Centrio: the NEW Ayala in CDO

It opened yesterday, November 9, 2012. I intentionally didn’t go yesterday because I could just imagine the crowd that was eagerly anticipating this grand opening. Not to mention those responding to the shops that were also opening with the mall, whose marketing strategies were to offer free items for a WHOLE YEAR to the firstContinue reading “Centrio: the NEW Ayala in CDO”

Bukidnon My Home

In a spurt of nostalgia, I went searching for the lyrics of Bukidnon My Home, the provincial anthem created by one of the first (if not THE FIRST) historians of the region, Mr. Filomeno Bautista.. who just happens to be the father of my ninong. So here it is in both the Binukid and EnglishContinue reading “Bukidnon My Home”


I was never a history buff in school.  In fact, history was one of my worst subjects. I learned early on that one of my greatest weaknesses was memorizing dates and names.  It even extended to Chemistry (memorizing the different elements and their properties) and Math (memorizing the different laws and symbols).  I did doContinue reading “Perspectives”

Simplicity in the Philippines

We toured a group of American ladies last January, three sisters who had lived in Bukidnon for a few of their childhood years, some 40 years ago.  They came back to visit the places they had once called home.  What was amusing was, though they enjoyed remembering their antics of their yester-years as we broughtContinue reading “Simplicity in the Philippines”

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Where Are We Now?

On the night of December 16, 2011 (Friday), just before midnight, an event occurred in Cagayan de Oro that changed the way we look at Philippine weather cycles.  It was an experience so unexpected, so unprecedented and so disastrous that whenever it rains now, we fear a repeat of the catastrophe that wiped out moreContinue reading “CAGAYAN DE ORO, Where Are We Now?”

Where the Road Ends

This used to be my playground This used to be our pride and joy This used to be the place we ran to That no one in the world could dare destroy — taken from the song This Used to Be My Playground by Madonna This was once a fun place to be – theContinue reading “Where the Road Ends”

Fun in the Philippines!

The Philippines has a new tourism slogan: “It’s More FUN in the Philippines” I’ve always said it and I’ve always believed it.  And I’m glad somebody finally realized it, too. You can see it in full color here:  http://itsmorefuninthephilippines.com/images/logo1.svg Here’s my contribution:

A Night at Home

We stayed at the Lodge tonight.  Would you believe I have NEVER stayed here ever before.  Oh, I lived in Cawayanon for 13 years, but in my house at the end of the road.  Even when we were moving out and supposedly the family is allowed to stay at the Lodge for a few days,Continue reading “A Night at Home”

Going Home

After 5 days and 4 nights, I was finally returning home.  What began as apprehension to be visiting Bohol (by myself for the first time) to attend a seminar became reluctance to repack my things for the trip back to Cagayan de Oro.  I was excited to be going home, but for the life of me,Continue reading “Going Home”

Fireflies at a River

Have you ever seen a firefly? Because I grew up in a place with lots of trees, fireflies are not alien to me.  However, because of the continuing invasion of man into their natural habitat, fireflies are being driven out and are being forced to look for other habitats more suitable for their mating rituals,Continue reading “Fireflies at a River”