CDO’s Julee Ann Bourgoin is Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2015 1st Runner Up

Thirty ladies competed for the grand title at the coronation night of Mutya ng Pilipinas 2015 Sunday, August 2 at the Newport Theater in Resorts World Manila where Cagayan de Oro’s bet Julee Ann Bourgoin finished as 1st Runner Up.

Aside from the runner up finish, Julee Ann also bagged a couple of special awards. She won the Best in Terno where she wore a terno designed by Cagayan de Oro’s very own and top fashion designer Mark Christopher Yaranon. She also won the Mutya ng Rain or Shine and Mutya ng Resorts World.

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Here is the complete list of winners:

    Mutya ng Pilipinas-Asia Pacific International – Leren Mae Bautista
    Mutya ng Pilipinas -Tourism International – Janela Joy Cuaton
    Mutya ng Pilpinas-Overseas Communities – Nina Josie Robertson
    1st runner-up – Julee Ann Marie Bourgoin
    2nd runner-up – Brenna Cassandra Gamboa

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Julee Ann Bourgoin in her Modern Terno - a Mark Christopher Yaranon's creation
Julee Ann Bourgoin in her Modern Terno – a Mark Christopher Yaranon creation

The event was hosted by the Gutierrez siblings Ruffa, Richard and Raymond.

Photo Credits: Julee Ann Bourgoin For Mutya Ng Pilipinas 2015 facebook page

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CDO Beauty Pia Wurtzbach is Miss Philippines Universe 2015

Sweet victory for the Kagay-anon Beauty Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach who was crowned as the new Miss Philippines Universe 2015 – Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.


Rep. Leni Robredo asked Wurtzback her final question – her thoughts on Internet censorship to which she answered;

“I think that we should be careful with what we post online especially our thoughts and our opinions that we don’t hurt anybody,” she said. “Especially selfies, we have to be careful with what we post, especially with our bodies and our faces. So always think before you click.”

Pia was also awarded as Bb Creamsilk. It was her third time to join the contest. She was Bb. Pilipinas 2013 first runner-up and among the Top 15 finalist in 2014.

Here are the complete list of our New Queens to support.

Janicel Lubina – Bb. Pilipinas International
Christi McGarry – Bb. Pilipinas-Intercontinental
Rogelie Catacutan – Bb. Pilipinas-Supranational
Ann Lorraine Colis – Bb. Pilipinas-Tourism

And here’s our beauty queen’s first selfie after she was crowned.

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CDO Beauty Bags Miss Global 2014 2nd Runner Up

Kagay-anon beauty Catherine Marie  Almirante represented the country in the recently concluded Miss Global 2014 in a Crown Princess Cruise sailing from Los Angeles to Mexico and took home the Miss Global 2nd Runner Up title  two months after she was hailed as Miss Global Philippines last October 2014. miss global 2014(Photo Credits: Ms. Global FB Page) Miss Global 2014 Royal Court

Miss Global 2014: Ela Mino – Canada
1st Runner up: Elise Duncan – Australia
2nd Runner up: Catherine Almirante – Philippines
3rd Runner up: Aizhan Lighg – Kazakhstan
4th Runner up: Benazir Thaha – Sri Lanka

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Catherine also got the Miss Fashion, Best in Evening Gown and Best in National Costume awards.

Miss Global is an extravagant and prestigious competition beyond just the physical beauty of women from all over the world. The contestants are encouraged to express their individuality with poise, grace, and wits. Being the Winner of Miss Global, a beauty and cultural pageant, is being a sponsor of goodwill, a trendsetter for leadership, and an ambassador for beauty and cultural diversity. The launching of the official Miss Global beauty pageant will set the new standards for a wider age range and a more diverse selection of qualified female participants between the ages of 18-35. Although the reign of Miss Global is a year long, this remarkable Queen will travel throughout the world to participate in charitable fundraisers while promoting the beauty, intelligence, and charm of women throughout the world. She will have a once in a life time opportunity to gain innumerable contacts, lifelong friendship, and endless support from diverse communities that will advance her status beyond imaginable outlooks.

Congratulations Ms. Catherine Marie Almirante! Cagayan de Oro is so proud of you.

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How to Help Sendong Survivors

Since Typhoon Sendong, Filipinos have ones again proven their generosity and passion for those in dire need. Every Kagay-anon and Iliganon are very much grateful for all the support financially and emotionally. It’s been a month since Sendong unwelcomely visited and ravaged both Cagayan de Oro and Iligan yet the needs of those who have survived the typhoon especially those who have lost their homes, properties and loved ones still needs much help.

Thankfully private individuals initiated activities in the effort to continue helping the survivors. I am posting all these and appeal to your kind hearts to please continue to help.

Toys for Typhoon Sendong Survivor Kids

This project is called Joy in Every Toy. If you have unused toys make them happily useful again through donating them to at least bring some smile on those innocent faces after that horrendous experience.

Where to drop your toy donation: Maria Reyna – Xavier University Hospital, Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City. You may also drop them at 52nd Business Center, 52 Justo Gaerlan St., Cagayan de Oro City.

If you are feeling more generous and wants to donate more, say a bulk of toys, please email

To mail your donations, send to Camiguin Island Resort Inc. (Attn: Yummy Paras) Ground floor, 52nd Business Center, 52 Justo Gaerlan St., 9000 Cagayan de Oro City.

