Thursday, January 29, 2015

Deaf candidate out from Binibining Pilipinas 2015


The big dream of deaf international model Christine Balaguer will take a back seat after she was replaced from the official list of Binibining Pilipinas candidates.

Balaguer from Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan expressed her disappointment over the recent decision of Binibining Pilipinas Charities Incorporated (BPCI),  for a reason she didn’t disclosed.

BPCI is the pageant organizer of the 52nd edition of Binibining Pilipinas held on March this year at Smart Araneta Coliseum. The beauty pageant selects the country’s representatives to the Miss Universe and Miss International pageants on March 15.

Balaguer said, “it is her big dream to be the first deaf candidate to win Bb. Pilipinas!”

In her official Facebook page, Balaguer said “being born deaf is not the end of the world. It’s a challenge but also an opportunity. An opportunity to be able to set a positive example for others that despite being deaf they can still achieve their dreams and contribute to society in a meaningful manner. And be successful!,” she added. 

Balaguer said ”life as a deaf can be hard sometimes but all hardship can be overcome by working hard, never giving up and always believing in yourself. Being deaf is not an excuse for giving up in life or making mistakes in life."

The deaf model, whose life story was featured in ABS CBN’s Maalaala Mo Kaya, wanted to inspire other handicapped people and encourage them “to take life in their own hands and always move forward no matter what."

BPCI has yet to issue an official statement for the disqualification of Balaguer, but she was replaced by Cannielle Faith Santos, a registered nurse from Marilao, Bulacan. 

Christine is the second Binibining Pilipinas candidate to be replaced this year. Kimberle Mae Penchon dropped the competition and was replaced by Maolin Yalung.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DepEd: Bring children,youth back to school


The Department of Education is seeking the support of local organizations and the community to campaign for children and youth not enrolled in school.

The strategy aims to bring them back to school and to enroll them from January 24 to February 27, 2015.

Public elementary and secondary schools are opened to accept enrollees for the early registration which is implemented with the theme “Makapag-aral ay Karapatan Mo, Magpalista.”

Under DepEd Order No. 1, series of 2015, the early registration campaign aims to ensure that all 5-year old children are enrolled in kinder; to locate, identify and enroll out of school children and youth who may belong to the following: children and youth in remote locations, children and youth in difficult circumstances, children and youth who belong to disadvantaged groups or who suffer from discrimination, children and youth with disabilities.

The early registration program also aims to understand the barriers to access to education and identify local interventions to bring them to school and ensure that they do not drop out.

DepEd also enlisted the support of barangay officials, business sector, civil society groups and parent-teachers association to address the potential gaps and help the agency prepare for the classrooms, learning materials and the number of teachers for the incoming school year.

In Aklan, DepEd Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Jesse Gomez has urged the parents to enroll their incoming Kinder or Grade 1 pupils listed in schools for the early registration. 

Children should be at least five-years old by June 1; they should bring the birth certificate to enroll, and if not available, the document can be submitted within the school year.

House-to-house campaigns or meetings with local organizations and barangay officials are also encouraged to help and locate children who should be in schools.  

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

CAAP to investigate security breach in Kalibo airport

How it happened?  Airport authorities will conduct investigation of  a serious security breach at Kalibo International Airport after a Filipino woman boarded a PAL flight to Korea without travel documents / PHOTOS BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL


Woman boards South Korea bound-plane without travel documents?
Officials of Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) are investigating an ‘unbelievable’ incident in Kalibo International Airport (KIA) following a security breach last week.

On Friday, a full investigation is being carried out by an investigating team from CAAP. 

The investigators are taking the incident “very seriously” to figure out how a Filipino woman eluded security and immigration authorities - and how she then got on the flight to South Korea.

The incident also raised serious questions about security at Kalibo International Airport, one of the top ten busiest airports in the country. 

It remained uncertain if heads are on the block over a serious security breach, but, airport and Aklan local officials are ‘deeply concerned’ how a mentally-deranged woman could get through security and boarded a South Korean international flight full of Boracay vacationers.

Last January 22, a Filipino woman from Antique province boarded a Philippine Airlines (PAL) direct flight PR490 from KIA to Incheon, South Korea at around 5:34 p.m. on her own without travel documents.

Thirty-year old Leah Castro Reginio, who lives in Barangay Aureliana, Patnongon, Antique, managed to sneak through security, immigration and airport ground personnel at the entrance and boarding gates.

