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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Gardenia expands operations in Mindanao, inaugurates bread plant

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Bread market leader Gardenia Bakeries officially opens its new most advanced, fully-automated bread manufacturing facility in Mindanao to serve the increasing demand for Gardenia products in the south.

The new plant will have a capacity of producing 130,000 loaves and buns a day which will be distributed with an increased fleet of trucks all over the region. It is also expected to generate hundreds of employment and contribute to the economic growth in the region.

Gardenia president Jun Umali said the new plant and expanded operations in Mindanao will now give consumers fresher bakery products and continual stock availability and accessibility. “We are now bringing Gardenia breads closer to our consumers with the opening of our newest plant. With our current distribution capabilities, Gardenia is available in Davao, Cagayan de Oro, General Santos, Surigao and Zamboanga del Norte, Butuan and Kidapawan but we will intensify our market penetration and saturation to widen our network, and eventually, reach every corner of Mindanao,” Umali asserted.

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Fully automated bread plant

The 2.5-hectare world class Gardenia plant, located in PHIVIDEC Industrial Estate, Misamis Oriental, adjacent to Cagayan de Oro City, is now the most advanced bread manufacturing plant in Mindanao.

“This completely new breadline features robotics and the latest innovations in modern baking. All major equipment are sourced from the best and reliable bakery equipment suppliers in Germany, the Netherlands, United States, Malaysia and Japan,” Umali shared. He added that the integration of these machineries and equipment into one unit is the company’s expertise learned from Gardenia’s operations in Asia-Pacific, thus enabling them to develop a proprietary manufacturing process unique to Gardenia Philippines.

Umali also shared that the plant is designed to allow consumers to witness and experience the modern baking process through a catwalk plant tour especially for consumers from Mindanao.

Quality bread offerings

“To ensure the high quality, freshness and great taste of Gardenia products, we use flour made from US wheat, milled to Gardenia’s high-quality specifications, milk from Australia or USA, and other imported premium ingredients,” Umali assures.

Wide variety of Gardenia products will be produced in the Mindanao bread facility, including white breads, health bread selections, flavored loaf offerings and buns or pandesal. Gardenia’s affordable loaf brand, Neubake, is also offered.

Strategic facility location

Umali explained that choosing a site adjacent to Cagayan de Oro as the location of the P1-billion investment is a strategic move. “Our new plant is purposefully located not only for Mindanao commercial operations. This will also serve as support to our Cebu plant or Visayas market. We can also dispatch breads easily to other areas when the need arrives, especially in the event of major calamities or natural disasters in those areas,” he explained.

“Moreover, the plant’s proximity to the ports of Cagayan de Oro, the gateway to Mindanao, ensures the availability and accessibility of ingredients,” Umali added.

Continued growth and leadership

Umali emphasized that the construction of the Mindanao plant is a continuation of the company’s goal to reach more of its consumers.

“With Gardenia in Mindanao, world-class quality bread products that will satisfy your appetites as well as feed your hearts will be at your fingertips. Our products will come to you fresh, delicious and healthy as we take Gardenia and breadmaking to the next level,” Umali concludes.

DENR 10 gears up for World Water Celebration on March 22, 2019

In celebration of World Water Day on March 22, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10)  will spearhead the celebration by making people from all walks of life committed to work together  for cleaner rivers.

With tagline, FoRIVER – Together forever for cleaner rivers and #riversforlife, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR 10),  local government of  Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City and various stakeholders will gather more than 1,000 participants for a clean-up in Barangay Macabalan, Cagayan de Oro City.

DENR 10 Regional Executive Director Arleigh J. Adorable said the activity aims to raise awareness on the importance of water and sustainable development.  He said the celebration will remind the people to value fresh water and promote sustainability for fresh water resources management.

“With the active support of the local government units, private and public sectors, we hope that we can sustain our efforts to cleaner rivers in the region.  It is important that residents of the area will do their share in taking care of our environment,” he said.

The celebration will start with a program at 5:45 in the morning in Macabalan Covered Court to be followed with the clean-up of seven areas.  A signing of Covenant of Membership on Tayo ang Kalikasan, with partners from the local government unit, other government agencies, civil society organization, business sector, academe, religious groups and other stakeholders, will be part of the program.

The seven clean-up areas include Cilrai, Piaping Puti, Piaping Itum, Punta, Barra Proper, Barra Riverside/Barra Shoreline and Accretion.  Purok leaders will lead the participants to their assigned areas. Each participating agency or group will be assigned a clean-up area.

