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Dozens of Iligan officials face charges with Ombud By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

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CAGAYAN de Oro City--Iligan City Vice Mayor Ruderic C. Marzo and a number of city councilors and city hall officers and employees were slapped with criminal and administrative complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman in Davao City last April 14 by a group of Iligan residents.

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Health dept continues to monitor MERS-CoV By Azer N. Parrocha of PNA

THE Department of Health (DOH) continues to monitor cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in the country after recording its first incidence on Wednesday. An overseas Filipino worker who arrived in Manila last April 15 was the first to be tested positive for MERSCoV after being exposed to the Filipino patient who died

Scientists discover first earth ‘cousin’

Astronomers using the Kepler Space Telescope have discovered the first planet that is about the same size of Earth and orbits a star within the “habitable” zone, NASA announced Thursday. The new discovered planet, Kepler-186f, “can be thought of as an Earthcousin rather than an Earthtwin,” it has many properties that resemble Earth, according to Thomas Barclay, research scientist at the Bay Area Environmental Research Institute at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field. “The discovery of Kepler-186f is a significant step toward finding worlds like our planet Earth,” said Paul Hertz, director of NASA’s Astrophysics Division. Kepler-186f resides in the Kepler-186 system, about 500 light years from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. The system is also home to four companion See discover, page 11

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OFFICE of the Ombudsman in Davao City administrative officer Teofilo Q. Macatiog receives the copies of a joint affidavit-complaint from Bantay Hustisya-Iligan City President Jose C. Pantoja and radio commentator Norberto Altres Jr. who travelled all the way from Northern Mindanao to file their complaints against some of the city officials and city hall workers of Iligan City for alleged graft.

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Rodriguez, partylist group call for House inquiry on MERS-CoV By CHENG ORDOÑEZ Associate Editor

Acer IT Doctors pays courtesy visit to Davao print media. The Acer IT Doctors, a group of

IT specialists formed to answer the most basic questions of Filipinos regarding IT usage, went recently to Davao City for a close interaction with the Mindanao print media and to spread awareness about its mission and its brand of customer service. During their meeting, the Acer IT Doctors also briefed members of the Mindanao print media about the latest developments regarding the global IT brand and introduced

some of its latest products, including their powerful 2-in-1 netbook, the Acer Iconia W4, the Acer IT Doctors’ most recommended product for today’s modern IT enthusiasts. Shown in photo are (from left) IT Doctor Dio Vasquez; IT Doctor Jeffrey Mariano; Ms. Maya Padillo of the Mindanao Daily Mirror; Ms. Amalia Cabusao of The Mindanao Times; Ms. Ana Manansala of AMPR Publicity & Communications, Inc., the PR Agency of Acer Phils. Inc.; IT Doctor Vince Golangco; Mr. Cheng Ordonez of Mindanao Daily News; and Mr. CQ Francisco of The Mindanao Times. Photo supplied

CAGAYAN de Oro City–– Repres ent atives Ruf us Rodriguez (2nd District) and Maximo Rodriguez Jr. (Abante Mindanao) have passed a resolution during the First Regular Session of the 16th Congress, directing the Committee on Health to conduct an inquiry on the steps being taken by the Department of Health (DOH) to address the health concerns brought about by the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus or MERS-CoV. MERS-CoV is positively-sensed, single-stranded RNA novel species of the genus Betacoronavirus and was first reported on Sep-

tember 2012 by Egyptian viologist Dr. Ali Mohamed Zaki in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. “Dr. Zaki was able to trace the virus to an Egyptian tomb bat, which was found in a building in See GROUP, page 11

‘IT docs’ prescription for yuppies: Acer Iconia W4 DAVAO City––Working while on the go has always been about bringing smaller devices that can provide the most basic functions

to help you with your everyday tasks — sending and receiving e-mails, presenting documents, taking pictures and going online

for a quick research or update on social networks. Bringing laptop may have become too bulky to carry the whole day, which causes

others to bear shoulder or wrist pains. The so-called “mobile handhelds,” on the other hand, are getting more at-

tention, because of their practical use, plus the fact that they are small enough to carry around, but still big See ICONIA, page 11

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Dozens of Iligan officials face charges with Ombud By GERRY LEE GORIT, Correspondent

CAGAYAN de Oro City--Iligan City Vice Mayor Ruderic C. Marzo and a number of city councilors and city hall officers and employees were slapped with criminal and administrative complaints before the Office of the Ombudsman in Davao City last April 14 by a group of Iligan residents.

The complaints were filed in connection with the alleged disbursements of the city council totaling P59,251,996.47 for “payment of wages to casual laborers, administrative aides, administrative assistants, administrative officers, and special operations officers. The disbursements were said to be “wages paid to casual employees and laborers” for a “legislative enhancement project.” According to the complainants, “thousands of casual employees and laborers” were hired by the city

council for a “ghost project.” Named respondents in the complaint for alleged “violation of section 3(e) of R.A. No. 3019 (the antigraft and corrupt practices act); articles 217 and 171, 220, 226 and 177 of Revised Penal Code; R.A. No.10 (An act penalizing usurpation of public authority); section 3(e) and (f ) of R.A. 6013” are the vice mayor, Sangguniang Panlungsod members Providencio A. Abragan Jr., Ariel P. Anghay, Michelle C. Sweet-Booc, Alfredo R. Busico, Simplicio N. Larrazabal III, Bayani C. Areola,

Bantay Hustisya-Iligan City president Jose C. Pantoja and radio commentator Norberto Altres Jr. show copies of the complaint they filed at the Office of the Ombudsman in Davao City. Pantoja and Altres are two of the five complainants against Iligan City Vice Mayor Ruderic C. Marzo, other city officials and city hall workers. The complaint charged the respondents for alleged graft totaling P59, 251,996.47. Photo by Gerry L. Gorit of Mindanao Daily News

Roy L. Openiano, Usafino F. Obial, Frederick W. Siao, Emmanuel C. Salibay, and Marlene L. Young. Also named respondents in the same complaint are former vice mayor Henry C. Dy, former SP members Moises Dalisay Jr., Chonilo O. Ruiz, and Jose Zalsos; former city auditor Gulam Suco; and Riza Jane P. Magaro. The other respondents are assistant city secretary Elizabeth B. Maglinte, city department heads Reymundo E. Clavano, Fernando P. Ongpoy, Marina P. Jumalon,

and Louela S. Maybituin; local operations officer Rudolfo M. Nadayag; local treasury operations officer Virginia R. Mirasol; cashiers Agnes O. Pancito and Tessie Q. Generalao; and Samuel Huertas and Norma Galorio. The complainants also filed a complaint of alleged “grave misconduct, dishonesty, and grave abuse of authority, and section 4, A(a) and (c) of R.A. No. 6713” against Marzo, Abragan, Anghay, Sweet-Booc, Busico, Areola, Openiano, Obial, Siao, Salibay, Young, Larrazabal, Huertas, Maglinte,

