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4ID commemorates Bonifacio Day with LGUs and stakeholders in Cagayan de Oro City

December 5, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – On the observance of the entire Nation on the commemoration of Bonifacio Day celebration, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division, Philippine Army participated in the 156th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio at El Pueblo A Sus Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City on Saturday, November 30, 2019. The declaration of November 30 as a national holiday started when the Philippine Legislature passed Act No. 2946 on February 16, 1921, making that day of each year a legal holiday to commemorate Bonifacio’s birth. Bonifacio was a national hero and he is often called “the Father of the Philippine Revolution”. At around 5:00 o’clock in the morning, some 90 Diamond troopers composed of honor guards, firing party, marching band, security elements and general staffs led by BGen Oliver T Vesliňo, the Assistant Division Commander of 4ID, assembled in the Heroes Monument, Plaza Divisoria, this city for the Bonifacio day celebration. Also, thousands of people coming from various government and non-government agencies, civil society organizations, people’s organizations and other stakeholders participated and have shown their full support during the celebration crowding Plaza Divisoria early in the morning. Meanwhile, the activity started with the sounding of sirens at around 7:00 o’clock in morning. A formal program immediately followed wherein a mass wreath laying highlighted the event participated by various agencies and sectors headed by Hon. Oscar S Moreno, the city mayor, together with BGen Vesliňo. The program ended with a meaningful message coming from Mayor Moreno which emphasized on EO 70, the Whole-of-Nation Approach in Ending Local Communist Armed Conflict. MGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal, Commander of the 4ID said, “Let us look back with pride on the heroism done by Gat Andres Bonifacio. The freedom that we enjoyed today was paid by the blood, sweat and tears of our brave heroes. We should cherish the freedom which was entrusted to us by our forefathers. It is everybody’s  By 2028, a world-class Army that is a source of national pride “Honor. Patriotism. Duty” responsibility to take good care of our country’s future as we are going to entrust it also for the new generations to come. “I urge everyone to do your share, let us join hands to fight insurgency and end the local communist armed conflict in order for us to attain lasting peace and sustainable development in Regions 10 and Caraga.” Gacal ended

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The refurbished Metropolitan Cathedral among the 14 Christmas attractions in Tangub City

December 5, 2019

(PHOTO) The refurbished Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lord of Transfiguration also known as "Palo Cathedral" in Leyte is among the 14 Christmas attractions in Tangub City during this year's opening of "Festival of Lights."  - Photo by Ercel Maandig

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Markado goes home: a Kagay-anon Filmmaker's homecoming

December 5, 2019

Kagay-anon Film Marker Joe Bacus’ Markado: The Moon Devourer is the first ever full-length film to be made in Cagayan de Oro decades after Lorenzo M. de la Serna’s Sa Imong Lawas ug Dugo. A live action film combined with doll animation, the film follows the story of Sab, a transporter for local drug cartels. Amidst an imminent war between her superiors, Sab also deals with her dying grandmother's last wish that she bear a child. When Sab learns that she's barren, this leads her to darker practices and revelations. The film boasts a mix of drugs, dolls, and aswang folklore resembling a smorgasbord of influences and references from Bacus’ earlier works such as Ika-3 Putahi (2014), The End of War (2014), and his seminal short Happy Fiesta (2014), all of which have won awards and been programmed in national and international film festivals. After the premiere of Markado at QCinema International Film Festival 2018, it has since been featured in a slew of film festivals such as Fukuoka International Film Festival 2019, Ngilngig Asian Fantastic Film Festival 2019, Binisaya Film Festival 2019, and Salamindanaw Asian Film Festival 2019. I sat down and talked to Joe Bacus about his film and how this film developed into what it is. RV: The most striking thing to me about your film is the mixture of live action and doll stop motion scenes. Would you care to elaborate about how this came to be? JB: It was a creative choice I had to make when we were having trouble with the live action unit. We ran short of time and some of the actors couldn’t be bothered outside the projected shooting schedule. Recasting them wasn’t a choice either since our budget couldn’t allow for reshoots. So I decided to purchase dolls as actors and shoot the remaining scenes with them in place. RV: Would you rather have shot everything in live action? JB: At the time of production, I would have said yes. But now, I don’t think that would be the answer. The mixture of live action and stop motion scenes seems to add another facet of meaning to watching the film and I definitely like that about Markado. RV: So the pressure was high for you since you were about to produce Cagayan de Oro’s first full-length feature film after decades? JB: It was high but I try not to think about it a lot. As you know, I really advocate to put Cagayan de Oro on the map in terms of filmmaking. But even then, the pressure that got to me was not about Markado being the first full-length feature film to come from CDO after decades but rather, it was more about making a film that I can be proud of showing to the world. After all, I am an artist first before being an advocate of CDO’s film scene. RV: So I guess the last question would be what’s next for Joe Bacus? JB: I am currently starting a homegrown film festival here in my hometown called Cine de Oro Film Festival and we are set to show Markado as the opening film in Limketkai Cinema 4 this December 15, 2019 at 10AM. We’re selling tickets at Kanto main branch for P145  and a discounted price of P100 for students. I am really hoping we can share this film to as many Kagay-anons as we can because this is what our festival is about. I believe we can start a new wave of filmmaking here in Cagayan de Oro. We already have some talented filmmakers here and the only thing that is lacking is our unity in making a movement. So as a Kagay-anon filmmaker, I’ll do my very best to help make that happen. Stay tuned for updates about Cine de Oro very soon. Tickets for the screening of Markado: The Moon Devourer in Limketkai Cinema 4 on December 15, 2019 10AM are available for purchase in Kanto main branch and its off-site stall in front of Xavier University.

