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Business forum A ONE-DAY business forum dubbed “Connect and Do Business in Cagayan de Oro” will unfold on February 12 at the Intercontinental Manila in Makati City. The forum is organized by the city’s Investment Promotions Center in partnership with USAID, Promote Cagayan de Oro Foundation, and the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce (Oro Chamber). “Through this business forum, we intend to interest domestic and international investors in the identified growth areas in Cagayan de Oro, ranked by the National Competitiveness Council as the most competitive city in the Philippines today,” said Eileen E. San Juan, the main organizer of the business forum. The morning sessions of the business forum will be highlighted by the talks of Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas, the director for research and communication at the Center for Research and Communication, who will discuss “How the Rapid Growth of the Philippine Economy Impacts on Cagayan de Oro,” and of Dr. Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr., professor at the School of Economics at the University of the Philippines, who will tackle “Region X Economic Situation and Prospects.”

Fullbright scholarship THE Department of Education Region 10 (DepEd-10) through the Philippine-American Educational Foundation (PAFF) announces the opening of 2015-2016 Fullbright Philippine Agriculture Scholarship Program (FPASP) for advanced research awards in agriculture and fisheries in the United States. According to Esmeralda Cunanan, PAFF executive director that this Agriculture Scholarship Program aims to modernize the agriculture and fisheries sectors of the Philippines by developing their human resource base through bilateral educational exchanges between the U.S. and the Philippines. Further, she said that the objective of the grant is not only to enable recipients to pursue particular fields of study research but also to develop leaders in agriculture and fisheries who can contribute to promoting better understanding between the Philippines and United States.

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ESPITE short-term measures already in place, the Department of Energy has acknowledged that Mindanao is in the thick of a power supply shortage until 2015, even as new power plants in the region will come online only by next year.

One solution that the Department of Energy has put in place was to create the Interim Mindanao Electricity Market, a sp ot market dedicated to the region. The interim market was

opened late last year and has been operating for a month now. The spot market did not sit well with consumer groups and some lawmakers as, they power/PAGE 11

CDO biz permit revenues up 33% By CRIS DIAZ Philippine News Agency

CAGAYAN de Oro City’s revenues on business permit fees reached almost P350 million at the closing day of January, the City Treasurer said on Wednesday. City Treasurer Glenn Permit/PAGE 11

South Bank marks 9th year anniversary South Bank, the Cagayan de Oro based Rural bank, will celebrate her 9th anniversary on February 8, 2014. This was learned from Mr. John O. Lugtu, Chief Operating Officer. H i g h l i g h t o f t h e observance will be Thanksgiving Mass to be officiated by Rev. Fr. Carlos G. Cenzon, S.J. at the main lobby of Rodelsa Hall, right beside the Head Office of South Bank. Formerly known as the Kagay-anon Rural Bank until it was formally acquired by the ZEALEP group in

2005. South Bank offers services such as savings, checking and time deposit facilities, commercial and agricultural loans, personal loans, microfinancing, safety deposit boxes, bills payment services, money transfers and the Student Educational Assistance Loan (SEAL) Program. The bank is in the final stages of reengineering to a new core-banking system that operates in an on-line centralized mode providing inter-branch transactions and ATM connectivity. M r. Wi l h e l m i n o R. Mendoza, serves as President of South Bank.

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South Cotabato allots P5M for Lake Holon tourism dev’t

GENERAL SANTOS CITY – The provincial government of South Cotabato has allocated an initial P5 million for the construction of various tourism facilities at the famed Lake Holon (formerly Maughan) in T’boli town.

Cesar Sulit Jr., South Cotabato tourism officer, said Wednesday such funding is part of the investments approve d by t h e l o c a l government for this year to facilitate the development of tourism/PAGE 11

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Bukidnon town’s biz chamber seeks dialogue with LGU MALAYBALAY CITY – The Don Carlos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. is seeking a dialogue with the municipal government for clarification of the local revenue code. Cecille Pahilan, chamber executive secretary, said Wednesday the municipal government of Don Carlos collected higher taxes and fees this year without holding a public hearing. She added that the municipal

treasurer’s office imposed the increases using a scheme that appears to be inconsistent. Pahilan said the chamber, organized only in October last year, is spearheading a forum dubbed “Issues and Concerns on Local Revenue Code

implementation and business and permit licensing system” to initiate dialogue on the matter. The forum, scheduled on February 11 at the Don Carlos Central Elementary School gymnasium, intends to fill gaps on the policies imposed by the local government in the process of obtaining business permits and licenses. Expected to attend the forum are representatives from the Bureau of Internal Revenue, the municipal council, the municipal treasurer’s office, and local business enterprises. She added that Roderico Bioco, president of the Bukidnon Kaamulan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (BKCCII), was also invited to the forum. Pahilan added that the local business community, including the small enterprises, were shocked with the reported increases and the supposed inconsistent bases for the

collection of fees. “There should have been a public hearing before this was implemented,” she added. Pahilan said their ultimate objective in holding the forum is to seek clarification and influence the local government to conduct public hearing for the implementation of a consistent revenue code. Municipal councilor Romeo Mabelin, who previously sat as member of the Bukidnon provincial board, said the business community should be in the forum so they will understand the policy from the municipal treasurer. He said via telephone that the municipal treasurer implemented a presumptive scheme in the collection of taxes and fees based on gross sales of the business entities. But he clarified that Don Carlos municipal government did not revise its revenue code yet.

