Scubasurero Ends with a 50-Kl Garbage Collected from the Sea; Chess Champions Declared
One of the easiest and most practical ways of realizing the theme of this year’s Pujada Bay Festival is to participate in the Scubasurero. Employees and
officials from the Coast Guard, DENR, PENRO and City Tourism Office as well as volunteers from the DOSCST and Amihan Fisherfolk Association gathered at the
Mati Wharf on the morning of June 16, 2012.
The goal was to collect as much trash from the Pujada waters. Those geared for scuba diving went into the murky waters and surfaced with a netbag filled
with plastics, bottles and a host of other non-biodegradable trash trapped in the sea floor. Meanwhile, the Amihan volunteers used their surfboards and
rubber boats to get trash that are floating by.
At the end of the activity, trash collected weighed almost 50 kilos, filling one rice sack.
“Mamatay ang Pujada Bay kung dili ta manlihok para malimpyuhan ni,” says Jun Plaza, head of the Amihan Fisherfolk Association. He also hopes that next
year, the Scubasurero will be bigger and that more participants will come in to help.
Mati Chess Club Hosts 2nd Open and Kiddies Chess Tournament
62 chess enthusiasts gathered at the Vice President Emmanuel Pelaez Activity Center for a two-day battle of skills and strategy. Of the 62, there were 25
contenders for the Champion title in the Open category while the remaining 37 were kids aged 14 and below.
At the close of the tournament on June 17, 2012, three from each category were announced as winners.
For the open category, National Master Alan Macala from Davao City ranked first. Just a few points behind him was Harison Maamo, followed by Henry Lopez.
Maamo came from Davao City while Lopez hailed from the City of Panabo.
Meanwhile, 10-year-old Ear Ray Mantilla bagged the first place in the kid’s category. The second and third places were awarded to siblings Francis Greg
Ocliasa and Frince Ezra Vanjo Ocliasa.
Arts & Culture, Tourism and Sports Division