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EDGEDAVAO Serving a seamless society

INSTANT ATTRACTION. The 57-foot sparkling Christmas tree of SM Lanang Premier becomes an instant attraction as majority of mall goers take their photos with the grandiose display. Lean Daval Jr.


Duterte hits solons who didn’t help typhoon victims

RAGING RODY. A furious Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte rants against corrupt politicians for pocketing huge chunk of their pork barrel during the City Consultation for Local Climate Change Actions in Davao City at Pinnacle Hotel yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.



AVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte strongly criticizeded lawmakers who did not help the victims of typhoon Yolanda, but benefited more from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). “Someday, somehow, there will be a time for reckoning in this country. What happened to the Filipinos in Tacloban and how much money there is but not being used for the benefit of the Filipino people. Diyan ako nasaktan,” he said, adding that he didn’t want to join in the

‘blame game’ on the typhoon incident and drop names of those involved in the PDAF scam. “But the problem is, yung typhoon brought with it nanigas pati yung utak ng mga taga-Maynila. Masyadong brayt, eh,” he said, adding that the lawmakers have been exploiting more the Malampaya fund until now, and there is still money left there. “May Malampaya tayo na P50 billion. Nothing seems to move and now


DCL Final 6 cast is complete INSIDE: Transport system undergoes study

2 EDGE Davao nominated in 3 Globe 3 Davao Media Excellence awards ‘I’M READY’ 16





Medical wastes

Cenro eyeing to meet with hospital admins T MAINTENANCE. An electrician is seen lifted using a boom of the Davao Light and Power Co. to inspect electrical wires as part of the company’s regular maintenance check up along Lanang, Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.

HE City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) has called for a meeting with administrators of all hospitals, medical establishments and clinics before the end of the month regarding alleged improper disposal of medical wastes, an official said yesterday. Cenro officer-in-charge Engr. Eliza Madrazo said they have not come up with a list of erring establishments since none of them admits the allegation. Councilor Leo Avila who bared the expose does not know who the violators are. Madrazo said that there is a need for confirmation from Avila and from RAD Green Solutions

who exposed the claim. “They reported to us na some hospitals throw their medical wastes. Ang alam kasi ng trash collectors natin pag nasa collection point lang, icollect lang yan,”but noted that three weeks ago about 436 trash collectors attended a seminar on garbage collection. “Tinanong din naman natin yung mga tao natin pero sabi nila wala naman daw silang nakuhang medical wastes,”she said “Yung iba kasi hindi inaamin kasi meron daw silang facility,, so aalamin natin kung functional ba talaga yung facilities nila. We will also invite the Department of Health kasi sila ang nagreregulate.

Transport system 1,000 plus join raffle fiscal study urged of 513 night mart slots By CHENEEN R. CAPON




AVAO City councilor Leo Avila III, chair of the City Council committee on transportation and communication, proposed to conduct a study on the financial viability and social impact of the Davao Sustainable Urban Transport Project to start by next year. “We’ll see saan manggagagling ang pera. Kaya ba ng city? Anong support ng national government? Will the ADB come up with grants or loans?

Yan ang sasagutin ng next study,”Avila said, adding that the third study will provide data on the financial requirementx of the proposal. The third study will be implented by CH2M Hill-Halcrow, a foreign consultant in design, design-build, operations, and program manangement services and will be funded by the Japan Fund for Poverty Reduction. Avila said that the first two phases of the study conducted by Hal-

HE Davao City council will propose a training center for the agriculture sector in preparation for the effects of climate change which might hit the city. Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, food and agriculture committee chair, told reporters that she would propose a center for demo – farms, a training center and organic center for farmers. She said the center would concentrate in the areas of aqua-culture and fisheries, and vermi culture. “Later on, that will be a training ground for farmers, more or less mga 30 – 50 farmers na dal-

hon jud. Kada tao gyud sa bukid dalhon didto para I-train,” Abella said. She said that people in the uplands should be trained so that they will see the correct practices in farming. Abella added that she came up with this proposal as Mindanao will be affected by a long term drought and the people should be ready for it. “Ang atong mga tanom. Ang atong mga food ang atong mga fishieries will be affected,” she said, adding that the sectors to be affected by this will be the fisheries as the fish will die if the water tem-

Abella eyeing training centers for agri sector T


crow revealed that there will be an influx in the number of passengers by 200,000 to 300,000 daily in the next five years. At present, 800,000 passengers ride the public utility jeepneys(PUJs), taxis, and buses daily in the city. “If you are not going to reform transportation at yung current capability lang ang magpatuloy baka magkakaron tayo ng choke points dito at gagrabe na ang traffic,”he said. To solve this, the study

recommended there must be (1) a public transportation reform, (2) a transportation planning, (3) the local government must take an active role in transportation, not only the national government and agencies concerned, (4) relocation of PUJs and multicabs to highly-populated places that don’t have access to public transportation. He said that the city has to incorporate a transportation plan aside



ROUND 1,000 sidewalk vendors attended last Monday’s raffling of stalls in the proposed city night market. Ret. Col. Yusop Jimlani, Demolition Unit and Drainage Maintenance Unit head, told reporters yesterday at the Pinnacle Hotel that he was expecting around 500 vendors only, but he was surprised with the number that showed up, majority of whom came from the Muslim community.

“I am happy with the result yesterday (last Monday). Ang daming applicants. I was thinking nga na konti lang ang mag-attend,” he said. Jimlani added that there ate 513 slots available, 213 of them for dry goods and DVD vendors, 102 stalls for food, and 194 stalls for ‘ukay-ukay’. Each stall measures 1.5 meters by 2 meters. The night market will be set up first on Roxas Avenue with each stalls


INVENTIION. Virgilio Sangutan of the Davao Investors Association introduces his newly-invented ready to eat cereal mix during this week’s Kapehan sa Dabaw at the Annex of SM City Davao. in the background is Dr. Anthony Sales, regional director of the Department of Science and Technology in Region 11. Lean Daval Jr.




China ready to send medical team to PHL B EVEN UNDER THE RAIN. This young couple has no problem strolling along an almost flooded street due to the heavy downpour that caught many Dabawenyos by surprise yesterday afternoon. Lean Daval Jr.

EIJING-- China is ready to send an emergency medical team to disaster-stricken areas in the Philippines hit by Super Typhoon Haiyan, and is waiting for approval from Manila, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday. Spokesman Hong Lei told a routine press briefing that the emergency medical team is ready to go, and will depart for the disaster areas immediately, once China gets permission from the Philippines, he said. Currently China has not received confirmation from Manila on whether the Chinese medical team is allowed to go, Hong

said, adding that China will continue to keep in communication with the Philippines. The first batch of Chinese humanitarian aid for survivors of Typhoon Haiyan arrived on Monday and Tuesday in the central Philippine city of Cebu, a center for relief goods distribution, according to Hong Lei. The relief aid, including tents and blankets, was shipped by a China Eastern Airlines cargo plane and handed over to the Philippines Department of Social Welfare and Development, and then will be sent to Tacloban, one of the worst-hit


3 Edge Davao staff members City planning escape nominated for Globe awards routes for evacuees Lesson from Yolanda


DGE Davao made it as nominee in three categories for this year’s Globe Davao Media Excellence Awards (DMEA) set tomorrow at Marco Polo Hotel Davao. Nominated were EDGE Davao managing editor Neilwin Joseph Bravo for Feature Story of the Year for his work “The Living Light of Pegalongan”, columnist Leandro Daval Sr. for “A privilege rather than a right” and photojournalist Lean Daval Jr. for his photo entitled “Conversation.” The Awards pays tribute and gives recognition to print, broadcast, and digital media practitioners who have excelled in their respective fields. Forty one out of 140 entries made it to the final nominations list.

“We are very happy over the great interest and overwhelming response to our call for entries. It was really a challenge doing the shortlist as there are so many of them that are worthy as finalists. They are all deserving of an award,” said Globe Corporate Communications Head Yoly Crisanto. The finalists will vie for nine award categories namely: Reporter of the Year for Print, Feature Story of the Year for Print, Columnist of the Year, Photojournalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year for Television, Feature Story of the Year for Television, Reporter of the Year for Radio, Blogger of the Year, and Social Media Advocate of the Year. The other nominees for Feature Story of the Year are: “Watersheds, our trea-

Three dead, 24 injured as jeepney rams railing


jeepney driver is in hot water after his vehicle rammed against a road railing in Sitio Lower Lanitium, barangay Siawan, Marilog district, Davao City, killing three students and injuring 24 other passengers Monday night. Jaime Velasquez, the driver and resident of Purok 2 barangay Marilog will be facing charges for reckless imprudence resulting to death with multiple injuries and damage to property. Police also identi-

fied the dead victims as Carlo Avila, Jesmar Luchavez, both 3rd year high school students and Mariel Villegas, 14, grade 7 student of Calinan National Highschool and resident of Dal-ag Lumot, Marilog district. Marilog police chief Roberto Espina said the injured victims are still in the hospital for treatment. Velasquez surrendered to the police after the incident and awaits his fate and detained in jail. [ECP]

sures”, Stella Estremera, Sunstar Davao; “Bringing education to Manobo kids,” KarlosManlupig, Philippine Daily Inquirer; It’s about survival”, Ivy Tejano, Sunstar Davao; and “HM4HB: Ups the ante in breastfeeding,” Marianne Saberon-Abalayan, Sunstar Davao. Also vying for the Columnist of the Year are: Stella Estremera, Sunstar Davao – “When death stalks the children”; Renato Bartolo, Mindanao Times – “Peace is Smiling Child”; HenrylitoTacio, Sunstar Davao – “Davao Booms”; and Rogelio Balanza, The Durian Post – “No fear” and “Living dead horizontally.” The rest of the Photojournalist of the Year nominees are: Seth delos Reyes, Sunstar Davao – “UlirangPulis”; King Rodriguez,

Sunstar Davao – “Beyond Imagination”; KarlosManlupig, Philippine Daily Inquirer/Associated Press – “The color purple”; and Robert Vincent “Bing” Gonzales, Mindanao Times – “Picking up the pieces.” Nominees for the Reporter of the Year for Print are: Ivy Tejano, Sunstar Davao - “To Spray or not to spray”; HenrylitoTacio, Sunstar Davao - “A season of floods”; Rogelio Balanza, Durian Post - “Life is here in Davao! Slogan not for criminals”; Xer Jason ‘Yas” Ocampo, Mindanao Times - “Comic books, pencils, pads of paper”; and KarlosManlupig, Philippine Daily Inquirer - “Soldiers, Moro rebs to see each other on Facebook.” For broadcast, Reporter




HE CONCEPT of “escape routes” from low-lying areas to an evacuation center during strong typhoons like Yolanda will be presented to the Davao City government by the end of this month, according to retired Army general Francisco Villaroman, head of the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC). Davao City Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte had directed Villaroman to come up with a disaster plan in preparation for any natural calamity that may hit residents in low lying areas who can be evacuated as quickly as possible to mini-

mize casualties. “If that kind of a strong typhoon (referring to Yolanda) strikes Davao, karon pa lang we should have to establish channels kung asa ta paingon nga taas na bukid,” Duterte said to reporters after he arrived from visiting devastated areas in Eastern Visayas. According to latest reports, 3,982 people died, 18,266 others were injured and 1,602 are still missing in the wake of Yolanda Mayor Duterte said that the PSSCC should have made a comprehensive plan to deal with disasters


WHITE DECOR. An employee of the city government of Davao walks pass a pile of white Christmas lanterns which will be used to decorate key locations in Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.




