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2 quakes jolt 2 Davao regions; no casualties

DAVAO––Two moderate earthquakes rocked some parts of Mindanao on Thursday, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). In its bulletin, the agency said the first quake with magnitude 3.3 occurred at 11:17 a.m. and its epicenter was traced some 15 kilometers northwest of Sarangani in Davao Occidental, while its depth of the tremor was estimated at 28 kilometers. See FULL STORY, page 9

Foreigners assault news crew in Zamboanga City

OWWA BUILDING. Construction of the OWWA-Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital cost P100-million with the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration spending P31,500,000, the PDAP-PCF contributing P17-million and the local government unit’s counterpart amounting to P51,500,000. The building is reported to be 96.04 completed. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

THREE foreigners running an allegedly illegal roadside eatery and karaoke house in Zamboanga City assaulted a member of TV news crew on December 11, 2013. The news crew was covering the arrest of the foreigners for public disturbance. Zamboanga City in the island of Mindanao is some 1,800 kilometers south of Manila.

The police identified two of the foreigners as Iranians Abdel Kamal and Mohammad Mohaimi. According to the police, Kamal choked cameraman Paul John Gotib and smashed his camera. Working for Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) Zamboanga, Gotib was getting footage of Kamal and Mohaimi who were See assault, page 11

Measles cases shoot up in Davao, B’non

DAVAO City––Seventeen individuals tested positive for measles in the Davao Region last December, while Bukidnon also reported six suspected cases among children admitted in hospitals this week, sources said. Divene Hilario, head of health education and promotion in the Davao Region of the Department of Health, said that the patients found to have measles come from Buhangin, Sasa, and poblacion in Davao City, Pantukan in Compostela Valley, and Panabo City. She said the DOH already considered it an outbreak since there is more than one case, based on the criteria set by the World Health Organization’s. The results came from around 200 blood samples the DOH regional office sent to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) in Muntinlupa, Metro Manila. The

samples were taken from sentinel sites all over the region, as the patients already being monitored for measles symptoms like rashes, conjunctivitis, coughs, colds, and flu. “The samples were sent to the RITM on Dec. 13 and the results came in this month,” Hilario said. “The areas mentioned are now being monitored.” “But we are already considering it a risk in the community if there’s a positive case,” she said. The potential for transmission, Hilario said, was 8 to 18 affected per one positive case, especially in areas with a high concentration of children who are not immunized against the disease. She said they are prioritizing immunization on children below five years old as they are the most vulnerable to the disease. She said

there were also cases involving young adults and the elderly. The DOH is asking parents not to send children outside their homes if they exhibited measles-like symptoms. She added that children 12-15 months old should also be immunized with booster doses even if they were already given measles shots. The DOH official said the danger is not in the disease itself but through complications such as blindness, deafness, dehydration, pneumonia, and encephalitis. “We’re looking out for these symptoms to prevent common complications,” she said. Hilario said that the provincial epidemiology surveillance unit takes care of monitoring data in the region. She added that there are also more samples being sent to the See MEASLES, page 11

COURTESY CALL. Acting Police Chief Sr. Insp. Raymond R. Lumapay (left) of Valencia City shake hands with City Councilor Glen “Aboy” G. Galario (right) during a courtesy call. photo courtesy of denden batis , text by tata cloma

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LPA ruins leave 2 dead, 1 missing, 8,431 families affected in Normin By Cheng Ordonez Associate Editor

THE low pressure area (LPA) hovering Mindanao for almost two weeks now takes a toll on Northern Mindanao, leaving two persons killed, one missing and a total of 8,431 families affected, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) 10 reported. In its Incidence Report as of Thursday, January 16, 2014, the OCD identified the casualties as Michael Alhas, 31 years old of Libertad, Calamba, Misamis Occidental, and Arlene Fuentes, 13 years old of Macabayao, Jimenez, also of Misamis Occidental. Alhas died of electrocution while Flores died of drowning. A nine year-old boy, identified as Reynaldo Emato Jr., went missing since Thursday morning. The boy slipped into the Tagoloan river in Misamis Oriental and was brought by strong current. Philippine Coast Guard personnel are still trying to locate the boy until this reporting. The Summary of Affected Population from the OCD revealed a total ERRATUM Hon. Antonio Cerilles is the Governor and not the Congressman of Zamboanga del Sur as referred to in “DAR’s Support Services Projects” ar-ticle of the Mindanao Daily News dated January 9, 2014. My apology. LQValdez

of 35 families (98 individuals) affected by the LPA in Bukidnon; 7,381 families (34,371 individuals) in Camiguin; 1,265 families in Lanao del Norte (5,822 individuals); 68 families (204 individuals) in Misamis Occidental; and 10 families in Misamis Oriental. But Misamis Oriental Provincial Administrator Jun Pacamalan said a

total of 84 families (302 individuals) were affected in the province. Authorities have yet to make an assessment of the total cost of damages to infrastructure and agriculture the LPA ruins left on the five provinces of Northern Mindanao. The Department of Public Works and Highways alone needs P15 million

to put up a belly bridge to temporarily connect Linamon and Kauswagan towns, after Napo bridge collapsed Monday night. The belly bridge, according to Sandra Flores, spokesperson of the DPWH 10, will be constructed parallel to the Napo bridge that caved in due to the swelling of the river. Flores said DPWH 10

Regional Director Evelyn Barroso is now asking the central office to provide funding for the reconstruction of the damaged bridge. Flores said it will take four to five days before the temporary bridge is completed, but only light vehicles, weighing from 6 to only 10 tons, will be allowed to pass through. This means that heavy-

loaded trucks, including passenger buses, like Rural Transit, will not be allowed to pass through. A Rural Transit bus is said to weigh 20 tons or more. The 71-lineal-meter Napo bridge was constructed in 1957 or 56 years ago. The alternate route via Lanao del Sur is considered by many as too far and unsafe.

Building defects found in Misamis Oriental hospital By GERRY LEE GORIT Correspondent

THE 96.04%-completed OWWA-Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital located in Alubijid town has been found by provincial inspectors to be defective during heavy rains when water leaked into walls and floors the past few days. Provincial administrator Jun Pacamalan said he will recommend to Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano the termination of the contract with the construction company. Pacamalan said he will also recommend corresponding fines for the contractor identified as C. Dy Builders & General Merchandise to pay for what he said as “substandard construction”. He said water leaked into delivery room, walls, circuit breakers and other parts of the building during the continuous rains the past days. Pacamalan said the hopsital building was constructed at a cost of P100-million with the local government unit’s counterpart amounting to

Dr. William Bernardo, provincial administrator Jun Pacamalan and provincial engineer Julito Tac-an hold a press conference Wednesday at the OWWA-Misamis Oriental Provincial Hospital in Alubijid to report on the status of the construction of the hospital. The inspectors from the povincial capitol found water leaks in the building during the recent rains. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

P51,500,000. An additional P12,800,000 was spent for an embankment. “We are in the process of licensing the hospital with the Department of Health,” he said but added that it

would have to be licensed only as an infirmary under the DOH standards. He said the hospital was opened without “proper turnover from the contractor.” Pacamalan cited some

problems they uncovered in connection with the project. He said the lot owner for the embankment had insisted employment for his children with the hospital but that this was not found in the

agreement. Pacamalan said the agreement did not contain any Implementing Rules and Regulations and that there was nothing about the hospital’s operational management. He said the province wants to license the hospital as a primary hospital so that it can earn. For his part, Dr. William Bernardo said they had to do some recomputation based on DOH standards so that they can get a license to operate. Bernardo said PhilHealth members can not be served if the hospital is not licensed. Patients of OWWA beneficiaries will be given free treatment. One of the results of the recomputation was the removal of a total of 200 workers from the eight government hospitals in the province. Pacamalan said they found out that the hosppitals were overstaffed based on DOH standards. He added that those who were dismissed from work were holding job order positions.


