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Mindanao-based Hineleban Foundation launches healthy, creative cooking group “Lutu Lutu Kuy Ra”

Mindanao-based Hineleban Foundation launches healthy, creative cooking group “Lutu Lutu Kuy Ra”

Bukidnon, Consumer, Contests, Features, Fitness, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Society
Mindanao-based reforestation NGO Hineleban Foundation, a non-stock, non-profit organization, has launched “Lutu Lutu Kuy Ra,” a Facebook group that aims to feature easy, healthy, creative cooking demos and recipes and promote the consumption of local crops, backyard gardening and easy-to-replicate garden-to-table food preparation.  The Facebook group, which can be accessed via http://www.facebook.com/groups/lutulutukuyra, will highlight tips and tricks from local cooks and videos from guest chefs. There will be live cooking demos of budget-friendly and healthy meals.  A Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey published in December 2020 indicated that the average hunger rate for 2020 in the Philippines is double the average of 9.3 percent for 2019. The highest hunger rate in 20...
Call for Entries: CineMasayud – A Halad to Health Online Mindanao Short Film Fest and Competition

Call for Entries: CineMasayud – A Halad to Health Online Mindanao Short Film Fest and Competition

Advocacy, Announcements, Broadcasting, Bukidnon, Campus, Contests, Events, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Movies, Society
A Mindanao-wide virtual Short Film Festival and Competition will take place on December 2020 and the call for entries has been cast. Halad to Health, in partnership with the Ateneo de Davao University Culture and Arts through the Ateneo Film Circle and the Samahan ng mga Mag-aaral ng Sining at Komunikasyon, will hold the virtual event dubbed "CineMasayud: A Halad to Health Online Mindanao Short Film Fest and Competition." The event is open to all youth across Mindanao to explore their creativity while using art as a safe space to promote dialogues and services responding to Youth Mental Health issues. The event also aims to provide awareness and calls for action about local health issues and other societal ills in Mindanao and influence others to do the same through filmmaking. ...
The fun Cirque de Globe CDO Globe Telecom party and my very special prize

The fun Cirque de Globe CDO Globe Telecom party and my very special prize

Blogging, Cagayan de Oro City, Contests, Entertainment, Events, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping, Society, Technology
I haven't written about it yet (although if you do follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you'd have an idea) but, yes, I went home to the Philippines for about 3 weeks. It was a long-awaited, much-needed trip not only because I had to have my new US work visa stamped on my passport (let me know in the comments section if you want me to write about this, by the way!) but also because I have deeply missed my family, relatives, friends, clients (YASSS) and fellow bloggers! My trip was apparently very timely. Globe Telecom wanted to hold their media and bloggers appreciation party pretty early this year (they usually send out invitations either end of November or December) and the date fell on one of my "relax/chill" days. The theme of the party was "circus" and there was supposed to...
Win a luxury Tagaytay vacation for 15 people

Win a luxury Tagaytay vacation for 15 people

Announcements, Contests, Features, Freebies, Gifts
Here's a cool idea: How about treating a maximum of 15 of your family members or friends to a grand Tagaytay getaway? Here's your chance to win a Tagaytay vacation with NO purchase necessary. It's very easy to join the grand #SnippetSquadcation promo! Two lucky groups will get a chance to WIN a night of LUXURY at Raffi’s Way designer villa in Tagaytay, a posh four-bedroom designer villa with a breathtaking view of the scenic Taal Volcano, a private swimming pool and garden by the lake. Winners will also get Php 5,000 cash allowance! So just wine, dine and everything will be fine. Definitely a once in a lifetime summer vacation you don’t want to miss! Contest runs from March 1 – 30, 2017. What are you waiting for? Join now and tag your friends! Terms and conditions apply. Please...
Why I’m inspired to vlog (plus a quick and easy giveaway!)

Why I’m inspired to vlog (plus a quick and easy giveaway!)

