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THE government has awarded contracts for several road projects in Maguindanao and Sulu provinces to bring development to former conflict areas as part of the peace dividends of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB). These projects were funded through the national government’s Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan (Pamana; Peaceful and Resilient Communities) program, spearheaded by the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process. The projects awarded to private contractors last Monday were the LanghubPantao Road in Patikul, Sulu, and farm-to-market roads in Maguindanao’s Barangay Calaan, Buldon; Barangay Kauran, Ampatuan; and Datu Piang town.


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PMAP Summit sets eye on Asean integration T

A LOCAL association in Panabo City availed new facilities from the Department of Trade and industry (DTI) under the Shared Service Facility (SSF) project. The DTI based in the province turned over earlier today P-360,000 worth of facilities to beef up the Vermi Processing project of the Rehoboth Association. Th e SS F i ncl uded multi-functional shredder, mechanical sieving machine, vermi tea brewer, and vermi beds. Joycebel Macias, chairperson of the association, said in an interview that the facilities amplified the production of their vermi cast from 40 sacks to 200 sacks monthly.

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HE ongoing 16th People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP) Summit being held in Cagayan de Oro City is gearing up for the upcoming Asean economic integration in 2015 which needs sustained resiliency, professionalism and competitiveness of the workforce.

PMAP Cagayan de Oro Chapter President Wilma G. Magdale said that while the workforce, the people’s leaders and Human Resource (HR) practitioners are ready, the sector needs to be prepared considering unpredictable changes in all fronts. Ms. Magdale, who is a ls o PMAP t r uste e-incharge for Mindanao, said the preparation for Asean Integration also involves talent retention.

“C ompanies have to face the challenge of talent retention, especially their key talents, because of the opportunities that the Integration will bring about to the country’s workforce,” Magdale said yesterday during the opening of the 2-day summit being held at N Hotel here. Magdale predicts the first wave of the Asean Integration will hit the service sector, pmap/PAGE 6

GEARING UP TOWARD ASEAN INTEGRATION. Ceremonial signing of the Memorandum of Understanding among the Mindanao chapters of the Personnel Management Association of the Phils (PMAP) and STEAG State Power Inc. for a strategic partnership in promoting Business Continuity Management & Emergency & Disaster Preparedness & Response. Signing the MOU at N Hotel on 19 June are STEAG Power Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers & PMAP Mindanao Chapter presidents from Mindanao. photo courtesy of pam salon

Aboitiz exploring geothermal sites By CARMELITO Q. FRANCISCO, Correspodent

DAVAO City -- Aboitiz Power Corp. (AboitizPower) said it is exploring potential geothermal sites of about 20,000 hectares on the boundaries of Davao City, Davao del Sur and North Cotabato for power projects with a combined output of 200 megawatts (MW).

According to a c o mp a ny p r e s e nt at i o n over the weekend, a copy of which was obtained by BusinessWeek Mindanao, the Energy department awarded AboitizPower subsidiary AP Renewables, Inc. exploration rights to two areas of about 10,000 hectares each.

One is b etween Mt. Talomo in Davao City and Tico, part of Magpet town in North Cotabato. The other area is on the boundary of Davao City and Davao del Sur near a hydroelectric aboitiz/PAGE 6

STATE OF AGUSAN DEL NORTE ADDRESS. Governor Angelica M. Amante-Matba vows to further improve the quality of life of Agusanons during her State of the Province Address at the Provincial Capitol Covered Court, Butuan City last week, March 17. Photo supplied

Congress is not the real battleground for BBL (Second of a Series) By BONG D. FABE, Correspondent

THE proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be scrutinized for its legality and constitutionality in Congress through an intense debate. But the groups and individuals supporting the BBL believe that the real

battleground is not there, but in the areas included in the proposed Bangsamoro New Political Entity or Bangsamoro Core Territory. The core territory, as defined in Article I, Section 5 of the Framework Agreement

of the Bangsamoro (FAB) signed on October 15, 2012, shall consist (a) the present geographical area of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM); (b) 6 municipalities in the province of Lanao del Norte (Baloi, Munai, Nunungan, P a n t a r, Ta g o l o a n a n d Tangkal); (c) 39 barangays Congress/PAGE 7

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DOLE-XI to check on minimum wage compliance By JOEY SEM G. DALUMPINES Contributor

D AVA O C i t y - - T h e Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the region will check the compliance of the minimum

wage among big and small business establishments using the tripartite mechanism involving representatives from the workers, management and

their agency. Atty. Jeoffrey Suyao, director of the DOLE 11 told reporters that checking the compliance on labor laws is wanting. He said a joint assessment will be done by the management, workers and the DOLE to check on the wage law compliance consequently ensuring check and balance. “This is one of the reforms being instituted to make sure that the management complies with the labor claws,” Suyao said citing that the joint assessment replaces the inspection program on the labor law compliance system. He said that currently, c ompl i anc e of f i c e rs of the DOLE go around and randomly pick up workers then interview them about the exact amount they receive as take home pay following the implementation of the new minimum wage in the region.

Suyao said inspectors would compare the data given by workers to their findings. “The problem with our workers is that they do not cooperate by telling the exact information. Complaints

about not receiving the correct wages still reach our of f ice despite our investigation,” he said. Suyao s aid t hat t he DOLE is so careful in its investigation that it follows

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CUTTING OF RIBBON. The National Grid Corporation of the Phils. (NGCP) has turned over a 2-classroom building to Bagocboc Elementary School in Opol, Misamis Oriental, as the community plays host to NGCP’s Baloi-Tagoloan and Lugait-Tagoloan 138KV lines. (L-R) Dr. Horace Amelia Q. Nacua, Public Schools District Supervisor, Opol, Misamis Oriental; Engr. Rico Baiño, Municipal Administrator; Mr. Nelson F. Cabangon, Head, Corporate Affairs Dept., NGCP; Ms. Mae Roselle L. Curiano, Corporate Affairs Field Officer, NGCP; Mdm. Amy C. Dagondon, ES Head Teacher III; and Engr. Jesus A. Madriaga, Jr., Chief Engr., Transmission Lines, NGCP.

