Cagayan de Oro, Philippines
Cagayan de Oro became the 7th sister city of Norfolk in 2008. This city of “Golden Friendship and Golden Opportunities” in Mindanao, the second largest island in the Philippines. The venue of the official signing on June 18, 2008 between Mayor Paul Fraim and Mayor Constantino “Tinnex” Jaraula of CDO was the Gen. Douglas MacArthur square. It was fitting for this to happen at the “Liberator of the Philippines” final resting place. DCO’s 800,000 population plus four universities and several colleges compliment 40,000 Filipinos living in Hampton Roads and our educational facilities. From a historical viewpoint, Gen. MacArthur and his PT Boat crew that carried him from Corregidor landed in Cagayan de Oro, where he was whisked to nearby Bukidnon and then airlifted to Australia on March 17, 1942. On October 20, 1944 he fulfilled his “I shall return” promise to the Filipinos. Like Norfolk, CDO has a huge harbor. There is an imposing MacArthur “scrambled egg” cap-shaped kiosk in a small, beautiful park at the wharf and where Norfolk’s Mermaid “Golden Lady” can be viewed.