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NORTHERN Mindanao Peace Council will hold a Walk for Peace around Divisoria streets in Cagayan de Oro in celebration of the National Peace Consciousness Month. Set to start today, Sept. 21, which is the “International Day of Peace,” the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the City Peace Security and Development Council, through the initiative of 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, will hold a Peace Month Culmination Program at Kiosko Kagawasan. The program will include a Walk for Peace and will be highlighted by the Candle Light “Peace Sign” formation. Contingents from the national government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, religious sector, students and civic organizations will be participating.

By IRENE DAYO, Staff Writer

HE world’s largest and fully automated coconut shell activated carbon plant has begun operating in northern Mindanao.

MARITIME industry stakeholders in Northern Mindanao are all set for this year’s celebration of National Maritime Week, 21-25 September 2015. With the theme, “Edukasyon at Pagsasanay sa Maritima: Kabalikat sa Patuloy na Kaunlaran,” simultaneous blowing of ship’s horn and dressing of ships, floral offering, Holy Mass and opening program will kick off the celebration, September 21. Holy Mass on board vessels, through Apostleship of the Sea (AoS), was also set for the celebration. Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) will spearhead a lecture/forum/ symposium on the proper disposal of garbage, and feeding program to 300 students at North City Central School in Cagayan de Oro City.

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World’s biggest carbon facility opens in Misor

Owned and operated by the Jacobi Group, the facility will be formally launched Tuesday, Sept. 22, at its

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Vegetable industry bats to increase production By JORIE C. VALCORZA, Contributor

ARABIC CLASSES. Meranaw children attend Arabic classes at the Maahad Salmonan in Barangay Mini-Forest, Davao City. On weekdays, they attend regular grade school classes. mindanews photo by keith bacongco

THE vegetable industry is pushing to increase both production and consumption here in Northern Mindanao, it

falls below the recommended 146-182 grams per day consumption set by the Food production/PAGE 11

Farmers urged to plant alternative crops to beat oncoming El Niño By MARK FRANCISCO, Staff Writer

RICE farmers in Northern Mindanao are being encouraged by the National

Irrigation Administration (NIA) to plant a third crop as a response to the dry

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CURBING CHILD WASTING IN SCHOOL. Energy-firm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) together with its partners in the private and public sectors, launched recently a 120day school-based feeding project (SBFP) in San Martin Elementary School in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. The project is part of SPI’s continuing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program and undertaken in partnership with the local government, Department of Education, Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and Oriental Motolite Mktg Corp. (Photo Provided)

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By ELAINE O. RATUNIL, Contributor

O R T H E R N Mindanao Peace Council will hold today, September 21, a Wa l k for Pe ace around Divisoria streets in Cagayan de Oro in celebration of the National Pe a c e C on s c i o u s n e s s Month. Set simultaneously with the “International Day

of Peace,” the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) and the City Peace Security and Development C ou n c i l , t h rou g h t h e initiative of 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army, will hold a Peace Month Culmination Program at Kiosko Kagawasan. The program will include a Walk for Peace

and will be highlighted by the Candle Light “Peace Sign” formation. C ont ingents f rom t he national government agencies, local government units, civil society organizations, religious sector, students and civic org an i z at i ons w i l l b e participating. T h i s y e a r ’s t h e m e “Pag ka kais a Tungo s a Patuloy na Kapayapaan

at Kaunlaran,” reminds people that peace and development can be achieved through unity, said City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno of Cagayan de Oro and Chairman, RPOC-10. Pursuant to Presidential Pro clamation No. 675 dated July 10, 2015, the month of September was declared as the National Pe a c e C o n s c i o u s n e s s Month.

Cultivating the Habit on Reading By Mimie K. Igot Salawagan National High School

“Reading aloud with children is a component to language development and is one of the most important activities for preparing them to succeed”anonymous Reading yields knowledge Yes! That’s true just by reading we can travel around the world. But let’s define first the word reading. The dictionary defines reading as an instance or occasion in which a text or other matter is read or performed, usually without elaborate preparation and often as a means of testing its merits. For me as a teacher I can say that reading is important it helps us to expand the knowledge that we possessed. But how can we form a reading habit? Especially to the students, we all know that nowadays, it is so hard to find time for reading,

because of the enticement of the social Medias, computer games, some student prefer to cut classes just to play computer games. They don’t know that life is too short to waste. As far as my teaching is concerned I develop some tactics for the students to have an interest in reading especially to the students of where I am teaching right now. The first is: 1. Read. Simple first step! If we’re going to encourage kids to read we need to do it too. Read for pleasure, information, instructions, connecting with others, and so on. Read. Read a little more than you’ve been reading late. 2. Share your reading experiences. Share with colleagues, friends and students. Tell them what you’ve been reading, what you’ve

gained or learned from these texts, what you recommend. As a teacher, I very intentionally and regularly told my students what I was reading; where I read I brought in the books. 3. Set times. You should have a few set times during every day when you’ll read for at least 5-10 minutes. 4. Always carry a book. Wherever you go, take a book with you. 5. Make a list. Keep a list of all the great books you want to read. 6. Find a quiet place. Find a place in your home where you can sit in a comfortable chair (don’t lie down unless you’re going to sleep) and curl up with a good book without interruptions. 7. Reduce television/ Internet. If you really want to read more, try cutting back on

TV or Internet consumption. 8. Make it a pleasurable. Make your reading time your favorite time of the day. 9. Have a reading hour or reading day. If you turn off the TV or Internet in the evening, you could have a set hour (perhaps just after dinner) when you and maybe all the members of your family read each night. 10. And remember the more you read the more things you will know. I’ve tried the foregoing and it brings inexpressible joy to me. You may just check this out whenever you’re in doubt. Because it has been said “If you only read the book that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking”. Says the Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami

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OFW entrepreneurs undergo EDT for 2B reintegration program BUTUAN City -- As the part of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration’s (OWWA’s) promotion of socio-economic well-being and improvement of income generating livelihood activities to its members, the office carried out an Entrepreneurship Development Training for the 2-Billion Reintegration Program; a special loan prog ram of OWWA in partnership with the Landbank of the Philippines (LBP) intended to support enterprise development among OFWs and their families. After attending the oneday orientation seminar, which tackled the terms and availment procedures of the program, 39 OFW family entrepreneurs from the different provinces of Caraga completed the required two-day Entrepreneurship D e v e l opm e nt Tr a i n i n g conducted by OWWA with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) on September 7-8, 2015 at OWWA Training Hall. DTI Senior Trade and In du s t r y D e v e l opm e nt

Specialist Gemma Clarin discussed the modules, which included the making of a business plan, budgeting, basic bookkeeping skills and necessary qualities a successful entrepreneur should possess. Further, queries and clarifications of the participants concerning the business and necessary requirements in DTI registration were raised and addressed. Business plans created by the participants during the workshop were l i ke w is e c r it i qu e d and assessed. Participant Ceasar D. Satilin who is presently engaged in a falcata plantation intends to expand his venture to keep up with the fast growing market. Aside from the opportunity of increasing his finances, he also thanked OWWA for the new learning he acquired from the EDT that would better arm him in his developing business. More ov e r, qu a l i f i e d borrowers can avail of a short-term loan, which can be paid within a year, or a program/PAGE 11


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hink a minute.In June, 1969, the countries of Honduras and El Salvador declared war against each other. Until then, these two neighboring nations in Central America had been like close cousins. For many years people from El Salvador had lived and worked as farmers in Honduras. Then suddenly things changed and the two countries became enemies. First, the Hondurans attacked the Salvadoran farmers living in Honduras. The thousands of farmers ran home to El Salvador and told about the attacks against them. Next, both countries broke off diplomatic relations, and in a month the fighting started. Five days later, over 2,000 people had been killed. The battles continued with airplane attacks, as well as the news media from both countries broadcasting hateful messages over radio and TV. Finally, there was a cease-fire and they stopped fighting.for a short time. Then, the fighting started again and lasted for many more years. But what happened to cause this war between such close countries? Would you believe that this long, violent war was caused one day in June, 1969, by a decision made by an athletic official. Thousands of


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Jhan Tiafau Hurst people were killed over nothing more than a disputed score.of a soccer game! Pretty crazy! But no crazier really than the fights we ourselves start with our own family and friends-sometimes over nothing more than our sensitive pride. Did you realize that we’re all guilty of rebelling and in a way declaring war against our Maker. We’ve chosen to live the life He gave us our own way instead of His. But He designed His way of living to bring us real happiness, success, and peace of mind. So won’t you call a cease-fire with your Maker? Just ask Jesus Christ for His forgiveness and new life. Then start living His way. It’s the only way you’ll be satisfied and have real peace from your war with Him and with others. Just Think a Minute.

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Everything is going wrong! “Relationship” comes from the the Latin “referre” or “relatum”, which means “to bring back”. Why do some many relationships break down? Some might say: That’s of no importance to me. That doesn’t worry me at all. There is even no need to worry about it. Yes, sometimes, we wish people around us weren’t so thoughtless. In one of my penultimate columns I tried to explain, “when to keep our mouth shut”! Silence is also an answer - sure! But some of my readers posed the question, if also broken relationships can be only restored by silence or waiting. My answer is YES and/or NO! Sometimes it’s a wonder, w h at a s m a l l d o s e o f determined silence can do. Relationships are ALWAYS worth restoring, because life is all about learning how to love and how to

value relationships and make the effort to maintain them instead of discarding them whenever there is a rift, a hurt, or a conflict. The bible told us that all of us have been given the ministry of restoring broken relationships. Broken or cooled down relationships can be noticed at any corner. Restoring them is equal to peacemaking or peacekeeping but also not avoiding facing conflicts. Ru n n i ng aw ay f rom a problem (and then keep the mouth shut!), pretending that the problem doesn’t exist or being to afraid to talk about it, that’s how the hypocritical coward acts. e Some people love to downplay everything: Things aren’t too bad - they could be worse! Come on guys! I always love to talk to God before I talk to a person. Later, I can find the right moment and take the

initiative to restore broken relationships or face the problem. I can even look out for others’ interests first. I can use “my telescope of life” (from the Greek word “skopos”) and play close attention. I can start with sympathy but not with great solutions right away. I can confess my part of a possible conflict. Paul said in Romans 12:18: “Do everything possible on your part to live in peace with everybody!” In resolving conflicts, a word not be spoken may be the choicest word of all, or IF WE TALK, HOW we say it, is important. The US-author Rick Warren confessed in one of his books; “We can establish a relationship even when we are unable to resolve our differences. Christians often have legitimate, honest disagreements and differing opinions. But, we can disagree without being disagreeable.

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Elpidio Quirino, teacher and educator


lpidio Quirino, the 6th Philippine President, started his public service at the age of 16. Having just completed high school, Quirino applied for and was accepted as an elementary school teacher in Capriaan, a town ( no longer existing ) near Caoayan, Ilocos Sur. The young Quirino walked daily some 5 kilometers, crossing a creek which separated Capriaan from Agoo. He was to receive the sum of P12 a month which, at 1906 exchange rate, was equivalent to US 12 dollars. On his first payday, the young maestro excitedly presented himself before the Agoo municipal treasurer to collect his salary. As required, the municipal treasurer asked the maestro for his cedula. Quirino could not produce any. He was under age and could not be issued a cedula yet. The p aymaster t hus refused to pay Quirino. When the American Superintendent

of Schools learned about this, the Superintendent waived the technicalities and authorized the treasurer to pay Quirino, saying: “If he is old enough to teach, he’s old enough to be paid for it.” Quirino later pursued other areas of public service. He became a lawyer. He then became a Representative of Ilocos Sur, a Senator, a member of the Philippine Independence commission, a delegate to the 1935 constitution, a Secretary of Interior and Finance under President Quezon, Vice President of Manuel A. Roxas, and later President. Quirino never forgot his roots as a teacher as well as the value of education in uplifting the common man. Long before the war began in 1941, Quirino accepted the position of Dean of the College of Law of Adamson University. He relinquished the position when he was inducted as Vice President of the Philippines. Quirino rightly believed

that : “ Education is another fundamental of national progress and of production efficienc y. … It is our established obsession that no child in the Philippines should be bereft of instruction.” In the post-independence period, Quirino faced what Dr. Jaime C. Laya described as the multiple challenges of “backlog, reopening, r e h a b i l i t at i o n” o f t h e education system. Quirino responded with the following initiatives: improving/standardizing the salaries of teaches, increasing the number of teachers, increasing the number of state colleges and universities. When informed that t h ou s an d s of stu d e nt s could not be accommodated because of the lack of teachers, he immediately authorized, upon consultation with the Council of State, the release of sufficient funds for the employment of additional teachers. As a result, over a fouryear period from 1949 to


