In Activities Alubijid Misamis Oriental

Mt Salumayagon Day Hike and Trail Run

Mt Salumayagon Day Hike and Trail Run, Mt Salumayagon in Alubijid, MIsamis Oriental

Mt Salumayagon, your budget hiking destination in Misamis Oriental.


They say that the best love you have is the one that comes unexpected. Is it true? Or it would depend if the two people involved want to work it out? Anyway, as Kenn and I celebrate our 4th year anniversary, we decided to break our monthly date over food. We invited our friend Kuya Paul to spend the weekend hiking and running Mt Salumayagon in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental.

We also did this for the following reasons: 1) to prepare for Zamboanga Mountain Ultra Marathon, 2) to unwind after a rough week, 3) to catch up with our big brother, 4) and most of all, to get back into where we started - outdoor adventure.

Mt Salumayagon Day Hike and Trail Run, Mt Salumayagon in Alubijid, MIsamis Oriental

Mt Salumayagon

Mt Salumayagon is a hiking destination close to Cagayan de Oro. The trail is varied yet easy and beginner-friendly. Usually, overall trek takes about five hours - three hours going to campsite, then another two hours descend back to the jump off area. As for us, it only took us two hours up the campsite since we also had a short trail run. Same time was consumed on our descent then we spent another hour at Baloyon Falls (which I tackled in a separate post).

Mt Salumayagon Open Trail, Mt Salumayagon Day Hike and Trail Run, Mt Salumayagon in Alubijid, MIsamis Oriental
Open trail? Keep walking, it would be over before you even know it.

The Trail

Though not a walk in the park, the trail is seemingly easy yet beautifully varied. Imagine yourself climbing up a spiral staircase with pebbles, large stones, mud, dry soil, and dried leaves along the way. 😅Sweet or sweat?

Mt Salumayagon Shaded Trail, Mt Salumayagon Day Hike and Trail Run, Mt Salumayagon in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental
This one's a favorite trail - the soil covered with dried leaves is easy on the legs. This shaded trail is also a sign that the campsite is within reach. 

The Campsite

According to Kuya Paul, staying there at night is nice. The cold night is very calming and watching sunrise is mesmerizing. I didn't have the chance to experience that though but for me, being able to experience the beauty and the silence of Mt Salumayagon in a short time is already a bliss.

Lake Danao, campsite of Mt Salumayagon, Mt Salumayagon Day Hike and Trail Run, Mt Salumayagon in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental
Just a short walk down the campsite awaits Lake Danao.

BTW, if planning to stay overnight, one need not to worry about tents because a big hut complete with dirty kitchen, verandah, and a room is built at the campsite. I think it's big enough for a group of 10-15 people (based on my estimate, given that it's also cold at night). Having a local guide is necessary because they know where to fetch water up in there.

Mt Salumayagon Day Hike and Trail Run, Mt Salumayagon in Alubijid, Misamis Oriental

The Descend

After eating lunch and taking a short rest at the hut, we we're heading back to Barangay Tula by taking another route. On our way down, we passed by a falls where we stayed for another hour and have a good time.

Budget

If you think this hiking destination will cost you much money, you're wrong. Mt Salumayagon is your one-day adventure where you can only spend P310.00. Why so? All you can spend here is your transportation fee not unless you decide to ask for a guide. We also brought our own trail food - we have one can of paella each, because again, we also did this as training for our upcoming race - and water.

How to get there

  • From Bulua terminal, take a bus bound to Iligan City or any routes that will pass by CDO-Iligan highway. Riding an air-conditioned bus is not necessary since Alubijid municipality is just 30 minutes away from Cagayan de Oro. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Laguindingan bus stop. Fare, P35.00.
  • Once at the bus stop, cross the roads using the overpass. Walk few meters to where motorcycles or habal-habal parked then ask the drivers to take you to Barangay Tula. Travel time, one hour. Fare, P70.00.
Take note that the budget stated herein is an actual and cheapest fare coming from Cagayan de Oro. If you prefer van rides, to and fro CDO is P50.00. Also know that Mt Salumayagon is politically located in the municipality of Alubijid but the best entry point to Barangay Tula is from Laguindingan bus stop.


