Paskong Pilipino Showcase in Intramuros
By Philippine News Service
December 17, 2004
-- The Paskong Pilipino Showcase will feature Christmas traditions in the
Philippines including regional festivals, provincial cuisine and native
December 18, 2004
January 2, 2005
Philippines! Clamshell 1, Intramuros,
opening program on
Saturday, December 18, 2004
will present the Kagharong and the Pastores Bikol of Malilipot and Oas,
Albay, who are the grand prize winners of the Pastores Festival 2004. Young
performers, colorfully dressed in interpretative costumes, skip and gallop
to an upbeat tune of the traditional “Vamos a Belen.”
Pastores Bikol and Kagharong will perform until December 20, 2004
with the Centro Baile de Laoag of the
School of Peforming Arts in Ilocos Norte, Manila City Band and the Koro
Bulakenyo of Bulacan, this year’s “Gintong Kabataan” awardee.
Beginning December 20, other cultural performers during the two-week
showcase will include the Niños Infantes of Cagayan Valley (Dec. 20-22 &
27-29), Panunuluyan of Central Luzon with firework exhibition (Dec. 23 &
26), Quezon City Performing Arts & Band (Dec.24), Higantes of Angono-Rizal
(Dec. 25), Ramon Obusan Folkloric Dance Troupe (Dec. 30), Pinoy Rock Band
through the Intramuros Administration (Dec.31 & Jan. 1) and the Three Kings
of Mabitac, Laguna (Jan. 2). These festivals will be presented at the WOW
Philippines! Clamshell 1, Intramuros,
According to DOT’s Over-all Artistic Director, Ting de los Reyes, Paskong
Pilipino Showcase was designed to complement the entertainment events of
Paskong Pinoy, Pusong Pinoy at the Central Lagoon, Rizal
Park and the Ayala Center in Cebu City. It will offer visitors a wide array
of Christmas-related activities as well as an assortment of quality toys,
indigenous decors, native arts and crafts suitable as souvenirs and gifts
for Christmas and other seasons.
will also be instructional crafts demonstrations by artists from Bicol,
Metro Manila, Central Luzon among other regions. The toys, gifts and food
fair of Paskong Pilipino Showcase with the instructional crafts
demonstrations are open everyday at 10
except on Mondays which starts 2
at the Clamshell 1.
call on partners to help typhoon victims
Philippine News Service
December 10, 2004
- The Department of Tourism is reinforcing the government and private
sectors’ collaborative efforts this time in a humanitarian endeavor dubbed
as Paskong Pinoy, Pusong Pinoy project relief operations for the
victims of typhoon Winnie and Yoyong.
Tourism Secretary Joseph Ace Durano has called on all the tourism, travel
and transport associations and other industry partners for their full
support and participation in this project. “The DOT will facilitate the
solicitation and collection of relief goods from our industry partners and
these will be forwarded to the Philippine National Red Cross for actual
distribution to the greatly affected areas,” he said.
A committee headed by Tourism Undersecretary Armand Arreza has been
mobilized to undertake the solicitation and collection of relief goods.
According to Tourism Undersecretary Oscar Palabyab, used linens and blankets
are the initial commitments from the hotel group. Likewise, tourism
transport operators have committed to provide services in the collection and
delivery of the relief goods.
Moreover, the DOT regional offices have been tasked to replicate the same
operations and distribute the relief goods in the nearest area of their
responsibility affected by the recent typhoons.
Top Communist Terrorist Leader captured
Maj. FELIX M. MANGYAO, (INF) PA
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan, Samar – On
November 27, 2004, at around 9:00 a.m., a top ranking Communist Terrorist
Leader (CTL) was captured in Calbayog City by elements of the 14th
Infantry (Avenger) Battalion by virtue of standing warrants of arrest.
Arrested was Gregorio Tadeos, a.k.a. Karis/Amir/Oyong, Secretary of Eastern
Samar Provincial Party Committee (ESPPC) of the Eastern Visayas Regional
Party Committee (EVRPC). Recovered from his possession are one (1) Cal .45
pistol, one (1) magazine for Cal .45 pistol and four (4) ammunition.
