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Liceo Conservatory gifted legacy music collection from Germany

September 9, 2019

Thanks to a father’s love for music, his lifetime legacy of music books, CDs and DVDs will undoubtedly benefit untold generations of musicians at the Liceo de Cagayan University Conservatory of Music, Theatre and Dance. Liceo University Librarian Linda Mondoñedo receives the official documents for the transfer of ownership of Johann Baecker's Special Music Collection from his son, Prof. Horst Hans Baecker. Last August 7, 2019 Horst-Hans Bäcker, Associate Dean of the Conservatory, and Professor for Composition, Conducting and Historical Informed Performance, donated some 2,000 books, music sheets, and about 1,000 and DVDs for the reference and research of students at the Conservatory Office. The collection was the lifetime legacy of his late father,  Johann Bäcker, and was officially turned over to the Conservatory by his wife Regina and son Horst-Hans and received by University Librarian Linda Mondoñedo in behalf of the University in a blessing and turnover of what shall henceforth be known as the "Special Music Collection" as a tribute to the late musician. The event was also witnessed by University Chairperson Dr. Rafaelita P. Pelaez and President Dr. Mariano M. Lerin, the immediate family of the benefactor and faculty and students of the Conservatory. When his father passed on nine months ago, Prof. Bäcker, shipped the music collection to his second home, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Mikhael De Padua Paceño renders a solo accompanied by CDO Symphony Orchestra members Tullio Vidmar and Niño Cesar Tiro.  Johann Bäcker was born on November 25, 1932, in Deutsch-Stamora, one of two German regions in Romania. He was a third generation of musicians in his village, but when he was younger, his father didn't want him to  follow in his footsteps and  be a professional musician. His parents sent him to the provincial capital Temeschburg to get a 'real' profession. There, he learned to play the clarinet in secret. Right after his graduation, he became a member of the Romanian State Orchestra in Ploesti and the State Film Orchestra. Finally, he mustered the courage to confess to his father that he had become a professional musician just like his forebears. Later that year, Johann became the clarinetist for the Dance Hall Orchestra in Bucharest where he met his future wife Regina while out dancing with friends. Two years after getting married, the couple bore their only child, Horst-Hans. In 1973, the family moved to Germany and Johann became a professor for Clarinet, Flute, and Saxophone at the Music school in the City of Datteln, near Dortmund. During this same year, he also became the conductor of the City Wind Orchestra. Unlike his father, Johann shared his passion for music with his son Horst. He would bring the youngster to orchestra rehearsals, and he had him learn piano at the age of 5. Horst grew up with a heart for music and pursued the same path as his father, and grandfather, and his forebears before him. Now valued at close to a million pesos, Johann accumulated his vast collection of music books and score sheets  for his son and students over his lifetime, not stopping even when he had already retired.  He envisioned that it would benefit young people studying music and indeed, his “Special Collection” had finally found a home with the Liceo de Cagayan University Conservatory of Music, Theatre and Dance where it would serve generations of musicians to come. (with Ena Marie E. Tiro)  

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Fashion Mania Bazaar ongoing at Ayala Centrio

September 9, 2019

MORE than 50 online retailers of assorted goods, local fashion startups and specialty shops will converge in the seven-day Fashion Mania Bazaar currently in place at Ayala Centrio’s activity center from September 9 to 15 this year. That means that during these inclusive dates, it will only be the retailers who will occupy the said prime spot at Ayala Centrio showcasing their wares. In fact, these are just some of the outlets which are currently displaying: Butter & Oven, Beauty Trends CDO, BTL Couture, Lysor’s Collection, Your Little Shoppe, Zeczax Trend Zone, J’s & E Collection, JKLM Etc. Gadgets Accessories & More, Block Thirty, Payex CDO, ZZ Shoppe, Tiptoecdo, A&L Fashion Hub, She Can Shop, Lyn’s Fashion Selections, Toyzilla, The Write Script PH, Shorts Best CDDO, Trendyholic, Queen’s Collection, Bac’s Fashion, The Beauty Bar, Freanne, Skin Foundry, Sweet Collections, Stylynz, Hailey Organics, VFA by Phoebe, Kuletz Footwear and Apparel, Yellow Fashion, Le Chic, Fash Mour, Style Speak, Kikay’s Corner, Jerics Apparel, F&J Kidshoppe, Rey De Apparels, After Basic Tee, Mimay's Fashion Boutique. And there are a lot more. As organizer Mariecris Michelle Uy would put it, they are creating opportunities for online retailers to elevate themselves into mainstream mall shopping. “When you visit our bazaar, you will discover a wide variety of products. It’s like touring a one-stop shop for everything,” Ms. Uy remarks. Don’t just take our words for it. Come visit Fashion Mania Bazaar. They are open mall hours. Ms. Uy's partners in this endeavor are Arne Drapiza and Apple Chan.

