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World food expo FOUR local food exporters from Northern Mindanao took part in the leading international food exhibition network, Salon International de I’Agroalimentaire (SIAL). SIAL started in Paris in 1964 and has now six major exhibits every year targeting big markets or trade blocs such as Europe, Brazil, China, Canada, Middle East and the newest and equally promising SIAL-ASEAN. The Philippines is honored to be once again the venue for the 2nd edition SIAL-ASEAN at the World Trade Center, Metro Manila last June 17-19, 2015.

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TSI’s first power unit boosts M’danao grid By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspondent


HERMA S outh Inc .’s (T SI) first 150-megawatt (MW) unit is now supplying power to the Mindanao grid and will begin billing its customers this week, initially at less than half the contracted price. A report from TSI indicates that the company, a subsidiary of Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower), will

Discount caravan AS the “Higalaay Festival-Cagayan de Oro city fiesta” is fast approaching, the Department of Trade and Industry Misamis Oriental Provincial office- DTIMOR, in cooperation with the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity BoardRTWPB, and the local government of Cagayan de Oro, has set to launch a Pre-Fiesta Diskwento Caravan to cater to the fiesta needs of the locals. Set to run on August 14-15, 2015, Friday and Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at Magsaysay Park, Divisoria, (near Dunkin, Greenwich) Cagayan de Oro City, this Pre Fiesta Diskwento Caravan holds the theme “Diskwento Presyong Panalo Para sa Mamimiling Pilipino.” This is expected to serve a bigger number of the consuming public especially the marginalized sectors.


TOBACCO HARVEST. A hired laborer harvests mature tobacco leaf in a tobacco farm in Barangay Ane-i, Claveria, Misamis Oriental. photo by bong d. fabe

Tobacco farming helps eradicate tambays in Claveria villages By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

ANE-I, Claveria, Misamis Oriental — Idle hands and idle lands are getting lesser and lesser as more and more

people are joining the rush and cash in on tobacco farming in this municipality considered the food basket

of Misamis Oriental. Thanks to the continuous tobacco production operation of the Philip Morris Fortune Tobacco tobacco/PAGE 13

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Public, private sectors urged to ‘journey’ with villages to development By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

CHARLITO “Kaloy” Z. Manlupig, the pioneer of the Balay Mindanaw Group of NGOs (BMG) is urging both the public and private sectors to “journey” with the barangays of Cagayan de Oro City towards peace, equity and development.

“They are calling on us to join them in their journey. No, they are not asking us for dole outs. All they are asking is for us to fill the gaps. They are just claiming what is rightfully theirs — appropriate services and journey/PAGE 15

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del Norte SMEs ARMM investment board Lanao get DOST assistance receives award from BSP M A R AW I C it y - - T h e Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao’s (ARMM) investment board will receive an award from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in recognition of the important role of business investment in the Mindanao peace process. The ARMM’s Regional Board of Investments (RBOI) will receive the BSP’s Award

for Outstanding Partner for Regional Economic Development on August 11 for its contribution to the success of the peace process by actively promoting and facilitating private sector investments in the region. RBOI is the first agency from ARMM to receive such award. BSP has been giving


recognition to its outstanding partners these past 12 years. The Outstanding Partner for Regional Economic Development award is given annually as BSP’s way of expressing gratitude for the strong support it receives from its partner institutions. Business investments in the ARMM have been g row i n g t re m e n d o u s l y since 2013 as a result of the stability, especially peace and order, engendered by the peace process in Mindanao with the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro in 2013 between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. Private investors were also lured by the reforms on good governance introduced by the administration of ARMM Governor Mujiv S. Hataman.

Lawyer Ishak V. Mastura, chairman and managing head of RBOI, will be receiving the award on behalf of the agency. RBOI was nominated by BSP-Cotabato Branch and won over other nominees due to the value, comprehensiveness and timeliness of the information and reports that the agency has provided to BSP. Such data are necessary for the BSP’s Report on Regional Economic Development in the Philippines. The agency also has a good track record of cooperation with BSP and economic data gathering, which is another criterion for the said award category. Mastura said that the agency has been open to the public in highlighting its accomplishments through its official website while award/PAGE 15

I L I G A N C i t y - - Tw o bu d d i n g bu s i n e s s e s i n Iligan, Sweet Honey-Man C and Iligan Vegetarian Health C are S er vices availed of the government assistance provided by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) region 10 under Small Enterprises Te ch n ol o g y Up g r a d i ng Program (SETUP). After submission of prop osals and other required documents, their corresponding financial assistance were approved. Sweet Honey Man-C and Food Products manager Evelyn Maglangit received a total amount of P426,000.00. This will be used to purchase the pasteurizer with hot water set along with the hydraulic press. These equipment will enhance and increase the production volume of ready-to-drink bottled kalamansi juice. Meanwhile, Iligan

Ve ge t ar i an and He a lt h Care Services also availed of f i n an c i a l a s s i s t an c e amounting to P286,820. It will be used to purchase t h e s e e qu ipm e nt : s oy a milk and tofu maker with boiler machine, spiral mixer, baking oven, stainless table, and dough roller. Shelf-life and nutritional f a c t s a n a l y s i s of t h e i r products will also be covered under the project. Iligan Vegetarian and health Care Services, owned and managed by Eugene de los Santos produces soya milk, tofu and other vegan products. Production output for both enterprise are expected to improve in terms of quantity and quality after the DOST-SETUP intervention. The two clients personally claimed the checks at the DOST-X Regional Office last July 20, 2015. (DOST10)

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hink a Minute… Remember Greg Louganis? The young, strong, superstar athlete who won gold medals in all his events at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He was the first athlete in histor y to do it, and was elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame. But at the Olympics, no one ever suspected that under the surface Greg Louganis’ body was full of AIDS. It’s true that you really cannot know what’s inside a person just from looking on the outside. Many people are not what they appear to be. For example, that tough football or rugby player you know may actually still be an insecure little boy on the inside, because he could never be good enough for his hard, strict father. That shy young woman you see around town might still be a broken, hurting little girl, because she was abused by her uncle or stepfather when she was young. Maybe even that 60-year-old political leader or successful businessman is still full of hurt and anger from when he was badly treated as a child because of his skin color, or because he grew up in a poor family. Many people look strong and mature on the outside,

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Jhan Tiafau Hurst but inside they’re still hurting emotionally and need healing. They still have deep wounds, scars and painful memories of terrible things that were said or done to them when they were young children or teenagers. Friend, if you’ve been living with pain, fears or anger from what people said or did to you in the past, these hurts and bad memories can be like chains that hold you in prison emotionally. Well, Jesus Christ sure knows how you feel. Jesus is probably the most hurt, abused person in history. His own family thought He was crazy, and His own people had Him tortured and killed as the worst of criminals. But not only does Jesus understand and feel your pain, He’s also the One Who can heal your hurst/PAGE 13

Bahala Na!


rom the sheer goodness of one’s heart - are we really doing even small things for our fellow creatures? Hey, don’t you see it? We are becoming more and more uninterested. We live without concern. We are not making the difference/ We even don’t try or think about it. We have no influence or weight - neither good nor bad. Is that really what we want? T he t a x i d r ive r has learned his way and makes a detour without his conscience pricking him in taking my purse: “Nong, asa ka? Diretso lang!” ... “Sorry Sir!” On the other hand, while walking later a short distance somewhere down town in Davao City, I don’t care about the (blind?) beggar, w ho mig ht really need any single centavo. Many other “business beggars” or swindlers have dulled so much my usually open

handed character. Bahala na - suddenly, I don’t care! Many years ago, while riding a Jeepney (yes, I always loved to do so!), I listened to two passengers. “You know, our neighbor suffers from lung cancer. He asked me a loan because he needs to be hospitalized.” “And, what did you do?” - ‘Wala, nothing, bahala siya. Why did he never quit smoking as I have told him already long time ago!” Well, here we are! Why should I help other people around me, if, on the other side, MY cries of help or urgent appeals have been rejected, as intentionally unanswered? Indifference or egoism? It seems to be a privilege for us to close our eyes, ears, and mouth in such an indifferent and shameful way, that we hurt those, who seek our attention. Somebody tries to become our friend. Sure, why not?

