Cine Europa at Rodelsa Hall

The 2016 installment of Cine Europa raised its curtains to the public earlier today at Liceo de Cagayan University’s Rodelsa Hall. On its 19th year, the European film festival is featuring a total of 22 films from different countries, including Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. Themes are focused on family, hope and discovery, friendship, adolescence, second chances, and fulfilling dreams, among others.

Cine Europa screenings are free for the viewing public on a first come, first served basis. Audiences are advised to be at the Rodelsa Hall early if they want to catch the film/s they are hoping to watch. Below is the list of films for this year, plus the schedule of screening.


Some of the films you might find interesting include the United Kingdom’s “The Lady in the Van”, The Netherlands “De Marathon”, “Brothers of the Wind” from Austria, “Selfie” from Romania, “Carte Blanche” from Poland, Denmark’s “A Second Chance”, and “Normal: the Dusseldorf Ripper” from Czech Republic.

The Lady in the Van

This films tells the story of Miss Shepherd and her relationship with writer Allan Bennett. Shepherd was supposed to just park her van in Bennett’s driveway, but she ended up staying there for 15 years.

De Marathon

This is the story of Gerard, Nico, Leo, and Kees, four friends who are looking for someone who will sponsor their participation in the Rotterdam Marathon. They hope to raise money through the marathon so they can save their business from bankruptcy.

Brothers of the Wind

The touching story of Lukas and his friendship with Abel, an eagle he saved when it fell from its nest.


Yasmine, Ana, and Roxi are fresh out of high school. They go on a trip where they do everything they want, without thinking of the consequences that await them. Perfect for senior high school students who will embark on a new journey months from now.

Carte Blanche

This is the story of a history teacher who is about to go permanently blind. As teaching is his dream job, he tries his best to hide the truth about his genetic disease. If you loved “Dead Poets Society”, you’ll love “Carte Blanche”.

A Second Chance

“A Second Chance” is about two best friends who are detectives working to solve a case that involves a junkie couple.

Normal: The Dusseldorf Ripper

This is the story of serial killer Peter Kuerten and how he surrendered to the police. The film also features the story of Kuerten’s lawyer, Justus Wehner, who “loses his mind” while working on the case.


Cine Europa 19 will run until Sunday, November 20, at Rodelsa Hall.

See you at the movies!







Free Orientation and Assessment for Canada Study-Work Program

INTERNATIONAL CAREER DEVELOPMENT CONSULTANCY, INC will have a FREE Orientation and Assessment for its STUDY-WORK PROGRAM for CANADA. The details of the event are as follows:


TIME : 1:00PM

VENUE : BUFFALO RESTO GRILL, Velez Street (across Provincial Capitol)

Contact : 0949-919 6442 (Smart)/0927-208 4320 (Globe ) for seat reservation.


• At least 72units in college (2nd year college) of any Bachelor’s Degree



• Can bring the whole family on the day of departure

• Free healthcare

• Free education for the children

• Can acquire PERMANENT RESIDENCY after 2 years.

Join the orientation and avail of a BIG DISCOUNT for your PROCESSING FEE.

See you on November 5!

Seda Centrio Celebrates Oktoberfest

(Press Release)

Beer lovers all over the world rejoice every time October sets in because it means one whole month of beer festivals. These festivals are known as Oktoberfest celebrations.

Oktoberfest originated in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, where an annual beer festival and traveling funfair takes place from middle or late September to early October. Considered an integral part of Bavarian culture, the festival is celebrated in different ways around the world. The central figure in all these celebrations is beer; large amounts of it, plus food and some music.

In the Philippines, Oktoberfest is celebrated with music and food. Throughout October, various concerts featuring the country’s top bands are held in different venues around the country. Restaurants and hotels also come up with special events to commemorate these Oktoberfest celebrations. Some of these events feature popular German food like sausages.

Here in Cagayan de Oro, Seda Centrio Hotel’s Misto is one of the establishments offering special treats for the Oktoberfest celebrations.

