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IN PHOTOS: Filipinos in the path of Typhoon Kammuri (Tisoy)

December 3, 2019

Typhoon Kammuri (Tisoy) is the Philippines’ 20th typhoon this year, highlighting that the Philippines is perhaps the country most vulnerable to and most impacted by strong typhoons.  READ MORE

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Christmas in Villanueva town begins with lighting of ‘Sulo’

December 3, 2019

THE town of Villanueva in Misamis Oriental kicked off the Christmas celebration this year with the lighting of giant “Sulo” (torch) on Sunday night, a town official said Monday. Ruel Gayoso, municipal administrator of Villuanueva town, said the switch-on ceremony of the “Giant Sulo” served as one of the highlights of “Fiesko 2019” or the “Fiesta and Pasko celebration of the municipality of Villanueva.” “It was an annual activity of the local government of Villanueva,” said Gayoso adding, “what was added this year is the lighting of the giant torch apart from the usual Christmas trees and lanterns.” He said ceremonial switch-on of the Villanueva High Mast Tower (SULO) with accompanying music and dancing Christmas lights was spearheaded by Jennie Rosalie T. Uy. Although second district Rep. Juliette T. Uy, who is still attending the session in Congress, failed to attend the activity, Gayoso said the congresswoman sent second district Board Member Jessa Mugot to represent her. In her post to FB, Mugot said: “Thank you LGU Villanueva and Mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy for inviting me! So Honored to be part of your celebration. More blessings Villanueva!!! Happy Fiesta!” The lighting of the “Giant Sulo” was done at the town’s Public Plaza on December 1 (Sunday) at around 7 in the evening, Gayoso said. Mayor Uy also led the official opening of the Inter-Barangay Christmas Village contest with every barangay creating miniature replicas of significant landmarks in our town. She also led the official opening of the Inter-school Christmas Tree Contest designed by the various schools within the municipality using recycled materials. “This Sulo shall serve a practical purpose in our community that goes beyond a symbolic landmark,” said Mayor Uy. “In this tower, a blinker and emergency siren will be set up that will serve as an early warning device to alert our constituents of impending calamities that have been predicted to strike such as typhoons and tsunamis,” she said. In addition, Mayor Uy said a public address system will be set up in this tower for important announcements concerning the safety of our community, peace and order and cleanliness. For her part, Congresswoman Uy said: “SULO for me, simply signifies that The municipality of Villanueva aide its constituents to move FORWARD to the RIGHT PATH to achieve a holistic development and a direction to be the more progressive municipality of Mindanao.” “Thank you Mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy, and former Mayor Julio Uy for the vision you endowed for the good of all Villanuevanons,” said Congresswoman Uy. Apart from Pasiga, Gayoso said some of the activities include the Unity Cup, an open competition for Basketball and Volleyball enthusiasts. He said the town has also scheduled a bloodletting, and an outreach program for driver’s license renewal, a joint partnership between the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the town of Villanueva. Other activities, he said include the Religious night, Educators’ Night, the Kaadlawan festival, a street dancing and Tableau showdown competition, and the search for Festival Queen, an activity in honor of the patron saint of Villanueva,  the Our Lady of Guadalupe. The town of Villanueva will be celebrating its annual fiesta on December 12. (MRS)

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(Photo) 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneur Awards

December 3, 2019

PANEL OF JUDGES. From left, Journalist Tessie Superioridad, Mindanao Daily News (MDN) Executive Editor Cris Diaz, MDN Managing Editor Ruel Pelone, MDN and BWM Training Director Joe Felicilda, and MDN Editor in Chief Allan Mediante are this year’s panel of judges for the 8th Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneur Awards scheduled on December 13, 2019 at Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City. Other members of the panel of judges (not in photo) are MDN columnist Raffy Magbanua, also the former president of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club, Inc. (COPC); and BusinessWeek Mindanao Editor in Chief Nelson Constantino. Photo by Gerry Lee Gorit

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Xavier U confers outstanding alumni award to Andanar in Oro

