Burgeon Apparel now available in CDO

June 17, 2019

"GENERATIONS have passed but still people from  different walks of life suffer from depression, stress and all other toxic things. It affects our holistic being. Our goal is to simply spread awareness that we are all bigger than our thoughts." It is in this premise that Burgeon Apparel was created by founders KG Lamaclamac and Oliver Alcantara. "We can always break the walls of negativity, live the life to the fullest & be the best version of ourselves. We believe that everyone in this world just needed that one tap on the have a statement of inspiration and motivation in every merchandise, to aspire in making a difference and create an impact by touching the hearts and minds of the community." Lamaclamac assured that they will provide apparels that are still at par with quality but with affordable and reasonable prices. In fact, their aim is to be one of the leading providers of inspirational/motivational apparel. Burgeon Apparel can be contacted through their Facebook page.

Media Wise awarded 2nd IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit

June 15, 2019

The little boutique publishing house that could has done it yet again. Media Wise Communications, Inc. was awarded its second Gold Quill Award of Merit by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)  for the coffee table book On the March: The Jesuits in the Philippines Since the Restoration at the Excellence Gala held 11 June 2019 during the 2019 IABC World Conference in Vancouver, Canada. On the March chronicles the journey of the Jesuits as they bring the Catholic faith to the most remote corners of the Philippines. The book focuses on their ministry in education through the years, and the many aspects of their apostolate in the country. Edited by journalist John Nery, it also includes essays by Cora Llamas (associate editor), journalist Mike Baños, Ticia Morente, Fr. Bert Boholst SJ, and Margie Logarta. Manuel Engwa and Ramoncito Ocampo Cruz are co-executive publishers. “Editing this book (the second coffee table book on the Jesuits published by Monching Cruz and Manny Engwa, to raise funds for the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association) was a gift, a joy, an answered prayer—and a way to give back and to give thanks to the many Jesuits who served as mentors or colleagues,” Nery said in a statement posted in his blog. Cruz, a visual artist, leverages his creative background to produce “elegant, artistic books of substance.” Among other books he has published for the Ateneo community are ‘150: The Ateneo Way’, released for AdMU’s sesquicentennial; ‘Veritas Integritas Justitia: 75 Years of the Ateneo Law School;’ and ‘Jesuits in Mindanao: The Mission,’ which have all won International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Quill Awards and Anvils. Cruz runs a tight ship with his managing editor Rey Albert Fuentes, tapping a formidable stable of freelance writers, photographers, and graphic designers to partner with. On the March earlier earned a coveted Platinum Anvil Award at the 54thAnvil Awards held last January 30 at the Marriott Grand Ballroom. Organized by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines, Anvils are the ‘Oscars” of the public relations industry in the country, and the Platinum is the highest award it confers. It is given only to projects that stand out among the ‘Gold’ Anvil winners, already the best of the best.  The IABC Gold Quill Awards are IABC’s global initiative to recognize and award excellence in strategic communication worldwide, and is acknowledged as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry. Held at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, the Gala ceremony reeled off at 5:30, followed by dinner at 7:30pm with announcement of the recipients for the special awards at the Grand Ballroom. There have been 4,451 projects entered in the Gold Quill Awards since 2008. For 2019, a total of 202 winners were recognized, with entries from 10 countries being awarded the Gold Quill. Winning entries are sorted into two groups: Awards of Merit and Awards of Excellence. To qualify for a Merit Award, an entry must score at least a 5.25 out of 7, and a 5.75 to qualify for an Excellence Award. All entries are rigorously evaluated against established criteria aligned with IABC’s global standards in communication. Media Wise Communications, Inc. was one of five 2019 Gold Quill awardees from the Philippines, including the Aboitiz Group; ABS-CBN Corporation; PageOne & Center for Health Solutions, Innovations Philippines, Inc.; and,  Jollibee Foods Corporation & Stratworks, Inc. Media Wise was first cited with a Merit Award by  IABC in the 2017 Gold Quill Awards for Jesuits In Mindanao: The Mission  under the Communications Skills Division (Category 26: Publications).  Jesuits in Mindanao: the Mission also won the Philippine Quill Award of Excellence for Publications under the Communications Skills Division at the 2013 Quill Awards, and another at the IABC Asian Pacific Silver Quill Awards held in Singapore in 2016. Like Jesuits in Mindanao, proceeds for the sale of On the March are going to the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association (PJAA), an institution headed by Fr. Jose Quilongquilong, S.J.  for the benefit of elderly, retired and infirm Jesuits, and the promotion of Jesuit vocations in the Philippines.(with Jenny Ortuoste)

