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Briefly Halal fest COTABATO City – The Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) will feature good governance initiatives on halal foods and other halalcertified products during the 1st Mindanao Halal Festival to be held at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on July 15-16. The ARMM’s Department of Science and Technology, the lead agency in the HalalTechnical Working Group, will serve as over-all incharge in the promotion of the region’s halal-related policies. The two-day event will feature food, apparel, fashion accessories, foodprocessing techniques, and other products and services that are halal-certified. The festival will also provide entrepreneurs producing halal products new market opportunities. It will also “serve as a key focal point for education about the real halal practices, what it means and to improve business integrity through values perpetuated by truly halal role models,” a primer on the event noted.

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Palace warns public against buying fake rice

The ARMM’s Department of Science and Technology, the lead agency in the HalalTechnical Working Group, will serve as over-all incharge in the promotion of the region’s halal-related halal/PAGE 11

MALACAÑANG warned the public on from buying fake rice which reportedly had found its way in Davao City. “Nananawagan po tayo sa mga mamamayan na maging maingat at bumili lamang ng bigas mula sa mga accredited at reliable na nagbebenta nito, ‘yun p o t a lagang authorized rice dealers o mga tindahan ng bigas na mayroong pahintulot ng NFA (National Food Authority) at sa mga awtoridad,” said Presidential Communications Operation Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a warns/PAGE 11

OOD governance i n iti ati ve s on halal foods and other halal-certified products will be given emph asi s w h en th e Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) participates in the forthcoming 1st Mindanao Halal Festival to be held at the Abreeza Mall in Davao City on July 15-16.

NIGHTLY SHOE LANE. Prospective buyers inspect second-hand shoes for sale on a sidewalk in Malaybalay City on Monday evening. The display starts 6 p.m. and ends 8 p.m. as there are no more customers after this hour. mindanews photo by h . marcos c . mordeno

SPI’s program FREEs MisOr’s poor villages from darkness; gives them brighter future By BONG D. FABE, Contributing Editor

Indophil INDOPHIL Resources NL said a final agreement may be signed in the middle of July, allowing it to take control of the long-delayed $5.9-billion Tampakan copper-gold project in Mindanao from Glencore Plc. Indophil, previously listed in Australia until its takeover this year by the Philippines’ Alsons Group, would be able to start planning its next steps for the project once the agreement was signed, spokesman Gavan Collery said. “There are a number of conditions, notifications and actions that must take place before the anticipated mid-July formal signing of the agreement,” he said in an e-mail. Commodity trader Glencore announced the sale of its 62.5% interest in Tampakan operator Sagittarius Mines, Inc last week without providing details. Glencore had previously flagged it was reviewing the Tampakan project along with other greenfield projects elsewhere.


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CANADIAN ENVOY. His Excellency Ambassador Neil Reeder, Embassy of Canada to the Philippines, speaks at the Liceo de Cagayan University AVR on the CanadaPhilippines: 65 years of Dynamic Bilateral Relations, July 6. The talk was organized by the university’s College of Arts and Sciences students headed by the college dean Dr Fe S. Tolibas in cooperation with the university’s Internationalization Office headed by Dr. Teresita T. Tumapon. According to Ambassador Reeder, he sees more Canadian investments coming into the Philippines and strongly supports the current peace process. photo by shaun alejandrae yap uy

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FOR RESIDENTS in Sitio Kirahon in Barangay San Martin in the Municipality of Villanueva, Misamis Oriental province, living without electricity means living half their lives in the dark. And all activities literally grind to a halt once darkness falls since people relied only on the light from kerosene lamps. But even this necessity was considered a luxury because they would rather spend their hard-earned money on more important things than on kerosene or candle which strong winds

easily blew out. During Christmas, the celebration and festivities were considered “tame” because of the absence of twinkling multi-colored lights. Only the intermittent light from kerosene lamps sparsely lighting homes. But these all changed on December 2014, thanks to the Fostering Rural Electrification and Energization (FREE) Program of energy-firm STEAG State Power, Inc. (SPI). “For the first time in my life, we were able to celebrate Christmas complete

with Christmas lights last December,” said 57-year-old Emilia Lood. Nanay Emilia said she can no longer imagine living without electricity. “Dako kaayo ang kalainan sauna nga wala pay kuryente kumpara sa karon. Sauna, ngitngit kaayo, unya mapalong pa gyud ang spi/PAGE 11

ELECTRIC LIFE. Nanay Emilia and her husband posed at their small sari-sari (variety) store in Sitio Kirahon, San Martin, Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. photo by bong d . fabe

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Negosyo Center-Davao City opens to small businesses


AVAO City -- Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) can now avail of a comprehensive assistance in starting and managing business when the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) opens the Negosyo Center Davao City on July 9 at Davao City Investment Promotion Center at Magsaysay Park Complex. The establishment of the Negosyo Center is pursuant to Executive Order No. 12, series of 2015, or An Order on the Establishment and Management of a Negosyo Center in Davao City

signed by Mayor Rodrigo Duterte last May 3, 2015. This is in support also to Republic Act 10644 or An Act Promoting Job Generation and Inclusive Growth through the Development of the

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Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises or the Go Negosyo Act authored by Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV. E n g r. E d w i n O. Banquerigo, Provincial Director of DTI DCFO, said that MSMEs can avail of various assistance and s er v ices such as Business Registration and Licensing for Business Name and t he B ar ang ay Mi c ro Business Enterprise (BMBE); Business

Advisory Services such as Training, Consultancy, Financing Facilitation, Ma r k e t L i n k a g e a n d Trade Promotions; and Business Information and Advocacy such as Networking with other government agencies, information facilitation, among others. With a total of 110 square meters floor area, t h e Ne g o s y o C e n t e r Davao City is the first local government unit based Negosyo Center

which has a reception and working areas, minilibrary, product showcase, consultanc y area and training room. Cooperators and partners who will provide daily business advisory and counseling services in the Negosyo C enter are Mindanao Micro-Finance Council (MMFC), PhilExim, SB Corporation, Department of Trade and IndustryDavao City Field Office (DTI-DCFO), Department of Science and Te ch nol o g - C it y Science and Technology Center (DOST-CSTC), Depar tment of L abor and EmploymentDavao City Field Office (DOLE-DCFO), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Davao City, City Cooperative Development Office, City Treasurer’s

Office, Business Bureau, City Tourism Operations Office, City Planning and Development Office, City Environment and Natural Resources Office, Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (D C C CII), Fo o d Processors Association in Davao City (FPAD), ICT Davao Inc. (IDI), Chamber of Furniture Industry Development (CFID) – Davao City Chapter, Flor ic ulture Industry Development, Inc. (FIDI), and Metalworking Industry Association in Philippine ( M IA P ) - D a v a o C i t y Chapter and Davao City Investment Promotion Center (DCIPC). Interested parties may call the Negosyo Center Davao City at telephone no. 2272860 and/or email tonc.davaocity@gmail. com. (PNA)

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Japanese solar power firm to pilot-test solar energy in North Cotabato town C OTABATO City -- A Japanese solar firm has chosen Makilala, North Cotabato as testing ground for solar installation project. Mayor Rudy Caoagdan said on Monday the representatives of the Japan Solar Corporation will visit Makilala this week to pilottest the project. James Zamora, officerdesignate of the L o cal Enterprise and Investment

Office of Makilala, said the local government has received a letter from Lectron Electrical Products, the local counterpart of Japan Solar Corporation, based in Osaka, addressed to Mayor Caoagdan and proposed the installation of the solar project. A solar project, Zamora said, would be 60 percent lower as compared to hydro power plants.

