Local bodybuilder wins at international competition

Veteran bodybuilder Eddie Mugar (1st from left) of Tubod, Lanao del Norte recently won 4th Place in the Mixed Pair category of the prestigious NABBA Mr. Universe International Bodybuilding Championship held at Cebu City.

Veteran bodybuilder Eddie Mugar (1st from left) of Tubod, Lanao del Norte recently won 4th Place in the Mixed Pair category of the prestigious NABBA Mr. Universe International Bodybuilding Championship held at Cebu City.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – Veteran bodybuilder and Fitness Gym Manager Eddie Mugar of Tubod, Lanao del Norte recently won at the Asia-Philippines Bodybuilding Competition and Mr. Universe International Bodybuilding Championship organized by Workout Fitness Center of Cebu City and sanctioned by the National Bodybuilding Association (NABBA) held at Mariner’s Court, Cebu City.

 
In the Asia-Philippines Bodybuilding Competition, Mugar won 5th Place in the Master’s Class category. While in the NABBA Mr. Universe International Bodybuilding Championship, he won 4th Place in the Mixed Pair category together with international Zumba instructor Emma Satchel of Cebu City.
 
“I’m thankful to the provincial government for all the support most especially to Governor Khalid (Dimaporo), Vice-Governor Cristy (Atay) and Congresswoman Imelda Dimaporo.  I hope they will continue to support our local athletes so we can get exposure especially in international competitions”, Mugar expressed.  
 
More than 60 countries participated in the five-day mega-competition including powerhouses Australia, New Zealand and United Arab Emirates (UAE).  
 
Mugar is also a 4-time Champion of the Mr. Philippines Bodybuilding Championship in the Middle weight and Masters category.
 
“I want to promote healthy lifestyle among the people of Lanao del Norte. If you can’t afford to go to the gym to exercise, then do your exercises at home. It’s important not only to eat nutritious food but also to live an active lifestyle”, added Mugar.
 
Mugar is the current manager of MCC Fitness Gym Club at MCC sports complex, Brgy. Sagadan, in the capital town of Tubod. VNL/PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte bags top awards in Sinulog 2016

Lanao del Norte lead dancer Diana Therese Mejorada dances in front of the Cebu crowd during the street dancing competition of this year’s Sinulog Festival. Mejorada is also the reigning Ms. Lanao del Norte.

Lanao del Norte lead dancer Diana Therese Mejorada dances in front of the Cebu crowd during the street dancing competition of this year’s Sinulog Festival. Mejorada is also the reigning Ms. Lanao del Norte.

Cebu, Philippines – The province of Lanao del Norte (the Land of Beauty and Bounty), emerged as Sinulog 2016 Grand Mardi Gras Champion in the Free Interpretation category.  This year they featured the Sagayan Festival, besting fourteen (14) other contingents, including last year’s champion Abuyog, Leyte.

 
The concept of showcasing the Sagayan dance in this year’s Sinulog Festival is a fulfillment of Governor Mohamad Khalid Q. Dimaporo’s wish to emphasize Lanao del Norte as a peace-loving province where Muslims and Christians live together in harmony.
 
The Sagayan Festival is a cultural event performed during Araw ng Lanao del Norte. The festival depicts a war dance among Maranaos. It is said that the festival is based on the exploits of Bantugan, a legendary hero of Darangen epic of the Maranao tribe. During their ritual showdown, it showed how peace was achieved between the two warring tribes and with the intercession of the Holy Infant Child Jesus making them the instant crowd favorite and winning the judges’ nod in the free interpretation.
 
According to the chairman of the board of judges Nestor Jardin, former president of the Cultural Center of the Philippines during the press conference, “The concept and the theme of Lanao del Norte that they chose is really very relevant because it is about peace among followers of various religions. I think it is very timely.” He also lauded the group for their production design, costumes and props, which he described as “exemplary.”
 
During an interview with a local radio station DYLA anchored by Leo Lastimosa of ABS-CBN Cebu, provincialinformation officer Lyndon G. Calica said, “what we showed there is the unity and peace amidst diversity, …in order to have peace and unity, we must respect each other, respect each other’s religion, respect each other’s culture.”
 
At present, Lanao del Norte’s population is composed of forty (40%) percent Muslims and sixty (60%) percent Christians.
 
