Markado opens Cine de Oro Film Festival with SRO debut

December 17, 2019

The first edition of Cine de Oro Film Festival opened to a full house at Limketkai Cinema 3 on December 15, 2019. The festival’s opening film, Joe Bacus’ Markado: The Moon Devourer was met with overwhelmingly positive response from audiences as the film drew to an end. The culmination of three years of hard work finally came to fruition when the film, after touring the world at various film festivals, finally came home to a Kagay-anon audience. “Add to the fact that the screening took place at a Kagay-anon cinema (Limketkai Cinema), this is truly an event where Kagay-anons came together as one,” noted Julienne Ilagan, CDOFF Managing Director. Writes close friend and fellow film maker Adam Anay: “MARKADO: The Moon Devourer is the first full-length feature film of Kagay-anon film director Joe Bacus and it is the opening feature film for the Cine de Oro Film Festival 2019.” “This genius piece of art received awards in various international film festivals and for the first time, it is shown in Cagayan de Oro - her hometown and her inspiration. This three-year worth of work is a masterpiece.” “Three things I applaud this film for.”  “First, a solid storyline filled with thorns that will make you bleed a little: It creates an illusion that this film is all about a certain social issue that you are familiar with. Displaying death and killings in the streets of the city, the gang wars of local crime lords and the poor family caught in the middle of all these.”  “However, it takes you to a roller coaster turn of events that are completely out of the picture that will keep you asking about the holes and gaps in the timeline. It playfully breaks stereotypes and creates multi-level conflicts with characters as if destiny is playing a joke on all of them.”  “Bacus pays homage to the victims of flood that destroyed the city a few years ago. He even called it the darkest night Cagayan de Oro has experienced. The flood is weaved throughout the film like how it cuts across the whole place.”  “It beautifully uses metaphors and foreshadowing in revealing the real problems and the origins of Sab, the female protagonist. This film makes you think, it validates all of your assumptions and then it blows your mind.” “Second, workmanship:  The film is composed of shots of people and dolls. Yes, half of the film is in a stop motion format. MARKADO uses these scenes thoughtfully and creatively giving a completely new dimension to the visual storytelling and the ingenuity of the format.” “It gives your eyes a break from the faces of the actors as you get to be transported into another creative reality. Bacus decided to use these scenes carefully to portray intense scenes making it easier for the viewer to watch but still keeping the vivid imagery necessary for the act.”   “Nothing was done in bad taste. I can only imagine all the grueling hours and days they have spent to make those stop motion scenes possible.” “Third, originality: This is a never been told narrative. It is not for the faint of heart. It is a celebration of stories and art pulled together to be an hour length product.”  “After the film, Direk Joe said that it was a collection of stories and realities he has personally heard and experienced in the city. I think this is why the film is so resonant – it is a mash-up of the collective identity of our city. It’s all our stories placed together paced in a thrilling and exciting manner. You can easily identify as Sab, as Ed, or as Mandy or any of the character -mere products of fiction but reflects reality.” “This film is Bacus’ attempt in starting a cultural film revolution in the city where creators and artists try to explore the beauty of Southeast Asian Cinema instead of ascribing to the typical Hollywood formula. It tries to write the story of the Kagayanon and his plight to understanding more about himself despite forgetting his roots. It challenges us to tell the difficult stories left in the dark and untouched like the moon. “ “Bravely leading the cavalry to the frontiers of knowing the origins, Bacus never fails to surprise and to deliver.” “The screen showed Sab one more time, regal and vulnerable at the same time. It faded into pitch darkness and that was when I have realized that she is home. MARKADO has come home.” After the screening, Bacus went onstage to introduce the team and thank everyone who came and supported the festival’s opening. “For a film community to thrive in a city, there must first be audience development,” he observed. “That is why we chose to program many kinds of films and voices in this year’s Cine de Oro film lineup, in order to educate audiences on our roots in Asian storytelling and break free from mainstream Hollywood sensibilities.” He then invited everyone to attend the subsequent short film screenings at the Limketkai Activity Center on the second floor from 1-5PM and at Kanto 6-11PM where people can watch some of the best films by storytellers from all of Mindanao and Asia. Cine de Oro Film Festival is organized by Imoortals and Blackfish Productions with the support of  Limketkai Center, Limketkai Mall, Limketkai Cinemas, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Kanto, Gamba Music & Sports, Pane e Dolci, Backyard BBQ, Wheels, Mykarelli’s Grill, 1A Express, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Seriña-Moreno, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Primavera Residences, Uptown Condotel with BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Daily and Metro Cagayan de Oro Times as Media Partners. Adam Anay adores Mindanao literature and folklore. He works in promoting cohesive communities on the island through communication and empowerment. He is the Class Valedictorian of Xavier Ateneo’s DevCom Class 2017. He was also cited as one of the 2017 Ten Outstanding Students of the Philippines and currently works as Tech Camp Coordinator for Equal Access International – Philippines.

