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Vol. 1 | No. 27 | Cagayan de Oro City | February 10-16, 2013
ROTARY-NISSAN Partnership Drives Golf for a Cause
he Rotary Club of Cagayan de Oro (Mother Club) and Nissan Pilipinas have joined forces to ensure the success of “Golf for a Cause” scheduled for February 14-17, 2013 at the world-class championship Pueblo de Oro Golf Course in Cagayan de Oro City.
“ The Rotar y Club of C ag ay an d e O ro (RC CDO), Rotar y Foundation and Nissan are coming together to raise funds for a training center for the Indahag Relocation Site which houses 1,700 households w ho were displace d by Tropi c a l Stor m Sendong,” said Marillo Paano, club president. “With the cooperation of Habitat for Humanity, t h e D e p a r t m e nt o f S o c i a l We l f a re a n d Development (DSWD), the city government and concerned citizens, the center will provide basic technical skills for both men and women to help them seek employment.”
“Nissan Universal Motors C or p oration welcomes this opportunity to work alongside the Rotary Club of CDO on this laudable project,” s aid Hone ymae A. Limjap, assistant vice president, marketing and sales, Universal Motors Corporation. “Together with our local partner Ni s s a n C a g ay a n d e Oro, we find it a worthy endeavor to invest in the future of the Sendong victims through the training center.” Carlos Gorospe, past president and project chair, s aid t he y are inviting fellow Rotarians and golfers from all over the region to enjoy the
tournament and help do their bit in helping the Sendong victims. “We will be giving away a brand new Nissan Navarra pick-up courtesy of Niss an Univers a l Motors C or p orat ion to the first hole-in-one winner,” said PP Gorospe. “We will also give away P100, 000 to other holein-one winners in three par 3 holes.” Other prizes/awards await participants with the lowest gross and lowest net (36 holes); Class Champions and Runners-ups for Class A, B, C and D (18 holes) as well as to the Ladies Champions. Registration is only P1, 500 for two-days play with prizes awaiting the first 50 registrants and tokens for the first 250. Other major sponsors for Golf for a Cause include Rep. Peter M. Unabia (1st District, Misamis
Capt. Richie’s Baby Back Ribs Capt. Richie’s Baby Back Ribs is proudly a Kagay-anon Rib barbecue suited for your budget, serving the mouth-watering baby back ribs, carefully perfected to tickle the Kagay-anon taste buds. There are 2 options to choose from, Original or Hot and Spicy. Capt. Richie’s located at Tomas Saco - 16th Streets, Cagayan de Oro City. Opens from 10am to 9pm. Photo by Ronald B. Mastail
VILLAR BUILDS 100 PILOT CENTERS FOR HER LIVELIHOOD PROJECTS
A Mrs. Cynthia Villar re c e nt l y i n s p e c te d the Coconet Weaving Center located at Purok 1, Brgy Sta, Elena, Iligan City as one of the Villar Foundation Hanep Buhay Project in Mindanao.
total of 100 pilot centers have been established in various provinces across the nation in a bid to duplicate the livelihood centers or green social enterprises initiated in Las Pinas City by former Rep. Cynthia Villar. Villar, who has earned the moniker, “Misis Hanep Buhay,” has successfully provided livelihood to over 500 families in Las Pinas. She noted that livelihood projects in Las Pinas were very successful and sustainable up to now. “So I thought I should share these experiences with other communities all over
the country,” said Villar who served as congresswoman for nine years. In joining the senatorial bandwagon in the May elections, Villar says she would have a better chance of pushing through with her livelihood projects. “I thought this will be my opportunity to expand the reach of my livelihood projects. I want to make a lot of difference in people’s lives,” said Villar. “Because the Philippines has 1,600 cities, we still have a long way to go,” said Villar who feels that having a job is a solution to most of the problems. With her livelihood projects,
Villar wants to provide jobs even to those who failed to finish elementary schooling. “There should be a balance wherein all will be afforded the opportunity to have a decent job and earn a living,” she said. She noted that under the present condition, employers require that even factory workers should be high school graduates. “So how about those who are not even elementary graduates?” asked Villar who recently established the Villar Social Institute for Poverty Alleviation and Governance or SIPAG to serve as center of all her efforts and endeavors in reducing poverty in the country. VILLAR|Page 8
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MetroSpect Season of Musical Co-LOVE-orations
By Kirt David B. Mercado
ocial networking sites flood with posts and tweets about love because the love month has finally come. The ones who are in love would excitedly prepare for an extra special date while those who are not often create an anti-valentine’s day antic. Whether in love or not, people always create a buzz about the special day. In Cagayan de Oro, one of the more interesting things happening on the love month is a series of collaborations of local artists. One particular collaboration event is “Two Voices”, which is a pre-valentine concert fe atu r i ng t wo l o c a l performers, namely: Ian Nuer and David Mercado. Aside from the two crooners, many other artists will be joining
them onstage for a full entertainment show. A r t i st s e x p e c te d to perform are soloists, namely: Aizel Ruga, Jophil Cece and Lovely Belisario. The Make It Happen (M.I.N.) and Baby Shake Bombeats dancers will also be joining them as well as the ballerina, Cianne Seranno. Belladonna, the beautiful trio belters, will also grace the show. “Two Voices” will be held at SM-City Atrium on the 13th of February at 4:30 in the afternoon. Another collaborative event to watch out for is “Tunes of the Heart”, a post-valentine concert featuring CDO’s elite circle of performers: The Dreamboard Artists. The show will showcase a long list of high-caliber singers performing songs that emulate the different faces of love. Artists expected to perform
include t he sing ing groups: Emeno Trio, belladonna, CZSTAH and VoizXtreme; the soloists: David Mercado, Kristine Delapena, Andy Go, Qoqo Marconi, Kate Diana and Ritz Amora. The show will be hosted by the online TV show, Gwapo Dadtow, hosts Vince Orejudos, Kimsoy Paasa, Mike Abejo and reigning Ms. Kagay-an 2012, Greanne Mendoza. “Tunes of the Heart” will be held at SM City on the 16th of February at 5:00 in the afternoon. Many other shows and events are brewing in the city. It doesn’t matter if you are in love or not. Anybody can celebrate love! Take your pick from the many shows that are lined up in February and enjoy the season of love through the music of some of the best artists in Cagayan de Oro!