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Alsons eyes shift to renewable energy A L S ON S C ons ol i d ate d R e s ou rc e s , Inc . ( AC R ) said it is planning a shift to renewable energy projects over the next five years. Joseph C. Nocos, ACR vice-president for power development, said: “Our investments are driven by what we believe is needed by the market.” The swing to renewables marks a significant turn for the Mindanao-focused company, whose projects

are mostly coal or dieselbased and are thus highly dependent on imported fuel. Mr. Nocos, who was speaking on the sidelines of the Power & Electricity World Philippines 2014 conference in Pasay City, said ACR is developing a 2 1 0 - meg aw att (MW ) coal-fired power plant in Sarangani. It also plans to undertake a 105-MW coal project in Zamboanga City. “Over the next five years,

we see that we will have to shift focus to renewable energy,” he said. “We ac tually signed hydropower ser vice contracts with the Energy department for three project sites of around 40-50 MW. We are set to sign several more hydropower service contracts for other sites,” said Mr. Nocos. B esides hydrop ower development, Mr. Nocos said ACR is also exploring

a p ossible s olar p ower project with capacity yet to be finalized. “We are now in discussions with solar power developers for the undertaking of a solar project also in Mindanao,” he added. Asked if the company has plans to invest in biomass projects, Mr. Nocos cited the challenge of securing sustainable fuel sources for such plants. “That’s the main challenge

that we see. We struggle to find sources of biomass that we can consistently rely on over the long-term,” said Mr. Nocos. “As of the moment, based on what we’ve seen, there’s very few biomass sources that we can feasibly develop into power projects.” Last month, ACR officials said the company is looking at capacity of more than 100MW for various hydropower projects.


To j u m p - s t a r t i t s investment in renewable energy, the company will work on a 17-MW hydro plant that will be built along the Siguil River in the municipality of Maasim in Sarangani. According to the Energy department showed that ap a r t f r o m t h e S i g u i l project, ACR -- through Alsons Energy Development Corp. -- already has service alsons/PAGE 7

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Correcting Mistakes


hink a minute…What do you usually do when you make a mistake? If you’re doing a math problem in school and your answer is wrong, what do you do? Don’t you just go back, find your mistake and fix it? Or when you realize you’re on the wrong road to the market, don’t you just turn around and take the right road? In fact, the person who turns around the soonest is the smartest, because he doesn’t waste anymore of his time and energy going the wrong way. There is nothing smart about being too proud and stubborn to admit we’ve made a mistake. Since God created life, He is the only One Who knows the right way through it. That’s why God the Son came to show us the right road. Jesus came to show us how to live the correct way that works, so we could be happy and successful. He showed us how to have healthy, happy relationships; how to teach and love our children; how to enjoy a satisfying marriage for a lifetime; and how to use our special abilities to reach our full potential in our job and career. Jesus shows us the honest, loving heart and character He created us all to have. He showed that if our heart is ruled by His strong and loving character, then we will genuinely love others and not use them or hurt them.


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It makes no sense to ask 2 plus 2 to equal 5. Just like it makes no sense to ask God to change the facts of right and wrong, only so you and I can live our own wrong way. Think: what if just this one time God let me do the wrong thing I want to do? Then how would I feel if God let someone else do that same wrong thing to me or my family? Jesus shows us His right ways for our own happiness, not to be strict and take all the fun out of life. Jesus came to forgive us and show us the successful, satisfying life He created us for. So if you’ve not been living for Jesus Christ, you can do the smart thing today: just admit that your way of living is wrong, and ask Jesus to take full charge of your life. It’s only when we start living our Maker’s way that we can start enjoying His good life—the way it’s made to work. Just Think a Minute …

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Oro Chamber’s Role in Pushing for A Vibrant Economy in N. Mindanao


he C agayan de Oro Chamber of Commerce has played a vital role in successfully influencing government policies and has strengthened its integrity as leaders and not mere cheer leaders for the government. Today, we congratulate Oro Chamber president Efren T. Uy for being constantly innovative in making Chamber meetings worth attending for. He has invited the Director for Investment Promotion and International Cooperation of Mindanao Development Authority, Dir. Romeo Montenegro, to talk about the “Development of Our Power Industry in Mindanao”. Business chambers are a vital platform for the Philippine industries to

editorial col le c t ively pres ent its voice and views on business and policy matters to the government. In its history, Oro chamber has always worked closely with the government on various issues of strategic and economic importance in the fields of Energy, Transportation and other vital issues. What is needed now is a collaborative approach of the business sector with the government. Oro Chamber has been strongly advocating the expeditious enactment of new laws which can propel inclusive growth. It has explored immediate

areas of opportunity, and encouraged investments in urban infrastructure, such as affordable housing, and commercial and social infrastructure. It has focused Northern Mindanao as a growth engine for the entire country. It has also advocated moves to make Mindanao energy self- sufficient. Oro Chamber has always recognized the importance of small businesses to the local economy as evidenced by its membership accommodation of the small entrepreneur companies. The big industries may be

the main source of jobs and revenues and it is true that its industrial facilities provide primary jobs contributing to the foundation of national economy. But the small businesses, the people with the entrepreneurial spirit and the thousands of offshoot jobs they create, have ignited the vitality of the economy throughout the region.. Oro Chamber has played a large role in helping business es throughout Northern Mindanao. One for example is the assistance in facilitating of business p r e s e nt at i o n s l i k e t h e recent Mindanao Business C onference Roadshow , and the Mindanao Shipping Conference 2014. Congratulations once again for a job well done!

Remembering Rhodora


t must have been during my freshman or sophomore high school year when we had a new, bubbly teacher in English Literature who asked us to study a poem entitled, The Rhodora, by Ralph Waldo Emerson. I, at first, like all the other boys in class, was hesitant to do the assignment because of the prevailing prejudice that subjects like Literature were more for girls than for boys. But I did it just the same, draggingly, of course, but more to avoid trouble, since I was quite sure I would be asked to say something about it in class. Little did I know that I would fall in love with the poem. In fact, it was the first time I felt something special toward literature. I was fascinated by its musical and lyrical tone, bewitched by its cadence and rhythm. More importantly, it delivered a strong message so appealing to both my mind and heart. It has since then become indelible in my memory. It was a message that I did not expect after reading the first few verses that described what I thought were merely ordinar y obser vations. I was told beforehand that the Rhodora was actually just a plant, an information that worsened my misgiving about the class assignment.

