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Tao, Pajarito thankful of their golden performances PDF Print E-mail


By MARIANNE L. SABERON-ABALAYAN / ADAM B. MORRELL DAVAO. Mattheiu Adrien Tao shows all the medals she won in the just-concluded Palarong Pambansa 2017 in Antique Province during Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the NCCC Mall Davao B3 Center Family Room.

PALARONG Pambansa triple gold medalist Matthieu Adrien Tao has no regrets, saying that he did his best in trying achieve his target of seven gold medals in the recently-concluded Palarong Pambansa in Antique Province. Tao, 12, said: "I feel sad pero okay lang kasi I did my best. Mas malalakas at mabibilis parin ang mga swimmers ng Calabarzon. I still need to train harder." The Stella Maris Academy of Davao (Smad) swimmer Tao, who is coached by Haroon Cali of Holiday Gym & Spa along with National Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) quintuple gold medalist Kyle Pajarito of the University of Mindanao (UM), accounted for three gold medals, two silvers and two bronzes in his last Palaro stint in the elementary division. But League of Swimmers and Coaches (LSC) chairperson Antoinette Adle Mendoza, who accompanied Tao and Pajarito during Thursday's Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) Forum at the NCCC Mall Davao B3 Center Family Room, said Tao "has a bright future" ahead of him considering that his time in all his events still rank him second in the region among boys 13 to 15 swimmers. Tao is set to compete in the Philswim Long Course Series Mindanao Leg 2017 slated Saturday and Sunday at the Davao del Norte Sports and Toursism Complex (DDNSTC) in Tagum City. Mendoza said, "This event will serve as a qualifying for the nationals and if ma break mo ang record you will qualify naman for the international event." Tao, who copped the Palaro 200-meter freestyle, 100m backstroke and 400x100 medley relay golds, will compete in the event that will be graced by Olympians Jessie Khing Lacuña and Jasmine Alkhaldi. Pajarito, for his part, said the five golds he achieved are all fruits of his labor. "Disiplina and hardwork po. Apil na didto ang sayo matulog, no internet, proper diet and regular training na upat ka oras matag adlaw (Discipline and hardwork, sleeping early, eating properly, no internet and regular training of four hours a day)," he said. In past National Prisaa, Pajarito settled with a silver and bronze. His scholarship with UM motivated him to excel. The Social Work student hails from the Island Garden City of Samal (Igacos). "If dili ko mulangoy, dili man ko maka skwela. Inspiration pud nako si God, family, friends teammates ug coaches nako (If I don't swim, I can't go to school. God is my inspiration as well as my family, friends and coaches)," he said.

Published in the SunStar Davao newspaper on May 05, 2017


DepEd-Davao defends Palaro host PDF Print E-mail



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A DEPARTMENT of Education (DepEd)-Davao official came to the defense of Palarong Pambansa 2017 host Antique Province on the news that Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) delegates slept on cartons since they arrived there Saturday even as complaints on the playing venues were also raised Wednesday, April 19.

"It's unfair to the people of Antique. It's unfair to the municipal government of Hamtic and to our billeting schools as if gipasagdan ang Davao delegation (we were neglected) when in truth they have been very hospitable. Even the Municipal Vice-Mayor comes here every day to check on us and how we are all doing. We apologize to the people of Antique for the hurt that this news brought them," Dep-Ed Davao spokesperson Jenielito Atillo said in a phone interview with SunStar Davao Monday, April 17.

He was pertaining to Municipal Vice-Mayor Julius Pacificador who visits the Davraa quarters at Governor Julian Fullon Pacificador National High School (GJFPNHS) and M. Buyco Elementary School (MBES) in Hamtic, Antique as well as GJFPNHS principal Jose Angel Cordero and MBES principal Eden Mosquera who have also been "very accommodating."

Atillo, however, affirmed that since the 300 mattresses arrived only on Monday, the first batch of the over 600 Davraa delegates that arrived past midnight Saturday have to make do with folded cartons as DepEd-Davao officials have to think of an alternative other than allowing the athletes to sleep directly on the cold cemented floor.

He also said that government procurement procedure may have delayed the release of mattresses intended for all delegations, adding that the Provincial and Municipal Governments have already been doing their best to address such concern.

"Naa pa may muabutay nga mats. Magpaabot lang ta. Mas natagaan gani ta og pabor kay sa ubang delegasyon 100 mats pa lang nahatag, sa atoa kay 300 na (There are still more mattresses coming, let us just wait. We were even given the favor since other delegations only got initial 100 mats while we already received 300 mats)," he said, adding that Davraa delegates were only instructed to bring beddings such as pillows and blankets as they were told that mattresses will be provided by the Palaro hosts.

12,000 more unattended

The 300 mattresses were not enough to cater to the more than 600 Davraa delegates who are only a small percentage of the some 14,000 delegates from 18 competing regions.

DepEd School Sports Division head Cesar Abalon, replying to a text message, said this year's edition is expecting 14,000 delegates with an estimate of 653 per delegation.

"Some delegations will have more than that," Abalon said.

