2 Bulgarian nationals held for ATM fraud



2 Bulgarian nationals held for ATM fraud
Pampanga to
hold DRRM Summit
this June
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MAY 20, 2014
The Most Widely Distributed Local Newspaper in Central Luzon
HIGANTES. Children are in awe with the
giant figures or higantes dancing in the street
during the feast of San Isidro Labrador, the
patron saint of farmers, in Barangay San Isidro,
City of San Fernando. --Joselito Salazar Jr.
Group funds
farms in C. Luzon
business...pagE 3
CIDG files
raps vs cops
in ‘agaw
bato’ scam
by Rudy Andal
MANILA -- The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group has
filed a case against 13 members of
the Provincial Anti-Illegal Drugs
Special Operations Task Force of
the Pampanga Provincial Police
Office after determining that they
have misappropriated, misapplied
and failed to account the confiscation of illegal drugs.
CIDG director Benjamin B.
Magalong identified the erring
members as Supt. Rodney Raymundo Louie Juico Baloyo IV;
Sr. Insp Joven B. De Guzman Jr.;
SPO1 Jules L. Maniago; SPO1
Donald C. Roque; SPO1 Ronald
agaw bato...pagE 7
P 500-M biomass gasifier
plant to rise in Bacolor
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
BACOLOR, Pamp. – A power
firm specializing in renewable
energy production will be constructing a P500-million Biomass Gasifier power plant here
which will produce electricity.
BIOMASS...pagE 7
2 Bulgarian nationals
held for ATM fraud
Rudy J. Abular and
Froilan Magtoto
CAMP OLIVAS – Two Bulgarian nationals were caught in the
act of skimming an automated
teller machine (ATM) of a prominent bank inside a mall here over
the weekend.
Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Raul D. Pe-
trasanta identified the suspects
as Mladenov Emil Stoyanov, 22;
and Kanev Lyuven Georgiev, 28,
both from Ploviov, Bulgaria.
Senior Supt. Marlon Madrid,
acting provincial director of the
Pampanga Police Office, said
the two suspects were identified
through their alien certificate of
registration issued by the Bureau
atm fraud...pagE 7
The two Bulgarian nationals identified as Mladenov Emil Stoyanov
and Kanev Lyuven Georgiev are
seen in handcuffs while being escorted by policemen to the office
of Police Regional Office 3 director
Chief Supt. Raul D. Petrasanta.
The suspects were presented yesterday to the media by Petrasanta
during a press conference.
Another photo shows the equipment they used in trying to skim
an ATM machine inside SM City
-- Photos by Rudy J. Abular
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 20, 2014
Pampanga to hold DRRM Summit this June
-- The provincial government of
Pampanga, in partnership with
Office of Civil Defense, will hold
its Disaster Risk Reduction and
Management (DRRM) Summit
on June 5-6 at Hotel Stotsenberg in Clark Freeport.
“The general objective of
this undertaking is to make action plans anchored with a comprehensive and standard understanding of DRRM roles and
responsibilities of local chief
executives (LCEs) as a result of
the 2013 Regional Summit for
the effective and efficient delivery of government services,”
Provincial DRRM Office head
Angie Blanco said.
“At the end of the summit,
LCEs must be able to identify
and highlight their roles and responsibilities in DRRM; learn
from experiences of selected
local DRRM Councils and identify challenges to agitate community-based DRRM solutions;
and institutionalize and implement knowledge in DRRM
planning, tools and protocols
demonstrated during the Regional Summit,” Blanco added.
The two-day summit will
feature lectures on State of Central Luzon’s DRRM, LCEs Roles
and Responsibilities in DRRM,
Institutionalization of Local
DRRM Offices, Guidelines on
the Utilization of Local DRRM
Fund, Hydro-Met Hazards and
Warning System, Local Geological Hazards, Earthquakeinduced
Landslides/MultiHazard Maps, Project NOAH,
Flood Modeling, Formulation
of Local DRRM Action Plans,
Introduction to Contingency
Planning and Cluster Approach,
Introduction to Incident Command System, and Introduction
to Rapid Damage and Needs
Assessment and Post-Disaster
Needs Assessment.
There will likewise be a
sharing of best practices among
multi-awarded local DRRM
Councils and from the Japan
Serving as the highlight of
the occasion is the Declaration of Commitment and Panunumpa ng Lokal na Konseho
ng DRRM.
Apart from Pampanga,
neighboring provinces in Central Luzon will have a similar
It is slated on May 22-23 in
Bataan, May 28-29 in Aurora,
June 10-11 in Tarlac, June 1718 in Nueva Ecija, June 23-24
in Zambales and June 26-27 in
Bulacan. (PR) •
LOVELY MUTYA. Candidates vying for the Mutya Ning San Fernando 2014 crown are all smiles as they are presented to the media during a press conference for the Pyestang Fernandino held at the SM
City San Fernando Downtown. Coronation Night is on May 29 at the SM City Pampanga Event Center. --Photo by Joselito Salazar Jr.