But now I realize that the element of surprise is part of the beauty of any literar y piece. That was what happened to me. I was pleasantly surprised, and then somehow affected... quite deeply. The misgiving turned into a blessing. My misgiving actually set me up for a big kill in myself. The verse that attracted me most was this: “Rhodora! / If the sages ask thee why / This charm is wasted on the earth and sky, / Tell them, dear, / That if eyes were made for seeing, / Then beauty is its own excuse for Being.” In my adolescent mind then, I readily agreed to t hat st atement. B e aut y was a very precious and rare commodity. And I understood beauty as an exclusively physical affair. It was hard for me then to see beauty around. Back in the province, there must have been some pretty faces, but not one that sparked awe and fascination. And so, I thought beauty could only be found in the movies, in the magazines, and in those occasional visits of movie stars and starlets during town fiestas. “If eyes were made for seeing...” kept ringing in my mind. Years passed, and the scenario has altered quite significantly. This time, you see beauty in the physical s ens e in abundance. A worldwide industry of make-

up and make-overs, plus the increasingly powerful supporting structure of networks, etc., has made that possible. But I also realize that these have somehow exposed the false character of beauty in the physical sense. B eauty and human perfection cannot be confined in the physical alone. There is a lot of f ic tion, deception, and fant asy involve d t here. Neither can beauty be a matter of feeling good, or of being popular, etc. These ideas of beauty cannot satisfy the deepest longings of our soul. Beauty has to be found in something more profound. It cannot be skin-deep alone. It has to correspond to a more complete set of criteria based on our true and ultimate dignity as persons and as children of God, created in the image and likeness of God. It has to satisfy our deepest expectations that definitely go beyond the material and the natural. These days, we have to be wary of a thick, dominant culture that considers beauty almost exclusively in the physical sense only. We have to feel the need to transform that culture slowly but steadily. It’s an urgent task that has to be done if we want to avert a disaster much worse than a Yolanda or a magnitude-7 earthquake.




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We have to recover the or i g i n a l an d aut h e nt i c nature of beauty, one that is organically linked to God and his commandments, and that goes far beyond satisfying merely material and natural categories. We have to present in convincing terms, arguments and actuations that beauty should not be allowed to be hijacked by physical and natural criteria. It has to be understood as living out, for example, the beatitudes as articulated by Christ. That’s where beauty really lies. It’s achieved when we learn to love as Christ loves us, which means, loving even our enemies. That’s because that’s where our perfection is achieved. For sure, this ideal of beauty is at the moment considered to be like a Rhodora, precious, rare, hidden. But it should be common in the future and in eternity.

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Puregold to invest P2.5-B with Lawson convenience stores PUREGOLD Price Club Inc. is investing up to P2.5 billion to open 500 convenience s t ore s t h rou g h a j oi nt venture signed recently with Lawson Asia Pacific, Inc. and Lawson, Inc. According to Puregold director Vincent Co, they plan to open 500 Lawson convenience stores by 2020 with a capital expenditure of P4 million to P5 million per store. Puregold said in a disclosure to the Philippine Sto ck E xchange t hat it is venturing into the convenience store segment of the retail industry with t h e s i g n i n g of a Joi nt Venture Agreement with the Lawson group. T h e a g re e m e nt w i l l allow Puregold to build and operate Lawson convenience stores within a period of seven years. Puregold said this is a “natural extension of PGOLD’s presence in the lo c a l ret ai l l ands c ap e.” Under the agreement, 70 percent of the investment will come from Puregold and 30 percent from Lawson. Aside from this new venture, Puregold is also planning to acquire the Co Family’s Puregold-Duty Free stores in the Clark and Subic Bay freeports. Puregold president Leonardo Dayao said they expect to have the

consolidation completed w it h i n t he ye ar a s t he company looks to capitalize on t he s y ne rg y t h at i s created by having a single pu rc h a s i n g f or a l l t h e businesses. “It’s a plan. We have formally decided to pursue the plan. Before we always say in time. I think this is the right time to consolidate the food supermarket into Puregold and that includes the Duty Free Shop,” said Dayao. puregold/PAGE 7

SSS pensioners get 5% increase effective June 2014

ILIGAN City -- In view of its sustained financial growth and as part of its commitment to provide more meaningful benefits, the Social Security System (SSS) has announced the fivepercent across-the-board pension increase for 1.9 million SSS pensioners effective June 2014. In a recent press statement, the SSS disclosed that all active pensioners for retirement, death and disability as of May 31, 2014 can expect higher benefits in their bank account or pension checks. To provide time for necessary system adjustments, SSS Vice President for Benefits Administration Agnes San Jose

said the new across-the-board pension increase can only be paid out starting August 2014, including the additional amounts for June and July. The state-run agency provides pensions under the regular Social Security (SS) Program and the Employees’ Compensation (EC) Program. EC pensions, which are granted on top of regular SS pensions for members with work-related contingencies, are excluded from the five-percent increase. “The SSS will continue to pursue more reforms to improve its long-term financial health as well as enhance its benefit levels,” San Jose noted.

“FAR BETTER THAN THE FORMER”. Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano shakes hand with new provincial director of Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Edward Bhaguani on their first meeting during the disaster summit series weeks ago. Bhaguani once served as DILG chief in Oroquieta City. To recall, Gov. Emano was disappointed over Bruce Colao, former MisOr DILG chief because of his “inefficiency” to appoint Charlie K. Emano as the new Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) president even if the latter obtained more votes against Arsenio Khu Jr., former ABC president. Gov.Emano sees Bhaguani as “far better than the former chief” and that he expects “better partnership” between the province and DILG. CAPITOL PHOTO


DOT, IA join Alliance Francaise de Manille in Fete de la Musique 2014 The Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agency, the Intramuros Administration (IA), join hands with Alliance Francaise de Manille (AFM) in presenting the 20th edition of Fete de la Musique this year. One of the most celebrated cultural events in the world, Fete de la Musique is slated to mark its second decade of festivity on 21 June 2014 (Saturday) from 3:30PM onwards, with free live music and cultural events simultaneously happening at A-Venue Mall Open Parking and Greenbelt 3 Park in Makati, and at the Maestranza Plaza in Intramuros, Manila. There will also be a kick-off party on 20 June 2014 (Friday) from 8PM onwards to be held at Baluarte de San Diego, Intramuros, featuring French, Filipino, and Indian artists such as DJ M.MAT, SinIndia, Caliph 8, and Kate Torralba. The Fete de la Musique’s 20th edition will also mark the four-year partnership and collaboration of AFM with B-Side Productions in handling the festival program and logistics. Summer solstice of 21 June 1982 saw the launch of Fete de la Musique, which spread to five continents around the world in less than 15 years. Also known as World Music Day, Fete is a global phenomenon where every music genre is represented in various venues simultaneously around the city for one night. At present, more than 450 cities in

