Between Heaven and Earth: Pangatlong Tanghalan sa Kampo Juan

May 24, 2019

After two glorious weekends of celebrating the Muses in Manolo Fortich’s version of the Garden of Eden, the first edition of  Tanghalan sa KampoJuan celebrates its grand finale with the Pangatlong Tanghalan this Saturday, May 25 featuring its eclectic mix of the culinary, visual and performance arts with artists from around the region. The evening aperitif will be served by Melbourne-educated and trained culinary enthusiast Jont Cabrera demonstrating his culinary chops in blending Filipino and classical Italian cooking. From L’antipasto to mains and dessert, this will be an exciting culinary adventure featuring local ingredients in Italian cuisine. This gastronomic feast will be followed by another feast for the senses with the Sustainable Design exhibit of Chris Gomez, a multidisciplinary creative and advocate showcasing his artworks and artistry through paintings, furniture, fashion and accessories. Chris is a multi-awarded artist and designer whose accolades include the 2014 Look of Style Awards by the British Council; Grand Prize (Water based Category) in the 2012 Metrobank Art and Design Excellence awards and finalist in the 2011 National Philippine Art Awards. He also became a finalist at the China ASEAN Youth Artwork Creativity Contest in 2008 at Nanning, China before finally bagging the Award of Excellence in 2016. Not the least, the evening and three weekend series will be capped by the celestial choral music of the Youth for Culture and Arts Project (YCAP) community choir, led by Ms Mercibelle Barroso Abejuela.  This 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 will perform a repertoire across many genres: ethnic/lumad, OPM/Original Pilipino Music, pop and classical. Last weekend’s Pangalawang Tanghalan featured French-trained Chef Maricar Urbano, Oro Teatro Bulawanon’s (OTB) premier performance of AngPaglaya, an original play by Maia Fortich Poblete and Bex Espino, and two dance suites by the celebrated Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe under Artistic Director Roger E. Odron. Chef Maricar was mentored by Celebrity French Chef Herve’ Frerardand and vividly underscored the balance between the science and artistry of the culinary arts with her solid technique, balanced flavor, creativity and presentation. She prepared a 5-course meal straight out of her Don Narciso Restaurant in Claveria, Misamis Oriental.   Oro Teatro Bulawanon (OTB) Founder and Director Maia Fortich Poblete counted Chef Maricar’s amuse bouche Current State as the perfect starter along with Mocktail Drunken Nights and the Pesto-flavored Gail & Gaby. This was followed by her When September Ends salad with mushroom carpaccio, microgreens, and pickled mooli. Her entrée  Under Pressure consisted of  sous vide fish with pineapple-corn salsa, a trio of mashed tuber, and smokey atsal sauce. And for the digestif, there was her Bittersweet Symphony with a classic combination of tablea cake, local ice cream (from La Favorita), and rose crumbs. Thanks to Maia for the heads up! Oro Teatro Bulawanon’s premier presentation of  Maia’s play “AngPaglaya” proved community theatre is alive and kicking with Kagay-anon talents JC Salon, Christy Aboniawan, Leslie Encong-Yap, Kale “Bom” Ramos, Nicolas Salcedo, Mikay Abella, Maria Therese Palma, Allyza Buslon, Katleen Obsioma, Kent Irvin, and Zilpha Ybañez. The stage management was a family affair with Jean Jacques Agbon assisted by daughters Kendra and Nicky. Nico Salcedo used paper bags to create the forest backdrop with a nod to KampoJuan’s sustainability theme, while the costumes were created and styled by Kent Irvin, who also doubled with Nicolas for the players’ makeup. “AngPaglaya” was co-written by Maia Poblete with Bex Espino, and successfully  showcased the talents of Kagay-anons, particularly the youth, as majority of the cast members were senior high school students. Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe  closed the Pangalawang Tanghalan with its award winning dance performances featuring two dance suites from the indigenous peoples of  Northern Mindanao. “The Bukidnon Suites featured the Dugso, Pimintok, Binaylan, Pig-agawan, Palaspas and Mangangayaw, while the Maranao Suites featured exotic dances as homage to the Sultan with very strong Indo-Malayan and Arabic influences including the Pangalay, Kapa Malong-malong, Kazilimut, Kuntao, Pag-apir andSingkil,” said artistic director Roger E. Odron. The troupe has been a catalyst in promoting the diverse cultures of Mindanao in the Philippines and abroad, representing the country with pride in the ASEAN Dance Festival Exposition in Brunei, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Today, it continues to share the wealth of Mindanao through its various road shows, and its captivating performances around the country and the world. For those who want to come earlier, you are welcome to enjoy Kampo Juan, named in honor of Dr. Juan Acosta – the patriarch of a patrician family who successfully navigated a career in politics, environment and scientific research. His wife Socorro served as mayor and representative of Bukidnon’s first district, while son Neric is one of the country’s leading environmentalists and daughterMalou has just earned a new mandate as steward of the same district her Nanay Coring used to serve. The Heritage House itself is worth the visit, and there are adventure sports galore also the young and young at heart can while away the time while waiting for the evening’s show. For those who want to immerse themselves in either one or all of these lifetime experiences, please contact Laclac Bongcawel at 09551539105 or email You can also buy your tickets at   Nanay Choleng's Muron kiosk at the ground floor of Ayala Centrio mall or at Kampo Juan Resort, Bgy. Dicklum, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Tickets are priced at P1,500/person. You can also follow the events through the Instagram account:"tanghalansakampj",  Photos courtesy of Maia Neri Fortich Poblete & Roger Ensomo Odron

