Monday, February 11, 2013

Send some love this Feb and Aris Aumentado files COC

Courtesy: Smart
Scene: February 10, 2013 marks the Chinese New Year and a day of celebrations to herald the beginning of the Year of the Snake. To enjoy prosperity, longevity, and happiness, my Chinese friends told me to wear black, blue (light-blue), and green to charm the snake. Have these foods during the Chinese New Year to ensure a prosperous and happy year to come : tikoy (it represents the togetherness of the family and stronger bonds), prawn (symbolizes liveliness), dumplings (when boiled in water, represent a family’s being able to recover a long lost wish), pomelo (for abundance and prosperity), tangerines, oranges and kiat-kiat (for wealth and luck, these fruits are believed to bring abundance and happiness), peanuts (for longevity), long noodles (if noodles are served, then “keep them as long as possible long for long life), nian gao (for achieving new heights in the coming year) and jai (a vegetarian dish for longevity). Add sea moss for prosperity, lotus seeds for children/birth of sons, lily buds to “send 100 years of harmonious union”, Chinese black mushrooms to “fulfill wishes from east to west”, long leafy greens and long beans to wish a long life for parents, whole fish for abundance and to ensure a good start and finish and to avoid bad luck throughout the year, and sweets and desserts to bring a sweet life in the new year.

Scene: Smart's Fiber Power is featuring Ely Buendia at the Chocolate Hills in Carmen town. Also in the video are Rico Blanco, Raimund Marasigan and Barbie Almalbis. Smart's Fiber optics is what powers a modern network. Optic fibers use light as a medium for telecommunication & broadband data. Theoretically, it is able to reach speeds of more than 1 Terabits per second (Tbps).

Scene:  Actor Mikael Daez shared his Bohol experience in the Feb. 4, 2013 issue of the Philippine Star: Bohol was such a peaceful experience. It allowed me to recharge and completely get my mind off things.  I think it’s a place where people can really “get away from it all.... It feels completely untouched in Bohol and I get jealous over their way of life because there doesn’t seem to be any stress in their lives. I admit I may not be able to live there for long periods of time but I will definitely go back if I need a place to recharge.

It's final: Erico Aristotle “Aris” Aumentado has replaced his father, the late Bohol 2nd district Rep. Erico Aumentado, in the congressional race this May 2013 elections.

"I can make it, kaya nako ang mualagad sa katawhan sa segundo distrito," said Aris, debunking rumors that he could not serve the people like his father,’ “ang akong kandidatura walay kausaban sa akong amahan diin nag-una ang tinuoray nga serbisyo."

Erico Aris Aumentado (center) files his COC for congressman of the second district of Bohol last Monday at the provincial Comelec Office. With Aris are (l-r) Dra. Sharleen Lim, Carmen Mayor Che Toribio- delos Reyes and Mayor Thomas Gonzaga and supporters.
Aris was talking to reporters last Monday after he filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the provincial Comelec Office. He was accompanied by gubernatorial bet Carmen Mayor Che Toribio-delos Reyes, vice-gubernatorial bet Dra. Sharleen Lim, big personalities like Ma. Fe Camacho-Lejos, Tommy Abapo, lawyer Handel Lagunay, Azon Galbreath, Danao Mayor Thomas Gonzaga, Bie Unido Mayor Rey Niño Boniel and other mayors and barangay captains, family members and supporters, who according to Fr. Joseum Sumampong in his homily, “mga nagmahal nimo mao naa sila karun aron musuporta kanimo.” (I like the homily of Fr. Sumampong who challenged Aris and those supporters “Don't give up. Adunay purpose ang Ginoo sa matag-usa kanato.")

In 2004, Aris wanted to run as vice mayor in Ubay town but his father disapproved his plan. Again, he wanted to run for board member in 2010 but his father didn’t like the idea of having two Aumentados in public service.

"I've thought hard about it," Aris added. "Wala pa ko sa akong hunahuna adto dawaton nako iyang hangyo to continue serve the people."

They say that Aris inherited much more than looks, political savvy and business acumen from his father.

Teased about it, Aris smiled and conceded that he might never equal, much more surpass his father’s record.

Valentine’s Day is four days to go, but you still have time to send your favorite people a little love. You can turn your room to the most romantic room to set your hear aflutter, send flowers, chocolates and a sweet note!

For something sweet this Valentine’s Day, Ramirez Cakes and Pastries (RCP) caters all your cake needs in every occasion. They are crafted to design themed cakes that suits your special day may it be weddings, birthdays, christening, and shower parties.

They also provide various pasalubong and delicacies. Try the famous Ramirez Torta.  It started with a plain recipe for every family gathering.  It was their very loving Lola Lita and Mama Gemma who first introduced the product to the market at mid 1990s. The family recipe was then loved by many and now became one of the best pasalubong items in town.

RCP has three outlets. The main center is located along Junction Road, Mansasa District, Luisa Galleria Mall at Gallares Street and at the Gallares Court just near the crossing of the city streets, Ma. Clara Street and Gallares Street.

(Note: Contact Ramirez Cakes and Pastries at (038) 412-2818; 412- 0711, 510-1855, or 09176324047. You can also visit them on Facebook – ramirezellainecakesand pastries.)

Reveal – The Grand Fashion Gala

The Rotary Club of Tagbilaran is set to stage one of their most significant projects for 2013.  The fashion show is living up to its title as a lot of revelations will happen on Saturday, March 2, 8 p.m. at the Bohol Cultural Center. For the first time ever, Bohol Fashion Designers’ Circle is created and organized with six Bohol-based fashion designers initiating the group.  Talented fashion experts and couturiers Henry Baron, Maximiel Tallo, Jong Magallano, Omie Auza, Rhigel Dulfo and EJ Relampagos will showcase their design prowess on more than 90 collections to grace the ramp.
Fashion designers, models, beauty queens, celebrities, socialites and dignitaries are expected to bring more glitz and glamour.
Power of 6

“Rrrreveaaaallll!!!” says Bohol’s premier designer Henry.

“This is a very good come back for me because it’s not gonna be only me but six of us!” shares Bohol’s mega designer Maximiel.

Bohol’s emerging designer Jong Magallano is also excited at the same time tensed since according to him, this will be his launching fashion show and it’s this big.  He never expected to make a debut as grand as “Reveal”.

Omie who is based in Talibon is also very excited to make a grand splash in the city of Tagbilaran.  He is expecting friends from other parts of the province to come and support the show.

Rhigel feels so happy to be a part of “Reveal”.  “This will surely be very significant since all the designers will be helping and supporting each other.”

Fashion icon EJ is also very supportive of this project.  “This is what I have been wanting to do and waiting for quite a time already. I am very happy that with the help of Rotary, we are now one organization.  Expect Bohol Fashion Designers’ Circle to make a difference and we want to make that difference obvious.”

The show will be directed by LJ Lumayag and lights and sounds will be provided by Disco Record Center.

Rotary Club of Tagbilaran President Joy Suarez is very optimistic about this project.  Meanwhile the chairwoman for the project “Reveal”, PAG Loella Bantol is also very supportive of the designers’ circle. This project is a fund raising activity of the Rotary to help support different humanitarian services of the chapter.

Tickets are available at Php 1,000, Php500 and Php 200.  For inquiries, please contact Alex at 09088910937.

