Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
BORACAY - The island of Boracay was cited as the Best Resort Destination in Southeast Asia and Best Island Resort in the annual consumer tourism award held at the 18th Moscow International Exhibition on Travel and Tourism (MITT) in Expocenter Krasnaya Presnya in Russia.
Department of Foreign Affairs announced the recent awards from Travel.ru, the first and unique consumer award in travel industry in Russia. The Philippines was also recognized as Discovery of the Year for 2010.
The winners were selected via online voting by travellers and tourists in travel.ru website, one of the popular internet tourist resources in Russia. Philippine Ambassador in Russia Victor Garcia III received the awards during the “Travel.ru Star” ceremony.
The awardees got votes from more than 9,000 Russian tourists where they named 264 Russian tour operators, 203 beach hotel resorts, 320 beach destinations, 176 tourist places in 57 countries, 92 airlines, many Russian and foreign airports, dozens of travel guides, papers and magazines, tv channels and thematic websites.
Irina Turina, press attaché of Russian Union of Travel Industry said "there is no doubt that Travel.ru Star is notable for its impartiality and independence. Nor participants nor winners are paying for their participation and victory."
Among the winners in Southeast Asia were Singapore for Best Foreign Airport (Singapore Changi Airport) and Best Airline by Destination Southeast Asia, Australia and Oceania (Singapore Airlines) and Best Travel Company Operating in Russia by Destinations (TEZ Tour).
Since 2003 it is the customers who name the best of the best among travel agencies, hotels, resorts, airlines, countries and sources of information. Every year thousands of Internet users participate in the online voting.
Currently there are 70 nomination categories for the “Travel.ru Star” award. The founder of the "Travel.ru Star" award and the facilitator of the contest is Travel.ru Direct Ltd.
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan - The province of Aklan ranked third place in the final medal tally in the elementary and secondary divisions of the 2011 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet held in Iloilo City from March 20 to 24.
Aklan settled for third place with 168.5 points in the elementary division behind champion Negros with 354 points and Iloilo with 332 points. Antique came in 4th with 105 points followed by Capiz with 95.5 points and Guimaras with 35 points.
Negros also emerged as champion in the secondary division with 354 points, Iloilo finished second with 332 points followed by Aklan with 134.66 points. Capiz tallied 118.66 points, Antique with 115.66 points and Guimaras with 35 points.
Aklan team also took 20 silver medals in 50 meter freestyle and 100 meter individual medley in swimming, mixed doubles badminton, long jump, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 1500 meters and 100 meters hurdles in athletics, anyo individual single weapon, anyo individual double weapon, anyo team double weapon, mixed solo baston, mixed double baston and the six individual events for arnis.
It brought home 17 bronze medals in doubles and team competition for tennis, kyorugi-Group 1 to Group 3 in taekwondo, 200 meter medley relay, 400 meter freestyle, 200 meter freestyle, 100 meter breastroke, 100 meter backstroke and 50 meter backstroke in swimming, singles and doubles badminton, team tie badminton, triple jump, 800 meters and 200 meters in athletics.
In the elementary boys division, Aklan amassed two golds in kiddie category in boxing and one individual event in arnis.
It got 13 silver medals in volleyball, mixed doubles and team tie in badminton, high jump and javelin throw in athletics, anyo event individual single weapon, anyo event individual double weapon, anyo event team single weapon, anyo event team double weapon, mixed solo baston, mixed double baston and two individual events in arnis.
Aklan bagged bronze medals in team competition tennis, poomsae individual-group A, kyorugi-Group 1, 4,5 and 6 in taekwondo, individual competition table tennis, 400 meter freestyle relay in swimming, football, chess, baseball, badminton doubles, long jump, triple jump, discus throw and javelin throw in athletics, boxing and two individual events in arnis.
In the secondary girls division, Aklan harvested five golds in long jump in athletics and anyo individual double weapon, anyo team single weapon, anyo team double weapon, full contact extra light weight in arnis,
It had eight silvers in tennis doubles, high jump in athletics, mixed doubles, doubles and singles badminton and full contact half light weight, full contact pin weight, full contact feather weight in arnis.
