northern mindanao

When life is at its finest

March 10, 2016

  Before they were registered to the program, the Maturans worked as legal loggers. From it, the couple were able to send their children to school, and even to health centres at their own expense until logging was banned. The situation did not only leave them jobless but also caused them discouragement and hopelessness. In 2009, their household was registered as one of the partner-beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The couple has regained their strength to live and dream once more and started to believe in their capacities, that if they will start together again, they can have a brighter future ahead for them. Farming as their source of income cannot suffice the needs of their children. The unique qualities of the Program has supported the health and education of their children, provided that the couple will continue to comply to the conditions asked by Pantawid Pamilya, and will sustain their attendance to the monthly conducted Family Development Session (FDS). Flavoured by the light of convergence, their household got included as program-participants of the Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP). The services of the program have given them a membership to the SEA-K which is termed as Talacogon SLP Association. Their group has established a catering service which now caters to big activities in their municipality, including DSWD undertakings. Out from this, Vengie earns from P5,000 - P7,000 a month. Hardwork is manifested in every acts of Vengie. Her determination and dedication to serve has led her to be chosen as parent leader in Pantawid Pamilya. Being a parent leader, Vengie is tasked to follow-up the compliance of her co-beneficiaries especially in attending FDS, and should serve as a role model to them. Her attendance to FDS has reminded her to remain humble, and open minded. Now that the couple has started to regain confidence to go along the tides of life, they wish nothing but to go back to the time when life is at its finest. “I have been through worst and the finest of life. I have seen the difference when times are gloomy and when times are bright. Each of it brings challenges. A challenge that could lead each of us to the point where we need to decide what will determine our destiny,” said Venie. “Perhaps, being part of Pantawid Pamilya is one of the good things I have done in my life. This gives me the opportunity to know myself better. To learn what I can do more for my community and to myself, and learn to serve others are just some of the many things that the program has taught me,” lauded Venie. “Pantawid Pamilya is a blessing to me, to my family and to my community,” closed Venie. Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, also known as Pantawid Pamilya and formerly Ahon Pamilyang Pilipino, is a conditional cash transfer (CCT) program of the Philippine government under the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It aims to eradicate extreme poverty in the Philippines by investing in health and education particularly in ages 0–18. It is patterned on programs in other developing countries like Brazil (Bolsa Familia) and Mexico (Opurtunidades) . ###(RYAN M. TAPAYAN/Social Marketing Unit/DSWD Field Office Caraga)  

XU foreign students stage show for Umajam-nen tribe

March 8, 2016

  They are fair in complexion five feet or above in height. Their eyes are set closed enough to each other with an average height of nose bridge. They are a proud yet reserved people. The Umajam-nen is synonymous to fierceness for their group is regarded as warlike and forest experts. They are excellent makers of bead jewelry like necklaces called ginakit and inboy, beautiful beaded men’s bag called suning and unisex bracelets called binuklad. Reciprocal roles are expected from them like helping raise a ransom or a bride price, sharing games or catch for the day. This simple living means that their children are not accustomed to studying. Fortunately, a school was built up for their children downtown in barangay Poblacion. Thirty-six scholars from the Umajam-nen are now taking up school but they still lack a complete library. Enter in the AFS Intercultural Programs Cagayan de Oro chapter. The group, composed of foreign students of Xavier University, have decided to help the Umajam-nen children complete their library. AFS Intercultural Programs started in 2003, hosting foreign exchange students from partner countries. This year, there are four exchange students currently lodged at Xavier University – Mauro Wensch from Belgium, Riho Hatayama from Japan, Caspar Conrad from Germany, Emma Ropars from France, Bastien de Sousa from France and Simon Gutierrez from Colombia. They gamely performed at Xavier University Little Theater in a P100-show last Sunday, proceeds of which go directly for the library construction. First, Mauro and Casper gamely did several guitar numbers and jammed with an alternative band to the tune of Foo Fighters, Incubus and Bamboo covers. Then it was the time for Emma and Riho to wow the crowd in their respective native renditions of Do You Want to Build A Snowman taken from Frozen with Emma singing it in French and Riho in Nippongo in one duet. In the middle of the program, the Umajam-nens were introduced and did several war and courtship dances. Next, it was the AFS exchange students’ turn to dance Filipino dances. Then Emma and Riho again wowed the crowd with their cover of the Cebuano pop hits Bisan Pa and Ha-ha-hasola. Imported Halo-halo was backed up with renowned Xavier University talents such as Talok Janubas, Muriel Lomadilla, Class Act, C9 and X-Men.  

SM City CDO joins in nationwide 30th anniversary celebration

March 4, 2016

Ever since SM North EDSA, known as the third largest mall in the world, opened its doors in 1986, Filipinos have come to enjoy the unique family fun mall experience and affordable luxury shopping for all. Here in Cagayan de Oro 1,300 balloons were released from the ceiling cascading towards the throngs of people at the Activity Center three stories below. Thirty of the balloons entitle the shopper who snatched them with P300 worth of gift certificate. There were also 30 special white balloons which will automatically entitle a shopper a McDonald’s Happy Meal once presented to the counter. There was also a presentation by a contingent from Grace and Pointes Dance Center. And dig this – the 30th anniversary celebration is not just a one-day event. In each quarter, there’s gonna be a 30th Anniversary Sale and the dates are as follows – April 30, July 30 and October 30. Tenants in all the 55 SM Supermalls nationwide will offer a choice of the following promotions: 30 percent off, P30 off or P30 value products. This March, watch out for their 30 Style Stars featuring 30 fashion designers, stylists and makeup artists who will represent a fresh and distinct point of view with an exhibit showcase or editorial across SM Supermalls. It will be the turn of restaurants this May to offer the 30 percent gimmick (i.e. 30 percent off, P30 off, discounts for the first 30 customers) the whole month round. It will be the turn of Cyberzone tenants to offer the said promo in August as SM Supermalls celebrate Cybermonth. Then in October, celebrate family and fashion as all fashion tenants are mandated to offer the 30 percent Anniversary Gimmick.

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


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