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Camiguin joins the country’s ASEAN Landmark Lighting


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, August 8 (PIA)—As one of the 50 cities and provinces around the country chosen to participate and spearhead the ASEAN Landmark Lighting, the provincial government here conducted various activities to show their commitment to continuously accept the challenge to become one with the vision of ASEAN on August 8.


“Our Province aims to become a strong partner of the country and of the Association of South East Asian Nations in order to encourage and engage the world to achieve the much desired change towards a better world,” Governor Maria Luisa Romualdo said.


The governor also stressed that the province’s ability to pull off such event is one of the proofs that Camiguin has become champion in almost all facets especially in being able to rise and move forward while preserving the natural resources.


Furthermore, during the said event, the provincial government conducted a food bazaar, Inter High School Balak Contest (poem presentation), ASEAN Nation Parade, ASEAN Landmark Lighting, folk dance presentation, mass dancing, fireworks display, launching of the Lanzones Festival 2017 Photo Gallery, Inter High School Harana Contest, and Live Concert and Party.


Various schools, offices and institutions graced the event along with the hundreds of residents of the province.


Participants of the parade brought with them flaglets of the ASEAN country members and the children were clad in the national costumes of the ASEAN countries.


The ASEAN landmark was lighted at 7PM tailed by the fireworks display which lasted for a few minutes.(RTP/PIA10)


Mambajao celebrates 162nd Foundation Day


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, July 7 (PIA) – With the theme,” Mambajao- Working Together Towards Good Governance for a Strong Economic Growth and Social Equity,” the municipal government has set lineup of activities involving local and national line government agencies, and non-government organizations to celebrate the 162nd Foundation Day of the municipality on July 6-8.


The event kicked off with a thanksgiving mass at the Mambajao Municipal Lobby followed by the opening program and Agro Fair at the Municipal Grounds. The Agro Fair showcases the talents in farming and entrepreneurship as well as the products of the community members.


A Glow Parade was also held on July 6 which started at the Provincial Plaza and ended at the Municipal Grounds.


To update the people as to how the municipality faired in 2016 in economics, agriculture, education, infrastructure, health and tourism, Mayor Jurdin Jesus Romualdo presented the State of the Municipality Address.


On the second day of the celebration, a Barangay Fire Brigade was conducted at the Municipal Grounds as well as the Mayor JJ Inter-Club Lawn Tennis Tournament at Capitol Tennis Club that aims to foster healthy and active lifestyle among the community members.

To conclude the celebration, the Mambajao Foundation Day Fun Run and Man Team Bike Race will be conducted on July 8 at the Municipal Grounds.(RTP/PIA10)

Cebuano News: Mga mananaog sa Mt. Hibok-Hibok triathlon giila

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, May 9 (PIA)— Alang sa pagpalig-on sa turismo sa pagpaugnat sa kusog sa probinsya, ang Promote Camiguin inubanan sa munisipalidad sa Mambajao ingon man ang pangprobinsiyang gobyerno sa Camiguin nagmugna sa ikatulong Mt. Hibok-Hibok Triathlon niadtong Mayo 6-7.
Hapit 75 ka partidista sa pagpaugnat sa kusog ang misalmot sa swimming, biking ug running na mga kalihokan karong tuiga. Ang maong sangka gisugdan sa 1.5 kilometro nga lumba sa langoy didto sa White Island nga nahimutang sa Yumbing, Mambajao ug gisundan kini sa 64 kilometro nga kalihokan sa biking libot sa maong isla ug 10 kilometrong pagdagan ngadto sa Yumbing, Baylao.
Si Gilbert Grado, ang sports coordinator sa local na gobyerno sa Mambajao, miingon na gitinguha usab sa maong triathlon ang pag-18342049_1911678375741886_8291594256156511158_n.jpgamuma sa healthy lifestyle sa mga kabahin sa maong isla ingon man ang pagpalambo sa mga kabatan-onan.
Karong tuiga, nakuha ni Brian Borling sa Omega Tri Team ang overall championship sa men’s category sa dihang iyang natapos ang maong lumba sulod sa 2:59:05 oras. Gasunod kaniya mao sila Jonathan Pagaura sa TriBohol na mingtapos sa lumba sulod sa 3:07:39 oras ug si Mark Balanay na adunay 3:08:21 oras.
Alang sa women’s category, nakuha ni Leyann Ramo sa Iligan Arcgangels ang overall champion sa dihang iyang nahuman sulod sa 3:13:58 ka oras ang maong lumba. Si Sittie Amina Dimaporo sa Lanao del Norte Tri ang nakakuha sa unang pwesto sa iyang oras nga 3:33:45 samtang sa ikaduhang pwesto mao si Jenefer Paloma sa Tri Mamba na adunay oras nga 3:43:57 ug si Danica Rose Peligrino sa GTRI/GUMA sa iyang 4:33:54 oras.
Nagkalain-lain usab na mga kalihokan ang gimugna base sa mga edad sugod sa 24 paubos hangtod sa 50 pataas.
Nakuha ni Bartolata ug Jeffrey Real sa TriBohol ang unang pwesto sa kalihokang relay human nila taposa ang lumba sulod sa 3:15:49 oras. Gisundan kini nila Alex Dvorkin ug Lain de Joux na gikan usab sa TriBohol (3:17:24), ug nila Roldan Chan ug Romeo Rago sa LGU Mambajao (3:39:38). (RTP/PIA10)

