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Del Mar seeks postponement of barangay, SK polls

Mon, 2022-07-04 12:40
CEBU City North District Representative Rachel "Cutie" del Mar has sought the postponement of the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE) scheduled

on December 5, 2022.

Del Mar filed House Bill (HB) 133, "An act ammending certain sections of Republic Act 11462 otherwise known as an act postponing the 2020 Barangay and

Sangguniang Kabataan elections."

The bill was submitted by del Mar during the first hour of the opening of the 19th Congress on June 30 and once approved, the BSKE will be moved to December 4,


In her explanatory note, Del Mar said that conducting the BSKE this year "definitely adds to the present division of our electorates."

The congresswoman also said that there would be additional expenditures for the conduct of the BSKE on the part of the Commission on Elections. (IRT)
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Former Tabunok public market administrator shot dead

Mon, 2022-07-04 11:59
A FORMER administrator of Tabunok Public Market in Talisay City was shot dead past 8 p.m. on Sunday, July 3, 2022, on Rabaya Street, just a few meters from Tabunok barangay hall.

Police Corporal Milfred Labitad of Talisay Police Station identified the victim as Leonora Carlos, 57.

Labitad said Carlos was about to close her store when she was shot by the suspect in the head, killing her instantly.

The gunman, who was wearing a helmet and a mask, fled on board a motorcycle.

Carmen Donato, a resident of Ilang-ilang Street, Barangay Lagtang, Talisay and elder sister of the victim, said Carlos was a good person and she has not heard of any person having a grudge at her, except for her housemaid whom she allegedly reprimanded.

"Ako naman ni siya'ng gi-advisan sa una nga manira ug sayo kay ang akong kahadlokan kanang tulis bitaw, duna ni siyay anak nga tua na sa gawas unya kani iyang duha ka anak dinhi karon nga maoy iyang katabang kay ang iyang bana gi-operahan bag-o lang," Donato said.

(I already advised her to close her store early for fear of being robbed, she has a son who works abroad and her two other children are helping her in the store as her husband had just underwent surgery).

Donato added that the victim's husband was inside the room when the shooting took place.

The Talisay City police are still trying to establish the motive for the killing. (BBT, TPT)
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Habal-habal driver dies in Talisay road mishap

Mon, 2022-07-04 11:17
A 48-year-old motorcycle-for-hire (habal-habal) driver died after his motorcycle was hit by a modernized passenger jeepney along the intersection of Rizal Street corner F. Del Rosario Street, in Barangay Poblacion, Talisay City, Cebu on late Sunday evening, July 3, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Carlos Dicdican from Talisay City Traffic Enforcement Unit identified the victim as Nicky Buenavista, of Bulacao, Pardo Cebu City.

Based in their investigation, Dicdican said that Buenavista was driving his Suzuki Smash motorcycle when he was hit by the Mango passenger jeepney (NES 6785) driven by Joel Simbanan upon reaching the intersection of Rizal Street corner F. Del Rosario Street, in Barangay Poblacion, Talisay City around 11:05 p.m. on Sunday.

Dicdican said that Simbanan, who hails from Barangay Cansojong, Talisay City, was heading towards Barangay Poblacion, when he and Buenavista entered the intersection resulting in the collision.

Dicdican said Buenavista and his motorcycle was pinned under the mini bus and dragged for several meters, resulting in his death.

"Makita gyud sa dash camera sa bus driver nga nilabang ni ang maong biktima ug pareho sad sila wala nag observe sa intersection mao ni resulta sa pagka-bangga (The dash camera of the bus driver shows that the victim crossed and they both did not observe (caution) at the intersection resulting in the collision)," Dicdican said.

The family of the victim, however, decided not to file a case against the bus driver as long as the latter would give financial assistance, including the burial expenses for Buenavista. (GDC, TPT)

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Gilas gets back to winning ways with 79-63 thumping of India in FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers

Mon, 2022-07-04 08:31
The Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball team got back to its winning ways as they trounced India, 79-63, in the 2023 FIBA World Cup Asian qualifiers on Sunday night at the SM Mall of Asia Arena.

Dwight Ramos led the Philippines’ attack with 21 points, five rebounds, four steals, and two assists, including nine in the first period that saw the Gilas come away with a 21-10 lead. So relentless were the Filipinos that they stretched their lead to 21, 45-24, at halftime before extending it to a high of 24 at 48-24 early in the third.

The Gilas finished the first round of the qualifiers for the prestigious FIBA World Cup with an even 2-2 card. More importantly, they snapped a two-game losing streak, with both losses coming at the hands of New Zealand, which included a massive 46-point loss, 60-106, earlier in the week.

The Philippines, New Zealand, and India now advance to the second round of the qualifiers, where they will now mix it up with the top three squads from Group C. These are Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan.

Kiefer Ravena finished with 12 points, four dimes, two boards, and two steals. William Navarro added 11 points and four boards, while young Cebuano big man Carl Tamayo chipped in nine points, nine rebounds, and three steals, despite spraining his ankle against New Zealand several days ago.