This year’s contingent is composed of students from the progressive town of Kapatagan headed by municipal mayor Benjie Y. Baguio.
 
The Land of Beauty and Bounty also won the ‘Best in Musicality’ and ‘Best in Costume’ awards. (Tsedeng)
 
 
Winners of Sinulog 2016 Grand Parade Showdown:
 
FREE INTERPRETATION CATEGORY
Best in Ritual Showdown
1st Place : The Land of Beauty and Bounty, Lanao del Norte
2nd Place: Tribu Katbalaugan, Catbalogan City, Samar
3rd Place : Tribu Buyoganon, Abuyog Leyte
4th Place : Tribu Himag-Ulaw, Placer Masbate
5th Place : Lumad Basakanon
 
Best in Costume (Free Interpretation Category):
The Land of Beauty and Bounty, Lanao del Norte
 
Best in Musicality (Free Interpretation Category)
1st Place : The Land of Beauty and Bounty, Lanao Del Norte
2nd Place: Don Sergio Osmena Sr. Memorial National High School
3rd Place : Tribu Buyoganon, Abuyog Leyte
4th Place : Lumad Basakanon
5th Place : Tribu Himag-Ulaw, Placer Masbate
 
STREET DANCING 
1st Place : Tribu Buyoganon, Abuyog, Leyte
2nd Place: Tangub City’s Sinanduloy Cultural Troup
3rd Place : Kulturang Placereno
4th Place : Carcar City Division
5th Place : Lumad Basakanon
 
SINULOG-BASED CATEGORY
Best in Ritual Showdown:
1st Place  : Kulturang Placereño Masbate
2nd Place : Carcar City Division
3rd Place : Tangub City’s Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe
4th Place : Danao City
5th Place : Municaplity of Tuburan
 
Best in Musicality
1st Place : Tangub City’s Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe
2nd Place: Kulturang Placereño Masbate
3rd Place : Municapility of Tuburan
4th Place : Panglao, Bohol
5th Place : Carcar City Division
 
Best in Costume
Kulturang Placereño Masbate
 
(Tsedeng)

Lanao del Norte is Sinulog’s Free Interpretation top winner

Cebu, City Cebu – The province of Lanao del Norte more widely known here in the Queen City of the South as ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ bested 15 other contingents as they were declared as First Place winner in the recently concluded Sinulog Festival.
 
This is the eight straight appearance of Team Lanao del Norte in the Free Interpretation category which is regarded by many as the most competitive category of the Festival.
 
“The concept of Lanao del Norte is very unique and very timely. The dancers were also able to beautifully interpret it on the main stage. This was the main reason why the judges gave them the win”, explained Sinulog Foundation Head Ricky Ballesteros.
 
The Lanao del Norte contingent showcased its ‘Sagayan’ dance. Sagayan is a Maranao war dance performed to ward off evil spirits. The dancers of the contingent performed a modernized version of the Darangen, a Maranao epic story, depicting two warring groups that were eventually reconciled and united by Bai-A-Labi who succeeded in bringing lasting peace.
 
“The presentation was the brainchild of Governor Dimaporo who wanted to show everyone the importance of unity in achieving lasting peace. He wanted to show that peace is still attainable despite differences in culture, ethnic background and religion. All we need is love and respect”, explained Information Office Lyndon Calica.
 
Aside from the victory in the Sinulog Grand Showdown, the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ also received the coveted ‘Best in Costume’ award.
 
“This is a big, big bonus for our contingent and for also for me since this is my last year as Governor of the province. I am truly thankful to the Sinulog organizers, to the Lanao del Norte Sanggunian Panlalawigan, to the parents of the dancers, to our organizing committee, to our dedicated dancers who really gave it their all in the grandstage and to everyone who supported the Lanao del Norte contingent for the past eight years”, expressed Governor Khalid Dimaporo.
 
Another major award given to Lanao del Norte is ‘Best in Musicality’.  The unique beat and music of Lanao del Norte which also featured a Maranao music segment was performed by the Brothers Classic.
 
Governor Khalid Dimaporo together with Provincial Tourism Head Minda Regis accepted the awards and prizes during the repeat performance and awarding of festival winners at the Abellana National School  grandstage on January 18, 2016.
 
