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Resolute for peace THE government peace panel in talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) has reiterated the firm resolve of the Aquino administration to bring peace and development to Mindanao despite the controversies and political issues. “We have seen this strong commitment as early as President Aquino’s inauguration in 2010,” government peace panel chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer said. During his inauguration in June 30, 2010, Aquino declared his government “will be sincere in dealing with all the peoples of Mindanao,” adding “we are committed to a peaceful and just settlement of conflict, inclusive of the interests of all— they be Lumads, Bangsamoro, or Christian.”

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RESIDENT Aquino’s sixth and last State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) on Monday has bred frustrations from various sectors and local leaders in Cagayan de Oro City as they staged protest actions while the Chief Executive was delivering his two hours and ten minutes speech beamed live by television channels.

Four groups—three of which are anti-administration, and one supporting the President—converged in Divisoria Plaza to listen to what the President has to say in his last report on the state of the country under his term. But religious activists have expressed dismay saying SONA/PAGE 11

NOYNOY’S LAST SONA. President Benigno Aquino III speaks before the combined houses of Congress and the Senate, delivering his last State of the Nation Address on Monday.

Lawmaker gives SONA almost perfect rating By CRIS DIAZ, Contributing Editor

PPP confab MISAMIS Oriental – The Vice governor of Misamis Oriental led more than 40 participants, both coming from the Legislative Department and the Executive Department of the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, in attending the one-day Public-Private Partnership (PPP) OrientationWorkshop held last 21 July 2015 at the Session Hall of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan. The Orientation-Workshop was organized by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan to facilitate the crafting of a legislative measure to institutionalize guidelines for Public-Private Partnership to cater to the priority of Governor Bambi Emano to develop the properties of the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental. Agape Comendador and Kathleen Geslani, both Training Specialists of the Capacity Development and Knowledge Management Service of the Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines, facilitated the orientation.

A CAGAYAN de Oro City lawmaker gave an almost perfect rating to President Benigno Aquino III’s last State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday. Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of Cagayan De Oro City gave a rating of “9,” in a scale of “10,” to the Aquino government for bringing the country to a “higher level of economic development.” He said that the Aquino administ rat ion has initiated programs that reduced poverty, lowered unemployment rates, increased direct foreign

investment, and on good governance. Mr. Aquino’s fight against graft and corruption in the government through the administration’s “Tuwid na Daan” (straight path) policy has also brought confidence among investors in the US and Europe to invest in the country, Rodriguez said. He said that the Aquino administration has transformed the country as the “new economic Tiger” in Asia. Aquino also worked for the attainment of a lasting peace rating/PAGE 11


PEOPLE’S SONA. Activists call for the resignation of President Benigno Aquino III at a protest rally in Davao City on Monday. mindanews photo by toto lozano

SPI’s Carbon Sink project, a model of environmental rehabilitation By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

CUGMAN, Cagayan de Oro City — “If you leave a logged over and denuded forest

alone, it will become a forest again in several years. But if we help through sustainable

forest rehabilitation, we can fast track the process by a few more years,” said Dr. Cesar Nuevo. project/PAGE 11

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A G S AY S AY, Misamis Oriental -- One of the highlights of the weeklong celebration of the 67th Araw ng Magsaysay of Misamis Oriental was the first State of the Municipal Address (SOMA) by Mayor Rey B. Buhisan on 1 July 2015 at the municipal covered court. This, after having served two years since he was elected into office for the first term. In his seven-point agenda dubbed as REAPH I T w h i ch st and s for Resource Mobilization,

Education and Environment, Agriculture and Fishery, Poverty Alleviation, Health and Nutrition, Investments in Infrastructure and Tourism and Teamwork and Bureaucracy, he highlighted as part of his achievements the programs implemented by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) region 10 (DOLE-10) through its Public Employment Service Office (PESO). On education, the Special Program for Employment of Students or SPES successfully helped 140

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students-beneficiaries to earn income during the summer for their tuition fees of the following school year. It also allowed the beneficiaries to experience the workplace environment. To a d d re s s p ov e r t y alleviation, through the DOLE Integrated Livelihood and Emergency Employment Program (DILEEP), five p e opl e s’ org an i z at i ons have availed the livelihood assistance amounting to P1,184,000.00 to finance the rice trading and pineapple production projects.

During the occasion, DOLE-10 Assistant Regional Director Albert E. Gutib and Eastern Misamis Oriental Provincial Head Errol A. Natividad, another check was turned-over amounting to P429,300.00 for the milkfish production of Consuelo Kabisig Cooperative, an organized fisherfolks association in the municipality. DOLE-10 Regional Director R aymundo G. Ag r av ant e e mph a s i z e d that DILEEP is the DOLE’s contribution to the


Ticala Elementary School, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon has received a one classroom building in the amount of one million twenty four thousand pesos form the Department through the implementation by the D ep ar t ment of public Works and Hig hways, Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon. Last February 26, 2015 there was a turn-over and tribal ceremonies. The

program was headed by Hon. Barangay Captain Jimson Payanga and some datu of Talaandig tribe who did the “Pamuhat “ and the teachers of Ticala Elementary School. The barangay officials, parents and teachers were very much happy and grateful for it because the school really in need of more classroom du e t o a n i n c re a s i n g enrolment.

government’s agenda of inclusive growth through massive job generation and substantial poverty reduction and reduce the vulnerability to risks of the poor, vulnerable and marginalized workers. Likewise, through the National Skills Registr y System (NSRS), jobs around the globe were made accessible for the jobseekers and the PESO has registered

a total of 141 available skills and jobseekers in the municipality. In Calendar Year 2014 to 2015, some 157 Emergency Employment or Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers or TUPAD and 43 Government Internship Program or GIP beneficiaries were given opportunities to avail.

