Time Line of Generations

How did Iligan come to be? Learn more about the humble
beginnings and rich history of Iligan City, Philippines

Spanish Period (1565-1899)
American Period (1900-1941)
Japanese Period (1942-1945)
Modern Period (1950-1980)

Iligan City During Spanish Period
(1565-1899)

By Ricardo Jorge S. Caluen

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.

Iligan City During American Period
(1900-1941)

By Prof. Patrocenia T. Acut

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.

Iligan City During Japanese Period
(1942-1945)

By Prof. Leonor Buhion Enderes

The Japanese invaded Iligan on May 5, 1942. In occupied Iligan, Leo Garcia, Sr. was appointed Mayor till the end of World War II.

Iligan City During Modern Times
(1950-1980)

By Prof. Geoffrey G. Salgado

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.

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