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EDGEDAVAO Serving a seamless society

HEROES ALL. A collection of comicbook superheroes made of clay by Davao-based artist Harold Soriaga is on display until today at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City. Lean Daval Jr.

NPA abducts 5 soldiers By CHE PALICTE


ive soldiers were abducted by the New People’s Army (NPA) last Monday afternoon in Paquibato district, Davao City.

Six soldiers from the 60th Infantry Battalion under the10th Infantry Division (ID) were held at gunpoint by the NPA in Lubas sub-village in Paquibato proper at about 4:30 in the afternoon. PLAYFUL. These young boys grapple on the pavement during a break in school yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza said that only 1st Lt. Neven Canitan escaped while his five companions were held hostage by the NPA of the Pulang Bagani Command 1-Southern Mindanao Region Command (PCB1-SMRC) under Leoncio Pitao.


Mayor-elect Rody dreams of bus transit system for city



NE of the big-ticket projects incoming mayor Rodrigo R. Duterte wants to do for Davao City during the three years of his seventh term starting next July is the establishment of an inexpensive but highly efficient bus rapid transit

(BRT) system. Duterte acknowledges the fact that there is a need to improve the mobility of Dabawenyos through a transportation system that needs less gas-emitting vehicles



2 6 Dabawenya fencer wins gold in Pan Am Games 16 Flight 5J-971 victims register with the SEC Sustained growth rate to solve poverty


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PHOTO OPS ERR OOPS. Mall goers pass by a huge billboard of a digital camera brand at the Annex of SM City Davao yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

Flight 5J-971 victims CCTVs can help enforcers register with the SEC Smoking violators, beware!




ASSENGERS of the Cebu Pacific aircraft that skidded off the Davao City International Airport (DIA) runway June 2, who have threatened to file a class suite against the airline, registered their group

with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Monday. Businessman Andrew Bautista, the elected president of the group, told Edge Davao yesterday that they registered themselves as Flight 5J-971

Victims. Bautista said that they will next send a demand letter to Cebu Pacific, adding that he would not give any other statement in behalf of the group, and that it would be best to first talk to lawyer

Robert de Leon, their legal counsel. De Leon said, “We will give an update tomorrow afternoon (later today).” By registering their group with SEC, Flight 5J-871 Victims will be-

FFLIGHT 5J-971, 10


he campaign for clean air in the city will be greatly aided by closed circuit television (CCTV) in apprehending smoking ban violators. The full implementation of the new comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance in Davao City began last May 31.


Ungab to focus on more roads, hanging bridges


COLD RIDE. Blank stares can be seen from the faces of the passengers of a bus while cruising along McArthur Highway in Matina, Davao City yesterday. Lean Daval Jr.

In the first week of implementation alone, a total of 410 violators were apprehended by enforcers. And the number grows day by day. Davao City Police Office chief Ronald dela Rosa told Edge Davao that CCTVs are effective

AVAO City representative Isidro Ungab said he would be pushing for more roads in his third district his term. The unopposed reelectionist bared this in an interview following partylist representative Luz Ilagan’s oath taking Monday at the city hall building. He said the third district has a large land needs more roads. Aside from roads, the third district also needs more bridges to cross the many existing creeks, according to Ungab, adding that here is also a need to build additional hanging bridges in far-flung areas of the district and to upgrade some of the existing ones for easier and safer access by students going to and from

schools, especially will have easier access to their schools, especially after rains cause the water level to rise. The third district is home to most of Davao City’s poorest of the poor, the congressman observed, which is why he said that he would develop agricultural modernization in his third district to help poor farmers earn more. On a bigger scale, he said that Republic Act No. 10351 (An Act Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco) which he co-authored, is in the process of collection and implementation. He said that 85percent of the collection from these taxed commodities will go to national health care, such as Philhealth. EJF



Floods in DavNor, other Mindanao areas displace more than 100,000 F

LOODS brought about by southwest monsoon and low pressure area in Davao del Norte, Sarangani Province, Sultan Kudarat, North Cotabato and Maguindanao have caused the forced evacuation of about 21,000 families with almost 100,000 individuals over the weekend. The latest flooding happened at around 3:14 a.m. last June 16 in Barangay Tanglaw, Braulio Dujali, Davao del Norte wherein the Davao del Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council reported at least 167 families evacuated. Based on the record from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), flooding also occurred at around 7:00 p.m. on June 1 in three provinces in Soccksargen affecting five municipalities with 23 barangays. The worst affected municipality was Kab-

acan in North Cotabato wherein a total of 7,657 families with 32,190 individuals evacuated. Floodings also hit the municipalities of Kalamansig and Lebak in Sultan Kudarat province with 341 families and 1,705 residents affected. Two houses were also totally damaged and five houses were partially damaged. In Lebak, 420 families were affected with 2,100 individuals. In Sarangani Province, the municipality of Alabel was flooded affecting 20 families with 70 individuals. As of June 14, displaced persons from Kalamansig, Sultan Kudarat, and Alabel, Sarangani have already returned to their homes. Affected barangays in Kalamansig were already declared under state of calamity. In Maguindanao, heavy rains occurred last June 13, 2013, and flooded five municipalities with 49 baran-

N officer of the Project: Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) insisted that residents of Barangay

Andap, in New Bataan, Compostela Valley have to relocate to safer ground away from its previous location to prevent further loss of lives

SUBMERGED. A villager wades through the floodwater in Barangay Kayaga, Kabacan, North Cotabato on Saturday. Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza said a total of 10,270 families were affected by floods that submerged 26 villag-

es in the towns of Carmen, Kabacan, Matalam, Mlang, President Roxas and Tulunan when rivers overflowed starting Friday evening. [Photo courtesy of PDRRMO/ North Cotabato]

gays affecting a total of 12,390 families with 61,947 individuals. The Municipality of Montawal was hardly hit by the flooding in which a total of 4.046 with 20,230 individuals were affected.

It was followed by Sultan sa Barongis with 1,562 families and 7,810 persons affected. On Monday, Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Autonomous Region in Muslim Min-

danao (ARMM) had a meeting with regional Executive Secretary Lawyer Anwar Malang for the relief assistance for the affected families. The ARMM local government also allo-

cated P500,000 for the food packs to be given to the flood victims. All affected municipalities have already activated the Incident Command Posts (ICP) for futher monitoring the incidents. [PNA]

during flash floods which happened during the onslaught of typhoon Pablo. Oscar Victor Lizardo, chief science specialist of Project NOAH said Ba-

rangay Andap is located in an alluvial fan where the flow and direction of water and debris during heavy downpour and flash floods are unpre-

dictable. He said relocation is an issue that the local government has to decide. Lizardo said that aside from their office, the National Housing Authority (NHA) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) need to step in to stress the relocation of residents. “The residents must be taken away from that alluvial fan since it is not safe for habitation. It is no longer safe to live there,” he said. Lizardo revealed based on their disaster assessment, a debris flow occurred in Barangay Andap during typhoon Pablo. He said the flash flood in Barangay Andap during the occurrence of typhoon Pablo was accompanied with several kilometers of stones. Lizardo explained that a debris flow is hard to predict since it changes direction from time

to time especially if its former path is already blocked by huge rocks and stones. “The barangay’s location is not suitable for settlement because it is susceptible to debris flow, thus the need for relocation,” he said. Lizardo described the ordeal of the residents of Barangay Andap during the typhoon as unimaginable since as heavy rains and strong winds battered the place, a flash flood occurred carrying with it large stones as big as a bus or with a height as high as nine meters for more than one hour. He said Project NOAH turns one year on July 6 in its functions to prevent, mitigate, to prepare and to assess disasters and calamities in coordination with the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), local governments and the residents. [PNA]

NOAH officer insists immediate relocation of ComVal residents A

TF PABLO. Trade USec. Merly M. Cruz (bottom, 2nd from left) and DTI-11 Regional Director Marizon S. Loreto (bottom, 3rd from left) meet with Davao Oriental Gov. Corazon N. Malanyaon (left) and ComVal Provincial Executive Assistant (right) Isabelo L. Melendres and other partners and

stakeholders to discuss about the immediate and medium-term requirements for the rehabilitation and recovery of the Typhoon Pablo hardly-hit towns in the said provinces. The Trade officials visited the LGU executives on June 3 in Mati City and Nabunturan, respectively. [DTI 11/Jen Mendoza]


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Power crisis fears unnerve industry in booming PHL A