Caoagdan said the proposed project aims to put up a reliable and affordable electricity for the town’s consumers. Makilala, a first-class mu n i c ip a l it y i n Nor t h Cotabato situated at the foot of Mt. Apo, has a population of 77,000 people. The local government pays PhP3.3 million annually to the local electric cooperative, or a monthly electric bill of

PhP275,000. Caoagdan said if the solar project pushes through and with 60 percent less that current cost, it would mean that the LGU would only spend PhP1.9 million annually or PhP165,000 monthly. It would mean a savings of PhP1.4 million yearly or PhP110,000 monthly. A one-hec tare s olar field that could produce

one megawatt of electricity would cost PhP8.5 million. Caoagdan said if the project is found to be feasible, it will be first used as source

of power for the first local government-run college, the Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST). (PNA)

AirAsia unit’s Caticlan entry faces headwinds THE LOCAL unit of Asia’s biggest budget carrier AirAsia Berhad will launch flights to Caticlan Airport in March 2016, although an aviation think tank said it will likely not be profitable at first as the gateway to Boracay Island is already dominated by rivals Cebu Pacific and Philippine Airlines (PAL). “Yes we will launch flights to Caticlan as soon as it is open for A320 operation,” AirAsia Zest Chief Executive Officer Joy D. Caneba said in a mobile phone reply yesterday. AirAsia Berhad operates in the Philippines through

Filipino-registered company AirAsia, Inc., where it has a 40% stake. AirAsia, Inc. owns 49% of homegrown airline Zest Airways, Inc. -- which has been rebranded

as AirAsia Zest -- through a strategic alliance signed in May 2013. The two airlines will complete its merger within the year. In a report released

yesterday, the Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation (CAPA) said that while AirAsia needs to serve Caticlan, the market may “suffer from AirAsia/PAGE 10



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hin k a minute…Mr. F i o r e l l o L e Gu a rd i a w a s t h e m ay or of Ne w Yo r k C i t y d u r i n g t h e difficult years of the D e p r e s s i o n a n d Wo r l d War II. The people of New York loved and respected h i m . Mayor L a Gu ard i a was a big-hearted, c o l o r f u l c h a r a c t e r. He s omet imes ro de on t he fire trucks in the big city, and took the children f rom t h e or p h an a ge t o a profe ss i on a l b a s e b a l l game. When the newspapers went on strike, he would read the Sunday comics on the radio to t he k ids. One ver y cold nig ht in Januar y, 1935, Mayor L a Gu ard i a we nt t o t h e night court in the poorest are a of Ne w York Cit y. He s ent t he judge home e ar l y t h at e ve n i ng an d L aGu ardi a hims elf to ok over as judge. That night an old woman was brought to him. She was charged with the cr ime of ste a ling a lo af of bread. The woman told L aGu ardi a t hat her 2 grandchildren were starving and she had no mone y to p ay for t he bread, so she stole it. But the shopkeeper whose bre ad was stolen wou ld


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The Greek drama


nd here we are. The last Sunday’s Greek referendum - as it happened. A referendum that will sink or rescue the Greek economy. And surely also the European. Greek voters have de cisively rej e c te d t he terms of an international bailout. The final result in the referendum, published by the interior ministry shortly before writing this column, was 61.3% “No”, against 38.7% who voted “Yes”. Greece’s governing Syriza party had campaigned for a “No”, saying the bailout terms were humiliating.Their opponents warned that this could see Greece ejected from the eurozone, and a summit of eurozone heads of state has now been called for Tuesday this week. Greek Prime Minister

Alexis Tsipras said late on Sunday that Greeks had voted for a “Europe of solidarity and democracy”. “As of tomorrow, Greece will go back to the negotiating table and our primary priority is to reinstate the financial stability of the country,” he said in a televised address. “ This time, the debt will be on the negotiating table,” he added, saying that an International Monetary Fund assessment published this week “confirms Greek views that restructuring the debt is necessary”. The dangerous thing: Tsipras keeps on playing poker. Who is still believing in him? I strongly agree with European officials in saying that a “No” would be seen as an outright rejection of talks with creditors.Jeroen Dijsselbloem, who heads

the eurozone’s group of finance ministers, said the referendum result was “very regrettable for the future of Greece”. Germany’s Deputy Chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, said renewed negotiations with Greece were “difficult to imagine”. Very well said, Sir. Yes, Mr. Tsipras and his government are taking the country down a path of “bitter abandonment and hopelessness”. Hopefully not for whole Europe and the global economy. Mr. Tsiparis’ triumphalism won’t last. There is still a sizeable chunk of the Greek nation deeply unhappy with what has happened. And the government will have to unite a divided country.The eurozone’s tough rhetoric will continue. But Greece’s government will have its

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“Riding in tandem” feeds families through crime


IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… He said to them, `Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me’...” (Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, in Mark 7:6, the Holy Bible). -ooo “RIDING IN TANDEM” KILLERS FEEDING FA M I L I E S T H ROU G H CRIME: There is a question that keeps popping up in my mind every time someone is killed by motorcycle riding men who are now euphemistically called “riding in tandem”: do these killers use the money they earn by killing others to feed their families, their fathers and mothers, their wives, children, brothers and sisters, and even their friends? I suppose that, yes, the killers use the money they earn by killing others for their respective families, but, do they feel happy and satisfied that they had to kill their fellow men in order that their families will have money to spend? Can the killers still

sleep at night, knowing they not only murdered another human being but also earned the ire of God by their crime? And while we are on the subject of people committing crimes, like plunder, graft and corruption, and stealing of government money just so they and their families could live better lives and perpetuate themselves in power for as long as possible, may I also ask: are they aware that they and their children, to the third and fourth generations, will be punished by God in the eternal hell of fire and worms? Just asking. -ooo BUT FILIPINO CRIMINALS ALSO PROFESS BELIEF IN GOD: My point is, it is clear that all criminals in the Philippines somehow profess belief in God. They say they have faith in Him, and that they also pray to Him very often. Yet, they have no qualms about killing others, have no qualms stealing hundreds of millions of pesos, raping women, abusing children, pushing drugs, and engaging in criminality.

