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‘Mobile classrooms’ to be deployed in Lapu

Sat, 2022-07-30 21:54
THE Lapu-Lapu City Government is set to deploy mobile classrooms intended for those who stopped attending school, particularly amid the coronavirus disease (Covid- 19) pandemic.

Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan revealed this after his meeting with members of the city’s Local School Board (LSB) on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

Chan said the city government already purchased three tricycle-type vehicles that would serve as mobile classrooms.

These vehicles will be equipped with LED television sets and seats.

Chan said the mobile classrooms will be ready for deployment at the start of the new school year this coming August.

Island barangays

The mayor said they are planning to deploy these in Olango Island, particularly for those out-of-school youth or those who have stopped schooling.

Aside from school age children, mobile classrooms will also cater to daycare students and those who are availing of the Department of Education’s Alternative Learning System (ALS).

The city will also hire personnel to serve as teachers for the mobile classrooms, Chan added.

Aside from the tricycle-type vehicles, Chan plans to acquire four buses that they will convert into makeshift classrooms.

Apart from that, Chan said they are also planning to purchase tablets and computers for the students.

School repairs

Meanwhile, the mayor said the repair of schools that were damaged during the onslaught of Typhoon Odette (Rai) in the city had already started as part of the preparation for the opening of classes this August 22.

He said they had identified 11 schools that were damaged, wherein the City will shoulder the restoration of 12 of the 40 damaged classrooms.
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P1.5M shabu seized in Talisay

Sat, 2022-07-30 21:49
UP TO P1.5 million worth of suspected shabu was confiscated during a buy-bust in Barangay Tanke, Talisay City, southern Cebu, past 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29, 2022.

Operatives of Talisay City’s Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Jedy “Judy” Selitorio, 23, of Sitio Alaska, Barangay Mambaling in Cebu City.

Selitorio yielded 230 grams of alleged shabu with a street value of P1.5 million.

Lt. Col. Randy Caballes, chief of the Talisay City Police Station, said they monitored Selitorio’s illegal activities for two weeks prior to their operation.

According to Caballes, Selitorio could dispose of a kilo of shabu in a month.

Sourced from inmate

Selitorio claimed that a certain “Edcel,” who is allegedly an inmate at the Cebu City Jail, is his drug supplier.

He claimed Edcel would often send someone to deliver the illegal drugs to him.

The suspect will be facing charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.
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Road collision in Toledo City leaves 3 dead

Sat, 2022-07-30 21:44
AT LEAST three people were killed in a road accident after a motorcycle-for-hire accidentally rammed a passenger bus in Barangay Poog, Toledo City on Thursday evening, July 28, 2022.

Police identified the fatalities as Benjamin Aria Pracuelles, 61, a habal-habal (motorcycle-for-hire) driver from Barangay Bunga, Toledo City and his passengers Maricel Aliganga Canoy, 40, and Marina Son Villacencio, 53, both manicurists from Barangay Poog.

Staff Sgt. Nicanor Goc-ong of the Toledo Police Station said Pracuelles was driving from Sitio Campo 10, Barangay Poog when he lost control of his motorcycle after its front tire exploded and collided head-on with an incoming passenger bus bound for Cebu City.

Goc-ong said the victims were not wearing a helmet at the time of the incident.

Bus driver Felimon Tagactac, 53, of Barangay Matab-ang, surrendered to the police after the incident.

Pracuelles died on the spot, while Canoy and Villacencio died while being transported to the hospital.

The passenger bus’s owner has vowed to accept responsibility for the incident.
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Apolinario KOs Buthelezi, wins IBO belt

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:44
IT was supposed to be a step-up fight for unbeaten world-rated prospect Dave Apolinario. However, what should have been Apolinario’s stiffest test to date turned out to be easy work as he demolished veteran Gideon Buthelezi in just a single round in their International Boxing Organization (IBO) flyweight title bout on Saturday, July 30, 2022, at the International Convention Centre in East London, South Africa.

Apolinario did what most visiting Pinoy fighters fail to do, beat a South African fighter in his own backyard in a title fight.

The 23-year-old Apolinario landed a crisp right jab followed by a solid left straight to the jaw that dropped Buthelezi to the canvas. Buthelezi tried to stand up but was clearly dazed and held to ropes while he was counted out by the referee with just a few seconds left in the opening round.

With the victory, Apolinario captured the vacant IBO belt. He improved to 17-0 with 12 knockouts.

The 36-year-old Buthelezi, a three-weight IBO champion, suffered his first loss in seven years and saw his nine-fight-winning streak end. He dropped to 23-6 with five knockouts.

Apolinario has slowly blossomed into one of the Philippines’ rising young stars and the win over a proven veteran in Buthelezi shows that he’s the real deal.

Apolinario is steadily rising up the world rankings and will soon get his shot at a world title in one of the four major boxing sanctioning bodies. He’s currently rated No. 6 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), No. 10 by the International Boxing Federation (IBF), No. 15 by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) and No. 33 by the World Boxing Council (WBC).

