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Sara’s short but sweet ride By NEILWIN L. BRAVO Photos on cover by LEAN DAVAL JR.


AYOR Sara officially bows out of office on June 30 and what a tenure it has been for the first ever lady mayor of Davao City. In her very own terms, she accomplished reasonable inroads for Davao City’s ride to progress while admitting in her final state of the city address that there were also some plans which, for some reasons, did not reach realization. It was one tough ride indeed for Mayor Sara but in the end, she had turned non-believers into faithful converts. She had turned critics into collaborators. She had successfully redefined a city once known as the most dangerous city for criminals into the country’s most child-friendly city once again. Significantly, she had separated her curriculum vitae from her father, mayor-in-waiting Rodrigo Duterte. She was right when she said at the end of her SOCA last Tuesday that it was quite an achieve-

ment for one her age. “It is rare for one to be granted the great responsibility of serving our country as city mayor and vice mayor. I am truly blessed to have been given this opportunity. All the accomplishments and recognition that our beloved city has attained in the past three years, I share them with every single Dabawenyo. But, all that are left undone rest solely upon myself,” she punctuated her valedictory speech delivered before the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Mayor Sara started and ended her term on a high note. From the start, she was tested. Remember the June 2010 flooding which claimed more than 30 lives and rendered hundreds homeless. Remember Abe Andres, the sheriff who got beat up in a demolition scene. Mayor Sara held no punches. And now, towards the close of her helm at City Hall, Sara’s final test would be the mishap at

the Davao International Airport. Remember Fridrick San Felix, the embattled manager of the DIA. Mayor Sara minced no words. In between, she laced her administration with trailblazing accomplishments—upped the revenues collection in a three-year span, improved the business and investments outlook for

the city, instituted electronic governance while reaching out to the barangays, and extended free education to qualified scholars. She also instituted reforms in governance and stood out in the manner of her administration’s guiding policy BAROG-to empower Barangays, focus on

How they rate Mayor Inday



HAT has an ordinary man on the street say about Mayor Sara Duterte’s three-year administration and how do they rate her from 1 to 10, with 10 as the highest score? Edge Davao asked around some folks from plain housewives, street urchins to students, to executives and co-workers, and this is how they graded her.



MS. LOURDESITA SOBREVEGA-CHAN, chairperson of the University Research Council (URC) of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU)

9 – Leo Avila, first district councilor-elect (No grade) “Honestly

ATTY. AILEEN LOURDES LIZADA, Philippine Red Cross (PRC) Davao City chapter Board of Director

10 -- Jimmy Lou de Vega, Davao Association of Colleges and Schools (DACS) Executive Director

education (Academics), strengthen resources, sustain peace and order and uphold responsive governance. Other than maturing in public office from her beginnings as vice mayor to her father for one term, Mayor Sara also became mother to a bubbly boy going into the final months of her term. And as they say, be-

she deserves a bit higher than the average” – first district councilor-elect Bonifacio Militar

9 - Dante Muyco, vice president for Cacao Industry Development Association of Mindanao, Inc. (CIDAMI) 8.7 – Atty. Edward James Dy Buco, acting district collector of Bureau of Customs Davao


9 - Erwin Alparaque, Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) head 10 – Bok Mata, moto-cross event organizer

8 – Analiza Miña, OFW 9 – Andee Japor, 5-6 collector 6 – Hanna Mae Torreon, Sales Executive, Valvoline Philippines 9 – Captain Severino David, AFP 7 – Lucio Ancon, beggar at San Pedro Cathedral

DENNIS FLORES, DPWH 11 information officer

hind a successful woman, is a supportive man. Her husband Atty. Mans Carpio stood up from his chair, walked towards his wife and planted her a kiss at the end of her SOCA. Mayor Inday Sara Duterte is ready to leave her swivel chair at the City Hall. She has done her job. She is coming home as resident Inday.


Office chief “May extra half point for my extra belief in her as a local chief executive and as a person.”


LANI ESTREMER, laundrywoman



Hacker posts online PNoy’s personal mobile numbers A

hacker has posted online what he claimed to be Pres. Benigno Aquino’s personal mobile telephone numbers, with president’s spokesman denouncing the act as “cyber vandalism”. Aquino spokesman Ricky Carandang would not confirm if the numbers were really the president’s, or if their release on the worldwide web had compromised the leader’s personal security or state secrets. “It’s cyber vandalism plain and simple,” Carandang told AFP. “We’re dealing with it. That’s all I can say for now.” The three “Personal Mobile Number(s)” were posted late Friday on the Facebook site of a user named “#pR.is0n3r”. The site owner urged

his followers, who numbered more than 9,000 as of Saturday, to communicate directly with their president. All three phone numbers were apparently no longer working on Saturday morning when dialled by AFP. “The majority are not getting answers to so many issues. It is difficult to speak to a person through go-betweens. If we send him a letter we’re not even sure he will receive it,” the user wrote in Filipino. The author said he belonged to the hacker group “Anonymous Philippines”, which has vandalised a number of government websites in the past. The Facebook post was also linked to a Twitter site with the same user name.[AFP]

Nancy, 4 others earn from poll donations LPA to bring heavy


Brillantes: They have option to return or keep money saved from campaign kitties

AMPAIGN spending reports for almost half of the senatorial candidates are out, and they reveal five senatorial bets who even earned from the otherwise costly exercise. The one-page summaries of the candidates’ Statement of Contributions and Expenses (SOCEs) show that two candidates from the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), two from Team PNoy, and an independent got more donations than they were able to spend. Out of the 33 senatorial candidates, 32 claim to have submitted their SOCEs to the Commission

on Elections, but only 29 are with the poll body (3 said they sent their reports through registered mail). The Comelec, however, made available to reporters the summary reports of only 15 candidates on Friday, June 14. Of these 15 bets, the biggest earner is UNA’s Nancy Binay, a political neophyte and daughter of the Vice President. She saved a little over than P8 million from her campaign kitty, while finishing 5th in the winning circle with 16.81 million votes. Binay received campaign contributions totalling P136.87 million, but spent only P128.7

million. Campaign savings Reporting the next highest campaign savings is independent candidate Ramon Montaño. The retired police general, who garnered only 1 million votes, received P6.63 million in contributions, but spent only P1.38 million, declaring P5.25 million in unused funds. Also holding an extra P1.17 million from the campaign is Team PNoy’s Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV. The presidential cousin, the only Liberal Party bet who won, reported getting P125.5 million in donations and spending only P124.33 million.

A revenue regulation issued by Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) on June 14, 2011, classifies unused campaign contributions as the candidate’s income and therefore subject to tax. Section 2 of Revenue Regulation No. 7-2011 states: “Unutilized/excess campaign funds, that is, campaign contributions net of the candidate’s campaign expenditures, shall be considered as subject to income tax, and as such, must be included in the candidate’s taxable income as stated in his/her Income Tax Return (ITR) filed for the subject taxable year.” [ and PNA]

rains in Mindanao


HE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Saturday warned of possible flashfloods and landslides in Mindanao as the low pressure area (LPA) near Davao City is expected to dump moderate to heavy rains over the region. In an interview, weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4:00 a.m. Saturday, the LPA was spotted at 345 km east of Davao City (7.0°N, 129.0°E) embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). He noted that the LPA also has a chance of intensifying into a tropical depression while at sea. “Sa ngayon patuloy

Comelec to impose fine on late-filing Escudero

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natin ito binabantayan dahil may posibilidad nito na maging isang bagyo dahil nasa dagat pa ito,” he explained. If the LPA strengthens into a tropical depression, Aurelio said it will be named “Emong” – the fifth storm to visit the country this year and the first for the month. Aurelio said the regions of Caraga, Davao and Soccskargen will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides. He said other parts of the country, including Luzon and Visayas, may expect rain as well due to the southwest monsoon. [PNA]

