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CEB launches Cebu-Busuanga routeĀ 

August 23, 2019

Fares offered as low as PHP299 The Philippines’ leading airline, Cebu Pacific (PSE: CEB), strengthens its Cebu hub network with the launch of direct flights to Busuanga (Coron). Starting October 27, 2019, CEB’s wholly owned subsidiary, Cebgo, will be flying twice daily between Cebu and Busuanga. The first flight departs Mactan Cebu International Airport at 7:25am, and arrives in Francisco B. Reyes Airport at 9:00am; while its return flight leaves Busuanga at 9:20am and arrives in Cebu at 11:00am. The second flight leaves Cebu at 10:25am, and lands in Busuanga at 12:05pm; while its turnaround flight departs at 12:25pm and arrives at 2:10pm.   “We believe that these twice daily flights will enable residents from Cebu and other parts of Visayas and Mindanao to explore Palawan, without having to make the trip to Metro Manila to catch their flights. With this direct Cebu-Busuanga route, the islands of Coron and Culion are easier to get to. This will also allow locals from the rest of Southern Luzon to easily connect to Cebu and its network of over 20 domestic and six (6) international destinations,” said Alexander Lao, Cebgo President and CEO. CEB is offering seats for as low as PHP299, base fare, from today until August 17, 2019, or until seats last. Travel period is from October 27, 2019 to March 28, 2020.              Aside from Cebu, CEB also operates flights out of six other strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Manila, Clark, Kalibo, Iloilo, Davao and Cagayan de Oro. The airline’s extensive network covers over 100 routes and 64 destinations, spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. For bookings and inquiries, guests can visit www.cebupacificair.com or call the reservation hotlines (+632)7020-888 or (+6332)230-8888. The latest seat sales can be found on CEB’s official Twitter (@CebuPacificAir) and Facebook pages. Guests may also download the Cebu Pacific official mobile app on the App Store and Google Play.   About Cebu Air Inc. (PSE: CEB) Cebu Air Inc., operating as Cebu Pacific, is the largest carrier in the Philippine air transportation industry, offering its low-cost services to more destinations and routes with higher flight frequency within the Philippines than any other airline. CEB and subsidiary Cebgo fly to 37 domestic and 27 international destinations, with over 100 routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and USA. The Cebu Pacific fleet is comprised of 2 Airbus A321NEO, two Airbus A320NEO, 33 Airbus A320, seven (7) Airbus A321CEO, eight (8) Airbus A330, eight (8) ATR 72-500, and 13 ATR 72-600 aircraft. The ATR aircraft are used by Cebgo for inter-island flights where jet operations are not possible. CEB boasts of one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of five (5) years. Cebu Pacific has achieved full compliance with the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA)—considered as the accreditation with the highest standards for safety in the airline industry, joining a roster of 429 airlines worldwide that have strictly complied with the most stringent of international standards governing aviation safety.   

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7 Philippine fashion brands goes centerstage at the Premiere Classe Paris

August 23, 2019

Seven renowned Filipino fashion accessory and ready-to-wear brands heads to Paris on September 27 to 30 for the Premiere Classe fashion trade show.      Held annually since 1989 during of Paris Fashion Week, Premiere Classe showcases fashion design and accessories by brands and designers from all over the world. The event registers over 10,000 visitors each year including buyers and media editors over the course of four days. It is an international platform for fashion accessory designers to present their products in categories that include jewelry, footwear, bags, leather goods and ready-to-wear items.      Aranáz, which was founded by Becky, Amina and Rosanna Aranaz has enjoyed a steady local following over the years and continues to gain popularity internationally. The brand’s handmade bags have perfected that signature balance of polished and artisanal while bringing to the spotlight the use of indigenous materials like abaca, raffia, and wicker.      Beatriz Accessories by Carissa Cruz Evangelista, offers a more luxurious take on handcrafted bags with clutches made with vibrant color combinations and eye-catching graphic details.      Mele + Marie’s elegant purses created by the husband-and-wife team of Melecio and Rosemarie Oamil, the brand’s bags boast refined artistry through the use of iridescent abalone shells and lightweight acrylic.      Joanique by Malou Romero creates contemporary bags and accessories with a cultural reference. Its Maskara collection of minaudières mimic the intricate designs and carvings of the masks featured in the Masskara Festival in the southern city of Bacolod.      Zacarias 1925, on the other hand, references architecture, art, and even cinema in its progressive designs. Designer Rita Nazareno cleverly mixes materials like leather and shaped rattan to add even more personality to her pieces.      Jewelry designer Merriam Batara hails from a family with a background in crafting fine jewelry and hand-beaded accessories. Her work emphasizes the immense detail and precision of hand beading, as seen in her collection of shoulder-grazing earrings. Lenora Cabili’s clothing label Filip + Inna applies to each garment age-old and traditional techniques of weaving and embroidery and incorporates these into more current silhouettes.      Bringing its own distinct style showcasing local materials, styles, and craftsmanship that further define fashion’s visual codes in this day and age.

