City breaks ground for skate park

Lapu-Lapu City is set to build a skate park, the first of its kind in Cebu, for longboard enthusiasts.

Mayor Paz C. Radaza led the groundbreaking last March 26 for the Lapu-Lapu Skate Park that will rise on the open lot behind the Hoops Dome stadium.

An artist's rendition of the Lapu-Lapu Skate Park that will be built on the open lot behind the Hoops Dome stadium in Lapu-Lapu City.
An artist’s rendition of the Lapu-Lapu Skate Park that will be built on the open lot behind the Hoops Dome stadium in Lapu-Lapu City.

The City Government is allocating P2.5 million for the skate park, which is made possible through the cooperation of the mayor, other city officials, longboarding group Grupo Nopo, and other longboarding enthusiasts.

Mayor Radaza said she feared for the safety of young people using their longboards on the streets.
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Gun-ob resident, Looc Naval homeowners win gardening contest

A resident of Barangay Gun-ob was awarded the top prize in the individual category of the Urban Gardening Contest initiated by Lapu-Lapu City’s Urban Poor Affairs Office (UPAO).

Primitivo Equito, who receives a cash prize of P10,000, said he will use the money to improve his garden and increase his harvest. Placing second is Fe Dais, who received P7,000 prize money.

Winners of the city's urban gardening contest pose with organizers.
The winners of the city’s urban gardening contest pose with organizers. (Photo by Fritz John Menguito)

The contest, said UPAO officer in charge Mila Uy, was created to encourage the city’s urban poor to plant vegetables using only organic fertilizers.
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Another centenarian gets birthday surprise

She turned 101 a few days ago but Paostina Centillas Sobiono is still a very energetic grandmother who cooks for her family and helps keep house.

Lola Paostina, who turns 101, gets a surprise birthday party from Mayor Paz C. Radaza.
Lola Paostina, who turned 101, gets a surprise birthday party from Mayor Paz C. Radaza.

Lola Paostina, who lives in Pangan-an Island – one of Lapu-Lapu City’s satellite islets, was surprised with a party on her birthday last March 25 by Mayor Paz C. Radaza and local officials led by barangay head Virgilio Casiao.

She said the mayor made her 101st birthday unforgettable. Mayor Radaza brought roasted pork, roast chicken, pancit, fish, crabs, and hanging rice for the party.
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Livelihood office holds fun walk for women’s month

A fun walk organized by the Lapu-Lapu City Cooperative and Livelihood Center was one of the activities held to celebrate women’s month here.

Lapu-Lapu City women led by Mayor Paz C. Radaza hold a fun walk as one of activities to celebrate women's month in March.
Lapu-Lapu City women led by Mayor Paz C. Radaza hold a fun walk as one of activities to celebrate women’s month in March.

Held starting 6 a.m. on March 16, 2014, the event carried the theme “Kababayen-an sa tul-id nga dalan ug panginabuhian padulong sa Kalamboan.”

There were two assembly areas for the fun walk, one was the park beneath the Marcelo Fernan Bridge while the other was at the city’s jeepney terminal.
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Centenarian gets surprise party, gifts from mayor, barangay heads

A centenarian woman received a surprise visit on her birthday from the mayor and some barangay heads in Lapu-Lapu City.

Lola Pacita, who turned 100 years old, gets a surprise party and birthday gifts from Mayor Paz C. Radaza (2nd from R).
Lola Pacita, who turned 100 years old, gets a surprise party and birthday gifts from Mayor Paz C. Radaza (2nd from R).

Mayor Paz C. Radaza and the barangay chiefs organized a surprise birthday party and brought gifts for the grandmother of 19 on March 17, 2014.

Pacita Arjero or Lola Pacita, who turned 100 years old, is a native of Ilo-ilo City but has lived in Lapu-Lapu City since 1985 when she married a World War II veteran and a retired Air Force official.
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City closes 16 karaoke, videoke bars for various violations

For violating an ordinance and operating without permit, at least 16 karaoke and videoke bars in Lapu-Lapu were ordered closed by the City Government.

City's "We Care" team and police personnel close karaoke and videoke bars found to be violating an ordinance and operating without permit.
City’s “We Care” team and police personnel close karaoke and videoke bars found to be violating an ordinance and operating without permit. (Photo by Fritz John Menguito)

Antonio Utrira, the city’s “We Care” team leader, headed the inspection on the establishments that were the subject of complaints from residents. Utrira’s group was accompanied by police personnel.

Utrira said the establishments were found to be violating City Ordinance No.117-2002, which regulates the commercial operations of “karaoke, videoke, sing-along, minus one, music box, and other similar machine or contraptions.”
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Call vs. cyber porn highlights women’s month opening

A privilege speech on cyber prostitution by Rep. Aileen C. Radaza in Congress that was livestreamed to a packed stadium in Lapu-Lapu City highlighted the opening salvo of the Women’s Month Celebration here.

Her speech, which states it was now time to “ring the alarm bell,” effectively brought the fight against cyber prostitution to the House of Representatives.

Radaza delivered her speech on the evils of cyber porn and how it harms and strips away the innocence of children, who are mainly the victims of this heinous deed, in Congress last March 3, 2014.

Listening in were her fellow House of Representatives members as well as Lapu-Lapu City officials and residents. The congresswoman’s speech was streamed through video to an audience of over 8,000 Oponganons who converged at the Hoops Dome in Gun-ob, Lapu-Lapu City.
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Stakeholders sign covenant to protect, conserve Lapu seas

To protect Lapu-Lapu’s marine resources, Mayor Paz C. Radaza signed with other stakeholders a covenant aimed at conserving the rich biodiversity of the city’s seas.

The signing happened at the Maribago Public Beach on February 26, 2014.

Police personnel in Lapu-Lapu commit to help protect the city's rich marine resources.
Police personnel in Lapu-Lapu commit to help protect the city’s rich marine resources.

The agreement on Underwater Conservation and Protection is a program that aims to protect Lapu-Lapu’s rich marine life made up of corals, fish, and other underwater species.

Representatives from the City Attorney’s Office headed by Atty. Yuri Beluan, Philippine AirForce, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office led by Director Rey Lyndon Lawas, dive shop operators and enthusiasts, tourism establishments, environment office, other agencies, and the general public showed up for the covenant signing.
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Mayor says last year’s oil spill caused minor damage

Saying the oil spill caused only minor damages because of quick action by the Lapu-Lapu City Government, Mayor Paz C. Radaza said there was no need to file a claim against the owners of the ship that collided and caused the catastrophe.

The mayor was asked during a recent press conference if the City Government was going to follow Cordova’s move and file a damage suit amounting to P126 million against 2GO and Philippine Span Asia Carrier Corp.

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People bring offerings, pray to ‘talking’ Niño found in Lapu barangay

People are coming in droves to Sitio Saac 2 in Lapu-Lapu City to look at an image of the Sto. Niño reported by young kids to have talked to them.

The image of what people are now calling the Señor Sto. Niño de Palaboy (wandering Niño) is now displayed in an altar built for him in Saac 2, Barangay Mactan.

Talking Sto. Niño image
An image of a “talking” Sto. Niño found by young kids has attracted the attention of Cebuano Catholics. (Photo by Ariel Berdon)

Police Chief Inspector Conrado Manatad estimated the number of people from the cities of Cebu and Danao as well as the northern towns of Consolaction and Liloan who visited the image yesterday alone to have reached 5,000.
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