Friday, May 31, 2013

Ms. Behavin'

The Press Freedom Week celebration culminates tonight.

Quiz Time:

In which daily newspaper can you read
Netnet Camomot's opinion column?

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Seat belt

I'm a pedestrian.
I have no seat belt.
But I have a camera.
So, I click it!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ascension of Baha'u'llah

It's a solemn holy day today
for the Baha'is of Cagayan de Oro
as they observe the Ascension of Baha'u'llah,
remembering the time in 1892
when He passed away at Bahji.
See for the basic teachings
of Baha'u'llah.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Antibullying law

A press release from the City Council.
On second and final reading

THE implementation of policies against bullying in schools is expected to take place in the different schools in Cagayan de Oro City.

This, after the 16th City Council during its regular session yesterday presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas approved on second and final reading Ordinance No. 12581-2013, prohibiting acts of bullying committed among students in Cagayan de Oro City, providing penalty for violations, and for other purposes.

Section 8 of the ordinance provides that the school administration shall be responsible for the implementation and oversight of policies intended to address bullying.

It requires the creation of an Anti-Bullying Committee in schools that will establish policies against this in their respective institutions. Members of the committee are the school principal as the chair, Parents-Teachers Community Association President (PTCA) as the vice chair and the guidance counselor, student council president and any representative from the teaching or academic staff as members.

Schools are required to establish clear procedures for promptly responding to investigations on reports of bullying; identify the range of disciplinary administrative actions that may be taken against the perpetrator for bullying, which shall be commensurate with the nature and the gravity of the offense; establish strategies for protecting students from acts of bullying and of promptly notifying the parents or guardian of a victim, among others.

The ordinance requires schools to provide students and their parents or guardians with a copy of anti-bullying policies being adopted. These policies should be included in the school’s student and/or employee handbook and should be conspicuously posted on the school walls and website, if any.

Bullying, as defined by the ordinance, are acts committed by any severe or repeated use by one or more students of written, verbal or electronic expression or a physical act of gesture or any combination that may cause physical injury, emotional distress and psychological fear or physical or emotional harm to his limb, family and property.

Councilor Ramon Tabor, principal author of the ordinance, noted the alarming incidents of bullying, which he says leaves emotional scars to students.

He maintained the need to address this, to develop the moral character and personal discipline of students and to protect the well-being and welfare of the city’s constituents as provided for in Section 3 of the 1987 Constitution and R.A. 7160, otherwise known as the Local Government Code of 1991.

Councilors Adrian Barba, Alexander Dacer, Nadya Emano, Alden Bacal, Emmanuel Abejuela and Roger Abaday are co-authors of the anti-bullying law.

Press Freedom Monument

"Safe to Speak: Securing Freedom of Expression in all Media"
is the theme of this year's Press Freedom Week celebration,
adopted by the Cagayan de Oro Press Club
from the World Press Freedom Day last May 3.

The Press Freedom Monument needs to be restored to look new again.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Press Freedom Week celebration

Today the Cagayan de Oro Press Club
commenced its celebration
of the 31st Press Freedom Week
with a mass at the Press Freedom Monument
followed by a breakfast at the COPC boardroom
and a motorcade in the city.
A fellowship dinner is scheduled for this evening.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Press Freedom Week

For the love of journalism,
somebody find an editor!

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Quiz Time:

Name the Cagayan de Oro supermarket
that supplies car-carts like the one pictured here
for use by customers who shop with children in tow.

Friday, May 24, 2013

BMW leasing

Wanna drive a BMW car
every day of the week
for three years?
Premium Motoren BMW,
the only BMW dealership in Mindanao,
now offers a car leasing program.
Get details of FlexiLease
at their showroom situated
at Pueblo de Oro Business Park.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Declaration of the Bab

It's a happy holy day today
for the Baha'is of Cagayan de Oro
as they celebrate the Declaration of the Bab
in 1844, the birth of their religion.
Pictures of the Shrine of the Bab
can be viewed at
and you may download images,
without charge, for non-commercial
purposes (read the Terms of Use).

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Bell wheel

Quiz Time:

In which Cagayan de Oro museum
would you find this antique bell wheel?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Manresa trees

Going to Manresa Farm for the first time?
Be observant and you'll find a fire tree
snaking its way around the trunk
of an African oil palm tree.

Monday, May 20, 2013


Summertime is sorbetes time!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Election winners


Mayor Oscar Moreno
Vice Mayor Ian Acenas

District 1 Representative Rolando Uy
District 2 Representative Rufus Rodriguez

District 1 Councilors Candy Darimbang, Zaldy Ocon, Annie Daba, Roger Abaday, Edna Dahino, Dante Pajo, Alden Bacal, Addie Barba

District 2 Councilors Ramon Tabor, Bong Lao, Nadya Emano, Leon Gan, Alex Dacer, Eric Salcedo, Jun Acenas, President Elipe

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Speed limit

Quiz Time:

Which subdivision in Cagayan de Oro
restricts drivers to a 25 kph speed limit?