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Recalling good times at Tagoloan class reunions

August 23, 2019

Charlotte, North Carolina--Let’s talk about class reunions and why it’s both the most awaited and most dreaded of all events by people of a certain age.      For starters we should all attend class reunions to reconnect, reminisce on old memories and rekindle friendships and of course find out what happened to each other in nearly half a century of being out of contact or should we say out of the loop.      I belong to Class ‘71 of St.Mary’s High School now known as St. Mary’s Academy of Tagoloan town in Misamis Oriental, northern Mindanao in the Philippines.      This school produced two town mayors and one governor of Misamis Oriental, doctors, lawyers, engineers, nurses, teachers, military leaders, community builders and so many others.      It’s been close to 50 years or half a century after high school graduation. That’s right, so many summers ago since we graduated on March 22,1971      During college and my work at the 6th Municipal Circuit Court of Tagoloan and and Villanueva towns, I saw some classmates every now and then but other than that high school life was forgotten as almost everyone was starting a life or pursuing one.      Fast forward years later and when I went home for a short vacation that ended last July 29, I decided to reconnect with the classmates I missed since the last get together was back in 2008 before I left for the US.      And true enough with the help of Facebook, phone calls and some networking we reconnected and started meeting at the lovely home of Sol Casino Pizarro (Solita Casino) twice in July.      It is interesting that Clea Palatulon (Clea Alaud) went traditional by going to each house of former classmates to tell them about the reunion as most of them still stayed in Tagoloan. Clea contacted Gloria Maceda, Josefa Jagualing, Milan Dagus, Jerrilyn Nabong Gervacio, Rolando Emano and  Santos ‘Toto’ Casino about the meeting.      Not to be outdone was Jovenil Tagam who recently retired from the City Court and called up classmates who lived or worked in the city. She got in touch with Mercy Salac, Lourdes Bersabal and Divina Escabarte and even Evelyn Sabio now Evelyn Pimentel.      On my part I left a message for Ella and Ruth Villegas for them to come and made some follow up on Venil, Clea and Rosemary Castillo who still lives in Manila. It was Rose who contacted Emma Cartajena since both are from Balauarte. I almost forget, Clea also contacted Martin Seno. The hardest part on any class reunion is the preparation because there are classmates who don’t want to be contacted for whatever reasons but we should thank social media these days since it would be easy to contact friends of long ago if they are connected to the internet especially Facebook. The first and second meeting were held at the house of Sol Casino, the daughter of Iyo Penito and Ya Gloria who saw to our comfort and served food to last for hours.      She recalled school life memories in classrooms and under the shade of old acacia trees, the church, the sisters convent or the public plaza which we had for our own during the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) or dance practice for town fiestas or foundation days.      I could not really believe how fun it was to recall past memories and remember our teachers which were the sisters of the Religious of Virgin Mary (RVM). It was fun hearing Sol telling us who was the girlfriend or boyfriend of a classmate and everyone present either denied or made excuses.      We talked about Literature and one that stood out was the poem ‘The Raven’ of Edgar Allan Poe and like a chorus we remembered the words” nevermore and forever more.”  We talked about Tagalog class and recalled Pantukoy, History and English.      We remembered our uniforms and who among us had the most pleated pink uniform because it was starched well. If I remember correctly I think Clea Alaud would be cited for her crisp, clean uniform and good behavior at the end of the day while my uniform was already crammed just like the others.      It was fun remembering the past. We did not talk about failures but we celebrated the successes of everyone by embracing it as our own. It was no longer about high school but it was all about life.  I am hopeful that the next reunion will have 100 percent attendance except of course for those who are not around anymore.

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BIR destroys seized cigarettes, machines worth billions of pesos

