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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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Serving More Yumminess

Sun, 2022-07-03 15:41
Milk tea has always been the drink of choice for many people around the world and the arrival of Bubble Tea Station also known as BTS in 2012 only cemented the cold-tea-mixed-with-milk drink as a favorite among Cebuanos.

BTS is responsible for the milk tea craze that started when it first opened in 2012. It was founded by Meyan Lim-Young. It was, at the time, one of only a few places that sold the now famous bubble tea and was sought after from the day it was introduced to the Cebu market.

Meyan worked for a multinational bakery prior to establishing her own branch which entailed frequent trips to Manila where she would often meet up with her best friend who was an avid fan of bubble tea. She would go along with her best friend to try milk tea from different shops until eventually, she was hooked.

With a passion to bring milk tea to the Cebu scene and the support of her husband Johann Young, she established Bubble Tea Station in 2012 and opened its first branch at the Banilad Town Centre. She opened without even announcing and sought to sell at least 30 cups for the day just to break even but ended up selling 120 cups on the first day alone.

From that day on, BTS grew from just one kiosk and two employees to having branches in every major mall in the metro. The brand is widely recognized by Cebuanos when talking about milk tea.

After surviving a global pandemic and with the ever growing success of BTS, Meyan is celebrating 10 years of serving yumminess and introduced Create Coffee PH and Scoops Cafe.

Create Coffee PH specializes in iced coffee and tea drinks. It also allows its customers to customize their coffee to their liking. Its signature orange color appeals greatly to the Generation Z market as it radiates an aura of joy and determination.

Scoops Cafe, on the other hand, is the answer to one’s frozen yogurt and sundae fix.

Meyan had intended Scoops to be another milk tea brand, but due to the pandemic, this was not fully realized. A year into the pandemic, her brother-in-law expressed his desire for frozen yogurt and thus Scoops was born.

Both Create Coffee and Scoops Cafe are located at Ginza Complex, J. Panis St. where the Old Banilad Road was, and are ready to serve customers every day from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

As for its interior, when patrons step inside the cafe, they are welcomed into a bright, well-lit space, and the faint smell of coffee mixed with a familiar sweetness lingers in the air. The white walls and the natural wood grain furniture make for a relaxing atmosphere where one can catch up with friends or get some work done.

The journey, however, hasn’t been a bed of roses, as with all the success she and her brand received, she faced a number of challenges.

When the pandemic came, the question on her mind was whether they would make it to their 10th anniversary.

It didn’t help when she began to question what would become of her employees. But her doubts turned into determination: “We cannot give up because what is everyone going to do?” She added: “We want to give all our employees gainful employment. We also want to have a company that they’re proud to be working for.”

The pandemic has certainly taken a toll on the brand, but when one door closes, another opens.
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It’s ‘ice’ to be back: SM Seaside reopens ice rink to the public after 2 long years

Sun, 2022-07-03 13:30
FINALLY, after two long years, SM Seaside Cebu reopened its famous SM ice skating rink to the public on June 30, 2022.

Chill a little bit this summer by gliding on ice and skating away to your heart’s content!

The ice rink, other than being open to the public, is also offering basic ice-skating lessons for those interested in taking their ice-skating skills to the next level. The instructor will be no other than the president of the Philippine Skating Union (PSA) and Council member of the Asian Skating Union, Dyan Leah Dominique C. Cheng. A former competitive ice skater, Nikki is very passionate about encouraging Filipinos to take an interest in the sport of ice skating.

During the reopening, two graceful ice skaters performed an individual number, and they did so flawlessly with utmost ease and elegance. People were then welcomed to the ice rink for the first time in two years, and everyone had a blast. Even the dinosaurs (yes, dinosaurs) took part in the fun and skated to their hearts’ content.

Ice skating students also graced the ice rink, but it is fair to say that the dinosaurs stole the show. People flocked to take pictures with them, and for sure, the dinos were loving every bit of it.

SM Skating is open daily from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on the third floor. Beat the heat with a little bit of activity on the ice. It is indeed n- “ice” to be back!
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Senior citizen found dead in San Fernando

Sat, 2022-07-02 23:29
A 75-YEAR-OLD man was found lifeless in a bushy area in Barangay Panadtaran, San Fernando town, southern Cebu on Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2022.

Corporal Mario Paul Pino, investigating officer of San Fernando Police Station, identified the victim as George Tañola Paradela of Sitio Panaghiusa of the said barangay.

Based on investigation, the victim attended a wedding prior to the incident.

Neighbors found his body around 3 p.m. Saturday.

By 5:30 p.m, Paradela's death was reported to the San Fernando Police Station.

