Max’s Opened at Robinsons – Limketkai

Max’s Restaurant relocated at Level 1 Robinsons, Limketkai Cagayan de Oro City. Max’s which is also known as “the house that fried chicken built” opened for business last August 28, 2011. It is operating side by side with another newly opened Gerry’s Grill Restaurant.

Here’s a little bit of Max’s history in case you wanna know :).

Max’s Restaurant’s beginnings started in 1945, after World War II. Maximo Gimenez, a Stanford – educated teacher, befriended the American occupation troops stationed at Quezon City. Because of this friendship, the soldiers regularly visited Maximo’s nearby home for a drink or two. Later on, the troops insisted that they pay for their drinks. This prompted Maximo to open a cafe; where the troops could enjoy food and drinks.

The cafá initially served chicken, steak and drinks. Maximo’s niece – Ruby, who managed the kitchen, created a special recipe for chicken that became an instant favorite for the GIs. Soon, the Filipino public heard about the delicious chicken – tender, juicy and crispy – and they came too! Max’s Restaurant was born.

Over the years, Max’s Restaurant’s popularity grew and became known as “the house that fried chicken built”. It has expanded in Metro Manila, Southern and Northern Luzon, Cebu and California, USA.

Looking towards the next millennium, Max’s Restaurant has established itself as a household name, an institution, and a proud Filipino tradition. The second and third generations of the family continue to zealously uphold the standards and traditions set by Maximo and Ruby for all Max’s Restaurants..

Today Max’s Restaurant has opened a window of business opportunity for dynamic individuals interested and willing to invest in the long standing tradition of quality which only a Max’s Restaurant can offer. It opened its doors to franchising for the first time in the second quarter of 1998. This is the opportunity to join the thriving food service industry in the Philippines.

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Color Me Badd and All-4-One Live in Cagayan de Oro City

Kagay-anons will be serenade and entertained by 2 of the hottest and most popular boy bands in the 90s whose music are still known to many until today. Color Me Badd and All-4-One will perform live on September 10, 2011. Watch the “Dukes of R&B”, All-4-One and the famous Hip-Hop and R&B group, Color Me Badd perform live at the Lim Ket Kai Mall. The groups will also be giving tribute to the King of Pop – Michael Jackson by singing a selection of his greatest hits. Don’t miss this rare and special event! Let’s relive the ’90s and watch them LIVE in the City of Golden Friendship!

Venue: The Atrium, Lim Ket Kai Mall

Time: 8:00 PM

Ticket Prices: 500 | 1,000 | 1,500

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Solar Energy Mindanao NOW!

 I had the same question before. Just like what others were thinking, I thought Solar Energy in Mindanao is just another fad and will dwindle in the long run. Thanks to the effort of the Management of CEPALCO for proving me wrong! After listening to that lecture by Engr. Cecilio Sumaoy, we were enlightened and we all realized that it’s high time for the Mindanaoans to fully understand the reliability and effectiveness of the Solar Energy and ACT NOW to support this development plan for Mindanao and for its people.

Mindanao is SHORT in power capacity. As the population grows and as the economy of Mindanao prospers, the demand of power also increases. That is a FACT RIGHT NOW. So how will the current Power Plants address these fast growing demands without us experiencing all those annoying blackouts? Yes, probably the current Power Plants we have now will help but until when? Below is a part of the news I got from Philippine Star concerning the tight electricity supply situation in Mindanao.

Energy Secretary Rene Almendras said the government is also concerned over the tight electricity supply situation in Mindanao especially because reserve energy margins remained below the targeted 21 percent, which could plunge the island into daily brownouts again if a power plant or unit breaks down.

In 2010, a dry spell brought by El Niño caused water levels to go critical in Mindanao’s hydro plants, causing a rotating daily brownout that stunted a three-fold increase in its economy in the last three years of the Arroyo administration.