August 23, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has vowed to go after those involved in the illegal manufacturing of tobacco products and other consumer goods as cigarette-making machines and various counterfeit cigarettes estimated to be worth more than a billion pesos were destroyed Thursday. BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa said the destruction of equipment and cigarettes was a message to those who are engaging in illicit activities that the government will not hesitate to make necessary arrests and confiscations. “We want to send the message to our taxpayers who are not registering with the BIR that they are doing this illicit manufacturing of cigarettes. The government is really bent on running against these illegal activities of people who are manufacturing cigarettes without paying excise tax,” said BIR deputy commissioner Arnel Guballa. He said: “”This is to show the perpetrators that the government is not sleeping on its job to really curb this manufacturing of illegal [cigarettes] because with this we can stop the production and therefore we can collect the right taxes, because we need these taxes for our Build Build Build project.” Guballa said it was the first time that the destruction of the equipment and cigarettes was conducted in Mindanao. During the destruction, the boxes of cigarettes were shredded while the various cigarette-making equipment were smashed using a heavy-duty jackhammer. BIR Strike Team chief Remedios Advincula said the tobacco products were estimated to be worth more than a billion pesos, which would include penalties. The machines’ total worth was pegged at P120 million. BIR regional director for Northern Mindanao Nuzar Balatero said the destroyed products and equipment were confiscated in three separate raids at various locations on May 26, 2018, on the strength of mission orders that allowed bureau operatives to conduct raids. The cigarette factories were located at the Alwana Business Park in Barangay Cugman and in Barangay Poblacion, Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental. “The destruction of these machineries is mandated by law to ensure that these devices can never be used in pursuing illegal manufacturing of cigarettes,” Balatero said. Advincula said various charges for violation of tax law, particularly unlawful possession of fake stamps, were already filed at the Department of Justice against the people behind the production of counterfeit tobacco products. He, however, did not name the respondents only saying that there foreign nationals as well as Filipinos involved.

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Marketers urge tech gens to tell their stories

August 23, 2019

IN an effort to commercialize the technologies from research and development institutes (RDI), the Technology Application and Promotion Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST-TAPI) organized a technology portfolio and mentoring workshop on August 15, 2019 at the Herald Suites Hotel Solana, Makati City. The activity is in collaboration with the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Aquatic, and Natural Resources Research and Development (DOST-PCAARRD) under the project on market matching of DOST-PCAARD-funded technologies in support to the technology transfer activities of the Department. “The DOST wants your technologies to reach the target users as public goods or through commercialization,” said Mr. Noel A. Catibog, Supervising Science Research Specialist of DOST-PCAARRD, during his welcome remarks. The mentoring workshop secures and finalizes the business model canvas of the technology in view of providing technology generators with the necessary knowledge on efficient marketing techniques and development of technology portfolio. Mr. Ruben Lanot II and Mr. Neal Tieng of Go Negosyo served as resource speakers and mentors who explored the details of market assessment and strategies, and marketing hacks and business model among the technology generators. “No matter how innovative your technologies are, at the end of the day, investors would always want to know your story and the story behind your technologies,” said Lanot. He also emphasized the importance of speaking the language of inventors or adoptors to be able to effectively communicate the benefits and features of the technologies being pitched to them. Ten technologies on agriculture hope to be commercialized at the end of the year when offered to investors namely: impeller rice mill, Chevon products in retort pouch, rice combine harvester, FertiGroe, rice transplanter, dewormer for native chicken, infrared grain dryer, micro algal paste as aqua feeds, rice seeder, and LAMP kit for shrimp pathogens. “I hope that the first batch of technologies become an avenue to open doors and opportunities for more technologies to be commercialized,” said Eilleen S. Fernando, Supervising Science Research Specialist of DOST-TAPI during her closing remarks. (JundRian A. Doringo/DOST)

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Convicted murderer, rapist of UP students maybe released soon

August 22, 2019

MANILA (MDN National News digital, August 21) - Convicted murderer and rapist of 2 UP students, former Calauan, Laguna Mayor Antonio Sanchez, maybe released from prison, a top official of the Department of Justice said. This, if his good conduct time allowance would pass the computation according to Department of Justic Secretary Menardo Guevarra. He said  “Mayor Sanchez’s good conduct time allowance is being recomputed pursuant to the new law and a recent Supreme Court ruling.” Guevarra said that aside from Sanchez, there are also 10,000 inmates who may also qualify said commutation of sentence, based on Republic Act 10592, the law that increase GCTA given as privilege to inmates who have been changed while inside the prison. The GCTA gives additional time to be deducted from the inmate's sentence as his award for conducting good behavior. “Hindi lang prospective but retroactive ang application so that benefits lahat ng nakakulong na preso kasama si Mayor Sanchez na matagal na ring nakakulong mae entitle doon sa recomputation kaya baka makalabas na sya,” the Justice Secretary pointed out. The DOJ secretary said they are now computing the prisoner's GCTA in close coordination with the Bureau of Corrections. “Libu-libo yan. So marami ang kino-compute na GCTA…So I guess madami ang makaka-labas. Ang tingin namin within the next two months, thousands of persons under detention would be released,” Guevarra claimed. Meanwhile, the mother of the UP student who was raped and murdered in an interview with abs cbn said she was sad upon hearing the news that the rapist and murderer of her daughter would be given a chance by the government. She claimed the justice system in the Philippines is very unfair. "Bakit pa makakalabas ang isang taong convicted of murder and rape? she asked. 

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