COTTA FORT

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.