CDO hailed for boosting education system WITH the strengthened and improved education system in the city under the administration of City Mayor Oscar Moreno, the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) and Asia Foundation gave recognition to CDO after the conduct of the City Leaders Project in the 62nd assembly of LCP. The said recognition was presented by Ma. Dulce Potenciano, focal person on education in City Hall, during the f lag raising ceremony held on July 27. To note, the CDO was one of the pilot cities chosen by LCP and the Asia Foundation to implement the Senior High School program. In line with this, a summit was conducted by the city in the

previous month. Furthermore, CD O was also named as one of the leading cities in the preparation for the Senior High School program with the number of classrooms built and training of teachers conducted with the consent from the Local School Board (LSB). With this, the LSB gives an additional budget that amounts to P318 million through the Special Education Fund (SEF) for the Senior High School program. Moreno explained that the said fund will be used for the additional needs of schools such as laboratory equipment that will be used by the students.

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Is it Love or Infatuation?


e all know the too common scenario of guy meeting girl and wham! The world turns upside down, love songs suddenly seem to be written just for them, the air is crisp, life suddenly b ecomes b e autif ul and everything falls into place. This mental picture is usually what we conjure up when we think of falling in love. But is it really love? What is the difference between real love and infatuation? With the United Nation’s Demographics and Social Statistics Division pegging divorce rates in the first world from 43% in Australia to as high as 71% in Belgium, not to mention the World Health Organization gauging teenage pregnancies at 16 million births and the countless of broken hearts the world over, it becomes imperative that we define this elusive concept of real love. But the question remains, can we really come up with a good working definition of love? And how is it different from infatuation? I believe we can. This is my humble offering to illuminate the difference between these two very complex states of being. 1. Real love is a choice


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hink a minute…My younger son has always had a terrible fear of fast roller coasters. Those rides at amusement parks and fairs that zip around so fast that the people riding them scream the whole way. But recently, my son decided he was going to ride one no matter how afraid he was. He forced himself to sit next to me on the roller coaster, and I could almost hear his heart beating and racing he was so scared. To tell you the truth, that roller coaster was almost too fast for me! When the ride was finally over and we were leaving, my son was so happy and proud of himself. He kept saying again and again: “Dad, I conquered my fear!” One of the important s e cre ts to success and happiness, which many people don’t know, is that on the other side of our fear is a much better life for us. It’s only when we face and conquer our fears that we get past them and are free to reach our potential. The great army general, George Patton, said: “Fear kills more people than death.” You see, death kills us only once, but fear kills us over and over again. “It’s better to face


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Jhan Tiafau Hurst danger one time than to live in fear your whole life.” Our fears will just keep chasing us as long as we keep running from them. A wise man says: “Fear is a warning signal, not for us to close our eyes, but for us to open them wider, so we can face our fear head on to conquer and defeat it.” But if we keep closing our eyes to our fear so we can just stay in our comfort zone, then we’ll end up “buried alive in our comfort zone,” and never really live life to the fullest. S omeone s aid: “ The biggest part of courage is having done it before.” Remember, there’s a first time for everything—whether it’s riding a bike, starting your own business, or public hurst/PAGE 11

and not just a feeling. Both love and infatuation involves our feelings but real love also involves the rational part of our brain. It is an intense and enduring fondness and regard, whereas infatuation is an irrational desire characterized by urgency and intensity of phy s i c a l att r a c t i on . It brings on euphoria and an overwhelming adrenalin rush. 2. Love is an action verb. It’s easy to love when everything is smooth sailing. Unfortunately, it is only when the rubber hits the road and difficulties come that love is brought to the test. Real love often passes this test because it is a choice, a commitment to choose to love in spite of challenges and difficulties, differences in opinions and personality. It is “choosing we, over me,” so to speak. Infatuation often fizzles out when difficulties arise. 3. Real love is realistic. It views the person from the lens of logic and reality instead of the infatuation’s rose-colored glasses that elevates the object of desire to god-like perfection where “we just love everything” about the person. It is based on friendship

and shared values. He or she is someone you would choose and cherish as a friend. You must genuinely love each other’s company and experience emotional and not just physical intimacy. While it is true that opposites attract to some extent, there must be a bedrock of similarities on non-negotiable issues like values, priorities, life goals and direction. Infatuation often doesn’t involve this kind of enduring affection brought on by friendship. 4. It takes two whole individuals make a wholehearted relationship. Real love means loving yourself first and being whole without looking for someone else to complete you. You have to feel happy and fulfilled as a person first before you can attract a partner who will love you the way you deserve to be loved. 5. Love happens over time. You cannot truly love someone you do not know. So love-at-first-sight might be more appropriately called lust-at-first sight. 6. Real love stands on the three pillars of commitment, trust and respect. There should be a



by jambie austriadel rosario commitment to work things out and see each other grow. There must be mutual trust. We must believe in each other’s trustworthiness as evidenced by each other’s consistent, tr ustwor thy actions over time. Jealousy is an indication of insecurity and not love. Lastly, we must respect each other’s boundaries and personhood. Mutya ng Dabaw 1997 Jambie Austria-Del Rosario has spent the past 15 years in various facets of psychology, holding posts in human resources management, community relations, training and counselling. For questions or comments please feel free to get in touch with her at 0917-700-1996 or email her at jambie.delrosario@