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Ignacio Bunye 1952, public school teacher to student ratio progressively improved as follows: 1949: 49:1 1950 – 48:1 1951 – 45:1 1952 – 40:1. Dr. Laya also gives credit to Quirino for his initiative for community participation by s cho ol teachers - a precursor of our current barangay system. Quirino concerned himself with the need to expand access to higher learning on a nation-wide basis. He sponsored the movement for more liberal extension of bunye/PAGE 9

What we should teach our children


IFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand…” (Isaiah 41:10, the Holy Bible). -ooo LACK OF FEAR AND LOVE OF GOD WILL SEND PEOPLE TO HELL: Why have government officials become so obsessed in getting as much as they could financially from the positions that have been entrusted to them? The only feasible explanation here is that many of these officials no longer have any real fear and love

of God in their hearts that they are no longer bothered about committing crimes. If these officials have only a mustard-seed fear and love of God in their hearts, they will not aspire for wealth and riches, for then they will know that it would not be good for them to gain the whole world and yet lose their souls in the meantime. If they only have the real fear and love of God in their hearts, these officials will understand that the Lord Jesus Christ has given those aspiring to become leaders a very stern admonition: he who wants to lead must be the servant of all and anyone who does not heed this warning will

surely go to hell. -ooo WHAT WE SHOULD TEACH OUR CHILDREN: To the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church, there is really no need for sex education for children of tender ages. What we need to teach them, while they are still young and their minds are still highly impressionable, is spirituality and righteousness, based on the lives and examples of Biblical characters. If our children are taught to have fear and love of God in their hearts, it is a certainty they will avoid pre-marital sex and similar vices. If our children

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Robinsons Place Naga BICOLANOS will have a new shopping d e st inat ion : R obi ns ons Land Corporation (RLC) recently held a groundbreaking ceremony in Naga City to officially commence the construction of their latest mixed-use development project. The g roundbre a k ing ceremony was graced by Na g a C it y g ov e r n m e nt officials headed by Na g a C it y May or Jo h n Bongat with Vice Mayor Nestor Legacion and RLC exe c utives he aded by Commercial Centers General Manager Arlene G. Magtibay and Corporate Proj e c t P l an n i ng He a d Boyong Aquino. They gamely posed with the “R” loves Naga installation—a mock-up of a similar centerpiece that will be featured in Robinsons Place Naga.

The three-level commercial building annexe d to a t wo-le vel of f ice str ucture will b e located in Roxas Avenue, Almeda Highway, Naga City. RLC officials said R o b i n s o n s P l a c e Na g a will host well-known local and foreign brands and Robinsons Land affiliates, R obi ns ons D e p ar t me nt Store, Robinsons S u p e r m a r k e t , To y s R Us , Ha n d y m a n , D a i s o, R o bi n s on s App l i a n c e s , Southstar Superdrug and Ministop, among many o t h e r s . To c o m p l e t e the Robinsons Malls experience, Robinsons Movieworld will have 6 cinemas including a 3D format. Part of the project as well is a Go Hotels and Summit Hotels to make shopping more convenient even for travelers.


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Hyundai invests P1.2B in Calamba logistics facility H Y U N DA I A s i a Resources Inc. (HARI), the local distributor of Hyundai motor vehicles in the country, has invested P1.2 billion for a 10-hectare logistics complex to consolidate its stockyard, parts warehouse, and distribution processes in Calamba, Laguna. HARI President and CEO Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo told reporters at the inauguration of its Hyundai Logistics Center (HLC) that the company has invested P700 million for the first phase and P500 million for the second phase of the logistic facility, which the development will start by next year. “ We a r e g o i n g t o consolidate all logistics requirements and our processes in one place in a

bold move to hold logistics needs in one place and to build possible innovation for green operation and processes,” said Agudo. The HLC has been certified as a grèen building by Philippine Green Building having attained the highest “Kamagong” standard. Before the operation of the HLC, HARI was renting a huge off dockyard of ICTSI for P2 million a month in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. The first phase, which occupies 6-hectare area, now houses the stockyard that could accommodate 5,000 vehicles units comfortably go o d for a two-mont h inventory. It also houses the parts warehouse and the Hyundai Academy. The second phase will house the car museum and

a 12-storey office building that will house the Hyundai Academy and the Climate Change Center. Agudo said the Hyundai Academy is aimed to be a dedicated training academy for automotive workers for its Hyundai technical manpower requirements of its dealerships. But Agudo also said that they will be collaborating with TESDA as it intends to eventually open the facility to the public. At the outset, however, Agudo said the cost of building the green HLC was 9 percent higher rhan the ordinary building of its kind, but which the company expects to recover in three years because they will be able to recover its green cost with savings eon electricity, water and manpower cost.

