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LIMKETKAI LUXE HOTEL’S EIDUL FITR SPECIAL WEEKDAY BUFFET

July 5, 2016

FEAST AFTER FAST For a full month term Muslims around the globe observes fasting in the on-set of Ramadan, thus Eidul Fitr signals the end of their fast and automatically means Feast. In recognition to this celebration of Filipino Muslims in Cagayan de Oro and nearby Provinces within Northern Mindanao, KaVe Restaurant finds it fit to participate in the feast by offering an Eidul Fitr Special Buffet, where a line-up of authentic dishes known to the Filipino Muslims will be served for ONLY PHP698.00. Appetizer’s includes: Israeli Salad, Gado-gado Peanut Sauce Dressing, Cucur Udang (Shrimp Fritters), Seafood Greek Salad to name a few. Carving station’s line-up are Roasted Lamb Leg ,Roasted Cajun Chicken with Gravy and Roasted Turkey. The Main Course includes: Beef Randang, Baharat Lamb Cutlets, Meen Kulambu and Rendang Ketam (Spicy Crabs with Coconut Milk) Other food that will certainly excite your palates are the Shawarma Station, Japanese Station and to cap your meal our famous Dessert station where a long stretch of sweets are lined-up. Or visit us at the following: Limketkai Luxe Hotel Limketkailuxehotel_cdo www.limketkailuxehotel.com

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The Trio 3:0 to perform Sept. 8 at Rodelsa Hall

July 5, 2016

The Trio came together as a group in the course of six years, coming together to play in events and then going their separate ways before deciding to come together as The Trio 3:0. They first performed together in 2006 at Salzburg, Austria to celebrate Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s 250th birthday. Eva Steinschaden (violin), Detlef Mielke (piano) and Alexander Vavtar (cello) found themselves performing together for the world première of a chamber opera, Der Zauberspiegel [The Magic Mirror] by the Austrian composer Ludwig Nussbichler. Although they had never before played as a trio, the three musicians – all of whom had wide experience in all kinds of chamber music – knew each other (Salzburg is a village!), and embraced the project with enthusiasm. The press reported: “A truly splendid conclusion to the 2006 Mozart anniversary. Certainly one of the most unpretentious and lasting contributions to the Mozart celebrations.” After this success, the three went their separate ways, and – musically speaking – lost sight of one another until 2008, when contemporary music brought them together again at the first Salzburg performance of Friedrich Cerha’s Piano Trio (2005), on the invitation of Aspekte Salzburg, a festival of New Music. Cerha demands nothing but the best from the musicians who perform his music, but the collaboration was once more exciting and rewarding, if quite strenuous, but again, a triumph! The composer, who was present, pronounced himself delighted with the successful performance of his work, and the press reported “a top-quality performance which could not but be received with enthusiasm”. Two years later, the three artists again found themselves performing together again for a recital of contemporary music organized by Aspekte Salzburg. The programme included the world première of a new work by Gerhard Wimberger and a performance of a piano trio by Gerald Resch. The result was yet another fantastic performance, greeted with exuberant applause by composers and audience alike. In 2011 there followed a concert in Vienna, once again with a contemporary focus, but also including music by Franz Schubert; and in 2012 a concert in Wels, with exclusively contemporary works, earning the three musicians unanimous praise in the press. It was not until the journey home from Wels that the three decided to form a piano trio and name it Drei zu null, or Trio 3: 0. This is how 3:0 came to be, through fate and fortune – not on the drawing-board, but out of sheer pleasure in making all kinds of music together and bringing first-rate interpretations to interested audiences. The Programme for their Cagayan de Oro performance includes the following: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento für Violine, Violoncello und Klavier B-Dur, KV 254 Friedrich Cerha Trio für Violine, Violoncello und Klavier (2005) Astor Piazzolla Oblivion für Violine violoncello und Klavier Milonga en Re für Violine, Violoncello und Klavier Antonin Dvorak Dumky“-Klaviertrio für Violine Violoncello und Klavier e-moll, op 90 The Trio 3:0 Concert has been scheduled on September 8, 2016, 8PM at Rodelsa Hall, Liceo de Cagayan University with general admission pegged at P350. For seat reservations, contact 0915-699-8769, (088) 858-4093 local 109. This event is for the benefit of Rodolfo N. Pelaez Foundation,Inc.

