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Replica of Butuan’s balanghai boat undergoes repair




Volume III, No. 190


April 28, 2013

Summer peace feast launched ‘Anyone can be an advocate for peace but not all can promote peace through music.’ By Christine H. Cabiasa, Copy Editor

CAGAYAN DE ORO -- Mindanao has indeed a lot to offer, from its God-endowed natural resources to its human facets gifted with extraordinary talents. Now, Mindanao has changed its image, as they say, from a “terrorist bound” region to a “tourist bound” destination, and that’s Mindanaoans’ pride. It has maximized its people for the good of its people also. One thing to boast of -- there are individuals who believe in the power of “change” through music and productive festivities, thus, the launching the 2013 Summer Peace Festival (SPF). SPF 2013, organized by boost its arts and culture and Good Karma Productions, eco-tourism in which the world Muni Events and Productions wants to see and to take pride a n d t h e M i n i s t r y o f for the local artists who will Mushrooms Productions, has perform in the festivals. “Since now extended its legs aimed we are one with nature, we at widening the “influence of don’t want what happened to peace” in Northern Mindanao us during typhoon Sendong region and on its second year (to) happen again.” This year’s theme Luna now bumps to its feat for environment conservation Musikalawaig was coined from through music hoisting in “luna” which means “moon” Talakag, Bukidnon specifically or “full moon,” believed to Ki Bathala Gardens, Sitio bring life to the dark night Balaon for Luna Musikalawaig. and the beginning of the Jeminah Ferrer, one of the festival; “musika” which means organizers, said that the event “music”, heard to unite people came to life as they want to of different languages, religion, Local and foreign artists perform together at the launching of the Summer Peace Festival. Photo by CHC promote peace in Mindanao, PEACE/PAGE 11

Villar to gov’t: Provide temporary livelihood assistance to Pinoys displaced by Saudi crackdown


Nacionalista PartyTe a m Pnoy se n ator i a l candidate Cynthia Villar today urged government to prepare a l ivel ihood assistance program for the thousands of undocumented overseas Filipino workers who will be repatriated to the Philippines as a result of a recent labor and immigration crackdown in Saudi Arabia. In a statement, Villar expressed concern over t he statement of Saud i Ambassador to the Philippines Abdullah AlHassa n t hat t he Saud i gover n ment w i l l not provide any assistance to some 20,000 undocumented Filipino workers who are the subject of a crackdown soon. The Saudi envoy said af ter t he t h ree -mont h grace period given by the Saudi government to illegal workers ends on July 4, they will go after undocumented workers in their country.

“We expect another wave of thousands of displaced OFWs from Saudi Arabia soon and the least that the Philippine government can do is to prepare for that eventually and come up with a temporary livelihood assistance for these people,”

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Villar said, who is known as “Misis Hanep-Buhay”. “We urge the government to extend a l l possible assistance to undocumented OFWs in Saudi so they can be repatriated in an orderly and humane manner,” Villar said. “The government should assist the undocumented workers once they return to the country. This is the least we can do as they have been helping keep the Philippine economy af loat over the years with their remittances to their families.” Villar commended the efforts of the Philippine embassy officials who are now negotiating with their Saudi counterparts for the speedy repatriation of over a thousand OFW camping outside t he Ph i l ippi ne Consulate in Jeddah. DFA spokesman Raul Hernandez said at least 1,000 undocumented OFWs have camped outside the VILLAR/PAGE 11 MOU/PAGE 11

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Bigger crowd seen in Mindanao’s huge beach party

Gov’t finalizing mechanism to acquire gensets for Mindanao

GE N E R A L SA N TO S CITY – President Benigno Aquino III announced here Saturday that the government i s n ow f i n a l i z i n g t h e mechanism for the planned acquisition and deployment of diesel-fed modular generator sets to help ease the prolonged daily rotating brownouts in the locality and in other key areas in Mindanao. In a meeting w it h l o c a l g o v e r n m e nt a n d community leaders at the Lagao g y mnasium here, t he P re sid ent s a id t he Department of Energy and other concerned agencies are specifically harmonizing some processes to facilitate the purchase of the generator sets. “Bago pa ho matatapos ang 2013, meron na ho tayong ma ku ku hang generators na pagdagdag dito po sa Mindanao (Before the end of 2013, we’ll have the needed generator sets to augment the power supply in Mindanao),” he said. The President said the PARTY/PAGE 11

GUMASA, Sarangani – The growing crowd each year flocking into the white sand beaches here in Glan never fails to hype Sarangani Bay Festival as Mindanao’s biggest beach party. From the 33,499 in 2011, the crowd went up by 70 percent or equivalent to 57,199 in 2012. Significant increase in tourist arrivals was noted since the festival was launched in 2006 with 3,200 tourists, 5,700 in 2007, 14,800 in 2008, 17,755 in 2009, and 23,800 in 2010. Bookings for this year’s festival in resorts along the 7-kilometer white sand and pebbled beaches fronting the Bay have been full starting even in the later months of 2012, according to orga nizers. Sa ra nga ni Tou rism a nd Invest ment Promotions Center (STIPC) reported reservations have already spilled over to the resorts and hotels in Alabel and Genera l Santos Cit y. But the office pointed out transportations to and from the venue can be pre-arranged

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national government is setting the proper arrangements on the matter to avoid possible conflicts with the law. Under the Electric Power Industry Reform Act, he said the National Power Corporation is prohibited from acquiring generator sets. “We have the funds to purchase these generator sets. But we just want to make sure that we follow the right processes and the provisions of the law,” he said. Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla recommended to the President late last month the purchase of the modular generator sets as a stopgap measure to address the worsening power shortage in the Mindanao grid that has led to daily rotating outages lasting seven hours in this city. Petilla earlier said the acquisition of the generator sets would be coursed through the National Electrification Administration, which will GENSETS/PAGE 11 PAGE 12

Villar says: environmental issues are finally getting attention

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NorMin registers 94.4% high employment rate By CHENG ORDONEZ, NewsCon Director

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- The National Statistics Office (NSO) here has reported high employment rate in Region 10 with 94.4 percent employment rate, as indicated by the result of the Labor Force Survey (LFS) conducted in 2012. This was revealed by NSO Misamis Oriental OICprovincial statistics officer Dr. Janith Aves, who was guest, along with NSO 10 regional director Dr. Marilou Igdon, at the BusinessWeek Mindanao weekly News Conference (NEWSCON), being held at the BWM Media Center. Dr.Igdon, meanwhile, told media practitioners present during the NEWSCON that NSO 10 can now make available requested records in30 minutes in its effort to speed up processing of requested records or documents, provided, however, there is no problem on the validation of the requested records or documents. This, Dr. Igdon, said this is a manifestation of NSO’s commitment to better its service in serving the Filipino people. Dr. Aves revealed during the NEWSCON that topping the high employment rate re-

cord were the services, agriculture and industry sectors. “It can be said that nine out of 10 people are employed in the region,” Dr. Aves said, referring to the result of the 2012 survey conducted by the NSO. The remaining unemployed are due to the following: (1) Tired/believed no work available; (2) awaiting results of previous job application; (3) temporary illness/ disability; (4) Bad weather; and (5) waiting for rehire/job recall. The same survey indicated high employment rate for women in the services sector while the agriculture sector showed high employment rate for men, Dr. Aves said. The survey also revealed the age bracket of 25 to 50 as among those employed. Dr. Aves said Northern Mindanao’s employment rate is even higher than the entire country’s employment rate of 93.2 per cent, as of the Octo-

ber 2012 survey results.Cagayan Valley tops the survey with 97.6 per cent employment rate in the 2012 survey, which allowed a five percent margin of error. The employment rate in January 2013, however, is estimated at 92.9 percent, results from the more recent January 2013 Labor Force Survey showed. The overall results of the January 2013 Labor Force

Survey revealed that there were approximately 37.94 million employed persons in January 2013. This figure translates to an employment rate of 92.9 percent, which is similar to the employment rate reported in January 2012 (92.8%). Among the regions, Cagayan Valley (96.7%), and Zamboanga Peninsula (96.6%) had the highest employment rate. The National Capital Region


