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Oroquieta City

Dakbayan sa Oroquieta
Lungsod ng Oroquieta
Component City


Map of Misamis Occidental showing the location of Oroquieta

Location within the

Coordinates: 8°29′0″N 123°48′0″E / 8.48333°N 123.80000°E / 8.48333; 123.80000Coordinates: 8°29′0″N 123°48′0″E / 8.48333°N 123.80000°E / 8.48333; 123.80000

Country Philippines
Island Mindanao
Class 4th Class City
Province Misamis Occidental
Barrios or Barangays 47
 • Type City Legislative Council
 • Mayor Jason P. Almonte (LP)
 • Vice-Mayor Harry J. Guantero (LP)
 • Sangguniang Panlungsod
Population (2010)
 • Total 68,945
 • Demonym Oroquietanon
 • Language(s) Cebuano, Filipino, English,
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP Code[1] 07207
Ecclesiastical Province Archdiocese of Ozamis
Patron Saint Our Lady of Holy Rosary
Diocesan Head Most Rev. Fr. Jesus Dosado

Oroquieta is a city in the Philippines. It is the capital city of the province of Misamis Occidental. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 68,945 people.


Some sources reveal that the town got its name from a famous barrio in Spain where Father Toas Tomas Casado, the first parish priest here, and General Domingo Mariones y Murillo, a hero in the battle of Oroquieta was born.


Layawan was the oldest name of Oroquieta, which was the barrio in the province of Misamis since 1861 until 1879. The early settlers then of the barrio were Boholano peddlers. They found so many stray animals along the river, thus they named the place Layawan, which means a place of stray animals. A little later, Misamis was divided into two provinces, Misamis Occidental and Oriental. Then in 1880, Layawan changed its name into Oroquieta when it became a town. Some sources revealed that the town got its name from a famous barrio in Spain where Father Toas Tomas Casado, the first parish priest here and General Domingo Mariones y Murillo, a hero in the battle of Oroquieta, were born.

Another version is that Oroquieta had derived its name from the word ‘ORO’ and ‘KITA’. The early inhabitants then had found gold along the river. Thus, the name ‘ORO’ which means Gold and ‘QUITA’ or ‘KITA’ which means to find.

Oroquieta became the capital (cabecera) on January 6, 1930.

Layawan river

Many years had passed; Oroquieta progressed by leaps and bounds until finally it became the capital town (cabecera) on January 6, 1930. As capital town, people of various neighboring provinces came and inhabited in the place where they earn their living through fishing, farming, merchandising and other forms of businesses. Soon afterwards its income increased simultaneously with increase in population.

It is worthy to note that sometime in 1942, Oroquieta was made the capital of the free Philippines by the guerillas. (Personal interview with the late Atty. Vicente Blanco, Municipal Mayor during the Japanese Occupation)

It must be remembered that during this time the late President Manuel L. Quezon together with the late Sergio Osmeña, Sr., a bodyguard and Major Manuel Nieto, Sr. landed in Oroquieta after their evacuation from Corregidor to Australia.

The seat of government of the Free Philippines then was the Capitol. The Free Philippine Government was then issuing Misamis Occidental emergency notes. Late President Quezon, upon knowing that Oroquieta was made a capital of the Free Philippines and that the town was issuing emergency notes, authorized the Printing of the Mindanao emergency note.

Another noteworthy incident during the Japanese occupation was the visit of the former President of the Philippines, Ferdinand E. Marcos and Major Manzano to Oroquieta. That time, the Commanding General of Mindanao was the late Col Wendell Fertig.

Oroquieta was created a City under R.A. 5518 and inaugurated as a chartered city on January 1, 1970. The charter converting the municipality of Oroquieta into a city are signed by President Marcos on June 25, 1969 in the presence of the then City Mayor, the late Ciriaco C. Pastrano, with the newly elected councilors and other city officials.


Oroquieta City is bounded on the south by Aloran and the north by Lopez Jaena. On the eastern side is Iligan Bay, with Concepcion on the southwest and Sapang Dalaga on the northwest. Lowland plains and coastal lowlands are located in the City’s eastern side while highlands and mountains tower over its western side. The City occupies roughly 26,393 hectares, the majority of which comprises the mountain barangays of Mialen, Toliyok, and Sebucal, averaging less than a thousand hectares per Barangay, the 47 barangays of the City outsize its urbanized counterparts.

Administrative divisions

Oroquieta City is politically subdivided into 47 barangays.

