March 12, 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.


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.


March 9, 2019

Northern Mindanao Food Fest Bigger than Ever on 5th Run

8 March 2019 – 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.  

February 10, 2019

Gift Ideas for a Loved One

Birthdays, anniversaries and special events happen throughout the year. Do you consider yourself a thoughtful gift giver? For those who put a lot of effort and planning into gifts, they usually come out with a gift that their friend or family member loves. As you try to come up with gift ideas, consider you loved one’s personality and consider customized options. These tend to be more personal.

Personalized Belt Buckle

Do you have someone in your life who loves belt buckles? The most thoughtful gift givers consider making gifts personal. They think about what a person cares about and what might make that gift special to them. To give a gift that you know the person will love can be gratifying in its own way. Consider a high quality leather buckle with the receiver’s name on it. Whether you want the full name or just the initial, a personalized name belt buckle is a thoughtful way to remind them that you’re thinking of them.

Personalized Key Rings

Key rings are among some of the most useful gifts that you can give to someone. Not only is it a practical gift, but if you decide to have it personalized, you can get it with someone’s name. Everyone has a set of keys. It makes for an easy gift. If it’s an occasion where something big isn’t appropriate, consider something small like a key ring to show that you care.

Personalized Leather Bracelets

Leather bracelets are fashionable and high quality. If you want to give someone a cute present, consider a leather bracelet with an inscription. You can personalize it with their name, with an image or even the name of a couple for a wedding or anniversary. The options are limitless.

Giving gifts is a thoughtful gesture on its own. However, it is even more thoughtful when you put thought into the personalization and what the other person would enjoy.

February 1, 2019

Seda Centrio Welcomes an Abundant and Heart-y February

February is considered the most romantic month of the year. And for many, especially the Chinese community, it also marks the official start of 2019 as we commemorate the Lunar New Year. 

Seda Centrio celebrates the February festivities with special events: Auspicious Abundance on February 05 and A Heart-y Valentine from February 14 to 16. 

Auspicious Abundance in the Year of the Pig 

What better way to welcome the Year of the Pig than by bringing your family, loved ones, and friends to Misto for a sumptuous dinner buffet? Auspicious Abundance is a specially-prepared Chinese New Year celebration that offers not only a gastronomic experience but also world-class entertainment. 

For PhP888 (nett) per person, you’ll get to enjoy a symphony of dishes that symbolizes happiness, wealth, and good fortune. Indulge in a feast that features Chinese New Year favorites like siomai, lumpiang Shanghai, Yang Chao fried rice, orange chicken, Chow Mein noodles, tikoy, buchi, Chinese iced tea, and roast pig, among many others. 

The Auspicious Abundance Dinner Buffet will be on February 05, from 6:00pm to 10:00pm at Misto.

To make your dining experience more memorable, Seda Centrio has invited performers ready to regale you with their lion dance – one of the best ways to welcome the Year of the Pig. The dance will be at the 4 th floor lobby and will kick off at 7pm. 

A Heart-y Valentine at Seda 

Valentine’s Day is always a special celebration at Seda Centrio. And this year, Cagayan de Oro’s premier hotel has come up with several exciting and romantic events for you and your special someone. 

If you want a romantic and intimate evening, bring your loved one to Misto for A Heart-y Valentine. You’re guaranteed to enjoy a flavorful meal in a romantic and elegant but intimate ambiance. And where there is good food, there’s also fine wine and beautiful music. 

There are two heart-y celebrations to choose from: the dinner buffet and a 5-course romantic set dinner. 

If your date loves ratatouille vegetables, pork emencier, Peruvian chicken, beef fajitas, sweet and sour fish, spinach curried soup, cold cuts, salad, and pasta, she’ll enjoy Misto’s dinner buffet. This will be from February 14 to 16, 6:00 to 10:00pm at Misto. And it’s only for PhP950 (nett) per person. 

If you want to pull out all the stops for your date, you’ll want the 5-course romantic set dinner Misto has prepared specially for Valentine’s Day. For PhP2500 (nett) per couple, enjoy a satisfying feast of salad varieties, stuffed baby squid, seafood coconut curry soup, main dishes such as braised beef rib and gnocchi pesto or spinach & feta stuffed chicken breast, tartufo dome for dessert, and sparkling wine, among others. 

This fine dining experience comes with beautiful and soulful music that will definitely set the romantic mood of your evening. 

Misto’s 5-course romantic set dinner is set for February 14, 2019, from 6:00 to 10:00pm, at the Sinamay Room located at the hotel’s 4th floor. 

If you want it to be a complete heart-y Valentine experience, book a room any day from February 14 to 16 and enjoy not only the lush comfort of Seda’s well-appointed rooms but also special treats. Your overnight accommodation includes breakfast buffet for two, complimentary WiFi, swimming pool and gym use, access to the Club Lounge if you book a Club or Premier room, a special Valentine-themed token, and complimentary Valentine dinner buffet for two. 

Special room rates for this heart-y promo are: 


Deluxe Room – PhP6,000 nett 
Club Room – PhP7,000 nett 
Premier Room – PhP8,000 nett 

Since slots for this romantic rendezvous is limited, you need to book ahead of time. 

