Under Chatto Administration, Bohol Praised for Good Governance

Under Chatto Administration, Bohol Praised for Good Governance
by Leah Sumampong

In life, you learn from the best. When it comes to good governance, you learn from Bohol. This seems to be the theme these days as national organizations assembled here in the province for their conventions.

Gov. Edgar M. Chatto shared Bohol's best practices on transparency and good governance as the local chapter host the national convention and general assembly of the Philippine Australian Alumni Association, Inc (PA3i).

The PA3i is the umbrella organization for scholars and graduates of formal degree and non-degree training programs offered by Australian universities and training institutions.

Seeking to participate in strengthening Philippine-Australian relations, the organization supports the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) programs in the country, of which many are being implemented in the province.

Chatto also underscored the significant contribution of PA3i members in the implementation of governance reforms in the province, citing AusAID-assisted programs such as the Enhanced Tax Revenue Assessment and Collection System (eTRACS), which complete implementation in all LGUs across the province, is sought by 2013.

No less than His Excellency Bill Tweddell keynoted the convention, his second visit to Bohol since assuming post as Australian Ambassador to the Philippines.

Also gracing the occasion was Graham Gulliver, Vice President for the Philippines of the Australia-Philippines Business Council. Chief Executive Officer of Multirational and Vice President of ANZCHAM, Gulliver spoke on Current Trends in Corporate Governance.

Synergy, Transparency, and Accountability was also the theme for the annual national convention cum seminar of the Association of Government Internal Auditors, Inc (AGIA) just this week.

The gathering tackled topics on leadership, best practices on internal auditing, anti-red tape, moral values, disaster preparedness and management, records management, transparency, accountability, and good governance.

Youngest senatoriable Paolo Benigno "Bam" Aquino IV of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations (TAYO) Awards Foundation and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV were among the distinguished panel of speakers which included Chatto who spoke on the Bohol Experience.

Chatto takes pride in the institutionalization of the Provincial Internal Audit Office (PIAO) at the Capitol. The PIAO's mandate seeks to achieve desired results for managerial functions through effective stewardship of public resources. To promote transparency and accountability, its functions include internal management, operations audit and the performance of other related duties.

Incidentally, the PIAO is strengthened by a partnership agreement with the Philippines Provincial Road Management Facility (PRMF), an ongoing AusAID project in the province.

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Congressman Lambasts Bohol Mayor

Now that the battle lines have been drawn, First District Representative Rene Relampagos fires away at Tagbilaran City Mayor Dan Lim, in what could be a telling preview of their one-on-one match in next year's polls.

Relampagos, often at the receiving end of the city mayor's blistering tirades, returned the favor in an interview on Monday over Station dyRD's top-rated "Inyong Alagad".

Mincing no words, the solon said Mayor Lim, who is fond of criticizing senior provincial officials, is doing a "poor job" as city chief executive.

"Tagbilaran has been lagging behind in growth and development for the past eight years of Lim's administration. The mayor does his job through words rather than action," Relampagos stressed.

Relampagos scored the "prevailing ill conditions" of the city – the worst road condition in years, garbage and drainage issues, lack of transparency and the widespread perception of financial mismanagement at City Hall, harassment of businessmen and insensitivity to the constituency.

"He (Mayor Lim) has succeeded in tarnishing the image of Tagbilaran as a 'city of friendship' and as the province's tourism gateway," the solon added.

Reiterating his support to the candidacy of his brother-in-law, Atty. Agustinus "Dodong" Gonzaga for city mayor, Relampagos said Tagbilaran needs a transition leader who possess the "maturity to resuscitate an ailing city".

Relampagos has openly declared his endorsement of Gonzaga and vice mayoralty running mate, Jose Antonio Veloso, saying that the tandem possesses competence, experience and access to the present national leadership.

"What we need is a City Hall that involves the barangays and purok levels in consultative, participative public administration," he added.

"A public mandate is never meant to harass or frustrate because a government can fail when people submit out of fear, in despair," he said.

The solon said many opportunities have been missed by the city government to funnel in much-needed funding for projects since the present city mayor would not cooperate with senior officials, specifically the governor and congressman.