2017 Mt. Hibok-Hibok Triathlon champs named


MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, May 8 (PIA)—To strengthen the sports tourism in the province, Promote Camiguin in partnership with the municipality of Mambajao and provincial government of Camiguin held the third Mt. Hibok-Hibok Triathlon on May 6-7.


About 75 sports enthusiasts participated in the swimming, biking and running event for this year. The race started with the 1.5km swimming race at White Island, Yumbing, Mambajao followed by the 64km biking event around the island and 10km run at Yumbing, Baylao.


Gilbert Grado, sports coordinator of Mambajao local government, said that the triathlon also aims to foster healthy lifestyle among the island’s constituents and youth development.


This year, Brian Borling of the Omega Tri Team bagged the overall championship for the men’s category as he finished the race at 2:59:05 hours. Tailing him are Jonathan Pagaura of TriBohol and Mark Balanay who respectively completed the race at 3:07:39 and 3:08:21 hours.


13256533_1733614656881593_698965475575214272_n.jpgFor  the women’s category, Leyann Ramo of Iligan Archangels emerged as the overall champion as she finished at 3:13:58 hours. Sittie Amina Dimaporo of Lanao del Norte Tri earned the first place after completing the race at 3:33:45 hours while Jenefer Paloma of Tri Mamba and Danica Rose Peligrino of GTRI/GUMS took the second and third places as they finished at 3:43:57 and 4:33:54 hours respectively.


Various events were also held for specific age ranges starting from 24 and below to 50 and above.


Bartolata and Jeffrey Real of TriBohol bagged the first place in the relay event finishing at 3:15:49. They are followed by Alex Dvorkin and Lain de Joux also from Tribohol (3:17:24), and Roldan Chan and Romeo Rago of the LGU Mambajao (3:39:38).(RTP/PIA10)


Yumbing NHS gets double win in Lanzones Fest



MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, Nov. 3 (PIA) – Yumbing National High School (YNHS) bagged home two major awards during the 2016 Lanzones Festival.

YNHS emerged as champion in both street dancing and ground competitions, wowing the crowd with its lively and colorful rendition of Camiguin’s enchanting lanzones tale.


Fatima College of Camiguin (FCC) took the second spot in the tableau competition followed by the Columbia National High School, Guinsiliban National High School and then Tupsan National High School.

The Columbia National High School, meanwhile, ranked second in the street dancing competition, followed by FCC, Tupsan National High School, and Mambajao National High School.

Eight contingents creatively portrayed their own version of the tale, livened up with the presence of the higantes, replicas of the black ants and the Mindanao Hornbill, locally known as the Tayamtam.

The provincial government said slight twists were initiated in this year’s presentations to preserve the original storyline of the legend of the lanzones fruit as well as to give the celebration a unique and local touch.

Special awards were also given to FCC as the liveliest contingent and best in headdress while Sagay wins home the best in costume award.

For the “Kalanrakas sa Kabataan” (elementary level) participated by winners from the municipality level, Barangay Benoni, Mahinog was named winner and Barangay Pandan of Mambajao town took the second spot, followed by barangay Cabuan of Guinsiliban town. (JCV/PIA 10)


Lanzones Festival to open, gets new twist


1069264_428610593917385_967645577_nMAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, October 22 (PIA) – Looking back in history, Camiguin is set to showcase a tribal inspired thanksgiving performances for the lanzones festival this year, to keep the local feel.

From the free interpretation street dancing and tableau competitions, Governor Maria Luisa D. Romualdo wants to give the celebration a unique, local touch.

Looking back

Artistic Director Consultant Vincent A. Aranas said they are keeping the official legend of Camiguin and its enchanting lanzones a contest piece storyline.

Apart from this, the costumes, colors and beat will reflect the rich Higaonon Manobo culture in Bukidnon, believed to be to the ancestors of Camiguingnons.

Researchers describe Higaonon as the “people of the living mountains” and “people of the wilderness”. The name higa (to live or reside), goan (mountain) and onon (people). While Manobo, Manuvu or Minuvu simply means “people” or “person.

