Wednesday, May 13, 2015

CDO’s Leading Resort Hotel Celebrates Board-Sport


Cagayan de Oro’s leading resort hotel, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel, will be having a SKIM BOARDING COMPETITION dubbed as “SHORE BREAKS: A Skim-boarding Competition” this coming May 16, 2015 .

With the success of the Skim-Boarding Competition during the 2nd Kabaybayonan Music and Sports Festival last April 10, 2015 held at the Apple Tree Resort and Hotel and the request of the majority, another competition was formulated and be realized this summer season.

The event coined as “SHORE BREAKS” was created in order to promote the sport to Northern Mindanao and provides opportunities to the youth to actively engage in programs and activities which upholds the quality of life. It also create and develop an understanding of the importance of sport in the pursuit of a healthy and active lifestyle and to persevere in order to achieve success.
According to Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis, the General Manager of the said Resort Hotel, “the event is set to be an annual celebration of the sport and/or twice a year eyeing for the month of May and October.” She added, “We decided to do so in order to provide a sense of community and allows the sport to progress in ways that never seen before”.

Skim-boarding (or skimming) is board-sport similar to surfing which takes place near the shore and uses a skimboard in order to glide across the water’s surface to meet an incoming, breaking wave, shorebreak, and ride it back to shore.

Skim-boarding has a rich history. What started over 60 years ago at Laguna Beach, Southern California on round wood boards by the Laguna lifeguards has evolved into a highly competitive water sport. Accordingly, most people know skim-boarding as “that thing you do on the sand,” and while this is true, skim-boarding has become so much more than that. Skim-boarding has developed since then to ride waves much like surfing, performing aerial maneuvers and pulling into the barrel of the wave.
SHORE BREAKS will commence on May 16, 2015 (Saturday) from 7am and closing program will be at 6pm. The Skim-boarding event has 2 different categories. 20 selected contestants will battle the shore of Apple Tree Resort and Hotel for the Open Category. Participants must be 16 years of age above to join this category. While 10 selected contestants will fight for the Kid Category which is open from 7 up to 15 years of age.

First and Second Placers of each categories will receive an Overnight Superior Accommodation with breakfast for 2 persons and complimentary tickets for the Infinity and Sea horse-shaped pools, Cash, Certification and customized Trophy. While Winners will get a new and customized Skim-board with all the above-mentioned prizes.

Finally, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel sends out an invitation that rings clear with one central message, “Are You Ready for SHORE-BREAKS? It’s time for a fantastic escape. Discover Apple Tree Resort and Hotel.”

This event is brought to you by: Engr. Danilo O. Daroy, Nature's Spring, Geo Transports and Constructions, Inc., Venray Construction, Northern Mindanao Practical Shooting Association (NMPSA), Easy Rock 96.9 FM, Clix (Cagayan de Oro's Premier Go-to-Site), The Launchpad Magazine, Best Spots PH, Eats Good to be in CDO, Business Week Mindanao, The Cagayan Times, Mindanao Daily News, Mindanao Star, and Clement Dampal Photography

Apple Tree Resort and Hotel is located in Opol, Misamis Oriental. Within this 7,000 square meter property are 39 luxurious guestrooms and suites, indoor and outdoor function spaces for corporate and social events, indoor and outdoor dining outlets, 2 swimming pools and a private beach, and a host of activities for fun & leisure.

For more information on Apple Tree Resort and Hotel, call (63 8822) 75-46-49/75-43-28 or (63 88) 555-0003, or email Take in the new Apple Tree look by visiting them on the worldwide web at

Apple Tree Resort and Hotel is Cagayan de Oro City’s premier resort hotel.

Covering over 7,000 square meters, the property boasts a full range of facilities and service for business and leisure, including 39 luxurious guestrooms and suites, indoor and outdoor function spaces for corporate and social events, indoor and outdoor dining outlets, 2 swimming pools and a private beach, and a host of activities for fun & leisure. All these come with a magnificent view of the Macajalar Bay and Camiguin Island and an ambiance that is solely and uniquely Apple Tree’s.

