NCR-DRRM Officials Learn from Cebu City’s ‘Quake Experiences

Disaster Risk Reduction Management (DRRM) Officers from the National Capital Region (NCR) visited Cebu City for the first Metro Manila-Central Visayas Shake Share. Shake share is a program initiated by the Metro Manila Development Authority, Office of Civil Defense (OCD) National Capital Region (NCR) and Central Visayas and the Department of Interior and Local Government […].....»»

Category: newsSource: metrocebu metrocebuAug 11th, 2018

My SK at work

HOW’S your barangay’s Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) doing so far? Have your officials kept their election promises? Are they living up to your expectations of them? If not, they can probably learn a thing or two from the SK of Barangay Tinago in Cebu City. The newly elected SK officials of Barangay Tinago was successful in… link: My SK at work.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018

Records set, lessons learned as Palarong Pambansa 2018 ends

ILOCOS SUR -- Palarong Pambansa once again showcased the most promising Filipino youth sports talent, as it draws to a close after seven days at the Quirino Stadium in Bantay, Ilocos Sur last April 21. The 61st installment of the country's flagship sports program saw student-athletes break several records, and the event itself became an avenue for broader discussions on youth development and child protection. At the closing ceremony, Department of Education Undersecretary and Palarong Pambansa Secretary-General Tonisito Umali encouraged the youth to translate their on-court success to other facets of their lives. “Aking hinihikayat kayong lahat, samahan ninyo ang ating Ma’am Liling Briones at ang buong Kagawaran sa ating paglalakbay upang makabuo ng isang Filipino na kampeon, na hindi lamang kampeon sa palakasan kung hindi kampeon sa tunay na buhay," Umali said. After a week of intense competition, Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson made sure to remind the young athletes to look beyond the results. “We have successfully completed the journey, and now we end it by celebrating victories and learned lessons of defeat. Remember, young athletes, that in winning or losing, there are always lessons one can get and these are far more important than any other awards,” the governor said during his opening message following the parade of delegates.   THREE TYPES OF EDUCATION Makati representative and former taekwondo champion “Monsour” Del Rosario recalled his earlier experiences and stressed the importance of sports' role in developing a sound athlete and a model citizen. “Kayo po ang future ng Philippine sports. Nakikita ko po ang sarili ko sa inyo noon – isang atleta, a faceless person in a crowd of 15,000 athletes. Itong sporting event na ito ay napakahalaga sa ating mga kabataan,” the congressman shared. He also continued by sharing his belief in three types of education: “Number one na education ay nanggagaling sa ating pamilya, sa ating parents at mga kapatid. Ang pangalawang education ay sa paaralan,nag-aaral tayo to become knowledgeable about many things in life. Ang third education ay ang sports education, ito minsan ay nakalilimutan ng ibang sector pero mahalaga din ito sa mga kabataan, dahil dito nade-develop ang character natin," he said. "Ang buhay natin ay parang sports din, sometimes we lose, sometimes we win, but if you have experienced competing in sports, you will know how to handle challenges in life." The National Capital Region (NCR) once again lorded over the weeklong sporting event, leading the medal tally by a huge margin, with Region IV-A (CALABARZON) and Region VI (Western Visayas) finishing second and third, respectively. The top winners received cash prize and trophy, and for the first time in the history of Palaro, winners in all the 21 regular sporting events were awarded with prizes by this year’s sponsors. the number of records set this year reached 40 (five in archery, 16 in athletics, and 19 in swimming), the most in Palarong Pambansa history. Aside from a gold medal and cash incentive, each of the record breakers received additional P3,000. “Aside from the additional incentive, these outstanding athletes will be seeded or given priority to represent the country in the 10th ASEAN School Games that will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,” Umali added.   CHAMPIONING THE SPIRIT, WELFARE OF FILIPINO ATHLETES Following an incident involving a DepEd personnel from Cebu City who was nabbed for alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old student-athlete during the national meet, Umali announced the formation of a Child Protection Committee next year. “In the next Palaro in Davao, we will now have a Child Protection Committee to make sure that this sort of occurrence will never happen again. We will also conduct talks with officiating officials and coaches on how to avoid similar instances in the future,” Umali directed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

