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Senator Joel Villanueva: Surge of passport applications in the millions expected as COVID retreats

Senator Joel Villanueva: Surge of passport applications in the millions expected as COVID retreats

Features, Government, Mindanaoan Update, News
As the easing of COVID-19 cases prompts OFWs to job-hunt again, the government should open more off-site passport processing centers in malls outside of Metro Manila, Sen. Joel Villanueva said. Villanueva said the move of the Department of Foreign Affairs to open six Temporary Off-Site Passport Services (DFA-TOPS) in NCR last month is “a great solution that should be replicated and scaled up” nationwide. Passport processing, the senator added, is “an important employment  assistance not only to OFWs but to first-time job seekers.” “Well, in a sense, you can view it as job generation activity,” Villanueva said. As travel restrictions get rolled back globally, this will open up economies that will take back furloughed workers, many of whom were Filipinos, the chair of the S...
Shop pink at VMV Hypoallergenics, help fight breast cancer

Shop pink at VMV Hypoallergenics, help fight breast cancer

Advocacy, Beauty, Mindanaoan Update, Shopping
October is breast cancer awareness month. If you know someone who's undergoing treatment for breast cancer, you know for sure just how physically and emotionally draining it is and just how big a challenge it is not only for the patient but for her family and friends. That's why it's very important to detect the early signs of breast cancer. One of the groups that advocate breast cancer awareness is the ICanServe Foundation, Inc. Ever since its inception, ICanServe has helped so many women through their high impact information campaigns. Did you know that it's easy for you to help ICanServe and their advocacy? Actually, not only will you have the chance to help this group, you will also get a free gift! All you have to do is shop at VMV Hypoallergenics! Buy their "pink" products -...
Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf now brewing in Cagayan de Oro City

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf now brewing in Cagayan de Oro City

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Food, Mindanaoan Update
There's a new coffee shop in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has opened their first CDO branch at Centrio Mall. The Centrio Ayala Mall branch of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf CDO is on the right side of Centrio Garden, if you're taking the Capt. V. Roa entrance to the mall. Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has been brewing since 1963 in California. While CBTL isn't new in the Philippines, it is new in Northern Mindanao. As previously mentioned, this is the first Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf coffee shop in Northern Mindanao and a second one is in the works. The second CBTL coffee shop will be at Limketkai Center and will open early next year. A day after they opened their Centrio Mall CDO branch, Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf folks invited Mindanaoan to try their bestselling dri...
Photos: US Ambassador Harry Thomas leads turnover of donations to Bulua

Photos: US Ambassador Harry Thomas leads turnover of donations to Bulua

America, Announcements, BIMP-EAGA, Blogging, Cagayan de Oro City, Campus, Education, Features, Headline, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, News, Northern Mindanao, Personalities, Photos, Society, United States of America
Like I previously mentioned in this blog, I had the chance of a lifetime to accompany US Ambassador to the Philippines Harry Thomas, Jr. for two days. It truly was an honor to be that up close and personal with the American ambassador, who I found to be very smart, direct and friendly. As a part of his party when he visited Cagayan de Oro City for the very first time last week, I got the chance to accompany him in various events. We attended the distribution of HACCP and ISO certificates to 10 Mindanao companies, the roundtable discussion with CIPMYL graduates in Xavier University and the launch of the Cities Development Initiative in CDO. Another event that I got to witness was the turnover of donations to Bulua National High School. The United States Agency for International Develo...
USAID, Cagayan de Oro sign MOU; launch Cities Development Initiative

USAID, Cagayan de Oro sign MOU; launch Cities Development Initiative

America, BIMP-EAGA, Blogging, Cagayan de Oro City, Government, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, News, Northern Mindanao, Personalities, Politics, Society, United States of America
During his recent visit to Cagayan de Oro, US Ambassador Harry K. Thomas, Jr. led the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Cagayan de Oro City LGU. The MOU was for the launch of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)'s Cities Development Initiative. Ambassador Thomas, USAID Mission Director Gloria D. Steele and Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Y. Emano all signed the MOU last Friday, June 29, 2012 at a local hotel in Cagayan de Oro. The launch of the Cities Development Initiative in CDO is seen to be very beneficial to the LGU. The Cities Development Initiative is an integral part of the U.S.-Philippines Partnership for Growth (PFG). Launched in November 2011, PFG is helping the Philippines achieve its high growth potential by creating a more tra...

