The voice as sweet as
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
August 29, 2006
Rinz Lacandazo Molon, an eight-year-old Grade III pupil who
champions in the "Pasikatan sa Kantahan 2006" rendered a tagalog
song during the "PANINDUGAN" CATV program recently. Mesmerized at
her young angelic voice were PIA-8 regional director and program
host Olive Tiu and guest Manuel S. Ogena, vice president,
Technical Services Sector, PNOC-Energy Development Corporation.
(Photo by Vino R. Cuayzon)
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte
– The petite young girl stood out from among the other contestants
not only because she is the smallest and the youngest but because she
has a voice as sweet as her name –Honey.
The eight year old
Grade III pupil from a public elementary school whose young angelic
voice rang sweetly to the ears of the judges won as champion in the
Pasikatan sa Kantahan 2006 besting older but also terrific singers
from as far as Hilongos, Baybay, Mayorga, Tacloban, Palo and other
places of the province of Leyte.
Honey Molon whose
father is from Barangay Catmon, an interior barangay of Tanauan, Leyte,
was the recent guest of the Panindugan CATV program of PIA. She
appears like any other eight year old children, playful, always
smiling but unusually evoking wisdom and self confidence.
At the Panindugan
program, Honey rendered the tagalong song, Bukas na lang Kita
Mamahalin and the staff and the crew were all mesmerized at her
rendition. Even the vice President of PNOC EDC who was also guest in
the program was all praise of Honey.
When asked how she
learned how to sing, she said she has been singing as far as her young
memory brings her. Her mother encourages her to sing well by teaching
her the lyrics and the right way to pronounce the words. How is she
able to emote the song? She said her mother explains to her the story
of the song and so she is able to put herself into it. She is a wise
Right after the
Pasikatan sa Kantahan during the 15-day celebration of the Tanauan
Day and the Feast of the Patroness, Our Lady of Assumption, Honey got
the attention of many people, among them one of the best musical
artist in the region, Mr. Clark Gravoso, who accepted the proposal of
Mayor Roque Tiu for him to give voice lessons to Honey and twenty four
other young singers of the municipality. This way, the singing voice
and potentials of Honey and the other young singers will be honed and
At the set of
Panindugan, she caught the attention of a media practitioner who
is also a piano instructor at the People’s Center in Tacloban City,
Engr. Jim Bermejo who offered her a scholarship at the piano school.
The girl’s eyes sparkled upon hearing the offer. She said it is one of
her dreams to be able to play the piano but she knows that her Papa
and Mama might be over-burdened so she has not opened this up to them.
Now that Engr. Bermejo has offered, she and her parents gladly
accepted for her to have piano lessons every Saturday.
Hopefully good things
will continue to come to this girl whose sweet as Honey name and voice
continue to catch the attention of people and goes on to bring
inspiration to other young children who have the talent for singing to
develop their God-given talent.
Celebrating the APO-SSU 20th chapter
By RAUL B. VELARDE
August 20, 2006
CATBALOGAN, Samar –
The Alpha Phi Omega (APO) Theta Alpha chapter of Samar State
University (formerly Samar State Polytechnic College) will be
celebrating its 20th anniversary on August 21, 2006.
After the rumors that
have spread over the town that fraternities and gangs are villains in
the society, the APO Theta Alpha Chapter will be celebrating the
anniversary in the very different way.
A mural painting by APO members on the walls
of Samar National School along San Roque Street.
According to the
officers and prominent members of the said fraternity, they want to
clarify the negative issues that are being attacked to the said
organization through rendering community services. So far, the
Pledgees or the neophytes of APO have already rendered different
community services like clean-up drive at Barangay San Pablo, Tree
Planting at Buri Island, Donation of Book Stands and conducting a
clean-up drive in the SSU Main Campus. These activities are part of
the trainings being initiated by the said fraternity and sorority,
which is under the stewardship of Mr. Bonifacio Cosmod, the Master
Dr. Frank Reed Horton
founded Alpha Phi Omega, on December 16, 1925, at Brainard Hall 2nd
Floor, Lafayette College, Easton Pennsylvania, USA. And it was first
founded outside the
at Room 214, Nicanor Reyes Sr. Memorial Hall of Far Eastern
University, Manila Philippines on March 2, 1950 by Mr. Librado I.
