St. Petersburg to promote Cebu as tourism spot

THE Russian provincial government of St. Petersburg will promote Cebu as a tourist destination, announced St. Petersburg vice governor Igor Metelsky last Thursday, during his keynote speech in the opening of the 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum and Exhibition held at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.

“We are ready to promote Cebu as a tourist destination in St. Petersburg,” said Metelsky in Russian. (more)

Russians bring business, culture

APART from business concerns between two countries, culture and the arts were also a main focus at the Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition.

Before discussions on tourism took place, a bust of Russian novelist Leo Tolstoy was unveiled during the opening ceremonies yesterday at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC).(more)

RP tourism has recovered: Lim

THOUGH some tourists from Hong Kong were lost after the hostage drama at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila, Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim believes the country has recovered from the backlash.

Lim, who was in Cebu to attend the Philippine Russian Business Forum yesterday, said that other markets have compensated for the loss of tourists from Hong Kong.(more)

Sri Lankan jewelry firm joins trade exhibit

AIMING to establish markets overseas on the strength of craftsmanship, quality, and designs, Premadasas Gems & Jewellery of Sri Lanka will be showcasing its products in the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition (PRBFEX) on Oct. 21-24 at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City.

This was revealed by Honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez Garcia, who said that Premadasas is the only foreign company in Southeast Asia participating in the Trade Exhibit.

While maintaining its position as Sri Lanka’s ardently-sought brand of quality gemstones and innovative jewelries, Premadasas hopes to achieve a higher level of recognition as a gems merchant and jeweler in the global arena by joining in this four-day event.

Premadasas, after its inception in 1956, experienced unprecedented growth and earned global recognition as it continued to attract an elite international clientele. Half a century later, it effortlessly reached the envied level of being in the top ranks for fine gemstones and jewelry.

A philosophy exclusively focused on customer satisfaction has led to constant staff training and upgrading manufacturing quality standards that maintained the status Premadasas is renowned for.

Premadasas is expected to portray its global strength in the industry by showcasing breathtaking arrays of Sri Lanka’s fine gems and jewelry in the 2nd PRBFEX.

The Trade Exhibition will serve as an educational point of exchange of cultural and economic backgrounds of both the Philippines and Russian Federation. It will showcase the various trade opportunities in both countries.

“We hope to generate more trade opportunities and strengthen relations between Russia and the Philippines through this exhibition,” Garcia said. “This will be a good entry point for the Russians not only to the Philippine market but to the ASEAN and even the rest of the world, and vise versa.”

Lined up for exhibition are products and services related to tourism and wellness; trade promotion and development; mining and energy; education and culture; labor, placement services and outsourcing; and retirement facilities and real estate development.

A Philippine-Russian Art Show, Photo Exhibition, and Cultural Dances are also featured in this event.

The 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.

The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).

Supporting the four-day affair are the Cebu Energy Development Corp./Toledo Power Corp., CHI/Cebu Property Ventures & Development Corp., Hongkong Express, PLDT-SME, Smart, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Pascual Consumer Health Care Corp.,Epson, Globis Inc., GNM Printing House/SciTechs Digital Solutions, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Be Resorts Mactan, Ng Khai, Pelagos, Olimpe Capital, Gorizont Consulting Corp., Milkfish, Legwork Production & Promotions, Neo Manufacturing Services Inc./Glee Electronics, and San Remigio Pensionne Suites/Primemovers and PRWorks.

Sun.Star Online, Sun.Star Cebu, Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, GMA-7, Philippine Graphic Magazine, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Alcordo Advertising, and Amazing Cebu G Channel, Kommersant, Luxe Magazine and PhotoTravel Magazine are the media partners of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition.(PR)

Russian vice-guv in Cebu today to keynote trade forum

Russia’s 30-member official delegation arrived in Cebu yesterday to attend the 2nd Philippine-Russia Business Forum and Exhibition, which formally opens today at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) in Mandaue City.

St. Petersburg vice governor Igor Metelskiy heads the delegation composed of Russian government officials, private travel group leaders, and members of the press.