Even with plans by Conal Holdings, Inc., owned by the Alcantara-led Alsons, Inc., to put up two 200-megawatt coal-fired power plants in Sarangani and Zamboanga, and a P25-billion plan by Aboitiz Power, owned by the Aboitiz family which divested its maritime cargo business to go into the energy industry, to construct a power plant in Davao, power demand in Mindanao is expected to exceed supply by 2014.

Almendras said the Department of Energy is considering the transfer of oil-fired power barges and the re-commissioning of a 35-megawatt thermal plant in Iligan to offset a very tight electricity supply situation in Mindanao as power supply margins last summer had breached the required 21 percent despite the full generation performance of its hydro-electric power plants.

Local economists have bewailed the current high electricity costs in the Philippines as the major contributor to the rapid decline in the country’s competitiveness in the world market, with neighbors like Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand offering rates as low as 5-7 cents per kilowatthour against the Philippines’ 23 cents.

FYI, in Mindanao we have Diesel, Geothermal, Coal and Hydro as major players in providing its people electricity. These sources are FINITE and DWINDLING while Solar Energy has always been there for the longest time and has been utilized by other fast growing countries.

So Why SOLAR ENERGY?

The biggest factor why most people refuse Solar Energy in Mindanao is because of its COST. It’s expensive! It’s not practical! That’s the argument.

Well here are some Facts:

    Solar installed cost is declining! Why? Because its demand is increasing year by year as dozens of countries and millions of people are utilizing it already.
    Solar Energy is the cheapest alternative and probably the fastest power plant to complete (in case the power plant is approved! 100MW in one year!)
    Solar Energy can supply the world’s total energy requirement for the next hundred years!
    Solar energy technology is less maintenance and low operating cost.
    Solar panels may last to up to 30 years.
    Electricity from Solar Energy is covered by the Renewable Energy Law.


The following are the existing RE Technology

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CDOBloggers School Tour – MUST

One of the goal of CDOBloggers is to educate the students on what blogging is and its benefits on them. We had our second school tour at the Mindanao University of Science and Technology last August 13, 2011 where more or less 150 BSIT enthusiastic students attended the seminar. It was indeed a fun experience for everyone who were able to make it! See video below.

 

 

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Gerry’s Grill in Limketkai CDO

Gerry’s Grill opened it’s 3rd branch in Mindanao at the Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. A very good news to Kagay-anons who fancy grilled and great tasting stuff. If you are looking for a dining place to satisfy your food craving and to bond with your family and friends then Gerry’s Grill is the perfect place to go. Its menu fits right into any occasion and budget.Pure Pinoy!

Opened: July 28, 2011

Location: Level 1 Robinsons Supermarket, Limketkai Center, Cagayan De Oro

Phone (088)852-1895

So why Gerry’s Grill? Well, they have this to say:

the FOOD

Gerry’s Grill provides everyone and anyone who loves to eat with fresh food that is cooked, grilled, or prepared to satisfy the most distinguishing of palates. Ultimately, every item on the menu goes perfectly well with your favorite beverage; whether it be alcoholic or not. For a full meal with the family or for a night-out with the boys or girls, Gerry’s Grill offers the perfect place with the perfect menu to fit any occasion at any budget.

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Kagay-an Festival 2011: Annual Pyro Festival

Kagay-anons are again treated to a spectacular display of fireworks last August 26, 2011 at the SM City Cagayan de Oro. The event is part of the Kagay-an 2011 celebration and has become an annual competition. This year, the contingents from Manila, Bulacan, Cebu, Iligan, Bohol and Cagayan de Oro City showcased entertaining fireworks wowing the spectators who went their way up to the venue to witness the festival notwithstanding the traffic going there and of course going home.

The contingents are judged with its Beauty Quality – 25%, Uniqueness and Style – 25%, Originality – 25% and Audience Impact – 25%. Grand Winner will receive 80, 000, 60,000 for the second place and 40,000 for third place. A consolation of 20,000 for those who didn’t place. Dumaguete bagged the first prize while Bulacan and Iligan took home the 2nd and third prize respectively.

