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.
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.