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Vol. 1 | No.9 | Cagayan de Oro City | October 3-9, 2012


Early morning Rainbow during the Feast of the Sacred Heart Shrine in El Salvador, Misamis Oriental, April 15, 2012 Photographed by Jeff Ponce, OPS

DepEd to honor outstanding mentors by Shaun Alejandrae Yap Uy, EIC


WORLD TEACHERS’ DAY. Education officials led by Gingoog City Division Supt. Myrna Castaños, PhD (seated 2nd from right) pose with practitioners after the news conference at the BusinessWeek Mindanao Media Center, September 27, 2012. Earlier, Dr. Castaños officially announced the holding of the Mindanao-wide teachers’ assembly, October 5, at the Limketkai Atrium, marking the World Teachers’ Day. Seen in the photo (seated L-R) are reporter Sheilla Saluta (Binta Birada), CEO Dante Sudaria (BWM Advertising & Promotions), Education Supervisor Mario Endrina (Gingoog City Division), Info Officer Medarda Galarrita (DepEd 10), Dr. Castaños and Education Supervisor Lorebina Carrasco, PhD (DepEd CDO). Standing (L-R) are Managing Editor Joe del Puerto Felicilda (Mindanao Daily News), Photojournalist Gerry Gorit (MDN), Reporter Philip Ian Zea (Radyo Natin), Photojournalist Rudy Mendoza (PIA10), Executive Editor Allan Mediante (BWM), Anchor Jeffrey Baconga (Bombo Radyo), Info Officer Jorie Valcorza (PIA-10), News Editor Arjay Felicilda (Mindanao Star Balita), John Michael Bustamante (RN) and Editor-in-Chief Rolando Sudaria (MSB). Photo by Justin Llano (CDOTIMES)

he Department of Education (DepEd) is set to give honor to outstanding teachers who have shown remarkable devotion to their job, this as it culminates on October 5, the teachers’ month celebration. The World Teachers’ Day celebration will culminate on October 5, 2012 at the LimKetKai Atrium, this city. The national culmination of the month-long celebration is expecting around 5,000 teacher-participants from different parts of Mindanao. This will also give the Department of Education (DepEd) an opportunity to honor outstanding teachers who have shown exemplary work and devotion to the noble profession. Also,

honors shall be given to teachers whom, despite the recent tragedy brought about by TS Sendong, off the classroom showed dedication in helping others. Gingoog City School Division Superintendent and Chairperson of the World Teachers’ Day (WTD) publicity and media committee, Dr. Myrna T. Castaños, explained in a press conference held today at the Business Week Mindanao Media Center, that the celebration is intentionally set in Cagayan de Oro to highlight the heroic acts of teachers in schools heavily affected by tropical storm Sendong, including Iligan City. “This is a grand event, we are expecting big

personalities, including artists just to ensure we please our teachers, it’s an all fun day for them,” Medarda B. Galarrita, DepEd 10 information officer added. Furthermore, Galarrita states that there will be raffles, games, and contests during the culmination that would certainly stamp a fun experience for the teacherparticipants. The national culmination will serve as the highpoint of the nationwide celebration, while all other schools in the country will also simultaneously celebrate the event. A pause in the opening program will give way to a simultaneous prayer for teachers at exactly 10:00 a.m. on day of the event.

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CBA Belle wins Miss Liceo U Intramurals Baungon, Bukidnon Hon. Pedro “Adong” Alvarez, Hon. Vice-Mayor Mildred Lagbas-Mondigo of Sugbongcogon, Misamis Oriental, Ms. Melissa Francesca Ramientos the owner of Rafessa Clothing & Apparel and Mr. Rey Dave Alaan of Smart Communications. The evening also became a showcase of all things Mindanaoan as the candidates appeared onstage wearing the evening gown collections of the Oro Fashion Designers Guild (OFDG) namely Alquin Cap-atan, Joshua Guibone, Benjie Manuel, Ruvil Neri, Albert Rivera and Mark Yaranon with live music by the emerging world music artist from Bukidnon, Datu Alimuwan singing his newest single Edana from the album Kauyagan with dance performance of the Folkloric dance Troupe. The collaboration charmed the crowd and became the biggest spectacle of the evening. Liceo U dubbed as the “School of Champions” indeed stepped up to the plate and revolutionized the traditional Miss Intramurals and championed artistry, creativity, art, fashion, beauty and entertainment.


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Alternate Information Officer Jalalodin P. Bangkola of DAR-Lanao del Norte (center) says,

“from the Broadcasting Training conducted by BWM Media Center on September 18, 2012 - I have learned many things that could enhance my skills in doing my job. It was really very interesting. I am respectfully requesting my head of office to further allow me to attend more modules relating to radio broadcasting.” Seen in this picture are (left-right) BWM Media Center CEO Dante Sudaria, Mindanao Daily News Editor Arjay S. Felicilda, Mr. Bangkula, Training Assistant Irene Domingo and Broadcasting Training Director Joe del Puerto Felicilda. (photo by Ronald Mastail)

We grow minds !

Owen Jaen (rightmost), Amadea Piatti (second from left) and Edsen Espina (leftmost)pose with Miss Liceo U Intramurals 2012 Madelle Tuban (center) and Miss Beatrice Alvarez of the College of Arts & Sciences (second from right) placed second and, Miss Thea Laarni Uy (third from left) of the College of Physical Therapy who placed second.

