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Miss Cebu 2015 Coronation Night

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Ms. Cebu 2015 coronation night will be on January 14, 2015. The beauty pageant is among the big events slated for the Sinulog festivities. This year’s reigning Miss Cebu is UP political science graduate Cheriemel Diane Muego.

Other Sinulog activities include:
December 01 – January 31, 2015 : Sinulog Street Fair, Osmeña Blvd.
December 27, 2014 – January 24, 2015 : Sinulog 2014 Photo Exhibit @ SM City Cebu
December 30, 2014 (Tuesday) : Sinulog Fun Run
5:00 A.M. : Elimination Sinulog 2015 Dance Crew

January 8, 2015 (Thursday)       Opening Salvo: Walk with Jesus
4:00 A.M. : Assembly Time (Area) Fuente Osmeña
4:30 A.M. : Start of Walk-Fuente Osmeña Blvd. – Basilica del Sto. Niño
5:30 A.M. : Installation of Hermano & Hermana Mayores 2015

January 9, 2015 (Friday)     Sinulog 2015 Kick Off
10:00 A.M. : Sinulog Trade Fair @ SM City Cebu by Department of Trade and Industry
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Mass (Basilica del Santo Niño)
3:00 P.M. : Launching Parade (Basilica del Santo Niño to CCSC)
7:00 P.M. : Opening and Launching Program, Fuente Osmeña
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña Circle)
9:00 P.M. : Street Party Bands

January 10, 2015 (Saturday)       Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan
1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Capitol Site to Cebu City Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Lalawigan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)

January 11, 2015 (Sunday)     Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan
4:00 P.M. : Cebu City 2015 Marathon –
1:00 P.M. : Parade of Participants, Plaza Independencia to Cebu City  Sports Center
2:00 P.M. : Sinulog sa Kabataan sa Dakbayan @ Cebu City Sports Center
6:00 P.M. : Grand Finals of Sinulog Choral Competition
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 12, 2015 (Monday)
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 13, 2015 (Tuesday)
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
8:00 P.M. : Sinulog Idol (Fuente Osmeña)
9:00 P.M. : Concert @ the Fuente Osmeña, Street Party Bands

January 14, 2015 (Wednesday)
9:00 A.M. : Airport Welcome (Balikbayan Flights)
6:30 P.M. : Cultural Show (Fuente Osmeña)
7:00 P.M. : Ms. Cebu 2015 Coronation Night

January 15, 2015 (Thursday)    Sinulog 2015 Idol Grand Finals
Sinulog Festival Queen Runway Competition and Photoshoot

January 16, 2015 (Friday)      Visual Merchandising Contest (Dept. Stores and Malls)
4:00 A.M.   Sinulog 2015 Dance Crew Finals
Sinulog Festival Queen 2015 Coronation Night

January 17, 2015 (Saturday)
6:00 A.M. : Fluvial Procession of the Miraculous Image of the Sto. Niño
9:00 A.M. : Re-enactment of the Baptism of Queen Juana and Rajah   Humabon Bsilica del Santo Niño
2:00 P.M. : Solemn Procession of the Miraculous Image of Sto. Niño
7:00 P.M. : Sinulog Fireworks Comkpetition @ SM City Cebu
7:00 P.M. : Street Party @ Fuente Osmeña and Plaza Independencia

January 18, 2015 (Sunday)   Sinulog Grand Parade
4:00 A.M. : Mañanita Mass @ Basilica del Sto. Niño
6:00 A.M. : Pontifical Mass with His Eminence Jose S. Palma
8:00 A.M. : Holy Mass @ Cebu City Sports Center
9:00 A.M. : Sinulog Grand Parade Carousel Kick Off
7:00 P.M. : Grand Finale and Grand Fireworks @ Cebu City Sports Center
7:30 P.M. : Street Party Bands, Fuente Osmeña
9:00 P.M. : Pyrospectacular Show (Pyromusical Show @ SM City Cebu)
5:00 P.M. – 2:00 A.M. : Concert Series sa Sugbo @ SRP Grounds
12:00 MN : Sinulog Fireworks @SRP

