Let’s Travel and Visit Ozamiz City

Slowly Ozamiz is on its momentum to be on the list of prime travel destinations in Mindanao, come and Let’s Travel and Visit Ozamiz City.

When was the last time you’ve visited Ozamiz City? How you guys miss this place? When someone asked of what places you want to visit in Mindanao, usually I answered common places in Mindanao like Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Zamboanga, Bukidnon, and Tawi-Tawi. Never thought of the place Ozamiz City. So, when TBDC (The Big Difference Communications) team invited be to be part of the first ever media tour to Ozamiz City, the excitement is very high and after the conversation with them, I did search of the place and I felt a little bit sad because not a lot post about Ozamiz City and sometimes it is not good to post. I’m not from Ozamiz but I feel them and I believe in saying “Don’t judge the book by its cover”.

The idea to boost the capacity of Ozamiz City in tourism is a great idea, in each place, there are many things to know and to discover. So I’m so much ready to witness the unknown beauty and history of Ozamiz and to know all the plan changes and development of the place.

So why you travel?

As a traveler, before I visit any place, I make sure I have some information of the place including the history of the place, did you know that the name Ozamiz is in honor of the late Senator Jose Ozamiz – the very 1st senator from the area, dubbed as the late and forgotten hero from Misamis Occidental. On July 16, 1948, the principal port and trading center of Misamis Municipality was renamed as Ozamiz City under Republic Act No. 321.
As a traveler, I make sure that I’ve tasted their food, their known delicacies in Ozamiz City. Ozamiz City has many delicacies to offer, the first one is their popular suman from Oroquieta “Suman Tinambiran”, a sweet and salty tasted suman comes with a black strip of rice twisted into the white strip that you guys will probably love it. How about the crunchy kiping topped with latik sauce that would probably like kids and kids at heart. One more delicacies that soon will become popular in Ozamiz City is their Dragon Fruit Ice Cream, it was created by Chef Johann Dagandara, owner of Johann’s Cuisine that will soon be launched in Ozamiz City but I'm very much happy because I'm one of the few people to first taste this dragon fruit ice cream and it was so good and creamy.

Miss Ozamiz City,  Youth Ambassadress of Ozamiz, Ms. Sophia Naja Adriana Parojinog and Ozamiz Students Dance Troup

Miss Ozamiz City,  and Youth Ambassadress of Ozamiz, Ms. Sophia Naja Adriana Parojinog

Subanen tribe with Mayor Aldong Parojinog and DOT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre 
As a traveler, plus factor is to witness the special treatment of the place to a tourist like me, It was my first time to experienced that kind of greetings from Ozamiz City Municipal, upon arrival in Ozamiz Aiport, we welcomed by the Miss Ozamiz together with the Youth Ambassadress of Ozamiz, Ms. Sophia Naja Adriana Parojinog. We’re able to witness also the local tribe dance of Lubanen performed by the students of Ozamiz and by the Subanen tribe. Another once in a lifetime experience is to see in persons the people behind this projects to make Ozamiz City as one of the tourist destination, the Mayor of Ozamiz City, Mayor Aldong Parojinog  and Vice-Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, told us all the plans in Ozamiz City and how our national government willing to help Ozamiz City to achieve it from new establishments, some investors, a golf course and expansion/renovation of Ozamiz Airport. One more important thing is the unveiling of the future tourism image of the city as planned by Mr. Jaime Tomada, City Tourism Officer of Ozamiz.

Vice-Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog, Mr. Jaime Tomada, City Tourism Officer of Ozamiz, and Mayor Aldong Parojinog

And the most important thing as a traveler is to see the best place to visit, here are the places I’ve been to in Ozamiz City.

Bukagan Hill, located at Oroquieta National Highway, you will see the Bell Tower with four large bells christened by German casters as "St. Peter", "St. Marien", "St. Joseph", and "St. Michael".

Carmelite Monastery, located at Malaubang Ozamiz City, the Carmelite Monastery of St. John of the Cross.

Regina Spring Pool, located at Bagakay Ozamiz City, is a natural spring swimming resort watered by the cool springs of Calusara.

Rodriguez Residence, located at Barangay Aguada Ozamiz City, this place is not yet open to the public but soon it will be part of Ozamiz Tourism places to visit. Rodriguez Residence is one of the ancestral house that became part of the history. 

Immaculate Conception Cathedral, located at Rizal Avenue Ozamiz City, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ozamiz where you can also find the second biggest pipe organ in the Philippines from Germany.

Cotta Boulevard, located at JP Rizal Avenue Ozamiz City, the popular park in Ozamiz, see the bay, buy street food, 

Cotta Shrine

Cotta Fort

Cotta Shrine and Fort, located at JP Rizal Avenue Ozamiz City, Cotta Shrine located beside the historical fort is recognized by Pope Francis as one miraculous site during his Philippine visit.  The El Fuerte de Cotta or Cotta Fort is a wrapped in a miraculous story, an old Spanish Fort (Cotta) built in 1756 to protect this region from marauding pirates.

Stone Chapel

Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Adventure Park, located at Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, Philippines. Has a breathtaking view from the top of Ozamiz City, Tangub City and the Province of Misamis Occidental. You able to see the stone chapel also and you can try their zipline (1,500 meters).

Gov. Herminia Ramiro’s Wharf

Gov. Herminia Ramiro’s Wharf
Gov. Herminia Ramiro’s Wharf

A side trip to Gov. Herminia Ramiro’s Wharf in Labangan Ozamiz City and to Misamis University.

Other places to visit, Lalas Eco Park, Divine Mercy Shrine, Mt. Malindang Golf and Country Club, Fort Cotta Museum, and Naomi's Botanical Garden.

Ozamiz City also celebrating festivals, like Subayan Keg Subanen Festival on July 15, Pilgrimage to the Cotta on July 16, Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception on December 8, and Sr. Sto. Nino Fluvial Parad every 4th Sunday of January.

What are the nearest cities that you can visit by bus in Ozamiz? You can visit Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Pagadian, and Dipolog. You can visit Ozamiz City by air via Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific with daily flights to and from Cebu / Manila. There are regular trips also via sea, from and to Cebu, Manila, Dipolog, Dumaguete, and Tagbilaran.

Mode of transportation in Ozamiz City is their Sikad and Tricycle.

Ozamiz will truly become #Awezamiz in the coming days. My experience in this place is awesome, people are very approachable, friendly and willing to help to tourist like me. I must say that this place is safe even at night. Mindanao is a safe place, so do not be strangers to them.

Bloggers with Mayor Aldong Parojinog and DOT Assistant Secretary Frederick Alegre

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