The 4th class municipality of Opol is a popular destination located along the outskirts of Cagayan de Oro. The citys locals and visitors often flock to Opol, especially during hot days, to spend some time out basking in its line of beaches.
As of 2007, the Philippine census reports that Opol has a total population of 47,187. As the City of Golden Friendship continues to progress, the municipality of Opol is also gradually becoming more and more urbanized. This sudden burst of urbanization is most probably due to the growth of the local population and the rapid expansion of Cagayan de Oro.
As of today, the place is divided into 14 different barangays namely:
Originally, the entire place of Opol mainly thrived on agriculture and fishing. Although that still remains as the major mode of living for most locals in Opol, several other economic activities have begun to sprout within the province. Such activities include commercial fishing, tourism/hospitality, as well as certain economic activities related to the light industry.
Over the years, Opol was able to produce a few notable economic infrastructures including the fishing port at Luyong bonbon, the San Miguel and Coca Cola bottling plants, as well as the municipal market building situated near the Opol municipal centre.
The Cagayan de Oro-Iligan highway, which passes through the coast of Opol, is a major inter-regional transport route that consists of an important part of the Corridor Special Development Project between Cagayan de Oro and Iligan. This major infrastructure development initiative has taken the attention of several locals and officials of Opol since the project will most probably result in a substantial economic growth for Opol, as well as the rest of Misamis Oriental and its adjoining provinces, including Lanao del Norte, for the coming years.
In terms of tourism, Opol is not one province to miss out. People who are both new and familiar with the province will always enjoy several things about Opol. Some of the best things about Opol, aside from its locals, are the Philippine Ostrich & Crocodile Farm, the Apple Tree Beach Resort (formerly known as the Lauremar Beach Resort), the Opol Aviary and Mini Zoo, the San Pedro Beach Resort, as well as the D. Yasay Beach Resort.
Opol is often visited by tourists for its beaches and one of its most popular tourist resorts is the Apple Tree Beach Resort. The resort got its new name after it was placed under a new management. For those who have yet to visit the place, the resort is located right on the main beach in the heart of Opol.
Another notable beach resort in the province is the San Pedro Beach Resort. It is said to be the first beach resort in Misamis Oriental. And finally, one of Opols most visited beach resorts is the D. Yasay Beach Resort. A lot of people often go to the resort to bond with family and friends, as well as to celebrate several important events.
Opol is also home to famous seaside restaurants like Tabing Dagat, Seablings Seafood Restaurant and Panagatan Restaurant.
-by Mara Tismo-
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