Beer Time

Oktoberfest actually started early at Seda as it introduced Beer Time at Misto last August. This is perfect for beer lovers who want to unwind after a challenging day at the office.

From Monday to Friday, guests at Misto you can order all your favorite local beers at a discounted price of Php80. For a more satisfying Beer Time experience, you can pair off your beer with any of the restaurant’s Snack Platters. If you want something sweet and spicy, go for the Sweet Beef Tapa with Spicy Coconut Dip. If you prefer to take your beer with something fried, try Misto’s Crispy Squid Heads.


Other Snack Platter choices are Tokwa’t Baboy, Sisig Sipa, Sinuglaw, and one of their bestsellers, Cheeseboard. Prices for these platters are reasonable, ranging from Php180 to Php350.

In case you prefer other alcoholic drinks, you can have them at 30% off per glass.

Beer Time at Misto is from 5:30pm to 8:30pm.

Oktoberfest at Misto

Oktoberfest celebration at Seda Centrio is special this year.


From today until October 22, you and your friends can celebrate world’s largest beer festival at Misto. For only Php699, savor all the mouthwatering grilled sausages that you can. Pair this with one free round of iced tea, or you can order your favorite beer or alcoholic beverage at a special discounted price.

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Oktoberfest at Misto is from 6pm to 10pm.

Misto is located at the 4th floor of Seda Centrio Hotel. For more information and for your reservations, please contact 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. You may also send an email to

Cheers! Prost! See you at Seda Centrio!

Tilaw, An Asian Fusion Pop Up Dinner

Fusion cuisine is popular nowadays. This is the type of cuisine that combines different types of culinary elements. It does not have just one style; rather, it fuses various elements. Part of the reason for fusion cuisine’s popularity is the creativity and innovation that comes with every dish. And this is what Kagay-anons will experience on Sunday, October 16, when Tilaw unfolds at Loreto’s Grill and Restaurant.

Tilaw is an Asian Fusion pop up dinner organized by Loreto’s and Big Tummy Chefs (BTC) in partnership with the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro and Professional World Academy. Diners will be treated to six different plated dishes, particularly the chefs’ Asian Fusion takes on appetizers, salad, the main course, and dessert.


To provide entertainment to diners, Vivi Viduya will be singing all-time favorites and contemporary songs along with Sessionistas. You’ll love listening to Vivi’s enchanting voice while feasting on the fusion spread prepared by Tilaw‘s chefs.

So if you want a satisfying Sunday night date, head over to Loreto’s along Tomas Saco and 6th Street in Nazareth for Tilaw: An Asian Fusion Pop Up Dinner. Food will be served from 6pm to 10pm.

Tickets are priced at Php700 and can be bought at Loreto’s Grill and Restaurant and the Culinary Institute of Cagayan de Oro. For more details and additional inquiries, contact Loren at 0917-308 6470 or Mark at 0917-527 4652.

See you at Tilaw!


(Check out Big Tummy Chefs’ Facebook page for more details. Click HERE!)



Expo Mom: The Motherhood Journey in Cagayan de Oro

(Press Release)

As the ultimate mommy event of the season takes a second trip to Mindanao, expect to be inspired by the different faces of mommyhood on October 15, 2016 at Centrio Mall, from 10AM to 9PM. Whether you’re an expectant mom, a new mom, or a mom of three or four, you’re going to find something to love at Expo Mom Cagayan de Oro.

Expo Mom: The Motherhood Journey features a fun and fulfilling all-day program. In the morning The Modern Nanays of Mindanao, a community of moms who promote breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diapering, lead the celebration of motherhood with a Mamba session—a Zumba class made especially for moms with slings! Dr. Raissa Paje Bayawa, founder of Happy Heart Kids Yoga, takes the stage next to enlighten moms about the benefits of prenatal yoga and to share some helpful moves as well.


