Interesting Local Facts about Living in Cagayan de Oro City

Are you looking for a house and lot for sale in Cagayan de Oro City? Do you want to reside and be part of the ‘City of Golden Friendship?’ If so, get to know more about Cagayan de Oro City and why it is one of the best places to live in the Philippines.

Reasons to Live in Cagayan De Oro City | Photo from The Philippines
Reasons to Live in Cagayan De Oro City | Photo from The Philippines

Perhaps, you’ve countlessly heard of the city called ‘Cagayan de Oro City.’ It acquires the moniker ‘The City of Golden Friendship’ because of its warm, friendly, and hospitable people. Hence, Cagayan de Oro City has much more than its name. It is a highly urbanized city and is the capital of Misamis Oriental, with 728,402 permanent residents as of the 2020 census. The city also serves as a business hub and a gateway to Northern Mindanao. It is a viable city, with Macalajar Bay and the surrounding Cagayan River. Should you wish to live in a thriving province with hospitable people, then no one can beat the rank of Cagayan de Oro City.

Do you still want to know more about Cagayan de Oro? Are you still curious to know what lies within the city or what are the local trivia prevalent to it? Well, here are five interesting local trivia or facts about what it feels like living in Cagayan de Oro City:  

Kagayanons love hanging out on city bridges

There is inexplicably something special about Kagayanon and its bridges. During the 1980s and 1990s, the locals of Cagayan de Oro started a trend of hanging out at Don Mariano Marcos Bridge. It is not unusual for people to stop by the bridge and watch the sunsets.

Often, a group of friends or family members bring mouth-watering foods and cold beverages. They will just leisurely stay on the bridge’s sidewalk. Playing serene music and having short chit-chat is what locals usually do there. Still, since the local government issued a resolution that bans this practice, the trend has slowly faded away. For a while, people stop going to bridges and hanging out.  

However, new infrastructural projects made up the city not long after that. New bridges started to flourish, and the locals revived the tradition, too. The colorful Gov. Ysalina Bridge, the Marcos Bridge, the Puntod-Kauwswagan Bridge, Kagay-an Bridge, and Taguanao Bridge receive local visitors daily. When you reside in Cagayan de Oro city, you can also try this unique local tradition and a unique overlooking experience.  

Kagayanons frequented KTV and Pub Bars 

Sky Bar in Cagayan Town Center Photo from Project Lupad
Sky Bar in Cagayan Town Center Photo from Project Lupad

It is no exaggeration when you meet a foreign tourist, and they will tell you that Filipinos love to sing. As a Filipino, you can attest to how almost everyone knows how to sing, or at least has the confidence to sing out loud. It is not uncommon for Filipinos to have a get-together during weekends and spend most of the night in pubs or KTV bars. What’s uncommon for some is if it is done during weekdays.

Thus, what’s funny and unique about Kagay-anons is their will to visit KTV bars even on weekdays! Some locals who work for private companies frequented the KTV bars and sang their hearts out as a way of de-stressing. The purpose of going is not to showcase how good or talented they are but to release the stress that’s bottling up. For Kagayanons, it doesn’t matter if you are a good singer. The most important thing to them is how you let yourself be free from all the stress and enjoy yourself. Entertain yourself and your friends when you stop by Cagayan de Oro’s longest-running KTV bars.  

If you already have a house and lot in Cagayan de Oro city, you will know that locals value the art of singing. They started with “minus one” cassette tapes, but now, Cagayan de Oro has numerous KTV bars flourishing throughout it. Cagayan de Oro can give you the best singing experience, from smaller KTV rooms to family rooms. The smaller KTV bars use coins, whereas singing family rooms provide enough space for 10 to 20 people.  

Kagayanons Enjoy plenty of Natural and Man-made Attractions 

You can never go wrong with Cagayan de Oro. For locals, they have plenty of options to choose from should they decide to take a short weekend break. It boasts beautiful natural attractions while also housing well-managed museums and parks. Locals and tourists can even try out adventurous activities that can pump up their adrenaline rush. Some natural attractions that bless the locals of Cagayan de Oro are Mapawa Nature Park, Macahambus Hill Cave, and Catanico Falls. However, the accessible leisure parks that most locals enjoy going to are the Museum of Three Cultures, Macahambus Adventure Park, and the Divine Mercy Shrine.  

There are plenty of fun-filled activities in this city, too! An interesting fact is that locals living in Cagayan de Oro can enjoy all the bountiful and luscious spots of the entire town. They are also showered with attractions and activities that boost their tourism. For instance, whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro river gives them national recognition.  

Cagayan de Oro has Plenty of Cafes and Snack Bars

Coffee Project in CDO Photo from Booky
Coffee Project in CDO Photo from Booky

You can find plenty of Instagram-able cafes, pastries shops, and snack bars in the City of Golden Friendship. They have a sweet tooth for bread, cupcakes, and coffee. Frequently, locals will set a coffee date and hang out with friends. Tourist guides even promote the coffee shops in the city where they can casually sit down and appreciate the cozy ambiance.

Whether you are a local or foreign tourist, you should at least try a few of Cagayan de Oro’s cafés because it also signifies how they value personal communication. The sprawling establishments throughout the city verify their eagerness to meet new people and listen to them. After all, Cagayan de Oro’s moniker of ‘City of Golden Friendship .’In this city, you can find an authentic and genuine human connection.  

