100 VESSELS TO JOIN FLUVIAL PROCESSION

CEBU -The Philippine Coast Guard-Cebu expects almost a hundred vessels to join the fluvial procession today in seawaters off the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu. PAGASA Mactan officer-in-charge Al Quiblat said tropical depression Agaton, the first weather system for the year, will bring rains up to the Fiesta Señor on Sunday if it does not dissipate. The state weather bureau yesterday placed Southern Leyte under public storm signal number 1, the lone Visayas area, together with Mindanao areas of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley. Quiblat added that the public must be alert for possible landslides and floods.

ALSO: Fair weather for Niño's crossing

CEBU, Philippines - Despite the threat of a bad weather the other day, yesterday morning turned out to be a smooth crossing for the image of the Santo Niño at the Mactan Channel. Authorities were considering of cancelling the fluvial procession owing to the entry of a tropical depression to the Philippines Friday, but better conditions eventually prevailed yesterday morning. Strict security was implemented throughout the procession  from the Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City where the vessel carrying the image originated to Pier 1 in Cebu City where the vessel docked. There was no incident and the time frame was covered as scheduled and arrived at Pier 1 a few minutes before 8:00 a.m.," Melad told The Freeman. In Mandaue City alone, an estimated 50,000 sent the image of the Santo Niño and the image of the Our Lady of Guadalupe off at the Ouano Wharf. Mandaue Police chief Police Sr./Supt. Petronelli Baldebrin said that despite this number, the crowd remained calm and peaceful during the send-off.

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100 vessels to join fluvial procession


CEBU-The image of the Holy Child is lifted from the vessel that ferried it from Mandaue City in a fluvial procession-01-19-2014

CEBU, JANUARY 20, 2014 (PHILSTAR) Jessa J. Agua and Ria Y. Booc - The Philippine Coast Guard-Cebu expects almost a hundred vessels to join the fluvial procession today in seawaters off the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

The PCG registered at least 85 vessels but the number may increase as they are expecting other smaller vessels to join today despite not registering with their office.

PCG-Cebu District Commander Rodulfo Villajuan said they have designated areas where small and large vessels should stand by.

"Hindi maiiwasan na may mga sasali kaya hindi na naming ma-hold 'yan but we have to make sure na andu'n sila sa hulihan," Villajuan said.

He added that he designated a task group to take charge of the line formation between the vessels to avoid possible incidents.

"Ninety eight percent ready na kami ngayon kasi hirap namang sabihing 100 percent, hindi naman kami perpekto," Villajuan said.

Furthermore, the head of PCG Central Visayas, Commodore William Melad, said they will base the decision to continue or cancel the fluvial procession on the weather advisory by PAGASA.

As of 6:30 p.m. last night, Melad said they have not yet decided on the matter while preparations continued for the fluvial procession from Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City to Pier 1 in Cebu City.

PAGASA Mactan officer-in-charge Al Quiblat said tropical depression Agaton, the first weather system for the year, will bring rains up to the Fiesta Señor on Sunday if it does not dissipate.

The state weather bureau yesterday placed Southern Leyte under public storm signal number 1, the lone Visayas area, together with Mindanao areas of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

Quiblat added that the public must be alert for possible landslides and floods.

Waves measuring 3.4 meters to 4.5 meters high are probable in the Visayan seaboard, sea crafts that plan to sail have been cautioned.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said everyone must contribute to fervent prayers in order to have good weather condition for the fluvial and solemn procession.

"We just continuously pray and prepare because that's the only thing we can do. But knowing Sto. Niño, there might be miracles. The adjustments would be to bring umbrellas?don't bring too many cars to lessen traffic congestion," Rama said./BRP (FREEMAN)

Fair weather for Niño's crossing Updated Sunday January 19, 2014 - 12:00am
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CEBU, Philippines - Despite the threat of a bad weather the other day, yesterday morning turned out to be a smooth crossing for the image of the Santo Niño at the Mactan Channel.

