Cagayan de Oro

This article is about a city in the Philippines. For other uses, see Cagayan (disambiguation).
Cagayan de Oro City
Highly Urbanized City
City of Cagayan de Oro

From top, left to right: St. Augustine Cathedral, Misamis Oriental Cultural Heritage Monument, Misamis Oriental Provincial Capitol, Centrio Ayala Mall, Limketkai Center, Pueblo de Oro Business IT Park, Market City


  • City of Golden Friendship
  • Adventure Capital of the Philippines
  • River Rafting Capital of the Philippines
  • The Heart of Northern Mindanao
  • The Gateway to the Land of Promise
  • The City of Gold

Map of Misamis Oriental with Cagayan de Oro highlighted
Cagayan de Oro

Location within the Philippines

Coordinates: 8°29′N 124°39′E / 8.48°N 124.65°E / 8.48; 124.65Coordinates: 8°29′N 124°39′E / 8.48°N 124.65°E / 8.48; 124.65
Country Philippines
Region Northern Mindanao (Region X)
Province Misamis Oriental (geographically only)
Districts 1st & 2nd districts of Cagayan de Oro
Settled 1871
Cityhood June 15, 1950
Highly Urbanized City November 22, 1983
Barangays 80
  Type Mayor–council
  Mayor Oscar Moreno (Liberal Party)
  Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin Uy (Liberal Party)
  City 412.8 km2 (159.4 sq mi)
Elevation 10.0 m (32.8 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
  City 675,950
  Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
  Metro 1,121,564[4][5]
  Languages Mindanao Cebuano, Filipino, English
Demonym(s) Cagayanons; Kagay-anons
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 9000
Dialing code +63(0)88
Abbreviations CdeO, CDO, CDOC, Cag. de Oro

Cagayan de Oro (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro; Filipino: Lungsod ng Cagayan de Oro) is a first class highly urbanized city and the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental. It is a chartered city where governance is independent and separate from Misamis Oriental. It also serves as the regional center and business hub of Northern Mindanao (Region X), and part of the growing Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro area, which includes the city of El Salvador, towns of Opol, Alubijid, Laguindingan, Gitagum at the western side, and towns of Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, Claveria at the eastern side.

The City of Cagayan de Oro is located along the north central coast of Mindanao island facing Macajalar Bay and is bordered by the municipalities of Opol to the west; Tagoloan to the east, and the provinces of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte to the south of the city. According to the 2015 census, the city has a population of 675,950, making it the 10th most populous city in the Philippines.[3]

Cagayan de Oro is also famous for its whitewater rafting or kayaking adventures, one of the tourism activities being promoted along the Cagayan de Oro River.[6][7][8]


The name Cagayan de Oro (lit. River of Gold)[9] can be traced back to the arrival of the Spanish Augustinian Recollect friars in 1622, the area around Himologan (now Huluga), was already known as "Cagayán". Early Spanish written documents in the 16th century already referred to the place as "Cagayán".

The region of Northern Mindanao, which included Cagayan de Oro, was granted as Encomienda to a certain Don Juan Griego on January 25, 1571. It was then former Vice President of the Philippines Emmanuel Peláez who appended de Oro to Cagayan.

There are also other places in the Philippines with the Cagayan name; these include the province of Cagayan in northern Luzon and the Cagayan islands in the Sulu Sea.


The area was first inhabited around 377 C.E. (the late Neolithic period), island natives lived in a settlement then known as Himologan[10] (now known as Huluga), eight kilometers from present-day Cagayan de Oro. The natives were polytheistic animists. Austronesian in origin with seafaring capabilities like the Badjaos. Their customs were closely related to the prosperous Rajahnate of Butuan with rich Sri Vijayan (Visayan) and Indian culture. Tribal and traditional costumes and dressings have similarities with Bali, Indonesia. Ceramics were found in the area, Chinese had probably visited from Song to Ming dynasty period. Possibly an old thriving port of Srivijaya Empire with overseas trading link to China, India and even America.

Spanish colonial period

In 1622, two Spanish Augustinian Recollect missionaries came in contact with the natives of Himologan and in 1626, Fray Agustín de San Pedro persuaded the chief of Himologan, Datu Salangsang, to transfer his settlement down the Cagayan River, to the present-day Gaston Park. De San Pedro later fortified the new settlement against Sultan Kudarat's raiders.

