Sights – East Mis Or

Outside Cagayan de Oro, the province of Misamis Oriental also offers a variety of interesting places and sights to see. Below are some of the must-see sights.

EASTERN MISAMIS ORIENTAL

  • TAGOLOAN (17.14 kms. from Cagayan de Oro)
    • Contact: Mayor’s Office – Municipal Hall (088) 874-0222
    • St. Mary Candelaria Church – The town’s old mission located besides St. Mary’s Academy
    • El Salvador Cave (Brgy. Natumolan)
    • PHIVIDEC – Home of large industries good for educational plant tours
      • Philippine Service of Mercy Foundation – Wheelchair Factory and Orthopedic Device Production Center
        • Ms. Fe Incienzo – Admin Manager
        • (088) 567-0148
      • Anakciano, Inc. – Dressing Plant
      • Amley Foods Corp. – Dried Fruit Processing
      • Axent Resources, Inc. – Wood Processing
      • Corbox Corp. – Corrugated Boxes
      • Enrico Agri-Ventures, Inc. – Dressing Plant
      • Global Trend Pacific Furniture – Furniture Making
      • HCH Wood Corp. – Semi-finished Plyboard
      • Pryce Gases, Inc. – Oxygen and Acetylene Gases
      • Southern Industrial Gases Phils., Inc. – Industrial and Medical Gases
      • St. Jude Dressing Plant – Dressing Plant
      • Tagoloan Agri-Milling Corp. – Rendering Plant
      • Timber Wood Devt. Corp. – Semi-finished Plyboard
      • Top Forest Developers, Inc. (VICMAR) – Veneer Plywood
      • Triple C Dressing Plant – Dressing Plant
      • Jae Sung Motors, Inc. – PVC Production (electronic wiring, cables, automobiles)
      • San Miguel Foods, Inc. – Feedmill
        • Mr. Enrique A. Gomez, Jr. – President
        • Contact: (02) 634-1010; 635-2484
      • Seong Chang Plastic Corp. – Recycling of waste polyethylene plastic bags or scraps
        • Mr. Chang Hyun Kim – General Manager
        • Contact: (08822) 74-0428; (088) 567-1211
      • Mindanao Silicon Metal Corp. – High Grade Silicon
      • Mindanao International Container Port
      • RY Commodities Sales, Inc. – Sawmill
      • One FS Industrial Corp. – Wooden Lunch Boxes
      • Cagayan Agricorp Mfg. Inc. – Agri Products Pprocessing
      • Philippine Activated Carbon Corp. – Activated Carbon
        • Mr. Domingo Tulen – Asst. Plant Manager
        • Contact: (088) 567-0151; (08822) 74-02-16
      • Boom Marine Corp. – Prawn Processing
        • Mr. Wilson C. Amad – Manager
        • Contact: (088) 567-1168; (08822) 74-08-08; 74-28-28
  • VILLANUEVA
    • PHIVIDEC – Home of large industrial plants good for educational plant tours
      • Philippine Sinter Corp. – Sintered Ore
        • Engr. Nilo C. Sagrado – Resident Manager
        • Contact: (088) 567-0216; (08822) 74-01-56; 74-01-87
      • STEAG State Power, Inc. – Power Generation
        • Dr. Carsten Evers – Plant Manager
        • Contact: (032) 230-8200
      • Elegant Chemical Alloy Corp. – Steel Bars and Billet Manufacturing
        • Mr. Lloyd C. Tiu – General Manager
        • Contact: (088) 567-0180
      • Limketkai Manufacturing Corp. – Agro-Industrial Complex
        • Mr. Alfonso U. Lim – President & CEO
        • Contact: (08822) 74-22-24
      • Grupo F. Jacinto, Inc. – Manufacture, Process and Repair of LPG Cylinders
        • Ms. Marilene P. Jacinto – President
  • JASAAN
    • Sagpulon Springs and Falls – in Brgy. San Isidro, is a few minutes trek from the barangay center. Its waters, coming from the Claveria mountains, is complimented by spring outlets feeding the natural pool below from a semicircular cliff.
    • Century-old Immaculate Conception Church (Jasaan) – In 1998 the church was declared as a Pilgrimage Church by the Catholic hierarchy. Since then many pilgrims flock to it regularly. Situated on top of a hill 200 feet above sea level are the ruins of an old church, a casa pueblo and other historic buildings.
