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Author: Mindanaoan Irene

Mindanaoan is a multi-awarded blogger, social media strategist, publicist, a founding director of the Creator and Influencer Council of the Philippines, a U.S. Government Alumni Association Chapter President and a proud 2012 International Visitor Leadership Program (for global leaders) alumnus. Mindanaoan is an avid traveler and a proud relief operations volunteer. She is also a regular resource person for social media and blogging related conferences/workshops here and abroad. She is the founder of a bloggers group and social media club. She is also an active member of several online media, bloggers and social media enthusiasts groups all over the world. Mindanaoan is available for work and travel. Contact Mindanaoan at [email protected]
Tips on how to protect seniors against cybersecurity risks

Tips on how to protect seniors against cybersecurity risks

Events, Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Cyber criminals definitely do not choose their victims. This means that senior citizens or the elderly, especially the non-tech savvy ones, are super prone to online scams, fake news, online identity theft, romance scams and other cybersecurity attacks. In fact, I actually personally know a senior citizen who fell for a bad online scam. Sadly, the elderly are easy targets! This topic is also sensitive to me because my senior citizen Mama blogs and she dabbles in social media so I want to always help protect her from cyber crooks. So how do we make sure that our beloved senior citizens are safe from cybersecurity threats? First off, let's help them with their passwords. They should have strong passwords ideally containing a mix of upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and symbols. ...
REVIEW: Testing the narzo 50i prime super affordable smartphone during a flight

REVIEW: Testing the narzo 50i prime super affordable smartphone during a flight

Features, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews, Technology
Does the narzo brand sound a little new to you? I can't blame you. The narzo brand is a new, standalone brand (officially launched in the Philippines just last July 2022!) borne out of the realme ecosystem. However, trust me, narzo is fast (and I mean FAST) gaining fans not only because of their really affordable price points but also because the smartphones are, hands down, value for money. Just take the case of the narzo 50i Prime. The fact that their units sold out in a record-breaking time of under 3 minutes at their Shopee store is saying something! Priced at less than Php 4,000 (around US $75 --- yes, you read that right) and with a remarkable product rating of 4.9/5 on Shopee, the narzo 50i Prime really is a quality sulit smartphone. Just recently, I took this gamechanger ou...
LOOK: Lock-unlock feature of BDO Online Banking

LOOK: Lock-unlock feature of BDO Online Banking

Mindanaoan Update
Have you ever lost or forgotten where you last placed an important item such as an ATM or debit card? Quite a burden, right? Especially when there's an emergency or if you absolutely need to withdraw cash. Delikado rin kung makuha ng iba ang ATM o debit card at ma-access ang pera saiyong account.  BDO Unibank has a handy suggestion for bank clients and debit cardholders: i-lock ang BDO Debit Card kapag pansamantalang hindi ito gagamitin upang maprotektahan ito sa mga unauthorized card-based transactions—isa sa mga scams na laganap ngayon. Kung gagamitin na ang ATM o debit card para sa transactions, napakadali lang din nitong i-unlock. "(The Card Lock setting) protects your BDO Debit Card from unauthorized transactions. If you misplace or lose your debit card, you can lock your card ...
Mukbang CDO – where you can enjoy authentic, unlimited Korean samgyupsal

Mukbang CDO – where you can enjoy authentic, unlimited Korean samgyupsal

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews
Ever since they started operations, I've already brought a lot of my relatives, friends and colleagues here! Check out Mukbang CDO - this is where you can enjoy authentic, unlimited Korean samgyupsal or samgyeopsal in Cagayan de Oro. Located inside the King's Food and Music Expo (just behind the SM City Uptown parking lot along Beacon Avenue, Cagayan De Oro), Mukbang CDO offers authentic Korean samgyupsal with over 20 side dishes. Their food is prepared by a chef from Korea! Whenever I dine there, I can't help but remember my trip to Korea. Can't wait to go back very soon. Anyway, what I like about the setup at Mukbang CDO is that you yourself can go ahead and refill your preferred meat and side dishes (they also have soup, BTW!). Lessens the wait time for refills (in other establis...
mWell unites hundreds of doctor-volunteers, mental health experts, and health-conscious Filipinos on National mWellness Day

mWell unites hundreds of doctor-volunteers, mental health experts, and health-conscious Filipinos on National mWellness Day

Technology
Last August 27-28, Metro Pacific Investments Corporation’s (PSE: MPI) mWell, the Philippines’ fastest-growing health app, made history by gathering hundreds of doctors, medical specialists, and mental health experts to give free online consultation and sound medical advice to patients and health-conscious Filipinos from all over the country. National mWellness Day, mounted for the 2 nd time since its inception in 2021, has achieved a milestone in its mission to bring quality healthcare to more Filipinos nationwide in the new normal by providing free online consultation to hundreds of patients from all over the country through the mWell PH app. The two-day advocacy event was helmed by hundreds of family doctors and specialists from Metro Manila, Cagayan De Oro, Davao, and Zamboanga w...
Gabay Guro gathers biggest stars to honor Filipino teacher’s pride, purpose and passion