Ikatlong Tanghalan sa KampoJuan : The Celestial Voices of Bukidnon’s Youth for Culture & Arts Project

June 15, 2019

For the grand finale of its three weekends of the culinary, visual and performance arts last 25 May, Tanghalan sa KampoJuan chose its resident Bukidnon chorale known far and wide as the Youth for Culture and the Arts Project Singers or simply “The YCAP Singers”. The Bukidnon-based chorale has performed in major cities in Europe, USA and Asia. A consistent grand slam winner in the Mindanao Association of State Tertiary School Chorale competitions, YCAP regaled guests who were fortunate enough to join the Ikatlong Tanghalan sa KampoJuan last May 25 with an ethereal mix of  ethnic/lumad,  Original Pilipino Music, pop and classical tunes. “Most of us are alumni of the Bukidnon State University Chorale under the Leadership of Mrs. Mercibelle Barroso-Abejuela,” said narrator EliMarc Ellorin.  “We are a group of artists who aim to promote the culture of Bukidnon and share the artistic gifts God has entrusted to us through events such as this.”  The YCAP (Youth for Culture and the Arts Projects Singers) is a community-based group of musicians composed mostly of alumni of the Bukidnon State University (BukSU) Chorale, engaged in community music activities with headquarters in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, Philippines.  Ms. Abejuela founded YCAP to develop cultural awareness and literacy among the people in Bukidnon while she was taking her Masters in Music at Boston University, Massachusetts, USA.  In 2016 she organized a series of events for BukSU Chorale alumni in Malaybalay City which was enthusiastically received and participated in by the future YCAP singers. Besides being YCAP’s founder and director, Ms Abejuela has also composed and arranged beloved songs of Bukidnon, among them: Bukidnon Sketches; A Homespun Refrain, The BukSU University Hymn with Lyrics by Ms. Rowena Egargo; and the choral arrangement for Bukidnon My Home. She joined the Bukidnon State University as a music teacher, and in 2001 was appointed choral director of the University. She has attended choral conducting workshops with Jonathan Velasco, Eudenice Palauran, Mark Carpio, and Anna Tabitha Piquero, among others. Being a native of Bukidnon, she envisioned the BukSU Chorale as the university’s premiere cultural group specializing in Bukidnon Indigenous Music. This earned her the title of Bae, and he tribal name Kahukdungan Bae Manlilimbay, (meaning an educator and singe) from the province’s indigenous peoples. For the aperitif, YCAP presented Bukidnon Sketches, a song cycle of traditional ethnic Bukidnon songs composed by Ms. Abejuela. It tells the story of people from the province who call Bukidnon their home wherever they may be. Starting with the first bars of the Bukidnon Hymn done in the traditional Bukidnon chanting style,  it highlighted songs and dances which are traditionally performed in gatherings such as A Call for Gathering, Prayer, a showdown of dances and songs mimicking animal sounds and movements, Dilay-un (a lullaby), Us Gali (a hunting song) and Ambo (a children’s song). Part II For its second set, YCAP presented three batches in different genres, starting with pop hits of original Pilipino Music followed by foreign classical favorites, and some mainstream Pop chart toppers. The OPM portion started appropriately enough with perennial Cebuano favorite Rosas Pandan composed by Cebuano composer Domingo Minggoy Lopez  which first permeated the consciousness with the Pilita Corrales cover with Tagalog lyrics by Levi Celerio which tells the story of Rosas Pandan and how she catches everyone’s eye when she comes down from the bukid to join the local fiesta. Thanks to this online story by Myles A. Garcia (  I learned that  Rosas Pandan has become an international chorale favorite thanks to the intricate vocal arrangements by George Gemora Hernandez,  the music director of the Saringhimig Singers choir of the Bay Area, among others. Turned out that Hernandez was asked at the 1995 Festival Internacional de Cant Coral Catalunya Center, an international choral festival at Puig-Reig (a small town north of Barcelona) if he could put together an easy song, preferably, a new original piece for all the choirs gathered together, comprising more than 1,000 voices, to sing at the close as a celebration of joy and music.  There are now, believe it or not, over 20 versions of Rosas Pandan online in YouTube alone as a testament to the popularity of Hernandez’s arrangement with choirs the world over. We have to thank YCAP and Ms Mercibelle for ensuring we don’t become strangers in our own country with Rosas Pandan. Another favorite, the ever popular Ilonggo (Hiligaynon, if you must) kundiman Dandansoy, attributed to Augorio Abeto a famous Ilonggo poet who hails from and was mayor of Binalbagan in 1941-1945 and arranged by Fidel G. Calalang Jr. (UST Singers), about a young man who must take a far away journey and part with his loved one.   Not the least, the OPM section ended with the immortal Willy Cruz’s Bituing Walang Ningning (though personally I prefer Sana’y Wala ng Wakas also written by Willy and similarly popularized by Sharon Cuneta) but it was okay. Can’t have all wishes fulfilled in the same night. The next section featuring Classical Music got off to a romping start with YCAP’s rendition of Rossini’s William Tell Overture as arranged by Julie Eschliman, that most of us know as the theme song from the Lone Ranger movie and TV series. Next was Sara Teasdale’s poem I am Not Yours set to music by Randall Stroope. I also like Ms. Teasdale’s poems though what has stayed with me through the decades was her poem On the Dunes which I once read in a Reader’s Digest story The Stranger Who Taught Magic by Arthur Gordon published in June 1970. The third section featured  Pop Hits like the Queen’s Under Pressure, Change the World as popularized by Eric Clapton, and Lean on Me, a Bill Withers hit as arranged by Adam Anders and Tom Davis for the TV series Glee, and Elton John’s Circle of Life from The Lion  King as arranged  by Calalang,Jr. Bowing to the crowd’s applause, YCAP regaled us one more time with their version of ABBA’s “Mamma Mia” followed by community singing with everyone joining in for the finale “Bukidnon My Home.” Truly a grand finale worthy of the Tanghalan sa KampoJuan! Looking forward to the next iteration of this noteworthy event. Bravo Neric Acosta and Jont Cabrera for a mighty fine show! Encore!


