Gingoog City: The city of good luck in Northern Mindanao

Gingoog City is a 74, 400 – hectare chartered city nestled in the northeastern coast of Misamis Oriental. It is a peaceful and simple city that is between two other cities: Cagayan de Oro City (122 kilometers) and Butuan City (74 kilometers).

Gingoog City is bounded on the north by the Gingoog Bay; on the east by the municipality of Magsaysay and the province of Bukidnon; and on the south by the municipality of Claveria. The abundant agricultural harvest, favorable climate, thriving industries and warm people of the city are testimonies to how rousing the good luck of the city is.

The Manobo tribesmen were the first to settle in the area. They cultivated the land, established a common trading center and set up the early social structure of the area. Later, they grew in number and widened their settlement from the present day Barangay Daan Lungsod to the Gahub-Mangiskis area. With a system of leadership involving a brother and sister team of Bingue-Binguela, the settlement developed into a pueblo in 1868. With the introduction of the Jesuit missionaries in the pueblo, the Christian doctrine also spread among the townspeople; marking the era of Christianity in the pueblo. As in all other Northern Mindanao areas, the pueblo was put to test by and contended series of battles with the Spanish colonizers, Japanese occupants and American forces throughout history. With the efforts of the local officials, Gingoog became a municipality in 1903 and finally, a chartered city in 1960.

Literally, the Manobo term Gingoog means good luck; thus the city is known as the City of Good Luck. True enough, there is good fortune in the city. With a booming agricultural and tourism industry, a peaceful and simple lifestyle and globally competitive facilities, good fortune is always at hand.

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The most widely spoken languages and dialects in Gingoog City are Cebuano, Higa-onon, Ilongo, Tagalong, Chinese and English. The weather and climate condition are just like its people, warm. The climate is characterized by long periods of indefinite dry seasons and pronounced rainfalls. The temperature is moderate, with an annual average of 26.8 degrees centigrade.

The best places to see when you’re in the city are its grand waterfalls. Gingoog City is home to six majestic waterfalls: Libon-awit Falls, which share the same stream with three other waterfalls; Tiklas Falls, which has a 120-meter drop and a 30-meter diameter pool; Kilubag Falls, which is the most famous waterfall in the city; Bangbang Falls, which is overlooking the panoramic Gingoog River; Bakid-bakid Falls, which is 100 meters high; and Malubid Falls, which is ideal for picnics and retreats. Aside from its abundance of natural water formations, the city also has historical sites like the old city hall where the first seat of government was established and the Daan-Lungsod where the first settlement of the natives was situated.

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