Artem Dalakian is the current WBA titleholder, Junto Nakatani holds the WBO belt, Sunny Edwards has the IBF belt around his waist and Julio Cesar Martinez is the WBC champion.

Mananquil losses to Cafu

On the other hand, Apolinario’s teammate, Ben Mananquil, wasn’t as fortunate and lost to Phumalele Cafu via a fifth round stoppage in their WBA Intercontinental super flyweight contest.

It was a very competitive fight with both pugs having their moment. Mananquil was gaining momentum in the fourth round and it continued into the fight round as he landed some solid shots on Cafu.

Cafu, however, caught Mananquil with a counter left that forced him to backpedal and drop on one knee. Mananquil stood up but his corner intervened and stopped the fight.

Mananquil fell to 18-3-3 with five knockouts, while Cafu remained unbeaten with 6-0-3 with six knockouts.
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Limpag: Watching the World Cup, made easy

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:44
During every World Cup cycle, whenever someone asks where one can watch the World Cup, I couldn’t help but remember my rather unique experience watching my first World Cup final on TV.

It was France ‘98, and after scouring the papers in the school library for results in the early group stage, me and my board mates started wondering, “Where can we watch the playoffs live?”

As perennially broke college students, we had no cable TV in the boarding house, nor were there sports bars in Cebu. It was ‘98, there was no social media, streaming or what-have-you available. It was in the semis, I think that someone told us, a bar along Mango was airing the games live. So we in the boarding house—all Brazil fans—decided to stay out late and check the bar.

It was a bar alright, one where scantily clad females have a pole. The TV was small, barely 12 inches but there we were, locals and quite a few expats glued to the TV.

I remember one girl, who seemed disappointed that nobody was paying attention while she was gyrating, decided to block the TV, while removing her upper garment. Aside from the choice words from the expats, I think it was the scream from locals who said “pahawa diha (get out of there)” that convinced her we were there to watch the game, not the dancers.

Four years later, fortunately, the options for Cebu fans wasn’t limited to a place begging for a police raid. I think every Cebuano football fan was in The Village when Ronaldo showed that while his taste for a hairstylist was questionable, his skills on the field left no questions.

In 2006, sports bars and hotels were showing the games but what I remember at that time was when after catching the group stage matches at a certain sports bar, during the knockout round the bar charged an entrance fee.

It’s not that we were cheapskates, we did drink our fill in the group stage. We were no longer broke board-mates as most of us were on our first jobs. But we still run with the broken college fans circle, so we had a “where we can watch the World Cup for free” thread before Facebook and Twitter was a thing.

So we all ended up in a hostel, just in front of UP Cebu, with a TV so small we had to sit a couple of feet away. I wore a Brazil jersey and after watching them get eliminated I changed into an England jersey, only to hear one English fan scream out loud after the shootout, “Every bloody time!”

Africa 2010 onwards, watching the World Cup was no longer a question about where you can catch the games, but whether you’d be still up to watch the final. So at 5 a.m. in a bar in Banilad, we celebrated like crazy when Spain won. Ditto with 2014 and 2018. You just have to find the time to watch the games.

But in 2022, it’s different. Thanks to World Cup TV and Tap Digital Ventures, which is offering all 64 matches live plus replay plus all off field features for only P1,999, you’d get your fill even if you don’t have the time.

At P1,999 for 64 matches, that’s like P31 plus change per match, almost P30 cheaper if you buy a single beer in your favorite sports bar. You’d get the replays too and all the interviews. Plus, there is content not related to football, too.

Thanks to World Cup TV and Tap Digital Media Ventures, there’s no reason why you’d miss a game.
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Quijano: Peña, Nunes duke it out at UFC 277

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:44
The first time Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes met, the latter was the toast of the MMA world, seemingly invincible and unstoppable, especially after demolishing Ronda Rousey and rattling off 7 straight defenses against elite competition, including victories over Holly Holm and the formidable Cris Cyborg.

But because anything can happen in the MMA world, it just happened.

Peña shocked the world and submitted Nunes via rear naked choke at UFC 269.

UFC 277. At UFC 277, the tables have turned and Nunez will be the challenger after having made several changes in her camp coming into today’s rematch.

How will Nunes, formerly recognized as the greatest women’s fighter of all time, fare this time around? I think Nunes took Peña lightly in the first fight. She stood in the pockets and aggressively sought out the exchanges, striking being one of her biggest strengths.

But things can take a quick turn for the worse in a fight. One well-timed punch, one ill fated move is all it takes especially in elite-level competition.

After surprisingly getting the better of Amanda in the exchanges, Peña took advantage of her gassed opponent by executing a near perfect take-down which she beautifully transitioned into a rear naked choke.

The greatest upset in the history of the sport, yelled fight commentator Joe Rogan.

This time around, expect a more patient Nunes to fight a more disciplined fight.