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THE BODY SHOP’S DROPS OF YOUTH

June 29, 2016

 With 99% of its ingredients of natural origin, it helps leave skin looking smoother, bouncier and healthier with instant miniaturization.The new Drops of Youth collection highlights the renewal power of three potent plant extracts. Searching the world, the Body Shop team extracted from these 3 resilient plants known for their exceptional renewing properties. Using a biotechnical process, they were able to preserve their potency while respecting the plants. These include Edelweiss from the high alpine mountains of Trentino-alto, Italy, which is rich in leontopodic acids, that research has shown to be antioxidant and more than 3 times more efficient than vitamin C; as well as Sea Holly from the sandy shoes of south Brittany, France which is known for its firming properties and packed with polyphenols and flavonoid chemistry. Criste Marine from the rocky coastline of north Brittany, France is adapted to unpredictable and harsh conditions, enabling it to withstand environmental stress and renew. Prepare and activate with the Drops of Youth Essence Lotion, the first step after cleaning; treat your skin to Youth Concentrate Skin serum for smoother, fresher, and suppler skin. Moisturize with the Youth Cream, which leaves skin with a velvety soft finish. Replenish overnight with the Drops of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask, a leave on night- time mask, which leaves skin feeling smoother and refreshed after one night’s sleep, and looking bouncier after two weeks. The Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate, on the other hand, is enriched with edelweiss technology, which instantly refreshes the eye contour, and smooths out the appearance of fine lines, bags, and fatigue. The Body Shop now accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass at The Body Shop in SM City Cagayan de Oro and in all The Body Shop stores nationwide.

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Anvil to launch Kagay-anon author’s first novel: The Girl Between Two Worlds by Kristyn Maslog-Levis

June 29, 2016

After Annie Gorra’s The Mystery on 17th Street earlier this year, now comes Kristyn Maslog-Levis The Girl Between Two Worlds, incidentally both published by Anvil Publishing Inc., the publishing arm of National Book Store (NBS). Kagay-anons thank the people in Anvil who championed our home-grown talents like Annie and KK! Incidentally, there’s another common thread running through these authors besides both hailing from Cagayan de Oro: they were both previously with media, Annie with broadcast and print (Newscope and Frontline Mindanao) and KK with ABS-CBN TV Patrol Northern Mindanao and some local specials by the same station. But we digress! “The Girl Between Two Worlds” is actually KK’s third book, the first two being self-published children’s books, “The Dragon and the Lizard” and “We Have It All (A True Story).”   The Girl Between Two Worlds will be launched this July by Anvil Publishing. Look for it in your nearst National Book Store branch. In a guest post at Kids Book Review, an online blog about children’s books( http://www.kids-bookreview.com/2011/11/guest-post-self-publishing-on-budget.html), KK relates the joys and trevails of “Self-Publishing on a Budget” as well as how the story came about.   To quote: “The reason why I wrote my book was not for publication but to preserve a family story Mama used to tell us as kids. We didn’t have a lot of money growing up so books were a scarcity. I remember a torn and tattered copy of Alice in Wonderland and that’s about it.” “Luckily, my mother is a treasure box of stories. I was afraid to write The Dragon and the Lizard because inside I knew I might want to take it further that just a family book, and I was afraid to take it there on my own. But I couldn’t let the story die so I wrote it.” Like her first book, KK’s second was another children’s book “We Have It All (A True Story), also self-published and can still be purchased from Amazon. As she describes it: “Yes it is a true story…based on our childhood in the Philippines and the premise is that no matter how little you have, no matter what kind of hardships you’re going through, there is always a brighter side to things.” “It’s about our childhood years without TV, computer games, books and toys. It’s about our childhood living in a house with only half a roof and half a floor. It’s about how happy our childhood was and how we need these reminders to see the good things about our lives today.” (Pssst…Annie Gorra, are you reading this?) I bet a quick scan of this first effort would lead one to the present novel, like many great works which started life as a short story and eventually progressed to a full length novel.   Kristyn’s first self-published children’s book The Dragon and the Lizard. When asked about the origins of her first novel, KK replied to me in an email:   “For the last couple of years I’ve been working on my first ever novel that included the Filipino mythology and takes it outside of the Philippines. After four years of writing, editing and pitching, Anvil Publishing picked up my book last year.” “I vividly remember where the concept came from. I was wondering why when Filipinos migrate to other countries we stop ‘seeing’ spirits, ghosts and monsters everywhere. I remember saying tabi apo as a child and being scared of kicking ant hills because a Nuno sa Punso might be living there. I remember freaking out when I heard bat wings because it might be a manananggal! And who wasn’t scared of the harmless banga in the corner of the house? A Tiyanak might be living in there, you never know.” “But when I moved to Australia, all of those creatures suddenly disappeared. I stopped saying tabi apo and highways at night weren’t homes of the white lady anymore. I did feel a bit sad.” “So I wondered, what if even after you migrate to another country, these creatures still haunt you. What if there was a Tiyanak in the park where you take your kids? What if there was a manananggal living close to your house? That was how “The Girl Between Two Worlds” was born.” She also professed to having a “huge part of me” wanting to showcase Filipino folklore to the world. “Those vampires and werewolves are puppies compared to our aswangs and manananggals! We grew up with very rich stories – some scarier than others. Why not share this with the world?” With this first in a trilogy, KK hopes to “spread the wonderful fear that our stories provide.” Anvil Publishing House has set a July release for the novel and like Annie’s Mystery on 17th Street, it will also be distributed by National Bookstore. We can only hope NBS provides sufficient copies of the book especially to its four branches in Limketkai, Centrio, Cogon and SM unlike Annie’s novel which arrived in trickles (Good thing it’s finally available in all branches). Here’s an excerpt from The Girl Between Two Worlds as posted in the author’s Facebook page: “The day after Karina’s sixteenth birthday, supernatural things start to happen around her and she has no idea why. Her mother, who disappeared soon after they migrated from the Philippines to America, speaks to her in prophetic dreams. Stranger still is the old man who turns up at her house one day and claims to be her grandfather, even though Karina’s mother had told her he died a long time ago.” “Karina discovers that her mother is an engkanto princess who ran away from Engkantasia. Karina is now of age to take the throne and must do so to prevent a war between Engkantasia and the human world. She must learn to control her powers and fight a range of weird creatures trying to kill her and her family. To make matters worse, she finally meets a boy she likes and there’s something about him she can’t quite figure out.” As for influencers, KK admits to “reading a lot of books and it wasn’t really any one person in particular.” When she finished her two self published children’s picture books “it just flowed from there. I got bitten by the writing bug and couldn’t stop,” she adds. Please don’t! We have to have those two other books asap and we hope we don’t wait another four years for the next one! Kristyn Maslog-Levis is a freelance journalist/photographer/editor who used to be a field reporter for ABS-CBN Cagayan de Oro and the first journalist to reach the captured rebel camp in Sultan Gumander in Lanao del Sur in 2000. She Hosted shows and wrote scripts for some of the TV specials featuring different municipalities in Northern Mindanao and festivals in Dumaguete city, and a weekly health talk show sponsored by the Department of Health. She blogs at kmlevis.com and tweets as @kmlevis. A graduate of Silliman University, she took her Masters in Communications from Nanyang University in Singapore.

