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WHO CARES? Children make the dark and murky waters in the sea front at the back of Magsaysay Park in Davao City their playground unmindful of the diseases they may get due to the garbage, human waste and other refuse dumped by the residents in the area. Lean Daval Jr.

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Phoenix downplays TRO

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avao-based independent oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines yesterday downplayed the issuance of a temporary restraining order by the Court of Appeals (CA), saying the company merely exercised a legal remedy. In a text message to Edge Davao yesterday, Phoenix Petroleum vice president for external affairs Atty. Raymond T. Zorilla said the TRO “was a remedy taken by another respondent which under existing rules

also inured to the benefit of respondent Dennis Uy.” “However, we wish to stress the fact that such actions are guaranteed by our

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11 gunban-related deaths in Region 11

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HE continuing implementation of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) gun ban has netted a total of 274 violators in Region 11, eleven of whom were “neutralized” (police parlance for “killed”) in shootouts after allegedly resisting arrest.by members of the Philippine National Police (PNP). A police source declined to elucidate further on that aspect.

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BORACAY WINNERS. Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Davao City Chapter bagged four major awards at the Festival of the Wind competitions held in the island resort of Boracay last May 17 to 19. (Story on page 2)

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HOSPITAL fIRE. Firefighters extinguish a fire that hits the Davao Mental Hospital in J.P. Laurel Avenue Davao City early morning yesterday. No one was reported injured among the 195 patients of the institution. Lean Daval Jr.

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two-hour fire hit the Davao Mental Hospital (DMH) along Jose P. Laurel st. at 6:30 yesterday morning, but firefighters put out the blaze by 8:30 AM, even as hospital staff rushed to secure 197 patients. No one was report-

ed injured among the patients while doctors separated patients with manageable cases from those with severe cases, using drugs to calm the patients to manage the situation. bureau of Fire {rotection district 1, senior Fire officer (sFo)

1 Ramil Gillado said as of presstime that they were still investigating as to the cause of the incident. “The estimated damage on equipment alone is about P2 million, and we are still trying to figure out the cost of damage to the building,” he

added. Initial investigation showed that the fire may have started at the female ward and the facility’s intensive care unit. On the other hand, southern Philippine Medical Center (sPMC) chief and Davao Mental Hospital facility head Dr.

Leopoldo Vega told Edge Davao that only 36 out of the 195 patients were brought to babista Psychiatric Hospital & Drug Rehabilitation Center in Lanang, Davao City for these patients needed crisis intervention. “Those 36 are on acute phase and needs

proper care from a rehabilitation center while the rest of the patients will be accommodated in the multi-purpose hall of DMH,” he explained. Food assistance for the patients, staff and doctors arrived after the incident.

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NOT EVEN fIRE CAN STOP A HUNGRY STOMACH. Patients of the Davao Mental Hospital continue with their daily routine unmindful of the fire that

destroy majority of the institution’s buildings in J.P. Laurel Avenue, Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

Red Cross Davao wins awards in 4 categories P

hilippine Red Cross (PRC) Davao City Chapter bagged four major awards at the Festival of the Wind competitions held in the island resort of boracay last May 17 to 19. The awards were: Over-All Champion (adult category); 2nd Runner-Up (Adult lifeguard category); Champion (Ju-

nior lifeguard category); 1st Runner-up - Junior lifeguard category). Lawyer Aileen A. Lizada, member of the board of directors of PRC Davao, said, “We were the best in water safety programs, in fact, we were the ones who train other chapters.” “We also won best in uniform, and best in chant,” Lizada added.

“One of our juniors, Tristan Kirk Ebon, even bested a team from Australia in the Aquathon, an open category of the festival,” she said. The Festival of the Winds involves lifesaving skill competition, sanctioned and officiated by the Philippine Red Cross National office in commemoration of boracay

Day. It was in three categories with 10 events each and participated in by 20 teams from various Red Cross chapters (Cebu, Guimaras, Quezon City, Manila, boracay, Rizal, Cavite, batangas, Quezon Povince, etc.), and some nonRed Cross teams from

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N line with the celebration of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the Davao City anti-smoking Task Force (asTF) led by asTF cochair Dr, Domilyn C. Vilareiz and Reynan Librado, business bureau licensing officer, removed all huge billboards advertising cigarettes along the stretch of Quimpo boulevard, barangays Maa and buhangin. “This is actually a national law, but the asTF is making sure that the city complies with all antismoking laws, including the banning of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship,” Villariez explained. The asTF group was made up of three from the business bureau, three from sta. ana Police office, five from the Public safety Command Center (PsCC) and five from the Traffic Management Center. Villareiz said the removal of the ads is not an effective way of discouraging smokers, but the ads violated City Ordinance 0367-12, known as the New Comprehensive

Anti-smoking Ordinance of Davao City. she said, “Cigarette ads informing the public of cheaper products is not in compliance with the law.” City Ordinance 036712 has more prohibitions and has more defined regulations, such as, smoking areas are limited to outdoors, electronic cigarettes, shisha and waterpipes are now prohibited. It also prohibits smoking in public c o n v e y a n c e s , accommodation and entertainment establishments, enclosed and partially enclosed public places, cemeteries, markets and terminals. Indoor designated smoking areas in business establishments is prohibited, and if an establishment wants to have an outdoor designated smoking area, it should secure a permit from the anti-smoking task force. “This way, we will be able to send a message to the people who placed the signs that this is not allowed in the city,” she said.


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omplete and utter destruction in some parts of Moore, Okla., in the wake of yesterday’s deadly tornado confirms the twister was a rare eF-5 — the top of the tornado rating scale, the National Weather service announced on Wednesday (PHL Time) storm survey crews reached the hardest-hit neighborhoods of Moore this afternoon as lightning and hail continued to batter the devastated city. The survey process is subjective, but team members rely on a checklist of 28 tornado damage indicators to estimate wind speeds and the degree of damage. The National Weather service’s (NWs) four survey teams also found several areas of damage rated as eF-4 along the tornado’s path, according to the Facebook page of the NWs office in Norman, Okla. The preliminary ranking could still be revised in the coming days, as

crews continue to assess the damage. Tornadoes are ranked on the Enhanced Fujita scale. an eF-0 rating is reserved for minor damage, and an eF-5 is considered the most severe, with winds topping 200 mph (322 km/h). The Moore tornado excavated a path up to 1.3 miles (2 kilometers) wide along a 17-mile-long (27 km) stretch of central Oklahoma, the NWs said. The twister touched down 4.4 miles (7.1 km) east of Newcastle at 2:45 p.m. CDT and ended 4.8 miles (7.7 km) east of Moore, a southern suburb of Oklahoma City, at 3:35 p.m. CDT. [Image Gallery: Moore Tornado] At first, the tornado caused little damage on the ground. but the storm ramped up quickly, intensifying to eF-4 levels in about 10 minutes and in just about 4 miles (6.4 km), the NWs said. The storm produced eF-4 scale damage, with winds of up to 200 mph (322 km/h)

A teenager masterfully cracks coconut shell using an improvised cracker made of iron in one of the coconut farms in Gov. Generoso, Davao Oriental in this file photo. Davao Oriental was once the country’s top coconut producer

by Interstate 44 near Moore. There have been 58 F5 or eF-5 tornadoes in the United states since 1950, according to the NWs. The rating scale

was updated in 2007 to more closely align wind speeds with storm damage. The United states has more than 1,000 tornadoes every

before the devastation that typhoon Pablo brought, is slowly recovering from the damaged it incurred. Lean Daval Jr.

year, and only 1 percent of those ever reach eF-5 strength, according to the National Climatic Data Center. “In any given year, you will have maybe a

dozen eF-4s and maybe one eF-5,” said bob Henson, a meteorologist and science writer for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in boulder, Colo.

Air cancels Cayetano launches anti 5-6 Zest Kalibo-Taiwan flights lending program for the poor P “T his is where my commitment to lowering prices, ending joblessness, and increasing wages started so it’s only fitting that I return here to kick start my new term as a senator.” senator alan Cayetano gave this statement today when he met again with the vendors at the Pritil Market in Tondo, Manila to launch his promised anti-5-6 lending program for market vendors and small-scale entrepreneurs. The senator explained that he returned to Pritil Market to make good

on his promise to help to provide the small and medium enterprise (sMe) owners easier access to capital. Three months ago, Cayetano launched his reelection campaign at Pritil Market where he met with the market vendors and asked about their biggest concerns related to PTK: Presyo, Trabaho, Kita. “They said that they still resort to borrowing from 5-6 lenders for their daily cash flow because they cannot get loans from the government or private banks to support

their businesses,” he said. Cayetano said the lending program for the Pritil vendors will be the pilot stage for an envisioned nationwide project that will facilitate the delivery of capital to as many sectors as possible that need access to capital. “To start this project off, I signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Pritil Market Credit Coop to state both our commitment to draw up the mechanics for a lending program to help its members with their financial needs for

their businesses,” he said. “A tested and proven mechanism will ensure that all Filipino families feel the benefits of the country’s growing economy for a long tine,” he added as he stressed that the launch is a continuation of his PTK tour to serve the people’s needs. “This is just the start. Our commitment to end the problems related to PTK does not end simply because the elections are over. This is a continuing fight that I intend to wage against high prices, lack of jobs, and low wages,” he said.

commitment to achieve its objectives within a defined time frame,” the senator said. President benigno Aquino signed Executive Order No. 120 in December last year, creating the Transition Commission. The Transition Commission is tasked to draft the bangsamoro basic Law

that will be certified by the President and submitted to Congress for consideration. “The steady progress that we are witnessing in the work of the Transition Commission is hopefully portentous of the great future that awaits the people of Mindanao,” said Legarda.