Authorities were considering of cancelling the fluvial procession owing to the entry of a tropical depression to the Philippines Friday, but better conditions eventually prevailed yesterday morning.

Strict security was implemented throughout the procession from the Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City where the vessel carrying the image originated to Pier 1 in Cebu City where the vessel docked. At least 250 vessels joined the procession, said Commodore William Melad, Commander of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central Visayas.

There was no incident and the time frame was covered as scheduled and arrived at Pier 1 a few minutes before 8:00 a.m.," Melad told The Freeman.

In Mandaue City alone, an estimated 50,000 sent the image of the Santo Niño and the image of the Our Lady of Guadalupe off at the Ouano Wharf. Mandaue Police chief Police Sr./Supt. Petronelli Baldebrin said that despite this number, the crowd remained calm and peaceful during the send-off.

Meanwhile, despite warnings from authorities, hundreds of balloons were released into the air during the procession.

Both the the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina) and Basilica del Santo Niño were explicit in their instructions that no helium-filled balloon should be carried and/or released into the air during the procession, but several vessels did not follow the guidelines. Some devotees even popped confetti to the sea.

Environmentalists have since been saying that balloons that land on the ocean pose a danger to marine animals because of the helium and other chemical contents.

At Pier 1, four groups, including the group from Barangay Mabolo where Estrelita Diola, the keeper of the original Sinulog beat and dance came from, performed to greet the vessel carrying the image of the Santo Niño.

San Roque Barangay Captain Boy Miranda, overall chairman of the Basilica Eucharistic Minister Association, said it was the first time that there was a performance at the port. In the previous years, performances were allowed only after the reenactment of the first mass and baptism at the Pilgrim Center at the Basilica.

During the mass preceding the reenactment, Fr. Jonas Mejares thanked attendees for their undying devotion to the Child Jesus. Thousands continued to flock to the Basilica for the daily Novena masses despite the rain the past week.

Unos, balod, mao kini atong gikabalak-an nga mahitabo karong adlawa, pero sigon sa akong nasaksihan, ang nasaksihan sa akong mga mata, ang ka-kalma sa kadagatan. Kining tanan hinimuan sa Batang Balaan," Mejares said.

Taking off from the recent calamities that struck the Visayas, Mejares, in his homily, said people should be more afraid of Satan's influence more than disasters.

Dili angay kahadlokan ang mga katalagman kay ang labaw sa kalibutan nga angay natong kahadlukan mao ang lakang ni satanas. Kinahanglan kining likayan kay kun dili malikayan, kadaot ang atong padulngan," he said.

The reenactment, Mejares said, depicts that through baptism, people became adoptee of God." Through the Batobalani sa Gugma,' people rejoice the greatest love from God, he said.

Isalig ni Sto. Niño ang tanan aron ang atong pangandoy sa atong kaugalingon, pamilya, ug nasod matuman," said Mejares. Ria Mae Y. Booc, Flor Z. Perolina, Kristine B. Quintas, Liv G. Campo, and Jean Decemillo, USJ-R MassComm Intern/JMO (FREEMAN)

Another star-studded Sinulog
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CEBU, Philippines - Happening in Cebu is its grandest celebration in honor of the feast of the Child Jesus, the Sinulog Festival and to kick off its series of events are the back-to-back Kapuso Mall Shows on Jan. 17, Friday, featuring the pair of Kristoffer Martin and Kim Rodriguez from Paraiso Ko'y Ikaw" and Pauleen Luna, TJ Trinidad, Rafael Rosell, and Camille Prats of The Borrowed Wife" happening at the open parking of the Gaisano Grand Fiesta Mall Tabunok at 2 p.m. and at The Terraces, Ayala Center at 5 p.m. Live portions of the latter air over local newscast Balitang Bisdak."

On Jan. 18, Saturday, GMA's primetime queen Marian Rivera fulfills her promise to the Cebuanos and comes back to celebrate with them once more in another back-to-back Kapuso Mall Show together with her Carmela" leading man Alden Richards.