Galorio, Clavano, Ongpoy, Jumalon, Maybituin, Nadayag, Mirasol, Pancito, and Generalao. In the joint-affidavit complaint received by Ombudsman Mindanao administrative officer Teofilo Q. Macatiog and spokesperson lawyer Aileen Lizada, the complainants identified themselves as Jose C. Pantoja, a KBP member media/ radio commentator in Iligan City and Cagayan de Oro City and the president of Bantay Hustisya – Iligan City, a resident of Zone 10, barangay Bagong Silang, Iligan City; Jacob F. Dasmarinas, a member of City of Waterfalls-Iligan City (COW, a cause-oriented website for good governance and transparency), a resident of Obach Subdivision, Camague, barangay Tomas Cabali, Iligan City; Marissa D. Lagbas, an administrator of COW-Iligan City; Norberto Altres Jr., a KBP member, media/radio commentator in Iligan City, a resident of Suarez, Iligan City; and Cipriano S. Oponda, member representative of Center for Alternative Legal Forum and Justice, Iligan City, a resident of Zone 6, barangay Bagong Silang, Iligan City. The complainants said the basis of their complaint is the alleged “misappro-

priation of the public funds thru a non-existing project of the Sangguniang Panlungsod coming from the General Fund - Committee Services, and Salaries and Wages—Casuals.” They cited that on January 15, 2014, Mayor Celso G. Regencia issued a memorandum “that all job orders and deployments should be approved by the office of the Chief Executive regardless of their charges. Hence, job orders and deployments not approved by the undersigned should not be processed for payment.” They alleged that this memorandum was issued after the mayor, “in one of the flag ceremonies, showed documents of unusual number of casual employees, about 3,371, under the Vice-Mayor and the Office of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.” They added that these “questionable casual employees and laborers were hired in different duration of days and/or months from January to December 2013, and which deployment caused controversies.” The complainants further said that the “list of ghost casual employees and laborers triggered a public outcry and disturbance to the point of abhorrence and detestation.”


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School principal as instructional leader and manager: Factors in improving the quality of education By RUDY P. VILLALOBOS, P – I Man-ai Elementary School Southwest II District Division of Cagayan De Oro City It is hard to determine a principal’s success in his roles as instructional leader and manager unless a principal has a clear vision and mission of his job -- one that is focused on instructional leadership. Success cannot be determined unless one has a target or standard to judge his performance. The leadership vision needs to be about helping pupils succeed

academically and as citizens, and helping faculty and staff develop as professionals with a common vision and mission about school and pupil success. Based on the vision and mission the leader needs to set goals, and assess whether the goals have been addressed during the year. While managers are concerned with generating and collecting data sources, leaders go beyond merely connecting and scrutinizing the most valuable data sources given contextual realities and perceptions. Leaders then make decisions and act

in the best interests of pupils, faculty, and the school. Thus, the Principal as an instructional leader and manager provides opportunities to build trust, collaboration, and individual and organizational capacity, as well as employs celebrations to call attention to treasured school values. He is responsible for establishing a school wide vision of commitment to high standards and the success of all pupils. Having high expectations for all, including clear and public standards, is one key to closing the achievement

gap between advantaged and less advantaged pupils and for raising the overall achievement of all pupils. The Principal also plays a major role in developing a “professional community” of teachers who guide one another in improving instruction. He works relentlessly to improve achievement by focusing on the quality of instruction. He helps define and promote high expectations; he attacks teacher isolation and fragmented effort; and he connects directly with teachers and the classroom. He

also encourages continual professional learning and emphasizes research-based strategies to improve teaching and learning and initiates discussions about instructional approaches, both in teams and with individual teachers for a central part of being a great leader is cultivating leadership in others. In practice, all of these mean that a School Principal as an instructional leader and manager must be intimately familiar with the “core” of schooling – the quality of education.

Speaking in Filipino: Not a sign of weakness By Deborah Borromeo-Flora, HT – I Magayad Elementary School Southwest II District Division of Cagayan de Oro City Speaking our national language should never be a sign of weakness. In fact Filipino language should be used in education and government because it will help the country progress. Even now that the Linggo ng Wika has been made into Buwan ng Wika to provide more time to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the Filipino language and culture but still many academicians and linguist are not pleased with it. It is known to us that since the start our ancestors really fought hard to gain independence and have our own identity. As an educator, the celebration of Buwan ng Wika is very important to the pupils and students to be aware

how important our National language and for them to appreciate it. The K to 12 Curriculum merely affects it due to MTB-MLE but it is the sole responsibilities of the teacher to teach his/her children to speak the national language. It is not true that as we continued to celebrate Buwan ng Wika it seems that we do not have our own national language. We must continue to let our pupils know how important our language and culture. They must learn it heartily because how can they teach their children in the next generation if they forget our own language and culture. As Filipinos we must be proud to be one and be unique. So, we must continue to educate our children to be nationalistic and to loveour own language and culture. Of course we should be globally competitive but we must patronize our own first.


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46 communist rebels in Agusan del Sur surrender of Payapa at Masaganang PamayaNAn (PAMANA) Pillar 2 being explained thoroughly about the sincerity of the government to lead them normal lives during the “governmenton-wheels” program of the local government of Loreto in the far-flung villages. Gov. Plaza has lauded Mayor Otaza, a former NPA leader, for his successful efforts in bringing back to the folds of law an increas-

By MELODY DE VERA Correspondent and CHRIS V. PANGANIBAN Regional Editor-Caraga

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur––Nearly 50 lumad guerillas of the New Peoples Army laid down their arms and return to the folds of the law in a significant ceremony held here on Holy Wednesday. The NPA rebels belonging to Bagani warriors operating in the hinterlands of Loreto town were formally presented by officers of 401st Army Brigade before Gov. Adolph Edward Plaza during the meeting of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines at the Legislative building here. Loreto Mayor Dario Otaza was instrumental in the surrender of the 46 former rebels belonging to

ing number of his former comrades. For his part, Col. Gregory Cayetano, commander of 401st Army Brigade, said the influx of more NPA rebels availing of the program is an obvious sign that the joint effort of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the local government is working effectively. “Kami po ay nandito para suportahan ang ating lokal na pamahalaan at ma-

palakas ang ating lokal na pamahalaan sa taong bayan. Hindi po lingid sa atin na ang ating mga kaaway sa kabila ay pilit na inaagaw ang suporta ng taong bayan sa lehitimong pamahalaan. Kaya anditio po tayo upang sila ay maasikaso at para matulungan na lumaban sa kahirapan. Aagawin po natin sila mula sa kabilang doktrina at bumalik sa ating Panginoon,” Col. Cayetano said.