2 theft, robbery suspects busted


AYOR Allan L. Rellon’s agenda on genuine peace, safety and security in the City of Tagum scored another victory with the arrest of two suspects of robbery by the local police office. But the local chief executive says much more remains to be done, and he is counting on the police force, the force multipliers and the general public to be his administration’s partner in making the city safe and secure. Reports of robbery and snatching made rounds in the city recently, igniting alarm amongst the public and made the authorities more alert to deter the criminals from doing illegal acts. The latest development is the arrest of two suspects in separate operations by the Tagum City Police Office under P/Supt. Solomon de Castilla. On November 18, they arrested Ddjay Cruz, a resident of New Loon in nearby Asuncion town in Davao del Norte, after snatching the bag of Angelie dela Torre on the same day at 2:45 PM. Another suspect named Jeyrome Mahusay was also arrested last November 15, 2013, after the series of robberies perpetuated by the suspect several months ago. Stolen items were recovered as persons who bought the said items vol-


BEHIND BARS. Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon talks to theft suspect who was arrested by Tagum Police last November 18, 2013. Mayor Rellon congratulated the police force for the successful pursuit against the suspects, which he tagged as another victory of his advocacy on genuine peace, safety and security in the City of Tagum. Leo Timogan of CIO Tagum untarily turned it over to PNP Tagum. This includes 9 laptops, 13 cellphones, one iPad, one portable DVD and one digital camera. PNP Tagum said robbery and snatching victims can claim the said items, pro-

vided they can show proof of ownership. The two arrested suspects are now charged with theft/robbery and are now in custody of Tagum’s police office. Mayor Rellon congratu-

lated the police force for the successful pursuit against the suspects. In view of his EAGLE WINGS agenda on safety and security, he is counting on the police authorities as augmented by

Bukidnon provincial gov’t to give P3.7M to ‘Yolanda’survivors T

HE provincial government of Bukidnon will extend a total of P3.7 million to survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas, Hansel Echavez, head of the Provincial Public Affairs and Information and Assistance Office, told MindaNews. The provincial government intends to give P1.5 million to the City of Tacloban, P1 million to the City of Ormoc, P1 million to the Province of Leyte, and P200,000 to Old Bantayan and Bantayan Island. The provincial government gave P2 million to Bohol and P1 million to Cebu after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the two provinces, and P1 million to Zamboanga City after the standoff between gov-

ernment forces and the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari faction. The provincial government announced the donation this week as it called on the public to pour in donations for the survivors. In memorandum order 153-2013-B, Gov. Jose Ma. R. Zubiri Jr. said only P1 million is left from the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund that can be released for the purpose. Zubiri’s order obliged employees to donate to the victims. He said regular and casual employees should give P1,000 each while division and department heads should give P2,000 each. Zubiri said he will

also shoulder a portion of the donation. Echavez said the provincial government has 1,423 regular employees, including 27 department heads, and 840 casual employees. The donation from regular and casual employees will be deducted from their personnel economic relief allowance for December 2013. The donation from department heads will be charged against their representation and travelling allowances. Echavez said the employees signed a waiver to facilitate the early deduction. He added that aside from the employees of the provincial government,

some mayors of Bukidnon’s 20 towns and two cities also made several gestures. Municipal employees of Kitaotao, for example, shelled out P1,000 each for Yolanda survivors, he said. Meanwhile, initiatives by the private sector are also ongoing. 1 Bukidnon Help Movement one of the biggest groups, have continued collections all over the province with pick-up points in key areas such as in Malaybalay, Valencia, and Maramag town. The group will send its four-team humanitarian mission to Leyte on November 22, after sending a similar mission to Bohol last month. (Walter I. Balane/MindaNews)

the force multipliers that have gained an increase in membership since the ascension of the local chief executive to the mayorship last July. Just recently, the United Taxpayers Against Crime

(UTAC) was launched with membership ranging from businessmen to single motorcycle drivers—all committed to help the local government and the police in fighting crime. Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum

Some ‘Yolanda’survivors leaving Leyte for Mindanao


UNDREDS of survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in Leyte are starting to leave the island, and some of them are heading for Davao City and other parts of Mindanao. Some of them said they will go to relatives in other parts of the country. Still others, however, said they still don’t know where to go. One of those who plan to go to Davao with their families is Rene Boy Castil, 37. His wife, Lorna, and their three children, Kharen Mae, 14; Kathyren Mae, 7; and Ismael Bin Abdullah, 2, are going with him. “Bahala na, basta makaabot kami sa Davao City (I don’t care what happens as long as we can go to Davao City),” Castil, who only P1800 left in his pocket said. He said the money was given by his sister’s husband who works abroad. “It’s just P1800 because my sister shared it with

her two other sisters.” Asked why he chose Davao City even if he has no relatives there, Castil said he used to work in that place 16 years ago. “That’s the place where I’m quite familiar, but that was 16 years already when I left then went abroad. I don’t know how it is look today,” he said. He said their house in Barangay Bislig in Tanauan, Leyte was among the hundreds of homes that were destroyed. He recalled their house collapsed around 7 a.m. of Nov. 8, just seconds after they abandoned it. “We moved into our neighbor’s house which was a few meters away from ours and I could imagine we were around 200 people in there,” Castil told MindaNews on Sunday evening onboard the boat bound for Surigao from Benit. (Roel N. Cato-






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6 THE ECONOMY Stat Watch 1. Gross National Income Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)

7.1 1st Qtr 2013

2. Gross Domestic Product Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)

7.8 1st Qtr 2013

3. Exports 1/ 4. Imports 1/ 5. Trade Balance 6. Balance of Payments 2/ 7. Broad Money Liabilities

USD 3,741 million Feb 2013 USD 4,708 million Feb 2013 USD -967 million Feb 2013 USD -640 million Dec 2012 P 4,964,560 million Feb 2013

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2.4 % Mar 2013 P113,609 million Mar 2013 P 5,281 billion Mar 2013

9. National Government Revenues 10. National government outstanding debt 11. Peso per US $ 5/

P 41.14 Apr 2013

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

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13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

132.8 Apr 2013

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

2.6 Apr 2013

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.1 Apr 2013

16. Visitor Arrivals

418,108 Feb 2013

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

20.9% Jan 2013

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.1% Jan 2013

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ASEAN has inadequate power access A

BOUT 130 million people in Southeast Asia lack access to electricity. This was revealed by the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS) in a study by Dr. Adoracion Navarro, a senior research fellow of the Institute, Mr. Maxensius Tri Sambodo of Indonesian Institute of Sciences Economic Research Center, and Mr. Jessie Todoc, Philippines Country Manager of SEA Energy Access and Alternative Energy, International Copper Association Southeast Asia. The authors noted that at least 228 million

still rely on traditional biomass for cooking and lack access to clean and modern cooking facilities. Based on projections of the International Energy Agency (IEA), about 63 million of the ASEAN population will still have no electricity in 2030. In the Philippines, 16 million of the population are without electricity. This problem also persists in Indonesia (63 million of its population), Myanmar (26 million), Cambodia (10 million), Thailand (8 million), Viet Nam (2 million), Lao PDR (2.2 million), and in Malaysia (200 thousand). Only Singapore and Bru-

Foreign aid crucial in rebuilding efforts: Aquino


HE Philippine government will be grateful if the international community stays in the long term for rebuilding and rehabilitation of typhoon-devastated areas but it would depend on every country’s capabilities, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Monday. In an interview during his visit in a mobile hospital here in Tacloban City, the President said that while he understands the capability of each country extending help, the Philippines has to plan based on its own resources after outside support is gone. “We’ll be very grateful if they do so but we also understand everybody’s capabilities, needs and wants. But I think we as a matter of prudent action should be planning based on our resources and our capabilities and addressing our needs,” he said during the interview. Asked about the importance of the international element in the rebuilding and restructuring work, he said the Philippines welcomes all help they can extend starting from materials, manpower and exper-

tise. The government is still collating all the data on the damages before it can come up with the actual need for rebuilding and rehabilitation, he said. One of the first countries that helped is the United States, he said noting the US provided massive lift capability from the start with its C-130s and Osprey aircraft and augmented the three C-130s of the Philippine Air Force. “They sent a carrier battle group together with all of its components from water filtration to the helicopters that enable us to really reach in a more timely manner all of these isolated islands, barangays, and municipalities,” the President said. Australia provided emergency health care to the survivors putting up a mobile hospital. This helped augment the services of local hospitals here which started to operate this week. The Philippines, being a country composed of islands, also needs the expertise of other countries to minimize the effects of storm surges, the President said. (PNA)

nei Darussalam have 100 percent electrification rate. Lack of electricity access is much greater in rural areas than in urban areas. Improving the rural electrification ratio is a major challenge both at the national and regional levels considering the level of electricity access among the 10 ASEAN members. The Philippines has a total electrification rate of 83 percent. Its urban electrification rate is 94 percent, which is 21 notches higher than its 73 percent rural electrification rate. Nevertheless, about half or 47 million

people rely on traditional biomass for cooking. The authors recommend linking the benefits from and strategies in ASEAN Energy Market Integration (AEMI) with the eradication of energy poverty in Southeast Asia. In particular, the investment requirements and financing options should consider the needs of the energy-poor. Energy market integration in the region should also contribute to the respective members’ national economic growth and development, where lack of access to modern energy services is one of the constraints. To

achieve universal access to electricity by 2030, the ASEAN would need to invest about US$48 million. ASEAN countries have to identify the types of technical solutions that are best suited for the types of demand when defining their sources of financing for energy poverty reduction, the authors added. These include on-grid connection extensions, mini-grid distribution systems, and off-grid electrification that can be financed by government budget, multilateral and bilateral official development assistance, and the private sector.

