Holy Spirit School Crusaders Team A

Holy Spirit School Crusaders Team A has gained a finals berth by routing Tagbilaran City Science High School Virus, 71-73, in the penultimate round of the semi finals of the ongoing 15th Bohol Schools Amateur Athletic Association (BSAAA) 5th Graham C Lim Basketball Challenge Sunday at the HSS hard court.

The Crusaders Team A started strong in the game as the diminutive point guard Paul Visarra, tiny Ken Pinos, versatile Vincent Descallar, and the silent operator Cirilo Atabelo combined their firepower and effective strength in defense to make a 10-0 blast with a little over three minutes in the first canto.

But slot man Esmeraldo Tagaytay, the other half of the 1-2 punch of the Virus rose to the occasion when his presence was needed fought gallantly to pour in points for his team to be behind by 12 points, 6-18 at the end of the opening period.

But Visarra and Descallar continued to furiously play in the ensuing 2nd quarter to make a breakaway. The duo was joined by teammates Angelo Rocha, Eman Bruñidor, and Atabelo to erect an 18 point advantage, 34-16, at ceasefire.

But Tagaytay and Manuel Kibir ignited an upheaval as the game went into the 3rd period to closely inch in at 13 point deficit at 32-45.
  
But Visarra assuming the control of the fluidity of the offensive patterns of the Crusaders Team A, as their main director of plays Jannus Limbaga, was still struggling and could not get his game going, played the game of his life as he outmaneuvered all defensive personnel assigned to him with his three point bombs and razzle dazzle play.

A this juncture, Simon "Mr. Quality Minute Man" Cantoneros connived with Visarra, to successfully fill the void left by the struggling Limbaga, and later collaborated with Descallar and Rocha to finally avenge their opening day loss against the hard fighting Virus of coach Jannelou Israel.

The final score was 71-73.

In another game, Bohol Wisdom School Golden Dragons was declared in forfeiture of their game against BIT IC Jr. Cruisers. But later in the day the former filed their protest against the action of the BSAAA as the schedule given to them was that the game was supposed to be played in the evening. And likewise, they were having their periodical examinations on the time the game was scheduled.

Paul Calizar, BSAAA commissioner, said he will call up a meeting and discuss the merits of the issue.

The 15th BSAAA commissioner, said he will call up a meeting and discuss the merits of the issue.

The 15th BSAAA 5th Graham C Lim Basketball Challenge is ably supported by City Mayor Dan Neri Lim; Mr. and Mrs. Douglas Hontanosas; First Consolidated Bank; Atty. Gamaliel Bonje; Mr. and Mrs. Leo Bas Madanguit; Barangay Council of Booy; Dr. Estela Malanog; Engr. and Mrs. Nanding Singson; Bohol Chronicle; DYRD AM/FM; ex Gov. Rene Relampagos; Grandma's Purified Drinking Water; Dr. Aurora Bas Madanguit; Mr. and Mrs. Luis Castañares; Mr. and Mrs. Efren Jungao; Betsy Plazal Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Remolador; Mr. and Mrs. Gerardo Bas Madanguit; BM Asteria Apalisok Piollo; City Kagawad Beben Inting; Pilo Bumaat; Alturas Supermarket Corporation; and Congressman Edgar M. Chatto.

How they scored:

HSS A 71: Visarra 26, V. Descallar 19, Atabelo 6, Cantoneros 6, Pinos 6, Rocha 4, Bruñidor 2, Limbaga 2.

TCSHS 37: Tagaytay 13, Aranzado 10, Kibir 6, Ybañez 4, Bungabong 2, Sacdalan 2.
Referees: J. Aquino/G. Cabalit.

Ciso "Kid Terrible" Morales and "Marvellous" Marvin Sonsona

Renowned trainer Nonito Donaire, Sr. has started whipping Ciso "Kid Terrible" Morales and "Marvellous" Marvin Sonsona into championship caliber form in time for their crucial bouts next month.

They have opened training camp at the Kennel Gym in San Leandro, California and do their roadwork at Marina Park.

