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Kagay-an, the historical name of Cagayan de Oro

June 1, 2016

Cagayan has always been pronounced by lumad Kagay-anons as Kagay-an. In fact, nobody says Kagayanon but Kagay-anon. It is the historical original name of Cagayan de Oro, formerly known as Cagayan de Misamis. Even the original citizens of the capital town of the Segundo Partido de Misamis pronounced it Kagay-an, attesting to the timelessness of the name. Historical documents prove Kagay-an was used to refer to Cagayan de Oro as early as 1571 (Fray San Francisco de San Antonio, 1738-1744 & de Loarca). It is cited in the Olaging (chanted) epics of the Proto Northern Manobo (Cagayan de Oro’s proto people) describing Yumagmag Katiguman, wife of the hero’s elder brother Paumulaw as ‘Queen of Kagay-an, Queen of Lambagohon’ (Opeña, 1979). Kagay has its origins in the Filipino word for river, and ostensibly refers to the riverine origin of the city. It is a word recognizable in most places in the Philippines as river (or something close or similar to it like the Northern Cordillera kagayan, the Ilokano karayan, or the Kapampangan kayayan). According to some friends who are members of the Ancient Baybayin Scripts Network (a Yahoo Groups Forum) Dr. Lawrence A. Reid, researcher emeritus of the University of Hawaii’s Department of Linguistics and Richard Elkins, ethnic linguist on the Manobo and Tasaday, agree that Cagayan comes from the ancient word for “river.” Some sources say that the original word for river is kagay, which, when combined with -an (place) became kagay-an (river place). You can read more about it at Regardless of its origins, it has in fact evolved in time into Kagay-an, with a dash, or what is more technically known as a glottal stop. Mr. Elkins explains a glottal stop IS NOT a hypen. The glottal stop simply indicates the phonetic spelling of the word. You put a glottal stop when people pronounce it with a glottal stop. That’s why Kagay-an should be spelled with a glottal stop and a K instead of Cagayan, to differentiate it from Cagayan de Sulu or Cagayan Valley in the North. Kagay-an is the one easily recognizable word Kagay-anons all over the world, all over the country, and anywhere in the city can recognize, so from the name alone, any Kagay-anon worth his salt can easily tell it refers to Cagayan de Oro. Thus, the name Kagay-an facilitate easy name recall not only to Kagay-anons everywhere around the globe but to other Filipinos as well, without sacrificing its uniqueness as exclusively referring to Cagayan de Oro and not to other places with similar sounding names. A footnote on the name Cagayan de Oro before we end. This is often credited to the late Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez since he filed House Bill which was eventually signed into law as Republic Act No. 521 which President Elpidio Quirino signed into law on June 15, 1950 creating the City of Cagayan de Oro. However, without taking anything from the late statesman’s substantial contribution to the creation of the city, the name Cagayan de Oro actually antedates the city charter as proven by the existence of the Cagayan de Oro Hotel owned by the Bautista-Avaceña family a 1939 photo of which is found in the book of Filomeno Bautista Sr. “Glimpses of Mindanao.” Local historian Antonio J. Montalvan II also cites documents in the Archivo de la Unibersidad de Santo Tomas (AUST) where students from then Cagayan de Misamis enrolled in the Ateneo de Manila and the UST from 1890s listed their place of origin as “Cagayan de Oro. “So there already was a tradition for such name,” Montalvan notes. Not the least, not many Kagay-anons today are aware that while R.A. 521 was signed into law under the watch of then Misamis Congressman Maning Pelaez, he was actually following up on an earlier bill for the creation of “Cagayan de Oro” filed by the late Misamis Congressman Pedro Sa. Baculio of present day El Salvador City.

