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OR a time, the appetite to celebrate Christmas waned as Dabawenyos feel the pain of the wrath of a typhoon that claimed more than 5,000 lives and displaced thousands of families in Eastern Visayas. Even Davao City’s year-ending festival Pasko Fiesta was at some point placed in peril or being cancelled. For Dabawenyos, however, the essence of Christmas will not be complete without the celebration of the year’s fourth festival on the calendar. Then came the decision made by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to push through with the celebration albeit in austere fashion. Oscar Casayasay coordinator of Pasko Fiesta stressed that even if there is an austerity measure imposed by the Davao City Government on the budget for the Pasko Fiesta, there is still reason the Christmas festival will be still celebrated by the Dabawenyos and continue a tradition that has run

for 10 years. Casaysay said that the annual Christmas festival will be mounted on a meager P3-million budget for all the activities of the event. He said that the city trimmed down the budget in observance of Mayor Duterte’s marching orders that the city will streamline the cost of the celebration in sympathy with the people of Tacloban and other Yolanda-hit areas. “Apan, maski gamay pa man ang budget ginapangkamutan jud sa syudad sa Davao, ni Mayor Duterte nga mas malipayon ug mas mahinungadanon ang atong celebration sa pasko,” Casaysay declared. The celebration will start on Monday (December 9) with the ceremonial switching on of lights dubbed as ‘Dan-ag sa Pasko’ within City Hall and Sangguniang Panlungsod with the Davao City Officials which will be headed by Mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte, Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte and other local officials. “Kalinaw ug kahusay,

diwa kanunay sa pasko sa Dabaw,” is this year’s theme with series of activities such as ‘parolan’ competition as part of the ‘dan-ag’ in which every barangay of the city will show their creativity in making Christmas lanterns to be displayed in the city government complex; ‘Kasadya sa pasko’ which will showcase local talents in every district of the city; ‘kadasig sa pasko’ or the street events which include the cheer dance competition, band competition, vocal solo and the hundred voice choir contests. Other major highlights will be the ‘hudyaka sa pasko’ or nightly event along Palma Gil Street which will start on December 7 until January 1; the ‘Himaya sa Pasko’ or the nine dawn masses which will start on December 16 and end on December 24; and the selling of ‘kakanin’ such as ‘puto bumbong’and ‘bibingka’ at the parking area at the parking area of Sanguniang Panglunsod along Bolton Street.

UNNATURAL. An employee of Davao City’s General Services Office (GSO) assembles pieces of a palm tree-shaped Christmas decoration at Quezon Park along San Pedro Street yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

Nelson Mandela: Icon of Freedom


E was not only a courageous and compassionate champion of democracy and racial equality for his own country, but also a beacon of inspiration and hope for all those who seek freedom in every nation in the world. That’s how the Philippine government characterizes Nelson Mandela, the former, and first elected black president, of South Africa. On the statement of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through

PREPARATION. Davao City’s General Services Office (GSO) staff decorates the stage at the Rizal Park along San Pedro Street on Saturday with Christmas lights and lanterns in preparation for the opening of “Pasko Fiesta” set on Monday. Lean Daval Jr.

their Facebook page, the country joins the mourning in South Africa and the world on the death of the democracy icon Thursday at the age of 95. “The Philippines will forever be honored to have hosted President Mandela’s Visit to our country in 1997 and recall with pride and appreciation his historic meeting with a fellow icon of democracy, the late Philippine President Corazon C. Aquino in Capetown in 1996,” the DFA stressed. [ABF]




Young Dabawenyos in ‘Scrap Pork’drive By CHENEEN R. CAPON


BRIGHT PROSPECTS. Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza shares the positive development of North Cotabato specifically the industries of palm oil, coco sugar and tourism during a Christmas lunch with the local media held at the Apo View Hotel in Davao City Thursday afternoon. Lean Daval Jr.

Nominations are open for Datu Bago Award T

HE nomination for Datu Bago 2014 awardees is finally open, according to Dr. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr., head of the Datu Bago Foundation, headed by Dr. Guillermo P. Torres, Jr. In partnership with the city government of Davao. the foundation bestow the prestigious award to an individual who has contributed to the development of Davao City with exem-

plenary competence and dedication, and who best serves as a model of excellence and an inspiration to the residents of Davao City. The awardee must be a Dabaweny who has resided in the city for ten years. The nominee can be either alive or has passed away, as long as he/she contributed in helping the city achieve growth and development. Nominee must have

ANIEL T. Lim, outgoing president of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc., topped the annual election of members of the board of trustees of the award-winning chamber at the Marco Polo Davao last Saturday. Past DCCCII president Jose B. Custodio, chairman of the Committee on Election (Comelec) officially proclaimed Lim who garnered 55 votes and four other winning candidates. The other winners are John Gaisano Jr., with 54 votes, Bonifacio Tan, a rubber exporter,

with 44 votes, Anne Veloso, regional manager of the Development Bank of the Philippines with 42 votes, and Arturo Milan, top executive of the Aboitizowned Davao Light and Power Company, Inc. with 36 votes. The chamber is composed of 15 trustees serving for three years each. Each year, five trustees are elected to replace those whose term is expiring. Aside from Custodio, the other members of the Comelec are Sebastian Angliongto and Robert Quinto, both past


Lim, Gaisano, 3 others elected DCCCII trustees D

ARKING the 100th day since alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles surrendered to President Benigno Aquino III, some 300 young skaters, cyclists, and bladers in Davao City converged Sunday to protest against the government officials involved in the P10 billion scam. Angel Abella, Scrap Pork Network convenor in Davao City said in an exclusive interview with Edge Davao that this is part of their move which aims to make Dabawenyos more informed of the scam and how greatly it affects individual lives. The attendees, named as the “critical mass” took the route from Magallanes Rotonda to SM

Lanang Premier, wherein in every point, they discussed pressing issues on PDAF. Abella said that they still wanted PDAF and the bureaucratic system to be scrapped. According to her, as taxpayers, it is a must to be a vigilant to avoid the use of tax collected from every Filipino hand . “We want transparency. Personalan na ‘to. If we are already enjoying the services we have right now, how much more if this scam did not happened. We might have the bike lanes for these young people,” Dawn Albert Pates, another volunteer of Scrap Pork Network. “We are watching you,” Pates said, adding that

it is not only the youth sector who is protesting against the slow probe, but also the entities from private institutions. She said it is “frustating” how the government took the pork barrel scam without considering how it greatly affect the lives of the people who were supposed to be benefitted by the PDAF. “Ang tagal-tagal ng justice system,” Abella said, noting that the PDAF issue needs to be resurfaced as senators Juan Ponce Enrile-Miriam Defensor rift try to bury it in the tables of the legislators. “If given the chance, even people in the streets want to comment on this. Everybody already know this [PDAF issue], “Pates said.

apartment at Yellow Town House, Rimas St., Barangay Aquino, Agdao this city. P/Sr. Inspector Leonardo Tarongoy, deputy chief of the Sta. Ana police station, said that they already secured copies of docu-

ments from the authorities in Tandag to show that Yu has pending cases there. Police will also investigate the possibility that Yu was killed because of his criminal cases in Tandag.

‘Baktin’s’ brother involved in crime By EMILORD P. CASTROMAYOR


HE slain brother of alleged carnap group leader Ryan Yap Yu, alias Baktin, was facing several criminal charges in Tandag, Surigao del Sur. Police said Christopher Yu, 37, was accused of

frustrated murder, serious physical injuries and trafficking in persons. The native of Tandag succumbed to three gunshot wounds in the head while inside his vehicle at about 7: 00 p.m. Wednesday in front of his


PREFERENCE. Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) members cast their votes during DCCCII 10th General Membership Meeting cum

FLIM, 10 46th Annual Election of Trustees and Officers held at the Marco Polo Davao on Saturday. Lean Daval Jr.