Announcements, Contests, Features, Freebies, Personal, Travel, Videos
I'll make this short and sweet :) I'm pretty inspired to vlog (video blog) these days because I'm off to a big trip real soon and I plan to take lots of videos while I'm there. If things go as planned, I will be away for quite a while. Besides, I feel that vlogging can help hone my skills, if any LOL. Anyway, it would really be awesome if you could join me during my big trip by following my Mindanaoan YouTube Channel. I would be so thrilled to see your comments and hear from all of you so please, please subscribe to my YouTube channel :) To really get you inspired to subscribe right now (YAY), I'd like to hold a quick and easy giveaway! I have 8 prizes in store for you. Lookie: Happy with what you saw? I have totes bought in Singapore, coin purses bought in...
Globe 0917 Giveaway – Just share your Globe throwbacks and WIN!

Globe 0917 Giveaway – Just share your Globe throwbacks and WIN!

Announcements, Contests, Corporate, Features, Freebies, Mindanaoan Update, Technology
I've been a Globe Telecom subscriber for decades! I remember my first phone was a humongous Nokia 10, subscribed to a Globe line. It was such a big deal to have a cellular phone at the time. Never mind if the phone only allowed me to type and view up to two lines of text. If you had a Globe line (I believe the subscription plan I had then was unlimited call and text to fellow Globe users), you were IN! I can actually still recite my very first Globe number. It started with 0917. Then, when I moved to Globe prepaid a few years later, I had a different number but it still started with 0917. A few years after that, I acquired a new number (STILL 0917!) and retained that up to this day. I also have another line and it's still 0917. Needless to say, I'm a loyal Globe Telecom subscriber. ...
MusiKagayan Festival 2016 with Up Dharma Down and TJ Monterde (EASY TICKET GIVEAWAY INSIDE)

MusiKagayan Festival 2016 with Up Dharma Down and TJ Monterde (EASY TICKET GIVEAWAY INSIDE)

Cagayan de Oro City, Contests, Entertainment, Events, Festivals, Fiesta, Music
Who's ready for MusiKagayan Festival 2016? It's the biggest and the GRANDEST music festival ever to happen in Cagayan de Oro City! This Higalaay Festival 2016, it is but a MUST for you to catch the most-awaited and much-talked about MusiKagay-an Festival 2016 CDO! MusiKagay-an Festival will be held on August 20, 2016 at Limketkai Center Parking Lot D. Gates will open starting at 11 AM (there will be various activities and concessionaires inside!) and performances will last until the wee hours of the next morning! Aside from headliners Up Dharma Down and CDO's very own, TJ Monterde, MusiKagay-an music festival CDO will also feature local indie bands, DJs and dancers. Ticket prices are as follows: Indie: 375 (with 1 FREE Drink) Halley's: 975 (with 3 FREE DRINKS + VIP lounge acce...
Giveaway: Islands Souvenirs Higalaay Festival and “I Heart CDO” shirts

Giveaway: Islands Souvenirs Higalaay Festival and “I Heart CDO” shirts

Cagayan de Oro City, Contests, Corporate, Festivals, Fiesta, Freebies, Style
UPDATE: WINNERS ANNOUNCED BELOW :) Let me make this short and sweet :) With the help of our generous friends over at Islands Souvenirs, I'm giving away several Higalaay Festival and "I Heart CDO" shirts! The Higalaay Festival shirts come in all-new designs and lovely colors! Trust Islands Souvenirs to come up with cool shirts for that ultimate festival vibe! The shirts come in various sizes (there are even shirts that fit little tots!) and prices start at only Php 199.75 Read more about the Islands Souvenirs Higalaay shirts. Get your very own Higalaay Kagay-an Festival shirts at Islands Souvenirs stores located at 2/F Centrio Mall, East Concourse Limketkai Mall and Laguindingan Airport. Now for a little treat for my valued readers and followers - I'm giving away three (...
AirAsia, Nikon launch #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer contest

AirAsia, Nikon launch #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer contest

Announcements, Contests, Corporate, Flights
AirAsia and ThinkDharma, Inc. (exclusive distributor of Nikon digital cameras) have formally launched the search for the first Air Asia Travel Photographer 2015. Two office workers, a car salesman and a barista are stepping out of their comfort zones and into the challenges of becoming the first AirAsia Travel Photographer for 2015. The #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer contest is in partnership with AirAsia’s global loyalty program, BIG, which will award winners with over 200,000 BIG Points or its equivalent free flights to any of AirAsia Group’s 100 destinations. Assisted by multi-awarded photographers from the Philippines and Malaysia as their personal coach, four pre-selected contestants, namely Velvet Lagman-Macasaet, an executive assistant and marathon runner; Sarah Garcia, hotel f...
ABS CBN Barangay Gwapo 2015 search on

