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Ravenstagg puts CDO in Miniatures World Map

October 27, 2019

A Cagayan de Oro based independent artist studio which paints miniatures has placed Cagayan de Oro in the Miniatures World Map, and its clientele is growing. Malifaux: A personal project with my own figures and my fiancé’s figures. I seldom experiment on my patrons’ commissions, so I do that with my own miniatures. I cut my teeth on high quality speed painting, multilayer drybrushing, wet blending, and stippling in the same project. And it turned out much better than expected. David T. Roa of the start-up indie Ravenstagg Creative Studios said the majority of their art pieces are miniature figures and busts and some collectible figure alternations on the side. “We work through a home studio. Painting figures is our primary focus but also write.” Dave started painting miniatures for clients some four years ago when he purchased a board game called “Mansions of Madness” "Mansions of Madness" with unpainted miniatures.  Rising Sun:  Another personal project, this is the largest project I’ve committed to. Completed while I was still working a 9-5 job over the course of 4 months. Much time and effort was our into this collector’s edition board game and I’ve turned down multiple offers to sell it, even for enormous prices.   “I ended up painting them and it became therapeutic for me. I've been painting ever since.” However, his motivation to paint arose much earlier with his passion for playing games. “I grew up playing games. It did not matter what they were. Traditional Pilipino games, computer games, and board games.” In fact, he was given a bunch of miniatures when they were in high school by a friend who left for the US. “I did not paint them very well and then I forgot about them. “ Rising Sun:  Another personal project, this is the largest project I’ve committed to. Completed while I was still working a 9-5 job over the course of 4 months. Much time and effort was our into this collector’s edition board game and I’ve turned down multiple offers to sell it, even for enormous prices.   He initially started painting for local clients but as his skill developed and the quality of his work improved over time he found it was getting more and more difficult to find clientele who could pair a fair wage for them. “So I had a choice: paint lower quality minis to stay relevant in the market, or keep growing and ratcheting up the quality but look for patrons elsewhere.” He chose the latter and initially accepted commissions from Cebu and Manila, then gradually made his way into the international scene as satisfied clients referred him to their friends in other countries. “Now, most of my commissions come from abroad, and most of them are fellow artists (sculptors) who I collaborate with to launch their own art pieces. I'm planning to remove the region lock on our studios page very soon and open it to the rest of the world.” Besides painting of miniatures, Ravenstagg also does Tabletop Terrain painting; 3D printing on demand and output painting. On top of those, Dave is also a Private Tabletop RPG Session Producer, Facilitator, and Games Master. A visit to his FB Page Ravenstagg Creative Studios features a growing clientele for keycaps but Dave said they’re not Ravenstagg’s bread and butter. “I used keycaps as a means to survive. Since artists aren't paid very well in the Philippines, let alone Cagayan de Oro, I had to find creative ways to make a living. My first keycap commission introduced me to the mechanical keyboard community and I've been getting commission ever since. Most of the time it's a welcome distraction. But it does get tedious at times.” As to keycaps not being their main thing, Dave replies:  “There's a point of contention there. I understand that I NEED to make money to survive. So I DO work at it professionally. But the way I've built myself up and the studio is more to the lines of  Artist first, entrepreneur second. “The therapeutic element is only one of the many reasons I do it. Keycaps range from P550 to 1,550 on average, with custom jobs and more complicated commissions costing more.” “But I'd like to reiterate that keycaps aren't our primary focus, the majority of our art pieces are miniature figures, busts, and some collectible figure alternations on the side,” he added. As to the etymology of the name Ravenstagg, Dave explains: It's a portmanteau of my spirit animal / totem (the Raven) and my fiancé's spirit animal / totem (the Stag). The Raven is a keeper of secrets, a bearer of hidden wisdom, and a guide to those who walk in shadow, The Stag is noble, regal, steadfast, and loyal. “Thought it would be fitting since we both started this venture together. Although I am the main artist who does most of the pieces, she also assists in certain paint jobs, crafts, and quality control/assessment. Interested parties who’d like to get in touch with Ravenstagg Creative Studios can contact them through their webpage webpage. Agrona She-Orc: This piece I am particularly proud of because it’s my current best as a portrayal of a non-human skin tone. Skin tones are particularly tricky as the human brain is hard-wired to recognize it. I used a combination of wet-blending and glazing to get the skin tones right; as well as a combination of stippling and layering for the leather and cloth.