The former NPA rebels who surrender. Photo by Clemente Aroy

Guerilla Front 34. Talking with media persons during the ceremony, some of the rebel leaders admitted that they heeded the call of Mayor Otaza after finding him sincere in his effort to offer them productive and peaceful lives when they agree to return to the mainstream society. Six of them were tribal leaders of NPA bagani

warriors while the rest are mostly lumads. They were also encouraged to avail of the rebel returnee program after learning the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) through the Comprehensive Local Integration Program (CLIP) will immediately extend livelihood assistance. A rebel leader said they heard a lot of the programs

RECOGNIZING WORLD WAR II VETERANS’ BRAVERY IN DEFENSE OF FREEDOM. Agusan del Norte First District Rep. Lawrence Lemuel Fortun (left, front row) salutes “in deepest respect for the exploits and resilience” of World War II veterans against Japanese invaders and urges that “those still with us will be cared well.” Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr., through Vice-Mayor Angelo Calo (to Fortun’s left) encourages everyone to follow the path of the war veterans by helping those in need. The event was a wreath-laying ceremony for the war heroes, part of the 72nd Araw ng Kagitingan commemoration at the Veterans Monument at the Butuan City Library compound on April 9, 2014. City Councilor Virgilio Nery, Jr. is at extreme right. Photo by S. Yatar/CMO-PIO

PH’s 2 pressing mosquito-borne health concerns: malaria, dengue By PAT SAMONTE Regional Editor-Caraga

BUTUAN City––In the Philippines, two of the most pressing vector-borne health concerns are dengue and malaria. Dengue, caused by a bite of a virus-carrying mosquito, has infected 822 people and has claimed six lives in Caraga from January 1 to April 5, 2014. In 2013 alone, it has caused 3,333 cases with 28 deaths as reported by different health units in the region. The Depar tment of Health in Caraga said that another vector-borne disease that is caused by mosquitoes is Filariasis. While its effects are not immediate as dengue and malaria, Filariasis’ longterm debilitating effects to an individual should be taken seriously. Surigao del Norte and the

province of Dinagat Islands were declared Filariasis-free in 2010. Surigao del Sur joined them in 2013. In commemoration of the 78th founding anniversary of the World Health Organization, this year’s World Health Day celebration highlights vector-borne diseases with the theme: “One Small Bite, Big Threat.” The health sector calls for better awareness and stronger community action towards the control and eradication of disease vectors in the community. In the campaign against one of the most prevalent vector-borne diseases, dengue, the DOH has moved for the revitalization of the 4’Oclock Habit. It aims to control and eliminate the breeding grounds of mosquitoes by encouraging communities to STOP all activities at 4 o’clock and DESTROY mosquito-breeding places

and to LISTEN to barangay officials for appropriate instruction and health education. This highlights the role of barangay officials to take the lead in the campaign. “Proper environmental sanitation and the eradication of mosquito breeding places in the surroundings are the keys to better vector control,” said DOH-Caraga Regional Director Minerva Molon in a press statement, a copy of which was obtained by Mindanao Daily NewsCaraga. Molon added: “Though these insects have been part of our ecosystem since time immemorial, all we need is to control them and prevent the transmission of vector-borne infections to humans.” “We call everyone to actively participate in our fight against one of the most common vectors, mosquitoes,” said the health official.


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NorMin LGUs completed projects under salintubig CAGAYAN de Oro City Three (3) water projects from the municipalities of Lanao del Norte and Bukidnon, under the CY 2013 Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) program of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), were completed in the first quarter of this year. The municipalities of Baroy and Tubod both from L anao del Norte province, have completed their water projects in the amount of P500,000.00 and P120,000.00 respectively. Around 103 households with an actual population of 462 from Barangay Libertad of Baroy will have access to potable water through the Libertad Potable Water Supply Development Project. Barangay Palao of Tubod, on the other hand, has completed construction of the Intake Box which will benefit 60 households of the entire barangay. In Bukidnon province, the Improvement/Rehabilitation of Impalutao Level – III Potable Water System has been finished with the actual

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A reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during the Hinuklog Lenten street play in Medina town, Misamis Oriental on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. (MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo)

CHO conducts medical mission Barangay Libertad, Baroy, Lanao del Norte ready to access their potable water. (Photo Supplied)

cost of P2.7M. It covers five (5) sitios of Impalutao, Impasugong Bukidnon namely: Amaliyao,Quisumbing, Zone 1,2 and 3. There are 665 households of this barangay that will benefit from this project. The total project cost is P3.3M including the 10% equity of the municipality, thus resulting to a savings of about P600,000 which shall be programmed for distribution pipelines expansion to serve more households in barangay Impalutao. SALINTUBIG is a proj-

ect of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Health (DOH) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC), designed to provide water supply systems to waterless municipalities, barangays, health centers, resettlement sites. It also aims to enhance the capacity of LGUs and water service providers in the planning, implementation and operation of water supply facilities. (ANA CELESTE W. FELISILDA, LGOO II/dilg-10)

Impact of Facebook on education By Deborah Borromeo-Flora, HT – I Magayad Elementary School Southwest II District Division of Cagayan de Oro City Facebook, which was originally designed for college students, was created by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004. By 2006, anybody who was over 13 years of age and who had an email address could join Facebook. Today, it is the world’s largest social networking website. Facebook has helped a lot in creating a personal brand for many individuals and for many businesses. Moreover, it’s a major source of entertainment for people around the globe since Facebook is a global social networking site available in various languages and countries where language is not a barrier for translation features are available. Facebook is a “one-stop shop” for entertainment, communication, and sharing of information with others. It’s a place where you chat with others, share your ideas, ask questions, comment on people’s status, add your status, make friends, market your business, advertise and much more. Among the avid users of Facebook are

students and teachers. Utilizing Facebook effectively in education courses will provide future teachers with perspective for their own future classrooms (Cruz) while students can benefit much if they will use this site to their educational advantage and not on other purposes. Aside from that, Facebook enables users to be updated with the activities of their favorite celebrities. Moreover, students can use Facebook for group study – creating a group for study purposes only where they can share information about their projects, homework, assignments, exams, due dates and many others. Facebook has also thousands of application, games and quizzes where students can sharpen their minds. For those who are into journalism, they can write/share their articles, blogs, and photos. In short, Facebook is a full package of education, communication and entertainment. Using Facebook as a tool in education is a very gigantic move. But, certain things like “internet addiction” must be given due consideration so as to fully get the target of the usage of this site in education.

Positive outlook: Influence and outcome By CORAZON Z. BARTOCES, HT – III Midkiwan Elementary School Southwest II District Division of Cagayan de Oro City

As a head of a school, one has many things to encounter, decisions to make and options to consider. Sometimes, things seem to go out of hand and one might just want to crawl on the bed and cover his head. But, reality has it that in everything there is a reason. And for every endeavor, success is always sweeter. Education provides us with the necessary skills, knowledge and even values

which we carry with us wherever we go. But, having a positive outlook is innate in one’s being. It spells the difference. We have different ways of approaching things. It is on how we face each challenge that makes us who we are. We can be bombarded with numerous trials and difficulties, yet, we can find ways and means to counter them. In school, a school head that looks at things positively influences his teachers in a positive way also. If he wants to get things done, then he serves as a role model and a good example to his subordinates. Then, the desired outcome will be See OUTCOME, page 8

ILIGAN City - Responding to the need to improve the health of inmates at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) – Iligan City Jail, through the efforts of Ms. Zonia Erasquin, Jail Matters of the City Mayors Office, the City Health Office (CHO) conducted a medical mission on April 15, 2014 at the Iligan City Jail. Dr. Josephine T. Dumaguing, Medical Officer IV, City Health Officer led the medical mission in giving free consultation and medicine to inmates.

