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PXC Laban MMA Fires up Cagayan de Oro’s Higalaay Festival 2016

Pacific X-treme Combat’s provincial developmental league, Laban MMA, goes down south as it delivers its trademark intense and frenzied mixed martial arts action in Cagayan de Oro as one of the official events that celebrate the city’s Higalaay Festival 2016.


Set to explode on August 27 at The Atrium, Limketkai Center, PXC Laban MMA CDO will treat Kagay-anons to a slam-bang Saturday evening as CDO’s very own 31-year-old Israel B. Gomez of Team MUMMA, goes for  win against dangerous 19-year-old Jerome Pa-ac who’s coming all the way from Baguio City to represent the much-heralded Team Lakay. Sharing co-main event honors is the matchup between another hometown hero, Victor Torre of Team MUMMA/Gladiator MMA, and Marcelo Cabusas of Makati City representing Team Insider Manila.

Laban MMA CDO marks the first time PXC’s developmental league has gone to Mindanao to stage its eagerly awaited fights that feature up-and-coming local fighters who could one day join the pro ranks, win the championship belt, and even go to the bigger MMA stage. Most of Laban MMA’s offerings were held in Baguio in Northern Luzon. But a strong demand for MMA fights exist in The City of Golden Friendship that PXC finally decided to bring their Laban MMA to Cagayan de Oro City. And there’s no better time to do that than during Cagayan de Oro’s Higalaay Festival 2016 that celebrates the feast day of St. Augustine, the patron saint of the city. Thus, PXC Laban MMA CDO is another big event that Kagay-anons can look forward to, alongside the Kumbira Culinary Show, the Carnival Parade, The Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons, the Fluvial Procession, and the Higalaay Pyrolympics that define the biggest festivities of the city.

Aside from the co-main events that highlight Laban MMA CDO, eight other matches are also on offer to complete the stacked and exciting card. The event begins with Bo’s MMA Academy’s Adrian Antipasado from Bukidon taking on Jessie Paul Del Valle of Davao City fighting out of the Phyton’s Pit Davao. Then it’s the pair of Iloilo’s James Daquil of Navy/MUMMA Gym and AXC’s Mark Gil Germones of Davao City taking center stage. Fight 3 features Team My Gym’s Fredrick Lim Jr. from Dumaguete City tangling with Project-X MMA Cebu’s Paul Carere of Mandaue City. Another homegrown talent, CDO’s Lorde Rey Yamit is up next, facing Camotes Island native Roel Rosauro coming out of Team Yaw-Yan Ardigma to Fight Davao City’s Marlon Cruzpero of AXC going head to head with General Santos City’s Jerry Eslao representing Team MUMMA Gen. Santos City. Another CDO fighter gets in the ring next, Renato Jabiniao of Team MUMMA, to match skills with Davao City’s Rogelio Enumerables, who fights out of Team Combat 360 Dojo. Fight 7 showcases Rudy Tacogue from Davao City and the Team Valiant Strikers against Dumaguete City’s Rendel Camensi from Team My Gym. The last supporting bout has Davao City and AXC’s Ruben Lanaza trading vicious strikes with Team Project-X MMA Cebu’s Arnel Ylanan.

Local gym partner is Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Gym. Ticketing partners are SM Tickets and Limketkai Center. Matches start at 8 PM, gates open at 6 PM.

PXC Laban MMA CDO is organized for the benefit of the Rotaract-Rotary Club Partner of West Cagayan de Oro. For more info and updates you can visit their Laban MMA Facebook page, or you can follow them on Instagram @pxclabanmma.

Higalaay Festival 2016 Schedule


The feast of St. Augustine, the patron Saint of Cagayan de Oro city is once again coming near. The month-long event is dubbed as the Higalaay Festival or the Friendship Festival.

Here are the upcoming events and festivities presented by the City Information Office and the City Tourism Office just awhile ago. Graphics presented is by Aicy Soriano.

Queen Maker behind Miss Universe Pia visits CDO


Beauty Queen maker Jonas Gaffud is scheduled to come to Cagayan de Oro with his training team to conduct a workshop with Miss CDO candidates and other aspiring local beauty queens next month.

The Miss CDO Organizing Committee of the City Tourism Council, Higalaay Festival Committee and PLDT will bring the Aces and Queens team of Gaffud for a 2 day workshop and he will also sit as one of the pageant judges of Miss Cagayan de Oro Pageant on August 13 at the Atrium of Limketkai Center.

Gaffud is known for his award winning team of beauty queens and trainors with these beauty queens under their wing: Megan Young (Miss World 2013), Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 – 3rd Runner-up), Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012-1st Runner-Up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 – 3rd Runner-up) and Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 – 4th Runner-up) and most recently Miss Pia Wurtzbach who won as Miss Universe 2015 and incidentally carried Cagayan de Oro as her hometown during the Binibining Pilinas pageant in 2015.

“This is by far one of the biggest happenings for our local pageant- having the word class beauty queen maker come to the City to share his expertise on runway coaching and personality development for aspiring beauty queens” says Gean T. Cesar, head of Miss CDO organizing Committee. There will be a presscon to be held for Gaffud and his team and other tourism related activities during his entire stay in the City.

Get to Know the Miss CDO 2016 Candidates

Higalaay Festival is getting nearer, we know this when the Miss Cagayan de Oro Beauty Pageant start rolling. Last Saturday (June 25, 2016) the Miss CDO 2016 were presented to the public and the media at SM City CDO Mall.


Coronation night is scheduled earlier than the city fiesta on August 13, 2016 at the Limketkai Center Atrium. Take a view of the candidates below to know more about them.

Checkout our site for more updates on other activities of the Miss CDO 2016 Pageant toward its coronation night.

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.


Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015 Contestants Presented to the Public

Last Saturday (July 4, 2015) the contestants for the Miss Cagayan de Oro City for this year (2015) was presented to the media and the public at the Limketkai Center Mall Rotunda.


It was hosted by Miss Greanne Trisha Mendoza, former Miss Cagayan de Oro 2012 and TV Patrol Norther Mindanao Host. Liceo de Cagayan University’s Next Move dancers also showcase there talents as special presentation.

Here are the schedules of more activities of the 2015 Miss Cagayan de Oro as Higalaay Festival 2015 is approaching on the month of August.

  • JUNE 29, 8am (Monday) – City Hall Presentation (City Hall)
  • JULY 04, 4pm (Saturday) – Public & Press Presentation (LKK Center Rotunda)
  • JULY 12, 4pm (Sunday) – Talent Competition (SM City CDO)
  • AUGUST 08, 4pm (Saturday) – Evening Gown Competition (Centrio Mall Activity Center)
Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno

Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno

Watch out for more updates here for the Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015.