NGCP, Pelco I donate chairs to public schools



NGCP, Pelco I donate chairs to public schools
BCDA, US Embassy sign pact on Clark veterans cemetery
Noy signs P2.26-trillion
nat’l budget for 2014
By Rudy Andal
MANILA -- Consistent with the Administration’s tradition of enacting the National Budget
on time, President Benigno Aquino III signed
on Friday the P2.265-trillion 2014 General Appropriations Act (GAA), effectively setting next
year’s expenditure program in motion and instituting a range of public spending reforms
that will bring greater efficiency, transparency,
accountability, and openness in the budget pro-
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
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DECONGEST MANILA. Pampanga businessman Levy Laus (seated, 4th from left) hosts a lunch for the media where he announced PamCham’s advocacy for the government to decongest
‘Decongest Metro Manila,
save PHL from disasters’
BY Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (PamCham)
Chairman Emeritus Levy Laus on Friday made a
call to Kapampangans to support the call to “decongest” Metro Manila to save the whole country
should disasters like “Yolanda” strike. DECONGEST... pagE 11
C. LUZON cops on
heightened alert
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CAMP OLIVAS – The Central Luzon police are
now on heightened alert for possible terror attacks
during the anniversary of the 45th Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the yuletide.
NGCP, Pelco I donate
chairs to public schools
NGCP and PELCO I officials turn-over
armchairs donated to five public elementary schools in the towns of Candaba,
Magalang, Mexico and San Luis in
Pampanga. Accepting the donations
are the school principals, teachers and
barangay officials. (Dencio Pacheco)
MEXICO, Pampanga
-- As part of the Corporate
Social Responsibility of the
National Grid Corporation
of the Philippines (NGCP)
and the Pampanga I Electric
Cooperative, Inc. (PELCO I),
the two power firms donated school armchairs to five
public elementary schools
from the towns of Candaba,
Magalang, Mexico and San
Luis in Pampanga.
Engr. Arnel Ocampo,
head of the Operations Planning and Control, District 6,
North Luzon Office and Melanie Anicoche of the Corporate Affairs Department of
the NGCP joined PELCO I
Board of Directors, headed
by Nicomedes Pelayo, and
its General Manager Engr.
Loliano Allas in distrib-
uting wooden armchairs to
the school principals and
students of the said school
at the Pelco 1 main office at
barangay Sto. Domingo, this
Anicoche, in her message,
said that the NGCP and
PELCO I provided chairs for
public schools since they are
aware of the basic needs of
donated chairs... pagE 11
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
Layug wins
SM City woodcarving tilt
GIFT OF THE SEASON. Rotary Club of Dolores, led by President Jong Galang (5th from left, back row), and the University of the Assumption
Outreach Ministry held a gift-giving and feeding program in Sapang Cuayan, Masantol, Pampanga on Friday. --CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
9 houses burned in Limay fire
By Michael R. Cigaral
LIMAY, BATAAN -- Nine houses
were burned when a big fire broke-out
in Barangay Wawa of this town around
9 a.m. last Friday.
In a report from Senior Superintendent Audie Atienza, Bataan Police
Director, two houses were completely
gutted down while another seven
neighboring houses were partially
damaged all with still unestimated
Initial investigation from the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) stated
that the fire was declared totally under
control about 9:20 a.m. of the same
Responding BFP fire trucks were
from Limay, Orion, Balanga, DND Arsenal and Orica Explosives, Inc.
No injury was reported while investigation is still going on as of press
time. •
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO— Betis-trained master woodcarver Edwin
Layug was hailed as this year’s winner in the “My City, My SM, My Crafts”
event at the SM City Pampanga besting
master woodcarvers in the Christmas
Angel Competition for the event.
Edwin is the brother of Presidential
Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Wilfredo Layug. His entry “Miguelito” caught
the eyes of the panel of judges from the
Philippine Star and Department of Trade
and Industry, among others.
“The artwork best represents the
Betis woodcraft traditions,” artist Ruston Banal said. The woodcarving competition is part of the SM event that
highlights local arts and crafts.
The top 10 “Pampanga Best Crafts”
were honored during the event. The
best artwork of Pampanga are on display until December 17.
“We have always done something
great and different in Pampanga since
we came here. We always support the
province’s arts, culture and superior
craftsmanship,” SM Supermalls Vice
President for Marketing and Public
Relation Millie Dizon said, when asked
about the new twist in My City, My SM
celebrations, which usually featured
food and tourism events.
Layug’s work, Dizon said, best repLAYUG...Page 11
Karing KABALEN ku keti Candaba.
Panatilian tamu king probinsiya
ning Pampanga ing pamikakalugud,
pamisasanmetung at panyulung anti mong
tune diwa ning Pasku na kayaldawan ning
kekatamung Guinung HesuKristo.
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year!
Municipal Mayor, Candaba, Pampanga
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
Let us celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ
with love and peace in our hearts.
May the spirit of Christmas bring hope and
inspiration to all the Kapampangans.
Let us thank our Lord Jesus Christ for
the bountiful blessings and grace
He bestowed upon us and the families
of Kapampangans through the years.
He is our Lord, Redeemer and Great Saviour.
Kapamilatan na ning kekaming pamilya, payabut ku ing masayang pamagmasusi
king kapanganakan ning Guinung HesuKristo.
Lagi tang tatandanan na ing tune mensahe ning Pasku yapin ing pamikakalugud,
pamisasanmetung anti mong anak ning Apung Guinu.
Pairalan tamu ing tune lugud at masabal king kaparang tau nanuman
ing kabilyan da king bie.
Importante, adidinan tayang pamagpaulaga ing sakripisyu
at serbisyung pigkalub ning Guinung HesuKristo.
Ibie ta Kaya ing mitmung kapasalamatan at lugud
king gewa ng sakripisyu para karing tau.
Mayor, Lubao, Pampanga
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
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inform our avid
readers, advertisers
and supporters that
in lieu of the holiday
season, your favorite
newspaper will
momentarily be out
of circulation from
Decmber 24, 2013 to
January 5, 2014.
Our next issue will
come out on January
6, 2014 to give more
time for our staff to
enjoy the holidays
and conduct
maintenance on
our equipment.
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Ipagbawal ang boundary system
“Kaya sa buong bansa,
lalong-lalo na sa Metro Manila, ang drivers
ng mga bus ay nagkakarerahan sa daan
dahil sa kailangang
kitain muna nila ang
para sa may-ari bago
ang kanila.”
Napakasakit maranasan ng ninoman
na mawalan ng mahal sa buhay, lalo
na pa ang paglisan nito sa mundo ay
biglaan at sa isang hindi inaasahan
at hindi sukat nangyari. Lalo na pa
at nangyari ito sa nalalapit na kapaskuhan. Ang aking tinutukoy ay
ang pagkamatay ng ilang pasahero
ng Don Mariano Transit sa isang nakakapanlumong aksidente, na sukat
ay hindi nangyari kung wala lang kapabayaan ang driver at ang may-ari
ng kumpanya.
Kalbo ang goma ng bus, matulin
ang takbo ng driver, basa ang kalsada at madilim sa kapaligiran. Lumipad ang bus. Binangga ang pader ng
skyway, at parang animo’y sa sine na
lumipad ang bus at dumapo sa isang
sasakyang nasa ibaba. Estigo santo.
