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LAGUINDINGAN, MISAMIS ORIENTAL - The vista represents the serenity of our times despite the recent calamities. The rocks symbolize our steadfast resiliency in times of trouble, however, this beautiful sight will only be as beautiful as how we as a people will act on taking care of our nature. Photo by LUIGI SARRAGA, OPS

BSM: Bearing Scents of Mindanao U

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nderstated elegance, unquestionable finesse, ethereal class-these are just a few of the words one labels such talent as Benjie S. Manuel otherwise known as BSM. His being a fashion icon in Cagayan de Oro and Mindanao would have been enough to rest in his laurels but to the contrary, this challenged him even more to diversify, spread his wings and venture in a journey others have not dared to treadopening his very own fragrance line. He is by far the only fashion designer in Mindanao and maybe even one of the few in the

entire country who have made the leap and extended into a complementary business by coming up with his or her very own brand of perfumes and colognes. What this designer did is leading the way for Mindanao fashion mavens in decentralizing the otherwise saturated Mega Manila and introducing another avenue to express one’s fashion inspirations through the power of scents. With Benjie Manuel’s entry to the “scentational” world of perfumery, signature brands have become more intimate and personal as we feel and smell for our very own

selves a product that is distinctly ours yet universal in appeal. What’s even more fascinating is the approach he does with his initial perfume line- allowing every person to feel special with the products he concocted. Who would have thought of a perfume specially formulated for the LGBT community? A first in gender sensitive and politically correct perfume products! A concept only BSM can undertake. This particular perfume (named PLU or People Like Us) is aimed at a target market that is growing and getting more empowered every day. Catering to a niche that was once taboo and seldom

highlighted in the mainstream market, this perfume smashes the stigma and bravely labels itself as a fragrance for the happy and free. Talk about equality and sensitivity! Without a doubt, this is a BSM original. Although the current market is bombarded with countless perfume products both locally made or sourced abroad, his BSM perfumes still has the potential to stand out. The range of his scents, the heart poured into it and the personal connection it invokes enables the products to leave an indelible imprint in the person. ...BSM|P2

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ays ago, we had the opportunity to get D to know the man behind the BSM brand. We asked him a few questions and seep

into his thoughts. He shed light on how he came up with the idea and what’s beyond this perfume line. Here are excerpts of our e-mail interview: OWEN: What inspired you to come up with a scent line? BSM: It's been one of my early dreams. I remember a classmate in high school ridiculed me "Kinsa ka? Si Paloma Picasso?" LOL (Laughed Out Loud) I almost forgot about this dream, as they say things come when you stop looking, so everything just fell into place, I was reunited with a good old friend in Manila and found out he's been manufacturing scents for companies, out of the blue he suggested I should have my own line. So the dream was revived, and it's now coming true. OWEN: How did you choose the scents? BSM: I wanted to have every personality in my scents. With the help of my friend we gathered all the samples and as we went along we gave each scent a name based on who and what comes to my mind as I encountered each scent. OWEN: What's your personal favorite among the scents and why? BSM: I like Heaven + Earth, it's like a soundtrack to a dream, refreshing, relaxing. For the women, I like La Divina, delicate, sophisticated, floral, summery scent. OWEN: How many scents are you planning to initially introduce? BSM: We have Ten scents, we’ll also be introducing colognes of the same label, there will be more scents to come. Initially we will launch ten for a start. OWEN: If you were to ask someone to endorse your scent, who comes to mind? BSM: I have many choices, for the men, I like Benjamin Tang or Xian Lim. For the women, Charo Ronquillo for sentimental reasons, she was my first face when I first joined the Philippine Fashion Week. But right now the BSM Fragrances will have no face yet, maybe silhouettes. In due time, the face will appear like magic. I have ten photographers who will shoot the ten bottles with matching concepts. Their works will hopefully be unveiled during the launch. OWEN: What's the next step after the scents? Any other line you plan to open as part of the BSM Empire? BSM: I am working on the houseware line and the men's RTW line. I want a BSM fitness gym, but that goes under the wildest dreams list! LOL OWEN: What makes the BSM scents different from other perfumes in the local market? BSM: It has 25 per cent fragrance oils, higher than the regular ones. OWEN: Any advices to those who aspire to come up with their own line? BSM: You must have the inspiration. Each scent has a story to tell. Taking the passion and making it happen will test your patience. And as you go about it, humility will also have its own part. OWEN: If BSM fragrances will be encapsulated in one word, what would it be? BSM: DIVINE. His drive to push forward beyond the typical is definitely an admirable feat and worthy to be emulated and his daring step towards uncharted territory is beyond compare. Benjie Manuel is truly breaking grounds for others to either ogle or follow suit. Who knows, in the next few years, Mindanao will eventually become the instrument in a great paradigm shift in the fashion and beauty world all because of one man’s vision and yearning to make his dreams come true one scent at a time.

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Around NorthMin Green groups conduct tree growing, envi-concert for oro fiesta Cagayan de Oro- While fiesta of St. Agustine is getting close, churches, environmental groups, people’s organization and musicians are holding series of alternative activities in line with the city’s festivity. Earlier today, at 7:00 o’ clock in the morning, around five hundred parishioners coming from city churches of Iglesia Filipina Independiente(IFI) will gather near the rivers of Hinaplanon, a low lying sittio located between the boundaries of Barangays Iponan and Baikingon part of the city for a program dubbed as “liturgical celebration and tree growing for ecological justice”. The group will be targeting an initial of one thousand seedlings of assorted fruit and shade trees to be planted alongside the riverbanks of Iponan. Noontime of the same day,

they will be joined by representatives of ecumenical and interfaith group like the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, United Methodist Church, Roman Catholic nuns, indigenous people, farmers, urban poor etc. through a gathering of advocates in time of the blessing of an advocacy center in Bulua IFI church . “We timed this activity a day before the historical date of “cry of pugadlawin” to highlight the present cry of the Filipino people especially the sendong victims against the onslaught of creation” said Bishop Felixberto Calang of the IFI Diocese of Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon and Camiguin. “We would like to emphasize the difference of tree growing from merely tree planting. The community and stakeholders must work hand in hand in this effort and link it to