Morales, from Talibon, Bohol will challenge Mexico's Fernando Montiel for the WBO bantamweight crown on February 13 in Las Vegas.
 
CISO "Kid Terrible" Morales (left) and "Marvellous" Marvin Sonsona do a morning road run as part of their training for their upcoming world title fights.

This will be part of a huge fight card that will feature Gerry Penalosa vs Eric Morel in a WBO bantamweight eliminator and WBA interim world superflyweight titlist Nonito Donaire,Sr. vs Gerson Guerrero.
  
Morales (14-0, 8 Kos) held the WBO Oriental superbantamweight crown but will be moving down in weight for his title challenge. He fought overseas for the first time last November and won a majority eight round decision over Mexico's Miguel Gonzales in Canada. He will have to bridge a wide experience gap over the champion Montiel (39W-2L-2D, 29KOs) who is ranked number 20 among the best pound for pound fighters in the world by Ring magazine. Montiel narrowly escaped with his title from Z Gorres in 2007 in a fight held in Cebu City.

Last year Donaire,Sr. steered Sonsona, Anna Julaton and Johnriel Casimero to world titles. He will have to pull two rabbits out of his hat this time around.

Sonsona, the former WBO superflyweight champ from Gen. Santos City, will move up two divisions higher and face Wilfredo Vasquez,Jr. for the vacant WBO superbantamweight world title in Puerto Rico on February 27.

If Sonsona beats Vasquez, he will be the youngest Filipino in history to win two world titles at two different weight divisions at 19 years and seven months. The Puerto Rican Vasquez (17 W-0 L -1 D, 14 KO's) however, will be fighting on home soil.

This will not be a walk in the park for Sonsona. Vasquez obviously will try his best not to shame the family name in their own country. His father, Wilfredo,Sr. is a former three division world champ.

Sonsona won the WBO superflyweight title over Jose Lopez of Puerto Rico last September 2009 but lost his title after being 2.6 lbs overweight in his first defense against Alejandro Hernandez of Mexico in a fight that ended in a split draw.

K of C Table Tennis Tournament

The K of C Recreation Center will hold a 1-day table tennis tournament
for various age groups on January 30, 2010.

The tournament is open to all ski ll levels and a total of P2,000 in prizes will be given away to winners.

A newly organized table tennis club will facilitate the tournament.

Table tennis players around Bohol are invited to the tournament. For inquiries, please contact Theresa at 038-501-8459 or info@kofcrecreationcenter.com.

Boholano boxing sensation AJ "Bazooka" Banal

Boholano boxing sensation AJ "Bazooka" Banal drew the adulation of the crowd when he hammered the veteran Mexican Cecilio Santos into fourth round submission with ease in the well-attended Bakbakan sa Sinulog card last Thursday at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Banal, who rose to 21-1 now dotted with 17 KOs, threw up punishing combinations to flatten Santos for good with just 35 seconds left in round four.

Boholano boxing sensation AJ "Bazooka" Banal drew the adulation of the crowd when he hammered the veteran Mexican Cecilio Santos into fourth round submission with ease in the well-attended Bakbakan sa Sinulog card last Thursday at the Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino.

Banal, who rose to 21-1 now dotted with 17 KOs, threw up punishing combinations to flatten Santos for good with just 35 seconds left in round four.

In another card, Milan "Melinyo" Melindo scored a smashing first round knockdown, but had to toil hard the rest of the 10-round battle before hacking out a unanimous decision victory to dethrone the gritty Anthony "Baby Assasin" Villareal of the United States and emerge as the new WBC Youth Intercontinental flyweight champion in the main event.
  
Melindo, who stretched his unbeaten mark to 20-0 spiked with 5KOs, claimed his third regional title in third weight division, but was less impressive in dealing with the very game American visitor.

Melindo electrified the large throng of spectators at the start when he planted a powerful right hook that sent Villareal down at the seat of his pants midway in the opening canto. But that was his brightest moment as Villareal quickly stood up to give the ALA stalwart one hell of a fight the rest of the way.

