Saturday, January 21, 2017

Take A Peek: Pasalamat Festival 2017 Street Dancing and Festival Queen Competition

The City of Pagadian successfully showcased the annual celebration of the Pasalamat Festival last January 15, 2017 filling the city's streets leading to Plaza Luz with vibrant hues of participants performing their distinctive yet synchronized dances while singing "Viva! Senyor Sto. Niño! Pit Senyor!".

Pasalamat Festival is an annual celebration of the locals of Pagadian City giving thanks for the bountiful and fruitful harvest in honor to its patron saint, Sto. Niño (The Holy Child Jesus), which coincides with the feast-day of Cebu City. The festivity celebrated every third Sunday of January. Accordingly, the origin of the Pasalamat Festival was meant to honor the folklore god of agriculture. "The locals had to go to Mt. Kanlaon to honor the god and to give their gratitude from an abundant harvest. But as time had passed, it was transformed into far more colorful and exciting event to be in."

One of the highlight events during the Pasalamat Festival are the Street Dancing, Ritual Showdown, and the Festival Queen Competition participated by thirteen public secondary schools in the city.

Sta. Lucia National High School was announced as the Champion for the ritual showdown competition bagging the grand prize worth P200,000.00. The Pagadian City Science High School garnered the Second Placer receiving P100,000.00 while Co Tek Chun National High School placed on the Third Placer receiving P75,000.00.

For the Street Dancing Competition, Pagadian City Science High School announced as the Champion receiving the cash prize of P100,000.00 followed by Zamboanga del Sur National High School (San Pedro Annex) as the 2nd Placer with P75,000.00. Napolan National High School was announced as the 3rd Placer receiving P50,000.00.

On the other hand, Ms Shiela Mae Navaro, an 18-year old student of Co Tek Chun National High School was announced as the Festival Queen 2017.

All winners received trophies while non-lucky contingents received consolation prizes.

Photos courtesy of Al-Rashid Ahadain with permission.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Cagayan de Oro to celebrate the 2nd Chinese New Year Festival

In observance of the Chinese New Year which will fall on January 28, 2017, The City Government of Cagayan de Oro will be celebrating the Chinese New Year Festival marked as the 2nd season of the said event, welcoming the Year of the Rooster with different activities line up.

The 2nd Chinese New Year Festival will commence on January 21, 2017 at 4:00pm in Tirso Neri- Apolinar Velez- Abejuela Streets, which will the follow by a series of activities until February 09, 2017.

Other activities for the said festival are as follows:

* CHINESE FOOD FAIR AND EXHIBIT at Centrio Mall, Ayala during mall hours on January 27, 2017 with motorcade around 4:00pm from Rodelsa Circle to the key areas in the city to Divisoria.

* CHINESE ZODIAC FORECAST (Mall hours), from January 27 to February 09, 2017.

* NEW YEAR'S DAY CEREMONIES (Whole day) at the Bell Church Biasong, Macasandig on January 28, 2017.

* LION DANCE AND CULTURAL SHOWS by Kong Hua School and Oro Christian Grace School at Limketkai Center from 2:00pm to 5:00pm on January 28, 2017.

* CHINESE NEW YEAR DANCE COMPETITION at the Activity Area, Gaisano City Mall around 2:00pm on January 28, 2017.

* CHINESE COSPLAY FESTIVAL at the Activity Center, Centrio Mall, Ayala, around 5:00pm on January 28, 2017.

* CHINESE NEW YEAR CELEBRATION with performances by Kong Hua School at the Activity Center, Centrio Mall, Ayala on January 29, 2017.

GONG XI FA CAI!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

LINX Lounge Bar- The Newest Luxury Lounge Bar in Cebu

Experience the Luxury as one of the newest lounge bars in Metro Cebu is set to open its doors to the public tonight (January 20, 2017, Friday) with its theme Plush FRIDAYS (Experience the Luxury).

.LOUNGING AT ITS BEST.

LINX Lounge Bar is located at the City Time Square 2 (Beside City Time Square 1) Mantawi Avenue, Reclamation Area, Mandaue City, Cebu. Accordingly, LINX Lounge Bar has an estimated floor area of 300+ square meters which can accommodate up to 250 persons. The Luxury Lounge Bar features an alfresco bar outside the establishment. Additionally, the audio system has been meticulously tuned and innovated by Tom Anderson Lim Uy (LAV SOLUTIONS), the man behind the great audio music of LIV Super Club's both Cebu and Cagayan de Oro. Hence, expect a sense of music euphoria.