116 countries celebrate the Fete de la Musique, promoting live music performed by amateurs and professionals on a wide range of musical styles and genres. The Philippines has been a staunch supporter of the France-based fest, having organized the free event for years and making it the biggest and most attended free outdoor music event in the metro today. Last year’s edition gathered more than 12,000 music enthusiasts with several pocket stages representing jazz, blues/soul/ ska, reggae & world, indie, rock/ pop-rock, hip-hop, electronica, and Latin. “We are very honored to be part of this important milestone celebrating two decades of the Fete de la Musique, one of the most popular free music events in the metro’s cultural life today. This festivity is a testament to the Filipino and French people’s many commonalities, and in no small measure, our great affinity with music. There is definitely a lot to celebrate and to be grateful for. Our warmest congratulations to Alliance Francaise de Manille, the Embassy of France to the Philippines, and to all our friends from France for the event’s continued success worldwide. Thank you for giving the best of Filipino talent the joy to share together with other foreign artists that same passion for music,” Tourism Secretary Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. remarked.

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and this makes companies in this sector wary about their workforce, because Filipinos are known for their resiliency and being able to bounce back. “That makes them attractive to foreign companies,” she said. Top speakers from Manila, le d by PMAP Nat iona l president Atty. Josephus B. Jimenez, keynote speaker, and who addressed the participants with an answer to the question: “Are we ready for the challenges of the Asean Integration?” formed part of the success of the 16th PMAP Summit. Other presenters during the first day of the twoday summit include Mr. Francis Kong, president of FunWorks Inc., who talked about “Leading in a Culturally Diverse Workforce,” Ms. Ging Igual, consultant for Towers Watson, who presented “ Ta lent Engagement in ASEAN Landscape,” and Dr. Carsten Evers, manager of STEAG State Power Inc., who shared “Business Continuity Management: Leadership i n C r i s i s and D i s a ste r Preparedness and Response.” Day one of the Summit culminated with the signing


of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) among PMAP chapter presidents for disaster preparedness linkages and assistance. Topics for today (June 20) include “Treading Between Employee Discipline and Care” by Atty. Jimenez; “Succession Planning within the Asean Field” by Mr. Schubert Caesar C. Austero, senior vice president and deputy head of HR Group of the Philippine National B an k ; and “L e ver ag i ng Social Media for Sourcing and Employment” by Ms. Maricar Olaivar-Estrabo, senior marketing specialist of

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project operated by another Ab oitizPower company, Hedcor, Inc. The comp any adde d that it will ensure adequate protection for the environment, particularly Mt. Apo which is near the project sites. “We are committed to use modern technology to ensure that our geothermal plant does not harm the health of the people and cause the least adverse effect to the environment and the community,” said Manuel M. Orig, AboitizPower first vice-president for Mindanao. The company has not announced a timetable for the projects, but power projects usually run for four years. The company has been pushing for the implementation of the project to diversify its power portfolio. In an earlier statement, the company said it “pushes for maximization of renewable energy potential as long as it is available and affordable, while utilizing fossil-based power generation to ensure reliability.” The company added that at this stage it will be conducting “s u r f a c e e x p l o r a t i o n ,” adding that “there will be no construction of any kind.” The company said Mindanao, which services half of its power requirements

STEAG State Power Inc Power Plant Manager Dr. Carsten Evers discusses Learning Lesson number 3: “Business Continuity Management: Leadership in Crisis and Disaster Preparedness & Response” during the 16th PMAP Mindanao Summit - Gearing-up for ASEAN Integration, June 19, N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. photo by shaun uy

from government-owned hydroelectric plants in the Agus and Pulangi complexes, must be able to get a “right mix” of power sources to eliminate its vulnerability to power outages. “There is a need to enable the people of Mindanao to benefit from the rich potential of its geothermal power resources,” it added. The company’s renewable energy portfolio, based on its data, is at 1,191 MW, with its Tiwi-Makban geothermal complex generating nearly half at 467 MW. Hydroelectric plants run by the government are largely old and have been showing their wear and tear, apart from being vulnerable to long dry spells. Next year, the company through its Therma South, Inc. subsidiary, will start operating its first plant at a coal-fired power complex located in the boundary of the city and Davao del Sur. The project has a total capacity of 300 MW, but the company has obtained the approval of the city government to expand it to 645 MW. The project and that of the Alcantara-led Sarangani Energy Corp., which has a 200-MW coal-fired project in Sarangani, are expected next year to provide much-needed power to the Mindanao grid to help sustain economic growth on the island.

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SP CASE NO. 2014-034


THE LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Respondent. X----------------------------------------------------/ NOTICE OF HEARING Petitioner, through counsel , filed a verified Petition for Correction of Entry in the Certificate of Live Birth of Venlie Jewel Taripe Pinzon and Jillian Ven Taripe Pinzon. Finding said Petition sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby given due course. The Petitioner is hereby directed to cause this Order to be published once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a duly accredited newspaper of general circulation in the City of Cagayan de Oro , Province of Misamis Oriental, at her own expense. Let copies of this Order be posted in the Bulletin Board of the City Hall, Cagayan de Oro City, Bulletin Board of the Local Civil Registrar of Cagayan de Oro City, and the Bulletin Board of this Court. This case is set for hearing on September 8, 2014 at 9:00 a.m. at the Session Hall of this Court. The Civil Registrar and any person having or claiming any interest under the entries whose cancellation or correction is sought may, within fifteen (15) days from notice of the Petition, or from the last date of Publication of such notice, file his/ her opposition thereto. Let a copy of this Order be furnished the Office of the Solicitor General, Office of the Local Civil Registrar of Cagayan de Oro City, the Petitioner and her counsel. AFTER petitioner’s documents in compliance with jurisdictional requirements are marked and declared complete, and there is NO OPPOSITION filed, petitioner should PRESENT EVIDENCE EX-PARTE before our Branch Clerk of Court, Atty. Kathryn A. Galarrita, at a convenient date and time agreed between the latter and counsel. SO ORDERED. Given this 11th day of June 2014 at Cagayan de Oro City. (Sgd.) MARITES FILOMENA B. RANA-BERNALES Presiding Judge BWM : June 20, 27 & July 2, 2014

