Cagayan de Oro: Food, Friends, and Events

It was our first time in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) over the weekend. +Jomar Tigcal and I were speakers during the +GDG Cagayan de Oro 6th Monthsary Meetup.

We were at NAIA Terminal 3 at around 5:30 AM (early for our 6:55 AM flight). Surprisingly, our flight departed on time and arrived CDO on time. By 8:20 AM we found ourselves in the one-month young Laguindingan International Airport. By the time we exited the airport, we found our former colleague +Paul Michael Labis who is now home-based in CDO.

Divine Mercy Shrine

Our first stop was the Divine Mercy Christ Shrine in El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental. It's one of the cities and municipalities between CDO City and the airport. Paul dropped Jomar and I off at the entrance of the Shrine and we climbed the many steps of stairs (I should have counted it!). Oh and at the entrance they'll lend girls a skirt that you could wear while inside the shrine compound.

The statue was huge!

We said our prayers and thanksgiving before heading up behind these amazingly huge statue of Jesus. We also read about the different miracles that happened on this hill - like the dancing sun. We also saw the miracle water from a well that is said to cure illness. We didn't get a chance to go near the well because it started to drizzle. Thus, we went back to Paul's car and headed to the restaurant where we'll have brunch.

Panagatan Seafood Restaurant

They serve good food at reasonable price plus it's located over the sea. 

Cold sea breeze

We ordered baked scallops and calamari, seafood noodles, and aligue rice. It was delicious.

Mallberry Suites Business Hotel

After eating and a lot of stories, Paul dropped us off at Tune Hotel. I didn't make any reservations thinking that it wasn't fully booked. Much to my surprise, only the third floor of the eleven floors are open that weekend. Luckily the receptionist helped us find the nearest hotel. They even called the hotel to reserve a room for us. We hailed a cab off to the Mallberry Suites Business Hotel. We got a deluxe room for Php 2,400.00 (inclusive of breakfast for 2). It was a decent place to rest our head for the night. The folks at the reception were not smiling at all (except for one girl). The room didn't have towels initially and we had to ask for towels. After leaving our stuff we walked going to MUST (Mindanao University of Science & Technology).

+GDG Cagayan de Oro Event

It was a full house! When we arrived, Mr. Romar was discussing about the Yii Framework while I tried to prepare for my Google Apps for Education talk. I had fun showing the kids (college students from different schools in CDO) the different apps that are included in Google Apps. I was followed by a talk by Jomar about Android design then HTML5 talk by +Josan Astrid Dometita.

6th Monthsary Meetup of GDG CDO

After the meetup, Josan and the community leads in CDO responsible for Software Freedom Day met to plan for DevFest CDO. We joined them and chip in on whatever details we can. This was followed by dinner with Paul and Josan.

Thai Me Up

I have such a geeky boyfriend that said he thought it was "Thai Me App". Geeky. If we had lunch over the sea, we were having dinner under the Nipa Hut while seating on the floor. It was a really pretty restaurant. One of the highlight of the dinner is the drink called Love Potion (it was actually watermelon and apple(?) - we can't be sure).

Thai Me Up!

After dinner, we purchased pasalubong! I wished I hoarded more pastel because the one dozen I purchased for our house was gone in an hour! I also brought some for my office mates.

CSI. Sleep. Tomato Pesto and Mozarella.

After the long day, Jomar and I returned to Mallberry Suites. We watched two episodes of CSI then slept. I was actually sort of scared because I felt like we weren't alone in the room - I said my prayers and decided to sleep. At around 4:30 AM, the power was gone. After 10 mins when the power in our room did not turn back on - I thought the hotel did not have a generator. Much to our surprise there were lights in the hall way. It seems the key card in our room is not working and we had to insert it again before the electricity in our room came back.

After packing our things, Jomar and I checked out then waited for Josan to fetch us. Josan's mom and auntie dropped us off in the airport. The new airport have Kenny Rogers and Seattle's Best in the pre-departure area. Jomar and I had breakfast in Seattle's Best. I was so happy when I discovered that my fave panini (sandwich) from Kenny Rogers (which was phased out) is now available in Seattle's Best. Tomato Pesto Mozzarella!

It was such a short sweet stay in CDO. I hope to be back soon.

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