‘Sarap mag babad’ this summer

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 08:47 p.m.

AS SUMMER is about to start, beer drinkers will surely enjoy this year’s one of the most anticipated events, the “Sarap mag babad” series of summer parties specifically conceptualized by beer market leader San Miguel Brewery Inc. (SMB).

The series of summer parties to be held every Friday starting March 15 until the whole duration of summer is a way of celebrating the Filipino’s zest of fun, friendship and pulutan (beer match), in the company of one of the world’s best-tasting beers, San Miguel Pale Pilsen.

Creating a positive first impression

Saturday, March 9, 2013 - 08:47 p.m.

WORLD-RENOWNED Belgian bag and luggage company maker Hedgren recently conducted a style and professional clinic for yuppies at Seda Hotel in Cagayan de Oro.

The Primer Group of Companies, in partnership with the Cagayan de Oro Hotels and Restaurants Association (Cohara), conducted the Cagayan de Oro-leg of the series of style clinics last February 27 with Bb. Pilipinas-Universe Abbygale Arenas-de Leon, personality development expert, as facilitator.

The essence of storytelling

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 09:31 p.m.

READING books to children bring them to a world without limits. It gives them a sense of appreciation for words, education and the medium used-books.

In celebration of the World Read Aloud Day 2013, Xavier Ecoville, the Xavier University-led resettlement community for Sendong survivors in Barangay Lumbia, organized a storytelling session for over 70 children aged three to six.

Graduation memories

Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 12:36 a.m.

IN THE next few weeks, we will all be a part of our children or love one’s milestone in life as we see them advance and step up in life for a better future. Graduation!

Coming from a big family (there were six of us) would mean several graduation rites for my parents to attend, be it kindergarten, elementary, high school or college.


Monday, March 4, 2013 - 11:03 p.m.

PARENTS, dads especially, invariably know when graduation time is just around the corner.

Like the dark clouds before the storm accompanied by the distant rolling of thunder, graduation is often announced by a sudden spike in school expenses: retreat here, prom there, final tuition fees here, yearbook and graduation fees there.

Local historical events in the month of March

Sunday, March 3, 2013 - 11:23 p.m.

THE month of March has several significant historical events that are virtually unknown to many, save one World War II occurrence that is now enshrined in a memorial in Macabalan.

But these events, even if most of them happened over a hundred years ago, are for me very telling even to this day. It showed the courage and patriotism of Kagay-anons and how much they cherished their newly found freedom. They refused to be cowed by fear even if the new foreign enemy that they faced was the United States of America, then a rising colonial power in the world.

Kaamulan Festival 2013: A glimpse of the rich culture of Bukidnon

Saturday, March 2, 2013 - 09:45 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon – Thousands of tourists and locals gathered here Saturday morning and witnessed the spectacular presentation of rituals, songs, dances and colorful costumes in the street dancing competition, one of the highlights of the annual Kaamulan Festival.

Clad in their native costumes, contingents from the seven ethnic hill tribes of Bukidnon -- Talaandig, Higaonon, Umayamnon, Manobo Tiguahanon, Matigsalug and Bukidnon – gracefully swayed to the beating of the drums and painted the city with their exemplary performance in dancing, chant and rituals. They rode in colorful floats during the parade.

Plant-based diet, anyone?

Friday, March 1, 2013 - 11:16 p.m.

COME to think of it, couldn’t something that Dr. Sanjay Gupta is saying today and something that Anthimus was saying in the 6th century hold a grain of truth?

I’m talking, of course, about the plant-based diet which Dr. Gupta advocates today as a means of preventing heart diseases, the same plant-based diet that Anthimus (A.D. 511-534) advocated for his king Theodoric, the Viceroy of the Eastern Roman Empire in A.D. 742-814 in his book “Anthimi De observatione ciborum epistula ad Theudericum.”

Family day

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:58 p.m.