Ms. Madelle Tuban, a BS Tourism Management student wowed the judges and the more than two thousand spectators in the recently concluded Miss Liceo Intramurals 2012 held at the Liceo Civic Center.


home the Best in Fashion Photography. This year’s competition had a general theme of Pinoy and Licean Pride which were translated into the various elements that made up the whole pageant. The opening salvo had the crowd in frenzy as the candidates sashayed onstage in their casual wear designed by young designer Boogie Rivera with a fun and exciting rendition of the Department of Tourism’s 2012 anthem “It’s more fun in the Philippines!” and showcased things that are fun for Filipinos like going to the park, picture-taking and enjoying street cuisine. Lending their dancing prowess were Liceo’s very own gems, the Liceo Next Moves Modern dance Company, Next Moves Elite and Liceo Folkloric Dance Troupe. Also present to share their talents were the singing champions of the university, PRISAA Silver medalist Norman Veronilla and singing wonder Zibrelle Pepito. Judging the ladies that night were formidable personalities in Northern Mindanao namely Miss Kagay-an 2012 Greanne Trisha Mendoza, the Municipal Mayor of

Photo by RUE


mong the twelve stunning ladies, the muse of Liceo U’s College of Business and Accountancy emerged the fairest of them all. Ms. Madelle Tuban, a BS Tourism Management student wowed the judges and the more than two thousand spectators in the recently concluded Miss Liceo Intramurals 2012 held at the Liceo Civic Center. Aside from winning the muchcoveted title, she also won the Texter’s Choice Award and the intricate gown created by fashion designer extraordinaire Benjie Manuel clinched for her the Best in Evening Gown Award. Ms. Tuban is a local ramp model and was one of the top three winners of Liceo’s 2011 Top Models Search. Miss Beatrice Alvarez, the muse of the College of Arts & Sciences placed second and rounding up the top three spot is the candidate of the College of Physical Therapy, Miss Thea Laarni Uy. Ms. Alvarez, also a ramp model won the Best in Casual Wear while Ms. Thea Uy, one of the first batch of Liceo’s Top Models (2010) won Best in Active Wear and had the nod of the photographers and brought

NorthMin Celebrates 23rd National Statistics Month


orthern Mindanao joins the Philippine Statistical System (PSS) in the celebration of the 23rd National Statistics Month for the whole month of October 2012. This year’s NSM celebration highlights decent work statistics with the theme “Monitoring Progress on Decent Work through Statistics: Pathway to Inclusive Growth” or in Filipino, “Pagsubaybay sa Pagsulong ng Marangal na Hanapbuhay sa Pamamagitan ng Estadistika: Landas Tungo sa Pag-unlad ng Lahat.” The theme emphasizes the importance of decent work statistics as empirical basis on the progress of efforts to reduce poverty and the achievements toward equitable, inclusive and sustainable development. The NSM celebration in Northern Mindanao is spearheaded by the Regional Statistical Coordination

Committee 10 (RSCC 10) led by its Chairperson, NEDA 10 Regional Director Engr. Leon M. Dacanay. The Department of Labor and Employment 10 will host the 23rd NSM Opening Ceremony in the region on October 3, 2012 at Liceo de Cagayan University. The Opening Ceremony will be graced by the presence of BLES Director Ma. Teresa V. Peralta, the Keynote Speaker. Other invited speakers from Research Institute of Mindanao Culture, Regional Tripartite Wage & Regulatory Board, Philippine Overseas Employment Agency and Technical Skills & Development Authority will also be present to share some relevant information for data dissemination and appreciation purposes. The RSCC 10, in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources 10, will spearhead a Tree Planting Activity

on October 12 and 19, 2012 at Balulang and Cugman, respectively, in support of the government’s National Greening Program. Various activities have been linedup for the monthlong celebration in the region. For the complete list of 23rd NSM activities in the region, you may visit the NSCB 10 website at ru10. The annual NSM celebration is pursuant to the Presidential Proclamation No. 647 declaring the Month of October of Every Year as the National Statistics Month. The NSM celebration intends to promote, enhance and instill nationwide awareness and appreciation of the importance and value of statistics and at the same time to ensure the support of the public in improving and enhancing the quality and standards of statistics in the country.

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Art In Focus




n average of 2,500 people a day came to watch and experience a glimpse of Europe through the featured films of the 15th edition of Cine Europa held recently at Rodelsa Hall of Liceo de Cagayan University, the premier cultural and performing arts centre of Mindanao. For four days, students from various schools and people from the community trooped to Rodelsa and engaged themselves with stories of hope and love among others. To the delight of the audiences, a total of 21 movies were shown coming from 16 European

countries namely Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. During the launch, the Political Counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines Dr. Jullian Vassallo and Mr. Jan Verbeek of the Embassy of Belgium graced the occasion and officially opened the festival together with the University President of Liceo de Cagayan University Dr. Mariano M. Lerin and Liceo U Chairman of the Board, Dr. Rafaelita Pelaez. In

