It’s the month of August. People are excited to celebrate the city fiesta which will happen on the 28th of this month. During this season, a large number of tourists are expected, banderitas will be visible along the main streets of the city. Vibrant colors painted the city as decorations bloom on every corner of some major attractions.
Activities to experience during CDO Fiesta
All month long of August, you can visit the Gaston Park located near the Saint Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral, to experience Garden Show and Agri Fair. It is like bringing the products of the region in one convention, to showcase it to the visitors.
If you want some cowboy adventure, try Cowboy Festival on August 18-20 at the Uptown area near SM Mall. It is an annual Horse Show where cowboys compete for events such as Barrel Race, Obstacle Race, Oval Race, Pole Bending and you can even ride horses for a minimum fee to experience what it feels to be a cowboy.
For the runners, how about joining the Kagay-an Festival Marathon 2017 on August 20, where you can run on selected races such as 5K, 10K, 21K and 42K. Race location will be at Centrio Mall, Capt. Vicente Roa, Cagayan De Oro City. On the same day, during the afternoon, Cagayan Carnival Street Dance Competition will be held along Luna and Velez Streets. A synchronized chanting, shouting and dancing to the beat of a carnival party music! Here you can also join the dancers as they dances along the street. The street will be filled with colorful carnival costume, so make sure to match them with your outfit.
On the 26th of August, be stunned by the beauty of the 12 lovely candidates of the Miss Cagayan de Oro 2017 as they vie for the crown and title which will be held at The Atrium of Limketkai Center. On the following day, you need to wake up earlier because another street activity will be held as the Higalaay Street Parade and Floats happen. It’s a parade of everything in Cagayan de Oro City.
On the 28th, it is the fiesta Celebration. A fluvial procession will be held in the morning at the Macajalar Bay going upstream along the Cagayan de Oro River to Duaw Park, it is a procession by the river involving different barangays of the City in celebration of the Feast of St. Augustine on Aug. 28, where entries decorates their boats with colors, flowers, etc. On the same day during the night, people in the city will be gathering at the Uptown area particularly at the Pueblo de Oro Business Park to witness the grand Kagay-an Pyro Musical Festival, a fireworks display competition involving different cities, groups and companies. It is a grand fireworks display that all Kagay-anons been waiting for every year and most Kagay-anons consider it as the culmination of the Higalaay Festival.
There are daily flights by domestic and budget carriers from Manila and Cebu to the Laguindingan Airport. There are also once or twice a week flights from different cities to CDO, it depends on the schedule of the carriers.
Cagayan de Oro is a major hub in the provincial bus network.
Between CDO’s two bus terminals -Market City (Agora) Bus Terminal, Bulua Westbound Bus Terminal – you can arrive at or depart for most of the major Minadanaoan destinations.
The Cagayan de Oro sea port is one of the most active docks in the Philippines.
There are regular ship and ferry trips between CDO and other major Philippine ports, like Manila, Ilo-ilo, Bohol and Cebu.
Bus, jeepneys, taxis, multi-cab and the motorela are the main mode of land transportation within the city. White and yellow colored air-conditioned taxis with meters installed, and car rentals are also available.
Where to stay?
There are a lot of afforadable hotel accomodations in CDO but I will recommend:
1A Express Hotel
A new minimalist Business Hotel in Cagayan De Oro City, it caters to business travelers, families, and people on the go, located at the busy business district of the city and very accessible to major Shoppoing Malls and food establishments.
Address: Claro M. Recto Ave, Cagayan de Oro
Phone: (088) 881 9527
What to try?
Cagayan is known for its White Water Rafting adventure and whenever you come and visit the city, it is a must that you try White water rafting. There are few White Water Adventure companies to contact, the personnels/guides are experts and well trained to make sure of a safety adventure:
Kagay Whitewater Rafting - http://www.kagaycagayandeororafting.com/
Address: Corrales Ave, Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental
Hours: Open today · 6AM–10PM
Phone: 0917 712 2442
GREAT WHITE RAFTING - http://www.riverraftingcdo.com/
Address: Masterson Ave, Cagayan de Oro, Misamis Oriental
Hours: Open today · 7AM–5PM
Phone: 0917 706 0677
1st Rafting Adventure - http://kimboy2c.wixsite.com/1straftingadventure
Address: 14 21st St, Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental
Hours: Open today · 8AM–5PM
Phone: 0917 325 5544
While you are in CDO, why not go to Dahilayan Forest Park Resort.
A tourist destination that offers an array of fun activities for the whole family, and for all ages. Scenic views, ponds, lagoons and a picnic area. PLUS Outdoor Activities that ALL AGES can enjoy make the resort the Ultimate Family Playground. Enjoy hearty meals at the Forest Park Cafe or enjoy the crisp mountain weather with some drinks by the fireplace at Grizzly Bar.
Dahilayan Forest Park Resort also accepts functions and special events. Located at Barangay Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich Bukidnon, Dahilayan Forest Park is nestled at the foot of Mount Kitanglad 4,700 ft. above sea level. Forest Park was built with the vision of helping develop the tourism industry in Bukidnon and the whole Philippines as well.
Spend a night or two at our cool and relaxing rooms. Decorated in warm earth tones and hues, and comfortably lit, our rooms afford our guests a warm, inviting place to stay at affordable rates. All rooms have a private toilet and bath with hot & cold water and guests are entitled to discounts on all rides.
Hugo Sky Lounge
An overlooking place where you can dine and at the same time have an adventure like Paragliding, Rope Course Obstacles, Zipline, they also have mini Zoo and soon to have a swimming pool.
Where to dine?
CDO has a lot of restaurant that you can choose from and they all serve a delectable foods, but if you want something romantic and overlooking aside from Hugo Sky lounge, try High Ridge, it has a great view of the city while dining at the al fresco area.
Address: Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro, 9000 Misamis Oriental
Phone: 0943 708 5492
Hours: Open today · 4PM–12AM
Those things that I mentioned above are just a few that you can do in Cagayan de Oro City, so please don’t just focus on the things that I wrote. Be bold, be free to explore the city. One thing that I can advice for travelers in the city of Golden Friendship is to be adventurous, you can try other things other than the recommended, because you might discover great adventure on your own or you can ask some locals. There are also springs, falls, beautiful beaches and resorts that you can try. I’ll update about them soon here, so watch out for it.
Have a great adventure/vacation in the City of Golden Friendship.