CDO Bloggers explore the best lokal flavors at SM CDO Downtown

Text & Pictures by CDOBies Food Crawlers

Cagayan de Oro City’s premier bloggers group recently undertook one of its primary advocacies by teaming up with SM CDO Downtown to promote local brands to the world.

Tagged as the CDO Food Fest, the half day food crawl organized by SM Information Officer Carlston Barcenella Maglangit,  explored the best local flavors and award-winning dishes from the following regional brandsArturo’sBackyard BarbecueBud’z CafeBugsay Seafood Restaurant-CDOOut of Nowhere Kitchen CDOPanagatan RestaurantPOPS Buffet CDO Cagayan de Oro, and Ribs & Bibs.

“SM Supermalls coordinated this CDO Food Fest in recognition of CDO Bloggers as the longest running bloggers organization in Cagayan de Oro, promote CDO with more creative content, and in support of Pres. Karen Chayne Sanchez,” Mr. Maglangit said. “We also did this to promote our local restaurants in SM CDO Downtown as a show of support for our tenants, knowing CDO Bloggers have many followers which could help promote their latest offerings.”

The CDO Food Fest was joined by the following  Food Crawlers from CDO Bloggers: Aj Pajaron TvAround CDOCDO LifestyleCDO VibesCookie’s CornerJournaling MomLadysodaMetro Cagayan de OroMommy LavScribblescdoShaiTalks.comand Tsada Lokal.

“I’m was stunned to say the least about the creativity and excellence of our local brands,” noted Metro Cagayan de Oro’s “Tito Mike”. “The Crispy Ulo from Arturo’s, Daddy Backribs and RnB Sampler from Ribs & Bibs are simply out of this world! And the Kinilaw and Buko Halo from Salo-Salo sa Panagatan may sound mundane, but it’s no wonder they are their  all-time favorites, in much the same way Backyard BBQ’s Texan Burger and Chicken Fingers are. I will definitely recommend these in my blog and in Metro Cagayan de Oro Times!”

Aside from the “Chada Lokal” brands, CDO Food Fest also featured favorites from two outstanding regional brands: Out of  Nowhere (OON) originally from Tagum City, Davao del Norte, and Bugsay Siargao from the Surfing Capital of the Philippines, also voted as the Best Island in Asia in the 2021 Conde Nast Travelers Readers Awards.

Asian Grilled Skewers & Seafoods Galore from Out of Nowhere Kitchen

Bannered by its signature Asian Grilled SkewersOON spread a veritable feast for us food crawlers with their Grilled Scallops, Chili con Nachos, Seafood Aligue Pasta, Seafood Chowder, Asian and  Caribbean Chicken, and Pomelo salad.

Of course, Bugsay Siargao rolled out its seafood métier as an Island in the Pacific with their unique regional faves like Adobong Saang, Letty’s Signature Siargao Mud Crabs, Bugsay Shrimp Roll, Adobong Pusit with Ata, Kinilaw à la Mario, Bugsay Bouillabaisse, and their Special Sapin-Sapin with Nangka filling which was such a sweet, delightful surprise!
Croissants go best with Bud’z Cafe Atypica Arabica Coffee

Not the least, for the digestif, we were treated to a drip coffee pouring of single origin Typica Arabica coffee by no less than the owner of Bud’z CaféEdward Asok. Matched with what must be some of the best croissants in town baked by his brother Emman, ‘twas a perfect ending to a perfect afternoon.


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  1. *Burp!* Glad to have been a part of this food fest. It was fun exploring the best dishes of our local/regional restos!

    Cheers to CDO’s best local flavors!✨

    1. You can say that again! Let’s do this again soon! Thank you Sir Carlston Barcenella Maglangit and SM CDO Downtown!

  2. Glad to have joined Food fest at SM CDO Downtown. Had a great time with my fellow CDOBies, too! Makagutom imong mga pics, Tito! I shall return 😀
    P.S. Thank you, Sir Carl of SM <3

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