KNOW YOUR CITY BY WALKING Dolores Street in Cagayan de Oro City, Northern Mindanao, Philippines, is a short street in the city centre. It starts at the City Health Department. From here the street is concreted a short distance up to the Senior Citizens Centre. From here follows a stretch that is not paved.
Dolores Street is located on the former second cemetery of Cagayan de Oro City. This cemetery was abandoned in the early 1980s and a new cemetery was opened, the Bolonsir Cemetery, which is still in use today.
When I came to Cagayan de Oro City in 1981, Dolores Street had a disreputable reputation and was called the ‘Street of Thieves’. I had to find out why first hand. On Hayes Street, which runs parallel, there was the ‘Paolo Restaurant’ on a plot of land that is now undeveloped. During a visit one evening, despite a security guard, the spare wheel of our jeep was stolen from me in front of the entrance. A policeman friend of mine found it a few days later in one of the already empty graves in the cemetery.
Today, Dolores Street is a normal street in Cagayan de Oro City, with some old houses, some new buildings and more new buildings being built here.
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