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CEB cuts international fares by 75% for summer travel The Philippines’ leading lowcost carrier, Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) offers a 75% off seat sale on all its international destinations from February 6 to 9, 2014 or until seats last. This is for travel from March 1 to May 31, 2014. Up for grabs are 75% off seats to: Dubai, Bali, Bangkok, Beijing, Brunei, Busan, Guangzhou, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, Hong Kong, Incheon (Seoul), Jakarta, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Nagoya, Osaka, Phuket, Singapore, Shanghai, Siem Reap (Cambodia), Taipei, Tokyo (Narita) or Xiamen. CEB’s four times weekly Nagoya and daily Tokyo

(Narita) f lights will be launched on March 30, 2014. 75% off seats to these destinations are for travel from March 30 to May 31, 2014. “With this seat sale, we encourage those planning their summer vacations to explore a new destination with their loved ones. Cebu Pa c i f i c’s i nt e r n at i o n a l network now includes two more cities in Japan, as well as Dubai and Phuket,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. “Travelers from the 24 international cities we fly to can also take advantage of t hes e 75% of f fares t o e x p e r i e n c e t ropi c a l CEB/PAGE 10

Del Monte Pacific takes Which industry in the Philippines in new investors for pays the highest salary? consumer food business JOBSTREET.COM disclosed in a press briefing

DEL MONTE Pacific Limited is in discussions with strategic investors who will inject $74.5 million to help fund its planned acquisition of the consumer food business of Del Monte Corporation. In a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange, DMPL said that its intermediate holding firm DMPL Foods Limited will issue new shares to the investors for a minority stake for an investment of $74.5 million as part of the funding for the planned acquisition. DMPL Foods was incorporated for the purpose of the proposed acquisition and will own the Consumer Food Business on completion of the acquisition. DMPL Foods Limited has entered into a subscription agreement with Ace Profit Enterprise Ltd. and Anatoli Holdings Company Limited under which each investor agreed to make an equity investment of US$37.25 million or a combined total of US$74.5 million. “Ace and Anatoli are investment vehicles owned by parties who are independent

third party investors. These third party investors are not interested persons of the Company and are not associates of any director or substantial shareholder of the Company,” DMPL said. Further, neither Ace, Anatoli, their respective directors, their respective shareholders nor t heir respective associates have any interest (direct or indirect) in the ordinary shares of the Company. “The Directors consider the investors as strategic investors since they are expected to provide linkages b etween their business networks in Asian markets and the Consumer Food Business,” DMPL said. DMPL earlier outlined pl ans to r ais e U S $ 6 6 5 million from both equity and institutional debt to partly fund its planned acquisition of the consumer food business of Del Monte Foods (DMF) that owns the Del Monte brand rights in the US and South America. DMPL said it has entered into a bridge loan facility del monte/PAGE 10

Wednesday the local industries giving the highest salary for employees with one year to four years of experience. The 2014 Annual Salary Report said that for managerial positions, Oil and Gas sector pays the highest salary with an average value of P74,297 a month. Second largest salaryoffer for managers comes from the Utilities sector at P74,067, followed by Industrial and Machineries sector at P69,063, Information Technology Software industry at P59,678, and Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical industry in the fifth rank at P57, 394. Completing the top ten industries with highest salary-offers are: Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) with salar y at P57,688; Transportation and Logistics at P51, 685; Manufacturing at P48,784; Insurance sector at P48,758; and Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) at P48,427. Further, the Utilities sector offers the highest salary for supervisors at P50,441 per month. For the same position,

this is followed by NonGovernment Organizations (NGOs) at P43,165; IT software at P34,679; BPO at P33,691; FMCG at P30,751; tel e c om mu n i c at i ons at P29,041; banking and finance at P28,779; advertising at P28,328; oil and gas at P27,055 ; and hotel sector at P26,952 salary on a monthly basis. On the other hand, NGO’s junior executives have the highest monthly salary at P25,697. T h e ut i l it i e s s e c tor ju n ior e xe c ut ive s g ain second largest monthly pay at P24,400, followed by IT software junior executives at P23,671; BPO at P21,590; IT hardware at P20,721; FMCG at P20,131; oil and gas at P19,848; banking and finance at P19,135; mining at P18,893; and media junior executives at P18,853. The report was based on the data of listed companies i n Job st re e t . c om f rom September 1 to November 30 last year.

