AC celebrates National Arts Month 2015
FEBRUARY 18, 2015
BALLET ON A BUSY STREET. Ballerinas of The Dance Conservatory
perform at Plaza Angel for ‘Art to Heart II’, one of the many events for the city’s
celebration of the National Arts Month 2015. --ACTO PHOTO
Capitol shells out P20M
for basic social services
By Angelique DC. Tuazon
AC celebrates
National Arts
Month 2015
– The provincial government headed by Governor Lilia “Nanay” G. Pineda has expended a total
of P 20,362,417.39 for the
delivery of various basic social services for the
year 2014, according to a
report submitted by the
Provincial Social Welfare
and Development Office
(PSWDO). capitol shells out.. PAGE 7
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
Pineda receives from Sr. Supt. Rodolfo Recomo Jr. a
plaque of appreciation for her invaluable support to the
Police Regional Office 3 and APEC 2015 ‘Site Task Group
Central Luzon’ during the security operations provided to
APEC 2015 meetings conducted at the Clark Freeport and
Subic Freeport Zone, Zambales. --JUN JASO
Porac gets DILG’s Seal of Good
Financial Housekeeping award
BY Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
This town is one of the local government units in this
province to receive the much
coveted Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH)
Award from the Department
of the Interior and Local
Government (DILG).
Mayor Condralito Dela
Cruz said the award only
proves that his administration is serious with its transparency and good governance stance.
“It’s very hard to get that
award. It takes time, requirements and scrutiny by DILG,
NGO and other groups and
that is why I am very happy
porac gets... PAGE 7
ANGELES CITY – The Angeles City
Tourism Office (ACTO) has prepared a
sundry of art events in celebration of the
National Arts Month (NAM) 2015.
With the theme “Highlighting Local Cultural Genius to Promote Pride of
Place”, local Kapampangan and Angeleño artists will take centerstage as they
showcase their talents and artistry in the
different art disciplines.
Ongoing right now at the Angeles City
Library and Information Center is the
8th leg of “Badong: Salvador Bernal Designs the Stage” on the works of National
Artist for Stage Design, Salvador Bernal,
which is brought to the city by the National Commission for Culture and the
Arts and the Cultural Center of the Philippines. They will also hold a theater Production Design Workshop at the Museo
ning Angeles on February 20 and 21.
On February 11, 18 and 25, Kalye
Lakandula will play host to Artists’ Night
on February 11, 18, and 25 where local
Angeleno artists come together for a night
of celebration and dialogue. This will be
nat’l arts month... PAGE 7
AbeKa questions Lapid claim on being ‘author’ of new law
Headline Gitnang Luzon • FEBRUARY 18, 2015
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
ANGELES CITY – The Partido Abe Kapampangan (AbeKa)
yesterday questioned the claim
of Senator Lito Lapid that he is
a principal author of the new
law, Republic Act 10653, that exempts the 13th month pay and
other bonuses from taxes.
“The claim is like cattle rus-
tling. As we put it in Kapampangan, it is like mapanaku
damulag,” said AbeKa deputy
secretary general William Aguilar.
“The principal author of the
law is Senator Ralph Recto, and
Lapid probably just checked in
his name as an author of the bill,
perhaps even without reading its
text,” Aguilar said.
In a press statement, Lapid’s
camp claimed he is among the
principal authors of the measure, stating that he supposedly
filed Senate Bill No. 1838, which
was supposed to be the basis of
RA 10653.
Aguilar said that despite Lapid’s claim that he filed the most
number of bills in the Senate,
only one has been passed into
law, the Free Legal Assistance
Law, because most of Lapid’s
bills “border on the ridiculous,”
including regulating the weight
of school bags.
Lapid has recently announced
his plan to run for mayor of Angeles City in 2016.
“Kapampangans and perhaps
the entire nation are awaiting the
good senator to share his views
on the Mamapasano incident,
particularly in a situation where
government forces are running
out of ammunition. In his movies, Lapid can annihilate armies
and can even split a bullet to hit
two targets,” Aguilar said in jest.
“But seriously the Mamapasano incident is a national tragedy,
and we yearn for the Kapampanabeka... Page 7
3 infra projects kick
off in Candaba
C A N D A B A ,
- Candaba Mayor Rene
groundbreaking ceremonies for the Upgrading
of the Buas-Pasig Section of Candaba-Baliwag
Road; Renovation of the
Candaba Public Market
and construction of three
classrooms at Barangay
Lanang High School the
other day.
said the DPWH has funded the upgrading to 1.2 to
1.5 meter of the Buas-Pasig section Candaba-Baliwag road in the amount of
“If this infrastructure upgrading project
is already completed,
this section of CandabaBaliwag road will become
passable even in times of
floods caused by heavy
rains. No hassles, no
headaches, no inconveniences will be experienced by the motorists,
who want to go inside and
outside the town,” the
mayor said.
He is optimistic that
the Candaba roads will
become passable even
during the rainy season
because of the soon-tobe elevated roads in Buas
and Pasig up to the Aray3 infra projects... Page 7
TRADE FAIR. Mayor Marino Morales tries out different products at a Trade Fair at Xevera, Mabalacat City, which opened in line with the
celebration of Caragan Festival from February 17-20 . The trade fair was initiated by Morales, his wife Niña, Board Member Cherry Manalo, Sangguniang Panglunsod members and Festival Chairman Jun Magbalot. --CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Sec. Roxas orders cascading of
‘Oplan Lambat Sibat’ in C. Luzon
and Local Government
Secretary Mar Roxas
ordered police officials
to ensure that Oplan
Lambat-Sibat be cascaded in a “deliberate,
in Central Luzon and
other regions of the
Hence, according
to Secretary Roxas,
Oplan Lambat-Sibat
will be launched in
Central Luzon maybe
on the first week of
March and in Region
IV-A in the first week
of April, this year.
To jumpstart the
launching, the Philippine
National Police – National Capital Region
Office (PNP-NCRPO)
has already started the
orientation of ranking
regional police officers
in preparation for the
said activity.
During the NCRPO
meeting in Camp Crame, SILG Roxas said
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: PAMPANGA
City/Municipality: ARAYAT
he wants to ensure
that Oplan Lambat
Sibat be implemented
in the regions in a systematic manner.
“It was proven effective in the NCR.
Based on reports, the
rate of criminality in
the NCR went down by
about 50 percent since
the implementation of
the strategy,” the SILG
Roxas said the program calls for a scientific reporting of crime
situation from the posec. roxas... Page 7
WPF installs automated weather station in Bagac
By Mhike R. Cigaral
BAGAC, Bataan - A
private weather update provider recently installed an
automated weather station
in this town.