N electricity outage that blacked out large swathes of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon for up to eight hours last month has highlighted worries about a potential power crisis that could undermine Asia’s fastest-growing economy. Predictions that electricity demand will outstrip government forecasts have raised fears over the impact on the expansion of industries such as call centres, tourism and gaming. A raft of private firms has rushed in recent months to put some $9 billion of new plants on the drawing board, but lead times for construction are around three years and environmental opposition to coal-fired plants is already sparking delays. “Power plants will be put up, the only question is will they be put up fast enough to meet the demand,” said John Forbes, a consultant with the American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines. The country is riding high, posting annual growth of 7.8 percent in the first quarter and having its credit rating raised to investment grade by Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings. But power supply is seen as the biggest infrastructure

challenge as President Benigno Aquino drives rapid growth. Just one major power plant has been added in the past 10 years in the industrial and commercial heartland of Luzon, where many were built during the last electricity crisis 20 years ago. The southern region of Mindanao is facing blackouts until 2015. “We are talking about long-gestation projects. If no new power plants are built, by 2016 we are in for a big problem,” says Sergio Ortiz-Luis, president of the Philippine Exporters Confederation. The call centre industry, which employs 600,000 workers, is aiming to grow at 15 percent a year for revenue of $15 billion by 2016, said the Philippines Contact Centre Association. “That will be difficult to meet if a power crisis hits us,” cautioned Jojo Uligan, the lobby group’s executive director. The Philippines’ total generating capacity is projected to reach about 15,300 MW this year and the country needs additional capacity of 2,500 MW in the four years to 2017, according to the Department of Energy’s latest plans. Luzon, which accounts

POWER CONNECTIONS. Manila Electric Company (Meralco) workers inspect illegally installed power connections from the main wires in a slum area in Tondo, Metro Manila June 17, 2013. [REUTERS] for about three-quarters of the country’s total capacity, will require an additional 1,600 MW by 2017, the DOE says, more than its own estimate of up to 1,130 MW due to come on stream from new projects. However, the Philippine Independent Power Producers Association industry group says Luzon will

require some 3,280 MW by 2017 - double the government’s estimate. The association says the Philippines as a whole will require at least 3,860 MW, as the economy is growing faster than anticipated and demand is rising more quickly. The Philippines’ biggest conglomerates such as

Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc , Ayala Corp and San Miguel Corp are among those eager to build power plants or increase the capacity of existing facilities over the next five years. Projects currently on the drawing board or being touted by private companies total around 4,400 MW up to 2018, including some

from new entrants to the industry. But many of these projects are likely to face delays, either from environmental opposition to coal generation - the quickest plants to build and the cheapest to operate - or as proponents wait for power consumers to commit to off-take agreements. [PNA]

ROPICAL Depression “Emong” has gained strength as it intensified into tropical storm (TS) and accelerated towards the northerly direction as it hover east of Luzon, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Tuesday. PAGASA defines a tropical storm as moderate tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 64 to 118 kph (25 to 75

mph). Weather forecaster Alvin Pura said that as of 10 a.m. Tuesday, Emong, now packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, was estimated 460 km east of Isabela and Cagayan (17.3°N, 126.5°E). Pura said that TS Emong is forecast to move north at 19 kph and with its speed is expected to be out in Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday head-

ing towards Taiwan. He said no storm signals have been raised so far, even as its projections indicate that TS Emong is still not likely to make landfall in the Philippines. TS Emong is far off to directly affect any part of the country, however, it will continue to enhance the Southwest Monsoon or habagat that will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas

and Northern Mindanao, Pura added. PAGASA also advised fishermen using small seacrafts not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and western seaboards of Southern Luzon due to big waves generated by TS Emong. According to PAGASA, Emong may still bring moderate to heavy rainfall from 5 to 15 mm per hour within the 400 km diameter of the tropical storm. [PNA]

Dr. Alfredo Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of Project Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) under Department of Science and Technology. He noted rainfall intensity in various areas as well as other data generated using the radars are needed so people can be better warned about possible forthcoming in-

clement weather-induced calamities. Lagmay is bullish about the future of Philippine nowcasting, saying government earlier planned installing more doppler radars in the country. “Our target is to have the country covered by 14 to 15 doppler radars next year,” he said. State weather agency

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported nine doppler radars are already operating nationwide. Those radars are in Baguio, Subic, Baler, Aparri, Tagaytay and Virac in Luzon, Cebu in the Visayas as well as Hinatuan and Tampakan in Mindanao, PAGASA noted. [PNA]

Psy: My double ‘Emong’ intensifies into a tropical storm has more minders T P

SY says the worst thing about his impersonator is the number of bodyguards he employs. The South Korean singer made headlines during this year’s Cannes Film Festival when a lookalike of him snuck into the event. Psy’s impostor was so convincing he managed to fool numerous celebrities into thinking he was the real deal. “My Psy impersonator I heard he drunk a lot of expensive champagnes,” Psy told BBC Radio 1. “The worst thing was a lot of celebrities had their picture taken with him. He did some performance, that’s what I heard. He has three bodyguards and I have one, that’s the worst thing.” The singer shot to the top of the charts with his track Gangnam Style and has now followed it up with hit single Gentleman. The best thing about being famous is getting

the chance to meet his idols at high profile events. Psy attended the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala in New York City earlier this year where he met Madonna. “I met Beyoncé at the Met Gala, that was kind of cool,” he shared. “I’m a huge fan of Queen, so I might work with Brian May one day and do an old Queen song. Queen is very inspirational to me.” Psy’s appeal can be seen by his impressive array of record breaking stats. The smiley star was recently awarded with another accolade, ahead of the release of his new album. “I got my fifth Guinness record, it was for with 100,000 people horse dancing. The most people in one place doing horse dancing. My fifth Guinness,” he proudly revealed. [Cover Media]

Nationwide doppler radar coverage to enhance government’s nowcasting


OVERNMENT is optimistic plans to have the entire country covered by doppler radars will enhance its nowcasting -- area-specific forecast for the period up to 12 hours ahead that is based on very detailed observational data. “The plan will increasingly help us predict rainfall that’s likely to happen in the next few hours,” said



PHL eyes dev’t partnerships with MICs for inclusive growth


ESSONS and best practices from other middle-income countries (MICs) can help the Philippines improve

its poverty reduction and infrastructure programs towards inclusive growth, according to the National Economic and Develop-

ment Authority (NEDA). “The variety of experiences of the MICs in dealing with inequality offers a rare opportunity for

learning lessons and sharing best practices toward scaling up of programs and activities that will help achieve inclusive growth,

ROLLING HIGH. Motorists contend with another headache as oil companies increased the prices of oil products by up to P1.45 early morning of Tuesday. Lean Daval Jr.

both nationally and globally,” said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan during the High-Level Conference of Middle-Income Countries in San Jose, Costa Rica on June 12, 2013. He noted that in the past two decades, substantial poverty reduction was achieved in developing countries brought about by the comparatively rapid economic growth in MICs, particularly in Asia. “For inclusive growth and prosperity, the MICs need to play a more active and unified role in forging a much improved environment for international trade, finance, and technology. The improvement is particularly crucial in the area of market access, especially for exports of developing countries, and access to technology,” said Balisacan. However, he pointed out that the connection between growth and poverty reduction varies quite enormously between re-

gions of the world, between countries within a region, and between geographic areas and population groups within a country. “This opportunity for systematically-expanding knowledge and best practices needs to be enhanced within the MICs,” said Balisacan, who is also NEDA Director-General. He identified India’s recent experience with the use of new technology to properly identify the deserving poor from the population, which reduced the leakage of program benefits to the non-poor “This shows that targeting programs to the poor need not be fiscally prohibitive,” the Cabinet official said. Similarly, he noted the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) schemes pioneered in Latin America, such as Brazil’s Bolsa Familia and Mexico’s Oportunidades, have helped those countries virtually won their war against acute poverty.


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Stat Watch Rep. Ungab says:

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

It figures


Sustained high growth rate to solve poverty, joblessness by ANTONIO M. AJERO


ONSISTENT high economic growth rate is needed to solve poverty and unemployment in the Philippines, according to Davao City Rep. Isidro T. Ungab, a long-time economist and banker before plunging into politics. “The all-time growth rate of 7.8 percent recently achieved by the country will not instantly solve poverty and joblessness,” said Ungab, who is the current chair of the powerful House committee on ways and means responsible for the passage of the controversial Sin Tax Law. Ungab explained why the National Statistics Office reported there are more poor and jobless Filipinos despite the unprecedentedly high growth rate of the country. He said it took most developed countries in the world five to seven years of continuous high economic growth before

they could feel its impact on the poor and the jobless. Ungab said that the biggest challenge of the current Aquino administration is how to maintain the high economic performance until it vows out of office in 2016, adding that the administration that will take the place of the Aquino government must sustain the economic strides, otherwise the poverty and unemployment levels, including the country’s huge housing backlog, will not change. At the same time, Ungab bared that the biggest issues to be tackled by the next House committee on ways and means is the proposed taxes on mining companies. Ungab said the leaders of the majority in the House will soon conduct a series of caucuses to discuss the chairmanships of the various committees.

