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Big Bite 2018

Big Bite 2018 is the biggest food festival in Northern Mindanao, now in its 3rd year, organized by Ayala Centrio Mall every March where the season of summer starts and outdoor eating is fun!

I would like to showcase the fooderies we toured on day 1 of March 16, 2018. Watch out for another post for the day 2 of our food tour.

Starting with Choobi-Choobi, it is a family-oriented casual dining restaurant with over 20 plus branches and counting all over the country. Its menu courses are mostly Filipino comfort food with the freshest seafood at affordable prices. Their tagline is Lingaw Lingaw kaon sa Choobi Choobi. Try their mouth-watering Udang Lada Hitam, the Singaporean way of cooking shrimps and other kinds of seafood.

Thai Me Up
Thai Me Up opened its branch at the ground level of Centrio Mall on November 9, 2012. Its vision is to be an “Ultimate Food Destination in Cagayan de Oro City” with the mission of “Creating a Memorable Experience” for customers, giving them an Exemplary Ambiance, Exquisite Food, and Kingly Service. Try their newest affordable rice toppings.

Lola Gely’s Kitchen
It is a home baking business that is based on old family recipes. Their specialty is Sanrival and Caramel-Coated Yema, you should try it.

Tubo J Beverages
They serve 100% All Natural, Pure and Fresh Sugarcane juices and smoothies. Try their Tubomansi and Tubolemon.

Mercedes Bakery
A homegrown bakery in town proudly introduces the Chookies its newest bake creation. Chookies are bite-sized cookies that are bake on demand in less than 10 minutes and served warm from the oven. The classic chookie, is from their very own secret recipe and it’s their best-seller is arguably the best chocolate chip cooking in Cagayan de Oro.

Mai Crafts
It started its store in 1995 as a craft store and change it to a Cafe in 2015. Their specialty is Churros, a Spanish delicacy made with dough and fried till perfection then coated with sugar and cinnamon. You must also try their Tablea local chocolate cake.


Pili-an Cafe
They offer healthy food items like Pesto and Cheese Quesadilla, Choc-dipped Mookie, Pili-an’s Salad and many more. My favorite is their healthy chicharon made from soya, it’s very addicting.


Cantina Luchador
Cantina Luchador’s name is influenced by their love for Mexican food. Aside from the abundant supply of Mexican ingredients here in our city, they want to make a statement of bringing a tasty and unique menu. Originally known as Feugo-to-go when they started back in 2013. Must try is their Burrito Bowl.

The Happy Pig
Established in August 2013 The Happy Pig was originally known as Bubzies Grill. Through words of mouth and recommendation by family and friends, they were famous for their “Cheezy Baby Back Ribs”. The Happy Pig is a tasty twist on comfort food.

Doofies Grillers
They specialize in traditional Filipino favorite lutong bahay A la’Carte style with a modern twist.

Other food vendors we have tasted are Mesa which is a regular tenant inside Centrio Mall, Barkadahan Grill, BFoods and Nanay Choleng’s Muron.

Watch out for the 2nd part of this Big Bite 2018 Food Festival series for the day 2 of our food tour.

Miss Cagayan de Oro 2017 Swimsuit Competition

The Miss Cagayan de Oro 2017 swimsuit competition was held last night (July 29, 2017) at the Emerald Hall of Limketkai Luxe Hotel.

The 12 candidates present its Coco Cabana swim wear attire in all elegant black colors with shoes from SM Store. The winning candidate of the swimwear competition will be announced on the coronation night of August 26, 2017.

Watch the video of the whole event below.


Visit more often for more updates on the Miss Cagayan de Oro 2017 competition.

Higalaay Festival 2017 Core Events – City Fiesta

Once again, Cagayan de Oro City is celebrating the feast of St. Agustin this coming the month of August. It’s “Business As Usual” in the city despite some trouble in the neighboring town.

Here is the latest from the Cagayan de Oro City information center as it released the full schedule of the Core Events for Higalaay Festival 2017 relating to the city fiesta celebration.

The Core Events for this year’s festivities are as follows:

  • Higalaay Garden Show and Agri Fair (August 1-31) – Gaston Park
  • Mindanao Fashion Summit (August 3-5) – Limketkai Atrium
  • Cowboy Festival: The Annual Cagayan de Oro Horse Show (August 18-20) – Uptown CDO
  • Kahimunan Regional Trade Fair (August 18-29) – SM Downtown Premier
  • Kagay-an Festival Marathon (3 AM August 20) – Centrio Mall
  • Carnival Street Dance Competition (4 PM August 20) – Divisoria
  • Higalaay Festival Sale (August 21-31) – All malls
  • Miss Cagayan de Oro 2017 Coronation Night (7 PM August 26) – Limketkai Atrium
  • Higalaay Street Parade and Floats (7 AM August 27) – Velez to Limketkai
  • Centrio Mall Bisperas Fireworks (8 PM August 27) – Duaw Kagay-an Park
  • Religious Procession (4 AM August 28) – St. Augustine Cathedral (Fluvial Procession)
  • Kagay-an Pyro Musical Festival (9 PM August 28) – Pueblo de Oro Business Park

This year’s Kumbira, the famed annual culinary competition will not push through. The event was reportedly affected by the backing out of sponsors and CHED and DepEd’s order of banning field trips so be updated on some changes that will come out as the events are coming close.

