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Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental celebrates ‘Kaliga’ festival, Charter Day

July 25, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Local residents, including foreign and domestic tourists, were treated with a fanfare as students from various schools showcased their respective talents during the July 23, 2019 Street Dancing and Showdown of the 2019 Kaliga Festival, which highlights the 59th Charter Day celebration of Gingoog City. City Information Officer Nicole Banagbanag of Gingoog City said the Kaliga Festival started 40 years ago. In a phone interview, BanagBanag said: “This year, the people of Gingoog is celebrating the 40th Kaliga Festival.” She added that “Kaliga is the Festival of Good Harvest” The twin celebrations this year started last July 15 with the presentation of Bb. Gingoog Tourism 2019 during the regular Monday flag raising ceremony at the City Hall grounds, according to Banagbanag. The Agri Fair was also opened, she said. Last July 23 and as part of the attraction of Kaliga Festival, students from Gingoog City and nearby towns of Medina and Magsaysay joined the Street dancing and showdown.

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Oro to develop 45-hectare as new sanitary landfill

July 25, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The 19th City Council recently approved an ordinance declaring the 45-hectare property in sitio Boracan, Barangay Pagalungan as the new sanitary landfill.   In 2011, by virtue of Ordinance no. 12081-2011, the City Council declared the 34-hectare land at sitio Pamalihi in Barangay Pagatpat as the city’s sanitary landfill. The plan to establish the city landfill in the area was not materialized due to some constraints, such as the issuance of by DENR permits and other environmental concerns, according to The Power, a daily newsletter of the City Council. The City Legal Office recommended that the 2011 ordinance be repealed for being moot and academic. The ordinance was endorsed by the committees on environment and on laws and rules chaired by Councilors Enrico Salcedo and Ian Mark Nacaya, respectively. (SP)

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Kagay-anon Fashion Designer and Stylist Shine J. Casiño joins Habi Kadayawan, to bring the look of Mindanao worldwide

July 25, 2019

Kagay-anon Fashion Designer and Stylist Shine J. Casiño is going to the finals of another prestigious design competition this August, this time in Davao City. Habi Kadayawan, a fashion and design competition now on its 3rd iteration has opened itself to entries from other parts of Mindanao to showcase to open opportunities for designers across the island to showcase their ingenuity and their global ready fashion designs. A joint project of the Davao LGUs Kadayawan Executive Committee and the Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc. (DFDCFI), Habi Kadawyawan 2019 will pay homage to the journey of Davao’s 11 migrant tribes across the diverse terrain of their ancestral homes in Mindanao to a newfound home in Davao City. “This will be an opportunity for designers to not only showcase their vision and be guaranteed with a start-up capital but also allow them to bring their vision to Manila FAME, the hallmark of Philippine Design Excellence, through the Manila Trade Expo Pavilion,” said Dodjie L. Batu, Chair, Organizing Committee for Habi Kadayawan 2019 and President, Davao Fashion and Design Council Foundation, Inc. Shine was informed last July 15 he had been chosen as a Finalist of the 2019 Habi Luxe Apparel Design Competition which would conclude with the  3rd Habi Kadayawan Design Competition Final Runway Event and Awarding Ceremony on August 9, 2019 at the Ayala Abreeza Mall Activity Center. “I’m looking forward to bring home the title,” said Shine. If he does, it will be only another milestone in a growing collection the Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental born and raised fashion stylist who started his career with a bang in 2000 when he made it to the semifinals of the Alliance Française de Manille (AFM) 2000 Filipino Art Design Competition. The AFM was founded in 1920 and is one of the most prominent foreign cultural institutions in the Philippines. A non-profit organization committed to promoting the French language and culture, It encourages friendly relations between the Filipinos and the French through educational and art programs. Out of 105 submissions nationwide, two of five Kagay-anon who submitted entries were accepted. Shine and his mentor, Melvin Lachica. Both made it to the top 30 as semi-finalists. ‘I was just a fresh graduate of International Studies from Xavier University after 8 yrs of shifting courses and had no previous design experience,” Shine admits. Although he did not make it to the finals, the competition opened doors for the novice designer as he was accepted as an understudy by the late Cesar Gaupo. Shine relates strongly to his mentor who, although only a high school graduate, rose to become a pioneer of local ready-to-wear apparel, making a name for himselfhaute couture, with his innovative designs and flamboyant colors. He became the head designer the Cesar Gaupo RTW line for SM Store fashion merchandising in the 70s, eventually rising as chief designer for the luxury lifestyle brand Shanghai Tang in Hong Kong in the mid-2000s where he designed their year-round collections, becoming only the third Filipino designers to head the creative design team of a foreign fashion house. Shine was mentored by Gaupo whom he met during the competition. He later came back to Cagayan de Oro and worked for three years with Melvin Lachica’sAtelier Lachica, getting his big break as head designer of Classic Style at Dolores (now Fernandez St.) doing casual, formal to business attires. Next Shine again traveled north to Manila as a designer for Boardwalk, the Filipino direct-selling lifestyle brand under head designer Avel Bacudio at the Tektite Towers in Ortigas  in the next two years before going overseas where he was recruited as a personal designer by a princess of Dubai’s Royal Family who learned about Shine from one of her sewers with whom he worked with in Manila. “I had to submit 30 design sketches a day from which she would choose, and these would be executed,” Shine said. “Although I was her sole designer, I was assisted by many sewers and cutters.” However, his ailing father constrained him to come home to Cagayan de Oro from where he later figured prominently in Look Magazine’s Look of Style Awardsnationwide fashion design contest. Organized by Look Magazine and Inquirer Lifestyle, the annual contest aims to provide young and upcoming fashion designers with a venue to express themselves and their visions through their individual three-piece collections. It also aims to help them get started in the clothes-making business In another fortuitous twist of fate, Shine learned of the competition when the organizers visited Cagayan de Oro to coordinate the event. He eventually made it as a Top 10 finalist among 75 entries from all over the country. Meantime, Shine remains on call for his clients who include prominent politicians, professionals and socialites from around Mindanao and Manila. So where does he get his ideas for his award winning creations? “Although I had no formal training in designing, I learned a lot from my unselfish mentors,  and I do a lot of research for each of my commissioned works,” said the quiet, unassuming and humble couturier, a pioneer member of Oro Fashion Designers Guild (OFDG), Regardless of what the outcome of his latest foray in design competition turns out, Shine is clear eyed on where he wants to bring his fashion ideas. “I wanna go global. I want to bring the Mindanao Look to the World,” he replies without hesitation. This would entail modernizing the Mindanao Look focusing on the colorful tapestry of Mindanao’s history and culture, he explains. Mix and match various elements of Mindanao’s various cultures one step at a time depending on his inspiration. Not only for materials, colors but also fashion accessories. For instance for this latest competition, he plans to make liberal use of the Mindanao Silk being produced in Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental. “Through my fashion ethic I want to highlight the History and Heritage of Mindanao Culture,” he notes. “I love of my city, my hometown Tagoloan, and I am proud of Mindanao’s culture, people and its colors.” Shine can be reached through his Facebook Page Dress Shop by Shine Casiño through this URL https://www.facebook.com/Dress-Shop-By-Shine-Casino-150585785688922/?ref=br_rs  or his mobile phone #0975-520-8100.

