Thursday, November 25, 2010

Panagatan | Sea Side Restaurant, Opol, Misamis Oriental, Philippines

The word "Panagatan" is a cebuano dialect that means a fishing ground or a fish-catching  site. After an exhaustive travel from Bukidnon, where we undertake a tedious appraisal works on the properties of one of the business tycoons in Cagayan de Oro City last Wednesday at the Macabalan area, me and my partner decided to try a seafood restaurant here in the said City for our lunch break. I havn't tried this place before, thinking for a  unique  food experience,  craving also to eat seafood these days, and I'll  have to try a different setting of a restaurant where I could see the ocean view. So, we tried to scout the place in Opol, Misamis Oriental where this sea side restaurant is located. Surprisingly, my office colleague was already been here some years back.
Packed with point and shoot camera, after we disembarked from the service vehicle, I then took some shots of the place. Here are some of the selected photo shots in this Sea Side Restaurant of Opol, Misamis Oriental, Philippines.
The view of the Macajalar Bay
The western part of the restaurant where obviously the location of the sunset, which we have missed to take some shots, since we have to finish our work by 4:00 in the afternoon.

One of their specialty menu, the "Tuna Kinilaw mixed with shrimps and salted egg"
 When I tasted their specialty, it tastes good and it is unique from other restaurants that I have been. What made the food unique is the mixture of raw shrimps and the salted egg. You can really taste the sweetness of freshness of the sea foods you eat. This is a favorite food for Japanese, Taiwanese or even the Korean people. I am now pretty sure that this will be my new venue for a family date in my next visit.

Sunrise location, Macabalan area or the Macajalar Bay.
main deck of the structure

The terrace portion

spotted fisherman's boat

Opol, Misamis Oriental, Philippines
 Glance of a simple background of this place. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

Opol is a 4th class municipality in the province of Misamis Oriental, Philippines. According to the 2007 Philippine census, it has a population of 47,187 people, as of 1 August 2007.

The municipality is gradually becoming more urbanized, as result of local population growth and the expansion of nearby Cagayan de Oro City. Historically, Opol was a more rural area focused on agriculture and fishing. The subdivision of rural land for new residential housing is a matter of some controversy amongst locals. The current Mayor, Dixon Q. Yasay, has held office in Opol since 2001. For more info, the Municipal Engineer here is my classmate in College, Engr. Lilibeth Uy.

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Living in Bukidnon for a quite long years, I missed very much the seaside experience from food, strolling, beach outing, and other related beach activities.

This is for your Travel Guide : 

This is already an established land mark in Opol, Misamis Oriental. All you have to do, after you disembarked from the plane / from the airport, try to hire a taxi and ask them to bring you to "Panagatan" Sea-Side Restaurant in Opol, Misamis Oriental. Right away, they will take you there, at an estimated taxi meter mark rate of P150 pesos or roughly $3.00 dollars. It is located about 30 minutes from the Limketkai Mall Complex.

Do not engage with "pakyaw agreement" or without using a taxi meter agreement, it might cost you more than P150.00 pesos.  Ask the driver to engage with a taxi meter since pakyaw system is an illegal act. Lastly, be smart and a sensible traveler.

12 Con Tour Passers by:

  1. I love eating kinilaw. But I haven't tried the one on your photo yet. Matry nga pag napunta ko dyan. :)

  2. @Cedric. Puede mo rin gawin dyan pare sa Marikina. Itry mo lang. Shrimps lang at Itlog na Maalat ang idagdag mo. Manamis tamis dric. Sarap talaga.

  3. Wow! Raw shrimps and itlog maalat! Ang saraaap!!! I love reading blog entries on out of the way places. very interesting!

  4. @Pinoy Boy Journals.

    Paborito talaga natin ang itlot maalat lalong lalo na sa almusal. Tapos may salad pa fresh vegetables, naku ang sarap nun. "I love reading blog entries on out of the way places. very interesting!"----thanks for this kind words and appreciation. People who really have a mind set of appreciating other people's work has also a mind set of positive attitude and most likely a compassionate people.

  5. Wonderful pics you have here. I usually just pass by Opol on my way to Iligan from Butuan.

  6. Thank you aleah. In going to Iligan, this is what you can see along the beachfront of opol, misamis oriental. Why not try next time to drop by this place and take your lunch here? or from Iligan, a dinner.

  7. I love the foods at Opol at a very affordable price. Thanks for sharing with us your experience, great shots by the way.

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  8. Thanks Akiko. Have you been there in Panagatan.:-).

  9. Yes Bonzenti, because I am from Cagayan:)


  11. Hi Anonymous.

    If i have a chance to go back to this place, I see to it this post will be updated with contact numbers. Thanks.

  12. one of the best restaurants in misamis oriental; serving fresh and quality seafood at an affordable price.


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