Cagayan de Oro City

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City of Cagayan de Oro
Landmarks
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Seal
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Location
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Government
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Misamis Oriental (Capital)
Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula (Lakas-Kampi-CMD, PaDayon Pilipino)
Barangays 80
Website www.cagayandeoro.gov.ph
Physical characteristics
Area 488.09 km²
Population


The City of Cagayan de Oro (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro; Filipino (Tagalog): Lungsod ng Cagayan de Oro) is the provincial capital of the Province of Misamis Oriental and classified as first class city. Abbreviated CDO, CDOC, CdeO or Cag. de Oro, lies along the northern coastline on the Mindanao island, southern part the Philippines.

It is considered as one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines and one of its most picturesque. The city serves as the regional center being the most populous highly-urbanized city in Northern Mindanao (Region X). According to the 2007 Philippine census, the city has an estimated population of about 553,996 people.

Cagayan de Oro is known by many nicknames such as "Gateway to Northern Mindanao" because of its location and good transportation facilities, "City of Whitewater Rafting and River Trekking", it is a primary whitewater rafting destination in the Philippines that has a whole year round of maneuverable rafting courses and is located within the city limit, "ICT Goldmine of the Philippines" and "A City in Bloom, in Blossom and in BOOM!" because of the great strides it has made by way of progress, notably in the last few years. Officially, Cagayan de Oro is known as the "City of Golden Friendship" (Dakbayan sa Bulawanong Panaghigalaay). The official city seal bears this phrase.

There are also other places in the Philippines with a Cagayan name. One must distinguish Cagayan de Oro from Cagayan Province in Northern Luzon and the Cagayan Islands in the Sulu Sea.

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Etymology

  The name Cagayan can be traced back during the arrival of the Spanish Augustinian Recollect friars in 1622, the area around Himologan (now Huluga), was already known as Cagayan. In fact, early Spanish documents in the 1500s already referred to the place as Cagayan.

The area of Northern Mindanao, which included Cagayan, was granted as Encomienda to a certain Juan Griego on January 25, 1571. Congressman and Vice President of the Philippines Emmanuel Pelaez appended de Oro to Cagayan in recognition of the Gold mining activities in the area known to Spanish explorers, which is a combination of the ancient Malayo-Polynesian and Spanish languages that translates to "City of the River of Gold".

History

  The area was first inhabited around 377 AD (the late Neolithic Period), island natives lived in a settlement then known as Himologan<ref>Antonio J. Montalvan II. History of Cagyan de Oro, with Update on Destruction of Ancestral Home. Heritage Conservation Advocates, Philippines.</ref> (now known as Huluga), eight kilometers from present day Cagayan de Oro. The natives were polytheistic animist and paid tributes to Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat, the Sultan of Maguindanao.   In 1622, two Spanish Augustinian Recollect Missionaries came in contact with the natives of Himologan and in 1626, Fray Agustin de San Pedro persuaded the chief of Himologan, Datu Salangsang, to transfer his settlement down river, to the present-day Gaston Park. Fray Agustin later fortified the new settlement against warriors who were sent by Sultan Kudarat.   In 1738, Spanish dominance was felt in Cagayan de Oro. When Misamis gained status of province in 1818, one of its four districts was the Partidos de Cagayan. In 1871, the Partidos became a town and was made a permanent capital of Misamis.

On February 27, 1872, the Spanish Governor-General Carlos Maria de La Torre issued a decree declaring Cagayan the permanent capital of Segundo Distrito de Misamis. During this era, the name of the town was known as Cagayan de Misamis.

In 1883, the town became a seat of the Spanish government in Mindanao for the Provinces of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte.   On January 10, 1899, Cagayan de Misamis joined the Philippine government of Emilio Aguinaldo and celebrated its independence from Spain. It was the second time the Aguinaldo government was declared and the new Philippine flag raised on the Mindanao island.