Metelskiy is expected to give the keynote speech today and specifically lay down the trade opportunities between the two countries more particularly between Cebu and St. Petersburg.

The two provinces signed a sisterhood partnership last September. Cebu is the only province in the Philippines to have successfully forged a sisterhood agreement with St. Petersburg, which is the second largest and progressive city in Russia next to Moscow.

About 400 local and international delegates are expected to attend the business and exhibition forum, which is also participated by two other major cities in Russia namely Moscow and Vladivostok.

“This year’s event promises to be a useful venue for prestigious business groups to network and explore opportunities that will expand trade and investments between the two countries,” said Russian ambassador to the Philippines Vitaly Vorobiev.

The business forum will have business sessions and roundtable discussions on mining and energy; education and culture; tourism and wellness; labor, placement, and outsourcing; retirement facilities, and real estate development; and trade promotion and development.

A one-on-one business matching and meeting between exhibitors and investors will also be conducted.

Exhibit

In cooperation with major export business groups, the four-day event will throw a grand exhibition of Cebu’s best products rangng from ranging from accessories and housewares to designer clothes and furniture pieces.

The groups include the Cebu Gifts, Toys, and Houseware Manufacturers and Exporter Foundation Inc. (Cebu-GTH), the Cebu Fashion Accessories Manufacturers and Exporters Foundation (Cebu FAME), the Fashion Council of Cebu (FCC), and the Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, Inc. (CFIF).

Aside from the trade exhibition, an art show, photo exhibit, and cultural dance presentations will also highlight the event.

The art show will display masterpieces from Gregory Pototsky of Russia and his students while the photo exhibit will have 160 pictures of “Philippines and Russia Insights” from 20 Russian photographers, four photographers from Manila, and six from Cebu.

The 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.

The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).

Supporting the four-day affair are the Cebu Energy Development Corp./Toledo Power Corp., CHI/Cebu Property Ventures & Development Corp., Hongkong Express, PLDT-SME, Smart, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Pascual Consumer Health Care Corp.,Epson, Globis Inc., GNM Printing House/SciTechs Digital Solutions, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Be Resorts Mactan, Ng Khai, Pelagos, Olimpe Capital, Gorizont Consulting Corp., Milkfish, Legwork Production & Promotions, Neo Manufacturing Services Inc./Glee Electronics, and San Remigio Pensionne Suites/Primemovers and PRWorks.

Sun.Star Online, Sun.Star Cebu, Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, GMA-7, Philippine Graphic Magazine, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Alcordo Advertising, and Amazing Cebu G Channel, Kommersant, Luxe Magazine and PhotoTravel Magazine are the media partners of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition.(PR)

All set for milestone in Philippine-Russian ties as 40-strong Russian delegation arrives

ORGANIZERS are all set for the opening of the Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition (PRBFEx) on October 21, 2010 as a 40-strong delegation from Russia arrives on October 20, 2010 to participate in a milestone in the developing relationship not only between the two countries but also on a broader regional level between Asia and the Russian Federation.

Honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez Garcia said the forum will open with the unveiling of the bust of Leo Tolstoy, a monument made by the famed Russian sculptor Grigory Pototsky who had already installed 55 monuments in several countries around the world.

The Tolstoy bust is installed at the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) International Park. The four-day PRBFEx 2010 will then commence at the CICC which was a summit venue of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2005.

The bust of Leo Tolstoy or Count Lyev Nikolayevich Tolstoy is significant because he was a Russian writer considered by many as the world’s greatest novelist with his masterpieces “War and Peace” and “Anna Karenina” that represented in their scope, breadth and vivid depiction of 19th-century Russian life and attitudes, the peak of realist fiction. His ideas on nonviolent resistance, expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You, were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth-century figures as Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Philippines is known around the globe for the peaceful EDSA Revolution in 1986 that catapulted Cory Aquino, the widow of Filipino hero Benigno Aquino Jr., to the presidency. President Cory is the mother of incumbent President Benigno Aquino III.