SuSan Center holds SSWM EP&R workshop By Analiza Miso

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avier University’s Sustainable Sanitation (SuSan) Center together with Seecon International gmbh and the Southeast Asia Rural Leadership Institute (SEARSOLIN) conducted a six-day workshop on Sustainable Sanitation and Water Management (SSWM) and its role in emergency preparedness and response (EP&R) cycle on August 13-18. Fifteen groups from government agencies, NGOs, religious institution and the academe participated in the training. The first part of the workshop dealt with the concept of SSWM followed by a session on Emergency Preparedness and Response (EP&R) cycle, touching on the role of SSWM throughout the cycle particularly on the reconstructing phase and resilience building

after disaster. Participants were also exposed to Xavier Ecoville and the Calaanan resettlement site to give them a first-hand experience on how SSWM can be applied in EP&R. Xavier Ecoville, the XU-led resettlement site, is designed to be a model community in SSWM planning and implementation. The participants saw how the SSWM system is being carried out and optimized by the SuSan Center, which is in charge of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) components at Xavier Ecoville, both in the temporary and permanent sites. The SSWM for EP&R workshop enabled the participants to understand the importance of SSWM’s role in and correlation with the EP&R cycle

in order to reduce risks during disasters or emergency situations. The very essential output of the participants was the concept notes they developed on how to optimize SSWM for the Xavier Ecoville permanent site. Some of their concept titles include Xavier EcoVille 2015 – Community Action Plan, Developing Community Self Reliance, XU Ecoville SSWM System Establishment, and SSWM System for water (rainwater harvesting and greywater treatment). The training not only catalyzed new ideas on how to optimize the SSWM system in the permanent site, which is currently being constructed, but also fostered new partnerships and opened new opportunities in the implementation of SSWM concepts at Xavier Ecoville.

policy advocacy opposing large scale mining and corporate plantations as we push for alternative laws like the 'people’s mining bill' etc. as proposed by progressive representatives in the congress" pointed out by the spiritual leader. According to Gamalleil Ranan of Survivors of Sendong (SOS), a citizen led grass-root organization reported that "San Simon and Canitoan dredging barges have been gone but has transfered only to another place particularly in Batinay". The said structure have been forced to disappear after being lambasted with protests from broad sectors of Cagay-anon. For her part, Task Force Save Iponan River spokesperson Rev. Emma Catubig, women minister of Iponan church, said that “permits of this foreign owned mining equipment must be terminated by authorities

once and for all to finally put a stop to their destructive operations causing discoloration, siltation and chemical contamination of the river”. Later in the afternoon, a group of musicians will launch their ‘sendong’ inspired environmental music album via a free concert at the Bulua IFI Church. The local artist named "dumbol doy!" will sing all original songs including their carrier "buti pa ang climate may change" and "raptyur" depicting the irony of repeated environmental hazards and tragedy but still government laws and program have not changed, worse, perpetuate even more especially on mining and plantation expansions. Dance, play and choral performances will also be seen during the cultural festival. Few hundred more youth from schools and community will also join the educational jam for mother earth.

2nd Cong District of MisOr wins 1st Runner-up as TESDA Kabalikat Awardee in the National Level

From Left : DDG Irene M. Isaac (TESDA Deputy Director General for Sectoral TVET), DDG Teodoro C. Pascua (TESDA Deputy Director General for Field Operations) Sec. Joel Villanuava (TESDA Director General), Cong. Yevgeny Vincente B. Emano (Representative, 2nd District of Misamis Oriental), Engr. Edgar A. Sales (TESDA Region 10, OIC-Regional Director)

C AG AYA N D E O R O – T E S DA R e g i o n X congratulates the 2nd Congressional District of Misamis Oriental represented by Honorable C ongressman Yevgeny Vi n c e nt e “B a m b i” B. Emano for winning the 2012 TESDA Kabalikat Awards in the national level as 1st runner-up. Cong. Emano received a trophy and plaque from Secretary Joel J. Villanueva, TESDA Director General and was honored during the national awarding ceremony held at TESDA Central Office, Taguig City last 24 August 2012.

The TESDA Kabalikat Aw a rd i s on e of t h e institutional awards given by TESDA annually. It aims to give recognition and honor to TESDA’s outstanding partners in the promotion and enhancement of technical vocational education and training (TVET). The award is conferred to outstanding local government units, legislative offices and private firms/companies cognizant of their best practices and their contribution to the promotion and development of the country’s middlelevel manpower in terms of skills, abilities, proper

work attitude and values. The Office of Cong. Emano has been a partner of TESDA-10 for the past (5) years and at present still is committed in supporting the agency’s various programs and services particulary in providing assistance t h r o u g h t h e T E S DA Invigorating Constituents Assistance to Reinforce Employment (I-CARE) in his annual Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Once again, congratulations to the 2nd Congressional District of Misamis Oriental!

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or the fourth straight year now, Rodelsa Hall of Liceo de Cagayan University is the home of the best European films in Mindanao as it partners with the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines in the 15th Cine Europa Film Festival on September 27-30, 2012. This year’s featured films feature varied subjects and delve into the many facets of human culture, emotions, challenges and the celebration of the human spirit. Bernardo Bertolucci’s biopic L'Ultimo Imperatore (The Last Emperor) which won nine Oscars in the 60th Academy Awards is one of the 21 Films to be screened this year.

The film tackles the life of Aisin-Gioro Puyi, the last emperor of the Chinese Ching Dynasty. Seventeen EU member countries have confirmed their participation thus making this film festival a wonderful cinematic tour on culture, art and beauty of the human spirit. Expected to arrive during the opening night are dignitaries from the EU Head Office in Manila, local personalities from the government and private sectors as well as members of the academic community. The opening film this year is from Bulgaria entitled The Goat by Georgi Djulgerov. The film is about a billy goat that came down to earth

to with a mission – to prevent people from finding a treasure hidden near an ancient Thracian sanctuary. The Goat has made the rounds in several international film festivals in Europe, Russia and the United States and has been given a nod by the Bulgarian Film Academy with four nominationsbest film, best director, best leading actress and best cinematography. This four-day screening at the Rodelsa Hall is free to the public on a firstcome first served basis. The full schedule of the screening will be released soon via the Facebook account of Rodelsa Hall or visit the website of Liceo U at www.liceo. edu.ph.

