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Direct Flights from Laguindingan to Boracay, Dumaguete start October 20

September 5, 2017

Cebu Pacific affiliate Cebgo will start direct flights three times a week from Laguindingan Airport to Boracay (Caticlan) and Dumaguete City starting October 20. To commemorate the start of the new routes, Cebgo is offering an introductory, all-in seat sale of P599 until August 18, or until seats are available. Travel period for the promo is from October 20, 2017 to March 15, 2018. In addition, Cebu Pacific also announced a new thrice weekly Kalibo-Clark flight on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting October 30. The flight will link the world famous resort town of Boracay in Western Visayas to Northern Luzon and Central Luzon via the Clark International Airport. The return Clark-Kalibo flight, meanwhile, will begin on October 31 and will be available Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Meantime, Cebgo will begin its first international flight out of Zamboanga City four times a week to Sandakan, Malaysia beginning October 29. Flights will be on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. “Now, the previous 14-hour travel by sea is cut down to just a 40-minute airplane ride,” said Cebgo president and chief executive officer Alexander Lao. Trade and Industry Assistant Secretary Art Boncato Jr noted that the new route “would offer better service to the traveling public and open greater opportunities for trade, investment, and tourism with Western Mindanao as a growing regional gateway to the Philippines.” The airline noted that Cebgo would be the only Philippine carrier with direct flights between the country and Sandakan. There is an introductory sale for the flight – P1,299 per ticket until August 21 – with the promo travel period from October 29 to December 31 this year.

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Davao-based Pohoda Spa opens CDO branch

September 4, 2017

SLAVIC for “relaxation”, Davao City-based Pohoda Spa & Sauna has found its way to Cagayan de Oro. Located along Corrales-Hayes, Pohoda Spa & Sauna retains the same quality services that are offered in Davao City as founded by entrepreneur Suzy Palmere who has a penchant for traveling, thus coining the word culled from her tours across eastern Europe. When franchisee Neshel dela Vega-Cipriano decided to put up a branch here, she made sure that she is offering the same Pohoda signature massage Balinese-style mixed with ayurvedic treatment and acupressure. Pohoda’s services also include Swedish, shiatsu, Thai, hot & stone, Indian head, foot reflex, back massage, sauna, European facial, 24k gold mask, collagen firming mask, seaweed mask, detox mask, whitening mask, clarifying mask, diamond peel, RF and ultrasonic treatment, eyebag removal, wart removal, manicure, mani-pedi, pedicure, UV gel mani-pedi, UV gel polish mani, UV gel polish pedi, foot spa, hand paraffin treatment, foot paraffin treatment, Fabulash, Lashtastic, whiplash, upper lip waxing, lower lip waxing, underarm waxing, whole arm waxing, chest waxing, back waxing, half leg waxing, full leg waxing, Brazilian waxing, bikini waxing and whole body waxing. Pohoda is indeed not just a system of healing but an entire way of life that aims to bring about the perfect balance of the entire personality – body, mind and spirit.

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GMA Regional TV makes history with local news program ‘One Mindanao’

