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.

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.

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