Here is our PROGRESS WATCH: 2019 YEARENDER – a compilation of major developments and news in and around the City of Golden Friendship and the whole of Northern Mindanao (Camiguin, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental and Misamis Occidental) during the year which we have posted and shared in social media.

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

The biggest Seaport Passenger Terminal in the country was inaugurated this year along with the new Opol Port, PPA Electronic Gate and Tagoloan Flood Control Project.

WILCON DEPOT OPOL. Top home furnishing retail store opened its latest branch last July 2019 along the Coastal Road in Igpit, Opol, Misamis Oriental.

GAISANO CAPITAL BALINGASAG. Gaisano finally established its presence in Balingasag.

THE VIEW DECK – Increased tourism activity in Claveria with the opening of the View Deck at Brgy. Lanise.

NEW EL SALVADOR CITY HALL AND GYMNASIUM – the youngest city in the region inaugurated its modern city hall and gymnasium

OZAMIZ COASTAL BYPASS ROAD – new diversion road opened

PUREGOLD OZAMIZ – supermarket chain has opened in Ozamiz

SM BOWLING CENTER – bowling in Cagayan de Oro has never been the same with the fully automated sports hub inside a mall

PROJECT WATCH: Other completions and new openings

Other notable openings include HMR Trading Haus (Puregold), Citi Hardware El Salvador, SM Bowling Center and a lot of Food Parks (MJ Food Park, Metro Food Park, Uptown StrEAT Ranch, Route 88, Bintana Food Park); some new Night Spots – The Warehouse (The Cave, Koralez Lounge, et.al.) Wheels Bar, Tsada Avenue, Esquina, Lights Booze, La Piazza Uptown Park (Marajaw, Kurom) etal.

How about Restaurants – S&R New York Style Pizza Limketkai, Bucket O’ Shrimps & More Uptown, Macao Imperial Tea-Centrio, Belvedere View Deck Cafe, Gabby’s Cafe, Mr. Kimbob, Suki Desu, Goldilocks SM Uptown, Chingkeetea Centrio, Redtail Shrimps & More Limketkai, Red Ribbon-Gaisano Balingasag, Cheat Day Pizza Buffet, Big Tummy’s Tagoloan, Above Sea Level, Jessie’s Diner (Dahilayan), Candy Cafe Centrio (re-opening), Supremus (El Salvador City), Leylam Deluxe Limketkai, POPS at the Yard, Eats Good Pares (new site), H Proper Coffee Roasters, Big Apple Pizza Co. (CTC), Estante Food Centrale, Cuchara Verde (SM Uptown), Raki-Yata Ramen, Don Narciso Cafe, Ces Tuna-Bayabas, Merry Time Hotpot (Alwana), POPS Eat-and-Drink-All-You-Can, Babu Kwan, Butcher’s Yard, Mang Inasal-IFI Bulua, Red Ribbon-IFI Bulua, Chowking-Gingoog, Mang Inasal Balingasag, Boy Zugba Gaisano Mall, Jambalaya, Chowking Malaybalay DT, Jollibee Gingoog DT, McDonald’s Gusa DT, Peel So Good, Avocadoria, Apostrophe Cafe-Centrio, Coffee Space, Jollibee Tubod DT, House of Fries (new site), Arturo’s Uptown, Coza Cafe, Ate Rica’s Bacsilog, Atecle’s Grill, Chatime, Mandarin Tea Garden (Gaisano Mall), Missy Bon Bon Polymedic, more 7-Eleven stores, etc.

Other openings include: Mr DIY Cogon, Volkswagen Uptown, Vespa Showroom, Ducati Showroom, Foton Showroom, OTOP.Ph Ginama (Gaston Park), iCore NCLEX Review Center, Polymedic Limketkai Medical Clinic, Nissan Limketkai, Allianz PNB Life (SM Downtown Tower), Land Bank El Salvador, Land Bank Manolo Fortich, Ducati CDO, Strong Heart Cardiac Rehab Center, COHO Office, etc…

PROJECT WATCH: Major New Developments and Project Launches

The biggest private commercial news for the year was the planned sale of Xavier University’s main campus to Cebu Landmasters Inc. for the creation of Manresa Town. The project is still up for approval though from Jesuit heirarchy at the Vatican.

MISAMIS ORIENTAL MEDICAL CENTER – modern medical facility to rise in Balingasag

It was announced that the Cebu Pacific Flight 387 Shrine will be converted into a botanical and tourism complex.

ABOITIZ SUBMITS UNSOLICITED PROPOSAL FOR LAGUINDINGAN AIRPORT EXPANSION AND OPERATION – Just recently, the project was endorsed for NEDA Board for Swiss Challenge.

PRIMAVERA CITY PHASE 2 (CITTA BELLA) – phase 2 of the mixed-use development broke ground.

PROJECT LUNHAW – Plaza Divisoria facelift has started

LAGUINDINGAN TECHNOPARK – Planned Ayala investment in the province near the airport broke ground.

