11.17.2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016


Youth group, Augustinians all set for 'Serenata' choral concert in Butuan

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) – The Youth Performing Arts and Services (YPAS) and Order of the Discalced Augustinians (OAD) are all set for the ‘Serenata’ a choral concert on November 19, 2016 at the OAD Formation House in Villa Paraiso, Brgy. Ampayon, this city.

According to OAD rector Fr. Josh Cadorna, some 1,000 individuals from the different sectors are expected to attend the said concert. “We have invited our partners from the different sectors to support the Serenata concert for a cause. We wanted to serenade people with the songs of the Lord and other contemporary songs that will surely capture the minds and hearts of the guests,” he underlined.

Fr. Cadorna added that all proceeds from this concert will benefit the construction of the OAD retreat house.

The Serenata ticket is sold at P100.00 only. Said concert is also divided into two parts – the Matinee at 3:30 p.m, and Gala at 7:30 p.m.

Meanwhile, as partner of OAD, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga will also provide communication support during the set concert, together with the 4th Civil Military Operations Battalion of the Philippine Army and Kapisanan ng mga Broadcaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) Agusan del Norte-Butuan City chapter. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


Butuan artists to hold visual art exhibit

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) – A four-man visual art exhibition is set on November 26 to December 3, 2016 at Robinsons Place Mall here.

Different art works from local visual artists – Chito Alegre, Ronnie Rudinas, Cris Tamis and Resty Sala will be featured and displayed at the Robinsons’ Atrium for a week.

Rudinas, one of the founders of Golden Heart Volunteers (GHV), said that part of the proceeds will be used for the conduct of GHV medical missions in the region.

“With the gift that God has given me, I wish to use it in so many ways that could also help other people. Together with my other colleagues in the field of art, we intend to share our blessings through humanitarian/community works,” Rudinas expressed.

Also, the Youth Performing Arts and Services (YPAS) will perform a special song rendition during the art exhibit to entertain the viewers and buyers.

Rudinas further revealed that said exhibit is also co-sponsored by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Caraga, 4th Civil Military Operations (CMO) Battalion of the Philippine Army, Metrobank, Oras sa Kinaiyahan radio program, and Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), among others.

“I hope that painting collectors and other art enthusiasts will support us in this endeavor,” Rudinas highlighted. (JPG/VLG/PIA-Caraga)


NAST to hold lecture series, youth symposium

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) – The National Academy of Science and Technology, Philippines (NAST PHIL) will be holding the “Trailblazers in Science: Lecture Series by National Scientists” on November 17, 2016 and Symposium for the Youth on November 18, 2016 at the Ocean 101 Beach Resort in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte.

 According to Luningning Samarita-Domingo, director IV of NAST PHIL, they will be celebrating its 40th anniversary with the theme “NAST: 40 years in Pursuit of Excellence.”

“The lecture series and symposium are aimed to introduce NAST PHIL and its members – national scientists, academicians, and corresponding members to different sectors of the society. We wanted everyone to know more about us and what we do for the community,” highlighted Domingo.

Domingo further expressed her optimism that thru these activities, the Caraganons will learn and understand more about NAST programs and services. (JPG/PIA-Caraga)


CARAT Expo 2016 opens new market opportunities for farmers

By Rhea C. Abao

BUTUAN CITY, Nov. 17 (PIA) - The first Caraga Agricultural Trade and Marketing Exposition (CARAT Expo) 2016 could not be underestimated as an important marketing tool that reached a huge market at one go.

CARAT Expo 2016 provided Caraga farmers and local entrepreneurs to access a cost effective method to promote their products. The trade and marketing exposition became a platform to introduce the local products in the region.

Cooperation of the private sector and the national and local government agencies played an important role in raising awareness especially on the emerging buy products that the region can be proud of.

"Kayang-kaya basta't sama-sama. This is the principle we have applied during the conduct of this five-day CARAT Expo. We have just witnessed the first exposition for this year and we are looking forward to a yearly exposition for the years to come in this region," said Renato P. Manantan, OIC Regional Executive Director of Department of Agriculture (DA) Caraga.

The trade and marketing exposition drove agricultural development and technology transfer, boosted regional and local industry by providing a show window for agri-investment opportunities.

"Department of Agriculture together with the national line agencies, and private sectors will continuously help our farmers to become agriculture entrepreneurs and will push forward the agriculture development in the region," Manantan added.

During the culmination activity, DA received an award as one of the top grossers for the five-day trade and marketing exposition. A manifestation that there is money in agriculture.

"I am very grateful for the assistance of DA to showcase our product for the CARAT Expo. It gave us an opportunity to market Sunrise Corn Coffee with a wider market exposure. We only have 2,000 average daily sales, but with CARAT we gain more than what we expected," said Alicia F. Paglinawan, Sunrise Corn Coffee Proprietor.

According to the DA-Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Division (AMAD), a total of 476,559 sales was reached by the DA-led farmer cooperatives, agri-entrepreneurs, and local government units.

Based on the average daily sales of each farmer cooperative and agri-entrepreneurs, an increase of 15-20 percent of daily sales was recorded during the trade expo compared to the daily operation of each farmer groups. (DA-Caraga/PIA-Caraga)