September 4, 2017

Media giant GMA Network makes history once again as its regional arm, Regional TV, launches the local news program One Mindanao beginning Monday, August 28. Anchored on the tagline “We are One. We are Mindanao. We are One Mindanao,” the local news program will air from Monday to Friday, at 5 p.m. It will be simultaneously broadcast in key cities and provinces in Mindanao thru GMA Network’s local channels in Mindanao: GMA 5 Davao, GMA 35 Cagayan de Oro City, GMA 8 General Santos City, GMA 12 Jolo, Sulu, GMA 9 Zamboanga City, GMA 12 Cotabato City, GMA 2 Tandag City, GMA 10 Surigao City, GMA 26 Butuan City, GMA 4 Dipolog City, GMA 3 Pagadian City, GMA 5 Ozamiz City, GMA 11 Iligan City, and GMA 12 Bukidnon. One Mindanao will feature comprehensive and in-depth delivery of news and information in the region that only GMA Network—widely regarded as the most respected and internationally-awarded Philippine broadcast network—can deliver. A local news program made by Mindanaoans for the Mindanaoans, One Mindanao is anchored by seasoned TV journalist Tek Ocampo, reputable TV host and news presenter Sarah Hilomen-Velasco, and experienced news correspondent Real Sorroche. Joining them are the various local news teams based in Northern and Southern Mindanao and news stringers across Mindanao. GMA Vice President and Head of Regional TV Oliver Amoroso underscores the significance of One Mindanao. “Close to the Network’s heart is for Mindanaoans to have access to reliable, accurate, and impartial local news and information regardless of race, ethnic and religious background, and economic status. With the full support of GMA’s Chairman and CEO Atty. Felipe L. Gozon and President and COO Gilberto R. Duavit, Jr., we are happy and proud of this pioneering local news program produced by Mindanaoans for Mindanaoans,” he said. GMA Davao and Gensan Station Manager Mariles Puentevella avers: “At this point in the nation’s history, when Mindanao has taken center stage, it is imperative that Mindanaoans have access to fair and balanced information vital to growth and progress as a united community.” “There’s a lot happening in Mindanao. It is also best that everyone in Mindanao will know about it,” says GMA Cagayan de Oro Station Manager Armi Sobremisana. “We believe this is the right time to bring One Mindanao at the core for a timely delivery of information. This way, Cagayan de Oro and the rest of Mindanao will have a better understanding of what’s going on and can, therefore, proactively contribute to building a unified and peaceful Mindanao,” she added. From all parts of Mindanao, expect One Mindanao to deliver topnotch news stories from Monday to Friday. For more regional updates, follow GMA Regional TV at www.facebook.com/gmaregionaltv and on Twitter and Instagram via @gmaregionaltv. pr

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Duterte pledges assistance to affected poultry raisers

August 31, 2017

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday, August 28, vowed assistance for poultry raisers who were affected by the bird flu virus in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija. “To help the industry recover, the government, through the Department of Agriculture, will assist in the affected poultry raisers in Pampanga and Nueva Ecija to defray their losses through interventions such as loans and capacity building trainings,” the President said in his speech at the Heroes Hall here. At the same time, the President said the government will also strengthen awareness drives to the public and poultry raisers nationwide on avian influenza and find ways to mitigate such virus to avoid speculation and confusion. To stamp out the outbreak and minimize its impact to the country, the Chief Executive said the government is undertaking efforts such as the culling of affected fowls, which was completed on August 24. The President, who joined a boodle fight here, assured that poultry products are safe for consumption. During his speech, the President also expressed gratitude to the local officials and people of Pampanga and Nueva Ecija for their solidarity and cooperation in quickly stamping out avian flu in the affected areas. “I thank everyone here today for playing their respective roles in the implementation of isolation and quarantine measures towards the eventual elimination of avian flu in the country,” he said. President Duterte also commended the Department of Agriculture officials for their quick and decisive action in squarely confronting and containing the avian flu outbreak. The President also acknowledged the assistance of more than 300 soldiers and police officers for their help and valuable assistance. “Your timely and rapid response on this outbreak is truly praiseworthy,” he said. The President meanwhile sought for the full cooperation and assistance of both the poultry industry and the general public to “make sure that disease outbreaks such as this are reported to authorities at the onset of its occurrence.” According to President Duterte, the goal is to put the industry firmly back into the path of high growth and progress so that it can continue to contribute to the nation’s food security and to our economic growth. The Chief Executive also said he would seek for additional funds to augment the government’s support for the poultry raisers. “Let us find out magkano ‘yan and maybe we can add more. But ‘yung kaya lang. Tanungin ko si Andrea ng PAGCOR kung meron ba siya,” he said, adding that his administration will raise the money. “I’ll try to find out in a few weeks and maybe… at the end of the month, kung may makuha ako. Just to add a little bit to the amount that you have already received,” he said in a media interview. During the event, the President led the awarding of indemnity checks to poultry raisers whose farms were depopulated to prevent further spread of bird flu virus. Certificates of appreciation were also given to agencies and local government units who worked together to stamp out bird flu.###PND

