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New IELTS on Computer lab now open in CDO

New IELTS on Computer lab now open in CDO

Mindanaoan Update
Here's great news for those who need to take the IELTS exam! IDP Philippines and 9.0 Niner IELTS Review Center have partnered up and recently opened the first ever IELTS on Computer Lab in Cagayan de Oro City! This new lab provides test takers the ease and convenience of booking their IELTS test, having access to numerous test preparation and review materials and taking the test itself all in one place. Plus, of course, if you live within CDO and nearby areas, there's no need for you to travel far to take the exam. IELTS on Computer offers a convenient way of completing the Reading, Listening and Writing parts of the test using a computer, together with the Video Call Speaking test with an IELTS examiner, allowing test takers to complete the entire test in only ONE DAY. Test...
How to apply as GrabCar driver or operator CDO

How to apply as GrabCar driver or operator CDO

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Corporate, Jobs, Mindanaoan Update
Private hire car hailing service Grab will again operate in Cagayan de Oro! And if you own your own vehicle and want to earn at your own schedule, you may want to apply as a GrabCar driver or operator. You can earn as much as Php 3,000 per day or Php 40,000 per month. GrabCar drivers also enjoy free accident insurance. Download the Grab app here Here's how you can apply: 1. Check if Vehicle / Unit meets the requirements: Unit / Model should not be older than the year 2020 Unit / Model is a non-Honda Brand Unit / Model Vehicle Body Type should be either: Sedan, SUV, MPV / AUV 2. Comply the necessary documents: For PA Requirements 1 Orange Folder for the Documents 4 Copies of Accomplished Verified Application Form - APPLICATION FORM LINK HERE Governme...
Ready to take the MUSPO Bukidnon ULTRA challenge?

Ready to take the MUSPO Bukidnon ULTRA challenge?

Bukidnon, Events, Fitness, Mindanaoan Update, Sports
Registration is now open for MUSPO Bukidnon (a.k.a. Musuan - Lake Apo Bukidnon) ULTRA, an endurance race generously supported by The North Face Philippines. For runners / trail runners, endurance aficionados and fitness junkies, this will definitely bring out the best in you. Are you ready to accept the challenge? You even have the chance to avail of discounts on The North Face items and additional discounts when you trade-in your old trail or running shoes! Race days: July 22 to 23, 2023 Official registration link: https://racetechph.com/raceinfoview/10197 (please only register via RaceTech) Avail of these unbeatable offers: 20% OFF on ALL regular priced items by showing you’re a registered participant of MUSPO - Baby Trail and MUSPO ULTRA 100 - THE NORTH FACE PH ...
Mindanaoan.com continues to land on top Pinoy blogs by worth list

Mindanaoan.com continues to land on top Pinoy blogs by worth list

Blogging, Internet, Mindanaoan Update, Technology
Very grateful and absolutely excited to share with you all that this humble blog, Mindanaoan, has continuously landed on BlogMeterTop's top Philippine blogs lists. I think I last posted about this in 2020 but mind you, Mindanaoan.com has consistently landed on their awesome lists all through these years and I can't be more proud! Daghang salamat for all the support! This truly means a whole lot. For the April 2023 lists, Mindanaoan.com landed on the "Top" overall (among the top 50) and on "Travel and Leisure." (among the top 12) I also ranked pretty nicely overall. BlogmeterTop is a Web analytics service that tracks and reports website traffic for all Philippine blogsites. According to BlogmeterTop, they track the user’s activity on the site such as page visits and statistic...
Mindanaoan.com wins at Globe Media Excellence Awards GMEA 10

Mindanaoan.com wins at Globe Media Excellence Awards GMEA 10

Advocacy, Announcements, Blogging, Cagayan de Oro City, Features, Headline, Internet, LifeStyle, Media, Mindanao, Mindanaoan Update, Musings, News, Personal, Personalities, Social Media, Society, Technology
I WON! I am so proud and honored to share that Mindanaoan.com won the award for Digital Storytelling: Best Blog Post during the milestone year of the Globe Media Excellence Awards! On March 31, 2023 in Cebu City, the Globe Group named the winners of GMEA @10, which honors exceptional reporting across platforms in both Visayas and Mindanao. In its milestone year, GMEA embraced the theme #OneDigitalNation, which celebrated stories that captured the impact of Globe-led innovations that uplift lives with compassion, care, and kindness. For the Best Blog Post award, Maria Irene Aserios a.k.a. Mindanaoan won! Days before the awarding ceremony, Globe announced the list of finalists. I was one of the 3 finalists for Best Blog Post (Mindanao). And then last March 31 in Cebu, I was decla...
How to Network for Better Job Opportunities