BSP to hold bike run
in San Fernando
By Charlene A.
Bangko Sentral ng
Pilipinas (BSP) in
cooperation with the
city government is
set to conduct a bike
run-cum-fund raising
event this May.
The BSP will conduct the Coin Recirculation Awareness
Program cum fundraising event entitled,
“Bisikleta Para sa
Barya” or bike for a
cause on May 24 at
the Central Bank’s
San Fernando office
in Barangay Sindalan.
The event aims
to educate the public
and promote the importance of coins and
address the perceived
“artificial shortage” of
coins through its efficient recirculation,
promote a healthy
and active lifestyle
and at the same time
donate its proceeds to
worthy beneficiaries
to be determined by
the City of San Fernando and BSP.
The bike run will
start at 6 a.m. in Barangay
From there, the bikers will proceed towards downtown area
to Jose Abad Santos
Highway to Robinsons Starmills where
they will turn around
on the way back to the
BSP compound.
Registration for
the bike run is on
May 14 – 23, 2014 at
the BSP compound or
at the Bikeworx, Inc.,
342 MacArthur Highway, Barangay Sto.
Cristo, Angeles City.
Registration fee
is P150 per biker to
be paid in one-peso
coins and below only.
For further inquiries, interested bikers
may contact: Sydney
(0 9 2 2 - 8 1 8 - 010 8);
Michelle (0999-9984721); Ethel (0932201-8740); and Rose
(0 9 17 - 5 0 8 - 5 5 8 0) ;
or call BSP office at
Tel. No. (63 45) 4553835 or contact Ms.
Email: [email protected]
bsp.gov.ph / eflcsanfer [email protected] hoo.
com. •
Korean jailed for robbery
by Rudy J. Abular
arrested a Korean national
who tried to rob a fellow
Korean in Angeles City
over the weekend.
Senior Supt. Eden
Ugale, acting director of
Angeles City Police office, identified the suspect
as Yangrae Song, 37, who
is temporarily billeted at
New Welbing Hotel here.
Ugale said the suspect
was arrested after he was
pinpointed by a Korean
named Kwangsoo Lee, 33,
as the person who poked a
gun at him and tried to rob
him of some P4 million in
cash which he was
carrying inside his car.
In his testimonies to
the police, Kwangsoo said
the attempted robbery occurred before midnight
last May 17 in front of Ko-
rea Town Mini-mart in
Barangay Anunas, Angeles
Kwangsoo was with a
certain Oliver Boalo, 35,
a Filipino agent of Jino
Tours aboard a pick-up car
when the suspect pulled
out a cal. 45 pistol and
poked it to Kwangsoo.
Before the incident,
Kwangsoo and Boalo came
from Filipino Casino with
the cash and drove to
nearby Mabalacat City to
fetch the suspect who is a
friend to him.
After fetching Yangrae
the trio drove around the
Clark Freeport Zone. However while on their way to
Clark, Kwangsoo noticed
that Yangrae was very
tense and acting strange.
Upon their arrival at
the minimart the suspect
suddenly pulled out the
korean jailed... Page 7
NGCP schedules brownout in 7 towns today
by Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
MEXICO, Pamp. -- National Grid
Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)
scheduled a two-hour power interruption today from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. to six
towns in the second district in order to
facilitate the correction of critical hot
spot at Remedios DS terminal pad and
retightening of bolts and nuts of strain
clamp along Hermosa-Guagua 69 KV
The affected distribution utility
are Pampanga II Electric Cooperative Incorporated (PELCO II) and San
Fernando Electric Light and Power
Company, Incorporated (SFELAPCO).
Affected towns are Bacolor, Sta.
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NGCP’s customers and the general
public are advised to take the necessary preparations and precautions for
this scheduled interruption.
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Gitnang Luzon
MAY 20, 2014
Group funds
farms in C. Luzon
By Butch Gunio
BALANGA CITY -The Philippine Council for Agriculture,
Aquatic, and Natural
(PCAARRD) is funding Science & Technology Community-Based
Farm (STCBF) projects
for different commodiANNUAL THANKSGIVING. China Banking Corporation, known publicly as China Bank, one of the largest universal banks in the Philip- ties in Central Luzon.
STCBF showcases
pines in terms of assets, capital base and market value has recently celebrated its annual thanksgiving back-to-back with the ceremonial blessing
of the establishment. Photo shows (from R-L) Alexander Dayrit, owner of Dayrit’s Kitchen, Rossini Reyes, Portland Marine Services Inc. general the effectiveness of S
manager and Olongapo City Mayor Rolen Paulino . SMOL PHOTO
&T interventions to
empower farmers by
improving their productivity.
