We love animals so we made sure we went to the Ostrich farm in Opol!  For now, it is really a farm more than a tourist destination.  I am hoping they can develop it more and make it a more fun and entertaining experience so more people will come and visit.  Meantime, There is a minimal fee to enterOstrich and Crocodile Farm (2)

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Foot bath before you enterOstrich and Crocodile Farm (4)

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When you look at the ostrich they go near you and look at you :-)  Ostrich and Crocodile Farm (11)

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You can buy them and the price varies depending on the age :-)
Ostrich and Crocodile Farm (15)Lolo and Dad already ordered baby ones to add to their collection of pets :-) Ostrich and Crocodile Farm (13)

It is also a crocodile farm but there are only a few – maybe 4Ostrich and Crocodile Farm (16)

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You can stand on an ostrich egg and it won’t break!Ostrich and Crocodile Farm (9)

IncubatorOstrich and Crocodile Farm (10)

There are other animals in the farm like goatsOstrich and Crocodile Farm (7)

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PeacocksOstrich and Crocodile Farm (8)

They sell Big Bird Ostrich meat here though you can buy this in Manila at Rustan’s Supermarket :-) big bird ostrich meat opol

You can buy ostrich leather wallets for P 1,100.00. These are being sold for 3 to 5 times the price in retail storesostrich leather opol misamis limketkai

If you missed the article last Sunday in the Philippine Star, here it is :-) 72f3059d8f4108765456eaa879f0af58Or Click below for the online versionOstrich Farm Philippine Star[email_link]

In Opol, after our visit to the Shrine of the Divine Mercy, there are some restaurants by the Macajalar BayPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (3)

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We went to PanagatanPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (20)

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It was low tide at around 6pm so this is how it wasPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (4)

Fresh seafood aquariums as you enterPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (5)

We regretted not having fresh lobstersPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (19)

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The Cagayan de Oro group!!  Super enjoyed being with themPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (13)

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They have a very wide menu but we focused on the bilao specialsPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (7)

Bilao A – Combination of grilled squid, steamed shrimps, grilled tuna belly and kitongPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (15)

Bilao C – Combination of grilled panga, kinilaw, mambas and ini haw na BangusPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (16)

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Bulalo Panagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (14)

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Mango Tapioca for dessertPanagatan Opol Misamis Oriental (18)Click below to go to their website

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We came all the way to Cagayan de Oro to come here and bring Lolo Benny here.  I shared our experience and his devotion in my article in the Philippine Star

Previous entry:  Why My Lolo Is So Dedicated to the Divine Mercy October 1, 2014

Sharing here more photos from our visit Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (41)

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This is the main entrance, but we did not pass here due to the steps.  There are around 170 steps to walk upArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (2)

So we passed through the back which goes straight up to the back of the chapelArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (6)

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Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (13) Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (3) We heard mass as soon as we arrived.  They are strict in terms of attire.  Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (4)

You have to wear a skirt for ladies.  There is a booth in the area where they can lend you plain coloured skirts which you can just wrap around in case you do not come in a skirtArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (35)

The chapel which has an iron crown of thorns around itArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (31)

divine mercy chapel interiorsBeautiful stained glassArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (34)

The Last Supper enclosed under the main altar
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People flocking towards Mama Marydivine mercy chapel el salvador mama marydivine mercy priest opolOur key to our private tour :-)  Remy  Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (30)

The Rays of the Divine Mercy are made of stained glass and metal mirrors.  But they are not just rays, but they are stairs that you can go up to pray in the Heart of the Divine mercy.  You need to attend a briefing first before you are allowed entry and there are some guidelines you need to followArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (14)

Photos are not really allowed but they allowed Heart2Heart.  You need to walk up 100 stairs to get up to the heartArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (17)

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You can kneel here and pray Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (19)

Wow up here, the hands of the Divine Mercy is gigantic :-) Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (20)

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Beautiful view from up there!!!Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (21)

divine mercy el salvador landscapeThen you have to go down the stairs :-) Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (23)

Beautiful landscapingArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (24)

There are many stairs here – this is a beautiful one with limestones on the side of the railwaysArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (16)

75 feet tall plus25 feet for the platformArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (26)

I am trying to get an angle to show how huge it is and how big the area is.  Below are bushes which spell COME TO MEArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (25)

I went farther to show more – how big a land space they have for thisArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (27)

Blessed to have been here during Mama Mary’s birthdayArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (28)

Side viewArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (38)

Shrines around the placeArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (39)

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Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (15) Water which came out of a miracle after the people prayed for water since there was none in this areaArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (9)Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (8)Religious shops in the area Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (5)
Bathroom which they keep clean.  A voluntary donation can be madeArchdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (40)Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (1)Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (12) Archdocesan Shrine of the Divine Mercy (11)Click below to go to their website for more information

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We had our first local meal in Kagay Anon which is supposedly one of the best Filipino restaurants in the city
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with lots of awards :-) Kagay Anon (15)

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We came, we sat down and all the food just arrived!!  Mom and Nilo had already ordered in advance to save on timeKagay Anon (11)

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SinuglawKagay Anon (13)

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Liempo!Kagay Anon (21)

Grilled Tuna Belly YUM!
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Ostrich Salpicao – this is their speciality here Kagay Anon (7)

Ostrich TapaKagay Anon (10)

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They got an award for the Best Pinakbet :-) Kagay Anon (9)

I would not know since I do not eat Pinakbet but I like the presentation :-)  The others said it was goodKagay Anon (14)

Steamed fishKagay Anon (8)

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Mix Mix as per Lolo Benny :-)  One of his favourite dessertsKagay Anon (1)

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Cagayan de Oro is booming which is why the Rustan Group of Companies is very much present in the city.  There are already 2 Starbucks with the first one being in Limketkai Avenue.Rustan Group in Cagayan de Oro (2)

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Rustan’s Supermarket is there and we were so happy to bump into Jeff Dilao, Vice President of Store Operations,  who was visiting from ManilaRustan Group in Cagayan de Oro (4)

OMG!  So happy to see YUM YUM TREE there in Rustan’s!!!
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Renato was looking for Marang in the side of the road only to be able to find it so easily at Rustan’s Supermarket :-) Rustan Group in Cagayan de Oro (3)
Love this biscotto which had like a milk topping on itRustan Group in Cagayan de Oro (6)For SSI, there is Agatha, A/X Armani Exchange, Ecco, Makeroom, Okab, Polo Ralph Lauren, Steve Madden, Stride Rite, Superga, F&F and Samsonite – Soon to Open (4th Quarter)

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My tourguide can tell me what the best delicacies are in the province! :-)  Slers chicharon which is supposedly the favourite of President PNoy :-)  We tried it and bought it in the booth in Centrio Mall.  YUM!Slers Chicharon (3) Slers Chicharon (2)Slers Chicharon (1)[email_link]