November 2014 NLE: Performance of Cebu Schools

24 Jan

Cebu Nursing Schools did very well in the November 2014 Nursing Licensure Examinations. Overall, Cebu Schools produced 648 newly licensed nurses.  The total passing percentage for Cebu schools for this exam is 60.8% which is higher than the national average of 57.3%.  Cebu Doctor’s University had the best passing rate among schools in Cebu that has at least 10 takers. CDU had a passing rate of 94.1%. University of Cebu-Banilad has once again produced the most number of passers just like in the May 2014 NLE. UC-Banilad had 119 passers followed by CDU with 112 and University of San Carlos with 104. Here are the performance of Cebu Nursing Schools for the November 2014 NLE:


First Time Takers Repeaters
School Passers Takers Passing % Passers Takers Passing %
Asian College of Technology 21 25 84.0% 1 2 50.0%
Benedicto College 0 0 7 16 43.8%
Cebu City Medical Center 0 0 4 4 100.0%
Cebu Doctor’s University 100 102 98.0% 12 17 70.6%
Cebu Institute of Technology 19 25 76.0% 9 17 52.9%
Cebu Sacred Heart College 6 7 85.7% 2 6 33.3%
College of Techonological Sciences 0 0 2 7 28.6%
Saint Paul College Foundation 17 22 77.3% 8 18 44.4%
Salazar Institute of Technology 4 18 22.2% 6 14 42.9%
University of Cebu 0 0 0 1 0.0%
UC Lapulapu and Mandaue 0 0 25 40 62.5%
University of Cebu – Banilad 20 37 54.1% 99 190 52.1%
University of San Carlos 56 69 81.2% 48 86 55.8%
University of San Jose-Recoletos 61 69 88.4% 20 45 44.4%
University of Southern Philippines 14 23 60.9% 14 34 41.2%
University of the Visayas- Cebu 2 3 66.7% 14 38 36.8%
University of the Visayas- Mandaue 4 10 40.0% 49 116 42.2%
Velez College 3 3 100.0% 2 3 66.7%
Cebu Total 327 413 79.2% 322 654 49.2%
National Passing 8534 11376 75.0% 6758 15309 44.1%

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PNoy Fills 6 vacancies in Cebu Courts

24 Jan

President Beningno Aquino III recently appointed in 24 new judges to fill various vacancies in courts throughout the country.  Six of the new appointees will be for courts in Cebu City and Mandaue City. Here are the new judges for Cebu:

Court Old Judge Reason for Vacancy New Judge
MTCC Cebu City 2 Anatalio Necessario Dismissed Dakila Dante Barcenas
MTCC Cebu City 3 Gil Acosta Dismissed Yvonne Cabaron Artiaga
MTCC Cebu City 8 Edgemelo Rosales Dismissed Grace Veloso-Fernandez
RTC 55 Mandaue Ulric Cañete Early Retirement Ferdinand Rafanan
RTC 5 Cebu City Douglas Marigomen Death Ricky Jones Macabaya
RTC 24 Cebu City Olegario Sarmiento Retirement Jose Nathaniel Andal

There are still 5 vacancies in Cebu City RTC after the retirement of Judges Simeon Dumdum Jr., Silvestre Maamo, Enriquita Belarmino, Eric Menchavez, and Meinrado Paredes.  The Supreme Court has appointed acting judges to act on the cases being handled by these vacant courts.

The appointment of new judges will help speed up the resolution of some cases as most of the courts that were filled were vacant for at least 1 year and 10 months.

Congratulations to the newly appointed judges!


2015 Philippine Cup Finals Game 7: San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo wins first PBA title

21 Jan
June Mar SMB champion Game 7

Cebuano Center June Mar Fajardo is now a champion in the PBA

Finally the MVP has a PBA title. June Mar Fajardo can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the wait for his first PBA title is over as the San Miguel Beermen held on to beat a relentless Alaska Aces in an epic Game 7 of the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup, 80-78.