Dr. Melvin Carlos,
Technology Transfer Promotion Division Director,
said their ongoing ST-
CBFs in Central Luzon
are three diary buffalo
projects with Philippine
Carabao Center in Nueva Ecija; onion in tieup with Central Luzon
State University; tilapia
with Bulacan Agricultural State College; banana with Aurora State
College of Technology;
camote with Tarlac College of Agriculture
(TCA); vegetables also
with TCA; 3 bamboo
projects with Environment Research and
Development Bureau;
mango with Bataan
Peninsula State University; and goat project.
He said they first
implemented in the
country Science and
BSP governor to grace
Credit Surety Fund DILG-CL
briefs staff,
partners on good local
launching in Bataan governance award
BY Butch Gunio
BALANGA CITY -- Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor
Amando M. Tetangco Jr. is scheduled to grace the launching of the
Credit Surety Fund (CSF) in Bataan.
The launching is scheduled on
May 27 at Louis Resort and Restaurant, this city, said Provincial Cooperative Development Officer Zena
Bataan Governor Albert Garcia is also scheduled to attend the
BSP members of the Monetary
Board Alfredo C. Antonio, Ignacio
R. Bunye, Peter B. Favila, Felipe M.
Medalla, Cesar V. Purisima, and Armando S. Suratos are also expected
to attend the event.
Suratos is a native of this city.
Gil A. Buenaventura, President
and CEO of the Development Bank
of the Philippines, and Gilda E. Pico,
President and CEO of the Land Bank
of the Philippines, are also expected
to grace the launching.
BSP Program Manager Ellen Ramos said the CSF program is a credit
enhancement scheme developed by
the BSP, which aims to increase the
creditworthiness of micro, small and
medium enterprises (MSMEs) and
even individuals that are members
of cooperatives experiencing difficulty in obtaining loans from banks
due to lack of acceptable collaterals,
credit knowledge, and credit track
She said the CSF will serve as a
security for loans of MSMEs from
lending banks by providing a surely
cover in lieu of acceptable collaterals.
She said CSF is created by pooling
the contributions of cooperatives, local government units, partner institutions such as Development Bank
of the Philippines, Land Bank of the
Philippines, Industrial Guarantee
and Loan Fund and other interested
Ramos said an advantage is that
CSF offers much higher loanable
amount compared to other common
financial entities.
Since its launching in 2008, 29
LGUs already established the CSF
program in their respective areas. •
FERNANDO -- Department of the Interior
Government (DILG)
Central Luzon recently briefed its technical
staff and partner civil
society organizations
on the Local Governance
Management System
Seal of Good Local
Governance (SGLG).
“SGLG is an upgrade of the Seal of
Good Housekeeping
that was implemented
from 2010 to 2012. It
now has six performance
which are divided into
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two categories: nonnegotiable Core Assessment Areas and
Essential Assessment
Areas,” DILG Regional Director Florida Dijan said.
Non-negot iable
Areas consists of local government unit
(LGU) performance
on good housekeeping standards, disaster preparedness,
and social protection
while Essential Assessment Areas are
performance on business
and competitiveness,
governance... Page 7
DoLE inks MOU with
Bataan medical council
on Code of Good Practices
Bataan -- Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) recently inked a Memorandum
of Understanding (MOU)
on Voluntary Code of
Good Practices (VCGP)
with the Bataan Hospital, Dental, Medical, and
Therapeutic Clinics Industrial Tripartite Council (BHDMTC-ITC) in a
bid to maintain industrial peace in the sector.
“The signing of the
VCGP aims to foster a
proactive approach in
ensuring voluntary com-
pliance with the General
Labor Standards and
Occupational Safety and
Health Standards. Accordingly, the code carries with it a sense of
corporate social responsibility in the promotion
of good neighbor communication
allowing healthy competition in the field of labor
relations, employee welfare benefits, productivity and competitiveness
of manpower in the concerned industry,” DOLE
Regional Director Raymundo Agravante said.
VCGP covers 10 areas, namely compliance
to labor standards, coordination for training and
education, recruitment
and termination, occupational safety and health,
contracting and sub-contracting, social dialogue,
collaboration of government partners and monitoring of the code.
Coinciding with the
signing of MOU was the COMMITMENT TO CRK. Qatar Airways Country Manager for the Philippines Abdallah Okasha (R)
oath taking of the first assured the airline’s commitment and support to Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) President and
officers of the group with CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano (L) at the recent 2014 Clark Aviation Conference.
dole inks... Page 7
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 20, 2014
Good or bad?
IS THE approved tuition hike of
some 345 private schools in Central
Luzon good, or bad news?
As we speak, parents are scratching
their heads for this unexpected news,
for a tuition increase is not really part
of their yearly budget for the educational expenses of their children.