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Taskforce asks groups to help the govt against communist insurgency

December 4, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Regional Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (RTF-ELCAC) in Region X made a call to the people’s organizations (POs), non-government organizations (NGOs), and civic organizations (COs) in the region to help the government address communist insurgency. MGen. Franco Nemesio Gacal, RTF-ELCAC X Technical Working Group (TWG) chairperson and commanding officer of the 4th Infantry Division, said the capability, competence, and commitment of these groups in humanitarian aid, grassroots initiatives, local spaces for peacebuilding dialogues, and conflict resolutions and reconciliation programs are vital in attaining just and lasting peace and sustainable development in Northern Mindanao. Forum for Sustainable Peace and Inclusive Development The RTF-ELCAC X on Monday, December 2, organized a forum for sustainable peace and inclusive development with more than one hundred participants coming from the different POs, NGOs, and COs in Northern Mindanao. The forum was conducted in partnership with the Office of the Presidential Adviser for Peace Reconciliation and Unity (OPAPRU) and Balay Mindanaw Foundation, Inc.(BMFI). The forum aimed to provide a venue to discuss and identify areas of convergence and complementation between the RTF-ELCAC TWG and POs, NGOs and COs in the region in implementing the Convergence Areas for Peace and Development (CAPDev) program in identified priority and focus areas. In his welcome remarks, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar Moreno said the bottom line of the whole-of-nation approach is Bayanihan.  He also emphasized the importance of solidarity in attaining lasting peace. “Mindanao has lived divided and polarized for far too long already. It’s about time that we leave the bias and prejudice behind, we leave the conflict and division of Mindanao behind, and learn to live in peace and harmony in spite of our diversity. Let us be united not only for Northern Mindanao but for the entire Mindanao,” he said. “As we pursue this agenda, we can attain peace and order that will lead us to growth and development. Hopefully, we can sustain it and see Mindanao becoming the land of fulfillment, a land of sustainable growth and development,” he added. Dialogue Towards Harmony Archbishop Antonio Ledesma underscored the need for understanding the root causes of inequality and the lack of basic services to remote communities. “If we can continue with local peace conversations, where we can bring together representatives of remote communities and representatives of the government agencies then there can be an acceleration of development projects in the right place,” he said. He further said that the government and non-government organizations have different services to offer and if these can be harmonized through convergence and dialogue, then they can build a society that is peaceful and developing for all. “We hope that with this gathering, the church and other church leaders can continue our roles as facilitators and mediators of development. It is important for government agencies to have this linkage so that we can bring to their attention what are the needs of the communities that see themselves as being deprived and being left out in the development process,” he added. Peace, Reconciliation and Unity Ariel Hernandez, the co-chair of the Joint Normalization Committee, said one of the keys to attaining just and lasting peace is reconciliation and social healing.  “While we talk about social conditions and how to end the root causes of insurgency, one of the most difficult part of ending any conflict is how to close it. How do we bring the discussion of peace reconciliation and unity? How do we repair the emotions and relationships? The armed conflict may end but many will remain unhealed,” he cited. He said the POs, NGOs, and COs can come on board to help in local dialogues. The more that we are on the ground, the more we can be of help in pursuing localized peace and unification efforts. According to him, OPAPRU will also continue to pursue partnership and constituency building with NGOs and POs and church organizations. BRIDGE to Communities Mylah Faye Aurora Cariño, NEDA-X Regional Director, said the PO, NGOs, and COs can help in communicating that “the government will try its best to bring services to where it is needed.” She considered the PO, NGOs, and COs as the BRIDGE of the government to communities and the people.  Addressing the PO, NGOs, and COs representatives during the forum, Cariño said, “We need you to Bring government closer to the people and people closer to the government, Relay to government what the people needs because government cannot be everywhere, Inform the people about their rights, and what the government can do for them, Develop programs and projects for the communities and bring them to the attention of government agencies for funding; Guide the people correctly and Empower them so that they can also determine the kind of development they want to attain. Meanwhile, Gacal said the support of the civil sector will be the last component that would interlink the three major sectors in the society – the government, private sector, and civil sector - to go full on steam towards ending local communist armed conflict. In October, a similar forum was conducted by RTF-ELCAC X to elicit the support of the private sector and channel their corporate social responsibility programs into the conflict-affected areas. “To effectively address the challenges brought upon by the root causes of insurgency, it is evident that the approach to peace and nation-building should go beyond what the military is doing. We cannot move forward without everyone’s help and support,” Gacal added.  In response, the participating POs, NGOs, and COs committed to support RTF-ELCAC in community mobilization and social preparation as well as in the provision of basic services to identified development-ready barangays. (APB/PIA-10)  

