Kapalmuks – home of the best crispy ulo – now at Kubo Food Park

February 20, 2020

UNDOUBTEDLY, Cagayan de Oro’s gourmet features some of the best in this side of the country. Now we can add another laurel to that feat – introducing Kapalmuks, home of the best crispy ulo. Of course, we know what crispy pata is. It’s a staple Filipino viand sourced out of pigs’ knuckles and served with a soy-vinegar drink. Kapalmuks (which is located at Kubo Food Park inside Pueblo de Oro Business Park) took a twist to that popular pork dish and focused on the pig’s head. Voila! We’ve got crispy ulo! Yet Kapalmuks doesn’t rest there in surprising us. It has other delicacies as well that’s worth feasting into such as the Ilocano Dinakdakan, Tokwa’t Baboy, Crispy Tadyang, Crispy Pork Binagoongan, Crispy Squid, Pork Chicharon, Seoul Chicken Wings and Adobo Gizzard with Liver. What better way to down this with than with beer below zero! Al fresco food parks continue to be the dining trend in Cagayan de Oro nowadays. Even if you’re not from uptown CDO, we invite you to come here at Kubo Food Park! Located at Atlantic St. inside the spacious Pueblo Business Park, Kubo Food Park is situated in a wide open space free from flooding and away from traffic. Indeed something looking forward in a food adventure in this part of the city at any day of the week!

ICONic: Nic Aca’s 2nd Solo Exhibit

February 16, 2020

ICONic: Nic Aca’s 2nd Solo Exhibit By Tito Mike   Cagayan de Oro’s pre-eminent performance artist has launched his second solo art exhibit on the eve of St. Valentine’s Day. Dubbed ICONic the show at the Art Gallery of Capitol University’s Museum of 3 Cultures runs until March 13 and is open Mondays to Saturday mornings except Sunday. ICONic is a play on words of artist Nicolas “Nic” Aca Jr.’s name and the subject of the exhibit who are icons of Cagayan de Oro City. It is a celebration of his 50 years of life and his three decades of wooing the muses through his visual and performance arts. The 17 wooden art works are executed in sunken relief, (also known as incised, coelanaglyphic or intaglio relief), where the carving is sunk below the level of the surrounding surface and is contained within a sharply incised contour line that frames it with a powerful line of shadow. The surrounding surface remains untouched, with no projections. (URL: Nic Aca and Family “These paintings feature the icons of Cagayan de Oro from its 13 mayors of Cagayan de Oro from the time it became a chartered city with Max Suniel to the present with Oscar S. Moreno, and the four archbishops of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro (Hayes, Cronin, Tuquib and Ledesma),” Aca said. As a member of the City Historical and Cultural Commission, Aca came to appreciate the history and culture of Cagayan de Oro and thought about how he as an artist could best express those learnings. “As an artist, I thought about how I can best express those learnings through the medium of art so I can share with others what I experienced and thought of featuring our past civil servants and religious leaders as a tribute to them.” In her opening remarks during the February 13 program launch, Benz Raquel Dugaduga, head of Capitol University’s Culture and Arts Office, cited a recent lecture and seminar that she attended at UP Diliman on indigenous communities and contemporary art, which raised the question: What are your efforts to document the history and cultural practices of your community in a way that would catch the attention and interest of the younger generation? “This was raised because we are facing challenges concerning the process of documenting these cultural practices and creative expressions for preservation, considering as well the lapses observed in oral tradition. Although, this is taken from a point of view of ethno linguistic communities, such is applicable to other contexts. Further, capturing the attention of the youth and developing their esteem for these matters is another predicament,” she stressed. Nic Aca with fellow artists Ivan Macarambon, Nonoy Estarte and Chris Gomez   She cited how Aca’s exhibition answers the question as a creative effort to record at least a part of history of Cagayan de Oro through presenting its leaders and archbishops through the wood portraits painstakingly carved by Aca. Exhibit curator Chris Gomez, a noted designer and artist, explained how the show’s concept was enhanced and highlighted. “I challenged myself to come up with a show that’s relevant to the artist’s works which highlight his personality and at the same time help improve the overall presentation of his works,” Gomez said. Thus, three colors are used to make each of the icons stand out: yellow in reference to the present city administration; maroon to represent the archbishops; and green as a nod to Aca’s wood medium which comes from trees. Aca said he chose wood as a medium of his wood relief paintings since it is a material he is comfortable working with and there are few artists in Cagayan de Oro at present who are doing much artwork in wood, and also establish his identity through this medium. “I choose wood for its longevity focusing mainly on tugas, Narra and repurposed wood from old buildings which I treated with Solignum against pests,” Aca noted. “Using hammer, chisel and power tools, it takes me more or less three days to finish one, which I sand and finish with wood stain and antique wax.” Guests and visitors to the exhibit expressed their individual sentiments regarding the portraits of their forebears and past leaders. “Very impressive!” said former Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula, who served from 2007-2010, and also served as Congressman (1998-2007) when Cagayan de Oro was still one congressional district, and councilor (1967-1971 and 1988-1998). He was the only subject of the portraits present during the launching. “I am really proud of my Lolo even though he passed away long ago he is still remembered and given recognition through the art of Sir Nic Aca,” said City Councilor  Jay Roa Pascual, a grandson of former Mayor and Misamis Oriental Governor Pedro “Oloy” N. Roa. “Ecstatic!” I want to bring it home already!” said City Councilor Suzette Magtajas-Daba, of Aca’s rendering of her late father former Mayor Pablo P. Magtajas. “I miss him all the more and of course, am very proud he is among the mayors featured here.” Rhona Canoy, daughter of former Mayor Reuben  R. Canoy and a relative of former mayors Jake Serina and Max Suniel expressed a similar sentiment. “We hope to acquire dad’s piece after the exhibit, she said “Not just for my dad, but also of Tito Jake Serina, Lolo Max Suniel. Nic was able to capture them well, considering he had only photographs to work from from Impressive bava." Aca’s first solo exhibit Hulagway also used the same material, technique and style featuring Cagayan de Oro’s school division superintendents from 1953 to the present, was also exhibited in this same venue. The entire gallery has now been transferred to the CDO School Division Office.