Liceo High wins fifth Championship title in regional broadcasting tilt By Cinderella Faye E. Obeñita
“In every competition there are more contestants than medals, and those who win must be thankful to their opponents for giving them the challenge to attain victory”. This is what the Department of Education OIC Regional Director Dr. Allan G. Farnazo, CESO V, emphasized during the grand opening ceremonies of the Regional Schools Press Conference 2013 in La Salle University, Ozamiz City. In the five-day series of journalistic feats, over 2,500 delegates from 14 divisions in Northern Mindanao battled out to prove who the true best in the region is. For the fifth time in a row, Liceo U High School is this year’s Champion in the Radio Broadcasting competitionEnglish category, besting 13 others in all of Region X. The team was composed of Cinderella Faye Obenita, Joanna Ruiz, Maria Monica Borja, Trinity May Gurrea, Xerczhiel Faye Rio, Aubrei Nicole Ipulan, and John Vincent Mangubat. They were collectively known as The Liceonette Patrol. Several awards were also given to the group with Obeñita for B est News Anchor, Ruiz and Borja for Best in Infomercial,
Gurrea for Best in Technical Application, and Mangubat, Ipulan, and Rio for Best News Presenters. They will advance to the national finals to be held on April 4-7 this year, in Ormoc City. In the Filipino category, the team, with anchors Eden Mae Selim and Spencer Palen, news presenters Guila Denice Simene, Michelle Ann Dablio and Connie Pogay, technical applicator Aniemhar Cuadrasal and infomercial presenter Donnie Marie Plaza, bagged the Second Place trophy with other awards: Best in Technical Application, 2nd place Best News Presenter, and 3rd place Best News Anchor. Sidelight to the writing and speaking competitions was the Tagisan ng Talino where the Cagayan de Oro team, represented by Liceo U, tailed at third. The fivewoman team were decorated with medals and a trophy. The Tagisan ng Talino team was composed of Obenita, Gurrea, Ruiz, Pogay, and Selim. The Liceo U PressCon participants were under the tutelage of Mr. Michael S. Villamor for English and Mrs. Myerna S. Ramos for Filipino.
1 4 T H K A G A Y- A N O N INTERNATIONAL TAPOK SA NIAGARA FALLS 2013
he tradition continues as Kagayanon International holds another year of gathering for Kagayanons all over the world. “Tapok”, which is a biannual celebration held mostly in the United States of America and Canada that aims to share updates on investments, tourism current events and other important information on Cagayan de Oro City. The event also serves as a venue to reunite families, friends, relatives, classmates who are Kagayanons who lived abroad for quite some time. Tapok is a bisayan term which means “to gather or assemble” in one particular place for one Kagay-anon who once lived, studied, worked or was born in Cagayan de Oro City and Misamis Oriental. The concept commenced as a dream that came to reality and began the history of this remarkable activity for Kagay-anons abro ad which internationally started in 1982 in Chicago. It is usually attended by an average
of 500 Kagay-anons and friends including church leaders, local government exe c ut ives, cong ress repres ent at ives, and tourism officials. The Department of Tourism Region 10 is proud to announce the 14th Tapok of Kagayanons 2013 on July 2528, 2013 in Ontario, Canada. Experience this international festivity which will be held at the “Sheraton on the Falls”, a 4 diamond, 5 star hotel situated at the heart of Cliffton Hill and is connected to one of the largest indoor water parks in North America “Falls View Water Park. K a g a y - a n o n International and DOT10 would like to invite you and your family, relatives, friends, schoolmates and classmates to the 14th KI Tapok Sa Niagara Falls 2013. For more information and details please call the Department of Tourism Region 10 office through (08822) 723-696/726 394, (088) 856-4048 or visit http:// tapok2013niagarafalls. com.