The Department of Education has
approved the increase, on condition
that 70 percent would go to teachers’
salaries while the remaining 30 percent would be for the improvement of
school facilities.
Putting it that way, we guess parents can accept the increase, as long
as the schools promise to continue
improving the quality of education
and the schools’ facilities.
After all, teachers deserve to be
compensated for their hard work and
efforts in imparting knowledge to
their students. It is not an easy task,
being a teacher, in light of the challenges that face them each and every
In fact, a number of teachers in
private schools have transferred to
public schools, because of low compensation. It’s about time that we give
teachers what they deserve, eh?
As for improvement of school facilities, it is already a given for school
management to do this. We hope that
the 30 percent intended for this purpose would suffice, because parents
can only accept as much additions to
their budget.
As long as children get what they
deserve in terms of education and
facilities, parents can hurdle these
burdens -- however difficult it is for
them. But it is their hope, too, that
there will be no more increases for
the rest of the year. The DepEd should
take into consideration the plight of
parents, too.
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Anti-China uprising
TENSE stand-off now grips
Vietnam and China, now
Asia’s biggest bully which
continued to harass neighboring
Asian countries such as the Philippines particularly on the issue of the
atolls dotting the South China Sea.
With two dead Chinese within Vietnam and more than 3,000 Chinese
evacuated to mainland China – the
China government
had a douse of its
own medicine.
The deployment
of an oil rig by China off Vietnam’s
coast apparently
triggered the antiChina riots, the
first direct confrontation
relations between the
two communist blocs normalized in
1991. Vietnam is a pro-Soviet Union
bloc while China follows the Maoist
doctrine and both countries engaged militarily in the past and no
stranger to military overture.
Border skirmishes erupted between Vietnam and China most
particularly after the latter invaded
Cambodia in 1978 to contain the
China-backed Khmer Rouge of Pol
Pot or “Brother Number 1.” Soviet
the Philippine Navy lacking in modern ships to patrol the South China
Sea and the Philippine Air Force
lacking in modern aircraft to do the
same. In the event of the war, the
Philippines could not even defend
its skies and territorial coastline.
Now, Vietnam showed
how to bully the great
bully that is China. The
closed all China economic interests in Vietnam
and expelled thousands
of Chinese. Why don’t
we do the same in the
Philippines? Close the
warehouses of all greedy
merchants and extend the
capital punishment to
Arnel San Pedro
all Chinese illegal drug
merchants. Did China
Now comes the issue on the at- kill one or two Filipino alleged drug
olls off the coast of the Philippines mule? Well, put all Chinese illegal
and Vietnam which are also being drug merchants under lethal injecwholly or partly claimed by the tion.
Oil was discovered in the South
Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Taiwan and the great bully – China. China Sea in 1968 and it was estiIt was appalling to see the Philip- mated that the area around Spratly
pine military forces defending the Island holds oil and natural gas reAyungin Atoll aboard a dilapidated serves of 17 billion tons bigger than
Philippine Navy ship. The horrible the 13 billion tons of the Kuwait oil
sight speaks of the current state of reserve.Since 1968, the Philippines
the Philippine Armed Forces – with
check and balance... Page 7
Union’s influence in Vietnam had
been largely played out during the
Vietnam War. In 2000, the two
countries settled their land border
and maritime rights in the Gulf of
Tonkin but it was met with resistance from Vietnamese nationalists
pointing out the many
concessions that Hanoi
entered into with China.
“Now, Vietnam showed how to
bully the great bully that is China.
The Vietnam government closed all
China economic interests in Vietnam and expelled thousands of Check and
Chinese. Why don’t we do the same Balance
in the Philippines?”
The world’s deadliest viruses and bacteria
S WE progress to infinite pos- virus that could create an outbreak
sibilities when it comes to in human history. For the informatechnology, so do the different tion of many, and of course with the
kinds of diseases that could create help of the internet, I made a rea pandemic situation in the human search regarding these deadly virusrace. Scientists from pharmaceuti- es and bacteria to forewarn us from
cal companies keep on researching any impending adversity. Rememnew medicines to eradicate diseases ber, prevention is better than cure.
Here is the list of the
that plague our existence.
deadliest viruses and
However, as they conbacteria that could annitinue discovering breakhilate the entire human
throughs, the brainless viruses and bacteria keep on
mutating and adapting to
our environment, leading
to a higher strain of immunity to known antibacterial
Needless to say that
as we liberally enjoy the
population in a matter
benefits of luxurious life,
of days, if no one could
these viruses and bacte- ELLEZ J. DAVIO
find a cure to prevent
ria leisurely conform to
them from spreading.
the changes in our ways of
life. We should take the blame for They are so contagious that even the
the havoc that these diseases bring air we breath could be contaminated
forth. We keep on abusing ourselves thus leading to an enormous death
in mankind.
as well as the planet we live in.