San Miguel started strong as they dominated the first half with a 48-27 lead. Fajardo already had 15 points and 12 rebounds after the first 24 minutes of play. Alaska led by “The Beast” Calvin Abueva came out on fire from the dugout as they trimmed the lead to 13 in the first 4 minutes of play in the 3rd period.  Alaska could have trimmed the lead more if they made their bonus free throws. The combination of Abueva and Exciminiano wrecked havoc but Santos has been steady for San Miguel to break the 10-2 run .   Thoss was so effective in the 3rd period as he scored 7 points early in the penultimate period. Alaska trimmed the lead to just 11 after 5 minutes. Alaska breached the 10 point barrier in the 4 minute mark of the 3rd period as Alaska cut the deficit to 8. Alaska continued its furious rally but San Miguel survived the 3rd with a 3 point lead, 62-59.

The 4th quarter was intense as well. Alaska was able to grab the lead as they were more organised team.  Exciminiano and Abueva continued their mean streak to lead the Alaska surge. The lead of Alaska even ballooned to 6 at 74-68 with 4:25 left. Lutz, Fajardo and Santos led a rally to take a 1 point lead at 79-78 capped by a momentum-breaking 3 point shot by Arwind Santos.  Alaska’s next possession was unsuccessful.  Jvee Casio fouled Santos in the next possession but Santos made only one free throw to give the Beermen an 80-78 lead. Abueva missed twice from close range in the next possession but Ronald Tubid made a boo-boo by calling a timeout after a rebound when San Miguel had ran out of timeouts.  Unfortunately, Dondo Hontiveros missed the technical free throw barely 6 seconds left. San Miguel had a hard time inbounding and the ball ended up with Fajardo but a jump ball was called between him and Abueva with 2.8 seconds left.  Abueva won the jump as the ball went to Thoss who passed to Casio who missed the final shot for the win. It was a classic ending to classic series that have to be decided in the final seconds.

Arwind Santos was adjudged the best player of Game 7  with 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 assists. He was also voted as the Finals MVP by the PBA Press Corps. It was an amazing game as Alaska has shown their unbelievable comeback ability. They deserved to win a title but San Miguel was just able to execute in the final seconds.  The Aces will definitely be a team to watch this season.  The Beermen now will have a chance to duplicate their sister team’s exploits last year. The Beermen have a very formidable line-up and they have the strongest starting five in the league.  They also got a winner coach finally in Leo Austria. There is a big chance that SMB will once again dominate the league after years of fruitless campaigns.



2015 Philippine Cup Finals Game 7: 3rd Quarter Analysis

21 Jan

San Miguel 62  Alaska 59

San Miguel had a 21 point lead after the first half.  It took Alaska just one quarter to wipe that lead off. Fajardo who had 15 points in the first half was held to 2 points in 12 minutes of play.  Calvin Abueva and Sonny Thoss set the tone for the Aces.  The Aces set the tempo for the 12 minutes with multiple steals, foul drawing drives, and one plays, and long shots.  It was all Alaska and Coach Alex Compton have made wonderful adjustments once again. Alaska scored 32 points to San Miguel’s 14.  The Aces more than doubled their first half score.  Let’s see if the Aces can keep up the energy and pull an exciting come from behind victory.

