Minantaw: Beauty beneath the sea

Located three kilometers northeast of Caubian Islands, the Minantaw Marine Park and Sanctuary (MMPS) is the first multi-use and largest of its kind in the Philippines.

Caubian Barangay Captain Romeo O. Matbagon said the sanctuary is also part of a very rare reef called Danajon Double Barrier Reef or Danajon Bank.

The sanctuary covers 214.6 hectares and the area is divided into the following zones: 50 hectares of strictly no fishing area or no take area; 55 hectares of ecological farming; 62 hectares of regulated fishing; 37 hectares of ecologically sustainable grounds.

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Barangay hall biggest project in 2nd term of Gun-ob chief

Gun-ob’s barangay head Jose “Joe” Dungog considers the P4.5-million renovation of the barangay hall as the biggest project undertaken during his second term in office.

The project, according to Captain Dungog, involved adding another floor to the barangay hall, which was just a single-storey structure when he took over the administration of Gun-ob, one of Lapu-Lapu City’s bigger barangays, in 2007.

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Mayor Paz orders more cops on streets during long holiday

Mayor Paz C. Radaza issued verbal instructions to Col. Lyndon Lawas, Lapu-Lapu City police chief to assign more cops on the streets during the long holiday.

“Dili lang palahutayon nga daghan tawo ang usa ka lugar nga walay pulis mag secure sa maong dapit”, Mayor Radaza to Col. Lawas.

Mayor Radaza wants police to intensify visibility and secure areas where public will converge during the long holiday.

“I want the police to ensure that this four day vacation will continue to be peaceful and safe to visitors who come to the city for leisure and vacation and for the Oponganons who go to the cemetery to visit their beloved dead, Mayor Radaza said.

Over 100 Lapu-Lapu youth join the 1st Online Newsroom Workshop

Over 100 youth volunteers joined the 1st Online Newsroom Workshop held at the Lapu-Lapu City Sports Complex last October 7.

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz C. Radaza challenged the young participants to help the city in inculcating a culture of tourism and in creating a culture of excellence in this digital age.

Radaza in her speech said she is hopeful that the Oponganon youth will be of great help in shaping the city.

The activity, organized by the office of the mayor was attended by members of the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) and campus journalists from the different schools in the city.

“The fact is, there are so many good news in our city,” Radaza said. The mayor bared she is partnering with the youth to spread the good news to the world about the city of Lapu-Lapu. Radaza said “your innate ability to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram can catapult our city to heights never imagined before”.

She announced that she is “investing” on the youth to help the city develop new tourism products and to help the city promote its eco-tourism. According to the mayor, the activity was history in the making since the city is “the only LGU that has harnessed the youth on two very strategic front – tourism and the world wide web”.

The workshop was given by Max Limpag, co-founder of InnoPub Media. The activity was supported by SK Federation President Nicole Balao and the local Department of Education (DepEd).

Virgen de Regla fluvial procession 2012

Lapu-Lapu City’s Fluvial Procession in honor of the Virgin of the Rule, now on its 12th year, will be held on November 12, 2012, marking the first day of the novena mass in honor of our patron saint.

The fluvial procession will set sail at 7:00 a.m. from the Pacific Cebu Resort wharf at Suba-basbas and will culminate at Muelle Osmeña at around 9:00 am. after covering a distance of almost three fourths of the coastal line in Mactan Island.

Initiated by the City Tourism Commission, the fluvial procession has since gained cooperation from the Philippine Coast Guard, Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, Philippine Coast Guard Auxiliary, Pacific Cebu Resort, Pumpboat Operators, Jet Ski Operators, Catholic Religious Groups, the Congregation of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (MSC) and the Metro Ferry Corporation.

Tourism Commission Chairman Damian T. Gomez Jr. leads the fluvial committee while Commissioner Naty Amores is over-all coordinator.

Following the 5:30 am. Mass that will be held at the Marigondon Parish Church, the icon of the city’s patron saint will be brought by motorcade to the Pacific Cebu Resort where it will be boarded on a yacht offered by Mr. Lee Joseph Gonzales. The flower arrangement will be donated by an anonymous Marian devotee.

While the procession is sea-borne a chopper from the Philippine Air Force will drop the first shower of Petals. Two other drops will follow in the vicinity of Marcelo Fernan Bridge and at the Muelle Osmeña before the yacht docks signalling the end of the procession. The best decorated and most symbolic pump boat (out-rigger vessel) will be awarded prizes.

This year’s board of judges for the contest is still to be decided by the Tourism Commission and will be announced at a later date.

The M/B Birhen sa Regla, the city owned sea ambulance will be provided to the medical group. Boyla vessel will be provided to the members of the media who wants to cover the event.

Boarding passes can be procured at the Lapu-Lapu City Tourism Office. For reservation please contact Sunshine V. Alegre at Telephone number 341-1644.

Help spread the good news: Mayor Paz Radaza tells the youth

(The following is the speech of Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza during the training of Lapu-Lapu Sangguniang Kabataan leaders and campus journalists last October 7 at the Lapu-Lapu City Hall.)

The world is changing in ways that we, your elders, are finding it difficult to understand.

We, your elders, are now the ones looking up to you, to see how the future is going to look like, to see a glimpse of tomorrow, to see the face of the digital age.

Napaleon Nazareno, a fellow Cebuano, who is president and CEO of PLDT and Smart Communications, a graduate of the University of San Carlos once wrote on Sun.Star Cebu, and I quote, “Being an active grandfather has been a lot of fun for me. Along the way, I also discovered that playing around with my grandkids was giving valuable insights into the complex and difficult challenges that many businesses face today.

Mr. Nazareno further wrote, and I quote, “The fellow I learn the most from is my 12-year old grandson Gabriel. Gabby, as we like to call him, is a die-hard citizen of the Internet world. He regularly browses the Web to pick up all sorts of information, to social network and to play online games.”

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