All is set for Kaamulan Festival 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013 - 09:55 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon -- The province of Bukidnon, known as Mindanao’s food basket, is primed and ready for this year’s Kaamulan Festival with big events to be featured on a grand scale.

The soft opening, which was held in February 18, kicked off with the traditional “pamuhat” (ritual) dedicated to the “Magbabaya” (deity) for a bounty harvest.

Let’s celebrate - with a cake or cupcakes?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 - 11:50 p.m.

IN ANY soiree or gathering, it is inevitable that the presence of a cake or cakes would make a grand entrance. It is like the “cherry” on top of a whipped-cream covered dessert.

An event would not be complete without the cake which always would absolutely require a prominent space or corner in the venue. And it always highlights the party, be it a wedding, birthday, baptismal, shower, blessing and much more.

A new look at our past via the Siday or Kandu

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 07:11 p.m.

SINCE February is known as the Philippine Arts Festival Month, I wanted to write something about the prehispanic Visayan literature that is part of our cultural heritage. But what I found were two ancient Visayan epics that were originally sung for several nights and were later written down by the 16th century Spanish missionaries.

What is lamentable is the fact that these works were summarized and because of its brevity, so many of the beautiful lines were excised. Now you can read the epics in less than fifteen minutes!

Bukidnon town celebrates lifestyle festival

Sunday, February 17, 2013 - 07:10 p.m.

RICH culture and tradition have defined events and festivities in the Philippines. Different local festivities, lifestyle, art, songs and dances may create an icon depicting Filipino celebrations, which are translated to festivals that bring more fun in the Philippines.

One of the major cultural attractions in the country is the province of Bukidnon where seven ethnic tribes reside, namely the Manobos, Bukidnons, Talaandigs, Higaonons, Umayamnons, Tigwahanons and Matigsalug tribes.

Panagdait Festival: A showcase of talents

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 11:03 p.m.

LICEO de Cagayan University’s Hospitality Management and Tourism Department (HMTD) successfully held the colorful and flavorful “Panagdait Festival” last February 6 at the school’s civic center.

Now on its 4th year, “Panagdait Festival” is the most anticipated event that showcases the college’s own version of Kumbira, an annual prestigious culinary showdown organized by the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association (Cohara). It has become a venue where guests, sponsors, instructors and students not only show off their expertise in culinary arts but also their love for Kagay-anon and Filipino cultures through dances, their passion for teaching and learning, appreciation for labor, respect for one’s work and compassion for people through genuine services.

Julia Montes look-alike wins ‘Macho Gay’ title

Saturday, February 16, 2013 - 11:03 p.m.

A CONSTRUCTION worker got the biggest surprise of his life when he was crowned “Macho Gay 2013” during the final night held last Feb. 7 at the town plaza of Barangay Iponan.

Jun Adonis Patriana, 31, looked like actress Julia Montes on stage. He bested all other candidates in the contest, one of the highlights of Barangay Iponan’s week-long “Kalumpangan Festival” in honor of the village’s patron saint, San Guillermo, whose feast falls on Feb. 10.

My best Valentine gift

Friday, February 15, 2013 - 10:58 p.m.

MY VALENTINE’S Day ended with a bang. I still received flowers from my knight in shining armor. Peach roses, that is. And the day would not be complete without sumptuous food.

But before it made way to our tummies, I and my husband had to wait for an hour when we ordered it. Yup, you heard that right. But since we think that they are the most-sought-after restaurant during that day, all that we can do was grumble, mumble and consult the counter thrice. Blame it to their Chinese recipe. Now what?

Brewing your own coffee

Thursday, February 14, 2013 - 10:20 p.m.

THE popularity of coffee has in recent years given rise to a lifestyle where people congregate, talk, write, read, surf the net, and play games in coffee shops while enjoying a great brew. There is nothing, after all, like sipping the perfect cup of coffee individually or in the company of friends and family.

The good news is that, you can have the coffee culture experience right in your own home, with cool coffeemakers from SM Homeworld. These are not only sleekly designed and compact, but make it easy for you to be your own barista at home.