So, how did it happen that Filipinos who continue to profess faith in God can, at the flick of a finger, commit even the most despicable of crimes? How did it happen, too, that politicians and government officials who love to have their pictures taken while attending church masses and praise and worship services nevertheless relentlessly engage in plunder and political dynasties? How did it happen that Filipinos who religiously attend church and worship ser vices nonchalantly spout curses to their wives, husbands, and children, for the most simple mistakes, even if they have just come out of their churches or worship places? Or, indeed, ogle at men or women lustily even while they are inside their churches? -ooo THE FAKE FAITH OF MANY FILIPINOS: It is clear that the faith of many Filipinos in God approximates what the prophet Isaiah and Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, said about many men

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Atty. Batas Mauricio and women: they honor Him only with their lips, because their hearts are far from Him. In other words, they say they believe in God, but their actions show they are followers of God’s enemy, the evil one. U n d e n i a b l y, m a n y Filipinos are spurious or fake believers. They do not obey what God, through the Bible, has ordered them to do, although they loudly claim they are believers, or are Christians. They go to masses or praise and worship sessions regularly, yet they continue being devilish, being batas/PAGE 10

Master of living and working piety


ast June 26 was the feast of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei. It also was the 40th anniversary of his death in Rome, his transit to heaven in 1975. His cause for canonization was opened soon after his death, and he was finally beatified in 1992 and canonized in 2002. No, I did not meet him personally, even if I was already in touch with Opus Dei before he died. But I became intimately familiar with his writings and ideas, all of which “hit” me in an irresistible way. That he was a ver y holy man is quite an understatement. He just oozed with goodness and charity in spite of the difficulties

and misunderstanding he encountered in his most fait hf u l pursuit of his vocation. During his time, his vocation, which was to found Opus Dei and to preach about the universal calling to sanctity in the middle of the world, was quite such a novelty that it sparked a good amount of controversy. But he persevered in his effort without letting go of charity. In the end, what he taught became one of the core elements of the spirit of Vatican II that highlighted the role of the laity in the life of the Church and of the world, and the immense sanctifying and redeeming potentials of our temporal affairs and

worldly concerns. I thought of giving some kind of tribute to this man who left a great impact on my life. I attribute to him my own “conversion” and the discovery of my vocation. And I would say, also the man behind a living and working piety that I now kind of enjoy. As a kid and, I suppose, like any other kid, I have always wanted to be good, to behave well, to know as much as I can, but all these often were frustrated for a number of reasons. One reason could be that my idea of what is good and ideal for me was not in touch with the reality of things. I also did not know




Fr. Roy Cimagala myself very well as I mainly considered what I wanted, but not my capabilities and my weaknesses. And my knowledge of things was often generic and simplistic, unable to tackle the complexity of cimagala/PAGE 10

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PHL June 2015 inflation hits 20-year low By LESLIE D. VENZON, Philippine News Agency


HILIPPINE inflation rate plunged to its lowest in two decades for the second consecutive month, tamed by lower food and energy prices. The Philippine Statistics Authority reported Tuesday that headline inflation rate declined to 1.2 percent in June 2015 from 1.6 percent in the previous month and 4.4 percent in June 2014. Last month’s figure brought the average inflation rate to 2.05 percent, within the lowend of the inflation target range of 2.0 to 4.0 percent set by the government for the year.

“It is also worth noting except that for the Philippines, inflation in the ASEAN-5, which includes Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand, generally posted upward adjustments in May and June 2015,” said National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Deputy Director-General Emmanuel Esguerra. Esguerra said inflation benefited from reduced electricity prices due to lower fuel costs, apart from the steady and sufficient supply of food. “The double-digit yearon-year decline in the prices

of unleaded gasoline, diesel, kerosene, liquefied petroleum gas or LPG (liquef ie d petroleum gasoline), and the decline in Meralco rates affected key oil and electricityrelated commodities and services in the current month,” he said. Headline inflation in the food subgroup eased in June 2015 to 2.1 percent from 3.2 percent following slower price adjustments in rice, meat, vegetables and fruits. On the other hand, nonfood commodities reflected slight price increments as inflation partially increased to 0.4 percent in June 2015 from 0.3 percent in May 2015. Meanwhile, core inflation,

which excludes selected volatile food and energy prices, also declined to 2.0 percent from 2.2 percent in May 2015 and 2.8 percent in June 2014. It averaged at 2.3 percent in the first six months of 2015. “The slackening of the core inflation provides less pressure for interest rates to increase, and this bodes well for household consumption and further supports economic expansion moving forward,” said Esguerra. To keep the rate of the country’s inflation low and stable, he said the government will remain cautious against any upside risk, particularly the occurrence of typhoons in the second half which could be

intensified by the prolonged El Niño. Esguerra said efforts to monitor drought incidence in agricultural areas should be sustained to ensure that suitable policy actions are realized without delay. “Timely importation of

Philippines immune from Greek debt crisis, says Palace exec A MALACANANG official on Monday said the Philippines’ wider fiscal space along with strong investors’ confidence will form part of the country’s buffers that will help it weather the impact of Greece’s debt burden. P r e s i d e n t i a l Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the domestic economy “is strong, resilient and able to deal with possible fallout from the results of the referendum held in Greece yesterday.”

The referendum saw most Greeks rejecting the bailout proposed by the European Commission (EU), the European Central Bank (ECB), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and this, in turn, gives the Greek government the chance to go back to the negotiating table with their creditors. Results of the July 5 referendum showed that 61 percent of those who joined the poll voted “no,” while 39 percent opted for “yes”. Amid this development,

Coloma is confident that investors’ confidence in the Philippine economy will remain due in part to the wider fiscal space that resulted from high growth rates and sound economic management in the past five years. “The government can deploy ample resources for dealing with possible deleterious effects,” he added. Also, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said results of the referendum “highlights the structural weakness of a

currency union without fiscal and political union.” This outcome, he said, “makes for perilous choices for both sides” and is expected to result in increased market volatility. “Ever yone will be buffeted by this including the Philippines,” he said but pointed out that the country “is now in a stronger position to deal with this given its strong extxernal and fiscal situation as well as much lower and better liability immune/PAGE 10


rice to augment domestic supply should serve as a ready measure to prevent the repeat of the high rice prices witnessed in the third quarter of 2013 until 2014 as these occurrences adversely affect the well-being of the citizenry,” he said. (PNA)

