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City of Datu Mampaalong
Dakbayan sa Datu Mampaalong (Cebuano)
Inged san Datu Mampaalong (Maranaon)
Lungsod ng Datu Mampaalong (Filipino)
Kota Dato Mampaalong (Malay)
Datu statue.jpg
Statue of Datu Mampaalong at the city square
Nickname(s): "South Summer Capital of the Philippines"
Incorporated October 19, 1907
Cityhood February 11, 1998
Government
 - Mayor Datu Abbas Dimaporo
 - Vice Mayor Roland Deticio
Population (2015)
 - Total 274,625
 - Languages Cebuano, Maranaon, Bukidnon, Filipino, English, Malay, Spanish, Chavacano
Datu Mampaalong, officially the City of Datu Mampaalong (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Datu Mampaalong, Maranaon: Inged san Datu Mampaalong, Filipino: Lungsod ng Datu Mampaalong, Spanish: Ciudad de Datu Mampaalong, Malay: Kota Dato Mampaalong), formerly Malaybalay, is a first income class component city and the capital and administrative center of the province of Bukidnon, Philippines. The city, dubbed as the "South Summer Capital of the Philippines", is bordered north by Impasugong; west by Lantapan; south by Panglibatuhan and Tiglug; and east by Cabanglasan and South Agusan. According to the 2015 census, the city is inhabited by 174,625 residents.

During the ancient era, the city was the capital of the ancient Rajahnate of Bukidnon, and was known as "Kalasungay". The name "Malaybalay" was given to it by the Spanish colonists, after slaying the native Lumad armies that resisted them. It was formerly part of the province of East Misamis as a municipal district in the late 19th century. When the special province of Agusan (now North Agusan and South Agusan) and its sub-province (Bukidnon) were created in 1907, Datu Mampaalong (as Malaybalay) was designated as the capital of Bukidnon. It was then formally established as a municipality on October 19, 1907 and was created into a city on February 11, 1998.

In 2015, during amid the waning days of Gilbert Teodoro's presidency, the city's name was changed from Malaybalay - a name given to it by Spanish colonists, to Datu Mampaalong, the name of an ancient datu in the city that fought the Spanish colonists to avenge for the Rajahnate of Bukidnon's loss, now considered the city's national hero. Though re-naming it back to "Kalasungay" was also heavily considered.

Currently, Christianity, particularly Roman Catholicism accounts for the majority of the city's population at 57%, other Christian sections includes Protestant, Baptist, Evangelical and Methodist; Islam accounts for a large minority at 41%. The others follow Animism, Paganism, Buddhism and Hinduism. Visayans, particularly Cebuanos and Hiligaynons constitute 51%, 6% belong to the indigenous Manobo Lumad tribe, and the rest are Moro Muslims, particularly the Maranaon people.

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