Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Printing press

A forklift operator
unloads a Solna two-color offset printing press
from a container van
at the main office of the Mindanao Gold Star Daily.
The 24-year-old daily newspaper
published in Cagayan de Oro
now uses two units of two-color offset presses,
in addition to its one-color sheetfed machines.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Close or far

Far kung naay tindera?

Monday, July 29, 2013

Paper toys

Meet John Raymond Munoz,
father of 1.
JR makes paper toys like these shown here.
His growing collection has become fun to look at!

Sunday, July 28, 2013


Some take pride in their origin.
But Macki's Fried House along T. Chaves Street
wants to be known as the "Fried of Iligan".

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Limketkai bombing

News of the bombing at Limketkai
late last night has spread
around the world by now.

Here's an official statement from the mayor --

I was saddened to hear about the bombing incident. What a condemnable and despicable act! This has no place in a peaceful community like ours. My heart bleeds for the victims and his families. MisOr Board Member Roldan Lagbas was very close to me personally. I’ve been on contact since last night with Cagayan de Oro City Police Office Head Col. Graciano Mijares and NBI’s top men.

We will leave no stone unturned in the investigation. Perpetrators must be identified and motive determined, swiftly and thoroughly. Justice must be fully served. The City Government of Cagayan de Oro is committed to coordinate very closely with the police and law enforcement agencies.

I arrived in Macau yesterday to lend support to Milan Milendo’s quest for honor and glory, both for himself and for his city and country. I’ve been in contact and direct communication since last night with police, NBI and our people. Looking for ways to cut trip. Thanks.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Artsada show

Now showing at Limketkai Mall
is an art exhibition
mounted by the Artsada team of artists.
Have a good time!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Today's prices 8

For a serving of noodles
without egg
and with a hard-boiled egg.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Class time

It's class time, kiddies!
Just kidding...
they must be the parents or guardians
of the children.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fruit load

A hybrid of a fruit stand
and a cell phone loading station.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Golden Mermaid

A press release from the City Council.
Golden Mermaid statue unveiled

A Golden Mermaid statue is now standing stately at the City Tourism Hall.
The statue was donated by Cagayan de Oro’s sister city Norfolk, Virginia, symbolically indicating closer ties between the two cities.
The unveiling ceremony was held during the four-day visit of Janis C. Weisberg, immediate past president of Norfolk Sister Cities Association,  Guia Caliwagan, chair of the Norfolk-Cagayan de Oro Sister City Committee and Dr. Juan Montero, who spearheaded the Norfolk-Cagayan de Oro sister city ties.
Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, who welcomed the Norfolk delegates last Thursday expressed gladness over their goodwill visit as he expects more exchanges between the two cities.
It may be recalled that the city forged sistership ties with Norfolk, which is known as a Mermaid City.
The program was attended by former Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula,   Councilor Dante Pajo and Councilor Lourdes Candy Darimbang, chair of the City Council committee on tourism, among others.
It was facilitated by Eileen San Juan, chairperson of the Events Committee of the City Tourism Office.
Dr. Montero informed the vice mayor that after the five-year hiatus, the city can expect more friendly links with the Mermaid City.
Councilor  Pajo  thanked Norfolk, Virginia for its continuing collaboration with Cagayan de Oro as its only sister city in the country.
The mermaid statue will be mounted at the soon to open Duaw Park adjacent to the tennis court near the Cagayan de Oro River.
“This is the symbol of friendship and partnership with our sister city,” Councilor Pajo added.

Cell shop

Looking for a cell shope?


Sunday, July 21, 2013

In the evening

Now, there's no 10 PM in the morning, is there?

Saturday, July 20, 2013

No parking

Anyone dare park between the sign?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Lost dog

A new spelling for Japanese?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Tiano Brothers

Quiz Time:

How many brothers were there
for which Tiano Brothers Street
was named after?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Give way

Probably the only bridge sign
of its kind in the world.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Loading stations

Will cell phone loading stations
go the way of video rental stores

Monday, July 15, 2013

Today's prices 7

For a page of photocopy.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

International orange

Repainting of the steelwork
of Ysalina Bridge is now complete.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Rizal Monument

Quiz Time:

In what year was the Rizal Monument,
the first and oldest monument in Divisoria,

Friday, July 12, 2013


Cepalco linemen climb
and maintain their balance
on a pole.
It's not an easy occupation!

