There were lots of stories, tales and even horror experiences in the old days about the road to Calaanan or what is now called Pedro N. Roa Sr Avenue which connects Uptown Cagayan de Oro to the Calaanan River Valley in Canitoan.

More than two decades ago, there was no Uptown CDO nor Pueblo de Oro yet and the vast plain stretching from Upper Carmen towards Lumbia Airport is nothing but a pasture land.


The road with a length of approximately 2.5 kilometers from junction Airport Road (Masterson) towards Calaanan Bridge was a lonely route and uninhabited. Very dark at night, only the headlights of vehicles provide illumination along the route. Taxi drivers often refuse to ferry passengers to the area at night. If they do, they’ll ask for additional charge.

Calaanan Road back then was the only road which connects the city proper to PN Roa Subdivision, probably the first residential development in the Calaanan River Valley which is defined by the Calaanan Bridge with a large balite tree beside it (see below). It’s a 2-lane winding road with a cliff on one side and a hill on the other. From the top of the plateau to the end at Calaanan Bridge, there was no house or any structure along the side of the road except for large trees and vegetation which provide shade and cover for motorists.

photo by Ladylou Suan

Because of its eerie atmosphere, stories of ghost and white lady sightings particularly at night proliferated among motorists especially taxi drivers.

But since then, Pueblo de Oro was developed, many subdivisions have sprouted in the Calaanan area and more roads were opened connecting to Canitoan.


Do you still hear similar stories nowadays?

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