Tag Archives: Cagayan de Oro

Sustainable Construction: Helping the Present and Protecting the Future

Sustainability has become quite a common term in recent years. In the past, we only ever hear it either in science class or in news pertaining to the environment. These days, however, you are likely to hear the term used in various industries, including construction.

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The term itself is broad, pertaining to people’s desire to carry out specific activities without having a negative impact on the environment. The Brundtland Commission defined it as our ability to meet “the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Continue reading

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

Red Cross Philippines – Saving Lives Since 1917

Among the many humanitarian organizations that operate worldwide, the International Committee of the Red Cross is absolutely the most recognized. Established in 1863 by Henry Dunant and Gustave Moynier at Geneva, Switzerland, the International Red Cross aims “to protect human life and health, to ensure respect for all human beings, and to prevent and alleviate human suffering.” Currently, the organization has more or less 97 million volunteers and staff working in all parts of the globe.

In the Philippines, the idea of forming a national Red Cross was spearheaded by Apolinario Mabini. On February 1899, Mabini’s request was approved by the Malolos Republic and the Constitution of the National Association of Red Cross was born. But although the Filipino Red Cross Society was already operating in the Philippines for quite a while, it was only on December 4, 1917 when the country’s Red Cross was officially recognized as a chapter of the American Red Cross.

Red Cross Team in the Philippines

During the time of President Manuel L. Quezon in 1936, plans of creating an independent Red Cross were again petitioned but since the country was considered as a US territory (and then, later on, a U.S. Commonwealth), it couldn’t be recognized by the International Committee of the Red Cross in Geneva. Finally, in 1947, under President Manuel Roxas, the country’s Red Cross movement was recognized by the ICRC after we gained our independence.

A few years back, the Philippine Red Cross only focus on blood-letting and disaster-related activities, but today, they now offer a wide selection of humanitarian aid-related services. Currently, the PRC is providing six major services: Disaster Management Services, National Blood Services, Health Services, Safety Services, Red Cross Youth, and Welfare Services. From its main office in Bonifacio Drive Manila, PRC has also branched out around the country including in Cagayan de Oro City.

Red Cross in the Philippines

In Cagayan de Oro, the Misamis Oriental Chapter of Philippines Red Cross is located at Barangay 27. Aside from that, a regional blood center is situated at Capitol University Medical Center Compound. Red Cross’ blood center is responsible for the blood supplies in Northern Mindanao and other neighboring regions. The Philippine Red Cross – Misamis Oriental Chapter was first established in 1946 after Dr. Jose Carillo—Manila Red Cross Chapter’s former administrator—visited CDO. The purpose of Dr. Carillo’s visit was to organize another Red Cross chapter that would start the movement in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon. Since then, the humanitarian organization has been assisting the city.

Apart from supplying the people’s need for blood and conducting blood-letting activities, the Philippine Red Cross Misamis Oriental Chapter is also involved in other activities. In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Sendong, Red Cross was one of the first organizations to offer help and conduct rescue operations.

For those who want to donate blood or become a Red Cross volunteer, you can visit their chapter or call them at 856-8855. You can also send them an e-mail at [email protected]

 

Kagay-anon Update – A Look at the City’s Booming Real Estate Sector  

Last March 2016, Johndorf Ventures Corp. (JVC), a Cebu-based developer, has announced that it will be launching another real estate project in Cagayan de Oro City. The project, which is named Montierra Subdivision, will open 600 new homes for middle-class families in the city. In a recent gathering, JVC has already introduced their upcoming project to more or less 300 agents and brokers, right after getting their license to sell from the HLURB or Housing and Land Use Regulatory Board.

According to Michele Chiu-Bacungan, JVC Sales and Marketing Manager, the Montierra project will be officially launched in April with a special event at the site in Balulang. However, prior the official launch, Johndorf will be holding a pre-selling activity at Mallberry Suites in Limketkai Center. For this project, JVC has allocated a total of PHP 6 Million. Once finished, Montierra will be a master-planned residential community featuring two-storey Asian townhouses located near Cagayan de Oro’s commercial hub.

