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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.

Magical Nights of Lights 2017

Make your Christmas more spectacular as Ayala Centrio Mall brings back its signature lights and sounds show from Makati close to you!

Visit Centrio Mall starting November 11 to January 14, 2018, and experience the Magical Nights of Lights with spectacular sights and sounds of your favorite Christmas songs. The show starts at 6 PM and will play every 30 minutes until 10 PM!

Check out the video below for the launching last November 11, 2017:

LEGO Opens its first Certified Store in Mindanao

Longing for those LEGO toys you’ve seen in Manila and abroad?

Well, the first Certified LEGO Store in Mindanao open its doors right here in Cagayan de Oro city at the Ayala Centrio Mall.

Fun, intuitive and simple, these are the hallmarks of toy design that made the LEGO bricks and mini figures the most beloved toys worldwide. A brainchild of carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen who introduced it in Denmark stores in 1932, the brand soon went global and it did not take long when it became a hit in the Philippines, earning a steadily growing following from children and those young at heart who use each LEGO piece to build toys and realities straight from their imagination.

Encapsulating the dream of its founder to “inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow”, the global toymaker continues to expand its presence in the Philippines market by opening LEGO’s 6th Certified Store in Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City on April 1, 2017. A LEGO certified store offers the following unique features that inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative free play and developing the imagination:

  • Pick-a-Brick wall (PAB)– a custom-built fixture filled with LEGO bricks and elements where shoppers can hand-pick and select what they need to build something based on their own design and imagination.
  • Fully assembled LEGO sets around the circumference of the store to inspire LEGO fans.
  • An interactive play area to give children a “hands-on, minds-on” experience with LEGO bricks.
  • Exclusive LEGO sets available

The store is the fifth in a series of stores that will open from Manila to Davao in the country under LEGO’s “Better With Every Brick” campaign. LEGO together with UNICEF Philippines, UN’s agency that supports children’s welfare, will work together to help build the first National Center for Children with Disabilities in PGH. A portion of sales with be donated for the Center’s construction. LEGO also issued a cheque worth Php 500,00 as part of the fundraising drive to raise money for the construction of the Centre.

“The LEGO brand goes beyond being one of the top global toymakers, we are a beloved builder of childhood fantasies. We aim to inspire and engage the world’s builder by injecting fun into play. This partnership with UNICEF Philippines resonates well with this dream to extend the opportunity to help more children by bringing the National Centre for Children with Disabilities to reality” said LEGO Executive

For a minimum single receipt purchase of P3,999.75 on any LEGO item/s from the LEGO Certified Store Centrio from April 1 to 30, 2017, P1,000 of the sale proceeds will go to UNICEF to help build the Centre.

Also, for the entire week from April 1 to 9, LEGO will have several Gift with Purchase promotions that will make you want to keep on coming back for more with a minimum single receipt purchase of P1,999.75 on any LEGO set/s from the store! From April 1 to 3, start a minifigure collection with your Build A Minifigure set. From April 4 to 6, bring home your very own LEGO Easter Chick! From April 7 to 9, with just a few days before Holy Week, celebrate Easter Sunday with LEGO with the Painting Easter Egg Set.

For all comic fans out there, you can also check out the exciting and innovative LEGO Brickheadz line featuring Batman, Batgirl, Joker, Robin, Captain America and Iron Man.

Lastly, you can purchase LEGO poly bags in support of the fundraising campaign for the National Centre for Children with Disabilities where 100% of the proceeds from the sale of each poly bag will be donated to this UNICEF Project.

It’s the brick that keeps on building!

Visit them now! located at the ground floor level near the entrance of Captain Vicente Roa Street.


BPI Lifestyle Madness in Cagayan De Oro

Happening until today is BPI Lifestyle Madness at the Ayala Centrio Mall event center.


BPI Lifestyle Madness is where the country’s top automotive, real estate, franchising and electronic brands join forces with BPI to give Filipinos the convenience of a one-stop-shop, whether it be for a new car or house, new business, investment opportunities, or simply a lifestyle upgrade.

Now on its third year,BPI is making it more excitingas Lifestyle Talks and consultations are scheduled throughout the event. The bank’s financial advisers are also on hand to explain how its products and services can help improve their lives and achieve their financial aspirations.

Apart from BPI’s deposit and investment products, the bank’s Auto Loan, Housing Loan,Ka-Negosyo Loan, Personal Loan, and BPI-Philam Life Insurance offerings are available during these events.


BPI Credit Card holders can also avail of items at 0% interest rate, pay up to 12 months in installments, and even get double the credit limit of their credit card, ideal for big-ticket purchases.Those who don’t have a BPI Credit Card yet may avail of the BPI Free-for-Life Credit Card* at the event. They may simply drop by the BPI Credit Card booth and fill-out an application form. With the BPI Free-for-Life Credit Card, they will never have to worry about paying annual fees—for life!