Somebody was hired as a leader and needs the support of his or her staff. Sure, why not? Somebody is ill and is suffering from persecution and needs us. Sure, why not? Somebody needs our advice because he or she is facing a difficult decision or homelessness or living alone or losing the job. Sure, why not? Somebody suffers overwhelming prejudice, provocation, and loss of reputation and needs badly the involvement of another helping hand. Sure, why not? Because of indifference, we keep on destroying our good nature and the whole globe by unintentional or international contamination of the environment. Indifference allows wars instead looking for peace. Indifference allows man to hide behind stupid excuses. Indifference goes so far that the employees of a company

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The theological eyes of love


es, love has eyes, eyes that see things ver y s h a r p l y, e y e s t h at s e e things that others do not see. That is why people in love are often accused of being blind, a blindness that actually has perfect vision, while those who say they can see yet have no love, are those who are truly blind. Christ describes this phe nome non t h is w ay : “For judgment I came into this world, that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind.” (Jn 9,39): These definitely are very intriguing words that can only be understood if the inputs of faith are made. Those who are in love with the love of God have eyes that see the minutest details of things. In fact, they have eyes that can discover more things than what those with normal eyes can. They see things beyond the physical and material. They can see spiritual forces and play and blend with them. The eyes of love are not isolated organs, operating on their own. They are organically linked to the other senses and organs. What the eyes of love see trigger our other organs and parts into action. What the eyes see, the other organs act out. More t han t hat , t he eyes of love are not merely

p hy s i c a l o r b i o l o g i c a l organs, ruled simply by natural impulses. They are vitally connected with the original source of love, God himself. They are eyes that also are spiritual and that function at the instance of right reason, and of faith, hope and charity. In a sense, we can call them the theological eyes of love. They become the windows of our heart and soul. Through them we can see what’s inside our heart and soul. Try looking at the eyes of holy people, like St. John Paul II. They see things spiritual and supernatural. Their s t a n d a rd o f g o o d n e s s , pleasantness and beauty is not simply of the physical k ind, or of t he merely natural, social, cultural kind, etcetera. What may be considered ugly and messy in these latter categories may still be considered attractive to the theological eyes of love. These theological eyes of love function at the instance of the love of God that is universal and full of wisdom, understanding, merc y and compassion. They see things according to the moral law of God. They get to see things in their ultimate perspective. That is why they can manage to see beauty in suf fering, in trials and temporar y setbacks,

etcetera. They can see the final victory of those who persevere with God’s will and ways e ven if thes e involve crosses. More than that, these e yes get to s e e G o d in everyone and everything, irrespective of their condition and situation. In fact, God is what they primarily see, because they see first the Creator in every creature before any other consideration is made. This is how lovers behave. How many love songs romanticize their love by saying, for example, that they see their beloved in ever y flower they encounter? “I am looking at the moon, but I am seeing you,” goes another song soaked with the passionate sentiments of love. We need to develop these theological eyes of love. We have to train our vision to go beyond the physical and natural laws, and to acquire the power of the spiritual and supernatural laws of God. This will take time and effort, of course. But even before these, developing these theological eyes of love would require a lot of prayer and sacrifice. We need to beg God to give us this kind of eyes. He, for sure, will grant us this request, because in the f irst place these theological eyes of love are what he wants us to




Fr. Roy Cimagala have. He wants us to see everyone and everything the way he sees them, since we are his image and likeness, and adopted children of his. This request will never be too much to ask and to aspire. But, yes, we have to give our all in cultivating these eyes. We have to be completely identified with the doctrine of our faith, and then little by little, with the steadiness of someone truly in love, we have to develop the virtues that would liken us to God through Christ in the Holy Spirit. There will be the usual awkward stage of the learning curve, but if we persist, we will soon find out that having this theological eyes of love can become second nature to us. Wi t h t h e m w e c a n manage to be calm and confident in all instances, in fair weather or foul, with friends of with foes.


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Toyota sets a new monthly sales record


H E P h i l i p p i n e’s number one automotive brand i n re w r ite s h i stor y by registering 10,678 units in a single month last July. Coming from its last sales record in May with 10,511 units, Toyota proves once again that it can go even further by beating its own monthly sales performance just after 2 months. This is the first time any local car manufacturer has achieved such sales volume. Toyota’s sales grew with the continuous high demand for all its models. More specifically, its best-selling

vehicle in the country, the Vios, the Filipino favorite, Innova and its mini hatchback, Wigo registered their respective record sales performance to date. The 3rd generation Vios which was launched just 2 years ago remains a steadfast choice in the Philippine market. Last July, the bestselling car in the country recorded 3,102 units, the very first model to achieve such number in a single month. The Innova on the other hand, marks 1,653 units displaying that it still is the MPV to beat in its segment. The Wigo also

continues to prove its edge against its competitors in the segment by tallying 1,189 units – its highest figure since it was first introduced last 2014. On a year to date basis, Toyota lists a growth of 17% versus the first 7 months of last year with accumulated sales of 68,395 as of July 2015. In a statement, Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) President Mr. Michinobu Sugata expressed… “On behalf of the whole Toyota family, we would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to our customers for constantly m a k i ng ou r br an d t h e preferred choice. We are pleased by the unwavering support as seen in our most recent sales milestone in July. This is indeed a good way to celebrate our 27th anniversary this month in the country.” He also added, “Achieving another 10,000 unit sales level is already an accomplishment in itself. However, going the extra mile and recording our highest tally yet at 10, 678 in a single month is a proof of how customers continue to toyota/PAGE 13

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PNP maritime group intensifies campaign to improve info flow MANILA -- The Philippine National Police, through its Maritime Group, intensifies its campaign to improve information flow for marine environmental protection through 700-DALOY. 700-DALOY is a webbased SMS broadcast facility to manage the gathering and dissemination of information to support enforcementrelated activities for the protection of marine protected areas and other fisheries sectors. For t h e ye ar 2 0 1 4 , 700-DALOY (700-32569) received 3,358 text reports from different communities, which resulted in the arrest of 2 5 i nd iv i du a ls and confiscation of 4,123 pieces of illegal wildlife contraband worth Php6 million. The project, which started

in 2009, aims to improve information flows for marine environmental protection that regularly receive and respond to reports, inquiries, and complaints from different communities in Philippine coastlines. Ac c o r d i n g t o P N P Maritime Group Director, Chief Supt. Noel Lazarus C. Vargas, maritime troopers remained to be dedicated in fulfilling their mission to perform all police functions and ensure public safety and internal security over Philippine territorial waters and rivers as well as ports of entry and exit and sustains the protection of the maritime environment with the help of different projects like 700-DALOY. He said that on top of their significant environment

accomplishments, the PNP Maritime Group conducted 325 successful operations; arrested 1,282 persons and filed 110 cases in court under their compliance with the Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998 (RA 8550). Moreover, in line with the implementation of the Forestry Reform Code of the Philippines (PD 705) – MG elements have conducted 12 operations; arrested 16 individuals and s eized evidences with an estimated amount of Php529,614.47 He noted the 23 operations were conducted in line with the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act (RA 9147) and a total of 28 people were arrested in the implementation of the Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act (RA 10591).

Elements of Maritime Group also arrested a total of 47 individuals in connection with the active implementation of the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 (RA 9165) and evidences were seized with an estimated amount of Php5,816,800. Vargas urged people in the communities living near coastlines to strengthen the anti-criminality efforts of the PNP Maritime Group and other law enforcement agencies. He added the PNP-MG has also implemented the “Adopt-A-Marine Protected Area” Project (AMPA project) where the Maritime Group organized MPA guards to intensify the campaign against illegal fishing, anti-pollution campaign and to promote marine conservation. (PNA)

40 tributaries of Aklan River set for clean-up By Venus G. Villanueva

KALIBO, Aklan -- Forty tributaries of the Aklan River from the hinterlands of Libacao to the lowlands of Kalibo and Numancia are set to be cleaned on August 14 during the scheduled CleanUp Drive by the Provincial Government of Aklan through the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) and the Aklan Rivers Development Council (ARDC).

During the latest meeting to finalize clean-up plans, the PPDO listed a total of 2,889 participants joining the clean-up, composed of barangay officials and v o l u nt e e r s , s t u d e nt s , national, provincial and municipal government employees, non-government organizations and other volunteer groups, and the local media. clean-up/PAGE 10


FOR THE INSTITUTIONALIZATION OF A HAPPY READING AND WRITING PROGRAM – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ continues the distribution of books donated by Children International Philippines, Inc. as he gives 200 books to Hinigdaan Elementary School in El Salvador City. The book distribution reinforces the institutionalization of a Happy Reading and Writing Habit Program for pupils and students of the Province Of Misamis Oriental through the local Department of Education in the Divisions of Misamis Oriental, Gingoog City and El Salvador City. The simple turn-over ceremony was witnessed by Barangay Chairman ALFONSO SAGUING and Mrs. MARIEL UBAOB, the School Head of the school.

