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Oro Mata: The New Wave of 'World Music' in Cagayan de Oro

April 11, 2021

  FUSION OF CULTURAL AND MODERN MUSIC   I have a chance to talk to one of the members of Oro Mata, a very promising band in the city that specializes in 'World Music.' Well, this genre sounds a bit new to many people, especially those who aren't inclined to appreciate different genres, including 'World Music' Although the music seems new in the country, BUT the music that Oro Mata is creating is something that all Filipinos must be proud of. "We've been waiting to share our first single Blanko with all of you. We hope you enjoy this convergence of passion and soul for world music and art, says Oro Mata's Paolo Garrido.  What is World Music? World music is a musical category encompassing many different styles of music from around the world, including traditional music, quasi-traditional music, and music where more than one cultural tradition intermingles. World music's inclusive nature and elasticity as a musical category pose obstacles to a universal definition, but its ethic of interest in the culturally exotic is encapsulated in fRoots magazine's description of the genre as "local music from out there" This other folk music that does not follow "North American or British pop and folk traditions" has been given a catch-all term "world music" by music industries in Europe and North America. The term was popularized in the 1980s as a marketing category for non-Western traditional music. It has grown to include subgenres such as ethnic fusion. Well, I listened to one of their newest music called "Indak" and I was truly amazed, mesmerized, and stunned by the fusion of local and modern music rolled into one. "World music makes us embraced and respect the cultures of other countries," says Paolo Garrido, one of the band's guitarists. Paolo is an OFW (Overseas Filipino Worker) and is due to go back to the ship where he used to work. I invited the group to showcase their talents in one of our teleradyo segments but he says he is living again for good in another country. "Sayang bai. Pero mogawasay nako padulong sa laing nasud! was his answer when I tried to invite the group.   ORO MATA BACKGROUND The concept behind OroMata began a few years back as an informal collaboration among various friends who are interested in world music, art, and social issues. Like its band composition, Oro Mata's style is diverse. By combining global and local influence, different cultures and realities - the band hopes to share their music to inspire people to come together, think about deep-rooted social issues, and hopefully become better citizens of the world.  The band's name is a take on the phrase, Oro Plata Mata - gold, silver, and death. Oro and mata are reminders of life's realities - good and bad, life and death, abundance and lack. Also, separately the band's geographic roots - Cagayan de Oro City. The Oro Mata band is composed of Paolo Garrido, guitar and vocals; Geraldjam Vasallo, vocals; Bam Roa, guitar; Drue Valmores, bass; Mark Treve Gonzaga, percussion; Alexander Manuel Factura, wind instruments, ukelele; and Manuel Nulo Bangcong, wind instruments.      

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Covid-19 hits Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena 

April 11, 2021

KORONADAL CITY – The deadly coronavirus disease continues to wreck havoc elsewhere in the Philippines. This time it's Koronadal City Mayor Eliordo Ogena who contracted the disease. The mayor was immediately taken to the hospital after health officials confirmed him positive of the virus. According to his daily health bulletin, the city mayor is still in "good condition."  In his FB account, the mayor said Saturday (April 10) he got the coronavirus disease based on the reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test. Symptoms of the suspected virus were seen from him so that he was rushed to the hospital. “To all my beloved Koronadaleños, I am saddened to inform you that I am positive for Covid-19. But don’t you worry because I am in good condition,” mayor Ogena said as also advised his constituents not to worry about his condition. The mayor also advised his constituents never to worry as he is now in isolation and following IATF protocols for the safety of his family and the employees of the City Government of Koronadal.  Ogena said in a radio interview that his personal doctor advised him to undergo RT-PCR for the third time since the deadly virus is still attacking people around the world with no exceptions. On Friday night the city mayor also experiences a high fever. The city mayor also experienced coughing but he could ascertain whether it already the virus symptoms as he had been coughing for many years due to his heart-related condition. He had bypass surgery in 2007, and since then he was coughing.  He said: “My fever has already subsided and I am in good condition. So far, so good, I’m healthy and strong, and eating well. He said he has no idea where he contracted the disease as he was been into many activities in the past few days.  

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2 South Cotabato dads inoculated with Astra Zeneca but may face sanctions

April 11, 2021

SOUTH COTABATO -  Two mayors in this province could be in 'hot water' as they violated memo circular guidelines on giving priority to health care workers. This after the mayors got inoculated of the government-procured antivirus.  DILG South Cotabato Lawyer Rochelle Sero announced that Mayors Sulpicio Villalobos of Sto. Niño and Dibu Tuan of Tboli were inoculated ahead of the health care workers and this appeared the mayors violated DILG Memorandum Circular 2021-007. Lawyer Rochelle said the two mayors are not yet eligible to get the vaccines, based on a Memo Circular issued last January.  In a press briefing held recently, Lawyer Rochelle Sero said: “Kung makita nimo, naay priority and they cut the line. So maingon ta naa sila violation sa vaccine protocol” she said in a press briefing in Koronadal City. Sero leaves the resolution of the case on the mayor's violation to the Ombudsman to determine the gravity of the offense and the appropriate sanctions. The two were among the five mayors in the country who were initially flagged by the DILG central office and issued with show-cause orders on Wednesday for “jumping the line” on the vaccination priority list. Tuan and Villalobos got their first doses of the AstraZeneca last March 19.