Oh, and hello from the three of us! :)

I felt liberated being able to run and trek the mountain together with my better half and our reliable friend. Upon reaching the campsite, what was once a tale I used to hear has become a story yet to tell - nothing fancy, purely magical experience - a state of calmness I enountered while I was there. I believe the whisper of the winds transcending over silence made it a good place to attain peace of mind.

Do you also want to experience this kind of bliss but on a tight budget? Consider Mt Salumayagon on your weekend adventure.

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In Running Zamboanga City Zamboanga Peninsula

Zamboanga Mountain Ultra Marathon

Endured and enjoyed ZMUM. Not too bad for my first!

Zamboanga Mountain Ultra Marathon, Zamboanga City
Standing there before the starting mark was quite exciting. I'm about to run my first 50 km ultra marathon in the mountains of Zamboanga and I hope for nothing but to finish the race below 10 hours target time without injuries. Kenn stood beside me. He too has his own target time, which meant that it would be a solo run for me. "Run your pace." He said. I nod. Then few seconds before the bell rang to send us off, we exchanged "Good luck" and "I love you".

Zamboanga Mountain Ultra Marathon, Zamboanga City
50 km runners before the gun start

I started with a conservative pace while I shadow the first female runner. I conditioned to maintain my pace until I got ahead of her after turning a street and up towards an opening climb to Pasonanca Park.

I moved my way up with ease and with concentration while the sunrise illumine Pasonanca, giving it a mesmerizing morning scene. As I slowly transitioned my pace after hitting a steep, rocky road, a local female runner from Zamboanga was already behind me. In as much as I wanted to worry, I chose not to because I don't want to chase one's tail all the while depleting my energy. Thing is, I'm a novice in ultra-running and my first ultra marathon was somewhat experimental.

A beautiful representation of what have been ..

I reached the first aid station at Dulian Elementary School (7 km mark). I dropped by to douse water on my head, neck and back and grabbed a bottle of Gatorade. From here, I can already tell how Zamboanga Runners' Club care for the well-being of each runners. They were there not only to staff the station but also to make sure that the participants were accommodated properly. At the second aid station, I also did a little chitchat with the marshals while I refill my hydration. The station was placed in an intersection so I was confused which way to take, then they told me that I will take the road on their left later on my way back to the finish line at Palmeras Restaurant. For the meantime, I should follow the road ahead of me. It was a winding downhill few meters away from the station. I wanted to increase speed right at that time but I was being careful not to trigger my injury at that early. Later, I saw a runner representing BFP Dipolog. I learned that he and his team did a time trial before signing up for the event. They were able to complete the course in 10 hours so I thought that I would hit my target if I stick with him. I didn't ask but I regard him as my pacer from that point onward.


When we passed by houses, I noticed that the residents were out to show support. They were even shouting my bib number, "15! 15! 15!" It was flattering; maybe they also found it amazing to see another female runner after a number of male runners. When we reached Zambales AS at 20 km mark, the marshals offered us foods, liniment and massage. There were many food set on the table (as with the other AS) like arroz caldo, rice, hotdog, chicken, and pancit but I only ingested fruits and drank a cup of coke. Kenn said that their arroz caldo was delicious. I then sat on the bench to spray liniment and did a quick stretch. I was good to go but the BFP runner stayed behind to recuperate.

Two police runners joined me on the way to turnaround. The BFP runner was also catching up. The terrain towards the turnaround was quite a challenge as well. We have to passsteep road, slippery red soil, rocky terrain, and single track trails where we occasionally met motorcycle drivers having a hard time maneuvering. After what seemed like forever, we finally reached the 25 km turning point. I did same drill at the aid station then the guys went ahead back to Zambales AS while I  still wore my knee support. When I got back to Zambales, I ate fruits and a piece of chicken then I left. The guys stayed longer so I was running alone but later found new companions with runners from Ipil and Butuan City. We talked to distract fatigue but it seemed like we already knew each other for a long time.