SHORE-BREAKS 2: The Biggest Skim boarding Competition in Northern Mindanao

May 23, 2016

The event which was officially launched last year May 16, 2015 was “formulated to promote the sport to Northern Mindanao and provides opportunities to the youth to actively engage in programs and activities upholding the quality of life” said by Mr Clement Dampal II, the Marketing and PR Officer of Apple Tree and at the same time, the Project Director of the event and named it as “SHORE BREAKS”. Shore Breaks 2 which goes on its 2nd year is expected to be bigger and better. “This year, we are expected to host the biggest skim boarding event in Northern Mindanao as skimboarders of all ages, from beginners to professionals will gather for this annual event which is stiffer and intense as the competing participants will show off their skills and compete for the cash and other prizes.” According to Ms Bjanesha M. Emphasis, the General Manager of the said Resort Hotel. SHORE BREAKS 2 will commence on May 22, 2016 (Sunday) from 7am and closing program will be at 6pm and will be hosted by Mr Steve Norman Ebonia, an award-winning Skim-boarder, and Surfer. Meanwhile the competition has 2 different categories namely Kid Category which is open from 7 years old to 15 years of age while Adult Open Category must be 16 years of age above to join. The Champion of the Adult Open Category will receive P5,000.00 Cash Prize while for the Kid Category will receive P3,000.00 Cash Prize. Each announced Champions will also receive customized Body-filler Skim Board, Roundtrip Boat Fare (CGY-CEB-CGY) good for 2 persons, Certificate of Participation, an Overnight Lanai Accommodation with breakfast good for 2 persons and access to the Infinity and Sea Horse-shaped Pools, Gift Packs, and T-shirts (For Adult Only). First Placer of the Adult Open Category will receive P3,000.00 Cash Prize while for the Kid Category will receive P2,000.00 Cash Prize. Each announced First Placers will also receive customized Plaque, Certificate of Participation, an Overnight Deluxe Superior Accommodation with breakfast good for 2 persons and access to the Infinity and Sea Horse-shaped Pools, Gift Packs, and T-shirts (For Adult Only). Second Placer of the Adult Category will receive P2,000.00 Cash Prize while for the Kid Category will receive P1,000.00 Cash Prize. Each announced Second Placers will also receive customized Plaque, Certificate of Participation, an Overnight Lanai Accommodation with breakfast good for 2 persons and access to the Infinity and Sea Horse-shaped Pools, Gift Packs, and T-shirts (For Adult Only). For the non-winning participants, they will receive tickets good for 2 persons for the access to the Infinity and Sea Horse-shaped Pools. The SHORE-BREAKS 2: A Skim-boarding Competition is presented by Apple Tree Resort and Hotel in partnership with Engineer Danilo Daroy, CHOOSE Philippines (ABS-CBN’s Travel Insider), Business Week Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, as endorsed by the Department of Tourism Region 10. Major sponsors include Clement Dampal Photography, DC, Grind, Quicksilver, Roxy, Cholo’s Wave House Production, and Sovereign Skates. Minor sponsors include Hurley, Primer Group of Companies, Municipality of Opol, Opol Rescue Team, Nature’s Spring, IPI (International Pharmaceuticals, Inc.), Swicked, Rowena A. Sabanal, Hon Louie Neri, Ororama, Omega Pain Killer Pro, Mediterranean Cruises and Travel, COTTA (Cagayan de Oro Travel and Tours Associations, Inc.), Jovencio Edrozo Jr., and Edgar Anthony Lugon Photography. With Media Partners, Best Spots PH, My Life On Board, M Magazine (Life & Living in Mindanao), Endurance Sports Magazine, CDO Dev, 96.9 Easy Rock FM Station, The Cagayan De Oro Times, and Mindanao Star. Finally, Apple Tree Resort and Hotel sends out an invitation that rings clear with one central message, “Are You Ready for SHORE-BREAKS 2? It’s time for a fantastic escape. Discover Apple Tree Resort & Hotel.” Apple Tree Resort & Hotel is located in Opol, Misamis Oriental. Within this 7,000 square meter property are 39 luxurious guestrooms and suites, indoor and outdoor function spaces for corporate and social events, indoor and outdoor dining outlets, 2 swimming pools and a private beach, and a host of activities for fun & leisure. For more information on Apple Tree Resort & Hotel, call (63 88) 555-1918, or email Take in the new Apple Tree look by visiting them on the worldwide web at Like us on facebook at and follow us on twitter @ATRH4.

