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VOLUME III • NO. 174
FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 01, 2015
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FRIDAY - SUNDAY
READY, GET SET, GO. Young and talented cyclists pedal their way to the north of the Philippines as Ronda Pilipinas 2015 kicks off its Luzon Championship Round Stage Four at the Provincial
Government of Bulacan Capitol Grounds, City of Malolos on Thursday. --BULACAN PPAO PHOTO
Capitol dental mission
targets 1,000 kids, moms
By ELAINE MERCADO
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Provincial Government, through
the Provincial Health Office (PHO), is set to conduct a Dental Mission
today at Benigno Hall, Capitol Grounds targeting at least 1,000 children aged 7 years old and above plus pregnant women and mothers.
capitol dental mission... pagE 7
San Fernando
BFP holds 1st
Fire Olympics
soojin lee
3 Korean artists
to perform in
HAU Founder’s
Day concert
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO The Bureau of Fire Protection in
this city yesterday held its first
Fire Olympics as part of the preparation for March as Fire Prevention Month.
The opening for the first-ever
Fire Olympics in the city was led
by Mayor Edwin D. Santiago,
Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, BFP
Regional Director Aloveel Ferrer
and City Fire Marshal Chief Inspector Myra Feliciano.
The affair was attended by
fire olympics... pagE 7
FIRE OLYMPICS. City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin D. Santiago lights the torch to signal the
start of the first official Fire Olympics that highlights the city’s preparations for March as Fire Prevention
Month. Looking on is Bureau of Fire Chief Inspector Myra Feliciano. --CSF-CIO PHOTO
ANGELES CITY – Traditional Korean
music artists are set to grace a two-part
musical presentation marking the 82nd
founding year of the Holy Angel University on March 6, 2015 at the University
Theatre here.
Also performing during the concert
will be the HAU Chorale.
3 korean artists... pagE 7
2NEWS
Headline Gitnang Luzon • FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 01, 2015
Bataan gears up for senior high school come 2016
CITY OF BALANGA – With
the impending full implementation of the K-12 Curriculum of
the Department of Education,
the Province of Bataan together
with the City of Balanga held a
meeting with all stakeholders at
the Crown Royale Hotel last February 24.
Governor Abet Garcia and
Balanga City Mayor Joet Garcia,
known for their wholehearted
support to the education of Bataeños, led the heads of the different local government units,
nongovernment organizations,
representatives of the different
companies, as well as big and
small scale industries, MIS and
PIO Chief Geoffrey Loyola, SDS
Tarcila P. Javier, SDS Ronaldo
Pozon, school principals and focal persons in a productive discussion concerning the updated
senior high school plan prepared
by the DepEd.
Also represented were the
Commission on Higher Education (CHED), Department of
Science and Technology (DoST),
Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE), TESDA, Bataan ICT Council, DepED Central
and Regional Offices, Provincial
Engineer’s Office, Planning Office, Secondary School Principals and Senior High School Focal Persons.
Among the crucial topics discussed during the meeting were
the total number of students
for the whole Division, qualified schools based on criteria of
buildable space and excess classrooms, final list of proposed senior high school students and
students to be absorbed by the
public high schools.
Highlighted
during
the
healthy exchange of ideas were
the significant role to be played
by the companies and industries
especially when the senior high
school students need to undergo
immersion in their chosen careers, the possible utilization of
the classrooms and facilities of
tertiary institutions by secondary schools, the hiring of college instructors who will be displaced by secondary schools on a
part time basis and the possibility of the LGUs providing transportation or allowances to senior
high school students as the need
arises.
Dr. Carol Sugpatan, Asst.
Schools Division Superinten-
dent said that the existing strong
collaboration and support of all
the stakeholders for the education of the youth in the Province
was once again clearly manifested during the meeting.
In a related development, the
DepEd has also facilitated a tripartite meeting participated by
the heads of private secondary
schools, public secondary school
heads and the president of Higher Educational Institutions in
Bataan, where avoiding duplication of courses to be offered was
tackled as well as maximizing
resources.•
Free online course
on rabies launched
by Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO
-- Rabies experts across South
East Asia on Wednesday
launched a free online course
which will pave the way for a
rabies-free ASEAN by 2020.
During the two-day regional
workshop, rabies experts discussed plans to move towards
the ASEAN goal of rabies elimination by 2020 in order to prevent rabies and reduce deaths
in their communities.
The Rabies Educator Certificate (REC), developed by Global Alliance for Rabies Control
(GARC) will help individuals
such as community educators
and health workers who would
like to learn about rabies and
teach others some precautions.
One of the basic challenges
of preventing human and animal deaths due to rabies, particularly in endemic countries
in Asia and Africa, is the lack
of awareness among individuals about the need to keep their
animals vaccinated, and to get
themselves vaccinated if they
are exposed to the virus.
“The myths and ignorance
that surround rabies are costing lives,” GARC Executive
Director, Professor Louis Nel
said.
“The REC arms educators
in at-risk communities with
the facts to prevent rabies and
free-online course... Page 7
GETTING READY. Gov. Albert Garcia presides over a meeting with heads of different local government units, non-government organizations, representatives of
different companies and big- and small-scale industries, and officials of the Department of Education on updated plans regarding the full implementation of the K-12
curriculum in 2016. --1BATAAN PHOTO
PDEA asks public to report illegal
drug deals via 24/7 Text Hotline
QUEZON CITY - The Philippine Drug Enforcement
Agency (PDEA) urged the
public to report drug-related
information and activities
happening in their communities through PDEA’s PDEA
24/7 Text Hotline.
“The PDEA 24/7 Text Hotline, which has been operational since 2013, is the fast-
est, secure and affordable
means to receive, process
and reply to anti-drug queries and information from
concerned individuals. At
the same time, the system
also provides a venue that
is accessible to all to report
to PDEA any suspected illegal drug activities in their
neighborhood,” said PDEA
Director General Arturo G.
Cacdac, Jr.
PDEA’s 24/7 Text Hotline
was donated by Go Live Pacific, a leading global provider of technology-enabled
solutions and services that
features Frequently asked
Questions (FAQ) Solution
System, automatic forwardillegal drug... Page 7
Republic of the Philippines
Local Civil Registry Office
Province: PAMPANGA
City/Municipality: ARAYAT
NOTICE OF PUBLICATION
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 ERICA PANGILINAN
TRINIDAD has filed with this office, a petition for correction of entry in the sex from “MALE” to “FEMALE”
in the certificate of live birth of ERICA PANGILINAN
TRINIDAD born on APRIL 22, 1991 at Arayat, Pampanga and whose parents are EDDIE TRINIDAD and GINA
PANGILINAN.
