Pacific X-treme Combat’s provincial developmental league, Laban MMA, goes down south as it delivers its trademark intense and frenzied mixed martial arts action in Cagayan de Oro as one of the official events that celebrate the city’s Higalaay Festival.

Set to explode on August 27 at The Atrium, Limketkai Center, PXC Laban MMA CDO will treat Cagayanons to a slam-bang Saturday evening as their very own ‘kababayan,’ 31-year-old Israel B. Gomez of Team MUMMA, goes for win number 4 against dangerous 19-year-old Jerome Pa-ac who’s coming all the way from Baguio City to represent the much-heralded Team Lakay. Sharing co-main event honors is the matchup between another hometown hero, Victor Torre of Team MUMMA/Gladiator MMA, and Marcelo Cabusas of Makati City representing Team Insider Manila.

MMA CDO Fight Card

Laban MMA CDO marks the first time PXC’s developmental league has gone to Mindanao to stage its eagerly awaited fights that feature up-and-coming local fighters who could one day join the pro ranks, win the championship belt, and even go to the bigger MMA stage. Most of Laban MMA’s offerings were held in Baguio in Northern Luzon. But a strong demand for MMA fights exist in The City of Golden Friendship that PXC finally decided to bring their Laban MMA to this southern city of the Philippines. And there’s no better time to do that than during Cagayan de Oro’s Higalaay Festival (formerly known as Kagay-An Festival) that celebrates the feast day of St. Augustine, the patron saint of the city. Thus, PXC Laban MMA CDO is another big event that Cagayanons can look forward to, alongside the Kumbira Culinary Show, the Carnival Parade, The Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons, the Fluvial Procession, and the Higalaay Pyrolympics that define the biggest festival of the city.

Aside from the co-main events that highlight Laban MMA CDO, eight other matches are also on offer to complete the stacked and exciting card. The event begins with Bo’s MMA Academy’s Adrian Antipasado from Bukidon taking on Jessie Paul Del Valle of Davao City fighting out of the Phyton’s Pit Davao. Then it’s the pair of Iloilo’s James Daquil of Navy/MUMMA Gym and AXC’s Mark Gil Germones of Davao City taking center stage. Fight 3 features Team My Gym’s Fredrick Lim Jr. from Dumaguete City tangling with Project-X MMA Cebu’s Paul Carere of Mandaue City. Another homegrown talent, CDO’s Lorde Rey Yamit is up next, facing Camotes Island native Roel Rosauro coming out of Team Yaw-Yan Ardigma.to

Fight 5 sees Davao City’s Marlon Cruzpero of AXC going head to head with General Santos City’s Jerry Eslao representing Team MUMMA Gen. Santos City. Another CDO fighter gets in the ring next, Renato Jabiniao of Team MUMMA, to match skills with Davao City’s Rogelio Enumerables, who fights out of Team Combat 360 Dojo. Fight 7 showcases Rudy Tacogue from Davao City and the Team Valiant Strikers against Dumaguete City’s Rendel Camensi from Team My Gym. The last supporting bout has Davao City and AXC’s Ruben Lanaza trading vicious strikes with Team Project-X MMA Cebu’s Arnel Ylanan.

PXC Laban MMA CDO is presented by Red Horse Extra Strong, the #1 Beer, “Ito ang tama!” and Sports 5, in cooperation with the City of Cagayan de Oro. Sponsors are Beer Below Zero- The Coldest Beer ever, Premiere Condoms, Hayabusa, Globe Broadband, POSS Philippines, Premio Motorcycle Sales and Services, City Councilor Atty. Lordan Suan, Hashtag Productions-We make your events trend!, Nature’s Spring, Coca Cola Femsa Philippines, The VIP Hotel, CT Nature Foods, Force of Responsible Citizens and Enforcers, Mabuhay Media Print, Thai me Up- Thai Restaurant, Panagatan Seafood Restaurant, Slers Express Meal. Official media partners are 96.9 Easy Rock, 94.3 Wild Zee, 104.7 Yes FM, Super Balita, 95.7 Mellow Touch, iFM, Magic 89.3 and Sunstar Cagayan De Oro City.

Local gym partner is Mindanao Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Gym. Ticketing partners are SM Tickets and Limketkai Center. Matches start at 8 PM, gates open at 6 PM.

PXC Laban MMA CDO is organized for the benefit of the Rotaract-Rotary Club Partner of West Cagayan de Oro.
For more info and updates visit Laban MMA Facebook page, or follow us at IG: pxclabanmma.