In 1738, Spanish dominance was felt in Cagayan de Oro. When Misamis gained the status of province in 1818, one of its four districts was the Partidos de Cagayan. In 1871, the "Partidos" became a town and was made a permanent capital of Misamis.

On February 27, 1872, Governor-General Carlos María de La Torre issued a decree declaring Cagayan the permanent capital of Segundo Distrito de Misamis. During this era, the name of the town was known as Cagayan de Misamis.

In 1883, the town became a seat of the Spanish government in Mindanao for the provinces of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte.

On January 10, 1899, Cagayan de Misamis joined the government of Emilio Aguinaldo and celebrated its independence from Spain. It was the second time the Aguinaldo government was declared and the new Philippine flag raised on the Mindanao island. By virtue of the 1898 Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded the Philippines to the United States; this caused friction and resulted in the Philippine-American War.

American colonial period

On March 31, 1900, Americans occupied the town of Cagayan de Misamis and on April 7, 1900, a battle erupted in the town center led by General Nicolas Capistrano[11] and Filipino resistance fighters. This would later become known as the Battle of Cagayan de Misamis. The Americans won the war, and about forty years later, gave the Philippines its independence on July 4, 1946.[12] The war years in Cagayan de Oro were prompted by the presence of the Americans in 1898. The Americans were initially and successfully repulsed by the Kagay-anons forces led by Mayor Don Apolinar Vélez at the historic Battle of Makahambus on June 4, 1900.

The American forces attacking Makahambus, circa 1900s.

After the troubled years, peace finally brought back the economic activities to normalcy under the guidance of the United States. Consequently, from a purely farming-fishing area, Cagayan de Oro emerged into a booming commerce and trade center.

In 1948, the barrios of El Salvador and Molugan with their sitios known as Sala, Sambulawan, Sinaloc, Lagtang, Talaba, Kalabaylabay and Hinigdaan were separated from Cagayan de Oro to form the town of El Salvador.[13]

In 1950, the barrios of Opol, Igpit, and lower Iponan were separated from Cagayan de Oro to form the town of Opol.[14]


On June 15, 1950, President Elpidio Quirino signed Republic Act No. 521, which granted the status of a chartered city to the Municipality of Cagayan de Misamis.[15] This was made possible through the efforts of then Cagayan de Oro Congressman Emmanuel Pelaez.[16]

Cagayan de Oro was then declared a highly urbanized city by the Ministry of Local Government on November 22, 1983.

Tropical Storm Washi

On the evening of December 16–17, 2011, Tropical Storm Washi (locally called Sendong) caused widespread flash flooding in Northern Mindanao. In Cagayan de Oro, hundreds living near the banks of the Cagayan de Oro River were killed, with hundreds still missing.

Officials said that despite government warning, some people did not evacuate. Five people were killed in a landslide, but others died in the flash floods. The flash flooding occurred overnight, following 10 hours of rain, compounded by overflowing rivers and tributaries. Most of the victims had been sleeping.

In some areas, up to 20 centimeters of rain fell in 24 hours. More than 2,000 were rescued, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and at least 20,000 people were staying in 10 evacuation centers in Cagayan de Oro. Officials were also investigating reports that an entire village was swept away.[17] The confirmed death toll from the disaster is 1,268.[18]


NASA—satellite image captured of Macajalar Bay and the metropolis area.

Cagayan de Oro is located along the north central coast of Mindanao, the second-largest island in the Philippine archipelago.

The southern part of the city is bordered by the provinces of Bukidnon and Lanao del Norte. The municipality of Opol borders the city on the west and Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental to the east. To the north lies Macajalar Bay facing the Bohol Sea.

Its total land area is 488.86 km² representing 13.9 percent of the entire Misamis Oriental province. It includes 25 kilometers of coastline and a harbor, Macajalar Bay. 44.7 percent of Cagayan de Oro is classified as agricultural land, while 38.4 percent is classified as open spaces.[19]

The city is frequently categorized and referenced according to geographic factors: the 1st District (west of the Cagayan River) consisting of 24 barangays which are mostly suburban, and the 2nd District (east of the river), made up of 17 barangays, including city proper barangays numbering from 1-40.


Under the Köppen climate classification system, Cagayan de Oro has a tropical climate with an annual average temperature of 28 °C. In June 1998, the city recorded its highest temperature to date of 39 °C.

