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Culture icons, theater groups descent to Bohol for NAM ‘19

Culture bearer icons of the seven arts: Music, Dance, Drama, Literature, Visual Arts, Architecture, and Film from all over the country descent to Bohol for the National Arts Month in February. These cultural icons would be joined by Boholanos who have trained in the styes of artistic luminaries as National Artist Napoleon Abueva, poet statesman Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, the Loboc Children’s Choir, the Loboc Youth Ambassadors Band, the Dimiao Children’s Rondalla, Film Director Maryo J. de los Reyes, actor Cesar Montano, Luke Mijares, painters Nene Lungay and RicRamasola, poetess MarjEvasco, composer Joseph Gara, the Diwanag Dance Theater, HNU Chorale, the Tagbilaran City Choir, Alicia Children Bamboo Ensemble, BAJI, KAKA, Noel Tuason, the DepEd Special Program for the Arts, MarianitoLuspo, ReighMonreal, Cocoy Ponte, Henri Cainglet, Sam Penaso, Leo Abaya, Orlando Pabotoy Jr., the KASING SINING TeatroBol-anon Ensemble who are now blazing a trail for others to witness and for dreamers to follow. It may be recalled that these disciplines blossomed in Bohol since the past decades through a long-stretches of programs of activities that help locals actualize their potentials and using the arts as a form of expression of a nation. The artistic wealth of Bohol and the creative ingenuity of its people and communities have been proverbial and legendary, according toBohol cultural icopn and multi awarded film director and composer Lutgardoilabad. It is not a hyperbole to say that seeds of creative genius lie ingrained in many a Boholano’s veins and heart. It was in the mid-90s however that the seedbed of a programmatic progress to empower Boholano artistry was installed, germinating from the Relampagos-Chatto administration, continuing in... read more

February 5, 25 declared special no-work holidays

Not only is Tuesday February 5 a red letter day because it is a special non-working day being the Chinese New Year, but also a real red letter day with Chinese giving out the traditional red envelops, donning on red dresses and putting up red decorations; red being a symbol of happiness and good luck. Other than red decorations in lanterns, posters, red-wrapped gifts, envelops and dragon and lion dances, the celebrations actually start on the ever with a reunion dinner where families partake on tikoy, masi, dumpling and fireworks, lots of it. Already declared a special non-working holiday in the Philippine through Proclamation 555 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte August 15, 2018, the Chinese New Year is also called the Chinese Spring Festival and is revered and celebrated with festive events not only in China but in the Philippines as well, thus the non-working declaration. The holiday declaration is also based on Republic Act 9492 which declared specific and movable dates as special or regular holidays. Another similar holiday: a special non-working holiday comes again on the 25th of February, Monday, the day being the 33rd Anniversary of the EDSA People’s Power Revolution. According to the declaration, the EDSA People Power declaration restored and ushered political, economic and social reforms in the country, thus the declaration. For these special non-working days, a “no work, no pay” rule applies, according to the Department of labor and Employment (DOLE). However, if, on the day of the holiday, a company forces an employee to report for work, or in the case of the employee opting to report for work, he gets... read more

Aris to D2 mayors: Update your CLUPs

By JUNE S. BLANCO REP. Erico Aristotle “Aris” Aumentado has exhorted the 2nd District mayors to update their respective Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs) – ensuring that these are aligned with the District Economic Master Plan (DEMP). Aumentado said the updated CLUPs must consider the development and progress of the towns in 10 to 20 years, including the inevitable expansion of the needs for growth centers. These include markets and malls, bus terminals, seaports, airport and other infrastructure, along with the widening of the road network. The expected boom in population must also be inputted. More people will need more vehicles, more spare parts and bigger parking spaces and terminals, more farm produce, bigger markets with more products offered for sale, fast food stores, and eateries ranging from carinderias to restaurants, boarding houses and hotels, even more classrooms, bigger infirmaries or hospitals, housing projects, and power, water, and telecommunications utilities, among others. From three to four buses at a time, Aumentado said the mayors should, as early as now, think of terminals that can accommodate from 10 to 50 buses, with proper ticketing and pre-departure areas. The towns should also conduct inventories and identify their tourism potentials and the accompanying road requirements. Buildings must not be randomly constructed. Building officials must see to it that they set back construction according to road classification, otherwise, this will pose a problem when the local government unit (LGU) decides to widen the road. Aumentado said on top of paying the owners for their property now encroaching into the road right-of-way, they might ask for payment anew for the improvements. The solon said...

Are you Kinatkatay ready?

Technical climbs and rampage rated downhill sections with possibly painless ball-out sections if you are quick to roll into the tall grasses: these await the uninitiated into the KinatkataysaBinabaje, Alicia’s extreme cross country mountain biking challenge. Set in the afternoon of February 24, the 35 kilometer race of epic proportion, is generously spiced up with punishing climbs into the tall hills of sitioBinabaje in Barangay Cambaol in Alicia town, and opens to age group competitors. But just before you let go of that P400 registration, it just might be fair if you get forewarned about what to expect when you get on The Alicia Panoramic Park (TAPP) trails. BUILD ON THE MUSCLE AND THE HEART If you ever had joined a group trail ride and wondered how you humped and puffed while other whizz through, then you know what it is to climb faster, rip through the downhills and bunny hop on obstacles like they do. That ain’t coming with your kind of training regimen. You would have to invest in lots of riding, great fitness workouts and scratched bikes. So take on the trails at least four times a week and build on those heart muscles. TAPP’s KinatkataysaBinabaje is a 35 kilometer 3 hour ride at least, so it would make sense if your designed training program fits the race distance. Or more. Single day long rides or moderately long rides placed back to back in the remaining weeks should work on the muscle memory and the heart. Keep the intensity level high in short trail rides, and do not forget the recovery rides, that is where one...