REGIONAL COMMAND AND CONTROL CENTER – Groundbreaking for the command and control center held at Lumbia Airport.

CITY ECOPARK DEVELOPMENT – The old dumpsite will finally be developed.

DREAM RESIDENCES – a major residential resort development right across Del Monte Golf Course

THE LOOP SOUTH TOWER – South Tower is set to rise soon

NEW CITY LIBRARY – Multi-storey City Library Project is now underway.

JR BORJA HOSPITAL WEST WING – Continued expansion of the city-owned hospital

CATTLE RESEARCH CENTER – More agricultural innovations at CMU

PAG-ASA PLANETARIUM – much awaited planetarium project in El Salvador City broke ground this year

CITY HALL EMPLOYEES HOUSING – housing units for city hall employees broke ground

BALUBAL HOUSING PHASE 2 – more housing units for resettlement

CITY SPORTS TRAINING CENTER – initial P50 million budget allocated

BUKIDNON SPORTS AND CULTURAL COMPLEX – Bukidnon will finally have its own sports complex.

PROJECT WATCH: Major Industrial Progress Updates

Major investments at PHIVIDEC were observed this year. Most notable was Sanjia Steel Complex.

PROJECT WATCH: Government Infrastructure Updates

Flood control and new road openings and diversion roads are well ongoing providing increased accessibility. Browse over some links below.

PANGUIL BAY BRIDGE – a Korean Joint Venture was awarded the contract to build the bridge

CDO CONVENTION CENTER – Significant update on the much-delayed project

BONBON-MACABALAN BRIDGE – finally started crossing the river

New 21-km Road Link in Claveria announced.

BUKIDNON AIRPORT PROJECT – ground works have started for the new airport in Don Carlos town

MANDULOG RIVER ESPLANADE – construction has finally started

PROJECT WATCH: Continuing Development Progress Updates (Private Sector)

ACE MEDICAL CENTER – hospital building has topped off

ASPIRA TOWER 2 – the tallest under construction building in the city is still going up.

GAISANO CARMEN MALL – vertical works continue

LIMKETKAI MODULE 2 BPO CYBERPARK BLDG – significant progress for the year

HABINI BAY – road networks have began

MESAVERTE RESIDENCES – 3-tower mid-rise condo almost done

CASA MIRA TOWERS – site clearing works have began in late 2019

GAISANO TUBOD – biggest commercial project in Lanao del Norte’s capital town

ST. FRANCIS DOCTOR’S HOSPITAL AND MEDICAL CENTER – continued construction for Uptown CDO’s first private medical facility

XAVIER ATENEO SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL CAMPUS – construction almost done

CHRIST THE KING SHRINE – continuing works of the tallest Christ the King Statue in Samay, Gingoog City

TRAVEL AND TOURISM WATCH – check out some new hotels opening, tourism news and travel destinations below.

ANNUAL CITY FIESTA – check the links for photos

ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS – browse over some big news below.

Board Exams Results – schools from Northern Mindanao excelled in professional licensure exams. See them below.

Bukidnon dance crew shines in world tilt.

SPORTS WATCH – it was a big year for sports highlighted by the 30th SEA Games. View the links below.

POLITICS WATCH – Moreno, Bambi were reelected for their respective last terms as mayor of Cagayan de Oro and governor of Misamis Oriental, respectively.

View final election results below.

Sabio ends Emano reign in Tagoloan. Gomer “Enan” Sabio beat incumbent Tagoloan Mayor Heckert “Manok” Emano basically ending the reign of the Emano clan in the municipality.

ROAD CLEARING OPERATIONS – nationwide directive to clear public roads

DONGKOY PASSES AWAY. Former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor VICENTE “DONGKOY” YAP EMANO died on May 7 at the age of 76 due to pneumonia. Known as a political kingpin in the province, Emano first entered politics when he was mayor of Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental from 1980-1983. He was elected to the gubernatorial post serving from 1986 to 1995. He went to become a 4-term mayor of Cagayan de Oro City from 1998 to 2007 and again from 2010 to 2013. From 2007 to 2010 he was City Vice Mayor. In 2013, he had an unsuccessful comeback in the political arena losing to incumbent City Mayor Oscar Moreno.

NENE PIMENTEL, 85. Former Senate President Aquilino ‘Nene’ Q. Pimentel Jr. joined his Creator last October 20, 2019. He was 85. Considered the Father of the Local Government Code, Pimentel was Mayor of Cagayan de Oro from 1980 to 1984. He was an Assemblyman representing the city from 1984 to 1986. He was Secretary of the Interior and Local Government from 1986-1987. He served as Senator from 1987 to 1992 and from 1998 to 2010. In November 2000, he became the country’s 23rd Senate President.

SPECIAL INTERESTS – among major stories that made the headlines include the recent Maguindanao Massacre decision, the Barra Horror House, the Moffats visit, Miss Earth 2019 visit, Launching of modern PUVs, Pia Wurtzbach’s visit and retirement of Ian Lariba’s jersey, among others.

On a sad note…

Looking forward to 2020.

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