Monday, February 26, 2018

Karr Jackson Uptown Branch now Ready to Serve

Karr Jackson, the most realiable automotive shop in Northeren Mindanao, opens its 3rd CdeO branch in Uptown CDO. Conveniently located at Masterson Ave, (near) corner Macapagal Blvd, Upper Carmen. its between Xavier University's SEARSOLIN Campus and SM CDO Uptown.

The opening ceremonies was themed "big boys' playground". as we all know, automotive and its care is one of the big boys' hobby and toys.

As of this moment, this branch is the biggest car care shop in Northern Mindanao. Its the 3rd here in CdeO after Gusa and downtown CdeO. Of course, opening this biggest shop should be a "blast" and it did. Fun games, huge discounts, great deals, best food and drinks catered by Bigby's are just some of the highlights of the event.

Karr Jackson is open Monday to Saturdays 8am until 5pm. Their lounge is also spacious enough with free wifi and coffee while waiting as expert mechanics and technicians will attend to your care care needs.

head now to Kar Jackson Uptown for your car's well deserved treatments and pampering :D see you there mga higala

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Smart provides CDO students emergency response training

PLDT wireless unit Smart Communications has organized an emergency response and management training for students of University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines in Cagayan de Oro City (USTP-CDO).

The whole-day workshop was a “training of trainers” that equipped the students with skills to be able to conduct their own preparedness lessons for members of their communities.

The activity is part of the company’s Tropang Ready program, a nationwide caravan of Smart’s TNT brand, which tours schools in the Philippines to teach the youth and their friends (tropa) the importance of disaster preparedness.

TNT Tropang Ready is an initiative under Smart’s advocacy for a #SafePH, which promotes preparedness through mobile solutions and on-ground activities to help communities mitigate disaster risks.

Last year, a large population of USTP-CDO students were stranded inside their campus as heavy rains and neck-deep flooding hit the city. A few weeks later, more than 2,000 students attended the TNT Tropang Ready disaster preparedness caravan initiated by Smart at their university. The event featured talks and disaster preparedness lessons by emergency management experts and representatives from the local government, disaster risk reduction and management office, University of the Philippines Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (UP Noah) Center, and Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), among other organizations.

For the training of trainers activity, which was the second phase of the Tropang Ready program, Smart tapped the expertise of Louie Domingo and Tan Palma of Emergency Management Center. They taught the participants how to prepare for and what to do during typhoons, earthquakes, landslides and tsunamis, among other calamities.

Sir Louie Domingo demonstrating the proper "duck-cover-hold"
Among the lessons they taught the students were first aid and self-defense techniques, and pointers on how to assemble a “Go Bag” or an “e-Balde,” an emergency kit meant to help an individual or a family survive the next few days following a calamity. The kit included canned food, water, flashlight, batteries, cell phone and an umbrella, among other essentials.

Attendees were likewise tapped to be part of the Tropang Ready community on Facebook, where they could meet online with members of other Tropang Ready schools and share ideas on preparedness and response efforts in their own areas, among other topics.

A student tries her hand at using a fire extinguisher during the
TNT Tropang Ready “training of trainers” activity at USTP-CDO
The young members of the society play an important role in disaster preparedness, according to Ramon R. Isberto, PLDT and Smart public affairs head. “They have the mobility, the skills, the technological know-how—they have what it takes to spread the culture of preparedness,” Isberto said.

“TNT Tropang Ready aims to turn the youth into ambassadors of preparedness in their own communities,” said Smart community partnerships senior manager Nova Concepcion. “We are also working to help include disaster preparedness in the educational curriculum,” she said, noting that the goal of the workshop was to enable the students to conduct trainings in their own communities as part of their school’s extension program.

Bela Padilla Visited CdeO for the Centrio Art Tents

In celebration of the National Arts Month and of course the Love Month, Centrio Mall is having an arts expo called "Centrio Art Tents". The concept of the expo is to showcase the participants arts like paintings, calligraphy and other DIY projects.

As an added highlight to the event, Centrio Mall brought actress Miss Bela Padilla, who is also a budding artist. Many mall goers had the chance to meet and greet her. Im so happy to be part of it.

