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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New Priests Installed in Bogo

New pastors were installed to the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer!

Msgr. Jose "Jojo" Dosado Jr. was replaced after "8 years and 6 days" of shepherding the people of God in Bogo. As his replacement, Rt. Rev. Msgr. Isidro "Dhodong" Ullamot was installed last Friday, November 19, 2010.

3 other priests; Rev Fr. Divino Jurcales, Rev. Fr. Jermaine Lecciones and Rev. Fr. Armand Urhuela were also assigned in Bogo and were standing beside Msgr. Ullamot during his installation officiated by Rt. Rev. Msgr. Cayetano M. Gelbolingo.

Msgr. Dhodong Ullamot and Fr. Dave Jurcales are the new parish priests (Team of Pastors) while Fr. Armand and Fr. Jermaine are the parish vicars.

This is the second time that Bogo's SVF church was given a team of pastors assignment. The first team of pastors in Bogo was intalled last November 12, 2002 composed of Rev. Msgr. Jose "Jojo" Dosado, Rev. Fr. Eligio "Elly" Suico and Rev. Msgr. Phil C. Tumulak.

Msgr. Phil Tumulak was later reassigned as Episcopal Vicar of the Near North District of the Archdiocese of Cebu and at the same time Parish Priest of Danao City. Fr. Elly Suico also was sent by the Archdiocese of Cebu to the Vatican City for further studies.

The City Government of Bogo also witnessed the installation, in fact the Bogo City Employees Chorale, a choir composed of purely city hall employees was the choir during the installation who was later thanked by Msgr. Ullamot with his "par excellence performance" comment.

Other priests also concelebrated the Mass of the installation. Some parishioners from Mabolo Cebu City were also present. Msgr. Dhodong Ullamot was assigned in Mabolo prior to his assignment in Bogo.

After the Mass, a sumptuous lunch for the visitors was served.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Music Minded Bogohanons

Bogohanons are gifted in Music.

Sharon Magdayao a.k.a Vina Morales is a living proof. She is a natural-born Bogohanon. You can read more about Vina Morales/Sharon Magdayao at:

And there are a lot more gifted Bogohanons who just wanted to stay out of the limelight or who just never had the opportunity to shine like Vina Morales. And I was very happy to know that Bogo's contestant to the Halad sa Kabataan singing contest held at Cebu International Convention Center last month, Miss Ana Rose Tepan, of Brgy. Polambato, was offered by a Cebuano composer to sing for his entry to the upcoming Cebu Pop Music Festival 2011.

It is in the Cebu Pop Music Festival where Vina Morales started to shine.

The Tepans in Polambato are all gifted with angelic voices, from Ana Rose' father and mother down to all her brothers and sisters. Thanks to her mother's dedication to train all her children to develop their talents in singing.

Sooner or later, there will be a new Bogohanon that will follow the footsteps of Ms. Vina Morales. But I think it will be sooner. Because another Bogohanon who is not just a music-gifted person but also a music professional is now starting a music school in Bogo, Mr. Slavsky Ybañez.

Mr. Slavsky Ybañez once joined a National Choral Competition in Manila. He was a graduate of Bachelor in Music in Colegio dela Inmaculada Concepcion in Cebu City. For more information and inquiries on his School of Music, please visit the Bogo Business Directory:

There are a lot more Bogohanons, though without formal music education, still shine locally. These people have the natural talents in playing a few musical instruments, choral arrangements and song compositions. In fact, Bogo is one of the local government units in the Philippines with an official hymn.

The Bogo Hymn was composed by a former Municipal Councilor of Bogo, Hon. Dodong Pedroza. The Pedrozas' are also known to be musically inclined Bogohanons. There is an existing ordinance declaring "THE BOGO HYMN" as the official hymn which also mandates everyone to sing it always after singing the National Anthem wherever they are in Bogo.  Mr. Slavsky Ybañez and Dante Mayor was tasked to codify the official piece of the Bogo Hymn. The official piece was attached to the ordinance and is now in display at the Bogo Public Library. For more info and to download the Bogo Hymn, go to:

I encourage Bogohanons to develop their musical talents and Bogo is looking forward to more Bogohanons who will be known in the limelight of the music industry.

Mabuhi ang mga Bogohanon.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

KAWAI USA donated 3 musical instruments for Bogo

KAWAI USA donated 3 musical instruments for Bogo last September 4, 2003.
One-Man organ in SVF Parish Bogo

One-Man organ in SVF Parish Bogo

One-Man organ in SVF Parish Bogo

The Bogohanons would like to express our gratitude for the church organs donated by KAWAI USA. 1 unit One-Man Organ for the Archdiocesan Shrine of San Vicente Ferrer, 1 unit One-Man Organ for Nazareth Parish in Lapaz, Bogo City and 1 unit portable organ to the Knights of Columbus – Bogo.

These musical instruments has been of service to Bogohanons until today.

We would like also to thank all the people who made the donations possible especially Mam Elly Verallo and Mr. Dory Tan who made possible the delivery of the said musical instruments.

