Thursday, November 18, 2010

City of Golden Friendship

An hour and a half plane ride away from Manila,  Cagayan de Oro is considered the Adventure Capital of the Philippines. Aside from the white-water rafting CDO is famous for, the longest Zipline in Asia can now be found in the nearby town of Bukidnon -- Zipzone at Dahilayan Adventure Park.

Lumbia Airport

Kuya Bong, our tour guide/driver is already waiting for us at the arrival area when we arrived.  After having breakfast at McDonald's, we were all set for the first adventure of the trip -- Zipline!  That would be another post so stay tuned.

We were finished by noon time and instead of going back to the city, we opted to have lunch at the Del Monte Clubhouse.

My Zipzone All Rides band
Bottomless pineapple juice for Php20!
Roast Beef

The servings were HUGE!  I don't know if it was because of the adrenaline rush from the Zipline but I did finished my order while everyone only had one slab of beef.  Everything, from the meat to the vegetables, were from the Del Monte farm so you can just imagine how fresh the food was.

While having lunch, I was also on the phone calling Kagay and checking if we can still make it to the afternoon rafting since the schedule is at 1230H.  Good thing Kuya Bong was able to convince them to wait for us.  Our white water rafting adventure will also be on another post.

After a very tiring and exhilarating day, it was time to take a shower and finally check-in at our home in CDO, the Mallberry Suites.  Highly recommended! Clean rooms and convenient location, this is definitely the best place to stay in Cagayan de Oro.

Standard Room
Bad TV reception though
The gang at the Lobby

Divisoria on a Saturday night -- jampacked!
Free movies for by-standers

We passed by Barkadahan Grill while Ukay-ukay shopping and decided to try it out.  We were surprised to see how affordable the food was. 

Barkadahan Grill Menu
Waiting to be seated
Unlimited rice
On my table

Blue Marlin - I love it!
Fresh Lumpia
Cagayan de Oro Must-Buys

SLERS -- the home of the best ham in town
I love the Beef Pastrami Sandwich. The best!
Slers Ham
Vjandep pastel - Bought 4 dozens for pasalubong

Our last meal in CDO was very disappointing.  We were supposed to have lunch at Bigby's but it was closed when we got there at 1400H, we crossed the street and found Mamma Maria's Pizzeria instead.

Soft opening hence the balloons
63 inches World Record Pizza
Open kitchen

Didn't like it at all.

Fried chicken, rice and bolognese pasta combo


  1. The best part of Cagayan de oro City is the water rafting, it always gives me fun and thrills. So for those who have not experience water rafting, try to visit here at Cagayan de oro City.

    Cagayan De Oro Rafting

  2. Seems that you have enjoyed your stay here in Cagayan de Oro. That's cool! You are welcome to come again in the City of Golden Friendship.

    A proud Kagay-anon

  3. Hi Kriza and Soledad! It was a very exciting and enjoyable trip. Will definitely be back again to your beautiful city :)


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