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Friday, December 19, 2014

Top Kalibo taxpayers honored



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The town of Kalibo recognized the top 40 taxpayers and business partners as part of the opening of Christmas holiday activities. 

Kalibo mayor William Lachica and acting Kalibo treasurer Rey Villaruel led the awarding recognition for the outstanding taxpayers at Kalibo Pastrana Park on Monday. 

The top 20 real property taxpayers were Royal Four Seasons Corporation; Rodolfo and Waldestrudes Garcia/ Ariel and Caridad Garcia; Ang Pue Hardware and Lumber/Clifford Construction Corporation; Roberto and Editha Sazon/Panay Telephone Corporation; Citi Hardware Bacolod Incorporated; William Hui Ti/ Ping Bon Chan Ti; Regalado-Cipriano Supermart; Crispin Amigo Chan; John Guidon Macciri and Cynthia Dela Cruz;  Peter and Myrna Torres; Vallacar Transit Corporation; Baofeng Realty Corporation (Novotel); Ramon and Jacinta Legaspi/Saint Gabriel College; Nenita Lao, Ethel and Daniel Lao; Bien Bee Ti Lu, Lawrence Lu, et. al; Golden Arches Development Corporation (McDonald); Jemina Trinidad/La Esperanza; Marianing and Sons Development Corporation; Noriel Panado and Romualdo and Alicia Lozada/Estate Management Corporation.

The top 20 business taxpayers were Mercury Drug Corporation; Clifford Construction Corporation; Citi Hardware Bacolod, Inc.; Golden Arches Development Corporation; Ang Pue Hardware and Lumber, Inc.; L. Bros, Inc.; PMFTC, Inc.; Avon Cosmetics Inc.; Rose Pharmacy, Inc.; Orinda Holdings, Inc.; La Thessa Foods, Inc.; NXT Gen Motor Traders, Inc.; Regalado and Cipriano Supermart, Inc.; Emcor Incorporated; Sunlife of Canada; Pepsi Cola Products Phils., Inc.; Trigar Foods, Inc. (Gaisano Kalibo); Zenco Sales, Inc.; Village Manifold Trenders, Inc. and William Hui Ti.

Heva Management Corporation was cited for excellence award for real property and business taxpayers.

Last Monday, Philippine National Red Cross Governor Rachel Arenas and National Child Development Center project unit head Rommel Isip joined Mayor Lachica and Aklan Provincial Tourism Council co-chairman Vicky Ramos-Antonino for the inauguration and blessing of the day care building along N. Roldan Street. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan finalists compete at talent competition



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
 
The 16 finalists of Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan will be performing for the talent competition on December 20 in Kalibo, Aklan.
 
According to organizer Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi), the finalists will showcase their skills at the Kalibo Pastrana Park starting at 7 p.m.
 
Hosted by Edmar Reynaldo of Barangay 92.9 Super Radyo Kalibo, a panel of judges will select the winner who will also receive a cash prize and the Best in Talent trophy.
 
The 2015 Mutya it Kalibo Ati-Atihan pageant, currently in its 5th edition, will be held on January 9, 2015 at the Gov. Augusto B. Legaspi Sports and Cultural Center in Kalibo, Aklan.
 
Besides vying for the crown, the Mutya finalists competed for Best in Swimsuit award at Hennan Garden Resort in Boracay Island last December 12.
 
Finalists Ma. Theza Belarmino, Ronelie Pador and Leonah Mae Nabayra were selected as top winners of the swimsuit competition.
The grand winner for Best in Swimsuit award will be announced on January 9 grand finale. 
 
The panel of judges for the swimsuit event included April Taledo, front office manager of Hennan Garden Resort; Martin Jickain, managing partner and executive chief of Station Juan Café; Dindo Miguel Martin Salazar, resort manager of Hennan Group of Resorts; Nadya Civitarese, general manager of Mandala Spa; Lyzzelle Ceralde, Human Resources Manager of Hennan Group of Resorts and Aaron Civitarese, area general manager of SLE Hospitality Group. 
 
On the other hand, designer Joseph Sudlon selected finalists Jocelyn Roxas, Nerie Jean David and Maryl Isturis for the Designer’s Choice for Resort Wear. 
 
Adriano Samar had chosen Miafel Asor, Ronelie Pador and Leonah Mae Nabayra for Designer’s Choice for Long Gowns during the Boracay event. 
 
Other finalists competing for the talent award are Honey Christy Bandiola, Grandeza Ibarra,  Roxette Regalado, Rodsie Mae Apollo, Edwinabelle Cooper, Gypsy Gay Dioso, Joanna Carla Isturis, Gelli Joy Solita and Elaisha Vega.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Police investigates human skeletal remains


Skeletal remains discovered in Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan by a local resident near the Aklan River / PHOTO Aklan Forum

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The skeletal remains found in Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan may belong to a woman who went missing for the past several years.