How to Network for Better Job Opportunities

Announcements, Jobs
If you’re on the hunt for better work, learning how to network effectively can help you get there. Current research suggests that around 80% of jobs are secured through personal and professional networks. This means that it’s in your best interest to spend the bulk of your job-hunting time networking, whether you’re doing so online, at organized events, or even among your friends and relatives. Plus, employing several of these networking strategies can drastically increase your chances of landing a good job offer. Networking showcases your ability to build strong and meaningful relationships, a skill that’s just as important in the workplace as it is during the job hunt. When you network, the onus is on you to give the person you’re speaking with a positive impression of your skills, a...
Congress designates prayer room for Muslim members, employees for duration of Ramadan

Congress designates prayer room for Muslim members, employees for duration of Ramadan

Government, Muslim Mindanao, Politics, Society
For the very first time in the history of the chamber, a prayer room for Muslim members, employees, and even guests of the House of Representatives has been designated and opened in time for the observance of the Holy Month of Ramadan.    Conference Room 6 in the Ramon V. Mitra Building has been set aside and designated as a Muslim prayer room starting Tuesday and until the end of Ramadan next month.  The simple opening ceremonies was prepared by the House Committee on Muslim Affairs led by its chair Rep. Khalid Dimaporo and vice chair Rep. Bai Dimple Mastura.   Mastura, representative of Maguindanao and Cotabato City’s 1st District, personally made the request for the prayer room to the Speaker in the plenary on the sidelines of the approval on third reading of the P5.268-trilli...
Coca-Cola has this program that allows collection and recycling of plastic bottles during fiestas

Coca-Cola has this program that allows collection and recycling of plastic bottles during fiestas

Advocacy, Cebu City, Features, Mindanaoan Update
Coca-Cola Beverages Philippines, Inc. (CCBPI), the bottling arm of the company in the country, activated Tapon to Ipon: Basta Klaro, Panalo! pop-up booths in Cebu and Iloilo and collected over 400 kilograms of post-consumer clear PET plastic bottles, toward helping hold waste-free festival celebrations. Tapon to Ipon is Coca Cola's nationwide collection program for post-consumer PET plastic bottles, with bottles from any brand accepted as long as they are clear. The company deployed pop-up booths at the Sinulog and Dinagyang Festivals. “We maximize every opportunity to bring Tapon to Ipon to more communities across the Philippines. We bring our Tapon to Ipon program where we can and integrate them with our selling activities. As our consumers enjoy our refreshing beverages and cele...
The 6 buena mano local businesses at the SM CDO Downtown StartUp Market

The 6 buena mano local businesses at the SM CDO Downtown StartUp Market

Mindanaoan Update
There's a special area at the SM CDO Downtown Premier where you can buy local and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) shine ever so brightly! If you love supporting local brands just like me, come check out the SM StartUp Market at the 5th Floor! The 7th StartUp Market of SM in the entire Philippines, the one at SM CDO Downtown Premier has 6 buena mano MSMEs. These local businesses are actually pretty lucky especially because the StartUp Market package includes very friendly rates, free use of the kiosks, free online and offline exposure, financial assistance from BDO etc. I also learned that the brands that can participate in the StartUp Market program are ones that do not have brick-and-mortar shops yet and have only operated online or through bazaars and pop-up shops...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Migz Zubiri: Strengthen alternative fuels such as Biofuels and E-Vehicles

Migz Zubiri: Strengthen alternative fuels such as Biofuels and E-Vehicles

Mindanaoan Update
Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri is pushing to suspend fuel excise tax, in the midst of skyrocketing fuel prices sparked by Russia’s war on Ukraine. Further, he is calling for stronger implementation of the Biofuels Act, as an option for alternative fuels. “With these prices, we should consider the temporary suspension of the fuel excise tax to give our people some welcome respite from the weekly increase of fuel,” said Zubiri. “Especially PUV operators and drivers, who are still trying to recover from the pandemic.” “Just when the economy is beginning to open back up and they finally have a chance to recoup, here comes an oil price surge to kill their momentum. “But suspending excise tax is a short-term solution. We need to think long-term, to avoid coming to another si...
Shopee introduces Marian Rivera as new brand ambassador, to hold March 15 consumer day sale

Shopee introduces Marian Rivera as new brand ambassador, to hold March 15 consumer day sale

