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Capitol University Hosts Knowledge Festival 2019

December 14, 2019

Capitol University celebrates the second year of its Knowledge Festival through short powerful talks from experts on Saturday, 14 December 2019. “Capitol University is proud to conduct KNOWLEDGE FESTIVAL 2019, a conference that goes beyond the book!” said Dr. Heidi Grace P. Mendoza, Manager, Knowledge Festival 2019, and Coordinator, Continuing & Professional Learning Program. “A celebration of learning through short powerful talks from experts, it is aimed to enhance the learning experience of students and augment the teaching environment through the sharing of practitioners,” she added. “We are looking forward to have an audience of five hundred students who come from different professions and organizations.” Ms. Mercedes Pelaez-Mejia, chairperson of the European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines (ECCP) Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao, will be the keynote speaker for the opening ceremony. Power Talks by the powerhouse lineup of speakers immediately follow the brief opening program in AVRs 10-9 from 9:00AM-12NN, to resume at 1-4PM at the same venues following a lunch break. Among the varied topics to be discussed in the Power Talks are “Policy Formulation for National Growth and Development” (Engr. Ted Buenavista, Jr.); “Laws Governing Business Contracts and Agreements” (Atty. Christy M. Jugador); “How to Reduce and Prepare for the Risk of Disaster” (Ms. Margarette Broñola, CDODRRMC); “The Function and Aesthetics of Product Design” (Mr. Chris Gomez); “Keeping the balance between being a Teacher and a Coach” (Mr. Paul R. Juarez)’; “Finding and Keeping the Romantic Love Alive” (Ptr. Alonzo T. Chiong); among others. Festival participants can join two sessions in the morning (9-10:30, 10:30-12) and two in the afternoon (1-2:30, 2:30-4).  There are a total of eighteen topics in the morning and another 18 in the afternoon to choose from. Knowledge Festival 2019, a celebration of learning by the CU graduate school with the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency & Accreditation Program, is organized by the Continuing and Professional Learning Program with the CU Graduate School student body organization in partnership with European Chamber of Commerce in the Philippines Cagayan de Oro-Northern Mindanao. Mindanao Daily, BusinessWeek Mindanao and the Metro Cagayan de Oro Times are the official media partners. Progressio Integralis, Pro Deo et Hominibus!

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Babu Kwan elevates Halal Cuisine in new, exciting Cook Book