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Flashback: Yearbook photos of the who’s who

Scene:  If you Love To Dance, join the Valentine event at FoodMix Plaza Marcela on February 14. For more info, please call or text 09075436669.
Scene: A socialite VRS shared the rumors circulating in the river town. The “King of the Jungle” sent a messenger to ask “Yes, Yes” to reimburse all that he had spent in advancing himself as the challenger for a higher position.  However, “Yes, Yes” camp reportedly junked it with the response, 'If you think you can win it, go ahead'.  “Yes, Yes” also allegedly said. 'Why should I do it? I'm a candidate. That is not honorable. Maybe after the elections, let's see how we can be partners for development. But paying off a political opponent? That's untoward.”
“Take note,” added VRS, “it's the King of the Jungle’s camp that made the offer. True or not, one thing is certain. It is “Yes, Yes” who has the edge, because he anchors his campaign on hard work and performance.”
VRS also said that “Yes, Yes” has been instructed by his mother-in-law to stay quiet, because that is what his constituents like in him--silently working without bragging every inch of an accomplishment. "So, don't change," as he was advised. Maybe, he can report from time to time to update the people how he is doing just for transparency, not for other reasons--worst, undue media mileage.
VRS shared this lesson: Campaign is not like a commercial of a paint product that says you can suddenly become as white as the wall behind you when the paint roller runs on you.
Recognize any of those faces?
Let us hunt down famous faces before they were famous.
Case No. 1: Luke Mejares was known as the Gary Valenciano of Bohol, singing and moving like the famous singer, although he still maintains Michael Jackson is his most influential artist.
When he was in high school, Luke sang as front act for Joey Albert at a concert in Bohol.
His musical journey brought him to Manila in 1997 and he became a session singer for several bands until he finally joined the South Border which he later left and decided to go solo. Luke is married to Inger with whom he has a child.
Luke’s favorite motto: Don't trouble troubles, till trouble troubles you.
Case No. 2: (Councilor to-be) Joseph “Jojo” Bompat was a high school varsity player. The Heights Highlights ’03 says: His height as well as his skills granted him the privilege to be a Captain Barbell of the school’s Basketball Varsity Team. A big, naughty guy may seem but responsibility is something he could handle very well.
Bompat was the president of the Columbian Squires and member of the Baby Falcons.
Although now happily, if quietly, settled with his high school classmate Joanne Rochelle Aumentado Villamor, Jojo is taking the challenge to serve the people of Tagbilaran, following in his father’s footsteps.
Case No. 3:  Rotarian Alex Bongawan was a popular campus leader. He was known as “siga” (very brave) that all the students were very scared of his thundering voice. Pillars ’98, the University of Bohol High School yearbook says: Alex has a good sense of leadership. His strictness scares many but if you look at the good effect- it saves you from doing spooky stuffs. He’s a leader who brings his followers to a brighter end. He is a symbol of leadership and humility. He might be serious at times but behind the façade of this serious looking man hides a man with a very big smile and a truckload of jokes.
Alex, who runs a travel agency, is presently the secretary of the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran.
Case No. 4: Janice Aurora Tirol, Ph.D. was a popular campus figure. Pillars ‘97 says: She’s not just a girl- she’s a nice girl with an attitude. When she wants something- she usually gets it.
Dr. Nicey was one of the Philippines finest youth leaders who participated in the 34th Ship for Southeast Asian Youth Program (SSEAYP) in 2007.
An active member of the Rainbow for Girls, she is the head of the Student Personnel Services of the University of Bohol.
Case No. 5:  As I am typing this story, my sis Arlene, told me that her batch had famous personalities. True enough, her 1992 high school yearbook of Bohol National High School (BNHS) had prominent faces like Kit Bagaipo and Dr. Janice Michelle Evardone-Sarigumba.
Janice Michelle Evardone-- called Wowie by those close to her-- aimed high literally. She graduated salutatorian at Manga Elementary School and BNHS and was also awarded as “Mathematician of the Year.”
She wanted to be a nightingale but fate took her to study physical therapy as an academic scholar at Southwestern University (SWU) and passed the 1997 licensure exams for Physical Therapists.
She ranked #3 in the Civil Service Professional Exams for the entire Region VII. She was a university scholar in the College of Medicine at SWU, where she graduated in 2003 as Top 1 in her class, a recipient of the Matias H. Aznar Academic Excellence Award (with highest GPA) and Southwestern University Scholarship Award.
Wowie was Mutya sa Tagbilaran 2nd Runner-up in 1997 and Ms. Negros Navigation-Sea Angel.
Cielo, Sweet 16
Born on January 14, 1997, a day before the feast of Senor Santo Nino de Cebu of whom her father is a pious devotee, AJ Wincielou Johanna “Cielo” Araoarao Gabin was to be the “apple of the eyes” of her parents, Jerome John (of Siquijor) and Fiel Angeli, being the first child of the couple, the first grandchild of the Araoarao family and the first granddaughter of the Gabin family.
I have had the opportunity of “babysitting” her at home for some hours with her great grandmother, “Lola Pining,” 10 years ago, when her mother had to attend to some office-related activities and beauty pageants.
As the years have nurtured her, she is still very simple and easily contented, after her experiences as a little girl who was at the top of her class (DML Montessori School), as a pupil who has been consistently awarded as “Outstanding in Mathematics” since elementary (Holy Spirit School) up to now as a senior student (Tagbilaran City Science High School).
Her strong inclination in Mathematics - thanks to her father’s genes - has taken her to other parts of country and as far as Beijing and Tianjin, China for the China Primary Mathematics Olympiad in August 2009 and to Nevada, Arizona, California, Texas and New York as part of her stint in the International Regions Mathematics League competition as member of the winning Philippine MTG Teams.
On the other hand, she must’ve inherited her grandmother’s (Wincesa Espejo Araoarao, Bukang Liwayway Dance Troupe founder) terpsichorean prowess as, in recent years, she was member of the Tagbilaran City Science High School group which won in the Tagbilaran City Schools Division “Kuratsa Boholana” competition in March 2011 and in the University of the Philippines-Kadugong Bol-anon – Iloilo Chapter LITMUS modern jazz competition in October 2012 (both dances choreographed by her mother, Fiel Angeli) and  performed in the CVIRAA 2011 welcome program for the Cebu Province delegation and the Alay Lakad 2012 program.
The birth of her little brother, JF Regelbert Johnson “Renji,” after 14 years, became her long-time wish granted. She strongly believes in family values as manifested in having family meals, praying the Angelus and the Rosary and attending Sunday mass together and considers faith in God and the love, care and support of her family – Papa Jerome, Mama Fiel, Grandma Wincie, Mommy Lou, Uncle Ondoy and Aunties Claire, Coeli, Diane, Nhenen and Bebe – her greatest motivating factors in life.
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Sunday, January 27, 2013

After Les Mis, it’s Romeo and Juliet!

Tugonon Courtesy: Mikey Gatal
Seen: Miss Universe 2012 1st runner-up Janine Tugonon will visit Bohol on Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Seen: Lizel Mae Tortuga was crowned Miss Getafe 2013 and Miss Bohol Gateway-Tourism 2013.

Seen: Motivational speaker Anthony Pangilinan was the guest speaker of “Blue Jeans: Maximum Results, Maximized Relationships” held at Doy’s Seafood and Grill on Jan. 25. It was organized by JBJ (Jesus in Blue Jeans) in partnership with JCI-Bohol Sandugo and K&N Productions of (councilor to-be) LJ Lumayag. Also spotted in Bohol yesterday was model, host and blogger Patty Laurel- Filart. Last week, Sam Concepcion, Bianca Gonzales and Grace Lee were also spotted in Bohol.
Scene: BOHOL-BUHOL 2 is in Cebu on Jan. 31 at Qube Gallery at The Persimmon Plus. It will feature Boholano artists Keith Andog, Rhants Anunciado, Bethlehem Joy Bullen, Eric Catot, Edgar Comito, Guy Custodio, Jacquelou Curambao, Roi Ferre, Irish Glori Galon, Joey Labrador, Glenn Lumantao, Carlito Masalta, Henri Cainglet, Sam Penaso, Rico Tompong, Jef Sisican and guest artist Melbourne Aquino.

