The Sinking Of The Liberty Cinco (Filipino Fishing Boat) By A Chinese Cargo Ship

Liberty Cinco is a Filipino fishing boat that collided with a Chinese cargo vessel before dawn on June 28, 2020. The boat collided with the cargo ship around 1:00 in the morning within the waters of Cape Calavite off the coast of Occidental Mindoro. The badly damaged boat was left adrift. The fishing boat is owned by the company Irma Fishing and Trading.

The boat's 14-man crew (all Filipinos) were reported missing on the evening of June 29. Search for the boat by the company commenced when the boat missed its scheduled radio call to port. It was expected to arrive at the Navotas Fish Port at around 7:00 am but it never arrived there.

Other boats by Irma Fishing and Trading rushed to the last reported location of the Liberty Cinco at Cape Calavite. There they were informed by other fishermen about the collision. Items from the boat such as tubs marked "Irma" were found floating in the vicinity. 

The capsized hull of the boat was found at around 10:00 am. There were no signs of the 14 Filipinos aboard the boat. The 14 passengers were composed of 12 fishermen and 2 employees of the company.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) was informed of the incident. The PCG located and boarded the Chinese cargo vessel in the afternoon. The Chinese crew said they didn't know of any collision or of the Filipino fishing boat and its crew.

PCG divers arrived at the collision site to inspect the capsized boat at around 4:00 pm. The crew was nowhere to be found. They noticed major damage in the boat. The middle section of the boat's hull was badly damaged and it was caved in.

The PCG noticed some damage in the prow of the Chinese ship. The prow is the portion of a ship's bow above water. 

The PCG divers at the collision site were called off at around 5:30 pm because it was getting dark. It was to continue the next morning. Boats by the company remained at the site to keep a lookout for the missing fishermen. 

Positive COVID-19 Cases In Benguet (News, Updates, Timeline)

This page tracks and records positive cases of the COVID-19 in the province of Benguet in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR). Visit this page for the latest information and data with regards to the health crisis.

As of June 12, 2020, the province of Benguet has 25 confirmed cases. Ten (10) of these confirmed cases have recovered. Below is a breakdown of the confirmed cases by municipality.

Atok - 0
Bakun - 0
Bokod - 3
Buguias - 3
Itogon - 4
Kabayan - 0
Kapangan - 0
Kibungan - 0
La Trinidad - 12
Mankayan - 1
Sablan - 1
Tuba - 1
Tublay - 0

6/12/20 - Eight new cases were recorded. One in La Trinidad, two in Buguias, one in Itogon, one in Mankayan, one in Sablan, and two in Bokod.

For more news and updates about positive COVID-19 cases in the province of Benguet, you may visit the following websites and pages.

Facebook pages:
- Provincial Information Office of Benguet -

The Easter School Hymn and Loyalty Song (Baguio City)

The Easter School Hymn

Far above the sultry stillness
Of the lowland clime
Up among the mountain breezes
‘Mid the rocks and pine
Where the rivers flow so swiftly and the air is cool
Grows a pant both young and thrifty
Our own Easter School

Wave ye treetops blow ye breezes
Join our chorus too
Sing we one and all our praises
To our Easter School

Learned be all the lessons taught us
By our teachers true
Prized be all the friendships made here
Both the old and new
Hail to thee our school we’ll ever
Loud thy praises swell
We shall never cease to love thee
Tho’ we say farewell

The Easter School Loyalty Song

Lead on, Easter College, lead on
Onward to your vision, pursue your mission
By your side we shall stand
Lifting your name through the land

Easter College,
We wave your banner high
Our hopes for you will never die
Count on us,
True and faithful we shall be
We pledge to you our loyalty

The prestige that you merit, keep up
We’ll always be behind you
To uphold your honor
Through some storms come and go
Trusting in God we’ll get through

A Brief History of Easter College in Baguio City
Easter College was established in 1906. It is the first school established in Baguio City. The first students were 8 Igorot boys. The schools has a sprawling campus. Pupils are blest with a wide campus and play fields surrounded by pine trees, eucalyptus trees, and bamboos. It occupies a wide area of 8 hectares. The land and all the buildings belong to the E.C.P. – Episcopal Diocese of the North Central Philippines.

The Seal

The Inverted Miter – The miter as worn by the highest ranking officer of the Diocese, the Bishop, symbolizes his over-all presence as the guiding figure of Diocesan institutions like Easter College. Its inverted position signifies the church’s upliftment of the greater number of the population as its priority in its ministry.

The Cross – The cross in the middle of the seal radiates as the central focal point of the school’s embracing of the Christian faith. Guided by the tenets of Christianity, its vision-mission-goals are pursued.