Anthrax- is a bacterial disease of
Now, a simple flu virus has mutated into deadly forms that could sheep and cattle caused by bacterieventually wipe out the entire popu- um Bacillus Anthracis, affecting the
lation and could cause massive eco- skin and lungs. It can be transmitted
to humans, causing skin ulcers or
nomic failure.
Recently, a new virus was discov- any from of pneumonia. Most forms
ered and unfortunately, a Filipino of this disease are fatal, although
working in the Middle East was one vaccines are now available. Anthrax
of its victims. It is alarming to know is transmitted through spores that
that with the technology we have, are inhaled or ingested or through
no one yet has the capacity and the contact with infected lesions.
Ebola Virus- Ebola fever is an inknowledge to combat the newfound
Now We
fection and usually fatal, marked by
fever and internal bleeding spread
through contact with infected body
fluids. The disease is believed to
have a death rate of up to 90 percent
with outbreak primarily in the SubSaharan region in Africa. No vaccines exists to date.
Cholera- is a bacterial disease of
the small intestine, contracted from
infected water supply, causing vomiting, diarrhea and death.It affects
3-5 million people
and causes over
100,000 death a
year. Treatment
involves oral dehydration, therapy and antibacterial drugs.
Malaria- is a life threatening
blood disease caused by a parasite
that is transmitted to humans by
Anopheles mosquito. It causes high
fever and chills and works by invading red blood cells. It is found in
tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Dengue Fever- is a disease caused
by a family of viruses transmitted by
mosquitoes. A person can only become infected when bitten by a mosquito carrying the virus. Dengue is
endemic in more than 110 countries
and work on a vaccine is on going.
HIV/ AIDS- The human immuno
deficiency virus causes progressive
failure of the immune system. It is
transmitted through body fluids like
“We should take the blame for the
havoc that these diseases bring
forth. We keep on abusing ourselves
as well as the planet we live in.”
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Kung bakit tayo ay manunulat
A murang edad pa lamang natin ay madalas na tayong tanungin kung ano ba ang
gusto nating maging paglaki natin. At
sinabi natin sa kanila ang ating mga pantasya,
at pinaniwala natin ang ating mga sarili na madali ang landas na ating tatahakin para sa mga
nais nating maging... Ngunit tayo ay umibig.
Umibig tayo sa mga salita. Nagsimula tayong
mamangha sa kapangyarihan ng kung paano
kayang makapagdudulot ng inpirasyon ang mga
salita. Bigla nating natutunan na makita ang
kagandahan sa mga bagay na nakapalligid sa
atin, kung paanong pinaniwalaan natin na ang
bawat makabuluhang detalye ay nararapat na
isulat. Nags i m u l a
tayong lumikha
ating sariling makulay
na mundo
natin ito sa
kagandahan na nakabibighani
sa atin sa
pamamagitan ng mga
napagtanto natin ang masakit na realidad ng
kung ano ba ang pagsusulat, at hindi ito kailanman magiging isang madali at maayos na daan
para sa ating nangahas na magsulat at maging
manunulat. Nagsimula nating maramdaman
na wala ng iba pang mas madaling daan upang
mas epektibo nating mailarawan ang ating mga
nararamdaman, at ang ating mga desperasyon
para sa kapaguran na siyang nagpanatili sa atin
na nakabilanggo sa ating sariling mga ideya,
kundi ang pagsusulat.
Parati na lamang tayong nakikipagtunggali
sa mga “deadlines” at kung paanong ang pakiramdam ng pakikipagtunggaling ito ay kagaya
ng nasumpong tayo sa “dead end”. Pilit nating
itinatanggi sa tuwing aabutan tayo ng karamdaman na kung tawagin ay “writers’ block”.
Ang ating kagutuman sa mga salita ay bigla
na lamang naging isang pagiging patay-gutom
natin para sa inspirasyon. At bigla na lamang
ang ating mga malikhain at mga dalubhasang
pangungusap ay naging mga pira-pirasong mga
ideya at kaisipan—at pinapatay tayo o binubuhay ng ng mga ito.
Unti-unti ay matututunan nating tanggapin
na ang pagsusulat ay isang paglalakbay patungo
sa ating paghahanap sa mga nawawalang mga
piyesa ng isang palaisipan. Kailangan nating
aminin sa ating mga sarili na kailangan nating mabuhay sa mga hindi nating inaasahang
mga kasalimuotan ng pagsusulat at ng pagiging
isang manunulat. At kailangan nating matututunan na nguyain at tunawin ang bawat salita
na para bang nakikipagtalik tayo sa mga ito.
Mauunawaan natin na ang ating relasyon o ugnayan sa pagsusulat ay hindi perpekto, ngunit
patuloy na magiging mas malalim itong ating
ugnayang ito habang unti-unti nating napagtatanto kung bakit tayo nagsusulat.
