Phinma’s research arm holds seminar for Normin planning practitioners

April 13, 2019

ICI Asia, the research consulting arm of conglomerate Phinma, conducted a seminar Thursday (April 11) here in Cagayan de Oro City to 90 participants on the importance of research for the growth and development of an organization. ICI Asia chief executive officer Eric Barro said that the participants of the seminar held at Mallberry Business Suites were all administrators and planning officers of national government agencies based here in Region 10 including those belonging to the various local government units (LGUs) here. ICI Asia prides itself as among the pioneers in competitive intelligence. “We have developed these business tools and integrated with development research and strategic engagement best practices to form integrated competitive intelligence,” Barro said. Today, ICI Asia provides research and consulting support to the following sectors: environment, markets, health, governance and education. In the environment front, ICI Asia promotes sustainable development by empowering their clients with the data they need and provide them with enabling insights to take action about the pressing environmental issues they face such as sustainability assessment, climate change adaptation and natural resource management. End-to-end services include evaluation, policy development, communications, planning, project development and capacity building. Similar programs are offered in the other fields as well.

Bloggers in Mindanao join "Blogcon2019" in Cagayan de Oro

April 11, 2019

Cagayan de Oro - Hundreds of bloggers, vloggers and media influencers in Mindanao will be attending a three-day conference at Limketkai Rotonda, starting today (April 11,2019). Dubbed as "BlogCon 2019," the conference will be from April 11-13,2019, and will be guested by most respected bloggers in the Philipines. One of the most notable guest speakers will be former actor Chuckie Dreyfuss. He will be joined also by other guest speakers who will talk about new developments and tips in blogging and vlogging. KC Curay of Explorers Channel in Cagayan de Oro and other notable blogging personalities in the city joined city councilor Ian Mark Nacaya, who represented  mayor Oscar Moreno during the ribbon cutting this morning which officially signalled the start of the 3-day convention. Nacaya in his speech before the jampacked crowd of bloggers all over Mindanao said he saw the importance of social media in this new millennnium but also caution them about their active role and responsibilities especially in the posting of their contents online.  He said since election is fast approaching, many politicians are also using social media to malign their opponents. He cited the presence of trolls who actually hide their real identities and destroy their bosses opponents in the upcoming local and national elections.  He said bloggers and other residents must be responsible enough in posting their respective information, especially today that election fever is hot and most critics make use of the social media as a platform for mudslinging and trolling.  Curay, for her part, said that organizing this blogcon will make the participants aware of their responsibilities in maintaining their respective blogs for a good and responsible manners, mindful of the good etiquettes of professional and resposible bloggers, vloggers and media influencers. During the 3-day convention proper, speakers are assigned on very important topics on blogging and business related niches which are also part of continues development in the industry for what bloggers' claimed the new media in the new millennium.  In the convention, there will be a Brand workshop for the latest Vivo phones who now has DSLR capability, wherein the speaker himself is a Photography awardee, a well-known travel photographer, sports photographer and the current Vivo phones product specialist, Mr.Clement Dampal. There will be also a workshop on Vlogging, video content and story development for Vloggers and YouTubers which will be tackled by by a very famous videographer/photographer Mr.Richard Paglicawan and Mr.Atoy Martinez. The activity will wind up on Saturday(April 13) with a Bloggers' Awards Night which will be held also at the same venue. Winners of daily actual blogging and vlogging contests will be recognized and awarded.###  

Oro stude wins gold in int'l math tilt

April 9, 2019

AN elementary student from St. Mary’s School in Cagayan de Oro City won a gold medal in the just concluded Thailand International Mathematical Olympiad 2019 held last April 5 to 8 in Phuket. Denn Ethan Josh Castro ranked sixth out of 7,500 participants in the event from 21 participating countries. He brought with him 13 more elementary medalists from Cagayan de Oro City from four other schools. It was learned that Ethan only had two weeks of preparation for the event and for this, his parents expressed their gratitude to Dr. Exquil Bryan Aron, team leader of Team Philippines, and to MTG Iligan for all the support and mentoring and coaches Kier Damian, Ron and Joseph as well as St. Mary’s School for imparting the knowledge and mathematical skills to the contestant. Thailand International Mathematical Olympiad is an annual mathematical competition organized by the Thailand Mathematics Society. It is open to foreigners, thus the elementary graders from Cagayan de Oro City were able to participate in the event.