Cagayan de Oro does not receive an even amount of rainfall throughout the year. The driest months are March and April while August and September are the wettest months. The rainy or wet season lasts from June until November with the relatively drier seasons lasting from December until May. The city lies outside the typhoon belt but is affected by the Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone.

Climate data for Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 37
Average high °C (°F) 30
Daily mean °C (°F) 27
Average low °C (°F) 23
Record low °C (°F) 17
Average rainy days 10 7 6 6 8 13 14 14 15 15 11 11 130
Source: Weatherbase[20]


Population census
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 21,779    
1918 28,062+1.70%
1939 48,084+2.60%
1948 46,266−0.43%
1970 128,319+4.74%
1975 165,220+5.20%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1980 227,312+6.59%
1990 339,598+4.10%
2000 461,871+3.12%
2007 553,966+2.54%
2010 602,088+3.08%
2015 675,950+2.23%
Source: National Statistics Office[3][21]

As of the 2015 census, the city has a population of 675,950, making it the 10th most populous city in the Philippines and 3rd most populous in Mindanao after Zamboanga City.[3]

About 44 percent of the household population in Cagayan de Oro classified themselves as ethnically mixed people, 22.15 percent as Cebuano, 4.38 percent as Boholano, while 28.07 percent as other ethnic groups. (2000 Census).[22]


Most Reverend James T. G. Hayes, the first archbishop of Cagayan de Oro.

Roman Catholicism is the city's dominant religion, represented by almost 80 percent of the population. Other religious affiliations include the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Iglesia ni Cristo, Philippine Independent Church, United Church of Christ in the Philippines, Christ's Commission Fellowship, Baptists, United Methodist Church, Jesus Miracle Crusade, and Islam.

The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro comprises the three civil provinces of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin and the entire Caraga region. It is a metropolitan seat on the island of Mindanao.

The current archbishop in Cagayan de Oro is Most Reverend Antonio J. Ledesma, S.J., D.D. , who was installed on March 4, 2006, and his seat is located at St. Augustine Metropolitan Cathedral.

Recently, the Basilica of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo Church decided to move the replica statue of the Black Nazarene to Jesus Nazareno Parish Church in Cagayan de Oro along Claro M. Recto Avenue, so that the Black Nazarene devotees from Mindanao do not have to travel to Quiapo in Manila for their annual pilgrimage.

Protestant missionary activity in the city started in 1916, although have grown in numbers in the recent decades. One of the known Protestant groups in the city is Pentecostalism, which dramatically increased with 2.8 percent in total population About 20 churches have settled in the metropolitan area. Celebration International Church has one of the highest member attendances with a record of 735 members. In addition, three main Pentecostal mother churches are situated in the suburban area and few in the metropolitan areas. Also, Adventists, Mormons, and Methodists have also grown in numbers within the suburban areas.

Islam is practiced mainly by Maranao settlers and the Balik Islam members. There are several large mosques and about 50 small mosques that can be found in the city. Masjid Sharif Alawi in Barangay Balulang is the largest mosque in Northern Mindanao, with over 3,200 square meters in land area, which also includes a madrasa and seminar building.

Buddhism and Taoism are practiced by majority of local Chinese.


Mindanao Cebuano is primarily the spoken language in the city. Tagalog (Filipino) serves as the city's secondary language. English is mainly used for business and in the academe. Maranao is widely spoken within Maranao communities in the city.


Cagayan de Oro is the melting pot of Mindanao because of its accessibility, business growth, attractions and its warm and hospitable people. Being the regional center, logistics and business hub of Northern Mindanao, the city is one of the most progressive and competitive cities in the Philippines.[23]

Cagayan de Oro as the economic center of Northern Mindanao (Region 10) fuels the region’s growth due to its economic dynamism, government efficiency, access to an enormous concentration of City's markets of more than 600,000 people, appropriate infrastructure such as the multi-berth Macabalan Baseport, the Mindanao Container Terminal (MCT) which facilitates direct and cost-efficient movement of containerized cargoes to Manila, Cebu and international shipping hubs, Laguindingan Airport which services air logistics requirements, and energy power supply which is approaching self-reliance with Minergy’s 27.4-MW and 18.9-MW diesel power plants, STEAG State Power’s 210-MW coal-fired power plant, 1.6-MW Agusan Hydroelectric Plant, 8-MW Cabulig Hydropower, Bubunawan Power Company’s 7-MW run-off river hydro power in tandem with Cepalco’s 1-MW photovoltaic solar power plant —the only grid-connected PV power plant in the Philippines, 12.5-MW Kirahon photovoltaic solar plant, and 165-MW coal power of Minergy Coal Corporation to be operational by March 2017 and this will be added 110-MW by 2019 to meet the growing power demand of Cagayan de Oro.