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file
his written opposition with this Office not later than two
weeks upon publication.
(Sgd) GRETA P. DE ALA
Municipal Civil Registrar
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: February 27 & March 06, 2015
TET ENDORSES ALLIES. Congressman Tet Garcia (R) in a surprise press conference on Thursday afternoon in Dinalupihan town confirms to Bataan media that Congresswoman Herminia Roman will be their party’s official candidate for vice governor with her
daughter Geraldine (L) as congressional bet for Bataan 1st District. Mayor Gila Garcia will
run for her second term as mayor of Dinalupihan. --MHIKE R. CIGARAL
Roxas wants Espina to
sack PNP officials over
Revilla b-day visit to Enrile
by ELAINE MERCADO
MANILA - Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas
ordered yesterday Philippine National Police
(PNP) officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina to
sack the custodial officials of the PNP Headquarters Support Service (HSS) responsible
for allowing detained Senator Ramon Bong
Revilla to attend the 91st birthday bash of
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile inside the Camp
Crame without permission from the court.
Senators Enrile and Revilla are co-accused in the plunder and graft cases filed
against them in connection with the socalled pork barrel fund scam.
Enrile is under hospital detention at the
PNP General Hospital due to his failing
health condition while Revilla is detained at
the PNP custodial center in Camp Crame,
Quezon City over plunder and graft charges.
Reports have it that Senator Revilla was
allegedly partying with fellow detainee Senator Enrile during the latter’s 91st birthday
bash at the PNP General Hospital on February 14.
With this, Chief Superintendent Albert
Supapo, head of PNP-HSS was relieved from
duty while investigation on his participation
is being conducted.
The DILG Secretary said Senior Supt. Elmer Beltejar, the PNP’s Headquarters Support Service deputy director for administration, will replace Supapo.
Roxas told newsmen in Camp Crame yesroxas wants... Page 7
FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 01, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Seaoil partners with DoubleDragon
for P350-M SCTEx mega station
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
CLARK FREEPORT –
Seaoil Philippines Inc., the
country’s largest independent
oil company, has announced
a P350-million collaboration with CityMall Commercial Centers Inc. (CMCCI),
the mall development arm
of DoubleDragon Properties
Corp, to put up its mega station along the Subic-ClarkTarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
The 2-hectare property
will be the first mega station
to rise along SCTEx and will
be operational by the end of
the year. It will house some of
the most popular fast food establishments in the country.
“This is one of our biggest projects this year and
it is very significant because the agreement features the convergence of
100% Filipino-owned companies. We are honored
to partner with DoubleDragon, one of the fastest
growing commercial and
residential property developers in the Philippines,”
said Glenn Yu, Seaoil CEO.
The mega station is located midway from Baguio
to Manila which makes it a
perfect stopover for motorists
coming from the north. The
full service filling station will
have an array of restaurants,
convenience stores and “pasalubong” kiosks. It will also
have spacious rest rooms,
parking spaces and relaxation
areas for travel-weary customers.
For over 18 years, Seaoil
has consistently been able
to introduce more advanced
and
environment-friendly
fuel specifications ahead
of its competition. Seaoil is
committed to providing highquality and affordable products to more Filipino consumers and continues to expand
its retail network even in areas with under-served mar-
kets.
From one station when
it started retailing in 1997, it
now has over 400 stations in
different parts of the archipelago. It also currently owns
and operates 11 strategicallyplaced depots all over the
country.
DoubleDragon is a joint
venture between Injap Investments Inc. headed by its
Chairman Edgar ‘Injap’ Sia II,
founder of Mang Inasal Philippines Inc., and Honeystar
Holdings Corp. headed by
its Chairman Tony Tan Caktiong, who is also the founder
and chairman of Jollibee
Foods Corp.•
SEAOIL MEGA STATION. (L-R) CityMall President & COO Ferdinand Sia, Seaoil Chairman Francis Yu, Seaoil Glenn Yu, and Bases
Conversion and Development Authority President and CEO Atty. Arnel Casanova lead the groundbreaking ceremonies for the construction of
a P350-million Seaoil mega station at the SCTEx. --BCDA GROUP FB PHOTO
CDC distributes 300 veggie seeds to Tarlac farmers
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
CLARK FREEPORT Clark Development Corporation (CDC) recently
distributed
vegetable
seeds to 300 farmers from
Tarlac province.
The seed distribution is
a project of CDC through
its Community Services
Division of the External
Affairs Department on its
continuing commitment to
uplift the lives of indigents
as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR).
The seeds were distributed to the farmers of Bamban and Capas towns. The
project aims to promote
organic vegetable production in the backyard and
provide additional income
to farmers in the contiguous towns of this Freeport.
In the report submitted to CDC President Arthur Tugade, CDC-EAD
Manager Angelo C. Lopez
Jr., said a two-pronged
approached was conceptualized so as to meet the
nutritional requirements
of the recipient familiesbeneficiaries; and at the
same time generate income from the sales of excess produce as a source
of livelihood.
In the report, Lopez
also informed Tugade that
potential target markets
for the produce are the
local community markets
and Clark employees at
the weekend market, including hotels and restaurants located inside Clark.
According to CDCEAD Asst. Manager Rommel Narciso said the CDC
department
employed
criteria in the selection
of
beneficiaries
from
both Bamban and Capas
towns: the farmer should
be father or mother must
be the head of the family under an established
farmers organization (i.e.
cooperative, associations,
among others); with good
community and credit
standing; physically and
mentally fit; and must
have an available land
area for the project.
The project was undertaken in cooperation with
the Municipal Agriculture
Office, and the respective Barangay Committee
Chairman on Agriculture.
A total of 47 Barangay officials from Municipalities of Capas and Bamban,
Tarlac, attended the orientation seminar for the
project.•
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BUSINESS 3
Pag-IBIG hits recordbreaking gross income
of P30B in 2014
MANILA – The Home
Development
Fund
or Pag-IBIG Fund has
achieved its highest
gross and net incomes
in its 34-year history
amounting to P30.68
billion and P16.22 billion, respectively.
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay announced this Thursday, that Pag-IBIG’s
total assets have now
reached P376.09 billion which is 9.12 percent higher compared
to last year.