Aklan also got eight bronze medals in olympic round (team) in archery, 200 meter and 400 meter medley relays in swimming, softball, singles badminton, 4 x 100 meters relay in athletics and full contact bantamweight and anyo individual single weapon in arnis.
It had 11 bronzes were in powder weight, mosquito weight and light flyweight in boxing, team tie and doubles badminton, javelin throw, 800 meters and triple jump in athletics, anyo event team single weapon in arnis, 30 meters and 50 meters in archery.
Meanwhile, Dapitan City will be the host of the 2011 Palarong Pambansa on May 8 to 14 where thousands of elementary and high students from other regions are participating.
BY ANTONIO DELOS REYES
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Friday, March 25, 2011
Kiwanis K-Kids is a global service-oriented group of school children, aged 6 to 12, that aims to instill leadership among children and to encourage them to be active in the community through volunteer programs.
The charter officers of K-Kids of Kalibo Pilotianz were president Adrian Rigor, vice president Rexiel John Tingga, secretary Paula Teesha Suaboksan, assistant secretary Kae Mark Domingo, treasurer Mary Cyrene Lerio, assistant treasurer Precious Fe Matorres, press relations officer Ivann James Irodestan, business managers Micah Althea Magallanes and Ma. Myles Aina Francisco and sergeant-at-arms Amiel Ryle Rembulat, Bryan Jake Atienza, Brian Ray Diego, Vince Kendrick Mijares and Joshua Francis Ramos.
Some 70 charter members from Grade 5 and Grade 6 were also installed by Philippine South District Immediate Past District Governor Rufino Leyson.
The charging of officers and members was witnessed by school principal Nenita Bicera and the teaching staff of Kalibo Pilot Elementary School.
Mayor Lachica, in his message, has lauded the efforts of three Kiwanis clubs – Kalibo, Kalibo Ati-Atihan and Kalibo Jewels for organizing the first K-Kids in Western Visayas for the Philippine South District.
The chief local executive also thanked the Kiwanis volunteers for initiating the laudable Balay ni San Jose feeding program for some 100 under nourished school children of Kalibo Pilot Elementary School.
“I am encouraging the Kiwanis clubs to replicate the feeding program in other barangays and schools to feed our growing and young children,” the mayor said.
The feeding program is a project of Philippine South District of Kiwanis International in partnership with Risen Savior Missions founded by Gerald and Barbara Krosnowski in 2006 and the Feed My Starving Children, a non-profit Christian organization founded in 1987.
The fortified rice packs are sourced from Minnesota in USA for distribution to nearly 70 countries the world including the Philippines.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Aklan captures three bronzes and one silver
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan – Negros ruled the elementary and secondary badminton events at the close of 2011 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet at Smallville Badminton Court in Iloilo City.
Aklan finished with silver in secondary girls doubles and two bronzes in elementary girls singles and secondary boys doubles.
Negros had 6-4-0 gold-silver-bronze haul in the five-day event.
In elementary girls singles, the gold and silver went to Negros after Danielle Grace Lopez defeated Mitzi Joy Sun in straight sets, 21-17, 21-18. Joby Loreen Agapito of Aklan settled for bronze.
In the secondary girls singles, Nikki Therese Servando of Negros came back from a first set defeat for a 15-21, 21-17, 21-14 win over Merry Joy Fernandez of Negros. Gianina Isberto of Aklan and Leibnitz Aurelio of Antique ended up for the bronzes.
Meanwhile, Dhessa Mae Arino and Aprille Bibiano of Negros took the gold in secondary girls doubles after they dominated Faith Alejaga and Jerille Panado of Aklan in straight sets, 21-11, 21-7.
Krisha Wee and Mary Elizabeth Chua of Iloilo and Rosanna Lei Malagkit and Jasmine Joy Bacani of Antique bagged the bronze.
