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To University of Cebu President Atty. Augusto W. Go,
the man who paved the way
for dreams to become great realities ...

Sir, thank you very much
for establishing the College of Nursing
that nurtured the lofty hopes and dreams of students
to become Registered Nurses.
You have made such a great difference.
God bless and more power to you
and to the College of Nursing of UC Banilad.



Mr. Clauven Navallo, one of the very active CESDEV Nursing volunteers, is celebrating his birthday today. True to this Facebook status which declared "Septembers ends with a Bang!", his birthday today was indeed significantly explosive.

He was in Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center today and learned from him that he will be joining the institution as a volunteer Nurse Trainee starting October 15. More than that, he has made himself productive after graduation by involving himself with volunteering work with the Philippine National Red Cross.

In many ways, this man has embued himself with numerous selfless acts - a true volunteer by heart and in deeds. As he celebrates his birthday today, CESDEV Nursing greets him a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY - of course, with a Bang!


Not all are gifted with an artistic eye
that captures beautiful photographs. Michael Roma Montano is one of those few and he is celebrating his birthday today!

Wishing you
all the fun and excitement
that only birthdays can bring.

Happy Birthday!


Health authorities in Central Visayas declared a dengue outbreak in six villages in Cebu City Wednesday after noting a high incidence of the disease there. Radio dzBB's Cebu affiliate reported the six villages where the outbreaks were declared are Guadalupe, Labangon, Lahug, Tisa, Apas, and Talamban.

On the other hand, health authorities declared as dengue hot spots the villages of Banawa, Punta Princesa, Sambag II, and Tejero. DOH Central Visayas regional epidemiology surveillance unit nurse Rennan Cimafranca said at least 7,241 cases had been recorded in Cebu province from January to Sept. 18. These 7,241 cases included 52 deaths, the dzBB report said.

Health authorities have appealed to the public to take precautions against dengue, which they said is a killer disease. They urged the public to keep their surroundings clean and dry to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.



Schedule of Performances in Ayala Center Cebu Onstage Cinema One are as follows:

September 29, 2010 - 4:30pm; and 7:00pm
September 30, 2010 - 12:30pm; 3:00pm; 5:30pm; and 8:00pm
October 1, 2010 - 12:30pm; 3:00pm; 5:30pm; and 8:00pm
October 2, 2010 - 12:30pm; 3:00pm; 5:30pm; and 8:00pm

Tickets are at P150.00 each. For ticket reservations, you may contact the Atrium Core Group at F. Ramos St. Cebu City with mobile numbers: 09167546649, 09339528561, email address: the.atrium@yahoo.com


Photo Credits: Rhoan Cepe and Renson Lozano


15th Congress of the RP 1st Reg. Session P.S. Res. No. 166




Congratulations to the new Registered Nurses who will be taking their Oath today. Godspeed!


Important guidelines to follow:

With the best intention of making the Oath Taking Ceremony of New Nurses solemn and memorable, the Philippine Nurses Association – Cebu Chapter Inc., has come up with the following guidelines and reminders:

Oath Taking Ceremony of New Nurses will be on September 27, 2010 at the Cebu Grand Convention Center. It will start with a Eucharistic Celebration at 7:00 AM for the Morning Session and 1:00 PM for the Afternoon Session.

At exactly 6:30 AM for the Morning Ceremony and 12:30 PM for the Afternoon Ceremony, the inductees together with their parents or guests must be at their respective places inside the Grand Ballroom of Cebu Grand Convention Center.

The inductees for the Oath Taking must be in their proper Gala uniform:

For females: White Gala Uniform with pin placed on the upper left side of the chest, skin-tone stockings, white shoes (no rubber shoes), and nursing cap. Neatly bunned-up hair using black ties or hair pins only (no bangs, and short hair must not touch the collar). No colored nail polish and undergarments. Absolutely no jewelry in any form, except for a wristwatch.

For males: White gala uniform with nurses’ pin placed on the upper left side of the chest, white socks and white shoes (no rubber shoes), short clean-cut hair and must not cover the ears; no mustache, no goatee, no beard. Absolutely no jewelry in any form except for a wristwatch.

Each inductee is allowed a maximum of two (2) Guest Passes only, with a corresponding fee upon registration. Children (12 years old and below) are not allowed inside the Grand Convention Center to ensure order and minimize the noise during the ceremony.

Inductees, parents, or guests who will arrive when the Holy Mass is already going on will be asked to remain at the lobby. They may be granted admission after the mass, provided that there are still seats for them to be accommodated. Since the Ceremony is a solemn occasion, parents and guests are encouraged to wear modest and decent attire.

