Waste program for landfill must meet gov’t standards

FUMES from incinerators will be monitored by the environment agency to determine if chemical contents are within government standards.

Amancio Dongcoy, Regional Solid Waste Management coordinator, said incineration is not totally banned in the country.

“What is banned is the process that emits toxic fumes,” he said in a forum yesterday. (MORE)

1st underwater pilgrimage launched

THE “1st Underwater Pilgrimage,” which was headed by the Municipality of Bohol, was launched last September 7 and 8, to commemorate Mama Mary’s birthday and to see her statue along with that of Sto. Niño which were submerged in the waters off Bohol.

Situated beneath the waters off Bien Unido, Bohol, two years ago, are two 14-feet statues of the Blessed Virgin Mary or “Mother Mary” and the Holy Child or “Señor Sto. Niño”

The two religious statues serve as symbolic reminders for fishermen to rid away with their destructive and abusive fishing activities like dynamite fishing.

On Friday, September 7, the divers, who boarded their gears from the Hilton wharf, in Lapu-Lapu Mactan, arrived in Bohol for the underwater dive to be held the day after at the Bien Unido Double Barrier Reef Marine Park.

An opening mass was held at the Municipal hall around 10 a.m. which was celebrated by Reverend Father Edgardo Deligero, Bien Unido Parish Priest.

The event was graced by Mayor Nio Rey Boniel followed by a fluvial parade which gathered around 15 boats of different sizes as the community joined in on the festivities. Local fishermen with their families also paraded their “bankas” (traditional fishing boat) along with the official pump boats, headed towards the marked spots where the statues were submerged.

Prayers and flowers were offered to the sea for the Holy Child Jesus, as the crowd wave their hands to the song “Batobalani sa Gugma” (Magnet of Love). The people also cheered and clapped “Happy Birthday” to Mama Mary.

A dive briefing was then held around 3 p.m. to re-orient the participants of the dos and don’ts about the following day’s dive exploration to the statues.

After the Holy mass on Saturday, September 8, the divers prepared their diving equipment as the four pump boats revved up towards the statue spots once again.

The first dive spot was the Statue of the Blessed Virgin Mother Mary with a size of 14-feet which was submerged in the depth of approximately 80-feet below water surface. The second dive spot was the Statue of the Holy Child Señor Sto. Niño with a size of 14-feet and was submerged to the depth of approximately 30-feet.

The divers kissed and touched the holy statues as they prayed silently. Underwater photographers documented the scene.

The divers then left the place at 3 p.m. heading back to the yacht club for the sharing of experiences and closing remarks.

In his closing remarks, Jun Amalo, Danajon Bank Project Head Coordinator said, “The gathering was an overwhelming success for the municipality and community, the involved organizations and in the bigger picture, the environment. The municipality was able to build stronger ties with the community as a means to pull everyone together towards environmental protection.”

He said the first Underwater Pilgrimage was a creative way to bring people together for the purpose of promoting eco-friendly tour attractions, to share ideas, interests and advocacies, and simple to learn and experience exploring the deep blue in all its beautiful bounty.

The event was collaborated with the Coastal Conservation and Education Foundation, Inc. (CCEF); Knight-Stewards of the Sea, Inc.; United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Bohol Yacht Club; Marine Sports and Dive Operators Association (MSBOAT); and SeaKnights.

Other events conducted were community mangrove tour, seaweed farm tour, and other fun activities. <b>Anna Helen Zeta-Yap/Sunnex</b>

USJR students help clean up rivers

ROTC cadets of the University of San Jose-Recoletos (USJR), together with Army Reservists from Alpha Battery, 1901st RR Brigade led by Lieutenant Colonel Guy Gabison III joined the Environmental Management Bureau in conducting a cleanup of the Butuanon River in Barangay Casuntingan, Mandaue City last September 22.

The activity was part of the water body cleanup, which was simultaneously held in Butuanon River, Tipolo Creek, Jagobiao Creek, Mandaue City; Hipodromo Creek, Cebu City; Luknay Creek, San Fernando; Guindarohan River, City of Naga; and Pilipog-Gabi River, Lapu-Lapu City.

Local government units (LGUs), businesses, schools, National Government agencies, non-government organizations (NGO) also joined. (PR)

Turtle returns ‘home’

HANOI, Vietnam — A critically endangered turtle that somehow made it to Vietnam decades ago has been returned to its original home: Cambodia.

The mangrove terrapin was handed over to Cambodian authorities in a ceremony in southern Ho Chi Minh City on Friday.
The conservation group Education of Nature Vietnam (ENV) said the turtle would be introduced into a conservation breeding program in Cambodia.
The turtle was first spotted by ENV staff in 2010 in a park in Ho Chi Minh City.

The park bought the turtle from local people in the 1980s, but the conservation group says it is unclear how the terrapin ended up in Vietnam.

Meanwhile, a Puerto Rican frog about the size of a peanut received federal protection last Wednesday, ending a long battle to list it as an endangered species.

The habitat of the coqui llanero, which is the island’s smallest tree frog, also received federal protection, covering 249 hectares of freshwater wetland in northern Puerto Rico.

The nonprofit, Florida-based Center for Biological Diversity sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2010 so it would respond to a 2007 petition seeking to have the frog classified as an endangered species.