Also with the pair are Jennylyn Mercado, Mark Herras, Yasmien Kurdi, and Mark Anthony Fernandez of Rhodora X" who dominate SM City Cebu's Event Centre first at 2 p.m., with live segments airing in Startalk." At 4 p.m., the Carmela" and Rhodora X" stars move to Gaisano Island Mall Mactan for another round of amusing show.

Marian rises the next day, Jan. 19, to board the Kapuso float with Alden and tour the major streets of Cebu City from 9 a.m., with live updates broadcast over Sunday All Stars." Also participating in the float parade are Jennylyn, Mark, Yasmien, and Mark Anthony.

GMA RTV's News and Public Affairs, at the same time, delivers its live coverage Buena Mano Sinulog" airing from 7 a.m. to 12 noon and Pit Senyor!" right after Sunday All Stars" on the same day.

Our Kapuso in the Visayas region have been incredibly supporting and warm towards the Network and its stars, participating in all our activities whenever, wherever. In return, GMA would like to show its appreciation by bringing its powerhouse opening salvo stars from  The Borrowed Wife,' Paraiso Ko'y Ikaw,' Rhodora X,' and Carmela'to be with them in three of the most important celebrations of their region," shares Oliver Amoroso, AVP for Integrated Marketing Services Division of GMA Regional TV.

Ayala Center Cebu will also bring this year's Sinulog 2014 Festival celebrations to full gear as it brings Kapamilya stars to the Queen City of the South.

Headlining the stellar lineup is ultimate box office King John Lloyd Cruz and A-list actor Piolo Pascual who will romance Kapamilyas along with Maja Salvador and Be Careful with My Heart" stars Jodi Sta. Maria and Richard Yap. Get a load of ABS-CBN's brightest stars on Jan. 18, 5 p.m., at The Terraces for a free concert during the Kapamilya Caravan this Sinulog 2014. (FREEMAN)

FROM THE BOHOL CHRONICLE

Bohol’s first solar power plant is country’s biggest


Some people that make use of solar power also maintain a connection to the power grid.

Bohol’s sustainable development goes to high gear with the province soon having its first 10-megawatt solar power plant which gets inexhaustible energy from the eternal sun.


LITER OF LIGHT, BOHOL Bringing solar light to poor Filipino families.

Most ideal and practical amidst global warming, the eco-friendly alternative power facility that will be constructed in Nueva Esperanza, Bien Unido is only the third and so far the biggest of its kind in the country, if not entire Southeast Asia.

Gov. Edgar Chatto cited the Bohol II Electric Cooperative (Boheco II) and its Japanese partners for the pioneering generation of solar electricity that helps pursue the province’s renewable energy development thrust.

Boheco II General Manager Carlos Itable, Hirohito Muneta of the project proponent and technology provider Japan Energy Corporation - SGY Intertrade, capitol executive assistant Isabelito Tongco representing the governor, and Mayor Niño Rey Boniel led in the groundbreaking and time capsule laying in Bien Unido on Tuesday.

The Japanese proponent said the project will “open the gate forBohol’s new hope for a good union with the world” that seeks “greener” ways to nurture economic prosperity and better condition of human living.

The barangay location of the solar power plant, Nueva Esperanza, means “new hope.” Bien Unido means “good union.”

In the groundbreaking, Itable also acknowledged a Malaysian supporter of the venture to build the unprecedented boundless energy creator infrastructure in this part of the country which a source said could cost $45 million or P1.9 billion.

The country’s two other photovoltaic solar power plants are the already operational 1MW plant in Cagayan de Oro City and 5MW facility in Surallah town, South Cotabato. Both are also grid-connected.

The Cotabato facility is set for construction starting this month and slated to go on stream early next year, according to a report.