Every child is a special. But not all children are lucky. There are some who are born with some problems with physical or psychological problems in their stage of development with physical or psychological disability. However, all children need equal love and affection. Child needs love and care for healthy growth. In dealing with special children you have to first observe the child before doing any act, you have to know the child’s ability to further understand his/her situation or condition, don’t let the child feel that they are rejected. Modify the activities so that the child will be engaged in that activities. Do not feel them that they are alone. You give activities that are in line with their specific condition. As a teacher you must know the present characteristics in the child. A teacher must know how

to assess the special child. Dont let them feel that they are lacking and different from other children. Encourage them and let them know that they are also loved because they are created by God. Help them cope up with this reality of life and this can happen only with love and support of the people surrounds him/her. Do not compare their ability to others and do not say bad words to them. You must set separate lessons, a lesson something they can achieve. Always encourage them to do their activities. Let them have faith and hope. Teach them at their level. If they are in the regular class with many children you must have a differentiated instruction for the special child. Lastly as a teacher you must have a farther research and study on how to deal with a special child to better know them.

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DA-FAO collaborates toward rice sufficiency


U T UA N C i t y - Reduce production costs, increase yield and incre as e f armer ’s income. These are the focal point on the collaboration of the Department of Agriculture (DA) and United Nations - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) towards achieving food sufficiency. To trickle down the concept, DA and FAO recently conducted a 10-day extensive Refresher Training Course on Regional Rice Initiative: Phase II at Veranda in Carmen town, Agusan del Norte.

The training was attended by 57 participants who are most ly integ rate d p est management coordinators from DA regional offices and provincial and municipal/ city agriculture offices from various regions in the country. The training focused on innovative and sustainable practices focusing on rice ecosystems, landscapes and value chain incorporated on Save and Grow concept. Save and Grow set by FAO is a new paradigm of intensive crop production, one that is both highly productive and environmentally

sustainable. It focuses on eco-friendly farming practices often combining traditional knowledge with modern technologies that are adapted to the needs of small-scale producers. It also encourages the use of conservation agriculture, which boosts yields while restoring soil health. Graduates of the said training are expected to pass on the learning to the farmers through the conduct of Farmers Field Schools (FFS). During the graduation ceremony, DA undersecretary for policy and planning

Segfredo Serrano emphasized the importance of capacitating the farmers to be resilient during calamities brought about by climate change. “ There are only two options for us to do about climate change, to mitigate or to adapt, which the latter is the best thing to do as far as our country is concerned,” he said. DA C araga regional d i re c tor E d n a Mab e z a lauded the participants for the eagerness and willingness to learn. “Education is a continuing process and I hope that upon returning to your respective

regions you will teach the same to the farmers which is the objective of this kind of training,” Mabeza said. FAO Asia and Pacific program development officer Alma Linda Abubakar said that since 2013, FAO has supported the Regional Rice Initiative and assisted three pilot countries such as Indonesia, Lao Peoples Democratic Republic and Philippines. “Selection of the pilot areas was based on the commitment of each country to adhere to its purpose and its strong cooperation,” Abubakar said.

Regional Rice Initiative is focusing on goods and services produced by and available from rice ecosystems and landscapes, and identifying and undertaking sustainable rice production practices to enhance resilience and increase efficiencies in rice production to improve food security. The regional initiative is aligned with FAO’s strategic objective to make agriculture, forestry and fisheries more productive and sustainable and its sustainable crop i nt e n s i f i c at i on p o l i c y, promoted under the banner of Save and Grow.

Agri support for local farmers and fisherfolks DAVAO Oriental -- About P 50-million worth of support interventions on agriculture and fishery have been turned over by the Department of Agriculture (DA) to farmers and fisherfolks association here in the province on August 3, 2015 held at Provincial Agriculture Compound in the City of Mati. Among t he supp or t inter ventions provided were corn seeds, fertilizers, cruiser insecticides, and vermi composts. These aid aim at helping local small farmers

produce high-quality crops, particularly corn, rice, banana and hot chili – crops which are now being aggressively promoted by the provincial government as its mainstay crops. Funded under Typhoon Pablo Rehabilitation Program, the turnover featured a strong convergence of efforts among local and national agencies in providing livelihood, raising income and developing agrientrepreneurial endeavors and opportunities to small farmers and fisherfolks who

were severely affected by the typhoon Pablo devastation in 2012. Meanwhile in terms of fisheries, the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) distributed several units of motorized and non-motorized bancas, assor ted f ishing gears, fish shelters, and bangus fingerlings to different fisherfolks’ associations in different towns. Under the Agri-Pinoy banner programs, laminated sacks, wheelbarrows and

shovels were also given to farmers and rice producers’ associations. Bulb onions, plastic crates, power sprayer, peanut grinder and assorted vegetables seed were also distributed under High Value Crops Development Program. For its part, the Provincial Government, through the Pagkain at Kita Program, has been distributing seedlings of cacao, rubber and assorted vegetables to dif ferent beneficiaries throughout the province as part of its continuing program for

agriculture. Governor Corazon N. Malanyaon lauded the support of the DA and BFAR for their efforts in helping her province boost its agricultural productivity. She cited the agencies’ support to her flagship program Pagkain at Kita that aims to increase food sufficiency and income generation among small farmers and fisherfolks. She said that “this turnover ceremony has indeed showcased the concerted efforts between the national

and local governments that target to address the problem on poverty and food security.” She added that through strong partnership with stakeholders like them, along with the serious implementation of programs and projects of the local government, the province had earned different accolade in the field of agriculture which serve as testaments to its genuine efforts and sincerity to improve the lives of its constituents. (By Van Jorain O. Rufin/ PIO Davao Oriental)

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One of my favorite past times that relaxes me and makes me happy is watching my favorite tv series. I am a homebody so I enjoy being at home and it gives me so much pleasure. I usually start my work early and finish everything by lunch time. When I’m not busy, I blog or start watching these shows. Today, I thought of sharing with you my top picks in no particular order from comedy, to action, to politics, to lifestyle, to reality shows and so on. Whatever interests you... But for me, I love watching them all because I learn a lot from all angles of life. 1. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills - I love this show! Maybe because I love Beverly Hills, California. Such a lovely place wherein they have this lavish but laid-back lifestyle, everything nice and good vibes. I wish to own a home there someday. This American reality television series is so exciting because the housewives each have different characters. There is the classy housewife, the trashy one, the strong one, and so on. Well, my favorite housewife is Lisa Vanderpump. She owns a lovely home in Beverly Hills who happens to have a similar view as my home. 2. Modern Family - Best comedy tv series! This show have won so many awards. If you want to feel good and laugh, then you should

watch this so that your mood would instantly shift. The title of the show speaks for itself… Modern. Old guy married to a younger woman, gay marriage, normal family and together, they form one big happy family. My son, Dominic, is also a fan of this show. 3. Scandal - A political thriller tv series. The show takes place in Washington, D.C. and the story is about Olivia Pope who owns a crisis management firm. When powerful and rich people are involved in a Scandal, then there’s only one person who can handle it well, that’s Olivia Pope. She also happens to work in the White House. And, her lover? The President of the United States of America. How interesting could that be? 4. House of Cards - One of the best American political drama tv series starring Kevin Spacey who plays the role of Frank Underwood. He’s a Democrat Congressman who became the Vice-President and now the President of the United States of America all in one political term. His character is portrayed as ruthless, brutal and manipulative. I am fascinated by his partnership with his wife, Claire Underwood. I learn a lot by watching this. And, there are so many great quotes from the series. A must watch. 5. The Royals - I just finished