January 19, 2015 (Monday)   Awarding Ceremonies @ Cebu City Sports Center
January 23, 2015 (Friday)     “HUBO”
January 24, 2015 : Judging of Finalists Short Film/Video Documentary Contest
Sinulog 2014 Photo Contest Winners Exhibit

January 31, 2015 
1:00 P.M. : Judging of Finalists Sinulog Short Film Festival @ SM City Cebu
6:00 P.M. : Awarding Ceremonies Photo Contest, Short Film and
Video Documentary Contest @ SM City Cebu

January 31, 2015 – February 8, 2015
Photo Exhibit “Winning Photos Sinulog 2014 @ SM City Cebu

(Schedule reference:

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Barbie makeover?

The Pink Barbie exhibit runs October 25 to November 2, 2015 at the SM North Wing.
The Pink Barbie exhibit runs October 25 to November 2, 2015 at the SM North Wing.

Pink Barbies are on exhibit at the SM City Cebu North Wing starting today until November 2, 2014. The famed dolls are said to be dressed by local fashion designers through the ICanServe Foundation to raise awareness on cancer.

While the advocacy behind the exhibit is commendable, the Barbie doll’s slim physique has been blamed to contribute to young girls hoping to mimic the unnatural figure. The pressure to be thin among girls is said to be prevalent among girls exposed to Barbie’s world. According to Dittmar, et al. (2006), “early exposure to dolls epitomizing an unrealistically thin body ideal may damage girls’ body image, which would contribute to an increased risk of disordered eating and weight cycling.”

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The exhibit is expected to successfully generate the target funds of the sponsoring non-government organization. Hopefully, though, it won’t raise a collection of unnaturally thin women.


Dittmar, Helga, et al., “Does Barbie Make Girls Want to Be Thin? The Effect of Experimental Exposure to Images of Dolls on the Body Image of 5- to 8-Year-Old Girls”, Development Psychology 2006, Vol. 42, No. 2, 283–292.

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6.3 quake shakes Negros Occidental; Cebu better prepare

Another strong earthquake (magnitude 6.3) has hit quite close to Cebu – this time in Hinoba-an town, Negros Occidental. In less than 5 years, three quakes struck near and even affected Cebu. The previous two caused much damage and panic:

1. October 15, 2013 quake with epicenter at Carmen, Bohol
2. February 6, 2012 quake with epicenter at Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (Remember Chona Mae?)

PHILVOLCS Bulletin on the Negros earthquake. Image grabbed from from
PHILVOLCS Bulletin on the Negros earthquake. Image grabbed from from

It is best that we Bisdak prepare for another tremblor even if we handily survived these earthquakes. Moreover, the quakes are becoming more frequent.

Based on the American Red Cross website ( | © Copyright The American National Red Cross. All rights reserved.), to prepare for an earthquake, one must:

  • Become aware of fire evacuation and earthquake safety plans for all of the buildings you occupy regularly.
  • Pick safe places in each room of your home, workplace and/or school. A safe place could be under a piece of furniture or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases or tall furniture that could fall on you.
  • Practice “drop, cover and hold on” in each safe place. If you do not have sturdy furniture to hold on to, sit on the floor next to an interior wall and cover your head and neck with your arms.
  • Keep a flashlight and sturdy shoes by each person’s bed in case the earthquake strikes in the middle of the night.
  • Make sure your home is securely anchored to its foundation.
  • Bolt and brace water heaters and gas appliances to wall studs.
  • Bolt bookcases, china cabinets and other tall furniture to wall studs.
  • Hang heavy items, such as pictures and mirrors, away from beds, couches and anywhere people sleep or sit.
  • Brace overhead light fixtures.
  • Install strong latches or bolts on cabinets. Large or heavy items should be closest to the floor.
  • Learn how to shut off the gas valves in your home and keep a wrench handy for that purpose.
  • Learn about your area’s seismic building standards and land use codes before you begin new construction.
  • Keep and maintain an emergency supplies kit in an easy-to-access location.

