VALENCIA CITY is a 4th class city in Bukidnon, Philippines and it is situated at the heart of Mindanao bounded by Lantapan municipality and Malaybalay City in the north side, Maramag municipalities and Quezon in the south side, Pangantucan and Talakag municipalities in the east side.
The early settlers of Valencia along the banks of Pulangui River were the natives of Bukidnon led by Datu Sebastian Manangkila. The settlement was named as sitio “Panglibatuhan” meaning supply of Malibato wood materials for home building. The place has thick forest and is abundant in Malibato trees which are considered to be the hardest wood in the province. In 1911, the very first one-room barrio school was built by a teacher who came from Valencia, Bohol; thus, the settlers decided to name Panglibatuhan as Valencia.
In the middle of the year 1930, other people from neighboring places started to settle or migrate to this place even during World War II. On January 16, 1961 by virtue of Executive Order No. 360 issued by then President Carlos P. Garcia, Valencia became a municipality. After several years, Valencia became a City approved by then President Joseph E. Estrada thru Republic Act (R.A.) No. 8985.
The City has a total land area of 62,163 hectares. The land is rich with sand, gravel, limestone, and guano deposits for clay production.
Valencia City has a current population of 147,924 people in 28,425 households, and most residents speak Cebuano, followed by Binukid and English.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
The city consists of 2,566 Business Establishments, banks, lending institutions, pharmacies, shopping mall, among other service stores that adds up to the city revenue, plus agricultural based produce and some products for export.
Valencia generally has a rainy season all throughout the year especially in the month of January with some dry season usually during the months of December to April.
Agri-based products are pineapples, sugarcane, and cutflowers; other local products are rubber boots and shoes, handmade products such as baskets, woodwares, carvings, and mats.
Various hotels and restaurants can be found in the City of Valencia offering local and international cuisines.
LIST OF “BARANGAYS” (or communities)
The City has 31 barangays. Currently, Poblacion is the seat of the City of Malaybalay.
The City boasts of 8 caves situated in four barangays in Valencia.
This garden shows various rare plants such as bromelaids, orchids, anthuriums, among many other kinds.
The lake is situated in Barangay Poblacion and has been awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in Region 10. This place is ideal for nature lovers and relaxation.
This river is ideal for fishing and boating, and is also a hot tourist spot in Valencia.
Tourists would surely be awed with the falls that can be found in Barangays Laligan, Mt. Nebo, Sinabuagan and Lilingayon in Valencia City.
Finished products such as wood tiles, wood decors, and wood vinyl are exported to other countries.
The city is accessible via Cagayan De Oro City for 2 hrs. ride. Five hours trip if coming from Davao and six hours drive if coming from Cotabato City.