In the distaff side, Alem Palmares and Louie John Medina of Negros pocketed the gold against Iloilo doubles Aaron Paul Malata and John Robert Lozada, 21-17, 21-13.
Jeril Panado and Kits Recaforte of Aklan and Mar Palec and Jacob Sanchez of Antique snatched the bronze in the secondary boys doubles.
In the elementary boys singles, Kerr Longno and Patrick Sinope of Negros Occidental took home the gold and silver medals while Iloilo bets Clifford John Baxinela and Dave Keith Lagua captured bronzes.
Robert Aloyan of Negros also defeated his teammate Christian Sison in straight sets to capture the gold in secondary boys singles. Joseph Adrian Diaz and Keanu Glenn Taclas of Iloilo settled for third place.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
elementary girls declared champion
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
At the start of the swimming events, Negros topped the competition with 13-8-4 gold-silver-bronze haul in the elementary and secondary divisions.
Leading the charge for Negros were Luis Vincent Evangelista, Mark Arian Juson and Christianne Andrea Jerez (elementary), Joshua Balinas, Hillary Jovette Tan and Alfred Valentin Rojo in the secondary.
Iloilo team salvaged golds in 4x50M medley relay in the elementary boys and secondary girls.
She also bagged bronze medals in 100 meters backstroke and 200 meters freestyle. Aklan's relay team also won two bronzes in 4x50M medley relay in elementary and secondary girls.
The official results of the 16 swimming events: 200 meters Freestyle (Elementary Boys)
Negros Luis Vincent Evangelista 2:26.70
Negros Jude Anthony Itonze 2:34.58
Capiz Richard Dinan Chaves 2:36.51
200 meters Freestyle (Elementary Girls)
Negros Christianne Andrea Jerez 2:32.78
Negros Regine Adriane Garbanzos 2:36.43
Aklan Isabella Selyn Ibarreta 2:46.12
400 meters Freestyle (Secondary Boys)
Negros Joshua Balinas 4:38.88
Antique Mario Hezron James Calauor 4:44.20
Negros Karlo del Carmen 4:50.30
400 meters Freestyle (Secondary Girls)
Negros Rosemarie Occeno 5:02.84
Negros Hillary Jovette Tan 5:19.12
Iloilo Jhannah Kaye Espelca 5:29.16
100 meters Backstroke (Elementary Girls)
Negros Christianne Andrea Jerez 1:20.51
Antique Pearl Frances Perlas 1:26.68
Aklan Isabella Selyn Ibarreta 1:28.70
100 meters Backstroke (Elementary Boys)
Negros Luis Vincent Evangelista 1:16:37
Iloilo JJ Willrichson Casidsid 1:17.21
Iloilo Jiro Duran 1:19.63
100 meters Backstroke (Secondary Girls)
Negros Hillary Jovette Tan 1:17.03
Negros Rimcelle Limaco 1:17.15
Iloilo Zen delos Reyes 1:19.93
100 meters Backstroke (Secondary Boys)
Negros Joshua Balinas 1:08.80
Antique Mario Hezron James Calauor 1:10.16
Iloilo Ruzelle Rej Onang 1:11.29
50 meters Butterfly (Elementary Girls)
Aklan Isabella Selyn Ibarreta 34.78
Negros Julienne Marie Brigoli 36.29
Negros Erika Joy Eslafor 36.82
50 meters Butterfly (Elementary Boys)
Negros Mark Arian Juson 33.57
Antique Guillfer Clemente 36.49
Negros Jude Anthony Itona 36.51
200 meters Butterfly (Secondary Boys)
Negros Alfred Valentin Rojo 2:26.69
Antique Guillermo Clemente 2:30.99
Iloilo Cedric Cabasac 2:31.29
200 meters Butterfly (Secondary Girls)
Negros Rosemary Occeno 2:47.80
Iloilo Tam Marie Castante 2:50.70
Negros Kyla Isabelle Mabus 2:52.75
4x50M medley relay (Elementary Boys)
Iloilo Duran/Lee/Publas/Hembra 2:28.02
Negros Sy/Juson/Itona/Jarder 2:28.17
Capiz Hugueriza/Flores/Chua/Chaves 2:46.04
4x50M medley relay (Elementary Girls)
Negros Jerez/Gracilla/Brigoli/Eslafor 2:32.10
Capiz Dasas/Bernada/Delotavo/Dela Cruz 2:42.15
Aklan Ortega/Ibarreta/Ibarreta/Magbiro 2:44.51
4x50M medley relay (Secondary Girls)
Iloilo Delos Reyes/Neptuno/Tablan/Castante 2:25.98
