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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bogo City Joins CountryWide Basketball League (CWBL)

Cebu Landmaster joins CountryWide Basketball League (CWBL), with Bogo City as its chosen homecourt by Mr. Jose Soberano III, Chairman & President of Landmaster.

There will be two Cebu teams in the league. Michael Lluillier also confirmed the support of Lluillier Group and will field a team to represent Cebu City.

ABS-CBN Head of Integrated Sports, Dino Jacinto M. Laurena, announced that the network’s production group is gearing up for the introduction and promotion of Country-Wide Basketball League (CWBL), the newest commercial league in the country.

The announcement followed the recent signing of agreement between ABS-CBN and CWBL for the exclusive coverage of CWBL games for nationwide telecast with option for international broadcasting thru their channels abroad.

CWBL and ABS-CBN aim to bring the games closer to local basketball fans and at the same time provide nationwide television exposure to the teams, players and corporate sponsors. The league will conduct regular live games in various localities and ABS-CBN shall provide the games with exposure nationwide.

The basketball league is planned to be patterned after the NBA's model of having an East and West conferences or PBA's tournament. based on a creation adapted for regional semi-commercial professional basketball league formatted liked now defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association (MBA), Liga Pilipinas (LP) and Philippine Basketball League (PBL). The league in any seasons will have three conferences and a "National finals" is planned to determine the overall the National champion. For its inaugural conference (2016), CWBL had limited the number of participants to six teams maximum, will play a double-round robin eliminations.

Good luck to the 2 Cebu-based team, the KWARTA PADALA NINOS and BOGO Landmasters.

#PadayonBogo #CityofBogo

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

PIA said: "CSC opens new test center in Bogo City"

According to  Juju M. Empuerto, as published by the Philippine Information Agency at,

The Civil Service Commission (CSC) is opening a new test center in Bogo City for the Career Service Examination Paper and Pen Test (CSE-PPT) professional and sub-professional levels on October 23, 2016.

This is in addition to the test centers in Cebu City, Dumaguete City, and Tagbilaran City, said CSC-7 Chief of the Examination Services Division Dixie Gonzales.

According to Gonzales, applicants who are interested to take the CSE-PPT exam and are residing near the northern part of Cebu may now have an easier access when taking the exam in Bogo City.

Application filing for the exam will also be accessible and convenient since CSC personnel will conduct an offsite processing in Bogo, she added.

The schedule for the offsite processing of CSE-PPT exam application forms will only be during office hours or 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the following dates and places: August 12 in Borbon, Cebu; August 18 in Medellin and Daanbantayan, Cebu; August 19 in Bantayan, Cebu; and August 30, 31 and September 1 in Bogo City.

Application for the CSE-PPT examination is ongoing at the CSC regional and field offices until September 1, 2016.

However, acceptance of applications may be closed earlier than the deadline date of September 1, 2016 as soon as available testing rooms will be filled-up by examinee-applicants, the civil service official said.

The application forms are available at said offices or may be downloaded at

For more information and details, please call CSC Regional Office-7 at Sudlon, Lahug, Cebu City at telephone numbers 2539050, 4147676, 4147488. (rmn/jsme/PIA7-Cebu)


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Monday, October 19, 2015

City of Bogo, National Finalist to Rondalla Ensemble Competition - NMCYA 2015

CBSAA Rondalla Ensemble qualifies NMCYA 2015
by TJ Marie Labastida - for blog
photos grab-from FB of slavsky ybanez

Slavsky Ybañez, conductor at the same time Human Resource Management Officer of the City of Bogo will lead the contingent for the win this year. The National Music Competitions for Young Artists (NMCYA) Week will be on November 24-29, 2015 at Cultural Centre of the Philippines. They were declared finalist after the regional elimination rondalla category last 29th of September held in Cebu City.

The CBSAA Rondalla Ensemble started after the wrath of Super Typhoon Yolanda which hit Bogo City last November 2013. The musical group was composed of Grade 8 students of City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy founded by Celestino E. Martinez, Jr., City Mayor who also rendered his untiring support especially on the purchase of the musical instruments.  They had their workshops in the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) to equip them in the making. The tutelage of their conductor with all the team’s effort made them the Halad sa Kabataan-Rondalla Category Champion last August 2014 organized by the Province of Cebu. Additionally, they will also compete earlier on October 29, 2015 for the same contest in the province this year.

