Globe brings #WonderfulMindaNOW fever to Cagayan de Oro

Harnesses the power of social media with GoUNLI20Plus

Globe Telecom, through its digital brand for the youth Globe Prepaid, is taking Cagayan de Oro to greater heights as it brings its #WonderfulMindaNOW campaign in Centrio Mall this weekend, July 19-20, 2014.

Ka-Globe Kagayanons are expected to enjoy an entire day of fun activities at the #WonderfulMindaNOW booth where they can get exciting freebies, win cool raffle prizes, buy Globe SIMs, and prepaid load, purchase handsets with exclusive offers, and redeem their Globe Rewards points in exchange of goodies.

Different stations are set-up at the #WonderfulMindaNOW booth which includes the Selfie and Trick-eye stations, where Kagayanons can take their “selfie” shots and share their real-time experiences via Globe Prepaid’s GoUNLI20Plus, a Mindanao-exclusive prepaid offer GoUNLI20Plus, which offers unlimited calls to Globe/TM, 20MB of data for mobile surfing, and 50 texts to all networks for only P20.

The most affordable and easy-to-use prepaid voice and mobile data combo, GoUNLI20Plus allows subscribers to keep in touch with their families and friends through calls without the need for prefix dialing. They can also browse through different social networking sites with no Wi-Fi needed, plus a bonus of 50 texts to all networks for a price easy on the pocket. Mindanao prepaid subscribers can register to GoUNLI20Plus by texting Go20Plus to 2655. To know more about GoUnli20Plus, visit:

Backed by a brand new network that enables a faster and more seamless browsing experience and quality calls and texts, Globe recently launched the #WonderfulMindaNOW advocacy, a social media-driven movement that enjoins Mindanaoans to take pride in their region by showcasing wonderful spots, places, and tourist attractions in Mindanao via social networks.
We would like to invite the Kagayanons to take part in sharing and spotting the coolest places in their region via #WonderfulMindaNOW by subscribing to GoUNLI20Plus. To celebrate the power of social media and the launch of the most affordable all-in-one prepaid promo, they can check out the #WonderfulMindaNOW event at the Centrio Mall this weekend,” says Issa Cabreira, VP for Globe.
Aside from products and services, Globe is also set to make its presence felt in the entire Mindanao with its nation-building programs for schools, homes, and livelihood as well as initiatives that enable a service-oriented and customer-centric workforce for a wonderful customer experience.

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The Loop: Hassle Free Living for Young Families

Most young couples and start-up families have a specific checklist in mind when looking for a new home. The rule is to find one where they can live in comfort, convenience, and safety, especially when they have kids.

While most residential options in Cagayan de Oro fall short of these criteria, The Loop easily surpasses it all. A two-tower, 25-storey landmark condominium development of Vista Residences, The Loop offers modern high-rise homes that fit the lifestyle of newlyweds and start-up families.

Comfortable living. It offers comfortable living with its space-savvy condo units, from studio to one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom units. All are thoughtfully and carefully planned and designed with the dweller's comfort in mind.

Newlyweds and young couples will thrive in a studio or one-bedroom unit--versatile living options that can be cleaned fast and easy. It allows couples to move around fast and with ease, giving them more time to enjoy other pursuits together.

Young families with kids will find it comfortable living in a two- or three-bedroom condo unit. With the children's room adjacent to the master bedroom, parents can rest easy knowing their kids are close, safe, and happy.

Monitoring the kids will also be a breeze even as parents prepare the family meal at the kitchen area, as they can easily see the little ones watching TV, or playing with toys or with each other at the living area.

The comfortable lifestyle goes beyond the condo units and to the whole condo property as well. From the spacious lobby with its wide, comfortable seats, 24-hour concierge, and posh but homey ambiance, residents will instantly feel at home upon stepping into The Loop.

The clubhouse called The Canopy is located at the ground level to make it easily accessible to residents who may want to relax at the lounge, or get some invigorating laps at the swimming pool while the young ones have their own fun at the kiddie pool or play area.

Taking the resident's comfort a notch higher, The Loop offers an in-house fitness gym so residents don't need to leave home to do their exercise regimen. There's also a multi-purpose hall to hang around or meet friends and neighbors for an intimate social gathering.

