Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for Vice President?

Cebu’s first lady governor might become Philippines’ first vice president!

Gibo-Garcia tandem_Photo credit: Micheal Ong

Gibo-Garcia tandem. Photo credit: Michael Victor Ong

Today’s top story of The Philippine Star, Gibo-Gwen tandem emerging for Lakas, hints Gov. Gwen’s alliance to administration’s presidential bet, Defense Secretary Gilbert ‘Gibo’ Teodoro.

Has Garcia tempted to seek higher position? No one knows yet. The report in The Philippine Star says:

The tandem of Lakas-Kampi standard-bearer Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro and Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia for the 2010 elections is emerging as negotiations for what the administration sees as a powerhouse team-up are nearing the homestretch, officials said yesterday.

The report only mentioned ‘official’ and ‘the source’ making the story appears like test field of Teodoro-Garcia tandem. Gov. Gwen’s vice presidential bid remained as rumor.

Several months ago her name has been floated as good candidate for vice president. Gov. Gwen was cold on that hot news. She manifested that she will continue to serve as governor in Cebu rather than seek national position.

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What’s good for Cebu: BRT, LRT or Both?

Like garbage or solid waste, traffic congestion becomes major by-product of Cebu’s urbanization. One of Metro Cebu’s major challenge is how to address the worsening traffic congestion. One good option is to have a mass transport system within the metropolitan area.

Metro Cebu’s traffic demand will continue to experience rapid growth of over three percent towards the next century, says the case study Metropolitan Cebu: The Challenge of Definition and Management by Ruben Mercado of the Philippine Institute for Development Studies.

Several other studies recommend the need for a mass transport system in Metro Cebu. But the kind of mass transport system Cebu needs is currently discussed.

Mass transport system is almost synonymous to Light Rail Transit (LRT) or the Metro Rail Transit (MRT). The LRT/MRT system is suggested for Metro Cebu. Cebuanos, upon hearing this, get so excited until the cost of constructing and maintaining it was revealed.

Cebu  City Mayor Tomas Osmena, has been suggesting and pushing Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT). Obviously, Mayor Tommy’s mind is already nailed to BRT although several studies are yet to be done.

There is unsolicited proposal for Cebu Light Rail Transit (LRT) pushed by most of Metro Cebu chief executives and the DOTC. It seems Cebu LRT is coming too close not until Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmena announced that he still wait until the studies of BRT are done before he can give a stand (recommendation) to LRT project.

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Hilario Davide III as next Cebu governor?

Cebu governor Gwendolyn Garcia, unlike 2006 election, now has reason to tighten her belt with the entry of Cebu City councilor Hilario Davide III in the scene.  Councilor Davide is not a big threat to Gov. Gwen Garcia but he is a very good political material for Cebu province. While the governor must tighten her belt, councilor Davide must prepare because he must be sweating too much to beat Garcia.

Perhaps Councilor Hilario Davide III must consume a ton of Sinanduloy and do Suroy-suroy sa Sugbo as fast as he could to win in Cebu gubernatorial race.

The talk about councilor Davide started when presidential aspirant Noynoy Aquino appointed as chairman of the Liberal Party (LP) in Cebu province. The party has yet to reveal its bet for Cebu governor in 2010. When asked about running for Cebu governor, councilor Davide told reporters that he is ready to run.

But he has yet to work on his qualifications. Hilario Davide III is currently serving as Cebu City councilor. Cebu City residents do not vote for Cebu provincial governor. Davide’s residence issue is being solved. According to reports, he will transfer his voter’s record to Argao. When he does, he needs also to resign as Cebu City councilor.

Transferring his voter’s record on or before October 30 will still not solve the residence issue.

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My Vote for the 2009 Bloggers’ Choice Award (Visayas)

I vote for the blog of Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) for the 2009 Bloggers’ Choice Award in the Visayas.

Visayas Bloggers’ Choice Award is one of the special award given by the Philippine Blog Awards (PBA) to a blog in the Visayas that gained most support from bloggers.

The nomination of CBS blog excites many members of the Visayas blogging community. Although the blog is younger compared to most of CBS member’s blog, its influence is phenomenal. Perhaps it is because the blog contains up to date information and provides readers various topics. As it is maintained by a group of bloggers, the blog serves as home of CBS members who share common ideals, vision, and aspiration.

In addition to Visayas Blogger’s Choice Award, the PBA 2009 also give these awards: Best Visayan Blog, Best Visayas Locale Blog, and Best Visayas Nature Blogger.

PBA 2009

The Philippine Blog Awards in the Visayas will be held on October 18, 20o9, 7:00 PM at the Ayala City Sports, Cebu Business Park.

Please register to reserve your seats.

A glimpse at AboitizLand communities

During the first One Cebu Business Summit, businessmen highlighted Cebu’s resiliency in coping with recent global financial crisis.

Cebu is slightly affected to global financial crisis. But to some, Cebu has never felt it. Without figures at hand, one can just go sight-seeing all over Cebu and he will see how bullish construction and real estate developments are. Except for retrenchment of few export-oriented companies, Cebu’s economy remain strong and post continuous growth. Real estate developers continue to build condominiums, BPO buildings, houses. The demand of commercial spaces continue to escalate and the sales of properties remain high – a strong indicator of healthy economy.

The booming real estate development in Cebu is indeed a reason for us to get excited and be more optimistic!

Recently, AboitizLand invited members of Cebu Bloggers Society (CBS) for a one-day tour to AboitizLand communities. AbotizLand development projects span from industrial, residential, commercial, to sports and leisure.

Our itinerary includes Molave Highlands, Mahogany Grove, and North Town. I noticed there was one thing these communities have in common – the greens and serene environment.

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Walk against breast cancer and Pink for October

More Filipino women are at risk. According to Philippine Breast Cancer Network (PBCN), the Philippines has the highest incidence rate of breast cancer in Asia and is considered to have the 9th highest incidence rate in the world.

A good friend and fellow member of Cebu Bloggers Society, Clarence, blogged about Moon walk: A walk against breast cancer. I was fascinated and it started a good online talk.

The walk against breast cancer will be on October 3, 2009 (starts at 5:30 PM) from Cebu Business Park grounds to Cebu IT Park. This walk for a cause is organized by the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation (RAFI) through the Eduardo J. Aboitiz Cancer Center (EJACC).

Moon walk: A walk against breast cancer is just one of many activities this month. October is the Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Similar activity called We Walk As One – Avon Walk Around the World for Breast Cancer 2009 spearheaded by Avon (a cosmetic company) will be held on October 4. Quennie Sanchez Bronce wrote about this in The Freeman. In another news article in Sun.Star Cebu, Avon’s anti-breast cancer campaign in Cebu, We Walk As One will benefit Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) and other select hospital in Cebu province.

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