The musical instruments are still being used in the two Parishes and by the KofC in Bogo.

Once again, thank you and more power to KAWAI!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Great Bogohanons: GABRIEL "FLASH" ELORDE

Gabriel "Flash" Elorde (March 25, 1935 – January 2, 1985) was a Filipino professional boxer. He was born and raised in the town of Bogo, Cebu.

Many Bogohanons, especially the younger generations do not know that Gabriel "THe FILIPINO FLASH" Elorde was a Bogohanon.

I can still remember during my elementary years in Malalag, Davao del Sur how my elementary teacher talked about this man whom according to her has brought one of the greatest honor that a Filipino can give to this beautiful country the Philippines. (That was before Manny Pacquiao came to the picture). If I remember it right, I was in Grade Two that time.

From that day forward, I always admire FLASH. Until I moved here in Bogo on June 12, 1991. I spend my high school and college days in Bogo but never heard anyone talk about 'FLASH ELORDE'. I never knew that time that I am in the CHAMP's hometown. Until Manny Pacquiao of GenSan, South Cotabato rose to fame in the same field of sports and Gabriel Elorde was totally forgotten by the young generations of his hometown.

Until one day, the City Government's Committee on Culture and Heritage led by Hon. Belinda Rodriguez and Mayor Junie Martinez decided to put a special section of the Bogo Public Library and Museum exclusive only to GABRIEL FLASH ELORDE's Memorabilias. And from that day forward, young Bogohanons begun to acknowledge and appreciate Gabriel Flash Elorde's honor given to this Queen City of Norther Cebu.

Elorde was a former world super featherweight champion, title he originally held from 1960. In 1963, he was inaugurated as WBC and WBA champion. He still holds the junior lightweight division record for the lengthiest title reign, which spanned for seven years and almost single-handedly legitimized the division. Elorde is widely considered as one of the greatest Filipino boxers of all-time along with seven-division world champion Manny Pacquiao and flyweight champion in the 1920s, Pancho Villa. He was much beloved in the Philippines as a sports and cultural icon, being the first Filipino international boxing champion since Pancho Villa.

Here's a video of FLASH ELORDE's fight with SANDY SADDLER:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

A Local Radio Station in Bogo that can be heard around the world.

A local radio station in the City of Bogo can now reach the Bogohanons around the world through the internet.

Bogo's local AM STATION can now be heard on their LIVE AUDIO STREAMING through their website

DYCM Bogo is manage and operated Northern Cebu Broadcasting Corporation with its Manager HON. TONY VILLAMOR.

Bogohanons around the world can now be updated with news and events in Bogo City by listening through

Congratulations DYCM Radio Station, we are looking forward that some other radio station will do the same.

Other radio stations in Bogo are:
   * DYVL FM - owned and operated by CRMC (Cebu Roosevelt Memorial Colleges)


Saturday, November 6, 2010

Bogo Tree - Garuga Floribunda

Well, i found a latest picture (taken Oct. 25, 2010) of Bogo Tree from my friend's album in Facebook, Marjorie Ybañez Jore. Should you wish to see more pictures of Bogo, you can see more pictures in Marjorie's album in Facebook (well if you and Marj are friends in Facebook).

Bogo tree stands tall infront of the Bogo Cityhall, St. Joseph Village, Bogo City, Cebu. I dont know much about this tree except that its scientific tree is Garuga Floribunda and it was under this tree that early inhabitants of Bogo were making trades with people from neighboring provinces of Leyte, Masbate Negros, and others.

Not until I found this very detailed, scientific and descriptive information about bogo tree from the World Agroforestry Center's website

Current name: Garuga floribunda
Authority: Decne
Family: Burseraceae

Garuga abilo Merr.
Garuga littoralis Merr.
Garuga pacifica Burkill

Common names

(Filipino) : burus (Iloko), garuga
(Indonesian) : ki langit (Sundanese)
(Papua New Guinea) : garuga
(Trade name) : kedondong

Botanic description
A deciduous, small to medium-sized or occasionally fairly large tree up to 30(-40) m tall; bole usually straight, cylindrical, branchless for up to 12 m, up to 120(-225) cm in diameter, with buttresses up to 3 m high; bark surface with adhering scales, grey or grey-white, inner bark firmly fibrous, pink, with little clear, resinous exudate. Leaves arranged spirally, crowded at the apex of twigs, imparipinnate; stipules inserted on the petiole, caducous; leaflets 9-21(-31), subsessile, crenate-serrate; stipellae often present, caducous. Flowers in an axillary panicle, bisexual, 5-merous, with a cupular receptacle; sepals free; petals with inflexed tips; stamens 10, inserted on the margin of the receptacle; disk adnate to the receptacle, 10-lobed; ovary superior, 5-locular with 2 ovules in each cell, stigma lobed. Fruit a fleshy, blue drupe with 1-5 1-seeded pyrenes. Seedling with epigeal germination; cotyledons emergent, palmately 3- or 5-lobed; hypocotyl elongated; first 2 leaves opposite and with 3 leaflets, subsequent leaves arranged spirally and with increasing number of leaflets. G. floribunda has been divided into 2 varieties. Var. gamblei (King ex J.J. Smith) Kalkman (synonym: G. gamblei King ex J.J. Smith) occurs in continental South-East Asia, whereas var. floribunda is found from Peninsular Malaysia (rare) eastward towards Melanesia. In Malesian literature G. floribunda is commonly erroneously referred to as G. pinnata, which is a continental species.
Ecology and distribution
Natural Habitat
G. floribunda occurs in seasonal climates in primary and secondary, often periodically dry or very dry monsoon forest and thickets, and in lower montane rain forest. It is also found in coastal forest, teak forest. It is not fire-resistant and can tolerate a periodically high groundwater table.
It is found from the Himalayas to Bangladesh, south-western China, Hainan, throughout Malesia (except for Sumatra and very rare in Borneo (Sabah) and Peninsular Malaysia), the Solomon Islands, northern Australia, Vanuatu, Samoa and Tonga.

