Sights – CdO

Cagayan de Oro is known to be a highly urbanized city with lots of historical, technological and tourism sites. Below are the places of interest for tourists and guests.

  • Gaston Park – named after the first Mayor of Cagayan de Oro, Segundo Gaston; located near the Saint Augustine Cathedral and Archbishop’s Palace. This park was the center of town when Pueblo de Cagayan was first erected in 1624. This plaza eventually became an execution ground for Spanish criminals turned later into a training ground for the local revolutionaries during the American occupation. After the second World War, the Japanese came to the site to plant cherry blossoms as a gift.
  • Golden Friendship Park (Divisoria) – a series of parks and monuments stretching along the city proper featuring national heroes like Jose Rizal, Ramon Magsaysay and former City Mayor Justiniano R. Borja. Another monument (referred to as the Bonifacio monument) contain the bones of patriots who died during the Battle of  Agusan on May 14, 1900 against the Americans.
  • Gov. Vicente de Lara Park – named after the former governor of Misamis Oriental (formerly Gen. Douglas MacArthur Park); it’s located right in front of the Provincial Capitol and includes the Heritage Monument and Press Freedom Monument;
  • MacArthur Marker  (Brgy. Macabalan)
  • Museo de Oro (Xavier University) – This is the only museum in the country that showcases local folkloric beliefs; museum has relics and artiifcats taken from several places in Northen Mindanao and artworks of local artists.
  • Museum of Three Cultures (Capitol University)
  • La Castilla Museum (Pelaez Mansion) – the former residence of the founders of Liceo de Cagayan University (Rodolfo Neri-Pelaez and Elsa Pelaez); converted into a museum in 1997 and showcases the Pelaez family memorabilia
  • Catanico Falls (Brgy. FS Catanico)
  • Palalan Falls (Brgy. Tablon) – It is surrounded by boulders and stones dubbed by the city as Oro stone similar in characteristics with the Mangima Stone. It has 3 steps of falls at approximately 50 meters apart with the upper portion, ( the source ), as the biggest of the three.
  • Migtugsok Falls (Brgy. Cugman) – accessible by car via Indahag until Sitio Camacawan where one has to walk for 45 minutes in a winding, descending sloping trek of an estimated distance of 400 feet, passing along the converging shallow river of Bigaan and Migtugsok. The river convergence was more or less 20 meters in width. Another 30 minutes trek was made before reaching the falls using the river. The falls is composed of five beautiful cascading waters, where the beauty of nature could be experienced, unexploited by the carelessness of human search for progress and development.
  • Macahambus Cave and Gorge (Brgy. Bayanga)
  • Monigue Cave (Brgy. Manbuaya) – the cave entrance is flowing water from underground stream. The cave has a small opening that seems too narrow to be passable, it has a six (6) inches airspace between ceiling and water that you have to submerge yourselves one by one, equipped with a helmet and a waterproof cap lamp. The cave contains a beautiful sparkling formations of Calcium Carbonate (CaCO3) or Calcites. These stalactites and stalagmites, white and brown, are sign of oxidized materials that take 50-60 years to form an inch. the cave is definitely spellbinding, There were formations of flowstone, gurpool-resembling, rice terraces, transparent crystals and pictureque speleothems, such as cathedral drapes and icons.
  • High Ridge (Brgy. Macasandig)
  • Night Cafe and Night Market (Divisoria)
  • JCA Mission House (across Cagayan de Oro Gardens)
  • Executive House (old City Hall) – the former site of the Casa Real de Cagayan or the Spanish Provincial Governors residence; one of the city’s buildings which survived bombardment in World War II.
  • Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol
  • St. Augustine Cathedral – The century old stained glass windows of St. Augustine Cathedral depict the life of Jesus Christ from birth to resurrection. It was donated by the Mesdames of the Sacred Heart in New York to Archbishop James T.G Hayes, SJDD.
  • Casa del Chino Ygua
  • Gardens of Malasag Eco-Village (Brgy. Cugman) – a cultural domain of natural wonders softly nestled within the slopes of Cugman Watershed in Cagayan de Oro City. Conceptualized in 1991, Malasag covers 6.23 hectares of prominently etched with nature and eco-trails and is connected to a reforested area. The village also has a magnificent view of the Macalajar Bay.
  • Plaza de los Heroes (Pueblo de Oro)
  • Fuente de Oro (Pueblo de Oro) – small rotunda with a fountain right inside Pueblo de Oro with colorful lights.
  • Pryce Plaza (Upper Carmen) – one of Cagayan de Oro’s first-class hotels with a magnificent view of the city’s downtown area.
  • Seminary Hills (Brgy. Camaman-an)
  • Mapawa Nature Park (Brgy. Cugman)
  • CEPALCO Photovoltaic Plant (Brgy. Indahag) – It is the largest grid connected solar power plant in the developing world when it was inaugurated in 2003. The 1 MW facility is a favorite attraction among engineering students and plant visits can be arranged through a formal request.
  • Stoneware Pottery (Brgy. Bulua) – originally Glema Stoneware founded in 1994 by Clemens Wirth and Manolo Glema; specializes in high quality stoneware ceramic; raw materials clay and glaze are all imported from Germany; its coffee mugs are used in popular coffee shops in the country
  • MOGCHS Administration Bldg. – inaugurated on December 15, 1909, it was part of the 1907 Gabaldon initiative to establish and build public schools all over the Philippine islands under the American regime. A statue of Don Apolinar E. Velez, the school’s founder stands outside the building.
  • Don Gregorio Pelaez Sports Complex – located along A. Velez St., then known as Don Mariano Marcos was the largest sports complex in the country when it was inaugurated in 1975; hosted the first Palarong Pambansa outside Metro Manila in 1975. It was later renamed in honor of the former late governor of Misamis Oriental.
  • City Archives Center  – it is actually an old water tower built in 1922 and stands near Gaston Park, Archbishop’s Palace and St. Augustine Cathedral
  • DXCC Museum – located along A. Velez St., where the first “Public Service Station” in the Philippines aired its first broadcast in 1952.
  • Gabaldon School Building

last updated 06:09 PM 28 December 2010

8 Comments

  1. CDO Kayaker says:

    miadto mi ug MIGTUGSOK FALLS last month. Dili na tinoud nga 400 feet. I walk at least 1 km from the top down to the valley kay dili maka-agi bisan 4WD nga Sportage namo.

    From the Bigaan-Migtugsok FORK mga 30 minutes pa gyud and baklay.

  2. cs luis says:

    Hi, I would like to inquire if ok ra ba adtuan ang Catanico Falls this time of the year? (I know it’s rainy season). What are the things we need to do before going there? Salamat sa magtubag.

    • ulrax says:

      Ok ra kaayo. No need magdala ug mga things para hiking kay daplin ra man sa main road. You can go there any means. Pwede motor or 4 wheel. Just bring some foods and drinks kay wala baligya didto.

  3. fang says:

    Please update 🙂

  4. alecia C.Lagura says:

    pls tell me whats the schedule and rate for jagna from cagayan de oro

  5. regina says:

    hi good.day…im interested on the mapawa adventure park…where i can possible ask for entrance rate of it…and the itinerary of the park tour? thanks ahead…

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