Relampagos said he shares the frustration of not just city residents but also those who are affected by poor governance in the city.

The solon further said the people of Tagbilaran need to capitalize on the fact that the governor and himself as congressman have direct access to Malacañang.

"To be propelled to its deserved development height, the city has to have a credible team of leaders who can effectively work and relate with the governor and congressman on support for needed projects," Relampagos said.

Although Mayor Lim has declared in past media interviews that he is not seeking a higher position in the May 2013 elections, his sorties in the towns of the First District have become more frequent, and his caucuses indicate that he is out to challenge Relampagos for the Congress seat.

Lim has forged a local alliance with Second District Representative Erico Aumentado pushing Carmen Mayor Conchito Delos Reyes as their gubernatorial bet in the coming polls.

Bohol Tourist Spots - Bohol Attractions

Heading east from Tagbilaran along the south coast takes you first to the coastal fishing town of BOOL , 5km away. Said to be the oldest settlement on the island, it's also the site of the  Blood Compact Site, marked by an attractive bronze sculpture on the seafront. This is the spot where local chieftain Rajah Sikatuna and Miguel Lopez de Legazpi concluded an early round of Philippine–Spanish hostili-ties in 1565 by signing a compact in blood. Every year for one week in July, Boholanos gather in Bool for the  Sandugo  (One Blood)  festival  which, apart from the usual beauty pageants and roast pigs, includes a passionate re-enactment of the blood ceremony.

About 2km east of Bool, BACLAYON  is the site of  Baclayon Church, the oldest stone church in the Philippines. Much of the existing facade was added by the Augustinian Recollects in the nineteenth century, but the rest dates back to 1595 and was declared a national historical landmark in 1995. The church's convent has been transformed into an intriguing ecclesiastical museum (Mon–Sat 9am–4pm; P25) that houses a number of priceless religious icons. 

One of the most impressive collections is of Spanish colonial  santos  (statues of saints), including the Nuestra Señora de los Dolores, which has miracles attributed to it. Five kilometres further along the coast, ALBUQUERQUE (known as just "Albur") ofers another impressive church and belfry, built in 1886 and set in an attractive palm-lined square.

Fifty kilometres east of Albur,  JAGNA, is a pleasant enough place but all it really ofers the traveller is an alternative port for getting away from Bohol.  Mindanao-bound boats operated by Cebu Ferries leave for Cagayan de Oro (5hr 30min; P620–950) on Thursdays and Saturdays and for Nasipit (6hr; P660–990) at midnight on Sundays. - source: Rough Guide Travel Book

Anda Bohol Better than Panglao Island

How Go to Anda, Bohol

Around three hours by bus from Tagbilaran, the countless white sand coves near the town of  ANDA  in beautiful Guindulman Bay are an emerging choice for those looking to escape Panglao's commercialized beach and dive scene.
Of the resorts which have popped up in recent years, British-owned Blue Star ( T 0919/453-4468,  W www.bluestardive.com; 7) stands out for divers and has a good pool, wi-fi, a tiny beach at low tide and good snorkelling on the house reef. 

There's a brand-new dive centre, and fan rooms are spacious and tastefully designed with lovely views out over the bay – air-conditioned rooms were nearly complete at the time of writing. For pure beach lovers,  Anda White Beach Resort ( T 0915/541-0507,  W www.andabeachresort.com; 7) can't be beaten and has attractive rooms, the best of which front onto a bright white strip of sand. There's also a pool, billiards and wi-fi (P100/hr). 

Two minutes' walk from here is one of the few cheaper options in Anda,  La Petra  ( T 038/331-1316,  W www.lapetraresort.com;  4). Standard rooms are in a non-descript concrete block, but the cheaper nipa fan huts look right over the beach. A pool was under construc-tion at the time of writing. All of the resorts in Anda have their own restaurants, and some offer half- and full-board rates. - source: Rough Guide Travel Book

Antequera, Bohol Home of Beautiful Handicrafts

A number of resorts offer half-day trips for around P2000 per person to the town of Antequera, north of Tagbilaran (you can get here independently by bus or jeepney from Tagbilaran). 