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Watsons challenges consumers to take the switch test

June 24, 2016

Those who answer quality believe a reliable product demands a premium price. Those who answer savings think the money they have can only take them so far. But here’s the thing- neither one is actually right, now that Watsons has a better answer. Switch & Save with Watsons.   For several years now Watsons has been running its Switch & Save campaign, showing its customers that if they switch from the leading brand to Watsons brand they can get excellent quality personal care products at up to 80% less. The effort has met with massive success, convincing tons of people from everyday shoppers to high-profile endorsers (Iya Villania, Christian Bautista, Tessa Prieto Valdez, and Patty Laurel) to make the change. But with such unbelievably great savings, some skeptics remained unconvinced that Watsons products could be as good as the leading brand. To settle the question once and for all, the Watsons team decided to put it to the test- The Switch Test. Setting up unbranded booths in major cities around the country, Watsons put its products up against the best of the best- the category leaders. Without showing or telling them what brands were involved, the Switch Test mediator had each customer try out two products- Watsons and the leader. They were asked to hold them, examine them, test and compare them, and eventually to choose the one they would buy. Which ones came out on top? Here’s what the customers had to say. “Brand A lotion smells good, and is softer on the skin, compared to Brand B,” said one shopper who was surprised to learn that Brand A was actually Watsons. She was even more surprised when she found out Watsons costs 80% less. Holding a toothbrush in each hand, another participant observed of the Watsons product, “The bristles are softer and I feel it would clean my teeth better.” He too made the switch and was thrilled to learn of the additional savings. The team tested lotion, toothbrushes, body scrubs, tissue, even hair irons, and, in the end, less than 20% of shoppers chose the leading brand over Watsons quality. But when informed of the sizeable savings afterward, even they were easily swayed to switch. One in particular summed it up perfectly, “Up to 80 percent savings on body lotion, 60 percent on body scrub, and 55 percent on hair iron, what’s there to think about?” Indeed, with the Switch Test done, the results are clear- 8 out of 10 shoppers prefer Watsons quality, not to mention the Watsons price. And as for that age-old question about quality or savings- it finally has an answer it looks like everyone can agree upon. Take both. Switch to Watsons and save! About Watsons Watsons is Asia’s leading health and beauty retailer, currently operating over 4,800 stores and more than 1,400 pharmacies in 11 Asian and European markets, including China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau), Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Turkey and Ukraine. In 2002, A.S. Watson Group joined hands with SM Prime Holdings Inc., the Philippines’ leading shopping mall developer. Watsons caters to a variety of lifestyles with an unrivalled diversity of products, with a mission to help people around the world to look good, feel great. Media Contacts: Angie Limbaco Publicist First Tier Branding Solutions, Inc. angie.limbaco@firsttierbrands.com +632.812.5764 Karen Fabres Group Marketing Manager Watsons Personal Care Stores (Phils.) Inc. karen.m.fabres@sm-shoemart.com +632.902.8888 loc 1401