Thursday, July 11, 2013


Quiz Time:

Sometime last year
there was a proposal to name
each of the three flyovers in Cagayan de Oro
after a former mayor.
What was the name
for the one at Licoan (which is now being repainted)?

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Chess moves

Quiz Time:

In which public park
would you find
Cagayan de Oro's chess players
pitting wits against each other?

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Martyrdom of the Bab

It's a solemn holy day today
for the Baha'is of Cagayan de Oro
as they remember
the Martyrdom of the Bab,
which happened on July 9, 1850.
You may read about the mission
of the Bab at
where you may also find photographs
of His resting-place on Mount Carmel.

Monday, July 8, 2013

COWD advisory

A July 8 advisory from the
Cagayan de Oro City Water District.

This is to notify the public that an unfortunate incident happened today at Zone 10 Upper Carmen which has affected water supply in a specific area. Upon receipt of reports from affected residents that used oil and water came out from their faucets this morning, a technical crew was immediately deployed to investigate the matter. 

Investigation has shown that our water supply in that specific area has been contaminated.  Used oil may have been dumped into the canal under a driveway where our 2-inch diameter pipeline runs parallel to.  The oil may have seeped into the PE tube through a leak in it affecting supply going to our stub-out.   This explains used oil coming out from the faucets of some residents whose lines are connected to the stub out. 

To address the emergency situation, realignment of 2 inches diameter pipeline will be undertaken to prevent continued seepage of oil into our line.  Flushing will also be conducted to remove remaining oil.  Further, water delivery by the COWD tanker will be facilitated for the affected customers starting this afternoon until realignment and flushing works will be completed.  Estimated time of completion would be 24 hours.

In the history of COWD’s service, this is the first time this situation has been encountered.  It is an isolated case and we sincerely apologize to the affected customers for this unfortunate incident. 

Providing safe and potable water has always been our prime concern.  Rest assured, all measures to restore normal water supply will be undertaken.             

Thank you for your understanding and consideration.


This is Bokbok,
my neighbor's dog
who trots ahead of me
every now and then
when I walk from home to work.
I wonder why his name is Bokbok.

Sunday, July 7, 2013


June is over
but it looks like
it's still Kidney Month mode
over at SSS.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Erring drivers

An interesting news item from The Power,
published by the City Council.

RTA cites 16,377 erring drivers

FROM January to June 2013, some 16,377 drivers who violated traffic rules and regulations were apprehended by the Roads and Traffic Administration.

This is contained in the semi-annual report submitted by the RTA to the Office of Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas, which was furnished to the City Council committee on public utilities chaired by Councilor Roger Abaday.

Based on the report, out of these, 3,703 drivers paid the corresponding fines.

Charges are being filed against the other drivers, The Power learned.

Here's a street scene at Divisoria.
The erring drivers must be hiding.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Nutrition Month

July 2013 = 39th Nutrition Month

For the origin,
see Section 7 of Presidential Decree 491.
This year's theme is
"Gutom at Malnutrisyon, sama-sama nating wakasan".
Fortunately for us in Cagayan de Oro,
market vendors still sell colorful vegetables and fruits
at affordable prices.
Lick that sugar habit now!

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Coastal scene

Quiz Time:

Where in Cagayan de Oro
would you find this coastal scene?

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Contrails from an airplane
still make me look up
to see how long they last.
A fascination since my boyhood.
For sure the pilot of this plane
flying over barangay Carmen
would not stop
even if the traffic light is red :)

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Second World War

Photographs and memorabilia
of World War II in the Philippines
are on exhibit this week
at SM City Cagayan de Oro.
There are quite a number of items
relating to Mindanao
and a few about Cagayan de Oro.
This is a travelling exhibit
of the Philippine Veterans Bank.
The show will run until July 8
on the second floor of the mall.
Well worth a look!

Monday, July 1, 2013

24 years

Today marks the 24th year anniversary
of the Mindanao Gold Star Daily,
the oldest running daily newspaper
published in Cagayan de Oro.
When I first joined the editorial staff
of this paper in 1990, during my university days,
there were no computers in the office --
we used manual typewriters.
There was no email --
editors, columnists, news writers and photographers
filled the newsroom to beat the deadline.
Our editor in chief used copyediting symbols,
our photographers used black-and-white film,
and our layout person used a typeball electric typewriter.