Mrs. Elsie Musni Capistrano: Ulirang Ina 2019 (Ina ng Angkan)

May 23, 2019

The wife of a late scion of Kagay-anon Local Hero Gen. Nicolas Capistrano has been cited as one of the awardees during the 26th Anniversary Ulirang Ina Awards 2019 (Ina ng Angkan Category) held May 12, 2019 at the Manila Hotel Centennial Hall. This award is given by the ULIRANG INA AMA AWARDS FOUNDATION, INC. every year to deserving mothers who demonstrated passion, dedication and sacrifice not only to their respective fields, but also to their families.  The award was handed out by the foundation President, Wilfredo M. Talag and Foundation Honorary Chairperson, Justice Angelina Sandoval Gutierrez(ret.), who emphasized on the Filipino values and tradition and strengthening  of family ties. The Ulirang Ina ng Angkan Award is given to mothers who have at least eight children or more and who was able to send at least three or all of the said children to school and earn a degree. Mrs. Capistrano, not only managed to send all nine of her children to college, but all of them are already certified professionals in their own fields. Mrs. ELSIE MUSNI CAPISTRANO was born on February 23,1955 in Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental.  She is one of the four Children of Dioscoro Tenchavez Musni and Nila Sy Delos Santos. She is the widow of the late Mario Borromeo Capistrano, the only son of Nicolas Capistrano Jr. and Josefa Borromeo Capistrano (from the Borromeo Clan of Cebu).   Nicolas Capistrano Jr. is the youngest of nine children of General Nicolas Capistrano, who commanded the Kagay-anon Forces against the American invaders during the Philippine-American War during the Battles of Cagayan de Misamis, Agusan Hill and Macahambus Hill. He was also the Senator for the 11th district of the First Philippine Senate in 1916. Elsie is the mother of nine children namely: Patrick Bill M. Capistrano (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Central Colleges of the Philippines); Joseph Nicolas M. Capistrano (Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering and Management, De La Salle University Manila); Mario M. Capistrano Jr. (Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering, De La Salle University Manila); Marielle Cecile M. Capistrano (BS in Interior Design, Assumption College Makati); Maria Theresa M. Capistrano(BS in Nursing, Perpetual Help College Manila); Martin Jose M.  Capistrano (BS in Nursing, La Consolacion College Manila); Maria Christina Victoria M. Capistrano (BS in Nursing, M.D., University of Sto. Tomas); Marcus Antonio M. Capistrano (BS in Electronics and Communications Engineering- Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan) andMarinela Isabelle M. Capistrano (BS in Business Economics (UP Diliman); 2nd year J.D. (Ateneo de Manila University).