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Mindanao Cup: A showcase of Mindanao's kiddie football talents

October 23, 2019

DAVAO CITY — Grassroots football development in Mindanao gets a big boost when the Mindanao Cup Football Invitational tournament kicks off Wednesday morning (Oct. 23)  at the Tionko field in Matina, Davao City. Young footballers from 16 teams from all over the island will show off their talents in this completion organised by Negros Occidental  Football Association (NOFA) president Ricky Yanson Jr., the Davao Regional Football Association (DRFA) and sanctioned by the Philippine Football Federation (PFF), for boys 11-10 years of age (born 2008-2009). According to coach and NOFA staff Reggie 'Dax' Miraflor, the tournament is designed to discover new talents which can be nurtured later on to be members of the various Philippine youth teams. “We always look forward to players from Mindanao. They are tough brave and skilful,’’ he said. Miraflor, who is also a many time coach of a number of Philippine National Youth teams in the past, also added that players from Mindanao are special.  “They could not be intimidated. They are also very strong. We are looking forward to discover many more in this competition,’’ said. Mindanao is indeed a bastion of football talents despite the lack of grassroots programs. Just check the different football teams from the UAAP NCAA and you can see many players from Mindanao. The Mindanao Cup will certainly boost the the grassroots development in this island. Teams  joining are Agusan del Sur FA, Bukidnon FA, Central Butuan District A, CdeO-Little Me Academy FC, Camp Kawa FC  of Golden Davao FC, DavaoNor FC, Davao Lola Mommy’s (White), Davao Lola Mommy’s (Red), Iligan City Football Academy,  MRFA Sulta Jolongs FC, SOCSARGEN RFA, Team MARFA, SWAT FC, Surigao United, Dipolog City, and Sta, Lucia Jumbos. All teams are expected to arrive on Oct. 22 at the Davao City National High School for the screening of all the players at  3:30-5:30 p.m. After the screening will be the match coordination meeting and the welcome dinner. Opening ceremony is at 7 30 a.m. while the elimination round on Oct. 23 will then start immediately until 5 p.m.. It will then resume the next day on Oct. 24 until the morning of Oct. 25. The semis and the championship will then be on the afternoon of Oct. 25 while the awarding ceremony will follow. (l.biantan@gmail.com) 

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An Exclusive Lifestyle Community where Life is as Good as Gold

October 22, 2019

Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation presents its latest project offering, The Grove at Pueblo Golf. The Grove is an exclusive boutique community of homes surrounded by greens. The light-filled living spaces are crafted with your comfort and style in mind. With average lot sizes of 88 to 132 sq.m. and floor areas of 90 for inner units and 101 sq.m. for end units, this horizontal condominium development has a low density of only 92 townhouse units. The Grove is a 1.6-hectare project completely surrounded by the greens and open spaces of Pueblo de Oro golf course. It is made up of two-storey residential townhouses with an Asian Modern design aesthetic. The condominium units were designed to provide light-filled living spaces crafted with comfort and style. Because the access road to The Grove is directly connected to Masterson Avenue, residents will get to experience leisurely living in a location within easy reach of life’s conveniences. Moreover, because it is located on a plateau 125 meters above sea level, the area is virtually flood-free. The Grove is part of the 400-hectare Pueblo de Oro Township, a master planned community in Uptown Cagayan de Oro City composed of several upscale and exclusive residential subdivisions, reputable educational institutions such as Xavier University (Ateneo de Cagayan) and Corpus Christi School, the par72 championship Pueblo de Oro Golf & Country Club, and the St. Francis Xavier church. 

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War of Our Fathers exhibit wows them in Tacloban

October 22, 2019

Thousands are visiting the War of Our Fathers exhibition at Robinsons Place, Tacloban each day in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Leyte Gulf landing of General Douglas MacArthur during World War ll. Presented by the Philippine Veterans Bank, the exhibition which runs until October 25, 2019, features several Filipino freedom fighters across the country and, in a capsule, narrates the liberation of the Philippines through hundreds of photographs from war archives, artifacts, diorama, life size figures and war history documentaries on the big screen. The exhibition was officially opened on October 18, 2019, Friday, by Mr. Renato A. Claravall, president of Philippine Veterans Bank and assisted by Atty. Frederico A. Manalo, Director of Philippine Veterans Bank, Vibeth Gajitos, Branch Group Sales Head First Vice President, and Eden Ruth Lozada Baleton, Regional Operations Manager of Robinsons Malls Leyte, and was accompanied by two surviving veterans, Jose T. Jacla, Region VIII President of Veterans Federation of the Philippines, and Gregoria Badeo, Women Auxiliary Service of Burauen, Leyte.  War of Our Fathers was made possible with the support of the Provincial Government of Leyte, and City Government of Tacloban, with Robinsons Place Tacloban, Summit Hotel Tacloban, Go Hotels and Philippine Veterans Bank.  