When the dust settled though, Melindo came out spraying the victory champagne as he got the nod of all the three judges. Interestingly, Teddy Alivio scored it 97-93, while Edward Ligas gave it 95-94 and Ben Necessario had it 96-93 all for the Cagayan de Oro City warrior.

In the main supporting bouts, James Bacon fired a cracking eight-punch combination to send Thai Thitichon Singwangcha into the dreamland at 55 seconds of round four, while certified power-hitter Larry Canillas stopped Petch Twits Gym in the second round to improve his record to 12-1 now garnished with 12KOs.

Before the main event, silence enveloped the grand ballroom of Waterfront as a brief video footage depicting the plight of stricken Cebuano fighter Z Gorres was shown into the crowd. Everybody then gave a hearty, warm round of applause upon learning of Gorres' miraculous recovery from a life-threatening injury.

Strong team of Bohol Chess Players

A strong team of Bohol Chess Players is set to join this year's Sinulog Chess Team Tournament slated to be held this month as part of the yearly Child Jesus celebration in the queen city of the south.
  
The team is compose of Bohol Chess Players Association (BCPA) members coming from different municipalities of Bohol joining together to form a formidable team trying to outwit and outclass different delegations from all over the country to win the coveted plum as the 2010 Sinulog Chess Team Champions.

National Master and former palarong pambansa champion Elmer Sumngat of Antequera, Bohol leads the team manning board 1 in this prestigious tournament, he will be supported by a cast of reliable and seasoned players with national campaigner and master rated Michael Teves of Calape, Bohol on board 2, board 3 will be manned by 2008 Cebu Blitz Glenn Pardillo of Tubigon town. Former NCAA/NCRAA top board Roel Gallego also of Calape town will share board 4 duties with a CEPCA player as directives of the tournament rules and set up.

The team is fully supported and backstopped by some local government officials and private individuals who believe in the strength and abilities of their fellow Boholano and give them chance to shine in all aspect of life and bring pride to Bohol, it is also supported by different business establishments such as the Tigers and Dragons Martial Arts Club located at Mcjac on January 23, 2010 a chess competition will be held in cooperation with the BCPA and the Tagbilaran City Chess Club.

"Two different sports working together for a greater success as both needs determination, strong boy and active and quick thinking to succeed."

Galan and Ballener outscored the tandem of Tanting Butalid-Glen Cabigas

Galan and Ballener outscored the tandem of Tanting Butalid-Glen Cabigas, 8-2 in the Class '2 championship.

The Class '1 title was captured by the Nito Bongalos-Lito Paredes by outplaying Boyet Buena-Boy Castro in the Class '1 title duel.

The awarding of trophies and cash followed. The club's president is Madame Elena Uy while its adviser is Atty. Tommy Abapo. (Mpb)

MUNICIPIO Inabanga conducted anew its annual refresher course

MUNICIPIO Inabanga conducted anew its annual refresher course to ensure that food handlers here have mastered the skills and knowledge in food safety and hygiene, proper nutrition, cleanliness and municipal ordinances.

  Dr. Madonna Andaya, municipal health officer, gave the training rationale to the food establishment operators and food handlers at the cultural center Friday

   "The training aims to identify and integrate different proper ways of 
community environmental sanitation, health, sanitation in food preparation and food business operations through the different topics in this food handlers seminar," she said.

  The refresher focused on preparing as well as serving food.

  Andaya, Provincial Sanitary Inspector Chona Mesias, public health nurses Rolinda Melecio and Judith Esto,  Municipal Councilor AlexLofranco, Rural Sanitary Inspector-designate Rex Gudelosao,  Nemesio Doblas and Jesus Logroño gave inputs to the  
training.

  Topics covered food and waterborne diseases, reducing the risk of food poisoning incidents, health and personal hygiene requirements, cleanliness, proper food preparation, basic hand washing, water sanitation, ASIN Law,  code of sanitation, implementing rules and business permits.

  Inabanga has over a thousand food establishment operators and food handlers 
expected to participate in the three batches of the refresher – a requisite in securing new or renewal of business permits.

  To give convenience to islanders, the third batch of refresher will be held in Barangay Cuaming. 

