PHNO HEADLINE NEWS THIS PAST WEEK (Mini Reads followed by Full Reports below)

SUBIC TO BE MILITARY BASE AGAIN


JULY 17 ---The Philippines said Thursday it would re-open a former US naval base that was closed more than 20 years ago, stationing its own military hardware at the facility that faces the flashpoint South China Sea.
The announcement comes as the Philippines is embroiled in a bitter dispute with China over rival claims to parts of the sea, including a rich fishing shoal close to the military base. Defense department spokesman Peter Galvez said the Philippines would station aircraft and naval vessels at Subic Bay, which was one of the US military’s biggest overseas bases until it closed in 1992. “Its location is very strategic,” Galvez said, referring to its position facing the South China Sea, which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea. “If we need to deploy to the West Philippine Sea, it (Subic) is already there, we do not deny that. It’s a deepwater port.”  After the Americans left, the sprawling base about two hours’ drive north of Manila was converted into a trading zone and industrial hub with tax concessions for businesses who set up shop. The Philippine military has recently leased back some of those facilities from the government authority that manages the business zone, presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma said. Last year, Manila signed an agreement giving its defense ally the United States more accessto Filipino military facilities, as part of plans by the poorly equipped Filipino forces to attain a deterrent capability. However, this deal, under which US forces could potentially have regained use of Subic Bay, has been postponed amid a legal challenge now being heard by the Supreme Court. READ MORE...

ALSO End of Ramadan fest message: Aquino hopes for lasting peace


JULY 18 --FESTIVE MOMENT A mother and her child take a selfie during a break in Friday prayers for Muslims gathered at the Quezon Memorial Circle. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ
President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday expressed hope for lasting peace in Mindanao as Muslims throughout the world observed Eid’l Fitr or the festival marking the end of Ramadan. “Like your festival, this is the much awaited end to a long, protracted period of reflection, sacrifice and the rediscovery of the values that our nation and our people cherish,” the President said in his message released by Malacañang. “May peace and unity prevail in our lands and waters, as we proceed to the next chapter of our journey on the straight and righteous path toward a more equitably progressive future,” Aquino added.Sen. Grace Poe, who is reportedly gunning for higher office in next year’s elections, also issued a message, saying “We share in your joy and gratitude to God for helping you triumph over life’s hurdles and fulfill your spiritual obligations.”

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ALSO: SWS -More Muslims disappointed in their position in RP


JULY 18 --Muslims pray during the Eid al-Fitr celebration in Manila, the Philippines By religion, more Muslims in the country do not see much “real” improvement in their position in Philippine society, according to a new survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which released its findings on Eidl Fitr, a holiday where Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.To the statement: “In the past few years there hasn’t been much real improvement in the position of Muslims in this country,” more than half of Muslims surveyed (64 percent) were disappointed, while only 13 percent approved, with 23 percent undecided, resulting in a “very strong” +51 net agreement rating.Christians also had a “strong” net agreement rating of +31 (50 percent agree, 19 percent disagree) while Catholics were at a “moderate” +16 (42 percent agree, 26 percent disagree), and Iglesia Ni Cristos at a “poor” -20 (24 percent agree, 44 percent disagree).Muslims also sought preferential treatment +82 (86 percent agree, 5 percent) the survey showed. READ MORE...

ALSO Semirara Island, Antique: 10 buried alive in mine collapse 5 confirmed dead; 5 others remain missing


JULY 18 --MINING DISASTER – Photo shows the landslide area at the Panian open pit of the Semirara Mining Corporation in Caluya, Antique, where 10 miners were buried alive after days of heavy rains. (EPA/Office of Civil Defense – Region 6)
Iloilo – Ten miners were buried alive when an open pit mining owned by a subsidiary of DMCI Holdings, Inc. collapsed in Semirara Island, Caluya town in Antique province yesterday. Five of those buried alive have been confirmed dead. State-owned Philippine News Agency (PNA) identified three of them as Ricardo Panes, Arnold Umac, and as Alexander Nudo, all heavy equipment operators. Two others remain unidentified. Senior Inspector Frankie Gatila, Caluya police chief, identified the missing as Danilo Bayhon, Aryan Catulay, Diczon Daupan, Generoso Talaro, and a certain Jack. All are also heavy equipment operators. Those who survived were Entible Mangado, Brendo Tuarez, and Nelson Villamor. The three are currently treated at a hospital owned by Semirara Mining and Power Company (SMPC), the country’s largest coal-producer. The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said there were 13 workers inside the mine site at the time of the incident. But three of them were fortunate to escape, while the rest were buried alive. Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao told Manila Bulletin that the SMPC-owned Panian coal mine collapsed at around 3:45 a.m. yesterday. SMPC, in a statement, said the northern edge of Panian mine gave way, burying the workers. READ MORE...

