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Bong’s Travel Journal: An Unexpected Find in Cagayan De Oro

In this blog entry, we travel with our Operations Manager, Bong Maylas, as he visits the new Divine Mercy Shrine in Cagayan De Oro, Mindanao.

Bong’s Travel Journal: An Unexpected Find in Cagayan De Oro Published on July 3, 2013 by Team Trends CDO-Image copyIn this blog entry, we travel with our Operations Manager, Bong Maylas, as he visits the new Divine Mercy Shrine in Cagayan De Oro, Mindanao.Bong CDO My journey started at N Hotel, a very nice, economical accommodation which serves a good buffet and is complete with pool amenities. I was supposed to do the usual Cagayan De Oro (CDO) City tour but as fate would have it, I was directed elsewhere. A friend of mine from CDO took me to the Divine Mercy Shrine..


didn’t know what to expect as I had never heard of this Church; but upon arriving there, I was amazed. The ride took about an hour or less and when you reach the sacred grounds you will be greeted by the statue of Jesus Christ. It was quite big and it felt like I was seeing the massive statue of Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

The statue is situated at the top of a hill where flower beds surround the whole place. It also overlooks the Mindanao Sea. Stairs (100 of them!) can be found at the center where one can hike up to the base of the statue and revel in its beauty. Although, if you really want to feel the beating presence of the Lord, you can climb up the stairs found at the side going straight to His heart. The church at the back is still under construction but you can already sense the solemnity and peacefulness of the place.

The plan for the church is simple and inviting. It will be in the shape of a circular dome enclosed with wide doors and windows with its roof designed with the crown of thorns that our Lord Jesus Christ wore. A huge cross will rise at the back of the church. A worthy experience, a lovely sight. Mindanao in a refreshing light.

Bonus: C.D.O. Adventure Hit List!

Obviously, the Divine Mercy Shrine is on our list of must-see places in Cagayan De Oro. But CDO has much more in store for you, especially if you love the great outdoors—this place is adventure central! Here are a few of our recommendations:.

White Water Rafting

As you can see on our cover image, white water rafting is a must-do, especially if it is your first time in CDO! Feel the unique—and refreshing!—adrenaline rush that comes with racing down world-class rapids. But also, marvel at the the wonder of how such a massive river has carved through the mountainous landscape of CDO, watering this beautiful land. It is truly an epic sight. There are several guide companies you can employ, and you can choose either a beginner or advanced course. River guides have a number of experiences along the river that you may want to be surprised about—so we won’t ruin that for you! Suffice it to say, we highly recommend this adventure, especially for the brave ones. Cost for CDO white water rafting ranges from P700 to P1200.

Mapawa Nature Park

If you are a fan of waterfalls and the idea of a river trek is appealing to you, head to Mapawa Nature Park. The river has multiple falls and offers multiple options of how to get from top to bottom: rappel down with ropes, slide down a natural chute created by the water in the rock, or simply leap off! Sound like fun? It is—and people have been raving about it.

Monigue Caves

Not for the claustrophobic, but definitely for those with the explorer’s heart! Discover an almost alien world beneath the surface of the earth where rock and mineral formations offer a spectacle unlike anything else. If you’re ready to get down and dirty, this is for you.

If you are planning a trip to Cagayan De Oro, we’d love to help you get there!

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