Marinduque Brought Home 16 Gold Medals in MIMAROPA Sports Event

SportThis is a repost from**BOAC, Marinduque, Feb 29 (PIA) — About 190 delegates from different schools of the six municipalities of the province composed of coaches, players and supervisors joined this year’s Mimaropa Regional Athletic Association Meet (MRAAM).

The event was held at Sto. Nino de Romblon, Romblon on Feb. 17-21.

This is a project of the Department of Education (DepEd) to promote sports and sportsmanship to the youth, thus encouraging students to focus on their studies and sports and deviate from other activities that may affect their grades or performance in school.

It took weeks of diligent preparation and practice for the athlete delegates in their determination to bag the gold medals for the different events of the games. Marinduque Division Head Magdalen Lim said she was optimistic that the students will bring home pride and honor for the province.

Marinduque brought home 16 gold medals which include six for badminton, five of which were won by students from Malindig Institute of Sta.Cruz and one from Marinduque National High School. Three of the golds are for Taekwando, three for table tennis, two for table tennis, one for arnis-bantam weight, and one for arnis.

There were also 13 silver medals won for badminton, taekwando, and arnis; and 30 bronze medals for the same events and the other events like boxing, hurdle 110m, 5000m run and sepak takraw.

DepEd officials and the provincial government of Marinduque expressed pride for the winners and commended them for a job well done. (LBR/MNL-PIA4B, Marinduque)

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Agri Studes Receive Fund from Provincial Government

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BOAC, Marinduque, Dec 18 (PIA) — Nine Marinduque State College-School of Agriculture students received funding support as part of the Lingap Pangkabuhayan ni Nanay Program of the provincial government that will fund their projects in agriculture, vegetable farming, food processing/preservation and raising of organic pigs and native chickens.

Marinduque, under the leadership of governor “Nanay” Carmencita O. Reyes, granted funding assistance to students of the MSC on December 10 at MSC Campus, Boac.

The ceremonial awarding was led by the governor, with the assistance of Elmer Marbello of the Provincial Agriculture Office (PAO) the Lingap Program Director Norma Arevalo.

Reyes commended the administration of MSC, specially its president Dr. Romulo H. Malvar, for their commitment to the provincial government in empowering Marinduque folks to develop self-reliance and provide livelihood assistance.

The student-recipients were given an orientation on the program. Also discussed in the presentation were the project guidelines. Students were allowed to share their expectations and plans using the Lingap Pangkabuhayan Program support.

In a press statement, Marinduque expressed its support, “Helping students become partners in progress-building as it sets its goals to improve youth participation to community development.” The governor added that the young Marinduqueños are examples of determined individuals who can make the best out of the present in order to strengthen their future. (LBR/JLancion/MNL-PIA4B, Marinduque)

Bila-Bila Festival Shows Off Hues and History

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MANILA, Philippines – If Blessing and numerous other prominent people out there, among them Miley Cyrus who popularized the song “Butterfly Fly Away” can drop good notes for the insect, the people of Marinduque have a unique way of paying tribute to this lovely creature.

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Locally called “Bila-Bila Festival,” this colorful affair is held to highlight major occasions in the island province, notably town and community fiestas, provincial anniversary, and other equally important events.

In fact, the municipal government of the capital town of Boac has even enshrined the butterfly in a municipal ordinance entitled “Tree Farming and Butterfly Propagation Ordinance of 2002.”

Section 30 of the ordinance states; “Whenever appropriate, the release of butterflies shall become a regular feature of social gatherings such weddings, birthdays, baptisms, and anniversary celebrations, and shall become a regular feature of the traditional ‘putong’ and in welcoming of dignitaries, visitors and guests.”

“Putong,” which means crowning, is traditionally held to honor a birthday celebrator or a guest through song and dance punctuated by a shower of flower petals and coins as a symbol of good luck for the main persona of the event.

The provision virtually makes the butterfly a conspicuous member of the Marinduque society, apart from its natural role of enhancing the environment and providing a unique source of livelihood for the townsfolk.

Over the years, butterfly culture has been widely practiced by Marinduquenos as a lucrative backyard cottage industry, the chrysalis of which is being shipped out to butterfly enthusiasts all over the world who are willing to pay good money for the pupa or cocoon.

That means the butterfly species indigenous in Marinduque must have been bred and crossbred with their foreign relatives across the globe.

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National Nutrition Council Cites Marinduque as “Outstanding Province in the Region”

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BOAC, Marinduque, Dec 11 (PIA) — Marinduque was awarded “Outstanding Province in the Region” by the National Nutrition Council (NNC) in partnership with Department of Health last November 27 at the Imperial Palace Hotel, Tomas Morato Ave., Q.C.

The Municipality of Mogpog bagged the 1st Place for the Regional Outstanding Municipality with Roxas Oriental Mindoro as 2nd Placer. Mogpog also won the Municipal Nutrition Green Banner Award together with Roxas, Oriental Mindoro, San Agustin, Romblon and Narra, Palawan. For the Regional Outstanding Barangay Nutrition Scholars, Norberto B. Sususco, who won as first placer, was from Brgy. Poblacion, Narra, Palawan. Maricon Mijares of Brgy, Manlibunan, Sta. Cruz, Marinduque won the second place, while Melanie L. Bantan of Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa City, Palawan bagged the third spot.

Dr. Violeta O. Reyes, daughter of Gov. Carmencita O. Reyes, acknowledged the awardees and spoke in behalf of the governor. She thanked all the BNS workers and the Provincial Nutrition Office, headed by PNO Robie Apiag, OIC-NNC Eileen B. Blanco and Dir. Jose R. Llacuna Jr., OIC-Regional Director, Central for Health and Development (CHD) Mimaropa and chairman of the Regional Nutrition Committee.

Director Llacuna said the awards were given in appreciation of the accomplishments of the nutrition workers. He also called on the people from the Mimaropa region to fully support the nation’s health programs and promote the NNC’s mission by practicing nutrition in their homes.

NNC 4B Officer-in-charge Eileen B. Blanco congratulated the winners as she proudly announced that malnutrition among pre-school children in the region was noted to be decreasing in the last five years. (LBR/MNL/PIAIV-B/Marinduque)