From May 1 to 3, 2008, our Society had its Midyear Convention at Cagayan de Oro City.
I arrived on April 30 with most of my colleagues from my hospital. First order of business, lunch at a seafood restaurant in Opol, Misamis Oriental. Yes, our first lunch actually outside CDO. We had local specialty Sinuglaw (Sinugba and Kinilaw), as well as very meaty crab and lobster. Great start. I was able to attend the Research Coordinators Meeting which was held at the Xavier University, which was only walking distance from my hotel, the Maxandrea. That night, we had dinner and heard lectures from our Korean guests from Kyung Hee University in Seoul.
May 1, we all went to register at the Convention site, which was the Pryce Plaza Hotel. We were then brought over to the Del Monte Clubhouse in Bukidnon for lunch, which was a sumptuous thick steak. We passed by the vast pineapple plantations on the way back to CDO. We spent the whole afternoon back at Pryce for the rest of the Convention lectures.
May 2, our group, as hosts of our Korean guests, went to visit Camiguin Island. The main port of the RORO was about 2 hours away from the city center. The ferry ride was about an hour also. For our day tour, we visited the Governor's residence, the Katibawasan Falls, the Sto. Nino Cold Springs, and finally, the beautiful White Island. Everyone in the group vowed to return in order to visit the rest of this mysterious island province. It was raining cats and dogs on our way home after a long delay at the ferry. We had dinner at Chicken Ati Atihan. I walked over to the Weekend Night Market which was very near my hotel.
Seafood Resto in Opol
Inihaw Pork with Kinilaw Tuna
What was left behind
Remains of a sumptuous seafood lunch
Interior of Seafod Resto
In front of the Pryce Hotel as we came on May 1 to register.
Del Monte Golf Links1
Del Monte Clubhouse1
Del Monte Clubhouse 2
Pineapple Fields Forever
I was really there at the Convention!
Ferry to Camiguin
Welcome to Camiguin
Governor's (and Congressman's) House
Katibawasan Falls 1
A beautiful clear stream of water cascading 70m into a rock pool.
Katibawasan Falls 2
Sto. Nino Cold Springs
A terrific huge pool of cold spring water measuring 25x40m sprouting from the sandy bottom.
Where we ate lunch
Paras Beach Resort 1
Paras Beach Resort 2
Paras Beach Resort 3
White Island Scene 1
An uninhabited white sandbar with the picturesque Mt. Hibok Hibok and Old Volcano as its background.
White Island Scene 2
White Island Scene 3
Mt Hibok Hibok
Now seen clearly from White Island when the clouds cleared. It is the only active volcano among the 7 on the island.
Map of Camiguin
Good bye Camiguin 1
Good bye Camiguin 2
CDO Night Market
This street area is also called Divisioria. This night market is held every Fridays and Saturdays. Aside from tiangges, there is also food stalls and live bands playing.
CDO Night Market 2
Monument of Pres. Ramon Magsaysay. Note the street lamps similar to that of the Roxas Blvd. Baywalk.
CDO Night Market 3