At gaya ng dati, ang ating pamahalaan, sa pamamagitan ng Land
Transportation Office (LTO) at Land
Transportation Franchising and
Regulatory Board (LTFRB) ay kaa-
gad na nag-utos ng imbestigasyon. kaibigang Colonel Efren Alamares
Ngayong huli na ang lahat.
ng Angeles Police ay natanong siya
Laging ganoon. Magaling lang sa minsan kung bakit ang daming mga
reaksyon. Katagalan makakalimutan drivers ng mga pampasaherong saang lahat, at maaalaala na naman sa sakyan ang pasaway.
susunod na aksidente.
Nangiti siya at sabay sagot ng,
May pagkukulang ang gobyer- “bubuti lang ang traffic kahit saan
no sa aminin man nila o
‘pag wala nang tumahindi. Lalo na ang ating
tanggap na pulis at trafmga mambabatas. Sukat
fic enforcers.”
ay matagal na silang nag“Paki-eksplika,” ‘ka
akda ng batas na bawal
ang boundary system. O
“Kaya walang disidili kaya ay ipinag-utos ng
plina ang mga drivers ay
Malacañang sa Departdahil alam nila na sila
ment of Labor ang masusay makakalusot sa anuing pag-aaral kung ano sumang traffic violations
kat ang employee-employer
dahil mayroon silang
relationship ng may-ari ng
asosasyon na mag-aarekumpanya at mga drivers.
glo kung sakaling sila ay
Isang Executive Order Max Sangil
mahuhuli sa paglabag sa
lang mula kay Pangulong
batas trapiko.”
Noynoy ay pwede na.
Sabi naman ng isa pang kaibigan
Kaya sa buong bansa, lalong-lalo na dating driver ng pampasaherong
na sa Metro Manila, ang drivers ng jeep at ngayon ay isang negosyanmga bus ay nagkakarerahan sa daan teng nagtitinda ng bisikleta, “wala
dahil sa kailangang kitain muna nila ka ngang aalalahanin sa huli, pero
ang para sa may-ari bago ang kanila. iilang biyahe lang ang magagawa
Iyan ang boundary system. It is a rat mo, at hindi ka pa man nakapanrace, ika nga sa Ingles.
golekta ng pamasahe mula sa paAng masakit pa kamo, minsan, sahero, may patak muna para sa
hindi pa man kumita nakotongan na. asosasyon.
Iyong perang para sa pananghalian
“Lumalaki pa ang kontribusyon
niya sana, napunta pa sa kotonge- lalo na kapag magbibirthday ang
rong traffic enforcer. Para makabawi misis ni hepe. Hindi bale sana kung
paspas sa karsada, para makarami isang misis lang mayroon siya.”
ng biyahe. Ito ang mga pangyayari
“Sinong hepe ba yan?” tanong ko.
sa likod ng maraming aksidente na Hepe sa presinto, hepe sa buong kanaging dahilan ng maraming pagka- pulisan, hepe ng pulis sa traffic divisawi na sukat sana ay hindi.
sion, hepe ng traffic enforcer. At saan
ba hepe yan? Sa Mabalacat, San Fer***
nando, Angeles o Porac?
Noong nasa serbisyo pa ang aking
“Huwag na lang,” sabi niya. •
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DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
‘At ing Verbo micatauan Yang Tau’
(Inia Pin Atin Pascu)
insan, atin cung caclasi
quing MST a mengutang
canacu caniti nang cutang: Bro, macananu meng aintindian ing piyamanuan a’ini: At ing
verbo micatauan yang tau…
Atiu cu quing lalam ing canacung meguing paquibat cu caya:
Ban ing Dios tune neng agagap
at aquilala ning meto-quetauan,
cailanga’nang ipaquilala ing cayang sarili bilang metung a Dios a
biasang pailasa. Cailanga’ nang
apayabut ing sarili nang casaquitan caring magcasaquit. Ring
taung magcasaquit, jalimbaua, e
de agagap o aintindian ing Dios a
mayupaya dapot alang agaua ban
abitasa at atas na ing carelang
casaquitan a daralanan. Pauli na
niti, quinailanga’nang luban ning
Dios ing panga-tau ban macapaqui-sanmetung ya quecatamu
caring quecatamung casaquitan.
Liba’na ing ing calalama’na ning
misterio na ning panga-tau quing
capamilata’na ning cayang pamaquisangcut at pamaquiraque caring quecatamung caranasan anting tau. Ini ya pin ing tune nang
cabaldugan ning Pascu: Ing pamipaquilala na ning Dios quing cayang dalise lugud para quing metoquetauan quing capamilata’na ning
pamaquilupa na quecatamu quing
anggang aspetu na ning quecatamung panga-tau, subali mu quing casalanan. Ing bie tamu parati
yang tungcul quing lugud a angga
quing manasaquit na ca, angga quing mas manasaquit ca pa, angga
quing manasaquit na cang e na
manasaquit a lulugud.
Pagkatapos ng iba’t ibang trahedya na naranasan natin ngayong
2013 bilang isang masayahing
bansa, ngayon ko mas naunawaan
at nasaksihan na ang Diyos ay na-
kapaligid sa akin... na ang Diyos
ay hindi isang tahimik na Diyos.
Nangungusap ang Diyos sa akin
sa lahat ng pagkakataon ng aking
buhay... sa pamamagitan ng lahat
ng mga nakakasalamuha ko arawaraw... sa pamamagitan ng lahat
ng bagay. Sa mga nakakalbong
puno, naririnig ko ang Diyos na
nagpapaalaala sa akin na maaari
akong mamatay ng paulit-ulit at
mabuhay rin namang muli pagkatapos ng mga “pagkamatay” na
ito. Sa mga haliging bato ng aming
tahanan ay naririnig ko ang katotohanan na walang bagay na hindi
mapagtitiisan at mapagtatagumpayan... maging
ang mga bagyo,
“When life
goes sour,
many of
us blame
God. ”
mga malalakas the Light
na hangin, at ABEL SOTO
maging ang pagdaan at paglipas
ng panahon…nangungusap pa rin
ang Diyos, kung nakikinig lamang
Tayo ay pinag-iibayo at pinalalakas ng “kaluntian” ng pag-ibig
ng Diyos. Lahat ng mga pagpunta’t
pagbalik natin ay nariyan para sa
pagpapatubig ng hardin ng ating
mga kaluluwa… kung gugustuhin
lamang natin.
Ang buhay ay hindi binubuhay
sa isang sisidlan...kahit pa ang ating buhay-espirituwalidad. Hindi
natin makikita ang Diyos sa iisang
ilawan, maliwanag at walang likuan. May mga panahon sa buhay
natin na ubod ng dilim. May mga
pagkakataon na tigang ang ating
lupa. May mga sandali sa ating
paglalakbay na ang pakiramdam
natin ay tila ba mas “kamatayan”
kaysa sa “paglago” ang ating mga
buhay, ngunit ang maganda lang
na mas dapat nating pagtuonan ng
pansin ay ang katotohanang patuloy pa rin na lumalago ang buhay.
Maaari pa nga nating sabihin na
sa mga kadiliman ng ating buhay,
doon tayo mas pinaka-lumalago.
As we are about to end 2013,
I found this very fitting reflection for us Filipinos who have
constantly been embattled by
calamities and other tragedies. I hope that this reflection
brings our minds and hearts
towards the light.