YOUTH FOR THE ENVIRONMENT FORUM: Members of the Youth for the Environment in School Organization (YES-O) Villanueva National High School Chapter learn from current best environmental protection and conservation practices of energy firm STEAG State Power Inc. Steag communications chief Jerome Soldevilla said that aside from sustaining the company’s full compliance with zero violation of all applicable local and international environmental standards pertaining to electric power generation, Steag is also undertaking various community-based environmental conservation initiatives such as the 1,200 hectare Mapawa reforestation project in Cagayan de Oro City and the 16-hectare mangrove rehabilitation project in Misamis Oriental. Steag is also supporting several campus-based environmental protection advocacies through environmental youth leadership development programs and activities.

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Cagayan de Oro business Dads reiterate request to DOTC to equip Laguindingan airport virtue of Resolution No. to fast track the installation noting that there had been this could adversely affect forum slated on Feb. 12 BY 11574-2014, the 17th City of Air Navigational System several instances of delayed business and tourism in the

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- A one-day business forum dubbed “Connect and Do Business in Cagayan de Oro” will unfold on February 12 at the Intercontinental Manila in Makati City. The forum is organized by the city’s Investment P rom ot i on s C e nt e r i n partnership with USAID, Promote Cagayan de Oro Foundation, and the Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce (Oro Chamber). “Through this business forum, we intend to interest domestic and international investors in the identified growth areas in Cagayan de Oro, ranked by the National Competitiveness Council as the most competitive city in the Philippines today,” said Eileen E. San Juan, the main organizer of the business forum. The morning sessions of the business forum will be highlighted by the talks of Dr. Bernardo M. Villegas, the director for research and communication at the Center for Research and Communication, who will discuss “How the Rapid Growth of the Philippine Economy Impacts on Cagayan de Oro,” and of Dr. Cayetano W. Paderanga, Jr., professor at the School of Economics at the University of the Philippines, who will

tackle “Region X Economic Situation and Prospects.” Cagayan de Oro Mayor O s c a r S . More n o w i l l deliver the keynote speech, “Championing Northern M i n d a n a o’s I n c l u s i v e Development.” This will be followed by testimonials of influential business locators titled “Cagayan de Oro: The Right Choice for Business.” During the luncheon, messages of support will be given by Interior and Local Government Undersecretary Austere Panadero and Ms. Gloria D. Steele, mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Cagayan de Oro City is a USAID partner under the “Cities Development Initiative,” which aims to empower secondary cities as engines of growth by strengthening and enhancing their competitive advantage. The other Philippine cities in this program are Batangas City and Iloilo City. For more information about the business forum or to register for the same forum, contact the following: Manila secretariat at 926.0224, 514.5714, or 0917.8274518; or the Cagayan de Oro secretariat at 0916.1705993. (C agayan de Oro Cit y Information Network/PIA)

Council during its regular session Monday presided over by Vice Mayor Caesar Ian E. Acenas reiterated its request to the Department of Transp or t ation and Communications (DOTC)

and runway lights at the Laguindingan Airport in Misamis Oriental. The resolution was authored by Councilor Lourdes Candy R. Darimbang, chair of the committee on tourism, upon

flights and cancellation of flights due to bad weather conditions. The Laguindingan airport, as manifested earlier by airport management is only a sunrise to sunset airport. According to Darimbang,

city. The resolution was favorably endorsed by the committees on public utilities chaired by Councilor Roger Abaday and on laws and rules chaired by Councilor Ramon G. Tabor.

Senator Cynthia Villar Gives Relief Assistance to Typhoon Yolanda Affected Areas in Capiz. Senator Cynthia A, Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, leads the distribution of housing materials to survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda,” especially the farmers and fishermen, during a visit last Firday in the towns of Pontevedra, Sigma, Dumarao and Tapaz, all in the province of Capiz. Villar also gave corn seeds, coconut and banana seedlings, organic fertilizers and chainsaws to the farmers. According to the senator, she wants to personally that all forms of help are being given to the victims.

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Mr. Nice Guy THINK

hink a minute…Bram Stoker was a successful theatre A Minute manager in England during Queen By Jhan Tiafau Hurst Victoria’s time. Everybody who knew him said he was the most easy-going, kindest man they knew. Bram’s wife, Florence, was a beautiful woman who had been courted by wealthy men of high social status, including the famous Oscar Wilde. But she chose to marry this exceptionally kind gentleman, Bram Stoker. The Stokers were seen at all the highsociety parties and important events. Later, when their child was born people said their marriage and family was perfect. Bram Stoker continued to be known as Mr. Nice Guy. He often gave money to his friends without even asking for anything in return. Bram and his wife had many famous friends like Mark Twain, Walt Whitman, and the President of the United States, Teddy Roosevelt. No one ever suspected that this nice, kind man actually lived a double life. They didn’t know that at night after work and all his proper, social appearances, Bram Stoker became someone else. In fact, he was also a writer. You see, he wrote the famous story, Dracula, based on his own real life at night, and all the evil things he did with prostitutes. Bram Stoker, this nice man by day and immoral monster by night, eventually died from the sexually transmitted disease of syphilis. You know, Jesus Christ said that there are many nice, religious people who live double lives. They do all the good, right things on the outside for people to see, but inside they’re proud and live their own way for their own immoral pleasures. But even if we fool people, we can never fool God. Jesus said every human being needs His gift of forgiveness, because we’ve all done many things wrong. Jesus also said that we all, including nice, religious people, need His power to change our proud, wrong hearts and character. That’s why God the Son had to become a human being: being: to die and pay the penalty for all our wrongs. It was the only way we could be forgiven by our perfect Maker and start a new life living His way. So won’t you ask Jesus to forgive you and help you start changing today? Jesus will give you real satisfaction and peace, and the power to live His right way both in public and in private, night and day every day. Just Think a Minute!