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ASAAN, Misamis Oriental -- The Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental and its private partner, STEAG State Power Inc., led in the inauguration, Friday, July 3, of the newlycompleted Agutayan Watchtower and Light House project, situated at the Agutayan white island, five kilometers off Jasaan mainland in Misamis Oriental. The project is a joint undertaking of the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental, the Department of Energy, STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) and the local government unit of Jasaan. Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano and SPI President and CEO Bodo Goerlich led the inauguration rites attended by tourism officials and other government personnel, private individuals, environmentalists and the media. The watchtower is a two-storey structure with a total floor area of about 84 sq.m. It has an observation deck equipped with a solarpowered LED lighting system. Steag Corporate Information Officer Jerome Soldevilla said the project cost of P6.6 million was taken out of the Misamis Oriental provincial government’s share in a social fund that accrues from the electricity sales of energy-firm STEAG, pursuant to ER 1-94 of the Department of Energy. Virtually a sandbar surrounded by green waters teeming with marine life, Agutayan

Island is one of the Marine Protected Areas in Misamis Oriental, with approximately 5,000 square meters of white sand that sits on a 4.5 hectare marine sanctuary, providing a favorable breeding ground for endangered marine species. Gov. Emano describes Agutayan Island as essential for the attainment of a healthy balance of marine biodiversity for the entire expanse of the Macajalar Bay and considered as one of the priorities of the provincial government’s ecotourism development programs. Emano said the island’s surrounding is home to several giant clams and other endangered marine species. Goerlich said the Agutayan Watch Tower project is an affirmation of a vibrant partnership between the government and the private sector, geared towards attaining a more balanced development in the Macajalar Bay area. Goerlich said it also reaffirms the company’s commitment to responsible business practices, at the same

Misamis Oriental Governor Bambi Emano reaching out to other passengers as he and SPI President and CEO Bodo Goerlich lead them in going to the P6.6-million Watch Tower and Light House, at the Agutayan white island, five kilometers off mainland Jasaan town in Misamis Oriental, for the blessing ceremonies, Friday, July 3, 2015. (Cheng Ordonez)

time supporting efforts in community development and environmental conservation. The project is part of STEAG’s commitment to help improve the quality

of life of the people especially in its host communities in Misamis Oriental not only through the electric power that STEAG supplies, but also through its various community

development and environmental conservation programs, Goerlich said. SPI owns and operates the 210 MW (net) Mindanao CoalFired Power Plant located along the

coast of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental. It currently provides around 18% of Mindanao’s total electricity supply. (With a report from SPI)

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Magic Man John Lloyd surprises lucky free throw winners Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers continues to bring surprising possibilities to Filipinos nationwide through its Magic Moments Funfair. On its second leg in Barangay 24 in Cagayan de Oro City, the fair showcased games galore along with a wave of raffle prizes and Magic Cracker products. The residents of the barangay enjoyed an array of Magic game booths such as Spill the Magic Coating, Go Fish Magic Juniors, Magic Tic-Tac Chips and Magic Wheel of Creams. Highlight of this Magic Fun Fair was a free throw challenge for Nanay at Tatay, which started with four moms and four dads trying to outscore each other. It whittled down to two of the highest scorers, Maricel Visaya and Alexander Rivera.

However, before they were declared as the final winners, both were asked to wait for their final challenge. Maricel and Alexander were shocked to see Magic’s celebrity ambassador John Lloyd Cruz approach them with a Magic Pangkabuhayan package surprise for each of them worth P25,000. The Magic Fun Fair is a bigger Magic Moments event that is out to give more surprises to Magic consumers with help from longtime endorser John Lloyd Cruz. The carnival-inspired event is set to visit different cities nationwide to bring fun games and loads of Magic goodies. More Magic moments await as we Magic Crackers through its long-time endorser John Lloyd Cruz awards each top bring delight around the country with scorers of the free throw challenge, Maricel Visaya and Alexander Rivera, with a Magic SPRING SUMMER 2015 Pangkabuhayan Showcase worth P25,000. the Magic Fun Fair.

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Philippine Retailers Association to hold 17th Asia Pacific retailers confab, exhibit BILLED as Asia’s biggest and longest running retail convention, the Asia Pacific Retailers Convention and Exhibition or APRCE is a major project of the Federation of Asia-Pacific Retailers Associations (FAPRA). Composed of 17 national retail associations in Asia Pacific, the FAPRA includes a diverse range of member countries including Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, China, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India, Mongolia, Fiji, and Turkey. Every two years, FAPRA members vote for a member association to host a grand gala event and a three-day retail exposition. Recognized as one of the most important emerging economies in the region, the Philippines, through the Philippine Retailers Association (PRA) was bestowed the honor to host the 17th Asia Pacific Retailers Convention and Exhibit to be held at the SMX Convention Center, Manila on

October 28 to 30 2015. As one of the country’s most recognized national organization of retailers and suppliers, the PRA, which counts among its members all the major players in the retail and suppliers sector such as including SM Shoemart, Robinsons, Ayala, Bench, Mercury Drug, Penshoppe, Shopwise, Rustan’s, National Bookstore, Celine Group, as well as the country’s top developers a technology companies, e.g. Megaworld, Araneta Center, IBM, HP, SAP, ACER, among others, will be tasked with the mission to discover new approaches to the latest issues facing the region’s retailers. Moreover, the industry’s most anticipated event will be serving the purpose of highlighting innovative solutions that can aid retailers in differentiating themselves from competitors and to ultimately deliver greater value to consumers in the Asia Pacific region and beyond. Headlining the theme of

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DAKILA Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism through its Active Vista Human Rights Film Festival Program and Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts will hold a forum titled “Bayani Ba’To? Heroism for Millennials” on July 10 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Centrio Mall Cinema 2. This event promotes Philippine History and modern-day heroism through a lecture preview of the film “Heneral Luna.” Admission is free. DAKILA and “Heneral Luna” bring us filmmaker and director Jerrold Tarog and cast Aaron Villaflor, as well as renowned historians as resource speakers to give the audience insights on Philippine history and heroism. The forum aims to impart the value of heroism to students using lessons from history. It aims to show that the deeds of our heroes are not hackneyed fables but real, breathing examples of how to live our lives. “Heneral Luna” is about the life of one of Philippine History’s most brilliant military men, General Antonio Luna, as he tries to lead his countrymen against colonial masters new and old, and to rise above their own raging disputes to fulfill the promise of the Philippine Revolution. “Bayani Ba ‘To” thanks DAKILA, Xavier University, Xavier University High School, XU IS/POL SCI and History Department, Capitol University College of Arts and Sciences, Centrio Mall, Ayala Cinemas and Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts

“Asia Fast Forward,” this year’s APRCE will highlight the region’s growing strength as an economic community. As it is, the Asia Pacific region accounts for 60% of the world’s population with an estimated 4 billion people, making it a top destination for global retail chains. Moreover, Price Waterhouse Coopers reports that retail sales volume in Asia Pacific has been growing at a rate of 6% since 2013 and will maintain this upward momentum until 2016 with an estimated market work of US$11.8 trillion. Furthermore, the recent Nielsen Global Consumer Survey reveals that Asia Pacific is leading in global consumer confidence since the last quarter of 2013 making

it the only region that has gained in consumer confidence, increasing four points from same period last 2012. With a growing critical mass of population in Asia Pacific, it is no doubt that the region warrants long-term investments and tailored market strategies. More than ever, the global business community is turning its focus on Asia as staggering change and development arises from the region – paving the way for limitless investment opportunities and business expansion. As such, the APRCE sees itself as a platform wherein likeminded industry professionals can come together to engage in an insightful conference that will surely

expand one’s retail business acumen. Moreover, attendees are bound to learn about the latest trends and forecast as presented by a select handful of luminaries from the retail industry. As the Asian Pacific community begins to converge and enhance its presence in the global field, there is no better time than now to exhaust all means to ride with the current of change and take the leap to progress and development. At the 17th APRCE, local retailers who are looking to expand their business horizon and augment their knowledge can benefit greatly from this highly anticipated retail event. To know more about the upcoming APRCE, visit

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Smart provides free calls to Ormoc sea mishap survivors. Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has extended relief to the surviving passengers of M/V Kim Nirvana, which capsized Thursday just after leaving the port of Ormoc City. The telco, through its regional distributor, has set up a libreng tawag station inside the Supercat Terminal in Ormoc on Thursday to provide free calls to stranded passengers as well as to Philippine Red Cross personnel that are coordinating relief in the area. Under its #SafePH advocacy program, Smart recognizes the importance of communications support to affected communities in times of disasters and has been consistently providing free calls, charging of mobile phone batteries, and even data services when needed.

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selfish, being sinful. Why have Filipinos become fake believers? It is because many of them no longer read the Bible, many of them no longer obey the commands of God contained in the Bible. Their families no longer even discuss God anymore, even as they are no longer taught the fear and love of God. Sadly, many Filipino believers now would rather subscribe to the teachings of the devil, for the pleasures the devil gives to them! -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 to www. or and scroll for “Ang Tanging Daan” broadcasts. Phone: 0922 833 43 96, 0918 574 0193, 0917 984 24 68. Email: -30-


from page 4 life. When I “met” St. Josemaria through his writings and the Opus Dei members who were my college classmates then, I soon realized what was lacking and deficient in me. And more than that, I felt reassured that I can do something about it, with God’s grace and, of course, my own effort. St. Josemaria was good in drawing practical and immediately relevant and applicable considerations from the doctrine of the faith that I, more or less, know but in an abstract way. He taught about the sanctifying value of work and the ordinary circumstances of life. He taught that we can and should find Christ in everything and in everyone, that God actually intervenes in our life always and that we need to learn how to be docile to his promptings. He practically touched on every aspect of life, including fraternity and charity, spirit

of sacrifice, education and continuing formation, matters of liturgy, civic duties, etc. But more than this, he spelled out a certain spirituality that would enable an ordinary person in the middle of the world to truly sanctify himself and participate in the common task of sanctifying the world itself and everyone else. It’s a spirituality that makes piety not only a matter of good desires and intentions, of nice and pietistically pompous words, but of concrete deeds done without fanfare and with continuity and consistency. It’s a spirituality that takes everyone as he is, with all this assets and liabilities, but also encourages him and offers him the appropriate means to be what he ought to be, i.e., as a child of God. This is what “hooked” me and led me to say “yes” to a lifetime and all-embracing vocation of total dedication to God’s continuing redemptive work on earth. I am not afraid anymore of my defects, weaknesses and possible mistakes and sins I can commit. I feel assured there’s a way to even make use of them to foster the search for holiness. This is what I learned from St. Josemaria Escriva, and this is what I would like to share with everyone else. Holiness and piety need not be strange characters in our life. They are the main ones and are highly practicable and reachable. It would be good if we get to know St. Josemaria better.

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overcapacity” once the airport is expanded. “Profits are therefore unlikely in the initial phase, particularly as AirAsia will be the newest and smallest carrier in Caticlan,” the CAPA report read. “If the market becomes oversupplied PAA [AirAsia’s Philippine unit] may also not be able to hold its ground as long as its competitors, given its focus on becoming a profitable entity and improving its financial footing,” it added. AirAsia’s Ms. Caneba yesterday declined to comment

on this. AirAsia’s Philippine unit recorded a net loss of 19.3 million Malaysian ringgit in the quarter ended December 2013, the Malaysian-based parent said in its February 26 disclosure to Bursa Malaysia. Ms. Caneba had said last week the budget carrier plans to turn a profit within the year -- which would be the first since its Philippine launch in March 2012. The airline has been implementing a turnaround plan since April last year, which includes strengthening its balance sheet and removing past liabilities. “AirAsia is generally keen to avoid overlap with Cebu Pacific in the Philippines as PAA aims to carve out a niche under the radar screen of the market leader by focusing on leisure markets that are not served by Cebu Pacific,” CAPA said. “Caticlan is expected to be among two or three new international hubs that AirAsia opens in the Philippines as PAA restructures its network in a bid to improve profitability.” CAPA pointed out that the airline managed to become a “market leader” only for the Manila-Kalibo domestic route, “most likely because AirAsia is currently unable to serve Manila-Caticlan while its two competitors split the Boracay market with operations at both airports.” Schedules from aviation data provider OAG showed that Cebu Pacific and PAL Express are the main operators at Caticlan, with 150 weekly flights and 140 weekly flights, respectively. Cebu Pacific operates 55 weekly return flights on Caticlan-Manila and 20 weekly return flights on Caticlan-Cebu with 72-seat ATR 72s, while PAL Express offers 70 weekly return flights on Caticlan-Manila with 56-seat Dash 8 Q300s and 76-seat Q400s. “A new operation at Caticlan could improve PAA’s outlook, but... any expansion at Caticlan will likely impact AirAsia’s position at Kalibo, where it has a leading 38% share of total seat capacity,” CAPA said. The local unit of AirAsia, which operates only A320s -- has 18 jets for its fleet.


