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a tour guide, specializing on Heritage Tours (Churches and Towns), Museums, as well as Walking Tours.

Coco Martin: Shell Lubricant patron then, product endorser now

Cebu, Philipines. Coco Martin, Kapamilya’s Most Bankable Star is the latest Brand Ambassador for Shell Lubricants Remula and Advance. Formal announcemen was made by Shell executives during the Cebu Trade Partners Convention, At the Oakredge Pavillion, Oakridge Business Park, Mandaue City.

Prior to the appearance of Coco Martin, the convention attendees were given product update, new marketing schemes and special prize were raffle off, from microwave oven, airconditioning unit a flat sceen tv. Two top prizes a Samsung Curve TV and Honda Click Motorbike were auction off, bidders had to pledge an order of Shell Lubricants Products, and the top prize went to the Trade Partners with highest order.

The last part of the program was a menu concert with Coco Martin and some of his co-stars in the Hit Teleserye Ang Probensyano.

Coco Martin shares his personal experience of Shell Lubricant. Coco Grandfather made a living driving a Jeepney, and was able to provide for his family. Coco’s Father took the route, as his father does.

Coco grew up as a jeepney driver’s son, he witnessed how his father took great care in maintening his Jeepney, the family’s primary source of income. Coco reveals thast his father used Shell Remula heavy duty engine oil for their jeepney.

I share common experience with Coco, not that both of my Father and Grandfather were jeepney drivers, but both of them were Mechanics.

My Father inhirited from my grandfather the task of maintaining all the heavy equiptments of the Hacienda where i grew up, from Cargo Trucks, to Tractors and utility vehicles as well as the laxury cars of the Bosses. All were maintain by my Father and his crew. And the secret for low down time of the farm machineries under my father’s watch was a dependable Shell Remula. Because it is designed to be high performing heavy duty Engine oil, farm equiptments work at their optimal performances with out hurting it’s engine.

I could vividly remember that all those epmty gallons and pails would end up as our water containers.

And who can endorse a product better than once upon a time a fan.


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For the longest time I haven’t been on a vacation.

The last time I was on a plane, a trip to Davao early 2017.

My last time to Manila was October 2016.

Was holding on to a meager savings, I was preparing for a Trip to San Jose California, I was informed by Google that I am eligible to send an application to the Local Guide Summit. So I submitted my entry, but came June 3, the date of the announcement of who were lucky 200, I was not lucky enough.

So while scrolling down my Facebook Newsfeed, i came across a post the sells Buskalan/Sagada tour.

I chated with the tour operator, and I told her, i have to ask my superior for a leave.

The next morning, i ask my boss, she said yes..

I Book a flight, then wired money to the tour operator.

Now am excited to face Apo Whang Od, and mentally readied my self for her mark.

I will be posting my experience..

Stay tuned.

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 Davide, Cebu delegation in Russia, promote people-to-people connectivity

Governor Hilario Davide lll arrived in Russia Sunday afternoon upon the invitation of Governor Georgy Poltavchenko to renew the twinning agreement between Cebu Province and St. Petersburg Administration.
“We are pleased to be here, finally, in the historic city of St. Petersburg to promote people-to-people connectivity,” said Davide, who mentioned that the trip has been postponed twice due to scheduling concerns.

Governor Poltavchenko expressed his gratitude for the “interest and attention to enhancing tight and fruitful cooperation between St. Petersburg and province of Cebu” in his letter to Davide. He is also optimistic that both will “effectively advance the dialogue on the broadest range of issues.”
Davide will discuss with his counterpart various areas of potential cooperation which were taken up during the recent visit of Ambassador Igor Khovaev of the Russian Federation together with Honorary Consul Armi Lopez Garcia in Capitol. These include educational exchanges, arts, culture and sports cooperation, tourism and investments promotion, and knowledge sharing on disaster preparedness, emergency response and crisis management. 

“We are hopeful that this meeting will allow us to know each other better and improve connectivity between the two nations,’ said Davide. Ambassador Khovaev also mentioned that “this will serve as one of the platforms for the forthcoming visit of President Vladimir Putin and meeting with President Benigno Aquino lll during the November 2015  APEC Forum in Manila.
Khovaev said that “this visit to St. Petersburg and Moscow will be mentioned and highlighted in terms of regional cooperation among local governments of both countries.” The delegation will meet with the highest female politician in Russia, Mrs. Valentina Matviyenko, chairperson of the Federation Council and former governor of St. Petersburg. Ambassador Carlos Sorreta will also receive the delegation in the Philippine Embassy in Moscow. 

Davide is thankful to Consul  Armi Lopez-Garcia and former Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for initiating the agreement in June 2009. He is joined in the delegation by Provincial Board Member Joven Mondigo Jr., Mayor Democrito Mendoza, Mr. Lito Maderazo, and representatives of the private sector in Cebu.