Pino told SunStar Cebu that there was no indication of foul play or struggle that caused his death.

According to the family of Paradela, he reportedly suffered from several health issues.

The family of Paradela was not willing to consent to autopsy as they were convinced that the victim died a natural death. (GDC)
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CCLEX now allows motorcycle entry

Sat, 2022-07-02 20:08
MOTORCYCLES were finally allowed entry into the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) for the first time on Saturday, July 2, 2022.

In a statement, officials of the CCLEX said motorcycles have been given their own lane marked by a blue line and a toll booth located at the right side of both the Cebu City-bound and Cordova-bound lanes at the toll plaza.

Motorcycles, which are categorized by the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC) as Vehicle Class 1M, are required to pay a discounted toll rate of P60 upon crossing.

“The CCLEX still accepts cash payments now, but it is already implementing a partial electronic collection. Those with RFID can conveniently pass the toll plaza,” CCLEX said.

Safety guidelines

To ensure the safety of motorcycles entering Cebu’s third bridge to Mactan Island, traffic measures have been put in place at the CCLEX.

CCLEC said the 8.9-kilometer modern toll expressway connecting Cebu City and the town of Cordova is a traffic discipline zone and standard traffic and safety regulations are being strictly implemented.

“The welfare and safety of motorists are our utmost priority. The measures we have put in place are meant to make sure that all our motorists will have a safe, seamless, and pleasurable journey while using the expressway,” said CCLEC President and General Manager Allan Alfon.

CCLEC is asking motorcycle owners to only use the designated motorcycle lane and follow the speed limit on the expressway, which is set at 40 kilometers per hour (kph) on the main bridge and curves and 60 kph on the causeway.

Overtaking is also not allowed.

National laws

To protect them from untoward incidents, motorcycle owners are required to wear proper riding gear such as standard protective helmet (full face, modular, off-road, half, open-face, dual sport) provided for under Republic Act (RA) 10054 or the Motorcycle Helmet Act of 2009 and LTO Administrative Order No. AHS-2008-015 that governs the use and operation of motorcycles on highways.

The wearing of flip flops, sandals, slippers, or being barefoot is also prohibited.

Back-riding is allowed as long as there will only be one person on the passenger’s seat. Children can ride at the back of the motorcycle provided that they have helmets and can comfortably reach the standard foot peg as prescribed by RA 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code and RA 10666 or the Children’s Safety on Motorcycles Act of 2015.

Motorcycles carrying loads will not be allowed as it blocks the side mirror and covers the taillight and signal light.

CCLEC is also asking motorcycle owners to check their vehicles (tires, controls, lights, oil, chassis, stands) before hitting the road. (PR)
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Lagon: Consolacion’s cityhood a priority

Sat, 2022-07-02 20:08
NEWLY-ELECTED Cebu Sixth District Rep. Daphne Lagon is eyeing to pursue the cityhood of Consolacion and the creation of a national high school in Cordova town during the 19th Congress.

Lagon told SunStar Cebu on Friday, July 1, 2022, that she will file these priority bills on Monday, July 4, at the start of Congress’ regular session.

The sixth district is comprised of the municipalities of Consolacion and Cordova.

Lagon said she intends to prioritize the cityhood of Consolacion because this has been long overdue.

With the recent passage of Republic Act 11683, Lagon said the population and land area of a municipality are no longer required to attain cityhood; but the town must have at least an income of P100 million for the past two consecutive years.

Lagon pointed out that Consolacion already has a yearly income of more than P100 million for several years making it highly qualified to become a city.


The congresswoman also seeks to file a bill creating a national high school for Barangay Ibabao in Cordova.

She cited the struggles of most high school students in Barangay Ibabao and its neighboring barangays, Cogon, Pilipog, and Dapitan who travel for at least an hour to study high school in Barangay Babag.

Lagon said Barangay Ibabao, the second-largest barangay in Cordova, must have its own national high school.

Aside from these two bills, Lagon would also like to amend the law creating the lone district of Mandaue.

She said the sixth district and the lone district of Mandaue must both have proper representation in the Cebu Provincial Board (PB). Currently, the seven legislative districts in the Province is represented by two PB members each.

“Murag salikwaot man nga ang Sixto Distrito ug ang lone district sa Mandaue mag-share og mga Bokal ngadto sa Hunta Probinsyal,” Lagon added.

(Its a bit awkward that the Sixth District and the lone district of Mandaue are being represented by two members in the Provincial Board)

Mandaue used to be part of the sixth district of Cebu until RA 11257 was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte creating the lone district of Mandaue City on April 5, 2019.
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Minglanilla mayor holds 3-day medical mission after taking oath of office

Sat, 2022-07-02 20:08
MINGLANILLA, southern Cebu Mayor Rajiv Enad started his first day in office by organizing a three-day medical mission for his constituents on Friday, July 1, 2022.