SWU PHINMA Upgrades Aznar Coliseum

May 21, 2019

To provide its students and athletes with the best training facilities, the Southwestern University (SWU) PHINMA has renovated the Aznar Coliseum, a strategic move that is aligned with its mission of honing their students to become the best that they can be in any field. This is part of the university’s P800-million budget spent for the construction and upgrades of several campus facilities, which started in 2018 and will continue in 2019. The coliseum now features maple flooring for the basketball court, which was installed by E-Sports International Inc., the Philippines’ foremost sports facility supplier. It also has three high volume low-speed fans to add to the comfort of 3,000 to 4,000 spectators, and a skybox for VIPs.  It also has a world-class strength and conditioning facility with rooms that foster recovery of athletes. Aznar Coliseum’s upgrade is also a manifestation of SWU PHINMA’s initiative to enhance and revitalize the SWU Cobras as well as offer unmatched experiences for students to watch and support the university team. Apart from being a training facility for SWU PHINMA’s students, Aznar Coliseum will also serve as a venue for games, tournaments, and competitions. For more information about SWU PHINMA’s academic programs and the campus facilities that complement them, visit, email inquiries to, or call +63 (32) 416 4680. For news and updates, like and follow SWU PHINMA’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – @swuphinma.

Noble Reunion in Las Vegas from May 8-12, 2019

May 20, 2019

Planning for a family reunion entails a lot of work. But the ensuing merrymaking, bonding and heartwarming moments make it all worth it. That is exactly what happened when members of the Albino Xavier Noble – Nieves Zuniga Suarez clan gathered for their 1st big reunion in Las Vegas. Since two of the clan members live in Las Vegas, it was decided that the cousins who are now scattered in different parts of the world would meet there. First to arrive were Drs. Tony & Wilma Dayrit of Maryland, followed by Marina Vasquez-Black and brother, Joey Vasquez who drove from Paso Robles. Joey had arrived a few weeks earlier from Manila. The Noble siblings -brothers Manny Boy, Francisco Jr. and Jose Vicente, along with sister Bernadette aka Kookie & hubby Sonny Cue of Perth, Australia, drove from Los Angeles after spending time with Manny and family. Vicky Dayrit-Mazzeo picked up Emelinda Fabella-Saguil in Arizona and together, they flew to Las Vegas while Cecile Dayrit-Lopez and older brother, Emilio Jr. flew from Los Angeles. The 1st big event was dinner hosted by Joe & Paching Dayrit-Montanez at their well-appointed home at Rhodes Ranch.  Because the Nobles are both gourmets and gourmands, it was no surprise that Paching laid out a gastronomic feast. Aside from her famous callos, potato salad, baked salmon, chicken a la king, white fruit salad, there was delicious lechon, crab cakes from Maryland, a variety ofcheesecakes from Marin County and Porto cheeserolls and homemade brownies from Los Angeles. Every single one of them is a great cook – from eldest cousin Emelinda who learned from grandmother Rosario Neri-Fabella and aunt, Edith Fabella-Pelaez, to the Dayrit sisters, Cecile, Paching & Vicky, quite expected being daughters of Gely Noble-Dayrit to Cookie Noble-Cue whose mother’s (Flora Neri-Noble) culinary expertise was also well-known in Cagayan circles and Marina Vasquez-Black whose mother, Rosalinda Noble-Vasquez, hosted unforgettable parties. The 2nd day was another round of feasting – lunch at a Thai restaurant, followed by a friendly game of mahjong at the Montanez’ home. Tony, Wilma, and  Joeywere driven to the Grand Canyon by Paching on Friday while the Noble siblings visited the Valley of Fire. Those who did not go sightseeing were guests of Becky de Tagle & Wendy Garcia for brunch at Siena’s Bistro. Friday’s dinner hosts were Yiyit and Alvin Nobleat their lovely home. It was there when the cousins held an impromptu meeting to decide the venue for their next reunion. Seeing them interact, joke around and just plain enjoy each other’s company was a joy to watch. Saturday morning was spent by the Noble brothers playing golf  after which they all met for dimsum at a restaurant. They all watched LeReve at Wynn Hotel Sunday evening. The Noble siblings went to the Grand Canyon and Hoover Dam on Monday. Theirs is an interesting story. The journey began when their grandfather, Albino Xavier Noble, was brought to Cagayan de Oro from Antique by his uncle, Dr. Francisco Xavier, husband of Mercedes Roa, when he was 9 years old. Albino went to study at Silliman University, became a successful businessman and married Nieves Suarez of Manila and Camiguin. From this union came Estela N. Fabella, Herminia, Angelina N. Dayrit, Francisco, Rosalinda N. Vasquez and Mario. Sadly, Herminia died during the war when she was only 20 years old while youngest sibling Mario died at the young age of 50. The various activities drew these relatives together to celebrate life and love with promises to meet again next year in Oahu, Hawaii as the next venue.