Announcements, Consumer, Corporate, Shopping, Society, Technology
Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, is set to hold its 3.15 Consumer Day, the first mega sale of the year. Consumer Day, which will be held on March 15, 2022, will bring the excitement of Shopee’s year-end festivals to all users, giving them more reasons to celebrate and reward themselves as they gear up for the year ahead. Shopee is pioneering 3.15 Consumer Day to bring more value and joy to all shoppers, who are now using e-commerce to fulfill their needs all year round. Everyone can be a part of 3.15 Consumer Day which features the widest variety of products, made better with: Free Shipping with Php 0 min. spendPhp 1 Deals10% off daily starting March 3, kicking off the celebration with the 3.3 Consumer Day Adding to the 3.15 celebrations, Sho...
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...
Panagatan Restaurant Opol now offers breakfast

Panagatan Restaurant Opol now offers breakfast

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Food, Mindanaoan Update, Misamis Oriental, Restaurant, Reviews
Breakfast with a view? How about breakfast by the sea? Yes, please! Panagatan Restaurant, considered as Northern Mindanao's culinary gem and everyone's favorite seafood restaurant in this side of Northern Mindanao, Philippines, now offers breakfast and now opens at 6:30 AM (closes at 9 PM). For only Php 150 (US $3.00), your main viand (choose from bacon, corned beef, beef tapa, crispy danggit or daing na bangus) comes with 2 eggs and rice (or toasted bread). Value for money! There are also other breakfast options on their menu so go ahead and try this Cagayan de Oro breakfast place. Enjoy your breakfast by the bay! Panagatan Opol is atop the water so you can enjoy the morning sea breeze with delicious breakfast. Want to reserve tables or have inquiries? Just call Panagatan Resta...
Iligan to Bukidnon road now ready, travel time reduced by 2 hours

Iligan to Bukidnon road now ready, travel time reduced by 2 hours

Bukidnon, Iligan City, Mindanaoan Update, News, Northern Mindanao, Travel
Do you frequently travel from Bukidnon to Iligan City? Here's good news! Travel time between these two major Mindanao areas is now reduced by roughly 2 hours because of the Sta. Felomina - Bonbonon - Digkilaan - Rogongon route. Traditionally, travelers need to pass through Cagayan de Oro. However, because of this new Iligan to Bukidnon road, travelers now have an alternative route - a time-saving option. Technically, this road serves between Iligan City and Talakag town in Bukidnon. This 60.40 km road section in Iligan City is part of the Mindanao East-West Lateral Road that involves opening and concreting of roads with cross drainage, safety road improvements and lined canal, according to DPWH. Do take note, though, that some parts of this route remain unfinished. Stil...
(UPDATED) Infographics: What you MUST know about Martial Law in Mindanao

(UPDATED) Infographics: What you MUST know about Martial Law in Mindanao

Announcements, Government, Society
Following Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao last May 23, 2017, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) prepared a couple of quick infographics. These are quick facts about what you as a Filipino should know about Martial Law in Mindanao. The declaration has sent a lot of people wondering about our rights and liberties during Martial Law. Below you can find that the declaration: DOES NOT suspend the operation of the Constitution DOES NOT suspend the Judicial and Legislative branches. This means that those branches WILL STILL FUNCTION and will still be headed by civilians You will also see below on these Martial Law in Mindanao infographics your RIGHTS as civilians at CHECKPOINTS. READ: Duterte declares Martial Law in Mindanao, Phi...
S&R CDO Media Rounds

S&R CDO Media Rounds

Business, Cagayan de Oro City, Corporate, Features, Misamis Oriental, Personalities, Shopping
(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...
Proudly Made In Iligan: Deliciosa Ice Cream

Proudly Made In Iligan: Deliciosa Ice Cream

Business, Consumer, Food, Iligan City, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Reviews
I love patronizing homegrown products. I think they ought to be patronized especially since these are only produced on a limited scale (attention to quality - check!). In Iligan City, an old name has pretty much resurfaced and is now making waves again. Deliciosa Ice Cream, founded in 2009, was put on hold for a bit. As fate would have it, however, the owner met a marketing expert years after. Both of them then decided to give the business its much-needed “shot in the arm.” Fast forward 2016, Deliciosa Ice Cream is back, better than ever and they now even have an ice cream center! The store, which was officially launched back in April 15, is located at the main entrance of Floraville Subdivision, along the road going to Upper Luinab, particularly at Purok 3-A. Currently, Delic...
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