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


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


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


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
The best way to introduce The Bible to your children. With colorful illustrations.
Little Miss and Little Master Series by BabyLit – Php479
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.
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 (, via Wikimedia Commons


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


  • 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


  • 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


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


  • 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)



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! 😀




Seda Centrio Officially Welcomes Christmas

Last November 18, Seda Centrio Hotel officially welcomed the Christmas season through a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The event gathered some of the hotel’s most loyal patrons, supporters, and friends, along with the staff led by Seda’s manager, Armand Angeles.

In a short program hosted by ABS-CBN TV host Nicole Abas Datayan, HM Armand thanked the guests and the hotel’s regular patrons. After which, Chef Malek El Safadi, Seda’s newest family member, then went onstage to introduce his team, as well as to share with guests all the special dishes he was cooking up for Kagay-anons for the holiday season.


Chef Malek and his team.

Before the Christmas tree was officially lit, guests enjoyed the special buffet spread prepared by Chef Malek. The kind chef prepared Lebanese, French, Egyptian, and Italian dishes. The lineup included four different types of salad, Bacon Wrap, Shrimp Curry, Saj Rolls, Potato Croquette, and Roast Pork Liempo, which was an instant hit among guests. Cocktail drinks were also served throughout the night. The buffet spread is a sampling of what Seda will be serving its guests for the duration of the Christmas season.

After enjoying Chef Malek’s feast, the guests were ushered to Misto, where a grand Christmas tree stood in the middle of the lounge. Together with Department of Tourism Regional Director Catalino E. Chan III and Miss Cagayan de Oro 2016 Sherlyn Legaspi, hotel manager Armand officially lit Seda Centrio’s Christmas tree.


To add to the merry Christmas spirit, Corpus Christi Grade School’s The Falsettos serenaded the guests with some Christmas carols. Their sweet voices soared through the hotel lounge, brightening up the already festive atmosphere.

Before the event ended, HM Armand, and Ms. Carol Valdez of the hotel’s marketing and sales team, picked out several winners for the raffle draw. Some guests took home Misto gift certificates, while one lucky lady received the grand prize of an overnight stay in one of the hotel’s premiere rooms.

Aside from officially welcoming the Christmas season, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony served as a peek into Seda Centrio Hotel’s special treats for December. The hotel’s Seasons Specials include the Banquet Blowout and the Festive Buffets. The Banquet Blowout is for events with a minimum of 25 persons from December 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017.  Seda’s Festive Buffets will be from Mondays to Saturdays, 6pm to 10pm, from December 5 to 23, 2016. For more information about the hotel’s December specials, please contact 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. You may also send an email to

Happy holidays, everyone!

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.


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.


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.


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?


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!