Few years ago, Cagayan de Oro was teased as the City of Tallest Grasses. Nobody anticipated that this once sleepy and lonely place filled with blady grass would grow rapidly into an urban metropolis similar to a histrionic woman, so pretty, captivating, and attractive to the eyes of local and foreign investors.
The featured photo above shows the booming downtown CDO. The notable structures from right to left are Limketkai Hotel (currently the tallest in the city), Gateway Tower, Limketkai Mall, Tune Hotel, Mallberry Suites, Centrio Mall, and Seda Hotel. Most of these buildings were not present three years ago.
Cagayan de Oro’s development has spread around. The last photo shows Capitol University Medical City dominating the skyline of Eastern CDO. The gigantic cranes of Cagayan de Oro Port were also captured. It is one of the busiest and highest earning ports in the country. For January 2013 alone, it contributed P45.77 million to the Bureau of Customs.
This is CDO’s skyline today. And it continues to evolve. What will CDO look like five years from now? With the high-rise proposals that are currently pouring in just like the 25 floors The Loop Twin Towers at Limketkai, 23 floors Centrio Tower of Ayala, and the 18 story Riviera Hotel of Zealep, all these will definitely redefine CDO’s skyline to a higher level.
Photos by Kim D. Zaldivar