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IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as his children. For what children are not disciplined by their father?” (Hebrews 12:7, the Holy Bible). -ooo THOUGHTS OF A DISTRAUGHT FATHER: Let me share with you today the distraught thoughts of a father who gallantly labored with his wife through the years in a valiant effort to enable all their children to go to school, so that they could become professionals someday capable of earning their own keep. The children having all graduated from college and are now having decent jobs of their own, the family business that sustained them through college suffered reverses and is now closed. This is a misfortune largely for the father and his wife, because they now have nothing to earn anything from, facing the prospect of a destitute life in their old age. Of course, the children have expressed their willingness to share part of their earnings for the daily sustenance and upkeep of their parents, but there is always an issue of how long t his generosit y is

going to last as each of them will have to have their own families soon, and, of course, there would always be the concern about the sufficiency of what is to be shared by them. -ooo FAT H E R SHOU T E D AT BY HIS CHILDREN: But that seemed to be just the tip of the “iceberg” called trouble for the father. Wit hout his asking for it, he is now going to be embroiled in a dispute that would compel him to go through a very expensive court litigation in the days to come. This is an event that would surely add to the already heavy burden he is carr ying now, if not remedied right away, for w h e re w ou l d s om e on e like him and his equally unemployed and sick ly wife get the money for a protracted trial? And that was even the easy part of his situation at the moment. For, what became more heart-gripping for the father was the reaction of his children when he called them to a family meeting, to discuss what the legal dispute he is facing at the moment was all ab out. To his amazement, he got shouted at, and told to

simply surrender, by the very children whom he did not fail to support in their own past youthful battles. -ooo THE HOPE THAT GOD GIVES STRENGTHENS: B e f o r e m e , t h e f at h e r confessed being crushed, and defeated, and unable to decide what to do next. In his desperation and pity for himself at this stage where he is no longer possessed w it h t h e s t re n g t h a n d the resources to fight, he intimated he is ready to leave this world if only to finish off all his problems. I could only commiserate with him. But, in a flash of divine inspiration, I took my Bible, and read to him the verses that prove he is deeply loved by God (John 3:16), that God has a plan to prosper and not to harm him, a plan to give him hope and bright future (Jeremiah 29:11), a plan that is true and could be depended on because God does not lie and does what He promises (Numbers 23:19). Suddenly, the father’s face lig htene d up. The worried look parted from his face. He fell silent, as if on a trance, and silently uttered, “God help me.” Then and there, I agreed to help him in his forthcoming

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Atty. Batas Mauricio legal dispute, free of charge, at least until he is unable to pay. I just imposed one condition though, so I will continue helping him: that he must study the Bible and pray with me, at least once a week. May God be glorified! -ooo PLEASE LISTEN: “Ang Tanging Daan” (The Sole Way), a Bible study and prayer session on radio, airs Mondays to Fridays, 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at DWAD 1098 kHz on the AM band. For replays, go t o w w w. f a c e b o o k . c om / angtangingdaan or www. and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: -30-


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Filinvest studies bid for railway PPP THE Filinvest Group of the Gotianun family said it is considering a potential bid for the government’s biggest public-private partnership (PPP) contract to date, the P170.7-billion South Line of the North-South Railway Project (NSRP). “We might look at it,” Filinvest Land, Inc. (FLI) Director Joseph M. Yap said in an interview last week, but declined to elaborate. FLI is the real estate arm of Filinvest Development Corp. (FDC), the holding firm for the Gotianun family’s businesses. Entering a bid for the multibillion railway contract would be the Gotianun group’s another attempt to corner a PPP project. It was shortlisted for two PPP contracts -the upgrade of the Mactan International Airport and the construction of an integrated transport hub in southern Metro Manila -- but lost both deals to a consortium led by Megawide Construction Corp. The NSRP South Line will again bring Filinvest in a faceoff with Megawide, which on July 15 had said it is also interested in the contract. They will compete with other perennial contenders for PPP projects -- Ayala Corp. and Metro Pacific Investments Corp.


The winning bidder of the biggest railway project of the government will design, construct, install, commission, finance, operate, and maintain the 56-kilometer (km.) commuter rail from Tutuban to Calamba, Laguna, as well as the 478-km. long-haul rail from Tutuban to Legazpi, Albay, according to an invitation to bid published two weeks ago. The long-haul line has two possible extensions: 58 km. from Calamba, Laguna to Batangas City and 117 km. from Legazpi to Matnog, Sorsogon. “The railway business, if done right, can be profitable. I really think we need to have a good railway,” Mr. Yap said. FLI has also been prequalified to participate in the P4-billion Integrated Transport System-South Terminal Project and the P24.4-billion Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project, through a consortium it formed with Spain’s Tecnicas De Desalinizacion De Aguas, S.A. FDC’s consolidated net income grew 44.2% to P1.83 billion in the first quarter from P1.27 billion a year ago. The Filinvest Group is engaged in the businesses of real estate, financial services, sugar farming and milling, hospitality and power generation.

