How did Iligan come to be? Learn more about the humble beginnings and rich history of Iligan City, Philippines
The earliest Spanish accounts refer to Iligan(or Yligan/Elegin)
as the name of the settlement found at the mouth of the river that
bears the same name(also Tambacan to many people). Higaonons as
one of Mindanao’s Lumad ethnic groups believed to be the first
settlers of Iligan.
Despite the defeat of General Pershing and his men,
the Maranaos made Pershing an honorary datu when he befriended them. (Saber)
Iligan was already a town of the once undivided Misamis Province in 1832.
The Japanese invaded Iligan on May 5, 1942.
In occupied Iligan, Leo Garcia, Sr. was appointed Mayor till
the end of World War II.
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