The Star – Like a guiding star, the vision of Easter College steers the institution towards its realization. A vision of building a society where people exemplify themselves as Christians through values of love, respect, justice, responsibility and self-reliance.

Torch – As light liberates us from darkness, so does the torch of knowledge and from the darkness of ignorance. As it had always been, Easter College provides that light illuminating the way to academic excellence and wholistic learning.

Laurel Leaves – In ancient Greece and Rome, the laurel tree symbolized victory and merit, and its leaves were often made into wreaths, which were used to crown heroes. The prestige that the laurel leaves stood for then is the same for now as Easter College continues to maintain excellence not only in the arena of academics but in the development of life’s skills as well.

Phoenix – Legend tells us of the bird that had a life span of 500 years, at the end of which time the phoenix builds its own funeral pyre and a new phoenix then rises from the ashes. The long life of the phoenix, and its dramatic rebirth from its own ashes, made it a symbol of immorality and spirituality. In the symbolism of Christian religion, the phoenix stands for resurrection and immortality. Resurrection is the very essence of Easter.

The phoenix sitting atop the miter symbolizes the school’s fulfilling the Easter essence of the Resurrection, providing hope and life for mankind. The school’s mission captures the essence as it participates in a dynamic process of social transformation towards a just, peaceful and humane society.

The Vision and Mission of Easter School in Baguio City
As a Christian institution, Easter College envisions to be a community center for the sharing of ideas and resources, whether human or material, through formal and non-formal education programs. As such, its mission is to equip any ;earner whether child or adult, with the desired knowledge, skills and values thereby making him a productive and a responsive moral agent for institutional change and community transformation towards a just, humane and compassionate society.

Treasure Hunting in the Philippines

As the demand for exotic antiques and historical relics continue to soar, a direct effect of this is an increase in the number of people conducting treasure hunting in the Philippines. These treasure hunters come from all parts of the world. A lot of them are locals who have learned how to go treasure hunting from books, television, movies and articles from varied sources like newspapers, magazines and the internet. Almost anything you wish to know about hunting for treasures can be gleaned from the internet. In fact, there are hundreds of websites, blogs and forums that are specifically dedicated to the business of hunting for treasures. It’s no wonder that interest for treasure hunting in the Philippines continue to grow every day.

What makes the Philippines a popular destination for treasure hunters, you may ask. A really good question. Why are hordes of treasure-hungry people flocking to the archipelago? Obviously, they think and believe that there’s a lot of hidden treasures here. But what makes them believe as such? I think the number one reason is the fact that the Philippines is historically rich. The country has been under Spanish rule for over three centuries. Before the Spaniards came, there were already various civilizations occupying almost all of the islands in the archipelago. Nations rich in history are also rich in treasures. Treasure hunters are aware of this. That’s why they have been arriving in this country in droves.

What kind of treasures are these hunters looking to find in the Philippines? Most of them sought historical items like objects from the times of the Spanish occupation. There are also those looking for items from pre-colonial times. These are rather very rare so they often come at very steep prices. Some Filipinos have made a career of hunting for these historical objects then selling them off to foreign treasure hunters and collectors. It’s not uncommon to hear of Filipino antique buyers and sellers becoming millionaires.

There are also those who come into this country to look for famous treasures like the Yamashita Treasure. This treasure which is allegedly composed of hundreds of gold bars hidden and buried in the country by Japanese soldiers during the end of World War II has attracted hundreds of treasure hunters over the years. The search for parts of this treasure continue up to this day. As you are reading this article, there are probably men currently digging a tunnel somewhere in Benguet, a province in Luzon where most people believe the treasures had been buried by the Japanese soldiers.

Another reason explaining the influx of treasure hunters into the country is the almost non-existent government regulation concerning the buying and selling of antiques and historical items. It’s almost too easy to bring an item out of the country. SMuggling is very rampant which is due to both incompetence and corruption within the agencies concerned with the exportation of items out of the country.

Nate Diaz Vs. Dustin Poirier At The Madison Square Garden In New York City

1. The news that Dustin Poirier will be facing Nate Diaz at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 3, 2018 was first reported by Lance Pugmire of the Los Angeles Times. According to Pugmire's report which was published on August 2, 2018, the bout between the two top lightweights will be the co-main event for UFC 230. However, an official announcement hasn't been made by the UFC. The organization was expected to make the announcement at a press conference in Los Angeles on August 3, 2018.

Dustin Poirier's record prior to the bout: 24 wins, 5 losses, 1 no contest
Nate Diaz's record prior to the bout: 19 wins, 11 losses

So far, the announced bouts for UFC 230 are as follows:
Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier
Ronaldo Souza vs. David Branch
Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa
Luke Rockhold vs. Chris Weidman
Sultan Aliev vs. Lyman Good
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