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Fiesta Fever

Posted: August 25, 2009 in The Road (and Everything On It)
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Cagayan de Oro is beginning to be enveloped by the festive fiesta mood. Everyone loves a celebration; it is a welcome respite to all the negative spirit around us. Choking traffic, erratic weather conditions, crimes in broad daylight, and everything else under the heading of BAD, notwithstanding, we keep on finding enough reasons to be eternally grateful for our existence:

“At least we never get stuck four hours in traffic. ”

“At least when it rains flood waters subside quickly.”

“At least we can go malling without expecting to be blown to bits and come home in  a cardboard box.”

Things like that, gud.

A thanksgiving of sorts.

Parades, pickpockets, pageants, fairs, mga mangingilad, mall sales, police visibility, street dancing, free concerts, garbage, hang-overs, stitches, bruises, 1000 calories beyond the daily recommendations, walay klase, a loooong weekend.

Happy fiesta to all fellow Kagay-anons!

Eat (with moderation), drink (with moderation), and be (responsibly) merry!


Upper Puerto:

As it is easier to do the repairs with the mechanic upright, turn the vehicle on its side.

Villarin St., Carmen-Patag boundary:

Can’t blame the usiseros; we don’t see taxis doing this everyday.

Gassing up tip:

Oil companies nationwide have implemented a new wave of rollback of pump prices starting yesterday. Before you gas up ask if the rollback has been enforced in the station. It seems that some have yet to update their pump prices, as I found out at 7:30 this morning. After asking the station attendant, who then asked the cashier, who then asked whoever was in charge inside the station convenience store (why is everyone soooo clueless), the price adjustments were made. Are these price cuts not viewed with great enthusiasm by all?

Lower by Piso

Posted: September 19, 2008 in The Road (and Everything On It)
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Effective 12:01 AM today the prices of petroleum products are cheaper by 1 peso. The Caltex station in the NHA-Kauswagan area seem to be less enthusiatic about this. A few meters away the Shell station have already adjusted and updated their pricelist. (Photos taken today, at 7:15 AM.)

Commuters are now praying for a fare rollback. The Commuters Association of the Philippines will submit a petition today for a PhP 2.50 fare reduction although this will be met by reistance by transport group PISTON on the grounds that diesel still costs above PhP 50.00. And of course there’s red tape – the LTFRB may start reviewing this proposal after 2- 3 weeks, by the first or second week of October.

Knocking on 90

Posted: September 17, 2008 in The Road (and Everything On It)
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Oil prices fell to a seven-month low yesterday, at USD 91.15 per barrel, before climbing by 3%, to USD 94.32 today. Decrease in demand and global financial worries spurned by brothers of the Lehman kind going bad contributed to cutting our celebration short.

But I want to maintain my optimism in everything that is good in this planet. The graph below, from Crude Oil Price Forecast, shows a promising trend for us common citizens of the world:


First, the good news:


The PhP 54.47 unleaded juice that I feed my machine now costs PhP 2.00 less, effective 12:01 AM today. There is also a corresponding reduction in the pump prices of premium gasoline, diesel, and kerosene. However, it is feared that this decline is only temporary as oil cartels like OPEC plan to cut production. Apparently, they don’t like making too many people happy. Kill joy.

I still have nightmares where the number 60.47 figure prominently.

Now the bad:


SunStar has previously released two stories on gas stations with defective pumps in the CDO area. The first article named 5 stations while the second, posted on July 25, added 13 more. Regardless the economic conditions, shortchanging the very customers who keep your businesses alive, intentionally or not, is unacceptable.

Here is the combined list, with the location of each station and its registered owner:

  1. Caltex; A. Velez Street; Adlai Elizaga
  2. Caltex; Barangay Gusa; Harley Yu
  3. Jetti; Calamansi Drive, Barangay Carmen; Wilhelm Valencia
  4. Jetti; Zone 6, Bulua Highway; Isen Ting
  5. Petron; Masterson Avenue, Upper Carmen; Gorgonia Buaquina
  6. Petron; Ilaya, Barangay Carmen; Roger Tan
  7. Petron; Vamenta Boulevard, Barangay Carmen; Miami Chan
  8. Petron; Vamenta Boulevard, Barangay Carmen; Maria Lourdes Jane Pepito
  9. Petron; 8th Nazareth-Hayes Street; Ariel Tan
  10. Petron; C.M. Recto-Osmeña Streets; Edsel Salvana
  11. Petron; Barangay Macasandig; Roger Tan
  12. Shell; Masterson Avenue, Upper Carmen; Vic Pizarro
  13. Shell; Vamenta Boulevard, Barangay Carmen; Antonio Almirante, Jr.
  14. Shell; C.M. Recto Avenue-Licuan Street; Roy Tancinco
  15. Shell; Gusa Highway; Claudio Puertas
  16. Shell; Claro M. Recto Avenue; Edna Puertas
  17. Shell; East Bound Terminal, San Pedro, Barangay Gusa; James Giam
  18. Shell; Yacapin-Osmeña Streets; Alfonso Goking

An updated list is highly anticipated. I am hoping for a shorter list. A blank one would be even better.

Incidentally the photo, taken by The Accomplice nearly 2 weeks ago, is the price list from one of these stations. Guess which one?

Just when we thought of it as a teenager’s birthright this truck comes along:

Cruising along the CDO-Bukidnon highway, around the vicinity of Alae, Manolo Fortich, this truck-for-hire was spotted sporting two plates on the rear (spare tire? check! spare plate? check!). Further along the road were highway patrolmen who were having their usual field day checking and/or arresting the drivers of these hefty machines. Like elusive Mr./Ms. Right, this one got away.

Teenage truck angst.

Wet & Dry

Posted: September 9, 2008 in The Road (and Everything On It)
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This is one particular corner in the Capitol Compound fronting NMMC that never lies about the weather.

You know it hasn’t rained when it looks like this:

And you know it’s been a wet day when you have to wade through this:

As to why this ‘weather bureau’ remains after years of unauthorized existence never fails to baffle me (and other pedestrians/motorists). Perhaps government officials in this area find the water, er, calming?

(First photo by The Accomplice.)