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Ozamiz City
Dakbayan sa Ozamiz
Lungsod ng Ozamiz
—  City  —
Map of Misamis Occidental showing the location of Ozamiz City
Country Philippines
Island Mindanao
Region
Class 3rd Class City
Province Misamis Occidental
Barrios or Barangays 51
Town Established
City Established July 16, 1948 [1]
Government
 - Type City Legislative Council
 - Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog
 - Vice-mayor Carlos Patricio Bernad
Population (2007)
 - Total 123,137
 - Demonym Ozamiznon
 - Language(s) Cebuano, Filipino, English, Ilonggo, Ilocano, Maguindanao
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP Code[2] 7200
Area code(s) +88
Ecclesiastical Province Archdiocese of Ozamiz

Ozamiz is a 3rd class city[3] in the province of Misamis Occidental, Philippines. According to the 2007 census, it has a population of 123,137. A person born in Ozamiz is called an "Ozamiznon".

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Name

The city of Ozamiz is named after José F. Ozámiz who served as governor, congressional representative, and later, the first (and to date, the only) senator from the province. He is also the great, great grandfather of Jamie Ozamiz. Prior to this, the city was known as Misamis. Ozamiz is officially spelled with a "Z" in its last letter and not with an "S". This can be seen in its official city seal, City resolution no. 251-05 and Republic Act 321. The city government is also making an information drive nationwide regarding the correct and official spelling of Ozamiz city.

Geography

Ozamiz city is sandwiched by both Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga del Norte provinces. It is 45mins drive from Oroquieta City , 30 mins drive from Tangub City, 20 mins drive from Tudela, less than 2 hrs drive from Pagadian City, 3 hrs drive from Dipolog City , Dapitan city and 4 hrs drive to Cagayan de Oro City. Lanao del Norte is only a 20 mins ferry ride across Panguil bay. Ozamiz city is 52 km away from Maria Cristina Falls, the main source of hydroelectric power in Mindanao.

Barangays

Ozamiz City is politically subdivided into 51 barangays.

  • Bagakay
  • Balintawak
  • Baybay San Roque
  • Baybay Santa Cruz
  • Baybay Triunfo
  • Bongbong
  • Calabayan
  • Capucao C.
  • Capucao P.
  • Carangan
  • Carmen Annex
  • Catadman-Manabay
  • Cavinte
  • Cogon
  • Dalapang
  • Diguan
  • Dimaluna
  • Doña Consuelo
  • Embargo
  • Gala
  • Gango
  • Gotokan Daku
  • Gotokan Diot
  • Guimad
  • Guingona
  • Kinuman Norte
  • Kinuman Sur
  • Labinay
  • Labo
  • Lam-an(Pob.)
  • Liposong
  • Litapan
  • Malaubang
  • Manaka
  • Maningcol
  • Mentering
  • Molicay
  • Pantaon
  • Pulot
  • San Antonio
  • Sangay Daku
  • Sangay Diot
  • Sinuza
  • Stimson Abordo (Montol)
  • Tabid
  • Tinago
  • Trigos
  • 50th District downtown(Pob.)

Economy

Ozamiz City is agricultural by resources, but it has become the center for Commerce, Health, Transportation and Education in this part of Mindanao, considering its strategic location and its peaceful atmosphere. The city has good harbor location, its local port is the principal outlet of mineral deposits, agricultural and forest products of the provinces of Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, parts of Lanao del Norte and Misamis Occidental.

Festivals

The feast of 'Our Lady of Triumph' at Cotta Shrine is celebrated every July 16 which is also the Charter City anniversary. Subayan Keg Subanon festival is also held on the same day. The Cotta entertainment area has free live band concerts and other musical variety shows each weekend. Fireworks displays are held at Cotta during Fiesta and holidays. It can be seen across Panguil bay as far as Lanao del Norte. The feast of Immaculate Conception is celebrated every December 8 while every 4th Sunday of January is the Sr. Sto. Nino Fluvial Parade held at Panguil Bay. Balanghoy Festival is held annually at Cotta area.