Hours passed and the three of us were still on our way to Gulod de Medio. We knew that it was an uphill but we don't have any idea as to how steep it would be. So when we were already at it, we conserved our energy as we passed the open trail. Hitting the road towards the exit, Kuya Mike,  an 80 km runner approached us saying that he asked a resident up there as to where Gulod de Medio is and he was told that he was already far from where it is so he went down the hill again. Gulod de Medio is the open trail and we we're heading to the exit , which is the uphill. According to him, the marshal said to backtrack after Gulod but it was not it; maybe Kuya was already confused due to exhaustion. After such argument, we agreed to go up the 'kiss your knees' paved uphill on a high noon. Has someone ever managed to run up this route? It was very steep!

Having arrived at 12 km AS in between Dulian and Bandera Elementary School (the second station I mentioned about earlier) was a relief. We stand by to relax while the marshals helped us douse ice and refill our water.

We all made it a goal to reach the finish line at 2 pm. We were just talking, running and walking on our way back to Palmeras. We even took groufies at Pasonanca overlooking the city. Since our knees took its toll on us, we were already slowed down but then hey! We still endured and enjoyed Zamboanga Mountain Ultra Marathon.

Zamboanga Mountain Ultra Marathon, Zamboanga City
We clocked in at 9:36, Kuya  Mike clocked in at 15:35. Not too bad for my first ultra marathon!

Now, I would understand why there are less photos circulating online about different terrains of ZMUM. Have I seen its course photos, it would spoil my curiosity. :D I strongly believe that its best to experience Zamboanga Mountain Ultra Marathon and not lose the essence of surprise and fun in running this event.


All photos except the cover photo is credited to Zamboanga Runners' Club.

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In Camiguin Itinerary

How to get to Camiguin Island

How to get to Camiguin Island, photo credits Lareen Uy

Camiguin is a remote island enriched with natural wonders and historical sites. It boasts of lush rain forests, hot and cold springs, majestic waterfalls, marine sanctuaries, and clear waters.


To visit this little paradise in Northern Mindanao, read on the transportation guide below: 


How to get to Camiguin Island


By Air

  • From Manila - There are no direct flights from Manila to Camiguin Airport. You may choose to connect flight from Cebu to Camiguin or get a flight to Cagayan de Oro (check further details below)
  • From Cebu - Cebu Pacific direct flights are available four times a week (M/W/F/Sun).

By Land and Ferry

1. From Cagayan de Oro. 

Option A. At Agora Terminal, ride Bachelor Tours liner that is bound to Butuan City. Tell the conductor to drop you off at Balingoan Public Terminal.
Option B. ...or ride bus liners that are bound directly to Balingoan Public Terminal such as Pabama Tours.

Cost. Bus Fare, P150.
Travel Time. Terminal to terminal, 1 hr 40 mins - 2 hrs

2. At Balingoan Public Terminal. Take note that buying of tickets for Camiguin-bound passengers is now centralized at the terminal. Meaning, you will ride whatever ferry is available for travel at the time of your purchase. You no longer have the liberty to choose the ferry of your choice (unless you badly want to) but it's actually one of a smooth transaction especially when you're in a hurry. Once you arrive at Balingoan, you will see the ticket booth stationed at the center of the public terminal. Step by step process is specified. Make sure to secure all tickets required for boarding such as ferry ticket, cash ticket (LGU ticket as per locals), and terminal fee before going to the port.

Cost.
Barge Fee

  • Regular Fare: P170
  • Student Price: P145
  • Senior Citizen: P136
  • 3-11 years old: P85

Terminal Fee
  • Regular Fee: P15
  • 2y.o and below: exempted

LGU Fee: P2

3. From Balingoan Terminal, ride a motorela that will take you to Balingoan Port or better yet, walk.

Cost. Motorela, P8
Travel Time: To Balingoan Port: motorela, 3 mins; walk, 5 mins.
Balingoan to Benoni Port, 1 hr 20 mins

Upon Arrival: Benoni Port, Camiguin Island.