DOE addresses oil situation in Yolanda-stricken areas I

N a memorandum issued on 14 November 2013, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho L. Petilla directed oil companies operating in typhoon Yolanda-stricken areas to ensure adequate supply and execute fair pricing of petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel, kerosene and LPG. The memorandum enjoins oil companies to implement the Department of Energy (DOE) Circular on Mutual Product Sharing Accommodations (MPSA) issued in 2011 in order to provide and stabilize oil supply in the affected areas. “The Secretary wants to implement this so an oil company can share or use another oil company’s bulk facility (depot) to ensure the steady oil supply in the areas. Usually, the companies will supply its own operations first and then accommodate others,” DOE-Oil Industry Management Bureau Director Zenaida Monsada explained in a press briefing at the DOE on oil supply and price situation in Eastern Visayas. It also includes limiting the sale to two liters per customer or P500.00 worth for direct fueling

of vehicles to be able to accommodate as many customers. However, some gas stations are now selling more than the limit set by the DOE and in increasing quantity, as the oil situation in these areas are starting to normalize. “As more gas stations are opening and operating now, a vehicle can have a full tank, but those that are buying gas by the containers are still restricted to the set limit,” DOE Undersecretary Loreta Ayson said in the same press briefing. The oil companies shall also give priority to authorized government and military vehicles that are assisting in relief operations, and maintaining the peace and order in the affected areas. In terms of supply, oil companies are obliged to update the DOE of the operational status of their depots and gasoline stations within the areas. Presently, all depots in the Visayas are operational except for Shell’s facility in Tacloban. The gas stations are gradually re-opening and 81 stations (about 60%) are now operating, although not yet at full capacity as most stations

sustained damages, to stabilize the supply and reduce chances of individuals who are taking advantage of the oil situation. Dir. Monsada reiterated the DOE’s call to the oil companies to immediately bring supply to the affected areas by facilitating the resumption of operation of the gas stations. “Normalizing fuel supply will eventually stabilize fuel prices, thus minimize the proliferation of ‘bote-bote’ fuel peddlers and the sale of exorbitantly-priced petroleum products with uncertain quality,” Dir. Monsada said. The DOE encourages consumers to buy only from authorized gas stations, and refrain from patronizing individuals selling gasoline on any container or bottle (“bote-bote”), as these illegal sellers risk apprehension by the local government units (LGUs) for operating without business permit. Consumers are also advised not to use bottles or containers when buying gasoline and diesel and to report any event of excessive oil pricing to the DOE and/or the LGUs.

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Coal industry must diversify U

NITED NATIONS-A senior U.N. official Monday called on the coal industry to radically transform and diversify so as to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, saying that companies must assess the risks of doing business as usual. Addressing industry chiefs gathered in Warsaw, Poland, for the International Coal and Climate Summit, organized by the Polish government and the World Coal Association, Christiana Figueres said her presence at the meeting is neither a tacit approval of coal use nor a call for the immediate end to its use, according to a news release issued at UN Headquarters in New York. “I am here to say that coal must change rapidly and dramatically for everyone’s sake,” said Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The summit is taking place at the same time as the UN Climate Change Conference, also in Warsaw, and shortly after the release of the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which shows that human-generated climate change is real and accelerating. The IPCC’s findings have been endorsed by 195 governments, includ-

ing all of those in which you operate. We are at unprecedented greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere; our carbon budget is half spent. “If we continue to meet energy needs as we have in the past, we will overshoot the internationally agreed goal to limit warming to less than two degree Celsius,” she

told leaders. Figueres said that the coal industry faces a business continuation risk that it cannot afford to ignore. “Like any other industry, you have a fiduciary responsibility to your workforce and shareholders. And by now it is abundantly clear that further capital expenditures on

coal can only go ahead if they are compatible with the 2 degree Celsius limit.” She urged the coal industry to honestly assess the financial risks of business as usual, to anticipate increasing regulation, growing finance restrictions and diminishing public acceptance and to leverage technology to

reduce emissions immediately across the entire chain of coal output. The industry also needs to diversity its portfolio beyond coal, she said, noting that the bottom line for the atmosphere is that most existing coal reserves will have to stay in the ground. “Some major oil, gas and energy technology

companies are already investing in renewables, and I urge those of you who have not yet started to do this to join them. By diversifying your portfolio beyond coal, you too can produce clean energy that reduces pollution, enhances public health, increases energy security, and creates new jobs,” she said. (PNA/APP)

NIMALS unique to Palawan such as the horned frog, the Palawan flying fox, and the Palawan bearded pig appear to be dwindling in numbers, painting a disturbing picture of reality: the unique inhabitants of the “Last Ecological Frontier of the Philippines” are at risk of dying out, making Palawan one of the most critical areas for species conservation on the planet. A detailed report published in the international magazine Science presents a comprehensive analysis of statistics covering 173,461 terrestrial protected areas and 21,419 vertebrate species across the globe. The study was a collaborative effort from scientists hailing from France, Switzerland, the UK, Australia, the United Arab Emirates,

and the US. The list of protected areas was taken from the World Database on Protected Areas, while the species examined in the report were taken from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN)’s Red List of Threatened Species. The data used in the study is regarded as the world’s most complete collection of information regarding endangered species. The researchers identified the Palawan Game Refuge and Bird Sanctuary as the overall 4th most irreplaceable protected area in the world, as well as the 10th most vital in terms of threatened bird species. Palawan is the largest province in the country in terms of land area, spanning over 1,700 islands. ProtectedPlanet. net reports there are 392

protected areas in the region. The study also ranks 38 other locations in the Philippines, including Mt. Banahaw, the Sierra Madre mountain range, and Mt. Makiling. THE MOST IRREPLACEABLE AREAS IN THE WORLD A total of 137 protected areas in 34 countries were identified as the most vital to the survival of 627 various species of amphibians, birds, and mammals. Half of these species are critically endangered. The findings reveal that the two most irreplaceable areas in the world are both in Venezuela. The Formaciones de Tepuyes Natural Monument is the most irreplaceable area in the world, followed by the Canaima National Park. Additionally, Colombia’s Sierra Nevada De Santa Mar-

ta Natural National Park is listed as the most irreplaceable protected area in terms of overall number of threatened species. The Western Ghats World Heritage Site in India is ranked highest when it comes to endangered amphibians, while the Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California World Heritage Site is the most globally irreplaceable area in terms of threatened mammals. The Galapagos Islands World Heritage Site, on the other hand, nearly tops the list of areas crucial in terms of endangered bird species. WORLD HERITAGE SITES A number of places highlighted in the study are already recognized as World Heritage sites by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

However, a considerable number of the areas identified in the report have yet to be awarded this distinction, including the aforementioned Sierra Nevada De Santa Marta Natural National Park, Cuba’s Ciénaga de Zapata wetlands, and Tanzania’s Udzungwa Mountains National Park. Lead author Soizi Le Saout believes that all of these irreplaceable areas are worthy of World Heritage status. “Such recognition would ensure effective protection of the unique biodiversity in these areas, given the rigorous standards required for World Heritage sites,” the researcher explains. The path to World Heritage Site recognition entails an extensive review system, says Ana Rodrigues, co-author of the study. “In order to be granted World Heritage

status, countries must demonstrate that the site meets rigorous standards of integrity and management, and provide guarantees that these standards will be maintained,” adds Rodrigues, a conservation biologist from the Center for Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France. The Tubbataha Reefs Natural Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Underground River, both located in Palawan, are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. FOCUS ON OTHER SPECIES TOO The researchers also noted that efforts directed solely towards the preservation of more “charismatic” animals, such as polar bears, might not be the ideal approach to take towards species preservation. (GMA ONLINE)

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HERE is need for the Davao City government to improve its current performance in tax collection if only to gather enough funds to bankroll its ballooning expenses as a burgeoning metropolis facing multifarious development challenges. Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said this, and much more, as the city council’s finance committee chairman tasked to craft the city’s general budget for 2014. The committee has just wound up a series of hearings on the city’s most important fiscal measure and is about to endorse in a plenary a whopping P5.1-billion annual budget, mostly proposed by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte. Based on estimated income next year as certified to by the city treasurer, the 2014 budget proposal is 22 percent more than the current one (2013) of P4.1 billion. And yet, the city could very easily earn as much as P6 billion (not P6 million as erroneously reported by this paper yesterday) next year if taxable pieces of property and business activities are properly assessed as basis for taxes to be levied, according to Dayanghirang.


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The veteran city councilor cited samples of hanky-panky by tax assessors and collectors in cahoots with tax evaders among business firm owners and entrepreneurs, thereby depriving the city government of much needed income. These include padding of assessment valuation and deliberate non-compliance with stipulated guidelines in the city’s tax ordinance. For instance, sizes of those giant tarpaulins are intentionally not computed correctly, thus short-changing the city government. Worse, there are companies which failed to re-apply for business permit this year, but are still allowed to operate. The mayor has made moves to correct this anomalous situation by ordering the investigation and prosecution of those involved in tax cheating in whatever form. He has also assigned lawyer Jhopee A. Agustin to move into the city assessor’s office and deal with the mess there. On the part of Dayanghirang, he’s pushing for the computerization of the city’s tax assessment and collection systems and the updating of real property valuation established a long time ago.