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I LOVE WATCHING TV SERIES watching the first season and I can’t wait for the next. Starring Elizabeth Hurley as the Queen Consort of England. It’s also a love story of the Prince and the commoner. It shows how power can make a person do bad things just to stay in power. 6. Keeping Up With The Kardashians - Yes, I love this American reality tv series. There came a time when I had nothing to watch anymore so I said, okay I’ll try to watch this. I didn’t expect that I would enjoy the show, but I did! You can see how each of their lives evolve from being a simple family to being so famous. You can actually learn a lot of lessons from their family. 7. Hawaii Five-O - This is the remake of the original television series in 1968. It’s a group of elite state police unit/task force set up to fight crime in the state of Hawaii. I love this light action tv series. I say light action because it is not too brutal and the ending is always happy that shifts the mood. There’s a little comedy to go with it. 8. 24 - I know it’s an old tv series but for those of you who haven’t watched it yet and if you love action, then you must watch this. Starring Kiefer Sutherland as Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer. The guy never dies. Hehehe. I used to joke my son, Dominic, that we should hire Jack Bauer as our

bodyguard. He’s just the guy. The story revolves on presidential assassination attempts, weapons of mass destruction, detonations, terrorism, cyber attacks and conspiracies. 9. Homeland - This series starring Claire Danes as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) field agent with bipolar disorder. Such an exciting and fun job! Did you know that one of my wildest crazy dreams is to be a spy or a secret agent? I think I’ll be good at it. I find it very interesting! Like, I can be CIA. The story is about Nicholas Brody, a United States Marine Corps Scout Sniper, who was held captive by al-Qaeda as a prisoner of war, was turned by the enemy and poses a threat to the United States. He became a Congressman but he was executed and so on. 10. Rich Kids of Beverly Hills - You will love this reality tv series if you’re into fashion, lifestyle and fun stuff. The series is about the lives of these young group of millionaires and billionaires showcasing their lives. 11. Cougar Town - American television sitcom starring the naturally funny Courteney Cox. If you want to laugh and feel good, then this is a must watch for you. It’s about a group of friends/ neighbors who loves, supports and cares for each other like family.

12. America's Book of Secrets - It's one of my favorite tv series at History Channel. They reveal some secrets about The White House, Freemasons, Fort Knox, Area 51, The Playboy Mansion, Black Ops, The Pentagon, Air Force One, The Beast and so on. 13. Ancient Aliens - It's a show at History Channel that shows about Archaeology, Historical Texts and Legends. I love this show. Always interesting. Those are just some of my top picks but I can still go on and on. For the rest of this list, you can visit my website (www. I am sure you will all enjoy watching them. Have fun!



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Kicks Factory opens in Centrio Mall, Under Armour brand launched in CDO Story & Photos by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY

Under Armour brand enthusiasts now have a destination – Kicks Factory at the 2nd Level of the Centrio Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City. Kicks Factory formally opened its doors to the general public July 23 with special guest TV personality – Volleyball superstar and Under Armour Brand Ambassador Gretchen Ho. Under Armour distributor Jeff Rolida also attended the event. Mark Vincent Lim, Kicks Factory general manager, revealed that the store was “born out of passion for sports”. Ho said “I think what makes Under Armour so successful right now, it’s the fastest growing sporting brand in the world, it’s because it is so anchored on the training of athletes, more than anything, more than hyping on sporting personalities.” Lim also enthused that it is their intention to bring sportswear to another level and make Kicks Factory a destination every athlete and sports enthusiasts would enjoy. He also introduced Under Armour and how the

brand’s rise to power in the sporting world has attracted many sports personalities all over the world. On a quick note 2015 NBA league MVP and Champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors is just one of the athletes carrying the Under Armour brand. Actor and WWE superstar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson also sports Under Armour. Kicks Factory also carries two well-known brands Nike and Adidas. Gretchen Ho shared her experience during a press conference during the event. She said that it is with three key elements that set Under Armour products apart from its competitors – function, style, confidence. Functionality is one of the important elements with Under Armour compression apparel – using technology that allows optimum performance without sweat staying on an athlete’s shirt. For her part, Ho shared three factors that made her choose Under Armour among all other brands in the market. She cited function, style, and confidence as the reasons why UA is her best

Volleyball superstar & Under Armour brand ambassador Gretchen Ho and Kicks Factory General Manager Mark Vincent Lim in the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon during the store’s formal opening, July 23. kept secret. Function, she said, is an important characteristic of every Under Armour product. UA uses technology that allows for optimal performance, but without the sweat sticking to your shirt. Simply stylish, just the way Ho likes it saying it’s something she can keep in her closet for years

without going out of style. Under Armour makes her confident saying “what’s outside, affects what’s inside.” Visit Kicks Factory at the 2nd Level of Centrio Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City, or through their facebook page https://www.

Volleyball superstar & Under Armour brand ambassador Gretchen Ho and Kicks Factory General Manager Mark Vincent Lim answers questions from the media present during Kicks Factory’s formal opening, July 23. Ho also explained the technology behind the Under Armour products she is using and how it boosts her performance as an athlete.

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be deploying elementary school pupils for the cleanup drive but will be tasked to clean within their respective vicinities, as shared during

Individualized learning By CHARISH R. ALUMBRO School Head Teacher I Kibuwa Elementary School Impasugong I District

THE term “learning styles” simply means that each student learns differently. Technically, it refers to the preferential way in which the student absorbs, processes, comprehends and retains information. This notion of individualized learning styles has gained widespread recognition in both education theory and classroom management strategy. Individual learning styles depend on cognitive, emotional and environmental factors as well as one’s prior experience. Teachers must especially be sensitive to

these. It is said that teachers are actually psycho-therapists in one way. They console kidstudents. They must be open to the possibility that some of these students may be bullied by their older siblings back home and that somehow hampers their learning. Kids in urban areas are likewise starkly different from their rural counterparts. Urban kids learn to play mind games on their cellphones. Less affluent ones learn to play gory games in Internet cafes. And kids in the boondocks still play patintero.

Gender inequity: A problem affecting student engagement By Lovert A. Mendez District Office Kibawe Central Elementary School 8720 Kibawe, Bukidnon

Through education, students could know more about his self and will learn to accept his strength and weaknesses. Learning in school is the first step of these. However, in the process there are problems that a teacher or student might encounter, making successful learning impossible. Example of this problem is the gender biases in the classroom. Gender inequity are very hard to observe. An example for that is the teacher’s treatment to girls and boys in her classroom. For one, if a teacher is asked about gender inequity in classroom, he will argue and said that he treat his students fairly or in the same way. In a article published online entitled Gender Bias in Teaching by Kathryn Scantlebury, students are diverse and have different learning issues, thus treating all students in the same way

means that some students will have a better learning experience than their peers. Second, teachers may be ignoring their unconscious gender biases towards their students, their schools and themselves. Scantlebury also added that if ignored, these gender biases, which may have developed from cultural norms, may lead to bias in the classroom. These gender bias is a problem inside schools which impacts are cumulative and often ignored. Thus, solutions to the problem of inequity should be addressed. Teachers can reduce and challenge gender bias through examining their pedagogical practices and posing simple questions about their practices. In other terms, a teacher can start on planning before he interact with his students, observe the class and look back to her teaching experience after a day.

the meeting. Among participating municipalities, Malinao was listed to have the biggest number of participants who committed to join the cleanup drive with 1,380. The Clean-Up Drive will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., according to Engr. Roger Esto, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator. The clean-up was conceptualized during the launching of the Mass-Based Disaster Risks Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation (DRR/CCA) Project here aimed to serve

as the people’s contribution to help reduce incidence of flooding/soil erosion; protection/conser vation and preser vation of the environment and promote and enhance ever yone’s participation to development and disaster risk management. The clean-up of the 40 river tributaries is aimed to clear the waterways of debris so water can flow freely during heavy rains. Banga town has the most number of tributaries with 14 and Madalag, with 12. Towns traversed by the Aklan River include Libacao, Madalag, Banga, Malinao,

Lezo, Kalibo and Numancia. Besides the cleanup, participants will also plant trees along the river

bank, to be provided by the Department of Environment and Natural Res ources (DPWH). (VGV PIA6 Aklan)

Demand for teachers

Various methods of teaching

By LIZA JANE E. SURAHAN Teacher II/OIC Kibuwa Elementary School Impasugong I district

By JEONARD D. RANILE Teacher I/OIC Ilignan Elementary School Impasugong I District

THERE will always be a need for great teachers. Regardless of temporary economic conditions, hiring practices, budget cuts or any other factors that impact the education system in the country, the need for teachers is number one, timeless and number two, universal. I would like to emphasize that, timeless and universal. What is timeless? It means that if the teaching profession was relevant during the end of the 19th century when industrialization and modern transportation were in its infancy, it is still relevant

today where round-the-clock information is available even in the remotest beach. By universal, it means that the teaching profession is relevant whether you are here in the Philippines or in China. In those respects, society will always need educators. And teaching is one career in which you can be confident that you will always have a purpose. Who produces great United Nations secretariesgeneral? It’s teachers. Who produces a great pope? It’s teachers. Who produces great cosmonauts? It’s teachers.