  • Apil
  • Binuangan
  • Bolibol
  • Buenavista
  • Bunga
  • Buntawan
  • Burgos
  • Canubay
  • Clarin Settlement
  • Dolipos Bajo
  • Dolipos Alto
  • Dulapo
  • Dullan Norte
  • Dullan Sur
  • Lower Lamac
  • Layawan
  • Lower Langcangan
  • Lower Loboc
  • Lower Rizal
  • Malindang
  • Mialen
  • Mobod
  • Ciriaco C. Pastrano (Nilabo)
  • Paypayan
  • Pines
  • Poblacion I
  • Poblacion II
  • Proper Langcangan
  • San Vicente Alto (Dagatan)
  • San Vicente Bajo (Baybay Dagatan)
  • Sebucal
  • Senote
  • Taboc Norte
  • Taboc Sur
  • Talairon
  • Talic
  • Toliyok
  • Tipan
  • Transville
  • Tuyabang Alto
  • Tuyabang Bajo
  • Tuyabang Proper
  • Upper Langcangan
  • Upper Lamac
  • Upper Loboc
  • Upper Rizal (Tipalac)
  • Victoria
  • Villaflor

Malls and Establishments

Due to the location of the city, which is stategically located, Oroquieta City enjoys several and notable Malls and Shopping Centers along the City Proper. People coming from Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Parts of Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte will come also to Oroquieta for their shopping needs.


  • Camsur General Merchandise (Novo Jeans and Shirts) - Rizal St. Poblacion 1, Oroquieta City
  • Metro Gold Shopping Mart - Mabini Cor. Enerio St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City

Shopping Centers and Supermarkets

  • The Look
  • Rough Rider Jeans/Lee Jeans
  • Happy Homes General Merchandise - Enerio Cor. Quijano St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Nam Kinh General Merchandise - Quijano St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Aiko Shopping Home - Enerio St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Lucky Fair General Merchandise - Enerio St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • HG Trading - Revil St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Uptown Square General Merchandise - Barrientos St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Farmacia Jessica General Merchandise - Revil St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Botica Jane General Merchandise - Juan Luna St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • AMIL's Gift Shop Oroquieta City

Appliance Center and Auto Showroom

  • EMCOR - Ozamis St. Poblacion 1, Oroquieta City
  • Des Appliance Plaza - Barrientos St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Everose Marketing - Quijano St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Rhine Appliance - Enerio St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • LYL Trading - Enerio St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
  • Neian Cars Service Center - Rizal St. Lower Loboc, Oroquieta City
  • Wilkris Appliance - Enerio St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City


Students coming from Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental come to Oroquieta to pursue their college education.

College/University Location
Misamis University (MU) Ozamis St. Poblacion 1, Oroquieta City
Mindanao University of Science and Technology (MUST) Rizal St. Mobod Highway, Oroquieta City
Dr. Solomon U. Molina College (DSUMC) Independence St. Villaflor Oroquieta City
C-Lan Institute of Technology LM Building, Lower Langcangan, Oroquieta City
Oroquieta Agro Industrial School (OAIS) Villaflor, Oroquieta City
Southern Capital College (SCC) Juan Luna St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City
Stella Maris College (SMC) Rizal St. Poblacion 1, Oroquieta City
Misamis Occidental Technological Institute (MOTI) Pastrano St. Poblacion 1, Oroquieta City
Kennedy School of Practical Nursing (KSPN) Ozamis St. Poblacion 2, Oroquieta City

Secondary Schools

  • Misamis Occidental National High School
  • Talairon National High School
  • Oroquieta City National High School
  • Mobod Integrated School
  • Misamis Occidental Science and Technology High School
  • Senote National High School
  • Rizal National High School

Hospitals and health facilities

  • Misamis Occidental Provincial Hospital
  • St. Therese Hospital
  • Dignum Foundation Hospital
  • Oroquieta Community Hospital
  • Tamola-Tan Medical Center

Banks and financial institutions

  • Landbank of the Philippines
  • United Coconut Planter's Bank
  • MetroBank
  • One Network Bank
  • Katipunan Bank
  • First Valley Bank
  • Community Cooperative Bank
  • PNB
  • Rural Bank of Oroquieta
  • People's Bank of Caraga
  • Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative
  • Lorenzo Tan Multi-Purpose Cooperative
  • Gata Daku Multi-Purpose Cooperative
  • Radiowealth Financing Corporation
  • Capital and Leverage Finance Corporation
  • Reynaldo Lending Investor
  • Lil's Lending Shop
  • Alano and Sons Credit Corporation
  • BDO


  • Misamis Cable TV Network
  • MIT-RTVN DXNA Radio One FM 91.3
  • PEC Broadcasting Real Radio FM 103.5
  • Kaisar Broadcasting DXNT FM 96.5 Natural
  • Manila Broadcasting Radyo Natin FM DXRQ 106.1
  • Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)
  • Tingog Misamisnon Channel
  • RMA Cable TV

See also


External links

  • Oroquieta City Official Government website
  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Oroquieta City Online
  • Misamis Occidental Online Marketplace
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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