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Pilot dies after plane gets entangled on a high tension wire in Davao

April 28, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital. April 27) - A pilot died Saturday morning when the plane he was flying got entangled on a high tension wire of the National Grade Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Barangay Mangalcal, Carmen, Davao del Norte. Police authorities identified the victim-pilot as one Jessie Kevin Roska Lagapa, 25, a resident of Ibabao Rd, Baywater, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu province. The victim was still rushed to the nearest hospital in said province but died later. He was officially pronounced dead by his attending physician Dr. Jacouline Agustin. Initial investigation conducted by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) showed that the pilot was spraying a banana planation when the plane he was flying got entangled on a live high tension wire of NGCP in the plantation in said province. Meanwhile, police investigators in Carmen Municipal Police Station are also quick to respond to the incident and conducted their own investigation. The police investigation have revealed that the plane was owned by Davao Aerowurkz Corporation and it carried a body number RP-R5388. His body is now lying at a morgue in Carmen District Hospital and families are advised to send his remains back to Cebu.   

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MisOr PDRRMO hands out 84 radios to municipal police stations

April 26, 2019

THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Misamis Oriental headed by Fernando Dy Jr. donated a total of 84 base radios and portable handheld radios as well as one repeater in Magsaysay municipality recently. In an interview, Dy said the base radios and portable handheld radios were distributed in each police station and office in the two cities and 23 municipalities of the province as well as three other police units. He added that it is the initiative of Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano to donate the communications equipment in the province for the speedy relay of emergency situation reports and acting on them. “Na-proven na kini nga ang radyo epektibo sa pagpakaylap sa panahon sa emerhensiya sama sa hit and run ug carnapping, ma-intercept dayon,” Dy remarked. “Maka-augment kini sa cellphone ilabina sa mga dapit nga walay signal.” Each city police office and municipal police station in the province were handed one base radio and two portable handheld radios. The Misamis Oriental provincial police office, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the Provincial Mobile Force Company likewise received these same number of equipment, bringing the total amount of radios purchased at P700,000. The amount used to purchase the equipment were drawn from the intelligence fund of the governor. Along this line, the PDRRMO also purchased and installed a repeater in Magsaysay town that is worth another P700,000. Dy said the repeater in Magsaysay would augment the existing repeater in Lugait municipality. The communication devices were all tested and deemed fully functional as of three weeks ago. “With all these in place, we can ensure that our men and women in uniform can respond and act immediately on any emergency,” Dy said.

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Misto – An Art-Ful Blend of Authentic International Flavors at Seda Centrio

April 26, 2019

Traditional recipes served with a modern twist through innovative presentations   Misto, Seda hotels’ signature restaurant, welcomes guests to its modern interiors – a fusion of design and function that combines its multi-faceted character with a range of offerings that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Misto is the Italian word for “mixed”, a term that describes the medley of international flavours that comprise its a la carte selection ranging from universal classics to Filipino favourites. Seda Centrio’s Hotel Manager Armand Angeles says, “We provide options for global travellers to enhance their dining experience. But we also recognize that they value authenticity and will always yearn for the familiarity of traditional flavours.” Adding the fact that original recipes appeal to all generations, Misto’s value proposition is simple -- good food with great taste that has universal appeal, many of which are considered “comfort food” that evoke happy memories, or provide a feeling of contentment simply because they live up to the guests’ expectations. Executive Sous Chef Christopher Ben “Chris” Lugtu is the master behind-the-scenes at Misto in Seda Centrio, orchestrating accuracy in food preparation. “The key,” he says, “is precise timing, plus the use of fresh, high-quality ingredients.” He mentions Sous Vide BBQ Ribs, Roasted Peruvian Chicken, Tinola de Laguna, Scampi, and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake as some of the restaurant’s best-sellers which have consistently garnered constant praises from diners who find the experience doubly impressive due to Chef Chris’ artistic presentations. “This is how we give our dishes that personal touch,” he explains. “We stay true to the original recipe, then leave our own imprint by modifying its appearance to enhance its aesthetic appeal.” It is quite apropos that the chef is teeming with creativity, as Misto, like the rest of Seda Centrio, is a showcase of art, with stylized photographs, eye-catching wall art, and other complementing pieces that follow the hotel’s contemporary theme. Even the floor-to-ceiling glass windows seem to frame the creative spaces inside and out, evoking a seamless relationship between the indoor and outdoor environments. To summarize, Seda Centrio Hotel Manager Armand Angeles says that Misto in itself fulfils the essence of Seda hotels – an incomparable location, efficient yet unobtrusive service, and excellent value. “At Misto,” he concludes, “we give diners a taste of the old and new by blending cooking traditions with modern food presentations to provide an extraordinary dining experience.” Misto at Seda Centrio serves buffet breakfast daily and Executive Lunch Sets on weekdays. Designed with indoor and “al fresco” seating, it is open 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, Monday through Sunday at the hotel’s lobby level. Seda Centrio is located at CM Recto corner Corrales Avenue, Barangay 24, Cagayan de Oro City. For inquiries and reservations, please call tel. no. (088) 323 8888 or 09175775910.