An official photographer will take pictures during the ceremony. No one will be allowed to go near the stage or to where the candidates are seated to take pictures.




by: Ted Ito

Kung hindi ngayon ang panahon, na para sa iyo
Huwag maiinip, dahil ganyan ang buhay sa mundo
Huwag mawawalan ng pag-asa,
darating din ang ligaya
Ang isipin mo'y may bukas pa na may roong saya

Kabigua'y hindi hadlang, upang tumakas ka
Huwag kang iiwas, pag-nabibigo
Dapat nga lumaban ka ...

Ang kailangan mo'y, tibay ng loob
Kung mayrong pag-subok man
Ang liwanag ay di magtatagal,
At muling mamamasdan
Iko't ng mundo, ay hindi laging pighati't kasawian
Ang pangarap mo ay makakamtam,
Basta't maghintay ka lamang.


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In one of the scenes from her “Glee” debut, one song performance of Filipina singing sensation Charice draws wild cheers from the lead cast. And that could also speak for the viewing public's reception to her sparkling turn in the season 2 opener of the hit American musical-comedy series, as high praise has streamed in from fans, critics, and the media.

Charice was introduced in the pilot episode aired Sept. 22 (RP time) as the Filipino foreign exchange student named Sunshine Corazon. She appeared in a total of five scenes in premiere of the series that tells about the adventures and misadventures of a fictional Ohio high school show choir named New Directions. Two of these scenes featured her singing Beyonce numbers—Telephone (which is a duet with Lady Gaga) became her vocal face-off with the choir’s “Type-A, megalomanic” lead Rachel Berry (played by the Broadway-trained Lea Michele), and Listen, her audition piece for New Directions.

The series premiere ended as a ratings winner, according to USA Today, with “12.3 million viewers, which is also its biggest audience without an ‘American Idol’ lead-in. In addition, it was the top show of the night among young-adult viewers.” Charice, on the other hand, also won the nod of the US media.

CNN’s Marquee Blog: “Filipina singer Charice blew me away in this episode and I’m hoping we see her again. That such a big voice could come from such a tiny body will never cease to amaze me. Her duet with Rachel in the bathroom – although cut short by Coach Sue – was comical and her solo from ‘Dreamgirls’ was just… wow.”

LA Times: “She sings a remarkable duet (Lady Gaga’s “Telephone”)... She tears up the house with ‘Listen’ from ‘Dreamgirls.’”

Entertainment Weekly: “Charice/Sunshine's voice is insane, especially considering she’s about the size of a lawn gnome and dresses like a Harajuku girl.”

Billboard.com: “In the season opener, Charice sings a blow-the-roof-off rendition of Beyoncé’s ‘Listen,’ and ‘Glee’ co-creator Brad Falchuk says the intercut reactions of the ‘Glee’ cast to her performance were all real. ‘It was shock,’ he says. ‘She’s 4 foot 2 and she can sing like that? Ridiculous.’”

Wallstreet Journal: “The real talent this year, though, is Sunshine Corazon, played by Filipina singing sensation Charice. The Oprah-approved pint-size diva certainly gave Rachel a pre-heart attack in the bathroom while they battled to turn Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s collaboration of ‘Telephone’ into a catfight. Rachel’s surprisingly getting meaner, and it suits her. We see Sunshine gots some edge to her, too, with that sassy surprise of Dreamgirls’ ‘Listen’ in the audition.”

Bravo Charice!


Jude Mathew dela Cruz has posted a very interesting album in his Facebook account that transports us to the Old Cebu where pictures of historical landmarks show us how they look in the early years of their existence.

The post below are the "Then and Now" slideshows featuring these landmarks. Have a great visit as we get a "Blast from the Past".


Cebu Provincial Capitol

Fuente Osmena Rotunda

Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral

Magellan's Cross

Rizal Library

Vision Theatre

Bureau of Customs Building / Malacanang sa Sugbo


Of the 7,100 islands comprising the Philippines, Cebu has the most historical significance. At the time of the global scramble for exotic spices in the East,a Portuguese navigator sailing for Spain, Fernando Magallanes, came upon Zubu (Cebu) on April 7, 1921 The island then was already a flourishing village with "many sailing vessels from Siam (Thailand), China and Arabia docked at the port" as described by Antonio Pigafetta, Magallanes' chronicler. Then begun the Spanish era in the Philippines. However, it deteriorated upon the death of Magallanes in the hands of the brave local warrior, Lapulapu, only to resurrect with the arrival 44 years later, in 1565, of Miguel Lopez di Legazpi.