On his official Facebook page, Enad said after he took his oath, he immediately opened the three-day medical mission at the Minglanilla Sports Complex.


To prevent overcrowding at the town’s sports complex, participants must follow a particular schedule depending on their barangay.

On Friday, July 1, the medical mission catered to residents of Barangays Camps 7 and 8; Cuanos, Manduang, Tungkil, Linao-Lipata and Calajoan.

On Saturday, July 2, it was the turn of residents of Barangays Candulawan, Tubod, Tunghaan, Tungkop, Wards 1 and 2.

And on Sunday, July 3, residents of Barangays Tulay, Pakigne, Vito, Wards 3 and 4; and Guindaruhan can avail of the free medical services from the town.


Aside from medical consultations and free medicines, the three-day medical mission will also provide laboratory services such as electrocardiogram, urinalysis, Fasting Blood Sugar test, Uric Acid Test, Lipid Profile test and Fetal Doppler for pregnant women.

After taking his oath of office, Enad vowed in his speech to continue serving his constituents and to remember his roots.

“I will faithfully serve and lead our beloved town as your mayor. It has been quite a journey to get to this point. But it has not been an easy one, to say the least. Many would say that I have no right to expect this coveted title. Indeed, I did not inherit this position because of prominence nor was I granted this position because of privileged status. But I have always believed that destiny cannot deny hard work and dedication,” Enad added.

During the May 9, 2022 elections, then councilor Enad, a lawyer, secured around 31,158 votes against his opponents for mayor. He succeeded Elanito “Lani” Peña, his running mate during the 2022 elections who is now vice mayor,

Aside from Enad and Peña, all their councilor candidates were able to secure all seats in the municipal council.
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DILG award to inspire brgys, says 2 village chiefs

Sat, 2022-07-02 19:36
TWO Mandaue City village chiefs whose barangays were awarded a Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) vowed to continue improving their services in behalf of their constituents.

Barangay Subangdaku village chief Ernie Manatad and Barangay Tabok village chief Maliquias Soco both said that receiving the SGLG is a big achievement for their offices.

Manatad, who is also Mandaue City’s Association of Barangay Councils (ABC) president, told SunStar Cebu that he felt accomplished and happy upon receiving word that his barangay was awarded with the SGLG.

For Soco, he didn’t expect that his barangay would be awarded with the SGLG.

Combating corruption

When asked about the importance of having good governance, both Manatad and Soco stated that having good and honest leadership is essential in gaining public trust and growth, stressing corruption as a blockage to any community’s development.

“Corruption is the evil that challenges everyone. It is a human weakness and reality that we have to counter and fight seriously to stop it from destroying the common and general welfare,” said Manatad.

Subangdaku and Tabok are among the nine barangays from Cebu that passed the 2021 SGLG assessment by the DILG.

The other barangays in Cebu that were awarded with the SGLG are Budla-an in Cebu City, Bankal in Lapu-Lapu City, Tugas in Madridejos town, To-ong and Calambua in San Remigio town, Mohon in Sogod, and Paknaan also in Mandaue City.


The SGLG is a progressive assessment system by the DILG that gives recognition for the remarkable local government performances across government bodies such as the barangays.

To receive the SGLG seal, some of the parameters DILG will be looking into are the aspects of peace and order, the transparency of financial management and accountability, level of disaster preparedness, business friendliness, and social and environmental protection of a government body.
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Lim: Find joy

Sat, 2022-07-02 19:01
It’s easy to be sad—especially when you think and feel too much like I do but I like to think I’ve become better through time—in coping with stress and anxiety on a daily basis.

I’ve learned that problems abound for everyone but not everyone responds to crises in the same manner. Some cope better than others. I strive to be part of the former.

When my mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, the doctor gave her three months. God gave her three months and three weeks. Those 15 weeks turned out to be most agonizing but also the most instructive and illuminating weeks of my life.

I learned not to fall apart even when I wanted to. I learned to get up in the morning even when there was nothing to look forward to. I learned to go on even when I didn’t have the strength to. I learned to put aside my emotions so I could function to the best of my ability and serve my mother in the best way possible in the last days of her life.

I finally understood that the poker face of a health professional does not necessarily mean they do not care. It can simply mean they’ve been trained to put aside their emotions so they can make sound decisions essential to the well-being of the patient in front of them.

We chose to have my mother stay home all throughout her illness. But the stress and anxiety over what to do in every possible situation that could arise on a daily basis was just too much for me to bear that I had to find the humility to seek God’s guidance. God did not fail me.