Bettina to hold fashion show for a cause

December 4, 2019

In light of the ongoing disaster in Central Mindanao and the desire to respond to the call for help, Bettina Boutique Limketkai Mall CDO in partnership with the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro is presenting a fundraising Christmas Fashion Concert entitled 'Seasons' on December 8, 2019, Sunday, 6-9 pm at Seven Seas Waterpark, Opol.       All proceeds will be turned over to his Rev. Archbishop Antonio J. Ledesma for his relentless efforts to help those affected by the Mindanao Earthquake and, for the Jerry Cans Project spearheaded by Ms. Delsa Mortola supported by the Namaste group, which provides safe drinking water containers for the areas in Cotabato and other parts in Mindanao whose water supply will be restored after six months.       We are bringing Mr. Wayne Yeh, international baritone singer from HongKong/Taiwan who has performed in Italy, Germany and other Asian countries to serenade us with Christmas songs, with the special participation of our very own Soprano, Ms. Kathlene Reign Lopez Soria.       Bettina Boutique will be presenting its Holiday Collection with special participation of distinguished Women of CDO and Manila.       Let's all join hands in making this season what it truly is — a Season of Giving, of Sharing, and of Celebrating Life, Love and Joy.       Be One with Mindanao.

#ReadMoreLiveMore with OMF Lit Bookshop CDO

November 29, 2019

OMF Literature, one of the leading Christian publishers in the country, is encouraging all book lovers to #ReadMoreLiveMore through their books. Reading is known to have many benefits, such as increasing one’s knowledge, sharpening analytical skills and creativity, and encouraging empathy, especially among young readers. With OMF Lit titles, readers can reap such benefits, along with learning more about kindness, faith, love, and developing their relationship with God and others.   Here in Cagayan De Oro City, you get the #ReadMoreLiveMore experience through the OMF Lit Bookshop, formerly named Passages Bookshops, at the Ground Level of the Ayala Centrio Mall. Book lovers who seek Inspiration, Instruction, and Insight are welcome to visit the bookshop and see for themselves books that can transform lives.   Here are just some of the new original titles recently released by OMF Lit: Find out how God guided celebrity mom Bettinna Carlos through her Heartbreaks and Breakthroughs Poetry lovers will be delighted with Joyful Light, a collection of modern Christian poetry by ten Filipino women Ronald Molmisa talks about how to love and understand your parents better in Papunta Pa Lang Kami, Pabalik Na Kayo Dawns, by Isa Garcia, Janina Marie Rivera, and Ida Torres, is a weekly devotional for millennial women interested in self-care and spiritual growth Feeling overwhelmed? Authors Kerlyn Bobadilla, Larizza Dulay, Manuel Zabat II, Marts Valenzuela, and Rigel Fortaleza help Gen Z readers reflect on their fast-paced lives in the devotional Kaya ko pa, Bes! Meanwhile, kids and kids at heart are sure to enjoy the latest Hiyas (an imprint of OMF Lit) releases: Read the facts behind circumcision in a light-hearted and informative way in Tuli o Di Tuli by Luis “Tito Dok” Gatmaitan, with illustrations by Manix Abrera Learn the secret behind The Last Tree, written and illustrated by Gutch Gutierrez Justine Hail continues the story of Shy Shelly in the third book of the series, Shy Shelly and the Big Lie, with illustrations by Tristan V. Yuvienco Rediscover the story of Esther and the Extraordinary Deliverer (part of the Wow God! Series), as retold by Lauren V. Macaraeg and illustrated by Abi Goy Younger children can learn how to Bee Thankful with Dee the Bee, written by Joyce Piap-Go and illustrated by Maria Cristina Sison Reading has many benefits, and reading OMF Lit books will definitely bring Inspiration, Instruction and Insight — so you can #ReadMoreLiveMore. OMF Lit Bookshop is open from 10AM to 9PM from Mondays to Sundays. For inquiries, please contact our bookshop staff at (088) 323-6248 or