Ethno linguists traced Camiguin Island and the northern coasts of Mindanao as home to the Cinamiguin Manobo.

Aranas said ki-miguin means “owned by Miguin,” the same as ki-Solon or ki-Taotao, this and more, he said, are also manifested in the island’s dialect.



Ag Sadya Kiraw Tayamtam and music showdown will kick off the weeklong festivity on October 23, followed by a parade highlighted with a grand display of festival inspired headdress.

The formal declaration and opening of the 37th Camiguin Lanzones Festival will go back-to-back with the soft opening of the Agro-Industrial Technology Trade Fair (UGMAD), a showcase of the island’s best products and handicrafts at the PPR Tourism and Sports Complex.

Various activities are prepped up for the week like festival king, queen and diwata dance showdown, sports competition, pageants, rave parties and more along with a job fair and delivery basic government services.

The famous street dancing and ground competition, meanwhile, is set on Saturday, October 30. (JCV/PIA 10)


Camiguin celebrates annual water festival

Camiguin celebrates annual water festival

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, June 24 (PIA) – The island-province celebrated anew one of the biggest and oldest tradition where people gather for picnic and games at the beach in honor to the feast of St. John the Baptist held every 24th of June.

The San Juan sa Hibok-hibok Festival 2016 kicked-off on June 23 with sports event at the Lagundi Beach in Mambajao town.

A fluvial procession highlighted the festivity—locals splashed colorful decorations on their pump boats as they go around the coast for the religious ritual.


It’s the only feast in the province that everybody partakes, locals await for this year after year, leaving almost every shore occupied with families enjoying the water and food they bring along to partake with family and friends.

One of the biggest crowd is in Mambajao as the local government units and national line agencies pool together in one area to witness the games, water sports competition, search for Mr. & Ms Hibok-hibokan, later capped with  a shower party. (JCV/ PIA 10)

Camiguin bared official winners of 2nd Hibok-hibok triathlon

Camiguin bared official winners of 2nd Hibok-hibok triathlon

MAMBAJAO, CAMIGUIN, May 21 (PIA) – Some 160 triathletes from various parts of the country gathered in Camiguin on 15 May 2016 for the 2nd Hibok-hibok Triathlon Open Competition.

Two categories were prepped up for both male and female in sprint distance (750 meters swim, 20 km bike, and 5 km run) and standard distance (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike, and 10 km run).

40-year old foreigner and triathlete coach Dan Brown was proclaimed overall champion for the standard distance, male category timed 2:33:26, followed by 33-year old James Rey V. Dimco from Iligan City with 2:36:40 and 23-year old Mark Anthony E. Balanay from Cagayan de Oro City 2:37:23.

Standard distance female category Olana N. Vano Dauis, 22-year old from Dauis,Bohol is on the lead with 3:38:44 time, followed by Doreen P. Feraren from ligan City, 38 years old with running time of 3:43:57 and Joanna Marie M. Salahog, Mandaue City, 28 years old at 3:53:20.

34 year-old Sherwin Managil from Cebu City was named Sprint Distance Male Champion completing the race at 1:20:49, 34 year- old Ralph Archie also from Cebu City, grabbed the second spot with 1:22:31 time race followed by 16-year old  Clarence Q. Tabaranza.

For the Sprint Distance Female Category, Diane Kaye G. Sy, Cebu City, 18 year-old was proclaimed champion recording 1:44:24 race time, closely beating 1:44:35 time score of Danica Rose R. Peligrino, 21-year old triathlete from Gingoog City, while Zarah Love A. Palanca, Cabadbaran City, 39-year old grabbed the third spot with a 2:06:10 race time.

Mambajao Local Government Unit Sports Coordinator Gilbert Grado said the attendance of triathletes have doubled this year.

“We elevated from last year’s race, now it’s no longer relay, but rather solo for the athletes who can compete for the three (3) disciplines and qualify as a triathlete,” he said.

Grado highlighted that the second Mt. Hibok-hibok triathlon is quite unique in the sense that its swimming leg is done in a channel and not in the shorelines. It’s a water entry for the sprint distance in the middle of White Island going to the shore, and full distance stretch from the White Island to the shore for the standard distance race.

“It’s a call for triathletes to train harder for open sea challenge, considering the current, wind and wave factors,” Grado added.

The event was spearheaded by Promote Camiguin, a private group organized with the intent to develop and promote sports in Camiguin, in partnership with the local government of Mambajao and the Camiguin provincial government.

Meanwhile, seeing the success gained and pushing further the development of sports tourism in the island-province, the Mt. Hibok-hibok Triathlon is planned to be held twice next year, summer and in time for the Lanzones Festival in October. It will be off-road this time for the bikes and trails for the run. (JCValcorza, PIA-10)

Photo Credits to Julius Contreras

Triumphs spell Camiguin’s 48th founding anniversary

Triumphs spell Camiguin’s 48th founding anniversary

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, January 18 (PIA) — Decades after it was formally recognized as independent province, this island paradise, although the second smallest in the country has so much to boast.

