Category Archives: Miscellaneous

The 35 String Marinela Velez-Neri Program

Last Christmas season you will be delighted to arrived at the Limketkai Luxe Hotel lobby specially during early evening a week before Christmas Eve because of the relaxing music serenading you upon your arrival with the 35 String Marinela Velez-Neri Program.


The 35 String program is compose of violins, cello and other string instruments performers. The program is run by the Lourdes College nuns and sponsored by the Velez-Neri family. The students of the program are all scholars and are provided with its own set of instrument. They have consultants from Manila who is coming regularly here in Cagayan de Oro City to checkup its overall performance to improve more and become word-class string program.

MOFCCCII turns over rehabbed facilities to Mother Theresa Foundation

The Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry had a turnover and blessing of its donated new kitchen, dining area and comfort rooms to benefit street children at the Mother Theresa Foundation, Inc. last Saturday (September 19, 2015) at Maitum, Upper Puerto, Cagayan de Oro City.




Greg Marten Lao, president of the Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (MOFCCCII) said the chamber appropriated some PhP 0.6-million for the rehabilitation of the center’s kitchen, dining room and comfort rooms.

“This is MOFCCCII’s other major project in the ongoing celebration of its 30th founding anniversary in 1986 when our first batch of officers were inducted into office by the late President Corazon C. Aquino,” Lao said.



The Mother Theresa Foundation Incorporated or (MTFI) is home to the street kids in the city that are given shelter, food and education to better their lives in the future. It is a non-stock, non-profit charitable organization. It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 9,1995. Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The incorporators were the following: Norma D. Noble, Anita G. Magtajas, Generosita M. Chaves, Filimina P. Hojas, and Leopolda M. Velez.

“Your coming to Mother Theresa Foundation, Inc. is God’s gift to all of the children we are serving and I cannot find the right words to express how happy and grateful we are with your coming and intervening,” said Norma D. Noble, MFTI president. “Truly, you are the answer to our fervent wish and prayers. You came at the right time when we needed you most because of the crisis the center was experiencing.”

On July 1997, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Regional Office 10 awarded MTFI with a “License to Operate”. Similarly, the then Department of Education, Culture and Sports (DECS) Regional Office 10 issued a Certificate of Recognition Accreditation to the foundation as Literacy Service Provider Proponent through the NFE-LSCS. The Department of Health (DOH) Regional Office 10 also issued the foundation a Certificate of Accreditation.


The current Mother Theresa Foundation, Inc. Officer for 2015 are: Mrs. Norma D. Noble as the President; VP is Mr. Avelino Sabella; Mrs. Filomena P. Hojas – Secretary/Treasurer; Luz L. Serna – Foundation Auditor; Ms. Suhji Abecia – Social Worker.

One of MFTI’s most shining success stories was shared by Rusty Quintana, now on his last year of college taking up Bachelor of Science in Development Communication (DevCom) at Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan as a full scholar of the Henry Howard Scholarship Program.

Former Mother Theresa ward Rusty Quintana receives an award from Pres. Aquino

Rusty has guested in national television on Sharon Cuneta’s Kasama Mo Kapatid, One Moment at a Time where he shared his life story, and has a growing reputation as an artist and leader in his own merits, representing Mindanao in the H National Youth Parliament Congress; team member of the British Council 2008 Awardee “I Am A Change Maker” Pioneer; member of the 7 Tribes Band, a group of indigenous musicians which won the Talentadong Pinoy 2010 competition, a painter who has his artworks bought by national and international patrons, and represented the organization which won TAYO (Ten Accomplished Youth Organization) and received the award at Malacañang Palace Hall of Heroes from no less than President Benigno Simeon Aquino III himself.

“My dream now is to share the success I earned to my family, my friends, and other street children, to give light to those people who have lost hope in life, and to be a leading example, a good model to everyone,” he shares. “I want to inspire everyone that there is always hope in life, make a difference in my generation. Mother Theresa played a major role in the successes I have had.”


