ilonggo, Ilocano, Maguindanao
Demonym(s) Ozamiznon
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Income class 3rd class

Ozamiz (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Ozamiz, Filipino: Lungsod ng Ozamiz) is a third class city in the province of Misamis Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of people.[4] Although City Resolution 251-05 officially spelled Ozamiz with a "z" as its last letter rather than with an "s", it is alternatively spelled as Ozamis.


  • Geography 1
    • Barangays 1.1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Economy 4
    • Shopping 4.1
  • Tourism and culture 5
    • Notable events and festivals 5.1
    • Attractions 5.2
  • Transportation 6
    • Air 6.1
    • Sea 6.2
    • Land 6.3
  • Education 7
  • Health 8
  • Media 9
  • Sister cities 10
  • See also 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13


Ozamiz is close to Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte provinces, while across the bay is Lanao del Norte. It is 45-minute drive from Oroquieta City, 30 mins drive from Tangub City, 20 mins drive from Tudela, less than 2 hrs drive from Pagadian City, 3 hrs drive from Dipolog City, Dapitan city and 4 hrs drive to Cagayan de Oro City. Lanao del Norte is only a 20 mins ferry ride across Panguil Bay. Ozamiz city is 52 kilometres (32 mi) from Maria Cristina Falls, the main source of hydroelectric power in Mindanao.


Ozamiz City is politically subdivided into 51 barangays.[3]

  • Aguada (Urban)
  • Bacolod
  • Bagakay
  • Balintawak
  • Bañadero (Urban)
  • Baybay San Roque (Urban)
  • Baybay Santa Cruz (Urban)
  • Baybay Triunfo (Urban)
  • Bongbong
  • Calabayan
  • Capucao C.
  • Capucao P.
  • Carangan
  • Carmen Annex (Urban)
  • Catadman-Manabay (Urban)
  • Cavinte
  • Cogon
  • Dalapang
  • Diguan
  • Dimaluna
  • Doña Consuelo
  • Embargo
  • Gala
  • Gango
  • Gotokan Daku
  • Gotokan Diot
  • Guimad
  • Guingona
  • Kinuman Norte
  • Kinuman Sur
  • Labinay
  • Labo
  • Lam-an (Urban)
  • Liposong
  • Litapan
  • Malaubang (Urban)
  • Manaka
  • Maningcol (Urban)
  • Mentering
  • Molicay
  • Pantaon
  • Pulot
  • San Antonio
  • Sangay Daku
  • Sangay Diot
  • Sinuza
  • Stimson Abordo (Montol)
  • Tabid
  • Tinago (Urban)
  • Trigos
  • 50th District (Urban)


Entrance to Spanish fort

The city of Ozamiz grew out of an old Spanish town called Misamis—a name believed to have been derived from the Subanen word "Kuyamis," a variety of coconut. Other unverified historical sources, however, suggest that the name Misamis came from "Misa" after the Catholic Mass. The origin and the growth of the old Spanish town, Misamis, was due to the presence of the Spanish garrison stationed at the stone fort named Nuestra Senora dela Concepcion del Triunfo, which was constructed sometimes the 18th century in order to control the pirate activities originating in the nearby Lanao area. In 1850, the town of Misamis became the capital of the District of Misamis.

After the Second World War, Misamis became a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act 321 on July 16, 1948. RA 321 also renamed Misamis to Ozamiz after a WW-II hero José Ozámiz who hailed from the province of Misamis Occidental and who at one time also served as its governor and congressional representative of the Lone District of Misamis Occidental, a delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention that resulted in the creation of the 1935 Constitution for the Philippine Commonwealth Government. In 1941, José Ozámiz was elected to the Philippine Senate.



Ozamiz City is agricultural by resources, but it has become the center for Commerce, Health, Transportation, and Education in this part of Mindanao, considering its strategic location and its peaceful atmosphere. The city has good harbor location, its local port is the principal outlet of mineral deposits, agricultural and forest products of the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Maguindanao, parts of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.


Due to the location of the city, Ozamiz City enjoys several and notable malls and shopping centers within its city center. People coming from Misamis Occidental, parts of Lanao del Norte and parts of Zamboanga del Sur will come also to Ozamiz for their shopping needs.

Gaisano Capital Mall Ozamiz is noted as the biggest mall in the city with the expansion of a new South Wing Mall in 2011. Novo Ozamiz also expand and construct their own bigger building with a hotel named Asia Novotel in 2010. Unitop Ozamiz also expand their building in 2012 in front of City Public Mall with a bridge/sky walk for an easy access from the 2nd floor of both buildings. City Public Mall, formerly known as City Public Market, is the biggest public establishment in Northwestern Mindanao. It is owned and managed by the Local Government Unit of Ozamiz and opened on May 28, 2009. Robinsons Supermarket opened to the public on November 30, 2012.

Tourism and culture

Notable events and festivals

The feast of Our Lady of Triumph of the Cross at Cotta Shrine is celebrated every July 16 which is also the Charter City anniversary. Subayan Keg Subanon festival is also held on the same day. The Cotta entertainment area has free live band concerts and other musical variety shows each weekend. Fireworks displays are held at Cotta during Fiesta and holidays. It can be seen across Panguil bay as far as Lanao del Norte.

The feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception is celebrated every December 8 while every 4th Sunday of January is the Sr. Sto. Nino Fluvial Parade held at Panguil Bay. Balanghoy Festival is held annually at Cotta area.


Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo
  • Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo – also known as Cotta Fort and Shrine, is a fort built in 1755 by Father Jose Ducos to serve as a Spanish outpost in the area. A special chapel was built inside the walls of the fort and an image of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, in the pink and blue attire, was enshrined in the chapel and outside the fort on the wall facing the bay, was a carved image of the Virgin Mary. The image on the Cotta's wall is believed to be miraculously growing and has been the object of pilgrimage. The fort was renovated and restored to its original design in 2006.
  • Bukagan Hill – has a view of the city, Panguil bay, the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Jesus Y. Varela, the huge bells were installed in Bukagan Hill Bells and officially inaugurated on July 16, 1948.[5]
  • Naomi's Botanical Garden and tourists Inn – sits on a 12 hectare property of local and imported tropical flowers, plants and fruit seedlings. There are fully air-conditioned private rooms, Function halls, tennis court, Golf range, ceramics factory, pottery and a bakery inside this sprawling garden.
  • Mt. Malindang Golf and country Club – this is a pre-war army facility converted into a golf course located in Bagakay at the foot of Mount Malindang.
  • Immaculate Conception Pipe organ – found in the choir loft of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, is the only existing pipe organ in Mindanao and one among the few throughout the country. An Irish Columban priest, Father Sean Lavery, who was in charge of the liturgical and musical development in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral realized the need for an organ. Funds were raised through donations and a musical extravaganza organized by the parish raised enough money to buy the pipe organ. Father Lavery asked the help of a German priest, Father Herman Schablitzki S.V.D., who came to Ozamiz City to get the specification needed to guide the organ builders in Germany. Father Schablitzki himself, assisted by one carpenter and one electrician, assembled the organ in six weeks and it was completed on May 31, 1967. It was inaugurated on July 16, 1967; the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.[6]



Ozamiz Airport, Ozamiz City, Philippines

Ozamiz-Labo Airport was reopened last July 5, 2007, 9 years after Philippine Airlines (PAL) stopped their operations using Fokker and Sunriser planes in 1998 and eventually its closure due to short runway in which cannot accommodate jet planes. Air Philippines, a subsidiary airline of PAL, was the first airline served the airport for Manila using B737-200 which is also the first jet plane to land the airport. PAL Express, also subsidiary by PAL, was then served in Ozamiz for Cebu again using their Q300/Q400. Cebu Pacific Air also launched and opened their service in Ozamiz with its first flight from Cebu last November 10, 2008 using the brand-new ATR72-500. Due to strategic location and increasing the volume of passengers, cargo and tourist arrivals, Cebu Pacific launched its Manila route using the spacious and bigger Airbus 319 and the comeback of Philippine Airlines (PAL) take-over the Air Philippines service to Manila using also the Airbus 319 last June 16, 2009. Due to fierce airline competition, increasing of flights to/from Manila and Cebu was complement with the comeback of Airphil Express (formerly Air Philippines) for Ozamiz-Manila v.v. last August 18, 2011 using their brand-new and bigger Airbus A320. Cebu Pacific Air also change its aircraft from Airbus 319 to Airbus 320 for Manila and from ATR72-500 to Airbus 319/Airbus 320 for Cebu last 2010–2011. In 2012, Philippine Airlines stop their operations to Manila last March 25, 2012 and retake-over again by Airphil Express. Airphil Express also change their aircraft from Q400 to Airbus 320 for Cebu flights last summer. Cebu Pacific Air also increase its flight to Manila in late afternoon last summer until July 2012. as of now, Airphil Express and Cebu Pacific Air served to Manila and Cebu using Q400, Airbus 319, and Airbus 320. The influx of airline companies serving Ozamiz City and the general areas of Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur will surely benefit the riding public due to fierce airfare competition.


There are several major shipping lines serving Cebu and Iligan routes namely: 2GO Travel (formerly SuperFerry, Negros Navigation and Cebu Ferries), Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Carlos A. Gothong Lines, and Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp.(PSACC former Sulpicio Lines). Cokaliong Shipping Lines increased their Cebu service from thrice to 5 times weekly. Local shipping lines like Daima have trips from Ozamiz to Mukas, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte routes through Roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferries that transport passengers, cars/trucks and goods across Panguil bay.


Rural Transit, Super Five Transport, & Lotradisco are the dominant public land transportations to Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro City, & Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte ferrying across the Panguil Bay and to Pagadian City, Dipolog City, and Dapitan City. The public mode of transportation within the city is by trisikad/pedicab and motorized tricycle. Passenger Vans, Ordinary Jeepneys, & Multicab Jeepneys are also available for Oroquieta, Dipolog, Cotabato, Molave, Calamba, Jimenez, Bonifacio, Tangub, Don Victoriano, Tudela, Clarin, Plaridel, Lopez Jaena, Baliangao, Concepcion, Sinacaban, Panaon, & Sapang Dalaga routes.


