Good news from our trip to Manila for the 7th Congress of the Philippine Councilors League. Our colleague Danny Dayanghirang won as National Treasurer. He was unopposed.

The two contesting slates carried him as a common candidate. To appease both camps, we campaigned for the National Chair of one group (Fernandez) and National President (Ferrer) of the other group. Both won.

Councilor Alan Zulueta of neighboring Tagum City also won as National Vice Chair and last minute entry movie star Alma Moreno as National Secretary-General.


(4;03 p.m.)

Sinking Manila

I am flying to Manila today for the Philippine Councilors’ League convention. The Davao City delegation will stay at the old Philippine Plaza by the Manila Bay.

This would give me a close look to check the story that Manila is sinking. Scientific studies trace the “sinking” to the drying up of ground water.

In a privilege speech I delivered September 25 last year at the City Council, I asked the opposite. Could Manila be not sinking but rather the Manila Bay is rising?

One consequence of global warming is clear … tides are rising and will sink lowlying islands like those in the South Pacific, Indian Ocean and in the archipelagic nations of Indonesia and the Philippines.

(3:27 a.m.)

Another blog

I am starting another blog.

Yup, this time for the activities of the Davao City Sports Council, Inc.

Check out updates on the local sports scene of Davao here. 

Sports Council

I formally took over the helm of the Davao City Sports Council during our meeting last night. As the 1st vice president, I took over by succession to the post vacated by the untimely death of our president Victorio “Vic” Sai.

With more than four decades of experience in sports journalism and organizing, it is truly hard to fill in the shoes of Vic.

On top our transition agenda is to continue on-going sports projects personally handled by Vic such as the forthcoming Primovit basketball and chess tournaments in April and May and the triathlon championship next month, and the preparations for the So Kim Cheng Sports Awards in July.

Also, numerous sports activities are lined up during the summer by the various sports association affiliated with the Sports Council including arnis, duckpin bowling, swimming, basketball, lawn tennis, table tennis, sepak takraw, baseball, cycling, track and field, and badminton. Local athletes are also busy preparing for the Palarong Pambansa slated in Palawan later next month.

I am happy to note the full backing of the members of the Sports Council to continue our work in bannering sports development in the city.

Another friend passes away

Mindanao’s Mr. Newspaperman, Angelo “Gil” Abarico passed away yesterday.

I paid tribute to him, and to Vic Sai, via a privilege speech at the City Council’s session this morning.

The full text is at http://tocouncilorlavina.pbwiki.com/Vic-and-Gil-now-writing-under-the-

(9:29 a.m.)

First Pinay at West Point

The first Filipina, born and raised in the Philippines , to enter the US Military Academy at West Point , Christy Isis A. Achanzar, will graduate on May 31, 2008.

She constantly lands in the dean’s list and was given the Superintendent’ s Award for Achievement for excelling in academic, military and physical programs last September.

She finished her secondary school at Davao City High School in 1998.

Her family is now raising funds to apply for visa, buy tickets, etc. to attend her graduation.

Please help.

The Davaoeno community in New York , particulalry those from City High, might want to host the family or extend whatever assistance.

Family address – # 0306 Platinum St. , San Rafael Village, Davao City 8000, Tel # (082) – 300-2838, Mobile # 0919-267-7236; Allied Bank S/A # 1150-03159-1 Ermine and/or Asuncion Achanzar

(Apart from the Lent break, I had no net in the house. Thus, I failed to blog for the past several days.)

8:43 a.m.

Lent break

I’m going on a Lent break.

Let’s heed the call of Archbishop Fernando Capalla last Palm Sunday to read and reflect on the bible this week.

Happy Easter to all!

(7:17 a.m.)