“The Tolstoy bust represents the stronger cultural relationship between the Filipino and Russian peoples,” said Consul Garcia.

Pototsky arrived yesterday with wife Olga while some 39 other Russians led by Vice Governor Igor Metelsky of St. Petersburg, Russian Federation who is expected to talk on the PRBFEx theme of moving forward not only in the business, trade, investments, tourism, and the people-to-people relationships between the Philippines and Russia will arrive today.

“The first Philippine-Russian business forum last year strengthened these ties. Now we are moving forward towards making the Philippines as an entry point for Russia’s efforts to develop its relationship with the rest of Asia,” said Consul Garcia.

“As coordinator for the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) the Philippines is a strategic entry point to South East Asia and the rest of the region as we also develop broader regional relations between Asia and the Russian Federation,” she said.

The second annual business forum between the two countries will set the stage for deepening economic engagements between the Russian Federation and Asia as businesses across both regions explore cross–?border collaboration opportunities.

Tourism Secretary Alberto Lim and Cebu Gov. Gwen Garcia, along with Russian Federation Ambassador H.H. Nikolay Kudashev, will cut the ribbon to open the PRBFEx which serves as a business and networking platform bridging businesses across the Russian Federation, the Philippines, and Asia.

Economic observers are looking forward to economic growth in Asia and Russia that will see both increasing their presence and weight in the global economy, said Consul Garcia.

The 2nd Philippine-Russian Business Forum is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.

The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).

Supporting the four-day affair are the Cebu Energy Development Corp./Toledo Power Corp., CHI/Cebu Property Ventures & Development Corp., Hongkong Express, PLDT-SME, Smart, Waterfront Cebu City Hotel and Casino, Pascual Consumer Health Care Corp.,Epson, Globis Inc., GNM Printing House/SciTechs Digital Solutions, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, Crimson Resort and Spa Mactan, Be Resorts Mactan, Ng Khai, Pelagos, Olimpe Capital, Gorizont Consulting Corp., Milkfish, Legwork Production & Promotions, Neo Manufacturing Services Inc./Glee Electronics, and San Remigio Pensionne Suites/Primemovers and PRWorks.

Sun.Star Online, Sun.Star Cebu, Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, The Freeman, GMA-7, Philippine Graphic Magazine, Manila Bulletin, The Philippine Star, Alcordo Advertising, and Amazing Cebu G Channel, Kommersant, Luxe Magazine and PhotoTravel Magazine are the media partners of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition. (PR)

‘Art Talk’ with Pototsky slated in RP-Russian biz forum

ART students and art enthusiasts are set to have a once-in-lifetime experience this month when celebrated Russian painter-sculptor Gregory Pototsky makes a bust sculpture right before their very eyes.

This was announced Tuesday by honorary Russian Consul Armi Lopez Garcia, who just arrived from Russia and confirmed Pototsky’s visit to Cebu for the Philippine Russian Art Show.

The Philippine Russian Art Show is among the major components of the 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition on Oct. 21-24 at the Cebu International Convention Center in Mandaue City.

Dubbed “Art Talk with the Master,” Pototsky will give students a lecture on sculpture while making a bust of the late Jesus P. Garcia Sr., father of the Akademiyang Bisaya.

Pototsky, according to Consul Garcia, will be accompanied by his lovely wife Ms. Olga in his Philippine tour .

Nude white-on-white paintings of the famous Russian artist will also be displayed in the Art Show along with the works of selected local painters and sculptors led by Jojo Sagayno, whose winning entry in the Philippine Art Awards will be mounted on an easel for public viewing.

Also tapped to exhibit their contemporary art pieces are Cebuano painters Wenceslao “Tito” Cuevas, Vidal “Ondo” Alcoseba Jr., and Dennis “Sio” Montera and sculptors Florence Cinco and Fr. Jason Dy.

Other local participating artists include Nomar Miano, Palmy Tudtud-Pe, Javy Villacin, Radel Paredes, Adonis Durado, Koki Olario-Miano, Wesley Rasines, Karl Roque, and Russ Ligtas.