Nick Ancheta, municipal
administrator told the lo-
(HAU), in cooperation with
Communicators’ League and
the College Student Council
of the College of Arts, Sciences and Education will be
staging the 2nd Paragala on
Feb. 21, 4 p.m at the HAU
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: PAMPANGA
City/Municipality: ARAYAT
In compliance with the publication requirement
and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No.
2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the
Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on
R.A. 10172). Notice is hereby served to the public
that RAMICES GARCIA HIPOLITO has filed with
this office, a petition for correction of entry in the
sex from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the certificate
of live birth of RAMICES GARCIA HIPOLITO born
on OCTOBER 28, 1988 at Arayat, Pampanga and
whose parents are TAYMUNDO HIPOLITO and
In compliance with the publication requirement and
pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1
Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172).
Notice is hereby served to the public that JAYCEE
TORRES BALANUN has filed with this office,
a petition for correction of entry in the sex from
“FEMALE” to “MALE” in the certificate of live birth
1990 at Arayat, Pampanga and whose parents are
Municipal Civil Registrar
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: February 11 & 18, 2015
community, with the hope of
improving nationwide disaster preparedness, and timely
response to variable weather
conditions. By bringing together the Aboitiz Group’s
resources and network, and
MeteoGroup’s technical exweather station... Page 3
HAU to recognize media outfits in Paragala 2015
Any person adversely affected by said petition may
file his written opposition with this Office not later
than two weeks upon publication.
cal press here that the municipal government of Bagac
recently signed a memorandum of agreement with
Weather Philippines Foundation Inc. (WPF).
WPF aims to deliver critical and accurate weather
forecasts to the Filipino
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file
his written opposition with this Office not later than two
weeks upon publication.
Municipal Civil Registrar
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: February 18 & 25, 2015
Paragala aims to recognize TV shows, news programs and media personalities who have touched the
lives of people from Central
Luzon. The awards night
is expected to be attended
by various individuals who
were voted by participating
schools in the region.
Last year’s Paragala was
a success, hosted by GMA7’s Ivan Mayrina and Communicators’ League adviser
Leslie Manalo. It was also attended by news anchors Mike
Enriquez, Arnold Clavio and
Jay Taruc.
Comedian-celebrities Diparagala... Page 7
Republic of the Philippines
Office of the Municipal Registrar
Province of Pampanga
Municipality of Sta. Rita
In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. No. 10172, a
notice is hereby served to the public that
ROBBIE S. ENRILE has filed with this office a petition
for correction of clerical error / typographical error particularly in his GENDER from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in
the Certificate of Live Birth of ROBBIE S. ENRILE born
on 17 OCTOBER 1985 at San Isidro, Sta. Rita, Pampanga, and whose parents are VALERIANO MARTIR
Any person adversely affected by said petition
may file his/her written opposition with this office
not later than MARCH 04, 2015.
Municipal Civil Registrar
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: February 18 & 25, 2015
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FEBRUARY 18, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
San Fdo reaches revenue
goal; collects P1-B target
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – This city now
has a total revenue collection of P1.077 billion,
sourced mainly from
business taxes and realty
taxes paid by business
owners and real property
owners in this city.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago pointed out that
“without increasing taxes,
the city was able to realize
92% of its last year’s target pegged at P1.17 billion.
According to the mayor, the dependency of the
LGU to the national government’s internal revenue allotment is only 44%,
meaning “San Fernando’s
local income source is
stronger at 56%.”
Compared to year 2013,
the total revenue collection of the city increased
by 9% or an additional
P91 million. The biggest
share was from business
tax which increased by 7%
to P354 million or 58% of
the P606 million local
revenue, and real property tax which increased
9% to P81 million or 13%
of the city’s income.
“The city’s continued financial stability has been
buoyed by strong investor
confidence, as shown by
the increase in its business tax collections and
significant number of registrants each year,” the
mayor said.
Last year, the city Business License and Permits
Division registered more
than 1,000 new businesses and more than 7,000
business renewals.
He noted that before
the implementation of the
revised revenue code and
general revision of real
property values in 2009,
the city has only a regular
income of P766 million.
“The city government
has consistently beaten
its target, the increase of
almost 50% is enormous.
We have done this because of our increasing
efficiency in business permits processing and in the
collection of business and
realty taxes,” Santiago
In 2014, the city was
again recognized by the
Philippine Chamber of
Commerce and Industry as the most business
friendly LGU in the country.
“We are thanking the
investors, private partners, and stakeholders
for the continued support they have given us.
We hope to gain the same
support for the year 2015
with our P1.29 billion
target as we plan to fund
more capital intensive
projects and improvements,” he said.
“With your help, our
dream of having an inclusive growth in our city is
turning into reality,” said
Mayor Santiago.•
OATH-TAKING. Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia leads the oath-taking of the new set of officers of the Mariveles Federation of Tricycle Operators
and Drivers Association or MAFETODA at the Governor’s Office, Bataan Capitol, recently. 1BATAAN PHOTO
DENR Bataan to lead forums
on Manila Bay rehabilitation
By Butch Gunio
PILAR, Bataan - The Department of Environment and Natural
Resources Bataan will be spearheading the conduct of educational and motivational forums on
Manila Bay rehabilitation all over
the province this year.
In a meeting of the technical
working group (TWG) of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project
Bataan held at the DENR provincial office here, it was agreed to
bring the forums on “MANILABAYanihan Para Sa Kalikasan” to
all 12 towns of the province.
The forums will be attended by
barangay officials, students, and
concerned citizens.
Aside from the conduct of the
forums, the TWG also tackled in
the meeting waste management,
relocation of informal settlers,
and habitat rehabilitation.
Aside from DENR as lead agency, other members of the TWG are
Bataan provincial government,
DPWH, DA-BFAR, PIA, and Bataan Peninsula State University.
The “MANILABAYanihan Para Sa
Kalikasan” was hatched by the DENR
and concerned local government
units around Manila Bay aiming to
rehabilitate and revitalize the bay.
In line with the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project in the province, residents along Talisay River
in Balanga City got alternative
livelihood from DENR Bataan and
the city government.
The villages of Puerto Rivas Ita-
as, Puerto Rivas Ibaba, Puerto Rivas Lote, Talisay, and Bagumbayan
lie along Talisay River. The river
is a main waterway in this city.
“The project is part of the government’s Manila Bay Rehabilitation Project to prepare informal
settlers living along riverbanks.
We prepare them so that if ever
they get relocated they will have
a viable source of income,” said
Mila Ramirez, DENR Bataan officer and focal person of Manila Bay
Rehabilitation Project.