Lanao del Norte Vice-Governor Cristy Atay, Kapatan Vice-Mayor Perlito Gonzaga, together with members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan and Kapatagan Sanggunian Bayan also accompanied the contingent as they danced around the 7.2 kilometer route for the street dancing competition.
 
Dancers of the contingent are composed of public school students from Bansarvil National High School of the coastal town of Kapatagan.
 
The chief choreographer of the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ contingent is Mark Eric Debalucos.
 
Lanao del Norte group was led by Diana Therese Mejorada who is also the reigning Ms. Lanao del Norte.
 
Other winners in the Free Interpretation category include Tribu Catbalogan (2nd place), Buyogan Festival (3rd Place), Tribu Himag-ulaw (4th Place), and Lumad Basakanon (5th Place).  VNL/PIO-LDN

Congresswoman Dimaporo delivers health services to 2 towns

1st District Representative Imelda Dimaporo speaks before local residents of Bacolod to emphasis the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

1st District Representative Imelda Dimaporo speaks before local residents of Bacolod to emphasis the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – In the celebration of her 57th birthday, Lanao del Norte 1st District Representative Imelda Dimaporo organized a free medical and dental mission for the coastal towns of Bacolod and Maigo, this province.

 
More than 1,000 indigent residents from the two municipalities availed of free medical check-up and tooth extraction on January 11 and 12, 2016.  Patients were also given free medicines and vitamins to help improve their health condition.
 
Congresswoman Dimaporo also distributed medicine kits to senior citizens and donuts to children present during the healthcare outreach activity.
 
The two-day humanitarian event had the theme “Gikan sa Inyo, Para Kaninyo”.  
 
Doctors and nurses from the Provincial Health Office and Provincial Hospitals were tapped to provide medical consultations and assistance, while personnel from the Provincial Community Affairs Office and 1st and 2nd congressional offices gave logistical support for the medical mission.  LAR & VNL-PIO/LDN

23 Lanao del Norte barangays receive mini-dump trucks and Bongo vehicles

Brgy. Captains of Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Tagoloan together with their town mayors pose with Governor Khalid Dimaporo and Vice-Governor Cristy Atay after receiving their mini dump trucks from the Lanao del Norte LGU.

Brgy. Captains of Sultan Naga Dimaporo and Tagoloan together with their town mayors pose with Governor Khalid Dimaporo and Vice-Governor Cristy Atay after receiving their mini dump trucks from the Lanao del Norte LGU.

Lanao del Norte – 23 barangays from this progressive province formally received their brand new mini-dump trucks during a simple turn-over ceremony held at the covered court area of the provincial capitol grounds, Brgy. Pigcarangan, in capital town Tubod.

 
The ceremony was led by Governor Khalid Dimaporo who urged the barangay officials present to consistently deliver excellent public service to their local residents.
 
“Being in the frontline and being able to interact with your constituents on a daily basis puts you all in a unique position to bring the government closer to the people”, said Governor Dimaporo.
 
Recipients of the mini-dump trucks include 21 barangays from Sultan Naga Dimaporo (SND) town, Brgy. Baris of Tubod, and Brgy. Dalamas of Tagoloan.  All recipients of the mini-dump trucks belong to the 1st District of Lanao del Norte.
 
In addition, four barangays from Sultan Naga Dimaporo were also given brand-new Bongo vehicles by the provincial government on December 18, 2015.
 
“Dako kaayo namong pasalamat kang Governor Khalid Dimaporo sa pagsalig kanamo ug sakyanan alang sa kaayohan sa among barangay. Kini among ampingan sa kanunay ug kami maga suporta sa programa sa atong probinsya”, expressed one Brgy. Captain from SND during the turn-over rites.
 
The  barangay captains also signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) expressing the barangay LGU’s commitment to keep the new utility vehicles in good running condition and to provide budget for its regular maintenance.
 
The utility vehicle distribution activity is a component of the ‘Kabarangayan Sigurado’ program of Governor Dimaporo and part of the Quibranza-Dimaporo Initiative. LAR & VNL/PIO-LDN

Lanao del Norte Sinulog contingent continues to shine during rehearsals

Lanao del Norte contingent practices at the grand stage of the Abellana National School of Cebu City for its eight straight participation in the world-renowned Sinulog Festival.

Lanao del Norte contingent practices at the grand stage of the Abellana National School of Cebu City for its eight straight participation in the world-renowned Sinulog Festival.