Barangay Tipanoy Health Workers assisted Dr. Dumaguing. In an exclusive interview with Ms. Erasquin, she reported while she was monitoring conditions in the jail and the detention center she found out that there was a need to address the poor health condition of the inmates in which most of them suffered from skin disorder due to sanitation especially on toilet facilities/ water supply and congestion of prison cell. About 50 inmates benefited the free consulta-

tion and free medicines by the City Health Office. Roughly 80% were diagnosed for skin disorder and 20% were diagnosed for hypertension/high blood pressure, cough and colds and anaemia. Ms. Zonia also revealed plans in conducting a seminar on sanitary education and awareness for inmates to reduce contagious skin disorder inside the cell. Furthermore she has extended her gratitude to the City Health Office who responded to her request at a short notice. (Iligan Web)


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Safety of NGCP transmission lines Planting of trees under transmission lines, towers and right-of-way (ROW) clearances is prohibited according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP). NGCP Corporate Communications head, Atty. Cynthia Albanza, said it is one the causes of frequent power tripping or brownouts. Several cases of these have been reported in some areas of Lanao del Norte and Western Mindanao. Alabanza said NGCP lines carry very high voltage power. Thus, violations of their safety regulations affects their operations. The public must be aware that observance of NGCP’s safety regulations would prevent cases of electrocution, accidents, and power trippings. Residents along living near or along NGCP transmission lines have to cooperate by not planting trees near towers and

electricity posts to lessen and eliminate, transmission line-related accidents. Along this line, it would also be expedient for local government units to enact appropriate ordinances to prohibit planting of trees under and along transmission towers. NGCP concern in solving safety issues is very laudable. It is imperative for all stakeholders to work together in ensuring the safety of the public and the NGCP transmission lines so that lives will not be put at risk. We salute NGCP for coordinating with LGUs, for conducting information drives on transmission line safety and educating the folks living near these facilities and structures. NGCP’s safety campaign is coupled with distribution of safety information materials to local governments.

The NGCP danger signs posted along transmission towers are good visual warnings too. Advising the public to refrain from any activity that may cause damage to transmission lines is in order. Any kind of structures, TV and radio antenna, kite-flying games , grass fires, along and under its transmission lines, towers, and substations, should never be allowed. Let us help NGCP for the lives we may save would be our own. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) conducts regularly an information drive on transmission line safety regulations to avoid accidents and electrocution and other untoward incidents. We must also thank the NGCP that only a few incidents of electrocution and accidents happened within

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their transmission structures all over the country. . Their constant advocacy on safety has made the public aware of the safety tips. Parents must be reminded to strictly not allow children to fly kites near transmission lines or to climb any transmission structures to prevent accidents and electrocution. The NGCP has advised the public to be cautious whenever passing through the structures while carrying long stick logs that may contact with the power lines. Users and consumers must report any incident of leaning and damaged poles of towers and sagging power lines and identify poles or tower number for NGCP’s immediate action. It is good that NGCP has also encouraged every concerned citizens to help secure the transmission lines to avoid severe damages that may result into power interruptions.

Who benefits from the death, resurrection of Jesus? LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God---children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God…” (John 1:12-13, the Holy Bible). -oooWHO BENEFITS FROM THE DEATH & RESURRECTION OF JESUS? In waning moments of Holy Week 2014, one particular question bugged me and needed an answer: in the face of many Christian religions in the world today, how many of them would genuinely benefit from the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, our God and Savior by being saved from the fires and worms of hell in eternal life? This is an exciting and thoroughly important ques-

Kakampi mo ang batas Atty. Batas Mauricio tion, and one that is sure to become controversial. Many of these religions will say each one of them and their members will be saved from the torment of eternal damnation, but then, the truth is that they maybe among the “arrogant and evildoers” who God said will be burned forever. Proof ? Try asking the leaders and members of these so-called churches just one single question and you will know they will not be taken to Paradise when the world will finally end, and judgment is meted out by Jesus, the Mighty God

and Everlasting Father. The question you should ask them is, “Are you a child of God?” I am sure many will say yes, but they wouldn’t be able to prove, by the Bible, that they are really children of God. -oooNEED TO BE “BORN OF GOD”: For the benefit of those who would like to become children of God, here is what we wrote in this column earlier: “We do not need a `rebirth’. What we, as a nation, need is to be `born of God’. Rebirth will only result in the `rebirth’ of the same corruption, graft and

filth among many people. “Consequently, even if they are `born again’ a million times, it will not give rise to any change--for people will always be people, who have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), and who, as God saw in Genesis 6:5-7, were basically blackhearted and evil, leading Him to regret creating them, moving Him to kill all of them with the flood during Noah’s time. “What we need is to be `born of God’, not to be `born again’. For if we are born of God, we are born of the Spirit, we are born from above, turning us into children of God.” How is a man “born of God” and is given the right to become a “child of God”? John 1:1213, in relation to John 1:11, 14, and Isaiah 7:14, Isaiah 9:6, and Matthew 1:18-25, See BENEFIT, page 11


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WASHINGTON––There’s a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be especially true these days with the huge amount of what are called “selfies” on the Internet. This popular trend of taking a picture of yourself has become pervasive. The pope’s doing it, President Barack Obama’s doing it, and celebrities like singer Justin Bieber are doing it ALL the time. Selfies. “I think a lot of people link it to their identity that a selfie is capturing something that they can show to the world that represents themselves,” said Nathaniel Herr, a psychology professor at American University in Washington. He explained why the younger generation, in particular, is taking and posting selfies. “They’re more comfortable with seeing themselves and thinking about themselves than previous generations were,” he said. College student Kaitlin Lehmann said they’re just another way her generation communicates. “Like today, I was pissed [angry] about being here at school because it’s Monday, so I sent a snapshot to my friend, and he responded with a similar face that he also did not like Mondays.” Another student, Alyssa Jones, compares them to a conversation that has stopped in time. “Well, there’s the ‘it’s been a really long day’ so you do like the stare, and then there’s the excited like [shows excited face].” Lehman said it’s important to her that she can control the images and decide when and where to post them. “Like this past weekend, I just got this nose ring, and so I was really excited about it, so I sent everyone a picture of me and my new nose ring,” she said. Some people think selfies are simply narcissistic. A YouTube video by the Chainsmokers makes fun of them. Lehman, however, looks at the selfie another way.