For those who want some quiet and fantastic views of CDO, The Loop has the Sky Gardens at the penthouse level. With live plants providing a refreshing green surrounding, the Sky Garden also gives a panoramic view of the city, distant mountains, and CDO's famous  Macajalar Bay.

Convenience at its best. To rise along Rosario Crescent at the Limketkai Center, The Loop is strategically located within the central business and entertainment district of CDO, making it proximate to desired destinations and locations.

Going to work is fast and convenient, with public transport available right outside the condo property. Residents can also drive the short distance from The Loop's central location to the workplace, or simply walk to modern office buildings within Limketkai Center.

With schools and universities only a few minutes away, dropping off and picking up the kids from school will not be a problem. And if breakfast out is part of the morning itinerary, food chains and coffee shops are easily accessible within Limketkai.

Going home is quick and sweet with the short ride or drive back home. A need to buy food or grocery items before heading home is quickly solved by a stop at any of the supermarkets, grocery, and convenience stores near The Loop.

If the kids are a little frisky for some drink or snack after being picked up from school, a visit to any of the fastfood chains and snack bars nearby will make them happy.

The busy parent who needs to attend company events or business meetings outside the office can easily come home to The Loop for some quality time with the family, have a change of clothes, and drive over to the event within the central business district.

Convenience is the rule at The Loop not only during work and school week, but also during weekends. Newlyweds or young families don't need to go far for some weekend leisure as they can either walk, ride or drive the short distance to hundreds of dining, shopping, and recreation options in Limketkai.

Whether it's shopping, watching movies, dining out, or hanging out at their favorite coffee shop, residents will find everything within easy reach and access, including bringing kids to the clinic for their regular checkup, or to the arcade for some fun and games.

Safety for peace of mind. Everyone wants to be assured their loved ones are safe and sound inside their home even when they are not around. With The Loop's security system, its residents are safe within the condo community.

There is round-the-clock security and the concierge staff are trained to safeguard the wellbeing and privacy of the residents as well as the exclusivity of The Loop. Those planning a long trip or vacation can also lock and go, as they get the peace of mind knowing their condo home is in a secure environment.

With everything set in place for a safe, convenient, and comfortable living at The Loop, young couples and families can fully enjoy their modern, stylish, and hassle-free lifestyle.

To learn more about fuss-free condo living, visit:
The Loop Business Hub at Rosario Crescent Street
Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro
COntact Number: 0917-8102445


National Geographic Cites Primavera Residences’ Developer as one of the ‘New Philippine Business Leaders’

Cagayan de Oro City—Officers of the young and dynamic green property firm that is behind the development of Primavera Residences — the city’s first eco-friendly, mixed-use condominium development — have been recently cited as one of the country’s “new business leaders” by National Geographic.

In an article published in the February 2014 issue of the legendary magazine, ITPI Corp. (Italpinas Euroasian Design and Eco-Development Corporation) was noted for leading the country’s push into sustainable architecture and green property development.

The National Geographic cited ITPI for specializing in property development “with environmentally sound and affordable architectural design.” The official publication of the National Geographic Society, the National Geographic magazine has been published since 1888.

In the article, which featured two other upcoming property developers that are seen as movers in their own sectors, Primavera Residences was also noted for its being an award-winning property that has gained international recognition for its best-in-class passive cooling design and other sustainable architecture features.

We design eco-friendly lifestyle solutions and incorporate them into energy-smart buildings and residential units for the middle-market,” the National Geographic quoted ITPI Executive Chairman and CEO Italian Architect Romolo V. Nati as saying. Both Nati and his Filipino partner, Atty. Jojo Leviste, were noted by the magazine as people who are “something of visionary(ies).

According to the National Geographic: “Primavera Residences’ design combines contemporary aesthetics with natural airflow through inner spaces. (Its) architectural elements (are) designed precisely for the location’s latitude, and the building’s surface (is) shaded from the sun throughout the year.

This design has been cited as one of Asia’s top 10 clean energy projects because of its capacity to help residents save as much as 32% on air-conditioning consumption,” the magazine also said.