Montierra townhouse in Cagayan de Oro

Johndorf Ventures Corp. isn’t the only real estate developer that will be launching projects in Cagayan de Oro this year. As a matter of fact, Italpinas Development Corporation (IDC) – the country’s premier developer of sustainable homes – is also set to launch Primavera City during the second quarter of 2016. Primavera City is IDC’s follow-up project to their successful and multi-awarded Primavera Residences, which has been praised internationally for its luxurious design and eco-friendly architecture.

The new project will be built at Pueblo de Oro Business Park, one of Cagayan de Oro’s commercial districts. For this project alone, Italpinas has allocated a total of PHP 653 Million.  IDC is considered as a major player in the city’s real estate sector; the company specializes in green building design and sustainable development. Apart from Italpinas and Johndorf, real estate developers such as Ayala Land, Inc., Filinvest Land, Vista Land and Lifescapes, Inc., and Avida Land Corp. have existing projects in the city.

Cagayan de Oro – A Real Estate Hotspot in Mindanao

Last 2015, during his public message for the city’s 65th Charter Day Celebration, Mayor Oscar Moreno has made an announcement regarding the city’s progress. According to him, the city of Cagayan de Oro is expecting a total revenue of PHP 4.8 Billion this 2016, which is 85% bigger than the city’s 2015 annual revenue of PHP 2.6 Billion. Because of the many investments and business activities in the city, Cagayan de Oro has been hailed as one of the three cities outside Metro Manila to have reached an annual income of PHP 2 Billion, with Davao and Cebu being the two other cities.

When asked about the city’s fast economic progress, City Treasurer Glenn C. Banez has pointed out the city’s real estate sector as its driving force.  It has been quite noticeable that over the past few years, real estate developers have been investing and launching projects in the city and because of this, the sector has contributed a lot to CDO’s rapid progress.

It is not surprising that a lot of real estate developers are investing in the City of Golden Friendship. Cagayan de Oro City has long been attracting investors and businesses, especially because of its strategic location. Considered as the Gateway to Northern Mindanao, the city of Cagayan de Oro is now one of the country’s highly urbanized areas and most progressive cities. It has even been named by the National Competitive Council as the Most Competitive City in 2014. The city has also been a mainstay in the list of the most peaceful and most beautiful cities in the Philippines.

According to a particular real estate blog, the reason why Cagayan de Oro is now a real estate hotspot is the city’s positive and quick financial growth. As what the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has said, the Cagayan de Oro City is a flourishing commercial and business hub; it can even be considered as the largest international and domestic seaport in Mindanao, especially now that the Port of Cagayan de Oro has been rehabilitated.

But if there’s one thing that really attracts real estate developers to invest in the city, that would be the booming BPO sector of Cagayan de Oro. Currently, the city has two IT buildings and five IT parks.  And as what the former Director-General of NEDA said, there’s a great chance that Cagayan de Oro will become Mindanao’s next financial and business center.

With the city’s rapid growth and development, it is only to be expected that in the years to come, more real estate developers will launch projects and provide world-class affordable homes to both Kagay-anons and the people relocating to the city.

 

HIV ­– Why the City Should be Aware of It

Over the recent years, Cagayan de Oro has already been added on the list of cities with numerous HIV-related cases and for the record, this is a very serious matter that people need to be aware of.

HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) is a lentivirus that becomes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) over time. It causes a progressive failure of the immune system, resulting in the victim becoming vulnerable to life-threatening infections and cancers.

As you might have noticed, there are still a lot of people who do not fully understand HIV and what it does to people. The sad part is that some people think this is a curable disease. Currently, scientists are still going full throttle trying to find the perfect cure for HIV and AIDS. While this goal is yet to be achieved, one of the best things people can do is adopt preventive measures to be safe from these conditions.