The attraction for tourists here is the lively market, twice a week on Thursdays and Saturdays. Craftsmen and traders from around the island congregate to sell locally made handicrafts such as baskets, hats and various home decor items such as linen tablecloths, mirrors and attractive bowls made from stone or coconut shells. 

Prices are significantly cheaper than in the cities and it's a fun place to haggle and pick up a few inexpensive souvenirs.

Where is Tagbilaran City, Bohol

There are plenty of hotels and lodges in TAGBILARAN, the hectic port capital of Bohol, but with so many beaches and sights nearby, there's no real reason to stay here. From Tagbilaran you can be on Panglao Island in less than twenty minutes and even the Chocolate Hills, hidden in the hinterlands, are less than an hour away by road.

The only sights in Tagbilaran itself are the Cathedral, opposite the plaza in Sarmiento Street, a nineteenth-century hulk standing on the site of an original that was destroyed by fire in 1789, and the  Bohol Museum  (Mon–Fri 10am–4.30pm; P10) in Carlos  
P. Garcia Avenue, set in the former home of Carlos Garcia (fourth President of the Philippine Republic), and containing various 
presidential memorabilia and a collection of shells. The  Tagbilaran City Fiesta takes place on May 1.

Where is Bohol - How to Go to Bohol

Bohol, a two-hour hop south of Cebu, is an attractive little island where life today is pastoral and quiet. The only sign of heavy tourist activity is on the beautiful beaches of Panglao, a magnet for scuba divers and sun worshippers, close to the utilitarian port capital of Tagbilaran. 

Most visitors only leave the beach for a day tour taking in the Bohol's most famous attractions: the much-touted Chocolate Hills, a glimpse of the  endangered tarsier , lunch on the Loboc River and a visit to the Blood Compact site, memorial to Bohol's violent past. Those with more time will be rewarded by trips to other parts of the province, including the adventure centre at Danao, the attractive island of Cabilao and the pretty beaches of Anda

Bohol is also renowned for its wonderful old Spanish churches , many of them built with coral, which can be found all over the island, notably at Baclayon and Albuquerque. May is  fiesta month on Bohol with island-wide celebrations including barrio festivals, beauty pageants, street dancing and solemn religious processions.

Grand Alumni Homecoming of Boholanos Worldwide

By Ben Cal

Thousands of Boholanos around the world continue to arrive in this bustling city for the grand celebration of the 5th "Tigum Bol-anon sa Tibook Kalibutan" that will last for two weeks. 

The biggest number of arrival the past five days comprise of Boholanos residing in the United States. Other delegations come from Canada, Australia, Hong Kong and the Middle East.

Not far behind are Boholanos living in other parts of the Philippines who have faithfully been coming home to attend Bohol's biggest extravaganza of merry-making and class reunions.

"Bohol island will literally sink by an inch with the arrival of balikbayans," Betty Veloso-Garcia, TBTK chairperson said.

The TBTK was first held in 2008 to entice Boholanos living abroad and other parts of the Philippines to visit their home province to renew their camaraderie with relatives and friends whom they have not seen for years.

The annual event is usually held in July but organizers have decided to move it to May to coincide with the celebration of town fiestas.

Each days during the month of May, there is always a town fiesta or two in Bohol, an island known around the world for the famous Chocolate Hills and home of the tarsier, the world's smallest monkey.

Even foreigners are attracted to the annual TBTK celebration.

The holding of school reunions has added to this year's attendance of the TBTK which kicked off here on Thursday.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol a Tourism Jewel

Press Release: In tune with his advocacy to protect and preserve the country's natural wonders and the environment in general, Rep. Erico B. Aumentado (2nd district, Bohol) has filed a bill in Congress seeking the implementation of stiffer penalties to entities or individuals that would cause the pillage, destruction and defacement to any of the world renowned Chocolate Hills of Bohol. 

Fuelled by the destruction of several hills in the towns of Carmen and Sagbayan, Bohol, before his nine-year governorship, the solon pressed for the filing of House Bill 6137, otherwise known as the Chocolate Hills Protection Act of 2012 described as " AN ACT DECLARING THE CHOCOLATE HILLS AS NATIONAL PATRIMONY, NATURAL HERITAGE PARK AND GEOLOGICAL MONUMENTS, PENALIZING THEIR PILLAGE, DESTRUCTION AND DEFACEMENT, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES".