“We still have a long way to go and we expect that the Transition Commission will ensure that the entire process of drafting the bangsamoro basic Law will undergo consultations and continuous dialogue and consider the realities that face Mindanao and our country as a whole,” she added.

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enator Loren Legarda today welcomed the progress in the organizational activities of the bangsamoro Transition Commission. “The approval of its internal rules, organizational structure, and calendar of activities are key developments that highlight the Transition Commission’s

OLITICAL tensions between Manila and Taipei are apparently making the Philippines less fun for Taiwanese tourists. At least two airlines have already cancelled flights from Taiwan to boracay, with an airport official saying he expects one other airline to follow suit. “We have temporarily suspended our daily charter service between Kalibo (boracay) and Taipei at the request of the charter agent,” a Zest Air statement read. The Kalibo International Airport (KIA) is the closest portal to the resort island of boracay which allows direct flights from Taiwan, Korea and China, among others. Zest Air’s statement comes as Taipei and Manila are embroiled in a dispute over the fatal shooting of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard. President benigno Aquino III has apologized for the incident, but Taiwan went on to impose sanctions until a formal government apology. These sanctions in-

clude a ban on hiring new Filipino workers and recalling its envoy. Reports also said a travel ban has been issued against the Philippines. “It is our hope that a resolution is reached at the soonest possible time,” said Zest Air, which has been flying to Kalibo from Taipei since 2011. “boracay is a popular destination for Taiwanese tourists, who are our country’s fifth biggest market,” it added. Taiwan comprised 4.24 percent (53,867) of the total 417,392 visitor arrivals in the first quarter, Tourism department data showed. It was topped only by Korea, U.s., Japan and China in terms of tourist arrivals from January to March. Aside from Zest Air, Mandarin Airlines has also cancelled its Taipei-Kalibo flights, Percy Malonesio, head of the Civil Aviation Authority at KIA said. “Philippine Airlines (PAL) has yet to cancel, but we expect a notification from them soon,” Malonesio said in a phone interview. (Yahoo!)


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IP mothers learn tribal dressmaking

CURIOUS. Tribal kids closely observe an elderly woman sewing together an indigenous dress in Macgum, New Corella, Davao del Norte. nobags

NATIVE GARMENTS. Tribal seamstress Leonila Bille teaches the art of making colorful native garments to the indigenous mothers of Macgum, New Corella, Davao del Norte. nobags

HE provincial government has given the Indigenous women of barangay Macgum in New Corella town, this province, the opportunity to revive the dying art of traditional dressmaking and beadworks. Realizing that the craft of making native clothing is fast becoming a thing of the past, the province conducted a livelihood training that taught mothers

ravaged by super Typhoon Pablo late last year. she said her family is now surviving from the meager proceeds she gain in selling home-made delicacies in their barangay. Ethnic seamstress in the municipality are now charging P600 for the labor cost of sewing the Tribal costumes alone. Yet, aside from the chance of earning additional income for

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belonging to the the Dibabawon tribe the esential skill in making indigenous garments and beadings. The workshop was among a series of livelihood trainings organized by the province for the enrollees of the indigenous People-basic Literacy Program (iP-bLP) under the alternative Learning system of the Department of Education. Rosita Vistal, 53, was happy that the

team from the Livelihood Management Development Division of the province came to provide the two-day seminar. The mother of four is hopeful that her new skill in tribal dressmaking would allow her to earn some means to help increase the family income. Her husband Elmer, 50, is now trying his luck at a local small scale mining firm after their modest farm was

her family, Vistal is also excited about the prospect of being able to help preserve the art of making colorful traditional dresses and beadworks, which is an important factor of indigenous heritage. “Gusto ko makahibalo sa pagtahi sa among lumadnong sanina ug dekorasyon kay hinay-hinay nang nawala ang among kahibalo niini (I want to learn the art of making indigenous dress and

beadworks as our generation has slowly lost the skill to do it),” she shared. Under Governor Rodolfo del Rosario’s P.E.O.PL.E. agenda, the province has intensified its livelihood trainings to the underserved sectors, including the IPs, in order to give them wider opportunities to improve their lot and to participate more in building the nation. Noel Baguio

stark reality over a decade ago where school kids were required to bring tools and do all the cleaning and repair works during the opening weeks. This time around all public schools are expected to hold regular classes uninterrupted on the first day with the clean classrooms and school surroundings, she noted. The official was overwhelmed with the good turnout of students, parents, teachers, officials, and ordinary citizens during this year’s provincial launch of the National schools Maintenance Week, known as the brigada eskwela, in dujali elementary school. she said the activity, which was held from May 20 to 24, 2013, has brought into play the

ancient Filipino custom of bayanihan or spirit of communal unity and cooperation to achieve a common noble purpose. The brigada started in 2003 as a nationwide voluntary effort bringing together the education stakeholders to do clean ups and repair works to prepare the school facilities for the opening of classes. however, Fadul called on the parents and the community to also support the cleanup drive of the schools the whole year round, dubbed as brigada Eskwela Plus. “We are doing this not for the benefit of the school or the teachers, but it is for the good of their children,” she concluded. Noel Baguio

Compostela folks laud Brigada Eskwela assures smooth opening of classes Pantawid Pamilya

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oMPosTeLa, Compostela Valley--Compostela town in Compostela Valley Province is one of the severely-hit towns in Davao Region when tropical storm Pablo hit the region last December 4. With over 200,000 families affected by the aftermath, Compostela, they say, will never be the same again. but, typical to Pinoys, what almost destroys us makes us stronger, wiser. The Department of social Welfare and development (dsWd) and other government and non-government organizations came together and helped out in all relief efforts to give strength and hope to all affected families. Compostela is a recipient of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Pro-

gram of the dsWd. it was prioritized as a program recipient in 2010 as part of the set 3 area. Expansion areas were also identified in 2011 for the set 4. Pantawid Pamilya provides cash grants to identified poor households in the country providing they comply with the sets of conditions asked of them. Geraldine Condeza Chan, a 36-year old Pantawid Pamilya beneficiary of barangay Poblacion, Compostela, Compostela Valley has nothing but good words for the program. Geraldine and her husband, Arturo who works as a painter, strive hard to provide a better life to their five children. To them, Pantawid Pamilya is a faithful partner that helps them in achieving their dreams for their children.

“buot namong ipadayon ang mga programa sa gobyerno tungod kay dako kini og ikatabang kanamo. Ilabi na sa pag-eskwela sa among mga anak. Nakatabang usab sa pagpadayon sa pagsuporta sa among panlawas. Ako usab isip inahan dako ug natabang ang programa bahin sa pag pamatuto ug pagdala sa mga anak nga akoang nakutlo sa amoang Family development sessions (We would want the program to continue for it has helped especially in our children’s studies. The program also helped in supporting us in our health needs. I, as a mother, has learned a lot in taking care of our children from our Family development sessions),” shared Geraldine. dsWd/sheryll Jane b. sanico

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HE success of the brigada eskwela will guarantee the smooth and orderly opening of the regular classes on June 3. Davao del Norte Division superintendent Josephine Fadul said she is confident the beginning of the school Year 2013-2014 will go on quietly, since classes will no longer be hampered by minor repairs and clean ups in schools. “Regular classes starts on June 3 and cleaning and repair of school facilities are not allowed anymore,” she stressed. she said that the advent of the brigada eskwela made it possible for all the pupils to be attending their lessons right away on day one. as Fadul puts it, this is a breakaway from the


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MRDP completion set mid-2014

