Saturday, May 14, 2016

The IPANEMA Summer Sunscream Returns

The country's biggest summer music festival also called the Electronic Music Festival, the 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream, will kick off for this year's ultimate summer-ender  and is taking place on May 21, 2016 (Saturday) in the Green Lagoon Park in Compostela, Cebu.
Photo credits by the Organizer of the Event.

Ipanema Summer Sunscream which goes on its 9th installment will be more bigger and better and will banner top-billed names in the music industry such as the Filipino rockstar Bamboo MaƱalac and actress Bela Padilla, and international club DJs Jason Dewey (USA) and Danny Kay (UK). 

Four of the country's best bands, Sandwich, Pedicab, Gracenote, and Powerspoonz. aree set to play. Manila's Katsy Lee and Tip Fucoy front the line up of seventeen of the country's best DJs.

The Summer Sunscream signature pool party will kick off at 12:00 noon. The foam party will happen simultaneously with the evening concert.

Now on its 9th year, the event will also include two sports events, the Dip and Dash Aquathlon and Beach Volleyball Tournament, both presented by Rider Sandals.

The Rider Dip and Dash Aquathlon has categories for Elite (male and female), Age Group (male and female) and Kids (male and female) for full distance (2 km swim and 10 km run), half distance (1 km swim and 5 km run) and kids distance (500 m swim and 3 km run). Registration is open and available at Autofocus in Banawa, Gold's Gym in J Centre Mall, Metrotiles in A.S. Fortuna, and Toni and Terry Altershop in Banilad. Alternatively, register online at 

The Rider Beach Volleyball Tournament is a competition to watch as it will have twenty-four games played by eight teams with CESAFI and two teams with the UAAP. The tournament will run on two days, May 20 and 21.

The Ipanema Summer Sunscream has consistently packed a massive audience of up to fifteen thousand. This year's installment is expected to be no different.

Tickets to the 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscreamare available at the SM City Cebu Customer Service Counter, Ayala Center Cebu, Concierge Desk, KOA Tree House in Gorordo Avenue, Dong Juan (Guadalupe, Persimmon, Parkmall, Panagdait and Insular Square), Green Lagoon Park and the Compostela LGU. For reservations or more information on tickets, call Kyle at (0932) 101-3233 or Cara at (0998) 553-8105.

The 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream is presented by Ipanema and co-presented byBioderm, Lecit-E, Omega Pro and Casino Ethyl Alcohol. Major Sponsors include San Miguel Beer, Bacardi, Nature's Spring and Smart. Minor sponsors include Greenwich, Sky Cable, Y101 and Home Radio. The sports events are presented by Rider Sandals while major sponsors include Omega Pro and Gold's Gym. The event is powered by KTM Entertainment, Cornerstone, The Right Access and Tiller Media. Special thanks go to Magik Moments, Drawingboard, Click and Smile Digital Photography and Leylam's Shawarma. Magic 92.3 and Magic Nationwide are the official media partners, while Sleeves Shirt Depot is the official shirt printer.

For more information on the 2016 Ipanema Summer Sunscream, call or text (0917) 720-2222.Alternatively, visit

Thursday, May 5, 2016

The 3rd Kasadya Festival MayDay BKG Race

Boardsport is defined as a sport played with some sort of board as the primary equipment. It is considered to be as one of the coolest sports in terms of performance and primarily considered as an extreme sports and/or action sports which includes surfing, skim-boarding, skate boarding, long-boarding, snow-boarding, wake-boarding, kite-boarding, wind-surfing, and the likes.

This year, NorthMind Longboarding together with the Barangay Council of Camaman-an co-presented by GRIND and April Suits will be having the annual Downhill Long-boarding Competition on May 6-7, 2016 at Barangay Camaman-an, Cagayan de Oro City.

