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152 teams join President’s Cup

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:22
ONE hundred and 52 teams have signed up for the Central Visayas Regional Football Association Festival Cup, which will kick off on July 1 at the Cebu City Sports Center.

Organized by the Central Visayas Football Association (CVFA), the President’s Cup is the first football festival in the city since the pandemic halted sports activities two years ago. It will have the Mixed 9 and 11-Under divisions, the Boys 13 and 15-Under, which will be played on Friday.

On Saturday, it will be the turn of the Boys 17 and 19-Under, the Girls 17 and 19-Under and Men’s 21 divisions.

On Sunday, it will be the Men’s and Ladies’ Open and the Men’s 38 and 50-Above divisions.

“This all started when Dr. Alvin Roxas suggested to the CVFA board that we should be the one to start organizing football tournament since some of the other regional FAs have started their own programs due to the lowering of the IATF protocols,” said CVFA president Rodney Orale who hopes to turn this event into an annual affair.

The men’s open attracted the most number of entries with 40, while the Boys 13 and 15 divisions have 16 each.

Aside from the usual powerhouse teams from Cebu, the tournament will also have out-of-town participants from the cities of Naga, Carcar, Dumaguete and San Carlos, and Bohol.

After the event, the CVFA is also planning to concluded the interrupted 2020 season of the Aboitiz Cup by handing out trophies to the winners of the divisions that were finished before the Covid-19 pandemic forced local lockdowns.

“The Aboitiz Group of companies will always be a part of the CVFA journey. Without them, it will be a very big challenge to develop football in Central Visayas,” said Orale of Aboitiz, which has sponsored the longest-running football tournament in the country. (PR)
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Bacanaje tests England in Australia

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:19
Arnel Baconaje will gun for his second straight win as he takes on Aussie prospect Jackson Jon England on Sept. 2, 2022 in Australia.

Baconaje beat journeyman Leonardo Doronio last March 12 in Parañaque City. He will be gunning for his first win overseas after losing to Yasutaka Ishimoto in Japan, Lingjie Xia in China and Ivan Kozlovsky in Russia.

The 24-year-old England is looking to bounce back after suffering a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of unbeaten Paul Fleming on March 23, 2022 in Sydney. The 28-year-old Baconaje is 15-5 with 11 knockouts, while England is 13-2 with eight knockouts.

Meanwhile, featherweight prospect Lorenz Ladrada locks horns with Aussie hard-hitter Dana Coolwell on July 2 in an eight-round contest at the Gold Coast Convention Centre in Broadbeach, Queensland, Australia.

Ladrada is looking for his second straight win after beating Jason Buenaobra by unanimous decision in his last fight on Dec. 4 in Parañaque City.

This will be Labrada’s biggest fight to date and his first international fight.

Coolwell, a former Australian champion, wants to return to his winning ways after losing to Ender Luces in an International Boxing Federation Youth super featherweight fight last April 13 in Queensland. The 23-year-old Coolwell’s other loss is also via a split decision Jake Wyllie last year. The 25-year-old Ladrada is 11-2-1 with three knockouts, while Coolwell is 7-2 with five knockouts.
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Cebuano K-Pop Fans Share How They Balance Academics and Fandom

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:10
Idolizing celebrities and other types of personalities is somewhat of a rite of passage for a person—no matter what their gender, age group, or generation is. You could go ahead and ask your grandmother if she ever had idolized anyone from her time, she would most likely answer you with a sweet “yes.” You could also ask your mom and, she would most likely tell you that she was head over heels for John Lennon, Elton John, Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise. Ask your dad, and he would probably tell you that he admired David Beckham for his prowess in soccer.

Being a fan is all about admiration and developing a parasocial connection with a celebrity or personality. For a time, the stigma of being a fangirl or fanboy made people think that it was a sort of distraction from the motions of real life. Your parents or even your friends would tell you that your obsession with that certain group or personality is nothing but a mere distraction to your studies.

“It’s just a phase,” they would tell you.

These three K-pop stans (according to Merriam Webster, the word “stan” means excessively enthusiastic and devoted fans) will prove you wrong:

Lucci Tangpos, Cum Laude, Class of 2022

Lucci’s cause of euphoria is BTS. She started stanning the renowned and biggest South Korean boy group in 2021. It started out with wanting to simply know the names of the members.

“It started out with wanting to know them and matching that name to a face or even a hair color because, apparently, it changes a lot for different eras.”

Lucci shared that it was quite challenging for her to stan BTS while also juggling her thesis, internship and other academic responsibilities.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a hindrance to my responsibilities, but if there’s a V-Live (a South Korean live-streaming app) and I’m doing something, all of my academic stuff will be set aside for the meantime,” she shared. However, she also imparted that if there was a clash between her streaming responsibilities and university, she always prioritized her studies first.