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7-Eleven Philippines operator allots P3-B capex for 2015 PHILIPPINE Seven Corporation (PSC), the local licensee of 7-Eleven C onvenience Stores, is increasing its capital outlay by more than 50 percent to P3 billion this year to support its accelerated store expansion strategy. “Bulk of the said amount is allocated to new store opening, store renovation and warehouse expansion,” PSC said in a statement to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE). Company president Jose Victor Paterno said PSC will operate 10 warehouses across the country by yearend. capex/PAGE 11

Megaworld forecasts P2.1B in sales from condo tower MEGAWORLD Corp. said it expects to generate P2.1 billion in sales from the launch of its 20th residential tower in the Makati central business district. The property conglomerate of Philippine billionaire Andrew L. Tan is building the 848-unit San Antonio Residence, a 4 0 - store y re s i d e nt i a l tower along Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, the firm said in a statement.

That’s part of Megaworld’s plan to beef up its portfolio of property developments, par tic ularly residential and office towers, in the Makati CBD to more than 30 buildings by 2016. “The fast take-up of our residential towers in Makati CBD is a clear indication that there is continuing demand for condominium units in this city,” Eugene Em Lozano, vice president for sales and marketing of

Megaworld’s Makati CBD Group, said in a statement. Megaworld rolled out three high-rise residential projects in Makati CBD in the last two years. These are the 30-storey Paseo He i g ht s , t h e 3 1 - s tore y


S a l c e d o S k y Su it e s an d the 31-storey Greenbelt Hamilton Towers. The 32-storey Greenbelt Hamilton Tower 2 and Three Central, on the other hand, are already “almost sold out.”

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Smart, NDRRMC kick off reg’l summit on disaster communications in Cebu. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Communications Summit series, dubbed ICT Bayanihan, jointly organized by mobile leader Smart Communications (Smart) and the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), recently kicked off in Cebu City. Representatives of government agencies, non-government organizations, private sector, volunteer groups that are members of NDRRMC, and other ICT/ communication players in the region attended the two-day summit.

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ecent disasters in the country underscore the importance of emergency telecommunications that can immediately be deployed following a disaster to facilitate rapid response and relief. With this in mind, mobile leader Smart Communications (Smart) has partnered with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for the conduct of a summit series on emergency communications in various regions across the country. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Communications Summit series, dubbed “ICT Bayanihan” has already kicked off in Cebu City early in July in line with multi-sectoral efforts to strengthen the capability of

local government agencies to respond to, and manage the impact of, disasters. The NDRRMC and Smart will also be holding similar conferences covering two regions each for the Visayas, and Mindanao, and one region in Luzon starting August and for the remainder of the year. The regional summit aims to institutionalize rapid emergency telecommunication teams following a disastrous event in the country. “The regional summit will help address the two important thematic areas of NDRRM: Preparedness and Response. Based on the Bayanihan concept, this initiative is aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of the DRRM efforts through the use of modern communications technology,”

said LTC Edwin C. Sadang, the Senior Military Assistant for Operations, Office of Civil Defense, who initiated the concept of ICT Bayanihan. “We have seen the critical role that communications play before, during, and after disasters. Building the capability of government agencies in the regions to deploy emergency communications would go a long way in helping save lives, and facilitating relief to affected populations,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart. According to the NDRRMC, emergency communications covers all technical means and modes for disaster risk reduction and management agencies at all levels of government to perform their

routine, daily, and response communications. During the summit, operational guidelines that were approved by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin last April will be cascaded to the regional, provincial, municipal, and barangay levels. Participants will be grouped into seven working groups namely Public Information; Radio and Spectrum; Special Equipment; Information Technology; Service Support Systems and Equipment; Electronics; and VSAT/ Satellite. An inventory of systems and equipment, and identification of key personnel as well as their roles and responsibilities will form part of the sessions. The summit will be participated in by government

agencies, non-government organizations, private sector, volunteer groups that are members of NDRRMC and other ICT/communication players in the region. Smart as an organization has embraced preparedness, and has been aggressively promoting the culture of preparedness to its partner organizations under its #SafePH program. More than just providing communications as relief during disasters, Smart has also taken an active role in strengthening the capacity of high-risk communities to prepare for, manage, and recover from the impact of disasters. To know more about Smart’s preparedness initiatives, visit

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(Center) Prince Retail Group of Companies President and CEO, Mr. Robert Go, is flanked by the top awardees in last year’s SSS Festival.

Sari-Sari Store owners will be dazzled by interactive booths of sponsors who will be merchandising, selling, and sampling their products.

