DOST-X helps Mis. Occ. pizza store step up through sci-tech interventions

July 23, 2021

To fulfill their aspirations, D’Hermanos Pizza applied for the Department of Science and Technology’s Small Enterprise Technology Upgrading Program (DOST-SETUP) in 2019.       The firm was located in Tangub City, Misamis Occidental, and started with humble beginnings.       In 2014, using conventional and manual production equipment, the firm started baking for family and close-knitted friends in small quantities, but orders kept pouring in for their pizza. Hence, the owner, Mr. Raymond Lanzado, with his wife, Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, decided to increase its production volume to cater to orders from the locals of Tangub City and tourists.      The increasing number of customers propelled the owner to improve its production plan. The goal was to upgrade its production equipment, establish a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP)-compliant production facility, and acquire a License to Operate (LTO) from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).      A month after its application, the firm received the DOST-SETUP assistance to realize its production plan as well as enhance its packaging and labeling.       Through SETUP, the pizza’s baking time was reduced from 20 minutes to 3 minutes, thus, increasing the firm's production volume from 3 to 100 pizza formulations per day with improved quality. The firm was also able to increase its productivity by 9% and hire 10 additional production workers. With the increase in sales and demand, the firm opened a branch in Ozamiz City.       “Salamat kaayo sa DOST, sa natabang sa pag improve sa among operation.  Kung kami lang dili namo ma improve amo facility ug dali. Salamat sa mga technology nga gihatag ug gishare ug Salamat sa technical na tabang kay na approve amo application sa FDA”. (We are grateful to DOST for helping us improve our operations. We cannot improve our facility this fast if we are only on our own. We are thankful for the technology and the technical assistance we received to have our FDA application approved.),” said Mrs. Patrocenia Lanzado, owner of D’Hermanos Pizza.       DOST-SETUP is a nationwide strategy encouraging and assisting micro, small, and medium enterprises to adopt technology innovations to improve their operations and thus boost their productivity and competitiveness. (Rogelyn Calago, DOST-Misamis Occidental)

Encounter on Vivamax

July 14, 2021

THIS July, Vivamax proudly brings the Philippine adaptation of “Encounter”, the much-celebrated Korean series about a May-December romance, with Cristine Reyes and Diego Loyzaga portraying the roles popularized by Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum.      Former actress Selene Cristobal (Cristine Reyes) has just gotten out of a marriage of convenience with her philandering husband.  Because of her stardom and being a daughter of a politician, Selene knows the importance of one’s reputation, but she agreed to take the blame for her failed marriage in exchange for Hotel d’Trevi which is one of the hotel chains owned by her ex’s family.        Under Selene’s management, the hotel is able to thrive once again.  She goes to acquire more properties, and one leads her to Ilocos.  It never crossed the mind of this pretty but lonely hotel CEO that this business trip will turn out romantic.      Engineering graduate Gino Hilario (Diego Loyzaga) is touring Ilocos while waiting for his dream job. Though he is passionate about art and photography, Gino is not into movies and celebrities so he is not familiar with Selene.  All he knows when he sees her for the first time is that she is a woman in need of saving.        Directed by Gawad Urian Best Director awardee Jeffrey Jeturian, “Encounter” stays faithful to the significant scenes shown in the original K-drama, like the sunset shared by these two beautiful strangers. Though the initial plan of shooting abroad did not materialize in this time of pandemic, it was a brilliant decision to shoot in the famous Cape Bojeador Lighthouse in Burgos, Ilocos Norte as a stand in for Cuba where Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum viewed the sunset.       Starting July 23, 2021, stream “Encounter” on Vivamax and find out why Selene and Gino cannot forget their time together in Ilocos even as they resume their normal lives in Manila.  Witness their second encounter as a boss and an employee. Follow how their relationship evolves in the midst of people who paint it as scandalous, namely Selene’s ex-husband William Trevino, played by Ivan Padilla, her mother-in-law Helen, played by Isay Alvarez, and her parents Cynthia and Andres, played by Maricel Morales and Robert Seña.        Gino’s family is composed of Yayo Aguila as Marilyn, Jeric Raval as Ruben, and Vitto Marquez as Gino’s younger brother, Justin.  “Encounter” also stars Aubrey Caraan, Benj Manalo, Raquel Montesa, Rey PJ Abellana, Candy Pangilinan, Raul Montesa, Josef Elizalde, Anna Jalandoni, and Louise delos Reyes.        Vivamax is available at You can also download the app and subscribe via Google Play Store and App Store. For only P29, you can unli-watch all Vivamax titles for three days. You can also subscribe for P149/month and P399 for 3 months for bigger savings.      For payment thru website, you may choose from EC Pay, 7 Eleven, All Day, All Day, Pay Mongo, GrabPay, GCash, or PayMaya.  For payment thru app, you may choose from Globe, Smart, GCash, Paypal, Visa, or Mastercard.  For payment thru Ecommerce, you may choose from Lazada, Shopee, Comworks, Clickstore, or Paymaya.  For payment thru authorized outlets, you may choose from Load Manna, Comworks, Cebuana Lhuillier, Palawan Express, and Load Central.  Vivamax’s cable partners are SkyCable, Cable Link, Wesfardell Connect, Fiber, BCTVI, Cebu Cable, Zenergy HD, Cotabato Cable Television Network Corporation, and Concepcion Pay TV Network, Inc.        “Encounter” is also streaming on Vivamax Middle East! To our dear fellow Pinoys in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, and Qatar, watch all you can for only AED35/month.  In Europe, Vivamax can be streamed for only 8 GBP/month.  Vivamax, atin ‘to!      TV5’s telecast of “Encounter” continues every Saturday at 9 PM.  It is produced by Viva Entertainment, the producer of blockbuster adaptations such as Miss Granny and Miracle in Cell No. 7.