The Luxury Club will feature some of Metro Cebu's finest DJ's for their soft opening tonight (January 20, 2017) including DJ CharlZ, and DJ Jack Dong. Moreover, LINX Lounge Bar will be bringing Carla Espiritu, one of Manila's female DJ's to watch for and 2 special celebrity guests (female and male).

Photo sources: 
- Oblivion via Carla Espiritu
- DJ CharlZ
- LIV Super Club via DJ Jack Dong

The good news is, NO ENTRANCE FEE for tonight's soft opening. A strict dress code policy will be implemented and age restriction applies (18+).

For inquiries and table reservations, call/text (0916) 736 6626. Look for Jay.

#LINXLounge #ExperienceTheLuxury
DJ Carla Espiritu (Photo source: Oblivion)
DJ Carla Espiritu (Photo source: Oblivion)
DJ CharlZ of Metro Cebu
DJ Jack Dong of Metro Cebu (Photo source: LIV Superclub)

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Wild Birds in MisOr officially launched through MAPS’ Photo Exhibit

A photo exhibit of the different avian in Misamis Oriental (MisOr) province was officially launched last January 11, 2017 (Wednesday) at the Activity Center, Centrio Mall, Ayala, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.
The Founding Members of the Mindanao Avian Photographic Society (MAPS) during the 1st day of the Photo Exhibit.

Misamis Oriental is a province located in the Northern part of Mindanao. It is a haven of many species of birds many of which are considered endemic especially to the island of Mindanao.

The three-day photo exhibit which will run from January 11-13, 2017 and conducted by the Mindanao Avian Photographic Society also known as MAPS, a group composed of creative, dynamic, and passionate individuals with a burning passion of conservation awareness, has put on display the 44 images of different wild bird species found in the province of Misamis Oriental of which 6 species are said to be endemic to the Island of Mindanao.

MAPS aims to showcase and provide a glimpse of some of the avian treasures in Misamis Oriental province through this photo exhibit in the hope that this encourages love and respect, protection, and conservation of our feathered friends. The photo exhibit also promotes an awareness of protection and preservation of our environment including birds whose existence has been threatened due to habitat loss, and destruction, and certain various developments.
Little Grebe Cotabato- A subspecies of the Little Grebe endemic to the Island of Mindanao, Philippines.
Location: Cagayan de Oro City.

Wild Birds in MisOr was launched in celebration to the 87th Founding Anniversary of Misamis Oriental and 4th Kuyamis Festival. The photo exhibit is supported by the province of Misamis Oriental and in collaboration with the Department of Tourism Misamis Oriental.

MAPS Team went on a different birding expeditions covering various locations where different bird species have been officially documented and surveyed. Location includes key cities and municipalities such as Cagayan de Oro City, and El Salvador City, Municipality of Alubijid, Opol, Initao, Naawan, and Manticao.

The bird species displayed are as follows with corresponding Photographers:
- Marcelino Tumanda Jr: Yellow-breasted Fruit Dove, Black-backed Swamphen, Philippine Bulbul
- Marlon Lapuz: Black-faced Coucal, Whimbrel, Osprey, Pied Bushchat.
- Aimee Valencia: Red-keeled Flowerpecker, Black-naped Monarch, Philippine Drungo Cuckoo.
- Neil Konrad Binayao III: Common Kingfisher, Brown-throated Sunbird, Southern Philippine Dwarf-Kingfisher.
- Jose Capangpangan: Brown shrike, Guaiabero, White-browed Crake.
- Clement Dampal II: Southern Rufous Paradise Flycatcher, Little Grebe Cotabato, Southern Philippine Dwarf-Kingfisher, Zebra Dove, Little Bronze Cuckoo.
- Charles Al Cepeda: Philippine Serpent Eagle, Cattle Egret, Yellow-vented Bulbul.
- Jimboy Munoz: Chestnut Munia, Olive-backed Sunbird, Asian Glossy Starling.
- Ike Batalla: Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Coppersmith Barbet, Philippine Trogon, Little Ringed Plover.
- Dondon Baculio: Philippine Coucal, Chinese Egret, Philippine Tailorbird, Eurasian Curlew.
- Fayeed Tan: Southern Silvery Kingfisher, Mindanao Wattled Broadbill, Philippine Scops Owl.
- Francis Yongco Jr: Short-billed Brown Dove, Philippine Magpie Robin, Striated Heron.
- Bobby Famas: Long-tailed Shrike, Mangrove Blue-Flycatcher, White-breasted Woodswallow.

