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DOLE-10 continues program to grow trees Abbygail V. Taladua Liceo U MassComm Intern

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) - Region 10, implemented the tree planting program entitled “Iswag Kagayan. Green our DOLE Program. Tree Growing Activity.” April 11, 2013, Barangay Mambuaya, Cagayan de Oro City.

DOLE-10 Regional Director Johnson G. Cañete does his part in the tree growing activity in Barangay Mambuaya, this city, April 11. Photo by Karen Liñan, Liceo U MassComm Intern

MisOr home to almost 100 tourism destinations Vinah Jeanne B. Maghinay Liceo U MassComm Intern

Association, Global Chips Technologies Co., and other organizations also participated in the tree growing activity in Mambuaya. Mr. Atheneus A. Vasallo, the Provincial Head of DOLE Misamis Oriental West, said “The CDO river guides and vendors association, headed by Ms. Rusel A. Lopez, will help sustain the program implemented in the barangay.” About 11,000 bamboos were already planted up to this date, and DOLE hopes to achieve 3 million bamboo plants to be planted in 3 years.

3 religious groups converge the first time to support Cynthia Villar By Christine H. Cabiasa

Experiencing hot morning sun and warm feeling all throughout the day? Summer is undeniably here! It’s time to grab your planners and plot your schedule to visit new spots and make memories with your 2013 summer getaway. Known as the home of beautiful beaches, cultural parks and shrines, natural falls and springs, and appetizing restaurants, Misamis Oriental is a place just waiting to be explored. Misamis Oriental houses more than 50 beach resorts, most of which are white sand beaches. It also has around 20 parks and shrines that include historical churches and sites dating back to the 1900’s and older.

For the first time, three religious groups in Cagayan de Oro agreed to support Team Pnoy’s senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar among the candidates in the upcoming May 2013 elections as they expressed their manifestation of support during the Bishops, Pastors and Church Leaders Fellowship on Tuesday at Dynasty Court Hotel. Society of Active Leaders Tr a n s f o r m a t i o n ( S A LT ) , Philippine Evangelical Network (PEN) and the Baptist

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The tree growing activity is a program of DOLE where they plant bamboos in every barangay where the tallest grass can live. According to Dir. Johnson G. Cańete, the Regional Director of DOLE 10, the objective of the program is to maintain and preserve Mother Nature. The goal of each planter is to plant 10 bamboos in one year. Grow A Tree, Save A Future program donated the bamboo stalks. Xavier University Athletic Club, Barangay Mambuaya residents, Cagayan de Oro River Guides and Vendors

THUMBS UP. Members of the Philippines Evangelical Network (PEN) join senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar in showing the thumbs-up sign during Mrs. Villar’s visit to Cagayan de Oro City, April 9.

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Bastion of Zamboanga’s Hispanic Catholic Heritage By Mike Baños

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erhaps no other institution has played as big a role in shaping Zamboanga City’s Hispanic Catholic Heritage as Fort Pilar, and has made it the sole city in Asia that can rightfully lay claim to the moniker Latin City.

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Started in 1635, it was built at the instance of Jesuit missionaries and Bishop Fray Pedro of Cebu to ward off Moro pirates. Originally called Real Fuerza de San Jose (Royal Fort of Saint Joseph), its cornerstone was laid by the Jesuit engineer Fray Melchor de Vera, on June 23, 1635 on orders of then Spanish Governor of the Philippines Juan Cerezo de Salamanca. This event marks the founding of Zamboanga as a city, heretofore known as Samboangan. However, subsequent events related to the construction of the fort have sealed its place in the Chavacano (or Chabacano, as other compoblanos insist) heritage of the city which it unique among similar local cultures in the Philippines and Asia. First, because of the shortage of manpower for its construction, laborers from Cavite (including Kampampangans) and Iloilo (where they were also joined by some Cebuanos and Boholanos) had to be brought in to help the Spaniards and Mexicans. Historians have traced this event as the singular event from which the Zamboangue’s Chavacano originated. Origin of Chavacano In her book, Philippine Food and Life (c1992 by Anvil Publishing, Inc.) Gilda CorderoFernando traces the roots of the local Chavacano to Ternate, Cavite. “The original kingdom of Ternate in the Moluccas – a small island with a volcano, and its twin island Tidor – were the most attractive of the Celebes, being rich in cloves so coveted by the Europeans. They were known as the Spice Islands. Moslem traders had a monopoly of the spice market in those islands, but there was always a tussle for control of it among the Spaniards, Dutch, English and Portuguese. At one point, to avoid persecution from the Moslems, 200 Malay Christians, already speaking a

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Portuguese-Malay patois in 1674, were evacuated to Manila from the original Ternate of the Moluccas (Kieth Whinnom, 1954). The families were first settled in Ermita, outside Intramuros. But they were soon embroiled in endless quarrels with the Tagalogs, and so the community was bodily evacuated to Cavite – Tanza, San Roque (or Cavite Puerto) and the new Ternate. The Chabacano of Cavite City is, therefore, the direct descendant of the Moluccas Ternate speech. The Spanish-Visayan Chabacano of Zamboanga, is an indirect descendant.” (Gilda CorderoFernando, 1992). Besides indirectly bringing about the birth of Chavacano, which sets Zamboanga apart as a truly unique Latin City in Asia, the fort also played key roles in ensuring the development of Zamboanga’s Hispanic Catholic heritage. By repulsing the Dutch (1646) Moros (1719) and the British (1798), it ensured that the Zamboanga would remain Spanish in culture and Catholic in religion to this day. Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar Zaragoza Renamed the Real Fuerza de Nuestra Señora del Pilar de Zaragoza (Royal Fort of Our Lady of the Pillar of Zaragoza) in honor of the patron saint of Spain, Our Lady of the Pillar, it was also the venue of many Marian apparitions, most notably on December 6, 1734 when she appeared to a soldier and again on September 21, 1897 when she appeared over the Basilan Strait and saved the city from a tsunami following a strong earthquake. However, even in those early times, award-winning Zamboangueño novelist Antonio F. Enriquez said the fort already played a key role in defending Zamboanga. “In his book, Sailing the Sulu Sea: Belles and Bandits in the Philippines, Rear Admiral David Potter of the U.S. Navy’s Supply Corps relates

