Marian Rivera's Charity Auction for Yolanda Survivors in Bantayan

GMA star Marian Rivera has raised more than a hundred thousand pesos (100,000) to help the survivors of super typhoon Yoalanda  in Bantayan Island, Cebu. She auctioned off some of her clothes where the proceeds will benefit around 300 fishermen which are beneficiaries of the GMA Kapuso Foundation, Inc.
The charity auction was the culmating activity for the Kapuso Adopt-a-Bangka Project which aims to  extends help to affected communities in Northern Cebu. It was held in Lewis Grand Hotel in Clark, Pampanga.

Marian Rivera Kapuso Adopt A Barangay Project

In her instagram account, Marian posted:
"Masaya ako't nakapagbigay tulong na naman tayo sa pamamagitan ng Kapuso Adopt-A-Bangka Project. Mahigit 400 daan na pamilya sa Bantayan Island ng Northern Cebu na ang ating natulungan. Di po natin mararating ang ating pinapangarap na ito kung wala ang ating mga partners na walang sawang nagbigay suporta sa atin. Sa araw po na ito ay opisyal na naming tinatapos ang ikalawa at huling yugto ng ating proyekto. Pagbibigyang tuon na ng aming partner, "Back-to-Sea" ng Bantayan Island ang pag papaigting ng kaalaman ng ating mga beneficiaries upang mas mapalakas pa nila ang kanilang kumunidad at livelihood. Muli, maraming salamat!"

More than 10 Million pesos has been raised for the Bantayan Island beneficiaries since Marian became the campaign's ambassadress shortly after the typhoon devastated the Visayas in November last year.


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Negros Trade Fair to Showcase Woven Baskets of San Remigio

The creativity and resilience of the Visayan people in face of calamity will be highlighted in the 29th Negros Trade Fair which starts today, 24th of September, and will end on the 28th of September. It is held at the Glorietta Activity Center in Ayala, Makati City. Its theme for this year is "Smiles Beyond Borders" which promises to bring the finest food, fashion, furniture arts and crafts not only from Negros, but also from Cebu, Masbate, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan and Antique.

The organizers hoped that the fair would boost livelihood in the areas ravaged first by the killer quake and Super Typhoon “Yolanda” last year.

San Remigio Woven Basket Negros Trade Fair
Hacienda Crafts' Macramé Pendant Lamp which uses hand woven baskets from San Remigio
29th Negros Trade Fair_Smiles Beyond Borders FB Page
One of the items being showcased is from Hacienda Crafts which uses hand woven baskets from San Remigio, Cebu that now form part of the Macramé Pendant Lamp . You can visit Hacienda Crafts at Booth B4 .

The five-day trade fair will also include shows and events. The 29th Negros Trade Fair will be open from 10am to 9pm on Sept. 24, 25, and 28 (Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday) and from 10am to 10pm on Sept. 26 and 27 (Friday and Saturday). Entrance is free.

More about the Trade Fair:
Negros Trade Fair to honor Visayan resilience, creativity
‘Smiles Beyond Borders’: Negros arts and crafts trade fair to benefit calamity-ravaged Visayas

Bidlisiw sa Sugbo Awards

Bidlisiw sa Sugbo Awards
The Bidlisiw sa Sugbo Awards are given to deserving individuals and institutions who have greatly contributed to the development and welfare of the Province of Cebu, particularly those who have made substantial contributions and impact in line with the Provincial Government’s Development Agenda namely :
- Health care and services
- Countryside development
- Education and technical vocational training
- Environmental  protection, climate change  and DRM
- Infrastructure development and private sector cooperation, and
- Law and Order
Bidlisiw which means “beacon” of light   will, thus, refer to the institution or individual who exemplifies sterling performance worthy to emulation.


The Bidlisiw sa Sugbo Awards for Institution is open to all private institutions/organizations, be they corporations, non-government organizations, civic organizations, people’s organization, church-based organizations, or religious organization which have operated for at least 3 years and have built a track record of dedicated service to uplifting the lives of people and communities in the province of Cebu.

The Criteria for nomination are as follows:
1. Service Excellence and Professionalism
2. Impact of the nominee’s work to the community and society
3. Innovation and Creativity


The Bidlisiw sa Sugbo Awards for Individuals is open to every Filipino or Cebuano,  natural born or naturalized citizen,of good moral character, and at least 3 continuing years of  commitment to his/her profession, vocation and service who  have made a significant impact on uplifting the lives of people and communities in the province of Cebu.