By virtue of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States of America; this caused friction and resulted in the Philippine-American War. In March 31, 1900, the Americans occupied Cagayan de Misamis and on April 7, 1900, battle erupted in the town center led by General Nicolas Capistrano<ref>CENTRAL LUZON & NCR, Philippines Unsung Heroes. MSC Institute of Technology.</ref> and Filipino resistance fighters. This would later be known as the Battle of Cagayan de Misamis. The Americans won the war, and about forty years later, gave the Philippines its Independence July 4, 1946.<ref>Template:Cite press release</ref>   The war years in Cagayan de Oro were prompted by the presence of the Americans in 1898. The Americans were initially and successfully repulsed by the Kagay-anons forces led by Mayor Don Apolinar Velez at the historic Battle of Makahambus on June 4, 1900.

After the troubled years, peace finally brought back the economic activities to normal under the guidance of Americans. Consequently, from a purely farming-fishing area, Cagayan de Oro emerged into a booming commerce and trade center.

On June 15, 1950 President Elpidio Quirino signed Republic Act No. 521 in the Malacañang Palace, which granted the status of a chartered city to the Municipality of Cagayan de Misamis. This was made possible through the efforts of then Congressman and Vice President of the Philippines Emmanuel Pelaez.   Cagayan de Oro was declared a highly-urbanized city by the Ministry of Local Government on November 22, 1983.

Geography

Cagayan de Oro is located along the central coast of Northern Mindanao. It is situated in Mindanao, the second giant of the archipelago of all the landmass of the Philippines. The southern portion of the city is bordered by the Provinces of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte (Iligan City). The Municipality of Opol, Misamis Oriental borders the city on the west and Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental to the east. To the north lies Macajalar Bay facing the Bohol Sea.   Its total land area is 488.86 km² representing 13.9% of the entire Misamis Oriental province. It includes 25 kilometers of coastline and a fine deep-water harbor, Macajalar Bay. 44.7% of the surface of Cagayan de Oro is classified as agricultural land and 38.4% is classified as open spaces.<ref name="Cagayan de Oro Government Website">Cagayan de Oro City Official Website</ref>

Districts

  Cagayan de Oro is politically subdivided into 80 barangays. These are grouped into two congressional districts: 24 barangays in the 1st District (West) and 56 barangays in the 2nd District (East), with Cagayan de Oro River as the natural boundary. The city has a 57 urban barangays and 23 rural barangays all in all.  

1st District (West)

 

  • Bonbon
  • Bayabas
  • Kauswagan
  • Patag
  • Bulua
  • Iponan
  • Carmen (Largest barangay)
  • Baikingon
  • San Simon
  • Pagatpat
  • Canitoan
  • Balulang
  • Lumbia
  • Pagalungan
  • Tagpangi
  • Taglimao
  • Tuburan
  • Pigsag-an
  • Tumpagon
  • Bayanga
  • Mambuaya
  • Dansolihon
  • Tignapoloan
  • Besigan

2nd District (East)

 

  • Macabalan
  • Puntod
  • Consolacion
  • Camaman-an
  • Nazareth
  • Balubal
  • Indahag
  • Lapasan
  • Gusa
  • Cugman
  • F.S. Catanico
  • Tablon
  • Agusan
  • Puerto
  • Bugo
  • Macasandig
  • Barangay 1
  • Barangay 2
  • Barangay 3
  • Barangay 4
  • Barangay 5
  • Barangay 6
  • Barangay 7
  • Barangay 8
  • Barangay 9
  • Barangay 10
  • Barangay 11
  • Barangay 12
  • Barangay 13
  • Barangay 14
  • Barangay 15
  • Barangay 16
  • Barangay 17
  • Barangay 18
  • Barangay 19
  • Barangay 20
  • Barangay 21
  • Barangay 22
  • Barangay 23
  • Barangay 24
  • Barangay 25
  • Barangay 26
  • Barangay 27
  • Barangay 28
  • Barangay 29
  • Barangay 30
  • Barangay 31
  • Barangay 32
  • Barangay 33
  • Barangay 34
  • Barangay 35
  • Barangay 36
  • Barangay 37
  • Barangay 38
  • Barangay 39
  • Barangay 40

Climate

  Cagayan de Oro has a tropical climate. The average temperature whole year round is 28 °C (82 °F). The highest recorded temperature in the city was 39 °C (102 °F) on June 1998. Cagayan de Oro receives an even amount of rain through out the year. The driest month is April, while July is the wettest. Wet season in the city starts in June and ends in November. Drier season starts in December and ends in May.

