The Tagbilaran Woman's Club will hold a Luau Party on September 20, Saturday, at 6 p.m. at the JJ's Seafoods Restaurant – Pool Side.
The celebration marks the 87th founding anniversary of the club. A Holy Mass will start the affair followed by a merienda cena and a program. Raffle tickets will be distributed to cluster members who have paid cluster contributions. All members are urged to come in Hawaiian attire.
By ADAM L. SALIGUMBA
A beauteous University of Bohol second year nursing student and barangay Pondol resident stamped her mark above the rest when the Search for Miss Loon Eco-Tourism 2008 finally culminated in glittering fashion at the Loon Sports and Cultural Center on the evening of Sept. 6, 2008.
Representing Districts 4, 5, and 6, charming and adorable 17-year-old Guldameer Malou Labastilla Sombrio was the judges' unanimous choice as Miss Loon Eco-Tourism 2008. She bested nine other candidates to clinch the title.
Sombrio, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Manuel Sombrio of Pondol, Loon, also bagged major and minor awards namely: Best in Production Number, Best in Swim Wear, Best in Gown, Miss Aldea Smile, Miss Dragon Fireworks, Miss HBC and Miss San Miguel Beer.
Miss Loon SidlaKasilak 2007 Maricel Pasilbas crowned the new queen assisted by Hon. Jane Censoria Cajes, SKPF and SKNF President and Ms. Ivy Piscos-Miranda, first Miss BACS Personality.
Lovely high school student Christine Leopardas Cartagenas of the University of Bohol-Loon romped away with the First Runner-Up title. The judges also awarded Cartagenas Best in Costume, Best in Casual Wear, Miss Aldea Photographers' Choice, Miss Dunkin Donut and Miss Aqua Purest.
Audience-favorite, attractive and alluring Cindy Mae Lugo of the Sacred Heart Academy was adjudged as Second Runner-Up. She also obtained the minor awards of Miss Aldea Image Model and Miss Talent 1st Runner-up.
Smart and witty Shannon Mae Labesora of District 1,2,3 bagged the minor awards of Best in Interview, Best in Speaking Ability and Miss Punctual.
Petite and pretty Christine H. Alombro of Loon South High School was chosen as Miss Congeniality and Miss Talent 2nd Runner-Up.
Intelligent and fluent Sheryl Ramirez Lafuente of Gov. Jacinto Borja High School was awarded Best in Talent and Miss Smart Communication, while Melissa Pasilbas of Sandingan High School was the choice as Miss Save and Earn.
The other three candidates in the search included Fritzie Lumayag Fabiolas–Saint Teresa Academy, Lawrifel Cubero Perges–Cabilao National High School, and Isabelle M. Mulato–District 7 & 8.
The board of judges in the Search for Miss Loon Eco-Tourism 2008 was chaired by Angelica T. Lanoy, D.M.; with members Mary Blanche Laborte, Ruben Salomon, Maria Goretti Labella, Antonio da Silva, Manuel Ferdinand de Erio and Jared Somosot.
Major sponsors of the Search included Cong. Edgar M. Chatto, Vice Governor Julius Caesar Herrera, Sangguniang Panlalawigan Senior Board Member Cesar Tomas M. Lopez, MD, Board Member Ae Damalerio, Mayor Lloyd Peter M. Lopez, MD, Vice Mayor Edwin R. Ladeza and members of the 10th Sangguniang Bayan, San Miguel Beer, HBC, Dragon Fireworks, Aldea Photo Centre, Dunkin Donut, Smart Communications, CCM Construction, Dextel Trading, Polaris Beach Resort, AVEN–TURISTA, Kiddies, Bakeshoppe, Park N Go, Angelie Hawz of Fashion, Moda De Dhoods, Palawan Pawnshop, Save 'N Earn, First Consolidated Bank, Rural Bank of Loon, HBC, Aqua Purest.
Bohol and National SK Federated President Jane Censoria Cajes was one of the special guests of the activity which was presented by the Loon the SK Municipal Federation headed by Loon SKMF President Ivaraxel Ericson.
