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Monday, December 17, 2012

How to Donate to Typhoon Pablo Affected Areas

Typhoon Pablo, with the International Name Bopha, is one the strongest typhoons that hit the Philippines this year, leaving destruction to many lives and properties in the archipelago.
The Philippine Government and Non-Government Organizations call for donations to help the Typhoon Pablo Survivors.

In Cagayan de Oro – you can drop off your donations at:
Happy Eggs Eatery
2nd-19th St., Nazareth

Tweet @mindanaoan or @HappyEggsCDO for more details.

How can you send your donations to the affected regions in the Philippines?

For more information, you may visit the Crisis Response Page for Typhoon Pablo (, the Official Gazette Facebook page at (, and follow @govph, @ndrrmc_opcen, and @dswdserves on Twitter for the latest updates.

National Resource Operations Center
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)
Address: Chapel Road in Pasay City
Contact Number: (02) 8528081

DSWD is requesting for donations in the form of dry goods particularly the following:
  • Children’s clothing
  • Banigs (sleeping mats)
  • Blankets
  • Tents
  • Tarpaulins or plastic sheets (for temporary roofing in the sites)
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Generators (to provide power to the evacuation centers)
DSWD telephone number:(02) 852-8081
Twitter: @DSWDServes
The Philippines Red Cross
SMS: Text REDAMOUNT to 2899 (Globe) or 4143 (Smart)
G-Cash: Text DONATEAMOUNT4-digit M-PINREDCROSS to 2882

You can donate the following denominations:
Globe: 5, 25, 100, 300, 500 or 1000
Smart: 10, 25, 50, 100, 300, 500 or 1000

Philippine Red Cross Bank Deposit Accounts for Donations

Banco De Oro
Peso: 00-453-0018647
Dollar: 10-453-0039482

Peso: 151-3-041631228
Dollar: 151-2-15100218-2

Philippine National Bank
Peso: 3752 8350 0034
Dollar: 3752 8350 0042

Unionbank of the Philippines
Peso: 1015 4000 0201
Dollar: 1315 4000 0090

All Check/Cash for the account of Philippine Red Cross (Swift Codes)
Banco De Oro – BNORPHMM
Bank of the Philippine Islands – BOPIPHMM
Metrobank – MBTCPHMM
Philippine National Bank – PNBMPHMM
Unionbank of the Philippines -UBPHPHMM

Please fax the bank transaction slip at nos. +63.2.527.0575 or +63.2.404.0979 with your name, address and contact number.

Drop Off Centers:
ADDU (Ateneo de Davao University) accepts cash donations for Typhoon Pablo victims through the following bank accounts:

Account Name: Ateneo de Davao university
Acct No. 2881-0028-87

Account Name: Ateneo de Davao university
Acct No. 27000-904-26
Fax Deposit Slip to +63 (82) 221.4737 or +63 (82) 226.4116 or Email Deposit Slip Details to:, cc:

Gawad Kalinga (GK)
Gawag Kalinga’s Operation Walang Iwanan:
Cash donations:
1) Online: Click here for donation form.
2) Through bank deposit:
Gawad Kalinga Philippine Peso Current Account
# 3101 0977 56 BPI EDSA Greenhills
Gawad Kalinga US$ Savings Account
# 3104 0162 34 BPI EDSA Greenhills
(Swift code: BOPIPHMM)

In kindness / volunteer service
GSK is accepting donations in the form of rice, noodles, canned goods and 1L water bottles. Volunteers are also welcome to help repack and distribute goods.
GSK Operation Walang Iwanan Command Centers:
Urios Gym, Butuan City, Agusan Del Norte
Contact Butch Ozarraga at 09175555204
San Agustin Parish Convent, Valencia City, Bukidnon
Contact Richard Mercado at 09173103098
Contact Dan Bercasio at 09178888659/09231407029

Philippine Television Stations
GMA Kapuso Foundation
For Metro Manila – they are accepting in-kind donations at the 2nd Floor, Kapuso Center, GMA 7, Edsa Diliman, Quezon City. You may call their hotlines (02) 9284299/ (02) 9289351.
For Davao – In kind donations are accepted at the GMA Kapuso Foundation repacking site: GMA Davao station, Bankerohan, Davao. You may contact Sheilana Ward of GMA Kapuso Foundation at 0908-8869005.

