northern mindanao

The Night Stalker: Multi-Awarded Kagayanon Film Maker invited to compete in German Film Festival

March 4, 2016

  Joeromer “JoeBacs” E. Bacus, a filmmaker based in Cagayan de Oro City is the Director, Writer, and Producer of the short film Happy Fiesta, which had its international premiere at the 28th ExGrounds Film Festival in Wiesbaden, Germany last November 13-22, 2015. ( “Happy Fiesta” was one of two Filipino short features which were featured “out-of-competition” along with “Junilyn Has (Carlo Francisco Manatad) and “Wawa” (Anj Macalanda) which was “in-completion.” Two Filipino full-length features “Makakabaung” (Jason Paul Laxaman) and “The Janitor” (Michael Tuviera) were also featured in the festival. ( ) Happy Fiesta is a 9-min fictional short feature with no dialogue about a Caucasian dressed in black who pays local hospitals nightly visits, carrying an ice bucket intent on luring women to spend nights with him as his modus operandi as member of an international organ-trading syndicate. This night, however, he meets a mysterious woman who proves to be his match. The film’s success in Wiesbaden has led to another invitation to Europe this time in competition at the Landshuter Kurz Film Festival on March 9_14, 2016 in Landshut, Bavaria, Federal Republic of Germany. “The opportunity to compete in such international film festivals is what filmmakers dream of. The chance to represent his country is a monumental event for any artist,” Mr. Bacus said.”What makes it more special is how the film would be the first locally made and produced one that involved Kagay-anon actors and production crew that has made it to Europe. For it to be recognized and invited to stand among other films from different countries around the world is a feat in itself.” “Happy Fiesta” will compete with some 250 short and feature length films from 52 countries selected for the festival, ne of the most popular in Germany for Independent Films. The film also won the “Best Editing” award for JoeBacs in the 10th Mindanao Film Festival held in Davao City. It was also featured in Cinema Rehiyon 2015 held last August 6-9, 2015 at the SM Cinema, Cinema Oriente 1 & 2 and FMA Mini Theater in Cebu City, and the Davao Ngilgig Film Festival 2015 held Oct. 30-Nov. 2, 2015 at the Cinematheque Davao, Davao City. Cinemagis 6 Awards. Cinema Rehiyon is the flagship program of the NCC and showcases regional films from Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao, while Davao Ngilngig Film Festival is a horror film festival featuring films from the Davao Ngilngig Film Camp and other film makers from all over Mindanao. However, despite the invitation, JoeBacs remains unsure if he can make it to Germany for the film festival by next week. “With the encouragement of the developing filmmaking community in Cagayan de Oro City and the Northern Mindanao area, we are hoping to raise enough funds for me to be able to travel to Germany in time for the duration of the festival on the first week of March of this year. Currently, we are trying to raise funds needed to pay for my travel expenses.” JoeBacs won the coveted “Best Director” diadem for his film “The End of War” in the 10th Mindanao Film Festival, which was also featured in the 1st Himugso Film Festival held June 12-15, 2015 at the Centrio Cinemas as part of the city-wide celebration of the Himugso Festival. It was cited as the “Best Mindanao Short Film” in the 2nd SalaMindanaw International Film Festival, and won “Short Film of the Year” (Open Category) in the University of the Philippines Cebu UPelikula 2015. An earlier film, Ika III Putahi (Recipe No. 3) bagged the Best Short Film in the professional category, Best Art Direction, Best Story, Best Sound Scoring, Best Editing, Best Director, and Best Actor (Rusty Quintana) in Cinemagis 6, last 2014 in Cinemagis 6, Northern Mindanao’s digital short film festival. It was also featured in the 3rd Singkuwento International Film Festival February 19-27, 2016 at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in Intramuros, Manila and FACINE 22: The 22nd Annual Filipino International Cine Festival held in San Francisco, California last year. “I hope to inspire my fellow Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental with this milestone, to prove to them that even they themselves can do it; and I hope it would spark a renewed feeling of desire for future filmmakers to make important art that would honestly express the uniqueness of the Kagay-anon and the Filipino,” he added. For those who wish to help “JoeBacs” in his journey to Germany, you may contact him through his mobile phone 0926-462-5369 or email him  