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DSWD turns over P140M to Oro for construction of permanent houses
AYOR Vicente Y. E m a n o accepted, on behalf of the city of Cagayan de Oro, a P 1 4 0 m i l l i on c h e c k f rom Depar tment of S o c i a l We l f a r e a n d Development (DSWD) regional director Atty. Araceli Solamillo for the construction of decent, permanent houses for calamity victims. This took place during t h e g rou n d bre a k i ng and capsule-laying rite of the Cagayan de Oro Resettlement and S o c i a l i z e d Ho u s i n g Program at the 16-hectare relocation site in Barangay Pagatpat. In his message during the program, the mayor thanked DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman a n d D i r. S o l a m i l l o for prov i d i ng f u nds for the rehabilitation of Typhoon Sendong survivors. “The successes accomplished by the city are due to Sec. Soliman and Dir Solamillo,” the mayor cited, as he also acknowledged the great help extended by the Habitat for Humanity and Gawad Kalinga. Mayor Emano said
their support to the city will be enshrined in the hearts and minds of all Kagay-anons. The mayor formally turned over the P140 million check to the H F H P ’s L e o n i l o Es ca lada dur ing t he program. The HFH will be implementing the housing project. TRANSFORMATION In her message, Dir. S ol am i l l o e x pre ss e d gladness as she observed the transformation of Typhoon Sendong victims and how they are back on their feet. She thanked Mayor Emano for his brand of leadership, which she said is worth emulating. HOUSES According to Escalada, 1,742 duplext y p e h ou s e s w i l l b e constructed at the Pa g at p at r e l o c at i o n site. Each house will have a floor area of 21 sq.meters and will be constructed in a 42 sq. mt.-lot., he added. Escalada confirmed o b s e r v at i on s of t h e DSWD regarding the fast rehabilitation process in Cagayan de Oro. He c ite d t hat t he HFH had a different
A child stands infront of the ongoing construction of a health center in Barangay Siloy, Calamba, Misamis Occidental. The health center is a project of DSWD through the Community SubProject of KALAHI-CIDSS, where the people is empowered to select the best priority subproject that will benefit the whole community. Photo by SHAUN ALEJANDRAE YAP UY experience in the city when it comes to building hous es and rehabilitating calamity victims. Escalada gave credit to Mayor Emano and city officials for this. “ We h o p e t o replicate the C deO model of rebuilding in Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte,” he added. (LCR)
EXPORT QUALITY NOVELTY ITEMS: Beneficiaries of the Dayawan Handmade Paper Project proudly display their crafts during a recent products presentation in Villanueva, Misamis Oriental. For over seven years now, these novelty items are sold in local and international markets which provides sustainable income to at least 37 workers and women entrepreneurs residing at the Dayawan Relocation Site in Villanueva. The women entrepreneurs have been formally organized into the San Roque Handmade Paper Products Multi-Purpose Cooperative. So far, the coop have increased its net worth to more than P1.1 million as of December 2012. The project is supported by energy firm STEAG State Power Inc. (SPI) through its Livelihood and Enterprise Development (LEED) Program.
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Rufus to receive award as outstanding solon for 2012 T H E 2012 Out st a nd i ng Congressman Award will be held today, Feb. 6, at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Makati City. There w ill be t went y (20) recipients of the award presented by Super-brands Marketing International. The awardees for the 2012 Outstanding Congressman Award include: Joseph Emilio Abaya, Romeo Acop, Rodolfo Antonino, Elpidio Barzaga, Jorge Banal, Ramon Durano, Jun Omar Ebdane, Albert Raymond Garcia, Anthony Rolando Golez, Jr., Mark Llandro Mendoza, Florencio Noel, Karlo Alexei Nograles, Victor Francisco Ortega, Lani Mercado-Re-villa, Rufus
Rodriguez, Lorenzo Tanada III, Irwin Tieng, Arnel Ty and Susan Yap. The Outstanding Congressman Award is on its 21st year and Superbrands Marketing International, Inc. is at the forefront of the award that recognizes the achievements of Philippine legislators as nation builders. “The Outstanding Congressman Award is conferred for the noble objective of an awareness and a direct honor to our leaders. This public acknowledgment is given as a measure for achievements while in office,” Harry Tambuatco, president of Superbrands said.
Health IN focus by: Dr. Mary Jean Loreche
An Upset Tummy? Who hasn’t had it....
n upset tummy is something that most of us, if not all, would rather not have and experience. Given a choice between a severe headache and that of an irritable bowel, I would choose the former ailment. Nobody is above this and it happens when it happens. Irritable bowel disease or syndrome is also known as spastic colitis. The colon in these instances is overly responsive and hypersensitive to certain stimuli or triggers, that can range from stress to food or beverages, even to one’s mental or psychological state. Thus, it is not uncommon to hear patients during the medical history taking that, they experience the disease when their emotional state is in disarray: when one is anxious or is in a panic state, depressed or having that post traumatic stress disorder( PTSD ). Any stressful event can actually upset that tummy, with even the very thought of
taking that interview or examination. Although the exact reason why the bowel or gastrointestinal tract becomes irritable is as yet indefinite, researchers believe that it is caused by a combination of physical and mental health problems. Our colon is well enervated, meaning it has nerves that connect to the brain. These nerves control the normal contractions of the colon, and people going through a psychological or mental problem puts their colon into a hypersensitive mode for pain, and cause abdominal discomfort. Irritable Bowel disease is said to affect approximately 3 to 20% of the population, worldwide, and though it is more common among women and those under the age of 45, it doesn’t mean that men and us in the above the 40’s age group are spared from experiencing it! The diagnosis is mostly dependent on the medical history: abdominal pain or discomfort
that occurs at least 3 times per month for the past 3 months , in the absence of other diseases or injury, and accompanied by changes in the bowel movement and the consistency of the stools ( which may range from loose to firm ). In other words, it may vary from episodes of diarrhea or constipation , and that feeling of bloating . These symptoms usually occur after a meal, regardless of whether its lunch or dinner or breakfast. The good news for this type of illness is: it leaves no permanent damage to one’s gastrointestinal tract , thus, it is not likely to predispose one to the Big C of the colon. The bad side though, is that, there is no cure to IBS. Treatment includes lifestyle changes. Since one’s mental and emotional status has a role to play in its occurrence, keeping a more upbeat and optimistic attitude will help minimize the episodes. Having a good knowledge of the
food triggers and avoiding them is another way of avoiding that unhappy and difficult moment of having to experience the discomfort. Foods known to irritate the bowels include those foods that contain high amounts of fat, or those that contain artificial sweeteners, milk products , alcohol and caffeine. Instead of gulping down one’s food and dumping in so much and too much, it is most helpful too, to take it slow and easy, and eating small amounts and chewing them well, in a healthy environment. Simply put, meal times should be happy times. In the times that we live in, it is so easy to forget that, eating and the meals that we have, be treated with respect and gusto..... it is not just the kind of food that we feed our bodies that matters to become healthy, but, the mental status at the time of eating, can and do matter as much.....
