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Initao is a third class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has 29,331 people.It is seated about west of the provincial capital of Cagayan De Oro City, east of Iligan City, and about south-south-east of Philippine capital, Manila.The partly urban town thrives mostly on fishing and agricultural farming; however, different small and business establishments have flourished, making the town self-sustaining in many ways. All government offices are found in the "poblacion": that is the center of the town.Skirted by Iligan Bay, snorkeling and beaches are some of the attractions. Storms and other natural phenomena rarely strike this town.The only significant celebration this town celebrates is the town fiesta in honor of the Patron Saint Francis Xavier which is held every December 2 and 3 although the celebration stretches for a week.BarangaysInitao is politically subdivided into 16 barangays.History of InitaoBased on the research report submitted by L.M. Neri, A.M.M. Ragrario, E.C.R. Robles, and A.J. Carlos, the original settlers of Initao were the Bukidnons. They were described as warlike and aggressive and ready to sacrifice their lives in defending their territory. It is said that the early community in Initao was ruled by three (3) brothers named Datu Hukom, Datu Tamparong, and Datu Pulagoyan, who had to protect early settlers in Initao against Moro invasions in the sixteenth century.
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