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Xavier University cheerdancers champs in T’nala

July 21, 2016

Madayaw Cheer Revolution Cheetahs of Davao City, Ace Allstars of the University of Southeastern Philippines in Tagum City, Tagoloan Community College Tigers of Misamis Oriental, Glittering Wildcats of General Santos City, University of Southern Mindanao - Kidapawan Cheer Knights, Quezon Allstar Flamingos of Davao City, and Bananoy Magnate Allstars of Panabo City. The road to T’nalak for the XU Crusader Cheer Allstars began when the office of Student Activities and Leadership Development (SACDEV) asked the College of Computer Studies Wizards, the 2015 XU Intramurals Cheerdance Champion, to organize a new squad to represent Xavier at the T’nalak Cheerdance Competition. As rebirth of the former cheerdancing group known as Crusader Cheerforce back in 2009, the XU Crusader Cheer Allstars envision to be officially recognized by the university. “The ambition to bring back an official university squad has finally begun,” squad moderator and SACDEV head Richel Petalcurin said. “I believe that each student is unique, with talents and skills. I realized how significant support and guidance is in every endeavor.” Practices and other preparations started as early as April, Petalcurin shared. “We thank the parents of our students who supported them from the first day of practice until the championship.” Due to limited financial resources, Petalcurin agreed with the outgoing CCS council president Seid Arcala and Comstud Wizards team captain Neil Jordan Paña to make use of the Comstud Wizards’ “style-and-color-shifting” cheerdance costumes (which they used during 2015 XU Intramurals Cheerdance Competition) for the T’nalak event. The team’s budget was provided through the contributions of SACDEV, the Office of Mission and Ministry, XU Confederated Parents Faculty Association, and the transportation support of the city government of Cagayan de Oro. “We look forward to more opportunities to promote sportsmanship and embody magis in and outside the university through cheerdancing. This all is for the greater glory of God,” Petalcurin said. Arvin Jay Bantigue and Jerah Ebao served as coaches of the XU squad along with team captain Neil Jordan Pana and assistant team captain Francis Carlo Balatero. The champion squad received the grand prize worth PhpP90,000 while Php70,000 went to the 1st Runner-up and Php60,000 for the 2nd Runner-Up. Non-winning groups also received Php26,000 each as consolation. The said competition was one of the most anticipated events during the T’nalak Festival that packed the South Cotabato Gym and Cultural Center full. Held every July, the T’nalak Festival, also known as Tinalak Festival, celebrates the charter anniversary of South Cotabato. Other highlights of the festival included the energetic street parades, diverse sporting activities, and exhibitions of local products. The festival got its name from a colorful cloth made out of abaca, woven by local T’boli women, called “t’nalak.” PR

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Noregold opens second branch in CDO

July 19, 2016

    In fact, Noregold SM immediately handed out a one-day 50 percent discount sale during their opening hours. Noregold Fine Jewelry’s line includes necklaces, chains, men’s rings, ladies rings and wedding rings with carats at all kinds ranging from 14k to 22k. They are in the form of Chinese, Saudi, Italian and Japanese gold. Noregold Fine Jewelry first opened shop in the 1990s at the corner of JR Borja and Capt. Vicente Roa Sts. which still exists up to this day. The initial business was so successful that Noregold Fine Jewelry opened up branches in Mandaluyong, Las Piñas, Quezon City and Cavite. It took two more decades for Noregold to go back to its roots and opened up a branch at SM City Cagayan de Oro. Noregold Fine Jewelry also accepts jewelry repair and free engraving. It offers six months layaway plan, credit cards at zero percent interest for six months and accepts debit card payment. For more inquiries, head off to Noregold Fine Jewelry at the first level of SM City Cagayan de Oro.

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Queen Maker behind Ms Universe Pia coming to CDO

July 16, 2016

The Miss Cagayan de Oro Organizing Committee of the City Tourism Council, Higalaay Festival Committee and PLDT will bring the Aces and Queens team of Gaffud for a 2-day workshop. He will also sit as one of the judges for the Miss Cagayan de Oro Pageant on August 13 at the Atrium of Limketkai Center. Gaffud is known for his award winning team of beauty queens and trainors. Among the beauty queens he took under their wing are Megan Young (Miss World 2013), Ariella Arida (Miss Universe 2013 – 3rd Runner-up), Janine Tugonon (Miss Universe 2012-1st Runner-Up), Shamcey Supsup (Miss Universe 2011 – 3rd Runner-up) and Venus Raj (Miss Universe 2010 – 4th Runner-up) and most recently, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach who carried Cagayan de Oro as her hometown during the Binibining Pilipinas pageant in 2015. “This is by far one of the biggest happenings for our local pageant- having the word class beauty queen maker come to the City to share his expertise on runway coaching and personality development for aspiring beauty queens,” said Gean T. Cesar, head of Miss CDO organizing Committee. There will be a presscon to be held for Gaffud and his team, as well as other tourism related activities during his entire stay in the City. (Press Release from Miss CDO Organizing Committee)

