Yes, it's that time of the year again, folks! If you love MAJOR discounts and value buys as much as I do, then you and I should be at S&R Membership Shopping during its most-awaited S&R Members Treat 2019!
S&R Members Treat is our favorite membership shopping chain's way of thanking its loyal patrons by offering amazing discounts, sales and promos. How amazing, you might wonder? Think BUY 1 TAKE 1 promos, 50% discounts and loads of savings on bulk buys and global brands!
The S&R Members' Treat this year will be on September 25 to 29, 2019. FIVE BIG DAYS OF BIG, BIG SAVINGS! Store hours will be different on those dates --- 8 AM to 10 PM and, yes, Virginia, ALL 17 branches of S&R will participate.
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I may miss it this year since I'm still in New York, USA but I know that a lot of you will have a good time celebrating Higalaay Festival 2018 in Cagayan de Oro. Higalaay Festival a.k.a. the yearly CDO fiesta a.k.a. celebrating the Feast Day of St. Augustine a.k.a. the celebration that used to be known as Kagay-an Festival. Here, you'll find the official schedule of activities.
Do you need help booking your airplane tickets or hotel rooms? I highly recommend Aera Global Travel Services CDO for warm, personalized customer service. They will help you fix any trip anywhere in the world and make it easy and hassle-free. Aera Global Travel CDO offers value-for-money travel packages and they also specialize in quick and efficient airline ticketing and hotel booking. CALL: 0917 525 5564 or 094...
If you love discounts, sales and promos over at S&R Membership Shopping as much as I do, then I have absolutely fab news! S&R CDO and all other S&R Membership Shopping branches in Davao, Cebu and other major areas in the Philippines, are again holding its much-awaited S&R Members' Treat!
S&R Members' Treat is our favorite membership shopping chain's way of thanking its loyal, valued patrons by offering amazing discounts and promos.
As much as 50% discounts on most products as well as the ultra exciting Buy 1 Take 1 promo. Check out some of the items that will be on sale:
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(This article first appeared on my regular newspaper column on Gold Star Daily, Mindanao's largest newspaper. My column, dubbed "Mindanaoan Meets World," appears every Friday).
Everyone’s so excited about the impending opening of S&R Membership Shopping at Zone 5, Kauswagan Highway, Cagayan de Oro that it’s practically the talk of the town. I mean, there’s really good reason. After all, S&R CDO sits on a massive property, has a parking space good for a little over 300 vehicles, a tire center where members can have their tires fixed and replaced for free, lots of quality imported goods all at amazingly low prices, lots of buy 1 take 1 deals, freshly delivered quality meats (they have steaks!), freshly made breads and cakes (anybody up for cheesecakes?) and of course, churros, ice...
I first wrote about The Oak Room CDO a few weeks back. That post got shared by hundreds of people - proof that the idea of a whisky bar that also has an amazing selection of vodka, tequila, brandy, cognac, scotch, champagne and many more in the middle of bustling Cagayan de Oro is what people have been waiting for.
Together with my blogger friends Mike of CDO Places and Vic of Wow CDO (who also happen to be my co-founders of business group Hatch Mastermind), I attended the grand opening of The Oak Room CDO.
Located within the compound of The Nest along Corrales Avenue, The Oak Room Cagayan de Oro is a cozy, comfortable gentleman's lounge that has an unparalleled whisky collection.
From Ballantine to Famous Grouse to Jameson to Maker's Mark to the likes of Johnnie Walker, Chiva...
A cozy, comfortable lounge offering an unparalleled whisky collection will soon open in Cagayan de Oro. The Oak Room, located at The Nest compound Corrales Avenue, will open its doors this November 2016.
Discriminate drinkers will love the whisky choices at The Oak Room CDO. From Ballantine to Famous Grouse to Jameson to Maker's Mark to the likes of Johnnie Walker, Chivas Regal, Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam - customers will have easy access to quality brands.
The Oak Room CDO will also serve scotch, vodka, cognac, brandy, champagne and tequila. Among the brands that they will carry are Dalmore, Highland Park, Glenfiddich, Macallan, Remy Martin, Hennessy, Patron Anejo and more.
Moreover, The Oak Room CDO will offer Japanese and Taiwanese faves such as Hakushu, Hibiki, Yamazaki an...
Let me make this fast and simple - S&R Membership Shopping Cagayan de Oro is holding its Members' Treat from September 30 to October 2, 2016, 8 AM to 9 PM.
That means buy 1 take 1 deals and awesome discounts of up to 50 percent! Big, big, BIG savings! And, hey, look, that's a payday weekend! :D
Trust me, the S&R CDO Members' Treat event is the perfect time to hoard on all your favorite health and beauty products, imported snacks, imported grocery, imported ice cream, frozen, fresh, produce, home items and bakery goods!
And here's a little teaser for you all - why don't you follow Mindanaoan on Facebook so you can have some ideas on which products will go on sale!!! *wink*
SHARE this good news with everyone and plan a shopping trip together! See you at S&R CD...