Binay,
chairman
of the Pag-IBIG Fund
Board of Trustees, announced these recordbreaking
financial
accomplishments during Pag-IBIG Fund’s
Midterm State of the
Fund Address where
he met with different
Pag-IBIG Fund stakeholders.
“Pag-IBIG
Fund
continues to be bigger,
offers better services
and more benefits to
its members through
faster and more efficient operations, all
without increasing its
monthly contribution
which remains at P100
since the 1980s,” Binay
said.
“The record-breaking achievements in
2014 reinforce PagIBIG’s solid and robust
financial standing that
resulted from the reforms and innovations
that Pag-IBIG put into
action in the past four
years,” he added.
Binay also said PagIBIG’s housing loan
takeout in 2014 set a
new record at P40.6
billion for 54,026 units
which is up by 19% and
14% from P33.96 billion for 47,562 units in
2013, respectively.
He added that the
performing loans ratio
(PLR) also went up to
87% in 2014, from 83%
in 2013. This is the
highest PLR attained
by Pag-IBIG from a low
79% in 2008.
Outsourcing of collections for housing
loans in arrears led to
the conversion of 47%
of
non-performing
loans, or 189,498 accounts, into active accounts or performing
loans.
In 2014 alone, PagIBIG, through the collection agencies, was
able to collect P2.7 billion.
Binay said the enhanced processes in
loan applications and
membership registration, as well as the
increased
payment
channels for amortizations and monthly
pag-ibig... Page 7
DILG, RDRRMC launch
Disaster Preparedness
Manual for CL LGUs
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Department of
the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and
Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) launched the Operation
Listo Disaster Preparedness Manual in an effort
to beef up capabilities of local government units
(LGUs) in Central Luzon to prevent severe loss of
properties and lives during calamities specifically
typhoons.
“LGUs are the frontliners in the response to
any natural disaster, as mandated by law, as they
are the ones most familiar with their terrain and
resources and interact directly with citizens. We
seek to strengthen their capacity on that aspect
while preserving their flexibility in responding to
it,” DILG Regional Director and RDRRMC Vice
Chairperson for Preparedness Florida Dijan said
during Wednesday’s launch.
“This manual assists LGUs in formulating
plans, allowing them to know if they are ready,
and what they need to do to meet the minimum
levels of readiness. It likewise assist them in planning for disaster response as it sets the ground on
what they need and can ask from DILG to reinforce them long before any typhoon arrives,” Dijan
added.
It contains three critical preparedness actions:
Alpha (Yellow), Bravo (Orange), and Charlie (Red).
Alpha actions are done by LGUs inside the cone
but are farthest from the direct typhoon track.
disaster preparedness... Page 7
4 OPINION
Headline Gitnang Luzon • FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 01, 2015
EDITORIAL
Prevention is
better than fire
AS we speak, it is already becoming hot and humid, and we
all know what that means: the
hot, dry season is coming.
And it is during this hot and
humid weather when fire incidents are recorded the highest.
This has prompted the declaration of March as Fire Prevention
Month decades ago.
As early as February, a number of fire incidents have already
been recorded in the region, just
right on cue. But are our respective Bureaus of Fire Protection
ready? In the past, operations
against fires have been hindered
due to lack of equipment and
even low water supply.
The most effective response
against fire is prevention. Every year, the public is reminded
about measures against fire.
They are always reminded to be
alert for faulty wiring and electrical appliances, and are asked
to refrain from putting candles
near flammable materials.
But accidents are accidents.
Someone is bound to leave a
candle burning, or forget to
plug off an appliance. And there
are building owners who do not
seem to care about fire safety
regulations. No fire exits? No
problem.
So again, we urge the public
to take the necessary preventive measures against fires. This
Fire Prevention Month is a good
time as any to abide by fire safety standards. Do not make your
homes firetraps.
P
Forced to work abroad
ERHAPS because of the lack
When war in Iraq and Afghaniof pompous publicity and in- stan broke out, many Filipinos went
formation to the public, many there to work despite entering the
are not aware of last Sunday’s obser- said countries illegally. Despite the
vance of the 29th National Migrants war, many still took the risk of losing
Day, which coincided with the First their lives or limbs so they can make
Sunday of Lent.
a living.
The observance aims to revere our
In the Middle East, a lot of OFWs
Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), suffer from abuses from their emtheir sacrifices and their contribu- ployers. Many women OFWs have
tions to the Philippines particularly been reportedly raped or physically
to the economy because of
hurt by their rude and
the remittances they bring
in.
For others, our OFWs
are even tagged as modern-day heroes because of
the things they do for their
families and for the country.
Their remittances support their families and
make the country’s economy survive. As they work
hard in other foreign coun- Alvin H. Arceo
tries, they also carry the
name of the country, toiling for their families and mother- a b u s i v e
land.
bosses.
For a fact, our country is said
Recently, an official of the Cathoto be the No. 1 exporter of migrant lic Church lamented and expressed
workers in the world and such record sadness over the increasing number
is maintained because of the number of Filipinos being forced to go abroad
of OFWs leaving the country to earn due to lack of work opportunities
decent salaries with better working here in the country.
conditions.
Fr. Restituto Ogsimer, execuIt has been noted that many of tive secretary of the Catholic Bishthe country’s workforce are dissatis- ops’ Conference of the Philippines
fied with the amount they earn in the (CBCP)-Episcopal Commission on
country despite working hard and Migrants and Itinerant People, exbeyond. They likewise experience pressed sadness over mothers, some
poor working conditions such as lack of whom are young or single, who
of benefits and uncomfortable work- have to leave their families to find
places.
greener pastures abroad.
Meanwhile, while in other counMany of these women work
tries, many of our OFWs endure abroad as domestic helpers and are
maltreatment from their employers. prone to the abuses of their employSome have to brave dirty and risky ers. They have to leave their families
jobs just to earn a living. Many even here in the country in exchange for
go to war-torn countries because of what they can earn abroad.
the high pay they are promised.
Since there is no available decent
As of this
writing
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work here for them, these women are
left with no choice except to find their
luck in other places in the world.
According to the said church official, there are more than 5,000 Filipinos everyday who leave for work
overseas in search for better opportunities and better jobs, to support
their families. The problems of unemployment and underemployment
persist in the country.
Another church official has on the
“Fr. Restituto Ogsimer, executive secretary
of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the
Philippines (CBCP)-Episcopal Commission on
Migrants and Itinerant People, expressed sadness over mothers, some of whom are young
or single, who have to leave their families to
find greener pastures abroad.”
other hand, called on women OFWs
in other countries to go home and instead be with their families and start
to be mothers or daughters again.