February 10, 2020

Celebrating a connection that stretches back more than 80 years, Coca-Cola® and Lee Jeans are launching a new fashion collaboration, inspired by the official Coca-Cola Bottler uniforms which Lee created in the 1930’s. This collection is being supported by an integrated campaign that will run across Asia Pacific. Themed “Real Buddies”, the campaign is a salute to the long and lasting friendship between two brands that have an authentic connection. The work takes a refreshingly retro approach to fashion advertising that defies category conventions. Inspired by vintage Coca-Cola and Lee Jeans posters from the 1940’s and 1950’s, the campaign features modern day moments captured using vintage illustration techniques instead of fashion photography. Titled “Real Buddies Since 1930”, the four painted images evoke the classic nature of the two brands, showing moments between buddies that reflect the close nature of Coca-Cola and Lee’s relationship. Each of the four images is a classic homage to their shared cultural history, showing iconic moments of friendship – girlfriends dancing in front of their townhouse at a block party, riding down Ocean Drive in sunny L.A. with a BFF, an idyllic afternoon at the county fair, and creating shared memories with a group of friends at a music festival. While the images have an authentically vintage vibe to them, hidden elements in each scene hint that this is not some lost moment from long ago, but a timeless moment that could be happening now. The integrated campaign includes print, event, in-store, social, digital, and public relations. In a surprising twist, these vintage visuals were brought to life to create video content, giving their old-world charm a modern interpretation that echoes Lee’s long history of innovation and reinvention. Social activations and content celebrate real world “Real Buddies”, drawing people into the story. These are supported by on-ground events such as flash mobs featuring Coke® X Lee Bottlers reminiscent of the original 1930’s bottlers, challenging friends on the street to demonstrate their “Real Buddiness”. The campaign launches XX December. The Collection Inspired by the official uniforms for employees of bottlers of Coca-Cola which Lee created in the 1930’s, this year’s Coke X Lee collaboration takes work-wear and gives it a modern fashion twist, celebrating Lee’s 130 years of purposeful craftsmanship and innovation in creating practical-and-durable yet classy-and-fashionable creations. Back in the 1930’s, Lee’s uniforms for bottlers of Coca-Cola were neat and smart with head to toe stripes. The uniforms proved so popular that Lee made identically-dressed limited edition Buddy Lee figurines, cementing their iconic identity in popular culture. The current collection takes cues from the two brands’ most iconic elements throughout history: stitching reflecting Coca-Cola’s Dynamic Ribbon and Lee’s Lazy S, the Spencerian script, the contour bottle, Lee’s spade-shaped back pocket and others. Based on the original purchase order for uniforms found in Coke’s archives, Lee has created a modern interpretation of this classic piece of work-wear. Available in a unisex style with iconic head to toe stripes, the pants, jacket and cap all follow the original fabric specs, but are cut for a much more modern and fashion forward fit, with iconic Coke and Lee embroidery realized in the finest detail.     Elongated rider jackets and carpenter jeans with Coke embroidery give a rugged casual/utilitarian look, while cropped hoodies with classic brand graphics keep it real and authentic. Both looks take classic work-wear utility and give it a fashionably modern aesthetic twist.     If you want to get real and authentic but with a dash of character, a union-all based on historic Lee work-wear keeps it light with a touch of Coke branding, while washed black oversized rider jackets contrast with a classic Coke red tee for a signature look for both Coke and Lee.   Whether it’s built from Lee’s classic 91J work coat, a Coke red rider jacket with contrasting white stitching, or a Coke bottle evolution tee, the two brands’ history and authenticity are proudly on display. Lee – 130 years of Denim Craftsmanship since 1889 Lee is one of the world’s most iconic signatures of quality, innovation and craftsmanship. Following the establishment of the H.D. Lee Mercantile Company by Henry David Lee in Kansas, U.S., in 1889, Lee started on its journey to becoming a legendary denim brand. Over the years, Lee has made history with its many product innovations such as the world’s first-ever zip fly jeans – the 101Z in 1926, the iconic Hair-on- hide leather label and the Lazy S back pocket stitching. From the launch of the 1st Lee bib overalls to the 13oz 101 cowboy jeans, Lee has demonstrated an undying passion for innovation, and has transformed itself from a practical and durable work-wear maker to a contemporary and trend setting fashion giant. Lee website: Facebook: Instagram: Hashtags: #RealBuddies #CokeXLee #Crossover #CocaCola #Coke #Lee #LeeJeans #BuddyLee For media enquiries, please contact: JULIE VENTURA I 09178339911 I