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Davao del Norte: Catching Up the Synergies of Davao City

OWHERE are two eastern agro urban districts and a resort island closer to Davao City are striving to bring the tourism growth of the south to the main province of Davao del Norte. New cities of Panabo, Island Garden of Samal and Tagum are likely to benefit from the convention boom in tourism as well as foreign outlook of liberalized travel to Asia. The property and economic growth of Davao City with USD 4Billion local and foreign investments poured in 2013 has an actualized growth of 6 percent for 2014 and to as high as 10 percent increase in 2015 as forecasted by the Davao City Licensing and Business Permit Bureau. The synergy results are calculated by the nearest and shortest point at 36 kilometers radius to the property and investment boom now happening in the city. The Pan Pacific super highways (renamed Maharlika Highway) which connects the expanding agricultural development of these cities with its fertile grounds and stable water supply created a 360 hectares of agricultural landscapes which enable Tadeco, Dizon Farms, Plantation de Hijos and many other foreign funded companies like Sumifro and Dole Philippines break grounds and increase their exports for bananas, pineapple and other exotic fruits from Panabo and Tagum Cities to Japan, China and the Middle East. New hotels and inland resorts have debuted in Davao del Norte to cater to the increasing public patronages which now enjoy modest occupancies from the spillover of Davao City. Two of the biggest retail business in the region, NCC and Gaisano Capital has built super malls along with the leading learning institutions of the region, the University of Mindanao which has respective campus in the three cities with a total student’s population of 36,000 turning average graduates of 8,000 per year from various professional disciplines. The younger labor force provides the engine of growth to the manufacturing, service and retail sectors. Others that cannot be absorbed locally find their fortunes overseas that explains the presence of the many leading remittance centers and commercial banks in these cities. Foreign remittance inflows feed the local

economy of Davao del Norte with an aggregate Php 480 Million per month that mostly the Tourism H i - way go to housing, education and By Ped Quiamjot retail revenues. Tourism on the other hand in Davao City brings personal freedom and the assurance of safety. This according to Professor Ian Yeoman who was a guest speaker in the March 2013 MICE conference in Davao City “triggers growth to regional destinations where tourist identity is built on liberal attitude reinforced throught education and knowledge. The exposure of local and foreign travelers to multi cultural society allows greater expressions of individuality whether sexual or unconventional lifestyles. Many degrees of liberalization differ around the world as economies grow where people turn liberal in outlook and push out their identity. As such they will try new things and visit new places and destination in the faraway places that seemed inaccessible to previous generations”. Boracay in the Western Visayas is one of the typical examples that saw the success of this theory. Puerto Gallera in Mindoro saw a failure of sustainability due to a perceived connotation of drugs and booze. Effective local governance in Davao del Norte and national government infrastructure projects are in tandem to raise the bar of economic development. While the Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) are regularly collaborating their effort in the region underscoring equal importance of funding roads leading to airports and seaports as envisioned by DOT Regional Director for Region 11 and ASEC for Mindanao, Dir. Art Boncato. It may be recalled that the province got the biggest public works budgets of 3 Billion Pesos for 2014.


Our Need for Purification FEBRUARY 2 was the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, also known as the Purification of Mary. Saints and spiritual writers have commonly commented on how this event showed the profound humility of the Holy Family. There was actually no need for the Child Jesus to be presented, since he did not need to be consecrated. Nor was there any need for our Lady to be purified, since there can be no one purer than her. But just the same they followed the law at that time, rejecting any claim of entitlement or special treatment. And in the process, they have given us a poignant reminder of how great a need it is for us to be presented to God and to be purified, duties that we tend to take for granted. We have to highlight not only the objective need of our purification, but also its urgenc y and the massiveness, if not universality, with which it has to be undertaken. That’s because though previous eras also had their peculiar sticky problem in this area, ours now assume a very special character. We are practically wallowing nowadays in a mud hole of impurities. You have all kinds of scandals, the screaming ones and the hushed-up type, those that involve not only celebrities and politicians but also among men of the cloth who are supposed to be the preachers, guardians and models of chastity. These scandals are not anymore confined in some restricted places and environments. They are published in vivid details on broadsheets, broadcast over radio, shown and talked about on TV, and going viral in the Internet. I really pity those who are still young and innocent, who still don’t have the proper criteria for judging, much less the proper attitude and relevant skills to handle the situation. Obviously, there are also those who may not be young and innocent anymore but are helplessly trapped in this web of moral dirt just the same. We cannot imagine how much damage is inflicted on souls everyday by this continuing onslaught of filth that is stronger and more vicious than Yolanda and the Bohol earthquake. That’s why we all need to remind ourselves of this abiding need for purification. If in our physical life, we take a shower everyday or at least some regular washing, if in our professional life, we do some regular auditing of our performance, etc., we have to realize