attendance were select businessmen, academicians and key people from the community who expressed their support for this cultural endeavor. The Bulgarian comedy film, “the Goat” was viewed right after the short opening program and tickled the audiences with the story of an alien goat that came down to earth with a mission. This year’s opening film upped the audience attendance by a hundred more people from the previous year, a good indication that people in Cagayan de Oro are becoming more appreciative of quality entertainment. This is t he f if t h t ime

t hat Cine Europ a was done in C agayan de Oro Cit y and for t his ye ar, t hre e more ke y cit ies were chos en to b e come t he venue of t his annu a l inter nat iona l f i lm fest iva l tot a ling t he numb er to six w it h Mani l a and C ebu as t he f irst t wo stops. Cine Europ a was desig ne d to br idge c u ltures and as an avenue to explore Europ e t hroug h t he mov ies w hich one c an enj oy r ig ht b efore t heir ver y ow n s oi l. Admission is f re e for a l l s cre enings and w i l l r un unt i l 21 O c tob er in t he t hre e remaining cit ies of D avao, Iloi lo and B aguio.

Congresswoman Cynthia Villar of Las Pinas City led the ceremonial bang to signal the start of the "Kasadya" showdown competition Thursday at Anahaw amphitheater in Palao. Iligan City. With Congresswoman Villar are Jonathan Versoza, chairman of Kasadya of Iligan Jaycees, Councilor Marlene Young and Marianito Alemana, chairman Diyandi Executive Management Board. (Photo by : Richel V. Umel)

Iligan City celebrates 27th “Kasadya” street dancing and showdown competition Thursday, one of the highlights of Diyandi (thanksgiving) festival in honor of patron saint Saint Michael the Archangel, the protector. The competition is a special project of Iligan Jaycees. (Photo by : Richel V. Umel)

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Online TV:

The newest platform of the net generation


verything is shifting towards the world-wide web.Right now, we are slowly seeing a surge of shows and films that can only be seen online. Even mainstream media like US TV shows such as Tyra, Chuck and Heroes have their own “webisodes” or web episodes that are exclusively seen on their official websites or through a popular video sharing website like Youtube. This special feature allows their fans to take a sneak peek on some exclusive footage, interviews and never before seen clips. A clever marketing strategy to keep their fan bases tight. And then, there are also programs that are meant only

for the internet. These online shows have their own niche market and are also gaining grounds even in the local front. One of the latest to join the bandwagon is Gwapo Dadtow Online TV: Byahe ng mga Bigong Gwapo, an online magazine show that features all things local. Proudly conceptualized by young minds composed of Vincent Orejudos, Kimsoy Paasa and Mike Abejo, the show aims to feature events, lifestyle, business tips and people of Cagayan de Oro and Northern Mindanao with a promise to inject a fresh take on these themes. Their initial episode proved to be promising



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with an upsurge of Youtube viewers reaching 1,500 views overnight. This may be a far cry from other online magazine programs currently being released but for one that is locally produced this is already a good start. What could be the advantages of an online show? The time people spend on the internet has grown leaps and bounds over the years. Filipino netizens spend an average of 21.5 hours per week according to a survey posted by Nielsen, a global media research firm as opposed to 13.3 hours per week glued to their TV sets. This time spent over the internet can be a great avenue for the creative minds to express and showcase their skills and talents and a clever way for entrepreneurs to penetrate the growing market. Attempts to influence and persuade viewers have become a tight battle now and people are now taking the competition to the digital stage. Producing an online show is also

less expensive than the mainstream kind and it does not need a media network giant to run one episode. All it needs is a handy and reliable digital camera, sound recording equipment, an editing machine coupled with skilled, creative, gutsy and passionate individuals hungry to share and tell stories and memories. The downside though is that the scope of an online show is very limited and can only be accessed through an internet connection. If it is not well-hyped and publicized it will never go viral and eventually become just another internet so-so. For the online show like Gwapo Dadtow, which is aimed for the mass audience and is generally of the teenage bracket, this program is an attractive mechanism to promote products, events, activities and advocacies targeted for the younger market. It is also a great avenue to prove that Mindanao can have their share of the internet pie and with icing, too!

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Facing the Fear of Performing Fear of Performing is a huge obstacle among artists at all levels of experience. As a performer I can never get away with it, but rather I learned to manage this fear by facing it head on. When I discovered that I have a special gift in singing, my close friend’s way back in high school encouraged me to sing out as often as I could for practice. Time came when I was asked to join a singing competition in school and enthusiastically I agreed without thinking about performing in a large crowd. The big day came and all of us contestants were asked to stay on stage. When I was looking at the audience from my view, I then began to feel the butterflies in my stomach and my knees were also shaking. As I stood up when my turn came, no voice came out from my mouth not until the chorus part of the song. With my knees still shaking, I continued to sing. That was nerve wracking, but I was able to face it head on. Little did I knew, that it was the beginning of my singing journey. As the years continued I got myself into training technically, experienced performing to different types of audience and learned to control my fear of performing. The question is how did I do it? Honestly speaking it was through time, patience and hard work. So today, I’m going to share to you the important lessons I learned over the years in controlling my fear of performing. Knowing what I was scared of was half the battle. I feared to crack during my performances and to forget the lyrics of my songs. Naming my fears enabled me to go after the problems and find out the possible solutions. Out of my fear I experienced anxiety symptoms of butterflies in my stomach and shaky knees ; other symptoms are dry mouth , sudden urge to cry or runaway, trembling hands, racing heart rate, nausea, cold hands

