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How Did This Great Man Beat the Dragons in the Newspapering Industry?

March 20, 2019

FROM AN AGRICULTURE EXPERT TO A NEWSPAPERING GURU JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, MDN online editor 4th of a series - Conclusion Beating The "Dragons" Beating the dragons in the newspapering industry was a hard thing to do. Many have tried but they failed. The dragons have already built their empire in Southern Philippines. But when this young and fresh graduate challenger back in the 90s joined the industry, everything was changed, as little by little he climbed the ladder of success, imprinted his footprints and after a few years he beat them all and build his own empire of publications. This man I've been telling you is no other than Mr. Dante Macasero Sudaria. He was just an agriculture graduate at MOSCAT in Claveria town, Misamis Oriental. All his life was focused in agriculture. No experience in newspapering. No. Nothing at all. But mind you guys. He graduated a cum laude - so that we can conclude that this great man from the province must be a wise man, a great thinker and an awesome planner. But how did he beat the dragons? 1. He created his influence in the media community and also in the private sector.  After his graduation in agriculture back in the 90s, Dante Sudaria transferred in Cagayan de Oro City to seek for greener pasture. He knew that despite graduating a cum laude, opportunities in his hometown in Claveria were very limited. And since being part of the media, he knew that he has influence to meet top politicians not only in the city but the Philipines in general. He also knew that he can easily get connected with business owners and other influencers in the city who could help him succeed in his future endeavors.   His plan was very successful as month after month he has seen great developments in his career in the media and of being a salesman. His earnings increased tremendously - to the point of earning P100 Thousand per month, and he became known in the mainstream media, professionals and the private sector. These great improvements gave him an idea that he was at the right track in his quest to achieve success in the newspapering industry.  To make his influence in the private sector more solid, Dante Sudaria joined Rotary Club and Eagle's Club, two of the country's prominent and prestigious organizations of professionals and business persons. His clout in the business sector grew even more. Rotary is an international organization saturated all over the globe. The Philippines is under District 3870 and composed of hundreds of different Rotary Clubs nationwide.  2. His plans and programs were very clear to him Although this great man has no experience when he joined newpaparing business, but his plans and programs were very clear to him. Sudaria could not have graduated a cum laude for nothing. He was destined to make things happen in his own favor. Having very clear plans and programs became his advantage than those other newspaper publishers who failed. While Sudaria was working very hard in his first and only job employment in his entire career, he studied closely how to run a newspaper business. He carefully learned the ins and outs of being a publisher and how to influence and manage his subordinates who would become his partners in running his own publications in the future. He also studied very carefully both the management side and of being a simple rank and file employee of a newspaper firm. 3. He makes sure he is surrounded with great people in the industry Although Sudaria was already the boss in his own newspaper business but he learns to handle different types of people in the industry. He welcomed old and new generations of reporters, veteran broadcasters, journalists and top salesmen, who could become his great "Think Tank" to plan and implement greater ideas for the company's new endeavors and maintain its good reputation as the leading newspaper in Southern Philippines, in terms of publication, circulation, readership and technology.     