During their first encounter, Nunes threw wide looping punches which Peña countered smoothly with straight punches.

There was sequence leading up the the rear naked choke wherein Nunes ate three consecutive left jabs from Pena as she tried coming in.

That took a lot out of her as her momentum going in contributed to the torque of Peña’s punches.

Another thing Nunes has to work on is cardio. She needs to be in supreme condition for this rematch. This will be an all-out battle and sometimes it can all boil down to who was the fitter, hardier athlete.

I think Nunes can pull this off via split decision, paving the way for a trilogy.

VERBATIM. “I could see the change in her face. And then I can see my corner “Go, go, go...” - Peña describing their first fight against Nunes. (www.espn.com)

LAST ROUND. It’s on the UP Latagaw Brotherhood as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. Cheers, brods! In happiness, blood, sweat and tears.
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Abne faces Bacolod in ‘Engkwentro 6’

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:41
APRIL Jay Abne is in for another tough test in the main event of “Engkwentro 6” as he takes on former ALA Boy Christian Bacolod on Aug. 7, 2022, at the Bonifacio Bacaltos Sports and Cultural Centrum in Sibonga, Southern Cebu.

Abne looks to continue his winning ways by beating what could be his stiffest competition to date.

The 23-year-old Abne quickly rose in the Philippines’ flyweight after winning Gerry Peñalosa’s Ultimate Boxing Series (UBS) flyweight tournament by beating some of the most promising young flyweights in the country in 2019. He defeated Ronel Dela Cruz via a convincing unanimous decision in the quarterfinals, also beat Joseph Bayubay by unanimous decision in the semifinals and won against Ronel Sumalpong by majority decision in the finals.

Abne’s biggest win was when he walked away with a split decision over Ben Ligas in an Oriental and Pacific Boxing Federation (OPBF) flyweight bout in Talisay City last year.

Abne, however, also suffered his first career defeat that same year after he was stopped by Garen Diagan in the first round.

Abne avenged that loss with a fifth round knockout of Diagan in their rematch on March 19. He’s a winner of his last two fights after he stopped Arnold Garde in Sibonga on May 21.

Bacolod is also coming into this fight winning back-to-back fights since suffering his first career loss in 2019. The 27-year-old Bacolod lost to unbeaten Thai prospect Thanongsak Simsri by a close unanimous decision in Japan.

Bacolod bounced back in 2021 with a unanimous decision over Pablito Balidio. He followed up that win with a fourth round stoppage of Jason Mopon last June 18.

Abne is 9-1 with five knockouts, while Bacolod is 14-1 with 10 knockouts.

Undercard

In the undercard, John Paul Gabunilas (7-1, 5 KOs) locks horns with Ruben Dadivas (8-1, 4 KOs), Berland Robles (4-0, 2 KOs) faces Ramel Antaran (5-17-2), journeyman Rodel Wenceslao (16-19-2, 7 KOs) trades leathers with Ernesto Cagampang (4-1-1, 4 KOs), BJ Wild (8-0, 6 KOs) slugs it out with former World Boxing Council (WBC) Asian Boxing Council (ABC) minimumweight king Mateo Handig (15-21, 9 KOs), Ian Abne (6-0, 4 KOs) is up against Charlie Malupangue (9-5-3, 6 KOs), Ramil Macado (2-0, 2 KOs) faces off with fellow unbeaten Alvin Camique (4-0, 1 KO) and Yeroge Gura (3-0, 1 KO) is fighting one-time world title challenger Jeffrey Galero (17-8, 8 KOs).

The Piala brothers Rodex Piala (5-0), and Brix Piala (4-0, 1 KO) are also seeing action in the undercard against yet-to-be-determined opponents.
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Eugenio: Doing the impossible

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:33
Humanity has proven time and time again to be able to do the impossible. From planes to microscopes, to even cars, people are able to do what was thought to only exist in imagination. Despite our capabilities, one still tends to feel powerless against what they face. Although tasks can feel impossible, what was thought to be impossible has been changed over and over again. With the power one has, one is able to even change what one thinks is impossible by simply attempting to challenge it.

In life, many things may seem out of our control. In the Three Factors of Human Success, this is reflected in one’s Heaven Luck. Even though there are bound to be things that we can’t have power over, Heaven Luck still shows us that most things are in our control. Heaven Luck shows us what can happen, but never what will happen. Although our Heaven Luck can be vague, it is like that because the true outcome is within our power to control.

Our Man Luck plays a large part in overcoming the thing one sees as impossible. As much as Man Luck reflects what one does to one’s surroundings, it also reflects what one does to one’s self. Growing and cultivating a healthy mindset is also one’s Man Luck. Filling and exposing one to the media and people whose purpose is to bring you down. Remember, as iron sharpens iron, one must strive to surround oneself to people that lift one up, not bring one down for worse.

