The Filipino greeting "Mabuhay" which
means "To Live" or "Long Live..." is rarely
used. This greeting is commonly used for tourism purposes, formal
letters, political rallies or to motivate people in a formal or
In Cagayan de Oro, when meeting a friend
or a new acquaintance, one usually greets "Kumusta?" or "Kumusta
ka?" (From the Spanish term Como Estas or How are you?).
If you want to thank someone, you say "Salamat" which
is basically understood all over the country. To politely say "Please",
you say "Palihug". To say "Your Welcome",
you say "Walay Sapayan". One would say "Tsada" to
appreciate something nice, beautiful or pleasant. "Tsada" is
a unique word to Cagayan de Oro. Filipinos are not familiar with
the terms restroom or bathroom. Instead say C.R. or Comfort Room.
To bid farewell, you simply say "Bye Bye".
The Cebuano language is influenced by
Spanish. Cebuano dates, time and some numbers are in Spanish. Example
: Time - 2 o'clock (Alas Dos), Date - May, Monday (Mayo, Lunez),
Numbers - Ten (Diez).
Cebuano spoken in Cagayan de Oro is not
entirely the same with Cebuano spoken in Cebu. The tone and accent
are slightly different. Some words and expressions are used differently.
However the differences are negligible.