Xavier Ateneo, Corpus Christi studes picked among Jr. NBA PH All-Stars

May 20, 2019

Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska National Training Camp officially concluded yesterday, May 19, 2019.    Five girls and five boys bested their competition and were chosen by Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton, WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro together with Jr. NBA and Alaska coaches to be part of the Jr. NBA 2019 All-Star Team.    Among those chosen were Mikylla Taborada of Corpus Christi School, Cagayan de Oro and Zhan Paolo Moreno of Xavier Ateneo, who also won the Gatorade Hustle Award.      The newest batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars will  represent the country at the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp in Jakarta, Indonesia in June to train with top youth players from the region. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton and WNBA Champion Ticha Penicheiro joined Jr. NBA coaches Carlos Barroca and Natalia Andre and Alaska coaches Jeffrey Cariaso and Tony dela Cruz to help coach the 80 participants at the Gatorade Hoops Center and Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 18 and in the boys and girls exhibition game at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 19.  The final day of the Jr. NBA National Training Camp hosted an exhibition game for former Jr. NBA All-Stars and was attended by notable alumni including collegiate players Thirdy Ravena and Janjan Jaboneta. Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska is committed to improving youth health and wellness and addressing growing inactivity by highlighting the importance of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle to participants.   Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA Philippines has reached more than two million players, coaches and parents in over 190 cities and municipalities nationwide, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the program’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.). Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona and Vivo as official partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the official broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines.   For all things NBA, fans can follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at and on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can visit to learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, and follow Alaska Milk on Facebook for more information about Alaska Sports. The following is a complete list of Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 All-Stars:   GIRLS ROSTER:   First Name Last Name Age School Dianne Camille Nolasco 14 Miriam College Karylle Sierba 13 Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation Mikylla Taborada 14 Corpus Christi School Cagayan de Oro Justine Mhyrra Vibangco 13 Saint Joseph Parish School Princess BJ Marie Villarin 13 De La Salle Zobel   BOYS ROSTER:   First Name Last Name Age School Henjz Gabriel Demisana 14 Bacolod Tay Tung High School Joshua Minguillo 13 - Zhan Paolo Moreno 14 Xavier University  (Ateneo de Cagayan) Sebastian Roy Reyes 14 Nazareth School of National University Lionel Metthew Rubico 14 De La Salle Lipa   List of Awards: Gatorade Hustle Awardees: Zhan Paolo Moreno and Franchesca Isabela Buenvenida Panasonic Rising Star Awardees: Zak Gumaya and Kaye Andrea Vivas Coaches of the Year: Orlando Estrelles and Precious Jimenez Alaska Ambassadors: Henjz Gabriel Demisana and Justine Mhyrra Vibangco MVPs: Sebastian Roy Reyes and Dianne Camille Nolasco About the NBA The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.   The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.   NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV,, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.   The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.   Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes. About Alaska Milk Given the growing issues on health as well as the fast-changing technological environment, which leads to the change in children’s interests and behavior or sedentary lifestyle, Alaska believes that there is a need to reinforce its thrust in leading a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle. Alaska seeks to engage the youth, especially younger kids, in sports.                            Alaska Milk looks beyond selling milk – it sells nutrition and by doing so, the Company and brand Alaska is doing its part in nation-building.  Through youth sports development programs, Alaska is able to help nourish children for them to develop into champions in the field of interest and, in general, in life.   The overall objective of the Alaska Sports is to strengthen the brand’s equity in nutrition through sports.  To portray Alaska Fortified as a brand that helps instill the values of determination, discipline, teamwork, and hard work among the youth through sports.