I did not abandon Plans A to Z. But now, I had the best backup plan in the world—God’s plan. Or so I thought.

My mother’s illness was a turning point in my life. I learned that when you accept what is, you are free to be. I learned that when you let go of things you cannot change, you can do more to change what you can. I learned that when you trust God’s plan, Plans A to Z become the backup plans.

How do you get out of the rut? We need to accept that grief is the price we pay for love and loss is the price we pay for life. Sadness, stress and anxiety are emotions we have to learn to live with for as long as our hearts still beat.

And while negative emotions must be processed on our own timelines, we can’t let them take up permanent residence in our hearts and minds. At some point in time, we have to let them go. We have to learn to find joy. Once more.

Whether joy comes in the form of conversations or coffee dates, yoga, gardening or music, running, biking or beach combing, watching the sunset or taking a trip, find it. Find the joy of doing something you enjoy.

Start with small goals. But find the will to take the first step. The first step is always the hardest. Remember, it gets worse before it gets better. Don’t lose hope. It’s easy to be sad and therefore, we must strive to find joy.
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Cabaero: NTC

Sat, 2022-07-02 19:01
The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has been in the news lately for its controversial orders. This new, strong persona is inconsistent for an agency that has kept mostly in the background and non-confrontational.

The NTC is a government agency attached to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and it is responsible for the supervision, adjudication, and control of all telecommunications services and television and radio networks in the country. As such, the office usually figures in the news on matters of franchise, channels, frequencies, or when there are complaints about the services of telecommunications companies, and about text scams.

Some have wished that the NTC had taken more action on connectivity issues and scams by cybercriminals, yet the agency focused on its primary functions. Past criticism of the NTC was on its “hands-off” policy in the telecom industry after it was deregulated and privatized. There were those who wished the NTC stepped in to demand improved services.

Recent developments showed the NTC’s active stance against alleged terrorist-linked websites and radio blocktimer agreements, a new face that others found unusual and unsettling.

The NTC has moved to block access to at least 30 websites, including those of independent media organizations Bulatlat and Pinoy Weekly. The order was based on a request of then National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon Jr. for the NTC to instruct internet service providers to block access to websites that he alleged were affiliated with communist rebels.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) and media organizations said the NTC move endangers press freedom and the exercise of human rights, and it is based on hearsay that cannot stand in court. (The Bulatlat website originally at has been blocked but its content can now be accessed on mirror sites and Setting up mirror sites is a way of going around site-blocking orders.)

In another NTC order, broadcast stations were told to restrict airtime devoted to blocktimers to 50 percent. Blocktimers pay radio stations for airtime to broadcast their content. The Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) said it will ignore this NTC order as it is invalid and “unconstitutional.” KBP spokesperson Rejie Jularbal said the NTC’s responsibility covers only “technical matters pertaining to broadcast,” such as airwaves, frequency allocation, and power limitation, among others, and not controlling blocktimer agreements.

Prior to the NTC’s site-blocking order and the one on blocktimers, the agency figured in the news largely on franchise matters, Elon Musk’s SpaceX low orbit satellite Starlink, channels or frequencies, and text scams.

NTC’s persona as one to go after so-called rebel groups or their supporters and blocktimer agreements to those whom it may deem to be anti-government is unsettling. The NTC has every right to turn proactive in the exercise of its responsibilities but it should do so within the bounds of the law that created it. It should not stretch its powers to what is unconstitutional.
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Briones: Looming drug problem

Sat, 2022-07-02 18:59
From July 1, 2016 to June 26, 2022, or during the term of former president Rodrigo Duterte, close to 60,000 drug personalities were arrested and a little over P4 billion worth of shabu and nearly P300 million worth of marijuana were seized in more than 40,000 anti-narcotics operations.

Looks impressive? Wait till you see the death count.

According to estimates of the International Criminal Court, an intergovernmental and international tribunal seated in The Hague, Netherlands, 12,000 to 30,000 civilian deaths could be attributed to the government’s war against drugs.

Of course, these figures may be exaggerated, considering Duterte wasn’t exactly popular with certain “human rights” sectors. They would have jumped at the chance to bloat the numbers to vilify him, using “selective” investigations as basis.

Not that it would have mattered since, as we all know, Duterte was immune to such criticisms. Or maybe “immune” isn’t the right word since he did go after vocal detractors, placing some of them behind bars on questionable charges. At any rate, he didn’t care what the international community thought about his anti-drug policies, which I thought was only right. After all, he was answerable to the Filipino people and not to the hypocritical West.