ABS-CBN Sagip Kapamilya
They accept in-kind donations through their Sagip Kapamilya Warehouse located at #13 Examiner Street West Triangle, Quezon City (between Quezon Avenue and West Avenue) from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. (Monday-Sunday).
Cash and check deposits may also be brought directly at the said warehouse or deposited at one of their accredited banks. Click here for a complete list of banks. For more information, you may call (02) 394-9272, (02) 411-4995, and 0917-887-4411.
ABS CBN Foundation International (Typhoon Pablo)
For those in the US, you can donate online through ABS CBN Foundation at or via cheques to 150 Shoreline Drive, Redwood City, CA 94065

TV5 Alagang Kapatid Foundation Inc. (AFKI) is accepting cash donations via the following accounts:
Banco De Oro
00- 5310-41016-4
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Swift Code: CITIPHMX

US Dollar Accounts:
Banco De Oro
Swift Code: BNORPHMM

Bank of the Philippine Islands
Swift Code: BOPIPHMM

Swift Code: CITIPHMX

Cash donations may also be coursed through Cebuana Lhuillier outlets nationwide.

For updates and inquiries, you may visit Alagang Kapatid Foundation,Inc.
at 730 Quirino Highway, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City or call (02) 689-3100 ext. 45191 or 45192.

Collated contact details and info from and

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Welcoming Visitors to the City of Friendship

After the flag raising ceremony at City Hall last December 3, 2012, City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano and Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas (right)  posed for a picture with visitors from the Brgy. Ugong Pasig City Government who were here in the City of Friendship for a 5-day Lakbay Aral tour.                                                   CIOPHOTO

100% Passing Average for ABCCA

Professor Soc del Rosario and students of the Asian Business Cabletow Cooperative Academy (ABCCA) posed with City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano after the Professor  proudly announced the excellent performance of the ABCCA students, with the academy getting 100% passing average in the recent TESDA NC2 exams in Computer Hardware Servicing.            CIOPHOTO

New Officers of City Women’s Cooperative Inducted

City Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano and City Councilor Nadya Emano-Elipe (center, in white) posed with the new set of officers of the City Women’s Cooperative after their induction during City Hall’s flagraising ceremony, Monday, December 3, 2012. CIOPHOTO   

Some of the Effects of Typhoon Pablo

Source : Google Images

Monday, December 3, 2012


ISSUED AT 05:00 AM, 04 DECEMBER 2012
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 11 AM today)

TYPHOON PABLO has made landfall over Baganga, Davao Oriental.

Location of eye/center: At 4:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon “PABLO” was located based on satellite and surface data at 40 km East of the eastern coast of Davao Oriental (7.6°N, 126.9ÂșE).

Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph

Movement: Forecast to move West at 26 kph.

Forecast Positions: Typhoon “PABLO” is expected to be at 180 km Southwest of Roxas City by tomorrow morning. By Thursday morning, it will be at 230 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City and at 780 km West of Metro Manila by Friday morning.

Public Storm Warning Signal #3:
(Winds of 101-185kph is expected in at least 18 hrs.)

Visayas: Southern Leyte, Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor and Southern Cebu.

Mindanao: Surigao del Norte incl. Siargao, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, North Cotabato, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Davao del Norte incl. Samal Is.

Public Storm Warning Signal #2:
(Winds of 61-100 kph is expected within the next 24 hours)

Visayas: Rest of Cebu including Camotes Is,
Iloilo, Guimaras, Capiz, Leyte incl. Biliran and Negros Occidental

Mindanao: Davao del Sur, Sultan Kudarat, Zamboanga Sibugay and Maguindanao

Public Storm Warning Signal #1:
(Winds of 45-60kph is expected within the next 36 hours)

Luzon: Palawan incl. Calamian Grp. Of Islands, Ticao Island and Masbate

Visayas: Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Western Samar,
Aklan and Antique

Mindanao: Basilan, Sarangani and South Cotabato

* Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 to 30 mm per hour (heavy - intense) within the 600 km diameter of the typhoon.

* Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

* Likewise, residents in coastal areas under public storm warning signal #2 and signal #3 are alerted against storm surges particulary those living in the coastal areas of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat, Bohol and Leyte provinces where 3-6 meters wave height is expected.