Warrants of Arrest
The basis for the arrest of
Gregorio Tadeos was by virtue of the Warrant of Arrest issued in Criminal
Case Nr 04-13 (Robbery in Band with Multiple Homicide) by Presiding Judge
Hon. Juliana Adalim-White of Regional Trial Court (RTC) 8, Branch 5, Oras,
Eastern Samar; and Criminal Case Nr 17-04-09 (Murder) issued by Presiding
Judge Hon. Gorgonio Alvarez of RTC8, Branch 4, Dolores, Eastern Samar. Both
offenses are heinous crimes and are non-bailable.
At around 10:30 a.m. of the
same day, Joint elements of 14IB led by LtC Claudio Neri and PNP Dolores,
Eastern Samar Police Station conducted a Search and Seizure Operations in
the residence of Gregorio Tadeos situated at Brgy Lalawigan, Borongan,
Eastern Samar by virtue of Arrest and Seizure Order Number 04-11-25 for
violation of P.D. Number 1866 (Illegal Possession of Firearms) as amended by
Republic Act 8294 issued by Hon Elvie P Lim, Executive Judge of RTC8, Branch
1, Borongan, Eastern Samar. Recovered from his residence were: one (1) Colt
1911A1 Cal .45 pistol with 25 rounds of ammunition, one (1) Cal .357 magnum
with five rounds of ammunition, one (1) unit ICOM VHF Radio Transceiver, a
computer set, diskettes and CDs/VCDs containing subversive files and
documentary films, and voluminous subversive documents with high
intelligence value. The Brgy Chairwoman as well as the Brgy Kagawads
witnessed the Search and Seizure. In this connection, the arrested person
will be charged in court for the crimes of Illegal Possession of Firearms
Captured CTL in Good Physical Condition
The captured CT Leader is
under the temporary custody in the military after the PNP of Oras and
Dolores refused to custody for security reasons. He underwent a medical
examination conducted by a military doctor to ensure his health. At present,
he is undergoing debriefing and cooperating well with the police and
product of civilian information
In the report made to MGen
Glenn J. Rabonza, Col Roberto Ver, Commanding Officer of the 801st Infantry
Brigade, stated that the capture of the said CTL was a result of the
information volunteered by the local populace who are disappointed of the
greed, harassment and terroristic acts of the CPP/NPA who are inflicting
harm to the peace and economic condition in the region. This is a strong
indication that the Communist Terrorist Movement (CTM) had lost the support
of the people since they are fighting a futile cause.
Magsaysay calls for a 30-day period
government transaction to avoid corruption
of Volunteer Educators
November 27, 2004
MANILA, Philippines - Government agencies
should act on all transactions within 30 days to stop corruption and red
Alliance of Volunteer
Educators (AVE) partylist Rep. Eulogio “Amang” R. Magsaysay, sought for a 30
day completion deadline in order to prevent corruption and bureaucratic red
tape in the government as among the major constraints in doing business in
the country according to a World Bank report.
Based on the World
Development Report 2005, 50.6 percent of Philippine respondents in a global
survey cited that establishment could sometimes be required to give gifts or
informal payments to public officials to “get things done” such as pass
inspections, get licenses or permits, win a government contract or get
public utility connection.
The report also underscored
the persistent red tape problem as the same survey showed it would take an
average of 50 days to start a business in the country, with an application
having to undergo 11 procedures.
Having a Doctorate in
Economics, Magsaysay warned if the problems of corruption and bureaucratic
formalities or red tape continue, the country will find it hard to lure
investors. “Our development will suffer because of a defective and corrupt
system in the bureaucracy. Ergo all measures to plug in all revenue
loopholes and endeavors to augment revenue collection and additional taxes
might be an exercise in futility.”