HE Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be imposing a fine on Senator-elect Francis Joseph Escudero for failure to meet the June 13 deadline to file his Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (SOCE) before the poll body. Based on the record of the Comelec’s Law Department, the SOCE of Escudero was received at 9:30 am of June 14, 2103, one day late of the deadline set by the poll body. Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said it will

be the commission en banc that will determine the amount of the administrative fine to be imposed to late filers. The fine will range from P1,000 to P30,000. “Discretion lang naman ‘yun depende sa length of delay and reason for the delay kasi baka naman may legitimate reason so baka natagalan. So pwedeng maliit lang,” he said. However, Brillantes noted that the non-filing of SOCE might constitute the filing of an election offense. (PNA)


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USINESSMAN Jonathan Suy saw the need for newspapers in banana plantations, so he sold old newspapers to banana companies during his college years. Now, Jonathan O. Suy is the winner of the Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines 2012 for Small Business Category for his Jomaray Pulp Packaging Company. In college, he observed that the banana business needed newspapers for wrapping the fruits. So did the

pineapple business. “From that point I saw the demand for packaging in the pineapple industry, that is when I started doing my packaging business,” he said. His main company, Jomaray Pulp Packaging Industries, manufactures environment friendly packaging materials for agricultural and food products, and for industrial accessories, out of recycled paper, by using pulp molding machines from Emery, Canada. When he was work-

ing in his family’s egg farm, he also saw a good opportunity for making egg trays out of recycled newspapers. He started out with a P500,000 capital in 1995 when he was still a college student. Today, his assets are worth P100 million from the five different companies that he owns. “We started out from scratch, and we developed our own machines,” he said. Now, his businesses include agriculture, poultry, and iceplants,


with 600 employees. He also cited the valuable contribution of employees in his winning the award, saying, “without our employees, we could not have operated the plant. He is grateful to his employees, especially those in the technical field, which is why he keeps encouraging them. The award-giving body of the Entrepreneur of the Year Philippines is SGV&Co Ernst & Young.

Focus more on children’s education, health, welfare By GREG G. DELIGERO


HE social services delivered during the three-year term of Davao City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte were focused more on children’s education, health and welfare protection as may be gleaned from the mayor’s State of the City Address (Soca) delivered last June 11. Since the start of her administration, the city government has imbedded literacy components in various programs and projects of different departments and offices that earned recognition from the National Literacy Awards Council as the Most Outstanding Local Government Unit under the highly urbanized city category for three consecutive years. With these accomplishments, Davao City was chosen as the Philippines’ entry in the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes competition. The award-giving body recognizes member states and international non-government organizations that promote innovations in the field of literacy throughout the world. The city’s innovations include the Magbasa

Ta Program which has served more than 40,000 children in far-flung barangays. The program was further strengthened by the acquisition of one air-conditioned mobile library to cater to more clients in the communities. Beyond Access, an international organization of public libraries, has chosen Davao City as the only model recipient in the Philippines to develop public libraries, not just as a source of learning, but as a center of information for economic opportunities. “Programs for children are on top of the list from the time that I started serving as your mayor,” Duterte said. Based on the mayor’s Soca, Duterte’s administration gives specific attention to children in special circumstances, including children who need temporary shelter, children at risk and children in conflict with the law. To protect and promote the rights and welfare of children, the city government completed the upgrading of the Paginhawaan Drop-in Center for Street Children and

the Quick Response Team for Children’s Concerns. The facility is aimed at accommodating more children needing temporary shelter and providing them with a safer residential facility. It also recently completed the construction of one building, the first of several buildings in the design of the Davao City Children’s Village at Barangay Bago Oshiro, Tugbok district for children at risk and children in conflict with the law. Duterte said the village will provide rehabilitation services to help children become better individuals and prepare them for their reintegration back to their families and the community. “This will allow our City Social Services Development Office (CSSDO) to hold the children before they are released back to their families. This is in consonance with the recently passed Juvenile Justice Ordinance of Davao City,” she said. Duterte said the national government, through the Juvenile Justice Welfare Council and the Comprehensive

Juvenile Intervention Program, has recognized the city’s efforts in championing the cause for our children, and has partnered with the city government to further improve its programs for juvenile justice. Since 2010, the city government has also offered scholarships to youth and children with 521 initial beneficiaries. Duterte later on signed Executive Order 19 or the Expanded STEP Program to accommodate an additional 936 students in the succeeding school years until 2013. The scholarship is not only limited to students who graduated at the top of their class but also to those students who have the willingness and perseverance to complete their college education. Eligibility criteria were designed to accommodate more students, thereby maximizing the educational assistance fund. The program has so far produced 32 students who graduated with honors last school year. At the elementary and high school levels, the city government priori-

tized the construction of classrooms and the hiring of auxiliary teachers in the utilization of the Special Education Fund (SEF). Duterte said the Local School Board approved the construction of 139 classrooms for the period of 2011 to 2013. The teaching force in the public schools was also augmented with the hiring of 421 auxilliary teachers. Security was also strengthened by hiring 471 school guards, assigning at least one guard each for all 357 public schools in Davao City. To promote the health of school children, the city government and the Department of Education, in partnership with Fit for School Inc., constructed hand-washing facilities in all 285 public elementary schools. Duterte said the project promotes the simple and cost-effective essential health care program to address high-impact childhood diseases through the conduct of daily group hand-washing with soap, daily group tooth-brushing with toothpaste and biannual de-worming.

“Promoting basic hygiene practices thru a daily routine will result to lower prevalence of diseases, lower absenteeism and fewer malnourished children. The strategy saves the parents thousands of pesos in medical and dental bills and ultimately savings for the city government medical assistance program,” she said. The city government has also partnered with Jollibee Foundation and several private schools for the Busog, Lusog, Talino program, a five-year supplemental feeding program to selected public elementary schools in the city by way of monthly rice subsidy. The program is aimed to address the high incidence of absenteeism among public elementary school children attributed to hunger, sickness and malnutrition. For all its child-focused programs and projects, Davao City has recently won the Presidential Award for the Most Child-Friendly City in the country, a prestigious honor that the city last won 13 years ago.



Each Filipino owes P56,468 in April E

ACH Filipino theoretically owes P56,468 to creditors as of April,

of which 35% is due to foreigners and 65% to locals. This as the debt

stock of the government at end-April reached P5.039 trillion, the Bureau of the

Treasury reported on Friday, June 14. The additional P27.3 billion debt

An employee uses soap and glass scraping brush to get rid of stains from the glass doors of the restaurant right after it opened early morning yesterday at the Annex of SM City Davao. Lean Daval Jr.

from March was due to more Treasury bills and bonds issued during the period, data from Treasury showed. Below is the breakdown: • D o m e s t i c debt: P3.439 trillion, up P32.8 billion from March due to the P32.6 billion net issuance of government securities • Foreign debt: P1,870 billion, down P5.5 billion from March Foreign debt was comprised of • US dollar bonds: P967 billion • Japanese Yen bonds: P42 billion • Euro bonds: P26.95 billion • peso-denominated bonds: P129.68 billion Exchange rate impact The appreciation of the US dollar and euro appreciation against the peso added P0.2 billion to the Multicurrency Retail

