Whitewater Rafting for Adrenaline Junkies in Cagayan de Oro City

I was born in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines. Some of my formative years were also spent in that northern Mindanao city. My family moved to Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte when I was just about to enter 3rd grade. SInce then, I have rarely been to the City of Golden Friendship. In fact, If I remember it right, I've only been back there once. That was when I attended a convention of student affairs officials in 2005.

Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan de Oro

Back in 2005 when I was still working as a guidance services specialist for the University of the Philippines Cebu (it was yet then known as University of the Philippines Visayas Cebu College or UPVCC), part of my job description largely covered functions as a student affairs officer. Because of that, I was sent to attend a convention of the Philippine Association of Administrators of Student Affairs (PAASA). After the 2 days of sessions and workshops, the finale of the convention was a touristy experience for the convention participants who are up for an adventure.

At that time, whitewater rafting at the Cagayan de Oro River near the Misamis Oriental-Bukidnon boundary was just gaining popularity. I'm not one with a very adventurous spirit. But I probably gave in to peer pressure from new found acquaintances and found myself in one of the rubber rafts. As there were older people in our group, we did the beginners course. It took us through a 4-hour downstream ride. The adventure was mostly smooth-sailing with little rough patches. Then for the bravest of souls, they may jump off or dive from Graduation Rock. That I did not do. 

It's a pity I wasn't able to keep pictures of my experience. Fortunately though, some of my colleagues from Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network recently flew to Cagayan de Oro to facilitate team building activities for the management of Republic Cement Iligan Inc. That client treated them to some whitewater rafting fun. I'd like to share some of their photos and a video from that experience.

Whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro City
Nat and Coy during whitewater rafting adventure in Cagayan de Oro City

Whitewater rafting in Cagayan de Oro City Misamis Oriental Philippines
Whitewater Rafting in Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental, Philippines

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