Archive for December, 2011

HELP CDO! (Help after the Sendong Crisis)

December 17, 2011 3 comments

HELPCDO Paypal Donations now accepted Paypal: through Cagayan De Oro Bloggers. More than 200 died & 400 missing as typhoon Sendong ravaged Cagayan de Oro. Proceeds will be donated and delivered to Xavier University Cagayan de Oro where the members of CDOBloggers are planning to volunteer. Thank you and God Bless!

Cagayan de Oro City  has been declared as in the State of Calamity. Reported around 17:20, 2011/12/17.

Volunteers Needed

From Sec. Dinky Soliman of DSWD – Volunteers are needed at DSWD Cagayan de Oro (Masterson Rd, Upper Carmen) to repack and deliver relief goods.

Call +639066150095 and +63 8822 8588892

Emergency Action, Funds, & Donation

Xavier University has set up a central command for relief support inside the campus at the satellite canteen next to the gymnasium. Donations–food, clothing, bedding, water, cash–are accepted. Please send in your donations, and keep them pouring.
Xavier University Relief Center RELIEF OPERATION

For the families affected by the Sendong (International Code: Washi). Asks and accepts donations in:

FOOD (noodles, canned goods, and etc.)
Bottled water
Clean clothes
other useful items during this period.
You can drop it at:
Let us help one another in this time of crisis.
Cash & Cheque Donations

Xavier University
BPI CDO Divisoria Branch
BPI Account Number: 9331-0133-63

Donate Via


Text RED<space>AMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)

ANY Cebuana Lhuillier Pawnshop (Nationwide.)

Manila Donation Center

NN-SuperFerry corporate ticket outlets in
Robinson’s Ermita
Araneta Center Cubao
Victory Mall Caloocan
Pier 15
Pier 2
NN-ATS Express Center at Pier 2
Other Donation Centers or Account

Direct deposits may be made online from any BPI branches, pay to:

Bank of the Philippine Islands (Loyola-Katipunan Branch)
BPI Peso Checking Account Number: 3081-1111-61
BPI Dollar Savings Account Number: 3084-0420-12



Globe Advisory: Libreng tawag centers tomorrow: 18 Dec, 6AM to 6PM.

In CdO:

City Central School. DSWD Cagayan de Oro still needs volunteers to re-pack and deliver relief goods. Call 09066150095 or tweet @DSWDserve.

Xavier University has also set up a central command for relief support at the Aggie Satellite Canteen, next to the XU Gymnasium. Donations–food, clothing, bedding, water, cash–are accepted.


Run United – Cagayan de Oro Leg

December 12, 2011 2 comments

Fulfilled one of my biggest aim  this year — to participate in Unilab’s RUN UNITED!

I was really excited when they announced that there will be a regional series and one of the venues would be here in my hometown, Cagayan de Oro City.

It became one of my most anticipated runs of this year and I was able to do it! Yes!

Ran 10 K for 1 hour and 13 minutes. That’s a one-minute less than my 1st 10k run in Manila. It’s not a bad record for somebody who did a lot of walking, chatting, and picture along the way. I enjoyed it!

10 K runners wait for our turn at the starting line

At the starting line… and it actually rained!



and 1 more kilometer left!

At the finish line with my co-teachers’ Am and Jez who are runners as well

10 K finisher, once again!


games after the run!

The prizes we got after the run!! Love it! 🙂 





Categories: The Kagayanon Fitness

CDOBloggers Christmas Outreach: The Journey to Cadayunan Primary Shool

December 10, 2011 2 comments

(Warning: Brace yourselves for this very long blogpost. 🙂

To give and not to count the cost.

That has been my motto since I started volunteering and doing outreach activities. The first time I was exposed to a depressed community was when I was a 4th year high school student. My family was also struggling to meet ends meet that time but it did not stop me to reach out to those who are less fortunate than we were.  I remember my first outreach experience happened in  an elementary school in Mambuaya, Lumbia. Since then, I’ve promised myself I would help and extend my services more. True enough, I became a very active volunteer in College. I’ve been exposed to a lot of areas in my hometown where help is greatly needed.

I was just so glad when another project was given to me. In one of the meetings of the CDOBloggers last summer, they assigned me to spearhead an outreach activity. It was a challenge for me since this would be my first project for the said group, but I was more excited to plan the activity right away.