Lucci graduated as a Cum Laude in June of 2022.

Kurt Labiste, consistent Dean’s Lister, Class of 2022

Kurt is a classic EXO-L (the official fandom name of the South Korean boy group EXO). He officially became a fan of the third-generation trendsetters in 2019, when he saw a video of EXO’s main rapper, Park Chanyeol, singing. He shared that stanning EXO didn’t hinder him from achieving academic success.

Kurt also shared that after diligently doing school work and/or projects, he rewards himself with watching EXO content (variety show guestings, their music videos, etc.) right after. He expressed how much inspiration he gets from EXO in complying with his requirements.

Kurt shared that EXO offers him comfort at times when he needs it. “Whenever I consume EXO contents, I feel nostalgic but also at the same time, inspired.”

Kurt is set to graduate in July of 2022 with Latin Honors.

Vanessa Leuterio, Cum Laude, Class of 2022

Just like Lucci, Vanessa is a die-hard “Army” (the official fandom name of BTS). She organizes BTS-centered events in Cebu, that congregate Cebuano Armys.

Vanessa shared that she started stanning BTS in March of 2020. She slowly immersed herself in the fandom when she watched some fancams, a video closeup filmed by an audience member during a live performance by a K-pop idol group, of the members. Gradually, interest took over.

She admitted that juggling studies and being a fan is no easy feat. Vanessa attended BTS’ “Permission to Dance” concert in Los Angeles and was in the middle of thesis writing. “When I travelled to L.A. for the concert, it was during the first phase of my thesis. During that time, I really worked hard, given that there was a time zone difference. After the concert, I immediately worked on my thesis,” she recalled.

Vanessa expressed how BTS changed her life. She was able to fully connect with other people and even old friends who were also BTS fans at the events she organized. “Stanning K-pop groups will comfort you on your sad days and can motivate you to be a better person than you were yesterday,” she said.

Vanessa graduated as a Cum Laude in June of 2022.

It’s no question why these Kpop stans are achievers. For one to be a fan, there must be passion and dedication, and these three never ran out of it. It’s no easy feat, but being a fan and a successful student? That’s an achievement!

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Utzurrum: Mother’s, Father’s Day treats at Marco Polo Plaza

Wed, 2022-06-29 19:02
Marvelous Mum! That’s the Marco Polo Plaza Cebu’s affectionate salute to moms all over the country on recently celebrated Mother’s Day.

And what better and tastier way to mark this than by Mother’s Day Buffet!

Indulge yourself in Café Marco’s Premium buffet which includes mouthwatering culinary showcases like a Japanese buffet, Peking Duck and a sumptuous carving station!

Also, remember to never leave the cafe without a bite of the award-winning Mango Cheesecake paired with top local fresh Halo-Halo!

Father’s Day, which followed a month after Mother’s Day, was just as fabulous on the culinary selection side! “Fit for a King”—that’s how Marco Polo Plaza Cebu describes the kind of topnotch menu it concocted for Father’s Day! It was a date at the hotel’s premier restaurant, Cafe Marco, where it featured its now famous, exclusive international buffet!

If they had Mother’s Day dessert, they likewise served Father’s Day cake which had the scent and taste of royalty! Make way for deluxe Chocolate Mango Truffle, a sponge cake made with dark Chocolate and mango mousse filled with mango cubes, infused with rum, and coated with chocolate ganache.

In closing, Marco Polo Plaza Cebu also promotes its “Discovery Loyalty.” It is an award-winning global loyalty programme which provides 17 million members recognition and perks across over 570 hotels, resorts and palaces in 85 countries.

Elite members have the opportunity to immerse themselves in local culture and distinctive activities that capture an authentic taste of each destination.

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Council launches Nutrition Month 2022, aims to address malnutrition in Central Visayas

Wed, 2022-06-29 18:44
THE National Nutrition Council (NNC)-Central Visayas launched Wednesday, June 29, 2022, the 48th Nutrition Month celebration with the theme "New Normal na Nutrisyon, Sama-samang Gawan ng Solusyon."

This year’s celebration, which will kick off on July 1, aims for a collaborative effort among local government units (LGUs) and the private sector to bolster nutrition, especially in raising awareness on its significance in developing resilience and recovery from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

The NNC specifically called on its partners, LGUs and the private sector to collaborate and broaden the impact of their projects that aim to address hunger and malnutrition, which it said have been exacerbated by the pandemic and subsequent economic upheaval.