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A little bird from Tacloban

RIPPING its tiny claws on the iron railing outside the window of my apartment, this tiny winged creature called “ Tawny Grassbird” just hanged in there, looking at me one early morning last week, trying to say something until his tiny beak spew out the words,”Can you hear me?” I felt some goose bumps because I know birds can’t speak, but I played along anyway, hoping this must be the “angel” I was hoping to see jumping out of the macopa tree outside the apartment building. “Of course I can hear you. Are you really a bird or something---“ “Naturally. Why, do I look like a dog or a cat ?” “OK.OK. So you’re just a bird, why in heaven’s name are you here?” “Am I bothering you?” Tawny turned to face me “No, you’re not. What do you want?” I turned off my laptop. “Don’t tell anyone I just flew all the way from Tacloban” “You mean you’re also a survivor of super typhoon Yolanda?” “ I was blown away by the full force of the winds to Cebu” “I thought you flew in from Tacloban.” “I went back and saw the total devastation of Tacloban.” “So, why come to Davao? “There’s still so much greenery here, so much hope.” “Since you’re always up there flying, do you see any meaning to all this misery and suffering in Tacloban?” “You mean like the Sodom and Gomorrah thing in the Bible? “If you bring in the Zamboanga war in September, the Bohol earthquake in October and the Leyte typhoon in November, do you see any meaning at all? “Why are you asking me?” Tawny raised his little wings. “Well, for one thing, excuse me, I thought


you might be an angel” “I don’t know, maybe God just wants to shake up a place for having forgotten who He really is?” “How could these three places forget God when there are more churches in there than all the provinces in this country !” I said. “Maybe they’re praying to things they make instead of God?” “Look, they’re all devoted to their religion!” I insisted. “Do you remember in the Book of Exodus when Moses came down from Mount Sinai and found the Israelites worshiping to a golden calf? “Can’t remember that, why” “Moses was so angry, he threw the stone tablet containing the Ten Commandments on the ground, breaking it to pieces.” “What’s the point?” “The point is, “said Tawny impatiently, “the very first commandment God gave to us, is ‘Thou shalt not have no other gods before me” but these stupid Israelites gathered all their jewelry, melted it and made themselves an image of a golden calf” “I still can’t get it”, I said. “God isn’t happy when people worship any kind of image of anything in heaven or anything on earth.” “But these are images of saints, of the virgin mother and of Christ as a child which are all blessed by the priests!” “God has a way of letting us know He isn’t happy with us.” “You’re going to make a lot of Filipinos very angry!” “If you read the Bible---and I’m sure you

don’t--- Noah came after Moses and you know what happened.” “Don’t ask me,” I was about to explode in anger. “Well, people were all laughing at Noah because he was building a huge boat after God warned him of the Great Flood that will erase people from the face of the earth.” “Why would God want to erase people from the earth?” “Worshipping all kinds of graven images, stealing, killing, sex perversion, ignoring the plight of the poor, adultery--- things that show that you don’t respect God, the Creator of all things.” “Heaven’s sake, are you an angel ?” “No, of course not. I’m just a little bird.” “You sound like a minister or priest sent to warn me!” “Maybe this is a gentle reminder, that there is Someone out there much bigger than us,” Tawny said, flapping his tiny wings. “But where is He? Our city mayor said that ‘God must be somewhere else’ when typhoon Yolanda hit Tacloban.” “He’s actually everywhere. See that macopa tree over there? God is there whenever you give thanks every morning when the sun rises.” “I thought He only hid in a bush when He talked to Moses” “How can I talk to God directly? In a church?” “Lock yourself inside your room. That’s where He is”. “ I can’t believe this, you’re kidding” “Why should I? You know by now that God loved the world so much He gave his only Son to die for all our sins. All you need to do is to believe.” “Are we all going to die bccause of our sins ?” “Just ask God thru His Son Jesus for forgiveness and you’ll be saved.” “From the next super typhoon ?” (Comments? Email > trading post_davao@

revelry in different jam-packed evacuation centers and makeshift shelters and do with whatever they have mostly donated food items and other essential necessities. This painfully convincing compendium of perilous occurrence challenges the expectations about progress – disaster preparedness, flood control, power and water supply, agricultural development, food production, manufacturing and environmental protection, which the government is supposed to bring about. Today, all the typhoon-ravaged areas in the Visayan region are adrift. Their agricultural and fishing bases are fast declining, the economic future is bleak and the once crop-abundant municipalities could no longer match its slightly typhoon-battered neighboring areas. These cities and towns will be no longer the sites of economic opportunities perhaps for a few years. Super typhoon Yolanda victims are fuming at how their once proud communities had been buried in knee-deep mud, murky floodwaters, rocks, stones, lumber, other debris and rubbishes. The people in the distraught areas are completely groping in the dark as to how they could rise from the ruins. The recuperation efforts and relocation of residents displaced by the destructive typhoon perhaps is the thorny issue presently faced by the government. Sociologists, economic experts and media sift through the figures to show that the government’s rehabilitation budget is nowhere adequate. Aside from providing food, shelter, jobs and livelihood proj-

ects, another problem is the terms of amount of compensation for farmers and fisher folks, and also on its tally of the victims to be given houses and employment. Furthermore, the peasants whose farms are destined to be inundated by floodwaters and mudslides whenever typhoons come argue that relocation sounds efficient but their bare descriptions bring home the bitter, inexorable reality of calamity inching up to swallow their houses, their farms and livelihood. All indications suggest that after the shattering typhoon most rural residents will be left with nothing and their way of living will indeed be badly affected. The villagers probably don’t need to be told. The upheaval is greater for the thousands who make a living directly from agriculture. Farmers and fishermen probably will have to learn new skills or somehow find other employment while government rehabilitation and recovery efforts are on the process. The business sector on the other hand had to avail of new loans or restructure previous loans as fresh capital and start all over again. For the business smarts and stouthearted entrepreneurs, getting a foothold in such a depressing environment is a great challenge. Another problem is that the “new” job-seekers will be competing with hundreds of their class being displaced by the latest catastrophe. Expectedly, employment opportunities are scarce in time of distress therefore government has to fill in the gap. Worries are also writ large for the government; the most obvious one: what if another super typhoon comes? If a similar storm hits the same areas or maybe other parts in the country, widespread tragedy may again be the result. At least the latest incomparable disaster is an eye opener and lots of lessons are being learned. But can government and people sustain it?

Inescapable realities in life

WINDLING ECONOMIC BASE - As it now stands, barely two weeks after the most lethal natural tragedy devastated some areas of the country, the damages wrought by super typhoon Yolanda to the economy of the most badly affected provinces in the Visayas – notably Leyte and Samar, Iloilo, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Northern Cebu and parts of Luzon was so devastating that rehabilitation and recovery efforts will require technology of unprecedented sophistication and huge capital outlay - probably billions. Government estimated damages to commercial establishments, agricultural crops, coconut and banana plantations, farm tools and animals, fishing equipment and private and government properties could reach P10 billion, notwithstanding the loss of thousands of lives and hundreds still missing. Undertaking massive rehabilitation job naturally involves efficient logistics and enormous funding. The affected areas, particularly the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc and nearby provinces are once seemed blessed. It had strategic locations for deep-sea fishing, coconut and banana industry, corn and rice production, wonderful beaches and vibrant tourism business, manufacturing activities, and industrious and well-educated workforce. But after the devastating fury of Yolanda, affected residents and their families are now starting from scratch – not knowing what to do except to rely on relief assistance from the government, civic and religious foundations, business groups and international communities in order to survive. Yolanda left several thousands of families with no homes and countless have no jobs and livelihood. The soft-hearted preferred to escape the horrible situation and located temporarily somewhere in Manila and Cebu probably to forget their harrowing experience. The most likely scenario is that typhoon victims will celebrate their simple Christmas



‘The Riddles of my Homecoming’ A RINGSIDE VIEW BY KARL M. GASPAR CSSR


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OR the longest time, the award-winning Mindanawon filmmaker, Arnel Mardoquio, had been inviting me to visit him and the members of his team while they were shooting a film. I had long wanted to respond favorably to the invitation as I was curious how he directs his film during a location shoot. Finally, the opportunity came and everything conspired to make it possible for me to make it to the chosen location for a film he hopes will be shown during the Cinema One Film Festival in November 2013. It was only a one-day visit – from late morning of 28 July to noon time the following day -- but it was more than enough to satisfy my curiosity. Immediately after his last film – Ang Paglalakbay ng mga Bituin sa Dilm ng Gabi – won Best Film at the Urian Awards this year, Mardoquio and his team trooped to Barangay Andap, New Bataan for the first part of shooting his latest film. Unlike his previous four films, the filmin-progress - Ang mga Tigmo sa akong Pagbalik (The Riddles of my Homecoming) – will veer away from the standard Mardoquio filmography. This time he explores the artistic field of filmmakers like Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line and The Tree of Life) where the screenplay uses very limited spoken dialogue. The film’s narrative follows a mythical trajectory and explores the domains of dreams. The film language is captured in sharp symbolic images thus necessitating a shift in terms of the over-all design of the film. Practically the film’s locale is in the outdoors and the landscapes through which the actors traverse in various cinematic motions needed out-of-this world vistas. Which is why Mardoquio and all the members of his team decided to shoot in Andap, specifically where the Mayo River flows down and becomes the Kalgawan River flowing towards the Compostela Valley. Before Pablo’s wrath hit the mountain range surrounding New Bataan which resulted in landslides that pushed boulders, stones and mud down the path of the river and its banks, Andap was a peaceful barangay of 1,700 households with a total population of 7,594 people who were mostly Mandaya. In the past, the Mayo River gently flowed from the mountain towards New Bataan. Even in the worst flood scenario, the waters overflowed the banks but did not cause massive dislocation. But on that tragic day of 4 December 2012 – a day that will be remembered for generations to come across ComVal – the deluge swamped through the cleavage between the two parallel range of hills and mountains sweeping whatever stood on its way – roads, houses, fields of cash crops, coconut trees and the inhabitants. The yangkamatay (drowned) and the yangkatabug (missing) numbered close to 2,000; until today, the LGU has not been able to accurately count those who vanished with the flood. After Pablo, the landscape of Andap radically changed. Six months later, the surreal landscape is a sight to behold. Where the deluge cascaded, nothing stands anymore; it looks like a desert constituted with all sizes of stones. If one stands on a huge boulder and look towards the south, one sees the breath-taking view of the Compostela Valley below. Today, the Mayor River is back to its original size and flows down its usual route. There are wildflowers – especially orange marigolds – that have grown where there is a bit of soil and are in full blown; one thinks of them as floral offerings to the departed.