The American Red Cross also has their mobile Earthquake app which can be downloaded via Google Play or i-Tunes stores.

The American Red Cross Earthquake app. Screen grab from Google Play Store.
The American Red Cross Earthquake app. Screen grab from Google Play Store.

As written on their Google Play Store page, the American Red Cross Earthquake app has the following features:

  • Step-by-step instructions let you know what to do even before/during/after an earthquake, even if no data connectivity.
  • Get notified when an earthquake occurs; see the intensity impact to your area or those of loved-ones with notifications generated by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • Let family and friends know you are okay with the customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
  • Find open Red Cross shelters in your area when you need help.
  • Stay safe when the lights are out with the Toolkit, including a strobe light, flashlight and audible alert functions.
  • Prepare for the worst by learning how to assemble an emergency kit for your family in the event of power outage or evacuation.
  • Empower your family to stay safe and remain calm in an emergency by learning how to make and practice an emergency plan.
  • Earn badges that you can share with your friends and show off your hurricane knowledge with interactive quizzes.
  • See an illustrated history of earthquakes in your area.
  • Know how to what to do about food and drinking water when your area has been impacted by floods and power outages.
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Miriam (banat) jokes

Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago recently graced the UP Cebu graduation as its guest
speaker. Widely anticipated were her jokes:

Use Obama in a sentence.

Answer: If I’m all alone, I’m Obama-self. Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago is the guest speaker at UP Cebu's graduation rites.

If you want to break up with your boyfriend or girlfriend after graduation, Sen. Santiago gave these witty lines:

Password ka ba?


Hindi kasi kita kayang kalimutan pero kaya kitang palitan.

If that is not enough to convince your partner, the Miriam says:

Bachelor’s degree ka ba?


Kasi tapos na ako sa iyo.

Finally, a harsher one:

Summer ka ba?


Kasi wala kang class.

Keeping up with The Legal Wife theme:

I have one husband.

And as far as I can tell he seems to be morally disciplined. At least when I’m around.

Corruption and politics were also the theme of her jokes:

“Sa tindi ng traffic sa Manila, asahan mo masasagupa mo mga driver na mga may road rage, drug addicts, sex addicts. May isa rin sa Senado.”

“Nagkaroon ng pagkakataon ng tig-isang tanong kay God ang mga Presidente ng China, USA at Pilipinas,

Nauna ang China

CHINA: God kailan mawawala sa bansa ko ang corruption at kahirapan?
GOD: 300 years anak.
CHINA: Umiyak ang presidente ng China. Naku patay nako niyan.

Sumunod nagtanong ang USA

USA: God kailan mawawala sa bansa ko ang corruption at kahirapan?
GOD: 500 years anak.
USA: umiyak ang presidente ng USA, patay nako bago mangyari yan

Sumunod nagtanong ang presidente ng Pilipinas.

PILIPINAS: God kailan po mawawala sa bansa ko ang corruption at kahirapan?

Umiyak si God.


She also dished out a classic Juan Tamad joke:

Teacher asks students: Ano gusto mo paglaki mo?
Pedro: Gusto ko tulong kapwa.
Jose: Gusto ko doktor para tulong kapwa.
Kiko: Gusto ko mayor para tulong kapwa.
Maria: Gusto lingkod kapwa.
Juan Tamad: Gusto ko maging KAPWA.

Here is the full video of Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago’s speech by ACT-UP Cebu:

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Trained govt workers on ICT and discovered Pinamungajan’s beauty

The UP Cebu Department of Computer Science, a CHED Center of Excellence grantee, went to Pinamungajan, Cebu last April 24-26 to conduct an ICT skills enhancement training for government workers and teachers of the 3rd congressional district.

