View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award More than 50 weavers overcame the odds and spent countless hours to make more than 1,200 ribbons in less than four months.The couple hopes that this is just the start of something even bigger in store for the Marawi weavers and their families.“For us, it was really our advocacy to make it sustainable. The reason why this is dying is because a lot of weavers stopped working because it’s not sustainable in helping them and their families and that’s a big challenge for us. How to make it sustainable livelihood for them especially with the fact that we had to start again from the ground up,” said Salika.Jardin lived in an area most affected by the war. He had nothing left of his home after it burned down.“Weaving those ribbons was a big help to us because when we accepted the job, the pain was still fresh in each and everyone of us here in Marawi,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hurting Banchero delivers impressive performance in honor of late best friend China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Weaving has been a cultural tradition in Marawi but the Maranaoans have been struggling to keep it alive through the changing times especially when the city came under siege in May of last year that lasted for nearly five months.During the war, lives, homes and livelihood were lost. In the aftermath, bombed-out buildings, rubble from destroyed establishments and bullet-punctured walls describing a city in tatters are those left of Marawi.But amid adversities, hope, perseverance and the fight to revive the true identity of the Maranaoan and their culture remained.“First, we wanted to do this to help the weavers, but we were shocked to learn that our equipment were destroyed. We encountered a lot of other challenges but I kept telling them this is going to be one of those that will prove that we can get back to our feet,” said Salika Maguindanao-Samad in Filipino, who, along with her husband Jardin, led the efforts in making the ribbons. “We were inspired and thankful because this is also our livelihood before that has somehow been forgotten but now, it’s giving us hope.”“We encouraged them to bring back weaving because that is something that we can be proud of and not be known for all the wrong reasons of being labeled as terrorists. We want to show that we are known for something much bigger than that and that we have a culture,” said Jardin in Filipino. “That’s what we want the world to know about us.”ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The commemorative piece was created by Daniel dela Cruz, a renowned Filipino metal sculptor.“The title of the medal is ‘Alab ng Puso’ and it’s the fire in the heart which I think each and every triathlete needs to be able to finish the race,” said Dela Cruz.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut a medal won’t be one without a ribbon and making it was no easy task either.Staying true to the Filipino theme, each sling was made by weavers from war-torn Marawi. LATEST STORIES ALAB NG PUSO. These specially handcrafted medals and ribbons from Marawi weavers will be one of the prizes for the finishers of the first Ironman race in the Philippines.A reward like no other awaits finishers of the first full-distance Ironman race in the Philippines.Each participant who completes the arduous 3.8-kilometer swim, 180 km bike and 42 km run earns a special medal that not only symbolizes victory but also signifies the Filipino spirit and the sport of triathlon.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations
1 Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard was named the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year on Sunday.The 24-year-old won the vote of his peers after a stunning season in which he has netted 18 goals across all competitions to help Chelsea claim Capital One Cup glory and put them on the brink of a first Premier League title since 2010.“I’m very happy,” said the Belgian, after picking up his prize at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.“One day I want to be the best and what I did this season is play very well, Chelsea played very well.“I don’t know if I deserve to win but it is good for me. It is good, it is better to be voted by the players – they know everything about football. This is good. I’m very happy.”Hazard was also named in the PFA Premier League team of the year – for the third time in his three seasons in England.He was one of six Blues players in the XI, along with captain John Terry, Gary Cahill, Branislav Ivanovic, Nemanja Matic and Diego CostaTottenham’s Harry Kane was the only English attacking player in the team of the season and also took home the 2014/15 Young Player of the Year award.The 21-year-old has enjoyed a remarkable rise to stardom, scoring 30 goals for Spurs in all competitions this term despite not being given a regular starting slot until November.He helped Mauricio Pochettino’s men to the Capital One Cup final, and also scored 79 seconds into his senior England debut as a substitute in the 4-0 European Championship qualifying victory over Lithuania at Wembley last month.Here are the winners from Sunday night’s Professional Footballers’ Association awards event:PFA Player of the Year: Eden Hazard, Chelsea (2nd Harry Kane, Tottenham, 3rd, David De Gea, Manchester United)PFA Young Player of the Year: Harry Kane, Tottenham (2nd Eden Hazard, Chelsea, 3rd Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool)PFA Merit award: Steven Gerrard, Liverpool and Frank Lampard, Manchester CityPFA Women’s Player of the Year: Ji So-yun, Chelsea LadiesPFA Women’s Young Player of the Year: Leah Williamson, Arsenal Ladies Eden Hazard in action for Chelsea