more deeply that we also need some regular deep and and Traces By Fr. Roy Cimagala thorough cleansing in our spiritual and moral life. The way things are now, no one can claim that he is exempted from the wave of grime that we have around. The attack is indiscriminate, mu ch l i ke t ho s e natu r a l c a l am it i e s we h ave h a d. Pornography is just a click away. If not looked for, it just p op s up, and i f t he viewer has no means to resist, then he gets it. We a c tu a l ly s h ou l d n ot b e s u r pr i s e d by t h i s phenomenon anymore. We just have to acknowledge the reality the way it is now. But we also need to realize that no matter how grave the situation, there is always hope. Not only that, we can also derive a greater good from a graver evil that we now have to confront. We should always be optimistic and positive about the whole development, without denying that what we have before us is a tremendous challenge. There is now a greater need for us to talk about this topic more openly and with firmer desire to change. That’s right. We have to break loose from the grip of shame and embarrassment that this topic usually causes us and that leads to keep quiet, not to seek help and simply to cavalier about the whole affair. That kind of mentality should already belong to the past. We are not being updated if we still hold on to that attitude. We have to remember that in this effort, we need both spiritual and material techniques, human and supernatural means. We have to learn how to use our time well, how to fill up our mind and heart with good things, how to pray, how to appreciate the value of self-denial, the sacraments, etc. We have to realize that we also need to form some kind of network, with everyone working together in solidarity, to clean up our environment. A massive campaign of education and formation about chastity has to be done systematically. We should not be naive anymore to think that things will just fall into their places one way or another. We have to move!

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6th Cinema Rehiyon features top 2014 Cinemagis films


ollowing the recent success of the sixth installment of Cinemagis Digital Short Film Festival in Northern Mindanao, its top winners will take another height in the upcoming national film festival, Cinema Rehiyon. The festival dubbed as “a detour from the Manila-centric films” will transpire in Cagayan de Oro City on Feb 18-22. Under the auspices of this year’s host of Cinema Rehiyon, Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA), 11 Cinemagis films will be featured in three different programs— 5 for the Northern Mindanao Collective, 5 for Cinemagis Fresh and one for Mindanao Cinemulat. Aside from giving Cinemagis films national exposure, Cinema Rehiyon seeks to promote local culture, talents and language. It also forms part of the National Arts Month (NAM) celebration spearheaded by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). NorthMin Films The 2014 Cinemagis Best Student Short Film, “Wa Ko Kakita” (I Haven’t Seen It) by Eastine Charles Taneo from Liceo de Cagayan University (LdeCU) frontlines the Northern

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Mindanao Collective on Feb 19, 1-3p.m. at SM City Cagayan de Oro Cinema 3. “Wa Ko Kakita” is a story about a young gay who keeps on complaining whenever his older sister asks him to do some household chores. “[The film] was patterned after the legend of the pineapple with some interesting twists and it teaches us that laziness has a price to pay,” said Taneo, a fourth year AB in Mass Communication student. Along with Taneo’s film in the NorthMin Collective are “Lugdang” (Drowned) by Gray-em Erezo, “Unawa” (Understanding) by Krystel Hypa Magallanes from Iligan City, “Kaon Ta” (Let’s Eat) by Richard Mars Caberte from Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan and “The Perfect Girl” by Janine Banday, also from XU. The Cinemagis Special Jury Award for Social Responsibility on Climate Change went to “Lugdang” for tackling the aftermath of Typhoon Sendong. Meanwhile, a special screening was mounted by XCCA to feature 5 films for the segment, Cinemagis Fresh. Most entries in this program

were produced by first-time filmmakers. The list includes “Binibining Cancer” by John Solomon Legara from XU, “Hello” by Kevin Nico Surposa from Mindanao State University Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT), “Panamilit” (Farewell) by Tat Soriano, “Ceasefire” by Jamela Bato from Iligan City and the only entry from the high school, “Perla” by Angel Frances Borres from Xavier University High School (XUHS). Obscenity and Art The film which garnered 7 awards during the 6th Cinemagis Festival, including the Best Short FilmProfessional Category, “Ika-3 Putahi” (Recipe No. 3) by Joeromer Bacus frontlines the Mindanao Cinemulat segment of Cinema Rehiyon 6. This particular part of the festival exhibits the ‘controversial’ films from various regions and joining Bacus’ film for Mindanao Cinemulat is “Afterdark” by Aidx Paredes from North Cotabato. “Ika-3 Putahi” also reaped a rundown of nominations during the 2013 Mindanao