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Floods, slides affect 142t; damage P6.9 million infras By PAT SAMONTE, Regional Editor-Caraga and JOEL PORTUGAL, Correspondent

BUTUAN City––Flash floods and landslides spawned by days of unabated heavy rains in Caraga which the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said was due to a Low Pressure Area (LPA) 100 kilometers East of Borongan, Samar, have surged the number of people affected by this newest weather disturbance to 142,057 or 32,077 families.

LEAVING HOME. Residents are ferried by a wooden canoe in barangay Mahog-

any in Butuan City towards designated evacuation areas on January I3, 20I4. Floods spawned by a Low Pressure Area over Mindanao have hit provinces along the island’s northeastern side. MindaNews photo by Erwin Mascarinas

Barangay Poblacion, Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands, she said. Emerlinda Artajo, 47, of Nueva Era, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur, reportedly died when the speed boat, during a rescue operation, capsized while Lisa Moreno,

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centers in the city. Dianah Generalao of this city’s public information office said City Agriculturist Alfredo Buca reported that the rain-induced floods had damaged some P15,285,250 worth of the city’s agriculture sector. Buca summarized the damage as: -P14,635,250 worth of damage for 1,630 hectares of rice field; -P190,000 damage for 19 hectares of banana area; -P360,000 for 24 hectares of assorted vegetables; -P100,000 to 50 hectares planted with corn. OCD-Caraga Regional Director Liza Mazo said 11 people were reported killed and two were missing.

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Laurel, Taganaan, Surigao del Sur. Found and retrieved dead were Melito Gortina, 19, of Lucena, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur, who drowned as he was carried away by strong current while crossing a river, Adrian Alpeche Malayag, 1, of Purok 8, Taglatawan, Bayugan City, who also could have drowned while crossing the Taglatawan River, Jason Orcilla, 20, of Mainit, Surigao del Norte, who reports said had drowned from flashflood, and Jolito Solimo Agatia, 32, of Alegria, Surigao del Norte, who was found dead in San Jose, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte and said to have drowned after he was carried by strong water current while crossing the Aciga River. Mazo said a total of 128 houses were damaged, 51 of which were totally damaged in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur, and 77 were partially damaged in Bislig City, Agusan del Norte and Dinagat town in Dinagat Islands.

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Globalizing the Philippine Education

24 dead, 36 injured as LPA ravages Mindanao

By ETHELINDA P. SAURA School in-charge / Casilihon Elementary School

Changing the curriculum from 10 years to 12 years basic education is tantamount to the global standards. DepEd implements its new system in education based on the international standards that Philippine education is able to equate the competencies that are acceptable around the globe. With this new venture in educational enterprises we will be able to produce graduates that are globally competitive. This innovation is made the Philippine education viable and able to train students in preparation for work. The 11th and 12th

years in senior high school provides opportunities to the students particular in their chosen field of educational endeavor in which after their trainings they will be able to land a job not only in our country but as well as to other countries. The us e of mot her tongue or MTB-MLE in teaching elementary made it easy for the teachers to teach the curriculum and indeed it is then easy for the pupils to learn the lessons taught for them. So far with its two years implementation the curriculum has generated a positive

upshots to public education. This new innovation will be fully implemented by 2016 making Philippine education 12 years basic education system. Finally, the dream of the Filipino people of having a world class education is now at its door steps. Indeed, the new curriculum is a challenge not only to the Department of Education but to the Filipino people, share their part in realizing this dream and prepare for the coming generations. It is said that nothing is impossible if all of us work together in putting our vision into action.

ILIGAN CITY – The low pressure area that hit Mindanao in the last few days has already claimed the lives of 24 people and injured 36 more, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. In its situational report released this morning, the NDRRMC said Davao Oriental, which was badly hit by typhoon Pablo in December 2012, suffered the most casualties – eight people, six of them due to a landslide in Barangay Ban-

gol in Tarragona town, and two others due to flooding in Marayag, Lupon. Six people died in the municipality of Cadianao in Dinagat Islands due to landslides. Compostela Valley had four casualties; Agusan del Sur, 2; Misamis Occidental, 2; Davao del Norte, 1; and Zamboanga del Norte, 1. Davao Oriental likewise sustained the highest number of injured people at 23, also in Tarragona, where landslides occurred. In Compostela Valley, 11 were

injured, most of them in the Diwalwal mining site (Mt. Diwata) in Monkayo. There was also two injured in Zamboanga del Norte. There are 12 people still missing – six in ComVal, two in Agusan del Sur, and one each in Agusan del Norte, Davao del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte. The NDRRMC reported 18 incidents in all – 13 landslides and five floods or flashflood incidents – affecting 62,982 families See lpa, page 11


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The Philippines could be neglecting vital environmental soil research in favour of a narrow focus on rice production, a study suggests. Although the countr y is among the most active publishers of soil research in South-E ast Asia, the study shows that the great majority (74 per cent) of the 546 soil science papers published from 1970 to 2012 were on rice, with 203 of the papers (37 per cent) produced by foreign soil scientists based at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), which has its headquarters in the Philippines. Ian Navarrete, a research fellow at Georg-August University of Göttingen, Germany, and lead author of the paper in Scientometrics, says this highlights a need to shift research to other important subjects such as soil pollution, quantifying changes in soil carbon stocks with land-use change, and the nature of degraded soils in the Philippines. He says that poor understanding of other soil science disciplines could explain why soil degradation

SPECIAL FEATURE is a major agricultural and environmental problem in the Philippines, noting that most of the poorest rural communities are located on degraded lands. “The continued use of these problematic soils for agriculture has resulted in unsuitable crop production, leading to low crop yield, failure of the government’s massive forest rehabilitation projects, and widespread soil degradation,” he tells SciDev.Net. This suggest, Navarrete adds, “that basic information about the soils is the key to long-term planning for suitable soil management strategies and sustainable land-use”. Navarrete says the bias towards rice research can be explained by the presence of a major rice research centre in the country — IRRI. Of 546 papers recorded on the Thomson ISI database, 203 were published by just nine people as first author, all of them foreign scientists and affiliated with IRRI. One recommendation

the study makes to increase publication among local researchers is for universities in the Philippines that offer a doctorate degree in soil science to require publication in peer-reviewed journal as prerequisite for graduation. It also suggested making it a benchmark for research productivity evaluation in universities, and basis for job tenure, promotion and awards. Neal Menzies, professor of soil and environmental science at the University of Queensland, Australia, says that soil science was traditionally an agricultural science, but it is now an important environmental science as well. He notes that there is much research in the Philippines on organic agriculture, composting and beneficial microorganisms, “but this research is not producing many papers, and this is strong evidence that the return on investment has been poor”. Menzies warns of possible funding waste as a result of poor quality research or outcomes that are not being adopted or put to use.