Transportation

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Air

Ozamiz Airport, Ozamiz City, Philippines

Cebu- Ozamiz v.v. services by PAL Express using Bombardier Q400 , a 76-seater plane started July 1, 2008. Cebu Pacific Air, on the other hand, started Cebu-Ozamiz and v.v. flights on November 10, 2008 using ATR 72-500 , a 72-seater plane. Cebu Pacific Air's direct Manila-Ozamiz v.v. service started June 16, 2009 and offered daily services to Manila starting October 25, 2009 using Airbus A319. Philippine Airlines (PAL) also started their daily flights between Manila and Ozamiz on June 16, 2009 utilizing the state of the art Airbus 319-100 aircraft. Air Philippines which was the first airline to serve direct Ozamiz-Manila v.v. flights when the airport re-opened in July 2007 yielded its operations to PAL due to the increasing volume of passengers and cargoes in the lucrative Ozamiz market. At present, there are now two daily flights to Cebu and two daily flights to Manila.

Ozamiz city airport, also known as Benigno Aquino Jr. Airport or Labo airport is located at Barangay Labo. The airport was closed in 1998 after Philippine Airlines (PAL) stopped the operation of their smaller Fokker and Sunriser planes because its runway could not accommodate jetliners and wide-bodied aircraft. PAL was affected by financial crisis and labor disputes during that period.[citation needed]

Extension and expansion of the airport runway started in 2005 using congressional funds of Misamis Occidental District 2 Congresswoman Herminia Ramiro. It was reopened to commercial flights on July 8, 2007 with Air Philippines offering direct Ozamiz-Manila v.v. routes. The airport is expected to have a bigger budget from the national government in the coming months because of its strategic location, increasing volume of passengers and cargoes[citation needed].

Expansion and development of the airport particularly its runway, tarmac and passenger terminal building continued again in the 1st quarter of 2008. Come July 2009, implementation of the asphalt overlay will begin for the entire 1.9 kilometer runway, apron and taxiway. This includes the setting up of runway lights to accommodate night flight operations. Ozamiz city airport also serves the cities of Oroquieta and Tangub, Municipalities of Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Norte and some parts of Lanao del Sur. It is the only airport in the province of Misamis Occidental.

Sea

There are several major shipping lines serving the Manila and Cebu routes namely: Superferry, Cebu Ferries, Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Carlos A. Gothong Shipping Lines, Sulpicio Lines and Negros Navigation. Cokaliong Shipping Lines started 3x weekly Ozamiz to Cebu routes on July 15, 2009 using MV Filipinas Ozamiz, a newly purchased vessel from Japan to fill the gap for shipping demand in the region. Daima shipping lines serve the Ozamiz to Mukas, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte routes using their Roll on, Roll off (RORO) ferries that transport passengers, cars/trucks and goods across Panguil bay.

Land

Rural Bus Transit is the dominant public land transport to Iligan and Cagayan de Oro ferrying across the Panguil Bay and to Pagadian, Dipolog and Dapitan cities. The public mode of transportation within the city is by jeepney and tricycle. Passenger vans are also available for Oroquieta, Dipolog and Pagadian routes.