SM Lanang Premier to feature the Art of Bonsai and Pet Style

May 19, 2016

On May 20 to 22, an exhibit featuring “The Art of Bonsai,” the Japanese art form of forming miniature trees in containers, will take place at The Atrium. Organized by SM Lanang Premier in partnership with Harbest Bonsai, the Philippine Bonsai Society, Inc., and the Davao Bonsai Society, it features the works of 32 Bonsai artists and collectors who are passionate in propagating the said art form. Shoppers are invited to see the exhibit and join the Bonsai Beginners’ Workshop on May 21 to 22, from 11am to 5pm. Registration fee is Php1,500 inclusive of plant, tools and handouts. In celebration of National Pet Month, man’s furry best friends will take the centerstage on May 22, 4pm to 6 pm at the “Pets in Style” show at The Fountain Court Grounds. Pet lovers and owners can discover the latest fashion trends for their four-legged buddies from the said event. Pets in Style is staged in collaboration with the Davao Dog Lover’s Community, Pet Nannies Petshop, Ur Furry Kid’s Costumes and Clothing, and Doggie’s Choice. As the first pet-friendly shopping establishment in Davao City, SM Lanang Premier regularly holds pet-related activities, including dog walks every last Sunday of the month. In May 2013, it launched its ‘Pets are welcome here’ campaign to provide a venue where all pets’ needs are met and ensure a pleasurable shopping experience for pet owners and their pets. Don’t miss unique cultural and pet-friendly activities at Davaos’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination! For inquiries, contact 285-0943 loc. 135-138. Like SM Lanang Premier on Facebook and follow @SMLanangPremier on Twitter for news and event updates.

Bomber in Lanao Sur fails, IED explodes inside van

May 13, 2016

MARANTAO, Lanao del Sur  – The military here said an attempt to throw an improvised explosive device near soldiers guarding polling precincts in an elementary school here failed when the bomber hit the windshield instead, the IED bouncing back inside and exploded, injuring the bomber. The explosion took place around 5 p.m.. along the highway outside Daana-Ingud Bacong Elementary School, according to Lt. Col. Jason Jumawan, commanding officer of the Army’s 82nd Infantry Battalion. He said they found “two or three” more IEDs inside the van, which a police explosive ordnance division detonated by 6:15 p.m., causing panic among the hundreds of curious onlookers awaiting for more details of the incident. “Our initial investigation shows that they intended to conduct intimidation or bombing here in the area,” Jumawan said. The military arrested three suspects – the driver of the white Toyota van, the injured bomber, and yet another suspect that residents said just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. A fourth suspect ran away, Jumawan said. Jumawan said the injured was rushed to the Amai Pakpak Hospital in Marawi City for treatment. He said the suspects’ van was right behind 14 soldiers when the explosion happened. The soldiers then approached the van and found the injured bomber and more IEDs.  When MindaNews arrived at the scene by 5:45 p.m., a police K-9 unit was bringing in dogs towards the white Toyota van (plate number A3 L057) while two handcuffed suspects were instructed to lie down on the paved highway. The dogs likewise sniffed vehicles parked nearby. Marantao resident Migs Mama said he was inside the school’s fence about 15 meters away from the van when he heard a thud similar to the sound of a vehicle door being closed. “Then I saw smoke coming out of the van when the soldiers opened it,” he added. Incumbent Vice Mayor Alahudin Maruhom told MindaNews he was monitoring the balloting in the precincts when he heard the commotion, “but I heard no explosion.” One of the suspects arrested was his cousin Al-Musab Abanto, whom the vice mayor said was only taking video of the van when soldiers accosted him. Abanto’s mother Johanifa said her son had nothing to do with the suspects. She said Al-Musab was in the area because when the explosion happened, he was in the headquarters of the reelectionist vice mayor. The headquarters was just across the street from the school. Johanifa said his son works in Manila selling various items and came home only to help in his cousin’s campaign.