Negros Tan/Jacinto/Mabus/Villanueva 2:27.64
Aklan Dela Cruz/Ibunes/Ureta/Zambrona 2:38.27
4x50M medley relay (Secondary Boys)
Negros Del Carmen/Mabus/Gelanga/Bacaobo 2:08.41
Iloilo Onang/Roxas/Guillergan/Arcangeles 2:09.55
Capiz Manzanillo/Chavez/Milino/Yap 2:15.60
The official results of the 16 swimming events:
200 meters Freestyle (Elementary Boys)
Monday, March 21, 2011
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
The members of Aklan Photographic Society (APS) with Kalibo mayor William Lachica at the induction ceremony / PHOTO BY RAMEL BUNCALAN
KALIBO, Aklan – Mayor William Lachica has inducted on Sunday evening the new set of officers and board of directors of Aklan Photographic Society (APS).
Inducted into office were president Ramel Buncalan, vice president Mark Leslie Laguna, secretary Shiela Tamado, treasurer Arnie Mae Dangan, auditor Juler Fernandez, press relations officer Boy Ryan Zabal and business managers Kristine Gaspar and Christian Darvin Seraspi.
Lachica also administered the oath of office of the new members of board of directors. They were chairman Nolyn Yap, vice chairman Joel Juliano and the members were Bart Baylon, Lyn Laguna, Michael Chrency Magallanes, Mark Cirlou Menez, Christian James Abogadie and Nelson Talidong, Jr.
APS members – Juvy Popes, Rocky Chu, Reynan Villareal, Clemence Dalida, Jess Marquez, Mark Jonathan Tienzo and Paul John Mirto were also inducted by Lachica.
In his speech, Buncalan urged his APS members to support the activities of the organization, primarily, in the promotion of tourism in the province of Aklan.
Mayor Lachica said APS has been the partner of the local government unit of Kalibo in tourism promotion and he expects more joint collaboration between the municipal government and APS, especially in tourism events of Kalibo, throughout the years.
Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi) chairman Albert Menez, who was present during the induction, also recognized the voluntary efforts of APS members in the 2011 Kalibo Ati-Atihan festival, adding, the 2012 photo contest “Faces of Ati” will be supported by Kasafi to encourage local and international photographers to showcase the pageantry of the Kalibo festival.
Sunday, March 20, 2011
Aside from the main venue Iloilo Sports Complex, the designated venues for 15 WVRAA events are:
Yelling a bit louder this time - and waving both arms - Roselle suddenly stood out from the crowd. We closed the gap of powdery sand between us and fell into the embrace of long-lost friends - an odd gesture between people who'd met only a night earlier. Except, of course, on Boracay.
On this splash of land in the strait between Panay and Tablas islands, the small-town size and funky, relaxed vibe tend to invite casual spontaneity - and friendship incubation periods that you can measure with an egg timer.
An hour's flight from Manila, Boracay was once the sole province of backpackers but is steadily morphing into something of a hot spot. Still, despite the occasional comparison to the wildly popular Phuket in Thailand (the next Phuket, the Phuket of the Philippines), Boracay's absurdly beautiful beaches and eminently diveable and kiteboardable waters are far from overrun. The island is more like a proto-Phuket, where there's still time to beat the crowds.
I'd met Roselle aboard the Bada Bong, a midnight blue speedboat detailed with multiple, outsize "mud-flap girls" with star-shaped pasties on their upturned breasts. It seemed to have taken a wrong turn at the Sulu Sea, given that almost every other vessel plying the turquoise swirl around the tiny Philippine island was a sailboat or an outrigger canoe.
