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Music and Chocolate festival at SM

SM CDO Downtown Premier made Valentine’s day for Kagay-anons even more especial by bringing in international acoustic star Stephen Speaks and YouTube sensation Sabrina serenading mall goers last February 14 at the event center.

International accoustic star Stephen Speaks.

Stephen Speaks definitely took us all down memory lane as he sang his timeless hits like Out of my League and Passenger Seat that made people’s hearts melt. Speaks has recent signed a recording deal with a Filipino music company and shared his new found love for the Philippines especially its cuisines.

Youtube sensation Sabrina.

The singer also made it memorable for his wife with the help of Kagay-anons by chanting “Happy Valentine’s day”.

The event was then concluded with a photo opt, and a meet-and-greet for Kagay-anon fans.

The event was dubbed as Love Strings an acoustic pop fest; it also featured ten acoustic bands in Cagayan de Oro competing with one another in the end three bands came out victorious. Placing third was Ground Zero, second Ablaze Acoustics, and bagging the top spot, and 20 thousand pesos cash prize was Spyglass.

Department of Trade Industry officials and SM executives grace the opening of the Artisanal Chocolate Fair, northern Mindanao’s first local chocolate festival, at SM CDO Downtown Premier yesterday. From left: Misamis Oriental Cacao Industry Development Association chairman Agustin Mercado Jr., Northern Mindanao Cacao Industry Council’s Francisco Calotes Jr., DTI -Misamis Oriental director Almer Masilliones, DTI-Misamis Occidental director Jane Marie Tabucan and SM CDO Downtown Premier mall manager Evangeline Ditona.

Meanwhile, SM also hosted Artisanal Chocolate Fair Northern Mindanao’s first ever local chocolate festival a day before featuring products from Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte and of course Misamis Oriental.

Artisanal Chocolate Fair

The event was participated by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) where they offered free entrepreneurship seminars, Maramag Tablea, 3S Marias Tablea, Minsamongan Tableya, Tableya de Monica, Junlyn Enterprises, Papa Jun’s Tablea, Kakao Nibblers, Mercedes Bakeru, Talakag Teacher Retirees Association.

Mastrado Tablea, Tunzo Tablea, Nelly’s Tablea, From our Kitchen to Yours, Manna Food Processing, Samay Multi-purpose Cooperative, Conservation with Trees Agri Products, Jan’s Tablea, Mang Kiko’s Tablea, Pilian Cafe, RJ Tablea, Beans and Legumes, Monster Kitchen, Llojetta, Paul’s Tablea, and Bigby’s Cafe & Restaurant. Great thanks to SM Downtown Premier for the photos.


About Dave Achondo

Dave Achondo
A person who enjoys doing what he does best – writing anything under the sun; strong-willed and straight to the point. Contributor at SOUTHWALL Magazine a Cebu-based company under Soline Publishing, A former Feature Editor, Business Editor, and Columnist of Mindanao Gold Star Daily, and is the currently its Digital Marketing Head.

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