Dubbed as the "City of Golden Friendship," Cagayan de
Oro City is located along Macalajar Bay in the Central
Coast of Northern Mindanao and serves as a regional
center for Region 10.
Some of the city’s main attractions are the
spectacular Catanico Falls, Macahambus Cave and Gorge,
the Shell Museum and a stretch of beautiful beaches.
Cagayan de Oro is fast gaining an image as the most
favored convention center in Southern Philippines. Now,
it takes pride in its latest premier attraction -the
Gardens of Malasag Eco - Tourism Village.
Misamis Oriental used to be a part of Cebu. In 1818,
it became a "conregimento" comprised of 4 "partidos" or
divisions; namely, Partido de MIsamis, Partido de
Dapitan, Partido de Cagayan and Partido de Catarman.
During the latter part of the 19th century, Misamis
was one of the 6 districts of Mindanao, and later, one
of the seven districts in Mindanao and Sulu at the close
of the Spanish era with Cagayan de Misamis, now Cagayan
de Oro, as its capital. When it was still a part of the
district of Cebu, there were 12 Spaniards and 9
Filipinos who successively served as "governadore" with
Mayor Carabello as the first governor in 1874.
Legislative Act. No. 3537, approved in November 2,
1929, divided the province of Misamis into two provinces
due to the lack of geographical contiguity: Misamis
Oriental and Misamis Occidental. However, it was not
until 10 years later that the division was implemented
by an amendment, Act. No. 3777, adopted on November
28,1939. When Misamis Oriental became a separate
province, Don Gregorio Pelaez was its first Governor.
Since then, there were 14 past governors who were
elected and appointed by operation of law.
The earliest known settlers of the territory were the
Negritoes. Centuries later, Malay colonists with
Mongoloid features, fought the natives for the control
of the rich Cagayan River coastal plains. The struggle
for possession has finally won the native Visayans over
the Bukidnons. In the 1500´s most of the Mindanao area
had fallen under the Muslim and the inhabitants were
converted into Islam. As part of Mindanao, the people of
the territory were obliged to pay tribute to the Muslim