Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Marinela Neri-Velez String Program

I am also a lover of orchestral music most specialy in strings: violin, viola and cello. Do you remember the string quartet "bond"? ( That's my kind of music and when an orchestra made me cry or even teary, it means that orchestra is good. So when I heard that there is a budding and blooming orchestra here in Cagayan de Oro City I rushed to see and hear them play and to my surprise majority of the string players are kids.

For what I heard, the Marinela Neri-Velez String Program is a 10-year program that aims to build up a very first Philharmonic Orchestra here in Cagayan de Oro City: for the first 2 years is to build the strings section; then on the next 2 years is to build the wind (both woodwind and brass) section; then another 2 years for the percussion section; and then the last 4 years will be the merging of all sections.

All the players came from different ages and schools. The first time I heard them played was in Limketkai Luxe Hotel. They played Christmas carols for all the Hotel's guest at the lobby and they really played well. As I continue to listen I seen familiar faces. Agoi! Its our good friends in a renewal community. It turns out that their niece is one of the violinist.

Here is a sample of their performance under the Baton of Ms. Anna dela Fuente.

When I shared this to my wife, she said that her student is also part of the program, she is a violinist too. From that day on, the mom of her student promised that she will update us in their public performances. True to her promised, she invited us to see her daughter perform, this time it was last 28th of December 2015 in Limketkai Mall's Event Center.

My wife and I would like to congratulate The Marinela Neri-Velez String Program for a very successful program and public performances. We are hoping to see and hear from you once more. To all kid performers, Job well done! keep it up guys!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Seda Trees of Christmas

For the first time Seda Centrio sponsored not one but eight Christmas Trees for the delight of its guest and clients. Located along the lobby area in front of Misto Restaurant.

Eight trees made and designed by (various) Cagayan de Oro personalities as follows:

Ms. Gigi Lazaga, owner of Santuary Beauty Care and Wellness Spa.

Dr. Emily Ravalo-Ceballos, a family doctor.

Ms. Cathy Tan, owner and president of Cheding Peanuts.

Ms. Angela Paras, owner of Gazebo (in velez st.)

Ms. Michelle Fransisco, Advocate of "soap for hope" and philanthropist

P/B Jay Roa Pascual, Current Barangay Captain

Mother and Daughter tandem Ms. Bebotte Chu and Ms. Catherine Chu, Editors of Mindanao Gold Star Daily (newspaper)

and lastly, from Esmerina and Patrick Gabutina

Take selfies with the trees! While you are there, check out all Christmas promos! I heard that they have Room Rate Promos, Buffets and alot more for us to enjoy the holiday season.

These Trees are up for public viewing until the 25th of December so come to Seda Centrio now!

Cebu Pacific Air Gets More International Flights

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), granted additional entitlements to Cebu Pacific Air (PSE: CEB), for international routes:

Manila to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
  • Seven more Flights to any UAE destinations from Manila.
  • Currently CEB have daily Manila-Dubai-Manila Flights
From various points in the Philippines direct flights to Taipei, Taiwan
  • Caticlan
  • Clark
  • Davao
  • Puerto Princesa
  • Tagbilaran
From various points in the Philippines direct flights to Kaohshiung, Taiwan
  • Caticlan
  • Cebu
CEB was also designated as an official Philippine carrier to Russia thrice weekly flights each:
  • Manila-Moscow-Manila
  • Manila-Vladivostok-Manila

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In the same board meeting, CAB approved CEB’s request to be designated as an official carrier under the ASEAN Multilateral Agreement on Air Services (MAAS). As soon as the Philippines completes the ratification of the relevant protocols of the MAAS, CEB will be able to operate unlimited flights between capital cities within the ASEAN region.

“We sincerely thank and commend the members of the Civil Aeronautics Board for enabling Philippine carriers such as Cebu Pacific to expand operations to key international destinations. We’ve always maintained that traffic rights are valuable resources that must be rationally allocated to carriers that are willing and able to utilize and operate flights. We look forward to mounting additional flights to meet the growing travel demand in communities we serve, and opening new routes to stimulate travel in emerging markets,” said Atty. JR Mantaring, CEB VP for Corporate Affairs.

CEB offers flights to a network of over 90 routes on 60 destinations, spanning Sydney, Dubai, Doha, Bali, and Tokyo (Narita). On December 17, 2015, the airline launched three new routes: Manila – Fukuoka, Cebu – Taipei, and Davao – Singapore. It is also slated to launch direct flights from Manila to Guam, its first US destination, on March 15, 2016.

For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit or call (02)7020-888 or (032)230-8888. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB’s official Facebook and Twitter pages. Guests may download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.

CEB’s 55-strong fleet is comprised of 8 Airbus A319, 33 Airbus A320, 6 Airbus A330 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. It is one of the most modern aircraft fleets in the world.

Between 2016 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 5 more brand-new Airbus A320, 30 Airbus A321neo, and 16 ATR 72-600 aircraft.

