Introducing Cagayan de Oro

Endowed with an impressive name (the 'Oro' part, after all, refers to the gold discovered by the Spanish in the river here), the city unfortunately has the usual traffic-clogged streets and is primarily a stop to or from Camiguin Island or the departure point for the road journey south to Davao. That it is comparatively wealthy becomes obvious when you're inching forward on the northern access road lined with new car lots. Today, much of the city's economic activity centres on the vegetable gold of the Del Monte pineapple processing plant a few kilometres north of town, and the company's plantations in the hills above Cagayan. Every Friday and Saturday night Divisoria or Golden Friendship Park is closed to street traffic and lined with food stalls and street cafés. The presence of Xavier University explains the significant student population cramming the Internet cafés.

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