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'Budots' dance suprises crowds as Palaro opens in Davao City

April 29, 2019

DAVAO City--Delegates from the Davao Regional Athletic Association (DAVRAA) surprised student athletes and other visitors with a popular “budots” dance, drawing boisterous cheers from the crowd at the opening day of the 62nd Palarong Pambansa (National Games) at the Football Stadium of the 20-hectare Davao City-UP Mindanao Sports Complex on Sunday. A familiar sound was blasted on the background shortly after the DAVRAA athletes came in and danced their way through the stadium, much to the delight of the delegates from the country’s 17 regions and other eager visitors who braved the afternoon heat to witness the two-hour parade. DAVRAA volleyball coach Dinri Yambao said student athletes entertained the crowd with a quick performance to satisfy the curiosity of the visitors on “budots,” as Davao is famous for this street dance. The vibrant cultures of the different tribes of Mindanao were also showcased at the start of the opening ceremony for the Palarong Pambansa, the biggest local sporting event in the country. Organizers expected to draw in 20,000 visitors. Six skydivers from the Philippine Airforce (PAF) impressed the audience with their stunt, jumping off the helicopters and gliding in the air for several moments before landing in the stadium. This is the second time that the City of Davao is hosting the annual multi-sport event since 1950 or 69 years earlier. In 2015, the City of Tagum in Davao del Norte hosted the 58th edition of the national games. The world-class sports complex was inaugurated on January 27 during the DAVRAA Meet 2019. The archery football, swimming, and volleyball competitions will be held at the Davao City-UP Mindanao Sports Complex; arnis and aero gymnastics in Malayan Colleges Mindanao; athletics,  basketball, softball, and volleyball in University of Mindanao; badminton in  Barangay Calinan gymnasium; baseball in Lt. Villafuerte Elementary School; sepak takraw and softball in Davao City National High School; basketball in University of Southeastern Philippines; basketball in Rizal Memorial Colleges; table tennis in Barangay Toril Gymnasium; boxing in Davao City Recreation Center; chess in Davao Chong Hua High School; football in Tiongko Football Field; futsal in Barangay Mintal Gymnasium; gymnastics in University of Immaculate Concepcion; wushu in Precious International School of Davao; pencak silat in St. Peter’s College of Toril; rhythmic gymnastics in San Pedro College (Ulas Campus); tennis in Ecoland Phase 1, 2, and 4; tennis in GSIS Heights Tennis Club; wrestling in St. John Paul II College of Davao; baseball in Tacunan National High School/Tacunan Elementary School; bocce in Davao City SPED Elementary School; dance sports in Philippine Science High School-Southern Mindanao Campus; basketball in Holy Cross of Davao College; taekwondo in Gaisano Mall of Toril; and billiards in Gaisano Grand Citygate Mall. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)

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Close to 5k policemen nationwide to join local absentee voting on April 30

April 29, 2019

PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar lbayalde last Monday said that close to 5,000 police officers expressed intent to participate in the absentee voting for the May 13 mid-term elections. “A total of 4,981 PNP personnel stationed in different regions nationwide have signified intention to participate in the Local Absentee Voting, including 163 personnel who will cast their absentee votes in Camp Crame tomorrow, April 30,” Albayalde told reporters on Monday’s press briefing. He said Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution 10443 allows Local Absentee Voting to certain voters for the May 13 elections starting Monday until Wednesday. The resolution provides that members of the PNP are entitled to avail of absentee voting, provided, they are duly registered voters and temporarily assigned in places where they are not registered, in the course of undertaking their public functions and duties. “We encourage all 190,000 PNP personnel to exercise their right and perform their duty to elect our country’s leaders,” Albayalde said. He reminded the police personnel are prohibited from engaging in any form of partisan political activity, the only political exercise that we are allowed to perform is to cast our votes. “We have been continuously rotating our personnel if we see things like providing unnecessary or unauthorized security to candidates, we relieve immediately that person, including the immediate superior whether he is the chief of police or the provincial director pending their investigation. It does not end with relieving them. They will be investigated and made to answer for their actions,” the PNP chief noted. For his part, National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Maj. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar urged PNP personnel assigned in Metro Manila to take advantage of the absentee voting in order to maximize the deployment of policemen and utilize all its resources in securing peace and order during the actual date of elections. “I exhort all policemen to vote and vote wisely. Our country deserves good leaders and we will be able to attain this by exercising our right to suffrage wisely,” Eleazar said. “It is the very reason that I would like to encourage all policemen, especially those who come from their hometowns in the provinces, that every vote counts and your votes are equally significant,” he added. Eleazar earlier said 15,000 police personnel will be deployed in Metro Manila to “maintain our anti-criminality efforts”. He ordered the five police district directors in the metropolis to monitor political developments in areas where election-related violence occurred in the past. (PNA)  