Miss Bela shared her artistic talents in this mini show. after some intros, she did one poem reading which she wrote. If I am not mistaken (yes i dearly not sure of this; just comment below if im wrong) the poem was part of her current movie "Meet me in St Gallen".

after the poem reading, she rendered a song while playing the ukulele with CDO's very own Kagay-an Ukulele Underground.

after these, she gave a rare chance to meet and greet the lucky patrons: selfies, gift giving to miss Bela, autograph signing.

Once again, thank you so much Centrio Mall and it's marketing team for making this event possible. wishing for more of these soon.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Vjandep Ventures Inc. is now serving Cagayan de Oro

12 February 2018

We all know and we all love Vjandep's Pastels - buns filled with yema or the other 14- 16 varieties. but less we know about the stories behind its success both of the company and its family, the Jose Family.

Vjandep's first box for their pastel during 1980's

The Vjandep Pastels all started with a dream. Mother Eleanor once asked her children what they dream to become when they grow up. "Doctor". "Pilot". "Scientist". The children answered one by one. The mother's heart was touched by their dreams but worried on the other side for their current income won't be sufficient to make their dreams come true. As all parents would do, they lifted all up to the heavens and the Lord provided. they started the Vjandep bakeshop with a 120 pesos (1980's) initial capital. bought flour and other ingredients in small portion of less than a kilogram each then baked in a make shift oven then sold on the streets of Camiguin province. with all blessings from above and hard working employees and of the family, they now become one of the best bakeshop in Camiguin and here in Cagayan de Oro. and ohh, as for the children's dream? they also fulfilled it: Industrial Physician; Commercial Jet Pilot; and a Gastronomic Chef (scientist of food and culture) to be exact.

Jose Family announcing the Vjandep Ventures Inc.
(l-r) Chairperson Eleanor; CEO Dr. Viel; and CFO chef Elvie

The Vjandep Ventures Inc., true to its name, now have three other ventures: "Gasa" the marketing arm and the pasalubong store of Vjandep pastries; "Samuel" is an event catering and restaurant for Ba'ay; and "Ba'ay" is a hotel in Camiguin. all of these ventures are all started in Camiguin and now, they are slowly offering it all here in Cagayan de Oro.

"Gasa" in CdeO

Vjandep does not only produce pastels but they are also offering a wide variety of pastries and goodies. Cheesesticks, breadsticks, siopao, crinkles are just some of its best sellers. as anounced in the presscon, Vjandep is the manufacturing side and "Gasa" is the name of the store that will market not only Vjandep products but also pasalubong goodies of other SMEs who doesn't  have a physical store or shop. 

Gasa, have two branches here in CdeO: Tiano Street and in Iligan-CdeO Road in Bulua.

Samuel by Vjandep in Camiguin. Photo taken last Sept 2017

"Samuel" and "Ba'ay"

Samuel by Vjandep is a Restaurant, kitchen and caterer for "Ba'ay" in Camiguin. as for here in CdeO, since Samuel doesn't have (yet) a physical restaurant, they are now open for catering services and food trays. for more information, visit Gasa Bulua branch.

"Ba'ay" ventured for Hotel and Hospitality service. They are not yet available here in CdeO but in Camiguin, it is one of the sought after place to stay. hotel, restaurant and a pasalubong center all in one place, defenitly a tourist heaven. I'll surely go back to Camiguin for this.

let me end this article with another Vjandep triva.

Vjandep come from the parents initials "VJ" for the father and "EP" for the mother's maiden name and just added '"and" in the middle. at that time when "hastags" is still not in use. they are using that name as their hashtag. Father is also in the army and used it as his "code name" in all of his military operations. the name brought luck and blessings to him, he even evaded an ambush to name one of his luck, thus they also used that name in their business since they felt the lucky side is on that name. 

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

Best Valentine's Day Ideas outside Cagayan de Oro

Hi there mga higala. last post was within CdeO. for this post let me share to you some of Valentine's Day Date Ideas outside Cagayan de Oro. well, let's face it, sometime we like for some out of town romantic getaways and roadtrips. and as usual, this list is arranged in any (no particular) order.

1) Apple Tree Resort and Hotel, Opol, Misamis Oriental

Romance By the Bay, A Valentine Buffet Dinner at P499 per head.

Celebrate a wide selection of exquisite menu with a glass of red wine and live entertainment on Valentine's Day. See poster for details.