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“It could be a form of art. Van Gogh painted pictures of himself and so did Rembrandt,” she said. A recent study on selfies shows that young people worldwide express themselves differently. Research at the City University of New York compared selfies in five cities -- Moscow, Berlin, New York, Tokyo and Sao Paulo. Lev Manovich, who headed the project, said the average person is about 24 years old. “The strongest difference that we found was in the head turn, so is the head straight or diagonal? Look at the photos from Moscow, the way girls pose is very much like a fashion magazine. They look like models. In Brazil, they’re playing with the camera. It’s much more informal,” said Manovich. But there’s also a downside to selfies, according to both Jones and Herr. “I would not post anything that I wouldn’t want a potential employer to see,” said Jones. “When young people see celebrities posting pictures that emphasize their attractiveness, they may get the message that’s what they should be doing, that they should be emphasizing their own physical qualities over and above all these other qualities they may have, and that can really affect their self-esteem,” said Herr. Herr doesn’t see selfies as a trend that will go away, even as the 20-somethings get older. “I think as they get old-

er you’re going to see less selfies among that specific generation, but right behind them there’s a younger group of kids waiting to come into that same phase,” he said. Word of the year “Selfie” is the Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year after beating back competition from words like “twerk,” according to a release by the company. Selfie, which was the unanimous winner, is basically synonymous with selfportrait, but with a tech edge because of its widespread use in social media and on photosharing sites. The official definition of selfie is “a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website,” according to Oxford Dictionaries, which added the work to its online dictionary in August. According to the company, the word selfie dates as far back as 2002, when an Australian posted a photo of himself in an Internet forum. That the word is spelled with an -ie rather than a -y also gives credence to the Australian origin as Australians are fond of words ending in -ie, the company said. By 2012, selfie was commonly being used in mainstream media sources and this has been rising ever since. Even First Lady Michelle Obama and the Pope have taken selfies. Oxford Dictionaries said there are already numerous

variations of the word, including “helfie” (a picture of one’s hair) and “belfie” (a picture of one’s posterior). There is also versions of particular activities: “welfie” (workout selfie) and “drelfie” (drunken selfie). Twerk, Selfie added to Oxford Dictionaries online The Internet continues to have a major impact on the English language. In its quarterly update, the Oxford Dictionaries Online has added many words from Internet culture. Here’s a partial list, but the full list can be seen here. • derp, exclam. n. (informal): (used as a substitute for) speech regarded as meaningless or stupid, or to comment on a foolish or stupid action. • digital detox, n.: a period of time during which a person refrains from using electronic devices such as smartphones or computers, regarded as an opportunity to reduce stress or focus on social interaction in the physical world. • bitcoin, n.: a digital currency in which transactions can be performed without the need for a central bank. • emoji, n: a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication.\ • selfie, n. (informal): a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website. Another addition is the verb “twerk,” which was made infamous during Monday’s MTV Video Music Awards when pop star Miley Cyrus made the suggestive moves during her performance. The entire definition of twerk is to “dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance.’’ In 2012, the dictionary added lolz, photobomb and tweeps to the lexicon. Oxford Dictionaries Online focuses on modern usage, while the Oxford English Dictionary is more traditional and unlikely to include words like “twerk” in the near future.

The Adopt-a-School program for Filipino children basic education, but due to increasing By : Elsa B. Tahud Assistant Principal , North City student population, it could hardly be enough. Central School This is the main reason behind AdoptPuntod, Cagayan de Oro City a-School Program. This program alParents want the best for their chil- lows private entities to assist a public dren, especially for their future. They schools in terms of, but not limited have ambition for their children. In to, staff and faculty development for this, education is the key. However, training and further education, condue to the economic problems that struction of facilities, upgrading of affect Filipino families, ambitions existing facilities, provision of books, publications and other instructional have become a blur. The government allots the biggest materials and modernization of inshare of the national budget to public structional technologies.

Education is not just something that a child should have. It is already entwined with meanings like hope, ambition and better life. Every poor family is hoping for a better life and their only hope could be their ambition.. Adopt-a-School program is very much helpful to millions of Filipino families. DepEd and private entities should keep their passion burning in helping these families. This is a big contribution to a dynamic nationbuilding.

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Notorious kidnappers arrested in Zamboanga province

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AMBOANGA SIBUGAY – Philippines authorities are holding three men implicated in the series of kidnappings in Western Mindanao region. The trio Abral Abdusalam, Rating Hadjirul and Kismir Hadjurul were arrested by police and military units in a house in the

village of Timbang-Timbang in Zamboanga Sibugay’s Alicia town and are currently being interrogated. They were tracked down

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Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the Late Spouses, Alberto C. Romualdo/Eufrocina Go-Romualdo, who all died a long time ago at Poblacion, Mahinog, Camiguin Province; donated seven (7) parcels in my favour by virtue of Deed of Donation Inter Vivos, under Doc. No. 170; Page No. 35; Book No. VI; Series of 1998 before MCTC Judge Eduardo E. Chan, Ex-Officio Notary Public of Mahinog, Camiguin Province dated January 20, 1988; That one of this parcel which is more particularly bounded and described as follows: “A PARCEL OF LAND, located at Binaliwan Mahinog, Camiguin, denominated as Lot No. 67, containing an area of 1,001 SQUARE METERS, embraced under Original Certificate of Title No. P-287, and registered in the name of my late father, Alberto C. Romualdo, covered under TD No. 2129 series of 1985; is the subject of AFFIDAVIT OF ADJUDICATION OF SOLE HEIR, I, PAULINE MARIE G. ROMUALDO, of legal age, Filipino citizen, married and a resident of Poblacion, Mahinog, Camiguin Province, is the sole and only heir of the late SPS. Alberto C. Romualdo/Eufrocina Go-Romualdo. That I executed this affidavit for the purpose of attesting the truth of the foregoing facts and to request the Office of Register of Deeds-Camiguin Province to register this instrument and to cancel OCT P-287 and issue a new Transfer Certificate of Title. As per Doc. No. 156; Page No. 25; Book No. 56; Series of 2014; under Notary Public of ATTY. ANIANO S. PADERANGA.

NOTICE is hereby given that the estate of MA. LIZA O. EPIL, who died intestate on July 1, 2007 at Butuan City, consisting of a parcel of land (Lot 3131-B-1-K-2-H6-B-4, Psd-13-009567, being a portion of Lot 3131-B-1K-2-H-6-B) situated in the Barrio of Ambago, City of Butuan covered by Transfer Certificate of Title No. RT44372 containing an area of 216 square meters, more or less, is the subject of an EXTRA-JUDICIAL SETTLEMENT AMONG THE HEIRS OF THE LATE MA. LIZA O. EPIL WITH WAIVER OF RIGHTS entered into by and between deceased Ma. Liza Epil’s surviving legal heirs, namely, husband Antonio B. Epil, Jr., and their children, Junaliza O. Epil, and Antonio O. Epil, III, per Doc. No. 75; Page No. 08; Book No. CXXXIX; Series of 2014 of the Notarial Registry of Atty. Richard L. Lamigo, Notary Public for and in the City of Butuan, until December 31, 2015, PTR No. 0714659 1-02-2014.

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in the house of Hadjirul where authorities also seized an M16 automatic rifle and a magazine, one fragmentation grenade, police and military uniforms and two mobile phones. Police said Abral Abdusalam, a brother of a former Moro Islamic Liberation Front leader Waning Abdusalam, has a string of criminal cases and is long wanted by authorities for his involvement in many ransom kidnappings in the region.

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In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that JUDEL LAV R. JABONGA has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from ”FEMALE” to ”MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JUDEL LAV RAFAELA JABONGA who was born on July 31, 1994 at Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are EGME LOBEDO JABONGA and ADELA GEÑA RAFAELA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than April 21, 2014.