The Three Factors of Human Success, namely Heaven, Man and Earth, individually only contribute to 33.3 percent of your success. However, Man Luck is still seen existing in the other two factors. That is because no matter how unfavorable our Heaven and Earth Lucks are, success is still within our hands with what one does and can do. The impossible, even with the most unlucky of circumstances, is still achievable.

What is deemed impossible to one start with believing that it is. Only by attempting to do it can one see that what’s impossible was really possible. However, attempting can be a challenge in and of itself. Difficulty in trying may have arisen from previous failures, but while it is ok to feel helpless, to stay and continue to be helpless is not. As the people before have done it before, changing what is impossible must be one of our goals in life. With our power and potential, we are all capable of making what’s impossible yesterday into a possible today.

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Medical spa in Cebu celebrates clinic expansion

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:31
THE One Nadela Medical Group recently celebrated its clinic expansion on July 25.

The medical spa—located at lifestyle arcade 88th Ave., Gov. M. Cuenco Ave., Cebu City—continues to offer Cebuanos dental and medical services that focus on preventative measures, restorative procedures and aesthetic options.

“Our desire is to help our patients make educated decisions regarding health and beauty and to create an avenue for people to openly communicate with our family of experts in the field,” said the group through a press statement.

The clinic expansion was marked with a party that hosted special guests and social media influencers. The medical spa re-introduced its drip lounge and couples room, and also launched its three, brand-new slimming machines: Onda Plus, Embrace RF and Alpha Prime X.

Visit One Nadela Medical Group open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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Hello, Leo: Time to celebrate their majesties

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:28
It’s a day before the world celebrates the Leo season which runs until Aug. 22 and it cannot be more exciting.

Admittedly, not everyone might be keen to celebrate the season because Leos are supposed to be the vainest or even narcissistic sign of the zodiacs.

It may be true for some but it could also be because they’re July Leos who are ruled by the sun, meaning Leos born between the 23rd and the 31st are naturally the center of attention.

Their August counterparts born between the 1st to the 22nd are ruled by either Jupiter or Mars and their opinionated nature tends to make them come off as bossy to others around them.

Of the two, July Leos also tend to be the more creative one and have less trouble expressing themselves while August Leos are the natural-born leaders who inspire others to take that leap.

Regardless of whether they’re a July or August Leo, both share one characteristic and it’s the ability to relish in attention rather than shy away from it.

Here are eight reasons why you should celebrate the bold, proud and majestic Leos of your life, whether they’re your family or friends.

They’re some of the friendliest and social people you’ll/you’ve known

It’s no secret that a Leo loves attention, which is why making friends isn’t as difficult for most, if not all, Leos.

Their social nature makes them great conversationalists and they love to build connections with others.

They’re most likely not to avoid gatherings as they love meeting new people and maybe flaunt themselves a little.

Social gatherings also act as an excuse for Leos to go meet equally or more interesting people as them.

Leos are loyal partners and friends (associates)

The lion symbolizes loyalty and it being the symbol of the Leo, loyalty is attributed to the people born under this sign. Leos are one of the most loyal signs and will defend you from all sorts of defamation or harm.

This loyalty can be beneficial for people who seek to build a relationship with a Leo but can be detrimental to the Leo. A Leo’s confidence easily crumbles when they’re loyalty is betrayed and that is why one should think twice before betraying a Leo (or any sign for that matter).

Creativity is just second nature and comes naturally to them

Of July and August Leos, July Leos are the most creative, but that is not to say that August Leos don’t have that creative spark. Although one outweighs the other, Leos certainly know how to put themselves together and aren’t afraid to express themselves. Their creativity enables them to whip up something regardless of what you give them.

Leadership is also another aspect that comes naturally

In the wild, the lion is often dubbed as “the king of the jungle” because of their ability to dominate their territory, this behavior is also exhibited in the Leo.

Creativity, sociability, and loyalty are all great traits that leaders possess. Couple this with determination, and the outcome is a Leo. The self-confident and determined Leo makes for an ideal leader simply because they live life to the fullest and push others to succeed.

They rise above fear

A Leo is a natural-born leader and being “king of the jungle,” exhibits kingly attitudes such as bravery. Fear will not stop a Leo from doing what s/he sets their mind to and is more likely to have the opposite effect on them. Also, when a Leo deems you as untrustworthy, they will not hesitate to drop you out of their life forever.

Independence is everything

A Leo’s ability to easily drop people out of their lives is due in part to their independent nature. This independence makes the Leo almost set in their values but that doesn’t mean they’re closed off to the idea of change. It can also be the Leos downfall as the idea of asking for help can be humiliating in a Leo’s mind.

So remember, they don’t need a partner but when they decide to love you, it’s in your best interest not to make them regret that decision.

Romance is not just an option, it’s a necessity

Their loyalty extends beyond just their friends and family and is heightened when it comes to their significant others. Their passion plus their loving nature makes them ideal partners. Plus, the Leo is both a giving and receiving partner, and will make you feel wanted, if you catch the drift.