Attractions

  • Cotta Fort and Cotta Shrine - a fort built in 1755 by Father Jose Ducos to serve as a Spanish outpost in the area. A special chapel was built inside the walls of the fort and an image of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, in the pink and blue attire, was enshrined in the chapel and outside the fort on the wall facing the bay, was a carved image of the Virgin Mary. The image on the Cotta's wall is believed to be miraculously growing and has been the object of pilgrimage. The fort was renovated and restored to its original design in 2006.
  • Bukagan Hill - has a view of the city, Panguil bay, the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur. There are four great bells at the top of Bukagan Hill. The bells were named after “St. Peter”, “St. Marien”, “St. Joseph” and “St. Michael” and were originally purchased by Bishop Patrick Cronin, D.D. for the Immaculate Conception Cathedral. However, the bells weigh 7 tons and were found to be too heavy and too large for the cathedral's belfry. The people felt that it was very expensive to construct a special belfry for them considering that a lot of fund raising effort was made for the building of the cathedral and the installing of the pipe organ. It was through the efforts of then City Mayor Fernando T. Bernad that the bells were finally given a place at the Bukagan Hill. With the help of Jesus Y. Varela, the huge bells were installed in Bukagan Hill Bells and officially inaugurated in July 16, 1948.[4]
  • Naomi's Botanical Garden and tourists Inn - sits on a 12 hectare property of local and imported tropical flowers, plants and fruit seedlings. There are fully air-conditioned private rooms, Function halls, tennis court, Golf range, ceramics factory, pottery and a bakery inside this sprawling garden.
  • Mt. Malindang Golf and country Club - this is a pre-war army facility converted into a golf course located in Bagakay at the foot of Mount Malindang.
  • Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park - located in Libertad Bajo, Sinacaban, Misamis Occidental. Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park (MOAP) Hotel and Suite Cottages are set under the mangroves. The complex has a hotel, wildlife sanctuary, fishponds, hatchery, restaurant, function halls for conventions. The grandstand is located within the Dolphin Island.
  • Immaculate Conception Pipe organ - found in the choir loft of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral, is the only existing pipe organ in Mindanao and one among the few throughout the country. An Irish Columban priest, Father Sean Lavery, who was in charge of the liturgical and musical development in the Immaculate Conception Cathedral realized the need for an organ. Funds were raised through donations and a musical extravaganza organized by the parish raised enough money to buy the pipe organ. Father Lavery asked the help of a German priest, Father Herman Schablitzki S.V.D., who came to Ozamiz City to get the specification needed to guide the organ builders in Germany. Father Schablitzki himself, assisted by one carpenter and one electrician, assembled the organ in six weeks and it was completed on May 31, 1967. It was inaugurated on July 16, 1967; the feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.[5]

Establishments

Gaisano Capital Mall is the biggest mall in the city, followed by the Geege Mall which is located at Burgos St., it has a supermarket, department store, three cinemas, specialty stores, bingo plaza, food court, video game arcade. Ozamiz Shopper's Plaza houses a department store and a supermarket.

One-stop-shopping centers such as Gloria Bazar, Centrum Ozamiz, Quality Shopping center, Saver's Square, Goldsquare, and Unitop abound in the city. The City Public Mall is owned and managed by the City Government of Ozamiz. It opened on May 28, 2009. There is a proposed Robinsons Malls on a 14 hectare lot at Brgy. Gango near the airport as announced by Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog in Ronda Balita TV news.

Restaurants & Eateries

  • SN Batsoy, Liempo, and Letchon Manok
  • Inner Motion Disco & Restaurant
  • La Veranda Restaurant
  • Shanghai Boy Restaurant
  • Johann's Cuisine
  • Gaisano Food Court
  • Geege's Mall Foodcourt
  • New Central Restaurant - the most authentic Chinese Cuisines! They accept catering services for weddings, birthdays & other occasions at very reasonable prices.
  • Dewberry Coffee - serves authentic coffee concoctions (hot and cold coffee), light meals, breakfast, lunch and dinner. (Wi-Fi hotspot), located near Ozamiz City Hall, along Don Anselmo Bernad Avenue.
  • Centrum Ozamiz Fastfood
  • Ozamiz Shoppers Plaza Fastfood
  • Chicken Ati-Atihan
  • Supermix Lutong Pilipino, Supermix Lutong Bahay, Supermix Fiesta Filipino, Supermix Bacolod Inasal
  • Saydwok Bar
  • Caldas Pizza
  • Steaks and Drinks (Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Dwinos Grill (Port Road and Washington St Branches)
  • North Pole Eatery
  • GATS bar
  • Carmela's Home Favorites
  • Popular fastfood chains namely Jollibee (Main and Drive-thru branches both Wi-Fi hotspots), McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, Mr.Donut (Wi-Fi hotspot) , Greenwhich Pizza, Mang Inasal (Wi-Fi hotspot), and Chowking. Soon to open Red Ribbon Bakeshop at Gaisano City Mall.

Hotels & Inns

  • Royal Garden Hotel - Ozamiz City (Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Plaza Beatriz (Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Bethany Garden
  • Palace Hotel
  • Asian Hotel
  • Irene's Lodge
  • Rosales Inn
  • Queen's Lodge
  • Dads Pension House
  • Badong Pension House
  • Naomis Botanical Garden and Inn
  • Executive Hotel
  • Tropical Garden
  • Minerva Hotel
  • 67th Boulevard Pension Haus (Wi-Fi hotspot)
  • Hotel - under construction at Circumferential Road
  • Hotel - soon to rise at Rizal Avenue corner Valconcha St.