The property has been among the top destinations in the region since 1995, and that is for its unique position as Cagayan de Oro City’s only high-end beach resort plus its guarantee of superb service built on genuine and sincere care.

It’s time for a fantastic escape. Discover Apple Tree Resort & Hotel.

For media inquiries, contact:

Clement L. Dampal II
Marketing & PR Officer

 Tel       :   +63- 8822-75-46-49 or +63-88-555-0003
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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

5 of Luzon's Best Places to Celebrate the Holy Week

Holy Week is fast approaching and this year, Filipinos can enjoy a break from work starting on Maundy Thursday on April 2, 2015.

Christians all over the Philippines celebrate the Holy Week to remember the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the salvation of mankind and reenactments of His final days are held all over the country. Mahal na Araw celebrations are different in many parts of the country and some just stand out from the rest.

So get your maps ready, make sure your car insurance documents are in the glove compartment, check the expiry on your driver’s license, and fill up the gas tank because we’re going on a road trip to see some of the best places in Luzon to take part in Holy Week celebrations.

1. “Maleldo” in San Fernando, Pampanga

San Fernando, Pampanga is one of the most popular Holy Week destinations in the Philippines because this is where you can see devotees actually crucify themselves to a cross. There are several sites where you can see the crucifixion including San Juan and Sta. Lucia but San Fernando’s Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) is best seen in barangay San Pedro Cutud where it all started in 1962. You can also see penitents who carry wooden crosses and those who whip themselves during Holy Week.

2. Moriones in Marinduque

You’ll have to ride a RoRo if you want to drive all the way to Marinduque but making the trip during Holy Week gives you the chance to experience the vibrant Moriones Festival.  Men and women wear “Morion” masks to depict Roman soldiers who are part of the Passion of the Christ story. Longinus, the Roman soldier who pierced Jesus’ side while he was on the cross, takes center stage in the Moriones festival.

3. “Pagpapako” in Baler, Aurora

Photo credit: Gerard Castaneda via
Bloody masked penitents wearing conical headdresses and garbed in dried banana leaves are some of the sights that I saw when I went to Baler, Aurora for Good Friday a few years back. “Pagpapako” is also celebrated at a hilltop of Ermita Hill and you can also catch a procession of different patron saints at Baler. While you’re at Baler, you can take surfing lessons and visit the Baler Museum. There are several beach-side resorts that you can stay at but book early as these can fill up easily.

4. Angono, Rizal, Lucban

If driving far is not an option for you, you can still join the Holy Week celebrations at Angono, Rizal. You can view the “Vigilia na Muling Pagkabuhay” at their church on Black Saturday. For Easter Sunday, young ladies called “Kapitana” and “Tenyenta” dance to celebrate the resurrection of Christ.

If you still have time, you can ask the locals to point you to the direction of the Angono Caves where you can see the Angono Petroglyphs, which date back to 5,000 years ago. Angono is known for its art scene and you can visit the Balaw-Balaw gallery and restaurant to view their large collection of paintings and sculptures.

5. Station of the Cross at the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban

Going to different churches for Visita Iglesia is part of the Holy Week tradition for many Pinoys. Head south to Lucban, Quezon and you could visit several churches along the way. You could also visit the Kamay ni Hesus Shrine in Lucban as one of your stops, which also has a station of the cross.

There are 290 + steps to the top of the hill where a 50-foot statue of the Ascending Christ. You’ll be rewarded with a fantastic view once you reach the top of the hill.

Planning to take a long drive to any of these places? Make sure your car is covered by insurance so you’re protected from any unexpected occurrence. Review your car insurance policy and see if you’re adequately covered.

