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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Big cast for Capiz triathlon


AROUND 300 participants, including foreign entries, are expected to see action in the first Capiz International Triathlon set on April 22 and 23.

Organizers of the event dubbed as “TriAksyon,” led by Greg Atienza, are tempering expectations about the holding of the first major international triathlon competition in Capiz.

Atienza is hoping the meet will help promote sports and tourism in the city known as the “Seafood Capital of the Philippines.”

We’re not looking at a huge participation since it’s the first time Capiz will be holding a big international triathlon event,” Atienza said yesterday during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum at the Golden Phoenix Hotel in Pasay City.

But we do hope to promote tourism in the province and make it as an emerging sports hub in the country,” he added.

Atienza said entries from Thailand, Australia, and voluntary members of the Peace Corps are among the foreign entries joining the event featuring categories in tri-kids, sprint, relay, and standard.

Majority of the participants come from the neighboring provinces of Panay, Negros, and Cebu.

There are others, too, coming from Mindanao, and in other parts of the world,” added Atienza in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Golden Phoenix Hotel, Accel, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

The standard race is a 1.5K swim, 54K bike, and 12K run event that will start at the scenic Baybay beach in the city of Roxas and will pass by the century-old Roxas City bridge and the Sta. Monica Parish, a UN heritage site that houses the largest bell in Asia.

“All of these are ideal for swimming, biking, and running,” Atienza said, adding the champion will receive P30,000.

The two-day event is being held in conjunction with the foundation day of the province of Capiz.

DTI to hold forum on MSMEs in Capiz


THE Department of Trade and Industry (DTI)-Western Visayas, in partnership with other agencies, will hold a regional forum on small and medium enterprise (MSME) development and disaster resilience at the Gerry Roxas Foundation Convention Center in Roxas City, Capiz, on March 23.

DTI Regional Operations Group Assistant Secretary Ameenah Fajardo is the keynote speaker.

The forum aims to increase awareness and engage different stakeholders in the development and implementation of policies and programs, particularly in enhancing the disaster resilience of MSMEs.

It will also be a venue to link government agencies, private sector organizations and partners to discuss and explore the crucial roles of these different agencies in implementing a roadmap for SME resiliency in the Philippines.

There will be sessions following the presentation on public-private partnership on strengthening SME disaster resilience and presentation on the proposed SME road map and action plan by Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation Executive Director Marilou Erni.

DTI-Western Visayas officer-in-charge director Rebecca Rascon will talk about linking disaster risk reduction and management and business continuity management together with Bjorn Tomter of Einar’s Natural Food Export.

Other topics to be discussed in the sessions are: enhancing MSME general and disaster risk data, tailored disaster risk financing for MSMEs, role of MSMEs in business continuity and resiliency.

At the end of the meetings, there will be an action planning workshop for the development of a regional priority action plan, which will also be presented in the plenary. DTI Capiz Provincial Office Director Ermelinda Pollentes will give the closing remarks. (

Saturday, March 18, 2017

#CAPIZtahan2017 to showcase Capiz’s best


ROXAS City – Capiz’s best will be showcased in the Capiztahan 2017.

Set from April 21 to 23, Capiz has set aside more than P11.4 million for the annual festivity.

Among the highlights of the celebration are the triathlon dubbed as “Triaksyon” which will be participated in by both local and international triathlon athletes; Parade of Lights; Sadsad Capiz that will showcase the culture of the Capiceños; agro-industrial trade fair; fireworks competition; and Fiesta Capiznon.

Fiesta Capiznon will feature the food specialties in every town to include seafoods like crabs, prawns and oysters, fish as well as native chicken and other native delicacies prepared at the Capiz Gymnasium.

We just want to prove that Capiz is the Seafood Capital of the Philippines,” said Gov. Antonio del Rosario.

During the recent multi-sectoral meeting in preparation for this year’s Capiz’ big event, the governor likewise pointed out that the Capiztahan is a distinct and unique festival of Capiz.