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10TH Judicial Region BRANCH 38 Cagayan de Oro City NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE EJF Case Number 2014-144 UPON EXTRA-JUDICIAL PETITION FOR SALE under Act 3135 as amended filed by Act No. 4118, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (otherwise known as PAG-IBIG Fund), with branch office at Pag-IBIG Fund Bldg.,J.R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City, against ELVIE J. LUSTADO, married to Clarito C. Lustado, with postal address at Lot 20, Block 30, PAG-IBIG CITY HOMES, Malanang , Opol, Misamis Oriental , OR at Blk. 8, Lot 2 Greenville Subd., Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of May 16, 2014, amounts to Four Hundred Thirty Three Thousand Seven Hundred Eighty Pesos & 82/100 ( Php 433,780,82), Philippine Currency, as principal, interest, charges , attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned Sheriff or his deputies will sell at attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure , the undersigned Sheriff or his deputies will sell at public auction on JULY 9, 2014, AT 10:00 A.M. TO 4:00 P.M. or soon thereafter at the Office of the Regional trial Court, Branch 38, 2nd Floor, Hall of Justice, Hayes Street, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for cash and in Philippine Currency ,the following real property, with all the improvements found thereon, to wit: “TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO.136-2012000747” ( Registered in the name of Elvie J. Lustado, married to Clarito C. Lustado) LOT : LOT 20, BLOCK 30, PSD-10-057664 PORTION OF LOT : LOT 1, PCS-10-003972 AS SURVEYED FOR : UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK ( PAG-IBIG CITY HOMES) LAND USE : ( RESIDENTIAL), LOCATION : MALANANG, OPOL, MISAMIS ORIENTAL Xxx, with an are of Ninety ( 90) square mtrs., more or less.” All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the abovestated date, time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on the sais date for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following working day without need of further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the property above-described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, June 6, 2014.


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in the municipalities of Kabacan, Carmen, Aleosan, Pigkawayan, Pikit, and Midsayap in North Cotabato that voted for inclusion in the ARMM during the 2001 plebiscite; (d) the cities of Cotabato and Isabela; and (e) all other contiguous areas where there is a resolution of the local government unit or a petition of at least ten percent (10%) of the qualified voters in the area asking for their inclusion at least two months prior to the conduct of the ratification of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. After Congress passed the BBL, it will be subjected to popular ratification in these areas through a plebiscite to be scheduled next year. Once it is ratified, the ARMM is deemed abolished and the Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) will be established to pave the way for the formal election of the Bangsamoro Government s i mu lt ane ous w it h t he presidential election in 2016. Lawyer Mary Ann Arnado, secretar y-general of the Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC) said during the June 3 public consultations on the BBL here that the real battleground is the plebiscite. {Arnado now sits as MPC Council Emeritus/Adviser after journalist Ryan Rosauro was elected as MPC secretarygeneral on June 6]. Arnado said that local Moro politicians who are averse to not being in power will surely use money, guns and goons to campaign for its failure in the plebiscite. “Don’t tell me that after the plebiscite, only Darapanan accepts the Bangsamoro Basic Law,” she said, as she urged all concerned stakeholders to help campaign for “Yes” in the plebiscite. Draft copies After Malacañang transmitted the proposed BBL to Congress as an urgent bill, it is now the role of the President’s legal team to defend it. But Arnado expects no hardline opposition for its passage in Congress given that President Aquino has repeatedly announced his strong support to ending

the decades-old conflict in Mindanao and has shown his sincerity in the peace negotiations. The opposition, she said, will come out during the plebiscite with guns a-blazing. “Which is why it is crucial that people, especially in affected areas, must be made to understand the BBL through the conduct of education campaign and public consultations. And we need to be able to read the copy of the draft BBL to be able to do this right,” a participant from the civil society organizations (CSOs) said during the public consultations here. Arnado admitted that “since we do not have a copy of the draft provisions of the BBL we cannot fully appreciate the bill.” A Mindanawon peacebuilder also echoed the call for Malacañang or the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) to release a copy of the draft BBL for transparency’s sake. “How can people fully appreciate the BBL and intelligently vote for its ratification when they have not even read it?” asked the peacebuilder who requested not to be named in this report. The peacebuilder said that there is growing fear among CSOs, NGOs and individuals supportive of the peace process that Malacañang might transmit a watereddown version of the draft BBL to Congress. “Baka kinakatay na iyan ngayon sa Malacañang. It is not farfetched to say that the bright boys in Malacañang are now busy creating loopholes and easing the impregnable, unassailable and ironclad provisions in the proposed law,” the peacebuilder added. Reports last month said that the 15-member BTC, led by Mohagher Iqbal, chief peace negotiator of the MILF, is worried that the government is going to water-down the draft BBL and delay its release. But Malacañang, through Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. and Presidential Spokesman Edwin S. Lacierda, said that the Office of the President is

studiously reviewing the draft BBL so that when it transmits it to Congress, it will pass legal and constitutional scrutiny. It’s up for Congress Sources closed to the peace negotiations also said that the draft BBL is closely-guarded for now because they don’t want to abort it and avoid a repeat of the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) which led to a renewed escalation of the armed conflict between the Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces (BIAF) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) after copies of which were leaked to select political personalities in Mindanao. While those who requested for a copy of the draft BBL said they understand this apprehension, they also said that they only want transparency, in light of the far-reaching impact for pres ent and f uture Mindanawons and Filipinos this crucial piece of legislation has. “Ngayon p a b a t ayo magtatago sa taongbayan na ma l apit na t ayo s a finish line? Huwag naman because from the start, the peace process was closely monitored, watched, followed and reported by the media,” a source who participated in the public consultation on the BBL here said but refused to be identified. Arnado said that Congress has the power to change the draft BBL. “Congress can change it. But politically, will Congress do it? Congressmen know the import of the BBL; the stakes are very high because this is the commitment of the government not just to the Bangsamoro but also to the international community,” she stressed. She said that she believes all congressmen know that

this piece of legislation is very critical “because the government is dealing with combatants and they still have their guns.” She urged Congress to adhere to the government’s commitment because “this opportunity may not come again.” (To be continued)