The exhibit will showcase the wealth of Boholano artistry spanning a healthy breadth of genres from realist works that stress the island’s natural wonders to abstractions that have challenged the works of contemporary artists in the country and the world.
Qube Gallery at The Persimmon Plus is situated along MJ Cuenco Street and Gil Tudtud Street, Mabolo, Cebu. BOHOL-BUHOL 2 will open on January 31 until February 21. For details contact, +6332-512-1921 or visit

Bohol turns Ubi country
Bohol was undoubtedly the Ubi Country when it celebrated its 13th Ubi Festival recently as some of the ubi growers and supporters gathered to honor the tasty, purple-hued crop as a major agricultural product.

Attending the Ubi fest for the nth time was loving and learning more of Bohol, such as, 1) the scientific name of ubi/ube or purple yam is dioscorea alata, 2) ubi is also known as ubi jam, food for the gods, purple yam and sweet lavender, 3) Bohol is the largest ubi producer in the country, and 4) ubi is the only staple food included in the Bohol hymn.

At the Plaza Rizal, people could buy ubi varieties like kabus-ok, kinlot, balagon-on, binanag, tam-isan, apale, iniling, lima-lima, kot, bot and kinampay, the most aromatic ubi in the world, at reasonable prices.
Adding savor during the opening program was the search for the pinaka (the best quality ubi harvest and endemic root crops such as the 31 kilos ubi balagon-on and ubis which looked like a sea lion, human-tooth, carabao's foot, elephant and hand-glove of Pacman), most promising ubi product (ube jam, ube polvoron, ube calamay, ube torta, ubi ice candy and pinwheel), most promising ubi cuisine (ubi ginataan and ubi lumpia) and ubi eating contest at the Plaza Rizal and the literary musical contest (balak, kuradang, rap and jingle and ubi poster making) at the Island City Mall. (Again, I didn’t like how the ubi eating contest was done. There was no-thrill when the committee members decided to hold the contest by batches. Another one, the event at the Plaza Rizal had no sound system when they could have played Onie Oclarit’s Ubi Festival to add fanfare and enliven the mood of the people.) 

Anyway, I had the chance to ask environmental activist Zenaida Darunday who shared to me the health benefits of including ubi in our meal. 
“Ubi is an excellent source of vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene), a very good source of vitamin C and manganese, and a good source of copper, dietary fiber, vitamin B6, potassium and iron. When you take ubi, you won't be constipated,” said Darunday. “Of course, it's a good alternative for rice especially now that we are trying to cut on rice consumption, ubi is a substitute. You can eat ubi without eating rice. Compared to potato it has more nutritional element.”

Ubi is also good for people who have hormonal imbalance and women who suffer menstrual cramps.

“It has dioscorin and it is good for women with dysmenorrhea," said Darunday.

For almost half a millennium, the ubi tuber has been venerated by the Boholanos. Yes, ubi is sacred in Bohol. To this day, the respect for the plant is still stronger than ever.

And why we kiss the ubi when it falls on the ground?

“It's our culture because according to some legend there was a famine in Bohol. Boholanos were able to stay alive because they found ubi when they were scratching the ground because ubi survives during drought and famine. And  when they saw ubi, ‘praise the Lord’ because it saved them from starvation.  If ubi tuber falls, you have to kiss it," added Darunday.

Recent studies revealed that ubi has also potent antioxidant effects. It is also an anti-diabetic and anti-Inflammatory food.

So, the next time you have the urge for something sweet, how about eating ubi products such as ubi jam? It's one food guaranteed to satisfy your whole body, not just your sweet tooth.

On the other hand, I was sad. The Ubi Festival committee decided to cancel the search for Ubi Queen this year in this supposed beauty contest-crazy province. The Ubi Festival organizers changed it to Miss 4-H but was cancelled on Jan. 23 at the Island City Mall.

Why? Like you, I was clueless.

Miss Ubi Festival Queen 2012 Jade Nica Obedencio will carry the crown for another year(s) until the Ubi Festival Committee members will decide when they can hold a pageant. Other winners were Pinky Gica Beldia–Socias who was the first Miss Ubi Festival Queen in 2000 and Rhiz Nova Tagsip Arenas (who became Miss Bohol Sandugo 2004) who was Miss Ubi Festival Queen 2004.
Anne Hathaway made me cry a river on Les Miserables especially during the I Dreamed A Dream scene. She sings with so much heart and soul, and so real that you can’t help but moved to tears.

Les Miserables (aka Les Mis or Les Miz) is based on Victor Hugo’s 1832 novel . Set during 19th Century France, Anne Hathaway plays Fantine (the same role by Lea in London’s West End) who’s driven by poverty to prostitution.
The mood is somber in Les Mis. There is a tone of melancholy predominates, even when events are relatively happy. I warn you: The song springs the old water works into the eyes.

You see, last year, there was a stage play of Les Mis in Tagbilaran City produced by DreamBig Productions, a cultural and theatrical production composed of young Tagbilaranons whose passion is into performing and theater arts.

Hu! Hu! Hu! I cried when Fantine (played by Gayle Marie Sinadjan) sang I Dreamed A Dream with so much emotion and passion that I heard the voices of Elaine Page, Ruthie Henshall, Petula Clark, Leah Salonga and Susan Boyle.

BigDream's mission is to raise back the theater industry in the province of Bohol and mount quality, realistic, timely relevant creative productions yet educating in the field of theater arts that caters both theater enthusiast and students.

On Feb. 9, DreamBig Productions will bring to Bohol another event as it will relive the romance, danger, beauty and passion of Romeo and Juliet, history’s greatest ever love story.

"This Valentine season, we will bring you an early Valentine show for the first time in history in the entertainment scene of Tagbilaran, a full length world class classical ballet performance of Romeo and Juliet live in Bohol,” said Jurie Balbuena, DreamBig PR head. “We will bring 40 professional, lovely and graceful dancers from Atlanta Festival Ballet Georgia U.S.A and Ballet Center Cebu choreographed by artistic director Gregory Aaron and international prime ballet dancer Nicolas Pacaña as Romeo himself and Katherine Trofeo of Ballet Philippines.”

Jurie Balbuena, who is one of the scholars of Ballet Center Cebu, approached Pacaña and Aaron to hold their last farewell performance in Bohol. Aaron was impressed of DreamBig when he learned of the successful Les Mis in Bohol.

“We are very honor that Mr. Pacaña chooses Bohol as part of his farewell performance or last International curtains call in the world of ballet,” said Jurie.

In our English class, Romeo meets Juliet at a masked ball and they fall in love at first sight. But the young lovers fall victim to their feuding families.

With a price on Romeo’s head, and Juliet suddenly betrothed to another man, the young lovers share a night of forbidden passion before Romeo flees the city. Juliet’s desperate pleas to call off the wedding are denied, and a secret plan is hatched for them to be reunited, with devastating consequences.

My English literature teacher shared Prince's elegy for the lovers: For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.

“The timeless Romeo and Juliet still packs a huge emotional wallop,” added Jurie.

Romeo and Juliet will be on Feb. 9 at  2 p.m. (matinee) and 6 p.m. (gala) at the Bohol Cultural Center.

Tickets are priced at P300 (VIP), P150 (Platinum) and P100 (General Admission) at all Dunkin Donuts outlets. For details, call/text 0929-276-6536 or visit

Meanwhile, excuse me while I rush to a theater nearby to watch Les Mis again, and cry a river again.

I dreamed a dream in time gone by
When hope was high
And life worth living
I dreamed that love would never die
I dreamed that God would be forgiving
Then I was young and unafraid
And dreams were made and used and wasted
There was no ransom to be paid
No song unsung, no wine untasted…

-(I Dreamed A Dream)

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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Rep. Yap and Mayor Calipusan: Deal or No Deal?