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S&R Membership Shopping Now Open in CDO

S&R Membership Shopping one of the country’s leading shopping venues finally opened its doors in Cagayan de Oro City July 28, 2016. Located along Zone-5 Kauswagan CDO-Iligan Road, Cagayan de Oro City, S&R Membership Shopping is ready to serve Cagayan de Oro and it’s neighboring cities.
S&R Cagayan de Oro

Kagay-anons now will get to experience world-class merchandise, great value offers, specialty services and exciting privileges! Enjoy exclusive deals and a low club pricing by joining the S&R’s membership club! For those who are not members yet, head to S&R and fill up the registration form and pay for the membership fee at PHP 700 (Gold Membership) which entitles you to a great deal of discounts (plus PHP 65,000 worth of coupons).

s&r membership shopping cdo

Here are some photos from the exclusive media and bloggers site tour with S&R’s VP for Operations, Mr. Greg Kreyer


S & R members are invited to fill their carts with irresistible choices of world-class items for everyday use: name-brand imported groceries, quality fresh and chill-blasted meats, poultry cuts, fresh or frozen hard-to-find seafood, imported fresh fruits and vegetables, premium wines, brews and liquor.



An array of lifestyle products including bed, bath and kitchen linen, casual apparel, health and beauty essentials, household basics, premium home appliances an indoor/outdoor furniture are also readily available.


And probably one of the biggest excitement brought by the opening of S&R membership shopping is the most talked about is the S&R New York Style Pizza , the huge and super tasty and cheesy pizza heaping with delicious toppings every Kagay-anon will surely enjoy!

S&R New York Style Pizza

Welcome to Cagayan de Oro City S&R Membership Shopping!

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CDO Higalaay Festival 2016 Schedule of Activities

It’s the time of the year again where the Cagayan de Oro City a.k.a The City of Golden Friendship celebrate the city’s Fiesta. And just before the fiesta month (August) opened, the list of festivities/activities and dates for the Higalaay Festival 2016 is released online.

cdo higalaay festival 2016

  • August 1-31, 2016
    • Higalaay Garden Show – Duaw Kagay-an Park
    • Higalaay Agri Fair – Gaston Park
  • August 4-6, 2016
    • Mindanao Fashion Summit – Rotunda, Limketkai Center
  • August 13, 2016
    • Miss Cagayan de Oro Coronation Night – The Atrium, Limketkai Center
  • August 17-19, 2016
    • Kumbira – The Atrium, Limketkai Center
    • August 19-28, 2016Kahimunan Regional Trade Fair – Entrance 3 – SM City Cagayan de Oro
  • August 20-21, 2016
    • Cowboy Festival: The Annual CDO Road Show – P.N. Roa Property, Carmen
  • August 20, 2016
    • Kagay-an Festival Marathon – Centrio Mall
    • Cagayan de Oro Carnival Parade – Luna-Velez Sts. to Divisoria
  • August 27, 2016
    • Higalas Parade of Floats and Icons – Rodelsa Circle – Velez St. – C.M. Recto Avenue to Limketkai Center
    • Bisperas Fireworks Display – Duaw Kagay-an Park
  • August 28, 2016
    • Religious Procession – Fernandez St. – Velez St. – Capistrano St. – St. Augustine Cathedral
    • Fluvial Procession – Macajalar Bay – CDO River – Duaw Kagay-an Park
    • KAgay-an Pyro Music Festival – SM City Grounds
  • August 23-29, 2016
    • Higalaay City-wide SALE, Centrio Mall, Gaisano, Limketkai Mall, Ororama Super Center, SM City CDO

Cheers to another year of Higalaay CDO! Spread the news and may we all enjoy the festivities and realize what truly is Higalaay!


Photo Credits: Isabelle Czarina Sabanpan Soriano
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Smart makes big splash with GigaSurf50, country’s first 1GB data offer at P50

Enjoy 1GB of surfing and apps plus 300MB for streaming on YouTube, iflix and more, valid for 3 days

Leading mobile services provider Smart Communications is changing the way Filipinos enjoy their smartphones as it unveils GigaSurf50, the country’s first 1GB data offer at P50.

Valid for three days, GigaSurf50 also comes with an additional 300MB for streaming on sites YouTube, iflix and more, empowering subscribers to ride the digital wave and enjoy more data, video and music right at their fingertips. To enjoy this latest offer, simply text GIGA50 to 9999.

