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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. 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.
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.
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.
MUSEUM OF THREE CULTURES
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.
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.
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 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.