DOST-FPRDI R&D to upgrade quality of IPs musical instruments

January 9, 2020

A teacher at the Talaandig School of Living Traditions and a well-known performing artist, Datu Rodelio “Waway” Saway is called “Tatay” by the younger members of his tribe.   Datu Rodelio “Waway” Saway playing the pulala. (photo courtesy of DOST Public Affairs Unit Saway has been keeping the Talaandig musical heritage intact by mentoring young members of their tribe. Community artists would always go to their Tatay Waway to learn how to play and craft their indigenous musical instruments. “We use our traditional instruments to pray and connect with the Divine. Playing them is like opening a portal to the spiritual world,” explained Saway, who has traveled the world showcasing  the Talaandig’s traditional music. “Despite the availability of tools that makes the production of bamboo musical instruments (BMI) easier, there are still issues affecting the durability of the instruments. There are times when our BMIs crack when brought to temperate countries. Some get infested by bukbok (powder-post beetle),” he noted. Through the initiative of the DOST-Forest Products Research and Development Institute (DOST-FPRDI), a research program now aims to make better-quality BMIs.Ruel The initiative is in partnership with UP Diliman’s Center for Ethnomusicology and the Philippine Normal University, and targets to develop technologies that can help people like Saway and other local BMI makers and users. “We have been going around various indigenous communities and BMI production sites in the country to talk to key people and understand how important BMIs are in their local culture. We want to know how we can work together with them to improve these instruments,” said Program Leader Aralyn L. Quintos. The R&D program seeks to develop technologies that will prolong the life of bamboo without affecting the musical instruments’ sound quality; standardize the production of selected BMIs; develop prototype design; analyze raw material sources and existing markets; and build a BMI processing facility. According to Saway, long before their BMIs were mass produced, they have been traded for other instruments. He has crafted numerous BMIs, including the pulala (lip valley notch flute), tumpuy (chip-on-ledge flute), hulagteb (side-blown flute), takumbo (parallel-stringed zither) and bantula (slit drum). “We have a lot of creative people here. The Talaandigs have been producing BMIs for a long time already, and I think we are ready for their mass production. What we lack, however, are technologies, particularly a treatment facility for bamboo,” ended Saway. Living at the foothills of the Kitanglad Mountain Ranges in Bukidnon, the Talaandigs create music reminiscent of the rustling of leaves and the chirping of birds. And the DOST-FPRDI, together with its partners, is dedicated to helping them preserve their rich musical tradition. ###

Mallberry Suites Tops "Best in Hotel Industry Leaders" award

December 28, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - There is no denying that Mallberry Suites, a 3-star hotel in Cagayan de Oro, gets a lot of tenants due to its proximity to one of the biggest malls in the city - the Limketkai Mall.   Mindanao Daily News Editor in Chief Allan Mediante (second from left) hands over the plaque to General Manager Evelyn O. Leandicho after the Mallberry Suites, a 3-star hotel, was adjudged as one of the three winners as “Best Hotel Industry Leaders” during the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019. Looking on are Mindanao Daily News Managing Editor Ruel Pelone and Joe Felicilda, VP for admin of BusinessWeek Mindanao Corporation. MDN photo As such, Mallberry Suites was adjudged one of the three "Best Hotel Industry Leaders during the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards" held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019. The said event was consistently organized by Mindanao Daily News Corporation, purposely to recognize companies, entities and leaders' outstanding performance which contributed to greater develoment in Mindanao. Mallberry Suites is only adjacent to the Limketkai Mall, the very reason that many vacationers and travelers choose to stay in this hotel due to its location which is very accessible to the mall. When you stay at Mallbery, all you need is "seems right at your backyard," as it is only a walking distance to the biggest mall in the city. From food, shopping galore, you name it! - it's just a few minutes walk to the mall. There is what we call easy access to everything you need - and this made Mallberry Suites the choice of many travelers and vacationers alike.  Best architecture Inside Mallberry, you will find best architecture. You can always say that an architect or a group of architects and engineers made a perfect visual cencept of how this hotel is differet from the others. From the entrance to the swimming pool, food area and inside the rooms and other amenities of the hotel, you will find aesthetics in design, in which professional arhitects are very capable of designing.    Presentors of the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards include Veterans Bank, Ayala, BPI BanKo, Cooperative Development Authority, provincial government of Misamis Oriental, CORDS 10 and PCOO, Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Pepsi, Washington, Angela Soriano Fashion Design Studio, SELRAHCO PR, Dessert Boss, Pie Square Photo Booth, AVPro and Marzel Digital Studio. HOTEL ROOMS   SWIMMING POOL   PANEL OF JUDGES  The Panel of Judges in this year's awards are Journalist Tessie Superioridad, Mindanao Daily News (MDN) Executive Editor Cris Diaz, MDN Managing Editor Ruel Pelone, MDN and BWM Training Director Joe Felicilda, and MDN Editor in Chief Allan Mediante, MDN columnist Raffy Magbanua, also the former president of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Inc. (COPC); and BusinessWeek Mindanao Editor in Chief Nelson Constantino.

