Misamis Occidental

Misamis was an Old Spanish town, which existed as far back as the Spanish era and was conquered strangely not by force of arms, but through faith by some Jesuit Missionaries. Though obscure, the origin of the name “Misamis” is believed to have been derived from the Subano word “Kuyamis” which is a variety of coconut. During the years the name persisted as an inference of geographical location and upon the advent of the Spanish settlers. The word “Kuyamis” easily gave way to the more conveniently pronounceable but corrupted word “Misamis”.


Subayen Keg Subano Festival – a week-long festivity marking the feast of Nuestra Señora del Street dancing which highlights the lifestyles of the Subanons as depicted in songs, dances, and other forms of simulated social expression, participated by different private/public schools, 51 barangays, and government contingents, using creative costumes and props; they parade and mime along the streets, that gives way to the genuine, authentic Subanon culture and pageantry enacted for both show and benediction.

Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park – there are also a number of choices if one thinks about spending a day or planning an overnight in a resort where you can enjoy snorkeling or diving with other sea creatures and see the lovely coral reefs at the Dolphin Island.


Some foods to eat such as patatas de galletas, shrimps, prawns and crabs.


By Land

The city is accessible by motor vehicles and buses from various points in Mindanao.

By Sea

There are passenger vessels serving routes to and from Cebu, Manila, Tagbilaran, Dumaguete and Iloilo. Shipping companies serving the Ozamiz City port include WG&A, Supper Ferry, Sulpicio Lines, Negros Navigation, and Trans Asia.

By Air

Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific Air & PAL Express has daily direct flight from Ozamiz to Manila and vice versa, also Cebu to Ozamiz.

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