ACadeO's Choice Awards and Orofy Launching

Another remarkable event will commence in Cagayan de Oro City on February 11, 2017 (Saturday) as ACadeO proudly brings the 1st ACadeO's Choice Award and Orofy Grand Launching.

The website www.aboutcagayandeoro.com also known as ACadeO founded by Logicbase Interactive LLC., is one of the leading go-to website for local tourism information in Cagayan de Oro. ACadeO have been in the web landscape for almost 2 years and amassed massive readership with over 100,000 followers on their official facebook account and still growing.

Logic Base Interactive LLC will be launching its one-of-a-kind mobile applicable called the "Orofy" on February 11, 2017 (Saturday) at 4pm, to be held at the Centrio Mall, Activity Center, Ayala. Accordingly, this application allows users to locate establishments, local events, tourism spots, hotel destinations and restaurant landscapes that will eventually give them easier access and drive significant awareness.

In line with the launching of Orofy, ACadeO will also be conducting the 1st AcadeO's Choice Awards that will recognize local business establishments and personalities who have helped and inspired Cagayan de Oro's progressive developments.

Additionally, it will also be holding the 1st AcadeO Film Festival and the 1st AcadeO's Got Talent to help uplift the local talents and bring in people to the event.

The official list of categories for the 1st ACadeO's Choice Awards:
- Restaurant of the Year
- Best Filipino Restaurant
- Best Foreign Restaurant
- Crispiest Lechon
- Tastiest Pizza
- Yummiest Burger
- Best Place with a View
- Hotel of the Year
- Resort of the Year
- Most Unique Business Concept
- Most Inspiring Business Story
- Salon and Spa of the Year
- Funkiest DJ of the Year
- Event Host of the Year
- Blogger of the Year
- Makeup Artist of the Year
- Photographer of the Year
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Fashion Designer of the Year
- CDO's Role Model of the Year
- Sports Personality of the Year
- Fitness Center of the Year
- Tatak CDO Product of the Year
- Friendliest Staff from any Establishment
- Most Intragrammable Place of the Year


The official programme are as follows:
- ACadeO AVP and Jingle
- Opening Prayer
- National Anthem
- Opening Remarks (Ms Yani Briones)
- 1st Orofy Teaser
- 1st Batch of ACadeO Awards (5 Categories)
- Intermission Number
- 2nd Orofy Teaser
- 2nd Batch of ACadeO Awards (5 Categories)
- Intermission Number
- 3rd Orofy Teaser
- 3rd Batch of ACadeO Awards (5 Categories)
- Special Award: Film Fest
- Introduction of Special Judges
- 4th Orofy Teaser
- 4th Batch of ACadeO Awards (5 Categories)
- ACadeO's Got Talent
- Launching of Orofy Mobile App and Simultaneous Download
- 5th Batch of ACadeO Awards (5 Categories)
- Announcement of ACadeO's Got Talent Winners
- Closing Remarks (Mr Bryan King)

This event is brought to you by ACADEO, LogicBase Interactive LLC. in Partnership with Mercedes Bakery. Together with the following sponsors Bigby's Café & Restaurant, Boy Zugba, Giuseppe Pizzeria and Sicilian Roast CDO, Maison de Bonbon Cafe and Restaurant, Missy Bon Bon, House of Native Lechon, Stargate Dream Vacation Resort, Dahilayan Forest Park Resort, Cucina Higala, Brownie Bites, Thai Me Up, Monster Kitchen Academy, Chez Marie Bar Cafe and Restaurant, ZORDZ RESTOBAR, 99 Ranch CDO, Pohoda Spa and Sauna, FrostBitescdo, Lefty's Chick-N-Chops, Centrio Mall, More Bites Pizza, Seda Centrio, and Limketkai Luxe Hotel & Event Photographers Studio 101 and Clement Dampal Photography to be hosted by R-funk Ylaya and Nicole Abas Datayan.

Media partners: Maddmen Productions, ABSC-CBN Cagayan de Oro, Urban Life-Mindanao Gold Star Daily, and Best Spots PH.
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