Buboy and Krista Courtesy: Facebook
Rep. Yap and Mayor Calipusan: Deal or No Deal?
No 'under the table' agreement between Rep. Yap and Mayor Calipusan, reports VRS


FLASH REPORT: Did Sunshine Cruz and Cesar "Buboy" Montano really separate? Rumor has it that the couple ended their relationship because of a third-party, a starlet named Krista Miller. Sunshine announced in her Instagram that the reason for her separation with Buboy is another woman, and the third party is a starlet named Krista Miller (who plays Marita Zaragoza in the upcoming film “The Turning Cradle: The Untold Story of Alfredo Lim,” directed and starred in by Buboy). Sunshine announced this: “I’m so sorry dear friends and family. I have been really quiet but when kids are affected unfair na yun. It is actually them who told me about this. They are hurt! I’m moving on. With my children. God bless you both for doing this to us.” According to reports, Sunshine also revealed that the gifts she and her sister-in-law gave Buboy, were then gifted to the girl. Sunshine said an A&F shirt and an iPhone 5 she gave and her sister-in-law’s gift of Ferrero Rocher chocolates, were given to Krista instead. Sunshine also alleged that Krista has sent provocative and sexy pictures and messages to Buboy.

Seen: Spotted in Bohol the other day was Ms. Joy Suarez, president of Rotary Club of Tagbilaran and over-all manager of Astoria. I did an interview with Ms. Joy at the posh Astoria in Baclayon town. But that’s another interesting story. Watch for it.
Members of the Rotary Club of Tagbilaran

Seen: Minerva, Swan Hellenic’s solitary cruise ship, had a stopover in Bohol last Friday. Minerva is a small luxury ship, carrying 320 like-minded guests. Most of the passengers were British with a few Americans and Australians joining. Swan Hellenic has been offering cruises to intriguing destinations for more than 50 years.

Scene: The Ubi Festival 2013 is on Jan. 23-25.  The opening of exhibits on ubi, endemic rootcrops and sustainable agriculture products will be held on Jan. 23 at the Plaza Rizal, which will be followed by the search for pinaka (the best quality ubi harvest and endemic rootcrops), most promising ubi product, most promising ubi cuisine and ubi eating contest at the Plaza Rizal. The literary musical contest (balak, kuradang, rap and jingle, ubi poster making contest and Miss 4-H aka Ubi Queen will be held on the same day at the Island City Mall Activity Center.

Scene: I would like to thank Atty. Julius Gregory Delgado of CVCLAW (The Villaraza Cruz Marcelo and Angangco) for the nice planner he sent last Thursday. Atty. Delgado who attended the hearing on the cybercrime law had the time to mail his post- Three King gift with a (touching) note:  Dear Leo, this is late but as the old adage goes, "better late than never." Merry Christmas and wishing you a Happy New Year. I hope you will like this. I am not sure if you are like me who plans my activities to the detail which entails a planner. Otherwise, you can still use this as sort of a diary. Today, marks an important milestone in history as legal eagles battle it out before the Supreme Court to protect the civil liberties and freedom of expression of journalists. Having the Cybercrime Law annulled will be our ultimate gift to journalists. This is an advance gift. Gracias por todo, Atty. Greg! 

While waiting for the fastcraft bound for Cebu last Friday night, I chanced upon the unimpeachable Very Reliable Source (VRS) at the waiting area, traveling by his lonesome. This VRS is a known political analyst cum businessman.

I turned around and there he was, the VRS. I waved at him. VRS asked me to join him, asking if he could get something for me. I protested, “Seeing you is enough.”

You see, Wednesday last week, Loboc Mayor Leon Calipusan withdrew his candidacy for congressman. I asked VRS if he knew the reasons but VRS simply smiled. What I knew is that Mayor Calipusan withdrew his candidacy for personal, health and family reasons (I saw his affidavit of withdrawal at the Provincial Comelec Office on Jan. 9).

In any case, many people are still asking if the so-called “under the table” is indeed a done deal.

On the two-hour travel, VRS was sharing everything he knew about politics and sundry.

“For a lazy thinker, the easiest theory when a candidate backs out from a political rivalry is that his opponent paid off to sail smoothly to victory,” started VRS. “But why should a candidate payoff his opponent? That is when his opponent is stronger than him and he is desperate to get to the seat.”

Or so we thought.

“Doy Leo, in the case of Calipusan’s backout, does incumbent Rep. Arthur Yap desperately need to buy the mayor’s candidacy out? Obviously, not!”

VRS shared that the supporters of Calipusan were all up with energy combing the barangays of 3rd district as early as June last year, until that deciding point in the latest round in December.
“An insider (codenamed GP) from the Calipusan camp admitted they even met objection when they put up the tarpaulins. That’s why most of them are nailed on trees,” said VRS.

“Doy Leo, after several months of trying to convince the households to support Calipusan’s congressional bid, they failed to get additional supporters. They targeted 10,000 leaders.  But by December, they failed to get even 10 percent,” revealed VRS. He continued, “The hope was dying by then, but there are some close allies of the mayor who tried to sugarcoat the situation in contrast to what Calipusan noticed himself. So, the mayor asked for a survey to also check how effective were his leaders, and at the same time, asked a another close ally to tell him the real score. The survey and the opinion of that second close ally he consulted gave him a sign of losing.”

“When each camp was busy on their own campaign, nobody wants to yield. Nobody wants to meddle as the wound that Calipusan’s radio blocktime created on Yap got more painful yet futile,” added VRS.

 Why should Yap rid of a foe who was self-destroying? According to a VRS from the Calipusan camp, Yap never tried to reach out and even became more aggressive in expanding his HEART program. “In equity of the incumbent, Yap need not pay Calipusan off, because with or without Calipusan on the road, the incumbent congressman has the heart of his constituents,” clarified VRS.

VRS also revealed that it was also geographically impossible for the payoff negotiation to take place.

“Yap was in Taiwan during the Christmas break, while Calipusan was contemplating back home,” announced VRS. “Before the Christmas break, Calipusan’s supporters never showed a sign of melting down. The next scene was Yap coming home after Christmas to give a eulogy for the late Rep. Erico Aumentado and prior to his return, Calipusan already made up his mind. The time and geographical factors showed a negotiation was impossible to take place, aside from the fact that Yap doesn’t need it.”

“Besides, Yap was never known of going the easy way in dealing with things. In fact, he had often been misunderstood for being idealistic,” said VRS.

“If Calipusan was a victim, maybe he was but not of his partymates. He was a victim of some political scalawags who seemed to have assured him that his withdrawal could be invalidated once they would create a scenario. This scalawag in Bohol politics thought Yap would let go of his supporters once the opponent backs out and that could be a good timing to work for the invalidation of Calipusan’s withdrawal. Uh-oh! This is the biggest bluff in Bohol politics,” VRS concluded.

Now you know. Thankfully, VRS said adieu and promised to share more juicy items. Next time.

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Tagna-Tagna 2013

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According to Chinese astrologers, the year of the Water Snake 2013 (which will start on Feb. 10) is fairly exciting, promising and smooth. The cosmic element of the year is water which is characterized with mobility, dynamism and changeability. The year of the Snake will correspond to such colors as black, blue (light-blue), and green. So, on the first day of the year, I wore blue with shades of black in order to charm the snake.
But as tradition dictates, Bared is dishing out its predictions for 2013. As a reminder (I may sound a broken record), tagna-tagna ra ni He! He! He!