BY THE NUMBERS Overseas Filipino worker remittances grew 7% in April 2013 to

$2 billion from

$1.9 billion a year ago SOURCE: BSP

Oil firms impose up to P1.45 price hike


T least six oil companies implemented increases of up to P1.45 per liter on their petroleum products on Tuesday morning, the sixth consecutive week of fuel price

hike. At 6 a.m. Tuesday, the country biggest oil companies or the “Big Three” of the local oil industry -- Pilipinas Shell, Petron Corp. and Chevron Philippines

(formerly Caltex) -- raised their respective prices of gasoline by P1.05 per liter, diesel by P1.45 per liter and kerosene by P1.30 per liter. Independent oil player

PRICEY. A fish vendor at the Agdao Public Market waits for customers to check out the milkfish she is vending as sales are slack right now due to the constant increase in prices of sea produce. Lean Daval Jr.

20 percent The banning of plastic bags in different local government units, including Davao City, has already affected 20% of the local plastics industry according to the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI).

SeaOil and Total followed suit with similar price hike. Phoenix Petroleum Philippines also sent a statement to Edge Davao announcing that it increased the prices of gasoline by P1.05 per liter and diesel by P1.45 per liter effective 6 a.m. Tuesday “to reflect the movements in the prices of refined petroleum product in the international market.” Petron said the price adjustment “reflects movements in the international oil market and the foreign exchange rate”. Last June 10, oil companies implemented a mixed price adjustment, including a price hike on gasoline products worth P0.50 per liter and rollback of P0.15 per liter on kerosene while no movement for the price of diesel. As of this posting other oil companies have yet to announce their respective adjustments. Based on Department of Energy (DoE), in Metro Manila the average price of diesel as of June 11 stood at P39.95 per liter while that of gasoline was pegged at P50.60 per liter.[With PNA]

51.34 billion pesos

12 percent

The Board of Investments (BOI) has approved incentives for two coal power plant projects worth P51.34 billion of the San Miguel group. The plants, with capacity of 300 megawatts (MW) each, are located in Davao del Sur and Bataan.

Rice inventories in the Philippines increased 12% over the preceding month in May due mainly to imports from its Asian neighbors, the government’s Bureau of Agricultural Statistics said.



Mt. Hamiguitan vies for UNESCO world protected heritage status A

NOTHER natural wonder in the Philippines may soon be included in the list of world protected heritage sites. Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary in Davao Oriental, one of the habitats of the rare Philippine eagle, is among the 32 sites nominated for inclusion in the World Heritage List. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is set to consider the inscription of the new sites during its session from June 16 to 27 in Cambodia. “Mount Hamiguitan is highly significant” to the Philippines’ status as the 7th of the “17 biologically rich countries of the world,” UNESCO said in its website. The 6,834-hectare forest, which is known for its bonsai

forest, which includes 100-year-old trees, was declared a protected area under Philippine laws in 2004. “[T]he mountain is inhabited by five endangered species, 27 rare species, 44 endemic species and 59 economically important species,” UNESCO said, citing reports from the Philippine government. “At the national level, this sanctuary is a conservation interest. At a global scale, it is known to be a habitat of globally important species of plants and animals,” it added. If named a world heritage site, Mount Hamiguitan will bring to six the total number of UN-protected areas in the Philippines. The other five are the Tubbataha Reef, the Cordillera Rice Terraces, the Puerto Princesa Underground River, the

town of Vigan, and local baroque churches. “Mount Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary belongs to the 15

biogeographic zones in the Philippines considered to have the highest land-based biological diversity in terms of

Samal resort owners to collaborate with DENR on breakwaters, jetties S

EVERAL resort owners in the Island Garden City of Samal (IGaCoS) are willing to collaborate with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to solve the problem on the various breakwaters and jetties that have been constructed along the island’s shoreline. Araceli Ayuste, vice president of the Samal City Resort Owners Association (SCROA), said that meetings and dialogues between resort owners and the local government

have been ongoing regarding the move by the government to implement foreshore laws particularly on the prohibition and dismantling of breakwaters and jetties along the shoreline. Ayuste said that the move will affect nearly all the resort owners in the island. She said the group is batting for property-by-property evaluation since not all resorts have the same geographical features. She said that some

parts of Samal have no long stretch of beaches unlike Boracay as some of its coasts are actually cliffs that stretches out to the sea and many resorts utilize jetties for docking of boats that ferry visitors to the area. Ayuste added that jetties also function to trap the sand so that they may form small sand beaches. Also, breakwaters prevent the soil from further eroding into the sea. She added that there are economic implications

that must be considered. She said that as a resort owner (Punta del Sol) she spent around P2 million to construct a jetty. She said that jetties and breakwaters are difficult and costly to build since they usually have to wait for the lowtide to be able to construct the structures. There are around 72 registered beach resorts in the Island Garden City of Samal and these does not include several privately-owned seaside properties in the island. [PNA]

hancement Sub-zone. “What this means is that further subdivision development will be prohibited along the hilly terrain in order to protect its ecological value as the City’s nearest green park.” she said. Pelino, who attended the SP Session on the CLUP amendments, also added that the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) had agreed that upon the approval of the amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, all existing subdivision projects and structures will be declared existing

but non-conforming. Under the amended CLUP, the Urban Ecological Enhancement Subzone is defined as “areas intended for massive greening program for ecological enhancement in major urban zone as precautionary and pro-active approach to climate change adaptation and part of risk reduction management against flooding” particularly in areas prone to landslides. A previous Mines and GeoScience Bureau study has identified some portions of Shrine Hills

as highly susceptible to landslides and flooding. Because of these amendments, all the Preliminary Approval on Locational Clearances (PALCs) which were granted to the high class subdivisions currently being developed in the area will be revoked. “Only climate mitigating and adapting development will be allowed in the area, subject to the approval of City Council and based on the Guidelines that will be developed by the City Engineer’s Office.”, Pelino said.

Shrine Hills becomes protected zone, according to new CLUP amendments


NVIRONMENTALISTS participating in the revisions of Davao City’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan (CLUP) welcomed the City Council’s decision last week to protect Shrine Hills from further urbanization by designating it as a protected zone. IDIS Policy Advocacy Specialist Chinkie Pelino lauded the move as a “strong exercise of political will” as the City Council in a special session last Thursday moved to declare Shrine Hills as an Urban Ecological En-

flora and fauna per unit area,” UNESCO said. “This site is therefore nominated for inclu-

sion in the UNESCO World Heritage List for its outstanding universal significance,” it added.

Climate change will have far reaching consequences


HE cost of climate change on human health Monday has been hit home with a report by the Australian Climate Commission outlining the serious threat of extreme weather. According to the report, heat causes more deaths than any other type of extreme weather event in Australia, and the country’s hottest days are still getting hotter. “Climate change is a serious threat to our health with the elderly, the very young, rural and indigenous communities and those with pre-existing medical conditions being particularly vulnerable,” said Dimity Williams, general practitioner and spokesperson for Doctors for the Environment Australia (DEA). According to the report, the duration and frequency of heatwaves has been increasing and is projected to continue to do so in the future -posing risks for Australians and putting additional pressure on health services. “During a heatwave our body is placed under extreme stress and we can experience lethargy and heatstroke, with

heart attack and even death effecting vulnerable people. “During the 2009 heatwave in Victoria there were 374 excess deaths and a surge in demand for ambulance and emergency care,” said Williams. Climate change may also lead to various other health consequences for Australians and the global population. Changes in temperature and rainfall may allow mosquito-borne illness like dengue fever to spread south in Australia, and air quality may also be affected worldwide with increased concentrations of ozone, fine particles and dust. “Climate change will have far reaching consequences for health and will also lead to increases in certain types of air pollutants as well as airborne allergens like pollen. These have serious impacts on lung diseases like asthma and on heart disease,” Williams said. “As a GP who has many patients with asthma I am concerned that climate change will mean an increase in the frequency and severity of asthma attacks for my patients,” she added. [PNA/Xinhua]


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EDITORIAL Dealing with flood problem


HESE days, flooding in Davao City is inevitable. One heavy downpour over half an hour or so and we instantaneously have high waters in several areas of the city. It used to be that it will take a day’s downpour to bring the waters up in the metropolis. Not anymore. One businessman checking out a brand new car model on display at the mall over the weekend meticulously went over to measure the height of the car from ground. He says: “These days, you have to be ready in case of floods.” It’s a given: high-lift cars survive the floods. The lowered ones are sinkers. That makes sense. So, what has become of the city now? Why, all of a sudden, we have floods in more areas than before. Even in some high-level areas like Mar-


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fori, the situation during heavy rains has worsened. After all these flooding and the traffic that goes with it, the question is: how do we solve this? In Metro Manila where flood problem is like hell, it will take 22 years for the Metro Manila Development Authority to complete its flood control project. It will take a generation of students to solve a headache like Manila’s floods. It may not take as long as 22 years to solve Davao’s growing flood problem, but it will take a really serious drainage upgrade and declogging. Construction of flood intervention infrastructures like interceptor canals may also be in order. It’s not far worse now, but we cannot wait for the time the problem itself will reach flood-high.


