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Miss Cagayan de Oro 2017 Katrina Zayas Acaylar just earned a spot in the 40-lady fight for the Miss World Philippines crown and is now an OFFICIAL candidate for the Miss World Philippines 2018.

She will be trained by her mother camp The House in partnership with the top beauty camp in the country, the Aces & Queens.

In photo, Katrina Zayas Acaylar, official candidate of Miss World Philippines 2018, stands with reigning Miss World Philippines Laura Lehmann.

Photo credits: The House Beauty Camp

Shop at the SM Uptown 3 Day Sale on August 17, 18 & 19! Up to 70% off on great finds from fashion, dining and entertainment!

Get a chance to win a brand new Suzuki Dzire for every minimum purchase of Php 1,000.00! Double raffle coupons for uptown residents and redemption hours is from 9PM onwards.

Not only that, because there's more. Shop and get a chance to win a brand new iPad and up to P1,000.00 worth of SM Shopping Money with SM 3-Day Sale Shopping TicTacToe.

Here's how to play:
1. Get a FREE Shopping Tic Tac Toe card at the redemption booth in front of Bench.
2. Accomplish instructions in each box.
3. Present your proof of purchase and have a box stamped at the same booth.
4. To win P1,000 worth of SM Shopping money daily, complete a special pattern to be announced at 8:00PM daily.
5. To win a brand new iPad, participants must accomplish a BLACKOUT or all boxes must be stamped.

Let's all have fun together this weekend at SM City Cagayan de Oro (Uptown)!

Save the date and see you there, #UptownFam!

There's more! For all social media stars! This is a great news for you, it's your chance to win PH 5,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates by simply following these steps:

1. Like this photo
2. Share to your Timeline and tag 5 of your friends.
3. Share with the ff hashtags: #SMUptown3DaySale and #3DSLikeTagShare
4. Set your post to PUBLIC so we’ll be able to search you.

MOST NUMBER OF LIKES ON THE SHARED POST ON YOUR TIMELINE BY AUGUST 15 gets to take home PH 5,000 worth of SM Gift Certificates! So tag tag tag and grab this chance to win shopping money! See you all here uptown during the 3 Day Sale on August 17, 18, 19!

#ILoveSM #EverythingsHereAtSM #LiveTheUptownLifeAtSM 

Trail 50 Mapawa registration is now open! The Mapawa Trail Series is the culmination of the 2018 series which started with its shorter distance races: the Trail Run Mapawa in April and Trail Marathon Mapawa in July. MAPAWA NATURE PARK is ready to welcome trail ultrarunners on Sunday, October 28, 2018.

Trail runners shall enjoy an abundance of breathtaking waterfalls, exquisite mountain views, century old trees, and lush flora and fauna. Mapawa Nature Park is a natural haven with challenging terrains that is perfect for the adventure-seeking trail runners.

Mapawa’s Trail Ultramarathon (formerly Ultra Trail Mapawa) is one of the first ultramarathon trail races in the Southern part of the Philippines. For 2018, a longer 50 Miles distance is mapped to give more challenge to its trail visitor. While pushing themselves, runners shall enjoy a longer tour on foot of the huge nature haven inside Mapawa.

Runners may also register for the 50K distance which has been a race that is flocked by elite runners Manolito Divina, Wilnar Iglesia, Kristian Jorgensen, Majo Liao and Sandi Menchi, among others. The race is also one of the local races where runners from the South also have made their historic debut in trail ultrarunning including the rising trail start in Asia, John Ray Onifa.

The 50 Miles and 50 K categories have four (4) and three (3) UTMB points, respectively. Runners will also earn 100 Finisher’s Points and 400 Performance Points from Asia Trail Masters, with the 50Miles distance earning them one Grandmaster’s Quest point race. Join the race and see for yourself why it is one of the rated A-race in the ATM series.

For trail enthusiasts, the 15K side event registration is also open

Go to and be part of this iconic race in Mindanao.

50 Miles - 3800M+ - October 28, 2018, 1am (Cut-Off is 20Hours)
50 Kilometers - 2900M+ -October 28, 2018, 1am (Cut-Off is 15Hours)
15 Kilometers - 600M+ -October 28, 2018, 6am (Cut-Off is 4Hours)


Mapawa Nature Adventure Park, Mapawa, Malasag, Cugman, 9000 Cagayan de Oro, Philippines, Cagayan De Oro, Philippines

Mapawa Nature Park is a natural oasis just 30 minutes away from the city. It is operated by the Emmanuel Pelaez Ranch Incorporated (EPRI). The nature park is just one of the many projects that are being done to educate and inspire people on the importance of caring for the environment. Tucked away in the mountains of Malasag, Cagayan de Oro, Mapawa Nature Park is a part of a 2,500-hectare property that is protected, conserved and sustainably managed. Mapawa Nature Park has something for you to experience and enjoy. It is a perfect venue for a race-cation away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

COHARA proudly presents its major contribution to Philippine culinary – KUMBIRA. The nation’s longest-running annual culinary show now on its 22nd year, KUMBIRA will be held on August 15-17, 2018 at the Atrium of Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City. This year’s KUMBIRA would want to highlight and focus on Mindanao cuisine with the theme: “The Kitchens of Mindanao”.

