Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August is FIESTA TIME, baby! What do you like about living in Cagayan de Oro City?

Cagayan de Oro Fiesta Time!
Well, well, it’s now August, a festive month for those of us who live in Cagayan De Oro City.  At the end of the month, most Cagayanons partake in the city’s Fiesta Celebration (called the Kagay-an Festival)…but the festivities usually start weeks before, with midnight madness sales, huge events, carnivals, celebrity visits, the Ms. Cagayan de Oro Pageant, and all sorts of stuff.

The highlight for many, of course, is the food on the fiesta day itself.  Most Cagayanon families host a big banquet in their houses.  This is one of the few days in the year where frugality is thrown out the window and whole neighborhoods become food extravaganzas.  It’s not uncommon for people to visit one neighbor, stuff themselves on their food and drink, socialize a bit, then move on to another neighbor’s house to do the same thing. 

Viva St. Agustin, indeed.

Well, I say most Cagayanons because non-Catholic families, like ours, usually don’t partake in the festivities.  It doesn’t mean that we refuse invitations…we humbly accept those, it would be rude not to.  But, since this is a Catholic Holiday, celebrating the life of the city’s patron saint, we usually don’t partake in anything beyond accepting friend’s invitations. 

Since the Cagayan de Oro’s Fiesta is coming this month, I’d like you, dear readers who currently or formerly live in the City of Golden Friendship, to answer this simple question:

What do you like about living in Cagayan de Oro City?

Since I don’t celebrate the Fiesta, I want instead use this blog to honor the city that I have called home for the past 15 years.  And you guys are along for the ride. 

Please leave a comment here, explaining why you love Cagayan de Oro.  Then, as the Fiesta draws near, I will consolidate your submissions and make it into a new post.  I already have a handful of things to say, but I’d also like to get the heartbeat of other Cagayanons.

I’ll be waiting.


  1. Cagayan de Oro is definitely a home for me. I've been born and raised here all my life. Although I had the pleasure of going out of the city for a few trips, but I really love coming back here.

    One of the things why I like, no, love Cagayan de Oro because you can get around anywhere for at least 20-30 minutes. Traffic is also minimal, which is also great. Also, the city is not that polluted unlike our capital city (which I will not name, but I know everybody knows which one it is).

    More importantly, I have all my friends and family here!!!

  2. I used to enjoy walking across the bridge, especially when there were giant bamboos and trees growing along both sides of the riverbanks, gone now I think.

    The only other thing that comes to mind is the food. Pigok and kiseo and tsokolate from purong tablea. Native fruits in season like lumboy, lanzones, and kasoy. You can add the pastillas de leche of Highland Fresh there, and Patsy's Peanuts.

    Oh ok..you can also count in the Abueva statue of Mayor Borja in Divisoria. I love that one as well.

    Nice survey, by the way. Hope more of your readers participate!


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