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History & Heritage

Tangub City Historical Commission

The 14 triangular sun rays represent the 14 original barrios of Tangub. The 55 small sun rays stand for the 55 present barangays of Tangub. At the center, a Tangkub (a local name for a rice basket which is made of tree barks and rattan strips where Tangub got its name) with a book that records the historical events of the city.


Legal Basis

1. Executive Order No. 13, 2004 –Creating the Tangub City Historical Commission approved on July 7, 2004.
2. Resolution organizing the different committees of the commission on July 8, 2004.
3. City Ordinance No. 2004-03-246—An ordinance requiring all levels of learning institutions in Tangub City inclusion of historical facts in the teaching of history and Araling Panlipunan in both public and private schools in the city of Tangub and appropriating funds thereof. Approved and adopted 3/9/2004.
4. Resolution No. 2004-08-1267—Resolution supporting the creation of TCHC approved on August 10, 2004.
5. Resolution No. 2005-09-1581- A Resolution Declaring November 28- December 4 of every year as Heritage and Culture Week.
6. Executive Order No. 52 S. 2005- Supporting the Resolution Declaring November 28- December 4 of every year as Heritage and Culture Week.
7. October 22, 2004 TCHC was affiliated to the National Historical Institute (NHI) approved by Dir. Luduvico D. Badoy.
8. Executive Order No. 88 s. 2007-Conduct of the Logo making Contest
9. Resolution No. 2007-02-2028- A Resolution Adopting Executive Order No. 88 S. 2007 dated February 6, 2007.
10. 10. In 2007 Executive Order No. 94, series 2007 was issued by the chief executive adopting the logo seal of TCHC whose designed was prepared by a committee and finalized by the City Mayor.



1. Putting up of a museum called “Museo Handurawan” was launched Nov. 28, 2005.
2. Published a Coffee Table Book in 2006 titled: Tangub City: On the Crossroads of Change.
3. Tangub City through TCHC hosted the 28th Philippine National Conference on Local History on November 28-December 1, 2007.
4. Yearly Celebration of Heritage and Culture Week from November 28-December 4.
5. Yearly Memorial Lecture about the late Gov. Alfonso D. Tan since February 2009.
6. Launching of Gov. Alfonso D. Tan Memorial Lecture on February 26, 2011.


How Tangub Got Its Name

Originally, Tangub was a part of the municipality of Misamis (now Ozamiz City). It was related that Spanish soldiers chanced upon a Subano couple whom they asked about the name of the locality. Unable to understand the foreign language, the natives misunderstood the stranger’s questions as referring to the rice container strapped on their back. Innocently, the Subano husband answered Tangkub which was the native name of the rice container made from the tree barks and rattan strips. From that time on, Tangkub was recorded as the name of the area. Tangub was adopted as the original name in the course of time. Reference: Maximino B. Naron and. Narcisa A. Naron, “History of Tangub City,” (Unpublished Masters Thesis, Immaculate Conception College, Ozamiz City, 1984)


First Settlers of Tangub

Subanen were the first settlers of Tangub.They usually lived in a mountainous area and near riverbanks. They farmed using slash and burn method moving from place to place to find new land tocultivate. “Subanen” comes from the word “suba” meaning river or “up the river”.


The Birth of Tangub

In 1920, a movement to secure socio-economic and political independence for Tangub was born. It was forged by a group of community leaders who called themselves “Aspiracion Committee”. They were composed of 9 prominent people namely: Pastor Ocampos, Chairman; Leocadio Ocampos, Secretary; Hilarion Guevarra, Treasurer. The rest of its members included Eusebio Kaamiño, Timoteo Engracia, Paulino Magallanes, Vicente Astillero, Felipe Berioso, and Marciano Balatero.


Mayors of Tangub

Timoteo Engracia was designated Presidente Municipal of the Municipality of Regidor in 1929 and elected in 1931 with Crispiniano Lapar as his vice. During his time, the town Regidor was plagued by lawlessness and by a variety of problems. Residents believed that the name Regidor was the reason why the place was beset by problems. Later, it was changed to Tangub through Executive Order No. 81 issued by Gov. Gen Dwight F. Davis on February 1, 1930.
Epifanio Flores became the Presidente Municipal in 1935 with David Kaamiño as his vice. In his time, President Manuel L. Quezon issued Executive Order No. 242 taking six barrios From Municipality of Tangub to create the Municipality of Bonifacio. The barrios were: Bagumbang, Buracan,Dimalco, Bolinsong, Calolot and Tiaman
Crispiniano Lapar became Presidente Municipal in 1944 with Alfredo Kaamiño as his vice. He was designated by Congressman Porferio Villarin of the lone District of Misamis Occidental. In 1947, he was elected Municipal Mayor and re-elected in 1951under Liberal Party.
Marcelino Alejandrino won the local elections in 1955 over Alfonso D. Tan with a narrow margin. He served municipal mayor of Tangub from 1955-1958 with Pablo Pitoy as his vice but lost to Alfonso D. Tan’s electoral protest. Tan took office on August 8, 1958.
AlfonsoD. Tan, the father of Tangub City became the last Municipal Mayor and the First City Mayor of Tangub. He served from 1958-1986 y. During his reign, Tangub became the 50th City of the Philippines through Republic Act 5131 approved by the Senate on June 17, 1967 and inaugurated on February 28, 1968.Ponso as he was fondly called, was the longest serving Mayor of Tangub (28 years). In his time, Tangub received many awards namely: Cleanest City in the Philippines in 1968, Best Organized Police Department in 1967, Best Urban Planning in 1968, Doña Ma. D. Tan Memorial Hospital became the cleanest hospital in the Philippine in 1977. He was the founder of Tangub City College (now Gov. Alfonso D. Tan College).
Geofredo V. Ymalay became the City Mayor of Tangub from 1986 – 1988 with Anecito Siete as vice mayo.r He filled the seat of Alfonso Tan when Ponso was appointed OIC Governor of Misamis Occidental by President Corazon Aquino in 1986.
Eleno T. Regidor, Jr. started being a mayor of Tangub in 1988 until 1992. Anecito Siete was his vice mayor Despite the storms that came his way after the death of Ponso, Regidor was left standing, proudly upholding the ideals that his friend and mentor Alfonso D. Tan had lived and died for.
Philip T. Tan took office as City Mayor of Tangub in 1992 at age 28 with Eleno Regidor, Jr. as his vice mayor. He served until 2001 or three consecutive terms equivalent to 9 years. Philip Tan is a CPA-lawyer and nephew of Alfonso D. Tan. He was known to be the great peacemaker of the city and catalyst for peace and unity. He is the father and president of Northwestern Mindanao State College of Science and Technology.
Jennifer Wee-Tan the first female City Mayor of Tangub. She won 2001, 2004, 2007 local elections with Edemar S. ALota as her vice mayor. She became the Outstanding City Mayor of the Philippines in 2003. The Christmas Symbols Festival and Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe are her brainchild. In her term “Museo Handurawan” a historical museum was opened. The first coffee table book titled: Tangub City on the Crossroads of Change was published in 2006 and printed in Singapore.