APO is an organization
that has produced great leaders of the Country like: DAR Under
Secretary Teddie E. Rivera and prominent members of the Society such
as: Honorable Kenneth Abad, Barangay Chairman of San Pablo Catbalogan,
Samar, Honorable Romeo Abad, SK Chairman, San Pablo, Catbalogan,
Colonel Joel Joseph Cabides of 801st Brigade 8ID Philippine Army. The
organization has also honorary members like: Senator Ramon “Bong”
Mr. Amador Hurtado one
of the Founders of Theta Alpha Chapter proudly recounts his memory
being the pioneer and of the founders of APO Theta Alpha Chapter that
though it may seem difficult and odd to be a pioneer member of the
organization, yet its worth it because of brotherhood. He also
explained to this reporter that Alpha Phi Omega is not an ordinary
organization because it has produced great leaders in the country
like, Hon. Jijomar Binay, Makati City Mayor and Hon. Lyndon Barbers,
Governor of Surigao Del Norte.
This reporter has also
conducted further research with pertains to the founders of the Theta
Alpha Chapter and found out that there were the 9 founders: Mr. Manny
Articulo which is now a mayor in one of the municipalities in Cagayan
Valley, Mr. Paul Balagat, a businessman which is now based in the
United States of America, Mr. Pablo “Bull” Cinco, Acting Alien Control
Officer Bureau of Immigration of Samar Province, Mr. Leo Frincillo, A
Major in Philippine Marines, Mr. Amador “Totoy” Hurtado, Businessman,
Mr. Ike Mamaki, Businessman, Mr. Rolando Manatad, a Doctor which is
now based in Southern Leyte, Mr. Julius Missiona, a Broker in Cebu
Family Savings Bank, and Colonel Oscar Pedrosa, Philippine Army which
is now based in Dumaguete City.
Members of APO proudly
enumerate the great people of this organization in order to show to
the world that APO has special visions in this planet and that is to
promote brotherhood and service to mankind. This reporter was amazed,
when they mentioned that Mr. Bill Clinton, the former President of the
United States of America is also an APO!
In spite of the
hardships and attacks to fraternities, Alpha Phi Omega remains strong
and still producing more and more better citizens of the society
because of its guiding principles that can boost the organization’s
credibility such as: Leadership, Friendship, and Service. The only
secret that binds the members of Alpha Phi Omega is the true
brotherhood and unity.
One of the members of
the organization told this reporter that,
APO is an effective character-building institution and this is
the main spice that makes the members different than the other
ordinary citizen of this country. “Actually, we have the 4 folds
programs of Service of APO which are the following: to render service
to the fraternity and sorority, to render service to the student body
and faculty, to render service to the youth and community and to
render service to the nation as a fully participating citizens,” Mr.
Adrian Molito Grand Chancellor of Theta Alpha Chapter said.
An alumni member of
Alpha Omicron Chapter of Divine Word University, Tacloban City and now
a member of APO Maqueda Alumni Association of Samar Province has also
revealed promising programs and visions for the Fraternity and
Sorority and according to her, “we would like to erase the negative
brand of fraternity to the people’s mind by showing them that we are
not villain members of the society rather we are promoting brotherhood
and service to the people”.
The said Chapter has
three proposed projects like: Community-based services through
clean-up drive, anti-drug campaign, hospital visits and jail visits.
National level services such as tree planting and blood letting. The
last proposed project would be tie-up activities with Local Government
Units (Municipalities and Barangays) and Non-Government Organizations.
The organization is now conducting Public Awareness Campaign to rebut
the negative brands of Fraternities and Sororities.
According to Mr. Pablo
“Bull” Cinco Jr., son of the Former Samar Governor Pablo Cinco Sr.,
that APO is training the youth to be better students who will stand
out from whatever field they indulge in. The said Alumni member
proudly incited the first batch who survived in Theta Alpha chapter of
then Samar Trade School
(now SSU), they were all board passers and became professionals and
now serving the country through their respective professions.