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SM Supermalls celebrate the country’s 118th Independence Day

June 21, 2016

In Mindanao, SM malls had a festive celebration through inspired installations and performances that were reflective of the cultural heritage of the region. At SM City Davao, the Independence Day was marked with a flag hoisting ceremony at the mall’s front covered walk along Quimpo Boulevard. The occasion was kicked off by a parade of 118 colors. Around 250 mall tenants and mall employees attended the occasion along with more than 300 bikers from BJMP and the Habagat Bikers Group. Joining the celebration at SM Davao were the Department of Education XI, the Department of Social Welfare and Development XI, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration XI, and the Department of Foreign Affairs—Mindanao. On the mayor’s behalf, Councilor Bernard Al-ag graced the event and delivered the incoming president’s message. Brgy. Capt. Rolando Trajera was also in attendance. The shoppers were greeted with mall employees donning traditional Philippine costumes as they entered the mall. The Annex Event Center was filled with Filipino music with the performances from UP Mindanao’s Koro Kantahanay and Musikademy. SM Davao’s in-mall music was also aptly composed of OPM hits. Apart from the musical performances, in conjunction with the Independence Day celebration was the Philippine Eagle Foundation’s interactive exhibition for the Philippine Eagle Week from June 5 at the Annex Art Strip. Among the exhibit’s components were a forum on conservation, art sessions as well as wildlife interaction. In SM Lanang Premier, mall employees, clad in various national costumes and Mindanaoan tribal wear, together with tenants, security forces and various community stakeholders, gathered for the flag-raising activity along the mall’s Grand Boulevard. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industries President Bonifacio Tan graced the activity and shared a message to the audience. Delegates from Davao City Police Office led by PSupt Emmanuel Palicte Caquilala, Philippine Coast Guard District Southeastern Mindanao headed by Ensign Howard Dwight Dolino, Bureau of Fire Protection-Lanang Fire Station led by SF01 Ulysses Cervantes, Boy Scouts of the Philippines and Girls Scouts of the Philippines also participated in the event. Barong collector and local media personality Architect Michael Dakudao was on hand to join the celebration. The Davao Girls Choir sang nationalistic tunes during the said event. In commemoration of Independence Day, SM Lanang Premier also placed on exhibit “Mindanao in Fashion” highlighting traditional Filipino wear – Filipiniana with modern and interesting designs from Kultura Filipino, custom-embroidered Barongs from the collection of Arch. Michael Dakudao, and various tribal wear of the Tausugs, Maranaos, Higaonons, T’Bolis, Tagabawa Bagobos and Matigsalogs. In SM City General Santos, Councilor Shandee Llido graced the event along with the GenSan settlers led by Pat Salazar and the head of City Social Welfare and Development, Rebecca Magante. The celebration started with a parade participated by MPC Cadets, students from SPED, HTC Band, mall tenants, affiliates and admin employees. It was followed with a historical performance by Teatro Ambahanon and a flag-raising ceremonial afterwards. Inventor and educator William Moraca shared a short message on nationalism. This year, SM City General Santos mounted a mythical Sarimanok as their giant centerpiece. It is a legendary icon of the Maranao tribe in Moslem Mindanao which symbolized wealth and prosperity. B’laan performances and “The Lutes of Philippine Exhibit” highlighted the celebration. Two faglong masters Ailon Jaman Tolentino and Rosita Tao entertained the public by playing their tribal songs using a faglong, a Philippine two-stringed, fretted boat-lute. Bing Cariño, who curated “The Lutes of Philippine Exhibit,” said that the exhibit raises awareness to the public, especially the youth, about the rich and diverse culture of the country. In SM City Cagayan de Oro, employees take pride in wearing Filipiniana and Barong Tagalog to show their love for the country on Independence Day. To add to the patriotic celebration, Momz Perfect wowed the audience with their powerful rendition of OPM classics while the Xavier University Dance Troupe performed beautiful and vibrant Philippine folk dances. Other highlights include the solo performance of Ran Obenita singing “Umagang Kay Ganda” and the ballet dances of Grace and Pointes to commemorate the Philippine Independence. For many years, SM Supermalls has stood at the forefront of engaging the public in the country’s Independence Day celebration. It has recognized its significant role in every community where an SM mall operates.

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