Cagayan de Oro, Philippines

Sometimes affectionately called the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro is a large city and the capital of the Province of Misamis Oriental on Mindanao Island. It’s also one of the most progressive cities in the Philippines, and it’s known for a variety of things, like excellent white water rafting locations, as well as a thriving culinary scene.

Because of the proximity to Laguindingan Airport, the quickest way to reach Cagayan is by air, as there are regular flights from places like Manila, Cebu, and Davao, but it’s also quite reachable by land from many locations on Minandao, like Davao.