Category Archives: Musings

Stay within your travel budget with this one-stop booking app

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Travel makes my soul very happy. Traveling brings a different kind of joy and excitement. Discovering (and even getting lost – but that’s where the thrill is!) new places, meeting fascinating people, immersing in…

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San Isidro Labrador Fiesta, New York style

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Five creatively decorated booths, contests on “best turon/biko/torta,” amateur and impromptu singing contests, lechon and a whole lotta dancing. These were just some of the highlights of the fiesta celebration in honor of patron…

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3 Things Millenials Should Learn To Do Right Now

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Hello again from New York City! Winter’s over and it’s technically spring but the weather’s still biting cold! Interestingly (or odd, depending on how you look at it) enough, I like this kind of…

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How to pass your US Embassy tourist B1/B2 visa interview

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I’m pretty sure you’ve heard all the horror stories. Despite bringing land titles, “show money,” proof of vehicle ownership, credit cards, bank statements, letters of financial support from relatives overseas and even wearing tons…

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The new Globe Telecom content partners – absolutely exciting!

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A few days ago, Globe Telecom flew me to Manila (the only blogger from Mindanao!) to witness very special events – the Manila debut of the Tony Award-winning musical, “American Idiot,” (which they co-produced),…

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Why Chiz Escudero is my Vice President

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Chiz Escudero. I first saw him in Congress. He was the fast rising young representative of Sorsogon then. All eyes were on him. Him and his impossibly forever kunot polo barong. Kunot because he’s here, there, everywhere. I remember whenever I observe at the plenary hall, he often stands up, asks questions from the floor, consults other legislators. In my mind, ang kulit din ng kongresistang ito. He wasn’t like many congressmen who’d just sit and wait for their attendance to be called. Siyempre, crush na crush ko siya noon. Ten Outstanding Young Men awardee, World Economic Forum Young Global

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How To Find Cheap Airfare – Tried And Tested Methods

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We all know that the key to a real, budget-friendly trip is cheap airfare. Once you snag a good deal on airfare, you will then have a fairly good idea of how much the rest of your budget will be. After all, it’s pretty easy to scour for budget accommodation, reasonably priced food and public transportation. Airfare is the pretty tricky aspect to consider when planning a trip. Let me share with you some of my personal tips on how to find cheap airfare. I practise these very effective methods (and this is why I have lots of domestic and

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A call to probe the burning of a Lumad camp in Davao City

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My heart is breaking. Despite the increasing awareness of the attacks against the Lumad (indigenous peoples) communities in Mindanao, there are STILL cases of harassment, threats, killings and, just recently, the burning of an evacuation center in Davao City that hosted hundreds of displaced Lumads. KANUS-A MAN GYUD NI TAWON MOUNDANG?!?! Initial reports showed that five lumads, including two children, were hurt during the fire that broke out in Haran Center, which shelters Manobos from Davao del Norte and Bukidnon who sought safe refuge in the church-run dormitory. Who in his right mind won’t be angry? Our Lumad brothers and

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Covering the 1st presidential debate in Cagayan de Oro #CDO

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It’s game time. Today, February 21, 2016, all of the presidential candidates for the May 9, 2016 Philippine elections will all converge in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines for the first round of “PiliPinas Debates 2016.” And Mindanaoan will be there to observe, comment and cover. I will be one of the only 300 allowed to be inside the debate hall. I will also be among the 25 media observers. I am hoping to harness the power of social media today. May I invite you all to follow me: Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/mindanaoan Facebook – http://www.twitter.com/mindanaoanblogger Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/mindanaoan Snapchat – Username

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Piolo Pascual and son Inigo celebrate Financial Freedom in Davao

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Popular Filipino heartthrob Piolo Pascual and his equally handsome son, Inigo Pascual, made a stop in Davao City recently to celebrate financial freedom! The two Pinoy hunks headlined the #LiveFreePH Freedom Tour in Davao City, where my fellow Dabawenyos were treated to educational booths, exciting promos, and a free concert. Beginning the journey A string of activities guided participants to begin their own #LiveFreePH journey. In a bold move, they declared their vision of financial freedom with the “Live Free Freedom Wall.” Then they looked at their current situation, shared their outlook about the future, and pledged support to a