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HE Mindanao Rural Development Program (MRDP) urges contractors and implementing local government units (LGUs) to complete project construction by June 2014. MRDP is a five-year special project under the Department of Agriculture (DA) and jointly funded by the World bank, the national government and the LGUs. Launched in 2007, the program was supposed to end December 2012 but was given a two-year extension by the National Economic and Development authority board and expected to end by December of 2014. “As MRDP implementation is nearing its homestretch, we urge all contractors and concern LGUs to fast track project construction and must ensure that it will be completed before June 2014,” said program director Lealyn Ramos. “We are also reminding LGUs and contractors engaged in the program of their commitment to finish the project on the agreed timeline otherwise

they should complete the remaining works at their own expense,” Ramos stressed. The program implements rural infrastructure, livelihood, and natural resource management projects covering 225 towns and 26 provinces across Mindanao. bulk of these projects are on rural infrastructure which to date the program has a total of 489 rural infrastructure projects of which 239 are completed while 205 are on-going and 45 are at the procurement stage. Majority of the infrastructure projects are farm-to-market roads (FMR) consist of 371 FMR with a total length of 1,365.67 kilometers and costing P3.4 billion. This is followed by potable water systems with a total of 51 projects amounting P305 million. The program is also implementing 26 single lane bridges with a total length of 870.85 liner meters costing P270 million while 24 communal irrigation systems is also being implemented servicing 6,497 hectares and with a

total cost of 569 million. There are also 17 other rural infrastructure projects such as solar dryers and warehouses amounting to P24 million. Ramos said completing the project by mid-2014 would give the program management ample time to evaluate its impact and prepare for the transition from MRDP to PRDP (Philippine Rural Development Program), which is the former’s scale-up version with nationwide expanded coverage. While the program is urging implementing LGUs and contractors to fast track project implementation Ramos stressed that concerned parties should adhere to quality standards, as they will also be held accountable if it will be found to be of poor quality. “We are open and responsive to any complaints from project beneficiaries as this is one way of holding our officials accountable and at the same time promote greater transparency and accountability,” Ramos said. (Noel T. Provido/DAMRDP)

AYALA BUSINESS CLUB. Children’s Hour chair Erlyn Basa discusses the details of the upcoming Children’s Hour Fun Run while Ayala Business Club Davao president Jambie del Rosario listens during the weekly Club

888 media forum at the Marco Polo Davao. The said event is part of Ayala Business Club Davao’s corporate social responsibility. Lean Daval Jr.


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1. Gross National Income Growth Rate (At Constant 2000 Prices)

5.4 4th Qtr 2012

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

6.8 4th Qtr 2012 USD 3,969.51 million Dec 2012 USD 5,135.46 million Nov 2012 USD -1,585 million Nov 2012 USD -209 million Mar 2012 P 5,171,689 million Dec 2012

3. Exports 1/ 4. Imports 1/ 5. Trade Balance 6. Balance of Payments 2/ 7. Broad Money Liabilities 8. Interest Rates 4/

3.6 % Jan 2013 P155,308 million Nov 2012 P 5,381 billion Nov 2012

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

P 40.67 Feb 2013

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

6,242.7 Jan 2013

13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

132.4 Feb 2013

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.4 Feb 2013

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.8 Feb 2013

16. Visitor Arrivals

352,438 Nov 2012

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

20.9% Jan 2013

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.1% Jan 2013

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HY give tax perks to businesses that are cashing in on the tourism windfall? This was the point of Finance secretary Cesar Purisima in a statement on Wednesday, May 22, when he thumbed down the appeal to reconsider tax perks for the owners of hotels and resorts in key tourism areas in the country -- Metro Manila, Cebu City, Mactan Island, and boracay island. “Income tax holidays for already very profitable hotels serves only to further enrich a select few rather than improve the overall environment for tourism investments,” Purisima said in response to the open letter to President Aquino from The Philippine hotel Federation, inc. (PhFi). Purisima preferred to funnel funds meant to boost tourism into infrastructure projects. The Aquino government has an ongoing infrastructure program that aims to boost air, sea, and land connectivity to tourist destinations. several airport projects in the provinces are being rolled out in the next 3 years. “We’d rather collect income taxes and invest in better infrastructure that will further attract more entities to invest in the Philippines,” Purisima said. Appeal The business group has previously written President

benigno aquino iii who is keen on tapping tourism as a key dollar earner and extra leg for the country’s economic growth. View: Is the 10 million tourist arrivals target by 2016 possible? PhFi appealed for the revocation of board of investments (boi) Regulation No. 2013-001 pertaining to the grant of incentives for tourism accommodation establishments in the 4 areas. Citing the project applications for 2009 and 2010 registration with the boi, the estimated amount of revenue foregone from ITH to projects located in the 4 areas is P1.06 billion, the Finance department said. boi Regulation No. 2013001 states that projects on ac-

commodation establishments located in these 4 areas that intend to register with the boi under the 2012 Investment Priorities Plan (IPP) shall be entitled to Capital Equipment Incentives only and not ITH. The ITH incentive for tourism accommodation establishments is provided under Executive Order No. 226 or The Omnibus Investments Code. Competitiveness He said that even without ITH benefit, the industry will continue to be competitive. “boi-registered enterprises engaged in tourism-related activities, particularly in tourist accommodation facilities, are profitable and will be profitable even without income tax holidays,” Purisima said. He added that the exist-

sual, ilijan, and san Roque plants generated a total of 15,250 gigawatt hours, 6% higher than a year ago • Capacity utilization

was at 71% compared to 67% in 2011 due to higher bilateral requirements despite various forced outages. Consolidated off-take volume grew 7% to

ing incentives structure in the Philippine tourism industry is already comparable with its southeast asian neighbors even without the ITH incentive. He cited the case of the incentives scheme in Thailand, a key tourist destination in Asia. he said Thailand’s board of investment only gives exemption from import duties on machinery and only non-tax privileges to hotels to support tourism. According to the World economic Forum (WeF) Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013, the Philippines’ main comparative strengths are its natural resources, price competitiveness, and a very strong prioritization of the travel and tourism (T&T) industry as indicated by the government’s spending on the sector as a percentage of GDP and the increasing effectiveness of tourism marketing and branding campaigns. Rationalize tax perks Earlier, Purisima and Trade secretary Gregory domingo have identified the rationalization of all fiscal incentives across industries as an economic reform measure that will be prioritized in the last 3 years of the Aquino administration. The grant of fiscal incentives to some industries have long been identified as an area where the Philippines can improve its tax expenditures. Rappler.com

San Miguel to invest $1.5-B in power plants

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UMMARY of the sMC Global Power financial performance in 2012: • Revenues reached P74.7 billion, a 4% increase. Its

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Summer or not milk shake reigns as the ultimate refreshment choice for kids due to the mixed taste that it possesses. Lean Daval Jr.

5.8 THE LT Group Inc., the holding firm of tycoon Lucio Tan, said its net income during the first quarter hit P5.8 billion, from last year’s P3.7 billion, despite significant drops in income posted by its tobacco and alcohol units. The high net income was the result of higher earnings of Philippine National Bank, which merged with Allied Banking Corp. in February, this year.

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STRONG demand for Isuzu Crosswind helped prop up sales of Isuzu Philippines Corp. (IPC) in April by 24 percent to 1,059 units. IPC said sales of its popular all-utility vehicle (AUV) reached 628 units, 22.7 percent higher than the 512 units sold in March. BusinessMirror, May 22, 2013

AT 46, Richard Yap, the My Binondo Girl and Please Be Careful With My Heart telenovela sensation, is living proof that sex appeal knows no age limit. He is at the top of his game and is as “papable” as ever.

15,961 GW hours • Operating income was at P17.1 billion, up 2% san Miguel Corp., through its power generation arm, is investing $1.5 billion for the construction of its two new power plants, its top official said. of this amount, sMC Global Power Holdings Corp. is spending about $1 billion for the construction of a 600-megawatt coal fired-plant in bataan in northern Luzon and $500 million for another plant in Davao, san Miguel Corp. president and COO Ramon Ang said in a briefing with reporters on the sidelines of Petron Corp., annual stockholders’ meeting. Construction for the two plants has already started and should be operating by mid2015, Ang said on Tuesday, May 21. He said the power generation unit may construct more power plants, depending on the viability and business climate. “We’re supposed to do more. We’re still evaluating the best option,” he said. - Rappler.com

87 HEDCOR, Aboitiz Power’s wholly owned subsidiary, said the survival rate of the 600,000 trees it had planted last year is 87 percent. Hedcor now targets to plant additional 200,000 trees this year.


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Swim across Sarangani Bay in less than 3 hours

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aasiM, sarangani --The open ocean swimming race from Maasim to Glan remains to be the much-awaited sports event in the eight-year history of sarangani bay Festival. A total of 50 swimmers will again invade sarangani bay this May 24 to kickoff sarangani bay Festival, the biggest beach party in Mindanao. Will a team log the shortest time ever in the history of swim-acrossthe-bay? 2006 swim organizer Giuseppe Chew described the race as “the sarangani bay ultimate challenge.” It has a distance of about 15 kilometers. Governor Migs Dominguez said the swim challenge is “one way (also) of helping our swimmers to be able to compete not only in swimming pools but also in international swimming competition offshore.” “This is not only about winning but also about finishing and conquering,” he added. On May 18, 2006, only three teams out of six entries finished the first-ever swim across sarangani bay witnessed by thousands of spectators. The Dadiangas Torpedoes of General santos City (4:05:18 hours) won by just two minutes ahead of MJ Powerpines of Maasim (4:07:12 hours). The

Maasim swimming Team clocked in 4:57:26 for 3rd place. “This is the longest open ocean marathon swimming competition in the country and probably in Asia,” said Chew. “I really enjoyed it,” said swimming athlete Ergel Arcinas of the 2006 race. “It was hard on our part since the water was salty and the bay has a strong current. We are used to swimming in the pool.” The following year, swim teams came from Davao City, Koronadal City, General santos City, Polomolok, Maasim and the Philippine Navy. The Gensan swimmers repeated their win and broke their own record that year (2007). The swimmers finished in record fashion with the Dadiangas Torpedoes A successfully defending their title with a record time of 2:50:15.23 hours and received P40,000 for the top prize. MJ Fighters b finished second (2:55:01.29 hours) and went home with P25,000 while the Tinoto Dolphins came in third to claim P10,000. An all-female team from General santos City clocked in 3:11:17.05 hours. On May 17, 2008, 10 teams again raced from Maasim to Glan crossing sarangani bay in sarbay

