The first time I saw this guy was during the coronation night of Miss Cagayan de Oro 2013. He was proudly donning a barong tagalog with a folded scarf around his head. Later did I found out that he is the same guy that I featured on July 31, 2013 that brought smile to Kagayanons when the entire city was traumatized by the July 26 bombing. He is none other than Kyle Jennermann.
This half Canadian half German lad has traveled the world and has brought smile to the people that he has met on his journey. During the bombing incident last year, he was actually here. And he appealed to all nations that Cagayan De Oro is a safe place, a beautiful place, and a place with amazing people. The photo below shows how he fell in love with the Philippines. They were driving a rickshaw across India but the side panel logo says it all.
Written on his Facebook account are inspiring words about Cagayan de Oro. “I first came to Cagayan De Oro back in January, 2013 and brought along four of my closest friends from Canada. We spent 7 days in the area… exploring islands, beaches, mountains, river rafting, and many beautiful outdoor areas that make up this part of Northern Mindanao. I could go on writing a novel about how many beautiful natural outdoor areas there are in this part of the Philippines, and the experiences my friends and I had… but, what stands out to me more is THE PEOPLE. That 7 days I spent in Cagayan De Oro in January, and this recent 5 days have been beyond inspirational…. and why?… Every day I am inspired by the kindness, generosity, friendliness, and happiness of the people here in Cagayan. You don’t have to search for it here in Cagayan De Oro, all you simply need to do is walk around and interact with the people. I always tell my friends: The world can learn a lot from Filipino culture… and I can honestly say that the people here in this part of the world inspire me every day… It has been life changing coming to this place, meeting the friends I have met, and being welcomed like family!”
As a Kagayanon, I thanked him personally for being such a huge fan of our city. He replied back with a short but meaningful note, “Thanks for this message Michael! Keep on smiling and thank you for being part of a culture that has inspired my life!”
Guess what? He posted something on Facebook few days ago.
Welcome back to Cagayan de Oro Kyle. I am glad that you have considered this city your home and found a family in us….
Visit Kyle’s page HERE.