When enacted into law, all persons whether natural or juridical who will violate the Act, shall upon conviction be meted with imprisonment ranging from six to twenty years with corresponding fine ranging from P60,000 up to P200,000.

Aumentado reiterated that enforcing stiffer penalties shall prevent further destruction to the iconic hills brought about by quarrying, hauling of limestone, rocks, soil and surfacing materials or for backfilling for construction purposes.

Citing a German scientist's study, the lawmaker explained that the Chocolate Hills were created over three million years ago - when Bohol was under seawaters – by undersea currents and tidal action which explains some of the hills perfect cone and others in haycock formation.

The hills are chocolate brown during summer and verdant green on rainy days. Thus, maintenance pruning of trees shall be allowed to preserve the hills brown color during summer as the hills unique and distinctive landmark, the solon further noted.

Aside from its exceptional characteristics, scientific importance, uniqueness, relevance to our country's history and heritage, importance in the tourism industry as a major tourist attraction in the country and high scenic value, the solon said, the long period of time mother nature took to form the majestic hills is another compelling reason to enact laws that will preserve and protect the Chocolate Hills.

During a recent audience between Aumentado and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Sec. Ramon Paje, touching on the issue of the destruction of some of the hills before, they echoed the same sentiments for the need to prevent any damage to the hills. According to the solon, the DENR shall issue the implementing rules and regulations of this Act within 60 days from its enactment into law.

Incidentally, a similar bill is also filed at the Philippine Senate by Sen. Jinggoy Estrada.

In the 11th Congress, Aumentado, with seven other congressmen, filed House Bill 9442, covering the same subject on the Chocolate Hills to institutionalize also Pres. Fidel Ramos proclamation declaring the iconic hills as national geological monuments.

Noting the increased influx of tourist in the province of Bohol due to the discovery and establishment of new tourist attractions in the area, the veteran solon strongly considers the 1,268 chocolate hills in the towns of Carmen, Sagbayan, and Batuan as the crown jewels of Bohol's tourism.

Bohol Poll on Tagbilaran City Mayor

Mayor. All Tagbilaranon voters were aware that Dan Lim is the Mayor of the city. Among those aware, a slight majority (63%) was satisfied with his performance as mayor while three out of ten (27%) were dissatisfied which resulted to a net satisfaction of +36. Across economic classes, Dan Lim got a 17- net satisfaction ratings from Class ABC. This means that there were more voters who were dissatisfied than satisfied; however, his net satisfaction ratings from Classes D and E were relatively high at +50 and +56 respectively. Across sexes and age groups, Dan Lim got relatively low net satisfaction from the females (+24) and 18-24 age group (+24).

Top Bohol Events

Editorial of the Bohol Chronicle:
Sixty percent (60%) of the raging stories that stole the headlines in
2010 were election-pegged and violence-related.

That the May 10 presidential and local polls generated 3 of the 10 Top
Stories is not a surprising phenomenon, considering how Filipinos take
their politics seriously. About 7 to 8 of every 10 Filipinos trooped
to the polls - a big election voter turnout by any measure in any
place of the globe - a big step for participative democracy.

The May 10 polls, if for nothing else, liberated the province from the
near monolithic dominance of Lakas - walking under the light, or was
it the shadow (?) of then incumbent president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
It brought a new cocktail of political options for Boholano voters.

Although Lakas still dominated most of the smaller to tiny posts of
power, the big shot tickets was a mixed bag. Governor Edgar Chatto and
Vice Governor Conching Lim together with unopposed third district
congressman-elect (former DA chief) Arthur Yap were the Lakas
"purists" who made the grade.

Former Bohol governor and vice governor Rico Aumentado and Julius
Herrera respectively supported the tangerine party of former senate
president Manny Villar for RP president.

Aumentado won as 2nd district political kingpin but Herrera lost in
the gubernatorial race. Only LDP (now currently LP) stalwart Rep.
Relampagos of the 1st district survived the onslaught of the Lakas
juggernaut - though Rene was technically in coalition with Lakas
(Chatto Wing).