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contracts for a 4-MW plant in San Carlos City and 10MW plant in Don Salvador Benedicto, both in Negros Occidental; as well as for the 12-MW Kalaong 1 plant in Maitum, Sarangani. ACR also has pending applications for the following projects: an 11-MW plant in Bago City, Negros Occidental; an 8-MW plant in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte; a 23MW plant in Lupon, Davao CAGAYAN DE ORO MAIN BRANCH Oriental; the 6-MW Kalaong P & J Lim Bldg., Tiano Brothers 2 and 4-MW Kalaong 3 in Kalambagohan Sts., Tel. # (08822) 727-829 * Maitum, Sarangani; and the Telefax # (088) 856-1947 8-MW plant Bayugan, CAMIGUINin BRANCH B. Aranas St., Poblacion, Mambajao, Agusan delTel.Sur. Camiguin # (088) 387-0491 Thro u g h BRANCH We s t e r n CORRALES Corrales Ave., Cagayan de Oro City Mindanao Power Corp. and DIVISORIA BRANCH Southern Philippines Power Atty. Erasmo B. Damasing Bldg., #61 Don A. Velez St., Cagayan de Oro City Corp., the firm operates Tel. # (088) 857-3631 a 100-MW diesel plant in LAPASAN BRANCH Lapasan Hi-way, Cagayan de Oro City Zamboanga City and 55-MW Tel. # (088) 231-6739 diesel plant in Sarangani CARMEN BRANCH Vamenta Blvd., Cagayan de Oro City province, respectively. Tel. # (088) 231-2011 Mapalad Power Corp., another unit, owns and operates the 103-MW Iligan diesel plant in Lanao del Norte. ACR profit grew 2.66% to P228.88 million in the first quarter. R e v e nu e m ore t h a n doubled to P1.18 billion, while expenses more than tripled to P861.34 million.

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CAGAYAN de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno leads in congratulating the 67th year of existence of the Rotary "Mother" Club of Cagayan de Oro, and both its outgoing and incoming sets of officers, who will figure in a turnover ceremony tonight (June 20), at the Pryce Plaza Hotel, Carmen Hill, this city. Leading the new set of officers for Rotary Year (RY) 2014-2015 who will be inducted tonight is Mr. Jose Luis "Luigi" Sarraga. "I am one with you in expressing the Cagayan de Oro City Government's profound gratitude and congratulations to your club's outgoing set of officers led by Engr. Ferdinand Bernasor for a very productive Rotary year of service to the people of the city and nearby areas," Mayor Moreno said in his message. "Your club and members have continually lived up to the Rotar y's motto of "Service Above Self " to help communities and the less privileged sector of society through your development programs and projects in the areas of education, health improvement and poverty alleviation," the local chief executive said. Mayor Moreno said the city government fully supports the annual Rotary Youth City Officials Program, which the City Government of Cagayan de Oro considers as "a grateful partner and undoubtedly gives youth and student leaders from the city's secondary schools the singular opportunity to come up close and experience the workings of the local government's elected officials, as well as provide the participants a feedback mechanism to the city hall administration on the youth's aspirations, sentiments and expectations." Moreno, likewise, extend his sincere and best wishes to the Rotary "Mother" Club "for another promising and fruitful Rotary year ahead" under the leadership of Mr. Sarraga. for his part, Mr. Sarraga tells his fellow Rotarians: "Let me assure you that I am aware of the immense responsibility of my role as your new president,

and I am confident that with the cooperation and support of my incoming Board of Directors and, of course, you support, we will be able to achieve our goals for this Rotary Year." Mr. Sarraga confided to BusinessWeek Mindanao his top three projects for this Rotary Year aside from the signature projects being done by RC. These are the hosting of the Rotary Club District Convention in Cagayan de Oro, the resumption of the Australian medical mission here and forging of an agreement with Disaster Aid International to help Sendong survivors, possibly on their need for water facilities and literacy program for their children. This is not the first time that Mr. Sarraga holds the presidency of RC. In 1996, he led the Makati Greenbelt Rotary Club. He looks upon opportunities to realign RC policy direction to the current needs of the society, particularly during calamities, which has become a "new normal" these days, with super typhoons hitting the region more often that in the past. "Rotary Clubs are autonomous, and so, we can make amendments to fine tune with the needs of the communities where we exist after 67 years, and tailor some of the relevant ones to our club's policy," he said. "Afterall, Rotary Club's motto is Service Above Self -- and, with this, we try to give back whatever we could to the community," he added. Apart from the three major projects, Mr. Sarraga said he intends to strengthen linkages and increase the current membership, which stands at 63, with 15 more members this RY. rotary/PAGE B3






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Antonio Reyes Enriquez, 77


wo-time Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature Grand Prize Winner Antonio Reyes Enriquez passed way on 14 June 2014 in Cagayan de Oro City at the age of 77. Ñor Tony, as he is fondly known to his compoblanos from La Bella Ciudad de Flores Zamboanga, won the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Grand Prize for Literature in 1982 for first novel “Surveyors of the Liguasan Marsh” and again in 1993 for his third novel, “Subanons”. He previously won First Prize in the Short Story Category for “Spots on their Wings” (1973) and Third Prize for the same category for “The Icon” (1969). The Palanca Award is considered the Philippines most prestigious award for literature. His second collection of short stories, Dance a White Horse to Sleep and Other Stories (UQP, Queensland, Australia, 1977) was the first work of fiction by a Filipino writer writing in his own country to break international publication. He has been published in his homeland, the Philippines, and abroad. His short stories have been translated into Korean and German. In 1996, he was recognized with the “Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas” Award for Fiction

in English by the Unyon ng Mga Manunulat sa Pilipinas (UMPIL, or the Writers Union of the Philippines). In 2000, he was presented by the Thai Royal Family with the “Southeast Asia Writers Award” (S.E.A. Write) in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2013, he was recognized by the Ateneo de Zamboanga University with the “Fr. Eduardo Hontiveros SJ Award for Culture and Arts”. He was also cited with the U.P. National Fellow for Literature lifetime award and the Hawthornden International Retreat for Writers Fellowship in Scotland, U.K. “Truly a prolific writer that Zamboangueños and Ateneo de Zamboanga University (AdZU) can be proud of!” noted Fr. Antonio Moreno, S.J., Jesuit Philippine Provincial and former AdZU president. In his bio-brief in Zamboanga. com, the late author noted how his “fearful and unforgettable experience in Liguasan Marsh in Maguindanao likely started his career as a novelist; Liguasan Marsh was the setting of his first novel, “Surveyors of the Liguasan Marsh.”

