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Bible Study / What time is best for us
« on: May 20, 2009, 05:56:29 AM »
When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son. —Galatians 4:4

Why is being on time so challenging for some of us? Even when we start early, something inevitably gets in our way to make us late.

But here’s the good news: God is always on time! Speaking of the arrival of Jesus, Paul said, “When the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son” (Gal. 4:4). The long-awaited, promised Savior came at just the right time.

Jesus’ arrival during the Roman Empire’s Pax Romana (the peace of Rome) was perfect timing. The known world was united by one language of commerce. A network of global trade routes provided open access to the whole world. All of this guaranteed that the gospel could move rapidly in one tongue. No visas. No impenetrable borders. Only unhindered access to help spread the news of the Savior whose crucifixion fulfilled the prophecy of the Lamb who would be slain for our sins (Isa. 53). All in God’s perfect timing!

All of this should remind us that the Lord knows what time is best for us as well. If you’re waiting for answered prayer or the fulfillment of one of His promises, don’t give up. If you think He has forgotten you, think again. When the fullness of time is right for you, He’ll show up—and you’ll be amazed by His brilliant timing!  — Joe Stowell - Our Daily Bread

Technology / Magic Wand from Microsoft
« on: May 20, 2009, 05:48:09 AM »
Newly released patent applications from Microsoft have sparked speculation that it is to unveil a Wii remote rival at the E3 expo in Los Angeles.

An application was filed in 2007 for a motion controller, dubbed Magic Wand, that interacts with "a collection of sensors".

Microsoft says it will not "comment on speculation" about a possible launch.

Gavin Ogden, from gaming site c&, told the BBC that Microsoft needed to "jump on the motion sensor bandwagon".

"We thought they were going to show something off at the E3 Expo in 2007 - some sort of waggle stick - but nothing materialised," he said.

"I have no doubt they are going to try and do something, although it remains to be seen how they do it." - BBC

Health and Food / Softdrinks Are Bad for Your Health
« on: May 20, 2009, 05:46:46 AM »
By BBC News

Excessive cola consumption can lead to anything from mild weakness to profound muscle paralysis, doctors are warning.

This is because the drink can cause blood potassium to drop dangerously low, they report in the International Journal of Clinical Practice.

They tell of the curious case of an Australian ostrich farmer who needed emergency care for lung paralysis after drinking 4-10 litres of cola a day.

He made a full recovery and was advised to curtail his cola drinking.

Another example included a pregnant woman who regularly consumed up to three litres a day for the last six years and complained of tiredness, appetite loss and persistent vomiting.

A heart trace revealed she had an irregular heartbeat, most likely caused by her low blood potassium levels.

Once she stopped drinking so much cola, she made a full and uneventful recovery.

The investigators believe these cases are not atypical and that many people risk problems due to their intake.

Catigbian - Bohol / Opening of Katigbawan Resto in Catigbian, Bohol
« on: May 19, 2009, 09:06:23 PM »
By Rey Anthony Chiu

Local officials see the hiring of 26 students for a restaurant here as starting countless job opportunities for Catigbianons in this time of financial grip. 

Both Mayor Roberto Salinas and Vice Mayor Necita Digaum agree that the ripple effects in the opening of Katigbawan Resto would definitely affect the town’s economic base and raise household incomes better.

The officials said this in time for the semi-hiring of 26 students who could also pick up food handling training that could land them jobs in the future.

Salinas, who admits he also shares a poor past said the students hired on a shifting basis would complement a regular restaurant staff of 6 and would be paid on hourly rates patterned after major food chains in the country.

On the process, they too earn enough to pay for their fares to school, and a little extra to possibly prop up family’s income by unburdening parents of daily expense needs, Salinas said. 

During the opening, restaurant manager Jocelyn Angcahan said that they patterned their hiring scheme with that on big-time fastfood chains by allowing students time for work and yet keeping them in school.   