The ICT training covered topics in office productivity applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, slide presentations, and basic computer operations and troubleshooting.

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I was designated to discuss effective slide presentations. To provide a “local feel” to my talk, I made a quick research on Pinamungajan and Toledo City since most of our audience came from the two places.

While scouring the net, I got amazed that Pinamungajan actually has a lot of destinations to please different types of tourists. From their local government website,, here are the town’s top attractions:

1. Hidden Valley Mountain Resort

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Hidden Valley Mountain Resort – a rather secluded mountain resort which offer cold spring pools, photo friendly dinosaur fixtures, and overnight accommodations. (Photo taken from Pinamungajan local government website.)

We were fortunately given a free tour by the staff of the local government after our Friday session and got to experience what the town website says as: “an adventure in itself as the road winds its way up over scenic rice fields and mountains.” The night time ride allowed us to view the field of stars usually hidden by Cebu City’s lights.

We skipped swimming in their cold pools and instead sang a videoke song or two.

2. Twin falls: Udlom and Sinungkulan Falls

Udlom and Sinungkulan Falls (Photo taken from Pinamungajan local government website.)
Udlom and Sinungkulan Falls (Photo taken from Pinamungajan local government website.)

Would have wanted to take a view and a dip into these beauty but we didn’t have time to spare. Sinungkulan is said to be visible when you’re at Hidden Valley Mountain Resort, as both are located in Barangay Lamac, but the night’s darkness also prevented us a view.

3. Tajao Public Beach

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We were billeted at Park Place Resort and had Tajao’s public beach as our backyard. The beach has black sand and sports very clean waters. Morning strolls give you a glimpse of the fishing community.

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Cottages of Park Place Resort. The resort is one of the few resorts lining the Tajao public beach.
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Trying out a selfeet featuring the sands of Tajao.

4. Sunsets

Pinamungajan, being a midwest town, has a spectacular view of the sunset. Their local website describes the sunset experience as: Whether from a bench in the municipal plaza or from the beaches in Tajao, the spectacular view never fails to refresh a weary soul.”

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Sunset as seen from our room terrace.

5. Mangroves

Photo taken from the Pinamungajan local website.

On our way to the training venue from our accommodation, we get to pass by the ever growing mangroves of Pinamungajan. Would have wanted to ride a banca to cruise along the river which is lined by a mangrove forest quite similar to Bojo River of Aloguinsan town.

Felt fulfilled by the three-day ICT skills training as I can clearly see the participants’ keen interest to our discussions. Hopefully, the training would help them in delivering better public service and that they will be able to pass on the knowledge to others.

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MV Logos Hope in Cebu

Yesterday, I was able to visit MV Logos Hope which prides itself as the world’s largest floating book fair. The book fair includes thousands of books on business, leadership, values, technology, religion, children and the classics. A multimedia installation of a biblical parody was also among the come-on of the ship. The ship’s overall theme is very much on international camaraderie, values formation and religion while shying away from relevant issues of poverty, inequity, and unequal relations among countries.

Biblical Parody Multimedia Installation



This was my first time on board a floating book shop since I passed up on the previous visits of MV Doulus, sister ship of Logos Hope, and availed myself of its relatively cheap books.

Logos Hope is currently docked at the back of the Malacañang sa Sugbo and will open until February 14. Entrance fee is at PhP 20.00. It is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. On Sundays from 1 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

MV Logos Hope Floating Book Fair

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Deadline (Reign of Impunity) to premiere in Cebu!

Deadline (Reign of Impunity) will premiere in Cebu tomorrow, July 29, 2011, at the the Buttenbruch Hall, University of San Carlos Main. Tickets are sold at Php 90.

For more information about movie, here is a feature by Ronalyn Olea of


MANILA – The film Deadline: The Reign of Impunity is brutal as it is truthful and brave.