The 2nd Philippine Russian Business Forum and Exhibition is organized by the Philippine Russian Business Assembly Inc. and the Embassy of the Russian Federation in cooperation with the Province of Cebu and the Department of Tourism.

The Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corp. is co-organizing the event in association with the City of Mandaue, Department of Trade and Industry, Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Cebu Business Club, Mandaue Chamber of Commerce, Cebu FAME, Cebu Furniture Industries Foundation, and the Cebu Gifts, Toys and Housewares (GTH).

How Sun.Star website covered the election

On its 10th anniversary, the Sun.Star website buckled down to work. It was May 10, 2010, the holding of the country’s first-ever automated elections, and www.sunstar.com.ph was right in the middle of the action.

The day the website turned 10 was its busiest, as it worked to deliver real-time election updates in different formats and various channels and provide voters direct access to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).

When voting opened at 7 a.m. on May 10, Sun.Star website journalists used all formats possible – text, photos, videos, and graphics – and any channel available, not least among them Facebook and Twitter, to keep visitors updated on the latest in the automated polls.

It gave voters an open line to Comelec spokesman James Jimenez through a 24-hour chat that started at 6 a.m. of May 10 and ended at 6 a.m. of May 11. The chat allowed voters to address their concerns and refer their questions pertaining to the elections directly to Comelec.

On election day, when voting stalled and voters got angry and rowdy, www.sunstar.com.ph chronicled the incidents using text, videos, and photos.

Sun.Star was also among the first to post on its news site and other channels like Facebook and Twitter Comelec’s move to extend voting time by one hour.

As voting progressed, the Sun.Star website kept its visitors informed about what’s happening not only at the capital but also in local communities like Bacolod, Davao, Baguio, Pampanga, General Santos, Cebu, Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Zamboanga and Pangasinan.

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For two days alone, May 10 and 11, the website posted around a hundred short updates of election-related developments and uploaded major story changes no less than 18 times.

After the closing of polling precincts but before May 10 ended, the website already carried articles and tables on partial tallies for national positions that showed Senator Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III leading over other presidential contenders and the top 12 senators, as well as incomplete counts that offered a glimpse on how the fight was faring in such areas as Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro cities.

Unheard of in past Philippine elections, winning candidates were proclaimed even before election day ended at midnight and Sun.Star gave these stories as well to its visitors as soon as they occurred.

Even today, the Sun.Star website continues to carry post-election materials, such as tabulated results in areas largely ignored by big online news outfits.

But before all those things, in the months leading to the election, Sun.Star promoted Comelec’s precinct finder and helped in voter education by providing information on the modern ballot, poll automated machines, and voting flow. It also gave out important election day reminders.

All these could be found at the website’s election special – Philippine Votes 2010 (specials.sunstar.com.ph/election2010/) – that was created in November last year to make it easier for visitors to access poll-related news.

Voting has ended but Sun.Star’s coverage of the election continues and will continue until the last poll protest is resolved and all winners proclaimed.

Why they love sunstar.com.ph

Eric Estrella, a Cebuano, left for Texas over 26 years ago but through www.sunstar.com.ph, he still gets to experience the yearly festival of festivals that Cebu is known for – the Sinulog.

“The Sinulog makes me proud to be from Cebu. I’m truly 100% Cebuano,” he said in a comment left on the Sun.Star website section that carries articles, photos, videos, and graphics on the celebration that is as festive as it is religious.

Estrella, who last joined the Sinulog in 1984, said he is glad that although he is far away, he is still able to feel the Sinulog spirit through the pictures and videos posted on the Sun.Star website.

Melinda, a Cebuana now residing in San Francisco, California, is thankful for Sun.Star’s video stream and video clips of the Sinulog solemn procession that is celebrated every third Saturday of January.

“To all the Sun.Star staff and contributors, thank you for sharing! Keep up the great work!”

Watching the videos made Melinda feel that she was right there among pious devotees, who chant prayers as they follow the procession of the image considered sacred and miraculous by devout Catholics in Cebu.