Butuan City: Timber City of the South

Agusan del Norte, Butuan, Caraga, Mindanao, Tourism, Travel
Butuan City is known for its booming logging industry and for its abundance of timbers; no wonder why migrants from other sides of the Philippines and from abroad settled in this highly urbanized city to seek for good fortune and agricultural profits. But more than just being the Timber City of the South, Butuan is a place where rich history, preserved culture, kind-hearted people and active economy thrive. Butuan City is the provincial capital of the Agusan del Norte province and the regional center of the Caraga Region in the northeastern part of Mindanao. It sprawls near the mouth of the Agusan River, the deepest, widest and longest navigable river in Mindanao. On the north, it is bounded by several municipalities of Agusan del Norte; on the east by the Agusan del Sur province; and o...

Davao City bans plastic bags, styrofoam starting June 28, 2012

Advocacy, Announcements, Bisaya, Blogging, Business, Consumer, Controversial, Corporate, Davao City, Davao Del Norte, Davao del Sur, Features, Food, Government, Headline, Mindanao, Mindanaoan Artists, Mindanaoan Update, News, Personal, Society, Technology
YEY! I am so, so, sooo happy with this development! Congratulations Davao City! What an awesome move! I'm so proud of my hometown Davao City for finally, FINALLY deciding to put a ban against non-biodegradable plastic bags and styrofoam! Points for Mother Nature, environment and the start of the use of eco-friendly products :) I wonder, though, how the fastfood chains and other business establishments that use plastic bags and styrofoam will cope when the ban takes effect on June 28, 2012. Hmm. What do you think? Anyways, here's the news report from SunStar Davao: Non-biodegradable plastic bags and polystyrene foam as food and beverage containers will no longer be allowed in this city starting June 28, this year. Polystyrene foam is more commonly referred to as Styrof...

Where to buy original Sperry Top-sider in Mindanao

Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Corporate, Fashion, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Northern Mindanao, Shopping, Style
Want to know where to buy original Sperry Top-sider shoes in Mindanao, Philippines? Look no further! The World’s First Boat Shoe can now be bought in one of Mindanao's best lifestyle stores (and one of my personal favorites, I might add!) - Spruce. The Sperry Top-Sider story is an example of the American knack for ingenuity and innovation. It also represents a love of sun, surf and soul of the ocean...something that the brand coins a "Passion for the Sea". In 1935, Paul Sperry, an avid sailor and outdoorsman, discovered a long- sought solution to a problem that had long troubled the sailing community: the fact that traditional shoes performed “like roller skates” on a wet deck. As Paul Sperry described it, his new shoes "stuck like a barnacle". Sperry Top-siders are known to ...
Martin Nievera – Sarah Geronimo What Love Is Live in CDO

Martin Nievera – Sarah Geronimo What Love Is Live in CDO

Announcements, Cagayan de Oro City, Entertainment, Events, Features, Media, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Music, Northern Mindanao, Society
Minutes after the successful All 4 One and Color Me Badd Live in CDO concert, I was told by the producers that they're bringing in another surefire hit concert to the City of Golden Friendship. A Martin Nievera - Sarah Geronimo Live in Cagayan de Oro concert! Yes, folks, this will be MAJOR! The Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo "What Love Is" Cagayan de Oro leg will be held on November 4, 2011! I have yet to ask the producers where the venue will be but I have a hunch that it'll be most likely the Atrium of Limketkai Center. Subscribe to Mindanaoan.com (click here and please don't forget to verify!) today and be updated with the latest details on this much-awaited Martin Nievera Sarah Geronimo concert in Cagayan de Oro City! Who knows, I might be giving away tickets to this sho...
Review: Movenpick Resort and Spa Mactan Cebu