Its rich and colorful metamorphosis can be traced from 1521 as Zubu, the fishing village and busy trading port, to Villa San Miguel, later to Villa del Santissimo Nombre de Jesus in 1575, then as the municipality of Cebu in 1905 up to its being a chartered city on February 24, 1937.

In the 19th century, Cebu started to exercise a dominant role in Southern Philippines' economic limelight. Agriculture, especially sugar cane cultivation and sugar manufacturing, pushed Cebu into playing an important role in this part of the country. But even more crucial than the agricultural products was her participation in trade and commerce. Proudly, Cebu has been given the honor as having many 'firsts' in the nation's history. Established by Legazpi in 1571, it became the first city in the Philippines, ante-dating Manila by 7 years. In point of fact, it is the oldest city in the country, having the oldest and smallest fort (Fort San Pedro), with the oldest church (Basilica of Sto. Niño), the oldest school (San Carlos) and the oldest street (Colon). Referred to as the Queen City of the South and the seat of early Filipino Christianization, Cebu is also famous for its musical stringed instruments like banduria, guitar and piccolo.

Today, Cebu boasts of being the only city in the Philippines with the perfect blend of a business center and an entertainment hub.


Martial law is the imposition of military rule by military authorities over designated regions on an emergency basis—usually only temporary—when the civilian government or civilian authorities fail to function effectively (e.g., maintain order and security, and provide essential services), when there are extensive riots and protests, or when the disobedience of the law becomes widespread.

In most cases, military forces are deployed to quiet the crowds, to secure government buildings and key or sensitive locations, and to maintain order. Generally, military personnel replace civil authorities and perform some or all of their functions. The constitution could be suspended, and in full-scale martial law, the highest ranking military General would take over, or be installed, as the military governor or as head of the government, thus removing all power from the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of the federal government.




On September 21, 1972, President Ferdinand E. Marcos placed the Philippines under Martial Law. The declaration issued under Proclamation 1081 suspended the civil rights and imposed military authority in the country. Marcos defended the declaration stressing the need for extra powers to quell the rising wave of violence allegedly caused by communists. The emergency rule was also intended to eradicate the roots of rebellion and promote a rapid trend for national development. The autocrat assured the country of the legality of Martial Law emphasizing the need for control over civil disobedience that displays lawlessness. Marcos explained citing the provisions from the Philippine Constitution that Martial Law is a strategic approach to legally defend the Constitution and protect the welfare of the Filipino people from the dangerous threats posed by Muslim rebel groups and Christian vigilantes that places national security at risk during the time. Marcos explained that martial law was not a military takeover but was then the only option to resolve the country’s dilemma on rebellion that stages national chaos threatening the peace and order of the country. The emergency rule, according to Marcos’s plan, was to lead the country into what he calls a “New Society”.

The deterioration of the political and economic condition in the Philippines triggered the decline of support on Marcos’ plans. More and more Filipinos took arms to dislodge the regime. Urban poor communities in the country’s capital were organized by the Philippine Ecumenical Council for Community and were soon conducting protest masses and prayer rallies. These efforts including the exposure of numerous human rights violations pushed Marcos to hold an election in 1978 and 1981 in an aim to stabilize the country’s chaotic condition. Marcos, in both events, won the election; however, his extended term as President of the Republic of the Philippines elicited an extensive opposition against his regime. Social unrest reached its height after former Senator Benigno Aquino was murdered. The incident sent thousands of Filipinos to the streets calling for Marcos’ removal from post. Turning again to his electoral strategy, Marcos held a snap election in 1986 but what he hoped will satisfy the masses only increased their determination to end his rule that seated Corazon Aquino, widow of Benigno Aquino, as President of the Philippines ousting Marcos from Malacañang Palace and ending the twenty-one years of tyrant rule.




Daghang salamat to everyone who joined the Earthdance Cebu 2010 activities held at the Family Park. Your presence and participation made the activity more meaningful and successful.



Aside from dengue, the Cebu City Health Department warned the public against other diseases, which are prevalent during the rainy season. Mumps, diarrhea and sore eyes are also common during the wet season, said assistant epidemiologist Durinda Macasocol.

From January to August this year, the CCHD has already recorded 1,443 diarrhea cases, with four deaths. Most of the diarrhea patients were between six months to 15 years old. If diarrhea is not treated immediately, it could lead to dehydration and could be fatal, said Macasocol. Diarrhea symptoms include loose and watery stools, abdominal pain, fever, bleeding and dizziness.