Malalaman natin kung bakit tayo nagpupunyagi, at magbibigay ito ng pang-unawa sa
atin na hindi kailanman magiging madali ang
p a g s u s u l at ,
ngunit parati
itong magiging maganda;
mahirap ito
parati, ngunit ito rin ang
m a g t ut u l a k
sa atin na huwag huminto
at magpatuloy pa tayo sa
the Light
p a g s u s u l at .
Higit sa lahat, mapagtatanto natin na sa kabila ng mga
pagsubok, paghihirap, at mga pighati, patuloy
tayong magtatagni-tagni ng mga pangungusap
na tungkol sa kaganapan at katotohanan ng buhay—at tayo ay patuloy na magsusulat.
Bilang isang manunulat, kaya kong pumalaot sa pag-iisip at paghahayag ng isang kaisipang ito: Na kung may isang uri ng bokasyon
na tiyak na maka-uugnay ng tahasan at ng may
kaganapan ang Diyos, ito ay ang bokasyon ng
pagiging manunulat. Sapagkat isa rin Siyang
manunulat. At sa bawat kabiguan ng isang
manunulat, sa bawat pagkakataon na hindi
nauunawaan ng mga mambabasa ang isang
akda o obra ng isang manunulat, natitiyak kong
hindi umiiyak na nag-iisa ang isang manunulat, sapagkat kasama niyang umiiyak ang Diyos
sa kabiguang ito.
At ito marahil ang hindi natin maipaliwanag na misteryo ng pagsusulat at ng pagiging
manunulat: na sa kabila ng mga kabiguan at
hindi na mabilang na pagpupunyagi natin,
patuloy pa rin tayong nagsusulat, kahit pa tayo
mismo ay may mga sugat at pilat na…sapagkat
tayo ay tagapag-mulat…sapagkat tayo mismo
ay nagiging mga mulat na manunulat sa patuloy nating pagnanasa na makapagsulat.
Ito marahil ang dahilan kung bakit tayo ay
mga manunulat.•
“Bilang isang manunulat, kaya
kong pumalaot sa pag-iisip at
paghahayag ng isang kaisipang ito: Na kung may isang
uri ng bokasyon na tiyak na
maka-uugnay ng tahasan at ng
may kaganapan ang Diyos, ito
ay ang bokasyon ng pagiging
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis
receive patent for blue jeans
May 20, 1873
On this day in 1873, San
Francisco businessman Levi
Strauss and Reno, Nevada,
tailor Jacob Davis are given
a patent to create work pants
reinforced with metal rivets,
marking the birth of one of
the world’s most famous garments: blue jeans.
Born Loeb Strauss in Buttenheim, Bavaria, in 1829, the
young Strauss immigrated
to New York with his family in 1847 after the death of
his father. By 1850, Loeb had
changed his name to Levi and
was working in the family dry
goods business, J. Strauss
Brother & Co. In early 1853,
Levi Strauss went west to seek
his fortune during the heady
days of the Gold Rush.
In San Francisco, Strauss
established a wholesale dry
goods business under his own
name and worked as the West
Coast representative of his
family’s firm. His new business
imported clothing, fabric and
other dry goods to sell in the
small stores opening all over
California and other Western
states to supply the rapidly expanding communities of gold
miners and other settlers. By
1866, Strauss had moved his
company to expanded headquarters and was a well-known
businessman and supporter of
the Jewish community in San
Jacob Davis, a tailor in
Reno, Nevada, was one of Levi
Strauss’ regular customers.
In 1872, he wrote a letter to
Strauss about his method of
making work pants with metal
rivets on the stress points--at
the corners of the pockets and
the base of the button fly--to
make them stronger. As Davis
didn’t have the money for the
necessary paperwork, he suggested that Strauss provide the
funds and that the two men
get the patent together. Strauss
agreed enthusiastically, and
the patent for “Improvement in
Fastening Pocket-Openings”-the innovation that would
produce blue jeans as we know
them--was granted to both
men on May 20, 1873.
Strauss brought Davis to
San Francisco to oversee the
first manufacturing facility for
“waist overalls,” as the original
jeans were known. At first they
employed seamstresses working out of their homes, but by
the 1880s, Strauss had opened
his own factory. The famous
501 brand jean--known until
1890 as “XX”--was soon a bestseller, and the company grew
quickly. By the 1920s, Levi’s
denim waist overalls were the
top-selling men’s work pant in
the United States. As decades
passed, the craze only grew,
and now blue jeans are worn
by men and women, young and
old, around the world.
Rio Grande de Pampanga sees hope
T WAS heart-warming to see Pampanga Governor Lilia “Baby”
Pineda on a cruise while Apalit Mayor Oscar “Jun” Tetangco
played with his jetski on the old Great River of Pampanga.