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Reconnected with ASEAN astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor

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I’m too excited not to share this! Four years ago, I met Dr. Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, a Malaysian and the first ever ASEAN astronaut. I met him through the former Malaysian Ambassador to the Philippines, Dato Seri Dr. Ibrahim Saad, and his lovely wife, Dato Zainab Kader. Apart from being the first ever ASEAN cosmonaut (he was selected from a whopping 11,435 candidates!), Dato Sheikh is also an orthopaedic surgeon, motivational speaker, model, endorser (yes, he is THAT amazing) and proud family man. (Yes, yes, I can hear the millions of hearts breaking right now haha) When I first met

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Photos: Kaamulan Festival 2015 at Grandstand Malaybalay Bukidnon

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I went to Malaybalay City, Bukidnon a few days ago to see the preparations being done in time for the Kaamulan Festival 2015. The Kaamulan is a yearly gathering of Bukidnon’s 7 hill tribes and the said festival is the biggest and most-awaited in the province. Now, I’ve been an observer of the Kaamulan Festival for several years now. In fact, there were many instances when I was tasked to handle and cover big, important events. So you could just imagine my disappointment when I saw for myself this year’s preparations. The biggest change? The transfer of the bulk of

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Thoughts on that peace process forum invitation

Sometimes it fascinates me how certain people especially those who advocate sensitive causes seem to downplay bloggers. These people tend to think that “just because” you write about food, fashion and lifestyle, you don’t “contribute” to relevant, important conversations. I think they have this misconception that “just because” bloggers like us hardly write about politics and news and current affairs, we don’t at least try to do our part in nation building. Take the case of an invitation sent to me and my fellow bloggers here in Northern Mindanao. This was for a supposed “peace forum” from 8:30 am to

Surviving my first ever fun run – Freedom Run 2015 CDO

It’s probably not just mere coincidence that my first ever fun run in my entire life was dubbed “Freedom Run 2015.” In a way, me joining Freedom Run CDO 2015 does depict freedom — freedom or breaking free from taking my health for granted, from thinking that crash and fancy diets work and even from a silly plan to just save up and undergo lipo procedures in the future. This may even sound curious but after years of promoting running events on a few of my blogs, it was only this time that I’ve finally, FINALLY resolved to join one.

Surviving Crazy, Beautiful Boracay

When I was asked if I wanted to experience Labor Day 2015 in Boracay Island (no less), of course my answer was a resounding YES! Although it wasn’t my first time in an island recognized as one of the world’s finest, it was my first LaBoracay trip and the mere idea of partying with a sea of people piqued my curiosity. And so, armed with my travel essentials, I took two plane rides, a bus ride and a boat outrigger ride to reach the famed Boracay. The agenda was very simple: take over summer! Enjoy the island and what it

Re-elected as CDO Bloggers VP for External Affairs

Note: This was published on Mindanao Gold Star Daily newspaper last March 6, 2015 I have just been re-elected as the Vice President for External Affairs of the CDO Bloggers, Inc., a non-profit, SEC-registered group composed of bloggers, online workers and social media practitioners that does not only promote the city and other parts of Northern Mindanao but also the responsible use of the Internet. I’m pretty excited with our group’s upcoming projects including a school tour where we aim to teach kids Internet etiquette, social media activism and online volunteerism as well as blog workshops where attendees can learn

PHOTOS: Catching Up With Rivermaya band in Cebu

I will let you in on a secret: Rivermaya band, despite the multi-platinum record selling success, thousands of successful concerts here and abroad and millions of fans, is actually composed of very friendly, down-to-earth, kulit guys. (so kulit you have to be on your toes whenever they have sheepish looks …

Mindanaoan.com declared top CDO blog by ICT Awards

It is with utmost humility that I announce that Mindanaoan.com has just been declared as a “Top CDO Blog” in the recently concluded 2014 ICT Awards held at the Activity Center, Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. The ICT Awards, organized by the CDO ICT Business Council, Cagayan de Oro’s main …