Despite the victory, the Gilas still has a lot of work to do as they committed 15 turnovers and made just six of their 28 attempts from beyond the arc.
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Gryann Mendoza hits clutch deuce to give TNT title in PBA 3x3 Third Conference Grand Finals

Mon, 2022-07-04 08:07
Gryann Mendoza canned a long deuce from the right wing to help TNT defeat Purefoods, 21-19, and capture the title in the PBA 3x3 Third Conference Grand Finals on Sunday at the Robinson’s Place Manila.

Given enough space to launch a jumper, the left-handed Mendoza rose up and rattled home the long jumper that gave TNT the victory that capped off their remarkable comeback in the hotly contested finals match. The win allowed TNT to bring home not just the title but also the whopping cash prize of P750,000.

Things looked bleak for the Tropang Giga as they trailed by as much as five and were still facing a 15-19 deficit with just a minute left. But TNT rallied and tied the game at 19-all off of two driving buckets by Mendoza and two free-throws by Samboy de Leon.

TNT even got numerous chances at grabbing the victory in regulation, but Almond Vosotros, Mendoza, and de Leon flubbed their shots. That set the stage for Mendoza to come up with his heroic game-winning shot. Mendoza led TNT with eight points, while Vosotros added five. Flores and De Leon added four each.

Purefoods settled for the runner-up trophy and the P250,000 cash prize.

Meanwhile, the Sista Super Sealers won third-place honors with a 21-20 win over San Miguel. Sista bagged the P100,000 prize money for third place.
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Street sweeper struck by neighbor, sustains head injury

Sun, 2022-07-03 20:43
A 57-year-old street sweeper was injured after being struck by his neighbor in Brgy. Cotcot, Liloan town in southern Cebu on Sunday afternoon, July 3, 2022.

Senior Master Sergeant Arni Goc-ong, investigating officer of Liloan Municipal Police Station, identified the victim as Jose Cabatingan Pabular, of Sitio Sulima, Brgy. Cotcot, Liloan, Cebu.

Pabular works in Liloan Local Government Unit ( LGU).

Goc-ong identified the suspect as Romolu Pacaña, 58 of Sitio Sulima, Brgy. Cotcot, Liloan, Cebu.

Goc-ong told SunStar Cebu that based on their initial investigation, around 2 p.m of July 3, Pabular was about to buy a bottle of liquor as they were having a drinking session.

Pabular got mad that the money that was given to him was not enough to buy the liquor resulting to a fight using huge wood sticks.

Barangay police officers brought the two parties to Liloan MPS and eventually they settled.

Around 4:50 p.m on July 3, 2022, Pabular was sitting down beside the road when Pacaña appeared carrying a bat and struck Pabular once in the head causing injury.

Pacaña was arrested by the responding police officers at his residence.

On the other hand, Pabular was brought to Danao City District Hospital for medication.

Goc-ong said that Pacaña retaliated in the earlier altercation involving his friend and Pabular.

"Mahulog ni nga revenge, kay around 2pm naay binunalay na nga nahitabo nga na pacified ra unya karon mas grabe ni kay nagkadugo dugo ang biktima." Goc-ong said.

Liloan Police advised the family of Pabular to go to a hospital so Pabular could have his medico-legal report.

The two parties are willing to settle it amicably but Goc-ong said that they will get ready all the documents for the filing of the case in case Pacana's family would change their minds.

Pacaña is currently detained at Liloan custodial facility and will face charges of frustrated murder.
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Editorial: Register to vote in Dec. 2022

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:30
The voter turnout during the May 2022 elections was unprecedented.

Yet, despite the Commission on Elections (Comelec) extending in October 2021 the registration of new voters and the activation of disenfranchised voters who skipped two consecutive elections, many citizens were still unable to register and activate their voting status to be able to participate in the May 2022 election.

The opportunity to exercise the sacred duty to vote is opened again, with the registration of voters to start today, July 4, and close on July 22, according to a June 23 article posted on

The registration of voters is targeted to enlist and activate voters for the December 5, 2022 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections (BSKE).

Under Republic Act No. 8189 (Continuing Voter’s Registration Act), no voter registration can be conducted within 120 days before an election.

The Comelec explained that there are many post-registration activities that necessitate closing the registration seven days before Aug. 7, which is 120 days before the Dec. 5 BSKE.

In a July 1 article posted on, the National Movement for Free Elections (Namfrel) urged citizens to register as early as possible since the registration period runs for less than a month.

A mañana habit leads to overcrowding and other inconvenience for Filipinos rushing for last-day registration.

That is not helped by the Comelec’s perennial failure to implement a registration process that is widely promoted and efficiently enhanced using the latest technology.

Last year, recognizing the constraints imposed by the ongoing coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic, the Comelec passed a resolution authorizing deactivated voters to reactivate online if their complete biometric data is still in the database of the locality where they are filing their application.

Targeted for online reactivation for the May 2022 general elections were about 6 million disenfranchised voters, including the elderly, persons with disability (PWD), and persons deprived of liberty (PDL).

