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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

ROBREDO'S Plane Crash is due to Pilot Error


ROBREDO'S Plane Crash is due to Pilot Error

A mixture of sadness and dismay was what President Aquino felt after investigators released their report mainly blaming the pilot for the Aug. 18 plane crash that killed Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and two others, including the pilot himself. 

A special investigation committee cited various errors by Capt. Jessup Bahinting, the most flagrant being his failure to turn back the plane to Cebu after an engine malfunctioned, showing a lack of experience to handle an emergency situation. 

The committee also blamed engine failure and poor management by AviaTour’s Fly’n Inc., including Bahinting’s supposed connivance with officers of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) for the issuance of a certificate of airworthiness without proper tests.
The plane crashed into the Masbate Sea.

Mr. Aquino has informed Robredo’s widow, Leni, and her three daughters of the findings.
“When I first read the initial results of the investigation, I felt a mixture of sadness and dismay,” Mr. Aquino told reporters. 

“The pieces of evidence pointed to one thing: If some people did their job, if the rules of the industry were followed, if those involved were only faithful to their obligations, the tragedy could have been avoided,” he said.

Option of turning back

Mr. Aquino said Bahinting lacked the proper experience and training for “one-engine inoperative emergency” even though some said he was an expert pilot. 

“It’s clear he failed to fly the plane safely on one operating engine. Apart from this, 23 minutes after taking off from Mactan, he became aware that the engine malfunctioned, but instead of turning back, they flew ahead to Naga,” he said. 

“They were airborne for 70 minutes before the plane crashed. That means, if they had turned back immediately to Mactan, there was a high possibility the accident could have been avoided,” Mr. Aquino said. 

The ill-fated Piper Seneca took off from Cebu International Airport for Naga at around 3 p.m. At about 4:25 p.m., it crashed into the waters of Masbate, killing Robredo, Bahinting and his copilot Kshitiz Chand, from  Nepal.

Key errors
 
Robredo’s aide, Senior Insp. June Abrazado, survived, swimming through a hole in the plane to shore. 

Malacañang honored Robredo with a state funeral.

The committee, chaired by Capt. Amado Soliman Jr., cited several key errors by the pilot, but the most flagrant was: “When the right-hand engine became problematic, he continued to fly away from Cebu instead of turning back.” 

While one engine had problems, both engines were still functioning and continued to do so for 30 minutes. And Cebu has the most modern air navigation and communication equipment, the longest runway, the widest airstrip, the most advanced and most trained crash, fire and rescue equipment, and personnel, it added. 

“Mostly it was the pilot’s inability to control that aircraft on an emergency situation where he lost one engine,” Soliman said. 

The other errors cited by the panel were:
  • The pilot had no previous experience on the flight route.
  • The pilot lost situational awareness with regard to the plane’s relative position to Masbate Airport.
  • The pilot’s license renewal did not cover “one-engine inoperative emergency” during his proficiency flight.
  • Upon entering Masbate airspace, the pilot undertook improper approach procedures, such as premature extension of landing gears and flaps, and improper approach maneuver.
Against procedures

Mr. Aquino said Bahinting’s premature extension of the landing gear and flaps ran counter to the Piper Seneca Flight Manual Procedures for twin-engine planes.
“According to the experts, this contributed to the ‘drag’ that slowed down the plane until this could no longer be controlled and it crashed,” he said. 

Accordingly, pilot error caused the crash, and Bahinting “improperly handled a one-engine inoperative emergency,” Soliman said during a PowerPoint presentation. 

Soliman said: “Among airline pilots, single engine is just a routine maneuver. I don’t know why in general aviation, there seems to be a problem. Even if you lose an engine—a twin or a multi-engine aircraft—it doesn’t have to end in an accident. But it will end in an accident if the pilot lacks the training to handle that aircraft during an emergency situation flight having lost one engine.” 

