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There is no question that CdeO’s Art Scene is booming. But how have the new groups fared so far?

Fra-and, Raphy, and Tom show us the different sides of CdeO.

Try out a Kagayanon’s original recipe: Chorizo Pasta.

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STREAMS:

8 YEARS OF PURE PASSION SAM D. GARCIA, CORRESPONDENT

Ms. Mayen Cabanaz was a STREAMS participant before she eventually took an Education degree in Xavier University. She finished her studies as a scholar and became the first ever college graduate in her barrio. Today, she pays back the honor she received by being a teacher at St. Rita’s High School of Balingasag. She teaches English to students who may—or may not—go to college.

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n September 11, 2012, the need to address the education crisis for some high school students was emphasized in Xavier University’s satellite canteen as STREAMS celebrated its eighth-year anniversary. Entitled “Great at 8: Celebrate, Counting Eight Years of STREAMS-Pathway to Higher Education,” the event was a great avenue for its participants to reassess the role of STREAMS in the whole of Misamis Oriental. The celebration was graced by Governor Oscar Moreno who gave a befitting opening address, and XU’s university president, Fr. Roberto C. Yap SJ, who vouched for his full support for the STREAMS program.

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STREAMS which stands for “Supplementary Training to Reinforce Education of the Academically-Gifted but Marginalized Students” is the flagship program of Xavier University’s Office of Student Affairs that helps deserving high school seniors get to college. Born from the initiative of XU’s previous Student Activities Coordinator, Ms. Clarisa Cuares, the STREAMS program which was started in 2005 is patterned after Ateneo de Manila’s “Pathways” program. It seeks to help promising students by letting them participate in a 7-month Saturday program that should help them land better entrance exam scores and scholarships after graduating in high school. Every year, 40 students coming from public high schools in Misamis Oriental are given the chance to become part of the STREAMS program which has five components: weekly academic

enrichment classes, self enhancement sessions, volunteer formation sessions, scholarship assistance, and library and other education-related initiatives. Eight years after its humble beginnings, there are a lot of reasons why anyone who knows STREAMS should be proud of it. This year’s anniversary hopes to remind everyone of its promise as a vehicle of change. In the recent event, hope was truly rekindled in every program volunteer and participant as the plight of poor education continues in the Philippines. When asked on what keeps the volunteers or the “rowers” together, Mr. Ivanell Subrabas, the present SACDEV Head, says that it is their mutual “passion for education.” These student volunteers have given without counting the cost for the last eight years. In the future, STREAMS hopes to influence the OSAs from other universities in Cagayan de Oro to participate in the program and widen its scope. This comes in line with their goal to help as many students they can who are in pursuit for a better life as college graduates.CB


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Occasionally, if the weather permits, the group does performance arts in Divisoria park night café, entertaining the crowd with their fire dancers and human statue performers.

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bout f o u r years ago, Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. was founded, with aims to empower marginalized youths and artisans through the arts. Occasionally, if the weather permits, the group does performance arts in Divisoria park night café, entertaining the crowd with their fire dancers and human statue performers. The organization also involved themselves in putting up art exhibits every month in Limketkai Mall. They have helped facilitate the art exhibits of Bohol Visual Artists, the solo exhibit of Bo Daclan, the photography exhibit of Fadi Ismael, and various group art exhibits by myself and other prominent visual artists in the City. The group was instrumental in organizing the Dibuho Northern Mindanao Visual Art Congress last July 12-14, 2012, where it was attended by visual artists from Northern Mindanao as well as artists from Manila and Cebu. Even the upcoming National Artist Mr. Nemiranda came to grace the occasion. Another art organization is the Biswal Mindanao, Inc. headed by public servant Jun

Camacho Jr. The group, still about 2 years old, has already held numerous art exhibits in the city. Several members of the group such as Mr. Cocoy Paano, Mr. Pat Abellon, and Mr. Geward Hulagno have won various national contests. The Botebakal Project, an art group only about a year old headed by graffiti/junk art artist Kristof Tiongson, wants to bring art into the streets. Seeing the numerous tags and vandalism on the walls of the city, Kristof, together with friends, decided to form a group that will make colorful graffiti art with the consent of the owner or the government, instead of making illegal and ugly spray taggings on public walls. Presently the group has received many invitations to do mural art on different establishments and cause-oriented projects. Botebakal Project has also done exhibits with their junk art toys in malls and private establishments. A recently formed group, ArtChada, headed by petite and pretty visual artist Ms. Marigold Ramos-Garrido just did their first exhibit at Cagayan de Oro Tourism Showhouse last August 2012. During the exhibit the group did a therapy workshop for the kids

who were victims of Typhoon Sendong. The group also did an on-the-spot sketching for free during the Grand Parents Day at Limketkai Mall last September 9, 2012. Recently the group donated a painting to the City of Golden Friendship for its role in supporting art programs of the organization. I have just only mentioned four groups not counting those I’ve heard that are already making plans on establishing their fellowship. Enough said, I will just reveal this on my next note. God bless art in Northern Mindanao!CB

Rhyan is a cultural worker and an artist. He has been doing art professionally since 1999. He is the founder of Dire Husi and the Executive Director of Dire Husi Initiatives, Inc. He is also a Northern Mindanao Representative of NCCA – Committee on Visual Arts.