The DENR Bataan through the
leadership of Penro Raul Mamac
is in full swing implementing its
programs that include National
Greening Program, Handog Titulo, and Manila Bay Rehabilitation
Project, among others. •
2 Tarlac towns to experience
power interruption on Friday
By Butch Gunio
TARLAC - The National Grid Corporation of the
Philippines (NGCP) announced a power interruption in two towns of this province on Friday, February 20, from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.
Lorenz Vidal, NGCP Central Luzon Corporate
Communications Officer, said the affected towns are
Bamban and Capas. Affected distribution utility is
Tarelco II.
He said the shutdown aims to facilitate testing
of instrument transformers for Tarelco II’s revenue
meter simultaneous with its energization of 10MVA
transformer at O’ Donnel Substation.
Vidal added normal operations will immediately
resume after work completion.
He advised their customers and the general public to take the necessary preparations and precautions for this scheduled interruption.
NGCP is a privately owned corporation in charge
of operating, maintaining, and developing the country’s power grid. It transmits high voltage electricity
through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers,
substations, and related assets. •
DPWH: Obsolete bridges
need urgent replacement
ORANI, BATAAN – A top official of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) revealed yesterday that obsolete bridges along the Roman highway should be replaced immediately for
the safety of the motorists.
Engineer Magrara “Rocky” Dimalawang of the
DPWH 1st engineering district, said that aside from
being dilapidated, the bridges’ specifications are also
thin, only 23 centimeters thick when it should be 30
centimeters to make it safer for heavily-loaded vehicles passing through it.
“The standard size of bridges today should be 28
to 30 centimeters and no longer 23 cm as what was
utilized before; Roman highway is a strategic national road where big volumes of heavy vehicles pass
through daily,” pointed out Engr. Dimalawang.
Noting its necessity being the main route going
to and from Bataan, Metro Manila and other parts
of Central Luzon, provincial officials led by Gov.
Abet S. Garcia had passed an ordinance creating
the Metro Bataan Development Authority (MBDA)
to ensure the safety of motorists and smooth passage for investors going to Bataan Freeport and others parts of Bataan. MBDA is headed by its general
manager Charlie Pizarro who had initiated various
efforts aimed at protecting motorists and ridding it
with squatters and other forms of obstructions along
the highway.
Gov. Garcia directed Pizarro to also put up CCTVs along the highway and set up PNP check points
along strategic areas to secure motorists and traders
as well.
“The immediate replacement of these dilapidated
roads along Roman highway should be given attention by the national government to prevent accidents,” warned Dimalawang.•
weather station... from Page 2
pertise, WPF is poised to be the country’s premiere
private weather information/content provider.
WPF plans to have roughly 1,000 automated
weather station/devices installed across the Philippines.
MeteoGroup, on the other hand, is a leading
full-service weather business with operations in
15 countries, 400 employees (including 150 meteorologists) and a worldwide customer base.
Founded in 1986, the company has an unrivalled reputation for quality and innovation in
weather forecasting, providing tailored products
to corporate, industrial, media and consumer
markets. This company has expert meteorologists
offer forecasts and consultancy services 24 hours
a day, 365 days a year. In addition, a dedicated research and development team continuously develop MeteoGroup’s in-house systems and forecasting techniques.
MetroGroup’s offices are located in Belgium,
France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands,
the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the USA and the UK.
MeteoGroup is a specialist and innovation leader in early severe weather warnings and one of the
few private weather services to operate its own Severe Weather Centres.
“Malaking tulong itong weather station hindi
lang sa bayan ng Bagac kundi sa buong Bataan and
even Central Luzon. Malalaman natin agad thru
our monitoring here kung may paparating na malakas na bagyo,” Ancheta said.•
Headline Gitnang Luzon • FEBRUARY 18, 2015
Role models
SO far, reports have it that one
city and one town in Pampanga
have received the much-coveted
Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping (GFH) Award from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Angeles City and
Porac town.
This award just goes to prove that
both local government units are serious with their stance on transparency and good governance.
It was learned that it’s quite difficult to get the said award, as it takes
a lot of time. Also, both LGUs underwent scrutiny by the DILG, nongovernment organizations and other
groups. They have been found to have
continuously and consistently complied with the DILG’s directives on
full disclosure policy, thus the awards.
Both LGUs should now serve as
models to other local government
units in terms of adherence and
compliance to full disclosure policy,
transparency and accountability,
to dispel charges of alleged misuse
and illegal disbursements of municipal funds.
The GFH is part of the Local Governance Performance Management
System (LGPMS), which is an annual evaluation conducted by the
DILG. Local government units undergo a series of assessments to be
able to pass the LGPMS, and those
that excel are given the Seal of Good
Housekeeping (SHG) award.
To qualify for the GFH, a local
government should exhibit compliance with accounting and auditing
standards, rules and regulations,
i.e., with an Unqualified or Qualified COA Opinion of the immediately preceding year; as well as Compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy
of Local Budget and Finances, Bids
and Public Offerings e.g., Annual
Budget, Statement of Receipts and
Expenditures, Annual Procurement
Plan or Procurement List, and Bid
Results On Civil Works, Goods and
Services and Consulting Services,
among others.
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Bobo o tanga?
AGKATAPOS kong subaybay- sessions na ginaganap ng mga senaan ang dalawang pagdinig ng dor na ito. Gusto kong isipin na sana
Senado tungkol sa Mamasa- ay naitanong ang napakahalagang
pano Massacre ng 44 PNP SAF, il- tanong na ito sa isa sa mga executive
ang beses kong hinintay sa kahit sessions ng senado hinggil sa naging
sinong senador ang itanong sa mga kamatayan ng mga 44 PNP SAF…
“resource persons” na naroon din sa nang sa gayon ay hindi naman magsenado, itong tanong na ito: SINO SA mukhang tanga ang mga senador na
INYO ANG SINABIHAN NG PAN- ito sa mata ng sambayanan, at higit
GULO TUNGKOL SA OPERASYON sa lahat ay nang hindi rin sila magSA MAMASAPANO? Ngunit nabigo mukhang nagtatanga-tangahan sa
ako sa paghihintay na maitanong ito kanilang ginagawang mga pagdinig
nang kahit na sinong senador. Hindi sa posibleng krimeng ito sa kasayko alam kung sinasadya ba ng mga sayan ng panguluhan ng ating bansa.
senador na ito na hindi itanong itong
Ang maling tanong ay nakakakunapakahalagang tanong na ito para ha ng maling sagot.