The woman mingled with all other passengers, most of them are Korean nationals, and somehow, she gets through security checks unchallenged.

After landing at around 8:45 p.m. in Incheon International Airport, Reginio was intercepted by Korean immigration airport authorities for failing to present her passport, tickets, boarding pass or anything.

The following day, the woman was flown back to Kalibo International Airport on board PAL flight PR489 at 3:38 p.m.

A CAAP report cited that the woman was mentally challenged and had history visits to psychiatric clinics. 

Reginio has been returned to her family safely.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Boracay deaf model competes for Binibining Pilipinas crown


A hearing-impaired model is one of the official candidates of this year’s Binibining Pilipinas.

Twenty-five year old Christine Ramos Balaguer from Boracay Island, Malay, Aklan will compete with 33 other official candidates on March 15 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City.

Standing 5'7", Christine or Tin-tin is an international model from Aces & Queens beauty camp and former Miss World Philippines finalist last October 2014.

Tin-Tin’s life story was featured in ABS-CBN Maalaala Mo Kaya which was portrayed by Miss Universe 2010 first runner-up Venus Raj last January 17. 

Notable candidates joining the 52nd edition of Binibining Pilipinas are Pia Wurtzbach (1st runner-up in Bb. Pilipinas 2013, Top 15 in Bb. Pilipinas 2014), Hannah Ruth Sison (candidate in Bb. Pilipinas 2013, 2nd Runner Up in 2014), Patricia Lae Ejercitado (candidate in Bb. Pilipinas 2010, Top 12 in 2012, Top 13 in Miss World Philippines 2013), Toni Alyessa Hipolito (Top 10 in Bb. Pilipinas 2008, unplaced in 2010) and Alaiza Flor Malinao (1st Runner Up, Miss Photogenic at Century Tuna Superbods 2014). 

Christi Lynn McGarry (Mutya ng Pilipinas Asia Pacific 2010, then represented the Philippines at Miss Intercontinental 2010 and won the Asia and Oceania title) and Nancy Lee Leonard (Miss Air title winner at Miss Philippines Earth 2013) are also shoo-in for the Binibining Pilipinas crown.

GMA-7 actress Teresita Sen Marquez or Wynwyn Marquez is also one of the hopefuls for the crown.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Papal inspiration, tofil awardees

Echoes From

Pope Francis is now in Rome but everyone keeps talking about how he touched the Filipino soul. Hopefully, his messages on compassion and mercy, responsible parenthood, honesty and corruption will sink deeply in our moral psyche.

It seems thus superfluous now to add more to the ongoing public discourse. What deserves stress, however, is how the Papal inspiration can rid the Filipino moral psyche of the corruption wrapping it. Ordinary Filipinos instantly condemn government people at the slightest hint of corruption. When accosted for law violation, however, their first impulse is to bribe their way out.

TOFIL AWARDEES. Pope Francis is a blissful inspiration for us all. We do not, however, lack Filipinos we can emulate. JCI Senate Philippines and Insular Life Assurance Co. will honor three countrymen with the Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) awards in Muntinglupa City on January 29 this year for their exemplary achievements in their respective fields.

The TOFIL awardees – Albay Gov. Joey Salceda (transformational leadership), Gemma Cruz-Araneta (Culture and Arts) and Francis Kong (Business Entrepreneurship) are all deserving.

Salceda, in particularly, has excel led in creative public governance and earned honors for the country for his international engagements. The United Nations designated him as its Senior Global Champion and spokesman on disaster risk reduction and climate change adapation (DRR-CCC), and lauded his achievements as co-chair of the UN Green Climate Fund where he represents Southeast Asia and the developing countries.

Salceda’s transformative stewardship achieved early for Albay its Millennium Development Goals, and significant gains in DRR-CCA, health, education, agriculture, forestry, environment and tourism which helped grow Albay’s economy the frequent calamities hounding it.

Likewise cited by JCI were the technical tools he developed which elevated to global standards the system of the Philippine Stock Exchange which put the country in the world equity market map and earned cumulatively some US$3.5 billion net investment inflows into the Philippine market. For this, Asiamoney voted him Best Stock Market Analyst for four consecutive years.

JCI also cited Salceda’s strategy formulated when he was Albay Congressman which has become the country’s fiscal reform framework and roadmap. Three of the laws he crafted gave the country access to the World Trade Organization.

Also deserving mention are his gains in healthcare, PhilHealth coverage and education. Albay now has the largest scholarship program having supported 77,142 post secondary scholars.