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This 60-meter curtain-like falls is located in Sitio Piduan, Barangay Napangan, Don Victoriano, Misamis Occidental. Nestled in the heart of the Malindang Mountain Range, Piduan Falls is a mystical experience with crystal clear waters that is cool and even safe to drink. The 4-kilometer trek to the falls takes more or less 2 hours of walking among the untouched beauty and serenity that is typical of the Misamis Occidental forests.
JIMENEZ HERITAGE TOWN
Be transported back in time in the iconic Jimenez Heritage Town which has over 100 original ancestral houses dating as far back as the 1800s. A stroll in the streets of Jimenez would make you feel as if the houses and the edifices themselves are telling their owns stories of war, peace, culture, and progress that have fostered in the place. Oh, if the walls could talk, what wonderful stories they will tell!
Two notable houses are the residences of Senator Ozamiz, the first senator from Mindanao and the Tac-an House which served as the printing press of the Japanese “Mickey Mouse” money during the 1940s. At its heart is the nostalgic showpiece is the beautiful St. John the Baptist Church which was declared as a National Historical Treasure and has withstood the test of time for almost 140 years.
GARDENS OF THE WORLD
The Gardens of the World in Tangub City is a highland haven for rest and relaxation. It also features a cascading waterfall infinity pool, and a premier hotel and convention facility amid 6 thematic gardens inspired by famous gardens all over the globe with an intimate view of Mt. Malindang.
BIRHEN SA COTTA
The miraculous statue of the Birhen sa Cotta was brought to the City in the 1700s and was originally housed in the Cotta Fort and then transferred to the Immaculate Concepcion Church. The image mysteriously disappeared in the 1970’s. In 2016, it was found in Manila by an antique collector and was returned to Ozamiz on December 8, 2017, the feast day celebration of the Birhen sa Cotta, in an emotional homecoming attended by thousands of pilgrims. The Birhen sa Cotta remains as one of the most visited religious sites of the faithful in Mindanao.
BAWBAWON BEACH AND MANGROVE PARK
Bawbawon is a white sand beach fringed by a 299.9-hectare mangrove forest. It contains an impressive 21 species of mangroves dominated by Rhizophora variety and is a marine sanctuary for 39 colorful species of fish. Several water bird species seek refuge and nest in the mangrove forest including the olive-backed sunbird, Philippine glossy starling, kingfisher, common egret, brahminy kite, chestnut-breasted mannikin, black-capped oriole, spotted dove, and blue-capped woodpecker. Misamis Occidental offers eco-tourism activities including boating, diving, birdwatching and islet hopping.
Overlooking the abundant Panguil Bay in Ozamis City, the Fuerte dela Conception y del Triunfo or the Cotta Fort is one of the local historical gems of Misamis Occidental. This citadel was first built by Spanish Jesuit priest and commander, Jose Ducos to serve as an outpost to protect the area against marauding pirates. It then became a Japanese garrison during the World War II and was damaged during the April 1955 earthquake. It was faithfully restored to resemble the original structure and is now one of the only 14 fort remains from the Spanish era in the Philippines.