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Bumblebee in Divisoria! ! ! :)

September 25, 2010 Leave a comment

BUMBLEBEE in Divisoria!

As part of the surprise for the tutees of CDO Street Tutorials, BUMBLEBEE came over to dance and mingle with the people! It was a delight for the kids.

And when I say “kids”, that also includes us “the not so young anymore”. We’re kids too (I mean, kids at heart. No negative reactions please. hehehe). We did not lose the chance to goof around with Bumblebee. :))

make way for Bumblebee!!!

and Bumblebee started to dance!!!

and the kids were really enjoying!!!

and now, it’s our turn to shine!!!

Hey! That’s why we are called “TEACHERS”. We can relate with our students. :) (me and teacher Phil)

Manong really wanted to join us, so go!!! hehehe.

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What a fun, fun, fun night that was!!!

Till next time!

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CDO Street Tutorials happens every Monday and Wednesday

7pm at the Magsaysay Park, Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City.

For interested parties and for queries, please add “CDO Street Tutorial” on facebook.

-The Kagayanon!-

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Categories: The Kagayanon Fun

Nature Themed Photoshoot

September 24, 2010 1 comment

My Second Photoshoot (Nature – themed)

September 19, 2o1o at the Harbor Lights Hotel, Gusa, CDOC

You may see the rest of the photos here.

You may also watch the behind-the-scene and my VLOG about the photoshoot here.

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Acknowledgements:

Mama Fely and Aunt Venus for the support

Randy for my Hair and Make-Up

Mark Francisco for the photos

Aunt Lita for the venue

Gold Star Daily for publishing my photo in your newspaper

Paraisong Kwadrado

September 23, 2010 Leave a comment

XU Development Communication Department

presents

PARAISONG KWADRADO

A Binisaya portrayal of Orlando Nadres’ Paraisong Parisukat

on Sept. 28-30, 2010 ; 7 pm

at the XU Little Theatre

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I haven’t watch a BISAYA play yet so I got interested when I found this on facebook.
I’m going to go. Who wants to come with me? See you there!

-The Kagayanon!-

Reviewing “SUHI: Oedipus recalled”

September 23, 2010 2 comments

It is the era after a successful revolution when the country has just banished a dictator. But in the ravages of war and the struggles for power, the vestiges of the old order remain – a condition where trust and loyalty is suspect. The vacuum in power has realigned forces where the weakened has aligned with new authorities, where once enemies have become friends, and where friends have now adversaries, all in the name of power and political expediency.

Last Monday, September 20, 2010, I had the chance to watch a very fantastic play from the Integrated Performing Arts Guild of the MSU-IIT. It was my second time to watch a play brought by the Xavier Center for Culture And The Arts (My first one was “Welcome to Intelstar” 2 years ago). Once again, XCCA never failed to bring quality performances for a very cheap price. My P75.00 payment was worth it. The play had unexpected twists and turns. It never bored me from the start to the end. It was like a climax all throughout. Most importantly, there was an interaction with the audience. A Steven Patrick C. Fernandez masterpiece, indeed.

Now, I can’t wait for the next one! :)

while waiting for the play to start

with JhunRey of XCCA

my former student who’s working at XCCA now

my P75.00 “worth-it” ticket

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IPAG,  leading Philippine dance-theatre ensemble with a repertoire of over 40 full-feature productions, has performed in extensive tours worldwide. It has represented the Philippines in major events in North America, the Hawaiian Islands, France, Spain, UK, Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Portugal, Monaco, Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, and Japan. IPAG’s productions integrate the dance, music, drama, and art expressions of the Southern Philippines where it is based.

-The Kagayanon!-

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Categories: The Kagayanon Art

CDO Street Tutorials

September 22, 2010 Leave a comment

CDO Street Tutorials

thanks everyone for the generous support!

If you want to volunteer, the Street Tutorials happens

every Monday and Wednesday

7-8 pm at the Magsaysay Park, Divisoria

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For queries, please contact me at http://thekagayanon.wordpress.com/contact/.

Thank you! ! !

