I love coffee and I like staying in coffee shops. In Cebu, one of my favorite coffee shops is Coffee Dream. I often stay at their Ayala Cebu branch - the one at the 4th floor -, at their SM Cebu branch - the one within the old mall, fronting VECO - and during recent Cebu City visits, their booth at the Traveler's Lounge, also located at SM. While I know that they have branches in Mindanao (Cagayan de Oro City, Davao City and General Santos City), it's just unfortunate that I've never had the chance to visit one. Until a few days ago.
Through the kindness and generosity of Sir Glenn and Miss Anna of Coffee Dream, I was able to visit Coffee Dream SM Cagayan de Oro. In fact, I was even able to bring along several blogger-friends, too!
We visited the SM CDO branch of Coffee Dream on a Sa...
I have absolutely exciting news! This humble blog, www.Mindanaoan.com, has been nominated to the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards - Mindanao! :D I am really thankful for this nomination! Thank you very much to all of my readers, subscribers, supporters, sponsors and of course to the Philippine Blog Awards for recognizing my efforts :) Daghang salamat!
If you guys remember, Mindanaoan.com bagged the Best Lifestyle Blog for Mindanao award last year during the 2010 Philippine Blog Awards :) A lot of people sent in their congratulatory messages at the time including Senator Kiko Pangilinan :) Unfortunately, I was not able to accept my award in person. Let's see if I get lucky this year ;)
By the way, because of my nomination to the 2011 Philippine Blog Awards for Mindanao, I now have an invit...
Pacquiao vs Marquez. It's finally the much awaited Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 bout! I'm sure that a lot of you out there also want to watch Pacquiao vs Marquez online live streaming in HD. I'm also sure that a lot of you may go to a place that would air the Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez livestreaming fight free!
The Pacquiao versus Marquez 3 fight will be held on November 12, 2011 (November 13 Manila time) at the MGM Grand Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
I don't know about you but I, along with many other boxing fans, am looking forward to this Pacquiao vs Marquez Live Streaming | Pacquiao vs Marquez 3 Live Streaming . Who doesn't want to watch this Pacquiao - Marquez III fight?
WATCH PACQUIAO VS MARQUEZ 3 ONLINE LIVE STREAMING HERE
WATCH PACQUIAO VERSUS MARQUEZ ONLINE LIVESTREAM FR...
I'm joining the largest gathering of bloggers, online media and social networking enthusiasts in Southern Philippines!
I'm pretty excited to join Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 or Sox Blogfest on November 26, 2011 in General Santos City. Who wouldn't look forward to this event when you have this stellar line-up of speakers? By the way, I'm dying to finally meet Manolo Quezon III!
Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 will also feature the awards night of the Philippine Blog Awards - Mindanao category. If you remember, Mindanaoan.com won as Best Lifestyle Blog last year :)
I also look forward to visiting Sarangani the next day in time for the 2011 Munato Festival. I hope to capture great photos there!
Anyone else coming to Blogfest Soccsksargen 2.0 / Sox Blogfest?
Sarangani Province in Mindanao, Philippines has always fascinated me. First, because it's a haven of rich Filipino culture. Second, because it seems to be a great location for photography enthusiasts like myself. Third, because it has a lot of activities for tourists and fourth, because a former classmate of mine has successfully turned this Mindanao province into one of the busiest and most colorful places in the Philippines. Yup, I'm talking about incumbent Sarangani Governor Miguel Rene Dominguez.
Today, Sarangani is no longer considered just as "that area you pass through" when you traverse the General Santos City - Davao City highway. It's now a tourism and business hub and a place that you really must visit whenever you're in SOCCSKSARGEN. If only you need to take a quick peek at ...
And so finally we have come to the BIG FINALE of my All 4 One in Philippines and Color Me Badd in Philippines fan experience! Yes, folks, that entire experience deserves 3 parts :D
For part 1, please visit my big All 4 One and Color Me Badd experience page.
For part 2, you can visit this Color Me Badd experience page.
I would also like to thank each and every one of you who took the time out to read, leave comments and shared the articles. Hopefully, more Color Me Badd fans and more All 4 One fans would get the chance to read my posts! Help me promote, okay? :) I'm thinking of raffling off autographed photos as my token of gratitude! What do you think? :) Yes? No? :) Let me know in the comments section! :)
Thanks again from the bottom of my heart and please, please, please leav...
Welcome to Part 2 of my big Color Me Badd and All 4 One Live in CDO Philippines experience! For Part 1, please visit this All 4 One and Color Me Badd experience - the highs, the lows and yes, I even danced on stage page! :) I would also like to thank each and every one of you who read, left comments and shared my articles. Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I hope you enjoy reading Part 2 of this All 4 One Live in Philippines and Color Me Badd Live in Philippines series :) Please, please, please leave comments and share this post as well :) Thank you, thank you, thank you!
When we finally arrived at the farm, I noticed that my camera flash diffuser was missing. I thought of checking the area where KT sat - because if you remember I sat beside him to teach him some local words. ...
