CDO to hold Virtual Chinese New Year Festival

The 6th Cagayan de Oro Chinese New Year Festival will be held virtually amidst health protocols mandated by the ongoing global pandemic.

In an online interview hosted by the City Information Office on 05 February 2021, Chedilyn Aissa Dulguime, OIC-City Tourism & Cultural Affairs Officer said the activities coordinated by her office for this first of the city’s four major annual festivals will be held virtually in the digital realm.

“Starting Feb 8, one of the most colorful and fun festivals in our city will start with a simple launching program at City Hall on Feb 8 to launch the festival followed by the 3 episodes to be show within the week, and capped by the Chinese Cosplay Competition on Chinese New Year Feb 12,” Dulguime said.

The 3-episode show starting on Feb 8 that will look back at the Visionaries of the Filipino-Chinese community in Cagayan de Oro, the Flavors of China that influenced the food in our city, and the Symbols of China.

The 3-day show on various themes focusing on the culture and influence of the Chinese people that have become a big part of our culture in Cagayan de Oro, Dulguime said.

The virtual launch of this year’s festival will be held at 6PM on Monday, February 8 at the Executive House with a limited audience and virtual performances, to be followed immediately by the turning on of the Symphony of Lights which will be turned on intermittently for the whole week from 6-10PM daily.

Gaston Park is bathed in brilliant colors by the Symphony of Lights during the 5th Cagayan de Oro Chinese New Year Festival. (Wowel Condeza, CIO)

The Feb. 8 Episode 1 CNY Virtual Show “Visionaries from China” will start at 5PM and can be viewed through on the Tourism Cagayan de Oro, Higalaay Festival and Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines Facebook pages.

Episode 1 – The Visionaries of China (February 8, 2021)

The 30-minute show produced by the City Tourism Office will feature members of first Chinese Families who came to Cagayan de Oro, how they came here and became established in in the city.

Episode 2 on Feb 10 “Flavors of China” will focus on Chinese cuisine, including traditional rites practiced by Chinese families and their meanings, and traditional food served during Chinese New Year and their significance.

Not the least, Episode 3 on Feb 11 “Symbols of China” will feature Chinese New Year culture and traditions and how these have become ingrained into the mainstream of Kagay-anon culture and traditions.

Episode 3 – The Symbols of China (February 11, 2021)

“We want people to be aware of the Chinese culture and traditions that they may already be practicing without being aware these originated from China and our fellow Filipino-Chinese neighbors,” Dulguime said.

The weeklong festival culminates on Saturday, Feb 13 with a Virtual Chinese Cosplay Festival where virtual videos of the participating cosplay performances will be featured. Cash prizes and android phones await the winners.

In a bow to prevailing health protocols, Dulguime said this year’s festival will dispense with the traditional motorcade of the Cagayan de Oro Filipino-Chinese Community, the New Year’s Eve rites and fireworks at the Bell Church, the distribution of tikoy to indigent families and the Dragon Boat racing which held just its 2nd edition last year.

“During these difficult times of the pandemic, we need to make adjustments and limitation in the way we live. What’s important is that we be patient and calm just like the Metal Ox. Strong, conscientious and methodical. We need everyone to observe the minimum public health standards, and together as one team, we can defeat the virus,” said Mayor Oscar S. Moreno in his taped greetings aired over the same program.

“To everyone from all of us, the men and women of the city government, happy new year and may this coming year give all of us happiness, prosperity, progress and growth!”

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PCCI supports gov’t moves to ensure supply of meat in the market

04 February 2021 – The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), the largest

business organization in the country, expressed its support to the move by the government

to ensure the stable supply of meat and meat products in the market amidst shortage in the

country’s local production.

In a statement, the PCCI said it is confident in the leadership of Secretary William Dar as the 

Department of Agriculture (DA) puts up safeguards against those who manipulate the supply

and price of agricultural products and assured to increase the transport of pork, chicken, and

vegetables from the Visayas and Mindanao to Metro Manila and to Kadiwa outlets and, the

provision of subsidy for the logistical cost of supplying pork and chicken in Metro Manila.

Pork Price List at Cagayan de Oro Cogon Market as of 25 January 2021 (CEED).