“Diarrhea is a very common disease. Sometimes our body experiences it to get rid of waste and toxins. But if the stools remain loose for two days already then the patient should be treated properly. Otherwise, the condition can be fatal because of dehydration.”

Macasocol advised parents to give their affected children Oral Rehydration Solution which is given free at barangay health centers. If symptoms persist, parents should bring their children to the doctor.

Other infectious diseases that spread fast during the wet season are mumps and sore eyes. Mumps is a contagious airborne viral infection of the nose or throat. Patients feel discomfort and fever, followed by pain in the jawbone, accompanied by the swelling of the parotid gland. Swelling often occurs unevenly on just one side of the face. Macasocol said patients with mumps should rest and drink a lot of fluid.

Sore eyes spreads even faster than mumps, said Macasocol. This viral infection inflames the thin covering of the eyeball and is easily noticed by the patient’s red, sometimes swollen eyes that are sensitive to light.

A patient may also suffer a running nose and sore throat, added Macasocol. Most of these symptoms last for four to seven days. She said a warm compress may be applied to the eyes to relieve discomfort. If anti-inflammatory and antibiotic eye drops are used, they should be at the recommendation of a doctor.

It’s important to keep a good immune system and proper hygiene, she said. Drinking at least eight glasses of water a day will keep the body hydrated and taking vitamins will boost the immune system.



In the previous month, dengue cases in Cebu City reached a threshold, but health officials now have said that the number of dengue cases has started plunging. From Sept 1 to 11, the Cebu City Health Department (CCHD) has recorded 55 cases of dengue, of which two succumbed to the virus.

Durinda Macasocol, Assistant Epidemiologist, said that this was a positive sign showing that the count of dengue cases was on a decline. Macasocol said that she expected to see the impetus be maintained the way it has been until now and that the dengue cases do not spring back, else it would be devastating.

The team is under the process of monitoring the cases for this month so as to conclude upon if an epidemic should be declared or not in Cebu City. Also, she said that declaring an outbreak would only be if there is an abnormality in the size of cases is seen.

In August, dengue cases reached 583. The number outdid by 83 cases as had been predicted by CCHD. But at the same time, just counting the number of cases was not the sole factor to declare an outbreak.



Cebu joins EarthDance 2010! Cebu will be among the over 500 venues worldwide for this year’s global synchronized festival for peace and the environment, the EarthDance 2010, on September 18-19 at the Family Park in Talamban, Cebu City.

This momentous event, aligned with the International Day of Peace, will be held simultaneously in many countries. In Manila, it will be held at the Bantayog ng Mga Bayani Memorial Center.

Conceived in 1996 with a vision to unite the whole world in peace through the universal platform of culture, art, dance and music, EarthDance is now the largest global synchronized music and peace event in the world. The main highlight in EarthDance 2010 is the link-up of thousands of people around the world participating in a synchronized Prayer for Peace on Sunday, September 19 at 7am.

People from all walks of life are invited to the two-day EarthDance Festival which this year bears the theme: “Embracing All Traditions”. EarthDance Cebu 2010 seeks to harmonize with this global platform to dissolve walls of separation and begin healing the spirit of the land.

Cebu’s most talented musicians and artists have been invited to perform in this gathering for peace which will be aired live on electronic billboards in Cebu and online over http://www.earthdance.tv/

Activities lined up for this 32-hour experience include: interfaith prayers, interactive art installations, drumming circle, traditional indigenous healing therapies, fire dancing, early morning tai chi and yoga, children’s creative space, great meditation circle, art gallery,and eco-wellness workshops.

There will also be peace and unity blessing by indigenous spiritual leaders, live DJs, world music performances and ethnic orchestra, healing workshops, rocket stove exhibit, composting and permaculture demonstrations, recyclable materials depot, all-day green market, natural body products to sample, yummy wholesome food and drinks, and much, much more!

The two-day event is free of charge during the day on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets for the Dance Party on Saturday night are pegged at Php 75.00 (Php 50.00 for students) and available at Kukuk’s Nest in Lahug and the CESDEV (Community Extension Services and Development) office at the University of Cebu main campus among other outlets.

EarthDance Cebu 2010 is held in partnership with the Cebu City Council, UC (University of Cebu) and Bigfoot Studios.


Millions of people across the globe will be cleaning up their local parks, waterways and forests in a bid to restore and protect nature this Clean Up the World Weekend, in support of the United Nations 2010 International Year of Biodiversity.

