~Mainit - Philippines
Mainit, Surigao Del Norte - Philippines
Mainit is a 4th class municipality in the province of Surigao del Norte, Philippines. The word "mainit " literally means "hot". According to its history, the word was adopted from the sulfuric hot spring that flows along the river of the old Town. The town of Mainit is situated by Lake Mainit in the northeastern part of Mindanao. Lake Mainit is the fourth largest lake in the country and one of the cleanest fresh water lakes in the world. It is one of those gems that still can be found and enjoyed in today’s increasingly complex world. You can easily be inspired and be relaxed by its beauty and serenity. It is still a place where one would feel a poet’s inspiration to write prose and poetry. It is a place where nature is still friendly to people, simply waiting to be admired.
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The history of Mainit started with a group of Nomadic people believed to be descendants of the Papuans as its first inhabitants. Then came the Spanish conquistadores and found this peaceful community.
In the 1900's when the Americans came, Mainit became a barrio of the municipality of Placer. Mainit was finally made into a municipality in January 1, 1931 after being signed in December 27, 1930 by Governor-General Dwight F. Davis.
According to the 2008 census, it has a population of 24,736 people in 4,973 households.