The HLC will also be manned by a 500 workforce from an outsource company which undertakes its existing distribution insp ection processes. “ We b e c o m e m o r e productive and better quality control in this complex,” added Agudo. Meantime, Agudo said the 10 percent decline in the sales of HARI in the first quarter this year is due to the fact that it has no new model introductions lately, strong market competition in the small car category and the erratic supply of high volume models that created an imbalance in inventory supply in other models. The negative growth of HARI, which accounts for as much as 90 percent of hyundai/PAGE 11

Petron forecasts 20% profit margin after refinery upgrade

A VISIT FROM PDEA – VICE GOVERNOR JOEY G. PELAEZ and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency headed by Regional Director WILKINS VILLANUEVA discussed updates on the drug situation in Misamis Oriental as well as the strategies on how to minimize, if not, eradicate, the use of prohibited drugs in the province. Vice Governor Pelaez strongly supports the efforts of PDEA as he wants to curb illegal drugs use, especially among the students in public high schools. Also present in were PAUL AVILA, ROSE BAJAO, NEIL PABILONA, and ARIEL SANTOS. photo supplied

PETRON Corp. expects its upgraded refinery to boost its profit margin to 20% starting next year, providing a more stable source for the company that’s exposed to the volatility of oil prices in the world market. “Petron’s business, even with low oil prices, is still going to be very profitable because of the modernization of the refiner y,” Petron President Ramon S. Ang told reporters on Tuesday.

The company invested $2 billion to upgrade the refinery, which is located in Limay, Bataan. Mr. Ang s aid: “ The refinery is running very well. We expect to achieve the target efficiency sooner than expected.” The refinery -- which converts crude to refined oil -- can produce up to 180,000 barrels per day and Petron’s target is to hit 98% of that petron/PAGE 11

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Local farmers urged to plant drought-resistant rice varieties


E NER AL S antos City -- Agriculture officials in Region 12 advised local farmers to plant various droughtresistant palay or rice in the wake of the looming strong El Niño Phenomenon. Amalia Jayag-Datukan, Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 12 director, said there are available palay varieties that have been proven to withstand severe dry conditions, especially dry spells and droughts. He said these varieties, which were developed by the Philippine Rice Research Institute, are already available for farmers in the region. Also known as Soccsksargen, Region 12 comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan and Cotabato. “This is to lessen the possible adverse effects of the upcoming El Nino and ensure that we will have enough rice harvests during

the period,” she said. For irrigated farms in the lowland areas, Datukan said,farmers should plant rice varieties such as Rc 10 (Pagsanjan), NSIC Rc130 (Tubigan 3) and NSIC Rc 152 ( Tubigan 10). For those in rainfed lowlands, she recommended the NSIC Rc 192 (Sahod Ulan 1), PSB Rc 14 (Rio Grande) and PSB Rc68 (Sacobia). The official said upland farmers should plant varieties such as PSB Rc80 (Pasig), PSB Rc9 (Apo) and NSIC Rc23 (Katihan1). Aside f rom planting drought-resistant rice, she said local farmers should also apply water-saving techniques in their farms. She said these include irrigation control, alternate wetting and drying, aerobic rice system, drip irrigation and reduced tillage technology. B as e d on a fore c ast released to DA-12 by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and As t ron om i c a l S e r v i c e s Administration (PAGASA), most parts of the region will

experience prolonged dry episodes, dry spell and even drought starting October to February next year due to the El Niño. It s aid t he most vulnerable areas are the provinces of S outh Cotabato, Sarangani and Sultan Kudarat. Datukan said the provinces of Sarangani,

Sultan Kudarat and South Cotabato will experience dry spell this month that will intensify to drought from October to February. She said North Cotabato will experience dry condition starting next month until January and dry spell by February. Based on rainfall data, the municipalities of

Antipas and Makilala in North Cotabato already posted “way below normal” le vels as of t he end of August. The town of Tupi in South Cotabato registered below normal level while this city and nearby Koronadal City were at near normal levels. The rainfall level in

the provinces of S outh Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato will drop to below normal and in Sarangani to way below normal by the end of the month. Such condit ions are expected to continue until January and further intensify by February next year.(PNA)

NEDA: More investments in R&D to boost PH’s competitiveness THE Philippines needs to invest at least Php127 billion in research and development (R&D) and innovation to boost the competitiveness of local industries, particularly agriculture, crucial to growing other sectors and alleviating poverty, according to the country’s chief economic planner. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan said the amount represented one percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) which stood at Php12.7 trillion as of 2014. “(We need to raise investments) even to one percent because right

now, only about 0.1 percent of GDP is going to R&D, that’s too low. China now is spending two to three percent of its GDP for R&D, innovations,” he said in an interview on the sidelines of a policy forum on the future of Philippine agriculture. Balisacan, also the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General, underscored the need for the country to increase investments for innovation to keep up with its economic growth. ”As you grow further, you need to be looking new sources of productivity…

If agriculture is not doing well, the productivity there is not growing fast enough, the capacity of the rest of the economy to grow is so constrained (then you) can’t grow fast. It can grow fast initially, but it can falter,” he noted. B a lis ac an s aid t hat raising productivity of agriculture could make a substantial dent on poverty reduction. It is thus important for the country to attract more private sector investments into the agricultural neda/PAGE 11


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higher educational facilities throughout the country so that, in his words, “the sons of the rich and the sons of the poor should have the same opportunity of obtaining university training”. He sought approval of a bill providing for the establishment of a junior college of the University of the Philippines in Vigan. Later, an identical law provided for the operation of a junior college of the University of the Philippines in Cebu City. The effort to make the University of the Philippines coextensive with the archipelago which the present UP system has partially fulfilled may therefore be traced to the initiative of Quirino. Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, President of the Ateneo de Davao, described Quirino as a “transformative” (versus

“conservative”) leader/educator. Through his education initiatives, Quirino was able to demonstrate the following: “His purpose was not to preserve Philippine society in the post World War II economic malaise, its social inequality and over-dependency on America, but to produce the critical leaders and the skilled man- and woman power that would chart the democratic and industrialized future of an independent Philippines. For Quirino, education was not conservative. It was transformative.” A fitting tribute, indeed, from one Guro to another. Note: You may email us at