You may also call the Office of Cultural Affairs for updates through (088) 8584093 to 95 local 109. See you at Rodelsa on September 27-30 for Cine Europa!

The Xavier Stage’s Rody Vera’s Adapatation of Rabindranath Tagore’s The Post Office

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itness a timeless drama that reflects the profound wisdom and spirituality of the first Asian Nobel Prize Winner, Rabindranath Tagore. The play is certainly about innocence and death, but the play extends lessons that will make the audience appreciate life and live more. Tagore’s premise is to present that life’s impediments can be corrected when life is lived with gratitude, contentment and piety. Seen through the lens of the dying Abel due to a severe illness are hopes and keen interests in experiencing life. Other characters, in the play, who visit him in his asylum are inspired and touched by his innocent wisdom yet true. The characters who surround Abel, witness

how this young child would have lived a good life if he is given longer years to live. T h e Po s t O f f i c e i s poignant, deeply moving and poetic masterpiece that The Xavier Stage would like to share with its audience. Rody Vera adapts the play set into a rural Philippines with music scoring by Anito Librando and direction by Bart Savior. The Post Office premieres on September 19, 2012 with matinee at 3pm and gala at 7:30 pm, and it will run thru September 22, 2012. For ticket reservations, please contact Ms Jessa Marie Ragandang through 09177112934. The Post Office is The Xavier Stage’s first production for its 2nd theater season: Experience M o d e r n T h e a t e r. Experience The Xavier Stage.

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The Cock: A Literary Specimen for Cultural Pattern and Communication Study (Part 3 OF 3) It is also observed, like the Japanese, the collective and mutual responsibility and filial piety of an individual counter the individualism cultural pattern as described by Hofstede that “the autonomy of the individual is important, decisions are based on what is good for the individual and not the group, because the person is the primary source of motivation, and judgment about what is right or wrong can be made only from the point of view of each individual (Lustig and Koester, 1993).” It is evident in the fiction that the misconduct of the young woman with her lover is considered as a disgrace. Although they are married, but they have to leave their native village immediately to avoid the negative criticisms, condemnations and gossips they may get if they stay. It is expressed in the fiction that they should live in some distant province where they are not known. Thus, this individual mistake affects the collective group in the society. In Vietnamese culture, an individual’s

achievement is of the family and the community’s honor and pride as well. Their world orientation (Stewart’s) is that because of their profound connection and ties with their families, t h e Vi e t n a m e s e h a s extended a strong affinity with their native villagestheir strong connection to or with the community. That is why the individual is closely placed with the community (collective society). Their native village is not only their birthplace, where their parents live, where they have grown up but also a place where their ancestors are buried. Their strong value and faith with their ancestors define their conduct. The Vietnamese are expected to ask permission and to be grateful with their ancestors. It has been mentioned that everybody knows everybody because many of the Vietnamese stay in their native villages due to their deep attachments. The individual is an imp or tant par t of the collective group. Therefore, an individual’s achievement or disgrace or misconduct

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is of the collective members of the society. Par t of t heir world orientation is their belief that “the best thing that a man can leave behind once he has departed from this world and by which he will be remembered is a good reputation.” Their proverb states that "after death, a tiger leaves behind his skin, a man his reputation (VietnamCulture.com)." This is the opposed meaning or subtext of the fiction The Cock. The reason why the lovers have discreet affair is inequality of social states. The second paragraph of the fiction presents descriptions and differentiations of the social strata of both the poor young man and the young woman who is the daughter of the mayor in the village. One thing that did not make them separate is their love for each other. But their love affair is again concealed because of social inequality. There is a clear high power distance depiction in the fiction. The young man is a poor tenant farmer of the young woman’s father. In the text is a description of his “little hut built from date-palm posts, walled with bamboos and thatched with waterpalm leaves (Tao Kim Hai).” Although the fiction did not express whether the high power distance and social inequality is wrong or bad it just presented the reason why the two young lovers have to hide their affairs. However, the solution to the disgrace brought by the young lovers is marriage. Even if the young man is poor, he is matched equally or becomes even with the young woman’s status just to save the family from the disgrace that their discreet affair has caused. This action, though very revolutionary, can also be inferred as an e xe mpl i f i c at i on of Vietnamese value of family life and marriage. Value of family and marriage are considered as important

among the Vietnamese. The Cock has also hints of reflecting masculinity and femininity (Hofstede) pattern. The Vietnamese society is very patriarchal and the sex roles in a Vietnamese family are rigid. It is mentioned that the father of the young woman is a ly-troung and a land lord who owns an endless rice field. This simply indicates that the father’s responsibility is towards economic wellbeing, and he takes the role as the ‘provider.’ “Women have to submit to their husbands and eldest sons when widowed. Older children help to look after younger siblings. Discipline is viewed as a parental duty, and spanking is common once children are past early childhood (VietnamCulture.com).” On the other hand, women are considered as the ‘general of the interior’ or what they call noi tuong. Women take care of their husbands, children, in-laws and other members of the society by making sure that food and domestic care are provided. Women also farm, and they are lo oked up to throug h their virtues of hard work, refined speech, beauty and conduct. Also, Vietnamese women have limited rights and take secondary roles in the society; they do not have low opportunities of working outside the household because after they get married, they automat i c a l ly b e c ome housewives, perform household chores, etc. With this, one can say that the market pricing is toward the masculine or the Vietnamese males. Thoug h t his lib era l and breakthrough fiction situ ates a bre a k ing of tradition and norms, the lovers forbidden exp er ience a llows one to understand how the Vi e t n a m e s e c u l t u r a l patterns operates in the light of their beliefs, values and norms.