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Let’s have a look to our neighborhood Thailand. Demonstrators in Bangkok are still demanding President Yingluck’s step down. For two and a half monthds Thailand has been rocked by protests. Maybe not enough! The army, one of the country’s pillars of power so far, seems reluctant to get involved. But rumors are spreading about a potential military coup. Heaven forbid- or, will this solve the prolem? +++ Due to lack of security agreements and codes of conduct, East Asiian countries continue their naval arms race, increasing the risk of a military confrontation as rapidly expanding economies vie for scares resources. Humans never learned from history! +++ Egytptians are voting in a controversial constitutional referendum. It’s the first time the country has voted since the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi in a military-backed coup lasy July 2013. The Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has been driven underground. Does this voting assure asa new step in a badly needed democracy? In my opin: I am in terrible doubts! +++ Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, he will backtrack on his efforts to curb the powers of the country’s judiciary if the constitution is changed. His offers comes as police raided an Islamic charity. Offering compromises - so far so good but sometimes too late. Better listen earlier to Vox Populi.

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Heartless

I went to the National Bookstore branch at the Robinson’s Mall in Novaliches, Quezon City, which is just a stone’s throw away from our place, early evening Wednesday to look, as I usually do, for novels, books and other reading materials that are on sale. Did you know what greeted me when I reached the place? Lo and behold, what I saw was a swarm of people mostly in their youth camping outside the mall building in the hope of being served the following day by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) satellite office personnel in their clearance application. The satellite office is housed in the mall. The swarm of clearance applicants, I was told by the mall guards, had been there Sunday evening yet. Some had been served already but the number of applicants kept on swelling toward the evening when the satellite office personnel stops serving them at a particular cutoff time during the day. I learned that the NBI office serves a certain number of applicants only everyday. Applicants who desire to get their clearance soonest had to make that sacrifice of spending the evening at the mall premises just to ensure they’ll be lucky enough to be served the following day. All that I can tell myself about the phenomenon is what a heartless way to serve the public who President Aquino says are his bosses. Is this the way to treat a boss? I am certain the NBI personnel can come up with a better way to serve the clearance applicants. I am of the view that the NBI people just don’t want to devise a better scheme by which they can effectively and efficiently serve their clientele. This attitude on the part of the NBI is what is making their view toward public service even more heartless because it seems that they find joy in seeing people suffer to deserve such service. I would not even say this is only heartless. This is criminal because people are unnecessarily made to suffer, expose themselves to the elements while spending the evening at the mall grounds. The numbers the NBI distributes corresponding to the number of applicants they will serve each day, See HEARTLESS, page 11

SHE dreamed of singing on a stage one day under the prying eyes of thousands of people who would adore and sought her undying songs toward fame. She has the obsession of becoming an acclaimed singer. However, in a poor country where the struggle to eke a living is a daily ordeal, singing is a luxury. Instead, she opted to leave her country to work like a dog in order Cris Diaz to raise a family orphaned in their younger days. For many years, she travelled in distant and unknown lands to fill the hunger that her country could not provide. But while carrying the yoke of denial and self sacrifices, she never ceased to dream. She never gives up the obsession that singing would one day free her family from the shackles of poverty that enslaved her and their family since she learned to see things around her. The story of Rose “Osang” Fontanes, 46, the first winner of X Factor Israel, is a classic example that fulls a dream through hard work. She is the only pure Filipino breed who won the internationally acclaimed X Factor in a foreign country. The country has half-dozen divas who carved their names in international singing competitions, notably, the X Factor US, X Factor UK, the Voice, America Got Talent, and so on. Most of these Filipinas were half-breed, but no one among them landed in the top slot. Now, comes “Osang” Fontanes, a full breed Filipino who has never been exposed to singing competitions even her own homeland. With her short height and Filipino looks, “Osang” knows that singing in her own homeland would give her no more but frustrations. She knows that the Filipinos’ discriminatory standard would never give her a chance on stage. It is unfortunate that the Filipinos have the propensity of adopting copycat standards in making judgement of things and even persons. Perhaps, one of the major reasons that, instead of progressing, the

country retrogressed. The Pinoys do not understand what is beauty from within and without. What the Pinoys understand is the beauty that is appreciated by foreigners. What the Pinoys appreciate are things that foreigners like. No wonder, the colonial mentality continues to take toll in the country’s obsession to move forward. Ms. Fontales believed that her talent that has been sleeping from within for the last 30 years can only be discovered outside her country. She was not wrong! When she joined X Factor Israel, she never have had an iota of getting it through the rigid audition. “One mistake, her dreams would go pffttt,” Fontales said when interviewed at the beginning of the audition. One factor that she often doubt of her confidence is the fact that she is not an Israeli. One reason that she could be eliminated along the way was that the competition was for Israel people. “I lived in Tel Aviv, but I am a Filipino. I have been working as caregiver for 20 years in order that my sisters and family in the Philippines will survive,” she said. She said she wants to win the competition because she believed that time has come to explore on another profession like singing. Maybe, the judges were sympathetic to Fontanes’ sobbing story that she was offered the silver platter to join the competition. Nay, when the judges heard Fontanes sings, they all believed that she had an extra-ordinary voice, some judges described her songs as perfect. And, Ms. Fontanes proved her worth all the way to the top of the competition vesting other top singers in Israel. Most Filipinos and Israeli who saw Fontanes perform her winning piece “My Way,” heard and say only one thing: Fontanes is Israel’s newly discovered X Factor. After many years of crying and denial, Fontanes could now heave a sigh of relief. Certainly, her life would change now and her family would no longer suffer hunger. In the end, she found her dreams. Now, she stands taller than she looks on stage. [Listen to “Alarma sa Udtong Tutok” every 11:00 – 12:00 Mon. to Friday at 95.7 FM Mellow Touch Radio] React: crisguardian@yahoo.com

Think a minute. Have you ever missed a bus or plane because you were just a little too late? Recently I had to catch a plane for a very important meeting, so I got to the airport early and waited for the announcement to board the plane. T he an nou nc e me nt never came. When I finally went to the gate, I was shocked to see it was closing and the airplane engines had started! I panicked and tried to get the airline worker to let me on. I had nothing to lose and was desperate so I told her I wasn’t asking for justice, I was begging for mercy. Well, she did not give it to me.

giveness for their wrongs. Some religions even make people torture and punish themselves to pay the penalty for their own wrongs. But Jesus Christ showed that there is absolutely nothing we can do to earn or deserve God’s forgiveness for all the wrongs we’ve done. Not even our religious prayers, duties, and deeds come close to paying our debt to Him for all our sins. We don’t need justice, we need mercy! None of us can ever reach God’s standard of perfect goodness in everything we think, say, and do. That’s why God the Son became a human being to

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You know that terrible feeling when you’ve done something wrong and you know you deserve to suffer the consequences? Every religion, except Christianity, has certain rules or rituals and good deeds that people must do to try to earn their god’s for-

Desire Special Gospel of the day: Matthew9:2731(January17, 2014-Friday)Matthew 9:27-31-And when Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, [Thou] Son of David, have mercy on us. And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord. Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See [that] no man know [it]. But they, when they were departed, spread abroad his fame in all that country: This gospel reminds us to come to Jesus for us to be healed from our spiritual blindness. In John9:1-2-two kinds of blinds, physical blindness and spiritual blindness. What is your status right now with regards to this category of being blind? We could not deny the fact that many of us are blind spiritually. In Mark 8:17-18- having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? Therefore, let us open our eyes for the sake and salvation of others. Can you do it? On the other hand, the two blinds were cured due to their great “faith” to God. In Hebrews 11:6-But without faith [it

do it for us. Jesus said that our only hope is His mercy, because He has already paid the penalty for all our sins by giving His own perfect life for us on the cross. We just have to ask and believe that He will give us His free gift of forgiveness and new, eternal life. Then we can start life all over again, loving Him and living His right way that He plans for us to enjoy. So today, won’t you ask Jesus for His free gift of forgiveness and new life? Then ask Him to start changing you so you can live His successful and satisfying way He created you for. Just Think a Minute.