The Misamis Oriental Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry or MOFCCCI would like to express its thanks to: Dolly Siao Ong, Jose Un Jr., Greg Marten Lao, Jessie S. Co, Ricky Go, Ariel Tan, Lucio Tan, Peter Sia, Robert Ching, Antonio Ty, Simon Ching, Roland Ramos, Robert Chee, and Adelfa Sia for its support in the project.


MacArthur Memorial Marker


General Douglas MacArthur has a memorial marker here in Cagayan de Oro City located at the Macabalan wharf. It is dedicated to the landing of General Douglas MacArthur and party on March 13, 1942, after their heroic escape from Correigidor on four PT Boats in the evening of March 11, 1942, upon repeated orders of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. They were met at the Old Pier by Filipino-American troops under Brigidair General William F. Sharp, Commander of the Visayan-Mindanao Forces.

You can visit the marker anytime of the day with no entrance fee. You can park your vehicle inside upon requesting to open the gate.

CDO 1st Runner up at Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015

Mutya ng Cagayan de Oro Julee Ann Marie Bourgoin is First Runner up at the Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015.
Its the first major win for Cagayan de Oro at this prestigious national pageant on its 47th year.


Mutya no Cagayan de Oro also got other special awards namely:

Miss ResortsWorld (Trip to HK for2)
Miss Rain or Shine
Miss Mags
Best in Terno
Miss Hannah Resort 1st RU

‪Thanks to #‎teamcdo for a job well done‬: Gigi Go, Gean Tulang Cesar, DAlmazan, MYaranon, JDoring, Fit Republic, Aruga Aesthetic Center, Pitimini Salon, Phillip Vallespin Photography.


Congratulations once again Mutya ng Cagayan de Oro Julee Ann Marie Bourgoin!

The First Miss CDO Beauty Queen in National Pageant

National Pageant

It started with the ambitious idea of sending a Miss Cagayan de Oro beauty queen for the first time in a national pageant. Previous groups who handled Miss CDO pageant all wished the same way – but it proved to be more complicated than just sending an official representative because apparently it will take not just money to elevate the idea, but sending the right girl with the right attitude, potential and commitment is another thing.


Miss CDO organizers JCI Senators Gigi Go and Gean Cesar both agree that it should begin with the lady who wants it, not just taking the opportunity because it was presented to her. And so Bea Alvarez- Miss CDO 2014 has that. She asked and worked hard for it. She has to give up a lot of her time with family and friends, to focus in physical training, runway coaching, mentoring and a lot more. She even have to hold off her employment plans just to focus on the Miss Philippines Earth 2015 pageant.


Well, okay- we have the right lady now for the slot. But apparently that was not enough. A dedicated team is needed to give her the right mentoring and the resources needed for the pageant. There came the two women behind the success of Miss CDO- JCI Senators Gigi and Gean- both successful in their own field, took the initiative to carry on the task of sending a representative of Cagayan de Oro to national pageants- even if it means having to finance its related financial requirements. Thanks to the City Tourism Council headed by its Chairperson Mdm Dorothy Jean Pabayo and Kagay-an Festival Chair Eileen San Juan – the plan took off without significant concerns. Bea went on to audition for Binibining Pilipinas and Miss Philippines Earth.




Thereafter, #teamcdo was created whose core members are loyal supporters of Miss CDO- Dennis Almazan (runway coach), Albert Rivera and Mark Christopher Yaranon (Oro Fashion Designers Guild), Juniel Doring (Designers Assembly), Emmanuel Mulawan (artist and costume designer), Sheldon Frias (hair and make-up), Phillip Vallespin (photography) and the Mags team (casual wear). Just recently, Bea won 2nd place in pre-pageant major event of Evening Gown Competition, while Mulawan designed the enchanting eco-gown, Doring is responsible for the Cultural wear which will be featured during the Coronation night along with his white gown for the opening production number. Rivera designed Bea’s official Coronation Night gown.

