Top 4 Best Tourist Spots in Ozamiz City, Misamis Occidental

After my historical tour in Dipolog and Dapitan City, Zamboanga del Norte, I traveled to Ozamis City in Misamis Occidental (Region 10). Its capital is Oroqueta City but I chose Ozamis because I want to see and touch Fort sa Cotta and the Ozamis Cathedral. On the way, I noticed the wide farmlands but when I arrived in the center, this city is the same with the other cities, business establishments are in every corner, transportation is continuous and the streets are undeniably busy. From the Ozamis Integrated Terminal, I rode in a tricycle to the different tourist spots, attractions and destinations.

1. Ozamiz City Hall.

2. Osrox Park

3. Ozamiz Cathedral

This cathedral houses the most significant relic and the patroness of Ozamis City - the Our Lady of Misamis, also known as the Virgin sa Cotta, The Blessed Virgin of Cotta, and Birhen sa Cotta. Originally, the statue of the patroness was set up outside the walls of Fort sa Cotta, but fray Jorge Carcabilla moved it to this church. In 1975, the statue was stolen and was only returned on December 8, 2017. Also, Ozamiz Cathedral is the home of the second largest bamboo organ in the Philippines, after Las Pinas Bamboo Organ.

4. Fort sa Cotta

This is one of the Spanish built fortresses in the Philippines.  The main purpose of this edifice is the same as the function of Fort Santiago in Manila and Fort sa Pedro in Cebu which is to protect the city/town against the attacks of the moro pirates. This sturdy structure is made up of coral stones, thus, during World War 2, Fort sa Cotta served as a garrison, barracks and a storage area for the military. Today, it is one of the most popular historical site and a landmark in Misamis Occidental and in the entire Northern Mindanao region. During my visit, it was closed due to renovation.

HOW TO GET HERE: Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines has their regular trips to the airports in Dipolog City and Pagadian City. These two cities have their own Integrated Bus Terminal where you can ride on a Rural Transit bus or UV Express van to Ozamis City. Dipolog to Ozamis is 5.5 hours and Pagadian to Ozamis is 3 hours. READ: SOLO-BACKPACKING IN ZamBaSulTa, Region 9, and Misamis Occ