The Financial Doctor
By Dr. Adonis Agcopra MBA, RFC®
Learn How to Earn! The “E-S-I-P” paradigm goes: Earn. Save. Invest. Protect. You need money to save. You need money to invest. But even before you can buy and accumulate assets that you may opt to protect, first and foremost, you must learn how to earn that precious money! If you happen to have been down and temporarily penniless once, you might have inevitably come across these questions: How does one really earn? Are there rules inherent to earning? You deserve to earn, and the power to earn stems from knowing that money is but an idea – it is a concretized concept of monetary value printed on a fancy, small sheet of paper. It is tangibly represented by the coins and bills you hold in your hands. In a market-based economy like ours, it is in reality a medium of exchange. But in the olden days, it used to be the direct exchange of goods called barter. It has often been said there is no such thing as a free lunch. Everything you have of value in this world is earned. Even love and respect you have to earn. By the Law of Exchange, you earn them as a tradeoff for a certain degree of effort you put in. That effort is your equity, your investment. For many people, it all started with sweat equity and pure labor. The rule of earning lies in creating value using the most precious commodity you have in your entire life – your time! A person of diligence who greatly values time and is relentless in pursuing constant and never-ending improvement in learning how to earn both in thought and action will inexorably attain great wealth in mind, body and spirit. You are correspondingly paid according to the value you have created out of the product or service that you offer and as perceived by the market in a competitive marketplace. The higher the value you create for yourself and uniquely contribute to society, the higher is the corresponding demand and the higher is the market willing to pay for your valuable contribution. The more sought-after you become, the greater the earnings you generate. It’s the law of supply and demand in action. Learning how to earn is an essential right everyone deserves to have. Earn, save, invest, and protect them all. Act now! (Dr. Adonis Agcopra is a registered international financial strategic consultant an d i s p or t fol i o d i re c t or of A F IC Meridian Consultants. Log in to www. aficfinancialconsultants.com.)
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DSWD-10 highlights solidarity in their 62nd Anniversary By Recthie T. Paculba
CAGAYAN DE ORO C I T Y, Fe b 5 ( P IA ) - - T h e D e p ar t m e nt of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office 10 celebrated its 62nd anniversary, with the theme “Samasamang Husay, Tungo s a Ta g u m p a y,” b y recognizing their partner agencies which greatly helped in the proper implementation of social welfare projects and have provided support during the past calamities that
hit the region. In their culmination night held at Pearlmont Inn on February 1, Atty. Araceli F. Solamillo, DSWD10 regional director, shared that, “DSWD has advanced its vision of a society where Filipino individuals, families and communities are empowered to attain an improved quality of life such that the Department becomes the world standard in the delivery of coordinated services
and social protection programs by 2030.” She also expressed her utmost appreciation to their partner agencies and dedicated staff who worked hard especially during the onslaught of tropical storm Sendong. For their core shelter project, Solamillo reported that the Department has already built 2,357 core shelter units as of January 25, 2013 with the aid of various offices that supported
the Agency such as the 52nd Engineer Brigade under the leadership of Colonel Mutiangpili. That Secretary C orazon JulianoSoliman was adopted by the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro as daughter of the city in recognition of her leadership during the relief, early recovery, and rehabilitation operations is considered part of the accomplishment of DSWD.
“The growing number of program and project beneficiaries of our core anti-poverty programs, like the Pantawid Pa m i l y a n g P i l i p i n o Program, Kapit-Bisig Laban sa KahirapanC ompre h e ns ive an d Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KalahiCidss), Sustainable Livelihood Program, and other social protection programs shows that the DSWD is shifting towards realizing its vision as a
lead role in social welfare and development at an international setting,” Solamillo said. During the culmination night, recognition and testimonies were given to the Agency’s retirees, and loyal employees received special awards. T he w i n ne rs of t he Depar tment’s sp or ts festival among the employees were also announced that night. (RTP-PIA10)
JV: ECONOMIC GROWTH MEANINGLESS IF MILLIONS REMAIN MIRED IN POVERTY
AN Juan Rep. JV Ej e rc it o E s t r a d a reminded the Aquino administration that its "economic gains" m ay b e m e an i ng l e s s if it will not b e able to i mprove t he l ive s of F i l ipi n o s an d l i f t millions out of poverty. Ejercito Estrada said the 6.6-percent economic growth posted by the Philippines last year will not mean anything to
Juan de la Cruz unless it translates into more jobs, higher pay, and an over-all improvement in the quality of his life. "If the countr y's e c o n o my p e r f o r m e d 'beyond expectations,' why then did we have more unemployed Filipinos last year?" the young lawmaker asked. The San Juan solon pointed out the results of t he O c tob er 2012
L a b o r Fo r c e S u r v e y w h i c h re v e a l e d t h at 2.76 million Filipinos are unemployed. The sur vey showed that some 120,000 additional Filipino workers joined the ranks of the unemployed last year. The country's unemployment rate we nt up d e s pit e t h e fact that prior to the release of the sur vey, the Philippines posted
a 6.5 percent increase in its gross domestic product (GDP)--the sum of goods and services pro duce d w it hin t he countr y's borders--in January to September 2012. "President Aquino and his Cabinet should also ask the 10.9 million Filipino households who considered themselves poor in an SWS survey whether the 6.6 percent
e c on om i c g row t h i n 2012 had an impact on their lives," said Ejercito Estrada. In a sur vey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) in Januar y, an additional 1.4 million Filipino households rated themselves " ma h i r ap. " T he S WS poll, which was conducted on Dec. 8 to 11, indicated that 54 percent of respondents
or 10.9 million Filipino households considered themselves poor. This is higher than the 47 percent or 9.5 million Filipino families recorded in August 2012. The young lawmaker also noted that while the salary of minimum wage earners have remained the same, the prices of basic goods and services such as food and utilities rise every year.
