Digos City Mayor Joseph Penas bares NPC line-up for 2013!

Digos City Mayor Joseph Penas has chosen his line-up of candidates under his party, Nationalist Peoples Coalition (NPC).

His line-up for 2013 are:

  • vice mayor Rey Hermosisima as his running mate while their

city councilors include:

  • Eddie Cadilig,
  • Michael Latasa,
  • Mila Llanos,
  • Maymay Navidad,
  • Serafin Senajon,
  • Bebang Paulino,
  • Melody Malnegro,
  • Mecmec Hermosisima who is the incumbent Youth Council Federation chair,
  • Ritchie Lim, and
  • Melot Garcia who is the son of former vice governor Romualdo Garcia.

 

for Governor:

  • Rep. Claude Bautista (second district),

for vice governor:

  • Arsenio Latasa.

The candidates has yet to file their COC as of the press time.

Bansalan Celebrates 60 Years with “Bansaulog Festival” Dates and Activities revealed!

Bansalan, Davao del Sur is Celebrating its 60th Year Anniversary with “Bansaulog Festival” from September 13-18, 2012!

60th Town Anniversary
BANSALAN, DAVAO DEL SUR
September13-18, 2012

September 13, 2012 (Thursday)

Holy Mass (8:00 AM)
Parade ( Municipal Employees)

Jobs Fair/Trade Fair

Hip-hop Dance Contest (Sponsored by: GRECOS & MABAMA Hospital)

September 14, 2012 (Friday)

AGRI-DAY

Teacher’s Night

September 15, 2012 (Saturday)

Opening of 3on3 Basketball Game (Sponsored by: SMART )

Boxing (Sponsored by: ABAP)

September 16, 2012 (Sunday)

Drum & Lyre Presentation
Motor Cross (Sponsored by: Pink Riders)

Miss Mindanao Beauty Pageant

September 17, 2012 (Monday)

Street Dancing Presentation

SUNCELL Dance Contest (Sponsored by SUNCELL)

September 18, 2012 (Tuesday)

Anniversary Program (ABC Gym)
Championship Game 3on3 Basketball
Free Call Smart to Smart (Sponsored by: SMART Communications)

Disco

2nd International Mount Apo Boulder Face Challenge winners revealed!

Filipinos again ruled the 2nd International Mount Apo Boulder Face Challenge which concluded Sunday with the Manila-based Team Bebang crossing the finish line at 7:02 a.m.

Team Bebang racers Cresenciano and Gerald Sabal, both are Philippine Army soldiers, cross the finish line in Sta. Cruz Davao del Sur after almost 16 hours of endurance race during the 2nd International Boulder Face challenge involving four disciplines -- mountain biking, trekking, water tubing, and running -- from Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur to the peak of Mt. Apo and back within 24 hours. KEITH BACONGCO/InterAksyon.com

Team Bebang, whose members are soldiers of the Philippine Army, won the competition’s top prize of P150,000, with a total clock time of 15:38:33. The team is composed of brothers Cresenciano and Gerald Sabal, and Jhanalodin Lucman.

In second place was Team Carmen of Davao del Norte composed of Jonathan Pido, Ronald Dagaang, Edwin Bueno (15:59:18.), winning P100,000. In third place and winning P75,000 was Team Apo Ville from Digos, Davao del Sur composed of Marcial Catanggui, Romeo Mascardo Jr., and Hilario Ladra (17:12:58).

Fourth to eight place finishers win P10,000 per team. According to the race organizers, this is the biggest set of prizes among adventure races in the country.

The Mount Apo Boulder Face Challenge is one of the toughest adventure races in the Philippines. It is a 24-hour extreme challenge using various disciplines such as mountain biking, trekking, water tubing, and road running.

Participants in the race had to navigate through the town’s tough trails and raging rivers, scaled the boulder face of Mount Apo, culminating in the skyline of the country’s highest mountain which tops at 10,000 feet.

This year’s race attracted 13 foreign and 35 local teams, according to Arturo Boncato, Jr., regional director for the Department of Tourism-Davao, co-organizer of the event. Some of the countries represented were Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

Each participating team is composed of two racers and one handling logistics, and covered a distance of 90.3 km, “which is longer than the Iron Man,” an international triathlon event, he noted. The Mount Apo Boulder Face Challenge may be considered “tougher” because the racers also have a mountain to climb, and had to battle freezing temperatures at the peak.

He explained that most of the foreign teams were “first time racers, and were unfamiliar with the terrain. It also rained hard in the mountain and at the peak yesterday that slowed them down.”

