Here’s a rare aerial photo of then the town of Cagayan (now Cagayan de Oro) taken on October 22, 1944 sourced from the Monash University Collections Online. Photo was taken just 2 days after Gen. Douglas MacArthur landed in Leyte to start the liberation of the Philippines from Japanese occupation.

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photo from Monash Collections Online

Markings are made on the photo probably by US Military during the war.

Here are closer looks of the photo.

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The road seen at left leading to the wharf is the same port road today now known as Julio Pacana Street.
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In the background is the town proper where the old water tower as pointed still exists today.
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Cagayan River with the airfield (now Patag) in the background.
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Did you know that the lighthouse in Macabalan (Parola) already existed during the war?
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Here’s the caption of the photo.

Cagayan de Oro will be celebrating its 70th Charter Day on Monday, June 15.

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