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WOFEX or the World Food Expo is here again in Cagayan de Oro after 6 years ago. It will be at the Atrium of Limketkai Center from March 13 to 15, 2018.

Registration is free at the main entrance. Check out also their WOFEX University where you can learn about the food business industry and marketing them online.

Lots of exhibitors showcasing their products and services for your food business and for those interested to enter the food business. WOFEX is organized by PEPTARSUS, the trade show experts.


S&R Members’ Treat March 2018

It’s S&R members’ treat once again all over S&R Club branches in the Philippines! 5 days of big savings on world-class choices.

S&R Club Cagayan de Oro will be among the branches that are going to have a members’ treat! this coming March 14 to 18, 2018 and they will be open from 8 am to 10 pm, 1 hour longer in their regular closing hour to enjoy your shopping experience at S&R CDO.

Lots of treats await you from food items, fresh produce, and lots of other items! To give you a glimpse of what’s on sale, for non-food items watch out for COSCO Padded Folding Chair, Hamilton Beach Blender, Ethan comforter, Beach bucket set for the upcoming summer season, Toucan summer bag among lots of other items. So be there on the date to grab all your needs.

So see you there and enjoy shopping! Don’t forget to follow S&R Official Facebook page for more updates.

S&R Cagayan de Oro for those who don’t know where it is located, it’s at Zone 5 Barangay Kauswagan along the national highway.


Magbuwag Ta Kay Now Showing at SM CDO Downtown Premier

Magbuwag Ta Kay is a full-length romantic comedy set in Cebu, that explores romance and relationships in today’s millennial Filipino society. It stars social media star Medyo Maldito and the Sweet n’ Sexy Siren of Cebu Akiko Solon. This is independently produced by Heritage Productions, Inc.

This Cebuano movie is the Executive Producers’ third project. They produced the Sinulog Short Film 2015 entry Lunch Box directed by Remton Zuasola, which was also an anti-bullying short film. They co-produced the Cinema One Original 2016 Lily directed by Keith Deligero which starred Shaina Magdayao and Rocky Salumbides with Natileigh Sitoy. This film earned Best Director for the Cinema One Originals Digital Film Festival for Keith Deligero.

Executive Producer Sunshine Lim is an entrepreneur, a thespian, an educator, cultural activist, and patron of Cebuano arts and culture. Movie production converges her passionate support for Cebu’s performance art, visual art, and music. She and her husband businessman Charles Lim also owns and operates Heritage Furniture since 1991, Sto. Niño Montessori since 2007, Goldmine Residences since 2012, and Heritage Productions since 2015.

Heritage Productions is an arts and multimedia venture dedicated to producing Cebuano short and full-length motion picture projects. They also offer top-quality digital media production, event production and management, social media marketing, and related services.

The director Reuben Joseph Aquino is a Cebuano multimedia and VFX professional now based in Manila. An alumnus of the International Academy of Film & TV, RJ solidified his career locally through Dreamline Productions, through which he was involved in post-production of several Cebuano movie projects, most notably My Paranormal Romance by Victor Villanueva, where RJ won Best Editing in the 2011 Cinema One Originals Digital Film Fest. This is his directional debut, of which he is also the editor.

Magubuwag Ta Kay also features Visayan talent in front of the camera, such as local social media sensations Medyo Maldito and Snake Princess in their first movie roles. Medyo Maldito also known as Rowell Ucat in his first leading man role, with his leading lady Akiko Solon, who rose to national attention via ABS-CBN’s Star Power (2010), then starred in several Maalaala Mo Kaya episodes and several ABS-CBN’s TV series such as the Princess and I (2012), Passion de Amor (2015), and Bridges of Love (2015). This is also Akiko’s first film as the main lead. Other notable cast members are veteran broadcasters Dante Luzon, and actress/activist Ligaya Rabago.

The screenplay is written by Jude Gitamondoc and Therese Villarente. This is their first film feature. The writers have extensive experience in the local theater scene. Jude Gitamondoc is well-known for the creative production of Siddharta the Musical, and Gugmang Giatay.

