Misamis Oriental is a colorful salad bowl of experiences and destinations. The amazing places in the vast stretch of the Misamis Oriental shoreline are dotted with exciting activities with its flourishing cultures, palm-fringed beaches, pristine blue waters, progressive industries, captivating fauna, and monumental expressions of faith. The choices are enormous and are sure to keep visitors captivated and treasured memories captured!
The province is also home to one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the Philippines – the Divine Mercy Shrine of El Salvador City. Every year, thousands of faithful pilgrims from all over the world find their way to Misamis Oriental to be enthralled at the majesty of the 50-foot statue of the Divine Mercy standing on the hills of Brgy. Ulaliman, facing the Panguil Bay. The shrine has witnessed numerous miracles since its birth in early 2005 and has continued to this day to inspire faith in anyone who beholds the glory of the monolithic Divine Mercy in Misamis Oriental.
HOW TO GET THERE:
The Laguindingan Airport is the main airport into Northern Mindanao and Misamis Oriental.
By Air: It takes a 1 ½ hours flight to get from Manila to Laguindingan Airport. Misamis Oriental is also accessible from Cebu, Clark, Davao, Iloilo, Dumaguete and Tagbilaran.
From Laguindingan Airport, take an hour shuttle ride to the city.
By Sea: Travel time from Manila is 42 hours. Sea-travel is also available from Cebu and Iloilo.
Every January, the Province of Misamis Oriental starts the year with a grand festival honoring its home-grown coconut species, locally known as Kuyamis. It is said that Misamis Oriental was named after this golden fruit which grows in abundance in all areas of the province. People gather at the Province’s Capital to celebrate their unique shared history, culture, and enjoy the local products through the unique Municipal and City booths that are designed to feature their icons and tourism destinations. The traditional street dancing competition showcases the different tradition festivals dance of each of the 23 municipalities and 3 cities. The Kuyamis Festival is an enthralling cultural experience that will take you around Misamis Oriental and make you feel closer to the charming people of this Province!
SEE and DO
PHILIPPINE SAILFIN LIZARD
Known as the Jesus Lizard because of its ability to “walk on water”, this species of scaled lizard has been officially declared as vulnerable because of its decreasing population, it does not seem to be the case in a small village in the Municipality of Jasaan.
The Camella sinensis tea trees in this plantation are planted, maintained, and processed by the Higaonon tribal communities of the area as part of the sustainable livelihood program of the government.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION CHURCH
The church was an attempt to mimic the famous San Ignacio Church of Intramuros in Manila and the Jesuit brothers Francisco Rivera and Juan Cuesta are credited with the construction of the original church façade.
DIVING IN MISAMIS ORIENTAL
The long coastline of Misamis Oriental offers the most sought-after diving spots in Northern Mindanao. It boasts of waters rich with marine life and houses endangered giant clams, nudibranch, anemones, angel fish, lion fish, pufferfish, jacks, devil rays, thresher sharks, and even whalesharks.