The search for Miss Loon Eco-Tourism 2008 was one of the highlights in the 255th fiesta celebration of the town's patroness, the Our Lady of Light (Birhen sa Kasilak). Based on the theme of the municipality of Loon as an emerging giant in Bohol tourism, it was directed by Nelson "Cookie" Relayosa, with pageant coordinator Arthur Laurence "Noi" Cawit and members Kenneth Torremocha, Al Lester Meguillo, Lord Nelson Monreal, Marife Libranza-Miranda, Janice Bentulan, and Jerome Orcullo.
The elaborate stage design was created by Angel Miranda, Melody Miranda, Arlon Seno, and Mirazol Miranda. Members of the Kadugong Loonanon Dance Troupe headed by Nelson "cookie" Relayosa presented intermission numbers. The show was hosted by Jeanette Vidal and Jun Labrador.
The University of Bohol (UB) - recognizing scholarship, character, service, and leadership - is keen on their support to the youth and their holistic development.
The UB family gives its moral and financial support to its graduate student, Ms. Ivy Olavides Pacaldo, who was recently chosen by the National Youth Commission (NYC) as a Youth Ambassador of the Philippines to the ASEAN countries and Japan through the 35th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP), an annual youth exchange program sponsored by the Japanese Government.
The SSEAYP gathers more than 300 youth leaders from the Southeast Asian Region and Japan to foster understanding, friendship, and cooperation among the youth and the countries they represent amidst differences of cultural, sociological, and religious backgrounds. Aboard on a cruise ship, "Nippon Maru," the youth ambassadors will visit Japan, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Thailand.
While building her career as a teacher in one of the schools in Tagbilaran, Ms. Pacaldo is taking up her master's degree in English at UB where she finished her bachelor's degree in Secondary Education; and graduated with a leadership award from the NYC after having served as a student leader.
At present, Ms. Pacaldo, who hails from Jagna, Bohol, is an active member of the Junior Chamber International - Bohol Chocolate Hills, an organization that promotes leadership and entrepreneurship skills. She also serves the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) as a youth volunteer.
It can be recalled that UB also supported its faculty member, Dr. Janice B. Tirol, who joined the SSEAYP in 2007.
By Ariel Fullido
There's savings galore in the 3-Day Sale at the Island City Mall starting this coming Friday, September 19, and until Sunday, September 21, where up to 50% discount will be given away on great selections at the Home & Fashion Department and tenant shops.
During the sale, the mall is open until 12 midnight this coming Saturday, September 20, featuring Viva Hotbabe and one of the country's hottest sexy stars, Katya Santos, at the Activity Center at 8 PM. The event is presented by Viva Video, in cooperation with Bohol Tropics, Grand Luis Lodge in Mariveles, Dauis, and Rai-Rai Ken.
Other events during the 3-Day Sale include: September 19 (Friday) – 9th Provincial Tourism Quiz at the Activity Center and Sunnex Cooking Demo with Celebrity Chef Tristan Encarnacion of GMA-7's "Unang Hirit" at the Foodwalk, from 1 PM to 5 PM; September 20 (Saturday) – Denim Fashion Show at 3 PM and Kids Quest Grand Finals at 5 PM, both at the Activity Center; and September 21 (Sunday) – "Cheers & Moves: Level Up" Cheerdance Competition Grand Showdown at 2 PM and Mossimo Fashion Show with pop/RnB band CenterStage at 4 PM, both at the Activity Center.
A certified sex symbol, Katya Santos is one of the original elite sexy members of the Viva Hotbabes. She started her career on the Philippine television series "Ang TV" and "Oki Doki Doc" at the age of 13, and went on to star in a number of sizzling movies such as "Radyo," "Sexdrive," "Keka," and many more.
Katya also releases a number of sizzling videoke CDs and DVDs through her "Wet, Wild, and Kinky" album, and promotes other singles such as "Basketbol" and "Bulaklak." Her voluptuous bodies also graced numerous men's magazines, including FHM and Hot Stuff. She was Tanduay's official calendar girl in 2004. Katya also starred in the boob tube playing the role of Morita Ponce in the TV adaptation of "Hiram na Mukha."
When not busy, Katya keeps her hands full managing her pizza parlor business, along with her non-showbiz boyfriend.
