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Kagay-anon Environment Advocate is 2018 TOFIL Awardee
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A Kagay-anon environment advocate who has been championing the protection, preservation and rehabilitation of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin has been selected as one of four honorees for the 2018 Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Awards. Dr. Hilly Ann Maria Fernandez Roa-Quiaoit, Ph. D., is the executive director of the Cagayan de Oro River Basin Management Council (CDORBMC), is the 2018 TOFIL Awardee for Environmental Conservation. The awards night has been scheduled for 6PM Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Sequoia Hotel in Quezon City.

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Society of Jesus Superior General Fr Arturo Sosa to visit Xavier Ateneo
by: XU Comms PR

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Xavier University - Ateneo de Cagayan, a Jesuit educational institution, gears up for the visit of the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, Fr Arturo Sosa Abascal SJ, the first Latin-American to lead the largest religious order in the world. XU president Fr Roberto “Bobby” C Yap SJ said in his message to the university, “I am delighted to inform everyone that Fr Arturo Sosa SJ, Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will be visiting Cagayan de Oro from the 12th to 14th of December 2018.”

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15 Filipino WW2 Vets honored with US Congressional Gold Medal
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Seven three years after the end of World War II, 15 Filipino veterans finally got their long awaited recognition from the United States Government through the conferment of the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.

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Kagay-anon Booter wins Golden Boot in Asia’s Largest Int’l Youth Football Tournament
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Cagayan de Oro booter Carlo Dorin won the coveted Golden Boot award and played a key role in helping the Philippines’ Great Oak Manor (GOM) win back-to-back championships in the prestigious SingaCup in Singapore recently. Great Oak Manor (Philippines) was crowned U18 Champion 2018 via a penalty shootout over Kelab Bolasepak Remaja Shah Alam (Malaysia) (3) 0-0 (2). SportCares (Singapore) finished third in this tourney billed as Asia’s largest international youth football tournament, held Nov. 3 to Nov. 9, 2018 at Turf City, Singapore.

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Football’s Crazy Rich Asians – Part 2: More Football-Crazy Rich Asians
by: Charles Lim

Tony Fernandes, 54, is the Malaysian owner of English club, Queen's Park Rangers. Tony is best known to Filipinos as the Chairman of AirAsia, the largest low cost carrier, with formidable operations in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, India and, naturally, Malaysia. Tony went to school in London, worked there with Sir Richard Branson of the Virgin Group and, naturally, loves football. He bought the London club, QPR in 2011 but had seen the club's performance fluctuate between EPL and Championship levels.

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Football’s Crazy Rich Asians – Part 1: Tragedy at Leicester City, England
by: Charles Lim

He was the most successful Asian owner of a top notch professional football club in England. To Filipinos, however, and even to a majority of the Filipino football community he was still an unknown, until tragedy struck on Saturday, October 27, 2018 at the King Power Stadium in Leicester City, England. The Thai owner of EPL 2016 Champion Leicester City, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, 60 , died with two of his staff and the pilot and his friend when the helicopter they were in crashed into the car park shortly after taking off long after a regular home game of the English Premier League (EPL).

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OFW grandma’s homecoming made possible by Cebu Pacific
by: SELRAHCO PR

Filipinos are known to share strong bonds with their families. It is one of the values that motivates them to work hard, with some even going as far as flying abroad to become overseas workers (OFWs), just to give their families a better life. However, traveling out of the country also means missing out on important moments and memorable experiences with the family. That’s why when holiday season draws near, many OFWs make sure to return to the warm embrace of their loved ones and spend quality time with them.

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Never Stop Learning: How Mr. John Stays Ahead of the Curve, Even at 92
by: Selrahco PR

Fourteen years after the University of San Carlos bestowed an honorary doctorate in Business and Enterprise Development on John L. Gokongwei Jr., the Cebu-based institution has again honored JG Summit Holdings’ founder and chairman emeritus.

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BPI Fetes Oro Media to Thanksgiving Dinner
by: The Night Stalker

Bank of the Philippines Islands (BPI, or Bank of PI) feted members of Cagayan de Oro’s Fourth Estate in a merry evening of “Food, Fun, and Friendship”. Held at Circa 1850 (currently ranked No. 1 in Trip Advisor’s Top Restaurants in Cagayan de Oro City), the meet-and-greet was filled with great food courtesy of Circa 1850’s top signature dishes, fun-filled games (won by our Table #1 with Nelson Constantino, Dave Achondo, Joe Felicilda, Jo Ann Sablad, Joel Jacobo, Kim Zaldivar, and moi!) and fellowship.

