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10-Year-Old Cebuano Athlete Journeys to Barcelona

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The MILO FCB Road to Barcelona program recently culminated in a nine-day journey of extraordinary football opportunities, multicultural camaraderie, and unforgettable memories for the very first Philippine delegation. Among the group of 55 young international players from different countries namely Australia, Colombia, Jamaica, New Zealand, Tahiti, Thailand, Singapore, and Panama was 10-year-old, Cebuano football player Ethan Jacob Roxas.

The program presented Ethan with a once-in-a-lifetime experience where he not only attended special training sessions with FC Barcelona legend Eric Abidal and other revered players of the club, but also made friends with kids his age from all around the world—which is what the young footballer considers to be the ultimate highlight of his trip to Spain.

“Making friends with other young football players from different countries gave me different perspectives about the sport. What I learned from them helped me become not only a better player, but also a better person altogether, ” shared Ethan.

Ethan, who has been playing football since he was 4 years old loves the game because it allows him to learn how to work together with other kids. When asked what advice he can give to other young Cebuano players who are interested to try out for next year’s MILO FCB Training Camp, Ethan said, “There are three things to keep in mind: be yourself, don’t feel pressured, and most importantly, enjoy the whole experience.”

According to Ethan’s dad and biggest supporter, Dr. Alvin Roxas, a transplant surgeon, “Sports is important for children to learn life values. It instills discipline and allows them to learn how to relate with other kids. This is why Ethan has our full support. We see his passion and want nothing else but to see him thrive and succeed in his football journey.” He further added, “The football community is growing in leaps and bounds. Now, nearly every school in Cebu has a football team. I encourage all parents to get their kids into sports by finding a good team and coach that will harness their talents.”

MILO Sports programs, including Road to Barcelona, offers kids a chance to showcase their athletic excellence, determination and drive in the national arena, and give them the opportunity to enhance their talents further in the international stage.

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Capitol Distributes P6M-Worth of Cattle Squeezer, Abattoir Equipment

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Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III on January 16, 2018 turned over to various LGUs components of meat dressing equipment and squeeze chutes worth P5.673 million, prompting Cebu as the first provincial government to provide its LGUs with this type of machinery.

In a talk during the formal turn-over ceremony, Davide revealed that giving out these chutes is among the Capitol’s archetypal feat, as this is the ‘first time’ they dispense a huge cattle handling facility with a dimension of 2 x 3 x 10 meters.

A squeeze chute is a strongly built stall for safe holding of cattle, horses or other livestock while they are examined or given veterinary treatment.

The cage will provide for safety of the animal and the people attending it because the close-fitting crush ensures that the animal stands “stock still”.

In line with the Provincial Veterinary Office’s Artificial Insemination (AI) Program, these cattle crush will minimize the risk of injury to both the animal and the operator while an AI operation is performed.

Provincial Veterinarian Mary Rose Vincoy said the chutes, which costs around P188,000 each, will speed up implementation of the AI program as genetic improvement of livestock will become fast and easy.

During the ceremony, a veterinarian demonstrated how to squeeze-in a huge 20 month old Red Brahman inside a squeeze chute. While pressed inside the crusher, one can milk the cow, examine its front legs, hind legs, neck or subject the cow in heat to AI procedure.

Moreover, Department of Agriculture (DA)-7 Regional Technical Director Joel Elumba said the Capitol’s move is responsive as Central Visayas’ economy is mainly driven by poultry and livestock. Elumba is among the guests in last Monday’s ceremony.

Elumba explained that while the DA is just starting to include the chutes in its budget, the Capitol is already proceeding with its distribution.

“Karon pa maoy pagsugod pag-apil (squeeze chute) sa budget sa Department of Agriculture, pero ang Cebu naa na,” said Elumba.

Davide and members of the Provincial Board (PB) members present turned over 23 squeeze chutes, five viscera inspection tables, 20 live weight weighing scale, five evisceration platform and 51 tattoo slapper with ink.

Present during the ceremony were Sogod Mayor Lissa Marie Durano-Streegan, Marilyn Wenceslao of Santander, Erwin Yu of Tudela, Mariano Martinez of San Remigio, Lito Creus of Malabuyoc, and Nicepuro Apura of Carcar city.