How to Prevent HIV and AIDS

HIV/AIDS Prevention

Based on numerous sources and personal testimonies from HIV victims, the infection is usually acquired from having unsafe sex with just about anyone (regardless of gender). In fact, even needles used for injections and the inking needles used in tattoo art can also transfer the HIV virus from one person to another.

The best ways for you to prevent becoming a victim of HIV and AIDS are therefore practicing safe sex (using contraceptives) and making sure that apparatuses used to inject or embed something in your body are safe and sterilized. For those who are interested in getting tattoos, you must make sure that the establishment you get your tattoo from is practicing proper health and sanitation protocols.

Hiding the Disease

Because of how life-threatening HIV is, some people who acquire it choose to hide the fact from their family, their friends, and just about anybody they meet. If ever you know someone who does, you must tell him or her to get treatment. There are HIV awareness and support groups that can help you deal with this disease. Everyone has the right to live a life filled with great memories and to be surrounded with good people.

HIV Treatment Hubs and Support Groups

In 2015, Cagayan de Oro was ranked number six among the places that had the biggest number of HIV-related cases in the Philippines. This is why many organizations and non-profit groups have given their time, money, and effort to educate the citizens about the dangers of HIV and how to prevent contracting the disease. These groups have also given their full effort to support those who are victims of the disease and do what they can to get their life back by motivating them to do their best in life.

Here are some organizations and support groups you can approach if you want to know more about HIV and helping out someone who is a victim of it. If you know a victim who has trouble seeking help, you must take the initiative and introduce them to these groups and treatment hubs.

Northern Mindanao Medical Center – Located in the Provincial Capitol Compound in Cagayan de Oro, it is one of the most credible hospitals in the region, with a Level IV accreditation from the Department of Health. To date, it has a 300-bed capacity with advanced medical facilities to cater to the needs of the people in the said region. NMMC was officially named one of the newest HIV/AIDS treatment hubs during the 30th International AIDS Candlelight Memorial and Mobilization in 2013.

Northern Mindanao Medical Center

Misamis Oriental-Cagayan de Oro Aids Network (MOCAN) This is a coalition of both private and government institutions that deals with issues and concerns regarding HIV/AIDS. In their 2015 report, the youngest patient they had on record was 14 years old. Because of this, the group was motivated to spread HIV/AIDS awareness not only in Cagayan de Oro City, but the entire Northern Mindanao Region.

J.R. Borja Memorial City HospitalThis is one of the oldest medical hospitals and facilities in Cagayan de Oro, named after the late Justiniano R. Borja, the mayor of Cagayan de Oro from 1954 to 1964. This hospital is one of the certified HIV testing centers in the city (with NMMC being the other one).

J.R. Borja Memorial City Hospital

These are just a few of the groups and institutions that support those who are in need of treatment for HIV/AIDS. We highly encourage the public to be more aware of this disease and help in the awareness campaign by talking to family and friends about it.

 

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.

Xavier University’s 1st Lambago Arts Award Recognizes Kagay-anon Artists

 As part of the month-long Panaghugpong celebration, the Xavier Center for Culture and Arts, together with The Crusader Publication and the English 91.1 Practicum Class, has organized the first Lambago Art Awards last February 20, 2016 at the Lucas Hall.

The Lambago Art Awards, which was derived from Cagayan de Oro city’s pre-Spanish regime name “Kalambaguhan,” was organized to give credit to the local artists of the city who have contributed and made an impact in CDO’s arts scene. A total of 62 individuals and organizations were given recognition during the awarding ceremony.

In his message during the awarding ceremony Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ, Xavier University’s president, highlighted the significance of art in preserving the culture of Cagayan de Oro city. Art, according to Fr. Yap, is a reflection of a community’s lifestyle and belief, and even though it is usually taken for granted in today’s generation, he has always pushed for a stronger recognition of the arts in the city.

The event was attended by Cagayan de Oro’s best performers and artists including Alex Dagalea, CU Glee Club, XTATIC, Capitol University Dance Troupe, and Liceo de Cagayan Folkloric Dance Troupe, among others. Mayor Oscar Moreno and the director of XCAA, Hobart Savior, were also present during the Lambago Art Awards. Together with Fr. Yap, they presented the awards to the 62 local artists of Cagayan de Oro.