sa paglitaw ng buong katotohanan
tungkol sa Mamasapano Massalll
cre upang mabigyan
Nang mapanood ko nang tuldok ang isa sa
man ang pagdinig sa mabamga napakaraming
bang kapulungan hinggil pa
katanungan at palairin sa Mamasapano Massare,
sipan na bumabalot
sa trahedyang ito…
sapagkat ito ay magbibigay ng kalutasan
kung hindi nga dapat
na managot ang Commander in Chief para
sa pinakamasaklap na Towards
kapalpakan ng dekanapa-antanda ako ng Krus.
the Light
da! Sana naman ay
Naitanong ko sa sarili ko
hindi ito sinasadya ng ABEL SOTO
kung paano ba naging kinamga senador, bagkus
tawan ng sambayanang Piliay talaga lamang napino ang mga istupidong Kikakalimot sila minsan sa mga bagay natawang ito. Sabagay, nasabi ko na
na dapat nilang itanong ngunit pu- lang sa sarili ko, hindi na rin naman
mapalya silang parating itanong ito.
nakapagtataka kung ganito ang uri
Ang hirap kasing isipin na wala ng kalidad mayroon ang ating bansa
ni isa sa mga matatalinong senador para sa kaniyang mga Kinatawan sa
na ito, lalo na ang madalas na mag- Kongreso, sapagkat malinaw na malyabang sa sarili niya na si Senador inaw na sinasalamin nila ang kalidad
Legarda, na magtanong sa nabanggit ng pulitika, ang uri ng HANGALAN,
kong tanong na ito.
hangalan pala, at ang lalim ng kataHindi pa naman tapos ang mga linuhang mayroon ang karamihan
pagdinig na ito. Hindi rin naman sa mga botanteng Pilipino. Akalain
bukas sa MEDIA ang mga executive mo??? Nanalo ang mga bobo at tan-
“Ang maling tanong
ay nakakakuha ng
maling sagot.”
gang mambabatas na ito bilang mga
kinatawan ng sambayanang Pilipino
sa iba’t ibang panig ng ating bansa?
Panginoong mahabagin! Maaaring
hindi ako isang napakatalinong tao,
ngunit hindi naman ako kasing-bobo
at kasing-tanga ng mga kinatawang
ito!! Ang kalidad ng naging pagdinig
sa mababang kapulungang ito kamakailan lamang ay naging isang tampulan ng mga katatawanan at pagtuligsa na hindi lamang nanggaling sa
ating bansa kundi maging sa iba pang
panig ng mundo! Hindi ba malaking
kahihiyan para sa ating mga Pilipino
ang mga mambabatas na ito at ang
kanilang ginawang klase ng pagdinig
tungkol sa ating Mamasapano Massacre?!?!
Kung hindi maituturing na
malaking kahihiyan, katangahan,
kabobohan ng ating mga mambabatas, at isang tahasang nagsusumigaw na insulto at pambababoy
sa dangal ng mga 44 na namayapang bayani mula sa hanay ng
PNP SAF, hindi ko alam kung ano
pa ang maaaring itawag sa pagdinig na ito sa mababang kapulungan! Sila ang mga pinagkatiwalaan
natin para gumawa ng mga BUTAS.
BATAS pala, para sa ikauunlad ng
ating bayan! Bigyan natin sila ng
masigabong palakpakan para sa
kanilang ginawang mala-sirkus at
mala-palengkeng pagtatanghal sa
kanilang pagdinig hinggil sa Mamasapano Massacre! (This is another clear TRAGEDY AND COMEDY OF ERRORS manifested by our
lawmakers in the lower house! Let
us give to them THE SHAME THAT
THEY DESERVE to get in the coming 2016 national elections!) Kung
hindi… hindi na rin tayo naiiba
pa sa kanila!!! Nakakahiya na rin
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Fifty Shades of Grey
VERYONE is chattering
about the box-office movie “Fifty Shades of Grey,”
which is now showing in all movie
theaters. Well, I guess people from
various backgrounds are eager to
see the titillating
sex scenes from the
movie and the obvious romance of the
main characters.
Before the erotic
novel by E.L. James
was adapted into
film, I already had
the chance to write
and introduce the
story to the public.
It was in 2012 when ELLEZ J. DAVIO
I aroused the curiosity of my so-called few followers
and friends about the novel. Now,
everyone has the opportunity to
see the movie and analyze if it is
attuned to his or her expectations.
Though it gained unfavorable
reviews from movie critics, the film
is breaking box office records based
on worldwide ticket sales. And since
I already read the novel, I have no
plan to spend money to buy a ticket
and watch the movie in all its glory.
The novel as well as its adaptation into film is all about depictions
of BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism). It is sprin-
kled with so much passion that
could literally change and awaken
the sexual hidden anxieties of both
man and woman. It advocates both
genders to pursue their sexual fantasies either by dominance or submission.
Last Sunday, when my
Now We
but there is a certain liberation that
your minds are still not capable to
reckon with. Curiosity often leads
to a disastrous result that you will
wish that a time machine is available at your beck and call.
Based on the feedback of my
friends who viewed the movie
“Last Sunday, when my daughter asked for
permission to watch the movie with her friends,
I totally went hysterical and told her not to take
even a glimpse of the movie. I was afraid that it
might influence her perception on femininity.”
daughter asked for permission to watch the movie
with her friends, I totally went
hysterical and told her not to take
even a glimpse of the movie. I was
afraid that it might influence her
perception on femininity. I may be
called old-fashioned by some, but
I’d rather let my daughter watch a
movie that can tickle her heart, not
her sexuality. The sexual aggressiveness of our youth today is no
open secret.
Exploring all the possibilities
in life is a challenge for them. For
them, life is easy breezy, that to
know and try everything is a matter
of right. I agree, but mind you kids,
during the weekend, the explicit
sex scenes could trigger intense
sexual passion among adults. With
that information, I called my children to remind them not to see the
movie or suffer the consequence
I might accord unto them if they
choose to watch it.
Some people branded the movie a “cultural phenomenon,” for it
liberates a woman to explore her
wanton desire in bed; others condemned it for its display of sexual
abuse. I am not against the movie
at all, I just do not want to recommend it to mothers with teenaged
children who are in a relationship
to avoid any future problem.•
teacher’s corner
to the number of checks and wrongs
in tests that we give them. We must
learn how to be teachers in a sense
that we would teach each and every
student to their fullest potentials
and we would make artists out of
their talents - never money making
Dreams should be driven by
happiness, not by any potential
income. One thing that we should
teach children at a very young age
is to dream. And to dream means to
pursue what would make someone
happy and what would make someone never regret that he chose the
life he is currently living. The sad
reality is that we are the ones who
drive children to dream a potential
income rather than happiness because we call the rich people successful and we call those who don’t
drive luxury cars and don’t live in
mansions or don’t have jacuzzis in
their houses failures. We, ourselves
should see that man does not live
by bread alone and we should see
how other people, although poor
in a material sense, heed to the call
of their vocation spoken by God
and find their riches in things our
judgmental eyes would never understand.