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A call for Visayas entries to the National Digital Arts Awards 2015

Organizers of the National Digital Arts Awards (NDAA) 2015 are calling for entries from the Visayas. Globaltronics, a company specializing in digital advertising in the Philippines, is encouraging students who aspire to be part of the country’s digital arts community to join the contest.

“We are calling on Bisaya youth to be part of the NDAA 2015 Visayas leg. This is your chance to highlight your talents in creating artistic works using new tools in the digital media,” said Nato Agbayani, Globaltronics Vice President for External Affairs and Partnerships.

Agbayani added that this year’s theme #DigitalPinoyAko aims to highlight the works of Filipino youth and their interpretation of the Philippines as a country of daring and innovative people that continues to rise with the help of digital technology.

Globaltronics is partnering with local universities and colleges to encourage more entries from students, especially those from the Visayas. The official school partners are Benedicto College, Southwestern University, St. Theresa’s College, University of Cebu, University of San Jose-Recoletos, and the University of the Philippines Cebu.

The competition is open to 16 -26 year old secondary, college or technical vocational Filipino students. Participants can submit works adhering to the theme #DigitalPinoyAko in two categories: motion graphics and print. A participant can submit an entry in both categories. Deadline for submission of entries is on October 16, 2015.

Judging the entries will be top Filipino creative professionals and experts including Dan Matutina, Plus63 Design Co. Designer and Illustrator; Leeroy New, Visual Artist and Production Designer; Nicolo Nimor, Art Director and Nick Automatic Owner; Chitchat Diangson, Creative Director of David Integrated Marketing Communications PH; Brandie Tan, Jimenezbasic Advertising Executive Creative Director;

Sid Maderazo, 88 Storey Films TVC Director; Dolps Fernando, PostManila Post-production Head; Andre Cui, Fluid Communications Creative Director; Benedick Bana, Chairperson of the Ateneo de Naga University Department of Digital Arts and Computer Animation; Edwin Ortega, Grupo Agatep Creative Director; and Jay Dustin Santiago, Creative Director of ABS-CBN Global Marketing Service.  

Four awards will be given: 1st, 2nd, 3rd as major awards and a People’s Choice award that will be given to the entry that garnered the most votes online. One million in cash and prizes will be given as prizes during the Awards Night set on January 15, 2016.
For entry submissions and for more information, visit the website or follow the NDAA at Facebook: and Twitter: NDAAPhilippines.

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AirAsia and Nikon launch #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer contest

MANILA, 16 July 2015 – Two office workers, a car salesman and a barista are stepping out of their comfort zones and into the challenges of becoming the first AirAsia Travel Photographer for 2015. The #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer contest  is jointly organized by AirAsia and ThinkDharma Inc. (exclusive distributor of Nikon Digital Cameras) in partnership with AirAsia’s global loyalty programme, BIG which will award winners with over 200,000 BIG Points or its equivalent free flights to any of AirAsia Group’s 100 destinations.


Assisted by multi-awarded photographers from the Philippines and Malaysia as their personal coach, four pre-selected contestants, namely Velvet Lagman-Macasaet, an executive assistant and marathon runner; Sarah Garcia, hotel front desk officer; TJ  Nepomuceno III, car salesman; and Paul Delfin, an indie music fan and barista, will be traveling across Asia for one week starting July 21. Online voting via will be opened to the public in August 20 with Nikon cameras and BIG Points to be given away to lucky voters. Grand winner will be announced in September 11.


AirAsia Philippines Chairperson Maan Hontiveros led the launching of the exciting contest with Strategic Partnership Head Jenny Au and Senior Marketing Manager Caroline Wong of AirAsia BIG. ThinkDharma Inc., meanwhile, is represented by Abrigo Merin, Chief Executive Officer of OPAL, and Paolo Salazar, Head of Business Unit.


Four multi-awarded photographers and respected leaders in the industry will be part of the AirAsia Travel Photographer contest as mentors of the four contestants.  Nikon Pros George Tapan, Raymond Cruz, Parc Cruz and AirAsia’s resident photojournalist Adam Lee will be traveling around exotic places in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to help contestants capture their best entries across a range of categories that include landscape, food, portrait, architecture and travel.