They have a golden heart

All in all, a Leo is just an all-around great character and people born under this sign most likely possess qualities that make for a great friendship or life partner. Leos would also bend over backwards for the happiness and comfort of those the Leo cares for.

So with all these in mind, why wouldn’t you wanna celebrate the Leo?

Their opinionated nature should not be mistaken for “narcissism” any more than their attention to detail be mistaken for “vanity.”

The fire within a Leo is often misunderstood so celebrate the Leo in your life because they’re more than just their good looks.
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Lim: Ghosting

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:28
I say this, at the outset, I am guilty of ghosting and long before the term was even coined. So, with that confession, I also declare my bias for ghosting.

Is it cruel? Is it unkind? Does it inflict pain? I guess so. But so is not returning someone’s feelings for you. But should that be classified as a crime? Probably not.

People ghost for a variety of reasons but the critics have put it down largely to a lack of courage to end things. I can’t disagree.

Personally, what propels me to ghost is the prospect of a discussion that may escalate into a debate—a debate I would likely win but don’t have the energy to engage in. And believe me, I don’t always want to win. Sometimes, I just want to end things. Quickly. Quietly. As in a disappearing act.

A cowardly act? Perhaps. But is it a criminal act?

Do I not think the other party deserves an explanation? Well, it depends—on the depth of the relationship and on the reasons for its ending. So far, all my profound relationships are still alive and thriving.

I think things through before I decide—whether it’s over a pair of shoes I want to buy or a relationship that must meet its demise.

With God as my witness, I can say I give people the benefit of the doubt. I give people ample time to redeem themselves when they cross a line. I do not decide with haste. But when I decide, I never look back.

It’s kinder to say there is someone else than to say they don’t measure up. But what if there is no one else? What if you just don’t want them? What if you’d rather be alone than be with them? How do you say that with kindness?

Or what if you changed your mind because you saw something you didn’t see before? Some deal breakers. Some things upon which you know in your heart, your minds will never meet. Some stuff you know will never change.

Isn’t it better to simply be silent and disappear?

For what would be the point of enumerating faults, flaws and failings? What would be the point of citing all that you find distasteful or disagreeable? What would be the point of stating all the reasons why one is not wanted?

It’s awful to be ghosted. But it would be worse if you listened to me while I ranted.

I choose to ghost because I don’t want to lie to you. I choose to ghost because I cannot pretend to feel what I do not. I choose to ghost because you do not need to hear all these.

What you don’t know won’t hurt you. My silence will be salve to your sting. With my despicable act, you will consider it my loss not yours when I disappear from your life.

I cause less pain when I’m silent—as a ghost.

House Bill 611, an act declaring ghosting an emotional offense is unlikely to be passed. Because silence is not always a sordid act.

But if passed and jail time were included, I’d be incarcerated for the rest of my life.
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Moises: I am committed but also in love with someone else

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:26
G: Hi, Singlestalk. I’m in a six-year dating relationship. We both have stable jobs. Would have been a good time to propose and make this permanent. It’s just that three years ago I met this woman at an annual industry conference. We hit it off really well and we became good friends. She’s not conventionally beautiful. But there’s something about her that inspires a better me. I’m in love with her. All these years. Hardworking, engaging and simple in her ways. I follow her on social media. We communicate through Messenger and meet every once in while in online meetings we both participate in and in conventions. She’s been inside my mind for years now and it bothers me especially that family and friends are asking when I am going to get married.

DJ: It’s not unusual for people to find other people attractive. And they aren’t their partner. To go through something borrowed-ish is never easy, more so while you’re in a relationship. Nothing is certain whether it’s going to work. And because this new one is even across the miles, you don’t want to end a long-term relationship in favor of another. But it’s also possible that your feelings for her are trying to tell you something. So, what do you do?

It’s possible that you’re just having a crush. Ask yourself a couple of hard questions. Do you believe your partner is no longer the best match for you? You’re not yet married and this is a good time to discern who she is and what she means to you. You don’t end things with her just because you met someone interesting. You only end it when you’re convinced she’s not the best one for you.

Do you still want to be in the relationship regardless of the new person? Are there deal breakers aside from the fact that you met someone in a conference? Not all attractions are meant to be acted upon. You may have been just playing up with her good qualities and are probably comparing them to the qualities of your current partner. Are there needs, not just wants, that are unmet? Why are you staying in touch with this new lady? Do you share details of your life? Do you allow yourself to be vulnerable? When you said she inspires a better you, did you mean you value her opinion? You only want to do these with someone who has your heart.

Yes, it’s possible that you are not satisfied with the relationship. That’s why you opened your heart for someone who can turn even a frown upside down. Was there something that changed in the relationship? Is it just temporary? A new job for example. Why would you even risk losing what you have?