Note: This article is a guest post contributed by Kyle Kam. Additionally, the attached photo was submitted for reference. Please check below information about the author.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Cebu at a Bird's-Eye View

People are particularly biased towards the things they cherished and I am no exception. The island of Cebu has been my home for years and still, it keeps surprising me whenever I decide to take a break and re-explore my hometown.  Being the centre for commerce in the Visayas region, Cebu has a progressive economy, with towering buildings at the heart of the city. But even with the fast-paced lifestyle that bounds people in Metro Cebu, I enjoy the humble and old-fashioned style of living (where farming, taking care of livestock and fishing are the norm) that still lingers in its land. I take pleasure in its resorts and white-sand beaches, with diving spots, which are highly coveted by locals and tourists. I truly enjoy bracing myself for festivals and fiestas in Cebu, where people celebrate life and their respective patron saints, mingle with other people, and especially, prepare a buffet of dishes. I guess you could say that food is one of the many things that excites Filipinos. Owing to our rich Spanish, American and Asian heritage, which shaped the mixed tastes of Filipino cuisine, Cebu hotels offer another adventure for their guests. Hotels or lodging establishment of all kinds have now ventured into offering a different dining experience and avenue – the rooftop.

I compiled a list of different hotels, condominiums and residential buildings in general, that you could check out when in Cebu to enjoy the rooftop dining experience.

·Blu Bar and Grill (Marco Polo Plaza Hotel)
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·If you are a classy traveller, Blu Bar and Grill on Marco Polo Plaza Hotel is the place for you. They have a wide array of desserts, wine selections, cocktails, grilled food, and other luxurious treats. A flairtender is also available to entertain guests.  Since it is located in Nivel Hills, Cebu City, it has a stunning view of almost all of Cebu City, Mandaue City and Lapu-lapu City. Unlike other hotels, they are only open for a shorter period, from 6:30pm to 10:30pm only.

·Chips Cafe (Copenhagen Residences)
·For people living in the Northern part of Cebu, you dont have to travel far to get a gorgeous view of Cebu island. Located in Mandaue City, Chips Cafe offers a 360-view from Lapulapu City to Mandaue City as well as the neighbouring mountains of Cebu City.  They serve American food as well as the all-time Filipino favorites. You can choose either indoor or outdoor dining plus, they also have a bar to keep guests refreshed. Chips Cafe is great if you are after good food  and a better view of the ocean.

· Blue Elephant Sky Lounge (Apple One)

·Blue Elephant Sky Lounge is a Thai-cuisine inspired restaurant that also offers other Asian dishes you can try out in Apple One building near Ayala Cebu. They have an al fresco dining, which is closer to viewing the beautiful cityscape of Cebu and the indoor VIP lounge, perfect if in case the weather goes bad. You pay P 300 per head if you decide to dine in the al fresco area and P 350 per head if you eat inside the VIP Lounge. But no worries since these are consumable with both food and drinks. They are open from 5pm til 12mn.
·Highlights Lounge (Harolds Hotel)

·Harolds Hotel is a business hotel situated in Lahug, Cebu City. It has a gorgeous view of Metro Cebu. While other hotels designed their rooftop restaurants in dimmer lights with an exaggeration of colourful neon rays that upsurge the desire to get in the groove to the latest pop songs, other hotels, like Harold's went for a subtle yet intimate ambience, playing mellow, classic music They have an adjoining bar for liquor-enthusiasts. They are serving from 5pm to 12mn. Prices of the food is relatively affordable compared to other restaurants.
·Sinugba Bai (Holiday Plaza Hotel)

·The Sinugba means “grilled food”, while Bai is something that you would call a friend. So if you like grilled pork and seafood, Sinugba Bai is a definite for you. It also offers a Filipino fiesta-inspired aura, with nipa cottages adorned with colorful lights. Sinugba Bai also has a bar, if you are after some liquor to accompany your conversations. They are open from 6pm til midnight.
I don't know about you but I love being on rooftops, especially during the twilight hours,  wherein people can enjoy the different blend of hues that colour the sunset sky and welcome the cool breeze of the evening wind. It also gives me the opportunity to see Cebu in a different angle. That does not  mean that I don't enjoy the cityscape of Metro Cebu during daytime since I don't really mind bathing in the rays of the sun on a hot afternoon. I like hearing the distant sounds of vehicles. When looking for an accommodation, look for places where you can enjoy Cebu at a bird's-eye view. Its more peaceful up there and there's nothing better than adding food to the experience.