Treasury Bonds. On the other hand, P5.5 billion was shaved off from external debts due to the foreign rate adjustments. The net depreciation of third currencies against the US dollar reduced the peso value of the foreign debt by P11.1 billion, but this was offset by the P4.6 billion impact of the depreciation of the peso. Meantime, the national government guaranteed debt declined to P475 billion from P480 billion in March. The 3rd currency appreciation against the US dollar reduced the peso value of the guaranteed foreign debt by P5.2 billion. The guaranteed debt is composed mainly of guarantees issued by the national government on the borrowings of state agencies and government financial institutions. []

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

7.1 1st Qtr 2013

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

7.8 1st Qtr 2013

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

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

8. Interest Rates 4/

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

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

P 41.14 Apr 2013

12. Stocks Composite Index 6/

6,847.5 Mar 2013

13. Consumer Price Index 2006=100

132.8 Apr 2013

14. Headline Inflation Rate 2006=100

2.6 Apr 2013

15. Core Inflation Rate 2006=100

3.1 Apr 2013

16. Visitor Arrivals

418,108 Feb 2013

17. Underemployment Rate 7/

20.9% Jan 2013

18. Unemployment Rate 7/

7.1% Jan 2013

MONTHLY AVERAGE EXCHANGE RATE (January 2012-April 2013) Month Average December November October September August July June May April March February January




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

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City-owned enterprises get upgrading BY THE NUMBERS Foreign portfolio investments in May grow

By Greg G. Deligero


ITY government run economic enterprises underwent major upgrading during the three-year term of Davao City Mayor Sara C. Duterte to further boost the city’s resource generation capabilities. Duterte reported in her State of the City Address (Soca) last June 11 that last year the Davao City Overland Transport Terminal (DCOTT) was rehabilitated, including construction of a passenger’s waiting lounge. She said that DCOTT’s improvement added comfortable waiting areas, clean and sanitary restroom facilities and promoted order with the efficient scheduling and regulation of departures to minimize vehicle’s and passengers’ waiting times. The city government also rehabilitated the Wireless Public Cemetery for otal cost of P22 million for the construction of 256 compartmentalized niches and 1,368 ossuaries to ensure orderliness and a systematic layout of graves. Duterte said Phase 2 of the

cemetery’s development is ongoing and will be completed by the end of this month. The project created thousands of available burial spaces available to the general public at lesser cost compared to private cemeteries. The outgoing mayor also said that the city government, through a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) endeavor, is in the process of rehabilitating the Ma-a slaughterhouse with plans to fully mechanize its slaughtering operations using state-ofthe-art wquipment. “This will improve hygiene practices for the health benefit of butchers and meat consumers. It can also become a training center for butchers, meat processors, students and meat inspectors to enhance their skills and knowledge in food safety,” she said. “More importantly, the rehabilitation will allow our slaughterhouse to be upgraded from Class A to Class AA accreditation once we file with the National Meat Inspection Service,” Duterte added.

31.6% from last year’s

US$1.5 million level, due to high first quarter corporate earnings. SOURCE: BSP

Meanwhile, Duterte also reported that the City Cooperative Development Office, in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Land Bank of the Philippines, Industrial Guarantee Loan Fund and the Development Bank of the Philippines bankrolled the P25 million Davao City Credit Surety Fund Program to help different cooperatives and their member Micro, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs (MSMEs) for their business enter-

prises through a credit enhancement scheme. She said that through the program, which was launched in July 2012, the cooperatives in Davao City can avail of loans more than the amount of their contribution with limited interest and no capital. Duterte said that as of May 31, 2013, the Davao City Credit Surety Fund had released P3.5 million loan assistance to cooperatives within the city.

MCC Transport chief commercial officer (CCO) Naresh Potty said with the Philippines’ growing at 7.8 percent

in the first quarter of the year, the overall business climate is good. “Philippines in general is a booming economy. Business is doing well and we see that it will continue to grow,” Potty said. “Philippines is one of the fastest growing economy in Asia and it has a very good potential in the future,” he said adding that “Philippines is a very important country especially for the agriculture-base products.” MCC Transport country manager Glenn MacArtney said China is still the largest country in the MCC scope while Philippines is a very significant contributor to MCC revenues. He stressed that the banana industry is a significant part of the Philippine economy. Davao is the world’s third largest exporter of bananas with significant containerized exports to the Middle East and China. [PNA]

Despite reduced banana shipments

PHL remains an important market -- Maersk


CC Transport, the intra-Asia container shipping line under the A.P. Moller - Maersk Group

remains bullish on the country’s economic growth despite the crisis affecting the banana industry in Davao Region.

A lady Badjao and her daughter scan secondhand underwear which is sold in a makeshift store along R. Magsaysay Avenue in Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

It figures

7 Investment bank UBS’s revised 2013 growth outlook for the Philippines is at 7 percent. This projection is higher than the original target of 6.3%.

P9.5 M Amount of educational facilities the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) turned over to the Municipality of Pilar, Surigao del Norte. The said facilities were constructed through DSWD’s Kapitbisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) project with funding support from the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).

P4.5 B Amount the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) released to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the maintenance of classrooms and the construction of sanitation facilities, in line with the Aquino administration’s commitment to improve the quality of public education nationwide.



VOL. 6 ISSUE 66 • SUNDAY - MONDAY, JUNE 16-17, 2013 Crowds gather around the booth of Phoenix Petroleum Philippines at the recently-concluded Trans Sport Show 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City. Phoenix’s booth was awarded as the Best Pavilion Display during the event.

Phoenix presents ‘fast and fabulous’ cars at Trans Sport Show 2013 M

ORE than a hundred automotives from modern contemporary such as the 2002 VW Beetle to classics like the 1947 Chrysler Limousine were on display at the successful Trans Sport Show 2013. The highly-awaited event was co-presented by leading independent oil company Phoenix Petroleum Philippines from May 30 to June 2, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

The 2013 Trans Sports Show with this year’s slogan “Fuels a Driving Generation” was well-attended by car lovers and organizations in the automotive industry. Awards and prizes were given to different categories. Major awards given were for Best of Show for Contemporary and Nostalgic, Best in Paint for Contemporary and Nostalgic, Best 89, Best Bodykit (Imported), and Best Car Display. Oth-

er special awards were Best Engine Display, Best Bodykit for Custom and Showroom, Exotic Car Award, 1:1 Scale Model Award, Newcomer Award, New Product Award and Recycler’s Award. The Best Pavilion Display Award was given to Phoenix Petroleum, while crowned Ms. Trans Sport Show was Phoenix model Jaymee Pagulayan. Phoenix Petroleum’s 54-square meter booth was designed like a retail

station and incorporated elements of the partnership with NBA, such as NBA Sports bottles. Phoenix Petroleum Philippines is the leading independent oil company with an expanding network of operations nationwide. It is engaged in the business of trading refined petroleum products and lubricants, operation of oil depots and storage facilities, and allied services.

This gleaming black 1966 Chevrolet Corvette won the Best Show Awards for the Nostalgic category in the Trans Sport Show co-presented by Phoenix Petroleum held from May 30 to June 2, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.


Phoenix Petroleum model Miss Jaymee Pagulayan was crowned as the Ms. Trans Sport Show during the awarding day held on June 2, 2013 at the SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.