EDITOR’S NOTE : The Cagayan de Oro TIMES welcomes all student writers, student photographers and those with the passion for writing and photography. Your contributions will certainly enhance your skills and help you develop your passion even more. We accept your contributions. You may email your contributions to the editor at thecagayantimes@gmail.com

Music that makes a difference “Amazing grace how sweet the sound…” are the first words that an American lady singer sang in a large unfriendly crowd many years ago. A tough thing to do for the lady since they made fun of her at first but later on the majority sang with her. It was not only the brave lady that made a difference but more importantly the song itself. Wh o w o u l d h av e thought that many knew the song Amazing Grace? Now, I t h i n k it’s because of its depth, anyone who hears and reflects on “Amazing grace” surely finds hope and courage. The song is just one of the many examples of yesterday’s music that made a positive difference, as a proof it is the only song that you can find translated in several languages. How about our music today? What kind of impact does it make to the society now? What kind of difference will it leave to the next generation? As a singer/ entertainer I do a lot of “sepra” from time to time and sad to say yesterday’s music are far better than today’s hits, whether it’s according to its lyrics or the melody structure. Is it because there are only few good composers today? Or our music industr y just follow whatever is “patok “to the masa? Regardless of the messages of the songs they promote. As a musician I am reminded that I am not only an entertainer to a certain crowd but a great influence to the majority, especially to the younger generation. Therefore I have to be conscious of what I sing to them because it’s not only about the quality of my voice and the money I earn but the impact of the songs I sing to them. Songs bring messages, and if we are not careful we might already be promoting sex and

violence unknowingly. Not because the song has good melody, it’s already good. There’s a bigger weight on the song lyrics which makes the song good or not. I am appealing to fellow musicians and the composers out there , to take into consideration the messages you will be delivering through your songs, expressing our selves is what most of us would say but remember that our songs make impact to our listeners. Music is supposed to make a positive difference, as it penetrates to our souls, to the hurting –it should promote healing, to the weary – it should promote hope and courage, to the confused – it should promote peace and clarity. I would also like to appeal to the general public, be careful with what you listen to, again not because a song has good melody it’s already good. Try to understand the lyrics first because as I noticed many do not understand. Several times I asked my students why they like their favorite songs and to my surprise they can’t explain why. Other times I also asked them their understanding of the songs they sing and still they just give me a blank stare. It’s just an indicator that they just follow what they hear or they just follow what’s “sikat” at the moment. Now, music that makes a difference, are the songs that are imprinted in our memories. Whitney Houston’s “I will always love you”, Freddie Aguilar’s “Anak”, and Michael Jackson’s “Heal the world” are some of yesterday’s hits that made an impact to the society. On the other hand I’m thinking if Today’s hits Lady Gaga’s “Born this way” or Nikki Minaj’s “Super bass” will last long in our memories? Will today’s songs last that longer compared to yesterday’s hits?


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THE TALE From Envisioning to Actualizing –The Digitization OF THE ofRegistrySystemforBasicSectorsinAgriculture BARGAIN HUNTER I would like to start with a striking statement from Maxwell’s 17 Indisputable Laws of Teamwork, the” Law of the Niche” which says that “All players have a place where they add the most value.” And this is exactly what is going to happen- the convergence of various line agencies which puts the right people into their strength zones will definitely bring out success for the attainment of the goals and objectives of the Registry System fo r B a s i c S e c t o r s i n Agriculture (RSBSA) which purports to produce an electronic compilation of basic information on farmers, farm laborers, and fishermen, the target beneficiaries of agriculturerelated programs and services. This is perhaps the most awaited response to the lingering problems that beset the Philippine agriculture. We know for a fact that numerous tribulations are encountered by the Filipino farmers and fishermen. Accompanied by a lack of right knowledge to make the most out of their fields

or catch, many Filipino farmers and fishermen are adhering to the traditions of the past, while wrestling problems of the present ( n o t to m e nt i o n t h e devastation brought about by climate change) and most probably attacking the emerging problems of the future. To make matters worse is the irony of seeing food producers suffering from hunger when harvest season has not yet come, since they had spent all their money on fertilizers and pesticides, while on the other hand, environmental problems had reduced our fishermen to lamentable state. The grain of truth is this: “Filipino farmers and fishermen need not be poor. Filipino farmers and fishermen need not suffer. Filipino farmers and fishermen need not be tied to the bondage of poverty, True, in the past there had been solutions designed to alleviate their situation, but these farmers and fishermen were mere invisible faces. Their identity was not known. There was no record whom to assist. It was difficult

to pin-point the exact persons who need direct assistance. Thus, there is an imperative need to know exactly whom to reach and where to reach them. In short, a reliable data base is essential. However, problems must not stop us from looking for solutions. Management principles dictate that it does not need special talent to see problems, rather one has to think in terms of solutions in order to make a big difference. And the solution that has been crafted by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is the conceptualization of the Registry System for Basic Sectors in Agriculture, otherwise known as RSBSA. As we all know, the RSBSA is a nationwide undertaking to list all farmers, farm laborers and fishermen and gather basic information about them, their household, farm and farming and/ or fishing activities. With NSO as the statistical arm of the government and at the helm of this statistical undertaking, and with the combined

e f fo r t s o f t h e m a j o r agencies, specifically the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Agriculture, Department of Agrarian Reform, the establishment of the envisioned database is certainly possible. With our concerted efforts, we can provide government planners and policy makers bases for effective formulation of significant policies and programs for agricultural development. With our teamwork, the digitization of information of the database registry of farmers, farm laborers and fishers, our government can pursue its effort in promoting transparency, accountability, participatory governance and strengthening of public relations. Let us not forget the Chinese proverb which states that “behind an able man there are always other able men.” As stressed by Maxwell, “The truth is that teamwork is at the heart of great achievement. “ After all we owe those who are feeding all of us the genuine effort to assist them.

