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CDOBloggers 2012 Induction of New Officers

February 27, 2012 2 comments

A long journey will always begin with a single step.

True enough. This year, I am going to have a long journey with the CDOBloggers. The first step? The activity yesterday.

Yesterday, we had our first monthly meet-up/get-together for this year and it was also the induction of the new set of officers. Guess what? They made me the Vice-President (External) for the group! And until now, yes, I am still overwhelmed by the opportunity.

Anyway, so this is what happened yesterday. We started off with the “getting-to-know-you” activity and the videoke session.

Then, a mini-program was conducted. The new President gave his talk about the CDOBloggers. (We were so serious listening to his ‘speech’. hehe)

The induction, oath-taking, and signing of the Memorandum of Agreement came after.

…and then the ‘physical’, ‘nerve-wracking’ game which made us laugh so loud. Thanks Vic for this game! hehehe.

…and who would forget the camera whoring session???!!!

Looking forward to a meaningful and fruitful year ahead with these blogging peeps. It will definitely be a busy year for me!

See you all in the next monthly meet-up!!! We hope to meet more bloggers of CDO! 🙂

Cheers CDOBloggers 2012!

(From left to right: Eleanor Aguilar (PRO), Bang Agbon (Auditor), Rob Bana (Treasurer), Vic Madriaga (President),

Venus Mabale (Vice President-Internal), Roxanne Hambre – that’s me! (Vice President-External), Jacques Agbon (Secretary)

 Here is the plan of activities for 2012:

For more info, please visit or visit us on facebook (CDO Bloggers).


The Versatile Blogger Award

January 6, 2012 6 comments

Hello everyone! How are you? I’m sorry I haven’t posted anything in the past few weeks. As you all know, Cagayan de Oro City was greatly affected by the typhoon Sendong last month and we became so very busy of trying to help in the relief operations. Until now, we continually work to help our brothers and sisters here. If you wish to help out, you may refer to this post.

On the other hand, I got a good news from one of my blogging friends when I woke up today. She gave me the VERSATILE BLOGGER AWARD. This award has been going around the blogging community for awhile and I would like to thank The Ilongga for giving me such recognition and to all my readers who have been visiting my blog. 🙂 I’m not really sure why I’m considered as such but probably because I can post just about anything under the sun. Versatility, that is.

Part of the rules is to give 7 random pieces about myself and here it goes:

#1 – I’m a sucker for fiber. I love eating and drinking anything that has fiber. 🙂

#2 – I’ve never been late to school. Yes. I’d rather be absent than get tardy.

#3 – I get dysmenorrhea monthly. I envy women who do not experience this.

#4 – I bellydance. I love what it did to my body. I got slimmer because of it.

#5 – I am a Math Teacher. I still wonder how it all happened. Hahahaha.

#6 – I love traveling. I spend most of my earnings going out and about. It’s an expensive investment though.

#7 – I’m very organized but not when it comes to the contents of my bag.  yeah.

Now, it’s my time to give the recognition to others as well. But before that, let me give you the mechanics first. So, here’s the mechanics for the VERSATILE BLOGGING AWARD:

1. In a post on your, blog, nominate 15 fellow bloggers for The Versatile Blogger Award.

2. In the same post, add the Versatile Blogger Award.

3. In the same post, thank the blogger who nominated you in a post with a link back to their blog.

4. In the same post, share 7 completely random pieces of information about yourself.

5. In the same post, include this set of rules.

6. Inform each nominated blogger of their nomination by posting a comment on each of their blogs.

*******Drum rolls********

Say hurray to my 15 Versatile bloggers! Do check out their blogs! (In no particular order)

Cinnamon Sticks and What-Not  –

Vicmadz –

Running Cebu Marathon –

SpotLifeGalore –

Pinay Travels –

Bianca –

Carlo B. –

Crazy Yanka –

My Life In A Seashell –

Sugarcoated Realities –

Chronic Indecisiveness –

Pinoy Experience –

The Traveling No Mad –

CDO Tambay –

Verjube Photographics –

Congratulations to my VERSATILE Bloggers! 🙂

Shared Vision: The DNA of Leadership

October 9, 2011 Leave a comment

The 2nd Leadership Conference with the theme “Shared Vision: The DNA of Leadership” was successful. With high school students from the different schools in the city as participants, I am so blessed and very thankful for the opportunity of being able to share my insights and experiences in terms of leadership. I hope that I was able to inspire and motivate, in one way or another, these student-leaders to find means and ways to unleash their potentials as leaders.

I really like the theme of this year’s conference because it talks a lot about cooperation and mutual understanding which is very important in groups or organizations. The basic idea is that a group should have one objective and aim to be able to work together in unity for them to reach the goal.

So, I went there and I was excited to share and deepen the topic. Because I was tasked to provide a “seminar-workshop”, I had to think of an activity that would eventually lead to the discussion of the theme. Fortunately, from my leadership workshops before, I was able to provide an activity that made the students realize the importance of having a shared vision.

Let me show you the photos from the event.

That’s me preparing for my visual presentation while I was being introduced.

I had to give instructions for the activity first.

The groups were given materials right away to fulfill their objective.

And I would have to observe the process because it has to deepened in the discussion later on.

The groups presented their outputs after 20 minutes.