“The DA is doing its level best to address the situation. The allocation of funds should be able

to help indemnify hog farmers and to help them as they cope with the shortage brought about

by the African Swine Flu (ASF),” Roberto Amores, PCCI’s Director for Agriculture said.

Meanwhile, PCCI President, Amb. Benedicto V. Yujuico said immediate and doable

interventions have to be made to address the supply of pork and to stabilize prices across the

food value chain.

PCCI proposed the calibrated importation of pork as an immediate remedy “until such time

that the spread of the ASF is curbed and local hog raisers can safely return to their industry.”

“The risk of contamination and spread of the virus is really high because there is no available 

vaccine yet for ASF. A calibrated importation program is an option government can consider

to secure supply and bring down the price of pork,” Yujuico said.

Meat Section at Cagayan de Oro’s Cogon Market (CEED)

Yujuico said that the move to import pork is attuned to the Department of Agriculture’s (DA)

food security program especially at this time when supply is short and prices are soaring.

PCCI emphasized that the DA and the government’s economic team should continue to

strengthen local production through more accessible financing and technology and

infrastructure support, including additional cold storage facilities for the agriculture sector.

Liceo U Alumni Holds Virtual Regresso 2021 Alumni Homecoming

Every February, the Liceo de Cagayan University campus is abuzz with activities commemorating the university’s foundation day. However, with the global health crisis still in full swing, this year’s celebration will be unlike the previous ones.

There will be no parades, food booths, fun games, music and dancing, and all the other usual exciting activities that students and guests enjoy every year. Nevertheless, the Liceo de Cagayan University Alumni Association decided to continue the tradition of holding Regresso, the annual alumni homecoming, albeit in very different circumstances.

Regresso Goes Virtual

In celebration of the 66th founding anniversary of Liceo de Cagayan University, the LDCU Alumni Association will hold Regresso Goes Virtual, this year’s alumni homecoming, on February 27, 2021. This is the first time that the annual event will be celebrated online and streamed to thousands of Liceans across the world.

Hosted by the LDCU high school batch of 1996, Regresso 2021 will serve as a virtual venue for Liceo U alumni to meet, socialize, and share networks with each other. It is the ideal online platform for reminiscing the good old days, for rekindling memories, and reconnecting with friends.

The homecoming festivities will kick off with a virtual Eucharistic celebration.

PASIDUNGOG LICEAN AND HONORING OF JUBILARIANS

Several special activities are scheduled throughout the event, starting off with Pasidungog Licean, the annual awarding of the university’s most outstanding alumni.

This recognition is given to jubilarians from the following batches: 1996 (Silver), 1991 (Pearl), 1986 (Coral), 1981 (Ruby), 1976 (Sapphire), 1971 (Gold), 1966 (Jade), and 1961 (Diamond). Nominations are open for eight categories, namely:

  • Service (Government, Religious, and Public Service)
  • Education (Teachers and Educators)
  • Good Governance (Politicians, Lawyers)
  • Business & Entrepreneurship (Corporate Officers, Managers, Entrepreneurs, and Medical Representatives, among others)
  • Community Empowerment (Philanthropists and Socio-Entrepreneurs)
  • Science & Technology (Scientists, Research & Development, Engineers, IT Professionals, and Architects, among others)
  • Sports, Culture, & the Arts (Coaches, Players, Artists, Directors, Painters, Sculptors, and Fashion Designers, among others)
  • Health (Nurses, Doctors, RadTechs, and Pharmacists, among others).

After the awarding will come the honoring of jubilarians. Each batch will be called and recognized, starting off with the diamond jubilarians, the college batch of 1966, all the way up to the silver jubilarians, the high school and college graduates of 1996.

Aside from awards and recognitions, the LDCU Alumni Association has also prepared special tributes, fun and exciting games, and an electronic raffle.

Special Guests

Just like any other alumni homecoming, Regresso Goes Virtual will be graced by several special guests. LDCUAA President Mafel Pabillore-Gatchalian will have a significant part in the program, along with a distinguished guest speaker.

The most important guest of the evening is University President Dr. Alain Marc P. Golez, whose investiture took place last February 28, 2020, during LDCU’s 65th Foundation Day celebration. 

