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Villanueva town in Misamis Oriental installs free wifi

July 26, 2019

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental--Tech-savvy here has finally found a new place where they can occasionally surf the Internet following the installation of Free Wifi at the municipal hall grounds. Last July 25, the local government of Villanueva under Mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) has conducted the Internet Media and Information Literacy Training to beneficiaries of the Free Wi-fi Internet Access in Public Places Project at Audio Visual Room (AVR) of this town. Mayor Uy said the participants  were mostly senior high school students from barangays Kalingagan, Tambobong-Balacanas, and San Martin, all in Villanueva town. She said some junior high school students from Villanueva National High School also attended the training conducted by DICT. This training provides basic knowledge and user experience on the Internet and its uses, applications and benefits to the public, according to Mayor Uy. Among the highlights of the training is a discussion on the use of e-government services, email and social media, as well as tips on how to secure personal information when in cyberspace, the local chief executive stressed.

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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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