If only the government can properly solve the plaguing problem on
unemployment, there would be no
problem on the plight of many Filipinos who have to leave their families
to earn more abroad.
The exodus of Filipino workers
should be addressed soon by the government by providing better work
opportunities here. Since we cannot
blame our OFWs why they have to
go somewhere else, the government
might as well provide for solutions to
the problem on unemployment.
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FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 01, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Ang mga ‘Gray’ Sa Fifty Shades Of Grey
(Huli sa dalawang bahagi)
A
NG totoo’y bagaman isang
karanasan ng mahabang paghahamon ang pagbasa ng
aklat ng pelikulang ito, nais ko pa
rin sanang magustuhan itong pelikula. Nais ko sanang madala ng pelikula ang aking isip at damdamin,
bagaman malamig ang tingin ko
kay Christian sa pahina at ang kaniyang
“back story” ay “beyond over-the-top”
para sa akin. Sabi
ko pa rin sa kaibigan
kong nagtanong sa
akin ng aking pagsusuri sa pelikulang
ito: “I wanted to see
some sexy, glamorous kink onscreen,
and barring that, I
wanted to see what ABEL SOTO
could legitimately be
called a love story.”
Subalit bagaman masasabi ko naman na naging isang positibong
puwersa ang “Fifty Shades of Grey”
sa mundo ng sex sa pamamagitan
ng pagpapakilala sa ideya sa mga
kababaihan na sila man ay makapagbabasa ng mga seksing aklat at
makapagbibigay sa kanilang mga
seksuwal na pantasya, maging ano
pa man ang mga ito, masyado pa rin
naging payak ang pelikula para sa
akin. Walang sustansiyang emosyonal ang pelikula at puro lamang
kinang ng mga seksuwal na aspeto
nito. Hindi ko ganap na naramdaman na nahuhulog na ang loob ni
Ana kay Chrisitan, at nawalan rin
ako ng pakialam kung ano ang nararamdaman ni Christian.
Hindi kagaya ng ibang mga nakabasa ng aklat, handa at payag
akong pigilin ang hindi ko mapaniwalaang pagsunod na parang aso ni
Christian kay Ana, kahit na katawatawa at walang saysay ang naging
dating nito sa akin, para lamang sa
isang “happily ever after”. Subalit
maging iyon, ang dapat na maging
bantayog ng kahulugan ng isang
“romance”, ay hindi ko namalas sa
pelikula.
At sa aspetong ito ng aking
opinyon minabuti kong ipagdiinan
sa aking kaibigan itong itinext ko
sa kaniya ng tatlong ulit (ALL CAPS
PA): The end product does not abdicate its responsibility to titillate,
but it fills its sex scenes with exaggerated winks to the hate-reader.
And judging from the number of
people I know who helped add to
its opening box office numbers simply to hate-watch, I believe that my
Towards
the Light
picture of what BDSM is all about…
the kink contract that Christian
gives to Anastasia features not just
stipulations about butt plugs and
floggers but requirements about
what she can eat, how much she can
drink and how she behaves at all
times. Now, such contracts are not
“Hindi kagaya ng ibang mga nakabasa ng aklat,
handa at payag akong pigilin ang hindi ko mapaniwalaang pagsunod na parang aso ni Christian
kay Ana, kahit na katawa-tawa at walang saysay
ang naging dating nito sa akin, para lamang sa
isang “happily ever after”. Subalit maging iyon, ang
dapat na maging bantayog ng kahulugan ng isang
“romance”, ay hindi ko namalas sa pelikula.”
opinions can be construed as right,
whether that element of self-mockery was intentional or not.
Mas ‘di hamak na interesado
sana ako sa magiging “impact” ng
“Fifty Shades of Grey” sa usapin at
talakayan ng seksuwalidad kaysa sa
kung paano nakipagtalik si Christian kay Ana sa pelikula. At hindi
man ako isang “erotica writer” o ‘di
kaya’y isang guro ng “erotic writing,” hindi ko pa rin maiaalis sa
aking damdamin na hingin sa ating mga manunulat ng kathang-isip
na akda itong mas malalim, mas
masustansiya, at mas matalino at
makatotohanang
paghahandog:
NA KAYSA SA MAGING ISA LAMANG ESPASYO NG PANTASYA
ANG MGA AKDANG ITO, NARARAPAT DIN NA MAGING GANAP
NA KINATAWAN ANG ATING
MGA AKDANG KATHANG-ISIP
NG MGA TOTOONG BUHAY…NG
REALIDAD. Nasabi ko pa nga sa
isang pribadong mensahe ko sa FB
sa isang kaibigan: The relationship
depicted in the book isn’t quite representative of people living BDSM
lifestyles. And because of how
BDSM is portrayed in Fifty Shades,
I’m concerned that those less familiar with this type of sexual play
aren’t really getting an accurate
unheard of in the BDSM community — but nor are they standard,
and certainly not with someone as
inexperienced as Anastasia.
Ang lahat ng aking opinyon
tungkol sa pelikulang ito ay hindi
naman nangangahulugan na puro
tama at tumpak na kritisismo
sa obrang ito ni EL James, at sa
screenwriter na si Kelly Marcel o sa
direktor nitong si Taylor-Johnson,
subalit paninindigan ko pa rin na
sabihin sa mga nagnanais na maging kagaya ni El James at Kelly
Marcel, na huwag naman sana nating ipaghalo ang mga katotohanan
sa pantasya lamang. Sabi ko nga sa
pamangkin kong English major, I
fear that we are mixing up fact and
fantasy when we expect a work of
fiction to hold to the standard of
non-fiction. At kung ito ang kaso,
wala na marahil na magsusulat ng
mga erotika sa darating na panahon, sapagkat hindi gugustuhin
ng kahit na sinong manunulat ng
“erotika” na manaig sa kaniyang
imahinasyon yaong isang naising
hindi karapat-dapat sa pagsusulat
ng erotica: ang paghahalo ng katotohanan sa pantasya.
Oo, alam ko na lumihis na ako
sa usapin ng paksa nitong pelikutowards the light.. Page 7
What students learn from TLE
by Julie P. Primavera
T
LE, or technology and livelihood education, is meant to
provide students with knowledge and develop their skills, making them productive and competitive individuals.