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rue to Prince Hypermart’s (formerly Prince Warehouse Club) vision of serving the underserved communities, the Sari-Sari Store (SSS) Festival is the annual advocacy event of the company. This festival is Prince Hypermart’s way of giving back to their loyal customers, and thanking them for the years of continued loyalty and support. This year, Prince Hypermart celebrates 10 years of the Sari-Sari Store Festival with the theme: “TEN”dahang Karnabal: 10th Annual Sari-Sari Store Festival 2015. The event also aims to grow the local economy by imparting the needed skills and lessons to the SariSari owners on ways to grow their businesses, and further improve their entrepreneurial skills. It brings together sari-sari store owners from all over the province of Cebu through speaking engagements, helpful discussions, and valuable skills training for the attendees. According to Rina Go, supply chain director of Prince Retail Group of Companies, the event is also educational to the sari-sari store owners because “they have a chance to learn in improving their own businesses.” Topics of discussion include entrepreneurship, microfinance, merchandising, inventory, accounting, and best practices in

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a running a successful sari-sari store business. It also includes an exhibition of the country’s top consumer brands showcasing their best product offerings and giving away exclusive deals to the Sari Sari Store owners. “Sari-sari store business is relevant to the local economy because it directly helps Filipinos at the grassroots level in getting themselves out of poverty,” added Go. Prince Hypermart is present in towns around the Visayas and Mindanao region and Go is quite glad to note that “we have heard many stories from our customers how their income from their sarisari stores help send their kids to school or help them pay for food and electricity.” Go further highlights the positive effect of their stores in the provinces; she observes that the town “becomes more vibrant with more food shops, more bakeries, more small ready-to-wear (RTW) shops, and other small business that prop out near our stores.” Bringing together more than 2,000 sari-sari store owners from all over Cebu Province, this year’s vintage carnival theme is reminiscent of local peryahans that are staple entertainment during town fiestas which will be a relatable concept to these attendees. Go attributes the decade-long success of

Following its success in Davao City, FineLab’s Bakeolution extended to Cagayan de Oro and nearby areas like Iligan, Bukidnon and Butuan, giving additional knowledge to all home-bakers, baking enthusiasts and clients. It was initially participated by me di a prac t it ioners and bloggers coming from Northern Mindanao.

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the SSS Festival to being customerfocused because “the Festival has always been about the customer because it gives back to them and it’s a celebration of their loyalty.” Go also added, the SSS Festival will not only be fun “but also educational for them to have a chance to learn in improving their own businesses.” The celebration is expected to be bigger, grander, and more fun-filled through an exciting program filled with games, prizes, and surprises. This whole day event will be happening on August 15 at the Amnezia Superclub, Ouano Ave., North Reclamation Area, Mandaue City. The main highlights of this event are Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas as the Keynote Speaker who will deliver an inspiring message to the attendees, and Paul Jake Castillo as the celebrity guest set to entertain the crowd and make it unforgettable. Chinkee Tan, popular wealth management speaker and TV Personality, and Best-selling author of “Till Debt Do Us Part” and “For Richer and For Poorer”, will give a motivational talk. This event is made possible by the event partners and sponsors who are committed to the same vision of Prince Hypermart. Co-presenting this event is Nestle represented by

FineLab Chairman and President L eonardo M. Torres said that Bake-olution is a part of their mission to help as many individuals as possible who want to form a livelihood through food “Ako’y nangangarap na dito sa Northern Mindanao ay dumami ang [mga] entrepreneurs” (I am dreaming that entrepreneurs here in Northern Mindanao will grow in number ), he added. During the said event, Torres appealed to media practitioners and bloggers present to be part of their mission. F i n e L a b ’s l i n e o f specialty baking ingredients is classified into four subcategories: FineBake offers products primarily used for baking, while FineDesserts products are used to enhance many different desserts out there. Finissimo is FineLab’s exclusive line for cocoa

its brands Magic Sarap, Nestea, Milo, Nescafe and Bear Brand. Platinum sponsor for the event is International Pharmaceuticals, Inc. represented by its brands Bioderm, Casino Ethyl Alcohol Femme, Efficascent Oil, Omega Pro, and Winner Dishwashing Liquid. Gold Sponsors are Unilever; Virginia; Purefoods; Procter&Gamble’s Safeguard, Head & Shoulders, and Ariel. Silver Sponsors are Monde Nissin’s Lucky Me; CEED Marketing’s Snowtime; Eleven 22 Sales Inc.’s Green Cross, Del, Zonrox, and Kopiko; Wellmade Manufacturing Corp.’s Bareta Detergent, Speed Babad, and Winrox; Zest-O; Selecta and Mead Johnson’s Lactum. Bronze sponsors include CocaCola, Perfetti Van Melle/ Basic Essentials Marketing represented by its brand Mentos, ColgatePalmolive, Universal Robina Corporation, Permex, Prifood, Emperador Distillers, Pepsi, and Johnson & Johnson. Esteemed Media partners are Sunstar Superbalita and The Freeman’s Banat. Other exhibitors include Wet Gold Sales and Philusa. Attendees will be dazzled by displays of interactive and creative booths from each of the sponsors. This annual fun-filled gathering is exclusive to members of the Royalty

powder and chocolates while FineEggs is the exclusive line for egg products. FineLab also have premium condiments and other cooking ingredients, and imported wines and spirits in its roster. Moreover, it offers aluminum foil, cling wrap, and wax paper in both consumer and institutional packaging to cater both marke t s . Up u nt i l just recently, FineLab started offering plastic cutler y perfect for get-togethers and food businesses. FineLab is also proud of its fo o d machiner y. They believe that having dependable and consistent equipment is essential in any food production. And as a true partner, FineLab caters reliable and high quality machinery. In C agayan de Oro, the same specialty baking ingredients and food packing

