northern mindanao

Kuya Fish Campaign holds Divisoria outreach

April 13, 2016

It was sort of a reunion for the dozens of Kuya Fish Campaign volunteers who initiated a feeding program and an impromptu art class for street kids at Magsaysay Park. The more than 20 kids were also entertained by a Christian rock band, human beatboxing, hiphop presentation and human statue dancing courtesy of CDO Beatbox. There was also an installation art erected by Dire Husi Initiatives as well as a freedom wall painting. What transpired was actually a mere figment of what Kuya Fish Campaign has been doing. According to president Mary Kris Gebe, their group composed mostly of Xavier University Education students and graduates had already assisted tutoring school-aged children at Tahanan ng Kabataan and House of Joshua aside from the Badjaos at St. John Elementary School in sitio Tabaco, barangay Puntod. This summer, Kuya Fish Campaign will initiate its 4th Summer Tide or Training Individuals for Development and Enjoyment at Island Kids Philippines Foundation near the Zayas open garbage pit. Kuya Fish Campaign was started in early 2012 by a young Japanese volunteers by the name of Issey Tanaka who came here in the aftermath of tropical storm Sendong which left thousands dead in the city. At the time, the kid survivors would mispronounce his name and call him “Kuya Isda” (the vernacular for “fish”). The English-speaking Japanese decided to call his relief drive Kuya Fish Campaign and extended to helping marginalized kids in the city. After Tanaka went back to Japan when the situation here stabilized, Xavier University student-volunteers took off from his initiative and continued it.

Kaamulan 2016: Most Spectacular Ethnic Cultural Festival of the Country

April 7, 2016

It was a showcase of ethnic street dancing “Ikat-Ikat Ta Dadalanen,” coupled with a grandiose and mesmerizing ethnic float parade and the spectacular ground tableau competitions. KAAMULAN 2016 was witnessed by thousands of foreign, domestic, and local tourists from all over Mindanao and the Philippines as well. Now on its 39th year of annual festivities, KAAMULAN 2016 is considered as the oldest and the most spectacular ethnic festivals of the country today. KAAMULAN is a LUMAD word for “amol-amol” meaning “gathering” and it is an ethnic cultural festival of the seven (7) Hill Tribes of Bukidnon for thanksgiving to THE MAGBAYAYA (deity)) for their rich annual harvest and blessings. KAAMULAN FESTIVAL is the convergence of the seven hill tribes: Matigsalog, Tigwahanon, Umayamnon, Manobo, Bukidnon, Talaandig and the Higaonon. Clad in colorful ethnic cultural costumes, the participants gave their best in their striking street dancing performances. Street dancing showcased the rich culture, heritage and tradition, the tribes’ saga of struggles against local invaders (human and nature) translated into different steps with props as their way of life such as harvesting, protecting their tribes, planting, river fishing, courting, protection against diseases and calamities and their thanksgiving to the MAGBABAYA. Their tribal floats were fantastic and it speaks of their traditions, rich culture and heritage translated into a scenic view which is beyond the capacity of human describing. The crowd was mesmerized by the performances of the eleven (11) contingents coming from the Municipalities with their respective tribe performances: Lantapan- Talaandig, Sumilao-Higaonon, Libona-Higaonon, San Fernando-Tigwahanon, Kibawe-Pulangihon Manobo, Pangantucan-Manobo, Quezon-Manobo, Valencia-Bukidnon/Manobo, Malaybalay-Bukidnon, Dangcagan-Manobo, and Kalilangan-Manobo. For the grandiose Float Competition Parade-Valencia City was adjudged the Grand Champion, followed by the Municipality of Lantapan-1st Runner Up and Malaybalay City-2nd Runner Up. For Ikat-Ikat Ta Dadalanen-Street Dancing-the Grand Champion went the the Municipality of San Fernando, 1st Runner-Up Municipality of Lantapan and 2nd Runner Up-the Municipality of Kibawe. For coveted Ground Competition Championship Trophy-went the Municipality of Kalilangan, 1st Runner Up-Valencia City and the 2nd Runner Up went to the Municipality of San Fernando. Tourism Czar Regional Director Catalino ‘Butch’ E. Chan 111 of the Department of Tourism (DOT 10) was the KAAMULAN Special Guest along with invited guests and personalities from the Region. Director Chan 111 brought along with him photographers and media men to cover the grandiose event. AT A GLANCE - In a interview, the Hon. Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr., told Business Week Mindanao that KAAMULAN Festival has been in existence for the last 39 years, as a Festival of thanksgiving by the 7 Hill Tribes of Bukidnon to the MAGBABAYA (deity) for year’s bountiful harvest ad blessing. Furthermore, Governor Zubiri added that the Festival speaks of the conservation and preservation of the Arts, Heritage and Culture of the LUMADS of Bukidnon Province. Governor Zubiri, Jr., considers himself a Lumad at the Province of Bukidnon since the time he settled in this rich land and bounty forty three (43) years ago. He has served Bukidnon for the last twenty eight (28) years as credible and dynamic public official. He is part and partial of its development as he worked hand in hand with the people. He was one of those who started BUKIDNON SUGAR MILLING COMPANY (BUSCO) and transformed Bukidnon into a Sugar Milling Country wherein more people were employed and the rest is history for its continued growth and development. He said that forty three (43) ago the total population of Bukidnon was only 300,000 with less transportation and it will take the (10) to reach Malaybalay and Valencia from any point of destination. After 43 years, Bukidnon economic landscape had changed. It has 1.320 Million population with 250,000 families. A MAN OF VISION-Governor Zubiri has helped the province in developing the vast agricultural lands. To date, in terms of economic growth nine (9) multi- national companies like DOLE, DEL MONTE and other big players in the industry are into pineapple and banana plantation which comprise 42,000 hectares are planted to these commodities. Biggest portion of the land of Bukidnon is planted is planted to CORN and 70,000 to 75,000 hectares and planted to SUGAR and RICE ranks # 3 in vast land plantings of the area. Incidence of poverty is little by little being arrested by the Province through the dynamism of Governor Jose Maria R. Zubiri, Jr. More developments are in the offing for the progress of Bukidnon. In the future, construction of hotels, amenities, improved and modern terminals of the municipalities will soon be seen as he will be given another three (3)years mandate by the people as a Governor of the Province of Bukidnon. In a concerted effort, together with the Local Executives of the different municipalities, it is assured the continued support in the CONSERVATION AND PRESERVATION OF THE ARTS AND CULTURE OF THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLES (IPs) of BUKIDNON will have concrete results and they are part of the big booming development of BUKIDNON MY HOME. When given the invitation for the 1ST LUMAD FESTIVAL 2016, A FESTIVAL OF FESTIVALS FOR PEACE AND CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING GOVERNOR ZUBIRI, JR., made a promise to support the festival. MABUHAY ANG KAAMULAN 2016! MABUHAY KA GOVERNOR JOSE MARIA R. ZUBIRI, JR

