Cagayan de Oro's Divisoria is a hawkers haven. Without haggling, prices are very, very reasonable Fast food chains, ATMs, Flea Markets, Bargain centers, convenience stores and so much more fill up this area.
During the night, especially during the weekends(I am debating whether I should make a separate night life tip or not), it is one of the most happening places in the heart of the city. Besides the night market, the most popular clubs and KTV places can be found here. There is something that the whole family can enjoy.
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In Manila, Divisoria(the greater Divisoria area is bisected by Claro M. Recto Avenue. Sidestreets containing the various shops, stalls and markets branch out from this main boulevard. The most popular of these sidestreets are Juan Luna, Ylaya, Tabora, Santo Cristo and Soler. The area boxed in by Recto, Juan Luna, Santo Cristo and Comercio streets is considered by some to be the center of Divisoria. The Tutuban area, used to be the most beautiful gateway to the provinces via the Philippine National Railways) lives up to the Spanish meaning: a "línea divisoria", "línea divisoria de las aguas" or "divisoria de drenaje" is a 'watershed', a 'drainage divide', 'a boundary between adjacent catchment basins'. A place that DIVIDES. A divisor.
It is also a place where you can haggle, ergo, you sort of divide the prices.
Cagayan de Oro'sDivisoria is somewhat similar. Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park) built in the early 1900's as a town divider (Divisoria) or fire breaker after a great fire that almost burned down the entire town. It is now a park dedicated to local and national heroes like %lRamon Magsaysay, still the most beloved Philippine President, who was rumored to have courted someone in the City of Golden Friendship, but besides that, he found peace in Cagayan de Oro so he frequented the place. Our National Hero who proved that the pen is mightier than sword, Jose Rizal, is also honored here.
Visitors might wonder who, upon seeing his monument, who Justiniano R. Borja is. He was the mayor of Cagayan de Oro City from 1954 to 1964. He was responsible for the economic growth and opened the Cogon Public Market in 1959. He was called the "Arsenio Lacson of Cagayan de Oro" and was appointed as city mayor in 1954. He died in his office on October 3, 1964.
Historian and anthropologist Dr. Antonio J. Montalvan II wrote that Borja was called the Arsenio Lacson of Cagayan de Oro because "he was, above all, no-nonsense. He ruled without fear or favor. He had political will. Most importantly, he remained simple and would walk to and from his office without any bodyguards. His funeral cortege, which I personally witnessed, was attended by legions of Kagay-anons, many of whom openly wept at the sight of his bier which was placed atop a decorated float. Shops and establishments were closed for business at their own behest."
Borja is the only city mayor who has been given multiple honors, proof of how much he was loved by the city that he served so well. There are J.R Borja Street, JR Borja Memorial Medical Hospital (City Hospital) and a statue located at Plaza Divisoria (Golden Friendship Park). He was the only city mayor of Cagayan de Oro given a doctorate degree "Honoris Causa" in public administration by Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan in 1963. Many male babies were named Justiniano, complete with the nickname of Tiñing.
Top Places Near DIVISORIA(The Golden Friendship Park)
SM City Cagayan De Oro, Cagayan De Oro City (Zone 1, Upper Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City)
Shakey's Limketkai, Cagayan De Oro City (Level 2, South Concourse, Limketkai Mall, Lapasan, Cagayan De Oro City)
THE VIP HOTEL, Cagayan De Oro City (Don A. Velez Corner Borja Streets, Cagayan De Oro City)--This is where we stayed. Divisoria is just a stone's throw away
KORESCO HOTEL, Cagayan De Oro City (Pueblo De Oro Golf Estates Airport Road Lumbia, Cagayan De Oro City)
Hotel Conchita, Cagayan De Oro (Guillermo-Yacapin Ext. Streets, Cagayan De Oro)
Shakey's Pizza, Cagayan De Oro City (Ororama Megacenter, Lapasan Highway, Cagayan De Oro City)
Loreto's Grill & Restaurant, Cagayan De Oro City (#35 Tomas Saco - 6th Street Nazareth, Cagayan De Oro City)
The Marigold Hotel, Cagayan De Oro (Velez Corner Luna Street, Cagayan De Oro)
PRYCE PLAZA HOTEL, Cagayan De Oro City (Carmen Hill, Cagayan De Oro City)
MAXANDREA HOTEL, Cagayan De Oro City (Jr. Borja Corner Aguinaldo Streets, Cagayan De Oro City)
Synnex-Concentrix Corp. Inc., Cagayan De Oro City (Block 2, Lot 3, Trade St., Pueblo De Oro, IT Park, Upper Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City)
LINKS WITH NICE PICTURES:
Gala Pinoy's Divisoria Page
Liberal Crux-The Mind of an Open Mind
Cagayan de Oro and Beyond…
Plaza de Divisoria
Fruit Stand at Divisoria, CDO
Plaza Divisoria - Cagayan de Oro City - Misamis Oriental 11-10 (1)
I was not able to spend a lot of time at this mall, but the people from Cagayan are very proud of this place.
If I were from Cagayan, I would be proud of this place too.
It is clean and there are many fun activities for the whole family.
The interior design is pleasing to the eyes and the sales mix is good.
There are many fun places to go to and you can shop til you drop.
They have cinemas too, but I haven't tried watching a movie there, so I cannot really talk about it, but I judging the surroundings, I bet it's state-of-the-art too!
For the gourmands out there, there are lots of casual fine dining, fine dining and fast food centers around.
There are coffee places and joints with live bands.
Limketkai Center roughly comprises of a mall, a hotel, and fabulous eateries.