Different mode of transportations are available at Benoni port. You may choose from public utility jeepneys (PUJ), habal-habal, or contract van that will send you to mambajao or at your desired destination.

Cost. Jeep, P23; Habal-habal, P100-150; Van starts at P300
Travel Time. Jeep, 30-40 minutes to Mambajao

Photo credits to Ms Lareen Uy of Break My Style.



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Camiguin Island Tourist Spots

If you found yourself in Camiguin, don't miss to visit the following natural wonders and tourist attractions categorized below by municipalities.

Camiguin Island Tourist Spots, Camiguin Island, Touris Spots in Camiguin
Camiguin Island, also known as the island born of fire, is a small province in Northern Mindanao that is comprised of five municipalities namely: Mambajao, Catarman, Sagay, Guinsiliban, and Mahinog. It is a favorite vacation destination by tourists all year round due to its varied natural attractions - with each municipalities having its own natural hot & cold spring, landmarks, and mountains.

Here then, is a list of places or tourist spots that you should not miss when in Camiguin Island.
Camiguin Island Tourist Spots, Camiguin Island, Touris Spots in Camiguin

Mambajao

  • Mt Timpoong Hibok-Hibok national Park. MTHNP is comprised of two mountains namely Mt Timpoong and Mt Hibok-Hibok - the latter is partof the Pacific ring of fire and is politically located in the municipality of Mambajao, Camiguin. Mt Hibok-Hibok is a popular hiking destination in the northwest part of Camiguin Island with a height of 1200 meters above sea level (masl). It also has a beautiful crater that is rarely seen since most of the time, the peak is being covered with white clouds.
  • Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring Resort - also called as Ardent Hot Spring. Comprised of six pools with varying remperature ranging from 30-39 degrees Celsius, Ardent Hot Spring is one of the main tourist attractions in Camiguin Island. Its sulfuric hot water is relaxing and healing.
  • White Island. Famous for its C-shape sand bar, this naked island is a perfect place for baking under the sun while enjoying sea urchins sold by local vendors. It is also a good vantage point of Mt Hibok-Hibok.
  • Other sights to visit: Soda Spring Pool, Tangub Hot Spring, Katibawasan Falls, Enigmata Tree House and Sculpture, Saa Cold Spring, Agohoy Black Sand Beach.

Camiguin Island Tourist Spots, Camiguin Island, Touris Spots in Camiguin

Catarman

  • Walkway to the Old Volcano. With 14 life-size stations along 8km path, this tourist destination in Catarman serves as a pilgrimage site to Roman Catholic devotees. (source)
  • Old Gui-ob Church Ruins. Destroyed during the eruption of Mt Vulcan on 1875, what remained after the wrath is the church's bell tower and pillars. This well-preserved church ruins may also look like a mini park but the presence of a chapel built to hold Sunday mass remained its sanctity. 
  • Sunken Cemetery. Apart from taking photo opp with its large cross, snorkeling is the best thing to do here in order to witness the eerie underwater attraction.
  • Other sights to visit: Tuasan Falls, Bura Soda Spring, Sto Nino Cold Spring

Camiguin Island Tourist Spots, Camiguin Island, Touris Spots in Camiguin, Laureen Uy
(c) Laureen Uy, breakmystyle.com

Sagay


  • Sto Rosario Church. This is one of the oldest church in Camiguin but more likely resembles a modern chapel as seen outside. I haven't seen the inside but according to greedypeg.com, it has no grand interiors or carvings.
  • Binangawan Falls. Several maniature and gigantic waterfalls that gush through granite stones feed the falls. A rainbow also appears above the falls due to the continuous mist created by the falling water. (source)
  • Also visit: Pamunglo River

Camiguin Island Tourist Spots, Camiguin Island, Touris Spots in Camiguin
(c) Ronalie Cabatas, via FB

Guinsiliban


  • Moro-Moro Watch Towers. This well-preserved site was once a watch tower used to warn the inhabitants from the coming of Moros that often come to inflict them with damage. (source)
  • Also visit: Giant Clam Culture


Mahinog


  • Ostrich Breeding Farm. Based on research, this is the only Ostrich breeding facility in the country.
  • Mantigue Island - also known as Magsaysay island. This powder white island is surrounded with clear blue waters and is also rich in vegetation and marine life, hence declared as marine sanctuary. Mantigue is also one of the diving spots in Camiguin.
  • Also visit: Macao Cold Spring.