The film’s soundtrack features original and contemporary Visayan Pop and Visayan Rock songs, a majority of which was written for the film. Shot in Cebu, featuring locations in Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu, Moalboal, and Dumanjug. Magbulag Ta Kay could be considered as the first Cebuano full-length motion picture shot with the Blackmagic Ursa Mini 4K Digital Cinema camera.

Distributed by VIVA Films, Magbuwag Ta Kay will be exclusively screened at SM Cinemas nationwide including SM CDO Downtown Premier this March 7, 2018. Let’s support Visayan Movie and watch the movie!

Cardmaster Now Open at SM City Uptown

Cardmaster started more than 10 years along Abejuela Street in Divisoria printing PVC cards for memberships and other ID cards. They transferred along Burgos Street later on and now they have 3 branches and the latest one is at the SM City Mall in Uptown, Cagayan de Oro City.


From a PVC card maker, Cardmaster now offers many more kinds of marketing collaterals as well, including signages and trophies and plaques including t-shirts and other kinds of apparels.

Finally, there is a mall-based service like this so it will be more accessible to have your marketing collateral requirements whether for your business or organizations needs. Visit them at the SM City CDO Uptown Mall located at the 3rd-floor level.

Your Top 3 Favorite Chicken Wings Flavors Are Now Here In CDO!

Wing it! Flavored Wings has taken the trend into a passion. It’s usually the other way around, but the small home-grown kiosk has now taken an in-demand dish into something that Kagayanons surely love and linger paired with premium saucy flavors.

The bare industrial inspired kiosk serves chicken wings that have been rounded up into three sauce flavors known to be popular around the world! The Italian Garlic Parmesan, NYC Wild Buffalo, and Texas Hickory BBQ.

As Wing it! Flavored Wings is strong on quality over quantity, the majority of ingredients have been brought in from other countries so you can enjoy not just lip-smacking wings but saucy favorites the way others around the world do!

Pictures do speak louder than words so here’s the rundown:

Watch out for your next flavor favorite! Visit them on the 3rd Floor (in front of the cinema ticketing booth) of the Ayala Centrio Mall. Follow them also on Instagram: wingit.cdo and Twitter:


KarrJackson Autoshop Opens Uptown CDO Branch

Karrjackson, the homegrown auto shop in Cagayan de Oro opens its third branch in uptown CDO.

It is one of the biggest auto shops in Mindanao with more than 7 workshop bays. It has an air-conditioned lounge while you wait for your car to be fixed.

They have a state of the art detailing booth where they can apply their flagship product which is the CeramicPRO. A hi-tech coat to protect your car’s top coat that will prevent and avoid the swirling scratches found in your car while using it every day.

The fun-filled opening was very enjoyable with games and prizes with a unique twist like auction games with the play money you got while playing the games and raffle prizes. The event was organized by Kids and more.

Visit them today and try their state of the art facility and inquire about its latest CeramicPRO product.

Smart Trains CDO Students in Emergency Preparedness

The wireless unit of PLDT, Smart Communication has organized an emergency response and management training for students at the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City (USTP-CDO).

The whole-day workshop was a “training of trainers” that equipped the students with skills to be able to conduct their own preparedness lessons for members of their communities.

The activity is part of the company’s Tropang Ready Program, a nationwide caravan of Smart’s TNT brand, which tours schools in the Philippines to teach the youth (tropa) the importance of disaster preparedness.

TNT Tropang Ready is an initiative under Smart’s advocacy for a #SafePH, which promotes preparedness through mobile solutions and on-ground activities to help communities mitigate disaster risks.

A student tries her hand at using a fire extinguisher during the TNT Tropang Ready “training of trainers” activity at USTP-CDO.

Last year, a large population of students at USTP in Cagayan de Oro was stranded inside their campus as heavy rains and neck-deep flooding hit the city. A few weeks later, more than 2,000 students attended the TNT Tropang Ready disaster preparedness caravan initiated by Smart at their university. The event featured talks and disaster preparedness lessons by emergency management experts and representatives from the local government, disaster risk reduction and management office, University of the Philippines Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP Noah) Center, and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvocs) among other organizations.