Bogohanons are truly proud and honoured to bring out the potentials of the young generation. Levelling themselves to compete not just for honor but most importantly their true passion in Music. Today, these kids inspire the young aspiring musicians to follow their footsteps. To you, raise the banner of Bogo!

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015

City of Bogo, National Finalist to the 4th eGov Awards for LGU

The City Government of Bogo was chosen as one of the Finalists for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance Awards or eGOV Awards for LGUs for 2015.

This eGov Awards is organized and made possible by the  National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP), in partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Cyber City Teleservices Philippines Inc. (CCTP).

This was first lunch in 2012 and the late DILG Sec. Jesse Robredo was one of those who helped initiate it. In fact, the first awarding ceremony was named the Jesse Robredo Awards for Excellence in ICT for Good Governance in his honor and for his exemplary work as a local public servant in integrating ICT as part of good governance strategies.

According to the website, the eGov Awards is the first and most prestigious recognition to be given by the ICT sector to LGUs with exemplary performance in empowering its Public Customers and Business. It is an annual search for best practices in local government units in utilizing information and communications technology (ICT) to effectively and efficiently deliver its public services directly to its constituents and to its business stakeholders.

It was developed as a strategic approach to stimulate the country’s e-governance, particularly in LGU level to enable LGUs to become catalysts of change and index models of development anchored in the Philippine Digital Strategy (PDS), the Philippine ICT Roadmap 2011-2016.

The objectives of the eGov Awards are the following:

1. To encourage the effective and efficient utilization of information and communications technology (ICT) in the delivery of services and performance of the duties and responsibilities by local government units (LGUs).

2. To commend, collate and document best practices of LGUs in integrating ICT in their processes to serve as example and benchmarks to other LGU’s.

3. To improve the business ecosystem of the LGUs and motivate the private and business sector to actively participate and/or invest in the growth of the LGU’s .

4. To promote transparency in governance.

The awards aim to recognize two (2) major responsibilities of government:

1. The Best in eGov Customer Empowerment (G2C) Award - This category recognizes the measurable effect of an LGU’s outstanding practices in applying ICT solutions in the education and engagement of the public in the use of electronic facilities/channels towards providing improved, timely and relevant delivery of public services.

2. The Best in eGov Business Empowerment (G2B) Award - This category awards the significant effect of an LGUs laudable practices in integrating ICT solutions and the commitment of its administration in the bureau’s responsiveness to the needs of business enterprises, thereby creating business opportunities.

The complete list of LGU finalist are Quezon City, Marikina City, Muntinlupa City, Valenzuela City, San Mateo Rizal, Cavite, Pulilan Bulacan, Province of Iloilo, Bogo City Cebu, Cebu City, San Fernando La Union, Mlang Cotabato, Province of Leyte and Compostela Valley.

The announcement of winners will be on October 24, 2015, at The Oriental Legazpi, Legazpi City, Albay - the second day of the 2015 National ICT Summit organized by the National ICT Confederation of the Philippines (NICP).

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Prayer to St. Vincent Ferrer for a peaceful election 2016

Say this prayer with the Holy Rosary (or just this prayer) every night starting tomorrow October 12, 2015 which marks the first day of filling of candidacy up to May 20, 2016 or until such time that final results of the election are announced. But I recommend we should say this prayer after saying the Holy Rosary.

Prayer to St. Vincent Ferrer for a peaceful election.

Bogohanons' Prayer fo peaceful election in Bogo

O Saint Vincent Ferrer our guardian, because God, our eternal Father, has blessed you with an inexhaustible fountain of grace and blessings, we beg you to hear our prayers and to assist us with your powerful intercession.

You have just showed us how powerful our God is by interceding for us when we once fight for the right of Bogo to become a City. True indeed you showed to all Bogohanons and to the entire nation that prayer is powerful more than any other things and blessed Bogo with the Cityhood status that is just appropriate for your beloved place.

Because of this we Bogohanons, your devotees will always come to you at all times of our lives especially when we notice that death is near or when we are faced with trials and difficulties.

Prayer for peaceful election in the Philippines

Once again beloved St. Vincent Ferrer, full of confidence in God's mercy and compassion, we kneel in prayer before you, and commend to your powerful intercession all our problems, our trials, our difficulties and the forthcoming Election 2016.  