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Having a positive outlook is the best way of having a stress-free life. Our thoughts influence much our actions so we should always think BIG and work towards achieving high standards of quality, safety and productivity in serving our learners and the community.

Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than April 21, 2014.

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In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. 10172, a notice is hereby served to the public that ROSA A. SEVILLA has filed with this Office a Petition for Correction of Clerical Error of the child sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JUDY ALTAMARINO SEVILLA who was born on July 07, 1996 at Pange, Baroy, Lanao del Norte and whose parents are ENEMESIO E. SEVILLA and ROSA T. ALTAMARINO. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than 30 April 2014.

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In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 9048, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that JAIME LAID AN LIM has filed with this Office a petition for the change of first name from GIM to JAIME in the Certificate of Live Birth of GIM LAID AN LIM who was born on January 7, 1946 at Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are SENG KUN AN LIM and FILIPINA LAID.

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To address the problem in school on pupils who are slow to read, different school-based reading programs are designed to strengthen pupils’ reading and comprehension skills. Among the different reading programs implemented in school that is in line with the Department of Education’s Every Child A Reader Program is the DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) which is done every after lunch time. This program encourages pupil to improve their reading skills since they are using short story books which are of interest to them. There is also the three o’clock habit where children stop what they are doing every three o’clock and pick up a reading material and read for 15 minutes. Peer tutoring is also encouraged so that the children will feel at ease having to read with a friend or a classmate. This is done after classes in the afternoon. The aim of these programs is to develop in the school children the love for reading. When children love to read, their vocabulary will also be improved as well as their reading ability and comprehension. Remedial reading is also conducted to those children who are slow to read. This is done after lunch or every after class in the afternoon. Since making a child read is everybody’s concern, the school head also takes part by calling to the office those children who are slow to read and teach/let them read one by one. To collaborate with the parents, reading materials such as pop sheets are given to the children for them to read at home where their parents and siblings can teach them. Finally, to utilize the time and skills of those parents waiting for their children in school, we have the “kapwa ko, guro ko” which can not only develop or improve the reading ability of the pupils but as well as develop a closer relationship between elders and children. With the above school-based reading programs, through the collaborative efforts of the school, parents and the community, reading ability and skills of the pupils will be improved and enhanced.

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in the different areas in order to recruit the best, brightest and the fittest applicants for militar y service. In this activity, Muyuela said the cadets will also be oriented in the different Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) units that will help them choose which branch of service they will serve –Army, Navy or Air Force – after graduating from the academy. “This is a continuing activity, after the successful conduct of the Southern Cruises for PMA classes 2014 and 2015 in the past two years – a revival after 20 years,” she said. She said Zamboanga City is one of the ports of call selected that include from page 5 Davao City, Cebu City, attained by doing the Cavite, Corregidor Island ordinary things in an exand Puerto Princesa City. traordinary way. (MindaNews) How we look at things, which direction we are headRepublic of the Philippines ing, is influenced greatly LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE by what we give value to. PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets will hold a series of silent drill exhibitions in this city as part of their annual Southern Cruise for this year. The schedules of silent drills are as follows: Paseo del Mar, April 21; Naval Forces Western Mindanao headquarters, April 22; and Western Mindanao Command headquarters, April 23. Capt. Maria Rowena Muyuela, Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) information officer said, the silent drill exhibitions will be performed by third class cadets of PMA Class 2017, which will showcase the finest movements in militar y marching and formation. Muyuela said the main highlight of the Southern Cruise is to promote PMA

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It said the police operation was conducted in the presence of village chieftain Hussein Abdulasalam. There was no report about Waning or if was in the area when police arrested the trio. Waning was also linked to the kidnapping of Australian adventurer Warren Rodwell in Zamboanga Sibugay’s Ipil town on December 2011 and freed in June 2013 after his brother and sister paid $94,600 ransom. (Mindanao Examiner)

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In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that ELVIE J. MBACHO has filed with this Office a Petition for Change of First Name of the child from “RAPHEAL” to “RAPHAEL CHIMDINDU” in the Certificate of Live Birth of RAPHEAL J. MBACHO who was born on SEPTEMBER 18, 2009 at LANAO DEL NORTE PROV’L HOSPITAL, BAROY, LANAO DEL NORTE and whose parents are IYKE RAPHEAL MBACHO and ELVIE L. JUMAWAN. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than 30 April 2014. (SGD) CIRILO A. MICULOB Municipal Civil Registrar MDN: April 14, and 21, 2014

Republic of the Philippines LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE PROVINCE OF MISAMIS ORIENTAL Cagayan de Oro City NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION In compliance with Section 5 of R.A. No. 10172, a NOTICE is hereby served to the public that JEAN CLAUDE M. BARANDA has filed with this Office a petition for the correction of clerical error in the entry of the child’s SEX from”FEMALE” to ”MALE” in the Certificate of Live Birth of JEAN CLAUDE MAGDAONG BARANDA who was born on May 25, 1991 in Cagayan de Oro City and whose parents are ABELARDO V. BARANDA YOLANDA MAGDAONG. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his written opposition with this Office not later than April 21, 2014. (SGD.) NORMA S. DIPUTADO City Civil Registrar MDN: APRIL 14, & 21, 2014


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FAO: Philippines still world’s second largest banana exporter

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AVAO CITY - The Philippines has won back its ranking as the second largest banana exporter in the world, according to the Banana Market Review and Statistics released by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

FAO data for 2011 indicate that exports from Asia showed a recovery following

from the Asian region surged 25.6 percent in 2011 and 27.1 percent in 2012, according to the report. As a result, the export volume reached 2.82 million metric tons, well above the previous record of 2.4 million metric tons in 2006. “This is a very remarksharp declines in exports able recovery for the Asian between 2006 and 2010. The region, most especially the bulk of the exports coming Philippines,” says Dr. Fazil

Dusunceli, FAO agriculture officer who visited banana plantations in the southern Philippine province of Davao del Norte. As the world’s second largest banana exporter next to Ecuador, the Philippines showed significant growth rates in both 2011 and 2012, with the country topping the height of its export performance in 2012 with 2.6

million metric tons of fresh bananas exported to the world’s markets. According to Dusunceli, this is equivalent to a whopping 93.9 percent of all banana exports coming from Asia alone. Ecuador, still the world’s largest banana exporter, produced much lesser output as flooding from hurricanes damaged vast areas of all its banana plantations. Its shipments of bananas went down as much as 410,000 metric tons or about 5.6 percent of its 2011 exports, according

to the FAO report. While banana exports from South America declined, Mexico and Central America boosted their combined export volumes by 22 percent with the neighboring Dominican Republic mostly leading the export shipments in the Carribean. Banana export shipments from Africa on the other hand, which makes up only 3.9 percent of global banana shipments, grew surprisingly by 2.4 percent in 2012 from total exports hitting 649,000 metric tons. (PNA)