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Korina Sanchez-Roxas, newest ambassador of RDL’s plantcenta soap

August 29, 2017

None other than veteran news anchor Ms. Korina Sanchez is the newest favorite endorser of RDL Pharmaceutical VP for Operations Mercedita Lim. Sanchez has sealed her first endorsement agreement with the RDL as she believed in the efficacy of the RDL beauty product. “I don’t really endorse. This is the first endorsement that I’m gonna do in my career. Right now I’m on leave from news. So I asked permission from ABS-CBN if I could start endorsing because in all the years that I’ve been working as a journalist I don’t really endorse, I don’t really do that.” “And I have to be very discerning about the brands that I endorse, and when this offer came along I had to use the product, and I do believe not only in the product, but in the long-standing reputation of RDL,” said Sanchez. Sanchez also revealed how she maintains her skin young-looking despite being always on the go as a journalist all the time. “Aside from using of course the plantcenta soap, I try to sleep eight hours a day. I have to moisturize which I never did before. That’s it! And I drink a lot of water.” Meanwhile, the RDL company, which is the leading manufacturer of beauty products in the country, continuous to expand with the opening of a new venture in traveling industry. With their endorsers, Ms. Isabelle Lovelie Duterte and actor Albert Martinez, the RAMS travel agency is now open to business to accommodate domestic and international ticketing, international and domestic tour packages, ite­nirary planning, and passport processing. The RAMS Travel Agency is also offering Visa processing and Visa extension assistance, hotel bookings, resort tour packages, travel and accident insurance and other traveling-related requirements of its clients. Model and upcoming teen showbiz personality Iven Lim is endorsing the RAMS Travel Agency especially for his personal use when traveling in and out of the country. Aside from the office at D’Leonor Hotel, RAMS Travel Agency also has a satellite branch in Quezon City located at Grass Towers condominium beside SM North Edsa, LDL Building on Diversion Road, and D’Leonor Inland Resort and Adventure Park, Communal Davao City.

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Mindanao accountants hold yearly convention in Oro

August 29, 2017

THE Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) held the 25th Mindanao Geographical Area Conference and 36th Association of CPAs in Mindanao Conference last Monday and Tuesday at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in Cagayan de Oro City. Hosted by the PICPA Cagayan de Oro-Misamis Oriental chapter and chaired by the indefatigable Raymundo Talimio Jr., the conference was festive in nature from the start, defying misconceptions that Mindanao is an economically unviable place. This showed in the timely theme of this year’s convention which is Shine Mindanao. Talimio said they were overwhelmed that more than 800 participants joined in this two-day convention when they were expecting only around 500. “It just shows that we are strong and resilient through trying times…that the Marawi crisis has given us even more resolve to help build our economy in Mindanao stronger,” he said. During the two-day event, the accountants also discussed in thorough the proposed tax reform package now under discussion in Congress and how it would affect the accounting sector and the respective businesses they represent. The tax reform package was discussed by Tax Management Association of the Philippines president Ma. Lourdes Lim. Talimio was also happy during the first day of the event after guest speaker Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) chair Abu Khayr Alonto promised to tap accountants in the agency’s various economic projects of Mindanao. The technical sessions of the two-day event formed part of the continuing education for accountants as mandated by the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC). Aside from the tax reform package, there were discussions on the Board of Accountancy updates, cooperative updates, PFRS updates, strategic management accounting, fraud detection and forensic accounting. “We are strong and we will stand united to make our island reach her full potential, to be the change we want to see, to be a beacon of light for all peoples of Mindanao,” Talimio said. For his part, PICPA senior regional director for Northern Mindanao Amanoding Esmail said that the conference offered “proven strategies, tools and resources to help your clients increase efficiencies, improve financial controls, streamline regulatory compliance and make transactions manageable. It is also organized mainly to examine opportunities and challenges surrounding the roadmap for Mindanao development. It likewise highlights the speeches of subject experts, lawmakers and industry representatives as well as focused panel discussion on relevant topics.”

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