“It could have gone back to Cebu and still landed with two engines because the engine conked out 37 minutes after the first indication of trouble. So he was only 23 minutes out of Mactan. He could have very well gone back to Mactan and land with two engines.” 

Hard starting
The committee concluded that the right-hand engine experienced “hard starting” after the installation of an overhauled propeller, but this was not recorded in the aircraft logbook. 

Specifically, two screws that held the idler gear shaft in place had “material failure.” The bent edge of the lock plate that was supposed to lock the screw in place was also found broken.
The committee concluded the stoppage of the right-hand engine caused the emergency, saying the stoppage was “likely caused” by intermittent fuel supply and erratic engine firing, and the intermittent fuel supply was caused by parts failure due to bad maintenance. 

It noted that AviaTour’s was not certified by the aircraft manufacturer and by CAAP to conduct maintenance work on the aircraft. 

The committee found flaws in the management of AviaTour’s, including the improper issuance of an airworthiness certificate.

Airworthiness Airworthiness inspector Fernando Abalos approved the test flight permit for renewal of the airworthiness certificate for the plane on Jan. 7, 2012,  but there was no record in the aircraft logbook of the test flight, the committee said. 

A check with Mactan airport log showed no flight plan for the plane was filed on that day, it added. 

Capt. Federico Omolon, AviaTour’s flight instructor, testified that Bahinting asked him to sign the flight test report even though he did not fly the plane on Jan. 7, the committee said. 

On Jan. 17, Abalos endorsed the application for airworthiness certificate renewal and an entry in the database showed the documents for such a renewal had been reviewed by Abalos. On Feb. 2, the certificate of airworthiness was released to Armand Gozum of AviaTour’s, but this was predated to Jan. 7. 

‘Deception and fraud’
“Captain Bahinting connived with airworthiness inspector Abalos to expedite the processing and approval of the certificate of airworthiness,” the committee concluded. 

“It was clear that they committed deception and fraud. The cost: The lives of three people,” the President said. “This is a symptom of an anomaly in a system that has long prevailed, and which we are now addressing. We will not allow this system to continue. That’s why evidence would continue to be gathered to hold accountable those who have shortcomings on the part of AviaTour and even the CAAP.” 

Mr. Aquino ordered an audit of  the permits and licenses issued by the CAAP and the strengthening of the rules for the operations of  flying schools and airtaxis. 

“We don’t want this tragedy to happen to anyone,” he said. “Jesse would want us to learn from the tragedy that befell him. Let’s not allow his passing to come to naught.” 

CAAP Director General William Hotchkiss III ordered the creation of a special investigating committee to look into the administrative and criminal culpabilities of CAAP and AviaTour’s personnel. 

“AviaTour has been suspended but not its personnel, not yet. We need to go through due process,” Hotchkiss said.                                                                                   SOURCE: Inquirer


BIGBY'S: CDO's Premier Café & Restaurant


BIGBY'S: CDO's Premier Café & Restaurant


Whenever you are in Cagayan De Oro City, don't you dare miss Bigby's to-die-for Cookies ‘N Caramel Cheesecake (Php 199)! It is one of the excellent cheesecakes I ever tried! It has a very refined texture, light and melting, not too sweet and yet so yummy! It is topped with cookie bits, which is an American twist on the European pastry crust. The caramel swirl sauce gives the cheesecake an extra oomph! Highly recommended! Rating: Five fingers out of five. Mapa-pa-appear kayo sa sarap!
For the taste teasers, we had Tijuana Quesadillas. Pan-grilled Tortillas with garlic and cheese stuffings. 1/2 order is only Php 99.00
Tiki Wacky Chicken Salad: Php 295.00. A chunky salad treat with tomatoes, yellow mango, grapes, walnuts, cheese, croutons and creamy chicken salad on top of romaine lettuce.

 
Fire-grilled Boomerang shrimp Go-lite: Php 285.00
Uncle Sam's Roast Beef. Slow Roasted U.S. Beef served with pan gravy: Php 290.00
 
Rack-A-Bye Baby Back Ribs: Php 399. Oh la la! Finger-licking goodness of tender smoky barbecued pork ribs. Super sa sarap ang barbecue sauce nila. Ang sarap!
 
