Kibawe is a 2nd class municipality of Bukidnon Province in Northern Mindanao Region, Philippines.
The town of Kibawe is famous as the birthplace of world-famous boxer and senator Manny Pacquaio.
Profile of Kibawe Municipality (Geography)
Location –> Central Part of Mindanao Island, Southern Philippines (See map below)
Neighboring Towns –> Dangcagan and Kitaotao (North), Magpet, North Cotabato (east), Damulog (South), and Kadingilan (West).
Area –> 304.13 km2 (117.43 sq mi)
Population –> 39,612 (2015 Census)
Terrain –> Rolling Hills, mountains and plateau
Industries –> Agriculture, Trading, Tourism
Major Products –> Corn, Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items
People/Language –> Bisaya, Tagalog, English
Tribes –> Manobos, Lumads
Revenue (2016): 125,075,992.02
Legislative District –> 3rd
Congressman –> Manuel F. Zubiri
Mayor –> Reynaldo “Jimboy Tebontu” Ang Rabanes
Vice Mayor –> Raymundo A. Batao Jr.
Municipal Councilors (Sangguniang Bayan or SB Members)
It is believed that the town’s name Kibawe came from a certain Datu Mambantayao. Legend has it that Datu Mambantayao led a battle against a neighboring chieftain to recover a lady that the latter abducted. The battle took place in the area now covered by Kibawe. When he was successful in getting back the lady whom he later married, he gave the name “Guibawe”, a local term for recover.
When Bukidnon was created as a sub-province of Misamis in 1907, Kibawe was a barrio of Maramag. Later, it became part of the huge municipality of Kitaotao. When the town of Dangcagan was formed, it became part of its territory. In 1931, Kibawe was organized as a municipal district along with some villages of Damulog and Kadingilan.
Kibawe became a regular municipality on July 1, 1956 under Executive Order 272 issued by the late President Carlos P. Garcia.
Kibawe is an agricultural town where rice and corn are the primary products.
Our Lady of Immaculate Conception Church
Map of Kibawe Municipality