Do you want to experience Camiguin Island's annual fiesta celebration? Lanzones Festival is coming up October 26-30, 2017. Plan your travel ahead - draft your itinerary, and book your flight and accommodation as early as possible!


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Mapawa Trail Marathon: A Race To Remember

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Running the Mapawa Trail Marathon for my first 42km marathon was a humbling success. I have not imagined to win the first place but fate put a twist on trails that set my heart on fire.

Mapawa Trail Marathon official map and elevation profile
Mapawa Trail marathon official map with elevation profile of  2,274m elevation gain and loss. source
Mapawa Trail Marathon, Mapawa Trail Series, Mapawa Trail Run, Mapawa Trail Series 2017

Two months ago, I was only doing my usual routine - heat training, uphill training and long slow distance workouts in CDO uptown. Those days were a mix of exciting and agitating emotions given that the farthest distance I've run thus far is 32km. So part of my training is to improve mental skills. I don't know what could happen during and after Mapawa Trail run. I don't want to expect either. I don't have a PR to beat so initially, Kenn and I agreed to finish the race in sub 8.

On the day of the event, I got ambitious upon seeing the podium. I pictured out myself standing there, receiving my awards of recognition after a strong Mapawa Trail Marathon finish. Then I prayed, "Lord, kahit top three lang sa first marathon ko."

When all runners were lined up before the starting mark, I decided to apply the technique I used on my Mapawa 15km night run - to run behind the majority then slowly get ahead of everyone; but the gong startled me add to the fact that Kenn's pushing me forward. I have no choice but run. 😁 As much as possible, I have to cover more distance while the sun's not yet up and while I still have the energy to shuffle my legs. While approaching the first station at 7km mark, Kenn dropped by to take care of hydration. I went ahead then he ran after me shouting to verify my bib number and said, "Ikaw gauna sa bae!" His reaction was so intense, I can't help not to laugh. All at the same time, I am overwhelmed as well. Shortly thereafter, another female runner was behind me. Kenn said it was still too early to worry.  I'm not good with mind games so although I was anxious, I tried to relax and run on my pace. I don't want to waste our initial efforts. I want to maintain our lead. Later on, I was already enjoying the run and managed to laugh over jokes.

Mapawa Trail Marathon, Mapawa Trail Series, Mapawa Trail Run, Peak in Mapawa
We went up and down rolling hills with different terrain, but most of the time on open trails. (c) Mapawa Trail marathon

Mapawa Trail Marathon, Mapawa Trail Series, Mapawa Trail Run, Peak in Mapawa,  Mapawa Trail
Then at some point, our knees had a quick break upon passing by this terrain. Would you rather run or walk? (c) LadySoda

In all of the running events I've joined, Mapawa Trail marathon is by far the best race I've participated in. I have not suffered from leg cramps nor experienced heat exhaustion. Maybe because I have learned how to handle myself with my previous experiences including the Mapawa Night Run and Mt Megatong Trail Run. Whenever I feel my legs harden, I would stop and stretch quickly. I am also doing well with my supplementation and hydration, making sure to take it every hour to prevent exhaustion and  fatigue. It's one of those running essentials that I need to perfect in the next marathons I'll sign up for. On top of that, Kenn was supporting me all throughout the course. Somehow, having a running buddy makes every run memorable and fun.

Breathtaking, isn't it?
Mapawa Trail Marathon, Mapawa Trail Series, Mapawa Trail Run, Peak in Mapawa,  Mapawa Trail
This trail could've been muddier if it rained. Thank God it haven't! (c) LadySoda

What I love about the trails in Mapawa is that  it's challenging. There were lots of open and single-tracked trails  that every runner should take. A number of technical downhills and some nagging knee-pain uphills. There were inescapable boulders and muddy trails to pass by. Albeit all these, the scenic views, the cold streams, and the will to overcome yourself made Mapawa Trail Marathon a worthwhile run.  Although challenging, Mapawa  Trail is a friendly course to run for a first time marathoner like me. Should I say, every challenges along the course is manageable.