Bigby's Quality Food Corporation was conceptualized in 1998 by 3 friends who created Bigby's Cafe and Restaurant. 
 Refined food with great atmosphere. 
Bigby's Cafe first opened in December 8, 1998 at #89 Hayes St., Cagayan de Oro City. Bigby's revolutionized dining habits of Cagay-anons by offering a variety of internationally-famous food with big servings at very competitive prices in a family-friendly atmosphere. 
It tested Cebu market by opening a 2nd branch at the Ayala Entertainment Center, Cebu City on August 16, 2001.
It opened it's 3rd branch at the SM Cagayan de Oro Mall on August 4, 2003 and launched franchising program in 2004 by opening in Gaisano City Mall Bacolod City on May 2004 and SM City Davao on June 2004. 
The first store was relocated to Rosario Strip, Limketkai Center, Cagayan de Oro City on April 26, 2005. Bigby's opened a 3rd franchise at SM Bacolod on May 16, 200. It opened a 4th branch at SM North Wing, Cebu City on February 8, 2008 and opened a 4th franchise at Metro Lifestyle Center, Torres-Jacinto Extension, Davao City on August 8, 2008 and it just opened it's new branch at Centrio Ayala Mall in Cagayan de Oro City last November 9, 2012.

By the way, Bigby's Quality Food Corporation is also the owner of Missy Bon Bon breadshop which started as a kiosk located at Robinsons Mall Cagayan de Oro on December 4, 2009. Missy Bon Bon opened its full store on April 16, 2010.



Tuesday, November 13, 2012

MISSY BON BON BREADSHOP: CDO's Bread and Gelato Haven


MISSY BON BON BREADSHOP: CDO's Bread and Gelato Haven
 
We were walking inside the newly opened Ayala Centrio Mall in Cagayan De Oro when we chanced upon a very refreshing restaurant.  It is just inside Bigby's restaurant. There's a long line of customers buying gelato. This got me curious, so I went inside and had taste samples of their gelato. I super like their peanut butter gelato! Only Php 55.00 per cup.
 
I learned that Chef Anne, who is among the first batch of CCA graduates 15 years ago and one of the partners of Missy Bon Bon, studied in the South of Italy just to learn gelato making. Gelato is made with milk, sometimes skim-milk as opposed to cream which gives Gelato a much lower milk fat content. Less milk fat allows the flavors of Gelato to really stand out compared to the more blended flavors of Ice Cream. They buy cow's milk from local farmers in Bukidnon to support the local industry in Mindanao.
A box of 6 pieces Delicious Bread Pastel costs only Php 70.00

This cute bottle of distilled water costs Php 35.00 only.
On the lookout for a local restaurant in CDO? Then never miss to try the gelato, breads and pastries at Missy Bon Bon.

 
Their on-going promo of Buy 1 take 1 on selected breads and pastries is a winner! How I wish they have a branch here in Metro Manila.
  



ZEN INSTITUTE: Skin and Body Center Opens in Batangas


ZEN INSTITUTE: Skin and Body Center Opens in Batangas
"Some guys say beauty is only skin deep. But when you walk into a party, you don't see somebody's brain. The initial contact has to be the sniffing." - James Caan

Here is a piece of good news to Southern residents! “Skin and Body Center” by Zen Institute opens first branch outside the metro. You no longer need to drive all the way to Manila just to have your beauty fix.

The chance to be physically transformed inside and out has come of age south of Manila. The Zen Institute has reached out to the province of Batangas located at St. Frances Cabrini Medical Center, Maharlika Hi- way, Brgy. 2, Sto. Tomas, Batangas. This is the first ever Zen branch outside the metro.