I also asked some of the participants to answer deepening questions about the activity they did.

Oh… and this is the discussion part.

These are the participative student-leaders.

And these are the supportive organizers which helped me a lot with my talk. 🙂

Thank you again and again for this wonderful opportunity! I’m hoping to do this next time! ❤







Sitti explains her side.

August 20, 2011 1 comment

Interview with the Quantum Photoshop Competition 2011 winners

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Quantum is a tradition of Xavier Computer Enthusiasts’ League (XCEL) of Xavier University since 1994. It is pure competition participated by different schools in Mindanao. Its objectives are to test the level of knowledge and literacy of high school students in Computer and Information Technology and develop a science and technology culture among the youth.

With this year’s theme: “Maximizing the Potential of Information Technology for Economic Development”, QITC aims to offer information on how to dramatically improve the productivity and quality of Information Technology economically. It’s about leveraging lessons from splendid keynotes speeches from experts that provide discussion about the best practices applied today in the economy through Information Technology.



One of the events of this year’s QITC (Quantum and Information Technology Convention) was the Photoshop competition participated by high school students from the different schools in the city.

It was held last February 5, 2011 (SAT) 11:00am – 4:00pm at Lab C, 3rd floor CIT building, Xavier University – Ateneo de Cagayan and the Awarding and Closing Ceremonies was held on the 5th of February 4:00pm at the Atrium, Ground Floor, SM City Cagayan de Oro after the Quiz Show. The participants were asked to create a poster relevant to the theme.

Corpus Christi High School emerged as the champion, while Lapasan National High School and the Regional Science Highschool bagged the 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

The Kagay-anon had the opportunity to interview two of the winners of the said competition. Let us read how Priyanka Jainani of Corpus Christi and Michelle Bacabac of the Regional Science High School made their way to the top.

Priyanka Jainani, champion (Photo by Josan Astrid Demetita)

The Kagay-anon: What was the competition all about?

Mich: It was all about designing a poster in which the medium is the computer. You make digital art using the software Adobe Photoshop.

Yanka: We were tasked to make a poster that would reflect the contest’s theme, “Maximizing the Potentials of Information Technology for Economic Development” using Adobe Photoshop CS3. We were to create the images on our own (using only the mouse, no digital tablets were allowed) and we were not allowed to import anything from the internet or any other external source. The time allotted was 3 hours and although it may seem like a long time, 180 minutes whizzed by in no time!

Michelle Bacabic, 3rd place (Photo by Josan Astrid Demetita)

The Kagay-anon: How did you join the competition?

Mich: I joined by registering in qitc’s website. Well, my coach registered me. Our school was informed through an invitation letter.

Yanka: I was informed by my Computer teacher four days prior to the competition.

The Kagay-anon: What were your preparations for the competition?

Mich: I already know how to use Photoshop so I didn’t really have to study and learn the basics. I actually searched for tutorials on the internet to learn new techniques in designing. And I always browse images on the internet for inspiration.

Yanka: I practiced every day for four days for at least 5 hours, which was spent brain storming and organizing. I only trained at school and didn’t really practice at home. I was consistently pulled out of prom practice in order for me to train, which was a good thing and a bad thing at the same time!

The winning entry by Yanka

The Kagay-anon: What happened during the competition?

Mich: We were given the mechanics and criteria before the start of the competition. We had 3 hours to make the poster and we were also in the same room with the Paint participants. Everything was smooth and the computers were working very well.

Yanka: Since the competition day fell on the day after prom, I was really groggy that morning. Sometime during the competition proper, I excused myself and went to the comfort room and felt like dozing off! For my final work, I made a similar poster to the one I made as a trial during my training sessions, but I would honestly say that it was more detailed and more well thought of compared to the practice sketch. About 116 layers later, when I finally passed my work and got a glimpse of my seatmates’ creations, I felt really insecure! Since this was my first shot at joining a contest that was Photoshop-related, plus the fact that I only self-taught myself on Photoshop and didn’t really have any formal art education, I couldn’t help but feel so unexperienced.

The Kagay-anon: What did you feel about winning?

Mich: I was really excited about winning the competition because we have cash prize. Haha

Yanka: I didn’t believe it! When they showed everyone’s work on the projector screen while awarding the certificates of participation, I couldn’t stop myself from being so discouraged! They were all so amazing! I wasn’t even called up on stage to get a certificate of participation (I was told afterwards that they couldn’t read my name properly, something like that,) and I already felt that my creation was so out of place amongst all the amazing artworks of the other participants. After they called out the award for third place, I practically stopped listening to the announcement, but when the award for the champion was called out and my school was mentioned, I couldn’t help but smile in happiness!

3rd place entry by Mich

The Kagay-anon: What advise can you give to all those who want to join contests like this?

Mich: Keep on practicing Adobe Photoshop. It’s a really great software wherein you can express yourself through art. Enjoy and love what you do.

Yanka: Sleep well before the competition and organize your thoughts even before the contest day. Brainstorming on the day itself would be too time consuming. Believe in your capabilities and the quality of your work! Beam that you’d top everyone else — it wouldn’t hurt to be optimistic! And of course, before you even draw that first shape or create that first layer, pray. It works.


To learn more about QITC, click here


-The Kagay-anon!-


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