The student waiters wear custom printed yellow with green collar and trim polo shirts, the traditional Catigbian green caps, black pants and leather shoes. They also stuck like sore thumb in an air-conditioned restaurant with function rooms and amenities in a largely agricultural town about 30 kilometers from the city.

The students, she said would be scheduled for duty after their school hours and would be rotated on a shifting basis, well enough to keep them off work during examinations and other school related activities.

The big thing here, Catigbian Mayor Roberto Salinas admitted “is that an investor has finally come to set a good example to people in food handling business here”.

Bohol Latest News / 3 Lanes for Panglao Airport Highway
« on: May 19, 2009, 09:04:33 PM »
By Rey Anthony Chiu

Armed with the solomonic formula Governor Erico Aumentado is fast becoming noted of, Bohol local officials here think the opposition forming to delay the road widening project for Panglao Airport access would soon be convinced to lie low.

The government road-widening project in preparation for the Panglao air facility whipped a potential headache recently for local officials who are pushing for the realization of the dream air facility.

Government public works authorities have proposed a four-lanes in lieu of the present two lanes to keep future traffic from potential bottlenecks.

Such a move however would require an additional road space for the main road and its shoulders, and may cause dislocation among private residents who have developed areas by the roadsides.

Residents of Dauis and Panglao towns however believe they would end up losing precious front yards or worse, their houses and developments when the proposed 4-lane road starts.

Preempting any of this scenario, residents have started organizing to lobby for a 2-lane instead of a 4 lane road project.

Feeling for residents’ plight too, Gov, Aumentado shared Friday that he has presented his compromise formula to the DPWH and the government agency has vowed to study his proposal.

The governor explained that he has presented to DPWH Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane and Undersecretary Manuel Bonoan his proposal.

The Aumentado proposal is for the government to adopt a Subic-Clark Expressway-like highway which totals 9.1 meters of road development.

He said the design would be 6.1 meters of main roads for three lanes and 1.6 meters of road shoulders on both sides.

Interacting with the local media during the weekly Governor’s Reports, Aumentado said Provincial Engineers Edwin Vallejos is to meet the government units of Dauis and Panglao to settle the RROW acquisition anytime soon.

  Team Inabanga’s cage supremacy has proved once again that they are Bohol’s 2nd District’s kings of the hardcourt.

  It routed Ubay 109-94 in the just-concluded 2009 Second District Congressional Basketball Tournament held at the Trinidad Gymnasium as a highlight of the latter’s 54th Parochial Fiesta in honor of their patron, Saint Isidore, the Farmer.

  Spectators and supporters wearing white t-shirts and waving white balloons who came all the way from Inabanga jampacked the Trinidad gym to witness the heart-stopping most awaited finale.

  The marching tunes played by the Inabanga drum and bugle corps added flavor and enlivened the spirits of the players and spectators.

  Among the participants, Inabanga is the farthest municipality from Trinidad that actively participated in the congressional basketball tourney. It brought home a giant trophy and P50,000 cash to show for its court mastery.

  Coach Nick Cabañero said defense, unity, teamwork and conditioning of the players were the team’s winning assets.

  After the game, the team celebrated at the Jumamoy residence where the players expressed gratitude to sports buff and team manager himself, Mayor Jose Jono Jumamoy, Vice Mayor Wenceslao Lao and all Sangguniang Bayan (SB) members for their undeniably all-out support.

  They also extend their heartfelt gratitude to Provincial Board Member Josephine Socorro Jumamoy for her encouragement and support that contributed a lot to the team’s success.

  To note, the Municipio Inabanga basketball team also emerged as champion in the recently-concluded tourney in Calape town where they bagged a trophy and P20,000 cash for their feat. - Sunday Post

Mabini - Bohol / Fish Port in Mabini, Bohol
« on: May 19, 2009, 08:31:49 PM »
     Department of Agriculture Secretary Arthur Yap braved the rain as he led town and barangay officials in the ground breaking ceremony for the completion of the P20-million Mabini Fish Port on May 10 in barangay Baybayon.