Dr. Parolita A. Mission, Regional Nutrition Program coordinator of the NNC-Central Visayas, said in a press conference Wednesday, June 29, that the region has over 72,000 children under the age of five who are suffering from long-term malnutrition (stunting) and 17,884 are acutely malnourished (wasted).

She said the sudden change in lifestyle brought about by the new normal has also affected overnutrition, with 23,441 children under the age of five assessed as overweight, based on their data gathered in 2021.

She said aside from the effects of the pandemic, ensuring a funding program for nutrition remained a challenge for the council.

The NNC-Central Visayas is confident, though, that partnerships with different LGUs and organizations will allow them to create a mechanism that will help address the problem on malnutrition and hunger.

"We are encouraging different sectors from the region to participate in this pursuit in search for long-term solutions addressing the old age problem, which is malnutrition," Mission said.

The NNC-Central Visayas has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Agriculture (DA), Regional Nutrition Committee Technical Working Group, NNC-Central Visayas’ Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Network, Municipality of Consolacion and its barangay nutrition committees, and the Municipality of Borbon headed by the Municipal Nutrition Action Officer of Borbon Cebu Dr. Corazon V. Dotillos.

Mission said this year’s Nutrition Month celebration will start at 1:30 p.m. of July 1 with a program at SM City Consolacion in Cebu that will showcase the Tutok Kainan Supplementation Program, Idol ko si Nanay Season 2, and First 1,000 Days Program.

NNC is looking forward to further improvements in its campaign toward nutrition resilience, she added. (Irish Delima, CNU intern)

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TNT pounces on NorthPort to nab fourth straight win in PBA Philippine Cup

Wed, 2022-06-29 18:25
The TNT Tropang Giga staved off a hardfighting NorthPort Batang Pier squad, 117-112, on Wednesday afternoon in the PBA Season 47 Philippine Cup at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum.

Veteran guard Jayson Castro helped TNT preserve the victory by hitting a clutch three down the stretch to help his team nab their fourth win in a row and improve to 6-2. Mikey Williams also continued to round into form after missing the start of the season due to an impasse during contract negotiations.

Playing without numerous players including dependable forward Troy Rosario, TNT hung tough and held a 111-110 lead after NorthPort guard Roi Sumang canned a triple with 50 seconds to go.

Castro, though, answered right back with a three-pointer of his own to raise their lead back to four with 38 ticks remaining. Castro, Roger Pogoy, and JP Erram later added free-throws to secure the win.

Williams led TNT with 27 points on 8-of-15 shooting, to go with seven rebounds. Pogoy, the pride of Talisay City, added 22 markers, five boards, four dimes, and two steals, while Castro and Erram had 17 apiece, the latter adding 14 rebounds and two blocked shots.

“Obviously, our objective is to win as many wins as possible before we play the giants at the end of our schedule,” said TNT head coach Chot Reyes. “But right now, the key is for us is to get better and develop our game.

“As you’ve seen in our past few games, hindi kami nakaka-score ng 80 or 90 points pero ganda ng depensa namin. This time, we were able to get a 100-point mark but we allowed our opponent to a hundred,” added Reyes.

NorthPort, which played most of the game sans star guard Robert Bolick who sprained his ankle and never came back, got a complete ballgame from Jamie Malonzo who had 27 points, eight rebounds, four steals, and three blocks.

Roi Sumang effortlessly slid in to Bolick’s position and 24 points and 10 assists.
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Aloguinsan killing suspect nabbed

Wed, 2022-06-29 17:55
“PASAYLOA ko tiya, walay kapatawaran ning akong nabuhat, tungod gyud ni sa sugal (Forgive me aunt, what I did was unforgivable, it is because of gambling),” said Harvey James Nengasca, the suspect in the killing of his aunt on Sunday afternoon, June 26, 2022, in Aloguinsan town, midwest of Cebu.

The 23-year-old Nengasca was arrested during a hot pursuit operation by the Cebu Police Provincial Office (CPPO) Wednesday noon, June 29, 2022, in Barangay Lagtang, Talisay City.

Lieutenant Colonel Mark Gifter Sucalit, deputy provincial director for operation of the CPPO, said joint operatives from Talisay City Police Station and Aloguinsan Police Station immediately responded after receiving reports from a concerned citizen about the presence of a man with a gun tucked in his waist in their barangay.

The description on the man matched with that of the suspect in the killing of Arsenia Nengasca Alidani and the wounding of another, Belen Nengasca Biton, in San Juan Purok 3, Barangay Bonbon, Aloguinsan.

Biton, also an aunt of the suspect, is still recuperating in the hospital after sustaining hack and stab wounds.