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How to become a successful ‘agri-preneur’

July 24, 2019

* Farmer turned governor in Misamis Occidental talks Urban gardening, agribusiness in a forum in Cagayn de Oro City MISAMIS Occidental former Governor Loreto "Leo" Ocampos shared his expertise on Urban Gardening and Agriculture Entrepreneurship during a forum in Cagayan de Oro City organized by the European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) -Northern Mindanao last July 19, 2019.   Ocampos, who was the guest speaker and a member of ECCP, has been a farmer for over 30 years and owns Hoyohoy Organic Farm in Tangub, Misamis Occidental. He served as vice governor for 18 years in Misamis Occidental and was elected governor for 9 years.   Ocampos showcased his farm to demonstrate how Agriculture Entrepreneurship works and how to become a successful "agri-preneur".   "Agriculture with no business, it will die, if a business does not have agriculture and science, it will die," the former governor said. He shared tips on organic farming and livestock that triggered interest in participants through agricultural entrepreneurship.   Why Organic Farming? According to Ocampos, nature has offered a bounty and beauty, why not make the most of out it and take care of its health and environment? Use natural and biological approaches to nurture the soil, crops, and farm animals. Farming is also a good option for retirement, as a sideline income, and can be enjoyed too.   The 7 M's of dealing with Agricultural Business. In this industry, other than hard work and perseverance, it is also important to have (1) a mindset or perspective; (2) know your target market; (3) invest or have enough money to start, (4) prepare the materials, (5) manpower, and (6) machines; and lastly, (7) learn basic methods and techniques in farming or growing livestock.   "Singularity and clarity of purpose" is the key to starting an agribusiness or any form of business, Ocampos stressed.   With Urban Gardening, the former governors emphasized the individual’s creativity and follow the organic farming techniques to grow healthy and safe vegetables at home.   “Always have a master plan before starting your own farm or pursuing organic farming business,” he said. It is also important to do “research or visit farms to learn different types of techniques.”   ECCP. ECCP is a "bilateral foreign chamber that promotes European interests in the country and vice versa." They offer a strong business network between its members and clients by providing business matching, market briefings and research, access to business opportunities, and customized training solutions.   Services include partner search, market scanning, training programs, and event management. Part of the organization's mission is the continuous support and ties of their members and clients to conduct forums that focus on advocacies and business opportunities.   Becoming a Member of ECCP   A brief introduction of what is ECCP and its membership offering was discussed by Ms. Mercedes Mejia, Managing Director of SLERS Foods, Inc. and the ECCP CDO/NM Business Council Chairman.   She mentioned that ECCP has established a network in five cities and provinces in the Philippines, namely Manila, Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, and Clark. Started in 1978, right now there are about 800 corporate partners and premium members nationwide and around the globe.    In Cagayan de Oro, one of their associate members is CEPALCO, which was the venue partner for the forum, alongside Seda Centrio, Capitol University, A Brown Company, Inc., SLERS, Handmade Paper Crafts, Caurus Arion Trading Corporation, SPower Solutions, and Northern Mindanao Federation of Dairy Cooperatives.   Each member is covered by benefits that allow them to make connections with clients and other businesses, event participation, training and seminars, promotions and support, and trade fair participation.   For more information about the ECCP membership, events, and programs, contact Joanne Natindim, Branch Officer for CDO through email address joanne.natindim@eccp.com. Feel free to visit their website at www.eccp.com.   About the author: Joan Merced Sullano-Sheng is a lifestyle and technology blogger, a social responsibility advocate, a photography practitioner, and freelance IT consultant. Follow and like her social media pages: Facebook: fb.com/dgeekmomblog, Instagram: @jms_photoblog, and Blog URL: www.nerdygeekmom.com /rp