Here are some pictures and compiled videos of the event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zamboanga Sibugay Folkloric Street Dance winning Performance

Watch Zamboanga Sibugay perform during the Kagay-an Festival 2011 Folkloric Street Dance competition at the Pelaez Sports Center Cagayan de Oro City.

All the contingents showed off the Human Float or “Plowtawo” that constitutes 50 percent of the overall grade and the “Showdance” that constitutes the other 50 percent.

Please do not be confused, as the display shows Tribu Bugohanon during the earlier part of the performance. I just recorded this via ABS-CBN’s live coverage so this is the best I can present you with so you can as witness their winning performance at least. Enjoy!

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Kagay-an Festival 2011 : Folkloric Street Dance Competition

One of the usual highlights of every Kagay-an Festival is the Folkloric Street Dance Competition which was done last August 26, 2011. The event was well participated this time compared to last year. This is also the first time that the competition was opened to other places outside Cagayan de Oro. Zamboanga Sibugay, Gingoog City and Initao Misamis Oriental took part of the said competition to make it more exciting and colorful.

 The participants were as follows: Gingoog City, Lapasan National High School, Province of Zamboanga Sibugay, Tribu Bugohanon, St. Peters College Balingasag, Misamis Oriental Institute of Science and Technology (MOIST) Balingasag, Initao Tribu Dumuduong and Tribu Hyundai Gusa

Zamboanga Sibugay Contengents – Click image to enlarge

Every group consisted of 50-80 members. Popular theme of the performances were Giving thanks and honoring the “Birhen sa Kota” and “Coconut Legend”. Among the 8 contenders, delegates from Zamboanga Sibugay emerged as the Grand Winner bringing back home 250,000 and a trophy. 2nd Prize went to Barangay Hyundai Gusa with 200,000 plus trophy. Balingasag’s St. Peters College got the 3rd place bringing home 150,000 and a trophy and another 5,000 as Best in Music awarded by LBC. The rest of the participants got

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Kagay-an Festival 2011: Float Competition Winner

A quick glimpse of the winning Float for this year’s Float competition. This is the second win of Synnex Concentrix. As the largest call center in Cagayan de Oro to date, Concentrix is inspired to show something that will encourage investors to put their money in the City while showing as well its culture and 2 of the trademarks CDO is known for, the Ostrich and the Pineapple. One catching part of the float is the tagline that says “Invest, Enjoy and Stay in CDO” . Concentrix received 150,000 plus trophy as the grand prize winner.

The participating floats were judged based on the following:
CREATIVITY / ARTISTRY————————————————- 35%
– Animation / presence of live characters on the float.
– Relevance to competition theme
– Propriety of costumes
ORIGINALITY OF DESIGN—————————————————30%
– Concept
– Uniqueness
– Craftsmanship
OVER-ALL IMPACT———————————————————25%
– Attractiveness
– Vibrancy of Colors
– Harmony of colors
DISCREET USE OF ADVERTISEMENT——————————————-10%

 

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Ms. Kagay-an 2011 Angel Carbajal

Cagayan de Oro crowned its new Ms. Kagay-an 2011 last August 25, 2011 at the Limketkai Atrium. 9 Panel of Judges whose chairman was an Icon Faschion Designer, Mama Rene Salud decided the fate of the 12 lovely candidates representing different baranggays and schools from around Cagayan de Oro City.

 

20-year-old  nursing student from Capitol  Angel Carbajal of Cugman bested her 11 rivals to the crown. She impressed the judges with her answer to the final question on how would she use her influence should she be named Ms. Kagay-an 2011to promote CDO . On the other hand, another crowd favorite and well applauded 20 year old Jamie Joy Bantigue from MUST (Mindanao University of Science and Technology) won the 1st runner up along with 7 other minor prizes.

Ms. Angel Carbajal’s winning moment

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