The Capiztahan this year marks the 116th foundation anniversary of the civil government of Capiz and the commemoration of the 69th death anniversary of President Manuel Acuña Roxas, the province’s most illustrious son.

Aside from the provincial government’s appropriated budget of more than P9 million, the DoubleDragon Properties Corporation and ACS Corporation have each given P1-million for the Capiz International Triathlon competition. (PIA-Capiz/PN)

Friday, March 17, 2017

DENR-6 eyeing an Ecological Park in Tapaz, Capiz


ILOILO City – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) is eyeing a 400-hectare area as an Ecological Park in Tapaz, Capiz province.

DENR-6 Regional Director Jim Sampulna said that the proposed site is for the Sustainable Integrated Area and Development (SIAD), a program framework that is designed to curb rural poverty and promote green economy.

DENR-Capiz, headed by Valentin Talabero, recently conducted an ocular inspection in four villages.

“Part of the initiative is to improve the ecosystem by enrichment planting of indigenous forest tree species. A sustainable agriculture farming system will be established through contouring and planting of high-valued crops and fruit trees,” said Sampulna.

A bamboo plantation is also being planned in the area as part of DENR’s expansion for the National Greening Program.

The DENR will partner with the local government of Tapaz town in implementing the project that also aims to be an eco-friendly tourist spot.

Meanwhile, DENR-6 is urging for a passage of a municipal ordinance to ensure the cooperation of community leaders in the implementation of SIAD.

Meantime, the pilot Eco-park located at Barangay Bolog in Kiangan, Ifugao is now completed and ready to serve its purposes.

The project costing P314, 500 is a joint endeavor between the barangay constituents, the personnel of the Alternative Learning System (ALS) of the Department of Education and their learners and the municipal government of Kiangan through its Ecological Solid Waste Management Program (ESWMP) fund. (Tara Yap, with a report from PIA)

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LOOK: Pres. Roxas state car now in local museum

The restored 1940 Fleetwood Cadillac 75 limousine state car of the late President Manuel Acuña Roxas. CAPIZ AKSYON NEWS CENTER
ROXAS City – The Panublion Museum now houses the late Manuel Acuña Roxas’ state car, a 1940 Fleetwood Cadillac 75 limousine.

Imported for Roxas’ inauguration on July 4, 1946, the car has a wheelbase of 3.58, powered by a 5.6 liter V8 producing 135 horsepower.

Roxas used it for 21 months, from his inauguration until his death on April 15, 1948, when he had a heart attack while giving a speech at Clark Airbase in Pampanga.

On April 20 to 23, in line with the Capiztahan and in commemoration of Roxas’ 69th death anniversary, United Capizeños Foundation, Inc. will open an exhibit about the Roxas family in Capiz from the late 1800s until present time.

The limousine, which was restored in 2014, will be featured in the exhibit.

The state car was taken into custody by the National Historical Institute — now National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) — before it was transferred to the care of the President Manuel Acuña Roxas Foundation eight years ago.

Frank Koh and Alex Claudio of Route 66 restored the limousine.

The cosmetic restoration cost an estimated P1.8 million. Of the amount, around P100,000 came from the NHCP while the rest was provided by the foundation.

Judy Araneta-Roxas, daughter-in-law of the former president through whose efforts the car was taken to Capiz, believes Capisnons deserve to have a glimpse and possession of the historic vintage state vehicle.

Gov. Antonio del Rosario believes the vintage car will be a major attraction. He urged the Department of Education’s Capiz and Roxas City divisions to bring students to the Panublion Museum before the school year ends. (With a report from Michelle Oropio of the Capiz Aksyon News Center/PN)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

TriAksyon eyes 300 registered participants

Photo opportunity during the TriAksyon Launching at the Peoples' Park, Brgy. Baybay, Roxas City, January 27.
ROXAS City, Capiz – More than 300 athletes will arrive in Capiz to join the 2017 Capiz International Triathlon, also known as “TriAksyon”, on April 22 – 23.