December 12, 2019

Fresh from Babu Kwan's new Cook Book Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao’s first and only Halal Certified Restaurant has ramped up its advocacy to champion Halal Cuisine to the next level with a new, expanded “Cook Book”. “Babu Kwan is the first Halal certified restaurant in Cagayan de Oro City,” said Babu Cecile B. Mambuay, the outspoken, unofficial spokesperson of the pioneering establishment. “We offer a variety of food inspired by the Moro cuisine of Southern Philippines, Asian and Filipino Cuisine.” The Muslim Mindanao Halal Certification Board issued Babu Kwan its Halal Certification last June 12, 2019 after a thorough evaluation of the restaurant at the ground floor of the Saavedra Building, Aguinaldo Street, Cagayan de Oro City. Last December 8, we were invited to join the unofficial launch of Babu Kwan’s new and expanded menu, which opened its doors barely eight months ago. “We’re grateful to everyone who made this Cookbook a reality,” said Khal Mambuay-Campong, the other half of the power couple who owns and manages Babu Kwan. “After at least 10 photo shoots, countless editing and a branding we committed to since Day 1, it feels surreal to touch the menu as I flip every page.” “Done with our new menu and the real work is just starting. Bismillah!” Ms Khal presents the Piyaren a Badak In the restaurant’s social media page, Ms. Khal explains: “Babu Kwan’s Cookbook is not just a menu. It tells us a story of the kind of food Babu Kwan offers and who Babu Kwan is — in pictures and short descriptions. By browsing this cookbook, you’ll understand where our favorite auntie is coming from, her deep love for culture and arts, her passion in cooking and recreating well-loved dishes from her roots: Moro, Filipino and Asian.” Engr. Abdelnur Campong, the other side of this power couple, told us they expanded their menu based mainly on the feedback they got from their customers and patrons. “Most frequently, they requested for a more variety of soups and desserts, which is why you can now have a wider choice of traditional Maranao Sawaw (soup) like the Pisawawan a Manok, traditional Filipino comfort food like Tinolang Isda, Tausug favorites like the Tyula Itum, or Asian classics like Laksa. Not to forget the Filipino’s penchant for sugary delights, Babu Kwan has also expanded its Mamis for dessert from the classic Balolon (also known as Darar/Daral), (pandan crepe stuffed with sweet grated and toasted coconut meat and muscovado sugar) which you can now enjoy in a variety of flavors such as Super Mangga, Pandan-Lanka, Ube-Halaya, Coco Coffee and Durian. But wait, there’s even more desserts to choose from! Oro Cheesecake, Mango Float, Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake and Leche Flan, and a bevy of cool frappes should keep very sweet tooth happy and satisfied! Among the new and exciting items in the expanded menu I was lucky to try was the aptly named Randang Dynamitc Sticks (Green chili pepper stuffed with cheese and Randang flakes in crispy fried lumpia wrapper), Rojak Salad (a SouthEast Asian salad of fresh fruits, tossed in sweet and spicy peanut sauce), Laksa (Babu’s take on a coconut milk based soup infused with SouthEast Asian spices and served with egg noodles, boiled egg and charred shrimps), Chicken Pyanggang (a classic Tausug chicken dish of grilled boneless chicken thighs and charred coconut paste), Makki Higala (premium white rice, kerabu (blue) rice, and Kyuning rice rolled with mango, cucumber and Kagitik (Maguindanao chicken flakes) topped with torched cheese and chili flakes) and of course, a personal favorite I couldn’t afford to miss, Tyula Itum (a classic Tausug braised beef dish marinated in Pamapa (Tausug spices), and braised to perfect tenderness). Presenting Laksa Tyula Itum is culturally important among the Tausug and is also known as Food for the Royalty since is usually served during special occasions like weddings and Hari Raya festivities. “Babu Kwan believes that cooking and eating are inseparable. If you want to know how to cook, you’ll have to eat first. And then eat many times!” Ms. Khal stresses. “Every output is a product of consistent hard work and pursue to offer nothing short of best. You’ll have to know her all too well, why she cooks and who she cooks for, know her dishes really well that one day you’ll be surprised that you’re actually becoming a Babu Kwan. Why? Because Babu Kwan lives in all of us. She is our every auntie in the family. She could be you, or the other person reading this.  The kitchen remains in the capable hands of Chef Hasanah Sani Macapaar, an outstanding graduate of Monster Kitchen Academy, whom I met 3 years ago when she and team mate Chef Vahnja Babia-Flores won the Bronze Medal for finishing 2nd runner up in the prestigious Chef Wars at the 10th National Food Showdown held October 2016 in Baguio City. Earlier, Chef Has also won the right to represent the city in the national competition when she and team mates Ivy Ann P. Duldulao and Jade Charmaine P. Mangao won Silver, the highest award in the Chef Wars, 20th Kumbira, the longest running and biggest culinary event outside Metro Manila  in August 2016.  With a pedigree like that, it’s high time you drop by for a visit at Babu Kwan open Tuesday - Sunday, 11am - 2pm, 5pm - 9pm at the ground floor of the Vines Pension House (Saavedra Building), Yacapin Ext. cor. Aguinaldo Street, Barangay 32,  9000 Cagayan de Oro City. For inquires call or text 0945 135 5270 or visit their website www.babukwan.com or Facebook Page Babu Kwan.  The New Babu Kwan Cook Book

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First Cine de Oro Film Festival exalts Kagay-anon films to World Cinemaverse

