Friday, July 25, 2014

Schedule of Events for Mindanao Fashion Week Summit 2014

This post is a supplement for the post Mindanao Fashion Week Summit 2014

Our dear friend Makiyaki Caters CDO (FB: makiyakicaterscdo)shared in their Facebook page this photo. Its a schedule of events for the Mindanao Fashion Week Summit 2014.

Photo taken from Makiyaki Caters CDO

Pls click the photo to enlarge. Makiyaki Caters CDO is one of the Major sponsors for the said event.

Pls like Makiyaki Caters CDO's Facebook page

and most importantly pls like the official Facebook page of the Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014

Use the official Hash Tag #HigalaayCDO in every post you made.

Daghang Salamat mga higala.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Islands Souvenirs ‘I Heart Cagayan De Oro’ Fashion Show

Fashion. Music. Fun. Kagayan-ons were in for a treat as Islands Souvenirs brought the house down on Centrio Mall with the launch of the ‘I Heart Cagayan De Oro’ campaign. The ‘I Heart CDO’ line, which includes a wide variety of personalised shirts and other products, focuses on love and pride of place. The campaign also highlights the things that make CDO a great tourist destination - whether it’s the food, the adventures, the sights, the people, the vibe, the views and everything under the sun. Through the ‘I Heart’ concept, locals are empowered and encouraged to “Show your love, Show your pride” for the city that they call home.

‘I Heart Cagayan De Oro’ Fashion Show

The brand’s bestselling shirts, apparel and accessories were thrust into the spotlight in a grand and festive Fashion Show that took up the entire Activity Center of Centrio Mall. CDO’s hottest up and coming models took to the catwalk to showcase the different Islands Souvenirs’ products in different colours and looks that were mixed, matched, cut and styled. The show was divided into different segments that featured different styles to match different personalities and lifestyles to show that each Islands Souvenirs shirt is more than just a souvenir item but a fashion statement.

On The Move

The first segment pays tribute to the travellers, sports and outdoor enthusiasts. With a line of apparel that’s light, flexible, ultra-comfy and versatile, Islands Souvenirs is your travel buddy, gym companion and teammate that you can count on when you want to get outside, sweat it out and see the world. For the backpackers, yogis, gym rats, ball players, mountaineers and more, cheers to you!

White Out

From the runways of Milan and New York, white will never go out of style. Casual and sexy. Smart and professional. Add a burst of colour to your all-white ensemble for that extra oomph. From office to club. From work day to night out. Work hard. Play harder.

Rock Your Style

Featuring the original collection of CDO’s fashion diva Gil Macaibay, the segment shows that Islands Souvenirs goes well with even the most avant garde of looks. Unique, whimsical and edgy. Black is truly back in CDO - with a little more attitude and a whole lotta love.

Street Chic

Taking street fashion to the next level, Islands Souvenirs meets street. With bold patters and bright colors, add that rough and tumble look to casual wear. For the rebels with rough edges. For those who dare to be different. Stand out!

Take Me Back To Summer

Feel the love. Experience summer paradise all year round. Sun. Sand. Sea. Wherever you go, you can take the islands with you. The collection features all the colours of summer. A bright, happy and fun vibe that is sure to bring a smile to your face. Enjoy life. Go neon!

‘I Heart CDO’ Brand Ambassadors

“Pastel, pineapple, sinuglaw, feeling of home, small and cozy, best of both worlds, nature, culture, friendly people, warm and loving people and the smile sa Kagayan-on”. Guests and other Kagayanons were introduced to the ‘I Heart ♥ CDO’ Brand Ambassadors. The crowd applauded and cheered as these true-blue Kagayan-ons from different walks of life made their way up the catwalk to express their pride and love for Cagayan de Oro. In a spectacular introduction and behind the scenes video, guests met for the first time the personalities and official ‘I Heart ♥ CDO’ Brand Ambassadors:

Say hello to Mindanaoan blogger extraordinaire - Irene Aserios;

Irene Aserios
kitchen goddess behind Joji’s Delights peanut butter - Joji Ferrer;

Joji Ferrer
the hottest faces on local television, lovely hosts - Nicole Abas-Datayan and Maxine Monasterio;

Nicole Abas-Datayan
Maxine Monasterio
fit and fabulous fashion and fitness blogger - Desiree Lim;

Desiree Lim
the man behind the #becomingfilipino movement - Kyle Jennerman;

Kyle Jennerman
superman triathlete - Francis Velasquez;

Francis Velasquez
the talent behind the turntables - DJ RB Banaag;

DJ RB Banaag
the prince of haute couture in Mindanao - Gil Macaibay III; multi-talented entrepreneur and artist Chingkee Te; writer and blogger Nadine Legaspi; the queen of chandelier cakes - Awi Chaves; and last but not the least environmentalist, saving the world one province at a time - Jeminah Ferrer. Catch them represent the ‘I Heart CDO’ campaign.