Yet, technical glitches and lack of digital literacy bogged down online reactivation in 2021.

Working in Metro Manila but registered in Lapu-Lapu City, Homer failed to activate his voting status online. He complained that the Comelec website was inaccessible despite repeated attempts to reactivate remotely.

Instead of lessening the costs entailed by updating one’s records in person at a local Comelec office, the problematic online reactivation frustrated citizens and resulted in more expenses for data.

Comelec officials must also accommodate citizens residing outside of urban centers with limited digital literacy and little or no access to gadgets and data.

According to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), the Comelec projects 66 million voters for the barangay and youth polls, including about 23 million youths.

Next to improving the process for registration, the Comelec must view the promotion of voters’ literacy as intrinsic to its mandate.

Will a citizen register if he or she does not understand the importance of suffrage in a working democracy?

Despite the serious threat of infection from Covid-19 and constraints posed on registration and reactivation, Filipino citizens turned out in unprecedented millions to cast their votes last May 9.

The general election then was considered crucial in the selection of the next president to steer the country’s gradual transition from the public health crisis and economic lockdowns to post-Covid-19 transformation and recovery.

The BSKE is no less crucial for choosing the next barangay and youth leaders who will focus on development visions and programs at the grassroots.

Many perceive that patronage politics mars irrevocably local elections. Voters’ literacy by the Comelec and civil society should counter these biases through the education of voters and potential voters, as well as their mobilization to participate in the Dec. 5 BSKE.
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Rookie Cordova mayor to evaluate JO workers, department heads

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:30
CORDOVA town Mayor Cesar “Didoy” Suan has assured all job order (JO) employees in the local government that the evaluation for the renewal of their contracts will be based on their performance, not politics.

As for the department heads under his predecessor, Suan believed that most of them did not vote for him in the May 9 elections.

Despite this, the new mayor said the more than 10 department heads will be judged on how they perform their job.

Suan said he already met with all the department heads two weeks before he assumed office. He assured them that they will not be terminated or transferred as long as they will do their best to help develop Cordova, a third-class municipality.

As for the JO employees, the businessman-turned-politician said they were asked to submit new applications to work in the local government unlike during the term of former mayor Mary Therese “Teche” Sitoy-Cho wherein there was no renewal of contracts.

“Ako silang giingnan nga we have to change the process. Paglingkod nako... amoa sang i-renew ang contract regardless og Asenso man ka or Kayab, mibotar man ka nako or wala,” Suan said.

(I told them that we have to change the process. When I assumed office n my term, we would renew the contract regardless if you belong to Asenso or Kayab, whether you voted for me or not.)

Suan said there will be a reevaluation after a month or two.

“Mahawa gani ka, meaning wala ka ni-perform og insakto. Dili na tungod kay wala ka nibotar nako,” he added.

(If you are fired, it means you did not perform well. Not voting for me is not the basis.)

Suan ran under Team Asenso, while Sitoy-Cho ran under Team Kayab Cordovanhon.

The new mayor, however, revealed that some JO employees who supported Sitoy-Cho have volunteered to quit working in the local government.

There are over 200 job order and over 20 contract of service employees during Sitoy-Cho’s term.

Sitoy-Cho on Sunday, July 3, denied the allegations hurled against her by the neophyte mayor concerning the non-renewal of contracts for JO employees.

“Of course, that’s not true. We have the renewal every three months,” Sitoy-Cho told SunStar Cebu.

Suan, who was the first councilor in the town of Cordova, defeated Sitoy-Cho in the May 9 elections, as he secured 21,222 votes compared to the latter’s 17,052 votes.

Sitoy-Cho’s camp had filed a motion for disqualification against Suan before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) central office.

A week after the elections, Sitoy-Cho said her camp would also file an election protest against the Comelec officials, barangay captains, tanods (watchmen), barangay health workers and teachers who were reportedly involved in the election irregularities that led to the defeat of the majority of her slate.

She said more than 100 people had witnessed the irregularities that included vote buying, individuals voting more than once, unregistered voters voting, and the existence of pre-shaded ballots.

Suan denied the allegations hurled against him, saying he became municipal councilor for the past 15 years without buying any vote, and he believed that the Cordovahanons did not want to sell their votes but wanted a change in the leadership of the town, which has been ruled by the Sitoys for almost 50 years.

Sitoy-Cho, however, clarified that it was only a disqualification case they filed directly to the Comelec.

“They sent a notice that they received the complaint and then we are waiting for the hearing because both parties are already informed,” she said.

Suan earlier said he would welcome the allegations hurled against him should he receive notice from the Comelec concerning the case.
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Cindi files 2 bills on Day 1 of 19th Congress

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:30
NEWLY elected Lapu-Lapu City Lone District Rep. Cynthia “Cindi” King-Chan has filed two measures on the first day of the 19th Congress on July 1, 2022, and these are bills that seek to declare June 17 every year as a special non-working holiday in the city during its commemoration of its Charter Day and create a separate engineering office.