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ALA Valentine Blues MODE OWEN JAEN
ost of the people for sure are getting busy planning on what to do this coming Valentine’s Day. Well, are you? Valentine’s as we know it has become a very commercial event. A day for entrepreneurs and merchants to peddle their wares of gifts, chocolates, cards, flowers, dinner packages, hotel accommodations and other things you can think of. Western influence at its finest. But is Valentine’s really that necessary? Do we really have to spend all that much
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to show that we care? I don’t think so. Valentine’s Day is not all about the showering of gifts. Yes, it is true that all these are manifestations of one’s affection but you do not have to spend all out like there’s no tomorrow. If you dwell on this day on pressuring yourself as to what to give and how to spend it, you might not be able to enjoy the moment and waste your energy over so many things. As for those who have no date this Valentine’s Day. Never worry. It is just a day like any
other. People have survived being single on this very day and have become even better people after. Do not give in to the temptation of having to find an emergency date just so you can spend it with a partner. Never be blinded by the images you see on television and movies that seem to make Valentine’s Day the moment of a lifetime. They just make it look good so their product will sell. There are so many ways to spend the Day of Hearts. There is more to celebrate than just being with one
person. How about making this day a chance for you to go out with your entire family? With your close friends or best buddies? Never be ashamed to go out in groups and without a partner in tow. It is alright to be single because the firing squad they all talk about is just an urban legend. No one died because they never had a date on Valentine’s. Trust me. I am not a cynic and I am not telling you to be one as well. Let us all face itif love is the reason for all our existence
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then love should be celebrated every waking moment, not just one day. Humans are born to love and be loved. Every day that we are with the people we cherish and adore are the moments love must be expressed and felt. Do not wait for February 14 to say what you feel. This way, Valentine’s Day will just become a moment to renew and remind yourself that you are a special person who can love and is loved in return. Have a great week everyone and spread the love!
When the going gets Tough 2 WORDS
n my first article last January I stated “expect the unexpected”, true enough it came to me the soonest. Few days ago I encountered another painful experience as a team leader wherein one of us angrily voiced out personal frustrations. To my surprise, I had to shut myself up for a few days to process the whole situation and be mirrored out by people who does not hesitate to slap me with the truth even if it hurts me for my own good. Above all I asked God to reveal to me anything in me that is not pleasing to Him. As you can see, me being a teacher and singer has always been a blessing to me and I have always believed that who and what I am now is all because of Him. As I slowly process the whole thing, painful as it is I held on to God and He brought me to His words in Proverbs 11:20 The Lord detests those whose hearts are perverse, but he delights in those whose ways are blameless. I’d say God‘s comfort in the midst of the storm, therefore I am still joyful because of His assurance that I am still on the ground. On the other hand, now I understand that God is teaching me to how to deal with stubborn people. Let them be and allow Him
to work in their lives, because stubbornness is a character that I cannot change only God can. Proverbs 4:23 – 26 says above all else guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. The latter is a reminder for me so that I will not fall into sin either allow bitterness and hatred take root in me. As I continued to reflect here are some practical insights I got as well. 1. In training and mentoring others never do spoon feeding, train and teach by letting them do the tasks and assist. 2. T e a c h to encourage independence, so that later on they will learn to walk on their own. 3. Be vocal of your appreciation because you don’t want to be misinterpreted as unappreciative. 4. Never do over pampering. 5. Allow them to experience on their own majority of the good learning comes from doing it on your own. 6. Give a head’s up on “good mindset” because if there is
something constant that is actually “CHANGE”... for the better. 7. Keep moving forward. 8. Use both head and heart in teaching and mentoring. Never allow your emotions to overpower you or else you will get nowhere because emotions are deceitful. When I was still on my training ground the best experiences I got was when I was left on my own in a way . Playing the role of Mary Magdalene was no joke especially when you do not have a single acting experience. You can imagine the hell I’ve been through just to give justice to the character. Right after college I was privilege to work for a production for a National Convention held in our city. The thing was the major guest was none other than the President of the Philippines and my task was to do the coordination with government people in behalf of my boss. It was nerve wracking working for that whole event but mind you, I was pushed to my limits in leading my team because I had one. I got scolded many times, cried a lot because of the pressure but it was one of the most fulfilling events I had. From those experiences I was on my own because
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my boss and mentor pushed me to do it. If I hadn’t embraced the challenges then I wouldn’t have finished them successfully. My final point is for everyone who is undergoing training or pushed to be on their own. Leaders will push you because they know your capabilities. When you are stubborn to move forward because you think you always need to be with your leader, then that’s a wrong mindset you will get nowhere with that. Real leaders “let go” just as eagles teach their young ones to fly. So give room for change if you do not want to get stuck in a rut and realize one day that you are still there where you are today.
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Young Cebuano conductor leads Classical Concert at Rodelsa Hall T his coming February, classical music lovers will be privileged to hear well-loved pieces performed live under the baton of one young Cebuano conductor â€“ Professor Reynaldo Abellana. Professor Abellana was one of the first scholars of the Salvador and Pilar Sala Foundation Incorporated (SPSFI). Under the aegis of SPSFI, he had the rare opportunity to be trained in Japan on Suzuki Method. He later became a part of the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra Development Program (which eventually became the Cebu Youth Symphony Orchestra) as a violinist. He studied under the tutelage of Professor Rodelio Flores. In May 1999, he had his Solo Recital in the Pilar B. Sala Hall.