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Mapawa Trail Marathon, Mapawa Trail Series, Mapawa Trail Series econd leg, Mapawa Trail, Mapawa, Mapawa Trail 42km Finishers, Trail Run, Johanns cordita, Kenn Baja,  Cagayan de Oro
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My ambition to stand in the podium, the courage not to waste our efforts to maintain the lead, and the desire to hit out target time - these all pushed me forward until Kenn and I ran towards the finish line hand in hand. We were 36 minutes and 10 seconds behind our target yet for the record, I end up 1hr 40mins ahead of the next. (See official results here)

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In Accomodation Camiguin

Where to Stay in Camiguin - The Island Born of Fire

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Camiguin Island is home to 11 volcanoes and is rich in waterfalls and natural hot and cold springs. It also promise a laid back lifestyle experience that is totally different from the city - no malls, only a taste of modern classic cuisines and a touch of nature in its bounty. With that being said, it is no doubt why people from all walks of life find retreat in the Island Born of Fire all year round. So if you are planning to visit Camiguin and don't know where to stay, here's a list of accommodations available in the island as provided by Camiguin Tourism Association.

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Hotel and Resorts

Agohay Villaforte Resort & Restaurant 0917-879-0879 / 0947-415-5581
Algen's Dive Resort 0917-300-7615 or 0917-706-2845
Ardent Hibok-Hibok Spring and Resort 088-387-0508 / 0906-789-5744
Bahay bakasyunan sa Camiguin 088-387-0515 / 0917-721-2798 / 088-387-1057
Balai sa BaiBai 088-387-9594 / 0918-962-2808
Cabua-an Beach Resort 088-387-2103 / 0915-336-3582 / 0919-725-7402
Camiguin Action Geckos 088-387-0146 / 088-387-1266
Camiguin Golden Sunset Beach Club 088-387-9163 / 0917-775-6281
Camiguin Highland Resort 088-387-0515 / 088-387-0517 / 0917-827-0200
Camiguin Volcan Beach Eco Retreat and Dive Resort 088-387-9551
Camiguin White Island Resort 0917-794-7879
Casa Rocca Inn and Restaurant 088-387-9500
Catarman Coral Dive and Resort 0935-469-5444
Cave's Dive Resort 088-387-9040 / 0918-915-7593 / 0918-807-6888
Club Marina Beach Resort 088-387-0515 / 088-387-0517 / 0917-827-0200
Dayo Beach Resort and Cottages 0905-724-4441
El Planta Camiguin Resort 0926-628-6113
Ferrabel Beach Resort 0975-264-5727 / 088-387-9520
Guerrera Rice Paddi Villas 0917-311-9859
Islet Beach Resort 088-387-4005 / 0916-365-3966 / 0905-832-1569
Kurma (Dice into spirit) 088-387-9084 / 0916-469-8912
Medano Island Resort 0917-622-0428 / 0928-655-1246 / 0905-847-6946
Nypa Style Resort Camiguin 0921-638-3709
Paradise Island Apartelle 0920-272-9903 / 0905-877-8197
Paras Beach Resort 088-387-9117 / 0917-715-0032 / 0917-715-2285
Puesta Del Sol Beach Bungalows 0936-627-6064 / 0926-799-1616
Roldan's Beach Resort 0927-407-6954
Seascape Beach Resort 088-387-9534 / 0935-522-6885
Somewhere Else Boutique Resort 0939-809-0928
Terrasse Beach Resort and Restaurant 0915-212-8127
Turtle Beach Resort 0917-660-5495
Villa Paraiso resort and Apartelle 088-387-0419 / 0917-308-9296 / 0917-308-9293
Vismin GV Hotel  088-387-1041
Ysla Beach Camp and Eco Resort 0905-798-4111 / 0926-073-7123

