Want to broaden your business horizon? www.headlinegl.com Let us help you! Call us at (045) 455.0781 VOLUME III • NO. 174 FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 01, 2015 Email Us at [email protected] 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.• Want to broaden your business horizon? LET US HELP YOU! CALL US: (045)455-0781 • EMAIL US: [email protected] • VISIT US: 2nd Floor ,U2 Bldg., MacArthur Hiway, Dolores, City of San Fernando (P) 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 HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon is a Daily Regional Newspaper General Manager: MARLO a. franco Editor: RIA DE FIESTA Layout Artist/Photographer: JP Manalang Reporters: CHARLENE CAYABYAB Marna dagumboy - Del rosario Administrative Staff: sherylin l. rivera Marketing Head: ELAINE MAPILES Account Executive: caren m. garcia monica bianca cabiling Publisher: I.N.I. Newspaper Email: [email protected] Website: www.headlinegl.com DISCLAIMER: Views expressed by columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial position of HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon or its internet website: www.headlinegl. com. The publisher does not knowingly publish false information and may not be held liable for the views of its columnists exercising their right to free expression. All rights reserved. Subject to the conditions provided for by law, no article or photograph published by HEADLINE GITNANG LUZON may be reprinted or reproduced, in whole or in part, without its prior consent. Office Address: 2nd Floor, U2 Building, MacArthur Highway, Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, 2000 Tel. Nos. (045) 455.0781 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. ••• This writer welcomes other views, comments, and reactions. You may send your message at 0919-5107665.• 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. 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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. FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 01, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon capitol dental mission... from Page 1 Jaochico said they are envisioning empowered and responsible Kapampangans taking care of their own personal oral health for enhanced quality of life. 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 towards the light... from Page 5 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)• fire olympics... from Page 1 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- 3 korean artists... from Page 1 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- free online course... from Page 2 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- illegal drug... from Page 2 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 7 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.• re-introducing... from Page 5 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.• roxas wants... from Page 2 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.• pag-ibig... from Page 3 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)• disaster preparedness... from Page 3 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.• feature 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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