Streaming Details

Regresso Goes Virtual: Liceo U Alumni Homecoming 2021 will be streamed at 5pm on February 27, 2021 via https://www.facebook.com/ldcualumniassociation/ and https://www.facebook.com/regresso2021/.

For those who haven’t registered yet, you can do so by clicking on this link: https://bit.ly/3trxRok. The P100 registration fee entitles you to one eRaffle entry. Payments are accepted via bank transfer, GCash, PayMaya, Palawan, MLhuillier, and Cebuana Padala. Details are provided in the online registration form.

Liceans who want to get an early start for the alumni celebration can join the LDCUAA bloodletting program on Saturday, February 07, 2021, 8am at the Barangay Patag Covered Court. Dugo Mo, Bukay Ko is organized in partnership with the Northern Mindanao Medical Center. Those who are interested to join may contact 0926-088-4297.   

For more details and regular updates on Regresso Goes Virtual, follow the LDCUAA page and the official Regresso 2021 page on FB.

“Kung taga-Liceo ka, see you online on February 27!”

Six Liceo Conservatory of Music Students join Prof. De Guzmán in the prestigious Brigham Young University Hawaii Concert Choir

Six students from the Liceo de Cagayan University Conservatory of Music, Theater and Dance have been accepted at the prestigious Brigham Young University Hawaii Concert Choir.

They are Amera Grace Balindong-BM Pedagogy (Voice), Jasmin Thea Quiñones-BM Performance (Voice), Felix Solana III-BM Theater, Jacob Marion Leop-BM Theater, Ronald Baa– Associate in Music and Liceo Senior High School Faculty member, and Ena Marie Tiro-BM Theater and Conservatory of Music secretary.

All six are under the mentorship of Professor Cipriano De Guzmán Jr., LPT, M.M., M.Ópera who is also part of BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir. They will have a semester of training with international guest musicians including Professor De Guzmán who will be giving a lecture-workshop on Breath Management and Vocal resonance on February 9.

Brigham Young University Hawaii Concert Choir is under the musical direction of the award-winning conductor, composer, pianist and singer, Dr. Erica Glenn (DMA). The group held an open audition last December 2020 wherein Dr. Glenn selected from a pool of singers from the United States, Mexico, Europe, Russia, Iran, the Philippines, and the United Kingdom.


**Formed in 1985, the BYU-Hawaii Concert Choir is the university’s premier SATB ensemble. The choir performs a cappella and accompanied choral literature ranging from classical oratorio literature to international folk music, American musical theater selections, and art music of Europe, the Americas, and the South Pacific.

“I felt so blessed and excited to be part of the BYU Hawaii Concert Choir. It is truly an honor to sing together with talented people from different countries. I’ll be forever grateful to my beloved Professor De Guzman, who inspired me to pursue this opportunity, thank you also to Dr. Erica Glenn! ”- Amera Grace Balindong, 22, 3rd year Bachelor of Music-Pedagogy major who was also selected as one of the soloists in their upcoming video “Hawaiian Roller Coaster Ride”.

“When I received the email that I got accepted in BYU Hawaii Concert Choir, I was very ecstatic. I have never auditioned for a concert choir let alone one located outside of the Philippines. It opened a new chapter in my life which I am ready to embrace and enjoy, thank you to Professor De Guzmán for guiding me throughout the audition process.”

 — Jacob Marion Leop, 18, 1st year Bachelor of Music in Theater Performance major.

“As a person with low self-esteem, I never really bothered to audition in any groups such as choir, plays etc. I was always skeptical with my abilities as a musician. Our professor constantly encourages us to explore and pushed me to my limits. He kept on reminding me how talented I am and pushed me to audition. To my surprise, I received an email of acceptance from BYU Hawaii Concert Choir. I am very grateful and blessed to have virtually met so many like-minded musicians from around the world and I am honored to meet Dr. Erica Glenn. Thank you so much BYU Hawaii Concert Choir!

— Jasmin Thea Quiñones, 26, Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance student

“My virtual choir experience with BYU-Hawaii is beyond what most traditional choirs can offer. I will be  forever grateful for this experience. Thank you for this opportunity Dr. Glenn and Prof. De Guzmán”

                                                            –Felix Solana III, 27, 2nd year Bachelor of Music-Theater Major

“ As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, BYU-Hawaii is one of my dream institutions to be affiliated with. I am so excited to be part of this project, it’s like a dream come true for me.”