Chan said it is only the Office of the President who can declare June 17 as a special non-working holiday in the city. She added she filed the measure upon the request of the City Government to allow residents to participate in the Charter Day activities.

She said it is now time for the special non-working holiday to be set in stone through a law, 61 years after the enactment of Republic Act (RA) 3134, an Act Creating the City of Lapu-Lapu. RA 3134 was signed by President Carlos Garcia on June 17, 1961.

“In so doing, the people of Lapu-Lapu City will automatically be given an opportunity to recognize the men and women whose hard work and effort continue to contribute to their city’s progress as well as allow them to take part in celebrating the city’s accomplishments while ruminating on its historic founding in 1961,” read a portion of Chan’s House Bill (HB) 739.

Apart from that, Chan also proposed to create the Lapu-Lapu City District Engineering Office (LCDEO).

She noted that the first-class and highly-urbanized city is currently served by the Cebu Sixth District Engineering Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), which also serves the municipalities of Cordova and Consolacion, and the city of Mandaue.

The other reason for creating the LCDEO is Lapu-Lapu City’s separation from the sixth legislative district, which is now composed of Mandaue City, Consolacion and Cordova. Lapu-Lapu City became a lone district in 2009 by virtue of RA 9726.

Chan said Lapu-Lapu City has a total population of 497,604 residents living in 30 barangays based on the 2020 Census of Population and Housing, which represents 46 percent or almost half of the total population catered to by the Sixth District Engineering Office.

“With infrastructure development playing a key role in sustaining improvements in connectivity and transportation, overall production capacity, and income and employment generation, it is imperative that a separate and dedicated district engineering office be created for the City of Lapu-Lapu,” read a portion of Chan’s HB 731.

HB 731 further states: “Through this, it is hoped that the important functions of the Department in terms of planning, design, construction and maintenance of infrastructure, especially the national highways, flood control and water resources development system, and other public works will be carried out more promptly and efficiently.”

Chan has vowed to finish all the ongoing projects of former Rep. Paz Radaza during her term, including the road repairs since the people expect her to finish them all.
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Diesel, gasoline price rollback seen this week

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:27
MOTORISTS could take a breather in the coming week as pump prices of petroleum products are expected to go down.

This came after five straight weeks of price hikes for diesel and four consecutive weeks of increase for gasoline.

Based on its fuel price forecast for the July 5 to 11 trading days, Unioil Philippines said the price per liter of diesel could go down by P2.80 to P2.90.

Gasoline prices may also go down by P0.10 per liter or stay unchanged.

Oil companies usually announce price adjustments every Monday to be implemented on the following day.

Last Tuesday, June 28, fuel firms hiked gasoline prices by P0.50 per liter and diesel by P1.65 per liter, bringing the year-to-date fuel price adjustments to stand at a net increase of P30 per liter for gasoline and P45.90 per liter for diesel.
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Business sentiment more optimistic in Q2, less buoyant in Q3, BSP says

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:27
BUSINESS sentiment is more optimistic in the second quarter, but is less buoyant in the third quarter and the next 12 months, the central bank said.

The overall confidence index (CI) rose to 35.4 percent in Q2 from 32.9 percent in the previous quarter, according to the second quarter Business Expectations Survey (BES) by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP).

For Q3, business sentiment weakened but remained positive as the overall CI declined to 46.4 percent from 59.7 percent from the previous quarter, BSP data showed.

The central bank found out that the trend is also less optimistic for the next 12 months as the overall CI decreased to 59.9 percent from 69.8 percent.

The outlook, BSP said, is generally more upbeat in the second quarter but is “largely less buoyant for the near term.”

BSP further noted that firms expected their financial condition and access to credit to improve in the second quarter.

In the third quarter, the employment outlook index was steady at 25.4 percent. It is also higher at 30.7 percent for the next 12 months, the survey showed.

“The higher positive readings for Q3 2022 and the next 12 months suggest that firms are looking forward to hiring more people in the next quarter and the next several months,” the BSP said.

Businesses are expecting the peso to depreciate further against the dollar in the second and third quarter and the next 12 months.

Inflation and borrowing rates could also rise further during the period, the BSP survey showed.

Inflation soared to 5.4 percent in May and is likely to settle between 5.7 to 6.5 percent last month.

Earlier, the BSP hiked its benchmark interest rate to 2.5 percent to tame skyrocketing inflation.
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IPOs in first half reach P62B: PSE

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:24
PHILIPPINE companies have raised a total of P62 billion in fresh funds by offering their shares to the investing public through the stock market in the first half of 2022.

The Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) had eight initial public offerings (IPO) in the first six months of 2022, which is the same number of IPOs for the entire 2021. Of the eight companies that conducted IPOs, five were listed on the Main Board while three joined the Small, Medium and Emerging Board.

Among the listed firms that debuted between January and June were Haus Talk Inc., Figaro Coffee Group Inc., Citicore Energy REIT Corp., Bank of Commerce, CTS Global Equity Group Inc., Raslag Corp., VistaREIT Inc., and Balai ni Fruitas Inc.