Weaving magic for Yolanda victims By ATHENA JILLIAN BRAVO


T’S been a month of struggle for the victims of typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas. Help came from just about every corner in the world in a global display of affection and selflessness. From countries with some erstwhile entanglements with the Philippines like China and Chinese Taipei, to past conqueror Japan, to ally United States, to global basketball superstars Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and the ill-fated actor Paul Walker. They all came to help. From our own corner, we have a group of magicians who weaved their magic, tricks that is, to bring relief to the typhoon victims. The “magic for a cause” is actually an insti-

tutional project of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Durian City Inc. aptly dubbed as “Madyik Ta!: Bonjee meets Santa” Year 10 held at NCCC Mall on December 4, 2013. Collaborating with JCI Davao Regional Chap-


ANKING through your phone? That’s no longer remote. To make banking services available to everybody anytime and anywhere, CARD Bank Inc. (CBI), a microfinance-oriented rural bank is set to launch the mobile

ters in bringing forth the laudable project are councilors Al Ryan Alejandre and Edgar Ibuyan Jr., NCCC Mall, Bonjee Entertainment Services and Microtel by Wyndham Davao. The event was made successful by inviting Dabawenyos to shell out P5 for the ticket to watch the benefit magic shows presented by the best magicians of Davao Magicians Cooperation. All proceeds and donations will be turned over by JCI Durian City Inc. to JCI Tacloban Chapter. “Our volunteers from JCI Davao Regional Chapters are prepares to travel and bring the relief goods to Tacloban by land,” JCI Durian City Inc. 2013 President, Ronila Hutalle said. Bringing their magic to the mall and

contributing to the worthy cause were Cyrus Cabrela, Franklin Anota, Jonnel Cagatan, Joey Celis, Michael Van Cogollodo, Jecris Gica, Zaldy Molos, Gregorio Morales, Noel Ramos, Richard Tajale, Ronald Valenzona and Ro-

MAGIC FOR A CAUSE. (Left to right) Jymmez Infiesto, Ryam Yap, Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre, Ronila Hutalle and Don Lanzar.

lando Lapuz, Jr. Other performers were: Bonjee’s acrobats, cosplayers from Brgy. Tibay & AMK (AniMa Kyoukai), ABS-CBN’s Kapamilya Mas Winner Ka Game Host Rovic Cuasito and Pilipinas Got Talent’s Semi-finalist Ro-

SHARING THE LOVE. Members of Davao Magicians with James Infiesto (extreme right) and Pilipinas Got Talent Finalist Rolando Permangil (extreme left).

lando Permangil. NCCC, for its part, provided the Atrium as venue. Hutalle also said that the cash donations gathered from the event will be used to buy relief

goods such as food, water, supplies and tents. JCI Durian City Inc. has been known to be a leading global network for the young active citizens ages 18 to 40 years old. The mission of their

Banking is now just a text away financial system (MFS) in Davao City by January next year. Dolores Torres, president and chief-executive-officer of CBI, led the launching of the banking breakthrough last Friday. CBI’s MFS technology will enable CBI members to use mobile phones in making bank transactions.

Payments for various types of loans under CBI


financial services, remittances and saving can be done using mobile connectivity. “There will be no delayed payments because even the clients residing in far areas like mountains can use their phones in making bank transactions,” Torres said, adding that their member will no longer need to go to their offices just to attend weekly training at their center. She said that everything will be just a text away. MFS is a system developed by the CARD MRI Information Technology (CMIT), an umbrella cor-

poration under the CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (MRI). CMIT is partnering with another IT based company to develop the internal security system of MFS. Torres said that through MFS she expects that their membership will increase as it will cater more unbank areas not just in the region 11 but also in the whole country as they make banking easier and more accessible for everybody. Meanwhile, the microfinance-oriented rural bank is also eyeing Davao region for their massive

expansion in the next five years. Torres said that they are planning to putup 25 more branches out of 65 branches already approved by the Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for expansion throughout the country. She said that by the first or second quarter of the year, they will be opening their branch in Malalag, Davao del Sur. The bank is also eyeing Tagum City and Malita for possible expansion. At present, CBI has three existing branches in Davao City located in Magallanes, Buhangin, and the newly-inaugurated Matina. Each has a loan portfolio of P5 to P7-M.

institution is to provide development opportunities that empower young people to create positive change. One of the activities they do is community service that they do every year.

They have a total of 2.3 million members in the nationwide; who are mostly housewives from low-income families. The opening of the new branch in Matina is expected to increase their membership by 100,000 before the year ends. As of October 2013, CBI has a total of 987,098 savers and 383, 615 borrowers with an outstanding savings of P3.2 billion and loans of P3.3 billion. It has P1.7 billion in assets, P3.6 billion in liabilities, and P1.1 billion in equity. BSP awarded CBI with a Hall of Fame Award for Financial Inclusion after garnering the award in three consecutive years (2011, 2012, and 2013).





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6 THE ECONOMY Stat Watch Indicator


1. Gross National Income 1. GrossRate National Income Growth Growth Rate2000 Prices) (At Constant

7.1 1st Qtr 2013 6.8

2.2.Gross GrossDomestic DomesticProduct Growth Rate Product (AtGrowth Constant 2000 Prices) Rate

7.8 1st Qtr 2013 7.5

(At Constant 2000 Prices)

(At Constant 2000 Prices)

3. Exports 1/ 3. Exports

4. Imports 1/ 4. Imports

5. Trade Balance Trade Balance 6.5.Balance of Payments 2/

7.6.Broad Money Liabilities Balance of Payments

2nd Qtr 2013

2nd Qtr 2013

USD 3,741 million 5,045 FebUSD 2013 million USD 4,708 Sep 2013 million FebUSD 2013 5,711 USD -967 million million Sep 2013 Feb 2013 USD -665 USD -640 million million Sep 2013 Dec 2012 P 4,964,560 USD 692 million million Feb Jun2013 2013 P2.45,980,938 % million Mar 2013 Aug 2013

8. Interest Rates 4/

7. Broad Money Liabilities

P113,609 2.0 % million Sep2013 2013 Mar P P5,281 127,336 billion million Mar Sep2013 2013

9. National Government 8. Revenues Interest Rate 9. National Government

10.Revenues National government outstanding debt outstanding debt

P 5,609 P 41.14 billion Apr 2013

11.Stocks Peso per US $ 12. Composite                                      Index 6/

6,847.5 P 43.83 Mar Sep2013 2013

12. Stocks Composite

6,191.8 132.8 Sep2013 2013 Apr

13. Consumer Price Index

135.2 Oct2.62013

10.Peso National government 11. per US $ 5/

Sep 2013

13. Consumer Index Price Index 2006=100

     2006=100 14. Headline Inflation Rate 14. 2006=100 Headline Inflation

Apr 2013

2.9 Oct3.12013

Rate 15. Core Inflation Rate      2006=100

Apr 2013


15. Core Inflation Rate       2006=100 16. Visitor Arrivals


418,108 Oct 2013 Feb 2013

382,022 Aug 2013 20.9%

16. Visitor Arrivals

17. Underemployment 7/ 17. Rate Underemploymen

Jan 2013 19.2%

18. 18.Unemployment UnemploymentRate Rate7/

7.1% Jan 2013 7.3%


Jul 2013 Jul 2013

MONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE (January 2011-September 2013) Month Average December November October September August July June May April March February January




43.83 43.86 43.35 42.91 41.30 41.14 40.71 40.67 40.73

42.23 41.01 41.12 41.45 41.75 42.04 41.91 42.78 42.85 42.70 42.86 42.66 43.62

43.31 43.64 43.27 43.45 43.02 42.42 42.81 43.37 43.13 43.24 43.52 43.70 44.17



Comprehensive RCEP being formulated By CHENEEN R. CAPON


O expand the market opportunities of businessmen in the country, a more comprehensive partnership among Asean countries through Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) is being formulated, an official said during the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) information campaign dubbed Doing Business in Free Trade Areas at The Marco Polo Davao yesterday. Raymond Astillas, senior trade and industry development specialist of the Department of Trade and Industry told reporters that RCEP will

be composed of a partnership with 10 Asean countries namely Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Laos, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar, and Philippines and six other nations: Japan, India, Hong Kong, Korea, Australia and New Zealand. Astillas said that although there were existing individual agreements between Philippines and the other six nation, being included in RCEP will increase the market opportunities for Filipino businessmen because all 16 nations will have a unanimous agreement on market trade.

EMENT manufacturer Holcim Philippines, Inc. again topped the Annual National Mine Safety and Environment Conference (ANSMEC) Awards Night as its plants took home eight awards including the highest honor for excellence in environmental management, safety and health, and social and community development. Holcim Philippines’s plant in Lugait, Misamis Oriental received the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award (PMIEA), while the company’s facilities in Bacnotan, La Union, Norzagaray, Bulacan, and Davao City received Platinum Awards, the second highest honor. It was the sixth straight year Holcim Philippines bagged the PMIEA. Its Bacnotan and Davao plants received the PMIEA last year, while its Lugait facility won this in 2009. Aside from these, the Lugait and Norzagaray facilities were first and second runners-up respectively for Best Mining Forest-Non Metallic Category, while the Bacnotan plant was a runner up for Safest

Cement Plant Operation. Juanito Duron, a shift operations manager for Holcim Philippines’s Lugait plant, was named Best Mine Supervisor. The awards were handed out on Nov. 22 in Baguio. Holcim Philippines CEO Ed Sahagun thanked the organizers for consistently recognizing the company’s commitment to responsible operations. “I do commit that in the following years, our participation here will not just be to win awards but to share with companies who would like to learn from our best practices, and for us to learn from other companies,” he added. Noting that the ANSMEC’s theme for 2013 is “60 Years of Giving Back,” Sahagun said the industry should do more to help in the rebuilding efforts of Visayas, which was recently battered by natural calamities. “On behalf of Holcim Philippines, I’d like to appeal to everyone to at least give more to the victims of Yolanda and spend more for the rebuilding of Visayas. We have some experiences to share, and we’d

“Existing Asean plus 1 [referring to existing individual trade agreement between Philippines and Japan, China, Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand], Asean plus 6 talk among themselves, consult with themselves to come up with one agreement. So mas malawak and coverage and scope and the benefits will be bigger,” he said, adding that “the more you integrate, the more you enhance the trade.” RCEP was launched just this year and expected to end the negotiation by 2015. Currently, they have finished two rounds of negotiation with these

countries that dealt with the discussion of goods, services and investments. Third round of discussion is scheduled on end of January next year at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He said that the partnership will further lower existing barriers which hinder easy trade in all nations. For instance, market barriers were lowered down because of the FTAs which started its implementation ten years ago. It [RCEP] will also enhance the connectivity of the 16 nations especially in the trade of goods, services, and investments.