“Una sir nakareceive ta'g alarma nga naay pusil ang usa ka tawo sa Talisay. Mi-fit na sa description pud sa atoang suspect sa pagpatay katong biktima sa Aloguinsan. Diha-diha niana sir, nagkasa ta’g team sir Talisay ug ngari sa headquarters para pagresponde. Immediately sir indeed nakuhaan gyud nato og armas,” Sucalit said.

(We first received an alarm that the man was having a gun in Talisay. His description matched with that of the suspect in the killing of the victim in Aloguinsan. Teams from Talisay and CPPO headquarters immediately responded and indeed, he was armed with a gun, which we seized).

Sucalit said that Nengasca, after committing the crime, fled to San Fernando town and then transferred to Lagtang in Talisay City on Tuesday, June 28.

News about Nengasca and his photos spread through social media after the incident, catching the attention of the public.

Sucalit, though, admired the suspect for not putting up a fight during his arrest despite being armed with a handgun.

The suspect narrated to the police that he went to his aunt in her store to borrow money from her after losing P5,000 in cockfight.

He said he did not tell his aunt that he lost in the cockfight because he knew that she would reprimand him.

But despite this, his aunt refused to lend him money, prompting him to stab her with a pair of scissors several times due to his anger.

“Nadala ko sa barkada, nadala ko sa tari, sabong napilde ko, nihangyo ko nga mouli ko aron manghuwam ko ni tiya. Wala ko mosulti nga napilde ko. Mo huwam unta kog 5 mil (I was influenced by my friend to the cockfight, I lost, I told him that I would go home to borrow money from my aunt. I did not tell her that I lost. I was supposed to borrow P5,000 from her),” Nengasca said.

The police considered the case solved after the suspect's arrest.

“Kaluoy sa Ginoo sir, nahatagan gyud nato og hustisya ang biktima sama sa akung gisulti gahapon, kaluy-an gyud ta sa Ginoo (By God's grace, we gave justice to the victim like what I said yesterday God is merciful),” Sucalit said.

Murder and frustrated murder charges and illegal possession of firearm are now being readied by the police against the suspect. (AYB, BBT, TPT)

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Anti-graft court acquits ex-Cebu City councilor of graft

Wed, 2022-06-29 17:53
THE Sandiganbayan has acquitted former Cebu City councilor Rodolfo Cabrera of graft charges over the alleged overpricing of a P26-million socialized condominium project in back in 1997.

In a 16-page decision promulgated on June 24, 2022, the Sandiganbayan's Second Division has acquitted Cabrera after the Office of the Ombudsman, who serves as prosecutor, failed to prove that he violated provisions of Republic Act (RA) 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

In their decision, Sandiganbayan Associate Justices Michael Frederick Musngi, Oscar Herrera Jr. and Arthur Malabaguio ordered that cash bond posted by Cabrera be returned to him and that the hold departure order issued against him be lifted and set aside.

The three associate justices also cleared Cabrera of any civil liabilities related to the case.

Lack of evidence

The three associate justices said they decided to clear Cabrera of any wrongdoing after the prosecution failed to establish that he showed bad faith, manifest partiality and gave any private party unwarranted benefits when he and his fellow co-accused entered into contract with Octa Builders Inc., the winning contractor of the controversial condominium project.

Section 3 (e) of RA 3019 penalizes public officers if they cause "any undue injury to any party, including the government, or giving any private party any unwarranted benefits, advantage or preference in the discharge of his official administrative or judicial functions through manifest partiality, evident bad faith or gross inexcusable negligence."

"In this case, the prosecution failed to offer any proof of the actual damage suffered by the government. Octa Builders Inc. was able to turn over the completed project and there was no proof of any notice of disallowance from the COA," the decision added.

25-year-old case

In 1997, Cabrera, along with former Cebu City mayor Alvin Garcia, and fellow city councilors Laurito Malinao and Rico Rey "Koko" Holganza; then City Treasurer Eustaquio Cesa; and private representative Pura Cimafranca were sued before the Office of the Ombudsman over allegations that they conspired to overprice the cost of a socialized condominium project worth P26.6 million.

The complaint against the six officials stemmed from a report by the Commission on Audit that the contract awarded by the City to Octa Builders, the winning contractor for the project, was 49.54 percent higher than the state auditing agency's estimate of P17.81 million.

Cabrera and his fellow co-accused were administratively and criminally charged by the anti-graft office due to their role as members of the city's Pre-qualification, Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) then.

In 2013, the Sandiganbayan issued arrest warrants against Cabrera and his fellow co-accused, except for Holganza, whose preliminary investigation was then still pending before the Office of the Ombudsman-Visayas.

