Cagayan de Oro City in Misamis Oriental will be marking its 63rd Charter Day anniversary this June 15. The day, which falls on a Saturday, is a special non-working holiday in the said city in northern Mindanao as declared in Republic Act (RA) 7670. RA 7670 took effect during the term of then-President Fidel V. Ramos. Click here to read the full text of RA 7670.
The city charter of Cagayan de Oro, known as RA 5521, came into being in June 15, 1950. Elpidio Quirino was the Philippine president at that time. Access RA 521 here. Cagayan de Oro have played a major role in Philippine history.
In 1872, Governor-General Carlos María de La Torre designated Cagayan as the permanent capital of Segundo Distrito de Misamis (modern-day Misamis Oriental). From being known as simply Cagayan, the place came to be known as Cagayan de Misamis.
Almost a century later, Congressman Emmanuel Pelaez successfully led the effort to rename Cagayan de Misamis as Cagayan de Oro. He went on to serve as Vice President from 1961 to 1965. Cagayan de Oro was declared a highly urbanized city in 1983.
*June 15, 2013 may also be declared as a holiday in Pampanga just like last year. This is to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Watch out for updates.