ALSO Andal Ampatuan, Sr dies of cancer --Massacre victims': Justice better served if court decides on case


JULY 18 --On Nov. 23, 2009, 58 persons, including 32 journalists and media workers, were brutally killed in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao by armed men allegedly led by former Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., son of ex-Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. MANILA, Philippines - The lawyer of the 15 victims of the Maguidanano massacre said that justice would have been served better if the Quezon City Court handed down a verdict on the multiple murder charge against one of the principal accused, Andal Ampatuan Sr., before he died. In his blog, lawyer Harry Roque Jr., also head of the Center for International Law, said he feels that justice would be served not only his clients but also to the defendants in the case. "Centerlaw believes that justice would have been better served for both our clients and the defendants if a decision were reached before Andal Ampatuan Sr. passed away. We know that the search for justice continues and we will persevere on behalf of our clients," Roque said. Andal Sr. is accused of ordering the massacre of 58 persons, including 32 journalists and media workers. READ MORE...

ALSO: In Bani, Pangasinan 2-week rain kills 4


JULY 20 --Coloma 
Monsoon submerges farms, cuts off Pangasinan. HEAVY monsoon rain over 15 straight days brought floods that killed four people, rendered roads impassable and submerged 90 percent of farmlands in Bani, Pangasinan, disaster officials said Sunday. At least four people died as a result of the rains, including a six-month-old boy who was buried by a landslide. The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Pangasinan said Bani and Bolinao town were the hardest hit, with more than 4,000 hectares of agricultural land damaged. Civil defense officials moved more than 3,000 people to safety as heavy rains inundated more than 5,000 homes. The municipal government, fearing a storm surge, restricted fishing in the area. Reports said 100 percent of Bani’s fishery business was lost. All 27 of Bani’s barangays were affected by the floods, with eight of them considered the worst-hit. Bani Mayor Gwen Yamamoto declared the town to be in a state of calamity. Ten other towns--Sta. Barbara, Calasiao, Alamimos, Mangatarem, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Bugallon, Agnostic, Malasiqui and Asingan--and Dagupan City were also hit by flooding. The monsoon rains have also flooded several provinces in Region 1, the Cordillera Autonomous Region and Central Luzon. The monsoon rains also flooded several provinces in Region 1, the Cordillera Autonomous Region and Central Luzon. Social welfare and relief agencies are delivering aid to affected areas while the Public Works Department is preparing to repair damaged infrastructure, said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. READ MORE...

ALSO: PHL sets another Zumba world record
[Partying with Zumba creator Beto Perez]


JULY 19 --The Philippines sets another world record for the largest Zumba class with 12,975 participants in a single venue. With the turnout on Sunday, July 19, Mandaluyong City now holds the Guinness world record, surpassing the one set by Cebu in 2014, with 8,200+ participants. Victoria Tulad Partying with Zumba creator Beto Perez Text and photos by VERONICA PULUMBARIT May 11, 2015 6:09pm - The Zumba craze in the Philippines just got crazier with the arrival of Mr. Zumba himself—Alberto "Beto" Perez, the Colombian dancer who created the world-famous workout. Zumba is a fitness program with dance and aerobic elements. It also involves martial arts moves, squats, lunges and, other aerobic techniques. The routine is performed with accompanying music, usually Latin. At the press briefing in Makati on Friday, host Regine Tolentino—herself a licensed Zumba fitness instructor—noted that Zumba is very popular because it is for everybody; “walang pinipili,” as there is an appropriate program for every age and health condition. READ MORE...