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Meet Our Culinary Team: (CHEF CHRISTOPHER BEN “CHRIS” LUGTU, EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF)

April 26, 2019

CHEF CHRISTOPHER BEN “CHRIS” LUGTU,  EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF   With experience from working in a Forbes-rated 5-star restaurant and other service areas in a 5-star hotel with an extensive knowledge of international flavours, Chef Chris brims with passion for his craft. He holds the belief that the art of cooking is instrumental in creating meaningful relationships and healthy communities. Working under different international chefs and having been exposed to an array of techniques, Chef Chris has a cooking style that is heavily influenced by the region’s rich natural resources and incorporates quality ingredients from the different areas of Northern Mindanao. In addition, his dishes are subtly influenced by Latin cuisine because of the work he’s done in Waterside, an award-winning restaurant in Solaire Resort and Casino, Manila.  A strategic work ethic is what he brings to Misto, along with a caring, team-oriented philosophy that focuses on creative collaborations with his culinary team, as well as engaging with diners, whom he says are not merely guests to feed. “The love for food is universal, but to dine and share the table with family and friends is what Filipino cuisine is all about,” says Chef Chris.   He is delighted to introduce several signature dishes to the new and revamped a la carte menu emphasizing that each dish is a special product, created with thoughtfulness and a keen appreciation for the warmth of feeling that exceptional food always inspires.   ------------------------------   RANDY S. DREISBACH FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER   With an extensive background in hotel and restaurant operations, Seda Centrio’s food and beverage manager is of German decent whose work experience is deeply rooted in the Philippines.  From garnering experience from all across the regions, Randy has been in the food & beverage industry for at least 26 years, with stints in both large-scale and medium-sized hotels and restaurants.   While his career started as a waiter in Quezon City – he slowly climbed the ranks to finally becoming Area Manager handling two (2) properties of the Fersal Hotel Group.  Randy has led the opening teams at least three times in his career.  As pre-opening food and beverage manager for several restaurants and properties, he supervised a team of 100 to 200, managing, training, and developing them. Randy’s top priority is always promoting an atmosphere of teamwork, consistency, and ensures both staff and guests are happy.    Major responsibilities in setting up the Food and Beverage Division included: preparation of food and beverage budgets, procurement of all equipment for operations, design of restaurant, training of incoming staff and setting the brand standards.  He is also responsible for setting up the in-room dining, banquet and catering teams for Seda Centrio.

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Meet Our Culinary Team: (RANDY S. DREISBACH FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER)

April 26, 2019

RANDY S. DREISBACH FOOD & BEVERAGE MANAGER With an extensive background in hotel and restaurant operations, Seda Centrio’s food and beverage manager is of German decent whose work experience is deeply rooted in the Philippines.  From garnering experience from all across the regions, Randy has been in the food & beverage industry for at least 26 years, with stints in both large-scale and medium-sized hotels and restaurants.   While his career started as a waiter in Quezon City – he slowly climbed the ranks to finally becoming Area Manager handling two (2) properties of the Fersal Hotel Group.  Randy has led the opening teams at least three times in his career.  As pre-opening food and beverage manager for several restaurants and properties, he supervised a team of 100 to 200, managing, training, and developing them. Randy’s top priority is always promoting an atmosphere of teamwork, consistency, and ensures both staff and guests are happy.    Major responsibilities in setting up the Food and Beverage Division included: preparation of food and beverage budgets, procurement of all equipment for operations, design of restaurant, training of incoming staff and setting the brand standards.  He is also responsible for setting up the in-room dining, banquet and catering teams for Seda Centrio.

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Tsunami scare makes Tacloban folks in panic mode

April 25, 2019

Cagayan de Oro (MDN Digital, April 25) - Hundreds of residents in Tacloban City scampered to higher grounds yesterday after rumors of a possible Tsunami spread all over like 'grass fire,' following a magnitude 6.5 earthquake. The local government, in response to the reported movements of people, immediately dispatched mobile police teams and went around the city to assure the people that the Phivolc office has not alerted yet of a possible tsunami. The quake has caused minimal damage in the city's vertical and horizontal structures such as buildings and roads. It also caused minor problems to small and large business owners, whose products rely on glasses that fall down during the tremor and broken to pieces. Mayor Cristina Romualdez has issued an executive order Wednesday suspending all classes. The EO was reported to be just a precautionary measure against aftershocks, as well as to give way for the city's engineering department to assess the structures of all buildings and other structures that may have been damaged due to the tremor. Meanwhile over 1000 students including rank and file employees of Asian Development Foundation College (ADFC) were ordered by top management to just go home after they have observed some damage and cracks of the building they are occupying. ADFC president Edward Chua said that the city's engineering team have already checked and inspected the school and gave a report that the building is cleared and still usable by students. After suspending classes for 2 days, the school president has already called on students to go back to school and attend regular classes. Chua said the engineering team has already inspected and checked their school building and those crack found was only the decorative portion and not the structure itself.  “Everyone wanted to go home that’s why heavy traffic has been reported. It’s just a normal reaction from the people after what happened during Supertyphoon Yolanda,” Michael David, Tacloban police chief said.  

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