Local artists converge for ‘Art for Rice’ cause

May 11, 2016

Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC), together with Liceo de Cagayan University and Capitol University, organized the event in support of the more than 3,000 farmer-protesters in Kidapawan who, in late March, demanded government assistance in the wake of the effects of extreme dry spell, but were instead shot at and dispersed violently by the police. When news of what had happened in Kidapawan struck, XCCA director Hobart Savior immediately called out to his friends in the art scene through a Facebook post for help in staging a series of benefit shows to raise funds for the victims. As soon as the post was made, interest from artists to lend a hand poured in. About 200 local artists – poets, writers, dancers, musicians – joined forces to stage “Art for Rice” in behalf of the El Niño victims not only in Kidapawan, but also in parts of North Cotabato and Maguindanao “Maganda ang social dimension ng art, it breaks insularity and barriers,” said Savior. “What happened tonight was a convergence of all the artists who come from different institutions and even those who came in their own personal capacities. We have Xavier University, Liceo de Cagayan University and Capitol University in one stage. And that is something.” He added, “Art has a meaning, art has a form, and at the same time, has a function. The role of the arts and the artist is to facilitate change, facilitate development and at the same time, challenge the status quo.” “It’s also important that artists move out of their own cocoons, and link and work with other artists because, if there are many of us, art becomes stronger; it will define our humanity,” the director said. Musicians and singers delivered songs of hope. Interpretive dancers portrayed the horrors and struggles of the farmers, and the role of farming in the lives of our ancestors. Poets recited pieces on the meaning of rice to us as Filipino, reminding audiences of how parents admonish their children not to leave a grain on their plates and to be grateful for having something to eat. Bawat butil ng bigas na mailigpit ligaya rin kapag nagigipit. The Art for Rice held at the Capitol University Gymnasium on May 6 served as the grand finale show of a series of smaller shows held at the XU Little Theatre from April 18 to 19. The grand finale show was able to gather nearly Php50, 000 and donations in kind from numerous organizations and individuals.

Italpinas signs P350-million DBP loan for Cag. de Oro project

May 11, 2016

Italpinas officials said the five-year, fixed-interest loan hopes to bankroll the P575-million construction cost of the two towers of its project, called Primavera City in Cagayan de Oro City. “With DBP’s support, the available funding will ensure completion of the project on schedule,” said Jose Leviste III, the company’s president. The company hopes to raise P1.4 billion in sales from the initial towers of Primavera City, which includes 3,000 square meters of office space that will be available for lease as soon as the company receives a go signal from government authorities to sell the units. At the moment, the company only has two projects, one each in Cagayan de Oro and Nasugbu in Batangas. It just acquired 1,868 square meters of land for the first two towers of Primavera City. The company purchased the land for P24 million from Pueblo de Oro Development Corp., and was only paid in January this year. “Preliminary groundworks were already undertaken at the project site. The construction of Primavera City A and B is scheduled as soon as the general/structural contractor is selected but not later than June 2016,” it said. The International Finance Corp., the private- sector arm of the World Bank, has awarded the EDGE certification to Primavera City. Primavera is the first completed condominium project in East Asia to be certified by EDGE, which the IFC called its “innovation,” as it helps property developers build and brand their properties “green” in a fast, easy and affordable way. EDGE is supported by a software that encourages solutions to reduce energy and water used to make building materials by at least 20 percent, which is the standard for the certification, IFC said. The company said Primavera, which will have 163 units for Tower 1 and 166 units for Tower 2, will be constructed at a cost of P670 million, including the land. Its second project, called Miramonti—located in Santo Tomas, Batangas—will be constructed for between P700 million and P750 million. It will sell the units of both developments to between P85,000 and P95,000 per square meter. Construction for both projects may start this year, but all the necessary funding for the project has already been settled, company officials said. To know more about IDC and its projects, you may contact them at (088) 880-5002 or (+63) 917-794-2221 or you may visit their website at


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