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Subic to be military base again

MANILA, JULY 20, 2015 (INQUIRER) @inquirerdotnet Agence France-Presse
05:23 AM July 17th, 2015 - The Philippines said Thursday it would re-open a former US naval base that was closed more than 20 years ago, stationing its own military hardware at the facility that faces the flashpoint South China Sea.

The announcement comes as the Philippines is embroiled in a bitter dispute with China over rival claims to parts of the sea, including a rich fishing shoal close to the military base.

Defense department spokesman Peter Galvez said the Philippines would station aircraft and naval vessels at Subic Bay, which was one of the US military’s biggest overseas bases until it closed in 1992.

“Its location is very strategic,” Galvez said, referring to its position facing the South China Sea, which Manila calls the West Philippine Sea.

“If we need to deploy to the West Philippine Sea, it (Subic) is already there, we do not deny that. It’s a deepwater port.”

After the Americans left, the sprawling base about two hours’ drive north of Manila was converted into a trading zone and industrial hub with tax concessions for businesses who set up shop.

The Philippine military has recently leased back some of those facilities from the government authority that manages the business zone, presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma said.

Last year, Manila signed an agreement giving its defense ally the United States more accessto Filipino military facilities, as part of plans by the poorly equipped Filipino forces to attain a deterrent capability.

However, this deal, under which US forces could potentially have regained use of Subic Bay, has been postponed amid a legal challenge now being heard by the Supreme Court.

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China claims most of the South China Sea–home to strategically vital shipping lanes and believed to be rich in oil and gas–and is currently pursuing a rapid program of artificial island construction in the region.

The Philippines is among the most vocal critics of China’s claims, and has asked a United Nations-backed tribunal to declare China’s claim over most of the South China Sea as illegal.

Following a stand-off between Chinese ships and the weak Filipino Navy in 2012, China took control of a rich fishing ground called Scarborough Shoal that is within the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone.

Subic Bay is 198 kilometers (123 miles) east of Scarborough Shoal.

The Philippines said Wednesday it was also repairing a crumbling ship serving as its lonely outpost in the disputed waters.

The move, which will ensure the rust-eaten World War II-vintage BRP Sierra Madre remains livable for a tiny unit of marines guarding Second Thomas Shoal, was lambasted by China, which branded the Philippines a “hypocritical troublemaker and rule breaker.”

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End of Ramadan fest: Aquino hopes for lasting peace
July 17, 2015 11:25 pm


FESTIVE MOMENT A mother and her child take a selfie during a break in Friday prayers for Muslims gathered at the Quezon Memorial Circle. PHOTO BY RUY MARTINEZ


President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Friday expressed hope for lasting peace in Mindanao as Muslims throughout the world observed Eid’l Fitr or the festival marking the end of Ramadan.

“Like your festival, this is the much awaited end to a long, protracted period of reflection, sacrifice and the rediscovery of the values that our nation and our people cherish,” the President said in his message released by Malacañang.

“May peace and unity prevail in our lands and waters, as we proceed to the next chapter of our journey on the straight and righteous path toward a more equitably progressive future,” Aquino added.

Sen. Grace Poe, who is reportedly gunning for higher office in next year’s elections, also issued a message, saying “We share in your joy and gratitude to God for helping you triumph over life’s hurdles and fulfill your spiritual obligations.”

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“We pray that your sacrifices will bring you and your children blessings, prosperity, protection from harm, abundant happiness and peace.

“By affirming our cultural and religious diversity, and recognizing that we share common ideals and aspirations, we celebrate this special holiday in unison, and are stronger for it,” Poe’s message sent to The Manila Times read.

2 Responses to Aquino hopes for lasting peace
Carl Cid Inting says:
July 18, 2015 at 6:54 am
Peace, yes. BBL, NO!
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jeni says:
July 18, 2015 at 3:48 am
what’s in the BBL that pnoy is dying for to get? isn’t it the ancestral domain to save hacienda luisita?
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More Muslims disappointed in their position in RP – SWS Written by Joshua L. Labonera Saturday, 18 July 2015 00:00


Muslims pray during the Eid al-Fitr celebration in Manila, the Philippines

By religion, more Muslims in the country do not see much “real” improvement in their position in Philippine society, according to a new survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS), which released its findings on Eidl Fitr, a holiday where Muslims mark the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

To the statement: “In the past few years there hasn’t been much real improvement in the position of Muslims in this country,” more than half of Muslims surveyed (64 percent) were disappointed, while only 13 percent approved, with 23 percent undecided, resulting in a “very strong” +51 net agreement rating.