Team Champion Systems Adventure from Hong Kong was the first foreign team that made it through the finish line and was fifth in overall ranking. “The team is composed of an Australian living in Beijing, and an American living in Hong Kong. Their logistics guy is Filipino,” said Boncato.

He added that while Team Bebang’s members were also first-time climbers of Mount Apo, they hail from Sultan Kudarat “and are known marathon champions. The race has trekking and running as the longest leg,” giving them a possible edge over the other racers.

Cresenciano Sabal has won the national Milo marathon three times. He and his brother participated in the 2011 CamSur Marathon, a qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Amid light rainshowers, the event kicked off at 6 a.m. Saturday with a mountain bike race starting from the Sta. Cruz municipal plaza.

After the biking leg, racers had to scale the boulder face of Mount Apo, whose peak was first reached at 3 p.m. by Team Carmen. Team Bebang reached the summit 14 minutes later, followed by Team Apo Ville, then Team Champion Adventure.

Team Carmen head Pido, a patrol officer by profession, and his partner last year, Angelito Sibuyan, won the 2011 challenge with a record of 22 hours, 51 minutes, and 42 seconds. They, however, formed separate teams this year.

By 7 p.m. Saturday night, all teams were making their way to Sibulan River pitstop for an overnight rest. Team Bebang reached the Sibulan pit stop at 9:30 p.m., closely followed by Team Carmen and the others.

The race resumed at 5:30 a.m. Sunday riding down the river in a water tube, then running back on foot toward the finish line at the municipal plaza.

According to Boncato, while Team Carmen was the early forerunner in the event, Dagaang slightly injured his foot, which slowed them down. Former Team Carmen member and last year’s co-champion, Sibuyan, wasn’t so lucky either, and was unable to finish the race also due to an injury.

The Mount Apo Boulder Face Challenge is one of the highlights of the annual Pista sa Kinaiyahan (Feast of the Environment) of the municipality of Sta. Cruz. The Boulder Face Challenge was first held in 2008, but last year, DOT-Davao region and the Sta. Cruz municipality decided to encourage international teams to participate as well.

Boncato said the annual competition has made Davao region a leading destination for eco-adventure tourism. It has also helped increase awareness about the importance of protecting the environment.

Declared a national park in 1936 and a protected area in 2004, Mount Apo is home to the Philippine eagle, and hundreds of other critically threatened bird and plant species. The national park is on the tentative list of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) as a Heritage Site.

Mount Apo is an active volcano, and at 10,000 feet, is the highest point in the Philippines.

Data from the Sta. Cruz municipality showed 923 climbed Mount Apo using the Sta. Cruz trail in 2011, up 19 percent from 2010. There are two other major trails going up the mountain’s summit from the North Cotobato side.

The 2nd International Mount Apo Boulder Face Challenge was also supported by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Region 11, Department of Trade and Industry-Davao del Sur, San Miguel Corp., Aboitiz Power Corp.-Hedcor Sibulan Inc.; Columbia Sportswear Co., Primer Group of Companies, Recreational Outdoor Exchange, and Zest Air.

Source:Ma. Stella F. Arnaldo, Interaksyon.com

2nd International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge set with International participants!

Five teams from Singapore plus a team from Vietnam, Australia, Indonesia and the Asia Pacific will battle it out with various local and national teams in the much awaited 2nd International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge slated on April 28-29, 2012 in the Municipality of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur.


The international teams will be competing against teams from Metro Manila, Cabanatuan City, Cebu City, Davao City, General Santos City, Digos City, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte and Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur including four corporate teams and teams representing some of the event’s sponsors, namely R.O.X., San Miguel Corporation and Franklin Baker, in what is believed to the one of the most difficult adventure races in the country.

The competing teams, composed of three members – 2 racers and a logistics crew, will conquer water, land and altitude in a 24-hour extreme challenge that will entail four disciplines: mountain biking, trekking, water tubing and running.

From the beach lines of Sta. Cruz, the teams navigate themselves through the municipality’s rugged terrains and wild rivers, then scale the peak of Mount Apo – the country’s highest peak – passing through its grueling boulder face. The entire stretch of the race is around 70-80 kilometers.

A project of the Department of Tourism Xl and Local Government of Sta. Cruz, Davao del Sur, the champion team of the 2nd International Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge will receive P150,000 while the second and third placers will pocket P100,000 and P75,000, respectively.

The top five finishers will also receive a consolation prize of P10,000 each.