Pampanga River deserves all the attention that local and national
officials could give for its historical significance and economic importance.
The Pampanga River gave birth to the richest province during
the Spanish period on which imperial Manila largely depended
for its food and skilled workers. But even before the coming of
the Spaniards at a time when there was no MacArthur highway to
connect the Taga-ilog residents along the Pasig River to the North,
Pampanga River was the best route up to
where Nueva Ecija is now and where other
waterways and tributaries that were still
untouched by modern civilization used
to carry travelers up to Pangasinan. The
datus of Maynilad, how Manila was called
before, extended their influence over the
Taga-pampang people living along the
Pampanga River. Kandaua, now Candaba, was a former port community where a
son of Lakandula of Tondo once ruled. After suppressing revolts by local nobilities,
the Spaniards used Candaba as a staging
point for the conquest of the Cagayan Valley and the Northern frontiers.
Not only that Pampanga River played a Leny Manalo
decisive role in building the foundation of
our nation, it also brought in Pampanga’s
early contacts with foreign nations. One
of the most interesting historical records
that this writer came across was about the
visits of Japanese and Russian royalties
to Apalit. Like in the case of an unnamed
Japanese prince who came one time, it
was told that the Grand Duke Alexis Alexandrovich Romanov, the uncle of Czar
Nicholas II and Supreme Commander of
the Russian Imperial Navy was honored
with a weekend of balls and hunts by the
Arnedo family in Sulipan, Apalit in 1891,
just a few years before the outbreak of the
revolution led by Andres Bonifacio. About
this time also the popular Dr. Jose Rizal
was among the important people who became guests of the Arnedos in their grand
house in Sulipan.
The Pampanga River gave birth to Kapampangan culture as the major waterway facilitated early commerce and governance of the communities built along
its banks. Preserving what is Kapampangan would be meaningless if protection and rehabilitation of the Pampanga
River ecological system will not be given
enough support by concerned local governments and national agencies. The system stretches all the way
from its watershed in the Sierra Madre Mountains and includes
downstream Mt. Arayat, the Candaba swamp and the important
mangroves across the river’s delta in Macabebe, Masantol and
Sasmuan. It is really a gargantuan task that no single local government nor a single national agency can accomplish. But the
task has to start somewhere and Mayor Jun’s river exhibition may
just show a more modern manner how to instill people’s awareness on the importance of the Pampanga River in their lives.
Apalit’s Libad honoring Apu Iru in a grand fluvial parade on the
river has actually been showing us the way - passionate community involvement with the full support of the local leaders giving
life to river tourism.
We have a good story of the Pampanga River to tell. We have
the critical importance of Pampanga River both to the economy
of Central Luzon and the sustainability of Manila Bay to deserve
national attention. Governor Pineda’s official impatience over
implementation of projects may also spell the difference in putting up a stronger fresh start to showcase Pampanga River. Even
just to make sure my favorite “ulang” will not disappear from the
fishermen’s catch along the river due to ecosystem loss let’s do it
and do it with passion!•
gut feel
what is Kapampangan would
be meaningless
if protection
and rehabilitation of
the Pampanga
River ecological system will
not be given
enough support by concerned local
and national
Be heard! Send us
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Gitnang Luzon
MAY 20, 2014
Ashley Rivera, clone
ni Rufa Mae Quinto
dalawang Viva Artists
Agency (VAA) talents
na sina Ashley Rivera and Chloe
Dauden. Magkasunod sila na
cover ng FHM Magazine para sa
April and May issue.
Cover girl ng April
issue si Ashley. YouTube sensation siya
at mas kilala sa tawag
na Petra Mahalimuyak.
Pero iniwan niya
ang pangalang Petra Mahalimuyak na
nagpasikat sa kanya
dahil desisyon ni
Boss Vic Del Rosario
na tunay niyang pangalan ang gamitin.
Right now, may sarili nang
show si Ashley sa Viva TV, ang
Dobol or Samting na hosts sila
ni Fabio Ide.
Ibi-build up siya bilang bagong
Rufa Mae Quinto na sexy pero
komedyana. Agree naman siya
na sundan ang yapak ni P-Chi
(tawag kay Rufa Mae) kasi wala
naman daw ibang kapares. Bukod dito, kikay naman daw siya at lukaret
Si Chloe naman ay may
puhunan na talaga bilang
celebrity dahil dati siyang
beauty queen. Naging
2012 Miss World-Philippines Second Princess sa
pangalang Martha Chloe
McCulley. Bago ito ay naging suitcase girl siya sa
Deal or No Deal.
Mapangahas ang pictorial ni
Chloe sa FHM na cover girl siya
Sarah G. makoronahan
kayang muli sa movie
with Coco Martin?
arah Geronimo is proclaimed 2013’s Box Office Queen
for “It Takes a Man and a Woman” with John Lloyd
Cruz, the only movie she did last year. Now, she’s
paired with Coco Martin in “Maybe This Time”. Will it be
another big blockbuster like her movies with John Lloyd?