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A kind of duality


SELF-CENTERED VIEW EASY TO UNDERSTAND, BUT IT IS ALSO A MISTAKEN BELIEF – People who lived and worked in Metro Manila and the rest of the capital region tend to think the country begins – and ends – where they are. They socialize with people of their own kind, who live in the same posh and high-priced subdivisions and expensive condominiums. They patronized classy bar joints and the gambling casinos and ride in sporty and pricey cars. Their friends and close associates have roughly the same income; they went to the same prestigious schools and share their own interests. When they travel they don’t head for Leyte, Surigao, Siquijor, Palawan, Cotabato or Agusan; they go to New York, Paris, Rome, Spain, Canada, San Franscisco or Las Vegas. This self-adsorbed view is easy to understand, but it is also a flawed impression. Like most ex-colonial countries, the Philippines still has a dual society made up of two layers – a modern one, in which we live; and a traditional one, which is inhabited by the great majority of Filipinos in our barrios and small towns, and the slum districts and squatter colonies in the urban centers. These two Filipino societies have not yet fused into one – they seemed to have solidified into two separate countries – one for the rich and another for the poor. More serious still is the widening gap between the rich and the poor. The rich happens to be richer and the poor becomes poorer. The emergence of the nouveau rich and urban middle-class and the restriction of the destitute groups ignited disaffection steering antipathy among the poor population. It likewise created a friction between the have and have-nots.



The government’s pursuit of selective development only promotes the interests of favored entrepreneurs - building call centers, technology parks, high-rise condominiums while razing slum areas to make way for luxurious hotels and huge shopping malls. This pursuit ignores the poor majority – a glaring example of anti-masses and anti-poor act. Like the country’s economy, national politics likewise has a kind of duality. Side by side with the politics of patronage in a traditional society, we now have a modern political community largely based in Metro Manila and other big bustling cities. The urban middle-class and the nouveau rich have begun to exert their power and influence on national politics – and on public policies that are largely created by policymakers who live in the big cities. Since then, they have begun to impose their own standards on legislators who were overwhelmingly elected by the poor urban and rural constituencies. This they have done through their control and patronage of the national media. As a result, we now have a discrepancy between what our poor constituencies accept and what the big-city’s rich and middle-class people insist on. How long must we put up with this discrepancy – which we saw plainly in the case of erring officials and thick-faced policymakers? Public opinion clamors

for their outright expulsion from office because of the grave offenses they have committed, but their constituents, in the case of elective officials, apparently regard them positively – because they are in their own words “mabait, matulungin at madaling lapitan”( kind, helpful and generous). The growing affluence has freed the rich and the middle-class from dependence on “trapos” (traditional politicians) and “repos” (recycled politicians). They can even look down on them and their petty and senseless politicking. But, for so many of our people, politicians of different persuasion, colors and stripes – as unsavory as some of them may seem to the people still are necessary and often beneficial influence in their never-ending struggle to keep body and soul together. For them, a politician is someone whose doors are always open when they are in dire need – want a job, pack of rice, boxes of noodles, cans of sardines, brown envelopes, require a doctor or need to bury their dead. Politicians are people to look to for support when they have to deal with those in authority. On its entirety, the poor are always at the mercy of the rich and the powerful – a woeful case of dual society. IT IS THE DUTY OF THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP to assert the prerogatives of the people, to create a prosperous and most importantly a democratic society. It needs to build bridges between the rich and the poor, and a strong lower middle-class society. It is so degrading to see the line between the rich and the poor blurring as the latter continues to struggle with unemployment and underdevelopment.

my forehead dry all the time. For other people, yes, it’s probably a fashion statement to wear a handkerchief around their heads. There was just one time in the past that the wearing of a handkerchief around my head made a strong, lasting impression. That was the time when I, together with some 300 mountain climbers from Manila, Cebu and Davao were released by the communist New People’s Army (NPA) sometime in the late 80’s after holding us for three days as “prisoners of war” in the rugged mountains of Sibulan, Davao del Sur. While we were gathering our backpacks at a resort somewhere in Dumoy where five dump trucks unloaded us after Mayor Rodrigo Duterte negotiated for our release from the rebels, photojournalist Rene Lumawag found me packing my things and took a quick shot with his Nikon. Following morning, a picture of a mountain climber, so rugged and so dirty,

with a red handkerchief around his head, appeared in the local papers. That picture, as far as I can recall, was the only thing that planted in the minds of the public, that made me and my red kerchief, so easily recognizable to most of my friends in the media, specially my fellow photojournalists in Davao. Now that I’m getting older and my hair,(or whatever’s left of it), is growing grey and white, I found that wearing a handkerchief or even better, a real “tubaw”, can a do a good job of hiding some evidences of my old age. I remember walking to my Makati job at Ayala Avenue in the 90’s, in long sleeves, well-pressed pants, still wearing the same “tubaw” around my head with my boss respecting what he thinks was a “fashion statement” from someone coming from Mindanao. Even the foreign consultants I work for today in a foreign aid agency have gotten used to the “tubaw” tied around my head during all the lively meetings we had with government officials and company executives in Davao and elsewhere in the country. Thing is, I seem to think better, talk better and write better when I tie this thing around my head. No, it’s not a “fashion statement”. It’s simply to keep my head clean and dry. (Comments? Email> tradingpost_

Why I wear a ‘tubaw’

T’S CALLED a “tubaw” --- that ethnic-looking cloth you see wrapped around my head. I can’t recall now just how far back in time I started wearing a big colored handkerchief around my head. Maybe it started when I worked for a French news photo agency as a photojournalist in the late 80’s during the “time of living dangerously” in this country. Or maybe it was when covering stories for Asiaweek news magazine as a Davaobased foreign correspondent. (“Tubaw” comes from two words— turban and Dabaw, found in tribal souvenir stores in Davao.) If I go back in time to those days in the early 80’s when I kept climbing Mount Apo two to three times a year with the MACADAC mountaineers, I remember wearing a “sweat band” everytime I go jogging with the group at dawn before we make an assault on the peak of the country’s highest mountain. I used this head band to absorb all my sweat streaming down my face and not only getting into my eyes but also wetting my eyeglasses. I couldn’t see clearly with all the sweat clouding my spectacles For me at least, it’s not a “fashion statement” to have a kerchief tied around my head. Since I no longer have a sweat band to sponge up all my sweat, a big handkerchief seems to do a good job of keeping


In defense of publishing leaks COMMENTARY BY LINDSAY BEYERSTEIN

(1st of two parts)


ONGRESSMAN Peter King (R-N.Y.) wants Guardian reporter Glenn Greenwald locked up for publishing the classified information leaked to him by Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old former security contractor who divulged details of the NSA’s PRISM data mining program to the Guardian and the Washington Post. “No right is absolute. And even the press has certain restrictions,” King told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly on Wednesday, “I think it should be very targeted, very selective, and certainly a very rare exception, but in this case, when you have someone who has disclosed secrets like this and threatens to release more, then to me, yes, there has to be, there should be legal action taken against [Greenwald].” For all King’s bluster, he knows perfectly well that the U.S. is unlikely to prosecute Greenwald. No U.S. journalist has ever been successfully prosecuted for publishing classified information. This may seem counterintuitive. If it’s against the law to leak classified information, why is it legal for journalists to publish it? The answer lies in a carefully engineered balance between the government’s prerogative for secrecy and the press’s freedom to report the news. Many core government functions, like national defense, depend on the state’s ability to maintain control of sensitive information. Officials and contractors with security clearances take an oath to keep the secrets they are shown and they are warned that if they fail to do so, they may be prosecuted. Journalism is constitutionally protected because it serves as a check on power of all kinds. We count on journalists to expose wrongdoing and force transparency on the institutions that affect our lives. We want to live in a world where every decision maker knows that, at least in principle, her orders could end up on the front page of tomorrow’s paper, because the mere possibility of accountability serves as a check on abuse of power. Every decision maker needs to know that if she pushes her underlings to violate their core values, she is ultimately at their mercy. In practice, not many people are willing to risk jail time in order to expose wrongdoing. However, if a figure like Snowden feels so strongly about an alleged injustice that he’s willing to risk jail time to reveal it, the public ought to be able to hear what he has to say. That’s why journalists need broad legal leeway to publish leaked information.


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DavNor to celebrate Kadagayaan Festival




AVAO del Norte will celebrate its 46th founding anniversary dubbed “Kadagayaan Festival” on July 1 with the theme “Kulturang Dabaonon: Paghinumdum, Paghanduraw. Pagtahod.” Noel Daquioag, Davao del Norte provincial tourism officer, said during the weekly Kapehan sa Dabaw in SM Annex that there will be eight-days of celebration. “On June 24 to July 1, series of activities are lined-up featuring the culture and heritage of the Dabaonon people,” he said. There will be a trade

fair, photo exhibits and ‘awit at sayaw sa kadagayaan’. Singers Popong Landero and Mebuyan will perform during the culmination event on July 1. “With this event, we want to show the country that our province (Davao del Norte) is rich in resources and we want to stress the involvement of the different tribes in the celebration,” he said. Daquioag added that Davao del Norte has different destinations for learning and adventure. “We want to promote also our tourist destinations such as Panabo, Carmen and Sto, Tomas for

learning and New Corella as an adventure destination,” he explained. Meanwhile,c Araceli Ayuste, chair of the provincial tourism council said that this is the first time that the private sector is participating in the event. “With our participation, we can uplift the expansion and promotion of our province and this will become the vehicle to increase our tourist arrivals,” she explained, adding that during the celebration, the newly renovated gymnasium in Babak, Island Garden City of Samal (IGACOS) will also be blessed.

