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Oro Mata: The New Wave of 'World Music' in Cagayan de Oro

April 11, 2021

  FUSION OF CULTURAL AND MODERN MUSIC   I have a chance to talk to one of the members of Oro Mata, a very promising band in the city that specializes in 'World Music.' Well, this genre sounds a bit new to many people, especially those who aren't inclined to appreciate different genres, including 'World Music' Although the music seems new in the country, BUT the music that Oro Mata is creating is something that all Filipinos must be proud of. "We've been waiting to share our first single Blanko with all of you. We hope you enjoy this convergence of passion and soul for world music and art, says Oro Mata's Paolo Garrido.  What is World Music? World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the world, including traditional music, quasi-traditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition intermingles. World music's inclusive nature and elasticity as a musical category pose obstacles to a universal definition, but its ethic of interest in the culturally exotic is encapsulated in fRoots magazine's description of the genre as "local music from out there" This other folk music that does not follow "North American or British pop and folk traditions" has been given a catch-all term "world music" by music industries in Europe and North America. The term was popularized in the 1980s as a marketing category for non-Western traditional music. It has grown to include subgenres such as ethnic fusion. Well, I listened to one of their newest music called "Indak" and I was truly amazed, mesmerized, and stunned by the fusion of local and modern music rolled into one. "World music makes us embraced and respect the cultures of other countries," says Paolo Garrido, one of the band's guitarists. Paolo is an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) and is due to go back to the ship where he used to work. I invited the group to showcase their talents in one of our teleradyo segments but he says he is living again for good in another country. "Sayang bai. Pero mogawasay nako padulong sa laing nasud! was his answer when I tried to invite the group.   ORO MATA BACKGROUND The concept behind OroMata began a few years back as an informal collaboration among various friends who are interested in world music, art, and social issues. Like its band composition, Oro Mata's style is diverse. By combining global and local influence, different cultures and realities - the band hopes to share their music to inspire people to come together, think about deep-rooted social issues, and hopefully become better citizens of the world.  The band's name is a take on the phrase, Oro Plata Mata - gold, silver, and death. Oro and mata are reminders of life's realities - good and bad, life and death, abundance and lack. Also, separately the band's geographic roots - Cagayan de Oro City. The Oro Mata band is composed of Paolo Garrido, guitar and vocals; Geraldjam Vasallo, vocals; Bam Roa, guitar; Drue Valmores, bass; Mark Treve Gonzaga, percussion; Alexander Manuel Factura, wind instruments, ukelele; Dennis Factura, Percussionist; and Manuel Nulo Bangcong, wind instruments.      

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Politicians, gov't leaders, vloggers, bloggers and media  personalities gather on MDNN Grand Launch at Centrio Ayala Mall