National Geographic also said: “Leviste is particularly pleased that ITPI’s elegant design solutions have been compared to the architecture of the bahay kubo, the indigenous bamboo-and-thatch huts that predate Spanish colonisation.

It quoted Leviste as maintaining that: “Eco-friendly buildings do not have to cost a lot and they don’t have to be high-tech.

We want to change the perception of green building from being expensive to being something regular people can afford,” National Geographic also quoted Arch. Nati as saying.

So far, Primavera Residences has already won two awards:

  • The Most Promising Clean Energy Investment Opportunities from the Climate Technology Initiative-Private Financing Advisory Networks (CTI-PFAN) in 2010, given at the Asia Forum for Clean Energy Financing held in Makati.CTI-PFAN is the Private Financing Advisory Network (PFAN) initiated by the Climate Technology Initiative (CTI) in cooperation with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Expert Group on Technology Transfer. PFAN operates to bridge the gap between investments and clean energy businesses.

  • One of the Best Condo Developments in the Philippines from the 2011 South East Asia Property Awards at a ceremony held at Singapore.

Manila’s Premier Night Food Market Makes Its Way To Ayala’s Centrio Mall

Mercato De Oro
Mercato Centrale, the popular food and lifestyle market from Metro Manila, will be bringing its food-tripping experience to Ayala Mall’s Centrio, Cagayan de Oro with Mercato De Oro starting December 7 (Saturday)! Mercato de Oro will feature a night food and entertainment market every Friday and Saturday (4pm-3am) and a morning gourmet food and ‘fresh and organic’ market every Saturday (7am-2pm).

Mercato De Oro is managed by the Mercato Centrale group, which has successfully organized food markets in key Ayala Malls locations around Metro Manila which include MidnightMercato in Bonifacio Global City (The Fort), Taguig, Mezza Norte in Trinoma Mall, Quezon City and Cucina Andare (the first food truck market in the Philippines) in Glorietta Mall, Makati.

We are excited to bring the successful formula that has made the Mercato Centrale group of markets such a hit among Metro Manila foodies: A variety of great-tasting, innovative and affordable food choices, a selection of fresh, natural and organic fruits, produce, meats and seafood, gourmet and artisanal food and pastry products, unique arts and crafts, live acoustic entertainment and a festive atmosphere!” shared Anton Diaz, co-founder of Mercato Centrale and the award-winning blogger behind the most popular food and travel blog in the Philippines “It’s free entrance as well! This is why the Mercato Centrale markets have become very popular foodie destinations for Manilenos, balikbayans and tourists.” Anton added.

Mercato De Oro will be food and lifestyle market where the home-grown entrepreneurs of Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Iligan, Ozamiz, Pagadian and the other neighboring provinces can showcase their local cuisine, specialty dishes, fresh and organic fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood, and locally-made arts, crafts and collectibles.” shared RJ Ledesma co-founder of Mercato Centrale and a TV host for GMA News TV’s Best Men (who was more popularly known as Joey in the Royal Tru-Orange series back in the eighties). “We are also bringing over the best-selling food vendors from our Mercato markets in Manila to be part of Mercato De Oro.” RJ said.

“We are also looking for the next big food entrepreneur from Cagayan de Oro who wants to bring his business to the next level!” said Anton. “The Mercato markets have been the birthplace of many expanding Manila food businesses like Manang’s Chicken, Merry Moo Premium Ice Cream and Chuck’s Grubberie Fish and Chips. In fact, one of our pioneer vendors, Mochiko Ice Cream, already has a branch here in Centrio!
Mercato De Oro - Centrio
Mercato De Oro is located at Ayala’s Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro. The night market will be open every Friday and Saturday (4PM-3AM) and the morning market will be open every Saturday(7AM-2PM) starting December 7 (Saturday).

For interested food and bazaar vendors from Cagayan de oro, Bukidnon and the surrounding provinces who want to join Mercato De Oro, please contact the following:

Numbers: (+63 917) 840-1152 or (+632) 812-0102



You can also pick up an application form at the administration office of Ayala’s Centrio Mall.

