Cagayan de Oro City is located at the northern coast of Mindanao, Philippines. It is the capital of Misamis Oriental province and the regional center for Northern Mindanao (Region 10). The city is popularly known for its initials CDO or CDOC.
Cebuano or Bisaya is the city’s main dialect. English on the other hand is widely used in schools, media, government and commercial transactions. People from Cagayan de Oro are called Kagayanons.
Most are brown-skinned of Malay descent and some with mixed ancestry popularly known to locals as mestizo.
The city is home to several universities and colleges. Xavier University, Liceo de Cagayan University and Capitol University are known in the fields of nursing, medicine, agriculture, engineering and commerce.
Cagayan de Oro is known as “The Gateway to Northern Mindanao” because of its location and good transportation facilities. However, it is through her warm and hospitable people that the city became more known as “The City of Golden Friendship”.
Top Things to Do
Feel the rush
Hurtle down Cagayan de Oro River. Your white water rafting trip will take you past some beautiful scenery.
Take a zipline to the bottom of Macahambus Gorge to get to where the whitewater rafts are.
Go on outdoor adventures
Go whitewater rafting at the Mapawa Nature Park. Rappel down a waterfall. There are mountains, waterfalls and rivers to explore.
Get to know the locals
Northern Mindanao is home to various cultures. Get to know them at the Museum of Three Cultures, and the Museo de Oro at Xavier University.
The Pueblo de Oro Golf course is an 18-hole all-weather championship golf course.
Brush up on history
Get a short history lesson about the Philippines in World War II at the MacArthur Marker.
See the locals’ connection to the land
The Gardens of Malasag has a cultural village built into the botanical gardens where you can find out about the traditions of local indigenous groups.
Be at the center of things
Gaston Park, named after the city’s first mayor, was the center of the town when it was established in 1624.
St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral dates back to the Spanish-colonial period.
How to get there
There are daily flights by domestic and budget carriers from Manila to the Lumbia or Cagayan de Oro airport.
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 and Cebu.