TRAVERSING THE TOURISM HI-WAY By: PED T. QUIAMJOT

A call for natural disaster management training in the City

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I S A S T E R preparedness has not been given a priority in our daily lives. It comes as calamities and accident happen that we do not know how to manage resulting to too many losses of lives or property damage. Few in the government and the private sector are trained and knowledgeable on this discipline. Except perhaps the military, the Red Cross and the national civil defense corps who have been in the forefront of many disasters and calamities that have besieged this country. The Philippines received an average of 20 tropical typhoons yearly. We are located in the Pacific Ring of Fire which is susceptible to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Many provincial cities have antiquated developmental plans that do not conform to the warnings of geographical hazards. Local governments that do not enforce the national building code of the Philippines and so many other risk mitigating factors as prescription for disaster. When accident or major calamity happens, we start a participative discussion sometimes as critics and abrogate that we are experts as we see the authorities take action. Many of us become “Uzis” adding risk to become a casualty in the process. We never learned that there is a so called crowd control when it comes to rescue operations. Disaster preparedness has learning process to follow like contingency

planning for rescue, relief and recovery. There are coordination mechanism and exercise in planning to minimize risk and casualties. Last Friday evening of August 31 at about 9:17 pm when an earthquake of 7.5 magnitudes hit the Samar trench, we experience in Cagayan de Oro tremendous swinging of buildings and ground rattling. We only learned from CNN, where the epicenter was located otherwise there could have been more panic as people do not know what to do? Any Kibitzer could have shouted “Tsunami” and more conflagrations could have occurred resulting to chaos and confusions. Government has the responsibility to protect its population from natural

disasters. It has to educate the people on how to take evasive actions. It is not there only to act for rescue or perform relief operations with photo ops; it has to be in the forefront for prevention and even evacuation. We have seen how the people of the affected states of Louisiana, Missouri and Illinois were prepared in the eye of hurricane “Isaac” their Mayors was all over national televisions discussing the typhoon path and preparations. They have summoned the National Guards to carry a force evacuation of the anticipated hardest hit areas and when the disaster came; their rescue equipment was just magnificent. But of course that is in the United States of America.

Once upon a time, there lived a bargain hunter who religiously scoured the sidewalks of Divisoria and frequently plunged in the heaps of clothing in the hot and humid stalls in Cogon market to search for amazing fashion finds with ridiculously low price tags. Mallwide sales are also not an exception. His feet dragged him to the exp ans i ve air-conditioned shopping oasis hoping to snag an item or more. Bagfuls of treasures are carried home each time like a prize from a day’s hunt. He headed home tired, sweaty and dusty but nevertheless happy. A look of contentment and pride is plastered on his face. One day, this certified secondhand clothing collector and bargain sale master realized he had too much stuff but barely enough time, space and reasons to use them. His wardrobe cabinet can no longer hold the overload. Doors can barely close and excess items are left hanging on the back of his bedroom door while the rest are tucked to oblivion inside a box with only a slim chance of seeing another daylight soon. He denies he is a pack rat but with all the clothes, bags and linen accumulating in his space, he can no longer hide from the truth. His penchant for the inexpensive, his passion for the almost unwanted had to somehow mellow down or he will no longer have

room or worse a floor to walk on. So he opened his heart and allowed the wisdom to overflow. He stood up, unlocked his closet and one by one sifted the piles of clothing, bags and accessories. Those he did not wear for more than six months had to take a bow and was placed in a bag, those he wore too many times also had to leave and say goodbye. He chose variety, fit, form as well as functional and timeless pieces over those he bought just for whim, fancy and boredom. This turnaround in his mindset to not overbuy things proved to be a breath of fresh air. His closet space became organized and his spending habits curtailed. As for the clothes that he had to let go, they found their way to someone else’s closet. He gave them to friends, to the apartment caretaker, to a former student assistant and to their household help back in his parent’s house. With a wiser mind and practical outlook on life, he lives happier than ever. The moral of the story? It is alright to shop wisely and scour the nooks and crannies of every bargain store in town but to always bear in mind that we should always keep what we only need and live a life of moderation. And lastly, to make your wardrobe more exciting, give away those you no longer need before you restock your closet! By the way, yes I am that bargain hunter.

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Globe names P&A as audit firm for Media Excellence Awards Globe Telecom names Punongbayan & Araullo (P&A) as the auditing firm of the Cebu and Davao Media Excellence Awards. P&A, a leading accounting, auditing and advisory services firm is tasked to count and validate the winners

of the two Media Awards. P&A is the Philippine member of Grant Thornton International Ltd., one of the world's leading organizations of independently owned and managed accounting and consulting firms. Globe launched the Media Excellence Awards

as a means to pay tribute and give recognition to print, broadcast and digital media practitioners in Cebu and Davao who have excelled in the profession and practice of journalism. The following categories are up for grabs—reporter of the year, feature story of the

year, columnist of the year, radio broadcaster of the year, TV broadcaster of the year, and blogger of the year. Cebu Media Awards is now in the process of reviewing the entries while the Davao Media Awards submission is still accepting entries up to

August 31. The awarding ceremonies for the Cebu Media Awards will be held on September 21 coinciding with the celebration of Cebu Press Freedom Week. The Davao Media Awards on the other hand, will be held on November 23.

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he Philippines’ largest national flag carrier, Cebu Pacific (PSE:CEB) expands its payment center options to include the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), in a move to make online booking even more convenient to travelers without credit cards. CEB airfare payments can now be done over the counter on BPI branches, or via BPI Expressphone or Expressonline. To use payment centers, passengers can book online via www.cebupacificair. com and click on the Payment Centers tab upon reaching the

payment page. The website will provide a 14-digit reference number and total amount to be paid. This amount can be paid on or before 23:59H of the same day. Aside from BPI, payment center options include Robinsons Bank, Banco de Oro (BDO), Metrobank, Megalink, BancNet, Bayad Center, LBC, Robinsons Department Store and SM Department Store. “CEB continues to encourage guests to book online, because it’s the fastest and most convenient way to book seats. The addition of BPI to our list of payment centers gives

CEB passengers more options when booking their flights,” said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. In the meantime, CEB holds a Mindanao and select international seat sale from September 3 to 6, 2012 or until seats last. For travel October 1 to December 31, 2012, passengers can buy P288 seats from Davao to Butuan, Dipolog, Cagayan de Oro, Iloilo, Kalibo or Zamboanga. They may also book P288 seats from Zamboanga to Cagayan de Oro, Cebu or Tawi-Tawi. In the 2nd half of 2012, CEB is set to launch the following

routes: October 5 (Davao-Butuan, and Davao-Dipolog), and October 20 (Cagayan de Oro – Zamboanga). Those traveling from Manila to Mindanao can also buy P888 seats. This is available from Manila to Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Cotabato, Davao, Dipolog, General Santos, Ozamiz, Pagadian, Surigao or Zamboanga. Moreover, CEB’s latest international seat sale is for travel from November 1, 2012 to January 31, 2013. Passengers have the option to book the following seats: P688 (Clark to Hong Kong or Macau); P888 (Cebu

to Hong Kong, or Iloilo to Hong Kong or Singapore); or P1,088 (Cebu to Singapore, or Clark to Bangkok or Singapore). CEB will launch IloiloHong Kong flights on November 8, 2012; and Iloilo-Singapore flights on November 9, 2012. Domestic and international base fares are exclusive of administration fee, aviation security fee, 12% VAT, fuel surcharge, countryspecific taxes and terminal fee. For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to www.cebupacificair. com, or call the reservation hotlines