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structure.” Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz does not expect a large number of Filipinos would be repatriated from Greece because of the debt crisis. She said most overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) are highly skilled and remain in demand while those whose jobs would be affected “prefer to be trained as caregivers for third country deployment like CANADA.” She said other Filipinos who are in Greece are not expected to go back to the Philippines as a result of the crisis since some of them are married to Greek nationals. Monitoring situation of over 60,000 OFWs Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose said the agency is monitoring the situation of over 60,000 Filipino in Greece. “We still have to see the full extent of the implication of the result of the referendum,” Jose told a press briefing. But in any case, he said the embassy is prepared to extend any assistance to the estimated 61,500 Filipino workers should there be threats to peace and security in Greece following the referendum that has divided the debt-stricken state. Of this figure, 11,500, mostly household service workers, are land-based and 60,000 are seafarers. The result of the referendum, according to analyts, may result in Greece being ejected from the Eurozone. “The DFA as well as the embassy in Athens are continuously monitoring the situation,” Jose said, adding that Philippine officials there have already met with Filipino community leaders, advising them to be prepared for any eventuality.

By SELINA O. MACAS Principal II Labo Central School Division of Ozamiz City

In recent years Philippine education has its own part in the development of the country. It has its own rise and fall but in the end it manages to rise from its problems. For many years schools have battles illiteracy among all sectors of the society. And yet again education faced it with great perseverance considering the resources this department of the government does have. Literacy rate in the Philippines has improved a lot over the last few years-from 27 percent in 1960 to 94 percent in 1990. This is attributed to the increase in both the number of schools built and the level of enrollment in these schools. The number of schools grew rapidly in all three levels - elementary, secondary, and tertiary. From the mid -1960’s up to the early 1990, there was an increase of 58 percent in the elementary schools and 362 percent in the tertiary schools. For the same period, enrollment in all three levels also rose by 120 percent. More than 90 percent of the elementary schools and 60 percent of the secondary schools are publicly owned. However, only 28 percent of the tertiary schools are publicly owned. The female population dominates in regards to education leading the male population in numbers regarding enrollment, attendance and graduates in three fields of education; Elementary, High School, and College. At the elementary level, male and female students are almost equally represented. But female enrollment exceeds that of the male at the secondary and college levels. Also, males have higher rates of failures, dropouts, and repetition in both elementary and secondary levels. In the fight against illiteracy, there

are some factors that are needed to be adhered in regards to have a successful literacy program: 1) quality of education 2) affordability of education 3) government budget for education; and 4) education mismatch. The quality of education had been in rough waters for the past years and a proof to that is the low standard results of standard test among elementary and high school students. As well as in the National Secondary Assessment Test for college students were way below the target mean score. There is also a big disparity in educational achievements across social groups. Contrary to the belief that students from well of families finished college but statistics shows that most freshmen in college comprises the largest number of drop outs. Reason may seem to vary from family problems or lack of schools to motivate its students. Despite the challenges that our Department of Education faces, the government proposed and grants more budget in education. However, the Philippines still has one of the lowest budget allocations to education among ASEAN countries. Problems in finding jobs after graduation are also a factor in literacy. Sometimes graduates tend to do work outside their field for reasons that there are no jobs available for them thus making the education industry look incompetent to produce worldclass workers making it somewhat impossible to encourage the youth to finish school. For these reasons we find the issues that surround our education to find illiteracy and for future years it will continue to battle such forces to overcome its falling image as a molder of the future.

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region BRANCH 24 Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF SALE FILE NO. 2015-AF-091 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG), mortgagee against ALAN C. SUMAMPONG, married to, MARIA GLORIA A. SUMAMPONG mortgagors, residents of Lot 23, Blk 23 SAN AGUSTIN VALLEY HOMES, Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of April 28, 2015, amounts to (P 266,849.33) excluding penalties, charges, attorneys fees and expenses of foreclosure , the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction on July 27, 2015, at 9:00 in the morning or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the Tourism Hall, City, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for cash in Philippine Currency, the property with all its improvements to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-204701 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 23, Block 23, PSD-10-039732 being a portion of Lot 1, PCN-104305- 00191) Situated in the Barangay Canitoan, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao, Including all improvements constructed thereon, Containing an area of FIFTY FOUR SQUARE METERS (54) more or less. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves, in the event of Auction Sale can not take place for whatever legal reason the sale will proceed on the following day, without further notice, posting and publication , the title here in above describe and encumbrance thereon, if any there be.

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policies. The two-day event will feature food, apparel, fashion accessories, food-processing techniques, and other products and services that are halalcertified. The festival will also provide entrepreneurs producing halal products new market opportunities. It will also “serve as a key focal point for education about the real halal practices, what it means and to improve business integrity through values perpetuated by truly halal role models,” a primer on the event noted. Among of the highlights of the festival is the launching of Halal Ordinance of Davao City, the country’s first, and the Mindanao-wide Qur’an recital competition. The Halal Food Industry Development Plan is a major initiative for Mindanao under the 2004-2010 Medium Term Philippine Development Plan, which specifically provides that the ARMM shall be the country’s halal-production base. The plan also stipulates that “consistent with the effort of making Mindanao the country’s agri-fishery export zone, the development of the ARMM as halal food production and processing center shall be supported.” Several initiatives of the regional government pertaining to the promotion of the halal industry are already being implemented such as adoption of the Regional and Provincial Halal Food Industry Plan, and the passage into law

of the Muslim Mindanao Act No. 254 also known as “ARMM Halal Labeling Act of 2005”. Halal means permissible and Islam requires Muslims to consume only halal foods and drinks. Lots of commodities, both food and non-food items, in the domestic market are now halal-certified.

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radio interview with dzRB Radyo ng Bayan. President Benigno Aquino III last Friday ordered Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to trace where the fake or synthetic rice originated, Coloma noted. Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Secretary Francis Pangilinan was also told to investigate the matter. “Ang NFA, sa pamamagitan ng kanilang Food Development Center, ay nagsasagawa ng mga laboratory test ng mga sample na naisumite po sa kanila at ipapalabas po nila ang resulta nito sa lalong madaling panahon,” said Coloma. According to reports, there were consumers who complained that they had bought fake rice in Davao City. (PNA)


from page 1 among lampara kung molusog og hangin (Comparing the past with the present, there really is a great

difference. It was very dark before and strong winds often blew out our lamps),” she said. SPUR SOCIO-ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES With electricity also comes development. Nanay Emilia narrates that her immediate family’s future has been made brighter because they can now earn additional income even at night through her sari-sari (variety) store. Just a few months after her home has been connected to the grid through FREE, Nanay Emilia bought a small refrigerator and a television set. Her small refrigerator, which she bought in cash from her savings, sits conspicuously in a prominent corner of her once “sira-sira” store. “Sauna, sira-sira man ni siya. Karon, mag sirado lang mi kung molakaw mi…Makabaligya na mi karon og ice, iced water, ug softdrinks. Among mga silingan makapalit ug makainom na og bugnaw nga tubig o soft drinks (This store was more often closed before. But now, we just closed it when we go somewhere…We can now sell ice, iced water, and softdrinks. Our neighbors can now buy and drink cold water or softdrinks),” she said. Nanay Emilia also ventured into battery charging for mobile phones and rechargeable flashlights. ven neighbors who have chosen in the meantime not to install electricity in their homes benefit from the electricity from Nanay Emelia’s home. “Makainom na mi karon og bugnaw nga softdrinks ug makatanaw og salida sa TV (We can now

