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O UR COVER Oroquieta City’s “Inug-og” Festival is a tribute to the Subanens

Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob Northern Mindanao

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Palace appeals to residents in danger zones to cooperate with authorities’ call for preemptive evacuation



Pagadian City DRRMC prepares for typhoon “Yolanda”


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Surigao evacuation starts as Typhoon Yolanda approaches

Fryan E. Abkilan

DSWD Caraga readies for Yolanda

Stella Maris V. Barcelon



LGU Tagum boosts sweet corn production


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Normin’s top schools to square off in 9th Steag Energy Quiz

Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

Flood prone areas in CdeO warned of TD Wilma landfall Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013 Vol. 3 No. 57


Oroquieta City’s “Inug-og” Festival is a tribute to the Subanens By Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob


he “Inug-og” Festival has always been a tribute to the Subanen tribe or people who live along the numerous rivers (suba) inside the Mt. Malindang Range and Natural Park (MMRNP). “It is, in fact, our way of giving thanks to this tribe who are the original inhabitants of the city, now the capital of Misamis Occidental, located at the foot of the MMRNP,” Mayor Jason P.

Almonte said. The festival derived its name from a Subanen word “og-og” meaning an intense shaking of a person’s shoulders when he/she wants to balance a load placed between them. In areas where farm animals cannot draw a cart because it is too stiff and because of the absence of transportation vehicles for their farm produce, the Subanens carried their cargoes on their shoulders. They use the word “Og” when they request someone to help place

the cargo on their shoulders, which to the Cebuanos may be a contraction of the word “Palihug” meaning “Please.” Meanwhile, the Inug-og Festival is usually held before October 16, declared as a special non-working day in the city, every year, by virtue of Republic Act No. 7677, that also falls on the Feast Day of the Lady of the Most Holy Rosary. Now on its 27th year, the “Inugog” Festival, held last Oct. 14, was a tableau presentation and free interpretation depicting the Subanen ritual and way of life, with the participants wearing Subanen-inspired apparel, of

predominantly black and red colors. With live music and ethnic musical instruments, such as, bamboos, gongs and native drums providing the accompaniment to the street dances, and to spice up the festival, a competition was held among four (4) contingents. Jay Lorenzo, City Tourism Officer, said the declared winners were Mobod Integrated School, champion, Misamis Occidental Science and Technology High School (MOSTHS), 1st runnerup, Talairon National High School, 2nd runner-up and Dr. Soloman U. Molina College, 3rd runner-up.


Aquino government assures that preventive measures are in place for likely effect of typhoon Yolanda


he Aquino government assured the public that preventive measures are already in place to avoid human casualties and minimize property damage as super typhoon “Yolanda” is expected to enter the country, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio B. Coloma Jr. said on Wedneday.

“Habang hinihintay ang pagpasok ng super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ sa Philippine Area of Responsibility na tinatayang magaganap Huwebes, ika-pito ng THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

Nobyembre, alas-dos ng umaga, inatasan ng Pangulo si Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, tagapangulo ng National Disaster Risk Reduction Management


Council (NDRRMC), na pakilusin na ang lahat ng provincial and municipal disaster risk reduction and management councils para makapaghanda ang mga mamamayan at maka-iwas sa panganib,” Coloma said during the regular press briefing in Malacanang. The government is also appealing to print and broadcast media to help in the information dissemination to prepare the public for the storm. ‘Ito ay alinsunod sa direktiba ng Pangulo na matamo ang layuning zero casualty sa ganitong kalamidad,” Coloma said. According to the weather forecasts, typhoon Haiyan, locally named as Yolanda, is to make landfall over the Philippines on Thursday, that can cause flood and mudslides. “Pansinin natin ang takbo ng bagyong ‘Yolanda.’ “Kung matutuloy ito sa kasalukuyan niyang direksyon ay maaaring THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

tamaan ng buong pwersa nito ang buong kapuluan. Ang ‘di lang maaapektuhan ay ang dulong hilaga at dulong timog ng ating bansa,” he added. Rescue boats and emergency relief and medical supplies have been prepositioned in strategic areas, Coloma said. He said all concerned government agencies are on heightened alert to ensure swift response to affected residents, especially those in lowlying and flood prone areas. PND