My Foodie Valentine

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:03 p.m.

A YEARLY event and celebration, the 14th of February has become synonymous with love, flowers, cards, teddy bears, balloons, chocolates, candies, strawberries, cherries and food, especially baked goodies. But one thing in common is the color red, and being “heart-shaped!

Much has been written about the history of St. Valentines, hence Valentine’s Day. But it wasn’t until the 19th century that this occasion became hugely popular, particularly the valentine card. Remember Hallmark Greetings? And the rest, as everyone would say, is history.

Is Valentine’s Day celebration comes with age?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 11:02 p.m.

TODAY is Valentine’s Day but here I am staring at the computer and thinking if I have something essential to write.

Well, for a start, my husband and I planned to go out with the kids but as to where and what time, the answer is still vague. As of this writing, I am still busy finalizing the list of the staff who will be on probation as recommended by our regional director while my husband is probably cramming for their general inspection.

What is love?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:56 a.m.

IN HONOR of Valentine’s Day, Sari-Sari rests from its Pro-Life campaign to focus on the question: What Is Love?

According to my late father, Nimrod Suarez, “Love is sex.”

Changes around us

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 - 12:55 a.m.

DEVELOPMENTS in technology require a multitude of changes. These may call for new machinery, a new production method or a new job skill.

I feel I am fortunate and I hope you feel the same way that our dynamic environment here in Cagayan de Oro requires more change. Although not to be mistaken as a techie, some of us are already heavy internet users.

Welcoming the Year of the Water Snake

Tuesday, February 12, 2013 - 01:47 a.m.

SHOPPERS felt like they were in China with the Chinatown concept of reds, variety shows, dragon and lion dances and everything Chinese inside SM City on Sunday during the celebration of the Chinese New year.

Mall goers were definitely enlivened and enthralled of the mall’s complete transformation into a Chinatown, through the efforts of Ms. Jena Morales, SM Mall’s Senior Visual Display Manager for Visayas and Mindanao.

PEAK: Fostering a culture of family-approach review excellence

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 11:50 p.m.

If you want to have what you have never had, then you must do what you have never done” - Aileene B. Ajeas, R.N. (10th Placer December 2012 NLE; Cum Laude, Father Saturnino Urios University)

WHAT does it take to top the Nurse Licensure Exam (NLE)? Does diligent studying alone guarantees to make one conquer the feat? How does culture help in the process of positive thinking?

ALS grabs Kalumpangan Festival ‘best booth’ award

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 11:49 p.m.

THE Alternative Learning Center of Barangay Iponan in Cagayan de Oro was hailed as the grand champion in the recently-held booth contest, one of the highlights of the week-long activities of “Kalumpangan Festival” in honor of the village’s patron saint, Sr. San Guillermo, whose feast is celebrated today, February 10.

During the award’s night held last Thursday, the residents who dressed up the ALS booth received a trophy, cash prize, roundtrip ticket for two to Manila and one live cow.

2013: Year of the Snake

Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 11:48 p.m.

IT IS time to welcome the Chinese New Year with positive vibes and feel for a better year ahead.

So many things have been said on the radio, printed in papers, websites and social networking sites and shown on TV. And being of Chinese descent, it is just but natural to follow some “guidelines,” traditions and beliefs handed down by my family and associates.

What is love?

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 10:54 p.m.

WHEN you see a man and a woman walking with arms wrapped, what are your thoughts about them?

Flood water into wine

Wednesday, February 6, 2013 - 12:12 a.m.

RECENTLY, this writer had merienda at the home of a Pro-Life Activist. “I will live a simple, eco-friendly life,” Criselda Buenaventura disclosed to me.

Lourdes College

Sunday, February 3, 2013 - 07:56 p.m.

IT'S February once again and it is a special month for all Lourdesians because this is where we old gals of Lourdes College attend the annual homecoming and pay homage to our Alma Mater. As an alumna, I find it fitting that I write about this august institution that has contributed so much to the field of education in Northern Mindanao.