The‘Madness’ caravan series will run from March 4 to 6 at the Centrio Mall in Cagayan De Oro; April 1 to 4 at the CSI City Mall in Dagupan, Pangasinan and Veranza Mall in General Santos City. Drop by now at the event center of Ayala Centrio now.

Seda Hotel CDO Presents “A Taste of BGC”

Have a taste of the finest and bestseller menus at Seda Hotel BGC (Bonifacio Global City) at the Seda Hotel in Cagayan de Oro from May 25 to 29, 2015.  “A Taste of BGC” is part of Seda’s “Chef Exchange”, where the hotels head chefs show off their specialties in other Seda locations around the country to offer innovations in the menus. It will feature modern international cuisine by guest chef Romualdo “Pepe” Castillo at the hotel’s Misto restaurant.


You will be impress by the dishes authentic taste as well as their creative presentations inspired by Chef Pepe’s exposure to a global audience at the newest and most modern  community in the Philippines, Bonifacio Global City. Chef Pepe is the Executive Chef of Seda BGC.


At Seda Centrio, Chef Pepe will present dishes like Angus beef ribs, crispy sea bass, grilled cedar plank salmon, and osso bucco lamb shanks, plus a new and creative range of desserts that make up a visual feast due to their artistic presentations.

Chef Pepe’s delicious food are highly sought after in other Seda Hotels because he says the key to his unique cooking style is precise timing, plus the use of fresh high quality ingredients. “This is how we give our dishes that personal touch”, he explains.


Chef Pepe will offer a 3-course Set Lunch at Seda Centrio on May 25 to 29, 2015 featuring options for appetizer and the main course, and a sweet dessert for the finale. More food varieties will be available on the buffet dinner between May 25 to 30 at the hotel’s Misto restaurant.


Chef Pepe was formerly connected with an international luxury hotel, a renowned resort and an exclusive club. A multi-awarded culinary expert, he has won top honors in prestigious industry competitions including “Best Dessert” iin the Manilal Black Box Culinary Challenge, “Award of Excellence” in the Cold Meat Platter category of Chefs on Parade and “Bread-baking Champion in an activity sponsored by the Les Toques Blanches Philippines chefs association.

Previous to this, Seda Centrio featured “A Taste of Japan” with Seda Nuvali’s Executive Sous Chef Danilo Gallardo. For reservations to “A Taste of BGC”, please call Seda Centrio at (0917) 5775910 or (088) 3238888.


Emerald Suites

emerald suites

A new homey hotel is opening in the city of Cagayan de Oro. Its called the Emerald Suites which is located at Agudo Street that is the short road connecting Centrio Ayala Mall and Osmeña Street which will have the upcoming SM Premiere in downtown CDO area as well as the entrance to the Limketkai Business Complex with Limketkai Mall.




CDOPlaces.com toured the hotel before its opening and we realize this is the most accessible place to stay in the city if you plan to have a shopping spree between several malls since all major malls in the city is just walking distance. You can walk to Ayala Centrio Mall and proceed to Gaisano Mall and on the next day you can walk and go to Robinsons Mall in Limketkai Center.

The hotels rate are very affordable too at a range of only P900+ to P1,500+ per night depending on the number of beds you need. If you are conscious about the cost of staying in Cagayan de Oro this is the place to stay for a very affordable accommodation.


They also have a cozy cafe where you can get some snacks or have some breakfast before going out or not you can also do some work in your laptop with their wi-fi available on the cafe area.



TGI Fridays New Jack Daniel’s Triple Barrel Combos


As we all know TGIFridays stands for great times and good food in a casual and fun dining ambiance. From appetizers and entrees, to desserts and beverages, they definitely put a premium on the dishes they serve. And with so much great food in their menu they recently launched their new Jack Daniel’s Triple Barrel Combos.


They want everyone to share and enjoy their Jack Daniels’ favorites in one platter with their very popular Jack Daniel’s sauce which has always been a Fridays signature. As Fridays known for they come in huge portions that is meant for sharing as you cannot consume single handedly because of its serving size. The Triple Barrel Combo also comes with refillable rice to satisfy your appetite. A group of friends or family can really enjoy an order that give you more value for money.

The Jack Daniel’s Triple Barrel Combos comes in three combinations for you to dig in. One is the Salmon, Chicken & Chop which is a combination of chargrilled Norwegian salmon fillet, roasted chicken and grilled tender pork glazed with Jack Daniel’s sauce. The second one is the Chicken, Chop & Shrimp which is a combination of roasted chicken, grilled tender pork chop and deep friend battered shrimps. And the third one is Ribs, Chop & Shrimp which is a combination of half rack of Cajun spiced pork ribs, grilled tender pork chop and deep fried battered shrimps. All the combos includes corn on the cob, seasonal vegetable, refillable rice and the TGIFridays signature Jack Daniel’s sauce.