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The Cagayan Cyclone who became the Blue Eagle King

December 2, 2019

Except perhaps for his relatives, very few alumni of Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan (Xavier Ateneo) today remember one of the greatest basketball players to come out of their alma mater. Antonio Ma. "Choly" Gaston, (HS '49 BS '53) originally came from their Hacienda Sta. Rosalia in Manapla, Negros Occidental.  He is related to the family of the former mayor of Cagayan de Oro and Misamis Oriental Governor Segundo Gaston and still has relatives living in Cagayan de Oro until today. Choly Gaston with a live eagle as the team mascot when the Blue Eagles were still playing in the NCAA. (from a clipping courtesy of the  Gaston Family) The school used to have live eagles as pets in the former Padre Faura campus and later on at the Grade School campus in Loyola Heights. A live eagle would lead the men's varsity basketball team at the start of a game in the NCAA as the team entered the court for their warm-up while the school band played the Ateneo fight song, "Blue Eagle – The King". Ateneo adopted the Blue Eagle as its symbol during the 1930s, and had a live eagle accompany the basketball team. The eagle suggested a "high-flying" basketball team which would "sweep the field away" as a dominating force, and took its colors from those of the school. (Lamberto V. Avellana, On Wings of Blue: booklet of Ateneo traditions, songs, and cheers published in 1930s, reprinted in 1950s) --- “He is mom’s second cousin, the son of the owner of Hacienda Sta. Rosalia, where the touristy Chapel of the Cartwheels is located” said his niece Connie Gaston Falcon-Lahorra. “That’s the venue of our reunions in Manapla, Negros Occidental. He is also the elder brother of Msgr. Guillermo ‘GG’ Gaston.” Choly (for some reason, spelled Chole in the Ateneo de Manila sports archives) as he was known to everyone, was born in 1930. He played high school varsity basketball in the then Ateneo de Cagayan in 1946-1948. “Tito Choly and his brother Tito Toy (Victor) both studied in Xavier and played basketball for the school because this was right after the war and they could not go to Manila,” recalls his niece Mayee Fabregas. When he moved to Ateneo de Manila for his college education he was promptly recruited into the Blue Eagles Senior Varsity where his fiery style of playing earned him the moniker “The Cagayan Cyclone.” As described by Rick Olivares in his article “Post War Blues II  The Legend of Moro, Choly, and the Quest for the Holy Grail of Collegiate Sports in his blog “Bleacher’s Brew”,  Choly who was all of 5’4” , was team captain of a vertically challenged 1952 AdM Blue Eagles starters featuring 5’4” Oscar Battalones and the 5’5” Freddie Campos with Ole Orbeta as the tallest Blue Eagle at 5’11. “The Blue Eagles were built for speed and fast and furious excitement. They were the Ginebra San Miguel of their time for their popularity extended beyond the gates of Ateneo’s Padre Faura campus where its perimeter was still littered with crosses from the war dead,” Olivares wrote.  The King Eagle In the late 1950s, the sports press started referring to the team captain of the Ateneo men's varsity basketball team as the  King Eagle.  The sports scribes got this name from the school's fighting song, Blue Eagle - The King, which was sang by the Ateneo gallery during the games when the Blue Eagles were still playing in the NCAA but has now been revived as the Blue Eagles fight song sung at the start of their every game at the UAAP.  Edgardo "Ed" Ocampo of the back-to-back 1957 and 1958 NCAA champions Ateneo Blue Eagle team was the first team captain to be called King Eagle. Choly became the ninth of that illustrious line of players to carry the moniker and he did not disappoint, helping carry the team to the NCAA championship in 1952. "Even during those early days of basketball, height was already might. Imagine then the towering La Salle Green Archers with 4/5 of their starting unit of Martin Urra, Tony Banggoy (brother of San Beda Red Lion Lito Banggoy), Ramoncito Campos, and Juan Muñoz who all stood at least six feet tall (guard Alex Montilla was the only a shade or two less)," Olivares wrote. The Cagayan Cyclone "Gaston, dubbed “The Cagayan Cyclone” (he was actually from Negros but studied at both the Ateneo De Cagayan and Ateneo De Manila) by sportscaster