(NCR) recorded the lowest employment rate at 90.5 percent. The population aged 15 years and over was estimated at 63.7 million in January 2013. Out of this estimate, 40.8 million persons were in the labor force, or were either employed or unemployed. These figures resulted in a labor force participation rate (LFPR) of 64.1 percent, which is similar to the LFPR recorded in January 2012 (64.2%). Northern Mindanao had the highest LFPR among the regions, with 68.5 percent, while Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao had the lowest LFPR with 58.1 percent, NSO Administrator Carmelita Ericta, reported over the NSO official website. She said that of the estimated 37.94 million employed persons in January 2013, majority (54.1%) were working in the services sector. Among the workers in

this sector, those engaged in wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles comprised the highest percentage (18.9% of the total employed). Those who worked in the agriculture sector comprised the second largest group making up 30.4 percent of the total employed while workers in the industry sector made up the smallest group registering 15.5 percent of the total employed. Workers in the industry sector were mostly in the manufacturing and construction sub-sectors, comprising 8.3 percent and 6.0 percent, respectively, of the total employed. Among the major occupation groups, laborers and unskilled workers constituted the largest group making up 32.8 percent of the total employed in January 2013. Farmers, forestry workers and fishermen were the second largest group comprising 12.7 percent of the total employed. This percentage is lower than that reported in January 2012 wherein farmers, forestry workers and fishermen comprised 15.6 percent of the total employed. Employed persons fall into any of these categories: wage and salary workers, selfemployed workers without any paid employee, employer in own family-operated farm or business, and unpaid family workers. Wage and salary workers are those who work for private households, private establishments, government or governmentcontrolled corporations, and those who work with pay in own family-operated farm or business.

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News 3 Chemical Industry association endorses AANI thrust for countryside renewal sunday April 28, 2013

THE third largest sector of the manufacturing industry in the Philippines has endorsed the bid of the AANI Party List for a seat in the lower house during the May 13 elections. In a l ette r to Ang Agrikultura Natin, Isulong! (AANI) First Nominee Joffrey E. Hapitan dated April 19, 2013, the Samahan sa Pilipinas ng Mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK) represented by Oscar S. Melencio, executive director, officially endorsed AANI for party list representation in Congress. The Samahan sa Pilipinas ng Mga Industriyang Kimika (SPIK) or the Chemical Industries Association of t he Philippines, is an organization of 69 chemical companies engaged in the fields of Petroleum, Petrochemical, Agrochemicals & Fertilizers, Oleochemicals & S u r f a c t a nt s , B a s i c Chemicals, Specialty Chemicals, Industrial Gases, Coatings & Ink, Rubber, and Plastic. The chemical industry, which SPIK represents, is

the third largest sector of the Manufacturing industry, contributing 6.7 percent of total Philippine GDP or PhP 330 Billion per year domestic production. “It has come to our attention that your organization, the AANI party list, is involved in the agrochemical business for small farmers, specifically the production of ethanol from sweet potato,” said Mr. Melencio in his letter. “We also understand that another goal of AANI is to apply modern technology to improve agriculture in the country side.” S P I K s a i d A A N I ’s advocacy and programs are in line with its own objectives and goals as expounded in Our Chemical Indust r y Master Pl an submitted to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) as SPIK’s contribution to the agenda of the government to chart the direction of the Philippine industries. “We are in full support of your advocacy and we look forward to cooperate and partner with your group in the pursuit of

helping the small farmers and agricultural workers in using modern technology for agriculture and in t h e d e ve l opm e nt an d i mprove me nt of SM E agrochemical businesses in the Philippines,” SPIK said. The SPIK endorsement was also noted by its p r e s i d e nt R o b e r t o F. Batungbacal. Engr. Hapitan expressed e l a t i o n o v e r S P I K ’s endorsement of its program to uplift agriculture through bioethanol derived from the humble sweet potato (camote). “O u r m e mb e rs are using the bioethanol as a 100 percent substitute for gasoline in their motorcycles and tricycles, grass cutters and motorized bancas,” he said. “Bioethanol is also a good fuel substitute for LPG but burns cleaner, is renewable and much cheaper. When used for cooking, only P3.00 worth is needed to cook one kilo of rice.” Compared to irrigated rice, camote costs much less to produce but when used

as bioethanol feedstock, returns much higher profits. “It will only cost P25, 000 per hectare to convert idle land to camote production, fully harnessed with a smallscale bioethanol processing facility,” Engr. Hapitan said. “In contrast, it costs P250, 000 per hectare for a fully irrigated facility and infrastructure for rice production.” Furthermore, bioethanol production generates much higher revenue than rice production. “We are able to produce 8,000 liters of bioethanol per hectare per year. At P45 per liter ex-farm, this will translate to P360, 000 annual revenue per hectare.” In contrast, a palay yield of 100 cavans per hectare will only mean 200 cavans annual yield per hectare, assuming two cropping period per year. At P600 per cavan of palay, annual revenue for palay production would only be P120, 000 per hectare per year, he added. “With the additional revenues generated from idle lands converted to pro ductive bio ethanol

farms, our country can easily generate a cash surplus that would allow us the flexibility we need to meet our various food requirements,” Engr. Hapitan noted (with a smile!) Traditionally viewed as the poor man’s staple in times of drought, famine or other disasters, sweet potato (camote) has the potential to serve both its traditional role as a food staple in the rural areas but could step up to become a strategic

source of bioethanol for the country’s energy and transportation industries.


PRESIDENTIAL MUSCLE. Marine Battalion Landing Team 3 troops stand in attention during their arrival presentation held at the Army camp in Bancasi, Butuan City on April 23, 2013. The Marines are deployed on orders of President Aquino to counter the threat of the communist rebels following the ambush of Gingoog Mayor Ruthie Guingona. mindanews photo

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Statement on the Armed Confrontation between the NPA and Mayor Guingona’s Party Sowing the Seeds of Peace Tthe heinincident Mindanao is saddened by involving an NPA

attack on Gingoog City Mayor Ruthie Guingona and her armed bodyguards on 21 April 2013. Former Vice President Teofisto Guingona, Mayor Ruthie’s husband, is an acknowledged peace advocate, having been the only personality during the Estrada and Aquino governments to speak out against all-out war in Mindanao. The Guingonas’ daughter and Gingoog City mayoral candidate Marie also represented the Vice President in humanitarian missions for the internally displaced in Central Mindanao in 2001. We call for a thorough investigation by the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in accordance with the provisions of the GRP-NDFP Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and the NPA’s own rules of engagement and protocols. We are open to being a third party body for the purpose of conducting an independent investigation into the incident and to pinpoint accountability and due remedies. We are also open to being an independent third party humanitarian mission to facilitate indemnification which has been earlier announced by the NDFP in Mindanao. In the past, we have asked for the release of NPA Prisoners of War based on humanitarian grounds and similarly called for the release of political prisoners and detained NDFP consultants. Sowing the Seeds believes that the incident demonstrates the need to further strengthen established mechanisms such as

the GPH-NDFP Human Rights Joint Monitoring Committee. It also makes the resumption of the GPH-NDFP peace talks more urgent in order to lay down these complaints and issues in the negotiating table. Further, the said armed confrontation between the police bodyguards and the NPA reflects the reality of elections happening in the midst of the ongoing internal armed conflict in the country. The inherent nature of elections as gun-wielding and the inherent nature of revolutionary movements as armed in the assertion of their political territories, are bound to cross paths. We call on both parties to resume formal peace talks to ink the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (SER) so that the negotiations can move on to discuss Political and Constitutional Reforms (PCR) as the third substantive agenda. We hope that the incident will not further dim hopes of resuming the GPH-NDFP peace talks. We support the call of the Guingona family to resume the GPH-NDFP peace talks and echo the statement of Senator Teofisto Guingona III who said: “Because it (unpeace) will further escalate if the peace talk will not continue, so I call on everyone especially the CPPNPA to have a peace talk.” We address the same call to President Aquino. As peace advocates, we need to re-emphasize the importance of peace negotiations as a viable means to tackle and resolve outstanding issues and especially to address the roots of the armed conflict.