Glorious St. Vincent Ferrer, don’t let our beloved Philippines fall into the hands of people who wants to run this  with terrorism and oppression. Don’t let the Philippines fall into the hands of those who wants to use our resources to fill their greedy desires and use power to protect vested interest that will put God’s people into slavery, fear and dictatorship.

Help us have a peaceful election and let the voice of the majority be heard as we choose the right people that will lead us to peace and prosperity. Always watch over our welfare as citizens of this country and our eternal welfare as citizens of God’s Kingdom in heaven.

Oh St. Vincent Ferrer, miraculous and obedient servant of God, pray for us always as we put our hope in you. Amen.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Don Pedro Rodriguez - Grand Old Man of Bogo, First Filipino Senator

Reposted from DANTEMAYOR.COM, first published last October 25, 2009
I am changing the direction and the theme of my other blog and it seems that this article is no longer in line with that new direction. However, as a Bogohanon and for some reason I feel that this should not be deleted, so i move it here where it seems appropriate. I am suppose to rewrite this to make it a new article but dont have the time anymore so I am reposting this "as is".:

The City of Bogo is celebrating today, October 25, 2009 the 77th Death anniversary of one among the greatest Bogohanons, Don Pedro Lazala Rodriguez.  Every 25th of October, the City of Bogo will always celebrate the Don Pedro Day, which is also a local holiday. Don Pedro Rodriguez or "Nyor Endong" is the father of Bogohanons, he was famously called "PAHID SA MGA LUHA SA KABUS" which literally means "the one who wipes the tears of the less fortunates".

This years celebration started with a Holy Mass at 6:30am at SVF Archdiocesan Shrine, followed by the civic parade from the church going to Don Pedro Rodriguez' tomb at Rodriguez Mausoleum, Old Corazon Cemetery, Dela Viña St., Bogo City, Cebu.

A short program at the cemetery immediately follows the parade which highlights as always the following:
      1. A Eulogy from an invited guest.
      2. A musical rendation
      3. Offering of flowers and bouquets by the different sectors
      4. Response of the Family of Don Pedro
      5. and the Famous 21 Gun Salute

A short quiz bowl at the Elorde Community Stage participated by all schools in Bogo City follows the short program. And as usual, a lunch for everyone at the Rodriguez Family Residence (at Mayor Martinez' Ancestral House in Bogo).

In commemoration of the 77th Don Pedro Rodriguez Celebration, i am republishing here article in Cebuano language from the GEOCITIES written by the late Eufrosino Ursal Luna, which was originally published in Bag-ong Suga, a local newsletter by the writer himself who was a member of the Kamagas-Ludabi, Bogo Chapter.

DON PEDRO LAZALA RODRIGUEZ - 1869-1932: Ang Manggiluy-ong Bayani sa Bogo.

Napatik - Nob. 26, 1965
Bag-ong Suga
Sinulat ni Eufrosino Ursal Luna, Kamagas-Ludabi Chapter, Bogo, Cebu

Don Pedro Lazala Rodriguez

Ang Oktubre 25 maoy mapulang titik nga adlaw alang sa mga Bogohanon. Ang tanan manag-ambahan pagkuyog sa usa ka parada agig pagyukbo, pagtahod ug paghandom niadtong daku ug inilang tawo nga nagpahimutang sa kabantug sa Bogo diha sa mapa. Adlaw nga maoy kamatayan ni Senador Don Pedro Lazala Rodriguez, ang bayani ug amahan sa lungsod sa Bogo. Ikakatloan nag tolo ka tuig sumad sa iyang pagkapukan. (sa pagsulat niini)

Nyor Indong ang saga itawag kaniya. Natawo niadtong tuig 1869 gikan sa dugo sa mga ginikanang katsila, Don Jose Rodriguez ug Donya Vicente Lazala. Nakatungha sa seminaryo sa San Carlos ug mipadayon didto sa Ateneo de Manila, diin nakahupot sa silid pagka B.S in Agricultural Engineering, A.B ug BSC. Tungod sa gugma sa panguma

Nahimo si Nyor Indong nga Presidente-Munisipal sa Bogo sa panahon ni Hen. Emilio Aguinaldo sulod sa mga tuig 1898 hangtud sa 1903. Ug sa 1905 miadto sa Espanya ug sa ubang dapit sa Uropa ug paghibalik, ginominar siya isip usa ka delegado alang sa unang Asembliya sa Pilipinas. Unya sa 1907 mirepresentar kumo senador samtang ang iyang igsoon, Celestino Rodriguez - deputado sa unag distrito.