“Now is the time to enhance our connectivity with Aseans kasi kung mas connected tayo, mas madaling magmove ang mga goods, services, and investments,” Astillas said adding that the partnership will also lower down the tariff. Meanwhile, existing agreements are Asean Framework on Services Agreement, Asean Comprehensive Investment Agreement, and Asean Trade in Goods Agreement. The three serves as the pillar of the Asean free trade area and included in the FTA signed by 10 countries in 2003.

Holcim bags 8 awards for safe, eco-friendly operations C

AWARDS. Holcim Philippines officials led by CEO Ed Sahagun (front row, third from left) received eight awards in the 60th Annual Mines Safety and Environment Conference including the Presidential Mineral Industry Environmental Award, the top honor. love to share them with all of you on how we have to rebuild lives, for them to become hopeful that the future will be there. And they will start rebuilding, so they can live in a sustainable community,” he said. The PMIEA was es-

tablished in 1997 through Executive Order No. 399 in compliance with the policy that mining activities should be pro-environment and pro-people. Its selection committee is composed of the secretaries of the Departments of Environment, Trade,

Interior and Local Government, Health, Science and Technology. The other members are the presidents of the Philippine Mine Safety and Environment Association, Philippine Mineral Exploration Association and Chambers of Mines of the Philippines.

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BRISK BUSINESS. Shoppers flock at the Christmas bazaar of one of the malls along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City two weeks before Christmas day. Lean Daval Jr.





Society of sevens

ALL it an uncanny coincidence, but there seems to be a convergence of the number 7 in the current sensational state of our nation. Take a look at the headlines of stories appearing in the national dailies for a number of days during the week just ended. First, there was feisty lady Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago accusing Minority Senate leader Juan Ponce of having committed seven sins. With all the flair and drama that has been her trademark as a speaker on serious and entertaining topics, Ms Santiago subjected her octogenarian colleague to a blitzkrieg of accusations which could easily turn an august body into sixes and sevens except that this particular Senate is made up of gentlemen and ladies who are by now all too familiar with the protracted animosity between Mr. Enrile and Ms Santiago. Theirs is a seven-year itch, a popular century-old idiomatic expression to describe a relationship gone awry. Enrile’s alleged seven sins, of course, merit looking into as they suggest high crimes that ought not to be ignored by a Senate whose members have been both lauded and criticized for endless investi-


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gations. In another sensational news story, seven former members of the House of Representatives are among those accused of pocketing up to 78 percent in kickbacks in their shady dealings with fake foundations owned by detained businesswoman Janet Napoles. Even the supplemental budget for the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2013 as initiated in the House by Davao City Rep. Isidro T. Ungab –more than P14 billionto augment the country’s Calamity Fund is divisible by seven. It is said that the bulk of the supplemental appropriations will go to relief, rehabilitation and recovery of areas left in ruins by super typhoon “Yolanda”, which followed closely the devastating magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Bohol and Cebu on October 15 killing 1,883 people. To Dabawenyos, even non-believers in numerology, the pseudo science dealing in the occult meaning of numbers and their supposed influence on human life, the coincidence and ominous incidents are too much to be ignored. Indeed, especially by citizens of a city which turns 77 years old next year.

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RESSED HARD AGAINST THE WALL – It was Commissioner Rozzano Rufino Biazon’s misfortune that at about the same time he is determined to rid the Bureau of Customs (BoC) of its “poisons and toxins,” the Justice department included him in a new batch of respondents for alleged misappropriation of his “pork barrel” funds through a bogus foundation of PDAF scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles. He was then a member of the Lower House when the case allegedly happened, but Biazon vehemently denied the allegation. However, that of course, hasn’t made it any better, at least not immediately. Based on the findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the vague DOJ is hell bent on implicating him for the alleged misuse of his pork barrel allocation amounting to a meager P1.9 million. Goodness gracious! Perhaps it worries Ruffy no end that the new twist would gravely affect his duties at the graft-ridden Customs bureau and his family prompting him to tender his immediate resignation to pave the way for an ongoing investigation, which President Benigno Aquino III gladly accepted. The commissioner and his father, former AFP chief, senator and incumbent Marikina congressman Rodolfo Biazon feel despair about how quickly the events changed the course of Ruffy’s career. They also seem able to know the reasons behind the suspicious establishing and filing of a case against Ruffy. The elder Biazon was deeply troubled by the turn of events that prodded him to suspect the reported “friction” among the President’s trusted men has something to do with Ruffy’s predicament. Commissioner Biazon happens to be one of the main constituents of the President’s party coalition. Thus, his role in the present dispensation probably has not impressed some envious characters within the group.

What has the protracted infighting among the President’s men got to do with the political rigmarole? Of course, Ruffy has declared an all-out war on his bureau and the only way he can fully execute a “cleansing process” and effectively wage it is with the President’s unwavering support. Both father and son suspect that through the mischievous prodding of Aquino’s “whisper and tattler brigade”, the latter thinks there is an outside chance that the BoC can be saved in its present condition and he needs to start looking for a new savior – Biazon being the “collateral damage.” Although pressed hard against the wall, Ruffy is confident he can endure the test of his profession and clear his name and reputation. The President’s cordon sanitaire certainly is in a bind. The fear is that when the speculations and reports about a power struggle within the group becomes public. It will not only change the political equation between the groups that composed the coalition, but bring down the government as well. Right now, in an ironic twist the series of bad luck are haunting the Aquino administration. Media are full of reports about behind-the-scene political bickering among the President’s trusted adjutants. Political analysts predict that sooner the President’s inner circle is bound to disintegrate and some are pessimistic still, saying the present dispensation is dangerously unstable. Aside from being devastated by a spate of natural and man-made calamities, the Aquino leadership is also dogged by a wave of corruption scandals. The most

significant involved the misappropriation of P10 billion of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) or pork barrel funds allegedly embroiling some key figures in Congress. There is also the infamous issue evolving around the equally anomalous Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which critics described as incomparable and similar to the pork barrel fund scam. The President’s problems don’t end there. Public anger rises over prices of basic commodities increasing to undetermined levels. On the food front, high-profile grains officials seemed have chosen to keep rice production figures secret in a bid to stop the rice cartel from manipulating prices, but that has made consumers leery that the rice shortage could be more serious than the administration is willing to admit. The inflation spiral likewise could worsen with an impending increase in prices of gasoline, diesel fuel and other refined petroleum products expected this December. The escalation of prices came as a surprise since the Aquino administration scored high in the economic front. And back to Biazon’s case, political analysts and keen observers’ perceptions reflect the real situation: there’s an ongoing power struggle in the presidential inner circle that ultimately resulted to treachery and betrayal. Ruffy Biazon is likely the first victim. If he is to be faulted, it is Ruffy’s perceived leniency and kid-glove policy in dealing with the well-organized syndicates inside the BoC. Some feel he could have been tougher on the gang of thieves inside the bureau. The way things are going, experts and inside sources suspect that no matter how they will look at it, a certain powerful and influential faction at the Palace is after the head of Ruffy and hell bent on purging him from the most coveted post. However, there is little doubt that Ruffy will be able to pull though the current rough path. It is just a matter of time.

“ Gusto ko sa Switzerland. Puede pud sa Cayman Islands , sa St Kitts-Nevis, o di ba, sa St Vincent in the Carribean” “Por dyos, por santo, is that legal ?”