He accepted new and old colleagues to join the paper like former editor of GSD Cris Diaz, Bureau friends Like Pat Samonte in Butuan City, Chris Panganiban in Agusan Del Sur, Al Jacinto /Aj Coral  in Zamboanga, Tom Caballero and Sara Castor in Davao City, Rommy Sanchez of Digos City, and some other media friends all over Mindanao, making MDN widely destributed and circulated in Southern Philippines. Humble beginnings of Mindanao Daily   Mindanao Daily was founded on May 18, 2011, while its office was still at Lapasan Hihgway, now SOGO hotel building. It was conceptualized first for a Visayan newspaper purposely for street sales like Sunstar Super Balita. It looks like a traditonal tabloid newspaper. MDBs pioneering editors in the Visayan version also included Joe del Puerto Felicilda, Joe Pantoja and Sony David and regular editors Nelson Constantino and Ruel Pelone. Its was named "MINDANAO DAILY BALITA or MDB." The concept lasted for 6 months. Dante's management team conluded that MDB cannnot compete with existing street newspaper editions like BRIGADA, BIRADA, and SunStar SUPER Balita. Changing the tabloid MDB to simi broadsheet newspaper When Sudaria was in Manila in 2011, he met a media colleague from Gensan, Mr Mario Basillo, of PUNTO newspaper. They talked about newspapering business as they have the same line of business ventures. There goes the idea of changing MDB into a simi broadsheet paper, since it was only a tabloid like Brigada news back then. "As I came back home from Manila I immediately ordered Ruel Pelone, the Editor-in-chief, to change the paper size to a bigger one. We also change from Visayan version to English version to accomodate the growing demands of an English newspaper," Dante narrated. Then we moved from Lapasan office to the current location in Brgy Consolacion. Late in 2011, the building owner called up and told Dante that a Hotel will be renting the whole building in Lapasan. He was forced to look for another location until he found Tanleh Bldg in Consolacion. It was more spacious to run a newspaper publishing business and more spacious to house the printing machines. It was also in 2011 that Mr Allan Mediante the former editor-in-chief of GSD for 15 years came home to Philippines from USA. At that time, his wife died from cancer illness. Upon Dante's invitation, Mediante also joined Sudaria's fastest growing newspaper business. Business Week's Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) With Sudaria's partnership with Allan Mediate, the first Mindanao Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs Awards was conceptualized. As a corporate social responsibility of BusineassWeek Mindanao, it is aimed at honoring businesses that help propel the economic growth of Mindanao in terms of developments. The first business awards was held sometime in October 2012 at Pryce Plaza hotel, with the help and support of the hotel's former manager Ped Quiamjot. Then it was also followed with another flagship awards for journalism writers. It was dubbed as "The Mindanao Journalism Execellence Awards." The purpose is to recognize elementary, high school and college students active and excellent activities in journalism. This also included LGUs and  National agency information officers and corporate writers. Aside from that, BusinessWeek is also regularly initiating trainings and seminars for journalism and broadcasting at its Media Center. The project is under the able leadership of veteran broadcaster, Mr Joe del Puerto Felicilda as the Training Director. Business Week Mindanao under the editorial management of veteran editor Nelson Constantino aldo garnered journalistic awards from PPI or Philippine Press Instutute as the best weekly newspaper in the country in Business and Economic reporting.  Dante Sudaria's favorite motto that give him a colorful life and business Despite his tremendous successes in the newpapering industry, Sudaria remains to be humble and live a simple life. His day to day life was only focused with his family and business. In a span of almost 2 decades, Dante has lived a life of abundance and happy family. He has also established his own multi-million house in the city, with solid mediterranean concept and style, a Toyota Pick Up and the famous Montero vehicle. When asked about his guiding motto that propels him to fly high and just enjoy what life brings, he simply answers "GOD WILL PROVIDE, DISKARTE LANG." ### READ ON 1st Part  2nd Part 3rd Part  