Volunteers taking part in this year's Clean Up the World Weekend, held globally on 17 - 19 September, will join an estimated 35 million volunteers from 120 countries. The campaign, held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is in its 18th year and works at the grassroots level to mobilise global communities to clean up, fix up and conserve their local environments.

This year, participants will be focussing their efforts on conserving nature. Clean Up the World Chairman and Founder, Ian Kiernan AO*, welcomes the profile biodiversity is receiving from global through to local levels.

Achim Steiner, UN Under-Secretary General and Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), said, "The current state of biodiversity and the implications of its continued loss threaten human well-being and economies North and South. By acting locally, we can work towards reducing the impacts of land-based pollution and unsustainable consumption patterns, two of the factors underlying environmental degradation and the loss of natural capital. Ecosystems, and the biodiversity that underpins them, generate services worth trillions of dollars and in doing so support lives and livelihoods across the planet. Biodiversity also has spiritual and cultural significance. It is our responsibility, as custodians of the planet today, to conserve and to promote sustainable use and to hand over a healthy, functioning and productive natural world to the next generation."


Hi. I’m Ian Kiernan, founder and chairman of Clean Up the World.

Did you know that, according to IUCN, the current species extinction rate is between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than it would naturally be? Sadly we, people, are the main contributing factor.

It’s a scary fact but there is plenty we can do to turn this around, starting in our own backyards.

This is why Clean Up the World Weekend, this year held on 17 – 19 September, inspires me and has done so for the past 18 years.

It’s a weekend of taking environmental action in our own patch or celebrating year-round environmental achievements. And by taking part, you’ll be joining an estimated 35 million people in 120 countries across the globe.

From cleaning up local parks to implementing water saving programmes, tree planting to awareness raising events, each Clean Up the World activity protects, restores and promotes nature.

And this is exactly what 2010 is about.

It’s the United Nations International Year of Biodiversity. That’s why we’re encouraging our participants to focus their Clean Up the World activity on biodiversity in their community – protecting the variety and wonder of plant and animal life.
And in every corner of the globe, we are seeing this take place. From clean ups in Europe to reforestation in Africa, tree planting in Asia to marine restoration in West Asia, it’s a weekend we unite to prevent any more nature loss.

I call on all communities to care for nature by organising an activity for the Clean Up the World Weekend on 17 - 19 September.

Many environmental actions equal one big, impressive outcome. So join us and protect plant and animal life in your community by registering at activities.cleanuptheworld.org.

The activity you choose is up to you. Be it restoring a local waterway or a conservation project, whatever you decide, we’ll support you by providing information and resources to help plan, promote and gain support for your activity.

Thank you to those that have already registered. Every year, I am newly enthused by the lengths people are willing to go to protect our planet for future generations. 2010 is no different.

Enjoy Clean Up the World Weekend on 17 – 19 September and in the end, don’t forget to pat yourself on the back. You’re part of an international campaign, held in partnership with the United Nations Environment Programme, that unites global communities to clean, fix up and conserve our precious environment.

Good luck with it, see you there.



Should the trend continue to hold, the Department of Health in Central Visayas (DOH-7) said dengue outbreak may be declared in some areas of the region next week. The DOH-7's Regional Epedimiology and Surviellance Unit (RESU-7) said it recorded a total of 6,046 cases in the region. It also recorded 43 dengue deaths with most victims aged six to 10.

Cebu City still topped the region with the most number of dengue cases at 1,403 cases and nine dengue deaths. Last week's figure was placed at 1,282 dengue cases. Abellana said an outbreak will be declared in an area if there is a 10-percent increase of cases based on the average number of dengue cases in an area for the past five years. The highest recorded rate of dengue cases was 7,108 in 2007.

Barangays Guadalupe and Labangon were cited as reaching the threshold level for dengue cases since last week. But Abellana said these areas traditionally recorded high dengue case rates.

While Labangon barangay captain Felix Abella said they have intensified their campaign against dengue, Guadalupe barangay captain Eugenio Faelnar voiced doubts about their capability. He said there are many breeding sites for dengue carrying mosquitoes in their area. Aside from an education campaign, Faelnar said they plan to buy a misting machine from their calamity funds.

Other dengue hotspot areas in Cebu City were barangays Apas, Banawa, Lahug, Mabolo, Mambaling, Punta Princesa and Tisa. Clustered health centers composed of a doctor, medical technologist and laboratory were set in barangays Basak-Pardo, Quiot and Talamban.