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Call for Abstracts: Katatau Mindanao Studies Conference

July 16, 2016

The said conference is slated on October 7 and 8 at the XU Little Theater. Papers on Mindanao Indigenous Knowledge, System and Practice; Folklore and Folk Literature; Ritual and Performance; and Mindanao Contemporary World (Contemporary Mirrors) are welcome for submission to the Katatau Mindanao Studies Conference. The deadline for submission is on September 2 at 12 noon. Registration fee is yet to be announced. This conference forms part of the center’s ninth cultural season dubbed “On to the 9th Power: Celebrating XCCA’s Exponential Culture and Arts Programs.” For inquiries, you may call XCCA director Hobart Savior through 0917-4397-000 and/or (088) 858-3116 local 2059 or send an email to hsavior@xu.edu.ph.

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TXS to present Deldoc’s ‘Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala’

July 13, 2016

This season includes Eljay Deldoc’s Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala (July); the Pre-Islamic Meranao adaptation of William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream (September); Edward Perez’s Barracks ni Tenyente Fuego (December) and the advocacy version of Shakespeare’s Hamlet (February). Directed by Hobart Savior, TXS’ laboratory production, Eljay Deldoc’s Si Maria Isabella at ang Guryon ng mga Tala is a tale about taking chances and missed opportunities. The play, an adaptation of Dean Francis Alfar’s Palanca Prize-winning short story Kite of Stars, is a poignant take on how far love can take us with exciting and dramatic twists and turns along the journey. TXS is inviting everyone to watch the play, slated on July 22 and 23 with shows at 11AM, 3PM and 7:30PM. Admission is free. For reservation of seats, you may call Oya or Michael through local 2059, 09057776699 (Michael) and 09174397000 (Bart).

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Mindanaoan Cuisine and Top Chefs at SM Lanang Premier

July 7, 2016

Mallgoers witnessed a tough 3-day culinary battle with 15 celebrity chefs from the Les Toques Blanches (LTB) Chefs Association Philippines and Pastry Alliance of the Philippines (PAP) judging the entries. These were Chefs Fernando Aracama, James Antolin, Jose Gamboa, Carlo Miguel, Norbert Gandler, Buddy Trinidad, Penk Ching Tan, Dan Basilio, Jackie Ang Po, Brando Santos, Jerome Valencia, Sito Senn, Reggie Aspiras, Mia Yan, and Jem Raymundo.   Participants from various schools, hotels, and restaurants vied for the following categories: Savory (Filipino Cuisine Challenge, Young Chefs Team Challenge, Local Fish or Seafood, Pasta, Quick Fire Salad, and Creative Breakfast Challenge), and Pastry (Plated Desserts, Wedding Cakes, Dress the Cake and Fantasy Davao Desserts). As a warm welcome to the top chefs, SM Lanang Premier served up signature eats from the country’s “Durian Capital” in a dinner feast called “Davao Fiesta.” The feast featured dishes from SM Lanang Premier tenants Bistro Selera, Choobi-Choobi, and Dencio’s Kamayan, Inc., hotel partner Park Inn by Radisson Davao and two of Davao’s gourmands, The Crazy Cook and Kakimkris Lechon. No less than Councilors Al-Ryan Alejandre and Marissa Abella graced the opening of the Davao Culinary Cup and Davao Fiesta respectively. Also present were Malaysian Consul General in Davao Abdullah Zawawi Tahir and wife Madam Badiah Hanum, Ikebana Davao Chapter members and officers headed by President Arlene Puentespina, and the Indonesian Consulate represented by Bella Darameswari, among others. The Davao Culinary Cup 2016 was organized by LTB Chefs Davao, in partnership with LTB Philippines Chefs Association, the Pastry Alliance of the Philippines, SM Lanang Premier, the World Food Expo, the Department of Tourism, and the City Tourism Office of Davao. Witness the best culinary events at SM Lanang Premier. Check out SM Lanang Premier on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest happenings at the region’s premier shopping and lifestyle destination.

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