Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Where to Go in Ozamiz City: Cotta Fort

Cotta Fort was built in 1756 by Father Jose Ducos as a Spanish outpost in the area. Located along the shores of Panguil Bay in Ozamiz City, the stone fort is rectangular in shape typical to many Spanish fortresses built during the time. It has four bulwarks named as San Ignacio, San Fernando, San Jose and Santiago.

The west gate is the main gate entrance facing the city of Ozamiz which has an image of Apostle St. James (Santiago), Patron Saint of Spain. Below the image is the year 1756, the inception of the construction of the fort.

It is also called Fuerte de la Concepcion y del Triunfo where a chapel was built inside the walls of the fort and an image of the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception in the pink and blue attire was enshrined. It is located outside the fort on the wall facing the bay. It is believed to be miraculously growing and has been the object of pilgrimage of the locals and tourists visiting the city.

As one of the four Spanish fortresses built during Spain's occupation in the Philippines, Cotta Fort is one of the must-see places when visiting Ozamiz City.

Entrance Fee: 5.00 PHP

How to Get to Ozamiz City

  • Philippine Airlines / PAL Express and Cebu Pacific Air have direct flights from Manila, daily. Travel time is about 1.5 hours.
  • Cotta Fort and Shrine is located near Ozamiz City Port. From the airport, you could take tricycle to the city center or directly to the fort.
  • If you're already at the city center, you can take a leisurely walk to the fort for about 10-15 minutes or take a tricycle and the driver can bring you there for 10 pesos each.

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