‘Pinatay si Mayor’ to run until Saturday

February 24, 2016

 TXS previously staged Gamutin Ang Bayan, a twinbill production on peace and Philippine politics, in September 2015; and Istoryahi Lang Ko, a musical that featured positive child discipline, in December 2015, with a re-staging last January. Rody Vera’s PINATAY SI MAYOR is a musical satire about voters’ education and Philippine elections. What seems to be a promising future for the townspeople of Talon Pikit was shattered when their newly elected mayor was murdered before he could assume office. Officials could not point out the motive or the killer. Could it be that the murder is linked to politics? Or was it a personal issue? Is the killer one of the townspeople of Talon Pikit, or a political rival? In line with their Advocacy Theater, the Xavier Stage hopes to share the message: VOTE WISELY AND BE VILIGANT AFTER ELECTIONS. PINATAY SI MAYOR features Ms. Muriel Lomadilla as the incumbent Mayor Vangie Palaban, one of the suspects in the murder. The ensemble cast is a combination of experienced and new actors from the TXS resident pool of artists. The play premiers at 7:30PM on Friday, February 22, 2016 at the Xavier University Little Theater. Ticket prices are at Php100.00 for the premier and Php 75.00 for regular shows. Playdates are listed below. • February 22, 2016, 7:30PM – Premier • February 23, 2016, 7:30PM • February 24, 2016, 10:00AM, 3:00PM, 7:30PM • February 25, 2016, 10:00AM, 3:00PM, 7:30PM • February 26, 2016, 7:30PM • February 27, 2016, 10:00AM, 3:00 Should you wish to reserve seats, please contact Ken Francisco 0915 934 9199 or Ms. Oya through 858 -3116 local number 2059. See you at XU Little Theater!

Filinvest fetes Normin Top Performers in 2016 Sales Festival

February 19, 2016

Filinvest Northern Mindanao covers its projects in Cagayan de Oro City, Butuan City and Zamboanga City under Area Manager Ma. Arabelle Solidum. Top FLI officials led by Visayas Mindanao 1st Vice President Tristan L. Las Marias flew in to honor the top performers. Also present were Roberto Arcebal, Jr., Area Cluster Head and Regina F. Nava, Sales Admin Head. Recognized as the Top Broker for One Oasis, FLI’s flagship project in Cagayan de Oro City was Leuterio Realty & Brokerage represented by REB Anthony Leuterio. 2nd Top Broker was CLM Realty represented by REB Faida Cosain and 3rd Top Broker was JCA Realty led byReal Estate ConsultantEdward V.Argayoso. For individual awards, Ruby Ruvina Hamilton (Leuterio Realty) was cited as the Top Sales Agent for One Oasis CDO, followed by Lydia G. Dulzura (CLM Realty) and Mary Jane V. Villono (JCA Realty). Leuterio Realty made it a double for the year as it was also Top Broker for Filinvest Homes Butuan (FHB) with Analyn A. Estrera (Leuterio Realty & Brokerage) as Top Sales Agent for the said project. For Villa San Ignacio, FLI’s flagship project in Zamboanga City, NMA Real Estate Services led by REB Nelson M. Antatico was cited as Top Broker, followed by PPF Real Estate Services (REB Abdel Abduhalim) and Solid Investment Realty (REB Jesus Uy). In the In-House Sales Category, Shade Masiar was cited as the Top Sales Managerand Rizalyn O. Montalban as the Top Sales Consultant for One Oasis CDO. Leila Tatad was recognized as the Top Sales Manager and Levety C. Navarro as the Top In-house seller. For overall performance covering the entire North-Mindanao Region, Villa San Ignacio in Zamboanga City made a clean sweep of the Top Broker from NMA Real Estate Services and individual awards were given to sellers led by Nelson Fabius B. Antatico (NMA Realty), followed by Daphne Dawn G. Lazardo (PPF Realty) and Lord Raymund S. Pamotongan (NMA Realty). For his exemplary performance, REB Nelson M. Antatico made it to the elite Millionaires Club 2015 Annual Awards, while REBs Nelson Fabius B. Antatico, REB Lord Raymund S. Pamotongan, and REB Daphne Dawn L. Abduhalim are joining the Group Tour to Japan as winners of the HMO Winners 2015 Annual Awards (Trip to Japan/HMO Claim Certificate). More exciting seller incentives and prizes were presented to the sales force with the #2016 iOwnmyDream campaign with the theme “Dream Big, Sell Big and Catch your Dreams”. Filinvest is open for accreditation of licensed brokers and in-house sellers. For interested parties, please contact 0917-3058888 or email to