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First mobile perfume bar now serving in CDO

September 8, 2019

MOBILE bars are one of the trending business platforms nowadays. One company engaged in the manufacturing of homemade perfume is doing exactly just that. EZ Perfume Bar first emanated in Cebu City three years ago. Back then, it was the first mobile bar of its kind in the Queen City of the South. The business was so successful that it has now branched out here in the City of Golden Friendship. EZ Perfume Bar is so far the only one of its kind in Cagayan de Oro – catering to weddings, debuts, corporate events, anniversaries and other related events. The concept is so simple you’d wonder why this was not innovated earlier. First, EZ Perfume Bar will set up their mobile bar in your event reception. Upon exiting, each guest will be given a bottled perfume of their choice. Actually, there are ten fragrances available – Chic, Sweet, Flirt, Happy, Pleasure, Charm, Brave, Sporty, Elegant and Gent. So this means that the bottled scents are not directly sold to the public but are given as event souvenirs for the attendees. Event organizers are the ones who will transact directly with EZ Perfume. The company has set up various packages varying according to bottle size (3 mL, 10 mL) and number of audience participants (ranging from 60 to 250 individuals). Each bottled perfume has its own customized label specifically for that event only. Feeling excited already? Just inquire at EZ Perfume Bar and Giveaways Cagayan de Oro’s Facebook page for more details.

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Downtown Suites – the newest choice for CDO backpackers

September 8, 2019

IN a bustling city where conventions and other national events are held almost every week, the hospitality industry must constantly evolve to catch up with the demands of the times. This is exactly what Downtown Suites have in mind when it opened its doors last Sunday (September 9, 2019) at Montecarlo Alley, Barangay 22, near Corrales Extension corner Gaabucayan Sts., Cagayan de Oro City. With its budget-friendly rates yet quality accommodation, Downtown Suites caters not just for backpackers but for all transients who are here in Cagayan de Oro City either for work, business or pleasure. Consider this: their standard single room is only P1,000; standard double at P1,200; and twin room at P1,400. The management of Downtown Suites stated that they are targeting guests who are just staying for the night and have a relaxed stay, including decent showers and sleep plus loads of amenities. All rooms are fully airconditioned with cable LED television, hot and cold showers and Internet with free WiFi. The hotel is also equipped with a 24/7 standby generator, 24/7 store stand, 24/7 security camera surveillance in strategic spots, intercom telephone from each room direct to the reception desk and free parking area. And since Agora bus terminal is just a stone’s throw away, it is definitely accessible to public transportation. The two-storey Downtown Suites has a total of 19 rooms. For more inquiries, contact 09368225008, 09338508935, 09392229535, 09454582635 or downtownsuiteshotel@gmail.com.

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Above Sea Level’s famed giant butterfly squid now in Oro

September 6, 2019

THE famed giant butterfly squid which became a trend in Metro Manila for the past several years has finally come to CDO. Above Sea Level – the restaurant behind such exquisite delicacy – opened its fifth Mindanao branch last September 6 in Centerpoint along Domingo Velez-Corrales, Cagayan de Oro City. (There are already existing branches in Davao, Zamboanga and Iligan cities.) According to franchisee Mae Grace Pilapil-Siao, the giant butterfly squid is a deep-fried breaded giant squid on a skewer cut in the open to resemble a butterfly. Sizing of the giant butterfly squid begins from baby groot to giant to super to king and to groot. Of course, one can still order the giant butterfly squid in threes and they call this the squidfest which is good for up to three persons. The Cagayan de Oro branch of Above Sea Level strictly follows the standards of the company which originated from Quezon City way back – all their cooks are trained by the parent branch and Ms. Pilapil-Siao herself assured that the ingredients are of the utmost quality. That means that they could not just change the menu anytime they like – they must adhere to the reputation that Above Sea Level has been known for. So the only other dishes in the menu are beef-wrapped shrimp, squid overload, firecracker shrimp, Seafood Festival (crabs, mussels, shrimps, corn cob and sauce made of crab fat) and spicy krispy sizzling posit with Java rice. In the evening, however, Above Sea Level offers acoustic entertainment with matching beer. Above Sea Level is open Sundays to Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Fridays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.

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SUN LIFE’S FINANCIAL LITERACY JOURNALISM AWARDS

September 5, 2019

SUN LIFE’S FINANCIAL LITERACY JOURNALISM AWARDS Objectives:  To encourage the media to promote financial literacy among Filipinos  To enable media to be a catalyst of change for a future-ready Philippines Mechanics: 1. The contest is open to Filipino print journalists from both broadsheets and tabloids nationwide. 2. Nominees must possess social responsibility and personal integrity, and must be recognized for his or her highly professional character. 3. To join, a nominee must submit three to five original and bylined articles that meet the following requirements: a. published within November 1, 2018 to October 30, 2019 b. in English or Filipino c. addresses any of the following: • promotes financial literacy • educates about financial products and services • inspires one’s financial journey d. in MS Word format, each clearly labeled with the name and date of the publication 4. The deadline of submission is on November 6, 2019. Entries must be emailed to Sun Life Media Relations Specialist Lalie Novero (pnove@sunlife.com) with the following details: 1. Full name 2. Name and address of affiliated publication 3. Mobile number 5. Entries will be screened by a panel of external judges based on the following criteria: • Relevance to the theme of financial literacy - 50% • Overall impact (accurate, informative, educational, and compelling) - 50% 6. One winner each from Luzon (including NCR), Visayas, and Mindanao will be selected and awarded P50,000 worth of prizes, including: • P45,000 in cash • P5,000 worth of Sun Life Prosperity Fund starter fund • Trophy 7. Winners will be awarded during the Sun Life year-end media gathering in Manila in December.

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