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Why YouTube King Logan Paul Becomes The Most Hated Man On The Planet?

October 3, 2019

Do you know of Logan Paul? Well, Logan Paul is the king of all Youtubers. He is the first Youtuber who made his first 150,000 followers way back then. He became famous to the point that his combined social media followers have reached to over 45 million...a success no one does in the history of Youtube a few years back. But what made him suddenly the most hated man on the planet in 2018? Well, it was just on some of his Youtube posting that changed all his fame all over planet Earth. Only one mistake that changed the course of history for Logan Paul. I am a loyal fun of Logan Paul and I was so sorry this thing happened to him while at the peak of his career on social media. Logal Paul is a YouTube sensation that was intoxicated by his fame - until he realizes his postings have become over-board that he doesn't care other feelings anymore. Watch his full video below and learn how Paul tried very much to regain the thrust of his followers. Afterall, Logan Paul is just a human being bound to commit mistakes. But the good thing is Paul realizes his mistakes while still young. 2013–2015: Vine and YouTube beginnings Paul rose to fame as a member on the Internet video sharing service Vine. In February 2014, he had over 3.1 million followers on various social media platforms. By April 2014 he had attained 105,000 Twitter followers, 361,000 Instagram followers, 31,000 likes on his Facebook page and about 150,000 subscribers to his YouTube channel. A YouTube compilation video of his Vine work garnered more than four million views the first week it was posted. In 2015 he was ranked as the 10th most influential figure on Vine, with his six-second videos earning him hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising revenue. By that October, his Facebook videos alone had more than 300 million views. "TheOfficialLoganPaul" is the YouTube account used by Paul to upload short films and comedy sketches. Paul also posts a daily vlog to "Logan Paul Vlogs", uploading every day from September 12, 2016, to January 1, 2018. While his first channel has a following of 4.36 million,[15] his vlog channel surpassed it with a following of 15.7 million as of January 10, 2018. 2015–2016: television roles, YouTube Red series, and Airplane Mode In early 2015, Paul appeared on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He also appeared on the Fox TV series Weird Loners, where he appeared in the role of the Paul Twins. He starred in two episodes of the Freeform series Stitchers. In 2016, Paul starred in the YouTube Red movie The Thinning opposite Peyton List. In early 2016, Paul trained with drama coaches and the comedy troupes The Groundlings and Upright Citizens Brigade. Paul wrote the screenplay for an adult comedy, Airplane Mode, which has been described as "American Pie for Gen Z", and by Paul himself as "Expendables with Internet stars."[4][18] The film has yet be to released. Paul was also involved in a number of advertising campaigns, including for Hanes, PepsiCo, and HBO. In 2016, Comcast purchased a short form digital TV series from Paul called Logan Paul VS. 2017–2018: Baywatch, YouTube Ad-Revenue suspension, Legal issues, Suicide Forest and various other controversies In February 2017, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson released on his own YouTube channel "Logan Paul has been cut from, like, all of The Rock's movies", a video starring himself and Paul, in which Johnson informs Paul that he has been cut from all of Johnson's films, and consoles Paul by making him the "ambassador" to his upcoming Baywatch feature film.[20] That April, Johnson and Paul reunited for "Logan Paul is, like, totally terrible at falling in love with Alexandra Daddario", the first part of a video sketch in which Paul tries to impress Johnson in order to win a part in the film, and falls in love with actress Alexandra Daddario in the process. It was later revealed in a deleted scene that Paul really was cut from the 2017 film Baywatch. He would have cameoed as Zane, who bullies Ronnie for taking his shirt off. On November 23, 2017, Paul released his new single, "No Handlebars", a track based heavily around an interpolated sample of the song "Handlebars" by the American alternative hip hop group Flobots. The song was heavily criticized for its perceived sexual objectification of women, including a scene in its music video where Paul rides several women like a bicycle. Flobots frontman Jamie Laurie lambasted Paul for both the "sexist" lyrical content of the song and for unauthorized use of the sample, calling him the face of "douchebag entitlement." Laurie would later go on to release a track with lyrics deriding Paul, titled "Handle Your Bars". Paul did not respond to Laurie's comments nor the backlash towards "No Handlebars", however, he has since deleted the song from YouTube. On December 31, 2017, Paul uploaded a vlog to his YouTube channel depicting the recently deceased corpse of a man who had committed suicide by hanging in Aokigahara at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan, known as the "suicide forest" due to its infamy as a suicide site. Initially intended to be part three of his "Tokyo Adventures" series, Paul and his group had planned to camp in the woods, but in response to finding the corpse, decided to notify the authorities and cancel their plans. The video gained 6.3 million views within 24 hours of being uploaded.