Again, I must take a bow, ehem, because last year’s Tagna-Tagna was 95% true! Believe it or not but through the years, Bared has had a better batting average (read: more credible) than any or all of the mananagna who're using mutya (crystal ball) or cards to predict the future He! He! He!  How I did it? Radio (radio de baktas included), newspapers and the social media (Facebook!) can help you predict what’s in store for our favorite who’s who in Bohol in the next 12 months.

Ready? Drum roll…please.

• Sorry, but no wedding bells for:  Anna Maris Igpit and Glenn Soco (the latter will become busy for the election in Cebu), Bien Unido Mayor Rey Niño Boniel and his sexy girlfriend (or church wedding?), Dominic “Dobap” Aparicio (what for?) and his girlfriend (is there any?) nor Atty. Brian Gaviola and his girlfriend (if she can pick one) will plan to settle down this year. But Doc Renz Acedo and his wifey are seriously planning to march down the aisle and Eden Descallar of Globe Telecom and her beau will (finally!) walk the aisle this year!  We can’t wait for another year.

• The Alfeo Jabinez -Amy Fiel Booc romance will even grow stronger. But marriage is farthest from their minds.

• The "war" between Mayor Dan Neri Lim and Gov. Edgar Chatto will continue to “sour” into highest level during election time. The feuds will continue as politicians will have mudslinging and character assassination.

• More controversies will rock this year’s Miss Tagbilaran and Miss Bohol Sandugo. What’s new?

• Newly-wed Loida Lagonoy and her beau will be a complete family. Weeks from now, Loida will start having morning sickness. The stork might visit Junibe Froilan and Doc April Lumuthang-Froilan. Heaven might smile at them.

• The stork might pay Mary Anne Aparece-Verga and her hubby Doc Jon Mark Verga, a long-delayed visit (the couple’s daughter Ashiira is already two years old). Same for Vida Tirol-De Juan and Butch De Juan (Bea is no longer an infant).

• It’s another brighter year for Mikey Gatal as he will continue to attend sosyalan events. And he will find a partner that’s his and his alone.

• It will be a good year for Karen Gallman and Fer Mary Baliquig if they will join (again) in the Bb. Pilipinas.

• With the bright trail paved by the likes of Ted Ramasola, some of our Boholano indie makers will win awards in filmfests.

• The “missing” Mary Ebone Cimafranca will resurface with a big “surprise.”

• This year is a busy, busy year for Bohol’s Queen of Tourism Dame Rose Soy. She will not relinquish her crown as Santacruzan Queen.

• Bohol will be the set location of a movie. No elaboration.

• Idy Cagas will seriously think of finding a seductive boyfriend. No elaboration.

• Something “big” is in store for Bohol’s fashion icon EJ Relampagos. No elaboration.

• Albur’s asin tibuok (rock salt) will be revived by few citizens. Not only the cows and goats will use it, it will be available soon. Incidentally, asin tibuok will be featured on Jan. 13, 2013 on Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho on GMA 7.

• Rich Asuncion’s star will shine even brighter and bigger. It’s good karma for her because she doesn’t forget her humble beginnings. Ask the people of Causeway and you will know.

• Boholano boxing icon Nonito Donaire will become the fighter of the decade. Boholano athletes like Jedara Docena Bautista and Jesus Pacaldo will also shine.

• Blind hymnist Onecimo “Onie” Oclarit will release a great album. Same for Loboc Children’s Choir and Loboc Youth Ambassadors Band.

• Vanity Kintanar Salinana will spread good vibes here and abroad. Hurrah to the Queen!

• Young entrepreneur Dalareich Polot will become a household name. The “tableya princess” will have a new business venture.

• Bromantical buddies whose stars will continue to shine are Marc Joseph Batoy, Clement Paulinel Lofranco Ingking and Chris Zambernard Milan.


• Only forty percent of the politicians running under a prominent party in this May’s elections will win. Voters are now (hopefully!) more intelligent and more discerning.

• Many politicians will feel the pain after they will discover that “traydoray ra ang show” from their political mates. Ouch!

• The winner for governor is….Drum roll please! The complete name has letters C, O and R. Look, I didn’t say if a “he” or a “she”.  Ooops! The crystal ball becomes blurred! He! He! He!

• Tagbilaran City has a new mayor. He will definitely be a Tagbilaranon. Clue? His complete name has letters A and N!  Ooops! The crystal ball becomes blurred! He! He! He!

• A vocalist of a (famous) band in Bohol will make an earth shaking revelation about his life.

• Prominent Boholanos will become victims of scams and identity theft on social networking and microblogging site Twitter.

• Two best friends (from prominent families) will wage an ugly word war against each other on — Facebook.

• A band will fade away to give way to a new band.

• Expect “bromance” relationships as the growing population of maya and paminta are most welcomed this year. On the other hand, a student-model will make a shocking revelation that he is “born this way.”

• A winner of a pageant will make shocking revelations. No elaboration.

• Toward the middle of the year, a daughter of a wealthy businessman and a son of a prominent businessman will tie the knot this year, the wedding of the year! Clue? DU and WY.

• A personality will send feelers for a return to a prominent politician who is running this year which this personality left a few years ago but the prominent politician will simply turn a deaf ear.

• After all the awayan, two politicians will kiss and make up. That’s what friends are for.

• A prominent separated couple will bury the hatchet and kiss and make up.

• The wholesome images of prominent personalities (in politics and business) will be tarnished by issues against them.

• Two shows each in two stations will fold up middle of the year – or even earlier.

• A young politician will get involved in a politically-motivated controversy.

• A newspaper might change hands (ownership, I mean) or two newspapers will merge.

• Two prominent couples will break up, one due to the husband’s infidelity and the other one due to, ehem, “third party.”

• The popularity of these hosts–comediennes will wane or will completely slip out of the scene as young and new host from nowhere will steal the limelight.

• A radio commentator will finally be lured to jump ober da bakod from dy to DY.

• A prominent couple will break up but will reconcile after a while.

• The station war will be as intense as ever. The stations will openly back some candidates and so will the other stations.

• Foreign artists will have concerts here. Yehey!

• Scandals will rock the political scene. Some will try to get media mileage out of it.

• A Boholano will shine in a reality TV search.
• Some Boholanos in the field of beauty pageant, public service, music and fashion will bring pride to Bohol.

• A distinguished messenger of the Word, a lawyer, a cultural icon, a beauty pageant watcher and a mediaman will ride a pale horse! Their rainbows will no longer be seen...forever.

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Bohol’s Biggest Stories of 2012

From Vanity Salinana’s winning to the death of Rep. Erico Aumentado, 2012 was dominated by the many happenings of famous people in Bohol.

Some stories were happy ones; others, not so much. As we observed, 2012 was chock full of drama, major comebacks, career high notes, and some sad stuff too.

But no matter what went down over the last 12 months, we watched and followed our favorite people thru radio, newspapers and the social media as the good, the bad and the OMG took over the headlines.

What were the most memorable moments of 2012?

Bared has relive them all.

2012 saw the birth of beauty queens in the province.

Idy Caseñas Cagas was crowned Miss Bohol Sandugo on July 20. Cagas is the fifth Jagnaanon to win the Miss Bohol Sandugo title making Jagna as the only town in Bohol that has the most number of Miss Bohol Sandugo winners. (Sorry, Tubigon!)

Bohol’s Queen of Tourism Rose Soy was the Queen of Santacruzan 2012, Candy Cumayas was the Reyna Elena 2012.

Jade Nica Obedencio was crowned Miss Ubi Festival Queen 2012; Mary Ebone Calimbayan Cimafranca was chosen Miss Teen Tagbilaran 2012 and Karen Morfreux  was crowned Miss Teen Earth 2012 and Miss Silka Bohol 2012.