ABS CBN Barangay Gwapo 2015 search on

Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro City, Caraga, Contests, Entertainment, Events, Iligan City, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Television
The yearly (and most awaited, mind you) pageant for men in Northern Mindanao is now on! Barangay Gwapo, an ABS CBN Northern Mindanao-produced and organized men's pageant, has even expanded the search - from what started out as just for Cagayan de Oro residents is now open for residents of Gingoog, Butuan, Iligan, Bukidnon and other parts of Misamis Oriental. Barangay Gwapo 2015 is open to all single males, aged 16 to 26 years old. Audition will be on June 13, 2015, 10 AM to 5 PM at Loreto's Grill and Restaurant (Tomas Saco Street/Nazareth, CDO). Prepare a 2-minute presentation that would truly showcase your talent/skill! And, yes, I also served as one of the judges of a previous Barangay Gwapo search :) So do you know someone who fits the bill? Share this post with him now!
Miss Bukidnon Centennial or Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 winners

Miss Bukidnon Centennial or Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 winners

Beauty, Bukidnon, Contests, Entertainment, Events, Features, Festivals, Kaamulan Festival, Malaybalay City
A Filipino-American beauty bagged the Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 crown last night, August 17, 2014 during the Miss Bukidnon Centennial coronation night held at the Kaamulan Open Theater in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon. Miss Malaybalay 2014 Marah Smith won the Laga Ta Bukidnon 2014 title. Smith, a student of Central Mindanao University and who also won the Miss CMU Palaro crown, is half-Filipino, half-American. Her mother is from Malaybalay City while her father is African-American. During the talent night, she sang. Here are photos taken during the Laga Ta Bukidnon talent night. The other winners of Miss Bukidnon 2014: 1st Runner Up - Miss Talakag 2nd Runner Up - Miss Libona 3rd Runner Up - Miss Manolo Fortich 4th Runner Up - Miss Malitbog GMA 7 Kapuso star Benjamin Alves also se...
FREE #WonderfulMindaNOW VIP tickets to see Sarah Geronimo, Up Dharma Down and Spongecola

FREE #WonderfulMindaNOW VIP tickets to see Sarah Geronimo, Up Dharma Down and Spongecola

Contests, Freebies, Gifts, Mindanaoan Update, Society
Hi everyone :) Let me make this quick and easy. I'm giving away FREE VIP tickets to the Globe #WonderfulMindaNOW awards night on August 8, 2014, 1 PM at the Limketkai Mall Atrium, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. The awards night will feature Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo and popular bands Spongecola and Up Dharma Down. For you to win, all you have to do is: 1. Follow Mindanaoan on Twitter 2. Follow Mindanaoan on Instagram 3. On THIS INSTAGRAM POST, leave a comment and tell me anything that you love about Mindanao. Be it a specific city, establishment, type of food, artist, tourist spot etc. Please don't forget to include the #WonderfulMindaNOW hashtag :) THAT'S JUST ABOUT IT! :) I will randomly choose the winners. Winners must agree to meet me on August 8, 2014 early a...
First CDO Startup Weekend Set

First CDO Startup Weekend Set

Blogging, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Contests, Education, Internet, Technology
Cagayan de Oro will play host to its first ever Startup Weekend on July 11, 12, and 13, 2014 at Capitol University. Startup Weekend is like a crash course in creating a business. For 54 hours, managers, developers, designers, leaders, product managers, students, and anyone with entrepreneurial goals will gather in one venue to pitch ideas, form teams, and develop and launch startups. The 3-day event is open to both aspiring and experienced entrepreneurs. What Should Participants Expect in a Startup Weekend? The Startup Weekend is a concept-to-launch event that follows one model. On the first day, participants will be given time to pitch their ideas (usually 60 seconds or less) without visual aids or any other supporting material. Each participant is then given the opportunity to ...
Meet and greet @Macklemore and @RyanLewis in Manila Philippines