In Lapu-Lapu City, barangay Pajo has reached epidemic threshold level while barangays Basak, Gun-ob, Looc, Mactan and Pusok were classified as hotspot areas.

Elsewhere, the Department of Education in Central Visayas (DepEd-7) said four teachers were among the 425 dengue cases recorded in the region's schools from January to Sept. 8 this year. Two of the teachers were in Bohol, one in Cebu City and one in Siquijor. But all four of them have recovered, Regional DepEd-7 Director Recaredo Borgonia said. All 19 school divisions in Central Visayas were ordered to conduct regular cleanups in their areas, he said. Borgonia said their report showed that 418 of the 425 dengue cases were Grade 3 and Grade 4 pupils while three were secondary students and four were teachers. Of that number, 412 victims had recovered, he said.

Negros Oriental topped the most number of dengue cases involving students that were recorded in Central Visayas with 156 followed by Bohol with 63 cases. They were followed by Cebu City with 51 cases, Toledo City with 38 cases and Dumaguete City with 28 cases. Close on their heels were Mandaue City with 22 cases and Talisay City with 13 cases, Tagbilaran City and Cebu Province with 10 cases each, Bais City with eight cases, Lapu-Lapu City with seven and the rest with five or less cases. Two dengue deaths came from Cebu Province and one dengue death each in Cebu City, Dumaguete City, Lapu-Lapu City and Tagbilaran City.

Over at Cebu City Hall, private hospitals were called on to extend their assistance to dengue patients in the city and the province. Among those invited to a meeting with city health officials were representatives from the Cebu Doctors Hospital, Chong Hua Hospital, St. Vincent Hospital, H. W. Miller Memorial Sanitarium and Hospital, Perpetual Succour Hospital, and Cebu Velez General Hospital. Mayor Michael Rama said the meeting is only part of City Hall's proactive steps to dealing with the dengue problem. Some of the hospital officials voiced willingness to help but said they are priortizing existing patients since they are being filled to capacity.

In the province, the Integrated Provincial Health Office underscored its capability in dealing with dengue cases. Medical specialist Dr. Christine Marie Buscato said their office has sufficient supply of intravenous (IV) fluids and medicines for patients. She also said they are intensifying their education and cleanup campaigns in the cities and towns of the province.




The mosquito-borne disease continues to wreak havoc in the province, claiming at least eight lives of children just this month, the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) 7 revealed late last week.

The latest fatalities were a six-year-old girl from barangay Jubay, in Liloan town and a 14-year-old boy from Carmen town. The two expired midweek last week inside the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC), a RESU 7 personnel said. There were at least 270 patients brought to the VSMMC during a one-week period from September 1. Five of them died. These patients, whose ages range from nine months old to 35 years old are from the different parts of Cebu, including Cebu City.

In Mandaue City, Dr. Debbie Catulong said three kids died of dengue recently, including a seven-year-old girl from barangay Pagsabungan, a three-year-old boy, and a one-year-old girl in barangay Paknaan.

DoH 7 Director Susana Madarieta said from January to September of this year, the region has recorded 5,571 dengue cases or 1,229 cases more compared to the same period of last year.

Cebu City remains the top area with most dengue cases at 1,282 and nine fatalities. Tagbilaran City in Bohol followed with 363 cases and three fatalities and Lapu-Lapu City with 220 cases. Toledo City has 196 cases with no deaths.

The rapidly increasing number of dengue cases has alarmed Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, prompting him to issue the oratio imperata, a special prayer to fight the dreaded disease. Vidal said the oratio imperata on dengue will be prayed in all masses that will be celebrated within the archdiocese of Cebu. The Cardinal said that he is taking the move since he is already alarmed by the increasing number of cases. The church also had similar prayers during the threat of the avian flu last year.

With the number of dengue cases in Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas rapidly increasing, local government officials and the DoH 7 are stepping up its measures against the mosquito-borne dengue disease here.

The cities of Cebu and Talisay have earmarked P10 million and P9.5 million of their calamity funds respectively while the Province of Cebu has formed a group that will conduct misting operations in every town.

Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC) has been jampacked with dengue patients being brought in almost daily, prompting Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to ask those from outside the city to go to other hospitals so as not to drain the city’s resources.



photo above is Jeaniza Taga-oc who competed in the Singing Contest

UC Nursing CESDEV congratulates the College of Nursing for being the Over-All Champion in the recently concluded Intramurals 2010.