This subject is of importance
during these days when skills are
needed to be able to keep up with
the changing times. TLE helps
students to learn about the daily
aspects of life. It develops and harnesses their skills and their potentials.
As teachers, it is our duty to
transform our students into productive citizens, to be part of the
workforce so that they can uplift
their living conditions. Through
TLE, we guide them towards the
right career path for them – and in
the process, improve their chances
of landing their dream jobs.
In this day and age of technological advancement, it is but right
to gear our students towards computer education – a technological
subject area catering to its nonvocational and technologically-oriented clientele.
Now, there are various educational innovations related to teaching Information and Communication Technology to students. This
has required both teachers and
students to learn and understand a
new approach to the subject matter.
Computers are now an integral
part of a student’s life, and the
school’s success in the 21st century.
Computers are used in schools to
prepare students to face the very
competitive world they now live in.
Educators now regard technol-
ogy - interactive multimedia - as a
means of communicating and distributing information, and also as
a way of learning inside the classroom. Teachers are now equipped
– others are still in the learning
process – with skills necessary for
this. Schools have put up ICT facilities for this very purpose.
As mentors, we should not be reluctant toward technological innovations. We must not fail in imparting the knowledge and know-how
to our students, especially when it
comes to ICT. This is a very important ingredient in the 21st century
for them to successful individuals
in the future.
•••
The author is SST-I at the Mabalacat Community High School,
Mabalacat City, Pampanga.•
OPINION 5
Supervising a School
by Eduardo C. Benitez, Jr. PhD
P
EOPLE tend to think sometimes that supervising a school is as easy as pie. Well, it is certainly
not a bed of roses. In fact, it is a gargantuan task
that must be performed with as much panache as possible.
School supervisors are admirable in the sense that
they perform their duties to the school by discharging
responsibilities in accordance with the philosophy,
goals, and objectives of the school.
They are also accountable for the efficient and effective administration and management of the school,
and tries to develop and maintain a school atmosphere conducive to the promotion and preservation of
academic freedom.
They also make sure that teaching effectively teach,
and that the students effectively learn, which bring a
harmonious and progressive school- personnel relationship.
Supervisors are role models. They have always look
and act professionally at work and in dealings with
students, teachers, academic non-teaching personnel,
administrative staff, and parents or guardians.
In a sense, supervisors should know what they are
to do once they are given the task. They know how to
achieve their goals, with the help of staff, and when
they get it done right, they will be rewarded.
They not only have a responsibility to the school,
but the community where the school belongs. They
help the community translate the overall goals of the
school into concrete and achievable goal and plans.
They coordinate with community members in formulating plans, programs and projects necessary to
uplift the school. They directly supervise the complex
task of bringing together teachers, students, and support personnel into a unit known as the school.
What is expected of supervisors is to provide leadership for the improvement of the school, its personnel
and students.
•••
The author is Teacher III of the San Fernando Elementary School.•
Re-introducing English
through Reading
by Alice Y. Tayag
A
S TEACHERS, there are several ways we can
re-introduce the English language to our students - and one of them is reading. However,
encouraging students to read is not an overnight process. It may take several attempts before students can
“fall in love” with this habit, but once they do, it will
be worthwhile.
Presently, there are just too many distractions that
hinder our students from learning through reading.
There are a number of students who cannot understand a single paragraph they are reading, because of
lack of reading and comprehension skills.
This is a sad fact, but one which is happening all
over the country. As teachers, we must do something
about this problem. It may take a lot of effort and patience, but if we want our students to be competitive in
their chosen fields once they get out of school, then we
must make certain sacrifices.
In encouraging our students to learn the English
language through reading, then we teachers must lead
by example. If students see us picking up a book to
read during our spare time, and if they see us enjoying
what we read, then they may emulate this act. They
may be interested as to what makes reading such an
enjoyable act. Aside from a book, any reading material
may do – a novel, a newspaper, or a magazine.
In this day and age of technological advancement,
students may not be familiar anymore with the library.
When was the last time they visited one? Arrange for a
tour at a local library, and let the students explore the
books and other reading materials there. Make them
feel that there is a different world out there aside from
cellphones and gadgets. Let them feel the weight of
the book in their hands, and the smell of paper, which
have a very nostalgic effect. Let them see the variety
of books, old and new, which they can peruse during
their spare time or weekends.
Another good idea is to assign a book project for a
grading period. Give them a few weeks to finish the
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AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 - FEB. 18)
This is a time during which you are at your best in regard to practical and work-related affairs. Events may line up
in your favor and push you over the top to new discoveries. Your personality and mode of living will be changeable
each day. This is good, as it takes a person that can go with the flow of the day for business to succeed. You may be
a bit itchy for something new and different and your mind is open to almost anything. A new love interest could
suddenly appear from an unexpected quarter. It could be quite exciting, though not particularly stable. At least
you are not afraid to experiment within reason. Increase your activity levels to build your strength and lift your
spirits. A lover or child brings about much laughter.
ARIES (MAR. 21-APR. 19)
Collisions of powerful energies enter into your life today. The decisions and actions of today will have permanent effects. Fears and self-doubts about your abilities may creep into your mind but you are the only one
that can create the encouragement that you need, so stop your worries and focus your thinking on your job.
Your directional abilities will automatically take over as they are in high focus. This is a good time to write and
communicate with real originality. Inventions and breakthroughs are possible. Loved ones, children and other
people or things dear to your heart are emphasized in your life now. You enjoy expressing an interest in family
matters, for the most part concerning the general living environment in the home.
CANCER (JUN 22- JUL 22)
Criticism happens when we are brave enough to be expressive. Manage the criticism through a listening ear.
Stand by your ideas, some changes may be in order and that may be difficult but time will be the secret of
success. This could also be a test of your inner strength in problem-solving abilities. This afternoon you will be
pleased at the amount of progress you make. You find your way around most obstacles and are in control and
able to guide yourself with ease. Your sense of inner direction is good. You are at ease with the opposite sex
and may decide to accept an after-work-coffee-date. You will be pleased. At home this evening, do not put off
to the next day what you can do today–for then you can be truly relaxed when it comes to visitors.
CAPRICORN (DEC. 22 - JAN 19)
Although a sense of challenge creeps up from time to time, you can use your creative mind to turn the blocked
situations into doorways of change. Remember, most of the obstacles you encounter are temporary. After the
noon break you will find foggy thinking from the morning has miraculously dissolved–clear decisions become
available. Knowing things without knowing how you know them is typical at a time like this. Mind, body and
finances play a big part of your activities. Facing facts, creating a healthier body and finding the right secure
financial investments are important issues that need attention this evening. You and a loved one can handle
investment issues together–successfully. Balance and moderation are key words now.