Tune Hotel Cagayan De Oro opens on July 19

Tune Hotels – is further strengthening is portfolio of value-for-money hotel rooms by opening in Cagayan De Oro this month, the first of four hotels it will open in the Philippines this year.

The 159-room Tune Hotel Cagayan De Oro opens on July 19 in the heart of the Lapasan Central Business District and will take the group’s portfolio of hotels in the Philippines to five.

Tune Hotels have quickly gained a strong foothold and acceptance of the brand’s concept in the Philippines with the first hotel opening in Angeles City (165 rooms) in February 2012, followed by Cebu (150 rooms) later in February, Ermita (167 rooms) in March and Makati (213 rooms) in July last year.

There will be further expansion this year. After Cagayan De Oro, there will be hotels in Quezon City (140 rooms), Ortigas (182 rooms) and Davao (155 rooms) for a total of eight hotels opened within a two year period.

The Tune Hotels brand is owned and operated by Red Planet Hotels in the Philippines and Chief Executive Officer, Tim Hansing, said there will further openings of Tune Hotels in the Philippines in the coming years where he has a target for a minimum of 15 properties for the country.

It has been extremely pleasing to see how rapidly and how well the Tune Hotels brand and concept has been accepted by Filipinos and international travellers alike,” Mr. Hansing said.

By presenting to the market an international brand managed entirely by locals, the warmth of Filipino hospitality has convinced both the Tune brand and Red Planet Hotels to make a significant investment in to the country as the travel and tourism sector continues to strengthen and grow.

Mr. Hansing said there will be more hotels coming in the greater Metro Manila region while other provincial locations are being evaluated.

Tune Hotels is a sister company to the Air Asia group of airlines which is also steadily building its presence in the Philippines, most recently with the announcement of a strategic partnership with Zest Air, who fly directly from Manila to Cagayan De Oro.

The Tune Hotel Cagayan De Oro is a welcome addition to the city with air passenger arrivals growing to a robust 1.622 million in 2012. The recent opening of the new Laguindingan International Airport is also expected to further increase the number of flights into the city - especially from domestic low cost carriers.

The new Cagayan De Oro property is also the first Tune Hotel in the Philippines to have a function room catering to up to 30 guests for meetings and social gatherings. There will also be a restaurant at the ground floor to serve breakfast and provide food and beverage services for meetings and events.

There are now Tune hotel in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, India, England and Scotland and all boast custom-made, five-star beds to provide an excellent night’s sleep, power showers, 24-hour security in locations that are easy to reach and close to public transport points.

For inquiries and reservations, please call (+632) 519-0888 or e-mail them at

Get to know more about Tune Hotels and Red Planet Hotels Limited by visiting or

Korean Fashion Brand Basic House Opens Stores in Centrio Ayala Mall

Fresh, preppy, classic and youthful looks in latest collection

Fans of Korean street style are definitely going to be spoilt for choice with the Philippine arrival of Basic House, a Korean fashion brand with more than a hundred stores well-received for its fresh and preppy spin to everyday wear. Basic House is poised to excite the industry’s ready-to-wear segment and fulfill the market’s fascination for Korean fashion.


Living up to its philosophy of reinventing fashion staples everyday, Basic House has always stood by its classic and simple aesthetics while reinforcing global trends every season to create fresh and contemporary collections that can be worn time and again. Established in Korea in 1996, the brand is inarguably one of the most aggressive and fastest growing clothing companies in Asia, with 158 stores in Korea and increasing number of stores across key cities in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Russia.

The brand is best known for balancing fashion and comfort, working with extremely versatile but comfortable fabrics for its tees, polo shirts, chinos, blazers, cardigans, jackets and knitwear. Basic pieces instantly become fashion standouts when mixed and matched with the season’s sartorial trends.

For its spring/summer 2013 collection, Basic House comes out with fresh variations of the brand’s classic looks and dabbles with cool and bright colors for a summer palette that perfectly complements the warm weather. Patterns and graphics are paired down to retain the brand’s overall theme of simplicity, sticking to basic stripes, paisleys, florals and a lot of soft pastels.