“Given the lineup of maiden offers in the next half of the year, we may see a 26 year high in terms of the number of IPOs in a year,” said PSE president and CEO Ramon Monzon in a statement.

Meantime, the amount of capital raised from the sale of primary and secondary shares in eight IPOs, one stock rights offering, and four private placements during the first half of 2022 reached P61.92 billion, lower by 49.4 percent year-on-year. The fund raising amount in the same period last year was P122.46 billion, boosted by the largest IPO in PSE history that raised P55.89 billion.

According to Mr. Monzon, “The record fund raising in 2021 will be difficult to break because of the sizable amount that was generated by the Monde Nissin Corporation IPO. We have a robust pipeline of public offerings in the second half and if all of these materialize, capital raising may still reach the Php 200 billion mark”.

“To sustain the listing activities at the PSE, we now have in place Rules on Initial Listing through a Preferred Shares Offering that gives companies the flexibility to tap the equities market by selling preferred shares instead of common shares. The Lock-Up Rule has also been amended recently to give select entities an early exit mechanism when a company they invested in goes public. This frees up capital of alternative investment funds to reinvest in other target firms and increases the number of available shares to IPO investors,” Mr. Monzon added.

In terms of trading activity, the daily average value turnover as of June 30 was at P7.52 billion, down by 16.1 percent year-on-year. Foreign investors were net sellers during the January to June period at P40.73 billion, lower than the P77.86 billion net foreign selling registered in the same period in 2021.

The PSE index closed at 6,155.43 points on the last trading day of the semester and posted a 13.6 percent decline year-to-date. The All Shares Index and five of the six sectoral indices also registered year-to-date losses of between 10.2 percent and 17.0 percent. Only the Mining and Oil Index ended in the green, up by 17.0 percent year-to-date. (PR)
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GBP, Canvas partner to promote reading literacy

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:19
GLOBAL Business Power Corp. (GBP), in collaboration with the Center for Art, New Ventures and Sustainable Development (Canvas), distributed books to various public elementary and high school students in Iloilo, Aklan, Cebu and Rizal.

Following the two organization’s successful business partnership at the height of the pandemic, a new endeavor was forged as GBP and Canvas share the same passion and commitment in educating the youth, most especially in the far-flung areas.

A total of 800 books on patriotism, art history and fighting fake news and disinformation crafted by Canvas were distributed to GBP’s scholars in the said locations.

“Now more than ever, as we continue to navigate the pandemic, we see the value of education and providing alternative ways of learning to the youth so that they may be productive even while at home,” said GBP president Jaime T. Azurin.

“Together with Canvas, we are arming our supported GBP scholars in Iloilo, Aklan, Cebu and Rizal with educational materials that they can use to gain a new understanding of these timely and relevant topics and at the same time, foster creativity within themselves,” he added.

GBP, a wholly owned subsidiary of Meralco PowerGen, is a leading power generation company in Visayas and Mindanao that aims to provide adequate, reliable and sustainable energy. Canvas, on the other hand, is a non-profit organization that works with the creative community to promote children’s literacy, explore national identity and deepen public appreciation for Philippine art, culture and the environment.

First to be given out were the books intended for the Grades 1 to 12 scholars of GBP in Iloilo and Aklan. Organized with a brief program, the book distribution was held at the GBP Institute for Energy for Iloilo and at the Panay Power Corp. plant site for Aklan. Different sets of books were provided to those in the elementary and high school levels, respectively.

Meanwhile, in Cebu, the books were handed to the students along with provision of the annual benefits they receive as scholars of the Company to minimize exposure amidst the Covid-19 virus.

To supplement the company’s efforts in assisting GBP’s host barangay in Baras, Rizal, the books were donated to Pinugay Elementary School. A storytelling session was held prior to the turnover of the educational materials to encourage the kids in making reading a habit. GBP, through its subsidiary PH Renewables Inc., is set to finish the construction and start the commercial operations of its 75 Mega-Watt, Alternating Current solar plant situated in Baras, Rizal by the latter part of the year.

As a member of the One Meralco Group, GBP is one in powering the good life of the Filipino by initiating meaningful partnerships and collaborations with other organizations that share the same vision in empowering the community and in helping build the foundation of our nation.

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2 fulbright-hays group projects set to be launched in 2022-2023

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:17
THE Center for Philippine Studies (CPS), University of Hawai’i at Mānoa, will soon launch two Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad (FH-GPA) programs. The first one will be implemented in July-August, 2022 at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, the second in summer 2023 in Iligan City, Mindanao.

Both grants were awarded to Dr. Federico Magdalena, Associate Specialist and Project Investigator (PI) at CPS. Dr. Pia Arboleda, the Center Director, is co-PI of these two FH-GPA programs.

The FH-GPA programs will train and immerse a dozen American K-12 teachers, university faculty, and students into a Philippine language (Cebuano or Filipino), and the sociocultural contexts on which this language is embedded. They are aimed at improving not only their competencies, but also introduce in their school curricula aspects of Filipino culture, including minorities in Mindanao.