Cagayan de Oro due to its strategic location prompted Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation to put up its multi-billion peso fuel import facility, dubbed as the North Mindanao Import Facility (NMIF) to cater to the power and energy needs of millions of residents, motorists and other end-users and consumers in Visayas and Mindanao.

The city's economy is largely based on industry, commerce, trade, service and tourism. Investment in Cagayan de Oro City for the first six months of 2012 reached 7.4 billion pesos outpacing the local government's expectation of to nearly 100 percent. Investments in the city are dominated by malls, hotels, condominiums, subdivisions, industrial and power plants. The net income for 2012 pegged at 2,041,036,807.89 billion pesos.

Business districts

CM Recto Avenue, Cagayan de Oro's commercial district

Business districts in Cagayan de Oro City are clustered areas of major economic and public services where the public go to for their various needs. These are: the Divisoria Business Area where the Divisoria plaza, Xavier University, Lourdes College, Govt. and private offices, several stand alone stores are located; the Lapasan-CMRecto Business Area where Limketkai, Ayala, Gaisano City Mall, and SM Premier, Several Hotels, Northern Mindanao Regional Hospital, Mindanao University of Science and Technology are located; the Lower Carmen Business Area where Carmen Market and several stand alone stores and banks, and Phinma Cagayan de Oro College, Madona & Child Hospital, and PLDT-Philcom are located; the Uptown Business Area where SM City, banks and several stand alone stores along Masterson Ave. are located; the Cogon Business Area where Cogon Market, Maria Reyna and Xavier Hospital, several hotels, stand-alone Gaisano department stores (Gaisano Cogon, Gaisano Osmeña and Gaisano SukiClub), Ororama Supercenter, auto hardware stores along Osmeňa St. are located; the Kauswagan Highway & Pelaez Blvd. Business Area where Georgetown Cybermall, Liceo University, Savemore, Kong Hua School, banks (PNB, BPI, Security, BDO), Polymedic Medical Plaza, car dealers of various brands (Toyota, Ford, Chevrolet, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Hyundai, Mazda), S&R Membership Store, N-Hotel, and a good number of Motels are located; the Bulua Business Area where Westbound Terminal, City Mall, BIR Office, LTO, Gaisano Bulua Mall, Home Depo and several stand alone stores are located; the Agora Business Area where the Eastbound terminal and Market City are located; the Puerto Business Area where Gaisano Puerto Mall, Puerto Public Market, Puerto Community Hospital are located.

Big industries

Cagayan de Oro City is the home of two multinational companies, Del Monte and Nestlé, and local manufacturing companies, Cagayan Corn Products and Alwana Wood Products. UKC Builders, Gampik Construction & Development, and Jejors Construction Corporation are construction firms classified as triple which are all located in the city.

Bank industry

Cagayan de Oro City as the regional economic center of Northern Mindanao houses the Regional Office of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (Central Bank of the Philippines). As of June 2016, at least 70 banks are operating in the city.

The universal and commercial banks are Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) with 8 branches, BDO Unibank (Banco de Oro) with 9 branches, United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) with 6 branches, Philippine National Bank (PNB) with 4 branches, Metropolitan Bank and Trust Company (Metrobank) with 5 branches, BPI Family Bank with 3 branches, Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) with 3 branches, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC) with 3 branches, Land Bank of the Philippines (Landbank) with 3 branches, Chinabank with 3 branches, Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) with 2 branches, Security Bank with 3 branches, EastWest Bank, Asia United Bank (AUB) with 3 branches, Bank of Commerce, Philippine Bank of Communications (PBCom), Al-Amanah Islamic Bank, Philippine Veterans Bank, Robinsons Bank, PSBank, and Philtrust Bank. Foreign banks either partly owned or fully owned are Maybank, Citybank Savings, and GE Savings Bank. Other banks are Postal Bank, Accord Savings Bank, Asian Bank, Consumer Savings Bank, Cooperative Bank of Misamis Oriental, Bank of Makati, Davao Cooperative Bank, First Consolidated Bank, Secured Savings Bank, Westmont Bank, Ventures Bank, Sterling Bank of Asia, Southbank Inc., WealthBank, Queen City Development Bank, One Network Bank (ONB) with 2 branches, BPI Family Bank with 3 branches, and UCPB Savings Bank with 4 branches, 1st Valley Bank,Inc. A Development Bank.