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SUSTAINABILITY. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 11 regional executive director Joselin Marcus Fragada said during Kapehan sa Dabaw media forum at the Annex of SM City Davao on Monday that partnership with other sectors such as the wood processing plants (WPPs) is just one of the strategies of by the agency to ensure that projects like the National Greening Program (NGP) will be sustainable. Lean Daval Jr.

Where...FFROM 1 it is in the budget, all they have to do is to re-align,” he said, adding that they must use the fund. “And nobody was there to say ‘we may pass the law tomorrow.’ All you have to do is to call for an executive proclamation – mag ses-

sion kayo, and give yourselves 24 hours to come up with authority so that the money can be withdrawn from the national treasury diretso mo na,” he said. “If there are pledges and commitments from other countries they

should give the money to the victims. The mindset is that we are forever thankful for the money being contributed,” Duterte said. He added that there is a need to say something since the money he was spending to send a contin-

gent came from the people of Davao City. “Bakit ganun? Andyan yung pera. Ang PDAF ay matagal na nilang pinagnanakaw. When they go out naka Land Cruiser, ang mga bahay ang gaganda,” Duterte blurted out.

from the the comprehensive development plan. This is to ensure that there will be balance between development and transportation. “We need to assure that places which will be developed have access to public transportation,” he said. The government must also take an active role in transportation in terms of regulation, development and implementaion of projects, not only the

national agenicies such as the Department of Transportation and Communication. The study also revealed that the peak of passengers can be found in Bankerohan where 8,000 passengers pass in an hour. “Kung yan magcontinue magclog yan at hahaba ang traffic,”he said. To solve this, there must be relocation of public utility vehicles to areas with no access to public

transport and resorting to high priority buses that have passenger capacity of 60 to 90. He said that the relocated jeepneys, taxis, and multicabs will drop their passengers at assigned corridors in Toril, Bunawan, Ulas and Calinan while the buses will bring the passengers to the downtown area. “Yun ang plano, but then kelangan pa talaga ng further study on the financial viability and in-

frastructure, kasi kelangan lakihan ang loading and unloading bay, ayusin ang waiting shed.”

rented out at P 15.00 – P 20.00 a day, excluding the cost of lighting. Jimlani said that the night market will be on a three-month testing period but it will change depending on the situation. “After this, what fol-

lows maybe would be Magsaysay, ditto sa may San Pedro or ditto sa may Ilustre; or maybe sa palengke na area; or sa Agdao na area. This is just a sort of litmus paper test muna, tingnan natin kung ano ang mangyayari,” Jim-

lani said. Jimlani also told reporters that the local revenue code needs to be revised due to the problem of some of its provisions. He already submitted a proposal to councilor Dayanghirang recom-

mending additional fees for vendors. “Nakaka-awa naman ang government. You can just imagine four pesos,” he said.

We are only in-charge of the monitoring,”she added. According to Madrazo, the DOH is the one in charge of penalizing medical establishments that

engage in improper disposal of medical wastes, adding that the DOH can recommend to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to revoke applications for renewal of business per-

mit. She added that they are also monitoring hospitals along riverbanks. This is to ensure that they are treating their water wastes before disposing

same to the the river, citing CHDC which is located near Magallanes. “Threat man gud yan sa atong environment at sa atong mga marine animals.” [CRC]

perature is high. “Nakahinumdum ko last before 2001 that there were eight

months na drought – patay jud ang tanom. Wala na gyuy makaon ang mga upland peo-

ple,” she said. Abella said the center will be placed in Marilog and Paquibato

as these areas are now deforested and the people lack agricultural practices. [ABF]

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As the study will end this month, the city will be organizing the first transportation summit on November 22 at the Seda Hotel. Halcrow will present the conclusion of the study to Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, officials from DOTC and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

like Yolanda. Villaroman said that they already identified possible escape routes in Tigatto and upland areas in the Matina Shrine Hills for people living in low-lying areas of the city, particularly residents near coastal areas, where the evacuation structures could be built. “We are now conducting surveys in those areas and coordinating with barangay captains for the possiblility of using them as evacuation sites,” Villaroman added that he is coordinating with government agencies, including the Davao City Police Office, to help come up with a comprehensive disaster plan for future use, which he said is not easy to do. Villaroman added that he would collate all ideas suggested by various agencies before coming up with a comprehensive disaster plan. “We will put up a

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strong evacuation center with amenities inside like a multipurpose building,” Villaroman said, adding that during a calamity he would be the lead man to direct police and the military as his deputies and other agencies for a smooth implementation of the disaster plan. He said the police would secure public and private properties against thieves. As of now, they are looking for barangays that can provide or sell land where to build such a huge evacuation center. He added that the evacuation center would be costly as it would include amenities needed for thousands of evacuees for the duration of their stay. He also asked the business sector to donate additional emergency equipment even if the Central 911 has enough materials for rescue and search operations.

cities in the central Philippine province of Leyte. The death toll from Typhoon Haiyan has increased to 3,982 as of Tuesday, and the num-

ber of injured ballooned to 18,267, according to figures released by the Philippine government. (PNA/Xinhua)

of the Year for Television finalists are: Jean Claire Cornelio, ABS-CBN – “Ginto”; Vinafel Araneta, ABS-CBN – “Menortrabahador”; Bonna Pamplona, ABS-CBN – Special Mission: Questionable projects in District 2 Davao del Sur; Hernel Tocmo, ABSCBN – Balikeskwelamgaestudyantesa Davao Oriental nga survivors sabagyong Pablo, balikeskwelana”; and Real Sorroche, GMA – “Tensyonngnahitabosa DSWD, talimgabiktimasabagyong Pablo.” Feature Story of the Year for Broadcast nominees are “Shabumodiha” and “Duyogangtun-og” of John Paul Seniel, GMA; and “National Children’s Day 2013 Special Feature” of Reynald Christopher Tapel, Sonshine Media Network International.” Allen Doydora of DYRD/ Sonshine Radio is the lone finalist for Reporter of the Year for Radio with three nominated entries – “Kabataan, mahimongkatimbangsakapulisansapagbatoksakrimen,” “DakbayansaDabaw”, and “Media, dakongtabangsa PAG-ASA.” On the other hand, Olan Emboscado is the only one who made it to the Social Media Advocate of the Year with five nominated entrees. For digital media, nominees for the Blogger of the Year are: Verna Liza Luga, “Why this woman is pro RH bill”; Jesse PizzaroBoga,

“Toikhonghieu!”; Olan Emboscado, “Cateel, Cateelenos and Typhoon Pablo: Tales of Survival, Resilience, Hope, and Compassion”; Karla Stefan Singson, “You are never too young to succeed”; and Leah de Castro, “Celebrating our wedding anniversary with the children of pag-amoma.” The judges’ decisions for print and broadcast categories shall be based on the following criteria: Content (50%) Adherence to truth and responsible journalism as manifestedintheaccuracy,fair,andbalancedpresentation, and depth of reporting; Style (25%) Ability to communicate clearly and effectively as shown by the writing style, clarity, logical presentation of issues, coherence, and fluidity of ideas; Social Impact (25%) Involves the impact of the articles on effecting change. For bloggers, the criteria are: Consistency of content on the advocacy (50%); Reader friendly presentation and design of content (20%); Social Impact (30%). For social media advocates: Content (50%) Consistency of content on the advocacy (50 percent); Reader Engagement (20%) Number of Comments to the post; Social Impact (30%) Retweets, Shares, Favorited, Likes Prizes and Awards.

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Sulat Mulat: PhilPost celebrates Letter Writing at SM I N celebration of World Post Day, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost) recentlyrevived the joys of letter writing with school children in Sulat Mulat, held at the Sky Dome at SM CityNorth Edsa. Similar activities took place at SM City Baliwag, SM City Pampanga, SM City Naga, SMCity Baguio, SM City Consolacion, SM City Davao and SM City Iloilo. A joint project between PhlPost and SM with support from the Department of Education, andKomisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Sulat Mulat aims to reintroduce the art of letter writing to students and encourage them more to use letters as means of communication in today’s digital age. It gathered over 1.2 Million elementary and high school students nationwide for a ‘Thank YouLetterWriting’ activity. The activity which was held simultaneously in different areas also helpedthe students hone their composition skills and foster the enjoyment of sending and receiving lettersthrough the postal office. Participants wrote their thank you letters, put on stamps and dropped these in the mailbox,some-

San Sebastian HS students join the other 1800 students who participated in the Nation Letter Writing day. thing that they never experienced before. Philippine Post also provided stamps and mailbox to completethe experience. Post Master General Maria Josephine dela Cruz, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino DirectorGeneral Roberto Añonuevo, Assistant

Postmaster General Maura M. Baghari Regis, Program Specialist for Bureau of Secondary Education Anna Sol Reyes, and Manila Bulletin’s External Affairs Head Barbie Atienza graced the Skydome event. SM executives led by City North EDSA AVP forEdsa

Renee Bacani welcomed them. Highlighting the Filipino’s skill in letter writing was the presentation of the Universal PostalUnion’s Award of Merit to Cy Rodriguez, whose entry in the 42nd International Letter WritingCom-

petition for Young People placed fourth among more than a million entries worldwide.Rodriguez, then a Senior Student at the Sen. Renato Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology HighSchool, joined the contest in 2012 and is the first Filipino to

receive such recognition. Philippine Post plans to make the National Letter Writing Day an annual event and hopes tosecure a presidential proclamation to institutionalize the occasion.Sulat Mulat is one of the many exciting events at SM Supermalls.