how Zamboanga was already an important city in the eyes of the U.S. High Command in 1899 as the only other point besides Manila where the Philippines came in contact with the rest of the world,” Mr. Enriquez said. “Through Basilan Strait, which separates Mindanao from the not inconsiderable island of Basilan twenty miles to the southward, British, German, French, and Japanese vessels passed in appreciable numbers. Whenever steamers from Hong Kong, Chefoo, Saigon, or Nagasaki visited Manila, and thence proceeded to Australia or New Zealand, to New Guinea or New Caledonia, they passed through Basilan Strait into the Moro Gulf and on into the Celebes Sea. All such vessels came within a mile of Zamboanga even if they did not stop there.” (Potter, 1940) It was also during this time that Potter relates how despite a six-month blockade by the American gunboat Castine, Zamboangueño “insurgents” continued to defiantly fly their flag over Fort Pilar. “And yet, by the time the gunboat Manila was ordered to lend a hand toward the advancement of American interest thereabouts, the flag of Filipino insurgents, commanded by “General” Vincente Alvarez, had flown defiantly over the town for six or seven months, and had flaunted in full sight of every passing steamer. The situation became a hissing and a wagging of the head! After six months of blockade, the town of Zamboanga remained as untaken as Troy at the end of the ninth year of siege.” With the help of the gunboat Manila and Filipino allies led by Datu Mandi of Sakol and Malanipa and the “Mayor” Miedel of Tetuan, the US Naval forces eventually took Fort Pilar without suffering any casualties on November 16, 1899. Last February 12-14, 2013, I was fortunate enough to be part of a group of Kagay-anon journalists in the Zamboanga City-Cagayan de Oro Exchange Media Familiarization Tour. Our mission was to promote travel between the two cities which is now linked by a direct flight by Cebu Pacific

Air three times a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday). Certainly a big relief for travel weary commuters who used to have no choice but take the 12hour bus ride! Fort Pilar was on our itinerary on the first day, which focused on the tour of the Old Zamboanga including Plaza Rizal, Plaza Pershing, City Hall, the BPI Museum and Pettit Barracks. I’ve been living in Cagayan de Oro for the past 32 years and in the infrequent times I’ve returned to Zamboanga, I always seemed short of time to visit the Fort or even the shrine. National Cultural Treasure Fortunately, this time it was on our itinerary and it’s heartening to know it’s being restored to its former glory. Although recognized by Presidential Decree No. 269 as a National Cultural Treasure on August 1, 1973 by the late President Ferdinand Marcos, it was only during the early 1980s that restoration works were started by the National Museum of the Philippines. As a regional branch of the National Museum, Fort Pilar’s exhibit of the Samal, Yakan and Subanen people’s culture is now undergoing a one-year renovation, as is the fort itself. Across the ramparts where Spanish cannon once stood guard against pirates and foreign invaders now stand the Paseo del Mar and the Zamboanga Convention Center, forever changing the magnificent view of the sea that visitors to the Fort once enjoyed. The Marian Shrine remains one of the most visited religious shrines in the Philippines, with visitors reaching their apex during Our Lady’s Feast Day on October 12. Just last year, the long-lost crown of the miraculous Nuestra Señora La Virgen del Pilar (Our Lady of the Pillar) which was missing for over 50 years, was found in a safe deposit box of the BPI main branch and properly restored to Zamboanga’s patroness during a mass held at Fort Pilar during the centennial celebration of the bank.

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hotographers and photo enthusiasts gather for the opening of the Nikon showroom at Unit 3117, 3rd level of the Centrio Mall, Cagayan de Oro City, April 15. Nikon prides itself of the Total Digital Imaging System and brings to the city its exciting line of photography equipment and the latest DSLR line-up. Internationally-acclaimed travel photographer George Tapan graced the occasion with a short talk of why he chooses Nikon, as guests and photography enthusiasts listen to the narrative of one of the best photographers in the world. Photographer Glenn Palacio recalls

some of the lines said by Tapan, “Sir George said that photography should not just be a lifestyle but a way of life”. Palacio further recalls one of the most striking statements Tapan made, “he told us that he is against animated looking photos of people, places and events and that he is proud to be a travel photographer”. Photography aficionados from Northern Mindanao will now experience Nikon’s presence in the market, and Nikon finally says to Cagayan de Oro – I AM HERE.

Oro Photographic Society (OPS) in a photo op with George Tapan (center), the Philippines’ highly respected travel photographer, during the opening of the Nikon showroom at the Centrio Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City, April 15. (from left) John Peligrino, Arch. Lito Busgano, OPS Past President Tonyboy Fernandez, OPS President Atty. Ronald Quitos, OPS Past President Luigi Sarraga, and Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, editor-in-chief of The Cagayan de Oro TIMES. Photo by Engr. Lauriel dela Cruz, OPS

World renowned travel photographer George Tapan gives a short talk about photography in general and his love for travel photography. Photo by GLENN PALACIO

Nikon CDO’s Mr.Ricardo Tan during the blessing and opening of the Nikon showroom at the Centrio Mall. Photo by GLENN PALACIO Architect Ranke Lim poses with George Tapan in a photo op.

OPS board member Photographer Engr. Lauriel dela Cruz poses with George Tapan in a photo op.