~The Kagayanon!~

Libot-Libot sa Dakbayan: A CDO Intimate Historical City Tour

September 21, 2010 Leave a comment

The Kagayanon joined the…

Libot-Libot sa Dakbayan : A CDO Intimate Historical City Tour

September 19, 2010

I arrived at the assembly area at exactly 7:43 am. I did not know what to expect and I also did not know who will be with me. I basically did not have an idea on what will happen. I knew it was going to be a city tour but the details on where to go was a big question mark. When I arrived, there was already a group of people waiting. Later, I found out some of them were from the Adventure One Travel and Destinations, some were tourist guides from GAMA and the rest were attendees like me. We loaded the bus once it arrived. Then, the tour started.

1st Stop : Gaston Park

The assembly area was actually at the Gaston Park near the Old Water Tank (which is now converted into a museum). Few minutes later after we loaded the bus, one of the tourist guides started to discuss the itinerary. We found out that the first stop of the tour was actually right where we had our assembly. She started explaining a brief history about the gaston park and how significant the place is for the Kagayanons.

You may see the video of the tourist explaining here.

We went to a marker in Gaston Park. The Marker is a simple remembrance of the battle of Cagayan de Oro against the Americans. It’s a symbol of courage of the Kagayanons. There’s so much to tell but you may want to hear the story yourself.

You may watch and listen to the tourist guide explaining the battle here.

Some facts about the Gaston Park:

  1. Japanese planted Cherry Blossom trees around the park and some of these trees are still standing there until now.
  2. The location of the City Hall now is also the location of the City Hall before.

2nd Stop : St. Augustine Cathedral

Our next stop was at the St. Augustine Cathedral beside the Gaston Park. We went inside the cathedral and learned so many things there.

Some facts about the cathedral:

  1. The stained glass windows were donated by a group of nuns from new york. There are 9 glass windows in the Cathedral which shows the life of Jesus.

2.  The cross that you can see outside the cathedral has been there from 1888. It’s one of the relics of the cathedral that is being preserved.

3. Some of the priests were buried inside the cathedral.

4. The cathedral will not become a cathedral without a cathedra. Only the archbishop can seat on the cathedra.

5. Beside the cathedral is the Archbishop Mansion where the Archbishop lives.

inside the Archbishop mansion

You may watch and here the history of the St. Augustine Cathedral here and here.

3rd Stop : Macahambus Cave

I was actually excited with our 3rd stop. I was still in Elementary since I last visited there and I was really excited to be back there again!

Now, I learned that the Macahambus Cave is not just an ordinary cave. In fact, it does not have a distinct or beautiful aesthetic feature. What makes it unique and interesting is its history. It’s actually a symbol of our victory against Americans before. It’s considered now a local and national heritage as it reminds Filipinos the struggle for freedom… And how we succeeded!

views from the Macahambus Cave

You may see the video of the tourist explaining here.

4th Stop: McArthur Marker

The McArthur Marker is one of the remembrances of General McArthur’s heroism. We learned that he stopped by Cagayan de Oro wharf (which is now Pier) when he escaped and went to Australia.

You may listen to the tour guide here.

5th stop : Museo de Oro

I actually laughed when I learned about our 5th and last stop. I mean, I’ve been there so many times already. The place was not new to me. I’ve seen the artifacts before which shows the Philippine Religiosity and Culture, as well as the History of Cagayan de Oro.

We’re not allowed to take pictures and videos inside the Museum. But definitely, it’s one place to go if you want to learn more about the Philippines, particularly Mindanao and Cagayan de Oro.

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It was a fun and very educational city tour! I highly recommend it not only to tourists, but to Kagayanons as well. We should be proud as to what we have! We have a very rich history! If all of us will just know the information I learned from the tour, then our behavior towards our city will definitely change… for the better.

If you are interested to join tours such as this one, please let me know so that I can inform you when a tour will happen again!

-The Kagayanon!-

Thank you Adventure One Travel and Destinations for the opportunity… and err, snacks and lunch… hehehe… It was all worth it. Till next time!

Green Day: Launching of the Green Movement

September 19, 2010 Leave a comment

The Kagayanon will be at the…

GREEN DAY!

“Make the Right Move: Be Clean, Go Green”

on September 22, 2010, 5:00 pm at the XU Peace Park

Go green! Wear GREEN! See you there!

-The Kagayanon!-


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Photo Edits by The Kagayanon

September 18, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Photo Edits by The Kagayanon!