Word on fire Bro. Edcel L. Closas is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. What faith can do for us? In Mark 11:22-24- That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye “desire,” when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them]: Printing paid by: Neneth - Bobong Balino- Dr. Edith, PhD- Tony Jordan - CDO. St. Peter Calungsod, pray for us! Listen: Radio Ultra AM-1188-3:30 PM Sunday: #09284149490-09266607505: Question – Prayer request: Please follow me “WORD ON FIRE” on CCTN channel 12-CDO @ 10 PM- Mondays and Tuesday @ 3:30 PM. God loves you!!!


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Police intercept marijuana shipment in Zamboanga airport

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AMBOANGA CITY – Airport police on Wednesday intercepted a cargo of marijuana after it passed a routine security inspection in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines, officials said.

Officials said the marijuana was concealed in several plastic bags along with coffee and milk powder and bound for the town of Jolo. The cargo, passed through a courier company, LBC, was shipped from Las Pinas City by Abdusahar Albi with Nadzmer Murajam as its consignee. Police made no arrest, but officials said investigation is going on to determine whether the names on the package were fictitious

or not. Officials said the illegal cargo is estimated to be around P1 million. Marijuana is still illegal in the Philippines and listed as among dangerous drugs whose medical usage and sale are strictly prohibited. Just late last year, police arrested two men - Mohammad Daud and Salim Sabtari - who tried to smuggle some 20 kilos of illegal drugs called shabu, also methamphetamine hydrochloride,

at the Zamboanga airport. The men were supposed to fly to the capital town of Bonggao in Tawi-Tawi to deliver the drugs in Sabah, Malaysia when it was intercepted. The drugs were hidden in milk boxes

when discovered by airport police. Daud and Sabtari arrived on November 7 in Z amboanga City from Manila where the drugs originated. (Mindanao Examiner)

DIPOLOG CITY – Police arrested a 27-year old man who stole over P3 million worth of jewelries from his widowed grandmother in the southern Philippines. It said Glen Roy Pangilayan, a resident of Du-

maguete City in central Philippines, was arrested at Nanyang Pension House in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte province after policemen tracked him down. Police said Pangilayan

stole the jewelries from t he hous e of Vi rg i n i a Culanculan, 64, in the town of Ipil in Zamboanga Sibugay province. The jewelries were recovered and returned to the woman.

It was unknown whether his grandmother would press charges against Pangilayan who is currently detained in Ipil town after police handed him over to local authorities. (Mindanao Examiner)

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Man arrested for stealing jewelries from own grandma AGUSAN DEL SUR ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE, INC. San Francisco, Agusan del Sur Tel Nos. (085) 343-8456, 839-2275, 242-3280 email add.: aselco2000@yahoo.com Invitation to Apply for Eligibility and to Bid The Agusan del Sur Electric Cooperative, Inc. (ASELCO) with office address at San Isidro, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur invites interested parties to pre-qualify and to bid for the supply of One (Unit) Ford Ranger, 2.2L 4 x 4 M/T XL to be purchased through Financing Scheme for a period of Five (5) Years. Fund for the said purchase shall be sourced out from General Funds of the Cooperative which shall be delivered to the cooperative within Seven (7) Days upon receipt of down payment equivalent to 20% of the winning bid price/cost. The interested parties may secure bid documents and checklist of qualification requirement from the Office of the PBAC Chairman and pay the annual accreditation fee of Php 1,000.00. The schedule of the Bidding Activities are as follows: PARTICULARS DATE/TIME Issuance of Bid Documents/Checklist of January 16-22, 2014 Qualification Requirements 8:00 A. M. to 5:00 P. M.

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January 23, 2014, 10:00 A. M.

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February 7, 2014, 10:00 A. M.

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February 9, 2014

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March 10, 2014

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March 25, 2014

NOTICE NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of JESUITO M. CORRALES, who died on December 13, 2013, consisting of a Savings Deposit Account with the Philippine Veterans Bank-Butuan Branch with a balance of P211,430.26, is the subject of an AFFIDAVIT OF CLAIM WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS made and executed by deceased Jesuito M. Corrales’s only surviving heirs, namely, Edna C. Garcia, Juanita Corrales, Edgardo E. Corrales, Wilfredo E. Corrales, Carmelita C. Cariño, and Soledad Corrales, requesting the Philippine Veterans Bank-Butuan Branch to release the balance of said deposit account in favor of Catalina E. Corrales and/or transfer the balance of said deposit account to an account in her name, with the heirs having waiving their rights over the said account in her favor, per Doc. No. 406; Page No. 82; Book No. CCCL; Series of 2013 of the Notarial Registry of Teodoro A. Emboy, Notary Public with PTR No. 0557173 until December 31, 2013. MDN: Jan. 10 & 17, 2014

Lamitan mayor underscores ‘unhampered delivery’ of services By Ely Dumaboc and Cheng Ordonez

L A M I TA N , B a s i l an Province -- The tandem of husband and wife has resulted to “unhampered delivery of basic services” to the people of Lamitan City in Basilan Province. This was the core message Wednesday, January 15, 2014, of Lamitan Mayor Rose Uy Furigay during her State of the City Report (SOCR) held at the Datu Dizal Cultural Center in Barangay Matibay. Furigay disclosed that in her six months as mayor of the city, her administration was able to pursue and accomplished various services such as health and sanitation, education, disaster risk reduction and mitigation, environment, solid waste management, local autonomy, tax collection, tourism, peace and security and infrastructures. The lady mayor said the various programs of her administration “envision to alleviate poverty and hunger of the people, especially the poorest of the poor.” Fu r i g ay s ai d s h e established the “Rose Caravan” as a way of

Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province: Agusan del Norte City/Municipality: Cabadbaran City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. 9048, notice is hereby served to the public that GERALDINE MACEDA MAGARIN has filed with this Office a petition for change of her son’s first name from GERALD NICANOR JR. to DEAN MARK in the birth certificate of Gerald Nicanor Maceda Magarin, Jr. with Registry No. 1067-(H-79) who was born on July 27, 1979 at Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte and whose parents are Nicanor D. Magarin and Geraldine M. Maceda. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than January 22, 2014. MDN: Jan. 10 & 17, 2014

A complete set of Bidding Documents maybe purchased by interested bidders from the Office of the BAC Secretariat, ASELCO Main Office, San Francisco, Agusan del Sur and upon payment of a nun-refundable fee in the amount of FIVE THOUSAND PESOS (PHP 5,000.00). The method of payment will be in cash. Qualified Bidders are required to submit/post corresponding bid bond/security in form of Cash, Cashier’s Check, Manager’s Check, Bank Draft equivalent to 2% or Bank Guarantee equivalent to 2.5% of the Approved Budget at the start of the bidding. Further, Bid bonds will be forfeited if the winning bidder failed to deliver on agreed dates. Suppliers/Bidders who fail to submit bid bond will not be allowed to join the bidding even if they have receivables from ASELCO. ASELCO reserves the right to accept or reject any Bid, to annul the bidding process, and to reject all Bids at any time prior to contract award, without thereby incurring any liability to the affected Bidder or Bidders.

