Because a picture paints a thousand words: Snapshots from the life of Carlos Neri Arce

We are bringing back this updated story in celebration of the life and works of one of Cagayan de Oro’s foremost visual artists and photographers Nene Arce who recently passed on at the fine young age of 97.

 At the spry young age of 86, Carlos Neri Arce published a book about his family’s journey in Cagayan de Oro over the last 90 years.… Continue reading... “Because a picture paints a thousand words: Snapshots from the life of Carlos Neri Arce”

THE WATER TOWER CENTENNIAL 1922-2022

Valuing the past to grasp a sustainable future

The Construction

The construction of the Cagayan Waterworks Tank, or the Water Tower as we know it today, began in 1919. Its pipes were ordered from the US a year prior.

Cagayan Waterworks Water Tower under construction in 1921 (CDO Museum)

Budget for the construction of the structure was projected at P33,000, and shared between the US Insular Government and the Municipal Government of Cagayan de Misamis.… Continue reading... “THE WATER TOWER CENTENNIAL 1922-2022”

Pueblo de Oro to invest P6-7B more, redevelop Township: Uptown Pioneer shares vision for Makati of Cagayan de Oro

The man who went where angels feared to tread and almost singlehandedly willed the creation of what has now become the booming Uptown Cagayan de Oro, recently shared his vision for what lies beyond the post-pandemic horizon.

Guillermo D. Luchangco, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation (PDO), perked up the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.’s… Continue reading... “Pueblo de Oro to invest P6-7B more, redevelop Township: Uptown Pioneer shares vision for Makati of Cagayan de Oro”

Guillermo D. Luchangco: Chamber honors Oro Visionary with Hall Dedication

The Voice of Business in Northern Mindanao honors one of its pioneer visionaries in Cagayan de Oro during its general assembly today.

The highlight of the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation, Inc.’s (Oro Chamber) 2nd General Membership Meeting and Induction of New Members held virtually via zoom was the unveiling and dedication of the Guillermo D.Continue reading... “Guillermo D. Luchangco: Chamber honors Oro Visionary with Hall Dedication”

2nd Lt Apollo Bacarrisas Tiano : The Forgotten Kagay-anon Hero in the ‘Forgotten War’

It wasn’t their war, but when one country threatens the freedom of another, Filipinos did not hesitate to answer to answer the call to arms.

When the Republic of Korea (ROK) was created in 15 August 1948, the Philippines became the first Asian state to open diplomatic relations with the ROK, and the fifth overall in the world.… Continue reading... “2nd Lt Apollo Bacarrisas Tiano : The Forgotten Kagay-anon Hero in the ‘Forgotten War’”

Folklore, Fakelore and the Ethnolinguistic History of the name Cagayan

Place name explanations often border on the fantastic and the comical. Intramuros, for instance, was said to have been named “so that the Moros will not entra.” Arnold Azurin (1995) calls this cultural malpractice the abuse of folklore in our national culture, coining the term “fakelore.”

What is the folklore and fakelore of the name “Cagayan”?… Continue reading... “Folklore, Fakelore and the Ethnolinguistic History of the name Cagayan”

Mommy Toots marks Century Milestone: The Life and Times of Ruth Tiano-Pañares, 100

On June 8, 2021,  Ruth Tiano Pañares, the only surviving sibling of the famous Tiano Brothers celebrated her 100th Birthday with family and friends.

It’s a pity Cagayan de Oro was under MECQ otherwise “Mommy Toots” as she fondly known by one and all,  would have been accorded the honors due to her and her siblings as Heroes not only Cagayan, but of the Philippines as well.… Continue reading... “Mommy Toots marks Century Milestone: The Life and Times of Ruth Tiano-Pañares, 100”

Kagay-an, the historical name of Cagayan de Oro

Kagay-an is a word that directly relates to the city’s culture, history and people, who call themselves Kagay-anons.

Cagayan has always been pronounced by lumad Kagay-anons as Kagay-an. In fact, nobody says Kagayanon but Kagay-anon.

It is the historical original name of Cagayan de Oro, formerly known as Cagayan de Misamis.Continue reading... “Kagay-an, the historical name of Cagayan de Oro”

The History and Legacy of the Bautista Manuscript on the Philippine Revolution in Misamis Province 1900-1901 By Filomeno M. Baustista, Sr.

Many Kagay-anons may have heard about the famous “Bautista Manuscript” but to this day few know what it was all about.

It was written by a public-school teacher Filomeno Marcos Bautista, Sr., who was the former Academic Supervisor of Surigao, Bukidnon  and Misamis upon his retirement in 1933.

Filomeno Marcos Abellanosa Bautista was born on April 25, 1890 in Cagayan de Misamis.… Continue reading... “The History and Legacy of the Bautista Manuscript on the Philippine Revolution in Misamis Province 1900-1901 By Filomeno M. Baustista, Sr.”

Kagay-an’s Ancestral Houses and Other Heritage Structures

We are heartened that  the City Tourism Office’s series of videos online dwelling on various aspects of the city’s history and heritage for our 2021 commemoration of Cagayan de Oro City’s  Himugso Festival which had to be conducted virtually due to the city’s current MECQ status.

Its first offering aired 8 June entitled “Soul of the City” focused on the city’s iconic water tower now housing the City Museum and taglined “The Oldest Public Structure in the City.”… Continue reading... “Kagay-an’s Ancestral Houses and Other Heritage Structures”