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Gingoog City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE EJF NO. 204 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118, filed by FIRST VALLEY BANK INC., represented by Jamael M. Dangnan , Branch Manager, with principal address at Baroy, Lanao del Norte and a branch office at Barangay 22, Gingoog City, against Mortgagors SPOUSES AURORA DANTE & PERFECTO DANTE JR., with postal address at Barangay 24-A, Gingoog City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of April 30, 2015 have amounted to THREE HUNDRED THIRTY-SEVEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED FORTY-FIVE & 16/100 (Ph 337,245.16) PESOS, embracing the principal , interests and other charges, excluding foreclosure expenses, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for CASH on July 30, 2015 at 8:00 o’clock in the morning up to 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court , Hall of Justice, Dugenio Street, Gingoog City, the following properties with all improvement existing thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-10257 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 27 of the consolidation and subdivision plan TCS- 5848, being a portion of the consolidation of Lot 6, 116018-C, Lots 2899,2940 and 6201 of the cadastral survey of Gingoog , LRC Record Number) situated in the Poblacion, city of Gingoog. Containing an area of FOUR HUNDRED THRITY-SEVEN (437) SQUARE METERS. Registered in the name of Aurora C. Dante, married to Perfecto Dante Jr. TAX DECLARATION NO. E-013337 One storey residential building made of CHB, S-CUT, cement floors, T&G, GI. With a total floor area of EIGHTY-EIGHT SQUARE METERS (88) MORE OR LESS. Registered in the name of Aurora G. Dante. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated fate and time. In the event that the public auction will not take place on the said date, it shall be held on the next working day without further notice. Prospective bidders may investigate for themselves the Titles and Tax Declaration herein above-described and the encumbrances therein, if any there be. Gingoog City, February 6, 2012.

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drink cold softdrinks and watch shows on TV),” she said, adding that neighbors often congregate at her house at night just to watch their favorite shows on TV. BRIGHTER FUTURE The rural electrification project FREE is jointly undertaken by the Department of Energy (DOE), distribution utilities and SPI pursuant to ER 1-94 of the DOE as provided for in the EPIRA Law. It is being funded from the proceeds of the shares in the one-centavo per kilowatt hour of electricity sales generated from the operations of SPI’s power plant in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. Government figures show that some 40 percent of sitios (small rural villages) in Mindanao are still without electricity, which serves as a major stumblingblock to Mindanao’s sustained development. Thus, SPI embraced the program in an effort to energize all depressed areas in its host communities and in so doing spur economic growth and progress in these areas. SPI has allocated more than PhP27 million for this program and has targeted 32 villages in Misamis Oriental. SPI is confident it will be able to connect to the Mindanao Grid all sitios in Villanueva before Year 2015 ends. According to Nanay Emilia, she and her husband did not hesitate when asked if they want to be connected to the Grid. “Wala gyud mi nagduha-duha sa pagpataod og kuryente.” She said that for so long they have been living in the dark and they just grasp the opportunity that came their way to now live in the light. “Panahon na pud nga

Republic of the Philippines REGIONLA TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region Branch 22 Cagayan de Oro City In the Matter of the Adoption of JOHN ANDRE ATA, FC SPEC. PROC. NO. SP-FMY-2015-027 -andChange Name of JOHN ANDRE ATA To JOHN ALEJANDRO BANASTON ROMERO (John Alejandro B. Romero), The Spouses EDGAR B. ROMERO And NANCY B. ROMERO Petitioners, x----------------------------------------------------/ ORDER The petition seeks for the adoption of minor child JOHN ANDRE ATA by the petitioner Spouses EDGAR V. ROMERO and NANCY B. ROMERO and for the change of the name of the child to be adopted to JOHN ALEJANDRO BANASTON ROMERO. Finding the petition sufficient in form and substance the same is hereby given due course. Let the hearing be set on SEPTEMBER 11, 2015 at 8:30 in the morning at 2nd Floor Legislative Bldg., Conference Room of the City Council, City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City. At the expense of the petitioners, let this order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in Cagayan de Oro City and in Misamis Oriental, The RTC Social Welfare Officer assigned to this Court is hereby directed to conduct a home and child study on the adopting parents, the natural parents and the child to be adopted. She is also directed to conduct counseling sessions with the biological parents of the child to be adopted. The reports thereof shall be submitted to this Court SIXTY (60) DAYS from the receipt of this order. Petitioner is directed to make arrangements with the Court Social Worker for the scheduling and incidental expenses in conducting the case study. Let copy of this order and the petition be furnished upon the Local Civil Registrar of Cebu City, the Solicitor General and the City Prosecutor of Cagayan de Oro City for their appearance in behalf of the state.

SO ORDEDED. Given this 25th of June , 2015 at Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines.

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(Sgd) RICHARD D. MORDENO Presiding Judge

makatagamtam kami sa kahayag.” “Sayon na ang among kinabuhi karon nga naa nay kuryente kumpara sauna kay karon dili na man ko magdagkot-dagkot pa sa lampara ug mangitag pusporo pangdagkot. Mas sayon na karon kay hayag na mi ilabina kung gabii (Life is easier now that we have electricity compared to the past because now I don’t have to find matches to light the kerosene lamps. It is easier now because we have lights especially at night),” she pointed out. But since “old habits die hard” as the idiomatic expression says, Nanay Emilia still leave one light bulb on at night on their small veranda. Before, she left a kerosene lamp burning all night. “Para na sa akong mga silingan. Looy man kay ngitngit baya gyud inig gabii. Ngitngit kayo kung mopalit sila ilabina kung emergency ug


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kinahanglan paliton ang tambal (This is for our neighbors because it is really very dark here at night. What if they have an emergency situation and they need to buy medicines, it is very dark without a light on),” she explained. Nanay Emilia’s electric bill has increased to PhP493 a month from PhP132 a month but while she was “shocked” at this, she just shrugged her shoulders in dismissal, saying that her income from her sari-sari store combined with her income from her battery charging business is more than enough to pay her electricity bill. Besides, she is happy to be able to help her neighbors enjoy an “electric” life. “Mas maayo makatabang sa uban. Bahala og ma-alkansi basta makatabang (It is good to help others. It’s better to lose as long as we are able to help),” she stressed.