“Dili na kana puede ron--- mga US Federal agents naga bantay sa mga banko dinha.” “But all these don’t explain why you’re begging here in secret” “Tanan mga boxers nag world champion---nahapay. Siguro, gusto ang BIR tanan mga boxers sa Pilipinas mahapay.” “I don’t think the BIR is really that oppressive” “Wala na koy salig diha. Ako na pud ang target sa gobyerno.” “But what will you do with all those coins in your pockets? “Hatag nako sa simbahan---basin ma-embargo pa sa BIR,” the boxer said, breaking into a smile, making him look, for a brief second, like Manny. It was now early evening and the drizzle turned into torrents of rain, with people scurrying about with their umbrellas. Domeng dug into his pocket to make sure the ten peso coin was still there… was a long way home. (Comments? Email me at>

Encounter with beggar at San Pedro church


AYBE it was partly Manny’s fault because he’s a big celebrity and all his mansions, his businesses, his big birthday parties are on TV.” “Nakita pud nako sa TV mga mansion ug parties ni Manny.” “You can’t blame the guy’s success since he started as a street hawker selling pan de sal--- he was poor as a rat. “Kaya ni Manny kining crisis--- he’s a born-again Christian.” “Why? Does it make any difference if you’re not?” “Daku pagtoo si Manny sa Bible verse ‘what profits a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul’.” “But how about you? Where do you keep all your money?” “ Ako ? I spread out my bank accounts. Mga uban dinhi, pero mas daghan sa mga lugar nga dili mahilabot ang gobyerno sa imong kuarta” “ You can’t do that!”” “Kaya nako !. Daghan ko mga lawyers ug accountants ” “Like where?”


“ Legal tanan mga banko didto--- ug the best in the world”. “Those islands are so tiny, do they have banks?” “Syempre! Naay mga banko sila ug protektado sila sa mga foreign governments gusto ukayon imo accounts” Domeng forced out a laugh.” Aren’t these places a favorite for drug money and mafia bank accounts?”



It’s not just fast-food workers who are underpaid COMMENTARY BY HELAINE OLEN



ET, even though salaries are inadequate throughout much of the dining industry, somehow customers only get indignant about the working conditions at the most traditional of the fast-food outlets. When a Five Guys franchise owner complained earlier this year about how the cost of offering his workers health insurance under the Affordable Care Act would force him to up the prices charged for such things as the Little Bacon Burger and Cajun Style Fries, that customer indignation vanished within a few news cycles. The same thing happened when Salon. com reported late last month on the less-than-wholesome working conditions endured by those working for New York “natural” mini-chain Amy’s Bread. It’s not like we don’t know the wages offered by both are inadequate. “I don’t think you can say one company is doing much better than the others,” says Martin Rafanan, a community organizer with the Fast Food Worker Movement in St, Louis. So why don’t we admit it? Well, tackling McDonald’s, Taco Bell and the like is quite easy for a certain young or upwardly mobile — or at least previously mobile — demographic. They aren’t going to those establishments, or at least not that often. Traditional fast food isn’t that good for you or the environment. Just ask Fast Food Nation’s Eric Schlosser or Super Size Me’s Morgan Spurlock. On the other hand, more than a few probably lazily assume that if the quality of the menu items at a fast casual establishment is good, the salaries must be the same. Others are likely so busy congratulating themselves for their healthy and wholesome choices, they don’t pause to think about the lives of the people serving it up. The truth is all too many of us feel we are indulging in a virtuous luxury when we dine at a fast casual outlet, and we don’t really want to ask too many questions about why the bill is still so relatively easy on our wallets. Our politics are as righteous as our taste, right? As a result, when we begin to contemplate what besides the ingredients really goes into making Panera Bread’s Chilled Shrimp and Soba Noodle Salad or Amy’s Bread’s Vegetarian Hummus on Organic Miche sandwich, it can get uncomfortable fast. Suddenly we are pondering if simply providing politically correct menu items is enough for an organization to claim it is serving “food with integrity,” as Chipotle does, or if more needs to be done to make sure such organizations treat their workers with financial integrity. No wonder many diners would just as soon dodge the question.





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BEFORE THE VERDICT. Sebastian Angliongto leads the counting of votes for the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (DCCCII) board of trustees and officers during its 10th General Membership Meeting cum 46th Annual Election held at the Marco Polo Davao on Saturday. Lean Daval Jr.

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However, Tarongoy said that they will still validate it first. “Basin resbak guru ni but we will still validate,” he said. Tarongoy said that police are looking into rob-

bery as motive since the clutch bag of Yu containing P200,000 was missing according to Maricel, his wife. PO3 Virgilio Arrobio, investigator of the case, said that up to this date they are still waiting for Maricel

so that they can get vital information about the victim and to check his phone messages that might give them information in their investigation. According to witnesses at the crime scene, the vic-

tim had just arrived at his apartment when he was shot dead by the gunmen who immediately fled. Police recovered five empty .45 shells for ballistic examination.

presidents and incumbent members of the BOT. A total of 10 past presidents attended the election meeting. Aside from Angliongto, Custodio and Quinto, those who attended were past presidents Gaisano, Simeon Marfori, Jose Sevilla Jr.,

Sofronio Jucutan, Manuel Orig, Beinvenido Cariaga, and Tan. Sometime this month, the 15 old and newlyelected BOT members will elect the president, chairman of the board and other officers of the DCCCII. They will be sworn into

office sometime in January. Members who are not elected to the BOT can serve the various committees of the chamber addressing special projects and advocacies. The year about to end was a banner year of the DCCCII, it was adjudged

best chamber in Mindanao and best chamber in the Philippines during the Philippine Business Conference and Exhibits in the Manila Hotel, attended by no less than President Aquino and Vice President Jejomar Binay.

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rendered exemplenary service to the community in any field or endeavor; must merit national and/or international recognition to place Davao on the map; must be law-abiding, of good moral character and integrity and has a good reputation in the community. The award is conferred to deserving Dabawenyos within the week of the Araw ng Dabaw celebration. Accomplished Dabawenyo entrepreneur Dennis A. Uy of Phoenix Petroleum, Phillipines, Inc.,and Dr. Helen Te-Santos, founding president of the Davao Cancer Foundation were this year’s Datu Bago Awardees at the Royal Mandaya Hotel last March 15. The award is in memory of Datu Bago, one of the bravest Davao chieftains who fought against Spanish colonizers. Nomination forms are available at the office of Maria Julieta Torres, vice president for Institutional Affairs at the University of Mindanao, or contact her through 227-5456 local 163 or 165 or email her at [CRC]




Ducati PHL launches Hyperstrada T

HERE’S a new beast on the block from the famed Ducati breed. Meet the Ducati Hyperstrada, unleashed for 2013. Here’s the bike’s description: The Ducati Hyperstrada is between the worlds of motard and touring. Decked-out with 50 liters of side luggage, a center stand and a touring windscreen Hyperstrada has been tailored for long journeys with 20mm taller handlebars, a wider and thicker seat and passenger grab handles. There are two 12V auxiliary power outlets to provide power for GPS units and heated vests. The suspension is also revived for touring duty

with a shorter 5.9-inch stroke at both ends from the KYB fork and Sachs shock. Panigale-style 10-spoke wheels come wrapped with Pirelli Scorpion Trail tires to complete the package that weighs in at 399 pounds. Ducati Philippines president and CEO Toti Alberto led the official media launch of the Hyperstrada last December 4 at the Ducati Manila Showroom at 102 P.Tuazon St. in Cubao, Quezon City. Joining Alberto in the launch covered by motoring journalists in the country is Marc De Joya, Ducati Philippines general manager. [Neil Bravo]

Toti Alberto, CEO and President of Ducati Philippines gives his message.

Motor Image brings ‘Subaru Love Drive’ “L

OVE. It’s what makes a Subaru, a Subaru,” has been the Japanese automaker’s slogan for the North American market for quite some time. Though the Philippines is sticking to the international slogan, “Confidence in Motion”, it seems a bit of the love is rubbing onto Philippine distributor, Motor Image Pilipinas. Motor Image Pilipinas launched on Saturday the Subaru Love Drive—a program where they aim to pay it forward to people and animals that need it the most. With the Subaru Love Drive, Motor Image Pilipinas is aiming to raise and donate PHP 500,000 to two beneficiaries: the Hospicio de San Jose and the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)—with the help of Subaru owners. Under the first part of the Subaru Love Drive, every Subaru sold from now until February 2014 (which is fittingly the month of Valentine’s Day) equates to a PHP 100,000 donation to the Subaru Love Drive fund. This initiative is a first for Motor Image Pilipinas and has one objective: to drive home a message of charity and hope. By the end of February, Motor Image Pilipinas hopes to

raise PHP 500,000 for both beneficiaries. The second part of the Subaru Love Drive entails a Love Drive Wall on Motor Image Pilipinas’s official website (www.motorimage. net/PH). On the Love Drive Wall, people can show their support by selecting a list of items to donate to either to Hospicio de San Jose or PAWS, and turning over their pledged goods to any of Subaru’s eight showrooms nationwide: Greenhills, Global City, Alabang, Pampanga, Batangas, Cebu, Cagayan de Oro, and Davao for collection. The Hospicio de San Jose is the first welfare agency in the Philippines and has been a home to orphans, elderly, and abandoned and special children. The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is a volunteer-based, non-government organization whose goal is to prevent animal cruelty through education, animal sheltering, and advocacy. With all of Motor Image Pilipinas’s recent success, the Subaru Love Drive is the company’s way of giving back. Indeed, the Subaru Love Drive proves that love is indeed what makes a Subaru, a Subaru; or in this case, makes a Subaru owner.