Cucina Higala 3rd Anniversary Tees and Potluck Party

November 22, 2019

Baba and Francis Manaloto of Studio 8 model the Cucina Higala 3rd Anniversary Tees and Potluck Party Tray amidst a spread of the Cucina Higala Potluck Dishes available with the Potluck Party & Family Trays. First 100 Cucina Higala customers on their 3rd Anniversary on November 30, 2019 (Saturday) get a free tee shirt for every P1,000 spend on this date! Cucina Higala is located at Capistrano-Mabini Sts. , Cagayan De Oro City For inquiries or reservations , pls. call # +639177946118

USTP CDO grand alumni homecoming happening this December 27

November 21, 2019

THE board of directors of the USTP-CDO Alumni Federation has approved to conduct a historic Grand Alumni Homecoming 2019 dubbed as Celebrar! on December 27, 2019 at the Dr. Ricardo Rotoras Memorial Hall, USTP, Cagayan de Oro City. A school homecoming is one of the most anticipated events everyone looks forward to after years of being away from his/her alma mater. Thus, in order to reconnect and strengthen ties with fellow schoolmates, graduates of USTP’s preceding schools since 1927 are all invited. The Grand Alumni Homecoming will have a side morning event at the Performing Arts Theater for the general assembly. In the afternoon, the group will proceed to the gym for the alumni election to be followed by the grand alumni party in the evening. Other activities will include membership application, campus tour, blood donation activity and batch gatherings. Our partner stores and agencies will also have their own activities where alumni can participate. Batch gatherings are advised to be conducted after the general assembly where the alumni can reserve a classroom for free to have their own batch lunch party. Only the most anticipated grand alumni party has a registration fee. Here is how: The alumni can register as a group or as an individual. Visit the Office of the Alumni Federation at USTP CDO to fill out the registration form and pay the registration fee. Upon payment, a committee will give raffle tickets to a registrant which shall be filled out and dropped at the raffle draw drum before 7:00 p.m. of December 27, 2019. All reservations and registrations will start on November 25 at the USTP CDO Alumni Office. Individual registratns will will be seated at the bleachers for only P150 inclusive of food, drinks and one raffle entry while group registrants will be seated on the floor. A total of 30 circular tables are up for grabs on a first-registered basis. Each table is composed of 12 seats with the commensurate volume of food, drinks and homecoming cake. Priority will be given to the batches celebrating their 25th to 30th anniversary. Attendees may join the dance contest, raffle draw, trivia night, best batch shirt and bring me contest.


November 21, 2019

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The world’s largest and fastest growing gym franchise, Anytime Fitness, is once again extending its efforts in leading and welcoming communities to start their fitness journeys with their current regional campaign ‘You’re Welcome.’ With over 4,000 gyms spanning six continents and well-maintained facilities which feature top-quality exercise equipment, the industry leader has recently launched ‘The Search for the Purple Champion,’ an initiative that takes inspiration from its club members and their journey to wellness.   This year’s competition further cements the brand’s ‘You’re Welcome’ campaign as it celebrates different kinds of fitness journeys – whether physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual. “Our mission, really, is to improve the self-esteem of Filipinos. It may sound ambitious, but we’re all about making the impossible possible. Our clubs across the country support the communities they belong—communities of individuals who are determined to enjoy healthier and happier lifestyles. Through our The Search for the Purple Champion, we hope to inspire other people to start their own stories and later on, share their stories too.” says Anytime Fitness Asia Regional Marketing Manager, Jap Angeles. Ride Like a Champion As a supplement to the brand’s continuous efforts on educating Filipinos about healthier lifestyles, Anytime Fitness is launching an activation series dubbed as ‘Ride Like a Champion.’ Converging ways to make “being fit” sound less rigorous and, instead, more entertaining for people, the ‘Ride Like a Champion’ is a sweat-powered fun ride that people can experience on the following dates: November 16 - 17 at SM Seaside Cebu, November 23 - 24 at SM Davao, and November 30 - December 01 at TriNoma.  “We seek to provide a friendly and supportive atmosphere in our clubs, and we want to extend that same feeling even to non-members. Through this “fitainment” series, we hope people can rethink about fitness as a daunting concept. Who says sweating can’t be fun, right?” adds Jap. Voting for the Top 5 finalists of Anytime Fitness’ Search for the Purple Champion commences on November 17, 2019 via


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