Cebu City, Cebu –  The Lanao del Norte contingent who is now on its eight straight appearance in the biggest cultural festival in the country continues to show their superb routine execution and stage brilliance which made them one of the crowd favorites in the annual Sinulog Festival.

 
Performing a Maranao war dance-inspired routine, this out-of-town group popularly known also as “Land of Beauty and Bounty” has seamlessly merged together ‘Darangen’, an epic Maranao story, and the story of Miraculous Sto. Niño the patron saint of Cebu City.
 
“We took the basic elements of the Darangen especially its storyline and merge it with the story of Sto. Niño who is our infinite source of peace and love. Through the intervention of key characters like Bai-A-Labi and with the guidance and blessing of Sr. Sto. Niño lasting peace was finally achieved in the end”, explained Sagayan Consultant Melvin Pascubillo.
 
The contingent is also assisted by Maximar Custodio and Emerito Custodio who are tapped as artistic consultants. The Custodio brothers are providing the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ dancers with their expertise on how to deliver a flawless and crisp performance.
 
Dancers of the contingent are composed of public school students from Bansarvil National High School of the coastal town of Kapatagan.
 
The chief choreographer of the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ contingent is Mark Eric Debalucos.
 
Lanao del Norte lead dancer Diana Therese Mejorada is also taking part in the annual Search for Sinulog Festival Queen. On January 14, 2016, Mejorada was one of 11 lead dancers who participated in the Festival Queen Costume and Runway Competition held at the Right Wing of SM-Cebu.
 
Lanao del Norte is assigned as the first out-of-town group in the carousel of contingents during the highly anticipated Street Dancing competition on January 18, 2016. The group is set to participate again in the highly-competitive Free Interpretation category of the Festival. 
 
The ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ will be led by Provincial Governor Khalid Dimaporo together with Vice-Governor Cristy Atay and members of the Sanggunian Panlalawigan.  VNL/PIO-LDN
 
 
Photo caption1:  Lanao del Norte lead dancer Diana Therese Mejorada dances during the Festival Queen Costume and Runway Competition held at the Right Wing of SM-Cebu on January 14, 2016.

Lanao del Norte to showcase Maranao war dance in Sinulog 2016

Dancers belonging to the Lanao del Norte contingent practice for their eight straight participation in the Sinulog Festival of Cebu City. The group will be showcasing its unique Maranao war dance in the Free Interpretation category of the Festival.

Dancers belonging to the Lanao del Norte contingent practice for their eight straight participation in the Sinulog Festival of Cebu City. The group will be showcasing its unique Maranao war dance in the Free Interpretation category of the Festival.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – The Lanao del Norte contingent collectively known as ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ will be performing a Maranao war dance-inspired routine in the Free Interpretation category of the highly anticipated Sinulog Festival of Cebu City.

This will be Lanao del Norte’s eight straight participation in the world-renowned festival of the Queen City of the South.
 
“This year’s grand presentation is the result of the unanimous decision of our province’s organizing committee when we had our post-Sinulog evaluation last year”, revealed Information Officer Lyndon Calica.
 
The Lanao del Norte contingent will be showcasing the ‘Sagayan’, a Maranao war dance performed to ward off evil spirits.  The dancers of the contingent will be performing a modernized version of the Darangen, a Maranao epic story, depicting two warring groups that were eventually reconciled and united by Bai-A-Labi who succeeded in bringing lasting peace.
 
This is one of the biggest contingent sent by the provincial government in its annual participation of the Sinulog Festival.
 
“We have more 400 individuals comprising our Sinulog delegation. This consists of 96 dancers, 20 ritualists, 200 propsmen, and 35 instrumentalists. We also have teams providing support for our Sinulog performers like our medical personnel, documentation team, carpenters, drivers, food personnel, working committee and even our own internal security group”, said Tourism Head Minda Regis.
 
The Lanao del Norte group will again be led by Provincial Governor Khalid Dimaporo. Dimaporo is the lone Muslim leader joining the biggest cultural festival in the country.
 
“Through our continued participation in the Sinulog, we want to show to the entire country that in Lanao del Norte there is unity between the Muslims and Christians, that we are a peaceful and progressive province. We also want to underscore the trade relations we have with Cebu City that has contributed much to the fast-paced development of Lanao del Norte”, said Governor Dimaporo.
 