Note: This article is a guest post contributed by a Content Specialist from Copenhagen Residences. Additionally, the attached photos were submitted for reference. Please check below information about the author.

Roy Aznar worked as a reporter and news anchor for RPN TV 9, a local TV station in the Philippines. He is currently working at Iron Wood Property Ventures Corp. as its Public Relations Officer.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Colour's Landscape Photography Workshop with Randall Cipriano

Heads up Cagayan de Oro as Fujifilm X-Photographer Randall Cipriano will share his knowledge and skills on Landscape Photography this coming March 07, 2015 (Saturday) at Centrio Mall, Ayala Center, Cagayan de Oro with hands-on tutorials.

Randall Cipriano is a renowned Filipino Landscape and Architectural Photographer and a Brand Ambassador for Fujifilm Philippines. He has been documenting landscapes through photography since 2007. A proud X-Photographer, Randall's work of images with copyright license has been featured here in the country and acclaimed internationally. On a much recent work, Randall was one of the Award-winning Speakers of the successful Photo World Asia 2015 "Merging Technologies: Photo Show and Convention" with topics on the "Principles of Landscape Photography" last January 29 to February 03, 2015 held at Glorietta Mall, Ayala Center & (ACCM) AIM Conference Center Manila, Makati City, Metro Manila back to back with the Japanese X-Photographer Masaaki Aihara.

In addition, Randall is one of the pioneers of digital false-color infrared in the country which resulted in dynamic and surreal images imbued with his unique methods of post-processing and long-exposures setting.

According to him, he value the challenges of learning something new by visiting new places and revisiting the old; meeting new people, and looking for the chance to use tools and new technologies to improve upon the craft of photography. He treats photography as a journey and a path of continued learning and "that is my goal- to use whatever spare time to travel and explore; to see and capture the amazing show of landscape and light wherever that may be" as he added.

Follow him at to check his works.

Right Photo courtesy by Piolo Pascual

Brought to you by Colours and Fujifilm Philippines, all photographers are invited to join this event. The workshop is open to the public regardless of the camera brand someone uses. And what's more? The workshop is FREE!
Fujifilm X-T1, XF10-24mm F4 R LM OIS, Formatt-Hitech Prostop IRND 3 Stops,Phottix Aion

Important information to consider below are as follows:
- EVENT TYPE: Landscape Photography Workshop
         - Registration: 10:00am
         - Lecture: 10:00am to 12:00nn (3rd Level Foyer, Centrio Mall, Ayala Center CdeO)
         - Meet up: 01:30pm (Colours Centrio)
         - Hands-on: 02:30pm to 06:00pm (High-Ridge and Old Pier)
    - Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras and/or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens cameras
          - Point and Shoot camera owners are also welcome to join.
          - Your creativity!
          - Yourself! Yourself! Yourself!

Again, this workshop is open to all. For inquiries and/or pre-registration, please register at Slots are limited.

Please do us a favor! Kindly spread this word to all your Canon user friends living in Cagayan de Oro City and nearby provinces!

See you on March 07, 2015!
Fujifilm X-T1, XF10-24mm F4 R LM OIS, 10mm F4 30s ISO2000, 240 frames stacked star trails (2 hours)
With built-in intervalometer of the X-T1
Disclaimer Policy:

Photos are owned by the Speaker himself (Randall Cipriano) and used for information drive only.

Monday, January 26, 2015

8 Summer Destinations Near Manila You Can Drive to

Next to a house, a car is one of the biggest and most useful purchases you will make in your adult life. Given the costs of the vehicle itself along with fuel, maintenance, and car insurance in the Philippines, you’ll naturally want to make the most of your investment.

