The city was founded by Spanish missionaries in 1750. It was the oldest city in Misamis Oriental Province, even older than the province’s capital and economic hub, Cagayan de Oro, which was founded in 1871.
The term Gingoog originally came from the word “Hingoog”, which means “Goodluck”, from a Lumad tribe of Manobo who settled in the area.The word implies good fortune, thus Gingoog City means the City of Good Luck. The natives of this place are the ones with the family names of “Gingco”, and “Gingoyon”.
In 1957, the sitio of Binuangan was converted into a barrio known as Talisay.
Population/ Language/ Area
Gingoog City has a total land area of 744 km2 (287 sq mi). It is located in the Province of Misamis Oriental in the Philippines. Situated in Mindanao island, the second giant of the archipelago of all the landmass of the Philippines. The city is approximately 122 kilometers east of Cagayan de Oro City and 74 kilometers west of Butuan City. It is bounded on the east by the Municipality of Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental, the Province of Bukidnon; the Municipality of Claveria, Misamis Oriental on the south; and on the north by Gingoog Bay. Its total land area is 744 km².
It has a total population of 112,247 according to 2007 population census.
Products and Services
- Gingoog is abundant in the supply of fruits such as lanzones, durian, mangosteen, mango, rambutan and marang. It is also abundant in vegetables such as tomatoes and sweet peas. Among its produce are rice, corn, coconut, banana, coffee, spices and root crops. Furthermore, it has vast potentials for large scale livestock and poultry production.
Gingoog has the potential to become an agro-industrial and tourism center. Because of that, potential businesses that can be put up in the city includes: furniture and fixture; essential oil and fragrances; demonstration farms; and financial services.
- Bukid-bukid waterfalls
- Kilubang waterfalls
- Tiklas waterfalls
- Mount Lumot in Barangay Lunotan
- Mount Balatukan
- Bantawan lake
- lagondong, Tinulongan and Tangkud caves
- Badiangon Spring and Beach
- Punong White Beach
Festivals and Celebrations
- Lubi-lubi (coconut) Festival – celebrated every May 10, this festival features coconut, which is one of the main products in the city, on their costumes and delicacies prepared.
- Kaliga Festival – “kaliga” means thanksgiving in Gingoog tongue. This colorful and joyous festival is done as the city’s way of expressing their gratitude for abundance and prosperity.
- Prutas Extravaganza – an annual display and sale of Gingoog City’s exotic fruits during the months of August to October.
- Barotorera Festival- traditional boat/yacht racing among our city’s seventeen coastal barangay boatmen done every 21st day of May.