JCI Senator Gigi admits, it was not an easy breeze considering that going to national pageants entails a lot of preparation through training, mentoring and focus by the candidate. In doing so, the support team should be equally committed to provide all the necessary logistics support the candidates need. Go continues, “ going to national pageants is not for everybody who aspires. She has to have the heart and mind to focus on it because bringing the name of your city is a delicate task”. JCI Senator Gean on the other hand, who provides 24hr mentoring said “ it can be very stressful at times for both the candidate and the team coz theres a level of expectation that you want to achieve. Our participation is not a walk in the park- it’s a responsibility that we take seriously. Our goal is to bring global awareness to the eco-tourism situation of the city and of course to bring home the crown.”
Bea with her environmental advocacy of organizing earth warriors in universities and young professionals with its hashtag #whosaidyoucant, is looking forward with so much excitement and anticipation as the Coronation nears. “ I want to inspire others to chase for their dreams in whatever opportunity there is. They should not wait for things to happen, but make sacrifices for these dreams to happen”.


Bea and 40 other candidates from all over the country will vie for the title of Miss Phils Earth on May 31, 2015 at SM Arena. This is will be aired same night by ABS-CBN by 10pm.

Saint Agustine Cathedral


The Cagayan de Oro Cathedral with its patron Saint Agustine is the main church of the Roman Catholic religion in the city. Located within the vicinity of the Cagayan de Oro City Hall and Gaston Park.


Here are the Schedule of Masses for your guidance:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

Morning Masses: 5:00am and 6:30am

Afternoon Masses: 5:30pm and 6:30pm

Wednesday and Friday

Morning Masses: 5:00am, 6:00am and 7:00am

Afternoon Masses: 4:30pm, 5:30pm and 6:30pm

Confession: 3:00pm


Morning Masses: 4am, 5:15am, 6:30am, 7:45am, 9am, and 10:30am

Afternoon Masses: 3pm, 4:10pm, 5:20pm, 6:30pm and 7:40pm
Noon Mass at 12 everyday


Places to Explore

If you are new or just visiting the city and your first time to be in St. Agustine Cathedral in Cagayan de Oro there are many places within the Cathedral compound that are worth visiting.


You can find the tomb on the right side entrance of the Cathedral the first Archbishop James Hayes SJ when Cagayan de Oro city became an Archdiocese. Archbishop Hayes is an American priest from New York City who was assigned in Cagayan de Oro seven years after he was ordained in 1921. He established the San Agustin Parochial School now Lourdes College and founded Ateneo de Cagayan now Xavier University. The Cathedral was destroyed during World War 2 and Hayes rebuilt the church in 1946 on Gothic lines and furnishing it with 19th century stained glass windows that was donated by the Sacred Heart Sisters of New York.


On the left side entrance of the Cathedral is where you will find the tomb of Archibishop Patrick Cronin, an Iris priest who was assigned and died here in our city. He succeeded Father James Hayes as Archbishop of the city in 1971. The left side of the Cathedral is also where you will find the rectory and a good view of the Cagayan de Oro river.


AirAsia starts twice daily flights from Cebu to CDO

AirAsia Cebu to CDO

Yesterday (December 12, 2014) AirAsia started its twice daily flights from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro City and also to Davao with 30 street kids from Batang Opon Foundation, Cebu City Task Force on Street Children Foundation, SOS Children’s Village and Tambayan Center for Children’s Rights Incorporated on board its maiden flights. AirAsia Philippines, is the Filipino Low Cost Carrier that flies hand in hand with AirAsia, voted the World’s Best Low Cost Carrier in the annual World Airline Survey by Skytrax for six consecutive years from 2009 – 2014,

AirAsia Zest Director for Flight Operations Captain Dexter Commendador said, “We’re extremely excited to celebrate the return of AirAsia flights from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro and Cebu to Davao – and what’s more memorable is that we celebrated our inaugural flights by fulfilling the dreams of 30 kids. Like these kids, AirAsia started with a dream – to make flying affordable to everyone.”