While waiting for your main entree, try also the following appetizers, salads and dessert which we recommend for a delicious treat.

Fridays Three for All

Fridays Three for All

A trio of their most famous appetizers this are the Loaded Potato Skins, Fried Mozzarella and their spicy Buffalo Wings which it comes also with sour cream and green unions, marinara sauce and celery sticks with Bleu cheese dressing.

Calypso Calamari Salad

Calypso Calamari Salad

Crisp, golden fried calamari served over mixed fresh greens and toosed with cilantro-lime dressing and topped with tomato, pineapple and toasted nuts.


For the dessert, checkout their super yummy Mocha Mud Pie

Mocha Mud Pie

Mocha Mud Pie

Rich chocoloate-almond and coffee ice cream frozen in a chocolate crumb crust. Topped with hot fudge and toasted almond slicers.

Visit TGIFridays now, located at the ground level of Ayala Centrio Mall, beside Centrio Garden in Cagayan de Oro City. For reservations call (088) 880-0656. You might also like to check their Facebook page at FB.com/TGIFridaysPhilippines for more updates.


Itallianni’s Valentines Treat to Cagay-anons


Valentines day is finally just around the corner and its on this weekend already! As a Valentine’s treat, Italianni’s is treating diners by giving them free Italian Truffle Fries vouchers only on February 14.

Italianni’s Italian Truffle Fries (crispy potato chips drizzled with truffle cream dressing with Italianni’s special truffle mayo dip) is rated as one of the best truffle fries in Manila by spot.ph. Diners on Valentine’s Day can get the free voucher, valued at P295, which they may use on their next visit with a minimum purchase of P750.

Italian cuisine, coupled shared style dining concept known as ‘Amore de Merrier,’ made Italianni’s an instant hit. At Italianni’s they believe in making their guests feel like they’re in an Italian family-owned restaurant. Every meal starts with complimentary home-baked Tuscan and Foccacia bread served with olive oil and aged balsamic vinegar.

In the Philippines, Italianni’s first opened in 1996 in Makati City and now has branches all over the Philippines including CDO.

In Cagayan de Oro, Italianni’s is located at the ground level of Ayala Centrio, beside Centrio Garden. For updates on Italianni’s latest offers, like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/italiannisph or follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @Italiannisph

Bistro Group also introduced TGIFriday’s and Tonkatsu by Terazawa in CDO. Bistro also brought brands such as Village Tavern, Bulgogi Brothers, Fish and Co., Watami, Modern Shanghai, and other homegrown concepts such as Krazy Garlik to the Philippines. Have a great Valentine Day!

DERMAX Laser Center Opens Its First Branch In Mindanao Here in CDO

DERMAX Laser Center

DERMAX Laser Center held a press conference today (January 8, 2015) at MESA Restaurant in Centrio Mall to launch its very first top-of-the-line clinic concept store in Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. Local media editors, reporters, FM radio DJs, as well as lifestyle bloggers and members of the Cagayan De Oro Bloggers Network attended the press conference.

After the presscon we proceeded to the DERMAX Laser Center’s place at the 3rd level of Centrio Mall for the ribbon-cutting ceremony and blessing which was graced by Centrio mall management, among many other VIP attendees. DERMAX Laser Center CDO marks the skin care company’s first ever branch in the country.

Now, CDO locals can get to experience the latest in skin care innovations through DERMAX Laser Center’s technology-focused treatment procedures as well as DERMAX Professional science-based skin care product line. They offer specialized treatment procedures such as anti-aging, skin whitening, tattoo removal, and their highly popular Diode laser hair removal service.

To know more about DERMAX Laser Center and DERMAX Professional products, visit their branch at the Level 3, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City or contact them via email at [email protected] for more details and appointments. You may also check out their website at www.uniqly.net/store/DERMAX.

Ayala Centrio Mall Christmas Launching for a Cause


Ayala Centrio Mall will be having its big Christmas Launching on November 23, 2013, 6PM at the Activity Center with Billy Crawford and “surprise” guests, Denise Laurel and Isabella Gonzalez.

Passes to the show will be any form of donation made on the day of the event for the recent calamity, Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan.

With this, they invite everyone to come and be with all to celebrate the Christmas Launch for a cause. Seats will be for first come first serve basis as well, there will be no VIP seats except for senior citizens.

On the bright side, if you wish to have your tickets in advance, you may drop off your donations at their admin office today for your ticket. 1 donation = 1 person