It is the first film to depict media killings in the country. The figures are a cause for alarm: 144 journalists murdered since 1986 with 104 killed under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration. Four were gunned down under the new administration of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

Scriptwriter Bonifacio Ilagan openly admits that the film is loosely inspired by the Ampatuan massacre on November 23, 2009 that claimed the lives of 58 individuals, including 32 journalists.

“This is a dramatic presentation of what happened during the past regime,” Joel Lamangan said during the press preview last April 3 at the SM cinema at the Block.

“Killings have been common. We have been desensitized to the point that we do not care. We hope that the film will awaken the people,” Ilagan said.

Lamangan said they approached many individuals and groups for the film. “They were afraid, the producers and artists. [Eventually], I was able to get a team who are not afraid of the truth. Because of them, the film came into being.”

The film was produced by Xiti and AEI Productions. The cast includes Tirso Cruz III, Allen Dizon, TJ Trinidad, Lovi Poe, Luis Alandy and Ina Feleo.

In his speech, Butch delos Reyes, executive producer of Xiti Productions, said media killings reveal the reign of impunity that culminated in the massacre. Delos Reyes said they made the film “because we, storytellers, do not want bad people to win.”

Artists share the same objectives.

Cruz, who plays an abusive governor in a fictional Mindanao province, said that the film “is of the times.” He said that because of the Ampatuan massacre, “the Philippines has been put in the world map as one of the most dangerous places for journalists.”

“Hopefully, the movie will show what should and what should not happen,” Cruz told

Director Joel Lamangan and actress Lovi Poe, part of the team that are not afraid of the truth. (Photo by Ronalyn V. Olea /
In an interview, Dizon said: “I hope the movie will serve as an eye-opener to all Filipinos.” Dizon admitted that before the films Dukot and Sigwa, also directed by Lamangan and written by Ilagan, he was unmindful of what is happening in society. “I learned about the human rights situation in the country,” he said, referring to Dukot, a film about enforced disappearances.

Alandy said it was his first time to learn about media killings. Feleo, meanwhile, said doing the film made her admire and respect journalists. “They sacrifice a lot for their work,” she said.

The movie is replete with heart-pounding scenes and the actors all gave justice to their roles.

Veteran actor Cruz said he was challenged, and learned how to speak the local language. Feleo said she had been constantly reminded by Lamangan of her role as a passionate journalist.

Many of the scenes in the film actually happened, albeit with different names and places. Alandy plays the role of journalist ordered killed by a powerful politician in Mindanao who is closely linked to the president. Poe who plays Alandy’s girlfriend seeks for justice and the search results to another episode of violence.

Edith Tiamzon, widow of UNTV’s Daniel Tiamzon, one of the victims of the Ampatuan massacre, said she could not help but see the Ampatuans in Cruz’s role. “I realized even more how influential they are,” she told after the press preview.

Tiamzon said seeing the picture of her husband in one of the scenes made her feel what she felt then when she heard the news of his death. She commended Lamangan for doing the film.

“There are films that tell the truth, that shock the audience with stark realities. Films should be instruments for change,” Lamangan said.

Deadline will be shown in theaters in July.

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Cookout 2008 | Freshies then, Seniors now

With the UP Cebu Cookout 2011 just a few weeks from now, I am re-posting some pictures three years back of the “biggest campus event in Cebu City”. The event is a deviation from the grueling academics; and a digression favoring discussion of pressing issues of the times.

Back in 2008, the seniors now were freshies then. Here are some photos of Cookout 2008 (mostly preps of NKE and LFS for the Rampahan).




















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Pre-saging event

The year 2010 was marked with the rise of the militancy of the youth and the rest of the education sector. I believe that the March 24 mobilizations in UP Diliman, PUP and then CHED presaged the year of numerous pro-education protests. The historic nationwide campus strikes last November 26 and the December 1 Senate March capped the year 2010.












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