Friday, May 17, 2013


Rustan's Supermarket at Centrio Mall
opened yesterday evening
with a bang!
This is the first Rustan's in Mindanao.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

COWD advisory

From the Cagayan de Oro City Water District.
Please be informed that COWD shall conduct an INTERCONNECTION OF 4 INCHES DIAMETER STEEL PIPELINE LOCATED AT CAPT. VICENTE ROA STREET. This shall cause temporary water service interruption (NO WATER) to our customers residing in the areas and on the schedule reflected below:

May 16 (THU) 8PM to MAY 17 (FRI) 8AM

along 8th St. Nazareth from corner Tomas Saco St. to corner Hayes St.
along Capt. Vicente Roa St. from corner Hayes St. to corner Recto Avenue
along Recto Avenue from corner Capt. Vicente Roa St. to corner OsmeƱa St.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Flowering tree

Quiz Time:

What is the name of the tree (at Gaston Park) bearing yellow flowers?

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Steel bridge

Say goodbye soon to the silver color of Ysalina Bridge.
A directive from the Department of Public Works and Highways
orders its regional offices to paint international orange
all steel bridges they built throughout the country.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Election day

Voters in Cagayan de Oro
trooped to the polling precincts today
for the 2013 midterm elections.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Price check

Second Week of May 2013
Cagayan de Oro City

WHITE: Price Ranges P39.00-P49.40
(Prevailing Price: Wetmarkets P43.70 Supermarkets/Groceries P46.50)
(One year ago: Wetmarkets P45.05 Supermarkets/Groceries P44.50)

BROWN: Price Ranges P31.00-P40.00
(Prevailing Price: Wetmarkets P35.00 Supermarkets/Groceries P33.00)
(One year ago: Wetmarkets P35.50 Supermarkets/Groceries P34.80)

[Source: Weekly Price Monitoring Report,
Department of Trade and Industry]

Saturday, May 11, 2013

New magazine

The Launchpad Magazine took off yesterday evening.
It bills itself as "Northern Mindanao's Travel & Lifestyle Connection".
A quite stylish mag.

Friday, May 10, 2013


Pretty little building...
the Tourism Showhouse at Divisoria.

Thursday, May 9, 2013


For some of the best blogs about Cagayan de Oro.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Vintage tractor

Quiz Time:

Where in Cagayan de Oro would you find this vintage tractor?

Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Agree or disagree?

Monday, May 6, 2013

COWD advisory

From the Cagayan de Oro City Water District.
COWD shall conduct replacement of the 800 mm diameter butterfly valve at the take off point located along Masterson-Taguanao Junction Road starting on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 9:00 AM to Thursday, May 9, 2013 at 4:00 PM.  This excludes the recovery period which takes around 5 to 8 hours where sufficient pressure has to be built before normal supply in the distribution line can be restored.  In order to facilitate this repair and maintenance work, supply from Rio Verde would have to be interrupted during the period.  Consequently, water in the West Service Area shall be solely supplied by the COWD Production Wells in Balulang and Calaanan.

To ensure that the affected customers can better prepare for the anticipated shortfall in supply on those dates, COWD has requested for an additional delivery from our bulk supplier starting at 1:00 PM today until 9:00 AM of May 8, 2013 to augment existing supply. Customers in the West Service Area (Carmen, Upper Balulang, Patag, Bulua, Kauswagan, Bonbon, Bayabas, Pagatpat, Calaanan, Canitoan, Igpit, Iponan and Opol) are therefore advised to store water in clean covered containers enough for their consumption during the period of interruption.

Youth center opens today

From a photo release from the City Council.
The Cagayan de Oro Youth Center, located at the ground floor of City Hall’s new west wing building, formally opens….Originally created to serve as a drop-in and referral center, and a peer helping hub for young people, it has now expanded to offer library services, city college tutorials, livelihood skills training, and spiritual enhancement for the city’s youth.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

To Iligan

At the west end of Maharlika Bridge
one sign says it's 86-point-something kilometers
to Iligan while another says it's 88 kilometers.
Is the distance between the two signs
about 2 kilometers or what?

Saturday, May 4, 2013

King of the road

"King of the Road" for the moment
is a lowly tricycle
flying solo on the highway at Gusa.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Press time

World Press Day today, May 3.
As declared by the United Nations General Assembly.
Cagayan de Oro's vibrant press must promote
responsible freedom of expression.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Antibullying law

A press release from the City Council.

On first reading
SP OKs Anti-Bullying Law

SCHOOL administrators shall be responsible for the implementation and oversight of policies intended to address bullying in their respective schools.

This is pursuant to Section 8 of the city’s anti-bullying law, which was approved on first reading by the 16th City Council during its regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas.

The ordinance requires school personnel, students, parents or volunteers to immediately report any instance of bullying or acts of retaliation witnessed or that has come to their attention to the school administrator, school officer, or person designated to handle such issues. Upon receipt of such reports, the school administrator is required to promptly investigate the incident and notify the law enforcement agency if the designee believes that criminal charges may be pursued; take appropriate disciplinary action against the perpetrator; notify parents or guardian of victims regarding action taken to prevent any further acts of bullying or retaliation.

The ordinance was authored by Councilor Ramon G. Tabor, upon noting the alarming problem of bullying between students. According to Tabor, bullying not only inflicts physical and psychological harm but also leaves an emotional scar to students, thereby adversely affecting their studies, social personality and their lives.

Councilors Adrian Barba, chair of the committee on education, Councilor Nadya Emano, chair of the committee on social services, Councilors Alexander Dacer, Alden Bacal, Emmanuel Abejuela and Roger Abaday are co-authors of the ordinance.

The authors believe that there is a need to shape the conduct of students to instill discipline and essential values so as to integrate them to be productive, dynamic and industrious citizens of the city and to devise appropriate remedies to address bullying in order to protect the well-being of students and for the peace of mind of parents and guardians.