On the same year, Garcia and Cesa were able to post bail while Cabrera posted bail on February 11, 2014.

The National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas failed to arrest Malinao as he was reportedly deceased while Cimafranca remained at large.

In 2014 and 2015, Garcia and Cabrera were arraigned, respectively, before the anti-graft court, both pleading not guilty.

In 2016, Holganza was taken out of the list of the accused in the case after the Sandiganbayan granted his motion to dismiss on the grounds of inordinate delay.

Three years later, Garcia also filed a motion to dismiss before the anti-graft court, citing inordinate delay in completing the preliminary investigation of the case. In June 2021, the Sandiganbayan granted Garcia's motion on the ground of violation of his constitutional right to the speedy disposition of cases.

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Navy, BSP donate 10 fishing boats to Typhoon Odette survivors

Wed, 2022-06-29 16:54
THE Naval Reserve Center Eastern Visayas (NRCen-EV), in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, turned over 10 fishing boats to survivors of Typhoon Odette in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu.

The fishing boats represent a new hope for the survivors of Typhoon Odette, which struck Cebu in December 2021.

“The fishing boats of the beneficiaries were either destroyed or heavily damaged by the storm,” said NRCen-EV Commander James Francis Lugtu.

“These boats will hopefully provide gainful employment to our beneficiaries, as well help their families and community in general resume their way of living,” he added.

The Bangka Project, with the theme “Layag para sa Kaugmaon” (Sailing for the Future), aims to restore the livelihood of the members of the “Happy Fisher Folks” in the island. (PR)

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Rama allows full implementation of F2F classes in Cebu City

Wed, 2022-06-29 14:12
SCHOOLS in Cebu City can now fully implement face-to-face classes after Mayor Michael Rama signed an executive order (EO) Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Rama's EO allowed the conduct of in-person school classes at all levels provided that minimum public health protocol will be strictly observed.

These include the wearing of a face mask, physical distancing, temperature check upon entry, frequent handwashing or using of disinfectant, and early reporting of flu-like symptoms.

The EO also encouraged the students, teachers, and staff of the school to be vaccinated against the virus.

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Carmen police turn over second sari-sari store to beneficiary

Wed, 2022-06-29 13:59
THE second sari-sari store under the "Tindahan Mo, Ablihan ni Tsip" program of Carmen Police Station in northern Cebu was turned over to its second recipient on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

The ceremony was attended by municipal Councilor Rashid Tacocong, lawyer Rofel Kiamco, legal counsel from the Municipal Advisory Council, and other invited guests.

The "Tindahan Mo, Ablihan ni Tsip" and feeding program of Carmen Police Station headed by its chief, Major Eric Gingoyon, is intended for the poorest of the poor in the municipality.

Julia Pepito, the second recipient of the project, was very grateful to the police after her old store that was damaged by Typhoon Odette on December 16, 2021 has been replaced with a new one.

Pepito, who earns a living through house-to-house caroling, said the donation was timely as she could no longer build back her sari-sari store due to her old age and lack of funds.

The sari-sari store is already equipped with grocery and other food items.

On May 18, 2022, Cecilia Pupa of Barangay Poblacion, Carmen was chosen as the first recipient of “Tindahan Mo, Ablihan ni Tsip” sari-sari store.

Pupa is a single mother of three children who sells fish in the morning and banana cue in the afternoon. (AYB, TPT)

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Rhinos, Eagles, Bears, Falcons book semis tickets in Elite Basketball Cebu

Wed, 2022-06-29 13:44
The Gothong Shipping Lines-Rhinos ousted the Raptors, 112-104, to barge into the semifinal round of the Elite Basketball Cebu tournament last Sunday at the Casals Gym.

Playing with just seven players against a fully-loaded Raptors team composed of current and former stars of the University of San Carlos Warriors, the Rhinos gutted it out and got incredible performances from the likes of former University of Cebu aces Shane Menina and Ruben Ludovice, as well as sweet-shooting wingman Jake Diamante.

Ludovice had a massive double-double of 26 points and 25 rebounds to go with six assists, two steals and a block. Menina and Diamante added 25 points apiece with the former also piling on six boards, five dimes, and two steals.

The Rhinos will be taking on the Prime Movers Logistics-Eagles in the semifinal round after powerhouse squad downed the Wolves, 105-97. Former Cebu City Sharks RJ Dinolan, John Abad, and Ian Ortega carried the fight for the team of businessman and sportsman, Mark Ynoc.

Dinolan had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists, while Abad had 17 points and eight dimes. Ortega chipped in 13 markers.

