2GO Travel, the Philippines’ premiere sea travel provider, revisited Cagayan De Oro’s golden history, as it participated at the 2022 Higalaay Festival. The city’s annual feast made a comeback after a two-year break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
2GO’s float showcased MV 2GO Maligaya, one of the newest vessels of its fleet, during the Higalaay Street Parade on Saturday (August 27). MV 2GO Maligaya sailed its maiden voyage from Manila to Cagayan De Oro back in May 2021. Named after a Filipino aspirational value, MV 2GO Maligaya’s colorful new livery conveys the Pinoy sense of fun and excitement even before taking the first step onboard. The float design, meanwhile, commemorated and celebrated the 80th anniversary of Gen. Douglas McArthur’s arrival in Macabalan Wharf during World War II in 1942. As Cagayan De Oro is known to be the City of Golden Friendship, the float was donned with elements painted in gold – from the insignias in Gen. McArthur’s cap to the lambago flowers on top of the mock vessel to the waves under it. 2GO Cagayan De Oro staff enjoy a moment together with two Captain Shippie mascots during the Higalaay Street Parade. “Cagayan De Oro is vital to us, being our Mindanao hub for travel. Given this, it’s important for us to recognize the city’s identity while moving forward with the best it has to offer – its golden spirit of camaraderie that we wish to help extend to the rest of the country through memorable sailcations onboard,” said Blessie Cruz, 2GO’s Group Head for Marketing.