Recently, I found this one great hobby of editing photos of my friends and loved ones. I’m posting some of my works here and I’ll be adding from time-to-time. Right now, I’m still very amateur but I’m learning. More great works soon! :))

my nephew Simon

 

my niece Chebar

baby boy

my cousin Jessa

my cousin Rhenan

my friend Charisse

my best friend Quette

my cousin Cathy

 

–The Kagayanon!–

 

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Categories: The Kagayanon Art

CDO Street Tutorials (Advocacy)

September 16, 2010 Leave a comment

The Kagayanon advocates for…

CDO Street Tutorials

Late last year, I heard of a passionate group of advocates who are conducting tutorials to street children of Divisoria. Spearheaded by Kuya Jett Torres of XU-KKP-SIO, this group of students and professionals conducts tutorial activities every 7pm – 8pm of Wednesdays and Fridays at the Magsaysay Park, Divisoria. Ever since I saw the photos of the said activity, it got me so interested. :) I really wanted to join.

Then the opportunity finally came! Yesterday, I made sure to attend the activity. It was the perfect time since it did not rain, I was with my friend Maggi, and I brought the donations we collected for the tutorial.

When we arrived at the venue, the tutorials was already ongoing. I was so fascinated because of the group of people who helped and the group of people who were willing to be helped. I immediately took a spot and started talking to one child. I asked him about the things he wanted to learn and we started the tutorial right away. :)) Excited. hehe.

The boy is in the third grade at the public school in Macasandig. At first, he was kinda hesitant but when I told him that I am a teacher (a Math teacher in particular) and I could help him in his lessons, his face brightened up. That was my clue to start teaching him. :)

After a few minutes, CU-LSRG (the one who helped us in collecting donations) arrived and I had to stop tutoring to welcome them. :)) I passed the boy to another tutor so that he could still learn even if I’m not the one teaching him. The students of CU-LSRG started tutoring right away. :))

Now, let the following pictures now tell the story:

handing-out our donations

tutorials ongoing : where am i?

teaching… teaching…

It was a wonderful opportunity! It will not be my last, for sure! :))

Now, if you would like to help too, please read the letter below. It might touch your generous hearts. Please let me know what you think. Thanks. :)

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Kalinaw!

We often remain mere strangers to one another and pay no attention to others especially those street children. We must be clear-eyed regarding situations that are unjust, that exploit and humiliate street children, that deprive them of their basic right to education. Some of the business communities consider street kids as pests to be exterminated. However, they have committed no crime and are the victims of the wrongdoing of uncaring parents and corrupt politicians. These street children are addicted to sniffing industrial glue to ward off hunger and they suffer malnutrition, and lack of education. This results of human neglect, spiritual paralysis, greed and political irresponsibility that allow poverty in an unjust social system. We need to develop the eyes of the heart, to see and feel children’s needs and a heart of helping hands.

Since September 2009, we have been doing Street Tutorial activity every Monday and Wednesday, 7:00 – 8:00pm at the Magsaysay Park, Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City. This activity invites young students, professionals, youth organizations and other volunteers to render their time and knowledge to the street children by teaching Basic English and Mathematics and conduct supplemental feeding.

On September 26, 2010 (Sunday), we will be celebrating our 1st year of service and advocacy with the Street Children at Magsaysay Park, Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City through team building activity. In connection with this, we are seeking financial support to help us in our celebration. We would be grateful if you help us in sponsoring our event.

Please feel free to contact me at 09062266926 or jett.torres@gmail.com  if you need more information. Your generous contribution would enable us to share in this wonderful opportunity. Thank you in advance for your consideration and support.

 Sincerely,

Jerome L. Torres

Street Tutorial Advocate

CDO Street Tutorials with CNN Hero Of the Year 2009 Efren Penaflorida

Photo credits: Jett Torres

 

Be an advocate! You may start now!

-The Kagayanon!-

 

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LIBOT-LIBOT SA DAKBAYAN: A CDO Historical Tour

September 14, 2010 Leave a comment

The Kagayanon will attend the…

LIBOT-LIBOT SA DAKBAYAN: A CDO Historical Tour

on September 18, 2010 and October 2, 2o1o

8: 00 am – 11: 00 am

 

 

List of Activities:

I will be joining the Sept. 18 group! Join us! Hurry! Limited slots only!

You may RSVP here. For queries, contact Adventure One Travel and Destinations.

See you there! ! !

 

-The Kagayanon!-

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