–Ronald Baa, Associate in Music/SHS Faculty member and Conductor of Liceo High School Glee Club.

“It took me a while to submit my auditions as I am not confident about my singing skills. Luckily, I have my voice and theater professor who never fails to help me step out of my confinement and explore my capabilities. So I did submit at the last minute, and Alas! I am now singing with the BYU Hawaii Concert Choir and other talented people of different ethnicities but with one goal: To sing in harmony and love for the Almighty and to anyone, everyone. In the most profound part of my heart, I am elated and thankful to Dr. Erica Glenn and, of course, to my beloved voice and theater professor, Prof. De Guzmán.” 

–Ena Tiro, 3rd year Bachelor of Music-Theater Major | Administrative Staff Liceo de Cagayan Conservatory of Music, Theater, and Dance. 

**Credits to BYU-Hawaii website

Mass Transit system pushed for RTA’s long-term plans for CDO

COUNCILOR Ian Mark Q. Nacaya, chair of the City Council committee on planning and development, has proposed the inclusion of a Mass Transit System to newly-confirmed Roads and Traffic Administration (RTA) head Col. Rizalino Borlagdatan (ret) as part of the RTA’s long-term plans for Cagayan de Oro.

Borlagdatan presented the RTA’s plans and programs before the legislative body during its 73rd regular session presided over by Vice Mayor Rainier Joaquin V. Uy.


Weekly RTA ManCom Meeting with RTA Dept. Head II- PCol. Rizalino R. Borlagdatan (Ret) , Asst. Dept. Head II- Engr. Nonito A. Oclarit with Division Heads Benedicto Y. Ramiro, Engr. Sherwin A. Cabactulan, Jundrick Abuelo & Richard Corpuz with Sector Sergeants and Sector Heads and personnel from the IEPP Division Ferdinand M. Tagod-Secretariat & James Andrade- Information held at the RTA Conference room. (RTA)

Nacaya, who has been pushing and working for the metropolization of Cagayan de Oro, stressed that planning for the city should go beyond the short term.

Dili magplano good for one year, long-term dapat dagko nga plano,” the councilor stressed.

Nacaya acknowledged that the task of the RTA head is difficult.

“To some it’s just a common sense but to many it’s about managing the affairs of certain operations that would require expertise,” he admitted.

Councilor Ian Mark Nacaya.

Ang ako lamang is study, implement. Kung dili lugar na mabuhat, mangayo or mangonsulta sa mga karaan na dinhi, mga konsehal o kinsa man ugaling mga eksperto dinhi. Willing kaayo mag-volunteer o motabang dinhi sa ato sa dakbayan.” Nacaya added.

According to the councilor, the task is very difficult considering that it could not be and cannot be provided clearly with actions that are most needed unless one goes out to the field.

Considering the limited resources of the local government departments like RTA, the most logical action is tapping other agencies to aggregate its resources, he added.

“Kung gamay or limited imong resources, kay limitado man gyud ang goberno-lokal, ang imo gyud buhaton is mo-tap gyud ka sa other resources. Sayod ta nga ang Kagay-anon mahilig og volunteer labi na sa mga barangay, gusto motabang by managing the affairs of traffic in their area of jurisdiction. So kanang limitado nimo nga personnel mag-tap na lang ta’g mga volunteers kay daghan kaayo mga organizations nga gusto mag volunteer, why not do that,?” Nacaya suggested.

An efficient mass transit system is among the priority projects of the Metro Cagayan de Oro Master Plan for Urban Infrastructure.

This undertaking will not only fill in the lack of human resources of RTA but may also form part of the long term plan of the organization, Nacaya said. (SP/JAOclarit)

Mindanao Bamboo Summit Hope for Bamboo shoots high in Bukidnon

Prospects for the bamboo industry shined bright during the recent Mindanao Bamboo Summit held 19 January 2021  at the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) Conference Hall on 19 January 2021 in Cagayan de Oro City where key stakeholders and representatives of various agencies met in-person. A virtual conference followed later in the afternoon for the benefit of other participants who were unable to join the in-person event.