Sulod sa iyang administrasyon dinhay higayon nga nahimo siyang usa ka mamumulong sa pagsaulog kun inawgurasyon sa Independensya sa karaang plasa sa Sugbo, matud pa niya...

"....Dinhi sa ibabaw sa kalibotan, duruha da ka bukid ang labing bantugan, ang bukid sa senai ug ang bukid as sudlon. Apan alang sa mga Pilipino ang bukid sa sudlon maoy labing mahal ug halandumon, kay sa tumoy-tumoy sa iyang sima...diha mahitarok ang unang bandilang Pilipinhon nga gipakayab sa panganod Sugboanon...nga gipaagasan ug daghang dugo sa atong mga kaliwat aron paglaban sa inahan tang yuta...."

Mapuslanon kaayo ang iyang pag-alagad sa unang hugna sa Senadorya, nga maoy nakapaaghat kaniya pag-usab pag-apil sa kombensyon sa pagka Senador batok kang Don Filemon Sotto sa partido Nasyonalista. Kadaghan sa mga delegado habig kang Don Sotto ug gihukman nga modaug sa kombensyon.

Masipang pakpak ang mitapus sa lima ka gutlong pakigpulong sa banggiitang mamumulong nga Sotto. Unya misunod si Don Pedro Rodgriguez ug misugod....

"...Minahal kong mga delegado sa kombensyon: kon tinuod man ugaling nga ang kalibotan tang gipuy-an matapus unya manudya? Sa panahon nga ang tawo mabanhaw... akoy unang mobangon gikan sa akong lubanganan dinala sa akong mga bukton ug ipakayab ko sa kahanginang Pilipinhon ang bandila sa partido kon walay suwerte ning kombensyona, ako moyukbo og motabang sa maong partido nga minugna...tinukod ug gipangulohan ni Don Sergion Osmeña..."

Burial of Don Pedro Rodriguez Makabungog ang gahub nga mibukot sulod sa Sine Ideal diin himoa ang tigom sa kombensiyon. Kadtong mga pulonga nga nanuhotsuhot sa kinailadman sa katawhan maoy nakapadaug kaniya niadtong higayona.

Gisublian si Nyor Indong sa 10th Senatorial District diin mimayoriyag daku labaw kang deputado Vicente Sotto sa partido Demokrata. Sa Senado usa siya sa manggimbuhaton, bantugang mamumulong, nagsilbe sa katarung ug kaligdong. Ug supak sa katungod kun ugaling dili mahiangay sa mga lungsoranon.

Si Don Pedro Rodriguez mao ang "Pahid" sa luha sa mga kabus, kay lagi mahigugmaon man sa mga timawa. Ang magkinahanglan ug yta, gibaligyaan sa kubos nga bili ug pinaagi pa sa data-data. Nagpahulam ug salapi nga walay tanto. Gihalad ang iyang kinabuhi pagtukaw pagtabang niadtong nanagkamang sa kapit-os ug kakabus.

Katoliko Romano si Nyor Indong sanglit gitugahan man ug lote alang sa Simbahan sa Bogo ug Medellin.

Naminyo kang Donya Masay Veloso - gitugahan ug tolo ka mga anak sila sa Jose V. Rodriguez, ang kanhi Deputado ug na-Mayor sa dakbayan sa Sugbo, Anhing Amparo ug Pedring Jr.,

Source Link:
      Bogo Cebu hosted by Geocities

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

City of Bogo First Charter Day Run

Runners and anyone interested in Sports, join us in the First Charter Day Run of the City of Bogo.

For LGU employees and Officials:
5K, 12k and 21k

For the Open Category
5K, 12k and 21k

There will be singlet, race bib, snacks and finisher's medal in all categories.

For more info, just open the links below

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Bogo City Annual Fiesta 2015

Bogo City Annual Fiesta 2015

The City of Bogo will once again celebrate its Fiesta comes May 27, 2015 in honor of our miraculous patron San Vicente Ferrer.
This year’s fiesta celebration is “Celebrating Resilience: Bogohanons Moving Forward” as we are all moving forward no matter what after the devastation brought by super typhoon Yolanda.
The lined-up activities are as follows:
March to May 15, 2015


April 5, 2015

Launching of Fiesta Activities:
Bogo Skating Rink
April 11 & 12, 2015
     Saturday & Sunday