GEMINI (MAY 21-JUN 21)
This should be one of those wonderful days when you have the feeling that everything is good! Working with
others this morning, you are at your mental best with sharp ideas and clear thoughts. You could not be mad
even if someone should mistreat you–although it is very unlikely that anyone would. If you have to deal with
the public today, you will have them eating right out of your hand. The practical use of your time and energy
will bring good times to all. Your ability to effectively communicate with both friends and colleagues is positive. Your mood this evening is powerfully romantic. There may be a new face on the scene to stir up a number
of forgotten feelings. If you want to play it safe, keep your feelings to yourself; if not . . . Flirt.
LEO (JUL 23 - AUG. 23)
Events and circumstances today may conspire to block your sense of freedom. Someone challenges your ideas.
It may not be easy to find suitable solutions to problems just now. You are wise to leave the discussion on the
table for another time as with further investigation, someone’s thinking could change. There is the successful
culmination of an ambitious project this afternoon. If new projects present themselves, plot your course and do
not act on the process until next week’s work continues. When you come into work next week, you will have a
plan. Volunteering your services to a friend this afternoon can be most rewarding. Also, love is in full bloom this
evening . . . It is a good time to let this special loved one know just how you feel.
LIBRA (SEP. 23 - OCT. 23)
Business dealings may be particularly fruitful now–particularly as you put your heart into helping each customer. This is a good day for thinking and ideas. The rules of employee and customer may be on override today
as a customer may want to know more about some particular product. Maybe the customer wants to try to
create a similar product or he or she has a similar item at home and wants to know how much to charge as
a garage sale item. You are careful not to say anything that you might regret later but this is not easy. Good
luck surrounds you this afternoon. There are lots of possibilities for making extra money and for meeting new
people. This evening you are pleased as a loved one shows you special appreciation.
PISCES (FEB. 19 - MAR. 20)
This is a great time to work in groups or on a team. Gathering and exchanging information becomes a more important part of your life just now. Networking with people that have your same interests is a priority. You grab as
many ideas as you can to get a focus, move forward and advertise your name for others to hear. Just how closely
do you relate to your own emotionstoday could be a test. If you are listening closely, you will communicate with
logic and empathy. Your path of self-development and expression becomes more and more unusual–setting you
apart from the crowd and from all that is traditional. In changing the world through new ideas, you may be helping people live better financially, with new job opportunities.
SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22 - DEC. 21)
Your sensitivity is heightened when you listen to someone else’s problems. You could be most persuasive and
clear in your communications. Your self-assertiveness is strong. Working on some unfinished project could prove
beneficial. This is a period of optimism and emotional stability, making it a good time to evaluate and modify existing relationships; or perhaps to start a new relationship. Professional advancement is possible and your frame
of mind can be focused toward writing an excellent request for a promotion. You may find yourself settling an
argument or bringing some sense into an otherwise confused conversation. The situation is a natural for selfexpression and lends itself to your particular ideas and thoughts.
SCORPIO (OCT. 24- NOV. 21)
You are apt to spend a considerable amount of time and effort to improve finances, principally through physical or manual activity. You have plenty of energy to tackle any problem or project that you want to accomplish.
You are disposed to enjoying the company of friends more than just about anything. Complete unfinished
work, before taking it easy. Mental stimulation from others is invited later today. You are physically attractive
to others and this aspect increases your chances of being invited to many social activities. Today promises
positive emotional relationships, particularly if you take time to nurture them. Be careful not to overspend
your budget when shopping later. Diet, exercise and work are uppermost on your mind these days.
TAURUS (APR. 20-MAY 20)
Your energy is high and your creative mind is ready to be applied to the work at hand. Giving your best effort
now will bring you considerable success. You are full of confidence and should succeed at any project you attempt. Others value you for your ability to make practical decisions with group issues. You have a natural sense
of what the public wants. Companionships are most important to you and you take every opportunity to be
with friends this afternoon. Now is the time for imagination and creativity. This, coupled with the ability to put
your thoughts into words, allows you to enchant others. There are exciting changes in your romantic life. An
intimate getaway just may be the way to enjoy some special time with that favorite someone.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP.22)
Today you may feel like a character in a murder mystery or spy novel, except that you are not sure whether you
are the hero, the bad guy or the victim. In negotiations, you could be fooled. Try keeping your feet planted as
firmly in truth and open negotiations as you can. Buy time to think through decisions and you will see some
positive results. After a morning of exasperating negotiations, you will enjoy a more productive afternoon.
There are plenty of people to help you, if you need them. There are temptations while shopping and if you
have not been shopping in a while, you could find that you are magnetically pulled in many different directions. You may be a little gullible or impressionable–be wise and say no to the fast-sell.
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personal oral health for enhanced
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He said the provincial government, headed by Governor Lilia
Pineda, wants to ensure quality, affordable, accessible and available
oral health care delivery to the Kapampangans.
“We want to attain improved
quality of life of the Kapampangans
through promotion of oral health and
quality oral health care,” he said.
He said the dental mission will
provide pregnant mothers with oral
prophylaxis, oral examination, gum
treatment and health instruction,
which are essential oral health services and care.
The PHO said school children
aged seven years old and above will
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be given oral examination, supervised tooth brushing drills, topical
fluoride therapy and oral prophylaxis.
Reports said the oral health status of Filipino children is alarming. The 2006 National Oral Health
Survey investigated the oral health
status of Philippine public elementary school students. It revealed that
97.1% of six-year-old children suffer
from tooth decay.
With this, it was learned that
in 2007, the Department of Health
(DOH) formulated the Guidelines in
the Implementation of Oral Health
Program for Public Health Services.
The program aims to reduce the
prevalence rate of dental caries to
85% and periodontal disease by to
60% by the end of 2016.
It seeks to achieve these objectives by providing preventive, cura-
tive, and promotive dental health
care to Filipinos through a lifecycle
approach.
This approach provides a continuum of quality care by establishing a package of essential basic oral
health care (BOHC) for every lifecycle stage, starting from infancy to
old age.
It can be noted that oral diseases
continues to be a serious public health
problem in the Philippines. The prevalence of dental caries on permanent
teeth has generally remained above
90% throughout the years.