I found this piece quite interesting: Limketkai:ThirstyThought so please check it out too. :)
and do check their website for more info. :)
We haven't got a package during our trip as all the travel agencies advertised in the CDO gov't website cannot be contacted so we organized our own. From experience, I know that travel agencies in Manila charges way way too much :). Better to contact a local travel agent during your travels.
Van rental CDO-Dahilayan (8 hours) - P3.5K (I guess you can negotiate for a lower price)
Dahilayan Zip Zone fee - P600/pax (3 diff zipline)
White Water Rafting - P700/pax (min of 5 pax. You'll have to pay P875/pax if you are only 4. Includes transpo to/from the site)
Van rental CDO to Balingoan Port - P2,000 (or you can take a bus if you have time)
Ferry from Balingoan to Camiguin - approx P400 2-way
Camiguin Package - P1,400/pax (food ex)
Enjoy the trip!
We've just spent the weekend (Jan 6-9) at Northern Mindanao covering CDO-Bukidnon and Camiguin. White water rafting has already resumed 2 days after typhoon Sendong. Don't worry, the part where they conduct the activity is at the mountainous part of the city so the river's water passes through the rafting site first before going to the city then finally to the sea. We actually tried it yesterday and it was FUN!
As for the sked of Super Cat, try this:
I cannot find any official site to verify the sked. We traveled through Balingoan Port anyway.
For accom, you can contact our tourguide. Her family has cottages for rent very near Paras Resort. I'll PM her contact number.
definitely a must try! been there last june 21-22. enjoyed it very much! try the advance stage, 24 rapids in all. adrenaline rush! sarap! during our ride, it was pouring rain, kakatapos lang ni bagyong egay, although di nmn affected ang mindanao. the rain added thrill sa ride! saya! sometimes you feel like the river never ends. kaw na 4 hours sa river! one of the longest and greatest 4 hours of my life! hopefully matuloy ulit kame bumalik this december! ganun sya kasaya, kakagaling ko lang 5 days ago, may plan na bumalik!
If you want to experience water rafting the best place to do it is in Cagayan de Oro. I forgot how many rapids we had but my experience was so amazing and unforgettable. And for the Longest Zipline in the Philippines do it here. We contact Zipzone and we have no problem with anything.
When you're at CDO during weekends, explore the Plaza Divisoria at night starting at 6pm. Lots of food trip and clothes/surplus around with bands performing, that will surely enjoy your night.
Try the CDO's white water rafting, one of the ultimate adventure that should not be miss when in CDO. We avail the redraft's service for the WWR. Please check the site for all their contact and rates
a. 840m zipline while in Superman position.
b. 320m zipline and 100 something meter zipline. Sitdown position
Great views, great experience.
Very important tip: AVOID WEEKENDS as line gets really long. Zipline experience itself wouldn't take a minute for each line.
There is the beginner course, and advanced course. When we went there, the weather was not raining, but was not sunny. Water was a bit cold but it was okay. Definitely a must when going to Cagayan de Oro. There are different services provided, i recommend Kagay, as they even fetched us from and to our hotel/inn.
I would recommend trying the advanced course(even if it was my first time) as it is more fun and there are more rapids. There's a trial mode at the start so there's nothing to be surprised with. It cost Php1000/head
A travel to CDO won't be complete without experiencing the infamous river rafting. Its 3 hrs heart pumping river ride for beginners especially. Beginners get to traverse through 14 rapids, its an experience that is worth all the muscle pains, a 700.00/pax is all worth it.
Maximum of 6 pax per raft with two river guides that give you instructions like; before the rapids (paddle 3), after the rapids (high five).
Gardens of Malasag is a nice place to go for nature & animal lovers. It's just a couple of minutes from the city center. This place is huge but you can have a good hike around the area visiting zoos & other attractions. There is a canopy walk for the adventurers. I also spotted a restaurant for a cool refreshment after the long tiring walk as well as a souvenir shop for local crafts. The park is in need of maintenance. A map will be provided at the receiving counter. There's a swimming pool & you could have a nice view of Macabalan Bay. There are cottages for those wishing to stay the night.
Limketkai Center is a major shopping mall in Cagayan de Oro City. Nearby is Robinson's CDO, another huge shopping mall. Within the vicinity is Mallberry Suites Business Hotel, a convenient accommodation for the shopaholics.
Robinson's CDO is one of the major malls in Cagayan de Oro City. It is just across Limketkai, another major shopping mall here. Beside Robinson's is Mallberry Suites Business Hotel. Very convenient for shopaholics.
Lots of things to do here in the City of Golden Friendship
!.Whitewater rafting adventure contact Kagay or Red Rafts for more details
2.Canopy Walk & rapeling in Cueba de Oro
3.Visit Divine Mercy Shrine in El Slvador and have a nice overlooking view of the bay area
4.Visit the Guadalupe Shrine in Tablon, trekking and cross the river nine times and try tubing in going back
5.Unwind in DV soria for Night Cafe & Market on Fridays and Saturdays
6.Canopy Walk,rapeling & zipline in Claveria
7.trekking,rapeling,horseback riding in Mapawa Adventure Park
8.Ecological tour in Malasag Eco Park
9.refresh yourself in Catanico Falls
10.snorkeling in Agutayan Island in Jasaan
11.Visit Del Monte Plantation in Manolo Fortich
12.Visit Initao park, a man made forest that has a nice view of the cliff
13.Visit Opol Aviary & mini zoo
Off Masterson Avenue, Direction Lumbia Airport, Cagayan de Oro, 9000, Philippines
Satisfaction: Very Good
Good for: Couples
Florentino Street, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
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Tirso Ner-Burgos Streets, Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Good for: Couples