Two sessions delve deep into the amazing journey that all moms share. The first one focuses on pregnancy and breastfeeding & finding that right balance between home life & career. Guests are Nadine Casino, founder of Modern Nanays of Mindanao; & Ruby Caberte, a popular blogger who is also a mom.

The second session touches on baby care, with discussions on the right way to wear baby and age-appropriate toys to help with a child’s development . Guests for this segment will be an early childhood educator and a few mommies.

Other exciting activities scheduled include a bento-making session specifically devoted to picky eaters, by the pioneering Bento Mommas, who have actually been with us all over the country this year. You can sign up to participate at for Php900, inclusive of basic bento tool kit, bento box and food ingredients for the workshop plus freebies from sponsors, all of which you can take home afterward.


A makeup on-the-go demonstration for busy mothers by Paola Paladio- Ching follows in the afternoon, in addition to a craft workshop with a homegrown moms and kids crafts group. In between, many prizes will be given away care of our generous exhibitors and sponsors Caltrate and Belo Baby.

Topping the motherhood celebration is a fashion show devoted to babywearing, showing one and all that it is possible to look positively trendy with a baby in tow.

A year from its 10th anniversary, Expo Mom continues to be a source of information and inspiration among modern parents and a wellspring of modern products and services for the whole family.

Expo Mom 2016: The Motherhood Journey is co-presented by Caltrate Plus and Belo Baby, with Centrio Mall and Ayala Malls as its venue partner, supported by Modern Nanays of Mindanao, Carmel Kho Ricarte and Moms Radio; with Professional Organizers Unlimited, Inc. and Creative Juice Communications as logistics partners.

Entrance to Expo Mom is free.

For more information, visit


Happy World Teachers’ Day!

(This article originally came out on I wrote this last year. Some facts have been updated.)

Today is World Teachers’ Day. Of course, we thank our teachers every day – for everything that they have done and sacrificed for us. But, today, the spotlight is on them. Our teachers are on centerstage today. This is the best time to celebrate their meaning in our lives.

World Teachers’ Day

The first World Teachers’ Day celebration was on October 5, 1994. It was an event inaugurated by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) to highlight the importance of education, culture, and communication in our mission to achieve peace.

World Teachers’ Day also puts the spotlight on teachers and educators all over the world; those who sacrifice their time to prioritize the education and growth of their students. On this day, all the achievements and contributions of teachers, as well as the issues and concerns that affect them; are given the attention they deserve.

October 5 is the ideal date for celebrating the value of teachers (and teaching) because it was on this day in 1966 when UNESCO and the International Labor Organization (or ILO) jointly signed the “Recommendation concerning the status of teachers”.

Today, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries.

Thank you, teachers!

I was a teacher for eight (8) years. Although teaching wasn’t my first profession (I took up Mass Communication), I have always loved interacting with children and students. When we were younger, my sister, cousins, and I would play ­teacher-teacher. I was always the teacher and they were my students. After my first year at Philippine Southfield School, there was no turning back. I was hooked.

When you are a teacher, you forget yourself. Your priority is always your students. Your weekends are free, but there will be times when you’ll spend hours upon hours checking your students’ works. Summers are also free, but there will be times when you need to volunteer for a special reading class. A teacher’s work is never done. And a teacher’s work is never confined to just the four walls of the classroom.

“Ideal teachers are those who use themselves as bridges,

over which they invite their students to cross;

then having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse,

encouraging them to create bridges of their own.”

-Leo Buscaglia, author of Living, Loving, and Learning

Teaching is all about building bridges and encouraging your students to come out of their hiding places and cross these bridges. Once a student successfully crosses a bridge, he becomes a new and better person. And all because of the teacher who helped him overcome his fears. He becomes responsible for creating new bridges that others can cross.

For many students, however, describing the ideal teacher is a personal thing. This is why over the weekend, I interviewed some people and asked them to share stories about their favorite teachers. I asked them three questions:

  1. Who is/are your favorite teacher/s and why?
  2. What is the ideal teacher for you?
  3. October 5 is World Teachers Day, what special message would you like to send to your teachers?