By Ric Obedencio
Concerned agencies and officials have taken steps to protect and save Balicasag islet from further destruction through a proposed modification of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
Panglao officials led by Mayor Benedicto Alcala may be rejoicing after being a part of the supervision of the islet following the initial MOA review undertaken by Philippine Navy (PN) and other agencies concerned during the two-day activity on Bohol Marine Triangle held last week at Bohol Plaza Resort in Dauis town.
For years, Balicasag, a declared naval reserve in 1907, has faced challenges of social and environmental concerns because of increasing number residents and influx of tourists. An underwater study conducted by marine experts and biologists a few years back showed growing residents there and wastes or effluents affect the fragile marine environment.
After more than an hour of huddle, Provincial Legal Officer Atty. Handel Lagunay, who participated in the discussion on MOA review, announced that Panglao town is allocated with a 1,000 sq. meter area as government center and allowed to enforce its ordinance regulating the tourism activity.
He said that erection of new houses for residents here will not be allowed anymore. Cong. Edgar M. Chatto, who initiated the discussion clarified that no eviction of settlers of their existing dwellings.
Another proposal for MOA is for the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) to continue to run the existing 1.5 hectare Balicasag Island Dive Resort, Lagunay said.
The Philippine Navy represented by Honorio Balanon, Jr. during the discussion shall conduct patrol around the island at the same time maintaining the light house there.
Also, the National Housing Authority (NHA) is willing to provide or extend technical assistance for housing, sewerage and livelihood for the residents, said Lagunay before the forum.
Among the group discussing the fate of the islet include Chatto, Gov. Erico B. Aumentado, Luisito Sibayan of the Coast Guard, Honorio Balanon, Jr. of the PN, Alcala, Vice-Mayor Pedro Fuertes, Fernando Garso of the NHA, BIDR manager Ma. Elena Go, Peter Dejaresco of the Provincial Tourism Council, PNP provincial director Edgardo Inking, and Ava Cagampang of the Bohol Tourism Office.
Balicasag being one of the hot points of the BMT host a delicate marine protected area (MPA) host to some 85 hard coral and six soft coral species. The coral cover accounts to 34.44% rated as fair while deeper area still has 40.33%, higher than 34.54% in the shallow portion of the islet.
By Kit Bagaipo
All three Bohol congressmen vowed to oppose the passage of the controversial population management bill even as the measure is gaining supporters ahead of plenary debates in the House of Representatives starting tomorrow.
While more congressmen are purportedly backing House Bill 5043, a bill seeking to enact a population control measure, Representatives Edgar Chatto (1st district), Roberto Cajes (2nd district) and Adam Relson Jala (3rd district) stood firm with their position to vote against the measure.
Chatto told the Chronicle yesterday that the three Bohol solons are all pro-life and will not support HB 5043.
"We have been consistent with our position that we are against the measure which actually weakens the fiber of moral life," Chatto stressed.
Cajes, for his part said he will definitely vote against the reproductive health bill adding that "it will not compliment sound economic policy neither will it contribute to poverty reduction."
"Self-discipline and self-control will solve most, if not all, our problems," Cajes pointed out countering the argument of the bill's proponents that over-population is interrelated with poverty.
Meanwhile, Tagbilaran Bishop Leonardo Medroso also renewed his call for the faithful to help lobby to lawmakers and persuade them to block the reproductive health bill.
Medroso, chair of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal
Commission on Canon Law, said the issue is a serious matter for the Church because "it is a threat to the sanctity of family and life."
Vigorous debates on the proposed measure is expected during the House plenary starting tomorrow.
Yesterday, HB 5043 chief proponent and Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman fired the opening salvo declaring that the Catholic Church would render itself "irrelevant" to its flock by continuously opposing the bill.
Lagman insists that an overwhelming number of Filipinos "strongly approve of the government's allocation of funds for modern contraceptives."
"If the Catholic Church wants to continue to become significant in the lives of the faithful, [it] must listen to [its] flock or risk of becoming irrelevant," he said.
The Cathedral Harbingers of the Tagbilaran Cathedral are the Inter-Barangay Parish League Basketball Tournament champion after emerging victorious, 81-73 against the Dauis Our Lady of the Assumption last Sept. 9, 2008 at the Tip-Tip Coliseum, Barangay Tip-tip, this city.
