Monday, May 21, 2018

Iligan Athletes Bag Gold

(Thursday, 6th day of July 2017)


ILIGAN CITY – This week’s flag raising ceremony highlighted positivity. Anna Rose “Kim” Gadapan Actub, Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) Female Super Bantamweight Division held in Korea on June 24, 2017; TSgt. Alan G. Lao, OS PA, Semi-Auto Standard Division Military Individual, First Rifle Shoot held in Moscow, Russia on May 25 – June 11, 2017; and the dragon boat team, Bakunawa, Stanley International Dragon Boat Race in Stanley, Hongkong on June 18, 2017—they all bagged the gold awards in their respective events. Team Bakunawa also bagged the silver award at the 2017 International Race in China, Longzhou Tournament Huizhou Leg on June 17, 2017. The said athletes were given commendation by the mayor and the city council during the flag raising ceremony on Monday, July 3. The mayor, on behalf of the local government, also promised to give all Iliganon athletes the attention they need as well as the rewards and benefits they deserve.

Meanwhile, Regional Director Liza Mazo of the Office of Civil Defense (OCDRO) Region X, was also present during the said ceremony. In her speech, Dir. Mazo commended Iligan for its “business-as-usual” disposition opposite to the horror that the mainstream media has been trying to portray to the rest of the Philippines. She mentioned that her colleagues and friends warned her about her coming to Iligan, but she came, anyway. She was amazed to find Iligan to be peaceful and to see for herself that things are organized. She is visiting Iligan to promote the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management’s new focus on being proactive and resilient instead of being reactive and as she observed, is really being applied here.

“Ang Iligan gi-tawag nga resilient, dili dali-dali nga ma-guba, dili dali-dali nga mabungkag, tungod kay ang among mga babaye diri kusog manumbag, ang mga lalaki hunter kaayo mo-tira sa rifle, kusog pa gyud mamugsay, kusog pa gyud manglangoy… dili mahadlok mobantay sa katawhan sa dakbayan sa Iligan.” (Iligan is resilient, it does not easily crumble, it is not easily destroyed, because our women here give powerful punches, our men are sharp shooters, they are also strong rowers, tough swimmers… they are not afraid to stand guard for the people of Iligan), the mayor good-humoredly said. “Sa atong mga kaigsuonang mga Muslim nga ani-a karon dinhi, ayaw na ninyo ug tuguti nga kanang mga dautang tawo mo-guba pa sa “the only Islamic city in the Philippines,” ang Marawi City” (To all our brothers and sisters present here, do not allow those evil doers to destroy the only Islamic city in the Philippines, Marawi City), Mayor Regencia appealed to the audience.

This only proves that despite the mayhem we are in now in Mindanao, there’ll always be a reason to smile. As the saying goes: “Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning to dance in the rain.”


– –  Kristoff S. – WEB/CIO