Two proud members to
mention are Major Princillo who is a member of the Philippine Army,
which is now based in Jolo, Solo and Attorney Antonio Pagatpat
Regional Director of National Bureau of Investigation NBI 08. “It is
very sad to know that people are generalizing the fraternities into
gangs in which very contrary to the reality,” Mr. Bull Cinco said. He
also added that
APO is recognized as International Fraternity through the
services and dedicated and disciplined members.
The Alumni and the
resident members will celebrate the anniversary by a simple Beach
Party here in Catbalogan.
For a vote against the impeachment?
PGMA grants clemency to Cong. Uy’s
By ROMMEL L. RUTOR
August 16, 2006
– After three years of living as a convicted person, finally
Congressman Reynaldo Uy of Samar’s first district received his
Presidential Pardon, Monday last week, restoring the solon’s full
civil and political rights.
Cong. Reynaldo Uy
The solon has been
convicted by the Sandigan Bayan on September 2, 2003 with two counts
of nepotism charges filed against him by Sofia L. Patrimonio, and was
penalized to pay a fine of 1,000 pesos for each conviction with a
subsidiary imprisonment in case of insolvency.
The granting of the
executive clemency by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to Cong. Uy
however, was in time when the Congress is set to vote on the substance
of the impeachment complaint against the president filed by the Black
and White movement.
In an interview aired
over a radio station in
Cong. Uy quickly dismissed public speculations that he bargained his
vote against the impeachment because of the pardon he got from the
But it can be recalled
that the solon from Samar’s first district voted in favor of the
impeachment of PGMA last year, during the time when Cong. Catalino
Figueroa of Samar’s 2nd district was negotiating for his
anti-impeachment vote to get MGen. Jovito Palparan’s head rolling from
Samar; Cong. Uy however did not attend the plenary in congress when
the final resolution of the impeachment trial has been undertaken.
“But I am casting my
vote against the impeachment now because it is only meant to harass
the president, and we should help this government move on, and this
will not happen if the president is always tailed by aggravation of
her political foes”, Cong. Uy disclosed.
He also added that the
situation being faced by President Arroyo at present is almost the
same as what had happened to him, accordingly, his conviction to the
nepotism charges was a product of blatant manipulations by his
political nemesis, stressing that it was done mainly to prevent him
from serving his constituents and for some people in Samar’s first
district to monopolize power.
Upon knowing that the
Board of Pardons and Parole, thru its chief parole officer Ernesto P.
Dizon, that Cong. Reynaldo Uy’s petition for an executive clemency
will be treated on July 2006, Sofia L. Patrimonio, the private
complainant filed her petition for strong opposition to the solon’s
request for a presidential pardon.
In her petition,
Patrimonio claimed that the convicted felon if allowed to be pardoned
would undoubtedly have a very mocking respect for the country’s laws
and the judicial system.
cited that the presidential pardon will quash the misdeeds of the
convicted solon, “and would only prove to the public that crime after
all can be paid by a stroke of a presidential pen”, she said in her
And further stipulated
to the Board of Pardons and Parole that Cong. Uy does not deserved to
be granted with presidential pardon by the very president that he
accuses of having committed fraud and for alleged electioneering in
last year’s impeachment complaint filed in congress.
History of the Case
Based on the Fourth
Division of the Sandigan Bayan obtained by the writer, Cong. Uy was
convicted with two of Nepotism charges filed by one Sofia L.
Patrimonio, on September 2, 2003, the material evidences presented was
based on his stint then as the Mayor of Calbayog City.