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Misor to start readying 2020 Annual Investment Plan

April 29, 2019

THE Misamis Oriental provincial government will start preparing its 2020 Annual Investment Plan (AIP) by May. Office of Barangay Affairs (OBA) head Jener Alaba revealed on Monday, April 29 that all departments of the Capitol will start consolidating their respective proposals for the AIP to be taken into consideration by the Provincial Development Council. Alaba made the announcement as he rallied the 424 barangay councils in Misamis Oriental to beat the deadline and immediately submit their respective resolutions so they could be included in the barangay empowerment program next year. Projects that may be included range from covered courts to barangay halls, basketball courts, water systems, health centers, evacuation centers, road concretings, road gravelings, stage facilities, multi-purpose halls, flood control, daycare centers, drainage systems, CCTVs, lots purchases, street lighting installations, pre-school buildings, footbridges, solar dryers, public markets, canals concreting, perimeter fence, senior citizens, VAWCC, spillways, treehouses, seawalls, river control, bleachers, dredging, stockrooms, among others. The AIP is a yearly requirement set to all local government units (LGUs) in the country based on Executive Order No. 189 issued by then President Joseph Estrada mandating all LGUs to submit to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) their respective AIPs. The AIP will serve as the guide for the usage of the internal revenue allotment (IRA) of a specific year, prioritizing solid waste management, purchase of lots for health facilities and housing settlements, activities in support of the food security program, initiatives in support of cooperative development, construction and maintenance of post-harvest facilities, local roads, sewerage, public buildings and the like. It undergoes deliberation at the Provincial Development Council which is composed of all mayors of component cities and municipalities, the chairman of the committee on appropriations of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the congressmen of the two districts in Misamis Oriental and accredited non-government organizations (NGOs).

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Pilot dies after plane gets entangled on a high tension wire in Davao

April 28, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (MDN digital. April 27) - A pilot died Saturday morning when the plane he was flying got entangled on a high tension wire of the National Grade Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) in Barangay Mangalcal, Carmen, Davao del Norte. Police authorities identified the victim-pilot as one Jessie Kevin Roska Lagapa, 25, a resident of Ibabao Rd, Baywater, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu province. The victim was still rushed to the nearest hospital in said province but died later. He was officially pronounced dead by his attending physician Dr. Jacouline Agustin. Initial investigation conducted by Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) showed that the pilot was spraying a banana planation when the plane he was flying got entangled on a live high tension wire of NGCP in the plantation in said province. Meanwhile, police investigators in Carmen Municipal Police Station are also quick to respond to the incident and conducted their own investigation. The police investigation have revealed that the plane was owned by Davao Aerowurkz Corporation and it carried a body number RP-R5388. His body is now lying at a morgue in Carmen District Hospital and families are advised to send his remains back to Cebu.   

