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Ozamis City History, Philippines

If you are planning on having a quiet, historical sightseeing tour in the Philippines, Ozamiz City is one place for you to go.  It is among the three cities of Misamis Occidental Province located in Northwestern Mindanao. 

Contrary to hearsays about this small city being infested by terrorists, this city is like any other cities in the Philippines, peaceful and lured by tourists.  The city has grown to be one of the booming cities in Northwestern Mindanao. 

This 16,407-hectare city was once an Old Spanish town which was subjugated by Jesuit Missionaries.  The place was originally dominated by natives, also known as Subanos.  These people love freedom.  Yet, at that time, they were defenseless among raiding pirates from nearby provinces of Lanao.  This caused them to transfer to other provinces of Mindanao.  They went to provinces where they could find refuge against invaders and live peacefully.  During those years, other settlers dominated the place especially those coming from Bohol, Cebu and Bukidnon and became one of the early migrants of the place.

The name Ozamis City was derived from the late Senator Jose Ozamis, a very brave man who started a subversive resistance against Japanese colonialists.  This caused him to be imprisoned and put to death sentence.  Together with other Filipino patriots, he was executed at the historical La Loma Cemetery.  Prior to this quiet town becoming a city, it was named Misamis, from the native Subano word “Kuyamis”.  This was named Misamis since it’s easier to pronounce. 

Much development can be seen from this once agricultural economy.  Yet because this is located strategically with a  well-developed port, growth and development is likely to be achieved.  In fact, if you get a glimpse of this city, you will see a lot of commercial establishments built.  Ozamis is eventually turning to be a major trading center in Mindanao.

The people’s primary means of living lies in agriculture.  It is one of their major economic activities with 74% dedicated to agricultural use.  Right now, they are not only growing corn, coconut and palay but you will see a number of residents endeavoring into mango, banana and orchards.  With the help of the city’s government, these residents provide planting stocks of good quality. 

Speaking of livestock, Ozamis City isn’t left out.  In fact, they are growing livestock for big-time companies like Magnolia, Swift and Purefoods. 

Once you've  tried living in this place, you can negate rumors of Ozamis City being a dangerous place to visit.

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