The AVE leader said there
should be a 30-day deadline for government officials and personnel to act on
all transactions with dispatch and those who fail to act expeditiously
within the deadline should be charged administratively before the Civil
The solon who is also a
member of House Committee on Ways and Means also asks the public to
cooperate and report officials demanding bribes in exchange for completion
of their tasks. “Public Service is Public Trust.” “Public officials and
personnel have no business asking for gifts or informal payments because it
is their job to render service to the people. Taxpayers pay them for their
services,” he said.
Magsaysay averred those in
sensitive positions should also be subjected to lifestyle checks and for
hidden wealth to discourage bribery in public offices. “The heightened
anti-corruption campaign of President Arroyo, which bore fruits with the
dismissal and prosecution of a number of public officials, shows government
is serious in reforming the bureaucracy.
SIBP Project Manager Resigns from Post
November 21, 2004
CATBALOGAN, Samar – The Project Manager of
the Samar Island Biodiversity Project (SIBP) and concurrent Superintendent
of the newly proclaimed Samar Island Natural Park (SINP) Herminigildo Jocson,
in a very surprising move, resigned from his post, it was learned Friday
In an interview, Jocson
informed the media justifying that his move (to resign form his office) was
in favor of the (SIBP) Project. “For me, my move is just fair and proper as
I don’t want the Project to be affected for this series of demolition job
hurdled against me today,” Jocson said.
Jocson stressed that the
allegations accusing him of so much corruption, harassment to employees,
lavishly expending of money in his travel in Manila, among others, is
“baseless and fabricated” aimed to destroy his credibility.
During last Thursday’s Media
Night cum press conference at the SIBP Conference Hall, Jocson further
explained to Catbalogan-based newsmen that all his travels was for the
benefit of the Project and for the Samareños itself.
“Hindi ako naglalakwatsa lang
sa mga travel ko. Kung tutuusin lugi pa nga ako dun sa binibigay na per
diems because of my huge travel expenses, like gasolina ng service ko sa
Manila, plane tickets, pagkain at iba pa. If there is a short excess, yan ay
konting benefit na ng PM (Project Manager),” he said.
“Actually, I have an idea of
who is behind this Oust Jocson campaign. This person has close contacts and
comrades inside the SIBP as they have easy access to all my transactions,
including my per diems when I go travel,” He said. This reporter tried, for
several times, to convince Jocson to identify his probable suspect but he
United in one
Minutes before the newsmen
arrived in SIBP for the press conference, the SIBP staffs including Jocson
were having “dramatic” dialogue with each other’s sentiments. From the next
room, where the newsmen were instructed to wait, several “emotional”
changing of words was being heard.
In the press conference
proper, his colleagues SIBP Chief Technical Adviser Marcelino V. Dalmacio,
Co-Project Manager Jose “Joe” Lim and Advocacy Officer Nick Arjon dismissed
the fact that some employees of SIBP were not in good terms with Jocson. In
fact, they are convinced him not to get bothered by the controversy as it
will only affect the current activities being initiated by the Project.
Jocson and the employees agreed to settle whatever issue that may arise in a
formal and proper manner, and not through text brigades or to the media as
it will only discredit each one of them and the Project.
Few days ago, Samareños were
shocked again when another corruption issue exploded in the text messages.
Unsigned poison letter, a copy of which was obtained by this writer, against
Jocson were sent to several media personalities in Catbalogan and in
mentioning same allegations.
Some of these allegations
include exploitation and abuse to employees by shouting in high pitch voice,
delaying of his signature to employees’ salary, sexual harassment, and
lavishly spending the Project’s fund in his travel. The person or persons
behind the poison letter is seeking to oust PM Jocson “before the Project
closed like the Wesamar Project” in the previous year.
However, these allegations
were vehemently denied by the Project Manager saying it’s just “fabricated
and with malicious intent.” In his teary-eyed, he reiterated someone has
just interested to his position. He hinted that a big wig politician maybe
behind all these mess in the Project. As of Thursday evening, around 9 p.m., he is having second thoughts if he will resign or not
from the post.