and the urge to pee. With these symptoms out in the open, I can now talk about how I relieved my anxiety. I made a choice to change my thoughts about my performances because if I continued to dread on the symptoms, I knew I will not be able to make it. I reminded myself that I’m anxious because I fear something; symptoms don’t just appear randomly. The biggest key to alleviate my anxiety was preparation. I had to stay positive and motivated as I practiced. I had to set goals for each session and practiced at the level I intend to perform. Moreover playing to my strengths built my confidence and relieved my anxiety. Also, I chose songs that I sing best. I controlled my thoughts through visualizing myself completing the task, regardless of how grumpy my imaginary audience looked. When I got to the point where I think so much of how my audience reacted to my singing, then I pretended that the members of the audience aren’t really in the audience. I didn’t have to sing directly to the audience or look them in the eyes. Doing my job as I sing means, I must tell a story. Insecurity can make me believe that everyone is looking at me harshly but reframing my thoughts allowed me to let go of hostile images in my mind. Furthermore I had to focus one task at a time (1 song at a time) to give my best. Focus also meant getting used to distractions from whispers to people walking around in the room. Above all, I prayed and surrendered everything to Him. The lessons I learned were collectively tough but my first decision to face it head on made me move, if I hadn’t continued to sing that day when my voice didn’t come out and just ran out. Possibly, I wouldn’t be who I am now and could have regretted it. So to all aspiring performers out there, do not give up… Face Your Fears head on!

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Points of View


An Insightful Look At Civil Registration and RA 10172


hen I was reading James C. Dobson’s statement about marriage which says” Don't marry the person you think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you can't live without " , I was inspired to look at the latest statistics on marriage taking place in Northern Mindanao. What I saw was the total number of marriages occurring in 2010 which registered a total of 24,484 which is 1,571 higher than that of 2009. Then I shifted to statistics on live births - the latest of which is 2009 which posted a total of 80,747 live births consisting of 41,990 females and 38,756 males with a sex ratio of 108. Birth, death and marriage statistics are the milestones of human lives, and the most common way of collecting information is through civil registrationan administrative system employed by governments to record the occurrence of

such events in the lives of their population (Hufana,2010). Civil Registration is defined as the continuous permanent, compulsory and universal recording of the occurrence and characteristics of vital events and other civil status pertaining to the population as provided by decree, law or regulation in accordance with the legal requirement of each country. (United Nations 2001). The civil registration system addresses various needs. For individuals, vital records provide legal proof of identity, civil status, age and relationship. On the other hand, vital statistics derived from the aggregation of individual records provide the tools for the demographic analyses needed for economic and social planning and development. It also provides insights into various health information such as leading causes of death as well as death sex ratio. For instance,

since 2000, there have been more reported deaths of males than of females. In 2008, the proportion of male deaths was higher than female deaths in all age groups except in age group 80 and over. Disparity between sexes was prominent from infancy until after retirement ages. The infant death sex ratio in 2008 was 143.7 , which indicates higher risk of dying among male infants than female infants ( NSO Philippine Yearbook,2010). If we were to take a insightful look at how civil registration in the Philippines has gone through in addressing the growing needs of the people, we would see significant developments such as RA 9048, otherwise known as AN ACT AUTHORIZING THE CITY OR MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OR THE CONSUL GENERAL TO CORRECT A CLERICAL OR TYPOGRAPHICAL ERROR IN AN ENTRY AND/OR CHANGE OF FIRST NAME OR NICKNAME IN THE CIVIL REGISTER WITHOUT

NEED OF A JUDICIAL ORDER, AMENDING FOR THIS PURPOSE ARTICLES 376 AND 412 OF THE CIVIL CODE OF THE PHILIPPINES. Such was the act passed in 2001. The passage of time witnessed growing needs among petitioners with regard some errors in their birth and marriage certificates .Thus, on August 19,2012 , President Benigno S.C. Aquino III signed into law Republic Act No. 10172, an act further authorizing the city or municipal civil registrar or the consul general to correct clerical or typographical errors in the day and month in the date of birth or sex of a person appearing in the civil register without need of a judicial order, amending R.A. NO. 9048. Clerical or typographical error refers to a mistake committed in the performance of clerical work in writing, copying, transcribing, or typing an entry in the civil register, such as misspelled name

or misspelled place of birth, mistake in the entry in the date of birth or the sex of the person, which is visible to the eyes or obvious to the understanding, and can be corrected or changed only by reference to other existing record or records. Provided, however, that no correction must involve change of nationality, age , or status of the petitioner. This law will ease corrections and will spare the petitioner from undergoing the tedious court proceedings. Requesting parties are required to support petition with the following documents: A certified true machine copy of the certificate or of the page of the registry book containing the entry or entries sought to be corrected or changes; at least two public or private documents showing the correct entry or entries upon which the correction or change shall be based; other documents which the petitioner or the

city or municipal civil registrar or the consul general may consider relevant and necessary for the approval of the petition. As provided ,”clerical or typographical error refers to a mistake committed in the performance of clerical work in writing, copying, transcribing or typing an entry in the civil register that is harmless and innocuous, such as misspelled name or misspelled place of birth or the like, which is visible to the eyes or obvious to the understanding, and can be corrected or changed only by reference to other existing record or records.” However, it strictly provides that no correction must involve the change of nationality, age, status or sex of the petitioner. Its effectivity shall take place fifteen days after its publication in the Official Gazette or in at least two newspapers of general circulation.