Tight scoring dominated the whole game until the last two minutes where the Harbingers rallied the stretch through the brilliant coaching of Robert Lacang and team captain Nonoy Gonzaga.
Ruben Racho and Jojo Tubo led the way for the Harbingers with 14 points each while Ponce Gallares added 7 points with 7 rebounds.
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Church of the K of C placed third through the effort of Akil Amores after they defeated the Baclayon Parish Church 79-68.
By Joe Espiritu
In Jagna politics, some are still undecided what to do. Of course, the incumbent, those who could still run, would run. But those who have passed their third terms, they may be thinking of running to a relatively higher position. Like if one graduates as a kagawad, he will be running for vice mayor or mayor. It one is done as a vice mayor, he might run for mayor and it one is finished as a mayor. He might run for a seat in the Third District provincial board.
The enigma in the situation is Atty. Fortunate 'Bicbic' Abrenilla. In the last election he was edged out by Adam Jala from the Lakas and by Dionisio Balite from the Kampi. Being an administration man, he did not run as independent. However, this time, he might try to exert his influence in the higher party levels. It is not clear, whether he will join the Lakas of Pres Fidel V. Ramos or the Kampi of PGMA or the Nacionalista of Manny Villar or the old party of his father Liberal.
Then it is not sure if he will run for representative of the third district or he will run for mayor in Jagna. The former position would be possibility. Being an official of the NEDA, he is still Director IV or even V now in that office, it would be like PGMA running for barangay captain if the runs for mayor. However, politics is unpredictable. Besides, 2010 is still a way off and he is still busy with the Pundok Jagnaanon in Manila .
The speculation now is centered Vice Mayor Fisto Pagaron and the Llorens, Exuperio the mayor and Senen the kagawad. They will have expired terms in 2010. Pagar might run for mayor or go back to kagawad. He has not said anything yet. Speculations say that Exsam might run for board member and Senen would run for mayor. The Lloren, Lloren tandem with Senen as Mayor and Exam as vice is not likely. Other unpredictables are Atty Boni Virtudes and Engr Jesus Acedillo. They cannot remain forever kagawads, they have to move on. They are qualified for higher positions. But where?
There is one man who definitely committed to run as mayor and that is Paris Macarayan of Canuba. He is making rounds to build up a political organization. He cannot be said he is a newcomer. He once ran for mayor but he came to late to be effective. This time he is definitely serious.
Though he spent most of his time out of town, he has built up a foundation of goodwill among the Jagna seamen, support personnel and their families. His function in the Magsaysay Lines, one of the biggest if not the biggest in the Philippine shipping companies is that of a personnel manager. He has the say in the hiring and if a Jagnaanon is qualified he twist arms to insure his employment. Even those who are barely qualified as long as he is Jagnaanon, will get the job. And he does this without asking anything in return.
He has not stated whether he will run in the administration or opposition ticket. To him it does not matter. No one has a concession in the ticket of either party. The thing is he will build a personal organization composed of influential friends – he has a lot of them -, political leaders and a think tank of proven personnel. He had intimated that he would not identify himself with either winning or losing political group. He wants to strike out on his own.
His commitment would bring the Jagna political pot into a boil. At least there will be a competition for the best position in the starting gate. There will be a polarizing of groups. He would attract opportunists and hangers on as well as right-minded partisans. He will have to separate the sheep from the goats as the saying goes.
By Sunday Post
This is very interesting. But in Bohol, the basic rule is that the people are always pro-administration., including its public officials. There is an opposition but it is more of token than one which can present challenge. Chito Castillo is a good friend and he has been very helpful during his heyday, an affable man. Nanagad palagi ug dili hambugero. But the reality Is, it is very costly to maintain an opposition in Bohol notwithstanding the leadership of Chito Castillo. There are many reasons cited most especially by the municipal mayors that it is much better to pronounce their unending loyalty to the powers that be. Clear example, when the political winds blew in favor of Congressman Prospero Nograles, none of the pro-DeVenecia congressman in Bohol voted for Speaker Joe De Venecia. Everybody left his camp and suddenly he was lonely for friends. That is the basic reality.