Sleek, clean and contemporary, Basic House’s timeless pieces do not only capture the essence of Korean fashion but also blend well with different personal styles. Chinos and polos are smart choices for the young professional while plain basic tees can be dressed up with tailored blazers and cropped jackets perfect for casual Fridays. Girls, meanwhile, will surely love the cardigans which are both preppy and chic as well as the floral jumpsuits and knitted pullovers which can be stylishly layered with other pieces.

Robinsons Specialty Stores, Inc. (RSSI) is the exclusive franchisee of Basic House in the Philippines. Basic House will be opening at the 2nd level of Centrio Ayala Mall this coming June 5, 2013.

To know more about Basic House, ‘like’ them on Facebook at and follow them on Twitter at @BasicHousePH.

Press Release: SingTel Send Donations For Sendong Victims Via Globe Telecom

SingTel donates 500,000 Philippine Pesos to Globe’s disaster relief efforts for Sendong victims

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), in support of its Philippines associate’s relief efforts for Typhoon Sendong victims, is pledging 500,000 Philippine Pesos to Globe Telecom’s corporate social responsibility programme, Globe Bridging Communities.
The donation will be used to provide relief items, including drinking water and medicines, to families affected by the flash floods and landslides that were triggered by the /Ms Aileen Tan, SingTel’s Group Director of Human Resource, said, “We wish to express our condolences for the loss of life and destruction caused by Typhoon Sendong. Together with Globe, our regional mobile associate, we hope to play a part in assisting the Filipinos in their recovery efforts.”
Globe has responded swiftly to the calamity by offering free call and SMS services to victims, as well as setting up internet stations in evacuation centres to help them contact their kin. Globe has pledged approximately 750,000 Philippine Pesos in-kind while its employees donated 250,000 Philippine Pesos to fund on-going relief efforts.
About SingTel
SingTel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including infocomm technology, pay TV as well as voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms. The Group has presence in Asia and Africa with 424 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a network of 35 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.

Press Release: SingTel Send Donations For Sendong Victims Via Globe Telecom

SingTel donates 500,000 Philippine Pesos to Globe’s disaster relief efforts for Sendong victims

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), in support of its Philippines associate’s relief efforts for Typhoon Sendong victims, is pledging 500,000 Philippine Pesos to Globe Telecom’s corporate social responsibility programme, Globe Bridging Communities.
The donation will be used to provide relief items, including drinking water and medicines, to families affected by the flash floods and landslides that were triggered by the typhoon.
Ms Aileen Tan, SingTel’s Group Director of Human Resource, said, “We wish to express our condolences for the loss of life and destruction caused by Typhoon Sendong. Together with Globe, our regional mobile associate, we hope to play a part in assisting the Filipinos in their recovery efforts.”
Globe has responded swiftly to the calamity by offering free call and SMS services to victims, as well as setting up internet stations in evacuation centres to help them contact their kin. Globe has pledged approximately 750,000 Philippine Pesos in-kind while its employees donated 250,000 Philippine Pesos to fund on-going relief efforts.
About SingTel
SingTel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including infocomm technology, pay TV as well as voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms. The Group has presence in Asia and Africa with 424 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a network of 35 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.

Press Release: Mindanao Solar Capacity Development

Press Release from Cepalco

A Position Paper by the People of Mindanao on the Solar Capacity Development in the Philippines

A. Background

  1. There is a Power Capacity Shortage in Mindanao
    The demand for power in Mindanao is constantly increasing, however, no significant additional power generating capacities are expected within the next two to three years to address this problem.The power reserves are insufficient that even during the rainy month of July 2011, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) had to resort to load curtailment when one of the National Power Corporation’s (NPC)  generating facilities conked out. The current Mindanao generation mix is still heavily dependent on the hydro plants, which are very vulnerable to changes in weather condition.

  2. Renewable Energy Law was Enacted in December 2008
    While the Renewable Energy Law (RE Law)  was enacted in 2008, its implementation has been very slow despite the specific timetables provided in the law. Mindanao is blessed with areas suitable for harnessing renewable energy resources, the development of which could have been accelerated under the RE Law and consequently address the ailing Mindanao power condition.