Language

Cebuano (or Visayan), is the city's main conversational language. English is mainly used for business, written text and is also widely used by the academic community. Most of the local populations are also fluent in Filipino (Tagalog) the country's national language. Other ethnic dialects are Higaonon, Spanish, Ilongo, Maranao, Waray among others.

Religion

Roman Catholic is the city's dominant religion, represented by almost 80% of the population. Other religious affiliations includes Seventh Day Adventist, Iglesia ni Cristo, Philippine Independent Church, United Church of Christ and Islam.   Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is an Archdiocese of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines. The archdiocese comprises three civil Provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Camiguin. It is a metropolitan see in the island of Mindanao. The current Archbishop is Most Reverend Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D., who was installed on March 4, 2006 and its seat is located at San Agustin Metropolitan Cathedral. The city celebrates its foundation day every 28 of August, hence it is under the patronage of Señor San Agustin.

Recently, the Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church has also decided to move the replica statue of the Black Nazarene to Nazareno Parish Church in Cagayan de Oro, so that Nazarene devotees from Mindanao may not have to travel to Quiapo in Manila for their annual pilgrimage.

Infrastructures

Education

Aside from being the commercial capital of Northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro is also considered as the school capital of the region and home to several universities, colleges and tertiary schools. It has three major private universities: Capitol University, Liceo de Cagayan University and the first university in Mindanao is Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. These institutions specialize in various disciplines such as medicine, nursing, commerce, engineering, and law, as well as graduate and post-graduate courses.   The Mindanao University of Science and Technology (formerly Mindanao Polytechnic State College) is the only state university in the city.<ref>http://www.gov.ph/news/?i=23237</ref> AMA Computer University, Philippine Women's University and San Bida College has campus branches in the city offering limited courses.

Health care

Cagayan de Oro has a hospital bed to population ratio of 1:474 as of 2003. There are twelve major well-equipped private and government-run hospitals including 50 Barangay Health Centers and 20 Family Planning Centers. There are also modern diagnostic centers and laboratories operating in the city.<ref name="Cagayan de Oro Government Website" /> JR Borja Memorial Medical Hospital (formerly City Hospital) and Northern Mindanao Medical Center (formerly Provincial Hospital) are the two main government-run hospitals. Polymedic Medical Plaza and Capitol University Medical City are the newer developments of the health services in city.

In the recent years, private hospitals in the city have embarked on an aggressive expansion program. There has been a strong demand for medical facilities not only within the city but also from nearby Mindanao provinces.

Economy

Cagayan de Oro is the business hub of Northern Mindanao region and was recorded to have reached the annual income of 1.345 billion pesos as of the fiscal year 2006. It is considered as one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines. The city's economy is largely based on industry, commerce, trade, services and tourism. These are the major financial sources of the city and it has been sufficient for the city's economic development.   Concentrix and Arriba Telecontact are among the few call centers that have recently opened their doors to the city. With the ongoing construction of the Laguindingan International Airport located in the Municipality of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental with International standard, business analysts predict the entry of more foreign and local investments and an increase in tourism activity in the region will make Cagayan de Oro as one of the chief cities in the southern part of the Philippines.<ref name="Cagayan de Oro Government Website" /> Cagayan de Oro is base to a multinational companies such as Del Monte Philippines. Pineapples in nearby Bukidnon Province are transported to their processing plant in Barangay Bugo and shipped to the entire Philippines and Asia-Pacific region.