Fest’s most grueling race and between one of the bay’s narrowest points. The swim-across-thebay is a brainchild of former Capitol agriculture chief and marine biologist Giuseppe Chew who now lives abroad. “I could still vividly remember well when I made my suggestion to the floor when we had our first meeting to conduct the sarangani bay Festival, everyone was laughing at me,” Chew said in an email. “The suggestion was almost killed if not for board Member Art Lawa who supported and believed in my grandiose plan,” he said. Chew said the swimacross-the-bay “turned out the best activity then and highly successful.” He said it is “the longest open ocean swimming competition in the Philippines and probably in Asia.” “Who would ever believe historic sarangani bay (mentioned in antonio Pigafetta’s epic journal of Magellan’s expedition), the deepest bay in the Philippines can be conquered with human prowess?” “Even the local Coast Guard commander then did not believe it can be done when I called for a meeting to prepare for the medical emergency plan,” Chew added. (serafin N. Ramos Jr./sarangani information Office)


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NYTHING can happen in a nuthouse, considering what those who reside in it are capable of doing. What is news about the fire that hit the Davao Mental Hospital along J.P. Laurel Avenue in Davao City is that it happened almost a century after, if it is true, that the mostly-wooden structure was built in 1918. Levity aside, the fire was, as one idiom writer calls it “an accident waiting to happen.” Indeed, the hospital has been decrepit and a fire hazard for sometime now. No less than Dr. Leopoldo vega, director of the southern Philippines Medical Center (sPMC), of which the old hospital is an adjunct, admitted that the bureau of Fire Protection had recommended the rewiring of the building as it now seems faulty wiring was a likely cause of the fire. However, rewiring cost was prohibitive at the time and it was deemed more practical to build a new structure with an entire-

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On the proclamation of 6 senatorial winners

Are we really the Boss or are they pulling our leg?

‘WITHOUT including the votes in the proclamation is disrespectful of the returns and in effect disenfranchise the voters. Expediency cannot also be the reason to make a hasty proclamation.’

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- Prominent election lawyer Romulo Macalintal, questioning the legality of the early proclamation of six winning senatorial candidates.

‘MAYBE lawyer Macalintal has a client who has not yet been proclaimed, that’s why he’s saying these things. In my case , if my client is not proclaimed, I also say the wrong things.’ --Commission on Elections (Comelec) chair SixtoBrillantes.PDI, May 18,2013

The anger of the Taiwanese cannot be so easily appeased

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HE recent killing of a Taiwanese fisherman by the Philippine Coast Guard has led to diplomatic tensions between Taiwan and Philippines, spawning a series of sanctions levied on the Philippine government by Taiwan. The sanctions include freezing all applications from Filipino workers seeking employment in Taiwan, an action that many Filipino workers cannot accept. Many Filipinos have raised questions over why we cannot accept the apology from Manila Economic and Cultural Office (MECO) Chairman Amadeo R. Perez, who was authorised by the President of the Philippines benigno aquino iii. While it may seem emotional for Taiwanese fishermen to burn the Philippine flag in front of the Philippine representative office in Taipei, it is quite understandable that the nation would burst into such fury when another country takes the life of a local citizen. It is the cultural bond between ethnic groups. And it would happen in any country. The anger flared when the Philippine government initially refused to apologise for the incident, following the murder, calling it an act of “self-defence” because the vessel was about to ram its ship. The term “self-defence” is sometimes tricky, because it can also be used as a term to justify an alleged murder, as has been the case with many controversial trials over the past years. Whether the Taiwanese

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FOREIGN COMMENT By Manny ValdehueSa vessel was attempting to ram the Philippine Coast Guard or not, the weaponless boat was clearly mismatched. In any case, killing an unarmed man, even when he projected threatening behaviour, is without doubt a significant act. In the 21st century, with better technology and more advanced weapons, military weapons should be used with extreme care as the possibility of war is forever present. That is why, during the Diaoyutais row between Japan and Taiwan, only water canons were used. Premier Jiang Yi-huah rejected a subsequent apology statement that was issued far past the 72-hour ultimatum deadline, calling it insincere and ambiguous. What the government could not accept was that the Philippine government called the act unintended and unfortunate. Holding a picture of the bullet-riddled vessel, Jiang lambasted such a notion, noting that the gunner was clearly strafing. In disbelief he said, “How can you call this 51-bullet hole boat an unintended shooting?” On the night when the Philippines top envoy to Taiwan, Antonio basilio, met with the foreign minister, he presented four different versions of a response statement one after another from the Philippine government - an act that raised questions about their sincerity.

The final version of the statement did not promise, as its previous version did, the penalty of a fine, leave of service or imprisonment for the perpetrators. Taiwan demanded that the Philippine government issue a formal apology, promise to levy a punishment on the perpetrators and open bilateral fishery agreement talks. Taiwan also asked for “national compensation” because it was a so-called act of negligence by a government body that allowed such behaviour. The Philippines’ response, however, only stated that the victims of the family will be compensated by donations from Filipinos. What Taiwan would like to see is a face-to-face, sincere apology from the Philippine government where they promise clearly and explicitly to provide a national compensation for the victim’s family and punishment for the perpetrators. The Philippines, thus far, has been ambiguous with its responses at best. That, alone, is enough to prove their insincerity. And it is because of this reason that Taiwan is compelled to conduct retaliatory measures to exert pressure on the Philippine government. it may not be fair to some Filipino workers, but punishment always comes at a price. The Taiwan government will at all cost do whatever it can to protect the sovereignty of the country and the safety of its people - which any nation would do. (The China Post/ANN)

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AGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The president has taken to calling us his “boss.” We say we are your supporters. We support and endorse your avowed policy: Matuwid na Daan. We pray for its success and wish to help accordingly. Thus, we would to express our concern about a very real threat to its success, namely: the patronage system known as Pork barrel or Priority development assistance Fund. events of late and front-page revelations of its cavalier handling at high places portend frustration and likely failure ahead. so let us face the issue squarely. Too long has Pork corrupted our polity: legislatures, bureaucracy, electorate. It is like a festering sore upon the body politic that doesn’t heal because of the political maggots that feed on it. Everyone knows that Pork serves mainly to feed the vanity and political agenda of its users. That it is used to manipulate the poor and the impressionable among our electorate is reprehensible. This cynical scheme to extract benefits from the public service by frying the constituency in its own fat should have no place in a society whose Constitution implores Divine Providence for guidance. It is time we get rid of this major corruptor of our democracy. We just haven’t matured enough or learned enough to handle abuses of this kind. Pork is not evil per se; everyone knows there is Pork in other societies. but in them its handling is protected by a regime of transparency and accountability that works. It works because it is anchored on an ethic backed by the Rule of Law. To abuse Pork in those societies isn’t worth it. For in addition to a system of checks and balances that won’t tolerate it, they have a hard core of vigilant, no-nonsense citizens who will not forgive betrayers of the public trust. such is the force of established tradition and culture which, sad to say, we Filipinos have yet to institutionalize. Every parent knows the folly of giving large allowances to kids or to persons with immature impulses; they’ll only squander the money or blow it on unworthy causes. As with parents, so with society—especially a relatively young society like ours whose institutions are very much still a work-in-progress. It is folly for our society to slice huge portions of our scarce resources and let people of uncertain integrity or legitimacy handle them—not especially in an age of palusot, where impunity seems fashionable, and where elections can be bought. Even duly sworn officials seem helpless against temptation, too readily violating their oath. Under these circumstances, the better part of valor is to withdraw the excessive Pork allocations and use these—perhaps P50 billion or more!—for the purposes of your reform agenda. Accordingly, as our electorate prepares to put a new Congress in place by May, we urge you, Mr. President, to disown and abolish the Pork barrel system. Now, not later! We ask that (1) the funds earmarked for it be turned over to our communities through their respective local development councils (sec 106-115, R.a. 7160); and (2) that this be effected using a formula similar to the one apportioning internal revenue allotments (IRA) for barangay, municipality, city, and province (sec. 284288).