NOTED: MDN: Jan. 17, 2014

reaching out to the Lamiteños even in the far-flung areas of the city. “Boosting of the local autonomy is crucial if we are to sustain our development efforts and improve the standard of living. Since our economy is largely influenced by the business and agriculture sectors, efforts have been done to improve their performance and help generate local revenues,” Furigay added. Me a nw h i l e , Vi c e Mayor Roderick Furigay, in his message, commended the mayor for her determination and exigency in providing the best services for their constituents. The vice mayor said the Sangguniang Panlungsod had passed and approved a total of 138 resolutions in support to the chief executive’s programs. He said the august b o dy a ls o g ave t he mayor the authority to accelerate and fast track the realization of various projects in t he premier city of the ARMM, called the “Lamitan kong Mahal.”

Tel.No. (088) 880-1474

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AVAO CITY - Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon has appealed on the national government to help her province and its people due to severe damage following continuous downpour brought by the Low Pressure Area (LPA) since last week.

Malanyaon said two barangays of the municipality of Manay -- Old Macopa and Saucanga -- are badly COLLECTING with the heavy rains in the past days, garbage from the city and driftwood finds its way to a coastal hit by the LPA and are now area where a woman gathers them for a living. (davaotoday.com photo by Medel V. Hernani) isolated. She described the two barangays to have turned into a sinkhole with depth equal to two standing coconut trees. Malanyaon said the damage of the said two barangays are far more than DAVAO - Two moderate 11:17 a.m. and its epicenter the Davao Oriental with its sities reported for the two what happened to Barangay earthquakes rocked some was traced some 15 kilome- epicenter located southwest earthquakes. Andap in New Bataan in The agency further noted Compostela Valley at the parts of Mindanao on Thurs- ters northwest of Sarangani of Governor Generoso , day, according to the Philip- in Davao Occidental, while about 20 kilometers and that no damages or casualties pine Institute of Volcanology its depth of the tremor was tremor had a depth of 33 were reported and aftershocks are not expected as and Seismology (Phivolcs). estimated at 28 kms. kms. The second quake hapIn its bulletin, the agency Phivolcs said no inten- well. (PNA) said the first quake with pened around 12:11 p.m., a magnitude 3.3 occurred at magnitude 2.8 tremor jolted

Two moderate quakes jolts Davao Occidental; Davao Oriental

height of typhoon "Pablo" in 2012. Barangay Andap was identified by the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Ma n a g e m e nt C o u n c i l (NDRRMC) as the hardest hit by "Pablo". The entire municipality of Manay has about 5,000 families. Due to mudslide, flash f lo o ds and l andslides brought about by heavy rains since last week, Barangays Old Macopa and Saucanga are isolated with all roads impassable and flattened by volumes of large stones

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Aminado sina Kris Aquino at Vice Ganda na napektuhan kahit papaano ang kanilang pagkakaibigan dahil sa kumpetisyon sa kani-kanilang mga Metro Manila Film Festival entries na My Little Bossings at Girl Boy Bakla Tomboy. At ngayong tapos na ang festival, ayon sa kanila ay nakalipas na ang kumpetisyong nakaapekto sa kanila. Sa panayam kay Kris, hindi kailanman natigil ang komunikasyon nila sa isa’t isa. “You know actually wala naman eh kasi our communication was constant all throughout that. Siguro dapat kasi i-emphasize ko lang na nauunawaan ko talaga that the rivalry is really not between the two of us but between his show and Vic’s (Sotto) show. It boils down to that, the noontime battle. And siguro marami na kaming napagdaanan ni Vice as friends na pwede naming tawanan and we can be so honest with each

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other like he can tell me ‘oh nainis ako diyan’ or ako sasabihin ko ‘oh sumbora kana diyan!’ Siguro in this world that type of honesty papahalagahaan mo.” Kaya naman bilang bonding, matapos pumirma ni Kris ng kontrata sa ABS-CBN ay sinamahan niya ang kaibigan na maghanap ng bagong bahay. “Titingin nga kami ng bahay mamaya. Hindi bahay namin ah, bahay ni Vice. Hindi kasi sabi niya sa akin bago daw siya mag-decide ipapakita niya, tignan ko daw dahil kung lalait-laitin ko, di daw niya bibilhin so good luck sa broker. Tapos sinabi niya titignan niya rin ‘yung bahay ko. So ‘yun wala kaming problema at all.”

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At dahil kagagaling lang nina Kris kasama ang mga anak sa London, ikwinento niya ang napagusapang bilin na pasalubong ni Vice. “Yes kasi sabi niya, ‘oh ang laki ng kinita mo, bilhan mo ako ng mahal na shoes.’ Tapos sabi ko ‘magregalo karin sa akin.’ Sabi niya ‘Ano? Baka mahal?’ Sabi ko ‘Mahal talaga kasi ang laki rin ng kinita niyo.’” Nang gabi ding iyon ay nagpost si Kris sa kanyang Instagram account ng litrato nila ni Vice kasama ang ilang mga kaibigan sa kanyang bahay na tila nag-uusap at nagkukwentuhan. Ibinahagi din ni Kris ang mga bagong aabangan sa kanyang hit morning show na Kris TV.

“Ayun maraming mangyayari, Dubai is one. The Kris RealiTV in Dubai and I’m excited kasi first time, I’ve never been to Dubai so ‘yon. Kino-convince nila ako na sumakay ng camel sabi ko kakapirma palang tapos sasakay ako sa camel tapos nalaglag ako tapos nabagok ang ulo ko tapos namatay ako, kaya so sabi ko mas gusto ko ang desert safari. Tapos pupunta rin kami sa Abu Dhabi because of the Ferrari World and iba-ibang food adventures tapos souk, ‘yung market. ‘Yun ang mga pupuntahan namin. Ako ‘yung nag-suggest nito kasi sabi ko gusto kong malaman kung ano ang buhay ng mga nagta-trabaho do’n, side-by-side sa buhay ng mga Kapamilya nilang nandito na naiahon nila dahil sa sakripisyo nila. So that’s another aspect of the show na madadagdag. Hindi lang ‘yung all fun and games pero you’re also going to go deep down into humanity.

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Lakers’ Young, Suns’ Len ejected for skirmish PHOE NIX (AP) -- Los Angeles Lakers swingman Nick Young and Phoenix Suns center Alex Len were ejected after they scuffled midway through the second quarter. Young was hit in the face by Len while going up for a layup, and Young retaliated by shoving Len and then hitting Goran Dragic in the face while being pushed away from the fray. Young also got into it

with the Suns’ Marcus Morris, who was issued a technical foul for his role. Young took off his jersey and tossed his undershirt into the crowd on his way to the locker room.