Utilities

  • There are four major land based phone companies: MisOrTel, PLDT-PhilCom, Smart Broadband (formerly CruzTelCo) and ItalTel serving the city.
  • Mobile phone services are provided by Globe, Smart and Sun Cellular.
  • There are several Internet companies operating in the city offering dial up, broadband, Wi-Fi and cable services. Pueblo de Oro Business IT Park located in Upper Carmen is the first PEZA-registered IT park in Mindanao. The IT Park currently houses one of Cagayan de Oro's call centers.
  • Water services is provided by the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD), it was the first water district established in the entire Philippines.
  • Electricity is provided by the Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO). CEPALCO, which began operations in 1952, covers the City of Cagayan de Oro and the Municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan, all in the Province of Misamis Oriental, including the 3,000-hectare PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate and caters to more than 100,000 consumers. The Company's distribution system network now includes 138KV, 69KV, 34.5KV and 13.8KV systems. CEPALCO is also operating the developing world’s first and largest (at the time of its inauguration in 2004) on-grid PhotoVoltaic (aka.Solar Power) power plant. The 1-megawatt polycrystalline silicon-based PhotoVoltaic (PV) plant in Barangay Indahag of this city is connected with the distribution network of CEPALCO.
  • There is five major bridge spans in Cagayan de Oro: Kagay-an Bridge, Gov. Ysalina Bridge, Maharlika Bridge (Marcos Bridge), Emmanuel Pelaez Bridge and the Kauswagan-Puntod Bridge; connecting the west and east banks of the Cagayan de Oro River in the city.

Accessibility

Cagayan de Oro is accessible by land, air and water transportation. The place can assure safe and secure journey.

By air

  Lumbia Airport, often called as Cagayan de Oro Airport caters domestic flights to and from Manila, Cebu and Davao. From Manila, it is an hour and fifteen minutes away by plane and from Cebu is about forty-five minutes away. Lumbia Airport is currently the second-busiest airport in Mindanao, classified as a trunkline airport, or a major commercial domestic airport by the Air Transportation Office (ATO). The domestic airport is set to be replaced by the larger Laguindingan International Airport, currently under construction in the Municipality of Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, some 46 kilometers southwset of Cagayan de Oro. When it finished, the International airport will serve Northern Mindanao including its major cities; Iligan and Cagayan de Oro.   Laguindingan International Airport (Soon to serve)

By sea

Cagayan de Oro Port is a modern International seaport situated near the estuary of Cagayan de Oro River, it has an anchorage depth of 18 meters and is around 400 meters from the shoreline. It has two authorized cargo-handling operators. With the recent completion of the 250 Million Peso Rehabilitation Project, the port is now the largest International and domestic seaport in the country.<ref name="Inquirer article on Cagayan de Oro Port Expansion">P250-M rehab for Mindanao’s biggest port completed - INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos</ref>   The International seaport serves regular trips to and from Manila, Cebu, Tagbilaran, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Iloilo and Jagna, Bohol. It is the busiest seaport in the Philippines. General Milling and Del Monte Philippines also operates their own port facilities within Cagayan de Oro. The US $85 Million Mindanao International Container Port are located in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental 17 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro serves the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate.

By land

Cagayan de Oro is quite sufficient when it comes to land transportation. You can easily roam around the city by any means of land transport. To go around, there is a number of private firms provide rent-a-car services; operate taxi cabs, public utility jeepneys and trucking or hauling services. Taxis in the city are all air-conditioned and most are new models. They are both colored yellow and white, and have yellow plates.   Another land transportation in the city is the Rela, Cagayan de Oro's version of the Philippine tricycle. It is a common mode of transportation even within the city proper. It seats around six to eight people and could get cramped. This is not an advised mode of transportation for plus sized people.   There are three integrated bus and jeepney terminals, which offer regular land trips:

  • Agora Integrated Bus Terminal offers regular land trips to and from Gingoog, Bukidnon, Kabacan, North Cotabato, Butuan, Surigao in the Caraga region, Davao, Tacurong and Balingoan (ferry going for Camiguin). Recently, the terminal is on a huge renovation.
  • Eastbound-Gusa Jeepney Terminal offers regular land trips to and from Gingoog, the cities of Malaybalay and Valencia in Bukidnon, eastern towns of Misamis Oriental, Camp Philips, Libona and Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon.
  • Westbound-Bulua Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal offers regular land trips to and from western towns of Misamis Oriental including Laguindingan and El Salvador, Iligan, Marawi, Oroquieta, Ozamiz, Dipolog, Pagadian, Zamboanga and some parts of western Mindanao.

Government

See also: List of mayors of Cagayan de Oro City

  Cagayan de Oro has been administered by elected and appointed officials since June 15, 1950, with a strong Mayor-council government. The city political government is composed of the Mayor, Vice Mayor, two Congressional districts Representatives, sixteen City Councilors, one Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation Representative and an Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) Representative. Each officials is elected publicly to a three-year terms.

Law enforcement

Cagayan de Oro being the regional center is the base to major military and police camps in Northern Mindanao (Region X). Camp Vicente Alagar is the headquarters of the Philippine National Police (PNP). It is located in Barangay Lapasan on top of a hilly area overlooking the city. Camp Alagar has jurisdiction over the entire Northern Mindanao, namely the Provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental including its major cities; Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.<ref name="Philippine National Police Website">:: WWW.PNP.GOV.PH :: Philippine National Police</ref> Recently, the national government provided new vehicles and equipments to improve police response time and increase police visibility in the city.   Camp Edilberto Evangelista, located in Barangay Patag of Cagayan de Oro, is the largest military camp in Mindanao with an area of 129 hectares. It is home to the 4th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. Camp Evangelista's external jurisdiction covers the Northern Mindanao and Caraga region. Minor military camps are also located in Barangay Lumbia and Upper Puerto.

Highlights

Cagayan de Oro is considered as one of the Tourist' spots in the Philippines.