Christians also had a “strong” net agreement rating of +31 (50 percent agree, 19 percent disagree) while Catholics were at a “moderate” +16 (42 percent agree, 26 percent disagree), and Iglesia Ni Cristos at a “poor” -20 (24 percent agree, 44 percent disagree).

Muslims also sought preferential treatment +82 (86 percent agree, 5 percent) the survey showed.

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“Compared to March 2014, net agreement rose among Muslims, but fell among other Christians, Catholics, and Iglesia Ni Cristos. It rose by 21 points from +61 among Muslims, but fell by 2 points from +19 among other Christians, by 3 points from +18 among Catholics, and by It also stated that showed those disappointed with the position of Muslims are pressing more for preferential treatment.

Net agreement with “We should make every possible effort to improve the position of Muslims even if it means giving them preferential treatment” was very strong among those who agree with “In the past few years there hasn’t been much real improvement in the position of Muslims in this country,” neutral among those who are undecided, and weak among those who disagree.

It was higher among those who agree at +55 (73 percent agree, 18 percent disagree); the undecided at +6 (24 percent agree, 18 percent disagree); and those who disagree at -30 (30 percent agree, 60 percent disagree).

Also in the same survey, two out of five (43 percent) of Filipinos believe that “there hasn’t been much real improvement in the position of Muslims in the country while 25 percent disagree and 30 percent remain undecided.

The survey, conducted from June 5 to 8, used face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.

It has sampling error margins of 3% for national percentages, and 6% each for Metro Manila, Balance of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, President Aquino greeted Muslim Filipinos on the occasion of Eid’l Fitr.
In his message, the President expressed hope that the activities during Ramadan have strengthened their faith.

“Today, we gather for the culmination of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the Eid’l Fitr, to commemorate the time when Allah, the Merciful and the Compassionate, revealed the Quran to Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). We celebrate this festival to thank Allah for His kindness and generosity in giving to us His word, that we may be guided in the ways and truth of purpose towards paradise,” the President said.

“It is my hope that the activities during Ramadan strengthened your faith, even as the feast that now follows, nourishes and rejuvenates both your body and spirit,” he added.

President Aquino noted that the country is closer to achieving genuine and lasting peace and development for the people of Mindanao.

“This occasion comes at a most auspicious time when our country is finally nearing its goal of achieving genuine, lasting peace in Mindanao. Like your festival, this is the much awaited end to a long, protracted period of reflection, sacrifice, and rediscovery of the values that our nation and our people cherish,” he said.

The President also hoped that through Ramadan activities, the Filipinos would “emerge better citizens and devotees of God”.

“May peace and unity prevail over our lands and waters, as we proceed to the next chapter of our journey on the straight and righteous path towards a more equitably progressive future,” he said.


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Semirara Island, Antique: 10 buried alive in mine collapse 5 confirmed dead; 5 others remain missing July 18, 2015 Share2 Tweet2 Share0 Email2 Share60


MINING DISASTER – Photo shows the landslide area at the Panian open pit of the Semirara Mining Corporation in Caluya, Antique, where 10 miners were buried alive after days of heavy rains. (EPA/Office of Civil Defense – Region 6)

Iloilo – Ten miners were buried alive when an open pit mining owned by a subsidiary of DMCI Holdings, Inc. collapsed in Semirara Island, Caluya town in Antique province yesterday.

Five of those buried alive have been confirmed dead. State-owned Philippine News Agency (PNA) identified three of them as Ricardo Panes, Arnold Umac, and as Alexander Nudo, all heavy equipment operators. Two others remain unidentified.

Senior Inspector Frankie Gatila, Caluya police chief, identified the missing as Danilo Bayhon, Aryan Catulay, Diczon Daupan, Generoso Talaro, and a certain Jack. All are also heavy equipment operators.