Biophysical limits
Altitude: Up to 1200 m. Soil types: It is found on limestone hills, and grows on stony, sandy or clayey soils.

Reproductive Biology
Flowers appear before the new leaves. In general, flowering is at the end of the dry season or the beginning of the rainy season. In Java G. floribunda flowers in June-November and fruits in October-April; in Sulawesi it flowers in September and October; in the Philippines it flowers in March-June and fruits in March-October.

Propagation and management
Propagation methods
G. floribunda can be propagated by seed.

Germplasm Management
There are 15 500-23 000 dry seeds/kg.

Functional uses
Fodder: The leaves are used for fodder. Food: The fruit is edible. Medicine: A decoction of the bark has been given after childbirth. Tannin or dyestuff: A decoction of the leaves has been used to dye mats made from Corypha leaves black. Timber: The wood of G. floribunda is used for general construction, bridge building, posts, light duty flooring, furniture and cabinet work, interior trim, mouldings, shelving, skirting, sporting goods, agricultural implements, boxes and crates, carvings, toys and novelties, and turnery. It is also used for the production of veneer and plywood.

Shade or shelter: G. floribunda is occasionally planted as a shade tree.

Additional Information
Timber (paragraph 1): G. floribunda yields a medium-weight to heavy hardwood with a density of 500-900 kg/m cubic at 15% moisture content. Test in Papua New Guinea at green condition showed the following mechanical properties: modulus of rupture is 74 N/mm cubic, modulus of elasticity 11 660 N/mm cubic, compression parallel to grain 39 N/mm cubic, compression shear 10.5 N/mm cubic, cleavage radial 61.5 N/mm and janka tangential hardness 6365 N. At 12% moisture content, modulus of rupture is 97.5 N/mm cubic, modulus of elasticity 12 970 N/mm cubic, compression parallel to grain 53 N/mm cubic, compression shear 14 N/mm cubic, cleavage radial 80 N/mm, cleavage tangential 105 N/mm and janka tangential hardness 8010 N. Timber (paragraph 2): The rates of shrinkage from green to 12% moisture content 1.5% radial and 3.2% tangential. Shrinkage of the wood upon seasoning is low; it seasons well with little degrade and only slight end splitting. It is moderately hard and moderately strong. The wood is easy to saw and work with hand and machine tools. It can be planed to a relatively smooth finish but a reduced cutting angle is recommended to prevent grain picking up on the radial surface. The wood is slightly durable to non-durable. The sapwood is permeable to moderately resistant to pressure treatment, the heartwood is highly resistant. The wood is susceptible to dry-wood termites and liable to stain. The sapwood is susceptible to Lyctus. Timber (paragraph 3): Heartwood pale brown, pink-yellow-brown or dark red-brown, often with dark grey streaks or concentric bands, distinct from the up to 8 cm wide, pale yellow or pale yellow-green sapwood which turns greyish-brown upon drying; grain interlocked or sometimes wavy; texture moderately fine and even; wood slightly lustrous and with prominent ""ribbon"" figure on radial surface due to interlocked grain. Timber (paragraph 4): Growth rings indistinct; vessels moderately small to very large, solitary and in radial multiples of 2-3, sometimes in clusters of much smaller vessels, tyloses abundant and dark deposits present; parenchyma paratracheal vasicentric, but mostly indistinct or absent; rays moderately fine; ripple marks absent; radial canals containing dark gummy deposits clearly visible in the rays.

Genetic resources: There are no records of G. floribunda in seed or germplasm banks. Trees are occasionally cultivated in botanical gardens.

Bogo tree are now rarely seen in Visayas and Mindanao. I've seen about 10 of it in the mountainous barangays of Malalag, Davao del Sur.

It is commonly named "BOGO" in Visayas and Mindanao.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Vision -Mission of LGU Bogo

The Department heads of the City of Bogo led by Mayor Junie Martinez and Vice Mayor Santiago Sevilla came up with a Vision and Mission that will guide the local officials in attaining development and prosperity

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