“Awesome” and “simply amazing” are what Carol of Chicago used to describe Sun.Star’s well-written articles on the history and origin of the Sinulog.

“Thank you for the beautiful photos and videos. It brings back memories,” she said.

Eric, Melinda, Carol, and thousands of others who log on to www.sunstar.com.ph to get their daily fill of Philippine community news and events inspire Sun.Star website personnel to come up with ways to combine different media like text, photos, videos, and graphics to provide visitors a rich and diverse browsing experience.

Since it started posting updates about Cebu’s grandest festival, Sun.Star has received thousands of comments on its Sinulog blog. The messages are expected to hike up in the coming months as Sinulog 2011 approaches.

The Sun.Star website’s election section Philippine Votes 2010, on the other hand, became the sounding board of visitor voters complaining about the non-availability of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) precinct finder as election day neared.

Emilio Maloles echoed the frustration of countless others who were not able to access Comelec’s online precinct finder.

“It just does not work. Has Comelec even tested its own precinct finder,” Maloles wondered.

Other comments left on Sun.Star’s election special extolled or criticized the various candidates for president or vice president, Davao City mayor, Pampanga or Misamis Oriental governor, Bacolod City representative, and other national and local posts.

After election day, Sun.Star website readers asked for partial results of voting tallies in their areas.

Visitors nevertheless were one in saying they appreciated the Sun.Star website’s election special because it provided them access to poll-related news.

In its 10 years of operation, Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), the department that manages www.sunstar.com.ph, provided timely updates to its online community of readers, and gave them a venue to air their views on pressing issues of the day.

The advent of Facebook and other online social networking sites like Friendster, Multiply, Facebook, and Twitter allowed for an expanded promotion of Sun.Star website content.

Not only that, Sun.Star visitors can follow or like Sun.Star’s pages in these online sites and get access to timely updates from the Sun.Star website while logged on to their social network accounts.

In Facebook and Twitter, Sun.Star accounts have over a thousand friends and followers who are all praises for the website.

Anthony Orais Leuterio, Julius Judilla, and Hermilo Tongson are just a few of those who asked Sun.Star to continue providing them with “great news every day” through Facebook and Twitter.

Others like Evelyn Rivera and Mariz Hernandez say Sun.Star’s accounts on Facebook and Twitter allow them to share website content with their friends and contacts.

Said Hara del Mar Alviola Bell, a Cebuana now residing in England: “Pasalamat jud ko sa Lord nga adunay Sun.Star nga website sa internet kay dako kaayog gikatabang sa akong kinabuhi diri sa England. Updated jud intawon ko sa matag adlaw-adlaw nga balita sa diha sa Cebu. Mao kini ang tambal sa kamingaw sa Cebu ug sa akong mga anak nga si Juneross, Mathwell and Jorrel…More power, more success to Sun.Star and God Bless you all!”

Amara, one of the pioneering advertisers in the Sun.Star website, is confident with the partnership it has with the company, saying Sun.Star’s readership and online following are impressive indicators of quality journalism that the people have come to depend on.

“The Sun.Star website is a favorite among Cebuanos who look for reliable news in a mouse-click… It makes us widely accessible to our discriminating market from here and everywhere in the world,” said Dee Nicholas, Cebu Holdings Inc. marketing supervisor.

Albert Winston S. Rabor, an overseas contract worker in Surabaya, Jawa Timur, Indonesia, liked the Sun.Star website’s video contest for Cebuanos abroad.

“(Video contest) will give us a chance to show to the world how Cebuanos spend their time at work…at leisure time, where we gather to hear mass on Sundays, play sports, or have a good time with beer and lechon.”

Referring also to the video contest for overseas workers, Marcio Monteclaro, now based in Nigeria, West Africa, said it is nice to hear that Sun.Star has not forgotten Filipinos abroad.

The Sun.Star website considers the ramifications of a global audience as it strives to deliver content to its visitors. From comments of www.sunstar.com.ph visitors, it is wonderful to hear the website is not so far off the mark.

