The Walks of Kulot


I WOK’d in CDO.
September 12, 2009, 3:36 pm
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September 19, 2008 – this date marks the first year anniversary of our Cagayan de Oro adventure together with my HTGmates. And what a great way to pay tribute to our wild adventure down south is to blog about it here on WOK.

Cagayan de Oro, which known as the City of Golden Friendship is also the gateway to Northern Mindanao and not to mention a destination for those seeking  a wet and wild adventure. The Lumbia Airport perched on the mountainous area of CDO is the starting point for those who plan to visit. Taxis and Jeepneys are available all-day to transport you to the downtown proper. Cagayan de Oro City is one of the busiest urban metropolis in the country, but has this rural feel in its surrounding areas.

Our visit in CDO wouldn’t be complete, as our main purpose is to try out the famous White Water Rafting Adventure in the CDO River. The Cagayan de Oro River is known for its powerful rapids cascading over rocks and boulders, perfect for a bumpy and heart-pumping ride. As beginners we took the 14-rapids adventure which took us almost 3-hours to complete and we were asking for more. The whole experience gave us an adrenaline rush as we traversed the wild and breathtaking obstacles of the river. After successfully passing through a wild rapid, we would raise our paddles and shout “High Five” – a sigh of relief and accomplishment.  We would occasionally stop our raft at the calm part of the river – a perfect spot to jump from the raft and swim and enjoy the picturesque view of rock formations and if lucky giddy monkeys swinging from one tree to another. Unfortunately, during our visit the water is not “white” because it was the rainy season when we visited but still the whole breathtaking and adrenaline-filled ride is all worth it!

Cagayan de Oro River: Where Cagayan and Bukidnon meets.

Cagayan de Oro River: Where Cagayan and Bukidnon meets.


White Water Rafting Adventure. Photo courtesy of Kagay, photo manipulation c/o the author.

White Water Rafting Adventure. Photo courtesy of Kagay, photo manipulation c/o the author.


HIGH FIVE!

HIGH FIVE!

Unfortunately, during our last year’s visit in CDO we weren’t able to visit Divisoria by night, so I made it a point that during my recent visit in CDO I would stop-over and check-out the place. Divisoria, also known as the Golden Friendship Park is a normal park during the day where you can check-out various landmarks and statues of famous people who made a major contribution in Cagayan de Oro. But during Friday and Saturday nights, Divisoria is a bustling gimmick place known as the Night Café and Market where beer is cheap and local grilled foods is a must-try. Ihaw-Ihaw or grilled food stalls line-up the park and definitely their BBQ is a must-try. But aside from being a weekend hang-out place, Divisoria also transforms into an open shopping area or tiangges where great bargains can be found in ukay-ukays and pirated DVDs is amass.

Divisoria (Night Cafe and Market) at night.

Divisoria (Night Cafe and Market) at night.

•FOOTPRINTS

The St. Augustine Cathedral

The St. Augustine Cathedral


The interiors of the cathedral.

The interiors of the cathedral.

St. Augustine Cathedral

Built by the Augustinian Friars in 1845 and is the seat of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. St Augustine is the city’s patron saint and every August CDO celebrates the Kagay-an festival in honor of the saint.

Andres Bonifacio Monument

Andres Bonifacio Monument

Andres Bonifacio Park@Divisoria Park

A  monument dedicated to the leader of the Katipunan, Andres Bonifacio. I found out that remains of Philippine soldiers who fought during the Philippine-Spanish war lie beneath Andres Bonifacio’s monument.

Cagayan de Oro Municipal Hall

Cagayan de Oro Municipal Hall

CDO Municipal Hall

Nothing special actually…just a municipal hall.

Macahambus Cave marker

Macahambus Cave marker

Macahambus Cave

Located near the Lumbia International Airport, the Macahambus cave is known to be the site where the Kagayanons fought over American soldiers.

Isang Sentimo: The biggest one centavo coin

Isang Sentimo: The biggest one centavo coin

The Lapu-Lapu coin

This big Lapu-Lapu coin reminded me of my childhood days, when this coin is still in circulation and has monetary value. Now, it’s just a monument in Rodolfo N Pelaez Ave., CDO. Below the humongous coin is an engraved note saying “A symbol of respect to the common tao.”

•FOODTRIP

Stuff from all over the world

Stuff from all over the world


Bigby's famous Baby Back Ribs

Bigby's famous Baby Back Ribs

Bigby’s (located at the Rosario Arcade, beside Limketkai Mall)

Don’t be deceived by its western interiors similar to TGIF (Thank God It’s Friday) because Bigbys is a homegrown brand from Cagayan de Oro. The restaurant’s interiors resemble a museum of sort with maps as wall decals and various memorabilia from different countries are installed in their walls. As a first timer, I tried out their famous Baby Back Ribs. I must admit that I am not a foodie and I would eat anything grilled, so I’ll give the meal 4 out 5 stars. I was surprised that the serving was quite huge and can be actually shared by two, and I found out why Bigby’s was called as such, because they really offer BIG servings of delicious meals. For a generous serving and an affordable price of P200+ it was all worth it. By the way, Bigby’s now has a branch in SM Megamall.