In 2001, he graduated from the University of Southern Philippines with a degree in Bachelor of Arts Major in Music. Later that year, he joined the San Miguel Philharmonic Orchestra. He also became a member of Manila Philharmonic Orchestra. While in Manila, he continued his violin lessons under Professor Gonzalo Estrada and Eliazar Bautista. In 2002, he resigned from SMPO and pursued a career as a violinist in Cruise Ships under Rosario Strings. After nine years with Rosario Strings, he completed his last contract and decided to establish a land-based career back in Cebu. He opened up the Classic Orchestra Music Studio in May with the desire to bring quality teaching and to continue the
music legacy of the Battig Music School where he started. He initiated the formation of the Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra and is currently the Orchestra Director. In December 2012, he conducted the CPO Christmas Concert at SM Northwing Atrium with Guest Pianist Dr. Ingrid Sala Santamaria. And this month, February 16 at 7:30 in the evening, Prof. Abellana will conduct the Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra together with Unites the World Project of Japan in assisting international pianist Rudolf Golez, soloist for the benefit of Safer River Life Saver Foundation. To reserve your seats please call (088) 8584093 to 95 local 109 or call/text 09176366528. Tickets are at P500, P700 and P1000.
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wo years ago, international Filipino pianist Rudolf Golez collaborated with the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO) during the birth centenary of the co-foundress of Liceo de Cagayan University, Madame Elsa P. Pelaez. The enthusiastic crowd was mesmerized by the performances of almost forty musicians. This was a feat never before seen in quite a time in the Cagayan performance and entertainment scene. Rodelsa Hall is bound to surpass the record this year. This will be the first time in the history of concert venue Rodelsa Hall that 52 classical musicians will perform in one stage for a one night special benefit concert for Safer River Life Saver Foundation, the flagship community service unit of Liceo de Cagayan University that is taking care of the 17 riverside barangays along Cagayan de Oro River. This coming February 16, at 7:30 in the evening, the Cebu Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO) will join the wind instrumentalists from the Unites the World Project Orchestra of Japan (UUU) in assisting international Filipino pianist Rudolf Pelaez Golez who will perform as soloist. Wellloved classical pieces will be rendered for the local music lovers such as the overture of the Barber of Seville, Rachmaninoff piano concerto no. 2 and the Radetzky March. The concert is under the baton of Prof. Reynaldo Abellana. To know more about the concert and to book your seats, please feel free to call the Liceo Office of Cultural Affairs at (088) 8584093 to 95 local 109 or call/text: 09176366528(Globe). You may also visit them at the second floor of the South Wing of Rodelsa Hall, Rodolfo N. Pelaez Boulevard, Kauswagan, Cagayan de Oro City. See you at Rodelsa Hall!
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CEB adds flights for summer peak
he Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) mounts additional flights to select domestic and international destinations, in preparation for summer peak travel in the Philippines. Starting March 11, there will be 12 weekly flights from Manila to Tagbilaran, gateway to the island of Bohol. CEB’s Manila-Tacloban service will also be 33 times weekly, starting March 31. Flight frequencies to key domestic routes from Manila will also increase. There will be up to seven daily Manila-Bacolod flights and up to six Manila-Kalibo flights starting March 31. Starting April 2, CEB will operate 15 daily flights between Manila and Cebu, and up to 10 daily flights between Manila and Davao. CEB also boosts its Cebu hub with additional flights starting April 2. This includes flights from Cebu to Bacolod (thrice daily), Boracay (23 times weekly), Davao (four times daily), General Santos (10 times weekly), Legazpi (five times weekly), Puerto Princesa (twice daily) and Siargao (six times weekly). CEB will also operate five daily flights from Manila to Singapore starting March 23, and 12 weekly flights from Manila to Bangkok starting April 1. “These flight frequency increases are in line with brand-new A320 aircraft deliveries in January and March, the first two of seven aircraft arriving this year. We look forward to flying our guests to their summer
From page 1 Oriental), Opol Bg y. Capt. Max Seno, MAA General Assurance Phils., Inc., Pioneer Insurance & Surety Corporation and Stronghold Insurance Co. Inc. Hole Sponsors include the following: We-Fix Construction/ Casa Isabella, Kingston Lodge, Vertical Builders, Mocha Trucking/Triland M a n a g e m e nt , T T h S Golf Group, Kim In Su Enterprise, Hosanna A c a d e m y, P u e r t o Community Hospital, PD G Tinnex & PP Devin Jaraula, Suvisco Industries Inc., Barangay Nazareth, Galam Music L ounge, WMC C old Storage, Oroport Cargo
From page 1 V i l l a r ’s l i v e l i h o o d programs include waterlily products making, establishment of composting facility and coconet factory, and blanket weaving. She has also started plastic pulverizing in Leyte. Through the efforts of Villar, training for waterlily products making had been conducted in the cities of Las Pinas, Makati, Quezon, Caloocan, Ta g u i g a n d P a s i g ; Malabon; Taytay; Rizal; Bu l i han , Si l ang and Bacoor, Cavite; Talusig, Ifugao; Sta. Rosa, San Pedro and San Pablo,
destinations with our brand-new aircraft, comprising one of the most modern fleets in the world,” CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. “Shopping, beach, eco-adventure and surfing destinations continue to be more accessible with Cebu Pacific’s network and trademark lowest fares. We encourage guests to plan their summer vacations now for the most travel savings,” she added. CEB flew 13.26 million passengers from January to December 2012, an increase of 11% over 11.93 million passengers flown in 2011. In 2012, the airline launched 10 new domestic routes and 7 international routes, including flights from Manila to Hanoi and Siem Reap. It is slated to launch flights from Manila to Bali on March 16, 2013, and Manila to Dubai, its first long-haul destination, on October 7, 2013. For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www.cebupacificair.com, or call the reservation hotlines (02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888. The latest seat sales and promos can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter and Facebook pages. CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 24 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR 72-500 aircraft. Between 2013 and 2021, CEB will take delivery of 18 more Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft orders. It is slated to begin long-haul services in the 2nd half of 2013, with the arrival of two Airbus A330 aircraft.
