Places to Visit in Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
Cagayan de Oro is the capital city of Misamis Oriental province in Northern Mindanao region in Philippines. It is located in the southern part of the country, about 1380 kms from Manila city. Cagayan de Oro is the tenth most populated city in Philippines as of 2010 Philippines census data. The Zip code of Cagayan de Oro is 9000.
Cagayan de Oro is one of the tourism centres of the country known for its whitewater rafting and one of the rapidly developing cities of Philippines. It is serving as the commercial centre of Northern Mindanao region and industry, commerce, trade, and tourism are the basic pillars of Cagayan de Oro economy.
Geography of Cagayan de Oro:
Cagayan de Oro is sited between latitude 8°29′ in the north and longitude 124°39′ in the east and positioned at an altitude of 10 meters. It occupies an area of 488 sq. km.
Cagayan de Oro is bounded by Bukidnon in Iligan City to the south, Tagoloan in Gingoog City on the east, Opol in Laguindingan of El Salvador City towards west and Macajalar Bay towards north.
Cagayan de Oro features a tropical climate, August and September are the rainy months and March and April are dry months in Cagayan de Oro.
History of Cagayan de Oro:
It is said that, the name Cagayan de Oro is derived from Spanish language. Cagayan de Oro was formed in the year 1871 and formed as a city on June 15, 1950.
How to reach Cagayan de Oro?
Cagayan de Oro is served by Lumbia Airport with regular flights to and from Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Iloilo, Zamboanga and Davao located 9 kms away from the city centre. Cagayan de Oro is placed about 45 kms away from Laguindingan International Airport.
Cagayan de Oro has good connectivity with Manila, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Jagna, Bohol, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Iloilo and Iligan through boat and boats are accessible at Cagayan de Oro Port. Super Ferry, Trans Asia and Negros Navigation are the boat operators.
Three major bus stations at Cagayan de Oro include Agora Integrated Bus Terminal East bound-Gusa Jeepney Terminal and West bound-Bulua Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal.
Bus, jeepneys, taxis, multi-cab and the motorela are the best ways for local travel.
Culture, Food and Shopping in Cagayan de Oro:
Cebuano is commonly spoken language in Cagayan de Oro and other languages include English,Cebuano,Hiligaynon and Waray. Kagay-an Festival is celebrated every month of August.
The prominent shopping centres in Cagayan de Oro are:
- Robinsons Cagayan de Oro
- Gaisano City Mall
- Gaisano Suki Club
- Ororama Supercenter
The best food corners in Cagayan de Oro include:
- Cafe Laguna
- Country Side Steakhouse
- Inilog Grill
- Kagay-anon Restaurant
Places to see in Cagayan de Oro:
San Agustin Cathedral:
San Agustin Cathedral is an ancient church constructed with beautiful architecture and old stained glass windows.
Gaston Park named in the memorial of an ex Mayor of Cagayan de Oro.
Golden Friendship Park:
Golden Friendship Park was constructed in the beginning of 20th century. Presently the park is dedicated to national heroes.
MacArthur Memorial Marker:
MacArthur Memorial Marker is monument built in the honor of two historical events.
Other tourist attractions near Cagayan de Oro are:
- Vicente de Lara Park
- Museo de Oro
- Museum of Three Cultures
- Catanico Falls
- Monigue Cave
- Macahambus Adventure Park
- Plaza de Los Heroes
- La Castilla
- Macahambus Hill
- Golden Friendship Park
Best time to visit Cagayan de Oro:
Between November and January is the ideal time to visit Cagayan de Oro.
Accommodation Options in Cagayan de Oro:
In budget hotels room rent starts from 800 PHP and in midrange from 3,600 PHP. The best hotels in Cagayan de Oro are as follows:
- Casa Isabella
- Riverview Inn
- Apple Tree Hotel
- Golden Pension House
- WinGrace Dormitory
- Victoria Suite
- DDD Habitat Inn
- Seda Centrio
- Pryce Plaza
- Ridgeview Chalets
- Philtown Hotel
- Kingston Lodge
- The Malasag House
- Dynasty Court Hotel
- Pryce Plaza Hotel