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Friday, October 24, 2014

Body found dead in Aklan River


Aklan Scene of the Crime Investigators are investigating the body found along the Aklan Riverbank in Barangay Bakhaw Sur in Kalibo, Aklan on Friday morning / PHOTOS BY AKLAN FORUM
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Police are investigating the body of a 68-year old trisikad driver found dead along the Aklan River in Kalibo, Aklan.  

Police Officer 3 Joel Portos of the Aklan Scene of Crime Operations (SOCO) said the victim was identified as Florencio Ventura Perez alias Kamlon, residing in Sitio Baybay in New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan.

The body was earlier seen by “manug-alimango” at around 6 a.m. Friday in Sitio Pigado in Barangay Bakhaw Sur, this town and reported it to authorities. 

The victim was described as 5'4" in height, wearing light maong pants and yellow with blue rounded t-shirt.

Investigators and members of the media had to take a banca from the Kalibo dumpsite to reach the area where Perez was found lying face down, few meters from the ‘kanipaan’ and ‘kabagaasan’. 

Police also found a black belt pouch containing the Comelec voter’s identification card bearing the victim’s name as a registered voter of Barangay Jumarap, Banga, Aklan and coins of various denominations amounting to P19.65. 

In an interview, the victim’s granddaughter Ramona Resulta, also from Sitio Baybay, New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan, said Perez was last seen alive at 1 a.m. of Wednesday.

“Nag-inuman sanda sa amon it Martes it gabi-i. Nabugtawan ko imaw aga-aga it Miyerkules nagatikang. Duyon mat-a ra bisyo ga pinanaw it pinaumang ag gaginuyod it anang trisikad kun makainom,” she said.

“Nakaobra dun imaw sa Banga ag  gatrisikad mag-uli iya sa Kalibo, gadaea it mga karton.”

Perez has a common-law-wife Caridad from Jumarap, Banga, Aklan but the victim is staying in New Buswang, Kalibo, Aklan near the Pina Village. 

Portos said a medical doctor will do an autopsy or post-mortem to determine the cause of death.

“As of now, we are investigating kay may nakita kita nga pilas sa lawas niya, kag bloated siya. Mga two to three days na ang body sa area, ang dugo fresh pa sa may ulo,” Portos said at the scene. 

Police said the body was brought to Socion Funeral Homes in Poblacion, Kalibo, Aklan. 

Aklan athletes haul 13 golds, 10 silvers in Batang Pinoy



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Aklan bets hauled 13 golds and 10 silvers in five sport disciplines on the third day of the Batang Pinoy Visayas Qualifying leg in Aklan slated October 21 to 25.

Wrestlers from the towns of Tangalan, Buruanga and Makato logged five golds while a young archer from Balete, Aklan snatched five golds in archery girls. 

Jesrelle Talamisan from Tangalan, Aklan towed a gold medal in wrestling school girls division 42 kgs (14-15 years old) and Cherry Mae Organo of Buruanga, Aklan took home the gold in age group Bulinggit B (12-13 years old) female 52 kgs. 

Caryl Kaye Tajaran from Tangalan, Aklan also won the gold for the age group Bulinggit A (10-11 years old) 32-kgs and Kent Joshua Tangcoy of Makato, Aklan dominated the age group Bulinggit B (12-13 years old) male 35 kgs.  

JP Mar Nerpiol of Tangalan, Aklan also bagged the gold in school boys (14-15 years old) 47 kgs. 

Michelle Amancio of Balete, Aklan also set the tone for archery with five golds in Recurve Cadet Women in 30-meter, 40-meter, 50-meter, 60-meter distances and single FITA round. 

Eron Lanciso and Cleo Beann Nallos of Madalag, Aklan also delivered a gold medal in beach volleyball while Alea Bianca Garingalao of Kalibo, Aklan produced the lone gold of Aklan in chess blitz-girls. 

In swimming, Josephn Joaquin Lucio of Kalibo, Aklan won the boys 12 and under 50-meter breaststroke and a silver in 100-meter freestyle. 

Aklan archers also add three more silvers courtesy of Michael Amancio, John Aaron Valencia and Ericka de Pablo in mixed team-Olympic Round, cub boys team Olympic round and cub girls-mixed team Olympic round.
 
Joshua Felicidario and Andriel Scott Drix Salvasor of Madalag, Aklan also scored a silver medal in beach volleyball.  Other silver medalists were Sheila Manalo of Tangalan, Aklan in wrestling school girls division (14-15 years old) 44 kgs; Rose Marie Caburog of Tangalan, Aklan in 52 kgs and Jill Dagohoy of Buruanga, Aklan in 62 kgs. 