Echoing Women Empowerment by improving their health

March 13, 2019

In celebration of Women’s month this March, we hear a lot of emphasis towards empowering the female population and urge for gender equality. The Philippine Commission for Women (PCW) adopts the theme “Making Change Work for Women” which aims to implement programs and services that address strategic gender needs of women. In our society nowadays, more and more women are engaging in what used to be jobs only meant for men. In some cases, we witness women excelling in the corporate industry more than male. This development brings a positive outlook towards the goal of gender equality.      Aside from these developments, women still hold certain roles in the family, being a mother and a wife has its own necessities and striking a balance between these personas can be very challenging.  In order to do this, Women need additional supplements to stay healthy and be able to prolong their roles that they have to accomplish. It is noted that women needs more calcium intake than men. This is due to the fact that women go through several life stages that increases their calcium needs.      1. Puberty During this stage, women are at the prime of their being active physically. This is also the stage when they start menstruating. It is important to consume the right levels of calcium everyday to prevent the risk of different bone conditions, and try to build up your calcium levels from your younger days.       2. Aldulting In starting an adult life and having a family, Women needs a certain level of estrogen. Estrogen is essential for woman sex hormone. Estrogen also maintains the bone health. Calcium is crucial in maintaining estrogen intact in a woman’s body.      3. Pregnancy During this stage, woman is required to double their calcium intake regularly. This is to supply the calcium needs of the fetus as much as her own. The fetus needs normal levels of calcium to ensure proper heart function and rate as well as proper function of nervous system and muscles. Neglecting the additional calcium intake during your pregnancy will result in utilization of your stored calcium which will be harmful for you in the long term.      4. Menopause Study shows that the bone density declines by 20% after menopause when estrogen level starts to deplete, hence, it is recommended to take sufficient levels of calcium to prevent the problem of bones osteoporosis.      Osteoporosis, is a condition where bones become too porous and loose its density. As bones become more porous and fragile, the risk of fracture is greatly increased. The loss of bone occurs silently and progressively. Often there are no symptoms until the first fracture occurs.      Having stated the importance of calcium in your body, it is important to take calcium supplements to assure you are getting your daily requirement of calcium and as well as other immune boosting supplements. Bewell-C plus Calcium combines the next generation organic calcium with the non-acidic form of vitamin-C and vitamin D3 in order to form a 3 in 1 vitamin supplement that strengthens both the immune system and the bone health of the patient. The patented Bewell-C plus Calcium formula takes advantage of the synergy of these vitamins to make an effective but affordable way to stay strong and healthy.      To know more about the product as well as healthy tips, visit their Facebook page @Bewellcpluscalcium. Bewell-C plus Calcium is available in all Mercury Drug nationwide.

Sudaria Made The Bravest Decision Of His Life

March 11, 2019

FROM AN AGRICULTURE EXPERT TO A NEWSPAPER GURU BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL 3rd of a series * He gambled his 100K monthly earnings to start his own newspaper business After several years of leading the marketing and sales of that company owned by a Chinese-Filipino, the young and energetic entrepreneur has finally decided to start his own newspaper publishing business. Business Week Mindanao, Dante's first weekly newspaper was founded on June 8, 2009 while he was at the peak of his career with Gold Star Daily. At that time he was already earning 100K per month. It was also the time when Ruel Pelone and Nelson Contantino were still with GSD and they were commissioned to establish GSD Cebu City. They would work on Dante's editorial content during Saturdays and Sundays since it was only a weekly paper - and they would send the week's content to the layout artist Felix Santillan for layout and for printing. The said remote operation lasted only for 6 months. Perhaps, the GSD owner saw Dante's weekly paper as a future threat to his daily newspaper. He wanted Dante to decide whether to focus only on his newspaper or it's time to separate ways. Oozing with enthusiasm and determination to succeed on his new endeavor, Sudaria made the wisest and the bravest decision of his life to gamble with this 100K per month earnings and focus all his talents, skills, and experiences to his own newspaper "Business Week Mindanao." He left GSD and put up his own firm. Sudaria was all fired up and bravely put his heart and soul into his newly found company and met clients after clients. It was a final decision to shine even more - now that his ultimate dream of starting his own company was realized. On January 1, 2010, Dante acquired his first printer and continued the Business Week Mindanao operation despite encountering a lot of challenges. Meanwhile, Ruel Pelone and Nelson Constantino also resigned from their GSD Cebu operation as they also found it very hard to operate a newspaper with only two of them. They became jobless then. Later, they have also decided to join Sudaria Publications as full time editors, which at that time was very fresh and just starting to find its place in the industry . After a year's full time operation of Business Week Mindanao, some colleagues and sales agents of GSD also joined Sudaria's company. They were Allan Mediante, Riza Ares, Mike Baños, Felix Santillan, and Gerry Gorit.   Sudaria's love life While Sudaria was also at the peak of his career, he also found great time to follow what his heart desires. And since he would always met GSD's dazzling sales staff, Ms Rose Domingo back then, love grew so easily sometime in 1996 and they became lovers. They kept it a little bit of a secret, so not anyone of the employees would know. Finally, on October 18, 1997, Rose and Dante tied the knot and vowed to love each other in sickness and in health. Their marriage was blessed with four siblings: Dannycarose, Dante JR, Danrosbelt and Danielarose. The birth of a daily paper The young newspaper magnate saw it was ripe to start a daily newspaper to supply for the growing needs of its valued customers and advertisers. Thus, Mindanao Daily came into the picture and Sudaria changed the name of the company into Sudaria Group of Publications. Aside from Mindanao Daily, Cagayan Times was also started to cater to the exclusive coverages on entertainment and lifestyles. Right now Business Week Mindanao was already exclusive to business updates in the entire island of Mindanao, as well as economic growth of the island. The paper no longer cater to police and crime news as it did way back in 1996 and 1997...To be continued.        

