Category Archives: About CDO

House of Native Lechon: A New Go-to Place for CDO Foodies

The Philippines is an archipelago composed of more than 7,000 islands. It is therefore understandable for each region of the country to have its own specialty when it comes to food. There is, however, one dish that is a favorite all over the country and is present in just about every occasion celebrated in Filipino homes and localities. We are talking about the spit-roasted pig we have come to know as Lechon.

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CDO Lechon: Among the Country’s Best

If you love lechon and happen to live in Cagayan de Oro, then you should consider yourself lucky because the lechon in the City of Golden Friendship is deemed by many as one of the best in the country, along with lechon in Iligan and Cebu. When people from other parts of the country come to CDO to visit family, to go on an adventure, or even for business purposes, it is rare for them not to sample some of the city’s lechon on at least one meal for the entire duration of their stay. Continue reading

Soon in Mindanao – The Mindanao Railway Project

 A war-torn area infested with rebels, crimes, and poverty—that’s how most Filipinos see the island of Mindanao. Thanks to the media and their sometimes over-exaggerated news reporting, our homeland is shunned by foreigners and even investors. Comparing it to Luzon and Visayas, progress in Mindanao is really slow and minimal. But all these things are about to change now that the president of the Philippines is a true-blue Mindanaoan.

The moment that President Duterte was inaugurated as the country’s 16th president, it was clear that the progress in Mindanao is one of his priorities. As a matter of fact, during his first SONA (State of the National Address), he has shared one of his projects in Mindanao—the Mindanao Rail Project. Continue reading

Moreno and Rodriguez – CDO’s Great Leaders

Election in the Philippines (local and national) has always been both chaotic and colorful. Chaotic, because it’s impossible for voters not to hear or witness political mudslinging from left to right; and colorful, because politicians always make sure their rallies and events are festive and fun (part of their strategy to encourage people to stick with them).

Among the many people who ran during this year’s election are two of Cagayan de Oro’s seasoned politicians—Oscar Moreno and Rufus Rodriguez. Both politicians ran for the position of CDO’s mayor, and although it was Moreno who emerged as the winner, we have to admit that both of them have contributed a lot to the city’s progress. For the last three years, Oscar Moreno has been serving as the city’s mayor, while Rufus Rodriguez has been the city’s 2nd district representative to the House of Congress.

Oscar “Oca” Moreno

Oscar Moreno first became the city’s mayor in 2013 after defeating Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano, who held the position from 1998 to 2007 and again from 2010 to 2013. Prior to becoming the city’s mayor, Moreno already had a long list of experience as a politician. He was the Continue reading

It Pays to Know! Election in the Philippines

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It has been six years since our country held a national presidential election, and now, the people have chosen their new leader—the tough guy, Rodrigo Duterte. Although the official results have not yet been declared by the Commission on Elections, Duterte, with almost 16 million votes, is the clear winner of the presidential race. As early as today, the camp of Duterte has already started choosing the President’s prospective cabinet members.

Rodrigo Duterte

But before we get to experience this so-called “Disiplinang Duterte,” let me share some interesting facts that not all of us know about the country’s elections: Continue reading

Disiplinang Duterte: Liquor Ban, Curfew for Minors, and More

It has only been three days since the national elections, and even if the COMELEC has not yet officially declared the new leaders of our country, it is clear that former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte will be the next President of the Republic of the Philippines. All four other presidential candidates have already conceded and congratulated Duterte. Effective this June 30, after the president and vice president’s inauguration, we will be under a new administration.

For those who have supported the southern mayor all the way, Duterte becoming the country’s president is also our victory. And for those who are dismayed that their candidates did not win, they have no choice but to support and respect the new leader.

Prior to winning the elections, Rodrigo Duterte has made several statements Continue reading

Ororama Run for Rewards 2016

Ororama is one of the oldest and most well-known department stores in Cagayan de Oro. They are known not only for offering an excellent array of products at reasonable prices, but also for always looking after their customers and for giving back to the community in any way they can. This year, they once again held their annual Run for Rewards, which is currently on its 5th year.