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activities include tree planting, coastal clean-up and mangrove planting. The tree seedlings planted are of the hardwood varieties, and fruit trees. The hardwood trees are planted in strategic locations since these are intended to serve as bio-fence or wind breaker. The trees will protect the fruit forest that will evolve from the different fruit trees planted in the inner portion of the

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8-hectare property. Ms. Malou Marasigan, in her briefer given to the participants coming from the different Aboitiz business units, said the Aboitiz Cleanergy Park will become a showcase of a groupwide sustainability initiatives. She added that the A-Park at Punta Dumalag is some kind of a complete sustainability package that looks at environment, education, and organic farm development. As a park it is accessible to the public especially those who are out to enhance their knowledge of the eco-system – that is, the marine life,the flora and fauna in the area, and the activities undertaken to ensure that there is a continuing ecological balance thereat. Participants to the tree and mangrove planting, and the coastal clean-up were delegations from various Aboitiz business units led by their executives. AEV officials present were led by Asst. Vice President for Corporate Branding and Sustainability Ms. Malou Marasigan, Davao Light & Power Co, Inc. led by Exec. VP and Chief Operating Officer (EVP & COO) Arturo M. Milan; Hedcor, Inc. led by its President Rene Ronquil-

A delegation from one of the Aboitiz Business Units, for once, dirty their hands by planting the seedlings in an area at Punta Dumalag.. A green environment is soon to come out from the 8-hectare proprty that has remained almost completely idol for the last many years.. lo, Therma South/Aboitiz Power led by Manuel M. Orig; Therma Marines 1 & 2 (Power Barges at Maco and Nasipit) led by Engr. Pablo Suarez and Fernan Bernabe, respectively; Union Bank of the Philippines headed by Jun Castano, 1st VP for Visayas-Mindanao Regional Operations; and Cotabato Light & Power Co. led by COO Engr. Rodger Velasco and General manager Jude Sanchez. Dexter Gianan, AEV Sus-

tainability Manager, gave participating BU delegations a snapshot of what is in store for the Cleanergy Park project. Gianan said there is an ongoing discussion by the Board on a request by the Philippine Coast Guard to allow them to install a lighthouse at the tip of the property. Another project that is eyed as part of the Cleanergy park structure is an automatice weather station that the Weather Philippines

Foundation is setting up in the area. Visitors of the park may be given opportunity to know the weather condition of the city and nearby areas. Gianan also added that the entire park can be an outdoor classroom as everything in the area – from trees to weeds, to marine life – can be subjects for research by professional researchers and the students. The Aboitiz Cleanergy Park development is targeted for completion in five years.




24th Durian Tee fires off tomorrow By NEILWIN JOSEPH L. BRAVO


HE 24th Durian Tee Invitational Golf Tournament gets going tomorrow at the fabled long layout of Apo Golf and Country Club. Regarded as one of the longest-running tournaments in Mindanao, the Durian Tee will be played until Sunday with 150 teams consisting of two players—one cub member and a guest--vying for honors. “The Durian Tee is one of the longest running golf tournaments in Mindanao and is anticipated not only by the golfing community of Davao but also by golfers from the other parts of the Philippines,” said Marimon Morales, head of the Durian Tee secretariat. The four-day tournament which uses the Modified Stableford scoring system, will be capped

ALLEY OOP. Gabe Norwood of Rain Or Shine executes a backdoor play in this bit of action opening the 38th season of the PBA in USEP in Davao. Lean Daval Jr.

mance further fanned anticipation about the renewal of his rivalry with the Boosters’ top pick last season, 6-foot-10 behemoth June Mar Fajardo. The two young giants began their Philippine basketball careers as rivals in Cebu, and its continuation in the pro league is a boon for the PBA, according to Abanilla. “It’s good for the league

Davao City Sports office recognizes new judo group


HE City Sports Development Office has recorgnized the newly-formed Davao Judo Association (DJA) after its recent organizational meeting and induction of officers. Atty. Eduardo Estores, 60, who learned judo from Yasou Kuwara of the Japanese Overseas Volunteer and judo instructor for the students of the Davao School for the Blind in Bangkal, has been elected President of the new group. Estores was inducted together with the other DJA officers last Saturday at the Tita D’s restaurant by City Sports Development Division representa-

tive Charles Maxey. “We congratulate and give our full support to the new judo group,” said Maxey. The recognition could mean an adverse effect on the existing judo group led by Paolo Tancontian who represents the Philippine Judo Federation. The other DJA officers are Sr./Insp. Edwin Pelaez of the University of Mindanao Judo Club as vice-president; Jun Ralota as secretary-general; Mariano Barayuga of Holy Cross of Davao College Judo Club as treasurer; Bong Acampado as auditor; and Roderick Gambong as Public Information Office.

and the fans,” Abanilla said in a telephone interview. “We have two players na malalaki, parehong homegrown and they’re the future of Philippine basketball. Alagaan na natin sila.” Fajardo had a relatively slow start for the Boosters last season, but came on strong in the Governors’ Cup, where he displayed his dominance in Petron’s finals series against the Mixers.

UMBN, POGI Boys. Minor sponsors are Apo Waters, Aboitiz Power - HEDCOR, Inc., LVL Construction, Mr. Lando Cachuela, MERCO, Oceanic Container Lines, PNB Allied Banking Corp - Matina Branch, Cong. Karlo B. Nograles, Alson’s Development Corporation, ANFLOCOR Management Corporation, Mr. Anthony Sasin, Davao City Water District (DCWD), International Container Terminal Services Inc (ICTSI), MEDSA, Mr. Lowell Medija, Chevrolet, Poroco Industries, Samsung, Solid Shipping Lines, Unilver-RFM-Selecta,, Inkprint Atbp. Inc., Cortes Printing Corp., Felcris Supermarket, Davao Eaglemasters, Senator Chiz Escudero, Vice President Binay, Mr. Leo Magno, Mr. Noe Taojo, Matina Enclaves, Eagle Ridge Golf Estates, Councilor Fernando Ugdoracion.

won his first major at this year’s Masters, is second in the world rankings and Norman is convinced he will take Woods’s crown. “Loved coming home to see my friend Adam Scott cleaning up the #australia golf season,” Norman tweeted. “So happy for and proud of him. #1 on the near horizon.” The PGA of Australia said that if Scott continues his winning ways at this week’s World Cup at Royal Melbourne and next week’s Australian Open at

Royal Sydney, he could go into 2014 with less than one point separating him from the once-untouchable Woods. Before his Australian Masters win, he was three points adrift, with Woods on 12.26 and Scott on 9.25. World ranking points are accumulated over a two-year “rolling” period. Norman is the only Australian to have made world number one. He was in top spot for a total of 331 weeks -- behind only Woods’s 657 weeks.

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Slaughter-Fajardo rivalry brewing T P

ETRON coach Gee Abanilla was impressed by what he saw from top overall pick Greg Slaughter in the young center’s PBA debut. The 7-foot slotman finished with 10 points and 13 rebounds in his first game, helping Barangay Ginebra San Miguel to victory over San Mig Coffee on Sunday night. Slaughter’s solid perfor-

with a grand awards night on Sunday at the AGCC Clubhouse. Part of the proceeds of the 24th Durian Tee will be used to support the Baliok Elementary School in Toril. Registration fee is P9,000 per team and comes with a pair of Footjoy golf shoes and pouch as well as a pair of mulligans per day for two days. Mulligans can be used on any hole. Only the first 150 teams to register shall be accommodated. A brand new Subaru Forrester is at stake for the first hole-in-one scorer on designated hole. The tournament is backed up by Dynamic Sports and Phoenix Petroleum as presenters with major sponsors EMCOR, Paramount, SUBARU Davao, Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines Inc., Globe,

WO-time major winner Greg Norman on Monday tipped Adam Scott to topple Tiger Woods from the world number one spot after his fellow Australian’s second tournament win in a row. Scott retained his Australian Masters title on Sunday after fending off a strong challenge from American Matt Kuchar for back-to-back victories after winning the Australian PGA the previous week. The 33-year-old, who

NEW JUDO GROUP. The Davao Judo Association (DJA) headed by its president Atty. Eduardo Estores (seated, middle) shown with his fellow officers and members during their induction held last Nov. 16 at the Tita D’s. Also in photo are vice-president S/Insp. Edwin Pelaez (seated left) and treasurer Mariano Barayuga (seated right). PR





At home with Florence Alejandre

IT doesn’t matter whether you have a big or small house. What matters is what’s inside and how you utilize available space to your own convenience and comfort. Take for example the humble abode of Florence Ferraris-Alejandre, a professional events planner and wife to Councilor (and former TV personality) Al Ryan Alejandre. Her impeccable taste is honed through years of research and fascination over styling up any spot or setting, whether for special events or personal living spaces.

“I wanted to take up interior design when I was in college. At that time, my parents tried to guide me through career options after college, so they encouraged me to take up Marketing instead. Through those years in the university, I got exposed to various events wherein Al and I would volunteer as committee members. From there, we saw the

opportunity of making a business out of our experience as event planners and stylists. Straight out of college, we started offering our services for all kinds of affairs, aptly naming the outfit as Occasions, and business went from small to big soon after that.” Obviously, Flo’s flair in beautifying spaces comes naturally to her. It was very evident in her house, which she refers to as “small but photogenic.” “This entire house used to be 2 bungalows which we just connected together. We didn’t want to invest so much in renovating the area, the most that we spent on was in painting all the walls white and replacing some of the original fixtures. The white walls made it easier for me to put together a design plan for the furniture I wanted to bring in. My husband has trusted my taste and gave me the freedom to decorate the space.” “I wanted to make use of every corner and gave it a facelift with some primary pieces that exude a modern and romantic feel. To break the mood, I also spruce up my interiors by infusing some prints or citrus colors to the space. The flowers and greenery also give a stark contrast to the black elements.” “My style is basically a cross in between Modern Romance and Rustic French. As you can see, there are pieces here that look old and vintage, and I like it that way. These treasured pieces are hand me down’s from my mother-in-law and some came from my own family and friends. Majority of my chairs may look

expensive, but they’re all re-upholstered pieces. The others were ordered from a furniture maker in Boulevard called Akiatan. The workers there know how I love intricate patterns and details. I commend them for their exceptional craftsmanship.” “As a mother, it is not important for me to have a big house. The house we have now is just right for our family. I am more focused in getting my husband and kids with me in a common area. It is important that my husband and I have a good relationship with the kids, and we keep the interaction with them through DVD marathons, family lunch or dinner, arts, crafts, or entertaining guests.

