My tourguide can tell me what the best delicacies are in the province! :-)  Slers chicharon which is supposedly the favourite of President PNoy :-)  We tried it and bought it in the booth in Centrio Mall.  YUM!Slers Chicharon (3) Slers Chicharon (2)Slers Chicharon (1)[email_link]

We arrived in our hotel in Cagayan de Oro.  Seda Hotel which is connected and in the same building as the Centrio Mall which is operated by Ayala LandSeda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (2)

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Take the elevator to go to the main lobbySeda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (5)

I like it that everything is neutral in colour – grey, white, beige and black

Love the photos by Travel and Lifestyle photographer Paco GuerreroSeda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (7)

Love the photos all over the hotel by Travel and Lifestyle photographer Paco Guerrero

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Mini kitchenette as you enter the roomSeda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (9)

Hope in a bottle!!! YAY!Seda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (11)

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They provide a lot of outlets!  Seda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (13)

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There is a coffeeshop in the hotel called Misto which has all day diningSeda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (6)

We had breakfast which came with the roomSeda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (20)

Infused waters at the breakfast buffet
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Seda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (19)There is no room service but you can DINE IN A BOX :-) Seda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (15) Seda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (16) Seda Centrio Cagayan de Oro (17)

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I love tour guides!!! It’s truly a totally different experience when you go to a new place and you have a native taking you around and telling you all the historical and important information about that place.  I love listening to all the stories and trivia!  It’s a good investment.  Not only can he be your source of information but he will help you in anything and everything that you will need.  I always feel bad saying bye to our tour guides after a trip because even if it’s a short time, they become your friends and already part of your memorable experience.  So they will always be a part of that time in your life when you visited a beautiful place that you will remember forever

Nilo was our tour guide in Cagayan de Oro.  He is a freelance tour guide and is the President of the Philippine Federation of Professional tour guides Association Inc.  Do call him at 0917-454-3473  Arriving at Cagayan de Oro (10)We landed in Laguindingan airport which is a new airport.  It will soon be an International airport.  It’s around 40 minutes to an hour away from Cagayan de Oro.  Always look at the sides of the road when in a new place.  There is so much to see.  I wish I could stop to take proper photos but it’s hard.  Anyway I was able to take a few.

I love coconut trees!!!Arriving at Cagayan de Oro (2)Look very well at this photo!  We stopped because from this part of the road, you can see the Shrine of the Divine Mercy :-)  Lolo got inip because we kept taking photos – he said ” We are going there anyway!” haha!  Oo nga naman :-) Arriving at Cagayan de Oro (3)Love this scenery alwaysArriving at Cagayan de Oro (4)Arriving at Cagayan de Oro (5)Arriving at Cagayan de Oro (6)CornArriving at Cagayan de Oro (11) Arriving at Cagayan de Oro (12)Arriving at Cagayan de Oro (1)Nice heart sign on the roadArriving at Cagayan de Oro (7)Our tour bus!  I love going on trips with big groups!  It’s just so much more fun.  And even if you won’t fill up the whole bus, it’s nice to have space to put things and move around.  The cost will outweigh the convenience and the comfort that you will getArriving at Cagayan de Oro (9)Arriving at Cagayan de Oro (8)[email_link]

Starbucks makes everything easier for you!  Even when you have to travel, they have a coffee traveler which you can purchase and take with you.  This can keep your coffee hot for four hours!
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It was a fun shopping experience at MaARTe!  Thank you to everyone who came and supported this year’s MaARTE!Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (45)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (1)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (7)One of my favourite booths!!! Touch of Craft by Emily Campos Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (14)photo 2Cax Corona, an 11 year old artist behind the works in Happy Star Child’s whimsical productsThank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (4)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (41)Ding from Zentiments and his beautiful handmade banigsThank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (39)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (40)

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A very popular booth Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (15)

My friend and batch mate Marianne Perez Hernandez happy with her necklace purchase from Raw EarthThank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (8)

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Congratulations to Monchet Olives on winning THE BEST BOOTH!Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (19)

