Cagayan de Oro rolled out the red carpet for hometown hero Carlo Paalam who won one of the Philippines’ silver medals in boxing at the recently concluded XXXII Olympic Games Tokyo 2021.
Following a VIP reception at the Laguindingan Airport last Tuesday, August 24th, where he had an emotional reunion with his parents Prio Rio and Emelyn, and girlfriend Stephanie Sepulveda, all of whom he had not seen for a very long time, the Cagayan de Oro City Government gifted the home-grown pugilist with P2 million cash in acknowledgement of his stellar performance, in addition to a commendation from the 19th City Council in a press briefing hosted by Mayor Oscar S.… Continue reading... “Carlo Paalam’s Homecoming: Olympic Silver Medalist fêted in Cagayan de Oro”
My mother used to say that one way of sizing up a person is by knowing about the kind of food he/she enjoys since food is part and parcel of living well. It wasn’t until I left home that I realized that we have so many culinary delights, some of them peculiar only to Kagay-anons – like the much-touted bihod (fish roe) coming from that special fish known as pigok (indigenous to Cagayan and Tagoloan rivers).… Continue reading... “Memories of the Old Hometown : A Tasty Heritage”
Filipino artists from all over the country are banding together to ask government to recognize the Creative Economy as a legitimate sector.
“Panahon na kilalanin ang kontribusyon sa bayan ng artistang Pilipino. Panahon nang kilalanin bilang isang legit na sector ang Creative Economy,” said Rep. Christopher “Toff” de Venecia, a former child actor, writer, director and Congressman for the 4th district of Pangasinan, Deputy Majority Leader and Chairman of the Special Committee of Creative Industry and Performing Arts.… Continue reading... “Filipino Artists bat for recognition of Creative Economy”
I was nineteen in the summer of 1991 and it was my first vacation home after a whole year away. Looking back, it seemed outwardly uneventful except for a nagging, persistent feeling of disenchantment, of discontent.
After a year of new knowledge and experiences as an art student at a university in Diliman I was longing to go back to the hometown where the people on the streets were faces that I knew, where cars were few and traffic was not a thing, where you could go from point A to point B in a straight line without encountering a one way sign which put you on a loop that took you farther away from your destination, where the hardware stores in downtown Divisoria closed for lunch because the local businessmen had their afternoon siestas.… Continue reading... “You Can’t Cross The Same River Twice”