and sportswriter Willie Hernandez, was a pest on the court.” “Choly not only inherited jersey #11 from brother-in-law Baby Dalupan, but picked up from where he left off with a hellacious defense.” “No lead was safe when Choly was on the court. If a player wasn’t too careful with the spheroid, the next sight he saw was Gaston hightailing it to the opposite end for a two-handed lay-up off the backboard." The Harlem Globetrotters "During an exhibition game against the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum, hardcourt wizard Marques Haynes asked for a volunteer from both Ateneo and NU to strip him of the ball.” “Haynes was acclaimed as the world’s best dribbler and taking the ball away seemed a daunting if not improbable task for anyone. NU’s Tony Villamor went first and was toyed around by the dexterous skills of the Globetrotter.”  “When it was Gaston’s turn, the people who had packed the coliseum to the rafters began chanting: ‘Choly! Choly! Choly!’ Haynes smiled at the Errol Flynn-mustached Gaston and dared him do the impossible.”   “Three seconds later, the Globetrotter’s toothy smile was replaced by shock and horror as the Cagayan Cyclone did the improbable by swiping the ball away as the jam-packed coliseum erupted into cheers.” “Indeed, Choly Gaston was quite a sight to behold in and out of the court remembered many who were at the school at that time." “He was like this larger-than-life character despite his small size,” said Moying Martelino. “He had this movie-star mustache and would drive to school in the chopper (motorcycle) that made him look real cool.”  “Despite being the smallest one on the court, he was certainly one of the most exciting,” chipped in Poch Estella. “Choly would sky to collar those rebounds and his zigzagging through less agile defenders for a deuce that would bring the crowd to its feet.” “Tremendous athleticism that young man,” added Estella who helped set screens for Gaston to puncture the hoop. “The moment Choly stepped onto the court as a Blue Eagle, he was a superstar.”  Tragically, Choly died when he was but 26 years old when, as a newly minted pilot of the Philippine Air Force, his P-51 Mustang nicknamed “Blue Eagle King” crashed when it was bumped by a plane piloted by a wing mate during an aerial exhibition at Floridablanca, Pampanga  on May 5, 1956. Choly  Gaston was inducted into the Ateneo de Manila Sports Hall of Fame in 1988. (Compiled by Mike Baños, AB ’78, Ateneo de Zamboanga, 1980 AdZ Blue Eagles, and MBA 2000 Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan. Many thanks to Mayee Fabregas and the Gaston Family)

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Reg'l summit vs gender-based violence opens campaign to end VAW

December 2, 2019

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- As part of the 18-Day Campaign to End VAW (Violence Against Women), the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) held the Regional Summit Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV), November 25, here. Recording 707 total VAW cases in the region with 575 Republic Act 9262 (Act Defining Violence Against Women and Their Children) violations and 68 rape cases based on the data on VAW generated from Crime Information Reporting and Analysis System as of November 5, 2018, CHR Regional Director Lawyer Jeanne Ivy Abrina said they now focus on halting rape and other forms of sexual violence against women and girls. The GBV Summit also focuses on the vices and experiences of women in the marginalized sector as well as it aims to collectively reflect on the gains and the continuing gaps in addressing GBV together with the members of the different inter-agency mechanisms against GBV. During the summit, the term ‘gender-based violence’ highlighted the gender dimension of the relationship between females’ subordinate status in society and their increased vulnerability to violence.    "It is also important to note that men and boys may also be victims of gender-based violence," Lawyer Filipinas Palma of CHR said. To respond to the increasing number of VAW cases in the region, CHR recommends the hiring of psychologists, strengthening of educational drives, the establishment of mental health facilities, implementation of DSWD GBV programs, standardization of professional assistance, among others. (Renee Mae Guhiting/PIA10)    

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