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City of Ormoc
—  City  —
Map of Leyte showing the location of Ormoc City.
Country  Philippines
Region Eastern Visayas (Region VIII)
Province Leyte
District 4th district of Leyte
Cityhood June 21, 1947
Barangays 110
Government
 - Mayor Eric Codilla
Area
 - Total 613.6 km2 (236.9 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Total 177,524
 - Density 289.3/km2 (749.3/sq mi)
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
Income class 1st class city
Coordinates 11°00′18″N 124°36′32″E / 11.005°N 124.609°E / 11.005; 124.609Coordinates: 11°00′18″N 124°36′32″E / 11.005°N 124.609°E / 11.005; 124.609

The City of Ormoc is a 1st class city in the province of Leyte, Philippines. The city's name is derived from ogmok, an old Visayan term for lowland or depressed plain. It is the first non-provincial city of the Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 177,524 people. Ormoc is the economic, cultural, commercial and transportation hub of western Leyte.

Ormoc City is an independent component city, not subject to regulation from the Provincial Government of Leyte. However, the city is part of the congressional district IV of Leyte together with Albuera, Kananga, Merida, and Isabel towns.

In November 1991, the Ormoc region was inundated by Tropical Storm Thelma (local name: Uring). Flash floods and landslides killed more than 6,000 people, mostly in Ormoc itself.

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Geography

Ormoc City is a port city and is the largest city by land area in Leyte and second largest in Eastern Visayas after Calbayog City in Samar. Fronting Ormoc Bay, the city's terrain is mostly of gently rolling plains. It is bounded on the northwest by the towns of Matag-ob and Merida, in the north by Kananga, in the northeast by the towns of Jaro, Pastrana and Dagami, and in the south by the town of Albuera. High mountain ranges separate Ormoc from the eastern portion of Leyte. Numerous rivers and streams traverse Ormoc. Among them are the Bao River in the north, Pagsangahan River in the west, the Bagong-bong River in the south, the Panilahan River also in the south and the Anilao and Malbasag Rivers which border the eastern and western flanks of Ormoc City Proper.

People and Culture

The people of Ormoc are called Ormocanons. Ormocanons are predominantly Cebuano-speaking (or Kana, as Cebuano-speakers in Leyte and Southern Leyte are often called) together with the whole western part of Leyte island. The people relate more to neighboring towns and Cebu than to eastern Leyte itself.

Like most Filipinos, Ormocanons, being predominantly Roman Catholic, celebrate the annual city fiesta for the patron saints Peter and Paul on June 28 and 29. Catholic religious festivals are observed throughout the year.

Economy, Commerce, and Industry

Ormoc pier

Ormoc City's economic base is a good mix of agriculture, aquaculture, industry, tourism, and commercial services. Sugar cane, rice and pineapple are the bulk produce of the agricultural sector. The city enjoys economic growth because it supplies the whole country of its power needs due to the abundant geothermal power resources in Tongonan and neighbouring Kananga town. Ormoc is also the gateway to the Leyte Industrial Development Estate in the nearby town of Isabel, home of the Philippine Phosphate Fertilizer Plant, the largest fertilizer factory in Asia, and the Philippine Associated Smelter and Refining Company, the country's biggest copper processing plant, among other industries.

The commercial service sector in the city is on the upswing. Banks,virtual assistance center, restaurants, cafes, night spots and sports centers dot the city. There are four sizable shopping centers in Ormoc City - these are the Gaisano Ormoc, Ormoc Centrum, The Point mall and A Mall. There are also many giftshops, videoshops, cellshops, pawnshops, bookstores and whole-sale stores around the city.

Transportation and Communications

Land and sea transport are available year-round. TV and radio networks broadcasting from Cebu reach the city. Internet connection is available through local and national ISPs like Globe broadband and Smart Bro. The city is served by telecommunication companies such as Ormoc Telephone Company (OrTelCo), PLDT, BayanTel, Globelines, Globe, Smart, and Sun Cellular.

Education

Ormoc is the educational centre for western Leyte. It has a range of primary and secondary schools, both public and private. Tertiary education was originally offered by St. Peter's College of Ormoc, a Benedictine-run Catholic college and the oldest, followed by Western Leyte College [1], a private non-sectarian college. In the 1990s, the city saw the establishment of Sto. Niño College and the STI computer college. In the 2000s, tertiary institutions founded were AMA Computer Learning Center, Ormoc City School of Arts and Trades, San Lorenzo Ruiz College, SYNTACS Computer College, Ormoc City Institute of Technology (OCIT) and the Ormoc campus of the Eastern Visayas State University.

Awards

Ormoc City is a consistent winner of the Cleanest and Greenest City program of the DILG from 1995 to the present. The Asian Institute of Management's study titled The Philippine Cities Competitiveness Ranking Project 2005 ranked the city first in 'infrastructure' and tenth in 'dynamism of local economy' among small cities of the Philippines. The city also garnered the 2005 Most Business-Friendly City award in the Visayas by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Barangays

Ormoc City is politically subdivided into 110 barangays.