Help CDO and One CDO Shirts

A single purchase will help feed 10 Sendong survivors. Some of the proceeds will also go to a charity organization. We are encouraging everyone to buy 1.

The HELP CDO and ONE FOR ILIGAN shirts only costs Php 180.00 (white) and Php 220.00 (black) with sizes available.

Where to Buy: Missy Bonbon and Bigby’s Cafe at Rosario Arcade, Limketkai Center. Good news to our friends in Manila! The shirts will be available at the Charity Concert in Flying V Arena in San Juan this 19th of January. The HELP CDO and ONE FOR ILIGAN t-shirts will also be available for sale during the Philippine Azkals versus South Korea game on January 21, 2012 at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The t-shirt project leaders also say that these shirts will be available at Sandra Sports Fitness, 3rd Floor, Robinson’s Galleria.

As for Cebu, it will be available in Bigbys Cebu (please ask probably any staff there to check for its availability).

Learning Kit Distribution Drive

This initiative aims to provide survivor children with learning kit. Your $2 or 86.00 pesos will definitely go a long way. The kit shall contain 1 eco-bag, envelope, face towel, notebook, pad paper, pieces of art paper, pair of scissors, ruler, crayon, pencil or pen. Refer to the poster below for more information.

Credit to Mindanaoan for the information.

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CDO’s Xavier University advance to the World University Debate Championships

Happy New Year Cagayan de Oro! Good news to all Kagay-anons!  Xavier University made in to the semifinals in the prestigious World University Debate Championship in the ESL (English as Secondary Language) category.

Considered to be the “Olympics of Debate,” the annual World Universities Debate Championship has been the largest competition of its kind since 1981, with debaters from around the world coming together to test their skills. 32 teams remain from over a thousand students from more than 70 nations. The top 32 teams emerged after nine elimination rounds held over three days at the De La Salle University Manila, which hosts this year’s tournament.

There are three categories for the debates, which are all held in English – Main for native speakers, ESL for English as a Second Language, and EFL for English as a Foreign Language. The current World Champions are Monash A from Australien for the main break, Haifa from Israel for the ESL break and Tokyo B from Japan for the EFL break.

The purpose of a separate break for English as a Second Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is to recognise the achievements of speakers and teams not speaking their own language. The determining factor for the status of speakers is not their fluency in English, but their level of exposure to the language, as this is deemed a fairer measure of opportunity to learn the language.

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Krizzi Neri is the Protege’s First Grand Winner

And she made it! Her journey to stardom has just began. Congratulations to Cagayan de Oro’s pride 16-years old Krizza Neri for besting her 2 other competitors. She was adjudged as the best and eventually named the grand winner in GMA 7’s nationwide search for the next Protege.She was mentored by Aiza Seguerra.

Krizza Neri bagged the P1-million cash prize, a key to a 2-bedroom condo unit at Suntrust Adriatico Gardens worth P3-million and 5-year management contract with GMA Artist Center. Cheers Krizza! the Kagay-anons are all proud of you. You have brought some light to the now gloomy clouds of CDO. Start living your dreams and spread goodness!

Lovely Embuscado, Jaya‘s protégé, won the Texters’ Choice Award and the Skyflakes Biggest Break Award with total cash prize of P150,000.00.

Krizza, Lovely and Janno Gibbs‘ protégé Lirah Bermudez will all receive a 4-year scholarship grant from STI College.

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Kagay-anon Krizza Neri Made it to Protege Grand Finals

Aiza Suegerra’s protege and Cagayan de Oro‘s pride Krizza Neri made it to the Grand Finals of GMA 7’s Protégé. The 16-year old Kagay-anon is dubbed as the “R&B Sistah” of Protege and is living up to that name with her soulful and strong voice.

Krizza is coming home with the GMA crew to give homage to CDO and thank her supporters. Kagay-anons it is now our best time to give our love and support to Krizza as she fights the final battle against Lovely from Davao and Lirah from Iloilo.

Below is her beautiful rendetion of “Iduyan Mo” during the 7th elimination round. Check out the poster to vote.

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Krizza Neri on Protege

Another talent from Cagayan de Oro made it to a National Singing Competition. This time on GMA 7 Protégé: The Battle For The Big Break. 16 year-old Krizza Neri made it to the Finals with Aiza Suguerra as her mentor! No doubt she has a great voice we can all be proud of as Kagay-anons! Let’s make it happen for Krizza by voting for her (whether you watch or not the show 🙂 ) Chadacdo wish you the best of luck Krizza! Please see poster on how to vote via text.

Here is her latest performance with mentor Aiza. They sang If I Could – Wind Beneath My Wings (mashup).

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A Kagay-anon made it to Pilipinas Got Talent Finals

A little Kagay-anon has brought honor to Cagayan de Oro City by earning the nod of the judges from one of the country’s leading talent show Pilipinas Got Talent. 11 years old Renagine R. Pepito made it to the finals of Pilipinas Got Talent 3rd season. This young girl from Bugo, CDO earned the judges “Yes” when she sang You are not Alone by Michael Jackson and made it her own.

See her performance below. Best of Luck Renagine! You are Cagayan de Oro’s pride!

Below is Renagine with the City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Emano after the flag raising ceremony at City Hall. She sang just before the flagraising ceremony sometime last September.

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