  3. Solar is the Fastest to Deploy to Address Mindanao Capacity Shortage
    Among the available renewable energy resources, solar photovoltaic (PV)  technology is the fastest to deploy as demonstrated in countries that adopt large-scale solar PV technology for utility applications such as the 70MW PV power plant in Italy, which was commissioned in only seven (7) months. Since at least 50% of Mindanao’s energy needs are currently supplied by hydro power plants, solar will immediately address the current capacity shortage and effectively complement the hydro power plants, especially during the dry seasons.

  4. Solar can be Cheaper than Fossil-fired Power Plants
    Based on National Renewable Energy Board (NREB)  figures, adding 760 MW of renewable energy plants eligible for the proposed Feed-in tariff (FIT)  will result to a rate impact of only P0.1050 per kWh, with solar contributing only P0.0114/kWh. The FIT rate impact is much less than the P0.50/kWh additional electricity payments experienced by the people of Mindanao at the height of power shortage in 2010. Solar electricity production matches the daytime peak in Mindanao so it can displace oil-fired power plants or enable large hydro power plants to store and reserve water for the night time peak, resulting to savings in generation costs. Since most solar power plants are embedded in the distribution networks, solar power plants can mitigate transmission constraints in the grid and avoid transmission costs. While the proposed solar FIT is P17.95/kWh, the rate impact as mentioned above is only 1.14 centavos per kWh (at 50MWp solar capacity installed) when solar electricity generation is mixed with the other generating plants in the country; only the P0.0114/kWh shall form part of the Feed-in Tariff Allowance (FIT-All) and billed to the consumers but not the P17.95/kWh FIT.
    In accordance with the ERC issued FIT Rules, the FIT-All attributable to the currently proposed renewable energy capacities is expected to decrease over the years due to the increase of on-grid electricity consumption; while the same cannot be said for fossil-based power plants which are heavily dependent on the price of imported fuels. The 1.14 centavos per kWh rate impact is only 11% of the total FIT rate impact; biomass and wind, on the other hand, get 39% and 32%, respectively, due to the higher capacity targets allocated for biomass and wind. This unbalanced and discriminatory allocation of target renewable capacity is contrary to the spirit and intent of the RE Law and deprives Mindanao of the immediate solution to the island’s current capacity shortage problems.

  5. The Department of Energy (DOE) Endorsed only 50MW Solar Capacity for the Next Three Years
    The DOE has endorsed or certified only 50MW of solar capacity (both ground- and rooftop-mounted) for the entire country. On the other hand, it is claimed that, for Mindanao alone, not less than 150MW of solar projects are currently filed before the DOE.

B. Our Position

  1. The Mindanao Capacity Shortage Problem must be addressed now.
    Numerous power summits, conferences and press briefings had been conducted to address the Mindanao power problem yet no new significant power plants have come on stream in Mindanao despite these initiatives. Mindanao demands concrete plans and directions to address the Mindanao capacity shortage problem. Mindanao cannot again afford to bleed economically for the next two or three years; power plant capacities in the grid must be immediately augmented.

  2. Government to Increase Solar Capacity Targets especially for Mindanao.
    Considering the benefits of solar as discussed above we request His Excellency, President Benigno S. Aquino III, and the Honorable Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, to consider increasing the solar PV capacity targets, especially for Mindanao. A few centavos may be added due to the addition of renewable energy, however, this is far below the rate impact experienced in the past year even if there were no new capacities added to the grid.


The Quest for the Next Ms. Kagay-an 2011

AUG. 22, 2011
This year’s Ms. Kagay-an 2011 is a grand gathering of 12 equally talented and beautiful young ladies from Cagayan de Oro which will promise to make the Pageant Night something to watch our for on Aug. 24 Thursday 7pm at the Atrium of Limketkai Center.

