EV Mail publisher Lalaine M. Jimenea (2nd from right), a veteran journalist, was among the awardees of the Excellence in Media Coverage in Disaster during the recently concluded “A Toast to Bayanihan” awards of the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurance Association (PIRA), an industry that was also badly hit by Yolanda but wanted to show the world that despite crippling losses, they are up and well and able to serve their clients. Other awardees were Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan, Patricia Evangelista of The Rappler, DJ Yap of PDI, Tara Yap of Manila Bulletin, Ted Failon and Atom Araullo of ABS-CBN, Jiggy Manicad, Love Anover and Micaela Papa of GMA 7.

EV Mail publisher Lalaine M. Jimenea (2nd from right), a veteran journalist, was among the awardees of the Excellence in Media Coverage in Disaster during the recently concluded “A Toast to Bayanihan” awards of the Philippine Insurers and Reinsurance Association (PIRA), an industry that was also badly hit by Yolanda but wanted to show the world that despite crippling losses, they are up and well and able to serve their clients. Other awardees were Al Jazeera’s Jamela Alindogan, Patricia Evangelista of The Rappler, DJ Yap of PDI, Tara Yap of Manila Bulletin, Ted Failon and Atom Araullo of ABS-CBN, Jiggy Manicad, Love Anover and Micaela Papa of GMA 7.

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Doctor warns vs. use of ‘Sehat Badan’ coffee

by EVMail News on October 20, 2014

sehat badan coffeeORMOC CITY – Health practitioners here are alarmed at the rising cases of patients suffering from the possible adverse effects of “Sehat Badan”, an Indonesian “health supplement” that comes in a form of a coffee drink, against which the Food and Drug Administration has already issued a “public health warning” since January 2014.

Over the last two months here in the city, at least three doctors (all specialists) reported of seeing patients who looked “edematous” (nanghupong), all of who said they’ve been drinking “Sehat Badan” religiously for several weeks. These patients claimed they felt better after taking the said coffee, which they made them “feel strong”, unlike before when they would always feel tired and had lots of body pains.

Dr. Rhodette E. Arevalo, an internist and a cardiologist, said she has seen at least eight patients who reported drinking the banned coffee supplement. She knows of at least two other doctors who’ve also seen the same in their patients. Almost all of these patients looked bloated and edematous, hence, she suspects that aside from the ibuprofen, diclofenac sodium and paracetamol that the FDA found it contained, the coffee could also be laced with steroids. [click to continue…]

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Hon. Margarita Cari, 49, passes away

by EVMail News on October 20, 2014

Hon. Margarita Cellona-Cari

Hon. Margarita Cellona-Cari

BAYBAY CITY – Leyte provincial board member Margarita Cellona-Cari, 49, and wife of Leyte 5th district congressman Jose Carlos L. Cari, passed away early morning of Sunday (October 12) at the Perpetual Succor Hospital in Cebu City.

The late “Margie”, as family and friends fondly call her, suffered an aneurysm on her brain on September 17, while in Cebu City to do some last minute shopping for Golden Wedding anniversary of her in-laws, Engr. Felipe and Baybay City Mayor Carmen Loreto-Cari on September 19. [click to continue…]

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BPO reopens, heralding a new hope for Leyteños

by EVMail News on October 20, 2014

ENERGY SECRETARY CARLOS JERICHO PETILLA, his wife Frances Ann, Leyte governor Dominic Petilla, together with two BPO executives, grace the reopening of the FPOSI.

ENERGY SECRETARY CARLOS JERICHO PETILLA, his wife Frances Ann, Leyte governor Dominic Petilla, together with two BPO executives, grace the reopening of the FPOSI.

PALO, LEYTE (PNA) – Freight Process Outsourcing Solutions, Inc. (FPOSI), a business process outsourcing company that used to operate here before Yolanda, reopened on Wednesday, October 8, in the morning.

The BPO’s reopening assures Leytenos of jobs aside from sending a strong message that the province, 11 months after being flattened by super typhoon Yolanda, is now ready to welcome investors.

The non-voice firm, a part of the Direct Data Capture (DDC) Group of Companies, processes the billing invoices of trucking companies in the United States.

FPOSI Leyte president Frances Ann Petilla, wife of Energy Secretary and former Leyte governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, admitted that they almost decided to shutdown their operations in the province and bring it to other parts of the country after suffering devastation from Yolanda.

“We almost gave up but due to the spirit of the FPOSI, we pushed back to open in Leyte,” she explained. [click to continue…]

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Palompon bags Best Tourism Oriented LGU award

by EVMail News on October 12, 2014

Mayor Ramon Oñate is a happy man after his town bagged the award.

Mayor Ramon Oñate is a happy man after his town bagged the award.

Palompon town in Leyte is Grand Winner for Best Tourism Oriented Local Government Unit in the Philippines for the year 2013, during the Pearl Awards held at the L’Fisher Hotel in Bacolod on Saturday, October 4.

Palompon town bested two other finalists: Mystical Kabayan in Benguet, where Mt. Pulag and centuries old mummies can be found, and Mainit town in Surigao.

The town of Palompon is where Kalanggaman Island is, which has caught international attention after a Lloyd-Hapag cruise ship included it as one of its “virgin destinations” in the country. It has since attracted visitors from here and abroad, aside from the town’s other tourist attractions like giant bat watching, bird watching and deep-sea diving.

Mayor Ramon Oñate received the coveted award from Domingo Ramon C. Enerio III, COO and Vice Chairman of the Philippine Tourism Promotion Board. With him were Palompon’s tourism officer Engr. Cleofe Rivera, environmental officer Raoul Bacalla and the officers of the Palompon Municipal Eco-Tourism Council composed of Rene Camposano, president; Esperanza Sumalinog, vice president; and Dr. Virginia Beltran, secretary. [click to continue…]

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Tzu Chi Fdn. launches relocation program at “Codilla Land”

October 12, 2014

ORMOC CITY – There’s Disneyland and there is Codilla Land! The Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation Inc. formally launched its housing program for Yolanda victims and internally displaced persons here in the city, in rites held at the city plaza on Monday, September 29, where a sample unit of the houses they would be constructing was […]

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ACT’s Rep. Tinio defends Lucy from cyberbullies

October 12, 2014

ORMOC CITY – Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez has made it clear that she is sympathetic to the cause of increasing the take home pay of teachers, and will vote for measures regarding the matter anytime it is put on the floor. Even party-list Rep. Antonio L. Tinio of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) vouches for […]

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Save the Children helps 3 Matag-ob villages to get ZOD-certified

October 5, 2014

MATAG-OB, LEYTE – Three remote villages in this town are the first villages in the Province of Leyte to be certified “Zero Open Defecation” (ZOD) barangays, in a simple ceremony led by Save the Children, health authorities and local officials on Saturday, September 28. These are the villages of Bulak, Masaba, and San Dionesio. The […]

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Bongbong consults move to hike SK’s age range to 18-30

October 5, 2014

SOUTHERN LEYTE – Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Senate chairman of the committee on local governance, visited this province to consult with an estimated 2,000 youth gathered in Sogod town, about the move to expand the age of Sangguniang Kabataan representatives from 15 -17 to 18-30 years of age. This is part of the SK […]

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IOM’s top honcho visits Ormoc, Kananga

October 5, 2014

ORMOC CITY – No less than the Philippines Chief of Mission of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an international non-government organization that is providing shelter and other relief to Yolanda victims here in the city and neighboring towns including Biliran Province, was here to inspect and turnover some of their projects to stakeholders on […]

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