But on Friday evening, this
writer received an information saying, “PM Jocson just resigned, an interim
from DENR Region will take charge.” When asked to confirm the news, Jocson
admitted he resigned as per advised from his higher boss in the region.
He said an interim from the
DENR-8, in the person of Regional Technical Director Manolito Ragub, will
replace him while waiting further instruction from SIBP national
headquarters. RTD Ragub will handle the SIBP until the United Nation
Development Programme (UNDP) and Protected Area Wildlife Bureau (PAWB) find
a successor for Jocson.
condemn killing of MindaNews photo editor
By Philippine News Service
- In a statement release to media outlets, the Press Photographers of the
Philippines (PPP) condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of
one of their members while in line of duty.
Gene Boyd R. Lumawag, 26, photo editor of MindaNews, was shot dead on his
forehead while on his way to shoot the sunset from the pier of Jolo.
"No one in the crime scene could tell me how it happened. Not even the
police or the Marines. They said they arrived at the crime scene with Gene
Boyd already dead," his editor Carolyn Arguellas reported in the MindaNews
Army investigators told me that Gene Boyd was gunned down by suspected
members of the 'urban terrorist group' allegedly of the Abu Sayyaf",
Jerry Carual PPP vice president, in a letter to Gen Alberto Braganza, newly
appointed Solcom chief, requesting him to help the photographers group in
identifying and capturing the real culprits in the crime.
Gene Boyd was looking forward to his first coverage of Eid'l Fitr, the
celebration marking the end of the Holy month of Ramadhan.
Samareños of California, Inc. funds P200,000
worth of projects for Samar Island
One of several
checks for Samar Island Projects being handed by Senior Vice President
Greta Quitorio (extreme right) to Samarenos President, Peter Padul
(second from left). Others in photo are Benny Cojuangco, extreme left,
Lydia Varela Torres, Secretary (third from left) and Lily Anne Perez
(with glasses), Yolanda Picardo (third from right) and Rosenda "Baby"
Lim-Paus, Treasurer (second from right).
Photo taken by Cesar Torres
By CESAR TORRES
November 8, 2004
Francisco-based Samareños of California, Inc. has released close to
P200,000 to fund projects in the entire Island
releases was effected in a meeting of the Association’s Board of Directors
on November 6, 2004 which was held in the residence of Mr. Lito Paus
and Mrs. Rosenda “Baby” Lim-Paus, in Alameda, California.
which was presided by Samareños of California President, Peter Padul of
Guiuan, Samar, released the following to the officers of the Association who
are the lead persons and responsible for the immediate implementation of the
projects for which the funds have been allocated:
Muncada, Jr., of Lao-ang for projects which would include livelihood
projects in Lao-ang and Northern Samar, $1,000;
- Yolanda Picardo for Christmas offerings to the poorest of the poor in
Dolores, Eastern Samar, $1,000;
- Rosenda Lim-Paus for the acquisition and purchase of some hospital
equipment such as beds and other paraphernalia for the Samar Provincial
Hospital in Catbalogan, Samar, $1,000;
- Lily Anne Perez for an exhibition at the San Francisco Public Library in
October 2005 of Samarnon artifacts, cultural symbols, and other historical
mementos to include that period in Samar history when it was known as the
“Howling Wilderness” because of the massive violence perpetrated by the
American Soldiers on the Samarnons in retaliation for the Balangiga Incident
in 1902, $300;
Samareños President Peter Padul for educational and other projects in his
hometown of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and Homonhon
Island, $350; and
- Cesar Torres support for the children and the San Jose de Buan Elementary
School, in the municipality which is the most interior town of Samar Island,
Aside from the
foregoing funded projects, there is a move to allocate some funds for the
homeless children in Catbalogan, Samar or a Home for the Aged. Towards this
end, inquiries are being directed at Helen Hernandez, Charo Nabong-Cabardo,
Ray Gaspay, and the anchor staff of Catbalogan’s radio station, DYMS.