Take The Islands With You

Islands Souvenirs is the leading brand of premium-quality souvenirs in the Philippines. With over 80 outlets nationwide strategically located in the country’s top tourist destinations, Islands Souvenirs continues to strengthen its brand identity and position by giving customers a vibrant shopping experience, best-quality products at affordable prices, innovative and creative concepts, exceptional customer service and exciting events. Check out the Islands Souvenirs Store along the East Concourse of Limketkai Center and 2F of Centrio Mall. Like us on Facebook

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Mindanao Fashion Week Summit 2014

Its nearly July's end and the start of August. When we say August, the Kagaya-an Festival instantly comes in mind. To start off the Cagayan de Oro's Fiesta month, the Mindanao Fashion Summit will pave the way and kick start the fiesta. As the City Tourism Council said in a statement.

"The Mindanao Fashion Summit is all about national pride. Our past speaks of variety; from food to color, texture and even emotions. Our influences resonate from end-to-end; from south to north, from east to west. Despite this, we Filipinos have one ingredient that makes us one, and and this is what the Mindanao Current Fashion Summit wants to impart to every Kagay-anon; to all Filipinos and the rest of the world.


Photo Courtesy of Cagayan de Oro Info Network Facebook Page
This Mindanao Fashion Week Summit is just the beginning. Many interesting activities will surely follow and we will cover it as it happens when it happens.

So save the dates mga higala and see you there!


A personal thanks to the (Office of ) City Tourism Council and the City Information Office for making me and my co-bloggers be part and be of service to our city fiesta. My heart felt gratitude!

‪#‎higalaayCDO‬ will be the official hash tag for the Higalaay Kagay-an Festival 2014, use that hash tag to all your post regarding to our city fiesta in all social media platforms. Thank you mga higala.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Why do we all need a BARON SOLAR KIT?

Im an immigrant here in Cagayan de Oro. While I'm still courting my wife, that was more than five years ago, she shares to me that they are experiencing massive rotational brownouts every summer. I only believed her story when I visited her during Aprils of each year. Damn! Its really massive: Mindanao wide; 4 to 12 hours per day for the months of March, April and May.

You see, Mindanao Island's power plants uses renewable energy (about 60-80%): Agus, Sibulan, Pulangui and Talomo Hydro Electric; Mindanao Geothermal Field; and Cagayan de Oro Photovoltaic are just to name a few. So when summer comes, rivers will dry up thus it will not supply much needed water pressure to said hydro plants.

As a result, 4 to 12 hours of rotational brownout per day for 3 summer months. Rural areas is much worst. Industries and businesses like hotels, restos, pharmacies fire up their own (diesel/gas) generators to make their business going. Of course, no client will stay on a hot unventilated hotel room without lights. Candle lit dinners are romantic but its not romantic on a candle lit dinner on a brownout. You can't even see your food nor your date. To make much worst, pollution from these generators fumes up the streets.

One solution of homes and businesses here is to use solar kits. Homes use basic solar kits that can power CFL or LED bulbs and charge a cellphone. Thats why we need Baron Solar Kit(s).

Photo courtesy from Adtel Website

Baron Solar Kits are not only for lighting up during (rotational) brownouts. We can use it also for calamities and disasters; on the road or campsite or even on a home garden. In short, this kit is not limited to emergencies, this kit is also best to lessen power consumption, here's my ideas:

  • To power up a study lamp, a laptop during nights of work or study.
  • To charge up our gadgets like laptops, tablets and phones.
  • To light up dark areas in our home or room.
  • To light up bulbs outdoors like garden, garage/carport at night.
  • To power rural or remote areas like mountain and seas. Farmers will now have lights on their sheds and fishermen will not attract fishes to their boats.
The most important of all, we will not use fire hazard candles or kerosene lanterns saving our and our neighbors' lives and properties.