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MisOr PDRRMO hands out 84 radios to municipal police stations

April 26, 2019

THE Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) of Misamis Oriental headed by Fernando Dy Jr. donated a total of 84 base radios and portable handheld radios as well as one repeater in Magsaysay municipality recently. In an interview, Dy said the base radios and portable handheld radios were distributed in each police station and office in the two cities and 23 municipalities of the province as well as three other police units. He added that it is the initiative of Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano to donate the communications equipment in the province for the speedy relay of emergency situation reports and acting on them. “Na-proven na kini nga ang radyo epektibo sa pagpakaylap sa panahon sa emerhensiya sama sa hit and run ug carnapping, ma-intercept dayon,” Dy remarked. “Maka-augment kini sa cellphone ilabina sa mga dapit nga walay signal.” Each city police office and municipal police station in the province were handed one base radio and two portable handheld radios. The Misamis Oriental provincial police office, the Regional Mobile Force Battalion and the Provincial Mobile Force Company likewise received these same number of equipment, bringing the total amount of radios purchased at P700,000. The amount used to purchase the equipment were drawn from the intelligence fund of the governor. Along this line, the PDRRMO also purchased and installed a repeater in Magsaysay town that is worth another P700,000. Dy said the repeater in Magsaysay would augment the existing repeater in Lugait municipality. The communication devices were all tested and deemed fully functional as of three weeks ago. “With all these in place, we can ensure that our men and women in uniform can respond and act immediately on any emergency,” Dy said.

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Misto – An Art-Ful Blend of Authentic International Flavors at Seda Centrio

April 26, 2019

Traditional recipes served with a modern twist through innovative presentations   Misto, Seda hotels’ signature restaurant, welcomes guests to its modern interiors – a fusion of design and function that combines its multi-faceted character with a range of offerings that will satisfy the most discerning palate. Misto is the Italian word for “mixed”, a term that describes the medley of international flavours that comprise its a la carte selection ranging from universal classics to Filipino favourites. Seda Centrio’s Hotel Manager Armand Angeles says, “We provide options for global travellers to enhance their dining experience. But we also recognize that they value authenticity and will always yearn for the familiarity of traditional flavours.” Adding the fact that original recipes appeal to all generations, Misto’s value proposition is simple -- good food with great taste that has universal appeal, many of which are considered “comfort food” that evoke happy memories, or provide a feeling of contentment simply because they live up to the guests’ expectations. Executive Sous Chef Christopher Ben “Chris” Lugtu is the master behind-the-scenes at Misto in Seda Centrio, orchestrating accuracy in food preparation. “The key,” he says, “is precise timing, plus the use of fresh, high-quality ingredients.” He mentions Sous Vide BBQ Ribs, Roasted Peruvian Chicken, Tinola de Laguna, Scampi, and Dulce de Leche Cheesecake as some of the restaurant’s best-sellers which have consistently garnered constant praises from diners who find the experience doubly impressive due to Chef Chris’ artistic presentations. “This is how we give our dishes that personal touch,” he explains. “We stay true to the original recipe, then leave our own imprint by modifying its appearance to enhance its aesthetic appeal.” It is quite apropos that the chef is teeming with creativity, as Misto, like the rest of Seda Centrio, is a showcase of art, with stylized photographs, eye-catching wall art, and other complementing pieces that follow the hotel’s contemporary theme. Even the floor-to-ceiling glass windows seem to frame the creative spaces inside and out, evoking a seamless relationship between the indoor and outdoor environments. To summarize, Seda Centrio Hotel Manager Armand Angeles says that Misto in itself fulfils the essence of Seda hotels – an incomparable location, efficient yet unobtrusive service, and excellent value. “At Misto,” he concludes, “we give diners a taste of the old and new by blending cooking traditions with modern food presentations to provide an extraordinary dining experience.” Misto at Seda Centrio serves buffet breakfast daily and Executive Lunch Sets on weekdays. Designed with indoor and “al fresco” seating, it is open 6:00 am to 11:00 pm, Monday through Sunday at the hotel’s lobby level. Seda Centrio is located at CM Recto corner Corrales Avenue, Barangay 24, Cagayan de Oro City. For inquiries and reservations, please call tel. no. (088) 323 8888 or 09175775910.

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