    • Agutayan Island – (also called White Island), located at Macajalar Bay, 5 kms. from the Poblacion (a 20-min. boat ride out towards Camiguin Channel from Punta Gorda, is a small 5,000-sq. m. sand bar with shallow, crystal-clear waters ideal for swimming and scuba diving. A 3-hectare Marine Sanctuary was established on the island by the local government in 1995. Agutayan is home to giant clams from the U.P. Marine Science Institute (Bolinao, Pagasinan).  Five hundred of these clams were seeded in December 2001.
    • Agutayan Reef – dive site off Agutayan Island, has a drop-off, starting at 50 ft., that drops down to 150 ft..  There are plenty of cracks and crevices along the wall, plus underwater hills
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  • CLAVERIA – only landlocked municipality of the province
    • Shrine of Flight 387 – a two-hour drive from Cagayan de Oro City, has a towering abstract memorial to the victims of the Cebu Pacific plane crash on February 2, 1998.  Some of the passengers’ remains are buried here.  Now an eco-tourist zone, it has a cottage, picnic tables, manicured gardens, a bridge over a mini-moat and a watchtower
    • Lake Gumaod
    • Dolanara Restoration Society (also called the Elijah Church) – a Korean-established self-contained, pro-environment and Christian commune of 200 families.  It has a quite bare school temple and greenhouses growing vegetables and fruits.
    • Mindanao Silk Mulberry Farm – home of the Philippine Textile Research Institute.
    • Apo sa Kahoy – wonderful view of the provincial rainforest
    • Kaulogan Falls (Brgy. Patrocinio)
    • Tikala Falls (Poblacion)
    • Mat-i Waterfalls (Brgy. Mat-i) – 100 feet high waterfall and has constantly maintained its untouched and natural beauty
    • Conservation International-Higaonon Canopy Walk (Noslek) – an eco-adventure showcase located more than 1,000 m. up Mt. Lara, in Sitio Magbais, Brgy. Mat-i, was designed and built in April 1993 by Canadian John Kelson. Amidst luxuriant forest cover, it consists of two observation platforms constructed within the forest canopy atop two adjacent trees 30 yards apart, 160 ft. up and connected by a rope bridge of steel cable with orange ropes and nylon ropes as handholds. A would-be Canopy Walker must first register with the Department of Tourism Regional Office in Cagayan de Oro City.  The De Oro Mountaineers Club will then assign you a trained guide and a porter. To get there, you have to make a two-hour uphill trek, through the sometimes slippery forest until you reach the peak which is the Jumpstart Area. To crossing the opposite platform, you descend via a cable through the various canopies. You are advised to proceed slowly so as to enjoy the lush scenery.  Completing the descent makes one a “Canopy Walker” with a certificate to prove it.  A package costs PhP1,1500 (if alone), PhP1,000 (if with a group) and PhP850 for students.
  • BALINGASAG:
    • Contact: Mayor’s Office – Municipal Hall (088) 872-0902
    • Vega Ancestral House – located at the Poblacion, was built in the late 19th century with sculpted wooden atlases that act as support beams of the second floor overhang.
    • St. Rita Cassia Church – at the Poblacion
    • Lingon-lingon Plateau Park – located in Barangay Samay, a good 46.5 kilometers away from Cagayan de Oro. This park often serves as a summer resort camp for most people. The place is ideal for activities like bird watching and mountain climbing.
    • Punta Gorda (Balingasag) – a dive site with 90-foot drop-offs at some points.
    • Constancia Reef (Balingasag) – a tiny shoal north of Balingasag; a dive site ideal for underwater  photography.
  • LAGONGLONG
    • Sapong Cold Spring
  • SALAY
    • Contact: Mayor’s Office – Municipal Hall (088) 872-0826
    • Buslo Cave (Brgy.  Dinagsaan)
    • St. Joseph Church
  • KINOGUITAN
  • BINUANGAN
    • Contact: Mayor’s Office – Municipal Hall (088) 872-0851
    • Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • SUGBONGCOGON
