There is an ongoing campaign now by Caritas Philippines called “I Vote God”, “I Vote Good” and we add to that campaign now with “Let’s Vote Peace!” This is intrinsically related in the sense that Peace with God, with oneself, with others and with creation is one and interrelated.  Since peace is integral, this too relates well with the theme for Mindanao Week of Peace: “Interfaith Unity Inspiring Health Protocols.”… Continue reading... “VOTE FOR PEACE”

Cucina Higala Celebrates Grateful Fifth

Cagayan de Oro’s signature restaurant of Mindanao Heritage Dishes is five years old, and looking forward to more decades of furthering its cause to bring the Culinary Patrimony of the island to the rest of the Philippines and the world.

During a simple program and lighting ceremony of the restaurant’s Christmas tree commemorating the event, Jan Michael Uy, president and CEO of the TFC Group which owns and manages Cucina Higala spoke of their gratitude in reaching the milestone.… Continue reading... “Cucina Higala Celebrates Grateful Fifth”

Oro White Water Rafting seeks New Normal reset

The global pandemic lockdown last year virtually shut down business enterprises worldwide, and Cagayan de Oro’s white water rafting industry was no exception.

Already attracting over 20,000 a year from all over the Philippines and the world, the self-styled Whitewater Rafting Capital in the Philippines, claims to be the only location in the country where guests can enjoy rafting any time of the year.… Continue reading... “Oro White Water Rafting seeks New Normal reset”

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: TEASCAPE keeps chill in pandemic as Zoomer UwU brew

In less than two years, start-up TEASCAPE weathered the global pandemic which cast millions of small businesses by the wayside, to emerge as one of the success stories for freshmen entrepreneurs in Cagayan de Oro City.

“I started Teascape in March 2020, just about when the global pandemic lockdown started,” said budding businesswoman Danica Sudaria, 23, who admits to having a hankering for milk tea and savory snacks, on top of a passion for business.… Continue reading... “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree: TEASCAPE keeps chill in pandemic as Zoomer UwU brew”

Tripping the fish fantastic of Macajalar Bay

“Fish is held out to be one of the greatest luxuries  of the table and not only necessary, but even indispensable at all dinners where there is any pretence of excellence or fashion.”
Isabella Beeton (1836-1865)

The people of Misamis Oriental, including its three cities of Cagayan de Oro, Gingoog and El Salvador, enjoy a wide variety of fishes from the waters off its coastline and the many rivers that feed the Iligan, Macajalar and Gingoog Bays.… Continue reading... “Tripping the fish fantastic of Macajalar Bay”

Mysteries of that Quaint House along Sayre Highway, Bukidnon

Malaybalay City, Bukidnon –  Travelers along the Sayre Highway going from Malaybalay to Valencia and vice versa have long been curious about this mysterious house at Barangay Cabangahan near Bancud, with its man and animal sculptures and baroque architecture.

According to Levi Ann Pacana Babas, contrary to popular belief, the house was actually built in the late 1950s and was originally called “Casa Alegre”, though it has long been known to residents as “Torre ni David”.… Continue reading... “Mysteries of that Quaint House along Sayre Highway, Bukidnon”

Displaced journalists reinvent themselves in digital media

Even before the global pandemic became full-blow, many journalists all over the country were already finding themselves out of work as social media displaced many community newspapers, and no less than 11,000 workers found themselves jobless with the closure of ABS-CBN.

However, being journalists and by nature resourceful, it did not take long for some to reinvent themselves in digital media, without straying far from their passion for telling stories.… Continue reading... “Displaced journalists reinvent themselves in digital media”

31st Anniversary of the 1990 Mindanao crisis

October 4, 2021 is the 31st Anniversary of the 1990 Mindanao Crisis, better known hereabouts as the Alexander Noble Mutiny.

It was counted as the seventh of the 1986-1990 coup attempts against the government of President Corazon C. Aquino and lasted from October 4-6, 1990 in the Northern Mindanao cities of Butuan, Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.… Continue reading... “31st Anniversary of the 1990 Mindanao crisis”

Don’t Open the Door after Midnight

Shortly after I got married in 1985, I worked as a medical representative for a German-based pharmaceutical company with Cagayan de Oro City, Bukidnon, Eastern Misamis Oriental and Gingoog City as my assigned territory.

I would make my rounds of Cagayan de Oro for two weeks, take a week long trip to cover Eastern Misamis Oriental and Gingoog City, and another week for Bukidnon from Manolo Fortich to Kibawe.… Continue reading... “Don’t Open the Door after Midnight”

Dragon Lord of the Mahangub Highlands

There’s more to the Mahangub Highlands Integrated Farm than meets the eye, far more than your usual tourist destination.

Owned by Elmer Velasco Sayre and his family, and now styled as the Sayre Highlands Resort, you can find it in  Sitio Mahayag, Barangay Digkilaan in Manticao, Misamis Oriental.

As a B.S.… Continue reading... “Dragon Lord of the Mahangub Highlands”