Participants will compete with these categories, open, women, junior, slide jam, best trick, longest stand up and longest pucks down with the cash prizes as follows:

Open Division Category
1st- p4000
2nd- p3000
3rd- p2000

Women's Category
1st p2500
2nd p2000
3rd p1500

Junior's Category
1st p2500
2nd p2000
3rd p1500

Note from the organizers:
- Free ride Fee P200 (no reg. for free ride No ride! Marshalls and Brgy. tanod will be forced to stop you and take your board. it will be returned after the race) this action will be enforce to minimize free loaders which we are not responsible for them.
- No Helmet No Race
- No Skin Policy (rashguard, pants, etc.)
-'No borrowing of Gears during race proper to avoid delays. 
Racers should also be responsible on there next heat.

The road will be closed for the event. Please check official program flow below:

May 06, 2016 (Friday)
Starts in the Afternoon, better take your heavy lunch before the race! :)
1:00pm - Free RIde
2:00pm - Elimination Round All Category
4:20pm - Slide Jam

May 07, 2016 (Saturday)
7:00am - Call Time
8:00am - Warn Up/Practice Runs/Freeride
9:00am - Race Proper Continue for all Categories
11:30am - Lunch Break
1:00pm - Race Resumes
5:30pm - Awarding

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Top Places to Explore Philippines on Cycle

There are some countries that are a paradise for bike lovers. Philippines is one of them. It is a beautiful country made of thousands of islands. It has spectacular landscapes, humongous mountains as well as serene lakes, overwhelming volcanoes, and an amazing coastline. There is something for everyone in the Philippines - the hustle and bustle of Manila, the peaceful fishing villages and stunning beaches, the rice terraces, the colonial towns and vistas as well as the country roads. One method to soak in the beauty of Philippines is on bikes.

Biking not only suits the needs of commuters, leisure cyclists but also those that are fitness enthusiasts and those that are environmentally conscious.

To start road biking, you need a good quality road bike. A good bike is not necessarily the most expensive, but it needs to provide you with stability as well as speed, support, and safety while meeting your budget. You can visit sites like, which review different road bikes for you and inform you about the factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a road bike. You get to know which bike can help you more on your travels and you can choose one according to your budget.

The Top Places You Can Go in Philippines with a Road Bike

There are various operators offering biking tours ranging from 1 day to 14 days in the Philippines. And you can explore Philippines just as you want to, without a worry. Here are some places that are best explored by bike.

Why should you visit Corregidor Island
Corregidor Island, which is a fortress island at the entrance of Manila Bay. It defended Manila during the Spanish, Japanese as well as the American eras. The island has historical artifacts and the ruins of these eras. One can get to the island by an hour long cruise over the Manila Bay. Once there, the island can be explored by bikes. When on the island, you can enjoy viewing the sunrise and sunset, zip lining, kayaking, riding ATVs as well as tunnel tours.

Olango for biking enthusiasts
For new enthusiasts, there is the biking on Olango, which is a car-free island. It boasts of a bird sanctuary.

Cebu for exploring trails in Mountain Areas
For those who are tough and experienced in biking, you can visit Cebu and explore trails like the Mountain Goat, The Big Loop as well as Dutch connection. For those who want to challenge themselves, even more, you can climb around Barangay Tabunan at the base of Mount Manunggal.

Biking in Bohol
Other tours include biking in Bohol where you pass the chocolate hills; you can visit the man-made Forest Tarsiers and the Sanctuary there and then continue to the butterfly garden. From there you can go to Bilar and then downhill to Dimiao.

Biking in Kalinga
For an immersion in the culture of the mountain people of Philippines, you can visit Kalinga. There are bike trails of Tinglayan, and you will be able to see the charm of Balbalasang as well as the rice terraces and the beauty of the landscape.

Mountain biking in La Mesa Nature Reserve
If one wants to mountain bike, the La Mesa Nature Reserve is the best trail to be had in Manila. It has a single track and the ascents as well as downhills are challenging, but one gets to see amazingly breathtaking sceneries.

Marilaque for scenic beauty lovers
For scenic beauty lovers, Marilaque is amazing. It starts at Cogeo but it goes through the Sierra Madre and you can end in Real Quezon or in Tanay Rizal.

Go Biking Today!

There is a lot you can do on a road bike in the Philippines. The different islands are filled with flora and fauna that you would love to explore. The weather in Philippines is mostly pleasant throughout the year, and is perfect for those looking to explore the country with road bikes. However, do ensure that you have a good bike which is reliable, safe and fast. 

