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Who invented the Motorela?

He put the ‘caretella’ into its antique place by inventing the Motorela. He’s no other than Raphael Floirendo, a graduate of Business Administration and Agriculture at the Far Eastern University and Araneta University.

Floirendo’s family came from northern Luzon. Upon their transfer here in Cagayan De Oro, he was able to study high school at Xavier University-Ateneo De Cagayan.

By inventing the motorela, Raphael earned P500 after selling his first motorela unit. His first unit orders did not come from here but rather from Ozamiz City. At that time, the locals were still into ‘caretella.’

To get to know Raphael Floirendo, motorela inventor, check out Sun Star’s feature.

Brownouts result firms’ profit loss

Cagayan De Oro’s small time businesses are losing their profits because of the almost daily brownouts. This was reported by Sun Star Cagayan De Oro enumerating some local companies experience loss.

A computer service and brownout. That’s not a very good combination. Susan Ybarsabal is an owner of one. She said she lost a number of customers all because of the brownouts. She stated that she is experience a 30% profit decrease since this year.

Laundry shop and brownout. That sounds like a bad combination. Dr. Jerome Basang is an owner of a laundry shop in Cagayan De Oro. He said that brownouts have been causing his company to lose a number of customers as well especially those who prefer rush laundry service.

Cherica Sagrado owns a bar in the city. No light, no operation for Sagrado as bars are reliant in lights and sounds to operate. She is experiencing a 40% decrease in profit.

With the continuous rotating brownout schedules, more companies are expected to suffer its negative implications. Would this mean that the local firms should look at a new way to keep their businesses up? Or it just means that they need to invest on generators?
No one’s to blame. It’s just part of the ball game.

Steag shuts down, Holy Week to have more brownouts?

Steag State Power Inc. will temporarily shut down its plant specifically on Maundy Thursday until Good Friday.

Jerome Soldevilla, Steag communications officer, said that the plant needs to have a time to be repaired particularly its generators. Granted that this would be necessary, Cagayan De Oro is expected to have more brownout schedules as the shutdown would also dictate that the whole of Mindanao grid may lose around 200 megawatts on those days.

Soldevilla justified that the shutdown would be best done during the Holy Week as establishments and companies here in Cagayan De Oro and the whole of the country would be closed.

The plant’s communications officer said that the operations would resume at the soonest possible time.

CDO poets compete for Balak Idol

City Tourism Board and Cagayan De Oro City Government have agreed to allow students join the pioneering “Balak Idol: Cagayan De Oro Edition” on a category of their own. This will be on May 23, 2010.

“BALAK” signifies a debate in poetic verse. Ingrid Chaves-Agudo, City Tourism Board member, thinks that this type of art is slowly becoming extinct and that hopefully this contest can revive it. She said that the contest basically aims to instill pride and confidence on every person’s ancestry and of course to preserve this type of art.

For interested poets, the contest is open to all Kagay-anons. The registration form must have the signature of the contestant’s Barangay Captain certifying his/her residency in the barangay.

Every Balak must be at least two minutes in length with a maximum time of five minutes. Offensive materials will not be accepted.

More information is available at the office of the City Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office at the City Hall of Cagayan De Oro.

Media practitioners gather for Phil Trade Policy

If you are a media practitioner, then you have to get yourself moving to Dynasty Court Hotel on March 23, 2010. You will be having a day seminar on Philippine Trade Policy from 9 am to 5 pm.

This seminar would provide you, a media practitioner, a framework on trade issues and allow you to educate consumers all issues and challenges that local industries face in the midst of global competition.

The event is sponsored by Cagayan De Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc. along with the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Mindanao.

Spearheading the seminar is the Ideals’ Economic Rights-International Trade Program.

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