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Montero’s Memorable Magic Moment
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Dr. Juan M.Montero,II,MD, FACS, with youngest son Paul Norbert, Associate Professor of Surgery in Denver, Colorado Medical Center, at the latter's fellowship induction during the 105th Annual Clinical Congress of American College of Surgeons in Boston, Oct. 21-25, 2018--exactly 41 years to the date when Doc Juanny himself became a fellow. Doc Juanny calls this prideful event the "quadruple MMMM", for Montero's Memorable Magic Moment ! The elder Montero was instrumental in forging the City Sister Agreement between Cagayan de Oro City and Norfolk, Virginia, USA in 2008.

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El Circulo Zamboangueño de Cagayan de Oro celebrates 61st Fiesta Pilar
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The organization of Zamboangueños residing in Cagayan de Oro City marked the 61st anniversary of their celebration of the Feast Day of their mother city’s patroness with a mass and comida communal at a local restaurant. Luis “Chito” Potenciano, one of the head coordinators of the over six decades old association of families who originated from Zamboanga, then known as “The City of Flowers,” said the Circulo also held the traditional nine-day novena for Nuestra Señora Virgen del Pilar de Zaragoza, the city’s patron saint at the Immaculate Conception Church at Aluba Village Subdivision, Barangay Macasandig.

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World Stroke Day 2020: Walk 202020
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Two Cagayan de Oro based stroke groups are aiming to make a bold stroke (pun intended) to curb the rising global incidence of stroke. “We will conduct a 20-minute walk on October 28, Sunday (instead of October 29, which falls on a Monday), from Rodelsa Circle to Gaston Park in preparation for a bigger, more ambitious event,” said Dr. Arturo F. Surdilla, Director of the AKBAY Stroke Care & Neurological Rehabilitation Center and president of the Stroke Society of the Philippines-Northern Mindanao Chapter (SSP-NMC).

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Mabuhi ug Dugay Pa! A Solo Art Exhibit by Albert BET Vamenta at XU Museo de Oro
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Kagay-anon Artist Albert “Bet” San Juan Vamenta opened his sixth one-man show Mabuhi ug Dugay Pa! Petition Insignias (Distortion In Pen And Ink: Minus Two: Part Two) at the Xavier University Museo de Oro last October 12, 2018. Recently retired from Museo de Oro, Abet has resumed pursuit of his life’s passion as a visual artist in the local art scene after an absence of some time.

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One Heart for the Elephants of Bali
by: The Night Stalker

Following a recent visit to the Mason Elephant Safari Park in Taro, Bali, Indonesia, I became curious about how the pachyderms ever got to Indonesia, believing elephants in South East Asia only existed in Indochina, most prominently in Thailand. What I found after surfing the internet piqued my curiosity even more. It seems there once came to Southern Philippines a prince from a Minangkabau kingdom in Sumatra, Indonesia called Pagaruyung (Baguinda is a Minangkabau honorific for prince.) He became the leader of what eventually became the Sultanate of Sulu.

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NGCP named Employer of the Year for NCR
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As it approaches its 10th year since its inception as the operator of the country’s transmission network, NGCP reaches another milestone as it received the Employer of the Year (EOY) award for the National Capital Region (NCR) by the People Management Association of the Philippines (PMAP).

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Oro Karatekas garner 16 medals, 15 black belt passers
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The Southern Philippines Group (Mindanao) of the Japan Karate Association (Nihon Karate Kyokai) or JKA-NKK recently returned home following a fruitful campaign in the 1st JKA-NKK Philippines Inc. National Tournament and Dan Black Belt International Examination & Qualification held September 16, 2018 at the CPA Gym, Cebu International Port Complex, Sergio Osmeña Boulevard, New Reclamation Area, Cebu City.

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NGCP empowers communities thru disaster risk-reduction trainings
by: NGCP News Release

The Philippines has seen its fair share of natural calamities in the past years, with typhoons and earthquakes frequently occurring in the Pacific area. The National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has spearheaded disaster risk reduction trainings for its partner communities with intensified efforts to prevent the devastating effects of these calamities to the hard-hit areas across the country.

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MediaWise launches On the March-The Jesuits in the Philippines since the Restoration
by: Media Wise Communications

Media Wise Communications, Inc./Muse Books, producer and publisher of On the March – The Jesuits in the Philippines Since the Restoration, is launching the coffee table book on Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., at the lobby of the Arete of Ateneo de Manila University along Katipunan Avenue, Quezon City. Jesuit priests and other guests will grace the event.

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Two Filipinos ​among​ the 2018 JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES —Two Filipinos bring pride to the Philippines as they enter the roster of this year’s JCI Ten Outstanding Young Persons of the World (JCI TOYP).

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Virginia Hansen Holmes: Guerrilla Daughter of Mindanao passes on at 84
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One of the few survivors of the Second World War in Mindanao has passed on. Virginia Hansen Holmes, known fondly to family and friends as Ginger, died on August 24, 2018 at her home in Falls Church, Virginia in the United States. She was 84.

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