* Fishing boats and other sea vessels are advised not to venture out into the Eastern Seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao.

* The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 AM today.
Source:  Dost_pagasa (Facebook)

Typhoon Bopha / Pablo: Signal No. 3 Here in Cagayan de Oro City

                Source: National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (Facebook)

City Information Office's Press Release: Pakigbisog ni Andres Bonifacio gipahinumdum ni Mayor Emano

NAGPAHINUMDUM si Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano nga karong adlawa ang ika-149 ka tuig nga anibersaryo sa kamatayon sa tinahud nga bayani nga si Andres Bonifacio.
“Mi-ula sa iyang dugo, mibuhis sa iyang kinabuhi ang maong tinu-od nga bayaning Pilipino aron lamang kitang tanan maka-lingkawas sa pagka-ulipon sa mga kamot sa mga langyaw nga milupig og mi-ulipon kanato,” sumpay sa Mayor.
“Sa atong pag-hinumdum kaniya karong adlawa, atong pasalamatan si Andres Bonifacio, ang garbo sa mga Pilipino ug sa nasud nga tabonon,” kusganon nga pamahayag ni Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano.   

City Information Office
Cagayan de Oro City
Tel. No. 8577587

City Information Office's Press Release: Dakbayan nangandam sa anibersaryo sa Sendong

 NANGANDAM na karon ang kagamhanan sa dakbayan sa paghandum sa ika-usa ka tuig nga anibersaryo sa paghapak sa bagyong Sendong.   
Kini human miluwat si Mayor Vicente “Dongkoy” Y. Emano sa usa ka Ordin Ehekutibo nga nagtudlo kang Kagawad Alexander S. Dacer isip Chairman ug Monsignor Elmer S. Abacahin isip Co-Chairman sa komitibang gitahasan sa pagpangandam ug paghan-ay sa mga kalihukan nga haum sa maong okasyon.
Ang anibersaryo ginganlan og “17 December 2011: 1-Year Commemoration” nga nag-tutok sa temang: “Looking Back A Reflection and A Celebration of Life, Moving Ever Forward”.
Dugang niini, gimugna usab ni Mayor Dongkoy Emano ang mga working committees nga maoy moabag sa komitiba ni Kagawad Dacer alang sa pag-umol og mga kalihukan sama sa inter-faith prayer and offering ug pagpasalamat sa tanan mitabang sa pagbangon sa dakbayan gikan sa mapa-it nga trahedya.
 City Information Office
Cagayan de Oro City
            Tel. No. 8577587

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Tokyo Tokyo CDO's Press Conference


                    One day before opening to the public, Tokyo Tokyo CDO had a presscon with Sunstar CDO and the CDO Bloggers, including myself.



             The event started with a program, hosted by celebrity host Bryan Yu, and ended with dinner.


                    The highlights of the night was a Maki Making Demo and a raffle draw.

             We all had a great and "yummy" time! --ARV

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Dessert Strip's First Year Anniversary


             Today, Nov. 28, 2012, is the 1st Year Anniversary of Dessert Strip, a cakes and pastries shop that carries 100% homemade products.

           We, the officers and members of the CDO Bloggers, were invited to join such anniversary celebration held from 2-5pm today.
           While waiting for the other guests to arrive, we were entertained by three female singers who had soulful voices. Then, later, the program started with me leading the Opening Prayer. Subsequently, a dance number, some games, two baking demos, and a raffle were presented.
            It was truly a  fun-filled celebration. --ARV

                          Thanks and congratulations, Dessert Strip!

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Tokyo Tokyo Comes to Cagayan de Oro

          Kagay-anons, mark the date November 29, 2012! This is when Tokyo Tokyo, the No.1 Japanese fast food chain in the Philippines, will open its 1st branch in the City of Golden Friendship, most particularly in the 2nd floor of Limketkai Mall.

          Already in the country for twenty-seven years, with its initial branch at the Quad Park in Makati City, Tokyo Tokyo has evolved to be known for its affordable and quality Japanese food. Its signature dishes such as Pork Tonkatsu, Prawn Tempura, Beef Misono, as well as the all-time favorites, Red Iced Tea and Rice-All-You-Can-Eat, will surely catch the attention of Kagay-anons.