Speaking of “answerable,” Duterte did vow to eradicate the illegal drugs problem within three months if he was elected president. Hubris may have gotten the best of the controversial former mayor of Davao City when he decided to take on such a herculean task. When he realized it couldn’t be done, his chutzpah turned to exasperation.

During his fourth State of the Nation Address, Duterte jokingly hoped for the Big One to come as a final solution.

“The Philippines is so corrupt, it’s so lousy that if you kill all congressmen, the senators, the president, we’ll have a new day. I pray if the earthquake comes, it comes now,” he said in a CNN Philippines report.

Thankfully, his prayers were left unanswered. Unfortunately, the problem persists.

In fact, I have a feeling that 60 percent of Filipinos who didn’t vote for him had turned a blind eye on his many shortcomings because they secretly hoped he would succeed in getting rid of the bane of society. I mean I did.

Still, something good did come out of this fiasco.

According to a SunStar Cebu report, crime volume in Central Visayas dropped 22 percent every year, from 2016 to 2022.

So what then?

On J. Urgello St. in Sambag 1, minors defy the city’s curfew until the wee hours of the morning doing God knows what.

If local police and the barangay cannot address that, how can you expect them to deal with a much bigger problem like illegal drugs?
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Fighting adversity with paddles

Sat, 2022-07-02 18:56
FUELED by passion and desire to bring glory to the country, the Cebu-based Philippine Accessible Disability Services Inc. (Pads) Adaptive Dragon Boat team will try to add another feather to its cap in the IDBF 13th Club Crew World Championships set from July 18 to 26, 2022 in Sarasota Florida, USA.

Nearly three years ago, the paradragon boat team made history when it captured two gold medals in the International Dragon Boat Federation-Dragon Boat World Championship in Pattaya, Thailand.

After that triumph in 2019, the team continued to soar, however, sports events were suddenly halted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Pads paddlers are now back on their feet and have been training rigorously since May 2022. The paddlers practice twice a day, six days a week for the upcoming international stint.

“We make sure that the spiritual and mental preparation of each athlete [is] aligned with our goals. We wanted to maintain high morale and confidence coming to the world championships,” team manager John Paul Maunes said in a virtual interview with SunStar Cebu.

“We are truly blessed to be under the guidance of a great coach under the brilliant mind of Coach Ailene Padrones of the Philippine Air Force PAFCMOG through the endorsement of the Philippine Dragon Boat Federation (PDBF),” he added.

Pads is also assisted and monitored by sports medical officer Dr. Bong Adorable in partnership with the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center.

Padrones said that by representing the Philippines, the team can bring pride and glory to the country. They want to show the world that Filipinos excel in dragon boat racing.

Paddlers put their best foot forward in training, waking up as early as 4 a.m. for the first round of training. They train again after work at 5 p.m.

One of the challenges the team faces is the lack of funds.

“We sent letters already to Cebu City Government, Talisay City [and] Lapu-Lapu City but we still have to get their response,” Maunes said.

He added that they are in debt just to sustain their needs for transportation expenses. Maunes appealed to the local government units of Cebu and national agencies to support them in their upcoming battle.

The team’s rookie paddler, Police Staff Sergeant Sidney de Jesus Alisoso, 34, from Talisay City, said that because of what happened to him, he was drawn closer to Pads and was given the opportunity to join the team as a paddler.

Alisoso lost his leg after he was shot during a buy-bust operation.

He said that before the shooting incident, he was an athletic person, so losing his leg deprived him of doing any other sports.

Team captain and one of the pioneers of the dragon boat team Arnold “Kap A” Balais said that being physically challenged is “not a reason to stop doing your passion.”

Maunes called on differently-abled individuals who are afraid to show their abilities in sports to come out.

“There are good people who are willing to help. If Pads can make it, you can also do it. This is the new normal. Gone are the days, we still hide under the shadows of our own disability. Come out in the open. Go out there and play,” Maunes said.

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Quijano: Canelo Alvarez is on a mission

Sat, 2022-07-02 18:54
Just one fight ago, Canelo Alvarez was the sport’s flagship fighter. He had dismantled Caleb Plant at the Super middleweight division and had collected all the belts to be won at the 168lb. limit.

He truly was the sport’s apex predator.

But even Great White sharks are susceptible to biting off more than they could chew and the bigger, stronger Dmiti Bivol thwarted Canelo’s second attempt at becoming a champion in the highest division he could fight in—the light heavyweight.

GGG. So for now all roads lead to a familiar foe, one that most pundits will agree totally matches up quite well with Canelo and will bring out the best in him owing to their history.

Since their second fight back in 2018, Gennady Golovkin has remained undefeated, stopping three out of four opponents.

