I felt nostalgic when I covered the event of Kumbira today. I remembered my HRM college days in Liceo de Cagayan University. After 14 years, I was able to witness it again. Whoa! This event is indeed the longest-running annual culinary arts show and competition where it showcases the culinary skills and talents of both professional Chefs and students. 

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Kumbira an annual culinary festival which is the flagship project of the Cagayan de Oro Hotel and Restaurant Association or COHARA. This event aims to showcase the best culinary creations while incorporating the latest culinary trends. 

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It also aims to promote healthy competition and camaraderie among the different hotels and restaurants, schools, as well as to elevate the standards of the culinary industry in the Region. 

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It recognizes and showcase the culinary skills and talents of both professionals and students. It also help develop the creativity and excellence in food and beverage artistry through their various competitions and exhibitions. 

You can still see and witness the culinary show and live competition tomorrow, August 14, 2015 at The Atrium of Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. 





This month of August is gonna be a fun and exciting month here in Cagayan de Oro City. Why? it's because of The Kagay-an Festival which is now called Higalaay Festival. It is a month-long festival in celebration of Cagayan de Oro’s patron saint Señor San Agustin which is held every month of August. 

This years Higalaay Festival is even more exciting because they added some events which is something new and unique.

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An event called “Higalaay Sports Festival” will have a sports hub during the three day tournament. It is composed of different popular sporting activities namely 3 on3 Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Frisbee, Rugby, Swimming, Futsal, Mixed Martial Arts. Anyone can enjoy playing their favorite games or sports activity while relishing the rest of the Fiesta activities. 

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Rafthon is best described as “Adventure Fun Run” where it calls white water rafting and team effort. It’s a fun way to experience the “Higalaay Spirit” with your friends, co-workers and relatives. It’s an awesome activity that brings people together to have a great adventure and experience. 

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The Higalaay Street Festival 2015 is another fun and exciting event where Kagay-anons warmly welcome to the most immensely colossal street party to transpire ever in CDO , highlighted by a very rare collaboration of the Top DJ Teams of CDO setting the pace and gradually building up the “Higalaay Countdown” when the clock strikes Twelve, closing the month long celebration with the Higalaay Toast. 

So, make sure to check it out and join the fun because that is the time to celebrate and party with your Higala to discover and Cagayan de Oro is called the City of Golden Friendship. 




Our group, the CDO Bloggers were invited to attend the Commit to be Fit Event by Limketkai Center. It was a fun, entertaining and educational event. It is a Sports, Wellness and Beauty Exhibit where it showcases how to live a healthy life with tips and advice on health, nutrition, fitness and weight loss. 


On the first day, it was a Meet and Greet event with Planet Sports Brand Ambassador Daniel Matsunaga. The said event was filled with screaming fans who eagerly wants to take a selfie with the handsome hunk actor. 

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Daniel also shares his secret on how develop and maintain his good physique and also shared his tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. 

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On the second day, Nadine Tengco, a US-certified Fitness nutritionist was there for a cooking demo. She is the sought-after diet coach to the well known Filipino celebrities. She shared a lot of helpful tips and advice about eating the right food, about what we should eat and what's not to eat. 

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with the sexy and beautiful Chef Nadine Tengco 

I personally thanked Chef Nadine for teaching us the right way to eat healthy. I've learned a lot and I will apply it as part of my healthy eating habit and lifestyle. :) 

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Other activities from the said event includes Belly Dancing, Yoga session and Zumba dancing.  All for free! 

Overall, it was a huge success and I would like to thank Limketkai Center for the invitation. Thanks also Limketkai Luxe Hotel for the treat. I absolutely enjoyed it! :) 








Good news to all thrill and adrenaline seekers out there! 

Sky diving is finally here in Cagayan de Oro City! 

Nothing beats the rush you get from throwing yourself out of a soaring plane! 

After your first jump, you'll be hooked. Whether you're interested in just a tandem jump, or getting your solo cert, whatever you like you can now enjoy it here in CDO. 

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SKYDIVE CDOC is now offering the city’s first skydive learning outfitter. It is now open to the general public. 

Check out the Skydiving costs below: 

Instructor Assisted Deployment (IAD) = P14,500 
2nd Jump = P3,500 
License / Certified Jumpers / with own gears = P3,000 

For further information and for more inquiries, please visit MCEUBHUNZ GUNS AND AMMO at 6th Division, Patag, Cagayan de Oro City or contact at 09173233122/855-0174. 

See the poster above for other details. 