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Economic reversals

EGINNING TO FEEL THE PAIN IN UNANTICIPATED WAYS – Spoilsports economists and financial analysts probably may say that it’s about time to reach for the sunglasses, because the weakening of the peso and falling-off of the stock market started to hurt the country’s economy. Simply put, the bright economic atmosphere has started to blurred. While the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate remained steadfast at 7.8%, the local currency on the other hand dropped to P43 level against the US dollar and the stock market shrank several notches from the previous 7,000 mark. The Philippines for months weathered the regional economic storm and emerged positive with stable currency, bullish stock market and encouraging economic growth. Prudent policies and sound economic fundamentals were supposed to keep the country in safer economic ground, continue roaring due to currency controls that protect the peso and vast domestic resources to fuel industry. But the recent gradual decline of the peso and the economic doldrums are knocking louder than expected these days, and is beginning to tiptoe at our doorsteps. Even if the country’s current economy considered as one of the highest in Asia and the Association of South East Asian Nation (ASEAN) region don’t fall into recession, it is clearly beginning to feel the pain in unanticipated ways. The general economic mood has declined in the past two weeks and independent economists predicted the economic growth to plunge further. The unexpected reversals might seem especially irritating to President Benigno Aquino III and his platoon of economic think-tanks and financial ex-


perts who have long been convinced that the economy will be much stronger, at least under the present dispensation. But signs that the economy is slackening are feeding expectations that society may soon see a resurgence of a familiar problem: high unemployment rate. Look closer. More workers are losing their jobs. The unemployment rate in the year’s two quarters rose to 3.5%. Moreover, exports especially merchandise, intermediate and capital goods, which were supposed to go up as the currency went down haven’t met expectations. Global orders eased 12.8% in April 2013 to $4 billion from $4.6 billion a year ago according to the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). Consumers likewise refrain from unnecessary spending particularly on big-ticket items while sales on luxury stuffs fell drastically. Some private economists say government economic strategists and financial planners should not be confident enough that the country’s economic growth will remain unchanged for the rest of 2013. No one, not even those in the best-run economies will be immune from economic meltdown. Others are more pessimistic still, predicting that the currency’s peg to the US dollar will hurt competitiveness and domestic demand, and of course, consumer fears over unemployment. Given a weaker

currency, exports are little changed in US dollars while falling imports demonstrate poor domestic demand. For three years the Philippines has traditionally stood in impressive isolation from the rest of its neighbor in ASEAN and Asia - maybe not for long. The potential impact of an unanticipated economic meltdown - weaker currency, sluggish stock market, export slowdown and poor capital inflow may lead to a temporary setback that could badly affect the country’s economy. Still, it might get harder to muddle through the future, since there are indications that the most reliable part of the country’s economic engine had shown signs of slowing down, and eventually affect economic growth rate. But barring disasters such as a major recurrence of typhoons and other natural and man-made calamities, President PNoy and his economic and financial adjutants expect the country’s economic environment will remain in status quo – economic growth led by stable currency, upbeat stock market, high-profile export industries and high productivity that would result to job generation, adding to consumer and business confidence. IF PEOPLE MAKE NO EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND THE POLICY DECISIONS OF THE GOVERNMENT, do not have an intelligent position and do not make their positions known, they obviously surrender all the power to those who really understand. You can be sure that decisions so made will rarely be damaging to those who make them or to the people they represent. This can be considered an appropriate statement of what our mission as members of the Fourth Estate are all about.

Lessons from the elections

HE mid-term elections underscored yet again the effects of traditional politics, of money, and the abuse of the pork barrel on the electorate. Plainest effect of course was the triumph of corruption, shamelessness, greed, and impunity. And we take offense at being mistaken for the Gates of Hell? Perhaps we should ask novelist National Artist Frankie Sionil Jose to write about our colorful political setting as the Gates of Heaven for coup plotters, Marcos stragglers, pork barrel, drunk siblings in the Senate, B-Grade actors, playboys, dynasties on all levels, and Lords of all kinds! Traditional politics: In Mindanao, dynasticism from the Guingonas to the Dutertes and the Ampatuans is alive and well. Their message to us the sovereign people: “Everyone must recognize our family’s special claim to leadership. We have superior rights over everyone, for we are God’s gift to the people.” How is it that in our supposedly fair and equal society we let them get away with it? Money: How much did Manny Pacquiao invest in his own campaign, his wife’s, and his protégés? He has shown how easy it is to corrupt people—people as poor as he was only a few years ago; people as ill-informed and educationally-deficient as he is. He has proved adept at using his money to make people swallow their pride and exchange their sovereignty for a pittance, insulting them. He has learned to manipulate people by raising their expectations about what he and his money will do for them.

WORM’S-EYE VIEW BY MANNY VALDEHUESA Did people vote for him and his wife or for his money? Practically everywhere, vote-buying, rampant as ever, trashed our democracy. Too many candidates, shameless and brazen, patronizing and contemptuous of honesty or integrity, mindless about damage to personal or public morality, oblivious to dishonor and indignity to self, resorted to vote-buying—and won! Is dishonesty a proper foundation for democracy? Or am I wrong? Pork: Freely abusing and wasting the people’s money in order to manipulate and corrupt their district— the very community in which they reside—wily incumbents (traditional politicians all) once more showed how brazen man’s conscience can be. Billions worth of pork barrel projects served the selfish agenda of a few hundred politicians, using same to importune the unsuspecting, the naïve, and the impressionable into re-electing them. And so we face once more the depressing prospect of being represented by less-than-honorable men and women whom we perforce have to address as “Honorable this” and “Honorable that.” In more civilized societies, they are what people might refer to as BASTOS! WALANG HIYA! Or WALANG DELICADEZA! If we are to improve the breed of the next generation of politicians, we have got to do better in our choices. EPAL. This is a relatively new term

coined in Tagalog provinces which refers to someone who seeks (and derives) glory, honor, or credit for an undeserved performance. It is an idiom flowing from the word papel or nagpapapel—inverted as “epal” (as in yosi for “sigarilyo” or erap for “pare.”) Epal means “posing only” or “fraudulently appearing to be.” To describe someone as epal is to say he is trying to appear to be what he isn’t or to act as if he’s better than what he really is. It also refers to claiming credit for achievement that one has no right to claim—as in saying “This road (or building) was built as a gift of Congressman A.” Or a senator may put up a vanity billboard saying thank you to himself: “Thank you, Senator B, for our overpass or bridge.” (As if the money came from their own pocket!) Epal. Shameless, pretentious, corrupt. There are laws prohibiting such gratuitous acts and ego trips but their enforcement depends on the policy or acquiescence of the very officials that are prohibited from doing them. So we’re in a Catch-22 position. Such effrontery ought to be firmly dealt with, and mercilessly. It not only harms the self-respect of the community, it projects a terrible image of our character as a people. It lets the offending officials get away with deception. It allows them to benefit from false, unfounded claims of creditable performance. Impunity! [MindaViews is the opinion section of MindaNews. Manny Valdehuesa is the president and national convenor of Gising Barangay Movement, Inc. He can be reached at]