Accompanied by caretakers, 20 children from Batang Opon Foundation and Cebu City Task Force on Street Children Foundation flew via AirAsia Zest flight Z2 523 from Cebu to Davao at 9:10AM and another batch of kids from SOS Children’s Village took the first flight from Cebu to Cagayan de Oro City via AirAsia Zest flight Z2535 departing on time at 12:35PM.

In Davao City, 10 kids from Tambayan Center for Children’s Right were on board AirAsia Zest flight Z2524 from Davao to Cebu. They were given a tour of Mactan Shrine, Bluewater Resort and guitar factory – famous attractions in Cebu hosted by Galeon San Pedro Tours.

Aside from free airfare the kids also toured famous tourist spots and parks in Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu in partnership with Department of Tourism. They also received surprised Christmas gifts and toys from AirAsia while passengers get welcome presents from Mactan Cebu International Airport management.

AirAsia Cebu to Cagayan de Oro

30 street kids from partner NGOs in Cebu and Davao join AirAsia’s maiden flight from Cebu City to Davao and Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting and brief program at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIAA) was held attended by MCIAA General Manager Nigel Paul Villarete, MCIAA Assistant General Manager Ahmed Cuizon, GMR Megawide President Louie Ferrer, Department of Tourism Region 7 Senior Tourism Operations Officer Judilyn Quiachon, Cebu Provincial Tourism Officer Grace Paulino and Capt. Dexter Comendador, AirAsia Philippines Director of Flight Operations. During the program, guests and kids placed their messages of hope and wishes on a Christmas tree. AirAsia, MCIAA and partner NGOs will join forces to help fulfil the kids’ wishes.

To commemorate the event, AirAsia Philippines is offering promo fares from as low as P1.00 base fare for flights to/from Cebu City to Manila, Davao and Cagayan de Oro including flights to/from Manila, Kalibo (Boracay), Puerto Princesa(Palawan), Tagbilaran (Bohol) andTacloban.

Airfares for international destination from Manila to Macau, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kinabalu, Shanghai, and Incheon/Seoul are also available for P1.00, one-way and base fare only for travel period starting January 7 to June 30, 2015.

All promotional fares are available for booking via starting today until 14 December 2014. Guests may also get as much as 20% discount on pre-book meals and other online bargain deals.

NCCA Competitive Grants for 2015

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), the country’s leading government agency for arts and culture headed by its chairman Felipe de Leon, Jr., encourages cultural and art groups, academic institutions, local arts organizations, non-government organizations involved in culture and arts, and others to submit their project proposals for the NCCA Competitive Grants Program for 2015. Deadline is on August 31, 2014.

The priority projects for 2015 have been defined by the 19 national committees under the four subcomissions which are the National Committee on Architecture and Allied Arts, National Committee on Cinema, National Committee on Dance, National Committee on Dramatic Arts, National Committee on Literary Arts, National Committee on Music, and National Committee on Visual Arts of the Subcommission on the Arts; Northern, Central and Southern Cultural Communities of the Subcommission on Cultural Communities and Traditional Arts; National Committees on Archives, Art Galleries, Libraries and Information Services, Historical Research, Monuments and Sites, Museums under the Subcommission on Cultural Heritage; and under the Subcomission on Cultural Dissemination, the National Committees on Cultural Education, Communication, and Language and Translation.

Mahatao Church in Batanes

Conservation management plan of heritage structures, such as the Mahatao Church in Batanes, is a priority project

As underlying theme, projects to be funded by the NCCA must capture the aspiration of the arts and culture community, expressed by NCCA’s vision in the 21st century: “Filipino culture as the wellspring of national and global well being.”

Furthermore, projects must establish culture as pillar of sustainable development, advance creativity and diversity of artistic expression, and promote a strong sense of nationhood and pride in being Filipino through culture and arts.