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Cottages, Homestays, Bed & Breakfast

Amaya Apartelle 0926-420-7070 / 0936-380-1805
Bullecer Homestay 0935-148-5265 / 0910-431-1787
Camiguin Blue Lagoon 0926-554-0196
Camiguin Souldivers 0947-411-1189 / 0906-114-2325
Cantaan Yacht Inn and Restobar 0906-837-7928
Carmen's Haven 0917-515-9299
Casa Absuelo 088-387-8020 / 0938-885-4620
Casa De Cutab Guesthouse Café 0918-979-9912 / 0915-744-7153
Casa Esperanza Cottages 088-387-9062 / 0915-260-5849 / 0908-818-1512
Casa Mel Sol Cottages 0920-668-8404 / 0916-857-6378
Catarman Inn 0917-622-8252 / 0917-533-2556
Chumz Travelodge 088-387-9549 / 0917-303-7205
Creek and Traveller Cottages 0916-622-2553 / 088-387-7012
D & A Seasie Cottages 0927-933-0921 / 0929-528-6827 / 0918-9931216
DS Vacation House 088-387-9519 / 0906-813-6082
Dumini Kaw Ta Camiguin 0916-845-6196
Eden Vista Apartelle 0915-678-9168 / 0917-722-8168
Gamorot-Pabololot Cottages 088-387-9046 / 0927-846-2598
Hidden Suites 0917-521-9391
Hilltop Bed and Breakfast 0917-431-5711
Jello Sea Cottages 0917-402-3303
JJE Pension House 088-387-2094 / 0916-748-8474
July's Haven Seaside Pension 0906-774-6006
Kenkye Hiding Lodge Folkhauz & Restobar 0905-143-1280
Lanzones Cabana 088-880-6918 / 0906-293-2470
Mabini Lodge 0918-462-0142 / 0906-490-6472
Marianita's Cottages 0926-451-9216
Melinda's Beach 088-387-9015 / 0927-296-9636
Morning Glory Beach and Cottages 088-387-9017 / 0926-899-7988
Mountain View Cottage 0916-749-6377
Myrna's Bamboo Cottages 088-387-9191 / 0915-622-5325 / 0917-624-3303
Myrna's Burger and Homestay 0947-923-8010 / 0927-319-3285 / 0915-551-7196
Nautilus Cottages 0915-679-5467 / 0905-439-9992
Nene's Cottage 088-387-9186 / 0936-418-6994
Northern Lights Down Town (Balbagon) 088-387-0566 / 0975-270-1956
Ochavillo Travelers Home 0908-139-8263 / 0977855-2865
Pabua's Cottage 088-387-9033 / 0906-415-2557 / 0917-321-0449
Paguia's Cottages 0917-115-5796
Paradiso Hillside Restaurant and Cottages 0917-123-7204
Patsada Cottages 0919-349-0649
Philmany - Home Rentals 088-387--540 / 0916-321-9291
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CDO Heritage Walk: Historical Landmarks of Cagayan de Oro


As a Hinatuanon who planned to settle in the City of Golden Friendship, I vowed to immerse myself in the city’s local history, culture, food, adventure, and everything and anything about Cagayan de Oro.

So when I got the opportunity to join CDO Heritage Walk, I knew I was only a step ahead of my immersion goals. CDO Heritage Walk is a free familiarization tour which aims to promote the historical landmarks of Cagayan de Oro all the while enticing tourists to visit the city as well as to carry back century-old knowledge lost in the process of modernization. The activity is spearheaded by Northern Mindanao Tour Guides in line with Philippine Independence Day and Cagayan de Oro Charter Day, of which the celebration is called Himugso, held every 12th of June.

HISTORICAL LANDMARKS OF CAGAYAN DE ORO 


Little do we express appreciation of the things that surrounds us everyday such that we seem not to see things at all to care for what’s it worth.