Meantime, losing city mayor candidate Jose "Toto" Veloso, would not
take his "incredible loss" to the incumbent city Mayor Dan Lim,
sitting down. Because of the obvious vote buying, threats and
intimidation from the Lim camp, Veloso believed he should have
otherwise won the city polls in May 2010. "Besides, there's just too
much statistical improbabilities in the election returns in the city,
so I have to file a protest in Manila" the former city vice Mayor

The imperfections in the electoral system continued to display its
unwanted characteristics in some places when the recent Barangay and
SK elections were suspiciously marred by stealthy acts like delaying
the delivery of ballots - that made the some citizens disenfranchised
in areas. In other cases, the results may not therefore also reflect
the ultimate sovereign will of the community. That is thoroughly
unacceptable in a democracy.

The crime of violence showed its three-headed and ugly faces involving
drugs, kidnapping and anti-media violence in our BC Top Ten Stories.
Alexander Romero, 32, an alleged drug distributor's brutal liquidation
near the Courts of Law showed utter disregard and disrespect to the
institutions of justice. Many counter that people who live dangerous
lives are courting out of court disasters.

A Boholano regional sales manager of a chemical company Edgar Cuajao
tasted bitter reality (like the movies he saw) by his ordeal while
being kidnapped by a group who was in tremendous pressure to produce
results in Mindanao. The timely intervention of the Bohol provincial
and Cagayan de Oro city governments, however, prevented a worse
consequence of the kidnap for ransom activity.

On the other hand, the cowardly punch (with a heavy object attached to
the fist) that sent vocal broadcaster critic Richard Bompat to the
hospital for stitches was the most obvert assault inflicted on the
freedom of the press hereabouts - after a series of more subtle
harassments in the past.

But the event only served to unite crusading journalists to close
ranks and not to surrender the
basic human right of free speech to freedom-assassins.

On the economic front, prices of basic goods like fish and oil riled
the normally patient senses of Boholanos as they took the issue to
acerbic public discourse.

In the process of a Fish Summit discussion, the ugly images of the
presence of an impregnable cartel, lack of financing (thus) nourishing
the industry of loan sharks, the presence of too many layers of
middlemen, the disorganization of small fisher folks and the lack of a
Fish Harbour facility came to the fore. Licking the problem - after
identifying it - remains to be many a challenge to most governance,

"Greed is good", the gospel of Wall Street imago Gordon Gekko, on the
one hand, seems to explain why the province is inflicted with higher
oil prices compared to others. As does explain the disparity in gas
prices from town to town, from city to town. But in pure capitalistic
fashion, deregulation and more competition will eventually level the
playing field- unless the players themselves decide to oligopolize.
The public thus loses.

Somehow, people are still hoping for some kind of government
intervention or another as oil prices create a domino effect on prices
of other goods and services as well. Can this still be done?

The final two Top stories to complete the ten, famously belongs to the
fabled island of Panglao, our crown tourism jewel.

The New Bohol Airport, badgered by years of roller coaster ride of
agony and ecstasy, will finally become a P7.5-billion reality with the
PNoy endorsement of the airport to be among the 2011's top ten
priority projects under the Private Public Partnership programs (PPP)
worth P15 billion.

That will be three years in the making though.

On the other hand, overzealous investors hankering for a huge
Reclamation Project east of Panglao is running into a battering ram of
opposition coming from national environmentalists and planners and
local NGOs, the Panglao legislature and fisher folks

With roads, water and power in Panglao still to be optimized, the
ambitious Reclamation Project appears a decade too early-
environmental clearance permitting.

The year of 2010 was exciting, threatening and challenging.

But like in the last 56 years, the Chronicle, as its name suggests,
chronicled the events with the same wide-eyed enthusiasm of
turbo-gassed journalists.