Pangalawang Tanghalan sa KampoJuan

May 17, 2019

After a gratifying Unang Tanghalan last weekend with Iligan-based chefs and musicians, Kampo Juan again regales its guests with the Pangalawang Tanghalan this Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Barangay Dicklum, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. PANGALAWANG TANGHALAN kicks off with French-trained Chef Maricar Urbano, mentored by Celebrity French Chef Herve’ Frerardand illustrating the balance between the science and artistry of cooking. Maricar’s cuisine is built on solid technique, balanced flavor, creativity and presentation. Oro Teatro Bulawanon (OTB) will next feature the premier performance of Ang Paglaya, an original play by Maia Fortich Poblete about the timeless story of a father-and-daughter relationship. Ang Paglaya is a story about a father and daughter caught in an issue that a lot of young ones are struggling with nowadays – the dilemma of choosing their passion for their craft or following the wishes of their parents. “Ang Paglaya is OTB’s first step into a journey that will bring the group a little bit closer to putting the spotlight on local (CDO) theater talents. Hopefully, this journey will open more doors for us so we can find more opportunities for our advocacies, and for our artists – all brave and passionate Kagay-anons – to grow and share their talents to the people,” Poblete said. OTB is the recipient of the 2018 Lambago Awards for Theatre, having performed plays to generate greater awareness on the realities of violence against women, women’s health and well-being. “We’re quite excited about this because this is the first time we’re performing in Manolo Fortich, a place that’s close to my heart; and it’s also the first time we’ve been invited to become a part of a movement (or event) –Tanghalan sa Kampo Juan – that intends to encourage community members, families, individuals (both artists and non-artists) to embrace local culture and the arts.” Oro Teatro Bulawanon (OTB) is a theater group founded by Maia and friends in 2016. “While we’ve been doing productions since 2013, we only formally named our group that year, in time for our staging of my mom’s Palanca Award-winning playReyna Elena,” Poblete said. Over the years, OTB focused on advocacy theater, organizing and staging Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues every year. They have also worked with friends dedicated to the campaign on HIV and AIDS awareness. “We are also excited to perform in a place I consider as one of the best in this part of the world – KampoJuan,” Poblete said. “With its breathtakingly beautiful heritage house and all the trees and natural splendor of nature surrounding us, it’s the perfect venue for our play. Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe  closes the evening with its award winning dance performances. The troupe has been a catalyst in promoting the diverse cultures of Mindanao in the Philippines and abroad. It has represented the country in the ASEAN Dance Festival Exposition in Brunei, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia. Today, it continues to share the wealth of Mindanao through its various road shows, and its captivating performances around the country and the world. For those who want to come earlier, you are welcome to enjoy Kampo Juan, named in honor of Dr. Juan Acosta – the patriarch of a patrician family who successfully navigated a career in politics, environment and scientific research. His wife Socorro served as mayor and representative of Bukidnon’s first district and son Neric is one of the country’s leading environmentalists. The Heritage House itself is worth the visit, but there are adventure sports galore also the young and young at heart can while away the time while waiting for the evening’s show. For those who want to immerse themselves in this lifetime experience, please contact Laclac Bongcawel at 09551539105 or email You can also buy your tickets at   Nanay Choleng's Muron kiosk, Ground floor, Ayala Centrio mall or at Kampo Juan Resort, Bgy. Dicklum, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Tickets are priced at P1,500/person per Tanghalan. You can also follow the events through the Instagram account: "tanghalansakampj",  Mindanao Daily and BusinessWeek Mindanao are proud Media Partners of Tanghalan sa KampoJuan.


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