“He Beat the Dragons in the Newspapering Industry”

March 8, 2019

From an agriculture expert to a newspapering guru 1st part of a series BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL MDN Online editor Yes, he was the youngest man in the newspapering history in Southern Philippines who beat all the dragons. I joined the newspapering industry way back in 1991 with my first editor, the ever friendly and approachable Uriel Quilinguing. And this man came in in the same industry sometime in the later part of the 90s. He was then a fresh graduate at a college in Claveria town, the Misamis Oriental State College of Agriculture and Technology (MOSCAT). Later when we were acquainted at the office I had known that he graduated in college with flying colors. In fact, he was a cum laude. Woohh I said to myself, "this man is something to learn to. Basically, those who graduated with that distinctive honor must be brainy. So, it would be very interesting how he would be able to incorporate his huge knowledge in agriculture with the new type of business he was in. I was a desk editor then of that newspaper and I was tasked to receive the very raw and poorly written news reports coming from our local reporters, in which he was part of a bureau in the western side of Misamis Oriental. I noticed that this man is more focused on getting sales and not so much on getting the hard news in his area of coverage. So I just thought that this man was just the same regular guy or bureau chief who simply followed his colleagues in regularly transacting business in their AOR (area of coverage) because they were given big commissions of 50 percent from all the sales they can get. Although, they are required to submit news reports in order to benefit the 50-50 share challenge. And because I just thought of him of being a regular guy or bureau chief, so very often it became a regular scenario that when he was in the office, I'm sure he got sales or adverts, or newspaper edition project just like all the others. Then after completing all his transactions he disappears, and maybe, he goes back to his hometown in Claveria. THEN THIS MAN BECOMES MORE INTERESTING Yeah, he became such to my mind. Do you want to know why? This man requested to be re-assigned in Cagayan de Oro to accept bigger challenges and more responsibilities of not just merely a sales guy but into becoming a Journalist. So from a promdi man (from the province) into becoming a city guy. What? I told myself again. Can he do it here? o cut the story short, one day he stepped in at the office being his first day in his new journey in Cagayan de Oro as a documented and ID-bearing salesman and at the same time a reporter at the main company headquarters in Gusa. I noticed that after he opened the main door of the office and approached our sales staff, this guy was full of sweat and he wiped them out with his handkerchief while already at the front desk sales staff. I don't know if he just walked from Divisoria to our main headquarters in Gusa (haha) because if he rides on a jeepney he would not have that sweat pouring from his innocent-looking face, or he had a sales call in the vicinity before he went to the office to report his sales of the day or his news article to the editorial department. But as soon as he reports to the main office everyday it would always be a scenario that while he steps in, he also wiped off his sweat with his handkerchief. He started to top in sales As his sales increases monthly, I realized that this man was working very hard maybe for his future. Since he was a fresh graduate, he was very optimistic, very energetic and very determined to achieve his goal as soon as possible. - To continued...      