Parks and resorts

Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village
  • Gaston Park and San Agustin Cathedral, the park is located across the San Agustin Metropolitan Cathedral, the city's main Catholic Church and Seat of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. The park, noted for its water-dancing fountain, is a favorite place to unwind for many Kagay-anons, especially during Sundays.
  • Whitewater Rafting and River Trekking along the Cagayan de Oro river has gained popularity through the years after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself went whitewater rafting last 2002.<ref name="Philippine Government Website article on President Arroyo's Whitewater rafting activity in CDO">GMA goes whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro - and looks forward to mountain climbing : Philippines : Gov.Ph : News</ref>
  • Catanico Falls is concealed by huge boulders, the rapids, cascading falls and natural pool of Barangay F.S. Catanico.
  • Mapawa Nature Park for horseback riding, biking, zipline and nature trekking adventures.
  • Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village is located in a reforested area in Malasag Hill. This seven hectare village has replicas of tribal houses in the region and a panoramic view of Macajalar Bay. The tourism village is owned and managed by the Philippine Tourism Authority.<ref name="Philippine Tourism Authority website">Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village</ref>
  • Vicente de Lara Park is situated in front of the Provincial Capitol of Misamis Oriental with age-old mahogany trees that provide a therapeutic canopy for the promenades. The park is a popular jogging area during the morning. This is also the site of the Press Freedom Monument and Signature Sculpture Tableau of Misamis Oriental.
  • Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park) is located in downtown area, it is a series of parks dedicated to national and Kagay-anons heroes like former President Ramon Magsaysay, Andres Bonifacio, Dr. Jose Rizal.<ref name="Travel Guide Cagayan de Oro">Cagayan De Oro Travel Guide</ref>
  • Bonifacio Park is among several parks located in Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park). Most of the Kagay-anons soldiers who died during the Philippine-American War are buried beneath the monument.
  • Rizal Park is a park dedicated to the country's national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, who was been executed by the Spanish authorities, located in Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park). The monument has survived the ravages of time including World War II.
  • Kagay-an Resort, formerly Lawndale Spring in the Taguanao area, is usually packed with families and groups on weekends lounging in the cold springs.
  • Pueblo de Oro Township in upper Carmen is an expansive class business and residential area. This is where Hotel Koresco, SM City Cagayan de Oro, Pueblo de Oro Golf Course and Country Club designed by Robert Trent Jones II, and a host of middle to high-end residential areas are located. It is also home to the Pueblo de Oro Business IT Park, the first PEZA-registered IT park in Mindanao. The IT Park currently houses one of Cagayan de Oro's call centers.
  • High Ridge is located on a hilltop in Aluba area. High ridge has been open to the public for outdoor picnics and a scenic view of Cagayan de Oro.
  • Monigue Cave is located in Barangay Mambuaya this city; the cave entrance is flowing water from underground stream. The cave has a small opening that seems too narrow to be passable, it has a six inches airspace between ceiling and water that you have submerge yourselves one by one, equipped with a helmet and a waterproof cap lamp. It contains a beautiful sparkling formation, which is called the Calcium Carbonates (CaCO3) or Calcites. These stalactites and stalagmites, white and brown, are sign of oxidized materials that take 50-60 years to form an inch the cave is definitely spellbinding. There were formations of flowstone, gurpool-resembling, rice terraces, transparent crystals and picturesque speleothems, such as cathedral drapes and icons.
  • Macahambus Adventure Park is located in Barangay Lumbia, one can experience walking on a suspended steel bridge connected to trees a hundred feet above ground level. You can then cross back using a zipline or rapel down to the Macahambus hill and cave, the site of the historic battle between Kagay-anons and American soldiers during the Philippine-American War (Philippine Insurrection) circa 1900s.

 

Museums and Historical places

  • Museum of Three Cultures is a newly opened museum located in the campus of Capitol University. It houses a gallery of Maranao antiquities from Tugaya, Lanao del Sur; a gallery of ethnohistory which shall display Cagayan de Oro history, Butuan archaeological artifacts, lumad arts and crafts from the Higaonon and Manobo cultures, and a treasure of Christian lowland artifacts of Northern Mindanao; and finally an art gallery and coffee shop that shall promote the local visual arts of Mindanao. It also has a research archives that will house Spanish era documents, photographs, memorabilia of well-known personalities in Mindanao, which is open to all researchers and students of culture.
  • La Castilla is a museum of Philippine household heirlooms and antiques. This is the Rodolfo and Elsa Pelaez family memorabilia administered by the Liceo de Cagayan University.
  • Museo de Oro is a museum located within the campus of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan.  The museum exhibits artifacts dug from Huluga Cave and repertoire of Bukidnon and Maranao cultures that have survived the ravages of time.<ref name="Travel Guide Cagayan de Oro" />
  • Huluga Caves is an archaeological site in Sitio Taguanao, Barangay Indahag. It is composed of an open site and two caves where skeletal remains of a child and woman were found. A fragment of the woman's skull was 377 AD by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, USA. The open site is the venue of prehistoric settlement.
  • Plaza de Los Heroes is a memorial park dedicated to the heroes of the Three Battles of Cagayan de Oro during the Philippine-American War. It is located along Mastersons Avenue in Upper Carmen.
  • Executive Building (Old City Hall) is Seat of the Local Government. This is a former Spanish provincial Governors residence and was called before as Casa Real de Cagayan.
  • MacArthur Memorial Marker is located at the edge of Cagayan de Oro Port, the monument commemorates two historical events.
  • Macahambus Hill, Cave and Gorge is an underground cave with a 130 foot (40 m) circular gorge. The ravine is thick with various species of plants and huge trees. It is the site of the historic Battle of Makahambus Hill between Kagay-anons and American soldiers during the Philippine-American War (1900).<ref name="Cagayan de Oro, a Brief History of Cagayan de Oro">http://www.cagayandeoro.cdo.ph/pages/gln_history.htm</ref>
  • MOGCHS Administration Building was part of the 1907 Gabaldon initiatives to established and build public schools all over the Philippines under the American regime.
  • Old Water Tower was built in 1922 just near the Gaston Park and San Agustin Cathedral. Recently, it was been upgraded into a museum.
  • Gaston Park named after a former Mayor of Cagayan de Oro. It was the site of the first Spanish settlement established in 1622.
  • Balay na Bato (Casa del Chino Ygua ) was built in 1882 by Sia family, the first Chinese migrants in Cagayan de Oro. Most of the revolutionaries died and buried behind the house during the Philippine-American War.