NOSTALGIC memory on board Philippine Airlines BAC 111 in the late 80’s reminds me of my first visit to Cagayan de Oro. By then there was no other regular airline of public conveyance serving the Manila Cagayan de Oro route. Filipinas Air has long folded up. It was only in 1994 that Grand Air of the Panlilio group with their aging Boing 737 leased from a Greek company started landing at the Lumbia Airport. It did not take long for Grand Air, in 1997 when leased rentals were mounting, they stopped flying. By then a year earlier on March 8, 1996, another airline with the Sarimanok logo assigned to the 5J code started flying the DC-9’s determine to put up the competition under the

airline deregulation laws. It has a mission of bringing people together through an affordable, reliable mode of travel. They have the fun filled experience that delivers the true heart and soul for service. With their tag as the low cost airline offering various ticket sales, in-flight games and raffles to promotional rates in their short haul destinations. Cebu Pacific Air has come a long way in the last 17 years. After suffering a single mishap at Mt. Sumagaya in 1998, the airline has grown into a fleet of 38 aircrafts composed of 10, Airbus 319 and 20 Airbus 320 while 8 ATR 75500 are deployed in the feeder routes. Another 20 aircrafts with 8 options are scheduled for staggered deliveries next year. Time has altered the airline market share in the country.

Cebu Pacific Air now captures 80% of the riding public with PAL struggling to meet its various financial commitments. PAL was taking the competition lightly when it was still a semi government owned. It only woke up from slumber when Mr. Lucio Tan took over as the Captain. Sooner it has to take partners who have subscribed a 49% of the total available shares. When one buys a company share of stocks it has to infuse fresh funds or new money. Of course, new partners with a huge exposure must wrist control of the company to protect their investment. The huge investment among airline operators calls for tough management decisions and new strategies. Sometimes there are consolidations or cost cutting of non

profitable routes. We may not fully understand the economies of scales why the decisions were made unless we are an investment banker or with the airline industry. It hurts to those who were born in the 50’s to 60’s, to lose Philippine Airlines in the city. As a young child, I only knew of one airline. In those years anything that flies in the sky is called PAL, never mind if it was the Presidential plane or a UFO hovering in the horizon. PAL is part of our lives. Business in the sky will be as usual this October. Air Philippines Express will pick up the brunt of serving the Cagayan de Oro Manila flights and vice versa upon the stoppage of the Philippines Airlines flight to Cagayan de Oro. Reliable inside sources allayed fears of the

business community and the tourism industry. Travel agencies selling the Philippine Airlines in the city were assured that there will be no vacuum or disruption of airline travel to this fastest growing regional destination. Sister company Air Philippines Express which acquired new Airbus – 320’s will increase their flight frequencies to Cagayan de Oro with business class amenities. Philippine Airlines is coming up with the new airline reservation systems this October 27, 2012 as part of their upgrades and top airline management officials are continuously consolidating their strategies. Those in the know may still see PAL, coming back to Cagayan de Oro and shining through with a new brand.

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C ity L ite

CdeO Commemorative Stamp Unveiled & Launched

City Councilor Ian Mark Q. Nacaya and Philpost Area Director Ms. Nimia S. Acebes jointly unveil the Cagayan de Oro Commemorative Stamp and the Souvenir Frame, September 26, 2012, at the Limketkai Center. Looking on are Miss Kagay-an 2012 Greanne Tisha Mendoza (2nd from left), Tourism Board Chair Ms. Rhia Rita Abalos (left), Councilor Juan Sia (right), and DOT Director Catalino Chan (hidden), all of whom also witnessed the Signing of the First Day Cover, together with Ms. Amor Aguilar (picture below,2nd from right) and Mr. Cayetano Pacana (picture below, right). CIOPHOTO


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Dengue cases slows down in NorMin by Jorie C. Valcorza

PROVINCIAL Information Officer Gil E. Miranda (center) of the Department of Agrarian Reform - Agusan del Norte comments,

“The Radio Broadcasting Orientation conducted at the BWM Media Center in Cagayan de Oro City on September 18, 2012 would greatly help us in reaching out to our beneficiaries, especially in terms of information dissemination utilizing radio.” In picture (L-R) are BWM Media Center Chief Executive Officer Dante M. Sudaria, Mindanao Star Balita News Editor Arjay S. Felicilda, Mr. Miranda, Training Assistant Irene Domingo and Broadcast Training Director Joe del Puerto Felicilda. (photo by Ronald Mastail)

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, September 26, 2012 (PIA) – Latest dengue report shows a significant drop in the number of cases here in the region. Department of Health region 10 Epidemiology, Surveillance and Disaster Response Unit (RESU recorded a total of 1,507 suspected cases last month, the highest point reached starting January of this year. Dr. David A. Mendoza, DOH-RESU coordinator, however noted that the figure, for this month, has

dramatically decreased to only 462 cases as of September 21. “Cases have started to decrease but we should not be complacent about it, as this is still 192 percent higher than the same time period last year,” he said. There were already 28 deaths recorded this year with a case fatality rate of .60 percent, among the age group 1-9 years old. Most of the cases were from the province of Misamis Oriental, absorbing close to