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Amazing Facts! Did you KNOW?? .. The planet Venus is the hottest in the Solar System. This because high volume of atmospheric CO2 creates a strong greenhouse gas effect.

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LPA... from page 5

or 299,531 persons. There were 235 houses totally damaged, and 373 partially, the report said. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), meanwhile, reported that as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, the low pressure area was estimated to be 140 kms east of Guiuan in Eastern Samar. It said that Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao “will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.” (MindaNews) The new municipal building of Banisilan North Cotabato under the leadership of town

Damage...

Mayor Betty A. Allado.

photo by rosemary allo - genon , bukidnon correspondent

from page 9

large stones and mud. Malanyaon said they spent a whole day to look into the damage of weather condition from Mati City to the province’s tip municipality of Boston. G e tt i ng e m ot i on a l, Malanyaon said she couldn’t imagine the suffering of the affected families whose houses and properties were all lost due to the sudden landslides that buried their barangays. She said even relief goods can hardly reach the affected families because of impassable roads and destroyed bridges. Relief distributors have to ride horses to reach the affected barangays, she added. Bridges connecting the municipalities of Caraga, Baganga, Cateel, and Boston were also destroyed, prompting relief distributors to go on foot or use bancas to cross said municipalities. In the wake of the damage, Malanyaon asked to meet with directly concerned national government agencies’ representatives so they could personally see the damage in Davao Oriental. In the municipality of Boston, two barangays are now isolated buried by stones and mud. Malanyaon thanked the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department Social Services and Development and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for their immediate response. She emotionally also called on her constituents to ask strength and guidance from God to face their enormous suffering. (PNA)

Measles... from page 1

RITM, with the DOH still waiting for the January data. This month, the Department of Education (DepEd) sent a memorandum for public schools to send home students displaying measles symptoms to prevent the spread of the disease. The DepEd memo also

ordered school officials to disseminate information about the disease, including information on immunization and coordination with local health units. According to a copy of the City’s Investment Plan for Health (CIPH), Davao City’s number of fully immunized children (FIC) had increased from 86.4 percent in 2009 to 90.8 percent in 2010. But this was lower than the national FIC target of 95 percent. “Most of our districts have declining trend in FIC coverage,” the report said, adding that regular monitoring was necessary to address the gap. The CIPH document added there was still a large number of unimmunized children from among the 16 districts. As of 2010, the latest data, districts with the lowest expanded program on immunization coverage included Sasa (70.9%), Toril (77.9%), Talomo South (80%) and District D (80.6%). Talomo North, Baguio, Calinan and Tugbok districts were able to attain the 95-percent national target, the report said. DOH assistant secretary Eric Tayag recently announced that the National Capital Region had the most number of cases of measles in the Philippines last year, recording 1,051 confirmed cases. This translated to 47 percent of the country’s total 2,232 cases, Tayag said through his official Twitter account. In Bukidnon, Dr. Ricardo Reyes, Provincial Health Office chief, said they have coordinated with the City Health Office of Malaybalay to immediately investigate the cases to thwart possible measles outbreak. He said they sent samples of blood serum to the RITM on Wednesday to confirm the cases. Reyes, however, clarified that the possibility of outbreak is unlikely in the province where immunization coverage for measles is at least 92 percent. He noted that the prov-

ince has experienced sporadic cases of measles in the past years. But he said there is still reason not take the cases sitting down as there could be patches of areas where there is no immunization. He cited that more cases might be referred as they have tasked both public and private hospitals in the province as district reporting units of diseases commonly subjected to surveillance. Engr. Florissa Adviento, chief of the PHO’s environmental and occupational health services, told MindaNews four of the cases were reported by the Bukidnon Provincial Medical Center. They are still confirming the origin of one of the four cases, but the rest are from Malaybalay City. One patient was also admitted at the Malaybalay Polymedic Hospital and another one at the Bethel Baptist Hospital. All of the cases were children, including a nine-month-old baby. Dr. Dennis Sanggalang, Malaybalay City Health Officer, confirmed five of the six cases are from the city. But he clarified that aside from the cases that still have to be confirmed, it is not alarming because the city government has 97-percent coverage of measles immunization in 2013. With reports from Walter I. Balane / MindaNews

Heartless... from page 7

I gathered, are being done in the wee hours of the morning, hence, the need to be at the place when such numbers are given out. Why this can’t be done before their office closes in the evening escapes me. I think it would be wise to let all the NBI personnel and officials including Justice Secretary Leila de Lima herself to experience what those clearance applicants are experiencing so that they will have the heart to understand the ordeal those people have been made to suffer. Heartlessness should have no place in public service. People in public service

are there because of their commitment to serve the public with utmost courtesy and efficiency. What I saw is 180 degrees contrary to the precepts of true public service. It was oppressive and downright stupid. Another stupidity Lately, I have been reading a lot of trash in Philippine social media agitating for the Philippine government to countervail China’s aggression over South China Sea part of which that we call the West Philippine Sea we claim as part of our territory. This is the most stupendous thing to do. We have to admit that we don’t stand a chance against China if push comes to shove. Think of how America has been very calculating in their countermoves against China’s, how much more for us? China at this stage can be considered an awakened superpower. Call its present behavior with regard to its claim over South China Sea a form of aggression but should we expect that country not to be aggressive in that regard? Their displayed attitude is simply normal thus needing to be threshed out in the negotiating table for peaceful resolution. What made the situation abnormal is America’s attitude toward the dispute China is having with her neighbors including the Philippines toward that territory called the South China Sea. It’s abnormal because America is territorially far from the disputed area thus no interest in it whatsoever. But because the area is suspected of having rich oil resources underneath it, America is interested and pushing its allies like the Philippines to deal with this dispute aggressively as well. For us to become aggressive, America then sold to us some of her discarded used warships to the tune of billions of pesos. And America continues to egg us on to buy more so that they can totally dispose of their discarded warships and we are also buying the

The shift to international school calendar: a yes or no? By Jinnefer D. Espina

Philippines is used to open classes by the rise of June. However, recently, news and articles online have been flooding on shifting the opening of classes from June to September. In fact, proposed law has been filed, changing school calendar of June-March to September-May. The main reason on which this proposed Law was filed is due to the weather taking place in months of June to September. Schools in Metro Manila, for one, suffer heavy flooding during these mentioned months. Thus, transferring the opening of classes would be advantageous to the students for they will not worry about their safety. Another reason supporting this bill is that Philippines is the only country-member of Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which classes start on June. Through changing it, students will get more opportunities and as well, be at par and in sync along with the students of neighboring countries.

