How was 2018 for Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental and the whole of Northern Mindanao? Here is our PROGRESS WATCH: 2018 YEARENDER – a compilation of major developments and in and around the City of Golden Friendship and the region during the year which we have posted and shared in social media.

PROJECT WATCH: Major Project Completions and Openings (in no particular order)

New Toyota Showroom – Kauswagan Highway, Cagayan de Oro – largest Toyota dealership opens its new home in September

All Home (Vista Mall) Cagayan de Oro – Limketkai Center – Villar’s largest retail store opened in July

Gaisano Camiguin – Mambajao, Camiguin – The retail giant has finally set foot in Northern Mindana’s island province.

Northern Mindanao Wellness and Reintegration Center – Casisang, Malaybalay City – The 5-hectare facility is the first of its kind in the country and conforms to international standards of treatment and management of drug dependents. It is also considered the largest in Mindanao and will provide holistic approach in treating drug-dependent patients with proper medical, therapeutic, and social interventions.

Madonna & Child Hospital Medical Arts Building – Serina St., Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City – the medical facility’s expansion wing was inaugurated in September

Prince Hypermart Manolo Fortich – Poblacion, Manolo Fortich – the town’s largest retail store opened in September

New Ororama Carmen Expansion Wing – Carmen, Cagayan de Oro – completed in October

Gothong Shipping Container Yard – Tablon, Cagayan de Oro City – large container yard and berthing area inaugurated in October

CityMall Iponan – National Highway, Iponan, Cagayan de Oro – 1st CityMall in CDO opened in October

SM Downtown Tower – Osmena St., Cagayan de Oro – SM’s first office building was inaugurate in October

Prince Hypermart Balingasag – Poblacion, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental – the town’s first big retail store opened in October

Amaya View Azul Swimming Pool –  Indahag, Cagayan de Oro – infinity pool opened in October

CityMall Bulua – fronting Westbound Terminal Complex, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro – 2nd CityMall in CDO

Noah’s Ark at Amaya View – Indahag, Cagayan de Oro – a new attraction in CDO’s premier hilltop tourist destination

Robinsons Place Valencia – Sayre Highway, Bagontaas, Valencia City – first world-class upscale mall in Bukidnon opened in December

Go Hotels Iligan – beside Robinsons Place Iligan – soft opening in December

Dahilayan Boot Camp – Dahilayan Adventure Park, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon – largest inflatable obstacle course

PROJECT WATCH: Other completions and new openings

Villa Teresa Farm and Resort – Gango, Libona, Bukidnon – new farm resort 15 minutes away from CDO

Hobbit House – Mt. Kitanglad Agro-Eco Farm, Imbayao, Malaybalay City – the enchanting hobbit-inspired houses went viral

Hidden Valley Agri-Resort – Pualas, Baungon, Bukidnon – hidden resort beside Rio Verde

Coffee Project – All Home, Limketkai Center – Villar-owned Instagram-worthy coffee shop is now in CDO

Casa de Canitoan – Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro – new venue for functions

Chowking Kauswagan Drive-Thru – Kauswagan Highway, Cagayan de Oro – first ever drive-thru branch of Chowking in CDO

New Jollibee Puerto – National Highway, Puerto, Cagayan de Oro – whole new construction

photo by Bu Yo

Jollibee Masterson – Masterson Avenue, Upper Balulang, Cagayan de Oro – first drive-thru store in Uptown area

McDonald’s El Salvador City – the largest McDonald’s in Visayas and Mindanao

New Jollibee Bulua – National Highway, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro

Mang Inasal Gingoog City – the famed grilled chicken fast food opens its first branch in the City of Good Luck

New Jollibee Georgetown Cybermall – RN Pelaez Blvd. – a fully renovated branch opened in June

Jollibee Balingasag – National Highway, Poblacion, Balingasag, Misamis Oriental

Cabalen Restaurant – 2nd floor, Centrio Mall – the famed buffet restaurant opened in September

Tong Yang Plus – 3nd Floor, SM CDO Downtown Premier – part of the Vikings Group opened in August