It’s been six years. Is this just part of the ebb and flow of connection and disconnection that often takes place in long term relationships? If you think your girlfriend is the best person for you, you know what to do. Avoid further complications. Now if it’s the relationship that’s not working, it’s not fair to keep her waiting. I suggest you have a kind, caring and truthful discussion with her. Should you tell her about this lady? My thoughts? Not necessarily. You only break up with someone because there are essential gaps in the relationship. Not because someone came along. Stick to the narrative and keep the conversation focused on what the real issue is. If something was already off, her intuition may have already told her beforehand. What you will say is just a confirmation.

If this new one is just a thought, it would have passed. But if it lingered for three years, it’s likely to manifest into something else. Pray. Think things over. Talk about them with someone you trust. Then take it from there. Part of being a mature adult is seeing a relationship from an objective POV.

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Cabaero: Which movie to watch?

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:26
Which one will you watch? This question was posed to television viewers last Friday as two movies—one on the Marcos family and the other on Martial Law victims—will hit the cinemas this week.

It was an informal poll where people phoned in their choice, and, because there was no science to it, the result was unclear, although the show’s hosts said there were more callers who said they would watch the movie “Katips” than those who would go for “Maid in Malacañang.”

Both movies hit local cinemas this Wednesday, August 3, 2022.

The reason for the poll is the controversy over the “Maid in Malacañang” film, which, according to the movie’s synopsis, was about the last 72 hours of the family of Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. inside the presidential palace, as narrated by a “reliable source,” before they fled to Hawaii during the 1986 People Power Revolution. Critics said, however, that the movie intends to revise history.

The movie “Katips,” a musical, is about the horrors of Martial Law as experienced by the people. Vince Tañada, producer, director, and writer, said the film is based on the 2016 stage musical “Katips: Ang Mga Bagong Katipunero.”

“Maid in Malacañang” first announced its release date; “Katips” declared a show date also for this Wednesday after a call was aired for a movie to counter the Marcos line.

Tañada had said the movie was about those who suffered during Martial Law, such as his grandfather, the late senator Lorenzo Tañada, who was jailed for his political beliefs. But “Katips” is not a political film, the director said, adding that no actor played Marcos and the late dictator’s accomplishments were even shown. Tañada also said he decided to release the movie after director Joel Lamangan issued a call for a film to show the truth. Lamangan is a Martial Law victim.

Now, which movie to watch?

I’ll go to “Katips” because it is about people who were arrested without charges, who were harassed, tortured, killed. I know some of those who survived Martial Law. They are lawyers, educators, priests, social workers, and journalists. They were among those who collected payment under the Martial Law compensation law.

I remember when Martial Law was declared. At the dining table, Dad gathered the men in the family, while Mom and the women were ordered to go to our rooms. I was in elementary then, already with a journalist’s curiosity, so I went back down to mid-way on the stairs and listened. They talked about martial law and what it meant. They spoke in low voices, although I remember that Dad did most of the talking. The way “Martial Law” was whispered made me understand it was serious. My father instructed my brothers to stay at home or, if they must go out, to return home before curfew, to strictly follow the rules, and not to argue with law enforcement.

I want to see if what I know about Martial Law is in “Katips.”
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Briones: Not another one

Sat, 2022-07-30 20:17
Well, what do you know?

The World Health Organization has convened its emergency committee to discuss whether to declare the expanding outbreak of Monkeypox a global crisis.

Call it whatever you want, but I prefer to describe the agency’s latest move as fearmongering. Mind you, I don’t expect nations to take drastic measures like what they did when they implemented lockdowns to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic two years ago.

Majority of affected countries have yet to fully recover from the fiasco. And it’s not like it has been smooth sailing these past few months either. Far from it. Because we’re in the middle of a worldwide recession.

I’m not an economist, but I’m pretty sure Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last February had something to do with the steady increase of prices since then.

Of course, it didn’t help that the West imposed sanctions on everything Russian, including its petroleum products. Obviously that meant the price of fuel has also skyrocketed.

Don’t get me wrong. Nations can still buy Russian oil on the world market. In fact, it’s much cheaper than Brent crude oil, which is why the likes of China and India are on a Russian buying spree. So if that’s the case, why aren’t we, the Philippines, not doing the same?

Well, it wouldn’t look good if Uncle Sam’s little brown brother didn’t toe the party line. Let the public suffer, but God forbid we disobey Washington’s edict.

And I hear there’s a shortage of wheat. Although when you think about it, it shouldn’t concern us rice eaters.

Anyway, Russia, being the world’s biggest wheat exporter, says the sanctions must be lifted before it can deliver to customers, while Ukraine, the world’s fifth biggest wheat exporter, claims the war has prevented it from making deliveries. Either way, that is not the topic of this column.

But I just want to remind everyone that we’ve had our hands full trying to cope with all sorts of problems. So the threat of another health crisis is definitely not welcome.

On Friday, July 29, 2022, the Department of Health announced the Philippines’ first Monkeypox case, which should send shivers down the spine of hypochondriacs.

I guess the health department had no choice but to report it. Apparently, Monkeypox is trending in the West right now. And the Philippines can’t afford not to be with the “IN” crowd.