I was able to gather beautiful stories and I’m sharing them with you now.

The Ideal Teacher

“I met her when I was quite a bit older than you would expect a typical student to be – during my Pediatrics residency at Maria Reyna Hospital. What made her immediately my favorite? Despite her years of experience and high position, she never treated me as a subordinate who was too stupid or green. Instead, she would find ways to get her knowledge across in a respectful, kind and encouraging manner. None of the bullying, insulting type of teaching that goes on in other hospitals (typically in Manila) with her! It actually drove me to learn more about her field of expertise. She never stopped reading medical journals and so was always up to date on new treatments and diagnostic procedures. What I remember the most – not all kids who present with cough and fever need antibiotics. This went against how most pediatricians treated their patients. But, because of her experience and continual research, she had the courage of her convictions. Those are the qualities I intend to emulate – respect for students, a never ending desire to improve one’s self, and not to follow the herd when you know you are in the right.”

– Tp Alagadan, MD (she requested for her teacher’s name to remain anonymous)

“My 4th year HS teacher from MOGCHS. And I’m pretty sure I can speak in behalf of my class when I say this.  In a period of teenage angst and anxiety, coupled with self-doubt and the need to find one’s self, Ms. Jen Parcutillo came through. She treated us as individuals and not as a collective whole. She recognized our uniqueness and celebrated it with us. She wasn’t just the adviser. She was our friend, our mom, our comrade. She was one of the few who we felt would never give up on us. And guess what? She continues to be so.”

“The ideal teacher is someone who teaches primarily not for any gain; she is someone who truly feels happy from the prospect of helping another grow.”


“Seven years after our class with her officially ended and we’d still feel giddy visiting her. Photo taken: 2014.”

“My message for teachers: Teachers make a large part of who I am today. And I’d like to think I turned out pretty awesome (haha!). Keep on rocking, teachers of the world”

– Christy, blogger at


” My favorite teacher is Dr. Ingrid Gako-Racoma who was my Chemistry teacher in college. She became my favorite teacher with the way she taught chemistry, which I can only describe as practical, easy to understand, and made sense. She also encouraged us to experiment and not to scrimp on the reagents. I loved the subject so much that I ended up taking up another chemistry subject the following semester which she also taught, and two more organic chem and biochem.”

“An ideal teacher “suffers” with her students and doesn’t make her/his students suffer. He/she strives to make the subject matter interesting and peppers it with practical applications or modern day relevance so that the students can relate and see the value why the subject/topic needs to be studied. An ideal teacher cares about her students, acts like a second parent, and is concerned for the pupil’s/student’s over-all well-being. She goes beyond what she sees and tries to draw out the child’s potential so that it can be developed to the maximum.”

“The best way to pay tribute to teachers is to take up the teaching profession, too. Even if you do not plan to spend the rest of your life teaching, at least, for part of your life, try to be a teacher for a year, or two, or three and give back to the youth of today what your teacher also gave you… the time, the effort, the energy to educate us. We need to continue the virtuous cycle of dedication and service started by our teachers and pay it forward. For some who will try teaching for a year or two, they may discover that teaching is, after all, their vocation and calling and choose to stay in the profession as their life-long career. This would be the best way we repay those who have selflessly given their lives towards the education of a nation.”

-Happy Ballesteros-Raagas, former Miss Cagayan de Oro

“I could not forget Mrs Milagros Tancongco, my English Teacher way back in grade six.  She told me I will make it as a successful person someday.  She made me see my potentials without over saying her adulation.

In high school there was Mrs Trinidad Balaba, my history teacher, whose brilliance I admired.  I was not a good student in high school, she pinched me whenever I get so rowdy and noisy.  But, she told me I was bright, even brighter than the others, but I couldn’t be an honor student because I did not study hard.