When life goes sour, many
of us blame God. Or worse, we
abandon the God who sustains
us in life, as if what has happened to us is God’s fault. We
forget then that without God
we would never have survived
it at all. We sink into our little
daily depressions and call our
lot unbearable. We fail to take hold
of where we are, to deal with life
for ourselves. We stew in the juices
of yesterday. I ought to know; I’ve
done it time and time again.
The gift of life comes just where
we think death for us must surely
be. Then, we become the more of
ourselves. And we begin to realize
this very important and undeniable truism about life: that we figure
out later on that change and failure
were among the best friends of the
…And the Word became flesh,
and dwelt among us…” •
How to hide on Christmas without really trying
3. Put an “Out-of-town” sign
or the sake of humor and
sanity I’ve decided to come on the door. Just don’t leave the
up with a list that some may house, burglars might end up with
find very useful on Christmas Day. all your goods.
4. Use a different SIM card form
Although others will definitely see
the one you use. Go to
a few of the contents immenu, click messages.
probable, it’s not a sure
sign that it can’t happen.
So, Lo and behold,
here’s my “How to hide
on Christmas without
really trying” masterpiece. Lolz!
1. As you wake up
on Christmas Day, act
dazed, play haggard and
show some confusion.
If pretending happens
to be one of your skills, Simple Pen
be amnesiac by asking John R. Gatus
every person you meet
Create a message say“Who are you”? Don’t
ing you were rushed to the ICU as
forget to be okay the next day.
2. Go to the nearest drugstore, you mistook Lactacyd for Yakult.
buy some bandages and cover both Send to many.
5. Schedule siphoning of your
feet. On the 25th, go out on crutchseptic on Christmas; make sure
es and put up a pitiful face.
“I hope all of us
enjoy the season, be it with
the trappings of
good life or the
beauty of simplicity.”
one of the hoses has leaks.
6. Get from your friend doctor a
hospital bed. Lie on it and ask to be
given an IV with real NSS in it. It
will sting, but it’s worth trying.
7. On the 24th, hit a cop with all
you got. You’ll get what you wish
for, believe me.
8. Make them dogs hungry,
then, set them loose.
9. Go to the pet shop and buy
a parrot that says “He’s out and
won’t be coming back”. Better yet,
get one that is Kapampangan who
can say “Meko ya, ene mibalik.”
10. If all of the above fail, try
I hope all of us enjoy the season,
be it with the trappings of good life
or the beauty of simplicity. There’s
always reason to celebrate and
more reason to be thankful. It was
indeed a tough year for all of us but
it could’ve been worse.
May we find joy, peace and solidarity this Yuletide Season. Merry
Christmas to everyone! •
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Christmas in our hearts
t’s a couple of days before Christmas and we can
see almost everyone rushing to prepare things
for the day celebrated by Christians in every
part of the world.
Malls are filled with last minute shoppers filling
their carts with goods to eat, to wear and to have
for the season. It seemed to be a must to have something for Christmas. We always have this fascination on new material things to have for the yuletide.
For all the preparations, it seems that the occasion will not push through without all these. We are
not even the Celebrant to do all these things, especially the buying and having material ones.
I remember a priest whom I had a chat with several years ago. He told me that while we are not even
the “star” of the season, we are too busy preparing
for Christmas at least with material objects. Many
of us, he said, are too “objective”, giving importance to
objects and inanimate things,
setting aside the preparation
for ourselves for the birthday
of Jesus Christ.
Commenting on the shopping spree that many of us do
at this time of the year, the
priest told me that we should
buy things not because others have it, but because we
Alvin H. Arceo
need it.
He added that we should
not be too obsessed with tangibles but instead should focus on having a clean heart
in preparation for Christmas.
Christmas is also a time
for food. We have too much
food that we forget to committing gluttony, a sin that
we should also be wary of.
The priest I had a talk with
despises restaurants offering smorgasbord packages or
the “eat-all-you-can” scheme
only to attract customers
that is only aimed for profit.
We are fond of aesthetics, what others see of us
as we are. We forget however that we don’t have to
paint a good picture of ourselves because it will
always show who and what we are. We don’t even
have to shout that an apple is a fruit for we know
what it is and its qualities.
They say that Christmas is a time for giving and
loving. This does not mean however that we are not
to give and love after Christmas. There is no need
also to have Christmas everyday for us to give and
love others just as we do during the season.
While on the rush, we need perhaps to pause for
a while and ponder how prepared are we, not with
what others might see but with what we have as followers and believers of the celebrant Christ.
Going back to the priest I was talking about, he
also told me that we should not forget the fact that
Jesus Christ was born on a stable and grew up living a simple life. As his followers, we should live
simple lives too, minus the frivolities.
The priest comes from a wealthy family. His parents are engaged in high-profile businesses. His
family has vast tracks of land in their hometown.
Despite their opulence, he chose to live a simple
way of life, the way priests are expected to have.
As we celebrate this year’s Christmas, I hope that
we can live up to the words of the priest I had talked
with. We can perhaps have our simple celebration of
Christ’s birthday without the “unnecessary things”
in our lives. We should put Christmas in our hearts.
I take this opportunity to extend by Christmas
felicitations to one and all!
As of this
“We forget
however that
we don’t have
to paint a good
picture of ourselves because
it will always
show who and
what we are. ”
This writer welcomes other views, comments,
and reactions. You may send your message at 09185734634. •
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
Crossword puzzle for hints and solutions!
1. Suffix with system
5. Madison’s antithesis
10. Wedge
14. Gambling town
15. Loggers’ contest
16. Mom’s mom, e.g.
17. 1930s political group
19. Bills
20. “___ by land,...”
21. Contacts need
23. Family pet in the comic
strip ‘Hi and Lois’
26. A Khrushchev
27. Work by Eugene Zola
32. Babylonian sky god
33. Take a dig at
34. Volunteer’s offer
38. Actor Foxx
40. King Cyaxares’ subjects
42. Whiskey cocktail
43. Uncool person
45. ‘50s film actress Patten
47. Seattle Seahawks’ org.
48. Birth mother’s helper
51. Corner man
54. Trade jabs
55. Work by Plato
58. Sticks in the mud
62. Finish for teen or golden
63. Violinist with a Lifetime
66. Chablis or Chardonnay
67. Solar-lunar difference
68. Biblical reformer
69. Invasion vessels
70. Harmonies
71. Throaty utterance
Puzzle ID: #C896JS
25. Thin porridges
1. Southern constellation
27. Ginseng herb
2. Number suffix
24. Winery
28. From
the start
3. As to, in legal memos
29. Centerfold
1. Humphrey : Rick :: Ingrid :
25. Didn't
go straight
30. ___ time (eventually)
5. Holder of funerary ashes
31. Really
ticks off
6. ___ Hill
27. Ship's
35. “WKRP in Cincinnati”
for one
2. Madison7. Elmer’s
and Fifth,
in N.Y.C.