75 percent of the total regional figure, with Cagayan de Oro City contributing the biggest chunk on the pie. Mendoza reiterates DOH anti-dengue campaign which is anchored on the 4S which means: Search and destroy to eliminate all the possible breeding sites of the mosquito that carries the virus; Self protection or measures to protect people from mosquito bites; Seek early treatment; and Say no to indiscriminate fogging. (JCV/PIA 10)

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Building the Art of Trust by Jett Torres


he key to consistent and dependable trust lies in the character of the person who leads. It is through learning that we realize our potential. It is through learning that our minds become attuned, ready to meet whatever life brings. We envision a place where every person respects its own dignity, culture, and perception as it raises the window of our triumph in life. We perceive our daily struggle with different arguments of our society like politics, environmental concerns, our educational system, economic tussle, etc. These draw us into anger and violence against each other. According to Camilo Marivoet, the danger that threatens us is alive in people themselves, in people who believe in power, in money and in possessions. We cannot change the desert, but

we can turn ourselves into small oases. This paradigm of our society really hungers for change. Our economic prosperity must be founded on authentic trust and sustainable development within the framework of a coherent vision of each individual. We are building trust for us to lead and come together by its shared vision of richness in the facet of our lives. We continuously form our own identity as a citizen. Everyday we engage our lives in a situation where others suffered from the different struggles and redress of the people. However, how can we gradually mend this brokenness and deprivation? How can we bridge the gaps of every individual? Our government assures us to have equal services and provides us better opportunities but still in the process of reassuring our trust to them.

The long road to achieve logical result of our thinking and our living together with genuine trust to our government is the common concern of each individual. Each contribution to our community is the expression of our desire to remain critical and keeps us from being fully part of the society. We do not look for promises when a small deed is enough. Our greatest ability to form our vision and engagement is the creative listening of our struggles. According to St Ignatius Loyola “Nothing is difficult to a person whose will is set on it be a thing to be done out of love”. We build our trust to each other and work together as we attain equality of humanity. We are capable to draw out our own road to development by working together as one - one government, one community. Building trust to each other is like building strong community.

DOLE MisOr West plants XU McKeough Marine Center 150 Mahogany and Narra spearheads coastal clean-up


by: Aloha Balhon-Jaudian

RD Johnson G. Cañete (center on top photo) and Provincial Head Rodrigo A. Deloso (inset) supervised the tree planting activity in Barangay Lumbia.

“GO GREEN!” The personnel of the Provincial Office of Misamis Oriental WestCagayan de Oro City took respite from work to plant Mahogany and Narra seedlings along the main road of town proper Lumbia, Misamis Oriental over the weekend. The 22 September 2012 activity was supported with 150 of said hardwood varieties by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Region 10 (DENR10). The tree planting cum tree-growing activity is the latest among efforts of the

Department to do its share in the “Green Our Dole or GOD Program,” according to DOLE Mis.Or. West Director Rodrigo A. Deloso. The Provincial Office will regularly monitor and visit the site on a monthly basis to provide sufficient care for the newly transported seedlings. Regional Director Johnson G. Canete led the provincial team that was assisted by the Office of the Barangay Council of Lumbia. This is the second tree planting ac tivity of t he Provincial Office. The first was held on 22 April 2012 organized by the National

Youth Commission (NYC) as a post typhoon “Sendong” initiative. Together with the regional personnel and other government agencies, it estimated about 1,000 seedlings planted alongside the riverbank of Cabula, Lumbia. The activity supports the National Greening Program of President Aquino III to plant at least 10 seedlings per employee in a year, Director Deloso said. Also, with the Green Our DOLE Program, the office hopes to contribute to the goal of planting 1.5 billion trees on 1.5M hectares of local domain until 2016, he added.

ore than 300 volunteers participated in the beach and underwater clean up drive in Opol, Misamis Oriental last Saturday, September 22, 2012. The clean up drive aimed to increase public awareness on the ocean’s silent killer – marine debris. From morning ‘till noon, volunteers of all ages helped to get rid of the trash. A total of 1,684 pounds (765.65 kgs.) of garbage were hauled off from the beaches, mangrove area, and Opol Marine Sanctuary. Volunteers were given data card which will be submitted to Project Aware to help them continue tracking the common types of

litter. Participating in the clean up were volunteers from Dive Special, Philippine Army 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Coast Guard NorMin, Coast Guard Special Operations Group, Tactical Operations Group Philippine Air Force, Marine Bio Students, PNP Maritime, STEAG Power State Inc., MBDA Cluster Divers (Villanueva, Jasaan & Salay), XU-National Service Training Program (NSTP) Students Classes YA & YC, Aquamundo, XUResearch and Social Outreach, XU-Center for Legal Assistance, Jesuit scholastic, XU-Red Cross Youth, AJIS Aquasports, Johnny Cabreira and local communities of Opol.