Some well-known coffee shops you can visit in Cagayan de Oro City are The Coffee Project, Bean Voyage, Bowerbird Coffee, Coffee Space, and H Proper Coffee Roasters.  

Cagayan de Oro has a unique mini-vehicle called “Motorola.” 

Cagayan de Oro City Motorelas Photo from MindaNews
Cagayan de Oro City Motorelas Photo from MindaNews

One of the Philippines’ pride is its colorful jeepneys. Public fares are usually cheap here compared to other countries in the world. Hence, there is another iconic public vehicle in the country that every Filipino can use. Somewhere along Mindanao’s north-central coast, a city boasts a mini public car called “Motorola.”

It is similar to Thailand’s tuk-tuk vehicle, but it can only cater to up to six or eight passengers. It was first invented by Rafael D. Floirendo, Sr., in 1964, and he even filed for its patent registration. His majestic work of art became Cagayan de Oro’s trademark. That’s why the city occasionally held Motorola’s contemporary exhibits.  

Do not miss the chance to experience the traveling experience with Motorola’s hybrid version of jeepney and tricycle. You will only get to try this iconic three-wheeled vehicle when you buy a house and lot for sale in Cagayan de Oro. You can leisurely explore the city with a couple of pennies. 

Get A Taste of Europe in Camella Cagayan de Oro – Gran Europa  

With all the trivial and fun things only locals know about Cagayan de Oro city, it is understandable that you are also hoping to settle in a vibrant place like it. Thus, you can only get the most out of your living experience when you reside in a house and lot in Cagayan de Oro City. The trusted home builder in the Philippines, Camella Homes, is offering you a European home right at the city’s heart. It is a master-planned house and lot development in the “City of Golden Friendship” with sprawling seven enclaves.

Each enclave has intricate designs and options that can cater to all types of Filipino families. Each of the seven enclaves can respond to your financial budget, market segments, personal preferences, and unique taste. You may opt to buy a house and lot with a quaint Italian-inspired village, a charismatic Spanish suburb, or aesthetic French villas with Monet-inspired gardens. Whatever house models and enclaves you choose, rest assured that they can level up your lifestyle beyond your imagination.  

Camella Gran Europa community with house for sale in Cagayan
Camella Gran Europa community with house for sale in Cagayan de Oro

Wait no more when looking for an affordable house and lot for sale in Cagayan de Oro City. The 250-hectare township development of Camella Gran Europa offers a lifestyle that looks like a dream. You can experience a comfortable life near your essential needs when settling with it. For a moment, Camella Gran Europa is an ideal place perfect for starting families, young professionals, and retirees. Those working in the city can easily access the transportation hubs in the city as they are only a few minutes away (not to mention that there’s an actual daily shuttle service available to the resident around the vicinity.)

Moreover, schools, commercial malls, and places of worship are also near Camella Gran Europa, making it a strategic place perfect for every Filipino family. For example, some of the nearby schools where your kids can have the best quality education it needs are Georgia Academy (100 meters away), Rosevale School (2.3 km away), Corpus Christi School (2.9km away) and the prestigious Xavier University.  

Of course, it is natural for mommies to stop by commercial malls to buy the family’s needs and restock their necessities. Therefore, the trusted home builder of Camella Homes ensures that the exclusive community of Camella Gran Europa is near SM City Uptown, Centrio Mall, SM CDO Downtown Premier, Cogon Market, and Carmen Public Market. The convenience and accessibility of the community’s location make everyday living more holistic, not only for all-around moms but also for every family member. An unrivaled way of life is attainable when you have a house and lot in Camella Gran Europa.  

House Models You Can Choose From Camella Gran Europa’s Seven Enclaves  

With all the benefits and advantages that Camella Gran Europa has, it is time for you to know what type of house model is suitable to meet your family’s needs. A wide array of real estate properties, like affordable starter, mid-sized, and grand-sized homes. Examine what type of house best fits your budget, criteria, and family size.  

Bella and Cara as Starter Homes  

If you are newly-wed couples who plan to start a family in the future, Bella and Cara house models are the best choice for you. It is spacious and affordable, good enough for you and your partner. However, if you are a young professional who decides to start anew, this house model is also ideal. The Bella house model has two bedrooms, whereas the Cara has three house models.   

Dani and Ella as Mid-Sized Homes

Mid-sized homes like Dani and Ella are perfect for mid-sized families with 4 or 5 family members. It has an average price and size that can give ample space for the family. Dani’s house model has four bedrooms and three toilets and baths. On the other note, the Ella house model has five bedrooms with three toilets and bathrooms. 

Greta and Freya as Grand-Sized Homes

If your family wants a house and lot for sale with a balcony and carport, Greta and Freya are the house models you need. Expanding families can have a spacious shelter for everybody. Freya has five bedrooms, three bathrooms, a built-in balcony, and a family carport. On the other hand, the most prominent and biggest house for sale in the Camella Series is the Greta house model. It has the same inclusions as Freya; the only difference is that it has two carports and a luxurious bathtub.  

Come home now to the European-inspired community of Camella Gran Europa. Here, you can have a one-of-a-kind living suitable for your kids.

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