The presence of two universities in Ozamiz, La Salle University (Ozamiz City), formerly known as Immaculate Conception College (ICC) and Misamis University, makes it a premier education center in Northern Mindanao. Students coming from Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental come to Ozamiz to pursue their college education.

College/University Location
Misamis University Feliciano St., Aguada, Ozamiz City
La Salle University (Ozamiz City) La Salle St. and Valconcha St., Aguada, Ozamiz City
Medina College-Ozamiz National Highway, Maningcol, Ozamiz City
Misamis Institute of Technology National Highway, Bañadero, Ozamiz City
Northwestern Mindanao Institute of Technology (NMIT) National Highway, Bañadero, Ozamiz City
Our Lady of Triumph Institute of Technology (OLTIT) National Highway, Bañadero, Ozamiz City
Northwestern Mindanao School of Technology (NMST) Port Road-Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
Immaculate Conception School of Technology (ICST) Port Road-Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
Vocational Institute of the Philippines and Maritime Training Center Pingol St., Lam-an, Ozamiz City
Computer Technology College Cebedo St., 50th District, Ozamiz City
Ozamiz City Technology and Vocational School Aguada, Ozamiz City

Secondary Schools:[7]

  • Misamis Union High School formerly Misamis Chinese High School. This is the only Chinese School in Misamis Occidental.
  • Ozamiz City National High School
  • Labo National High School
  • Pulot National High School
  • Stimpson Abordo National High School
  • Labinay National High School
  • San Antonio National High School
  • Ozamiz City School of Arts and Trades
  • FMC MA School and Tutorial Services, Inc.


Hospitals and healthcare facilities:

  • Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (MHARS-RTTH)- a 200 bed capacity tertiary hospital owned by the Dept. of Health.
  • Misamis University Medical center (MUMC)- a tertiary hospital located at Brgy. Bagakay.
  • Medina General Hospital- a 200 bed capacity tertiary hospital located at Brgy. Carmen Annex.
  • Faith Hospital
  • S.M. Lao Memorial Hospital
  • St. Joseph General Hospital, formerly St. Mary General Hospital


  • Misamis Cable TV Network
  • ABS-CBN (MIT-RTVN) Channel 7
  • GMA TV Channel 5 – relay TV station
  • CNN Philippines Channel 9 - relay TV station
  • GMA News TV Channel 22
  • AksyonTV Channel 31
  • Brigada News TV 37 - Originating TV station
  • Sonshine TV Channel 27
  • 3ABN Channel 35
  • ABS-CBN Sports+Action Channel 23
  • 2nd Avenue Channel 29
  • ETC Channel 33
  • TV5 Channel 13 -Originating TV station
  • UNTV Channel 47
  • KMTV (Misamis Cable Channel 16, Fil Products Channel 15)
  • Radio One FM 97.5 MHz (DXLM-FM)
  • Dan-ag sa Dakbayan Broadcasting Network – DXDD-AM 657, DXDD-FM 100.7 Cool Radio
  • DXYO 89.7 MHz Yes! FM (Pacific Broadcasting System Inc.)
  • DXUC 102.1 MHz Wild FM by UM Broadcasting Network Inc.
  • Energy FM 92.7 MHz by Ultrasonic Broadcasting System Inc.
  • DXTM 93.3 MHz Easy Rock (Cebu Broadcasting Company)
  • La Salle University-Ozamiz – LSU-FM 94.5 MHz
  • Radio Mindanao Network DXOC-AM 1494 "Radyo Mo Nationwide"; DXOC-FM 96.1 MHz iFM
  • DXMO FM 102.9 MHz Magnum Radio Ozamiz
  • DXYQ-FM Sonshine Radio 104.1 MHz
  • DXSO 98.9 MHz Star FM Ozamiz (Newsounds Broadcasting Network Inc.)
  • DXBO 104.5 MHz Brigada News FM Ozamiz
  • DXCW 106.1 MHz Crossover Ozamiz
  • DXWN 107.5 MHz Win Radio Ozamiz (Progressive Broadcasting Corp.)
  • DXSY-AM 1242 kHz "Radyo Bantay" (Times Broadcasting Network Corp.)
  • DXEL fm - sharp radio 89.1 MHz by Prime broadcasting Network inc.
  • DXOZ FM Radyo5 91.9 MHz (TV5)
  • 88.1 MHz DWIZ 882 (relay radio station)
  • 103.7 MHz DZAS (relay radio station)
  • DXRB-FM 91.3 MHz "Radyo ng Bayan" (Philippine Broadcasting Service Inc.)

Sister cities

See also


  1. ^ History of Misamis now Ozamiz City
  2. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 14 July 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Province: MISAMIS OCCIDENTAL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 14 July 2014. 
  5. ^ "The February Revolution and Other Reflections", by Miguel Bernad, S.J, 1986.
  6. ^ “How An Entire City Built An Organ”, by Bernad, Miguel S.J., Manila: Solidaridad Publishing House, 1968
  7. ^ "City of Ozamis (Ozamiz) : Schools". Retrieved July 2, 2014. 

External links

  • Ozamiz City Government
  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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