[5] Logan was also criticized for other misbehavior he was captured taking part in during the trip, including climbing onto a moving forklift at the Tsukiji fish market, removing his clothing on a crowded street, then proceeding to 'fight' with one of the people he was travelling with, and throwing a giant Poké Ball at passing citizens, including an officer of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Paul's video depicting the corpse and his group's reactions to it was criticized by celebrities and politicians. In addition, Paul was accused by other members of the YouTube community of being insensitive to suicide victims. Several petitions were made to Change.org urging YouTube to delete Paul's channel, the largest of which received more than 500,000 signatures as of January 12, 2018.[28] As a result of the backlash, Paul removed the video from his YouTube channel, following up with a written apology on Twitter on January 1, 2018. On January 2, 2018, a subsequent video apology was released to YouTube in which Paul describes his behavior as a "coping mechanism", asking his fans to stop defending his actions in the process. While acknowledging his actions as irresponsible, he denied that his intention was to mock the victim. On January 9, YouTube issued a statement via their Twitter account condemning Paul's video. In the series of tweets they said, "It's taken us a long time to respond, but we've been listening to everything you've been saying. We know that the actions of one creator can affect the entire community, so we'll have more to share soon on steps we're taking to ensure a video like this is never circulated again."[33] On January 10, YouTube announced it was removing Paul's channels from Google Preferred, its preferred ad program, and New World Order, the sequel to his YouTube film The Thinning, was placed on hold,[34][35] with the airing of Logan Paul VS. being halted as well. Paul was also cut from season 4 of the YouTube Red series Foursome and the role of Alec Fixler was terminated.[36] On January 15, Paul was seen at LAX by reporters from TMZ. Paul said that he has learned a lot from his mistakes and believes he has been treated "fairly". When asked whether or not he deserves a second chance, Paul replied, "Everyone deserves second chances, bro." On January 24, Paul uploaded his first video to the "Logan Paul Vlogs" channel since the apology video uploaded three weeks prior. In this video, Paul takes an in-depth look at suicide prevention, interviewing Golden Gate Bridge jumper Kevin Hines, musical activist Bob Forrest, and National Suicide Prevention Lifeline director John Draper. The video was met with mostly positive feedback and has a total of 30 million views as of March 2019.[39] In addition, Paul has donated $1 million to suicide prevention agencies, a quarter of which is going to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. On February 4, Paul officially returned to his daily vlogs on YouTube, after taking a month-long hiatus. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said on February 12 that Paul did not violate YouTube's three-strike policy and did not meet the criteria for being banned from the platform. In wake of the controversy regarding the suicide video, Maverick Apparel, a brand for juniors and children, threatened Paul with legal action for giving his clothing line a similar name ("Maverick by Logan Paul"), believing shoppers are confusing their line with Paul's, resulting in a deep decline in sales. On February 9, 2018, YouTube suspended all advertising on Paul's channels due to his "pattern of behavior", since he had recently joked about participating in the Tide Pod challenge, removed an ill fish from his pond to "jokingly give it CPR", and tasered two dead rats. The income stream estimated to be worth more than a million dollars a month was halted, though temporarily. During the suspension, Paul started to branch out his content, and tried streaming on Twitch. 2019–present: "Going Gay" controversy, Flat Earth documentary In January 2019, Paul made a statement on his podcast Impaulsive, "What is it, male-only March?" said Paul, "We're gonna attempt to go gay for just one month." Paul has faced some criticism, with many people condemning Paul over his remarks, and he emphasized that being gay isn't a choice. The LGBT+ organization GLAAD responded to Paul's statement on Twitter, writing: "That's not how it works, Logan Paul." Paul would later respond to the criticism, mentioning that he used "very poor choice of words... [and it was his] fault". Then Paul asked GLAAD to "get together and talk about [the controversy] on [his] podcast" as a formal apology. He eventually released the apology, which was delayed because Paul was at the time, recovering from tonsillectomy.He later talked with LGBT+ activist Josh Seefried about the topic on-air. In March 2019, Paul released what many have dubbed as a Flat Earth "mockumentary", in which a full-length documentary about the Flat Earth Theory. In the video, Paul interviewed many self-proclaimed "Flat Earthers", and did a speech at the 2018 Flat Earth International Conference, which took place in Denver, Colorado. Paul's "Documentary" would be better defined as a sketch-comedy.

