The Philippines is divided into 3 main islands known as Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Each of these islands has their own physical features that many people would like to visit. Among the 3 main islands, Luzon and Visayas have been very popular with local and international tourists. These 2 main islands, Luzon and Visayas have many beautiful and historical places. However, they have missed one half of their life by not yet visiting Mindanao.
Mindanao is located at the southern part of the country. Just like Luzon and Visayas, Mindanao has also many beautiful and historical spots which everybody should see. There are many key cities in Mindanao such as: Davao City, Cagayan De Oro City, Zamboanga City, Butuan City, General Santos City and many more. All of these cities have their own stories to tell and have each own reason why you should visit them. For instance, you should also visit Cagayan De Oro City. This city is located in the northern part of Mindanao and is called as the “City of Golden Friendship” and the “Gateway of Northern Mindanao”.
Kagay-anons or Cagay-anons are referred to as the people or native of Cagayan De Oro City. They are friendly and hospitable. They are always accommodating and would always want to give their visitors the best accommodations to make them comfortable as they stay in this beautiful city.
Cagayan De Oro City belongs to Region X and is considered the regional center because it is a highly urbanized city in the region. It is the provincial capital of Misamis Oriental. The city is also called as the “Gateway of Northern Mindanao” because of its location which can easily bring people to the different cities, towns and municipalities of the whole region and neighboring regions. Its location can also allow people to go to other places in Mindanao because of its location. Being located at the heart of Northern Mindanao, the city serves as a drop point center where people who wants to go to the other key cities of Mindanao can travel by land via Bukidnon, Butuan and Iligan City.
As the “Gateway of Northern Mindanao”, Cagayan De Oro City can be reached by air, land and water transportation. As you travel by plane, you will be directed to one of the finest airports in the country, the Laguidingan International Airport. It is located in Barangay Moog, Laguindigan, Misamis Oriental. This international airport is one of the best places that you should visit in Cagayan De Oro City. The city can also be reached by water on board the finest ship that travels in the different parts of the country. Travelling by water will already give you a chance to take a glimpse of Macajalar Bay. Taking a land trip can take you to the two drop off points or point of entry. The East Bound Terminal in Agora and the West Bound Terminal in Bulua. The West Bound Terminal caters to passengers who will go to Iligan, Ozamiz City, Pagadian City, and Zamboanga City. However, those passengers who are going to Davao City, Butuan City and Surigao City will be directed to the East Bound Terminal. Another route that can take you to Davao City and Cotabato City is via Bukidnon where you will see the natural beauty of Bukidnon.
The “City of Golden Friendship” is a booming city. Many first class hotels, supermarkets/department stores/ shopping malls and schools have also been put up. All of this product of modern engineering is worth seeing and visiting. They are one big proof how far Cagayan De Oro City has grown.
The Limketkai Center in Lapasan is the home of many food chains and restaurants which offer local and international dishes. The Limketkai Center is considered as a one-stop- shop that can give you everything you need. The Limketkai Center has the best hotels which are always fully booked because of its location.
The city’s oldest supermarket and department store are Ororama and Gaisano. Shoemart and Ayala Centrio are also one of the most visited places in the city. Other supermarkets which were put up in the city are: Rustan’s, Save more and Shopwise.
As you get around Cagayan De Oro City, you have to visit first the San Augustine Cathedral, which is a Gothic inspired church with the centuries old stained glass windows. St Augustine is the Patron Saint of the city. From there, you should also visit some of the prestigious school and university in the city like the Ateneo De Cagayan, Xavier University and Lourdes College. There are other places that you should visit while you’re in Cagayan De Oro City Such as:
Gardens of Malasag is an Eco-Tourism Village where you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Macajalar Bay. It features an ethnic museum, which features the different ethnic tribes in Mindanao.
The Cagayan De Oro River- is the perfect place to go if you want to experience the excitement and thrill in White Water Rafting.
Mapwa Nature Park – is located in Malasag. It is a 2,500 hectare Nature Park, which takes 30 minutes to travel from the city. It is a conducive place for people who want to relax in a quiet and natural environment. The park also offers many activities for people who wants to have fun and excitement. The park offers the Zipline activity, Canyoneering, Ecological Trek, Obstacle Course and Horseback Trail Ride.