Of course, the caliber of the competition pales in comparison to Canelo’s, but that is not to say that GGG (Golovkin) has been slacking.

In the latest press conference to promote their third fight, Alvarez referred to GGG’s opponents as “Class D fighters.” He looked angry and determined and made no apologies about how he felt towards his arch-nemesis.

In stark contrast, Golovkin appeared cool, collected and businesslike.

Twenty-four rounds between them and yet nobody can tell who is clearly the better fighter.

I can’t wait till September 17 for the fireworks display that is sure to be unveiled on top of the ring. This time around, I am picking Canelo big-time.

The first two fights, I thought he was quite wary of GGG’s power. But now that he has fought at the super middleweight and light heavyweight divisions multiple times, I think he can handle his rival’s strength much better.

UFC 276. We have a stacked card today for UFC 276. Israel Adesanya headlines against Jared Cannonier while Max Holloway fights Alex Volkanovski at the co-main event. A fight to watch out for in the undercard is Fil-Am Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena.

Cannonier has a very good stand-up game and should match up well against the lightning-quick Adesanya.

It’s not every day where you get to see “The Killa Gorilla” vs. “The Last Stylebender.” Sounds like the title to a new Avengers movie.

LAST ROUND. It’s on my brilliant and always impeccably dressed colleague in the law office, Atty. M.E. Zosa who recently celebrated his birthday. Cheers !
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Puto vendor hurt in shooting incident

Sat, 2022-07-02 17:32
A 50-YEAR-OLD puto vendor was injured in a shooting incident at his house in Sitio Luna, Barangay Lagtang, City of Talisay, Cebu on Saturday afternoon, July 2, 2022.

Police Officer 1 Ariel Balde, investigating officer of Talisay City Police Station, identified the victim as Jose Ronaldo Todacio Coronel of Barangay Lagtang, City of Talisay, Cebu.

Balde said around 1 p.m. Saturday, the wife of the victim Ermelinda personally appeared at their station to report the shooting incident and told police that her husband was admitted to the Cebu South Medical Center.

Based on the account of the victim, around 12:40 p.m Saturday, while he was walking on the pathway toward his house, two suspicious individuals followed him.

Coronel then heard a gunshot behind him. When he looked back, the suspects pointed guns at him.

The victim tried to run but was hit by a bullet in the back of his thigh that exited his penis.

He managed to jump off a dike and hid inside the house of his friend.

Coronel's friend immediately called the assistance of barangay tanods who immediately rushed Coronel to Cebu South Medical Center for medical attention.

Balde said that Coronel is already in a stable condition but needs operation.

The victim said he has no idea who did the crime as he had no known enemies.

Balde said investigation is ongoing. (GDC)
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Bike rider dies after collision with truck in Toledo

Sat, 2022-07-02 17:10
A 30-YEAR-OLD motorcycle driver was killed after colliding with a dump truck along national highway, Barangay Poog, Toledo City on Friday morning, July 2, 2022.

Staff Sergeant Ryan De Gracia of Toledo Traffic Enforcement Unit identified the victim as Ariel Sinangoti, a native of Barangay Anopog, Pinamungajan town.

De Gracia said that at 7:17 a.m of July 2, Sinangoti was traveling toward Barangay DAS Lutopan, Toledo City and was ascending in a curved portion of the road while overtaking another motorcycle when he accidentally bumped into the front left portion of the dump truck from the opposite direction.

De Gracia identified the dump truck driver as Jerame Piscante Canlubo, 40, of Barangay Poog.

Personnel of the City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) rescued Sinangoti and brought him to the Toledo City Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival by attending physician.

De Gracia said that Canlubo, along with the dump truck, is now temporarily placed under the custody of Toledo City Police Station.

Lieutenant Colonel Dennis de Guzman, chief of Toledo City Police Station, told SunStar Cebu that the accident was a result of reckless driving.

"Mabilis ang takbo ng motorcycle, nag-overtake ng dalawang motor, sumablay sa kaliwang harapan sa bahagi ng sasakyan ng (The motorcycle driver was very fast, he overtook two motorcycles, then hit the left portion of) Howo dump truck," De Guzman said.

De Guzman said that Canlubo settled the case amicably with the family of the victim as he promised to shoulder the burial expenses and give cash assistance. (GDC, TPT)
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Cuarto loses IBF world title in Mexico

Sat, 2022-07-02 16:25
THE Philippines lost another one of its world champions after Rene Mark Cuarto was dethroned by Mexican challenger Daniel Valladares of his International Boxing Federation (IBF) minimumweight belt via a close split decision in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on Saturday (PH time).

Two judges scored it 116-111 and 115-112 in favor of Valladares, while the other judge saw it the other way around with a 114-113 score for Cuarto.