Cindy Obeñita of CDO is Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2021

July 14, 2021

CINDERELLA Faye “Cindy” Obeñita of Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental will represent the country in Miss Intercontinental 2021 in Egypt later this year at a still unspecified date.      This after Obeñita was crowned Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental 2021 Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.      Cindy was Miss Cagayan de Oro 2019 and is currently an employee of the provincial tourism office of Misamis Oriental.      It took her, along with other contestants, more than two years to get the national title as the Binibining Pilipinas pageant last year was postponed again and again due to the COVID-19 pandemic.      It was her very smart answer during the Q and A that really helped and catapulted her to one of the top crowns of Binibining Pilipinas.      “In life, we always find ourselves in a crossroad of choices. Women always have a choice whether to prioritize luxury items, but while we are facing a pandemic, and also they have a choice to embrace a concept of a new beautiful, which is responsive to the needs of the time, adaptive to the change of times and I think I would choose to be that woman who understands the problems of the Philippines, the problems of my community, so that we would be able to uplift each other and I would be that kind of woman who will comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable,” was Obeñita’s winning answer to the question: “How important are luxury items like bags, clothes, jewelry for a woman when the national economy is down and struggling?”      The Camiguin-born Cindy was a magna cum laude when she graduated during her college years with a degree in Mass Communication at Liceo de Cagayan University.

Shopee Among Top 30 on the List of GradPhilippines’ Top Graduate Employers of 2021