The line bureaus of the DENR namely the Environmental Management Bureau, Region 10  and the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Region 10 take active part in the activity.

The City Government of Cagayan de Oro with the Hapsay Sapa Project will mobilize its personnel for the activity.

To heighten the awareness of the students on the importance of water and sustainable development, the DENR 10 will conduct school lecture on March 19 in Macabalan National High School.

Clean-up activities will be undertaken  on the same day by the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) of Misamis Oriental and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Initao at  Bitan-ag Creek, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City while the Community Environment and Natural Resources of Gingoog City will be along Gahub river in Gingoog City.  An information campaign will also be conducted in Mapua Elementary School, Balingoan, Misamis Oriental on March 20.    

In Lanao del Norte, CENRO-Iligan will conduct a clean-up along  Baloi River on March 15,  PENRO-Lanao del Norte and CENRO Kolambugan will hold a clean-up along Maranding River on March 22; and the PENR Office of Camiguin will hold a clean-up in Guinsiliban River on March 20.   An information campaign in Lawigan Bura National High School, Guinsiliban will be done on March 22.

A bamboo planting and river clean-up along the Aloran River, Aloran, Misamis Occidental will be spearheaded by CENRO Oroquieta. #riversforlife (RSCIS MR# 03-071-2019)

Thursday, March 14, 2019

S&R Cagayan de Oro Will Be Having Its 6th Members' Treat on March 27-31, 2019

Get ready for the 5 days of hot deals at S&R Cagayan De Oro where you can Enjoy BIG savings for as much as 50% off on value buys, and get a Buy 1 Take 1 on awesome finds! Because S&R is having the Members' Treat yet again! This is the 6th of their yearly rewards to all loyal members of S&R.

Let's run to the doors on March 27-31 from 8AM-10PM.

This is gonna be great! Aren't you excited to have your favorite items on sale at S&R for up to 50% off? Imagine how much you can save during the 5-day S&R Members' Treat.

The following are just a few items on sale this coming S&R Members' Treat:

Stuck in your old fashioned way of cooking? Why not get the latest BRIKK Single Induction Cooker at S&R Members' Treat. BUY 1 TAKE 1 on March 27-31, 2019.

Only the freshest, choice cuts for that perfect Japanese recipe. Get it at S&R Members' Treat, 5 Days only! Sale Starts from 8am-10pm in all S&R Branches Nationwide See you there! 

Get two for a price of one. This plus more great deals and finds at our S&R Members' Treat from March 27-31 from 8am to 10pm!

Procaffenating The tendency to not start anything until you had a cup of coffee. Perk up your mornings with Folgers Classic Roast. Get this with big savings at our S&R Members' Treat. See you on March 27-31 from 8-10pm!

Not only that, because S&R has an on-going Graduation Blowout which includes your S&R favorites - Made-to-Order Pizza, 10 pc. Chicken Baked Wings, the all-new Pasta and 2L Pepsi. Celebrate at any S&R club (P1,249) and S&R New York Style Pizza parlor (P1,299) near you! Promo period: March 1-31, 2019.

Don't get behind with this must-try seafood-pizza concoction with a kick, just in time for this Holy Week Season! Challenge your taste buds with the Spicy Tuna Pizza topped with tuna flakes, onions, bell peppers, black olives, and of course, chili flakes! Get some at any S&R club (Whole pizza: P679/Slice: P119) available until April 30, 2019.

Here's more from S&R,  Get your grub on the irresistible Creamy Pesto Pasta or All Meat Pasta—available at any S&R warehouse club (P259 each) and S&R New York Style Pizza parlor (P269) nationwide.

All of the above offerings are available only at S&R Membership Shopping! If you're still not a member of S&R Membership, just go to the store and sign up for a membership for only P700 and P900 pesos for business.

S&R Cagayan de Oro is located at Zone 5, Barangay Kauswagan Butuan-CDO-Iligan Road, Cagayan de Oro City.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Northern Mindanao Food Festival - Big Bite is Bigger than Ever on 5th Run

Half a decade ago, the first Big Bite Food Festival in Northern Mindanao uncovered an exciting food culture in the region. Founded by Centrio Ayala Mall, it has become mall management’s great pride and joy to discover new and innovative food entrepreneurs and enthusiasts comprising an incredibly dynamic local food industry.