EELECTED representative Antonio Lagdameo Jr. (2nd district, Davao del Norte) chose to take his oath of office in the town of Carmen (DN) yesterday for a reason. Lagdameo and Carmen were ‘born’ in the same year, 1968, which makes both of them 45 years old. “I can cite many other traits that I share with this great town, it has grown big in terms of population and I have grown big too in terms of experience and friends,” he said. The oath-taking ceremony was one of the highlights of the celebration of the 45th founding anniversary of Carmen.

“I want to join you in celebrating your town’s triumph as well as my triumph,” he said. “I have chosen Carmen as to formally accept my mandate to serve, because, like Carmen-- which I started to develop nine years ago--so did I start to grow as representative of the people of the 2nd district, hence I take my oath of office here and spell out my contract with you and the people in the district.” The congressman vowed to work devotedly to improve people’s lives and will devote his waking hours in raising the welfare of the people. “My focus will not be to issue press releases but

to work for fund releases,” he explained. Lagdameo wants his performance to be seen in landscapes, roads, schools, scholarships and more projects whose construction won’t merit a line in national papers but matter to people who can benefit from them. “These shall be my guiding faith in the next three years,” he said. The ceremony was attended by municipal and provincial officials, the Muslim community, non-government organizations (NGO), Lumads and the people of Carmen. The conducting officer was Judge Minerva Estremos. CMP

come a legal personality to file charges in court as a single legal personality. Bautista issued a statement a couple of days after the Cebu Pacific mishap that the passengers of Cebu

Pacific flight 5J-971 agreed to file a class suite against the airline “for the negligence of Cebu Pacific employees in handling the situation.” To prove the negligence, Bautista cited

another Cebu Pacific mishap where its aircraft skidded off the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) runway on June 13. He said, “they are so careless with their passengers.”

devices for apprehending smoking violators as well as other criminal offenses. “It would help us in locating places where these offenses are being committed for us to easily respond,” he said. CCTV cameras have proven useful for their surveillance capability and in the appropriate deployment of security personnel or police officers whenever neces-

sary. It follows that CCTVs provide assurance to the public and reduces fear of crime, which in turn may increase the use of public spaces. Dr. Domilyn Villareiz, ASTF head, said that it is possible to apply the technology to apprehend smoking ban violators, but they will still requesting for a legal opinion on the

matter. “Maybe, it will be supported if we can pass another ordinance for its use. Had we known about it that should have been included in the new comprehensive anti-smoking ordinance,” she explained, adding, “we haven’t explored that yet, but I guess it’s a good source of evidence in apprehending violators.”

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Flight 5J-971.. FFROM 2

CCTVs can.. FFROM 2

IT’S OVER. This traffic marshal avoids the heat of the sun by standing in the shade between palm trees. Not

to worry though, weather reports say the summer season is already over. Lean Daval

NPA abducts.. FFROM 1 Paniza told Edge Davao that the soldiers were in civilian attire without any firearm and on board two motorcycles on their way to market to procure food supplies for a scheduled feeding program in the community. The abducted soldiers were: Cpl. Emmanuel Quezon, Pfc. Ronald Gura, Pfc. Bernie Padilla, Pfc. Donato Estandia and Pvt. Marteniano Pasiagas. “It is very unfortunate that the reb-

els took advantage of the situation,” he said, adding that the rebels dressed in military uniforms manned a barricade in the area acting like they were military personnel to deceive commuters. Paniza said Canitan noticed something unusual. “Following his instinct, he immediately leaped from the motorcycle and threw himself into a narrow valley to escape,” he added. Cantilan went di-

rectly to the Peace and Development Outreach Program Team of Barangay Paquibato Proper to report the incident. Paniza confirmed that as of presstime, their office had not received information on the abducted soldiers. In a television interview, Davao City Police Office chief Ronald dela Rosa said that the NPA’s who abducted the soldiers will be charged with serious illegal detention.

than what the city has at present. The BRT system is bruited about as less expensive and a more flexible alternative to the light railway transit (LRT), such as the one in Metro Manila. “I have no definite ideas for the moment but it must be something the city government can afford,” he told Edge Davao. Duterte said that he has seen something like it in one of his travels to mainland China.

The mayor-elect who will assume the city’s highest office over a week from now must be referring to the BRT in Guangzhou, China. There is also the famous TransMilenio, the BRT system that serves the city of Bogota, capital of Colombia. This system was reportedly built at less than 10 percent the budget for building a train system. Upon hearing about the plan of the incoming mayor, May Ajero,

a Dabawenya who used to be a consultant of the Asian Development Bank and recently a unit manager of Clean Air Asia, an international NGO, suggested that Mayor Rody consult with local experts with ample exposure to BRT systems on his plans. MsAjero said one of the experts, Jamie Leather, who is still with ADB in Manila is married to a Dabawenya who often visits the city.

Mayor-elect Rody.. FFROM 1



3D watershed map to educate schoolchildren about environment A

S the new school year kicks in, Dabawenyo students will have a new science tool to introduce them to Davao’s geographic distinction as a city surrounded by watersheds. The three dimensional (3D) map of the Talomo-Lipadas and Panigan-Tamugan Watersheds, Davao’s current and future sources of drinking water, sits at the People’s Park , ready for its first batch of students who are interested in seeing how the watersheds are linked to the city’s communities. Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) Executive Director Ann Fuertes said that the replica is an opportunity for schools who may wish to supplement their basic science classes with a replica of a watershed. “The 3D model can help students understand how watersheds impact our lives as Dabawenyos, by showing that the things that happen in the uplands can also affect things living in the lowlands.”, she said. According to Fuertes, a watershed covers the entire upland area and downwards to the coastline, reinforcing the

view that everything is interconnected. “A single misstep in the uplands can upset the ecological equilibrium of our environment”, she said, pointing out that pesticides used in the plantations on the watersheds can flow down to the coast and poison corals and fish stocks. The replica can also provide a basic understanding of hydrologic principles to an ordinary viewer. “If one sees the 3D map, they can see how water flows down from the mountains towards the Davao gulf.”, she added. “Now that PAGASA has announced the start of the monsoon season, the map can covey a basic understanding of the impact of climate change particularly on how Davao is prone to flooding particularly when its slopes are cleared of forests.”, she said. The 3D map is one of the highlights of Mayor Sara Duterte’s term. As an output of a multisectoral partnership between the City Government of Davao, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Davao City Water District, the United States Agency for International Develop-

ment, the Foundation for the Philippine Environment and IDIS, the replica was turned over to the City Government after the Watershed Summit last April 2013. Recently, international students from the George Mason University (GMU) in Virginia, USA visited the 3D model

as part of its study tour aimed towards understanding how cities integrate watershed management into its policies. “Eventually, we hope to improve the model further by providing a protective cover for the replica and to install a mechanism which will simulate the water cy-

ber 1, 2012 and May 31, 2013, federal, state and local law enforcement had requested customer information up to 5,000 times, related to between 9,000 and 10,000 accounts or devices. Most commonly, these requests were related to criminal investigations, searches for missing children or patients with Alzheimer’s disease, or hoping to prevent a suicide, Apple said. But the iPhone maker said it works vigorously to protect the privacy of its users and only provides information by court order. “Regardless of the circumstances, our legal

team conducts an evaluation of each request and, only if appropriate, we retrieve and deliver the narrowest possible set of information to the authorities,” it said, noting that sometimes the requests were denied altogether. Apple also specified certain types of communications are protected, such as FaceTime and iMessage conversations, which are “protected by end-to-end encryption so no one but the sender and receiver can see or read them.” “Apple cannot decrypt that data,” the statement said. “Similarly, we do not

store data related to customers’ location, Map searches or Siri requests in any identifiable form.” Facebook said Friday it had received between 9,000 and 10,000 requests for user data affecting 18,000 to 19,000 accounts during the second half of last year, while Microsoft said it had received 6,000 to 7,000 requests affecting 31,000 to 32,000 accounts during the same period. Both firms said they were prohibited by law from listing a separate tally for security-related requests or secret court orders concerning terror probes. [AFP]

tures are buckling under the pressure for instant access to applications and services that offer a high-quality user experience. Organizations also are struggling with the complexity of current data center network fabric designs, which require manual device-by-device configurations and limit the performance of bandwidth-intensive applications. HP is addressing these challenges with a series

of software-defined network (SDN) data center switches that deliver advanced automation capabilities and industry-leading scalability for bandwidth-intensive applications such as Hadoop. The new offerings include the new HP FlexFabric 12900, which is the industry’s first OpenFlow-enabled core switch capable of scaling to meet the demands of increasing virtualized workloads. “For the past 20 years,

data center networks have lagged in supporting new enterprise demands for cloud, virtualization and big data,” said Ryan Guadalquiver, managing director, HP Philippines. “Only HP is positioned to deliver the industry’s most complete software-defined data center network fabric with innovations that enable our customers to create a network foundation that will meet their needs today and well into the future.”

cle.”, said Fuertes. Fuertes also added that IDIS is currently exploring further partnership with universities like the Ateneo de Davao University and the GMU to improve the 3D model. “We’d like to make this an open invitation for other schools who may wish to help

improve the map since this is a valuable resource tool for students, policymakers, government officials and development planners.”, she said. The 3D map, located at the children’s section of the park, is open to the public during the park’s open hours.

