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Magic Cracker surprises CDO with Magic Moments

November 8, 2019

Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers continues to surprise and give joy to the snack-loving Filipinos.   This time, through a retro arcade-themed Magic Moments event in Limketkai Mall, Cagayan de Oro last October 12, 2019.   Magic Moments brought people back in time with its retro-themed photo booth and fun arcade activities.  Mall-goers enjoyed the Magic Hoops: a basketball free-throw game, Onion Chives Surprise: an old school arcade attraction, and Apat Dapat booth: a slot machine-inspired game.    The best part was how participants were able to take home their favorite Magic Flakes products as prizes. Participants were also treated to a surprising Magic Moment when all four lightning icons of the Apat Dapat booth matched.    First, loads of Magic Flakes products came out of the Apat Dapat booth as prize. Then, an energetic dance flash mob by the Magic Squad surprised and entertained the audience.    Three lucky participants experienced this Magic Moment and won special prizes. Those who were present during the Magic Moment also went home with big smiles as they also received Magic Crackers giveaways after the flash mob dance.   Check out Magic Crackers’ Facebook account (@MagicCracker) to see how the Kagayanons experienced this Magic Moment. Watch out for more surprises from Jack ’n Jill Magic Crackers. You never know… the next Magic Moments might just come to your neighborhood!  Universal Robina Corporation’s (URC) Jack ‘n Jill Magic Crackers has been delighting Filipinos with its different cracker formats - Magic Flakes in plain, cheese and onion chive flavors; Magic Creams in butter, chocolate, peanut butter and condensada flavors; Magic Juniors in plain, chocolate, butter & berry and condensada flavors; and Magic Chips in cheese and barbecue small and big packs, as well as sour cream ‘n onion in small packs.

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4ID camp open to National Children’s Month activities 

November 8, 2019

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – In its aim of protecting and securing the future of the young generation, the 4th Infantry “Diamond” Division once again open its doors to the different activities in connection with the National Children’s Month (NCM) celebration with the theme: “Karapatan Pambata: Patuloy na Pahalagahan at Gampanan Tungo sa Magandang Kinabukasan this November 2019.    4ID through its “Peaceful War” campaign had long been conducting activities such as Youth Leadership Summit trainings, sports activities, camp tours, static displays and information and education campaigns among others.     Further, various schools from elementary, high school and colleges in Cagayan de Oro City and nearby provinces have also conducted their activities inside 4th ID headquarters and letter requests continue to pour in.    MGen Franco Nemesio Gacal, the Commander of the 4th ID, said “We are happy to continue to open our doors to the public for we want to nurture, educate, empower and protect our children as well as the youth against unscrupulous organizations such as the New People’s Army (NPA), their recruitment and deception schemes.”     “As we continue with the implementation of the Executive Order 70 or the “Whole-ofNation Approach” in Regions 10 and Caraga, we are nearing with our goal of achieving sustainable peace and development. Children’s future is crucial, we must protect it by all means. Saving our children’s future, is saving the future of our nation” Gacal added.   

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NPA surrenderee pinpoints high-powered firearm’s location

November 8, 2019

BAYUGAN CITY, Agusan Del Sur – Alias Kakar, a squad leader of Platoon 1 SDG, of Weakened Guerilla Front 30 (WGF30), Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC) surrendered to the 7th Special Forces “Spartans” Company (7SFC), 3rd Special Forces “Arrowhead” Battalion (3SFBn) today and pinpointed the location of one 5.56mm M4 Carbine Bushmaster Rifle at the hinterland of Purok Bombels, Awisan, Tandag City, Surigao del Sur (SDS). The said surrenderee is currently at the 7SFC headquarters in Mararag, Marihatag, SDS for proper custodial debriefing. According to Alias Kakar, 34 years old, he was recruited by a certain Otillo Galagate, a Militia ng Bayan member in barangay Tina, San Miguel, SDS 2-3 years ago. “Walay kaugmaon tungod sa korapsyon ng mga kumander (walang kinabukasan dahil corrupt ang mga kumander),” said Kakar. He said that to be with the Communist NPA Terrorists is to live in a miserable life. “Di bale lisud ang kinabuhi basta kauban na ko ang pamilya. Ang akoang anak ug asawa (Hindi na baling mahirap ang buhay basta kasama ko ang aking pamilya, ang anak at asawa ko),” he added The Provincial Government of Surigao del Sur’s all-out support to the President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s Whole-of-Nation Approach to End Local Communist Armed Conflict has gained tremendous results and positive feedbacks all over the CARAGA region. Recently, SurSur Governor Alexander Pimentel was designated as the Regional Peace and Order Council Committee Chairman for his steadfast commitment in initiating various peace and development efforts in the province. Alias Kakar along with other new surrenderees will be enrolled to the Enhanced Local Integration Program (E-CLIP) to receive benefits for choosing the path to peace. Based on the implementing rules and regulations of Administrative Order No. 10 signed by the President on 2018, Kakar, as a former member armed rebels, is qualified to receive E-CLIP’s livelihood assistance, reintegration programs, firearms remuneration and other benefits as provided by law for NPA surrenderees.   -

