The Governor of the then Department of Mindanao and Sulu, John J. Pershing, granted the petition to make  Dipolog into a municipality under the condition that a municipal building should be constructed within six (6) months, after which, an inauguration would be done.  on July 1, 1913 Dipolog was inaugurated as a municipality with Hon. Pascual Martinez as its first Municipal Mayor.



Dipolog's Three Prominent Pioneers Statue:

  • HON. PASCUAL T. MARTINEZ (1882-1947) - Appointed by Gen. John J. Pershing, Governor of the Department of Mindanao as the FIRST MUNICIPAL MAYOR OF DIPOLOG (1913-1918). He was later elected Municipal Mayor in 1918 following the First General Election of Dipolog and served until 1921.
  • REV. FR. NICASIO Y. PATANGAN (1897-1967) - First Filipino Diocesan Priest of Mindanao. Appointed Parish Priest of Dipolog in May 1940 and served the office until 1967.
  • EUGENIO R. MARGATE (1886-1963) - A farmer for 25 years, He introduced the MARGATE SYSTEM OF PLANTING RICE. Authored the book "HUMAY", 100 KABANES MATAG HEKTARYA." Declared by Free Press as "MAN OF THE YEAR" 1954. Served as Technical Assistant in the field of Agriculture during the Administration of Presidents Ramon Magsaysay and Carlos P. Garcia.


Plaza Magsaysay - A landscaped park providing an oasis of greenery right in the center of Dipolog City. It is a converging point for many people from all walks of life for simple strolling and relaxing. The hectare-sized lot just beside the City Hall and fronting the Holy Rosary Cathedral is an ideal place for small outdoor meetings in a nature setting. 

Goodtimes Café & Art Gallery - A private mini-park-cum-art gallery and restaurant. It is about 1,000 square meters with a two-storey ancestral house filled with art collections. Everywhere are objects and collectibles including chinaware, figurines, paintings, sculptures,  papier mache masks, odd-shaped driftwood, and a twenty -five year old stereo from which soft music flows. Kapilya Juliana, a chapel for all religions, can be seen at the garden. Cut marbled tiles forming a scattered rays of the sun made up the design of the floor of this open chapel. Several artistic works of Dipolog known artists are also displayed at Galeria Indolencio at the yard.

Pagsalabuk Circle/Rotunda - The design is partly abstract and partly classical. It is the artist's interpretation of Dipolog Today -- a perfect blend of rich cultural, ethnic and historical heritage; deep-seated traditions, values and customs, and technological advances, modern breakthroughs and amenities.The statues represent the Tri-people of Mindanao…. Like the people of Dipolog, diverse, yet united in its visions and goals, peace, progress and a just and humane society.The figures stand almost 4.50 meters in height and are made of resin, a polymer fiber product that is durable light and cost less than bronze or brass.Symbolic of the people of Dipolog, the bowl raised to the heavens is a gesture of thanksgiving and offering to God Almighty, they look up to God and beg for the generous outpouring of graces and blessings, bountiful harvests and sustained peace and prosperity, which He generously showers on them - like the water that cascades profusely to the ground. It also symbolizes the diverse cultures prevailing in Dipolog City. Inspite of the diversity, the people are united by a common vision and hope.

Dipolog Boulevard (Seawall & Foreshore Dev't.) -


Facing the Sulu Sea the boulevard is estimated to stretch 3.5 kilometers upon completion.  Right now it is already 1.4 kilometers long. The construction of the project has begun in the year 2003.  At present, it has become a major tourist attraction, a perfect site for promernaders, physical fitness buffs and recreational activities.  It is provided with benches, restrooms, functional stage and kid’s playground.



Dipolog Beach - A velvet stretch of fine gray sand, exquisite solitude as the fiery sun dies in the horizon to the onset of twilight, broken only by the distant cries of fishermen returning to shore with the day's catch.

ECOTOURISM COMPLEX - Dipolog City's premier ecological destination and a favorite site of visiting local and foreign nature enthusiasts. The complex comprises the following:

Cogon EcoTourism Park - So named after its entrance location in the hinterlands of Barangay Cogon, this environmental rest area park and forest preserve stretches into the neighboring Municipality of Polanco and covers a total land area of 344 hectares.

An upshot of massive tree-planting activities regularly undertaken since its establishment as a reforestation area way back 1958, the area now hosts a range of mature planted trees and other important floral varieties. Within the park's vast expanse also lies a 40-hectare natural forest that is home to at least ten documented rare fauna species.

Just a few meters from the park's entrance is located the Aviary, where visitors can catch a glimpse of exotic birds endemic to the area. Further ahead is an exact replica of a typical Subanen Village where real Subanen tribesmen actually living within the buffer zone of the project area, on their colorful native costume and perform traditional Subanen dances and rituals for the benefit of interested visiting groups. This is also where visitors can witness Subanen women as they demonstrate the art of weaving baskets and other novelty items mainly from Nito vines.

Sungkilaw Falls- In nearby Barangay Diwan, another natural wonder awaits visitors with the cool, cascading waters of Sungkilaw Falls.



Where nature is at its best, the Cogon EcoTourism Complex (Cogon EcoTourism Park and Sungkilaw Falls) offer such exciting outdoor sports and adventures as camping, trail trekking, bush walking, rapelling, cañoneering, swimming and Tyrolean traverse.





Katkat Sakripisyo sa 3003 Steps To Linabo Peak - An annual religious activity done every Good Fridaycommemorating the death and passion of Christ where catholic devotees climb up the 3003 steps to show their devotion.

Dipolog P'gsalabuk Festival - Celebrated every Last week of April to 2nd to last Saturday of May, the festival's title literally means: “togetherness among three people with diverse culture.”  The festival’s main event is a street dancing in the main avenue of Dipolog City. This will then culminate in a cultural presentation depicting dances involving the different types if people in Mindanao. The festival also features Agri-industrial and food fairs as well as nightly shows.

Feast of St. Vincent Ferrer - Dipolog City Fiesta. A religious procession around the city’s major thoroughfares sarts and ends at the church patio where devotees dance before the image of St. Vincent Ferrer accompanied by the of drums. It is celebrated every 2nd to the last Saturday of May.

Adlaw sa Dipolog - Celebrated every 1st of July, it is Dipolog' City's Charter Day with inter-office sports activities and awarding and giving recognition to exemplary  Dipolognons.

Dahunog sa Dipolog - Another festival of Dipolog City, Highlighted with a parade band competition, beauty pageant and inter-shool competitions.  It is obsered every last week of September to October 7.



Feast Of the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary - Another Fiesta of Dipolog City, in honor of the Lady of the Most holy Rosary.

Pasko Sa Dipolog




Nightly Shows and display of Christmas decors and lights in the city.

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