Camiguin History, Geography, Economy

Camiguin History

Camiguin Provincial Capitol
Camiguin Provincial Seal (Photo Credit: Facebook Page)

Profile of Camiguin Province (Geography)
Location –> Northern Mindanao Region, Philippines (See map below)
Nearest Province –> Misamis Oriental
Capital –> Mambajao
Area –> 237.95 km2 (91.87 sq mi)
Population –> 88,478 (2015 census)
* Camiguin is the second smallest province after Batanes in terms of area and population.
Terrain –> Hilly with narrow coastal plain
Industries –> Agriculture, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Fish, Coconut
People/Language –> Bisaya (Cebuano)
Governor –> Jurdin Jesus Romualdo
Predecessor –> Maria Luisa Romualdo
Vice Governor –> Rodin Romualdo
Representative (Lone District) –> Xavier Jesus D. Romualdo

Cities –> None
Municipalities (Towns) –> (5) Catarman, Guinsiliban,
Mahinog, Mambajao, Sagay

Camiguin History

The earliest tribe to settle in Camiguin were the Manobos who were believed to have come from the area known today as Caraga Region. Around the year 1598, the Spaniards established their first community in what is now the town of Guinsiliban where a fort had been built to protect them from pirates. In 1871, Mt. Vulcan erupted and buried the first major Spanish village, now a barangay in the municipality of Catarman.

Historically, the island province used to be a territory of Misamis Oriental Province. It was made a sub-province in 1958 and became a regular province on June 18, 1966 by virtue of Republic Act No. 4669.

Economy of Camiguin Province

Although most of the residents in Camiguin are engaged in agriculture as their main source of income, more and more people are employed in the hospitality industry due to the recent influx of tourists. Others are in the trading business or employed by the government.

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See also: List of Philippine Provinces and Capital by Region

Map of Province

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