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n 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


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athletic official. Thousands A Minute of people were killed over By Jhan Tiafau Hurst 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 friendssometimes 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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patient friend called up and was in a panic mode: she complained of stiffness and pain on the left side of her face, and when she looked at the mirror, she noticed that her face on the left side seemed to droop. So, I told her to come and see me so I can look at it. I could just imagine, what a scare it is, when, upon waking up and on looking at yourself in the mirror you find that the beautiful / handsome face isn’t the same! The nerve that controls the movement of the muscles in the face, facial expressions like smiling, grimace or frowning, eye blinking and closing, even with the lubrication of the eyes ( through the lacrimal glands ) is the facial or 8th nerve. The facial nerve also has a say on the taste sensation. Thus, should there be problems affecting the 8th nerve, these functions are compromised. We call the disorder as Bell’s Palsy. Though, it is a temporary event, that can affect both men and women, of any age group, it is kind of distressing really. Bell’s Palsy or facial nerve paralysis can occur when there is nerve compression or, when the 8th nerve is inflamed or swollen. Going back to this patient friend, when I interviewed her, all she ever recalled was that, she went river rafting few days prior to its occurrence. She was thrown off the raft and must have hit one


side of her head into the onrushing waters. I n Focus Tr a u m a a n d v i r a l By Dr. Mary Jean Loreche infections, with herpes zoster or even the influenza virus are known to predispose one to having Bell’s Palsy. Symptoms actually vary. It can be mild or severe, and can start suddenly. The face will feel stiff, giving one that funny, weird feeling, or the face is pulled to one side, looking different. Others may have difficulty closing one eye, or there may be twitching. Eating and drinking may be difficult as food or liquid intake will have the tendency to spill over the side of the mouth. The eyes will feel dry, and the patient may have headaches, twitching, loss of appetite. Any of the above symptoms may be present and usually, will resolve also on its own, although, I have encountered cases wherein the symptoms persist for a month or two. It is a known fact that if one did not lose all the nerve loreche/PAGE 11

The slip once again is showing with the KKK at the helm We need only a few good men and women to run government to service the people if not to tow the line for a civilized society to follow the law and yet this has become elusive. Those entrusted by the president to run the country are showing signs of fatigue if not incompetence for the jobs they were authorized to manage. Need we continue to suffer an authority that is unable to address what the people is due? Today’s aggressive China with its assertion to the seas around us has rendered us immobile only to succumb to their pleasure. In school we remember the South China Sea today we need to be educated it is now the West Philippine Sea to stay nationalistic. The poor performance of the judiciary with its tail between its legs having lost its leader has the court supreme following the dictates of our ruler petrified the rest may follow suit. Its current resolutions show of its dependence rather than its adherence to law and justice. The police meantime are having a hay day harassing the people with no up dated registrations when these taxes were already collected with the LTO incapable of releasing car plates and stickers. Meanwhile, the battle between its suppliers rage on with no end in sight. Our successes are measured by the finance sector to be superficial with monies registered as investment when no manufacturing and jobs are created. The playground of the rich and powerful and our stock exchange may reap benefits possibly to the detriment of the poor. The finance chief is snug in his position possibly awaiting a juicy position after retirement just like the rest who have followed orders form the international banks. The infamous FFCCCII have been reprimanded and shamed by the president but rightfully so to be tax

cheats but as always business as usual. The BOC is plagued with the Tourism H i - way By Ped Quiamjot smugglers its authority can no longer control proposing its abolition but to who, the SGS that have brought financial distress to many other countries (not to exclude us). Its incompetence has to be the most glaring never having met its target in a single month after close to two years. The smuggling on the oil alone is significant endorsed by the oil wholesalers allegedly suffering having paid tax (as if). And of course let us not leave out the comelec and its chosen leaders who are above the law. Smartmatic will obviously choose this year candidates. There is the AES law only to be rationalized by the comelec with excuses seemingly unacceptable yet its chief honcho blurts out impulsively to its citizens doing their job of oversight towards a set of rules set for its regulation. The source code, the usb and its “worm” applications are a requirement, the digital signatures and what of the ballots, the pens and worst of all the poor performance of the pcos machines coming out of storage? It’s true, some people are above the law. Meanwhile the people are entertained by the brat who no longer has any integrity only to amuse the poor people who know no better.


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PH intensifies campaign for mechanized abaca fiber extraction THE government is intensifying its campaign for mechanized extraction of abaca fibers in a bid to increase supply and quality of fibers in abaca-producing areas. Fiber Industry Development Authority (FIDA) Administrator Cecilia Gloria Soriano said they are closely coordinating with local government units (LGUs) and private manufacturers on the continuous production of fiber extraction machines, tools and devices. Soriano said the developed technologies on fiber extraction processes using machines and devices were transferred to private machine fabricators through accreditation. “The accreditation of machine fabricators aims to produce standard and uniform designs of fiber extraction machines in terms of proper specifications, materials used and FIDA markings on the fabricated machines indicating the patent numbers issues by the Intellectual Property Office, Bureau of Patent and the date of its publication,” she said. Soriano said the agency


is also strictly monitoring the output of abaca farmers associations as beneficiaries of production and postharvest facilities. To i mp l e m e nt t h e mechanized fiber harvesting program, she said they are designing and developing a spindle stripping machine that has the capacity to increase output by three times producing the same quality of fiber. FIDA is also improving the handstripping device it developed to address the problem on the extraction of fibers from abaca farms situated in steep and rolling areas. More ov e r, S or i a n o said they are enhancing the prototype of FIDAdesigned improved autofed decorticating machines to increase quality of decorticated abaca fibers needed by the pulp sector. “Decorticated abaca fibers are needed by one of the six pulp mills operating in the Philippines. The abaca pulp produced from the decorticated fibers is utilized for specific product needed in Europe,” she said. (PHILEXPORT News and Features)


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Food manufacturers urged to export more to China FILIPINO producers of agro-food products are encouraged to export more to the huge China market. Christine dela Cruz, Commercial Attache at the Philippine Trade and Investment Centre (PTIC) in Beijing, said that apart from goods they are exporting, coffee, high-value added seafood and processed foods have also enormous business potentials there.

Dela Cruz said Chinese consumers are fond of anything sweet. She said sweet coffee and Philippine cupcake “Whattops” of Lemon Square already sell in China. To meet large volume requirement for export, dela Cruz advised local exporters to work in clusters. “If the exporters work in clusters, they have more chance in tapping the China

market primmarily because Chinese buyers demand “volume”. I noticed this especially in the food cluster,” she noted. Dela Cruz cited as an example Malaysia, which has a durian industry association now serving a huge segment of this market in China. As t he Ph i l ippi ne s increases food exports to this market, she reminded local food manufacturers

t o c o mp l y w i t h n e w registration requirements on food imports imposed by China. China is one of the Philippine’s biggest markets for food products, along with Japan, United States, Hong Kong and Singapore. The country’s food industry is composed of processed foods, fresh foods and marine products. (PHILEXPORT News and Features)

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6 Replica of Butuan’s historic balanghai boat undergoes repair sunday April 28, 2013

BUTUAN CITY — Repair works on a replica of the historic Balanghai boat have started to restore it to its original state when it first sailed all over Southeast Asia with two other replicas back in 2009. Masawa hong Butuan, which made a 14-month voyage across six Southeast Asian countries starting Sept. 1, 2009 alongside Diwata ng Lahi and Sama Tawi-Tawi, is now perched on a 12-foot high platform along the banks of the Agusan River. Butuan Global Forum (BGF), which built Masawa h ong Butu an b a ck i n 2009 with contributions from Butuan residents and expatriates, said the project would cost around P3 million pesos. Aside from repair and restoration, it includes landscaping and creating a huge viewing area for the boat beside the Agusan River. “We are saving a cultural heritage, Masawa hong Butuan is one of the boats that proved to the rest of the world that such voyage somewhere back in the year 320 A.D. was possible and that our ancestors made such trips from Butuan City to the rest of Southeast