Apple releases details on US data requests Globe OpenStack-based cloud


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HP launches software-defined networking fabric


P yesterday unveiled an industry-leading data center network fabric built on HP FlexNetwork architecture, enabling business agility for clients by delivering two times greater scalability and 75 percent less complexity over current network fabrics while reducing network provisioning time from months to minutes. As companies move to a cloud environment, legacy network architec-

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LOBE announced it has just launched new cloud capabilities featuring the first largescale, private and public production-ready, next generation cloud in Asia. Powered by OpenStack and Morphlabs’ mCloud, the next generation cloud incorporates a robust portfolio of cloud solutions to quickly provision resources for developers and transform the way enterprises do business. “The era of the cloud is real and Globe has positioned itself at the forefront of this massive, technological shift,” said Jesus Romero, Head of IT-Enabled Services Group. “Globe is providing the open cloud for Asia, backed by 24/7 support and real OpenStack expertise from Morphlabs. As recognized by Frost & Sullivan, Globe is delivering the most comprehensive product portfolio in Asia. We put our customers first, and can now provide them with the best solution for price, performance and

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D’Leonor Adventure Fun Run set June 30 T

HE first D’Leonor Adventure Fun Run is set on June 30 at 5 a.m. at the D’Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park in Purok 5, Barangay Communal in Buhangin. “This is a different fun run since it is more challenging with uphill and downhill routes,” said organizer Mercy Lim on Monday. The race will feature the following categories: 3K for Kids (8-16 years old) and 5K for Adults categories. Cash prizes, trophies, medals and gift certificates will be given away to the winners. The registration fees are P200 for kids and P300 for adults with free singlet, resort entrance fee,

race bib, breakfast and a raffle. “We can also give a 50% discount for those who do not want to avail of the singlet,” said Lim. Free rides will be available to all registered participants with shuttle buses to wait from 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. at the D’Leonor Hotel in Bajada. The event is presented by McBert Marketing headed by its president Alberto Lim with the proceeds going to the Philippine National Red Cross. TV actor and model Ron Morales of ABS-CBN Network will be the celebrity guest runner from Manila. “Ron will join and run with us being also an avid runner. He will also sign autographs


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ASTBOURNE, England (AP) -- Elena Vesnina beat seventh-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Monday in the first round of the grass-court Aegon International. Earlier, 2011 champion Marion Bartoli of France beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-3, 6-2 to set up a possible second-round meeting with second-seeded Li Na in the Wimbledon warm-up event. Down a break in the first set, Bartoli responded by breaking Pennetta twice and serving out the set. After an exchange of breaks to begin the second set, Bartoli swept five of the next six games. Sixth-seeded Maria

Kirilenko of Russia defeated Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 7-6 (5), 6-1. Seventh-seeded Andreas Seppi won 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 against French qualifier Guillaume Rufin. Fellow Italian Fabio Fognini, seeded No. 8, rallied to beat Slovenian Grega Zemlja 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-4. Sixth-seeded Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov lost 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 to Spain’s Fernando Verdasco, and American qualifier Ryan Harrison edged Paul-Henri Mathieu of France 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (4). Agnieszka Radwanska and Li top the women’s draw, and Milos Raonic and Gilles Simon head the men’s event.

OH, ANA. Ana Ivanovic of Serbia falls in her pre-Wimbledon tune-up.


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with Marks & Spencer

MARKS & Spencer (M&S), one of UK’s leading retailers, has been a place for go-to pieces which look good all day, every day. The store offers an international shopping experience with an extensive range of high quality fashion and accessories across womenswear, menswear, lingerie, beauty --- all at great value. It also offers a selection of exceptional quality food and drinks including groceries, biscuits, confectioneries, savories and wines.

M&S is largely identified with its urban cool collections and perfectly cultivated wearables. The variety of choices speaks to men and women with an uninhibited urban spirit. Their collection gravitates along the lines of flexibility and comfort. To me, a clothing item from M&S can both look tailored and professional by the day, and stylish and chic by the night. This style versatility is what most would call a mix of business and leisure. Last Friday, Marks & Spencer opened its store in SM Lanang Premier, with a completely new store format. Trading across 1,515 square meters, the new setup provides 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. The store was unveiled

with a live mannequin display, featuring the latest M&S collection. Models sashayed along the aisles, donned in a mix of basic daywear, calm neutrals, crisp and clean cuts, contemporary prints, and updated classics. The styling focused on comfort and adaptation while staying true to the elegance and classicism of the basic essentials. The new format of the 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 the store’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. I personally like classifying my clothes according to style and function to avoid hours of rummaging through an overload of different prints, seasons, and patterns. It’s easier to compose your fashion statement for the day when

pieces are properly dichotomized. This goes the same when I go shopping. I find comfort breezing through the aisles of M&S’s new store without losing myself in between racks. “Straightforward” best describes the store’s new format. It gives us enough breathing space to shift from one style to another. You can gracefully move from modern romanticism to the urban sophistication of the west side. Menswear is easily defined in varying sections from high octane opulence, deluxe sleekness to downtown appeal. The panoply of prints, colors, and style accoutrement is kept simple and uncomplicated --- enough to make Carrie Bradshaw proud. Tooth fairy did quite a good job in filtering the confectioneries in the food hall. The display of saccharine delights is done strategically in a way that even the packaging screams of deliciousness even without a peek of what’s inside. The window alone welcomes kids with amplified cuteness of vintage tin cans and

printed boxes filled with candies and chocolates. Those with sophisticated taste will find comfort in the selection of wines and other culinary fixings. Anthony Tantoco Huang, the Executive Vice President of Stores Specialists Inc., said in his speech: “We’re delighted to open this store, and we are really pleased to have secured such a prime shopping location. Our new displays really showcase the very best of our stylish summer fashions and specialty food. We can’t wait for our customers to come and explore our brand new, more inviting and inspiring store.”



GMA Network is most awarded TV network at UA&P Tambuli Awards GMA Network through its sales and marketing arm, GMA Marketing and Productions, Inc. (GMPI), emerged as the most awarded broadcast company at the 2013 University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) Tambuli Awards: 7th Asia-Pacific IMC Effectiveness and Values Awards. GMPI brought home four recognitions including a Gold award for its highly praised Christmas short film Hating Kapatid under the Family Oriented Brand category. Created in partnership with Columbia Foods International for So Lucky Soda Crackers, Hating Kapatid effectively depicts the spirit of giving during the holidays through a story of two boys, who took turns wearing a worn down pair of shoes. Widely commended for its inspiring and heartwarming content, it previously won a Bronze Award at the 2012 Araw Values Awards and also gained international recognition with another Bronze Award at the prestigious Busan International Advertising Festival (Ad Stars) during the same year. Meanwhile, two of GMA’s Kapuso Mine-Sine offerings, Aruga and Gustin respectively won a Silver and a Bronze Award in two separate categories. Aruga, a story about an inspiring relationship between a mother with a hearing impairment and her son, won in the Family Oriented Brand category. On the other hand, Gustin, based on the real-life story of a poor young boy who surrendered a bag filled with money to its owner, was recognized in the Advocacy category. Aruga was jointly produced with Unilab for Ceelin while Gustin was created together with Peerless Products Manufacturing Corporation for Champion Laundry Detergent. The Kapuso Network also won a Bronze Award for its widely anticipated Christmas Short Films campaign in the Integrated Branded Content and Aileen Young, Activations Manager of GMPI; Enter tainment Kai Palileo-Cruz, Product Development category. Over Manager of GMPI; Lizelle G. Maralag, the last 7 years, President and COO of GMPI; Jon Lara, GMA makes it a Product Development Manager of GMPI; yearly tradition to Joselito Ortega, Chairman and CEO of Havas Media Ortega touch and inspire Kapuso viewers through various relevant and inspirational short films, and this award certainly serves as a validation of such efforts. Aside from gaining these recognitions, GMPI’s marketing campaigns have also generated much online buzz as seen in the thousands of page views, as well as positive feedback on various social media networks by both netizens and industry experts. “We thank our advertiser clients and agencies for continuously supporting GMPI,” said GMA Marketing and Productions President and COO Lizelle G. Maralag. “These awards inspire us to create even more values-oriented advertising materials, while imparting the message that selling products and promoting positive values can be done at the same time.”