Bohol Philippines Infrastructure Projects

By JUNE S. BLANCO 
 
BOHOL Gov. Erico Aumentado continues to make life better for the islanders of President Carlos P. Garcia town by improving provincial roads and providing school buildings as well as post-harvest facilities.

  He led inaugural rites for the concreting of a 1.6-kilometer stretch of the Popoo-Tugas Road with a carriageway of six meters that is the standard for a provincial road costing only P6 million.

  The Provincial Engineer's Office (PEO) under Engr. Edwin Vallejos implemented the project, contracted by the Tagbilaran City-based S & CU Construction.

  Aumentado also inaugurated the newly re-graveled and soil stabilized 3-km. stretch of the Pitogo-Aguining Road, as well as a similar length of the Popoo-Tugas Road at only P3.08 million each, still implemented by the PEO and both contracted by Cebu 7H Technochem Industries, Inc.

  The improved stretches costing almost P13 million are part of the island's main road that traverses barangays Villa Milagrosa, San Vicente, Poblacion, Popoo and Tugas.

  On the other hand, two more road projects are ongoing.

  One is the concreting of a bypass farm-to-market road costing P10 million with funding using Aumentado's signature convergence strategy: P3 million from the provincial government with which he leveraged P3 million from Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap while the town and barangays contributed P4 million.

  The other is part of the P4 million re-graveling and soil stabilization of the Tugnao-Saguise-Lipata-Bonbonon provincial road.

  Orphaned by his father when he was still eight years old pushed Aumentado to join the crew of a "new look", a fishing method. His earnings helped his widowed mother in the upkeep of the house and send him and his siblings to school as well until he graduated from the elementary grades.

  Living a frugal life, he managed to save extra coins that amounted to P50 when he was about to enter high school. He used the money to start a business – buying empty bottles and broken aluminum ware, selling them to a scrap buyer. He used the proceeds to buy kettles, pans and kitchen ware from Cebu for his mother to sell during market days in his hometown of Ubay.

  The experiences gave him broad insights into the life of islanders so that his heart goes out to the President Garcia residents especially when Mayor Tesalonica Boyboy and her father before her brought to him resolutions seeking assistance especially for infrastructure projects.

  Such projects include a two-classroom school building for the Villa Milagrosa High School and a one classroom building each for the Villa Milagrosa Elementary School, Lipata Elementary School and the San Jose Primary School.

  Again using the convergence strategy, this time with the Philippine Army's Engineer Support Battalion (ESBn) under Lt. Col. Ramon Evan Ruiz, the provincial government can build a classroom at only P340,000 or P780,000 for a two-classroom unit.

  Each classroom is the standard 56 square meters in floor area, painted, with toilet, plumbing, water and electrical connections, as well as blackboards. Since the soldiers already receive pay as army personnel, Ruiz uses the allocation for labor to buy armchairs with so that buildings completed by the ESBn are immediately ready to occupy.

  Aumentado used to attend primary classes in rooms with woven coconut fronds only for walls.

  The existing buildings – one struck by lightning – are so dilapidated that they already pose danger to the children. The governor said he does not want them to attend classes in hazardous places or "under the mango tree", hence, the assistance.

  Since the island has very limited rice lands and only rain-fed at that, Aumentado supports its corn industry.

  He helped follow up with the Department of Agriculture the release of P500,000 worth of corn mill with all accessories – leveraged with the local government unit's P500,000 counterpart for the building, lot, operation and maintenance of the mill.

  The town has an estimated 2,850 corn farmers tilling around only 709 hectares of corn land in 18 main island barangays. At 5.3 tons per hectare, the annual production stands at 3.803 metric tons.

  Without the mill, the farmers and residents of the town's 23 barangays have to go to Alicia town in the Bohol mainland 40 kilometers away just to have their crop milled at P2.25 per kilo or P112.50 per cavan.

  Factoring in the transport and handling cost of P210 per cavan and the opportunity loss of two days just to bring the corn to the mainland and back, current corn milling cost for the islanders stand at P622.50 per cavan.