Gabay Guro gathers biggest stars to honor Filipino teacher’s pride, purpose and passion

Announcements, Events
Despite the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gabay Guro remained steadfast in its avowed commitment to uphold the Filipino teachers and their noble mission of empowering the mind of the youth as it held another tribute event for the modern-day heroes of our time via PLDT-Smart Foundation’s annual Gabay Guro Grand Gathering last Oct. 15, 2022 at 1 p.m. Held virtually for the third time since the pandemic hit in 2020, this year’s teachers’ star-studded tribute went by the theme “The Filipino Teacher: Our Pride, Our Purpose, Our Passion” and was streamed LIVE via Gabay Guro’s Facebook page and Youtube Channel. Just like the first two events which were presented by the Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC), with PLDT Home and PLDT-Smart Foundation and powered on the digi...
BDO wins multiple awards, recognized by Hong Kong publication as Best Bank in PH

BDO wins multiple awards, recognized by Hong Kong publication as Best Bank in PH

Business
BDO Unibank Inc. (BDO) was awarded the Best Bank in the Philippines for the 11th time by Hong Kong-based institutional investment publication Alpha Southeast Asia at the Best Financial Institution Awards 2022. BDO is the country’s largest bank in terms of total assets, loans, deposits and trust funds under management. The Bank has the country’s largest distribution network, with over 1,500 consolidated operating branches and more than 4,500 ATMs nationwide. It also has 16 international offices in Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. The Bank also offers extensive digital banking solutions to make banking easier, faster, and more secure for its clients. In addition to the Best Bank award, BDO and its subsidiaries also won the following awards: - Best Cash Management Ba...
26th Siargao International Surfing Festival returns after 2 years to support #BangonSiargao

26th Siargao International Surfing Festival returns after 2 years to support #BangonSiargao

Events, Surigao, Surigao del Norte, Tourism
The most-awaited Siargao International Surfing Festival is back after 2 years! Cong. Bingo Matugas continues to work with WSL, USPA, and the Mayor’s Office for the 26th Siargao International Surfing Festival from the 15th of October until the 21st of this year. Since the pandemic started, the WSL, UPSA, and the participating government bodies have been planning for this event to help local surfers qualify for a spot in the 2023 World Surf League Challenger Series. But this year, it’s more than just that. The 2022 Siargao International Surfing Festival is a tribute to the people of Surigao who, while facing challenges beyond control, still show strength in spirit and continue to cultivate camaraderie in the community through surfing. Not so long ago, local surfers experienced an unfo...
Pangasinan’s traveling teacher: finding ways to bring learning closer to students

Pangasinan’s traveling teacher: finding ways to bring learning closer to students

Mindanaoan Update
Being a teacher is not just about teaching. It's about inspiring, encouraging, and supporting the students. But it's not every day you see a teacher go out of their way to reach out to students and parents. In a video he uploaded on social media titled “Bridging the Learning Gap,” English teacher Ursus Junatas from Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan captures the challenges and joys of being a public school teacher today, as the world struggles to overcome the effects of the pandemic. In the video, he is seen traveling across four barangays many kilometers apart just to tutor students and personally hand their report cards to them. Teaching online is not an option for most teachers since majority of students do not have laptops nor smartphones. Instead, Ursus drives his motorcycle so he can...
BDO Remit waives remittance fees for donations sent to Typhoon Karding victims

BDO Remit waives remittance fees for donations sent to Typhoon Karding victims

Mindanaoan Update
BDO Unibank - through its remittance arm BDO Remit - is waiving the remittance fees for donations sent to victims of Super Typhoon Karding (international name: Noru) to help accelerate the flow of financial assistance to the affected areas in the country. Overseas Filipinos may remit their donations free of service fees from September 30 to November 30, 2022 through the following foundations: BDO Foundation, Inc., ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc., GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc., and Philippine Red Cross. "It is unfortunate that even as Christmas nears, natural calamities are still very much a reality here in the Philippines. Instead of preparing for the holidays, some of us are grieving and picking up the pieces after the onslaught of the super typhoon,” said BDO senior vice ...
Exclusive for Mindanao: Win motorcycles, smartphones, and cash prizes in TNT’s ‘Tuloy Ang Saya’ raffle

Exclusive for Mindanao: Win motorcycles, smartphones, and cash prizes in TNT’s ‘Tuloy Ang Saya’ raffle