About 92.4% of Filipinos have
tooth decay (dental caries) and 78%
have gum diseases (periodontal
diseases) (DOH, NMEDS 1998). Although preventable, these diseases
affect almost every Filipino at one
point or another in his or her lifetime.•
ness of the volunteers in terms
of fire-fighting and disasters that
might hit their respective places.
For his part, Mayor Santiago said
the basis of a strong economy does
not rely only on the capacity of the
city to produce goods for its people,
but is also reflective of the city’s disaster readiness and preparedness.
“Ang Pilipinas ay isa sa mga
lugar na prone sa kalamidad, ngunit
isa din tayo sa mga hindi pa ganoon
kahanda. Pero sa siyudad natin,
patuloy tayo sa pagsasagawa ng
mga programa para sa kahandaan
sa sakuna,” said Mayor Santiago.
“Gusto kasi natin na ang San
Fernando ang nauuna, tayo ang nagunguna, sa lahat ng aspeto. Kasi
we aim for excellence. Gusto nating
maging ekselente sa lahat ng ating
mga ginagawa,” he added.
With this, Mayor Santiago encouraged all Fernandinos to join
in the celebration of Fire Prevention Month because he believes that
every organization needs to be prepared, aware and well equipped.•
geum music.
Aside from holding regular
shows in her native Korea, Lee has
held recitals in many other countries and she is coming to HAU
fresh from her performance in the
US, England, China, Japan and
Taiwan. Joining Lee in the HAU
gayageum recital are Seo Su Bok,
leader of the percussion section of
the National Gugak Center Creative
Music Group, and Na Jin Sook and
Ko Young Mi, both members of the
Geum-Woo-Ak-Hoi (Musical Society for Korean Traditional String
Ensembles). All three artists obtained their master’s degree in Korean Traditional Music from Danguk University in Seoul.
This year’s Founder’s Day also
marks the 123rd birth anniversary
of Don Juan D. Nepomuceno, HAU
founder, and begins in the morning
with activities that include wreathlaying ceremonies at the tomb of
Don Juan, the celebration of the
Holy Mass at the University Chapel,
and the conferment of the Founder’s Day Awards.
The two-part musical presentation, which is open to the public for
free, starts at 2:30 p.m., with the
Gayageum Recital slated at 4:00
p.m. Interested parties may call
the HAU Performing Arts at (045)
888-8691/625-9619 Local 1552 or
the Office of International Affairs
at Local 1114 for more information.•
cate to successful participants on
completion of a final assessment.
Apart from providing the facts
about rabies prevention, it also
gives advice and guidance on how
to conduct community awareness
events, helping to increase the effectiveness of rabies prevention
education. It is particularly valuable in areas where there are no
government or NGO rabies awareness programs, enabling commu-
nities to protect themselves from
this deadly disease.
Dr. Wilfred Marissen of Crucell,
the global vaccine company that
supported the development of REC
also added that “prevention of disease is one of our main priorities.
We believe that GARC’s Rabies
Educator Certificate Program will
raise the level of awareness in communities thereby contributing to
the prevention of rabies deaths.”•
as follows: Telephone Call/SMS with
151; Walk-In Informants with 111;
Referral from Other Officers with
1,088; E-mail with 198; Letter from
Concerned Citizens with 58; Target
of Opportunities with 6; and Report
from Action Agents with 235.
“Through the text hotline, the
citizenry will be encouraged to work
hand in hand with PDEA in enforcing
the anti-drug law by passing timely
and reliable information 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week,” Cacdac added.
To send anti-drug reports, text
the name of drug users/pushers
with complete address of the incident and send to: SMART 0999-888
PDEA (7332); SUN 0925-573 PDEA
(7332); and GLOBE 09279150616.
To know the status, send STAT
[space] REFERENCE NUMBER to
any of the above numbers. (PDEA)•
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volunteers from Barangays San Pedro Cutud, Santo Nino, Santo Rosario, Del Rosario, Maimpis, Juliana,
San Jose, Santa Lucia and Malpitic,
and representatives from the industrial sector, ISLA LPG Corporation
and Petron Gasul.
“Ang pagsasagawa natin ng Fire
Olympics ay para ma-enhance ng
ating barangay at industrial fire
brigades ang kanilang fire-fighting
skills,” said Fire Marshal Feliciano.
She also stressed that they aim
to develop the readiness and aware-
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The Korean artists will be led
by Soojin Lee, who holds a doctorate degree in Korean Traditional
Music from Seoul National University (SNU). She and two other
traditional musicians will fly into
the country to share and showcase
their musical tradition and artistry
as featured performers celebrating
HAU Founder’s Day.
Lee plays the gayageum, both
the harp-like traditional Korean
12-string instrument and the modified 25-string version. She teaches
Korean traditional music at SNU,
her alma mater, and at the Korea National University of Arts in
Seoul. To date, she has recorded
and released four albums of gaya-
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provides credibility and strength
to their message. As we increase
our efforts to set up regional rabies
prevention networks to support
national governments, the REC is
one of the tools that will be used to
help them eliminate rabies deaths
in their countries.”
The REC is universally applicable, with the choice of working
online or offline at the participant’s
own pace, and provides a certifi-
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ing of Short Message Service (SMS) to
concerned anti-drug units, automatic
answering of queries falling under the
FAQ, automatic sorting of SMS and automatic follow-up on forwarded messages.
From January to December 2014,
PDEA has acted on 5,846 drug-related reports received through the hotline. PDEA also responded to 1,847
summaries of information and reports received through other media
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la, subalit habang nagpapasalamat pa rin ako’t minarapat kong panoorin ito, dahil binalak ko naman
talagang panoorin itong pelikulang ito, at bagaman
natutuwa akong mas naipaglaban ni Ana ang kaniyang sarili sa pelikula kumpara doon sa libro, sana ay
mas naging isang tauhan pa si Christian sa pelikula
kaysa sa isang tau-tauhan lamang. At maaaring mas
nakumbinsin pa akong abangan at panoorin ang mga
kasunod na pelikula nitong unang bahagi ng trilogy
ni EL James.
Ngunit sa naging pagsasa-pelikula ng unang aklat
na ito ni EL James, at kung ako kay EL James, parang
hindi ko na mamarapatin pang muling makakita ng
mga mas maraming “abo” sa susunod na pagsasa-pelikula ng isang obra na maaaring naging isang makabuluhan, matalino, at makatotohanang pelikula kung
naisa-alang-alang lamang ang kapakanan at mas
malalim na katuturan ng PAGIGING ISANG BABAE
at maging ng kabuoan ng isang erotikang aklat.•
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book and then let them write a reaction paper about
it. Also, encourage them to use a dictionary if they
come across an unfamiliar word, and have them list
down these words for reference. This will help them
broaden their vocabulary.