June 28, 2021

The ranking acknowledges Shopee for its popularity and quality among companies in the Philippines Shopee, the leading e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia and Taiwan, has been voted as one of the top 30 Graduate Employers to work for in the Philippines.       GradPhilippines, is a platform that connects students, recent graduates, and early career talents with potential job opportunities, employers, internships, and more. It is the most sought-after employer awards in the Asia Pacific Region, especially in countries like Australia and New Zealand.       The Top 100 Graduate Employers list recognizes the highest quality and most popular graduate employers in the country and acknowledges exceptional employers who hire early-career talents. GradPhilippines’ methodology has been refined to reflect an employer’s popularity and quality. This is achieved by combining data from search engines, page views, and employee reviews. Through this, an objective and comprehensive ranking of graduate preferences have been determined.      Karen Perez, Head of Operations and HR Center of Excellence at Shopee Philippines, said, “Shopee is honored to make the list of GradPhilippines’ Top Graduate Employers of 2021.  In line with our ongoing effort to support the development of the future digital economy, it’s important that we train and support the next generation of talents in various categories for them to excel further in their careers. We value everyone at Shopee and are committed to taking care of our people culturally, virtually, and remotely. We look forward to grooming more young talents to enhance their skills and knowledge in the tech and e-commerce industry.”       Shopee prides itself on simplicity, positivity, and continuously providing opportunities for growth. Shopee has a strong company culture that’s dynamic and collaborative, which creates an open and honest environment that makes talents feel like an asset to the company.       As the economy bounces back from the repercussions of the pandemic, Shopee will continue to equip tech talents for e-commerce through programs like the Global Leaders Program (GLP). Launched in 2018, the Shopee Global Leaders Program is a two-year graduate program consisting of four six-month local and overseas rotations made for highly enthusiastic and ambitious young Filipino talents. Participants will help drive Shopee’s campaigns and new initiatives by working with local and overseas teams. During the program, they can gain momentous experiences, regional exposure, and also contribute to the expansion of Shopee across the region. Participants will be part of a structured learning and development program and receive committed mentorship from Shopee leaders.      For more information about the Global Leaders Program, visit      Download the Shopee app for free via the App Store or Google Play. Check out with ShopeePay to enjoy more great deals on Shopee.

Hot Gadgets for Cool Dads from the SM Store's Call to Deliver

June 21, 2021

Give Dad a gift of creativity, cool, and adventure with hot gadgets from The SM Store.      Better still, shop from your home, and have them delivered to him on Father’s Day through The SM Store’s Call to Deliver service.        Surprise him with light and compact drones for aerial videos, waterproof action cameras for vlogging and live streaming, and innovative multimedia cameras. He’ll be on top of his game with gaming gear, and moto sets.      Order from the comforts of your home and we will shop for you. Chat with us now via The SM Store’s Facebook Messenger and Viber comm:  Viber admin:  Call #143SM (#14376) and talk to a personal shopper to enjoy a more personalized shopping experience.      Visit for more Father’s Day gift ideas.      **  The availability of items varies per store.

Abitria Lechon Baka CDO, the most delicious in town

June 2, 2021

THE best lechon baka from Iligan City is now in Cagayan de Oro.      Known for their famed slow roasted tender lechon baka, Abitria started their family business in Iligan City in the mid-1990s.      Did you know that beef is an ideal protein source? It contains vitamin B12 & minerals which are essential for muscle building,brain development,hormone production,bone health & many more.      It contains Vitamin B12, protein, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, choline, Omega 3 fatty acids, potassium, zinc, selenium and thiamine.      The good news is that everything yummy that you have just read about lechon baka is now here in Cagayan de Oro City.      Abitria Lechon Baka has just opened up its shop along Tomas Saco St., NEAR the former Loreto's.      But now that the city is under modified general community quarantine (MECQ), Abitria Lechon Baka delivers too in trays, kilos and paa.      Just text or call 0917-562-8146.      Of course, the secret to a yummy lechon baka serving is in its marinade prior to roasting plus the quality of the meat.      Abitria Lechon Baka ensures that no artificial flavors are present in its products and only the finest herbs are used.      As a startup, the origins of Abitria Lechon Baka were all an accident as the Abitria's roasted for a WEDDING reception for a RELATIVE.       When guests who were satisfied with the taste egged them to make it as a business, that was the beginning and the rest is success.      In 2016, they expanded to Cagayan de Oro offering lechon baka (whole) mostly to special events and gatherings and last year during the pandemic started selling on a per kilo basis and party trays.      Pretty soon, Abitria Lechon Baka will also serve 11 flavors of buffalo chicken wings.       Let's all wait for that.


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