Mindanaoan In Korea travel series: Cheonggyecheon Stream

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After visiting Deoksugung Palace and witnessing the changing of the royal guards ceremony, my brother and I then proceeded to Cheonggyecheong Stream, an 8.4 kilometer long stream that flows west to east through downtown Seoul. What used to be a neglected overpass in the 70’s was restored as a massive …

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Mindanaoan In Korea travel series: Seoul travel tips

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So before I really get down to business with my Mindanaoan in Korea travel series, please allow me to share a few travel tips and tricks that you may find helpful when you travel to Seoul, Korea. I like to be well-prepared whenever I travel and hopefully, these Seoul travel …

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How to apply for a Korean visa – requirements for Filipino tourists

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When my friends and relatives first learned that I was set to visit Korea, all of them got really excited. Can’t blame them as Korea is one of the favorite travel destinations of many Filipinos these days, thanks to the ever growing popularity of K-Pop, Koreanovelas and continuous visits to the …

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Mindanaoan in Korea travel series: itinerary, tips and more

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I have been traveling a lot the past few weeks! One of my recent foreign travel destinations was KOREA It was my very first time (and most definitely not the last!) to visit the world’s only divided country and my brother (who was my travel companion) and I had the …

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Got invited to speak at the Malaysia Social Media Summit 2014

Very excited to share that I will be in Malaysia in a few days for the 2014 Malaysia Social Media Week! I will be one of the speakers during the World Bloggers and Social Media Summit at Sunway Pyramid Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on February 24 to March 1, …

Mindanaoan.com wins Best Lifestyle Blog in 2013 Mindanao Blog Awards

My lucky stars truly shone on me during the recently concluded Mindanao Blog Awards 2013. Apart from bagging the Mindanao Blogger of the Year award, Mindanaoan.com also won the Best Lifestyle Blog award Thank you so much, daghang salamat to all of my fellow Mindanao bloggers who nominated and voted …

Mindanaoan is 2013 Mindanao Blogger Of The Year

It still feels a bit surreal, truth be told. Winning the 2013 Mindanao Blogger Of The Year award and the Best Lifestyle Blog award during the Mindanao Blog Awards 2013 held last October 26, 2013 in Davao City was the farthest thing from my mind. I was there to meet …

Excited to meet Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Gin Blossoms! #SugarSmashGin

Just a few days more and I’ll finally meet and be with popular and iconic 90′s bands Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth and Gin Blossoms in Manila! Yes, I am officially stoked for the #SugarSmashGin concert! Woohoo! I previously shared with you all that I will play a little role in …

Davao fruit shopping with Rivermaya @rivermayaband

Was scanning my files earlier today and I found these! Very timely – since my Rivermaya band boys are currently in Dubai as of this writing and I miss them I will be in Manila in a few days, actually, but I’m not sure if I could watch any of …

Mindanaoan.com is a finalist in the 2013 Mindanao Blog Awards

Hi everyone! So excited to share with you all a piece of good news. My humble blog, Mindanaoan, has officially been recognized as a finalist in the Mindanao Blog Awards 2013 (MBA 2013)! Woot woot! Mindanaoan.com is one of the Best Lifestyle Blog 2013 finalists You can find the official …

Krispy Kreme CDO: 7 things you will like #KrispyKremeCDO

Who doesn’t have a love relationship with Krispy Kreme? It’s the home of my favorite Original Glazed Doughnuts, good signature coffee and delicious chilled drinks. In other words, Krispy Kreme is the home of good stuff and good vibes. And for people in Cagayan de Oro, the good stuff and …

Speaking about social media in a US Embassy event in Palawan

This Mindanao blogger received a special invitation not too long ago. The US Embassy Manila folks asked if I wanted to speak about social media, blogging and citizen journalism in a two-day, all expenses paid eco-tourism workshop in Palawan. As an International Visitor Leadership Program alumnus, I was invited to …