Meanwhile, the Cebu Sherilin Trading-Bears outlasted the Vipers, 90-82. Former USC stud Sam Hermosa was at the forefront of the Bears’ attack as he finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. Speedy guard Zylle Cabellon added 17 points, six boards, five assists, and four steals.

The Bears will be facing off against the Aneda Builders-Falcons, which upset the Sure Cleaning Solutions-Hogs, 93-90. Ex-Cebu Institute of Technology-University standout Christian Taboada found his form early and often, finishing with 29 points to lead the Falcons in the thrilling match.
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Rhinos, Eagles, Bears, Hogs book semis tickets in Elite Basketball Cebu

Wed, 2022-06-29 13:44
The Gothong Shipping Lines-Rhinos ousted the Raptors, 112-104, to barge into the semifinal round of the Elite Basketball Cebu tournament last Sunday at the Casals Gym.

Playing with just seven players against a fully-loaded Raptors team composed of current and former stars of the University of San Carlos Warriors, the Rhinos gutted it out and got incredible performances from the likes of former University of Cebu aces Shane Menina and Ruben Ludovice, as well as sweet-shooting wingman Jake Diamante.

Ludovice had a massive double-double of 26 points and 25 rebounds to go with six assists, two steals and a block. Menina and Diamante added 25 points apiece with the former also piling on six boards, five dimes, and two steals.

The Rhinos will be taking on the Prime Movers Logistics-Eagles in the semifinal round after powerhouse squad downed the Wolves, 105-97. Former Cebu City Sharks RJ Dinolan, John Abad, and Ian Ortega carried the fight for the team of businessman and sportsman, Mark Ynoc.

Dinolan had 28 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists, while Abad had 17 points and eight dimes. Ortega chipped in 13 markers.

Meanwhile, the Cebu Sherilin Trading-Bears outlasted the Vipers, 90-82. Former USC stud Sam Hermosa was at the forefront of the Bears’ attack as he finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and four assists. Speedy guard Zylle Cabellon added 17 points, six boards, five assists, and four steals.

The Bears will be facing off against the Aneda Builders-Falcons, which upset the Sure Cleaning Solutions-Hogs, 93-90. Ex-Cebu Institute of Technology-University standout Christian Taboada found his form early and often, finishing with 29 points to lead the Falcons in the thrilling match.
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Batch 2000 upsets 2006 in USPF Alumni hoops

Wed, 2022-06-29 13:42
Batch 2000 pulled the rug from under the previously unbeaten 2006, 58-54, in Bracket B of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation Alumni Association Panthers Cup Season 2 Inter-Batch Basketball Tournament last Sunday at the Capitol Parish Gym.

Marion Demape scored 12 points to lead 2000 to the victory that evened their win-loss record up at 2-2. Batch 2006, which played without aces Sam Hermosa and Jam Ferraren, on the other hand, suffered their first loss in four games.

Meanwhile, 2008 won their fourth game in a row after they dumped 2003, 56-52. Henry Babiera led the way with 19 points and seven rebounds. Batch 2011 also picked up a close 54-52 win over 2022 with Joey Osabel tallying 11 markers.

Batch 2011 creamed 2004, 85-56, as Jan Cantay put up 18 points.

In Bracket A, 1994 nipped 1992, 49-45, as Jojo Quilab fired in 14 markers. Batch 1995 remained unbeaten as they routed 1991, 72-46, with Adrian Arcilla producing 14 points.

Batch 1999 also decimated 1997, 75-49, as Luis Enero exploded for 21 points and five rebounds. Batch 1998 also crushed 1996, 87-46.
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6,000 dengue cases logged in Central Visayas

Wed, 2022-06-29 13:42
THE dengue cases in Central Visayas continued to increase with around 6,399 cases and 47 deaths reported from January 1 to June 18 this year, the Department of Health (DOH) regional office said Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Dr. Ronald Jarvik Buscato, head of the National Aedes-Borne Viral Diseases Prevention and Control Program, noted a 579 percent increase in the number of cases this year compared to last year’s 942 cases and five deaths.

He said while the current case fatality rate (CFR) has reached 0.7 percent, it was still “well below” the target of 0.9 percent for the current year.

Most of the cases were reported in highly urbanized cities in Central Visayas, with Cebu City topping the list with 1,363 cases and 17 deaths, followed by Lapu-lapu City with 982 cases and eight deaths, and Mandaue City with 396 cases and two deaths.

Fourth on the list was Talisay City with 332 cases and three deaths, followed by Minglanilla with 216 reported cases and three deaths.

"Makita ninyo nga ang mga highly urbanized cities ug ang pinaka adjacent municipality ang anaa sa atung top five and in terms of gender and sex affected, both male and female are equally affected," Buscato said.