(02) 7020-888 or (032) 230-8888. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEB’s official Twitter and Facebook pages. CEB currently operates 10 Airbus A319, 21 Airbus A320 and 8 ATR-72 500 aircraft. Its fleet of 39 aircraft – with an average age of 3.6 years – is the largest aircraft fleet i n the Phi l i ppi nes . Between 2012 and 2021, Cebu Pacific will take delivery of 21 more Airbus A320 and 30 Airbus A321neo aircraft orders. It is slated to begin long-haul services in the 3rd quarter of 2013.

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L et ’ s do the move with L iceo U N ext M oves By Christine H. Cabiasa

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any of us may know how to dance but not all are endowed with extraordinary dance moves and prowess just like the Liceo de Cagayan University’s modern dance company, the Next Moves in which Liceans say “they got it all”. From the pillars of Mindolani Why ‘Next Moves’? According to Roger Odron, their artistic director, ‘Next Moves’ is coined from the pillars of Mindolani. From the words of mouth passed by our ancestors, Mindolani is a ‘datu’, a leader with an inseparable statement of “What’s our next move?” or “What’s the next plan?”. Since the

group wanted to have a name that would differentiate them among others, they came up with a brand “Next Moves”, as Roger said “When this group will perform, it is a mustsee”. Furthermore, ‘Next Moves’ denotes also that every move they do, they do it with a blast and full of surprises and audiences will look up for their next moves. ‘Next Moves’ kicked off 2005 but lasted only for one year and was revived 2010. In their first flight, they had 15 members only and became 45 as there are many students who are into dancing and the University caters them all cognizant to their

value on maximizing students’ potentials not only in the academe but also in different physical activities; offering also scholarships for select members. More likely as Mindolani, the ‘Next Moves’ dancers see to it that every performance they do, for sure the audience will utter “What’s their next move?”. The Elite Circle: Next Moves extended With 45 members from the Next Moves, their artistic director Roger Odron came up with ‘Next Moves Elite’ in which it is a combination of the Next Moves and Liceo Pep Squad dancers. ‘Next Moves’ centers on contemporary and

ballet dance while ‘Next Moves Elite’ is on hip hop. ‘Next Moves Elite’ has 11 members honed to do hip hop performances. “Actually, the elite group is just recently formed because of Shell V-Power Hip Hop Competition, Regional”, Odron said. “Elite is a special force of dancers with special skills on hip hop dancing”, he added. ‘Next Moves and Next Moves Elite’ is spearheaded by their coach Christopher Carumba. Well, indeed its history turned into success as they won the Shell V-Power Hip Hop competition. A cheer to the ‘Next Moves Elite’! A jive on their passion

“I love dancing and it is my passion”, Mark Agcopra, one of the Next Moves Elite dancers said. Who will not admire them? See, as I was having my talk with Mark, he did wacking, one of the genres of hip hop. As I asked him if they do practices regularly, he said “We have it every day, from 6-9pm and it is tiresome. [He said it was tiresome but when he answered me he did wacking again, I laughed]. Yes they are students, yes they are dancers, yes they do perform outside the school, yes they do join competitions, and yes do they bring home bacons. The aforementioned above, they landed champion in the

Shell V-Power Dance Supremacy Hip Hop competition, champion also in Campus Connect Dance Showdown, CROCS Light on your Feet Dance Off and Dance Battle Contest in Dinagat Islands. “I’m happy being with the group”, Odron said. “The members are participative and they do collaborate with me during practices”, he added. Well, dancing takes extra effort and time and the Next Moves dancers have it. I can see them doing their rehearsals in the Liceo Civic Center and sometimes in the Folkloric rehearsal hall. Yes, a big yes on their commitment and passion.

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ~ Rumi Keep posted for the ‘Next Moves Elite’ next moves to the Shell V-Power Dance Supremacy Grand Finals come October 28 this year in Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila with the Lourdes College hip hop dancers. Kudos to the pride of Cagayan de Oro!

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National peace consciousness month activities slated The Office of the Presidential on the Peace Process (OPAPP) has lined up a series of activities nationwide for the celebration of the 9th National Peace Consciousness Month (Peace Month), that starts on Sunday, September 2, OPAPP Secretary Teresita Quintos Deles said today. The month-long celebration, which carries the theme ‘Ako. Ikaw. Tayo. Magkakaiba, Nagkakaisa sa Kapayapaan’ is intended to raise awareness among Filipinos on the need to advance the government’s on-going peace process with Moro and communist rebel groups and promote a culture of peace among Filipinos, Deles said. This culture of peace will be anchored on nonviolence, respect for fundamental rights and freedoms, tolerance, understanding and solidarity – values guided by the principles of “daang matuwid,” she added. The peace month celebrations will start with a football clinic featuring the national men’s football team, the Philippine Azkals, and a Peace Fair. Following this will be a series of events which include a massive “I Am for Peace” campaign involving famous celebrities; a series of photo exhibits on the gains of the peace process in major Metro Manila malls; a job fair, cultural and gala program showcasing peace process milestones; a golf fundraising tournament; and simultaneous peace concerts in key cities in the country. Deles said every Filipino is a stakeholder of peace, emphasizing that the peace process will need a vast constituency because the work of peace is not government’s alone. “We will need the participation of the entire public,” she said. “Despite our differences, we Filipinos have proven that we can work together to achieve gains in the peace process,” Deles stated. “This peace month, we are reminded of the triumphs we have accomplished as

