Cagayan de Oro has certain things in common with famous cities in China. Someone might raise his eyebrows again. Well, this article is made for the open-minded people only.
1. SHIPPING – Just like the city of Shanghai, Cagayan de Oro has reaped the benefits of its location. Situated in Northern Mindanao, Cagayan de Oro is very much accessible for inter-island activities, be it trade or tourism. It has one of the Philippines busiest and highest earning container ports.
2. MANUFACTURING BUSINESS – Undeniably, Cagayan de Oro has plenty of manufacturing companies that have employed thousands of people. If Guangzhou is the largest manufacturer of Cantonese food, CDO has one of the largest exporter of Pineapples in the world, the Del Monte Philippines. Other multinational companies have also been present in the city such as Nestle Philippines. The neighboring towns in Misamis Oriental have large companies too such as the Coca Cola Mega Plant in Villanueva.
3. HIGH RISE – It would be a delusion if I would say that Cagayan de Oro has the same skyline with that of Hong Kong or Shanghai. But, CDO is unquestionably one of the fastest growing cities in the Philippines. Our city is becoming more of a Chinese city filled with tall edifices. Limketkai pioneered the first high rise structure in the city with its imposing 19 story Limketkai Hotel. It is currently constructing another tower which is 33 floors high. ZEALEP’s 18 story The Riviera Hotel and Avida Land’s 23 story Centrio Tower Condominium are already under construction. Camella is also set to build its 26 story twin tower condominiums which they claimed to be their first high rise residential offering outside Metro Manila.
4. HEAVILY POPULATED – Everyone knows that China has the largest population in the world. Shanghai alone houses over 20 million people. On the other hand, Cagayan de Oro’s population has grown from 553,996 (2007) to 602,088 (2010) based on the survey conducted by the National Statistics Office (NSO) and is the 4th most populous city outside Metro Manila.
5. NIGHT MARKET – When the sun goes down, the life begins in Plaza Divisoria. Known for its night market, the busy and lively streets of Divisoria reminds me of the night bazaars in Hong Kong.
Cagayan de Oro may have a touch of China but it has established its own identity. Yes, it is small, too small compared to Shanghai and Beijing. Life in our city is too far from the modern world of Hong Kong. But, there is no place like CDO in the world. It has carved its own way. It is traversing its own path. And most of all, it is proudly Made in the Philippines.