Education

The presence of two universities in Ozamiz, La Salle University (Ozamiz City), formerly known as Immaculate Conception College (ICC) and Misamis University, makes it a premier education center in northern Mindanao. Students coming from Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occidental come to Ozamiz to pursue their college education. Notable schools include :

  • Medina College
  • STI Ozamiz
  • Northwestern Mindanao Institute of Technology (NMIT)
  • Computer Technology College
  • Ozamiz City Technology and Vocational School
  • Misamis Institute of Technology
  • Misamis Union High School formerly Misamis Chinese High School - sister school of Jinan University of China. This is the only Chinese School in Misamis Occidental.
  • Vocational Institute of the Philippines and Maritime Training Center

Hospitals / Health Facilities

  • Mayor Hilarion A. Ramiro Sr. Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (MHARS-RTTH)- a 200 bed capacity tertiary Hospital owned by the Dept. of Health.
  • Misamis University Medical center (MUMC)- a tertiary hospital located at Brgy. Bagakay.
  • Medina General Hospital- will soon become a 300 bed capacity Tertiary Hospital located at Brgy. Carmen Annex.
  • Faith Hospital
  • S.M. Lao Memorial Hospital
  • St. Joseph General Hospital formerly St. Mary General Hospital

Banks / Financial Institutions

  • Allied Banking Corporation - located at Burgos St.
  • China Banking Corporation - located at Burgos St.
  • Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. - Rizal Branch
  • Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. - Burgos Branch
  • Philippine National Bank - Located at Rizal Avenue, fronting Osrox Park.
  • Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas / Central Bank of The Philippines - along Fernando T. Bernad Ave. (Circumferencial Road)
  • Philippine Savings Bank - along Rizal Avenue
  • Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation - along D.A.B.A.
  • Development Bank of the Philippines - along Burgos St.
  • Banco De Oro
  • Bank of Philippine Islands
  • Land Bank of the Philippines - located along D.A.B.A
  • United Coconut Planters Bank - along Rizal avenue
  • 1st Valley Bank - Don Anselmo Bernad Avenue Branch
  • 1st Valley Bank - Rizal Avenue Branch
  • Rural Bank of Ozamiz
  • First Consolidated Bank - located along DABA
  • Rural Bank of Tangub City - along Port Road
  • Panguil Bay Rural Bank - along DABA
  • One Network Bank Located at Ozamiz Public Mall
  • PenBank - along DABA
  • Katipunan Bank - located at 2nd floor City Public Mall
  • Rural Bank of Tudela - Beside Misamis University

Media

  • Fil Products Cable TV Inc.
  • Misamis Cable TV Network
  • ABS-CBN (MIT-RTVN) Channel 7
  • GMA TV Channel 5 - relay TV station
  • MBNN TV Channel 13 will soon become KNC TV 13 starting August 1, 2009
  • SUNSHINE TV Channel 27
  • Radio One FM 97.5 MHz (DXLM-FM)
  • Dan-ag sa Dakbayan Broadcasting Network - DXDD-AM 657, DXDD-FM 100.7 Cool Radio
  • La Salle University-Ozamiz - LSU-FM 94.5 MHz
  • Times Broadcasting Corporation - DXSY-AM 1242, Y96 (DXSY-FM 96.1 MHz)
  • Smart Communications - located inside Gaisano City Mall
  • Globe Telecom / Globelines - located inside Gaisano City Mall
  • Sun Cellular - its express shop is located at Grace Hardware Bldg, Rizal avenue, Ozamiz city
  • Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT)- its office is located at D.A.B.A.
  • Bayantel - offers internet service only.

Projects

Ozamiz city will continue to progress with the implementation of various infrastructures projects.