Ororama run for rewards

As indicated by the event name, this run was purely for fun. It was Ororama’s way of saying thank you to their customers. They made it very easy to join the fun run and gave away so many freebies that encouraged people to join. In fact, many of those who joined the run weren’t really there to win; they were just there to have fun and, of course, to enjoy the freebies! Continue reading

Energy Dept. Eases Kagay-anons’ Fear, Assures No Power Interruption during May Election

For several years now, the whole island of Mindanao has been affected by power shortage. Almost every summer season, the island’s provinces, cities, and towns have been suffering from frequent blackouts. There are even weeks when power interruption is scheduled daily and would last for several hours.

Having experienced the drawbacks of frequent power interruption, a lot of Mindanaoans are fearing that blackouts will wreak havoc on the upcoming national and local elections this May 9. Now that our country is using PCOS machines (which are powered by electricity), a blackout on the election day could really plunge the whole thing into disarray.

To help ease the fear of the people, Continue reading

Cagayan de Oro City – Northern Mindanao’s Real Estate Hotspot

Cagayan de Oro City, a city-port situated in the mouth of Macajalar Bay, has always been considered as the official business center of Northern Mindanao. But just recently, the city has gained another title—Northern Mindanao’s Real Estate Hotspot.

For these past few years, it isn’t hard to notice that the city of Cagayan de Oro, also known as the city of Golden Friendship, has been experiencing unimpeded economic growth. A bolstered infrastructure, plenty of job opportunities, and thousands of business investments—these are just some of the things that can prove that CDO has undeniably developed into a simple city-port to one of the country’s highly urbanized cities. And because of city’s geographic advantage and the good leadership of the local government unit, Cagayan de Oro has also become a favorite business paradise of both foreign and local investors.

Apart from being tagged as the business hub of region X, the city has also been hailed as the 2nd most competitive city in the country just last 2014. Cagayan de Oro is also one of the only three cities outside Metro Manila to generate an annual revenue of PHP 2 billion last 2015, another clear indication that the city is indeed doing well and progressing at a fast pace.

CDO Is the Next Target of Real Estate Magnates!

Last June 15, 2015, during the Charter Day Celebration of Cagayan de Oro, Mayor Oscar “Oca” Moreno has made a huge announcement to the public. According to the Honorable Mayor, the city administration is expecting that the annual revenue of CDO will exceed 85% based on their forecasted financial performance. For 2016, the local administration of Cagayan de Oro is already expecting a total revenue of PHP 4.8 billion, a significantly bigger amount compared to 2015’s PHP 2.6 billion revenue.

For this forecasted increase in the city’s annual revenue, Mayor Moreno has revealed that the real estate sector of CDO is actually the driving force of the city’s massive economic progress. The City Treasurer of Cagayan de Oro, Glenn C. Bañez, has backed Mayor Moreno’s revelation by confirming that the real estate sector of the city is indeed flourishing. According to Bañez, there are plenty of property development investments lined up in the city coming from the country’s leading real estate developers including Avida Land Corp., Vista Land and Lifescapes Inc., SM Group, Filinvest Land Inc., and Ayala Lands Inc.

Reasons Why CDO Has Become a Real Estate Hotspot

Due to the city’s strong financial performance and its rapid economic improvement, Cagayan de Oro has undeniably become a potential target of real estate magnates as a good place to invest and develop.

For those who aren’t aware, there are plenty of reasons why the City of Golden Friendship has emerged as a real estate hotspot and one of them is the opening of Laguindingan Airport last 2013. After Laguindingan Airport replaced the now-defunct Lumbia Airport, Cagayan de Oro became the undisputed Gateway to Northern Mindanao and made the whole region accessible to both tourists and businessmen. Another important reason that led the city to become a real estate hotspot is the rehabilitation of Cagayan de Oro Port last year. It has made the city Mindanao’s biggest domestic and international seaport. With both Laguindingan Airport and Port of Cagayan de Oro now fully-functional and modernized, it made it easier even more for real estate developers to enter and invest in the city.

