Tropical Typhoon Washi (Sendong) struck Northern Mindanao 2 months ago leaving homeless and displaced families in the evacuation centers. Help from the NGOs poured in and people from different organizations offered their assistance, their time to help Cagayan de Oro rise up back to its feet. is not only focused to CDO events, attractions, and tourism, this Cagayan de Oro themed website also publishes WOW CDO Stories that we could look up to, just like this inspiring story:

A woman by the name of Eena Sarayba from Ladera Ranch, California, USA sent out a Balikbayan Box to her good friend Vivien Aguilar after hearing the news about what happened in Cagayan de Oro. In spite of the distance, some people would reach out to the Sendong Victims. From the people of CDO – Thank you very much!

Vivien Aguilar handed down the Balikbayan Box at DSWD Region X in Cagayan de Oro City. 


WOWCDO was there not just to witness the event, but we also noted the processes you need to go through in donating to DSWD plus tips.

1. It is best to call them via landline to confirm the process and if you have questions they can directly answer them.

DSWD Region 10 Field Office – Tel/Fax: (088) 858-63-33

2. Drop your box at the DSWD Office. Their friendly social workers and staffs are there to receive the donation.

3. Fill out the log book for their received donations.

4. Sign the certificate of donation.

To check out the status of their Project Sendong, you can visit the DSWD Region 10 website at –

Photo Credits: Vivien Aguilar

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Vic known as "The Guy with a Big Voice" is a multi-awarded blogger, a TEDx speaker, and the social media marketing strategist of the biggest brands in Visayas and Mindanao. Other than that, he's also a columnist and writes weekly on the Mindanao Gold Star Daily's Lifestyle section - UrbanLife. Email:

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