At any rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “those at higher risk during this outbreak include people who ‘had skin-to-skin contact with someone in a social network experiencing Monkeypox activity,’ including men who have sex with men who meet partners online.”

Uh huh.

By the way, did you hear Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and his wife are in the latest issue of Vogue?
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Man accused of raping relative nabbed

Sat, 2022-07-30 13:09
A MAN accused of rape was nabbed by the Mandaue City police after almost five years in hiding.

Major Romeo Durano Caacoy Jr. of the Mandaue City Police Office Station 2 who headed the investigation, identified the suspect as Tony, 32, of Poblacion Occidental, Consolacion town in northern Cebu.

Caacoy told SunStar Cebu on Friday, July 29, 2022, that one of suspect's relatives lodged a complaint against him in 2016 for rape.

The suspect was arrested in his residence in Sitio Pandayan on Monday, July 25.

He, however, denied the allegation against him.

The suspect will be facing charges for violating Republic Act 8353, otherwise known as the Anti-Rape Law of 1997, with no bail recommended. (HIC)
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DOH 7 monitoring monkeypox since May

Sat, 2022-07-30 10:57
AN official of the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH 7) has reassured the public that it has already activated and intensified its surveillance activity for monkeypox as early as May this year.

In an advisory on Saturday, July 30, 2022, DOH 7 Director Jaime Bernadas felt the need to reassure the public after the first case of Monkeypox in the Philippines was confirmed by the central office on Friday, July 29.

Bernadas noted that the two suspected cases in Central Visayas, one of whom was a two-year-old boy from Bohol and a 26-year-old male from Cebu, yielded negative results following their test samples submitted to the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) and a laboratory in the region.

The regional director, however, reminds the public that prevention against Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) also works for preventing the spread of monkeypox.

"Since monkeypox is transmitted via close contact with the skin lesion and fluid from the vesicles, physical distancing, avoiding crowded places and regular handwashing are effective," Bernadas said.

"Staying at home when sick is also advised especially if coming from travel from countries with confirmed cases of monkeypox and seek medical consult as soon as possible," he added.

Should there be cases in the region, Bernadas said all the heads of the health facilities have already been advised and are ready to accept patients for isolation and treatment.

In a press briefing in Malacañang, Health Undersecretary Beverly Ho on Friday said the first confirmed case of monkeypox in the country was a 31-year-old returning overseas Filipino and was tested and confirmed positive on July 28.

The patient, however, has been tagged as recovered while the 10 identified close contacts are not showing any symptoms but they are in quarantine, which will take place between 14 to 21 days. (MKG)
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Bukidnon Cowboys hands Cagayan de Oro first loss in PSL 21-Under VisMin Leg

Sat, 2022-07-30 09:14
The Bukidnon Cowboys got off to a hot start and sustained it until the final buzzer to pull off a 70-59 upset victory over the Sealcor Cagayan de Oro Kingfishers on Friday in the Pilipinas Super League 21-Under VisMin Leg at the Lawaan 1 gym in Talisay City.

Ivo Salarda had 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Cowboys’ balanced attack on both ends of the floor. Laven Uy also had a stellar all-around performance as he notched eight points, 12 rebounds, three steals, three blocks, and two assists as Bukidnon moved to 3-1, good for solo second place.

The Cowboys got off to an 8-0 start and just kept on going, extending it to a high of 14, 39-25, after a three-pointer by Dwyn Dacutanan. The Sealfishers rallied and momentarily snatched the lead at 53-52.

But Bukidnon kept their wits about them, responding with an 11-0 run anchored on buckets from Salarda, Dacutanan, and Raul Gentallan to take a 63-53 lead.

Bling Murillo canned back-to-back triples to pull Cagayan de Oro to within four but Bukidnon’s defense kept steady the rest of the way, holding the Kingfishers scoreless for over three minutes to pick up the victory.

Meanwhile, the Davao Occidental Dreamers clobbered the Sherilin-Unisol Mandaue Plastic Men, 83-72, to gain a share of first place in the standings beside Cagayan de Oro. The Dreamers and the Kingfishers have identical 4-1 records.

Davao Occidental found their groove early and led by as much as 19, 53-34, early in the third. However, the Plastic Men persevered and pulled to within three, 69-72, after a triple by Christopher Isabelo and a short stab by Daryl Guerrero with 4:31 to go in the game.

But Christial Malano and Jude Bagay had the answers, scoring crucial points down the stretch to push Davao Occidental to the win.

Bagay had a massive double-double of 16 points and 16 rebounds, while Malano had 14.

The Plastic Men got 14 from Isabelo. However, it wasn’t enough to keep the team from dropping to 2-3.
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One Nadela Medical Group expands its clinic

Sat, 2022-07-30 06:44
SINCE August 2020, One Nadela Medical Group has created an environment where its patients can feel welcome and cared for.