Asia,” Jody Navarra, BGF project chair said. “We need to preserve the boat and show it to future generations the pride not only of Butuan but also of the Filipino people. It already had several damaged areas due to the marine borer worms. The boat was even repaired during its voyage back in July 2010 in Zamboanga City,” Navarra said. “Along its long voyage it received several small repairs, but eventually it succumbed to the massive worm infestation and was dry-docked in October o f 2 0 1 1 at t h e Lu n a Compound in barangay Bading (Butuan) where it was originally built,” he added. Bashir Abdullah, one of the original boat builders from Sibutu Island, TawiTawi said the restoration work was already 70% complete. Abdullah, who has 15 years of boat building

experience behind him, said the workers are now restoring the roof and replacing several planks. Navarra said they hope to finish the repairs by April 30 and start applying wood preservative by early May to protect it from the elements. He s a i d t h e w o r d preservative would cost between P90 and P120

thousand, adding they had already spent about P850 thousand for the repair in general. He added they hope to finish the viewing deck that would cost P1 million before the year ends. Nine balanghai boats was discovered buried in Barangay Libertad in Butuan in the late 1970s, but only three – Balanghais

1, 2 and 5 – were dug up. Balanghai 1 was dated back to 320 AD, Boat 2 to 1250 AD, and Boat 5 to around 900 AD. The three boats were declared on March 9, 1986 as national cultural treasures under Proclamation 86 by the late President Cory Aquino. Boat 2 is now on display at the Maritime Hall of the National Museum in

Manila. Boat 5, which has the most intact structure, is displayed at the National Museum site in Libertad. The discovery of the b oats gave pro of t hat Butuan was once a seafaring community trading with the Sri Vijayan Empire in Southeast Asia and China as early as the 10th century AD. (Erwin Mascarinas/ MindaNews)

More tourism investments for Sarangani pushed By Allen V. Estabillo, MindaNews

GENERAL SANTOS CITY — The Department of Tourism (DOT) is pushing for the entr y of more investments on tourism infrastructure and related de velopment ventures in Sarangani province to enhance the area’s tourism potentials. Maria Victoria Jasmin, DOT Undersecretary for Tour ism S er vices and R e g i o n a l O p e r at i o n s , said the province should work on improving the area’s basic infrastructure to complement with

the ongoing tourism development initiatives in the area. Ja s m i n i s s u e d t h e recommendation following a recent visit to the province’s top tourism resources and destinations, among them the famed white sand beaches in the coastal village of Gumasa in Glan town. The site visit was facilitated by DOT Region 12 director Jose Cabulanan and Sarangani Tourism and Investment Promotion Center coordinator Larry Asparin.

Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao, also referred to as Soccsksargen, comprises the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani, North Cotabato and the cities of General Santos, Koron a d a l , Ta c u ron g , Kidapawan and Cotabato. Jasmin cited the need for the construction and opening of more access roads within the province’s tourism areas, specifically on the way to its beaches and other local attractions. “(We need) new roads for easy access and more food sources for every resort in Gumasa,” she said in a report

ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION. Environmentalists sign the Kitanglad-Kalatungan Mountain Accord (KITKAT) in Cagayan de Oro City on Earth Day, March 23. Representatives of at least 12 people’s organizations, NGOS and government agencies signed the pact vowing to help protect the city’s watershed. mindanews photo

released by the Sarangani Information Office. The white sand beach area of Gumasa, which is home to several major resorts, is considered a “world class” resource and has been the province’s main tourist magnet. The area, adopted by DOT and the Regional D e ve l opm e nt C ou n c i l (RDC) as one of the region’s top destinations, has been attracting thousands of local as well as foreign tourists almost the entire year. Every third week of May, the beaches of Gumasa play host to the two-day Sarangani Bay Festival dubbed as “Mindanao’s biggest beach party.” Aside from investing on infrastructure, Jasmin said local stakeholders should intensify the promotion of the province’s tourist

attractions in domestic and foreign tourism or travel markets. “We should be aggressive in promoting tourism not only in Glan but in all towns of Sarangani,” she stressed. Gumasa was earlier chosen by the DOT and RDC-12 as among the region’s banner tourist att rac t ions due to its potential of becoming a world-class destination.

The ot hers are t he Mt. Apo nature park in Kidapawan City and the scenic Lake Sebu resort town of South Cotabato. B a s e d on a recommendation of t he Regiona l Tour ism Council, the three tourism destinations were chosen as models for the tourism investments and de velopment of ot her tourism sites in the region.


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at Bahay na Bato By mike baños

ILOILO CITY – The best meal I had during a recent tour of this “Queen’s City of the South” was a painit at the Avanceña Bahay na Bato in Villa Arevalo, this city which remains the residence of the fourth generation of the Melocoton-Avanceña clan. It was just a just snack but somehow, the company you keep with your meal with and perhaps, the ambiance of the place where it is taken play equally important parts in your enjoyment of the total experience. It was Father’s Day, June 17, 2012 and our group of travel writers from Cagayan

de Oro had just taken the Heritage Tour of Iloilo courtesy of Cebu Pacific and the Department of Tourism Western Visayas. We had been touring the Southern Iloilo countr yside and had dropped by the Garin Farm, Miag-ao, Tigbauan, San Joaquin and Guimbal churches with Iloilo Tour

Guides Cooperative Chair Melanie Y. Ortega, herself a licensed tour guide, and her colleague Erlyn S. Alunan. Our party included moi, Froilan Gallardo, Ed Montalvan, Or win Austria and Butch Enerio from Cagayan de Oro; Ping Jimenea and Pam C ab ab as ay f rom D OT Region 6; MP Pestano and Len Balmonte from Cebu Pacific and JG Summit Holdings, and Charles Lim and Precious Heradura of Selrahco Management and Consultancy Services. After a brief visit to a

Sinamay dealer where we got ourselves some pasalubong for the folks back home, we proceeded to the Arevalo District for a visit to the Avanceña ancestral house now better known as the Camiña Bahay na Bato. Melanie tells us the house was built in 1865, predating even the only remaining Balay na Bato in Cagayan de Oro known as El Casa del Chino Ygua, built in 1882 by the first Chinese migrants in what was then known as Cagayan de Misamis and historically significant since this was where Filipino revolucionarios gathered in January 10, 1899 for the first ever parade marking Philippine independence from Spain and many of whose remains lie buried behind the house. Ho w e v e r, i n s t a r k c o nt r a s t t o t h e w e l l preserved Camiña, El Casa del Chino Ygua had been repeatedly renovated and the bricks on its facade that originally came from Fukien, China long gone.

Once inside Camiña Balay na Bato and the contrast becomes even sharper, with the two storey edifice now also serving as a museum and curio shop (Lola Rufina’s Heritage Curio Shop) with even some of the original owners personal collections on display. Like many old houses in Iloilo, one can find weavers doing their traditional products like hablon and patadyong. Antiques from plates to little jars and painting line the walls. And really old looking santos in their ornate pedestals look like they date back to the Spanish times. When one ascends the steep staircase, one literally gets transported to its earlier genteel times when the owners held court in the grand sala while visitors from all over the province would come calling. It was when the hosts invited us to the dining room where two tables laid

out as they were during the earlier times that the time travel became complete. It was late afternoon and the weather was kind enough to send some sun and wind to ruffle the curtains of the comedor. Perfectly complementing the fine china and silverware were the traditional Ilonggo p ai nit of pipi ng -hot Pancit Molo, sweet brown red cuchinta with grated coconut and my oh my, the greatest tasting tsokolate I have ever tasted in my life served in metal pitchers (or tsokolatera, if you must) with wooden batirols! Ah, to spend a lazy summer afternoon in the company of old and new friends, gracious hosts, good food, fine house and perfect weather, life doesn’t get any better than this! Cebu Pacific flies direct from Cagayan de Oro to Iloilo Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Cebu Pacific is the largest airline in the country with the lowest year-round fares.