IN the teacher-centered approach to learning, teachers are the main authority figure in this model. Students are viewed as empty vessels whose primary role is to passively receive information via lectures and direct instruction with an end goal of testing and assessment. It is the primary role of teachers to pass knowledge and information onto their students. In this model, teaching and assessment are viewed as two separate entitites.

Student learning is measured through objectively scored tests and assessments. In the student-centered approach to learning, both the teachers and students play an equally active role in the learning process. The teacher’s primary role is to coach and facilitate student learning and overall comprehension of material. This is particularly true in Montessori and International Schools where there is a less ratio between teacher and student.

D. O. 62: National IP Education Policy – Promoting Quality Education for IP By MARICEL Q. LABUCANA Teacher II Kalabugao Central Elementary School

It has been a primordial when the Indigenous Peoples became victim of different forms of oppression and discrimination of which made them an alien of their own IKSPs. They tend to espouse the practices which different colonizers brought to them thinking that what they had perceived were right and superior compared to their own practices. It is sad to note that they were compelled

to adopt the practices which aren’t them without realizing that their own culture is very comprehensive that eventually lead to eradicate their own identity. One of the agency which serves as an avenue of their oppression is the school. An institution that is responsible of instilling their mind the knowledge that deprived their own rights of which became a chain of eradication their own

identity, because they were oblige to follow the system of education which are not suited to their culture and of which a channel to exterminate what are distinct to them. It is then being anticipated that this contemporary order might be the answer to eradicate discrimination and oppression that they have envisioned for their recent generation and the generation to come. But all their dreams and hopes will be factual depending on the leader and the stakeholders who are committed and dedicated of their services for

the welfare of these identified groups of people whose rights and identity were grabbed by the different colonizers. This contemporary order is anchored in the Philippine Constitution which was overlooked. Opportunely, there will be a thorough implementation of this order so that the end users would be benefitted for this and eventually there will be a regaining of the practices and their distinct knowledge for recent and future references and continuance of the identified knowledge.

Making a Difference: Teaching in the Hinterland There goes a saying that “ Teaching is the noblest among all the professions ”. This saying created a great impact in my life as a teacher. I was assigned as Multigrade teacher in a far flung area, where in I practiced my teaching profession handling multilevel combined in one classroom. I had pupils with different ages, behaviour, and learning abilities. It’s quite difficult dealing with them due to their diversity. I had to prepare varied activities, employ different teaching strategies that are suited to their needs as learners. Teaching in the slum area is also difficult on my part because of the kind of workplace and the accessibility of the area. The means of transportation is not favorable

and I had to go through a lot of hardships before reaching my respective station. Pupils also tend to crossed rivers just to reach the school. Most of the pupils belong to the families below poverty line, but they are willing to learn new things in school despite of their humble situation. Their willingness to learn and perseverance serves as my inspiration to change and touch their lives and make a difference in their lives as a learner. Furthermore, any single act of nobility makes TEACHING is all about. For all Teachers… we are the unsung heroes… and this picture is for all of us who have passion and dedication in the field of TEACHING. After a tedious work accomplished every day, It’s

By MIRAFLOR B. SALINAS, MAED Head Teacher I Impahanong Elementary School & Logdeck Primary School Malitbog District Division of Bukidnon

time to reward myself a rightful rest and as I was lying my back against the two soft pillows piled-up together, a song from somewhere else caught my ear that goes like this : ”.. I don’t have the heart to love you.. ..”. That was a balled song revived by James Ingram. Eventually, I found myself humming for I wasn’t able to produce the correct wordings since I am not familiar with the lyrices of the song. I was at the peak of my performance when sudden thoughts popped-in in my mind.

What if the lyric of the song is like this? “I don’t have the heart…. To teach you.” My enthuasiasm slowly went dowm. What if a teacher like me doesn’t have the heart to teach? Or did I ever use my heart to teach even from the beginning of my career? I started to contemplate and for the first time in my life I began to interrogate myself. Every time I gather important hints in my thoughts that could prove, that, indeed I do have the heart to teach , my mind

just kept on mocking me. As if an alter-ego of mine laughing at me and yelling inside my mind saying “oh, I don’t have that heart so you don’t have that heart either!” . Until again, something in me stood up and said, “ yes! You have that heart and you had that heart even before. I knew it! Coz I am that heart!” It sounds crazy but it does make sense ! Yes, I am sure that I have the heart. I have been a multigrade teacher for ten long years in KILABING PRIMARY SCHOOL, Kilabing, San Luis, Malitbog Bukidnon. Only a teacher with a heart can overcome the everyday travel from my home town in Maramag Bukidnon to far flung area where the school I am teaching is located. Only

a teacher with a heart can withstand the burden of sleeping late to finish my lesson plans and to wake up early to prepare myself in meeting my pupils whom I considered my sons and daughters though they are not from my womb. Though I am now assigned in another Hinterland in Malitbog which is the farthest school in the District. Impahanong Elementary School which is 27 kilometers away from Malitbog and more than 300 kilometers from my home town still I could not forget my vicarious experience which make me a better servant as of now. It’s not the place where you were assigned will a make difference but it’s the heart and determination to our endeavor as future molder.

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THE UNSUNG HEROES Our teachers are truly society’s unsung heroes. These marvelous people have a major influence on our children, and good teachers more often than not make a critical difference in our sons and daughters. Teachers are mentors, models, idols, close friends, counselors, pseudo-parents, and of course educators. It disturbs me terribly that they most often go unnoticed, un-thanked, and more, they are so blasted underpaid. Their mark on society is outranked by no other profession, yet we take them for granted and penalize their choice of career by giving the minimum pay. These individuals mold and teach our children far more than academics, and these kids go on to determine much of where our society is heading. Teachers literally shape our kids and our communities. We complain about the cost of many things, and justifiably, but please, please, please, don’t ever complain or vote against school budgets. In fact, do everything you can to initiate and support a fair rate of pay –fair is all they want. And if you are one of indifference, please change. When your child keeps talking about that special teacher, recognize their importance to your kids with a “Thank you teacher” card. Or how about a gift certificate for school supplies form Wal-Mart? (So many teachers purchase school supplies for “Our” kids. In fact, MOST of them do.) And for heaven’s sake, don’t take them for granted anymore. Okay” They truly are our unsung heroes. Won’t you let them know.

By MIRAFLOR B. SALINAS, MAED Head Teacher I Impahanog Elementary School & Logdeck Primary School Malitbog District Division of Bukidnon

24 reasons Teachers are the Unsung Heroes of the world You wouldn’t be where you are today without them. 1. Their day begins long before the school bell rings when most students are still asleep. 2. And it continues long after the kids go home. 3. Teachers are multitasking powerhouses: grading papers while watching Scandal while also cooking dinner. 4. They teach A LOT more than just their subject. 5. They live and work in front of the toughest audience in the world. 6. Teachers don’t actually sit much at their desks. They’re always on their feet teaching and helping students. 7. They have the patience of a saint to deal with orney kids all day long . 8. They have one of the most important jobs in the world – and they don’t even get paid a lot for it. 9. And they even spend their own hard –earned money on school supplies and student rewards. 10. There is nothing more exciting for teachers than seeing

light bulbs go off and passions ignited. 11. And there’s nothing more heartbreaking than seeing flames die and interest fade. 12. So teachers, heroes that they are, find ways to innovate and make lessons interesting. 13. “Failure” isn’t a word in teachers’ vocabulary. They always find a way. 14. They handle angst teens and helicopter parents with enviable class. 15. Their resolve to teach is greater than students’ resolve to Goof off. 16. Teachers are masters of making each student feel special, even in a class of 25. 17. Teachers is actually about 20 professions rolled into one. 18. Teachers are counselors, managers, artists, disciplinarians… The list goes on and on. You thought your lunch period was rushed? Teachers have to eat lunch while walking around on hall duty. 19. Teachers are improvisational wizards who can whip out a lesson plan on a moment’s notice. 20. Their seasonal sweaters really do make the world go around. 21. They have to wait years to see the fruits of their labor. 22. Some people think teachers live for summer. They couldn’t be more wrong. 23. Summer break is awesome- but teachers spend part of it in class learning how to be an even better teacher. 24. The future really is in their hands.