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P13.4-M illegal drugs burned in Caraga Region

April 9, 2021

CARAGA REGION - A combined total of P13.4 Million of illegal drugs confiscated by operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA-13) in many operations, were burned and destroyed Wednesday, government reports said. PDEA-13 reported that those destroyed were composed of around 1,997.37 grams of the illegal drugs known as shabu.  PDEA-13 spokesperson Dindo Abellanosa told reporters "the illegal drugs destroyed were composed of 1,997.37 grams of shabu and 102.10 grams of marijuana.”  Hes added that the incinerated illegal; drugs were part of the 557 drug cases evidence in various regional trial courts in the region.   “Some of the disposed illegal drugs were from the crime laboratory of the Police Regional Office in Caraga Region (PRO-13),” Abellanosa clarified to PNA. Abellanosa said prior to the incineration they have first asked approval from the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).

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Drug suspect who grabs a gun from a cop gets hurt

April 9, 2021

COTABATO CITY – A drug suspect in a buy-bust operation almost got killed after he tried to grab a gun from a policeman Wednesday in this city.  During the wrestle between the policeman and the drug suspect, the gun accidentally went off hurting the suspect identified as one Dido Alim Silongan, 27, a resident of Datu Odin Sinsuat in Maguindanao.  Investigation disclosed that Silongan was the subject of a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay Tamontaka at around 5:30 p.m. when he sensed he was transacting with the police. Capt. John Howell Wong, chief of the city police drug enforcement unit told reporters the confiscated illegal drugs known as 'shabu' (20 grams) has an estimated market value of Php 48,000. The police drug unit chief said “The suspect fronts as a welder, but at the side, he sells shabu to prospective buyers.”  After sensing he was surrounded by police operatives during the buy-bust he tried to grab a gun from a policeman and the commotion took place. Wong clarified: “As they wrestled for the gun, it went off with the bullet hitting the suspect in his left leg.”  The wounded Silongan was immediately rushed to the nearest hospital for treatment. The suspect is now languishing at the city government's facility for prisoners awaiting charges for violation of R.A. 9165 also known as the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

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Imee: Goodbye to 'Ayuda', PPE, Covid-19 vaccines

April 9, 2021

Senator Imee Marcos has castigated the Department of Agriculture (DA) for crippling the government’s ability to raise much needed revenue to cope with the double onslaught of African Swine Fever (ASF) and Covid-19. Marcos accused the DA of giving President Duterte “questionable advice” that led to his signing Executive Order (EO) 128 on Wednesday, which increases pork import volumes and lowers tariffs at the same time, in a bid to reverse a supply shortage caused by ASF. “Akala ko ba naghahanap tayo ng pera? (Aren’t we looking for more funding?) Where is the much touted whole-of-government approach?” Marcos asked. “We just threw away Php11.5 billion of ‘ayuda,’ vaccines, PPEs (personal protective equipment) and ditched local hog raisers, all in one fell swoop,” Marcos said of what would be lost from lowering pork tariffs. “The DA has assured pork importers of scandalous profits but has left the local hog raisers it is supposed to protect with a very sketchy plan? The Php1.5 billion that the DA allotted to the livestock industry in its 2021 budget is measly, token support, knowing ASF has been around since 2019,” Marcos added. EO 128 supports a recommendation recently transmitted by the executive department to Congress to raise the minimum access volume (MAV) of pork imports by 350,000 metric tons (MT), or about 6.5 times its present limit of 54,210 MT, to total 404,210 MT. Tariffs on imports within and outside the MAV are to be reduced from 30% to 5% and 40% to 10%, respectively, within the first three months after the EO takes effect, then raised by 5% each for the next nine months. Marcos, who chairs the Senate committee on economic affairs, said that EO 128 will “surrender the country’s food security to foreign producers and exporters while forcing local hog raisers to sell at a loss.” “Increasing pork imports and reducing tariffs may give near-term relief for consumers but will deal a double whammy on our very own hog raisers, with long-term effects,” Marcos said. “Clearly, the main beneficiaries of the EO are foreign producers, foreign exporters, local pork importers, and perhaps corrupt government officials selling import licenses,” Marcos also said. “The competitive advantage given to pork importers will be insurmountable and will discourage the recovery of local hog raisers. Majority of them are backyard raisers who may just decide to shut down business rather than be forced to sell at a measly profit, if not at a loss,” Marcos explained. An April 1 report of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations stated that African Swine Fever has already affected Filipino hog raisers in 12 regions, 40 provinces, 466 cities and municipalities, and 2,425 communities. The government has not yet declared a state of calamity due to ASF, delaying the release of more relief funds for the local hog industry. “Local hog raisers cannot lower prices of hogs delivered from the provinces to Metro Manila when they have not even received transport subsidies as promised by the DA in February,” Marcos pointed out. Wet market prices in Metro Manila have shot past price ceilings of Php270 for pork shoulder (kasim) and Php300 for pork belly (liempo), reaching Php370 to Php406 pesos, respectively, according to surveys conducted by Marcos’s office. Marcos cited that the government recently gave pork importers a wider margin of profit by raising the suggested retail price (SRP) of imported pork to Php350. “Why is the DA favoring importers? Local hog raisers have been asking for an SRP of Php339 to Php360 two months ago,” Marcos pointed out.

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