Last Minute Christmas Shopping: Books

It’s December 23, a day before Christmas eve. Have you finished shopping for gifts? Have you asked ninong and ninang for your year-end reward for being a good girl/boy? If you haven’t yet, no worries. I can help you out.

I decided to come up with two last minute Christmas shopping specials. This is the first one and it’s for the bookworms.

I went around National Bookstore two days in a row and found some really good books that you can give or ask for as gifts. Check out what’s in my list and you might find something you like.

Harry Potter Cinematic Guide Collection by Felicity Baker – Php345

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The ultimate Harry Potter fan gift. You’ll find everything you want to know about the movie – scenes, characters, and quotes. Each character has one full book, so you’ll have fun re-acquainting yourself with Harry and the gang. You’ll love the bright and colorful photos that seem to jump out of the pages!

An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters & Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Illustrated by Cassandra Jean – Php649

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This anthology is perfect for fans of the Shadowhunter novels made famous by Cassandra Clare. The book includes characters from The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and The Dark Artifices. Followers of the series will love the fact that the woman behind The Shadowhunter Tarot is the one who did the illustrations for the book.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay by J.K. Rowling- Php995

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Haven’t had enough of Fantastic Beasts? Or perhaps you know somebody who still haven’t recovered from all the fun and excitement the movie gave him/her? If your answer is yes, this is the best gift to choose.It features not only dialogues but also staging directions for the film, which was released just last month.You’ll find a lot of character descriptions, as well as illustrations.Best for those who want to know more about the Fantastic Beasts characters.
The Children’s Bible – Php545
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The best way to introduce The Bible to your children. With colorful illustrations.
Little Miss and Little Master Series by BabyLit – Php479
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The classics made especially for young readers. Some of the titles available are: Pride & Prejudice, Les Miserables, Romeo & Juliet, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Frankenstein. The mini-books feature numbers, the alphabet, and basic words, among others.
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The Lost Journal of Alejandro Pardo: Creatures and Beasts of Philippine Folklore
With entries by Trese author Budjette Tan, Kajo Baldisimo, David Hontiveros, Bow Guerrero, and Mervin Malonzo.
All That Darkness Allows: 13 Tales of Horror and Dread
Thirteen stories by 13 Filipino authors. If you like scary stories, this is the book for you. The fact that it is written by local writers make the stories more relatable. Buy this for yourself or for a friend or loved one who likes reading horror stories deep into the night.
Have you chosen which book to buy? You’ll have the whole day today and tomorrow to decide which one you want. If you can’t choose just one, go and get two books! 
Happy gift-giving and merry Christmas, Kagay-anons! 

Christmas at the CDO Malls

Christmas is just a few days away and everyone is busy checking off their lists. If you’re not done shopping yet (I know many who haven’t even started), you’re in luck because the malls have extended their operating hours for the holiday season. The better for you to find that perfect Christmas gift! 😉christmas-shopping

Photo credit: By Trogain (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

 

To help you schedule your last minute shopping, here’s a list of the extended hours of CDO’s major malls:

CENTRIO MALL

  • December 14 to 23 – 10am to 10pm
  • December 24 – 10am to 7pm
  • December 25 – 12nn to 10pm
  • December 26 to 30 – 10am to 10pm
  • December 31 – 10am to 6pm
  • January 1 – 12nn to 9pm
  • January 2 – Regular Mall Hours

SM CITY CDO

  • December 20 to 30 – 10am to 10pm (except December 23 & 24)
  • December 23 – 10am to 12mn
  • December 24 & 31 – 9am to 7pm
  • January 1 – 12nn to 9pm

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SM City CDO’s Supermarket now opens at 8am.

GAISANO CITY MALL

  • December 20 to 23, 29 to 30 – 9am to 10pm
  • December 24 & 31 – Regular Store Hours – Supermarket: 9am to 9pm/Department Store: 9am to 8pm

ORORAMA (Please see photo below)

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OUR LADY OF MANAOAG SCHEDULE OF MASSES

Our Lady of Manaoag Chapel, located at Limketkai Center beside Shopwise, has finalized its schedule of masses for the Christmas season. If you can’t join the Simbang Gabi at 4am or 5am, you can join the chapel’s daily 6pm mass. Check out the details below:

* December 15 to 23 (Simbang Gabi)  – 6:00PM
* December 24 (Saturday) – 6:00PM
* December 25 (Sunday) – 5:30PM
* December 31  (Saturday) – 6:00PM
* January 1 – NO MASS (Mall Closed)

Before or after shopping, visit the chapel first and hear mass. Say a prayer of thanksgiving for all the blessings that have come (and continue to go) your way.

merry Christmas, Kagay-anons! Happy shopping! 😀

 

 

 

The Actor

A couple of months ago, Dreamboard Artists founder Donie Galigao asked me if I could write a poem for the group’s anniversary show. Since I was busy with “Reyna Elena” and”Lima”, it was exactly one week before their December 4 show when I finally sent the poem to Donie.

