|City of Ozamiz
Dakbayan sa Ozamiz
Lungsod ng Ozamiz
|— City —|
|Nickname(s): Pilgrimage Destination|
|Motto: Better Image, Better Lives|
|Misamis Occidental showing the location of Ozamiz City]|
|Class||3rd Class City|
|Barrios or Barangays||51|
|City Established||July 16, 1948|
|• Type||City Legislative Council|
|• Mayor||Reynaldo O. Parojinog, Sr. (NUP)|
|• Vice Mayor||Nova Princess E. Parojinog-Echavez (NUP)|
|• Language(s)||Cebuano, Filipino, English, Ilonggo, Ilocano, Maguindanao|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
The city of Ozamiz grew out of an old Spanish town called Misamis—a name believed to have been derived from the Subanen word "Kuyamis," a variety of coconut. Other unverified historical sources, however, suggest that the name Misamis came from "Misa" after the Catholic Mass. The origin and the growth of the old Spanish town, Misamis, was due to the presence of the Spanish garrison stationed at the stone fort named Nuestra Senora dela Concepcion del Triunfo which was constructed sometimes the 18th century in order to control the piratical activities originating in the nearby Lanao area. In 1850, the town of Misamis became the capital of the District of Misamis.
After the Second World War, Misamis became a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act 321 on July 16, 1948. RA 321 also renamed Misamis to Ozamiz after a WW-II hero José Ozámiz who hailed from the province of Misamis Occidental and who at one time also served as its governor and congressional representative of the Lone District of Misamis Occidental, a delegate to the 1935 Constitutional Convention that resulted in the creation of the 1935 Constitution for the Philippine Commonwealth Government. In 1941, José F. Ozámiz was elected to the Philippine Senate. Through City Resolution 251-05, Ozamiz is officially spelled with a "Z" in its last letter rather than with an "S".
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.
Ozamiz City is politically subdivided into 52 barangays.
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.
Tourism and Culture 
Notable Events and 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.
- 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 on July 16, 1948.
- 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.
- 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.
Ozamiz-Labo Airport was reopened last July 5, 2007, 9 years after Philippine Airlines(PAL) stop their operation using Fokker and Sunriser planes in 1998 and eventually it's closure due to short runway in which cannot accommodate jet planes. Air Philippines, a subsidiary airline of PAL, was the first airline served the airport for Manila using B737-200 which is also the first jet plane to land the airport. PAL Express, also subsidiary by PAL, was then served in Ozamiz for Cebu again using their Q300/Q400. Cebu Pacific Air also launched and opened their service in Ozamiz with its first flight from Cebu last November 10, 2008 using the brand-new ATR72-500. Due to strategic location and increasing the volume of passengers, cargo and tourist arrivals, Cebu Pacific launched it's Manila route using the spacious and bigger Airbus 319 and the comeback of Philippine Airlines(PAL) take-over the Air Philippines service to Manila using also the Airbus 319 last June 16, 2009. Due to fierce airline competition, increasing of flights to/from Manila and Cebu was complement with the comeback of Airphil Express (formerly Air Philippines) for Ozamiz-Manila v.v. last August 18, 2011 using their brand-new and bigger Airbus A320. Cebu Pacific Air also change its aircraft from Airbus 319 to Airbus 320 for Manila and from ATR72-500 to Airbus 319/Airbus 320 for Cebu last 2010-2011. In 2012, Philippine Airlines stop their operations to Manila last March 25, 2012 and retake-over again by Airphil Express. Airphil Express also change their aircraft from Q400 to Airbus 320 for Cebu flights last summer. Cebu Pacific Air also increase its flight to Manila in late afternoon last summer until July 2012. as of now, Airphil Express and Cebu Pacific Air served to Manila and Cebu using Q400, Airbus 319, and Airbus 320. The influx of airline companies serving Ozamiz City and the general areas of Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur will surely benefit the riding public due to fierce airfare competition.
There are several major shipping lines serving Cebu and Iligan routes namely: 2GO Travel(formerly SuperFerry, Negros Navigation and Cebu Ferries), Trans-Asia Shipping Lines, Cokaliong Shipping Lines, Carlos A. Gothong Lines, and Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp.(PSACC former Sulpicio Lines). Cokaliong Shipping Lines increased their Cebu service from thrice to 5 times weekly. Local shipping lines like Daima have trips from Ozamiz to Mukas, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte routes through Roll-on/roll-off (RORO) ferries that transport passengers, cars/trucks and goods across Panguil bay.
Rural Transit, Super Five Transport, & Lotradisco are the dominant public land transportations to Iligan City, Cagayan de Oro City, & Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte ferrying across the Panguil Bay and to Pagadian City, Dipolog City, and Dapitan City. The public mode of transportation within the city is by trisikad/pedicab and motorized tricycle. Passenger Vans, Ordinary Jeepneys, & Multicab Jeepneys are also available for Oroquieta, Dipolog, Molave, Calamba, Jimenez, Bonifacio, Tangub, Don Victoriano, Tudela, Clarin, Plaridel, Lopez Jaena, Baliangao, Concepcion, Sinacaban, Panaon, & Sapang Dalaga routes.