Being an island “Born of Fire” made it a stand out, becoming one of country’s top 25 tourist destination and number 7 best diving spot in the world.

Camiguin’s uniqueness, as the Department of Tourism (DOT) puts it, lies in its varied terrain, pristine natural environment and rustic setting.

Along with its impressive recognitions, the province also prides of various successes in governance. The booming tourism market has always been backed with good infrastructure projects, environmental programs, and economic support, among others.  

The annual celebration of Camiguin’s founding anniversary is but a fitting occasion to report to the constituents the successes reaped last year. 12510418_543401825826575_1215838602831199700_n


Last 2015, the province bagged the spot as among the Top 10 Most Competitive Province in the country, with the local government unit of Mambajao as the forefront national winner.

The province likewise reported an annual average growth rate of 12.69 percent for local revenues generated for the general fund which escalated from P13 million in 2007 to P33 million in 2015.

Good Governance

To commend the province journey towards good local governance, upholding the standards of transparency, integrity and service delivery, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) awarded Camiguin the seven million Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLC), last year.

The cash award will be used to fund welfare homes for children in conflict with the law/neglected/abandoned or abused.SGLG

Social Services

The province likewise garnered notable awards in the area of social services, just recently, it was named outstanding province in nutrition, receiving the regional green banner award from the National Nutrition Council 10 (NNC 10) for its exemplary implementation of the 2014 Provincial Nutrition Action Plan. It noted a drop on its malnutrition rate from 7.15 percent in 2012 to only 4.7 percent at present.

Camiguin likewise succeeded in sustaining the Rabies Free Status for eight years with strong collaboration between the Provincial Health Office (PHO) and Provincial Veterinary Office (PVO).

To aid this, the Camiguin General Hospital is now an accredited animal bite treatment center by PhilHealth.

It also sustained for more than 25 years a Malaria Free, Filariasis-Free, and Schistosomiasis Free status.

Schoolchildren here likewise continue to receive hygiene kits through the Essential Health Care Package (EHCP), a project introduce by Fit for School Foundation and sustained by the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) in bid to familiarize the children with health-promoting values and habits, thereby increasing their academic performance.

Camiguin is the only province at present that has sustained and expanded its implementation from schoolchildren down to daycare centers.

Disaster Management

In terms of disaster prevention efforts, the Camiguin General Hospital (CGH) was also declared by the National/Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) as the best local government hospital for three consecutive years, putting them at the Gawad Kalasag Hall of Fame, a search for excellence in DRRM and humanitarian assistance.12576315_10208238383819252_1474268414_n

To further attest their competency, skillfulness and capability, last July 2015 CGH-Health Emergency Management Staff (HEMS) won the 2015 Benchmarking on Basic Life support and Standard First Aid- Hospital Category.

Meanwhile, as every triumph calls for celebration, the PLGU propped up 4-day festivity to commemorate the 48th foundation day anniversary highlighted by the State of the Province Address (SOPA).

12540659_529563027225449_1628757073254566086_nTraditionally, the festivity opens with a parade that leads the people directly to the steaming display of lechon (roasted pig) which aptly provides the “pista sa nayon” feel for all guests, backed as well by various activities like sports tournament, ground demonstrations, palarong pinoy (traditional Filipino games), rave parties, and the search of Mr. & Ms. Teen Camiguin 2016.

To date, the province priorities are set towards the expansion of the airport runway, investment promotion, improvement of telecommunications, additional transport routes, education support facilities and sustained peace and order and disaster risk reduction management.  (JCV/PIA)

Domestic arrivals dominate Camiguin’s tourism market

Domestic arrivals dominate Camiguin’s tourism market

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin, December 28 (PIA) — Domestic tourism significantly dominates the overall tourist arrival in Camiguin province.

Latest report from the Provincial Tourism Office (PTO) shows a 97 percent share, in terms of the total number of arrivals from last year to present.

Camiguin continues to record increases, posting more than 200,000 tourist arrivals in 2007, and close to 600,000 tourist arrivals in 2015, to include both local and foreign tourists.

As to foreign tourist arrival distribution, 43 percent came from Asia, followed by Europe with 29 percent, North America with 16 percent, and the rest came from South America, Australia, and Africa.

In terms of actual arrivals, this consists to about 16,000 foreign tourist arrivals this year, which shows dramatic increases, from more than 10,000 foreign tourist arrivals in 2013 to about 14,000 in 2014.

Government operated tourist facilities likewise earned P6.7 million this year, with an increase of P1.4 million from the gross income P5.3 million posted last year. (JCV/PIA)