Earth Hour Night Ride 2016

The Earth Hour Night Ride is happening again this coming March 2016 at the Ayala Centrio Mall. It is set earlier than the previous years. The Earth Hour Movement is a massive cause to unite everyone to help and protect the Earth from total deterioration. It aims to enlighten the community to be one with the goal to help the planet.


With its advocacy to promote a cleaner, sustainable environment, HABAGAT Outdoor Equipment has been enlightened to be one with the call for climate action.

Since 2009, Habagat, with its goal of striving for a Corporation with a Conscience, has been hosting the annual Earth Hour Night Ride in Cagayan de Oro City as an entity actively participating in the Earth Hour Movement. Around 1,000 bikers from different walks of life gather every year for this momentous occasion to show their concern about climate change, reducing carbon footprint, aiming for cleaner air, and asa result, this event became nationwide.

This year, the Earth Hour Night Ride will be staged in 11 locations – Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Manila, Davao, Dumaguete, Ormoc, Tarlac, Palompon, Leyte, Ozamis and Zamboanga simultaneously.

This coming March 19, 8 P.M. at Ayala Centrio Mall, the Earth Hour Night Ride is all about getting the crowd to shine a light on climate action and help climate change.

This event is a result from the unified desire and commitment for climate adaptation and improvement. What started as a simple cause rippled into something bigger than expected.

The night ride route will be from Centrio – Luna St. – Capistrano – Macahambus – JR Borja Bridge – Ysalina Bridge – Fernandes St. – Macasandig Rotunda – loop at Divisoria – Corrales Avenue then back to Centrio. The entire ride will be approximately 6.7 kilometers in total distance.

Kahimunan Trade Fair 2015

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) region 10 through  the Regional Director Linda O. Boniao invites everyone to the Kahimunan Trade Fair 2015 at the SM City Cagayan de Oro City from August 22 to 30, 2015.


This is part of the Higalaay Festival happening this month of August in celebrating the San Agustin Fiesta of the City. The Trade fair consists of various locally grown and produced products in Northern Mindanao of Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Camiguin and Bukidnon.


You can buy lots of cheap delicacy around our places as well as home decors and fashion accessories. See you there!

Higalaay Festival 2015 Schedule of Events

The month of August is here and those who are living in Cagayan de Oro can already feel the excitement and frenzy of the city for the upcoming Higalaay Festival 2015 in commemoration of the fiesta of St. Augustine.

Don’t be left behind and be updated of the upcoming events of the city on the schedules below.


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Happy fiesta to all kagay-anon here in the City of Cagayan de Oro and to those who are living already abroad!

Higalaay Festival Citywide Sale 2015


Higalaay Festival 2015 is once again here and the people of the city of Cagayan de Oro  is now getting excited for the  upcoming activities of the city fiesta in commemoration of the patron Saint Agustine and the much awaited Citywide Sale.

The major malls of the city will have a citywide sale starting August 21 to 31, 2015 which is participated by Ayala Centrio Mall, Gaisano, SM City CDO, Limketkai Center and Ororama. The upcoming city fiesta happen to be a long weekend and this will be a great and exciting Higalaay Festival this year with lots of events.


HIMUGSO: Independence Day and Charter Day Celebration


The city of Cagayan de Oro will be commemorating two significant event in our history this weekend which are the Philippine Independence Day on June 12 and the city’s Charter Day Celebration on June 15 with a big bang. It would be a four day long holiday with lots of different events prepared.

The Tourism Council and the City Government of Cagayan de Oro came up with this significant event in our city dubbed as HIMUGSO which is a term that means to “give birth” as a city.

Checkout the upcoming activities this weekend here:

June 12

6:30am – Independence Day Commemoration: Flag Raising with Full Military Honors at Kiosko Kagawasan

9:00am – Seeding of 65,000 Fingerlings at CDO Riverbanks

Store Hours – HIMUGSO Sale – A Citywide Sale in Malls, Hotels, Restaurants and Airlines

9am to 11am – Himugso: The Cagayan de Oro Film Festival (screening of Indie Short Films) at Centrio Cinema 2

3pm – Balak Contest and Cultural Show at Kiosko Kagawasan

June 13

7am – Tree Planting of 65 Lambago Trees

9am to 11am – Himugso: The Cagayan de Oro Film Festival (screening of Indie Short Films) at Centrio Cinema 2

Store Hours – HIMUGSO Sale – A Citywide Sale in Malls, Hotels, Restaurants and Airlines

