Monthly Archives: June 2013


Oponganon wins Mister Philippines-International 2013

A true Oponganon, 21-year old Gil Wagas, stood out from 23 other contenders all over the country and was crowned Mister Philippines-International. A towering 6’3 model and basketball player, Wagas dominated the male pageant which happened last June 21, 2013 at the Fil-Oil Flying V Arena in San Juan City.

Skate Park plan gets varied feedback

Despite some opposition to the plan of the City Government to construct a public skate park, many have poured their support and gratitude to the local government of Lapu-Lapu. On June 19, 2013, the City announced through the Lapu-Lapu City Facebook Page Mayor Paz C. Radaza’s support to the longboarding community by approving the proposed […]

Grupo Nopo members grab longboard medals

Lapu-Lapu City’s 52nd Charter Day awardee John Rex “Dandoy” Tongco and John Den “Pedro” Escarda of Grupo Nopo, Lapu-Lapu City won 2nd and 3rd runner-up, respectively, in the recently-concluded Rimba Alam Downhill Jam 2013 in Malaysia. Participated by other countries around the world, the Philippines once again dominated the international long boarding scene.

Mayor Radaza approves construction of skate park near Hoops Dome

Lapu-Lapu City will soon be home of the first public skate park in the Philippines as Mayor Paz C. Radaza announced her approval of the construction of a facility at the back of the Hoops Dome. Inspired by the growing Grupo Nopo longboarding community in the city, Mayor Radaza saw the need to provide the […]

Oponganon shell mosaic artist recipient of 52nd Charter Day award

Lhee Isabel D. Taneo, who is known for her shell mosaic portraits, was recognized in the 52nd Lapu-Lapu City Charter Day celebration at the Liberty Shrine, Lapu-Lapu City. Together with two other awardees, Dandoy Tongco and Japanese national Satoshi Toyoda, Taneo was awarded for her exemplary contribution in the field of visual arts in the […]

Grupo Nopo goes international

After Grupo Nopo was recognized by the city, Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz C. Radaza expressed her best wishes to Lapu-Lapu residents Jerico “Jcoy” Baccay, John Den “Pedro” Escarda, John Rey “Ering” Ricablanca and 52nd charter day awardee John Rex “Dandoy” Tongco as they represent the country to compete at the Rimba Alam Downhill Jam 2013 in […]

City is recipient of Pagcor’s school building project

By Goldie Joy Berame The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has turned over a 5-classroom one-storey building to Department of Education in Bankal National High School in Lapu-Lapu City. The donation is part of Pagcor’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) dubbed the “Matuwid na Daan sa Silid Aralan” project. The new school building donated by […]

Dandoy Tongco is one of 52nd Charter Day awardees

For bringing pride and honor to Lapu-Lapu, longboard champion John Rex “Dandoy” Tongco was awarded during the City’s 52nd Charter Day celebration. A true example of a person who rose above poverty to become a Southeast Asian champion that Oponganons can emulate, Dandoy Tongco was recognized for his unwavering spirit in the face of hardships.

Mayor to fight domestic concerns caused by progress

Mayor Paz C. Radaza called on all public servants and fellow government workers to work hard and be dedicated to free the city from domestic concerns caused by hyperactive progress and development. She pointed to traffic congestion, dark city streets, dirty public market, drug menace, dilapidated roads, and garbage dumps on the sidewalks as among […]

Volunteers clean coasts, seas during Coral Triangle Day

By Goldie Joy Berame and Joy Mee Montero, CNU Communication Interns Brooms, dustpans, and sacks were the weapons of choice of the people who went and participated in the Coral Triangle Day’s coastal clean-up, underwater Clean-up, and mangrove planting in Lapu-Lapu City last Sunday, June 9, 2013. The Coral Triangle Day, headed by the Police […]