      Yap, getting known for his liberal scheme in dispensing multi-million infrastructure projects in the countryside, emphasized the importance of the fish port that will serve as the doorway for domestic and foreign investors.

      However, he lamented over the condition of the existing fish port that collapsed more than a decade ago which could have been used for vital trade linkages with the neighboring island provinces of Leyte, Surigao or Cebu if congressional allocations were only made to finish the project.

      “The Mabini Fish Port seemed hopeless until Secretary Yap took a new tack to save it,” according to Baybayon OIC Barangay Captain Romie Toong.

      DA secretary ordered to expedite the bidding process to start the project by middle of June.

      Yap also looks forward along with Mabini Mayor Stephen Rances to merge agro-industry and tourism to create tremendous impact of investments that will cater competitive advantages by boosting leverage on the town’s mainland and marine resources.

      He further said that the town has good agricultural and arable land suitable for rice, corn, banana, mango, coffee, vegetables and other cash crops.

      With this, he allocated P30-million for the construction of mini-dams under the Small Water Impounding Project (SWIP) program of the Department of Agriculture.

        Yap earmarked another P3-million funding for the establishment of a Marine Culture Park along Cabulao Bay, the suitable nursery of marine life and the vital inland fishing ground of Mabini town where prawn, shrimps, mud and king crabs and grouper are found. - Sunday Post


Woe to you, Bohol, your politicians are behind the illegalities of your land and people.

Why is the mayor so disturbed over the arrest of a gambling lord? Strange case of a city mayor.

Sports and Fitness / Mark Jason Melligen will Fight in the US
« on: May 17, 2009, 10:06:52 PM »
Top rank announced yesterday that it has signed hard-punching ALA fighter Mark Jason Melligen, a junior welter now campaigning in Las Vegas. Melligen, a southpaw, has a record of 14-1 with 10 knockouts and boasts of a very good amateur background.

Bob Arum made the announcement yesterday and issued press releases to the media. Melligen outpunched rugged Ramon Montano at the Hard Rock Resort and Casino in Las Vegas last Friday night, winning an eight-round decision by scores of 80-72, 79-73 and 78-74 the night before the Pacquiao-Hatton rumble.

“We were really pleased with Mark’s performance last weekend. He’s young, just 23, and he is improving every fight,” said Arum.

Melligen had over 200 amateur bouts. He was a two-time medalist at the Asian Games, and is considered as one of the top fighters at the ALA Gym.

Melligen had over 200 amateur bouts. He was a two-time medalist at the Asian Games, and is considered as one of the top fighters at the ALA Gym.

Melligen has been training in Las Vegas under the guidance of long-time Cebu resident Tony Martin. - The Bohol Chronicle

Sports and Fitness / Boxing in San Francisco
« on: May 17, 2009, 10:00:49 PM »
A major earthquake will strike San Francisco on Aug. 22. But the ground-shaking experience won’t be tectonic in origin.

The Bay Area will rattle for hours with the AT&T baseball park as the epicenter of the temblor and the fists of four Filipino punchers doing all the damage.

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said his people is working on finalizing the pay-per-view card that will feature world champions Nonito Donaire, Brian Viloria and Donnie Nietes and the title hopeful Abe Concepcion.

“This is going to be a huge show,” said Arum, noting that the 45,000-seat AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants, will be reconfigured to about 25,000 for the fight.

Arum was inspired to stage a promotion there after personally experiencing how Filipinos living in the Bay Area responded to Manny Pacquiao’s visit there last month to promote his bout with Ricky Hatton.

Arum said Donaire might relinquish his International Boxing Federation (IBF) flyweight crown and attempt to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) super-fly belt of Jose Lopez of Puerto Rico.
In the other title fights, Nietes, holder of the WBO minimumweight diadem, will face mandatory challenger Manuel Vargas of Mexico, and Concepcion could finally meet Steven Luevano for the latter’s WBO feather title.

The identity of Viloria’s foes has yet to be decided, said Arum, stressing that a tough rival will be tapped to test the mettle the Hawaiian Punch.