The triumph belongs to the players, coaches, support staff, and to the ever supportive student body who never fails to cheer up and support the competing teams.


The Tribute in Light is an art installation of 88 searchlights placed next to the site of the World Trade Center to create two vertical columns of light in remembrance of the September 11 attacks. It initially ran as a temporary installation from March 11 to April 14, 2002, and was launched again in 2003 to mark the second anniversary of the attack. As of 2010[update], it has been repeated every year on September 11. It had been announced that 2008 would be its final year,[1] but the tribute was continued in 2009.[2] On December 17, 2009, it was confirmed that the tribute would continue through to the tenth anniversary of the attacks in 2011.[3]




Today marks the 132nd anniversary of Cebu's Grand Old Man, the late president Sergio Osmeña Sr. The whole of Cebu will go on holiday to celebrate his birthday anniversary. A mass, program, and a tribute to his marker at the corner of Lapu-lapu St. and Osmeña Blvd. will be held today.

Don Sergio began his 42-long career in public service in 1904. He served as Cebu's youngest governor at 25, and four years later became the speaker of the First Philippine Assemble. He assumed the presidency in August 1, 1944 when president Manuel Quezon died. He was the fourth president (1944-1946) of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.


A birthday
is just the first day
of another
365-day journey
around the sun.

Enjoy the trip.

Have a very happy


When they attend Mass this weekend, Catholics in Cebu will recite a special prayer seeking divine intervention from the killer disease dengue. Radio dzBB’s Cebu affiliate on Thursday reported Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal ordered “Oratio Imperata" (mandated prayer) to be prayed after Sunday Mass, as the dengue scourge continues. Vidal also decreed that aside from the special prayer, the faithful must still follow health authorities’ advice to prevent dengue. These include keeping their surroundings clean and dry, to prevent dengue-carrying mosquitoes from breeding.

On Wednesday, radio dzXL reported health authorities in Cebu province have deemed as "alarming" the dengue situation in at least two villages in Cebu City. It said the Department of Health Central Visayas regional office identified the areas as Labangon and Guadalupe villages. DOH-7 Regional Director Dr. Susana Madarieta said dengue cases in the two villages have reached an "alarming level" while seven villages have been considered hotspots. Madarieta said the seven villages in Cebu City include Apas, Lahug, Mabolo, Mambaling,Talamban, Punta Princesa and Tisa.

The dzXL report cited DOH records that showed at least 11 had died of dengue in Cebu City so far this year, out of 1,291 recorded cases since January.







WHEREAS, Republic Act No. 9177 declared Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) as a regular holiday throughout the country;

WHEREAS, Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the Muslim World for three (3) days after the end of the month of fasting;

WHEREAS, the main date for the celebration of Eid’l Fitr for the year 2010 has been determined to fall on Friday, September 10, 2010;

WHEREAS, to promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have full opportunity to join their Muslim brother and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr;

WHEREAS, in order to bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid’l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness, it is necessary to declare Friday, September 10, 2010 as a regular holiday throughout the country.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, by virture of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Friday, September 10, 2010 as a regular holiday throughout the country.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.

Done in the City of Manila, this 2nd day of September, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Ten.


By the President:



Atrium Core Group together with Contemporary Thespians Club (formerly Cebu Theater Company, Ltd.) proudly brings Kindred Hearts: A Musicale, the Restage on September 29-30 and October 1-2 2010 at Ayala Center Cebu Onstage Cinema One. Together, they hope to deliver a world class theater that will surely captivate the hearts of every Cebuano audience.

“Kindred Hearts: A Musicale” revolves around Thomas Kent Galvez, a nursing student, who in one way or another discovers the worth of living and the importance of filial love and companionship; but as he begins to change, he unveils a predicament that entails him to make a decision that involves life and death. Among the learnings and insights that the students and the audience may realize on the musicale are Faith in God, Love and Trust in the Family, the Value of Friendship, Enduring Love and Fidelity, and the Importance of Reconciliation, among others.

Tickets are at P150.00 each. For ticket reservations, you may contact the Atrium Core Group at F. Ramos St. Cebu City with mobile numbers: 09167546649, 09339528561, email address: the.atrium@yahoo.com

Proceeds of the production will go to the play’s beneficiary, the Manna Ministry’s “Adopt a Student Program”, a charitable project which provides funding to well-deserving children who could not afford to go to college. Indeed, your support will not only help fund their project but will make a big difference in the lives of these children.