A staff from Davao City’s environment office contains fire from burning candles in one of the stations of the cross at Shrine Hills in Davao City on Good Friday. Thousands of devotees flock to the Shrine of the Holy Infant Jesus of Prague this lenten season. (MindaNews photo by Gigi Bueno)

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Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo By Roque L. Salvo Jr. Liceo U MassComm Intern

THE month of April marks the celebration of Christ’s death and resurrection, what the spiritual call in the Philippines “Holy Week” or Semana Santa. In contrast to other Christian countries, Filipino Catholics give emphasis on the suffering of Christ, rather than on His resurrection, on the belief that salvation comes at the end. During the holy week, many people are busy going to churches joining religious parades, sacrificing for their sins of watch “Passion of Jesus Christ.” Speaking of passion plays, the Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan brings “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”, April 16 and 17. “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo” is a religious drama that tells the suffering of Jesus at the Crucifixion and also serves as a reflection for all Kagay-anons to repent for their sins and attain salvation. This passion play was produced by The Xavier Stage, XU’s resident theater company, because it’s their dream to stage the “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”. The Xavier Stage labored so hard for this production. Most of the cast of the play is new but very dedicated to share their best and inspiring passion of Christ. “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo” highlights the Jewish high priests and elders of the Sanhedrin accused Jesus of blasphemy, arriving at the decision to put him to death. But first they needed Rome to approve of their death sentence, so Jesus was taken to Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor in Judea.

Although Pilate found him innocent, unable to find or even contrive a reason to condemn Jesus, he feared the crowds and let them decide Jesus’ fate. Stirred by the Jewish chief priests, the crowds declared, “Crucify him!” As was common, Jesus was publicly scourged or beaten with a leatherthonged whip before his crucifixion. Tiny pieces of iron and bone chips were tied to the ends of each leather thong, causing deep cuts and painful bruising. He was mocked, struck in the head with a staff and spat on. A crown of thorns was placed on his head and he was stripped naked. Too weak to carry his cross, Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry it for him. Stake-like nails were driven through his wrists and ankles, fastening him to the cross where he was crucified between two convicted criminals. The point of the play teaches that the death of Jesus Christ provided the perfect sacrifice for the sins of all mankind, thus making the crucifix, or cross, one of the most defining symbols of Christianity. During the play, the audience was amazed not only because of the colorful light effects, the transitions, and the set-up, but also it’s because of the artistic and outstanding artists who portrayed different emotions and characters of the play. The role of HESUKRISTO or JESUS CHRIST was played by Carl Manere, a fresh graduate with the degree in Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science in

Jesus Christ forgives Magdalene for all her sins. Photo by Roque Salvo/Liceo U Masscom intern

Xavier University. He is also the company’s treasurer and a resident artist. He has been with The Xavier Stage for three consecutive years and has been active ever since. Manere look like the real Jesus Christ on the play and he also captivated the audience with his very good acting skills. He is very charismatic during the play. According to Manere this was his first time to portray a major role, which is the role of Jesus Christ. “Actually, I’m really nervous, and proud at the same time, because not everyone will be afforded an opportunity to portray a major character… everybody is aware of Jesus Christ’s story. Even though it’s my first time I hope that I portrayed it well”. Manere also added, “During the play, I really feel the pain of Jesus Christ sufferings. Despite the pain that I felt, I still prayed to God that I can portray his role properly. I will dedicate this pain to him. And we should also honor him because he sacrificed his life to save all the mankind. Jesus Christ loves us so much.” Manere said during the interview. We have also HUDAS played by Rosell Velez, a BS Psychology Student of

Xavier University. HUDAS is one of the twelve original apostles of Jesus Christ, and the son of Simon Iscariot. He is infamously known for his kiss and betrayal of Jesus to the hands of the chief Sanhedrin priests in exchange for a payment of thirty silver coins. Rosell Velez appears very emotional and strong which give life to his role as HUDAS. HESUKRISTO and HUDAS are the two characters that catch the attention of the audience but in general, all the artists who represent different characters did a very good job on “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”. T h e “Pa s y o n” p l ay wouldn’t be possible and successful without the Director and the Playwright. Hobart Savior serves as Director of Xavier Center for Culture and the Arts (XCCA) and the Executive Artistic Director of The Xavier Stage (TXS). During the interview, Mr. Hobart shared their preparations for the successful play of “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo”. Savior said “Our first preparation is that how we are able to organize all the scenes, what we call as “dramaturgy”, so we really made sure that we have the nice dramaturgy for our interpretation of the Pas-

sion of the Christ because there are many versions. The important thing is I have the humility to actually prepare for it as a director with my Semiological Dramaturgy, so I prepared for the drama aspect, scenes and elements of the show. Next is we prepared for the casting, we auditioned and we wanted to finalize all the cast as soon as possible and of course we did some orientations, readings and we rehearsed”. In addition, Hobart Savior is not only the play director, he also portrayed the role of Joseph Caiaphas, known simply as Caiaphas in the New Testament, was the Jewish high priest who is said to have organized the plot to kill Jesus. Caiaphas is also said to have been involved in the Sanhedrin trial of Jesus. On the other hand, the playwright of “Ang Pasyon ni Hesukristo” is Dr. Linda O. Manalo. She graduated Bachelor of Arts, Major in English in 1970, graduated her Master of Art in English degree in 1984 and finished her Doctor of Philosophy in Education in 2001 at Xavier University. Dr. Manalo shared her views about the successful play, according to her, “I am very happy that the show was very successful. In my

point of view, the portrayal was done excellently by each character. Very artistically represented, i can see the life, the trials and sufferings of Jesus. All the artists did a very good job”. The Xavier Stage dedicates their success to Jesus Christ. It is their way of giving back to Christ and glorify him. What is important here is that The Xavier Stage is able to refresh to the Filipino community the story of the “pasyon”. It’s not so easy to tell the story but TXS believes that regardless of whatever preparations they have and expectations people have, the important is they made people live again the story of Christ to the best that they can through theater. They want people to feel the story of Christ and let people know that Christ continually watches over us, providing our needs. He protects and guides us, and answers our prayers. Christ may not always work in the time frame we expect, but if we’re faithful to wait on Him, He will always come through for us according to His will. Christ loves us unconditionally and won’t ever leave or forsake us. Kudos to The Xavier Stage!

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DYING CHRIST. Actors playing as Roman soldiers

bring down the dying Jesus Christ from the cross during the Hinuklog Lenten street play in Medina town, Misamis Oriental on Good Friday, April 18, 2014. MindaNews photo by Froilan Gallardo

DA) and other stakeholders. By Elsa B. Tahud Aside from the fact that the curAssistant Principal , North City rent administration believes a 12Central School year program is an adequate period Puntod, Cagayan de Oro City for learning under basic education, K+12 Basic Education Program is the there are various reasons for the apnewly-emerged system in the Philip- proval of K to 12 Basic Education pines, implemented under President program. First is that Philippines is Benigno Aquino’s administration. The the last in Asia and one of the three implementation of it is to improve countries worldwide having ten-year country’s educational system and pre-university cycle. Through K to 12, our nation will be at par with other produce high-quality graduates. The K to 12 has been realized countries. Other than that, this prothrough collaboration among De- gram will also provide longer period partment of Education (DepEd), of schooling for students. The longer Commission on Higher Education period of schooling could give them (CHED), Technical Education and more time to learn about subject Skills Development Authority (TES- matters. And last, K to 12 program

is a key so that Filipinos would have recognition in working abroad. It is because K to 12 program consist of technical-vocational courses. Thus, it is expected to produce better-trained human resources that could compete in global arena. The implementation of this program faced a lot of challenges. However, it’s benefits could not be determined sans of these challenges. K to 12 has traveled a long run and introduced improvements for Philippine Education system. Through it, Filipinos can be more positive and confident that they too could contribute more success, helping towards nation-building.