In terms of age group, Buscato said the most affected were children six to 10 years old, followed by those 11 to 15 years old, and one to five years old.

“So these are the vulnerable age population nato nga kinahanglan nato nga mabantayan,” he said.

Buscato clarified that so far, not a single local government unit (LGU) in the region has declared an outbreak of dengue despite the increasing number of cases in the past months.

The DOH first issued an alarm over the rising dengue cases in the region during the first quarter of 2022, and Buscato said the LGUs have so far responded so well.

He assured the public that the DOH has continued its close coordination with LGUs and monitoring of reported cases of the mosquito-borne illness to respond to any situation.

For her part, Dr. Eugenia Mercedes Cañal, cluster head of the Regional Epidemiological Surveillance Unit (Resu)-Central Visayas, said the DOH regional office has already conducted a series of meetings with LGUs and they have already extended the necessary technical support and assistance to the different provinces and municipalities in Central Visayas.

Dengue, according to the DOH, is the fastest spreading vector-borne disease in the world that is endemic in 100 countries. It causes high fever and flu-like symptoms in mild cases, while in severe cases, symptoms include serious bleeding, a sudden drop in blood pressure (shock) and death.

It has also four serotypes, in which the first infection with one of the four serotypes usually is non-severe or asymptomatic, while the second infection with one of other serotypes may cause severe dengue.

The disease has so far no treatment, but the disease can be managed early. A person contracts the disease if bitten by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

The DOH has called on the public to prevent dengue by implementing the enhanced 4-S strategy in their households: Search and destroy mosquito-breeding sites; Self-protection measures like wearing long pants and long sleeved shirts and daily use of mosquito repellent; Seek early consultation; and Support fogging/spraying only in hotspot areas where increase in cases is registered for two consecutive weeks to prevent an impending outbreak. (EHP)

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2 fall in drug bust

Wed, 2022-06-29 11:05
TWO persons were arrested during a buybust operation by the Police Drug Enforcement Group (PDEG) Visayas Special Operations Unit 7 in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu

City past 1 a.m. on Wednesday, June 29, 2022.

Police Lieutenant Jhon Kennedy Pajantoy, team leader of PDEG Visayas who headed the operation, identified the suspects as Jhayvien Punzalan, 26, of Barangay

Bonbon, Cebu City, and his cohort Gilbert Reynes, 28, of Barangay Tejero.

Seized from them were 25 grams of suspected shabu worth P170,000 based on street value.

The two suspects will be facing charges in violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002. (TPT)

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Fisherman dies after being run over by 'drunk' motorcycle driver; driver insists he was not drunk

Wed, 2022-06-29 09:56
A 59-YEAR-OLD fisherman was killed after being hit by an overspeeding motorcycle along the national highway in Barangay Tajao, Pinamungajan town, southwest Cebu on Wednesday dawn, June 29, 2022.

Corporal Ryan Manguilimutan, investigator for the Pinamungajan Police Station, identified the lone fatality as Romeo Arnaiz, 59, a resident of Sitio Bulubugan, in Barangay Tajao.

The driver of the motorcycle, Arnel Salido Servantes, 32, a resident of Barangay Luray in Toledo City, is currently being admitted at the Pinamungajan District Hospital after incurring several injuries.

Manguilimutan told SunStar Cebu that Arnaiz was walking along the highway to his usual fishing grounds around 3:30 a.m. when Servantes, onboard his motorcycle, suddenly hit him.

Witnesses told police that minutes before the incident, Servantes was driving out of his lane and was constantly swerving and speeding.

Manguilimutan said Servantes reportedly went drinking with a friend who lives in Barangay Tajao prior to the incident.

The physician who handled Servantes also confirmed to police that he was intoxicated at that time he was brought to the hospital, Manguilimutan added.

Not drunk

Despite the physician's findings, Servantes insisted to police that he was not drunk at that time, Manguilimutan said.

Manguilimutan said that Servantes has been transfered to the Toledo City District Hospital for further treatment.

He assured that Servantes will face jail time once he is released from the hospital. Servantes could be sued for reckless imprudence with homicide.

But Manguilimutan said that Arnaiz's family has yet to decide if they plan to sue Servantes. (GDC)

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Fisherman dies after being run over by 'drunk' motorcycle driver; Driver insisted he was not drunk

Wed, 2022-06-29 09:56
A 59-year-old fisherman was killed after being hit by an overspeeding motorcycle along the national highway in Barangay Tajao, Pinamungajan town, southwest Cebu on Wednesday dawn, June 29, 2022.

Corporal Ryan Manguilimutan, an investigator for the Pinamungajan Police Station, identified the lone fatality as Romeo Arnaiz, 59, a resident of Sitio Bulubugan, in Barangay Tajao.