28. Green
8. “___ meeny miney mo”
36. Insolent talk
pig or groundhog
3. Mineral9.inGuinea
29. The37.
10. Divers’ gear
Like ___"
39. They may sit in a glass at
11. 2000 Clinton visit site
thumbs Dollar
4. Like the12.
41. Small
13. Term of address in “Roots” 30. Product
44. Tulip planting
18. “It’s ___” (“There’s no doubt”)31. Muddle
46. Kind of apple
22. 503,
at themember:
5. Municipal
24. Explosive noise
35. Sub49.
6. Fed. medical agency
36. Snarl
7. WWII army member
37. Oxen connector
8. The 'A' in A.D.
39. Close associates
9. Fax feature
41. Touches
10. Judicious
44. Compass doodles
50. Fort Courage bunch
1 me"
"Fine by
11. Out, as a candle Ender’s Game46.
PG | 1 hr 55 ms 49. "Not too ___"
12. Highest peak in Crete:
4:10 PM | 6:35 PM | 9:00 PM
50. Wordsmith
51. Hands-and-knees
56. Fight
52. Athena’s
57. Preppy
53. Wiped out
59. Fit
chills TV series of
the 1960s
60. Hoax
57. “The Godfather” Oscar
61. Ambulance
59. ___ Pahlavi
(former shah
of Iran)
60. Boots the ball
64. Air
Oldest of___
the Rice
brothers plane)
64. UNC’s conference
65. Above,
an ode
65. Coins:
22. We: Fr.
PG | 1 hr 35 ms 53. Wonder-workers
12:00 PM | 2:10 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 2
The Hobbit: The Desolation
Of Smaug
PG | 2 hrs 45 ms
11:30 AM | 2:40 PM | 5:50 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 5
Call Center Girl
PG | 1 hr 50 ms
11:20 AM | 1:45 PM | 4:10 PM |
6:35 PM | 9:00 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 6
When The Love Is GonE
R-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
12:45 PM | 3:30 PM | 6:15 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 6
When The Love Is Gone
R-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
11:00 AM | 1:30 PM | 4:00 PM |
6:30 PM | 9:00 PM
The Hobbit:
The Desolation Of Smaug
PG | 2 hrs 45 ms | in 3D
11:30 AM | 2:50 PM | 6:10 PM | 9:30 PM
SM CLARK |cinema 1
The Hunger Games:
Catching Fire
PG | 2 hrs 30 ms
6:05 PM | 9:00 PM
Downtown | Cinema 1
When The Love Is Gone
R-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
4:00 PM | 6:30 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 3
G | 1 hr 25 ms
11:00 AM | 1:00 PM | 3:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 3
Justin Bieber’s Believe
5:00 PM | 7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 4
In Fear
R-13 | 1 hr 30 ms
5:00 PM | 7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
SM PAMPANGA | Cinema 5
Ang Misis Ni Meyor
R-16 | 1 hr 40 ms
11:00 AM | 1:00 PM | 3:00 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 2
The Hobbit: The
Desolation Of Smaug
PG | 2 hrs 45 ms
12:00 PM | 3:05 PM | 6:10 PM |
9:15 PM
G | 1 hr 25 ms
10:35 AM | 12:40 PM | 2:45 PM
Downtown | Cinema 2
The Hobbit: The Desolation
Of SmauG
PG | 2 hrs 45 ms
11:15 AM | 2:30 PM | 5:45 PM | 9:00 PM
Downtown | Cinema 3
G | 1 hr 25 ms
11:00 AM | 1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM |
7:00 PM | 9:00 PM
PG | 1 hr 35 ms
4:40 PM | 6:50 PM | 9:00 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 4
In Fear
R-13 | 1 hr 30 ms
12:40 PM | 2:45 PM | 4:50 PM
| 6:55 PM | 9:00 PM
SM CLARK |Cinema 5
Justin Bieber’s Believe
12:20 PM | 2:30 PM | 4:40 PM | 6:50 PM
| 9:00 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 4
When The Love Is Gone
R-13 | 1 hr 50 ms
12:00 PM | 2:30 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:30 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 1
The Hobbit: The Desolation
Of Smaug
PG | 2 hrs 45 ms
1:00 PM | 4:15 PM | 7:30 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 5
In Fear
R-13 | 1 hr 30 ms
1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 2
PG | 1 hr 35 ms
12:30 PM | 2:45 PM | 5:00 PM |
7:15 PM
Robinsons Starmills | Cinema 6
G | 1 hr 25 ms
12:30 PM | 2:40 PM | 4:50 PM | 7:00 PM
Robinsons Starmills |Cinema 3
Justin Bieber’s Believe
1:00 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:00 PM | 7:00 PM
Robinsons Angeles | Cinema 1
The Hobbit: The Desolation
Of Smaug
PG | 2 hrs 45 ms
1:00 PM | 4:20 PM | 7:40 PM
( Cinema schedules are subject to change without prior notice.)
AQUARIUS (JAN. 20 - FEB. 18)
When some kind of recognition or extra support comes along for you, you can see that your efforts are worthwhile. You may have the feeling that you are very much in-touch with those around you today. All of the support that you need in order to lead or complete some difficult task will be there for you. Wow, what a fantastic
natural high this can create for you! If you have a team that consistently backs you in your efforts, now would
be a good time to consider a little bonus for them. Your taste in art and gratefulness in general are heightened.
Your sense of value is to the fore and investment decisions can be beneficial. This evening is a great time to be
around friends. You may be passing around pictures of each other’s families.
ARIES (MAR. 21-APR. 19)
You may soon find a physical move or some other type of change pending. There may be an opportunity for
you to be in on the research that it takes to find new land for development. Consider the water systems and
how your company will take care to maintain the nearby water system. Putting yourself in a position to gather
and share information seems more important to you at this time. You understand hypothetical ideas and you
know how to present them to those around you. You may feel that your life is very exciting. You make a big
effort not to get your personal life too organized. Your idea is along the line of free flow. You may discover some
new talent or aptitude as you help a young person with his or her creative ideas tonight.
Taking the novel approach, trying out new ideas and advancing in breakthrough thinking could be what you are
all about just now. You just simply feel like being different, trying out something new and unusual. Perhaps your
life has felt too complacent lately. You may be getting bored with the status quo. Adding a little variety to one’s life
is what gives it spice and adds interest. You may want to go where no one has gone, or may just want to travel a less
traveled path. Growth comes from allowing your own self to make changes and to see things through different
eyes, so to speak. You are unafraid of taking a completely unfamiliar path or journey into the unknown. Fear not
what awaits you on the other side of any adventure for now; enjoy.
13. 13 of them were Innocent
51. Turns aside
18. Drug agents: Var.SM PAMPANGA52.
___ risk
| Cinema
1 (chance)
LAST ISSUE solution
The Hobbit: The Desolation
Of Smaug
PG | 2 hrs 45 ms
11:00 AM | 2:10 PM | 5:20 PM |
8:30 PM
The Hobbit: The Desolation
Of Smaug
PG | 2 hrs 45 ms | in 3D
12:00 PM | 3:10 PM | 6:20 PM |
9:30 PM
Ang Turkey Man Ay Pabo Rin
R-13 | 1 hr 40 ms
12:55 PM | 3:00 PM | 5:05 PM | 7:10
PM | 9:15 PM
Justin Bieber’s Believe
12:40 PM | 2:45 PM | 4:50 PM | 6:55
PM | 9:00 PM
Robinsons Angeles | Cinema 2
In Fear
R-13 | 1 hr 30 ms
1:00 PM | 3:10 PM | 5:20 PM | 7:30 PM
Robinsons Angeles Cinema 3
Call Center Girl
PG | 1 hr 50 ms
12:30 PM | 2:50 PM | 5:10 PM
Robinsons Angeles Cinema 4
When The Love Is GoneR-13 |
1 hr 50 ms
12:30 PM | 2:50 PM | 5:10 PM | 7:30 PM
Openings at work and changes in status give you new options. Follow rules as you work in areas that are new
to you. Work ethics are very important and should you choose to take time off work you will probably do so
by calling the time away, a vacation. You may find yourself very pleased at the choices you made recently
regarding home and property development. The undercover action of the law enforcement in your area lowers the likelihood of being disturbed by difficult people. You might even look for ways to help with school
social development programs. News about a health update or miracle vitamins and alternative therapies are
subjects of conversation. Stress levels can build now, so laugh at the little problems.