Self-service Takes Center Stage in Southeast Asia

January 22, 2020

At the forefront of the convenience economy, Singaporeans (62.4%) and Thais (44.2%) are significantly ahead of their regional peers when it comes to adopting AI-enabled customer support for resolving support tickets. In contrast, Chat is the dominant self-help channel for Malaysians (18.2%) and Indonesians (16.4%), reflecting how consumer behaviour is being shaped by mobile-first economies.  Messaging as a form of customer support is also beginning to take root across the region. Filipinos (42.9%) are the heaviest users of messaging channels, such as WhatsApp and LINE, for customer engagement in Southeast Asia, with Malaysians (3.7%) coming in at a distant second, followed by Thais (2.9%) in third. Industries, too, are turning to messaging – regarded globally for their capabilities to deliver a seamless service experience, the retail (68%), travel (63%) and financial services (60%) industries are also among the heaviest adopters of messaging for customer support in the region. Convenience is at the top of consumers' minds, and our research shows that brands are becoming increasingly savvy about how they sell to and reach them. Empowered customers with high expectations are constantly comparing experience and rating services, and this can make or break a brand’s competitiveness. In Southeast Asia, brands like DANA and StashAway are turning to AI-enabled tools as they grow to effectively scale CX, ensuring that they continue to deliver on customer service as a competitive edge. AI and automation is elevating CX performance Customers’ top priority when it comes to service is speed – they want their issues solved quickly and effectively. As AI-enabled customer support continues to thrive in Southeast Asia, Zendesk’s research found that improvements across various performance metrics have more than doubled in the past year. For example, the ideal first reply and resolution times dropped from 11.8 hours to 2.6 hours, and 16.4 hours to 4.8 hours respectively. These improvements – while significant in just one year – only translate to a +0.2% year-on-year improvement in Southeast Asia’s CSAT score (86.1%), reinforcing that rate at which customer expectations are rising is exponential. Malcolm Koh, CX Strategist APAC , Zendesk: “AI-enabled support driven by insights from customer data has opened new doors for brands like Bukalapak and Minor Hotels to deliver more personalised experiences. Improvements in insights and analytics can mean that Southeast Asia’s businesses are becoming more proficient at managing customer data, substantially improving customer experience and loyalty. In fact, research from Forrester found that when customers are engaged in the right way, with the right emotion, they’re even willing to pay a premium.” CSAT across Southeast Asia Shaped by various countries across different stages of digital maturity, the average Southeast Asian CSAT score has experienced a steady +1.5% climb to peak at 86.1% over the past two years. Thanks to the benefits of being a later-adopter of customer support technology, Malaysia retains its regional lead for happy customers with a 89.3% CSAT score while Singapore experienced the biggest growth (+5.3%) to 88.1% during the same period.  As digital infrastructures continued to mature across Southeast Asia, so did its steady rise in CSAT scores. Malcolm Koh, CX Strategist APAC , Zendesk: “The key to high performing CX teams is a robust AI strategy backed by data insights and automation to effectively scale support. Looking forward, businesses across Southeast Asia will need to examine how AI can permeate more channels – including social media – for customers to self-serve, especially in reaching out to a growing demographic of highly discerning Gen Zs.”  For more information, please refer to the Zendesk Customer Experience Trends Report 2020 and press release appended below. Companies can also get their industry-specific CX scorecards by going to:

Stanley Dragon Boat Ass’n of HK to officiate: All set for 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race

January 17, 2020

Residents and visitors to Cagayan de Oro will be treated to another spectacle when the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race gets going on January 25-26, 2020 at the Cagayan River along Barangay Kauswagan. “Dragon Boat Kagay-an operates on a skeletal force to minimize high overhead costs,” said Dragon Boat Kagay-an President and Race Organizer John W. Asuncion. “We would like to ask everyone’s cooperation by sending the accomplished registration forms as early as possible.” The spectacle gets going on Friday, January 24 with the Water Test and Team Manager’s Meeting at New Dawn Hotel Plus at 5PM. The race proper will feature 200 meter short boat races on Saturday, January 25 and 500 meter short boat races on Sunday, January 26. Some 22 teams of approximately 350 paddlers and crew have signed up so far to join the races. There will be 3 categories for the 200-meter races (Short Boat Open, Short Boat Open U24 and Short Boat Mixed U24) and two in the 500 meter races (Short Boat Open U24 and Short Boat Mixed U24). Eight teams have already signed up for the Corporate Category include the following: River Star Aggregates; Oroport Cargo Handling Services Inc.;  Chinese Community of Cagayan de Oro;  Cagayan de Oro Volunteer Fire Brigade; Cocorica-Pizzarella Lancers; San Miguel Beer Dragons; Sutherland-Dragon Warriors Davao; and AISAT (Asian International School Aeronautics and Technology) - Hiraya Minokawa Dabaw. Four teams will be competing so far in the Government Service Category: Fire Breathers (BFP, PNP, AFP, PNA); Cantilan Red Dragons – LGU; Rainbow Dragons of the Office of Cong. Klarex Uy; and Haguroz Dragon Boat Team (Tagbilaran Bohol LGU). However, competition is expected to be stiffest in the Under-24 (U24) category where ten team have already signed up to join: Cantilan Red Dragons;  Banawa Paddlers (formerly KTD); Liceo Dragonoids; Rapid Riders; CGY Oro Dragons; St. Mary’s School PE Class Team A;  St. Mary’s School PE Class Team B; Brave Heart Dragon Boat Team; River Star Aggregates and Dragon Warriors Davao.  “We will also be auctioning 4 pcs. of 2nd hand carbon fiber paddles exclusively for participants to the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race,” Asuncion said. “Paddles will be numbered and can be inspected 10minutes before auction starts. Auction is on Jan 25 (Saturday), 630am at the race site. Starting bid is set at P2, 000 and only cash payments will be accepted.” To encourage more participants to join the races, Dragon Boat Kagay-an will provide a helm and/or drummer free-of-charge (specially for newly formed teams), Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) will be also be provided for free and free school billeting for out-of-town teams. “Three lucky teams participating in the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race will dine at New Dawn Hotel Plus’ Topview Restobar, P.O.P.S. All-Filipino Eatery and Boy Zugba on Jan 25!” Asuncion said. “New Dawn Hotel Plus is our Official Partner Hotel for the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race and special discounts will be given to participating teams for their meals and accommodations,” he added. Gracing this year’s race will be five  officials from the prestigious Stanley Dragon Boat Association, Hong Kong (the race organizer of Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships) who will be conducting a training course for aspiring race officials. Over the past four decades, the Stanley Residents Association has been integral in the growth and evolution of Dragon Boating - from being a long standing Chinese tradition to being one of the most popular international water sports today. The annual Stanley International Dragon Boat Championships held in Hong Kong stands today as one of the largest tournaments of its kind with over 220 teams joining in the festive competition from around the world. The Basic Dragon Boat Race Official Training Course will be held from January 22-26  by Mr. Edwin Hou, Vice Chairman of the Stanley Dragon Boat Association, Hong Kong. The training includes 10 hrs. of classroom sessions,12 hrs. of hands-on officiating during the race, written and oral examinations, post-race evaluation, assessment and recommendations, and signed certificates for the successful trainees. “We already have 25 participants for this free course,” Asuncion said. “Actual hands-on examination will be during the 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race on January 25-26. However, our trainer has graciously offered to open five more slots for the course.” Participants to the Race Officials Training Course include local teams (Brave Heart, Ateneo Blue Dragons, St. Mary’s School Team Eeezeh),  Cebu (Cebu Pink Paddlers), Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (Cantilan Red Dragons), Davao (Hiraya Minolawa,Team Hydra DBT, Amihan),Iligan City, and Hong Kong (Spanish Dragons). Through the efforts of Mr. Ian Zapanta, St. Mary’s School will host the Race Officials Training Course. “It makes it more meaningful being the first school to adopt Dragon Boat Racing as part of their P.E. curriculum,” Asuncion noted. The 2nd Spring Festival Dragon Boat Race is sponsored by Rep. Klarex Uy (1st District, Cagayan de Oro), Barangay Carmen through Bgy. Chair Lorna Uy, Vice Mayor Kikang Uy and New Dawn Hotel Plus (Official Partner Hotel).