Note: This article is a guest post contributed by Stephen Yost. Additionally, the attached photos were submitted for reference. Please check below information about the author.

Hi, this is Stephen Yost. I am a passionate biker. My journey of bike riding starts during my school days. I have long experience of using verities of a road bike. However, it is not easy to find the best road bike within the limited budget.

Road Bike Hub is  created for all the passionate road bike lovers. It is actually a digital platform to help you by giving you necessary tips and advises to make your life easy with your best desire road bike.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in Cagayan de Oro City

Cagayan de Oro City is the gateway to Northern Mindanao and considered to be the City of Golden Friendship. It is also known as the entry point of outdoor adventures making it as the premier whitewater destination in the country, henceforth a best hotspot to get your adrenaline fix.

As one wise man said, “Travel is all about experiencing the best of what a destination has to offer, and in many cases, the best of what a destination can offer is adventure.”

Need a little outdoor inspiration? Now get off your shoes and get out there because summer has begun!

Practical Shooting might be a classic activity for others but for some, firing with real guns is a new wave outdoor experience in the city. Fortunate enough, Cagayan de Oro has one to put forward. Located in Zone 9 Anhawon, Bulua, Cagayan de Oro, the Northern Mindanao Practical Shooting Associations, Inc. (NMPSA) Firing Range is a tourist attraction in the sports of firearm shooting.

Before indulging to the shooting experience, a lecture from the Range Instructor will be discussed about the Rules of Firearm Safety, Fundamentals of Shooting, Dry Firing, Live Shooting, and Unloading the bullets of Firearms.

You might also want to check out this article:  A Great Panorama of Cagayan de Oro at Night

Skimboarding is a sport similar to surfing (a smaller counterpart to a surfboard without fins) which takes place near the shore. Most people know skimboarding as “that thing you do on the sand,” but this fastest growing watersport is more than just “that thing”. Take the 15-minute ride going to Apple Tree Resort and Hotel in Opol, the closest municipality of Cagayan de Oro and glide across the water’s surface in order to convene with the incoming, breaking waves and ride it back to shore. 

Now that’s the thing!

Photo courtesy by: Earl Ryan  Janubas. Photo used with permission.
Mountain Biking is an individual sport that requires endurance, core strength and balance, it is the sport of riding bicycles off-road, often over rough terrain, using specially designed mountain bikes. Luckily, this outdoor activity is sprouting in the city. Multiple categories can be experienced from trail riding to downhill, dirt jumping to trials or even free-ride.
Photo courtesy by: Earl Ryan Janubas. Photo used with permission.
Photo courtesy by: Earl Ryan Janubas. Photo used with permission.

Walking may be one of the most popular outdoor recreational activities in the world but Hill walking might somehow differ from that activity. Yes, it might be as easy as putting one foot in front of the other but despite its simplicity; one has to experience walking in mountainous areas which sometimes involves scrambling or somewhere between hiking and rock climbing where hands must be used in the ascent.

These off-trail trips or strenuous walks can be experienced within the boundary of Mapawa Nature Park starting from Barangay Indahag.

It might be a bit similar to the Whitewater River Rafting adventure but it can also be separated from that as River Kayaking is the use of a kayak for moving across water. This is one of the most adrenaline pumping activities in the mountainous terrains and river beds. If you’re not already crazy for whitewater rafting, then you might want to try this out by yourself. Remember, Kayaking is an intricate dance of strokes, maneuvers and balance between person, boat and paddle.


Getting in touch with Mother Nature is one way to unwind our senses and this could be experienced by taking a 30-50-minute ecological trek into the wilderness of Mapawa Nature Park. 

It hosts more than 200 tree species which include a 250-year old White Lauaan tree and a 400-year old Dao tree! Aside of the aforementioned trees, one can also observed the abundance of wildlife. 

Bird watching has something for you to experience and if you’re lucky enough, you can observe the Rufous Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone Cinnamomea), Silvery Kingfisher, Mindanao Broadbill, Red-bellied Pitta (Erythropitta Erythrogaster), Philippine Drongo-Cuckoo (Surniculus velutinus), Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida), Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis), Guaiabero (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus), and Black Faced Coucal flying around.