March 12, 2021

MDNN TELERADYO : THE ORIGINAL The Business Week Mindanao and Sudaria Group of Companies' recent grand launching of its newest digital network MDNN teleradyo, was successfully held at Centrio Ayala Mall Events Center, participated in by famous personalities, bloggers, vloggers, government leaders and the media.   The grand launch signalled the renewed commitment of President and Publisher Dante M. Sudaria of the Sudaria Group of Companies, to offer to the people the company's newest brands in the airwaves such as the regular airing of its teleradyo programs, as well as its digital transformation to compete with the industry players in this era of digital technology. City Councilors Girlie Balaba, Edna Dahino, Suzette Magtajas Daba and Dr Malou Seriña Gaane graced the occasion, which was also attended by other personalities in the government sector. The presence of former ABS CBN anchor Mylene Sison, manager of Limketkai Luxe Hotel and other corporate heads were also seen during the fitting ceremony.   The Sudaria Group of Companies was proud to announced its newest teleradyo segment programs that would give entertainment, leisure and education to its growing number of subscribers and followers now reaching over Two Hundred Thousand (200,000) people.   The latest teleradyo program segments include: 1. Rated E to be hosted by famous media personality Ercel Q. Maandig. 2. Diskarteng Pinoy 3. Hot Talks 4. Maghikay Ta Mindanao 5. Sikat Karon and a lot more Sudaria told the media during interviews that despite some hindrances, he was very thankful the grand launch was very successful and all invited guests and personalities were present during the event. He also thanked the presence of the tri-media community, most especially the Cagayan de Oro Press Club President Manny Jaudian, who was the ceremony's guest speaker.  "Dako ang atong pasalamat nga daghan sa mga invited guests and participants mitambong sa atong grand launch kay kini bag ong mga brands na usab nga atong i-offer sa publiko. Karon dili na kita printed newspaper lang kodili aduna na kita teleradyo ug digital newspaper. Ug daghan kitag mga bag ong segments sa teleradyo alang sa paghatag education ug entertainment sa atong mga regular followers and avid listeners sa teleradyo and avid readers sa atong newspapers," Sudaria explained. Sudaria was even proud that despite the great challenge of the pandemic, in which the people has suffered so much of the deadly attacks of the killer virus, the newspaper was still alive and kicking. "Ang uban newspaper nagsirado ug wala na gyud makabalik. Pero kita, consistent nga mipadayon sa atong tahas," he pointed out. Guest of Honor and Cagayan de Oro City City Councilor Girlie Balaba also challenged the people that the advent of technology must be put in a more responsible manner, so that there will be no troubles and misunderstanding. "We all want a more progressive and more developed society. But let us not forget in this digital era, we have equal responsibility to give the truth to the public. Balaba was also a former media personality of Abs Cbn based in Davao City prior to her successful career as a public servant.   COPC Prexy Manny Jaudian in his speech congratulated the Sudaria Group of Companies who bravely ventured in teleradyo and the digital paper during this trying times of the pandemic. Jaudian said that with the advent of the internet, everyone can now connect to anyone on a global scale and this even led to the rise of different internet sub-cultures where we can get together and associate with our own circle of friends, supporters and followers.

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MEZZ – your mini-sports bar at the heart of CDO

February 10, 2021

By MARK FRANCISCO   WITH the local economy slowly opening up, resto bars have resumed popping up here in the regional hub of Cagayan de Oro. But try something different. MEZZ is the only mini-sports bar that is open in the city so far. Located at Tomas Saco Scapes along Tomas Saco St. in barangay Nazareth, MEZZ offers beer pong for only P50 per game and dart at P250 per game. Soon they will open billiard tables too. The place – which has a capacity of 40 persons maintaining social distancing protocol – has both a ground and mezzanine level, where the name MEZZ comes from. It is open from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. from Mondays to Saturdays. Enjoying beer pong and dart at MEZZ can only be complete with the yummiest food and most refreshing drinks around. The names alone plus the way they are presented will arouse the gourmand in you. Take the following – pork cutlet with vegetables curry, sausage curry, kangkong curry, vegetable curry, curry rice, omellete curry rice, squid curry rice, dumpling curry rice, bacon-onion rings, fried spam stick, Korean fried dumpling, garlic bread, Hungarian sausage + fries, tuna cucumber, vegetable fritters, tuna sisig, bacon-wrapped green beans, calamari, garlic buttered squid, pan-seared salmon, spicy squid ring, crab salad sandwich, country tuna, clubhouse, keto tuna, keto bacon bits, kani salad and soups (crab & corn/steamed egg). Drinks come in the form of ripe mango shake, mango banana shake, Oreo banana shake, mango bingsu, Oreo banana bingsu, cranberry juice, soda, tea (hot/iced), coffee (hot/iced), calamansi juice, beer and cocktails. To pump up your day in a laid-back way, come now and visit MEZZ!

