Saturday, April 7, 2012

Advocate bats for women’s 
Economic independence 
Rey Anthony H. Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, April 6, 2012 (PIA) –Among the many dimensions of women empowerment, a rights advocate here considers a woman’s gaining a economic independence gives the female the even chance of deciding what is best for her life. 

At the Kapihan sa PIA commemorating Women’s Month, city councilor and women’s rights advocate Mariquit Oppus said many women remain passive victims of abuse because they could not practically survive apart from the financial security provided by their “aggressors”. 

By aggressors, Oppus meant husbands or family members who have the means of supporting women in the home. 

She said most women have fully devoted their lives to the home that they seldom have the opportunities for self-development and do not have the proper skills to earn a gainful living apart from home. 

Oppus said she knows some women who have felt miserable in their homes but could not imagine how to survive outside of the home they have grown to stay. 

It’s economic independence issue and if there are better options for these women, I would imagine them more empowered to take the decision for what’s right for them, Oppus shared. 

Seeing this, Oppus hailed non-government organizations, which have been into opening of trainings to equip women with more skills to survive. 

The general idea is to allow more women the capacity to willfully decide on which is right for them and that, which makes them happy in their lives. 

A decade into legislation and a full time mother, Oppus admits that their group has noted a rising trend in reported abuses to women, but sees this as a positive response to an earlier advocacy to get the victims coming out. 

“We notice that it is rising but we see this as positive side, it should be a result of strengthened advocacy,” she said. 

“Women empowerment has many dimensions, and letting a woman do away with her insecurities is one beginning,” Oppus declared during a radio forum aired live over a local radio station. 

“Provide the wider opportunities for women and then let then choose,” she urged. 

“We have seen very promising signs that women are getting involved, but there is still much that needs to be done,” she agrees. (30)

San Isidro hitches into 
tourism bandwagon 
Rey Anthony Chiu 

CORTES, Bohol, April 6, 2012 (PIA) – San Isidro local officials hitch to the tourism bandwagon but opts for low capital, low impact to the environment tourism. 

Considerably new to the stream, San Isidro packs an array of offers that could hook the serious environmentalist as well as those whose concept of tourism is full respect for cultures and environmental education. 

Part of its three initial sites for its development includes a two-storey cave, a majestic waterfall and a unique panorama of western Bohol as seen only in a hilltop perch high up in town. 

Eyed for tourism activities are Cantijong Cave in Cansague Sur, Kilab-kilab Falls in Baunos and Candungaw Peak in Barangay Candungao, San Isidro Mayor Jacinto Naraga bared. 

“These are interesting sites and getting to these sites also open up countless possibilities of entrepreneurship that our people can get into. Small business but one that can perk up our local economy,” he shared. 

“But, first things first”, admits Mayor Jacinto Naraga during a luncheon meeting with Philippine Information Agency which was invited to help them set up its in-town circuit. 

“We did not want to get big right away, we have a decent offer of environment adventure and like what Boholanos aspire, we do not want to commit mistakes we can’t do something about later,” Mayor Naraga said. 

San Isidro, a town which has adopted Saint Isidore the farmer as its patron saint, wants to do away from mass tourism for now while we still grope on what to do best for our sites, one that will sustain it and deals with the minimum impact on the resources we offer, explains newly designated tourism officer Eric Jinne Flor. 

Not your usual mass tourism site, San Isidro would rather go for the kind of tourists that are aware of what they are into: nature lovers and those who would like to see things the way a true bloodied San Isidro resident would, Flor added. 

We just designated two point-persons tasked with setting up of a feasible tourism activity package we can initially test run for May, sources close to Mayor Naraga said. 

Recently, the town designated Eric Jinne Flor and Julie Tinaja as tourism point persons. 

Flor is the town local civil registrar, public employment officer and concurrently sitting as tourism officer by virtue of the designation. 

On the other hand, Tinaja is the Sangguniang Bayan Secretary and sits as the assistant tourism officer, Flor shared. 

At the back lines and providing the much needed push to keep everyone going is the town council led by Vice Mayor Eudoxio Asoy and Municipal Planning and Development Office. 

A landlocked second district town, San Isidro remains a fifth class, but has proven it can do more than is expected of a fifth class town. 

Relishing from its successful hosting of Agbunan Festival, San Isidro residents have awakened their sense of pride and now believes that if there are shortcuts to attaining a new engine for development, it must be an honest to goodness eco-tourism. (30)

Regina Caeli resounds 
In todays resurrection 

CORTES, Bohol, April 6, 2012 (PIA) – Christians from across the globe keep vigil one last time to await the coming of Easter Sunday, the day of the resurrection. 

And while doing that, most would most certainly sing the Regina Caeli as sang in most resurrection pageants set in every parish, like it was done eversince. 

Regina coeli resounds early today in a variety of traditional and artistic renditions of the resurrection pageant, the latin lyrics of the “queen of Heaven” remains to be the single thread that makes Hugos one of the oldest surviving church tradition that leaves an indelible mark in a kids young Christian life. 

Hugos, or literally let down on strings or ropes have been the traditional renditions of the biblical tale of the resurrection which involves the dramatic meeting of Mary and the angel who announced the resurrection of the entombed Christ three days after he died by crucifixion. 

Picking the tradition portrayed by evangelist Matthew, Hugos adopts the theme “an angel coming down from heaven and rolls the rock aside from the tomb.” 

From here, believers pick the lines to sew a tradition that would perpetuate the story of the resurrection on Easter Sunday in different versions all falling under one name: hugos. 

In several parishes, the hugos always gather its young children, garb them in white like angels, and practice them in singing the Alleluia, a Christian greeting on Easter Sunday. 

Hugos comes either dramatized, in mime of a simple tableau, its inherent hymns sang or canned, featuring a handpicked angel who will have the sole privilege to deliver the message of the resurrection to Mary. 

Owing to the complicated design of letting down a child angel from a high perch, some parishes opt for a hugos which uses the visual illusion of a painted heaven. Form here, the angel walks down a ramp to the tomb where she breaks into a song Raegina Coeli (Queen of Heaven). 

As she sings, the choir of angels, often positioned in elevated tiers break out in chorus at Alleluia. 

In some areas here, the angel rides on a sliding platform down a ramp where she picks up the black veil from a mourning Mary. 

Either way, not much has changed in its Latin music, which has been used for time immemorial. 

Regina caeli, laetare Alleluia.Quia quem miruiste portare, alleluia, Resurrexit. Sicut dixit alleluia, Ora pro nobis, pronobis deo, Alleluia. 

(Queen of Heaven, rejoice, alleluia, For He whom you did merit to bear, alleluia. Has risen, as He said, alleluia. Pray for us to God, alleluia) 

Then the angel chants: Gaude et laetare, Virgo Mariea, alleluia. Quia resurrexit, dominus veri, alleluia. 

(Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia, for the Lord has truly risen, alleluia). (30)

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