HYPERSTRADALAUNCH. Celebrating the true Ducati passion, Ducati Philippines held its Hyperstrada Media Launch last December 4 at the Ducati Manila Showroom at 102 P.Tuazon St. Cubao QC.

Ducati Philippines President and CEO Toti Alberto (extreme left) with Marc de Joya (extreme right), general manager.

DUCATI’S NEW BIKE. The new Ducati Hyperstrada

The 2014 Chevrolet Trailblazer

Chevrolet introduces 3 models C

HRISTMAS came early for Chevy enthusiasts as they flocked to the Chevrolet Motorama 2013, held at the SM Mall of Asia on November 14-17, 2013. Staying true to Chevrolet’s ingenious spirit, the event was held on the ice skating rink, a first for SM. “We want to share how cool and easy owning your very own Chevrolet car can be. The

Motorama is a venue for Chevrolet to showcase the brand’s high standard of quality, capitalizing on the latest engineering and technology. It is also a venue for our customers to experience Chevrolet’s brand of service and an array of exciting high quality vehicles to suit every life stage,” says Atty. Albert Arcilla, President and Managing Director of The Covenant Car Com-

pany Inc. (TCCCI), the exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet automobiles and parts in the Philippines. Chevrolet not only showcased its models and offered cool deals, it also reached out to the community, partnering with Red Cross for donations for the Yolanda Relief Project and the One World Futbol Project that aims to bring the power of

play to the children and youth in the Philippines by distributing more than 17,000 nearly indestructible One World Futbols. The highlight of the Motorama event was the launch of three highly anticipated models – the Chevrolet Malibu Executive Sedan, the Chevrolet Trailblazer 4x2 Automatic SUV, and the 7-seater AUV Chevrolet Spin.


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VOL. 6 ISSUE 191 • SUNDAY-MONDAY, DECEMBER 8-9, 2013 16th City Council 11th Regular Session Series of 2013

Republika ng Pilipinas SANGGUNIANG PANLUNGSOD Lungsod ng Dabaw

PRESENT: Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor

Edgar R. Ibuyan Al Ryan S. Alejandre Dante L. Apostol Sr. Conrado C. Baluran Louie John J. Bonguyan Pilar C. Braga Arnolfo Ricardo B. Cabling April Marie C. Dayap Jimmy G. Dureza Emmanuel D. Galicia Sr. Berino L. Mambo-o Sr. Tomas J. Monteverde IV J. Melchor V. Quitain Jackson V. Reyes Marissa P. Salvador-Abella Jose Louie P. Villafuerte

Acting Vice Mayor

Rodrigo R. Duterte Karlo S. Bello Leah A. Librado-Yap


Acting City Mayor

Nilo M. Abellera Jr. Victorio U. Advincula Jr. Bernard E. Al-ag Joanne M. Bonguyan Paolo Z. Duterte Jashera L. Gonzales Rene Elias C. Lopez Myrna G. L’Dalodo-Ortiz Rachel P. Zozobrado


On Sick Leave On Domestic Emergency Leave


On Domestic Emergency Leave On Sick Leave


On Domestic Emergency Leave On Domestic Emergency Leave

ON OFFICIAL BUSINESS: Vice-Mayor Councilor Councilor ABSENT: Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor Councilor


CERTIFIED CORRECT: “For and in tne absence of the Secretary:

SECTION 1. TITLE -- This Ordinance shall be known as "AN ORDINANCE PROVIDING AND APPROVING THE RENTAL RATE FOR BUSINESS ESTABLISHMENTS OCCUPYING PORTIONS OF THE RESERVATION AREA COVERED BY PROCLAMATION NO. 20, LOCATED AT TIMES BEACH, MATTNA APLAYA, DAVAO CITY”; SECTION 2. PROVlSION AND APPROVAL - The following is the rental rate for business establishments occupying portions of the reservation area covered by Proclamation No. 20, located at Times Beach, Matina Aplaya, Davao City: Rate per sq.m./day Php 1.20/sq.m./day

Area Covered occupied area only with structures and pools

Term of Lease Quarterly

Purpose for recreational purposes only

Each business establishment must enter into a LEASE CONTRACT with the City Government of Davao under the terms and conditions which are in accordance with this ordinance for a term of three (3) months and renewable in a quarterly basis, subject to the following terms and conditions;

JOSEPH ELMER H. CABALI Acting Supervising Administrative Officer (Local Legislative Staff Officer III)

a. The business establishment must first obtain prior special registration with the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), if reclamation had been undertaken;

ATTESTED: EDGAR R. IBUYAN Acting Vice Mayor cnz/mbk

b. The business establishment must pay the fines/penalties for violation of the National Building Code and other laws on business permit and taxes for ope rating the business without first securing the necessary permits and licenses;


c. The business to be undertaken in the area should be limited exclusively for recreational purposes only;



d. The rental should be retroactive to a maximum of three (3) years for business entities which operated without permits and licenses from the city government and other national agencies, less the total cost of the reclamation project, per Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) assessment, if reclamation work had been undertaken;

e. The terms and conditions of the Lease Contract will be subject to the output of the final conference between the City Government of Davao and the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), if reclamation had been undertaken;



SECTION 3. EFFECTIVITY CLAUSE -- This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon approval; ENACTED, March 22, 2013, by a majority vote of all the Members of the Sanggunian present.

ATTY. ZULEIKA T. LOPEZ Acting City Administrator



Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 11th Judicial Region Branch 15, Davao City


SP.PROC.NO. 12-839-13

JAMES SEGUMPAN VIDAL Petitioner, -versus-

Holiday cravings at SM Lanang Premier By ATHENA JILLIAN BRAVO

THE OFFICE OF THE CIVIL REGISTRAR OF DAVAO Respondent x------------------------------------------------------------x

ORDER This is a verified petition for correction of entries from multiple child birth to single and with respect to the maiden of petitioner’s mother from Luzviminda Sahot Sabumpa to Luzviminda Sahot Sebumpan. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance let the petition be heard on January 29, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at the session hall of this Court, on which date, hour and place , all interested persons are hereby cited to appear and show cause if they have any, why this petition should not be granted.

Let copy of this Order and Petition be published before the hearing date at the expense of the petitioner in a newspaper of general circulation in the City of Davao once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Give the Davao City Civil registrar and the Solicitor General copies of this Order. SO ORDERED.

Davao City, Philippines, November 14, 2013. 12/9,16,23




F you’re craving for some flavorfulfeast, then you must not miss The Davao Gourmet Collective Holiday Market at SM Lanang Premier! Davao City’s finest artisans and gourmands were gathered in one food fest to showcase their mouthwatering assortment if exceptional eats most especially the musthaves this holiday season. Get a taste and fill your stomach with the specialties of the participating food establishments which include RBG of Park Inn Davao, Crazy Cook, Jonathan’s Cup-

cakery, Cellar de Boca Wine Kitchen, Baby Cakes, La Bodeguita, Malagos Farmhouse Cheese, Pastanni, Sunahana Ramen, Osvaldo’s Cakes, Bangkok Wok, Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream and Bleu Chili Wing Bar. If you’re up for grilled foods then try RBG of Park Inn Davao with their Executive Chef Jayme Natividad’s offerings of porchetta, noodles and more. A must-try chicken wings and dips would also be savored at the Bleu Chili Wing Bar owned by Chef Martin Lozano and Chef Gem-


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ma Herradura. Truffle Cheese Pate and others were offered by the Crazy Cook owned by Carmina Mapa-del Rosario. You may also taste something extraordinary with Mia Pineda’s Sunahana Ramen East Asian noodles such as Tonkatsu and their famous Korean Tacos. Crave some more pasta at Pastanni owned by Chef Annie Cacho Garcia which serves a wide array of Italian dishes. Get a chance to feel Thailand’s spicy goodness offered by Raffy and Carmina Mapa-Del Rosario’s Bangkok Wok that serves vast Thai cuisine like Kao Soy, Roast Duck Curry and Bagoong Rice. Never forget to have a taste of Spain form Chef Yvonne Soriano’s La Bodeguita which offers the very delicious paella and chorizos as well as the Spanish-themed restaurant Cellar Boca Wine Kitchen’s Argentina’s Lagarde Wines of Tricie Pengson-Arcenas, Vince Arcenas and wine importers Bobby Basa Tenchavez and Carlo Calma Lorenzana.