June 14, 2019

SM City Cagayan de Oro, SM CDO Downtown Premier and SM City General Santos bagged 2 Silver Stevies in the prestigious 2019 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards for the Adventures on Ice campaign under the Innovation in Entertainment Events and Innovation in Consumer Events category. These wins were among the forty-five Stevie Awards bagged by SM Supermalls that garnered the company with the most coveted Grand Stevie for ‘Most Honored Organization.’ “We are thankful and truly elated by these validations of our hard work, dedication and passion to offer family fun experiences for our valued customers. We strive to do this through constant innovation and offering nothing but the best for SM shoppers, from their online engagement experience – including the website, apps and social media pages  ̶  to the exciting and entertaining events in SM malls nationwide,” said Steven Tan, SM Supermalls COO. The prestigious Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards recognizes Gold, Silver and Bronze categories. SM garnered 2 Gold Awards for the Entertainment Apps and Corporate Websites categories, namely the #AweSM Logo Hunt Mobile App and #SMoments in a Click: How Customer Centricity Gave a Rebirth to the SM Supermalls Corporate Website. SM also nabbed 23 Silver Awards and 20 Bronze Awards. Among them, various SM malls  ̶  from Quezon City to Baguio to Bulacan to Cagayan de Oro  ̶  clinched awards for their numerous innovative and entertaining events for shoppers. Eighteen SM mall events won in the Innovation in Entertainment Event category, 8 SM mall events won Innovation in Consumer Events, 7 SM mall events won Innovation in the Use of Events, and 2 SM mall events won Innovation in Branded Entertainment, among others. The Stevies, previously known as The American Business Awards and then The International Business Awards, is the only business awards program that recognizes innovation in the workplace in all 22 nations of the Asia-Pacific region. The Stevie Awards are widely considered as the world's premier business awards that confer recognitions for outstanding programs, such as The International Business Awards which is already on its 16th year. The focus of all categories in the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards is now on innovation: innovation in all its forms, in every aspect of work life and achievement. The 2019 Asia Pacific Stevie Awards Gala was held last May 31 at the InterContinental Hotel in Singapore.