Bol-anon Couple Wedding

Liza is a Civil Engineer and hails from Concepcion, Loay, Bohol. She
has been working for 4 years now at the Athena - a construction
company in Saudi Arabia specializing on marine ports and other
edifices. Romel, on the other hand, is an accountant and has been
working for 2 years now in Ali and Sons, also in Saudi Arabia where he
is assigned at the Motas Division. Even if he was born in Manila, he
went to school at Xavier University in Cagayan de Oro City, just near
Bukidnon, the hometown of his parents.

Photo shows (l-r) Joylyn Yazon; Dan Bacarro (the groom's father); the
newlyweds - Mr. & Mrs. Romel Bacarro (nee Liza Balucan) and Melba
Bacarro (the groom's mother). The wedding ceremony was held last Dec.
22, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the St. Joseph Cathedral of Tagbilaran City with
Msgr. Jeffrey Malanog and Rev. Fr. Virgilio Salas as officiating
priests. Gloria Leodivica Araneta of "SMILE", Philippines was
host/master of ceremonies.

The parents of both the newlyweds, Mr. & Mrs. Dan B. Bacarro & Mr. &
Mrs. Proculo M. Balucan welcomed all the sponsors and guests during
the wedding ceremony. The principal sponsors were led by Hon. Brigido
Imboy & Mayor Rosemarie Imboy together with Engr. & Mrs. Liberato
Lupot Jr.; Vice-Mayor Paulino Tejano & Kag. Eleuteria Tare; Mr. & Mrs.
Aurelio Alboradura; Engr. & Mrs. Flaviano Ilogon; Mr. & Mrs. Apollo
Tare; Mr. & Mrs. Amecias Bacarro; Mr. & Mrs. Cesar Bernales Sr. ; Mr.
& Mrs. Ismael Almonte; Mr. & Mrs. Jeff Bacarro; Mr. & Mrs. Francisco
Sacal Jr. and Mr. & Mrs. Franklin Balogal.

Acting as Peer Sponsors were Mr. & Mrs. Rex Sagaral; Mr. Anthony Tare
Jr. & Mrs. Anthony Tare-Blasco; Mr. Shane Russell Chiu & Mrs. Jemecyl
Albiso-Cuevas; Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Serrano and Mr. Genelou Wapanio & Ms.
Flordeliz Agonia.
The Best Men were Ryan-Elner Melliza & Mr. Mark Leo Balucan while the
Bride's Friends Forever were Janice Sanguenza, Emmylou Basilad &
Rachael Cambalon- Vizon. The bridesmaids were Margie Pagaran and
Charmaine Canizar.
The following acted as secondary sponsors: for Candle - Lucrisio
Blasco & Eleonor Siez; for Veil - Rev. Rommel Yazon & Mrs. Joylyn
Yazon; for the Cord - Ptr. Dan Bacarro Jr. & Mrs. Cristina Bacarro.

The children members of the entourage were: Ring bearer: Randell Jude
Tare, Coin bearer: David Josiah Bacarro, Bible bearer: Reign Bacarro;
Flower Girls: Denise Jasmine Bacarro, Hyacinth Faith Vizon, Deniza
Dianne Bangayan, Melyn Joanelle Yazon, Denise Joy Bacarro, Joannah
Marie Ellorimo

Aeran James Bacarro, Abraham Reducto, Deva Bacarro and Mary Loquias
were the Liturgical Sponsors while Michael Bueno was the commentator.
Members of the offertory procession were: Lucilo Balucan, Amelia
Loquias, Redan Bacarro & Candida Canizar.

What added color to the post wedding reception at the SEGLIM FUNCTION
ROOM of the Bohol Tropics Resort were the following: the balloon
ceremony immediately before the post wedding processional; the
newlyweds dancing their way to the reception hall (instead of the
usual grand march; tying of peso and dollar bills to the wishing tree
(instead of pinning these on the wedding attire of the couple during
the Dance of Bounty; and the trivia questions about the couple with
movie passes given to the guest/s who gave the correct answers. The
guests came from Cagayan de Oro City, United Arab Emirates, Manila and
Tagbilaran City.

Members of the events team were : Wedding Coordinator- Carousel Melgar
- Agonia; Flowers & Cake - Fabulous Events by Boy & Michael; Music -
Infinity Blues Band; Video & Photography- Cebu based Sly Studio and
Make-up - Tracy Torres. A golden voiced friend of the couple, Abraham
Reducto, flew all the way from Dubai to render the groom and bride's
love song entitle "Looking Through The Eyes of Love".