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arely a month from now, all roads will lead to the poll precincts as we, the responsible citizenry will cast our votes and entrust the future of our country to new leaders of the land. But are we ready to vote? Do we really know the candidates that well to allow them to lead the country in the next few years? Personally, I already have my shortlist of candidates for the local and senatorial race and I have made them following my own personal criteria on what a leader should be. I also need to answer the very basic question – Why do I vote for you? This is to ensure that what I have written down on my ballot is based on my own conviction and

belief that this person can and will become the medium who can somehow change the course of our country’s fate for the better. I am never the one who votes for popularity or a person’s family name. Whoever is popular does not necessarily hold the best interest of public. They could be popular during this season because of their strategy and promotional tactics but not because of their sterling track record. I have been a voter for years and although I sometimes get disappointed that whom I voted for had lost and never had the chance to step into public office but it never stopped me for rooting for the election underdogs and the truly deserving ones. I always believe that what I wrote

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made a difference and my trust in them may not be enough since there were others who were lured by either money or influence still, I fervently pray that one day, the good, the beautiful and the deserving will one day rule this nation. I vote for change. That is a fact. Sadly, change is the battle cry of all candidates these days. They want reforms, development, progress and other synonyms hoping to convince the voters that they are the rightful person for the job. That is why it is never enough to stare at their highlyPhotoshopped campaign posters, read their flowery propaganda flyers and cringe on their cheesy TV ads and awfully composed jingles. Getting to know them in-depth can help. Ask around, read various news articles, hear them speak in public debates and forums. That way, you will get a glimpse of the person beyond their pearly-white smiles. I vote without fear. I do not need the persuasion of others or the pressure of family

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and friends on whom I should vote for. I listen to my inner voice. I move forward in the voters’ queue without hesitation or trepidation because I know that the names I will vote for are the names I know deserves my nod. May 13, 2013 is just around the corner. A time to make things happen and to believe that all good things still exist and the power to change lies not in their hands but ours. The choice is yours.

It is that time of year again. And because the earth is basically a flirty social butterfly doing the usual rounds tilting on her high heels, again, summer. Imagine the country sitting on the earth’s partly jutted middle. That’s more sun than anyone needs. Oh, we the cave people/shell-dwellers/hermit types (if financially, it is an option), are not spared! Judgment is upon us. Draw the shades, all ye freaks of nature. While the rest of the year, we have more than enough reason to stay indoors (work/school, dengue, ozone wider than human perspective, North Korea), this time, all the world around us seem keen on slathering on the SPFs (instagram)and laying (instagram) in the(instagram) sand (instagram). It’s so template, it’s not rock n’ roll. Do not get me wrong, dear reader. I used to enjoy the sun and the road as much as any other. Even the beach, yes, and the hell of getting the sand out of frizzy hair like mine. But it was only in inebriation and the certainty that not all of it will end up on facebook. So it seems that I have a bigger beef with social media culture than anything. But I stand my ground and declare this space (chalks a border line) before that doorstep just as valid a place to stay in. Here is a list of things to do indoors from here on till the end of that long sun-drenched road ahead. 1. READ. This is not the time to curl up (who does that, really?) with a good book, it is the time to stretch out on some rags on a cold floor and finish a classic. The advantages of reading have been written about so many times and every time it mentions the age-defying power of the well-written word. Reading up on any subject, whatever one likes given, sharpens the mind to a point. I am guilty for self-induced mind-rot from reading too many gossip and celebrity pages on slow days at the office when James Clavell’s Gai-Jin sat on MACARAMBON|Page 11

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“A good music teacher will nurture your child’s interest and inspire him or her to develop a lifelong passion that offers countless benefits. Studies show that making music helps young children perform better on standardized tests, and teens benefit academically and socially from active participation in music. Choosing a music teacher is just as important as selecting a doctor or dentist for your child,” says Gary L. Ingle, Music Teacher’s National Association (MTNA) executive director. Also, finding the right music teacher is an investment in your child’s future, so you want to make sure you do enough research to make an informed decision.”

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t’s great to engage in music learning during summer right? As what I have said in my previous article learning should be continuous even when school is out. The question is how do we choose the music teacher that we want to have? Here are some practical tips in choosing the right teacher for you. 1. Ask around for recommendations. Ask family and friends and other good sources if they know a good music teacher around.

2. Interview your possible teacher. Inquire about his/her qualifications and experiences. Ask about tuition fee, policies, teaching method and the services he/she is offering. 3. Ask if you can sit in one of the classes or recitals. This will help you asses the rapport of the teacher and her effectiveness as a teacher. 4. Consider your budget. Base on your budget, then you can decide whether you can afford private tutoring or group instruction. CABAGUE|Page 11

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By Dr. Adonis Agcopra MBA, RFC®

Investing With Managed Funds: Part 1 Investing money is not one-size-fits-all. Each person is unique – with one’s own investment knowledge profile, attitude to risk tolerance, and individual predisposition to a whole gamut of investment instruments available in the marketplace. When choosing which investment vehicles to use for your own purpose, it helps to remember the positioning of different investment tools in the investment pyramid. It also serves you well to check out the risk, return and liquidity considerations of the tools you’d like to use before diving in. For almost all investors, liquidity is quite an important issue. As the cliché goes, “Cash is king!” For who would like to be caught unawares with a pocket empty of cash when an immediate expense need arises? What if a great opportunity difficult to let go suddenly arrives and having cold cash spells the difference between being able to partake of it or not? As discussed in a previous article in this column, the financial pyramid greatly enhances your power of choice with regards to which particular investment is suitable for the goal you specifically want to achieve. And if you intend to have the option of being liquid while harnessing a balanced risk and return profile, no other investment tool comes close to managed investment funds. Managed funds come with a wide spectrum of flavors to suit your risk and return palate. Very conservative funds may have the policy of investing only with low-risk money market instruments such as special savings accounts. This is ideal for those who would like some level of definite earnings for a short time frame. Bond fund managers may trade using moderately conservative instruments such as government securities (T-bills, T-notes, T-bonds). This answers the investment needs of individuals wanting their money to earn but would like risk stability as well. Some aggressive individual or institutional investors may want to maximize their money’s potential for higher returns over the long term. This can be realized through high quality equity security investments with diversified blue chip stocks such as that traded by more volatile equity funds. Quite a number of specific fund types have their own unique blend of investment criteria and targets. Global funds may invest in any country worldwide. Some funds concentrate on certain economic segments. Sector funds trade using stocks of specific economic sectors such as health, technology, or the financial industry. Part 2 will discuss a more in-depth view of managed fund investing in the Philippine perspective. Whichever investment risk profile your own personality may fall, do remember that time is of the essence. Wayne Gretzky, the great hockey player, once said: “Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” Act now!