Thus, if each of the 18 delegations, except Davraa, received a partial of 100 mattresses for a total of 2,000 mattresses then there are still about 12,000 delegates left with nothing to sleep on although a few delegates rented houses just like some of Davraa's swimming, basketball, futsal and football teams, while others are staying in hotels.

Abalon, who was in a meeting, refused to comment on the situation.

A Davraa parent said, "Puyat po kami ngayon sa kakaisip. Masakit po sa amin na malayo yung anak ko, iniisip na kami natutulog sa comfortable at malambot na bed pero yung anak ko nakahiga sa karton (We're sleepless because we've been thinking too much. It's hard for us to be away from our children. We think they're sleeping on a comfortable bed but they're sleeping on a carton)."

As of Monday afternoon, the parent's child and the rest of the teammates used cartons to rest. They were among those who have yet to receive mattresses in the second batch of releasing set on Thursday, April 20.

DepEd-Davao regional sports coordinator Antonio Pasquito Jr. earlier told SunStar Davao about the fate of the Davraa delegates, who slept on carton sheets upon their arrival. The first batch of the delegation arrived Saturday, April 15 while the second batch came Sunday, April 16.

Woes continue But while the problem on lack of mattresses has yet to be resolved, SunStar Davao also learned that the badminton open playing court at St. Anthony's College gym in San Jose, Antique has yet to be covered while the nets were only installed Monday, denying athletes of valuable practice sessions.

Badminton needs to be played in an enclosed gym, otherwise, wind entering the open court will disrupt play.

The gym, it was learned, will be enclosed with tarpaulin to prevent air flow that can affect the flight of shuttlecocks. It will also stop proper ventilation.

Meanwhile, a SunStar Davao source who requested anonymity said that a resolution to make use of the Evelio B. Javier Tennis Court as a venue for the Palarong Pambansa 2017 tennis competition, which was approved by majority of the Provincial Board, was bypassed.

The tennis court, proposed to be a venue for elementary girls' tennis, is reportedly being used for food stalls.

The designated venue for tennis is the Binirayan Sports Complex and San Pedro Plaza.

A status report dated March 27 to 31 on the tennis courts signed by regional tennis coordinator Julian Tinasas, which was furnished to the SunStar Davao Facebook page, said the two tennis courts at the Binirayan Sports Complex are okay while the two additional courts have yet to be completed. The two other tennis courts at San Pedro Plaza, however, are still under construction. Thus, Tinasas recommended the use of the Capitol Tennis Court at the Evelio B. Javier Freedom Park as venue for elementary girls' tennis. A current photo of the Belison Municipal Gym, the venue for the taekwondo competition that appears to be also not yet completed, was also sent to SunStar Davao.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 20, 2017

Baguio Tradeans win 11th Davao City baseball cup PDF Print E-mail


altTHE Baguio National School of Arts and Trades (BNSAT), which placed second in 2015, defeated Calinan National High School, 5-3, in Saturday's, February 11, championship match of the 11th Davao City Baseball Cup to clinch the title at the Lt. Col. Cipriano Villafuerte, Sr. Elementary School grounds. BNSAT's Jerson Simogan was hailed most valuable player (MVP) in the secondary division. His teammates Jason Atawom, Salvador Bansalan, Geo Bernardino, Jimmy Camangyan Jr., Joel Camangyan Jr., Joey Camangyan, John Jericho Casinillo, John Marc Duyac, Elijah Guinita, Remar Mercadal, Mario Nisnisan Jr. and Saide Once joined forces to win the championship that evaded them in the past. Eric Gauran coached BNSAT. Perennial champion Crossing Bayabas National High School, for its part, settled for third after whipping Philippine Nikkei Jin Kai International School (PNJKIS), 12-2. Toril-based Bayabas Elementary School, meanwhile, routed Baguio Central Elementary School, 7-1, to defend its elementary division title in the two-day event jointly organized by the Datu Uchida Development Foundation, Incorporated, PNJKIS and Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku in cooperation with the Davao City Baseball Association. MVP Jay Louie Sejalbo led the title-retention bid of Letecia Manito-coached BES that was also composed of Kenshien Lee C. Ardepolla, Rimarc Berdida, Edrian Casquejo, Eugene Elicano, AJ Boy Montefalcon, Divo Ocado, Juvel Panday, Marjon Pelicano, Joel Sumael, Juantio Uganap Jr. and Michael Utbo. The third place went to San Roque Central Elementary School batters who survived a 3-2 victory over PNKJIS. The champion team received the perpetual trophy. All top four teams also claimed medals, cash prizes and baseball equipment in the meet sponsored by Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club and backed by Department of Education Davao City Division Superintendent Maria Ines Asuncion.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 14, 2017