The pageant night is open to the public and will also be seen Live over GNN Chan 45 for non-cable tv subscribers and Chan 29 for cable tv subscribers of Parasat Cable TV.
epartment of Tourism region X who is spearheading the event for Promote CDO is in full gear now to make this event the grandest and most anticipated event in the Fiesta celebration of the city.
There is an interesting mix of candidates this year- students, working young professionals and travel enthusiasts who have gone through the usual tough selection process. Sidelights of Ms. Kagay-an 2011 included the Press presentation held in Malasag Eco Garden Resort, paraded their swimwear in N Hotel, and was in full fashion mood for the Casual wear presentation held in City Tourism hall courtesy of Ororama. Individual talents were presented in SM City and they did a high fashion ramp walk during the MAGS on the Catwalk fashion show in Limketkai Center.
Gean T. Cesar
Photo courtesy of Elaine Lansang/Parasat Digital

Press Release: Misamis Oriental PPOC Gears For Drug Prevention Week Celebration

Symposia, brass-band showdown, anti-drug concerts, and radio plug and television ad contests are among the activities to drumbeat the drug abuse prevention campaign in Misamis Oriental, according to the organizers of this year’s National Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Week.

Spearheaded by the Misamis Oriental Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), the weeklong celebration will kick-off on November 14 with a launching program and the culmination activity on November 20, all of these will be at the provincial capitol ground.

Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar S. Moreno, chair of the PPOC, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 10 regional director Gilberto B. Abanto Jr. and Philippine National Police (PNP) 10 regional director Chief Supt. Danilo Empedrad are expected to give their messages during the opening program, anchored on the this year’s theme, “Kilos Pamayanan: Sa Droga Patuloy na Lumban”.

PPOC executive officer Teodoro A. Sabuga-a, head of the provincial social welfare and development office, said that before the opening program, a motorcade on Cagayan de Oro City’s main streets will be held.

Sabuga-a said that the motorcade will be participated in members of the PPOC and Municipal Peace and Order Councils, municipal officials, police and military officers, personnel from the Department of Education (DedEd) and Commission on Higher Education (CHEd), and representatives of non-governmental organizations and other regional line agencies.

Meanwhile, PDEA 10 regional director Abanto announced that their office will be conducting symposia and film showing in various secondary schools and colleges in Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental as well as in selected barangays, all geared toward creating greater awareness of the menace of drug and substance abuse.

He said they have already invited rehabilitated drug dependents to share their first-hand experiences during these symposia.

Moreover, to sustain the drug prevention campaign, the PPOC has also launched a radio plug and television advertisement competition which is open to all interested individuals, including professional broadcasters and mass media practitioners.

Provincial Press Office head Maricel CasiƱo Rivera, who also heads the PPOC publicity committee, emphasized that the content of the radio plug and TV ad must be engaging, relevant and appropriate to desired audience.

Rivera said the entries, which must be submitted to the Misamis Oriental PPO not later than 5 p.m. of November 11, 2009, will be judged according to content (25%), visual design (30%), concept (25%), and quality of craft (20%). Cash prizes await the top three winners of both contest categories; P10,000 for first place, P7,000 for second place, and P5,000 for third place. Winning entries will become properties of the PPOC and would eventually be aired on all radio and television stations, she added.

Other highlights of the drug abuse prevention and control week celebration include brass-band exhibition interspersed by performances of Cagayan de Oro Dance Sports Council members at 2 p.m. on November 12 and the anti-drug concert of the members of the Samahan ng mga Mag-aawit and Musikero ng Kagay-an (Sammaka) at 5 p.m. on November 20, and will be followed by a culmination program. [MisOr PPO/Uriel C. Quilinguing]

Press Release: CDO Bloggers Group Hosts Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3

The Cagayan de Oro Bloggers (CDO Bloggers) group is set to play host to the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3, which will be held on October 24, 2009. With the theme, “Mindanao: Bag-Uhon Ang Panan-aw,” the MBS 3 aims to uphold the beauty and strength of the island and to expunge the negative notions the world has about it.

(Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines – October 21, 2009) – It’s all systems go for the Cagayan de Oro Bloggers (CDO Bloggers) as they play host to the much-awaited Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3, an annual gathering of Mindanao-based bloggers, IT industry experts, community leaders and new media advocates, on October 24, 2009 at Pearlmont Inn, Limketkai Drive, Cagayan de Oro City. Roughly 300 bloggers are expected to attend this year’s summit.