My inspirations for the poem are the people who supported my grand dream of staging my mom’s Palanca-winning play. “Reyna Elena” was staged at the Xavier University-Little Theater last November 10&11. We had four successful shows (3pm and 7pm on each day). Well, they weren’t SRO shows, but the performances definitely deserved standing ovations. Most of the cast members of the play have been with me since I started staging Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” (2013). Two of them are former students, both active members of the school’s drama club, which I moderated and coached. The others, I met only during the two-day auditions we held at Loreto’s Grill.

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(Photo source: Free to download, pixabay.com)

I wrote the poem “The Actor” for all of them. Because they helped fulfill a dream that I once thought was impossible to achieve. I wrote the poem for them because they are selfless performers; because they are talented. “The Actor” is for everyone who supports our advocacy of focusing the spotlight on original plays by Kagay-anons.

I am sharing the poem to everyone – artists and non-artists alike –  who wish to read it. May this poem help you realize how valued you are as an artist. May this poem help people realize how important artists are in inspiring and facilitating change. Especially change within one’s self.

THE ACTOR

When the lights turn on

All the faces I see disappear

It’s just me, the stage, and the lights.

And I begin to feel myself float

I begin to soar

I begin to reach new heights.

Every time I do this

I become a totally new person.

I become Juan,

Martin,

Luis,

Joe,

Andy.

I become somebody else.

 

But when the lights dim

I retreat backstage

Sometimes too tired to face the real world.

Up there, onstage, I could be who I want to be

Back here, I could drown.

Drown in loneliness

Drown in pain

Drown in fear

That people won’t like me for who I am.

I am not Juan,

Or Martin

Or Luis,

Or Joe,

Or Andy.

I am myself, the way I want to be.

 

There’s just one me

And I’m afraid it’s not who you want to see.

There’s just one me

Not the many faces you see onstage.

There’s just one me

I’m not the actor illuminated by the lights.

 

Sometimes, people forget me

Because all they see is who they want me to be.

But life is as it is

And the cycle continues…

 

I go up on stage

And the lights turn on again.

And I begin to float,

To soar.

I begin to become who I am not

Because it’s who the people want me to be.

 

-The Actor

By Maia Fortich-Poblete

November 29, 2016

Cagayan de Oro City

 

Kudos to all Kagay-anon artists! 🙂

 

Aruga Unveils Christmas Specials

(with press release provided by Aruga)

Last November 26, Aruga Aesthetic Center welcomed special guests into its clinic for a night of wellness and beauty. It was a special evening where guests were given the chance to experience the services that highlight the Aruga experience –an experience centered on Filipino hospitality and utmost care.

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Aruga endorser Cindy Obenita telling guests about the clinic’s holiday specials.

We Filipino consumers usually have a budget for everything, especially for special treats. As we’re all busy fulfilling daily tasks, we tend to forget to take care of ourselves. Some of us often set this though aside, thinking that skincare and wellness are luxuries we cannot afford. Aruga Aesthetic Center knows this and seeks to change this notion by offering reasonably-priced services that do not skimp on quality.

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CDO Bloggers. Ready for some Aruga pampering. 

Since the Christmas spirit is already felt everywhere, Aruga decided to offer a special treat to its customers. For this holiday season, Aruga has prepared a variety of promotions on their products and services. These were all unveiled to the guests last Saturday. The evening started with the launch of Aruga Aesthetic Center’s open house, which will run from November 26 to December 3, 2016. For three days, anyone who loves some pampering and self-love can drop by the clinic for a free skin consultation. Aruga believes that everyone should care for the skin they’re in, and getting to know your skin will be the first step in your facial wellness journey.

Launched on the same night were Aruga’s Holiday Beauty Campaigns: The first, dubbed Party Ready Beauty with Aruga Aesthetic Center, focuses on helping us with our busy social calendars this holiday season. This campaign offers us a way to make it to each social engagement as confident as we can be, and with eyelashes and eyebrows on fleek. Aruga will be offering promos on eyelash extensions and iBrow services –making sure you can have party-ready beauty every day of the week.