Through the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA), the NCCA Grants Program provides support to individuals and organizations in fields that are aligned with the Philippine culture and arts and in accordance with the defined priorities of each of the national committees. The NCCA provides funds for projects for the promotion, development and conservation of Philippine culture and arts, and it continuously encourage collaborative efforts which provides significant contributions to the realization of the mandate of the NCCA.
Each year, the NCCA Board of Commissioners, in coordination with the four subcommissions, defines its thrusts and priorities anchored on the following major programs for 2013-2016: Program for Cultural Education, Program for Cultural Diplomacy, Program for Conservation of Cultural Heritage, Program for Culture and Development, and Program for Artistic Excellence and Creativity.

ncca campaign T'boli

Proposals for traditional community festivals, like this T’boli festival in Lake Sebu, is highly encouraged

Interested individuals or groups can avail of NCCA assistance by submitting a project proposal under the NCCA Competitive Grants, or file a request under the Institutional Programs, namely, NCCA Outreach Program, Experts and Resource Persons Bureau and Technical Assistance Program.

Accomplished project proposals must be submitted to Marichu G. Tellano, chief of Policy, Plan Formulation and Programming Division (PPFPD), 5th Floor, National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), 633 General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila, with telephone number (63-2) 527-2192, fax numbers (63-2) 527-2198 and 522-2084, and emails [email protected] and [email protected]

Proposal submission through electronic mail (email) are accepted provided that all project documents are complete and with scanned signature of the official proponent/head of the organization/LGU. Absence of the signature of the proponent shall be considered unofficial.

Proposals must be stamped received by the Policy/Plan Formulation and Programming Division of the NCCA on or before August 31, 2014. Late or incomplete project proposal will not be considered. Only one proposal per proponent can be submitted to NCCA. Copy of the project proposal form may be obtained at the PPFPD office or may be downloaded at (Go to “Grants Program”).

For inquiries on the NCCA Grants Programs, please get in touch with the Planning, Policy Formulation and Programming Division (PPFPD) through direct line 527-2214, or trunkline 527-2192 local 509 (SCA); 501 (SCCTA); 506(SCH); and 511(SCD). Email addresses are [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected] Also, check out Web site.

For more information, contact NCCA Public Affairs and Information Office (PAIO) head, Rene Sanchez Napenas at (632) 527-2192 or 0928-5081057; or log on to or email us at [email protected]

Father of the City – Mayor Oca Moreno Supports #SocialMediaDayCDO


The Cagayan de Oro network of bloggers or officially called CDOBloggers together with the City Mayor Oscar Moreno joins the Global Social Media Day around the world that is happening this weekend with the official hashtag #SocialMediaDayCDO and with the global hashtag of #SMDay.


Social Media Day was launched in 2010 by the popular website Mashable as a way to recognize the digital revolution happening right before our eyes. Each year, thousands of people organize hundreds of meetups across the globe. From Australia to the Philippines, all the way to Sri Lanka and Morrocco, countries come together every June to participate in this global movement.

Cagayan de Oro Social Media Day event this June 28, 2014 is organized by CDOBloggers and we encourage everyone to use the official hashtag #SocialMediaDayCDO to join the worldwide celebration.

Monster Kitchen Academy Graduation Batch 4


Last March 30 this year, was invited to grace the graduation ceremony of Monster Kitchen Academy at the new Limketkai Luxe Hotel grand ballroom. was there on the graduation of the first batch of graduates and they are now on there 4th batch. There were 9 graduates from their Fundamentals in Baking and Pastry Arts and 8 graduates from the Fundamentals of Culinary Arts.

During the graduation ceremony the graduates showcase there creative and delicious creations below.





The guest speaker of the ceremony is no other that their main instructor who is also a graduate of the Monster Kitchen Academy Chef Geni Labadan.


Monster Kitchen is coming up with Lifestyle Courses every now and then for those interested to get into baking and cooking for personal or business opportunities too. Checkout there Facebook page for more information on the latest available courses.