In 1912, Fr. Arnalot, a Spanish Jesuit, invited the Sisters of the Compania de la Virgen Maria, the first indigenous congregation for women in the country, to teach in a parochial school in Cagayan de Misamis (now Cagayan de Oro). The Sisters taught the parish kindergarten and catechism classes. Later, the Sisters opened a dormitory for girls, named Santa Teresita Dormitory.

A new dining experience at TGI Friday's

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 10:04 p.m.

WITH the opening of additional malls here in the City of Golden Friendship, Kagay-anons will no longer be deprived of a superb dining experience amidst a fun atmosphere as they can indulge in flavorful dishes similar to what bigger cities offer.

The Bistro Group, owner of quality food chains in the Country, has expanded its horizon and chose Cagayan de Oro as its new niche for its restaurants like the TGI Friday’s, which recently opened its new branch at the ground floor of Centrio Mall.

Oro media try out Italianni's delectable cuisine

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 - 09:43 p.m.

IF YOU are planning to impress a date or give your family a treat on your first payday, or if you simply want to spoil yourself with palatable food, then fret no more as the recently opened Italianni’s Restaurant in Cagayan de Oro, known for its Italian-American goodness, will surely satisfy your penchant for good food.

Celebrate Chinese New Year at Limketkai Mall

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 07:44 p.m.

IT HAS been a tradition for Limketkai Mall to celebrate a spectacular, fun-filled Chinese New Year every year.

The birth of the town

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 07:43 p.m.

ANTONIO Pigafetta, the Italian chronicler of Ferdinand Magellan, described the 1521 typical house of the Cebuanos as "constructed of wood and are built of planks and bamboo, raised high on the ground on large logs, and one must enter them by means of ladders. They have rooms like ours; and under the house, they keep swine, goats, and fowls" (Pigafetta c. 1536).

Sharing the blessings

Sunday, January 27, 2013 - 12:40 a.m.

INSTEAD of celebrating a grand party in a posh restaurant surrounded by her friends in the entertainment industry, Cagayan de Oro’s pride Stephanie Mae Sol, Miss Teen Philippines 2004, opted to celebrate her birthday last January 22 in her hometown.

Steph, who has already inked a name in the showbiz industry as a commercial model and lady love of Capitan Awesome in the hit TV series of the same title aired over TV5, set aside her commitments in Manila and celebrated her 23rd birthday with the orphans at the Park Café in Divisoria.

A comfy stay at Rhapsody

Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 10:55 p.m.

LOOKING for a place in Cagayan de Oro where you can stay in comfort amid the high-tech amenities is a must for travelers?

Sto. Niño Festivals: A cultural showcase?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 08:54 p.m.

I HAVE always been fascinated with festivals all over the world that highlight culture and religion so I have decided to write a column today that traces the history and origins of the country's Sto. Niño festivals and absolute reverence of devotees to the Holy Child Jesus.

Soundbee Music Lounge opens in CdeO

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 - 08:52 p.m.

KAGAY-ANON music experience has just become more interesting and fun as passionate musicians Maricar Roble Matsuda and husband Yoichi were on hand for the opening of a brand new music lounge along Corrales Avenue in Cagayan de Oro on January 18.

Fr. Dacanay’s Idea

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 09:43 p.m.

THERE’S a story about a Cagayana who sued her American husband for divorce in the USA for the reason of “mental cruelty.”

The new breed of women

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 09:42 p.m.

CASSANDRA “Cassy” Tiu Sy, Catherine “Cathy” Sy Lim and Kristine Gaye Ty Lim franchised a Chicken Charlie Cagayan de Oro Branch located at Grand Prix, J. R. Borja Extension with telephone number 880-7266 and cell number 0917-7165371. There are already 16 Chicken Charlie all over the Philippines.

Lanao’s ‘Tribu Sarimanok’ wins in Sinulog 2013

Monday, January 21, 2013 - 10:42 p.m.

THE province of Lanao del Norte, now known as ‘Tribu Sarimanok,’ bagged its fourth win in the recently concluded Sinulog Festival in Cebu City.

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