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Foodpanda launches Free Voucher Promo

April 23, 2020

GET A FREE VOUCHER from @foodpanda! LIKE and SHARE this post Answer in the comment section "WHICH FOOD DO YOU MISS MOST DUE TO QUARANTINE?" Tag 2 of your friends and WIN MORE vouchers you can enjoy through #foodpandacagayandeoro *Lucky commenters will each receive a foodpanda NEW CUSTOMER voucher code that is - Php 100 OFF for a minimum of Php 200 order.     About foodpanda: foodpanda is dedicated to bringing food lovers around the world their favorite meals from curated local restaurants. Since its creation, the on-demand food delivery service has grown with over 27,000 partner restaurants in over 190 cities across 10 Asian and Central Europe countries globally. foodpanda is active in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Taiwan, Philippines, Bangladesh, Romania and Bulgaria. It belongs to Delivery Hero, the worldwide leader of the food delivery industry. For more information visit www.foodpanda.ph.   How it works: Through the foodpanda website or via the new iOS and Android apps, customers can enter their address and view a curated list of restaurants serving their neighborhood. Once they have chosen their food of choice, they can place an order from the comfort of their home or office, paying online through foodpanda's secure platform. The order is then carefully prepared by the restaurant, picked up by the foodpanda rider and delivered straight to their doorstep. Follow us on: Facebook: foodpanda Philippines Instagram: foodpanda ph   For more information, please contact: Reynaldo Rubio - Marketing- PR foodpanda Philippines E: r.rubio@foodpanda.ph  

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SaVoy Hotel Offers Sweet Treats for Valentine’s

February 13, 2020

PASAY City--Sweets for your sweet! Treat your sweetheart to a Valentine’s getaway in Resorts World Manila with SaVoy Hotel’s special room stay and buffet Valentine’s day packages. A romantic hotel staycation in the love month doesn’t have to break the bank. SaVoy Hotel’s essential rooms 1 and 2 are up for grabs for Php5,845 and Php7,013 respectively. Hop out of the plane and into Savoy Hotel amenities that are centered on convenience. Get a quick breather, catch up, and be playful over Jenga at the Squares; SaVoy Hotel’s very own creative and coworking space located at the 2nd floor. On a special occasion such as Valentine’s Day, stop by SaVoy Café for a quick lunch or a romantic dinner buffet. For Php1,400 per person, enjoy premium epicurean dishes of various origins to your heart’s content. The café boasts a spectacle of intercontinental selections that look as good as they taste. For a truly memorable Valentine’s staycation, the SaVoy Suite Surprise deal will take you to the Runway suite or Deck suite for Php8,100 and Php11,700 respectively. The package is inclusive of a buffet breakfast at the SaVoy café, discounts on dining and spa services, chocolate pralines, movie tickets at the Newport cinema, and a bottle of wine to end the night. Booking period is until February 21 with stay dates from February 10 to 29, 2020. Tug at your lover’s heartstrings and spend your Valentine’s at SaVoy.  Visit the website at www.savoyhotelmanila.com.ph for bookings and inquiries. (PR)

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Mallberry Suites Business Hotel More Than Just Accommodation; A Dining Experience Will Also Matter