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SPS. EFREN S. BUHISAN & FARINA LAVIÑA BUHISAN, Petitioners. x-----------------------------------------------/ ORDER The Court takes notice Petitioner’s Amended Petition and submission of its documentary exhibits in compliance with the Order of May 21, 2015. Finding the verified Amended Petition to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby ADMITTED and given due course and forthwith let the Initial Hearing thereof be set on December 3, 2015 at 8:30 in the morning before this Court temporarily located at the City Tourism Hall, Cagayan de Oro City. Interested persons may file their opposition on or before the aforesaid date of hearing and to attend the hearing of this petition. At the expense of the petitioners, let this Order be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in Cagayan de Oro City and the Province of Misamis Oriental. In consonance with R.A. 8552 vis-à-vis A.M. No. 02-6-02-SC, the Court Social Worker is hereby directed to conduct a Home Study Report on the adopting parent and a Child Study Report on the adoptee. She is also directed to conduct counseling sessions with the adopting parent. The said report shall be submitted to this Court within SIXTY (60) days from receipt of this Order. Petitioners are likewise ordered to have all documentary evidence pre-marked before the Branch Clerk to establish compliance with jurisdictional requirements on November 27, 2015 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning. In consonance with A.M. 12-8-8-SC (Judicial Affidavit Rule) visà-vis OCA Circular No. 106-2012, Petitioners are hereby directed to submit their judicial affidavits at least five (5) days before the initial which must contain the following: 1. The name , age, residence or business address, and occupation of the witness; 2. The name and address of the lawyer who conducts or supervises the examination of the witness and the place where the examination is being held; 3. A statement that the witness is answering the questions asked of him, fully conscious that he does so under oath, and that he may face criminal liability for false testimony; 4. Questions asked of the witness and his corresponding answers, consecutively numbered; 5. The signature of the witness over his printed name; 6. A jurat with the signature of the notary public who administers the oath or an officer who is authorized by law to administer. Moreover, the same shall contain a sworn attestation at the end, executed by the lawyer who conducted or supervised the examination of the witness, to the effect that: 1. He faithfully recorded or caused to be recorded the questions he asked and the corresponding answers that the witness gave; 2. Neither he nor any other person then present or assisting him coached the witness regarding the latter’s answers. A False attestation shall subject the lawyer to disciplinary action, including disbarment. A party who fails to submit the required judicial affidavits and exhibits shall be deemed to have waived their submission. The court, however, may allow only once the late submission provided the delay is for a valid reason and would not unduly prejudice the opposing party, and the defaulting party pays a FINE OF NOT LESS THAT Php 1,000.00 NOR MORE THAN Php 5,000.00. IT IS SO OREDERD. Done this 10th day of June, 2015 in the City of Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. BWM: June 24, July 3 & 8, 2015

(Sgd) EVELYN GAMOTIN NERY Presiding Judge

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CCP’s AMI equips arts advocates with new skills, ideas The Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) successfully hosted the “Arts Management Intensives” (AMI) of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) through its cultural management division - arts education department. The two-day forum was aimed at developing deeper understanding of the various concepts of the arts and at turning participants into advocates of the creative industry who will provide value and support for its growth in the country. Thriving arts havens Former CCP president Nestor Jardin shared the current situation and trends in the arts industry in the Philippines and its contribution to the national economy. He added that arts scenes across the country have been flourishing with academic institutions and young creatives taking the lead. AMI also served as a venue to

discuss the challenges being faced by arts teachers and advocates particularly in copyright and intellectual property rights in the midst of vast access to information and new media. Luwin de la Concha of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) discussed copyright procurement and protection of the creator of an original work. The country’s copyright law is enshrined in Republic Act No 8293 or “The Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines” which covers original materials, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property divided into 17 classes. Audience satisfaction On the second day of AMI, Dennis Marasigan’s talk on arts marketing sparked a lively discussion among the participants. “As an arts marketer, you have to put yourself into your clients’ shoes. Know your needs. What do I want?

What do I want to experience?” said Marasigan whose journey in the arts marketing began in 1994 when he became CCP head of theater operations. What is best to keep in mind when doing marketing, Marasigan said, is that, “There is always a need for a better product. You need to research on how you can give your customers the satisfaction they are looking for.” In his study of audience development, Marasigan came up with three main factors which influence audience turnout at a certain show or exhibit: “Sino angkasali? (Who are in that show?) Tungkolsaan? (What is the show about?) How much will it cost me — physically, financially and emotionally?” So what are Marasigan’s ingredients for arts marketing? “A systematic marketing process must include an assessment of one’s product, pricing strategy, place decisions (product availability and distribution platforms), positioning or branding, and people.” He calls it simply as “5Ps.”

IPAG website during the 1990s, and that’s how we got invited to perform in different cities around the globe,” Fernandez recounted. A leading Philippine dance and theater company whose worldacclaimed productions integrate the dance, music, arts and traditions of Mindanao, IPAG has represented the country in over 100 cities worldwide. “Now, IPAG uses Facebook to post information and invites to our shows, and now you can get immediate responses—likes, shares and comments. The posts have to be brief and direct to the point because you have to take note of your audience’s attention span.” Fernandez jestingly said that if one wants to dissect someone’s personality, “Study their posts on FB!” He added that arts companies can use social networking sites for crowdsourcing and knowing their audience better with web analytics like the “Insights” feature on Facebook. Online posts, Fernandez said, have now become the “electronic word of mouth.” Speed is a major advantage of ‘Electronic word of mouth’ social media but, at the same time, a In the advent of technology, why looming disadvantage. As Fernandez not use online platforms to market arts put it, “When your audience like it, programs? This was the zenith of the they will immediately post positive last two discussions at AMI — social reviews on Facebook.But if not, their media marketing and online platforms. posts about how bad the show was will Manila-based composer, arranger go viral.” and musician Diwa de Leon presented AMI, held on June 25-26 at XU the various online portals where artists Little Theater (XULT), drew about can upload and promote their talents as 100 participants, mostly artists and well as connect with fellow artists and teachers of Humanities, Special organizations. Program for the Arts (SPA), MAPEH Moreover, multi-awarded and K to 12 arts track. Integrated Performing Arts Guild After the positive and warm (IPAG) founder and artistic director Dr reception at XU, XCCA hopes to Steven “Tibo” Fernandez shared how continue engagements such as the AMI IPAG has been using the Internet to to fortify its mission to be the center of showcase their dance and theater craft, arts program development and cultural and foster partnerships with other arts education, and build a network of arts institutions across the world. advocates in this part of the country. “We posted our shows on the Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA)

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