Film Festival in Davao City and SalaMindanaw in General Santos City. As a psycho-thriller, the film depicts the consequences of an unrequited affection and tells a journey to the limitation of one’s sanity. Although there are ‘obscene scenes’ in the movie, their writer Orpheus Nery explained: “It’s art and it should be free. Like any other art pieces, a film’s outcome is based upon the viewer and how he interprets it.” The said two films will be shown at Xavier University Little Theater (XULT) on Feb 19, 5-6p.m. Admission to the screening venue only requires personal care items such as soap, toothpaste and toothbrush, sanitary napkins and infant diapers, which will be donated to Yolanda-ravaged communities in the Visayas. Stepping Stone Cinemagis only serves as a springboard for filmmakers from Region 10 to showcase their artworks. Since its birth in 2009, a number of films have already gone to other national independent film festivals and even in the international scene. One of them is the film,

“Carmen” by Jasmine Limas, the Best Student Short Film during the 4th Cinemagis, which had its international debut at Yerba Buena Arts Center in San Francisco, California, USA. “Joel Shepard, a curator from San Francisco was invited during the 4th Cinema Rehiyon in Bacolod and he saw my film there. Later on, he decided to make my film a part of his program called the New Filipino Cinema in San Francisco,” she recalled. “My dreams are made possible because of Cinemagis. It served as a venue for us to showcase our talent. A US premier won’t be possible and I won’t be able to meet filmmakers nationwide through Cinema Rehiyon if Cinemagis did not open its door for me,” Limas narrated. Limas, a senior Development Communication student at XU, knows that she still has a lot to learn but it was Cinemagis that provided her the spirit to continue exploring the realm of independent filmmaking. Limas continued: “Cinemagis gave me the confirmation I needed to convince myself that I am indeed a filmmaker.”

The Cast of TXS’ Titus Andronicus

TXS to Stage William Shakespeare’s ‘Titus Andronicus’ T

he Xavier Stage, a resident repertory company of Xavier University, presents William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus as adapted by Layeta Bucoy on February 24-28, 2014 at the Xavier University Little Theater. Directed by Hobart P. Savior, this is TXS’s second production for its 3rd Theatre Season titled Realizing Shakespeare. The company embarks on

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the promotion of Shakespeare’s classic adapted in the Philippine contexts for cultural understanding. Titus Andronicus deals with hunger for power and revenge as made present through the extreme issues in the current Filipino society including political dynasties, clan wars and massive killings. This project is part of the formation and art appreciation targets through the Artistic Excellence: Drama Program of

Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts. Titus Andronicus stars Samuel Macagba III as Ricardo “Carding” Muñoz, Sheena Marie Lopez Pagtalunan-Sale as Clarissa Castillo, Rosell Velez as Armando Torres, Ismael Barrios Salarda as Chua, Arnie Daluz as Roberto “Berting” Muñoz, Ryan Madrid as Antonio Torres, Micka Angela Victoria Virtudazo as Salve Muñoz, Euljun Salarda as Ryan Muñoz, Aeran James Bacarro

as Clown, Noli Paglinawan as Richie Muñoz, Kenneth Sabijon as Ram Muñoz, Reynald Mangao as RJ Muñoz, James Elvie Ty as Nomer Castillo, Jason Limbaga as Nathan Castillo, Nell Obach and Faith Elvie Lofranco Silmonet as Maria Aragon, Jerry Acido as Pulis 1, Junmar Ybañez as Pulis 2 and Kristen Anne Senajon, Keith Testa, Jon Quiao, Mahja Agustines, Soffio Maquiling Lovely Jane Olaer, and Bettina Rabe as taong bayan.

For ticket reservation, The Xavier Stage can be reached through the XCCA office at 858-3116 local 2059. Tickets are sold at the XU Bookstore for only Php100.00 for the Premiere Night show on February 24, 2014 at 7:30PM and Php 75.00 for Morning Matinee show on February 26, 2014 at 10:00AM, Matinee shows on February 25 and 26, 2014 at 3:00PM and Gala shows on February 25-28, 2014 at 7:30PM.

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Upgrading Teaching Strategies toward Quality Education Teaching is an act that aims to mold the minds of young people. Its purpose is to provide understanding and shared meanings. E d u c at i n g t o d ay ’s students is a challenging t a s k , e s p e c i a l l y t h at modernization comes at hand. Thus, teaching must also join the cycle because it is a way in order to cope up with minds and trends of this era. T he re are v ar i ous methods most educators used in discussions. In some ways, these are not just to modernize form of teaching but also to improve such and transform each class hours to an exciting journey of exploration and learning. The most seen these days is tackling lessons through multimedia presentation. This form uses applications coming from modern gadgets. Example of this form are slideshows, videos or movies and PowerPoint presentation, a tool useful for jazzing up school presentations. Multimedia presentation is effective in classes because of its viewing effects, audio and attracting colors that entice listeners to be attentive in the class. Software or Internet exploration is also trendy nowadays. There are a lot of students who already have gadgets. Teachers can use this form in her lessons, for example, on reading comprehensions. He can provide sites for the students to access and explore for more or less an hour, before giving out small discussions and quizzes. In line to this, there are also schools that conducts exam online through a use of software. To many,