The newly opened medical spa “ Skin and Body Center”, managed by the Zen Institute, reflects the kind of inspiration evoked by its guiding philosophy : “Elegance in its simplicity” where true beauty rises from the inner well-being. True to the ambience that permeates all centers of the Zen Institute—the main one in Bonifacio Global City, Hotel Sofitel branch, and another one at Sct. Rallos, Quezon City—“Skin and Body Center managed by Zen Institute also combines a sense of creativity, taste and aesthetics, in the pursuit of perfect health that creates perfect beauty through non-invasive and non-surgical treatments.

Zen founding president, Dr. Mary Jane “MJ” Torres, shared, “The need to reach out to the rest of the Filipinos, all over the country and the world in the promotion of total health, wellness and beauty without the risk of surgery. This is the primary purpose of the birth of this new Skin and Body Center.”

Men and women of all ages from south of Metro Manila who want to attain a beautiful face and body now no longer need to go to Manila for various non-invasive expert services like skin pampering treatment, facial contour, and anti-aging treatment, body sculpting with weight management, and hair revitalizing treatment, among others.

Dr. MJ revealed that the different treatments are all based on a medical protocol. “Skin and Body Center” by Zen creates a program protocol to assist its clients to live a healthy lifestyle through personal coaching. The Center seeks to deliver effective and immediate solutions for stress-induced conditions like muscle pain, weight management, sun-damaged skin, aged-spots, anti-aging —all these through non-surgical means and some breakthrough solutions tested in more advanced countries and here.”

The Skin and Body Center by Zen Institute is one solid statement that soon it will be able to realize and complete its dream of crafting perfection as it reaches out to every Filipino wherever they are… and whoever they are.” 


“As the essence of the ‘Zen’ concept: Perfection comes from harmony and flow, a natural consequence of a healthy lifestyle,” Dr. MJ ended.


SOFITEL PHILIPPINE PLAZA: Job Fair


SOFITEL PHILIPPINE PLAZA: Job Fair 
Come One! Come All! Join the Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila Job Fair tomorrow, November 14, 2012 and jump start your career in a 5 star luxury hotel!


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is looking to fill in the following positions:
  • Front Office Agent
  • One Call Service Agent
  • Storekeeper
  • Payroll Supervisor
  • Japanese Guest Relations Officer
  • Korean Guest Relations Officer
  • Wellness Consultant – for our Natura Wellness Center (Latest facility in the hotel)
  • Nurses – for our Natura Wellness Center (Latest facility in the hotel)
  • Receptionists – for our Natura Wellness Center (Latest facility in the hotel)
Sofitel Manila welcomes fresh graduates. Hotel & Restaurant Management graduates are preferred. No experience required.


This is your exciting chance, so shine and be recognized! 
Be at the Davao Function Room for the 9:00am registration. Bring an updated resume and wear corporate attire.


Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila is located at CCP Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Pasay City, Philippines


GRUDGE: Reason to A Murder


GRUDGE: Reason to A Murder
Attention: Rumor Mongers, Gossip-mongers and to all those who love to spread false rumors and scandals.

A grudge over a supposed rumor led to the murder of model and TV talent Julie Ann Rodelas, the Quezon City Police District's Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said Sunday.
QCPD-CIDU head Chief Inspector Rodelio Marcelo said this prompted them to tag Althea Altamirano and her boyfriend Fernando Quiambao Jr.  as the masterminds.

In an interview with Althea, she said she is mad at the victim Julie Ann for spreading false rumor against her person and she told her boyfriend Fernando Quiambao about this. Quiambao then told Althea that he'll teach Julie Ann a lesson.


Althea Altamirano admitted that she wanted to teach fellow model Julie Ann Rodelas "a lesson" for talking behind her back and spreading rumors about her having two kids. But she said she never knew that her boyfriend would take this to the extreme by allegedly arranging Rodelas' death.
May this serve as a lesson to all rumor-mongers, gossip-mongers,  gossiper, gossipmonger, newsmonger, rumourmonger, gossip communicator ,cat - a spiteful woman gossip; "what a cat she is!", scandalmonger - a person who spreads malicious gossip, blabbermouth, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale - someone who gossips indiscreetly, yenta.

