Kagayanons’ favorite weekend spots

Kagayanons, just like any people in the world value the word… weekend. After five manic weekdays, every person in CDO from all walks of life, whether a student or employee look forward to Saturdays and Sundays wherein they can relax with their family and friends. Where do Kagay-anons usually spend their weekends? Here are some top weekend spots in the City of Golden Friendship. Hey! They are not based on a survey but merely from my own observation as a Kagay-anon.

Centrio Mall

From shopping, dining, and world class entertainment… this mall almost has everything!

They say Kagay-anons love to eat and Centrio Mall is definitely the most in demand dining spot in the city today. The Centrio Garden is its main attraction surrounded by posh restaurants, cafes, and coffee shops. Internationally and locally renowned  food establishments like T.G.I. Fridays, Starbucks, J.Co, Mesa, and Italianni’s are there to satisfy everyone’s cravings.

Centrio has the best movie houses in the city too. Cinemas are always full especially if there are blockbuster movies just like now that the Transformers fever is on. Oh, by the way, I purchased two tickets yesterday afternoon for today’s last full show of Transformers and amazingly, the seats are almost fully occupied. Because Centrio cinemas are in demand, I have observed that other malls in the city have also upgraded their own movie houses to catch up with the trend.

Just like any Ayala Malls in the Philippines, the favorite brands in fashion are once found only in Manila are already found at Centrio. Shopaholics find this mall therapeutic.

Lifestyle District

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It’s a strip of restaurant, dessert shops, and bars where people go for karaoke sessions, partying, drinking and chit-chatting. Sing your heart out at Microphone Hero and feel like a concert king or a pop diva.


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Famous for its beaches, Opol is still the Kagayanons’ most preferred destination for beach outings. It is very near and convenient for any Kagay-anon who is in the mood of seeing the sun, sand, and sea on weekends. It is also a favorite venue for beach parties.

Apart from its wide stretch of gray sand, Opol has seafood restaurants. People enjoy a more intimate lunch or dinner here with a ‘by the sea’ ambiance and complemented by good music from live bands.

Limketkai Center

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It is not just a mall. It’s a business district. Before Ayala came, Limketkai has already brought premier brands here in CDO. Brand conscious Kagayanons shop at LKK Mall for Lacoste, Marks and Spencer, Springfield, Gap, F&F, and many more.

Just like Centrio, Limketkai Center has a wide selection of dining establishments. It is the home of the many firsts in the city and Mindanao… first Starbucks, McDonald’s, and Jollibee in Mindanao; first Krispy Kreme in Cagayan de Oro; and the first legacy restaurant of Shakey’s in the Visayas and Mindanao area. The Gateway Park is a growing dining destination at Limketkai. Siam by Krua Thai will reopen there soon.

For now, Limketkai’s movie houses are closed for renovation. But, wait till these cinemas will open this year. They might set a new benchmark.


The most famous weekend spot in the city before because of the night cafe and market is now more quite and peaceful. For the Kagayanons who want to sit and unwind in a park, Divisoria is still in their bucket list. For anyone who wants an affordable massage, this is where CDO folks go especially at the Amphitheater.

There you go, the top weekend spots in the City of Golden Friendship. I will definitely go to one of these places tonight. Happy weekend!