Blugre Coffee (Uptown and Limketkai) – Davao’s homegrown coffee chain has finally arrived opening two branches in the city

Kuya J Restaurant – New Dawn Hotel Plus, Don A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro – 2nd branch opened in May

Burger King Divisoria – Tirso Neri St., Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro

New McDonald’s Xavier – Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro

Top View Restobar – New Dawn Hotel Plus

PAL Mabuhay Lounge at Laguindingan Airport – opened in June

photo by Louie Manapil

C Resort – Gimaylan, Libertad, Misamis Oriental

Bridge Hotel – Pabayo-Cruz Taal Sts., Cagayan de Oro – the former Casa Isabella is now fully renovated

Lapas Sun Pension House – Lambago, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro – new accommodation in Lapasan

Arlkea Suites – Mahogany St., Carmen – new budget accommodation facility

Arkedda Inn – Agusan, Cagayan de Oro – a motorcycle drive-in motel

Camiguin Volcano Houses – new vacation houses along the slopes of Mt. Hibok-Hibok

The Hive Food Park – Limketkai Center – open air dining and night scene is back in Limketkai

Cafe Garaje – Dongallo Hilltop Compound, Camaman-an – new Instagram-worthy cafe in CDO

photo by The Weekend Break

Merry Time Hotpot – Cagayan Town Center – the first and only moving buffet table in CDO

photo by Katawa CDO Doodzkie

Superstar KTV Lounge & Club – Cagayan Town Center – high-end bar opened in July

Vikings Lake – latest attraction in RR Family Spring Resort opened in October

Other diners, restaurants and bars which opened this year include Fat Chef, 24 Spices, Sharmaine’s Cakes & Pastries, Silver Rain, Lamp Lighter Cafe, Cinnabon, Prawn House-Limketkai, Uncle Brew Coffee, Double Bubble Café Limketkai, Mang Inasal-SM Downtown, Terrazzo Uptown, Mykarelli’s Grill-Uptown, Ñor Pedro Unltd, Studio Art Café, Sakayan Restaurant-Libertad, Bojacks, Resto Freeno, Sports Café Tea, SUTU Dining, Nine High Sports Bar, Eats Good Pares, September Blooms, Infinitea-Bravehearts, Ben & Nelly, D&T Coffee Shop, Café Tribu, Basha Marmar, Panagatan-SM City, By Clarkie-Alae, Sky Bar Resto and KTV, Bizdak Restobar, Club Desire, Archie’s Party Venue, Happy Siomai & Then Some, Lights Bar, Harmony Zone Bar., Busaw Bar & Restaurant-Alubijid, Tea O’clock-Tagoloan, House of Fries, Sweet Leaf Bubble Tea Café-Carmen, Wander Cup, Chingkeetea-Velez, Moonleaf Tea Shop, The Taki, Maxi Mango-SM Downtown, Maxi Mango-SM City, Heal Thy Self, Uptown Bee Food Park, Zordz-El Salvador, Felicita’s Cafe, Sentral Cafe-Jasaan, Ben’s Coffee Shop, Barney’s Burger-Uptown, Madok’s Lechon and Kambingan, Shakey Chick Co., Tiny Bubbles, Pares Ni Papi, Cenyu Probio Chicken Food Store, Alas Unlimitados, Micenzo Bistro, The Sergeant Steak, Dahon Asian Cuisine, George’s Kitchen, Cucina Grill-Naawan, Harley’s Food Hub, Sarge Coffee Station, The Spot-Balingasag, Archie’s Chicken & Fries, Dear Manok-SM Downtown, Tuna Republik-Gusa, Turks-Ororama, Brew Haa, Dexter’s Pizza, Zark’s Burgers, Infinitea-Uptown, Romana Cafe, Boodlelicious Grill, Izzy’s Cafe, Chix n’ Booze, New Sunburst Centrio, Tent Avenue reopening, Ah Fong-Ororama

Other resort openings include MV Beach and Pool Resort in Tubajon, Laguindingan, Noah’s Beach Resort in Sinaloc, El Salvador City, Villa Paraiso Water Splash & Slides in Camiguin, Sea Breeze in Initao, Tugas Spring Resort at FS Catanico

More continuing development progress updates below.