December 11, 2019

After a long wait, local films made by local filmmakers take their rightful place with first ever Cine de Oro Film Festival. From December 15-18, cineastes will enjoy 12 films from Cagayan de Oro, other Filipino and World filmmakers at the Limketkai Cinemas in Cagayan de Oro City. Six films will compete in the main short film section showcasing movies from Kagay-anon filmmakers: Mama (Adrian Manapil), Timbang (Tat Soriano), Maskara (Benjinel Jampit), Ako, Tao (Michael Edillor), Baruganan (Angelo Dabbay), and Ang Reyna Nga Wala’y Saput (James Murillo Elaco). On the other hand, six films will vie in the festival’s open competition: Kalipay (Arnel Rox Aguirang & John Carlou Romanos, Nabunturan), Baynte Noybi (Dysel Rose Sumandac, Nabunturan), Mountain To Cry For (Khurshid Kalabud Jr., General Santos), Ang Pagbalik sa Ugat-Hinungdan (Keisha Halili, Davao), Budots: The Craze (Jay Rosas & Mark Limbaga, Davao) and Abi (Lindon Roy Trangia Songahid, Nabunturan). The Festival opens December 15 with the screening of the film Markado: The Moon Devourer by multi-awarded Kagay-anon filmmaker and Cine de Oro Festival Director Joe Bacus at Limketkai Cinema.  The film is considered a milestone for Mindanao cinema as it is the first full-length feature film to come out of Cagayan de Oro decades after Lorenzo M. de la Serna’s Sa Imong Lawas ug Dugo. Bacus notes that with Cine de Oro, he aims to educate Kagay-anons' taste in cinema, stressing the importance of taking our place in Southeast Asian Cinema. “Even though it is still our first year holding this festival, we will be relentless in our pursuit of making a festival in Cagayan de Oro that will be a platform for aspiring filmmakers to develop their talents. We will give them the opportunity to watch not only the very best of Mindanao cinema, but also Southeast Asian cinema as well,” he said. Besides the twelve films in competition from Mindanao, there will also be a showcase of award-winning short films from internationally-recognized Filipino filmmakers such as Sheron Dayoc, Remton Zuasola, Keith Deligero, and Bagane Fiola, among others. As a bonus, movie goers will also enjoy watching a showcase of Asian and European short films. On December 18, the film festival concludes with a screening of Julienne Ilagan's Kauyagan: The Way of Life, considered a milestone for Mindanao cinema as it is the first full-length feature film by a female Mindanaoan. The festival's jurors for the main competition include award-winning Mindanaoan filmmakers Gutierrez Mangansakan II and Bagane Fiola and artist, activist and sculptor Antonio ‘Jojo’ Hesumaria Sescon. The jury for the Open Competition includes award-winning Malaysian-born Philippines-based filmmaker Bradley Liew, award-winning Filipino production designer Benjamin Padero, and Thai auteur Phuttiphong Aroonpheng. 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, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Seriña-Moreno, the Film Development Council of the Philippines, Primavera Residences, and Uptown Condotel with BusinessWeek Mindanao, Mindanao Daily and Metro Cagayan de Oro Times as media partners.

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Government rescues 4 sick children from Bakwits

December 11, 2019

MARAMAG, Bukidnon - A team from the local government unit  (LGU) of Kitaotao, National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and Philippine National Police (PNP) rescued four sick children from the Bakwit in the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) Church in Poblacion, Kitaotao at around 8:00 A.M. on December 8, 2019. The Communist Party of the Philippines - New People's Army - National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF) organized the Bakwits from Sitio Dumasilag, Brgy. Sta Felomina, municipality of Quezon in Bukidnon and occupied the IFI Church, saying their presence there is the best way to pressure the government to pull out the military forces in their area. Despite the recommendations of municipal doctors of Quezon and Kitaotao for the seriously ill children to be immediately admitted to the nearest hospital, the leaders and organizers identified as Teresa “Neneng” Antihaw and Datu Olmo Antugon, refused to let the children out of the compound as long as their demands are not met. Lt. Col Franklin F. Fabic, commanding officer of 88th Infantry Battalion, commended the accomplishment of the government team in rescuing the sick children.  “I am proud that despite the resistance of organizers, the children were saved from danger. The safety of the children is our priority. These Bakwits are victims of deception and fake information by CPP-NPA-NDF organizers,” he said. “To the CPP-NPA-NDF, stop manipulating IPs communities in advancing your political agenda especially the children. Do not let the children suffer for your personal gains. They deserved a better life. Do not destroy their lives for they are future of our land,” he added. (88IB,PA)