The participants are from other countries such as the USA, Thailand, among others.

Triathletes from of Cebu, Leyte, Cavite, Manila, Makati, Quezon City, Bacolod City, Iloilo, Boracay Island, Aklan, and Capiz will also join.

Capiz Governor Tony del Rosario said “TriAksyon is expected to draw the crowd and attract more tourist arrivals as well as boast our local economy.”

The international participants are set to arrive early for inspection and familiarization of the routes.

Jose “Pepe” Borres said almost 200 participants have registered so far, including those from Singapore, Indonesia, China and Japan.

“In fact, we will wait for the confirmation of Sydney, Australia to join the Capiz TriAksyon event,” Borres added.

Philippine swimming icon Betsy Medalla also wants to join the race.

The Capizeña swimming idol is also interested to test the mettle of hundreds of participants more in particular in the crystal water of Roxas City beach.

Medalla, who traces her roots to Dumalag town, led the launching of TriAksyon at the Peoples Park in Brgy. Baybay here last Jan. 27, 2017 and swam from Baybay Beach in Roxas City to Mantalinga Island (vice versa).

The Capizeña swimming idol is also interested to test the mettle of hundreds of participants, particularly the crystal water of Roxas City beach.

Greg Atienza, Capiz International Triathlon chairman, confirmed that ACS Manufacturing Corp. and Double Dragon Properties will co-present the event. CANC/The Daily Guardian

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

CAPIZTAHAN 2017: A Festival to Capture


ROXAS CITY - The province of Capiz is set to capture locals and tourists in the celebration of Capiztahan 2017 on April 20 to 23 marking the 116th foundation anniversary of the civil government of Capiz and the commemoration of the 69th death anniversary of the provinces most illustrious son, President Manuel Acuña Roxas.

Preparations are underway for the festivity as the provincial government under the administration of Governor Tony del Rosario has already conducted series of meeting to line up the activities that brings fun and excitement to spectators.

Among the Capiztahan events presented during the March 2 meeting held at the Hall of Governors of the provincial capitol graced by provincial and municipal officials, representatives of One Capiz Foundation and other Non-Government Organizations were the Capiz International Triathlon known as the TRIAKSYON, Sadsad Capiz , Parade of Lights, Fiesta Capiznon, Unlikultura Expo, Capiztahan Trade Fair, Agro Industrial Fair and Fireworks Competition.

Sadsad Capiz is a must-see event of the Capiztahan that will showcase Capiznon culture, pride and artistry through street dancing in mythical creatures and seafood costume.

We want to be unique to create distinction from the famous Ati-Atihan and Dinagyang tribe for us to attract tourist. People will surely enjoy watching tribes in mythical creature and seafood costume dance to the beat of the drum.” Governor del Rosario said.

Each tribe is composed of at least 30 street dancers excluding drumbeaters. To heat up the event, the Governor has decided to make Sadsad Capiz a competition.

Meanwhile, innovations were introduced to the 5-year old Parade of Lights to charm the crowd with the dancers’ performance adorned with colorful led lights while showcasing the products and stories of every local government unit (LGU).

Other activities laid down for the festivity are Wreath Laying for the 69th Death Anniversary of President Manuel Acuña Roxas, Capiztahan Job Fair, Night Market (Bazaar and Street Food Fest), , Nightly Fireworks Display, Kapamilya Caravan, 6th National Invitational Arnis Tournament.

Regional Cooperative Summit, Capiztahan Governor’s Cup 2017 (Basketball Tournament), 1st Governor Tony del Rosario Capiztahan Regional Taekwondo Tournament Championship, Rendezvous with a Smile, Baroto Race, Battle of the Bands, Seafood Festival and a lot more.

The provincial government will be giving financial support to the Capiztahan event organizers and participants.

Participation of various sectors for the success of the event was emphasized by Governor del Rosario.

He also encouraged the local government officials to develop and enhance the promotion of their tourist destinations to draw tourists who came to visit Capiz during the Capiztahan. /Capiz Aksyon News Center

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