January 7, 2015

Philippines Cagayan De Oro Mission

Free resources about the Philippines Cagayan De Oro Mission:

*Other Mission Pages: Philippines LDS Missions.

Cagayan De Oro Mission Address

Here’s a recent address for the Cagayan De Oro Mission. We try to keep this information up to date, but it’s a good idea to check the address with several sources, including your mission packet or the mission office.

Philippines Cagayan De Oro Mission
Cor. Kauswagan Rd. & Faustino Neri St.
RER Subd, Kauswagan, Cagayan De Oro City
9000 Misamis Oriental
Philippines
Phone Number: 63-882-272-6531
Mission President: President Kim S. Antenorcruz

Cagayan De Oro Mission Map

Here’s a link to the mission map for the Cagayan De Oro Mission (LDS). To access the official, up-to-date LDS.org map for the mission:

  1. Log into your LDS account here.
  2. Click here.

Videos with Cagayan De Oro RMs

Here are in-depth YouTube video interviews with returned missionaries from the Cagayan De Oro Mission.  We interview hundreds of returned missionaries each year, so check back regularly to see new RM interviews. Coming soon..

LDS-Friendly Videos about Philippines

Here are LDS-friendly educational videos about Philippines. We scoured YouTube to find the best quality videos about Philippines, that are free from inappropriate music, immodesty and profanity.

LDS Church  places  history  food  People and Culture  language  Storms and Natural Disasters  time lapses  nature  traditions

Cagayan De Oro Missionary Blogs

Here’s a list of LDS missionary blogs for the Cagayan De Oro Mission. This list includes the missionary’s name, URL and when their blog was updated.

*Send your missionary a gift (mission-specific shirts, ties, Christmas stockings/ornaments, pillowcases, etc.)

Elder Aldrin Origenes elderorigenes.blogspot.com 2017
Elder Baccay elderbaccay.over-blog.com 2017
Elder Cyrel Quiawan cyrelquiawan.blogspot.com 2016
Sister Frances Baraoidan sisterbaraoidanatcdo.blogspot.com 2015
Facebook Admin facebook.com/thebestkaayogyud 2015
Elder Joseph Monticalbo eldermonticalbo.blogspot.com 2014
Elder Christian Dimazana chandimazana.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Kristoffer Dulay pepepepoy.blogspot.com 2013
Elder Christian Dimazana missionsite.net/chandimazana 2012
Cagayan De Oro Mission ldspcdom.blogspot.com 2011

Cagayan De Oro Mission Groups

Here are Cagayan De Oro Mission Groups- for LDS missionary moms, returned missionaries, mission presidents and other alumni of the mission.

  1. Philippines Cagayan De Oro Mission Facebook Group (579 members)
  2. Philippines Cagayan De Oro Mission (1995-98) Group (199 members)
  3. Cagayan De Oro Mission President Meim Batch Group (37 members)
  4. Philippines Cagayan De Oro Mission Group (12 members)
  5. Cagayan de Oro Mission Facebook Group (8 members)
  6. Cagayan De Oro Mission Pres. Misalucha (2004-07) Group (3 members)
  7. Cagayan De Oro Mission Pres. Rufina Villanueva Group (3 members)

Cagayan De Oro Mission T-Shirts

Here are T-shirts for the Philippines Cagayan De Oro Mission!

Shirt designs include Cagayan De Oro Mission logo/emblem shirts and Called to Serve shirts. The shirts make great gifts for pre-missionaries, returned missionaries and missionaries currently serving. LDS Mission shirts come in all sizes: Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large, up to 4XL.  The mission designs are printed on white shirts and are shipped to you.

*Simply click on a shirt design to view the details and submit an order. The designs on mission t-shirts may also be printed on other LDS mission gifts, including: Cagayan De Oro missionary aprons, Christmas stockings, ties, pillow cases, teddy bears and Christmas ornaments.

*Click here to browse Cagayan De Oro Mission gifts

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(Fun Fact: John Bytheway served in the Philippines!)

Cagayan De Oro Mission Presidents

Here’s a list of current and past Mission Presidents of the Cagayan De Oro Mission. 