In college, this was when I showed my best.I had to survive college years at MSU-IIT (Iligan). I had to go my own way because my parents did not accompany me to enroll at IIT. Thus, I enrolled myself. There, I met Prof. Merlie Dalman Villabona, my Introduction to Literature and Morphology Professor. Once, she saw me sitting on a bench with some of my dance mates, then she told me “Ay si Hobart bright unta, pero tambay-tambay lang, dili ga study.Dong, sa balay puyo para makatu-on ka ug ayo. (Hobart, you’re supposed to be a bright student, but all you do is spend time with friends, you don’t study. Come and live in my house so you can study well.)”  So, I moved to her place where there were 7 other students who rented a bed space. Whenever I did not have money for food, she let me eat; but, of course, I had to help do some chores and run some errands.

My mentor, Dr. Steven Patrick Fernandez, also became my personal friend. His brilliance inspires me and I got my theater training from him. Dr Fernandez is my perennial critic – and he knows I could make it best for theater and stagecraft. Dr Fernandez is also my Phd Dissertation adviser.

There were three women professors who also inspired me:  Dr. Luvisminda de la Cruz, Dr. Nancy Puno, and Prof. Paula Alinsangan. These three language studies and linguistics teachers did not hesitate to push me to my limits; they challenged me to become a better student and teacher. They also boosted my morale through their sincere support and honest counsels, advice, and opinions.

I have also favorite teachers who are my friends and are ‘kindred spirits’ like Loreta Fajardo, Nancy Echavez, Amado Guinto, and Nelia Balgoa. Dr. Christine Godinez Ortega, my Literary Criticism teacher, is a friend who never fails to share what she has to her students: notes, photocopies, explanation to all literary theories, and all. I got many readings from her. And, of course, I love her poems.”“An ideal teacher is selfless and grounded to accept that what he does is not for himself anymore, but for the benefit of those who would like to be prepared for the real world.  He is beyond instruction and he is more than just inspiration; he bears the truth, which makes people see and feel the realities

“An ideal teacher is selfless and grounded to accept that what he does is not for himself anymore, but for the benefit of those who would like to be prepared for the real world.  He is beyond instruction and he is more than just inspiration; he bears the truth, which makes people see and feel the realities in life may they be sweet, bitter, or harsh. An ideal teacher touches the lives of others, but never expects something in return.”“I actually would like to spend moments with them in my dream when I sleep tonight.  To some of them whom I could still contact through FB, I’ll send them an emoticon plus a one-line poetry. They have been my favorite teachers… although I also have many others. But, allow me to tell you that they pertain to me because I am also a student, a good one who really respects them.”

“I actually would like to spend moments with them in my dream when I sleep tonight.  To some of them whom I could still contact through FB, I’ll send them an emoticon plus a one-line poetry. They have been my favorite teachers… although I also have many others. But, allow me to tell you that they pertain to me because I am also a student, a good one who really respects them.”

-Hobart P. Savior, Director, Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA)

“My favorite teacher was my grade school English teacher, Angelina Yap. Miss Yap taught us Language and Reading. Every week we had to submit a book report, and we also had to learn the vocab words she posted on the bulletin board. Everyone, from Kinder up to Grade 8, was encouraged to write something for the school paper. Miss Yap also went beyond her lessons in making sure that we were alright. At the time, I was underweight, so she made sure that I finished a glass of milk every lunch break. She even assisted my mother at the last minute in sewing applique flowers in a costume for one of our school plays. When I was already in high school, I sent her a letter updating her about my life. She was quick to reply – and admonished me on the state of my handwriting! Since then, I’ve always made the effort to have copybook handwriting. Miss Yap was strict and relentless, but had endless patience with us. It is partly because of her that I developed a love of reading and writing. She passed away several years ago of breast cancer, but she lives on forever in her students. I wouldn’t be the same person now without her guidance.”

“In your opinion, what is the ideal teacher? The ideal teacher is someone who makes learning fun for her students and encourages them to think and work for themselves. They are creative and caring and most of all, fair.”