But no matter. I'd found myself aboard H.M.S. T&A for a sunset cruise much the same way I seemed to find myself in a lot of situations on Boracay - at the invitation of an islander I'd just met, in this case, Bong.
The scion of a local family and general man about town, Bong spent a fair portion of the evening talking up his next big venture: a 24-hour cafe - with direct satellite feed of every conceivable sports channel - to be called the Bada Bling.
Meanwhile, the banquette at the front of his boat - and the adjacent beer cooler - were starting to look really good. So I made my way forward and sank into a cushion, where I found another guest who'd had the same idea. As the sky darkened - and the green, violet and blue lights on the island's main drag turned the water just offshore into a flattened disco ball - Roselle and I swapped life stories over San Miguel pilsners.
It turns out she'd been an environmental lawyer in Manila until she fell madly in love with Boracay on vacation, vowed to return regularly - and eventually stayed.
Throughout my visit, I heard endless variations on this theme. And the next day was no exception: When Roselle flagged me down on the beach, she was having lunch with a few other Manila transplants who'd traded in high-profile careers for gigs at Boracay's bars, craft market and community paper, among others.
Making myself comfortable in the seat she'd reflexively added to the table, I asked what had inspired everyone's move. Jack, a former marketing exec turned local directory chief, answered without missing a beat: "Take a look around."
Powdered sugar beach. Bombay Sapphire surf. And vast regiments of palm trees arched seaward just so. The guy had a point.
"Life here is like a vacation 365 days a year," he added. "I work in my flip-flops."
It was the same with Mama Lee, a onetime model and dental nurse from San Mateo who settled here in 1987 after sailing and island-hopping around the world. "I really just came here to be a beach bum but quickly realized that even beach bums need to make money," she said, cookie-laden oven rack in hand.
Word on the beach was that her baked goods were not to be missed, so I'd proceeded directly from lunch with Roselle to Real Coffee and Tea Café, the restaurant Lee runs with her daughter.
On one cold and windy Tuesday morning, she made her last sandcastle. It stood mighty proud till late evening. A few tourists walked past it, not knowing its impending fate.
Precy Sacapaño, a 50-year-old mother of six, used to make a living out of building sandcastles. She is one of the 31 men and women who built miniature replicas of castles along the beaches of Boracay in Malay town in Aklan–much to the delight of passersby and tourists. Even children helped build the sandcastles.
“I started playing with the white sand until I learned to make castles out of it,” Precy recalled. ”I began doing it in 2005. I was happy doing it at first until tourists were regaled by my sandcastle. I did not ask them to pay me. They just threw coins.”
She and her companions were allowed to make their sandcastles freely without restrictions until Jan. 15, 2008 when the local government started strictly implementing Municipal Ordinance No. 246.
The ordinance was enacted in 2007, regulating sandcastle-making on the beaches around the famous island resort. One reason for the passage of the ordinance was that huge quantities of sand are needed to make big sandcastles that are used as photography backdrops for a fee. The once unregulated commercial activity affected the natural terrain of the beach.
Sand sculptures have since been strictly prohibited, except for promotional or special events with a mayor’s permit. Aside from securing a permit, sandcastles could now only be built six meters “from the edge of the vegetation” and should not hamper pedestrian flow along the beach.
“It is very expensive (to get a mayor’s permit), but it’s just us residents here (who are required to do so),” Precy said. “Visitors can make sandcastles as they please without having to worry about being penalized.”
The ordinance provides that a resident who violates any provision of the sandcastle-making ordinance shall be fined P2,500. On the second and subsequent offenses, an additional penalty of 30 days imprisonment shall be imposed depending on the discretion of the court.
“It is also mandatory now for the proponents to restore the original terrain of the beach by levelling the sand and cleaning the area after the activity,” according to Glenn Sacapaño, chief operating officer of Action Center, the extension or satellite office of the mayor in Boracay.
