Ozamiz - Misamis Occidental Destinations


Misamis was an old Spanish town which existed as far back to the Spanish era. It was renamed Ozamiz City in honor of the late Senator Jose Ozamiz.

The name Misamis was renamed Ozamiz City in honor of the late Senator Jose Ozamiz, a man who pioneered underground resistance activities in Misamis Occidental against Japanese colonialists and was imprisoned at Fort Santiago and finally executed at La Loma Cemetery together with other Filipino patriots.



Ozamiz City falls under VI or the intermediate Type B of the Corona Climate classification. Weather is fairly uniform or rainfall is more or less fairly distributed throughout the year although the months of February to April are quite drier. The wettest months occur during November to December while dry months occur from February to March. Temperature is about equal, averaging to 27 0C. The entire city is on the outside fringe of the typhoon belt and is seldom affected directly by tropical storms.


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Air Philippines have daily flights from Ozamiz to Manila and v.v. Cebu-Ozamiz-Cebu flights via PAL Express using Bombardier Q400 planes will start in July 5, 2008. Cebu Pacific Air, on the other hand, will fly to Ozamiz soon. It already sent a team to inspect the airport. Ozamiz city airport, also known as Benigno Aquino Jr. Airport is located at Barangay Labo. The airport was closed in 1998 because its runway could not accommodate jetliners and wide bodied aircraft after Philippine Airlines (PAL) stopped the operation of their smaller Fokker and Sunriser planes. PAL was affected by financial crisis and labor disputes during that period. Extension and expansion of the airport runway started in 2005 using congressional funds of Misamis Occidental District 2 Congresswoman Herminia Ramiro. It was reopened to commercial flights on July 8, 2007 with Air Philippines offering Ozamiz-Manila v.v. routes. After 3 months of commercial operation of Air Philippines in Ozamiz with four times a week flights to Manila v.v., Air philippines now flies daily from Ozamiz to Manila v.v starting Oct. 4, 2007. The airport is expected to have a bigger budget from the national government in the coming months because of its strategic location, increasing volume of passengers and cargoes[citation needed]. Expansion and development of the airport particularly its runway, tarmac and passenger terminal building continued again in the 1st quarter of 2008. Ozamiz airport serves the provinces of Misamis Occidental, parts of Zamboanga del Sur and Lanao del Norte.

There are several major shipping lines serving the Manila and Cebu routes namely: Superferry, Cebu Ferries, Trans-Asia shipping lines, Carlos A. Gothong shipping lines, Sulpicio lines and Negros Navigation. Daima shipping lines serve the Ozamiz to Mukas, Kolambugan, Lanao del Norte routes using their Roll on, Roll off (RORO) ferries that transport passengers, cars/trucks and goods across Panguil bay.

Rural bus transit is the dominant public land transport to Iligan and Cagayan de Oro passing across the Panguil Bay and to Pagadian, Dipolog and Dapitan cities. The public mode of transportation within the city is by Motorcabs and pedicabs. Passenger vans are also available for Oroquieta, Dipolog and Pagadian routes.