Cagayan de Oro

Skyline Cagayan de Oro by R136a1 Star

Skyline Cagayan de Oro by R136a1 Star

Introduction

The City of Cagayan de Oro, abbreviated as CDO, CDOC, CdeO or Cag. de Oro, is the provincial capital of the province of Misamis Oriental. It is nicknamed the “City of Golden Friendship” (Dakbayan sa Bulawanong Panaghigala-ay in Cebuano, as the phrase appears on the city’s seal).

It serves as the regional centre of the Northern Mindanao region and is part of the Metro Cagayan de Oro area. According to the 2010 Census, the city has an estimated population of 602,088 inhabitants.

Climate

Under the Köppen climate classification system, Cagayan de Oro has a tropical climate together with the rest of the Philippines. The average temperature whole year round is 28 °C (82 °F). The highest recorded temperature in the city was 39 °C (102 °F) on June 1998.

Cagayan de Oro receives an even amount of rain throughout the year. The driest month is April, while July is the wettest. Wet season in the city starts in June and ends in November. Drier season starts in December and ends in May. The city is outside the typhoon belt, but it 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 °F (°C)

99
(37)

101
(38)

102
(39)

102
(39)

102
(39)

103
(39)

100
(38)

100
(38)

97
(36)

99
(37)

102
(39)

99
(37)

103
(39)

Average high °F (°C)

86
(30)

87
(31)

88
(31)

90
(32)

91
(33)

90
(32)

89
(32)

90
(32)

89
(32)

89
(32)

88
(31)

87
(31)

89
(32)

Average low °F (°C)

74
(23)

74
(23)

75
(24)

77
(25)

78
(26)

77
(25)

76
(24)

76
(24)

76
(24)

76
(24)

76
(24)

75
(24)

76
(24)

Record low °F (°C)

64
(18)

64
(18)

66
(19)

68
(20)

72
(22)

66
(19)

64
(18)

71
(22)

72
(22)

66
(19)

68
(20)

66
(19)

64
(18)

Precipitation inches (mm)

4.57
(116)

2.72
(69)

2.05
(52)

1.61
(41)

3.82
(97)

8.19
(208)

8.15
(207)

8.19
(208)

8.9
(226)

6.93
(176)

5.43
(138)

3.54
(90)

64.09
(1,628)

Rainfall inches (mm)

0.51
(13)

0.28
(7)

0.51
(13)

0.94
(24)

5.08
(129)

11.3
(287)

13.94
(354)

18.66
(474)

15.79
(401)

7.17
(182)

4.49
(114)

2.48
(63)

81.14
(2,061)

Avg. rainy days

10

7

6

6

8

13

14

14

15

15

11

11

130

Mean monthly sunshine hours

239.6

261.1

332.8

340.4

348.6

122.5

298.3

215

201.1

265.7

160

110.5

2,895.6

Source: Weatherbase[14]

Language

Cebuano is the city’s lingua franca, thanks to the influx of Cebuano speakers from the Visayas. English is mainly used for business and in the academe.

Most of the local populations are also fluent in Tagalog. There are also a number of older residents who can still speak basic Spanish. Hokkien Chinese is spoken by the Chinese-Filipino community in the city.

However there are a number of other languages (mostly Visayan) spoken in the city. These include Waray-Waray, Hiligaynon, Maranao, Higaonon, among others. The Chavacano creole is also spoken by immigrants from Zamboanga Peninsula and Cotabato.

Shopping

There are several shopping malls in Cagayan de Oro. Notable ones include the Ororama Chain of Stores, Limketkai Mall, SM City Cagayan de Oro, Robinsons Cagayan de Oro, Centrio, Paseo Mall, and Gaisano City Malls.

Airports

Lumbia Airport is the second-busiest airport in Mindanao after Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City which caters domestic flights to and from Manila, Cebu City and Davao City. It is set to be replaced by the larger Laguindingan International Airport, currently under construction in the Municipality of Laguindingan, some 46 kilometers southwest of Cagayan de Oro.

Laguindingan International Airport sits on a 4.17 square kilometer site in Barangay Moog, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental[25] and located 46 kilometers from the existing Lumbia Airport. It was inaugurated on January 11, 2006 with groundbreaking ceremonies presided by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who advocated the idea of an international airport in the Cagayan de Oro-Iligan Corridor.

Hospitals

Cagayan de Oro has a hospital bed to population ratio of 1:474 as of 2003. There are twelve major private and government-run hospitals including fifty Barangay Health Centres and twenty Family Planning Centres.

J.R. Borja Memorial Medical Hospital (formerly City Hospital) and Northern Mindanao Medical Center (formerly Provincial Hospital) are the two main government-run hospitals while the Polymedic Medical Plaza, Maria Reyna — Xavier University Hospital, and Capitol University Medical City are privately-owned.

Tourism

Whitewater rafting has been one of the tourism activities being promoted in the Cagayan de Oro River. The city government and the Department of Tourism has declated it as the banner tourism activity in Cagayan de Oro.

In 2004, the city registered tourist arrivals of 307,820, an increase from a previous of 232,257 in 2003.

Text adapted from Wikipedia.

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