(Dr. Adonis Agcopra is a registered international financial strategic consultant with IARFC and is portfolio director of AFIC Meridian Consultants. U R L : w w w. a f i c f i n a n c i a l c o n s u l t a n t s. c o m . Email: aficfinancialconsultants@outlook.com.)

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ONE of the unexplored small enterprises that have not been given importance in Mindanao is the footwear industry for the need of more than 25 million Mindanaons and to the other 67million Filipinos. Many of the shoes and foot wear that are displayed and sold in the malls or the local stalls are imported brand coming from the Peoples Republic of China. Others are under foreign manufacturing licenses which are either made in Vietnam or Malaysia. The same with the second hand shoes peddled by hawkers at the “ukayukay” stores are Hongkong if not Korean made. How did this disparity of free trade and importation manage to slip in our country viz a viz to our exports? Why were the importations of used and second hand shoes allowed by the Bureau of Customs? This could be the primary reason why the Philippine shoe products from the 20 or more Marikina manufacturers are losing its competitiveness against the imported foot wears flooding the local market? The provinces of Masbate and Bukidnon have abundant source of raw hide leather coming from the cattle industries of these regions. High quality material can also be produced from the skins of crocodiles cultured in the Farms of Puerto Princesa and the Crocodile Farm of Davao City. Various livestock industries in the Philippines have the capacity for the raw hide materials. Goat skins can be made into fine leather

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but we like to cook and eat them instead as “Papaitan”. We have many local designers that have earned accolades in the fashion scenes abroad yet Philippine shoe products are unheard in the international fashion scene. During the early 80’s when the former First Lady Imelda Marcos used to order dozens of shoes from the local Marikina producers to be worn for her countless trips abroad. She was widely criticized for her extravagance and branded as “Imeldefic”. Few took credits that she was advertising and promoting Philippine made foot wears abroad. Nobody took notice that when the Philippine Trade Center was opened in New York located at the famous World Trade Center Building many Philippine shoe products were prominently leveled and displayed. The Philippine Trade exhibits has long ceased and closed before the World Trade Center was bombed and destroyed in the famous 911 incident. The footwear industry is one of the most important economic activities next to food and clothing. People moved and travel with all types of shoes and footwear’s in their lifetime. Man can survive not to have a luxury vehicle or an Armani suite but he may not do without shoes. We provide our children a minimum of three types of foot wears a year for their safety and comfort. The same with the pragmatic thinking of an average Filipino to own the basic 3 foot wears, of a slipper, a leather shoes and an athletic shoes to

Philippine Journalism Needs Heroes The Philippines today needs heroes. The journalism profession itself, like the society of which it is a part, needs heroes whom young journalists can emulate. As shown by the quality of journalism being practiced in the country today, our journalists and other mass media professionals are not only young and wanting in skills. They lack a moral compass. The youth need role models. Who and where are these models? Some are in our history books, like Mahatma Gandhi who was at one time a journalist. So were Jose Rizal and Marcelo H. Del Pilar, who edited La Solidaridad, the mouthpiece of the Philippine Revolution. Rizal was martyred mainly for his novels, Noli me Tangere and El Filibusterismo, which exposed Spanish abuses in our country. Rizal was the first Filipino journalist to die for press freedom and spark a revolution in 1896. A hero, too, was Benigno Aquino Jr., who started out as a journalist before he became a politician. His assassination also sparked another revolution in 1986, a hundred years later.

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as far as our indigenous brothers who lives in the mountains of Compostela Valley and the Igorots of Banue. While travelling around the major cities of Mindanao, it came to the reality of our economics that we have not been able to produce a single shoe manufacturing plant in our region to deliver the 75 million pairs of footwear worn by more than 25 million Mindanaons. It is a dismal failure that the one town one product encouraged by the government is not working in the shoe manufacturing sector in our country. Do we lack investors to explore its development? Or the Board of Investments has forgotten to promote or encourage shoe manufacturing in Mindanao, a reason many prefer instead to wear the imported shoes associated with the tongue twisting foreign brands? With the BOI mandate to promote bilateral trade pacts with the free economic enterprise worldwide, expanding the one town one product in Mindanao may need the BOI endorsement for the possibility of a shoe brand to be manufactured at the Phividec industrial estate in Misamis Oriental Many Economic Zones in this country were created and funded by the government to pump prime the manufacturing sector. Business locators were granted tax incentives to reduce the cost of doing business and be competitive in the export market. Filipino entrepreneurs as it appears are on the top list for lending support by government banking institutions to raise capital.