Georr Jude Briones of Ibajay, Aklan also settled for silver in girls 13-15 years old 200-meter backstroke. She teamed up with Cyrene Dawn Montano, Kyla Soguilon and Rose Nicolei Sidley Malumay in their team silver victory for 200 meter relay.

Soguilon also won the bronze in 100 meter freestyle and Kenneth Tejada in 400 meter freestyle.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Aklanon chess player bags gold in Batang Pinoy


                                        GARINGALAO

BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Aklan province standout Alea Bianca Daroy Garingalao clinched the gold in Batang Pinoy Visayas Qualifying Leg girls-blitz on Wednesday.

Garingalao, who saw action in the 2014 National Age-Group Chess Championship finals, proved unstoppable with perfect scores in the six-round girls’ chess event sanctioned by the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). 

The tournament was held at Department of Education Aklan Division office in Kalibo, Aklan. 

The 8th seed Garingalao from Kalibo, Aklan subdued 32nd ranked Megandale Cipriano of Kalibo, Aklan in the first round. 

Garingalao also defeated 21st ranked Glydelle Casa of Iloilo City in the second round. She crushed 48th ranked Cadiz City’s Star Avril Trangia in the following round. 

She also scored wins against third-seeded Fiona Geeweneth Guirhem of Iloilo Province and 31st-ranked Shaina Gwyneth Caparino of Cebu province in her next two matches.

In the final round, Garingalao outduelled fourth-seeded Checy Aliena Telesforo of Iloilo province for her sixth straight wins.

Last May, Garingalao of Saint Gabriel College High School Department also grabbed the bronze in blitz team event of the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Sta. Cruz, Laguna. 

Fiona Geeweneth Guirhem and Checy Aliena Telesforo, both from Iloilo province scored identical five points to settle for second and third places, respectively. 

The girls-blitz chess tournament attracted 49 chess players aged 15 years old and below including 27 players from the host province of Aklan. 

Meanwhile, Diomel John Escutin of Iloilo City shared first places with fellow 5.5 pointers Adrian de Luna, also from Iloilo City, to rule the six-round boys-blitz event.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Conde Nast named Boracay among the world’s top 30 island destinations



BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

Boracay Island was voted as one of the top 30 island destinations in the world in the influential 2014 Conde Nast Traveler magazine award. 

Condé Nast Traveler readers ranked the best islands, cities, hotels, resorts, spas, and cruise lines for Readers' Choice Awards 2014. The annual survey started in 1988. 

Readers of the US travel magazine named Boracay in the 12th spot for its “gentle coastlines, transporting sunsets and thriving nightlife scene.”  It received a rating of 82.683.

The magazine also cited “this itty-bitty island (10 square miles) in the Western Philippines is as close to the tropical idyll ideal as you’ll find in the Philippines and as one of the top tourist spots in the region. “

Palawan, home to one of the new seven wonders of the world, Puerto Princesa Subterranean River is top of the list of Conde Nast Traveler with a rating of 88.75. 

It noted the island for its natural wonder as one of the longest underground rivers in the world, traveling five miles through a subterranean cave system. Guided boat tours take visitors down a portion of the waterway, where karsts, natural rock formations created by dissolving limestone, loom in every direction.

Named in the top 30 islands were Aquidneck Island (Newport), Rhode Island (81.011, 30th), Vancouver Island, Canada (81.122, 29th), Isle of Palms, South Carolina (81.285, 28th), Hilton Head, South Carolina (81.333, 27th), Anna Maria Island, Florida (81.373, 26th), Bora Bora, French Polynesia (81.432, 25th), British Virgin Islands (81.494, 24th), Frisian Islands, Germany (81.868, 23rd), Prince Edward Island, Canada (82.006, 22nd), Skiathos & Sporades, Greece (82.056, 21st) and Oland, Sweden (82.143, 20th).
Also in the list were Maldives (82.319, 19th), Moorea, French Polynesia (82.417, 18th), Bali, Indonesia (82.423, 17th), Oahu, Hawaii (82.457, 16th), Sea Island, Georgia (82.514, 15th), Bermuda (82.519, 14th), Menorca, Spain (82.643, 13th) and Tasmania, Australia (82.691, 11th).

Big Island, Hawaii (82.761, 10th), Kangaroo Island, Australia (82.803, 9th), St. John U.S. Virgin Islands (83.359, 8th), Santorini & Cyclades, Greece (84.080, 7th), Great Barrier Reef & Whitsunday Islands, Australia (84.467, 6th), Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique (85.119, 5th), Kauai, Hawaii (85.269, 4th), Maui, Hawaii (86.471, 3rd), and Kiawah Island, South Carolina (86.574, 2nd). 

Condé Nast asked its readers to vote for their favourite travel experiences, from hotels to tour operators, and islands to spas. From the answers they produce, the annual Readers’ Travel Awards.