Donaire and Viloria took the spot-light last month when they bested their respective foes at the Araneta Coliseum.

Arum said the AT&T Park has never hosted a boxing event.
The TV rights for the event is expected to be fought over by Solar Sports and ABS-CBN. - The Bohol Chronicle

The Association for the Advancement of Karatedo (AAK) announced yesterday that a national karatedo tournament will be held in Cebu during the second quarter of this year.

AAK Cebu instructors Shihan Jess Paredes (5th dan black belt) and Shihan Joy Rondez (5th dan black belt) said they are planning to hold the Milo National Karatedo Championships in Cebu City.
They said the event will be held either in July or August.

They said AAK clubs nationwide, including hombu dojo (general headquarters) AAK-SM Megamall, are joining the tournament.

Also, a two-day seminar on advanced Karate training and World Karate Federation (WKF) seminars for coaches and referees will be held at the Baseline Gym in Cebu City.

Rondez said they are also inviting other clubs in Cebu and Karatekas from Bohol and Dumaguete to join.

Paredes heads the Sports Karatedo Organization of Subangdaku, Mandaue City, while Rondez is head dojo master of AAK-Cebu City.

Both clubs are still accepting enrollment for the Milo Sports Clinic. - The Bohol Chronicle

Sports and Fitness / AJ Banal Wins Over Mbwana Matumla
« on: May 17, 2009, 09:57:21 PM »
AJ Banal scored a stunning second round knockout win over Mbwana Matumla in the main event of the "Tuloy ang Pagsubok" fight card last night at the Cebu Coliseum.

Banal probed his Tanzanian opponent in the first round and landed enough body blows to get Matumla's attention. In the second round the Tanzanian walked into a powerful left and fell on his back.

He tried to get up but could not beat the count. Official time 2:59 of the 2nd.
Banal is expected to be fighting in the undercard of the Juan Manuel Marquez vs. Floyd Mayweather blockbuster match.

Czar Amonsot struggled against Morris “Virus” Chule of Kenya but won by a close unanimous decision.

The Kenyan landed with effective jabs and right hand leads in the early rounds as Amonsot looked sluggish and was unable to put punches in bunches. Chule was able to absorb Amonsot's head shots and landed clean counter punches.

The restless crowd tried to push Amonsot to stage a rally and expressed their displeasure on a few occasions. The Kenyan started to slow going into the 8th round as Amonsot was able to land punishing body punches.

Chule looked ripe for the taking in the last two rounds but Amoncot could not finish him off.
The scorecards read: 96-94, 97-93 and 97-93.

Jason Pagara continued the ALA Gym's winning streak over Indonesian boxers with a third round TKO win over Hero Katili.

The Indonesian could not exploit his height and reach advantage and Pagara easily managed to close the distance and land crisp combinations. In the second round Katili was pinned on the ropes and received a barrage of punches. - The Bohol Chronicle

General Topic / Tigmo, Tigmo Agukoy
« on: May 17, 2009, 09:54:34 PM »
THE ORIGINAL IS “Tígmò, Tígmò, Tigmúkoy”
Not “Tígmò, Tígmò, Agúkoy”
By Jes Tirol

One of the most popular Sugboanon Bisayan riddle is “Tígmò, tígmò, agúkoy úgmà ra ta mag-ásoy (Riddle, riddle, fiddler crab, we will tell each other on the morrow). The answer to this riddle is a dámgo (dream). If you analyze the riddle carefully, you will wonder how the fiddler crab (agúkoy) came into the equation.

Do you know that the original riddle was actually “Tígmò,tígmò, tigmúkoy úgmà ra ta mag-ásoy?”
In the 1850 Bisayan-Spanish dictionary of Fr. Juan Felix de la Encarnacion the Bisayan word tigmúkoy is defined as “enigma.” So the original riddle in English should be “Riddle, riddle, it is an enigma, we will tell each other on the morrow.”