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Equally a hero was Jose Burgos Jr. who dared to speak in the pages of his newspaper, Malaya, against the dictator Ferdinand Marcos and Martial Law when it was foolish to do so in the 1970s. Jose Burgos Jr. was named by the International Press Institute one of the world’s "50 Press Freedom Heroes of the Century." He was jailed by Marcos together with Armando J. Malay, another staunch critic of Martial Law. Other worthy models in our midst have been The Outstanding Filipino Awardees (TOFIL) in journalism and literature over the years—Teodoro M. Locsin, Henry R. Canoy, Jose L. Guevara, Armando J. Malay, Crispin C. Maslog, Florangel R. Braid, and Isagani Cruz. Locsin and Malay bucked the Marcos dictatorship. Braid founded the Asian Institute of Journalism and Communication and trained a new generation of journalists and mass media practitioners. Guevara stuck needles into politicians and their foibles while making them smile. Canoy put up a broadcast media empire that helped develop a nation. Cruz made his students appreciate Filipino literature.

Still others have been recognized by the Ramon Magsaysay Awards Foundation—Robert McCullouch Dick for journalism and literature; Zac Sarian for development journalism; F. Sionil Jose for literature; Lino Brocka for theater; Bienvenido Lumbera for Filipino literature; James Reuter for performing arts and media; Nick Joaquin for literature; Raul Locsin for business journalism; Shiela Coronel for investigative journalism; and Eugenia Duran Apostol for print media journalism. While the profiles of these distinguished individuals may vary, certain common threads run through the tapestry of their lives: commitment to truth and freedom of expression, the courage of their convictions, high principles and moral values, professionalism, affection for the little people, love for their native land. These individuals have been honored with the TOFIL and Ramon Magsaysay Awards not only because of their individual achievements which are outstanding by any yardstick, but above all because they have used their talents to serve society. We hold them up for the Filipino youth to honor and emulate.

Crispin C. Maslog is a former journalist with the Agence France-Presse and first director, Silliman University School of Journalism and Communication. He will be guest lecturer at the Pilgrim Christian College on April 22-27, 2013.

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Mildred R. Enerio-Dablio Labor Communications Officer Cagayan de Oro City --- The Department of Labor and Employment, Regional Office No. 10 (DOLE-10) will be spearheading the 111th Labor Day Mega Job Fair, with the theme, “Manggagawang Pilipino: Handa sa Hamon ng Makabagong Pilipino,” on 1 May 2013 at the SM City Car Park, Masterson Avenue, Upper Carmen, Cagayan de Oro City. Eight Thousand (8,000) job vacancies for local (3,000 vacancies) and overseas (5,000 vacancies) are expected available. Job Fair is a main feature in the job placement mechanism. In the region for Calendar Year 2012, the Western Misamis Oriental (Tagoloan to Lugait areas) obtained the highest number of workers hired-on-the spot (HOTS). For the 2012 regional data, 7,065 applicants were HOTS for the entire year. In Region 10, as of January 2013, statistics showed an unemployment rate of 5.6 with an increase of 1% of unemployed persons compared to the same period of last year. The available vacancies will help in reducing the unemployed persons in the area. This yearly job search mechanism is a timely response to the recent college and vocational graduates. Labor Market data of the region

indicates Construction Workers, Skilled Workers, Clerks, Sales, and Domestic Helpers are among the top five (5) vacancies. For this Labor Day Job Fair, among the vacancies include sales and management trainees; field supervisors, marketing representatives; cashiers/encoders; salesmen; human resource assistants; administrative assistants; cadet engineers; country salesmen; heavy equipment operators; IT associates/programmers; call center representatives; electricians, skilled welders, fitters, masons, carpenters; drivers; bakers among the many. Pre-registration is now open. Job applicants may now visit the DOLE-10 Western Misamis Oriental Provincial Field Office, 3rd Floor, Gonzalo Go Building (fronting Xavier University), Corrales Avenue, Cagayan de Oro City from Mondays thru Fridays and fill up the registration and Skills Registry System (SRS) forms. Starting 27-30 April 2013, preregistration is also open at the SM City. Pre-registered applicants will proceed directly to the employers/companies that they plan to apply come this 1 May 2013 and present their respective Referral Form given to them after pre-registration.

Congressman Rufus Rodriguez turns over to Agusan Health Center some medical apparatus like Aneroid Type Omron Blood Pressure, weighing scale for infants, weighing scale for adults, nebulizer machine and digital thermometer that cost P30 thousand pesos. Also in photo are Barangay Kagawad Catalina Ordiz, Department of Health Regional Director Arestides Tan, Barangay Chair Bebot Rodriguez, in-charge of medical team; Midwife Roumila Oro, Midwife, Barangay Nutrition Scholars and the Barangay Health Workers of Agusan.

DILG’S new project calls for transparency Kirk Ellen B. Liponhay Liceo U MassComm Intern

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he Full Disclosure Policy Portal (FDPP) is a web-based view portal created to assist local government units in complying with the online posting requirement of the Full Disclosure Policy. People may view, download and print local government financial documents. The project was launched in November 26 of last year and was spearheaded by former DILG Sec. Jesse M. Robredo. The portal can be accessed on http://fdpp.dilg.gov.ph. On the other hand, FDPP is under the project of Full Disclosure Policy meaning it requires LGUs to post their budgets finances, and bids. The importance of this is that people are now made aware of how much public funds are available for the development of their communities and to

what extent the LGU can help them. Second, people are informed of how public funds are allocated and spent. Third, if not totally prevent corruption at least minimize it and lastly it helps to promote transparency, accountability and good performance in government financial transactions. According to DILG, the Local government code of 1991 requires the posting of the disclosure should be done within 30 days from the end of each fiscal year. LGUs are required to comply with the FDP. Failure to comply with the FDP has penalties that may result in suspension or removal from the office, and dereliction of duty in accordance with section 60 of the Local Government Code of 1991 or they cannot

borrow money for their projects from international agencies like the World Bank and other international funding agencies without the FDP. Fortunately, here in Region 10 there are no cases that Local Governments Units that do not comply with the FDP. All are active in submitting their financial documents to the portal. “For us citizens it’s our privilege to have this kind of project because you can suggest/post your comments in the portal on what’s best for your communities and what are not. The good thing it is user friendly so there’s no reason for you to not visit the portal. Also we can serve as a watchdog against graft and corruption and misuse of government funds which is also the goal of the people behind this project.” a student said in an interview.