Palace appeals to residents in danger zones to cooperate with authorities’ call for preemptive evacuation


s potential super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) continued to move toward Eastern Visayas, Malacañang called anew on residents in high-risk areas to heed orders of local officials for them to preemptively evacuate to safer ground.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said that while the government has learned from the effects of past cyclones, it needs cooperation of residents to avoid loss of life. “Batay sa naging karanasan natin, bumibilis ang ating learning curve, at umaasa tayo na ngayon ay higit pang handa ang government agencies at ang THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

ating mga local disaster risk reduction and management councils. Umaasa rin tayo na makikiisa ang ating mamamayan sa paghahanda at sa pag-iwas sa panganib (We have been learning from past experiences and government agencies and local disaster risk reduction and management councils should now be more prepared. But we need the cooperation of the people if we want to


avoid disaster),” Coloma said at a media briefing in Malacanang Thursday. Local government units in areas projected to be in the path of Typhoon Yolanda had ordered the preemptive evacuation of residents in high-risk zones to safer ground. Coloma appealed to residents who receive such orders to evacuate their homes without delay. “Ang pagpapaliban ng paglisan mula sa mga mababang lugar ay maaaring magpahamak sa mga mamamayan at makaantala sa mga tumutulong na kawani ng pamahalaan at citizen volunteers (Delaying evacuation to safer grounds may increase the risk of harm not only to residents but also to government workers and citizen volunteers),” he said. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration had said Yolanda, which entered the Philippine area of responsibility before dawn Thursday may make landfall over Eastern Visayas Friday. Coloma said President Benigno Aquino III already instructed the concerned agencies to prepare for the possible effects of Yolanda. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

These include the Departments of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Health (DOH), Public Works and Highways (DPWH, and Education (DepEd), and local government units. Also, Coloma said the government has ramped up preparations for the possible landfall of Typhoon Yolanda on Eastern Visayas. He said the DSWD in Eastern Visayas has prepositioned emergency relief resources amounting to P195 million. This includes P36.97 million in standby funds, P21.84 million in 84,965 family food packs, and P136.45 million in food supplies and non-food items. He added that the DSWD has P25 million in additional standby funds. Meanwhile, Coloma said the government continues to adhere to the “zero casualties” goal in implementing preparations for Typhoon Yolanda. “Siguro kung ang mindset ng lahat ay ganoon, na walang dapat masakuna o masawi, mas magiging focused tayo at mapagtutulungan makamit ang layuning ito (If we adopt a mindset that no one should die or get hurt, we should be focused in fulfilling that goal),” he said. PND


MinDA asks locals to follow precautionary measures on Typhoon ‘Yolanda’


indanao Development Authority (MinDA), which was created by the State to promote socioeconomic growth in the region, asked Mindanao locals to follow instructions of government agencies on precautionary measures on Typhoon Yolanda. ”May I request everyone to follow preemptive evacuation orders by our local officials and to take necessary preparations and precautions as we brace for the strongest typhoon to hit our country this year,” MinDA Chairperson Luwalhati Antonino said in a statement sent to Philippines News Agency Thursday. ”As this super typhoon barrels towards our shores, I urge all Mindanawons in the Caraga region, Northern Mindanao, and the rest of the island-region to take necessary THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

precautions now,” Antonino added. She added that the government has set all preparations for Typhoon Yolanda in order to lessen damages and avoid loss of lives. ”Under any circumstances, public awareness through both traditional and social media, as well as preparedness and coordination among government agencies and private groups, would be our best defense against this coming typhoon,” the MinDA head mentioned.


Peace talks with MILF gain ground By Michael Vincent D. Cajulao

ZAMBOANGA CITY – “The peace negotiation between the Philippine Government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) slowly, but surely, heads to the right direction as talks continue,” Government Chief Negotiator Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said in her visit here Tuesday.



Speaking to local media, Ferrer said despite of the 23-day attack staged by the Moro National Liberation Front-Misuari group (MNLF) last September calling for the stop of the GPH-MILF talks, peace negotiation continues, and has even produced good results. “While we called for the stop on the unthinkable attack by the MNLF, and the condemnation of the incident, we continued to talk with the MILF. We had talks last September and what’s good is we settled a lot of issues on the annex of power sharing. We had another talk last October although we have not finished on the annex because there are new sections that were introduced,” Ferrer explained. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), according to Ferrer, wants to broaden the section on the structure of government to be included in the power sharing annex. Ferrer, however, is optimistic that they can agree on the annex the soonest. “We also have informal processes that help us in our negotiation. We exchange notes in the form of emails, thru our facilitator,” she stated. The lady negotiator pointed out that if all turns out well, Zamboanga City, Iligan City, and some areas will THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