  1. 2016-2019, Kim S. Antenorcruz
  2. 2013-2016, Alberto C. Bulseco
  3. 2010-2013, William A. Hernaez
  4. 2007-2010, Remegio E. Meim  Jr.
  5. 2004-2007, Benson E. Misalucha
  6. 2001-2004, Frederico F. Costales Jr.
  7. 1998-2001, Cesar A. Perez Jr.
  8. 1995-1998, Edgardo E. Fernando
  9. 1992-1995, Remus G. Villarete
  10. 1991-1992, Bienvenido P. Flores
  11. 1988-1991, Rufino A. Villanueva

Philippines LDS Statistics (2015)

  • Church Membership: 710,764
  • Missions: 21
  • Temples: 2
  • Congregations: 1,181
  • Family History Centers: 171

Helpful Tips about the Philippines (articles written by RMs)

Cagayan De Oro Missionary Survey

Here are survey responses from Philippines Cagayan De Oro RMs, to give you a snapshot into what it’s like to live in the mission.

*Click here to take a survey to help pre-missionaries going to your mission.

When did you serve?

  • 1989-1991 (Angelito)
  • February 2001-February 2003 (Dennis)
  • November 2006-November 2008 (Aries)
  • 1989-1991 (Brian)
  • 1986-1988 (Paul)
  • 1998-2000 (Reydante)
  • 1998 (Sai)
  • 1990-1991 (Rebecca)

What areas did you serve in?

  • All areas and cities of the mission, except Malaybalay, Butuan, Gingoog and Ozamis. (Reydante)
  • Surigao / Mission Office / Several areas in CAGAYAN DE ORO. (Sai)
  • Oroquieta, Cagayan de Oro, Iligan, Pagadian, Dipolog. (Rebecca)

What were some favorite foods?

  • Boiled unripe bananas with fermented salted fish, durian, mangoes, corn grits in place of rice with kinilaw as viand. (Angelito)
  • Kinilaw and balbacua. (Dennis)
  • Tuna kinilaw, pork humba. (Aries)
  • Grilled Squid, fire roasted or “barbeque” chicken cooked over coconut shells. Rice cooked in the little woven heart things. Every fruit… Mangos are divine! (Brian)
  • Choco rice, chicken on a stick Magnolia Mango ice cream. (Paul)
  • Durian, kinilaw, marang. (Reydante)
  • Boiled Egg. Noodles. Bread. (Sai)
  • Champrada= Chocolate Rice, Pansit, Mangoes, Many different fruits. (Rebecca)

What was a funny experience?

  • Foreign missionaries were served with calderetang dog meat without knowing…and said it was good and delectable. (Angelito)
  • When I woke up in the middle of the night thinking my companion is shaking my bed but when I looked around, it was not my companion but an earthquake. (Dennis)
  • Being chased by no one… 😉 (Aries)
  • Bragging that I was a good coconut tree climber during a Zone Activity. I started climbing a very tall coconut tree to get some coconuts for the zone. I had misjudged how high the tree was and therefore how old the foot holds were. They were cutting into my tender white feet and I was bleeding. At around 8 feet from the top as the tree was swaying, I was so tired (and almost in shock) that I actually let go of the tree to rest. Thankfully, just as I started to fall I sort of “came to” and just hugged the tree with all I had and scraped up my entire body. I sat up there like that for a while, then slowly came down with no coconuts. Everyone wondered why I’d been up there so long and came so close but didn’t get any coconuts. (Brian)
  • Taking a shower in a heavy rain storm. (Paul)
  • Walking home from proselyting (my rural area), no more transportation available, 6 pm, zero visibility (pitched black-the feeling of outer darkness), walked 5 kilometers, no street lights available then no flashlight available (forgot to bring it), we have to find the white lane markings on the road just to make sure we are not off road and w’e’re going the right way..funny and scary the same time. (Reydante)
  • We went to an elevated bahay kubo home. When my companion looked back, I was nowhere to be seen because I fell off the floor of the kubo and went straight towards the piggery underneath the kubo. (Sai)
  • My companions shirt being pulled off of her by a tree branch while taking a picture with her at a zone activity, by the beach. (Rebecca)

What was a crazy experience?

  • Missionaries riding on top of buses during transfer days. (Angelito)
  • When I attended our regular zone leader meeting, then our bus stopped at a check point and they asked all the males to step out of the bus for inspection. (Dennis)
  • On our way to main land from Camiguin Island in the middle of raging sea waves going to our district meeting. (Aries)
  • I had a very drunk Muslim pull a gun and point it at me at a little tindihan over outside of Dapitan. He told me that he would go straight to Allah if he killed a white Christian. I was obviously that…but I just smiled at him, sat down across the table and had a nice chat with him about his family and where he grew up. After a bit he set his gun down, I bought him some bread and we sat and ate it together and left on friendly terms. (Brian)
  • A typhoon hit Cabadbaran and flooded the downstairs of the apartment/chapel. (Paul)
  • Catching the last trip to our apartment, 7 pm, jeepney travelling 60-80 kilometers per hour, sitting on top of the jeepney, nothing to hold on except pressing your arms and palms on top to get you steady while little rain pouring…being caught on a crossfire between government and insurgent group. Being asked to get down from the bus on a military checkpoint (males only) but when they know you’re an LDS Missionary, you are exempted. (cool). (Reydante)
  • Overloaded habal habal ride that I thought would topple. (Sai)
  • Muslim military soldiers trying to break into our apartment in Iligan, City!!! (Rebecca)

What was a spiritual experience?