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and decrees likewise. The reason why our children

are growing up fighting their parents, unconcerned about good manners and right conduct, and totally self-centered and not caring for others, is because they grew up without the Word of God being taught them, and since they grew up without the Word of God with them, God was not also with them. -ooo RULERS WHO FEAR GOD ARE A BLESSING TO THEIR PEOPLE: There are two things that fascinate me about King David: the

first pertains to a portion of his “last words”, quoted under 2 Samuel 23:2-7, and the second pertains to his inability to engage in intimate relations with a young and beautiful virgin (1 Kings 1-4). 2 Samuel 23:2-7 says: “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. The God of Israel spoke, the Rock of Israel said to me: `When one rules over men in righteousness, when he rules in the fear of God, he is like the light of morning at sunrise on a cloudless

morning, like the brightness after rain that brings the grass from the earth.” 1 Kings 1-4, on other hand, narrates: “When King David was old and well advanced in years, he could not keep warm even when they put covers over him. So his servants… searched throughout Israel for a beautiful girl and found Abishag, a Shunammite, and brought her to the king. The girl was very beautiful; she took care of the king and waited on him, but the king had no intimate relations


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JCS conducts feeding program By Lelia B. Cabello Teacher-III Jasaan Central School District of Jasaan

Pupils who experience health problems could never have concentration in studying which results to poor school performance. Malnutrition is a major health problem that affects pupils in school. It is due to reduced dietary intake, malabsorption, increased nutrient losses or altered metabolic demands. If ignored, this would cause to a worse health problem. This is the core reason that Jasaan Central School, in the led of its school principal, Dr. Lynneth R. Abrogueña, launched a school-based feeding program last September 17. Aside from being an

effective intervention to eradicate malnutrition, feeding also increase weight and height among students and promote good and healthy lifestyle. Dr. E l l a C e ci li a G. Nalipunguit, Director-III of Health and Nutrition C e n t e r ; D r. Vi d a C . Suganob, Med Officer-III; Dr. Marglo O. Isiderio, DMD Division DentistII; and Ms. Maristella M. Cantere, Jasaan District Nurse came to express the importance of this program. Representatives coming from government agencies namely, Department of Education, Department of S o cia l Welfare and

Development and Department of Health also visited to show support on the event. 100 pupils coming from grades 1 to 6 participated in the feeding program. They were provided with free nutritious meals coming from DepEd and other

generous donors. School-based feeding program is an activity that addresses important nut r it i on d e f i c i e n c i e s that could impact child development and learning abilities. It is beneficial, that schools should conduct the same often.


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The Jacobe Group is the world’s leader in the manufacture of activated carbon products for use in water, air, and process purification applications. In a press statement, Jacobi Carbons Group Anders Skeini, said that while the plant has already started producing variety of products, automated is expected to be completed by the end of this year. “Once running at full capacity, this facility will be the world’s largest coconut shell activated carbon plant with a new level of automation,” Skeini said. The plant will serve as a key component of Jacobi’s strategy to continually strengthen its position as the number one worldwide manufacturer of coconut-based carbon. “This facility, with its size and sophistication, represents the state-of-the-art in carbon activation technology, and will give us greater flexibility to assure a consistent supply of high quality activated carbons for our customers,” Skeini said. The Jacobi Carbons Philippines facility will include a charcoal granulation plant, multiple activation kilns with a nominal capacity in excess of 20,000 metric tons per year, grinding and pulverizing capacity, specialty impregnation and water/acid washing. “Worldwide, customers are realizing the benefits of coconut shell-based carbons, and this facility will improve our ability to meet that growing demand. Once completed, Jacobi’s global facilities of coconut shell carbon will have a production capacity in excess of 60,000 MT (130 million lbs.), making us by far the largest in the world,” he said. Founded in 1916, the USbased Jacobi Carbons Group is now fully owned by Japan’s Osaka Gas Chemicals Co. Ltd, subsidiary of Osaka Gas Co., Ltd. With production facilities around the world, the company produces a full range of activated carbon products based on coal, coconut shell, wood, and other raw materials, covering a wide breadth of applications.

and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and is currently pegged at 110 grams. Department of Agriculture region 10 Director Lealyn A. Ramos assured the public during National Vegetable Congress and Agri-Industrial Trade Expo held in Cagayan de Oro City last week that they are also looking into the consumption aspect; in fact the agency is actively advocating this in schools through the “Gulayan sa Paaralan” program. “We put this back to schools, and the students will bring it home or cook it in campus. We saturated the schools and have been teaching them to save seeds for sustainability,” she said. Ramos said that they are also encouraging farmers to eat what they produce, and market only the remaining stocks they can’t consume. Queritess Q, Queja, 14th National Vegetable Congress director, meanwhile added that vegetable growers here are actively engaged with the Australian Research Council (ACR) to address production issues at the community level and in changing the mindset of farmers as active partners in feeding the community. She bared that they are starting to cluster four farmers group in barangays Pagatpat and Canitoan in Cagayan de Oro City as pilot project sites. They partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development Office (DSWD) through the Pantawid Pamilya Pilipino Program to supply the beneficiaries with vegetable seeds, spur economic activity, as well as increase the intake of vegetables in the community. (JCV/PIA10)

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A. Bugacia said the agency has launched a campaign targeting farmers in the region’s five provinces to follow NIA’s suggested crop calendar that takes into consideration the irregular dry spell. Under the normal farming

cycle, rice is planted twice a year, between the November to April dry season and the May to October wet season. NIA’s adjusted scheme involves a third crop to be planted between the two usual periods. Mr. Bugacia said he has proposed that farmers “open a new 120-day window for a third cropping between the two seasons so they can have an additional season’s worth of harvest.” Most of the rice in Region 10 is of the lowland type, covering about 30,000 hectares (ha). Of these, 17,000 ha are located in Bukidnon. Meanwhile, NIA-10 is set to inaugurate on Sept. 23 a P500-million reservoir in Tangub City, which will serve 640 ha of farmland. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) earlier announced that the current El Niño episode could last up to the first half of 2016. “This 2015-16 El Niño event will potentially be among the four strongest events since 1950,” PAGASA said in its most recent advisory issued on Sept. 3. -- Mark D. Francisco

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term loan, payable based on the cash flow, but not to exceed seven years inclusive of maximum two years grace period on the capital. The loanable amount, which is 80 percent of the total project cost, ranges from a minimum of P300,000.00 up to a maximum of P2,000,000.00 bears an interest rate of only 7.5 percent per annum fixed for the duration of the loan. OWWA Caraga Reintegration Program in-charge Jean Mary G. Ronquillo added that aside from the EDT certificate, applicants must also submit the following documentary requirements for verification and endorsement to the partner bank: Biodata; Statement of Assets and Liabilities; Barangay Clearance; Residential sketch; Business/ Project Plan; Certificate of Business Registration from


