February 21, 2018: *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DepEd Bohol Division Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos led Provincial Government and DepEd officials in the blessing of the newly rehabilitated CPG Sports Complex to make it ready for use during Bohol's hosting of CVRAA 2018 which opens on Feb. 25 *** Pre-CVRAA activities in Bohol will begin on February 23 and will officially open on Feb. 25 with a holy mass at 2pm, followed by a parade at 3:30pm which will lead to the CPG Sports Complex. ***Bohol will host 11,737 delegates from 19 divisions in the whole of Central Visayas for 2018 Central Visayas Regional Athletic Association (CVRAA) 2018 hosting, according to DepEd Superintendent Dr. Wilfreda Bongalos. ***Gov. Edgar Chatto bared that Bohol got 48% increase in production of rice, the highest record in the country in 2017, as confirmed by the Department of Agriculture (DA). *** PDEA-7 Director Emerson Margate said that PDEA which leads the oversight committee still needs to review the drug status of 500 barangays in Bohol before confirming them as drug free. *** Over a year into the government's nationwide campaign against narcotics trade, none of Bohol's 1,109 barangays have officially been recognized as drug-free by the regional oversight committee that assess drug presence in villages. *** Gov. Edgar Chatto and DA-7 Director Leo Caneda led the ribbon cutting and opening exhibits of the 3-day 18th Ubi Festival today. This year's festival is themed: "Ubi, Hamiling Lagutmon Ikapasigarbo sa mga Turista sa Tanang Panahon."

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Jan. 15 (PIA)--The five Boholanos who will get the rare privilege to dine with Pope Francis on a luncheon gathering on Saturday in Tacloban City couldn’t help but get excited and nervous about their scheduled face-to-face meeting.

The 5 earthquake survivors who will dine with the Pope are Saturnino Barace Jr. of Tagubaas-Obojan, Antequera; Shirley Bongay of Lintuan, Loon; Veneranda Gentallan of San Roque, Maribojoc; Niza Flores of Poblacion Sagbayan; and Salome Israel of Tubigon town.

Saturnino Barace’s half body was buried underground after the October 15, 2013 magnitude 7.2 quake that rocked Bohol. He was the only survivor after four members of his family died when their house collapsed. Barace entered the seminary.

Shirley Bongay lost her right hand after being trapped in wreckage for nine hours.
Veneranda Gentallan on the other hand, suffered head wound and almost died when her house crumbled. She suffered a head injury and was brought to Cebu to undergo an operation where she stayed at the hospital for a month. Her recovery was considered as a miracle.

Niza Flores lost her youngest son, Geevie, 12 yrs. old, who was covered by rubble of the collapsed internet café. 

While Salome Israel lost her right arm and broke her pelvic bone when the quake struck. 

All of them will leave for Tacloban City via Ormoc today at 11 a.m. onboard Weesam Express.

The Bohol delegation to Tacloban City is being coordinated by Fr. Warli Salise, head of the ministry of Christian Service of the Commission for Social Action.

Fr. Salise said that the delegation is composed of 180 Boholanos. The group will leave Tagbilaran City on Friday, Jan. 16 via Ormoc onboard Weesam Express.

Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Mass at 10 a.m. near the Tacloban International Airport.

At 12:45 noon, he will have lunch with survivors of Typhoon Yolanda and Bohol earthquake at the Archbishop’s Residence in Palo.

At 3 p.m., he will proceed to the blessing of the Pope Francis Center for the Poor.

He will then visit the Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration or the Palo Cathedral to meet with priests, religious men and women and families of the survivors at 3:30 p.m.

Then he will take the plane back to Manila at 5 p.m. and is expected to arrive at the Villamor Air Base in Manila at 6:15 p.m. (ecb/PIA7-Bohol)

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