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Some schools in quake-stricken Cotabato still not ready for resumption of classes

November 8, 2019

Some schools here damaged by the series of strong quakes are still not fit for learners, a school official said. Salome Sumalinog, assistant principal of the Makilala Central Elementary School (MCES), said their classrooms have cracks on their walls, beams, and columns. There are at least 47 classrooms at MCES, she said. Sumalinog said officials from the Department of Education (DepEd) in North Cotabato and in Region 12 told them it is still not safe to hold classes inside their rooms. The DepEd officials are planning to construct at least 47 temporary learning spaces at the MCES school ground. However, it will take weeks or months to complete the construction, according to Sumalinog. Other schools damaged by the quakes include Makilala National High School, Malasila National Vocational High School, Malasila Elementary School and Saguing Elementary School. The Makilala Institute of Science and Technology (MIST), a school initiated by the local government unit, has also incurred major damages, especially its main building. Cracks are seen on its walls, beams, columns, and posts. These schools, according to Makilala LGU officials, are used as temporary shelters or evacuation centers of quake victims from different barangays. Once classes resume, the evacuees have to transfer to a place just a few meters away from the temporary learning spaces, Sumalinog explained. "The evacuees can stay here in the school ground. We are not saying they have to leave the evacuation site. But we have to continue our classes," she stressed. Sumalinog said they still await announcement from DepEd as to the resumption of classes. Omar Obas, Cotabato schools division superintendent, said classes will resume on Monday although there are schools that remain not fit for occupancy. Obas mentioned the Makilala National High School and the Buena Vida School. He stressed that they still have to assess when would be the right time for learners to return to their classes in these damaged public institutions. 

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Hanz Coquilla raises PH Fashion high in Macau

November 7, 2019

Macao Fashion Festival 2019   A Cebuano designer has been raising high the Philippine’s colors in fashion for the past three years in Macau, China. I was fortunate to be part of the Cebu Pacific Fam Tour for VisMin Media to witness Hanz Herzl Pableo better known by his Nom de la mode  Hanz Coquilla showcase his Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura Spring/Summer 2020 at the Florence Hall of the Venetian Macau Hotel and Casino last 19 October 2019. Hanz told us it was his third year to participate in the Macao Fashion Festival but his first time to be featured in a Brand Show. Described as “Classic. Elegant and Exquisite” in the Macao Fashion Festival 2019 magazine, “Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura is Hanz Coquilla’s longest running line and has been favored by personalities to celebrities since its debut 10 years ago. A perfect marriage that combines undertones of minimalism paired with that touch of grandiosity, it is prized for its avant-garde designs inspired by women from her beauty, grace, trials and triumphs.” Hanz Coquilla poses with his models showcasing some of his Bohemian Collection featured in the Brand Collection 2 Show held 19 Oct during Macao Fashion Festival 2019 (RMB)    “Last year we were invited to open the show for the second time,” Hanz said in our exclusive interview at the Media Room of Florence Hall following the Brand Collection Show 2  where he was featured along with leisure and professional wear maker ANIFA, Macao leisure fashion brand MACON Leisure Home series and Leo Wong’s multi-awarded SOUL for women. Macao Fashion Festival 2019 featured some 20 designers with at least two shows daily on its October 17-19 run with at least two shows daily featuring five designers each show. “Most opening designers are foreigners from Portugal, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan, while brand shows usually feature Macanese and Chinese designers,” Hanz notes. “We have found a home here.  It’s amazing how Macau embraces foreign designers, since Macau Fashion Week was mainly created as a showcase for local designers.” However, he admits it is a constant struggle to create a collection especially when he started as an Opening Show Designer in 2017. “Although the Macau government extends special privileges to us, you need to have a portfolio to open the show. We worked hard for it. You need constant communication with the organizers especially considering the limits inherent in the language barrier.” Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura Putting together this year’s 15 piece collection) which he calls his Bohemian Collection proved to be “very tough and challenging.” “You need to cry sometimes to come up with a good collection,” Hanz admits. “Unless I cry over a collection, I don’t quite consider it to be a good one.” Asked which celebrities he would most like to cloth, he named Fan Bingbing, Zhang Ziyi, and Crazy Rich Asians like the ones featured with Michelle Yeoh in the recent hit movie of the same title. Would he be joining Macao Fashion Festival again next year? “Hopefully I’ll be here next year. I would like to make this an annual event as a way of giving back for the hospitality our hosts showed us. Not everyone gets that kind of treatment.”  Besides Macau, Hanz is also in talks to join other Asian shows in Seoul, Japan, Kuala Lumpur, Thailand, and even as far as Boston Fashion Week. “In fact, I received a nomination this summer for World Fashion Week in Paris but had to set it aside for Terno Con. Making it to the final roster is a big achievement already like being passed a key for the future of Philippine fashion,” Hanz quipped/ Terno Con is a terno-making convention and contest that aims to encourage the use of the terno as a popular form of dress, inspire and motivate emerging designers to create designs which are grounded in its history while using a contemporary approach to further its objective of preserving the authenticity of one of the country’s most distinctive ensembles. “No international exposure can equal re-imagining a national treasure like the Terno and the chance of being mentored by our best designers like Inno Sotto as chief mentor, Philip Rodriguez  (Cebu City), Ivarluski Aseron (Metro Manila), and Lesley Mobo (Aklan). “ Taken during the first fittingonline poster shoot in Cebu weeks ago with my favorite Russian doll, Nadia. Not the least, Hanz expressed his profuse thanks to Cebu Pacific which sponsored his flights to Macau for the festival for the second straight year. “It’s never easy to mount a show abroad. Part of the journey makes it fun and lighter with direct to Macau that saves us a lot of money and logistics since we don’t have to pass by Manila.” Cebu Pacific has the most number of flights between the Philippines and Macau, with direct connections from Clark, Manila and Cebu. It's a seamless connection from Cagayan de Oro/Laguindingan to Cebu (or Manila, if one prefers) then on to Macau. You can opt take a day trip or exit via Hong Kong, which is an easy ferry trip or bus trip through the new Hong Kong–Zhuhai–Macau bridge, the world's longest sea bridge. Or fly direct to Hong Kong from Cebu or Manila, take the ferry or bus to Macau, then fly back from there to the Philippines. Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura creates tailor-made designs for that woman who yearns for their very own Hanz Coquilla, with a personalized touch. Contact. Mr. Stevan S. Serneo/ Mr. Hanz Herzl Pableo aka Hanz Coquilla by email hanzcoquillaatacostura@gmail.com/ or theramenboi@gmail.com or visit his Facebook Page      Hanz Coquilla Alta Costura to see more of his custom-made suits, gowns, and RTW clothing.