December 3, 2019

CAGAYAN de Oro City--The “Outstanding Alumni Award for Professional Service in Communications” was conferred to PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar by  Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) and Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan Alumni Association on November 29 in this city.  “For his initiative in media digitalization, making information and news communication reach a wide range people in the country, keeping them updated and aware of developments nationally and internationally,” thus stated the awards plaque signed by Atty. Robert Raypon,  president of XU- Ateneo de Cagayan Alumni Association, and  Fr. Roberto C. Yap, SJ,  Xavier University president. For his part, Andanar sincerely thanked the awards-giving body for the citation which he said is very humbling and inspiring as he is an alumnus of the institution. “I thank Xavier University- Ateneo de Cagayan Alumni Association for the Outstanding Alumni Award. I dedicate this prestigious award to my grandparents, parents, family, former teachers, classmates and present colleagues. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!” The awards ceremony was held the school’s AVR hall during the Convocation for the Outstanding Alumni Awards. Waxing nostalgic, Andanar commented that “…the  avr (audio visual Room) where I received my award is the exact room I first faced my stage fright when i delivered my first elocution piece 29 Years ago. This led me to become a broadcaster. Symbolic indeed!” Multi-awardee media man Before and during his stint as a media man, and as Communications Secretary, Andanar had received multiple awards and citations from local and international institutions.  Most notable was his “ Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Federation University in Australia in 2017. The Daily Tribune awarded Andanar the Best Media Personality of 2018 in January of 2019, recognizing his contribution to promoting the welfare and safety of media workers in the country through the creation of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS). The National Consumers Affairs Foundation (NCAF) recognized Andanar in January 2019 as an outstanding media icon and broadcaster during its People's Choice Awards ceremony, held jointly with the Dangal ng Bayan Awards in Quezon City. The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) in March of 2019 commended Andanar for his "valuable contribution and unfailing assistance to the PACC in the pursuit of its mandate to weed out corruption". Andanar was recognized as an outstanding Mindanaonon during the 1st Mindanao Governance and Leadership Excellence Awards held at Limketkai Luxe Hotel in March 2019, for having significantly improved the People’s Television Network (PTV), Radyo ng Bayan, Radio-Television Malacañang (RTVM) and Philippine News Agency (PNA) in less than two years. In August 2019, the Rotary Club of Metro Surigao recognized him as among the outstanding Surigaonons in the field of government service. The Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Award (ROSA) award is the most prestigious award in Surigao del Norte, as it recognizes individuals and institutions that go beyond oneself, create a real difference, and touch the lives of many. In his acceptance speech Andanar said, "There is a volume of grateful emotions that are contained in the words, 'Thank you.' Let me summarize them by acknowledging that the Rotary Outstanding Surigaonon Award includes the people I am honored and privileged to serve," On September 25, 2019, The Philippine Cancer Society Inc. (PCSI) named Andanar the "Most Effective Communicator" for his support of the organization's cause. The PCSI in 2017 recognized Andanar as among their “men of extraordinary influence.” Also, the National Press Club in October 2018 honored Andanar with lifetime membership and a plaque of appreciation in recognition of his efforts to protect journalists and increase transparency and accountability in governance. In November 2018, he was made an honorary member of the Cagayan De Oro Press Club, the oldest press club in the Philippines. Presidential Citation Andanar received a Presidential Citation from President Duterte in December 2018 that commended the PCOO's work in the successful chairmanship of the Philippines for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in 2017. The awarding was held at the Heroes' Hall in Malacanang Palace. Andanar dedicated the honor for the award to his colleagues at the agency.

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"Pasiga" sa Villanueva opens with a big bang

December 2, 2019

VILLANUEVA, Misamis Oriental - The annual celebration of fiesta and Christmas in Villanueva town from December 1-31, this province, opened with a big bang and funfare, with the lighting up of the giant torch (sulo in vernacular). Thousands of residents and expectators from neighboring towns and Cagayan de Oro witnessed the celebration and were amazed by the lighting of the giant torch, the first time to happen in this fastest-growing municipality of Misamis Oriental. This big event in Villanueva, which sets as the opening salvo of the twin celebration of the town's fiesta and the Christmas, was realized with the brilliant idea of town mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy, supported by the very active and energetic Congresswomn Juliet T. Uy of the 2nd Congressional District. Since Mayor Uy won as the new mayor of Villanueva, there is much potential that the town would continue to develop in the next few years with the awesome and dedicated leadership of the new mayor. In her recent speeches, Mayor Uy vowed to infuse worthwhile projects that would help the people alleviate from poverty. Several livelihood projects and other development plans that would give more job opportunities for the people of Villanueva, are now among the mission and vision of Mayor Jennie Rosalie T. Uy. Just recently, Mayor Uy urged people in business to submit to her office any vacancy so that said vacancies would be listed in the local government unit's online page. Uy said the online directory of available jobs would be a great help to her constituents looking for employment opportunities.                     

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