Countdown starts for 1st Mindanao HR summit

April 8, 2019

All preparations are set for the first-ever business and human resource summit in Mindanao, which will be held at the Cove Garden Resort in Cugman, Cagayan de Oro City, on April 8.      Mindanao HR Beat 2019 will feature the country’s reputable human resource experts, business leaders, and decision makers, with the goal of sharing trends, challenges, and opportunities in the human resource industry.       Among the notable speakers who will expound on the theme “Unleashing Human Resource, Turning Vision into Victory Now” are Ramon “Mon” Segismundo, the current President of Meralco Power Academy; Maria Antonia Llamzon, Vice President of the Human Capital Department of Philippine Airlines; Patrick C. Gregorio, Secretary-General of the Philippine Olympic Committee; Jay A. Limjoco, Director for Operations of Kairos HR and Business Consultancy; and Sharina Domingo, Managing Director of The Pinnacle, the lead organizer of the summit.      Completing the impressive lineup of speakers are Romolo Nati (Executive Chairman and CEO of Italpinas Euroasian Design and Development Corp), Enrique Castillo (President and CEO of Victory Group), Rachel Majito-Cacabelos (Vice President of the Human Capital Resource Management of Teleperformance), Myla Faye Aurora Cariño (Regional Director of NEDA-X), Ma. Alva Espiritu (President of PMAP-CDO), and Paula Cabrera (Manager for Organization Effectiveness of Human Capital Department, Philippine Airlines).      Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno will also grace the event and will deliver the welcome remarks.      Panel discussions will be moderated by Dr. Judith Chaves, Vice President for Academic Affairs of Lourdes College, and Angelie Azcuna-Collera, faculty member of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines.      The most awaited summit will have diverse attendees, including leaders in the government and business sectors, seasoned HR practitioners, members of the academia and the press, policy makers, and students.       Mindanao HR Beat 2019 is organized by The Pinnacle and co-presented by Kairos HR and Business Consultancy in partnership with Metro Pacific Water (MPW), Cagayan De Oro Bulk Water Inc. (COBI), Meralco Industrial Engineering Services Corporation (MIESCOR), United Graphic Expression Corporation (UGEC), The VIP Hotel, Mindanao Daily, Business Week Mindanao, and Radio Mindanao Network (RMN).      Registration is still open via the summit webpage, so don’t miss the chance to be a part of the Mindanao HR Beat 2019!      Learn, Engage, Break Barriers!

Bloggers to gather at Ketkai for three-day convention

April 5, 2019

CDO BLOGCON 2019, the biggest BLOGGER/VLOGGER and Influencer event in Northern Mindanao, is happening on April 11-13, 2019 (3 days event) at the LIMKETKAI MALL Rotunda, Cagayan De Oro City.   The event will feature popular and some of the most sought after personalities, influencers, bloggers and vloggers from Manila to participate in the event. Also participated by the top online media personalities, and local brands and establishments. The event’s major objective is to gather, develop and strengthen the BLOGGER/VLOGGER/INFLUENCER community in Cagayan de Oro. Aside from that, the event also aims to help jumpstart the career of aspiring bloggers/vloggers/influencers in the city by providing them with the necessary tools, knowledge and idea they need thru a 2-day workshop which will be attended and facilitated by invited speakers from Manila and Cagayan de Oro. Moreover, the event will promote an application called “Starpod” which is launching soon in Manila that helps connect business owners, brands and companies to bloggers, vloggers and influencers during the 3rd day of the event. The Main event (3rd day) will also have a Businees-to-Business session, Guest Influencer Appearance and Awarding Ceremony. It will also feature exhibits of businesses, brands, companies and market services offered by participating bloggers/vloggers/influencers and help promote our Sponsors’ businesses. The Importance of Digital Marketing in Businesses Blogging, vlogging and influencer promotions are now vital tools in promoting businesses, products and services since these methods have been proven effective marketing strategies that reach target markets. We are now living in the Digital Age wherein social media is a marketing tool in every business. By creating a strong community of bloggers/vloggers/influencers and helping aspiring ones, it can help businesses grow and this can help boost the city’s economy and attract more investors. It can also help create empowered individuals especially the youth and make them good leaders of tomorrow. How to Register? To register, you can send Registration Payment through any money transfer such as Palawan Pawnshop, RD Pawnshop, LBC, Western Union or others. Just address your payment to: Ma. Khristine Curay. For more questions and clarifications, you may follow and message their Facebook Page: CDO Blog Con 2019 or contact 0917-560-7254 (KC Curay). Registration Rates are: P1,500 – Professional P500 – Student with Valid School ID (Masteral Students cannot avail of discount) Registration is good for 3 days with FREE SNACKS and Certificate of Participation.