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XU High School alumni from various batches sign the Manifesto of Support Provision and Engagement for the forthcoming May 13, 2013 elections during the Crusaders for HOPE (Honest, Orderly and Peaceful Elections) launching last April 13 at the XU Satellite Canteen. Photo by Mike Baños, NPN

ampus journalists from Northern Mindanao won 12 individual and group contest awards during the National Schools Press Conference at St. Peter’s College in Ormoc City on April 7-12, this year. Regional campus jour nalism coordinator Mala Epra Magnaong of the Department of Education 10 said that the NSPC winners were part of the 250-strong delegation of campus journalists, school paper advisers and school division education program specialists. Magnaong said that the nine winners in individual contest categories under the secondary level are (1) Trishia Lopina of Camiguin’s Yumbing National High School (YNHS), second-place in sports writing in Filipino; (2) Mark Francis Basan II of La Salle Academy, Iligan,

second-place in news writing in English; (3) Eric Edulan, also of YNHS, Camiguin, third-place in sports writing in English; (4) Eunice Baliong of Camiguin Polytechnic State College, Camiguin, fifth place in feature writing in English; (5) John Christian Sacote, also of YNHS, Camiguin, fifth place in photojournalism in English; (6) Amani Ali of Iligan Medical Center, Iligan, sixth place in feature writing in Filipino; and (7) Zenith Hallazgo of Bukidnon National High School, Malaybalay, seventh place in feature writing Filipino. In the elementary level, the winners are Leonil Jay Llagas of Valencia City Central School, Valencia, third place in news writing in Filipino and Via Anding of Upper Usogan Elementary School, Misamis Occidental, fourth place in sports writing

in English. Meanwhile, secondary level radio broadcasting teams of Ozamiz City National High Sc hool (Filipino) and Liceo de Cagayan University in Cagayan de Oro (English) also receive recognitions as second and third Best in Technical Application, respectively. Also, the anchor of radio broadcasting team (Filipino) of Ozamiz City SPED Center was also adjudged as Best Anchor. Magnaong said that at the NSPC only top seven in individual and group contest categories are proclaimed winners. This year’s competitions among campus journalists in public and private elementary and secondary schools from the country’s 17 regions revolve from the theme, “Campus Journalists: Championing Ethics in Social Media. ”

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he university is always known to be a staunch advocate of culture and the arts. To continue this commitment to develop and promote artistry and creativity among the Filipino youth, Liceo de Cagayan XU High School alumni pose with NAMFREL and PPCRV officials during University now offers a degree in Bachelor of music with two majors the April 9 launch of Crusaders for HOPE (Honest, Orderly and Peaceful (Major in Performance and Major in Elections) at the XU Satellite Canteen. Photo by Mike Baños, NPN Pedagogy) starting Academic Year 2013-2014. The Bachelor of Music Major in Performance include piano, flute, and composition. This school year, the faculty is composed of talented and worldclass artists such as concert pianist Rudolf Pelaez Golez, German flutist Prof. Ulrich Mueller Doppler and Prof. Charles Abing, a music pedagogue and composer. Eastine Charles Taneo Those who would like to pursue a Liceo U MassComm Intern career in music either as performers or all center agents topped all other jobs music educators are welcome to enroll. www.businessweekmindanao.com in the top 20 job vacancies nationwide according to the Department of Labor and Employment or DOLE, with a registered 15,300 number of vacancies. Admin Officer V of DOLE Region 10, Ms. Mildred E. Dablio, said that according to their list 15, 130 call center agents are in-demand in the country. The second and the third in-demand jobs in the country are customer service assistants and domestic helpers. The top 10 most in-demand jobs of demands in the Philippines are: call center agents, customer service assistants, domestic helpers, carpenters, drivers, sales clerks, production/ factory workers, construction and maintenance laborers, salesman/lady, and real estate salesmen. According to DOLE, source of data come from different employers nationwide. In Cagayan de Oro city, an upcoming job-fair is set on May 1 and 2, 2013 at SM City CDO, where an expected 3,000 jobs locally and 5,000 jobs abroad are waiting for applicants. For more details and inquiries of the job vacancies, just visit www.dole.gov.ph.

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Please bring with you the following: High School Report Card (Form 138), Certificate of Good Moral Character, NSO Authenticated Birth Certificate and 2x2 ID Photo. Additional requirements for transferees: Transcript of Records (TOR) and Honorable Dismissal. This exciting development is a welcome addition to the more than a hundred courses being offered in one of the premiere autonomous universities in Mindanao. Other new courses being offered include Doctor of Medicine, Doctor in Health Care Services Administration (DHSA) and Master in Management Major in Hospitality & Tourism Management (MMHTM) For more information, please call the University Registrar at (088) 8584093 to 95 local 217 or visit Liceo de Cagayan University located at Rodolfo N. Pelaez Boulevard, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City.

