History and Culture
Your Ultimate Guide to Cagayan de Oro: Tour the City in 24 Hours
Ida Damo | Mar 28, 2016
Cagayan de Oro City is a highly urbanized city in Misamis Oriental but tucked in its heart are pockets of greens and old-age churches and, of course, restaurants that offer delectable dishes!
Start your day at the Pelaez Sports Complex where you can do brisk walking and jogging. You can also hit the gym for free. The gym has a very minimal fee per hour. Swim laps in the pool or play tennis for a minimal fee also. After stretching your muscles, you grab some Malunggay pastel which is great with hot chocolate or coffee.
After breakfast, go to the St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral in Barangay 1. Light a candle and say a prayer. The cathedral was built in 1624 and has undergone reconstruction after it was gutted by fire in 1778 and 1831. It was again rebuilt in 1946 after the World War II.
Just outside the cathedral is Gaston Park where you can sample different street food.
The road leading to the cathedral from the City Hall is lined with flowers talls. Take a moment and get closer to nature.
And just a short walk from the cathedral and the city hall is the Duaw Kagayan Park. From here you’ll have a good view of the river amid towering acacia trees and lush gardens.
One of ABS-CBN TV Patrol’s Balitandaan markers is at the park to remind us of the damage that Typhoon Sendong brought to Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan. It is also a reminder for the townspeople to be always ready for natural calamities.
Ride a jeep to Vicente de Lara (MacArthur Park) where mahogany trees shield you from the harsh sun. It has become a favorite place for joggers.
This is also where the memorial for the slain members of the press can be found.
Pause for lunch and have pancit and fresh lumpia at Grand City Hotel.
After lunch, walk to Plaza Divisoria or the Golden Friendship Park. It was built as a town divider in the 1900s when a great fire gutted the entire city. Here, the statues of the national heroes Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio are found so with the late President Ramon Magsaysay and former Mayor Justiniano R. Borja.
By this time, you will be craving for snacks. Sample cakes and the black pizza at Chez Marie in Grand Central. Leave some room for dinner at Boy Zugba in Corrales Avenue or Mykarelli’s at Lifestyle District.
Party the night away at Empire or just enjoy the vibe.
After a long and tiring day, have a complete respite at New Dawn Pensionne.
How to get there:
Major airlines have daily flights to Cagayan de Oro City from Manila, Davao and Cebu. From Laguindingan airport, take the very convenient LAX Express Shuttle to bring you to the city’s Centrio Mall for only PhP 150.
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