Mariecris Evardo was crowned Anyag sa Tubigon 2012. She almost won the Miss Bohol Sandugo 2012 crown.  Her townmate, Thea Rose Rizaldo, won the Miss Teen Bohol2012 title.
We also witnessed Miss Ubay 2007 Karen Gallman and Miss Tagbilaran 2010 and Miss Bohol Sandugo 2010 1st runner-up Fer Mary Baliquig in the Bb. Pilipinas 2012. Baliquig also tried her luck in 2012 Miss World-Philippines.

Another Boholana Zeneline Ancog Bulalaque joined the Miss Philippines Earth 2012 representing Batuan.

It was also a good year for Vanity Kintanar Salinana who won the Queen of Cebu Universe 2012, the pageant for Alternatives held on November 9. Before winning Queen of Cebu, Vanity won the Carnival Queen of Mandaue 2010 and Bb. Gay Pilipinas Region VII in 2011.  She made history for Bohol after becoming the very first Boholana transgender to be crowned Queen of Cebu.

Simon Clive Barbon Greatwich, the midfielder of the Philippine Football Team, visited Bohol. Simon’s mother, Carol, hails from Tagbuane, Alburquerquel.

Richard Gutierrez was spotted in Bohol on Valentine’s Day. Richard was not dating someone but he was with the kids of Guiwanon Elementary School in Baclayon (hometown of actor Cesar Montano) who were the recipients of the Bikes for the World. Richard also visited Pamilacan Island. He also attended the Valentine programs of Laya Elementary School and Baclayon Central Elementary School.

The Queen of Talk Show Kris Aquino visited Bohol for the second time to shoot an episode for Kris TV show on ABS-CBN.

Filipino YouTube sensation Mikey Bustos, the comedic talent behind a series of wacky Filipino "language tutorials" that have gone viral online attracting millions — and counting, was spotted in Bohol to make his funny video of “Bohol and the All-knowing Tarsiers.”

Actor Aga Muhlach was in Bohol to shoot an episode about Bohol for his travel-adventure show Pinoy Explorer on TV5. Days after, matinee idol/TV host Drew Arellano was spotted in Bohol for his weekend adventure on GMANewsTV’s Weekend Getaway. The Bohol visit was the nth time for Drew.

Politicians who visited Bohol in 2012 Pres. Noynoy Aquino, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Chiz Escudero, Manong Maceda, Rep. Milagros “Mitos” Magsaysay, Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chair Grace Poe -Llamanzares  and Aurora Rep. Edgardo “Sonny” Angara.

Miss Universe 2011 third runner-up Shamcey Supsup got an invitation to become the guest speaker of the University of Bohol.  “Sana mapreserve ang natural beauty ng Bohol. Once na nasira yun mahirap na ibalik. It’s more fun in Bohol,” Shamcey said.

Also spotted in Bohol were Ruffa Gutierrez, Tim Yap, Alice Dixson, Cristalle Belo-Henares, Ryan Bang and Cory Quirino.

Vice Ganda tickled our funny bones in a Valentine concert on Feb. 11. A Night with Christian Bautista on April 28 also amazed the crowd.

The unique concert event of celebrated folk-rock artist Joey Ayala (with his band Ang Bagong Lumad) and Pinoy pop icon Lolita Carbon of the band ASIN was held in Danao EcoPark on July 8.

Music-lovers also watched balladeer Basil Valdez who sang those oldies but goodies from the 60s and 70s that we loved so much...beautiful memories are made of them.

"Les Miserables," the infamous novel authored by French writer Victor Hugo, was staged in Bohol in July 2012.

Gospel singer Don Moen also brought the kingdom of God to Bohol with songs of praise and worship on Nov. 10. The concert was part of his three-day tour “God Will Make A Way! Philippine Tour 2012.”  Don Moen interpreted closely the words of the Bible in God Will Make A Way, Thank You, Lord, God Is   Good All The Time and Give Thanks.

The gloves were off! Tagbilaran City Mayor Dan Lim and Carmen Mayor Che Toribio –delos Reyes vs. Gov. Edgar Chatto, Rep. Rene Relampagos and PA Ae Damalerio. Need I say more?

Tensions between Panglao Vice Mayor Evangeline Lazaro and Panglao Mayor Dodong Alcala exploded in the last quarter of the year.

The network war, in case you haven’t noticed, was getting uglier and uglier, too.

The cattiest of fights to the lowest of blows of these scrappy famous would continue this election time.

Marc Joseph Batoy made us swoon in 2012! Not only was he named Mr. Bohol Island State University (BISU) 2012, Mr. Teen Bohol 2012 1st runner up, Mr. Olive C 2012 and Mr. Regional SCUAA 2012! Outstanding student, bromantical buddy, sexy star: Marc’s the total package in 2012!

While Marc Batoy took the title for Mr. SCUAA this year, Adryan Mila, claimed 2012's Mr Teen Bohol despite unpopular promotions of the pageant.

Clement Paulinel Lofranco Ingking had a lot to thank God for in 2012. Even though he lost out to Marc as Mr Olive and Mr Teen and Mr. BISU2012, we still think Clement had a super-sexy year.

Aspiring musical sensation Sherwin “Paeng” Cabilan Rosco of Tubigon made it to the X-Factor Philippines. Boholana diva Eva Gulle- De los Santos, 50, also joined the X-Factor Philippines. They failed to reach the finals.

Mitch Capili (Michelle Angelu Kapirig in real life) was among the Top 20 in GMA-7's Protégé: The Battle For the Big Artista Break. She didn’t continue her journey for the big artista break as she was eliminated in Protégé First Elimination Night.

Lukas Enrique Magallano, the son of Luther Magallano of Cortes and nephew of Dr. Luisito Magallano, was hailed as the winner of the Promil Pre-School I-Shine Talent Camp in the finals on July 28 on ABS-CBN. Lukas bested 11 other talented kids for the title of first "Grand I-Shiner." Aside from scoring a contract with ABS-CBN's talent management firm Star Magic, Magallano also won P500,000, and a one-year supply of Promil Pre-School.

We were touched of the baby girl thought to be just a few hours old when she was found early morning in Albur town abandoned in a bag.

And so, after all the twists and turns, the action, drama, romance, suspense, etc, Prony, the longest and biggest python in captivity, found a new home in Barangay Laya, Baclayon last March 7. Her “twin” sister, Paloma, is still performing her deadly acrobatic moves and kagwang style.

Thirty-five elementary students of Totolan Elem. School in Dauis were hospitalized for food poisoning after eating the fruit of 'tuba-tuba' on June 8. Also, two died and one hospitalized for eating popper fish or  butete in Mabini.

When nature strikes… Typhoon Gener claimed the lives of couple Jury and Mylene Betaganzo  of Buenavista on August 1.  The couple were on board passenger motorcycle somewhere in Getafe when hit by the falling coconut tree which also hurt its driver and the couple’s two-year-old son. They died on the spot.

Several rice fields had dried up after months of no rain in Bohol, considered the food basket of Central Visayas.  Water level in a major dam in Pilar town had reached critically low levels. Cloud seeding operations were done to save the farms.

At least 85 houses and 13 motorized outrigger boats called pumpboats were damaged when a tornado struck four coastal villages in the Jagna.

Typhoon Pablo ravaged 8 fishing vessels and left one dead. Hundreds were forcibly evacuated in several areas of Bohol.

2012 was Bohol’s gas price problem. It was reported that there was a significant discrepancy in oil prices in the province when compared with those of neighboring regions and other areas in Central Visayas.  Governor Edgar Chatto appealed for conscience and corporate social responsibility from the three major fuel companies, after a heated forum failed to settle the needed cheaper fuel prices in Bohol.

