TALAKAG - the etymology of which came from the Bisayan dialect LAKAG meaning "to go after” or
“follow in pursuit” and the prefix TA denoting “fondness in doing such”.
In other words, Talakag means “fondness in giving pursuit”.

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Donggawon Viewing Deck in Talakag

We have just checked out one of the latest must visit place in Talakag, the Donggawon Viewing Deck located in Tagbak with DOT Region 10's Mr. D. Esmedalla & company, Talakag Tourism Office' Ms. Marnnie Macapayag & staff, Talakag Tourism Council Chair, Madam Grace Factura and Talakag Administrative Officer, Mr Alberto Bigcas.  With us also were DevCom lecturers and students from Xavier University who were doing their Photography Immersion in Talakag.

Enjoying lunch surrounded by spectacular views.
The Viewdeck
The long & winding road to Miarayon.
Bring your own food and you can eat in one of these cottages.
Of all places, bumped into my nephew Richard here whom I haven't seen for ages!

UPDATE
Thank you CDODev.com for featuring Donggawon Viewing Deck today (9/14/17),  CLICK HERE.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Basic Photography Workshop in Talakag


Photo credits to Den & Edison of Talakag Tourism Office

I felt honoured to have been invited to attend this workshop facilitated by the Talakag Municipal LGU and the Tourism Office.  The speakers (Karlo Jess, Roven, Justin, Eric and Jett) were from Xavier University, Development Communications Department.  They covered various topics from the origin of Photography, parts of the camera, and techniques on taking good photographs.  I have a Sony Digital camera that I just basically “point and shoot” but in just one afternoon, I have learned the fundamentals of Focus, Composition and Timing. The knowledge I acquired from this workshop has built up my confidence in Blogging and opened up possibilities.


The highlight of the workshop for me was the Photo Essay Activity towards the end.  We were sent out (with our XU DevCom mentors Mayen and Bianca) and challenged to take photographs applying the various techniques from exposure, metering, rule of third, symmetry, leading lines, pattern, texture, depth of field, juxtaposition, etc. and then tell a story using just 6 photos.  We had so much fun sharing and comparing our collection of photographs.  Below are some photos I took for consideration for the Photo Essay.  It's about the various people caught within the frame of one particular building in just half an hour.


I’m very grateful for this rare opportunity.  This workshop has really made me conscious now about taking photographs.  As the saying goes, “think before you click!”

Thursday, 8 September 2016

A Talakagnon Wins Bukidnon’s Singing Ambassador 2016 Title

The search for Bukidnon’s Singing Ambassador 2016 is over.  Our very own Talakagnon, Miss Sharmaine Tomen Janao, won the Title at last night’s competition held in Malaybalay City.

Check out Sharmaine's performances in:
Bukidnon's Singing Ambassador (Source: Jeshriel Montes)
Tawag Ng Tanghalan (Source: ABS-CBN)
Well done Sharmaine!  Congratulations & Good Luck for the future.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Leigh & Lyle Boutique in Talakag


I found Leigh & Lyle Boutique by chance while taking a walk around Barangay 2 in Talakag.  I noticed this tarpaulin sign at the gate of Seno’s Residence along Amoran Street and decided to check it out.  It’s owned/managed by Megan (the daughter of Catalina Bacungan and Leo Seno).  Business hours are from Monday to Sunday between 9:00am – 6:00pm.
If like me you love anything quirky and vintage, you will love Leigh & Lyle Boutique.  I’m really excited about it.  There’s something for everyone.  Step inside and here’s what’s on offer:
  • For the fashionistas, there’s both new and vintage clothes with shoes and bags to match, plus trinkets and accessories.
  • For the home, there’s items like towels, bedsheets, ceramic wares, and home decor.
  • For the bookworms, there’s a variety of books, paperbacks and fashion magazines.
  • For the kids, there’s children’s clothes and soft toys.
And for the gardeners, there’s an amazing collection of mini cacti, succulent and air plants to choose from.
The shop’s all white interior gives you a luxurious feel and the design is cleverly planned.  I love how everything is so organised yet displayed with flair.

Overall, the concept is brilliant.  Whether you’re shopping for yourself for that party outfit, hunting for that perfect gift for someone or just want to make shopping simpler, there’s no need for rush down to Cagayan de Oro anymore when we now have this classy option right here in Talakag.

For more info, please visit Leigh & Lyle Boutique onFacebook.

Monday, 8 August 2016

BOTOY’S LECHON Talakag Branch

You don't have to go down Cagayan de Oro anymore for a "lechon fix", as Botoy’s Lechon Manok, Pork BBQ, Liempo and their latest Grilled Boneless Bangus are now available here in Talakag.  It's branch opened today at 8:00 am on the 8th day of the 8th month, which is believed to bring luck to any business.  It attracted the public’s attention early as promos for the day included: a Buy One Get One Free offer for the first 50 customers while the rest got either 2 sticks of pork BBQ or a 1.5 litre softdrink with every order made.
Botoy’s lechon promises quality meat, marinaded in special herbs/spices and cooked to perfection.  I’ve tried the pork BBQ which has passed my taste standard.  I also recommend the Grilled Bangus as a healthier option and because it’s boneless, it’s good value for money.  Check out Botoy’s Lechon soon to see what I’m talking about.
It’s located in Barangay 3 and owned/managed by “Pepoy” dela Pena and his wife.
Shop Location and Frontage
 
Grilling Station

Staff from Botoy's Head Office Overseeing First Day of Business
 
Grilled Bangus - A Healthier Option
 

Friday, 15 July 2016

Update on Talakag’s MORESCO Building

After MORESCO’s Official Groundbreaking last February, the construction of its new building is coming on pretty well.  Five months on and my sources said that it will be completed by August.

These photos were taken last April.
Then last June.
And here’s how it looks now, with the exterior painting works going on.