Review: Movenpick Resort and Spa Mactan Cebu

Business, Cebu City, Commentary, Consumer, Features, Hotels, Leisure, Mindanaoan Update, Resorts, Reviews, Tourism, Travel, Visayas
A few days ago, Airphil Express invited me to join their Cebu to Hong Kong maiden flight. Since I had to be in Cebu City a day prior, the friendly folks from Airphil Express flew me from Mindanao to Cebu and sponsored my stay at the spanking Movenpick Resort and Spa in Mactan, Cebu. Muchos gracias Airphil Express! :) Formerly the Hilton Cebu Resort and Spa, Movenpick Resort Cebu is now managed by Swiss-based Movenpick Hotels and Resorts. Mövenpick is said to be an upscale, Swiss hotel chain that has been in the business for 35 years. Moevenpick Resort and Spa Cebu is the very first Movenpick hotel in the Philippines. From the Mactan Cebu airport, it will take you about 20 minutes to reach Movenpick Resort and Spa Cebu. You can take a taxi from the airport (here's a tip on how to get ...
Airphil Express Cebu to Hong Kong inaugural flight

Airphil Express Cebu to Hong Kong inaugural flight

Beauty, Bisaya, Blogging, Business, Cebu City, Consumer, Corporate, Events, Features, Flights, Freebies, Hongkong, Leisure, Mindanaoan Update, Musings, Personal, Reviews, Shopping, Society, Style, Tourism, Travel, Visayas
My third trip to Hong Kong happened just a few days ago, thanks to Airphil Express. I love coming back to Hong Kong! Apart from the fact that we Filipinos don't need a visa to enter Hong Kong, this top Asian food and shopping destination always offers new and exciting things to do and discover for tourists. Hong Kong has a super efficient transport system, offers fascinating food, has a number of picture-perfect tourist spots and irresistible shopping sales! Yep, Hong Kong is love :) Now my most recent trip to Hong Kong was a pretty extra special overseas trip because: 1) it was the inaugural flight of the much-awaited Airphil Express Cebu to Hong Kong route (woohoo!) 2) it was a trip that was also made extra special by the Hong Kong Tourism Board 3) it was a trip where ...

Airphil Express piso fare sale!

Announcements, Bacolod City, Cebu City
Here's great news for all of you who want to enjoy the sun, sea and sand in various areas around the Philippines...and for a measly PISO FARE! Yes, folks, the country's fastest growing airline, Airphil Express, is set to offer its ultra special and much-awaited piso fare sale starting midnight tonight, August 1, 2011. Airphil Express PISO FARE sale tonight! You need to book your tickets right away since this sale will only run for 24 hours and I bet a lot of travelers want to avail of this Airphil Express promo fare sale :) All you have to do is visit the official Airphil Express website and book flights online. Check out the official announcement from Airphil Express below: Airphil Express PISO FARE Selling period: August 1, 2011 Travel periods: February 1 to March 15, ...

Mindanao Fashion Summit 2011

Arts, Beauty, Cagayan de Oro City, Consumer, Culture, Entertainment, Events, Fashion, Features
The Mindanao Fashion Summit 2011 is set to take place on August 1 to 6, 2011 at the Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao. Led by the Oro Fashion Designers Guild and in cooperation with the Department of Tourism Region X, the Mindanao Fashion Summit 2011 aims to showcase the works of notable and talented fashion designers from Mindanao. According to the organizers of the 2011 Mindanao Fashion Summit, the objective of this event is to broaden fashion and brand awareness of all affiliated companies and organizations amongst the chic urban professional consumer community. It is designed and appealed to the tastemakers that take active roles in setting the mold for style in Mindanao and the hottest trends and over all ingenuity of Mindanaoan designers. During the summit, please...