The Lambago Art Award featured 10 categories namely music, dance, literature, film and theater arts, visual arts, architecture, art criticism, museums, and culture and arts institution.

Here is the complete list of Lambago Art Awardees:

MUSIC

Ana Dela Fuente

Rudolf P. Golez

Michael Auxilio

Dave Alba

Art Ramos

Xavier University Glee Club

Xavier Philharmonia

Capitol University Glee Club

Rap Batikos

Friends and Music

Alex Dagalea

DANCE

Xavier University Cultural Dance Troupe

Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe

Capitol University Dance Troupe

Next Moves

Kagay-an Performing Arts

XTATIC

Jasmine San Juan-Llenas

LITERATURE

Raul Granada Moldez

Anthony Daposala

Lina Sagaral Reyes

Rogelio Fantonial Garcia, Jr.

Arlene Jaguit Yandug

Maria Elena Lastimosa Paulma

Ferdinand Tanael Cantular

Tyron Keith Maru Varias Sabal

Nagkahiusang Magsusulat sa Cagayan de Oro (NAGMAC)

Bathalad Mindanao

Antonio R. Enriquez (Posthumous)

FILM & THEATER ARTS

Joe Bacus

Cloyd Winstanley

Jasmine Mendez Limas

Ametta Taguchi

Denise Aguilar

Maia Nery Fortich-Poblete

Dulaang Atenista

The Xavier Stage

VISUAL ARTS

Pennessencio Estarte

Louie Talents

Jericho Valjusto Vamenta

Michelle Hollanes Lua

Errol P. Balcos

Michael E. Bacol

Nicolas Aca, Jr.

Chris Gomez

Evans Yonson

Froilan Gallardo

Ryan Carreon

Junnie Dwight Dalmacion

Artsada

Biswal Mindanao

Circulo de Arte

Dire Husi

Cagayan de Oro Arts Guild

ART CRITICISM

Mozart Pastrano

ARCHITECTURE

United Architects of the Philippines – CDO Chapter

CULTURAL & ARTS INSTITUTIONS

Cagayan de Oro City Tourism – Culture and Arts Committee

Liceo de Cagayan University Culture and Arts Office/Office of Cultural Affairs

MUSEUMS

Dr. Erlinda M. Burton of Museo de Oro

Dr Antonio J. Roa Montalvan II

Museum of Three Cultures of Capitol University

La Castilla Museum of Liceo de Cagayan University

The trophies given during the Lambago Art Awards were hand-painted individually by XU’s Circulo de Arte chairman and Museo de Oro’s assistant curator Oscar “Oca” Floirendo.

Congratulations to everyone who was recognized during the Lambago Art Awards, and thank you for keeping the art scene in Cagayan de Oro alive and burning.

LOHAS: The First and Only Hotel in Laguindingan

One of the biggest complaints of commuters when the Lumbia Airport was shut down and operations transferred to Laguindingan Airport was that it was quite a distance from the two nearest cities—Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. This meant that if you had an early flight or are coming in from a late one, you’d still have to travel about an hour. Early travelers are worried about being late for their flight, while late arrivals complain about being exhausted upon arriving at home or at the hotel where they choose to spend the night.

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The good news is that there is now a hotel in Laguindingan that can take your worries away. If you want to make sure you won’t miss an early morning flight, you can travel to Laguindingan the day before and spend the night at the hotel, which is just five minutes away from the airport. If you get in on a late night flight and are too tired to take the trip to CDO or Iligan, get some much-needed rest at the hotel to regain your energy and be fresh for the rest of your trip the following day.