The charges which were
docketed as criminal case numbers 25641 and 25642, were tried during
the colon’s mayoralty stint, to which on April 16, 1993 by his
capacity as an appointing officer, appointed Mr. Frederick B. Uy, his
nephew, as Agricultural Technician I at the Calbayog City Agriculture
Office who indicated on his personal data sheet that he is not in any
way connected to the appointing officer up to the third degree of
consanguinity or affinity as required by law, but later Frederick got
a promotional appointment in July of the same year as the General
Maintenance Foreman for the said city but on his data sheet this time,
he indicated that he is already connected with the appointing officer;
that Antonina Uy was also hired as Office Helper on September 1993,
but the solon pleaded not guilty to the two charges during the
Both of the subject
employees are children of Pedro Uy, the brother of Congressman
It was only in April
of 2000 that the evidences were formally offered to the prosecution,
to include the personal data sheet, appointment papers, live birth
certificates, plantilla of casual employees and affidavits, and
eventually the court admitted the exhibits after almost two years,
that was in February 18, 2002 and the trial went on.
Along the trial
process, the court found the evidences against the solon relatively
strong and were made even stronger by the testimonies of three
witnesses, Sofia Patrimonio, the private complainant, Manuel Barral, a
former Sangguniang Panglungsod member, and Vicente Catorce, the city’s
HRMO IV; thus, based on the evidences, the fourth division of the
Sandigan Bayan as presided by Justice Minita V. Chico-Nazario ruled
out that Cong. Reynaldo Uy is guilty of the nepotism charges.
The Rebuttal Evidences of the Court
According to the
decision, the verbal admission of Cong. Reynaldo Uy during the court
proceeding that Frederick and Antonina Uy are his nephew and niece
respectively are cited as judicial admission, to which in accordance
with the new civil code, the two subject employees are relatives
within the third civil degree of consanguinity, thus, “their
appointment to government service by the appointing officer, which is
their uncle, was a clear violation of the Nepotism Law”, the decision
The Sandigan Bayan
likewise ruled out that the defense of Cong. Uy stressing his
exemption from the nepotism law for being a medical practitioner as
prescribed by the Administrative Code of 1987 is invalid; the court
decision informed that the said exemption refers mainly to the
appointees and not to the appointing entity.
The court likewise
disagree on the defense claim, that Antonina Uy’s appointment was
exempted from the rule of nepotism because she is a registered nurse
and that she was assigned at the City Health Office.
But the court decision
stipulated that “those exempted from the operation of the rules on
nepotism are: persons employed in a confidential capacity; teachers;
physicians; and members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines”,
further stressing that the position of a nurse was not included in the
Likewise, the court
justified the verdict against the solon, saying that the convict
cannot rely on the claim that he signed the appointment papers of the
two employees based on the HRMOs certification indicating that all
requirements had been complied with, citing that “ignorance of the law
excuses no one from compliance therewith”.
And things went worst
for Cong. Uy, when a letter purportedly sent by the solon to the
complainant offering moral or financial help was presented as
evidence, to which the court described the actuation as an offer of
“In criminal cases, an
offer of compromise by the accused is an implied admission of guilt”,
the decision said.
The unsung community-volunteer
By RODRIGO S. VICTORIA, (PIA Biliran)
August 7, 2006
NAVAL, Biliran – She
performed religiously a tedious regular monthly and quarterly weighing
of all children from 0-24 months old and likewise assisted in the
annual weighing of 0-71 months old kids as part of monitoring the
nutritional status of children in the community, carry-out other
equally tiresome work like in providing basic nutrition services and
referrals of families to different service providers, assists the
barangay chairman in organizing and reactivating the barangay
nutrition committee, acted as nutrition action officer and many other
nutrition-related functions that required her full attention and
On top of these
functions is the preparation of various reports which needs a lot of
mind-boggling mathematical applications, careful presentation of data
for better analysis and evaluation of records for purposes of
depicting the real nutritional status of the people in the community
and for the proper sourcing-out of different kinds of interventions to
give solutions to the nutrition-related problems and deficiencies in
These are the
difficult and complicated tasks put on the shoulders of a
community-volunteer who carried them out without a single groan of
hesitation and not even showing a few whisper of disgust even at the
expense of receiving monthly honorarium good only for a one day
allowance of rich kids at P100. to P300.
This volunteer is one
precious member in the community who looks after the welfare and
upliftment of the nutritionally-depressed baby boy or girl, the adult
men and women and the rest of the constituency who need the gentle
caress of her nurturing hands and the warm presence of affection.