This Valentine’s Day, rediscover romance and add more magic and sparkle to your relationship. Give your special someone the best gift of a lifetime. Spend your heart-y Valentine at Seda. 

A February to Remember 

Make February a month to remember. Celebrate with your family and loved one at Seda Centrio. For inquiries and reservations, call 088-323 8888 or 0917-577 5910. You can also book online via bit.ly/bookcentrio or send an email to cdo@sedahotels.com. 

Have an abundant and heart-y February!

November 24, 2018

CDO Bloggers 10 and Fabulous!

The first time I engaged into blogging was February of 2009 when a church mate and a cousin inspired me to start one (Thanks to Ate Lalaine and Pinay Mommy Online). I then attended the Mindanao Bloggers Summit way back October 24, 2009 and happened to meet the pioneering's of CDO Bloggers. I was not that active back then but I already joined the premier blogging organization of Cagayan de Oro after a month.

Fast forward....

Voila!!! I never thought I was part of this organization for almost a decade now! Simply Amazing! 

A week ago (November 17, 2018), CDO Bloggers recently concluded our first Bloggers Ball themed: “Rebels in Black & Gold: The CDO Bloggers 10th Anniversary Bloggers Ball”. Though our ball was not the typical kind of ball hold in a very prestigious hotels with a sumptuous fine-dining thingy. Ours is different, it was done out of passion, determination, dedication and hard work from the officers and of course the generosity from our beloved sponsors.


Everyone in the organization was so excited for this long awaited event which was finally realized after years of planning and brainstorming. The night was full of fun and glamour when the members and guests were on their best Black and Gold themed dress! So nice to look at that everyone was so prepared for the ball night! 
the TERs in their glamorous black and gold themed


The Program Proper

The program started with an opening prayer led by Ms Judy Teves and was welcomed by our VP for events Ms Ruby Caberte...

the photos below will tell on itself....

Mike Abonitalla shared the history of the org on how they started....
raffles were given in between's..thanks to our generous sponsors...

the crostini bar from Restaurant Damaso
our President Ms. Maia giving her closing remarks...thanking the sponsors...

The Highlight....

I happened to meet our keynote speaker up-close for the first time and I could say that he is a cool politician... No other than Atty. Rufus B. Rodriguez~ the Congressman of the 2nd District of Cagayan de Oro!

He admitted that he is new to the social media thing.  Sharing to you some highlights of his speech...

The dissemination of information was difficult, because you can only reach a few of your constituents that way. Today, blogging and social media are bringing the people and communities together such that timely and relevant information is shared between us, their representatives in the government, and them, our constituents.
 The bloggers are close to my heart because like me, you work hard on writing about something relevant that you feel should be shared to others for the common good. I know how hard it is to think of a topic, to research it, to weave your own thoughts into the topic, to edit, to re-edit, to re-edit the edited before sending it out into the world. I know what it feels like when someone tells you your writing is not good enough. And I know what it takes to keep on writing despite that. And I share with you that wonderful feeling when your words have caused people to think or to take action or to talk about an issue.
 The CDO Bloggers group is now on its 10th year and you have already proven yourself in the digital world. You will become increasingly relevant not just in Cagayan de Oro, but in the entire Philippines in the coming years. And I hope that, kung malooy ang Ginoo ug tabangan ako ninyo, I will become a Congressman again, I will be able to work with you so together we can ensure that bloggers will be given technical assistance through trainings and funding for projects and activities so you can continue to make positive impact in society.
Thank you so much Atty. Rufus Rodriguez for the precious time you spent with us and for imparting and encouraging us with your words of wisdom to continue what we've started. I salute you Sir as a person and my long time wanting to be a lawyer was awakened that night. *hoping* 


Strike a pose with our Keynote Speaker Atty Rufus Rodriguez


 Event Sponsors:

  • Atty. Rufus Bautista Rodriguez 
  • SM CDO Downtown Premier for our venue (especially Ms. Ivy Guantero) 
  • Restaurant Damaso for the uber delicious crostini bar 
  • Centrio Mall (for the Robinsons gift certificates) 
  • N Hotel (for the overnight stay gift certificate) 
  • Ororama (for the gift certificates) 
  • StreetBy (for the gift cards) 
  • Smart (for the delicioso porchetta) 
  • Krispy Kreme (for the four dozen Original Glaze doughnuts) 
  • Louie Yee for the projector and screen 
  • Vital Audio (for saving us with their lights – and for the audio system) 
  • Odyssey Airport Vans (for transporting our non-CDO-based bloggers) 
  • John Teves for the photos 

Thanks also  to our friends KC and Alvin of The Explorer’s Channel, Kim of CDO Dev, Dave of Urban Life-Mindanao Gold Star Daily, Manolo Fortich Bloggers Association (Lee, Heterae, and Keinly), and Iligan Bloggers Society (Xy-Za) for, celebrating your glamorous night with us!
CDO Bloggers members and guests
Once again, thank you CDO Bloggers (Officers) for making this event possible, indeed, it was a successful one!

The Officers..ooppss!! insert Edu
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