Car industry

Cagayan de Oro City has been dubbed as the auto-hub in Mindanao as world-renowned car brands like Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Ford, Kia, Foton, Mazda, Chevrolet, BMW, Peugeot, Hyundai, Subaru, Chery, Jinbei and Tata have set up dealerships in the city. Most of the car showrooms are located along the Iligan-Cagayan de Oro-Butuan Road.

Auto Hardware and car accessory stores for all types of cars and vehicles are abounding in the city itself. A long stretch of auto hardware stores for parts and supplies are located along Osmeňa Street.

Real estate industry

Cagayan de Oro City boasts a very healthy retail and residential market. National and International companies have started building high-rise and mid-rise hotels and condominiums such as Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Seda Hotel, New Dawn Pensionne, Centrio Tower and Aspira Towers under Avida Residences, Primavera Residences under ItalPinas Corp., The Loop under Vista Residences, MesaVerte Residences under Cebu Landmasters Inc (CLI), Tucania Towers, One Providence, One Oasis under Filinvest Land Inc.

Major real estate developers in Cagayan de Oro are Ayala Land, A Brown Inc. (Xavier Estates), Camella, Crown Asia, Johndorf Ventures Corp., Pueblo de Oro, Robinsons Home Inc., Land Asia Realty and Development Corp (Zealep and Tuscania), Liberty Land Corp., Filinvest Land Inc., Cebu Landmasters Inc. and Megaworld. The newest to join these is Bria which develops the socialized housing brand Lumina Homes and the economic low-rise condominium Bria Flats.

Retail industry

There are many shopping malls, hypermarkets, stand-alone department stores and large groceries, 24-hour convenience stores owned by local, national and foreign Chinese, Taiwanese, and Korean businessmen in the City.

Culture and arts

There are several notable events in the city. Each barangay or barrio has its own feast locally known as Fiesta (or festivals) honoring their patron saints after achieving recognition in their own rights.

During the Higalaay (Kagay-an Festival) 2014

The Higalaay Festival (formerly the Kagay-an Festival, then the Higalaay Kagay-an Festival) is a week-long celebration in honor of Cagayan de Oro's patron saint St. Augustine, held every August.

Highlights of the Higalaay Festival are the Kahimunan Trade Fair, which features the native products of the city and province, particularly agricultural, Miss Cagayan de Oro, Folkloric Street Dancing Competition featuring colorful attires and cultural dances of the Higaonon tribes, Higalas Parade of Cagayan de Oro Icons and Floats, Halad sa Lambagohan, PE Rhythmic Dance Competition, Kalo Festival and Kumbira, a culinary show and exhibit that started in 1996 by Kagay-anons hoteliers and restaurants. It has since evolved over the years and now hosts a culinary competition among students and professionals from all over Mindanao.[24] The competition is divided into students and professionals where Hotel and Restaurant Management schools and professional chefs compete against each other in their respective categories. There are also cultural shows, competitions and celebrity concerts. In more recent years, some of these competitions have been replaced with new ones, such as the Folkloric Street Dancing Competition, which was replaced by the Cagayan de Oro Carnival Parade in 2014.[25]

Himugso, which means birth, is a week-long celebration of Cagayan de Oro's Charter Day and Philippine Independence Day. Charter Day is Cagayan de Oro's cityhood established on June 15, 1950. Independence Day is the national commemoration of the Philippine Declaration of Independence from Spain on June 12, 1898. Both Charter Day and Independence day are non-working holidays and a roster of special activities is lined up annually to mark the dual special occasion.


Cagayan de Oro food cultures include a variety of world cuisines influenced by the city's immigrant history. Western and Austronesian immigrants have made the city famous for pastel bread, chicharrón and Hamon de Cagayan. Some mobile food vendors licensed by the city sell street food like kwek-kwek, fish balls, tempura and proven and grilled meat.

Cagayan de Oro boasts of numerous local, national, and foreign owned restaurants (Chinese and Korean cuisines), eateries, fast-foods, snack bars, bakeshops, and coffee shops that sprout all over the city.


