» Tangub City

TANGUB CITY is a 3rd class city in the province of Misamis Occidental, Philippines. It is bounded by Bonifacio Municipality in the south, Ozamiz City in the north side, and Misamis Occidental in the southern side.

The first settlers of Tangub were the ethnic Subanos or Suban-ons and they lived near the rivers and planted crops on burnt forest clearings known as “kaingin”. The place at that time was governed by datus. The name of the place was derived from the Subano word “Tangkob” meaning a bamboo basket used for storing rice.

Tangub became the land of promise a symbol of hope for the hard pressed as more settlers from neighboring provinces migrated to the land. Trade and commerce emerged as various agricultural products were harvested, and the Subanos bartered their land for goods brought in by other Christian settlers. A few years after, Chinese merchants settled here and helped to hasten the transformation of the settlements into a civilized communities. The most prosperous period in Tangub was during 1898 to 1910. Goods and other commodities at that time can be bought to a very low price. 

Tangub became a municipality in the 19th century by virtue of an executive order by American Governor-General Dwight Davis. There was also a time that the name of the municipality was changed to “Regidor”; however the orginal name was also restored a few years later.  Then on June 17, 1967 under Republic Act No.5136, Tangub became a chartered city.


The city has a total land area of 141.54 square kilometers, and 62% of the total land area is used for agriculture such as coconut, corn, and rice farming. And some residents who lived near the coastal areas are engaged in fishing.

The current population of the city is 49,695 people in 9,480 households. Most of the Tangub residents speak Cebuano, followed by Tagalog and English, some speaks Subanon especially if one is a descendant of Subanon Tribe.

The city was greatly damaged during the World War II, and this has declined the progress of the city for some time. The growth and development of the city after the war underwent a very slow process; however with the cooperation of the local residents agricultural lands were tilled again and agricultural products grown abundant again. Vegetables, bananas and root crops were raised with copra as the major agricultural crop.

Other residents were also engaged in fishing. The output was estimated as 1,900 metric tons from January 1980 to December 1980, collecting revenues amounting to P 8,062.80 in that year for fishing permits alone. Grant loans under the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Fishing Development Program greatly helped many fishermen that became the major factor for the fishing industry to boost.

The climate in the city has more rainfall that is fairly distributed throughout the year. The rainy season starts in the months of November to December, and the Dry season starts from February to April.

Tangub City also celebrates important festivities as their way of welcoming visitors, showcasing various activities and presentations depicting the city’s way of life:

  • Dalit Cultural Festival –This is celebrated every February 28 in lieu of the City Charter Anniversary day. Various activities are highlighted on this day, such as serenade or “mañanita”, colorful public parade, and ethnic dances. “Dalit” means to offer and the festival is opened with the offering of a live goat killed by the wildlife hunters after the blessings of the tribal head are made. Selected beauties dressed in their ethnic costumes are also being offered as a modern version of the festival. This is a revival of the old tribal custom of expressing thanks for peace, a bountiful and all the blessings bestowed by God.
  • Harvest Festival –This festival showcases various agricultural products for selling and promotion. The festival is a venue to promote the agri-tourism program of the city, creating business-matching opportunities for the people of Tangub City.

The city boasts of their local-made products and produce such as pitati mat weaving, ceramic vases and potteries, Philippine Compak Boards that produces particle boards, and Naomi's Botanical Garden for cutflowers, ornamental plants, and fruit seedlings.

Tangub is also known for its export-quality seafoods.

The city has various religious sects, but 90% of the residents are Roman Catholics, 6% are Aglipayans, 3% are Protestants and the rest belong to different minor religious sects.

LIST OF “BARANGAYS” (or communities)
Tangub has 55 barangays:

  • Santa Maria (Baga)
  • Balatacan
  • Banglay
  • Mantic
  • Migcanaway
  • Bintana
  • Bocator
  • Bongabong
  • Caniangan
  • Capalaran
  • Catagan
  • Barangay I - City Hall (Pob.)
  • Barangay II - Marilou Annex (Pob.)
  • Barangay IV - St. Michael (Pob.)
  • Isidro D. Tan (Dimaloc-oc)
  • Garang
  • Guinabot
  • Guinalaban
  • Kauswagan
  • Kimat
  • Labuyo
  • Lorenzo Tan
  • Barangay VI - Lower Polao (Pob.)
  • Lumban
  • Maloro
  • Barangay V - Malubog (Pob.)
  • Manga
  • Maquilao
  • Barangay III- Market Kalubian (Pob.
  • Minsubong
  • Owayan
  • Paiton
  • Panalsalan
  • Pangabuan
  • Prenza
  • Salimpuno
  • San Antonio
  • San Apolinario
  • San Vicente
  • Santa Cruz
  • Santo Niño
  • Silangit
  • Simasay
  • Sumirap
  • Taguite
  • Tituron
  • Barangay VII - Upper Polao (Pob.)
  • Villaba
  • Silanga
  • Aquino (Marcos)
  • Baluk
  • Huyohoy
  • Matugnao
  • Sicot
  • Tugas


Tangub City has been tagged as the “Christmas Symbols Capital of Mindanao” during the month of December, as townsfolk prepares numerous activities and various Christmas decors and lanterns are displayed in the city plaza, highways, barangays for competition. Other must-see tourist destinations are:

One can see the panoramic view of Panquil Bay and the surrounding cities and towns of the city.

The place is a small hill inside the prison reservation compound. It has a World War II Vintage Japanese canon and a site of a grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. It is also a burial site of Eriberto Misa, the famous Prison’s Director from years 1937 to 1949.

Other destinations:

  • City of Tangub Plaza
  • City of Tangub Department of Tourism Offices
  • Rizal Monument
  • Roller Blading Rink
  • Sinandology Cultural Center


The city is accessible via Cebu to Dipolog or from Manila to Cagayan de Oro City.

From Cagayan De Oro City (4 hours): Ride a bus from the Cagayan de Oro bus terminal then, upon reaching the Mukas, Lanao del Norte or Tabigi, Lanao del Norte port, a 10 to 15 minute barge ride to reach Ozamiz City port then a jeepney or bus to Tangub.

From Cebu City: An overnight boat trip to the port of Ozamiz City then ride a jeepney or bus bound for Tangub City.