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GCash launches Mastercard on shelf at convenience stores

July 23, 2019

GCash, the country’s no. 1 mobile wallet and recently awarded by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilpinas (BSP) as its Outstanding Partner for Digital Transformation, just took an unprecedented step toward giving Filipinos access to financial services. With the launching of its Mastercard on Shelf, GCash made the once-elusive and exclusive Mastercard available to everyone—even those without bank accounts. The GCash Mastercard can be bought at Ministop, All Day, Lawson, and 7 Eleven stores for just P150. “By making the GCash Mastercard available in convenience stores nationwide, we are democratizing access to yet another financial service that has been unreachable for the majority of Filipinos for decades,” said Fred Levy, Chief Commercial Officer for Transfers at Mynt, the company behind GCash.   “In the past, credit cards have been a status symbol reserved only for a small portion of the population. They allowed cardholders to access convenience and perks that many couldn’t even dream of. With the GCash Mastercard, we are breaking the barriers to these privileges and making the Mastercard convenience available to all,” Levy said.   The GCash Mastercard works alongside the GCash app. To activate it, the card must first be linked to a GCash account, with no minimum balance required! The GCash Mastercard can be used to pay in-store, shop online, or withdraw from any BancNet ATMs.   While many banks already offer debit cards, the reality is that 66% of Filipinos remain unbanked, mainly because they do not have the money or the documents required to open and maintain an account. Moreover, about 34% of municipalities in the Philippines still do not have physical banks, so cannot access their services.   With the GCash Mastercard, people no longer need to open bank accounts; they only need to register a GCash account. This should be easy, given that in the Philippines, 78 million people have mobile phones—44 million of which are smartphones—and 80 million people are online.   “With the GCash app, it is also easier for Mastercard owners to control their spending because their mobile wallet balance dictates how much they can spend,” Levy said. “We want to give people not just access to financial services but the tool to manage their wealth as well.”   In the event that the GCash Mastercard is lost or damaged, its users can just unlink the card from their GCash accounts and secure their money in a few clicks, eliminating the need to wait for customer service. /rp

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Xavier Ateneo: Nothing Final Yet on Proposed Main Campus Transfer to Manresa

