Davide ‘didn’t expect’ meeting with Garcia

Governor-elect Hilario Davide III thanked Governor Gwendolyn Garcia on Tuesday for meeting with him and for her efforts in ensuring a smooth turnover this week.

Davide said the governor was “very, very accommodating” and assured him of her prayers as he takes over the office she has held for nine years. Read the rest of this entry

Emano swears in son as new Misamis Oriental guv

OUTGOING Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano inducted into office his son, Misamis Oriental governor-elect Yevgeny Vincente Emano as the latter begins his duty on June 30.

The younger Emano vowed “to work 24/7.” Emano, along with three elected provincial board members under the Padayon Pilipino (Padayon) party, took their oath Tuesday at the Our Lady of Candelaria church in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. Read the rest of this entry

House to act on guv’s poll protest

The House of Representatives Electoral Tribunal (HRET) will convene to act on the election protest filed by former Iloilo governor Niel Tupas Sr. against congressman-elect Hernan Biron Jr.

Running under the Liberal Party, Tupas said he filed the case not for recounting and opening of ballots but for the disqualification of his opponent due to fraud and massive vote buying. Read the rest of this entry

Davide in dept heads’ meeting

GOVERNOR-ELECT Hilario Davide III was invited to attend the regular Monday meeting of the Cebu Provincial Government’s department heads to help him prepare for his term, which begins at noon on June 30.

Davide said it was Acting Gov. Agnes Magpale who invited him to today’s meeting, which will give him a chance to begin consultations with different groups, including Capitol’s executives. Read the rest of this entry

Amado Espino Jr. reelected as governor

After his proclamation Wednesday morning, re-elected Governor Amado Espino Jr. expressed gesture of reconciliation to political opponent Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza.

With him in this photo are Nationalist People’s Coalition provincial chairman Mark Cojuangco (second from left) and re-elected officials Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr., second district Representative Leopoldo Bataoil, and first district Representative Jesus Celeste. (Photo by Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre)

Marañon dares Alvarez to media forum

GOVERNOR Alfredo Marañon Jr. dared Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez, his opponent for the top post in the province this May election, to hold a media forum with him.

Marañon issued the challenge when asked for his reaction about the move of the Provincial Board (PB) to refer back Capitol’s proposed 2013 budget to the PB Finance Committee.Read the rest of this entry

Festival unites Sogoranons

IT WAS aimed at showcasing Sogod’s rich cultural heritage and natural wonders but the town’s first Panagsogod Festival did more than that.

The festival, Sogod Vice Mayor Lissa Marie Durano said, united Sogoranons and bound them closer together.

View photos of Panagsugod Festival

Activities and preparations for the month-long celebration, which culminated on July 25 in time for the feast of town patron St. James the Apostle, made Sogoranons work hard together to see the realization of their dream.

The vice mayor said she was especially happy with other town officials and employees who cooperated with her to make the celebration successful.

The festival, aptly carrying the slogan “Ang Sinugdanan” (The Beginning), started with street dancing and a parade.

After, the street dancers had a showdown at the town’s reclamation area.

Tribu Magbubukid, represented by dancers from the Carmen National High School and sponsored by the Association of Barangay Councils, was declared grand champion in the competition.

Kulturang Sogoranon won first place and the Best in Musicality award; Pundok Bulawanong Sogoranon placed second and bagged the Best in Costume and Best in Street Dancing awards, while Pundok Calumboyan was picked for third place.

Named Festival Queen was Miss April Rica Lumbab, 20 years old, of Northeastern Cebu Colleges.

Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano VI (5th district, Cebu) and Governor Gwendolyn Garcia wee present in the celebration. Provincial Board members Agnes Magpale and Rosemarie Durano were also there.

Vice Mayor Durano said the festival is among a series of activities aimed at promoting Sogod as a tourist destination. (MVG)