  • An investigator having accepted baptism…a family with meager income goes to church every Sunday by trekking, riding on habal-habal, crossing rivers…members chipping in, helping to build a house for an old member who lives alone and earns an income by selling stick brooms. (Angelito)
  • We baptized a young woman who lives atop a mountain about a couple of hours walk from our apartment…no other means of transport but a motorbike. This young girl is crippled…when she saw us, she said that she has been waiting for us her whole life. (Dennis)
  • Having baptized one particular family. Pagara family who had a very special doctrinal concern. The husband asked us if he is a prophet because he has a lot of visions. Long story to tell but that was great. (Aries)
  • We had a great family in Kitcharao that was going to be baptized. We had a spot up at the lake east of Kitcharao (up in the mountains) that we had planned on baptizing them in. It was the first real “family” we had found in that small area and many community members were planning on attending. Our house was the church, so we were going to meet there. We had hired a small jeepnie to take us all to the lake but it was raining like crazy. My companion and I fasted for a miracle…that the rain would stop so people would come. Just as the service was about to start, the rain slowed and people trickled in. Then it stopped long enough to drive to the lake where the only sunshine was streaming through the clouds like the Heavens were smiling at us…right in the little bay in the lake where we held the baptism. Then we made it back to the house after and we were singing the closing hymn 236 “Lord Accept Into Thy Kingdom”.  Just as we started the 3rd verse “Like the sound of rushing waters”, the rains were unleashed so loud on our metal roof that we could hardly hear ourselves singing and my companion and I just cried as we sang. We felt that the Lord had truly answered our prayers! (Brian)
  • Baptizing all the wonderful people. (Paul)
  • Being able to baptize a family who traveled almost half day walking just to attend church service in Dipolog. You will be able to know yourself in the mission personally and spiritually. (Reydante)
  • Tears in each persons eyes when they accept the gospel. (Sai)
  • It was all such a spiritual experience!!! Being able to backtrack three of my areas on my way home and see many of the members at each and getting to say goodbye to them was a priceless experience for me!!! (Rebecca)

What are some interesting facts about the Cagayan De Oro Mission?

  • Had more American companions than Filipinos, my trainer had a black belt in Karate, and I had a total of 4 mission presidents. (Angelito)
  • My mission is full of adventures. (Dennis)
  • All of us (full time missionaries) were all Filipinos…no foreigners. (Aries)
  • This mission was only open for non-natives to serve for a very short period of time. So, it’s sort of a very small club of North Americans who have served in the Cagayan De Oro Mission.  (Brian)
  • Mosquito nets are great unless you get one inside. (Paul)
  • Travel time from the northern most tip of the mission to the south is 16 hours. (Good luck on your transfer- huh, I experienced it). Durian flavored ice cream is available in PCDOM. Language is not only Bisaya, consider learning other languages like Surigaonon, Cagay-anon, Iligaynon,. I thought Bisaya was only one language. (Reydante)
  • The best mission in the Philippines…Mindanao is such a place where people are so open to the gospel. (Sai)
  • I was one of about maybe ten sister Missionaries who served from the UNITED STATES in my mission. All my companions were native Filipinas! (Rebecca)

What was the weather like?

  • Tropical with two distinct seasons – wet and very wet seasons. (Angelito)
  • Hot. (Dennis)
  • The weather is great in some parts but most likely hot and humid. (Aries)
  • Rain, hot, rain, hot, more rain, humid and more humid. I loved it! You are wet all the time, every day. I stopped drying off after a “dipper shower” because you would break a sweat just drying… so just get dressed wet because at least it’s basically a clean wet. (Brian)
  • Warm and beautiful. When it rained, the water was warm. (Paul)
  • When it is summer season in Manila, wet season in PCDOM and vice versa. (Reydante)
  • Weather was so nice. (Sai)
  • Hot, humid all year round, very tropical type weather and also a rainy season! (Rebecca)

Any things you really like about the area/people?