Initiated by the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) through its Green Mindanao Project, the in-person meeting was attended by MinDA Chairman Sec. Emmanuel Piñol, DBP President Emmanuel G. Herbosa, Bukidnon Giant Bamboo Resources Corp. Chairman Rod Bioco, and key stakeholders from the public and private sectors.

“We cannot continue to exploit our forests and natural resources without an aggressive effort to replenish, reinvigorate and heal the ecological and environmental wounds,” Piñol said in a statement.

MinDA Secretary Manny Piñol leads a symbolic planting of a bamboo seedling with Bukidnon Giant Bamboo Resources Corp. Chairman Rod Bioco. (photo supplied)

Bamboos provide a range of social, cultural, and environmental benefits for society. Bamboo is a natural resource which can develop under a variety of climatic conditions, but ideally a tropical one. It contains around 35 per cent more oxygen and consumes 40 per cent more carbon dioxide compared to trees, resulting in a major change in air quality. Increasing infrastructure development investment and consumer awareness about benefits of bamboo can boost the market of bamboo over the medium and long term.

DBP President Herbosa committed in behalf of the bank the amount of P1.2 billion to fund the development of the industry following the signing of a Pledge of Commitment by key stakeholders.

“ My presentation demonstrated the proposed main components of the Mindanao Bamboo Value Chain involving 100 plantations with around 1,000 hectares each spread over 30 kilometers radius, 100 postharvest facilities, and 20 manufacturing plants,” said Bukidnon Giant Bamboo Resources Corporation Chairman Roderico Bioco, one of the key organizers of the event, following his presentation on the current state and prospect of the Mindanao Bamboo Industry.

The BGB Corporation has established a bamboo processing facility in Malaybalay, Bukidnon and is currently buying Giant Bamboo poles from farmers in the area.



“Corresponding investments require P120-million per 1,000 hectare plantation (total P12-Billion), P150-million per bamboo postharvest facility (total P15B), and P1B per bamboo manufacturing facility (total P20B), grand total of P47B investments, ”Bioco added.  “Revenue that can be generated from these facilities can be more than P112.5B, not including yet the by-products and cottage industry that can be derived from the fall-downs, shoots, etc.”

The global bamboos market was valued at USD $72,102.4 Million in 2019 and is expected to reach over USD $98,757.9 Million by 2026, growing at a CAGR of around 5.5% during the forecast period from 2020 to 2026, according to an estimate by Research and Markets posted in the Intrado Global Newswire website.

The P1.2B seed money sourced form DBP’s Forest Program will be utilized for the establishment of a post-harvest facility in eight initial bamboo cluster sites located in major river basins, according to Piñol.

“Central to the development of the bamboo industry are postharvest facilities,” Bioco noted. “Untreated and improperly dried, bamboo has little or no value. Postharvest is the least desirable component of the value chain due to its capital intensive nature with small operating margins.”

He further noted how government has previously neglected establishing postharvest in many agriculture sectors especially rice and corn. But without industrial scale postharvest, we cannot build up our local bamboo industry to global market, otherwise our bamboo remains a backyard industry, he added.

“If we ask farmers to plant bamboo, we should have adequate postharvest harvested,” Bioco stressed. “This is why government support is critical, especially in access to finance. Hence DBP is needed to capitalize properly the postharvest facility to connect the chain.”

A key output of the summit was the organization of the Mindanao Bamboo Industry Council to promote the greening of Mindanao’s critical watersheds and headwaters and tapping the vast potential of the bamboo industry. Composed of representatives from local governments and private sector, the council will oversee the implantation of the program.

“The previous Philippine Bamboo Industry Road Map failed to clearly conceptualize the bamboo value chain and how each component is linked together in terms of technical components, investment, and revenues. Doing so would highlight the magnitude of investment for postharvest facilities,” Bioco noted.

Since Sec. Piñol envisions scaling up the program to 1 million hectares in 10 years, the investment needed will be 10 times more,” he added. “If planting proceeds without the corresponding investments in postharvest and manufacturing facilities, most of the bamboo will remain unharvested in the plantations with most  just ending up as fencing material.”