2015 PBA Philipine Cup Finals: Halftime Analysis

21 Jan

San Miguel  48  Alaska 27

The second quarter started with San Miguel with a 21-12 lead.  Fajardo scored in the first possession of the quarter to give San Miguel its first double digit lead. Sonny Thoss answered in the other end. Chris Lutz was able to get some free throws after getting the offensive rebound and being fouled in his subsequent attempt. He made both free throws to bring the lead to 11 once again. Lutz exploited the mismatch by dominating the boards against Jvee Casio to give SMB another second chance point. Fajardo assisted Ronal Tubid in the next possession to extend the lead to 15. Thoss scored a lone free throw in the other end.  Fajardo responds with a nifty fadeaway after being fouled by Thoss in the previous play.  Casio scored for Alaska in the other end but Tubid responded with a difficult shot.  Casio scores again with a drive then Eman shoved Tubid which force June Mar Fajardo to retaliate.  After the smoked cleared, Eman and Fajardo were slapped with technical fouls for second motion. June Mar got double digits in the next play. After a miss by Alaska, Fajardo scores again via an offensive rebound by the Cebuano giant.  Cyrus Baguio finally breaks the bad stretch for Alaska but Cabagnot scored in the other end. Fajardo calls a timeout in after getting a rebound and being hounded by 2 Aces. Arwind booms a triple of a time out!  Menk hit a wide open 17-footer. Alaska steals after Fajardo made an offensive rebound.  Abuja is on the line but went o for 2. Fajardo is dominating the boards.  Fajardo with another offensive rebound. He hits 1 of 2 to give SMB it’s first 20 point lead in the game. June Mar scores from the inside in the next SMB possession. Tubid steals. Banchero scores but Tubid answers with a 3.   Abueva got a score off an offensive rebound.  Arwind Santos blocks Abueva to end the half. The Beermen outscored the Aces 27-15 in the second period.


The main factors of the first half are REBOUNDING and outside shooting.  San Miguel got multiple possessions and second chance points as they dominated the boards in both ends.  Fajardo and Lutz had several offensive rebounds which resulted to scores. San Miguel has also been hitting its outside shots led by Arwind Santos who made 4 three-point shots in the half.  June Mar Fajardo dominated the low post while the snipers of San Miguel has hit 7 three point baskets.

The first half belonged to San Miguel and it is expected that the Aces will make several adjustments.  They have shown their ability to launch a comeback throughout the season so let’s see if they can pull off another magical rally in Game 7.  San Miguel has matched the energy and the intensity of the Aces which made it difficult for Alaska to play their usual game. Alaska must start hitting their long range shots and they should find a way to crash the boards and prevent June Mar to singlehandedly beat them.


2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals Game 7: First Quarter Analysis

21 Jan

San Miguel 21  Alaska 12

Alaska started with an unusual 3 guard combinations with Banchero, Casio, and Baguio.  San Miguel has their usual starting 5. Calvin Abueva was not in the starting 5. Alaska is trying goad San Miguel to rely on outside shots.  It was effective in the first part of the game but eventually Alex Cabagnot then Arwind Santos hit 3 point shots. Arwind Santos dominated the scoring as he made several 3-pointers owing to the space given to the Beermen outside shooters by the Aces defenders.  Calvin Abueva entered in the middle of the quarter and he immediately had an impact. He scored, assisted, rebounded and stole the ball. The first quarter was intense but in the end it was won by the San Miguel Beermen with its outside sniping. Santos made a trio of 3 pointers in the quarter which is equal to San Miguel’s lead.

University of Cebu to Open School of Medicine in the next school year

20 Jan
English: The official University of Cebu Logo

University of Cebu will join the Med School wars in Cebu

The University of Cebu is now accepting applicants for its School of Medicine that will open on June 2015. The first batch of UC’s Doctor of Medicine program will be taught be distinguished faculty members who are experienced in medical education and clinical practice.

The UC School of Medicine is affiliated with the St. Vincent General Hospital and the soon to open UC Medical Center (UCMed) at the Ouano Avenue, North Reclamation Area. The School of Medicine will have fully air-conditioned rooms, updated medical library and resource center, and complete learning and laboratory facilities.

For more information about admission and scholarship grants, you may call Dr. Yolanda C. Sayson  at 032-255-7777 local 127.