So okay, you're excited to fly to Cagayan de Oro and experience the sights and sounds of the city - from white water rafting to checking out a nice CDO wine shop that has a really awesome wine library to staying in a modern, spacious CDO hotel room near tourist spots, you feel you're super ready! You have your itinerary down pat and then you just realized - hey, wait a minute, kapeng mainit - you still have a few hours to spare!
Worry not, folks! I have a great recommendation for you - why not join the Best of CDO Food Tour? It's a 4-hour, 4-restaurant dining experience I'm sure you'll enjoy bragging to your friends back home about! Get your appetite ready because the next few minutes will be eye candy and will cause your tummy to growl ;)
See? I told you. This is sinuglaw and Caga...
If you've been to Singapore, I bet you've seen those "uncles" who have those mobile carts with umbrellas and sell that infamous 1 SGD (roughly 33 Philippine pesos) ice cream. These ice cream sellers are actually all over Singapore especially at places with very high foot traffic - tourist spots, MRT stations, busy street corners etc. During my very first trip to Singapore several years ago, I made sure that I included "buy that 1 SGD ice cream wafer along Orchard Road" in my itinerary.
Actually, some of those mobile ice cream carts also sell ice cream by the cones and cups. Some also sell softdrinks, water, juice drinks and energy drinks. But, of course, the main product is still the ice cream sandwich.
Now here's good news for people who have been craving for the popular Singapore i...
The Cagayan de Oro Press Club (COPC) has released a statement of indignation where they cried foul over alleged discrimination in the media coverage for the first presidential debate set on February 21, 2016. The debate is the first in a series organized by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) alongside various media companies.
Please read and share the full statement of the COPC on why the call for BOYCOTT. I also shared a few personal thoughts below.
Statement of Indignation
Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Inc.
14 February 2016
Respect the local press community
We, members of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club Inc., express our serious concerns over what appears to be an attempt to bar the provincial press from covering the first Presidential debate scheduled at the Capitol University...
Are you a fellow Havaianatico? (avid fan of Havaianas) I have fab news for you! Havaianas is once again changing the game of footwear! With the new Soul Collection, Havaianas is once again stepping up its versatility. Perfect for the free-spirited and young ones like you and me ;)
The new Havaianas Soul Collection features the Origine Espadrilles, Sneakers and Ballerina. The collection features a rainbow of happy colors and innovative designs preserving the brand's DNA - authenticity and simplicity.
And guess what? The insoles of the Havaianas Soul Collection are made from the same buttery soft sole of the world famous flip-flops. Its unique design also shows a different take on how one can rock an urban look packed with attitude.
Get your very own Havaianas Origine now from a...
High Ridge CDO offers a panoramic view of the city. High Ridge is where you go when you want that "overlooking CDO" experience. High Ridge CDO actually re-opened last year and the changes are substantial - the place now has a spacious al fresco restaurant, small landscaped areas and airconditioned function rooms.
High Ridge CDO reminds me of Jack's Ridge and Shrine Hills in Davao City.
Anyway, I was with my family last weekend and we decided to have dinner at High Ridge.
This is the kind of view you see from what could be the highest point in urban CDO:
Entrance fee, by the way, is Php 100.00 per person. This is consumable at the restaurant.
During dinner with family, we ordered the PCM soup (potatoes, carrots, mushrooms). This was Php 99.00. We ordered one for each and we had a...
Get ready for Freedom Run 2015 CDO! Our friends over at Circle Productions, Inc. are bringing back Freedom Run CDO and apart from the cash prizes, they're also raffling off 3 cool mountain bikes. Celebrate Independence Day this year by joining this CDO running event!
I will be joining the 5K run so I hope to see you all there :)
When: June 14, 2015 – Sunday
Where: South Concourse, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City
Race categories and corresponding fees (all affordable, as you can see!):
21 Km – Php 900 with jersey, race bib with timing chip, finisher’s jersey and medal
5 Km – Php 350 with jersey, race bib
3 Km – Php 350 with jersey, race bib
21Km – Assembly Time: 3:30 AM, Start Time: 4 AM
5Km – Assembly Time: 5 AM, Start Time: 5:30 AM
3Km – Assembly Time: 5 AM, St...
People have been waiting for it - the re-opening of the newly renovated Limketkai Cinemas! The very first in Mindanao to feature Dolby Atmos, a surround sound technology, the new Limketkai Cinemas opened last April 22, 2015 with a bang when they offered "Avengers: Age of Ultron." Currently, though, only two of the four cinemas are open. The ones currently operating offer the biggest number of seats.
A few days after they opened, the Limketkai Mall management invited me for a quick tour inside the cinemas. Check out the photos I took below.
By the way, Dolby Atmos offers more depth, richness and power. Speakers are placed along the walls, ceilings (you can find them lined up, some facing the screen, some facing the audience) and even behind the screen.
The ticket booth. Yes...
Have you ever gone out of your way just to check out a cafe or restaurant simply because you've grown curious of all the seemingly mouthwatering photos they post on social media? That's exactly what I did on a Friday when I went to try Kafe Al Fresco CDO.