Meet and greet @Macklemore and @RyanLewis in Manila Philippines

Contests, Entertainment, Mindanaoan Update, Music
Do you already have your tickets for the much-awaited Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Live in Manila concert? If you do, then here's a chance for you to meet the 4x Grammy award winning duo during their March 16, 2014 concert at the SM Mall of Asia Arena! Read the super easy mechanics for the meet and greet below. Don't forget to share this with your friends :) Read here to find out more about the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis Manila 2014 concert You can also find the ticket prices, seat plan etc there. Don't forget to follow @mindanaoan on Twitter and the Macklemore Ryan Lewis Manila Facebook page for more exciting updates!
Mindanaoan is 2013 Mindanao Blogger Of The Year

Mindanaoan is 2013 Mindanao Blogger Of The Year

Advocacy, Agriculture, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, America, Announcements, ARMM, Arts, Bacolod City, Banks, Basilan, Beauty, BIMP-EAGA, Bisaya, Bislig, Blogging, Broadcasting, Bukidnon, Business, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro City, Camiguin, Campus, Caraga, Cebu City, Commentary, Compostela Valley, Consumer, Contests, Controversial, Corporate, Cotabato, Culture, Davao City, Davao Del Norte, Davao del Sur, Dipolog, Education, Entertainment, Events, Fashion, Features, Festivals, Fiesta, Flights, Food, Freebies, General Santos City, Gifts, Government, Headline, Hongkong, Hotels, Humor, Iligan City, Internet, Island Garden City of Samal, Jobs, Journalism, Kaamulan Festival, Koronadal, Kuala Lumpur, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Leisure, Macau, Maguindanao, Make Money Online, Malaybalay City, Malaysia, Manila, Marawi City, Media, Mindanao, Mindanaoan Artists, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Movies, Music, Musings, Muslim Mindanao, Negros Occidental, News, North Cotabato, Northern Mindanao, Opinion, Ozamis, Pagadian, Personal, Personalities, Photos, Politics, Radio, Recipes, Religion, Resorts, Reviews, Sarangani, Shenzhen, Shopping, Sindangan, Singapore, Society, SoSCksargen, South Cotabato, Sports, Style, Sultan Kudarat, Sulu, Surigao, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Tacurong, Tangub City, Tawi Tawi, Technology, Television, Tourism, Travel, United States of America, Videos, Visayas, Weddings, Zamboanga City, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Peninsula, Zamboanga Sibugay
It still feels a bit surreal, truth be told. Winning the 2013 Mindanao Blogger Of The Year award and the Best Lifestyle Blog award during the Mindanao Blog Awards 2013 held last October 26, 2013 in Davao City was the farthest thing from my mind. I was there to meet my blogger friends, have a good time, maybe drink a cocktail or two and cheer for other finalists. My mindset that night was (and I actually wrote this days before the finals): Win or lose, you are a champ. What's important is that you did your best in letting more people understand and appreciate the power of social media and blogging in sparking more conversations, making better communities and harnessing better understanding. Social good, folks. Only the good. So when my name was called, you could just imagine my shock. Yup...
Shop at Ayala Malls and see the world via the Travel Asia promo

Shop at Ayala Malls and see the world via the Travel Asia promo

Contests
Do you frequently shop at an Ayala Mall in the Philippines? Why not turn your most recent visit into a FREE trip not only to local destinations but also to top Asian countries? Join the Shop Ayala Malls Travel Asia promo! All you have to do is shop, collect and present receipts dated July 1 to September 30, 2013 at the Ayala Mall concierge where the purchase/s was made. Every Php 500.00 spent entitles you to one contest entry. If you use your BPI Ayala Malls Amore VISA Card, you can also double your entries! There are two Ayala Malls in Mindanao - Centrio Mall in Cagayan de Oro and Abreeza Mall in Davao City. Prizes at stake include trips to top local destinations Cebu, Davao, Cagayan de Oro and Palawan and to breathtaking Asian countries Japan, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Singapore...
Your photos at Bigby’s can let you win an iPad mini