Malls and Establishments 
Due to the location of the city, which is stategically located, Ozamiz City enjoys several and notable Malls and Shopping Centers along the City Proper. People coming from Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, and Parts of Zamboanga del Sur will come also to Ozamiz for their shopping needs. Big investors in the Philippines would also have plans to put a bigger mall and establishment in the city. Soon, these establishments will appear in the city for the coming years.
Gaisano Capital Mall Ozamiz noted as the biggest mall in the City with the expansion of their new SouthWing Mall last 2011. Novo Ozamiz also expand and construct their own bigger building with a hotel named Asia Novotel last 2010. Unitop Ozamiz also expand their building last 2012 in front of City Public Mall with a bridge/sky walk for an easy access from the 2nd floor of both buildings. City Public Mall, formerly known as City Public Market, is the biggest public establishment in Northwestern Mindanao. It is owned and managed by the Local Government Unit of Ozamiz and opened last May 28, 2009. This was the biggest renovation project of LGU-Ozamiz. Now, Geege Mall expand and beautify their building as Robinsons Supermarket is now open to the public last Nov. 30, 2012.
- Gaisano Capital Mall Ozamiz - the Biggest Mall in Ozamiz - Port Road, Ozamiz City
- Gaisano Capital SouthWing Mall - expanded Gaisano Capital Ozamiz - Port Road, Ozamiz City
- Robinson Supermarket (formerly Geege Mall) - Burgos Street, Tinago, Ozamiz City
- City Public Mall - the Biggest Public Mall in Northwestern Mindanao - Zamora Street, Ozamiz City
Shopping Centers and Supermarkets
- Unitop Ozamiz - Zamora and Gomez Street, Ozamiz City
- Novo Ozamiz - Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
- Centrum Ozamiz - Rizal Avenue cor. Valconcha Street, Ozamiz City
- Quality Shopping Center - Washington Street, Ozamiz City
- Ozamiz Shoppers Plaza - Zamora Street cor. Burgos Street, Ozamiz City
- Ria Thrifty Mart - Zamora Street, Ozamiz City
- Anas Trading - Washington Street, Ozamiz City
- Robinsons Supermarket Ozamiz - Geege Mall, Burgos Street, Ozamiz City
Appliance Center and Auto Showroom
- Gloria Bazaar - Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
- Des Appliance Plaza Rizal - Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
- Des Appliance Plaza DABA - Don Anselmo Bernad Avenue, Ozamiz City
- Quality Appliance Plaza - Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
- Wilkris Appliance - Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
- Guillamacs Marketing Office - Capistrano Street, Ozamiz City
- Sanbon Enterprises - Port Road, Ozamiz City
- EMCOR Circumferencial Road - Circum. Road, Ozamiz City
- EMCOR DABA - Don Anselmo Bernad Avenue, Ozamiz City
- EMCOR Rizal - Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
- KIA Motors Ozamiz - Don Anselmo Bernad Avenue, Ozamiz City
- Honda Motor World Ozamiz - Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City
- Mitsubishi Motors Ozamiz - National Highway, Gango, Ozamiz City
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.
|Misamis University||Feliciano St., Aguada, Ozamiz City|
|La Salle University (Ozamiz City)||La Salle St. and Valconcha St., Aguada, Ozamiz City|
|Medina College-Ozamiz||National Highway, Maningcol, Ozamiz City|
|Misamis Institute of Technology||National Highway, Bañadero, Ozamiz City|
|Northwestern Mindanao Institute of Technology (NMIT)||National Highway, Bañadero, Ozamiz City|
|Our Lady of Triumph Institute of Technology(OLTIT)||National Highway, Bañadero, Ozamiz City|
|Northwestern Mindanao School of Technology (NMST)||Port Road-Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City|
|Immaculate Conception School of Technology (ICST)||Port Road-Rizal Avenue, Ozamiz City|
|Vocational Institute of the Philippines and Maritime Training Center||Pingol St., Lam-an, Ozamiz City|
|Computer Technology College||Cebedo St., 50th District, Ozamiz City|
|STI Ozamiz||Capistrano St., Ozamiz City|
|Ozamiz City Technology and Vocational School||Aguada, Ozamiz City|
- 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.
- Ozamiz City National High School
- Labo National High School
- Pulot National High School
- Stimpson Abordo National High School
- Labinay National High School
Hospitals and 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 and 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 Ozamiz(Ozamiz Cash Hub)
- 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
- Misamis Bank, A Rural Bank. The merging of Rural Bank of Tudela, Mis. Occ. and Rural Bank of Kolambogan, Lanao del Norte.– Beside Misamis University
- Union Bank – located at Insular Life Bldg at DABA
- Paglaum Multi-purpose Cooperative
- Lorenzo Tan Multi-Purpose Cooperative
- First Integrated Community Cooperative
- Enterprise Bank – Anas trading Bldg.,
- EastWest Bank – at DABA
- Robinsons Bank - soon
- 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.
Sister cities 
- Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
- Butuan City, Philippines
- Makati City, Philippines
- Tagum City, Philippines
See also 
- History of Misamis now Ozamiz City
- "Zip codes in the Philippines". Retrieved March 29, 2009.[dead link]
- "The February Revolution and Other Reflections", by Miguel Bernad, S.J, 1986.
- “How An Entire City Built An Organ”, by Bernad, Miguel S.J., Manila: Solidaridad Publishing House, 1968
See also 
- Ozamiz City Government
- Philippine Standard Geographic Code
- Local Governance Performance Management System