Yam Concepcion stars in 'Night Shift' horror movie

January 14, 2020

Writer/director Yam Laranas and actress Yam Concepcion work together for the first time in “Night Shift”, Viva Films’ first horror presentation in cooperation with Alliud Entertainment for the year 2020. Set in a hospital morgue, the movie revolves around a pathologist’s assistant named Jessie who’s working on a straight shift one stormy night.  She doesn’t believe in the afterlife, but she is suddenly creeped out by the strange sounds that seem to be coming from the cadavers.  She cannot shake off the feeling that they seem to be coming back to life.  As her fear intensifies, Jessie begins to ponder on the idea of the Final Judgment.  And if indeed the day has come that people rise from the dead, she is tormented about meeting her own end.   Yam Laranas has been praised for his previous horror movies, such as “Aurora” (2018), “The Road” (2011), and “Sigaw” (2004), for which he won a Special Award at the Brussels International Festival of Fantasy Film (BIFFF).   In an interview conducted by on how to make a horror movie, Laranas said, “I want to see what’s real out there and I translate them into (a) real scary (story) because that has a connection to a lot of people…It becomes relatable.  And when you translate that into something horrifying, it touches people’s fears, nightmares and skeletons in their closet.” He also added that “location is another character in a horror film.  It is where fear and paranoia are created.”  This statement is well depicted in the movie trailer where Yam Concepcion is seen all alone in cold hallways with flickering lights, a room with rows of beds with cadavers, Yam running from what appears to be a group of zombies, and more.   The director also points out the importance of music in elevating the fear and enhancing the mood of the horror movie.  That’s why he has teamed up once again with the award-winning gentlemen (Oscar Fogelström and Albert Michael Idioma) that created the music and sound for “Aurora”.  “I am impressed how efficient every single one is in the team,” wrote Yam Concepcion in one of her Instagram posts that shows her in the set of their movie.  She commends director Yam Laranas for being a good leader that runs the whole production.  She further wrote, “So lucky to be part of this movie project and to be working with all of you.”   .   This is Yam’s first lead role in a horror movie.  She was very convincing as a villain in the drama series   “Halik” on ABS-CBN, it’s about time she shows us her acting prowess in the horror genre, especially with the big twist that the movie has in store.   “Night Shift” opens in cinemas on January 22, 2020.  


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