Wednesday, February 10, 2016

On day 3 of athletic hostilities…
Bohol takes medal lead
At CVRAA 2016 in Naga 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 9, (PIA)— Sports fans and Boholanos pray for sustained momentum for Bohol delegation in the ongoing Central Visayas Regional Athletic Meet (CVRAA), as its ranking jumped from third to first, on the third day of competitions. 

In a post on his face book account, Bohol Department of Education (DepED) Information Officer Lope Hubac took a reproduction of the official medal tally sheets at the CVRAA showing Bohol leading in the gold medal tally for the Elementary, second in the High School but garnering a total of six gold medals, five silvers and six bronze to take the lead in the week-long sports meet. 

Meanwhile, Tagbilaran City still remained in the tail end of the 13 delegation sports fest as of February 9, 5:00 PM Hubac’s post showed. 

On the opening day, coaches were optimistic Bohol can perform better with athletes getting batter trainings for the event that unfolded in Naga City, Cebu starting February 7-13.

In the Elementary medal count, Bohol leads Siquijor and powerhouse Cebu province with four golds, three silvers and four bronze medals as against Siquijor’s 2 golds which earned it a second rank and Cebu province’s one gold, two silvers and one bronze to settle for third. 

In the Secondary level, Cebu City topped with 3 golds, 2 silvers and 4 bronze medals, while Bohol could only get 3 golds, 2 silvers and 2 bronze medals to settle for second place. 

In the over-all tally however, Bohol sneaked into the top on day three with 7, 5, 6 (gold, bronze and silver medals as against Cebu City’s 4, 2, 5 to settle for the second spot. 

Cebu province settled for 3 golds, 5 silvers and 2 bronze medals for a third finish on day 3 while Siquijor managed a 2 golds, 1 silver and one bronze medal, according to the official records attested by the chief of the records and results committee of the CVRAA, Alberto Mangaron. 

Participating in the CVRAA are delegations from Bogo City, Bohol Province, Carcar City, Cebu City, Cebu Province, Danao City, Lapulapu City, Mandaue City, Naga City, Siquijor, Tagbilaran City, Talisay City and Toledo City.

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Come to Cambuhat and relive
The river experience as a child

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 9, (PIA)—One in a while, the call to commune with nature comes out oozing and that trip back to the time when life was as uncomplicated as paddling in the river and chasing the errant Chinese Egret perching on top of a solitary bongalon becomes an insatiable longing.

Come home to Cambuhat.

A laid back community cozily nestled under the tall buri palms, hidden by the pliant nipa fronds and sheltered by the swaying palms is Cambuhat, by the Daet-Cambuhat River.

Like any ordinary Bohol with its feet wading the river, Cambuhat, is your consummate nature retreat.

As the river tauntingly provides for the community’s needs, the call for the fishers to settle at one side of the Daet River would have its people into fishing, the most prominent livelihood source. 

But, as the population swelled like the tides that flood the river occasionally, tension in fisheries doubled. And when families are facing the problem of sending kids to college, fishing tension quadrupled in the last decades.

A USAid Coastal Resource Management Project and with the help of FCB Foundation, the community slowly realized their gloomy future should they continue with the unsustainable fisheries.

As the river hosts native tagimtim, experts then helped the people determine the best alternative livelihood to easen the fishing tension.

It was then that farming oysters was among the most prominent suggestions. 

A community which has survived wars and long dry seasons, Cambuhat residents cleverly pounded on the buri pith to produce baang, a powder derived from the buri tree. This powder turns out to be a good flour source, which people cook. 

When the buri flowers, signals its end, people in the village cut the tree, strip the bark and chip the pith dry.

Then they start pounding the chopped pith until the powder comes out. 

The powder that comes out of the dried and pounded pith is then mixed with water to get the finest flour, which can be baked into cakes.

The bigger granules are winnowed to produce baang, or landang, which happens to be what makes the Boholano binignit attain an interesting texture, locals shared.

A palm that also supplies the village with raffia fiber which they strip to be woven in looms, raffia in Cambuhat has also been traced to a long tradition in the region.

When clothes were awanting, the stripped hinabol: woven in hand looms operated by the village’s women and wives while the husbands fished, acted as the ready cloth.

Tales and oral traditions state that Dagohoy, the famous local leader could have been clothed in this modest hand-woven fiber, local historians claimed.

But theres is yet so much one can do in Cambuhat. 

Paddle the Dait river, ask questions about the river from the boat man or ask him to teach you to steer the paddle boat. And when it is done, listen to a local explain oyster farming. 

From the rafts, hop on to the village center for a brief cultural presentation and its eating time. 

Relish on boiled oyster, mud crabs, grilled fish, takla, shrimps and a dessert of buri flour cakes and binignit thickened by landang.

Of course, sipping green coconut water is always a part of this tour. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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Ten of 14 town mayors seek 
Fresh mandates, 2 sure wins 

TAGBILARAN CITY, February 9, (PIA)— Ten of the 14 town mayors in Bohol’s Second District bids for a fresh mandate in the May 9 elections while Danao and Getafe will settle for an early win, three months before the polls. 

Former Mayor Thomas Louis Gonzaga of Danao and Getafe’s Shaun Casey Camacho runs unopposed, a feat that is duplicated by one in the first district and another in the third district. 

Aiming for new mandates in the upcoming polls three months from now are Clarin Mayor Allen Rey Piezas, Inabanga Mayor Josephine Socirro Jumamoy, Buenavista’s Ronal Lowell Tirol, Getafes Mayor Camacho, Talibon’s Restituto Auxtero, Trinidad;s Judith Cajes Ubay’s Galicano Atup, Dagohoy’s Sofronio Apat, San Isidro’s Jacinto Naraga and Sagbayan’s Ricardo Suarez. 

Bien Unido on the other hand would have the voters divided, with four new candidates all pitching in for the win. 

Running for mayor in Bohol’s youngest town are Gisela B. Boniel (NPC), Jesus Esua Jr., Verlito Paredes and Jocelyn Villarias (LP). 

In vote-rich towns of Talibon and Ubay, each have three candidates aiming for the top seat. 

Talibon has got re-electionist Restituto Auxtero (LP), Carlito Evangelista Sr., (NPC) and Epifanio Quimson (UNA). 

In Ubay, re-electionist Galicano Atup (LP) is now challenged by Danilo Mendez (Independent) and Constantino Reyes (NPC). 

Meanwhile, Carlos P. Garcia and San Miguel towns will have a stiff competition for the votes. Running for new mayor in CPG are Nestor Abad (NPC) and Fernando Boyboy (LP), while San Miguel opens a new seat for Nunila Pinat (LP) and Jonathan Reyes (NPC), former vice mayor. 

Mayor Piezas (LP) of Clarin meets Eugeniano Ibarra (UNA), Inabangas Mayor Jumamoy meets Concepcion Muneses while Buenavista’s Mayor Tirol (UNA) will fight it out with Roseller Banes (LP). 

For Trinidad, Mayor Judith Cajes will have former mayor Filadelfo Garcia (PMP) as contender, Dagohoy’s Sofronio Apat Sr.,(NPC) meets Roel lagroma (LP), San Isidro has Mayor Naraga (NPC) pitted against Doxon Asoy (LP) and Sagbayan’s Mayor Suarez meeting former mayor Jimmy Torrefranca. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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