The annual cleanup, coordinated locally by McKeough Marine Center, is organized internationally by the Project Aware Organization. This year’s theme is Dive against Debris, Stop the Ocean’s Silent Killer. The activity ended with the distribution of certificates and the awarding of prizes for the heaviest debris. This international event engages people to remove trash and debris from the world’s beaches and waterways, to identify the sources of debris, and to change human behavior and practices that have been causing marine pollution.

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Tête-à-tête with a foreign exchange student


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hilippines now is one of the most preferred countries where foreign students opt to spend their college years in. Well, to boost of, we do have top caliber universities and state colleges among others. No wonder, they chose and will choose to study in the Philippines. From Korean and Japanese exchange students to Belgian ones, Filipino universities house Eastern and Western individuals; they do get a touch of our culture and vice versa. In the locale, there is this 18year old Belgian national, Astrid Camps who, as may say, at one look, you’ll be enticed on and you’ll be hooked for minutes (even an hour) because of her beauty. Well, she’s a Belgian and how do you conceived Belgian ladies? Oh! For me, she is an epitome of Snow White but her hair is not as black as ebony but as tint as gold (as that of the Tangled character) and her eyes were indeed as blue as forgetme-nots. Oh! Astrid is not a fairy tale character but a real one, well almost. Yes she’s beautiful and awesome. She’s a one of a kind that everyone’s head would turn 360 degrees just to get a glimpse of her. Oh! Filipinos are like that, right? When they see foreigners, as if they see gods and goddesses sent from heaven. Amazing! (If only they see their fellows as that.) From Belgium to Cagayan de Oro with love As we were having our conversation, we were with the fourth year Mass Communication students of Liceo de Cagayan University. Astrid is a first year

International Studies student of the latter. She has been here for almost three months now. She came from Over pelt Limburg, Belgium and a foreign exchange student of American Field Service (AFS), an accredited agency responsible for exchanging foreign students abroad in which Astrid is a scholar. When asked what made her decide to study here, she said “I want to do something different, I want to go to different places and explore the world and I want Philippines also”. “I’m glad I’m here in Cagayan de Oro. But you know what, it’s a quite different here, you know when I have to ride a jeepney to Liceo, in Belgium it’s a bus, oh I was like, this is different but great”. Astrid has to ride from Gusa to Liceo. She lives with her host family. Prior to her desire to travel the country, she shared that she’s been to Cebu, Initao, Dahilayan Adventure Park and she has tried also Cagayan de Oro’s pride, the white water rafting. Making the best out of it, Astrid is doing well in her studies and has gained friends in and outside the campus. She has only a 10-month contract with AFS to study in Liceo and that’s equivalent to two semesters. “Yes, and have to spend the remaining months with a blast, not only in my studies but with my host family and friends also”. When asked how do she finds Cagayan de Oro? She said, “Oh! The people here are great, beautiful places, a pretty busy city, and friendly individuals, it’s amazing, and indeed this is a City of Golden Friendship”.

HEALTH IN FOCUS by: Dr. Mary Jean Loreche

A Bite n’ A Scratch

I Astrid Camps

(Above) Joining the crowd. (l-r) Lenin, Astrid, Mariel, and Christine. (Below) Light moments with friends. Astrid Camps with this writer and Jacquilyn.

********* “As much as I gained friends, the 4th year Maskomistas are great, I enjoy their company. They may call themselves as “Buwayas” but it’s fun, they are 14, and I’m the No. 15 “croc”. (Laughs with a “Dios ko!” phrase).” ~~ Astrid

Int’l Fil-Am singer hands over new school building to Cagayan de Oro students, a FilipinoAmerican singer and member of the famous American rap musical group Black Eyed Peas returns to the Philippines to hand over a new school building to students in Cagayan de Oro. is in the country to fulfill a promise he has made during a visit to student survivors of Tropical Storm “Sendong” at Balulang Elementary School in Cagayan de Oro City on February 2012.

APL.DE.AP poses with San Miguel Beer and AGAPP partners hands over a newly completed twostorey four-classroom school building to students, Tuesday, September 25, 2012. A pupil gives APL. DE.AP a flower as a token of gratitude Photos by Roselyn Paglinawan, Correspondent

n just a matter of 2 days, I received text queries from a friend from way back High School days and from a student , on how they could have themselves tested for Rabies. The latter had been bitten by a rat while asleep and the former, had a scratch bite from her pet. It is a known fact that Rabies is something not to be taken lightly as it can be fatal. Rabies is a disease that occurs when the virus is transmitted from an infected saliva of an animal, mostly dogs, but can happen also even with rats, and bats, via a scratch or a bite. 40% of bites with suspect rabies affect children under the age of 15. It is when the symptoms start to appear that the disease is nearly always fatal! The incubation period is typically 1-3 months but it can even be shorter for less than a week. Thus, it would be good to heed the advice to take care of the dog, once a bite occurs for 10 days and to observe for changes. Problem is, when one animal who bit you, is a stray animal or if, the animal involved is a cat or a rat that tracing them for observation is next to impossible. The site or location of the bite, the type of animal, and whether it was provoked or unprovoked, are important information that should be shared with the healthcare provider. Symptoms vary, depending on whether it is furious or paralytic in form. The furious type exhibits signs of hyperactivity, excited behaviour, hydrophobia and sometimes even aerophobia, and after a few days of manifesting these, patient usually dies from a cardiorespiratory arrest. The other type, known as paralytic, which happens not as commonly as the furious type, has less dramatic presentation. It may be seen and felt as gradual paralysis of the muscles, and patient may become comatose and eventually succumb to death. Rabies in animals can be tested only post-mortem, meaning