Contests, Features, Mindanaoan Update
The Philippines’ leading prepaid telecoms brand, TNT, is bringing nationwidest ‘saya’ in Mindanao as it launches the ‘Tuloy Ang Saya’ Raffle Promo, which gives subscribers a chance to win over Php 4.8 million worth of prizes from Sept. 23 to Nov. 15, 2022. Thirteen lucky TNT subscribers will win grand raffle prizes, including Honda motorcycles, smartphones, LG refrigerators, and Php 25,000 worth of SM grocery vouchers, while up for grabs in the weekly draws are ShopeePay Credits, SM Gift Passes, Huawei Nova 9 SE and Samsung Tablets. All TNT subscribers in Mindanao may join, earn, and accumulate entries to the promo by following these steps: 1. Activate TNT 5G-ready SIM Card. Subscribers may earn five entries by activating a TNT 5G-ready SIM, available at sari-sari stores and accr...
BDO partners with other Asian banks on transition finance guidelines for the region

BDO partners with other Asian banks on transition finance guidelines for the region

Mindanaoan Update
BDO Unibank joins leading Asian banks in advancing energy transition finance with the publication of the Asia Transition Finance Guidelines and the Asia Transition Finance Activity Report, aimed at helping Asian economies achieve a “just and orderly transition” toward a more sustainable future. BDO is a member of the Asian Transition Finance Study Group (ATF Study Group) that drafted the guidelines in pursuit of an Asian version of transition finance that is more realistic and achievable for Asian nations. The reports, the Asia Transition Finance Guidelines, and the Asia Transition Finance Activity Report, were created after months of discussion among the core bankers, joined by development banks, export credit agencies, public agencies and finance associations. Led by MUFG Bank of ...
Amazing phone offer: narzo 50i Prime (below Php 4,000!)

Amazing phone offer: narzo 50i Prime (below Php 4,000!)

Mindanaoan Update
narzo ends September with a mindblowing reveal for the narzo 50i Prime. The fastest moving performer of the narzo 50 Series will be on a limited time offer of only PHP 3,999 across online and offline platforms nationwide, starting September 30. What’s even better is that customers who will purchase through the Lazada app can enjoy the payday exclusive offer at only PHP 3,799, valid only this September 30, starting 12MN. “We want the narzo 50i Prime to be the Filipino’s gateway model into discovering the game changing features of narzo,” says Elaine Dela Cruz, the new Marketing Representative of narzo Philippines. “Through this limited time offer, we want to encourage more and more Pinoys to try the narzo brand for themselves and find out why it’s been hailed as quality sulit. We ...
Online stock trading made easy with BDO Securities

Online stock trading made easy with BDO Securities

Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Investors who want to benefit from investment opportunities look for ease and convenience when choosing an online trading platform, and that is exactly what BDO Securities brings to the table. BDO Securities’ most distinctive competitive advantage lies in the company’s ability to provide fast, easy, and accessible investment solutions to its valued clients. Quick: On top of the speedy 5-minute onboarding process, investors can also perform real-time funding and withdrawals. Easy: Customers can easily access the local stock market by utilizing BDO Securities’ online platform. Accessible: BDO Securities provides investors with relevant content and market expertise including commentaries to enable them to make the right trading decisions. In addition to the in-depth report...
This new, affordable Samsung Galaxy A Series delivers awesome value for awesome moments

This new, affordable Samsung Galaxy A Series delivers awesome value for awesome moments

Consumer, Features
Holiday season is upon us. And while the pandemic still lingers, the season of ‘ber’ months remains to automatically shift people’s moods into celebration mode. It’s the most ideal time to make awesome memories, especially for Gen Zs who are returning to school for their face-to-face classes and are experiencing festivities outside virtual screens after more than two years of isolation. If the pandemic taught them anything, it’s to make every moment together count. For Gen Zs, this season is an awesome opportunity to make up for lost time with friends, catch up on experiences, and discover their place in the world. More than ever, it’s the time to capture memories and make every moment last. Hence, it’s important to have a reliable companion that can help express oneself freely and imm...
Tips on stock picking in times of high inflation

Tips on stock picking in times of high inflation

Advocacy, Business
Inflation concerns persist but stock market investors are advised not to be disheartened by this scenario. Inflation slowed to 6.3% in August (from 6.4% in July) due to easing oil prices and slower increases in food prices. Inflation now averaged 4.9% year-to-date and BDO Securities expects it to settle at 5.3% for this fiscal year assuming inflation will peak this quarter. However, the Philippines remains vulnerable to inflation risks given its status as a food and energy importer. “Philippine inflation basket is more sensitive to food and energy commodities (oil, coal, rice). While commodity price trends have softened as of late (due to slowing global growth concerns), we think domestic factors (i.e. tight food supply) are set to become the primary drivers of inflation going forward,...
Martin Nievera to hold 40th anniversary show at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Martin Nievera to hold 40th anniversary show at Walt Disney Concert Hall