With the theme, “Mindanao: Bag-Uhon Ang Panan-aw,” (Changing The Way People See Mindanao) the event aims to uphold the beauty and strength of Mindanao, to highlight the diverse cultures and fascinating tourist spots that are uniquely Mindanao and to provide a platform where bloggers and other new media practitioners can discuss concerns related to Mindanao – all with the help of new and emerging technologies.

“Mindanao is the home of everything fascinating or in bloggers’ lingo – bloggable. Through the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3, it is the hope of the CDO Bloggers, along with our partners and generous sponsors, that we listen to knowledgeable resource persons, meet other Mindanaoan bloggers, share and maximize all of our skills and resources and adopt tried and tested practices that can help us to fully promote Mindanao and for us to become better bloggers as well,” emphasized Chiq Montes, president of CDO Bloggers.

“Of course, we also want all of the participants to have a good time and experience the sights and sounds of Cagayan de Oro,” Montes added.

Montes said that apart from Mindanaoan bloggers, the summit will also see the participation of some bloggers from Luzon and Visayas.

Expected to grace the summit are United States Embassy’s new Deputy Chief of Mission Leslie Bassett, Atty. Adel Tamano, Agusan Lone District Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constantino "Tinnex" Jaraula.

Considered unprecedented in the Philippine blogosphere, a top ranking United States Embassy dignitary is set to deliver the keynote address. Bassett’s trip to CDO will be her first trip to Mindanao since assuming office in June. She previously served as DCM in Mexico.

“We are deeply honored. We’re certain that the summit participants will be delighted to meet her and we can’t wait for her to see our beautiful city,” Montes said.

Other speakers during the whole-day affair include Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constantino "Tinnex" Jaraula, Agusan Lone District Rep. Rodolfo “Ompong” Plaza and Atty. Adel Tamano.

Google’s Philippine representative Aileen Apolo, whose talk will focus on beginners, Digital Filipino’s Janette Toral, who will discuss blog advertising and Lyle Santos, who will talk about making money online will also be present. Representatives of other blogger groups including those in Davao City, General Santos City and Zamboanga will also give updates.

After the summit proper, participants have the choice of joining either the city tour (Xavier University Museum, Cathedral, Divine Mercy Shrine, Opol Aviary, Limketkai Mall) or the whitewater rafting adventure.

Also happening on October 24, right after the MBS 3, is the Philippine Blog Awards – Mindanao awarding ceremonies.

CDO Bloggers, Inc., a group duly registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is the lead organizer of this year’s Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3. Previous summits took place in Davao City and General Santos City.

The Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3 is generously supported by SMART Communications Inc, Nokia, Syntactics, Inc., STI, Rafting Adventure Philippines,, Majesty Sales Center, Havaianas Philippines, OLX Philippines Free Classifieds, Clara Shoppe, ASTERISK Events and Communications, RG & K Construction, Paguia’s Cottages,, The Site, Spruce, The City Government of Cagayan de Oro, Office of CDO First District Rep. Rolando “Klarex” Uy, SM City Cagayan de Oro, Ultra Craft Advertising Corporation, Magnet Advertising, Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental and the Mindanao Bloggers community. Media partners include Papa Ardie’s Concepz, STI, ABS CBN, MOR 91.9 and HOT FM 106.3.

For more information about the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3, log on to

About CDO Bloggers

CDOBloggers or Cagayan de Oro Bloggers, Inc. is a duly SEC-registered organization that promotes Cagayan de Oro through blogging. Among the group’s goals are to create impact in society through blogging, to help promote Mindanao to the world as a bustling and peaceful land, to promote Cagayan De Oro City and Kagay-anons around the world with a sense of pride and to use blogging as a media platform.

The CDO Bloggers group is the main organizer of the Mindanao Bloggers Summit 3 (MBS 3). For more information about MBS 3, log on to

For more information about CDO Bloggers, visit or send email to

About Mindanao Bloggers

Mindanao Bloggers aims to unify the island through this exciting new medium — the way of the blog — thereby promoting deeper understanding of our different cultures and beliefs. Thus, it is hoped that this community blog will help in presenting to the world at large the true beauty of the Philippine South, as well as the marvelous diversity of the peoples of Mindanao. For more information about Mindanao Bloggers, visit

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