Local  News/ Bohol Balita

Jagna egg-noodles, now Hatch into ‘nutri-pancit’

CANJULAO, Jagna, Bohol, October 18 (PIA)—It comes out in rather weird colors: malunggay (horseradish) green, squash yellow, camote top purple, but for all these, it is basically dried pancit (noodle) similar to your regular canton. From there, all the similarities end. And then comes the big difference. Yaning’s Pancit used to be your ordinary neighborhood egg noodles. Produced from a kitchen backroom in this bustling town, the egg noodles industry now has its own common service facility, but that is getting ahead of the story. Its manufacturers: a family toiled through years to earn and send their kids through college. And to make both ends meet. When the going gets tough, they produce a little bit more to get enough for the spending needs after the matriculation. For extra hands, this family hires their jobless neighbors. And as quickly did the neighbors learn egg-noodling the hard way, the faster they were also dipped into the groove in the food production job. That started a little livelihood that would soon grow and attract more and more Jagna residents who see the healthy promise getting money for food and other needs. All of that, thanks to a lady named Yaning. Living from making egg-noodles, Yaning and her husband got into the business, as loyal as clockwork. The neighbors, then two or three, pitched in for the extra hands. Through the years. With all Yaning’s kids finishing college, all from the egg-noodles that they are selling, it was not hard for the neighbors to get into the production. Before Yaning died, she left the business to the neighbors. Not any longer, from...

Gov. Edgar Chatto, Department of Agriculture Assist Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico Garzon Jr., Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Bing Lapiz

Gov. Edgar Chatto, Department of Agriculture Assist Secretary for Livestock Dr. Enrico Garzon Jr., Provincial Veterinarian Dr. Bing Lapiz lead turnover of milk machines and raincoats to dairy cooperatives and barangay livestock aides across municipalities during opening of the 4th Bohol Milk Festival held simultaneous with 1st Livestock Technology Expo and the 4th National Carabao Conference at the Bohol Cultural Center on Monday....

Turnover of Shelter Projects

SHELTER ASSISTANCE IN TUBIGON – Gov. Edgar Chatto leads the Ceremonial Blessing and Turnover of 357 units of the Modified Core Shelter Assistance Project in Tubigon. The housing project was a joint effort of the DSWD, HABITAT for Humanity, the Provincial Government of Bohol and in cooperation with LGU-Tubigon. HABITAT admitted that the project was indeed delayed due to some concerns. With majority already done, focus is now on the 98 units on going construction and 10 about to be started units. With Gov. Edgar Chatto are Tubigon Vice-Mayor Billy Fortich, Executive Assistant for External Affairs “Tatay” Billy Tongco, DSWD-7 ARD Shalaine Marie S. Lucero, and representatives from partner...

SAP Go opens Bohol’s first Malasakit Center

Poor Boholano patients who have refused to go for treatment in a hospital for the confinement payments and medicine, may now find they have a government that helps them in their bills. To realize a campaign promise to make health facilities accessible to the poor, no less than Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence Go led the opening of the country’s 11th one-stop-shop for Filipinos who need medical, financial assistance from various agencies. Another one center would be opened in Ubay soon. Called the Malasakit Centers, Bohol’s one-stop-shop opens inside the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital (GCGMH) in Tagbilaran October 12, 2018 with SAP Go leading hospital authorities and heads of government agencies pooling their resources to prop up the facility for the poor here. “Every time we fall sick, we do not know where to run. Now, we can go to this Malasakit Center and get help,” SAP Go said. Malasakit Center is the office that directs us, SAP Go, who had been entrusted by President Rodrigo Duterte to lead the opening of these centers, one that the president lodged in his office. At times, when relatives of patients need the help of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, of the Department of Health, or the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) or the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), they use up all the day running through these offices. The Malasakit Center puts them all in one place, Go was quoted in news reports. To acknowledge the help of these agencies, Go said, “Salamat kayo sa inyong tabang kay without...

PCG rescues 64 passengers, crew from MV South Pacific

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) in Bohol scored plus points when all they rescued 64 passengers and 19 crew from a boat that ran aground early morning of October 9, 2019, in the vicinity seawaters off Danajon Bank. PCG search and rescue team dispatched to the site also assured that aside from the slight dents in the boat’s hull, the grounding boat did not damage the area, had no damaged propellers and noted no oil spills. The boat: MV South Pacific operated by Southern Pacific Transport Corporation is a 230.99 gross ton passenger ship and cargo vessel with a capacity of 204 passengers and has Cebu as home port. MV South Pacific accordingly left Bato, Leyte at 9:00 PM October 8 with 59 passengers and 19 crew members, according to the captain of the ill-fated ship, Arturo Sullano. While cruising off to Cebu, the boat strayed into the shallow waters and accidentally ran aground at about 1:00 AM, the skipper said in his report. Good the incident happened in calm seas, otherwise it could be a major problem, observers who learned of the incident commented. It was about 3:55 AM on October 9 that PCG PO1 Uy relayed to Coast Guard Tagbilaran the information and the exact coordinates of the grounding incident, for proper action. Coast Guard Station (CGS) Tagbilaran then immediately called CGS Talibon to verify and report. By about 4:15 of October 9, CGS Talibon established contact with the ill-fated boat captain, who confirmed the incident. CGS Talibon then dispatched a search and rescue (SAR) team to do visual and surface inspection. By early morning, the PCG...

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