Focus on the essential not on
the material. The thing about our
education system is that we are so
focused in making competent provocation... Page 7
A challenge to teachers and students
by Jennifer A. Quiambao
MONTH or so from now,
a great number of college
students will be graduating
from college. Unfortunately, a great
number of them will also remain
unemployed for a few months, even
years, either because of lack of employment opportunities or lack the
necessary skills.
This has been happening for a
number of years now, and as mentors, it saddens us to think that
all the years that we have put in
teaching them has been for naught
- all because our graduates are not
skilled enough to be gainfully employed.
What should we be teaching our
students, for them to have a good
Schools should produce students who are knowledgeable of
facts as well as skills, not just one of
each. The K-12 system has been put
in place to equip our students with
the necessary skills to be competitive in the world of employment.
On the other hand, we should
not sacrifice basic information, just
so our children can acquire the necessary “skills” to be more competitive after they graduate from high
school. It is the nature of children
to want to absorb new information,
so let’s not leave them wanting. Do
they know litttle, or do they know
enough? We may not end up knowing, unless we do something about
There is a saying that goes “Facts
are to the mind what bones are to
the body.” Our minds need new
information, and without it, our
minds are left empty, blank. Our
Neng Capa M. Pangan
King Mental Hospital, ing metung a murit
Ikit ne, king kanal mamaduas yang aplit
Ning doktor a migpirma karing papelis,
Ing yan malyaring neng ilual Saykopatik
Uling ing pasyenting ikit nang mamaduas,
Balu na okey ne’t lumual ne sa’ bukas
Inya makanyan yang anting metingangas
Magkang ing parsala kaya ngan pin miras.
Inia ing gewa na miuman neng pengutnan
Agpang king paralan a kailangan gawan;
“Pilan na la” ngana, “ring ikwa mung asan?”
King pasyenting iti ing agad nang kitang.
“Ika naman mo Dok” nganang migsalita,
“King kekang pamalak manikwa ku kaya?
Manigaral ku mu” nganang maningaya
“King ba’kung misane mamaduas tilapia!”
“Ah… masalese ne,” ing agad aisip
Ning doctor sigun king pekibat ning murit;
At ban makapihu ing e ya sumabit
Subuknan neng kutnan king medyu masulit.
Inia ing gewa na pilit neng inagkat
King sumangid kuartu ing pasyeting turak;
Kalub da king silid pitda na neng agad
Ning doctor ing sulu a nandin makaslag.
“Nanung akakit mu?” ing kanian na kitang
“Kening kilub kwartu a kekatang liban?”
At ngana ning murit a mekibat kanian:
“Ala dok nune mu ing karalumduman!”
Vocation over profession
E ARE the cornerstone of
this country’s future. We
teachers are the ones who
would be dealing in the instructions
of those who would be running our
country for the next generations
to come. We are the drivers of this
magnanimous car and the whole
Filipino population is our passenger. If the future leaders become
a failure, the blunder is not solely
theirs: it would also be our failure.
Schools are not factories, but are
educational institutions. We always
have to keep in mind that we are not
factory workers who would make
a professional out of an innocent
child. And we are not quality control
officers who brand them according
children deserve much better than
that. They should be equipped with
both knowledge and skills in order
to survive this very competitive
What use are all the hours put
up by both teachers and students
in schools if knowledge is just
spoonfed? Let’s motivate students
to think while learning. As educators, let’s take up the challenge of
preparing our students for the additional arduous tasks that come
with the new curriculum.
All we need is patience and
teamwork to make this new endeavor work to our advantage.
The author is Principal I of San
Francisco Elementary School, Minalin District, Pampanga.•
Piragli, ing doctor kingwa ne king bulsa
Ing malating flashlight a keyang darala;
Pepaslag ne iti’t kine keng lamesa,
Kaibat nganing doctor kening pasyenti na:
“Akakit mu, abe gulis ning salang yan?”
“Syempre dok, malino ku pa panimanman!”
“Nung mitalete ka’t e manabu lalam,
Sali ra kang padwas a kekang gamitan!”
“Ika naman mo dok” ngana niting murit
Ing kekang pagawa bina king kasulit;
Impusibli yatang ken ku midalakit
Nung kening lamesa pane kang lalapit;
O nung alimabawang ken ku tinalete,
Asisiguru mung e ku mangapile,
Sakali yang flashlight mu biglang patdan me?
Patugut ka e ku murit ban talete!!!•
“They must often change,
who would be constant
in happiness or wisdom.”
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James-Nadine, friends
lang and nothing else
James Reid ang mga napapabalitang may iba siyang dini-date na babae.
“I’m not dating anyone. I’m
not seeing anyone or anything
right now,” sabi
ng hunk actor sa
presscon ng bago
nilang serye ni
Nadine Lustre sa
ABS-CBN, ang
“On the Wings of
Love” ng Dreamscape Entertainment.
Kaya ang mensahe raw nila
sa JaDine fans na affected sa
mga balita ay huwag silang mabahala.
“Relax lang kayo, okay lang
kami,” natatawang sabi ni Nadine. “Kasi nga minsan, when
they get affected, ’yun nga, parang medyo, well siyempre, nadi-
disappoint sila, ganyan. Some of
them kasi are thinking na baka
nahe-hurt ako and all that. Pero
we’re okay. Parang solid tayo.
So relax lang kayo diyan,
kaya natin ’to,” dagdag pa
ng young actress.
Sila raw mismo as a
loveteam ay tina-try nilang
huwag maapektuhan ng
mga tsismis dahil hindi
nga naman daw totoo.
“First of all, they are
just rumors. I mean, we
try not to let it get to us.
Sometimes, it does, but
no, I guess, we just do our
best,” say ni James.
Kapag may mga ganyan daw
tsismis ay open naman daw sila
sa isa’t isa at pinag-uusapan
“Since we’re a team nga,
dapat solid. ’Yun nga po, solid
kami and I’m very confident
na kaya niyang lagpasan ’yung
challenges na dumarating sa
kanya. Kaya niya naman,” say ni
Cristine Reyes humihingi
ng dasal para sa bagong
silang na anak
AS of February 16, 2015
ASABAY ng pagpo-post sa Instagram ng picture
ng kanyang baby na si Amarah, tila humihingi ng
pang-unawa at suporta si Cristine Reyes.