ACE Medical Center – vertical works of the 10-storey private medical facility was in full blast this year

The Loop North Tower – completion next year is seen

Mesaverte Residences – the 3-tower condo complex will likely be completed next year.

Primavera City – Phase 1 now in the final construction stage; Phase 2 in the works

Aspira Tower 1 – the tallest building in the city is now nearly completed

Camiguin Nouveau Resort and Villas – continuing construction

Gaisano Capital Balingasag – continuing construction

Limketkai Module-2 BPO & Cyberpark Building – continuing vertical works

City Hospital Lumbia – city-owned medical facility is rising steadily

Cagayan de Oro Port Passenger Terminal Building and other developments – the soon-to-be largest passenger terminal in the country is nearing completion

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New Opol Port Development – alternative port now almost done

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Andrew L. Gotianun Sr. Center for Integrated Technologies – continuing construction in uptown area

Gaisano Carmen Mall – Vamenta Blvd-Serina St., Carmen – rendering of the ongoing mall project was finally revealed

Bria Flats – Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro – 3rd building broke ground in October

Ongoing Major Road and Drainage Projects – simultaneous major road projects include new Gaabucayan Bridge (below), Agora Bridge, Puntod Section of Coastal Road, Carmen Drainage Project, RER Drainage Outfall, Westbound Terminal Drainage, Kolambog Drainage among others

PROJECT WATCH: Major New Project Developments and Launches

Habini Bay – Ayala Land’s 526-hectare master-planned estate straddling the municipalities of Alubijid and Laguindingan in Misamis Oriental held its groundbreaking last November 7

Panguil Bay Bridge – the 3.7-kilometer bridge linking Tangub City in Misamis Occidental and Tubod in Lanao del Norte finally broke ground in November

Casa Mira Towers – RN Pelaez Blvd., Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro – Cebu Landmasters’s 2nd high-rise condominium project will have a 26-storey and 22-storey tower.

Gaisano Grand Mall Gingoog – construction of the first full-service mall in Gingoog was announced in August

Bukidnon Airport Development Project – Maray-maray, Don Carlos, Bukidnon – bidding process undertaken

Velmiro Uptown – Upper Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City – Cebu Landmasters, Inc. (CLI)’s new 14.3-hectare horizontal development

Gaisano Valencia Mall – ground works underway for Gaisano’s 2nd mall in Valencia City

Gaisano Tubod – Gaisano Group will be expanding soon in Tubod, Lanao del Norte

Puerto Public Market – Puerto, Cagayan de Oro – the long overdue construction project finally broke ground last November 21

City Hospital Tablon – the first city-owned medical facility in the eastern part broke ground in February

Laguindingan Technopark – prior to the launching of Habini Bay, the industrial park component of the master planned estate was already announced

Mindanao Technopark – 50-hectare Regional Government Center and 12-hectare Provincial Government Center in Lourdes, Alubijid broke ground in August

Xavier Ateneo Senior High School Campus – Pueblo de Oro – construction is now in full blast.

Primeland Airport Estates – Mauswagon, Laguindingan – high-end subdivision project broke ground in August

McDonald’s Gusa – will probably open early 2019

photo by Joray Enriquez

Mormon Temple in Cagayan de Oro – the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) will build a temple in Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines as announced during its 188th annual general conference held at Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

New government offices: New BIR Regional Office (construction), New Marina 10 Office in El Salvador (construction), New Department of Agriculture Regional Office in El Salvador City (construction), New Bureau of Customs Office inside Phividec (construction), Bureau of Immigration at Limketkai Gateway Tower, PAG-BIG Fund at Puregold, Philhealth at Limketkai Gateway Tower, Department of Labor and Employment at Trinidad Bldg., Department of Tourism at Limketkai Center, New City- Provincial and Regional Prosecutor Offices at Pueblo de Oro, COWD Building Facelift, LTO Satellite Office-SM City.