Bogo Sports Complex
May 17, 2015
GARBOSA – Alagad Paanyag and Bingo Sosyal
Bogo Public Plaza
May 18, 2015
     Government Employees Night (National, Provincial  and City Employees)
Bogo Skating Rink`
May 19, 2015
Youth Night / Disco
Bogo Skating Rink
May 20, 2015
Inter-Clan Dance Contest (ABC Night)
Bogo Sports Complex
May 21, 2015
Religious / Cultural (Parish Night)
Bogo Skating Rink
May 22, 2015
DepEd Night
Bogo Skating Rink
May 23, 2015
Bogo Skating Rink

Mayor’s Night:  MUSIC FESTIVAL
Bogo Skating Rink
May 24 2015
DUATHLON:  Bogo Mountain Bikers (BMB)
New Bogo City Hall

AGRI TRADE FAIR Opening (The Trade Fair will continue up to May 27, 2015)
Bogo Public Plaza

Bogo Sports Complex

Bogo Skating Rink
May 25, 2015
AGRI TRADE FAIR (Daily from 8am to 5pm until May 7, 2015)
Bogo Public Plaza

BRS NIGHT : Bogo Got Talent
Bogo Skating Rink
May 26, 2015

May 27, 2015
Photo Exhibit
Bogo Skating Rink

SBBA NIGHT:  Search for Little Prince and Princess for 2015
Bogo Skating Rink
May 28, 2015
LGBT Night:  Search for GARBOSA Mother and Child
Bogo Skating Rink

Some of these activities will be held for the first time in Bogo during fiestas, like the participation of LGBT community or the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals and Transgenders. They will be having their night on May 28, 2015 featuring the Search for Garbosa Mother and Child. The said activity will be lead by GARBOSA or the GAys ARound BOgo Solid Association which will also lead another activity earlier on May 17 called Alagad Paanyag and Bingo Sosyal.
The showdown of talents among the Government Employees in Bogo  both local (City and Province) and National will also be held for the first time. This will feature a Musical Presentations in groups, but I think this will exclude the teachers and educators since they will have their usual Teachers Night, DepEd night or Educators Night on May 2, 2015.  The students of CBSAA or the City of Bogo Science and Arts Academy will also show their talents on the educators night. CBSAA is a school founded by Honorable Mayor Celestino “Junie” Martinez Jr. for those children who have great potentials in Science and Arts.
Another first is the Inter-Clan Dance Contest which will be featured by the ABC Night on May 20. This is a showdown among original native Bogohanon Clans. This activities encourages Bogohanons who are now living in other places especially outside the Philippines to come home during fiesta.
Though the Bankarera is held annually, the addition of the DRAGON BOAT RACE on May 23 will be the first. As I’ve heard, the teams who will compete in this Dragon Boat Race are same teams who competes in National and International Competitions, if true, this will bring more tourist to Bogo.
Our generations are now healthy conscious that’s why Fun Runs, marathons and the likes are being held almost everywhere from time to time, but I think it’s the first time that Bogo Fiesta will feature Duathlon Sugbo Glow Fun Run and Paint Festival Invasion.
If things will push through as planned this will be the first time also that Bogo will held a mini-Woodstock style Band Showdown, this will be more entertaining to the young and music-inclined people. In recent developments regarding this, 5 or 6 bands are currently showing interest to join the showdown.
Well, in general, this coming fiesta is more fun with lots of new entertaining activities added other than the usual display of celebrities. The said activities, its scheduled time and date and venue is still subject to change at the discretion of the Fiesta Committee, the event organizers or the parties involved in response to certain circumstances that may arise.

We have also lined-up some religious activities for the fiesta Celebration:
Novena Mass will start also on May 18, 2015 until May 26, 2015 at 5:00pm.
May 17, 2015 Sunday – Free baptism for older children 5years old and above.
May 21, 2015 Thursday – Mass wedding for those living together for 5 years or more. (Civilly married couple are considered living together without Holy Matrimony by the Holy Roman Catholic Church.)
May 23, 2015 Saturday – Confirmation for children 12 years old and above to be officiated by Rev. Msgr. Rey Penagunda.
May 27, 2015 Wednesday – Fiesta!
     5:00am – Holy Mass
     6:30am – Holy Mass
     8:00am – Concelebrated Mass with Most Reverend Bishop Emilio Bataclan, D.D., auxiliary bishop of Cebu – north.
     10:00am – Concelebrated Mass with His Eminence Archbishop Jose S. Palma, Archbishop of Cebu.
     2:00pm – Holy Mass and Baptism
     3:00pm – Blessing of Devotees of Saint Vincent Ferrer
     4:00pm – Concelebrated Mass with Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du, D.D., Archbishop of Palo, Leyte
For more info on the religious activities, please visit the office of the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Super Typhoon Yolanda and Super Heroes