Program, Prince Hypermart’s membership rewards and points program. The membership base is growing with 75,457 members in Cebu province alone and a total of 245,166 members all over the Visayas and Mindanao— mostly sari-sari store owners. Go says that what distinguishes Prince’s loyalty program are the rebates to earn direct discounts on purchases, exclusive monthly deals to get higher resell profits, and Royalty Program exclusive deals and access to life and health insurance. Prince Hypermart is one of the leading retail and wholesale chains in the Visayas and Mindanao region, with 24 stores to date. Since its founding in April 1990, the retail chain currently has seven branches in Cebu found in the North Reclamation Area, Old MCWD building in M.C. Briones, Danao City, Minglanilla, Dalaguete, Argao, and Daanbantayan. The leading retail chain also has branches outside of Cebu in other parts of the Visayas and Mindanao. Prince is present in the provinces of Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Leyte, Samar and Northern Mindanao. For more information on Prince and the Sari-Sari Store Festival, please visit their website at www.princeretail. com.

FineLab President Leonardo M. Torres participates in the demo, with the help of the baking instructor, Chef Tagon. Watching them is Super Kei Vice President for Operations Dennis Tan. Photo by IRENE DAYO

materials are available in Super Kei Shoppers along Q u i r i n o S t r e e t , Ke v i n

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that their expectations were not on the 46 items that the President mentioned in his long speech. Msgr. Perseus Cabunoc, rector of the St. Augustine Cathedral, said he was disappointed that the President had kept praising Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II, which they described as an endorsement of sort for the latter’s presidential bid in next year’s election. Cabunoc said that as Chief Executive, the President should have been non-partisan. Cabunoc’s colleague, Msgr. Elmer Abacahin, also criticized the President for failing to solve the problems in Mindanao. This even as Aquino himself appealed to Congress to pass the long-delayed Bangsamoro Basic Law. And even as the President had bragged the country’s high standing in the business front, Cagayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Oro Chamber) President Cerael Donggay said the statistics were not enough because the reported growth has not been inclusive especially for small and medium enterprises at the local levels. Donggay emphasized the need for growth to be inclusive to tip the balance between goods and services being sold and the consumers’ capacity to buy. City Councilor Leon Gan, on the other hand, said that the President’s SONA was full of praises to his subordinates but failed to account the corruption allegations against his own men. In his administration, President Aquino was running after alleged corrupt officials perceived to be his political foes, but shield those who are either his friends or partymates, Gan said. Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan) members sprayed anti-

Aquino graffiti at the Licoan flyover and burned an effigy of the President at the Magsaysay Park. Lumad advocates Kalumbay staged their own protest rally at the Lapasan plaza while youth group Kabataan stormed the façade of the regional office of the Commission on Higher Education (Ched). Meanwhile, Cagayan de Oro City Archbishop Antonio Ledesma, a stern advocate of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) now pending in the Senate, also led a march rally at the Gaston Park near the City Hall, demanding Vice Mayor Caesar Ian Acenas to approve the budget for the closure of the open dump at upper Carmen and construct a sanitary landfill. Acenas, who presided a very brief City Council session Monday, left his office early and cannot be reached for comment as of presstime.

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and economic development of Mindanao by pushing the approval of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Rodriguez said. In Cagayan De Oro City, the Aquino administration has poured and is pouring about P10 billion for various major infrastructure projects through the efforts of Rep. Rodriguez. The value of the major infrastructure projects does not include the cost of regular projects such as farm-to-market roads, road repairs, flood control dikes, water projects, school buildings, education and scholarship, health assistance, and livelihood projects. The projects include the now almost completed P3-billion coastal highway, the approved P2-billion skyline highway, the approved P3-billion diversion highway from the border of Cagayan De Oro City

and Manolo Fortich in Bukidnon to the Lagunidingan Airport in Misamis Oriental. Meanwhile, Ramon Tabor, a lawyer, and a member of the city’s legislative body, said that he appreciated the President’s achievements in the field of infrastructures, defense, and education. “Although we did not hear the plans and the programs that Aquino would commit to fulfill in his remaining months in office, we were satisfied of the President’s SONA,” Tabor said. Another lawyer, Antonio Soriano, chair of a local citizens’ group advocating good government, gave the President a rating of “7” in a scale of 10 in infrastructure development and tourism. (PNA)

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Sustainable forest rehabilitation is the natural or intentional restocking of existing forests and woodlands that have been depleted or denuded with the aim of returning the forest in some degree to its former if not full glory. And this is what STEAG State Power, Inc. (SPI) is undertaking in upland Cagayan de Oro City in partnership with the E. Pelaez Ranch, Inc. (EPRI) and the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Region 10 (DENR-10). The program, called the Mapawa Carbon Sink Project, entails reforesting at least 1,200 hectares for 25 years and aims to (1) establish a 500 hectare forest plantation, (2) maintain and protect another 500 hectare existing forest plantation; and (3) conduct Timber Stand Improvement (TSI) in a 200-hectare natural forest. This is




ELENA B. SUMILI, Petitioner. x---------------------------/ ORDER Before this court is a verified petition for judicial settlement of estate of Herminigildo Sumili filed by Elena Sumili. The petition alleges that petitioner is the daughter of Herminigildo Sumili who died intestate on 13 March 1995 in Bacolod, Lanao del Norte; that said Herminigildo Sumili left a real estate located at Poblacion, Bacolod, Lanao del Norte, covered by Tax Declaration No. 01-01529; that said Herminigildo Sumili has the following heirs: Honorata Sumili, Mauro B. Sumili, Faustino Sumili, Wynnie Balucan and Wynliel Carl Aoay; and that said Herminigildo Sumili left no debts. The petitioner prays that the above-mentioned estate be apportioned, divided and awarded to the lawful heirs. Finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance, set the hearing of this case on 10 July 2015 at 8:30 A.M., during which all persons opposed to the petition may file their opposition on or before the said date to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let a copy of this order be published at the expense of the petitioner once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Municipality of Bacolod and the Province of Lanao del Norte. Let a copy of this order be furnished the petitioner and her counsel, as well as the other heirs of Herminigildo Sumili mentioned in the petition.