You may be feeling very good about yourself just now and appreciating your own better qualities. You may see value
in or feel love for an older person or someone in authority. You seem to appreciate feelings and movement in general
and could possibly find yourself looking for a little romance, or at least comparing notes and making plans with a
friend. You may just want to get out and about to walk or exercise at the noon break. It’s just a wonderful time to
be in the company of others in play or work. A particular job this afternoon may be just right for someone with your
credentials. You certainly know how to manage and direct others. Your particular ideas and thoughts are exceptionally good today and have not gone unnoticed.
LEO (JUL 23 - AUG. 23)
Expect some challenges coming to your attention today. You are prudent and you see the path ahead well enough
to take the right precautions. You work a problem as one would work a crossword puzzle. Emotion is the instigator
or the key that helps one recognize a problem exists. Cognitive thinking will find the truth of a matter and open
up any fears or needless worries that can be released. You are pretty much on target when it comes to creating
positive results. You may even discover the solution to a long-standing blockage or problem this day. Your mental
attitude is very positive. The universal energies today are inviting you to write. Perhaps this would be a good time
to see a pattern to your recent dreams. Begin a dream journal.
LIBRA (SEP. 23 - OCT. 23)
Sometimes we all take turns at being unaware of what or how we really feel about some person, place or thing.
This may not be the most appropriate time for you to make vocational or career decisions or to give practical advice
to those around you. However, you are one to bounce back rather quickly from any difficult quandary or experience and you will suddenly gain insights that other people long to see. Today you will have a new understanding.
The point of all this chatter is for you to give yourself time and patience before making any final decisions about
anything important, particularly with regard to work. You can impress an admirer with a kind word or note this
evening. Tonight is indeed a great time to spend with loved ones and family.
PISCES (FEB. 19 - MAR. 20)
Watch out, as an independent streak seems to be surfacing at this time. Others will admire your unique and
rather unusual way of perceiving things. Your sense of humor simply shines just now. You give incentive and
encouragement to others and you have a good attitude. You should find the benefit of new insights in your
living situation or life conditions. Your friends or associates may come to you for help, or you may find that circumstances call for you to reorganize and be more conservative. This should all go rather smoothly. Your more
reserved qualities make others wonder what has kept you so busy lately; you are not always so quiet. Whistle
while you work! Tonight you might dive into some cooking experiment: a candy recipe!
You may find yourself working extra hard to get things and people organized. There is a feeling of ambition and
responsibility. Wanting and needing to feel respected is an emotionally charged issue in your life at this time. You
are ready for work and you like to think that the workplace is ready for you. Your input is very important and you
like to feel that you make a difference. Achieving things, working especially hard and ambition are all things that
are especially important now. This afternoon can be shared with a loved one. Great feelings and knowing how
much you are loved should make this a very happy time. A young person needs a listening ear this evening. Give
this person plenty of your attention.
SCORPIO (OCT. 24- NOV. 21)
You should find yourself in top condition when it comes to any kind of mental activity. You are full of wit and
sharp ideas. This could be a time when you find some real discoveries in the idea department. Having a clearcut idea of what the public wants and needs at this time is beneficial to you in making practical decisions with
regard to group issues. Expect to make some crystal-clear decisions that affect others. You may find yourself
wading cautiously through some difficulties, blocks or hot spots and not everyone will share your point of
view. This will all work out just fine however, so relax--disputes and doubt come with the territory of whatever
it is you are trying to do just now. This afternoon is a time of celebration. Your success is obvious.
If for any reason you have been procrastinating or having a conversation with an authority figure concerning anything, now would be an ideal time to communicate honestly. The ethers of the universe are working with you in
whatever changes you desire. Now is a time you can put your practical insights into understandable words. Taking
care of business is a major theme where your emotional orientation is concerned. You crave organization and
practicality and you want to get things accomplished. You aim to have a place for everything and everything in its
place--and anything that gets in the way gets on your nerves. Health and work goals take on greater importance
this afternoon. You understand and are sensitive to others’ needs tonight.
VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEP.22)
You may take on the job of orienting a newcomer to your work area. Your humor may be overshadowed only by
your rather eccentric behavior just now. Those around you appreciate your independence and unique qualities.
This should give you some new ways of looking at things or discover the changes you want for your living situation.
Feel free to allow yourself to be creative today. Since you will not find these days coming too often, you should not
ignore the opportunity to let your imagination loose. Maybe a proposal or new advertising idea is in the making.
Your ability to risk something may take you into an enchanting place. If you are inclined to enjoy murder mysteries,
this place might just set the scene for a good mystery.
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
KC Concepcion third party sa break up
nina Luis Manzano at Jennylyn Mercado?
indi man diretsahan,
nasagot na ang tanong
kung bakit
nag-break sina
Luis Manzano at
Jennylyn Mercado.
Linked ngayon si
Luis kay KC Concepcion.
Ayaw isipin ni
KC Concepcion na
porke nagkakalapit
sila ni Luis Manzano, nanliligaw
na ang panganay
ni Governor Vilma
“Hindi ba puwedeng
friends?” rason ni KC nang
ipa-interview siya ng VAA
para sa movie nila ni Gov. ER
Ejercito na Shoot to
Kill: Boy Golden.
Seksing-seksi man
ang dating ni KC sa
movie, natuwa siya
sa gesture nina Direk
Chito Roño, Gov. ER at
executive producer ng
movie dahil tinanong
siya kung ano ang limitations niya.
“Marami ngang
nagtatanong kung
ano ’yung love scenes
namin. Ako naman,
happy na masasabi na hindi
kailangan ng ganoong eksena
para lang may added value
or para ibenta? Kasi hindi
naman siya for kilig talaga.
More of ’yung… Kahit paano,
acting piece siya for me. Iba
pa rin ’yung pinagagawa sa
akin doon kaya ’yung love
scenes, secondary na lang.
Hindi naman ganoon kaimportant na magkaroon pa
ng love scenes ’yung character namin sa movie,” paliwanag ni KC.
Mapangahas nga ang character niya bilang bar girl kung
saan suot niya ang costume ng
isang stripper na naka-tanga,
nakikipagsuntukan at barilan
sa mga kalaban.•
KC Concepcion ayaw pang mag-commit kanino mang lalaki
Nalagyan na ni KC Concepcion ng dekorasyon ang live
na Christmas tree na binigay sa
kanya ni Paulo Avelino as Christmas gift.
Tinulungan din daw siya ng
aktor na mag-set-up ng tree in a
way by giving instructions.
“Kasi ano ’yun, eh, lalagyan mo pa siya ng water, tapos
preservative, tapos ika-cut mo
pa ’yung... kasi tunay nga, hindi
naman ako sanay ng...,” kuwento
ni KC nang makausap namin
sa kanyang intimate presscon
Halatang na-appreciate naman ni KC ang Christmas gift ni
Paulo dahil say niya, matagal na
niyang gusto na magkaroon nito,
pero matagal orderin.