Enjoy the Fastest, Safest, and Easiest Way to Experience the Thrill of Freefall in CDO! 

Contact SKYDIVE CDOC today! 




I had a blast on my birthday when I celebrated it together with my family at High Ridge restaurant. It was a simple dinner but its very memorable for me since my family and I really enjoyed the night while we were there. 

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High Ridge has an entrance fee of P100/pax but it is consumable on food and drinks. The ambiance of the place is so nice specially when you go there during night time. What makes this restaurant so popular and a must visit place is because of the overlooking view of the city which is very nice indeed! 

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Sitting at the veranda is an advantage to see the greater panoramic view of Cagayan de Oro City before sunset and the glittering sea of city lights at night. It's a wonderful place to be for business meeting, family or friends dinner.

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for our dinner we ordered this Fiesta Platter and also Sinuglaw, Calamares, Marinated Pork Tenderloin, Brocolli & Cheese Soup 

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With regards to the food, I can say that its average. It's good but its not that deliciously good. Well, maybe because I'm expecting that somehow it has the same taste with the other restaurants who also serve the same menu that we've ordered. 

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What I love about High Ridge is the panoramic view of CDO which is priceless. A perfect spot for couples and family get together. 

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and Oh! before I forget, I'd like to thank High Ridge for this yummy surprise treat on my birthday. ^_^ 


High Ridge is now open everyday from 12noon to 12 midnight. 

For reservations, please call these numbers: 0917-326-1361 0943-708-5492
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A few weeks ago, we were invited to attend the launching of Sony Philippines latest line of smart and innovative televisions with the new 4k and Full HD TVs. Sony has once again takes the big leap in sound and home entertainment technology with these latest TVs which has an Android OS in it. 

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The new 4K model televisions and Full HD Series of Sony is supported by Google's latest Android TV operating system which allows users to easily watch streaming videos. It can also be used as a gaming device with enhanced features for a full interactive Android experience. The latest Android TV operating system indeed offers user interface with numerous entertainment options for a more immersive viewing experience. 

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Aside from that, the new Bravia 4k TVs come with the new 4K Processor X1 that provides clarity, color accuracy and contrast, which all contributes to a better Sony 4K viewing experience. 

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With the new Sony Bravia Full HD line up, it is specifically designed to cater to a versatile home entertainment lifestyle. So, why don't you take your viewing and cinematic experience to a whole new level and upgrade your Bravia TV now! 

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The new Bravia 4K and Full HV TVs are now available in Sony Centers and authorized dealers. You can also visit the Sony Center here in CDO at the 3rd Floor of Centrio Ayala Mall. For more information visit sony.com.ph or like facebook.com/SonyPhilippines or follow them in Twitter @SonyPHinc. 



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A few days ago, my family and I traveled for the first time going to Davao City for a church related conference. We use our own car and it took us roughly around 8 hours before we arrived in Davao City. We traveled from Cagayan de Oro at 10:00 pm and arrived in Davao at 6:00 am. 

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While we were on our way to Lanang, the traffic enforcers caught us and informed us that we drive too fast. We just knew that Davao City has a speed limit for a minimum of 30 kph. So, when you are planning to visit Davao City using your own car, you should follow the traffic rules because they are unforgiving to traffic violators. 

Davao City is also a smoke free city. Meaning smoking anywhere including public utility vehicles, shopping malls, bars, clubs is not allowed and you could be fined. That's what I had observed when we were there. Suffice it to say, we truly enjoyed our stay in Davao. It is an anchor tourist destination. It is a bustling and dynamic metropolis from different tribes, cultures and faiths and is abundant with amazing spectacles and destinations. 

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Davao is home to the majestic Philippine Eagle, the country's national bird and considered the largest eagle in the world. 

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It also boasts of the most priced Philippine orchid species and the most exotic and popular fruit in Davao.... the Durian!

Here are some of the best places in Davao known to offer tourists and even locals the best getaway experience.  We only visited a few of this places since we ran out of time and we have to go home immediately. Hopefully next time we are going to visit all of this places too.

 1) The Gap Orchard Resort 
2) Malagos Garden Resort 
3) Davao Zorb Park 
4) Tribu K Mindanawan Cultural Village 
5) Magsaysay Park Fruits Stands 
6) Davao Crocodile Park 
7)The Philippine Eagle Nature Center 
8)Eden Mountain Resort 
9)People's Park 

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10) Mt. Apo 
11) Davao Butterfly House 
12) Jacks Ridge 
13) Magsaysay Park 
14) Davao Chinatown 

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I encourage you my friends to take some time to visit this awesome place and enjoy the wonders it offers. Enjoy the best of both worlds in Davao City - a fascinating mix of small town allure and the sophisticated comforts of a modern metropolis. 