LEFT: Botebakal members hold their creations for the camera. RIGHT: One of Botebakal’s toys in close-up.

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KAGAY-AN Photography is the power of observation, not the application of technology. —Ken Rockwell MYCHAL PHILLIP S. SAJULGA, CORRESPONDENT

Fra-and Timothy Quimpo Age 31 Marine Biologist 31 years in CdeO Uses Olympus pen (epl2 model)

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hotographers. See them blend along the crowd of briskly walking students, workers, and businessmen. See them stick out in the crowd with black straps around their necks and a camera at hand. Some stand, some crouch, while some stand with their tripods at arm’s length. They take time to stop and ‘stare’, so that they can post it in Facebook to let Kagay-anons know what they missed in their hectic schedule on their beloved Cagayan de Oro. Here are three Kagay-anons I’ve interviewed that sees CdeO for what it is. Picturesque.

Which part of CdeO is your favorite place to do street photography? Old Poblacion Area (Brgy. 1 and above) and Divisoria. The history of CdeO is there, the old houses, old streets. Only older generations can remember Roket, Kairo, and Rizal as cinemas before malls became famous in CdeO. […] How did you become interested in underwater photography? The underwater world is one of the most colorful and beautiful places one can ever go. And yet, only a few people know of its beauty because it’s something that you don’t see at the surface. […] So I became interested in UW photography because I want to share what I see underwater to people who have never gone underwater. And it is my hope as an environmentalist that with knowing the beauty of the underwater world […] people might start viewing it differently […] and perhaps may start to care about our seas. What is the ONE lasting impression you want to leave to your audience through your photos? Appreciation. Most of my photos, both from street photography and underwater/nature photography, emphasizes on the everyday things that we generally take for granted. But if we have the chance to take a look into it in details […], we just might actually appreciate this simple things and start to care for it.


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Raphy M. Arcaina Age 38 Layout Artist Photographer 19 years in CdeO Uses Nikon D5100. 18-55, 70-300, and 50mm

What motivates you to photograph the people of CdeO? I love the idea of capturing the moments with people and sharing them as well. It also allows me [to take] a closer look [into] what makes Cagayan de Oro a beautiful place […]. How do you usually interact with your subjects? When shooting people as subjects, I usually let them do what they are comfortable to do. It has to be candid, as much as possible. What makes your photographs of the people of CdeO stand-out? How do you make it special? I love colors. So I shoot photographs of the people [where] colors pop out. When I need to enhance them a bit, I use […] traditional post processing techniques like color enhancements, brightness/contrast adjustments, etc. How do you decide on locations & subjects? On locations, [I first] consider the safety of my subject[s] as well as my gear. […] I prefer a brightly lit location which offers plenty of diffused, natural light. If it has to be indoors, I make sure that my camera and I can cope up with the available [light] with adjusted settings, right lens and artificial light. Good subjects are all around us, you just have to have a good eye for detail […].

Vincent Tom Udasco

Age 32 Businessman 32 years in CdeO Uses Pentax Kr and Canon 60D

of getting hit by falling debris when you shoot right on the foot of an under-construction high-rise building. Security could sometimes be a consideration. What particular development in CdeO had been your favorite to photograph and why? Shooting CM Recto Avenue from Maharlika Bridge while aboard a vehicle has been a personal favorite. That particular spot just keeps on changing; there’s always something new to every photo that I take of it.

What goal are you working towards when you’re photographing the newest developments in our city (CdeO)? I look forward to [showcasing] the latest development of CdeO and share them mostly to my relatives and friends here and [abroad], and wherever my pictures could reach through- What is the ONE lasting impression you out the web. I feel happy when they want to leave to your audience through appreciate how CdeO has come this your photos? far through my photographs. There’s an inner desire in me to show to the world that Cagayan de What makes this particular field of Oro, [though] she may have been hit photography difficult? hard by a tragedy, is one of the most You could be shooting on the beautiful cities where anyone could side of a highway and there’s a risk settle happily ever after.CB


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aul Kenneth P. Cabio is a chef from CdeO now based in Metro Manila. Since he was young, he already had a fascination with cooking, often watching his tatay cook in the kitchen. Before he knew it, he was cooking recipes from magazines. Paul pursued his passion in 2010 by enrolling in a culinary class at MUST, soon enough taking and passing the TESDA exams for certifications in Commercial Cooking and Baking and Pastry Production. He had his OJT at Xavier Sports and Country Club, and then volunteered as a cook at Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. Peace Center for five months. He now works as a head cook/chef in Mooon Café Fairview in Metro Manila. He shares with us his original recipe called Chorizo Pasta, and what’s great about the dish is you can make it using left-over chorizo from breakfast. Perfect for budget meals that moms can make for the family, it is scrumptious, affordable, super easy, and definitely a must try:

Ingredients 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

500 grams pasta 15 grams chopped garlic 3-4 pcs native chorizo 2-3 pcs red tomato 1 bunch parsley 2-3 tbsp olive oil salt and ground black pepper

Procedure 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Slice tomatoes thinly. Sauté garlic in olive oil. Add the chorizo bits. Sauté until nice and crispy. Add the sliced tomatoes and sauté briefly. Add in chopped parsley. Add salt and pepper and adjust the seasoning according to preferred taste. 8. Pour contents on top of pasta. 9. Serve while hot.CB

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