There are also who opposed the changing of school calendar. One reason of theirs is that changing it would not solve any student’s problem in flooding since a typhoon is possible to visit the country anytime of the year, due to climate change. Most parents also prefer June as opening of classes. They want to spend quality time with their children during summer which falls on months of April and May. Fu r t he r, onc e t he proposed Law will be approved, all public and private institutions in all levels will be then implementing the international school calendar. In every act that is being pushed, there are good sides and there are also, disadvantages. People involved should weigh both sides to arrive in an intelligent conclusion. This conclusion should be the best and only the best, for it covers Philippine Education System which holds future opportunities for Filipino children.

lie that we need these warships very badly to stand a chance against China. Just think about this. If the Chinese people are made to pee at the same time, the Philippines will be submerged by it. After God made the world, everything else were made in China. These may just be jokes but it illustrates what China can do if pushed to the wall not by the Philippines but by America using our country. •• (Reactions at jelbacon@ yahoo.com or at jelbaconii@gmail.com. Read me also at www.raconteurme. blogspot.com)

was the one who mans the eatery,” Montez explained. Police officers were present during the incident. Montez complained that they did not do anything to stop either Kamal or the Lebanese. Investigator PO2 Jerich Ambrona said the officers who were there did their best to defuse the situation. RMN Zamboanga station manager Joel Samson said they will file charges. The Iranians have been in police custody since the incident. Zamboanga City chief of the local licensing division Benjie Barredo was also already at the scene ordering the closure of the eatery by the time Montez and her group arrived there. According to a report from the Mindanao Examiner, the eatery had been padlocked before due to several violations of business regulations, but continued to operate anyway, with the addition of a karaoke machine, which was not included in the original permit. There were no reporters from other stations, Montez said. “We were the only ones there. The eatery was very near our station.” Meanwhile, the Zamboanga Press Club in a statement released on January 13, 2014 condemned the “physical abuse, grave threats and harassment” the RMN news crew experienced. “We, from the Zamboanga Press Club, are demanding (that) the law enforcers… ensure (that) these arrogant and abusive foreigners will languish in jail or be deported back to the place where they came from,” the statement said. source: cmfr

Assault... from page 1

then arguing with the police. People in the nearby Zamboanga Children’s Hospital had complained to the police about the noise from the karaoke house. RMN Zamboanga reporter Merasol Montez told CMFR on January 13, 2014 that she went to the scene with another reporter, Dan Toribio, and cameraman Daryl Canillo to back up Gotib. But Montez said they encountered the Lebanese friend of the Iranians who dared them to a fight. She later identified the foreign national as Fahad A. Hamdan. “(Hamdan) kept slapping my hand until my smart phone fell to the ground,” Montez said. “He remains at large. He owns the computer shop beside the eatery. The Iranians said they do not know him and that he was just a customer, but the Lebanese


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From domestic violence to cannibalism,

Cinemagis films mirror on social horrors

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indanao conflict. Violence against women. Abduction. Incest. Religious prejudice. Unrequited love. Gutchurning cannibalism. These elements have converged, assembling the captivating menu of digital short films for the sixth year of Cinemagis festival under the auspices of Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA). “This year’s festival has curated films that have social relevance and impact,” said Hobart Savior, XCCA director. “They reflect on social biases, peace issues, self-awareness and climate change.” Since the establishment of Cinemagis in 2009, it has developed by leaps and numbers in terms of participating film makers and audience. Running on January 23-25 at the XU Little Theater and SM City Cinema 3, the event presents 5 professional entries, 8 student films, 3 special citation pictures and the critically acclaimed film, “Crossfire” by Arnel M. Mardoquio. Cinemagis serves as the springboard for short films coming from Northern Mindanao to compete in the 6th Cinema Rehiyon, the national film festival organized by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA). The winners of Cinemagis will be featured in Cinema Rehiyon on February 1822, to be hosted also by XCCA. Provocative plots From the professional category, each entry has dealt with intriguing yet morallybaffling themes, enough to spark reality checks on various social matters. Trauma and condemnation on the abuse of women unravel in the story of a battered wife, Estrella and how the exploitation has reshaped her definition of love and selfrespect. “Estrella” is a film directed by Mark Gio Amoguis. Tat Soriano’s “Panamilit” takes the audience to a heart-wrenching story of letting go and moving on with a tinge of nostalgia and surrealism. “Hello” by Kevin Nico Surposa shows the acquaintance of good old friends and an uninvited follower— a mysterious lurker the protagonist has to face. “The film is about conquering our past,” said Surposa. Gray Em Erezo, whose past entry was screened during the 5th Cinema Rehiyon, joins this year’s Cinemagis with “Lugdang”.

Erezo said his film was inspired by a girl he met at Divisoria last year. “She was like mentally drowned,” Erezo emphasized. “I used the word ‘drowned’ because she was drowned physically, mentally and emotionally. She could not even talk. She lost her family during the flash flood brought about by [Typhoon] Sendong.” A short film that reaped a rundown of nominations during the 2013Mindanao Film Festival in Davao City and Sala Mindanaw in General Santos City— “Ika-3 Putahi” by Joeromer Bacus will be competing once again in Cinemagis. As a psycho-thriller, the film underscores the consequences of an unrequited affection and tells a journey to the limitation of one’s sanity. From human flesh obsession to fairytales On the other hand, the student films offer appealing story themes as much as the aforementioned entries. Aimed at raising consciousness against incest crimes, “Lugos” (Rape) by Christine Pulgo takes us to the struggles of Juliet (the protagonist) and how she faces the aftermath of the most frustrating period of her life. “The issue [of incest crimes] is very alarming. This story is made to raise awareness to the viewers. Thus, this film ought to lessen the crimes and immoralities in our society,” Pulgo said. “A devil in human form,” that is how Angel Frances Borres describes Perla, a certain high school teacher lashing her ruthlessness to her students. However, the question remains: “What little hope shall the students cling on for Perla to change, not for the worse, but for the better?” Inspired from a real cannibal from Japan, Richard Mar Caberte’s “Kaon Ta” chronicles the main character’s perversion over the human flesh and the appetite-stirring horror that comes with his uncanny obsession. Krystel Hypa Magallanes’ “Unawa” deals with the religious divide and prejudice between Christians and Muslims. Her characters take on the struggles of stereotypes and the hope for a mutual understanding. Recently, “Unawa” won the Best Film in the Institute for Peace and Development in Mindanao- Peace Film Festival with the theme, "Mindanao: Lights. Camera. Peace." On a related subject of sort, Jamela

Bato’s film, “Ceasefire” exhibits the question of peace and the true price of war between the Moro and the government forces in Mindanao. Cinemagis also offers films with a touch of enchantment, astrology and real-life fairytales with Janine Banday’s “The Perfect Girl,” Eastine Charles Taneo’s “Wa Ko Kakita” and JS Legara’s “Binibining Cancer” “‘Wa Ko Kakita’ was patterned after the legend of the pineapple but with some interesting twists,” Taneo said. Cinemagis perks Cinemagis also features three films with special citation: “Backwash,” a Sendong aftermath documentary film by Jose Alfonso Sendaydiego, the award-winning film thesis of Glenn Mark Doromal, “Walang Katapusang Adlaw” (Infinite Sun) and a documentary film on Cagayan de Oro City's “Hapsay" governance, “Street Vendors” by Joi Gacayan . In addition, the festival offers a free Guerilla Film Making Crash Course to interested film enthusiasts on Jan 24-25, 10:00 am to 12 noon at the XU Little Theater. Over the years, the best student directors have been given scholarships on filmmaking at DLSU – College of St Benilde to hone their skills and pursue a career in the film industry. The recipients of the said scholarship were Glenn Mark Doromal and Jenriel Pons Lagat, who started with Cinemagis during their high school years. Dr.Steven Patrick “Tibo” Fernandez, Felimon B. Blanco and Rudolph Alama comprise the festival’s jury. The winners from the student and professional categories will be announced during the awards night on January 25 at SM City Event Center. Supported by the NCCA through its National Committee on Cinema, Cinemagis is organized in collaboration with Xavier Science Foundation (XSF), Research Institute for Mindanao Culture (RIMCU), XU NSTP and SM City Cagayan de Oro. “Cinemagis has sustained the harvest and in nurturing the potentials of Northern Mindanao filmmakers,” said Savior, adding that the growing involvement of the Mindanaons, resulting to a higher level of cultural awareness, serves as the evidence to this statement. Stephen J. Pedroza