Dancers of the contingent are composed of public school students from Bansarvil National High School of the coastal town of Kapatagan.
 
The chief choreographer of the ‘Land of Beauty and Bounty’ contingent is Mark Eric Debalucos.
 
Leading the Lanao del Norte performers is their lead dancer Diana Therese Mejorada who is also the reigning Ms. Lanao del Norte. She will be joining this year’s Search for Sinulog Festival Queen. VNL/PIO-LDN

Provincial employees deliver Christmas gifts to mental patients

Lanao del Norte provincial employees serenaded the patients of Happy Home Foundation, Inc. with a few Christmas songs during their latest visit in the mental health center.

Lanao del Norte provincial employees serenaded the patients of Happy Home Foundation, Inc. with a few Christmas songs during their latest visit in the mental health center.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – More than 40 employees of the provincial government of Lanao del Norte personally delivered their Christmas presents to patients of Happy Home Mental Health Center in Maramag town, Bukidnon on December 21, 2015.

 
The provincial employees belonged to the Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO), Provincial Information Office (PIO), and Project Management Office headed by Lyndon Calica.
 
“This is our simple way of celebrating Christmas and helping the least among us.  Despite their condition they still need to feel the spirit of Christmas”, said Calica.
 
This is the second time that the group visited the mental facility to distribute their Christmas gifts.
 
To raise funds for their trip to Happy Home Foundation, Inc. and buy food and gifts for the patients, the employees did some Christmas caroling in the capital town of Tubod and nearby municipalities.
 
During the short program at the health center, the patients were entertained by the PGLDN band and dance presentations by select employees.  The patients also joined in the parlor games facilitated by leaders of the group.  
 
“We are blessed that despite the distance from Lanao del Norte to Bukidnon, you came here for our brothers and sisters who are in dire need of emotional support. I thank the Lord for having you all again here in our center, especially to Lyndon and Liza Calica”, expressed the Happy Home Administrator Sr. Nieves.
 
For her part, 1st District Congresswoman Imelda Dimaporo also donated bath soaps, while PGLDN officials gave cash donations.
 
After the gift-giving activity, the provincial employees then proceeded to Mt. Moriah, World Harvest Ministry, in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon for their Christmas party.
 
The program was also witnessed by the Foundation nuns, staff nurses and watchers.
LAR & VNL/PIO-LDN

Indigent kids, volunteer health workers receive Christmas gifts from Lanao del Norte LGU

Governor Khalid Dimaporo (second from the right) personally leads the distribution of gifts to members of the Provincial Volunteer Health Workers (PVHW) during the annual Pamaskong Handog program of the Lanao del Norte LGU.

Governor Khalid Dimaporo (second from the right) personally leads the distribution of gifts to members of the Provincial Volunteer Health Workers (PVHW) during the annual Pamaskong Handog program of the Lanao del Norte LGU.

Tubod, Lanao del Norte – More than 1,500 indigent kids and volunteer health workers from different towns of this peaceful province eagerly received their Christmas gifts from the provincial government through its Provincial Community Affairs Office (PCAO).

 
The annual gift-giving activity dubbed as ‘Pamaskong Handog’ is an initiative of Governor Khalid Dimaporo.
 
Pamaskong Handog is part of the month-long Christmas celebration of the Lanao del Norte government known as “Paskohan sa Lanao del Norte”. The yuletide festivity includes Christmas Lantern and Christmas Tree contests,Christmas Carolling contest, and Christmas Belen contest.
 
The invited children each received gift packs containing toys, candies and chocolates while members of the Provincial Volunteer Health Workers (PVHW) each received Noche Buena grocery packs.
 
The Christmas gift distribution event was held on December 18, 2015 at the covered Tennis court of the Provincial Capitol grounds.
 
“I am happy to join all of you in your Christmas celebration.  This is our simple way of saying ‘thank you’ for all your support in my three terms as Provincial Governor.  I hope ‘Pamaskong Handog’ will still be continued in the coming years even after I step down as Governor”, expressed Governor Khalid Dimaporo during his message.
 
Rianas Snack Inn and Catering Services, a local food catering company, bagged the top prize in the Christmas Lantern and Christmas Tree contests of the ‘Paskohan sa Lanao del Norte’ Festival organized by the Provincial Tourism Office.  LAR & VNL/PIO-LDN