Ipina-presscon si KC ng Viva
Artists Agency (VAA) para sa
Metro Manila Film Festival en-
try naShoot to Kill: Boy Golden,
kung saan ay leading lady siya ni
Gov. Jorge “ER” Ejercito.
Hiningan ng reaksyon ng
press si KC tungkol sa pahayag
ni ER na ’pag ’di siya nanalong
best actress, dinaya siya.
“Hindi naman. Si Miss
Eugene (Domingo) po. Ilan po ba
kami? Alam n’yo po, para maihilera ng ganu’n... pinapanood ko
lang po si Miss Eugene.
“I never expected po talaga
na, ’yun nga, ’yung mga award.
Sanay ako sa Star of the Night
award,” natatawang say ng
young actress.
Dahil balitang-balita rin
ngayon ang nalalapit na pagpapakasal ni Direk Lino Cayetano,
ex-boyfriend niya, natanong din
si KC kung ano ang masasabi
niya tungkol dito.
“I’m happy for him, na finally
nakahanap siya ng babaing...
siguro, nahanap din niya ’yung
katapat niya, nakahanap siya ng
match para sa kanya, I’m happy
for him.”
Ini-expect ba niya na magaasawa this soon si Lino?
“Yeah. I was waiting for the
time na talagang makahanap
siya ng pakakasalan nya. Lalo
na ngayon, ’di ba, may posisyon
na siya sa politics? So, kailangan
niya rin ng partner na susuportahan siya, kasi stressful din
siguro ’yung politics, eh.
Siya naman, wala pa sa isip
niya ang pag-aasawa, lalo pa
nga’t hindi siya committed as
of now. Besides marami pa raw
siyang gustong gawin.
She’s 28 at kaedad niya sina
Heart Evangelista at Anne Curtis. Lahat sila, hindi pa naman
daw ikinakasal. •
Bakbakan sa takilya ng MMFF
akbakang umaatikabo ang takilya
sa darating na Metro Manila Film
Festival. Kris Aquino versus Vice
Ganda at Daniel Padilla versus uncle
Robin Padilla.
Sino ang mananalo sa kanila?
Robin Padilla stars in the actiondrama “10,000 Hours” while the son
of his brother Rommel, Daniel Padilla,
stars in the horror flick, “Pagpag”. A
Daniel defender says that the edge of
their idol is that he is paired with his
tried and tested partner, Kathryn Bernardo, and their love team will be hard
to beat, what with so many Kathniel
fans supporting it.
But Robin diehards say that “10,000
Hours” will surely appeal to fans of
hard action films who haven’t seen this
kind of local film for some time now.
Robin himself is proud that he is able
to do this kind of meaningful, timely
movie of high quality, filmed in Amsterdam at that. His producer Neil Arce, is
also a hands on executive producer who
made sureangel
no stone is left unturned for
them to come
up with a film that will
not only win awards but also rake in the
moolah at the box office as it’s a sure
crowdpleaser, with slambang action
scenes as well as touching dramatic
scenes involving family drama.
“At hindi naman kami dapat
pagsabungin ni Daniel dahil magkaibang-magkaiba ang pelikula
namin,” says Binoe. “Nananakot sila,
kami naman, political drama-thriller
ang ’10,000 Hours’ na loosely based
sa nangyari kay Sen. Ping Lacson na
nawala for 10,000 hours after he was
hunted down by his political enemies.
Napanood na niya ang movie and
natutuwa kami dahil he is very pleased
with .” •
NEGO-KARTS from Page 8
Before the awarding ceremony, Second District Board Member Anthony
Torres gave a few tips to the Nego-kart
Torres also urged the small-scale
entrepreneurs to set aside a part of
their income for unexpected happenings like illnesses of family members or
He also announced that the Provincial Government is setting a challenge
for the recipients to increase their incomes.
These small-time vendors will be
monitored by the Provincial Government and all those who attained success in their business will be rewarded
motorcycles for them to use.
“I hope that these 72 nego-karts will
someday be 72 motorcycles. That’s why
Governor Pineda encourages everyone
of you to work harder and put these mo-
bile carts to good use,” said Torres.
Some of the lucky people who were
included in the first batch of beneficiaries of Nego-karts were also present in
the turn-over program.
Lapricina Canlas, 53, from Brgy.
Bulaon was very happy to tell that the
nego-kart given to her made a huge difference in her business.
Canlas said “Before, I used to put up
an immobile stand in front of a school
selling street foods and make P300 a
day. Now, I can go around our village
giving me more customers. I now earn
bigger than my husband.”
The same story was told by Heidi
Cruz, a fish and vegetable vendor from
“I have three kids and two of them
are now studying. It is really a big help
that I can now go and sell vegetables
and fish on other places unlike before.”
Governor Pineda delivered an inspirational message to these entrepreneurs before she awarded the units.
“Never ever think lowly of yourselves. Don’t think that you can’t do
great things because you did not finish
your studies.”
“I, myself, am a farmer’s daughter
and I never thought that I would be a
governor. You just have to persevere,
work hard and look for opportunities
and luck—I assure you, you will succeed,” said Pineda.
She also told the vendors that not because they were given mobile carts, they
will necessarily sell fishballs or balut.
Pineda said “look for something you
can sell with a high demand in your barangays and remember to always keep
sanitation in mind.”
She also urged the recipients to be
members of Philippine Health Insur-
ance Corp. or PhilHealth.
This will surely lessen their burdens when it comes to health problems
whenever they go to the nearest district
or the provincial hospital, Pineda said.
Nestor Tolentino, 41, a fish vendor
from Sasmuan, is very thankful for the
Nego-kart unit that he received.
“Governor Lilia has helped a lot of
poor families and I thank her for giving
us these blessings and early Christmas
gifts,” said Tolentino.
“I will do whatever I can to surpass
her challenge and give my family a better life,” he added.
There were 40 recipients on the first
batch of Nego-kart turn-over during the
celebration of Pampanga day, another
nine beneficiaries were awarded yesterday and 23 more are to be given on the
last batch completing all 72 Nego-kart
beneficiaries. •
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
Wendy’s opens 39th
store at SM Clark
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
YOUNG ACHIEVERS. Business students of Angeles University Foundation won the grand prize in the first leg of the Junior
Achievement Mini-Company Competition organized by the Junior Achievement of the Philippines, Inc. (JAPI), held at SMX Convention
Center, Mall of Asia Complex, last December 12. The AUF team dubbed Kerian Inc., is composed of 15 junior and senior students taking
up BS Marketing and Entrepreneurship, and BS Human Resource Development Management namely: Elise Rozel Dimaunahan, Jeraldine
Luisa Fernandez, Michelle Malonzo, Mihoko Ochoa, Loraine Singian, Roxette Viray, Micah Lermen, John Kenneth Ayson, Nicole Ariel Demerin, Lovely Jane Mercado, Lheo Roden Untal, Kim Tae Hyun, Patricia Ann Santos, Ma. Anne Geneca Mendoza, and Honey Mae Tamayo.
The AUF team, which bested 10 other leading universities, is set to compete in the national finals in April 2014. With the team in this photo
are AUF-CBA Dean Dr. Chere C. Yturralde and Dr. Jean Paolo G. Lacap, Chair of the Department of Marketing and Entrepreneurship.
BCDA, US Embassy sign pact on Clark veterans cemetery
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
state-run Bases Conversion
and Development Authority
(BCDA) and the United States
Embassy have recently signed
a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that formalizes the
pact between the Philippines
and the US on the maintenance
of the Clark Veterans Cemetery
(CVC) here.