LAYING A BRIDGE FROM THE PHILIPPINES TO SILICON VALLEY. Kickstart Ventures, Inc. President Minette Navarrete (2nd from L) and Plug and Play Tech Center Co-Founder and Vice President Jojo Flores (2nd from R) ink a major partnership agreement that will allow tech startups under Kickstart to connect with other startups, mentors, and investors in the US. Witnessing the contract signing are Globe President and CEO Ernest L. Cu (left) and Plug and Play Founder and CEO Saeed Amidi (right) who took time to listen to the Kickstart portfolio companies’ pitches. As part of the deal, Kickstart will send selected investee teams from the Philippines to join Plug and Play’s three-month Startup Acceleration Program while operating in the Kickstart pavilion at the Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley.

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Could eating less make your brain age more gracefully? OF all the reasons to rethink how much you’re eating, a healthy, functioning brain in your golden years might be the best motivation.

The secret is the enzyme Sirtuin 1 (SIRT1), which prior research suggests can protect cells from the harmful effects of aging, including mental decline. In 2004, Harvard researchers published a widely-cited study in Science that also determined that calorie restriction promotes cell survival because SIRT1 has a protective effect. That study also involved mice on a calorierestricted diet. The latest study examined the effects of SIRT1

on nerve cells in an attempt to find a pharmaceutical equivalent of calorie restriction to delay the onset of nerve cell loss in degenerative brain disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. “There has been great interest in finding compounds that mimic the benefits of caloric restriction that could be used to delay the onset of ageassociated problems and/ or diseases,” Dr. Luigi Puglielli, an aging expert at the University of Wisconsin,

Madison, who was not involved in the study, said in a press release. “If proven safe for humans, this study suggests such a drug could be used as a preventive tool to delay the onset of neurodegeneration associated with several diseases that affect the aging brain.” In the newest study, LiHuei Tsai, Johannes Gräff, and others at the Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, Massachusetts Institute of Technol-

ogy (MIT), and Howard Hughes Medical Institute decreased the calorie intake in lab mice that were genetically engineered to experience neurodegeneration. After three months on a restricted diet, the mice were given numerous memory and learning tests and fared better than mice with normal diets. The dieting mice also had delayed neurodegeneration, even though they were genetically predisposed to it. In a second round of testing, researchers gave a separate group of mice a drug that specifically activates the SIRT1 enzyme. After similar testing, researchers found that those mice had lost  fewer brain cells than the mice who didn’t get the drug. The drugged mice performed just as well in testing as the untreated mice. “The question now is whether this type of treatment will work in other animal models, whether it’s safe for use over time, and whether it only temporarily slows down the progression of neurodegeneration or stops it altogether,” Tsai said in a press release.

OBESITY may lead to long-term health problems like high cholesterol, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. But add pregnancy into the equation, and some of these risks are amplified for both mother and child.

early pregnancy body mass index (BMI) and preterm delivery using information from the Swedish Medical Birth Register. They divided the preterm deliveries into three groups: extremely preterm (22-27 weeks), very preterm (28-31 weeks), and moderately preterm (32-36 weeks). The risk of “very” and “extremely” preterm deliveries increased with BMI, meaning that overweight and obese women were more likely to have highly preterm deliveries. “Obesity increases the risk of medically indicated preterm delivery, partly or substantially through obesityrelated maternal disorders including preeclampsia,” the researchers wrote. The maternal obesity problem in Sweden reflects a much greater epidemic, the effects of which are evident in the United States. “In the United States, where preterm delivery

rates are twice as high as in Sweden, the majority of women are either overweight (26 percent) or obese (27.4 percent) in early pregnancy, and severe obesity is much more common than in Sweden,” the researchers wrote. “In 2008, extremely preterm births accounted for 0.60 percent of all live single births and 25 percent of all U.S. infant deaths among singletons, and extremely preterm birth is also the leading cause of long-term disability.” What Can You Do to Protect Yourself? A number of factors can contribute to obesity, but the same common-sense diet and fitness recommendations apply to all women, regardless of their pregnancy status. Being in contact with a prenatal physician, sticking to a balanced diet, and exercising regularly can make all the difference

in the wellness of a mother and her child. Research also shows that genetic changes leading to obesity can be passed down from an obese mother to her child, but maternal weight loss surgery before pregnancy can help reduce these risks. According to the Karolinska researchers, obesity has surpassed smoking as the most important preventable risk factor for poor pregnancy outcomes in many countries. Giving up cigarettes during pregnancy is perhaps easier than tackling a weight problem, but all healthy lifestyle changes can have a major impact on infant well-being. “Considering the high morbidity and mortality among extremely preterm infants, even small absolute differences in risks will have consequences for infant health and survival,” the researchers concluded.

New research published in The Journal of Neuroscience  says that calorie restriction activates an enzyme that delays the loss of neurons and protects brain function. While testing has only been done in mice, for now, researchers are working on an experimental new drug that may prevent the human brain from aging.

SIRT1: The Body’s Fountain of Youth?

Exploring Mice



Obesity during pregnancy increases premature birth risk Researchers at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, analyzed more than 1.5 million Swedish births and found that overweight and obese mothers had a greater risk of preterm deliveries. Preterm births put mothers and their babies in danger, with the potential for more severe health problems for the child down the road. The Karolinska researchers published their findings today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Sven Cnattingius and colleagues investigated the relationship between

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Kate Moss’ rumored Playboy cover: The latest clues that she’ll pose nude for the magazine

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FANS of Kate Moss might get to see a whole lot of the supermodel—again. New reports are fueling rumors that started back in March that the Brit babe is slated to pose nude and grace the cover of Playboy. Last week celebrity hairstylist Oribe Canales essentially confirmed the buzz about Moss when he told Refinery29 that he’d styled the photogenic gal’s hair for

the Playboy shoot. Now, the New York Post reports that the spread, which will supposedly come out in January in time for the mag’s 60th anniversary and Moss’ 40th birthday, was shot by photogs Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, and that Moss has tapped artist Chuck Close to create a work of art based on the nude Playboy pics. Moss is no stranger to

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baring it all for the cameras. Last year she posed topless alongside fellow supermodel Naomi Campbell on the cover of Interview magazine, and just last month she showed off her nude form in as the face of St. Tropez. Plus, she’s also stripped down to her birthday suit for Close in the past, so it’s possible that he could have some involvement in her debut for Playboy.

I don’t like being “an a--hole” HUGH Jackman knows that value of being a nice guy.

In fact, the Wolverine star says he tries to be polite to all of his fans, even when he’s not in the mood to sign an autograph or pose for a photo op. “As an actor, I’ve always believed that any label is your enemy,” Jackman tells Men’s Fitness magazine. “Look, I was brought up in a way where you treat people with respect. So it’s certainly easier for me to be polite and respectful to people than to be an a--hole.” The 44-year-old continued, “Like, if I’m walking down the street with my family and the 29th person says, ‘Hey man, can I get a photo?’ for me to say, ‘No photos, get f--ked’—for the next hour I’ll be thinking I shouldn’t have said that. Whereas, if I say either, ‘Yeah, no problem,’ or, ‘Listen, I’m with my family now, but it’s nice to meet you,’ then I

move on, in a way it’s easier. It’s a mixture of that and also not being a wanker.” As for his everyday life, Jackman added, “I try to be myself as much as I can when I’m not acting, for better or worse, but I’ve had

publicists who’ve told me it’s a bad idea. ‘You move your hands too much, you did this too many times, you should do this, you shouldn’t talk about that.’” Hugh, we love you just the way you are.

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Ke$ha: Drinking my urine wasn’t a big deal SURE, Ke$ha drank her own urine. But it’s not as if she sits around chugging it all the time. The pee thing wasn’t a big deal, the pop star told E! News backstage earlier this month at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, where she was sharing the bill with Pitbull. People do it, Ke$ha said matter-of-factly—though,

she admits, she wouldn’t advise us to try it and her foray into the lost-inthe-wilderness-beverage arts was mainly one of those “crazy” moments featured on her MTV show, My Crazy Beautiful Life. Which, the “Tik Tok” singer also told us, she would love to do another season of, calling her life “insanity.” Which is wilder than just crazy, right?

Meanwhile, Ke$ha and Pitbull’s Detroit show will be featured on the first installment of “E!’s Inside Track Summer Concert Series,” premiering June 21 during E! News at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. Asked about hanging out with Pitbull, Ke$ha told us that she and a pal hitched a ride on his jet on the way to Canada and they bonded over tequila.

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Animal escape

SALAD, the ladies’ apparel label under Bauhaus, create in each and every season a dazzling array of fashion items and accessories. Coming to Spring/Summer 2013, Salad decides to run into a cheerful and dramatic dream with all fashionistas to explore the new world with the animal escape from the noel’s ark!