Romel, the groom speaks with fondness at how he and Liza, the bride,
first met - during a jogging session - where both could not present
the best of themselves as they were soaked and damped with sweat.

The groom said, "Liza is a good cook and when I tasted her first
PASTA, I told myself that she would be the girl I want my mother to

" The couple will be spending their New year and honeymoon at the
United Arab Emirates," said GLORIA LEODIVICA ARANETA of "SMILE",
Philippines who was post wedding reception HOST & MASTER OF

For more information of "SMILE", Philippines, call: (for Bohol) -
Ines-090524 36959, Rose-09064529912, Chandy- 09173040563,
Gerry-09164555286, (for Cebu) Gerry 09164555286, Mavis- 09162850966
(for Manila, Mindanao & other locations) Roda Dee-09052686045 or
email: gloriaaraneta@yahoo.com, ness485@yahoo.com,

Miss Pilar Bohol A Beauty Queen

Laruche Joice Bantiles of barangay Buenasuerte of this rice granary
town has been adjudged as Miss Pilar 2010 during the 49th Foundation
Day celebration December 28-29, 2010 by five-man board of judges.

This came as Mayor Wilson Pajo called for more unity and thanked his
flock for 99% active participation in all activities for the town's
big event by barangay officials and private sectors.
Bantiles, who may not be able to participate to the Miss Bohol
Sandugo 2011 for her being a minor at 14, also grabbed the Best in
Talent plum, besting 20 other candidates during a separate pageant
night, said overall coordinator Bert Jaspe in an interview.
Miss Haizel Queen Pore of barangay Aurora got the first runner-up
award while the curvaceous Riza Ayop of barangay Del Pilar settled for
second runner-up. Ayop also got three other awards ---- Best in
Swimsuit, Best in Evening Gown and Miss Photogenic.

Miss Mutya Reyes of barangay Estaca and Miss Mae Ann Soriano of
barangay Ilaud claimed the 3rd and 4th runners-up prizes,

Mayor Pajo and Amabelle Refugio, Miss Pilar 2009, don the crown on
Bantiles during the program attended by the jam-packed crowd that
ended past 12 midnight on Dec. 28, 2010.

Former vice-mayor of Guindulman Marivic Golosino, Ms. Mae Remedios C.
Virtucio of Bohol Island State University, Ric V. Obedencio, Insp.
Raul Bustalino of Bureau of Fire and Totsie Escobia, head of Effective
Development Communication of Governor's Office composed the board of

Among the guests of honor are Rep. Pastor Alcover, Jr of the Alliance
of Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) party-list and Gov. Edgar M.
Chatto during the main event last Wednesday (Dec. 29, 2010).

The birthday of the municipality started with a mass and parade from
the Church to the municipal hall participated in by municipal and
barangay officials and private citizens with the PNP, PIlar Motorists
Association, Pilar Central Elementary School drum and lyre corp, Pilar
Tech-vocational high school drum and lyre corp, Pilar Elementay
teachers, Pilar High School and the general public.

Awarding of certificates of recognition to outstanding Pilarnons also
highlighted the foundation affair following the fellowship lunch and
Christmas program for the municipal officials and employees in the

After several years of working as a registered nurse (RN) in the land
of opportunities, the USA, he went back to school and finished his
both Master of Science in Public Health Nursing (MSPHN) and Master in
Business Administration (MBA) degrees at the University of Texas at
Brownsville - Texas Southmost College (UTB-TSC), Brownsville, TX where
he earned the university's highest Scholastic Achievement Awards.

His experience at the PNAA, Inc. started when he became one of the
founders of the Philippine Nurses Association of Texas - Cameron
County, Inc. (PNAT-CC, Inc.), a PNAA local chapter, in February 2006
in Brownsville, TX. He was subsequently elected as its first and
founding President. In 2007, he started the annual Spirit of
Nightingale Awards (SONA) that is running on its fifth year now and
established the PNAT-CC, Inc. Nursing Scholarship Endowment Fund for
undergraduate and graduate nursing students of UTB-TSC.