by Sheila F. Orcullo

Published on:
APRIL 2014 VOL. 4 NO. 1 16 PAGES

The name Yolanda will never be forgotten. It will forever be etched in my mind and soul. Yes, the super typhoon bearing the name wreaked havoc in my life and those of my fellow Bogohanons but I cannot also deny that heroes surfaced because of it.

While I was trying to be a rock to my family in the face of the storm, there were a few who left their own households to tend to the pressing needs of the people. Yes, they did it because of call of duty but still it took an enormous courage to leave their family behind just so they could attend first to the swelling panic among those constituents – panic that they themselves felt and swallowed in fear.

Take the case of the CSWD (/DSWD) personnel. Yes, it was their primary duty to provide relief assistance in the aftermath of a disaster but it was never written in their job functions and responsibilities to be caught in it with hundreds of people in a sports complex. In the attempt to feed the hungry mob, they became victims themselves. As was recounted to me, the force of the howling wind vibrated along the walls of the sports complex leaving trembling weary bodies in its wake. No matter how one tried to cover her ears to mute the thundering sound, it still penetrates and frightens. The rising fear and cries among the children and old alike prodded Amabelle Mayor, the City Social Welfare and Development Officer, to bring herself up and gather her wits together for the sake of those quaking minors and evacuees. She and her staff then distributed the food which could not sustain the hunger pangs felt which was made worse by stress and fear. They make do with whatever was available at that time given the hazard of going out of the complex to purchase food.

The distressed call of wounded evacuees can barely be heard in the noise of the thrashing roofs which left a gaping hole on the complex’ top when blown away. What was thought of as a safe haven, became a dangerous dwelling. Flying debris and fragments of broken glass caused people to run from one side of the court to another in attempt to evade the shrapnel. To unfortunate ones, the medical personnel came to the rescue. Dr. Minerva Millor, the City Health Officer, and along with her First Aid Team though shivering in cold had to administer first aid to the wounded.

As this chaos ensued and vibrated throughout the complex, City Mayor Junie Martinez tried to prop up the courage of everyone and tried to lend his presence for comfort and security. After the running frenzy around the court, he ended up inside the Comfort Room of the sports complex. This he would proudly announce to the relief good donors in the following weeks when the super typhoon finally left the country. He saw the hilarity of such a momentary weakness – a human frailty in the face of a powerful wrath of nature. By his side, Christian Kay Yurango branded the megaphone to keep order among the evacuees. His constant presence in the sports complex, which then became the disaster operation command center, giving order to the dispatching of relief goods to affected barangays under the supervision of Amabelle Mayor came at a precise moment. No one else aside from the DSWD personnel can muster enough strength and commitment to keeping an eye on the command center in behalf of the City Mayor.

As days went on and an avalanche of donations from many generous and kindhearted people from all walks of life both locally and abroad, the employees of the Bogo City government hand in hand tried to make a difference in the affected lives of fellow Bogohanons. Many went out of their own homes despite needing shelter assistance themselves just so they could help out in the repacking of tons of rice and thousands of boxes of canned goods for even distribution to the barangays.

Each one sweated out and flexed their muscles from the repacking until they were tied up neat and ready for dispatch. The men were seen to be staggering in the heavy weights of sacks of goods upon their shoulders but no word of complaint came out of their mouths. Every burden day in and day out was treated as a means of an escape from their own misery and trying to overpower its bitter taste with the goodness that these efforts bring to the desolate lives of their own people. Each day of toil and sweat in the succeeding weeks at the command center showed their will for self-sacrifice for the greater good of Bogohanons.

“Hard times don’t create heroes. It is during the hard times when the ‘hero’ within us is revealed”, this according to Bob Riley. Particularly in trying times like this. Thank God for heroes, the big kind or the small kind, say the survivors. Somehow it feels like a bit like heroes live and walk amongst us each day, especially in trying times. My salute to them all!