11:30am to 12:30pm – Himugso: The Cagayan de Oro Film Festival Q & A with Filmmakers

3pm – Cultural Show at Kiosko Kagawasan

June 14

4am – Freedom Run starting at Limketkai Center

9am to 11am – Himugso: The Cagayan de Oro Film Festival (screening of Indie Short Films) at Centrio Cinema 2

Store Hours – HIMUGSO Sale – A Citywide Sale in Malls, Hotels, Restaurants and Airlines

11:30am to 12:30pm – Himugso: The Cagayan de Oro Film Festival Q & A with Filmmakers

3pm – Serenata at Kiosko Kagawasan

June 15

6:30am – 65th City Charter Day Commemoration: Flag Raising and City Mayor’s Annual Report (CMAR) at Kiosko Kagawasan

8am to 5pm – Himugso – Trabaho Patrol – Atrium Limketkai Center

Store Hours – HIMUGSO Sale – A Citywide Sale in Malls, Hotels, Restaurants and Airlines

Afternoon – Pambatang Dula ug Lingaw sa Duaw with Kulas and PO1 Higala at Duaw Park

All Day – Free Divisoria Walking Tours – Signup at Tourism Assistance Center, Divisoria

Mall Hours – Sinuglaw Festival at Limketkai Atrium

9am to 5pm – Free Medical,Dental, RBS-HIV-Cholesterol Testing behind Tourism Center Divisoria

1pm to 3pm – Opening of TB Pavilion at J.R. Borja General Hospital

3pm – Himugso Parade at Rodelsa Circle

5pm – City Chorale and City Band Concert at Kiosko Kagawasan

Dinner – Tribute to Partners “Pahinungod” – Limketkai Luxe

June 8 to 15

Museum Hours – Museum Tours (free admission)

  • CU Museum of Three Cultures
  • La Castilla Museum (Liceo de Cagayan University)
  • Cagayan de Oro City Museum
  • XU Museo de Oro (also open Saturday and Sunday morning

Cinemagis 7 Digital Short Film Fest


Cinemagis 7 was officially launched yesterday (January 21, 2014) at the SM City CDO event center. Cinemagis is on its 7th year, the Northern Mindanao’s Digital Short Film Fest by the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) of Xavier University, Ateneo de Cagayan. The event was attended by the award winning Brilliante Mendoza.

The nomination for #Cinemagis7 we’re presented on the opening yesterday with the following categories:

Student Category

“Feeling Loved” by Greanne Mendoza
“Across the Universe” by Megan Louise C Hernandez
“Grasya” by Geffel Lou A Rodrigora
“Tingki” by Brian Adam Salvador Anay
“Abansada sa Hangin” by Marvelous J Bencio
“En Pace” (In Peace) by Orpheus Nery
“Emosyon” by Lucky dela Rosa
“Sangil” by Christian Alan E Toring
“The Bully has Awakened” by Harold A Villegas

Professional Category

“The End of War” by Joeromer Bacus
“May Bituin Din sa Umaga” by John Solomon T Legara
“Bagabag” by Adrian Rey Banaag Manapil
“Ang Lihim ni Natividad” (The Secret of Natividad) by Jasmine Limas


Cinemagis 7 Digital Short Film Festival Schedule of Activities

January 21
Opening of the Brilliante Mendoza Film Festival and Announcement of Cinemagis Nominations
SM City Cagayan de Oro Event Center – 5pm to 9pm

January 22
Film Productions: Design and Editing Workshop – XU Little Theater – 10am to 12 noon

Brilliante Film Screening and Workshop
SM Cinema 3 and 4 – 7am to 12 noon
Festival Night Out
6pm to 9pm

January 23

Film Production: Design and Editing Workshop
XU Little Theater – 10am to 12nn

Regular Film Screening
SM Cinema 3 and XU Little Theater – 1pm to 5pm

Filmmakers Meeting to form the Northern Mindanao Film Network
XU Little Theater – 6pm to9pm

January 24

Juror’s Meeting
XCCA Conference Room – 10am to 12nn

Regular Film Screening
SM Cinema 3 and XU Little Theater – 1pm to 5pm

Cinemagis 7 Awards Night
SM City Cagayan de Oro Event Center – 6pm to 9pm

The admission to the screening venues is FREE and only requires you to bring personal care items like soap, toothpaste and sanitary napkins for donation to the Typhoon Seniang victims at Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental last year end.

Miss CDO 2014 Swimwear Competition

Check out the Miss Cagayan de Oro candidates in their official swimwear attire held last saturday at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel.

Who will be this year’s Miss Cagayan de Oro Best in Swimwear? Find out on the Coronation Night at Limketkai Atrium, August 23. Live Telecast over Parasat Chan 45 on cable and non cable tv residents. Special Thanks to Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Coco Cabana and Gibi shoes. Photos courtesy of Phillip Vallespin – Miss CDO Official Photography team. Don’t forget to use the official hashtag #HigalaayCDO on your social media updates of the festival events.