Strongly supported by the hotel and food industry, this has been a venue showcasing talent and skills in culinary and related fields in the hospitality industry. With the presence of notable chefs and culinary experts, the event really promotes learning experience through culinary and hotel industry competitions, seminars and demonstrations. A highlight of the 3-day event include trade exhibits and food tasting.

The competitions of the 22nd KUMBIRA are in partnership with the 2018 National Food Showdown, a production of Alimentaria Inc. The winning team of Chef Wars-Mindanao will compete in the finals during the 2018 National Food Showdown on October 26-27, 2018 to be held at Elements at Centris, Eton Centris, EDSA cor. Quezon Avenue, Quezon City.

Competitions marked NFS are part of the line up of competitions to be staged during the 2018 National Food Showdown. To further experience and challenge, participating teams to NFS indicated events are encouraged to join the 2018 National Food Showdown and may contact the 22nd KUMBIRA Organizing Committee for more details.

Bridge Hotel will be launched on August 13, 2018, Monday at 10:00AM.

Bridge Hotel is a limited-service hotel that focuses on basic amenities for a good night sleep with service done exceptionally. We’re located at the heart of Cagayan de Oro City that emphasises the balance of four distinct characteristics:

1. local culture design
2. functionality
3. quality service
4. affordability

They believe that a good night’s sleep leads to a good day’s work. That is why their guest rooms are simple & straightforward to have a balance comfort, style, and functionality.

They have 30 rooms with the following accommodations:


Each room has comfortable Bed, quality linens, aircon, Wifi, TV with Cable, hot & cold shower. Their common area is a space designed for travellers to hang out and discuss things that really matter.

It is located at a very convenient location at 3rd Floor, De Leon Building, Pabayo-Crus taal Sts. Cagayan de Oro City. Bridge Hotel has a great customer service and the price is just right.

For bookings and reservations, you may contact them at:

Cagay-anons, follow your heartbeat because RAKSO Travel is now in Cagayan de Oro City! Rakso Air Travel & Tours, Inc. is a Premium Travel Service Provider established in 1999. A pioneer in promoting the Philippines to the elite Korea market, Rakso Travel has since become a full-pledged travel agency specializing in the development of both inbound and outbound tour products for corporate incentives and leisure tours.

In 2001 it became an accredited member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). As an IATA Agent, Rakso Travel has evolved into highly-disciplined and highly systematic ticket agent for more than 30 major international airlines.

Rakso Travel has established branches in Manila (2010), Boracay Island (2012), Angeles Pampanga (2014), Cebu (2015), Binondo (2016) and Davao (2016) and now they are in Cagayan de Oro City to expand its reach to the Cagay-anons.


Come and visit Rakso Travel and avail their Grand Opening Promo, starting August 8, 2018:

(1) Win a trip to Jeju Island, South Korea,
(2) Book for 2 and get 1 pax free for Hong Kong Special promo package,
(3) Cruise 1 Take 1 + get 50% OFF for the 3rd and 4th pax,
(4) Enjoy R-Points on top of opening discounts,
(5) Get Rakso's limited edition Mugs,
(6) Duty Free 5% discount shopping cards (Duty-Free Fiesta Mall Paranaque),
(7) Skechers discount voucher, &
(8) Buffet vouchers for Circa1850

Click this link for more details.

They are located at Door 4, 2nd floor VLC Building Tower1 IT Park cor Gran Via-Trade Sts., Pueblo de Oro, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City

Contact Number: (088) 881 8000 / 0917-300-3264

Photos from Rakso Travel Website
Photo by: Project Lupad
Residents of Camiguin Island were so excited for the soft opening of Gaisano Camiguin today. 

Finally, they don't need to cross the sea just to shop goods because they have now a bigger shopping center.

Photo Credit: Marck H. Ibahay
Residents of Camiguin will now be hearing the Gaisano jingle songs.
Gaisano, Gaisano sa Gaisano pa rin ako! Lahat nang kailangan ko mayroon sa Gaisano! Mula noon hanggang ngayon, sa Gaisano pa rin ako!