SEDA Centrio introduces Urban Lifestyle Experience AyalaLand Hotels and Resorts Corporation reboots the book on hospitality excellence with its new line of Seda (“Silk”) Hotels that aims to bring the Makati urban lifestyle experience to the regions. During the recent launch of Centrio Mall, Andrea Mastellone, Seda Group general manager, said the new Seda Hotels collection of AHRC is the first line of urban lifestyle hotels in the country that aims to bring together style, comfort and value in one destination. Seda is also the first set of hotels to be operated and owned by AyalaLand, developer of the Philippines’ top master-planned, mixeduse communities. “S e d a Ho t e l s e nj oy superior location advantages over competition, making it an ideal choice for the contemporary business and leisure traveler,” said Mr. Mastellone. “Seda hotels are found in prime emerging cities and developments such

as Bonifacio Global City in Taguig, Davao City, Cagayan de Oro City, and NUVALI in Sta. Rosa, Laguna with a total of 628 rooms.” “The Seda Hotel collection offers a new experience in hospitality: the Urban Lifestyle Hotel. We provide comfort and value for tech savvy customers of the digital generation with our modern amenities and latest technology,” said Melissa J. Carlos, Group Director of Sales and Marketing. “Each hotel fuses contemporary design with the local vibe to create an inviting mix of relaxation, play and work. Thus, while ever y hotel displays Seda’s trademark style and service, each has its distinct personality.” Seda Centrio is nestled

within the 3.7-hectare Centrio c omp l e x i n d ow nt ow n Cagayan de Oro, an easy elevator ride away from Centrio Mall’s 300 retail and dining establishments and only 30 minutes from Lumbia airport. Designed by Rchitects, Inc. and C. T. Ong l ao Architects, it will have a total of 150 stylish but cozy guestrooms, consisting of 136 standard rooms (28 sq.m.) and 14 premier deluxe (35 sq.m.). B esides having the largest and poshest rooms for hotels in its price range, Seda Centrio also boasts of four fully equipped function rooms featuring modern contemporary themes and natural lighting in the fourth floor which can open up to

An open pit mining site operated by Australian firm Greenstone Resources Corporation dots the green fields and mountains in Tubod, Surigao del Norte in this photo taken April 24, 2013. mindanews photo

each other to accommodate up to 100 people at a time for business or social events. An adult and kiddie’s pool as well as a fitness gym are also found in the same floor. Its Misto presents a 3-in1 All-Day Dining Concept (Restaurant, Bar and E-Lounge) where travelers can enjoy food and drinks with the convenience of wi-fi that’s seamlessly linked to the lobby lounge and e-lounge. Guests can also explore the wide array of restaurant

choices in Centrio Mall which is just one elevator ride away. H e r e’s w h e r e S e d a transcends the boutique hotel concept under which it was originally conceived to a higher “urban lifestyle experience.” “For instance, every guest room has a 40-inch LED HD TV ( first in the industry), media panel with HDMI, USB and A/V connectivity; phone with iPod docks and FM Stereo Features and complimentary Wi-Fi and

Broadband Internet Access, ” said Seda Centrio Manager Lorenzo Tang. “ On top of that, Seda Centrio would have a “Lifestyle Manager” charged with matching the guest’s inclinations to what’s going on in the mall and the rest of the city.” Seda Centrio is undertaken by Northgate Hotel Ventures, Inc. (NHVI), a joint venture between Ayala Land Hotels and Resorts Corporation (AHRC) and Anflocor.

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Yesiree, we’re a family of dwarves: so what?! By Bong S. Sarmiento, Mindanews

KALAMANSIG, Sultan Kudarat – They won’t basically stand out in a crowd but they have “rock star” popularity, at least in the locality. At this remote coastal municipality accessible through a long and winding mountainous road, a family has been living simple lives despite being so strangely different from the others across town. If Snow White has seven dwarfs, this town has six – from the grandfather to daughters to grandsons. From a distance, Magdaleno Alaban looks like a child, standing just over four feet tall. Closer, he’s an old man, jolly, white-haired, and loves to shed his shirt off while taking care of Poral Beach Resort at Barangay Sta.

Maria. He’s now 72. Of the eight children of a couple from Siquijor, Alaban was the only one who ceased to grow tall. Magdaleno is known in the area as “Bakang,” which is the Cebuano word for bandy-legged or bowlegged. Alaban walks similar to a duck or a penguin. Recalling what his father told him when he asked him why he is bowlegged, Alaban said that his mother craved for ducks when she was pregnant with him. “That’s why people here call me Bakang. If you ask

people around here for Magdaleno Alaban, most likely they would not know who he is,” he told MindaNews outside their sari-sari (mom and pop) store that caters to beach goers. “I don’t feel bad about being called Bakang because that’s the truth. People should not be lying to you!” he added with a hearty laugh. Up on t r a c i n g h i s ancestors, he found out that no one from his elders have the condition similar to him. Alaban has made this town his home for at least three decades now. Upon arriving in Sultan Kudarat province, he worked at a logging company in the where he met his late wife nearby town of Palimbang, Anita. He was 21 when they got married. Although Anita was not a dwarf, their height must not be too far apart at that time because she was only 13 then. T h e y we re bl e s s e d with five children, two of whom inherited his traits. Rosemarie and Ruby are even shorter than he is. Both are married now. Ros emar ie has two children (Jerald Jay, 12, and John Paul, 8) and Ruby has one (Laurence, a toddler), all boys and all dwarfs, even though their fathers are of normal height. “I don’t know why we are like this. Still there’s nothing to be ashamed of. This is God’s will,” said Alaban, admitting they haven’t consulted a medical expert to explain their condition. Beating life’s adversities Alaban said his condition did not prevent him to be productive. For him, it served as a challenge to overcome life’s adversities. “Even though we are poor, I was able to send all my five children to college through sheer hard work,” Alaban said. After resigning from the logging company in the 1970s, Alaban became a farmer and fisherman to support his family. In the past several years,

Alaban’s major sources of income have been the sari-sari store and his commission from the rental of cottages and rooms of the resort that was entrusted to their care. He now l ive s w it h another woman, also not a dwarf, after his wife died in 2007. Alaban’s five children are either married or are away working and are not dependent on him for support. He and his new partner still have no child since they began living together in 2008. One of his two dwarf daughters, Ruby Anne and her family, share the same house with Alaban and his new partner. But the house has a division so that the young couple, whose son Laurence is also a dwarf, can live on their own. Ruby Anne’s husband has a normal height. For Alaban, one just have to give his best efforts and work hard to achieve one’s goals. Disabilities or deformities should not serve as hindrance to have a better in life, he added. Can do the same Rosemarie, one of the dwarf daughters, apparently inherited not just his physical condition but also his attitude. “If normal people can do it, I can do it, too,” she

said in a separate interview. R o s e m ar i e, w h o i s also living with a second partner after she ditched her drunkard husband, sells street snack foods at the poblacion area and earns a daily net income of at least P100. Her live-in partner, who is 12 years younger, earns money by driving a traysikad to augment the family income. “He treats my two kids from my previous marriage like his own,” said the 42-year-old Rosemarie. Like the case of her father, she and her new partner still have no children. Rosemarie said her focus is to raise her two young children with the right values to overcome life’s challenges despite being poor. “I teach them not to mind when other kids tease them about their appearance. As long as they do not hit you, do not take offense,” she said. R os emar ie st ress e d she’s at peace with herself despite her appearance. “I’ve accepted who and what I am,” she said. Her two young boys, me anw hi le, s e em just as happy and contented with being who they are, especially the youngest who portrays a mischievous innocence.