SM Foundation Now Accepts College Scholarship Applicants SM Foundation, Inc., through its College Scholarship Program, is now accepting applicants for school year 2014-2015. Qualified graduating fourth year high school students from public schools in Cagayan de Oro City can avail themselves of this opportunity to apply for a college scholarship. To apply, simply fill out the application form and attach a photocopy of the fourth year weighted average grade of at least 88% in the second or third grading period plus BIR Income Tax Return or Certificate of Non-filing of Income Tax. The college scholarship application forms are available at the Mall Administration Office, Second Floor, SM City Cagayan de Oro. Interview schedule will be on January 28, 2014 (Tuesday), 10:00am at the Atrium, Ground Floor of SM City Cagayan de Oro. The SM College Scholarship Program established in 1993 aims to help provide quality education to deserving but underprivileged public high school graduates. The program has over 1,300 college scholars nationwide. The scholars are enrolled in 82 colleges and universities in National Capital Region, Baguio, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Lucena, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Rizal, Tarlac, Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, General Santos city. To date, 1,700 scholars have graduated from the program and many of them are gainfully employed with the SM Group of Companies and other companies here and abroad.

Kapuso Network’s opening salvo Visayas bound

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celebrates Ati-Atihan, Sinulog, and Dinagyang Festivals this month

MA Network embraces all optimism as it gears to change the face of Philippine television viewing in 2014 with its intriguing line up of drama series set to conquer the airwaves this quarter. And what better way to introduce its opening salvo than by bringing its lead stars, no less, closer to those who give them all the reasons to shine—their supporters. Gracing three of the country’s major festivals in January— Kalibo’s Ati-Atihan, Cebu’s Sinulog, and Iloilo’s Dinagyang— are the brightest Kapuso artists from up and coming series The Borrowed Wife, Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw, Rhodora X, and Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Mundong Ibabaw. GMA, being the strategic media partner of the Municipality of Kalibo and Kalibo’s Sto. Niño Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (KASAFI), mounts a week-long, colorful celebration of the Mother of All Philippine Festivals, dubbed “Ati-Atihan Festival: The Kapuso Ati-Atihan Festival Celebration, Fiesta Natin ‘to!”. Last Friday, January 10, it was Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Mundong Ibabaw lead actor Alden Richards together with Max Collins and hosts Mikael Daez and Bettina Carlos who took part in the Mutya ag Lakan Grand

Night at the ABL Sports Complex. Yesterday, January 14, Kapuso Primetime King Dingdong Dantes went on his first regional tour for 2014 as he took the stage of Kalibo’s Pastrana Park for a Kapuso Night. A decade-after reunion it was for three of Starstruck’s finest stars—Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, and Yasmien Kurdi, as they joined the said affair together with Rhodora X co-star Mark Anthony Fernandez. Today, January 15, participating in the Pagdayaw kay Señor Sto. Niño “Sinaot sa Calle” Float Parade around the streets of Kalibo at 2PM are Kapuso homegrown talents Thea Tolentino and Jeric Gonzales, together with Isabelle Daza, Andrea Torres, JC Tiuseco,and Pancho Magno. A sizzling Kapuso Hala Bira Dance Showdown follows at Magsaysay Park starting at 7PM with Julian Trono. And on January 19, Sunday, the Network airs a live coverage of the pilgrims’ mass at the Kalibo Cathedral titled “Señor Santo Niño de Kalibo Pilgrims’” Mass nationwide, via all GMA Regional TV Stations beginning at 6AM. Happening in Cebu meanwhile, is its grandest celebration in honor of the feast of the Child Jesus, the Sinulog Festival. Kicking off the series of events are the back-to-back Kapuso Mall Shows on January 17, Friday, featuring the well-loved

pair of Kristoffer Martin and Kim Rodriguez from Paraiso Ko’y Ikaw and The Borrowed Wife’s Pauleen Luna, TJ Trinidad, Rafael Rosell, and Camille Prats happening at the open parking of the Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall Tabunok at 2PM and at The Terraces, Ayala Center at 5PM. Live portions of the latter air over local newscast Balitang Bisdak. On January 18, Saturday, GMA’s primetime queen Marian Rivera fulfills her promise to the Cebuanos and comes back to celebrate with them once more in another back-to-back Kapuso Mall Show together with her Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Mundong Ibabaw leading man Alden. Also with the pair are Rhodora X’s Jennylyn, Mark, Yasmien, and Mark Anthony who dominate SM City Cebu’s Event Centre first at 2PM, with live segments airing in Startalk. At 4PM, the Car mela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Mundong Ibabaw and Rhodora X stars move to Gaisano Island Mall Mactan for another round of amusing show. Marian rises the next day, January 19, to board the Kapuso f loat with Alden and tour the major streets of Cebu City from 9AM, with live updates broadcast over Sunday All Stars. Also participating in the float parade

are Jennylyn, Mark, Yasmien, and Mark Anthony. GMA RTV’s News and Public Affairs, at the same time, delivers its live coverage Buena Mano Sinulog airing from 7AM to 12 noon and Pit Senyor! right after Sunday All Stars on the same day. Over in Iloilo takes place the bright and lively hala-bira tradition called the Dinagyang Festival. Adding vibrance to the annual fete is Dingdong, once again joined by the Rhodora X main cast Jennylyn, Mark, Yasmien, and Mark Anthony staging a mall show at Robinson’s Iloilo on January 24 at 6PM. Set to to conquer the streets of Iloilo on January 25 at 2PM are stars

from The Borrowed Wife. Miss Saigon-bound Rachelle Ann Go and Adarna lead star Geoff Eigenmann follow with another Kapuso Mall Show on January 26, 6PM at SM City Iloilo. On the same day, GMA offers a Kapuso Live Coverage of the annual Ati Tribe Competition hosted by Geoff and Isabelle. “Our Kapuso in the Visayas region have been incredibly supporting and warm towards the Network and its stars, participating in all our activities whenever, wherever. In return, GMA would like to show its appreciation by bringing its powerhouse opening salvo—stars from The Borrowed Wife, Paraiso Ko’y

Ikaw, Rhodora X, and Carmela: Ang Pinakamagandang Babae sa Mundong Ibabaw —to be with them in three of the most important celebrations of their region,” shares Oliver Amoroso, AVP for Integrated Marketing Ser vices Division of GM A Regional TV. Highlights of the Network’s participation in the Ati-Atihan, Sinulog, and Dinagyang Festivals will be seen in Let's Fiesta TV Special which airs on January 26, February 2, and February 9 respectively, via the Network’s regional stations in Bicol, Cebu, Davao, Iloilo, Dagupan, Ilocos, GenSan, Bacolod, and CDO.

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