Those who survived were Entible Mangado, Brendo Tuarez, and Nelson Villamor. The three are currently treated at a hospital owned by Semirara Mining and Power Company (SMPC), the country’s largest coal-producer.

The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) said there were 13 workers inside the mine site at the time of the incident. But three of them were fortunate to escape, while the rest were buried alive.

Antique Governor Rhodora Cadiao told Manila Bulletin that the SMPC-owned Panian coal mine collapsed at around 3:45 a.m. yesterday. SMPC, in a statement, said the northern edge of Panian mine gave way, burying the workers.

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Cadiao told Reuters that it was raining heavily for days on the mine site. She surmised that the rainfall from the past several weeks had attributed to the collapse of the open mining pit.

However, Ricky Lavega, a representative of the provincial government of Antique to the Tripartite Monitoring Team of the coal mine operation, told PNA that the weather was fine and there was no rain since the other day in the island, contradicting the governor’s claim.

PREVIOUS COLLAPSE

This is not the first time miners were killed in an SMPC coal mine pit.

Five miners were also killed while five remain missing when another Panian coal mine pit collapsed on February 13, 2013.

“There’s a sense of fear among us,” said Lavega, a former Caluya town councilor.

In a phone interview with Manila Bulletin, Lavega said local residents of Semirara Island, including himself, have reason to believe that SMPC has not not address the environmental and safety issues after the deadly February, 2013, incident.

“We thought it will never happen again, but it did,” Lavega said.

Caluya lost two local miners during the February, 2013 incident.

For decades, groups and officials have called on authorities to investigate the alleged environmental and health hazards caused by coal mining operation of SMPC.

SMPC said it is coordinating with national and local authorities to keep them updated on the search and rescue efforts and other necessary measures, including ensuring the adequate supply of coal for power generation since it has stopped operations in the affected area in compliance with an order from the Department of Energy (DOE).

“Management has condoled with the families of the victims and is giving them full support,” said the SMPC.

“The company is investigating the cause of the accident in coordination with authorities,” it added.

MINING OPERATIONS STOPPED

Cadiao said SMPC management immediately suspended all mining operations and started recovery efforts.

Likewise, the government stopped the mining operations in Semirara Island pending formal investigation into the coalmine collapse.

“The Department of Energy has ordered the suspension of the operations in Semirara Island and a committee has been formed to investigate the incident,” Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte said in a text message to reporters. (With reports from Elena L. Aben, Genalyn D. Kabiling, and Reuters)


ANDAL AMPATUAN, SR IS DEAD --Massacre victims': Justice better served if court decides on case By Dennis Carcamo (philstar.com) | Updated July 18, 2015 - 8:14am 1 51 googleplus0 0


On Nov. 23, 2009, 58 persons, including 32 journalists and media workers, were brutally killed in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao by armed men allegedly led by former Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., son of ex-Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr.

MANILA, Philippines - The lawyer of the 15 victims of the Maguidanano massacre said that justice would have been served better if the Quezon City Court handed down a verdict on the multiple murder charge against one of the principal accused, Andal Ampatuan Sr., before he died.

In his blog, lawyer Harry Roque Jr., also head of the Center for International Law, said he feels that justice would be served not only his clients but also to the defendants in the case.

"Centerlaw believes that justice would have been better served for both our clients and the defendants if a decision were reached before Andal Ampatuan Sr. passed away. We know that the search for justice continues and we will persevere on behalf of our clients," Roque said.

Andal Sr. is accused of ordering the massacre of 58 persons, including 32 journalists and media workers.

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Andal Sr., a former former Maguindanao governor, died of liver cancer last night at the National Kidney Transplant Institute in Quezon City. He was 74.

He was rushed to NKTI after suffering a mild stroke. He then lapsed into a coma since Monday.

Roque earlier called on law enforcers to secure the NKTI premises as some accused in the massacre case visited Andal Sr. at the hospital.

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Andal Ampatuan Sr. is dead @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 12:00 AM July 18th, 2015


Former Maguindanao Gov. Andal Ampatuan Sr.

Andal Ampatuan Sr. passed away on Friday night, the family lawyer Ferdinand Topacio said in a statement.