Your photos at Bigby’s can let you win an iPad mini

Announcements, Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Contests, Food
If you're a regular diner at a Bigby's restaurant, here's good news. Or if you haven't visited a Bigby's restaurant yet, then here's the perfect reason to do so! Your photos and videos taken at Bigby's can let you win gift certificates and a spanking brand new iPad mini. All you have to do is dine in at any Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant branch and share photos or videos. Remember - these should highlight fun, freshness and happiness. Don't forget to include in the photo the meal/s you ordered at Bigby's. Fifteen monthly winners will receive Bigby's gift certificates. Plus a grand prize winner will receive a brand new iPad mini. May I suggest the Bigby's Rack-a-bye baby ribs, the Singapore Chicken Bowl (one of their latest offerings!), Bigby's Rodeo Chops (one of my favorites) and fo...
Win 10 times your purchase at Multiply

Win 10 times your purchase at Multiply

Contests, Technology
Here's fabulous news for early Christmas shoppers! Multiply.com, an online social shopping mall, has launched "Multiply Your Buy," a promo which encourages Multiply shoppers to upload their favorite Multiply purchase for a chance to win TEN TIMES the original purchase amount. How's that for really awesome Christmas shopping news? :) "It is clear that Filipinos love photo sharing – just as they love shopping! By giving shoppers the chance to Multiply their buys we hope to encourage shoppers to share their unique shopping finds and show the world just how much fun it is to shop at Multiply," says Multiply.com Country Manager Jack Madrid. This Multiply Your Buy online promo is pretty easy. Every Php 1,000 purchase from Trusted Stores at Multiply.com entitles shoppers to one raffle en...
Coffee Dream Name That Mystery Drink Contest @CoffeeDreamCo

Coffee Dream Name That Mystery Drink Contest @CoffeeDreamCo

Cebu City, Contests, Features, Freebies, Internet, Recipes, Society
Who knew that an afternoon of coffee and conversation would result to this? During my trip to Cebu City a few weeks back, I, along with my brother Nathaniel of Tennis Guru and my friend Johnn of Focal Glass, visited the I.T. Park branch of Coffee Dream. Coffee Dream is one of my favorite coffee chains in the country. And with over 35 stores nationwide, it's easy to locate one nearest you. I also wanted to meet and chit chat with Coffee Dream owner (and Cebu provincial vice gubernatorial candidate, too!) Glenn Soco. It wasn't my first time to meet him, though. I've already met up with him and Anna a few times. If you want to know more about Sir Glenn, check out his official Facebook profile or his The Dream Online blog. Anyways, what was initially planned to be a brief meeting turn...
Bigby’s Rack-A-Bye Baby Ribs Giveaway During Centrio Ayala Mall Opening

Bigby’s Rack-A-Bye Baby Ribs Giveaway During Centrio Ayala Mall Opening

Cagayan de Oro City, Contests, Food, Reviews
Just recently, I was commissioned to write a Cagayan de Oro travel piece. I was also asked to include top 5 things to try or eat in CDO. I just had to include Bigby's Restaurant, a homegrown brand, and also had to include one of their bestsellers - the Bigby's Rack-A-Bye Baby Ribs. I personally find the baby ribs at Bigby's tasty, succulent and very tender. So tender that the meat actually falls off the bone! I also like the barbecue sauce/gravy that comes along with the ribs. The Bigby's baby ribs will definitely delight any meat lover. Now you have the chance to try Bigby's Rack-A-Bye Baby Ribs...for FREE! Just join the "Who Ate My Ribs?" mystery game. It's a game launched by Bigby's Restaurant via their official Facebook Page. Join Bigby’s in solving the mystery and get the cha...
Siargao International Surfing Cup 2012

Siargao International Surfing Cup 2012

Contests, Events, Mindanaoan Update, Sports, Surigao, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur
If you've always wanted to witness live surfing action in the Philippines, then head on down to Siargao Island at the eastern side of Surigao del Norte, Mindanao for the Siargao 18th International Surfing Cup happening on September 23 to 27, 2012 at Cloud 9, Gen. Luna, Siargao Island. As you can see from the 18th Siargao International Surfing Cup 2012 competition poster below, the total prize money that awaits winners is a cool US $10,000. So expect a lot of really talented surfers from around the world to come and showcase their skills in riding the waves. Siargao is known as the Surfing Capital of the Philippines and one of the surfing breaks there is fondly called "Cloud Nine." How to get to Siargao Island - if you're coming from Manila or Cebu, check the Airphil Express websit...