City of Malaybalay

Lungsod ng Malaybalay
Component City

Nickname(s): South Summer Capital of the Philippines; City in the Forest
Motto: Cool Weather, Warm People
City of Malaybalay
Coordinates: 08°09′16″N 125°07′42″E / 8.15444°N 125.12833°E / 8.15444; 125.12833Coordinates: 08°09′16″N 125°07′42″E / 8.15444°N 125.12833°E / 8.15444; 125.12833
Country Philippines
Region Region X
Province Bukidnon
District 2nd District
Barangays 46
City Classification 1st Class Component City
Incorporated (town) October 19, 1907
Incorporated (city) February 11, 1998
• Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri (Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
• Vice Mayor Victor P. Aldeguer (Lakas-Kampi-CMD)
• Total 984.38 km2 (380.07 sq mi)
Elevation 622 m (2,041 ft)
Population (2010)
• Total 153, 085
• Density 146/km2 (379/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 8700
Area code(s) 88
Ecclesiastical Province Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro
Episcopal Polity Diocese of Malaybalay
Patron Saint San Isidro Labrador

The City of Malaybalay (Filipino: Lungsod ng Malaybalay; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Malaybalay), dubbed as the "South Summer Capital of the Philippines", is a first class component city and the capital and administrative center of the province of Bukidnon, Philippines. The city is bordered north by Impasug-ong; west by Lantapan; south by Valencia City and San Fernando; and east by Cabanglasan and Agusan del Sur. According to the 2010 Census of Population by the National Statistics Office (NSO) the city is inhabited by 153, 085 residents.

When Spanish explorers came to the central portion of the province in the late 18th century, they inquired to the children playing at the lower part of the Sawaga, the soldiers asked in Spanish what is the name of the place. The innocent children who did not understand Spanish thought that they were asked what they were doing. So they replied “Tagbalaybalay kay” (we are playing house). The soldiers thought that the name of the place was Malaybalay. So in the Spanish record the name Malaybalay stuck about approximately in the years 1820-1840.

It was formerly part of the province of Misamis Oriental as a municipal district in the late 19th century. When the special province of Agusan and its sub-province (Bukidnon) was created in 1907, Malaybalay was designated as the capital of Bukidnon. It was then formally established as a municipality on October 19, 1907 and was created into a city on February 11, 1998 by virtue of Republic Act 8490.

Malaybalay City is the venue of the Kaamulan Festival, held annually from mid-February to March 10.

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