CAGAYAN DE ORO, PHILIPPINES — On July 20, 2022, Wednesday, CDO’s Mary Rose Grand Carnival finally reopens after over 2-years of stopping operations due to the global pandemic.
The carnival is one of the city’s most famous attractions during the annual Higalaay Festival.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mary Rose Grand Carnival’s operation stopped in 2020.
Finally, two years later, the local government of Cagayan de Oro declared that the city is now at low-level risk of COVID-19, giving a chance for businesses to reopen, including the dearly missed carnival.
The Mary Rose Grand Carnival is located along Limketkai Drive and is open to the public from 5 PM to 12 MN until the first week of September.
Entrance fee is Php 50.
Check out the available rides and their corresponding rates below (courtesy of projectlupad.com):
- P80 – Sea Dragon
- P60 – Swing Carousel
- P80 – Bumper Car
- P75 – UFO & DBC
- P20 = 3 balls – Strike Zone
- P20 = 3 balls – Basketball Game
- P50 – Minions
- P60 – Flower Wheel
- P80 – Cable Car
- P80 – Crazy Mouse Coaster
- P60 – Horror Train
- P50 – Wall of Death
- P60 – Grand Carousel
There are also perya games, food, and booths around the carnival.
Check out the 360-degree map of the carnival by projectlupad.com below:
Higalaay Festival, Cagayan de Oro
Cagayan de Oro’s annual Fiesta celebration is commonly known as the Higalaay Festival. It is a week-long celebration of a colorful, culturally rich, and fun core event celebrated on August 28 for St. Augustine, the patron saint of the city.
This annual celebration includes pageant competitions, marathons, agricultural trade fairs, cultural street dancing parades, exhibition and sponsored events for patrons, fluvial parades, and carnivals.
The Higalaay Festival allows the family to experience memorable outdoor celebrations.
This celebration is not only a regular thanksgiving but a meeting place for campaigns to promote the city of Cagayan de Oro and its surrounding areas as an investment and tourism destination.
Higalaay means Friendship, Pagkakaibigan, Katoto, an appropriate term for Cagayan de Oro, the City of Golden Friendship. —WhatALife!