A car isn't just for commuting to and from the office; you can also use it to take spur-of-the-moment outings alone or with your loved ones. And with summer fast approaching, now’s the perfect time to start planning your next road trip. Here we have a small selection of places you can drive to for the weekend.

1. Antipolo
By far the shortest journey on this list, Antipolo shows that you can find lots of fun places to visit right in Metro Manila’s backyard. Take a tour of the city’s old churches and religious sites like Via Dolorosa and Mystical Cave. You can also check out one of the city’s best-kept secrets: Hinulugang Taktak, a protected national park and waterfall.

2. Bulacan
Located just outside Metro Manila, Bulacan offers plenty of choices for those with an avid interest in history. Visit places you’ve read about in textbooks, such as Barasoain Church in Malolos. The province is also home to natural wonders such as Biak-na-Bato National Park, Verdivia Falls, and Pulilan Butterfly Haven.

3. Pampanga
In addition to serving as a gateway to nearby provinces like Bataan and Zambales, Pampanga boasts fun activities you can try with your family. Make time in February for the annual Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta at Clark Freeport Zone, where you can also visit parks like Paradise Ranch, Deca Wake Park, and the relocated Nayong Pilipino. You can also try your hand at exploring Mount Arayat, or unwind at Abe’s Farm in Magalang.

4. Tarlac
Tarlac is fast making a name for itself in both history and eco-tourism. Head on down to Capas to see the Capas National Shrine or to embark on a trek to Mount Pinatubo. You can also visit the municipalities of Bamban, Mayantoc and San Jose for nature hiking, or dine at the whimsical Isdaan Restaurant in Gerona.

5. Tagaytay
Tagaytay is a popular road trip destination for ManileƱos, especially during peak season and Holy Week. Enjoy the city’s iconic view of Taal Lake, take your kids to local hotspots like the Picnic Grove and Sky Ranch, or get in touch with your inner nature spirit at Sonya’s Garden. Don’t forget to sample the area’s fresh fruits and buko pie while food-tripping along Aguinaldo Highway.

6. Laguna
While Laguna is home to the world-class theme park Enchanted Kingdom, there is so much more to the province in terms of native attractions and handicrafts. Drive down to Calamba and see the childhood home of Jose Rizal, watch expert woodcarvers at work in Paete, tempt fate with the local legends of Mount Makiling, or take home a pair of native slippers from Liliw. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can also attempt paying a visit to all of the Seven Lakes of San Pablo.

7. Cavite
You may be surprised to hear that Corregidor Island, the island fortress that played a key role in World War II, is technically considered part of Cavite. The province is located just south of the Greater Manila Area, and is home to historic sites like the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit and the Andres Bonifacio House in General Trias. Along the Cavite side of Manila Bay you can also find beach resorts like Puerto Azul, Caylabne Bay, and Pico de Loro Country Club.

8. Batangas
Drive a little further past Tagaytay and you will reach Batangas, where you can get a taste of the province’s native chocolate and authentic kapeng barako. Charter a boat to Taal Lake in Talisay and explore Volcano Island on foot, or drive as far south as Mabini to the coast’s many beaches and dive spots. The province also has its share of old churches and ancestral homes for those who want a glimpse into the country’s past.

Before embarking on any road trip, you must always have all the necessary precautions in place to prepare for your long drive out of town. If you’re travelling with a group, you can take turns driving or plan your route (rest stops and all) beforehand. Don’t forget to invest in a good car insurance plan and carry emergency supplies in case of road accidents. And above all, drive safely and have fun!

Is your car protected yet? Visit and check out the Car Insurance portal to compare the most affordable rates in the Philippines. For more budget and finance tips, don’t forget to give the MoneyMax blog a quick peek.

Note: This article is a guest post contributed by Kyle Kam. Additionally, the attached photo was submitted for reference. Please check below information about the author.

Kyle Kam is an online marketing specialist for Moneymax, the Philippines’ leading financial comparison website. Whenever he’s not working, he’s busy at home watching MMA videos the whole day. You may follow him on Twitter @undisputedkyle
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