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Planting seeds of grassroots football in Mindanao

October 3, 2019

THE Mindanao Cup set at the Tiongko Field in Davao City on Oct. 22-25, will be the start of the revival of the grassroots development of the beautiful game here in Mindanao. Organized by the local FA and the supported by the Negros Occidental Football Association (NOFA) under Ricky Yanson Jr., the tournament is for players born 2008-2009. The tournament is envisioned by Yanson to discover young talents to play in the different national teams in the future. The Mindanao Cup is the spill over of the five-year grassroots effort of Yanson in Negros Occidental, the NOFA Cup. The tournament held every summer at the Sta. Maria fields Talisay City since 2014, has become a showcase of young talents nationwide. Out from the NOFA Cup young talents like ‘Whiz Kid’ from San Carlos City, Negros Occidental Elizah Zedric Ballesteros, the ‘Little Maradona’ from Kidapawan Kurt Sarip, ‘The Tiny Messi’ from Muntinlupa Jax Pena, Julio Yoldi from Dumaguete City, Lucas Andan, Adrian Bacolod, Earl Siconieguem,Viggo Louis Herce have emerged and have already represented the country in various age group competitions abroad. The Mindanao Cup will be the start of the formal planting of the grassroots of the sport in Mindanao and it takes a Negrense, Ricky Yanson Jr. to do the initiative. Does anyone remember a Mindanawnon initiating grassroots program for football in the island? This tournament will surely boast the grassroots development of the sport in the island where grassroots development has long been forgotten by the football gods. When was the last time that there has been a grassroots development program in Mindanao or probably in the country? It has been a long time and I can’t even remember it now. No wonder why our age group teams are whipping boys in any international tournaments abroad. The 17 local football associations affiliated with the PFF are excited about this tournament and most of them are expected to send teams to the weeklong competition. Football is very popular in Mindanao. Just watch the different football festivals organized by local FA and you can just ask the question where do these players come from. The players come in different sizes, different ages, boys and girls, men and women. They come in droves just to have a chance of kicking the football and competing against other teams. These festivals sprout every weekend in every corner where there is a football pitch. In every big city fiesta celebration there is always a football fiesta. Two weekends ago there was the Diyandi Football Festival in Iligan. A week prior to the Diyandi Football Festival, there was the Rep. Siao Festival also in Iligan. Last weekend the town of Initao in Misamis Oriental, through its local government also held its own football festival. This weekend, Dipolog will host its own football festival and after that more festivals are held all over the island. These festivals are organized by individuals or local football FA’s without any support from the PFF. Sometimes local politicians fund these events like Mayor Regencia and Rep. Siao in Iligan and the Guingonas in Gingoog or the LGU of Dipolog. These festivals attract hundred of teams from different age levels. They are magnets of politicians, sponsors and players. These festivals are the only source of competitions among our young players aside from the Department of Education Palaro eliminations. Despite of the lack of a grassroots program in the island there are countless good players in and the best are plying their trade in the collegiate leagues in Manila. Just check the lineups of the different teams in the UAAP and in the NCAA. They are abundant with players from Mindanao. The Mindanao Cup will only be the start of many grassroots program to come initiated by Ricky Yanson Jr. With his resources and his love for the sport, the golden age of grassroots football in our country is coming and the future of the beautiful game is bright. (Jack Biantan)

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