|CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY
:: The City of Golden Frienship
[Population: 500K] [Land Area: 469.3 sq.Km.]
How did Cagayan de Oro got its name?
Pre-War folks said
that Cagayan came from “Cagaycay, ” an ancient Bukidnon
word meaning to rake in the earth either with one’s bare
hands or with a piece of wood. It also means rocks gathered from
the river or ores raked in from the hillside or streams.
Gold have always been abundant in the Cagayan River. Gold ores
are still found in the nearby of Cagayan as Tumpagon, Pigsag-an,
Tuburan, Taglimao and other nearby places. Before the Spaniards
came to Cagayan (or Kalambaguhan), there were already places where
one could rake in the earth.