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CAGAYANTIMES Lifestyle de Oro

Filinvest One Oasis breaks ground in Cagayan de Oro C

The Clubhouse Interior

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agayan de Oro’s first resort-themed Mid-Rise condominium breaks ground at Rosario Limketkai Avenue, Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City on Friday, 8 November 2013. This PhP 2-billion project rests on a 2.7 hectare property, with Building 1 of the five building Asian-Balinese inspired resort-themed complex slated for completion by the first quarter of 2015. Mayor Oscar S. Moreno and his wife Arlene, honorary chair of the Cagayan de Oro City Tourism Board, have been invited to break ground for One Oasis Cagayan de Oro along with Ms. Josephine Gotianun Yap, FLI President and CEO, and Tristan L. Las Marias, FLI First Vice President for VisMin cluster. One Oasis Cagayan de Oro is the first mid-rise condo in downtown Cagayan de Oro. Land development is ongoing and unit owners for its first building can move into its OASIS

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A visit to the Museum of Three Cultures M

Story and Photos by IRENE DAYO

indanao culture is something that some of us Mindanao people forget to appreciate. In a seminar that I had attended recently, I realized there are a lot of people who keep on pushing others to give appreciation to the local culture. In a talk given by Dr. Christine Godinez-Ortega, an editor of Mindanao Forum, on one of the cultural symposium held recently, we should give importance to our own culture because if we disagree to do so, time will come that what are ours would vanish away. Part of that expected appreciation from us is digging those things that have been important to our ancestors. Our island Mindanao has a lot of museums and cultural centers where we can have this digging. And I am actually happy that recently, I visited one of those museums. Museum of Three Cultures owned by Capitol University is a museum full of historic tools and stories. It was established in the year 2007 and was formally opened on May 2, 2008. It is considered as the special dedication to the founder of Capitol System of Schools, Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales. She is a seasoned educator who started her educational apostolate in Mindanao on the year 1951. Her apostolate served three distinct Mindanao cultures namely M’ranao of Marawi, migrant lowland cultures of Iligan, Cagayan de Oro and Bukidnon, and Indigenous Peoples of Northern Mindanao whose Lumad culture is popular. This is also the reason why this museum was named as such. The stories of these three cultures meet in this area. There are three galleries of the museum: the Art Gallery, Kasaysayan Gallery and Posaka M’ranao Gallery. The Art Gallery is a section where anyone in public can avail a gallery space. It is opened, as well, to outside exhibitors, artists and art groups who want to display their work of arts. It is the museum’s primary goal to promote local budding artist and their artworks and also to foster their number. Currently, the art gallery houses a lot of paintings made by local artists. These paintings showcase the talent and flavor of Mindanao people and also their prime advocacies. MUSEUMS

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The second gallery is the Kasaysayan Gallery which houses a mixed and multi-disciplinary collection of historical and ethnological objects. It also exhibits the Ethnological and old photographs of Cagayan de Misamis, now Cagayan de Oro City. This section also showcases a miniature or presentation of big bang of Hibok-Hibok Volcano in Camiguin during its eruption on 1951. This 1951 eruption is considered as the fourth phase of its Pelean eruptions following HibokHibok’s annual eruptions during the years 1948, 1949 and 1950. Pelean eruption is a volcanic eruption associated with explosive outbursts, generating pyroclastic flows, dense mixtures of hot volcanic fragments and gas. The miniature is also an artist’s conception of Northern Mindanao’s prehistoric landforms. This also presents the idea of the creation of Northern Mindanao where it is formed from different processes that took place million years ago, shaping the landforms of this place. These processes include volcanism, volcanic uplifts and the rise of new volcanoes under the sea. There is also a presentation of Lake Lanao of Lanao del Sur. It is the second largest lake in the Philippines, next to Laguna de Bay. It has a maximum depth of 112 meters and a mean depth of 60.3 meters. Its basin is shallowest towards the north and gets progressively deeper towards the south. Lake Lanao is counted as one of the fifteen ancient lakes in the world. There is also one belong to Huluga Open Site. Huluga Open Site is an archeological site first surveyed by the National Museum in 1970. It is venue of a prehistoric and fortified village recorded by Spanish friars in 1622 as being populated by 500 natives. Huluga is said to be the home of the original people of Cagayan de Oro and its vicinities. A lot of Butuan Jars can also be seen in the museum. These jars were all unearthed in Butuan. These are considered as things used daily by the pre-Hispanic community of Butuan and already part of their daily lives. These are also traded from Chinese people who had reached the shore of Butuan.