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Wednesday April 24, 2013 Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 17 Cagayan de Oro City OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE FILE NO. 2013-086

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act No. 3135 filed by HOME DEV’T. MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG FUND) , mortgagee, with office at J.R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City, against NIXON C. ALAY, mortgagor, married to Marissa G. Alay, residing at 6216 Reyes Village, Bugo, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of January 25, 2013, amounts to SIX HUNDRED SIXTY EIGHT THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN PESOS & 83/100 (P668,917.83 ), excluding penalties, charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned or her duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on May 23, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. or soon thereafter at the office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Branch 17, Hall of Justice, Cagayan de Oro City to the highest bidder, for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency the following property with all improvements, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-57762 “A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 9, Block 30, of subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-131075, being a portion of Lot 1-D-2-F-1, Psd-9223, LRC (GLRO) Record No. 10003) and all improvements thereon, situated in the District of Bugo, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao. Containing an area of Four Hundred Sixty Nine (469) square meters, more or less.’’ All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated date, time and place. In the event the public auction should not take place on May 23, 2013, for whatever reason, the public auction will proceed on the next working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, April 8, 2013. (Sgd.) FE O. BONTUYAN-BULARON Sheriff-IV cc: Nixon C. Alay Reyes Village, Bugo, Cdo RTC/OCC-Publisher Pag-ibig, Cdo

Rural Bank of Balingasag (Mis Or.) Inc. as rep. EJF FILE No. 350-M By its Branch manager, mortgagee, FOR: Extrajudicial Foreclosure of Real Estate Mortgage -versus- Under Act 3135, As Amended by Act 4118 Aldrin Basarte, mortgators. x………………………………………………………………/ SHERIFF’S NOTICE OF EXTRAJUDICIAL SALE Upon extrajudicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended by Act 4118, filed by the RURAL BANK OF BALINGASAG (MIS OR) INC. as rep. by its Branch Manager, mortgagee, against ALDRIN BASARTE, mortgagor, with residence and postal address at Sindangan, Talisayan Misamis Oriental, to satisfy the indebtedness of the mortgagor to the former in the amount of FIVE HUNDRED SEVENTEEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THREE PESOS and 34/100 ONLY (P 517, 133.34) Philippine Currency, representing the principal & interest due, excluding penalties and other charges, 10% Attorney’s Fee and other liquidated damages plus all other expenses incurred in connection with this petition and sale, the undersigned RTC Sheriff’s sell at Public Auction on May 24,2013 at 10;00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the Hall of Justice, RTC, Medina Misamis Oriental to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine currency,the following property with all improvement thereof to wit: KATIBAYAN NG ORIHINAL NA TITULO No. P-33592 “A parcel of Land, Lot no. 5867, Cad 326-D (Lot no. 4530-B, CSD-10-015630-D) situated at Barrio Sindangan, Municipality of Talisayan, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the North, along lines 1-2-3 by lot 4530-A, CSD-10-015630-D; on the SE, along lines 3-4-5 by lot 4529; on the South ,along lines 5-6-7-8 and on the SW, along line 8-9 and on the NW,along lines 9-10-11 by lot 4530-C, CSD-10-015630-D; on the West, along lines 11-12-13 by lot 4528. All of Cad 326-D Talisayan Cadastre. Beginning at point marked ”1” on the plan being S. 65 deg. 22’W., 2338.41 m. from BLLM No. 1, Cad 326-D thence; S.76 deg. 09’E., 41.92 m. to point 2; S.78 deg. 10 E., 78.66 m. to point 3; S. 09 deg. 00’W.,42.90 m to point 4; S. 70 deg. 33’E., 12.46 m. to point 5; N. 85 deg. 09’W., 46.67 m. to point 6; N.82 deg. 02’W., 69.34 m. to point 7; S.6 deg. 35’W., 19.22 m. to point 8; N.41 deg. 05’W’., 46.90 m. to point 9; N. 76 deg. 13’E., 25.24 m. to point 10; N. 09 deg. 33’E., 12.85 m. to point 11; S 89 deg. 21’E., 11.96 m. to point 12; N. 02 deg. 34’E., 15.84 m. to point of beginning. Containing an area of SEVEN THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED NINETY SIX (7,196) square meters, more or less. All points referred to are indicated on the plan and marked on the ground in the name of BASARTE,ALDRIN. In the event of failure of bidding or auction sale cannot take place for whatever reason, the same will proceed on the following day, without further notice,posting and publication. Prospective bidders/buyers may investigate for themselves the title and tax declaration herein above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Medina,Misamis Oriental, April 1, 2013. (Sgd.) ALFRAN R. MABELIN RTC SHERIFF IV Copy Furnished RB of Balingasag: -Mis. Or. Basarte, Aldrin-Sindangan, Talisayan Misamis Or.

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro City Branch 22 OFFICE OF THE PROVINCIAL SHERIFF SHERIFF’S SECOND NOTICE OF SALE FILE No. 2013-082 Upon Extra-Judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND or PAG-IBIG FUND, mortgagee, with office address at Pag-ibig Building, J.R. Borja St., Cagayan de Oro City, against ROEL G. CABANA, married to NADIA G. CABANA, mortgagor/s, of legal age/s, Filipino/s with postal address at 065 Zone 5, Patag, Camp Evangelista, Cagayan de Oro City to satisfy the mortgaged indebtedness which was as of January 25, 2013 amounts to THREE HUNDRED SIXTEEN THOUSAND EIGHTY SEVEN PESOS AND 48/100 (P316,087.48) Philippine Currency excluding interest, penalty charges, attorney’s fees and expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on May 27, 2013, at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the RTC Branch 22 office, Arch Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder, for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the herein described property and all improvements thereon to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-50281 Lot : Lot 7, Blk. 12, Psd-10-057664 Portion of Lot : Lot 1, Pcs-10-003972 As Surveyed for : United Coconut Planters bank (Pag-Ibig Citi Homes) Land Use : (Residential) Location : Malanang, Opol, Misamis Oriental Area : ONE HUNDRED TWENTY (120) SQ.M. MORE OR LESS Prospective buyers/bidders may investigate for themselves the title of the herein described property and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be on the next working day without further notice. Cagayan de Oro City, April 5, 2013.


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HEIRS OF ZOILO JARAMILLO, REPRESENTED BY ZOSMA J. LIGNES; AND HEIRS OF JOSE SABURAO, REPRESENTED BY WARLIE S. SABURAO. Petitioners. x------------------------------------------------/ ORDER Finding the verified petition for reissuance/reconstitution of parcel of land covered by Original Certificate of Title No. 250, situated at Poblacion, Laguindingan, Province of Misamis Oriental Island of Mindanao, filed by applicant herein to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is set for INITIAL HEARING on August 05, 2013 at 8:30 o’clock in the morning at this court sitting at the Hall of Justice Initao, Misamis Oriental. Persons interested in this petition are required to answer and appear before this court on the aforesaid date and make known their opposition thereto. The Administration of the Land Registration Authority is hereby directed at the expense of the applicant to cause the publication of the Notice of Initial Hearing in the Official Gazette and once in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Misamis Oriental. Further, the applicant is hereby directed to furnish copy of the application and its annexes to the Solicitor General. Lastly, let copies of this Order be furnished to the concerned offices of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of this city and of this province. SO ORDERED. April 2, 2013, Initao, Misamis Oriental

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Branch 18 Cagayan de Oro City



Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region Cagayan de Oro city

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act. No. 3135 as amended, filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND (PAG-IBIG), Cagayan de Oro City, as mortgagee, against NANETTE P. PABATAO, of legal age, married to Eldo P. Pabatao, Jr. with postal address at Block 19, Lot 32 La Buena Vida, Canitoan, Cagayan de Oro City or at 1371 Pob., Tagoloan, Mis, Or. as mortgagor, which as of January 25, 2013 amounts to FOUR HUNDRED FORTY TWO THOUSAND SIX HUNDRED NINETY NINE PESOS & 93/100 (Php 442,699.93) inclusive of interest, and penalty charges, but exclusive of attorney’s fees equivalent to ten (10%) percent of the total indebtedness plus the expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned will sell at public auction on May 15, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. or soon thereafter at the main entrance of the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Hall of Justice, Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder for cash or manager’s check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all the improvements found thereon, described as follows: TCT No. T-132623 ‘’PARCEL OF LAND(Lot 31, Block 19, of the Cons. Subd. plan PCS10-001589, being a portion of All Resultant Lots within blocks 1 to 16 & Road Lots 1 to 14 of Psd-10-020813, Situated in the Barangay Lumbia, of Cagayan de Oro, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao, containing an area of FORTY FIVE (45) square meters, more or less”. TCT. No. T-132624 ‘’PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 32, Block 19, of the Cons. Subd. Plan, PCS-10-001589, being a portion of All Resultant Lots within Blocks 1 to 16 & Road Lots 1 to 14 of Psd-10-020813), situated in the Barangay Lumbia, City of Cagayan de Oro, Province of Misamis Oriental, Island of Mindanao, containing an area of FORTY FIVE (45) square meters, more or less’’. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated date, time and place. In the event the auction date falls on a holiday, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title hereinabove described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, April 5, 2013. FOR THE EX-OFFICIO PROVINCIAL SHERIFF By: (SGD.) MA. TERESITA QUIBLAT-INSO Sheriff IV BWM: April 21, 28 & May 5, 2013

Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended , filed by HOME DEVELOPMENT MUTUAL FUND or PAG-IBIG FUND, Mortgagee, against JOEY Z. ATASAN married to NONETTE G. ATASAN, Mortgagors, with postal address at 12-28 Sts., Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City, to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness of EIGHT HUNDRED TWENTY THREE THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED SIXTY FOUR PESOS and 32/100 (Php 823,264.32), inclusive of interest and penalty charges as of February 6,2013, plus expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction on May 15, 2013 , at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., at the Regional Trial Court, Branch 18, Room 117, Hall of Justice, Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City, to the highest bidder for CASH and in Philippine Currency, the following properties described below including all existing improvements found thereon, to wit: TCT No. T-179572 A PARCEL OF LAND (Lot 28, Block 20, Psd-104305-017450, being a portion of Lot 3017-B, Psd-10-000818), situated in the Barrio of Carmen and Pagatpat, City of Cagayan de Oro, Island of Mindanao, including all improvements found thereon, containing an area of ONE HUNDRED THIRTY TWO (132) SQUARE METERS, more or less. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event auction sale cannot take place for whatever legal reason, the same will proceed on the following working day, without further notice, posting and publication. Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein above-described and encumbrance thereon, if any there be. Cagayan de Oro City, April 5, 2013


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Loreche... from page 4

functions and the symptoms begin to improve in less than a month, that, the patient is likely to regain the strength of his/her muscles more easily than one whose symptoms are prolonged and more severe in nature. A very good history of the patient’s illness, coupled with complete physical examination including neurologic tests will clinch the diagnosis. At times, our neurologist friends may request for a CT Scan or an MRI if he/ she thinks that the cause of the nerve paralysis is a space occupying lesion like a tumor. Treatment is directed towards the alleviation of the symptoms: paracetamol or mefenamic acid for the fever or headache or pain. There are Doctor friends who may also prescribe steroids to address the swelling or inflammation of the nerve. It is important too, to follow the advice of one’s attending physician specially if therapeutic exercises are recommended. All in all, the prognosis or outlook for Bell’s Palsy is good.

Peace... from page 1

and ethnicit y; and “kalawaig” refers to the name of the river that runs through the vicinity. “This is also (focused) on our call for peace among men, peace with nature, and peace with oneself as the threshold of our advocacies, aside from promoting Mindanao,” Ferrer said. Activities held were forest exploration, workshops on soil painting, lessons for flow camps, yoga sessions, fire dancing, tree planting, and concert for-a-cause. “The lined up activities were h ig h l ig hted i n t he concert for-a-cause as the performing artists sang out our advocacies through their own music compositions for the nature,” Ferrer said. International artists and performers from Sweden, Germany and Hawaii graced the festivity too. “We have invited international artists because we believed that they can help in one way or another; ot hers w i l l cha nge t heir perception about Mindanao since foreigners have promoted it,” Ferrer explained. Siri Svegler, performing artist from Germany, said that SPF is a good avenue for peace seekers and nature lovers as it is being held in one through music and other activities that will help the people from Mindanao realize that the environment must be well taken care for. When asked what other g reen orga n i z at ions she supports in Germany, Svegler said that she sings for events, be it for nature or another. “In my own little way, I can help, aside from campaigning, it starts from within, one, I don’t litter anywhere.” Also, Isa Tabasuares and Tomas Walter from Germany and Fantuzzi from Hawaii were one with local performing and sculpture artists, such as

Waway Saway, Sinyma, Mush Project, Purple Kush, Crowns Down, Ruska, Lost Tribe, Rhyan Casiño, Kit Gresos, Michael Bacol, and Fadi Ismael in performing for-a-cause. “It is fun, as a Mindanaonon, I am now more aware about it, their advocacies and most (of all), I can do something in my own little way to conserve nature,” Irene Domingo, one of the festival goers, said. Last year’s SPF was at Zamboanga City, and this year the city’s leg, Paz Musika del Mar Summer Peace Festival, is set on April 29- May 1.

Gensets... from page 1

then offer them to electric cooperatives through a soft financing scheme. The President said the deployment of the modular generator sets w ill help Mindanao breeze through the current power crisis which, he stressed, will likely last until 2015 based on the government’s projections. By 2015, he said Aboitiz Power’s coal-fired power pla nt i n Davao Cit y is targeted to go online with an additional 200 megawatts of base load supply to the Mindanao grid. Aside from that, he said the construction of new power generating plants will continue in the next three years to ensure enough supplies for the island within the next decade. “Tingin ko ho by 2015, hindi na natin ito problema at by 2017, sobra sobra na po ang inyong kuryente dito (I think by 2015, we’ll no longer have a power crisis and by 2017, you’ll have surplus power supplies here),” the President added. (MindaNews)

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Consulate in Jeddah and were asking to be repatriated for fear of being arrested by Saudi authorities after

a recent crackdown against illegal migrants. Villar, a staunch jobs and livelihood advocate, had earlier urged t he Depa r t ment of Foreig n A f f a i r s (DFA) a nd t he Department of Labor and Employ ment (DOLE) to augment their personnel in Saudi Arabia to assist the Filipinos to be affected by the crackdown. Vi l la r sa id gover n ment should now mobilize the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) to extend assistance to the displaced OFWs in order to prepare them for their eventual reintegration into Philippine society. “We should act now and fact fast,” Villar stressed. “We cannot afford another humanitarian crisis in our hands as a resu lt of t he e v e nt u a l d i s p l a c e m e nt of thousands of Filipino workers from Saudi Arabia.” Villar thanked the Saudi monarch, King Abdullah bi n Abdu la zi z A l Saud, for his decision to grant a three month retrieve on the labor and immigration crackdown and give illegal migrant workers in that country more time to fix their papers. Repor ts sa id Saudi A r a bi a h a s m or e t h a n nine million expatriates from countries like Yemen, India, Pa k ista n a nd t he Philippines and that the S au d i g ov e r n m e nt h a s a l r e a d y d e p or t e d ov e r 200,000 foreigners due to documentation problems. At present, Villar noted there are over a million Filipinos working in Saudi Arabia and some 20,000 of t hem a re s a id to b e undocumented. She said DFA a nd DOLE of f icia l should now expedite the processing of the working documents and extend all assistance they could give


TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-2195 TAX DECLARATION NO. 89692 “A parcel of Residential land (Lot No. 9-E-3, Psd-10-054044, with all improvements found and existing thereon situated in the Barrio of Cabangcalan, City of Tangub, Island of Mindanao. Bounded on the SW., along line 1-2-3 by Lot 9- E-1, Psd-10-054044, along line 3-4 by Lot 9-A, along line 4-5 by Lot 9-B, along line 5-6, by Lot 9-C, along line 6-7 by Lot 9-D, all of Psd-10-048011, NW., along line 7-8 by Lot 8, NE., along line 8-9 by Lot 7, SE., along line 9-10 by Lot 10, all of Pcs-10-003254, SW., along line 11-12-1 by Lot 9-E-2, Psd-10-054044. Containing an area of FIVE THOUSAND THREE HUNDRED TWENTY THREE (5,323) SQUARE METER more or less. All points referred to are indicated on the ground by P.S. Cyl. Conc. Mons. Under Tax Declaration No. 89692. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time, date and place of auction sale. In the event that the public auction should not take place on said date or there is only one bidder, it shall be held on May 27, 2013 at the same time & place without further notice. Bidders are enjoined to investigate for themselves any encumbrance on the herein property if any there be.