Getting to Know LOHAS Hotel

The hotel we’re talking about is none other than LOHAS   Airport Hotel. Not only is the hotel nearest to Laguindingan Airport, but it is also the ONLY hotel near the airport at this time. The owners of LOHAS are indeed trailblazers, recognizing a need other hoteliers are yet to address. It is located along the national highway and has 16 comfortably spacious rooms where you can relax right before or after your flight. These rooms are available at the following rates:

  • Standard Single – PHP2200 (The room has one double bed and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP1590)
  • Standard Twin – PHP2200 (The room has two single beds and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP1590)
  • Classic De Luxe – PHP2500 (The room has one double bed and one single bed and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP1960)
  • Grand Superior – PHP2800 (The room has one queen bed and a balcony and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP1960)
  • Grand De Luxe  – PHP3500 (The room has one queen bed and one single bed and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP2450)
  • Executive – PHP3500 (The room has one king bed and a balcony and is sometimes offered at a discounted rate of PHP2450)

Lohas-Hotel-Accommodation

All rooms at LOHAS are air conditioned and equipped with a flat-screen TV that has international channels. The rooms also have free WiFi as well as hot and cold shower. All hotel rooms are also non-smoking rooms.

Other than these comfortable rooms that are decorated in relaxing and refreshing shades, the hotel also offers such amenities as a swimming pool, a spa, a coffee shop, a restaurant, and a convenience store. They even have a function room if you wish to take care of some business matters not too far from the airport, for your own convenience as well as that of the people you’re doing business with.

If you’re travelling for leisure purposes and don’t really have a fixed itinerary, you may even want to consider staying at the hotel for a couple of days. They have a number of recreational activities to offer their guests, particularly fun aqua sports such as banana boat ride, snorkeling, scuba diving, Jet Ski, fishing, peanut boat ride, and cottage boat ride. Of course, you could simply just enjoy the water and swim with family and friends if you aren’t up for any of the water sports they offer.

Here’s even better news for you: The hotel owners are currently working on a bigger development, which includes a subdivision and a business park! Both of these upcoming developments are located at the back of the hotel, with the high-end subdivision to be named LOHAS Hill Homes.

With the airport hotel and the two other developments, it is only a matter of time before other entrepreneurs invest in the area. Soon enough, the residents of the once sleepy town of Laguindingan will experience economic growth spurred by the tourism industry. Someday other hotels will most likely rise in the area and other restaurants will start serving good food to the public. But while we wait for that to happen, we can only be thankful that right now, there already is a place where we can relax just a stone’s throw away from the Laguindingan Airport.

Cagayan de Oro: Looking Towards a Vibrant Future

Despite being rocked by a bombing incident last year, Cagayan de Oro (CDO) has continued to be one of the country’s fastest-rising cities. Just as the city’s residents stood up, moved on, and reclaimed their lives after the tragedy that was Sendong a few years back, they also continued to move forward, undaunted by the threat posed by that single bombing incident. Today, no sign of threat or fear can be seen, as the city’s development continues, seemingly in a race against time itself.

The economic growth and global competitiveness of Cagayan de Oro is such that even a former director-general of the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA), Cayetano Paderanga, Jr., has stated that the city could very well become the new business and financial hub of Mindanao. He further said that Northern Mindanao and the Davao Region are now head-to-head in terms of growth, but NorMin has momentum on its side, so CDO definitely stands a good chance of overtaking Davao City as Mindanao’s economic hub very soon.

City Mayor Oscar Moreno himself has marveled at the huge number of potential growth areas in the city and vowed to harness that potential. The city government has also included a rearrangement of some infrastructure into their development plan, in hopes of easing traffic in the city. With power, peace, and order, and human resource more stable than those in other parts of Mindanao, CDO definitely has the fundamentals of growth covered.

Improvements in Transportation and Commercial Infrastructure

Commercial Infrastructure in Cagayan de Oro

CDO’s development is most obviously seen in its infrastructure. The city government has been building roads, bridges, hospitals, school buildings, and other forms of infrastructure practically everywhere within the city. Investors have also been flocking to the City of Golden Friendship, which is why, when you look around the city these days, you are bound to see commercial establishments rise in just about every area within CDO. Naturally, the rise in the number of business and academic establishments has led to an increase in employment opportunities and a rise in the number people entering the city for work and education.