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Bank & Midway White Beach Resort/Minkay Restobar, LeonardoVicente Associates & C onsolidated Bldg. Maintenance, Inc., Rep. Maximo B. Rodriguez, Jr., Paceman Multi-Purpose Cooperative and San Miguel Corporation. The organizers also wish to acknowledge the assistance received from the following: Star-Ads, Ultra Craft, Modtrade, Seda Hotel, Redbrick, Crocs, Nature’s Spring, Parasat Cable TV and Pryce Plaza. B u s i n e s s We e k Mindanao, Mindanao Daily News, Mindanao Star, The Cagayan de Oro Times and BWM Magazine are the exclusive print media partners for the tournament.
Laguna; Libon, Albay; Malolos, Calumpit and Meycauayan, Bulacan; Talavera, Gen. Natividad, Cabiao, Cuyapo, San Jose and Cabanatuan, Nu e v a E c ij a ; B ar a s , Rizal; Basista and Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan; Zambales; Laoag, Ilocos No r t e ; Tu g u e g a r a o, Cagayan; Isabela; Vigan, Ilocos Sur; Mindoro; D avao City ; Agus an del Sur, Cotabato City; North Cotabato; South Cotabato; Lanao del Sur and Lanao del Norte; Sultan Kudarat; Butuan City ; and Pendatum, Maguindanao. Composting was done in Las Pinas City; Brgy. Loyola, Quezon City; Antipolo City, Rizal;
San Manuel, Isabela; San Jos e del Monte, Provence and Malolos, Bulacan; Balanga, B at a a n ; P l a nt a c i o n , Batangas; Tierra Nevada, Gen. Trias and Bacoor, Cavite; Antique; Talisay City, Cebu; Oton and Alimodian Iloilo; Gen. Santos City; Davao City and Antipas, North C ot ab ato. C o conet weaving factor y was established in Balanga, Bataan: Vigan, Ilocos Sur ; Dinagat Island; Iligan City and Iligan City. Blanket weaving is now in Pampanga; C arang l an, Nue va E c ij a ; St a . B a r b a r a , Pangasinan; Lib on, Albay and Sto. Tomas, Davao del Norte.
KOICA-COAID in partnership with MOSCAT sponsors a Training on Mushroom Production Technology
n s upp or t to t h e project on Technology Transfer for Microbial/ Organic Fertilizer and Mushroom Cultivation in Claveria, Misamis Oriental which is now being implemented by KOICA-COAID, DARFU 10 through the Claveria Exp er iment Station (DA-CES) and MOSCAT, a Training/ Seminar program for mushroom technology will be conducted by the Korean International C o op erat ion Agenc y (KOICA)- thru the Center for Overseas Agriculture and International Development (COAID) project team and the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT) of Claveria, Misamis Oriental through the Institute of Agriculture addressing technology dissemination and commercialization among the farmers in the province. This training on mushroom technology transfer is carried out in 4 sessions at 2 hours
per session (January 25, February 1, 8, and 15, 2013 at 10:00 to12:00 am) which is held at the IA eroom. Dr. Chang, Hyun-You, an expert on Mushroom Technology from Korea National College of Agriculture and Fisheries, South Korea and also the KOICA project team leader on Mushroom Technology Transfer is the resource speaker. KOICA-COAID provides mushroom cultivation book (160p volume), lunch (refreshments), gift (shirts with collar) and certificate to the participants with perfect attendance. The topics deal largely on ‘How to make money through mushroom cultivation’ for Claveria community. Par ticipants to the training are composed of MOSCAT fac ulty, students, agricultural technicians and farmers who are interested on mushroom cultivation. KOICA, the funding agency, is a government organization in Korea under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade,
engaged in international development cooperation by providing material and physical aid to reduce p over ty and achie ve sustainable development. The C OAID, t he implementing agency and a subsidiary institution of Chungbuk National University in Korea, implemented programs an d proj e c t s i n t h e developing countries like the Philippines, focusing on major program areas on rural development, environment and climate change. This project covers the implementation of the technology transfer on commercial mushroom production and organic fertilizer production in Claver ia Exp er iment Station and MOSCAT for period of 9 months (from November 3, 2012 to August 3, 2013) and subject for extension for another one year based on the performance of the project and subject for the approval of funding support from KOICA. (alc)
(standing from Left) Dr. Chang, Hyun You, Mushroom Expert, Prof. Casimero L. Icalina, In-Charge of MOSCAT Mushroom Project, Mr. Edel Bayot, and Dr. Lee, Cholbang, the KOICA-COAID staff Dr. Chang, Hyun You, Mushroom Specialist from Korea and the COIKA-COAID project team leader, delivers his lecture to the 40 participants comprising of Claveria farmers, MOSCAT faculty and students, and the municipal agricultural technicians.