MISC. CASE NO. 2012-093


- versus -

SOFRONIO B. FERROLINO, JR. AND THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OF CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Respondents. x-----------------------------------------------/ ORDER

At today’s hearing, petitioner and counsel Atty. Jim Amarga appeared. Petitioner, through counsel, moved that its Motion with Leave of Court to Serve Summons by Publications be deemed submitted for the resolution of this Court. Pursuant to Section 15, Rule 14 of the Rules of Court, petitioner’s motion is granted. Let summons by publication ensue at the expense of petitioner. Moreover, let copyof the summons be served thru registered mail, likewise at the expense of petitioner, to respondent Sofronio B. Ferrolino, Jr. at his last known address. Let publication be had once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation. Petitioner is directed to submit compliance thereof within fifteen (15) days from the date of last publication, failing which, the case shall be dismissed for lack of interest and for failure to comply with the lawful order of the Court. SO ORDERED. Dictated in open court. City of Cagayan de Oro, March 8, 2013.

(SGD.) DENNIS Z. ALCANTAR Presiding Judge

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region BRANCH 18 Cagayan de Oro City


Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 as amended by Act 4118 filed by Misamis Bank INC., A RURAL BANK, against REBECCA F. CHIONG A.I.F. OF PURITA F. CHIONG to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of September 30, 2012 amounts to One Million One Hundred Sixty Three Thousand Eight Hundred Fifteen Pesos & 59/100 Only (Php 1,163,815.59) excluding interest, attorneys fees, and other lawful fees for the service of foreclosure, the undersigned Sheriff will sell at public auction on May 21, 2013 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning or soon thereafter at the office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Br. 16, Tangub City, to the highest bidder in cash, Philippine Currency the herein mortgage property to wit:

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL 10th Judicial Region BRANCH 18 Cagayan de Oro City

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 10TH Judicial Region Branch 16, Tangub City



to the workers to legalize their stay in the Kingdom during t he t hree-mont h retrieve. Vi l lar noted t hat t he re c e nt i mple me nt at ion of a m e nd m e nt s t o t he Kingdom’s labor laws was Saudi-wide, meaning that thousands of illegal foreign workers including OFWs w it h ex pi re d re sidenc y c a rd s or “Iq a m a s ” a re affected. “We cannot treat this development as a trivial matter because Saudi Arabia is home to more t ha n a m i l l ion Fi l ipi nos. T hey deserve a more proactive response from our embassy in Riyadh and consulate in Jeddah. It is time that we invest more funds and au g ment t he work force in t hese posts to enable them to reach more OFWs through mobile consular and labor teams.”


MISC. CASE NO. 2012-093

CEFIRO TRADING CORPORATION, REPRESENTED BY: MANUEL BONIAO, Petitioner, -versusSOFRONIO B. FERROLINO JR. AND THE REGISTER OF DEEDS OF CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Respondents X------------------------------------------/ ORDER (Summons by Publication) Before this Court is a petition for cancellation of the adverse claim annotated in Transfer Certificate of Title Nos. 137-2012000626 and Transfer Certificate of Title Nos. 137-2011003395 filed by petitioner Cefiro Trading Corporation rep. by Manuel Boniao on July 2, 2012. Pursuant to the March 8,2013 Order of the Court directing service of summons by publication in accord with Section 15 of Rule 14 of the Revised Rules of Court, summons is hereby given to: SOFRONIO B. FERROLINO, JR. The above-named respondent is directed to file his answer to the herein petition within a period of sixty (60) days from the last issue of the publication, failing which, petitioner will take judgement by default and may be granted the relief applied for in the petition. SO ORDERED. 20 March 2013, Cagayan de oro City, Philippines.

March 21, 2013, at Tangub City, Philippines.


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Villar says: environmental issues are finally getting long-deserved attention n More advocates needed to sustain environment causes ON Earth Day, former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar said she is glad that the environment is now getting all the attention as she calls on more people to get actively involved in supporting and fighting for environmental causes. “It is long delayed actually, but it is good that more and more people are becoming more aware and actively involved in environmental is sues. Everyone’s help counts. This is a universal issue and human concern that transcends political leanings or even personal interests. We should all be in this together because this is the only Earth we got,” said Villar, managing director of Villar Foundation, which has numerous environment-related programs and projects. On its 21st year, the Villar Foundation’s first project was tree-planting to alleviate the effects of climate change and to date, it has planted nearly a million trees. In 2002, it launched the Sagip Ilog program or the Las Piñas river rehabilitation program with the goal of cleaning up the river to address two major concerns: the worsening flood problem in Las Piñas and to allow aquatic life to thrive anew. To make those environmental projects more sustainable, Villar incorporated a livelihood component. “Most environmentrelated projects fail because t h e p e o p l e i nvo l ve d are not committed enough and community involvement and commitment are critical factors in ensuring the success of any environmental rehabilitation and conservation program. There should be something in it for them,” she cited. Thus, the birth of Villar’s green social enterprises or livelihood projects out of wastes and garbage such as water hyacinths and coconut husks from her river rehabilitation program. Villar Foundation’s

water hyacinth basket weaving enterprise, coconet weaving enterprise, organic fertilizer making enterprise, handloom blanket weaving enterprise, citronella oil-making enterprise, among others have benefited more than 500 families in Las Piñas. The livelihood projects have also been duplicated in 179 municipalities and cities all over the country. “We have built pilot centers nationwide. So far, we have only covered a little over 10 percent of the 1,600 towns and cities in the Philippines. My goal is to have one livelihood project in each one of them,” said Villar. Villar’s other environmental advocacy is her stance against the planned 635.14-hectare Manila Bay reclamation project that will affect the Las PiñasParañaque Critical Habitat and Ecotourism Area (LPPCHEA), the most recent addition on the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance. She filed a petition for Writ of Kalikasan on March 16 against the said project, which the Supreme Court granted on April 10 last year. The writ of kalikasan was issued but not a temporary environmental protection order or TEPO—without a TEPO, the contractor can still proceed with the projects. The court decision on this is yet to be released, but the hearings at the Court

of Appeals were finished. “I am concerned about the catastrophic effects that the proposed Manila Bay reclamation project will bring about—including the damage to the bird sanctuary as well as to the mangrove forest and marine habitat. The worst of which, is that it will cause severe flooding in 37 barangays in Bacoor, 11 in Paranaque and 17 in Las Piñas. Floods with a depth of as much as 5.12 meters or equivalent to a two-storey high building,” cited Villar. LPPCHEA ser ves as a sanctuary to migratory bird species from as far as Siberia. According to the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines, Metro Manila has 150 species of birds, 72 of which are found at LPPCHEA. It is the only bird sanctuary located in an urban setting, thus it is considered as the ‘last bastion’. Because of its biodiversity, LPPCHEA was declared as a critical habitat in 2007 by Proclamation No. 1412. A c c o r d i n g t o V i l l a r, e nv i r o n m e n t a l p r o b l e m s need both legislative support and practical solutions. As a congresswoman for 10 years, she has authored and pushed for the passage of environmental bills also. And if and when elected as senator, environment is still among her key legislative agenda.

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