Cagayan de Oro is the home of the Cagayan de Oro Stars and Cagayan de Oro Rapids basketball teams. This major teams of the city is member community of Mindanao Visayas Basketball Association, an amateur commercial basketball league in southern Philippines sanctioned by the country's National Sports Association for basketball, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). It is also the home of "Holcim MoneyGram-Misamis Oriental" and "Holcim Pryce Pharma", which commencing the Misamis Oriental province. Aside from basketball, Cagayan de Oro is also known for its oldest lawn tennis clubs like the "Golden Friendship Tennis Club". In addition, the city is ornamented with amateur volleyball teams like the Xavier University Volleyball Team.

The city was known for its leading sport, chess, one of the most common recreations by continuing championships in Mindanao since 1990’s. Also, the white water rafting and kayaking has its annual sport events through the Cagayan River.

Also, designate a number of Sport venues, including one of the biggest sports complex in Mindanao the Pelaez Memorial Sports Center, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan Gymnasium, Liceo Civic Center and others, a sports and entertainment complex that also hosts concerts. The Pelaez Memorial Sports Center serves as the home complex of Misamis Oriental sports teams.


Due to the national government's aggressive tourism campaign, local and foreign tourist arrivals in the city are on the rise. In 2004, the city registered a tourist arrival of 307,820; an increase from a previous of 232,257 in 2003. Numerous hotels of varying categories are present in the city.

Parks and resorts

Museums and historical places

Gen. McArthur Memorial Marker at Macabalan Wharf
Cagayan de Oro City Museum


International hotel chain Tune Hotels along CM Recto Avenue

Recent data from the Department of Tourism show that Cagayan de Oro is among the top 20 most visited tourist destinations in the country. As a result, international hotel chains are attracted to put up their hotel accommodations in or near the city.



As the gateway to Northern Mindanao and the rest of Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro is very accessible via land, air and water transportation.


Port of Cagayan de Oro, one of the busiest ports in Mindanao[35]

The Port of Cagayan de Oro in Macabalan is located near the estuary of the Cagayan de Oro River. It has an anchorage depth of 18 meters and is around 400 meters from the shoreline. It has two authorized cargo-handling operators. With the recent completion of the P250 million rehabilitation project, the port is now the biggest international and domestic seaport in Mindanao.[36] It handled 1.399 million metric tons of cargoes during the first quarter of 2016 to rank 3rd in the country after Manila's North Harbor with 5.557 million metric tons and MICT with 3.746 million metric tons. The Port of Cagayan de Oro increased its volume of cargoes by 9.7% from 2015. This is according to data from the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA).

The Port of Cagayan de Oro (Macabalan Port) serves regular trips to and from cities of Metro Manila, Cebu City, Tagbilaran, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Iloilo City and Jagna, Bohol.

General Milling and Del Monte Philippines also operate their own port facilities within Cagayan de Oro. The $85 million Mindanao International Container Port located in nearby town Tagoloan 17 kilometers from Cagayan de Oro serves the PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate. This city's sub-port connects Mindanao to the ports of major cities in Visayas, Batangas, Metro Manila and the rest of the world.


Laguindingan Airport

Laguindingan Airport handles domestic flights to and from Manila, Cebu City, Iloilo City and Davao City. It sits on a 4.17 square kilometres (1.61 sq mi) site in Barangay Moog, Laguindingan, some 46 kilometres (29 mi) northwest of Cagayan de Oro.[37] The airport was inaugurated on January 11, 2006 by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who advocated the idea of an international airport along the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor,[38] and was officially opened on June 15, 2013. Laguindingan Airport, one of the national government's flagship projects to boost the nation's tourism industry, is destined to become an international airport serving Northern Mindanao and Lanao del Sur.

Bus terminals

Several means of public transportation are also available within the city. A number of companies also operate taxi services. There are also a couple of river taxis that ply down to the Cagayan de Oro River for both locals and tourists.

The Eastbound integrated Bus Terminal (Agora) offers a regular landtrips to and from eastern municipalities of Misamis Oriental including Balingoan and Gingoog, Carmen (proposed), Nasipit, Butuan, Bukidnon including Malaybalay and Valencia, Davao City, Kabacan, Tacurong and General Santos City.