Vice mayors Greman Solante of Tudela, Richard Streegan of Sogod and agriculture officers of recipient LGUs also attended and claimed their equipment.

Also present were PB members Celestino Martinez III, Jerome Librando, Christoper Baricuatro, Horacio Franco III and Jude Sybico.

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8990 Holdings Launches P2-B Cebu Mid-rise Condo Dev’t

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Listed mass housing developer 8990 Holdings Inc. expects to generate Php2 billion in sales from its second mid-rise condominium development in Barangay Tisa, Cebu City, as it expands its footprint in high growth areas across Visayas and Mindanao.

8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy said continued strong demand prompted the company to launch Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2, which it would spend around Php800 million for its development until 2021.

Urban Deca Homes Tisa 2 will have 21 four-storey buildings served by elevators. Each building will have an average of 70 units or a total of 1,392 units for the entire project.

Its first project in Tisa has already been sold out..

“Urban Deca Homes Tisa 1 was well-received by the market due to its affordability combined with a great view of the mountains on one side while overlooking Cebu City and the sea on the other side,” said 8990 Holdings President and Chief Executive Officer Willie J. Uy.

The company is allotting Php3 billion for capital expenditures this year for the development of more mass housing projects, both vertical and horizontal, as it aims to help the government reduce the huge housing backlog of 5.9 million units.

Uy said revenue growth now depends on how fast they can secure permits to sell because they have already bought the land that they need and demand continues to be strong.

8990 Holdings still has a land bank of about 554 hectares, although it will continue to purchase land but less aggressively as it just needs to replace those that it will use for development.

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Sinulog 2018 Draws 1.4-M Crowd

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More than 1.4 million revelers crowded the streets of Cebu City for this year’s Sinulog Grand Parade on Sunday.

Newly-installed Police Regional Office-7 Director, Chief Supt. Robert Quenery, made the crowd estimate around 3 p.m. when the people’s turnout was at its peak.

Communication again became a problem as the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) re-implemented a city-wide signal shutdown from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. but the signal was fully restored by 9 p.m.

Organizers and police used two-way hand-held radios for communication.

Quenery said the signal shutdown had to be implemented to ensure the safety and security of Sinulog revelers, guests and participants.

The Sinulog 2018 Grand Parade started at around 8 a.m. was participated in by 30 contingents, including those from out of town — Pangalao of Panglao (Bohol), Buyugan of Abuyug (Leyte), Tribu Kalivungan of North Cotabato, and Katbalogan of Samar and Leyte.

Several showbiz personalities from Manila joined the Grand Parade such as “Kapamilya” stars Maja Salvador and Bea Alonzo.

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A Grand Finale, which was a musical presentation of the old and future Cebu, and a fireworks display culminated the Fiesta Señor celebrations.

No untoward incident was reported during the Sinulog Grand Parade, said Quenery minutes before the parade ended at the Cebu City Sports Center.

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Cebu Landmasters Eyes P7-B Reservation Sales This Year

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Listed property developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) targets to hit Php7 billion in reservation sales this year, up 52 percent from Php4.58 billion posted last year.

CLI attributed its exceptional performance last year mainly to newly-launched residential projects, which are now almost fully sold.

“In 2018, we will continue to expand our footprint in the Visayas and Mindanao, and develop projects that respond to the growing market in these areas,” CLI chief executive officer Jose Soberano III told the local bourse.

The company will launch this year 20 new developments, among them two residential subdivisions, three residential condominiums, three offices, one hotel and one industrial park in Cebu; two residential condominiums and a hotel in Bacolod; and a residential condo in Iloilo.

It also plans to fortify its foothold in Mindanao where it will launch two residential subdivisions and one residential condominium in Cagayan de Oro, while a central business district and two residential condominiums will be unveiled in Davao.

The upcoming projects boost CLI’s total number of projects to 66 from 46 last year, as it continues to strengthen its brand in its niche markets.

Soberano is confident of meeting performance targets set for the year and beyond.

The company targeted to book Php1.7 billion in profit and Php5.3 billion in revenue in 2018.

It expects that hikes in household income resulting from the newly approved package 1 of the Duterte government’s Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law will be channeled to housing.

CLI said government spending in infrastructure was also expected to unlock land values outside Metro Manila and stimulate business in the countryside.

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