16th IYAS National Writers’ Workshop fellows named

April 1, 2016

The IYAS National Writers' Workshop is held every summer in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental. It was first conducted in 2001 as a module in that year's Negros Summer Workshops in Multimedia. Since then, it has grown into an independent workshop managed by the University of St. La Salle (USLS) in cooperation with the Bienvenido N. Santos Creative Writing Center of De La Salle University and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. Each year, the workshop awards fifteen fellowships to writers from all over the country in the genres of fiction, poetry, and drama, and the languages English, Filipino, Cebuano, and Hiligaynon. The fellows for fiction (in English) are Hazel Meghan Hamile and Gari Real Jamero; (in Filipino) Abby Pariente and Isaac Ali Varona Tapar; and (in Cebuano) Roehl Joseph Dazo and Mae Tiffany Galendez. Fellow for drama in Filipino is Adrian Crisostomo Ho. The fellows for poetry (in English) are Miguel Antonio Lizada and Regina Angelica Theresa Bengzon; (in Filipino) Abner Dormiendo and Joey Tabula; (in Cebuano) Herminigildo Sanchez and Reyanne Joy Librado; (in Kinaray-a) Tracy Javines; and (in Hiligaynon) Anne Franceine Jean Corillo. Alternate fellow for poetry (in English) is Nancy Ayeng. The IYAS Workshop Director is Dr. Marjorie Evasco and the panelists for this year are Ms. Grace Monte de Ramos-Arcellana, Mr. Danilo M. Reyes, Dr. Dinah Roma-Sianturi and Prof. John Iremil Teodoro. IYAS Project Director Atty. Raymundo Pandan, Jr. will also be in the panel. Apart from the critiquing sessions, workshop activities include a lecture from one of the panelists, a cultural tour of historic sites and landmarks in Negros Occidental, and individual consultation time between fellows and panelists. (PR)

