HISTORY OF THE CITY OF GOLDEN FRIENDSHIP
One looking for a place to retire or take a vacation or migrate to would be well advised to look at Cagayan de Oro. Over the last few years, the City has grown in leaps and bounds and has undergone many changes and yet has managed to retain its Old World charm. The Cagayan de Oro (CDO) of today is a booming trade and tourism center, an education hub, and a population center of 700,000 people. It is one of the major and fastest growing cities in the Philippines, with all the amenities of a modern city minus the negatives of Metro Manila such as floods, typhoons and the legendary traffic jams. Many of its residents, including a good number of non-homegrown Cagay-anons (the City has a large base of a migrant population and is virtual melting pot of people of divirese cultures) attest to the City’s being a most ideal place to live in. Aside from its strategic location (it is just an hour and 20 minutes by plane from Manila; Cebu is just half an hour away by plane and a sleep away by fast ferry; Davao is just five hours away; Iligan to the west and Bukidnon to the Southeast), the City offer its residents a quality but affordable lifestyle. From food to power to real estate, prices here are relatively than the Manila or other parts of Luzon or Cebu, enabling one to stretch his spending peso or dollar. The City has something to offer to everyone. If you prefer nature tripping, the beaches are close by and so are mountain retreats. If you want more advenutre, Cagayan de Oro river has a distinction of allowing river rafting experience all year round, using normal rafts or the Pinoy- style using tire inner tube or salbabidas tied together.
If you are golf enthusiast, there is Pueblo de Oro Golf and Counttry Club which is just a few minutes from the airport and if you want more golf, there is the classic Del Monte Golf Club nearby which has a distinction of breeding golf champions as Celestino Tugot and Frankie Minoza. The City also has for something for night owls, including the Nite Cafe which is similar to the boardwalk of the revitalized Manila Bay Area. As an education hub in Northern Mindanao, CDO boast of 300 private public schools catering, primary, secondary, vocational and education . The list of schools and college including the Ateneo de Cagayan (Xavier University) and an International School catering to the education to the catering to the educational needs of expatriates’ families.As of last count, there are over 80 subdivisions in the city. Yes, CDO is in Mindanao but it is, and has always been, one of the most peaceful cities in the Philippnes, with a crime rate that is much lower than most other cities. It has helped that not only is peace and order a priority of the local government but there is also an inherent harmonious relationship between Christians and Muslims in this predominantly Christian area. Because of the legendary friendliness and warmth of its people, CDO has always been known to us the City of Golden Friendship. Today, because of the great strides its has made by way of progress, notably in the last few years in the City, officals want to capture and highlight like such progress by adopting another tag line: “A City in Bloom, in blossom and in boom”. Fittingly, Cagayan de Oro is indeed such a city.Please click the link above.