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say, it burdens customers with higher power prices. During the House Energy C ommitte e he ar ing on Mindanao’s interim market, Bayan Muna Representative Neri Colmenares said the undertaking is bound to fail. “Electricity is among the most valuable commodities in this countr y. Should electricity be played in the maximum-bid marketplace? The WESM (Wholesale Electricity Spot Market) failed in Luzon, the Visayas, let’s hope Mindanao doesn’t get dragged into the failure. Mark my words, the price of electricity will shoot up in Mindanao,” Comenares said. Consumer groups add there is not enough power supply in Mindanao that can be offered in the market. Energ y of f ici a ls s ay though, that, the interim market is only a stop-gap measure. Rep. Reynaldo Umali, Chairman of the House Energy Committee, acknowledged that an open market “would need a good mix of supply, but under the circumstances there is no choice but to bite the bullet, so to speak.” Meanwhile, the power producers are warn of a possible supply shortage if the distribution utilities fail pay them soon. In turn, some distribution utilities could also not pay, as their customers refuse to settle their obligations when the interim market opened. In the end, stakeholders agreed that only the payment for fuel will be settled even as the interim market is still in the six-month transition period. Energy regulators will also review possible changes in some provisions that will be acceptable for all parties. For now, stakeholders have little choice but to weather the power supply crisis in Mindanao. All they can do is to wait for new power plants in the region to pump more juice into the island grid, in a couple of years. –Solar News

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Banez said the P350 million was up 55 percent of the projected revenue of P 626 million in the end of January this year. T r a n s l a t e d i n t o c omp ar at ive f i g u re s of collection last year, the city treasurer collected an additional P 88 million or 33.28 percent, compared to the P 266 million collection during the same period last year. Banez said that the 33.28 percent increase signifies an all-out support of the city’s business community as the city government embarks on a program to increase revenue collections this year. He said that the city treasurer’s office would focus on collecting taxes due from the market stall holders in

ASEAN strides towards economic integration At the recently concluded ASEAN Tourism Forum held in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia from 16 - 24 January 2014, the ASEAN ministers pledged to step up measures to realize the planned regional economic integration by 2015. The various committees reported on the progress of the programs and projects contained in the ASEAN Tourism Strategic Plan (ATSP). The reports point to a 75% completion of the interventions, which include improving connectivity via the open skies policy; increasing competitiveness of the tourism workforce through the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA); simplifying visa procedures through the ASEAN common visa; improving readiness for crisis and climate change; establishing quality tourism through the standards on hotel, homestay, public toilet, spa service, tourism safety and security; and developing sustainable tourist destinations and products. The ASEAN members agreed to adopt the Declaration on Global Code of Ethics for Tourism. Meetings were likewise held with dialogue partners such as China, Japan, and Korea to improve cooperation and travel with and among these countries. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and ASEAN Travel Agents (ASEANTA) were also present to support the ATF and the ASEAN initiatives. Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez, Jr. reported on the progress made by the Philippine government on the common visa citing the readiness of the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to honor the visas extended by all member countries to those traveling to the country. Moreoever, Secretary Jimenez expressed the country’s heartfelt gratitude for the assistance extended by the ASEAN, WTO, PATA, WTTC, and other dialogue partners to the Philippines, particularly for the areas devastated by the earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan in October and November 2013. Chairing the ASEAN Committee on Climate Change, DOT Undersecretary Daniel G. Corpuz also presented the Guidebook on Climate Change, as a result of the workshop held in Legazpi, Albay last year. Tourism Secretary Jimenez likewise officially announced 2015 as Visit Philippines Year and confirmed the Philippine hosting of the ATF in 2016. “The Philippines, under the leadership of His Excellency President Benigno III, has focused on tourism as one of the pillars of growth and inclusiveness. In this connection, and to coincide with the holding of the APEC Ministerial Meetings and Leaders’ Summit in 2015, the Philippines has declared 2015 as Visit Philippines Year. Visit Philippines Year (VPY 2015) will feature a calendar of events and activities that are an exciting mix of all the outstanding work of the Filipino people, as well as the unveiling of many more historic treasures, natural wonders, and unforgettable adventures. VPY 2015 is an invitation to all, especially our brothers and sisters in ASEAN, to come and partake of the enduring promise of more fun in the Philippines,” Secretary Jimenez said. On the sidelines, the Secretary had meetings with

Cogon, Carmen, and Puerto in February since most of them have to renew their permits yet. Banez warned those who failed to renew their business permits at the end of January of surcharge amounting to 25 percent of the accrued tax amount and an additional 2 percent per month of late registration. The chamber of commerce earlier complained that the business community were not informed of the new tax measures when most of them later found out that they have to pay from 100 percent to 250 percent of business permit fees. “The city government should have embarked on a comprehensive information campaign and a public forum before the new tax scheme were implemented so that the business community would understand the process,” a businessman said. A businessman told the Philippines News Agency that they have to pay the business permits because that is the requirement of the law, but suggested that the business community is now planning to transfer their businesses outside Cagayan de Oro City to avoid the exorbitant business permit fees next year. (PNA)