The first Big Bite Food Festival was held in Marquee mall in Pampanga, a regional food haven in the North. Further down south in 2014, Mindanao followed suit with Cagayan de Oro’s then brand new Centrio Ayala mall offering itself as venue. Both festivals form part of Ayala mall’s institutionalized support for local food business and concepts.

Big Bite features the obvious massive-sized food items as festival highlight. Past years have revealed the giant halo-halo, the region’s largest maja blanca, enormous ham sliders, a colossal pineapple crumble and an oversized bowl of salad among a host of other interesting savory flavors and dessert delights in gigantic portions. In addition to such titanic highlights, Centrio gives an award to the year’s best food discovery, as judged by the country’s food industry leaders and celebrities.

This year, gracing the festivities is the Philippines’ Idol sa Kusina, Chef Boy Logro. The Chef Master of GMA network is joined by young television host and former VJ, Joyce Pring to oversee stimulating culinary competitions and other cooking events throughout the 4-day fiesta. Celebrity Chef JP Anglo, host of CNN’s Hungry with Chef JP will be the festival’s Special Guest; completing the set are some of the country’s top food bloggers including The Pickiest Eater in the World, Ritchie Zamora.

Big Bite regulars have come to expect fresh food concepts interspersed with all-time favorites from homegrown restaurants in the local food scene. What’s more, they are treated to excellent music featuring the best of local artists, and gastronomic sets in visually exhilarating scenes and instagrammable nooks and crannies which best showcase the epicurean pleasures the festival has to offer.

The Big Bite Northern Mindanao Food Festival runs from Thursday till Sunday, March 14-17, 2019.

Check out this preview video of the events during the food festival.

Monday, March 4, 2019

The New City Library - Proposed Rehabilitation of the City Library

SOON TO RISE. City Engineering Office releases perspective of the proposed rehabilitation of the City Library.

For the bookworms, isn't this exciting?

This is a 5-story building which will become the new home of the City Library, Girl Scouts of the Philippines and the 52 classroom projects at the City Central School. An initial funding of P100 million has been allocated this year.

The said proposed project is through the initiatives of Mayor Oscar Moreno and Vice Mayor Kikang Uy and the City Council of Cagayan de Oro. - CIO

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Magnolia Hotshots vs. Meralco Bolts in CDO!

Here is the list of PBA ticket outlets in Cagayan de Oro City for the Magnolia Hotshots vs Meralco Bolts match.

The game between those two PBA ball-clubs will happen on March 2, 2019 (Saturday) and will be held at the Xavier University Gym also in CDO.

The pride of the host city, Jio Jalalon will lead his Magnolia Hotshots squad against his fellow mindanaoan Baser Amer who will spearhead the Meralco Bolts.

Buffalo Resto Grill - 09177042356
JR Clad - 09177062459
Hardware Innovation - 09177146332

Monday, February 25, 2019

BFP Region 10 Representatives for the Mr & Ms National Fire Olympics 2019

The search for Mr & Ms National Fire Olympics has been held every year since 2015 and this year, they will once again searching for the next Mr & Ms National Fire Olympics. It is open to all Male and Female Commissioned and Non-commissioned Officers of the competing regions in said Olympics with the following qualifications:

1. Must be a bona fide member of the BFP with Pleasing Personality and Good Interpersonal skills.
2. Must be between ages 21 to 35 years old for both Male and Female Categories.
3. Must be five feet and five inches tall for Male and five feet and three inches tall for female.
4. Must be single.

Each region was required to have two official representatives (Male and Female) for the competition and Region 10 is represented by these 2 pride of the Region.

Mr & Ms National Fire Olympics 2019 - BFP Region 10
Photo by: Bryle Ocampo Cervantes
BFP REGION 10 FEMALE - Angel Carbajal - Angel was crowned Miss Cagayan de Oro 2011 and Miss Kagay-an Kapuso 2011. A Registered Nurse, a fitness enthusiast and a proud Fire fighter of BFP Region 10.

BFP REGION 10 MALE - Mariel Jose Bullecer - Mariel is a Mechanical Engineer and part-time model in Cagayan de Oro and now a proud Fire fighter of BFP Region 10.

Mr & Ms National Fire Olympics 2019 - BFP Region 10
Photo by: Bryle Ocampo Cervantes
Let us show our support for our very own Mr & Ms National Fire Olympics 2019 representatives by liking and sharing their official Mr & Ms National Fire Olympics 2019 photos at the official Facebook page of the competition shown below: