Top 10 Richest Cities in the Philippines 2017: Wonderful Tourist Destinations - Final Part

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Hello everyone, I am on the fifth and final part of my blog entitled the Top 10 Richest Cities in the Philippines and this current blog completes the list according to the 2014 Annual Financial Report of the Commission on Audit (COA).  After reading this blog, and if you happen to read my previous blogs, you will know that there are 2 cities in Mindanao and one city in Visayas that made it to the top 10.  I’m so gratified to be living in one of those cities, particularly Cagayan de Oro City, the 10th richest city in the Philippines which is also the subject of this article.

Cagayan de Oro (Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Cagayan de Oro; Filipino: Lungsod ng Cagayan de Oro) is a first class highly urbanized city and the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental in the Philippines. It is a chartered city where governance is independent and separate from Misamis Oriental. It also serves as the regional center and business hub of Northern Mindanao (Region X), and part of the growing Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro area, which includes the city of El Salvador, the towns of Opol, Alubijid, Laguindingan, Gitagum at the western side, and the towns of Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, Claveria at the eastern side. - Wikipedia

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Being a resident of Cagayan de Oro for more than 20 years, I am quite certain that I’ll have a lot to share about this fast growing, fast developing beautiful city which is the center of commerce, education and government administration in Region 10, Northern Mindanao.It is in this magnificent city that I got my college education, got married, had a nice jobs (at least 5), and blessed with wonderful kids and as normal person also experience challenges in life.  If I am to choose from the other cities around I still would pick Cagayan de Oro to be my permanent abode.So before going further, let me give you a summary of what I had written in my 4 other related blogs. 

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Presenting the top 10 richest cities in the Philippines and the worth equity of each city, this will surely surprise you:

  City                                    Equity 

  • ❶ Makati City                        PHP 34.461 billion

  • ❷ Quezon City                      PHP 31.917 billion

  • ❸ Pasig City                          PHP 20.036 billion

  • ❹ Manila City                        PHP 13.131 billion

  • ❺ Zamboanga City               PHP 10.464 billion

  • ❻ Cebu City                          PHP   7.855 billion

  • ❼ Caloocan City                   PHP   6.894 billion

  • ❽ Marikina City                     PHP   7.887 billion

  • ❾ Calamba City                    PHP   4.690 billion

  • ❿ Cagayan de Oro City        PHP   4.670 billion


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Cagayan de Oro is a first class highly urbanized city and the capital of the province of Misamis Oriental. It is a chartered city where governance is independent and separate from the province of Misamis Oriental. It also serves as the regional center and business hub of Northern Mindanao (Region X), and part of the growing Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro area. - Wikipedia

 TOP 10:  CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PHP 4.67 billion equity)

The top 10 richest city in the Philippines is Cagayan de Oro.  It has an equity of 4.670 billion with a population of around 675,950 thousands.  CDO as we used to call this lovely city is the top 10th placer both for the richest cities as well as the most populous city in the Philippines.

Cagayan de Oro is one of the 9 cities within Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) which is also the top 5 among all regions in the Philippines.

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I remember when I was still a little boy and the family still live in Bukidnon, a nearby province, to be in this place is heaven to me.  I mean I really can’t contain the happiness if my parents would bring me with them every time they need to go to Cagayan de Oro for some important matters.  Now this is my official residence.  I live here with my own family for more than two decades already.

 If you will ask me?  I'm so proud to have established my home in the city of golden friendship.  Truly this place has a lot to offer to each and every visitors both local visitors and abroad.  I can say that for travelers, the money spent in going in this wonderful place is worth it and will surely give everyone an experience that cannot be forgotten even after many years.

 Read on and you will surely admire the beauty of Cagayan de Oro.


Video Credit:  Project Lupad via (Cagayan de Oro Central Business District)


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 Cagayan de Oro is also famous for its white water rafting or kayaking adventures, one of the tourism activities being promoted along the Cagayan de Oro River. Click HERE to know more about water rafting and how to book your experience in a lifetime.

Rafting and white water rafting are recreational outdoor activities which use an inflatable raft to navigate a river or other body of water. This is often done on whitewater or different degrees of rough water. Dealing with risk and the need for teamwork is often a part of the experience.This activity as a leisure sport has become popular since the 1950s, if not earlier, evolving from individuals paddling 10 feet (3.0 m) to 14 feet (4.3 m) rafts with double-bladed paddles or oars to multi-person rafts propelled by single-bladed paddles and steered by a person at the stern, or by the use of oars. Rafting on some sections of rivers is considered an extreme sport, and can be fatal, while other sections are not so extreme or difficult. The International Rafting Federation, often referred to as the IRF, is the worldwide body which oversees all aspects of the sport. - Wikipedia

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I know that there are a lot of great places to visit in the Philippines but, if you are looking for a heart stopping, adrenaline pumping adventure, Cagayan de Oro is indeed a stop you won’t want to miss. And I stongly suggest that when you have the opportunity to visit Cagayan de oro City, don't ever missed to explore the Cagayan de Oro River through white water rafting. 


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Mapawa Nature Park is a huge property located in the Municipality of Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City.  It has a number of splendid waterfalls and great views of nature.  The park offers an exciting activities with its relaxing environment perfect for those who are seeking peace and solitude. 

This amazing park does not only offer relaxing and alluring views but will also flare your sense of adventure.  They have 65 foot waterfall rappel, horseback riding, gripping zip lines, cliff jumping, river trekking, water slide and spring-fed very cool swimming pools. Click here if you want to explore the beauty of Mapawa Nature Park.

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So that's all for this blog, I know I only mentioned a very few of those stunning places that you will surely enjoy in your visit in Cagayan de Oro CIty.  I might be blogging more about this city soon so watch out for it.

For the meantime please watch the video below for the very exciting and world class toursit destination that will soon be opened right here in Cagayan de Oro, the Seven Seas Water Park and Resort:


Video Credit:  Project Lupad via (Seven Seas Water Park and Resort)


 For great white water tour and affordable Packages you may visit HERE.


Hope you enjoy this blog, watch out for more exciting views, beautiful tourist spots, lovely nature parks, white beaches, and many more that you can visit and try if you want to when visiting our place.

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By: TRB - A father of 5, an Overseas Filipino Worker and willing to be part of the worldwide campaign against poverty, climate change, and inequality.

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