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  Gateway to Northern Mindanao

Dancers clad in Higaonon-inspired attire during Kagay-an Festival 2008

Cagayan de Oro City is located at the northern coast of Mindanao, Philippines. It is the capital of Misamis Oriental province and the regional center for Northern Mindanao (Region 10). The city is popularly known for its initials CDO or CDOC.

Cebuano or Bisaya is the city's main dialect. English on the other hand is widely used in schools, media, government and commercial transactions. People from Cagayan de Oro are called Kagayanons.

Most are brown-skinned of Malay descent and some with mixed ancestry popularly known to locals as mestizo.

The city is home to several universities and colleges. Xavier University, Liceo de Cagayan University and Capitol University are known in the fields of nursing, medicine, agriculture, engineering and commerce.

Cagayan de Oro is known as "The Gateway to Northern Mindanao" because of its location and good transportation facilities. However, it is through her warm and hospitable people that the city became more known as "The City of Golden Friendship".

City Facts
Copyrighted photo.  Read the Terms of Use. COUNTRY Republic of the Philippines
ISLAND Mindanao
PROVINCE Misamis Oriental
AREA CODE 8822 (MisorTel); 88 (Philcom)
TIME + 8 hours
POPULATION 553,966 (2007 Census)
POPULATION GROWTH 2.54% (2007 Census)
LAND AREA 488.86 square kilometers
LANGUAGE Cebuano, Tagalog, English
RELIGION Christian, Islam, Buddhism
CURRENCY Philippine Peso (PhP)
MEASUREMENT Metric, mixed with English
ELECTRICITY 220 volts, 60 cycles
ELECTRIC PLUG Type A, Flat Blade
ROAD Left Hand Drive

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