Kulang sa buwan, wika
nga, ang kanyang baby
kaya kailangang maiwan
sa ospital. Tinawag niya
ang kanyang baby na
“little fighter” like her dad
(Ali Katibhi, isang mixed
martial arts fighter).
Tila inilihim niya ang
panganganak na nangyari noong February 8,
Sunday, dahil hindi niya
ito kaagad inilabas sa
kanyang Instagram account. Mauunawaan naman ito dahil nga sa kalagayan nilang mag-ina.
Two weeks siyang di
makatayo, o makagalaw
dahil sa maselang kalagayan, at ngayo’y ang
binabantayan naman ng mga doktor ay ang kalusugan ng
baby na ayon kay Cristine ay “getting stronger.”
Walang hangad si Cristine ngayon kundi ang magandang kalusugan ng kanyang baby, at iniiwasan niya ang
“negativity” mula sa kanyang mga detractors. •
james reid
& nadine lustre
Tinatanong ba niya si
James kapag may mga tsismis siyang nababalitaan?
“Kinukuwento naman
niya sa akin so, hindi ko na
tinatanong,” she said.
Dahil gagawa ng teleserye ang JaDine sa ABSCBN, natanong ang dalawa
kung may aasahan na ba
ang kanilang fans na something romantic sa kanila in
real life. Magkakaroon na ba
ng katuparan ang inaasam ng
kanilang supporters na maging
Sabi ni James, sa ngayon
daw ay talagang magkaibigan
lang sila ni Nadine.
“Friends lang po kami. We
are friends, partners,” he said.
“Kami po ni James, we are
very close. Actually now, he is
my closest na kaibigan. We are
a team and we work together,
really very close friends,” say ni
Daniel Padilla, tumaba!
UMAGANDA na ang katawan ni Daniel Padilla
ngayon at kumbaga, nagiging katawang-binata na. Kinarir
pala niya ang pagpapalaki ng ka-
tawan dahil sinabihan siya ng ABSCBN management na magpataba.
“Ang daming nagsasabi na
tumaba raw ako. Hindi ako tumaba
guys, ano lang... lumaki. Actually,
pinatataba nila ako, kaso nga, sumobra lang,” sabi ni Daniel.
“Mas gusto ko na ngayon kaysa
naman noon, mukha akong butiki,”
dagdag pa ng Teen King na ikinatawa ng entertainment press.
Natanong naman si Kathryn
Bernardo kung mas gusto ba niya
ang katawan ng ka-loveteam ngayon at say ng Teen Queen, “Oo, mas
gusto ko ’to.”
Pinapa-stop na nga raw nila sa
pagkain si Daniel dahil nga tumataba na.
“Pero siya ’yung nagtatago pa
para kumain,” pagbubuking ni
Kathryn na tinutulan agad ni Daniel.
“Wow, grabe, hindi totoo. Kailan
nangyari ’yun, Kathryn?” sabi ni
“Pero mas bagay naman talaga
(ngayon),” bawi ni Kathryn.
When asked kung may abs na ba
siya, say ni Daniel ay hindi pa raw
niya kailangan.
“Bata pa ako. Kaya pa naman
ng hitsura ko,” sambit pa ng young
Anyway, ang “Crazy Beautiful
You” ay post-Valentine offering ng
Star Cinema na pinagbibidahan
ng Kathniel. Showing na ito sa Feb.
25 mula sa direksyon ni Mae CruzAlviar.•
FEBRUARY 18, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
capitol shells out... from Page 1
The report shows Capitol
launched various programs, projects, and activities benefitting
Kapampangans from various sectoral groups such as children and
youth, persons with disabilities
(PWDs), senior citizens, women,
indigenous people (IPs), and family heads and other needy adults
A total of P1,558,696.50 was
allotted for programs dedicated
for children and youth welfare
such as financial assistance to
children in crisis situations; salary subsidy for day care workers; and educational assistance
to children belonging to indigent
According to said report, Governor Pineda also approved vari-
vocation... from Page 5
ous projects for the benefit of persons with disabilities amounting
to P4,585,350 particularly, educational assistance for PWDs and
their children as well as medical
assistance for PWDs.
Aside from this, the Capitol
spent P518,715 on several programs and activities for senior
citizens of the province, in recognition of their contribution
to the continuous growth of the
province. Cash incentives were
provided to the province’s centenarians; and burial assistance
was provided for indigent senior
citizens. The lady governor also
led regular gatherings for the empowerment of women throughout
the province.
Governor Pineda’s adminis-
tration also prioritized the funding of projects intended for Indigenous Peoples (IPs), worth
P2,623,265.89 for the previous
year alone. Educational assistance for high school and college
Aeta students were distributed
for 2014 and provision of food assistance in upland communities
were also regularly held.
A total of P11,031,390 were
allotted for various programs
intended for more than 70,000
FHONA beneficiaries particularly emergency shelter assistance,
medical assistance, livelihood
grants, financial assistance for
solo parents, cash for work projects for disadvantaged members
of the community, and educational assistance, among others.•
his fellow elected officials and all
municipal employees to continue
working effectively and efficiently in
their assigned tasks thus ensuring
prompt and quality delivery of basic
social services to the Poraqueños.
He also pointed out that “there
is nothing more important than acknowledging good work and many
things people accomplished because
they discharge their duties and responsibilities with honesty, probity
and sense of accountability.”
In an effort to further strengthen accountability at the LGU level,
DILG introduced the Seal of Good
Financial Housekeeping.
Among the requirements in the
GFH are compliance with the full
disclosure policy and acceptable levels of findings from the Commission
on Audit (COA) of the immediately
preceding year; as well as Compliance with the Full Disclosure Policy
of Local Budget and Finances, Bids
and Public Offerings e.g., Annual
Budget, Statement of Receipts and
Expenditures, Annual Procurement
Plan or Procurement List, and Bid
Results On Civil Works, Goods and
Services and Consulting Services,
among others.•
Atrium followed by a solo-exhibit
of the works of Ronnie Tayag, titled
“Sinubli yang Mebie” at the Museo
ning Angeles.
Angeles City will cement its claim
as the culinary capital of the country
through various culinary competitions organized by the International
School for Culinary Arts and Hotel
Management (ISCAHM). Culinary
schools in coming from all over the
city and the rest of the province
Pampanga will compete on cake
decoration and fruit art.