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A Brown hosts national palm oil congress CAGAYAN DE ORO — Preparations for the 8th National Oil Palm Congress on April 1819, 2013, has reached fever pitch as A Brown Company, Inc., through its subsidiary A Brown Energy Resources Development Inc. (ABERDI), which host this year’s event, is gunning for a successful gathering of key players of the oil palm industry here and abroad. With the theme: “Utilizing unproductive lands and promoting economic stability thr u investments in the palm oil industry,” the twod ay n a t i o n a l e ve n t i s b e i n g o r g a n i z e d by t h e P h i l i p p i n e Pa l m o i l D e ve l o p m e n t C o u n c i l , Inc. (PPDCI). It will be held at the posh Xavier Sports and Country Club, Xavier Estates, Cagayan de Oro. The Congress is c o - s p o n s o r e d by t h e Local Gover nment of Cagayan de Oro, A Brown E n e r gy a n d Re s o u r c e s Development Inc., Anco Products Inc. (API) Group of Companies, Kenram Industrial & Development, Inc. (KIDI), Filipinas Palm Oil Plantation Inc.

(FPPI), Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Department of Agriculture ( DA ) a n d o t h e r m a j o r industry players, with the support of the Department of Trade and Industry ( D T I ) , Re g i o n a l B o a r d of Investments (RBOI ), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Philippine Coconut Authority Palm Oil Development Office (PCA–PODO), Department of Tourism (DOT), (Depar tment of Environment and Natural Re s o u r c e s ( D E NR ) a n d other stakeholders. Updates on the Philippine palm oil i n d u s t r y, d e ve l o p m e n t initiatives, tec hnological advances, banking support, local and international trends and

SUNRISE INDUSTRY. The 900-hectare Palm Oil plantation in Kaanibongan, Kalabugao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon, operated and managed by A Brown Energy Resources Inc (ABERDI), a subsidiary of A Brown Group of Companies. prospects among others will be discussed during the congress. Robertino E. Pizarro, newly-elected president of PPDCI, said expected to attend are some 5 0 0 k ey p l a y e r s i n t h e p a l m o i l i n d u s t r y, including representatives from leading palm oil

producers Indonesia, T h a i l a n d , Pa p u a N ew Guinea, Costa Rica and Singapore. Also invited were gover nment agencies involved in the development of the palm oil industry, supply chain players, the business c o m m u n i t y a s we l l a s

local gover nment units and other support organizations, Pizarro said. A B E R D I o p e ra t e s a 1,500-hectare palm oil plantation in Kalabugao, Impasug-ong, Bukidnon and Tingalan, Opol, Misamis Oriental and soon in Tignapoloan,

Cagayan de Oro City. ABERDI also operates a 10-tonner crude palm oil plant in Impasugong, Bukidnon. By June this year, the 50-tonner palm oil refinery plant will be operational and is expected to produce 1,000 metric tons of palm oil per month.

DILG Regional Director Presents Goals for 2013 Vinah Jeanne B. Maghinay Liceo U MassComm Intern

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he Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) - 10 Director Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, CESO III presented the goals of for this year during a recent press conference at the BWM Media Center’s program NewsCon at Tanleh Building, Abellanosa Street, Consolacion, this city. The goals presented includes promoting convergence in government ser vices, strengthening of the collaboration between the local and national government, empowering of the people, and ensuring of public safety. In the NewsCon, media queries were also answered by the Regional

Director regarding the government budget, the conduct of public servants with regards to the upcoming election period as well as the peace and order in the city. The government allocates Php708 Million for 2013 government projects of the region where Php64 Million of which is allotted for the DILG. The proposed budget for next year’s projects will be Php1.1 Billion which will then be divided among 13 agencies. Last December 16 until the last week of January, the gover nment conducted consultations with the Basic Sector Organization along with the

farmers, fishermen, informal settlers and others regarding the projects that would empower the community and benefit the common people. One of the major projects of the DILG for this year is the SALINTUBIG Program: Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa lahat. The program aims to increase access to water and sanitation services and reduce incidence of water borne diseases. Generally, the DILG aims to improve government performance in governance, “The journey to a thousand miles begins with a single step,” DILG Regional Director, Atty. Burdeos said.

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DESTINATION... from Page 1 Tourists, local and foreign, are also rushing to discover and experience the natural falls, lakes, and springs in the province. For adventure-seeking tourists, the Lasang Secret Adventure Park is the perfect place to go. It offers a jungle adventure and wholesome unique experience with facilities and amenities like the 100m Boardwalk, Spiral Staircase and Zipline that allows tourists to have a bird’s-eyeview of the pristine beauty of the Lasang on top of the forest canopy. What’s good in Misamis Oriental is that every locality does not just hold one tourist spot alone which means visitors would really experience a variety of a good-feel vacation break. However, it is sad to note that the number of tourist visits for the last two years has decreased due to bad weather conditions according to the analysis of the Department of Tourism. Yet, DOT never fails to promote and encourage visitors to come and choose Misamis Oriental.

Blogger Tom Udasco enjoyed the walk through the trees at the Lasang Secret Adventure Park in Initao, Misamis Oriental

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CABAGUE... from Page 4 5. Expect to play a role. ( for parents) You do not only pay your child’s tuition but you’re the first one who should be encouraging your child and doing the follow up at home. "A real music teacher needs much more than training to turn making music into a magical experience for his or her students," says Jessica Baron Turner, author of Your Musical Child: Inspiring Kids to Play and Sing for Keeps (String Letter Publishing, 2004). MACARAMBON... from Page 4

my shelf untouched, barely skimmed, it’s blasphemy. That I finished all three of E.L. James’ Gray books overnight is even more embarrassing, I will have to change planets after this is published. But there’s time to do some major IQ repair. For ideas on good literary reads

The Kagayhaan Canine Club (KCC) led by it's Club President and Chairman of the Board EDGARDO PALAD during their Sunday dog walk last April 7, 2013 at Centrio Ayala Mall. (from left) Fra-and & Dr. Lyra Quimpo, Christine Tura, Dr. Viel Jose, Dr. Sheila Tan, Ces Cabusas, Alvin Yee (club vice-president), Aileen Lumacad, Alma Constantino, Dr. Grace Casiño, Dr. Germar Casiño, Roger Tayanes, Kenneth Tan (vice-chairman of the board), Reagan Salvaleon, and Ray Mediano. Centrio Ayala Mall is the first mall in our city that is now dog friendly. Photo courtesy of RYAN LUMACAD.