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Army top brass urges youth to stand-up against NPA’s recruitment of minors

December 10, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division of the Philippine Army urges the youth to stand up against the Communist Terrorist Groups (CTGs) recruitment of minors. Based on 4ID records for the period  2016 to 2019, the CTGs were recruiting minors as young as 12 years old. The average age of recruits in Northern Mindanao and CARAGA Regions is 17 years old. Just recently, a 16-year old New People's Army (NPA) member named Litboy Binongcasan was killed in an encounter with the troops of the 23rd Infantry “Masigasig” Battalion at the hinterlands of Brgy. Manila de Bugabos, Butuan City. He was recruited when he was just 14-years old. His mother Genelyn Binongcasan emotionally said, “Nganu man gi-rekrut sa NPA akong menor-de-edad nga anak? Kung wala nila ni ma-rekrut, makatabang pa unta ni sa amoa bisan pa man nga mag-uuma lang mi, hapsay nga namuyo.” (Why did the NPA recruited my minor son? If they haven’t recruited him, he might have been able to help our family even if we are just farmers, living peacefully.) MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, 4ID Commander said,  “The CTGs are destroying not just the lives of the minor combatants but also our nation’s future. In time for the National Human Rights Consciousness Week, it is high time for the youth to stand-up against the Human Rights violations of the CPP-NPA-NDF and one of them is their recruitment of minors.” Gacal also urges the parents to take action against the vicious cycle of NPA recruitment to save the precious lives of our Filipino children. (4ID, PA)

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Army brigade lauded CHR for specifically demanding the NPA to stop recruiting minors and cease from utilizing them as child warriors.

December 10, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The Army's 403rd "Peacemaker" Brigade based in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon expressed appreciation to the initiatives and prompt action of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) calling on the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army (CPP-NPA), as non-state armed group, to respect and adhere to the provisions of International Humanitarian Law (IHL). CHR specifically demanded the NPA to stop recruiting minors and cease from utilizing them as child warriors. In a statement released by CHR spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia, the CHR said, “The Commission strongly denounces the use of child soldiers in armed conflict. Nothing can justify this deplorable practice. Under the International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, even non-state armed groups must respect the prohibition to recruit and use children in armed conflict and hostilities. We remind all armed groups that the use of child soldiers constitutes a war crime.” The government has been condemning the CPP-NPA for its deception activities in schools and communities to recruit minors for later utilization as child warriors, mostly victimizing Indigenous People youths and students. Parents were crying for the loss of their children as they were taken by CPP-NPA to bear arms and fight the government.  The IP children were promised that their families will be receiving compensation and food supplies upon entry to CPP-NPA. While these seem impossible, many children were deceived and victimized. Former NPA members that have returned to the folds of law and are now leaving a new life with their loved ones can attest to this.  "It pains us to see children’s rights being violated and children being used for the selfish desire of the communist terrorists to take control of the government and bring an end to our democratic system," said 403rd Brigade Commander BGen Edgardo De Leon  "We are hopeful that the investigation of this crime against humanity will commence soon. We shall fully cooperate with CHR in their investigation and provide assistance if necessary. We can help them interview former rebels who were recruited and utilized as child warriors. As soldiers, we reaffirm our commitment to respect International Humanitarian Law in the performance of our constitutional mandate of protecting the Filipino people," De Leon added. (403rd Infantry Bde, PA)

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