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It’s a”Light and White Christmas” at Aruga.

The second campaign, “Light and White Christmas,” offers Kagay-anons a white Christmas. Aruga offers you a chance to unleash your inner glow, for a more radiant, and stunning you. Special promotional packages are available for their glutathione, Beauty Fusion, and other skin brightening services. Check out the details below:

– 4 Gluta Shots: P3,400 –  with 4 FREE BASIC FACIALS
– 4 Luminesce Gluta Shots: P12,000 – with 4 FREE SPECIAL FACIALS
– 4 Aruga Whitening Special Facial: P3,996 – with 1 more FREE ARUGA WHITENING SPECIAL FACIAL
– 4 Body Scrub: P3,996 – with 4 FREE BASIC FACIAL
– 4 Regular Beauty Fusion: P14,000 – with 4 FREE BASIC FACIALS
– 4 Luminesce Beauty Fusion: P20,000 – with 4 FREE SPECIAL FACIALS
– 5% off on all our Lash Extension Services
– Avail of our iBrow Service and get 1 FREE REGULAR FACIAL FREE

Finally, but certainly not the least, there is the Aruga Christmas Tree Campaign, where you can give back to the Earth by giving a gift to yourself. For every Php1000 worth of services availed, Aruga Aesthetic Center will plant a tree in your name. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. Isn’t that what the Christmas season is all about?

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Blogges getting some much needed pampering from Aruga.

Aruga invites you – and everyone! – to drop by the clinic this holiday season. Pamper yourself and your loved ones. Indulge in the affordable luxury that only Aruga Aesthetic Center can offer.

Aruga Aesthetic Center is located at Door 1, Cornerstone Bldg, Ramon Chaves Street. They are open from Monday to Saturday, 9am to 8pm. For more information, please contact 0917-507 8972.

Happy holidays from Aruga!

#SaveSexy: Encouraging HIV and AIDS Awareness

As of June 2016, according to reports from the Infectious Disease Cluster of the Department of Health, the total number of reported HIV and AIDS cases in the Philippines rose to 841. About 2% of this are from Northern Mindanao, with around five cases reported per day. In terms of the growth rate of HIV and AIDS cases, the region is ranked 7th. While the numbers are decreasing in other parts of the world, it continues to rise here in the Philippines.

These numbers – all facts – are an indication that Filipinos still have a lot to learn about HIV and AIDS. While there are awareness campaigns year in and year out, quite a big chunk of the population somehow refuse to open their eyes and ears and understand the real score. For them, what matters is they are not infected and they cannot be infected. This is precisely why pioneering HIV advocacy group The Red Whistle came up with the #SaveSexy project.

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#SaveSexy

#SaveSexy is an HIV and AIDS awareness campaign in the form of a race similar to the popular reality show “The Amazing Race”. Three teams race to selected pit stops located in strategic areas in Cagayan de Oro, but only after they solve the challenges given to them.

In every pit stop, the teams will be required to solve a combination of physical and online challenges. Additionally, each team will be assigned a particular hashtag, which they will use to post photos of the challenges on their social media accounts. While the teams race to the pit stops, their online followers also race to like and share their posts. A social media team based in Metro Manila is tasked to monitor the hashtags.

#SaveSexy Encourages HIV and AIDS Awareness

As the primary goal of #SaveSexy is to inform and educate people, members of the three teams are encouraged to reach out to the crowd and share the basics of HIV and AIDS with them. Likewise, all the physical activities and games are intended to highlight relevant HIV and AIDS information.

At the end of the race, each team’s hashtag  and share count is totaled and this is added to their total time. The winning team will be sent to Boracay, which is the first stop of the #SaveSexy tour every year.

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For CDO’s first #SaveSexy race, the pitstops are Capitol University, Ayala Centrio Mall, and Gaston Park.

The Red Whistle’s #SaveSexy CDO leg is supported by Save the Children, the City Government of Cagayan de Oro,  the Local AIDS Council, ABS-CBN, and the Misamis Oriental – Cagayan de Oro AIDS Network (MOCAN).

#SaveSexy CDO will take place on Satuday, November 19, from 7am to 6pm. Good luck to all teams!

 

*Statistics from the PIA Talakayan sa Limketkai Luxe Hotel that took place last October.

*Photo credits: #SaveSexyCDO Facebook Page. Used with permission.

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.

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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.

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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.

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

See you at the movies!

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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.

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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 reservations.cdo@sedahotels.com.

Cheers! Prost! See you at Seda Centrio!