BEST OF 5 PART 2: In 2006, the reign of the Red Lion began

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the San Beda Red Lions here. --- San Beda College is the winningest team in all of NCAA basketball. With 21 championships in the Seniors division, they have four more than second-running archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran. Almost half of that total comes from the last 12 years where the Red Lions have claimed 10 titles. A dozen years ago, Mendiola having the rightful claim as the winningest all but seemed to be a far- fetched idea. Back in 2005, the red and white only had 11 championships in the Seniors division – way behind what the Knights had. THIS ISN’T WHAT YOU KNOW Then, San Beda was not the dynasty that it is now – and not even one of the top contenders as that recognition belonged to Letran and Philippine Christian University. More than that, they were also right smack in the middle of a 28-year title drought, with their last title coming in the late ‘70s. That 1978 championship was under the guidance of famed mentor Bonnie Carbonell. After him, a number of coaches tried to take home the championship for the Red Lions only to come up short time and again. THEN AND NOW Enter Koy Banal in 2005 and continuing into 2006. And just to give him a good start, he brought along the very same Carbonell who was the school’s last vestige of a championship. “I brought in Freddie Abuda sa coaching staff to add to Chito Victolero and JB Sison who were already there. More important was I also got coach Bonnie Carbonell who was my hero,” he shared. He then continued, “He’s the one who inspired me to coach and he was the last coach who gave San Beda a championship.” As it turns out, Carbonell’s arrival was some sort of premonition as that year was the magical season they had long been waiting for. Even Banal, 11 years since and numerous stints in the PBA and PBA D-League after, could not forget that magical season. As he put it, “That year was really special. That is still in my heart, that is still in my memory. You won’t forget those experiences.” THE EARLY BIRD GETS THE WORM So much so that the now 56-year-old head coach could still narrate what had happened then like it was yesterday. The story of San Beda’s modern-day dynasty starts at the end of Season 81 – following another finish outside of the playoff picture. “Right after our last game in Season 81, I just gave the players one week off,” Banal recalled. “I told them Season 82 is already starting for us.” And so, from October of 2005 onto 2006, they were already gearing up for another shot at ending an almost three-decade long title drought. KINGS OF THE QUEEN CITY OF THE SOUTH That gearing up took them as Cebu where, in Banal’s eyes, all came together for them. “Ang key rito is yung aming preparation. I wanted to create adversity kasi nga I wanted to buil their character kaya we went to Cebu,” he said. He then continued, “’Di lang kami sa isang gym naglaro. Nagpunta kami mismo sa campuses – sa UV (University of Visayas), sa UC (University of Cebu), sa USC (University of San Carlos), USJ-R (University of San Jose-Recoletos. Yun talaga yung key kasi araw-araw na laro tapos may practice pa.” He also added, “Dun talaga kami nag-bond kasi biro mo, magkakasama kami ng one week. Dun talaga nabuo ang San Beda.” Still, all those preparations would have been all for naught without game-changing players. CATALYST FOR CHANGE Fortunately for Mendiola, that time also saw them with perhaps the biggest game-changer in the history of the NCAA. Banal’s very first order of business when he took the job was to bring in a big man – and not just a big man, but a dominant big man. “The primary plan was to recruit a dominant big man because that was the problem of San Beda in the previous seasons. The solution to the problem? A six-foot eight-inch powerhouse hailing from Nigeria. “We brought in Sam Ekwe. I believe his arrival turned the tides for us kasi Rookie (of the Year)-MVP, ano pa bang pwedeng ibigay sa kanya nun,” the mentor said. Indeed, from the get-go, Ekwe proved to be a force the league had not seen before and averaged 10.6 points, 16.5 rebounds, and three blocks. While he has always had the tools, Banal said what made him special was that he was more than willing to know more about how to make good use of those tools. “Very dominant, but willing to learn and listen and follow. Kaya I would like to give the credit to Freddie Abuda kasi siya ang tumutok talaga,” he said. BREAKTHROUGH With Ekwe wowing just about everybody all the way to both the MVP and RoY awards, the Red Lions followed his lead all the way to the championship round. There, they bested the Dolphins – then with future PBA stars such as Beau Belga, Jayson Castro, Gabby Espinas – in an epic three-game series. And it wasn’t even until the very last seconds when Belga’s would-be game-winner clanged off the rim and into the hands of Yousif Aljamal that the decision was definite – Mendiola’s title drought has come to an end. For the head coach who ended it all, even at that moment, he knew full well that it wasn’t about him. “Yung iniisip ko talaga, para sa mga players e. Yung sakripisyo nila, nagbunga kaya kung makikita mo yung video nun, bawat isa, umakap sa akin e,” he said. He then continued, “Special talaga yun, nasa puso ko yun at ‘di makakalimutan. Nothing compares to the championship we all won in San Beda.” FULL CIRCLE As if the good ending needed to be even better, that 28-year wait was tied up neatly by the presence of one Bonnie Carbonell – the head coach of the last title before the drought and a consultant of the first title after the drought. “After winning the championship, kami ni coach Bonnie, may maganda kaming kuha na nag-akapan kaming dalawa. ‘Di ko rin makakalimutan yun,” Banal said. Until now, it’s not just Banal who hasn’t forgotten. Nobody at all will be forgetting about San Beda, winners of 10 of the last 12 championships, anytime soon. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Rico’s Lechon of Cebu opens second Manila branch