06 March 2015, Bacolod, Lanao del Norte.

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one of the biggest private-sector-led reforestation projects in Mindanao and is being undertaken as part of SPI’s corporate social responsibility to reduce its carbon footprint as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). The Mapawa Carbon Sink Project is one of the reasons why SPI has not been cited for any violation of environmental laws since it began operating Mindanao’s first coal-fired power plant in 2006. “Mas ni-presko karon tungod sa mga kahoy. Ang among tubig walay pagkahubas tungod sa mga kahoy. Niadtong hulaw sa 2006 nga nilangtud of unom ka mga bulan, hubas gayud among katubigan diri. Pero karon, wala na gyud mahubas,” said Christopher Rivera of the Forest Management Services of EPRI. The difference in the atmosphere is very palpable. Mapawa is noticeably cooler than the rest of Cagayan de Oro. The once pasture-lease area, with only 67 hectares of natural forest left, is slowly being restored to its natural beauty with presently 200 hectares of planted forest now home to countless indigenous tree species, numerous native herbs and flowers, animals and wildlife. “When I came here in 1995, this area was all brown and very hot during summer. But we now have a forest cover and vegetative growth has returned. A great portion of the area, malamig na. We now have a natural airconditioning,” said Nuevo, general manager of the Mapawa Industrial Forest. “Malaki ang effect nito sa environment. Dumami na ibon natin dito. When I started here, I only saw two birds, the maya (sparrow) and the uwak (raven). But now, even in the office, I can hear different birds singing,” he said.


Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for Sale under Act 3135 as amended, filed by CAPITAL AND LEVERAGE LENDING COMPANY, INC. (formerly, CAPITAL & LEVERAGE FINANCE CORPORATION) represented by CRESON B. SUSON, with office address at Door 1, 2 & 3, Vicky Tan Building, Vamenta Boulevard, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, against ARTURO MACARANDAN and ALICIA MACARANDAN , with residence and postal address at Zone 2, Molugan, El Salvador, Misamis Oriental , to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of May 18, 2011, amounts to FIFTY SEVEN THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED TEN PESOS & 20/100 (P57,610.20) Philippine Currency , as mortgagor’s outstanding balance of indebtedness excluding accumulated interest and penalties, filling fees, attorney’s fees and other necessary fees and expenses of Extra-Judicial Foreclosure and Sale, the undersigned Sheriff-in-charge will SELL at public Auction on AUGUST 10, 2015 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter, at the city Tourism Hall, City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, to the Highest Bidder for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the real property mortgaged together with all existing and future improvements thereon, to wit: ORIGINAL CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. E-2383 Registered in the name of ARTURO MACARANDAN “ A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 3200-4. Csd-10-005769) (OLT), being a portion of Lot 3200, Cad 237 Cagayan Cadastre), Situated in the Barrio of Patag, Municipality of Opol, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the x x x. Beginning at x x x ; containing an area of fifteen Thousand Eight Hundred Sixty Seven (15,867) Square meters, more or less” Prospective Buyers/Bidders may investigate for themselves the title herein above described and encumbrances thereof, if any there be. In case August 10, 2015 will be declared holiday or non-working day, the public Auction Sale shall automatically be held on the next working day further notice, publication and posting.

Cagayan de Oro City, July 10, 2015.



Birdwatchers have also started visiting Mapawa. So far, 108 species of both local and migratory birds have been identified in the project area. “We have here the Silvery Kingfisher,” Nuevo said. This endemic bird draws the birdwatcher to Mapawa and helps make vibrant niche tourism in the city. “The return of wildlife [such as civet (melo or musang)] means that we now have a health environment here compared to the past. But how we would like it to be, we still have a long way to go,” he added. Surrounding communities and “social cultivators” or IFMA area workers who also cultivate farms in the area make it easier to manage and protect the forest. “From 2007 to 2009, many fires broke out especially during summer, but social cultivators and the surrounding communities help prevented much of the fire. The most the fire damaged was only 2 hectares,” Rivera said. “So far, 100% of our forest protection problems have been lessened by at least 70% because of social cultivators and the communities.” Because its many waterways never run dry, Mapawa is the source of abundant potable water to at least three surrounding barangays. “Many don’t know this but we are the source of potable water in the Sendong relocation area in Barangay Indahag,” Rivera said. The Carbon Sink Project is one program of SPI that is “hitting two birds with one stone” as it helps


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restore biodiversity and ecological balance in the area, mitigate global warming, make a vibrant niche tourism, provide livelihood to surrounding communities as well as provide potable water source to several barangays. Thus, Nuevo proudly said that the Mapawa Carbon Sink Project is considered a model sustainable forestry rehabilitation project.