The MOU was signed by
BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Paciano
Casanova and US Ambassador to the Philippines Philip
Goldberg. The signing was
witnessed by Department of
Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary
Albert del Rosario at the DFA
headquarters in Manila.
The seven-hectare CVC
was established in 1947 as a
final resting place for American
veterans and Filipino scouts. It
is said to contain the remains
of more than 8,600 US servicemen, Filipino scouts and their
After Mt. Pinatubo erupted
in 1991, Clark Air Base was
abandoned along with the
CVC. While attempts had been
made by volunteers to restore
the cemetery without US assistance, the MOU sets the stage
for CVC’s full restoration.
Under the agreement, the
US will provide a $5 million fund
for the rehabilitation of CVC,
while the Philippine government, through the BCDA, maintains ownership of the land.
Casanova mentioned the
importance of the cemetery
saying, “It is but fitting and honorable to remember those who
have fought for our freedom,
our liberty and our democracy,
[and] we are honored to stand
side by side with the US government in upholding these ideals.”
For his part, Ambassador
Goldberg said that the MOU will
pave the way for the long-term
maintenance of CVC, and noted
the importance of the cemetery
in honoring American and Filipino war heroes.
“Many men and women
have answered the call to defend the values that we cherish,
and many have willingly offered
their lives for the good of countless others,” Goldberg said.
“Those interred [at CVC]
served faithfully and honorably
for their countries, and their service and sacrifices will always
be remembered,” he added. •
ANGELES CITY--American-based burger chain Wendy’s has
opened its 39th store at SM City Clark (SMCK) on Thursday.
Wendy’s SMCK treated Kapampangans with its limited
edition “Baconator,” the chain’s premium double bacon cheeseburger.
Lawrence Derpo, area marketing manager of Wendy’s
Philippines, said the “Baconator” is made from 100 percent
fresh, never frozen North American beef.
“Our Baconator is available only during the Christmas season,” Derpo said during the opening on Thursday.
Derpo said they chose Clark because of Central Luzon’s
active market.
“In the coming months, we’ll try to create value meals to
accommodate the budget of our consumers,” Derpo said.
Derpo added that they’re eyeing to put up more stores in
the Luzon area like Baguio.
Wendy’s was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas. It was
named after his daughter Melinda Lou Thomas whose nickname
was “Wendy.” •
9 more beneficiaries
receive ‘Nego-Karts’
beneficiaries from Pampanga’s Second District
were given Nego-Karts and financial support
by Governor Lilia Pineda last Friday.
The second batch of 72 recipients gathered at the Capitol grounds eagerly waiting for
the awarding of the Nego-Kart units costing
P11,000 each.
According to Francis Maslog, head of
the Provincial Manpower Training Center
(PMPTC), the budget for the materials for the
mobile cart units were from the Department of
Labor and Employment.
The materials were, then, assembled into
72 Nego-karts by the PMPTC welding trainees
for six weeks.
Merry Christmas
& Prosperous New Year
NEGO-KARTS... Page 7
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
Merry Christmas
& Prosperous New Year
Mayor, Magalang, Pampanga
Nawa’y manatili sa ating puso
ang ningning ng kabutihan
at pagmamahalan.
Maligayang Pasko sa inyong
lahat at Masaganang Bagong Taon!
President, Pampanga
Councilors League
Ano man ang ating antas sa buhay--mayaman o
mahirap, tanging pagpupursigi para umangat sa buhay
ang siyang magbibigay kahulugan sa ating buhay at
hindi ang salapi o ano pa mang materyal na bagay.
Ang pagkapanganak ng ating Panginoong Hesus sa
sabsaban ang isang pinakamagandang katunayan na
ang kadakilaan ay hindi nasusukat sa ating pinagmulan
kundi sa ating misyon sa buhay.
Maligayang Pasko
sa lahat!
Greetings from:
Mayor, Floridablanca, Pampanga
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
Ngening Pasku, ganakan taya ing Guinung HesuKristo.
Migsakripisyu ya pauli na ning lugud
na kekatamu at king yatu.
Para king pamilya at balen tamu, dapat tamu namang
magserbisyu. Pairalan taya ing tune lugud at ganakang
manibat king puso.
Luguran tayang tune ing kaparang tau,
anti mong metung anak ning Guinu.
Pagmalasakit talang tune ding Kapampangan
karing sibabalen tamu.
Saup-saup tamu para king panyulung
dinggang balen kuwatro distrito.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Vice Mayor
At mga miembro ng Sangguniang Bayan ng Arayat, Pampanga
Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year!
Municipal Councilors:
Hon. Benjamin D. Jocson
Hon. Gerald Guttrie P. Aquino
Hon. Froylan L. Galang
Hon. Roland D. Pena
Hon. Rogelio Q. Yumul
Hon. Krizzanel C. Garbo
Hon. Eduardo D. Sotto
Hon. Carlo Nino C. Rivera
Hon. Amauri M. Tiglao
Hon. Dwight Oliver P. Morales
ABC- Hon. Oscar Aurelio
Gitnang Luzon
DECEMBER 23-31, 2013
DECONGEST from Page 1
PamCham’s advocacy, dubbed
“Decongest Metro Manila for the
Country’s Sake,” was made in the
midst of the recent calamities that
struck the nation such as typhoon
Yolanda and the earthquake in Bohol.
The launch coincided with the
business group’s forum on disaster
entitled “Disaster Management Forum: Understanding the Economic
and Financial Impact of Natural
and Man-made Disasters” graced by
Philippine Institute of Volcanology
and Seismology Director Dr. Renato
LAYUG from Page 2
Solidum, Jr. at Max’s Restaurant in
Barangay Magliman, this city.
Laus said that the government
should seriously consider spreading
financial and vital government installations outside Metro Manila to
ensure that the country and its government will continue to function
should a disaster strike the “very
heart” of the Metro.
“It is like putting all the eggs in
one basket,” Laus said referring to
the concentration of economic and
government functionalities in Metro
Earlier, PamCham president Jim
Jimenez said that the advocacy aims
to raise awareness on such disasters
that may hit big businesses and populace in Manila.
The advocacy, Jimenez said, is
a preventive move in light of the
worse-case scenarios that may happen in case the country is hit by disasters.
Laus, for his part, PamCham said
the “decongest” advocacy is a “startup move” for others to follow. •
Chief Supt. Raul Petrasanta has placed all police units in
the region under alert, advising all police personnel to take
precautionary measures.
Petrasanta also reminded provincial and city directors
to tighten the security of police camps and offices including
vital installations, economic key points and places of convergence such as malls and public markets.
Petrasanta earlier sought an audience with different security managers of malls and discussed with them their respective preparations especially with the influx of shoppers
during the holidays.
“This is a preemptive measure to ensure the safety of
shoppers,” he pointed out, adding that the focus is not on
terror but criminal elements who will take advantage of the
Petrasanta said that police units in areas where major
shopping malls are located have been beefed-up, including
Subic and Clark Freeport in Olongapo City and Mabalacat
City, respectively, Angeles City, Tarlac City, Cabanatuan City
and Bulacan.
Petrasanta also cancelled Christmas and New Year’s
break of policemen except in emergency situations.
However, he said the situation will be upgraded into full
alert should the need arise. •
public school students in their learning activities.