PiskayJamo 3: Boholano Visual Artists Art Exhibit 2019

March 25, 2019

A month long exhibition by Boholano artists is now ongoing at the Art Gallery of the Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures, Cagayan de Oro City. Dubbed PiskayJamo 3, the visual art exhibit showcases Bohol’s rich and colorful history, cultural and natural heritage. It highlights the finest Boholano master pieces, depicting retrospective pre-Hispanic and other eras.          “PiskayJamo is a highly superlative expression for Boholanos,” explained Glenn Lumantao, President of the Bohol Artists Inc. (BAI), who founded PiskayJamo in 2009. “We portray our natural and cultural heritage in PisakyJamo. We capture through our visual arts the beauty of Bohol, like the Chocolate Hills,” explained Glenn, who also has 26 years experience as a tour guide in Bohol.  “Piskay is a native Boholano- Visayan word which means nice. Jamo is a 100% Boholano word which means very much.  Thus, PiskayJamo simply means very nice.” PiskayJamo – Cagayan is the third of a series.  It was first staged in Cebu City at the Art Center of SM City Cebu in 2009, and again in Bohol in 2017.  “This is indeed a very good exhibit in that we take a closer look at the tarsiers and many other things that are uniquely Bol-anon,” said City Mayor Oscar Moreno. “Bohol has always been known for industry, dedication and commitment. This makes me very excited to view the exhibit because while Bol-anon art is not very different from our own, there are elements that are uniquely Bol-anon that we should take a look at and appreciate.” Besides the exhibit, Glenn shared another unique aspect of PiskayJamo is Panag-tabo with fellow artists from their exhibit venues. “We also like to meet up and get acquainted with our fellow artists from various places to share our artistic expressions through our Panag-tagbo. There are no other persons who can educate the people about art than the artists themselves. That’s why we need to make exhibits like this as often as we can.” Participating artists for PiskayJamo 3 include Joey Labrador, Rhanths Annunciado, Glenn Lumantao, Glemar Barte, Elvin Perocho Vitor, Gabriel Cafe, Junior Lagura, Paul Nino Inting, Mark Anthony Cartilla, Thon Septimo, Daisylou Manluza, Mai Ytem and Haskel Estillo, featuring their master works curated by Museum of Three Cultures Resident Artist and Curator Nic Aca. “The CU Museum of Three Cultures Art Gallery has always been here to support budding and professional artists who wish to avail themselves of the gallery space,” Nic said. For reservations and more details, interested parties may call Mr. Nic Aca, the gallery curator, at 09354334422.  The exhibit will run until April 12, 2019. Gallery hours are Mondays – Fridays 9:00AM – 12noon; 1:30-5:00PM; and Saturdays 9:00AM – 12noon. PiskayJamo 3 is sponsored by Cagayan de Oro Arts Guild, Capitol University Culture & Arts, Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures and Artsada Kagay-an, Inc.


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