Oroquieta City in Misamis Occidental is perhaps one of the smallest cities in the country, and one of the quietest for that matter. After landing in Ozamiz, we took a van ride to Oroquieta that lasted for an hour. We checked in our hotel, probably the only hotel of class in the city, Sheena's Hotel.
I actually liked Sheena because of its breezy ambience. The rooms were large and clean, and of course cheap at P1,200 a night. I can't remember if we paid for breakfast though.
What I liked about Sheena is this quaint courtyard. There's Wifi by the way in the hotel, so I ordered a cup of coffee and worked for a little while under one of the umbrellas.
Oroquieta has nothing much to offer, except for unchartered trips to waterfalls and rivers. We went around seeing nothing. They told us that there were more sights outside the city but I didn't have the time. So we just made our way to the city hall plaza, where a pleasant park provides the only venue of entertainment in the city. The park even had a replica of the Eiffel Tower, which I found weird at this part of the world.
The sea was beside the park, so I had a calm and refreshing stroll along the boardwalk. The beach had fine black sand, and there were fishing boats docked on the shore.
Interestingly, this was the place where I first had sea shells for lunch. I didn't like it though, because it was hard to get the "laman" from the shells.
I never ceased to eat in this city, even though I was already yearning for Jollibee's chicken joy. It was already 4PM when the townsfolk started to flock to the park and onto the boardwalk. There were ice cream vendors, siomai and siopao hawkers. Of course, everything felt so slow here, and nobody worried about anything.
Still part of Misamis Occidental or Missoc, Oroquieta is halfway between Ozamiz and Dipolog, so it's a good stop if you're going to Dipolog or Dapitan via Ozamiz. The Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park is located in Ozamiz, so it's good to pass by there, before heading to Dapitan or Dipolog.