VDay Monologues hold XULT run

February 10, 2016

This is part of the campaign against violence on women, girls and the LGBT community with the volunteer-actors sharing stories about love, hate, pain, joy and realizations – stories shared by women (and men) from different parts of the world. According to organizer Maia Fortich-Poblete, the performers are “all dedicated and have the passion to share what they know and how they feel about violence against women, girls and the LGT community members. Some of them are survivors which makes our advocacy this year a little different.” Eve Ensler was originally commissioned to write The Vagina Monologues, an original play that first saw light in 1996 in Broadway. It’s made up of a varying number of monologues read by a varying number of women. Each of the monologues deals with an aspect of the feminine experience, touching on matters such as sex, love, rape, menstruation, female genital mutilation, masturbation, birth, orgasm, the various common names for the vagina (imbued with the local Cebuano and Filipino languages) or simply as a physical aspect of the body. A recurring theme throughout the piece is the vagina as a tool of female empowerment and the ultimate embodiment of individuality. The Vagina Monologues got an instant international following that Ensler decided to make a sequel – A Memory, A Monologue, A Rant & A Prayer. Catch the next run of VDay Monologues this March 12 and 13 at Seda Centrio. For more information, contact 09178708792.

SM City Cagayan de Oro distributes Bears of Joy

February 9, 2016

It can be recalled that SM City Cagayan de Oro shoppers were encouraged to buy a pair of SM Christmas Bears of Joy for only P200 where the shopper keeps one bear and the other automatically donated to the recipient chosen by SM City Cagayan de Oro. For this year, SM City Cagayan de Oro tapped the City Schools Division of Cagayan de Oro to choose the intended beneficiaries for the project. And the City Schools Division of Cagayan de Oro decided that the lucky children are the enrolees of City Central School’s Special Education Program. Now on its fourth year, the SM Bears of Joy is a project of SM Cares, a corporate social responsibility program of SM Supermalls in cooperation with Toy Express of The SM Store. The bears come in blue, dark red, traditional brown, yellow and light red. After the turnover ceremony, the kids were serenaded by students of Liceo de Cagayan University College of Music.

Smart condo offers ‘Valentines promo’

February 8, 2016

The promo named “All you need is Love” or “All you need is Pag-IBIG” was attended by almost a hundred licensed agents and brokers. During the launching, Ms. Alymore Camacho-Atienza of Pag-IBIG delivered details on how to avail of the Smart Condominium units through Pag-IBIG Ms Atienza said that Smart Condominium is one of the first condominium projects accredited and approved by Pag-IBIG because of its full compliance with Pag-IBIG requirements including the availability of individualized Condominium Certificate of Titles. She also said that the selling price of Smart Condominium matches with the appraisal value of Pag-IBIG making it very affordable. The audience was very impressed with the high standard of construction and amazed at the advance high technology used by Smart Condominium using imported gadgets from Korea. After the launching all brokers and guests were treated to lunch from 678 CHICKEN located in Grand Central hotel this city. This was followed by raffles and open forum. BPI was also represented at the event by Mr. Mark Vincent Sumido, who said that sometime within February BPI accreditation of Smart Condominium will be approved also. Smart Condominium has OPEN HOUSE Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 in the afternoon. It is located across the main gate of Xavier Estates. Smart Condominium also has a model unit open for viewing daily at SM Mall.


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