only after the animal’s death. Tissues will have to be taken from the brain, at least from two locations ( cerebellum and brainstem ), brought to the Laboratory for examination utilizing direct fluorescent antibody testing. For humans, who may have been bitten or scratched with a high probability of the animal being infected, may have samples from their saliva, serum, spinal fluid and even skin biopsy of hair follicles from the nape area, submitted for testing of the virus. This however may not be available in developing countries or if available, the test may be costly. In actual practice, though, humans get to be diagnosed of the disease only after the onset of the clinical manifestations. Rabies is a highly preventable disease. Thus, for pet owners, immunizing their animals should be as routine as having themselves groomed. Should one be bitten or scratched, it is important to flush immediately and thoroughly the wound for a minimum of 15 minutes with soap and water or povidone iodine, and seek medical attention for the administration of a vaccine or rabies immunoglobulin. A pre-exposure immunization, is safe and effective. This is recommended for those who plan to travel to rural areas where stray dogs and rabies vaccination isn’t practiced well. Persons in high risk occupational groups like veterinarians and their staff and animal handlers, and for children, immunizing them as a preventive measure is acceptable. Pets bring us so much joy and are great de-stressors. The many psycohological benefits and well being a pet brings to one’s life could not be underestimated. Thus, it is but natural, that we also take good care of them and part of responsible ownership is, to groom them, provide for their physical and emotional needs and yes, get that visit to their veterinarians for their shots......

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SM Prime Holdings won the International Council of Shopping Center’s prestigious Asia Pacific Community Support Award for its Operation Sendong: People Helping People to Rebuild a City outreach program, as well as a Digital Marketing Gold Award for its iButterfly Hunt during ceremonies held recently at the Shanghai International Convention Center in Shanghai, China. ICSC President and CEO Michael Kercheval is shown in photo with the SM team: SM Supermalls Vice President for Marketing Grace Magno, Senior Manager for Digital Marketing Dave Pimentel, AVP for Operations Debby Go, SM Vice President for Marketing Millie Dizon, AVP for Marketing Jenjen Amigo, and AVP for Marketing Ruby Reyes.

The iButterfly Hunt had total downloads of 39,545 and a redemption rate of 13%.

MANILA, Philippines - Former Las Piñas City Rep. Cynthia Villar on Tuesday filed her certificate of candidacy at the main office of the Commission on Elections in Intramuros, Manila. Villar arrived at the Comelec building around a little past 11 a.m., accompanied by her husband, Sen. Manny Villar. Villar, who donned an

Prime Holdings won two major awards during the recent International Council of Shopping Centers Asia Pacific Shopping Center Awards ceremonies in Shanghai, China. It received the prestigious Asia-Pacific Community Support Award for Operation Sendong: People Helping People to Rebuild a City and the Digital Media Marketing Gold Award for its iButterfly Hunt campaign, as well as numerous citations for its campaigns in the Cause Related, Business to Business, Public Relations, and Sales Promotions categories. With its vision to create an inspired global shopping center industry responsive to the needs of its communities, the ICSC Community Support Awards recognizes corporate social responsibility and community outreach efforts around the world. The award comes with a US$5,000.00 donation to the winner’s charity. SM Prime’s Operation Sendong: People Helping People to Rebuild a City highlights the company’s response to the devastation brought about by typhoon Sendong in December 2011 in Northern Mindanao. One of the hardest hit by the storm was

orange dress, has been drafted by the Liberal Party of President Benigno Aquino III to join its senatorial slate. Aquino and the senator were rivals in the 2010 presidential race. Prior to the arrival of the Villars, their supporters, all wearing orange tshirts, converged in front of the Manila Cathedral Church near the Comelec building.

Cagayan de Oro, a city which had not experienced a typhoon for the past thirty years, and in which SM has a mall. Being part of the community, SM Prime together with SM Foundation and SM Supermarket was one of the first to take part in relief efforts, distributing relief packs to 19,500 families, assisting the city government in relief efforts, and creating programs that will lift the community’s spirit. It continues to offer long -term solutions by building 200 homes through its partnership with Gawad Kalinga. The iButterfly Hunt digital marketing campaign, on the other hand, which was held from May 5 to June 30, 2012, had 64 exciting offers to shoppers in 8 SM malls. This successful campaign had 39,545 total downloads, 17,401 butterflies caught, and an average redemption rate of 13%. Through its Global Awards Program, the ICSC has recognized and honored the shopping center industry’s most cutting edge properties, innovative solutions, and creative marketing trends, as well outstanding examples of design and development throughout the world.

SM Prime continues to offer long term solutions by building 200 homes through its partnership with Gawad Kalinga.

Giving relief goods as quickly as possible was crucial as Cagayan de Oro city did not have a typhoon in 30 years and was totally unprepared for this.

Cynthia Villar files candidacy on October 2, 2012 COMELEC Intramuros Manila. She was joined by husband Senator Manny Villar, son Cong. Mark Villar and Long time supporter Willy Revillame. (Advertorial)

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