When Sir Nilo, our tour guide for CDO Heritage Walking Tour asked me what’s my expectation will be, the exact thoughts above surged in my head. I already expect what CDO landmarks to see as our itinerary was already specified prior to the event, but I was thinking how most people tend to overlook significant things just because it’s a common sight. Although markers are placed and museums are available to detail history, everyone might be too busy to spare a time to read. However, as I am armed with the things I learned let me go through what we tackled on our tour.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro

Plaza Divisoria is officially named as Golden Friendship Park. The word divisoria comes from Spanish word divider, as its purpose back in the days was to serve as a divider in order to prevent fires from engulfing the whole area. At present, what you can see here are lots of commercial space and monuments.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro

Tourist Assistance Area, formerly known as tourism show house, is strategically located in the middle of Plaza Divisoria so that tourists who would love to tour around Cagayan de Oro and the rest of Northern Mindanao can have easy access to information with the help of the staffs (talk about a helping hand!)

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro

Plaza El Pubelo Heroes or The Cry of Freedom Monument is dedicated to all the katipuneros (kagay-anons) who fought during the 2nd battle of Cagayan de Misamis known as Agusan Hill. The bolo and the flag that is carried by the statue symbolize armed resistance of the said Katipuneros.
Trivia: Uniforms of the dead and wounded katipuneros are kept inside the cabinet placed at the back of the monument.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro
Old photo (right) originally displayed in Museum of Three Cultures

If there is any structure that has survived during the Filipino-American war, it is only Tamparong building which endured all the bombings of the past. It still stands today in the corner of Velez and Divisoria streets, currently the Mang Inasal building.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro

Velez Street was formerly called Calle del Mar or the road which leads to the sea during the Spanish period. Apparently, when you have to follow the road, it will take you to the portside area.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro
Old photo (right) is originally displayed in Museum of Three Cultures

Casa del Chino Ygua (Balay na Bato) was the ancestral house of first Chinese immigrants in Cagayan de Oro, the Sia family. This was used as headquarters of the revolutionary forces that fought for freedom of Cagayan de Misamis during the Filipino-American war, whose remains were also buried on its backyard. Now, the house is used for commercial space seemingly forgetting the terror of the past.
Trivia: The original bricks of the house were kept by the Sia family.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro

Gaston Park was once called as barangay uno (first barangay) as it was where the first settlement was relocated. Accordingly, 1st settlement in CDO started with a group of indigenous people led by Datu Salangsang and they lived in Himologan, 8kms upstream Cagayan river. During the 1600s, they were converted into Christianity by Fray Augustine de San Pedro and were transferred in Gaston Park.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro
Old photo (right) is originally displayed in Museo de Oro

City Museum, built in 1922, was used before as water tower. It was then remodelled into a three-gallery museum that houses the history of three battles of Cagayan de Oro, the pen used to sign the charter of the city, and memorabilia among others that would serve as ‘go-to’ for the people to take a glimpse of how CDO came to be through series of events.
Trivia: City museum is a leaning structure in the city.


Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro

Memorial Wall which was built in the vicinity of Gaston Park near the cathedral serves as a reminder of tragic history in CDO brought about by nature’s wrath. Mother Nature, although breathtaking in its own right, also impose danger when maltreated, hence, the typhoon Sendong in 2011. Scribbled on the wall is an official list of names from MDRRMC of people who died and are went missing.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro
Old photo (right)is originally displayed inMuseum of Three Cultures

St Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral has been rebuilt a number of times because it was always burned down during the war. With its former material made of wood and grass to stones to concrete, the church was finally completed in 1852 through the efforts of Archbishop Hayes . It stands for --- years now.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro

When the natives governed by Datu Salangsang converted to Christianity, they stopped paying tributes to Sultan Kudarat which made him mad and led the moros to raid the village. To repel any attacks, the villagers built a fort which is now what we know as Duaw Kagayan Park. It is a project of Kagay-anon International, City Tourism Council and all other Kagay-anons worldwide.

Historical Landmarks in Cagayan de Oro
Old photo (right) is originally displayed in Museu, of Three Cultures.

Executive Building, once known as Casa Real where the Spanish governor and colonial administration stayed, is also a witness of current history during the proclamation of city mayor, a place where he also goes for duty.


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