A first in Mindanao! Join the Cagayan de Oro – Dahilayan ultra marathon (details here)

Mindanaoan Update
The home of Asia's longest dual cable zipline will also be the home of the much-awaited CDO - Dahilayan Trail 55k Ultra Marathon tomorrow, July 9, 2011 (Saturday). Dahilayan Adventure Park will be the end point of what's believed to be the first ever mega marathon of this kind in Mindanao. Yes, this is definitely a first in Mindanao and this Mindanao blogger is absolutely happy to be one of the supporters of this ultra marathon! Mindanaoan.com is one of the very proud media partners of the upcoming CDO - Dahilayan Trail Ultra Marathon 55K 2011! Runners will follow the picture-perfect CDO - Dahilayan trail which covers one city (Cagayan de Oro) and two Bukidnon towns (the Municipalities of Libona and Manolo Fortich). From Rodelsa Circle in Cagayan de Oro City, the participants of the ...
Photos: Philippine football team Azkals versus Sri Lanka Brave Reds (PART 1)

Photos: Philippine football team Azkals versus Sri Lanka Brave Reds (PART 1)

Blogging, Events, Features, Headline, Journalism, Manila, Mindanaoan Update, News, Personalities, Photos, Sports
It was the day I've been waiting for. To finally watch our very own Philippine National Football Team AZKALS play against another team LIVE! It finally happened last July 3, 2011 at Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Philippines. And I even had a Pilipinas Futbol Azkals shirt on to boot! Much, much thanks to my very generous sponsors, Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad and his lovely wife Datin Seri Dato Zainab Kader, I had a special front row seat to watch the Azkals play against the Sri Lanka Brave Reds. Just in case you're wondering, my ticket was worth a whopping Php 3,090.00! The day was truly memorable. One for the books! The Azkals won 4-0 (woohoo!) and successfully hurdled the first round of the World Cup qualifiers! Their first duel...

Coffee Congress 2011 in General Santos City, Mindanao

Announcements, Business, Consumer, Events, Features, Food, General Santos City, Sarangani, SoSCksargen, South Cotabato
General Santos City, Mindanao will play host to the 2011 Coffee Congress which will be held on July 11 to 12, 2011 at the KCC Events and Convention Center, KCC Mall of GenSan. This is the perfect event for people who own coffee shops and other coffee-related businesses and for people who have coffee farms or are looking for jobs within the coffee industry. It is also ideal for people who want to venture into the coffee business. This year's Coffee Congress in General Santos is made possible by the GSC Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. in cooperation with various sponsors including the Philippine Coffee Board, Inc. Speakers include South Cotabato Congressman and former GenSan City Mayor Pedro Acharon, Jr., Philippine Coffee Board Chairman Nicholas Matti, author of the book "Barak...

Proudly Mindanao made: Boyongs Special Bagoong

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Features, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews
You know when people say don't even try to glance at food blogs or pictures of food before you sleep? Okay, I made that up (HAHA) but really, that should be made into law! I made this mistake of checking out photos of food tonight (I was supposed to sleep about 10 minutes ago) and then I stumbled upon product shots of one of my favorite foodie finds since late last year --- Boyong's Special Bagoong! Obviously, I can't sleep now. I'm hoping that by blogging about this Mindanao product, dalawin uli ako ng antok! O.o Now for the uninitiated, bagoong is a Philippine condiment made of partially or completely fermented shrimps (or fish). Here in Mindanao (and in the Visayas), bagoong can either be ginamos (or fish bagoong --- the fish used is usually bolinao or anchovies) or bagoong alaman...
Singapore Chronicles: Singapore hawker food at Maxwell Center

Singapore Chronicles: Singapore hawker food at Maxwell Center

Blogging, Features, Food, Leisure, Mindanaoan Update, Reviews, Singapore, Tourism, Travel
One of the things that I absolutely MUST do whenever I travel domestic or abroad is try the local cuisine. By local cuisine I mean street food, food sold in hawker centers or food courts or food that look "unique" --- basically food usually eaten by locals during regular days. As much as possible, this Mindanao blogger doesn't eat at fastfood chains. I do this because it makes me appreciate that country's culture, people, tradition and food better. Besides, hawker centers in Singapore are still the undisputed sources of delicious authentic Singapore food! Before I proceed with this post about the Singapore hawker center my mom and I went to during our February 2011 mother-daughter Valentine's Day trip abroad, you might want to read these blog posts to learn more about our Singapore - Ma...