To make the story short, we all need Baron Solar Kits not just for emergency purposes but also to save lives, property and of course power consumption. It can lessen the pollution too since it will lessen the use of generators.


To get to know more about Baron Solar Kits, visit their website

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bon Appetea is Now Open to Serve

18 July 2014
Bon Appetea
G/f South Concourse
Limketkai Mall

Bon Appetea - a revolution in tea - is now open to serve us milk tea lovers in South Concourse (near Rotonda) of the Limketkai Mall.

In less than a few minutes of opening, crowd turned customers and they all love it. Their bestseller is Nirvana - Assam Black Tea and Wintermelon but being the chocoholic, I ordered Dutch Dream - Assam Black Tea and Dark Chocolate. I paired it with Belgian Chocolate Waffle Sandwich. Sorry I dont have a very appetizing photo of my meal.

They are not only intro milk teas, they also have fries and waffles. So come one come all mga higala to Bon Appetea. Lastly, I recommend their "Monster Combo" for those big tea drinkers.


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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tigerair Philippines Inaugural MNL-CGY-MNL Flight

15 July 2014
Languindingan Airport (CGY)
Languindingan, Misamis Oriental

On this day marks another milestone for Tigerair Philippines as they inaugurated their flights Manila to Cagayan de Oro and vice versa. Flight DG7804 started from Manila's NAIA Terminal 4 (the old domestic airport) at 10:00am and arrived here in Laguindingan Airport at 11:30am.

Before the said flight arrived. Tigerair Philippines offered a simple program. Speeches from different sector s as they welcome with a joyful heart for this Inaugural flight.

Tigerair Philippines’ Head of Corporate Affairs Atty. Leilani de Leon
Tigerair Philippines’ Head of Corporate Affairs Atty. Leilani de Leon welcomed the guests on behalf of Tigerair. She also said that soon they will launch Cebu-Cagayan de Oro-Cebu flights.

President of Cagayan de Oro Hotel, Resorts and Restaurant Association (COHARA) Ms. Nelia Lee
President of Cagayan de Oro Hotel, Resorts and Restaurant Association (COHARA) Ms. Nelia Lee said with Tigerair’s launching Laguindingan Airport now have 18 daily flights that can boost the Cagayan de Oro City's and Misamis Oriental's Hospitality and Tourism Sector.

Department of Tourism Region Ten Officer Ms. Ma. Elena Manalo
Department of Tourism Region Ten Officer Ms. Ma. Elena Manalo agrees with Ms. Lee and they are both enthusiastic for international flights to and from this airport. "CGY to/from Singapore or Hong Kong" she added.

Laguindingan Airport Authority Manager Mr. Jose Budiongan
Laguindingan Airport Authority Manager Mr. Jose Budiongan said that the flights does add to pursuing the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) vision "The future is in the skies". "Fly high, Laguindingan Airport!" he added in a cheer.

The Inaugural Speaker was the honorable Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano.

The governor reiterates that he will support anyone that can help the province's economy and tourism growth. "Mis Or has 50 five-zero waterfalls and we are developing it as a tourist attraction" he added.

After the governor's speech, Tigerair represented by Atty. de Leon awarded a round trip ticket (CGY-MNL-CGY) to Mr. Kenneth Osip the lucky passenger who is the first to check in for the CGY-MNL flight DG7805.

All the said VIPs are asked to gather for the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the launch of flight DG7805 (CGY-MNL) which is scheduled to leave this airport at 12:30pm.

At last! Flight DG7804 (MNL-CGY) has arrived. They utilized an Airbus A320-232 with a seating capacity of 180 passengers.

RP-C5319 an Airbus A320-232
After the disembarkation, Gate 2 is opened for the passengers of flight DG7805.


We too can experience Tigerair Philippines. Book your flights at and look for the blue plane icon or flights that starts at "DG". Have a great and pleasant flight.

Bon Appetea will Open their CDO Branch

Yes mga higala, Bon Appetea - a revolution in tea - will open its doors for us Kagayan-ons on July 18, 2014.