Is Mindanao Philippines ready for another Hollywood film shooting? Which area or areas in Mindanao can easily be a great location for the next big Hollywood movie?
I can't help but think about these after I read that Jeremy Renner, Rachel Weisz and a couple of other Hollywood actors and actresses are set to arrive in Manila, Philippines early next year for the shooting of "The Bourne Legacy."
According to the Film Development Council of the Philippines, "Bourne Legacy" will shoot scenes in Manila, Philippines by January 2012. The movie is set for release sometime August 2012. "The Bourne Legacy" also stars Rachel Weisz, Albert Finney and...get this...Edward Norton! (I just love, love, love Edward Norton!)
Forty year old Jeremy Renner (of "Hurt Locker" fame and a two time Oscar Awa...
Color Me Badd. All 4 One. I literally waited decades before it happened. And when it finally did, I forgot all the questions that I wanted to ask All 4 One and Color Me Badd for the longest time. I just simply enjoyed every moment I spent with them, did not hesitate to let them know that I was a certified fan, became their self-appointed paparazzi for the day, screamed at the top of my lungs, danced onstage (gulp!) and told them again and again just how loved they all were, still are and always will be! And - get this - I spent time again with them a few days later, got autographs and a special video message from All 4 One and Color Me Badd for all my beloved readers! Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus!
BUT!!! I’m getting way ahead of myself. Ch-ch-check out my big All 4 One and Colo...
Concert King Martin Nievera and Pop Princess Sarah Geronimo will topbill a much-awaited event in Cagayan de Oro early next month.
The Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo "What Love Is" Cagayan de Oro City concert will be held on Friday, November 4, 2011, 8 PM at the Atrium of Limketkai Center, CDO.
Below is the updated version of the concert poster plus a slight change in ticket prices :) Please reserve or buy your tickets as soon as possible before they run out!
And yes, Mindanaoan.com, adjudged as the Best Lifestyle Blog for Mindanao 2010 by the Philippine Blog Awards, is one of the official media partners of the Martin Nievera - Sarah Geronimo What Love Is Cagayan de Oro concert!
Martin Nievera and Sarah Geronimo Live in Cagayan de Oro radio ad by asteriskec
Airphil Express has a new promo seat sale! This Airphil Express promo fare for September 2011 is valid for travel period February to March 2012.
This promo fare is very good news for folks who need to travel from Mindanao areas to Manila or from Cebu to other Visayas destinations. This Airphil Express seat sale is a really good excuse for you guys to travel and discover more areas here in the Philippines!
Airphil Express promo fare details:
Travel period: February 1 to March 31, 2012
Sale period: September 27 to 28, 2011 only (if you may notice, Mindanaoan.com posted this a few hours before the official start of the sale period *wink* *wink*)
Manila to General Santos, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Zamboanga or vice versa
Cebu to Bacolod, Iloilo, Tacloban or vice vers...
It's been more than 2 weeks since their highly successful Cagayan de Oro, Philippines show but this Filipina travel and lifestyle blogger is still buzzin'! Yes, folks, I'm still on a high! :D
As you guys may know, Mindanaoan.com was an official media partner of the All 4 One and Color Me Badd back-to-back concert last September 10, 2011 at the Atrium of the Limketkai Center in Cagayan de Oro City, Mindanao, Philippines. It was a major thing for a certified fan like myself --- not only did I get to meet the boys up close and personal (OMG!!!), spend time with them and see their real, offstage personas, I also had the chance to gather autographs, take lots of photos and...*drum roll please*...meet them again in Manila before they flew out for Los Angeles! *cartwheels*
I will share with...
A few months ago, a Mindanaoan beauty bagged the Binibining Pilipinas Universe 2011 crown. Shamcey Supsup of General Santos City bested the other candidates and brought home the crown.
The topnotcher of the June 2010 architect licensure exam, Shamcey Supsup also graduated magna cum laude from the University of the Philippines - Diliman. This 24 year old, 5' 7 and 1/4" General Santos City beauty is indeed beauty and brains combined!
Currently, Shamcey Supsup is in Sau Paulo, Brazil to represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant. Here's our chance to help her conquer the universe! We can all help our fellow Mindanaoan gain a spot in the semis by voting online. If she garners the most number of online votes, she immediately qualified as a semi finalist!
Please vote fo...
Freddie Roach, the longtime coach of Filipino boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, shocked a lot of people when he allegedly said downright that the world boxing champion is broke. Yup, as in broke, wala nay kuwarta, no more money, wala nang pera.
Freddie Roach's statement baffled a lot of people and not a few expressed their doubts. After all, didn't Manny Pacquiao just buy a multi-million mansion at Forbes Park? Doesn't he give millions away in his GMA 7 show "Manny Many Prizes"? Doesn't he and wife Jinkee Pacquiao have a lot of businesses not only in General Santos City, Sarangani, Davao City but even in Manila as well?
Is it really possible that Manny Pacquiao, whose latest guaranteed purse from the bout with Shane Mosley last May 2011 was a staggering US 20 Million, i...