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Phoenix.. FfROM 1 laws. more particularly for protection from an injustice stemming from what we perceive as an erroneous decision of the DOJ,” Zorilla said. On Tuesday, the CA stopped the Department of Justice (DOJ) from filing a P5-billion tax case against Uy and broker Jorlan Capin Cabanes. The appellate court’s 10th Division issued a temporary restraining order (TRO), stopping the Justice department from filing with the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) charges against the respondents for violation of the Tariff and Customs Code. The multi-billion tax case is considered to be the biggest instituted by the DOJ against alleged smuggling and tax evasion violators under the Aquino administration. Justice secretary Leila de Lima ordered the filing of charges against Dennis Uy and Cabanes before the CTA on April 24 over Phoenix’s “non-payment of excise and value-added taxes and non-submission of import documents such as invoices and bills of lading.” The filing of the charges by the DOJ in effect set aside the November 16, 2012, resolution signed by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano that dismissed the same complaint against the two respondents. The resolution signed by de Lima read: “With all these discrep-

ancies, inconsistencies and variance in the documents submitted by respondents visà-vis the documents submitted by the complainant relative to the shipments in question, we cannot sustain the finding in our resolution of 16 November 2012 that respondent’s documents belied and negated the complainant’s allegations.” However, in a resolution promulgated on May 9, the appellate court ordered the DOJ not to file the case as it gave weight to the claim of Cabanes that they were never afforded the opportunity to amply respond to the new evidence introduced in the complaint. It was Cabanes who went to the appellate court and sought a TRO from the DOJ to stop it from enforcing its resolution. The TRO, in effect, also covered Uy. “It was an exercise of a prevailing right sanctioned by law and existing jurisprudence,” explained Zorilla. The TRO was immediately assailed by the department of Finance in a statement. “TROs like this one effectively prevent the government from prosecuting smuggling. Our courts and court processes should not be used by a few to block our progress in enforcing customs laws, and creating a level playing field for all,” Finance secretary Cesar V. Purisima said

in a statement. “This unnecessarily slows down the process but nevertheless, we will not allow anyone to distract us from our continuing drive against smuggling.” Zorilla, however countered Purisima’s statement saying the oil company also wanted a level playing field. “As an industry player, we also want a level playing field given the massive investments owing to our investors and public shareholders,” he said. Creating a level field, according to Zorilla, does not necessarily authorize the violation of the rights of any citizen, including that of respondent (Dennis Uy). The charges stemmed from the complaint of the bureau of Customs under then-Customs Commissioner Angelito Alvarez. They were filed on May 5, 2011, under the Run After The smugglers (RaTs) program of the boC. According to the complaint, the boC claimed the oil company imported gasoline and other oil products with a combined dutiable value of P5,981,212,832 between June 2010 and April 2011. Of the P5 billion, some P459 million worth of imported petroleum products brought in between June and December 2010 cleared Customs without any supporting import entry declarations.

Police sr. supt. Perpetuo Macion, head of the PNP 11 Regional Operations and Plans Division head, did tell Edge Davao that their data are based on the implementation dates from January 13 to May 18. Macion said the following were the areas where the violators were apprehended: Regional head quarters (RHQ) only one was arrested; Davao City Police Office (DCPO), a total of 134 violators of whom 124 were arrested, six at large and four neutralized (killed during the actual apprehension for resisting arrest); 46 in Davao del Norte Police Office (DDNPO) where 42 were arrested and four

were neutralized; 43 in davao del sur Police office (ddsPo) where 41 were arrested and 2 are at large; 15 in Davao Oriental Provincial Police Office (DOPPO) where 13 were arrested, one at large and one was neutralized; and 35 in Compostela Valley Province Police Office (CVPPO) where 33 were arrested and two was neutralized. He added that the total number of firearms confiscated were 155; 53 of which are high-powered (HP) and 102 were low-powered (LP) firearms. He bared the following areas where the firearms were confiscated: RHQ one LP; DCPO a total of 42 firearms of which

6 HP and 36 LP; 38 in DDNPO, 10 HP and 28 LP; 25 in ddsPo, 7 HP and 18 LP; 15 in DOPPO, 6 HP and 9 LP; and 34 CVPPO where 24 HP and 10 LP. Macion also added that they confiscated a total of 153 deadly weapons, 117 bladed, 30 explosives, 6 of which were homemade guns (paltik). A total of 133 cases were filed in the following areas: RHQ, one; DCPO, 60; ddNPo, 32; dsPPo, 11; DOPPO; 12: and CVPPO 17. Macion said they will continue to establish Comelec checkpoints in different parts of the region until the implementation of the gun ban ends on June 12.

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HARASSED PHOTOGS. Photojournalists King Rodriguez (left) and Robinson Niñal Jr. were allegedly ha-

rassed by personnel of the Davao Mental Hospital while covering a fire incident yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

P7.4B for DPWH 11 By Che Palicte

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total of P7.4 billion worth of projects for the year 2013 is on the agenda of of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in region 11. Regional director Mariano Alquiza told media that P3.02 billion of the budget is allocated for 29 projects being undertaken by the regional office while the remaining projects are being implemented by different DPWH engineering districts in the region. Alquiza added that the region has already accomplished 10.74 percent of the on-going projects. He added that 56 projects are on-going in Davao del Norte worth P474 million coming from the total budget of

the region. Meanwhile, Alquiza bared that DPWH 11 ranks No.2 in the whole country in terms of implementing the pre-construction stage of the 2013 or current projects and is No.4 in the stage of project construction. “Pre-construction involves activities from survey to preparations of plans and the conduct of biddings while the construction stage involves the actual or the on-going implementation of the projects,” he explained. Alquiza also confirmed that DPWH 11 is ranked No. 3 nationwide in completing the pre-construction stage of carry-over projects and No. 1 in the construction stage. “Carry-over projects

are projects in the years 2011 and 2012 that are being implemented this year,” he said. Recently, to boost the region’s tourism industry, DPWH 11 was the recipient of a P1.487 billion project under the Department of Tourism (DOT)-DPWH convergence program involving 15 priority projects. “All these DOT-DPWH convergence projects are on-going and we have already achieved 16.81 percent accomplishment,” Alquiza said. The only problems that the DPWH encounters in project implementation are the issues on road right of way (RROW) and peace and order due to the demands of revolutionary taxes by rebel groups on contractors.

Zambales (ZambRoa), boracay (shangri-La hotel), Aklan (LGU’s) and even Australia (Cudgen) also competed as guest teams. “Our lifeguards helped during floods in the city, we are competent and well trained in swift water rescue. I, myself, underwent training in the Mandug river,” said Lizada. Members of PRCDavao who won the Overall Champion in the Adult Category Team A were Dennes Cubelo, Daniel Esmale, Dioher Lagam, Cliffer Lucilla, and Robert Macarambon. In the 2nd Runner-Up Adult Lifeguard Category Team b was made up

of Justin Albert Gonzales, Jerry Kasim, Jose Alther Rivera (playing coach), Reily John Luz Roque, and Erwin John Rosaroso. Champion in the Junior Lifeguard Category Team A was composedof Chyll bea amparo, Tristan Kirk Ebon (champion in Aquathon), Dannyone Jeff

Kasim, Trisha Quimno, and Alecxis Maxinne Luces. 1st Runner-up in the Junior Lifeguard Category Team b were Chad bryan Amparo, Pia Alessandra ballos, augusto blanco, eileina Gabrielle Fernandez and Mark Joshua soledad. EJF

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EDMOND, Washington (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp unveiled the “Xbox One” on Tuesday, its first new gaming console in eight years, and its strongest push so far to dominate consumers’ living rooms with an array of exclusive media content. The Xbox One took four years to develop and will be the launchpad for a “Halo” live-action video series produced by steven spielberg. It will be sold worldwide “later this year,” games unit chief Don Mattrick told reporters at an event at the software company’s campus near seattle, without providing details on timing or pricing. The device will also be the first platform to release the next installment in activision blizzard inc’s blockbuster shooter franchise, “Call of Duty”. Microsoft hopes its third-generation Xbox console will attract video game fans who are increasingly sampling games on mobile devices, while also becoming a hub for living room entertainment. The new device interacts with a television, responds to voice and gesture commands, includes group video calling on skype, 15 exclusive game titles and original programming content. The Xbox One will chiefly compete with Nintendo Co’s new Wii U and sony Corp’s forthcoming Playstation 4 for a bigger slice of the $65 billion-a-year computer game market. Microsoft did not refer to the new gadget as a “console” but rather an entertainment system, signaling its renewed focus on making the Xbox a sort of window for media and entertainment content, said Forrester Research’s James McQuivey.

XBOX ONE. Don Mattrick, President of Interactive Entertainment Business at Microsoft unveils Xbox One on Tuesday (Wednesday PHL Time), May 21, 2013, in Redmond, Wash. (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Invision for Microsoft/AP Images) The software giant is “trying to break out of the category” and risks having to battle not just sony and Nintendo but Apple Inc, Google Inc and others to control consumer entertainment in the age of smart Tvs, tablets and smartphones, he said. Acclaimed movie maker steven spielberg will be executive-producing a television series based on Microsoft’s blockbuster sci-fi game “Halo” -- one of the game industry’s largest franchises by revenue -- for the Xbox One. The new console will also offer exclusive National Football League content and eight new game franchises, executives said. Yusuf Mehdi, svP of Microsoft’s Interactive entertainment business declined to put a figure on the company’s investment in exclusive game and

video content, but called it a “very serious commitment,” in an interview with Reuters. CoNsoLe To MobiLe Console gaming still accounts for the largest share, of about 42 percent, of the $65 billion world gaming market, according to Microsoft. but playing games on smartphones and tablets is gaining ground. Videogame publishers have moved towards integrating their games across consoles, PCs and mobile devices to keep gamers engaged. Microsoft said it will have an updated smartGlass app that connects the Xbox One to tablets and smartphones. “This is what we needed, a machine that could connect all the possibilities the devices that exist can bring,” Yves Guillemot, CEO of games publisher Ubisoft, told Reuters.