This frontliner in the
delivery of the nutritional needs of the community with age ranging
from 18 to 60 years old heartily swear the Hippocratic-like oath of
allegiance of doctor of medicine to provide the best health services
for the best interest of the people in the community.
She is the present-day
Florence Nightangle who cares and heals not only the sick and the
wounded but also offers the best and most accommodating health care
services worthy of praise and commendation.
To the dedicated and
sincere men and women doing nutrition-devoted community volunteerism,
the prize of success lies in the invaluable accomplishments and feat
of achievements rests in the immeasurable contentment of the public.
She may not have the
adequate educational attainment that the difficult job so requires but
to her educational insufficiency is not a hindrance in achieving
success in one’s field of work since it can be replenished by the
happy and amiable faces of the nutritionally rehabilitated children in
the community whom she has rendered her unselfish service.
To Mrs. Leonarda
Sanosa Tol, a BNS for almost 20 years now of Barangay Calumpang, one
of the biggest barangays in the municipality of Naval in the province
of Biliran in terms of household population, the best happiness can
only be achieved in the faithful and dedicated service to our
To the 22,000 plus
Barangay Nutrition Scholars (BNSs) in the country today, we, who
followed every precious trail of your untiring endeavors and we who
watched every valuable move of your determined deeds, salute and
congratulate the unsung heroes who transformed the malnourished
children as well as the unhealthy adult populace back to its normal
condition and the nutritionally depressed community transformed into a
healthy and strong society necessary in achieving a strong country in
This man rose above
disability and became a Barangay Chairman
By Philippine Information Agency (PIA 8)
July 30, 2006
TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte –
There is no such thing as disability, just this ability. This is what
a seven year old child who is a polio victim, always told himself. And
this he proved to himself is indeed true. He has been the barangay
chairman of his barangay for many years already and this year, he was
elected as President of the Federation of Persons with Disabilities of
Advincula, president and Patrio Barca, secretary of the Federation
of Physically Disabled Persons of Leyte, Inc. were this week’s
guests at “Harampang ha PIA” hosted by RD Olive Tiu.
Romulo Advincula was a
very healthy, intelligent and normal child until he became very sick
when he was seven years old. That was also the time when his parents
had a stormy marriage that led to their separation. He was brought to
the hospital but he was not given so much attention because of his
parents’ marital problems.
He got well, thanks
God. But his two feet were affected and can no longer walk. He walked
sitting down since then. Despite his disability, he continued going to
school and was able to be on top of his class, humbly and patiently
turning deaf ears when young children made fun of him because of the
way he walked.
After graduating in
the elementary level, however, his father could no longer send him to
school and so he made himself useful in their home doing light chores.
Forever believing that
there is no such thing as disability, Romulo did not have any
inferiority complex and had a very good relationship with the people
in his barangay. When he had money, he lent this to the needy people
of the barangay. Through this, he was not only able to earn good
income but also earned the respect of the people.
As the famous Helen
Keller once said, ”Faith is the strength by which a shattered world
shall emerge into the light”. Just like Helen Keller, Romulo is an
amazing example of a person who regarded his physical disability as an
advantage rather that a weakness and therefore saw no limit to what he
In 1989, he was
requested by the people of his Barangay to run as barangay chairman
which he readily did and so he was elected by a big margin as the
chairman of Barangay Bungdo, Julita, Leyte, a duty which he performed
His barangay used to
be a notorious barangay where bickering and shouting incidents are
very common. Today because of Romulo’s ability, the barangay is a
peaceful and progressive barangay. His secret? He requested the
support of the police so that everytime there is bickering and
shouting incidents, the culprits were punished by making them clean
and weed the barangay plaza or the comfort room.
Disability means so
many things to so many people. The disabled or differently abled
population encompasses a variety of physical conditions such as
blindness, deafness, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, paralysis,
attention deficit disorder and depression. There are many more.
But as Romulo and many
people with disabilities know, it’s a mistake to confuse disability