Earlier this year, he collaborated with the current HNU's College of
Nursing Dean Ruvih Joy P. Garrote, MN, RN to establish the very First
Educational Program for Nurses of Tagbilaran City that was held in
January 5, 2010 at HNU's Nursing Skills Laboratory.

As a true believer in education, he is pursuing his doctoral degree in
nursing practice to continue his interests in nursing research being a
future nurse scientist. (LEONIDES

Get 2012 Philippines Bar Exam Results Copy

The 2012 Philippine Bar Exam Result is finally available here online. Here's the official list of bar passers of the Philippines who took the bar exam in 2011 in UST Manila. Please share on Facebook if you know any person who took the bar exam of the Philippines.

1751 . TARO, Cristina S
1752 . TARUC-BATALLA, Leira Leonor S
1753 . TAWAGON, Sittie Aisa Azisaida L
1754 . TAYAO, Joseph D
1755 . TAÑEDO, June Catherine G
1756 . TEJADA, Gracielle M
1757 . TEJANO, Francis John L
1758 . TEJANO, Sheena May D
1759 . TEJERO, Eric Jason S
1760 . TEJERO, Joahnna Eve S
1761 . TEJERO, III, Jaime R
1762 . TENDENCIA, Kristine A
1763 . TENEFRANCIA, Yvette C
1764 . TENORIO, Cris P
1765 . TESALONA, Michelle Anne C
1766 . TIANELA, Noel P
1767 . TIBLE, Stephanie Anne V
1768 . TINGCHUY, Azenith B
1769 . TIONGSON, Renee Stephanie B
1770 . TOLENTINO, Anne Chinika L
1771 . TOLENTINO, Francisco Paolo Rafael G
1772 . TOLETE-JUCO, Mary Ann M
1773 . TOLIBAS, Francis T
1774 . TOMANENG, Guia Marie M
1775 . TOMENIO, Cecilia A
1776 . TONDARES, Graziella C
1777 . TORNO, Ricardo Luis M
1778 . TORNO, Vanessa Anne A
1779 . TORRES, Justine Nicole V
1780 . TORRES-GERMAR, Nicolette Queency C
1781 . TORREÑA, Darlene D
1782 . TRANI, Vanessa P
1783 . TRAVERO, Beverly O
1784 . TREMOR, Jamor O
1785 . TRIA, January L
1786 . TRINIDAD, Frederico Luis P
1787 . TRINIDAD, Jay-ryan M
1788 . TRINIDAD, Michelle D
1789 . TUAZON, Roland Glenn T
1790 . TUCAY, Suzette A
1791 . TUMAPON, Amalou R
1792 . TUPAS, Arnel S
1793 . TURGANO, Samuel Rufino J
1794 . TURIANO, Fe Cecelia B
1795 . TURIAO, Aseria C
1796 . TURIJA-PALMOS, Blessie L
1797 . TURLA, Zandra A
1798 . TURQUEZA, Philander L
1799 . TUSAY, Roland F
1800 . TUTAY, Jenelyn R

Boholanos Protest Panglao Reclamation Project

A huge crowd of protestors went to the streets yesterday to drumbeat their strong objection on the controversial proposal to do an off-shore reclamation project in the tourists' haven of Bohol.
By Bohol Chronicle

Some 2000 protesters echoed their voices to firm up their indignation to those behind the project which is a "landmark of environmental destruction" in Panglao.

According to the objectors, the reclamation will destroy an already fragile marine ecosystem and pose serious threats to the biodiversity of the area.

The protesters assemble at the Plaza fronting the Capitiol as some of their leaders took turns in urging provincial officials to reject and recall all plans to reclaim land in Panglao.

The project's opposition has gained support from various groups, including environmental lawyers who vowed to raise the matter to the courts.

Former Panglao mayor Dr. Doloreich Dumaluan said he is optimistic any plans to reclaim Panglao Bay would not push through as this will never get social approval.

Former OIC governor Atty. Victor de la Serna was among those who committed to back the oppositors who have organized themselves as Panglaoanons Against Reclamation (Pare).