Keep updated with AirAsia Travel Photography contest by using #IamAirAsiaTravelPhotographer and get the latest updates via Twiiter ( or Facebook (

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Open Letter to the Honorable Cebu City Mayor Mike Rama

CENTER ISLAND AT POPE JOHN PAUL II AVE. FOR DEMOLITION/JULY 7, 2015: Cebu City mayor Michael Rama will meet DENR Secretary Paje to issue a permit for the removal of or cut the trees and demolish the center island at Pope John Paul II Ave. in time for the APEC Summit.(CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

CENTER ISLAND AT POPE JOHN PAUL II AVE. FOR DEMOLITION/JULY 7, 2015: Cebu City mayor Michael Rama will meet DENR Secretary Paje to issue a permit for the removal of or cut the trees and demolish the center island at Pope John Paul II Ave. in time for the APEC Summit.(CDN PHOTO/JUNJIE MENDOZA)

Dear Mayor Rama,

Not long ago, Cebuanos were overjoyed when a road beside the Mabolo Parish was renamed into the Pope John Paul II Avenue. Fronting the Seminario de San Carlos and Carmelite Monastery, it truly deserves being labelled after a well-loved Saint who once visited our city which is also known as Asia’s Cradle of Christianity.

The renaming becomes even more significant because this road will host the convention center that serves as the main venue of the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) which will hopefully be graced by Pope Francis, the successor of John Paul II.

The avenue itself speaks of humble dignity. Although not very wide, it is quite far from being heavily populated or polluted compared to others in the city. A vital link to various points of interest, this avenue’s charm comes mainly from a center island that hosts graceful fire trees.

Since these trees are among a few that remain in our streets (similar ones mysteriously disappeared when the Serging Osmena Boulevard was widened), I was therefore dismayed when you sought permission from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources to cut them so that the road could be widened for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Summit (APEC).

Mr. Mayor, please do not cut these trees. Doing so would not only be sacrilegious to Saint John Paul II; it would be bad for a city that’s trying to show itself as liveable and earth-friendly. Besides, no amount of tree-cutting will ever compensate for good traffic planning and enforcement. Otherwise, we might as well cut all the trees in our city and trust that our traffic situation will improve right away.

I do believe that our APEC visitors will appreciate tree-lined streets better than wide highways devoid of trees. In their respective countries, these visitors surely have environment-friendly roads that feature trees. I even doubt that they will be happy knowing that their visit here will cause the cutting of our trees. I’m sure there are other ways to improve traffic management for APEC, the IEC and other events that Asia’s Cradle of Christianity will be hosting.

I leave this matter to those who are officially mandated to do it, but let’s not include tree-cutting as the shortcut solution to this concern, as if it would suffice in solving congestion now and in the distant future.

To better emphasize my point, may I thus remind you of a timely and relevant quote from Saint John Paul II: “The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.”

Mr. Mayor, I trust that you will heed the words of the beloved Saint who once passed through this historic avenue that now bears his name.

Very truly yours,

Ka Bino Guerrero



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Batil Boat Loaded with Poached Shell Apprehended

Jocevel Joy – 4 a 30 by 8 meters (approx.) Batil, was apprehended by composite team of Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard near the shores of Olanggo Island Lapu-Lapu City. Photo by Ferdinand Edralin.

A team from the Philippine Navy, Naval Forces Central, Philippine Coast Guard Cebu Station and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources  intercepted the Batil Jocevel Joy – 4 at around 11 pm on Wednesday, July 8, in Olango Island, Lapu-Lapu City.


The apprehending team believes the cargo consisting of shells are prohibited as they appear to look like samong (trochus niloticus). Initial information indicate the Batils came from Tubbataha.


The topshell Trochus niloticus is a highly valuable reef invertebrate that flourishes in the Tubbataha Reefs Natural Park (TRNP), Palawan, Philippines. At present, it is heavily poached inside the park premises, on

The International Herald Tribune reported

“…the rangers confiscated 132 sacks of the topshell Trochus niloticus, locally known as samong, worth one million Philippine pesos ($20,000). Taking samong or any other endangered species is punishable by 12 to 20 years in prison and/or a 120,000 peso fine, but poachers risk it, according to the Philippine daily Business Mirror, because dealers buy  topshells for about 150 pesos a kilo, reselling them at 400 pesos a kilo.”

There is a big market for Samong, it is a commodity in the Fashion Accessories.


The Fisheries Administrative Order No. 208, Series of 2001 listed Trochus niloticus as THREATENED, and Section 2 of the said order state “Prohibition. – It shall be unlawful for any person, natural or juridical, to take or catch or cause to be taken or caught the following fishery/aquatic species.”

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SUGBO 1898


General Emilio Aguinaldo Mansion, Kawit, Cavite

Every 12th of June the whole country celebrates Independence Day. Originally Philippine Independence day was on the 4th of July, commemorating July 4, 1946 when President Manuel Roxas raised the Philippine Flag which signaled the Independence of the Island from the United States of America.