Of course! Your kid’s sweet favorites would always be in store. Siblings Joel and Jose Marie Rodrigues with his wife Dindin offers Osvaldo’s Cakes known for their creative-looking Cheese Cakes. Cupcake lovers may also check out Jonathan’s Cupcakery which offers variety of cupcakes like red velvet, triple vanille bean and the all time favorite chocolate. If the family is up for some exotic taste, you sample the world-famous Crocodile Ice Cream from Sweet Spot Artisan Ice Cream. There is also the Christmas-inspired cupcakes and sweet confections offered by Baby Cakes owned by Maite Gempesaw. Baby Cakes offers DIY Gingerbread House, Christmas Cookies, Fruitcake and Ginger Snap Cookies that would really lift up the Christmas spirit in your own home. Davao Gourmet Collective is open from December 6 to 8, 2013 at SM Lanang Premier’s Atrium.





A gondola at the Panorama Langkawi slowly descends from the highest point of the Machincang range. Taking one of the skycars will give a wonderful view of the rich biodiversity below.

Malaysia charms Asean stars


DEEP into Langkawi Island’s Kilim Geoforest Park, one easily gets mystified by a sprawling masterpiece—a natural landscape that is perhaps one of the best places to worship nature. Here, the river flows mysteriously from clear to murky or from calm to eerily calm, depending on where you are heading to-- very much like those thick mangroves that, in one area, gnarl themselves into some painful patterns of brown to burnt shades but suddenly spring into a merry bundle of green as you go deeper into the forest. Watching a dozen of whitebellied sea eagles skillfully pick their prey from the greenish water, free from any harmful human interruptions, is a beautiful experience. Rayyan Haries, a Malaysian blogger, said the mangrove for-

est in the park is also a home to a species of wild dogs, apart from monkeys, snakes and other wildlife. The Kilim Geoforest Park was the final stopover of about 100 celebrities, journalists, bloggers, and tour operators from ten member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) who took part in the seven-day Asean Explore Quest Malaysia event hosted by Tourism Malaysia. The participants travelled from Kuala Lumpur, Perak and to Kedah (Langkawi). Langkawi provided the much-needed relief to the participants whose bodies

were pleasantly exhausted by days of fun games and discovery of Malaysia’s treasures-food, people and places. The group’s two-day experience in the island was first sparked up by the breathtaking Panorama Langkawi--where the sunset smeared the sky an explosion of orange and yellow. From the base station, gondolas slowly ascend to the Machincang range and back-allowing tourists to feast over the rich natural biodiversity and man-made environment in the area. “This is by far better than the cable cars in Sentosa,” said a

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The author with Singaporean blogger and aspiring actor Tiffany Yong at the Cenang beach. Photo by William Tan

Having fun and making new friends topped the activities slated for the Explore Malaysia Quest. From L-R: Thai actor and model Mai Pisan Srimankong, Singaporean blogger and aspiring actor Tiffany Yong, Singaporean blogger William Tan, Filipina professional dancer and The Amazing Race contestant Sheena Vera Cruz and Filipino-Australian model and Philippine Volcanoes member Chris Everingham. Photo by William Tan

The Kilim Geoforest Park.

The golden statue of the Hindu lord Murugan stands mightily at the facade of the famous Batu Caves in Kuala Lumpur.


Seda Abreeza’s Yuletide Chill SAVOR the best of the Season at Seda Abreeza! Celebrate and chill out with your loved ones at Davao’s hippest and coolest lifestyle destination. Avail of special room and food offerings for the ultimate holiday get – away. Check into a Deluxe room for only Php 4,500 nett and enjoy complimentary breakfast for 2, free use of the gym and the pool, unlimited Wi Fi and surprise tokens. Also get a chance to win fabulous bags courtesy of World Traveller & Healthy Back Bag. On Christmas Eve, make your holiday retreat more special by availing of Seda Abreeza’s special room package already inclusive of overnight Deluxe room accommodations , special X’mas Buffet Dinner for 2 with glass of wine, a special X’mas gift plus complimentary breakfast for 2 persons at Misto for only Php 6,300 nett. To cap the year that was, celebrate New Year’s Eve in style away from the usual smog and deafening noise by checking in for only Php 6,000 nett per night and get 2 free complimentary tickets to Seda’s fabulous New Year Countdown Party with free noisemakers, a complimentary bottle of wine and breakfast at Misto for 2 the following day. Seda Abreeza is conveniently located at J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City. For inquiries on more holiday offerings, please call 322-8888 or 244-3000. Visit Seda’s website at or email at Seda Abreeza is a joint venture between AyalaLand Hotels & Resorts Corporation and Anflo Management & Investment Corporation.

UAP District D-1 celebrates National Architecture Week 2013

THE United Architects of the Philippines in Davao will celebrate this year’s National Architecture Week (NAW) 2013 come December 8-14, 2013 with week-long activities and corporate social responsibility programs geared at giving back to society. This year, the NAW celebration kicks off at the spacious SM City Davao Annex featuring Architectural exhibits and works of the ‘Forefathers of Davao Architecture’ and other projects of Davao Architects on December 8-10, 2013. This year’s theme “Aligning with the Global Skyline” not only speaks of what the architects have done to change the physical landscape of the country and the world in general, but also speaks of what the architects can do and give back to society. Following the architectural Exhibits which will commence with a cutting of the Ribbon at 10am on December 8, the architects, guests and SM City Davao personnel will have a short Welcome program led by Mall Manager Lynette Lopez. Joining her are UAP District Director of District D-1, Ar. Benjamin K. Panganiban Jr., UAP Kadayawan Davao Pres. Leonida D. Santos, and all the Chapter Presidents of District D-1, before the exhibits will be opened to the public. A motorcade in the morning of December 10, 2013 around the city will significantly thrust the architect’s role and presence in the city. It will soon be followed by a Courtesy Visit to the Mayor’s Office and a Welcome Lunch. In the afternoon, the venue shifts back to the spacious SM City Davao Annex where intense competition among architectural schools in Davao City composed of the University of the Philippines, University of Mindanao and the Ateneo De Davao University will be held at the Event Center from 1pm onwards. This will include the announcement of winners for the on-the-spot rendering contests and a brief launching of the Gawad Kalinga Design Competition. The last day of this celebration on Saturday, December 14, will be a culmination in the form of a teleconference with other architects nationwide as the National Architecture Week is celebrated all over the country. This teleconference will link-up Clark, Pampanga, Cebu City, Davao City and Manila in the evening with reports and activities explained in a “petchaKucha” setting or video-conference setting. The United architects of the Philippines District D-1 is composed of its district director, Ar. Benjamin K. Panganiban Jr., FUAP; UAP Davao Chapter headed by its chapter pres. Ar. Ma. Concepcion S. Dy; UAP MT. Apo Chapter headed by Ar. Carlito N. Dy; UAP Cotabato Chapter headed by Ar. Jordan Julmani; UAP Kadayawan Dabaw chapter headed by Ar. Leonida D. Santos; UAP Socsksargen Chapter headed by Ar. Raquel Pajarillo; UAP Davao Alpha Chapter headed by Ar. Hector A. Magno; and UAP North Davao Chapter headed by Ar. Kelly Coquilla.




The stellar rise of the Starmobile smartphone

The age of the smartphone is here. Packing more power per inch than desktop computers at times, these modern convenience tools keep people in touch through voice, text and now, even through email and video. Sadly though earlier smartphones tend to be on the more expensive side of the scale with prices that are higher than what a regular man from the street can afford. That was before the entry of the local mobile phone players and this is where Starmobile shines. Just barely a year before they launched, Starmobile now boasts of nearly a million strong and growing. “The future is mobile,” says Starmobile President Michael Chen. “Starmobile is right on pulse and leading the charge to make high tech available to everyone. Today, we share the good news that Starmobile aims to touch one million Filipinos by the end of the year, their lives bettered and made brighter by quality mobile phones and tablets at prices within reach.” Compared to high end smartphones, Starmobiles offerings are much more affordable, demoratizing the smartphone market and opening new ways for the average person to stay connected. Starmobile’s strong and competitive product line expands to include 12 more Android devices: three smartphones, five phablets to beef up the current Starmobile Diamond series and four tab-

Team Starmobile at the opening of the new Starmobile Concept Store in SM Lanang Premier. From L-R: Starmobile Brand Manager Paula Rivera, Board Director Jameson Say, dealer partner Wilson Lu, Sales Director Rudolph Santos, Account Manager Honey dela Cruz and Trade Marketing Manager Aby Labit.

