Exploring Cagayan de Oro: Food, History, Adventure, and Travel Fair

by Rizanoia

Cagayan de Oro is a city that has started to become more developed in recent years.  The cars may jam the streets within this city, but pedestrians can be seen quickly making it from one place to the next in no time at all.  While you can spend your time eating one culinary delight after the other in the city, you will probably want to have a few outdoor adventures.

WHERE TO GO IN CAGAYAN DE ORO

SEVEN SEAS WATER PARK

Photo from The Queen’s Escape

Before heading to our hotel, we passed by quickly outside the pirate-themed waterpark. We didn’t have a chance to experience it due to lack of time. But in case you wanna know more info, check this travel guide about Seven Seas Waterpark.

SEVEN SEAS WATERPARK
Address: Brgy. Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, Cagayan de Oro
Open: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

MUSEUM OF THREE CULTURES

Most city tours will also take you to the Museum of Three Cultures, but this is one that you simply must do on your own as well.  This museum was founded by Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales, and while her goal was to preserve the heritage of the tri-people, she also wanted to help educate those who did not know much about this group of people. 

The tri-people are those who are Muslim, Christian, and Lumad in Mindanao and there are three different galleries that share the artifacts, ceramics, photographs, and art of each group.  This museum can be found within the Capitol University and while the ceremonial M’ranao swords are fascinating, it is the large pangao that will intrigue you the most.  A pangao is a large bed that was used to fit the entire family of the sultan.

MUSEUM OF THREE CULTURES
Address: Corrales Extension, Cagayan de Oro City
Contact No.: 088) 856 2832
Open: Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00PM

COGON PUBLIC MARKET

The Cogon Public Market has long been the place to shop for anything and everything in Cagayan de Oro.  Many of the vendors can be found on the first floor of the building, with a few finding their way up onto the second floor.  While you can find almost any food that you desire at this market, you must try three specific items.

First, a bowl of puto maya, or sticky rice, is a must upon arriving at the market.  The puto maya will hold you over as you wander around and do some shopping. The sikwate, or tablea hot chocolate, is a must, as the smooth creamy chocolate will glide down your throat and rinse everything you have tried down.  Plus, it will solve all your problems if you are thirsty. 

Their local fruit Marang is also a must-try!

You are going to have so many things on your to-do list when you are in Cagayan de Oro, so do not be surprised if you feel like you must hurry along when you are at the Cogon Public Market.  After all, if you spent hours everywhere, you would never see anything on your itinerary!

One of the best ways to see as much of this city as possible, without spending a ton of time, is to take one of the available city tours.  While the city tours do vary when it comes to which attractions are seen, most of them do include Gaston Park, St. Augustine Cathedral, Plaza Divisoria, Vicente de Lara Park, the City Museum, and the Museo de Oro, which is in the Ateneo de Cagayan’s Xavier Center for Culture and Arts.

DEL MONTE CLUBHOUSE

DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK

Before you leave Cagayan de Oro to return home, you must take the time to take a little side trip to the Dahilayan Adventure Park over in Bukidnon.  A day at this adventure park will have you soaring high up in the sky, freefalling, climbing the ropes, and even jumping from high above the ground. 

Activity options include the Dropzone 120-foot Freefall Ride, the Skytower Base Jump, the Flying Lizard Canopy Glider, the Python Roller Zipride, and the Ropes Course.  Oh, and don’t forget about the longest dual zipline in Asia!  The best part is that they have multiple packages available, so you can choose the one that best fits your adventure level and budget.

You will never have a dull moment at the Dahilayan Adventure Park, and it will be well worth the time that it takes you to travel there and back to Cagayan de Oro during your vacation!

Dahilayan Adventure Park Rides Rates

DAHILAYAN ADVENTURE PARK
Address: Brgy. Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon
Contact No.: 0917 622 3204
Open: Monday to Sunday, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Facebook: facebook.com/dahilayanadventurepark

WHERE TO EAT IN CAGAYAN DE ORO

CUSINA HIGALA

There are many different restaurants and markets to choose from when it comes to eating and dining in Cagayan de Oro.  The best restaurant is Cusina Higala, which translates to kitchen for friends.  As soon as you walk inside Cusina Higala, you will be greeted by the old-world ambiance and a family-friendly feel. 

Each one of the traditional dishes has a unique twist, making them tastier than anything you have eaten before.  You must try their signature dish, which is sinuglaw.  The raw fish has a tangy, yet citrusy flavor, that blends wonderfully with the sweetness of the coconut milk.  The surol, humba, kare-kare, and beef rendang are all other fabulous choices.

CUSINA HIGALA
Address: Capistrano Mabini St., Cagayan de Oro
Contact No.: 0917 794 6118
Open: Monday to Sunday, 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Facebook Page: facebook.com/cucinahigala

WHERE TO STAY IN CAGAYAN DE ORO

SEDA CENTRIO HOTEL

When you are in Cagayan de Oro, you will have numerous hotels to choose from. One of the most popular accommodations is the Seda Centrio Hotel.  This hotel can be found within the downtown area of the city and is within walking distance of many local markets and neighborhoods.

As soon as you walk into the main lobby, you will instantly feel welcomed and right at home.  You must go up to the fourth floor to check-in and your first impressions will instantly improve once you see the luxurious spaces in this part of the hotel.  The guest rooms are spacious and filled with all the amenities you could want and desire.  Plus, the views from the windows are incredible!

SEDA CENTRIO HOTEL
Address: Claro M. Recto Avenue, corner Corrales Ave, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
BOOK HERE TO GET DISCOUNT

5TH REGIONAL TRAVEL FAIR

The CDO Regional Travel Fair is a two-day event that takes place in Cagayan de Oro and the goal of this fair is to promote domestic travel in this part of the world.  Discounted travel packages are plentiful, so if you are looking to take a vacation and want a great deal, this is the place to start. 

Kyle Jennermann aka Kulas

Kyle Jennermann, who is also known as Kulas, shares many important tidbits as to how everyone can feel welcome in different parts of the Philippines.  This information may seem inconsequential to many people, but those who want to travel to areas like Mindanao often feel intimidated and this information is helpful. 

The key points that Kyle brings up include sharing the good things about Mindanao, and other lesser-known areas of the country, throughout conversations and social media posts.  He also believes that visitors should always be encouraged to join, and act like, the locals.  Kulas brings up many good points and those points are something that people from all areas of the world can benefit from when it comes to domestic travel.  If you have been planning a trip to Cagayan de Oro, you should listen to Kulas’ advice and follow the tips above to have an amazing time in this part of the world.

Tourism Promotions Board Team

Special thanks to the team of Tourism Promotions Board for assisting us in exploring Cagayan de Oro!

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