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directs the Committee on Health to conduct an inquiry, in aid of legislation, even as it intends to serve notice to all concerned, particularly the DOH and other agencies and entities, which may shed light and resolve health issues pertaining to MERS-CoV.

0424 that arrived at the NAIA on April 15to call up the following DOH hotlines: telephone numbers 711-1001; 711-1002; 0922884-1564; 0920-949-8419; 0915-772-5621. (PNA)

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planets, which orbit a star half the size and mass of our sun. The star is classified as an M dwarf, or red dwarf, a class of stars that makes up 70 percent of the stars in the Milky Way galaxy. The planet is on the “outer edge” of the habitable zone. It orbits its star once every 130-days and receives one-third the energy from its star that Earth gets from the sun, placing it nearer the outer edge of the habitable zone. On the surface of Kepler-186f, the brightness of its star at high noon is only as bright as our sun appears to us about an hour before sunset, according to NASA. A planet is considered in the “habitable zone” if its distance from a star could allow the pooling of water

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Exoplanet Survey Satellite and the James Webb Space Telescope, will discover the nearest rocky exoplanets and determine their composition and atmospheric conditions, continuing humankind’s quest to find truly Earth-like worlds,” Hertz said. The Kepler Space Telescope, which simultaneously and continuously measured the brightness of more than 150,000 stars, is NASA’s first mission capable of detecting Earth-size planets around stars like our sun. (PNA/ Xinhua)

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CDO joint team to begin inspections of businesses THE Joint Inspection Team (JIT) of the City Government of Cagayan de Oro will start monitoring compliance of business permits and licensing requirements on Tuesda, April 22, 2014. The inspections will be conducted Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting with newly-registered businesses operating in the city’s urban barangays. The JIT was created by virtue of Executive Order No. 20213, issued by City Mayor Oscar

Moreno, in compliance with Joint Memorandum Circular (JMC) No. 01, series of 2010, issued by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). “This is nothing new,” the Mayor said, adding that the said joint circular provides guidelines in the implementation of standards in processing business permits and licenses in all cities and municipalities, consistent

with Republic Act No. 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) of 2007. The Joint Inspection Team or JIT is composed of the following, or their representatives, with Local Economic Development and Investment Promotions Officer (LEDIP) Eileen EscobarSan Juan, exercising oversight functions: The Business Permits and Licensing Officer (BPLO); The City Building Official; The City Health Officer; The City

Planning and Development Coordinator or designated Zoning Officer; The City-Local Environment and Natural Resources Officer; The City Treasurer; and The City Fire Marshal. Mayor Moreno said the joint inspections constitute the next logical step in Cagayan de Oro’s now highly streamlined business permits and licensing system (BPLS) and his administration’s thrust of delivering the best service to the people.

Myanmar gets over USD 4B foreign investment in FY 2013-14 MYANMAR obtained USD 4.107 billion foreign investment in the fiscal year 2013-14 which ended in March, up from USD 1.4 billion in 2012-13, local media quoted the Directorate of Investment and Com-

panies Administration as reporting Friday. Injected by 34 countries and regions, the foreign investment in 2013-14 covered manufacturing, energy, oil and gas, mining, hotels and tourism, real estate,

livestock, fishery and agriculture. China stood as the largest investor, followed by Thailand and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. According to the report, the 71 foreign-in-

vested projects in 201314 up to December last year has created 50,751 jobs for local people. Myanmar promulgated a new foreign investment law in November 2012 in a bid to attract foreign investment to the country in line with its reform strategy.

Meanwhile, the Asian Development Bank said recently that Myanmar's economic growth for 2013-14 is estimated at 7.5 percent and the growth is expected to pick up to an annual rate of 7.8 percent for each of the next two fiscal years.(PNA/ Xinhua)

Cebu land developer pours in P350M for ‘economic’ condo projects Homegrown real estate developer Landtraders World Properties Corp has poured in P350 million for two “economic” condominiums in this city. Landtraders chief executive officer Michelle Yu said their first condominium project is the San Marino Residences in the North Reclamation Area here. The two new projects are the Royal Garden Residences on F. Cabahug St. in Barangay Kasambagan and The Corinthian Residences on Andres Abellana St. in Barangay Guadalupe, all in this city. Yu expressed confidence the demand for economic housing in urban areas is high given the increasing number of migrants coming from disaster-stricken areas especially in Cen-

tral and Eastern Visayas and conflict areas in Mindanao. Landtraders has already introduced three economic condominium projects in Cebu City in just three years after it joined the real estate venture. For its San Marino project, the developer has recorded 98 percent sales. It broke ground in 2012. Yu attributed the fast sales take up of San Marino Residences to its partner realty firms, all of which are homegrown realtors. San Marino Residences is a 21-storey condominium with 490 units. The completion of the building and turnover of units are expected to be realized in the fourth quarter of this year. (PNA)

Foreign manufacturers keen on moving to PHL MORE foreign manufacturing companies operating in China and other ASEAN countries are seriously considering moving to Philippines due to its high-quality labor, the Foreign Buyers Association of the Philippines (Fobap) said. Fobap president Robert Young said two French investors are coming to Manila end of the month, while a number of Canadian, Chinese and American companies will also be here mid-May to scout for investment opportunities. Young said these are mid-sized manufacturers of garments, apparel, shoes, toys and housewares looking to invest around $500 million and employ 1,000 to 3,000 workers. "These people are financially capable, they are ready, they mean business, they are serious...We are lucky if we get at least 10 initially from all parts of China and other ASEAN countries," he said. Young said these companies are moving out of China amid the increasing labor unrest resulting in shrinking labor pool, higher capital costs and its currency issues. "They went to other ASEAN countries but they do not like (there)... They used to be buying from Manila. They know that Filipinos are really good in skill, quality control and workmanship. So this is actually our number one attraction," he pointed out. Young stressed that the Philippines also can now be a cheaper source of goods, especially with the forthcoming European Union's preferential trade scheme called Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP). "Philippine goods will be duty free entry to EU. Also, (with) the forthcoming incentivized/subsidized labor, this makes investments in the Philippines attractive," he said. With these new investments, Young said that FOBAP members, which source products for foreign buyers, will have more factories and suppliers to choose from. "Right now, we are running out of suppliers because in the past five years, they closed shops one by one. If they will come back, our own business will also flourish together with the Philippine economy," he added. (PHILEXPORT/PIA10)

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