Tony Enriquez singing his heart out in happier days with fellow Illustrados Isagani Cruz, Krip Yuson, Butch Macansantos and wife Joy at the piano in Edith Tiempo’s house in Dumaguete. photo by sue lara

However, it was his “happiest times” in his grandfather’s land in a coastal village of Labuan, west of Zamboanga City that encouraged him to write about farmers, fishermen, and the rural folks. Labuan village is the setting of most of his stories; like in his short story collection, “Dance a White Horse to Sleep and Other Stories.” Ñor Tony was born in Zamboanga City, the setting for many of his short stories and novels. Despite the formidable talent which made him besides the illustrious Quijano de Manila the only Filipino writer to be selected for inclusion in the Asian and Pacific Writings Series of the University of Queensland Press in Australia, he was never much of a journalist. The only time he dabbled with the press was during the early 1960s when he was invited to join Proc Montesino’s Mindanao Life magazine with Tony Elias of the Philippine Free Press. Commissioned in 1993 by Time Magazine to do a feature on Zamboanga City for its Village Series (published in its August 16, 1993 issue), he admits it took him much more effort to do than a short story on the same subject would have. He preferred creative writing, starting with the short story though gravitating to the novel and essay in his later years. The shift from the short story to the novel was brought about mainly by the lack of outlets where to publish his short stories due to the strict censorship and curtailment of press freedom by the Marcos regime. He took a two-year leave from his job as Assistant Regional Director for the Department of Public Information in Zamboanga City to finish “Surveyors of the Liguasan Marsh,” and the rest is history. He said his greater inclination for the novel was also a graduation to a higher creative plane which allowed him greater room for expression than the short story. “Actually I finished a second novel before Subanons, which however, was published later

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by Giraffe Publishers.” The Living and the Dead chronicles the decline of an aristocratic dynasty in Zamboanga when faced with the onslaught of uncouth immigrants from Luzon and the Visayas. During the launching of the book on 17 September 17, 1994 at the VIP Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City, Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, a close friend of the author remarked in his review: “I see Tony Enriquez’s book: The Living and the Dead as more than a novel. It is a historical commentary that bears a kernel of truth concerning the evanescence of wealth that, unfortunately, to this day, continues to define many a person’s attitude towards life in purely mundane terms, forgetting that man is not only a body, he also has an immortal soul.” The exotic locales and unforgettable characters in many of the tales of Antonio Enriquez are drawn from the colorful mosaic of his checkered past. “There was a time when I did nothing but hunt and fish for two years in the old Basilan City during the time when my father Isidro was the City Auditor,” he recalled in an earlier interview. “I knew in my youth on that now besieged island of Basilan (called Taquima by my ancestors). There I used to hunt wild boar, deer, monkey; they were everywhere then.” “I remember sometimes shooting at wild boars not in the thick of forest or woods, but right there in the cornfields

of Moro Abdul, shooting them without much effort as shooting at domesticated pigs that would overnight devour poor Moro Abdul’s entire corn harvest he had tended for months. But now I was told that gone are the wild game, just as the forest and the rivers are gone, and the wild orchids too, taken over by even something wilder, more cruel and unpredictable than the wildest beast or denizen: yes, man himself — hunting his own kind, Moros against Christians, in a fratricidal war!” His favorite indulgence during that period was deep sea fishing with Samal fishermen in the Sulu Sea. Fishing the Samal way with only hook, line and bare hands, he once caught a shark that was even bigger than the seven-man pumpboat they were riding on. “The Samal fisherman who owned the boat pleaded with me to cut the shark loose but I refused.” In an epic battle reminiscent of Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea, the great fish towed them around in circles for hours (it was too big to be landed on the pumpboat) until it managed to shake free, much to the relief of his petrified companion. Like Alberto Gonzales, the hero of his first novel, Ñor Tony was once a party chief of a survey team of the El Certeza Surveying Co. doing triangulation towers for a watershed project in Pikit, Cotabato during the early 60s. During those times, Mindanao was still a wild, unexplored frontier and Mr. Enriquez recalls

encounters with Maguindanaos, Maranaos, and even small, curly haired Mamanwas armed with only spears and arrows who neither looked left nor right whom they once chanced upon in the deep marshland. Ñor Tony is survived by his wife, Joy Viernes Enriquez, only daughter Vanessa and husband Ulysses Madelo, and grandchildren Anton Vladimir, Julien, Nikka Eloise, Dominique Ysabelle and Andrei Joshua. His wake is being held at Palermo Chapel, Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes, Gen. N. Capistrano Street, Cagayan de Oro City. Final vigil and necrological services will be held on Wednesday, 18 June 2014 after which his remains will be cremated at Forest Lake. In his acceptance speech for UMPIL’s “Pambansang Alagad ni Balagtas” Award for Fiction in English in 1996, Ñor Tony recalled how the fields of Bukidnon were excellent hunting grounds for wild pigeons and wild ducks. “And so, now, after we’ve decided which hunting area we’d go to and the predawn hour we’d meet at a friend’s place, we’d conclude our meeting, saying: “Sigui, `pareng; we’ll all meet here, here at Jun’s, tomorrow about two, buntag, morning, ha, hindi afternoon: rain or shine— basta hindi u-ulan!” We will all see you down the road, Señor Antonio, same time, rain or shine – maskin ya ta cay ulan! Hasta la vista amigo…..vaya con Dios para siempre…. -INDNJC-

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Saturday, 21 June is Yoga and Wellness Night @ Seda Centrio Guests at Seda Centrio this Saturday evening are in for a treat as Yin Yoga Master Dona Tumacder-Esteban renders a free talk and demonstration of her Yin Yoga technique. Dona is a yoga therapist and teacher, women’s health advocate and integrative wellbeing and nutrition counselor at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Her work centers on helping people achieve balance and harmony by learning to embrace and skillfully navigating the oscillation between yin and yang. She has conducted workshops in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand to empower people with simple regimens that enhance the basic foundations for healthbetter digestion, sounder sleep, a relaxed body and calm mind. More details at www.donaestban. com Her talk starts at 6:00PM at Seda’s Misto to be followed by a demonstration of the techniques she espouses at 7:00PM poolside. To complement Dona’s talk and demo, Seda Centrio is laying out a healthy buffet around the Health & Wellness theme of the evening.