We do not condone killing anyone who spread false rumors against you or your loved ones. There are other options for you. Just consult a lawyer. You can file a case against rumor-mongers. It can be oral defamation, libel or slander.


THE FRIENDS OF WOODROSE: Pre-Christmas Bodega Sale


THE FRIENDS OF WOODROSE: Pre-Christmas Bodega Sale
 Hear ye! Hear ye! To all bargain hunters, family and friends!

Mark your calendars! The Friends of Woodrose Pre-Christmas Bodega Sale will be happening on Nov. 14-18, 2012 at Paref Woodrose School in Ayala Alabang Village. Score great deals from international brands like:
  •  XOXO
  •  101 New York
  •  Toys R Us 
  •  and many more.
 Everyone is welcome to shop till you drop. See you there! #parefwoodroseschool


Saturday, November 10, 2012

MANDA CENTRALE: Arrives in Mandaluyong and Pasig


MANDA CENTRALE: Arrives in Mandaluyong and Pasig
Good News to all Foodies out there! THE MERCATO CENTRALE EXPERIENCE COMES TO MANDALUYONG CITY!

From the same organizers of the popular Mercato Centrale night food market in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig comes MANDA CENTRALE, the night food market and bazaar in the heart of Mandaluyong! 


MANDA CENTRALE is located at the Mayflower Parking area, Greenfield District (formerly EDSA Central), in front of Greenfield Corporate Center, 88 United Street, MandaluyongCity (near the corner of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard).
 

MANDA CENTRALE brings together your favorite Mercato Centrale vendors like:
  • Carlos Kitchen’s Crunchy Belly
  • Lu Chi’s Mega Pork Siomai
  • Edgy’s Food Trip and Drinks
  • Big Bob’s Charcoal-Grilled Burgers
  • Piper’s Pan’s cakes 
  • Mio Gelati’s premium ice cream.
Along with new and innovative food, drink, pastry and dessert finds like:
  • Moshi Moshi’s authentic Japanese food
  • B. Wings Buffalo Chicken
  • Gino’s Brick Oven Pizza
  • Let’s Salsa’s Mexican inspired dishes
  • Miss Sweets Cupcakes
  • PAJ Grill’s inihaw na liempo
  • Panchados oversized pandesal with savory beef mechado.  
 

“We are very excited to be share the Mercato night food market experience with our friends from Pasig and Mandaluyong!” shares Anton Diaz, co-organizer of MANDA CENTRALE and also the popular food and travel blogger behind www.OurAwesomePlanet.com. “Mercato has always wanted to serve this bustling foodie area, but we were just waiting for the right location for the night food market. We think that the Greenfield District area is a perfect location because it is in the heart of Mandaluyong where we can serve not only those who live and work in the area, but also those who commute or drive down EDSA Northbound after work. This is a great place for a well-deserved foodie break!”
 

 

 

“We are on the lookout for up-and-coming food entrepreneurs who live in the area, and we want to give them an opportunity to shine in the market.” Adds television host and magazine editor RJ Ledesma, the other co-organizer of MANDA CENTRALE. “Among the entrepreneurs we look forward to are the students from the nearby colleges and universities along with the Pasig and Mandauyong-based homemakers, cooks, chefs and bakers who want to share their dishes with fellow food enthusiasts.”

On top of the variety of food choices, MANDA CENTRALE marketgoers can also enjoy live acoustic performances and monthly bazaars.


Manda Centrale at Mayflower Parking Area, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong is open every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday from 6:00pm to 3:00 am. For updates on the newest vendors and activities at Manda Centrale, please like www.Facebook.com/MandaCentrale or follow @MandaCentrale. For vendor or bazaar inquiries at MANDA CENTRALE, please email admin@mandacentrale.com or contact 09178401152. Please get in touch with us soonest as slots are limited.


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