Be Captain Planet: Help Save Our Ailing Mother Earth

Advocacy, Cagayan de Oro City, Campus, Mindanaoan Artists, Mindanaoan Update, Musings, Opinion, Society
(Note: This article is written by Ana Rizza D. Celades and Benedict Jan T. Baloncio. Please take your time to read this and share this article with your family, friends and colleagues --- I'm sure they will thank you for this! And to BJ and Ana, thank you for entrusting this article to Mindanaoan.com - it serves as a constant reminder of our roles as stewards of Mother Nature) With the higher frequency of natural disasters, retreat of glaciers in mountainous areas, abrupt increase in sea level, coastal flooding, and just about the extremities of weather we now experience, are brought about by effects of climate change, even plants and animals species have become extinct, and sudden outbreak of diseases in places are now high - these and the many more damages are the price we all have to...

Paris Hilton to visit Davao City Mindanao Philippines soon?

Beauty, Blogging, Business, Commentary, Consumer, Davao City, Davao Del Norte, Davao del Sur, Entertainment, Fashion, Features, Mindanaoan Update, Musings, Personalities, Shopping, Society, Style, Tourism
I'm pretty sure you've read it all - from Paris Hilton watching the Pacquiao vs Mosley fight ringside to Paris Hilton meeting Jinkee Pacquiao and Manny Pacquiao to Paris Hilton actually tweeting just how much she likes the representative of the lone district of Sarangani to how much she adores the Pacquiao couple and...of course, her plans of coming to the Philippines real soon "for a new and exciting project." Well, okay, she actually tweeted "I'm so excited for my trip to the Philippines. I am really looking forward to my newest business endeavor." There have been a lot of speculations (there was even a buzz that a Paris Hilton Beach Club was in the works) but it's clearer now. I guess this is the reason why Paris Hilton will visit the Philippines soon: (more…)

Jobs in Mindanao alert – Cebu Pacific Airlines to hold cabin crew job screening in Davao, Bacolod, Manila

Announcements, Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City, Flights, Jobs, Mindanaoan Update
Here's a great job opportunity for those who want to be a part of an airline company. If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a part of the Cebu Pacific Airlines family as cabin crew member, then this Mindanao job alert is for you! Cebu Pacific will hold cabin crew job screenings in Davao City, Bacolod and Manila. So if you're looking for jobs as flight attendants of Cebu Pacific, then check this job opening below: More details and other job openings after the jump! (more…)

Sarangani Bay Festival 2011 – Mindanao’s ultimate summer experience!

Announcements, Blogging, Entertainment, Events, Features, Festivals, Fiesta, General Santos City, Mindanaoan Update, News, Sarangani, SoSCksargen, South Cotabato, Tourism, Travel
Have you ever been curious about Sarangani Mindanao? I have! I've always wondered what you can do, what you can see, what you can visit/explore/discover and even what you can eat in Sarangani! Admittedly, all I know for sure (so far) about the Sarangani Province are: - it's the district being represented by top Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao - it's where you can experience fun-filled water tubing - it's the home of my former classmate in Ateneo, incumbent Sarangani Provincial Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez Needless to say, this Mindanao blogger needs to explore, smell, taste, feel Sarangani! And what better way to do it but during the most awaited Sarangani Bay Festival 2011! Sarangani Bay Festival or the Sarangani BayFest is Southern Philippines' biggest beach party! From May 19...