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Brief Introduction to Camiguin Province
2008-10-29

Camiguin is a small island province of the Philippines off the northern coast of Mindanao. It belongs to the Northern Mindanao region.Its capital is Mambajao and it is the second-smallest province both in population and land area. Only Batanes is smaller. The population is 74.232 and the area is 229.8 km2, that is 323/km2 (16th highest) .The island of Camiguin is in the Bohol Sea about 10 kilometers north of Misamis Oriental.

Camiguin is accessible by air and sea from Cebu City however trips are limited only. Most fly in to Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental Province, the gateway to Northern Mindanao. One would then take 2 more or less hours bus or hired van from Cagayan de Oro City to the port of Balingoan. Ferries leave Balingoan to Camiguin Island every hour from 6:00 am until 5:00 pm.

The people of Camiguin are called "Camiguingnon". The main occupation of the people is fishing and farming, with copra providing the greatest income contribution. Other plantations are abaca, rice, mangoes, lanzones and other fruit trees. Small cottage industries are increasing in number to accommodate the influx of visitors. The population is of Visayan descent. "Visaya" and "Hiligaynon" are widely spoken while a few speak Kinamiguin. Nearly everyone speaks English fairly well.


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