Democracy’s death greatly exaggerated ANALYSIS BY JOHN LLOYD



URKEY, meanwhile, has a Prime Minister, Recip Tayyip Erdogan, doggedly determined to ignore demonstrations. Those protests started as a push against the destruction of a park in Istanbul’s center, but have since flowered into a general critique of what many protestors say is a threat to democracy. Turkey threatens to show that a government elected by a majority without a strongly liberal orientation tends to neglect the rights of minorities and drifts to authoritarianism. This, at least, is what Turkey’s most famed author, Orhan Pamuk, fears. In Russia, high-profile liberals — such as the economist Sergei Guriev and the opposition leader and chess champion Garry Kasparov — leave their country for self-imposed exile, warning of Kremlin crackdowns. In Venezuela, the late Hugo Chavez’ successor, Nicolas Maduro Moros, lacks his mentor’s charisma but not his determination to brand the opposition as traitors. Even India cannot bask too smugly in its democracy: there, poverty is more stubbornly entrenched than in China, corruption is ingrained and mass murders between religious groups and by Maoist terrorists erupt frequently. In most authoritarian states, democrats and liberals are minorities — sometimes quite small ones. But the democratic proposal, and Fukuyama’s vision, are robust enough to survive. It does not, in the end, depend on the perceived success of the democratic states (most of the European ones certainly aren’t succeeding, for now). It doesn’t depend on loving America. It doesn’t depend, even, on the perception that wealth and democracy have tended to go together, which the leaping success of China may be about to damage. It depends on the wish of people to live, think, read, watch, talk and publish freely. The assumption that most people do wish that (when relieved of fear of its consequences) isn’t naïve or ill-founded. It has tended to be proven by time and events — not just in the convulsions of 1989 that shaped Fukuyama’s thinking, but after, and now, too. Democratic politics may be — as Fukuyama claimed — the only form of government that can offer every citizen a promise of both economic development and a framework for how to live amongst one another and beneath a government. The growth of the global middle class, nearly two-thirds of which will live in Asia by 2030, is something of a bedrock for participatory politics. A middle class with some property, private wealth and higher education is not necessarily either liberally or democratically inclined, but its members are more likely to be so than those for whom existence is an exhausting, all-consuming struggle. “Liberal democracy,” said Fukuyama in a 2008 interview, “is still really is the only game in town worldwide, in spite of all of its shortcomings.” He’s right to stick to his opinion. And so should the world’s democrats.


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Edge Davao wins PPI-Coca Cola community journalism awards E

DGE DAVAO was adjudged Best in Science and Environment Reporting for the daily category in the 2012 Philippine Press Institute-Coca Cola Export Philippines Community Press Awards. It was the first time the paper joined the contest category since it became a daily in 2012. The awards citation indicated that Edge Davao won “for having a dedicated science and environment section.” “The paper is outstanding for regularly

publishing S & T articles that appeal to majority of its readers,” the citation stated, adding that the one-year old daily “also gives attention to science news from various parts of the world thus promoting a global mindset and keeping its readers updated on emerging and ongoing issues and developments in the fields of science and environment.” It said that “Edge Davao publishes articles that tackle topics in easy to understand manner and written using popu-


lar language.” Another Davao-based daily, Sun Star Davao, won two awards – Best in Business and Economic Reporting and Best Edited Daily Newspaper. Both papers represented Mindanao. Winningest The winningest community daily during the awarding ceremony held at the New World Hotel in Makati City Friday night was Sun Star Cebu, which romped off with four of seven possible awards – Best in Climate Change and Biodiversity

Reporting, Best in Culture and Arts Reporting, Best in Photojournalism and Best Editorial Page. It also won a special award for best exhibit. The winningest in the weekly category was Baguio Midland Courier which garnered three awards – Best in Climate Change and Biodiversity Reporting, Best in Culture and Arts Reporting, and Best in Business and Economic Reporting Mabuhay, Filipino vernacular weekly, was adjudged Best in Photojournalism and Best in

How Davao is made a safe, secure city By CHE PALICTE


he state of the city address (SOCA) by Mayor Sara Duterte_Carpio last Tuesday stressed that her administration had improved facilities and added more tools to make Davao City a safe and secured place to lived in. The installation of the 170 high-definition Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras strategically located all over the city has been of great help in the city’s fight against criminality. With this type of technology, many business establishments have realized the advantage of using it. The creation of the Davao City Anti-Crime Unit (DC-ACU), a product of collaborative partnerships by and

between the City Government of Davao, Task Force Davao, and Davao City Police Office has resulted in constant and intermittent patrols along busy, hectic and high risk areas. She noted that for the period of 2010 to 2012, Philippine National Police (PNP) data reflected a drastic decrease in crime incidence by approximately 52% from the 16,599 crimes committed in 2010 to only 7,955 by the end of 2012. For the same period, there was a 59% decrease in index crimes or crimes against people and property. It is also noteworthy, that in same period the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) had likewise escalated its crimes cleared effi-

ciency by 46% in 2012 compared to only 17% in 2011 and 13% in 2010. DCPO chief Ronald dela Rosa told Edge Davao that their efforts were recognized by Mayor Duterte-Carpio. “Such recognition presses us to sustain, if not, level up our momentum in making sure that Davao City will be safe,” he added. Facilities were also built during her administration, like construction of the Calinan police station, a multi-purpose building at the Davao City Jail and additional buildings for inmates as well as a prayer room at the Ray of Hope Village. The Bureau of Fire Protection-Davao City was provided with

generation from 500 to 700 tons a day to 379 tons per day in the same year. In her state of the city address (SOCA) last Tuesday she bared that her administration successfully implemented the ban on the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags and polystyrene or Styrofoam as checkout bags and food/beverage containers beginning June of last year. The One-Million

Peso Barangay Ecological Solid Waste Management Challenge was also launched implemented which encouraged every barangay to comply with the provisions of RA 9003 and the Davao City Ecological Solid Waste Management Ordinance where Brgy. Vicente Hizon was declared as the winner last April 22. During her term the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the Anti-Smoke Belch-

handheld radios and a repeater to ensure efficient communication during fire and disasters while the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council to regularly meets and manages the disaster funds of the city and identifies projects and activities for the disaster risk reduction and management program. Central 911 satellite stations were established in Panacan, Toril and Calinan and for “Mass Casualty Ambulance Bus and Medical Mobile Post” to be used for mass casualty incidents like multiple vehicle accidents, emergencies involving several patients and multi-incident disasters.

Science and Environment Reporting, while Bohol Chronicle went home with Best Editorial Page and The Mindanao Cross based in Cotabato City was cited as the Best Edited (weekly) Paper. Edge Davao editor Antonio M. Ajero was picked by the organizers to deliver a short message in behalf of the winners and other participants. Earlier in the day, lawyer Jesus G. Dureza, Mindanao Times publisher, who was one-time congressman, press sec-

retary and peace negotiator for the government with the Muslim Islamic Liberation Front, was unanimously elected PPI chairman and president. PPI members from Luzon was Best Regional Group. On the lighter side, lawyer Adel Tamano, vice president of The Coca Cola Export Corporation (TCCEC), main sponsor of the community press awards was picked Male Star of the Night, while Anna Flaviano-Basilio of the Mindanao Daily Mirror was adjudged female star of the night.

21 from mayor’s office to end terms -- HRMO



1 personal and confidential staff in the city mayor’s office will officially end their terms on June 30, according to the Human Resource Management Office (HRMO) and confirmed by Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio. HRMO head, Erwin Alparaque, said the positions are the mayor’s chief of staff, seven executive assistants IV, one private secretary II, one private secretary I, five security officers IV, one security officer I, two security agents, and three personal drivers. Mayor Sara confirmed in her forum before her State of the City Adress 13 Tuesday, some of her staff who are co-terminus. Alparaque disclosed some executive assistants who are coterminus eith the present appointing authority, Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio include the acting City Admin-

istrator, lawyer Zulieka Lopez, City Agriculturist Office head, Valentin Turtur, Traffic Manager Center head, Desiderio Cloribel, Sports Development Division head, Pocholo Elegino, and City Tourism Office head, Jason Magnaye. Mayor Sara Duterte, in a forum before her State of the City Address 2013 Tuesday, confirmed that these executive assistants will serve the end of their term when her term ends, including Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) chief Magno Adalin and Central 911 head, Emmanuel Jaldon. She commended Lopez for working beyond her paygrade. “I appointed her as attorney IV in the city legal office, but her job is that of a city administrator and there is a big difference in term of salary grade between those two jobs,” said the mayor.

kilometers of riverbank on both sides from Matina-Balusong Bridge to Matina Pangi. The Watershed Management Council (WMC) implemented the ground delineation of conservation areas in Davao City with funding and technical support from the Davao City Water District, Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI and Interface Development Interventions. With this, the WMC

was able to identify boundary marks between conservation areas and agricultural areas where buffer zones were established and watersheds are protected from contamination brought about by chemicals used in agriculture industries. As of November of last year, the delineation covered 18.5 kilometers involving 42 barangays within the entire scope of Davao City. CMP

