Noregold opens second branch in CDO

July 19, 2016

    In fact, Noregold SM immediately handed out a one-day 50 percent discount sale during their opening hours. Noregold Fine Jewelry’s line includes necklaces, chains, men’s rings, ladies rings and wedding rings with carats at all kinds ranging from 14k to 22k. They are in the form of Chinese, Saudi, Italian and Japanese gold. Noregold Fine Jewelry first opened shop in the 1990s at the corner of JR Borja and Capt. Vicente Roa Sts. which still exists up to this day. The initial business was so successful that Noregold Fine Jewelry opened up branches in Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, Quezon City and Cavite. It took two more decades for Noregold to go back to its roots and opened up a branch at SM City Cagayan de Oro. Noregold Fine Jewelry also accepts jewelry repair and free engraving. It offers six months layaway plan, credit cards at zero percent interest for six months and accepts debit card payment. For more inquiries, head off to Noregold Fine Jewelry at the first level of SM City Cagayan de Oro.

Queen Maker behind Ms Universe Pia coming to CDO

July 16, 2016

The Miss Cagayan de Oro Organizing Committee of the City Tourism Council, Higalaay Festival Committee and PLDT will bring the Aces and Queens team of Gaffud for a 2-day workshop. He will also sit as one of the judges for the Miss Cagayan de Oro Pageant on August 13 at the Atrium of Limketkai Center. Gaffud is known for his award winning team of beauty queens and trainors. Among the beauty queens he took under their wing are Megan Young (Miss World 2013), Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 – 3rd Runner-up), Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012-1st Runner-Up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 – 3rd Runner-up) and Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 – 4th Runner-up) and most recently, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach who carried Cagayan de Oro as her hometown during the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in 2015. “This is by far one of the biggest happenings for our local pageant- having the word class beauty queen maker come to the City to share his expertise on runway coaching and personality development for aspiring beauty queens,” said Gean T. Cesar, head of Miss CDO organizing Committee. There will be a presscon to be held for Gaffud and his team, as well as other tourism related activities during his entire stay in the City. (Press Release from Miss CDO Organizing Committee)

Call for Abstracts: Katatau Mindanao Studies Conference

July 16, 2016

The said conference is slated on October 7 and 8 at the XU Little Theater. Papers on Mindanao Indigenous Knowledge, System and Practice; Folklore and Folk Literature; Ritual and Performance; and Mindanao Contemporary World (Contemporary Mirrors) are welcome for submission to the Katatau Mindanao Studies Conference. The deadline for submission is on September 2 at 12 noon. Registration fee is yet to be announced. This conference forms part of the center’s ninth cultural season dubbed “On to the 9th Power: Celebrating XCCA’s Exponential Culture and Arts Programs.” For inquiries, you may call XCCA director Hobart Savior through 0917-4397-000 and/or (088) 858-3116 local 2059 or send an email to

TXS to present Deldoc’s ‘Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala’

July 13, 2016

This season includes Eljay Deldoc’s Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala (July); the Pre-Islamic Meranao adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (September); Edward Perez’s Barracks ni Tenyente Fuego (December) and the advocacy version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (February). Directed by Hobart Savior, TXS’ laboratory production, Eljay Deldoc’s Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala is a tale about taking chances and missed opportunities. The play, an adaptation of Dean Francis Alfar’s Palanca Prize-winning short story Kite of Stars, is a poignant take on how far love can take us with exciting and dramatic twists and turns along the journey. TXS is inviting everyone to watch the play, slated on July 22 and 23 with shows at 11AM, 3PM and 7:30PM. Admission is free. For reservation of seats, you may call Oya or Michael through local 2059, 09057776699 (Michael) and 09174397000 (Bart).

Mindanaoan Cuisine and Top Chefs at SM Lanang Premier

July 7, 2016

Mallgoers witnessed a tough 3-day culinary battle with 15 celebrity chefs from the Les Toques Blanches (LTB) Chefs Association Philippines and Pastry Alliance of the Philippines (PAP) judging the entries. These were Chefs Fernando Aracama, James Antolin, Jose Gamboa, Carlo Miguel, Norbert Gandler, Buddy Trinidad, Penk Ching Tan, Dan Basilio, Jackie Ang Po, Brando Santos, Jerome Valencia, Sito Senn, Reggie Aspiras, Mia Yan, and Jem Raymundo.   Participants from various schools, hotels, and restaurants vied for the following categories: Savory (Filipino Cuisine Challenge, Young Chefs Team Challenge, Local Fish or Seafood, Pasta, Quick Fire Salad, and Creative Breakfast Challenge), and Pastry (Plated Desserts, Wedding Cakes, Dress the Cake and Fantasy Davao Desserts). As a warm welcome to the top chefs, SM Lanang Premier served up signature eats from the country’s “Durian Capital” in a dinner feast called “Davao Fiesta.” The feast featured dishes from SM Lanang Premier tenants Bistro Selera, Choobi-Choobi, and Dencio’s Kamayan, Inc., hotel partner Park Inn by Radisson Davao and two of Davao’s gourmands, The Crazy Cook and Kakimkris Lechon. No less than Councilors Al-Ryan Alejandre and Marissa Abella graced the opening of the Davao Culinary Cup and Davao Fiesta respectively. Also present were Malaysian Consul General in Davao Abdullah Zawawi Tahir and wife Madam Badiah Hanum, Ikebana Davao Chapter members and officers headed by President Arlene Puentespina, and the Indonesian Consulate represented by Bella Darameswari, among others. The Davao Culinary Cup 2016 was organized by LTB Chefs Davao, in partnership with LTB Philippines Chefs Association, the Pastry Alliance of the Philippines, SM Lanang Premier, the World Food Expo, the Department of Tourism, and the City Tourism Office of Davao. Witness the best culinary events at SM Lanang Premier. Check out SM Lanang Premier on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest happenings at the region’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination.

Two Oro singers to compete in Long Beach int’l tilt

July 6, 2016

  Championship of Performing Arts (WCOPA) in Long Beach, California from July 8 to 13. Eighteen-year-old Jeremiah Torayno and 27-year-old Debbie Cabague were able to hurdle the national eliminations which was held simultaneously in various parts of the country last November 29. From thence, it was eight months of intensive vocal training and fund-raising in the city. Cabague was better prepared financially. An ex-member of the reputed GClef Society of Liceo de Cagayan University, this Mass Communication graduate rose on to become a voice consultant to a high-end basic education school in the city as well as being a wedding singer on the side. It’s a different path for Torayno. As a sophomore in Xavier University, he had to juggle between his studies and his budding singing career to raise funds. To enhance his vocals, Torayno was absorbed in the Dreamboard pool of artists so he could be given training. Along the way, he oftentimes jammed with the Dreamboard artists in their various shows all over the city. A seasoned singer since seven, Torayno became Junior Mindanao Pop Idol in 2009, was the 1st CAPES Singing Idol and was also a winner in RAPSES Got Talent and FASMIN Got Talent. He would like to thank the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, the city government of Cagayan de Oro, ex-Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, the Torayno clan, the municipal government of Tagoloan (Misamis Oriental) and his Xavier University and Sacred Heart of Jesus Montessori School families for their overwhelming support. The World Championship of Performing Arts is on its 20th edition this year at Long Beach Convention Center. Torayno will be competing in pop, R’nB, gospel and country with contestants from 50 other nations.


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