How The Words Shifted

In your whole life, how many times have you used the word enigma? You are a good English conversationalist if you have ever used it ten times. So we can expect that the Bisayan equivalent would be also seldom used. During Spanish times and during the American era, only very few books were written using the Bisayan language. After a lapse of 150 years, the word tigmúkoy was forgotten and got replaced by agúkoy. It is a perfect rhyme and the connotation of being mysterious and humorous is still present.

The agúkoy or fiddler crab in English has a scientific name uca minax. It is a small crab found in seashores and marshy areas. Its body is from one to two inches wide and has a strange configuration. In the male of the species, one of its claws is very much larger than the other. When the smaller claw puts food to the mouth of the crab the act seems to imitate a man playing the fiddle, hence the name “fiddler crab.”

Which Claw is Bigger?

In humans, the most dominant is a right handed person. How about the agúkoy, which do you think is the dominant larger claw, the left or the right?

The answer is the left claw. However, here is the catch. The large claw is used by the male crab for amorous signaling to the female and for fighting other male crabs. If and when the large claw becomes detached, the other claw will grow larger during the next molting season and a new smaller claw will grow where the previous large claw had been.

So the former left-handed crab becomes a right-handed crab. So if you discover that most of the fiddler crabs in your beach has majority of left-handers, it means that your beach has plenty of food and well balanced ecology. If the fiddler crabs are mixed left-handers and right-handers, it means that food is scarce in your beach because the crabs had been quarreling with each other.
Accurate Time Clock

Do you know that the agúkoy has an accurate internal time clock? The agúkoy or fiddler crab will change its color in response to the low and high tide. When the tide is low, the carapace or shell of the crab will turn dark and during high tide the color of the shell becomes light. In Cordova, Cebu, I noticed that some will turn bright red or bright blue during low tide.

Even if you kidnap agúkoy and put them in your room away from shore, the color will change in response to the 12 ½ hour cycle of the tide. So if you are from an interior town in Bohol and loves to bathe at the sea during high tide, just kidnap an agúkoy and you will know when will be the high tide. The darkest color of the crab will always correspond to the lowest tide. The lightest color will correspond to the highest tide.

Back To The Riddle
I have already given you enough reasons how easy it was to shift from tigmúkoy to agúkoy. Whereas the word tigmúkoy means enigma, the agúkoy itself is an enigma. Just the same, in the context of the rhyme of the riddle, the word tigmúkoy should be the logical word because the answer to the riddle is a “dream.” It does not have a relation to the queerness of the agúkoy.


The University of Bohol and the University of Bohol Alumni Association, Incorporated  (UBAAI) will hold a grand alumni homecoming on July 20, 2009 at the university quadrangle.

Lawyer Jose V.  Torralba, president of UBAAI disclosed that  this year’s  grand alumni homecoming is in conjunction  with the celebration of Tapok Bol-anon Tibuok Kalibutan (TBTK). The affair is  part of the yearly Sandugo celebration which will be held every month of July. As president, Torralba is calling all alumni of  Rafael Palma College and University of Bohol to participate in  this memorable occasion and reunite once again with former classmates in our Alma Mater. Registration is peg at P100.00  only. Any donation is much appreciated.

For more information you may  inquire from the UB Alumni Office at tel no. (038) 411-4321, Prof. Rene Real at tel .no. (038) 411-3523 or at cel no. 09164576504 and Dean Carol Belarmino at tel. no. 411-3484 local (832).

Bohol Directory / Free Stay-In Orientation Camp by IDEA Philippines
« on: May 17, 2009, 09:49:20 PM »
IDEA Philippines will hold a “Free Stay-In Orientation Camp” for deaf children aged 15 years and below and their parents/guardian this coming May 25-27 at the Dormitory for the Deaf, Loon South Central Elem. School.

Board, lodging and transportation expenses are also free.

For more information, call Maricris at (038) 411-5568/ 501-8890 or text at 09209388749.

