Cagayan de Oro, the City of Golden Friendship, is my home and my first love. However, I consider Balingasag as my second home because it is also the hometown of my mother. This place is truly close to my heart. We likewise have relatives here from my father’s side. We usually go to Balingasag to visit my lola and my aunties, especially during anniversaries, Sto. Nino Fiesta, Araw ng Balingasag, holidays, and All Soul’s Day. It would take a 45 minute travel from Cagayan de Oro in order to arrive in this place. I always get excited whenever we would go to this municipality in Misamis Oriental because I just love watching the scenery of the beach especially when you would already pass by the municipalities of Villanueva and Jasaan.
When I think of Balingasag, I would mostly be reminded of the ancient houses that are still standing at this present moment. This would be reminiscent of the Spanish colonization in the Philippines. I would have a nostalgic feeling on how such houses still endure with the test of time. I would mostly remember the Magsalay house near the St. Rita’s Church, the Moreno house, and most importantly, what I miss the most, the Vega Ancestral House.
VEGA ANCESTRAL HOUSE
The Vega Ancestral House is memorable for me. Before, when I was still a kid, we just pass by this 200-year old house. This infrastructure is known for the 3 men, carrying the house, which is situated at the pillars outside. However, when I met a friend who is one of the descendant’s of the original owner of the house, this became a memorable one. I would miss this house and the people living in it. I would mostly miss our close friend, Paulo, who passed away last December 2015 because of leukemia. Paulo is one of the descendants of the original owner of the Vega House. You would never know at first that this man’s heartwarming and joyous disposition would eventually vanish. We really miss everything about him. ❤
Together with my friends, we went to this classic house several times already during fiestas, special occasions, and Paulo’s birthday. I would never forget their family’s hospitality especially when they accommodated our group in this house during our project in 2nd year college for our Humanities, Arts, Aesthetics and Societies subject in English.
Fiesta last January 2015
Paulo’s 20th birthday last September 2015
We made an Architectural Documentary of Balingasag. If not for their family, we wouldn’t be able to get a letter grade of “A” in this subject. Watch our Architectural Documentary which I am proud to share below. 😉
ICONIC PLACES IN BALINGASAG
The Pantalan is situated near the People’s Park. It is also considered as the seaside or baywalk of Balingasag
A Promising Place
What makes Balingasag a remarkable place, most importantly, is its people. I wish that in the future, this promising municipality in the east of Misamis Oriental would bloom as a prosperous city in the island of Mindanao.