The Westbound Integrated Bus and Jeepney Terminal also has regular land trips to and from western municipalities of Misamis Oriental including El Salvador and Laguindingan, Iligan, Marawi, Tangub, Ozamiz, Dapitan, Dipolog, and the rest of Zamboanga Peninsula including Pagadian and Zamboanga City.

Public utilities

Land-based and mobile phone services: There are five major land-based phone companies: MisOrTel, PLDT-PhilCom, Smart Broadband (formerly Cruztelco), BayanTel and ItalTel that serve the city. Mobile phone services are provided by Globe Telecom, Smart Communications and Sun Cellular. Internet and BPO providers: There are several internet providers operating in the city offering dial up, broadband, Wi-Fi and cable services. Pueblo de Oro Business IT Park located in Upper Carmen is the first PEZA-registered IT park in Mindanao. The IT Park currently houses one of Cagayan de Oro's call centers. Water services: Water services are provided by the Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD), it was the first water district established in the entire Philippines. Electricity services: Electricity in the City is provided mainly by Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO) and partly by Misamis Oriental -1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO-1). Cagayan Electric Power and Light Company (CEPALCO). CEPALCO, which began operations in 1952, covers almost all of Cagayan de Oro and the Municipalities of Tagoloan, Villanueva and Jasaan, all in the Province of Misamis Oriental, including the 3,000-hectare PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate and caters to more than 100,000 consumers. The company's distribution system network now includes 138KV, 69KV, 34.5KV and 13.8KV systems. CEPALCO is also operating the developing world's first and largest (at the time of its inauguration in 2004) on-grid Solar Photovoltaic power plant. The 1-megawatt polycrystalline silicon-based Photovoltaic (PV) plant in Barangay Indahag of this city is connected with the distribution network of CEPALCO. It is the biggest solar power plant connected to the power grid in Southeast Asia.[39] Misamis Oriental -1 Rural Electric Service Cooperative (MORESCO-1) whose office is located in Laguindingan covers remote parts of Cagayan de Oro. These are barangays Canitoan, Pagatpat, San Simon, and Baikingon.

Law and order

Cagayan de Oro is the regional base of Philippine Air Force, Philippine Army, and Philippine National Police in Northern Mindanao.

The Philippine Air Force is using Lumbia Airport as its air base which is currently operating a service equipment of OV-10 Bronco aircraft as well as UH-1 Huey and MD-520MG Defender helicopters. This will be a future home of the 15th Air Strike Wing that will be moving out from Sangley Point in Cavite

The Philippine Army operates the largest military camp in Mindanao located in Barangay Patag with an area of 129 hectares. It is home to the 4th infantry division of the Philippine Army. Camp Evangelista's external jurisdiction covers the Northern Mindanao and Caraga regions. Minor military camps are also located in barangay Lumbia and upper Puerto.

The Philippine National Police also operates its Regional Headquarters at Camp Alagar in Barangay Lapasan. Camp Alagar has jurisdiction over the entire Northern Mindanao, namely the Provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Misamis Oriental including its major cities; Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.[40]

Medical facilities

Cagayan de Oro has a hospital bed-to-population ratio of 1:474 as of 2003. The Justiniano R. Borja Memorial Medical Hospital (formerly City Hospital), Puerto Community Hospital and Northern Mindanao Medical Center (formerly Provincial Hospital) are the three government-run hospitals.

Capitol University Medical City, Polymedic General Hospital, Polymedic Medical Plaza, Maria Reyna–Xavier University Hospital, Cagayan de Oro Medical Center, Madonna and Child Hospital, Sabal Hospital and Maternity-Children's Hospital and Puericulture Center (formerly Oro Doctor's Hospital) are privately owned.

Many of these government-owned and privately-owned hospital facilities have undergone expansion, renovation and modernization.


The city has four major private universities/colleges: Capitol University, Liceo de Cagayan University, Lourdes College Cagayan de Oro City, and Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan. The Mindanao University of Science and Technology is the only state university in the city. Other higher education institutions include Southern Philippines College, Pilgrim Christian College, Cagayan de Oro College, St. Mary's Academy of Carmen run by the RVM Sisters, Informatics Computer Institute and STI College - Cagayan de Oro with a secondary education program in Barangay Kauswagan. There are also a number of foreign schools in the city with study programs.