From a daily staple at the beachfront, sandcastles eventually became a weekly sight. Nowadays, they are only to be seen on special occasions.
Vicky Gonzales, a native of Aklan and a regular visitor of Boracay, said she misses the beautiful sand creations. Her family always looked forward to seeing sandcastles and posing beside them for their souvenir photos.
“I wonder where have all the talented sandcastle-makers gone?” she asked. “How do they earn their keep now?”
Precy recounted the days when she used to earn a whopping P2,500 daily from tourists who asked her and three other companions to make a smaller-than-life prototype of a sandcastle of their choice.
After a whole day spent soaking under the heat of the sun and a night of windy cool breeze, the four of them equally would divide the earnings for their family’s daily subsistence.
She would then walk less than two kilometers to her home, which is just at the back of the staggering resorts and hotels in Zone 5, Barangay Balabag. Most of the residents there now earn a living from selling knick-knacks, and working in construction sites and resorts.
Today, Precy and 30 other Zone 5 residents now have to pay P100 daily to the municipal government for every square meter of space they use in building sandcastles. On top of that, they have to pay P600 for a special permit to make one sandcastle for a company or for a special occasion.
“Unlike before, I only do it occasionally now,” she said. “Getting a mayor’s permit is a big deal for me. Of course, I will have to make sure ahead of time that somebody will hire me to make a sandcastle.”
Precy is among Boracay residents who have to grapple with the challenge of preserving the environment, embracing modernity and, having to survive in between.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan – Street dancing to the frenzied Ati-Atihan beat of drums filled the historic streets of Dublin, Ireland as the Filipino Community Network (FCN) joined the annual St. Patrick’s Festival parade on March 17.
For the first time ever, Filipinos based in Republic of Ireland showcased the Ati-Atihan concept in the modern and colourful costumes in the largest festival of its kind and artistic presentations in Europe.
The festival parade theme is inspired by a children’s short story “Brilliant” by Booker-prize winning author Roddy Doyle to honour Dublin’s designation as UNESCO City of Literature.
Last year, 120,000 visitors from other countries attended the Ireland’s patron saint festival, providing an estimated return of €50.5 million to the economy.This year, 600,000 attendees - decked in green – gathered to witness the two-hour spectacle of pageantry dancers, street theater troupes and marching bands that puts together all spiritual and historical culture of Ireland.
St Patrick’s Day is also being celebrated in Northern Ireland and in many cities in Europe, United States, Europe and Asia.
FCN, the organizer of the country’s participation in the St. Patrick’s festival, is a partnership initiative of all Filipino-related communities, organizations, associations and groups in the Republic of Ireland to build a strong and vibrant Filipino community that promotes its heritage, fosters unity, and encourages cooperation, collaboration and networking with government organizations, non-government organizations and other cultures.
East – Balete, Aklan
2 PM Madalag vs Libacao
4 PM Altavas vs Balete
1 PM Malinao vs Malay
230 PM Tangalan vs Numancia
4 PM Lezo vs Makato
KALIBO, Aklan- Kalibo team turned to Jaymar Marte in the final period to snare a 73-67 victory over Balete in the lone opening game of the 2011 Aklan Governor Carlito S. Marquez Inter-Municipalities Basketball Cup yesterday morning at ABL Sports Complex.
Leading 68-67 with 1:28 remaining, Marte scored four points of his 11 points, behind a pair of free throws and an offensive rebound for a put-back, to help notch Kalibo its first victory.
In the opening quarter, guard Mark Deza came out strong in the first four minutes with five straight points to build a 7-0 lead. Forward Ace Aceras, center Dowald Delfin and forward Remar Ticar also led the first quarter-surge for Kalibo, building an 18-5 cushion.
Balete used a 30-21 third quarter run with forwards Kit Felizardo and John Rell Prado combining for 18 points behind their four three-point shots while guard Jay Oro contributed eight points to close the gap, 58-52.
Glenn Tenazas hit seven points and Prado added four points in the 13-10 run of Balete to cut the lead of Kalibo, 68-65, with 3:10 remaining in the game.