“It is with deep sadness that I announce to the public that former Maguindanao Governor Andal Ampatuan Sr. has passed away a few minutes ago,” Topacio said.

“Details of his death are still sketchy. What is confirmed is that his mortal remains will be treated in accordance with Islamic customs,” he added.

“The family requests the media and the public in general for privacy and respect in this time of bereavement.”

Andal Sr. has been in the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, a government hospital in Quezon City, since June 5 because of liver cancer and was transferred to the intensive care unit on Monday.

Andal Sr. was one of the primary suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre, which caused the death of 58 civilians.

READ: Maguindanao Massacre – How it Happened

Timeline: Maguindanao massacre

During the terms of his elders in local politics, Andal Sr. had either been a policeman, a councilor or in the municipal payroll as “confidential aide” to local executives of Maganoy (now Shariff Aguak) town.

Ampatuan Sr. was a councilor in February 1986 when the Edsa People Power overthrew Marcos.

Eyeing for the top local post, Ampatuan Sr. allied with the more politically well-known Matalam and Pendatun families in a bid to penetrate then Interior Secretary Aquilino Pimentel Jr., who signed appointments of officers in-charge (OIC) appointments for local posts.

Appointed mayor in 1986, Ampatuan Sr. became undefeated in three consecutive local elections—1988, 1992 and 1995. In 1998, he trained his eyes on the gubernatorial post, but the Lakas-NUCD favored then incumbent Maguindanao Governor Zacaria Candao.

Ampatuan then pitted and supported another local politician in a one-on-one fight against Candao in the 1998 elections. The “close fight” then between Maguindanao Vice-Governor Midpantao Midtimbang and Candao, enabled former Mayor Ampatuan to “politically gauge his chances of winning against Candao” the 2001 gubernatorial election—which he did.

In the 2004 presidential race, he threw his full support to Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, who dominated the polls in most of Maguindanao.

It started his close alliance with Arroyo, especially so that he managed to deliver a win for the latter despite actor Fernando Poe Jr.’s popularity among Maguindanaons.

In the 2007 midterm elections, Ampatuan Sr. again proved he was a political figure to contend with when he delivered a 12-0 win for the Arroyo government’s Team Unity senatorial slate. With a report from Nash Maulana, Inquirer Mindanao/TVJ


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2-week rain kills 4 By Rio N. Araja | Jul. 20, 2015 at 12:01am


Monsoon submerges farms, cuts off Pangasinan

HEAVY monsoon rain over 15 straight days brought floods that killed four people, rendered roads impassable and submerged 90 percent of farmlands in Bani, Pangasinan, disaster officials said Sunday.

At least four people died as a result of the rains, including a six-month-old boy who was buried by a landslide.

The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council of Pangasinan said Bani and Bolinao town were the hardest hit, with more than 4,000 hectares of agricultural land damaged.

Civil defense officials moved more than 3,000 people to safety as heavy rains inundated more than 5,000 homes.

The municipal government, fearing a storm surge, restricted fishing in the area.

Reports said 100 percent of Bani’s fishery business was lost.

All 27 of Bani’s barangays were affected by the floods, with eight of them considered the worst-hit.

Bani Mayor Gwen Yamamoto declared the town to be in a state of calamity.

Ten other towns--Sta. Barbara, Calasiao, Alamimos, Mangatarem, San Jacinto, San Fabian, Bugallon, Agnostic, Malasiqui and Asingan--and Dagupan City were also hit by flooding.

The monsoon rains have also flooded several provinces in Region 1, the Cordillera Autonomous Region and Central Luzon.

The monsoon rains also flooded several provinces in Region 1, the Cordillera Autonomous Region and Central Luzon.

Social welfare and relief agencies are delivering aid to affected areas while the Public Works Department is preparing to repair damaged infrastructure, said Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr.

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lthough no storm is forecast to hit, the government weather bureau warned that monsoon rains which may trigger flash floods and landslides will be experienced over large areas of the northern part of the country Sunday.

Except for Northern and Central Luzon, most parts of the country will experience fair weather in the next three days, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said that the southwest monsoon continues to affect Luzon, but the country will remain storm-free until Wednesday.