In the viewpoint, however, of the National Economic Development Authority, the biggest draw that made the city a hotspot for real estate developers is the BPO sector. Ever since CDO had BPO companies operating around the city, job opportunities began flourishing. This has led to people from different places relocating to CDO to look for jobs. Currently, the city has 5 IT parks and 2 IT buildings, and this number is really growing fast. And since a burgeoning population invariably leads to an increased need for housing units, real estate developers have capitalized on this need and started developing modern homes such as condominiums. As of present, Cagayan de Oro has five existing condominium projects—Centrio Tower, Avida Towers Aspira, One Oasis, and Primavera Residences.

Because of the city’s emergence as a real estate hotspot, it is already expected that for the next years to come, Cagayan de Oro will still be progressive. As a matter of fact, there is actually a great chance that the city will outperform Davao City and become the business center of the whole island of Mindanao as what Cayetano Paderanga Jr.—former NEDA director general—predicted.

Kagay-anon Election Special – A Complete Guide on How to Become a Good and Responsible Voter

It’s almost election time in the Philippines. Have you already decided who to vote for this coming May? Unlike the election last 2013, this year is special and more important since we will be again selecting a new president to rule and govern the country. If we don’t choose our leaders responsibly, then the whole Filipino people will suffer for the next six years.

Last February 21, 2016, the city of Cagayan de Oro was chosen to host the first presidential debate this election season at the Capitol University. Although there were some disputes along the way regarding the presidential debates, the event undeniably made a huge impact on Kagay-anons. It has encouraged them to get to know the people running for government positions before deciding who to vote for.

To help you get ready and become a responsible voter this coming May 9, 2016, then here’s a list of six things that you need to do:

List Down What You Are Looking for in a Leader

The first step that you need to do to become a responsible voter is to take the time to list down all the qualities and other important aspects that you are looking for in a leader; this will help you make it easier to decide who to vote for. Once you are done listing them, you can then prepare different ways on how will you be able to judge the candidates for this election.

Find Out the Complete List of the Candidates

Right after listing down the qualities that you are looking for in a candidate, the next thing that you should do is to get a hold of the complete list of the candidates running in different government positions (both national and local).  When you know who is running for the presidential position or for the Congress, it will be easier for you to do a background check on these people. As early as the filing of candidacy, you should have already started checking out these candidates for you to have a longer time learning their flaws and their achievements.

Attend or Watch Election Debates

One of the best ways to know the candidates, especially those who are running for national positions, is to watch—or better yet attend—election debates, just like the one that Cagayan de Oro hosted last February. Debates are the best way to know how a candidate will address critical issues that our country is currently facing. It will also help you know the attitude of the candidate when responding to critiques given by their fellow candidates. If you can’t watch the election debates live or on the TV, you can always review it online. Apart from this, gathering paraphernalia revealing information about the candidates is also a good way of knowing them.

Evaluate Candidates’ Viewpoints on Different Issues

Once you’ve gathered informational materials about the candidates or watched their debates, it’s now time to evaluate their stand on national issues and their solutions for these. Keep a record of these and see for yourself which of those candidates have viewpoints that you like or you think are the most viable.

Check Candidates’ Leadership Abilities

A candidate’s leadership ability is a very important factor when it comes to deciding who to vote for this May election, so make sure that you’ve also checked them and weighed their experiences and capabilities. But aside from their experience as leaders and their abilities, you should also check if they are really well-prepared for the position.  In order to do this, try checking again informational materials regarding the candidate.

Learn about Other People’s Feedback

Although you shouldn’t really believe instantly what other people say about the candidates, whether bad or good, their feedback will also matter and will help you sort out which candidate is really worth voting for. So try asking your friends or family members what they think about this particular candidate and verify their opinion with the facts you’ve gathered. Social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter are also great platforms for you to know about people’s opinions about all the candidates running this election.