No segregation, no collection of waste policy to continue O

UTGOING Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio will soon be ending her three-year term in office, but she reminded Dabawenyos to intensify the drive of “No segregation, No collection” policy to further discipline people to segregate, reduce, reuse and recycle trash at the household level. Implemented on July 1, 2011, the policy resulted in the decrease of solid waste

ing Ordinance and the Septage and Sewerage Management Ordinance were approved and are set for enforcement. The implementation of Food for Work project in 2012 de-clogged 145.5 kilometers of canals collected 3,977 cubic meters of garbage and 409 tons of waste. The Matina River Watershed Rehabilitation and Riverbank Stabilization project are planted with 8,000 trees covering the 4.5



Celebrating Father’s Day P

apa, Daddy, Dad, Tatay, Ama— whatever way we call them, they all go by the names of our fathers. He is the caring arms you cling on to when you are afraid. He is the warm hand that assures you he is around. He is the voice that tells you: “You are beautiful.” He is the power that you draw

your strength from. And although he is no superman, he is the one hero you will call your own. The world pays tribute to all fathers today, June 16, marking the global celebration of Fa-

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Discover the World of High Definition Cable TV and High-Speed Internet at SKY Zone T

HE future of home entertainment is now within your reach. Bring your family to a whole new dimension where everything is faster and in high definition as SKY Zone, in partnership with Fox International, once again showcases SKYcable’s premium HD channels and widest selection of services along with the high-speed broadband internet of SKYbroadband as they simultaneously visit SM City Cebu and SM City Davao on June 14 to 16 and Eastwood Mall in Quezon City from June 21

to 23. Following their introduction of High Definition cable TV in the country, SKYcable is unveilling the life-like and breathtaking difference of HD cable viewing to mall goers with their various displays at the exhibit. Be in the thick of all the action and feel the thrill from your favorite Hollywood films, TV series, documentaries, down to your much-awaited sporting matches on FOX Movies Premium HD, Fox HD, STAR World HD, Nat Geo HD, and Fox Sports Plus.

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By this verified petition and for the reason therein stated, the above-named petitioner, assisted by counsel, seeks for an Order of this Court directing the Office of the City Civil registrar of Davao to correct/change HIS certificate of live birth particularly his year of birth from 1989 to 1983 Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is herby set for hearing before this Court, sitting at the Hall of Justice, Candelaria St., Ecoland, Matina, Davao City, on July 16, 2013 at 2:00 in the afternoon, at which place, date and time anyinterested person may appear and show cause, if any, why the same should not be granted.

Let this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) successive weeks in a newspaper published in the City of Davao and of general circulation in the said city and the provinces of Davao as determined by raffle in accordance with law. Furnish, each with a copy of the petition and of this Order the Honorable Solicitor General as counsel for the government, the Local Civil Registrar of Davao City and City Legal Office of Davao City for the City of Davao. SO ORDERED.

Given this 30th day of May, 2013, in Davao City, Philippines. (Sgd)VIRGINIA HOFILEÑA-EUROPA Judge 6/17/24/ 7/1


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To infinity and beyond: SMART Infinity launches ‘My IMAX Card’

THE IMAX theatre at SM Lanang Premier was THE place to be in Davao last June 12 as Smart Infinity, the premium mobile brand of wireless leader Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) launched the country’s first and most premium, personalized, co-branded SM Cinema IMAX card, the Smart Infinity My IMAX Card as well as give loyal subscribers an exclusive IMAX viewing of The Man of Steel. “We continue to find ways to enrich the experience of all Smart Infinity subscribers, not only by providing them the most reliable mobile service, but also by turning the activities that they engage in, into something extraordinary. We want to provide the first-class kind of entertainment that they enjoy,” says Julie Carceller, department head of Smart Infinity. “The Smart Infinity My IMAX Card is just one of these many ways, because it allows Smart Infinity subscribers to enjoy a truly delightful movie experience. We will continue to be creative and enthusiastic in making the premium Smart Infinity experience even better,” Carceller added. Designed to give Smart Infinity subscribers exclusive access to what they say is ‘the world’s most immersive movie experience’, the Smart Infinity My IMAX Card is a reloadable card powered by SM Cinema’s e-PLUS Tap To Pay system. The system allows Smart

Infinity My IMAX Card users to load the card to pre-pay for movie tickets at all SM IMAX theaters, allowing them to avoid long lines when entering the cinema. As a special treat exclusive to Smart Infinity subscribers, all users of the Smart Infinity My IMAX Card enjoy the convenience of a priority lane in all SM Cinema movie ticketing booths when reloading their card. The card also offers special perks, because all Smart Infinity My IMAX Card users receive a set of popcorn and drink every time they reload their card at the ticket booth. Additionally, each use

of the Smart Infinity My IMAX Card at any SM Cinema as a ticket to the world’s biggest blockbuster films, earns a Smart Infinity subscriber e-PLUS points. More points may be earned when the card is used at any IMAX Theater and Director’s Club cinemas nationwide. These points may be exchanged later on for premium items

and other privileges. For more information on how to become a Smart Infinity subscriber and enjoy first-rate perks and privileges on top of superior mobile service, please visit www. Follow me on Twitter or on Instagram @kennethkingong for more happenings in,around and beyond Durianburg.


War of our Fathers exhibit at SM Davao, extended until June 25 DUE to public request, the War of our Fathers traveling exhibition is extended for 2 weeks, until June 25 at SM City Davao, Annex. “We are inviting our shoppers, schools, and other interested groups to view this very insightful collection from the Philippine Veterans Bank,” SM City Davao mall manager Lynette Lopez says. The said Veterans Bank World War II exhibit features WW II photographs, maps, artifacts and memorabilia that pay tribute to the SM City Davao assistant mall manager Engr. p a t r i o t i s m Warren Rey Bautista (leftmost) is handed of Filipinos. a token of appreciation from the Philippine With the Veterans Bank and the Veterans Federation of the Philippines showcase, the Veterans Bank and SM City Davao aim to share to the public, especially the youth sector, what it was like to live in the time of the World War. The War of our Fathers has received the recognition of several award-giving bodies including the Anvil Awards, Gold Quill Awards, and the PANATA Awards. Most recently, it received an Award of Excellence for Communication Management from the 10th Philippine Quill Awards presented by IABC Philippines. Prior to its Davao exhibition, the War of our Fathers was showcased in SM City General Santos. It is expected to be displayed in Butuan City after its Davao leg.

Globe celebrates Philippine Eagle Week through strengthened ties with PEF BEING a strong supporter and partner of the Philippine Eagle Foundation (PEF), leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom reiterates its commitment to the conservation and protection of the Philippine Eagle and its habitat as the country celebrates the Philippine Eagle Week. Presidential Proclamation No. 79 has declared June 4-10 of every year as Philippine Eagle Week to commemorate efforts in environmental conservation; and to seek support to strengthen the work towards saving the Philippine Eagle from extinction through collaboration with different sectors of the society. “The company has a lot of advocacies and one of the more important ones is on environmental sustainability. We partnered with PEF because we wanted to be part of this important conservation work in Mindanao. But the support of Globe does not end there. We also help complement the efforts that PEF is already doing in the areas of livelihood, education, and other basic needs of the communities which are working to reforest the areas where the Philippine eagles and other wildlife breed,” said Yoly C. Crisanto, Head of Globe Corporate Communications. Dennis Salvador, PEF Executive Director said: “We are happy that Globe elected to help us in our efforts to restore Philippine eagle habitats while addressing the needs of poor upland communities who are at the forefront of protecting the eagles in the wild.” Thus, together with PEF, Globe is set to return to Arakan in October this year for another fund raising and awareness drive that will benefit the advocacy. Last year, Globe Bridging Communities, has partnered with PEF on its forest corridor development program in Arakan to restore wildlife habitats. Arakan is a valley situated at the northeastern tip of North Cotabato and bounded in the east by Davao City. While protecting the remaining forest fragments, forest corridoring also aims to re-establish forest on grasslands along the forest corridor between the mountains of Mahuson, Sinaka, and Kabalantiian-Binoongan-Kulaman (KABIKU), rehabilitate degraded lands close to habitats of threatened wildlife and critical watersheds, provide incentives to both indigenous and non-indigenous community partners, and participate in carbon markets to generate supplementary income for upland communities who restore degraded habitats.


