Cagayan de Oro Travel Information

The City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan offers adventure to thrill-seekers.

By Kristy Texon
October 07, 2011


Cagayan de Oro (CDO) is Misamis Oriental's capital city, and is one of the major hubs in Mindanao. Called "The City of Golden Friendship," CDO is known for its warm and friendly locals. The city is a great spot for thrill-seekers as white water rafting is one of the must-dos in CDO. Nature parks and eco trails--where travelers can zip-line, bike, and hike--also make CDO a great spot for those searching for adventure. CDO is also a great place for foodies, as restaurants and roadside stalls sell sumptuous food at affordable prices.


  • Natives first settled in Himologan (presently called Huluga) and were under the rule of the Sultan of Maguindanao, Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat.
  • The Spaniards came in 1622, and in 1626, upon the urging of Fray Agustin de San Pedro, Datu Salangsang relocated his settlement down the river. The area is presently known as Gaston Park.
  • Partidos de Cagayan became one of the districts of Misamis when it became a province in 1818. The Partidos became a town in 1871, and was declared the capital of Misamis. In 1872, Cagayan became the permanent capital of Segundo Distrito de Misamis--the town was known as Cagayan de Misamis. Cagayan de Misamis became a seat of Spanish rule in Mindanao in 1883.
  • Americans occupied the town in 1900, and resistance from the locals led to a battle at the town center. The locals were headed by General Nicolas Capistrano. The Filipino forces lost. During the American occupation, Cagayan de Oro progressed from a farming and fishing town to a flourishing trade hub.
  • In the Battle of Macahambus in 1900, Mayor Don Apolinar Velez led the local forces that initially kept the Americans at Bay.
  • Cagayan de Misamis was declared a chartered city in 1950 under the rule of President Elpidio Quirino.

Travelers' Attractions

  • Those in for adventure can try extreme activities in the city, like white water rafting, white water kayaking, and zip-lining.
  • Travelers can go on a food trip, as CDO serves yummy treats like ham and lechon. Award-winning restaurants also abound in the city.
  • Visiting parks, like the Gaston Park and the Vicente de Lara Park, is one of the low-key activities in CDO. Lush trees make strolls enjoyable.
  • Cagayan de Oro is home to important churches. The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is a metropolitan see in Mindanao. The Jesus Nazareno Parish Church is home to a replica of Quiapo's Black Nazarene.

Getting There and Away

Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, and Cebu Pacific have daily flights to Cagayan de Oro. Flights take about an hour and a half.