The power plant which will rise on an openly sun-exposed 24-hectare site in northeasternBoholis further designed to have a battery storage and be also the first of its kind in the country to supply 24-hour, day-night solar electricity.

The Japan Solar Co., Ltd. and Sumimoto Electric Industries are likewise listed as project technology providers.

With its renewable energy incentive program spurring many photovoltaic farms,Japan, itself known as the “Land of the Rising Sun,” is believed to become the world’s leading solar energy market eclipsing China and Germany.

Once construction is started, theBoholsolar power plant will be completed and operational next year, generating not just a dramatic additional amount of electricity but more potential investments in the island-province.

Speaking for the governor, Tongco cited in the groundbreaking the rise of the newBoholairport in Panglao as one forthcoming mighty development that consumes a lot of electricity and spur investments that demand more, available power.

Before the groundbreaking, Itable and the Japanese group led by Muneta met with Chatto at the Governor’s Mansion on September 21, on which date the project partnership was formalized in a memorandum of agreement.

By sheer coincidence, Bohol island experienced a 12-hour blackout on the same day owing to the preventive maintenance shutdown of the system that brings power from the Leyte geothermal source toBoholthru submarine cables.

The groundbreaking was witnessed by BOHECO II officials led by board president Mariano Salas, while Second Dist. Rep. Aristotle Aumentado was represented by Donglie Camacho.

WHY COME TO THE AGE OF SUN?

Itable said Bohol must now precisely come to the age of solar power as an alternative energy because additional submarine power cable connection is not even an ultimate solution to unstable, insufficient electric supply.

In an executive committee meeting of the Provincial Development Council (PDC), a Korean investor presented a potential partnership for another solar energy development project.

At present, Bohol island has a peak demand of 65 megawatts while the diesel-fired power plant inTagbilaranCityand the lesser-capacity hydropower plants in Hanopol (Balilihan) and Loboc have only a combined output of 19 megawatts, according to the Boheco official.

Bohol thus “imports” electricity from the geothermal source in Tongonan,Leytefor the 49 megawatts shortfall.
Complicating the prevailing power supply want is the increase inBohol’s electricity demand conservatively estimated between seven and 10 megawatts annually.

Sunshine is so abundant inBoholand mass storage of solar energy for abundant electricity is the kind of base load plant practically needed here, especially that the province puts uncompromising premium on sustainable development, Itable said.

Project proponents and technology providers cited other advantages of tapping solar energy for abundant, eco-friendly and even economical electricity to fire up and sustain progress.

Renewable solar energy brings about significant factor in the reduction of household electric bills.

Bohol had then recorded a “first” in sun energy use for electricity several years ago when the national high school on Cabilao island in Loon established the country’s first solar-powered computer laboratory and internet café. The school was among the many islands assisted by Chatto while he was a congressman.(Ven rebo Arigo)

EARLIER REPORT

Solar Street Lights Bring Life Back to Bohol Earthquake Site Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Wazzup Pilipinas!


Above, Jack Shi and Roy Siy turn over the solar panels to local officials.

Bohol was a disaster site after the deadly magnitude 7.2 earthquake of October 15. Engulfed in darkness because of landslides and the destruction of electrical power connections, life and survival became a challenge.

Four days after the earthquake, Gold Sun Comservices Inc. donated 8 units of solar streetlights and t-shirts for hospitals and staff nurses, and evacuation centers.

Three units of streetlights were installed at the Natalia Castillo Sr. Memorial Hospital and one hand-carried lamp helped two pregnant women to deliver their babies during the long brownout.

Gold Sun Manager Jack Shi and Marketing Manager Roy Siy led the solar lights installation and collaborated with local government partners Congressman Rene Relampagos of Bohol, Congressman Emil Ong of Samar, Bohol Governor Edgar M. Chatto, Loon mayor Lloyd Peter Lopez, M.D., Vice Mayor Edwin R. Ladeza, the DSWD led by Secretary Dinky Soliman and the DILG led by Secretary Mar Roxas for the lighting project.

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