The first challenge was actually to find a beneficiary. Since this  was my project for the said group, I really wanted it to become meaningful and something that would not only make a great impact to our beneficiaries, but also to the benefactors as well. I also wanted to give the bloggers an experience they would never forget.

After months of  looking for a beneficiary, negotiations, and failed attempts to contact persons, I finally found the perfect beneficiary just in time! God is so good!

Then, I got so overwhelmed with the response and the support of my co-bloggers and their friends! I never thought they would become  so participative in this advocacy. I  would really say now that among the organizations I’m part of, CDOBloggers  has been one of the most ever-supportive of all! They would also die to help and serve others. Naks!  It made me so motivated. I was so motivated that every time I received donations, I would purchase books and other learning materials right away. 🙂

After days of collecting donations (cash, books, bags, shoes, food),  we  were all set for the last day of preparation (December 1). We went to Mommy Ruby’s house and did all the packaging, stamping, and labeling there. We went home at 10pm just to make sure all is set for the next day.

The next day (December 2) was a joyful day for us! The time had come for the outreach activity!

I, my mom, and my aunt woke up very early to prepare the food for the feeding   activity. Biggest thanks to my loving family for the support.

Then, I met with the rest of the bloggers at Jollibee Vamenta. We talked about our excitement and enthusiasm while waiting for the truck to arrive. Yes, only trucks and big vehicles could pass through the roads going to our destination.

While we were already riding the truck, it was a great challenge for us to keep those big barrels of crude oil from falling, especially that the ride was really super duper bumpy. Plus, it rained in the middle of our journey!

But at last! After 2 hours, we were able to arrive at Sitio Katorse safe and sound.

After that, we were accompanied on our way up to the school. The school is actually situated on top of a hill.

At last ,we’re here! Welcome to the Cadayunan Primary School!

The moment we saw the kids and their excited  faces, we definitely said to ourselves “our journey was all worth it!”. Seeing the kids and the supportive barangay officials made us want to start the activity right away.

We started with an introduction of the group and the purpose of our coming. Since it was  already lunchtime, we proceed to the feeding activity right away.  Mommy Ruby  led the prayer before meals. Food was distributed by  the other members. The kids were glad to know that they have their favorite spaghetti for lunch!

Then, who would forget about games? Children love to play and they would love to play more when there are prizes in store!

Some children even sang to get those amazing prizes prepared for them.

Last but not the least, the turn-over of books and other learning materials for the children of Cadayunan Primary School. With all the learning materials we donated for them, they can already say they have  a mini-library. 🙂 It was really a beautiful sight when children began to flip the pages of the books. They will really enjoy all of the learning materials when they go to school.

CDOBloggers Christmas Outreach and Feeding Program was a huge success! We will be back! 🙂

If  you wish to donate or contribute something on our next visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us by leaving a comment below. We will appreciate any help you could offer. Should you also want to join us next time, here’s a snippet on our very long bumpy ride to our outreach destination:

Special thanks to the following:

Cash contributors : Bang, Ems, Ding, Vic, Venus, Eleanor, Shailini, Grace, Myra;

Paypal contributors:  Harriane Calwill, Verna Liza Luga, Borris Mabulay, Kristy June Dinampo, Teresa Barcelon-Tippett, Dexter Panganiban, Karen Chayne Sanchez, Jessica Cassidy, Ruby Ricafrente, Jay Ginete, Mhai Damasco;

For those who helped in the preparation : Ruby, Eleanor Mike, Ding, Jacques, and Ems;

For those who gave their time to join in the outreach: Ruby, Eleanor Mike, Ding, Jacques, Ems, Vic, and Emman;

The rest of CDOBloggers

CITI Hardware’s 10th Anniversary

December 1, 2011 1 comment

Last November 25, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of CITI Hardware, one of CDO’s established and fastest growing hardware chain. In celebrating 10 years of providing quality home improvement materials and/or equipment to Kagay-anons, they have also opened its new branch in Tablon to cater the home-improvements needs living near and in the area.

With its success, CITI Hardware now becomes a one-stop show for all homemakers! Everything needed for a home is available – electrical  supplies, flooring materials, paints, and many more! Not only that! CITI Hardware now offers a range of appliances. Indeed, CITI Hardware emerged from being a small hardware store to an all-in-one home  improvement company!

Happy 10th Anniversary CITI Hardware!

CDOBloggers and friends from the  media were there to witness the celebration. Biggest thanks to for the invitation. 

Categories: The Kagayanon News