El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental

El Salvador City map location



El Salvador was created from the barrios of El Salvador and Molugan with their sitios known as Sala, Sambulawan, Sinaloc, Lagtang, Talaba, Kalabaylabay and Hinigdaan, formerly part of Cagayan de Misamis, Misamis Oriental, in 1948.

El Salvador City was one with the other 15 cities which lost its cityhood after the Supreme Court of the Philippines granted a petition filed by the League of Cities of the Philippines, and declared the Cityhood Law RA 9435 which allowed the town to acquire its city status, unconstitutional.

However, on February 15, 2011, El Salvador city regained its cityhood.

Population/ Language/ Area


El Salvador is located in the Province of Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao (Region X). It is bordered by the Municipality of Alubijid to the west, Opol to the east and Manticao and Naawan to the south. On the north, lies Macajalar Bay in the Bohol Sea.

According to the 2007 population census, El Salvador had a total population of 41,905. Majority of the people speaks Cebuano. There are also some who speaks English especially in schools, government institutions and in business offices.

Products and Services


El Salvador hosts several plants and factories west of Misamis Oriental. These are Asia Brewery, Tanduay Rhum, Virgin Cola Bottling Plant (Visayas and Mindanao region distributor), The Aoso, Zest-O Corporation, WL Foods Corporation, Universal Robina Corporation, Timber Industries of the Philippines, Inc. (TIPI) and Union Plywood Corporation.

Business Opportunity


Because of its proximity to Cagayan de Oro and Laguindingan, where an international airport is situated, El Salvador offers a wonderful business opportunity to the following industry: food processing such as meat packing, curing and canning; rubber processing; hotels, resorts and amusement parks; food establishments; and fish canning, bottling and deboning.

Tourist Spots


  • Divine Mercy Shrine – The shrine was completed in 2008 and is noted for having a 15.24 metre (50-feet) statue of the Divine Mercy Jesus. It serves as a pilgrimage site for Divine Mercy devotees.

Festivals and Celebrations


  • Tagnipan-on Festival – this is street dancing parade using nipa (palm) as the major decorative item for costumes. This festival is usually held every January 18.

El Salvador City