“..on August 4, 1964, I signed at Malacañang Republic Act No. 4166 statutorily prescribing June 12 as Philippine Independence Day. Special witnesses invited to the signing were children of Presidents, including Carmen Melencio-Aguinaldo, Manuel Quezon Jr., Maria Osmeña-Charnley, Gerardo Roxas, Tomas Quirino, and my sons Arturo and Diosdado Jr.” President Diosdado Macapagal

Paying Respect to General Miong

Paying Respect to General Miong

We all know what happened in the Katagalogan on June 12, 1898, but what about SUGBO?


a bas-relief of “Inang Bayan” holding a flag, on the ceiling of Aguinaldo’s Mansion living room

Cebu only became independent from Spain on December 24, 1898, when the Spaniards unceremoniously sail away from the Island following the treaty of Paris, which sold Las Islas Filipinas to  Estados Unidos.


Aguinaldo’s appendix and gauze that was left inside him after his appendectomy in 1919

I sent an Email to Dr. Micheal Cullinane Associate Director of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Mike is one of the experts on Cebuano History. I asked him if there was any significant event in Cebu on June 12, 1898. Herewith is his reply verbatim:

Ka Bino,
Great questions – I can see where you are going… maayo man…

So, some historical background… As you know, Tres de Abril 1898, Cebuanos revolted against Spain; by April 7th, the Spaniards retook the ciudad and forced the rebels, led by Leon Kilat and Luis Flores (ug uban pa) to the south (Carcar for Leon Kilat) and to the Luyong Dagat (contracosta) and bukid for Luis Flores, Emilio Verdeflor, Arcadio Maxilom, etc, with the latter grupo ending up by May at Sudlon. Leon, of course, was assassinated in Carcar. So, from Mayo to Diciembre 1898, the Cebuanos held out at Sudlon and continually challenged the Spanish control over many towns on both coasts. In June, there were several battles that took place between Spanish forces and Cebuanos, especially in the Toledo-Tuburan area (often involving Verdeflor & Maxilom and others) and in Pardo — down the mountain from Sudlon. So, for your turistas and others, you can say for sure that while Emilio Aguinaldo was declaring independence in Cavite, the Cebuanos were fighting the Spaniards in various places in Cebu.
The only actual event that you may be able to use is that on June 12, 1898 there was a famous battle in Pardo, when the Cebuano rebels, including Arcadio Maxilom, Potenciano Aliňo, Francisco Llamas, and Rafael Tabal, attacked the Spanish garrison in Pardo. I found a description of this event in the article “Ang Pardo sulod sa usa ka gatus ka tuig” by Onofre A. Abellanosa, published in the souvenir program: 1st Centennial Celebration: El Pardo Parish, 1966.
So, there’s a good one…
You can also included the series of battle that took place in Balamban under the leadership of Emilio Verdeflor, one of the leaders at Sudlon at the time.
Hope it works. Let me know.
Mike (@Tay)

Aguinaldo's final resting place as seen from the mansion's tower

Aguinaldo’s final resting place as seen from the mansion’s tower

So the Aguinaldo’s declaration of Independence was not really felt in Cebu.

We Should start decentralizing our History.

We should try to focus more on local History.

Every Town has his own story to tell.

For Philippine History is about all of the local histories and not just the story of select few.


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DU30’s Number

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte, is yet to reveal his political plans for 2016 Presidential Elections, yet his numbers in the surveys are on a steady uptrend.


Digong had been going around the country on what he called as “Listening Tour” promoting not himself but the concept of Federalism. In a forum I attended, He lamented that the very centralized setup of government we currently have most of the countryside specially Mindanao were left behind in growth and development.

Also in the same forum, He showcased how he was able to make Davao City one of the Safest place to live. His critics would link him to the infamous Davao Death Squad (DDS), he would neither accept nor deny it, but would be very upfront to say “If your a Drug pusher in Davao, your Dead”


Duterte’s ruled Davao with iron hand, but this got the investor’s confidence to the City, and turn out to be the most progressive city in an island with a delicate peace and order situation.


What then makes his rising popularity? Many of us are sick and tired of graft and corruption which fast becoming a norm in Philippine Politics. With almost all of the presidential aspirant being accused of graft, Digong came as a better alternative. I think his campaign for Federalism is not really a factor, but more and more people wanted Change.

Can Digong makes this Country great?

Can Digong dismantle Graft and Corruption?

Can Digong Institute Change?

This All Can be answered if the number question is answered.

And tthe Number one question is:

Is Digong running for President?


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Fire and Social Media

Before whenever we hear the roaring siren of the firetruck we either dial the fire station or tune-in to radio to know the whereabouts of the fire.

Today we tune-in to Social Media, and I am writing this blogpost, while firemen are still fighting a fire in Lahug, Cebu City.

My Facebook Newsfeed is also in fire..

It started with a question..




Then pictures started to come in..






Social Media really alter news consumption, reportorial can be realtime, and anybody with a smartphone with either WLAN /Data connections can be a journalist.

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