Cebuano folklore lives through “Matod Pa sa Lola ni Noy Kulas”

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THE winning entries of “Matod Pa Sa Lola ni Noy Kulas,” a Cebuano story writing contest, are now available in print and online.

The launch of the book, also titled “Matod Pa sa Lola ni Noy Kulas”, was held in Casa Gorordo, Parian, Cebu City by Sun.Star Cebu Superbalita and Sun.Star Network Exhange (Sunnex), with the support of Smart Communications Inc. (Smart) and the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College-Central Visayas Studies Center (UPVCC-CVSC).

Featured are 10 winning entries, as well as a story written by Sun.Star Cebu Superbalita’s language consultant Lamberto Ceballos; Ang Buaya ug ang Bitin by Elaine O. Versoza; Si Kan, ang Agta nga Dangas og Agtang by Fred Fuentes Monternel; Gikaibgan sa Dili Ingon Nato by Nilo S. Ejercito; Ang Gikalisangang Dakit sa Catmondaan by Glecerio P. Ares Jr.; Ang Linaw sa Naukban by Christian Q. Salta; Ang Kamatayon ni Leon Kilat by Rey Briccio A. Alesna; Ang Kahoy nga Bolbolan by Ailee M. Anoba; Pung-olanan sa Ulo by Carla Mae Sumalinog; Kasugiran ni Maria Tang-an o Maria Cacao by Judith L. Abellanosa; Kinsa si Carmen Rubia? by Homer V. Landiza; and Ang Kapitan ni Maria Cacao by Ceballos.

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“The book complements the ongoing cultural heritage movement and the town history project of Cebu Province. We now have a source of stories written by local writers which describe our local culture and these stories are published for the first time. Our children will now be able to read a book not about Cinderella or Beauty and the Beast but about beautiful local stories of Cebuano myths and tales,” said Dr. Madrilena dela Cerna, head of the UPVCC-Central Visayas Studies Center.

The stories can also be accessed via the contest site, www.sunstar.com.ph/superestorya/ and Smart’s Doon Po sa Amin (http://www.doonposaamin.ph/), and Smart Schools Program websites (http://www.smartschools.ph/SmartSchools/News/MatodWinners.htm and http://www.smartschools.ph/SmartSchools/Multimedia/).

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The launch of “Matod Pa Sa Lola ni Noy Kulas” kicks off a series of activities in celebration of Superbalita’s 15th anniversary and coincides with the Children’s Month celebration.

Hence, Smart invited pupils of Buagsong Elementary School and children from the PLDT-Smart GK Village in Budlaan, Cebu to listen to some of the stories narrated by Cebuano celebrities Budoy and Chai Fonacier.

The children are beneficiaries of Smart’s summer reading tutorial, storytelling and feeding program also known as “Read-to-be-Smart”.

“Matod Pa Sa Lola Ni Noy Kulas” is an initiative by the Sun.Star Group of Companies to promote the use of Sugbuanong Binisaya as a language and to help preserve indigenous culture by documenting oral transmissions of traditional beliefs, myths, tales and practices of Cebuanos in a book. (PR)

Bangga sa Pagsuwat og kasugiran (folklore)

Mga Lagda sa Pagsuwat:

1. Ang bangga bukas alang sa mga nagpuyo lang dinhi karon sa Sugbo. Di mahimong mosalmot ang nagpuyo gawas sa Sugbo, labina ang naa sa gawas sa nasod (abroad). Way entry fee nga pangayuon sa matag salmot.

