El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao

 

El Salvador, officially known as the City of El Salvador, is a 6th-class component city in the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines.

According to the 2020 census, it has a population of 58,771 people.  Finally, on February 15, 2011, El Salvador becomes a city again including the 15 municipalities declaring that the conversion to cityhood met all legal requirements. What is El Salvador city known for? El Salvador is a city in the province of Misamis Oriental in Mindanao Island, the Southern part of the Philippines. The city serves as a pilgrimage site for the Divine Mercy devotees that is why it is now famous as “The City of Mercy”.

HISTORY El Salvador is a city in the province of Misamis Oriental in Mindanao Island, the Southern part of the Philippines. The city serves as a pilgrimage site for the Divine Mercy devotees that is why it is now famous as “The City of Mercy”.

Legend has it that a long time ago during the Spanish time the City, then a municipality, was named Tagnipa because of the abundance of nipa plants in the locality. Once upon a time, hunger occurred in the entire province and it was only Tagnipa that had continuous yields of corn and vegetables which have served not only the Tagnipan-ons (the locals) but those in the neighboring areas. Because of such an event, that the people were saved from hunger, the populace agreed to change the name “TAGNIPA” to “EL SALVADOR”, a Spanish term meaning, “THE SAVIOUR”.

El Salvador was a former barrio of the former Municipality of Cagayan de Oro. On June 15, 1948, Republic Act 268 created El Salvador as a municipality and officially functioned as such on August 2, 1948. Almost six decades after, on June 27, 2007, through the initiative of former Congressman Augusto H. Baculio, RA 9435, otherwise known as the Charter of the City of El Salvador, converted the municipality into a component city of the Province of Misamis Oriental. It comprises 15 barangays of which 8 are urban/urbanizing and 7 rural barangays. The fight on the legal aspect of becoming a city was extended and very challenging. After almost 4 years of the heartrending court battle, the finality of the cityhood was entered into the book of judgment on February 15, 2011, thus granting El Salvador the status as a City.

Like most of the 23 municipalities in Misamis Oriental, El Salvador City is along the shores of Macajalar Bay, Northwest of Mindanao. It is bounded in the North by Macajalar Bay, East by the Municipality of Opol, in the South by the Municipality of Manticao and in the West by the Municipality of Alubijid.

GEOGRAPHY El Salvador is located in the Province of Misamis Oriental in Northern Mindanao (Region X). It is bordered by the Municipality of Alubijid to the west, Opol to the east, and Manticao and Naawan to the south. On the north, lies Macajalar Bay in the Bohol Sea.

 

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