this summer, check out 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die at http://www.listology. com/ukaunz/list/1001books-you-must-readyou-die Moreover, reading is also a great stress reducer, and frankly, we all need some calming down. 2. COOK. For someone who cooks on a daily basis, this

should sound like a non-event. If you’re like me who has to wake up at the break of dawn to cook “quiet” meals (nothing that fizzes, pops, or crackles) so as not to wake the baby or the neighbor’s dog, this can be very limiting. This summer, with a little more time in my hands, I hope to wake up a little later and brave those unpronounceable

recipes in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Amy Adams made it seem like fun in the movie. All should go well. If not, there’s always beer. Everything goes down well with a drink in hand. 3. WATCH MOVIES. And I don’t mean cable. Although Ryan Gosling makes prepaid programming bearable

Meet “Pepper”, a Shih Tzu owned by Kenneth and Sheila Tan. Pepper is quite friendly and enjoys the walk at the Centrio Garden together with the other dogs that join in for the walk. Photo is taken during KCC’s afternoon dogwalk, Sunday, April 14. Photo by Shaun Uy

what with the many reruns of Crazy, Stupid Love on HBO these days, there are roads less taken among the movie-watching crowd. This summer, I plan to watch all of Mickey Rourke’s before the addiction and the plastic surgery, David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Naked Lunch, and everything by Roy Andersson because his films feel VILLAR... from Page 1 church followers vowed to support Cynthia Villar and hoped that she will help them in any of their religious endeavors. Pastor Joseph Dazo, Chairman of the Hinterlands Association on People of Worship Evangelical Renewal (POWER) under SALT said that the convergence was settled as per see they have no doubts for Cynthia Villar’s capacity when she will sit as a senator on May 14 and that they

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believed that she has a heart like her husband Manny. “We hoped that this expectation will be met”, Pastor Dazo stressed. According also to Pastor Genesis Udang, one of the SALT leaders, Cynthia Villar is more of a statesman than a politician. “When you say a statesman, she moves forward for the next generation while a politician moves forward for the next election”. ADVERTORIAL

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Villar leads manila Bay clean-up IN consonance with the forthcoming Earth Day celebration, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar yesterday led the clean-up drive at Manila Bay in the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat & EcoTourism (LPPCHEA), which was recently included in the Ramsar List of Wetlands of International Importance, an intergovernmental treaty on the conservation and sustainable use of natural Misis Hanepbuhay Cynthia Villar resources. leads the clean-up drive at Las “We have to care and protect our Pinas-Parañaque Critical Habitat environment. We have to repay Mother & Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA), Earth for providing us all the necessary which was recently included in materials we need to survive,” stressed the Ramsar List of Wetlands of Villar. International Importance, an Villar said, the clean-up activity at intergovernmental treaty on the conservation and sustainable use Manila Bay which started at 7 am, is their of natural resources. simple way of saying “thank you,” and demonstrating their love to Mother Earth. However, she stressed that “caring and loving” our environment should not only be done during the Earth Day celebration. “Everyday of our lives, we should all strive to protect Mother Earth,” said Villar who has earned the moniker “Misis HanepBuhay” for giving jobs to Filipinos. Villar was joined by students and volunteers from various sectors in last Friday's clean-up activity, which was followed by a tour along the stretch of LPPCHEA aboard a banca around 7:30 am. The activity ended with a boodle fight, also led by Villar. Misis Hanepbuhay Cynthia Villar joins the boodle fight after leading the clean-up drive at the Las Pinas-Paranaque Critical Habitat & Eco-Tourism Area (LPPCHEA).

The three-term Las Pinas congresswoman said she feels happy with the improvement at the LPPCHEA since there are lesser garbage being collected. “We can attribute this to our consistent clean-up efforts,” said Villar. The Villar Foundation, where she sits as Managing Director, together with students and other volunteers, also conduct weekly cleanups. “The more partners we work with, the better it will be for the environment,” she said. The Villar Foundation had earlier inked a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) with Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) represented by radio station DZRH in its Manila Bay Cleanup drive. “The Villar Foundation and DZRH agree that this is not only a joint cooperative undertaking, but more importantly, it is a major public service activity that would help contribute to the promotion of a livable, healthier and ecological sustainable Manila Bay,” read the MoA. Villar noted there is more reason to protect the 175-hectare LPPCHEA area after it was listed in Ramsar along with the world-renowned Tubbataha Reefs National Marine Park and the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park (Underground River), both found in the Philippines. “Ramsar has recognized LPPCHEA’s global importance to biodiversity and the need to give it special protection from various threats,” said Villar, adding that LPPCHEA is the socalled ‘last bastion’ in Metro Manila. Based on Proclamation No. 1412, LPPCHEA is a critical habitat because of its global

importance to biodiversity. It is a habitat for the survival of threatened, restrictedrange and congregatory species. But despite being a critical habitat, Villar lamented it faces threats of being reclaimed. In opposing the planned reclamation, Villar, a strong environmental advocate, noted that taking care of our environment will save us from disasters and calamities. She maintains calamities would further burden the already poor Filipinos who are facing various problems due to difficult times. Disasters like flooding, Villar said, can make one poorer if his properties are destroyed. To avoid worst scenarios, Villar, who has earned the moniker “Misis Hanep Buhay” for giving jobs to Filipinos, underscored the need to clean our rivers, our creeks and other bodies of water especially Manila Bay. “We can simply help protect the environment by not throwing our garbage into the sea, rivers, and creeks. If we resort to indiscriminate throwing of garbage, these wastes will return to us during floods,” warned Villar.

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