“We will have healthy salads and entrees that will have lesser calories but more nutrients, low carbs and plenty of antioxidants that promote a healthy appetite without compromising your health,” said Chef Dean Manalo. Chef Manalo has patterned Saturday’s buffet after the American Heart Association, World Cancer Research Fund, and American Institute for Cancer Research recommendations for a diet that consists mostly of unprocessed plant foods, emphasizing a wide range of whole grains, legumes, and nonstarchy vegetables and fruits. “This healthy diet is chock full of non-starchy vegetables and fruits, with plenty of different colors including red, green, yellow, white, purple, and orange,” he notes. “Tomato cooked with oil, allium vegetables like garlic, and cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, provide protection against cancer. This healthy diet is low in energy density to protect against weight gain and associated diseases. Not the least, we will have no sugary drinks, energy rich foods, and no red and processed meats.”

Overall, researchers and medical policy have shopwn that this healthy diet can reduce the risk of chronic disease and cancer. “As the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends, our buffet will have plenty of plant foods, particularly fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and nuts. We will have less fats, and focus on unsaturated fats instead of saturated fats and trans fats. Plant oils, nuts, and fish are the best choices. Less sugar, salt/ sodium from all sources. And not the least, plenty of essential micronutrients such as vitamins

and certain minerals,” noted Hotel Manager Lorenzo Tang. Not the least, Saturday’s Health &Wellness Buffet will also observe the Nutrition Source of Harvard School of Public Health recommendations for a healthy diet. “Besides what’s already been mentioned, our buffet will have good carbohydrates: whole grains, vegetables, fruits and beans but no white bread, white rice, and pastries, sugared sodas, and other highly processed foods,” Chef Manalo notes. And not the least, Seda Centrio’s Health & Wellness Buffet will have plenty of that

best choice beverage: good ole water! “Water is the best source of liquid,” Chef Manalo advises. “Avoid sugary drinks, and limit intake of juices and milk. Coffee, tea, artificially-sweetened drinks, 100-percent fruit juices, low-fat milk and alcohol can fit into a healthy diet but are best consumed in moderation.” Looking to have your cake and eat it too? Come join Seda Centrio’s Yoga and Wellness Night this Saturday, 21 June 2014 starting at 6PM. For reservations, please call (088) 323-8888 today to place your reservations or book directly with the front desk.

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Paul Clarence Juarez - VP; Meynardo Tiro, Secretary; from page B1 Nor man Ma kapugay With Mr. Sarraga at Treasurer; Alvin Benasa the helm of the mother - Pres. Elect RY 2015-16; RC this Rotary Year are Ferdinand Benasor - IPP;

Michael Baños-PRO; and Board of Directors - Paul Ferrer, Neil Que, Michael Mendoza, Dufel Lagrosas and Dante Sudaria. Along with the officers

o f t h e R C o f C D O, inducted tonight are new set of officers of the Rotary Anns, namely, Juvy Mae Sarraga - President; Josy Alinabon - VP; Rizaflor

Sarraga - Secretary; Pamela Va l e nc i a - Asst . S e c . ; Jessica Elio - Treasurer; Lu z Pa mp a r o - A s s t . Treasurer; Monica Romero - PRO; Ophelia Paano -

Auditor ; and B oard of Directors - Rosalinda Caragos, Jessica Soriano, Doris Lagrosas, Victoria Blanco and Noelle Juarez.


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New House Models Launched at Filinvest Homes Butuan F ilinvest honors every hardworking Filipino who dreams to provide a home for his family. These homes represent a homebuyer’s first step towards the fulfillment of his dreams and aspirations. This year, Filinvest through Filinvest Home Butuan, launches a series of new model units in response to the changing needs of the modern Filipino. Filinvest Homes Butuan, located along the National Highway (Davao-Butuan-Cagayan Road) at Km. 3 Bgy. Baan, is less than a kilometer from the city proper. It will offer three house models, namely: Amber, Opal, and Molave. Price

starts at Php 8,200 per month, these house models offers an attractive and affordable residential option for starting families. Putting a premium on quality housing, Filinvest highlights the 100% Reinforced Concrete Anay-Free seal. Houses with this seal makes use of reinforced concrete to create homes that are worth every family’s investment—durable, fire-resistant, pestfree, and requires low maintenance. This feature can help families cut down on upkeep and repair costs and enable them to grow their savings for a brighter future. With these breakthrough endeavors,

Coca Cola FEMSA Gets Exclusive Discounts from The SM Store

The SM Store is giving away exclusive discounts to all Coca Cola FEMSA employees until June 15. Simply present your SM Advantage, SM Prestige, BDO Rewards or Mom card upon payment to avail 10% discount with a minimum P1,000 single receipt purchase on all regular priced items from any selling department inside The SM Store. Not yet a member? Avail of the SM Advantage Card for only P150 from The SM Store Customer Service Counter, Cash or Charge Counters, Supermarket Bills Payment Counter, and all Savemore branches. Do not miss this exclusive offer. Keep shopping at The SM Store Cagayan de Oro.

Filinvest is expected to maintain its market leadership in the value homes segment. Through quality, budget-friendly houses at Filinvest Homes Butuan, the company provides a stable foundation for every starting family, bringing them closer to their dreams and helping them enjoy a solid future. Potential buyers may choose from any of the following packages: Lot only (134365 sqm, P 1MN-3.4), Amber House & Lot package (40.31 sqm, LA 75 sqm, P1.38MN) Opal House & Lot Package (53.6 sqm/LA 104 sqm/P1.9-2.8M) or Molave House & Lot Package (39.4 sqm/143 sqm/P2.4-2.5M) FHB offers the lowest selling price per square meter for an exclusive and themed residential subdivision with resort inspired amenities. On top of that, it offers better financing packages to choose from including In-house, Bank and Pag-IBIG financing schemes. Filinvest has almost 50 years of experience in real estate development and is one of the country’s leading players in the industry. Built on the Gotianun tradition of integrity, quality, and service, it has developed over 2,400 hectares of land for more than 140,000 families nationwide. For more information, please call (085) 3427222 or (0917) 5569272 or log on to

Opal House Model

Amber House Model

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