GigaSurf FB

Bigger and better digital lifestyle
“With the country’s first 1GB offer at only P50, Smart is truly changing the way Filipinos enjoy their mobile phones for a much bigger, better and richer digital lifestyle,” said Katrina Luna-Abelarde, Smart Wireless Consumer Operations Head.

“This huge data offer allows you to go bigger on your passions – whether you are an info junkie who likes to surf all the time, a social media butterfly with constant updates on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, or a music and video buff who likes streaming on sites like YouTube and iflix, among many others.”

Pasadata with GigaSurf50
GigaSurf50 is also big enough for subscribers to share with others through Pasadata, Smart’s innovative feature that lets subscribers pass on a chunk of their data to friends and loved ones. To share part of your GigaSurf50, simply text PASADATA MB and send to 808.

With GigaSurf50, you can go beyond your usual mobile Internet activities, from speaking your mind on the latest trending topic on Facebook and Twitter, watching the latest viral videos on YouTube, and binge-watching your favorite movies and series on iflix.

GigaSurf50 also lets you record more of your day’s best moments on Snapchat and Instagram, share more of your latest musings on your personal blogs, and connect more withyour groups on Messenger, Viber and Whatsapp, among many others.

Bridging gaps and breaking barriers
GigaSurf50 follows a string of awesome products and services that Smart launched since it refreshed its brand last June 13 to show a stronger commitment in empowering Filipinos to live a digital life without barriers.

Smart recently launched its P1,288 Prepaid Smartphone kit to offer the most value-packed big-screen smartphone in the country today, meant to break barriers for many Filipinos to own a smartphone.

Smart also recently unveiled its Smartlife app, a breakthrough digital discovery portal that lets subscribers enjoy exclusive daily perks, movies, music and games at their fingertips.

Network boost nationwide
All these new products go hand in hand with Smart’s rapid LTE deployment and network expansion to deliver faster, more reliable and affordable Internet services throughout the country.

To keep updated with Smart’s biggest offers, follow its official accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@LiveSmart).

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Cagayan de Oro Among the Top 10 Highly Urbanized Cities in Philippines in 2015

The National Competitive Council with its annual Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index recently revealed the top 10 highly-urbanized cities in the Philippines in 2015. Out of the 145 cities in the Philippines, Cagayan de Oro ranked number 6! This means Cagayan de Oro performed well in 2015 along with highly developed cities in the country such as Cebu and Davao.

Check out the rest of the cities who made it to the top 10. These cities were ranked according to Economic Dynamism, Infrastructure, and Government Efficiency.

Cagayan de Oro Highly Urabanized City in Philippines 2015

Image Src: Mindanao Economic Boom fb page

The Cities and Municipalities Competitive Index is an annual ranking of Philippine cities and municipalities developed by the National Competitiveness Council through the Regional Competitiveness Committees (RCCs) with the assistance of the United States Agency for International Development.

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BigBite 2016 at Centrio Mall CDO

Big Bite 2016: The Northern Mindanao Food Festival is a 3-day culinary event where every mall goers gets to witness various food competitions, enjoy delightful foods at a very affordable price is happening on March 11-13, 2016 (Fri-Sun) at the Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City.


Check out the highlights of this annual Food event below:

Friday – March 11
Enjoy summer delight and the province’s finest ham!

  • Giant Ham Sandwich Ceremony by the Department of Tourism
  • Summer Smoothie Competition & Cashew Nut Challenge by participating culinary groups and schoold

Saturday – March 12
Taste the fresh and lush greens found in the food basket of the region

  • Veggie Dish Challenge and Giant Salad Competition by participating culinary groups and schools
  • Grill at the Garden by Centrio Merchants

Sunday – March 13
Experience the island life and enjoy a wide variety of delicacies from the shores of your table!

  • Sticky Rice Innovation & Ceviche Challenge by participating culinary groups and schools
  • Awarding Ceremony by by participating culinary groups and schools

Also catch GMA Network’s Taste Buddies hosts Solenn Heussaff and Iya Villania as they also grace the event and join the fun on March 13, 2016 (Sunday) @ 4:30PM.


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Run on Valentines Day With Nutrilite Health Run

It would be great to start hearts by training your heart to keep it healthy right? Come and join the Nutrilite Health Run CDO Leg this Sunday (February 14, 2016) to start your day strong!