Punta Cruz: “Top tourist attraction”

The Punta Cruz Watchtower, built by the Augistinian-Recollect friar 1,211 years ago, symbolize this historical, history-rich coastal municipality.

Historians and researchers say that the tower and the wooden cross beside the fortress were erected almost the same year.

Constructed out of stones and patterned after Spanish fortresses, the towering structure served as a watching place to warn inhabitants around the area when Moro marauders from Mindanao and Sulo who hit our shores to kidnap women and innocent children to be sold out as slaves back home.

Folklore, handed down from generation to generation, narrates that a group of fishermen were on their fishing expedition along Maribojoc Bay. Wonder of wonders, their fish net yielded a unique catch – a big, straight piece of wood.

They dragged the wood ashore, formed it into a cross, for they were already Christians at the time, and erected the same on the exact spot where it now proudly stands.

The cross, folklore reveals, served as the protector of the area’s populace.

When Moro buccaneers let go of their evil expedition, the inhabitants, warned earlier by the watcher atop the historical tower, implored the protection of the Holy Cross.

When the merciless invaders sailed over Maribojoc Bay, the sea turned into a large tract of land.  Having no other alternative, the raiding pirates disembarked from their sea vessels and went on their destination.

At this juncture, just like the Israelites’ crossing of the Red Sea, flooding waters mapped out the philandering pirates from the face of the earth.

Although perennially promoted by previous administrations, Punta Cruz attracted a handful of local and foreign tourists.

When Mayor Leoncio Evasco, Jr. came into the scene having been catapulted to the mayoralty throne by the Maribojocanons long hungry for a change, the former Davao City executive and a trusted ally of the dynamic city top brass – Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, created the Municipal Ecological, Heritage, Tourism, Culture and the Arts Council (MEHTCAC).

Evasco tapped the expertise of the Ramasola siblings headed by top Boholano painter and artist Ric Ramasola, and other local talents including musician-priest Fr. Oriel “Witex” Echavia.

Paul Gelig, a successful Manila-based businessman who is on import-export business and reportedly operating a chain of bakery shops in the capital city, and a close peer of the former priest during their seminary days, was designated as Maribojoc’s economic adviser.

Gelig then former a corporation along with his close kins and the Watchtower Corporation, Inc. was born which eventually won a bidding to operate a souvenir shop and later, a coffee shop to cater to tourists’ culinary needs as well as souvenir items they can bring home.

The Bohol Alliance of Non-Government Organizations (BANGON) later implemented a 20-month project entitled “Building Livelihoods and Enterprises of Sustainable Ecotourism Development in Maribojoc, more locally known as Blessed-Maribojoc.

An essential element of this project, which is funded by the Philippines-Australia Community Assistance Program of the Australian Agency for International Development (PACAP-AusAID), is the formation of the Punta Cruz Cultural Collective, a community-based theater composed of 20 members (students and out-of school youths of Punta Cruz, Guiwanon, Lagtangon, Bood, Dipatlong, Poblacion and sition San Juan in the port area) who successfully passed the audition conducted by Boholano movie director Gardy Labad last August a year ago.

After two presentations entitled “Ang Tawag sa Bantayan2, the dance-drama group caught the admiration tourism officials.  The dance ensemble was invited as Bohol’s representative to the Creativity Summit of KALAHI Cultural Caregiving focused on the UN Millenium Development Goals through World Theatre Week Workshops/ Showcases/Conference last March 24-29, this year.

The talented young Maribojocanons made waves in the capital city March 28 when they entertained audience at Clamshell I, Intramuros, Manila.  The now nationally famous dance group rendered the intermission number in yesterday’s historic event.

The Punta Cultural Collective is Maribojoc’s version of the internationally famous Loboc Children’s Choir and the Loboc Youth Ambassadors Band.

With the declaration yesterday of the Punta Cruz Watchtower Complex by the National Historical Institute as a Historical Landmark and installation thereat of a Historical Marker, the beautiful and historical watchtower and its environs can now be at par with other tourist destinations of the island-province.