The first to kick off the ground (titled “Mapping Language and Culture in the Philippine South,” aka Project Magsayod 2022) was approved in 2020, but was postponed twice due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The University of San Carlos Cebuano Studies Center in Cebu City will collaborate with UH Mānoa, serving as host during project implementation. The program will be conducted as a hybrid seminar, with competent language instructors and speakers drawn from USC, University of the Philippines, and Mindanao State University, among others. The Cebuano language trainers are Lilia Ibo and Clyde Inso Chan.

Two Philippine coordinators will work with Magdalena and Arboleda: Dr. Cecilia Noble, herself a UH graduate in Sociology, and Dr. Hope Sabanpan-Yu, director of the USC Cebuano Studies Center. Ten participants from Hawaii and California will be in attendance to this training.

All but one of the 10 participants who will train in Cebu are Americans of Filipino descent. In the original list, there were six non- Filams (four Asians, two Caucasians) who dropped out for a reason, Covid-19 being the foremost. They were replaced.

The participants are: Mikail Alejandro (student, University of San Francisco), Fedelina Carlos (K-12 teacher, Hawai’i), Dr. Nenita Pambid Domingo (faculty, University of California at Los Angeles), Imelda Gasmen (faculty, UH Mānoa), Christine Liboon (graduate student, UCLA), Jason Maligmat (K-12 teacher, Los Angeles), Dr, Mark T. Miller (faculty, University of San Francisco), Amy Peria (faculty, UH Mānoa), Hollie Rader (student, UH Mānoa), and Bianca Rajan (K-12 teacher in Maui, Hawai’i).

The second FH-GPA (titled “Filipino Language and Indigenous Cultural Heritage”) will be hosted by Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology, UH Mānoa partner institution in summer 2023. Applications will soon be announced to interested parties.

The project has enlisted two coordinators, Dr. Cecilia Noble and Professor Jed Otano of MSU Iligan. It will focus on the teaching of basic Filipino language. MSU Iligan is the only institution in the Visayas and Mindanao that offers a complete Bachelor’s and graduate programs in Filipino. Additionally, its Department of Filipino has earned the distinction as a Center of Excellence from the Commission on Higher Education in the country.

For more information, please contact Dr. Federico Magdalena through his email at
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Big Yellow returns with ‘Bakbakan sa Compostela’

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:15
THE Big Yellow Promotions, along with Team Seva, will host its first boxing show this month since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the country in 2020.

“Bakbakan sa Compostela” features a 10-bout card on July 16, 2022, at the Compostela Gym in Compostela, Cebu.

The show is headlined by a six-rounder between unbeaten prospect John Vincent Pangga and Carlito Antaran.

After a stellar amateur career, Pangga made his pro debut in 2021 with a unanimous decision over Elizer Ambon. He followed it up with two more wins in 2021.

Pangga continued his rise in 2022 with back-to-back triumphs over Pablito Balidio and veteran Joel Taduran.

After a three-fight winning run in 2019, Antaran lost two straight in 2022. He suffered a third-round knockout in the hands of John Paul Tabanao and lost to Alex Santisima via a first-round stoppage.

Pangga is 5-0 with three knockouts, while Antaran is 5-6-1 with three knockouts.

Journeyman Anthony Sabalde makes a ring comeback against battle-tested veteran Ernie Sanchez in an eight-round main supporting bout.

Sabalde hasn’t fought for two years and eight months. His last fight was in 2019, a fifth-round stoppage against Richard Bulacan.

Sanchez, on the other hand, is coming off a second-round knockout of experienced JR Magboo to win the Philippine Boxing Federation lightweight belt last May 1.

Sabalde is 13-10 with eight knockouts, while Sanchez is 20-17-2 with 11 knockouts.

In the undercard, Kit Garces (2-0, 2 KOs) faces off with Belmar Plaza (4-13-3, 2 KOs), Anthony Gilbuela (4-1-1) locks horns with Jimpol Dignos (2-4, 1 KO), Kenneth Egano (3-1, 1 KO) slugs it out with Jay Ar Aliasot (6-4, 5 KOs), Reycar Auxillo (2-1, 1 KO) trades leathers with Jusue Bastillada (3-0, 1 KO), Alec Xandre Bonita is up against Jomarie Ladera (2-3, 1 KO), John Niño Vega is fighting Vince Jason Mapait, Marco Pumar (1-0, 1 KO) takes on Kier Torregosa (0-1) and Richie Cacanog (1-0, 1 KO) squares off with Charles Batianca.

Big Yellow Promotions, headed by its president Seth Oliver Tio, last promoted an event co-headlined by a double World Boxing Foundation (WBF) title fight event just before the Covid-19 pandemic derailed sporting events in the country.
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Ladrada, Tesorio fall short overseas

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:15
FILIPINO pugs Lorenz Ladrada and Jestine Tesoro lose their respective fights last Saturday night overseas.

Ladrada, a former ALA boxer, was stopped by Aussie prospect Dana Coolwell in the fourth round at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia.

Coolwell dropped Ladrada twice in the fourth round and forced referee John Watson to stop the bout in the 2:59 mark of the fourth round.