          Moreover, there are additionals to its menu, the Sumo Meal and the Bento Meal! The Sumo Meal, named after Japan’s iconic sumo wrestler, is a “big meal which has many of Tokyo Tokyo’s best sellers: Pork Tonkatsu, Prawn Tempura, Red Iced Tea and Rice-All-You-Can-Eat, perfect for two.” Meanwhile, the Bento Meal is a complete meal in a box, with a fully customizable content. Any customer can select “among nine Tokyo Tokyo Bestseller Meals combined with Miso Soup, vegetables and dessert in one meal with Red Iced Tea and Rice-All-You-Can-Eat.”

           Tokyo Tokyo’s Marketing Manager Joan Optina says, “We are excited to bring our signature Japanese dishes to Cagayan De Oro and we look forward to serving the region with dishes that are enjoyed by millions of Filipinos. The opening of the CDO branch is something we’re all very excited about because it will be the first Tokyo Tokyo in the Northern Mindanao Region.”

           On its opening day, there will be exciting giveaways to the first 100 customers.

            Regular updates on Tokyo Tokyo’s latest product offerings and promos can be seen by clicking the “like” button on  their Facebook page

A Big Decision: What to Take Up As A College Major

          Oftentimes, it is not easy deciding what to take up as a College Major. However, this decision-making situation can be less stressful if you practice time management and gather all the necessary facts before planning. Take a deep breath and be still. Analyze things well. Assess your likes or interests. While growing up, what have always or often been your most prominent skills, as well as your favorite pastime or hobby? From these aspects, you can then decide what major to take up in college.

          If you have been fond of animals, and have been constantly taking care of your pet dog or cat, you can consider becoming a veterinarian, thus taking up Veterinary Medicine. Meanwhile, if you have been the class and family clown, the type of person who can easily make people laugh, you can be an entertainer, hence considering Theater Arts and the like. Furthermore, if you have been frequently involved in helping out others in their respective plights, you may think of being a lawyer someday, therefore considering Law.

          Actually, once you have analyzed things thoroughly, the list of possible majors can go on and on. In this regard, it is then a lot easier to choose which major to take up. In case you still have difficulty deciding despite the aforementioned tips, you can always seek the help or opinion of your family and friends. The decision-making process may take some time, but once you know where to start, deciding what to take up as a College Major is not that complicated after all. -- ARV

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Welcome Back, Self! :)

          "Welcome back, self!" Yep, I'm back! So sorry for the 5-month break, I've been busy with my job as Marketing Manager of Bigby's and Missy Bon Bon here in Cagayan de Oro and simultaneoulsy, I've been preoccupied with scare over my youngest son's suspected Marfan's Syndrome.

           Anyway, here I am once more...Now that I'm a freelancer again (I resigned from the aforementioned job days ago), I have time for blogging, and I'll try my best to answer comments right away... --ARV

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Items I Bought Recently

          No, I am not an endorser (paid or unpaid) of any of these products that I bought recently. --ARV

Friday, June 1, 2012

I Cooked a T-Bone Steak for Lunch Today

           I bought a frozen T-Bone steak for 20 RMB  from outlet near the school. Upon arriving in my apartment, I simmered such yummy piece of meat, and added a little soy sauce while the water was bubbling. A few minutes later, my lunch was ready. --ARV

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Nanjing Library

           Yesterday, I rode on a bus no. 25 and went to the famous Nanjing Library. --ARV

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Two Months Here in Nanjing

          I have been here in Nanjing for two months already. These days, I am happier because I have met a support group of fellow Filipinos last week, and we now meet every Friday night for Bible Study. Also, we go to church (Nanjing International Christian Fellowship) every Sunday morning. --ARV

Thursday, May 17, 2012

For Dinner

         For dinner one time last week, I had a doughnut and a slice of pizza that I bought in a newly-opened bakeshop here in Nanjing. I have been missing Krispy Kreme so I decided to try this donut out. --ARV

My Lunch for the Past Couple of Weeks

          Each of my lunch in school is a combination of healthy veggies and meat, plus hot rice. Yummy, especially if I haven't eaten a full breakfast that morning. --ARV

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