Cagayan de Oro

About Cagayan de Oro

Cagayan de Oro may very well be the happiest place in the country. The “City of Golden Friendship,” as it is sometimes called, is home to especially friendly and warm Filipinos. Their ready smiles are a fitting welcome, with Cagayan de Oro’s accessible location also making it the “Gateway to Northern Mindanao.”

CDO

Places to See

Cagayan de Oro River – Cagayan de Oro’s much talked-about whitewater rafting and river trekking make it the premier whitewater destination in the country. The Cagayan de Oro River is famed for challenging rapids that quickly follow one after the other. It’s really an experience like no other and well worth the initial scare. They say the wild river helps you discover your inner strength and endurance. Nice! Character-building fun!

Macahambus Hill Cave and Gorge – Make sure you visit the Macahambus Hill Cave and Gorge. Ask your Tourism officer about the Battle of Macahambus Hill, the first Filipino victory against the Americans. Admire the view from the 120-meter long Sky Bridge suspended 120 feet from the ground, and then take the 120-meter breathtaking zipline.

Jatico Adventures – More action-packed fun awaits you at Jatico Adventures. A five-course zipline, ATV rides, and hiking trails are among the many things on offer.

Mapawa Nature Park – Not to be missed are the Mapawa Nature Park for its waterfalls, trekking, and rappelling.

It’s not all thrill rides though. What’s a great adventure without culture and heritage?

Museo de Oro – Understand local customs and traditions at the Museo de Oro. Or acquaint yourself with the people of Northern Mindanao at the Museum of Three Cultures. And the Gardens of Malasag Eco-Tourism Village for its showcase of tribal houses set amidst nature trails.

General MacArthur Marker – At the General MacArthur Marker, you’ll learn more about the role played by Cagayan de Oro in history and about US General MacArthur, one of the most important figures of World War II.

St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral – Admire the centuries-old stained glass panels of the Gothic St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral. While nearby, the tree-lined Gaston Park is a relaxing haven in the city.

Food to Try

Kinilaw – Kinilaw or kilawin is a famous local food made of raw fish and is served as an appetizer dish.

Remember Me (RM) – Remember me is one of the city’s exotic dishes. Made of a cow or horse’s testicles and internal organs, even the food here will give you an experience you’ve never had before. They say that this dish is an aphrodisiac.

Pastel – Pastel is a soft bread with a sweet and creamy yema filling. With varying flavours like ube, macapuno, langka, cheese, mango, chocolate, strawberry, pineapple, durian and guava, this Filipino delicacy will not disappoint the sweet-lovers out there!

Festivals

Kagay-an Festival – In Cagayan de Oro, the month of August is synonymous with the Kagay-an Festival. This almost two week-long celebration has a carnival-like atmosphere, and is dedicated to its patron, St. Augustine. It’s a full-blast party, with activities such as agricultural trade fairs and a cultural street dancing parade and competition. The highlight of the celebration is the Golden Float Parade. Make sure to bring your shades! The bright colors will dazzle you.

Cagayan de Oro has something for the eco-tourist as well as the sports lover. So, grab your backpacks and head to where nature’s beauty will thrill you. This happy place could very well leave you with a smile on your face.

How to Get There

Air

There are daily flights by domestic and budget carriers from Manila to the Lumbia or Cagayan de Oro airport.

Land
Cagayan de Oro is a major hub in the provincial bus network.

Between CDO’s two bus terminals – Market City (Agora) Bus Terminal, Bulua Westbound Bus Terminal – you can arrive at or depart for most of the major Minadanaoan destinations.

Sea

The Cagayan de Oro sea port is one of the most active docks in the Philippines.
There are regular ship and ferry trips between CDO and other major Philippine ports, like Manila, Ilo-ilo and Cebu.

Getting Around

The main modes of transportations used in Cagayan de Oro are buses, jeeps, taxi cabs and multi-cabs. Tricycles and jeepneys travel in routes but are significantly cheaper than the cab.

Useful Phrases

  • Good Morning – Maayong buntag
  • Good Afternoon – Maayong hapon
  • Good Evening – Maayong gabii
  • How do I go to <location>? – Unsaon nako paganhi <location>?
  • How much? – Tag-pila?
  • Do you speak <language>? – Kabalo ba siya mogistorya ug <language>?

Banking Information

Metrobank
Corrales Street, Cagayan de Oro
(088) 857-5139

Banco de Oro
Corrales Street, Cagayan de Oro
(088) 857-4108

Philippine National Bank
Corrales Street, Cagayan de Oro
(088) 856-3684

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Velez cor. JR Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City
(088) 856-4213 / (08822) 722-406

Emergency Numbers

Police

Police – 166
PNP – Cagayan de Oro
Cogon Market Station – (within the Cogon Public Market)
(088) 857-3178
Carmen Market Station – (within the Carmen Public Market)
(088) 858-2340
Lapasan-Agora Station – (within Agora Bus Terminal)
(088) 856-2471

Hospital
Army Station Hospital– 3392
Cagayan de OroPolymedic General Hospital – (088) 856-4467
Cagayan de Oro Medical Center – (088) 722-256/257/005

Fire

CDO Fire Station
MISORTEL – 112 / 727580
PHILCOM – 160
For emergencies – 117

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