The device will have 8 gigabytes of memory and comes with a new-generation Kinect sensor that communicates a user’s voice and gesture commands to the console. The original Kinect was launched in 2010 and sold separately. bundling the Kinect -- which costs $100 in the current version -- may inflate the Xbox One’s overall price tag. Mehdi said Microsoft is still “evaluating” sale price. “As a gamer, I wanted to see the additional features to make the gaming experience better,” said dennis “Thresh” Fong, a former professional video gamer and now CEO of gamer network Raptr. sony had touted the new Playstation 4’s live streaming of games and social features like a “share” button on its con-

360 GAMES. Xbox One will not play Xbox 360 games Microsoft Shows Off Xbox Console Daimler unveils make-or-break S-Class flagship

troller when it announced its new console, Fong said. Despite its strong brand and ‘cool’ factor, the Xbox itself is not a key financial factor for the world’s largest software maker. Its Entertainment & Devices unit is set to break $10 billion in sales for the first time this year, but that’s half the sales of its Windows unit, and a lot less profitable, averaging less than 15 percent margin compared to 60 percent or higher for Windows or Office. The company has

more than 46 million users of its online gaming and digital entertainment serviceXbox Live. That is still a fraction of the people who pay for its software. Microsoft’s stock closed down 0.7 percent at $34.85. “Xbox is not going to move the revenue needle but it might change the business model for the better as Microsoft tries to learn how to have the kind of relationship Xbox does” with consumers, McQuivey said.

Yahoo! targets Tumblr

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AHOO! has begun talks with the popular blogging platform Tumblr about an acquisition or strategic alliance, the technology website AllThingsD reported on Friday, May 17. The Dow Jonesowned website said Yahoo! is eyeing the move to attract more users from the key 18 to 24-year-old age bracket, and that the Internet pioneer sees Tumblr as one of the “coolest” sites. The report said talks between the two firms were “serious” but that nothing had been finalized. Yahoo! has been looking at a range of acquisitions since Marissa Mayer took over as chief executive last year and vowed to

revive the company, which has faded in the face of competition from Google. AllThingsD said Tumblr could fetch as much as $1 billion, and that its current valuation based on investments is believed to be in the range of $800 million. The report said Tumblr is interested in “strategic” investments, which could mean some kind of alliance. Yahoo! recently failed in a bid to take over the online video site Dailymotion after the French government, which owns a stake, quashed the deal. The California firm is now reported to be interested in another video website, Hulu.


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OCKY Aaron “The Jewel” Herrera isn’t impressed with Wbo international light welterweight champion Jason Pagara who defends his title against the Mexican at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu on saturday in the top-notch “Pinoy Pride” series 20th edition presented by ALA Promotions in cooperation with abs-CbN. The fights will be telecast on sunday at 10:15 a.m. on Channel 2. During a get-together PINOY PRIDE XX. Jason Pagara of the Philippines (left) will have a tough night against Aaron Herrera of Mexico on Saturday night’s Pinoy Pride XX in Cebu City. with the Cebu sports media on Tuesday, Herrera who has an impressive record of 25 wins with 17 knockouts and only one loss, said he had seen some of Pagara’s fights on YouTube and was not particularly impressed. It will be Herrera’s first fight outside his native Mexico and indicated he had no problem with the humid weather since he comes from Yucatan which is much the same. Herrera trained hard in his hometown and said he is ready even though he hasn’t fought this year, pointing out that he is mentally and physically ready for Pagara who is ranked No. 4 by the Wbo. Like most visiting fighters, Herrera said he is prepared to go twelve

rounds if he has to but would grab the opportunity to score a knockout if he sees a chance. In his last ring appearance on November 3, 2012, Herrera scored a stunning 1st round knockout of Jorge Pimentel, showing that his eight round unanimous decision loss to Fernando Garcia on July 21 last year had not affected him by scoring a devastating knockout over the experienced “Tigre” Pimentel, catching Pimentel with some solid combinations before taking him out with a hook to the liver. Herrera also won by a 1st round TKO over eightyear veteran Zaid “The Terminator” Zavaleta on April 21, 2012. Mexican media described the win as spectacular even as Herrera said he got the expected result through intense preparation and training. The 24 year old Pagara who has a record of 30-2 with 19 knockouts is coming off an impressive 1st round knockout of previously undefeated Miguel antoine of barbados on October 20, 2012 after winning the vacant Wbo international title by a 6th round TKO over rugged Mexican Rosbel Montoya.

Murray out of French Open L

ONDON (AP) -- Andy Murray withdrew from the French Open on Tuesday because of a chronic back injury and will now focus on preparing for the start of the grass-court season next month. The U.s. open champion met with specialists this week after being forced to pull out of his second-match against Marcel Granollers of spain at the italian open last Wednesday because of the long-standing complaint. ‘’It’s a really tough decision and I love playing in Paris, but after seeking medical advice I am not fit to compete,’’ Murray said in a statement. ‘’Apologies to the organizers and thanks to everyone for the messages of support. Now my complete focus is on getting back on the court as soon as possible.’’ The French open, the second Grand slam tournament of the year, starts sunday. Last week in Rome, Murray took a long injury

break early in the second set against Granollers, getting his left thigh and lower back massaged. He seemed pessimistic about his chances of playing in the French Open, the only major in which he hasn’t reached the final. ‘’I have an issue with my lower back. It’s been an issue for a while,’’ Murray said then. ‘’I want to make sure it goes away. It’s been a problem since the end of 2011 but it got bad during last year’s clay season. ‘’I would be very surprised if I was playing in Paris.’’ Murray reached the quarterfinals at the French open last year, falling to david Ferrer, before going on to lose his first Wimbledon final to Roger Federer. he avenged that defeat against the swiss star to win Olympic gold, and downed Novak Djovokic at the U.s. open for his first Grand slam title later in 2012. Wimbledon runs from June 24 to July 7 this year.


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FOOD

Extremely hot

There is a food revolution in Durianburg and one front involves burgers and I am not talking about the fast food chain kind. What I am referring to are the many different places that now serve artisan burgers, big burgers that are loaded with fatty beefy goodness and one of them is harley’s Boulevard Motor Cafe. I actually just heard of the place after a couple of friends mentioned it to me while we were talking about burger joints. I was glad to find out that it is just a couple of blocks away from where I live, so one day while I was doing some chores, I decided to

drop by and take a peek. Located discreetly along Juan Luna Street just a short walk from Ateneo de Davao University, harley’s is a simple burger eatery tucked in with orange picket fences and some potted plants. In fact, I almost missed the restaurant

on my first pass around the street. Similar to the street-side chicken rice eateries of Singapore, harley’s is a bareboned eating establishment with wooden tables, wooden chairs, there is no air conditioning here. The walls are decorated with motorbike paraphernalia with the occasional quirky item like the Darth Vader helmet with deer antlers on one side. The menu of the eatery, that is posted onto the wall is a long one, but I decided to go with a simple order of their cheeseburger and an order of Fries and Chilli. The burger was ok, although I would have wanted it to have a more smoky

flavour and a little more fat but the chill fries were simply amazing and for the price, I was totally fine. I then discovered that what actually makes harley’s food much much better is their home-made chill sauce which they serve by the bottle. The chill sauce was smoky, spicy hot with a hint of sweetness but not too sweet like a Thai sweet chill sauce. Pair the savoury hot liquid heaven with whatever you are eating plus a bottle of coke and you are sure to have a good meal. In fact, I wanted to spirit away a bottle of the sauce but decided not to for fear of burning my lips. So if you are somehow in the area and would like a quick simple bite paired with an amazing extremely hot sauce, harley’s is one place you might want to drop by. Follow me on Twitter or Instagram @kennethkingong for foodie finds, travel tips and happenings in, around and about Durianburg.


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Marks & Spencer to open new store in SM Lanang New Davao City store to feature M&S’s latest in-store format for the first time in the Philippines

MArks & sPeNcer (M&s) has a real treat lined up for its customers in the Philippines this June, when it opens its new store in sM Lanang, Davao city with a completely new store format.