2) Sophie Red Hotel and Onshore Restaurant, Jasaan, Misamis Oriental

We would like to invite everyone for a night of Music & Romance @ SophieRed Hotel & Onshore Restaurant on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 @ 6:30 pm.

There will be a dinner buffet by the pool for two P1,300 & dinner buffet for two plus deluxe accommodation for P4,000. An Acoustic Band will be serenading you.

"Best Couple of the Night" will be chosen & will receive a one night stay at SophieRed Hotel with complimentary breakfast for two.


For inquiries, reservations & bookings you may call at +639053565769 & look for Ms. Dawn Ponferrada Adlawan

3) Ultra Winds Mountain Resort, Baungon, Bukidnon

Calling all couples this Valentine's Day!

Spoil your Valentine with a special dining experience at Winds. Book now! Call 0918-850-2222, 0917-708-6215. Limited seats only.

4) Double M Hotel, Valencia City, Bukidnon

Dine & Relax...

Celebrate your Valentine's Day at Double M Hotel & enjoy sumptuous dinner at Roadhouse Cafe Grandhall and Courtyard, Patag, Bagontaas Valencia City Bukidnon

For inquiries & reservation:
Call 0917 1197646
Message us on our facebook page Double M Hotel Valencia City
Email us

My top 5 Valentine's Day Date Ideas within Cagayan de Oro

Hi there mga higala!!! sorry for not updating my blog site for as much as possible but im now getting into gear. so let me share to you some wonderful ideas how to spend this love day which is just in a week. before that, let me also remind that this list is arranged in any (no particular) order. and all photos/artworks are NOT MINE. 

1) Dine and Staycation at Seda Centrio


Promotion Run: February 14, 2018

PHP 770 nett per person
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Misto, 4th Floor

PHP 2,200 nett per couple
6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sinamay Room, 4th Floor


Promotion Run: February 13-18, 2018

Deluxe Room - PHP 5,000 nett
Club Room - PHP 6,000 nett
Premier Room - PHP 7,000 nett

- Daily buffet breakfast for two (2)
- Complimentary WiFi, use of the pool and gym
- Complimentary Centrio Mall Cinema tickets for two (2)
- One (1) bottle of wine
- Special Valentine-themed token
- Access to the Club Lounge for Club and Premier guests.

2) Romantic Dinner at the waterpark

Ahoy, me loves! It's the first day of the month of love!

Experience Seven Seas Waterpark like never before. Surprise your loved one to a romantic Valentine's evening by the Buccaneer Bay Wavepool with a sumptuous dinner buffet carefully curated by the Seven Seas Chefs and reminisce to a beautiful acoustic serenade of all your favorite love songs! Tag who you want to spend this night with.

Yer ladies will get 1 long stemmed rose from our Pirates and a photo souvenir to remember this very special night. 
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LIMITED SLOTS ONLY. Reserve your tables at 0917-677-7667

3) Have lunch first in Cucina Higala or Thai Me Up

Celebrate Valentine’s day here in Cucina Higala as we present an exclusive set menu highlighting Mindanao's heritage cuisine.

At P599/ person. Now to help you set the perfect ambiance for an unforgettably romantic day we have our guest pianist and violinist Sir Dave Alba and Sir John Carl Alrecha.

LIMITED tickets only.

Together with your date, spice things up this February 14 at Thai Me Up's Khwam Rak, a Valentine Lunch and Dinner Buffet.

For only P499/person. With our new Thai-inspired interiors, we got the perfect ambiance and authentic culinary delights waiting for you. LIMITED tickets only.

4) Watch a concert to set the mood up before heading to a dinner

Catch Xavier Philharmonia serenade you this February; the month of love as we perform pieces at the XU Little Theater.

Tickets will be available at the XU Bookstore for Php75.00.

February 14| 7:30PM
February 17| 7:30PM

5) Speaking of String Concert, here's another one. both dinner and concerto in one

get serenaded by the Lourdes College Strings at our special dinner buffet!!

HURRY! Talk to us at 09173124563-64

There you have it mga higala, i hope you will start calling those lines to get the tickets for your special someone. as for me, i already got my reservations too so i hope you will say hi when you see me in one, well, make that two, of these events. you wanna know who will be my date? dont worry, ill FB live it hehehehehehe

see you there mga higala!!!