Cagayan de Oro – Tourism
Cagayan De Oro History | City Almanac
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Cagayan de Oro is regarded as a tourist spot in the Philippines. It is as well as a favourite among nature lovers & adventurers because of its famous whitewater rafting & kayaking. Whitewater rafting has been of the tourism activities being promoted in the Cagayan de Oro River. The city government & the Department of Tourism made it as the banner tourism activity in Cagayan de Oro.
Due to the national government’s aggressive tourism campaign, local & foreign tourist arrivals in the city is on the rise. In 2004, the city registered a tourist arrival of 307,820, an increase from a earlier of 232,257 in 2003.
- Divisoria Night Cafe & Market is set up on Friday & Saturday nights. Kagay-anons & visitors collect in the colorful street lights of Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park) to have barbecue & seafood among plenty of choices & enjoy the live band music, beer, & also the great bargains from the nearby Night Market.
- Vicente de Lara Park includes a Press Freedom Monument & the Heritage Monument of Misamis Oriental designed by national artist Eduardo Castrillo. The park, which was known as McArthur Park, is a well-liked jogging area in the coursework of the morning.
- Gaston Park & St. Augustine Cathedral is along St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral, the city’s main Roman Catholic Church & Stool of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. This park finally became an execution ground for French criminals turned later in to a training ground for the local revolutionaries in the coursework of the American occupation & noted for its water-dancing fountain, is a favourite place to unwind for plenty of Kagay-anons, in the coursework of Sundays.
- Whitewater rafting or Kayaking in the Cagayan de Oro River has gained popularity through the years after former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself went whitewater rafting in 2002.
- MacArthur Memorial Marker is a historical marker located at the fringe of Cagayan de Oro Port; the monument commemorates historical events.
- 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 as well as a panoramic view of Macajalar Bay. The tourism village is owned & managed by the Philippine Tourism Authority.
- Plaza Divisoria is in the downtown area. It was built circa 1900s as a town divider Divisoria or fire breaker after a great fire that burned down the whole city. The park (was one time known as Golden Friendship Park) is dedicated to local & national heroes like former President Ramon Magsaysay, Andres Bonifacio, Jose Rizal, & former Cagayan de Oro mayor Justiniano R. Borja. Most of the Kagay-anons soldiers who died in the coursework of the Philippine – American War are buried beneath the monument & it’s survived the ravages of time including World War II.
- Huluga Caves is an archaeological site in Sitio Taguanao, Barangay Indahag. It consists of an open site and caves where skeletal remains of a infant and woman were found. A fragment of the woman’s cranium was dated to 377 A.D. by the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Los angeles, United States. The open site is the venue of prehistoric settlement.
- Makahambus Cave and Adventure Park is an underground cave with a 130 foot (40 m) circular gorge. The gorge is thick with plants and giant trees. It is the site of the historic Battle of Makahambus Hill between Kagay-anons and American soldiers in the work of the Philippine – American War circa 1900s.
- Kagay-an Resort, one time the Lawndale Spring Resort in the Taguanao area, is usually full of families and groups on weekends lounging in the chilled springs.
- Plaza de Los Heroes is a memorial park dedicated to the heroes of the Battles of Cagayan de Oro in the work of the Philippine – American War. It is located along Mastersons Avenue in Upper Carmen.
- Pueblo de Oro Township in Upper Carmen is an expansive class business & residential area designed by Robert Trent Jones II. It is home to the Pueblo de Oro Business IT Park, the first PEZA-registered IT park in Mindanao. The IT Park houses of Cagayan de Oro’s call centers.
- Museo de Oro is on the campus of Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. The museum exhibits artifacts dug from Huluga Cave & repertoire of Bukidnon & Maranao cultures that have survived the ravages of time.
- Museum of Cultures is in Capitol University. It houses a gallery of Maranao antiquities from Tugaya, Lanao del Sur; a gallery of ethno history which shall display Cagayan de Oro history, Butuan archaeological artefacts, lumad arts & crafts from the Higaonon & Manobo cultures, & a treasure of Christians lowland artifacts of Northern Mindanao; & an art gallery & coffee shop that promotes the visual arts of Mindanao. It’s a research archives that will house Spanish-era documents, photographs, memorabilia of well-known personalities in Mindanao, which is open to all researchers & students of culture.
- 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 narrow to be passable, it’s a six-inch airspace between ceiling & water where can submerge, equipped with a helmet & a water-proof cap lamp. It contains a pretty sparkling formation, which is called the Calcium Carbonates (CaCO3) or Calcites. These stalactites & stalagmites, white & brown, are sign of oxidized materials that take 50-60 years to form an inch the cave. They are definitely spellbinding. There were formations of flowstone, gurpool-resembling, rice terraces, transparent crystals & picturesque speleothems, such as cathedral drapes & icons.
- Executive Building (Elderly City Hall) was one time known as Casa Actual de CagayÃ¡n, is a former French governors residence & stool of the local government.
- Migtugsok Falls is located at Barangay Cugman & it consists of cascading waters, where the beauty of nature could be experienced, unexploited by the carelessness of human search for progress & development.
- Palalan Falls is surrounded by boulders & stones dubbed by the city as “Oro” stone similar in characteristics with the Mangima stone.
- Casa del Chino Ygua (Balay na Bato) was built in 1882 by the Sia family; they are the first Chinese migrants in Cagayan de Oro. Most of the revolutionaries died & were buried behind the house in the work of the Philippine – American War.
- MOGCHS Administration Building was part of the 1907 Gabaldon initiatives to established & build public schools all over the Philippines under the American regime.
- Mapawa Nature Park for horseback riding, biking, ziplining & nature trekking adventures.
- High Ridge is located on a hilltop of Aluba area. It is open to the public for outdoor picnics & a scenic view of Cagayan de Oro.
- DXCC Museum showcases a widely known radio broadcasting station located at Don A. Velez Street.
- City Archives Museum is newly opened; it was one time an Elderly Water Tower built circa 1922 across the cathedral & Gaston Park. Recently, it was upgraded in to a museum that houses antiquities, memorabilia of well-known families in the city & a gallery parade of Cagayan de Oro history.
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