The funds of
the Association have been accumulating since the Presidency of Ms. Yolanda
Picardo. It reached this sizeable amount during the incumbency of Mr. Peter
Padul who was almost always conducting fund raising activities so that
projects to help Samar could be funded. The Association’s Treasurers, Ms.
Patrocinio “Senieng” Figueroa-Masi -- who has moved to the Philippines
with the election of her brother as Congressman of Samar’s 2nd
District -- and Ms. Rosenda Lim-Paus took care of the Association’s funds,
loathed to release any amount if the need was not urgent and necessary, at
the risk of alienating the more senior officers of the Association.
of California, Inc. was organized in 1970 by San Francisco Bay Samarnons who
were homesick for their life back in the Philippines. It “hibernated” for
10 years until 1989 when a group of new immigrants composed of the late Mrs.
Natividad Villarin Padul and this writer, with the assistance of the
pioneers of the Association such as Mrs. Precing Agaton, Counselor Raul
Picardo, Chito Moreno, Julie Soriano, Calbayognons Cora Anolin and Baby
Acuña, Mildred Margate-Revelo, Teddy James “Doloy” Coquilla, Adventure and
Emmy Naranjo, Tita Tabungar Germaine, Lilia Amasa and brother Jimboy Amasa,
Dr. Inday Alido de Guzman, and others, revived the Association.
mainstays and constant supporters of the Association in recent years include
Gilda Cabrales-del Pilar, Douglas and Marichu Oca-de los Santos, Jun and Fe
Oben, Dante and Flor Mendoza, Rosabeth Antioquia-Craig, Larry Orejola, Greta
Quitorio, Jesse and Yoly Ty, Benny and Farida Cojuangco, Ben and Lily
Corrales, Dr. Issie Corrales, and Rolly Mungues who is the incoming
President of the Association beginning February 2005 through February 2007.
publishes an intermittent newsletter, “An Tingog Han Samar Ha California”
(“The Voice of Samar in California”) under the editorial responsibility of
With the help
of former Region 8 DOST Regional Director, Beatrice Rosales-Duran, The
Samareños of California is the only regional and provincial association of
Filipinos in Northern California that has participated in major national
activities such as the Centennial Celebration of Philippine Independence in
1998, the Mindanao Symposium in July 2000, the sponsorship of the UP Staff
Chorale Society during its concert tour of the US and Canada in
November-December 2001 dubbed “A Celebration of Life: Songs of Love and
Healing”, the symposium on the Absentee Voting and Dual Citizenship Laws in
San Francisco, California, and a mini concert conducted by the UP Staff
Chorale Society for the Children of Payatas on February 14, 2004.
Samarnon leaders who have addressed the Association in San Francisco include
Congressman Harlin Abayon of Northern Samar, and Congressman Eddie Nachura of Samar’s Second
2005 National PRISAA Games in Zamboanga
By Philippine News Service
-- The 2005 National Prisaa Games on April 11 to 16, 2005 will be held in
Zamboanga City, said Ateneo De Zamboanga University President Fr. William
Kreutz, SJ and 2005 PRISAA National Games Coordinator.
Kreutz, who is a member of the PRISAA national board, was in Manila with
sports coordinator Elbert Atilano during the national board of trustees
meeting at the Quezon City Sports Club last November 5, when he informed
The national games were originally scheduled on January 23 to 30, but upon
request of the local member-schools, the week-long sports event was moved to
the week following the observance of Holy Week.
The Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) holds its national games
every year in different cities and the first and last time that Zamboanga
hosted such games was in 1993.
PRISAA national president Dr. Emmanuel Angeles of Angeles University has
remarked that the best and most organized PRISAA national games was that in
1993 when PRISAA-Zamboanga hosted the event.
PRISAA-Zamboanga’s member-schools include the Ateneo De Zamboanga
University, Zamboanga A.E. Colleges, Mein College, Inc., Southern City
Colleges, STI College, Brent Hospital and Colleges,
Chong Hua High School,
Claret High School,
Zion Evangelical School, Good Shepherd Mission School, among others. (FLC)