The Criteria for nomination are as follows:
1. Service excellence and professionalism
2. Impact of Work to Community and Society
3. Innovativeness and creativity in nominee’s work, service, and vocation


The Province of Cebu invites the public to nominate or endorse a candidate/s or nominee/s by accomplishing the Official Nomination Forms.  These forms may be downloaded from the Cebu Provincial Government website (, and obtained from the  Office of the Search & Awards Committee c/o Office of the Provincial Administrator, Cebu Provincial Capitol.

Self- nomination shall not be entertained.  Nominees will be informed of the Secretariat and will be requested to signify in writing their acceptance of the nomination, all nominees/candidates and/or nominators should submit on a specified deadline all pertinent information, documents and other requirements to support the nomination.


Institutions and individuals nominated for the award will undergo a selection process.  Through the information obtained from the nominees/candidates and/or nominators, the Search and Awards Committee and the Secretariat will conduct the initial screening, evaluation, profiling and validation. Then a shortlist of nominees and their profiles shall be submitted to the Board of Judges who will deliberate for the final list.


The final screening and selection phase will begin as soon after the Search and Awards Committee and/or thru its Secretariat submits to the Board of Judges the short list of nominees.  At this stage, the board of judges will review the profiles and documents for further short listing at the semi-finalist level.  During this process, the board of judges will meet en banc, deliberate and decide on the process and mechanisms in arriving at the top semi-finalist.  The mechanisms may include field validation, face to face interviews, panel interviews, focus group discussions or any other process that will assist the board in arriving at an intelligent decision.

The Board of Judges also decides en banc nominees to be given CITATIONS .


1. Service Excellence & Professionalism
Internal Processes/Document Standards - 10%
Customer/community response system - 10%
Feedback of orgt’l structure,brand, compliance & mgt.effectivity - 10%
2. Impact to Community & Society
# of people affected - 10%
Contribution to wealth - 10%
Reach to vulnerables - 10%
CSR Programs/activities - 10%
3.Innovation & Creativity
Development of pioneering products & services – 10%
Creative use of mats/res - 10%
Innovation/replicability - 10%
1. Service Excellence & Professionalism
Adherence of Ethical Standards -15%
Endorsements attesting high standards of service delivery - 15%
2.Impact to Community & Society
Community or volunteer service -10%
Contribution to wealth -10%
Reach to vulnerable -10%
# of people/communities served-10%
3.Innovation & Creativity
Development of pioneering products & services - 10%
Creative use of mats/res. – 10%
Innovation/replicability – 10%
MEETING WITH THE GOVERNOR and Members of the Search and Awards Committee (added  in the process for  the governor with the  Search and Awards Committee will have  prior knowledge of the  results  are  kept confidential and unrevealed until the Awards Nite in December).

Once the Board of Judges has confirmed its  final choice of AWARDEES, it will present the list to the Governor for his information.  Thereafter, the same lists will be presented to the members of the Awards Committee for their information.


1. To send the right signals about the prestige of the awards and citations, and the importance with which the awardee accords the honor as awardee,  it is   required then  that the awardees be physically present to receive his/her  award.  Otherwise, the awardee  may be re-nominated in the succeeding year. 

2. In relation to # 1, the letter officially informing the awardees shall   mention the condition for the awardee to be physically present to claim/receive the award, and  also will provide a part where  awardee confirms his/her/its attendance at the awards. 

3. Official letter shall   also include maximum number of people( Committee suggests 2 guests maximum per awardee) to avoid logistics concerns.

RAFI to Construct Classrooms in Bantayan, Madridejos and San Remigio.

Ramon ABoitiz Foundation logo
Bantayan, Madridejos, San Remigio and nine (9) other Local Government Units (LGUs) of Cebu signed an agreement with The Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) for the repair and construction of 218 classrooms that would benefit almost 10,000 students. 

The Php144-Million School Rehabilitaion Project was signed by the mayors and/or representatives of the towns of Alcoy, Aloguinsan, Asturias, Bantayan, Barili, Borbon, Carcar, Naga, Madridejos, Samboan, San Remigio and Sibonga  as a continuing commitment to provide the school children with a safer and more conducive learning environment.

Aside from building classrooms, RAFI would also assist the LGUs and the Department of Education in school governance.

“The challenge is not on fixing the school buildings anymore. What we need is to prepare the students so that they can compete,” said RAFI President Roberto Aboitiz, adding that there is also a need to build the character, competence, and citizenship of the students. 
As stipulated in the agreement, the 12 LGUs were expected to provide funds for manpower requirements as counterpart for the rehabilitation of their schools, among other obligations. The LGUs have also committed to assume full responsibility of the actual implementation and execution of the project.