HOUSE APPROVES RENAMING OF MACTAN-CEBU INT’L AIRPORT
The House of Representatives approved House Bill 9198 on third and final reading. The bill seeks to rename the Mactan-Cebu International Airport as Lapu-Lapu-Cebu International Airport.

During the plenary voting, all 189 House members present approved HB 9198. Principal author of the bill, Rep. Del Mar (1st District, Cebu City) said that the change in the name will honor the native chieftain, Lapu-Lapu who is considered the Philippines’ first hero.

“This will give Lapu-Lapu the recognition that the outstanding Filipino deserved, and in the same thrust, improve the choice of name,” Del Mar said.

Del Mar also said that keeping ‘Cebu’ in the airport name and its management authority (MCIAA) is also beneficial since the province is globally-known. He said that retaining it would be crucial for branding and will make it easy for tourists and visitors to locate the airport.


FIRST CAMIGUIN DIVE FESTIVAL KICKS OFF
The province of Camiguin, also known as the “island born of fire” because of the active volcanic activity in the area, is holding its first Dive Festival which will last until August 31.

The festival aims to boost the island’s tourism. May Salvana Unchuan, Department of Tourism (DOT) Region 10 Regional Director said that the event also pioneered their campaign on responsible diving by involving tourists in solid waste management. They also aim to promote the preservation and protection of the underwater habitat and other natural resources. Tourism officer Candice Dael said that the two-month festival features dive classes and tutorials, an underwater photography competition, and fora on eco-tourism sustainability.

“We are spearheading this activity to promote the island’s rich, unique, diverse and pristine dive sites. This is in line with our vision of developing Camiguin that meets global standards of sustainable and responsible tourism,” former Camiguin Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said.


BATAAN TOWNSFOLK HOLD OWN ‘WATER FESTIVAL’
Thousands of people took to the main streets of Dinalupihan, Bataan to join the colorful annual celebration, “Tubig Festival.”

After the mass, people marched along the streets, drenched in water. This celebration is in observance of the feast of St. John the Baptist, the town’s patron saint.

Joining in the festivities were reelected Mayor Maria Angela Garcia and Vice Mayor Rey Matawaran. “Tubig Festival is a celebration that gives honor to the town’s patron saint, St. John the Baptist and the abundant harvest of the town,” Garcia said.

Street dancers in colorful costumes participated in the parade. Four fire trucks were positioned on three points of the town proper to hose down the crowd, some of which waved small branches of trees and banana leaves.


DAVAO CITY WORKERS PLANT 4K TREES IN MARILOG
Employees of the Davao City Hall planted around 4,000 trees in Brgy. Marahan, Marilog during a massive tree planting activity.

The tree planting activity aims to prevent landslides and flooding in Marilog and other areas downstream. Marivic Reyes, head of the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), said that the activity is a big help in protecting the land, especially in preventing natural calamities.

CENRO led the activity as part of the local government’s commitment in protecting the environment and reforestation program.

Reyes stressed that taking care of the environment should not only be a once-a-year activity, but rather people should do it every day. Protecting the environment is not only about planting trees, but also segregation and proper waste disposal, she added.

The tree planting activity is an annual event in line with Proclamation 237, declaring June as Environment Month.


DAVOR HOSTS ‘PUTONG, HIBLA, KULTURA FILIPINA
The province of Davao Oriental hosted the “Putong, Hibla, Kultura Filipina” as one of the welcoming activities for the 52nd founding anniversary of the province last June 23.

The event aims to recognize the different tribes of Mindanao and their works and products that depict the vibrant culture of the region. The provincial government aims to preserve their work.

At the unveiling of the exhibit at the Tourism Annex, guests were Former National Commission on Culture and Arts (NCCA) Commissioner and curator Carlo Ebeo; Leonardio Carino, a curator for the provincial government; project proponent Provincial Administrator Art Benjie Bulaong; provincial tourism officer Miguel Trocio, and much more.

Ebeo extended the gratitude of the NCCA to Davao Oriental province for hosting the activity for a second time. He also explained that “putong” is to wear something important, while “hibla” is not just fabric but rather, the culture that embodies the fabric.


MUNTINLUPA LGU TO HOLD K-9 SEARCH, RESCUE TRAINING
The Muntinlupa City government invites pet owners to join the second batch of K-9 Search and Rescue (SAR) Training.

The local government, through the help of the Office of the City Veterinarian, started the training with an orientation last July 7 at the 2nd floor Resiliency Building Conference Room, Brgy. Tunasan.

Facilitated by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority’s (MMDA) K-9 Corps, the free SAR training will be conducted every weekend and will train canines to assist in search-and-rescue operations.

The first batch of the Muntinlupa K-9 SAR Unit started training last March and with the construction of the Muntinlupa Animal Pound, the city offers a platform for canine training.

The city government envisions having a K-9 SAR Unit for each barangay for anti-criminality and security operations. Ideally, each village will have at least five members and bomb-sniffing dogs.

“After advancing in the workshops and being certified by the MMDA K-9 Corps, we also look at training other LGUs, especially neighboring cities, to help them establish their own K-9 SAR. MMDA K-9 Corps also eyes Muntinlupa City to be the center of K-9 SAR training in the Metro Manila South Quadrant,” City Veterinarian Pamela Hernandez said.


FILIPINO WATCH COMPANY IBARRA LAUNCHES RIZAL WATCH RECREATION
Filipino watch brand Ibarra introduced its first luxury watch, the Sucesos Mechanical Hand Wind under their new category, “Ibarra Heritage” at the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila.

To commemorate Dr. Jose Rizal’s 158th birth anniversary, the watch is named after our national hero’s annotation of Antonio de Morga’s Sucesos de las Islas Filipinas.

The modern recreation of the 19th century timepiece has the aesthetic of a century-old watch but contains state-of-the-art technology. It houses a Swiss ETA manual wind movement that has the standard hour, minute, and central seconds hands. The Standard Power Reserve is 50 hours when fully wound.

During the launch, numerous guests were present including Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippine Koji Haneda, United States Consul General Russel Brown, Order of the Knights of Rizal representatives, the Freemasons, and Ms. Ester Azurin and Mr. Mark Villaruz—descendants of Dr. Jose Rizal through his older brother, Gen. Paciano Rizal.

As the first product under “Ibarra Heritage,” only 158 pieces of the Sucesos Mechanical Hand Wind will be released. It is available for pre-selling at a special price of Php64,999.75 (SRP Php84,999.75) with its market release expected later this year in December.

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