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Introducing Cagayan de Oro

Like university towns the world over, the energy and promise of youth endows otherwise ordinary places with a jolt of joie de vivre. Anyone over the age of 18 can feel like a fuddy-duddy walking the crowded, student-laden downtown streets of Cagayan de Oro (the ‘Oro’ refers to the gold discovered by the Spanish in the river here).

Much of Cagayan’s relatively robust economy centres on the Del Monte pineapple processing plant north of town. Nestlé and Pepsi also make their corporate homes in the Philippines here. Popular with Korean tourists who come for English lessons, the relatively cool climate and golf, the city is also the base for a number of outdoor adventures including rafting, hiking, rock climbing and caving.