Panglao was shattered with a gruesome incident involving the rape-slay of a resort cashier on Jan. 10. Tagged as suspect in the grim rape-slay was Erwin Escomo. He confessed he was “out of his mind” when he raped and then killed Josephine Micla. Panglao Mayor Benedicto Alcala reacted furiously as he ordered Panglao policemen to take the island’s drug problem seriously.

Armed with guns, inmates Exequiel Aniscal, Brian Ceniza and Mario Llaya escaped from Bohol District Jail on May 17. Five days after the manhunt operation, Ceniza and LLaya were in an alleged encounter with police authorities in Ubay town.

Actor and businessman Mandy Ochoa lost his wallet and cellular phone while going through the Tagbilaran Airport’s X-ray machine. The airport terminal building had no CCTV cameras.

Two Boholanos who wanted to increase the size of their booties made it on TV when their buttocks got infected following injections of collagen. They sought the help of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG-7) to trap the fake doctor.  After that incident, health authorities had issued a warning against using the services of unlicensed cosmetic surgeons or practitioners, saying consequences could be fatal.

Louie Digal vs. Facebook Trolls. Loboc Vice Mayor Louie Digal fell victim to internet pranksters on Wednesday, Nov. 21, when his Facebook account was hacked. A message promoting “political and venomous announcements” popped up on the mayoralty candidate’s page, and Digal was unimpressed that his account had been illegally accessed.

The Ombudsman suspended Cortes Mayor Apolinaria “Jasmine” Balistoy for six months without pay as a result of an anti-graft case that reached all the way to the Sandiganbayan filed by Vice-Mayor Danilo Montero.

Anti-epal Congresswoman, stage actress and political/social activist Mae Paner aka Juana Change was reacting on the tarpaulins of Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Bohol federation president Jethro Nathaniel Lim Imboy sprawling along the city’s main thoroughfares. The original tarps had the faces of Juana Change and other two speakers with Bamboo as the event entertainer for SK Convention on Sept. 15-16. Juana Change, who is known for her anti-epal campaign, ordered the organizers to remove the “epal” tarps. The organizers replaced the tarps and removed Juana Change as one of the speakers. The incensed Juana Change mentioned the incident on Morning at ANC and reported on GMA News.

Panglao Island has been named as one of the Best Secret Beaches on Earth by Travel+Leisure Magazine in its March 2012 issue. It also named Ananyana Beach Resort and Spa as one of the Best Affordable Beach Resorts occupying a prime spot on the beachfront serving Filipino-Mediterranean dishes like the penne with pork adobo.

The short film, Bells Ring Mr. King, directed by Ted Ramasola, was one of the nominees for best short film in the 35th Gawad Urian Awards organized by the Manunuri ng Pelikulang Pilipino (MPP), an organization of respected film critics.

Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community elected Bohol's most popular make-up artist and hairstylist Tracy Remolador Torres as president of the Bohol United Artists Association.

Thousands of devotees converged to pay homage to the sacred image of St. Pedro Calungsod, the second Filipino saint in Bohol on November 25, as part of the “Duaw Nasud” for Visayas and Mindanao.

The miniature Christmas Village of Mila Lim fascinated visitors and friends during the holidays. The Loboc town plaza came alive with a dancing lights and vibrant Christmas parols. Christmas lights adorned the facade of the centuries-old Loboc Church. In Sierra-Bullones, the giant Santa Claus, which measures 25 feet high, colored the Yuletide Season! The Pasko sa Plaza which featured Boholano talents attracted visitors for years.

Some of our (favorite) Boholanos passed away in 2012-- but left their mark on the world. They are gone but not forgotten.

In 2012, the province lost an incredible beauty queen and leader. Miss  Bohol Sandugo 1955 and former Mayor of Maribojoc Paula Raagas -Valles  passed away on July 8, 2012, aged 90.

The sudden death of eventologist and Alona's darling Uly Dolojol on Sept. 23, shocked friends all over Bohol. The outpouring of grief was immediate, with one common refrain: Alona Beach had lost one of its greatest persons.

Mrs. Asuncion Mira, trustee and treasurer of the University of Bohol (UB) passed away on Feb. 9.

Former city mayor of Tagbilaran Jose Maria Rocha passed away on July 4. He was 91. Rocha served as city mayor twice, first in 1980 to 1986 then in 1992 to 1995. He was also a city councilor and likewise served as executive secretary to then President Carlos P. Garcia.

The province was taken aback when news of Boholano great leader Erico Aumentado’s death surfaced at just 72.  According to Boy Pernia, the family’s spokesperson, Aumentado died on Dec. 25.  He was surrounded by family when he passed away in Makati. Boholanos worldwide were united in mourning after the passing of Aumentado. In a statement, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called Aumentado an “exemplary public servant.” “He [Aumentado] deserves full credit for transforming Bohol into one of the most progressive, peaceful and richest provinces today. He was truly an outstanding solon -- learned, dedicated, and principled,” Belmonte said.  Also, “Erico Aumentado” was trending on Yahoo Philippines.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

End of an era: Erico passes away

Boholanos here and abroad were united in mourning after the passing of Bohol 2nd district Rep. Erico Boyles Aumentado.
According to Boy Pernia, Aumentado passed away at the St. Luke’s Medical Center-Global City, 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 25 after a bout with pneumonia.