PROJECT WATCH: Ongoing Major Diversion Road Projects

Alae-Phividec Bypass Road

Opol Diversion Road (Opol-Canitoan)

CDO New East Diversion Road (Mandumol-Nazareth-Camaman-an)

CDO New West Diversion Road (Canitoan-Bulua-Opol Coastal Road)

Lumbia-Pagatpat Diversion Road

PROJECT WATCH: Major Infrastructure Proposals

Cagayan-Iligan Expressway

Villanueva-CDO-Opol-Laguindingan-Naawan Expressway

Bulua, Lapasan and Gusa Flyover Projects

PROJECT WATCH: Major Industrial Progress Updates

San Miguel Corporation Misamis Oriental Brewery – Sta. Ana, Tagoloan, Phividec – continuing construction of the multi-billion industrial complex

photo by Jong Casino

Nutrimax Fresh Baked Inc. (Gardenia) – Sta. Cruz, Tagoloan, Phividec – nearing completion

Integrated Steel Mill Complex at Phividec Industrial Estate – there have been several investors planning to put up an integrated steel mill complex at Phividec including the latest involving HBIS Group and Steel Asia


Fast Cat – the fast ferry serving Opol-Balbagon-Jagna was launched in March this year with on-and-off operations

Pabama Double Decker Bus started serving CDO-Kibawe route in June

Lite Ferry 18 – the biggest, youngest and fastest ship serving Cebu-Cagayan de Oro-Cebu route had its soft launch in October with its grand launch in November

Trans-Asia Shipping Lines Inc. inaugurated M/V Trans-Asia 1 last August. It’s the shipping company’s largest passenger vessel serving the Cebu-Cagayan de Oro-Cebu route.

photo by James Cua

Air Asia back serving Cagayan de Oro with flights to Manila, Cebu and Clark

Odyssey Airport Express – new airport shuttle service began operations in May


Silver Discoverer – the yacht-type cruise ship operated by Silversea Cruises made a stopover in Cagayan de Oro in May

Camiguin’s Sunken Cemetery, Old Church Ruins, Moro Watchtower declared National Cultural Treasures – three popular archaeological sites in Camiguin have been declared as National Cultural Treasures (NCT) by the National Museum of the Philippines

Adventures on Ice: Ice Rink Experience – first ever Mobile Ice Skating Rink Experience in Cagayan de Oro opened in July

Belvedere – Gardens of the World – Tangub City’s promising tourist attraction

Claveria View Deck – ongoing construction

VMW Pool and Beach Resort – Salay, Misamis Oriental – unique large clover-shaped pool with slides

Vinapor Blue Waters – enchanting cave pool in Carmen, Agusan del Norte

Manticao’s Stations of the Cross – Dunque Hill’s religious event has drawn interest

photo by Bernabe Ely

Bagyangon Falls – Malitbog’s hidden natural wonder

Panimahawa Ridge – increasingly popular outdoor destination in Impalutao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon

Jamisolamin Farm and Resort – Talisayan, Misamis Oriental – more commonly known as Red Sand Beach Resort due to its red sands

Mt. Anggas – G. Pelaez, Gitagum, Misamis Oriental – new trekking site

Mt. Pinulutan Range – a sea of clouds in Mapulo, Malaybalay City

photo by Rhudyard Alvizo Jr

Alibuag Beach Resort – Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental – crystal clear waters off volcanic and sandy beach

photo by Mongzki Sablag


Maymay Entrata – became first Filipina to walk the runway at Arab Fashion Show

Police Senior Inspector Dennis S. Ebsolo, Ph.D. – the current Chief of Police of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental is among the 2018 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos for his Mounted Horse Patrol when he was station commander of Lumbia Police Station

Jio Jalalon and JP Erram – the basketball duo is proudly representing the city in the national scene. Jalalon’s colorful collegiate career ended and earned a title in his first year in the PBA. Meanwhile, Erram is enjoying the best year in his career and became part of Gilas Pilipinas