I had a hard time taking a photo of the booth because it was always busy so this was the best I could do

the fan man monchet olivesMuñequita by Mandy dela RamaThank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (16)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (11)

La Pomme! LOVE!!Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (33) One of my Lolo’s favourite booths :-)
Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (32)photo 5My beautiful and sexy cousin Tara Soriano :-) Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (10)Maarte finds 3 2014Beautiful wooden products Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (17)

MCV Designs by Mia VillanuevaThank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (43) Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (34)One of my favourite booths always!!!  Domesticity by Mariel San AgustinThank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (18)

Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (35)Dara David Roa and Tita Ruby RoaThank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (9)

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A very very busy booth.  I am lucky to get this shot!  The Olive Tree CorpThank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (42)

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Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (44)MaArte is about Sister bonding :-)  sisters maarte 2014Of course, Amarie! Loving that caftan
Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (13)Pouf! Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (22)So Colorful!Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (21)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (20)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (30)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (27)photo 1Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (31)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (26)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (25)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (24)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (29)Delicious food by Gourmet Garage!Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (28)Tito Pete and Julie Carceller!  Thank you Smart Infinity for sponsoring MaARTe!Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (23)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (3)Thank you for Supporting Our Artists at the Maarte 2014 (2)1236517_10152283469759157_5314910038353612466_n[email_link]

Happy 87th Birthday to my other Dad!!! Dad Monching or known to everyone as Dr. de Jesus.  A well respected surgeon and the BEST in the country.  A self made man and so accomplished.  Dad completed his GS and HS at St. James Academy ( run by the Maryknoll sisters ) in Malabon.  In 1947, he went to Vermont on full scholarship at St. Michael’s College and graduated with a BS ( Biology ) degree, summa cum laude, in 1951.  He then went to medical school at the University of Vermont and graduated in 1955.  Dad then took his internship and residency in surgery at Columbia University in New York City,  Afterwhich he stayed on at Columbia as a member of the faculty till 1963, when he went back to Manila for good.  After having to review and take the Philippine board exams, Dad started his surgical practice in 1964.  He worked at Manila Doctors Medical Center Manila and then Makati Medical Center ( when they opened in 1969).  He taught at the UP Medical School in 1966 and was a professor for 26 years.  Dad also became a doctor for Philippine Airlines ( PAL ) sometime in 1990 til 2012.  Everyone in PAL knew Dr. de Jesus.  Dad is one of the nicest people in the planet.  Ever since I met him, I never heard him say or do anything bad to anyone.  Whenever I meet someone who knows Dad, they have all good things to say about Dad.  Everytime we celebrate our birthday, Dad gives us the best gift, the gift of prayer and his wish for us to always have good health.  Today and always we wish that back for him too because we LOVE him!

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I am so happy my Dad and Mom insisted on their plan to celebrate with Dad on his special day.  We were able to celebrate the Holy Mass with Fr. Rodriguez and Fr. Julian Happy Birthday to My Other Dad (2)We had a simple dinnerHappy Birthday to My Other Dad (1)We ordered pizza from Motorinos!! Yipee!! Pizza party! :-) Happy Birthday to My Other Dad (13)Salami, Quattro Formaggio, Ham and Mushroom, Salsicce and MeatballsHappy Birthday to My Other Dad (14)Javier made some pork buns! YUM!Happy Birthday to My Other Dad (5)Chef Javs also made yummy potato gratin!  We had Carb overload that evening!! haha!! Happy Birthday to My Other Dad (6)Thank you Tito Serge and Tita Bettina for the mushroom paellaHappy Birthday to My Other Dad (7)Chulleton from Spain!  Gerry and Tina brought this
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So so super love this!!!! My hijado, Mio, had a school project and he had to choose someone who he admires and pretend he is that person.  He chose his Lolo Benny!!!!  I told you even the fourth generation love and know their Lolo Benny!!

Full support from his familyMio as Lolo Benny (1)Mio as Lolo Benny (2)Mio as Lolo Benny (3)[email_link]