Ozamiz City was established back in the Spanish era as a garrison to defend against pirates coming from Lanao. Today, it is fast growing due to its rich waters and lands, which provide a good living for residents through fishing and agri-business. Its rapid development, however, does not hide the fact that this once served as the center of influence in Northern Mindanao.
Cotta Fort (El Fuerte de la Concepcion y Del Triunfo)
It can be argued that one of the reasons why Ozamiz city was established was because of Cotta Fort.
Back in the Spanish era, pirates from the Lanao provinces attempted to enter the area through Panguil Bay.
As such, Cotta Fort was established as a garrison in 1755, with part of it also serving as a religious shrine for the Virgin of Immaculate Conception (Nuestra Señora de la Concepcion del Triunfo).
The fort has seen combat during both the Spanish and Japanese occupations in the Philippines.
Immaculate Conception Cathedral
The Immaculate Conception Cathedral is home to the second largest pipe organ in the country, next to the one in Manila Cathedral.
Various heritage houses, which were constructed during the Spanish era, can be found along the streets of Ozamiz City. One such home is on the corner of Valconcha and Ledesma Street.
Naomi’s Botanical Garden
Naomi’s Garden and Tourist Inn, which is roughly 10 minutes away from the city, has become a tourist attraction because of the number of fruit trees and ornamental plants there.
Included in the botanical collection are rare species of orchids, flowering plants, and bonsai. The property covers roughly 13 hectares.
Bukagan Hill Bell Tower
A tourist in Ozamiz City should never miss seeing the tower of the four great bells at the top of Bukagan Hill.
The four bells – St. Peter, St. Marien, St. Joseph, and St. Michael – were originally bought for the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the city proper.
However, when the bells were delivered to the church, they realized that they were too big and heavy for the belfry so they decided to construct a new structure in Bukagan Hill, one that would be able to support the bells’ combined weight.
Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park and Dolphin Island
About 15 minutes way from Ozamiz City is Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park, located in the municipality of Tudela. It was developed by the local government with the intention of creating a sustainable aquatic environment for the fisherfolk by creating a breeding ground for fishes through its mangrove forest and fish hatcheries.
Hoyohoy Highland Stone Chapel Park
This attraction is found in the city of Tangub, a neighboring town of Ozamiz city.
Those who are looking for a quiet place to rest and relax will be able to do so here.
This attraction is still under construction and expected to be done by the year 2020.
However, the other side of the glasshouse is now open to the public, as per local government’s discretion.
It offers a picturesque view of the highlands where you can see the green trees covering the mountain while breathing with the fresh air.
Ozamiz City combines the best of both worlds: old and new, relaxation and adventure. Whether you’re a history buff or someone who is out for a new experience, the city has something to offer for you. For only P500.00, depending on your haggling skill, you can rent a habal-habal or tricycle and visit the city for a day tour.