not be included in the plebiscite for the implementation of the peace agreement, but stressed that “there’s a provision for opening through a local government resolution and petition from the 10 percent of the population.” Nevertheless, the Office of the Presidential Assistant for Peace Process (OPAPP) sent Ferrer to the city with Secretary Mehol Sadain of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), who is also part of the peace panel, to let the people of Zamboanga be heard and to also encourage them to contribute to the ongoing peace talks. “The result of the peace talks will still affect Zamboanga City. We came here to know what are the concerns and sentiments of the people of Zamboanga. We want to be informed,” Ferrer explained. Ferrer said “the concern not just of Zamboanga City, but the whole of Mindanao is peace and order, and the best way to solve the problem in is through negotiation.” “The best option is a negotiated agreement with one of the biggest armed political forces that is willing to look for political solution. We have already gained momentum and there is no turning back,” she emphatically said.


Pagadian City DRRMC prepares for typhoon “Yolanda” By Gideon C. Corgue

PAGADIAN CITY – The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) here convened at the City Mayor’s Office (CMO) yesterday afternoon to discuss its preparations for typhoon “Yolanda,” which is expected to enter the country today. According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), Tropical Storm Yolanda is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning. Mayor Romeo Pulmones, CDRMMC chair, convened his members to determine the council’s capability to respond to any disaster vis-à-vis its manpower and equipment. Although Pagadian City and Zamboanga del Sur are not likely to be affected by the typhoon, Mayor Pulmones has instructed the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) to be always ready. The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) has identified Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol region, Visayas region, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and National Capital Region as THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

areas expected to be hit by typhoon Yolanda. Quoting Mayor Pulmones, CDRRMO action officer Haron Damada said: “The city government is now on full alert to be able to respond to emergency situations with CDRRMO staff on duty round-the-clock. Fishermen have been also advised not to go fishing today as typhoon Yolanda hovers over the area. The CDRMMC is composed of Vice Mayor Divina Grace Yu, CDRRMO action officer, the chiefs of offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), Philippine Red Cross (PRC), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), 503rd Engineering Brigade, Philippine Army, City Engineer’s Office (CEO), City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO), and Zamboanga del Sur Electric Cooperative-I (ZAMSURECO I).


Boat trips, flights in Caraga cancelled due to Typhoon Yolanda by Fryan E. Abkilan

BUTUAN CITY -- The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Surigao del Norte has ordered the cancellation of the departures of inter-island vessels to Siargao Island, Dinagat Islands and other parts of Visayas due to Typhoon Yolanda.



The PCG has called off the departures of all vessels plying these areas due to PAGASA’s Public Storm Signal warning that the entire province will experience heavy rains and huge waves because of Typhoon Yolanda. Cokaliong Shipping Lines has announced in their facebook account the cancellation of all their boat trips due to Typhoon Yolanda. “All trips tonight, Nov 7, 2013, Thursday, will be cancelled due to the approaching typhoon. Please be guided accordingly. For refund or rebooking pls visit any of our offices. We will soon announce when the schedule of our next available trip,” it said. Meanwhile, Cebu Pacific has


also cancelled its flights 5J 767/ 768 Manila-Surigao-Manila and 5J 223/ 224 Cebu-Butuan-Cebu today because of the typhoon. In its 11 a.m. bulletin, Thursday, PAGASA said typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) has gained strength while moving closer to the country and that as of 10 a.m., the eye of the typhoon was spotted 637 kilometers (km) east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. The state weather bureau said it is expected to make landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar around 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Friday. Yolanda has a maximum sustained winds of about 215 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph. It is moving west northwestward at 30 kph.


Surigao evacuation starts as Typhoon Yolanda approaches by Fryan E. Abkilan

SURIGAO CITY -- The city government of Surigao thru the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) began evacuating hundreds of people in areas prone to floods and landslides on Thursday ahead of a powerful typhoon that has gained strength over the Pacific. As of noontime today, CDRRMC reported at least 183 families or 233 individuals from barangay Taft have evacuated at the Mariano Espina Memorial Central Elementary School. Nine families or 56 individuals from barangay Washington took shelter at the barangay Washington Gym and 15 families or 58 individuals from barangay Sabang were THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

evacuated at the city gymnasium. Typhoon Yolanda is expected to make landfall in the Eastern Samar by Friday and dump more rain on its nearby provinces, said Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA). The state bureau has placed the city under signal number 3 in its 11 a.m. bulletin today.