DILG Camiguin readies for next round road clearing validation

December 5, 2019

CAMIGUIN —In furtherance to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte‘s directive and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular 2019-121, the DILG Camiguin Provincial Office conducted the Provincial Meeting with national line agencies and local utility service providers to come-up with corrective and sustaining actions in preparation for the next round of road clearing validation. The meeting focused on the discussion of the results on onsite validation on road clearing accomplishment validated by the Provincial Validation Team, October 2, 2019 and the actions to be undertaken by concerned local government units (LGUs) after knowing the findings. The said meeting was participated by the respective municipal mayors, municipal and provincial engineers,  and Municipal Local Government Operations Officers (MLGOOs).  Also, concerned agencies like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Camiguin Electric Cooperative, Inc. (CAMELCO) and Camiguin Telephone Cooperative (CAMTECO) were present.  

Mindanao Thespians Gather for Extra Virgin Labfest at Liceo

November 27, 2019

Mindanao playwrights and actors will gather in Cagayan de Oro City on the first week of December to celebrate a festival of fresh one-act plays written by Mindanaoans. “We would like to invite you to come and support Extra Virgin Lab Fest: Unang Puga from December 4-7 at Rodelsa Hall, Liceo de Cagayan University, Cagayan de Oro City,” reads a social media shout-out by our good friend Zip Mercado de Guzman who is better known here and abroad by his moniker “Filipino Baritone. Zip will be directing “Banga” by Darren Bendanillo, his first time to direct a straight-play. Joining Zip on stage will be actors from all over Mindanao in a first-of-its-kind theatre festival featuring narratives from Mindanao aimed at elevating the theatre experience in the island. Organized by the Liceo Office of Cultural Affairs (LOCA) led by the indefatigable Hobart Savior as Festival Director, the project has been made possible by a grant from the Cultural Center of the Philippines’ (CCP) which is seeking to open its annual Virgin LabFest in Manila to the regions. Extra Virgin Labfest 2019: Unang Puga is also supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) through the National Committee on Drama, Writers Bloc, Liceo de Cagayan University, and Infinite Lotus Productions.  Performances will be held at Rodelsa Hall from December 5 to 7, 2019 with an opening gala scheduled at the same venue on December 4 featuring Dominique La Victoria’s “Ang Bata sa Drum” and Maynard Manansala’s “Dalawang Gabi.” Ticket prices range from PhP 150 for students, PhP 160 for senior citizens and differently-abled audience to PhP 200 for non-students. Please contact Ms. Glory Mae Manus through 09177025530 and 09994966420 or 858-4093, 858-4094, 858-4095 (local 169) for bookings and more details.  

"foodpanda launches delivery service in Cagayan De Oro”

