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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY

Seated at the very heart of Northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro is a sprawling capital of industry, trade, business, and adventure. This thriving metropolis is called “The City of Golden Friendship” chiefly because of its warm, friendly people who complement its busy city streets with colors of smiles and hospitality.
 

Being the capital city of Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro hosts a wide variety of hotels, tourist spots, cultural centers, convention halls, malls, and commercial centers. It is considered as the regional growth hub of Region 10 and the Gateway to Northern Mindanao.
 

This highly urbanized city offers an extensive palate of culture and fun. Visitors have to try the amazing assortment of dining places to choose from in the City’s malls, in Divisoria (the old City Center), and in Cogon market where an impressive array of gastronomic delights are always cooking. Homegrown restaurants like Cusina Higala offer a culinary tour of the Region’s heritage cuisine such as the Humba of Cagayan de Oro, the Beef Rendang of Lanao del Norte, the Chicken Surol of Camiguin, and the Binaki of Bukidnon. Kagay-anon Restaurant is famous for its ostrich salpicao from the Limketkai Ostrich Farm in Opol, known as the biggest Ostrich farm in the Philippines.  You cannot complete your culinary journey in the City without trying the  famous “sinuglaw” , a delectable mix of grilled pork and kinilaw (ceviche) made from exotic spices like tabon tabon and suwa which are only found in the Region, served in almost all restaurants around the City.  Truly, Cagayan de Oro is a living cosmopolis that highlights food from almost every place of Region 10.
 

Cagayan de Oro is also the best place to purchase unique souvenir and novelty items that are purely and uniquely Mindanaoan as it is one of the centers of commerce and the transshipment point of goods from all points in the island. Handcrafted products like the Mindanao Silk, famous for being used in President Duterte’s inaugural barong, Hinabol fabric woven by the Higaonon tribe, balud and langkit cloth from Lanao del Norte, Banig from the 7 tribes of Bukidnon, native bags, decors and furniture, clay pots and world-class stoneware products can be purchased in the shopping centers scattered in the city.  Popular pasalubongs include Pastel, Slers Ham, Bukidnon Coffee, Cheding’s Peanuts and many more.

HOW TO GET THERE:
 

By Air: 1 ½ hours flight from Manila to Laguindingan Airport. It is accessible from Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Dumaguete and Tagbilaran.

From Laguindingan Airport, take a one-hour shuttle ride to the city.


By Sea: 42 hours travel time from Manila. Voyages are also available from Cebu and Iloilo.

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Higalaay Festival

Cagayan de Oro’s patron saint is St. Augustine, and, in his honor, the City holds its biggest annual celebration which is the Higalaay Festival.  But more than a celebration of faith, the word “Higalaay” also means “to make friends” and within this weeklong festivity, the City and its people open their doors and celebrate not only the rich culture and colorful heritage that is alive in Cagayan de Oro city but also the spirit of friendship amongst its people that has lived and nourished the city to greater heights.

  

The city comes alive with colorful parades, music, and dancing during the Higalaay festivities with its people putting Kagay.anon local products into focus and highlighting the local stories of success and inspiration throughout the years.

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SEE and DO
Aside from its scenic views, thrilling adventures, amazing cultural centers, and warm people, Cagayan de Oro also boasts of delicacies that will add to your bright memories of the city. The city holds a steadfast ham-making tradition and whenever holidays are around the corner, it would be amiss to not bring home some of the city’s top hams from its homegrown makers such as SLERS, Pine Ham, Bigby’s, and Oro Hams.  Cashew nuts that were harvested from Barangay Lumbia are also a crowd favorite in Cagayan de Oro not only because of its unique nutty-milky taste but also because it trailblazed a variety of local business opportunities and livelihood new delicacies such as the local cashew crunch.

HAM AND CASHEW NUTS

Aside from its scenic views, thrilling adventures, amazing cultural centers, and warm people, Cagayan de Oro also boasts of delicacies that will add to your bright memories of the city...

Housed within Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City, the Museum of Three Cultures is a time capsule gallery featuring the “three cultures” of Mindanao: the migrant Christians and how they shaped Cagayan de Oro, the Indigenous Tribes of Mindanao and the Maranaos. It also displays some notable paintings of both old-era and contemporary artists in Mindanao. 