Photo taken from Bon Appetea's Official Facebook Page
They are located in 1st Level South Concourse of the Limketkai Mall. Milk Tea,Fruit Tea, Yakult Tea, Frappes, Salt and Cheese, Waffles and Fries, all under one shop.

Save the date mga higala and see you there.

Like also their Facebook page

HIGALAAY: The Kagay-an Festival 2014 Core Activities

Mga Higala! Here are the list of Core Activities for the Kagay-an Festival 2014 to honor the City's Patron Saint Augustine of Hippo.

Photo from CDO Info Net Facebook Page

Mindanao Fashion Summit
August 8 to 10, 2014
1:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Limketkai Rotonda
Co-organized by Oro Fashion Designers Guild.

Kumbira, the country's longest-running culinary show
August 13 to 15, 2014
10:00 am
Limketkai Mall Atrium
Organize by COHARA and Department of Tourism-10.

Garden Show & Agri Fair
August 8 to 31, 2014
Gaston Park
Organized by Flori Cultura de Oro and Agricultural Productivity Office.

Kagay-an Festival Marathon
August 17, 2014
3:00 am
at Centrio Mall
Organized by Circle Productions

Cowboy Festival: 10th Annual Cagayan de Oro Horse Show
August 22 to 24, 2014
Roa Property, P.N. Roa Avenue
Organized by the Cagayan de Oro Horsemen, Inc.

Kahimunan Northern Mindanao 2014 the food and lifestyle show
August 23 to 30, 2014
Organized by the Department of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental

Miss Cagayan de Oro 2014 Coronation Night
August 23, 2014
7:00 pm
Limketkai Center Atrium
Organize by JCI Bai Lawanen

Street Dancing: Cagayan de Oro Carnival
August 24, 2014
Organized by City Tourism Council

P.E. Rhythmic Dance Competition
August 25, 2014
7:00 am
Pelaez Sports Center
Organized by DepED, City Schools Division, DOT-10

Kagay-an Pyro Festival
August 25, 2014
9:00 pm
Organized by SM City Mall

Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons and Civic Military Parade
August 27, 2014
7:00 am
Rodelsa Circle to Limketkai Center
Co-organized by Artists and Cultural Workers of Cagayan de Oro.

There will be 2 Religious Processions:

The Street Procession
August 28, 2014
6:00 am
St. Augustine Cathedral
Organize by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and Safer River Lifesaver Foundation, Inc. of Liceo de Cagayan University.

The Fluvial Parade
August 28, 2014
10:00 am
Macabalan to Duaw Kagay-an Park


Special Thanks to Cagayan de Oro Information Network and

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Islands Souvenirs Introduces “I Heart CDO” Campaign in Special Launch Event at Centrio Mall

This July 19, Islands Souvenirs launches ‘I Heart CDO’ campaign together with the new store at Centrio Mall. The second store in just two months with more underway, Islands Souvenirs’ new campaign focuses on promoting CDO and its tourism.

The launch event kicks off with a special Fashion Show that will put the brand’s bestselling shirts under the spotlight. The show features the city’s hottest models dressed in different Islands Souvenirs shirts and looks from casual to glam, sports to street and everything in between. More than just an ordinary souvenir shirt, the brand’s ‘I Heart’ line is also a fashion statement that gives the wearer the opportunity to show their pride and love for CDO. The shirts’ different colours and graphics can be mixed, matched, customised and personalised to suit different lifestyles and personalities.

The Fashion Show and Launch Event will be capped off with the introduction of Islands Souvenirs ‘I Heart CDO’ Brand Ambassadors. Catch true-blue Kagay-anons strut their stuff on the catwalk and express their pride and love for Cagayan de Oro.

“The ‘I Heart’ campaign focuses on love and pride of place. Cagayan de Oro is a great tourist destination with different kinds of attractions, adventures, places, flavors and colors that Kagayan-ons can be proud to call their very own. The campaign gives tourists and visitors more compelling reasons to visit, taste, experience and enjoy the best of CDO,” says Jay Aldeguer Founder and CEO of The Islands Group.

The ‘I Heart CDO’ campaign features proud Kagay-anons, local CDO personalities from different walks of life including Irene Aserios, Joji Ferrer, Nicole Abas-Datayan, Chingkee Te, Gil Macaibay III, Maxine Monasterio, Desiree Lim, Jeminah Ferrer, Kyle Jennermann, Nadine Legaspi, Awi Chaves, Francis Velasquez and RB Banaag. Get to know your ‘I Heart CDO’ Brand Ambassadors better at the I Heart Cagayan De Oro Fashion Show. Don’t miss out on this exciting event!

