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Art for Rice held at XU

April 13, 2016

XU, through the Xavier Center for Culture and Arts (XCCA) and Department of English Language and Literature (DELL), and Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC) are also inviting other artists in the city to take part in the fundraiser. “Dear artist friends and [art] lovers, we are organizing a program titled ‘Art for Rice,’ a performance forum series which aims to raise funds for the victims of El Niño in Kidapawan, North Cotabato and in some parts of Maguindanao,” XCCA director Hobart Savior wrote in an online post Wednesday night, April 6. “The performance forum is envisioned to be a collaborative and complementary endeavor of all the performing, literary, visual and new media artists in Cagayan de Oro City and Northern Mindanao,” said Savior, adding, “We invite artists to participate and volunteer [for these events].” Poets, writers, dancers, singers, musicians and other arts groups in Northern Mindanao are all welcome to share their talents. The performances featuring mainly Xavier artists are set on April 18 and 19 at 7PM, and on April 23 at 3PM all at the XU Little Theater. Audiences can opt to donate Php100 for professionals and Php75 for students or two kilos of rice or three pieces of canned goods per person. The grand shows with Xavier and other local artists are slated on May 18 at 3PM and 7PM, with the venue still to be decided on. The organizers hope that the shows can encourage cash and rice donations and pledges from the audience. The guidelines and procedure for the donation will be released soon. XCCA and XU’s social advocacy arm Kristohanong Katilingban sa Pagpakabana – Social Involvement Office (KKP-SIO) will join forces to put up an information booth and photo exhibit along the Magis Walkway where members of the XU community can drop off their donations beginning Monday, April 11. The Student Entrepreneurship Center (SEC) will also serve as drop-off point for donations outside the university. Local artists who wish to volunteer may contact Angelene Mae Grio and Flora Magriña of XCCA through 858-3116 local 2059. Interested donors may also deposit to XU’s bank accounts: Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan (official account name) - 0152-0473-39 (Land Bank of the Philippines) or 9331-0133-63 (Bank of the Philippine Islands). PR

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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.

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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

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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)

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SM Lanang Premier presents “Flavor Fusion” in support of Visit Davao

April 1, 2016

The said festival dubbed “Flavor Fusion: Davao on a Plate” aims to make the VDFS more exciting and enticing for tourists. It takes inspiration from the Madrid Fusion Manila (MFM) 2016, the first and only Asian edition of Madrid Fusion, which is the world’s most prestigious Spanish gastronomy congress. In the spirit of the MFM, the metro’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination is bringing Davao City’s finest chefs and culinary experts together in Flavor Fusion, which will draw emphasis on Davao’s most delectable signature dishes in time for the 10-week Visit Davao Fun Sale. Participating establishments include Vikings-SM Lanang Premier, Bistro Selera, Park Inn by Radisson Davao, Center for Asian Culinary Studies, The Crazy Cook, Chippens, Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao and Marco Polo Davao. Co-sponsors for the event are Davao Crocodile Park, Sun Made Brown Rice and Kitayama Beef. “Flavor Fusion: Davao on a Plate” is set to be launched on Sunday, April 3 at The Atrium, SM Lanang Premier. The following weekend, live culinary demonstrations featuring Vikings and Marco Polo Davao on April 9, 4 pm and Park Inn by Radisson Davao and Waterfront Insular Hotel Davao on April 10, 4pm are to take place at the Atrium as well. Apart from supporting Visit Davao Fun Sale 2016, Flavor Fusion also aims to promote the Department of Tourism’s ‘Flavors of the Philippines,’ a month-long gastronomic feast, which is held in conjunction with the MFM and invites tourists to experience the exciting and varying flavors of the Philippines’ 7,107 islands. For more details, call 285-0943 local 136-138 or visit SM Lanang Premier on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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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 http://www.johndorfventures.com.ph/.

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