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Featured photo:

Signing the Pledge of Commitment held 19 January 2021 at the DBP Regional Office, Cagayan de Oro City to support the Philippine and Mindanao Bamboo Industry and adhere to the Principles and Strategies set forth in the National Bamboo Road Map and Mindanao 2030. (L-R): Mark Lemuel Garcia, DAP Director, Mindanao; Antonio Uy, former PCCI AVP for Mindanao, Region X Governor and Oro Chamber President; Emmanuel G. Herbosa, DBP President; Sec. Emmanuel Piñol, MinDA; Roderico Bioco, RG PCCI-X; and Ruben A. Vegafria, Oro Chamber President. (photo supplied)

Comfort Food CDO: Sharing a Legacy of Family Heirloom Recipes

There’s this relatively new food company that produces frozen ready to eat food that’s been quietly making ripples among the lucky patrons fortunate enough to have come across them while surfing the world wide web.

Dubbed Comfort Food CDO, the home-based enterprise started in late 2017 brought by love for food and as a means to help couple Baba Pelaez and Francis Manaloto raise extra income for their wedding.

Francis and Baba Manaloto, the Dynamic Duo behind Comfort Food CDO.

We started selling sisig to friends lang mga late 2017 pang extra income for the wedding, then in 2018 we started selling na pud ang Bicol Express which became a second source of income,” said Baba. ‘Then last year lang gyud pag covid na we released the Binagoongan kay for a time wa koy makuha supplier sa lubi na reasonable price since tanan is just delivered. Sunod-sunod na dayon ang Callos then ang Asado.”

At present, their menu is still limited to five specialties: Sisig Kapampangan, Bicol Express, Binagoongan Kapampangan, Callos and Pork Asado Macao Style. However, what makes this line-up special is they are all family heirloom recipes handed down from across generations.

“Our Sisig Kapampangan was taught to me by my uncle, mama’s brother (mom Beng whose family is Kapampangan),” Baba said, adding that hubby Francis is also half-Kapampangan. As most Filipinos are aware, the Kapampangans are renowned for their culinary chops not only all over the country, but in overseas Filipino communities as well.

Besides the Sisig, Baba also inherited their Binagoongan Kampangpangan style, also from her Mom Beng’s side.

“Our Bicol Express was approved by my mother-in-law who is Bicolana, while our Callos is my Lola Edith’s recipe who taught Mama, then si Mama taught me,” Baba said. “Amo na dayon gihimo among version based on the original.”

Bicol Express has pork and green chili peppers in shrimp coconut cream. Fun fact: the chili is actually the main ingredient, and the pork is like, only the panakot! We had to adjust para makaon pa!

However, Baba admits she’d had to put a contemporary twist to the Callos to make it suitable for multiple production.

I had to improvise kay si Mama mag tudlo puro based sa dila ang spices,” she laughingly shared. “Dili namo puwede baligaya so amo gitimbang ang tanan [ingredients] para consistent.”

Babapreviously worked at Lifestyle Network of the ABS-CBN Cable Channels and Print Media Group before coming back to Cagayan de Oro and still works as marketing manager and photographer for their Studio 8 photographic services specializing in food photography.

She admits catching the cooking bug a bit late when her parents lost their kusinera and her mom couldn’t cook because of an injury.

“I wish I was older when Lola [Edith] was still around and cooking.”

Edith Pelaez (nee Fabella) was the wife of former Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez, and mother of her father Eduardo “Bong” Pelaez, the sixth of the couple’s nine children.

Edith Fabella Pelaez

A silver lining in this current pandemic is that this home business was able to grow and adapt to the “now normal”. Business owners have ventured into new opportunities. Comfort Food has partnered with Ate Girl, a new enterprise of friend Angela Dayrit Kho which does deliveries, groceries, bills payments, and the like.

Wala mi gawas-gawas balay and we can fully operate with the help of their services.” Ate Girl also helps them do groceries online for her parents who have similarly confined themselves to their house nearby.

For the time being, Baba and Francis still have no plans to expand their present menu, but will offer seasonal “off the menu” items such as guinamos and calamansi pie.

