Maribojoc to honor new professionals

MARIBOJOC – Tracing the tradition back to the sixties, the San Vicente Ferrer Institute (SVI) Alumni Association, Inc will again honor new professionals who recently handled the bar and board examinations, and no less that this town’s chief executive in its annual rites on December 30 at than San Vicente Shrine.

The annual activity was a brainchild of Msgr. Junex Nalsaro and the late Engr. Paul Fuertes in the early 1960s. Since then the group never let a year pass without honoring Maribojocanons who excelled in their respective fields of endeavor.

And this year, the list includes Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. as one of the honorees. HNU mentor, Presciliano Echavia, the president of the SVI Alumni Association, Inc. announced this with excitement as the organization recently got its registration as a corporate aggrupation with Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Echavia had a meeting with the organization’s officers’ and members of the Board of Director Wednesday last week at the Sangguniang Bayan session hall to discuss preparations for the event.

Echavia, an executive of the UPCB, also told the organization officers that Loma Fick-Cubero of SEC Cebu branch signed the approval of their registration on July 12, this year. After president follow-up by Moises Descallar, they finally got their registration with SEC under the legal name San Vicente Ferrer Institute Alumni Association, Incorporated. (FRED C. FUERTES)

Maribojoc launches 1st Christmas festival

MARIBOJOC. For the first time in the history of this coastal town, a Christmas Festival will take center stage come Dec. 6,7,13,20, this year at the Maribojoc Sports and Cultural center.

Mayor Leoncio Evasco, Jr., chair of the Executive Committee, bared Thursday that different working committees are on feverish preparations to spell success for the affair.

The yuletide festivities will be ushered in with the parade of lanterns on Dec. 6 from designated points of entry to the cultural center. the best lanterns will be judged at 5:00p p.m. This will be followed by a choral contest at 8:00 p.m.

TESDA Coordinator Moises Descallar chairs the lantern contest while IHMS musical director F. Ervin Garsuta will take charge of the choral contest which will be participated in by Maribojocanons only.

A daygon contest and a Christmas dance competition is scheduled on Dec. 7. The competition of carolers is open to town contestants from outside Maribojoc.

It offers the following prizes: 1st – P10,000; 2nd – P7,000; 3rd- P5, 000, plus consolation prizes of P1,000 each to three non-winning entries.

Municipal Councilor Cel Autentico chairs the daygon contest while budget officer Beth Racho handles the Christmas dance competion.

A pastores contest and a belen contest will take center stage come Dec. 13 and 20, respectively.

The pastores tilt is also open to non-Maribojocanons.

Competition winners will go home richer by P10,000 for the 1st prize; P8,000, 2nd prize; and P5,000 for 3rd prize winners. A consolation prize of P1,000 each will be given to eight non-winning competitors.

UB Librarian Meriam Lingo and Engr. Velie de Vera steer the pastores and belen contests, respectively.

Executive chief of staff Oscar Valles co-heads the execom. The other committees follows; cultural and civic activities – Mary Ann Jabines, Councilor Liling Villas and MPDC Yanie Chiu; finance – Beth Racho; Peace and order – Councilor Macky Melecio and SPO4 Abrau Arocha; Utilities and physical arrangement – Engr. Eking Jabines; Solicitation – Yanie Chiu; and publicity – Godofredo Fuertes.(fcf)

Derby pushes despite stiff opposition

The pre-fiesta three-cock derby pushed through Friday, last week, despite stiff opposition by well-meaning citizens.

The conflict arose from a wrongly worded “whereas” in a resolution authored by Municipal Councilor Alberto Arangoso. In Resolution No. 106, series of 2007, the 5th paragraph states: ”… to commemorate the defunct ion fiesta of Maribojoc.”

First council Fructuoso Redulla Jr. President over the regular session of the 9th Sangguniang Bayan Friday, last week. The resolution requested for the approval by the august body of a request by the Maribojoc Cockers Circle headed by provincial board member Josr “ Dodong” Veloso.

Municipal councilor Zeus Descallar, the most vocal critic of the resolution, questioned why this should have been planned earlier.” Arangoso counted that he received the letter-request only. Derby, last week. The letter was signed by Atty. Veloso, legal counsel of the Maribojoc Cocker’s Circle.

