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Camiguin Province
is an island province located in northern Mindanao. It is situated 10 km north of Misamis Oriental and 54 km southeast of Bohol. It is separated from the Mindanao mainland, in the south, by the Gingoog and Macajalar Bays, and from the Visayas, in the north, by the Bohol Sea.

Capital: Mambajao
Land Area: 229 sq km
Population: 70 000
Cities: none
Number of Towns: 5

The land_______________________________

Camiguin is a volcanic island, with seven volcanoes dominating the rugged terrain.

The three highest volcanos in the province are Mt. Tempoong, Mt. Mambajao and Mt. Hibok-Hibok.

Black and white-sand beaches can be seen on the coastline.

Vegetation and natural springs make the island´s climate cool, mild and invigorating. Dry season starts in the month of April and lasts for three months. November to January are the coldest months.

A Brief History___________________________

The name Camiguin is derived from the word "kamagong", a tree of the ebony family. The original settlers were the Manobo, who imigrated from Surigao. When Visayan settlers arrived, the Manobo retreated to the highlands of Mindanao.

Catarman became the major settlement in the island until 1871 when Mt. Daan erupted, sinking part of the town into the sea. The town proper was moved to its present site after the eruption. Mambajo was not established until 1855 but it grew quickly to be the busiest part in northern Mindanao in the early 1900.

Camiguin was part of Misamis Oriental until 1958 when it became a sub-province. It was made into a separate province on June 18, 1966, but was formally inagurated only in 1968.

The People______________________________

The population is of Visayan descent. "Cebuano" and "Hiligaynon" are the main dialects.

A few people from certain towns in the province still speak the old native language called "Kinamiguin".

Commerce and Industry_____________________

Farming and fishing are the main sources of income.

Camiguin clay is considered to be the best for coconuts, bananas, coffee and fruit trees.

Lanzones, a kind of fruit, is grown on the slopes of Mt. Hibok-Hibok, and is said to be the sweetest in the country.

Getting There and Away_____________________

Ferries and fastcrafts travel from Cagayan de Oro , Bohol, and other provinces daily.

Other Information__________________________

Katibawasan Falls and Tuwasan Falls in Catarman are popular svimming places.

Sagay Beach in the south, with its pearly white sand, was once the landing site of Magellan. Mantigue Island, across Mahinog in the east, is a four-hectare forest, fringed by a white-sand beach. The sea of White Island, across Agoho, is a scuba diving site.

Mt. Hibok-Hibok is the most active among the island´s seven volcanos.

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