He was 72.
Aumentado chaired the House ethics committee and was the chairman in forming the guidelines to make public the Statements of Assets, Liabilities and Net Worth of House members.
In a statement, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. called Aumentado an “exemplary public servant.”
 “He [Aumentado] deserves full credit for transforming Bohol into one of the most progressive, peaceful and richest provinces today. He was truly an outstanding solon -- learned, dedicated, and principled,” Belmonte said.
 He also lauded the late congressman for his “integrity and honor” which “have never been in doubt.”
“He [Aumentado] died a poor man because he never made politics the source of his livelihood. He was a very dear friend for whom I had the highest respect both as a colleague in Congress and in the writing profession,” the House leader added.
Occidental Mindoro Representative Amelita Villarosa, a colleague of Aumentado in the House minority bloc, said the late congressman will be remembered for transforming Bohol into one of the country's most peaceful provinces.
"He had made a record of having won all his political battles since 1967," Villarosa said, as he recalled how Aumentado rose from extreme poverty to become a lawyer and a public servant.
Charina and her dad
Aumentado served his constituents "so humbly yet so honorably," said Cebu Rep. Eduardo Gullas. “Your monument need not be erected in marble for it is enshrined in the heart of each and every Boholano,” he said.
Meanwhile, Aumentado’s daughter, Charina, described the late lawmaker as “my hero, my inspiration, my father.”
 “We commemorate Jesus birth last night as it marked the day we came into redemption. Last night, our dearest papa Rico joins our creator. The saddest Christmas for us , his beloved family, as he left coincidentally as Jesus came. Papa Erico wants us to celebrate instead of mourning every time we remember the time he left for this world. Papa, go ahead in your journey.... Yet alone ....but the lives you've touched and the inspirational life you've lived will forever be remembered. We love you always, We will miss you very much...” she posted on Facebook.
Aumentado’s son, Erico Angelo, also shared his thoughts about his father.  “He was a self made man. He owes his success to God only who gave him his intellect. A gift God took last until his last breath. With no voice to speak, he managed to show how important his work is... A painful sight only his family witnessed. His dedication to serve the people was his life. Public service is not a position for him... It was his vocation and calling. His presence is strong even without words. His face radiates with inner goodness. His body became weak and frail... But his mind remains vibrant and brilliant. A great mind with a good heart. Forever he will be missed.., a void never will be replaced.. But heaven is your place now. Rest well papa.. Your legacy will remain unsurpassed! PAPA ERICO I LOVE YOU...”
The provincial government of Bohol has declared a period of mourning and hoisting of national and provincial flags at half mast in honor of Aumentado starting Wednesday until his burial day on Jan. 5, 2013.
Shortly after the news broke, people also expressed their condolences on the death of Aumentado on the social networking site. His work and legacy were remembered by many people.
Steven Suganob- Condolence to the family of the late Congressman Erico Boyles Aumentado. Our prayers and sympathy. Tried to call you, Charina Aumentado extend our condolences. Our prayers to your Mama (Nang Grennie) and siblings (Aris Aumentado, Erico Angelo Cabagnot Aumentado, Rainer Maria Cabagnot Aumentado). He is such a great loss to the Province of Bohol but his legacy will be remembered forever.
Half mast for Aumentado in the province
Benjie Oliva-I pay tribute to the man that made me what I am today! I thank you for you have trained me well. You are a great loss to our province but your deeds and goodness will live on us forever. RIP Rep. Erico B. Aumentado. My condolences to Mam Grennie and d Aumentado family.
Chin Vader- Half-staff for the passing of a good son.
Ulysses Cagande- OUR DEEPEST AND SINCEREST CONDOLENCE TO THE BEREAVED FAMILY OF THE LATE GREATMAN OF BOHOL, CONGRESSMAN ERICO can not be denied by our group yesterday when we visited the IRRIGATION DAMS of MALINAO and BAYONGAN wherein his name came out that, BASTA AUMENTADO mga kabasakan sa BOHOL IRRIGADO...WE CAN NOT FORGET YOU SIR!....MAY YOUR SOUL MAY REST IN PEACE!!!!....our prayers for you.....from cebu with love.......OUR PRAYERS GOES THIS WAY.......pahulay nga dayon ihatag nimo kaniya oh GINOO, ug ang kahayag nga walay pagkapalong, modan ag unta kaniya hangtod sa kahangturan....amen...
Anna Maris Igpit- Bohol lost a great man. My deepest condolences to the family of former Governor and Congressman Erico Aumentado. May he rest in peace.
Trisha Chatto- Our deepest condolences to the family of Cong. Erico Aumentado. May he rest peacefully in the arms of our Lord.
Judith Uy-Sumatra- I was terribly shocked to hear that Cong. Erico Boyles Aumentado passed away last night. His 9-year performance as governor of Bohol was a trail-blazer especially in terms of poverty reduction and peace development. Condolence to Ma'am Grenie and family! Christmas will never be the same again.
Aumentado's remains arrive in Tagbilaran City, Dec. 29
Glenda Ceniza Maniwang- I have my own personal encounters with Cong. Erico, while we were working with people’s organizations. Most of these groups we have met referred to him as the “Father of Cooperatives” here in Bohol. He championed the needs of the masses. He provided them irrigation dams where it is needed and we owe to him the cemented roads all around Bohol, hence the slogan, “Basta Aumentado, ang calzada cementado.” This project has contributed mainly to the rise of tourism activities in Bohol. My father & mother, who are very good friends of Cong. Erico, told us stories of the many times that Cong. Erico upheld what was for the common good. His integrity, according to my father, is something that we should emulate. I would say, he was not just a politician, but a statesman to the highest degree.
Roger Gee Gatal- Our Deepest Condolonces to you and your Family.. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers...
In Ubay, Bohol
Mellanie Wallace- A very sad day for us boholanos.. RIP, Erico Boyles Aumentado, you were truly a blessing to our community. You and the deeds you did for us will NEVER be forgotten.
Raul Phillip Orimaco Gatal- One of the greatest leaders that Bohol has ever produced has already gone to the Great Beyond leaving behind not only a grieving family but also legions of paisanos that mourn his untimely demise. He will be remembered for the legacy of good governance, tangible projects and a better and progressive Bohol. May we all set aside our politics and differences for the meantime and reach out to the Aumentado family on their hour of bereavement.
Reuben J. Gulle-My deepest sympathy to the family of my former "boss", CONG. ERICO B. AUMENTADO, whose untimely demise had left a vacuum in the field of development management in the province of Bohol. He was a trailblazer and a visionary whose plans made Bohol to what it is now... a top tourist destination in the Philippines. Thank you Sir Rico for giving me the opportunity to work with you. It was such a wonderful experience working you. Am praying for the eternal repose of your soul. Paalam!
Atty. Julius Gregory Batausa Delgado-In behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Young Boholanos in Metro Manila, Inc., our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of the late Hon. Erico Aumentado, representative 2nd District and former Governor of the Province of Bohol. He was one of the finest public servants Bohol ever had.
Gisela May Apalisok Leggington- My condolences to the Aumentado family. May he rest in peace. Take it easy Angelo. Please extend my condolences to your Mama Genie and the whole family. I was shocked to know his demise. He was such a great man. He touched many peoples' lives, including mine. Good bye Sir Erico!
At Ubay Gym
Fr. J Roel Lungay- rest in peace, former governor and congressman, erico b. aumentado. you've done a great service to bohol and the boholanos. you will not be forgotten!
Jennifer Matig-a Alforque- Our deepest condolences to the Aumentado Family Charina Aumentado, Erico Angelo Cabagnot Aumentado, Vanessa Cadorna Aumentado, Joerick Cleavon Aumentado Villamor.. Thank you for the great things that you've done to our province. A great family man indeed, you'll surely be missed by everyone but your legacy will live on... Our prayers and love to the whole family.. HUGS..
Hazel Vallejos-de Asis- There are facts in life which are hard to understand and harder to accept. Although we all know that we can't physically live forever, it still tears our hearts to pieces when someone dear to us leaves ahead. To one of our father figures, to the man who wouldn't make any other appointment on my wedding day, to the man who has mesmerized me with his memory of people's first names (irregardless of social bracket), to the man who finds bliss in just sitting on my parents' rocking chair, to the man who preferred my Mom's cooking rather than the resto, to the man who would suddenly invite me & Man2 to dinner just to chat, to the man who would have connected Jetafe,Bohol & Cordova,Cebu with a bridge, to the man who has done great things for Bohol, NINONG ERICO, may God grant you eternal rest & peace. There are still a lot of "why's" in our mind, and we can only lean on the thought that God has a reason for everything. For you to leave on Christ's birthday may be a good sign that you're in good hands. We will surely miss you but your memory will forever be etched in our hearts & in the hearts of a lot more others whose lives you have touched. We thank God for allowing us to share in your inspiring life.
Marjy Maluenda-Fisher- To one of the greatest man i know Congressman Erico Aumentado, thank you for the service you have given to Bohol, the place i call home. And to the family he left behind Aris Aumentado, from my whole family to yours, our heartfelt condolences, your dad was a great man.
Fritzie Mae Dote Zamora- Aris, my heartfelt Condolences to your family. His Legacy will always be remembered.
Fatima Mapesos- We will miss you boss!
Fellow public servants also posted their heartfelt messages on Facebook about the Boholano icon.
“RIP Hon.Erico Aumentado-A remarkable man. Orphaned at 8, he persevered to finish school w/highest honors & devoted hs life to public service,” Emmeline Aglipay of Diwa Partylist tweeted.
Zambales Representative Milagros MitosMagsaysay tweeted,” Attended the Necrological service for Cong. Erico deepest sympathy to his family..”
Cebu Rep. Rachel “Cutie" del Mar also tweeted that she attended the special requiem mass for Aumentado. She posted a photo on tweeter.
“This is a shock. My deepest condolences to the family & constituents,” tweeted Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casiño
“Sad post-Christmas news. Rest In Peace Gov/Cong Rico Aumentado of Bohol. We will definitely miss you,” tweeted Dato Arroyo.
Lani Mercado-Revilla tweeted, “Condolences to the family of Cong. Aumentado of Bohol. Another good man lost in Congress.”
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