Monday, November 18, 2013

City of Bogo - After Typhoon Yolanda / Haiyan

Bogo City had been severely by typhoon, Yolanda/Haiyan.  About 90% of the total households in Bogo were damaged by the raging Yolanda, girl what have you done to us. Electricity was down, about 80% of the power infrastructure in Bogo was damaged.

In our 1st general meeting with the City Mayor (Junie Martinez), the Bogo City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council, and heads of key sectors in Bogo, CEBECO II's initial assessment result reveal that power will be restored late January of 2014 or early of February 2014.  But according to our sources, the main thoroughfares of Bogo, the Poblacion and public areas will be lighted first early December 2013 as a result of the help extended by CEBECO I and CEBECO III and other power cooperatives in the Visayas like Negros and Bohol.

Even the newly constructed City Hall and the Archdiocesan Shrine San Vicente Ferrer was not spared by the typhoon, but thanks to God and the intercession of Mother Mary and San Vicente Ferrer, most lives were saved, just a few fatalities and injuries.  City hall furnitures and laptops were flying out to the sugarcane plantation. There's one sofa from the City Hall that was thrown out of the window for about 300 meters away.

The new Bogo Sports Complex (Don Celestino Martinez Sports Center) was converted into an evacuation center a day before the typhoon.  And thanks to God a lot of people listen to the City Governments call to evacuate. But during the typhoon, even the evacuation center's roof was damaged and people are wailing and running to different directions. Children and elderly were crying, "is this the end of the world?" Everyone was terrified that a stampede will happen. Thanks again to God to our patron saint, only a few injuries.

The City Mayor was so sad that for how many years Bogo was trying to rise up above the rest of the Northern Cebu towns and have started to become the center of trade and industry and now back to rebuilding key infrastructures again.  On the other hand, he was happy that only a few lives were lost. 

Mayor Junie is still optimistic that prospected investors will still believe that more opportunities in Bogo. He still believe that Bogo will rise up again and fulfill its dream to be the center of trade and industry.

Padayon Bogo Padayon, ayaw paghunong, kay ang kalangitan nagdan-ag sa imong dalan.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

New Bogo City Hall is now open!

New Bogo Business District, Buac, Cayang, Bogo City, Cebu.

The New Bogo City Hall is now open for business. Yes, the Local Government of the City of Bogo is now operating in the New Bogo City Hall, sitting at a 6-hectare lot donated by Sra. Nilda Espinosa Martinez and Mr. Robie Hererra.

The said area is in the middle of more than a hundred hectare of flat lands planted with sugar cane and now being converted into a new commercial district. Many companies, entities and business groups are now showing interest already to invest and put up business establishments in the area. The first ever to own lot and will soon start constructing a mall is the Robinsons Land, Inc.

 Around the New City Hall will also rise more buildings that will house most, if not all service-oriented Government Agencies that will serve not only the people of Bogo and the neighboring towns, but also the neighboring provinces of Masbate and Leyte. 

This project is aimed at boosting economic activities in the City of Bogo and its neighboring towns. Mayor Junie Martinez started this project in 2009. Construction was stopped sometime in 2010 due to the flip-flopping of the Supreme Court decision on Bogo's cityhood status and 15 other LGUs. 

Starting last Monday, April 15, 2013, the New City Hall is now serving the people of Bogo. For inquiries, you can call the New City Hall at (032) 260-5310, 260-5311 and 260-5312. Then ask the operator to connect you to the Office that you wish to call.

Last April 16, 2013, Tuesday, the New Bogo City Hall was blessed followed by the Holy Mass officiated by Msgr. Isidro "Dhodong" Ullamot, Fr. Dave Jurcales, Fr. Jermaine Lecciones, Fr. Maning Tan, and a newly assigned priest in Bogo. The Inauguration will be on April 19, 2013 by no less than HIS EXCELLENCY BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Please like also the New Bogo City Hall's Facebook page at

Photo courtesy of Eden Tagalog Diaz.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Bogo City - New Cityhall Inauguration

City of Bogo, Cebu.

The new cityhall of Bogo is now being completed. The building itself is now 100% completed. Installation of airconditioning system, pabx system, LAN, queueing sytem and fire alarm (with water sprinkler) have just been completed.

Some works inside and within the vicinity is still nearing its completion like the installation of furnitures and fixtures and the upgrade of the lighting system to LED.

The inauguration is being scheduled to takes place within the 2nd week to the last week of March. No less than His Excellency Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III will lead the inauguration. The exact date of the inauguration is still being finalized by the presidential management staff and will be announced soon.