Against the belief of some of our closest friends, they dissuaded me from pronouncing that Edgar Chatto is the next governor of Bohol. Somebody said "what about Julius, He did not rock the boat for the last nine years, he is the rightful successor. Yes, that is true, however that is not the political reality,
I saw first Edgar deliver a speech endorsing candidate for congresswoman and the late Venus Borja Agana, in Balilihan. Right or wrong I told my ninong the late Papa Kiking Chatto "that your son has a future in politics". At that young age, he knows his ABCs and having studied public speaking that well, I know that Edgar is a prolific and "bombastic speaker plus the careful use of his language he spoke in fluent Cebuano and English languages, flawless, the real "Mckoy" I watched his activities from Mayor of Balilihan to become vice-governor in Bohol and there was a time he told me when I met him in Bohol Tropics that he is running for congressman. I said go ahead.
I had mentioned it in my earlier columns that Edgar can win the elections for governor hands down. And he can demolish any candidate opposing him not because he has millions money at his disposal, but the people love him. This people's loyalty is something that money could not buy. And the guy is not a bolero. He means well in his promises , and from the rumor mills he has not pocketed any money from his pork barrel unlike others.
I have nothing against Julius. He considers himself related to the Fortich family. In fact he has a defender in our family ranks. But Agaw, please face the reality that it will be an uphill battle against Chatto. Cong. Chatto is not related to me except of our close kinship with his good father and mother If Julius decides to ignore the clamor of many people, modesty aside, and please forgive me, this is a clear political suicide. From a score of ten to 1, it will be two, besides emptying his modest resources., He is a good and sincere friend and relative but I really feel bad for him to go into political limbo without anybody telling him that . I have the best of intentions to tell him that, even in the process I earn his anger I don't want him to commit political suicide, others may not care but I do.
If he runs for congressman in the first district, he has the best chances of all the candidates. And it is not financially bloody. That well touted provincial board member Yul Lopez cannot win Loon but how about the other towns. In the earlier days of the campaign when mayors attended the political strategy meetings of potential candidates, pangangahoyan lang mga candidate, nagastos na ang budget, suddenly the mayors could no longer be located. Simple, pag may meeting ang usa kandidato this early maraming mayor ang mag attend because of the obvious reasons. Hindi madali ang lima o sampung libo these days. Kaya the candidates are encouraged, Some of them entertain mayors in Manila.
I know of one potential congressional candidate from Loboc, a millionaire by his own rights, with big heap of recourses have been taking care of several mayors in his district when the final momentum came he decided not run after spending his millions and up to now everybody is wondering why he did not run
Julius is a straightforward guy and people know he means business besides he had run for congressman before although he lost. Don't begrudge Gov. Erico Aumentado and the rest of the gang who might be ganging on your political future .
Unlike American politics, politics the Bohol way, is something else, vote buying and sometimes use of brute force. The mayors will exercise their muscles in the community, they decide where the voters will vote. The administration has always the money to spend during elections, pork barrels and the incumbent politicians will pulverize those candidates not indentified with them. Sa kanila, ang ibang kandidato pang beauty parlor lang. Brasohan ito, although, Bohol politics is not as bad as Maguindanao.
By Boy Guingguing
Sunday Post Publisher
Like a dying patient being kept alive by all sorts of life support systems in the Intensive Care Unit in the political hospital, the Bohol opposition is now ready to rumble. This means it has survived the ravages of a political disease afflicted by mice and men of the present administration.
And meet the supposed cure in Chito Castillo, the revered stalwart who is being looked up to as father figure of the opposition. Some calls him simply as the tatay-tatay of any group opposed to the present crop of leaders dominating the political arena whether in Bohol or elsewhere. His opposition mantra: Restore political democracy to the electorate so the people are given the freedom to choose good and deserving leaders.
It's a given that not all people subscribe to the idea of Castillo ruling the Bohol opposition. For all you know, Castillo to them is just another political opportunist whose agenda is to be recognized as the fair-haired boy of the opposition party in Manila.
We beg to disagree. As poster boy of the Bohol opposition, he's no damaged goods. He is still as fresh as any pretender to the opposition crown. As far as we know, Castillo was already a true-blue opposition when even before becoming one, was out of fashion.