Johndorf introduces Montierra, subdivision for economic market

March 29, 2016

The company introduced Montierra Subdivision to some 300 brokers and agents in a gathering at Mallberry Suites recently when it also got the license to sell (LTS) from the Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board (HLURB). “We are happy that our LTS came just in time when enthusiasm has gone high among our partner sellers,” quipped Michele Chiu - Bacungan, JVC sales and marketing manager. She indicated the company will officially launch the project within April with a special event at the site in Panginuman, Upper Balulang near what was Lumbia airport, a few meters ahead from Rosevale School. Before the official launch, JVC will hold a pre-selling activity on April 8 also at Mallberry Suites. JVC allocated P600 million for this project, part of the P2 billion capital outlay for five years that began in 2013, according to CEO Richard Lim. Montierra is a master-planned residential community with a commercial hub that sits on a 7.5-hectare property. It features 2-storey contemporary Asian townhouses with car ports enclosed by an 18-meter high perimeter fence that has a grand 15-meter wide entrance, he disclosed. New trademark The introduction of Montierra in Cagayan de Oro comes in the heels of the successful marketing of Portville Davao in the Southern Mindanao city as well as Portville Prime, Navona and Astana subdivisions in Cebu. “The string of successes in our recent projects has encouraged us to launch Montierra, especially that it’s been quite a time that we had a project in the city. We want to provide the market in northern Mindanao with a better choice for living in a safe gated community,” Lim said. “Montierra is for value-driven homeowners who aspire for a livable community, especially start-up families and overseas Filipino workers who have gained some degree of economic freedom,” noted Bacungan. “It is built for professionals and entrepreneurs who seek for a meaningful life, those who venture into challenges if only to achieve it, even crossing seas and enduring storms,” she added. Priced at P2.8 million to P3 million, “owning a home at Montierra fulfills their family’s dream,” she pointed out. Johndorf boasts of Montierra as the only economic housing project in Mindanao whose residents will relish the amenities and facilities almost akin to a mid-to-high end subdivision, a new trademark by the company in this market category. Residents will enjoy the use of a grand clubhouse with a spacious swimming pool, landscaped parks and playgrounds, basketball court and jogging trail, Bacungan disclosed. Its main road will be 12-meters wide and secondary road 10-meters wide, while connecting roads will be 8-meters wide, all of these to be paved with 15-inch thick concrete over a comprehensive underground drainage system and a separate sewage treatment plant. Benchmark The townhouses at Montierra are grouped in clusters of green, peach and yellow. Each unit is designed to be spacious at about 63 square meters in floor area and stands on 54 to 108 square-meter subdivided lot, each with three bedrooms and two toilet-and-bathrooms. With smooth wall finish when turned over to the homeowner, every townhouse will have a wooden staircase, tiled toilet and bath with complete fixtures, kitchen cabinet with stainless sink and granite countertop, while the master’s bedroom features a small balcony. “The concept, as our studies show, attracts businessmen and professionals, young entrepreneurs and some foreigners who seek for the right choice for a home to live in,” Bacungan said. “Montierra will now set the benchmark of what affordable living truly is with these well-planned and innovative amenities and facilities,” she added. The project will appeal so well to the discriminating taste of the market despite the competition with other developments and condominium residences. Johndorf is blessed to have developed after 30 years of building quality homes and livable communities uniquely applied construction procedures that hasten the development without compromise to cement curing. “This made it possible for us to deliver the residential units to the buyers ready for them to occupy even earlier than they expect,” she noted. “And this also worked quite well with the brokers we work with and the agents they manage as our projects yield for them faster and earlier returns,” she added. For more information about Montierra, one may contact any accredited broker or visit the Johndorf office at Unit 7 of Jofelmor bldg. on Mortola St., Cagayan de Oro City or call (088) 857-8575, or visit

