River Rafting in Cagayan De Oro

Date posted on February 27, 2008

I spent the February 15 to 18 post-Valentine weekend river rafting and pigging out in Cagayan de Oro, with a side trip to Bukidnon. In effect, I was chaperone to Council Couples Alexa and Pat, and Concep and Dodie.We stayed at the Pearlmont Inn at Limketkai Drive in CDO. On our first night, we tried the Chicken Ati-Atihan at the Cucina de Oro, a few steps away from where we stayed.

The following day, Saturday, was solely devoted to rafting on the Cagayan River. It is easily one of the best adventures I’ve ever done! We’re already talking about going to Chico River to try rafting there. We almost didn’t mind the sun burn and aching muscles (salamat sa spa ng Pearlmont).

The next day, we hired a cab for PhP2,500 bucks and headed to the neighboring province of Bukidnon. Thanks to Miss Maya, we were able to get to our next destination: the Del Monte Golf Club, where we feasted on the best steaks I’ve ever tasted. (A thousand bucks for the porterhouse was well worth it). That afternoon, we went to the town’s historic church and heard mass in Bisaya. Afterwhich, straight to pasalubong-shopping na. Specifically, pastel and chicharon!

For dinner, we tried Pearlmont’s “Stuffed-Roasted Chicken” (as if lunch’s 300g of beef was not enough). Dodie’s cousin joined us, and later took us videoke-ing at M2 at Limketkai (which at PhP150 per hour room another steal).

Cagayan de Oro is fast becoming one of my favorite places in the country. Even if the traffic’s bad. All in all, a great post-Valentine weekend… Even if sunog ang limbs ko at bitak bitak ang face ko ngayon! 🙂