Overall, Balete scored three more 3-pointers than Kalibo with Felizardo hitting three from beyond the arc.
Meanwhile, Governor Marquez formally opened this year’s edition of Inter-Municipalities Basketball Cup with 15 teams out of 17 municipalities joining the summer basketball tournament.
In today’s game, Madalag meets Libacao at 2 p.m. and host Balete battles Altavas at 4 p.m. In the Western side, Malinao faces Malay at 1 p.m. while Tangalan and Numancia face each other at 2:30 p.m. Lezo and Makato clash at 4 p.m.
KALIBO 73 – Deza 15, Marte 11, Ticar 10, Aceras 10, Navejas 10, Delfin 7, Villaruel 6, Tortuya 4, Escalona 0
BALETE 67 – Felizardo 15, Prado 12, Cuadrante 10, Tenazas 10, Oro 8, Gallardes 6, Ambrocio 4, Malilay 2, Salabante 0
Quarters: 18-5, 37-22, 58-52, 73-67
Friday, March 18, 2011
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
Albert Menez, chairman of Kalibo Sto. Nino Ati-Atihan Foundation, Inc. (Kasafi), said that in fitting tribute to the heroism, bravery and patriotism of the XIX Martyrs, the local government unit of Kalibo headed by Mayor William Lachica and festival organizer Kasafi will present a cultural show and dinner at the Aklan Freedom Shrine in the evening of March 23.
In the morning, the local government unit of Kalibo has lined up activities to commemorate the historic struggle and ideals of nationalism of XIX Martyrs of Aklan.
“The month of March commemorates the memories of the first Katipuneros outside Luzon who sacrificed their lives for the true ideals of patriotism and brings all Filipinos together to fight for freedom where to this day the XIX Martys of Aklan remain an inspiration for all especially the younger generations of Aklanons,” Lachica stressed.
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan - Basketball fans across the province of Aklan will witness the tough and exciting actions in the Inter-Municipalities Basketball Cup with 15 teams fighting for the prestigious title.
No less than Aklan Governor Carlito Marquez will officially open and welcome the participating teams of the 2011 basketball tournament. Aklan Rep. Florencio Miraflores has also been invited in the opening ceremonies at the Gov. Augusto B. Legaspi Sports Complex here.
Kalibo and Balete teams slug it out in the only summer basketball opener shortly after the opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m. The traditional parade of 15 teams and their muses will start from the Kalibo Pastrana Park to the main venue ABL Sports Complex.
The top three squads in each group after the single round robin elimination will advance to the second round of the playoffs outright. The final four teams meet in semifinals with the top two seeds have a twice to beat advantage over the third and fourth-ranked squads.
The finals are a best-of-three series which is scheduled to begin on April 10 at the ABL Sports Complex.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
BY NESTOR P. BURGOS JR / Inquirer
Boracay’s efforts to preserve its fragile ecology will highlight the annual commemoration of Earth Hour in the popular island-resort.
The Earth Day Hour, which started in 2007, is a global movement to raise awareness on the threats of climate change and the need to protect the environment.
Environment advocates voluntarily switch off lights and electric appliances for an hour every last Saturday of March each year. Last year, 128 countries and territories joined the global action.
This year, the Earth Day Hour is set on March 26.
In Boracay, Earth Day festivities will be organized by the local government of Malay, Miss Earth Foundation and Earth Hour organizers, according to a statement by event organizer Unlimited Events Inc.
Malay town Mayor John Yap said the event would help the municipality’s campaign to clean up Boracay and raise environmental awareness among the island’s visitors.
The Earth Hour commemoration in Boracay will be marked with a summer party and a fashion show.
Dubbed “Boracay: Earth, Wind and Wild,” the festivities will feature a live party patch between the island and Manila after the Earth Day count down.
The observation of Earth Hour comes amid controversy over a reclamation project that its proponents said would bring in more businesses and tourists to the already crowded island.