I often see food shots taken from this unassuming little cafe in Sta. Cecilia Subdivision, Gusa, Cagayan de Oro (which is a good half an hour away from my place) and since I like trying out new places and sharing the experience with a friend, I invited Em. Fortunately, she was game to tag along. And off we went to Kafe Al Fresco.
Kafe Al Fresco CDO is actually a makeshift structure turned into a quaint cafe of sorts. It's located within a compound that also has a row of apartments owned by the Hojas family.
And, yes, it's in ...
Mindanao is again setting the bar in terms of tourism. A world-class waterpark will soon open in this Southern part of the Philippines! When finished, the Php 250 Million Seven Seas Waterpark will, undoubtedly, be Mindanao's biggest tourism attraction in recent years. Seven Seas Waterpark and Resort, located at Barangay Barra, Opol, Misamis Oriental, is owned by businessman Elpidio Paras of Dahilayan Adventure Park and PARASAT Cable TV fame.
In an aerial shot shared by Sir Elpie himself, you can see that the water park facility will be set on a 5 hectare piece of land. Construction of the buildings and pool infrastructure will start on the first quarter of 2015. Seven Seas Water Park and Resort is seen to be completed by the second quarter of 2016.
* Photo courtesy of Sir Elpie P...
A lot of my readers have been asking me about Kyle Jennermann, the 27 year old Canadian who wants to become Filipino. Yes, you read that right. Kyle, who apparently has fallen madly in love with our country, has been chronicling his fun and happy escapades as he tries to become Pinoy via his popular "Becoming Filipino" videos on YouTube. Click HERE to visit his YouTube channel.
I have a lot of things to say about my friend but I think it is but proper that I write a lengthier post next time. For now, he has a message for all of you. Thanks so much for following my humble blog - enjoy Christmas with your loved ones :)
The Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) recently launched an online career exploration tool, with the aim to help high school students chart their future. Through a career talk dubbed "Life Lessons," PBed launched FutureYou.ph in Cagayan de Oro City last November 7, 2014. Life Lessons is FutureYou.ph’s career advocacy roadshow that seeks to help high school students discover different career opportunities.
Around 100 high school students from Cagayan de Oro College, Bayabas National High School, Carmen National High School, Cagayan de Oro National High School, Gusa National High School, Bonbon National High School and Lapasan National High School attended the event held at the Cagayan de Oro College PHINMA. The students listened to successful individuals from different industries w...
Mindanaoan.com is the very first to break the news --- BonChon Chicken, the company behind the global Korean-style fried chicken craze, is set to open their Cagayan de Oro City branch on November 28, 2014 at the First Level, Garden Area, Centrio Mall! I received this exciting update from the franchisees themselves :)
BonChon, which means "my hometown" in Korean, will open their very first branch in Northern Mindanao this month. They first entered the Mindanao market when they set up shop in Davao about two years ago then later in General Santos City.
BonChon Philippines Managing Director Scott Tan himself will be in CDO for the launch.
And here's more good news - be among the very first customers and be qualified to receive FREEBIES! There will be a private function in the morning...
Japanese brand Bobson has opened its first ever Philippine boutique in Mindanao, Philippines. Located at the First Level, West Concourse, Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro, the Bobson flagship store also has its own tailor shop inside its premises.
Known for its array of quality unisex Japanese denim jeans and shirts, Bobson uses the unique left-hand twill weaving technique, making their jeans more durable and comfortable.
Bobson's top officials, who were recently in CDO, said that they chose the city as the location of their flagship store in the Philippines primarily because of the Limketkai family's generous show of support.
"Dealing with the mall owners has always been smooth and positive. That's why we didn't hesitate to invest here. Plus this is a great and exciting market ...
This Mindanao blogger was at the Tigerair Manila to CDO inaugural flight a few days ago, thanks to the invitation from Tigerair. Tigerair, which formed an alliance with Cebu Pacific Air, is the latest budget airline to offer Manila to Cagayan de Oro and CDO to Manila flights.
Utilizing an Airbus A320 aircraft, the Manila to CDO flights will depart from NAIA 4 (take note that this is the old Manila domestic airport) at 10 AM while the CDO to Manila flights will leave at 12:10 PM (Wednesday and Sunday) and at 12:30 PM (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday).
According to Tigerair Philippines, for those traveling to and fro CDO before or after the 1st quarter of 2015, they can avail of the lowest year-round fares starting at Php 1,518.00.
Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny "...
Following the launch of its Limketkai Mall branch, Islands Souvenirs CDO is now ready to launch its new store at Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City on July 19, 2014, 4PM at the Centrio Activity Center.
Along with the opening of the new store, Islands Souvenirs will also formally introduce to the public the "I Heart CDO" campaign which focuses on promoting the city and tourism as well as the brand ambassadors of the said campaign.
The July 19, 2014 launch event will kick off with a special Fashion Show that will put the brand’s bestselling shirts under the spotlight. The show will feature the city’s hottest models dressed in different Islands Souvenirs shirts and looks from casual to glam, sports to street and everything in between.
The "I Heart CDO" campaign as well as the ...
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