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Ceremonial sword (Danganan)

The Kasaysayan Gallery also houses a Bildo collection. It shows a small but symbolic range of many uses of glass among lowland migrants and indigenous people of the region. The collection pieces include Damawana which was originated from Italy and was transferred to Spain, Mexico and Philippines, respectively, through Galleon Trade. There was also a Lampara gas holder with embossed designs on the base. In the early times and perhaps, until now, people used Lampara to shed light during evening. Lampara is a Spanish word for lamp. Having an oil inside, it is rekindled to serve as a source of light in a place. There are also historical photographs in this area such as a typical Cagayan House on Calle dela Iglesia (Burgos Street now) which served as the main street then of Cagayan. The photograph portrays the dressing style of Cagayan ladies back then. Aside from these, there are also house implements used by the old residents of Cagayan de Oro. The third and final section of the museum is the Posaka M’ranao Gallery. This houses the extensive and original M’ranao collections of Madame Laureana San Pedro Rosales. A lot of M’ranao antiquities can be seen inside this gallery which mostly are manufactured through Diorama of Brass Casting. There are pieces of household implements and house decors used in the old times. Few of these are the Panolong, a prow-like carved projection believed as something which absorbs the blessings brought by the morning sun; Lamin, a princess tower where daughters of the sultan sleep; Panggao, a Sultan’s elevated bed; Lotoan, a traditional M’ranao quid box for betel nut chew container and Ampas which is a colorfully decorated linen covering the brass tabak, a traditional dish used in the feast called Pagana M’ranao. There is also a miniature of Torogan. It is the Royal House of a sultan, consisting no partition at all and serves as the communal house of the state where big gatherings are being held. There are also musical instruments that include Tabo, a

large drum used to call prayers; Kulintang, a set of eight tuned, graduated gongs laid on a horizontal rack; D’bakan, a goblet-shaped item carved from the trunk of a palm or jackfruit tree and Agong, a set of two-rimmed, vertically suspended kettle shaped gongs that produce the bass sound of the orchestra. The gallery also displays a lot of ceremonial items such as Tabao a Datu (diobet), an indigenous ceremonial head gear used in the enthronement of a sultan; Danganan, a ceremonial sword that symbolizes power and authority of the royal sultanate; Kandit, a royal ceremonial belt or brass laid with silver; Bintang a Bolawan, a golden ceremonial basin; Kotiapi, a two-stringed guitar; Kris which symbolizes a man’s status and rank, often bearing strong talismanic properties and Gador, originally a M’ranao brass container said to be for betel nut and leaf and also used as a ceremonial items during wedding and enthronement festivities. Further, there are also samples of weaponry used in the old times. These are Gonong, a M’ranao dagger having blades with talismanic properties; Laila which was used by M’ranaos in fighting their adversaries and Kampilan, a singleedged blade. Aside from these galleries, the museum also has its souvenir shop where various items such as shirts, native crafts, miniature paintings, royal to tokens and fashion accessories are sold. Capitol University’s Museum of Three Cultures is indeed very informative, displaying rich cultural treasures that can transcend each one of us to the old times. Each treasure gives us distinct story considered as another leaf of the whole book giving us more knowledge about our home Mindanao. I realized that there are still millions of stories out there, truly could be called as Mindanao-owned. There are still a lot of them that are much unknown to us and waiting to be explored. Definitely, each one of us should relive those stories. Mindanao is a very wide island telling us that there are more millions of stories to know and to tell to others. Come, explore the inside stories of this island and help preserve its culture so that its future generation can also make use of them. REFERENCE: Capitol University Museum of Three Cultures