  • People were generally friendly, humble, hospitable, easy to please, greeted you back when you greet them, most had smiles on their faces.  People were generally happy even with meager resources. The area(s) from my mission, were naturally beautiful, with scenic views and many tourist spots. (Angelito)
  • The kindness and hospitality of the people I served with. (Dennis)
  • People are so accommodating and receptive. The place called the City of Golden Friendship. (Aries)
  • The most kind, generous and happy people! They often were living with very little earthly possessions but it didn’t matter to most of them…they were happy! (Brian)
  • The people were very loving and giving. (Paul)
  • People and the place…superb.. (Reydante)
  • The people are very hospitable. (Sai)
  • Everything! Filipinos are a very happy people centered on a culture of love and respect for family!❤ (Rebecca)

Any packing/clothing advice?

  • Travel light, light clothing, slip-on shoes, bring a foldable umbrella or a waterproof hoodie. (Angelito)
  • Wear light, modest clothing. (Dennis)
  • Just bring enough. (Aries)
  • Pack light and just the minimum. You can get new pants, shoes, and socks there for less money and it’s cheaper and you don’t have to haul so much every transfer. (Brian)
  • You don’t need a suit. Leave that at the Mission Training Center or send it home. Don’t take many things…you can have it made there. (Paul)
  • Always have two proselyting shoes to be used alternately. Have another pair of shoes for conference/Sunday shoes. Always bring water. (Reydante)
  • Wrinkle free clothes. Cotton polo. (Sai)

What blessings did you receive from serving a mission?

  • Greater understanding of life, it made me ready and able for college (although I was already 23 when I started to attend college), made me more obedient to the laws of God, happiness from knowing those you shared the gospel with, also served on missions. (Angelito)
  • A lot. I could not even count. But the greatest is the happiness that I enjoyed serving the Lord and his children. (Dennis)
  • My spirituality increased. Having a lot of friends. It changed my life and  I become better. (Aries)
  • A lifetime of fond memories. A much stronger testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and how it really does change people’s lives for the better. (Brian)
  • I have a disability but it didn’t bother me. I was able to walk and learn to teach and love the people I served. (Paul)
  • Truthfulness of the divine gospel. A testimony of your own from your own experience with the members and non members of your area. (Reydante)
  • I became a multi millionaire because the of the things I learned during the mission and I applied in my business. (Sai)
  • Countless. Still being blessed after all these years after returning home. A very strong-rooted testimony! (Rebecca)

What are some skills you gained?

  • Driving skill, typing and computer operations, learned the Visayan language (if that is a skill). (Angelito)
  • Communication, leadership and budgeting. (Dennis)
  • Leadership skills. People skills. Teaching skills. Planning. (Aries)
  • Five words…”I can do hard things”. Important to remember in life later when challenges arise. (Brian)
  • Communication skills, cooking and learning tolerance. (Paul)
  • Language. I know how to speak not only Bisaya but Surigaonon (surigao), Iligaynon( iligan) and Cagay-anon (Cagayan de oro). (Reydante)
  • Home chores. Learn a different language. PEOPLE SKILLS became more enhanced. (Sai)
  • How to speak Visayan. How to live and love another culture. (Rebecca)

What do you wish you knew/did at the beginning of your mission?

  • Pre-learn the local language. (Angelito)
  • Nothing, I just trusted my companion, opened my mind and heart to the influence of the Spirit. (Dennis)
  • Language. (Aries)
  • The language. (Brian)
  • Leave my suit home. (Paul)
  • How to cook. (Sai)
  • More about the culture and language! (Rebecca)

Any advice/testimony for pre-missionaries going to Cagayan De Oro?

  • Learn the local language before coming to your mission or learn it well in the first few months. It really is a game changer. Love the people whether members or not. Learn to appreciate even the small things. (Angelito)
  • I know that as you serve honestly and diligently until the last day of your mission, the rewards are endless. (Dennis)
  • Serve as if it’s your last day. (Aries)
  • Read the standard works and study them, know what they say and teach. (Paul)
  • In your name tag, you carry 3 names, the name of your Father, the name of church, and name of JESUS CHRIST, do not do anything that will compromise it. (Reydante)
  • Serve with all your heart. Enjoy and just go with the spiritual flow! (Sai)
  • Go with a heart ready to serve under any circumstance, remember you are serving where HE needs you!!!! (Rebecca)

What was a funny language mistake?

  • Nothing, we just learned to listen to the language and asked help from the people we serve since they are native speakers. (Dennis)
  • “Pakadyot lang…. Nagl*bog ako”. (Sai)
  • I made many as it wasn’t until I got to the mission that I learned I would be speaking a dialect called Visayan. (Rebecca)