By GERRY LEE GORIT
The ostrich will take center stage in Opol, Misamis Oriental, beginning this year.
Mayor Maximino B. Seno the ostrich and its meat will be further developed in the municipality’s tourism promotions and that on fiesta day in September an ostrich parade will highlight the celebrations.
Seno said the department heads of the municipal government recently met and came up with the idea of making the ostrich their centerpiece considering the rarity of the bird and its meat as food in Mindanao.
“Beef, pork, chicken, fish and other meat dishes are common throughout the region but ostrich steak is not found in other areas and it is the best,” he said.
Ostrich dishes will be promoted as daily fare in the proposed Opol food center that will contain over 100 stalls selling various foods.
“People travelling from Cagayan de Oro to the Laguindingan airport, and vice versa, can now stop over in Opol any time of the day for meals,” Seno said.
A boardwalk along the coastal area will also be constructed.
These are in addition to a new beachfront to be developed from barangay Ispit to barangay Barra.
Seno there is a big-time foreign investor looking for seafront property to be developed into a resort with a hotel and restaurant.