IT'S VERY busy in Davao these days. There was the euphoria over the official state visit of Japan Prime Minister and his various activities in the city that included the adoption of Philippine Eagle Sakura with the Philippine Eagle Foundation, the visit at the Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (International College), and the breakfast at President Rodrigo Duterte's residence at Dona Vicenta Teacher's Village in Matina, Davao City. Then came the launching of the President's chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) on Sunday attended by hordes of Asean leaders and visitors. On the people side, a group of students of Davao City National High School (DCNHS) are showing the altworld as well that Davao City has world-class talents as their short film. "Kapit-os" (Poverty) has been selected to compete in the 10th International Children's Film Festival - Bangladesh on Jaunary 24 to 30, 2017 at Central Public Library, Shahbagh, Dhaka along with 11 other venues throughout the foreign country. Kapit-os had earlier won Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Production Design, Best Actor and Supporting Actor, and Best Poster in the regional Population Commission Adolescent Health and Development Film Festival, and was selected as third place in Best Film in the national finals aside from winning the first place in Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Director. Over 500 films have been submitted in the International Film Competition Section to the Children's Film Festival Bangladesh this year and Kapit-os is among the Top 6 selected. Also in competition are the Popcom entries of Central Visayas and Central Luzon, Popcom information management and communications unit head Ching Bocanegra Amor said. "Ang nauna ang atin," she said. "First time ang Philippines makapasok." In the Popcom national finals, Central Luzon's "Malaya" won Best Trailer, while Central Visayas' "Dagan, Mira, Dagan" won Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress, and Second Best Film. The Children's Film Festival Bangladesh is an annual film festival showcasing full length features, shorts, experimental films made for and by children, including fiction animations and documentaries, from around the world. The film was produced as part of the DCNHS's Special Program for the Arts-Media Arts (SPA-MA). titleJamilla Rosslynne Natividad, the media arts adviser, said that the SPA-MA started in 1999 with the multi-media having different art groups -- visual, media, creative writing, and performance arts that is further subdivided into vocal, rondalla, dance and theater. At the start, the program was focusing on publications, but the MA program found itself overlapping with the SPA-Journalism, thus Natividad said they decided to focus on filmmaking instead, which covers screenplay-making, scriptwriting, and acting. The program's first film was produced in 2007 after their students joined the Guerilla Filmmaking and eventually showed their production at the Mindanao Film Festival. "That was when we got top Mindanao editors to help us edit," Natividad said. Asked what his major learning in the filming of "Kapit-os", film director Dave Andrew Conde said he realized that filmmaking is a very big and busy process. "Before, I thought we just shoot this and shoot that, take one, take two," he said. "Yun pala, even as you are shooting, you are already thinking what's next and how the flow will be. You are actually playing the film in your mind." The students also learned a lot from the location itself. The film was shot at North San Juan village in Agdao District, in rickety house built on stilts above the waters. "We saw how they live every day. About how it's such an effort even to take a bath. You have to walk around 15 steps outside the house then you pay to make use of the community facility," Conde said. The house they chose despite its tiny size is home to three families, the elderly parents of the fisherman family, and the family of his sibling. They first got acquainted with the family through another film project with the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Davao Region last year and decided that it will be easier to make a film in a place where they already know the homeowner because they were trying to beat the deadline for the original Popcom competition. Natividad said that they shared the cash they earned from the Bfar Davao Region film to the homeowner, JR, which allowed him to build a separate house for his family, although just as rickety. They still have to return to share their winnings from Popcom. The students also saw how the pollution of the waters off North San Juan is forcing the fishing community to find other means of survival. They learned that because the fish catch now is very low, the menfolk of the family look have shifted to being laborers in seasonal construction jobs. Conde said their film was inspired by Lav Diaz's "Norte", where very few words were used and yet the images were enough to send the message. But, he attributes his learnings to filmmaker Charliebebs Gohetia, whom he said, gave a very instructional peptalk when they won in the Popcom filmfest. "Didto ko naka-learn og daghan kay Direk titleCharliebebs (I learned a lot from Direk Charliebebs)," he said. Main actor Victor Jay Suazo, an SPA-Dance Arts student, admits it was not easy to act, finding the scene with a gay actor as very awkward. He also recalled having difficulty in crying, especially because there were more female crewmembers than males. "Awkward na daghan babae mutan-aw (It feels awkward to cry in front of many girls)," he added. But with the encouragement and instructions (and Vicks Vaporub) given by Conde, he was able to deliver. Kapit-os is co-directed and edited by Kenneth Burcelis and aside from Suazo, also stars Gean Requina, Rica Mae Cavan, Kristoff Cancino, Rockford Dagohoy, Lawrence Saludes, Nicole Flores, and Shannah Epan. Working behind the scenes are screenwriters Kyla Ericka Paulmitan and Antonette Grace Loyola; cinematographers Julia Ricci Alon, Lovely Jewel Baguilod, and Shenielly Paclibar; Production designers Emmanuel Arceno, Sheena Nalupano, Trisha Samson, CJ Marie Jagape, and Aleona Langbid; Lighting director Alydon John Villa-Abrille; Casting directors Alyssa Danielle Tabudlong and Trisha Menoy; Location managers Kate Cancino and Kyle Gepiga; and Layout artist Joshua Cister. Their teacher and coach under the special program for the arts of DCNHS is Jamilla Rosslynne Natividad. The short film tells the story of Buboy, a teenage fisherman who had to suffer the dwindling catch and thus tried to fend for his younger siblings by selling himself. He found himself in deeper trouble. Natividad only had gratitude for Popcom 11 for helping them all throughout the production to the submission to the festivals.

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