School heads, some of their faculty members and their students profusely thanked NGCP and PELCO I for the donation
after the distribution ceremonies.
Allas meanwhile thanked NGCP for their partnership with PELCO I in their donation as he said that he looks forward
to other CSR endeavors in the coming years ahead.
The donation activity was also witnessed by barangay officials where the schools are located. • (Dencio Pacheco)
BUDGET from Page 1
benefit the country’s farmers, and P5.5 bilThe 2014 GAA—13 percent or P258.7 bil- lion for tourism promotion.
lion higher than the current year’s budget—is
Meanwhile, the government’s Debt Buralso the country’s first Performance-In- den and General Public Services corner
formed Budget, a landmark reform initiative 16.7 percent (P377.6 billion) and 16 percent
that ties an agency’s overall budget to specific (P362.6 billion) of the budget, respectively.
standards of performance and service deliv- Defense services under the Aquino adminisery.
tration get a 4.0-percent cut from the 2014
“As pioneered by the Aquino administra- GAA, with a budget amounting to P89.5 biltion, the 2014 Performance-Informed Bud- lion.
get draws very clear connections between
The Aquino administration has also
an agency’s budget and its expected output. ramped up its support for disaster preparedWith these details so explicitly laid out in ness and post-disaster rehabilitation in the
next year’s GAA, the public can begin to de- 2014 budget, with P13 billion set aside for
mand greater accountability and efficiency the Calamity Fund—now dubbed the Nafrom our agencies. It’s a reform path that can tional Disaster Risk Reduction Management
only lead to deeper citizen engagement and Fund—up by a whopping 73 percent over
improved public service,” Budget and Man- this year’s P7.5 billion.
agement Secretary Florencio Abad said.
Another P20 billion has also been allocatIn crafting next year’s budget, the Depart- ed to the Rehabilitation and Reconstruction
ment of Budget and Management (DBM) Program, while P80 billion has been chanworked with all departments and agencies in neled toward reconstruction projects under
specifying their respective targets, which are the Unprogrammed Fund.
expressed as Performance Information unAbad noted that the 2014 GAA is the
der each agency’s budget in the 2014 GAA.
product of improved citizen engagement
“An agency’s allocation for the entire fiscal in the development of the Administration’s
year should actually support the accomplish- proposed budget, as well as the Aquino govment of its targets, as outlined in its Perfor- ernment’s ability to respond to the country’s
mance Information in the 2014 GAA. For ex- changing needs, in view of President Aquiample, the Bureau of Fire Protection’s budget no’s broader socio-economic development
for next year should allow it to respond to at program.
least 5,185 fire calls in the National Capi“We’re not just looking at a GAA that
tal Region within 5-7 minutes. Meanwhile, was shaped by the greater expansion of our
the Department of Education, through the Bottom-Up Budgeting program, where we
2014 Performance-Informed Budget, has worked with the country’s poorest commucommitted to enroll a total of 12.6 million nities to see how the National Budget could
children in kindergarten and elementary better serve their needs. We’re also looking
schools nationwide,” Abad explained.
at a GAA that introduces some groundThe biggest share of the P2.265-trillion breaking changes, not least of which is the
2014 GAA continues to be devoted
to Social Services, which will receive
Republic of the Philippines
P841.8 billion or 37.2 percent of the toLocal Civil Registry Office
Province of Pampanga
tal national budget. This includes budMunicipality of Lubao
getary support to the Administration’s
ongoing Conditional Cash Transfer
program (P62.6 billion), the construction and repair of public school
In compliance with the publication requirement
and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No.
classrooms (P44.6 billion), and the
2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the AdNational Health Insurance Program
ministrative Order No.1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A.
(P35.3 billion).
10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that
Economic Services will also receive
Lawrence Alipio Manansala has filed with this
ample budgetary support, with P593.1
Office, a petition for correction of entry of sex from
billion or 26.2 percent already set for
“Female” to “Male” in the Certificate of live Birth of
Lawrence Alipio Manansala born on November
it in the 2014 budget. Altogether, this
12, 1976 at Lubao, Pampanga and whose parincludes a P94.3-billion allocation for
ents are Narciso Manansala and Maria Alipio.
paving national roads, P10.7 billion
for technical support services that will
Any person adversely affected by said petition
published December 13 & 23, 2013 not as published earlier.
(Headline Gitnang Luzon December 23, 2013)
may file his/her written opposition with this office
not later than December 26, 2013.
Municipal Civil Registrar
HEADLINE Gitnang Luzon: December 13 & 23, 2013
resents the local woodcarving tradition. The
younger Layug, who now resides in Pulilan, Bulacan, recently installed the Pope Pius X Priory
retablo along Upper Thompson Road in Singapore.
The priory is under the Society of Saint Pius
X (SSPX), which is an international traditionalist Catholic organization founded in 1970 by the
French archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. The SSPX
has presence in various countries in Europe and
Layug said he was honored to have been
given the trust to craft and install the new altar,
which was a fusion of baroque and classical art.
He said that the project has given him the opportunity to showcase Filipino craftsmanship in
a foreign country.
The Betis-born woodcarver is favorite artisan for local churches in Bulacan. He was able
to accomplish dozens of projects, including altar
works in Calumpit and San Rafael towns where
his works on main altars of now adorn churches
He was also commissioned to work on the altar and images inside the Divine Mercy Shrine
in Marilao town. His latest project includes
the majestic altar at the Saint Joseph Parish in
Taguig City.
Layug said that he is currently working on
contemporary works for competitions here. He
is also a member of the Mandukit Anluagui ning
Sta. Ursula.
Layug received a certificate and P10,000
worth of gift certificates for his award. •
abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the beginning of the
GAA-as-Release-Document regime, and the
unprecedented support for disaster rehabilitation and preparation, especially in the
wake of this year’s calamities.
“In a very real way, the 2014 budget is one
that responds aptly to the times, one born of
fruitful, sincere dialogue between the public
and the Aquino administration. For instance,
the clamor to abolish PDAF has persisted for
decades, and only under this Administration
was this call successfully heeded. It is exactly
this pattern of citizen engagement that we
believe in and aspire to, where Filipinos are
further empowered to be our active partners
in ensuring governance reform and inclusive
growth in the country,” Abad said. •
Greetings from:
Municipality of Guagua
SB Members:
Baby Howell Torres
Romeo Guilas
Roan Reyes
Sajid Khan Eusoof
Joan Carreon
Roy Sunglao
Eugene Paul Ponio
Michelle Rivera
Angelo Layug - ABC
VOLUME II • NO. 136 • DECEMBER 23- 31, 2013
Masayang Pasku,
Masaplalang Bayung Banua
Karing kaluguran ming kabalen
Payabut mi ing masaya at magrasyang kapaskuan.
Tune pin ing diwa ning Pasku magdala yang
kapayapan karing pamilya. Sana ing tula ning
Pasku mamie yang lalung panyulung
ning Pampanga.
Ing kalam ning Pasku mamie yang lugud,
pamisanmetung at matibe pag-asa.
“May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace.
The gladness of Christmas give you hope,
The warmth of Christmas grant you love.
Kaluguran da kayu pu!”
Lilia G. Pineda
Arapan taya ing bayung banua na ating
tetagan at mitmung sikanan. Abe-abe tayang
pagmasusyan ing panyulung ning
lahing Kapampangan!
Dennis “Delta” G. Pineda
Vice Governor