#TeamAmega opens own fashion studio

June 13, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City's well known group of professional hair and makeup artists dubbed as #TeamAmega has officially opened its fashion studio named Eclectic Image, #TeamAmega's haven of glam and style, in MH del Pilar St. this city through the Department of Labor and Employment-assisted livelihood project. Founded by Jeffrey "Jie-jie" Aisa, the team has now reached new heights in the field of hair and makeup indistry. Beyond just that, the team has now ventured into events organizing/coordination, fashion designing and pageant training. So why Eclectic Image? Known for its distinct methods, beliefs and ideas in the field of hair and makeup artistry in the fashion indistry, #TeamAmega combines whatever seems to be the best from many different aspects or styles rather than following a single style. Thus, the team's concept has always been eclectic. Merriam-Webster defines eclectic in various doctrines, methods or styles. This makes #TeamAmega a standout from among the many glam teams that have sprouted like mushrooms in the city and region. Beyond just a team of more than 20 professional hair and makeup artists, #TeamAmega has become a family joined together by one common goal which is to steer the group towards a thriving career to be able to suppprt their individial families. The team's core purpose is to offer help to Kagay-anons and Mindanaoans in general in making their special occassions even more memorable with their events organizing and coordination, provide them with the best hair and makeup services as well as gowns, cocktail dresses and men's formal wear (customized and rentals). The team also boasts ita beaity camp called #TeamAmegaBeauties where they give special offers for pageant training on focusing on public speaking (question and answer), pasarela walk and personality development including hairstyling and makeup training. The beauty campi is open to both lads and lasses who want to venture into the world of pageantry. To know more about what the team offers, follow their journey on their official Facebook pages at Team Amega, Team Amega Beauties and Eclectic Image Fashion Studio.

Siargao Island gets greener

June 10, 2019

Siargao island in Surigao del Norte has been known for its pristine white beaches, marine life, rich mangrove forests, and world-class surfing spots. With tourist arrivals expected to hit around half a million in 2019, the island’s leaders have started the path to sustainability. In 2018, the municipality of Pilar passed an ordinance banning the use of single-use plastics – a pioneering move for the island whose biggest industry depends on its rich natural resources. The island’s power distributor, Siargao Electric Cooperative (SIARELCO), pushed the sustainability envelope even further. The island, which was rated one of the world’s best in 2018 by prestigious travel magazine Condé Nast Traveler, is now mostly powered by clean and renewable energy. “Siargao is one of the top tourist destinations. While we welcome more guests, local and foreign alike, we wanted to ensure that we continue to do our part in taking care of our island,” SIARELCO General Manager Sergio C. Dagooc said. SIARELCO’s demand for power has almost tripled in only three years to an estimated 8 to 9 MW this year. Majority of the island’s supply come from the Private Sector Assets and Liabilities Management (PSALM) which is powered by the Agus-Pulangi hydro power complex and the Mt. Apo geothermal power plants. It recently added at least 1 MW from AboitizPower’s Hedcor hydro power plant in Bukidnon, under the company’s Cleanergy brand. “After the ban on single-use plastics on the island last year led by our local government, we take pride in contributing our sustainability efforts for Siargao by adding more renewable energy to our energy supply mix,” added Dagooc, an incoming party-list congressman representing the Association of Philippine Electric Cooperatives (APEC). SIARELCO entered into a renewable energy supply contract with AboitizPower subsidiary Hedcor for 1-MW. The energy will come from the company’s recently completed hydropower plant in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. “We are excited to be a partner of SIARELCO in its efforts to make Siargao more sustainable. This partnership highlights the high value that both SIARELCO and AboitizPower place on sustainability, driven by our shared commitment to bettering the communities we serve.” AboitizPower First Vice President for Energy Trading and Sales Juan Alejandro Aboitiz said. Aboitiz said more and more distribution utilities and Open Access customers are seeing the opportunities brought by a push for sustainability. Responding to this need is AboitizPower’s brand Cleanergy, coming from the company’s vast portfolio of geothermal, hydro, and solar power plants located all over the country. “With our portfolio and more than 50 years of experience in the energy sector, we are able to tailor fit solutions that will meet the demands of our customers,” Aboitiz added. Hedcor is a wholly owned subsidiary of AboitizPower that operates 21 run-of-river hydropower facilities across the country with a total installed capacity of 258 MW.


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