  • The PANGUIL BAY BRIDGE or the BRIDGE OF PEACE will connect Misamis Occidental and Lanao del Norte provinces. The bridge will cut short the travel time between the two provinces. At present, the Daima shipping lines connect the two provinces using their Roll on Roll off vessels crossing Panguil Bay. The construction of the bridge is considered by NEDA as one of the three big ticket infra projects for Region 10 based on its 2008 State of the Region report. It is also the ultimate dream project of Mis. Occ. Governor Loreto Ocampos during his term. Geophysical survey and geotechnical investigation on its site is on going and the construction will commence in 2010 as reported by Regional Development Council chairman Gov. Jesus Romualdo on May 26, 2009. [6][7]
  • The OZAMIZ COASTAL BYPASS ROAD / BOULEVARD with a total length of 6.4 km will traverse 6 barangays from Barangay Malaubang to Barangay Catadman-Mangga. This on-going project aims to decongest the worsening traffic at the city proper where big cargo trucks and container vans going to and from the pier still ply the city main thoroughfares. North and South bound vehicles will utilize this coastal road once completed to avoid traffic at the city proper main streets. This project being undertaken by DPWH with a P400M budget is set to be completed in 2010. The 60 hectares reclaimed land area in 4 Barangays (Malaubang, Tinago, Sta. Cruz and San Roque) will be developed into a new commercial business district of the city.
  • BUKAGAN HILL will be developed into a tourist attraction and a pilgrimage destination with initial P10M budget in 2009. The Master development plan of Bukagan Hill includes construction of a huge statue of the Virgin Mary looking over the city proper and Panguil bay, installation of stations of the cross along the spiral uphill road, construction of a chapel and re-installation of the 3 huge European bells at the bell tower. This project is a joint effort of Mis. Occ. District 2 Cong. Herminia Ramiro, Ozamiz city Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog, Senator Richard Gordon and the Dept. of Tourism
  • Construction of the OZAMIZ-CLARIN-TUDELA-SINACABAN MOUNTAIN ROAD with a budget of P400M.
  • The on-going extension and expansion of OZAMIZ AIRPORT runway to accommodate bigger aircraft, airport perimeter fencing, installation of luggage conveyor at the new arrival building, asphalt overlay and PAPI lights installation at the runway, construction of administration building and a bigger parking area will be completed in 2009.
  • Construction of the 5.8 km long CLARIN-OZAMIZ CIRCUMFERENTIAL-AIRPORT LINK and BARANGAY GANGO-BACOLOD-CARANGAN-BAÑADERO ROAD with a P247M budget.
  • Improvement and beautification of the Osmeña-Roxas or OSROX PARK will be undertaken by La Salle University - Ozamiz, 50th Barangay and Rep. Herminia Ramiro in 2008.
  • Expansion of the OZAMIZ SEAPORT with P300M budget will start in 2008 in order to accommodate more sea vessels and improve its services. Storage facilities will also be constructed. It will soon become an international sea port. Ozamiz port is one of the busiest seaport in Mindanao.
  • PEACE VILLAGE - to be constructed at Brgy Gala. Design by Archt. Palafox.
  • The Misamis Occidental Special Economic Zone (MOSEZ) house bill was filed at the House of Representatives by Misamis Occidental District 2 Congresswoman Herminia Ramiro. Target sites include Ozamiz and Tangub cities wherein each local government unit will set aside 100 hectares of land to be converted into industrial zones. Factors that will make MOSEZ attainable include the newly expanded Ozamiz city airport, the P200 million expanded seaport, complete electrical and water facilities to be provided by Misamis Occidental Electric Cooperative Inc. (MOELCI-II) and Misamis Occidental Water District (MOWD) respectively, Ozamiz coastal road and reclamation area, manpower resources and the proposed Panguil Bay bridge.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ http://ozamizcity.com/Legend.htm
  2. ^ "Zip codes in the Philippines". http://zip-codes.philsite.net/ozamis.htm. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  3. ^ http://www.nscb.gov.ph/activestats/psgc/listcity.asp
  4. ^ "The February Revolution and Other Reflections", by Miguel Bernad, S.J, 1986.
  5. ^ “How An Entire City Built An Organ”, by Bernad, Miguel S.J., Manila: Solidaridad Publishing House, 1968
  6. ^ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/infra-boost-rx-economy
  7. ^ http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cagayan-de-oro/hanjin-scouts-more-investments-n-mindanao

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Coordinates: 8°09′N 123°51′E / 8.15°N 123.85°E / 8.15; 123.85


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