The Important Role of Administrators By DELIA F. PAGTALUNAN Teacher I Sta. Ines Elementary School Sta. Ines , Malitbog, Bukidnon

In the world of education, the school administrators are the key elements in establishing better teaching and learning environment. It is the principal who shapes the effectiveness of the school to attain good academic performance. According to Clark (2009) the school principal should have the ability to initiate school improvement, to create a learning- oriented educational climate, and to stimulate and supervise teachers in such a way that the teachers could execute their task as effectively as possible. The school principal serves a unique role of a manager and a major factor in the school operation, therefore, school principal should possess necessary instructional managerial skills to foster and enhance academic performance to ensure meaningful learning. School leadership makes a vast contribution to student learning (Mcbeth, 2008). It contributes significant features to school condition which leads to a better academic performance. School’s performance is affected on the way school administrators manage the programs and supervise the teachers. Relative to this, school leaders are directed to focus their efforts to instructional management. The best practices of the teachers in delivering instruction need to be emphasized to promote efficiency towards student learning. Borba (2009) pointed out that in developing knowledge and expertise about instructional program it is necessary for principals to focus on instructional leadership, organizational management, and knowledge on how to initiate, manage and lead change. Grigsby (2010) found out quality curriculum and instruction as key elements to successful teaching – learning processes. As such,

school head has the option to strengthen the curriculum. It is the prime duty of the principal to engage in the different programs that will ensure progress and development. Phillips (2009) on the other hand gave a description to effective instructional leaders. They are those who set clear goals, allocate resources to instruction and materials, support teachers’ instructional program, manage the curriculum, monitor lesson plans, visit classroom frequently, provide feedbacks on instructional methods and techniques, use data to focus attention on improving the curriculum and instruction and evaluate teachers. It is necessary for the principal to possess these knowledge and skills to effectively support the academic program. It is the principals’ responsibility to work effectively with faculty and staff and provide the necessary support to carry out instructional effectiveness and to ensure the best school and classroom practices. These identified skills by Phillips (2009) are the skills to be determined if possessed by the school administrators in the District. The skill to carry out the task to implement educational programs in order to fulfill the mission and vision of the school, the skill to collaboratively work with teachers, the means in helping and assisting teachers in their needs especially in the learning programs, the ways to enhance skills are those which are targeted to be known . Effective leaders create a learning environment where students and adults alike are engaged in learning. For the organization to grow in terms of student performance the school administrators also perform various activities in order to accomplish goals and objectives in the organization. Their instructional management style motivates teachers to

perform the tasks to facilitate learning since the teachers are essentials in the school system. It is a common knowledge that the primary responsibility of the school administrators is to gauge quality instruction in their schools. Interpersonal skills, planning skills, instructional and observation skills, are skills the principals all have to likely become an effective leader about instructional improvement for the betterment of students’ education. Strong leadership is always a requirement in all organizations and specifically in the world of education. Thus, finding out the principals’ instructional management skills is interesting in order to design an enhancement which calls for the improvement of the schools’ academic performance. Effective schools do not just happen by chance but rather products of the right combination of various factors. The aim of education in the Philippines is the promotion of quality instruction. The success of the school system in teaching and learning depends so much on the initiatives and leadership skills of the school head. In order to lead young people of today educational manager should respond to the call by creating a school where meaningful learning takes place. The Philippine government in its continuing effort to improve the quality of education in the country has crafted different measures to meet them. The poor economic conditions of the pupils in schools resulting to absenteeism, drop-outs, poor academic performance, large class size, lack of materials, and lack of parental follow-up are also identified as causes of poor learning outcomes. The greatest accountability of school heads is to improve learning outcomes of the students and to improve school programs and practices to meet the needs of all students.


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s much fun it is to play with colors and prints, monochromatic fashion will always be present in sartorial fashion. Monochromatic, especially black and white, are considered timeless and classic style palette. You can simply mix and match it without the hard time what to accessorize with it. The formula is so easy that you really don’t have to think about it that much. Monochromes such as black on black has most the of times the only way to go. It’s a palette that’s hard to screw up. Monochrome also establishes respect among onlookers. Just like what Karl Lagerfeld once said that “Black and white will always look modern, what ever that word means”. However, to create a truly interesting look with a monochromatic palette, it demands you to have unique textures and garments to match.



ou probably have heard about Shabby Chic. The boutique located at corner Pabayo - San Agustin Street which sells ready-to-wear up-to-date trendy outfits. A one-stop-shop, and probably a paradise, to find what every girl wants, or need. It was five years ago when Ms Sheila Cang decided to openup an actual boutique following her online clothing line. It was by then, also, when she had the enough capital and decided to partner with Ms. Maryfe Castillano to set-up the actual boutique at its former location at Arch. Hayes St. That was when Shabby Chic debuted in Cagayan de Oro City. The name Shabby Chic is a combination of two contrasting terms, Shabby which means , and Chic means smart and casual. Over the years the boutique has been a haven to many fashionista people and alike. Not to mention the increasing number of loyal customers over the past years, no matter where the shop has been relocated. It’s style inspiration was derived from the indie fashion trend which is popular among teenagers. As a matter of fact, most of their valued and loyal customers are students, former students and even parents too. That’s probably the main reason why Shabby Chic, most of the time, sell clothes that can be worn by students event at school. At Shabby Chic you will find ready-to-wear outfits, accessories, essentials and even selected branded items imported from the USA. Majority of their items are considered the basics which can be mixed with different layouts, and the rest are the trendy ones. Ms. Cang personally handpicked the items sold in Shabby Chic herself. Every item sold in Shabby Chic is uniquely different from the rest of the collection, no item is the same. She even personally changes her window displays every week to inspire customers to check out their shop and her newest styles. At Shabby Chic, they believe that being fashionable should be affordable that is why their prices start from, as affordable as, Php 95.00 to Php 1,299.00. Ms. Cang personally attends her shop at most of the times. She and her employees also serve as styling guides especially to those who can’t

really decide of what to purchase. Sometimes customers would visit their boutique looking for something to match their present outfit. There were also times where they visit to actually see the item they saw online. According to her, she wanted that at the moment their customers walked out their doorstep, they will feel satisfied and

comfortable with the items they bought. Shabby Chic is open from 9 AM 7PM Mondays to Saturdays. You can connect with them online at their Facebook Page www.facebook. com/shabbychiccagayandeoro and you can also follow their Instagram @shabbychiccagayandeoro and #shabbychiccagayandeoro. - KC

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Gamot Para sa Kapwa booths are found at all SM Stores where shoppers can purchase and donate a Sureaid Disaster Kit worth P99 or P190 for 2 exclusively distributed by Watsons. Proceeds will go to DOH accredited beneficiaries.

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C or p. (PMFTC), the unemployment rates in the two barangays of Ane-i and Tamboboan have drastically gone down in barely eight mont hs of c om me rc i a l operation. “Iba na ang aming barangay ngayon. Maraming mga tao ang nakatrabaho. Wala ng mga istambays sa aming barangay ngayon kasi nagtatrabaho na sila bilang labor ng farmers ng tabako (Our barangay is very different now. Many people have found work. There is barely any unemployed here because people have found work as hired laborers of tobacco farmers),” attested Nelly Casiño, barangay chairperson of Ane-i. Ane-i has a population of more or less 3,000. The unemployed was pegged at 50% before 2012, the year PMFTC established an experimental farm in Claveria. “Ngayon, ang mga tambays nasa 5% nalang ( Now, t he u ne mpl oye d is just 5%),” Casiño said, explaining that “kini sila kadtong mga tapulan ug dili gusto mag-labor sa tabakoan (these are those who are lazy and who do not want to work as laborers of tabacco farmers.)” People in this only landlo cke d municip a lit y of Misamis Oriental have found out that tobacco farming is so good a cash crop that parcels of lands that have lain idle for years have suddenly become productive. Even in Barangay Tamboboan, where PMFTC established its experimental farm in 2012, idle lands have been converted into tobacco farms, said barangay chairperson Armando Sollano. “Maganda na ang buhay namin dahil sa tabako (We now have a good life because of tobacco),” he said, adding: “Halos lahat ng residente ng Tamboboan nagpa-farm ng tabako (Almost all of the residents of Tamboboan are farming tobacco).” With employment rates

now at its highest, welloff residents in the two adjacent barangays can no longer immediately tap local labor for ordinary household chores as yard cleaning, etc. “Mahirap na kaming maghanap ng labor kasi wala ng nag-istambay dito sa barangay…Wala na akong makuhang magtrabaho sa aming bahay para maglinis ng mga damo sa aming bakuran kasi yung mga tao dito meron ng hanapbuhay (It is very hard now to look for labor because there are no more idle persons around…I can no longer hire someone to work for me to clean my backyard because people here already have jobs),” Casiño said. Idle and jobless persons in the two barangays and Ane-i and Tamboboan are now very rare — as rare as a farmer here who has not joined the tobacco farming bandwagon — because tobacco farming here needs labor especially during planting, topping and harvesting, which are done on a rotational basis with corn and/or other cash crops, Sollano explained. Lolita Milano said that since she started tobacco farming in 2013, she has helped provide jobs to at least 20 of her neighbors. And she only cultivates tobacco on three hectares of her 18 hectares of farmland in Ane-i. Her other 15 hectares are planted to corn. Milano started tobacco farming on a one hectare farm. And every year, she increases the hectarage of her tobacco plantation. To help tend to h is 9-hectare tobacco plantation, Paul Araña has employed at the very least 50 persons. “Kinahanglan gyud ang tabang kay dili makaya ang farmer ra ang magatiman sa tabakoan ilabina sugod sa ikaduhang bulan gikan pagtanom sa tabako (Tobacco farmers can’t do it all alone. We really need help especially during the second month after planting the tobacco),” he said. It is during the second month after planting tobacco that farmers begin to harvest the matured or ripe leaf.