Davao City is truly an exciting cosmopolitan destination with a harmonious mix of nature and culture, wildlife and nightlife, spectacular islands and breathtaking highlands that make up one truly unforgettable Davao experience. 








The first and the newest laser tag combat zone is now in CDO! 

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If you are not familiar with this game, it is actually a team sport and recreational activity where players attempt to score points by shooting and tagging opponents, just like air soft and paintball but it uses a laser gun. 

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The thrill and fun in playing Laser Tag is really awesome! That's why you really have to try it for yourself and find out what the fuss is all about. They are still on soft opening so they still have some improvement plans in store in the coming months.

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Laser Blast is located at the 3rd floor of UHRHC Building just at the back Corpus Christi High School in Macasandig here in Cagayan de Oro City.

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Their Promo Rate is P150/person/game. Game time is 15 minutes. 

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NEW OPERATING HOURS: 

Sunday to Wednesday - 10am to 8pm 
Thursday to Saturday- 10am to 9pm 

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For booking or reservations , you may contact them at 0917-6761773 during office hours. 

So, what are you waiting for? 

SUIT UP and PLAY LASER TAG today! 


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Last May 16, 2015, I was invited to witness the Skim Boarding Competition dubbed as "Shore Breaks" which was hosted by Cagayan de Oro’s leading resort hotel, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel.

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The competition was divided into two categories. The Kids category from 7 to 15 years old and adult category from 16 years old and above. All the skimmers showed off their skim boarding skills that ran from morning 7am until 6pm. 

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The event 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. 

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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. 

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Kids Category: 

Champion – Lester De Rosal 
1st Place – Luther Uban, Jr. 
2nd Place – Crismar Lariosa 

Adult Category: 

Champion – Arnel dela Cruz 
1st Place – Kenny Egam 
2nd Place – Christian Quitat 



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The First and Second Placers of each categories received 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. 

This event is brought to you by Mindanao Daily News, Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Star, Cagayan Times, Clix, and Easy Rock 96.9 FM and of course hosted by Apple Tree Resort and Hotel which is located in Opol, Misamis Oriental. 

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 fantasticescape@appletreeresortcdo.com. Take in the new Apple Tree look by visiting them on the worldwide web at appletreeresortcdo.com. 

Congratulations to all the winners and to Apple Tree Resort and Hotel for the success of this event!
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My daughter and I was privileged to be invited to the Grand Opening of Galileo Enrichment Learning Program last May 9, 2015 which was held at Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro City. Galileo Cagayan de Oro is the newest Galileo center which is now open to the public so that the learners will have the opportunity to improve their Math and English skills. 

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The program was introduced by Ms. Ma. Rowena J. Matti, the CEO of Galileo who also discussed the advocacy of Galileo which upholds the program's mission of creating lifelong learners. 

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If you are not familiar with Galileo, it is actually a meaningful, exciting and fun way to learn Math, English and Singapore Math. This is a perfect enrichment learning program especially for kids who doesn't like to learn Math. 

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I can attest to this since I personally experienced how to solve Math problems the fun and easy. Me and my fellow Mommy bloggers were given a worksheet to solve the Math problems and we were taught how to answer it using the Singaporean Math way. This Enrichment programs are offered for students ages 3 to 12 years old. While the Singapore Math is for ages 6 to 12. 

Kids who were enrolled on the Galileo Program will help improve their school grades, become academically competitive, nurture the skills and talents and develop a positive attitude towards studying by associating fun and learning. 

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with my fellow Mommy bloggers together with Galileo CEO, Directors and Staff 

I truly agree and believe on Galileo's philosophy in having a positive and eager attitude to inherit thirst for more learning and that learning can be fun and not a boring one. Encouraging our kids to excel in school and addresses the child's specific needs is also a big plus. This is why I highly recommend enrolling your child at Galileo Enrichment Learning Program. 

The newly-opened Galileo Cagayan de Oro is located at L/G Knightsbridge Builing, Tomas Saco 15th Street, Macasandig, Cagayan de Oro with contact number 0917-5427752. 

For more information, visit www.galileoenrichment.com or check the on Facebook:galileoenrichment and Twitter:galileoenrich. You may also call them at (02)845-1234.