The annual event is supported by the Mountaineering Federation of Southern Mindanao (MFSM) and corporate partners San Miguel Corporation, Aboitiz Power Corporation, Zest Air, Columbia Sportswear, R.O.X. (Recreational Outdoor Exchange) Philippines and Primer Group of Companies

2012 Mt. Apo Boulderface Challenge is happening on April 28, registration is now open!

The 24-hour adventure race to Mt. Apo’s peak the  Mt. Apo Boulderface Challenge is back with four disciplines namely mountain biking, trekking, road running and white water rafting! It is happenning on April 28, 2011 at Mt. Apo, Sta Cruz, Davao del Sur , Philippines.

Registration for participants is now available online via the Boulderface Challenge website http://www.boulderface.com/

 

Mt. Apo Boulder Face Challenge is one of the toughest adventure races in the Philippines. It is a 24-hour extreme challenge starting from Sta. Cruz beach lines to the skyline of Mt. Apo’s boulder face through disciplines of mountain biking, trekking, water tubing and road running. It is one of the highlight events of the annual Pista sa Kinaiyahan celebration conducted by the Municipality of Sta. Cruz.

Form a team of three to join.

See the mechanics and rules HERE!

You can register online HERE!

1st Stage MOUNTAIN BIKING
From Municipal Plaza going to Cabarisan Hanging Bridge

Starting Line : MUNICIPAL HALL
F1 : ST. JOSEPH PARISH cor RIZAL ST.
F2 : MANGGAHAN
CP1 : SAN MIGUEL BREWERY, DARONG
MP1 : CROSSING SIBULAN

2nd Stage RUNNING/ TREKKING
From Sibulan Barangay Hall to Tibolo Tribal House

CP2 : SIBULAN BRGY HALL
CP3 : CABARISAN HANGING BRIDGE
MP2 : LOWER TIBOLO
CP4 : TIBOLO TRIBAL HOUSE (Tree Planting)
MP3 : LOWER TIBOLO
CP5 : HEDCOR PLANT A (Tudaya to Baruring Junction)
MP5 : TINGTING
CP6 : TUDAYA FALLS

3rd Stage RUNNING/TREKKING
From Tudaya Falls to Sitio Colan

MP6 : BARORING
CP7 : SITIO COLAN
MP7 : TUMPIS

4th Stage RUNNING/TREKKING
From Sitio Tumpis to Mt. Apo Summit

CP8 : GAROC
CP9 : CAMP 1 (TINIKARAN 1)
CP10 : CAMP 2 (TINIKARAN 2)
MP7 : ENTRANCE TO BOULDERS
CP11 : GABROQ E-CAMP (RIDGE SIDE)
CP12 : 87 DEGREES MT. APO BOULDERS
CP13 : MT. APO SUMMIT CAMP SITE

5th Stage RUNNING/TREKKING
Mt. Apo Summit to Sitio Colan via Cabo’s Peak, Big Rock E-Camp and Basakan

MP8 : DEAD CRATER
MP9 : 87 DEGREES
MP10 : GABROQ E-CAMP (RIDGE SIDE)
MP11 : ENTRANCE TO BOULDERS
MP12 : TINIKARAN CAMP 2
MP13 : TINIKARAN CAMP 1
MP14 : BIG ROCK E-CAMP
CP14 : TUMPIS BASE CAMP
MP15 : SITIO COLAN

6th Stage RUNNING/TREKKING
Sitio Colan to Tudaya Elementary School

MP16 : BARORING
MP17 : TUDAYA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

7th Stage RUNNING/TREKKING
Tudaya Elementary School to Cabarisan Hanging Bridge

MP18 : HEDCOR POWER HOUSE (Tudaya to Baruring Junction)
MP19 : CABARISAN TUNNEL

8th Stage RUNNING/TREKKING
Cabarisan Tunnel to Ayala Staff House

MP20 : SIBULAN BRGY HALL
CP15 : AYALA STAFF HOUSE

9th Stage WATER TUBING
Ayala Staff House to Cebulan Bridge

MP21 : AYALA CLIFF (Water Tubing Jump Off Point)
CP16 : CEBULAN BRIDGE

Last Stage ROAD RUNNING
Cebulan Bridge to Municipal Plaza (Finish Line)

MP13 : ASTORGA NATIONAL HIGH SCHOOL
CP17 : PRYCE GASES PLANT, ASTORGA
CP18 : FRANKLIN BAKER COMPANY, CORONON
CP19 : DOLLY’S SEA FOODS, TALISAY
CP20 : TACOB WOOD CRAFT
MP22 : CROSSING LOBO

Finish Line : MUNICIPAL HALL

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