Through the years, the brand has become the leading brand of premium-quality souvenirs in the Philippines. With over 80 outlets nationwide strategically located in the country’s top tourist destinations, Islands Souvenirs continues to strengthen its brand identity and position by giving customers a vibrant shopping experience, best-quality products at affordable prices, innovative and creative concepts, exceptional customer service and exciting events. Visit the Islands Souvenirs Store along the East Concourse of Limketkai Center and 2F of Centrio Mall. Like us on Facebook

Tonkatsu by Terazawa's Chef's Speciaty Katsu

10 June 2014
Tonkatsu by Terazawa
G/f Centrio Mall
Roa-Recto, Cagayan de Oro City

Before I share to you the Katsu varieties of  Chef Terazawa, let me share to you the secret behind every katsu he made.

Curing Kurobuta Pork for Kurobuta Rosu Katsu
Chef Terazawa prepares and cooks tonkatsu using the traditional method. The secret is on the curing of pork cutlets by wrapping it in white cloth for three days before cooking it with fresh bread crumbs.

Curing Iberico Pork for Iberico Katsu
Now that we know his secret let us now know the specialties, first stop is the Hire (hee-re) Katsu. "Hire" means pork fillet.

Hire Katsu Set
Taste = 4/5. Looks = 5/5. Serving = 4/5. Price = good.

Next is Rosu Katsu. "Rosu" means pork loin and expect to have a little pork fat. Tonkatsu by Terazawa uses local pork for the Hire and Rosu Katsu Sets. But there is one variety that made Rosu katsu set more yummy, the Kurobuta Rosu Katsu.

Kurobuta Rosu Katsu Set

Kurobuta is a Japanese Berkshire Black Pig. Tonkatsu by Terazawa only uses the imported pork from Japan for this set. Taste = 5/5. Looks = 5/5. Serving = 5/5. Price = good.

Last stop before our dessert is the best (for me) of them all. The Iberico Kastsu. We all know that Jamon Iberico is one of the tastiest and one of the most expensive type of ham from an Iberian Black Pig. Tonkatsu by Terazawa uses the same type of pork for this katsu which they imported from Spain.

Iberico Katsu Set
Taste = 7/5. Looks = 5/5. Serving = 5/5. Price = best.

All Katsu Sets have: shredded cabbage, a bowl of rice, 2 side dishes and a bowl of miso soup. As promised lets go now to our dessert. Each katsu will definitely bring you to Japan with this Frozen Green Tea.

Green Tea Ice Cream and meringue :"> so yummy. Taste = 6/5. Looks = 6/5. Serving = 6/5. Price = best


Tonkatsu by Terazawa is located in the ground floor of Centrio Mall. They share a space with her sister company Italianis.

Nominations for Cagayan de Oro's Best in Lifestyle is ON

The Mindanao Gold Star Daily's Urban Life is on search for Cagayan de Oro's Best in Lifestyle.

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In line with this, they are now accepting nominees on different categories:

Best Burger
Best Pizza
Best Delicacy in CDO
Best Dessert
Best Filipino Cuisine
Best Club
Hotel of the Year
Best Hotspot in CDO
Best Fashion Team
Photographer of the Year
Designer of the Year
Hair and Make-Up Artist of the Year
Stylist of the Year
Freestyle Rapper of CDO
Blogger of the Year
Person of the Year

For nominations and other inquiries,
Please contact us with these following numbers:


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tigerair Philippines' will now fly to Cagayan de Oro

Tigerair Philippines (operated by Cebu Pacific Air) will commence flight from Manila (MNL) to Cagayan de Oro City (CGY) starting this July 15, 2014.

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Designated as Flight DGJ 7804 will leave Manila at 10:00am and it will arrive in Laguindingan Airport by 11:30am. It's return  flight DG 7805 will leave by 12:30pm and will arrive 2:00 pm in Manila. Tigerair Philippines flights will continue to be operated out of the NAIA Terminal 4, while Cebu Pacific flights will remain to be at NAIA Terminal 3.

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