Sunburst Restaurant

Sunburst Restaurant

Sunburst Chicken

Another food that I can eat over and over again is Chicken, so I tried out Sunburst Chicken located at the Rosario Arcade beside the Limketkai Mall. The restaurant boasts its country style chicken obvious with its homey country-style interiors.  Their chicken tastes like Pan Cake House Country-style chicken but the price is really affordable compared to the previous. Best eaten with Worcester sauce and catsup, can’t wait to eat in Sunburst again!

The famous Buthcher's Chicken BBQ

The famous Buthcher's Chicken BBQ

Buthcher’s Best BBQ (located near Xavier University, CDO)

A haven for BBQ lovers like me. I learned that the idea behind the business of Butcher’s Best BBQ started out as a thesis of Business Management students in Xavier University in CDO, it became successful and their staple BBQs instantly became a hit with Xavier students. They opened a branch near Xavier University and other branches scattered in CDO so everyone can enjoy their tasty grilled BBQs.

•FAVORITES

"Aba Ginoong Maria, Napupuno ka ng grasya. Kaunting barya lang po sa umaga."

"Aba Ginoong Maria, Napupuno ka ng grasya. Kaunting barya lang po sa umaga."

I took this photo after visiting the St. Augustine Cathedral. I was struck by this old lady sitting outside the chapel, she asked for some coins and after I dropped a few in her trusty plastic cup I asked if I can take a photo of her. She immediately agreed with glee and I was surprised that she even striked a pose raising her cup and smiled. After I reviewed the photo, I realized that it resembled a picture of Mother Mary with the sun-burst metal grills behind the woman.

CDO's motorella

CDO's motorella

Motorella

Travelling around downtown CDO is easy after all. Just ride the motorella, a six-seater tricycle, pay P5.00 (way cheaper than tricycle fares in Manila) and enjoy the ride. Don’t forget to say “lugar lang” which means “para or stop” when you’ve reached your destination.

I WOK'd in CDO.

I WOK'd in CDO.

If there’s one thing I would like to try when I next visit CDO, it’s the 24-rapids course of the White River Rafting and the zipline at the Macahambus park. For now, I will be just nostalgic with the adrenaline-filled adventure we had last year and the gastronomic adventure I had during my recent trip. Till then, Cagayan.

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whitewater rafting

gosh! it’s a great escapade… it’s one of the best tourist attractions of CDO and the pride of every Cagayanon.

With sets of friends we would like to keep our blood going with excitement and fun!whitewaterrafting

Comment by cagayan de oro

Thanks cdokay for visiting. 🙂 I agree with everything that you’ve said. I hope to be back soon.

Comment by walksofkulot

no pics of malls?..
LIMKETKAI perhaps?..

Comment by ijan

Hi ijan! I have a photo of Limketkai but I did not include it here. Anyway, just post a message here if you need one. I can e-mail you a picture. By the way, thanks for visiting WOK.

Comment by walksofkulot

i love cagayan de oro!

Comment by ijan

Wow, you’ve been to CDO pla! Haha… 😄 I’ve always dreamt of doing the rafting thing! Think it’s very thrilling, heart pumping, exciting (is that all the same?? hahaha), and tiring…. But I know it’ll be a nice experience though. Nice photo pla of the rafting, kala ko fresh from cam! Hehe alam ko kasi pwede un eh pero sabi nila mahirap daw. Hahah

Naku kakaiba pla ung “divisoria” nila dun. It has a night life whereas here its just the same whether you visit it anytime of the day and any day of the week (I wish divi also has a night life, hahaha). That photo of the interiors of the cathedral remind me of the cathedral in Ilo-ilo. Remember? I miss Ilo-Ilo, though it’s like mini-Manila already.

Now I’m really hungry! That sumptuous baby back ribs! I wonder which one is better, bigby’s or Max’s (it’s the only place I’ve tasted it yet, hahaha)? Hmmm hopefully the price is just the same as there in CDO.

I miss adventure tripping!!

Comment by Mike

Hey, Thanks Mike! You should really try CDO’s white water rafting, invite your friends. For sure it will be more fun. The photo in the raft is c/o Kagay they have an official photographer who can take photos during the whole course but you can bring your own water-proof camera, definitely not your DSLR…haha..

Yup, the cathedral interiors is somewhat similar to the one in Ilo-Ilo, but I guess the cathedral in Ilo-Ilo is bigger.

Bigby’s or Max? I couldn’t choose one for now, I have only tried one dish in Bigby’s…

I will be back soon, i have to try the 24-course + the zipline at the Macahambus park.

Comment by walksofkulot

10 Thumbs up!!!

Comment by Dj Punzalan

Thanks!

Comment by walksofkulot




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