Mindanao is really the place to be these days, folks! Davao City's Kadayawan Festival 2011 and Cagayan de Oro City's Kagay-an Festival 2011 are fast approaching and as if those two grand activities are not enough --- here's another Mindanao festival for you to join! The much-awaited 2011 Tuna Festival in General Santos City!
The Tuna Festival 2011 is not just an event that highlights the importance of the tuna fishing industry in this part of Mindanao but also celebrates GenSan's 43rd Charter Anniversary. This year's Tuna Festival is the 13th. Experience the 13th Tuna Festival in GenSan from August 27 to September 5, 2011.
Tuna Festival 2011 General Santos City theme --- Exploring New Depths, Conquering New Heights!
Saw this Tuna Festival 2011 schedule of activities on a social ne...
Amid other big news today, the reported resignation of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri was the most talked about. A lot of people shared their reactions to the news that the senator from Bukidnon and fellow Mindanaoan Senator Migs Zubiri will resign amid allegations of poll fraud claims. Mindanaoan wrote a blog post about this earlier.
As I previously mentioned, I called up some key people from the Zubiri camp. I also even contacted Senator Migs Zubiri himself. However, although I was privy to some important details, I refused to confirm anything pending the privilege speech of Senator Miguel Zubiri before the Senate plenary, which happened today, August 3, 2011. I was also told that his father, former Bukidnon governor now vice governor Jose Ma. Zubiri, Jr., mother Maria Victoria "Vicky," w...
After hitting a snag on the JASIG issue, Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan visited National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) headquarters in Utrecht, the Netherlands on July 7, 2011 in the hope that the kinks that have led to the postponement of the talks could be ironed out and that the peace talks could proceed.
“Nagkaroon ng aberya. We took the initiative to go there after conferring with our government representatives,” said Pangilinan.
Pangilinan presented his proposals for solving socio-economic and political problems to NDFP Negotiating Panel Chairperson Luis Jalandoni and NDFP Chief Political Consultant Prof. Jose Maria Sison. The NDFP said in a statement that they will seriously study Pangilinan’s proposal. Jalandoni agreed with Pangilinan that there is urgent need...
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...
GMA 7 is really gearing up its efforts to promote their television programs and artists via regional events these days. In fact, I think GMA Channel 7 is keen on holding more and more promotional events not only in key cities but even in smaller towns and municipalities around Mindanao. Proof of this is their string of Kapuso Nights around Mindanao (and yes, in Visayas and Luzon as well).
GMA 7 Kapuso Nights have so far been held in General Santos City, Iligan, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, South Cotabato and other areas in Mindanao. More will still be held in the next few weeks.
Anyways, here are some photos taken during a GMA 7 Kapuso Night in Mindanao featuring Dingdong Dantes, Kyla and Moymoy Palaboy:
Apart from the musical production numbers from the GMA 7 art...
You heard the theme song. You got intrigued when you heard this - "kaya mo bang mahalin ang isang taong mawawala din sayo?" And, by now, it's likely that you've memorized this line - "Thank you for yesterday. Thank you for today. And if I forget, thank you for tomorrow."
Yes, it seems you're ready to fall in love on June 15, 2011.
KC Concepcion and Sam Milby will topbill one of the most awaited movies of this year, the Star Cinema offering "Forever And A Day." Truth be told, I think this KC Concepcion and Sam Milby starrer is THE most awaited movie here in Mindanao - primarily because they shot this flick in 3 key areas in Mindanao - Bukidnon, Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City (who wouldn't be excited to see familiar places? Plus think about what this film will do for Mindanao tou...
A group composed of Mindanaoan Filipino visual artists turned destination wedding photographers, One Happy Story, was recently included in a list composed of the best engagement and most creative wedding photographers in the world.
One Happy Story, a group of young Filipino wedding photographers, was recently included in Love Olio, a hand-selected listing that features only what they call “the most groundbreaking wedding photographers in the world.” Love Olio showcased some of One Happy Story’s best engagement and wedding images.
“We are extremely proud and delighted. Our inclusion in Love Olio is an affirmation of our commitment to capture real and happy moments as they happen for two people in love,” said Bon, Creative Director of One Happy Story.
“Each couple has a unique story...
Former world boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya has apologized to Manny Pacquiao, current world boxing champion, world's best pound for pound boxer and congressman representing the lone district of Sarangani, Mindanao.
This Oscar De La Hoya apology, which I personally followed via Twitter, comes after Top Rank CEO Bob Arum reportedly said that if only De La Hoya and Richard Schaefer of Golden Boy Promotions merely extended their apologies to Manny Pacquiao, the Mindanaoan boxer may just consider recalling the defamation case he filed against them.
Arum was once quoted as saying that if Oscar dela Hoya and Schaefer want to withdraw the defamation lawsuit filed against them by Pacquiao, they just had to extend their sincerest apologies.
And now, Oscar De La Hoya has made the first mov...
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