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total sales of the Association of Vehicle Importers and Distributors, has also caused the group’s 7 percent negative growth. But Agudo said HARI’s sales are going to recover once the new models are made available. In tandem with the HLC inauguration was the launch of Hyundai’s all new Tucson and the new i20 models. The new Tucson will be made available in in August this year and the i20 by June. HARI will also launch IX 25, another crossover model. “We’re still looking at 25,000 units this year or 5 percent increase over 2015,” she said. This should pull AVID’s overall sales to at least flat growth this year. (BCM)

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capacity by next year. “It looks like right now, we are already achieving that rate. The commissioning will allow us to achieve the target capacity and efficiency of the refinery,” said Mr. Ang, adding that the result would be “at least 20% gross margin.” EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF SIMEON P. BAGAS WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late SIMEON PACAMALAN BAGAS, who died on April 27, 2011 at Gasi , Laguidingan, Misamis Oriental without any will nor known debts; Left the following real properties particularly described as follows: Parcel No. 1 – “ A parcel of land located at Gasi, Laguidingan, Misamis Oriental, covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-18-000308209, under Cad. Lot No. 10GSS-880, bounded on the North by Lot No. 04 & 06, East by Lot No. 04 & 08, South by Lot No. 08 and West by Lot No. 06 with an area of 11,736 square meters more or less and assessed value of P 13,690.00”; Parcel No. 2- “ A parcel of Land Located at Gasi, Laguindingan, Misamis Orienatl, covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-18-0003-08208, Cad. Lot No. 12309, Cad 237, bounded on the North by Lot No. 09, 10 & 04, East by Lot No. 04 & 08 of Sec. 016, South by Lot No. 12 and West by Lot No. 22, 23 & 24 with an area of 17, 927 square meters more or less and assessed value of P 16, 420.00 ” ; Parcel No. 3 – “ A parcel of land located at Gasi, Laguindingan, Misamis Oriental, covered by Tax Declaration No. 08-18-0003-01377, under Cad. Lot No. 12303-B, Psd-10-032236, bounded on the North by Barangay Road, East by Barangay Road, Lot No. 04, 05 & 06, South by Lot No. 18 & 14 and West by Lot No. 02 & 19 with an area of 26,228 square meters more or less an assessed value of P27,490.00” . Is the subject of EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF SIMEON P. BAGAS WITH DEED OF ABSOLUTE SALE under the notary public of ATTY. EMELITO J. MARQUIÑO , As per Doc. No.428 ; Page No.85 ;Book No. XI ; Series of 2015. BWM: Sept. 21, 28 & Oct. 5, 2015

He added that impact to the company’s profits will be reflected next year. Petron’s refinery was completed as early as 2014 and is currently undergoing performance guarantee test run intended to establish how much it could yield. The Refinery Master Plan 2 -which also involves the operation of a 140-megawatt cogeneration plant -- is the company’s single largest investment to date. In 2013, Petron raised $750 million from the issuance of dollar-denominated securities to partially fund the upgrade of its 180,000-barrels-per-day refinery in Bataan. Petron -- the country’s largest oil retailer -- recorded a P3.4 billion profit in the first semester, up 13% from P3 billion in the same period in 2014.


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sector through creating transparent and market-friendly environment and increasing investments in infrastructure development, he said. “We need to invest massively in infrastructure particularly in the areas of transport, flood control and irrigation. We have seen quite significant improvements in the level of infrastructure support in the country as seen from the increase in the total resources available for infrastructure development,” Balisacan said in the policy forum. “In the 2016 budget, the total appropriation for infrastructure is about 5 percent of GDP. We should further increase that to 7 to 8 percent to be at par with the level of infrastructure development support given by our neighbors,” he said. (PNA)

R.A 9048 Form No. (LCRO)/R.A 10172 Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: LANAO DEL NORTE City/Municipality: KAPATAGAN NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Rule 7 of R.A. Act. No. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that JEAN MANUGAS YORONG has filed with this Office a petition for CHANGE OF GENDER from FEMALE to MALE, in the Birth Certificate of JEAN MANUGAS YORONG Who was born on August 05, 1995 at Maranding, Kapatagan, Lanao del Norte whose parents are JOEL SAMSON YORONG and CHUSE MARY G. MANUGAS. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 15 days. (SGD) IVY REYES TONGCO Municipal Civil Registrar

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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 File No. 206-2015 Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG FUND) with principal address at The Atrium of Makati Avenue, Makati City, with branch office at PAG-IBIG FUND Building, J.R. BORJA Street, Cagayan de Oro City against Spouses Victoria D. Ramos and Roseller N. Ramos with postal address at 211 PAZ VILLAGE SUBDIVISION, GINGOOG CITY to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of August 3, 2015 have amounted to ONE MILLION THREE-HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED SIXTYTHREE & 69/100 (Ph 1,329,863.69) PESOS inclusive of interest and penalty charges, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction to the highest bidder for CASH on November 13, 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, Regional Court, Hall of Justice , Dugenio Street, Gingoog City, the following property with all the improvements existing thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-10194 A parcel land (Lot 86 of the Consolidation Plan and Subdivision Plan Pcs-5848, being a portion of the Consolidation of Lot 6; 11-6018-C, & Lots 2899, 2940 and 6201 of the Cadastral Survey of Gingoog, L.R.C. Record No.) and all improvements thereon, situated in the Poblacion, City of Gingoog. Containing an area of TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY SQUARE METERS, (280) MORE OR LESS. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated date 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 and publication. Prospective bidders may investigate for themselves the tile of the herein above-described property and the encumbrances therein, if any there be. Gingoog City, September 16, 2015.