Accommodations

These are some of the hotels and accommodations in the city, ranging from first class to budget types:

  • Pryce Plaza Hotel
  • Dynasty Court Hotel
  • VIP Hotel
  • Grand City Hotel
  • Maxandrea Hotel
  • Casa Crystalla
  • La Mar Inn
  • Nature's Pensionne
  • Hotel Ramon
  • Cagayan Park View Hotel
  • Marco Hotel
  • Chali Beach Hotel
  • Harbor Lights
  • Country Village Hotel
  • Ridge View Chalets
  • Coconut Bay Resort
  • Southwinds Hotel
  • Pearlmont Inn
  • Discovery Hotel
  • Mallberry Business Suites Hotel
  • Hotel Koresco
  • MASS-SPECC Hostel
  • Y.M.C.A.
  • Mountain Suites Business Apartelle
  • Middleton Apartelle
  • Philtown Hotel
  • Hotel Conchita
  • De Luxe Hotel
  • Demiren Hotel
  • River View Inn
  • DDD Habitat Inn
  • Malasag House
  • Apple Tree Hotel

Shopping

Cogon Public Market and Commercial Complex
Limketkai Center

Cagayan de Oro is the shopping capital of the Northern Mindanao region. Residents from nearby provinces visit the city to shop and enjoy the mall facilities; with numerous of department stores, supermarkets, retail stores and modern public markets. The SM Prime Holdings and Robinsons Land Corporation are drawing plans to further expands their mall operations in the city proper. Plans are also underway for the construction of Pacific Island City Mall along Barangay Nazareth.

Major Shopping centers

 

  • Limketkai Center is the pride of Cagayan de Oro, covers around 25 hectares making it one of the most expansive commercial complexes in the Philippines. It is located in Barangay Lapasan near the national highway. The Atrium (Entertainment Hall) can accommodate over 3,000 people that have already hosted several local and foreign concerts, conventions, exhibits, and other events.
  • MAKRO
  • SM City Cagayan de Oro
  • Robinsons Cagayan de Oro is a two-level commercial establishment built to meet the shopping needs of the Kagay-anons and people from the nearby provinces. Located at the corner of Rosario Crescent and Florentino Street in Limketkai Complex and behind Limketkai Mall. It is also right beside the Grand Caprice Restaurant and Convention Center. Robinsons first mall development in Mindanao.
  • Divisoria Night Café and Market is set up on Friday and Saturday nights. Kagay-anons and visitors gather in the streets of Divisoria to have barbecue and seafood among many choices and enjoy the live band music, beer, and also the great bargains from the nearby Night Market.<ref name="Travel Guide Cagayan de Oro" />
  • Ororama
  • Gaisano City Mall
  • Cogon Public Market and Commercial Complex
  • Carmen Public Market and Commercial Complex
  • Ayala Center Cagayan de Oro is a proposed class and biggest shopping mall in Mindanao located in Barangay Indahag.<ref>http://kagayandeoro.blogspot.com/2008/09/jaraula-confirms-p45-b-ayala-mall-to.html</ref>
  • Pacific Island City Mall (Proposed)

See also

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