Mindanaoan Update
He wouldn’t be dubbed “The Concert King of The Philippines” for nothing. Martin Nievera has been making news (musical-wise or personal — and that’s another story) since the momentous release of his debut album “Take One” in 1982, which featured his massive hit single Be My Lady, THE ultimatelove song that led him to stardom! Not to forget, his very first concert “Wanted: Martin Live!” of the same year, which did a legendary repeat, two weeks later. Only a Martin Nievera could do it! In his career spanning four decades, Nievera has garnered countless awards and recognitions, and has filled to the brim those huge concert venues not only in Manila, but also around the world. Fast forward to August 28, 2022, Sunday, at 7pm, Nievera will once again take the center stage with a one-nighte...
Securities and Exchange Commission Cancels NWorld Incorporation for fraud

Securities and Exchange Commission Cancels NWorld Incorporation for fraud

Controversial, Crime
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has cancelled the corporate registration of AlphanetWorld Corporation, doing business under the name and style of NWorld, for employing fraud in the procurement of its certificate of incorporation. In an order dated July 28, the SEC Company Registration and Monitoring Department (CRMD) found that one of NWorld’s incorporators provided an invalid Tax Identification Number (TIN) in the Articles of Incorporation it submitted to the Commission. “[T]he use of an invalid and false TIN on [NWorld’s] Articles of Incorporation constitutes fraud in the procurement of the certificate of registration, which is a valid ground for the revocation of the Corporation’s Certificate of Incorporation,” the order read. The CRMD noted that the TIN is an...
UK newspaper features Iliganon, also a former CDO Nurse

UK newspaper features Iliganon, also a former CDO Nurse

Bisaya, Cagayan de Oro City, Iligan City, Mindanaoan Update
Stephanie Padilla-Madriaga, a Filipino intensive care nurse based in the UK has been featured last July 13, 2022 on The Guardian. The UK newspaper has over 110,000+ in circulation and a news website. Stephanie was part of the four international nurses who were featured to talk about their experience working in the UK. This follows reports that over half of the new nurses in the UK were trained abroad. “I’m honored to be approached by the Guardian to tell my story. I hope it serves as an eye openerfor the way we live here as an overseas Filipino workers and an inspiration for future nurses whoare coming to the UK.” said Stephanie when asked about the feature. In the newspaper feature Stephanie talked about her nursing journey from the Philippines to theUnited Kingdom, the rec...
How Shopee is expanding its presence in Mindanao

How Shopee is expanding its presence in Mindanao

Mindanaoan Update
As part of its continuous efforts to bring a fun and seamless online shopping experience to more Filipinos across the country, Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, expands its serviceable areas through the establishment of new Shopee Xpress hubs across Mindanao. Through these new hubs in Davao City, Davao Del Sur, Davao Del Norte, and other areas, local sellers are provided with greater opportunities to expand their business through e-commerce and compete at a national level. For Davao to Davao purchases, both shoppers and sellers can now enjoy shorter delivery times. Shopee also partnered with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) to hold its first Shopee University Roadshow in Davao City. The masterclass educated Davao-based sellers on how to gro...
TM is the key reunion concert in CDO to feature Alden Richards, SB19, December Avenue and a lot more

TM is the key reunion concert in CDO to feature Alden Richards, SB19, December Avenue and a lot more

Announcements, Cagayan de Oro City, Entertainment, Events, Technology
It's finally time to get the good vibes back and dance and sing together with your friends and family! Mobile network TM is set to help make this happen as they hold the most-awaited “TM is The Key Reunion Concert” on July 2, 2022, Pelaez Sports Center, Cagayan De Oro City. This is set to be a reunion concert for all Ka-TMs with their much-loved TM Ambassadors, such as Alden Richards, Seth Fedelin, Matthaios, and The Juans. Joining them too are talented guest artists such as Zack Tabudlo and December Avenue, together with CDO-based bands, Inside City and Cyber Band, who will fill the air with Pinoy music that the audience can jam into. And, guess what --- SB19 was just announced as an exciting addition to the already amazing roster of performers! Personally, I'm looking forward to hear...
How to live your best life in your 30s (or 40s, or whatever)

How to live your best life in your 30s (or 40s, or whatever)

Mindanaoan Update
Are you wondering how to live your best life? Well, many people will tell you different things, but I think it’s all about what you need - and what you want out of life. However, there are good starting places and things that every single person can benefit from, such as these:  Prioritize your health Exercise has been known to produce and increase endorphins in the body which relieves stress, improves your mood, and makes you feel better about yourself in general. When I am in a negative mood, I know that sometimes all it takes is a good workout. If you do not have a gym to go to, don’t worry - you can do basic workouts from your home, without any equipment. Try squats, lunges, running, doing sprints, pushups, and/or sit-ups. There is one gym in the Metro-Atlanta area that foc...