For the training of trainers activity, which was the second phase of the Tropang Ready Programs, Smart tapped the expertise of Louie Domingo and Tan Palma of Emergency Management Center. They thought the participants how to prepare for and what to do during typhoons earthquakes, landslides, and tsunamis, among other calamities.

Among the lessons, they taught the students were first aid and self-defense techniques, pointers on how to assemble a “Go Bag” or an “e-Balde”, an emergency kit meant to help an individual or a family survive the next few days following a calamity. The kit included canned food water, flashlights, batteries, cell phone and an umbrella, among other essentials.

A day before the event, media practitioners and bloggers were also invited to a half day of training for their own emergency preparedness as well as helps disseminate and pass along the training they learn.

Check out this video to learn how to make your paracord bracelet for fashion as well as for emergency purposes:


Travel X – The B2B Event will be Held in CDO

The First Business-to-Business Event – TravelX will be hosted here in Cagayan de Oro eyeing direct business links between tourism stakeholders in 10 destinations

Travel and tourism stakeholders from several regions of Mindanao and the Visayas are converging in Cagayan de Oro City on February 21 and 22 for a travel dialogue and business session dubbed TravelX.

Hosted by the Department of Tourism Region 10 office and organized by tourism consultants and event management company, Selrahco, the two-day event will bring in some 100 representatives from the hotel and resort sectors, local tourism offices, event organizers, tour operators, large and medium-sized corporations and social and civic clubs.

Cagayan de Oro was selected to host TravelX – The B2B Event after it launched direct flight links late last year with several cities and top tourist destinations such as Boracay, Clark, Bacolod, Dumaguete, Tagbilaran, Zamboanga and 10 other points across the archipelago.

“We are inviting travel agents, tour operators, organizations, associations and event and meeting organizers from Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao who plan to organize tours or conferences in places like Cebu, Davao, Dumaguete, Zamboanga, Bohol and Boracay to attend the one day business session on February 22,” said Charles Lim, Selrahco President.

Lim said TravelX will provide the perfect networking platform for travel stakeholders and promote increased awareness about tourist attractions of the featured destinations with direct business-to-business contacts and transactions between tourism and travel stakeholders from the various destinations.

Some of the prestigious establishments already signed up for TravelX are Radissons Blu, Park Inn, Bellevue Resort, Be Resort, Almont Resort, Savoy Hotel, Belmont Hotel, Marco Polo, Almont Hotel, San Remegio Beach Club, Quest Hotel, Dakak Resort and Properties, Be Resorts, Bohol Beach Club, Bai Hotel and Cagayan de Oro-based hotels and attractions like Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort, and Seda Centrio.

Other entities participating include the Iloilo Provincial Tourism Office, Lite Shipping, Cebu Pacific Air, Asiatic Adventure Tours, Enchanted Kingdom, itravel tourist lane, 4 bros and I events and travel, and GetGo.

Registration is open on a first come first served basis to corporate clients. travel agents, civic clubs and accredited event organizers from Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental for free. Interested parties can call Apollo Santos at +639273173737 or email him at [email protected]

TravelX -The B2B Event is supported by the Department of Tourism regional offices of regions 7, 9, 11 and 10 with Limketkai Luxe Hotel and Cebu Pacific as main sponsors and Quest Hotel and Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort as featured event sponsors. Media partners are Business Week Mindanao, CDO Bloggers, KBP Cagayan de Oro Chapter and

To properly evaluate TravelX in its right context, a look back at recent developments at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental is in order.

Last October 20, 2017, top executives of the country’s leading airline and chief executives of the government from the national, regional and local levels launched Laguindingan Airport (IATA: CGY) as the 7th Regional Hub of Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB).

This was followed barely a month later by the Philippine Airlines (PAL) launch of direct flights from CGY to Clark Freeport, bringing to ten the destinations served with direct flights from Laguindingan.

Cebu Pacific and its affiliate Cebgo have nine direct connections to and from Cagayan. Manila, Bacolod, Davao, Zamboanga, Cebu, Iloilo, Tagbilaran, and starting today, Caticlan and Dumaguete, while PAL served Clark (Angeles), Cebu, Davao, and Manila.