SM once again invites its shoppers to provide less fortunate communities with disaster ready tools through its Gamot Para sa Kapwa campaign. A joint project of the SM Store and Wats ons in partnership with the D ep ar t ment of He a lt h, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and SM Foundation, Gamot Para sa Kapwa aims to provide quality health and emergency assistance to indigent communities in the country. This is especially me aning f u l and t imely during the typhoon season and earthquake risk, when But before that, they also need help in topping off the tobacco plants to ensure its uniform and robust growth. And during the second month, tobacco farmers start earning from their tobacco leaf, which goes on every week because tobacco leaf here are harvested every week. T h e re are pre s e nt ly about 650 to 680 hectares of tobacco farms in Claveria. And the number is increasing almost every month.

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broken heart and painful memories. So today, why don’t you put your whole life, including your painful past, into the strong, healing hands of Jesus? He’ll even help you forgive those people who hurt you. Then, you’ll finally be free from your emotional pain and prison to start living the full, new life Jesus has planned for you. Just Think a Minute…

quick aid is essential during emergency situations such as accidents and natural disasters. Shoppers do their share by visiting Gamot Para sa Kapwa booth at the SM Store in SM City Cagayan de Oro and in all SM Stores nationwide until September 30, 2015. They can purchase a Sureaid Disaster Kit worth P99 for donation or personal use or buy 2 kits for only P190 exclusively distributed by Watsons. Each kit contains items needed for quick survival during calamities like Sureaid Emergency blanket, 300 ml bottled water, flashlight, whistle

The Sureaid Disaster Kit from Watsons will help the less fortunate communities during calamities. Each kit includes Sureaid Emergency blanket, 300 ml bottled water, flashlight, whistle and masks.

and masks. A l l d on ors are a l s o entitled to a P50 coupon to be redeemed with minimum single receipt purchase of any Watsons brand worth P350 valid until September

30, 2016. Proceeds will go to D OH a c c re d ite d beneficiaries nationwide. He lp b u i l d d i s a s t e r ready communities and join SM’s Gamot Para sa Kapwa campaign.

SEC approves creation of Megawide’s solar subsidiary THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has approved the creation of Megawide Construction Corp.’s solar subsidiary, Silay Solar Power

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enjoy the exceptional Toyota ownership experience. This has always been fastened by the Toyota Sure Advantage (TSA) wherein all customers can be assured that each Toyota vehicle is ingrained with traits of Great Value, Q u a l i t y, D u r a b i l i t y & Reliability and Pioneering Technologies that all make up for a Fulfilling Ownership. Truly, as we move forward -we see each accomplishment as another motivation for our Team to constantly find ways in serving you, our customers and partners even better.”

DepEd on the use of IPs culture materials By Lovert A. Mendez District Office Kibawe Central Elementary School 8720 Kibawe, Bukidnon

Department of Education has releas ed an order promulgating guidelines on the conduct of activities and use of materials involving asp e c ts of Indigenous Peoples (IP) culture, in order to express more importance and utmost respect. The guidelines seek to provide guidance towards ethical and proper conduct of learning activities and related engagements i nv o l v i n g i n d i g e n o u s peoples culture such as cultural presentations, performances, festivals, use of artifacts and indigenous clothing. The information about the IP communities is a venue to look back on the old times and know more on who Filipinos are and what they are. In a DepEd statement, Sec. Luistro


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thanked the IP leaders for the continuing engagement together with DepEd in pursuing Indigenous Peoples Education (IPEd) t hroug h shar ing t heir stories, songs and rituals. He also emphasized the importance of cultural exchange in the constant effort to better understand and value indigenous culture in education. The realization of such program is also the same to accepting an individual in a team for him to be more interesting and capable of learning. Giving IP the opportunity to open their selves and their culture to a wide arena gives them the confidence that they have something to be proud of and they are part of one citizenry, and not a different one at all.

Inc. (SSPI). In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, Megawide said it received today the certificate of incorporation issued by the SEC. The subsidiary will engage in developing, constructing, installing and other related services of solar power and other renewable energy infrastructure. Megawide’s sister company Citicore Power Inc. had tied up with Solar Philippines for construction of solar plants with a combined capacity of 250 megawatts (MW). The projects are slated for completion before

the March 15, 2016 deadline to qualify for feed-in-tariff (FIT). Last May, Megawide chief financing officer Oliver Tan said Citicore Power aims to have a portfolio of energy projects that have a combined capacity of 322 MW by 2020. He said 250 MW will be allocated for solar projects that come from the joint venture, 60 MW for hydro-power projects in Luzon and 12 MW for a biomass project in Visayas. Megawide is looking into two wind projects, but Tan said the potential venture is still in its early stage.

DO YOU TIP OR TITHE? By DELIA F. PAGTALUNAN Teacher I Sta. Ines Elementary School Sta. Ines , Malitbog, Bukidnon

God Gave You Everything I’ve got an announcement to make: God is your Business Partner. And your Business Partner gave you everything. God gave you your life – every single moment, every single breath, every single second… God gave your talents – your ability to talk, to create, to earn money… God gave you your body – your eyes, your ears, your mouth, your hands, your feet, your heart… God gave you your mindyour imagination, your emotions, your reasoning, your language… In the Old Testament, you r D iv i ne Bus i ne ss Partner only asks that you give 10% of your profits. But I’ve noticed that many don’t want to tithe. Because they feel they own everything they earn. Bi g m i st a ke. S om e Christians believe that they don’t need to tithe because it’s an Old Testament Law. They say that in the New Testament, God tells us to give as the Spirit of God leads us to give. I totally agree. But does that mean we should give less than the Old Testament? In the New Testament

there is this story rich guy tells the beggar that he wants to do business with him. And after the beggar gets flabbergasted, he asks, “Sir, how will we divide the profits? Do I keep 10% and you get 90%?” Instead of the rich man saying, “Just give me 10%, “he says, “You decide how much you want to give me. Give according how grateful you are.” Wow. Tell me. Will that guy just give 10%? Here’s my interpretation: Giving 10% is the starting point of grateful giving. A lot of people think that 10% is the maximum. I don’t think so. I believe 10% is kindergarten. 10% is like a kids bike with training wheels- It’s for someone who doesn’t know how to be generous yet but would like to learn. And as you learn to give 10%, God will teach you to give more generously. Do you Want Blessings to flow? It’s easy to give once in a while. Even a selfish man can do that. But for happiness, life, blessings, and abundance to flow into your life, you need to give faithfully.


