|Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park|
Misamis Occidental (Filipino:Kanlurang Misamis) (Subanen:Sindepan Mis'samis) is aprovince of the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital is Oroquieta City. The province borders Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur to the west and is separated from Lanao del Norte by Panguil Bay to the south and from Misamis Oriental byIligan Bay to the east. The province of Misamis was originally inhabited by Subanons whose an easy target by the sea pirates from Lanao. Misamis is taken from the early settlement of the Spaniards at the entrance to the Panguil Bay.
The name "Misamis" is believed to have been derived from the Subano word "Kuyamis" which is a variety of sweeto coconut - the staple food of the early settlers in this place. During the years the name persisted as an inference of the geographical location and upon the advent of the Spanish settlers, the word "kuyamis" easily gave way to the more convenient pronounceable but corrupted word "Misamis".
Misamis Occidental comprised the original nine towns of Baliangao, Lopez Jaena, Tudela, Clarin, Plaridel, Oroquieta, Aloran, Jimenez, and Misamis. The original nine municipalities of the province of Misamis Occidental grew into the present three cities of Ozamiz, Oroquieta, and Tangub and the 14 municipalities of Aloran, Baliangao, Bonifacio, Calamba, Clarin, Concepcion, Don Victoriano, Jimenez, Lopez Jaena, Panaon, Plaridel, Sapang Dalaga, Sinacaban, and Tudela.
- Don Victoriano Chiongbian (Don Mariano Marcos)
TOURISM & ATTRACTION
- The Binalbal Festival is an annual festival held on the first of January in Tudela, Misamis Occidental, Philippines . It is a unique celebration of welcoming the new year for the townsfolk of Tudela. In this particular celebration, people wear masks and outfits that would represent their own definition of Balbal. Balbal from the local dialect, which is Cebuano, refers to a supernatural genus of strange-looking lifeforms: imps, witches, ogres, and the likes of them. . Very much like a giant Halloween costume party, where many revelers are clad in very gory costumes.
Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park
- Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park is a tropical resort and a prominent habitat for various marine mammals in Mindanao, Philippines. Located in the boundaries of municipalities of Tudela, Misamis Occidental and Sinacaban. Currently, it features a wildlife park that houses a wide array of animals, most are native to the Philippines. It also features hotel accommodations of hut-style suite cottages that line the mangroves. Two restaurants are located within the park itself, one on mainland and another on Dolphin Island.The main attraction is the offshore man-made island dubbed Dolphin Island, for its dolphin pens that house numerous types of Dolphin species.