Schedule of Performances in Ayala Center Cebu Onstage Cinema One are as follows:

September 29, 2010 - 4:30pm; and 7:00pm
September 30, 2010 - 12:30pm; 3:00pm; 5:30pm; and 8:00pm
October 1, 2010 - 12:30pm; 3:00pm; 5:30pm; and 8:00pm
October 2, 2010 - 12:30pm; 3:00pm; 5:30pm; and 8:00pm

Tickets are at P150.00 each. For ticket reservations, you may contact the Atrium Core Group at F. Ramos St. Cebu City with mobile numbers: 09167546649, 09339528561, email address: the.atrium@yahoo.com



Department of Health 7 Regional Director Susanna Madarieta said that P3.5 million worth of mosquito nets would be distributed to selected grade three students from public schools in Cebu.

The mosquito nets are expected to be delivered by the DOH central office within this year.

Madarieta said that although more expensive than fogging the mosquito nets last longer of up to six months.

Regional Dengue Program Coordinator Dr. Jocelyn Abellana said that the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu are the expected receipents of the treated nets.

If the nets would be proven effective, Abellana said that local government units would be asked to purchase the said nets and distributed them to their constituents.

Madarieta also advised children to constantly wear long sleeves. She said that they would also give treated curtains to households.

She said they would collect curtains from households and the DOH would soak them in a chemical called permitrine and distributed them back to households.

She said that permitrine is the least harmful insect repelling agent and will be tested in areas with the most dengue cases.


CEBU City Mayor Mike Rama yesterday appealed to patients with suspected dengue to go to health centers in their barangays first instead of going directly to hospitals to avoid overcrowding in hospitals.

Hospitals in Cebu City such as the Cebu City Medical Center are already congested with dengue patients following the surge of the mosquito-borne disease.

Rama said that health centers should serve their purpose of servicing grassroots communities.

In a phone interview with CDN, Rama said that some barangay health centers were clustered and have a medical technologist and a laboratory capable of monitoring the platelet counts of dengue patiens.

The total cases of dengue in Cebu City has reached 1,175 with 11 deaths.


In just 21 days, the Cebu City Health Department (CHD) has recorded 180 dengue cases and one death. The latest fatality was a nine-year-old boy from sitio Alumnos, barangay Mambaling who died last Aug. 21.

Cebu City Epidemiologist Durinda Macasocol said the number of dengue cases in the city had reached the 1,000 mark from January to August 21.

But despite the surge in the number of dengue cases, there were fewer deaths compared to the same period last year. From 820 dengue cases reported in July, the number of cases jumped to 1,000 as of the latest CHD count and affected mostly children.

The city government offers free CBC (complete blood count) for patients suspected with the dengue virus and free hospitalization to those diagnosed with the mosquito-borned disease.

Christian Suson of barangay Mambaling was the latest fatality. He died at the Visayas Community Medical Center (VCMC). Yesterday, seven children were admitted for dengue at the Cebu City Memorial Medical Center (CCMC), according to Dr. James Maratas, junior consultant assigned at the pediatrics ward.

Dr. Glenda Taalim, CCMC pediatrics ward chief, said they are monitoring the condition of the children to make sure they don’t reach the point where they will experience dengue shock syndrome. Dengue shock syndrome mostly affects children below 10, according to MedicineNet.com. It causes abdominal pains and bleeding.

Also known as dengue hemorrhagic fever, it starts with continuous high fever and headache with respiratory and intestinal symptoms with sore throat, cough, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.

A total of 36 dengue patients are currently confined at the CCMC. The last fatality at CCMC was a one-year-old baby who died in July. But the death was not due to advanced dengue strain but because the patient has a cardiac problem. Maratas said the number of their dengue patients had not gone down.

“So far, still the same there are still a lot of them (dengue patients),” Maratas told CEBU DAILY NEWS. Mostly affected are children because female mosquitos are attracted to highly active individuals.

Cebu City Health officer Dr. Stella Ygoña has already recommended that barangay officials help spearhead the campaign to destroy the breeding grounds of dengue-carrying mosquitos.

Nationwide, the number of dengue cases has continued to rise and has reached 62,503 from January to August 21 this year.



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September is the ninth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with 30 days.

September in the Southern Hemisphere is the seasonal equivalent of March in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological autumn is 1 September. In the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological spring is 1 September.[1]

In Latin, septem means "seven" and septimus means "seventh"; September was in fact the seventh month of the Roman calendar until 153 BC, when the first month changed from Kalendas Martius (1 March) to Kalendas Januarius (1 January).

September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating September and December, which is a multiple of seven (the number of days in the week).