We remember in 1984 when being opposition was a dangerous past time because you would never know that you run the risk of irking the ire of the dictator. But Castillo along with lawyer Dan Lim and Venice Borja Agana fought with whatever meager resources they had against the well-funded tutas of the late strongman. Of course, they lost badly in that polls but fighting Marcos in his heydays was enough for the three to experience some sort of an adrenalin rush.
In fact, as Castillo told this Bglante, right after that misadventure in politics, he was emptied of whatever left of his savings that even grocery money was hard to come by.
But knowing how to cultivate connections in the center of power, it was not for long that he wallowed in poverty.
As fate would have it, he struck pay dirt in his transactions and from there until now, he is enjoying the blessings of his struggles to wiggle out of penury.
No wonder during the last Loon fiesta, he made sure that the message was delivered loud and clear. That he is back in harness and is ready to help 'what little I have' in redeeming the lost glory of the opposition.
The Loon shindig came like an opening salvo of what the opposition expects in the run up to the 2010 polls. Concentrating its political firepower in the first district, the Loon affair assembled all the purok leaders in the district.
For the opposition group who was hibernating for long, the Loon gathering was off to a good start. The game plan really is to start in the first district and eventually whipped up an opposition leadership throughout Bohol. For Castillo and his coterie of loyalists, it will not be hard to strengthen the reach of its organization in the entire province.
Just how effective the group's organization in the first district was manifested by the impressive showing of Board Member Yul Lopez, a Castillo nephew, when he ran for board member in the first district in 2007. Lopez surprised 2007 favorites for board members when he grabbed the top spot as an opposition bet. Now Lopez is contemplating of running for first district congressman.
The third district is slowly going opposition if the results of the last elections were any barometer. Rene Relampagos, another Castillo protégé, made a respectable performance despite fighting the well-oiled political machine of the Jalas. He placed second in a field of four credible contenders. In a post-mortem analysis of the election results, if only Relampagos was careful enough not to be outsmarted by the machinations of his main rival, it would have been a different ball game altogether. Anyway, better luck next time.
The main problem of the opposition is the second district. As of last glimpse of the election scenario in the district dominated by the Cajes dynasty, the drought of not having a credible opposition candidate is still taking a heavy toll. But who knows from out of the blue, there is someone packing a lot of wallop whether in financial, credibility, and bankability terms will challenge the dominance of whoever is the next second district congressman to be anointed by the dominant and ruling party.
All told, it is now certain that there's no mistaking that the Bohol opposition has undergone a transformation of sorts. From a ragtag if not phantom band of cause-oriented leaders who only succeeded in giving credence to an otherwise one sided political exercise, to a vibrant and raring to go group ready to take on the role of Bohol opposition.
The newly-activated Municipal Disaster Coordinating Council (MDCC) here, conducted a two-day disaster management action planning seminar workshop on September 4 and 5 at the municipal gymnasium.
In the seminar, participants formulated measures on mitigation preparedness, response and rehabilitation when disaster such as typhoon will devastate the municipality.
Mayor Niño Rey Boniel, who chairs the MDCC, spearheaded the activity, in coordination with FO3 Edilberto Nuera, fire protection coordinator of Bien Unido and Trinidad.
Boniel had also designated Nuera as civil defense deputized coordinator and is tasked to manage the MDCC.
The activity was significant as this town lies in the northern part of Bohol which geographical location is prone to natural hazards, especially typhoons.
Acting as facilitators were Civil Defense Officer Ver Neil Balaba of the DND-OCD of Bohol; Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council Executive officer, retired Lt. Col. Raul Mendez; PNRC Administrator Rita Requeron; Merlinda Batoy, CSR-DMS-IHL, PNRC: T/Sgt Fermin Baluran, CRT-Bohol, 3 civil relation group, CRS, AFP; and SFO1 Francisco Manilag from the Bureau of Fire protection (BFP).
The lecturers facilitated the workshop and group discussions.
Participants included members of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB), heads of offices, police officers, personnel of the Department of Education, representatives from private schools, Non Government Organizations (NGOs), and some regular employees of the LGU. (Wilfredo Villamero-CMMO & INFO SVC MDCC)