  • Alegria
  • Bagong
  • Labrador (Balion)
  • Bantigue
  • Batuan
  • Biliboy
  • Borok
  • Cabaon-an
  • Cabulihan
  • Cagbuhangin
  • Can-adieng
  • Can-untog
  • Can-alo
  • Catmon
  • Cogon Combado
  • Concepcion
  • Curva
  • Danao
  • Dayhagan
  • Barangay 1 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 2 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 3 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 4 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 5 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 6 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 7 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 8 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 9 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 10 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 11 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 12 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 13 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 14 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 15 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 16 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 17 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 18 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 19 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 20 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 21 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 22 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 23 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 24 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 25 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 26 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 27 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 28 (Pob.)
  • Barangay 29 (Pob.)
  • Dolores
  • Domonar
  • Don Felipe Larrazabal
  • Donghol
  • Esperanza
  • Hibunawon
  • Hugpa
  • Ipil
  • Lao
  • Libertad
  • Liloan
  • Linao
  • Mabini
  • Macabug
  • Magaswi
  • Mahayag
  • Mahayahay
  • Manlilinao
  • Margen
  • Mas-in
  • Matica-a
  • Milagro
  • Monterico
  • Nasunogan
  • Naungan
  • Nueva Vista
  • Patag
  • Punta
  • Quezon, Jr.
  • Rufina M. Tan
  • Sabang Bao
  • Salvacion
  • San Antonio
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Juan
  • San Vicente
  • Santo Niño
  • San Pablo (Simangan)
  • Sumangga
  • Valencia
  • Airport
  • Cabintan
  • Camp Downes
  • Gaas
  • Green Valley
  • Licuma
  • Liberty
  • Leondoni
  • Nueva Sociedad
  • Tambulilid
  • Tongonan
  • Don Potenciano Larrazabal
  • Kadaohan
  • Guintigui-an
  • Danhug
  • Alta Vista
  • Bagong Buhay
  • Bayog
  • Doña Feliza Z. Mejia
  • Juaton
  • Luna
  • Mabato

External links


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010
(Redirected to Ormoc article)

From Wikitravel

Ormoc is a city in Eastern Visayas.

  • Lake Danao. located at the mountainous part of northern Ormoc.Ideal for family get-aways, fishing,picnics and sight seeing.The place has a natural ambience with floating cottages and boat rentals for those interested in boating and getting around the lake.  edit
  • Gaisano Capital Ormoc
  • A Mall mini-mall
  • Ormoc Centrum mini-mall
  • MIXX Shopping Center at The Point
  • Van's Department Store
  • Novo store
  • Vidamariz store
  • Star & Stripes
  • The Point Shopping Center
  • BYAM Fashion & Gift Shoppe
  • Rizza's
  • Little Me Boutique
  • Vidal's Couture
  • Ormoc friendly bazaar
  • Tshilys
  • Cellworks Digital Entertainment, Bonifacio branch
  • Cellworks Digital Entertainment, Gaisano branch
  • Cellworks Digital Entertainment, Ormoc Centrum branch
  • King's Bargan Center
  • King's Houseware
  • Noelle West Bridal Gown Rental
  • Allied Bank
  • Bank of Commerce
  • Bank of Ormoc
  • Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
  • China Bank
  • City Savings Bank
  • Coop Bank of Leyte
  • Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP)
  • BDO-Equitable PCI Bank
  • Green Bank
  • Landbank
  • Maybank
  • Metrobank
  • Philippine Savings Bank (PSBank)
  • BPI Family Bank
  • Philippine Farmers Bank
  • Philippine National Bank (PNB)
  • Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC)
  • Rural Bank of Dulag

Cooperatives

  • Metro Ormoc Community Cooperative (OCCCI)
  • Leyte Fourth District Women's Credit Cooperative (LFDWCC)
  • CFI
  • Macario Primary Cooperative
  • Chitos Chow Restaurant, Ormoc Plaza. the restaurant serves filipino dishes and seafood menus.  edit
  • Jollibee Ormoc, Aviles St. Ormoc City. one of the country`s famous fast food chain.  edit
  • Chowking, Ormoc Centrum Mall. a famous fast food chain serving Chinese cuisine  edit
  • Pardis Grill, Ormoc Villa Hotel. a restaurant that serves filipino as well as grilled foods. Ideal for family dining.  edit
  • Ormoc Barbecue Park, Ormoc Plaza. Ideally located at the bay area, the place is festive at night and offers pork,chicken and hotdog barbecue at affordable prices. They serve softdrinks and beer as beverage.  edit
  • Ice Cream House, Bonifacio St.,Ormoc City. A refreshment parlor that offers snacks as well as ice cream recipes and cakes.  edit
  • Ikea, Bonifacio St.Ormoc City. refreshment parlor that serves snacks and is famous for their cake products and halo-halo.  edit
  • Mayongs Snack Haus, Rizal St.,Ormoc City. an affordable snack bar ideally located at the shopping district in Ormoc City. Beside the establishment is Quality Bakeshop that sells bread and cakes  edit
  • Sals Bar and Restaurant, Hermosilla Drive,Ormoc City. Filipino restaurant ala carte style but has a "sutukil" method in which the customer points to an array of raw seafoods,meat and vegetables and suggest the cook to have his meat either "sinugba" style (grilled),"tuwa" boiled or "kilaw" to eat raw by marinating in vinegar and coconut milk.  edit
  • Bebida`s Coffeeshop, Ormoc Centrum Mall. coffeeshop for young and old alike. You may enjoy a cup of coffee or a bottle of beer.  edit
  • Bistado Karaoke Bar. Karaoke bar in private rooms ideal for family and barkada gatherings at an hourly rate. They serve beer and wine at the bar.They also have a comedy bar every Thursday night.  edit
  • 3M Pension House
  • Amber's Inn
  • Bantigue Beach Resort (BBR)
  • Baybayon ni Agalon
  • Cristina Business Suite
  • Don Felipe Hotel
  • GV Pension Hauz
  • JB Pension Plaza
  • Ormoc Friendly Inn
  • Ormoc Sugarland Pension House
  • Ormoc Villa Hotel (former "Days' Inn" hotel chain)
  • Pongos Hotel
  • Pelacor Lodge
  • Rafael Lodge & Beach Resort
  • Sabin Resort Hotel
  • Sky Garden Pension House
  • Tempura Haus
  • Vegstar Lodge
  • Zenaida's Chateau Tourist Inn
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