Economic Boosters

Looking Towards a Vibrant Future with Oscar Moreno

Where employment is concerned, one of the biggest contributors is the city’s BPO industry. The city previously had only a handful of small BPO establishments, but today, it has two IT buildings and five IT parks. Young professionals are therefore increasingly considering CDO as the place to be. Parents with university-bound children also see Cagayan de Oro as the ideal place to send their offspring not only because it has a good number of institutions that offer quality education, but also because more and more opportunities are opening up for new graduates.

Population Rise & Housing Developments

Housing Developments in Cagayan de Oro

With the steady influx of people looking to study and work in CDO, the need for dwelling places was recognized and the real estate industry joined in the infrastructure boom. It is now normal for you to see a subdivision or condominium complex being built around the city. And the good thing is that house-and-lot and condo units have become a lot more affordable in recent years, thereby opening up more opportunities for working individuals and young families to finally have a place they can call their own.

CIW/Jaybuilders’ Industries Inc. – CDO’s Very Own

CIW/Jaybuilders’ Industries Inc.

Amid all the growth and infrastructure development in the city, one name has risen in the world of construction manufacturing and trading—CIW (Cagayan Iron Works) Steel Industries Inc. This company is more widely recognized as Jaybuilders’ Industries Inc., an enterprise that started out as a simple backyard shop in 1983, but is now a highly competitive company that commits to the innovation of building products, the enhancement of building techniques, and the provision of high-quality building products and services along with reliable after sales service.

CIW boasts of a diverse clientele, having worked on a wide variety of projects for both government institutions and private establishments. They have worked on projects that involved the construction of school buildings, churches, hotels, government office buildings, condominiums, commercial centers, and private houses. They have, therefore, become a major player in Cagayan de Oro’s continued infrastructure and economic growth.

Considering their humble beginnings and the fact that they banked on quality workmanship and excellent customer service to slowly but surely grow their business, the Jaybuilders story could very well be an inspiration to the rest of CDO. Their story is proof that while success isn’t gained overnight, it also isn’t out of reach for those who strive hard for it. More importantly, their story runs parallel to that of Cagayan de Oro itself—a story that shows us that for as long as we do not balk at challenges and learn to rise and move forward each time we fall, we will soon find that growth and success are just around the corner.

Smart Opens SmartSweep and Doon Po Sa Amin Competition for Kagay-anons

Celebrating Local Stories and Talents DoonPoSaAminYesterday, Oct. 25, 2014, Smart Communications called for the media as they opened two (2) events for all Kagay-anons.  Doon Po Sa Amin and SmartSweep Open – through a “short and sweet” program, Hello, CDO! Celebrating Local Stories and Talents held at Bigby’s Cafe, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.

Doon Po Sa Amin (DPSA) is a crowd-sourcing, community mapping competition designed to showcase the best and most unique stories about the Philippine culture and heritage.  Collaborate, create and shoot!  This event is a joint project of Department of Education (DepEd), Here.Com and Smart Communications.  For the first time in its 7-year run,  they opened this competition to ALL high schools and college students as well as to budding filmmakers and film enthusiasts.  There’s an emphasis in the word all because back in the years, this was only for partner schools.  But now the opportunity is wide open.  And as I remember, there has not been a single entry coming from Cagayan de Oro City.   This launch is a call to the Kagay-anons to be Ambassadors for the City of Golden Friendship!  Read more about Doon Po Sa Amin Contest Year 7 here.

SmartSWEEP Open on the other hand is a Mobile App competition for developers from schools and local individuals or groups.  Smart is giving away P250,000 worth of prizes to 5 entries who meet the specific sets of criteria of the Smart DevNet Innovation Award.  This event is now on its 11th run and as I know, it’s sparking up interests of our developers here in Cagayan de Oro.   The mechanics and details of the competition can be read through this SWEEP News page.