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speaking. There’s no greater feeling of accomplishment and success than running right at your fear and coming out on the other side of it, knowing you beat it. So for your own success and happiness, you can ask Jesus Christ to come into your heart and take control of your life. Then, when you know that God Himself is on your side, there’s absolutely no one or nothing to be afraid of. With His love and power inside, you can run right through your fears to the great life He has ready and waiting for you. Just Think a Minute…

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It achieved another milestone during the second quarter by opening four 7-Eleven stores in Davao City and Cagayan de Oro and two stores in Boracay. PSC operates the largest convenience store network in the country.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Branch 17 Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE FILE NO. 2015-131 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135 filed by BPI FAMILY SAVINGS BANK, INC., mortgagee, with office at C.M. Recto Ave., Lapasan, Cagayan de Oro City, against SPS. GRACE DELA TORRE INOLINO & NORBERTO FABIANA INOLINO, mortgagors, residing at Purok 20, Zone 8, Fuentes St., Iligan City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of June 9, 2015, amounts TWO HUNDRED FORTY SEVEN THOUSAND NINETY EIGHT PESOS & 09/100 (P247,098.09), excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure , the undersigned or her duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on August 19, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. or soon thereafter at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trail Court, Branch 17, Tourism Bldg., City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency the following properties with all improvements, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-174525 “ A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 3 Block 1, Psd-10-024143, being a portion of Lot 19128-B-2, Psd-10-014190) situated in the Barrio of Tablon, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the SE., along line 1-2 by block 9., x x x . . . Containing an area of One Hundred Fifty (150) square meters, more or less.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-204160 “ A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 1 Block 3, Psd-10-024143, being a portion of Lot 19128-B-2, Psd-10-014190) situated in the Barrio of Tablon, City of Cagayan de Oro , Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the SW., along line 5-1 by Lot 2., x x x . . . Containing an area of Seventy Five (75) square meters, more or less.” TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-204160-A “ A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 3, Block 3, Psd-10-024143, being a portion of Lot 19128-B-2, Psd-10-014190) situated in the Barrio of Tablon, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the NE., along line 2-3 by Road Lot 2; ( 6.50 m. wide) ., x x x x . . . Containing an area of Seventy Five (75) square meters, more or less.” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated date, time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date for whatever reason, the public auction will proceed on the next working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein-above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be.

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FineLab Bake-olution launches product line in CDO Story & Photos by IRENE DAYO, Staff Writer

IT was always my dream to be good at baking and cooking. Creating specialties for your loved ones is truly amazing! But sadly, I grew up with busy schedules in school, then filled activity planners at work that I have not learned so much about this delightful activity. It is one thing in my life that saddens me. Seeing people getting busy in the kitchens is just eyepiercing because I know I badly want to do the same and make it my obsession.

If it was, I could picture myself eating cookies from time to time. Yes, I love cookies! It is just that, I can’t bake the same delicious cookies. The thought is so tormenting, pushing me to learn in baking field. More now, that I have recently participated in the Media Bake-olution by FineLab, July 18 at Super Kei Shoppers, Cogon, Cagayan de Oro City. It encouraged and pushed me to do baking and make hundreds of cookies by myself. FineLab is a division of Beauchem Thermtech Group, Inc that distributes food solutions like specialty baking

ingredients, food packing materials, premium condiments and cooking ingredients, imported wines and spirits, and food machinery to the restaurants and bars, commissaries, hotels and resorts, hospitals, caterers, food manufacturers and supermarkets of South Mindanao, North Mindanao, and Visayas. Recently, FineLab has come up that there is a need for bakers to be masters of their craft. They heeded this call by introducing Bake-olution – the revolution FineLab is aiming for.


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Mindanao Daily News’ marketing officer, Candy Macabale, participates in the live demonstration during FineLab’s Bake-olution, July 18 at Super Kei Shoppers, Cogon, CdO.


Xavier University through its Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) holds ArteKultura 8: Writing Culture and Arts Researches and Art Criticism on August 8, 2015 at 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at the XU Little Theatre. ArteKultura is a flagship project XCCA under its Cultural

Education Program which aims at fostering better understanding of Filipino expressions for the protection and promotion of our own cultural and artistic heritage. This year’s topics and speakers are Revisiting RootednessCulture and Arts Research in the Philippine Context by Prof Arvin Villalon of the University of the Philippines Baguio; The Practice

of Contextualized Literary and Film Criticism in the Philippines by Prof Rogelio F Garcia Jr; and Making Place for Criticism within Precarious Sites of Art Production and Reception by Prof Eileen Legaspi Ramirez of University of the Philippines Diliman. All The Humanities, Literature, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Cinema or Film,

History, Pol Sci and International Studies, Sociology, Philosophy and Social Science teachers and students, artists, critics and bloggers are invited to join in this year’s Arte Kultura. This is a very good capability building and formation program for artistic excellence, culture and arts promotion and heritage education. Registration fees are Php

75.00 for students and Php 250.00 for faculty members and professionals. A certificate of participation and attendance will be provided to all the participants. For inquiries and seat reservations, please call Angelene Mae Grio and Margie Madrena through (088) 858-3116 local 2059, 09053034377 and 09122107441.

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