#BecomingFilipino’s “Kulas”: Stories of Hope, Happiness, and Why CDO is His New Home

Photo by Rich Concepcion Kulas flaunts how he loves Cagayan de Oro City.
Photo by Rich Concepcion (SOURCE)
Kulas is proudly Kagay-anon


“I am quite overwhelmed with how Kagay-anons welcomed me here in Cagayan de Oro. They have won me over with kindness, humility and happiness. They inspire me everyday with their stories. Now let me share these stories with you,” Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann, began.

Canadian Kyle Jennermann, or “Kulas” as he is fondly called by locals, have always loved adventure and meeting new people. Famous for his blog www.becomingfilipino.com, he has found joy in his new hometown, Cagayan de Oro.

He believes Filipinos are the most positive people he has worked with. “I am speechless by how Filipinos, especially Kagay-anons, easily overcome tragic moments and immediately respond as one community. One reason why I do believe in hope is because you guys are the walking statement of love, hope and unity,” he adds.

During his spare time, Kulas went to Mambuaya to play Kaliring with kids. PHOTO SOURCE

One CDO, One Community

According to Kulas, here are three things why among all countries, he chose the Philippines, and why CdO among all cities:

1. Truly the City of Golden Friendship

“Cagayan [de Oro] has the friendliest people in the country. They inspire me with their right attitude and their genuine smiles that brought me to stay and live here. The smiles of hope, love and genuine happiness continue to inspire me to become a Filipino. I may not have experienced what they have undergone but seeing them still hopeful and embracing the reality made me appreciate life at its fullest,” he said.

2. Not just a big city, but a big community as well

“Ever since I began working with Filipino OFWs, I have heard rumors about the peace and order situation in Mindanao, but this did not stop me from exploring the region and setting up base in CDO. What I saw was quite different from what I expected initially. Just like any other city, Cagayan de Oro has its share of challenges, but I was in awe when I witnessed first-hand how people responded to and overcame tragedy. Kagay-anons are indeed people who care about each other and the community as a whole. So when people ask me why CdO, I say, ‘Why not?'”

3. CdO, the best of everything

“I do not consider myself the best person to tell everyone what we have here in CdO, but I can fully attest that the city has the best of everything. In CdO, I did not just experience adventure but more importantly, I see the genuine happiness of people everyday – kids and adults alike.  Everything you see in the city is worth the time and experience. Beaches, mountains, culture, people, adventure, name it all. We all have those here,” he proudly shared.

Photo from his Facebook page, Becoming Filipino. 
Kulas enjoys the adventure of White Water Rafting.


‘Why Filipinos?’ ‘Why not?’

Kulas is widely known in social media with his blog BecomingFilipino.com and the hashtag #BecomingFilipino which shares all good things about Filipinos. “I have visited many cities in the country and having experienced those wonderful moments with them makes me strive to also become a Filipino”.

He wants to be part of the culture. “Those moments when you are away from your family but people invite you to share their home with you, that is actually one of those simple yet amazing things I admire about Filipinos. Just being kind and being happy. That’s what being Filipino is,” he adds.

Cagayan de Oro truly considers itself honored to have Kulas as a reminder of how wonderful the city is, and have adopted him as one of their own. When asked how he feels about being an ambassador of the city, he says, “I am overwhelmed by it, however, I am not the ambassador of the city. In fact, you [the residents] are. I am blessed to have these people who share more about the city; everything I know about Cagayan de Oro comes from the people I meet every day. They are the real ambassadors.”

Photo from his Facebook page, Becoming Filipino. He went to a mystery quest to Mt. Maagnaw in Bukidnon to know more about the Filipino culture.
Photo from his Facebook page, Becoming Filipino.
He went to a mystery quest to Mt. Maagnaw in Bukidnon to know more about the Filipino culture.


Why invest in Cagayan de Oro?

Tagged as the 2nd Most Competitive City in the Philippines, Cagayan de Oro is indeed suited for businesses and investments. As Kulas shares, “When you do business in Cagayan de Oro, make sure to invest in something that wouldn’t destroy the environment, and I promise, and I cross my fingers, that you will have tons of support from Kagay-anons. This is not just a place for growth; it is a place for healthy competition.”

“Primavera Residences, an eco-friendly property, is one example of an investment that Kagay-anons truly admire. It is an investment that cares for the city’s environment,” Jennermann said.

Primavera Residences is happy to host Kyle “Kulas” Jennermann in CdO’s one and only green condo earlier this month.

“It’s a great place to relieve stress and just reflect how life has been so far good to you,” he adds.

Kulas in Primavera Residences' 2nd floor lobby.
Kulas enjoying coffee while writing articles in Primavera Residences’ 2nd floor lobby.
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Sharing smiles, “apirs”, and headbands with the Primavera team
Kulas took a selfie with employees of Primavera Residences, Italpinas' prime green development.
Kulas took an elevator selfie with employees of Primavera Residences, Italpinas’ flagship project


Primavera Residences is a twin-tower 1o-storey eco-friendly building located in uptown Cagayan de Oro. It recently won as the Best Mixed-Use Development for the Philippines in the Asia Pacific Property Awards.

For more information, visit www.primaveraresidences.com or call 088-880-5002.