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IDC Chairman speaks at the APHF 5 satellite event in Manila During the recently conducted Asia Pacific Housing Forum 5 satellite event in Manila last 3-4 September, IDC Chairman and COO Architect Romolo Nati talked about “Experiences in Green Buildings” under this year’s APHF theme

‘Building Impact’ following four tracks—Building Leadership, Impacting Communities, Building Markets, and Impacting Society. The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by

Habitat for Humanity. This year, the Housing Forum’s fifth iteration, the main event was from 1-4 September in Hong Kong while the Philippines held its satellite event on 3-4 September. The forum brought together housing

developers engaged in seeking solutions to lowincome housing issues that make business and economic sense. It aimed to educate and advocate decent housing as a pivotal tool in eradicating the poverty cycle.

Experiences in Green Buildings Representing IDC is Arch. Romolo Nati, the chairman and COO of CDO’s premier sustainable condo development, Primavera Residences, who has been invited to the forum as a breakout session speaker. During his talk, he mentioned how nature is the solution to our current issues on the environment. “There are patterns which can be found behind natural living structures. These processes, when studied and thoroughly examined, can be translated into architectural designs and sustainable solutions. This is known as biomimicry and it has long been in existence, but has simply been overloIoked amid all the new ways of doing things. Making nature as the basis of designing sustainable homes allows IDC to lower energy and resources consumption thereby reducing costs on electricity and water, among others,” Nati said. IDC believes that nature holds the answer to sustainable design.

Taking a cue from Mother Nature herself, the company strives to develop self-sustaining, flood-free, and earthquake-resistant structures which are inspired by the beauty and functionality of nature. These green structures fuse human technology with the best that nature has to offer. IDC partners with HFHP Pagatpat Housing Project Last May 2013, Italpinas Development Corporation sealed a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Philippines (HFHP) in support of both organizations’ mission to bring people together to build homes, communities and hope. “Our advocacies complement each other’s vision and mission of providing eco-friendly, sustainable and affordable houses,” Arch. Nati said. With the signed MOA with HFHP, IDC supported Habitat’s “I Build” Campaign through a donation which funded a specific portion of Habitat’s socialized housing project in Pagatpat, Cagayan de Oro.

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XU-DevCom students explore Miarayon for ‘Lansad Nueve’ exhibit




Story by Brian Adam Anay | Photos by Jerome L Torres

AGAYAN DE ORO CITY— The junior Development Communication students of Xavier University embarked on a cultural immersion with the indigenous community in Miarayon, Talakag, Bukidnon from September 4 to 6 as the groundwork for the forthcoming “Lansad Nueve: A Photo Exhibit and Advocacy Concert.”

The budding photographers and visual storytellers journeyed into the hinterlands to capture the beauty of the mountain ranges of Mt. Kalatungan and Mt. Kitanglad, and to engross in the local culture


of the lumads. Harboring diverse species of flora and fauna, the “Twin Giants” of Bukidnon have long faced environmental threats such as illegal logging, economic pressures and the hunting

of endangered species. Despite the heavy rains, the students managed to capture riveting photographs of the landscapes of the different sitios of Miarayon, its people and their community issues. As part of their immersion, the DevCom students facilitated a photo exhibit and writing workshop for the students of St Therese High School of Miarayon. In turn, the high school students performed a traditional Talaandig courtship dance. The cultural immersion was in partnership

with the Kristohanang Katillingban sa Pagpakabana - Social Involvement Office (KKP-SIO) through the Collaborative Service Learning Program. Students were able to process their personal experiences, discoveries and insights about the indigenous community. For these students, it was a long trudge to discover the magnificence of Miarayon, as in the poem “The Charm of Miarayon” by Stephen Pedroza published in the We Are All Connected poetry book of the United

Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in celebration of the International Youth Day 2015: This place, they say, is Miarayon, A humble abode of an indigenous group, Happy and amicable with unpolluted smiles. They welcome you as family, Like an engorging constellation to a familiar star. Miarayon — a vast painting by the gods, cradled by giants; Where the lumad

people attach their lives to the forest selflessly; Where their Supreme Magbabaya and the spirits lurk and live ceaselessly; Where the aroma of its coffee governs its cordial mornings; This poem by Pedroza, also an XU DevCom alumnus, will be displayed at the entrance of Lansad Nueve. Now on its 9th run, the said photo exhibit is organized by DevCom students taking up Photography in Development under the guidance of instructor Miarayon/PAGE B2

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Mon-Tue|september 21-22, 2015 (Left to Right) M r. Reynaldo Salinas President, Misamis Oriental Kabarkada Painters Association; M r. Dennis Mackun, owner of Mackun’s Marketing; Arch. Ferdinand Dumpa, Vice President of United Architects of the Philippines - Mindanao Chapter; Engr. Yoly Egam, President of Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers Misamis Oriental - Cagayan de Oro Chapter; Honorable Oscar Moreno, Cit y Mayor of Cagayan de Oro Cit y; M r. Alber t Gan Lee, Vice President for Sales and Marketing of Davies Paints Philippines; Arch. Jerr y Tiu of Jejors Construction; and Rev. Father Gar y Igot who of ficiated the ceremonial blessing of the new Davies Paints of fice and showroom. ph oto su ppli e d

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avies Paints Philippines Inc., the premiere brand in paints, chemicals and coatings, opens a new and bigger showroom in Cagayan de Oro City, September 14. Davies Paints’ management decided to move and expand in order to provide better and faster services to their customers. This showroom located at Kauswagan will serve the entire Northern Mindanao and Caraga region. “This is a testament to our confidence and belief that Cagayan de Oro is really where we want to be,” said Mr. Albert Gan Lee, Vice President for Sales and Marketing. Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno is also happy and grateful for another group of investors that arrived in the city in a bigger way. “This is again a manifestation, a recognition that Cagayan de Oro is a center, convergence area of the region,” he said, further adding that Region 10 has been exhibiting phenomenal growth rate together with Davao and these two regions have been leading the way as