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Archipelago 7107: Letting you indulge in great-tasting Filipino recipes under one roof

R E STAU R A N T S that bring together a vast array of the most delectable Filipino recipes are rare to come by. Most only offer their respective regional or provincial selections. But you’ll be delighted to find the Philippines’ mouthwatering dishes, from the north to the south and anywhere in between, at Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta. Combining selected authentic recipes from the country’s 7,107 islands under one menu, Archipelago 7107 by Barrio Fiesta gives the customer a wider range of recipes to choose from than your usual Filipino restaurant. Located at the 2nd Level, Fountain Court of SM Lanang Premier, it is a brainchild of young entrepreneurs Antero Sison III, Carlo Lorenzana, Alberto Bacani, and Alan Bangco who teamed up with the third generation restaurateur Tyrone Ongpauco from the Barrio Fiesta chain of restaurants. Archipelago 7107 serves many Filipino specialties aside from Crispy Pata, Kare-kare, Pinakbet, and other dishes that made

Barrio Fiesta a name synonymous to Filipino cuisine. A great way to whet your appetite is by starting off with Vigan Roll and Tinapa Roll, which might look like your ordinary spring

rolls but each respectively contains Vigan longganisa and smoked fish fillings that make all the difference. You could also sample the locals’ favorite, Imbao soup (Php180), before you have the main course.

Must-try dishes serving 2-3 people include the Davao delicacy, Crispy Paksiw Buntot ng Bariles, a tuna dish that is cooked in vinegar and deep fried to a crisp, and Bopis, a Bicolano dish known for its spicy taste. Archipelago 7107 also recreates Bulacan’s famous Pancit Marilao with a twist and offers Mama Chit’s Special, a bilao feast of mixed seafood such as fried milkfish and catfish good for 4-5 persons. Choose from Turon ala mode and assorted fruit shakes to cap off your night. With its modern fixtures, the ambience is casual and chic, a world apart from the traditional wooden interiors and bamboo décor seen in most Filipino restaurants. If you want to dine out and celebrate with your family, or if you’re up for a night of unwinding with your friends, then Archipelago 7107 lets you do just that. After dinner, it converts into a full blown lounge bar, enticing guests to put their party mood on. Come and discover the country’s famed regional dishes at Archipelago 7107! For queries, contact 285-1584 or like Archipelago 7107 on Facebook to get news and promo updates.

Solenn Heusaff showcases the power of Sun Broadband through Cook Fest SUN Broadband was on the spotlight recently as it held a special cook fest and meetand-greet session with actress-model and brand ambassador Solenn Heusfaff, at the premiere culinary arts school, Center for Culinary Arts – Manila (CCA). Aiming to further inspire and push Filipinos to go beyond their limits and “get there” through the power of the Internet, Sun Broadband showcased how a consistent, fast and reliable connection can open up to a much bigger world of information and interaction, especially for those who are as busy and well-rounded

as Solenn, who, besides acting and modelling, also paints, is a fashion designer and a professional make-up artist. For Solenn, Sun Broadband has really helped her stay connected. “It’s the perfect companion for people like me who’s always on the go. It has definitely worked a lot for my work, and even in my personal life.” Together with key members of the media and the blogger community, Solenn

shared a more domesticated side of her persona as she showcased her cooking skills during the taping of her food-lifestyle show, Taste Buddies. Members of the media and blogger community likewise got the chance to exude their inner chefs as they teamed up with Solenn and one of CCA’s best chefs for a mini-cook off at the grand kitchen of CCA. Besides pre-prepared ingredients, the kitchen was

also set up with Sun Broadband-powered laptops to help the two teams be armed with the necessary recipes, tips and techniques in cooking that they can find online. Team Solenn took home the plate as they impressed the judges with their sumptuous dishes. Sun Broadband’s Cook Fest with Solenn Heusaff has been made possible in partnership with The Center for Culinary Arts-Manila, together with Toshiba and GMA 7. For more information about Sun Broadband products and services, visit www. or Facebook page www.facebook. com/sunbroadbandph. Follow @suncelldeals on Twitter.

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Robert Downey Jr. consoles crying kid hoping for an Iron Man meetup ROBERT Downey Jr. came to save the day for one crestfallen kid—even if he didn’t get to do it as Iron Man. The 48-year-old actor was snapped consoling a young fan in western Massachusetts who had eagerly looked forward to meeting the suited superhero in person, only to come face to face with Downey out of costume. Per People, 1 1/2-yearold Jaxson Denno had been taken by his mother to see the actor—who is currently shooting his new film, The Judge, in the towns of Sunderland and Shelburne Falls—and she apparently promised her tyke that he’d get to meet his high-flying idol. Of course, Downey wasn’t in costume as Iron Man—a fact that the kid didn’t take too well as he promptly burst into tears The actor then consoled his little fan, flashing a concerned look as he patted the

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child’s back. Heather Denno, Jaxson’s mother, told People that the tot “was so confused because I kept telling him it was Iron Man and he knew it wasn’t...Iron Man in the suit.” Still, the kid bounced back quickly: “He was fine as soon as he talked to him,” his mom added. Here’s hoping Jaxson will have more chances to catch the iron-suited superhero on the big screen: Although Iron Man 3 made a killing at the box office, raking almost






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$1.2 billion (and counting) worldwide, Downey has yet to officially sign on for the eagerly awaited The Avengers 2. And that’s not sitting well with the film’s director, Joss Whedon, who recently said that the film would be a nogo without its marquee star. “He is Iron Man,” Whedon told The Daily Beast. “He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making Avengers 2 without him.”

Taylor Swift on latest fragrance:

“It’s kind of more about just my own personality” TAYLOR Swift knows what makes sense when it comes to scents. The pop singer was honored with the top prize for Celebrity Fragrance of the Year at last night’s Fragrance Foundation Awards in New York City, and T.Swift shared what the process of putting together a fragrance was like with E! News. “It’s really wonderful to get to start from scratch to come up with an idea, a mood, a visual,” she told us on the red carpet. Swift continued, “We have a new fragrance coming out called Taylor that I’m

obsessed with, and it’s kind of more about just my own personality rather than a fantasy. Both are important, but I’m really excited for that.” The celeb unveiled her latest scent, Taylor by Taylor Swift (which will hit shelves this month) in May, which marked her third fragrance after Wonderstruck and Guys, pay attention: Swift also dished on what type of cologne she prefers on a man. “I think it has to go with the guy’s personality,” she said. “It can’t be too overpowering, but it’s nice when a guy wears cologne, don’t you think?”

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Hot beach fashion at the Pearl Farm


HE best summer looks come from Roxy, Quicksilver and DC as the Pearl Farm Beach Resort held it’s summer party last May 25.