In Spring/Summer 2013, with the theme of “Animal Escape”, Salad takes chic in feminine style, with various kinds of apparels and accessories with joyful and funky style. It focuses on the combination of nature and animal to create exaggerated graphics for embellishment such as animal, galaxy, blue sky to present the cheerful, delightful atmosphere and futurism. Cutwork layering is also highlighted style in this season, it will help to spice up your spring and take any look from drab to fab. In line with the objects of “Animal Escape”, candy color such as light purple, yellow and baby blue color will be applied on black and white. In addition, comfy fabrics such as cotton, chiffon, and sheer, are the important elements of this season. Denim with special washing details had a tough-chic vibe. Asymmetric cuts were a highlight here. Also increasing the scene of animal escape was the gorgeous and mysterious galaxy pattern and off shoulder design, it would make a great goingout outfit. Denim jeans are the highlighted items of Salad every year. Those little de-

tails like the beads, studs, splashing ink or animal embroideries showing on the pockets or the bottom of the jeans are what give salad its irresistibly glamour. In addition, those jeans come in different cuttings and lengths such as cropped jeans, straight cut and wide leg cut, which will no doubt give license to young women looking adorable and energetic! Bauhaus is located at the second floor level of the Abreeza Mall besides Columbia.



CLOSING IN Tim Duncan is just a breath away from no. 5


AN ANTONIO (AP) -It’s all right in front of Tim Duncan now, and the big fella can feel it. You can tell when he broke out that little spin move in the paint in Game 5 on Sunday night, a nimble little display of footwork that has mostly been in moth balls for the past four or five seasons. You can tell by the elevation he got on a first-quarter dunk, one of the most emphatic he’s

had in years. And you can tell by the glimmer that can’t be hidden by the far-away look in his eyes when he talks about being one victory away from title No. 5. ‘’I think every one of us wants this very badly from the top on down,’’ Duncan said after scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 114-104 victory over the Miami Heat that gave his San Antonio Spurs a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals.

‘’We’re trying to play that way. We just need to put it on the floor and understand the kind of energy and the kind of aggression they’re going to come with next game.’’ The 37-year-old Duncan has been asked about retirement and heard the reports of his Spurs’ demise for years now. His time, his team’s time, is supposed to be long gone. This is LeBron’s league now. This is the Heat’s year.


HALF-PINOY JASON DAY. Third in the Masters. Second in the US Open. What’s next?


RDMORE, Pa. (AP) -- Third place at the Masters. Tied for second at the U.S. Open. And that’s just this year. Jason Day’s too young to get saddled with that dreaded Best Player Never To Win a Major label, so he might as well go ahead and win one. ‘’As long as I keep knocking on the door,’’ he said Sunday, ‘’I think I’ll win a major here soon.’’ It sure looks inevitable after watching him this week at Merion Golf Club. Rounds of 70, 74, 68 and 71 can be worn

Yet there he was on Sunday night, out-muscling Heat star Chris Bosh, who grew up with Duncan posters on the walls of his Dallas bedroom. There he was walking up to Tony Parker before the opening tip to offer some quiet words that set the tone. There he was drawing double teams that sucked in the Heat defense and allowed Danny Green to slip undetected into the corner for 3-pointer after back-breaking 3-pointer. ‘’We’ve been in situations like this. We’ve been together for a long time,’’ Duncan said. ‘’So that definitely plays a role. I think we’re just trying to do all we can to will it to happen.’’ Duncan may not be putting up the monster numbers that he used to

NO. 5? Tim Duncan looks at the four NBA championship banners on the rafters at San Antonio. He is chasing the fifth today.

when the Spurs were winning titles every other year in the middle of the past decade. But if the Spurs are able to win one of the next two games in Miami - starting with Game 6 on Tuesday night - and dethrone the defending champions, it will be as much due to the unshakeable resolve and unflappable poise that Duncan has instilled in this group as anything else. Sure, Green is the runaway favorite for finals MVP with his record-setting shooting from the outside. But Duncan is the one who draws the attention down low to give him so many clean looks. Sure, Parker is the focal point of the Spurs offense and has been for several years. But Duncan

is the one who sets those teeth-rattling screens to free him up in San Antonio’s pick-and-roll. Sure, Gregg Popovich is the mastermind behind the schemes that have turned LeBron James from a force of nature into a flustered jump shooter. But Duncan is the quarterback on the court, getting everyone in the right places and serving as the anchor should something break down. ‘’If anybody is crazy in the group, it’s me,’’ Popovich said. ‘’They pretty much have an even keel. Timmy Duncan sets the tone, and he just competes. Whether he does well or whether he does poorly, game in, game out, year in, year out, he competes and people just follow that.’’

My day will come liked a badge of honor at a championship in which the winning score was Justin Rose’s 1-over 281. Day finished two shots back, tied with Phil Mickelson. ‘’At the start of the week everyone thought we were going to rip it up,’’ Day said. ‘’But I just knew that somewhere around even par was going to win it, and I just had to stick in there. So I was very patient with myself and happy with how I handled myself, and now I just got to keep giving myself shots at majors.’’ The 25-year-old Day has played in five majors. He’s finished out of the top 10 only once. The Australian debuted with a tie for 60th at the 2010 British Open.

Since then, his record is the envy of many of his colleagues: tied for 10th at the 2010 PGA Championship, tied for second behind champion Charl Schwartzel at the 2011 Masters, outright second behind Rory McIlroy at Congressional in 2011. This year, he’s the only player to finish in the top 10 in both majors. Day spent Sunday hovering near the top, unable to break through because he kept canceling himself out. Birdie at No. 4, bogey at No. 5. Birdie at No. 10, bogey at No. 11. He was one off the lead when he got to 18, but he put his approach in the bunker and missed a 5-footer for par. No shame there. No one birdied the finishing hole

over the final two rounds. It was the shortest major championship course in nine years, but the scores were typical U.S. Open. ‘’I think that every club in the bag got a workout this week,’’ he said. ‘’So I think that it would be sad for it not to come back (here) to a U.S. Open.’’ His best shot came right after his worst one. He went from rough to creek at No. 11, then nearly put his next shot into the creek as well. But he holed out from the nasty rough for bogey. From there, he had near misses, when he wasn’t scrambling: ‘’Nearly made the birdie on 13. ... Nearly holed a good putt on 15. ... Had two good saves on 16 and 17.’’

EDGEDAVAO Sports Dabawenya fencer wins gold in Pan Am Games


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LEE KIEFER. Fourth Pan Am gold medal.



S fencing sensation Lee Bacani Oropilla Kiefer, a half-Pinay whose mother is from Davao, won her fourth gold medal in the Pan American Zonal Championship on Sunday (Monday PHL Time) in Cartagena, Colombia. US Fencing Association reported in its website that a day after her 19th birthday, the London Olympian Kiefer (Lexington, Ky.) became only the second American to win four straight individual Pan American titles. Kiefer advanced to the quarterfinals in the 2012 London Olympics but was eliminated by Italian Arianna Errigo. Kiefer’s US-based aunt Martz Angeles Coleman and Davao-based Dr. Janice Bacani Carandang congratulated their niece for her feat. “We’re so proud of Lee,” Carandang posted on facebook. The 5-foot-four daughter of a Filipina

doctor from Davao also led the U.S. Women’s Foil Team to a 1-2-3 podium finish as her teammates, London Olympian Nzingha Prescod (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and four-time Junior World medalist Margaret Lu (Greenwich, Conn.), won silver and bronze, respectively. The USFA report said that Kiefer, Prescod, Lu and London Olympian Nicole Ross (New York City, N.Y.) advanced to the quarter-finals for a chance at making Team USA the first nation to sweep all four medals in Pan Am history. The rest of the USFA report: Lu, Ross and Prescod earned the top three seeds in the tournament after undefeated results in the pools. Although Kiefer dropped a pool bout, her fifth seed still meant that all four fencers were in separate quadrants of the direct elimination table.

Fencing at her first Kiefer outPan Ams, Lu advanced scored Lu, to the semifinals after 5-3, in a 14-12 win over Flavia t h e Johana Mormandi (ARG). Prescod, a 2009 Pan Am Champion, secured her fourth Pan Am Zonal medal with a 15-10 victory over Saskia Loretta Van Erven Garcia – the Colombian who upset Prescod in the semifinals of the 2012 Pan Ams in Cancun. Kiefer set up an all-American semifinal against Lu after she defeated Nataly Michel s e c (MEX), 15-7, in the quar- o n d ters, but Ross lost her p e r i o d bout to 2012 Pan Am to win the bout, medalist Alanna Goldie 15-7. (CAN), 15-7, and finished In the second fifth overall. semi, Prescod In the semifinals, Lu, o u t s c o r e d Kiefer’s teammate at the Goldie, 9-4, in last three Junior World the first periChampionships, took a od and rattle 2-0 lead early in the first off four unanperiod, but Kiefer scored swered touches seven straight in the fi- in the next period nal two minutes to build to win the bout, a 10-4 lead at the break. FDABAWENYA, 10

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