DCWD turns 40


AVAO City Water District held a simple celebration last November 8 at its Bajada office’s motorpool to commemorate its 40th founding anniversary, a milestone. The whole day affair started with a holy mass presided by Fr. Diony Torrentera of the Society of Divine Vocations followed by a special employees convocation wherein the loyalty awardees for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 and 35 years in-service were honoured. The Human Resource

Department also launched the “Galing Tsuper” contest which is the search for the best driver in the water utility. After which, all employees shared a salu-salo lunch. The afternoon program featured the following: “Dekada Pakwela” or dance competition among the three sports teams of the employees; presentation of the employees who joined the utility’s “Timbang Kalembang” or weight loss challenge which will end in December; awarding of the

recently held interdepartmental sports fest; community Zumba dance craze; and piñata surprise for all employees. It was a usual working day for DCWD despite some merriments conducted. The milestone anniversary coincided with the wrath of typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas and the employees look back to that day happy for not being guilty of celebrating lavishly. They all renewed their commitment to serve with dignity and honor. (Jovana T. Duhaylungsod)

Davao City Water District’s 40th anniversary celebration. Employees attend the holy mass presided by Fr. Diony Torrentera of the Society of Divine Vocations held at DCWD’s Bajada office’s motorpool.

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Seda Abreeza spearheads “Pamahaw ug Pagtabang” AS a response to the recent devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas Region, Seda Abreeza, together with other brand properties under AyalaLand Hotels & Resorts has spearheaded Alay 25 sa Visayas, a fund – raising campaign to raise 25 million pesos as donation to the homeless and the destitute. In Davao City, Seda Abreeza launches “Pamahaw ug Pagtabang”, a breakfast for a cause. For only Php 250 nett per person, guests and walk – in diners enjoy a full Filipino breakfast at the hotel’s plush Misto restaurant and help rebuild lives as proceeds for this special project shall go directly to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda. Seda Abreeza’s special breakfast for a cause fund – raising project shall be available on two Sundays, November 24, 2013 and December 1, 2013 from 6:00 in the morning to 10:00 in the morning. In related developments, Seda Abreeza shall also launch this week Christmas Hope Trees which shall be available in the lobby for Php 1,000 to Php 2,000 depending on size and height. Guests and those who wish to make donations simply purchase a Christmas Hope Tree and proceeds also go to the calamity victims. Seda Abreeza is conveniently located at J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City. It is right beside Abreeza Ayala Mall and is in close proximity to nearby corporate and commercial establishments. For inquiries and reservations please call 3228888 or 244-3000. Visit Seda’s website at www.sedahotels. com or email at Seda Abreeza is a joint venture between AyalaLand Hotels & Resorts Corporation and Anflo Management & Investment Corporation.

Sulat Mulat:

Philpost celebrates letter writing at SM IN celebration of World Post Day, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost) recently revived the joys of letter writing with school children in Sulat Mulat, held at the Sky Dome at SM City North Edsa. Similar activities took place at SM City Baliwag, SM City Pampanga, SM City Naga, SM City Baguio, SM City Consolacion, SM City Davao and SM City Iloilo. A joint project between PhlPost and SM with support from the Department of Education, and Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino, Sulat Mulat aims to reintroduce the art of letter writing to students and encourage them more to use letters as means of

communication in today’s digital age. It gathered over 1.2 Million elementary and high school students nationwide for a ‘Thank You Let-

ter Writing’ activity. The activity which was held simultaneously in different areas also helped the students hone their composition skills and foster the

PAL-Airbus joint collaboration in bringing aid to Yolanda victims AN Airbus A340-300 aircraft that flew from Lyon, France arrives in Cebu Saturday, Nov16, 2013 carrying 28 logistics and emergency rescue specialists and close to 30 tons of water purification equipment and energy biscuits for victims of Typhoon Yolanda. The team and their cargo flew to Tacloban on board PAL/ PALex’s CEB-TAC flight. The humanitarian mission was jointly organized by Airbus Corporate Foundation, the foundation’s French partners Action Against Hunger (Action Contre la Faim) and Philippine Airlines. Meanwhile, a delivery flight to Manila of a PAL brand new A321 from Hamburg, Germany was used to transport a medical team of 10 doctors and nurses and 11 tons of medical equipment and food to Manila. After arriving in the country on the same date as the A340, the team took the direct flight to Tacloban where a medical mission was carried out. The humanitarian flight was a joint collaboration of PAL, the Airbus Corporate Foundation, and the foundation’s partners – Humedica e.V. and Kuhne & Nagel

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The letter writing day aims to give students the experience of writing letters and preserve the art of writing letters as PHLPost Postmaster General & CEO Hon. Ma. Josefina well. M. Dela Cruz led the recent Sulat Mulat letter writing day at SM City North EDSA. She is shown with PHLPost Director Hon. Felipe Hildalgo Jr., Sen. Renato Cayetano Memorial Science and Tech. Highschool Foundation School Principal Dr. George P. Tizon, , Assistant Postmaster General Maura M. Baghari-Regis, DepEd Education Program Specialist for Bureau of Secondary Education Ms. Anna Sol B. Reyes, and Manila Bulletin’s External Affairs Head Mr. Barbie Atienza.

Cy Rodriguez, First Mention, 2013 UPU Int’l Letter Writing Contest receives his Award of Merit. Sen. Renato Cayetano Memorial Science and Tech. High School Principal Dr. George P. Tizon, SM AVP for Operations Arch. Renee Bacani, Assistant Postmaster General Maura M. Baghari-Regis and DepEd Education Program Specialist for Bureau of Secondary Education Ms. Anna Sol B. Reyes.

The simultaneous letter writing event took place across SM City Baliwag, SM City Baguio, SM City Naga, SM City Iloilo, SM City Consolacion , and SM PHLPost Postmaster General & CEO Hon. City Davao. Ma. Josefina M. Dela Cruz.

enjoyment of sending and receiving letters through the postal office. Participants wrote their thank you letters, put on stamps and dropped these in the mailbox, something that they never experienced before. Philippine Post also provided stamps and mailbox to complete the experience. Post Master General Maria Josephine dela Cruz, Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino Director General Roberto Añonuevo, Assistant Postmaster General Maura M. Baghari Regis, Program Specialist for Bureau of Secondary Education Anna Sol Reyes, and Manila Bulletin’s External Affairs Head Barbie Atienza graced the Skydome event. SM executives led by City North EDSA AVP for Edsa Renee Bacani welcomed them. Highlighting the Filipino’s skill in letter writing was the presentation of the Universal Postal Union’s Award of Merit to Cy Rodriguez, whose entry in the 42nd International Letter Writing Competition for Young People placed fourth among more than a million entries worldwide. Rodriguez, then a Senior Student at the Sen. Renato Cayetano Memorial Science and Technology High School, joined the contest in 2012 and is the first Filipino to receive such recognition. Philippine Post plans to make the National Letter Writing Day an annual event and hopes to secure a presidential proclamation to institutionalize the occasion. Sulat Mulat is one of the many exciting events at SM Supermalls.


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Cristine’s mysterious character enters ‘Honesto’

AWARD-WINNING actress Cristine Reyes is set to add mystery in the thickening plot of ABS-CBN’s top-rating primetime drama series “Honesto.” In “Honesto,” Cristine will give life to the character of Marie, the mysterious young lady whom Hugo (Joel Torre) hired to take care of his son Diego (Paulo Avelino). As Marie enters the lives of the Layer’s and Galang’s, witness the changes she is about to bring in the lives of father-and-son, Diego and Honesto (Raikko Mateo). Who is Marie and what is her real connection to the Layer family? Will she be a good and honest friend to Diego or will she be just as evil and greedy as Hugo and Cleto (Nonie Buencamino)?

From her remarkable portrayals in hit TV series including “Eva Fonda,” “Kahit Isang Saglit,” “Reputasyon,” “Dahil Sa Pag-ibig,” and the recently concluded “Bukas Na Lang Kita Mamahalin,” Cristine returns to primetime TV as the newest love team partner of Kapamilya actor Paulo. Don’t miss Marie’s char-

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GMA News TV: Big winner at the 2013 Catholic Mass Media Awards FROM best newscast to best drama series … GMA News TV Channel 11 was the big winner in the television categories at the 2013 Catholic Mass Media Awards (CMMA) held last Friday. The country’s leading news channel proudly took home 6 CMMA trophies in the TV categories - more than any other network. In-depth primetime news program State of the Nation with Jessica Soho received the award for Best Newscast. Groundbreaking political drama Bayan Ko was awarded as Best Drama Series. Hard-hitting and heavily research-based Investigative Documentaries, hosted by Malou Mangahas, won as Best Public Service Program. Info-packed Poptalk with Tonipet Gaba took home the award as Best Children and Youth Program. Showbiz reality show Follow That Star won as Best

Adult Educational Program while travel show Biyahe ni Drew received a special citation also in the Best Adult Educational category. Meanwhile GMA Network’s Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho was recognized as the Best Magazine Show in the country, Pepito Manaloto won as Best Comedy Program, while the news coverage Habemus Papam took

home Best Special Event Coverage. GMA’s popular election advocacy anthem Dapat Tama, composed by Gloc9, won both for Best Secular Song and Best Music Video. Chosen by jurors from the academe and the clergy, the annual Catholic Mass Media Awards pay tribute to media that is responsible, skillfully produced and value-laden.

Jeepney TV holds first anniversary concert as fundraiser for #Tulongph Jeepney TV, the home for the Philippines’ daily dose of throwbacks, recently commemorated the celebration of its first anniversary with a concert held to benefit relief operations done by the Sagip Kapamilya campaign last Friday (November 15). With Jeepney TV’s concert entitled “Hapi-Hapi KaaraOne,” special guests from yesterday and today performed musical numbers dedicated to the victims of the recent

super typhoon Yolanda. Among the artists that took part in Jeepney TV’s first anniversary concert were Mister Pure Energy Gary V, who did a duet performance with his son Paolo Valenciano, The Voice of the Philippines’ Radha Cuadrado, and the band Fair Warning. Aside from these performances from some of the country’s favorite acts in the music scene, ABS-CBN Foundation’s Sagip Kapami-

lya campaign set up a booth where their #TulongPH shirts were sold as another fundraising move for relief operations. “Hapi-Hapi Kaara-One” was held at 19 East Bar and Grill in Sucat, Paranaque. Also watch out for Jeepney TV’s newest show, “Biyaheng Retro,” with Mario Dumaual and “Be Careful With My Heart’s” Janella Salvador. “Biyaheng Retro” airs every Sunday at 9:00pm.