Photo at the Right Side: Rufous Paradise Flycatcher. Photo courtesy by: Fayeed Tan. Used with permission.
The Mindanao Broadbill. Photo courtesy by Fayeed Tan. Used with permission.
The Black-Faced Coucal. Photo courtesy by Fayeed Tan. Used with permission.

For birding tours, contact Mr Dodong Ronnel Paglinawan at 0936-206-6635.

Who would have thought that the City of Golden Friendship has a lot to offer especially the waterfalls? Yes, Cagayan de Oro has more than a dozen recognized waterfalls inside its natural domain. 

While everyone has different reasons for hunting waterfalls, the city would be a great playground for Waterfalling as it is a new kind of outdoor adventure where one explores the scenic waterfalls of a destination. 

Visit all the 12 waterfalls of Mapawa Nature Park including the 65 feet Mintugsok Falls or go as far as Sitio Palalan, Tablon to stare at the 3 step of falls at approximately 50 meters apart of the Palalan Waterfalls.


Exploration of caves takes us into a world much different from the above ground, a world of darkness surrounded by rock and mud.   - Unknown”

Traditionally known as spelunking, Caving is the recreational pastime of exploring wild cave systems. Blessed with abundant nature, Cagayan de Oro has three identified caverns- Monigue Cave also known as the Mambuaya Cave, Huluga Cave, and Macahambus Cave. Explore the boundless beauty of Monigue Cave and witness the beautiful sparkling formations of stalactites and stalagmites which take 50-60 years to form an inch.

Route-finding and enhancing your wilderness travel skills? Now, this is for you! These two activities are like the two sides of a coin- Either you choose one journey from the other, you still experience the excitement of the other.
Canyoneering also known as Canyoning or Canyon Hiking may not be new to the city but this adventure may include other outdoor activities such as walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling (rappelling) and swimming.  It is more often associated with technical descents- those that require abseils (rappels) and rope-work, technical climbing or down-climbing, technical jumps, and/or technical swims.

Gear up and brave the five falls challenge! Conquer 5 out of 12 waterfalls in Mapawa Nature Park by canyoneering, rappel alongside a 65 feet waterfall, 20 feet natural slide, 30 feet jump and of course, trekking the 5 river beds of the vicinity.



All year round, countless travelers and adventure seekers visit Cagayan de Oro and have been quenching their thirst of excitement for this adventure. Consider as one of the most popular recreational activities in the country, Whitewater River Rafting is the adventure paradise of thrill seekers in Cagayan de Oro. The good news is, you don’t really need technical skills or professional gears to try this adventure as 9 different courses are being offered. From Beginner Course with 14 Major Rapids to Advance 1 Course with 21 Major Rapids. From Advance 2 Course to the Extreme of all Courses. Trust me, all you need is a faith, strong legs and a good cardio.

For City Tour inquiries, kindly contact me directly through this number: 
0906-6577-669 or via e-mail at bestspotsph(at)yahoo(dot)com, 
and/or countclementdampal(at)gmail(dot)com.

The City Council just recently approved (March 18, 2016) the ordinance no. 13052-2016, amending Article IV, Section 1 of Ordinance No. 11087-2008, otherwise known as the Whitewater Rafting Ordinance, pertaining to the new rates of the river rafting and rename the old routes as well as open new routes.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

24HourProject, Around the City of Golden Friendship in a Day

What does a whole day in Cagayan de Oro City look like? What if you could see the city in one day?

Excitement growing when I received the news from Renzo Grande (24HourProject Founder) that I will be going to lead a Documentary project around Cagayan de Oro City as the first City Ambassador for the 24HourProject, a global street photography experiment with this year’s theme: Human Condition. It was actually a fellow photographer named Gian James Maagad’s initiative on joining this global photography awareness which he started last 2014.
A group shot with the official participants of the 24HourProject Cagayan de Oro Leg taken around 2am at Ysalina Bridge (commonly known today as Carmen Bridge). Photo courtesy: Abel Matthew Silawan

The idea of the project is simple yet complex in its sense. Starting at 12:01am, registered participants assured themselves to capture as many scenes they want through photographs every hour and share one chosen image on social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. It might sound simple yet the project is physically challenging as participants needed to keep themselves awake for the span of 24 Hours, hence the name of the project which includes keeping your mind on constant creativeness for that one decisive photo.