Cambodia and Vietnam to further flesh out cooperation initiatives. A meeting was likewise held with the Asia Cruise Association (ACA) to explore wider opportunities in cruise tourism development. The ATF 2014 meted the Green Hotel Awards, given every two years, to 86 hotels, five of which come from the Philippines, namely, two-time awardee Daluyon Resort and Mountain Resort of Palawan; the Pangalusian Island Resort also of Palawan; the Manor at Camp John Hay and Baguio Country Club in Baguio City; and Amarela Resort in Bohol. The award is given to hotels which comply with the set standards that demand green and sustainable practices, environmentally friendly, and energy conservation measures. Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr was joined by Assistant Secretary Art Boncato and Director Rica Bueno on stage to congratulate the awardees. “It is a pleasure to see that more entities have been included in this year’s Green Hotel Awards. It is a clear indication that a lot of our properties are becoming more conscious of responsible, ethical, and sustainable tourism, which further heightens our positioning as a must-experience destination,” Secretary Jimenez noted. The three-day TRAVEX (Travel Exchange) which followed the meetings gathered a total of 450 booths set up by 353 exhibitors, composed of 879 sellers, and participated in by 462 international buyers. The 251 square meter Philippine pavilion was strategically situated at the center of the exhibition area, which accommodated 23 entities representing various accommodation and transportation establishments, tours and travel agencies, five DOT regional offices belonging to the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines East Asia Growth Area), and the Tourism Promotions Board (TPB). About 70 international media representatives also attended the Philippine Media briefing where Undersecretary Daniel G. Corpuz and Assistant Secretary Rolando Canizal presented the country’s 2013 tourism performance, targets, and recovery-rehabilitation program. The TPB led the preparations for the Philippine Night, drawing in more than 400 guests from the ASEAN National Tourism Organizations (NTOs), TRAVEX participants and media. Providing entertainment were multi-talented vocalist Nicole Asensio, the award-winning Philippine All-Stars Dance Crew, and Bacolod-based percussionists Grupo Tribale. “As a whole, our participation in this year’s ATF has confirmed our steadfast commitment to advancing Philippine tourism amidst the difficulties and challenges of the previous year. It has shown the world that we are all keen to receive advice and assistance, as well as bring to the table the lessons we have learned on climate change, crisis management, and disaster preparedness. We are now where we want the whole world to be. As such, together we must strive to learn from these experiences and be a showcase of sustainable development in this side of the world,” the tourism chief concluded.

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the crater-lake as a premiere tourism destination. He said the funds will mainly be utilized to fund the construction of a lakeside view deck, the improvement of its camping area and the introduction of several tourism activities in the area. “We have adopted Lake Holon as one of our top priorities this year in terms of tourism development,” he said in a media forum. Sulit said the construction of the lakeside view deck was earlier pushed by Gov. Fuentes to provide additional attraction for visitors to the area. He said the view deck will be built in one of the sides of the lake, which is nestled atop Mt. Melebingoy (formerly Parker), that offers an “extraordinary view” of the area’s wildlife. “Using a telescope, visitors may catch a glimpse of the area’s abundant wildlife like monitor lizards, snakes and wild monkeys,” he said. Sulit said part of the funds will be utilized for t he i mpl e me nt at i on of conservation and protection measures for the area’s forest cover. He said Mt. Melebingoy, which is part of the

92,450-hectare Allah Valley Watershed Forest Reserve, has around 5,000 hectares of still intact forest cover. The official said they will also introduce adventure activities that will not much affect the natural state of the area, especially the lake. In coordination with the Allah Valley Landscape D e v e l o p m e nt A l l i a n c e (AVLADA) and the municipal government of T’boli, he said they are working on introducing kayaking and other non-motorized activities at the lake. AV L A DA i s a l o c a l government-led body that leads the management of the Allah Valley watershed and its environs. For prospective visitors, Sulit said they are set to include the area for its “glamping” or glamour camping activities. He said “glamping” is an outdoor adventure package that is mainly offered to more affluent or “high-end” visitors and tourists. “In glamping, we will manage and provide all the basic needs of the visitors like food, accommodation, transportation and activities for a reasonable fee. Visitors will only need to bring their personal items and we will take care of the rest,” he added.

Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that JOLLA MAE O. SANTOS has filed with this Office a petition for the change of first name from KURT ELY to CLARITO III in the Certificate of Live Birth of KURT ELY OCAYA SANTOS who was born on September 23, 2010 in CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY and whose parents are CLARITO JR. APALE SANTOS and JOLLA MAE CARTAGENA OCAYA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 16, 2014. (Sgd.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar BWM: Feb.7&14, 2014

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