Ladrada dropped to 11-3-1 with three knockouts, while Coolwell returned to the winning column and improved to 8-2 with six knockouts.

Meanwhile, Tesoro lost to former amateur standout Kenji Fujita via a unanimous decision at the Korakuen Hall in Japan.

Japanese judges Akihiko Katsuragi and Michiaki Someya had identical 59-55 scores, Ghanaian judge Biney Martin scored it 60-55 all in favor of Fujita.

Tesoro fell to 6-4 with two knockouts, while Fujita is now 2-0 with a knockout.
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Limpag: Sports Science

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:13
Sports science is something we often read or hear regularly but tend to ignore as it never really affects us.

I remember, when Freddie Roach first visited Cebu and had a training session with the then top pro boxers some 15 years ago, their questions after the event to the renowned coach showed that they maybe the top fighters, sports science was a stranger to them.

I think it was Rev Santillan, then the OPBF (Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation) champion who asked Roach whether it is true that fighters run the risk of becoming blind if they sleep after a fight.

I forgot Roach’s exact response but I do remember how he sort of frowned at the question there’s no such risk. In another Q and A involving boxers, this time as the one answering questions, there was a comical part when one boxer said refraining from sex would help a fighter going into a fight, while the other one professed that having sex helped him.

Of course, that was a different time, there was no Webmd, no doctors or professional trainers offering advice on their social media pages.

I’m talking about that because for close to a month now there has been some lingering pain in my tennis arm and it was only about two weeks that I began wearing some sort of protection on the elbow that I was told that I might have tennis elbow.

So I did what anyone who feels any sort of illness these days does, I googled it. Webmd basically told me what my tennis mates said, change the tension of the racket or playing style, something which tennis ace John Pages, now the Cebu City Sports Commission chair, told me when we met last week.

That got me thinking when I started feeling this; it was a month ago when after removing two old overgrips, I only put in one. I use four—two overgrips on top of a replacement grip on top of the original grip. At the same time, I was also experimenting with changes with my serve and forehand, the result? An unhappy elbow that reminds me of its misery with every hit.

The advice from veteran have been varied also—some say the pain will go away with constant play, while some say rest will make it go away. I decided to do a little of both.

This reminds me too of how I scoffed at reports at how Andre Agassi supposedly endured hell in his final US Open, getting cortisone shots in between matches for his swan song.

I thought the US writers were getting a bit carried away with their reporting for the US tennis icon. My elbow has shown me how wrong I was.

What’s next for my sports science experiment? Learning whether good ol’ Bisaya hilot can fix a tennis elbow.

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Mangubat fights OPBF champ Rikiishi in Japan

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:13
TOMJUNE Mangubat gets another chance to become a regional champion as he challenges Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) super featherweight titleholder Masanori Rikiishi on Aug. 14 at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan.

“This is another opportunity for him. Hopefully, he gets it this time. We know it won’t be easy but we’ll do our best and fight up until the end of the fight,” Mangubat’s coach Jinggoy Junco told SunStar Cebu.

Mangubat failed in his last attempt at becoming a regional champion after suffering a 12th-round stoppage in the hands of former Olympian Charly Suarez in a World Boxing Association (WBA) Asia super featherweight fight last March 12 in Parañaque City.

Mangubat also fell short in his two other attempts at a regional belt. He lost to Arnel Baconaje via an eighth-round technical knockout in a World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council (ABC) Silver featherweight fight in 2019 and bowed down to Jong Seon Kang by split decision in a World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental Youth featherweight strap on the same year.

Rikiishi won the vacant OPBF belt with a unanimous decision win over veteran Takuya Watanabe last May 15. He’s on a nine-fight winning streak that includes wins over regional champion Freddy Fonseca and Pinoy veteran Roli Gasca.

Mangubat is 15-3-1 with 12 knockouts, while Rikiishi is 11-1 with six knockouts.

Former world title challenger Jeo Santisima (21-4, 18 KOs) is also seeing action on the same card in an eight-rounder against veteran Hiroshige Osawa (37-5-4, 21 KOs).
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Preparation Run set on July 24

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:11
CEBU Landmasters and Coco Running are inviting fitness enthusiasts to join the Preparation Run Half Marathon slated on July 24, 2022, at the Terraces Ayala Center Cebu.

The running event organized by Cebu Landmasters features the 21-kilometer, 12K, 6K and 3K categories.

Race director Joel Juarez of Coco Running said the event is fitting for athletes who are preparing for the upcoming major events in August which include the Ironman 70.3 Philippines and the Spartan Race.

The top 3 runners in the 21K and 12K categories will win cash prizes.

Raffle prizes are also at stake, including a bicycle sponsored by Congressman Vincent Franco “Duke” Frasco.

The registration fee for the 21K is P1,200, while for the 12K is P1,000 inclusive of a medal, shirt, race bib, breakfast, loot bag and a raffle entry. The fee for the 6K is pegged at P650 and 3K at P550 inclusive of a medal, singlet, race bib, snacks, loot bag and raffle entry.