November 27, 2019

Cagayan de Oro CITY, Philippines - foodpanda, the biggest online food ordering and delivery service in the Philippines, has finally landed in the city of Cagayan De Oro. Founded in May 2012 in Berlin, Germany it now operates in over 40 countries with 45,000 restaurant partners globally. The delivery service is currently active in over 500 cities, and the last addition to their growing list this 2019 in Mindanao is the City of Golden Friendship - Cagayan De Oro! Kagay-anons do not need to memorize delivery numbers for restaurants anymore - as foodpanda has over 100+ restaurants in the city to choose from the app. With the wide array of cafes and restaurants , people in CDO can now enjoy a hint of international cuisines from American, Chinese and Japanese to the well-loved local food of Cagayan de Oro right on their doorstep. Whatever it is you're craving, foodpanda has it. “We are very happy to add Cagayan de Oro to our list of cities that we provide delivery for. The team believes that the city is an underserved market with lots of potential for food delivery. And as always, we intend to bring the best experience in food delivery to consumers - we are excited to see very eager and encouraging feedback from partner restaurant and customers,” says Ryven Barrio, foodpanda Cluster Head for Mindanao. Using the foodpanda app is hassle-free - simply log on to the foodpanda website  or download the app (available in the AppStore and Google Play Store) and follow these simple steps to enjoy fast and dependable service. 1.             Create an account or login using your Facebook account. 2.            Select  your current location, then choose your preferred restaurants. 3.            Simply select the food you want to order and add them to your basket. 4.            Review your order in the basket then click on proceed to check out. 5.            On the checkout page, you can enter a discount voucher code if you have one. Payment options include Cash on Delivery, Online Payment (Credit Card) or PayPal. 6.            After placing your order, a confirmation message will be sent to your mobile number. 7.            After your order has been confirmed, all you have to do is wait for the foodpanda rider to deliver your food and enjoy. foodpanda’s delivery service is available in Cagayan De Oro starting November 2019! The service is available up to Barangays Kauswagan, Gusa and Macasandig from the city center. Now Kagay-anons need not stress out looking for parking or walking in the scorching heat of day or cold rainy weather since foodpanda can bring what you are craving for - fresh as good as dining-in – straight to the comfort of your home!   *******************   About foodpanda: foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favorite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown with over 27,000 partner restaurants in over 190 cities across 10 Asian and Central Europe countries globally. foodpanda is active in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Romania and Bulgaria. It belongs to Delivery Hero, the worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit   How it works: Through the foodpanda website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their address and view a curated list of restaurants serving their neighborhood. Once they have chosen their food of choice, they can place an order from the comfort of their home or office, paying online through foodpanda's secure platform. The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant, picked up by the foodpanda rider and delivered straight to their doorstep. Follow us on: Facebook: foodpanda Philippines Instagram: foodpanda ph   For more information, please contact: Reynaldo Rubio - Marketing- PR foodpanda Philippines E:      

Make X’mas giving easier with Cucina Higala’s Potluck Dishes

November 23, 2019

Remember when you used to look forward to preparing food for all those parties, barkada and family reunions during the Christmas holidays? What used to be one of life’s simple pleasures to look forward to has become an increasingly stressful chore with the inevitable rise in prices of ingredients as Christmas gets closer, the gauntlet one has to go through buying all those ingredients and bringing them home to the kitchen, not to mention the LPG tank running out just when a dish is halfway cooked, or a brownout making an unwelcome appearance right about when the chicken in the microwave is done. Cucina Higala, Mindanao’s Heritage Cuisine Restaurant, introduces its Potluck Dishes and Trays to relieve you of all that hassle. With 17 Potluck Dishes to choose from, a potluck reunion with the clan or your high school reunion becomes a breeze. Potluck Dishes can be ordered in two sizes: Family Trays are good for 6-8 persons or Party Trays good for 12-15 persons.     “We wish to share our Mindanao Heritage Dishes to as many people as possible and the Potluck Dishes are our contribution to making it easier for customers to prepare for simple Potluck Events or bigger gatherings,” said Mr. Jan Michael Uy, president & CEO of Cucina Higala. Simply order the Potluck Dish of your choice, tray size and your dish is ready for pick up in as little as 20 minutes and off you go sans the hassle and stress of shopping for your ingredients, cooking and packaging your dish. To make it even easier, you can order through delivery apps like Food Panda or Streetby. “Another feature of our Potluck Dishes is our improved packaging,” he added. “We have upgraded to hard plastic containers which have airtight lids which besides guaranteeing freshness and preventing spills, can be reused for other purposes or for reordering the customer’s next Potluck dish,” Jan adds. The Cucina Higala Mindanao Heritage Dishes which are included in the Potluck Dishes lineup include Calamares, Fresh Lumpia, Tuna Flakes Salad, Lumpia Shanghai, Fiesta Pancit, Beef Kare-Kare, Humba de Oro, Blue Marlin Skewers, Beef Calderata, Cucina Higala Fried Chicken, Crispy Pata, Binagoonang Pork Liempo, Lengua Estofado as well as all-time favorites with a new twist like Wagyu Beef Brisket Randang, Beef Kare-Kare and Steamed Pompano. “In choosing dishes for our Mindanao Heritage Menu, we don’t simply do our version of all time favorites,” Jan explains. “For instance, Beef Randang is a favorite in Lanao using beef or carabeef. However, we chose to bring it to the next level by using Wagyu Beef Brisket as our basic ingredient, so those familiar with the usual Randang will enjoy a new experience with a familiar dish in a new presentation.” Besides being available during the coming Christmas season, Cucina Higala’s Potluck Dishes will also be available when the need calls for it during March graduation month, August Fiesta Month, barangay fiesta dates or family occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and passing the board exams, when the occasion calls for something extra special which can be easily ordered and picked up by the celebrants. Cucina Higala is located at Capistrano-Mabini Sts., Cagayan De Oro City For inquiries or reservations, pls. call # +639177946118 or message them at their Facebook fan page


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