a people.” The peace adviser related that September was chosen to be the peace month by virtue of Proclamation No. 675 because many of the peace milestones occurred during the month. “It can be recalled that 26 years ago, the government and the C o r d i l l e r a P e o p l e ’s Liberation Army, now called the Cordillera Forum for Peace and Development, forged the Mt. Data Sipat (cessation of hostilities) on Sept. 13. Ten years later, the government signed the 1996 Final Peace Agreement with the Moro National Liberation Front on Sept. 2,” Deles explained. Deles added that it was on Sept. 15 that OPAPP was established through Executive Order No. 125. Other significant peace events happening in September also include National Day of Prayer for Peace and Reconciliation (Sept. 12), Launching of 2001-2010 International Decade for Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World (Sept. 19), and International Day of Peace as declared by the United Nations (Sept. 21). Deles called on everyone to “join in the celebration of peace through the different activities lined throughout September.” The celebration kicks off on Sept. 2 with “1Goal for Peace,” a football clinic featuring the Philippine Azkals and trainers from the Philippine Football Federation. Some 500 Christian and Muslim children mostly from urban-poor communities will also participate in the Peace Fair, organized in partnership with the People Power Volunteers for Reform, where they can get to know each other and do fun activities together. It will be held at the Philippine Sports Arena in Pasig City starting at 9 AM. On Sept. 14, celebrities and personalities will take a positive step to promote peace with the “I am for Peace Campaign”

to be launched possibly with the President at the Malacañan Palace. A series of photo exhibits highlighting the gains in the peace process will be shown in major malls, such as SM North EDSA, SM Fairview, Glorietta, Robinson's Galleria and Shangri-la Plaza all throughout the month. Deles said people from all walks of life are invited to celebrate the International Day of Peace through “KaPEACEtahan” on Sept. 21 at the SM North EDSA The Block. A job fair and Serbisyong Bayan featuring

frontline government services will be held in the morning while cultural performances, shown vis-a-vis the peace milestones under the Aquino administration will be highlighted in the evening. Golfers will tee off at the “Teem Up for Peace” on Sept. 28 as a benefit golf event for communities affected by armed conflict in Bicol. Also on Sept. 28, local bands and artists will take the lead in declaring “I Want Peace” in four simultaneous rock concerts to be held in key cities around the country, including the NCR.

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Capt. Jessup Bahinting:

Unknown Steward of the Cagayan and Iponan Rivers a special feature by

Mike Baños

Capt. Jessup Bahinting doing the run up.

Gold dredging barges at work CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – Many Kagay-anons are still unaware how the pilot of the late Sec. Jesse Robredo’s plane volunteered to fly over the Cagayan and Iponan Rivers to help bring the real state of the city’s two main rivers to public knowledge. While flying in relief goods from Cebu during post-Sendong relief operations, Capt. Jessup Bahinting volunteered to pilot two flights over the Cagayan and Iponan R i ve r s to e n a b l e l o c a l photographers to film the actual state of the waterways and alert residents about the dangers posed by the consequences of illegal logging and mining in area. Capt. Jessup first flew over the Cagayan, Iponan and Bubunawan Rivers in February 2012 and again on March 2012 to enable the documenters to record any changes which may have taken place in between the two dates. Flying at a low altitude and at low speeds below the peak of hills bracketing

the rivers makes for an especially bumpy ride but was managed with skill and safety by Capt. Bahinting enabling the team to take detailed pictures of the hydraulic mining activities, especially in the Iponan River. The aerial photos of the Sendong’s devastation and the man-made catastrophe w r o u g h t b y hy d r a u l i c mining have since gone viral in the internet and social media raising indignation and outrage especially from the victims of the Sendong flash floods. “Thank you Capt. Jessup for the favor,” said one of the team members (who prefers to remain anonymous) who flew with Capt. Bahinting. “Your unquestionable skills in flying us low and slow has given us the opportunity to strengthen our advocacy towards disaster mitigation and prevention. Godspeed!” The photos taken by the team showed a total of five gold dredging barges in the Iponan River and innumerable hydraulic

mining operations which had caused the hillsides to collapse into the river causing heavy siltation some 20 kilometers into the interior reckoned from the river mouth (bucana) and heavy damage to farmlands adjoining the river. “ We n o t e d t h e f i ve barges we saw in March are still operating with the two in San Simon still anchored in the same place,” the team member noted. Capt. Bahinting was flying his Piper Seneca with Nepalese co-pilot Kshitiz Chand, and Sec. Robredo and his police aide Senior Inspector June Paulo Abrazado when it crashed into the waters off Masbate last August 18. Abrazado survived but the three others perished with the aircraft and were found by divers three days later under the sea less than a kilometer off Masbate. Media repor ts about Capt. Jessup Bahinting’s volunteer disaster relief and medical mercy flights have since proliferated following

Silted Cagayan River Delta

his untimely death. Besides his mercy flights to Cagayan de Oro and Iligan following Sendong, he was also piloting mercy flights to Guinsaugon, Southern Leyte following the killer landslide, Negros Oriental after the earthquake, and Marik ina City after the recent floods spawned by the Southwest Monsoon (habagat). “All things work together for the good. God has a reason, a purpose why this happened. Had it not been for this incident, my husband’s love for God w o u l d n o t h ave b e e n exposed to the world,” said his widow Margarita. Capt. Bahinting, who would have turned 61 on November 30, was born in Larena, Siquijor, but moved to Negros Oriental in his teens. He is married to Margarita with whom he has three children. Daughter Jemar Rose is company president while Sarah is the director for marketing. Dan Bryan is a pilot and operates a flying school in the US.

Capt. Bahinting was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AviaTour, the first and the only fullservice fixed base operator (FBO) servicing the general aviation industry in Central and Southern Philippines based at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport. It offers flight tours, charter services, pilot trainings, 2 4 - h o u r l i n e s e r v i c e s, aircraft maintenance and repairs, aviation technician trainings, aircraft sales and management, and aircraft parts/supplies sales. It is accredited and conforms to civil air regulations prescribed by the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP). “He perceived the increasing global demand for airline pilots due to the air travel boom and offered a very affordable package covering training, board and lodging which was especially attractive for foreign pilot students from the United States, Korea and the Middle East,” said former Oro Chamber

President Elpidio M. Paras, who was one of his students. The company website says Capt. Bahinting has logged over 5,000 flying hours and completed his Commercial Pilot course in 19175 and Aircraft Maintenance Course in 1973 at the M indanao Aeronautical Technical School in Davao City. Capt. Bahinting is also a pastor and area supervisor of the Visayas of the Grace Communion International since 1984. He gave up his salar y as a pastor in 1997 and continued serving the ministry without any p ay. L a s t Au g u s t 2 5 , t h e City Government of Cebu posthumously awarded Capt. Bahinting a s p e c i a l L i f e s a v e r ’s Aw a r d fo r l e n d i n g o n e of his places on August 15 to rush four vials of anti-venom serum from Camiguin Island to save zoo worker Ronron Av e n t u r a d o , w h o w a s bitten by a king cobra.