Bohol Directory / Santacruzan 2009 by Rotary Club of Tagbilaran
« on: May 17, 2009, 09:46:18 PM »

Everything is set for the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran’s highly- anticipated event this Friday, May 22.
Dubbed Santacruzan 09, it will commence with a holy mass and floral offering at St. Joseph’s Cathedral, 3 p.m. followed by a spectacular and colorful procession of sagalas and angels around the city’s major thoroughfares and will be capped with a glittering Coronation Ball and Dinner Gala to be held at the Dagohoy Ballroom of Bohol Tropics Resort, 7 p.m.

Top notch entertainment and a reenactment of the Santacruzan are some of the evening’s highlights.

A star- studded line-up of notable society figures, showbiz icons and political heavyweights will be on hand for the coronation of seven distinguished women achievers, namely; the highly-respected philanthropist and jet-setting socialite Rose Soy as Queen of the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran; the beauteous and brainy Loay Mayor, Rosemary Lim- Imboy, as Reina Emperatriz; the charming lady behind Loboc’s popular Riverwatch floating resto, Tessie Labunog- Sumampong, as Queen of May.

Alona Tropical Resort’s Aya Montero will reign as this year’s Reyna Elena. The other queens are Yoradale Mae Bongato as Princess of May, Leah Genica Jabines as Queen of Angels and Jasmine Shania Tasker as Reina de las Flores. A bevy of beauty queens, models, and pretty charmers complete the line- up of sagalas and angels.

Club president Dr. Angelito Lechago and project chair Baby Bantol revealed that this annual fund-raising campaign will benefit the Rotary’s various socio-civic projects.

For ticket inquiries and reservations, contact Rotarian Mary Ruth Gango 09189795825. 
Santacruzan 2009 would like to thank Cion-Virge Café & Restaurant, Asahi Kanko Tours, Magokoro Skills Center, Inc., Alona Tropical Beach Resort, Lite Shipping, BCCTV, Panglao Tropical Villas, Riverwatch, Alona Vida Beach Resort, Coco Vida Bar & Restaurant, Le Panorama Restaurant, JJs Seafood Village, Bohol Vantage Resort, Dumaluan Beach Resort, RD Wedding Avenue, Island City Mall, The Bohol Chronicle and KISS 102.3 FM.

The Hildegardeans Class ’89 of Nursing of the Holy Name University, formerly the Divine Word College, will hold its Grand Platinum Reunion in Houston, Texason on June 19-21.

Equipped with an uncompromising value for life, the members of the class have pursued their respective paths in different places across the globe in respond to the calling of their profession.

Their reunion 20 years after leaving the portals of their alma mater will gather them once again during their Platinum Anniversary Gala Night at the Marriot Hotel Grand Ballroom at the Texas Medical Center on June 20.  Alumni ought to register on June 19 in Pearland, Texas.

A family picnic will follow on the 21st which is also open to their friends and reunion supporters at the Christina Adair Park.  The occasion will also serve as “Appreciation Day” for the success of the reunion.

The Hildegardeans batch, headed by Joseph Alagon for already five years now, is known for the priceless contribution of its members to humanitarian works here such as medical-surgical missions.

Alagon, a registered nurse now based in California, had in fact helped thousands of indigent patients in his home province in the past seven years.

He supported the four biggest heart operations in the Philippines which were all done in Bohol with patients who also came from other parts of the Visayas, Luzon and Mindanao.

The Bohol government, thru Gov. Erico Aumentado, has in fact lauded, recognized and honored the contribution of the Hildegardeans Class to the many humanitarian missions here.

Alagon happens to be a son of Philippine Gift of Life President/Chief Executive Officer francisca Baluyot, a former Red Cross-Bohol administrator regarded by many as the “Mother Terersa of the Philippine Medical Mission.”

Three years ago, a “yahoo group” of the Hildegardeans Class was initiated by Armi Garmi as a strong link that could connect 67 of the original 97 class members who have since then greeted and updated each other thru the cyberspace regularly. The group has kept locating other Hildegardeans members.