Mutya ng Davao Aubrey Ross Abarcar graces the Starmobile Concept Store opening. lets to complement its bestselling Engage line. Although each product is affordable, the build quality of every Starmobile device is top notch, each boasting of crisp high quality HD displays, powerful multicore processors, and longlasting battery all in a lightweight body. The stellar feat continues with the unveiling of Starmobile Sync—a free, easy-to-use, proprietary Starmobile application which comes preinstalled in all newly released smartphones and 8-inch tablets.  Starmobile Sync works to enable feature phone and non-Starmobile smartphone users to seamlessly transfers their contacts, calendar entries, text messages, and more in a few easy steps. “Through

Team Starmobile at the opening of the new Starmobile Concept Shop in SM Lanang Premier. From L-R: Starmobile Board Director Jameson Say, dealer partner Wilson Lu and Sales Director Rudolph Santos. Bluetooth connectivity, the Starmobile Sync allows quick transfer and migration to Starmobile from other brands or devices—really fastracking the rush or the migration to Starmobile. We’re confident that with the Starmobile Sync, we will be able to achieve our one million mark this year,” adds Michael. Starmobile is definitely on a rise. From five stores and kiosks in December 2012, the local startup has now expanded its reach to 45 stores and

kiosks plus over 900 other partner resellers, offering Filipinos nationwide the Starmobile gold standard of product excellence, user experience and customer care. The latest store being the one located at the third floor Cyberzone of SM Lanang Premier. For the latest news from Starmobile, check out www., or follow Happy Man by Starmobile  on Facebook and  @ happymanPH  on Twitter & Instagram.

The Starmobile Gold Rush Promo offers shoppers golden discounts up to Php3,800 off their favorite Located at the 3rd level of SM Lanang Premier, the new Starmobile store will deliver best value mobile devices Starmobile phones and tablets. and solutions to the Durian Capital with a full range of smartphones and tablets at prices within reach.


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‘Luv U’ teens step under the mistletoe this Christmas NOW that it’s the month of December, the teens of ABS-CBN’s “LUV U” have been finding ways to let young romance blossom as Christmas quickly approaches. This Sunday, a kiss happens between two of the teens, and the joy of the holidays sweeps into the school. Will Christmas be the time for Benj (Nash Aguas) and Lexie (Alexa Ilacad) to finally set all their differences aside, or will it be another student to step under the mistletoe and receive a kiss? The thrills and wonder of the Christmas season continue on to Sunday evening,

too, as the kids of the hit show “Goin’ Bulilit” spend a special day at the Manila Ocean Park. Catch them as they play up on field trips and family tours, bringing waves of fun and laughter in an “undersea” adventure.

Make the weekend a happy one for the whole family with “LUV U” and “Goin’ Bulilit” this Sunday (December 8). Catch “LUV U,” airing after “ASAP 18” and “Goin’ Bulilit,” airing after “TV Patrol Weekend” on ABS-CBN.

‘1983’: A documentary on the unknown Ninoy THE Aquinos are the closest the Philippines has to a royal family, having produced two presidents in 25 years. But it all started with Ninoy, whose death 30 years ago this year changed the course of Philippine history. Ninoy’s political rise, imprisonment, and death are all well-known to Filipinos. But not the three quiet, vital years he spent in Boston with his family just before he died. Howie Severino and his team travel to Boston to produce a documentary on the Ninoy that few Filipinos know, the transformed family man who loved mahjong and doted on his youngest daughter Kris. It was a near-perfect, happy time for the Aquinos, but not enough to prevent Ninoy from returning home, where he was met by an assassin. What could have led

to that fateful decision? Howie visits the old Aquino home in a Boston suburb and tracks down Ninoy’s best friends, who remember a man who told green jokes but also his shy only son Noynoy who appeared out of place in America. It’s a personal journey for Howie himself, who went to college in Boston in those same years and as a homesick Pinoy, would visit Ninoy to listen to his stories.

Kris Aquino, the so-called “female Ninoy,” shares her memories of that time too as a child who loved America but who always knew that her father would go home to an uncertain fate. Join Howie Severino this Monday, December 9, 2013, as he uncovers the unknown Ninoy in this special documentary titled “1983”. IWitness airs every Monday right after Saksi on GMA7.

Hero TV ushers in holiday heroes this Christmas A new round of characters is well on the way this yuletide season as Hero TV presents its new titles for the month of December that are set to bring inspiration to viewers—instilling in them that everyone has the ability to be a hero in their own ways despite all challenges and trials. Among the shows to hit the airwaves through the country’s number one anime channel are “Element Hunters”, “Kobato”, “Detective Conan: Shinichi Kudo - The Shinsengumi Murder Case”, “Ultraman Zero: The Revenger of the Belial”, “Ultraman Zero: Side Story”, and “Ultra Galaxy Legend Story: Ultraman Zero vs Dark Lops Zero”. In “Element Hunters,” a group of heroes is pitted against the difficulty of losing the Earth’s

vital substances. Chemical elements such as oxygen, carbon, gold, and cobalt are disappearing from the planet’s crust, putting the human population in danger. Catch all the action starting December 11 on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 8:00pm, with an addition 7:30pm timeslot beginning December 16. “Kobato” details the story of a sweet girl who finds herself on Earth with the mission of healing a wounded person’s heart. Find out how she takes away the pain and suffering beginning December 16 at 8:30pm with replays at 2:30am, 8:30am, and 2:30pm. In “Ultraman Zero: The Revenger of the Belial,” the show’s hero Ultraman Zero strives to protect the universe in an out-of-

this-world bout of good versus evil, as he faces the evil Ultraman Belial and the Galactic Emperor aims for universal domination. “Ultraman Zero: The Revenger of the Belial” premieres on December 9 at 12:00am with a replay at 12:00nn and 9:00pm. “Ultraman Zero: Side Story,” which dishes out even more details on the duel premieres on December 15 at 1:00am with replays at 1:00pm and 10:00pm. Watch the best of animation and more on Hero TV (SkyCable Channel 44 and Destiny Digital Cable Channel 44), the number one anime channel in the Philippines. For more schedules and updates, visit and like Hero TV on Facebook ( myheronation) and follow the channel’s official twitter account (@myHEROnation).

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Capitalize...FFROM A1 Singaporean writer. Chris Everingham, model and member of Philippine Volcanoes, said the Langkawi stopover was the perfect climax to the Explore Quest Malaysia event. Before this, the participants also experienced homestay in Bukit Gantang. Langkawi’s charm also captured Filipina professional dancer Sheena Vera Cruz. “The Langkawi experience is the best,” said Vera Cruz. “I also loved how we were able to learn so much about the history of Malaysia and the importance of cleaning our environment by visiting the caves and rainforest.” Langkawi, she said, is “truly one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen in my lifetime!” The other celebrities were also enchanted by whole Malaysian trip. Thai model and actor Mai Pisan Srimankong’s discovery of the Malaysian culture, he said, is something he will forever cherish. “This is a very special experience” he said. Liyana Yus, an actress from Brunei Darussalam, also relished the opportunity that she was able to get to know the other participants’ culture. “I got to meet with the delegates from other asean countries and we got to know each other very well,” she said. “This trip also has given me such a big experience and a wonderful memories.” And like the other celebrities, Yus said her most favorite destination is Langkawi. “I have to say that I am so proud and lucky to be chosen as one of the delegates representing Brunei for this trip,” she said. “I am grateful enough to have met all the people in this trip with wonderful and great memories.” Singaporean blogger and aspiring actor Tiffany Yong said her favorite part of the trip was “making friends with people from other countries, doing different

The National Monument of Kuala Lumpur pays tribute to the Malaysian soldiers who fought for their freedom. Breakfast at the Meritus Pelangi Hotel in Langkawi. L-R: Filipina tour operator Ish Tan, Thai actor Mai Pisan, Malaysian tour operator Adam Kamal and Tourism Malaysia-Philippine representative Zuhaira Abas.

activities together and also coming together to complete the tasks (eg. drawing murals as a group).” For Yong, the highlight of the trip was “meeting people and making friends with them.” “The memories created with them makes the whole trip unforgettable,” she said. “It makes me want to visit their countries as there will be something to look forward to when I fly there. It will no longer be going there as a tourist, but also visiting friends.” Dato’ Mizra Mohammad Taiyab, director general of Tourism Malaysia, said Explore Quest Malaysia is part of Malaysia’s ef-

The majestic Langkawi Island from afar.

Filipino celebrities Sheena Vera Cruz and Chris Everingham. fort to invite tourists from the Asean region. “Tourism Malaysia will continue to carry out promotions to constantly ex-

cite the Asean market with new attractions and holiday ideas to rejuvinate their interests in returning time and time again,” he said.