Trading across 1,515 square metres, the new format store will provide M&s customers with a new shopping experience – making the store more inviting, inspiring and easy to shop for customers, with an exciting new take on fashion and food displays. Anthony Tantoco Huang, the executive Vice President of stores specialists Inc. said: “We’re delighted to be opening a brand new store at sM Lanang this June and we are really pleased to have secured such a prime shopping location. Our new displays really showcase the very best of our stylish merchandise and speciality food. We can’t wait for our customers to come and explore our brand new more inviting and inspiring store.” Stylish fashions The new store will offer an international shopping experience with an extensive range of high quality, fashions and accessories across womenswear, menswear, lingerie, beauty at great value. The new format store provides each clothing brand its own distinct look and identity and allows customers to see which brand best meets their personal style preferences. By clearly segmenting each of M&s’s popular clothing sub brands, M&s aims to improve the customer journey through improved navigation, a better store layout and more inspiring in-store customer experiences. This is highlighted for customers through unique branding, visual merchandising kit and propping. For example, an ethnically casual look for Indigo collection includes trestle tables and denim mannequins, whilst Autograph is luxurious and sophisticated with a black glass table and grey posed mannequins. Speciality food The new format also better highlights M&s’s position as a speciality food retailer. The store will offer a selection of exceptional quality food including groceries, biscuits, confectioneries, savouries and a range of wines. Marks & spencer opened its first store in the Philippines in 1992 and will have 21 stores in the country, including the soonto-open sM Lanang store. Marks & spencer’s franchise partner, rustan Marketing specialists Inc, operates M&s stores in the Philippines and plans to open more stores in the coming years.

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FOOD

The Filipino way OUT of boredom, I experiment. Out of exhaustion, I order. Yes, that is my life. I am just lucky to have my nanny with me – even at this age – to take care of me and not let me starve. If my Mama would read this, she will definitely give me ‘the look’.

Ingredients: ½ kilo Mussels, washed and soaked in ice cold water for an hour 3 cups fish stock or tepid water 1 piece Ginger root, chopped and mashed ½ stalk Lemon Grass, white part chopped 1 tablespoon Fish Sauce 1 piece red onion, chopped

Kidding aside, I am most fortunate enough to grow up in a family that loves to cook, eat and bond at every possibility. Paying homage to my roots, I give you 3 Filipino loved recipes that are nothing compared to anything that I have eaten outside the borders of the archipelago. Give them a try and experiment – add, subtract and have your own signature on this well loved dishes. remember, your imagination is your limitation! Kinilaw A staple in every gathering, I have personally learned to love this when I was still doing my OJT over at Grand regal hotel. have it soaked in vinegar for a minute longer and you’ll certainly feel the explosive flavors in your palate. Ingredients: 1 1/2 to 2 pounds fresh tuna or tangigue 1 root ginger 1/4 cups vinegar 3 pieces red chilies 2 pieces calamansi, squeezed Salt to taste Method: Clean, debone, and cut the fish in small cubes. Then mix the fish in a mixture of vinegar, salt, chilies, calamansi and slices of ginger. Let stand for one hour in the refrigerator and serve cold. Chicken Adobo Ultimate comfort food! Do I still need to elaborate why? Well, got the urge to cook after listening to Gloc9 on my playlist talking about ‘chicken adobo’ Ingredients: 4 - 5 pieces chicken legs, you can use any part of the chicken, skin off and cleaned 5 cloves of garlic, peeled and finely chopped 1 piece thumb size ginger,

from heat. I usually eat the dish after a day or so. Or if you cannot help it, serve immediately while hot. Serve it with rice of even with cooked pasta. Sprinkle with fried garlic chips and you are all set. enjoy!

peeled and smashed 3 tablespoon pineapple chunks, optional 4 tablespoon soy sauce 2 tablespoon vinegar 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon raw sugar 3 tablespoon pineapple juice 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, half left whole, half cracked slightly 2 tablespoon canola oil 2 bay leaves Method: In a deep dish, combine all ingredients. Make sure all is incorporated and dissolved. Dump your chicken pieces and cover with cling wrapper. Let marinade for 10-15 minute. Sometimes, I leave it for 30 minutes to overnight even to let the flavor truly seep in. Take dish out of the fridge and straight to the stove. I do not thaw as I want every bit of flavor to not escape. Cook over low heat until the pieces becomes tender. You can leave the skin on if you want but I do not like it when the dish becomes too oily so I opt to remove it. If you feel like it needs more water, add so. Use tepid water instead of cold. Do not forget to season. Once done, take off

Clear Mussel Soup Because I live close to the shore (well, not literally but close enough), I am able to buy fresh mussels and cook them in ways that my Mama would often scold me. She believes that mussels are best cooked simple – and by simple, a clear soup. So, yes Mama, here is a mussel soup that I know you and Daddy would love.

Method: remove the beards of the mussels. Drain and tap any open shells. Throw out those that are already open. Simmer and cook the mussels over moderate heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Wait until the mussels open up. At this stage, throw those that are close. remove and set aside. In the same pan, keep the water and add remaining ingredients. Let simmer and season to taste. Add mussels and simmer for another minute. Keep covered. Serve hot with sprigs of coriander or bits of chilies. enjoy! *** Do you want to be a part of Davao’s Thursday habit? Send me your recipes, questions, suggestions and comments and be featured. If you are interested, then email me at leebai@chefroyale.com or visit www. chefroyale.com for more recipes. Happy Cooking!


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Hello Kitty live at SM Lanang Premier THe world’s most popular female white Japanese bobtail cat with a red bow – Hello kitty – is coming to Davao city this May 23, Thursday, for the sM cartoon Fest Meet and Greet at The Atrium, sM Lanang Premier. The sM cartoon Fest is the biggest cartoon festival being held this summer at all sM supermalls nationwide. For a minimum purchase of Php300 worth of Hello kitty merchandise from the sM store, kids and their parents, as well as Hello kitty fans of all ages, can grab the opportunity to meet and greet with the adorable feline character. Drawing activities for children and exclusive promos and special discounts for Hello kitty products will be made available during the activity. Visit sM Lanang Premier this May 23 for fun moments with Hello kitty at 1pm, 3pm and 5pm. For inquiries, call 285-0943 local 135-138. On May 25, catch also your favourite superheroes

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12:40 2:45 4:50 6:55 9:00

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IRON MAN 3 (GP)

THE CALL (R16)

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– the Justice League featuring Batman, Aquaman and Green Arrow – for a Meet and Greet session at sM Lanang Premier. sM cartoon Fest is being held simultaneously at

SHOWING

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THE GREAT GATSBY

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STAR TREK INTO THE DARKNESS 3D (PG-13)

sM city Davao and sM city General santos till May 31. It is supported by Bates/Nickelodeon, richprime, Pacific Licensing, Honeybarn, solar, click Licensing and Astroplus/Magnavision.

Angelika’s revelation in GMA’s Mundo Mo’y Akin Viewers of GMA 7’s Mundo Mo’y Akin can expect a lot of drama and confrontations in the primetime series as the character of Angelika dela cruz finally reveals her secret identity to her childhood best friend sunshine Dizon. Despite her denial that she is not rodora, Giselle cannot stop herself anymore from visiting her very ill father in the hospital. During her visit, she witnesses with her own eyes her father’s death. Giselle is devastated and Perlita (sunshine) immediately comforts her and calls her using the name rodora. Giselle acknowledges Perlita and confesses the truth about her identity. she is deeply worried that Ziggy (Gabby eigenmann) and Donya charito (Jacklyn Jose) will discover the truth because ron (Le-

andro Baldemor), the doctor who did her facelift surgery, is blackmailing her and wants to work in their company. Will Giselle give in to ron’s threats? Is she ready to reveal to Perlita her other secret about the real identities of their daughters? Mundo Mo’y Akin airs Monday to Friday after Indio on GMA Telebabad. Get the latest updates about Mundo Mo’y Akin from its official facebook page w w w. f a ce book.com/ GMAMundoMoyAkin, twitter account www.twitter.com/MundoMoyAkin and the GMA Network website (www. GMANetwork. com).

BROMANCE Zanjoe Marudo, Christine Reyes PG-13

12:00 | 2:00 | 4:00 | 6:00 | 8:00 | 10:00 LFS

EPIC- 3D Amanda Seyfried , Colin Farrell GP

12:00 | 2:00 | 4:00 | 6:00 | 8:00 | 10:00 LFS

STAR TREK *FAST AND FURIOUS 6 Chris Pine , | *Vin Diesel PG-13

12:00 | 2:30 | * 05:00 | 7:30 | 10:00 LFS

R-16 FAST AND FURIOUS 6 Vin Diesel , Michelle Rodriguez PG-13

01:45 | 4:30 | 7:15 | 10:00 LFS


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Music icons rock the Globe Samsung Galaxy S4 launch MUSIC is definitely a life companion. It motivates people, change moods and emotions, and influence behaviors and actions. Music has a way of captivating large audiences and speaking to all kinds of different people, regardless of gender, age, or socio-economic class. This inspired Globe Telecom, the #1 in postpaid and trusted device partner, to use music as an important element when it launched the newest Samsung Galaxy S4 at the NBC Tent recently and surprised its over 400 subscribers with a miniconcert. With radio DJ Karen Bordador as host, the concert featured four (4) of today’s most admired music icons such as r&B singer Luke Mejares, soul band Freestyle, rock group The Dawn, and rock icon Bamboo. It was a powerhouse cast, and with the performers’ signature songs and timeless hits, subscribers and their companions were taken to music heaven without the need for a ticket or pass. On top of the free concert, guests were treated to a generous dinner buffet and overflowing drinks as they wait for their turn to claim their new Galaxy baby. Booths also came aplenty for subscribers looking for new phone accessories like cases and protective covers for their newly-purchased, hotfrom-the-oven Galaxy S4. “Aside from making Globe subscribers one of the first owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the world, we take pride in giving them the best experience from pre-order to actual fulfillment with innovative launches like this,” shared Debbie Obias, head of Globe Postpaid Acquisitions. Subscribers can avail of the Samsung Galaxy S4 for as low as P1,599 monthly under the best-ever Globe My Super Plan 999 with P600 monthly cashout over a 24-month contract period, giving subscribers the most affordable and competitive device bundle offer in the market today. Under this best-ever offer, subscribers get unlimited

Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu checks out various accessories and phone covers at one of the booths. LTe surfing of up to 42 Mbps plus free calls and texts. The Samsung Galaxy S4 is also available at lower plans with affordable monthly cashouts payable via credit card over 24 months at 0% interest. Subscribers availing of Platinum plans under a 24-month contract period get the Samsung Galaxy S4 with a free Samsung device. At Plan 3799, subscribers get a free Samsung Galaxy S3 mini; at Plan 5000 a free Samsung smartphone is best paired Galaxy Camera; and at with a next-generation Plan 10000 a free Sam- postpaid plan from Globe with our best-ever My Susung Galaxy Note 2. Obias added, “Sam- per Plan, made even more sung’s next-generation personalized, customiz-

ABOVE: The Voice mentor and Tattoo ambassador Bamboo rocks the Tent down. LEFT: The Samsung Galaxy S4 seems to be a nice present too. able and flexible than ever, giving subscribers more options to enjoy their postpaid plan bundle. With the most competitive S4 offer in the market today with a shorter lock-up period, customers are assured that they get the best device deals only from Globe.” Subscribers can go to a Globe Store or visit www. globe.com.ph/galaxys4 to order a Samsung Galaxy S4 from Globe.


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HANGING TOUGH Spurs win Game 2 in OT 93-89 s

AN ANTONIO (AP) -- When Tony Parker started running low on masterful plays, Tim Duncan was there to take over and lead the san antonio spurs to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Parker had 15 points and a career playoff-high 18 assists, Duncan scored san antonio’s first six points of overtime and the spurs bounced back after squandering a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 93-89 on Tuesday night. ‘’I hate that we gave up that big of a lead in that situation,’’ duncan said. ‘’but we were resilient enough to go to overtime and not let it affect us.’’ Duncan opened the extra period with a layup, and then made a tiebreaking putback on Parker’s missed jumper. He then made a runner that bounced high of the back iron and rattled in for a 9187 lead with 1:08 to play. The Grizzlies had a chance to tie after Jerryd bayless hit a jumper and Parker missed one of two free throws with 14.6 seconds left, but bayless’ 3-pointer from the left wing was off-target. Memphis has fallen behind in all three playoff

series so far, including rallying from an 0-2 deficit in the first round against the Los Angeles Clippers. Game 3 is saturday in Memphis. ‘’We’re in the same boat we were when we left L.A. We’re down 0-2. We’ve got to go home and take care of business at home,’’ coach Lionel Hollins said. ‘’It’s not going to be easy, but that’s where we are.’’ bayless and Mike Conley each had 18 points to lead Memphis. Duncan had 17 points and nine rebounds, missing most of the second half with foul trouble before coming up with the key baskets in overtime - even if it wasn’t by design. ‘’It was just what was there more than anything,’’ he said. Memphis stormed back from a 13-point deficit with a 15-2 run over the final 8 minutes of regulation to tie it at 85 on Conley’s runner in the lane with 18.2 seconds to play. The Grizzlies got the chance to pull even after Manu Ginobili was called for a flagrant foul for pulling down Tony Allen by his left arm on a fast-break layup try. Allen hit both free throws and Memphis got possession, setting up Conley’s tying basket at

fLOATER. Alden Delvo (21) of Oro East scores on a floater against LTO-Moonbeem. Lean Daval Jr.

the end of a string of seven straight Grizz l i e s points.

but Memp h i s , w h i c h trailed by as much as 18 in the second half, could never pull ahead. Up until the final stretch, Parker had been in control for 2 1/2 quarters. Parker kept san antonio humming along after Duncan went to the bench with four fouls, the last three picked up within a span of 30 seconds, early in the third quarter. Parker provided the assist on the spurs’ first seven baskets of the second half, and then scored the next two on mid-range jumpers before getting pulled for a rest with a 72-54 lead. The Grizzlies mounted a 16-6 comeback while Parker was on the bench, getting as close as 78-70 after Zach Randolph scored inside following back-toback bayless jumpers. Parker checked back in and soon had the lead growing again, ducking under Darrell Arthur to hit a floater and then knocking down a 3-pointer from the right wing to make it 83-70 with 8:14 to play. but then Parker finally went cold, missing five straight shots down the stretch as the Grizzlies rallied back. He had 14 assists in the second and third quarters and went past his career-high for the regular season of 17 during overtime.

‘’He was unbelievable,’’ Duncan said. ‘’I know he’s exhausted. We asked a lot of him. He was controlling the ball every time down the floor and he was making every right play there was. ‘’He was finding people, and people

knocked down shots for him.’’ A f t e r Game 1, Memphis’ guards o u t -

lined a game plan that involved picking up their defense earlier on Parker to keep him from getting into the lane and putting the Grizzlies into the scramble mode that allowed san Antonio to hit a franchise playoff record 14 3-pointers in the opener. It wasn’t until late that any of their plans started working. ‘’he’s a hall of Fame guard, people. He’s been around, he’s done great things in his career,’’ Hollins said. ‘’He just controlled the pace and got in the paint, found open guys. ... We battled him, though, and we wound up being in the game.’’ but then, Duncan - who missed a potential winning jumper from the left wing at the end of regulation - took over.

DETERMINATION. That’s what’s written over the face of Spurs guard Tony Parker in Game 2 of the West Finals as he sails by Grizzlies center Zach Randolph.


EDGEDAVAO Sports Ateneo seeks 3-peat

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haKeY’s V-league back-to-back champions Ateneo Lady Eagles will be defending their title beginning today against the National University Lady bulldogs who are making their first-ever appearance in the finals of the shakey’s V-League. Defending back-to-back champions Ateneo clinched the first finals berth by sweeping six-time champion UsT. The Lady Eagles power line-up of Alyssa valdez and Fille Cainglet have been reinforced by veterans Rachel Ann Daquis and Thai ace Jang bualee. Coach Roger Gorayeb hopes to carry the Lady Eagles to a third straight championship. However, the Eagles believe that this match-up will serve as a challenge for the team who suffered their only loss of the tournament to NU in the quarterfinals. “We lost to NU, which showed how strong the Lady bulldogs are. hopefully, with Jang (bualee) already playing for us, we’ll get to give them a good fight,” says Coach Gorayeb. National University utilized its vaunted firepower and stonewall defense to subdue Adamson University in the semi-finals.

NU’s chances for a breakthrough win in the championship will hinge on its spikers -- including the Twin Tower santiago sisters – dindin and Jaja, andits veteran setter Ruby de Leon. NU mentor Edjet Mabbayad says that de Leon holds the key for their title bid. “We got her (de Leon) because she’s one of the best setters in the country today and her experience keeps the team together,” said Mabbayad, the youngest coach at 26 in the current batch. adamson and University of sto. Tomas will be battling it out for the v-league season 10 First Conference 3rd place.

BATTLE ROYALE. Ateneo will be relying on reinforcement Rachelle Anne Daquis (13) against the NU Bulldogs’ Twin Towers Jaja and Dindi Santiago.

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To-MooNbeeM opened its campaign on a bright note bringing down erstwhile leader Oro East with a masterful 112-75 conquest in the Phoenix Petroleum 36 and Above basketball tournament at the Davao City Recreation Center Tuesday night. Moonbeem banked on the two-headed scoring machine in Lindy Dawal and balong Ramos who exploded with 68 points between them. Dawal and Ramos scored almost at will puncturing the lanes and making mockery of the Miners’ defense. butch antipuesto scored 24 points for the Miners who beat DCPO in their first outing in the tournament sponsored by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines. Moonbeem’s win shoved them on top of the standings with 1-0 win-loss slate in a tie with idle JYC Hardware. The Miners dropped to 1-1 in the 8-team league.

As of presstime, VMO, bannered by spitfire bong Go, was playing bLbe which lost to JYC Hardware in their first outing. Oro East will have the chance to redeem itself when it takes on bLbe at 6:00 p.m. followed by JYC vs. DCPO at 7:30 p.m. tonight. on Friday, bLbe meets DCPO at 6:00 p.m. while Goldstar debuts against JYC at 7:30 p.m. LTO will clash with DCPO on May 25 at 4:30 p.m. followed by Oro East vs. Purple bean at 6:00 p.m. boxscores: Moonbeam (LTO) 112- Ramos 29-Dawal 29-Monciller 17-Caballero 12-Marata 11-Tan 5-barrios 4-ang 3-alesna 2-Rubi 0 oro east oRo easR 75- antipuesto 24-Farochilen 16-delvo 11-sumampong 11-Macabingkil 4-santander 3-dizon 2-dabon 2-Ybarra 2-barriga 0-Mauhay 0-Montalban 0

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