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Rediscover History: 4 Museums To Visit In Cagayan de Oro

Johanns Cordita
Johanns Cordita | Jan 03, 2017

Cagayan de Oro City is, without a doubt, a booming city in Northern Mindanao. It us becoming an apple to the eyes of businessmen and a sweet haven to travelers. Yet, to a new resident of such friendly city, curiosity is a never ending task of seeking answers to questions, most importantly, "How was Cagayan de Oro in the past?"

A year ago, just one week after I relocate in the city, I've been wanting to visit museums because I know that it would be the quickest and most reliable way to learn about its past. I've learned a few facts through Google but my desire to transport myself back to the past through visual learning was just so strong I badly need to visit one, given that there are four museums scattered around the city. So, when I finally got the chance to go on a museum tour, I was in all honesty over the moon. Here then are the four museums that you must visit when in Cagayan de Oro City.

Museum of Three Cultures in Capitol University, Corrales Extension

Founded by the late Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales in the quest of spreading education and preserving heritage and culture among the tri-people (Muslim, Christian, Lumad) of Mindanao, Museum of Three Cultures was opened to the public on 2008 which showcase a display of material culture from the said three groups.

(Also read: Museum of Three Cultures: Knowing the Tri-People of Mindanao)

Museo de Oro in Xavier University, Corrales St.

Founded in 1967 as Xavier University Folklife through the iniative of Fr. francisco R. Demtrios SJ, this museum initially served as an audiovisual aid in teaching Cultural Anthroupology and Folklore. Later, the facility became to what is known today as Museum de Oro which exhibits two important sections: The Ethno History of Northern Mindanao and the Ethnology of Mindanao.

La Castilla Museum

La Castilla, Museum of Philippine Household and Heirlooms in Liceo de Cagayan University, Carmen

Museum of Philippine Household and Heiloons in the 20th century was originally constructed as a residence of Atty. Rodolfo Pelaez and wife Mrs Elsa Pelaez. Later, La Castilla was turned into museum as a dedication to the conservation and preservation of the historical and cultural heritage found in the personal memorabilia of the founders, and to educate future generations of the Filipino lifestyle in the 20th century.

City Museum of Cagayan de Oro

City Museum of Cagayan de Oro in Dolores St, in front of Gaston Park

Housed inside what have been a water tower built in 1922, City Museum echoes tha Kagay-anon pride of local heritage as it exhibits artifacts, data, and photographs of Cagayan de Oro.

All in all, museums in Cagayan de Oro depicts heritage and history. Whichever you decide to visit first, each will definitely be a good start point to collect pieces of information.

Read: Go On a Heritage Tour of Davao with Choose Philippines Pilipinas Wanderer Olan Emboscado

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