The participants with the KOICA-COAID project team. Seated from left: Dr. Lee, Cholbang, Dr. Chang Hyun You and Dr. Alma L. Cosadio, Mushroom Project Coordinator of MOSCAT and Dean, Institute of agriculture.
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The Night Stalker:
An Auspicious Welcome to the Year of the Water Snake at Agua
imket kai C enter’s signature seafo o d restaurant at Rosario Strip welcomes the Chinese Lunar New Year with a new twist to tried and tested seafood classics. Agua Seafood Restaurant (Agua is Chabacano for water) is an auspicious place to welcome the Year of the Green Water Snake, water being traditionally the most powerful symbol of money in feng shui (traditional Chinese Geomancy) as well as of course, the domicile of this year’s symbol. The Water theme resonates in the interior and outdoor design of Agua with the blue-and-white accent running through the clam-shaped chairs, porthole shaped windows, aquariums and the sailorinspired uniforms of the serving crew. "According to Doris Lum, a Chinese cuisine expert, the Chinese word for “fish” sounds like the word for “abundance,” one of the many reasons fish has become a go-to good luck food. Also, Rosemary Gong writes in Good Luck Life, her book on Chinese c el ebr at i ons , t hat it’s important for the fish be served with the head and tail intact to ensure a good year, from start to finish." Definitely, dining at Agua Seafood on Chinese New Year will give you a head-start in this upcoming
Year of the Water Snake. Watch out for our Seafood Dinner Buffet! But to proceed with the business at hand of welcoming the New Year with seafood classics with a new twist: Starting off with the appetizers: the chef recommends Minced fish (Dory) with lettuce wraps, Tempura rice roll with mango, or your choice of classic Chicken or Pork Satay. Or, if you’re a blueblooded Kagay-anon who would rather start your meal the traditional way with soup: the chef recommends Shrimp Noodle Soup (Laksa) which is Chines e traditional noodles with Shrimp and Superior Stock from the Malaysian Chinese Nonya tradition of Singapore ; Nony a c u is i ne bl e nds Chinese ingredients with spices and cooking techniques used by the Malay community. Or you can opt for the best selling Cream of Seafood Soup (cream soup with mussels, squid and shrimp); Seafood Pumpkin Soup (Chinese-style thick pumpkin soup with seafood); or the mouth watering Tom Yam Kong (Thai hot and sour prawn soup infused with chili paste). For your entrees, scale new heights of culinary
experience with the mundane octopus and squid taking on new twists like Agua’s Braised Sizzling Octopus, Kung Pao Squid, Sambal Squid or the bestselling Grilled Squid. Tanguige (Spanish Mackerel) becomes a new Asian Fusion experience with Agua’s Singaporean Fish Curry or try the chef ’s recommendation Seafood Beancurd Hotpot. There’s quite a queue even for lunch so it may be a good idea to come early or make a reservation lest you find yourself waiting for a table. If y ou c om e i n a big group of at least 14 persons, you may wish to opt for the private dining room. Or, if you want to conduct a business meeting or presentation, there’s also a function room complete with the amenities which will enable you to have your cake and eat it too. The Year of the Green Water Snake starts off on Sunday, February 10, 2013 and should be an auspicious time to start off an auspicious year where good taste and refinement is expected to shine on everything. Gong Xi Fa Cai! For reservations please call Tel. No. (088) 3092808 or mobile 0917-7100122. You may also contact our Facebook Page Agua Seafood Restaurant.
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Villar sponsors committee report on safe toys S e n . Ma n ny Vi l l a r yesterday asked the Senate to approve the committee report on the bill mandating proper labeling of toys. Senate Bill 3367 under Committee Report 525 or the Toy and Game Safety Labeling Act requires the proper labeling of toys to protect children against toy-related injuries or even death. Toys or games not in compliance with the requirements of this act wi l l b e considere d as misbranded or banned hazardous substance and will be withdrawn from the market at the expense of the manufacturer. Villar, chairman of the Committee on Trade and C ommerce, said small components present in some toys, such as magnets, screws or buttons, and the ties, styrofoams, and polystyrene beads that new toys come in with, put children in harm’s way. “Choking and ingestion are the most common types of toy-related injuries,
Villar because children have a habit of putting toys in their mouths,” he added. He also noted the danger of suffocation posed by toy packaging like plastic bags or bubble wraps. Injury or death may also result when a child accidentally inhales a whole, or even a fragment of a latex balloon. “Child safety is largely dependent on parents. We hope that through this bill, parents will gain an increased awareness
not only about the childfriendly features of toys, but toy safety in general,” Villar said. Villar said 33.4 percent of the population comprise the 0-14 age group, the same group that is inevitably exposed to toys. Under the bill, the use of cautionary warning such as “Warning: Choking Hazard” on the packaging of toys with potentially hazardous contents is required. Failure to put warning labels is punishable with three months to two years in prison and a fine of P10,000 to P50,000. “A s g o v e r n m e n t officials, it is our mandate to safeguard public health. But more than that, it is our absolute and implicit duty as parents to ensure that our children get the best care and protection against possible health risks. The protection of our children against hazardous and toxic toys is a shared responsibility of the government, toy manufacturers, retailers, c iv i l s o c i e t y, and t he consumers,” Villar said.
Boodle Fight - Misis Hanepbuhay Cynthia joins 1st Dist of Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez and other local officials of San Pedro, Laguna in a boodle fight during her recent visit in the province. Boodle Fight - Game na game nakisalo si Misis Hanepbuhay Cynthia Villar sa isang boodle fight kasama si Cong. Dan Fernandez (1st District ng Laguna) at iba pang mga lokal na opisyal ng San Pedro, Laguna.
Published on Feb 9, 2013