Valladares started out the fight strong and dictated the distance.

Cuarto started to heat up and exchange blows with the Mexican challenger in the second.

The 25-year-old Cuarto started to land solid right punches on Valladares in the following round.

In the fourth Valladares suffered a gash on the corner of his left eye following an accidental clash of heads.

Valladares found his rhythm and seemed to control the fight in the next three rounds.

Cuarto retaliated in round eight and landed some combinations.

Cuarto suffered a huge blow in the 10th after he was deducted a point after several warnings for the tape of his gloves to be fixed.

The 28-year-old Valladares made a huge impression on the judges after finishing the 12th round strong.

Cuarto dropped to 20-3-2 with 11 knockouts, while Valladares improved to 26-3-1 with 15 knockouts.

Following Cuarto’s loss, the Philippines only has one champion left — undefeated World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight king Mark Magsayo.

Magsayo is scheduled to defend his belt against unbeaten former world champion Rey Vargas on July 9 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Mandaue brgy execs launch 4-month feeding program

Sat, 2022-07-02 16:22
OFFICIALS of Barangay Subangdaku in Mandaue City launched a 120-day feeding program for malnourished children on Friday, July 1, 2022, as the country observes National Nutrition Month.

The 120-day feeding program is Subangdaku’s way of defeating malnutrition in the community.

Rebecca Colina, barangay councilor and chairman of Subangdaku’s committee on health, told reporters that the feeding activity is annually done and starts in July.

Under the program, malnourished children in the barangay identified by health personnel through a survey are given food packages that include fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food to help them achieve the ideal weight for their age for 120 days or four months.

The food packages will be delivered straight to their houses by the assigned barangay health officer in their area.

Colina said they had identified about 15 children, originally from 18 in 2021, who are malnourished. These children have ages one to four years old.

They will be monitored by barangay health officials right after the end of the feeding campaign to check for any changes, such as if they have already improved their weight, said Colina.

Once the children achieve the standard weight for their age, they will be removed from the list of beneficiaries for the feeding program, Colina added.

Promote proper nutrition

Colina and the rest of Barangay Subangdaku’s officials urged people, particularly the parents, to attain a healthy lifestyle the best way they can, especially for their children.

“Proper nutrition is really important for our children, especially this rainy season. Good health comes with good nutrition,” said Mona Manatad, one of the barangay’s councilors.

Malnutrition is one of the prevalent problems in the Philippines.

Data from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) revealed deaths caused by malnutrition increased by almost 40 percent for the January to October 2021 period, one of the highest on record.

The PSA cited poverty as one of the main reasons for malnutrition in the country.
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Church execs break ground on shelters for Odette-affected families in Boljoon

Sat, 2022-07-02 16:22
SEVERAL families living in Lower Beceril-Granada, Boljoon town, southern Cebu who were affected by Typhoon Odette (Rai) in December 2021 will soon have their own core-progressive shelter units.

These housing units, usually measuring 12 square meters of floor space, are environment-friendly and are built to withstand typhoons, flooding and mild earthquakes.

Materials for the construction of these shelters are locally sourced. They are called “progressive” because the beneficiary-family can expand and upgrade their unit.

Caritas village

These shelter units, to be built on land owned by the Archdiocese of Cebu, will form part of the Caritas Village in Lower Beceril-Granada.

It is a five-minute uphill drive from the center of Boljoon, a town in the south of Cebu. The housing project is a collaborative effort of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cebu, Cebu Caritas Inc., and the Municipality of Boljoon, with support from the Relief and Rehabilitation Unit (RRU) of the Cebu Archdiocese, Caritas Philippines, Caritas Internationalis and the Patrocinio de Maria Parish of Boljoon.

A perspective of the shelter unit, dubbed “Balay Caritas: Puy-anan sa Gugma ug Paglaum (Caritas House: Home of Love and Hope), was unveiled in a groundbreaking ceremony last June 27 at the settlement site.

In attendance were Msgr. Jose Dosado, the episcopal vicar for District 3 parishes, who led the rite of blessing together with Cebu Caritas president Fr. Alex Cola, Cebu Caritas program director Fr. Alden John Baran and RRU head Fr. Charles Jayme, Cebu Caritas trustees lawyer Maria Jane Paredes, engineer Charlie Taguiam, Dr. Jesus Ravanes and Dr. Greta Canoy. Boljoon Mayor Merlou Derama and other local government officials were also present.

Cola said Cebu Caritas and RRU will soon roll out a livelihood program for the beneficiary-families. (PR)
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Toledo City, 3 towns now have CTU regular campuses

Sat, 2022-07-02 16:18
TOLEDO City and three towns in Cebu’s Third District now have their own Cebu Technological University (CTU) regular campuses.