Interested parties can register onsite at Runnr Ayala and online.
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New Minglanilla mayor bares plans

Sun, 2022-07-03 18:03
CITYHOOD, a new municipal hall and the completion of a 100-hectare reclamation project are among the priorities of Mayor Rajiv Enad as he takes the helm in Minglanilla.

The neophyte mayor bared his priorities in his inaugural address at the Minglanilla Town Plaza on Thursday, June 30, 2022, during which he also said his administration would make history in education as well as make jobs available for senior citizens.

The 37-year-old lawyer said cityhood was his goal for the first class southern Cebu municipality as this would mean a bigger share in the country’s Internal Revenue Allotment, which would translate to more resources for public services.

Under Republic Act 9009, which amended Section 450 of the Local Government Code of 1991, a municipality or a cluster of barangays may be converted into a component city if it has a locally generated average annual income of at least P100 million for the last two consecutive years based on 2000 constant prices, and either a contiguous territory of at least 100 square kilometers or a population of at least 150,000 inhabitants.

As of 2020, Minglanilla had a population of 151,002, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.

Last January, then municipal councilor Enad also told SunStar that the town’s annual income of P200 million to P400 million was more than enough for it to obtain cityhood status.

With this declaration, Minglanilla joins at least two other towns in Cebu bidding for cityhood: Consolacion and Liloan.

As for the 100-hectare Minglanilla Techno Business Park (Ming-Mori) reclamation project, which will host commercial, industrial, residential and recreational facilities, Enad said it would create jobs for at least 70,000 people.

Groundbreaking for the P20 billion park, which will have its own port facility, was held in October 2021. The park is targeted for completion in 2025.

The project is a partnership between the Municipality of Minglanilla and developer Ming-Mori Development Corp., of which Cebu Landmasters Inc. holds an 80 percent stake.

Enad said the town’s economic development would be driven foremost by this upcoming reclamation project, as well as by Minglanilla’s “existing international port.”

“We will undertake to obtain commerciality of our international port,” the mayor said.

He said the two projects would greatly increase Minglanilla’s local income and “exponentially expand the circulation of money, goods and services in our town.”

Enad also plans to build a new municipal hall.

“Over the past years, we have seen a rapid rise in our population, so much so that we cannot comfortably accommodate all the transacting public in our existing municipal hall. We will build a new government house,” he said.

Improving biz climate

To attract investors and locators, Enad said the municipal council would pass legislation to improve the business climate of Minglanilla.

Enad’s slate took all the slots in the May 9 elections, including the one for vice mayor, won by Elanito Peña, his predecessor; and for councilor in the municipal council.

Enad also said there would be “a new excellent land use policy” so that Minglanilla would succeed not by chance but “by deliberate and precise planning for progress.”

The town will strengthen its tourism industry, as Enad said there were many local establishments the town could be proud of.

The new mayor also promised to build top-notch sports facilities, starting with a rubberized track oval, soccer field, skate park and badminton courts, to “uplift the lives of our people of all ages.”

Alternate routes

In the area of traffic, Enad said he would explore the use of alternate routes or the construction of diversion roads to reduce the volume of vehicles using the town’s national highway.

He said this would entail the help of the representative of Cebu’s first district, Rhea Gullas.

To strike a balance between economic progress and environmental preservation, however, the new mayor announced a moratorium on the issuance of new permits for quarrying and ordered the close monitoring of existing quarry operators to ensure their compliance with environmental laws.

To ensure food security, Enad said the local government continues to aid farmers and fishermen by giving them equipment, seeds and fertilizers.

“Under this administration, we will give them more. We will also help them in their transportation from the mountainous barangays to the market,” he said.

Farmers would also be given a space in the market called a Bagsakan Center so they can reduce their dependence on middlemen.

What’s more, he said the town would allocate funds to help the agricultural sector innovate and update their methods so they will be competitive.

Other plans

In education, he said his administration would make history by allocating funds for scholarships for the first time.

The scholarships would be limited in the beginning to the top-performing students across the 19 barangays.

For underprivileged students, his administration would build a research and study center where they could get access to the Internet and educational materials for free.

As for the town’s senior citizens, they can expect not only an increase in their annual financial grant but also an economic empowerment program where certain establishments will be required to allocate a portion of their workforce, which have limited workloads and limited work hours, to senior citizens.

In the area of health, Enad said he would establish health units in the town’s remote areas and partner with the private sector to provide “regular and scheduled free laboratory and diagnostics.”

The son of a municipal employee and a teacher, Enad has already served the town for 18 years, starting as a Sangguniang Kabataan chairman before moving up to barangay councilor and municipal councilor, and now mayor.

The June 30 oath taking that preceded the inaugural ceremony was attended by all the newly elected officials of Minglanilla: Vice Mayor Peña and Councilors Jayr dela Calzada, Jenny Young, Jong Adlawan, Boyet Velez, Jennifer Lariosa, Prose Laput, Jerry Castañares and Jimmy Caumeran.

They were sworn into office by Judge Anacleto Debalucos, Enad said.
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