July 22, 2019

Top officials of the Jesuit university in Cagayan de Oro clarified over the weekend that nothing has been set in stone about the planned transfer of its main campus to Uptown Cagayan de Oro. In a series of consultations with various stakeholders over the weekend, Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) clarified that a number of requisites have to be complied with before the institution can proceed with detailed plans for the proposal. “Xavier University is governed by two systems of laws,” said Fr. Roberto C. Yap, S.J., Xavier Ateneo president during his presentation to the alumni last July 20. “As a Filipino non-stock, non-profit educational foundation, we are governed by Civil Law sanctioning our Board of Trustees as the final approving authority, and they have consented to proceed with the project.” “However, we are also governed by Canon Law and Jesuit Law as a Jesuit Institute of Learning so we require the permission of the Father General to proceed,” Yap noted. Rev. Fr. Arturo Sosa, S.J. as the Superior General of the Society of Jesus (the official title of the leader of the Society of Jesus, the Roman Catholic religious order better known as the Jesuits), is generally addressed as Father General. In a letter to Xavier Ateneo dated 26 March 2019, Sosa was positive about the project’s outlook. “In general, the plan seems reasonable, and some initial legwork has been done.  Thus, I would be open to this alienation and eventual transfer,” Sosa wrote. “However, given the magnitude of this undertaking, involving such an enormous amount of money, I ask that more in-depth and extensive discernment and consultation be done before approving this request.” “Dialogue with the faculty, staff, students, and parents of XU, and even representatives from the alumni would be important. Should serious questions be raised in this process, they should likewise be addressed. I would like to see that the objections and alternative solutions are sufficiently addressed,” Sosa added. “My hope is that this would make this project even stronger, with greater and more solid support from major stakeholders.” So far, XU has conducted consultations with parents of grade school, junior and senior high school students, college students and their leaders, faculty, deans and chairs, college alumni and had good discussions and sharing.  Most of the participants have emerged from the consultations, excited and enthusiastic about the proposed project. Another consultation was held Saturday afternoon with the College of Agriculture alumni (Aggies) focused more on the proposed transfer of the college to El Gaucho in Upper Puerto. Another is scheduled on July 22 with local and national government and civic leaders.  “The consultations aim to present the proposed project, raise concerns, address issues, and generate possible solutions,” Yap said. “The consultations will ensure a forward-looking and comprehensive master plan.” The President’s Council and XU Board of Trustees have been working to flesh out the master plan for its Campus of the Future during the past three years, primarily to examine how the university’s real estate assets could be used in the service of its vision and mission as a Jesuit educational institution. After considering several national real-estate players, the Board chose property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) as its partner in developing the proposals for this new campus project. CLI was recently recognized as the Best Developer in the Philippines by Property Guru Philippines Property Awards. However, Yap said the consultations only started this year since Xavier Ateneo has a  non-disclosure agreement with CLI. “We could not go around and discuss it publicly when it was still in the conceptual planning stage,” he explained. As a publicly listed company, CLI was mandated to disclose the proposed project to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) this July when the stakeholders' consultations began.  CLI's disclosure immediately led to a social media buzz about the project’s possible impacts on the downtown campus, Manresa campus and the College of Agriculture. “This is not all for Xavier. Primarily it will be for Xavier’s Campus of the Future but we also have a commitment to the city,” Yap stressed. “XU is always in the service of Cagayan de Oro and this should lead to further infrastructure development which would uplift the city,” he added. XU is considering moving most of its operations out from its 6-hectare main campus near Plaza Divisoria to provide a better learning environment for its college students. The current campus is deemed congested; too noisy from outside traffic and from activities in the covered courts and football field; and at risk of flooding. The planned campus of the future in its Manresa Campus will feature well-designed school buildings and administration facilities catering to several academic and technical courses such as Agriculture, Arts & Sciences, Business & Management, Computer Studies, Education, Engineering, and Nursing. The campus will also be adaptable to future developments in academic disciplines and technological innovations. Main master plan elements include an abundance of open spaces and greeneries – a main plaza, interconnected courtyards, sports facilities, an amphitheater, and a University Forum which will incorporate a museum, theatre, and  gallery. The state-of-the-art Manresa Town Campus of the Future will provide innovative spaces for learning, pioneering research, artistic expression, whole-person formation and experiencing excellence. The new main campus will retain the 25-hectare forest reserve in Manresa. It will be near XU’s 12-hectare basic education campus at Pueblo de Oro, allowing integration of campuses for greater efficiency and modernization. The College of Agriculture facilities including its demonstration farms, workshops, field laboratories at Manresa are to be moved and upgraded to XU’s 104-hectare property in Bugo/Upper Puerto known as El Gaucho. To finance the construction of the new campus, the proposed Master Plan envisions the sale of around 14 of the 63-hectare Manresa property to CLI. CLI plans to develop a township project (working name Manresa Town) which will integrate complementary commercial, residential, office, and leisure uses. XU is also proposing to sell around 4 of its 6-hectare property in Divisoria that CLI plans to develop into downtown CDO’s Central Business District (working name Xavier City), with XU’s Church of the Immaculate Conception at its heart. “We are not leaving Divisoria,” Yap stressed. “Xavier Ateneo will continue to be present in downtown Divisoria with the University Church and a redesigned campus for the XU School of Medicine, College of Law and most of its graduate programs.” Should the new campus project be approved by the Jesuit authorities, it is expected to be developed over an 8- to 10- year period. The new campus is proposed to be named Masterson Campus in honor of the late Jesuit visionary Fr. William Masterson SJ who foresaw the potential of Manresa in the 1960s. This proposed master plan for a Campus of the Future is in line with the Jesuit university’s strategic plan to be the best university in Mindanao and among the best in the Philippines especially as Xavier Ateneo moves forward to celebrating its centennial in 2033, Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam. ∎  

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