​This is after the bills authored by Deputy Speaker Pablo John Garcia (Cebu, Third), which were approved by the Lower House and the Senate, lapsed into law last month.

Aside from Toledo City, the other three CTU campuses are situated in the towns of Pinamungajan, Asturias and Balamban.

​“I am overjoyed to learn nga finally, nahimo na gyung balaod ang paghimog regular CTU campuses sa tulo ka mga lungsod ug usa ka dakbayan sa atong distrito. The amount needed for their operation will be included in the national annual budget. We can just imagine how many families will benefit from a more accessible education for the youth. Dili na kinahanglan moadto sa Cebu City,” said Garcia, who is starting a fresh term after running unopposed during the May 9, 2022 elections.

​The four new CTU campuses were made possible after Garcia filed several house bills converting the satellite CTU campuses in the four areas in his district into regular campuses.

While Garcia’s house bills were eventually signed by Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III and House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco, they lapsed into law last June.

This led to the approval of Republic Act (RA) 11787 (CTU Pinamungajan Campus Act), RA 11788 (CTU Toledo Campus and CTU Asturias Campus Act) and RA 11757 (CTU Balamban Campus Act).​

6 of 7 towns have regular campuses ​

With the passage of these laws, six of the seven local government units in Cebu’s Third District now have a CTU regular campus.

The first ones were in Barili and Tuburan. These government-run universities are offering short-term technical-vocational courses, as well as undergraduate and graduate courses.

Garcia was instrumental in providing buildings and equipment for these schools. He also distributed scholarship grants and educational assistance for the students. (PR)
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Spilling The Real Tea on Homeschooling

Sat, 2022-07-02 16:18
Education plays a vital role in everyone’s life. Growing up, most people are sent to school to learn and be guided by teachers who become second parents throughout their academic life. Once one becomes older, he is weighed down by responsibilities, and ends up looking back to the days of school and how fun and carefree that time was.

Homeschooling is a concept that is new, at least for the common folk, in Cebu. However, society boxes this format of education exclusively for the rich and famous. Catholic Homeschool Network would tell you otherwise.

Established in 2010, this group of homeschooling parents and their children are breaking away from the traditional way of learning and education and are taking matters into their own hands. Catholic Homeschooling Network comprises families from different walks of life. They are mostly regular families that took the time to devote their time and resources for their children, to teach and learn alongside them.

This notion breaks the stereotype that homeschooling is only possible for those who are financially well-off. Joanne Antiquina, a homeschooling parent of her four children, argues that “anyone who can send their children to a private school can comfortably afford a homeschool program. It would even turn out to be more economical than sending them to a regular private school.”

One might question why one would embark on such a journey? Joanne says, “I decided to think outside the box for an alternative way of schooling together as a family; we took the risk!”

A risk it was indeed but one worth taking. However, that didn’t mean that there weren’t any obstacles to be hurdled as Sheila Elle, a homeschooling mom of two, said: “Challenges mostly consist of those which are outside the home. Back in 2009, when we started, most people had no idea what it was. We were met with a lot of objections from well-meaning relatives and friends.”

Despite these difficulties, these parents have zero regrets and are incredibly proud of what their children have become — God-fearing and capable individuals with a vigorous zest for life.

Pio Gerard F. Antiquina is a proud homeschooler as he has been homeschooled for most of his academic life. Now 19 years old and taking on more responsibilities, he has made it clear that he wouldn’t be the person that he is today if it weren’t for his parent’s dedication to homeschool him.

“Homeschooling changed me internally as a person,” he says, “because it has bestowed upon me responsibilities of the household and has formed me into the struggling-towards-Heaven Catholic that I am today.”

Pio points out that one of the best things about being a homeschooler was you were your own boss as he said, “Time has always been my best friend, as I never have to worry about deadlines, and I could set the deadlines myself and study at my own pace.”

Another product of homeschooling is psychology major Inna Elle. Homeschooled since 2009, she shared that she learned how to be more independent as a learner. “Through the years, I learned to plan and direct my lessons, study on my own and evaluate my performance.” Inna also had her own fair share of obstacles that she needed to hurdle. Like everyone else, she struggled with maintaining self-discipline. She goes on to say, “Since students are not strictly bound by rules and a timetable, it was easy to fall into the trap of procrastination and deviate from my schedule, especially when the growing demands of the program were a bit overwhelming.”

Everyone can take a lesson from these wonderful individuals — their courage on treading uncharted waters is proof that if you have your heart set on something, the sky’s the limit, and that is the real tea on homeschooling.
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