There are a lot of other ways to increase the chances of learning, if we teachers support our students. We
should also collaborate with parents in this endeavor.
They can monitor at home their children’s progress,
and may help in the process by providing their kids
with reading materials at home, too.
Let us ensure that our students are learning from
our actions, because we serve as their role models.
Whatever they have learned from us, inside and outside of the classroom, will certainly prepare them
well for what lies ahead in their lives.
•••
The author is SST-I at the Mabalacat Community
High School, Mabalacat, Pampanga.•
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terday that charges will be filed against the concerned officials for not obeying simple regulations.
“The PNP hierarchy should not let this lapses pass as
this would give bad precedent and bad image to the whole
organization of the PNP,” SILG Roxas said.
He said other junior officers of PNP-HSS who were also
part of the incident will be investigated and consequently
relieve from duty.
Reports also have it that these junior officers under the
supervision of Supapo provided security escort for Revilla
during his brief meeting with Enrile in the hospital.
It is the duty of the PNP custodial officials that their
detainees are inside their respective cells and ensure their
detention unless permitted by the court.
“They are detainees and the court has standing order.
Let us do our work. Dapat sabihin sa detainee, pasensya na
po, trabaho lang po,” Roxas explained.
Espina revealed that they are expecting the outcome
of the investigation of the PNP unit tasked to probe the
incident and the filing of the administrative and criminal
charges against PNP junior officials responsible.
Dr. Edmund Santos, chief of the emergency room (ER)
of the PNP General Hospital clarified that Senator Revilla
went to the specialty ward where Santos proceeded.
On the other hand, the doctors of Senator Enrile were
permitted by the PNP to bring the senator at the Makati
Medical Center due to pneumonia after the latter’s lawyers
secured a permit from the Sandigangbayan.•
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savings led to more Filipino workers registering with
Pag-IBIG.
According to Binay, Pag-IBIG membership grew by
6.6 million in the past four years, and total membership grew by 9% from 13.49 million in 2013 to 14.76
million in 2014. Voluntary members increased most
by 27% from 75,933 in 2013 to 96,694 in 2014. The
number of overseas Filipino workers rose next by
20% from 3,337,925 in 2013 to 3,999,663 in 2014.
Binay also said that the Pag-IBIG Board recently
declared P11.34 billion in dividends in 2014, at a dividend rate of 4.18 percent, much higher than the interest rate of 0.5% to 1% offered by banking institutions.
(PNA)•
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Moreover, Bravo presumes
Alpha actions have been done
coupled with additional acts that
are essential for LGUs near the vicinity of the direct typhoon path.
And lastly, Charlie assumes
that Alpha and Bravo actions
have already been done and additional acts must be done to
address the severe threat of the
typhoon of those LGUs in its direct path.
Accompanying the manual
are checklists on Minimum Critical Preparations for Mayors;
Early Preparations for Mayors;
and those meant for Municipal
Local Government Operations
Officers, Chiefs of Police, and
Fire Marshalls.
DILG shall be holding soon
provincial launches of the manual in Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan,
Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac,
and Zambales.
Also being explored is the
conduct of dialogues with various stakeholders as well as youth
camps relative to it in those areas.•
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VOLUME III • NO. 174 • FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 01, 2015 • FRIDAY - SUNDAY
Laughing out loud with the Tong-Its Duo
text & photos by
dencio pacheco
T
WO years ago, Roberto
Pangilinan, a stage director for comedy and
entertainment shows and
a barangay kagawad from
Del Carmen, City of San Fernando met Carlos Miguel
Butsayo of San Jose, Angeles
City and found chemistry,
and thus made their way to
a career of making people
laugh.
Also known as “Boy
Tikling”, Pangilinan is an
entertainer all throughout.
He does not take life too seriously, and makes sure to
share to the audience his antics, jokes and other forms of
comedy to their delight.
He is a composer of Kapampangan songs, a director of variety shows and an
entertainer who can make
one laugh his heart out because of his original jokes
and crazy stories. While he
makes people laugh, he sees
to it that his jokes would not
offend anyone especially if
the show they are doing is a
wholesome one.
Despite his career as a
funny man, he has another
side as a public servant in
their barangay, serving as a
kagawad. His dream of serving other people made him
enter the world of public
service. Despite his usual hilarious mood, he is darn serious when he performs his
duties and responsibilities
as a public servant.
The other half of the duo
is Carlos Miguel Butsayo.
He is actually a singer of Kapampangan novelty songs
who is also fond of making
people happy with his talent and with the fondness of
the people to songs that are
understood by the people of
Pampanga.
Butsayo, with his funny looks, complement the
comedy lines of Pangilinan,
thus making their chemistry work with their audience
through their songs, funny
dialogues and other forms of
stage comedy shows.
They were once featured
on a documentary show on
the Kapuso network, making
them more popular not only
in the province of Pampanga
but in many places in Central Luzon as well.
They were once contenders
too in the Search for the Ultimate Comedians of the Philippines, this time on a TV show
in the Kapamilya network.
To date, they perform 15
to 20 comedy shows monthly on the average, showing
their talents in shows sponsored by municipalities and
barangays, by politicians,
by companies and by families during their private celebrations or occasions. Their
maximum number of performances for a month has
soared to 40, making them
bankable
Kapampangan
talents in many parts of the
region.
So far, they have released
5 DVD albums that feature
videos of their shows and 5
CDs of their jokes, dialogues
and music.
The secrets of the duo in
their career’s success include their Catholic faith,
the continuous research of
their jokes and funny lines,
their search for innovations
to their style. Their love and
value for the Kapampangan
culture also augments their
triumph.
Their being wholesome,
aside from being funny, and
their avoidance of foul words
and offending slapstick comedy make them a favorite of
the people for entertainment.
What makes them stick
to their partnership is their
sincerity and honesty to
each other.•
The Tong-Its duo with Vice President Jejomar Binay.
Their partnership is bound by the right chemistry.
Little Kapamilya comedy stars.
The Tong-Its Duo during a performance .
They perform in
many municipalities and barangays
in the provinces of
Pampanga, Tarlac
and other provinces
in the region.
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