But Superintendent Georby Manuel, chief of Aklan Provincial Scene of Crime Operation (SOCO), said anyone with information or identification clues that could assist the investigation is asked to contact the local police. 

Authorities confirmed that the remains were found by a resident who out collecting for wood on Monday morning near the Aklan River in Sitio Guba, Tigayon, Kalibo, Aklan. 

Manuel said the cause and manner of death could not be determined from the remains and the person’s identity is unknown at this time. 

“Possible sa Ilaya, sa banwa it Banga, Madalag, Libacao, Malinao halin ra, gin-anod ro sako, hadaea imaw sa pag-anod,” he said.

The upper and lower jaw bones, ribs, pelvic bones, nylon cord, garments and a sack were turned over to Socion Funeral Homes in Kalibo, Aklan. 

On Monday, SOCO investigators were alerted by barangay officials that human remains were discovered near the riverbank.  

“May naga-pangahoy sa may suba ag nakita ro nylon cord sa kilid it suba, ginbutong nanda ag gumuwa ro mga buto.  Naka-eobong sa baeas it suba it Akean River ro sako,” Manuel added.

Police said the remains appeared to be that of a human female based on the garments found in the sack.

“Nabungkos ro anang siki it straw. Paagi sa anang ngipon ma-identify through DNA tests. May sae-wae pa na may label, panty nga nakita sa sako,” Manuel said.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

California celebrates Ati-Atihan festival



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

The colour and frenzy of Ati-Atihan festival will be celebrated in Sacramento, California on January 17, 2015.

Ati-Atihan groups in colorful costumes are joining the 24th Annual Ati-Atihan Festival and Dance in Jose Rizal Community Center in honor of the Santo Nino.

The celebration is highlighted by the traditional mass, blessing of Señor Sto. Niño images, dinner, parade of participating tribes, Hala Bira Ati-Atihan contest and awarding of winners. 

The festival connects Filipino communities in United States to celebrate one of Aklan’s rich cultural heritage and to share the Philippine culture in California with the younger generation where every community is represented by a colorfully-costumed tribu.

The event is organized by Aklan Association of Sacramento and Vicinity, Inc. (AASVI), for Filipinos in Sacramento, Fresno, Stockton and other areas in California.

AASVI, the California-based Filipino community, is inviting the sons and daughters of Aklan from Sacramento and neighboring communities to experience the mardi-gras style festival. The community is lauded for its active involvement in building a bridge of understanding and in strengthening the linkages among the Filipino American community in Sacramento.

Ati-Atihan had become famous also all over the world, especially among the Filipino communities in San Diego, California; Vancouver, Canada and New York City. 

On January 9-18, the town of Kalibo celebrates the internationally known Ati-Atihan festival, which will culminate on the feast day of Sto. Nino.

Monday, December 15, 2014

Big-time drug courier nabbed in buy-bust



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Police arrested the maintenance worker of Roxas City (Capiz) Water District in a buy-bust operation in Kalibo, Aklan on  Saturday afternoon.

Cyril Tomasa, 50, rented a room in a hotel along Roxas Avenue in Barangay Poblacion before the arrest.

A poseur buyer handed to him P2,000 including the marked money for the sachets of suspected shabu at around 5:50 p.m.

Tomasa, native of Barangay Adlawan, Roxas City, is working with the water district for more than 20 years. He is married with two children. 

“Ga gamit lang pero wala ko ga baligya. May asawa ko taga Andagao sa Kalibo. Nag away kami sang asawa pag-abot ko kahapon halin sa Roxas. Sa hotel lang ko matulog tani,” the suspect said. 

Senior Police Officer 3 Stephen Tabuena, team leader of Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group (PAIDSOTG), said they are monitoring the suspect’s illegal drug activities for almost two weeks prior to the buy-bust operation.

Kalibo police station led by Superintendent Pedro Enriquez also joined the operation. 

Recovered from the suspect were two sachets of suspected shabu, drug paraphernalia including plastic and wooden tooters, scissor, improvised lighter burner with inserted needle, empty plastic sachets of suspected shabu, mobile phone with text messages of drug transactions, receipts from local pawnshops for his remittances, aluminum foil, lighter, digital scale and cash money of various denominations. 

Also seized from Tomasa were two plastic sachets of marijuana leaves inside a belt bag. 

“Nag-conduct kami monitoring for two weeks, ga saylo saylo imaw it lugar. Taga Capiz da imaw, bulto kun mag-daea iya sa aton,” Tabuena said. 
 
“Eaban shabu ro ana nga gina baligya,” he added.

Police said the suspect is supplying drugs for Boracay Island, Roxas City, Aklan and Antique provinces and is considered a big-time courier of drugs. 

Tomasa is presently detained at Kalibo police station lock-up cell.