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.

Cagayan de Oro in the News


NSCA Delegation in Cagayan de Oro, unveiling of “Golden Lady” Mermaid (July 2013)
Cagayan de Oro Twinning- TV Video Coverage (June 2008)
Cagayan de Oro Twinning- HamptonRoads.com (June 2008)

Upcoming Events

MACARTHUR REENACTMENT TOUR March 2017

Inbound Delegation from Cagayan de Oro (May 2016)


  • June 17, 2017
    10:00 am - 1:00 pm

                                                             Join us on Saturday, June 17 for a traditional Philippines Brunch hosted by our Cagayan de Oro Committee. Susan’s Kitchenette will cater this fabulous membership affair. Entertainment includes a string quartet from Tallwood High School and a PowerPoint covering the May 2016 inbound delegation and the March 2017 celebration of the 75th anniversary (more…)