After the said inauguration, President Aquino will be in the Bogo City Sports Complex to meet all the City and Barangay Officials of Bogo City.  The City Government is hoping that the exact date for these activities will be finalize sooner so that the Bogo City Sports Complex can be used for  graduation ceremonies and other activities.

As of the moment, no other activities are being scheduled in the sports complex since all the remaining days of this month (March) are reserved for the coming of the President.

Friday, November 16, 2012

160k Ultra Marathon in Bogo City Participants

160k Ultra Marathon in Bogo City Participants

 The 160k Ultra Marathon is expecting 30 runners to join the race. This what the organizes said this afternoon during its briefing at the Bogo Lites Center right after the sumptuous dinner hosted by the City of Bogo LGU. This is because many of those who tried to register for the race were turned down. The organizers evaluated those who wanted to register and accepted only those who are capable for this hardcore marathon.

According to the marathon organizers, there is no cash prizes for this race, only medals, a buckle and t-shirts are at stake, and most of all, honor and fame.

160k Ultra Marathon in Bogo City Cebu

160k Ultra Marathon in Bogo City Cebu.

Yes, you read it right. Today, the local government of the City of Bogo will host once again an Ultra Marathon. The 160 Ultra Marathon or the so called Hardcore Hundred Miles Ultra Marathon will be in Bogo City.

An estimated 100 to 200 hardcore runners / athletes, support staff, marathon enthusiasts, physical fitness advocates and media men will be arriving today at the Bogo Lites Center in preparation for the said race that will commence at 1:00am, November 17, 2012 infront of the New Bogo City Hall, New Bogo Government Center and IT Park, Cayang, City of Bogo, Cebu.

At 12:00pm today, the runners and other visitors will have their welcome lunch at Bogo Lites Center hosted by City Mayor Celestino Junie Martinez, Jr. and other city officials.

The runners will arrive at the finishing line (still at the New City Hall of Bogo) on November 18, 2012, Sunday at 7:00 in the morning.

Cutoff  Time 1: 112 Kilometers (Borbon Municipal Hall)/ Twenty hours (Runners not able to make it in 20:00:00 hours / 9:00 PM November 17, 2012 will be declared DID NOT FINISH and will NO longer be allowed to continue). Registered pacers are allowed from this point on.

Cutoff  Time 2: 160 Kilometers /  Thirty hours (30:00:00 hours) after which the race shall be declared officially closed and all runners still on the course will declared DID NOT FINISH

Pre-race briefing: Bogo City Hall, 11:00 AM, November 16, 2012(Registered pacers are encouraged to join)

Race Route: Bogo-Medellin via Kawit-Daanbantayan via Maya-Bogo-Tabogon-Borbon-Sogod-Bogo via Central Nautical Highway (“EME”)


Race bibs and pre-race items will be given at the briefing.

Free sleeping quarters will be provided for starting November 16, 2012 ONLY for registered
participants and pacers.

Lunch will be served at the briefing ONLY for registered participants and pacers.

Breakfast will be provided for at the close of the race (7:00 AM November 18, 2012) ONLY for registered participants and pacers.

THIS IS A SEMI SELF-SUPPORTING RACE. All runners have the option for crew support or carry their own provisions for the duration of the race.

There will be only THREE time checkpoints/food  and hydration stations at ~ Kilometers 50, 80 and 112 respectively.  Drop bags will be allowed at the said points where runners can have access to their personal things. Additionally, there will be roving vehicles bearing water/food in different areas.

Pacers will be allowed (Only one per runner and only the registered pacer is allowed to do the pacing) from Kilometer 112 (Borbon Municipal Hall) onwards or starting at 5:00 PM, November 17 whichever comes first. At no point before this distance or designated time are pacers allowed.

All runners must have the mandatory gear such as headlamps/reflectorized vest that must be worn at the appropriate times.

Runners are encouraged to stay on the left side of the road, that is, facing the traffic whenever safe and applicable.

It is the the responsibility of the runners to be familiar with the race route and to look after the safety and welfare of their support crew, if any.

The event title speaks for itself.

The Race Director may, at any time, modify the race rules and/or course with the welfare of the runners as the utmost consideration.

The City of Bogo will host the meals for the athletes and race officials on:
Nov. 16, 2012 - Lunch
Nov. 17, 2012 - Lunch
Nov. 18, 2012 - Early Breakfast

(Race Information courtesy of

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