“Today is World Teachers Day. How will you pay tribute to your teachers? Say a little prayer for them and thank them for putting up with us holy terrors.”

-Grace Garcia, Pueblo de Oro

“It was during the first phase of my 3rd year in college when I started to think of shifting a different major. I became uninterested in my own course choice and I wanted to try another path, which was psychology. But, thinking of the long enrolment process, the hassle of shifting requirements and whatnots, I decided to stick with DevCom. Anyway, I was almost near the finish line.

To make the story short, it was in this phase that I met my favorite teacher, Master Froilan Gallardo. He was teaching us basic photography. It was in his class that I found myself falling back in love with my major. Every time we had our class discussion, he had so many stories to tell; of life experiences and reality checks.

I liked him, and the way he teaches. He wants his students to become independent and explore beyond the four walls of the classroom. He taught us the basics of photography, the composition of the camera, and how to take pictures. But, it was then on our own that we knew how to capture a moment. How to tell a story with just one click.”

“For me, a teacher should be like sir Froi—not only shares his knowledge about the subject matter for the sake of teaching, but also teaches the importance of it in relation to the real world.”

“Today is World Teacher’s Day, and I know any amount of gratitude would not be enough to show how grateful I am for my teachers for guiding and showing me that there is more to life. As what Henry Brooks Adams said, “A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops”.

-Liz Echeveria, AB DevCom graduate, Xavier University

“Boots Tismo, Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Education Department. She teaches with passion and finds real joy in teaching her students, inspiring them to be more than what they are. She would tell stories from own experiences and that of others incorporating the, in her lessons. Something that really works for me as I easily get bored. I was with undergrad students while taking my Prof Eductation at XU and she would always call out my name because she would think Im either bored or absent if I am ever so quiet. Taking Prof Ed, was my ‘second time’ to go back to school and for the first time, I made extra effort to make good in my studies and surprised myself, and my Mom when I got all As for a change. It was exhilarating. Deeply regretted not taking my studies seriously when I was younger. I sort of breezed through my college life. So, that was truly a fulfilling experience for me. And I have to give my teachers credit for that.

Special mention to my colleagues in the field, who I know are passionate teachers as well. You, Eper Agdamag-Silan, and Connie Cabreira of Homeschool fame.”

“Being a teacher and parent myself, I believe that teaching should be a continuing process. It is a profession that never goes out of style. Eveyrtime you help “mold” somebody into a better individual, you yourself grow into one. I also had the privilege of teaching in China and had the unique chance of teaching students from a different culture. It was truly an experience that I will always fondly think of. A challenging one, to say the very least. Gained many a friend and families.”

“I pay tribute to all my fellow teachers who have given their utmost dedication in teaching their students reach their potential. Making an extra effort so that their students find it a sheer joy to sit in the classroom for another day of learning and fun. For a teacher needs to be innovative and should learn to make the interaction in the classroom positive and ever interesting; and it takes a skilled and passionate one to do that. Thank you for giving your God-given skills and abilities to improve humanity as a whole, because it takes one student at a time to make a change. For leaving a positive note on our lives and souls. For helping us to be the persons that we are now. I thank you from my heart. May your tribe increase.”

-Lorraine Nicolas, SPED teacher

“My favorite teacher is our philosophy professor when I was a freshie in college.  Basically because she’s a really good professor in both imparting knowledge and her teaching method. She can talk the entire hour without boring you. She cites great examples that you can totally relate with the topic, and you definitely know that the grades you get are the grades you deserve.”

“In your opinion, what is the ideal teacher? Someone who can relate with his/her students without compromising respect from them. Someone who is very knowledgeable and who can present the facts and impart these facts through practical examples. Someone whom you can benchmark your character and attitude. Someone who also learns from his/her students.”

“Today is World Teachers Day. How will you pay tribute to your teachers? Aside from a shout out on Facebook, I think the best way to pay tribute to my teachers is to apply what they taught me and to also share what I learned to people around me. That way, it somehow amplifies how grateful I am as their student; for without them, I wouldn’t be molded into the person I am today.”