The absence of a sewerage system in the past has brought down tourism in Boracay in the past after its waters tested positive for coliform, which is commonly found in human wastes.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
KALIBO, Aklan - The 600-strong Aklanon athletes, delegation officials and coaches left to Iloilo City on Tuesday morning to compete in the region's annual sporting meet for public elementary and secondary schools.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
BY NESTOR P. BURGOS, JR. / Inquirer
The Department of Tourism is pushing for mitigating measures to address the possible impact on Boracay Island of a P1-billion reclamation project being implemented at the jump-off point to the island-resort.
Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim said the mitigating measures should be put in place to address the concerns raised by University of the Philippines marine scientists on the impact of the project on the island’'s famed white beach.
The scientists released early this month the results of a study they conducted to assess its possible effects on the strait between Boracay and Barangay (village) Caticlan, the jump-off point of ferries to the island.
The study showed that the project being implemented by the Aklan provincial government could alter water current patterns, especially in areas north of the jetty in Caticlan, and possibly harm the coral reefs that produce Boracay’'s white sand.
Lim said that while the study showed that the project had no direct impact on the island, the mitigation measures are necessary to ensure that the island’s ecosystem will not be threatened.
"It is up to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to ensure that the project will not harm Boracay’'s environment. The DoT will work with tourism stakeholders in Boracay to ensure this," Lim said in a telephone interview.
In their report, the scientists from the Marine Environmental Resource Foundation based at the UP Marine Science Institute stressed that protecting the coral reefs around Boracay will help ensure a continuous supply of white sand for its beaches.
"Marine protected areas should be established and managed properly. Fishing activities must be regulated to ensure that sustainable population of reef fish communities are maintained,” the scientists recommended in their report.
The study also encouraged the holding of awareness-raising campaigns to educate tourists about the environment especially in protecting the coral formations.
Lim said a comprehensive study should be undertaken before the implementation of the succeeding phases of the reclamation project. The initial phase, which covers Barangay Caticlan, comprises 2.64 hectares and costs P260 million.
The DENR has issued an environmental certificate of compliance covering the initial phase but the Philippine Reclamation Authority has granted authority to the provincial government to reclaim 40 hectares, including 36.82 hectares in Caticlan and 3.18 hectares in Boracay.
The 10-year reclamation and development project aims to raise revenues and provide jobs to residents by improving tourism services for Boracay, according to the provincial government.It involves the expansion of port facilities, reclamation of coastline areas, and the construction of commercial and office buildings, a health and wellness center and other businesses. It would also restore the now eroded coastal zones and prevent erosion near the port.
But the municipal government of Malay, which has jurisdiction over Boracay and business groups in Boracay, has raised concerns about the environmental impact of the project.
BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan - National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRC) provincial action officer Galo Ibardolasa allayed fears of radiation threat by a damaged nuclear reactor in disaster-hit Japan, the world's third-largest economy.
The 'hoax' text messages circulating across the country warned the public of the possible effects of nuclear leak and radioactive waste in Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco) operated Fukushima Daiichi power plant.
One of the text messages allegedly from BBC News read: Japan government confirms radiation leak at Fukushima nuclear plant. Asian countries should take precautionary measures. Remain indoors first 24 hours. Close doors and windows.
Ibardolasa, in radio interview, said "as of now, the Philippines is safe from radiation leak since the explosion of the Japan's nuclear plant. The wind direction and water current are not moving towards the Philippines from Japan."
After an explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant's No. 1 reactor, the Japanese government declared an atomic emergency and evacuated thousands of people living within the 20 kilometer radius zone of the facility, 240 km north of Tokyo.
Australia's nuclear safety agency, ARPANSA, said there was no immediate risk outside a 20-kilometre exclusion zone around the plants. United Nations atomic watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency also declared the radiation levels normal.
Last Friday, Japan faced its worst crisis after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake, nearly 8,000 times stronger than last month's New Zealand quake, devastated the northeast regions of the country. Hundreds of people were also killed and missing and a huge number of houses, cars and buildings were swept away by a 10-meter tsunami followed by more than 150 aftershocks.