Cagayan de Oro, or CdO, is truly a gateway to many things that Mindanao has to offer. While it is a big city, it has a small community vibe.
Modern establishments are here and there; much like what the big cities can offer. While the number of dining places is not as many as those in the bigger cities, there are decent eateries that offer local fare to choose from. There are also seaside restaurants.
When it comes to schools, CdO is famous in the south. In fact, students from nearby provinces flock to Cagayan de Oro to study there. One famous school is Xavier University, the only school in the Philippines with a full Montessori curriculum.
What sets it apart from other places is the fact that it’s the Whitewater Rafting Capital of the Philippines. You can also snorkel and dive here. Indeed, CdO provides residents with an unparalleled quality of life by the sea.
Likewise, other equally beautiful places—Camiguin Island, Bukidnon, Iligan City, etc.—are just 30 minutes to 1 hour of drive away. Simply, enjoy the rivers first and the mountains next.
Another fascinating reason to make Cagayan de Oro your next permanent address is the people. One will feel safe and comfortable within any community. People look for one another. It’s not surprising though since CdO is also known as the City of Golden Friendship.