“Ang qualification namo sa ako bana dapat maka piyong pag kaon for it to be part of our menu,” Baba said, “Something that we both like gyud, hence the name [Comfort Food].  “That’s why pud di kaayo mi gadali daghan dishes e baligya.”

Comfort Foods CDO Pork Asado Macao Style

Their latest menu addition (Pork Asado Macao Style) is a break for their initial heirloom recipes but made the grade after hurdling the couple’s ‘hugnes’ test.

Siya ang pinaka-bata di pa siya heirloom kay 2nd gen pa lang, but it is truly a comfort food. When I made it pag tilaw sa akong bana naka hug gyud siya!”

Comfort Food Kitchen CDO’s is based at J.V. Seriña St., Barangay Carmen and can be reached through their Instagram account https://www.instagram.com/comfort_food_kitchen_cdo/, email address comfortfoodkitchen.cdo@gmail.com, Messenger https://www.facebook.com/Comfort-Food-Kitchen-106764217844695/ or call  0917 813 6393 from 10:00AM to 5:30PM.

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Tubod flash flood hits 5 puroks in 3 barangays

ILIGAN CITY —– Around one hundred individuals were evacuated early dawn on Monday (January 11) after a flash flood rampaged through three barangays of Tubod municipality, Lanao del Norte, following continuous rains that started Sunday evening.

Vicmar Paloma, head of the Tubod Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO)  said the local government unit conducted forced evacuation of families living in low lying areas in five puroks (zones) of three barangays after flood waters rose following the heavy rainfall.

These barangays are Poblacion (one purok), Pigcarangan (two puroks) and Tangueguiron (two puroks).

Ten families composed of 33 individuals from Barangay Poblacion took shelter at the main evacuation center inside the premises of the municipal hall with other families from barangays Pigcarangan and Tangueguiron, Paloma said. 

The flash flood started at 1:30 am Monday and also triggered a landslide that felled a big tree and covered one lane of the road, blocking traffic in the Tangueguiron area.

Mga 45 minutes gyud to nabara ang traffic. Na clear ra dayun sa mga opisyal sa barangay, LGU Tubod, sa PDRRMO (Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Lanao del Norte), PNP (Philippine National Police) ug Philippine Army,” Paloma said.

Electricity in Tangueguiron and Pigcarangan was cut off around 5:00 am but was restored at noontime, according to Paloma.

The flood waters subsided around 6:00 AM Monday and the Municipal Social Welfare and Development (MSWD) distributed emergency food packs to the families at the evacuation center.

“Pwede na sila manguli kung mahuman na og limpyo ilang mga balay, ihatud sila sa LGU. Pasalamat pud ta sa MSWDO kay dali pud sila naka responde sa mga panginahanglanon sa mga namakwit,” Paloma said.

(They can go home once they finished cleaning their houses. They will brought home by the LGU. We thank the MSWDO for quickly responding to the needs of those we evacuated.)


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Oroquieta LGU inks deal with AstraZeneca to purchase COVID vaccine

ILIGAN CITY —– The local government unit (LGU) of Oroquieta City has signed an agreement with British drugmaker AstraZeneca to purchase 120,000 doses of its covid-19 vaccine.

Oroquieta City Mayor Lemuel Meyrick Acosta made the announcement on Sunday, January 10 through his official Facebook account.

Acosta said this will cover two doses for 60,000 residents aged 18 years old and older.

Oroquieta City has a population of 70,757 based on the 2015 census.

Acosta said the LGU would allocate an initial P30 million for the vaccine doses for his constituents. However, he said he is not allowed to disclose how much each vaccine costs because of a Non-Disclosure Agreement with the company.

“I’m not allowed to state the price and other information but it is a multilateral agreement with the manufacturer and the national government,” Acosta said.

“The COVID-19 vaccine under the program will be offered free of charge to all qualified residents of the city,” he said in a January 6 announcement.

As of January 3, 2021, Oroquieta had 107 active cases of COVID-19, with  total of 258 confirmed cases since the start of the pandemic.

The city’s COVID-19 Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) recorded five deaths and 146 recoveries.

On January 4 and 5, Acosta issued executive orders placing 19 puroks (zones) from 14 barangays on localized lockdowns and focused containments  “to prevent, contain and mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 contagion in the area”.