January 12, 2020

Texts: JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL; Photos credit to owners CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - IF YOU will have the chance to visit Cagayan de Oro City for a travel, staycation, sports, convention, and business matters - your stay at Mallberry Suites Business Hotel would be a great advantage. This is the message of invitation from Mallberry Suites Hotel general manager Evelyn O. Leandicho during an exclusive interview with Mindanao Daily News online edition. Leandicho said the hotel now is more than just accommodation as it also offers the best delicacy in town, which also matters very much for hotel guests and travelers. The hotel has two restaurants, a spa, gym and indoor pool aside from other amenities it can offer to businessmen and professionals staying in the city for very important activities. The hotel's Element Spa, a wellness spa offers massage, sauna and whirlpool/hot tub for hotel guests who become tired after a day-long workshops, meeting or other activities that brought them to the 'City of Golden Friendship.' Other amenities of Mallberry also include a 24-hour reception, business center, concierge, elevator, free wi-fi in the lobby, a hotel bar, air-conditioned rooms, television, wifi in rooms, a wheelchair accessible hotel for person with disability (PWD) guests, and board rooms for business and executive meetings.  "Our hotel guests want to stay at Mallberry because also of our security. We always make sure they stay here safe," the hotel manager said. Mallberry is the only hotel in the city which has a K9 dog at the entrance to make sure the stay of its guest is safe and sound. DINING EXPERIENCE AT MALLBERRY A dining experience at Mallberry Hotel also matters as the hotel also serves delicious food and mouth-watering food preparations from top chefs in the country. Among the best sellers at its Rosso Steakhouse restaurant and Blue Duck Bar include Rib Eye Mini, Grilled Blue Marlin, Mushroom Trifolati Pasta, Zucchini Pasta and Chicken Picatta.     Nikki Dee, one of the hotel's guests said "Try their Rib Eye Mini and Grilled Blue Marlin. Their Grilled Blue Marlin's sauce is crazy! Too delicious." "Love the breakfast choices and love the service at Mallberry. That is why we go there every time we are in Cagayan de Oro," another hotel guest said over agoda.com "We stayed 18 nights visiting family and friends. They have good security, facilities and friendly employees. With a good breakfast buffet, decent room service options, and the huge shopping center next door, it's very easy to enjoy a wide variety of food." BEST SELLERS. The hotel resto's best sellers are  Ribs Eye Mini, Grilled Blue Marlin, Mushroom Trifolati, Zucchini Pasta and Chicken Picatta - Photo credit to owner.   The Ribs Eye Mini is the hotel's best seller according to a Rosso Steakhouse waiter interviewed by MDN. Photo by Evangeline Acenas Deloy    Grilled Blue Marlin is also one of the best sellers of Mallberry Suites Business Hotel at Rosso Steakhouse, just inside the hotel's ground floor. - Photo by Evangeline Acenas Deloy   MALLBERRY ACCESSIBILITY TO THE MALLS The hotel manager also said the hotel is very accessible to Robinsons and Limketkai Malls. In fact, Mallberry is just a stone's throw to one of the biggest malls in Mindanao. "This is also the reason many hotel guests choose Mallberry because of the hotels accessibility to the mall. They want to stay in our hotel because they can easily go to the mall in minutes and do some shopping and mall hopping activities," she said. MALLBERRY SOARS HIGH IN 2019 During an interview, Leandicho also said 2019 was very promising year for Mallberry as it also soared high as far as hotel accommodation. The hotel was always fully booked because also of the help of its partners - Agoda.com and Expedia.com.ph, two of the very prominent hotel accommodation bookers online. "Our hotel guests come from all over the Philippines and even abroad. We have a lot of foreigners who stayed here in 2019 and with that we are very thankful for their patronage. We hope that for this year they will also come back and still choose to stay with us." The hotel manager also added that a lot of construction moguls, and executives stayed at Mallberry in the past years especially during the start of 'construction boom' in the city in the past few years. Mindanao Daily News Editor in Chief Allan Mediante (second from left) hands over the plaque to General Manager Evelyn O. Leandicho after the Mallberry Suites, a 3-star hotel, was adjudged one of the three winners as “Best Hotel Industry Leaders” during the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019. Looking on are Mindanao Daily News Managing Editor Ruel Pelone and Joe Felicilda, VP for admin of BusinessWeek Mindanao Corporation. MDN photo Meanwhile, Mallberry Suites and Business Hotel was also adjudged as one of the three "Best Hotel Industry Leaders" during the recently concluded 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards" held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel on December 13, 2019. The said event was consistently organized by Mindanao Daily News Corporation, purposely to recognize companies, entities and leaders' outstanding performance which contributed to greater develoment in Mindanao. ###   MDN EXCLUSIVE. MDN online edtior Joel Calamba Escol strikes a souvenir photo with Mallberry Suites Business Hotel general manager Evelyn O. Leandicho after an exclusive interview Friday, January 10, 2020, held at the manager's office.   --- ABOUT THE WRITER. Joel Calamba Escol is a Journalist since 1991. He is also a YouTuber known as Noypi Vlogger. If you want your hotels and other businesses featured here and on his Youtube Channel, please email at escoljoel@gmail.com or call mobile 09052145983.      

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