    • Mantianak Botanical Garden and Zoological Park
  • BALINGOAN (jump off point to Camiguin)
    • Contact: Mayor’s Office – Municipal Hall (tel: 872-0709)
    • Lapinig Islet – a 5-min. boat ride from the town; ideal for scuba diving and mountain climbing.
    • Manongul Reef – a dive site just in front of Brgy. Mantangale; is  ideal for underwater photography and night dives; locally called “coral garden”
  • TALISAYAN
    • Calamcam White Beach (Brgy. Calamcam) – sandy white beach
    • Sipaca Point – a navigational hill with a scenic view of Camiguin Island; a dive site ideal for experienced divers, it is just a 3-min. boat ride from Mantangle Alibuag Dive Resort
    • Bugdang Cave (Brgy. Bugdang)
    • Pampangon – a dive site located offshore, has two sunken pontoons
    • Talisayan Shoal – a dive site, 10-min. boat ride from Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort (Balingoan)
    • Sta. Ines Wreck – a dive site at a sandy and steep slope, is an old World War II pontoon wreck at depths starting at 30 ft. to about 150 ft.
  • MEDINA
    • Pelaez Ancestral House (Poblacion) – locally called the “White House”; preserved house of Don Gregorio Pelaez, one time governor of Misamis, has a vintage car at the garage behind the house
    • Duka White Beach (Brgy. Duka) – has spectacular white sands and is a favorite jump-off point for scuba divers
    • Alibuag Cold Spring (Brgy. Duka) – located a few hundred meters from Duka White Beach with underwater gardens with live marine growth starting from 10 feet depth and underwater fresh water springs at 20, 40 and 90 ft. At the edge of the shallow coral reef, 300 yards from the beach, are two excellent dive spots: Paradise (90-100 ft., a canyon with lots of cracks and holes) and the Aquarium (20-70 ft.)
  • GINGOOG CITY
    • Odiongan Falls  – stands about 150 feet and can be seen from various parts of Odiongan River
    • Malibud/San Isidro Falls – 18 kilometers from Poblacion, Malibud Falls lies in a reforestation area. Its height is about 10 feet and it has a pool area, which are usually crowded by nearby inhabitants who are out for a picnic. The area is also fit for retreats and a congregation with Mother Nature.
    • Bakid-Bakid Falls – 100 feet high waterfall, which originally came from a creek, which can be accessed by motorcycle, jeepney or other off-road vehicles.
    • Libon-Lawit Falls – 13 kilometers from Poblacion; three waterfalls that are connected with one stream, with intervals at 80 and 100 meters. First is the Tiklas Falls, second is Kilubag and the third, BangBang Falls. Truly, this integration of bodies of water is a distinctive phenomenon:
    • Tiklas Falls. Situated upstream in the Balantian Creek; approximately 120 feet in height, with a swimming pool that is about 30 meters in diameter. The deepest part of the pool is about 20 feet or more.
    • Tiklas Falls

    • Kilubag Falls. Located almost 50 kilometers away from the Balantian Bridge; considered as one of the main attractions of Gingoog City. Upon approaching the cataract, one can hear the rumbling intensified by a cave that was said to have been carved by the twisting and falling water throughout these years. One can also pass through cave-like, solid-stone, high river banks and then reach the base of the cavernous earth.
    • Bangbang Falls. Standing approximately 70 feet; smaller in size compared to Tiklas. At this site, guests can get a good panoramic view of the Gingoog River, which is over a kilometer below the cataract.
  • MAGSAYSAY
    • Punta Diwata – located at the eastern tip of Gingoog Bay is a 1-hr. boat ride from Mantangale Alibuag Dive Resort (Balingoan). This dramatic seascape consists of 13 caves by the sea said to be enchanted. A dive site, it is ideal for wide angle photography.

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