Quitlong said the monsoon would bring rains over the Ilocos and Cordillera regions and the provinces of Zambales and Bataan which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

He added that occasional rains are expected over Cagayan Valley and the rest of Central Luzon while partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.

In its advisory, PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the south to southwest with slight to moderate seas.

The state-run weather bureau also issued a gale warning due to the effects of the southwest monsoon as the sea condition will be rough to very rough due to strong to gale force winds expected to affect the seaboard of Northern Luzon and western seaboards of Central Luzon.

”Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it warned.

The country is hit by about 20 typhoons and storms each year, many of them deadly.

Earlier this month, tropical storm Egay inundated whole towns in the north. With AFP, PNA


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PHL sets another Zumba world record Uploaded on 10:50AM Jul 19


The Philippines sets another world record for the largest Zumba class with 12,975 participants in a single venue. With the turnout on Sunday, July 19, Mandaluyong City now holds the Guinness world record, surpassing the one set by Cebu in 2014, with 8,200+ participants. Victoria Tulad

Partying with Zumba creator Beto Perez Text and photos by VERONICA PULUMBARIT May 11, 2015 6:09pm 559 16 0 823

The Zumba craze in the Philippines just got crazier with the arrival of Mr. Zumba himself—Alberto "Beto" Perez, the Colombian dancer who created the world-famous workout.

Zumba is a fitness program with dance and aerobic elements. It also involves martial arts moves, squats, lunges and, other aerobic techniques. The routine is performed with accompanying music, usually Latin.

At the press briefing in Makati on Friday, host Regine Tolentino—herself a licensed Zumba fitness instructor—noted that Zumba is very popular because it is for everybody; “walang pinipili,” as there is an appropriate program for every age and health condition.

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How Zumba was created

Zumba creator Beto Perez was in Manila to talk about the now-world-famous fitness activity. At the press conference, Perez talked about how Zumba came to be. He revealed his hesitation about being called the “creator” of Zumba because “there is only One Creator: God.”


PEREZ

Growing up in humble circumstances to a single mother, Perez was already working at age 14 to support his family.

He developed Zumba by accident in the 1990s. At the time, he was a step aerobics instructor and a dance scholar at one of the best academies in his hometown of Cali, Colombia.

Once, Perez forgot to bring his traditional aerobics music. He opted to use his personal salsa and merengue tapes from his backpack instead—and his first Zumba class was born.

Although he eventually became a successful trainer and choreographer in his homeland, Perez wanted more. He wanted to make it big in the US.

He sold all his belongs and moved to Miami to pursue the American Dream even though he did not know a word of English.

He quickly ran out of money and even had to sleep in a park for two nights. However, he soon overcame this initial period of hardship.

He became a health club instructor and his dance fitness classes soon became the most popular at the gym.

Soon, he found business partners—Alberto Perlman and Alberto Aghion—who were willing to help him promote his signature fitness routine.

At the time, there was no name yet for the dance fitness workout he created. He called it “Rhumba” in Colombia, but the people in the US had a hard time pronouncing it.

They thought of different names—Conga, Tonga, and so on—until one of his partners suggested "Sumba." Then, Perez said, "Let’s make it Zumba with a Z, because I love Zorro."

Perez gets the crowd going.

Different kinds of Zumba

There are several kinds of Zumba class, each tailored for different age groups or athletic level.

The program for the youngest set, zero to three years old, is called Zumbini and is designed to help the little ones wiggle, sing and learn together.

On the other end of the age spectrum, ZUmba Gold is geared towards older adults "who want to focus on muscle conditioning and light weight activity," says the Zumba site.

Other variations include Zumba Toning (which includes light weights to add resistance), Aqua Zumba (aquatic therapy), and Zumba Sentao (a high-intensity workout that involves a chair "as your dance partner," described as a way to challenge your muscles without the use of weights.

Like Forrest Gump

On Mother’s Day, Perez led a Zumba fitness party at the Circuit in Makati.

He said he feels like Forrest Gump when it comes to Zumba's success. Forrest, who wore braces on his legs as a boy, eventually became a runner. He initially ran on his own, then suddenly a large group of people was running along with him. Perez said that just like Forrest Gump, he did Zumba on his own—then suddenly everybody followed. — BM, GMA News


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