A visit to this museum is a remarkable cultural experience as it introduces very rare antiques and valued pieces from tribes’ people in Mindanao with a focus on their culture and societal impact on history and even in the modern world. Some of the these include Maranao antiques from Tugaya in Lanao del Sur, a gallery of ethno-history that displays Cagayan de Oro’s history, Butuan archeological artifacts, lumad arts and crafts from the Higaonon and Manobo cultures, and treasures of Christians lowland artifacts from Northern Mindanao.

MUSEUM OF THREE CULTURES

Housed within Capitol University in Cagayan de Oro City, the Museum of Three Cultures is a time capsule gallery featuring...

Macahambus Cave is a scenic tourism attraction that anchors on the Battle of Macahambus on June 4, 1900. This is a significant point in Philippine history as it is regarded as the very first victory of the Filipinos against the Americans at the turn of the 20th century. A marker of the National Historical Institute is placed at the entrance of the cave to commemorate the bravery of the Kagay-anons.

Tourists come here not only to be in the presence of the setting of one of Philippine’s most historic victories but also to take in the breathtaking view of the Cagayan River which flows below the cavern or to observe the formations and bat colonies that rests inside the historic cave.

MACAHAMBUS CAVE

Macahambus Cave is a scenic tourism attraction that anchors on the Battle of Macahambus on June 4, 1900. This is a significant point in Philippine history as it is regarded...

If you are one to take recreational activities to new heights, Amaya View is ready to receive you with open arms. Located in Cagayan de Oro’s highest peak in Sitio Niño in Barangay Indahag, this hilltop recreational tourist destination offers a wide range of outdoor activities such as paragliding, rappelling, rope courses, a giant ball pit, and a 4x4 ATV adventure trail. 

If adventure is not for you, you can visit the Noah’s Ark, an impressive replica of the legendary ark complete with a wide variety of animals including resident tigers Jabba and Max. Tourists also flock here to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of Cagayan de Oro from afar especially its captivating city lights in the evening.  Amaya also has a beautiful chapel where you can walk with bated breath on the aisle on a glass floor showing the beautiful limestone rock formations several feet below!

To complete the experience, a restaurant, cafe, bar, swimming pools, casitas, hobbit house style rooms, and a 250-capacity party venue are also available for guests.

AMAYA VIEW

If you are one to take recreational activities to new heights, Amaya View is ready to receive you with open arms. Located in Cagayan de Oro’s highest peak in Sitio Niño in Barangay Indahag, this hilltop...

The Whitewater Rafting Adventure of Cagayan de Oro is one of the best known and most sought-after outdoor activities for adrenaline junkies in the country. The starting point of the whitewater rafting adventure is in Uguiaban Bridge for the beginners’ course. Advanced and extreme courses are available for the more experienced and adventurous. This rafting adventure has a total of 21 challenging rapids through cool rushing waters that slam against boulders, all of which defines the distinct thrill and adventure that can only be experienced on a raft ride on this adrenaline inducing activity amid a lush beautiful natural background on the mighty Cagayan de Oro river.

WHITEWATER RAFTING

The Whitewater Rafting Adventure of Cagayan de Oro is one of the best known and most sought-after outdoor activities for adrenaline junkies in the country...

More of the alluring mysteries of Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao lay within the displays of Museo de Oro that houses hundreds of years’ worth of relics and artifacts that were either excavated or passed down among the native tribes of the region. The museum is located within Xavier University in the Divisoria area and it boasts of a collection of prized antiquities from the region’s Bukidnon, T’boli, and Maranao cultures. As a folkloric museum, Museo de Oro will open one’s eyes to the cradle of culture of the now majestic peoples of Region 10 with paintings and ethnographic artifacts that depict how people in before viewed themselves in relation to the universe, the origin of the world, and man in mythic tradition.

A notable piece in the museum collection is a human skeletal remain found at Huluga Cave in Taguanao. The fossil dates back to 377 AD as evidenced by carbon dating test conducted by the University of California, thus, establishing it as one of the earliest known human existence in the entire Mindanao.

MUSEO DE ORO

More of the alluring mysteries of Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao lay within the displays of Museo de Oro that houses hundreds of...

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