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Jerome “Jett” Torres and professor Evans I. Yonson (also the XU Press director). This year’s theme “Miarayon: Transcending Life in Natural Light” will showcase photographs and stories of the rich culture of the people of Miarayon, the environmental and economic issues engulfing the area, and its high prospect for ecotourism. The exhibit has the goal of bringing attention

far as Mindanao growth rate is concerned. Davies Paints Business Development Manager for Visayas and Mindanao, Arch. Armando B. Guevarra also admitted that it is the fact that CDO being an emerging city that they have expanded their showroom to a better, more visible location. People from this city and nearby cities already embraced the products and services of Davies Paints. In fact, Cagayan de Oro is an area where their market link is strong, thus, it is a need to make showroom bigger to serve them better. D av i e s C o l or Fa c tor y Machine and iColor mobile app “Davies Paints is the first company to produce the first and only fully computerized paint mixing service in the Philippines,” Arch. Armando B. Guevarra adds. Called as The Color Factory Machine, it is a state-of-the-art one stop shop offering all colors in a push of button. Dif ferent to manual mixing practiced usually, this mixing machine adopts computerization approach that produces consistent and exact desired paint color. and conversation to the entwining challenges facing the interconnected highland communities and lowlying areas in Northern Mindanao. The exhibit opens with a reception on Monday, Sept 21 and continues through Sept 24 at Centrio - Ayala Mall. Besides the exhibit, there will be an advocacy concert which will feature original song compositions on peace, governance and environmental protection by the students.

The machine has more than 7,000 colors ready to mix. Aside from that, this Color Factory can provide free consultancy services for customers painting needs like color combinations and required paint volume. It helps customers through eliminating time-consuming “trials and errors” just to arrive with the exact color. Another innovation set by Davies Paints is their iColor mobile app that could downloaded in both Android and iOS phones. This app allow users to customize perfect shade, choose complementary hues

and visualize their dream rooms in just one click. Its powerful features include C olor Capture, where user can capture an inspiration photo, determine its color; Color Collections, a catalog of paint colors; Designer Schemes where user can visualize a room in his chosen color palette; Paint Calculator that could calculate the amount of paid needed and also its equivalent cost; Specs Writer Guide that could help professionals specify required paints; and Choose Paint, which the person can use to opt the kind of paint he need for

each surface. Color of the Philippines Collection Davies Paints has gone all the way in the entire Philippines in an aim to pro du c e v i br ant c o l or selection that showcases the story of the Filipino people. The Color of the Philippines collection presents rich colors and hues, all inspired by several scenic wonders this country has to offer. The Davies Paints based the colors on what a place is famous from. For example, Camiguin Island in Northern Mindanao is popular for its stunning ocean blue water

and clear skies, making it a go-to destination for divers and also mountain climbers who want to explore the lush greenery of Mount Hibokhibok. Thus, recorded in Davies Paints’ Color of the Philippines, Camiguin Island has colors of Mambajao Teal, Camiguin Cerulean and Bohol Sea Blue. These are just few of several Davies Paints innovation. In the future, people can expect more expansion and technologybased services that could further unleash the best of bests Davies Paints could offer.

The first ever Rafthon event presented by Nice Day Coffee Just recently, Nice Day Coffee presented the first ever Rafthon event (Raft-Bike-Run challenge) as part of Cagayan De Oro's Higalaay Festival. In the photo are the members of Nice day Coffee team, graced by the bosses Mr. Jose Paulo Legaspi, Mr. Robert Nazal and Misagh Bahadoran of the Philippine Azkals. Nice Day Coffee is available in different variants such as “Cleanse” to detoxify the body for Anti-Aging, ”Slim’’ to cut down unwanted and stubborn fats, and even ‘’White”to make your skin lighter! Nice Day Coffee is now available in all SM Supermarkets and Hypermarket nationwide! For more information visit their website at www.

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he Body Shop brought together the most precious ingredients from around the world when it launched its Oils of Life and Spa of the World lines at SM Makati. Hosted by Bianca Valerio, the event had a nature setting – mini gardens, blooms, and even wood crate boxes as if to emphasize the fact that these ingredients were sourced from the most exotic locations. There was even a mini-spa to get a revitalizing experience with The Body Shop’s new skincare collections. To create its Oils of Life, The Body Shop searched the world and selected 3 precious seed oils known for their revitalizing and repairing properties, and infused this in its recently launched skincare range. The Oils of Life’s three precious seed oils have been infused in highly sensorial textures to bring new life into your skin: Black Cumin Seed Oil from the Egyptian Nile Valley, which is known for its concentration in ant i ox i d ant s ; C amel l i a Seed Oil from the evergreen trees from China, which is naturally rich in nutritive oleic acid; and Rosehip Seed Oil from the Andes Foothills of Chile, which is rich in

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The Body Shop recently launched its precious ingredients infused skincare ranges—the Oils of Life and Spa of the World.

take body and mind on the ultimate sensory spa journey. Making you feel so good, inside and out. The Body Shop’s Spa of the World has three uplifting body rituals: the Relaxing Ritual, which is the perfect way to de-stress, unwind, and reconnect body and mind; the Revitalising Ritual, which invigorates and energizes mind and body; and the

Event host Bianca Valerio and the Best Photo Challenge winner Rorie Carlos-Manzano with The Body Shop’s Emily Koa and Cecille Chua-Uy.

Blissful Ritual, a sublime ritual to indulge in. The Oils of Life and Spa of the World ranges are available at The Body Shop in SM City Cagayan de Oro and in all The Body Shop stores. The Body Shop now accepts SM Advantage Card for points earning and redemption, SM and Sodexo premium pass in all stores nationwide.

The Body Shop was founded in 1976 by Dame Anita Roddick in Littlehampton, England. The beauty brand pioneered corporate activism and was built on a philosophy that business can be a force for good. With its brand expression, Beauty with Heart, the company continues to be focused on five core values; Against Animal Testing, Support Community

Fair Trade, Activate Self Esteem, Defend Human Rights and Protect the Planet. All products are created using the finest ingredients sourced from the four corners of the globe, which are not tested on animals and are 100% vegetarian. The Body Shop has been in the Philippine market for eighteen years with over 55 strategically located stores nationwide.

Liza Elarde and Dinna Vasquez at the mini-spa booth of The Body Shop product launch.


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