Saturday, June 16, 2007
Misamis Occidental is a province of the Philippines located in the Northern Mindanao region. Its capital is Oroquieta City. The province borders Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur to the west and is separated from Lanao del Norte by Iligan Bay.
Region: Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Capital: Oroquieta City
Founded: June 6, 1952
2000 census—486,72 (28th smallest)
Density—251 per km² (27th highest)
Area: 1,939.3 km² (19th smallest)
Highly urbanized cities—0
The word Oroquieta came from the Spanish words 'Oro' which means gold and 'Quieta' which means found.
Oroquieta was briefly the war-time capital of the Philippines during World War II, though it was not yet classified as a city at the time. President Manuel L. Quezon, on his way to the United States via Australia, arrived in Oroquieta and set up the war-capital government before he was picked up by USAFFE and Commonwealth officials and departed by submarine to Australia. After Japan's surrender and the establishment of the Republic of Philippines, the government changed the status of Oroquieta from municipality to city in recognition of its war period significance.
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