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canigao.jpgALL ROADS led to Canigao Island in Matalom, Leyte this week, as an unprecedented influx of beach junkies, families and fun-loving individuals invaded its shores to revel in the island’s pristine white sands and sparkling blue waters. Canigao is now being touted as the Boracay of Eastern Visayas, and promises to be the favorite destination of summer revelers in the years to come.

Developed by the Matalom LGU for just more than a year ago, the island has attracted around 500 plus visitors day in and day out of the Holy Week. On Good Friday, the record shows, a majority of the visitors were from Ormoc City. Johnny Goyo, a caretaker of the island, said that they expect the number to remain steady in the coming summer weeks, during the school break. By July, August, September, the so-called “habagat” months, the number is expected to drastically decrease but not a total zero.
He also observed that the island began to attract more visitors lately, after the LGU of Matalom under the leadership of Dr. Erc Pajulio introduced some developments on the island like beach cottages and picnic tables. The LGU also allows overnight stays now. read more

By Kareen Liez Datoy

TACLOBAN CITY – Ormoc City was the champion for the secondary or high school division of the recently concluded Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association (EVRAA) Meet 2009 held in this city, while the Leyte Division emerged the champion for the elementary division.

The EVRAA Meet 2009 was held last March 29 to April 2, 2009 at the Tacloban Sports Development Center.

The Ormoc City Division (high school) bagged 207 points garnering seven gold medals and two silvers, exhibiting supremacy in the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics, Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Archery. Leyte Division, on the other hand, was second with a slim difference of 1 point. Leyte got two golds, seven silvers and three bronzes. 2nd runner up was the Northern Samar Division with 205.25 points. At the elementary level, the Leyte Division emerged champion with Eastern Samar Division second with 164 points. Tacloban City Division with 160 points grabbed the 2nd runner up post. read more

ARMY RECRUITMENT.jpgBy Josephine P. Serseña

Ormoc City – Saying they were inspired by “Tayong Dalawa”, a telenovela dwelling on the intertwined lives of two PMA graduates, more than 100 young men and women flocked to the city stage recently to apply as soldiers of the Armed Forces.

47 filed their applications for candidate soldiers while another 78 said they wanted to join the Philippine Military Academy. Applicants came not only from this city but also from nearby places like Merida, Isabel, Palompon, Kananga and even as far as Baybay City. Most of those who applied for candidate soldiers were college level or even graduates, while graduating high school students lined up to file their applications for the PMA academy in Baguio City. read more

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