Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constantino ‘Tinnex’ Jaraula together with local tourism officials recently inspected Monigue Cave – an underground cave that stretches from barangays Mambuaya, Bayanga and Dansolihon which contains beautiful sparkling formations of stalactites and stalagmites.
Mayor Jaraula stressed the importance of the development of Monigue Cave as a major tourist destination in the city. Interestingly, the cave is also near the proposed bioethanol plant of Alsons.
Located at Barangay Mambuaya, the cave entrance is flowing water from an underground stream. The cave has a small opening that seems too narrow to be passable, it has a six (6) inches airspace between ceiling and water that you have to submerge yourselves one by one, equipped with a helmet and a waterproof cap lamp. The cave contains a beautiful sparkling formations which are called calcites. These stalactites and stalagmites, white and brown, are sign of oxidized materials that take 50-60 years to form an inch. There are formations of flowstones, gurpool-resembling rice terraces, transparent crystals and picturesque speleothems, such as cathedral drapes and icons.
Monigue Cave is one of three (3) historical sites recommended last year by the Historical Site Development Committee (HSDC) for future development. Others are Macahambus Cave which is currently being renovated and Calavera Cave at Upper Macasandig.
Last year, Jose Gonzaga, chair of the HSDC disclosed that the committee planned to coordinate with Ayala Lands Inc., developer of Alegria Hills in the highlands of Indahag and Macasandig to include as part of their area development, the establishment of a view deck on a hill across the Calavera Cave.
The view deck at the Calavera Park will give a vantage view of the city’s urban landscape, Macajalar Bay, Laguindingan Airport, Camiguin Island and Balingasag. I don’t know the status of this proposal though.