The driver of the motorcycle, Arnel Salido Servantes, 32, a resident of Barangay Luray in Toledo City, is currently being admitted at the Pinamungajan District Hospital after incurring several injuries during the incident.

Manguilimutan told SunStar Cebu that Arnaiz was walking along the highway to his usual fishing grounds at around 3:30 a.m. when Servantes, onboard his motorcycle, suddenly hit him as he was proceeding towards Toledo City.

Witnesses told police that minutes before the incident, Servantes was reportedly driving out of his lane and was constantly swerving and speeding.

Manguilimutan said Servantes reportedly went drinking with a friend who lives in Barangay Tajao prior to the incident.

The physician who handled Servantes also confirmed to police that he was intoxicated at that time he was brought to the hospital, Manguilimutan added.

Not drunk

Despite the physician's findings, Servantes insisted to police that he was not drunk at that time, Manguilimutan said.

Manguilimutan said that Servantes has been transfered to the Toledo City District Hospital for further treatment.

He assured that Servantes will face jail time once he is released from the hospital. Servantes could be sued for reckless imprudence with homicide.

But Manguilimutan said that Arnaiz's family has yet to decide if they plan to sue Servantes. (GDC)

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Criminal case filed against Megawide execs dismissed

Tue, 2022-06-28 20:48
THE Regional Trial Court of Lapu-Lapu City has dismissed the criminal case filed against officials of Megawide Construction Corp., in their capacity as directors of the GMR Megawide Cebu Airport Corp. (GMCAC), for violation of the Anti-Dummy Law.

Charged in the case were Manuel Louie Ferrer, executive director for infrastructure development and chief corporate affairs and branding officer of Megawide; Jez Dela Cruz, vice president of corporate finance and planning of Megawide; Edgar Saavedra, chief executive officer and president of Megawide; and Oliver Tan, director of Megawide.

The dismissal of the case arose from the Motion to quash information filed by the Megawide respondents on March 24, 2022.

The omnibus order explained, among others, that the dismissal of the case was necessitated by the enactment of Republic Act (RA) 11659, signed into law last March 21, 2022, which “clearly excluded airport operations and maintenance from the definition of a public utility; thereby, removing the applicability of the nationality restriction to GMCAC in operating the Mactan-Cebu International Airport.”

Consequently, RA 11659 has completely eradicated any alleged violation of the Anti-Dummy Law of which the Megawide respondents were wrongfully accused of.

The omnibus order also stated that RA 11659 applies to the Megawide respondents due to the retroactive effect of laws favorable to the accused.

In 2021, the Department of Justice charged 15 executives including eight foreign nationals. The complaint stemmed from a complaint filed by the National Bureau of Investigation for allegedly “in conspiracy” to commit violations of Commonwealth Act 108, otherwise known as the Anti-Dummy Law.
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Victoriano, Ligas in regional title fights in Vietnam

Tue, 2022-06-28 20:44
JULES Victoriano and Ben Ligas are seeing action in regional title fights on Thursday, July 30, 2022, at the Grand Ho Tram Strip in Vung Tau City, Vietnam.

Victoriano challenges local hero Hong Quan Dinh for his International Boxing Federation (IBF) Asia lightweight strap in the main event of the boxing show promoted by Cocky Buffalo.

Victoriano is coming into this fight on a two-fight winning streak following stoppage wins over Jetro Pabustan and Dave Barlas.

This is the 24-year-old Victoriano’s second international bout. His first was a fifth round technical knockout to Yoshimitsu Kimura in Japan in 2019.

Since his first career defeat in 2019, Dinh is on a roll, winning six straight contests.

Dinh won his IBF Asia belt with a unanimous decision over Pinoy Delmar Pellio on April 23.

Victoriano is 11-4 with eight knockouts, while Dinh is 8-1-1 with four knockouts.

Ligas vs. Nazarov

On the other hand, Ligas faces World Boxing Organization (WBO) Oriental flyweight champion Olimjon Nazarov in the co-main feature.

Ligas beat veteran Roland Jay Biendima in his last fight and won the Philippine flyweight belt last March 12. He’ll be a huge underdog against Nazarov, who is closing in on a world title shot.

Nazarov is currently ranked No. 4 by the WBO and needs to keep winning if he wants to get his world title opportunity.

Nazarov successfully defended his title four times. Three of his four title defenses were against Filipinos—Orlie Silvestre, Michael Mendoza and Jerome Baloro, who he all defeated by unanimous decision.

Ligas is 14-2-2 with nine knockouts, while Nazarov is 27-5 with 15 knockouts.
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