Finally, the local government
will hold the “Pupul ning Dangalan” Awards Night to honor its local artists who have brought honor
and glory to Angeles City and to the
people through the various recognitions , awards and citations in various culture and arts disciplines they
received from national and international awards giving bodies.
Furthermore, more than 700
multi-colored hats designed by the
students and families of Brightwoods International School displayed Angeleño creativity on arts
and crafts.
A showcase of musicality and
vocal prowess highlighted Angeles
University Foundation Center for
Culture and the Arts’ (AUF-CCA)
“Love Duet: A Vocal Duo Competition” and Musikerung Kapampangan’s “Tugtugan: The Concert”.
“Art to Heart Concert Series” also
featured performing groups such as
Sinukwan Kapampangan, City College of Angeles Performing Arts,
Holy Angel University Theater Guild
and Musikerung Kapampangan
which were held on the city’s new
pocket parks.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan
was elated with the overwhelming display of cultural and historic
treasure, something that the local
government has been committed to
promoting over the past few years.
“The activities that we are holding all month-long are a testament
to the artistic talent of the Angeleños. Through our celebration of the
National Arts Month, we are ushering in a newfound appreciation for
theater, culture, our traditions and
our history.” said Pamintuan, who is
known for his firm commitment to
the arts.
Every year, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts
(NCCA) heads the celebration for
the National Arts Month. It has been
held every February since the signing of Presidential Proclamation
683 in 1991. •
porac gets... from Page 1
that we (Porac) got it,” Dela Cruz
The mayor added that the award
came very timely amidst calls of full
disclosure of municipal funds and
expenditures being lodged by the
minority members of the municipal
“This award is already a testament of our (Porac) adherence and
compliance to full disclosure policy,
transparency and accountability
and dispels charges of alleged misuse and illegal disbursements of municipal funds,” Dela Cruz explained.
Dela Cruz, however appealed to
nat’l arts month... from Page 1
followed by a multi-disciplinary Art
workshops on February 20and 21
whcih include Bonsai Art Making,
Sculpture-Terra Cotta Making, acting, dance and ethnic music, poetry
writing, arts and crafts.
Jason Pabalan’s Uyat Artista will
immortalize the classic play “New
Yorker sa Tondo” through its own
adaptation, “New Yorker sa PNR”
which will be shown on February 21
at Estacion de Angeles People’s Park.
Meanwhile, John Jurado’s “Ang
Asaynment ni Analisa”, an “informance” on environment protection
will be shown on the 23rd at Plaza
Sto. Cristo People’s Park, on the 24th
and 25th at Estacion de Angeles, on
the 26th at Plaza Angel, and on the
27th and 28th at Jenra Mall.
Not to be outdone, Parnasung
Kapampangan, an Angeles Citybased linguistic group that aims to
promote and preserve the Kapampangan language will perform traditional songs of courtship through
“Haranang Kapampangan” at Plaza
Angel while liturgical and religious
music fill masterpieces will serenade
Angeleños at the Holy Rosary Parish
Hall through a post-valentine choral
concert dubbed “Blends: Coffee and
Nationally-acclaimed theatre director Tony Mabesa will stage “The
Women/ The We-Men/ Deng Babai”
with the Angeles University Foundation’s Repertory Theater and Teatro
Ima on February 25 at the university’s St. Cecilia Auditorium.
Award-winning Angeleno visual
artists will also have the opportunity
to display their works in a three-day
exhibit titled “Pamamupul” starting February 27 at the Nepo Mall
paragala... from Page 2
ego, Ruffa Mae Quinto and Antonio
Aquitaña also gave words of inspiration.
The nominees for this year’s Paragala are national networks GMA 7,
ABS-CBN and TV 5, as well as local
networks CLTV 36, ABS-CBN Pampanga, GNN 44 and PEP.TV.•
Recent NAM activities
In the field of performing arts,
Angeles City’s very own Sinukwan
Kapampangan led the NAM kick
off ceremony together with some
acclaimed artists at the Rizal Open
Park Auditorium, Manila.
For cinema, Angeleños were given a visual treat as award-winning
indie film director Jason Paul Laxamana led the screening of best Kapampangan Indie Films shown at
the Vicente Dizon Gallery in Museo
ning Angeles last February 13 and
Angeleños were also delighted
with visual art exhibits “Leguan:
Celebrating the Beauty of Kapampangan Folk Arts and Culture”, and
“Suglungan at Dugsungan king Pan-
fessionals rather than making better persons. We are
focused on the material side of the world and heed the
call of capitalism rather than the call of Prometheus
for enlightenment. We are being driven by fear that
we would never be as progressive as other countries
and so, forgetting that instead of people driving this
country we see trained humans driving this whole
country towards profit and forgetting the person aspect of the Filipino citizen.
There is nothing wrong with being competent and
educating our students to be one. What would be
wrong is training them to be competent because we
always need to remember that rational beings must
be educated rather than trained. We need to remember that people are persons, not machines unless you
program them. We must learn to teach than to train
and to develop the totality of the potential of the human person because it would always be best to see
persons running a country.
The author is Teacher 3 of Sta. Tereza 1st Elementary School, Lubao East, Pampanga.•
abeka... from Page 2
gan senator to stand up and make a serious position,”
he added.
AbeKa recently advised Lapid to focus first on his
job as a senator, since the elections are still a long way
to go, instead of campaigning too early to become mayor of Angeles City.
In 2007 Lapid, an incumbent senator, ran for mayor
of Makati City but was badly defeated by now vice president Jejomar Binay. In his last year as senator, Lapid is
eyeing the mayoralty of Angeles City, even if he is from
the town of Porac, Pampanga.•
3 infra projects... from Page 2
at-Apalit Setback Levee.
Maglanque said with the completion of the road network that connects the 33 barangays to the Poblacion
areas, the townspeople are expecting that investors will
flock here.
It can be noted that Kapampangan Region, composed
of eight barangays, is now connected to the Poblacion.
The mayor said his vision is flood-free roads which
will be done through the upgrading of major roads in order to free them from perennial flooding.
Mayor Maglanque, meanwhile, said the FCCCI led by
Eddie Chua will donate and construct two classrooms for
the benefit of students of the Lanang High School.
As counterpart, the municipal government will
also construct another classroom with the funding of
It can be noted that during the first year of the mayor,
Lanang High school was put up and institutionalized to
bring high school education closer to the communities.
The Mayor also led the groundbreaking for the Renovation of Candaba Public Market with a fund allotment of
some P2.5-million
This came true with the request and support of the
Candaba Vendors Association led by Manny Payawal and
Nora Lapuz.