-Carlitos “Itos” Felesedario, Centrio Mall Marketing Office

“The BEST TEACHER would be Froilan Gallardo, and I know many of his students will agree with this. I cannot specify an exact situation where he was inspiring or heroic because Sir Froi was never one to treat himself on top. He’s imperfect, a little crazy but dead serious, strict and passionate with his chosen profession. We loved him because of the little gestures he did for us. He was many things to me. A teacher, a colleague, a father figure, and a friend. I guess what makes him my favourite teacher is because he believed in me more than I believed in myself.”

“In your opinion, what is the ideal teacher? See: Froilan Gallardo.”

“Today is World Teachers Day. How will you pay tribute to your teachers? As simple as a message of thanks that they helped me become what I am today.”

-Lenz Marie Libres

“My favorite teachers: (college) Mayette Liscano, Deedole Nacua, Neil Improgo, Tibo Acoriba. (hs) Ralph Cecilio+, Ana Maria Dela Fuente (GleeClub).”

“The best teacher inspires, builds character in each student, and never gives up on any one of them.”

“I would pay tribute to my teachers by praying for them; for their good health, and long life of prosperity, a life full of love and passion. And I pray that they may continue to inspire the people around them.”

-Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, DSWD Region X

“Mrs. Cora del Fierro, Mrs. Anita Q.Santos, Ms. Venus Guibone,  Ms. Chummy Chaves, Mrs. Lalot Arcadio-Rivera, Ms. Cecille Bicbic, Dr. Amor de Torres, Ms. Rowena Rodriguez Edrolin, teacher Ametta Suarez Taguchi, the late Fr. Jorge Hofilena, and my mom.”

“The ideal teacher is a loving person who believes in the potential of his students, capitalizes on the strength of each child, and instructs with enthusiasm and effectivity. Thus, the ideal teacher must continue learning more about himself, humanity, and the world we live in and teach what is right, just, and beautiful, while inspiring each child to do what is good and honorable one day at a time.”

“I would like to honor all my teachers who have taught me well by paying the love and expertise forward to the children under my care. To this day, I still tell the story and sing a particular song Mrs del Fierro told and taught us in Little Schoolhouse many years ago. Thank you, Teachers!”

-Karen Lluch, former Miss Cagayan de Oro, Thrive CDO Advocacy Group founder, and teacher

“I have a lot of favorite teachers. For literature, the late sir Ralph Cecilio. He taught me how to appreciate poetry and the arts. He was very passionate whenever he discussed EE Cummings, Shakespeare, O. Henry, Edgar Allan Poe. I wasn’t as interested in literature as I am now. Sir Ralph is one of the reasons why I’m into literature now. He gave me a list of books to read before I die. It’s over 200 books, but I’ve only managed to have half of it and have read only a quarter from the list. He’s the reason why I got into classics.

He was an XU Compstud teacher, but I met Kuya Puloy through Yahweh’s Choir. He was one of my mentors as I was growing up. He taught me the discipline of choral singing. But, more than that, he taught me that excellence is achieved through hardwork and with the help of friends and family.”

“Sadly, both of my favorite teachers aren’t here anymore. The best way I pay tribute to them is to live everyday with the lessons they’ve taught me and keep them in my heart.”

-Mai Santillan, theatre actress, co-founder of NAGMAC (Nagkahiusang Mambabalak sa Cagayan de Oro)


I have to share my ideal teacher stories, too.

For my part, I’d like to thank all my high school teachers for helping me come out of my shell. I was quite shy in elementary, but I slowly blossomed in high school. Special mention goes out to my speech teacher (2nd year HS) Ms. Cynthia Villaraza and my drama teacher & drama club adviser Ms. Milene Neri. They are the reasons why I developed an interest in writing, the culture, and arts.

