Gingoog City|Gingoog .” in the Province of Misamis Oriental in the Northern Mindanao Region on Mindanao island. The city is approximately 122 kilometers (76 mi) east of Cagayan de Oro City and 74 kilometers (46 mi) west of Butuan City. It is bounded on the east by the Municipality of Magsaysay; on the west by the Municipality of Medina; on the south by the Municipality of Claveria, and on the north by Gingoog Bay. Its total land area is 56,844 hectares (140,460 acres).
The city was founded by Spanish missionaries in 1750. It was the oldest town in Misamis Oriental Province, even older than the province’s capital and economic hub, Cagayan de Oro, which was founded in 1871.
The term Gingoog originally came from the word “Hingoog,” which means “Goodluck,” from a Lumad tribe of Manobo who settled in the area. The name implies good fortune; thus Gingoog City means the City of Good Luck. The natives of this place are the ones with the family names of “Gingco,” and “Gingoyon.”
The small town of Gingoog City. This picture was taken on the summer of July 2012. How I missed this place, the food, and the chaos, everything is so different there in the US. These pictures bring back so many memories from the past, and I can’t wait to visit Gingoog again!
If you are a tourist or not from Mindanao flying into Cagayan De Oro City via Laguindingan International Airport, or Butuan City via Bancasi Airport is the best route. You may want to rent a car/taxi to take to Gingoog. Buses are great and cheap, but it will take you significantly longer to arrive. Plan your trip and know your arrival time, you may want to stay in CDO for a night before traveling to Gingoog. These are two option to reach Gingoog.
Map/Direction from Laguindingan International Airport (CGY) – Gingoog (3H 7 Min)
Map/ Direction from Butuan to Gingoog ( 1H 27min)
Note: These directions are for planning purposes only. You may find construction projects, traffic, weather, or other events may cause conditions to differ from the map results, and you should plan your route accordingly.
WHERE TO STAY AT GINGOOG CITY
#1 Gingoog Mountain Air Hotel & Restaurant|Gingoog Mountain Air Hotel is the first and only hotel in Gingoog City. The hotel rooms are fully air-conditioned and completely furnished with modern facilities. An array of a delicious menu in Chinese and Filipino style is served in the restaurant located on the first floor of the hotel.
The hotel is conveniently located at the heart of the city with a walking distance from the Gingoog Bus Terminal. It is very accessible through all types of public utility vehicles. Shopping centers and other business establishments are just a block or two away. Hospitals, religious churches and recreation places are just 10 to 15 minutes ride from the hotel.
Eastland Hotel is our hotel whenever we are in town. We had been using this hotel for at least the past 8-10 years. Some minor sign of wear and tear but the location is just perfect if you want to mess around in town.
#2 Duka Bay Resort |Duka Bay Resort is one of the most popular beaches in town. Duka Bay villas feature a well-furnished, spacious, and comfortable suites mostly came with a balcony that overlooks the ocean. Fully air-conditioned room, complete with hot and cold shower, mini refrigerator and free wifi, and it can accomodate up to 4 people.
Check-in is 2 pm, check-out is 12 noon.
Food from outside Duka Bay Resort is prohibited. Children 6 years old and under stay free in the room of their parents. Two children who are six years old and under are free; a third child is considered an extra person. Pets are not allowed in the resort.
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~WHERE TO EAT~
#1 Mansion By the Sea | Even though Eastland has the restaurant, we decided to have lunch at Mansion By the Sea and get some seafood. If you love seafood, the mansion by the sea is the one to go. The place is casual and open air, and the food is always good.
After our lunch, we headed to check out Pahayahay sa Pantalan. Pahayahay is much like a boardwalk/a promenade along the beach. This is where friends and family came down to relax and enjoy the evening.
Pahayahay Sa Pantalan
After messing around at the pier, we proceed to Grahe SideWalk Grill for dinner and meet up with friends and family to do karaoke. It was a fun filled day!
#2 Grahe Sidewalk Grill