I have been to Ozamiz for half a dozen times already. Back in 2010-2013, pabalik-balik ako doon because then, my howe, grew up there. Andun ako kapag birthday ng mama o ng papa niya. We stay at an average of 7 days. Sulit talaga ang bakasyon.
There were a few improvements here and there but not very fast. I guess, the talent and skills of the people of Ozamiz are not very much utilized. Yung mga graduates ng Lasalle Ozamiz at Misamis University, hindi nags-stay dun para palaguin ang lugar. Isa lang yan sa mga kahinaan ng Ozamiz ngayon.
This 2016 onwards, Ozamiz City is getting ready to be recognized in the map. Being dubbed as the Gateway To The Promised Land, Ozamiz City has both seaports and airpot. Kung papunta ka ng Zamboanga to get to see Vintas, or to Tangub para mag-Hoyohoy, or even Pagadian and Dapitan, Ozamiz is a very good place to stay for a day, and catch the Philippine Airlines plane early morning the next day.
Ozamiz City needs a place to stay.
The city currently has Royal Garden Hotel and Adriana’s. Other than that, wala na talagang hotels or inns para mapag-stay-an ng mga bisita. I heard there is a hotel being built right now. I do hope na mag-open na siya soon.
Well, the karatig lalawigan would have their own places; just like the Hoyohoy highland park, which can accomodate up to 9 groups.
Tip: if you are staying in Adriana’s, please choose room 201. Yung wifi router kasi, nasa itaas lang ng pinto nun.
Ozamiz City needs a flagship product.
It has been a long time since then. Wala talagang flagship product ang Ozamiz. I can still remember na kapag mag-uuwi ako ng pasalubong from Ozamiz, I would take home crabs, lechon, giant shrimps, or even Montaño sardines. None of which are native products of Ozamiz.
Ngayon, together with Johann’s Cuisine and The Big Difference Communications, Ozamiz City is developing a dragonfruit ice cream that would topple all other ice creams of the country. It’s pinkish color and natural sweetness are just an added bonus to the health benefits this fruit has. Dahil lahat ng pink, malinamnam.
Soon, this delicacy will be sold on all streets and barangays of Ozamiz City.
I have also tasted yung seaweed kwek-kwek sa Cota. This is unique. Our Mindanao has so many raw materials and you would see them all in a bowl of kwek-kwek in vinegar sauce. Isang ganun lang, solve na ako sa buong araw.
Ozamiz City needs to feed its visitors.
Johann’s Cuisine is currently building its convention center, to cater hundreds of guests in one seating. The freshness of the ingredients, paired with the eksaktong recipe ni Johann, would be at par, if not better, compared to the menu of Manila.
Do not get used to the usual. Explore. Hindi lang siya ang lalaki sa mundo. Ay sorry, moving on…
There was a time na may 89-pesos Eat All You Can promo ang Johann’s Cuisine. 2003 pa daw ata yun. Ang naabutan ko kasi nun 2010, two hundred pesos na siya. The Eat All You Can showcases everything that Ozamiz offers. Side note: Lechon!
Ozamiz City needs more businesses and events.
Together with The Big Difference Communications, there are plans of running so many events even before 2016 ends. I heard na magkakaron ng Ozamiz Triathlon Invitational. I suggest mag-train na kayo, because this one is not yours to miss.
There is so much beauty and talent in Ozamiz, and the city needs our help – lalo na ng mga Ozamiznon. It is time to put ourselves on track.
All of these will be wasted kung hindi mo mae-experience. I suggest you book your flight now and see the place. Just like any other commitment, you have to be present to get the full experience.
Best time to visit would be from May-December. Harvest time ng dragonfruit yan.
PS. Does Ozamiz plan to improve Birhen ng Cota further? The area where pilgrims and devotees light their candles can really need use some improvements.