Thousands flock to Hinuklog 2016

March 28, 2016

Now on its sixth year, Hinuklog 2016 is an annual Lenten traditional street play depicting the Passion, Trial, Crucifixion and Death of Jesus. The town plaza, the streets were transformed into a real Roman Empire mania where 300 cast and crew composed of local parishioners and Medinanhons clad in Roman costumes performed the Passion Scenes into a real life moving tableau – scenes such as the trial of Jesus, Caiphas accusing Jesus, Pilate investigating Jesus, King Herod mocking Jesus, the freeing of Barabas and Christ to be crucified, the washing of the hands of Pontius Pilate, the Scourging at the Pillar, carrying of the Cross of Jesus, Simon of Cyrene helping Jesus carry his Cross, Judas commiting suicide, Jesus falling three times, the Cry of the Women of Jerusalem, Veronica wiping the face of Jesus, the Seven Last Words and the Death of Jesus on the Cross. During the pre-presentation press conference, the Mayor Ken Nino Uyguangco told this paper that Hinuklog 2016 is setting a trend for the tourism industry in the municipality of Medina as it will bring foreign, domestic and local tourists to the town and help boost its economic growth. Investors will pour their investments and help develop the economic growth of the locality. It was learned devotees came as far as Albay, Bohol, Ozamis City, Kidapawan City, Cagayan de Oro City, Bohol, Butuan, Surigao, Cotabato, General Santos City, Manila, Bukidnon and other parts of the country. In the tail end of 1978, the Teens Theater Association was organized which was being supported by the Kagayan Oro Theater Association (KOTA) through the able support of Edibel Villarando, Neil Stokie, Boy Nick Pilapil and Joselito Tiro, Jr. and under the leadership of Luz Reyes as President and Production Manager. It was revived in 2010 through the initiative of then Mayor Pacifico Pupos Jr.. With his efforts being supported by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) with the warm support of Mr. Felimon Blanco, Mindanao Representative to the National Commission for Dramatic Arts (NCCA), came the birth of Lumadnong Magdudula sa Medina (Lumagmed). The casts were then given the proper trainings in theater and the arts-workshops on community theaters which made them great performers. Edu Doremon, a trisikad driver, reprised his role as Jesus Christ. The production team really has made a great street show under the leadership of Rodrigo Edjesca - chairman, Raul Barcelona - production manager, and Allan Barcelona - executive producer.

Italpinas sets CDO ‘Primavera City’ launch in 2nd quarter of 2016

March 22, 2016

IDC made its mark in the real estate industry as the first Philippine company certified by the International Finance Corp. (IFC) - World Bank Group Excellence in Design for Greater Efficiencies (EDGE) for its flagship project also in Cagayan de Oro City, the Primavera Residences. IDC Chairman and COO Romolo Valentino Nati, an Italian architect, said Phase 1 of Primavera City involves the construction of two towers of integrated multifunctional buildings (commercial, office, residential) project with 11 floors each. Located at the Pueblo de Oro Business Park, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro (near SM City Cagayan de Oro), the project entails an investment of P653 million. “Primavera City is a fitting follow-up to our highly successful and multi-awarded Primavera Residences, which caught the fancy of not just Filipino but even foreign buyers and property experts for its modern Italian design infused with eco-friendly architecture,” Nati emphasized. The grand launch will be in the second quarter, and start of construction of the Primavera City Phase 1 is third quarter of 2016. IDC targets the completion of the project and the turnover of its units to their owners by the third quarter of 2018. IDC President Jose “Jojo” D. Leviste III said the two towers of Primavera City Phase 1 is designed to have 337 units, 57 of them commercial units; 231 are studio-type; 22 are one-bedroom units, and 27 are two-bedroom units. Their average sizes are 50 to 60 square meters (sqm) for commercial units, 28 sqm for studio-type units, 47 sqm for the single-bedroom units, and 70 sqm for the two-bedroom units. “We will conduct extensive marketing for our target buyers that include employed and/or self employed individuals with gross family income of at least P50,000 such as local entrepreneurs, SME’s, OFW’s, young professionals and retirees, among others. With Cagayan de Oro City now an emerging tourism and investment destination in the country, Primavera City is a great buy, not just for first-time home owners, but also for investors,” Leviste, a lawyer, stressed. Nati said Primavera City is envisioned to be another IDC award-winning sustainable-development project, with its passive green features, such as increased natural ventilation, shaded façade and semi-transparent photo-voltaic panels covering the amenities located on the rooftop, among others. The project has been recognized as highly commended condo by the Climate Technology Initiative Private Financing Advisory Network (CTIPFAN) in Singapore in 2014. IFC Global Green Building Specialist Prashant Kapoor, IFC World Bank Legal Advisor and IFC Philippines head of Green Building Program Tess Lacerna, and IFC Country Manager Jane Xu awarded the certificates to Primavera Residences Tower A & B as the “First Completed Condominium Project in East Asia Certified by EDGE.” EDGE is an innovation of the IFC - World Bank Group. It helps property developers build and brand their properties “green.” It is the highest and most desirable program in the international real estate industry. EDGE is supported by a software that encourages solutions to reduce energy, water and energy consumption by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for EDGE certification. IDC has notched a series of milestones and achievements. It recently had its successful listing at the Philippine Stock Exchange.


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