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CDO gets Egged

by: Casey Emata

The young people had work to do, morning ‘til sundown: exchange smiles and give away eggs.

Thursday, April 8—expectant, energized, and enthusiastic hands and feet gave away colored plastic eggs as invitations to the City of Golden Friendship to join in the first ever “Easter Friday” experience on April 9, 7 pm at Victory Place (3rd Floor Bo’s Velez). The group of students were members of Every Nation Campus Ministries.


The first eggs, accompanied with shy smiles, seemed the hardest to give, but excitement sent them walking around the campuses, group-hopping to student leaders, friends, familiar faces and acquaintances. Most of them even asked for more eggs. The rides to malls, radio stations, food outlets and other establishments proved to be ecstatic and rewarding as generous hearts responded to the cause.

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CDO To Enforce Smoking Ban at Divisoria Night Cafe

The city government of Cagayan de Oro has enforced a smoking ban at the Divisoria Night Cafe and Night Market on Friday, April 9, 2010. Under Executive Order No. 2010CGJ-21 issued by City Mayor Constantino ‘Tinnex’ Jaraula, all residents, government agencies and business establishments are requested to join and support the tobacco-free Divisoria Night Cafe and Night Market this coming Friday evening.

Mayor Jaraula’s executive order aims to send a message to everyone that Cagayan de Oro City is serious about its pursuit of providing a healthier and smoke-free environment for all of its constituents.

“The Divisoria Night Café and Night Market is one event, which is nationally and internationally acknowledged as among Cagayan de Oro’s famous attractions, that will generate the necessary attention and interest if used to showcase the city’s pursuit of healthy living,” Mayor Jaraula stressed. The tobacco-free Divisoria Night Cafe and Night Market provides a venue to promote the benefits of healthier, tobacco-free lifestyle and surroundings, Mayor Jaraula added.

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CDO’s 2010 Easter Egg Hunt activities

This Easter Sunday 2010, different restaurants and organizations in Cagayan de Oro (CDO) are offering various Easter celebration and activities. ExploreCDO will roam around until Black Saturday to provide you information about all these.

Xavier Sports & Country Club

On April 4, 2010, 9 am, guests will have a chance to participate in the Egg Hunt and more fun games at the pool side. Children are required to bring their baskets.

For inquiries, you can call Mernith at 858-8937 or 858-8942 loc. 109.

Club members will only have to pay P100 for registration. Guests or non-members must pay a registration fee of P150.

Marco Hotel
“Hoppity Hoppity…
Easter is on its way!!”
Marco Hotel will celebrate Easter Sunday with Easter Egg Hunting and Easter Buffet. Still on April 4, 11 am, Marco Hotel will provide fun and enjoyment to the whole family at the hotel poolside.

For reservations, you can reserve at 73-3033 or 855-2198.

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CDO Hotels to check in at til Easter Sunday

While most commercial establishments have closed down today, Maundy Thursday, Cagayan de Oro hotels continue its operation serving mostly tourists from around the world.

As ExploreCDO went around the city, hotels showed to be very accommodating. Some receptionists have not taken a holiday off to work as most tourists check in on these days.

Hotels in the Cagayan de Oro town proper are usually fully booked. Nature’s Pension and Grand City Hotel are two of the most busy hotels today. They hold the most number of tourists since their locations are near the major establishments.

For people looking for places to stay, hotels distant from the heart of the city still have slots. For families, Marco Hotel has hotel cottages good for 4 to 10 people. Xavier Estates also have available cottages served in hotel quality. You  can also check out the N Hotel, the newest hotel in the city and Pryce Plaza hotel, a 4-star hotel overlooking the city. Both have swimming pools and other amenities good for relaxation and spending time with your family while waiting for Easter Sunday.

Top 3 Holy Week destinations in Cagayan De Oro

Xavier University Chapel CDO

It’s the Holy Week and tourists are in for a religious treat. Travelers would want to experience Holy Week holidays in Cagayan De Oro because of certain locations that cater to religious goals. Let’s look into the most common Holy Week destinations in Cagayan De Oro.

Top 3 Holy Week Destinations in Cagayan De Oro:
3.   Xavier University Chapel

Carved with world-class broken glass designs by one of its alumni Ryan Carreon, the Xavier University Chapel is one destination in Cagayan de Oro that any tourist must visit. Not that it’s very historical, which it is, but this chapel is the most prominent in the city.

There’s no comparing needed but I guess what makes the chapel prominent locally is the fact that it’s ‘The Chapel’ inside Ateneo de Cagayan.

Most locals look forward to attending Sunday masses in this chapel because of good sermons from Jesuit priests.

THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO HERE: Take good photos. Listen to good sermons.

2.   Malasag Walkway
Every Holy Week, people flock to Malasag to participate in the procession for the Stations of the Cross. It’s a religious activity and if you’re in for a treat like it, this destination is a good one. Just make sure you’re physically ready because you’ll be up for a long distance walk.

THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO HERE:
Participate in spiritual activity. Appreciate water.

1.   Divine Mercy Shrine
It’s the shrine every Kagay-anon is talking about. This shrine has a HUGE statue of Jesus Christ like the one in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

What better way to describe the place but to say: you have to visit the place to see it.

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