  Every time I am in Cebu, I visit chef Raki Orbina's restaurants Caf Laguna, Parilla and Lemon Grass. I also visit Tymad Bistro of chef Philippe Estienne where the food takes me back to my Paris days on the Left Bank. His kouign-amann (Breton cake) is to die for.   Another must-visit is Rico's Lechon owned by Enrico Dionson. I love the lechon so much I was glad to learn it was now available at Bonifacio Global City (BGC).   For one of our "Foodprints" shows, we were given a freshly cooked lechon straight from their pit. I usually try to eat healthy and will only eat a tiny piece of skin and ribs but this was the first time I had eaten so much lechon in ...Keep on reading: Rico’s Lechon of Cebu opens second Manila branch.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 10th, 2018

Gov t officials have ties with tres marias

POLICE Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Debold Sinas said they are investigating government officials who reportedly have links with the three sisters who were caught in a drug bust in Barangay Tejero, Cebu City. Sinas said the suspects, who were caught during a One-Time Big-Time operation last Thursday, are called “Tres Marias.” Sinas did not… link: Gov't officials 'have ties' with tres marias.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Land Developer Claims Cebu Project ‘Aboveboard’

Officials of a local real estate developer on Wednesday claimed tht its project in Lapu-Lapu City is compliant with all legal requirements. In a statement to the Philippine News Agency (PNA), lawyer Ricardo Ma. P. G. Ongkiko said their client, Pueblo de Oro Development Corporation (PODC), denies that the projects that are being constructed in […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay — scientists

  The tsunami that ravaged the Indonesian city of Palu was outsized compared to the earthquake that spawned it, but other factors -- including a long, narrow bay -- conspired to create monster waves, scientists say. At least 844 people are already known to have died in the disaster, and officials say that toll is likely to rise -- perhaps into the thousands. The 7.5-magnitude quake, which struck early evening on Friday -- a time when many in the Muslim-majority country would have been at the mosque -- brought buildings down all over Palu and its surrounding area. But it was an unlikely confluence of geophysical conditions that gave rise to a localized tsunami that wa...Keep on reading: Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay — scientists.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Quake survivors clamor to flee hard-hit Indonesian city

PALU, Indonesia — As officials began burying hundreds of dead in a mass grave Monday, thousands of survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami converged on the airport of this heavily damaged Indonesian city and clamored to leave, saying there was little to eat and their homes were unsafe. The confirmed death toll of 844,… link: Quake survivors clamor to flee hard-hit Indonesian city.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2018

Quake survivors clamor to flee hard-hit Indonesian city

PALU, Indonesia --- As officials began burying hundreds of dead in a mass grave Monday, thousands of survivors of a devastating earthquake and tsunami converged on the airport of this heavily damaged Indonesian city and clamored to leave, saying there was little to eat and their homes were unsafe. The confirmed death toll of 844, mostly from the city of Palu, is expected to rise as authorities reach areas that were cut off by the disaster. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck at dusk Friday and generated a tsunami said to have been as high as 6 meters (20 feet) in places. Search-and-rescue teams combed destroyed homes and buildings, including a collapsed eight-story hotel, for a...Keep on reading: Quake survivors clamor to flee hard-hit Indonesian city.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Officials warned of landslide-prone areas in Naga, Cebu, as early as 2008