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support and investments from the government and the private sector. They hope to receive concrete and solid from us too,” he said. Manlupig, former director for Northern Mindanao of the Department of Agrarian Reform, made the call during the Stakeholders’ Forum where at least P155 million have been committed by various government agencies and nongovernment organizations to help implement the programs and projects the barangays have identified and contained in their 5-Year Barangay Development Plans (BDPs). The BDP serves as an official document of the barangay and incorporates the profile, needs, concerns, goals, priority programs, projects and targets of the locality and identified and prioritized interventions based on the available resources coming from internal and external sources. Each barangays underwent the process of Participatory Resource/Rural Appraisal (PRA) as their basis for the formulation of their BDPs. The PRAs were facilitated by the Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI) with the active involvement of the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and the City Department of Interior and Local Government (CILG) and other government agencies and institutions. “This participatory process is done through a community consultation, focus group discussions, especially with the Barangay Development Councils (BDCs),” said Sabrina

Garcia-Balais, team leader of the CDO Team of Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc. (BMFI). To ensure a holistic approach and integration of the barangays’ concerns on peacebuilding, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (CCA-DRR) in the conduct of the PRA, the participants were usually grouped into four sectors, namely: (1) Land Use Development and Environment ; (2) Agri-Economic Development; (3) Social-Human Resource Development; and (4) Local Governance/Development Administration. “We cannot turn our back on those people who help themselves. Through their BDPs and BDRRMPs [Barangay Di saster Ri sk Reducti on Management Plans], these barangays have put their future unto their own hands, so to speak. They have collectively looked at their past, looked deeply into their problems, assessed and appreciated their own local resources, and dreamed about their future — not hollow fleeting dreams, but solid concrete plans and projects,” Manlupig said. The BDPs, Manlupig said, are the “the fruits of the collective and democratic efforts” of the barangays. BDPs are the visible demonstration of a community working together, staying together and facing and shaping their future together. “[Through their BDPs], they have committed to help themselves. I invite everyone to accept the invitation: let us hold their hands as they journey towards becoming truly empowered, sustainable, resilient and peaceful communities,” Malupig added.



ALFREDO G. AWAYAN, Petitioner, - VersusLOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF GINGOOG CITY, MISAMIS ORIENTAL, Respondent. X----------------------------------------ORDER The petition being sufficient in form and substance, the same is given due course. Let the Hearing of this Petition be set on OCTOBER 7, 2015 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning. Any interested party may oppose the petition within fifteen (15) days from notice of the petition or from the last day of publication whichever comes first. The Clerk of Court is directed to cause the publication of this Order in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Misamis Oriental at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks. Likewise, let copy of this Order and Petition be furnished the office of the Solicitor General, the Deputy City Prosecutor, the Local Civil Registrar of Gingoog City.

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in the contracts, while full commercial operations are set for September. TSI’s customers include about 20 cooperatives and sister firm Davao Light and Power Co. (Davao Light). Davao Light Executive VicePresident Arturo M. Milan told BusinessWeek Mindanao that the first unit of TSI’s 300-MW plant has been maximized, “although there were times when its power output was fluctuating.” “Our situation has improved,” Mr. Milan said in a text message. Mindanao’s power situation has been tight in the last three weeks due to the low supply from the government-run hydroelectric complexes in Agus, Lanao del Sur and Pulangi, Bukidnon, and aggravated by the scheduled shutdown of other sources such as the 105-MW unit of Steag State Power, Inc. in Misamis Oriental for preventive maintenance. The Steag plant is set to resume operations in the middle of this month. In the meantime, supply at the Mindanao grid as of yesterday remained short of peak demand with the deficit at 165 MW, based on the National Grid Corporation of

the Philippine’s Web site. Davao Light’s share from the grid went to as low as 160 MW last week from the contracted 279 MW. The AboitizPower subsidiary, whose franchise area covers Davao City and parts of Davao del Norte province, has contracted bulk of the initial available power supply from TSI at 100 MW. TSI, which is expanding the plant to a 645-MW capacity, faced delays in its operations following the April 5 Mindanaowide blackout that damaged the other 150-MW unit, forcing the company to move its engagement to February next year. In June, TSI started synchronizing the other 150MW unit with the grid, but also faced difficulties due to the unstable power situation.

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intensifying its information dissemination through the help of its media networks. “This is part of our active participation to the open governance of the Hataman administration. We make sure that relevant information is being shared to stakeholders and partners that need ARMM investment-related data like the

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Branch 43 Gingoog City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE File No. 205 Upon Extra-Judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (otherwise known as PAG-IBIG Fund ) with Principal address at the Atrium of Makati , Makati Avenue, Makati Avenue, Makati City, against JONI SOCORRO L. ESEOS, married to CHARLITO T. ESEOS, of legal age, Filipino citizen, with postal address at P-3, Brgy. 23, Gingoog City, to satisfy the Mortgage indebtedness which as of June 24, 2015, have amounted to SIX HUNDRED SEVENTY FOUR THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY FIVE PESOS AND 36/100 (P 674,175.36) Philippine Currency, inclusive of interest and penalty charges, excluding foreclosure expenses and other monetary obligation. The undersigned Sheriff will sell at Public Auction on September 22, 2015, to the highest bidder for CASH at 10:00 o’clock in the morning to 4 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Branch 43, Regional Trial Court, Dugenio St., Gingoog City, the following properties with all the improvements existing thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T -10060 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 4-B, Psd 10-023854, being a portion of Lot 4, Psd 10-015306) situated in the Poblacion, City of Gingoog , Island of Mindanao, and all improvements thereon, containing an area of TWO HUNDRED TWO (202) square meters, more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated date and time. In the event the Public Auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on the next working day without further notice. The prospective buyer/s may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property/properties and the encumbrances thereon, if any there be.

Gingoog City, July 22, 2015.



Done this 5th day of August, 2015 at Gingoog City.

(Sgd) MIRABEAUS A. UNDALOK Presiding Judge

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BSP.” “This is also our way of providing useful knowledge that will further contribute to the advancement of an informed government and society as a whole,” Mastura added. As of July 2015, RBOI has recorded P1.8 billion worth of investments in ARMM. This is expected to increase to at least P5 billion before the year ends since major investments are in the pipeline. One of these is a P3.7billion plantation of Cavendish bananas intended for the export market. Other projects are an oil palm plantation costing P1.3 billion; a napier


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grass biomass fuel production project, which is estimated to cost P400 million; and the modernization and expansion of a cassava starch factory that needs P200 million. The Outstanding Partner Award for Regional Economic Development from the BSP is seen as an acknowledgment of the Hataman administration’s accomplishments in sustaining private sector investments in ARMM. The region posted investments of P1.4 billion in 2013 and P3.8 billion in 2014. This year’s figure is expected to exceed that of last year. (BPI/APB/PIA-10)


Republic of the Philippines Regional Trial Court of Misamis Oriental 10TH Judicial Region Branch- 20 Cagayan de Oro City HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG) Petitioner/Mortgage, EJF FILE NO. 2015-087 -versusBANAWE A. LABAJO. Respondent/Mortgagor x-----------------------------------------------------/ OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE EJF-FILE No. 2015-087 Upon Extra-Judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG) , a corporation duly organized and existing under Philippine Laws, with Principal office address at the Atrium of Makati , Makati Ave., Makati City, against BANAWE A. LABAJO , of legal age, Single , Filipino , with postal address at 141 Gomez St., Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the Mortgage indebtedness which as of April 28, 2015 amounted to EIGHT HUNDRED THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED FORTY FIVE & 36/100 PESOS (Php 800,845.36), Philippine Currency, exclusive of interest and penalty charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure , the undersigned or duly authorized deputy will sell at Public Auction on August 31, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the Tourism Hall Building, at the City Hall of Cagayan de Oro City to the highest bidder, for CASH or Manager’s Check in Philippine Currency ,the following property/ies described below with all the improvements including thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 137-2013-000257 “A PARCEL OF LAND with all IMPROVEMENTS THEREON (Lot: Lot 22, Block 14, Psd 10-042689. Portion of Lot: Lot 1, Block 37, Psd-10-039732, Land Use: Residential; Location: Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City. Boundaries: East 1-2 by Lot 24, Block 14, South : 2-3 by Road Lot 7; West 3-4 by Lot 20, Block 14; North 4-1 by Lot 21, Block 14. Xxx containing an area of FIFTY FOUR (54) sq.m.more or less. TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 137-2013000258 “A PARCEL OF LAND with all IMPROVEMENTS THEREON (Lot 20, Block 14, Psd 10-042689. Portion of Lot: Lot 1, Block 37, Psd-10-039732, Land Use: Residential; Location: Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City. Boundaries: North 1-2 by Lot 19, Block 14, East : 2-3 by Lot 22; Block 14; South 3-4 by Road Lot 7; West 4-1 by Lot 18, Block 14. Xxx containing an area of FIFTY FOUR (54) sq.m.more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above- stated date and time. In the event Auction sale cannot take place for whatever legal reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein above--describe encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Done this 22nd day of July, 2015, at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. (Sgd) CELESTIAL VENUS G. GELBOLINGO Sheriff IV BWM: Aug. 14, 21 & 28, 2015


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