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”

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”

Pros and Cons chime in on HB No. 9850: An Act Integrating a Comprehensive Study of Philippine History during World War II into the Higher Education Curriculum

The House of Representatives unanimously approved with a 195-0 vote on third and final reading on September 7, 2021 House Bill No. 9850, a measure integrating a comprehensive study of Philippine history during World War II (WW2) into the Higher Education curriculum.

The World War II in the Philippines Education Act mandates the study of World War II in the Philippines, to cover 50% of the mandatory Philippine History subject being offered under the general education curriculum in higher education courses.… Continue reading... “Pros and Cons chime in on HB No. 9850: An Act Integrating a Comprehensive Study of Philippine History during World War II into the Higher Education Curriculum”

Ma. Teresa “Ghaye” R. Alegrio: Peers extol former PCCI and Oro Chamber Exec

Colleagues in the business, academic and civil society have lauded a former chief executive of the largest business organization in Region X, and Mindanao head of the country’s largest business organization after she succumbed to a lingering illness late Friday afternoon, October 1, 2021.

Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) Area Vice President for Mindanao Ma.Continue reading... “Ma. Teresa “Ghaye” R. Alegrio: Peers extol former PCCI and Oro Chamber Exec”

This Day in World War II History: 77th Anniversary of Spyron Submarine Landing in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental

During World War II, US Navy submarines helped supply Filipino and American guerrillas with arms, ammunition and supplies, also ferrying personnel in and out of the islands.

Known as the SPYRON (for Spy Squadron) Operation, it supported the Filipino and American Guerrillas resistance to the Japanese occupation after the Philippines fell to the Japanese Imperial Forces in early 1942.… Continue reading... “This Day in World War II History: 77th Anniversary of Spyron Submarine Landing in Balingasag, Misamis Oriental”