So far, some 30 Hildegardeans classmates and their families have confirmed to come to Texas for the reunion.  The said American state is now home to 10 Hildegardeans members.

Their class advisers, Margaret Pana-Faisal and Jevica Virtudes, will be the reunion guest speakers while a number of class clinical instructors are also joining the event.

Because of the lingering global economic meltdown, the Houston Planning Committee of the platinum reunion strived to keep the event cost down while at the same time generating funds.  Garrage sales were even held and fund-raising items sold on-line.  The committee thanked all donors and patrons.

Those who are interested to celebrate with the Hildegardeans members in their platinum reunion can contact Emelita Chatto-Lomod at

Any information on the other class members not yet located by the planning committee can be fed to Zipporah Fortich-Orion at or to Liz Vergas-Halbert at - The Bohol Chronicle

LGU Philippines / Who Is Above the Law in Tagbilaran?
« on: May 17, 2009, 09:00:58 PM »
Editorial, the Bohol Chronicle

The benefactors and beneficiaries of the P3-Million-A-Day Swertres illegal game in Bohol probably thought they were above the law.

This is because just a week earlier - the warning signals were fired. Region-7 Police Director Federico Terte gave the marching orders against the illegal trade and cited the "One Strike" policy over the heads of lawmen. Governor Erico Aumentado and the League of Municipalities declared war on the same.

But such has the lawlessness become in the city. They are now brazen enough to ignore the warning shots - precisely because they thought they can perpetuate the illegal activity with impunity. Because they thought they were above the law.

The Chronicle had postulated in its editorial what is already a National Fact of Life.  That Swertres can never survive in a place without the protection of some high officials and some policemen. That's true from Aparri to Jolo - stated without fear of contradiction.

So for the long arm of the law to reach the suspects, it had to be creatively done beyond the ambit of the city. It had to take a Regional Judge to issue the search warrant and the raid to be done by elements of the Regional Police (Intelligence Division) led by SSupt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe and elements of the Bohol BPPO led by S/Supt Edgardo Ingking to nail the alleged "biggest financier" of swertres in the city and province, a public official at that (barangay captain Manolo Blanco) in Mansasa district of this city.

None of the city judges and police elements led by city police chief Julius Gornez had the faintest idea the lightning raid would occur Friday. And it was best that it was so. Word flies in the city like a swine flu influenza, faster than one can say "swertres".

Caught inflagrante delicto with half a million cash and paraphernalia alongside a coordinator, the authorities should now throw the library at this financier and give him 16 years in jail, P5 million in penalty and perpetual disbarment from holding public office. Lawmaker as lawbreaker - if found guilty - is such a frigging shame.

The record of the city police head Julius "Silence of the Lamb" Gornez should be immediately put on notice to the office of PNP Chief Verzosa. S/Supt Ingking may have come to his own in this one and should re-establish his credibility that indeed he is not a "cop on the take". But they have to keep on pushing because there are other financiers out there or crooks angling to grab the share of the fallen Manolo Blanco as "Top Gun".

Everyone knows that the City PNP is under the direct supervision of the City Mayor. It should therefore come from the mouth of City PNP chief Gornez if his seeming reluctance (which led to the regional PNP involvement) was because he was constrained by the City Mayor to go hammer and tongs against a trade that is known to almost everyone who can say his own name in the city.

Last week, when the Governor endorsed the anti-swertres drive and challenged the City Mayor to have the city drive as a model, all the public got was a resounding silence from City Hall. Instead we hear the City Chief Executive say "swertres will not go away as long as lotto exists."

Now that the Big-Time Financier of the illegal game will be formally charged by Regional Police elements - who used a ton of intelligence before making their move - all the City Mayor can say is " I cannot abandon a friend (Manolo Blanco) and I will provide him the best lawyer."

Blanco is a protege and friend of the City Mayor - one of the 11 barangay captains in his political fold.

These are the facts of the case. You can draw your own conclusions.

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