IT SEEMS to me that since I've had children, I've grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.

Last February 23 was one of the most memorable moments in my life. The typical life event worth posting in my FB’s timeline. It was my daughter’s Family Day and I considered it very memorable since it was the first time that my husband was able to attend the annual Family Day due to his work demands. And for this, I would forever be thankful to Lt. Col. Osias for allowing my husband to attend the said activity.

Abba’s Orchard School presents ‘Sun and Moon:’ A Miss Saigon Adaptation

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 10:58 p.m.

THE Abba’s Orchard School Erdkinder (high school) program in cooperation with Mahoe Mahogany, Sunbee Travel and Tours and Homechoice Planners and Construction Corp. proudly presents its second musical play “Sun and Moon: A Miss Saigon Adaptation,” on March 7 and 9.

Gala performances are set at 7 p.m. with tickets selling for P250 each.

Supreme carrot cake

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 09:04 p.m.

AN ALTERNATIVE and popular cake with added nutrients, vitamins and fibers, a healthy and superb carrot cake is sure to be a hit with everyone, young and old alike.

This was one of the earliest cakes I have ever done in my quest for a dessert that can I can fully enjoy with added benefits. And I was so happy it became one of my mainstays in my list of “favorites” even until now.

Vote and be a hero

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 09:04 p.m.

“WHY Vote or Die Trying?”

This question has been raised many times. Some would think that the title sounds too morbid. Others even suggest changing it into something more appealing and less tragic. Yet, what they do not really know is that there is actually a reason behind all these words. Call it gruesome, there is actually more to it than you can possibly think of.

Witnessed: A fight in a beauty parlor

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 - 12:30 a.m.

TO CLOSE the love month of February, here is an incident we witnessed recently in a beauty parlor. It touches on what true love is:

MATRON: (Talking while her hair is being “rebonded”) I was the ugly one in my barkada. The Ms Beauty of the group always turned heads. I’d get upset. Nobody noticed me, not even when I lost weight and had a waistline for the first time in my life!

Kaamulan Festival: A colorful celebration

Monday, February 25, 2013 - 11:59 p.m.

MALAYBALAY CITY, Bukidnon -- This year’s “Kaamulan Festival” reeled off here last Friday through a splendor of cultural rituals, songs, dances and colorful presentations seen only in this part of the country.

Bukidnon Governor Alex Calingasan said this ethnic festival enables tourists to learn about the rich culture and heritage of the Bukidnon tribes.


Sunday, February 24, 2013 - 09:11 p.m.

IN 1950, the Municipality of Cagayan, Misamis Oriental became a chartered city by an Act of Congress. The bill sponsor, Rep. Emmanuel N. Pelaez, gave the new city a new name -- Cagayan de Oro.

As a young student, I had the privilege of listening to Pelaez speak on why he added "de Oro" to the city's old name, and his reason was that he knew of the fact that since time immemorial, the rivers and hills of Cagayan abound in gold. Pelaez was so right about this.

The other side of Zamboanga City

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 11:06 p.m.

ONE of the best things of being a journalist is that you get the best of both worlds as a privilege -- you can work and at the same time have some fun exploring different places and tourist attractions.

Recently, I got the opportunity to travel to Zamboanga City, the Latin City of the South, for a three-day media exchange familiarization tour courtesy of the Department of Tourism (DOT)-Zamboanga Peninsula Region and DOT-Northern Mindanao Region and Cebu Pacific.

DevCom students to stage election advocacy concert

Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 11:05 p.m.

A GROUP of Communication Media and Society (DC6) students will stage a free concert at the Lim Ket Kai Rotunda on March 2 in connection with the May elections.

The concert, dubbed “Vote or Die Trying,” is a collaboration of the students with the Development Communication Department, Kagayanon for Good Governance and Kagayanon for Good Governance-Youth. It is an advocacy of the students to raise awareness for clean and honest elections through a display of musical talent.

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.


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