The past year brought the city into new heights despite the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong in December of 2011. Here are some of the highlights of the year.

In 2012, the much awaited opening of Centrio Ayala Mall took Cagayan de Oro to a different level in shopping. It’s the first Ayala experience for most locals. In fact, Centrio is a regional mall and is envisioned to cater not just the city but the rest of Northern Mindanao.

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Seda Centrio also opened just days before the new year.

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The year also saw the topping off of the city’s tallest building, the 19-storey Hotel Limketkai, which glitters like a gold bar, drastically changing the city’s skyline.

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Just beside Hotel Limketkai, foundations works for the 33-storey Gateway Tower commenced in 2012. This is said to be the tallest building in Mindanao when completed.

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With the entry of Ayala, Limketkai Mall further progressed into its rapid expansion mode towards the East Wing.

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Despite at the center of the Sendong tragedy, construction of Paseo Mall and Riviera Hotel continued. You can see the difference below.

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In 2012, Hotel Sogo, a popular hotel chain in Manila, finally opened its first branch in Mindanao.

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Primavera Residences, Italpinas’ first eco-friendly condominium project in Mindanao completed its first tower at Pueblo de Oro.

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In 2012, construction of Tune Hotel started, marking the entry of the first international brand hotel into the city.

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In 2012, SM finally announced the construction of its second mall in the city at the old Coca-Cola Plant along CM Recto Avenue.

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And finally, near the end of the year, the rendering of the 26-storey twin tower Camella Condo Homes was unveiled. This will rise at Limketkai Complex.

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