DSA FORUM. NCCC Mall Davao LTS entertainment marketing supervisor Invictus E. Lorenzo, seated from left, and Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) president Marianne L. Saberon-Abalayan of Sun.Star Davao sign the memorandum of agreement that seals their partnership after yesterday’s Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at NCCC Mall B3 Center. B3 will host the DSA Forum every first, second and fifth Thursday of the month from January to June 2014. Standing as witnesses from left are B3 marketing assistant Frely John Ochia, DSA vice-president for print Jon Develos of Mindano Times, DSA secretary Marizz Robilla of Sun.Star Superbalita and DSA auditor Ruben Dongzal of Goldstar Daily. DSA PHOTO


FLOATER. John Lumogda of the Bureau of Fire Protection takes it straight to the hoop leading BFP to victory over DCPO 90-76. Boy Lim

250 in Marco Polo Davao’s BFP, CMO share AFP-PNP lead CGD Cup 2013 shootfest B T

HE Marco Polo Davao’s Carlos G. Dominguez (CGD) cup 2013 shooting competition will fire off on Dec. 14 at the Team Shooting Range along Diversion Road in Maa with some 250 shooters taking part. Marco Polo Hotel director of security Col. Arnold Comoda, guesting in Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at NCCC Mall B3

Center yesterday, said Davao shooters will be joined by those coming from North Cotabato and General Santos City. “There were players from Bicol Region who joined us last year. They may be competing again in this upcoming event being organized as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of Marco Polo Hotel,” Comoda said. He also said cor-

porate shooters from Davao Light and Power Co., Alsons and Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company also confirmed to participate. The shootfest features pistol, shotgun and mini rifle events in standard, classic and production division. The top seven shooters in each division will receive trophies and other prizes. He added, “This event aims to promote respon-

sible gun ownership and gun safety and foster camaraderie among shooters.” Registration fees are P600 (pistol) and P400 (mini rifle, shotgun) inclusive of lunch and a chance to win raffle prizes including one Cal. 40 Glock Pistol. Marco Polo Hotel also held a fun ride and fun run where proceeds were donated to victims of Typhoon Yolanda. [DSA]

The video, which was also uploaded to the team’s Facebook page, was titled: ‘’Seasons of Legend. Lakers announce Kobe’s return.’’ The video shows Bryant’s No. 24 jersey flapping in the wind. There is rain, sleet, snow and lightning for nearly 2 minutes. At one

point, his jersey tears. Sunshine breaks through the clouds, and the video fades to black. Finally, words flash across the screen that read, ‘’The Legend Continues...December 8.’’ ‘’That’s something special right there,’’ Lakers teammate Nick Young quipped when a reporter showed him the video on his smartphone in the locker room. How effective Bryant will be against top-tier competition is the last lingering question in his return. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni said Bryant will likely be eased back into the lineup, though he declined to discuss how many minutes he will play in his first game. Asked what his expectations are for Bryant this

season, D’Antoni said, ‘’That he’ll be a dominant player.’’ ‘’He can play any way,’’ D’Antoni said. ‘’He can play below the rim, above the rim, the side of the rim. The guy can play any way. He’ll figure out how he’ll be effective and he’ll come at you with everything he’s got.’’ Bryant did not travel with the team to Sacramento. The 15-time All-Star hasn’t played since he was injured April 12 in a home win over the Golden State Warriors. He had surgery the following morning and was projected to take six to nine months to recover. Bryant’s return has seemed imminent since he began practicing last month. The 35-year-old guard has said that he could adjust his game and contribute something to the Lakers even if he’s not fully healthy when he finally steps on the court for his 18th NBA season.

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ACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) -- Kobe Bryant will make his long-awaited return from a torn left Achilles tendon when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday night. In a dramatic video posted on his Facebook page before the Lakers played at Sacramento on Friday night, Bryant set his much-anticipate d

comeback date.

BRYANT. Back in uniform.

ureau of Fire Protection and City Mayor’s Office singly stretched its winning ways to five games to share the top spot of the Mayor Rody Duterte and Vice Mayor Pulong Duterte – 11th AFP-PNP Basketball Tournament standings at the Davao City Recreation Center Almendras Gym on Thursday. The Firemen turned back Davao City Police Office, 90 – 76, as the City Hall-based dribblers routed Naval Forces Eastern Mindanao, 128 – 77, to register its fifth straight win. John Lumogda racked up 19 points to lead the Firemen who held tough all game long against the hard-fighting Policemen. Warlito Castillo and Donald Concepcion chipped in 16 and 10 baskets to backstop the high-flying Lumogda.

DCPO fell to 4-2 winloss card after the loss. Mark Innocentes had 24 markers for DCPO which tied with RPSB at fourth spot. CMO, on the other hand, leaned on a balance attack to bust the Navymen at all front. Christopher “Bong” Go led the way with 35 points highlighted with the 21 points upsurge in the third canto. Rodel Bantilan made 20 and Jerson Dela Pena had 16 for CMO. Canete and Robert Monar scored 28 and 14 points in that order for NFEM which dropped to 2-4. In the other match, National Support Unit hacked out an breathtaking 86 – 84 victory over Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. NSU moved up to 2-4 while BJMP fell to 3-4. [RJB]

HE 3rd Gene Boyd R. Lumawag Cycling fundraiser (Padyak Para Kay Boyd Para sa Burn Center 3) wheels off on December 15, 2013 Sunday starting from People’s Park to Sun City Diversion Road and back to People’s Park. Eleven indigent patients admitted in the Mindanao Burn Center of the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) benefited

from last year’s cycling event. The fundraising event was able to raise P25,221.75 from cyclists and sponsors. This year’s event will consist of a total of 30 kilometers ride in major roads of Davao starting from People’s Park, with category short track races inside Sun City Davao. Categories for this event are Fun Ride A, Fun Ride B, Juniors, Seniors, Veterans, Masters, Fat Boys, Ladies and Golden Boys.

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CAMELLA DAVAO The best condo living experience is at Northpoint N

OTHING beats the value proposition of Northpoint, the British colonial themed condo development of Vista Residences in Davao City. This midrise condo community has the best location in north Davao, proximate to all modern living conveniences, yet it is ensconced within a green and natural environment that offers a respite away from the hustle bustle of city life. Northpoint sits on elevated land straddling two of the city’s main thoroughfares, Buhangin Road and JP Laurel Avenue, Bajada. It is at the heart of the city’s growth area where other modern developments are on the rise, and where Davao’s growing business and commercial district is taking shape. With its prime location, Northpoint is near to all major locators and public utilities, from the airport, seaport, worship places, banks, markets, hospitals, schools and universities, to the biggest and most modern malls, supermarkets, and shopping centers in the city. A shuttle is available to ferry to the outer gates homeowners who wish to take advantage of public transport that is available right outside the condo property. And because Northpoint has a central location, every day destinations are a few minutes’ ride or drive away. With its premier address, Northpoint is the most desirable place to live in Davao, attracting all types of homeowners, from newlyweds to start-up families, students, young professionals, expatriates, businesspeople, even

retirees and empty-nesters. Those who call Northpoint home enjoy the privilege of going home to a place they can truly have a break and relax with their loved ones. That’s because Northpoint’s condominiums are situated within a lush environment of robust plant life, olden Acacia trees, and hundreds of imported Caribbean pine trees. It is a veritable pine estate within the city, with its pine trees emitting fresh oxygen and a fragrant scent that permeate all over the condo property. Think of pine trees up to a hundred feet tall surrounding the condominiums and you can imagine the cool and naturally healthful ambiance of Northpoint, and that’s right smack in the heart of the city. The clubhouse Wakefield Manor features a fitness gym, multi-purpose hall with wide windows, cabanas and grill pits, playground, a kiddie pool, and a wellness swimming pool with saltwater. Around the property there are charming pocket gardens, lush nature park, and a jogging track that meanders around the trees. A 24/7 security system ensures the condo community is safe and secure at all times. These fine living amenities give Northpoint residents a convenient, stylish, and relaxing lifestyle. Northpoint will have its own lifestyle center that will feature a boutique hotel, hi-end retail stores, coffee shops, an open amphi-theatre, and other specialty stores. To rise on the hill that is a few steps away

from the condo gates, this commercial development will further enhance the elevated lifestyle of Northpoint residents. At present its landmark fixture, the White House, features a fine dining restaurant with a wine cellar. Northpoint is a land-

mark development of Vista Residences, the vertical marketing arm of Vista Land & Lifescapes, the largest homebuilder in the country. More information on Northpoint is available at Camella Office, Delgar Bldg., JP Laurel Ave., Bajada, Davao City, telephone 295-3973.

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Edge Davao 6 Issue 191, December 8-9, 2013

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