“We have to give our vendors and of course, our consumers a clean and healthy public market where they
could sell and buy their commodities. This is our commitment for good public service and to give them shopping convenience,” the mayor said.
The mayor added that the municipal government cannot implement it without the support of the vendors and
stall owners who religiously pay their taxes.
The groundbreaking ceremonies were also graced by
Congressman Juan Pablo Rimpy Bondoc, Board Member Nestor Tolentino, Municipal Councilors Luis Pelayo,
Michael Sagum and Charina Sombillo, Chua of FCCCI,
Dr. Leonardo Zapanta of the Department of Education
(DepEd), Officials of the Department of Public Works
and Highways (DPWH) led by District Engineer Rico
Guilas, some barangay captains and other municipal employees.•
sec. roxas... from Page 2
lice community precincts (PCPs) to the stations, to
the district and finally to the NCRPO, and addressing
problems based on these statistics.
He said the NCRPO deserves recognition and emulation as the rate of criminality in the NCR has significantly reduced.
“By doing away with the ‘bara-bara, kanya-kanya,
and ningas-cogon’ culture, you decreased the rate of
criminality in the NCR. Hindi biro-biro ang nagawa
ninyo. This is remarkable,” Roxas told the NCRPO.
Roxas is optimistic that by cascading Oplan Lambat-Sibat in the regions, they could replicate the
NCRPO’s feat in the province.•
business news
MASS WEDDING. A Kasalang Balen was conducted by City Mayor Edwin D. Santiago together with the City Civil Registry Office and the City Administrator’s Office on Valentine’s Day, at the Mini
Convention Hall of Heroes Hall, as part of the Kaganapan 2015. --CSF-CIO PHOTO
89 Fernandino couples wed on Valentine’s Day
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
- A mass wedding was held in the
city last February 14, in celebration
of Valentine’s Day and as last installment for the celebration of Kaganapan 2015, the 14th celebration
of the cityhood of San Fernando.
Led by City Mayor Edwin D.
Santiago, City Civil Registry Officer Rimando Umali, Kaganapan 2015 Chairperson Virgilio
Cortez and Co-Chairperson of
Kasalang Balen Engr. Jose Diaz,
the mass wedding covered a total of 89 couples, all from the 35
barangays of the city.
“Our goal in doing this
Kasalang Balen is to give chance
to those who want to get married but cannot afford the expenses. Also, we want to lessen
the couples who engage in live-in
lifestyle,” said Engr. Diaz.
For his part, Mayor Edwin
Santiago in his opening remarks
said that getting married is like
building an institution. The fam-
ily, he said, is the smallest unit
of the government and that the
society is widely depending on
every Filipino family.
As the highlight of Kasalang
Balen, Mayor Santiago stressed that
marriage in the Philippines is a pillar, a building ground of the society,
that is why they support them by
doing these kinds of activities.
“Ang pag-aasawa ay hindi biro.
Nagtatayo ka ng isang institusyon,
nagpupundar tayo ng isang pamilya na inaasahan ng lahat ng Pilipino. Ito ay isang responsibilidad
na aakuin natin sa ating mga magulang,” Mayor Santiago added.
The city provided the couples’
wedding rings and food packages as well.•
X Factor Australia
champ sings for
Bataan townmates
By Mhike R. Cigaral
SAMAL, BATAAN - X-Factor Australia 2014
champion Marlisa Punzalan on Monday sang for her
townmates, wowing a big crowd here who trooped
to this 4th class municipality’s covered court.
Marlisa, 15, has
roots in Barangay Lalawigan here where her
parents hail. She told
the press she already
visited her parents’
hometown six years
ago, when she was only
The crowd shouted
as she sang “Hopelessly
Devoted to You” and
“Stand by You”.
“I can’t believe it.
Everybody is amazing here, so touching!,”
quipped her mother
Andrea, who claims to belong to the Ongkingco clan
Marlisa enjoyed answering some questions
from the media and students her age.
“Be yourself, ask the help of God,” she said when
asked what she could advise would-be singers.
Purple is her favorite color and she likes Justine
“Thank you everyone for supporting me. I love
you all!,” Marlisa said.
The big crowd not only came from Samal but
also from neighboring towns, like students Mabel
Navarro and Leera Mallari from Hermosa, Bataan.
“We went here to see Marlisa because we are her
avid fans ever since we watched her audition on YouTube.”
Samal Mayor Gene Malibiran-Dela Fuente profusely thanked the family of Marlisa and her promoters for bringing the X Factor Australia champion to her town to perform.
“We are all proud of Marlisa and I know that she
will be a role model to other aspiring singers in our
town,” the lady mayor said.
Marlisa arrived in the country last Thursday for
some Valentine performances and television guestings.
She went back to Australia on Tuesday, February 17.•
TIME CAPSULE. Congressman Jeffrey Khonghun and his son, Subic town Mayor Jay Khonghun lead the ceremonial lowering of
time capsule and groundbreaking to signal the start of the construction of the Subic Public Market. --CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
Long-planned Subic Public Market breaks ground
– Congressman Jeffrey
Khonghun and his son
Mayor Jay Khonghun
recently led the groundbreaking rites of the longplanned Subic Public Market here.
The new permanent
indoor public market will
house local vendors of
farm fresh produce, meat,
chicken and more importantly, fish and seafood
products of local fishermen hauling in their daily
catch to the market. The
new market also aimed
to lift the fishing industry
here, considered as one of
the main sources of liveli-
hood in this town.
“This market is going
to be a showcase for the
town of Subic, serving as
the center of local trade
and commerce where residents and workers will all
come by every single day,”
Rep. Khunghun said in his
graced by members of the
Subic Municipal Council,
department heads, barangay leaders and other
The public market is
located steps away from
the Subic Municipal Hall,
establishments, various government
groceries and the local
fishermen’s wharf where
local fisher folk and fish
traders bring the town’s
daily fish catch directly to
the market.
Market was conceptualized along the vital trade
routes to and from Northern Zambales and City of
Olongapo and is expected
to flourish due to trade
and commerce.
come in from around
Central Luzon and some
parts of Metro Manila
for local products mostly
from Subic Bay while local farmers could sell their
produce. This new public
market would ingrain part
of economic life of our
town,” Mayor Khonghun
“The Subic Public Market is for everybody,” he
added. “We will make this
place where everybody
feels welcome and comfortable,” the mayor said.
added that the project
was planned based on the
town’s vision in making
Subic as a highly urbanized municipality that is
competitive in agriculture, industry, and ecotourism, anchored on
sustainable development
where the citizenry enjoys
an improved quality of life
under a politically stable