If you want change and progress for the country, then the best thing that you should do is to vote wisely. Do not just vote for anyone just because they are popular or because you have no other option. Follow the six steps mentioned above this coming election.

(Note: These steps shouldn’t only be used in deciding who should be the next president in our country. Use these steps also in scrutinizing other candidates running for different positions.)

 

Top 5 Reasons to Serve Lechon for Your Child’s Graduation

Ah, lechon! Every Filipino’s favorite party food. This pork dish, which has been popular since the Spanish era of Philippine history, is never absent from the Filipino family’s table when it comes to celebrations. Whether it is a birthday, an anniversary, a fiesta, or a simple get-together, the lechon is always the king of the table. Even when the budget does not allow it, some people will find ways to find extra money (legally, of course!) just so they can prepare lechon.

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The popularity of the Philippine lechon reaches all areas of the country. And this is why we have festivals like Batangas’ Parada ng mga Lechon. Aside from its popularity, however, there are other reasons why the litson baboy—as it is called by some—should be on your dining table, especially when you’re celebrating a special occasion, like your child’s graduation for example.

Why Prepare Lechon for Graduation Parties?

Your child’s graduation is a momentous event. It is an achievement of a different magnitude. It speaks a lot about your child’s growth and development. It marks the beginning of a new level in life for your child. Therefore, it is something that you really need to celebrate.

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And to celebrate well, you need that crispy, delicious lechon on your dining table. Why, you ask? Here are the top five reasons.

1.The lechon is considered a part of Filipino culture. In the days of the Spaniards, it was considered a status symbol. If you had lechon during your celebrations, your family was considered rich. We may live in the modern times already, but this still holds true nowadays. Whenever you go to a party, you will always look for lechon. And if you do not find one, you’ll somehow hear yourself say, “Oh, they probable do not have the budget for it.” So, yes, the lechon is a status symbol.

A more important and valid reason for preparing lechon for your child’s graduation is your guests. You need to satisfy your guests. It’s like when you’re selling something; you need to satisfy your customer before you can invite him or her to avail of your product again. If you want everything to go well, if you want your guests to be happy and satisfied, you should really prepare your table for a lechon or two.

2.Lechon is an all-around dish. What is meant by this is that it can be cooked into other food varieties after the party. It’s a dish that will bring out your culinary creativity. Most families will look forward to enjoying a good meal of lechon paksiw a day after the party. You might also want to try a lechon sinigang; it’s like your usual sinigang, but using leftover lechon instead of the regular pork meat.

Other prefer to fry leftover lechon, especially the skin.

So, you see? Spending on a lechon for your child’s graduation is quite practical, too!

3.Lechon can be enjoyed by almost everyone in the party. Not everyone eats lechon, but more than half of your guests are sure to enjoy it! Lechon, in other words, is food that can be shared. Again, you’re being practical here. One dish can serve a lot of people.

Best of all, it will be fun eating the lechon as a group. Big groups that eat together usually get one plate filled with lechon slices and this is shared to everyone in their table. It’s like one big happy family sharing a delicious meal!

4.The Philippine lechon is a symbol of thanksgiving. Since it is said to represent an abundant life, the lechon is the perfect dish to signify gratefulness—which is the perfect theme for your child’s graduation party. So, graduation = success = lechon = thanksgiving. Makes sense, don’t you think so?

5.Finally… you need to put a lechon on your dining table to celebrate your child’s graduation because it is one of the best tasting dishes you can ever serve!

If you want to make sure that your child and your guests enjoy the food you serve, put a lechon on your dining table! It doesn’t matter what size your lechon is, as long as it is cooked right. Come to think of it, every lechon tastes good. It’s just a matter of sprinkling some extra ingredients and spices to make it more deliciously appetizing!

Still not convinced that you need to celebrate your child’s graduation with a lechon? How about this? Give your child a lechon and make him/her happy. It’s as simple as that.