Taken at Macabalan Pier for that sunrise scene
Out of the 107 countries that joined the event with over 718 cities and 2,785 registered participants, 19 photographers from Cagayan de Oro joined the initiative with 1 from Iligan City. For the first time on joining this project, I was tasked in documenting the city as this year’s Ambassador.

March 19, 2016. The clock reads at 12:01am, that fleeting moment when excitement reaches its apex and everyone is ready to start the event. Because I take this event so seriously, it took me a lot of thoughts, and careful consideration with the given time to give them the necessary guidelines and the official itinerary. “Every image uploaded and shared every hour must express Human Condition that somehow reveals the real beauty of the image either happiness, sadness, humor, fulfillment, pain, love; an image that portrays both composition, and story, thus space and time.” I explained. Then, the event officially started.

PLAZA DIVISORIA- This is the assembly place where we started to kick off the event. We walked within the area and examined scenarios that will somehow represent the theme. 

GASTON PARK- Another area where we headed our way to the flower shops.

CAPISTRANO STREET- Named after one of the greatest generals in Cagayan de Oro which is considered to be a local hero, the street is still as great as the name implies. Well, not literally about heroism but more on foods. Here you can find one of the local's best "lugaw" with affordable rates. Check out the Image 4 showing a girl checking and/or preparing the food entitled "KONJI".

COGON MARKET- After roaming around the street of Capistrano, we headed ourselves to Cogon Market via Velez Street and JR Borja Extension. Cogon Market is actually CDO's public market, a great spot of documenting the local scenario and its daily activities.
A souvenir shot at the 2nd Floor of Cogon Market. Photo courtesy: Abel Matthew Silawan
MACABALAN PIER- Cagayan de Oro's very own Sea Port (Cargos and Passengers). This is good spot of documenting the sunrise.

BULUA WESTBOUND MARKET- Another public market on the west side of the city. If you like documenting fishermen doing transactions with middlemen or business owners, this area is good for you.

DE LARA PARK (MCARTHUR PARK)- Another public recreation site located in the city. 

VELEZ STREET- The road connecting to the sea and considered to be one of the oldest roads in the city. Yes, it was called the "Kalye del Mar" during the Spanish period.

Final Note:
Being the City Ambassador is one of the most challenging positions while doing the project. Not to mention that you need to be awake for the span of 24 hours. That’s from midnight to 11:59pm. Taking part in this project is like a marathon. You need to be constant with yourself, with your creativity and your skills while presenting your image results. As my first time on joining this event, the experience is totally amazing and possibly one of the most noteworthy occasions i had for a photowalk.

What something worthy about the event is that documentation is unimpeachable, so does reality in photographs.  While in the same manner, we never know the condition, the story, and the moment that we are heading through. Sometimes, we need to learn to listen to the story before we see the truth. It explains the basic nature of the photography- in particular, the connection with reality and time which portrays that sense of narrative.

I may not have completed the entire 24 hour challenge of taking every photo lacking the 2pm and 3pm time schedules nonetheless, I believe I am successful on documenting human condition in Cagayan de Oro City which applies to this event. A total of 22 hours is much interesting than compromising the entire project because your body says “I quit!”

As what Henri Cartier-Bresson once said, “Of all the means of expression, photography is the only one that lives forever the precise and transitory instant. We photographers deal in things that are continually vanishing and when they have vanished, there is no contrivance on earth that can make the come back again.” As stated around 1952.

See you on the next 24HourProject!

Check out the official photos i had during this year's 24HourProject. Click the image for bigger size format or click mouse 2 then click the "open image in new tab". You may also want to visit my photography facebook page at:

Bonus: The last photo i captured before going my way home taken at 12:10am on the 20th of March 2016 entitled Midnight Sonata.

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