2. Ang entry kinahanglan nga patabanan og certificate sa barangay diin nagpuyo ang tagsulat (writer).

3. Duha ang mga kategoriya: individual ug school.

4. Mga tunghaan lang dinhi sa Sugbo ang gitugtan usab nga makasalmot sa bangga.

5. Ang sa school category, kinahanglan nga ang entry hiniusang gihimo sa mga tinun-an ug magtutudlo.

6. Ang matag grupo kinahanglan nga langkuban og lima ka mga sakop.

7. Matag usa (individual ug school) mamahimong makasubmit og tulo ka entries.

8. Kinahanglan nga ang entry gisuwat sa yanong Sugbuanong Bisaya.

9. Di molapas sa 900 ka mga pulong o singko mil (5,000) ka karakter.

10. Kinahanglan nga ang entry wa pa gyud mapublikar o mamantala sa bisan unsang magasin, mantalaan o libro.

11. Kinahanglan nga ang sugilanon popular o inila sa lugar nga gihisgutan ug gigikanan niini.

12. Susihon sa University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College-Central Visayas Studies Center (UPVCC-CVSC) kon unsa ka tinuod nga ang entry gihisgutan sa lugar diin kini magagikan.

13. Ang estorya hukman base sa estillo, pagka orihinal, paggamit og mga simbolo ug pagdani ug susihon sa UPVCC-CVSC ang pagkatinuod niini.

14. Sa matag kategoriya, pilian kini og lima ka mga mananaog.

15. Sa individual nga kategoriya, ang mga mananaog makadawat og P10,000 cash ug SmartBro Prepaid Plug-IT matag usa.

16. Sa school nga kategoriya, ang matag mananaog makadawat og personal computer (PC) ingon man USB nga balor og P500 ang matag sakop sa team.

17. Kinahanglnan nga ang matag entry ipadala pinaagi sa e-mail. Ang di ipaagi sa e-mail di dawaton. Ipadala kini sa superstorybook@sunstar.com.ph. Ang deadline sa pag-submit sa entries Hulyo 31, 2009. Sa mga pangutana, tawag lang sa 416-8380, pangitaa si Roger Vallena.

Sun.Star Superbalita padayong nanawat og entry sa bangga

NAGPADAYON ang pagpanawat sa mga entry sa bangga sa pagsuwat og sugilanong Bisaya sa Sugbuanon nga kasugiran (folklore) alang sa tagsa ka tawo (individual) ug mga tunghaan nga nagbase sa Sugbo.

Ang bangga, gitawag og “Matod Pa Sa Lola Ni Noy Kulas,” usa ka hiniusang proyekto sa Sun.Star [Cebu] Superbalita, Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), Smart Communications Inc. ug sa University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College-Central Visayas Studies Center (UPVCC-CVSC).

Ang estorya kinahanglan nga suwaton sa yano (simple) nga Sugbuanong Binisaya sa 900 ka mga pulong o 5,000 ka karakter nga dunay espasyo (space), mag-asoy kalabot sa Cebuano nga kasugiran nga inila sa usa ka lugar sa Sugbo, naa sa usa ka dapit nga naggamit og mga simbolo nga makit-an lang sa lugar nga gigikanan, ug wa pa gyud mapublikar.

Dunay duha ka mga kategoriya ang bangga: tagsa ka tawo (individual) ug tunghaan. Lima ka mga entry ang pagakuhaon gikan sa matag kategoriya.

Sa individual nga kategoriya, ang nia gyud nagpuyo karon sa Sugbo mao ray makaapil. Kinahanglan siyang mo-submit uban sa iyang entry og certification sa iyang pagpuyo sa lugar gikan sa barangay captain. (more)

Story writing contest on Cebuano folklore on

A BISAYA story writing contest about Cebuano folklores is now open to individuals and schools based in Cebu.

The contest, called “Matod Pa Sa Lola Ni Noy Kulas,” is a joint project of Sun.Star [Cebu] Superbalita, Sun.Star Network Exchange (Sunnex), Smart Communications Inc. and the University of the Philippines in the Visayas Cebu College-Central Visayas Studies Center (UPVCC-CVSC).

The story should be written in simple Sugbuanong Binisaya in 900 words or 5,000 characters with space, should tell about a Cebuano folklore popular in a certain place in Cebu, should have a setting or locale that uses symbols indigenous to the place, and has not been published previously.

The contest has two categories: individual and school. Five entries will be selected from each category.

In the individual category, only a current resident of Cebu province can join. He is required to submit, along with his story entry, a certification of his residency by the barangay captain. (more)

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