The aggrupation operates the Maribojoc cockpit arena. After a verbal tussle, the Maribojoc SB agreed to scrap the questionable paragraph. At this instance, Veloso took the floor after the suspension of the house rules.

The provincial legislator literally caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, appealed that the derby pushes through since participating cockers have already spent sizeable amount of money on the preparation stage for this activity. He pleaded his request be approved by the legislative body; otherwise, he will sued in court by the cockers will signified to participate in the derby.

The resolution was final approved and the derby took place scheduled last Nov. 23, this year. All’s well that ends well.

47-year old league opens December 15

The Maribojoc Christmas Basketball (MCBL), concededly Bohol’s oldest sports fest, Sports and center stage at the Maribojoc Soprt and Cultural Center on December 15, this year.

This was bared Thursday by Mayor Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr. over all chair of the management committee. Evasco, himself a former cage stand out of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary and later, the Paring Bol-anon basketball team said that this year’s MCBL envisions to formally engage the youth, specifically the Sangguniang Kabataan in the Sports Development Program of the LGU as indicated in the thrusts and programs for Calendar Year 2007 to 2010

A nominal registration fee of P500 shall be exacted from each participating team. Tentative schedule of playing time is December 16, 2007 to January 1, 2008.

The management committee Wednesday morning clustered the following barangays: a) Poblacion; b) Anislag; c) Cabawan, Busao, Agahay and Toril; d) Lincod, San Vicente, Punsod and Aliguay; e) Bayacabac, San Roque, Tinibgan and San Isidro; f) Dipatlong, Jandig, Pagnitoan and Candavid; and g) Bood, Lagtangon,Guiwanon and Punta Cruz.

The local government unit, thru the efforts of Mayor Evasco, has generated the technical and material support from the Philippine Sports Commission. Training and workshops on appropriate sports management processes, as well as facilities and equipment for various sports events are to be made available to sports stakeholders. The former Davao City executive has reportedly close friends at the commission.

The prizes follow: champion P 5,000 plus meals for each player, courtesy of the Philippines Sports Commission: 1st runner-up – P 3,000; 2nd runner-up – P 2,000; 3rd runner-up – 1,000.

A most Valuable Player (MVP) and Mythical Five awards are also in store. Aside from Mayor Evasco, the other members of the management committee are: Poblacion Sk Chair Justina Arangoso, Kagawad Reynaldo “Liling” Villas, the Mayor’s Chief of Staff Oscar Francisco Valles, Retired DEPED Supervisor FLorante Evasco, Division Supervisor Fe Salera-Genebe, former HNU varsity cage standout Nelson Chiu, UB Mentor Miriam Varon-Lingo, Moises Descallar, Archie Descallar, Mike Turco and Fred Fuertes.

The 18-days cage tourney is sponsored by the municipal government in coordination with the coastal municipal’s Sangguniang Kabataan. (Fred C. Fuertes)

Maribojoc mayor meets townmates in Vegas gab

MARIBOJOC- The concern of thousand of Maribocanons in the United States and Canada finally convince Mayor Leoncio Evasco Jr. to grace the one-day convention yesterday in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“At first, I opted to discontinue my travel because of the pressing problems and concern facing the municipal this time,” he said. But the US –based Mario Jocanons insisted on his attendance to the convention and finally convinced the mayor to give in to his town mates’ pleadings on condition that the splintered group would reunite the original aggrupation and that a united organization be forged.

Before proceeding to the trip, Evasco explained the transparency of his trip, during the despedida party that the ABC sponsored for the outgoing barangay officials whose terms expire on November 30.

Evasco was the guest speaker during the party which gave him a venue to explain to the town officials that not a single centavo will come from the municipal coffers since it is the Maribojocanons in the US and Canada who shouldered the travel expenses of the mayor’s party which includes his executive chief of staff Oscar Francisco Valles, and businessman Paul Compos Gelig, Maribojoc’s consultant on livelihood and economic enterprises.

He pointed out that whatever financial assistance the town will get from the US and Canada-based Maribojocaons, will be in the form of checks addressed, to the Municipality of Maribojoc and will go directly to the Municipal Treasurer’s Office.

“This is in the spirit of transparency, ” according to the mayor.