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Today marks the end of Christmalloween. Yes, the confusing season where Christmas decors go side by side with scary masks, hanging bats and spiders on cobwebs are about to finally end today. I am not sure if this is practiced elsewhere in the world but here in the Philippines, we hear Christmas carols on air and then get invited by the radio hosts to show up on scary costumes in a Halloween party somewhere. Shopping Malls are the most confused of all. The clash (or is it fusion?) of decors make you wonder whether to scream in delight or shout in disbelief - Santa on one side and then the masked killer on the other. Thank goodness, it is about to end now. Shoo with the cobwebs and hello to pure beautiful holiday décor! I noticed that every year, Halloween in the Philippines is gaining momentum.

More and more people are adapting to the western culture of celebrating it with trick or treats, costume parties and scary movies. There is nothing much wrong with that but we are known to be a people who celebrate Christmas the longest where hollies and sparkling lights prop up as early as September. Putting pumpkins and witches hats together with Christmas trees and some stuffed reindeers make it quite bizarre to look at. Fun is undoubtedly embedded in our culture but I suggest let us celebrate one first before moving to another. I don’t want to sound like a party-pooper but that is how things should go but if you are not keen on Halloween well go right ahead and un-box those Christmas decors and display away. Well, I guess my bias for Christmas is pretty obvious now. I always have a giddy feeling when the Christmas



t’s easy to reprimand somebody whom you do not know. It is easy to favour with someone who is your friend but it is not easy to be in the middle of two parties who are both your friends. Last year I got caught in a trouble wherein I was one of the parties but never did I thought that I will be in a similar situation but this time I’m the middle person. Listening sincerely to both sides and looking at the big picture seems hard but it’s the best thing to do in weighing things. Giving each side what they need to hear whether it hurts them or not for as long as it’s true and it will help them I do not hold myself back. I do not hesitate telling people their “blind spots” in a constructive way because I would want the same thing done to me. Worse scenario is when

season comes and the sight of hanging lanterns and twinkling lights just makes me feel light and merry. I know most of you do agree with me, right? The spirit of the season makes you more hopeful in anticipation of a joyous celebration and a new and exciting year that comes after. I never mind the effort of going through dusty boxes as we bring out our family’s holiday decorations. The time to hang them all up takes quite a while but a fun time nonetheless. This is a bonding moment for us in the family, whether we decorate early or quite a bit late, it is not the output that matters but the moment we have shared. Now that Halloween is over and the Christmas season is in full swing, I am ready to bring out the bows and garlands and dive into some serious home decorating! Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy the merry season ahead!


Hard Truth both sides have points and they view things differently. In this scenario as my friend said the best thing to do is to be quiet and listen carefully. As hard and as tense as the situation is the best support for both parties is just to stay in the middle. Crazy as it seems, it is possible. After all, the point of being a middle person is to help them evaluate in resolving the issues. Sad as it seems when you’re in the middle, great hard lessons can be learned when we are faced with such situation. Learning from the mistakes of your friends is one. Personal patience and understanding are exercised. Your own character is deeply honed because staying with the truth and not compromising is a great test of integrity and as a whole being. Conflicts in the industry that we are in are not

inevitable but learning to handle one whether you are part of it or just being the middle person is very important because relationships can easily be broken when we do not know how to manage such conflicts.

“Every conflict we face in life is rich with positive and negative potential. It can be a source of inspiration, enlightenment, learning, transformation, and growth–or rage, fear, shame, entrapment, and resistance. The choice is not up to our opponents, but to us, and our willingness to face and work through them” . – Kenneth Cloke and Joan Goldsmith

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Seda Centrio Hotel Manager, Mr. Lorenzo Tang with the Seda Centrio Staff during the Halloween Fright Night, October 31, 2013.