Fun activities like kayaking, beach volleyball, limbo rock, and hoolahoop set the momentum of the guest in the morning as drum beaters and dancers welcomed each boat that docked. There was also Zumba by the beach so enthusiastically led by the team of Ms. Vicky Javier. As the sun set and the evening set-in, Roxy, Quiksilver and DC hosted a fashion show that set Pearl Farm’s Summer Fun’s stage on fire. Showcasing of the latest Spring and Summer collections of Davao City’s three leading outdoor apparel brands, the show featured the beautiful and handsome models of Metromodels, directed by Edwin Balabis wearing casual and beachwear in bright colors of tangerine,

yellow, red, hot pink, and blue, the collections gave life to Malipano Island’s normally quiet evenings. Guests to the party were also given discount vouchers and premium items care of Quiksilver, Roxy and DC for the winners of the party games. Experience summer fun. Visit Roxy, Quiksilver and DC located at the 2nd floor of Abreeza Mall and Roxy at The Annex of SM City.



AN ANTONIO (AP) -- LeBron James and Dwyane Wade lingered at the edge of the court for a few extra moments after Game 4 of the NBA Finals, waiting to tend to one last piece of business. They wanted to shake Chris Bosh’s hand. By now, it’s not a surprise when the biggest man in Miami’s trio of stars gets overshadowed, which surely seemed to be the case once again in the game that essentially saved


AN ANTONIO (AP) -- Tony Parker pushed his tender right hamstring as much as he possibly could in Game 4 of the NBA Finals, and it will be hard to find a player in this series that needs the two days of rest before Game 5 more. Parker had 15 points and nine assists in San Antonio’s 109-93 loss to the Miami Heat that evened the series at 2-2. But he was held scoreless in the second half as the Heat pulled away. Now he gets two full days for rest and treatment before the two teams play again on Sunday. ‘’It’s going to be

any hope the Heat have at winning their second straight NBA title. James scored 33 points in his best game of the finals and Wade played his best game in about three months with 32 points, but Bosh’s 20-point, 13-rebound effort in Miami’s 109-93 win over San Antonio was not lost on the Heat. ‘’He got into the battle. He got into the fight,’’ Wade said. ‘’He played big for us. Thirteen rebounds, that’s what we need from him and obviously 20 points.

huge for me,’’ Parker said after the game. ‘’Obviously, definitely got fatigued in the second half. Those two days I’m going to make sure I do a lot of treatment and get to 100 percent. Tonight I was not 100 percent. By Sunday, that’s my goal, to be good to go.’’ Parker said after the game that Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was hesitant to let him play after his star point guard tested it out in the morning shootaround and deemed himself ready to play. But Parker convinced his coach to let him start, and his strong play early sparked the Spurs before LeBron

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He played the way that we love to seeChris Bosh play.’’ Put another way, if Bosh keeps playing like this, there could be another parade down Biscayne Boulevard in a few days. Maligned throughout much of the playoffs for relying almost too much on the long jumper and 3-point shot - he’s exceptional from the outside for a big man, but went 0 for 4 from 3-point range in Miami’s loss in Game 1 of the finals - Bosh quietly changed his approach. James and Dwyane Wadetook over. ‘’Pop was not really happy, meaning I wanted to play and took a little risk,’’ Parker said. ‘’So I’m happy I’m not worse.’’ Popovich said on Friday that Parker ‘’is fine.’’ But the Spurs will need him to be more than just ‘’fine’’ if they are going to bounce back from a difficult loss. If the Spurs lose again at home on Sunday and fall behind 3-2 heading back to Miami, they’re in big trouble. ‘’If he can’t play at full speed, others will have to pick up the slack,’’ Popo-

vich said. ‘’And they will or they won’t.’’ Parker played with a heavy wrap on this leg to try to stabilize his hamstring, and he had to briefly go back to the locker room in the second half to get it wrapped even t i g h t e r. Play-

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ing against an aggressive Heat perimeter defense that pressed him hard on pick-and-rolls, Parker can’t afford to have anything holding him back. ‘’Give credit to Miami in the second half,’’ Spurs forward Tim Duncan said. ‘’They did a much better job. All in all, I thought he

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played pretty well.’’ SPOELSTRA’S GAMBLE: Heat coach Erik Spoelstra made a big gamble when he decided to shuffle his starting lineup in the middle of the finals. With the Spurs’ big men - Duncan and Tiago Splitter - clogging the lane and refusing to let James or Wade get anywhere near the rim, Spoelstra elected to bench Udonis Haslem in favor of sharp-shooter Mike Miller.


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PLAYING WITH PAIN. Tiger Woods hits from the fairway bunker.



RDMORE, Pa. – What looked at first like a new ailment has been bothering Tiger Woods for a while. Woods’ left elbow, originally believed to be a wrist injury, has become one of the major storylines of this major tournament. It flared up again on Friday after nagging him as early as the second shot of the U.S. Open here on Thursday. After shooting even par for his second round, Woods admitted his elbow has been hurting since The Players Championship in early May. Woods didn’t seem to show much (if any) pain during The Memo-

rial leading up to the U.S. Open, but his poor performance there now seems more of a source of wonder than an aberration. How badly has the elbow been hurting, how often, and how much is it affecting his game? Woods, closed-lipped as ever, gave a snippy answer when asked how he hurt the elbow. “Playing golf,” Woods said. Playing golf was certainly the cause of aggravation on Friday. The winces of Thursday became full-fledged grimaces as the afternoon wore on, not on every hole but especially when he was forced to escape

from rough as tangled as late ‘80s computer wires. The most pain seemed to come on Hole 7, when Woods tee shot veered left and left him in the tall grass behind a large tree. His ensuing shot caused him to swing his left arm behind his back in pain. Woods then flubbed his next shot, hitting a wedge no more than two feet, before carding a bogey that left him six shots off the lead at the time of the conclusion of his round. The injury makes Woods’ impressive second round even more notable, as he fought to

even par and watched many of the other leaders fall away. After the end of his first round Friday morning, Woods was tied for 45th. After the end of his second round Friday afternoon, his 3-over was tied for 27th with many others still battling the course. The world’s top golfer has a puncher’s chance for his 15th major, bad elbow or not. The pain doesn’t seem to be weighing on Woods mentally. Keep in mind, his last U.S. Open win came on a torn ACL. Asked if he liked his chances over the weekend, Woods simply said, “Yes.”

cordo with 31 while Punzalan and Torres added 15 apiece. The win improved JYC’s record to two wins in six outings to stay at no. 6 in the standings of the 9-team tournament sponsored by Phoenix Petroleum. Goldstar Hardware remained on top of the heap with a spotless 4-0 card while Oro East Mining is at second with a 5-1 slate. Erstwhile co-leader Moonbeem is at no. 3 with 3-1 while multi-titled VMO is in the middle of the pack at 3-2. DCPO is at no. 5 with 3-4 while

winless GSO (0-2) and BLBE (0-5) occupy the cellar. The scores: June 13 Results JYC 96-- Casila 24 Gonzaga 21 Montecillo

16 Gabriel 14 Villanueva 13 Valencia 8 GSO 90-- Concordo 31 Punzalan 15 Torres 15 Brigoli 12 Dalisay 10 Legaspi 7 Casquedo 0

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YC Hardware handed General Services Office (GSO) its second straight loss with a 96-90 win in the Phoenix Above 36 Basketball Tournament at the Davao City Recreation Center last Thursday. Gang scoring by the Hardwaremen repulsed a furious stand by the GSO side as Casila, Gonzaga, Montecillo, Gabriel and Villanueva came through with double digit outputs. Casila paced JYC with 24 markers on the ledger while Gonzaga added 21. GSO was led by Con-


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