“Laguindingan is the gateway to Northern Mindanao. When we started in 1996, actually Cagayan de Oro was our 4th destination, and today it’s still our 4th largest destination,” said Lance Gokongwei, CEB President and Chief Executive Officer during the Oct. 20 launch. “We now have 146 weekly flights out of Laguindingan to nine destinations in the Philippines and we want to promote tourism and business in a region that deserves more attention and access.”

“That’s our mission, to create access for all Filipinos not only to Metro Manila but to all other cities. With the help of Cebu Pacific, many destinations are being discovered and we hope such destinations in Northern Mindanao will be discovered and we’ll do our own little part of make that possible,” he added.

In for the Long Term

“It’s actually quite timely if we need to develop the hub and location-wise, geographically it’s also a good central location to connect to the other islands in the Visayas and Mindanao,” said Candice Iyog, CEB Vice President, Marketing, and Distribution, on the sidelines of the event.

“When we enter a market the intention is always to do long-term. Because of the time, the effort to actually set up a hub operationally, resource-wise, is the same whether it’s a short-term or a long-term. So when we come into a market, it’s really with the full intention of developing it and growing it,” she added.

Public-Private Partnership

“We always view the government as our partners. We work closely with the Dept. of Transportation (DOTr) and its associated agencies, the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) in making sure that all processes and infrastructure are in place, and we work closely with the Department of Tourism (DOT) in promoting destinations in our place,” Gokongwei noted.

“We are also very supportive of the government’s moves to really Build, Build, Build … because that’s what we really need, more infrastructure if the aviation industry’s gonna grow, certainly we need more and better airports,” he added.

Engr. Jose G. Budiongan, airport/area manager for CAAP Area X, said Laguindingan airport is now gearing up for the increased passenger traffic by opening another gate in addition to the existing two. An additional passenger lounge capable of seating 100 additional departing passengers is also in the works.

International flights

Asked about the proximity of international flights landing in Laguindingan Airport, Gokongwei replied: “I think international flights are something we should look at in the next two years because generally if a hub already has many domestic connections, that means there’s enough support as possibly an international destination, and that’s something we’ll seriously consider.”

“We are considering opening flights to the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) maybe in the future, as preparations improve for airports and all that, we will probably start flights of our international airports from Davao and Cagayan de Oro and the like from Mindanao to the Indonesian islands, like Sandakan, like Malaysia,” he added.

Cebu Pacific Mission

In his brief talk during the launching program, Gokongwei disclosed how a letter addressed to him epitomized the mission of Cebu Pacific to serve “EveryJuan,” the airline’s tagline.

“With this as a hub, a tourist from Boracay can now easily explore this region’s diverse natural attractions. Small businesses can flourish with additional cargo options, and seat sales enable families and couples to visit their loved ones more,” Gokongwei noted.

“What was originally the fourth destination of Cebu Pacific in 1996 is now a hub. It follows the path of Manila, Cebu, Iloilo, Davao, also as hubs,” he explained. “Today is a testament to our long-standing commitment to contribute to nation-building and make air travel more accessible to all Filipinos. We look forward to the effect our low fares and direct flights will have on Northern Mindanao.”

Apple Tree Hotel & Resorts Celebrates its 10th year

Last February 1, 2018, was the 10th year celebration of Apple Tree Hotel & Resort located in Opol Beach, Misamis Oriental. The theme of the celebration was The Great Gatsby in the 1920’s era where it was also the Prohibition period.

It was an all-day event and culminated on the evening at the Sidlakan Ballroom at the 3rd floor of the Hotel & Resort with dazzling 1920’s era fashion dresses, hats, gloves and suspenders among the guest attending the event.

Business partners, government agencies, media and hotel industry partners are among the guest who attended the event with a sumptuous dinner.

Seven Seas Resort & Waterpark

Seven Seas Resort & Waterpark is one of the biggest waterparks in the Philippines and it is located right here in Cagayan de Oro City or specifically at Barra Opol, Misamis Oriental.

They have its official launching last December 17, 2017, with a grand event with special guests and political dignitaries with its special guest, the owner of the Enchanted Kingdom in Santa Rosa, Laguna and the current president of the Southeast Asian Resort Owners Group.