CEBU, Philippines – Sitio Sindulan, one of the areas hit by the landslide in Barangay Tinaan, Naga City, Cebu, has been identified as a landslide-prone area as early as 2008, local environment officials said. The deadly landslide, which was triggered by days of heavy rains, killed at least 65 people ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2018

Central Visayas mines bureau execs sacked

Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu has ordered the relief of the chief and three other officials of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau in Central Visayas in connection with a landslide in Naga City, Cebu that left at least 20 people dead and dozens missing last Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Cebu lawmaker, 12 others face plunder raps

Cebu sixth district Rep. Jonas Cortes and 12 other former officials of Mandaue City are in hot water over an alleged anomaly in the sale of a 3.5-hectare reclaimed land during his stint as city mayor in 2015. Source link link: Cebu lawmaker, 12 others face plunder raps.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Cebu lawmaker, 12 others face plunder raps

Cebu sixth district Rep. Jonas Cortes and 12 other former officials of Mandaue City are in hot water over an alleged anomaly in the sale of a 3.5-hectare reclaimed land during his stint as city mayor in 2015......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

MPBL double-header in Bacoor also cancelled due to Ompong

For the fourth time this season, a scheduled double -header has been reset due to inclement weather conditions. The Saturday games in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Anta-Datu Cup have been bumped off to a later date due to Typhoon Ompong. League officials decided that it’s best to reset the games for everyone’s safety. “Safety is our priority, so we just advised everybody to stay home and we’re resetting the double header to a later date,” said MPBL Commissioner Duremdes. Host team Bacoor was scheduled to play Zamboanga in the main game at 9:00 PM right after the match between Quezon City and Cebu at 7:00 PM. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Davide, Magpale Break Ground for P25-M Capitol Provincial Dorm

Five months from now, local government officials from far-flung towns or cities will no longer have to worry about a place to stay whenever they are in Cebu City on official business. This, as Cebu Gov. Hilario P. Davide III and Vice Gov. Agnes A. Magpale led the groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed 12-door, two-story […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Japan PM Abe visits quake-hit Hokkaido as toll rises to 42

TOKYO, Japan – Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the quake-hit northern region of Hokkaido Sunday, September 9, as officials confirmed more deaths, bringing the toll to 42. Abe toured the city and commercial hub of Sapporo, where Thursday's 6.6-magnitude  jolt has left houses tilted and roads cracked. He ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

Cebu city officials pay tribute to hero of 93-1

SOME Cebu City officials were saddened by the death of former Cebu Governor Vicente "Tingting" dela Serna. READ: Former Cebu guv Tingting dela Serna passes away Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella remembers dela Serna as a genuine pro-poor public servant who was the key in providing thousands of city residents their own lots under the 93-1… link: Cebu city officials pay tribute to 'hero of 93-1'.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Sara to Mandaue City locals: Support Estrada, Marcos, Nograles in 2019 polls

  CEBU CITY -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio asked for the support of Mandauehanons in next year's senatorial race.   But not for herself.   Instead, the President's daughter had asked the support of Mandaue City residents and officials for the candidacy of three senatorial bets --- former Senator Jinggoy Estrada, Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos, and incumbent Davao City 1st District Rep. Karlo Nograles.   Speaking at the 49th Charter Day Celebration of Mandaue City at the Mandaue City Cultural and Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon, Duterte-Carpio reiterated that she will not be running for senator in the 2019 elections.   "...Keep on reading: Sara to Mandaue City locals: Support Estrada, Marcos, Nograles in 2019 polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

2 dead, 255 injured in 6-magnitude earthquake in western Iran – officials

TEHRAN, Iran (UPDATED) – A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck western Iran near the border with Iraq early Sunday, killing two people and injuring more than 250, officials said. The shallow quake hit 26 kilometers southwest of the city of Javanrud in Kermanshah province, the US Geological Survey said, near the site ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Xiamen air apologizes, Peter Lim, Gilas Pilipinas | Evening wRap

Today on Rappler: Xiamen Air apologizes to passengers affected by the runway mishap. Arresting cops fail to find alleged drug lord Peter Lim in Cebu City. Malacañang brushes aside the resolution of Naga City officials condemning President Rodrigo Duterte for calling their city a 'hotbed of shabu.' National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 20th, 2018