Monday, December 07, 2015

Go Hotels to Give Exciting Prizes this Christmas Season

Are you a Facebook and/or Instagram user? If yes, then you are on your way to winning amazing prizes from Go Hotels for the whole month of December. Indeed, a wonderful way to kick-start this Christmas Season!

Every other day from December 1 to 24, 2015, Go Hotels will be announcing a surprise gift for every Juan. That's 12 prizes up for grabs in total!

All you have to do is like their official Facebook page ( or follow their Instagram account (gohotels_ph) and share or repost the photo of the prize of the day with the caption “On the _____ day of #JuanderfulGiveaways I hope Go Hotels will give me a _____!"

Participating Juans have only until the next day to share the post which means if the post goes out on December 1st, entries shared and/or posted until 11:59 PM of December 2nd will be counted.

Participants may only share or repost each picture once on their Facebook and/or Instagram. However, they can join as many times as they wish throughout the promo but may only win once.

All the winners will be picked through a computerized randomizer and will be collectively announced on December 28, Monday. Winners will be contacted by January 4, 2016 and will have until March 31, 2016 to claim their prizes.

Winners shall be responsible in claiming or pick up of their prize at Go Hotels' Head Office at Ortigas Center, Pasig City. If winner can't claim the prize personally, he/she may authorize someone to claim on his/her behalf.

Every Juan is invited to avail this once-in-a-lifetime Christmas season promo from Go Hotels. What are you waiting for? Visit their official Facebook page and Instagram account for more details.

Friday, December 04, 2015

Exciting Biscoff Biscoveries for Christmas

It is once again the sweetest time of the year and making the holidays even sweeter is Europe’s favorite cookie with coffee, Biscoff. An original from Belgium, Biscoff is spreading its sweetness in Manila. Long known as the perfect partner for any coffee break, Biscoff is now also being introduced as the perfect culinary partner.

Just in time for the holidays, Biscoff gives away easy to make, do-it-yourself recipes that are perfect for the holiday season. Whether to use as gifts or as holiday party treats, Biscoff offers delightful bites that everyone will enjoy making at home.

Rice Crispy Treats with Biscoff Spread

With only 15 minutes preparation time, Rice Cripsy Treats with Biscoff Spread is easy to make and has minimal ingredients.

· 3 tablespoons butter
· 1/3 cup of Biscoff spread
· 1 10 oz. package of about 40 regular marshmallows or 4 cups of miniature marshmallows
· 6 cups rice crispy cereal

1. Melt butter and Biscoff Spread in large non-stick saucepan over low heat.
2. Add marshmallow and stir until completely melted.
3. Mix in rice crispy cereal, stir until well coated.
4. Spread the mixture using a buttered spatula or waxed paper evenly into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray.
5. Cut into 2-inch squares when cool.

No-Bake Biscoff Bars

A unique treat to give away during the season because of its right mix of creamy and crunchy, this will surely be a hit.

· 2 cups powdered sugar
· 2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs
· 1 cup melted unsalted butter
· 1 cup Biscoff spread
· 1 ½ large dark chocolate bars
· 4 tablespoons Biscoff spread


1. In a large bowl, mix the powdered sugar and graham cracker crumbs. In a separate bowl, mix the butter and a cup of Biscoff spread, pour over the dry ingredients, and mix to combine.
2. Press the crust into a 9 x 9 pan that’s lined with parchment paper for the ease of removal later. Use a pastry roller or hand-press into pan.
3. Next, break the chocolate bar into bite-size chunks. Place in a small microwave – proof bowl and cover with the 4 tablespoons of Biscoff. Microwave in 30-second segments, stirring in between until smooth. Pour over the Biscoff layer and use an offset spatula to smooth over.
4. Allow to set for at least an hour before cutting.

With these Biscoff Biscoveries, the holidays will really be a treat.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Monster Kitchen's Food Bazaar Season 3

Yes mga higala, on its 3rd year, Monster Kitchen brings back one of Cagayan de Oro's biggers food event of the season, The Monster Kitchen Food Bazaar.

This years food bazaar have more stalls from different Monsterprenuers. These monsterprenuers exhibitors are those who gained certificates in Diploma Courses or Lifestyle Courses or both. Who knows, you might find the right monsterpreuer to cater for you wedding or other life treasured event. While you are there, buy some raffle tickets for a chance to win an electric oven that can jump start your baking skills.

Besides for the yummy goodies that being exhibited, they will also give baking and cooking demos for us to gain more knowledge and confidence in the kitchen. Personally, I am very interested to learn how to make ham which will be demonstrated by Chef Cathy Dano at around 4pm. For more sweetness for the upcoming noche buena and media noche Chef Geni Labadan and Chef Mon Cardenas will demonstrate how to make Meringue Cake and Cream Puff (respectively). For the kids, Chef Khoki Saavendra will have 3 batches of Cookie Decorating Workshop making this bazaar perfect for barkada and families.

See you on December 3 mga higala, dont forget, Centrio Activity Center whole day today until 8pm.