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The staff of Seda Centrio in their costumes greets their guests with some candies and a spooky yet welcoming hello.

The kids in their costumes were treated to a number of games by the Seda Centrio staff. Everyone had a lot of fun, even had a great time with the kids.

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well-appointed 1-and 2-bedroom units by the first quarter of 2015, way ahead of other developments now being undertaken nearby which offer completion dates five or more years later. FLI’s growing portfolio of Oasis projects in key cities which showcase resort living with its Asian-Balinese inspired architecture, landscaped greens, open spaces, and inviting indoor and outdoor amenities include Bali Oasis along Marcos Highway, Capri Oasis and Sorrento Oasis in Pasig, One Oasis Ortigas, One Oasis Cebu, and One Oasis Davao. Strategically located in prime urban zones, Filinvest’ Oasis communities are mid-rise enclaves that allow urbanites to enjoy their own patch of green in the city. With resort-inspired amenities and refreshing landscapes, families can enjoy a convenient, laid-back lifestyle while staying close to their daily needs. Thus, one can find One Oasis Cagayan de Oro strategically located along Rosario Limketkai Avenue in Bgy. Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City. It is just a short walk to lifestyle hubs like Limketkai Center, Ayala Centrio Mall and Gaisano City Mall and just five minutes drive to schools like Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Mindanao University of Science and Technology and Capitol University. Hospitals like the Northern Mindanao Medical Center, CU Medical City, Xavier University-Maria Reyna Hospital and Cagayan de Oro Polymedic General Hospital are but a short drive away. Public transport is easily accessible along Limketkai Avenue, CM Recto Avenue and JR Borja Extension. The 27, 758 square meter project will have about 1,300 units in five medium-rise condominium buildings. Each condominium building has seven floors of residential units and a roof deck cum laundry area, two elevators for the residential floors and stairway at the ends of the floor, connecting all levels. Each 2 bedroom and 1 bedroom residential units come with a balcony and laundry cage for drying. Parking slots for residential are available for sale on a first come, first served basis. One Oasis Cagayan de Oro is aimed at professionals like doctors, lawyers, academics and businessmen who need a halfway home. It’s ideal for college


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students from nearby cities and provinces like Bukidnon, Iligan, Gingoog, Butuan, Pagadian, Zamboanga and Misamis Oriental. Young growing families will find the proximity to schools, workplaces and malls ideal as would Overseas Filipino Workers wanting to move up in stylish but affordable abodes. Retirees who prefer to live in smaller homes and foreigners looking to invest in real estate would also find One Oasis Cagayan de Oro ideal for their needs. Not the least, residents who are looking for alternative investments for their hard earned earnings will find One Oasis with its high resale values and/or attractive rent/lease rates as wiser options than simply putting their money in the bank or buying a new car. “Like all One Oasis projects, we will have a property manager responsible for the daily management and operations of the building such as the maintenance of common areas, security, garbage collection, attending to concerns of unit owners and the like,” said Ms. Ma. Arabelle Solidum, area general manager for Northern Mindanao. “They are also responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of various equipment such as the sewage treatment plant, security facilities, elevator, and water cisterns.” Indeed, nothing compares with One Oasis Cagayan de Oro’s unique Value Proposition: “A secure resort-inspired living in strategically located mid-rise enclave that allows you to enjoy convenient, relaxed lifestyle while staying close to everything you need.” With a track record of almost 50 years in real estate, FLI today has amassed a diverse portfolio catering to all markets with assets valued at PhP 239.37 billion and stockholders’ equity of Php 78.99 billion as of Dec. 31, 2012. It has developed over 2,400 hectares (has) of land and over 600,000 square meter s of prime office, residential, and retail spaces all built on the Gotianun family’s tradition of integrity, quality and service. For inquiries, please contact 0917-305888 or visit www. and like us at You may also visit our site office at Rosario Limketkai Avenue.

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