Francis Casey Alcantara reached a career-high ATP world doubles ranking this year

Cagayan de Oro Amateur Boxing Team – cemented itself as a powerhouse in amateur boxing by ruling the PNG National Games and the PSC-Pacquiao Amateur Boxing Cup National Championships

Carlo Paalam – won the gold in Korotkov Memorial Boxing tourney in Russia

photo by Marcus Jarwin Manalo

3 Kagayanons in Philippine National Climbing Team – Glenn Lominoque together with siblings Iman Mora and Liana Mora made it to the 2018 National Climbing Team

PRC Board Topnotchers – City and provincial schools produced topnotchers in several PRC board exams this year: September 2018 Teachers Board Exam, October 2018 Psychometrician Board Exam, September 2018 Physicians Board Exam, October 2018 Certified Public Accountants Board Exam, October 2018 Chemical Technician Board Exam, September 2018 Registered Electrical Engineer Board Exam, August 2018 Certified Plant Mechanic Board Exam, August 2018 Mining Engineer Board Exam, June 2018 Criminologist Board Exam, July 2018 RadTech Board Exam, June 2018 Nursing Board Exams, and June 2018 Environmental Planner Board Exam.

XU Glee Club – won the Gold Medal in the Folklore Category and the Silver in the Mixed Choir Category in the 2018 Soegijapranata Choral Festival in Semarang, Indonesia.

photo by Joanne Natindim

Paul ‘Popo’ Rosales Juarez – won a silver medal in the 2018 Asian IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championship held in Tokyo, Japan

photo by ATOS Philippines-Cagayan de Oro

Carina Dayondon – first Filipina to complete ‘Seven Summits’

Jem Robert Talaroc from Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon – conferred with the 2018 National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Composers’ Prize for his composition, Anima.

Michael Bacol – wins Award of Merit at Philippine Art Awards National Competition

6 Misamis Oriental Gir Scouts – awarded Chief Girl Scout Medals

Danna Rose Socaoco – 1st runner-up in Miss Millennial Philippines 2018

Cagayan de Oro’s PWD ID Online Application – bags 2nd place in Digital Cities PH Awards

Cagayan de Oro City – wins 2018 Galing Pook Award for “No Vote, Ibot” No More

Dr. Hilly Ann Roa Quiaoit – is among The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) 2018 awardee

Exin Castil Guingao – was crowned Our Little Miss World Official Princess 2018 during the Our Little Miss World 2018 event held at La Torretta Lake Resort in ​Montgomery, Texas, USA.

photo by Jenette Castil-Guingao

Last Knights – CDO hip-hop dance crew is 2nd runner-up in World Domination Championships

Loi Alian Cabaluna of Phinma-Cagayan de Oro College – 1st place in 2018 International Assembly of Youth for UNESCO essay writing contest

Cagayan de Oro – wins Seal of Good Education Governance

Hapsay Sapa – wins Asian Townscape Award

Hapsay Kable – more than 200 kilometers of unused wires and cables recovered as of December

Tatum Julia Bao and Clartrome Lounard Jacalan (Lourdes College Strings) – part of Manila Symphony Junior Orchestra (MSJO) which won First Prize in the String Orchestra competition category at the 12th Summa Cum Laude International Music Festival in Vienna, Austria

Brian Adam Anay – named one of the Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines (TOSP) 

Laguindingan – Malinis at Masaganang Karagatan 2017 Outstanding Coastal Communities Grand Winner

Misamis Oriental – Gawad Saka 2017 Outstanding Provincial Agriculture and Fishery Council

Xavier Ateneo’s Cadet Colonel Elvin John M Baal – Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Cadet of the Year 2017


The two main political groups will square off in next year’s mid-term elections.

Winners of the May 2018 Barangay Elections were proclaimed – LIST OF WINNERS


Jasaan’s 3D Pedestrian Lane – the first in Northern Mindanao

We might have missed some….Happy New Year!

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