Monthly Archives: March 2014

Philippine Airline Flight Aborted.


Mactan, Cebu.

A Philippine Airline flight bound for Manila from Cebu Mactan International Airport, aborted it’s flight following the discovery of a malfunction in the Aircraft’s ADF or Automatic Direction Finder.

The PR2864 set to depart Cebu at 7:25pm, with 135 passenger had already closed the cabin door, was on the taxi way and the Pilot announce over the PA “cabin crew prepare for take-off”. Instead of taking off the plane returned to the terminal and offloaded it passengers.



ADF (Automatic Direction Finder) is the radio signals in the low to medium frequency band of 190 Khz. to 1750 Khz. It was widely used today. It has the major advantage over VOR navigation in the reception is not limited to line of sight distance. The ADF signals follow the curvature of the earth. The maximum of distance is depend on the power of the beacon. The ADF can receives on both AM radio station and NDB (Non-Directional Beacon). Commercial AM radio stations broadcast on 540 to 1620 Khz. Non-Directional Beacon operate in the frequency band of 190 to 535 Khz.

This is according to a Philippine Airline official Benedict Yap when interviewed by Cebu Media.


According to Edmund Maxilom President and CEO of DNR Offshore and Crewing Service, a passenger on the business class. He was trying to sleep a soon as he got to his seat and fastened his seatbelt. He felt that the plane was taxing and then the plane accelerated as it was to take off but suddenly applied brakes, he was jolted from his seat as well as the other passenger, things we’re toss off and scattered inside the cabin, had he not wearing the seatbelt he could have been thrown-off his seat..

Was it a simple dashboard malfunction or something more?

This post was written with the collaboration of Flor Querubin of Sunstar Super Balita.

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Tommy is back


Former Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena declared “I am Back” on social media, which created a stir with the netezen. The above picture was posted in the Facebook Page of Tommy Osmena generated as of this writing 4,725 likes 406 comments and a 160 shared it. While Facebook user JunJun Alviar shared same picture to a Facebook group Maghisgot tag Politika Bai generated also a continuing comment tread.



Also today a full page paid ad came out in Sunstar Super Balita and The Freeman Banat News.

The ad is a copy of a letter signed by Arlene Siefker-Radtke MD of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, stating “you (Tommy) are 5 years out and should consider yourself essentially cured of Cancer”.

The ad also carried a picture of Tommy and Wife Margot Osmena together with Doctor Siefker-Radtke, and a handwritten note ” Thanks for all your prayers! Tommy, Margot & Miguel”

Who does an announcement like this makes some people jittery?

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Battle of Mactan’s fight against the elements.

Battle of Mactan by Primo Cuizon Pino

Battle of Mactan by Primo Cuizon Pino


All of you who had been to the Liberty Shrine or more popularly called the Mactan Shrine, must have a picture or two with above painting in the background.

It’s Primo Cuizon Pino interpretation of the Battle of Mactan,  except for Lapulapu face off with Magellan all the the other elements of the picture depicted a Historically accurate, like the distance of the Victoria from the shoreline.  In a free for all fight which what happened in April 27 1521, it would be unlikely that the leaders of two opposing warriors would face-off, well for Hollywood sake it can.

As of this writing,  I am yet to find out more about the Painting and its artist.  But i could not remember visiting Mactan Shrine not seeing that artwork. I have been a guide for almost a decade and a half, and i witness the artworks deterioration.

The Artwork is Oil on Canvas, and except for the roof the cover it there were no walls to offer protection from the salty and of course the humidity.  I am not an art expert but i can tell a worn out artwork when i see one. Should the painting continues hanging in it current place, it will fade away to its sunset.


In order to save it, is have it restored and keep it in a control environment, and put up a weather resilient artwork just like this brass bas-relief of the Battle of Mactan in Corregidor Island.

Or something like the one that hangs on one of the walls of PICC.

We should preserve it now, otherwise forever regret. 

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Hundred Islands ultra international marathon draws elite runners; sponsors


As the 2014 Hundred Islands 100 Km. Ultra International Marathon unfolds on March 15-16 in Alaminos City, Pangasinan, notable ‘elite’ ultra marathoners have registered to test their mettle against each other eyeing a coveted P100,000 top prize.

The ‘elite’ runners who have registered to-date are: Hardcore 100 Miles champion Marcelo Bautista, dubbed as the “local Kenyan” because of his top place finish in all ultra marathons; 2013 TNF trail run champion Arnold Lozano, Laoag City ultra marathon champion Joey D., Kenyan ultra marathoner Albert Tomabaga, and Philippine Army elite runner and Nature’s Trail Run champion Gerald Sabal.

In the 50 Km. category, La Union’s ultra marathon champion Bullet Arellano and Baguio Twenty 1ne runner-up Julius Bay-an have registered. Three Philippine Star runners are also set to join the 50 km. race.

In the distaff side, expected to enrol in the last minute is LedsOpilla, the current 50K champion of La Union Ultra, while Sandi Menchi, an ultra runner,

atriathlete herself, and Cebu marathon champion is gunning again to be a top podium finisher.

Race Director Philip Pacle is optimistic that the marathon will enlist at least 50-100 runners in the 100 km. marathon, while he expects some 100 to 150 runners in the 50 km. race.

Organized by RenderFarm Sports and JonesPR/J.T.Campos Corporation, for the benefit of Alaminos 100, the event is supported by various corporate sponsors that include: Pag-Ibig Fund, PAGCOR, Zenco Sales, Globaltronics, Ayala Corporation, Smart Communications, Total (Phils.) and Pepsi Cola.

The media partners include The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, BusinessWorld, Business Mirror and the Manila Bulletin.

Earlier, Alaminos City Mayor Arthur Celeste and Pangasinan Governor Amado Espino, Jr. have favourably endorsed and expressed their support to the marathon, which will traverse the other western Pangasinan towns of Bani, Bolinao and Anda.

To register, one has to email Race Director Philip Pacle can also be contacted at 0922 260 4201, 0926 717 9344, and 074 424 1869 for inquiries. Deadline for registration is first week of March.

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