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ART SCARF By Kenneth Irving Ong

THE cold months are upon us and the air is suddenly chilly and crisp. Although we don’t necessarily experience winters, it is still best to accessorise to keep warm and, of course, to add a splash of colour and personality to one’s everyday look.

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has been ceaselessly harboring a strong following from sartorial enthusiasts and style aesthetes. Definitely not for the faint-hearted, Bauhaus has firmly established itself as a go-to house for the trendy youngins’ and cultured stylephiles. This season, every fashion lover will enjoy a variety of designs and influences ranging from iconic countries, memorable eras, and highly-coveted lifestyles imbued in each piece of clothing.



Durant fires 38 in Thunder win O

KLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma City coach Scott Brooks knows his team can play from behind. He just doesn’t want the Thunder to make a habit of it. ‘’We’re very prideful. We’re going to keep fighting to the last possession,’’ Brooks said after watching his team pull out a comefrom-behind 115-113 win at home against Denver. ‘’That’s always been a trademark but we can’t just turn it on the second half. We have to correct that. It’s my job to find combinations where guys are going to play with more defensive force.’’ Kevin Durant scored 38 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 points and 12 rebounds and the Thunder were forced to rally late to win their second straight game. ‘’It’s tough. We can’t continue to do that and put pressure on ourselves. We’ve got to start the game better. Most of that is my fault,’’ Westbrook said. Oklahoma City’s AllStar point guard struggled early hitting just one

of his first seven shots and just four of 12 in the first half. But Westbrook also had seven assists and 11 fourth-quarter points to help Oklahoma City erase a 14-point deficit in the second half. Reggie Jackson added 14 points. With the score tied at 105, Serge Ibaka pulled down an offensive rebound and found Durant for a 3-pointer that put Oklahoma City (7-3) ahead to stay. Jeremy Lamb and Derek Fisher each hit a pair of free throws in the final 14 seconds to help the Thunder hold on. ‘’I think Fish was a huge part of that,’’ Brooks said. ‘’You’ve got to love guys that play with everything they have. I can’t say enough about his effort. His effort turned that game around.’’ Ty Lawson led Denver (4-6) with 29 points and eight assists. J.J. Hickson had 18 points and 19 rebounds. The Nuggets led the entire game except for the first 18 seconds of the first quarter and the final 1:26 of the fourth.

HICAGO (AP) -- Luol Deng and the Chicago Bulls found a way to win, so this ugly game looked just fine to them. Deng scored 21 points and the Bulls overcame a rough shooting night to beat the Charlotte Bobcats 86-81 on Monday for their fifth straight victory. ‘’As I told our guys, it got choppy, particularly in the second quarter, and they do that to you. They’re very good defensively,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘’I thought in the second half we did a better job of getting the ball to the second side, which you have to do.’’ Carlos Boozer had 12 points and 17 rebounds for Chicago, which is on its longest winning streak since taking eight in a row from Feb. 20-March 7, 2012. Jimmy Butler had 14 points and Derrick Rose

finished with 12. Deng’s 3-pointer with 27.1 seconds remaining gave the Bulls an 85-81 lead. Gerald Henderson then missed for the Bobcats, and Rose had a free throw to help Chicago wrap it up. The Bulls went 26 for 31 at the foul line, compared to 8 for 16 for the Bobcats. ‘’We fought hard. Obviously, the difference in the game was the difference in free throws,’’ Bobcats coach Steve Clifford said. ‘’You come here and they’re a great team, they’re well prepared. You can’t get outscored by 18 at the freethrow line. That’s the game in a nutshell.’’ Rose, who hit a career-high six 3-pointers in the Bulls’ 110-94 win Saturday over Indiana, went 4 for 13 from the field. The Bulls shot 27 of 75 (36 percent) overall.


ant’s comeback after he tore his left Achilles tendon seven months ago. Bryant returned to practice over the weekend, doing some drills with his teammates. A team spokesman says there’s no timetable for Bryant to play in a game. The Lakers are 5-7.


HOT NIGHT. Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma Thunder shoots against the Denver Nuggets at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

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Kobe cleared to play

L SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant has been medically cleared to resume basketball activities. The Los Angeles Lakers tweeted out the news on Monday, when the team had a day off. It’s another step in Bry-

Jaca in Pinoy Pride 23


BO Oriental junior welterweight titlist Jimrex ‘The Executioner’ Jaca (38W-6L-3D, 21 KO’s) will go up against Wellem Reyk (17W-7L-3D, 5 KO's) of Indonesia in a non-title contest on the undercard of the 23rd edition of Pinoy Pride. Jaca had an unfortunate trip to Australia last October when he was scheduled to fight Chad Bennett of Australia on the undercard of Sugar Shane Mosley’s bout against Australian Anthony Mundine. But when Mosley pulled out of the fight, Jaca

and his trainer Franklin Albia were stuck and not paid their due purse. Albia also told this writer last month a rather distressing story that in Australia he was approached by someone who offered him money for Jimrex to lose the fight. The southpaw Jaca won his regional title last May with a twelve round unanimous decision win over Jose Emilio Perea of Mexico at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel. Reyk was stopped by Filipino Jay Solmiano in two rounds early this year in Taguig City but has

bounced back with two wins in Indonesia against Evers Wellem and Roy Tua Manihuruk. PINOY PRIDE XXIII: “Filipinos Kontra Latinos” will be held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on November 30. The event will feature two world title bouts plus three more boxers from the ALA gym against five boxers from Latin America. Donnie “Ahas Nietes will defend his WBO light flyweight world title against Sammy Gutierrez of Mexico, WBO minimumweight champ

Merlito 'Tiger' Sabillo will challenger Carlos Buitrago of Nicaragua, Milan Melindo will trade punches with Mexican Jose Alfredo Rodriguez, WBO International light welterweight champion Jason Pagara squares off against Vladimir Baez of the Dominican Republic, and AJ Banal will fight Lucian Gonzalez of Puerto Rico. The opening bout of the evening will be a four rounder between Justo Bornilla of Albay and Diover Mangaya-ay of La Union. (www.philboxing. com)



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REDEMPTION. Manny Pacquiao hopes to rebound from back to back losses last year in his fight against Brandon Rios this Sunday in Macau.


Pacquiao all primed up for Rios

ENERAL SANTOS CITY – The road to redemption started this week for both Filipino boxing great Manny Pacquiao and American Brandon “Bam Bam” Rios protagonists in a 12-round rumble on Sunday in Macau in their efforts to erase the stigma of separate defeats they suffered in their previous fights. While the weekend confrontation is a vehicle for both Pacquiao and Rios in their bid to bounce back from previous losses, it holds more significant for the Filipino eight-division champion as it might decide where his successful color-

ful 18-year fighting career is headed to. A loss, according to many, may signal his eventual retirement, which Pacquiao refuted in an earlier interview with this writer saying, win or lose hanging up his gloves this early is far from his mind. “How can I retire when I’m not even thinking of losing?” he assured during that one-on-one interview two weeks ago. A declaration he reaffirmed after his short sparring session yesterday morning at the Pacman Wild Card Gym here where he proclaimed to be ready for

the nettle ahead. “Ready na tayo,” he said. “Pagdating sa Macau, konting ensayo na lang ang kailangan. As we’ve been saying, maganda ang camp and after only three weeks in the camp, na-recover na yung mga nawala because of a long, almost a year layoff.” Trainer Freddie Roach and conditioning coach Gavin MacMillan confirmed their pupil’s pronouncement. “Manny’s ready, physically, and mentally,” they chorused. “A week before the fight, we will just be doing light

sessions in both the road and the gym aimed at maintaining and further polishing what we’ve gained from the camp,” Roach said. “It will mostly be conditioning and stamina. Pacquiao, meanwhile, reiterated his desire to dedicate the fight to countrymen affected by super typhoon “Yolanda”. “Like in all my previous fights, I am dedicating this to our country and people, especially those in the Visayas and some parts of Mindanao who suffered and still reeling from the effects of disasters that hit the country,” Pacquiao said.

ONG KONG – Brandon Rios believes Filipino great Manny Pacquiao will draw inspiration in the wake of super typhoon “Yolanda”, but that won’t stop him trying to send the eight-weight world champion into retirement. Rios sent his condolences after the giant storm slammed into the Philippines, leaving about 4,000 people dead and three million homeless, but said will have little sympathy for his opponent once they step in the ring on Sunday. “It’s a terrible thing that happened in the Philippines and for everybody that lost their families I feel sorry, my condolences goes out to them and, you know, God be with them,” he told AFP in an interview by phone Monday from his training base in Macau. “But we still got to con-

centrate on the fight. I’m not fighting the crowd or the Philippines people, I’m fighting Manny Pacquiao in front of me,” said the fast-talking American. Pacquaio’s trainer Freddie Roach said last week that he would have no hesitation in telling Pacquiao, who turns 35 next month, to quit if he suffered a third straight defeat in his “must-win” battle against Rios in Macau. T h e ‘PacMan’ has been one of the best pound-forpound boxers of his generation, winning 10 world titles at eight different weights. But the Filipino’s legacy suffered in 2012 with his first defeats in seven years: a controversial points loss to

Timothy Bradley, and a devastating sixth-round knockout to Juan Manuel Marquez last December. The 27-year-old Rios has no doubt he will make it three in a row and force the man with a record of 54 wins, five defeats and two draws, in a pro career spanning almost 19 years, to hang up his gloves for good. “I’m young, I’m hungry and I want it. I want the success,” said the nine-year pro with a record of 31 wins and

great. No one can say he didn’t because he won world titles at eight weights. But it’s time he should call it quits. It’s time for me,” added the former World Boxing Association (WBA) lightweight champion.

Rios feels for Yolanda victims, not for Pacquiao H

just one defeat, on points to Mike Alvarado in their junior welterweight rematch in March. “Pacquiao has done

RIOS. I will end Manny’s career.

Edge Davao 6 Issue 178  

Edge Davao 6 Issue 178, November 20, 2013

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