I spent only one year at Xavier University under the AB DevComm program (which has been dissolved). We moved to Manila in 1986 and I went to two schools there: FEU and St. Joseph’s College. It was at SJC-QC where I met two professors who would be a great influence to me: Mr. Roy Iglesias and Mr. Ed Palmos. Sir Roy was our professor for almost all Mass Comm major subjects. But, my most memorable times with him were during our Radio-TV scriptwriting classes, which were held once a week only, for 4 (or 5?) hours. I remember the times when he would bring movie scripts to class and we would read and study them. To this day, I use some of his teaching techniques when doing creative writing workshops and classes. Sir Ed was my Film Theory professor and I learned a lot from him. He always had a fun way of making us learn things. I remember the week that I watched the movie Fatal Attraction almost every night because it was part of what we were studying in class. I loved sir Ed’s infectious energy and passion.

Teachers are extensions of ourselves because they dig deep into themselves to understand us and draw out the best in us. They become a part of us because they spend most of their time with us, helping us cross bridges. They become a part of us because they forget themselves and give more than 100% to us. One day of thank yous won’t be enough. Every day should be teachers’ day!

What about you? Who are your favorite teachers? What are your most special memories with them? Care to share them with us?


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Collaborative Show on Sinaunang Baybayin to be Staged at Rodelsa Hall

The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), in partnership with Liceo de Cagayan University and Pasundayag Community Arts, is implementing the project “Pagpasundayag sa Sinaunang Baybayin”. This is a series of activities from a workshop facilitated by Emil Yap, an expert on Sinaunang Baybayin, the ancient Filipino writing famously known as Alibata.

(BaiBayin or Baybayi, from the root word “Baybay” or BaiBai”, which means spelling or tracing, is a system or way of writing of our Filipino ancestors. Sinaunang Baybayin, however, is not based on the Doctrina Christiana that was spread by our colonizers.)


The show entitled “Baybayin” (Shore in English) is a mélange of multi-art disciplines based on the research on Sinaunang Baybayin. It is a collaboration of work by local Kagay-anon artists: CdeO Arts Guild’s Michael Bacol; Next Moves’ Arnie Jumao-as and Feliz Ugalde, with their choreographer Roger Odron; Dulaang Atenista current members JC Salon, Angelo Dabbay, Franz Lacson, and Dan David Tan; Dulaang Atenista alumni Alvin Adaza, Ethyl Malachico, and Dr. Reynards A. Tan. The show also features Denise “Honey” Mordeno Aguilar, who conceptualized the project. Aguilar is the current artistic director of Pasundayag Community Arts, which was founded by Mozart A.T. Pastrano in 1997. The production’s soundscape design is by veteran Kagay-anon musician Drue Dahongpalay. Stage manager is Ritche Riveral of Race Entertainment.

With the theme “Exploring the Past Through Sinaunang Baybayin and Creating a Future Using It for Performance”, the show will be staged on Oct 7, 2016 at Liceo de Cagayan University’s Rodelsa Hall. Show times are 3pm (matinee) and 8pm (gala).


Denise “Honey” Aguilar (standing on shoulders) conceptualized the Baybayib series.


Performances to watch out for include the group’s version of the Creation Story; the introduction of the two major Sinaunang Baybayin scripts expressed in an ensemble performance; the individual identities of the artists involved and their body articulation of the Baybayin; the theatrical utterance of the games, contrasting difference between the children before, and the generation of children today. “Baybayin” is not only a show, but a learning experience for the audience as well.

In addition to the show, there will also be an ongoing exhibit based on Sinaunang Baybayin by the Liceo Tripod Art Group and Kagay-anon visual artists. The exhibit will be held at Liceo U’s Capricho Art Café.

Those who are interested to witness and become a part of this momentous cultural event may reserve their tickets by calling 63977-402 0050, 63917-774 1749, or 63916-785 2804. Tickets are very affordable at Php100.00. For more information, check out the “Pagpasundayag sa Sinaunang Baybayin” event page on Facebook.

See you at Rodelsa Hall!


(Info from press release provided by organizers.)