Girl Scouts in Sitka are doing more than selling cookies this year. One local troop is concerned about the safety of a heavily-used crosswalk. The scouts hope to persuade the Alaska Department of Transportation that the intersection is more hazardous than the state thinks it is.Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia Commons)Standing outside the McDonald’s on Halibut Point Road, it’s easy to see the street is busy for any city, especially Sitka.Cars and semi-trucks whiz by on the island’s main thoroughfare, which is near several apartment buildings, neighborhoods and three schools.An accident here last year sent teenager Cody Bergman to Harborview Hospital in Seattle, after he was hit by a pickup truck while riding his bike across the street. Bergman had to be medevaced after the accident because of a serious head injury.“It was a pretty traumatic, life-altering accident and it was hard for me just as a neighbor and you know he’s been playing with my son since he’s been in kindergarten,” said Retha Winger, the leader of Girl Scout Troop 4140. “It was difficult to watch I’d hope we can do something to prevent another family to have to go through that.”During the past month, the troop of 10 teens gathered 55 comments about the intersection.People mentioned several near-misses between children and vehicles. One said they saw a driver on a cell phone hit a little girl on a bike. Others mentioned how it is dark and visibility is poor turning off of Peterson.Cathy Poulson, whose husband Steve Will died in 2008 after being hit on his bicycle at the intersection, also submitted her thoughts. Will was KCAW’s program director. Her husband probably came out of the street too quickly for the driver to see him, Poulson wrote, but still the sightline is nonexistent because of a slight hill on HPR and a power box near Peterson street.The teen Girl Scouts even have their personal stories about the street crossing. Here’s 14-year-old Autumn Dismore and Winger:“One time it was some of us, we were walking across the street over there and we had those flag things and a car across Peterson street almost hit us,” Dismore said.“That’s a daily occurrence for a lot of people at this particular intersection,” said Winger.The flag that she’s talking about is one of the neon orange pennants the DOT placed on either side of crosswalk last fall to increase visibility of pedestrians. Jeremy Woodrow is the DOT’s communications officer.“We have been working with the community in Sitka to identify ways to improve visibility for pedestrians at that intersection,” Woodrow said. “That is one of those improvements we’ve come to an agreement and put in place.”The Girl Scout troop is working with Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkin’s office to forward the testimonials they collected to the DOT. Winger says they are hoping to win approval to install solar-powered crosswalk signs, similar to ones the city is installing on Edgecumbe Drive.“We’re going to do some fundraising and trying to get some local contributions, we know the state’s budgets are pretty tight but it’s a really important safety issue for Sitka,” said Winger.Still, the comments are mainly anecdotal. The DOT relies on numbers to make changes, Woodrow says. From 2008-2012, the most recent data DOT has available, there were four reported accidents at the HPR-Peterson intersection.Three were bumper to bumper crashes and one was an angled wreck. None involved pedestrians, Woodrow says.“When we make our decisions on roadway improvements or safety improvements these are data driven improvements and we make sure if we’re going to make a change there’s substantial backing of why we made that change,” Woodrow said.He says the department is always trying to gather information on state roadways and looks forward to receiving the troop’s comments. Winger is optimistic, and believes her Girl Scout troop can make a difference for the community.“We all want to be safe and we hope our children are looking both ways and doing the right thing but you know stuff happens it gets icy and dark and whatever we can do to make our kids safer getting to where they need to go,” said Winger.According to DOT data, a little more than half of the state’s car crashes occur at intersections.