Sinulog 2015 Winners

20 Jan IMG_1104


Here are the winners of the 2015 Sinulog Grand Parade:


Champion: Kulturang Placereño (Placer Masbate)

2nd Place: Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe (Tangub City)

3rd Place: Carcar City Division

4th Place: Tuburan National High School

5th Place: Talisay City Central School

Best in Musicality: Carcar City Division

Best in Costume: Sinanduloy Cultural Troupe (Tangub City)

Free Interpretation

Champion: Tribu Buyoganon (Abuyog, Leyte)

2nd Place: Tribu Lingganay (Alangalang, Leyte)

3rd Place: Tribu Himag-ulaw (Placer, Masbate)

4th Place: Tribu Katbalaogan (Catbalogan City, Samar)

5th Place: Lumad Basakanon

Best in Musicality: Tribu Buyoganon (Abuyog, Leyte)

Best in Costume:  Tribu Lingganay (Alangalang, Leyte)

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Pope Francis celebrates mass in Yolanda ground zero

16 Jan

Despite the bad weather, Pope Francis celebrated mass in Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines.  Tacloban was the hardest hit city when Typhoon Yolanda devoted the country 14 months ago.  Pope Francis said in his homily that he really wanted to come immediately to Leyte after Yolanda and he said he has finally come. The mass was attended by thousands of victims of the typhoon and it was also watched by the whole country via television.

Twitter and Facebook was also full of messages about the Pope’s mass and visit to the Philippines.  Leyte is currently under signal no. 2 due to Bagyong Amang and this did not stop the Pope from celebrating a mass and consoling the people of Tacloban who are still recovering from Bagyong Yolanda.

After the mass, the Pope is going to travel to Palo and stay at the Archbishop Palace.  He will spend time with 30 people who were victim of Super Typhoon Yolando and the Bohol Earthquake.  His route going to Palo was by areas heavily devastated by Yolanda including Barangay 88 where there more residents who died than who survived when the storm surge hit Tacloban.

PBA Philippine Cup Finals: Fajardo and SMB win to take a 3-2 series lead

16 Jan

Fajardo and Santos leading the Game 5 block party

June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos dominated in both ends to propel San Miguel Beer to a 3-2 lead over the Alaska Aces in the 2015 PBA Philippine Cup Finals, 93-88.  The two former PBA MVPs combined for 38 points, 22 rebounds, and an astonishing10 blocked shots.

The game was one of the most tight and intense in this soon to be classic series as the teams ended up tied at the end of each of the middle quarters. Alaska took its last lead at 79-78 after Calvin “The Beast” Abueva completed a three point play. The Beermen responded with a run that gave them a 7 point lead at 86-79.  Cyrus Baguio , who had his best game this series, scored a triple to trim the lead to just 4 but Marcio Lassiter fired back with a trifecta in the next possession to give San Miguel some cushion. Alaska still had several chances as Abueva turned on his beast mode which included two baskets but also a silly offensive foul. Abueva’s effort though trimmed the lead to 3 at 89-86. Alaska fouled Santos who made two pressure packed free throws to make it a two-possession game. Alaska failed to make some 3-point shots in the end game and San Miguel went on to take a pivotal 3-2 lead in the best of seven series.

Aside from the 2 MVPs, San Miguel got a good game from Lassiter who got 16 points.  Big men Doug Kramer and rookie David Semerad were able to give Santos and Fajardo a breather by contributing 9 points a piece.  Alaska was once again lead by Calvin Abueva who had 24 points, 12 boards, and 3 assists. Baguio had 19 points and Vic Manuel finished with 13 in the losing effort.

Notes: Jvee Casio was held scoreless in Game 5, it is his second straight scoreless game in the series; Dondon Hontiveros became the 5th PBA player to have 1000 career triples.  Hontiveros also surpassed fellow Cebuano Al Solis into 4th place in the all time 3-point field goals made.

The scores:

San Miguel 93 – Santos 19, Fajardo 19, Lassiter 16, Kramer 9, Semerad 9, Tubid 8, Cabagnot 7, Lutz 4, Ross 2, Omolon 0, Pascual 0, Fortuna 0, Maierhofer 0, Chua 0.

Alaska 88 - Abueva 24, Baguio 19, Manuel 13, Thoss 11, Hontiveros 9, Jazul 9, Menk 2, Eman 1, Banchero 0, Casio 0, Dela Cruz 0, Exciminiano 0, Dela Rosa 0, Espinas 0.

Quarterscores: 21-23, 41-41, 71-71, 93-88


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