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Soldiers protect student youth from CPP-NPA deception

November 7, 2019

TALACOGON, Agusan del Sur – Soldiers from 26th Infantry “Ever Onward” Battalion have strengthened their efforts to prevent the student sector from being deceived and recruited by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) as the troops conducted school symposium at Esperanza National High School, on Wednesday morning, October 30, 2019. A total of 450 students from grades 10 to 12 of senior high school have become aware of the CPP-NPA’s penetration to different schools nationwide by utilizing its legal organizations to poison the mind and heart of every youth, planting hatred against the government. A series of video clips were also filmed to the students regarding the past victims of CPP-NPA recruitment. The videos convey and show how the well-being of certain students are destroyed by the communist terrorists and in the end, wasted their lives. Ms. Jovelyn Tahudan, a former rebel who had just surrendered to the folds of the law, relayed her past experiences and remorsely showed  how she was deceived and recruited  by the NPAs and eventually destroyed her life as a youth. “Estudyante pud ko sa dihang girekrut ko sa mga NPA. Nailad ko sa ilang mga pasalig sa akua nga tabangan ko nga makahuman ko sa  pag eskwela. Mao nga talinguhaon gyud nako sa inyo nga dili mo maparehas sa akong kaagi. Gikan na ko didto sa sulod. Walay ayo didto mao nga ayaw na gyud mo pagtesting ug sulod” (I am also a student when I was recruited by the NPAs. I was deceived by their promises that they will help me finished my studies. I am here because I want to convince you not to follow my path. I have been there. Don’t even try to join the rebels. It’s a hard life.), Jovelyn said. Meanwhile, the commanding officer of 26th IB, Lt Col Romeo C. Jimenea expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the faculties of the Esperanza National High School for giving ample time for the soldiers to conduct symposium. He further said that it is very timely to focus the attention of giving awareness to the students because they are the main target of leftist groups. “The rebel group’s recruitment ruins the future of the students. It is our duty to inform them about the nature of the CPP-NPA and their deceptive and manipulative recruitment strategies. We must protect them (students) at all cost”, Lt Col Jimenea said.  “To all the NPA’s and other left leaning organizations, stop the recruitment for it destroys the students' chances to finish their studies, achieve their ambitions and aspirations and be successful in life. Spare them from your violent ways of life and political ambitions”, Lt Col Jimenea added.

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