Offering dental and medical aesthetics, it aims to provide preventative measures, restorative procedures, and aesthetic options for its patients with specific medical concerns.

Its desire is to help its patients make educated decisions regarding their health and beauty. It also aims to create an avenue for people to openly communicate with its family of experts in the field. Feel good with family: “It centers on the principles of family.” Nadela’s clinic expansion is a dream that everyone in the family has shared. On the afternoon of July 25, 2022, it was able to share this milestone to its family members both old and new, to show its appreciation for helping Nadela finally reach its goal.

Aside from its drip lounge and couples room, Nadela launched and introduced three brand new slimming machines: the Onda Plus, Embrace RF, and Alpha Prime X.

Nadela is located on the second floor of 88th Avenue, Gov. M. Cuenco avenue, Banilad. Interested customers may contact them through (0917) 591 8164 and follow them at @onenadelamed. SPONSORED CONTENT.
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DOF welcomes the enactment of Agri-Agra law amendments

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:31
FINANCE Secretary Benjamin Diokno welcomed the enactment of Republic Act 11901 otherwise known as the Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development Financing Enhancement Act of 2022, which lapsed into law on Thursday, July 28, 2022.

“The enactment of the Agri-Agra law amendments is a welcome development for our agriculture sector — a top priority area of the Marcos administration and one of the key drivers of our economic growth,” said Diokno.

Diokno said RA 11901, which repealed Republic Act 10000 or the Agri-Agra Reform Credit Act of 2009, has institutionalized a framework that is more responsive to the financing needs of farmers, fisherfolk, and agri-based micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

The new law is consistent with the reassessment of the Agri-Agra law, which is part of the Philippine Sustainable Finance Roadmap.

RA 11901 mandates an agriculture, fisheries and rural development financing system to improve the productivity, income, competitiveness and welfare of farmers, fisherfolk, agri-based workers and organizations, and other target rural community beneficiaries.

Financing shall come in the form of loans and investments to support productivity-enhancing programs, projects or activities, encourage competitiveness, and promote sustainable development of rural communities.

A menu of activities that may be supported includes, among others, agricultural mechanization, agri-tourism, entrepreneurial activities, green projects, digitalization of farming, fishery and agri business, and acquisition of lands authorized under the Agrarian Reform Code of the Philippines and its amendments.

Post-harvest activities, such as processing, storage, marketing, distribution, and logistics, are also eligible for financing under the law.

Other projects that may be enrolled under the financing system are public rural infrastructure and programs that promote the health and wellness of farmers and fisherfolk.

Financing will be available to rural community beneficiaries, cooperatives, associations, MSMEs, or organizations in good standing regardless of capitalization. Beneficiaries will be assessed based on the feasibility of the project, their estimated production, and paying capacity, among other criteria.

Diokno said RA 11901 expands the role of the banking industry and eases their compliance with Agri-Agra requirements, allowing banks to lend stronger support to the whole value chain of agri-enterprises.

Under the law, banking institutions are expected to design and offer financial products and services that suit the specific requirements of their agricultural clients, taking into account their cash flows and the gestation and harvest period of the agricultural produce, activity, or project being financed.(CSL, PR)
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Cebu boat builder to construct yachts for Korean firm

Sat, 2022-07-30 01:30
A SOUTH Korean firm has tapped Cebu-based marine vessel builder Seals Boatyard Inc. for the construction of luxury yachts to answer the maritime travel demand amid the tourism boom in the North East Asian nation.

Jeju Sea World, based in Jeju Island in South Korea, recently signed a build contract with Seals, with the vessel targeted for delivery by 2023.

A 14-meter Catamaran yacht will be the first luxury yacht to be built by Seals Boatyard for Jeju Sea World.

South Korea is said to be recognized as a developing destination in the yacht charter business. With the growing number of tourists who visit South Korea, especially Jeju Island, demand for marine tourism is rapidly increasing, a trend that is also seen in the Philippines.

Noting the growing tourism market, Jeju Sea sees opportunities in the promising maritime tourism market that led it to expand and tap the Cebu company to build its yachts.

“The scenic route with the rising sun that blazes on the far-off horizon dyes the sea red and fascinates viewers with breathtaking views of natural wonder, which has attracted both tourists and residents at Jeju Island. And the growth of the maritime industry that looks promising made us feel excited about expanding our operations and to have yachts built,” Jeju Sea chief executive officer (CEO) Hong Chol said.

For his part, Seals CEO Doyle Figueras said this is just the first of the five catamaran yachts they are building for the Korean firm.

“Moreover, we are thrilled to represent the Philippines in the international maritime industry as a reliable marine vessel builder and we would be proud to say that it will be Filipino made with international standard quality vessels,” he said.

This development, he said, creates more job opportunities for Cebuanos in the boat building industry.

Catamarans have gained rising popularity, while the yachting market is gaining momentum globally.

Seals is a local boat builder with a shipyard situated in Luyang, Carmen, northern Cebu.
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