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by Jett Torres

ooking positively is looking in the right direction, where gentle vision can see better future. Often people remain mere strangers to one another and pay no attention to others but the identity of kagay-anon is defined its own culture of friendship among fellow men. An identity of how

kagay-anon sees and feels people’s needs and the heart of helping hands. Believing that people are the basic source of happiness. Their companionships are very important, and no matter how busy their lives, they have developed a lifestyle and a way of dispensing the stint that allows them to have

several prof ound relationships with each other. This is the identity of kagayanons. The city cultivates shared values that bring kagay-anons together in one direction of hope and the inspiration to realize a suitable community to live. It allows people to conceive an ideal community and the relationships

that bind together. It is not about the streets, parks, buildings or even the city hall signify as one community but rather the physical attributes are necessary. Another is the diversity of the people in the city that expand the appreciation of its culture. This diversity of culture develops boundless respect

among fellow kagayanon that bridges the gap with great freedom to sustain the connection of its people. There’s so many good things in the city that bring young people to cultivate a sense of belongingness despite all the misfortunes, yet, it must be clear-eyed regarding situations that are unjust,

exploit, humiliate and deprived from their own voices. Let us remain critical that crushes people and keep them from being fully human – that’s how kagayanons raise the spirit of genuine humanity. Moving towards to the frontier. Sketching its own identity of shared and nurtured values to its people of Cagayan de Oro.

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Up close with the PHL Little Azkals a feature by Christine H. Cabiasa

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admit I’m not an enthusiast of any sports neithe r a fanatic, but wait it’s the Philippines’ Little Azkals visit in the city in celebration of the Kagay-an festival. Heavy rains did not stop me together with my classmates to go to Xavier University and gripped the rare opportunity of having a one on one interview with the team.

They maybe kids but they brought prestige to our country and they are internationally acclaimed. As I conceived, they are the “little version” of Philippine Azkals and they are as mighty and swift and as good-looking as them [PHL Azkals]; indeed, those kids are as august and robust as the elder Azkals.

The Team PHL Little Azkals or the Under 14 football team has 30-32 members, ages 13-14 years old. The kiddos came from the different schools in the country but have the same passion for football. The team’s head coach Oliver Colina who has been with the team for about two years shared to us that the kids are easy to deal with. “They know who to follow and they follow passionately”, Colina added. The Little Azkals is governed by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF). PFF was founded in 1907 as the Philippine Amateur Football Association (PAFA). It is one of the 12 Asian associations that founded the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). In 1961 all of the Philippines' football stakeholders became officially organized with the creation of the Philippine Football Association (PFA). By 1982 the PFA reorganized to be known as the Philippine Football Federation. According to their team manager Richard Montayre it is their second time to visit the city and play with the CDO football team. The CDO little footballers is renowned in the national scale also as they represent the city in every football event in the country. Little Azkals’ Diamante ala Ronaldinho This 14 year old Jed Diamante, the team captain dazzled our attention as he was called by their head coach, Sir Colina to throw a message to us. Jed came from Ateneo de Davao University and is with the team for about two years now. When asked how he balances his study and football, he said “Well, football is my sport and I always make sure that my studies will not be left behind because if I do so, my parents will not allow me to join the team”. I can see in his eyes that indeed football is his passion. “I’m thankful to my family especially to my mother and to my little sister that they are with me in every event we attend to”, Jed shares. “Only except when we go outside of the country”, he added with a smile. Known to all, two-time winner of FIFA World Player of the Year Ronaldinho outshines in the field of football. And in Jed’s first step of joining the team and second step of being the team captain, who will tell, he will be the next Ronaldinho. Ronaldinho was also named in the FIFA 100, a list of the greatest footballers compiled by fellow countryman Pelé, and in the FIFPro World XI consecutively from 2004–2007. Ronaldinho has been described as being "skillful by nature, his tricks are unparalleled and he is wonderful with the ball at his feet. One

photos by DK Aguillon of the coolest players in pressure situations" and a "fast, brash, skilful, tricky, an uninhibited playmaker" who provides "a mix of goals, assists, skills and a large repertoire of crafty moves” as many will label him and on Diamante’s move “He is swift and he do every move with decisively”, Sir Colina shared. “He brings the group with head up to the sky and feet on the ground”. Set back pals, our Diamante may not only be in line with PHL Azkals’ Aly Borromeo but with Ronaldinho and may be in the coming years, he will be one of the FIFA’s greatest football players in the world. Call a play on commitment “It takes all the members to work hand in hand to win a game”, Montayre said. Yes, the little kids are our pride and I admire them the most knowing the fact that they are still studying and that they bring honor to our country at an early age. Just recently they

won four out of their five friendly matches in Palermo, Italy. And week before heading off to Cagayan de Oro City, the team came from Japan and Malaysia. The little footballers’ commitment can be highly regarded. They can only have their thorough and constant practice during summer and an eleventh hour on class breaks and holidays. “I appreciate them because in every practice they are there”, Sir Colina shared. “But we cannot sacrifice also their study that is why we make it to a point that everything is balanced between academics and football”. “Hindi ko naman pinapapabayaan ang pag-aaral ko”, Jed said. When asked if he has a failing grade or experienced to have one, he replied “No, hindi naman ako papayag na ganoon ang mangyari”. “Lagot ako sa mga magulang ko pag ganoon”. See? Those kiddos are not only performing an A on football but also an A on their studies.

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“Football is like life - it requires perseverance, selfdenial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority”. ~~Vince Lombardi Million thanks to Sir Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy for giving us the opportunity to meet up close the PHL Little Azkals and letting me experience this “break a leg” as I write this article.

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