“And He Made His Presence Felt Both in Sales and Editorial”

March 8, 2019

From an agriculture expert to a newspapering guru 2nd part of a series BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL MDN online editor His presence was felt by his new colleagues right away Working very hard everyday in both sales and editorial, this man easily curved a name not only in the mainstream media community but as well as in government and private sector. He easily made his presence felt and created his own list of contacts that ultimately helped him propel his marketing campaign in Cagayan de Oro and even in Misamis Oriental. The management of the paper also felt him tremendously as he continued to increase sales month after month. But he was not even contented of this growing accolade and commendations until his name was finally called in a fitting ceremony as the number 1 salesman of the company in Cagayan de Oro City...Thus, he has curved his name into the pedestal of success as Mr. Dante Sudaria, the man to beat in sales and marketing. Although his huge background and expertise was more on agriculture but he managed to establish a good plan of actions and gave his 100 percent focus in marketing. The following year, Dante Sudaria bought his own motorcycle to easily reach to his destinations during media launch, press conferences and scheduled sales calls. His new mobility tripled his productivity in a month. Sales agents of the main headquarters like Ric Ociones, Jasper Uy, Ercel Maandig, the late Pol Dael, the late Mario Parba, Ben Balce, Riza Ares, Jun dela Cerna and the late Ed Maliza have also felt the strong presence of Sudaria few months after he was transferred in the city. Challenge accepted One day, the management challenged the sales agents to put up branches in the city to the places they like. Ric Ociones collaborated with other agents and put up their own sales office branch in Divisoria. Riza Ares also went on her own and established a sales office along Pabayo-Tiano Sts. I was also challenged by that said offer so I've decided to stop my editorial duties and put up my own sales office in Ilaya Carmen. Obviously, it wasn't a good decision because after a year I closed shop. Then followed by my other co-sales agents. Until only one was left - and that was the sales office of Mr Sudaria along the national highway in Barangay Lapasan. He succeeded maybe because his Lapasan branch was very strategic, aside from the fact that he installed large tarps to get noticed by advertisers. Well, as I said. He has also built a list of connections from both private and government institutions and he was not only dependent on walk in sales. Sudaria continued to rise against all odds and hitting sales month after month. Time to shine on his own After several years of leading the marketing and sales of that company owned by a Chinese-Filipino, the young and energetic entrepreneur has finally decided to start his own newspaper publishing business. So he left his first company and put up his own firm. He launched his first newspaper "Business Week Mindanao" and the rest was history. Sudaria was all fired up and really put his heart and soul into his newly found company and met clients after clients. It was a final decision to shine even more - now that his ultimate dream of starting his own company was realized...To be continued.

Kinaráy-a, kauna-unahang katutubong wikang pinagparangalan sa pasinaya ng Bantayog-Wika sa Lalawigang Antique

March 6, 2018

Ang Bantayog-Wika, na likha ng tanyag na eskultor na si Luis “Junyee” Jr., ay magkatuwang na inilantad sa madla ni Senador Loren B. Legarda, Gobernador ng Antique Rhodora J.Cadiao, at Tagapangulo ng Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (KWF) at Pambansang Alagad ng Sining Virgilio S. Almario. Yari ang hubog-kawayang bantayog sa stainless steel at may taas na sampung talampakan. Nakaukit sa katawan nito ang baybaying bersiyon ng “Pag-ibig sa Tinubuang Bayan” ni Andres Bonifacio. Lumiliwanag din ang teksto para sa mga nais bumisita sa kinatatayuan nito sa plaza tuwing gabi. Ang wikang Kinaray-a, batay sa mga saliksik, ay sa pinakamatandang wika sa isla Panay. Ayon sa estadistika, higit 500,000 ang nagsasalita nito at ginagamit sa Antique, Capiz, Guimaras, Iloilo, at Palawan. Mababása ang karagdagang impormasyon tungkol sa wikang Kinaráy-a sa marker na kapuwa mayroon sa wikang Kinaray-a at Filipino. Inaasahan ang pagtatayo ng iba’t ibang Bantayog-Wika sa Filipinas na mayroong 130 katutubong wika at itinuturing na di-nasasalat na pamanang pangkultura o intangible cultural heritage. Itinataguyod ito ng Tanggapan ni Senador Loren B. Legarda at Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino.


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