Register at:
Amway Distribution Center (ADC)
Perla Compania de Seguros Bldg.,
Don Apolinar Velez Street, CDO City
Tel.No: (088) 852-4175

Registration is at Php350 only, inclusive of race bib | running shirt | raffle stub and an exclusive event pass to participate in any Amway Expo activity booths!

Race Finisher will get the following:

  • FREE Sign-up for non-Amway Business Owners
  • Nutrilite Drawstring Bag
  • Nutrilite Pen
  • P500 Gift Voucher for ABO Finishers

Raffle prizes awaits the finishers as well so be sure to register and join the run this Sunday!
Assembly Area:
Rosario Cresent Road, Limketkai Center
AMWAY EXPO AREA @ Parking-D (open parking beside Grand Caprice)



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The Boyce Avenue Concert in CDO

The American band Boyce Avenue who was recently named as Spotify’s No.1 most streamed international artist in the Philippines will start their concert tour in the Philippines on February 16, 2016.

Check out the rest of Boyce Avenue’s tour schedule including Cagayan de Oro City on February 19 at the Limketkai Mall Atrium.

Boyce Avenue

Tickets now available at Limketkai Bizhub::

500 / 800 / 1000 / 1500 / 2500 / 3500

February 19, 2016 – 8PM Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro
For tickets: +63 88 856 8881

boyce avenue tickets


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Charinna Gamaya Barro is Ms. Cagayan de Oro 2015

August 22, 2015 – Twelve young and beautiful ladies from Cagayan de Oro took the center stage and showed elegance and grace as they vyed for the Ms. Cagayan de Oro 2015 crown. At the end of the night, candidate number 10 Charinna Gamaya Barro was adjudged the winner of the Ms. Cagayan de Oro 2015 pageant.

Ms Cagayan de Oro 2015

Charinna is a BS Accountancy student at Liceo de Cagayan University and is the fourth Licean to win the prestigious crown (since 2012).

During the most anticipated Final Question and Answer, the candidates were asked the same question: If there is one thing you can do to change the world, what would it be?  to which Charinna confidently answered, “If there is this one thing that I could do to change the world, it will be something from within me, a change from me, from my own self. Because ladies and gentlemen I do believe that great things start with small beginnings and I should start it from myself and everything will come along. Thank you and good evening.”

Here is the complete Q&A video.

Miss Cagayan de Oro 2015

The Ms. Cagayan de Oro 2015 winners. Miss CDO 2015 Charinna Barro, 1st RU Dylanna Bax, 2nd RU Kiezela Quiz, , 3rd RU Caroline Veronilla, 4th RU Yoshabeth Valdehueza

Check out the Full list of the winners of the Minor Awards

Ms. Cagayan de Oro Minor awards

Photo Credits:
Glenn Palacio
Phillip Vallespin Photography
Video: Rob Gunayan

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Mixed Martial Arts – Retribution in Cagayan de Oro

The very first and the biggest live MMA Action in Mindanao is set to happen in the City of Golden Friendship, Cagayan de Oro in line with the Higalaay Sports Festival as a huge part of the City’s fiesta celebration (August 2015).

Mixed Martial Arts CDO

Be there as Cagayan De Oro brings the Mixed Martial Arts The Proving Grounds-TPG 5 Retribution Cage Supremacy! This will be 10 Bouts of Explossive Mixed Martial Arts Event that will be participated by International fighters from Team Zendokai Japan, with the likes of Former UFC fighter and URCC INTERIM CHAMPION Will “The Kill” Chope who will be up against Arben Escayo of Cebu City in the Superfight , USA’s Luke Adams who will be up against Former URCC Visayas Bantam weight Champion and Current WLC Feather weight Champion Rex Delara! URCC Veterans and the Philippines best Mixed Martial Artists with a must see Girl Bout!

MMA CDO 2015

Also on the co-main event we have our very own and Team MUMMA Cagayan De Oro Renato ” Hercules ” Jabiniao vs Warriors League Championship Bantam weight Champion Drex ” T-REx” Zamboanga.

MMA CDO Retribution Cage Supremacy

If you are into experiencing a dose of absolutely awesome, electrifying, hard-hitting Mixed Martial Arts action, don’t miss the MMA TPG 5 Retribution at the Atrium Limketkai on August 27, 2015 (8PM). Gates will open at 6:00 PM

For tickets inquiry and reservation you can call 09352374638 or 09184275543. 500 pesos for VIP tickets, 300 Pesos for Gold and 200 pesos for Silver. Tickets will also be available at Limketkai Mall.

Photo Credits: MindanaoUltimateMMA Facebook Page

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