The new designation means that it is now illegal to kill, harm or capture the frog. (AP)

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Block Rosary Crusade of Toronto celebrates 30th year

THE Block Rosary Crusade of Toronto celebrated its 30th anniversary with a Thanksgiving Mass on Saturday, September 29.

The Block Rosary member families and parishioners prayed the Rosary at the church grotto of Mother Mary, to thank the Lord for all his graces in allowing their families to pray together continuously for the past thirty years.

The Knights of Columbus Honor Guards led the procession to Prince of Peace Church, followed by the devotees.

The Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated by Most Rev. Bishop Vincent Nguyen in the Prince of Peace Church.

Pastor Fr. Regulo Imperial and Fr. Ben Ebcas con-celebrated and Deacon Terrence Rebello assisted. Several hundred Block Rosary members, including Members from out of town (Ajax, Pickering, Whitby, Stouffville, Newmarket), friends and parishioners attended the Holy Mass.

Most Rev. Bishop Nguyen admired the Block Rosary, for their daily prayer and devotion to honor Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Block Rosary Crusade of Toronto started 30 years ago with a few families in Scarborough. They have grown to over 600 member families, with members located in Metro Toronto, to Oshawa to the east, and Newmarket and Stouffville to the north. They are reported to be the largest and oldest well-organized Block Rosary group in Canada.

On Sunday, September 30, the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Block Rosary continued at Sts. Peter and Paul Banquet Hall in Scarborough.

The Block Rosary executives composed of overall chairperson Madeleine Ong, Sir George and Lady Dolly Poblete, Sir Jimmy and Bing Marasigan, Tony and Lita Leano, Conrad and Myrna de Leon, Jun and Linda Henderin welcomed the guests as they arrived.

Ceremonies started with the playing of the national anthems of Canada and the Philippines. This was followed by a procession of the statues of the Infant Jesus and the Virgin Mary by coordinators Madeleine Ong, Citas Ibanez, Anna Sadia, Tessie de la Cruz, Cecilio Santiago, while Rudy Sadia sang the Ave Maria.

Sir George R. Poblete, the event chairman, gave the welcome address.

The Block Rosary Over-all Chairperson for 2012 Madeleine Ong talked about the Block Rosary, and how the members evangelized the community and encourage the families to pray the Holy Rosary daily with their families.

Invocation was recited by Lita Leano, before the delicious and sumptuous dinner was served.

The guests started dancing and the others socialized with their fellow members and friends.

Program Coordinator Lynn Widjaya entertained the guests with a number of Filipino folk dances (especially the famous Tinikling) by the Youth of MFFC and songs. This was followed by the line dancers of Lynn and Jozef Widjaya, and the Latino dancers of Lady Mila Lupango.

The Block Rosary Committee welcomed the newly appointed Senator of Canada, Sir Hon. Tobias (Jun) Enverga Jr., who is BR Group 2 member of the Block Rosary. He is the first Filipino-Canadian appointed to the upper house of Canada.

Jun Enverga assisted Sir George and Sir Jimmy in the presentation of Awards to the active Block Rosary members. (PR)

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary

TODAY, October 7, is the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, patroness of Santo Rosario church. It is a church where Holy Mass is said at least 12 times a day. And for today’s fiesta celebration at 4:30 p.m., the main presider will be Archbishop Emeritus Ricardo J. Cardinal Vidal (Archdiocese of Cebu). Expected at this Mass are pilgrims, parishioners, Marian devotees, dawn rosary groups, the parish pastoral council, with the Santo Rosario grand parish choir. A procession will take place after the Mass, going out to Osmeña Blvd., and up to Fuente Osmeña, down to Ramos St., then D. Jakosalem and P. del Rosario streets, and back again to the church. [Read more]

9th Majica MassKara unveiled

ILOILO CITY – The ninth installation of the Majica MassKara, dubbed, “Ang Bukid kag Baybay sa Bacolod (The Mountain and the Sea in Bacolod)” was unveiled at the Bacolod public plaza on Friday night with fireworks display.

Festival director Eli F.J. Tajanlangit, said this year’s Majica MassKara, now on its 9th year since it was started in 2004 showcasing works of outstanding Bacolod visual artists, features two lighted floats carrying figures of “sea and mountain creatures” to showcase the point that Bacolod is where the mountains and the sea meet. [Read more]

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2012 Angel Ng Tahanan winners

2012 Angel Ng Tahanan winners

Photo shows the winners of the “2012 Angel ng Tahanan” contest who were crowned on September 29, 2012 (Saturday) at the Toronto International Celebrity Church Hall, 190 Railside Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sitting from left: Sheng Maligsay (First runner-up), Christine Diego (Grand winner), and Lyn Crispin (Second runner-up, with producers standing from left: Mon Datol, Cecille Araneta, Miguel Caducio, and Edward Que.

Photo by Larry Torres of St. Jamestown News Service

Marquez’s last hurrah?

A WIN against Manny Pacquiao that has eluded Juan Manuel Marquez for three fights could be the defining moment to call it a career.

The 39-year-old Marquez, at the twilight of his storied boxing career, could call it quits if he finally gets a win over Pacquiao in their fourth encounter on Dec. 8 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (READ MORE)