DSWD Caraga readies for Yolanda by Stella Maris V. Barcelon

BUTUAN CITY -- In preparation for super typhoon Yolanda, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office Caraga prepositioned 2,000 family packs today for the Province of Dinagat Islands (PDI). Another 1,000 family packs for the province of Surigao del Norte and Surigao City were allocated. A standby fund or quick response fund of 13, 675,008.83 million is also readied by the office. Meanwhile, the regular standby family packs have been increased from 2,000 to 5,000. Each family pack costs P285.36 and contains food items such as 3 kilos of rice, 6 noodles, 6 coffee, and 6 canned goods. Volunteer packers are in the process of adding 5,000 packs. Non-food items are also being prepared. These include blankets, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

mosquito nets, pail, basin, kitchen kit containing casserole, ladle, spoons, forks, plates, mugs and personal hygiene kit containing toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, feminine wash, and sanitary napkins. DSWD Caraga regional director Minda B. Brigoli said that the agency is ready to augment relief goods at any given


time to support the request of affected LGUs. DSWD Caraga has already activated its Quick Response Team (QRT) who will render 24-hour duty. Municipal Action Team (MAT) leaders, communitybased workers and other project-based staffs were already mobilized to continuously monitor for updates on the situation in their respective areas.



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Science Sparks exhibition opens in Davao City by Joey Dalumpines

DAVAO CITY-The Mindanao Science and Technology Centrum Foundation Incorporated, first science-oriented facility in Mindanao opened Tuesday (Nov. 5) its more than a month-long Science Sparks THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

exhibition at Barangay Bago Oshiro, Mintal aimed at enhancing the interest and knowledge among school-children the relevance of science and technology.

Dr. Maria Delia Morados,


president of the MSTCI said the significance of the exhibition is for the young to have a better understanding of the need to develop and to conserve sources of energy and to come up with scientific basis for new technologies that will derive new source of energy. She said there is also a need to motivate the young minds to come up with means and gadgets to conserve energy. “In reality, the exhibit will help school children understand the necessity of the basis of the kind of courses to take in the future,” Morados said. She said a better understanding of science will give the children the basic scientific literacy why energy must be conserved and be developed. Morados stressed that science and technology are the pillars of development. The Science Sparks will be open to students up to December 15. “You have the science to find out all the necessary information and then develop a technology that can propel all our development efforts. But you need to have a


very good and critical manpower with more students now inclined to take Information Technology,” she said. Caroline Villanava, Science instructor of the Philippine Science High School said the Science Sparks features 35 energy-based exhibits from the Philippine Centrum Science Foundation in Manila covering electro-magnetism, optics, electro-magnetic waves, and sources of energy. “These are basically interactive Science exhibits which the children can hold, manipulate and observe the gadgets,” she said. Villanava said a corresponding memorandum was issued by the Department of Education to elementary and secondary schools to allow pupils and students to come and watch the exhibition. She said the exhibition offers a rare opportunity for students to learn more beyond the four corners of their classrooms. “The students will surely experience learning by doing,” Villanava said. (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)


LGU Tagum boosts sweet corn production TAGUM CITY- The City Government of Tagum through the City Agriculture Office (CAGRO) is determined to sustain its program on sweet corn production, after farmers reported a significant increase in their income. CAGRO Chief Engr. Harold S. Dawa bared that after the successful implementation of the said program in Barangay Madaum, his office will expand the program in Barangay Mankilam and Pagsabangan. This is still in line with the

revitalized goal on food security and agriculture as advocated by Mayor Allan L. Rellon under his EAGLE WINGS Program, the ten-point compass on the advocacies of his administration as local chief executive. The Sweet Corn Production was launched in May this year after the CAGRO looked for an alternative on vegetable farming among the farmers in Madaum, which generated unsatisfactory results both in production and income.


About 30 farmers have converted into sweet corn planting from vegetable farming after earning more income on the former. One of them is Bonifacio Montilla, who is also the president of the Madaum Vegetable and Sweet Corn Farmers Association. In an interview, Montilla shared that in a 1,300 square meter-lot he planted with one kilo of sweet corn seedlings they personally acquired, this generated a net income of 25,000 pesos in just 72 days. The ten-hectare lot which they used as the planting site will be acquired by the government by next year. CAGRO assisted them by providing the lot for planting, fertilization and for marketing, which supplies for the demand on sweet corn here in Tagum and the nearby municipality of Mabini in Compostela Valley Province. (Louie Lapat of CIO Tagum)


PNP sets up help desks during Pas’ Ungko S’g Misamis Occidental Festival by Rutchie C. Aguhob

OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental – The Philippine National Police (PNP) in the province has set up “PNP Help Desks,” during the celebration of the 4th Pas’ Ungko S’g Misamis Occidental Festival, this November. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013


The move is among the security measures of “Task Force Pas’ Ungko S’g Misamis Occidental 2013” to ensure the safety of the public during the month-long festival that coincides with the celebration of the 84th founding anniversary of the province. P/Sr. Supt. Jerry C. Linsagan, Provincial Director of the Misamis Occidental Provincial Police Office (PPO), said the Task Force will provide security and pre-empt any violent act or incident that may possibly disturb the peace and order during the festival. Mostly held at the Provincial Capitol Grounds, this city, activities have been lined-up for the whole month of November to showcase various social and cultural practices of the different cities and municipalities of Misamis Occidental.

Linsagan said the “PNP Help Desks” will be manned by uniformed PNP personnel and will be set up in all the places of engagement of these activities for the public to approach, in case their assistance will be needed and to ensure the safety of the participants and spectators. He said with the various day and night cultural shows in store, many visitors, including high ranking public officials are expected to arrive and join the festivities. Likewise, Linsagan said, no drinking spree will be allowed within the periphery and immediately outside the Provincial Capitol Grounds, during the conduct of the live band concerts, which are held at night.

Normin’s top schools to square off in 9th Steag Energy Quiz by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Some 50 private and public high schools in Northern Mindanao will compete in the 9th Steag Energy Quiz on November 22 at the Limketkai Activity Center, this city. According to Steag State Power Inc. Communications Head Jerome R. Soldevilla, the annual activity is considered as one of the most awaited high school competitions in THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

the region where knowledge and understanding of high school students about the science of energy will be put to a competitive test. He added that over the years,


Steag has organized the event to promote among high school students a special interest in energy, at the same time inspire them to achieve academic excellence in science and technology. Further, each participating high school will be represented by a team of three senior students selected by their respective school administrators. During the contest, a total of 21 questions about facts, laws and current events pertaining to electricity, energy and other subjects relating to natural and physical sciences, chemistry and physics will be asked. Each question has corresponding

points, and the team that accumulates the most number of points will be declared as winner. Aside from medals and trophies, P24,000 worth of cash prizes will be given away to the best three schools, he confirmed. The Steag energy quiz champions since 2005 include Lumbia National High School, Xavier University High School, St. Mary’s School, Bayanga National High School, Regional Science High School, Rosevale High School, and the Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology.

Flood prone areas in CdeO warned of TD Wilma landfall by Jasper Marie Oblina-Rucat

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY - The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management (CDRRM) here, in coordination with the City Info Network, advised residents in flood prone areas to be prepared for Tropical Depression (TD) Wilma in its landfall today. According to Col Mario Verner S. Monsanto, CDRRM Officer, flood prone areas in the city include Barangay Bulua, Iponan, Bayabas, Kauswagan, Bonbon, Carmen, Macabalan, Puntod, Consolacion, Balulang, Macasandig, Lapasan, Gusa, Cugman, Tablon, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013

Bugo, Agusan, Taglimao and portions of Pigsag-an and Tuburan. Meanwhile residents in landslide prone areas are also cautioned such as in hinterland barangays in upper Dagong, Carmen, Kulambog, Lapasan and portions of Lumbia.


Island, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin Island and Northern part of Zamboanga Del Norte. The estimated rainfall amount is from 10.0 25.0 mm per hour (heavy - intense) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression. PAGASA said areas under Public Storm Warning Signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Further, the public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5:00 p.m. today. According to PAGASA, TD Wilma is forecasted to make its landfall in Surigao del Sur in this RED AREAS afternoon, and will be at Western Pacific Weather According to Model output more often than not just prior to landfall 40 km West of Dumaguete in this region storms often undergo rapid intensification. We could City following morning have a strong Typhoon turn into a Violent Typhoon just hours before it pushes on shore packing winds up to 230kph sustained near the and in the vicinity of eye wall. Puerto Princesa City by Wednesday morning. By In its advisory, the Philippine Thursday morning, it is expected to Atmospheric, Geophysical and be at 440 km West of Puerto Princesa Astronomical Services (PAGASA) City or outside the Philippine Area of issued Public Storm Signal No. 1 in Responsibility (PAR). Mindanao particularly in Dinagat THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2013


One Mindanao - November 7, 2013  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao Cluster

One Mindanao - November 7, 2013  

An Electronic News Magazine of PIA Mindanao Cluster