Notable public and private elementary and high schools include Cagayan de Oro National High School, Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School, Gusa Regional Science High School - X, City Central School, St. Mary's School, Corpus Christi School, The Abba's Orchard Montessori School, Merry Child School, International School, Vineyard International Polytechnic College, and Montessori de Oro. There are also schools in Cagayan de Oro that use the Accelerated Christian Education system. Two of these schools include Cavite Bible Baptist Academy-CDO branch, and Shekinah Glory Christian Academy. There are two Chinese schools in the city: Kong Hua School (Roman Catholic) and Oro Christian Grace School (an Evangelical Christian school). There are two international schools run by Koreans, namely: Nanuri International School and Immanuel Mission International School.[41]


Notable media publications in the city are the Mindanao Gold Star Daily, SunStar Cagayan de Oro, and Super Balita. Ang Katarungan is the city's major English-Cebuano language paper published since 1926. Brigada Newspaper Cagayan de Oro is the most popular newspaper company in the city.

There are ten television stations in the city that are owned and operated by broadcasting networks—ETC Channel 4, CNN Philippines Channel 5, ABS-CBN TV-2/23, GMA TV-12/35, 2nd Avenue TV-31, RMN/BEAM 8/33, TV5 Channel 21, Channel 45 Global News Network, GMA News TV Channel 43, S+A Channel 7 and the eleventh television station, is operated by the Cagayan de Oro College Broadcast Network. Parasat Cable TV and Jade Cable TV are the two cable systems in the city.

There are two local newscasts programs in Cagayan de Oro: TV Patrol Northern Mindanao (ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro), and 24 Oras Northern Mindanao (GMA Northern Mindanao after it was launched in 2013 also known as Testigo Northern Mindanao and later re-launched as 24 Oras Northern Mindanao effective November 10, 2014).

Local government

Elected and appointed public officials have governed Cagayan de Oro since June 15, 1950, with a strong mayor-council government. The city political government is composed of the mayor, vice-mayor, two congressional districts representatives, sixteen councilors, one Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation representative and an Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) representative. Each official is elected publicly to a three-year terms.

The following are the current city officials of Cagayan de Oro:[42]

Barangay and legislative districts

Cagayan de Oro is politically subdivided into 80 barangays. These are grouped into two congressional districts, 24 barangays in the 1st district (West) and 56 barangays in the 2nd district (East), with the Cagayan de Oro River as the natural boundary. The city has a 57 urbanized barangays and 23 rural barangays all in all.

District Sub-District
(# of Barangays)
(as of 2010)
First Non-Poblacion (24) 290,913

  • Baikingon
  • Balulang
  • Bayabas
  • Bayanga
  • Besigan
  • Bonbon

  • Bulua
  • Canitoan
  • Carmen
  • Dansolihon
  • Iponan
  • Kauswagan

  • Lumbia
  • Mambuaya
  • Pagalungan
  • Pagatpat
  • Patag
  • Pigsag-an

  • San Simon
  • Taglimao
  • Tagpangi
  • Tignapoloan
  • Tuburan
  • Tumpagon

Second Non-Poblacion (16) 98,586

  • Agusan
  • Balubal
  • Bugo
  • Camaman-an

  • Consolacion
  • Cugman
  • F.S. Catanico
  • Gusa

  • Indahag
  • Lapasan
  • Macabalan
  • Macasandig

  • Nazareth
  • Puerto
  • Puntod
  • Tablon

Poblacion (40)

  • Barangay 1
  • Barangay 2
  • Barangay 3
  • Barangay 4
  • Barangay 5
  • Barangay 6
  • Barangay 7
  • Barangay 8
  • Barangay 9
  • Barangay 10

  • Barangay 11
  • Barangay 12
  • Barangay 13
  • Barangay 14
  • Barangay 15
  • Barangay 16
  • Barangay 17
  • Barangay 18
  • Barangay 19
  • Barangay 20

  • Barangay 21
  • Barangay 22
  • Barangay 23
  • Barangay 24
  • Barangay 25
  • Barangay 26
  • Barangay 27
  • Barangay 28
  • Barangay 29
  • Barangay 30

  • Barangay 31
  • Barangay 32
  • Barangay 33
  • Barangay 34
  • Barangay 35
  • Barangay 36
  • Barangay 37
  • Barangay 38
  • Barangay 39
  • Barangay 40

Notable people

Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach

International relations

Twin towns or sister cities

Cagayan de Oro has sister cities worldwide including local, as classified by the city government.

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