“Sana,” sabi niya. “We tried our best ni Coco, with the
help of our director, Jerry Sineneng, para mapaganda nang
husto ang first movie namin, so hopefully, magugustuhan
din ito ng viewers and support it gaya ng ginawa nila noon
sa movies namin ni John Lloyd.”
It’s her third time to be the Box Office Queen and the
award will be given to her this coming Sunday at the awards
night to be held at Solaire Resorts. She will also get two other awards: Best Female Concert Performer for her “Perfect
10” concert at the Big Dome and Best Female Recording
Artist of the Year for her album “Expressions”.
Kumplikado ang movie scenes ng pelikula dahil may
chemistry sila ni Coco pero nagdarasal at humihiling ng
ibang fans na sana sa susunod itambal naman daw ang
kanilang idolo sa real life bf nitong ni Matteo Guidecelli.
Sana nga!•
coco martin
& sarah g.
ng May. Wala siyang takot na
magpakita ng butt.
Hindi niya alam kung ano ang
magiging reaksiyon ng kanyang
lola na si Marlene Dauden dahil nasa abroad ito. Nasa early
70s na si Marlene. Ayon kay
Chloe, tumaba na ang kanyang
lola at muntik nang bumalik sa
showbiz pero naudlot daw ang
proyektong pagsasamahan nila.
Inamin ni Chloe na rati ay
textmate sila ni Aljur Abrenica.
Halos isang buwan na regular na
ginagawa ni Aljur hanggang kusang tumigil. Naging busy daw
siya noon sa activities ng Miss
World-Philippines at hindi niya
minsan nasasagot ang text. Type
naman niya ang magandang katawan ni Aljur pero hindi niya
bet na gawing boyfriend ang
mas bata sa kanya.•
Anabelle Rama laging tinatalbugan
ang anak na si Ruffa Gutierrez
uling naagawan ng
eksena ni Tita Annabelle Rama ang
anak na si Ruffa Gutierrez
nang magsabay silang magguest sa show ni Vice Ganda
last Sunday. Kapwa wala raw
silang alam na sabay silang
maggi-guest sa show kaya
nagulat si Rufing nang makita niya ang ina na kasama
niya sa show.
“Marami pa ngang na-edit
sa sinabi ko. Umiyak nga siya
sa dressing room. Natalbugan ko raw kasi siya, hahaha!” chika ni Tita sa grupo ng
Wednesday Club.
Eh, sa teasers ng reality
show nilang It Takes Gutz to
be a Gutierrez sa E! channel,
lutang na lutang ang natural
na pagkatao ni Tita A sa natapos na episodes.
Gustung-gusto nga siyang
interbyuhin ng international
press pero siya na rin ang
“Alam mo naman tayo,
hindi marunong mag-Ingles
kaya hindi muna ako isinama sa isang promotions na
pupuntahan ng international
press. Tungkol ’yon sa discussion sa social media. Eh,
si Ruffa na lang ang isinama.
“Nang malaman nga ni Eddie ’yon, tinanong niya ako
kung bakit ako pumayag na
wala kami. Ayoko nga kas-
ing magkamali sa English.
Sabi naman ni Eduardo, international pa naman ang
exposure namin du’n kaya
pinagalitan niya ako, hahaha!” rason ng Gutierrez matriarch.
Baka naman pinipigilan ng
anak niyang si Ruffa na mabigyan siya ng international
Hindi kaya?
“Feeling ko nga, hahaha!”
buwelta ni Tita Annabelle.
Mag-iimpakeng muli si Tita
dahil kailangan niyang magpunta sa Singapore para sa
promotions ng reality show.
But take note, dahil sa pagmamahal niya sa mga kaibigang press sa showbiz, nakiusap siya sa mga producer na
magkaroon din ng presscon
ng show nila sa bansa.
Sa June na ang telecast
Gitnang Luzon
MAY 20, 2014
BIOMASS from Page 1
Samuel West Stewart, Managing Director of the Advanced Energy
Technologies -- a subsidiary of General Electric of the USA -- said the
Biomass Gasifier technology plant
here will be the first to be constructed in the Philippines, if not in Southeast Asia.
According to Stewart, it will take
24 weeks or six months to construct
the biomass plant, which is also seen
to generate employment and livelihood to surrounding communities.
Farmers will eventually benefit
from the power plant project, Stewart said, because the biomass gasifier is fuelled by hybrid napier grass,
a feedstock commonly known as
“Packchong” in Thailand.
The said grass is being raised in a
portion of land owned by Mayor Jose
Maria “Jomar” Hizon.
Hizon said there are huge available lands in Bacolor that are viable
for growing hybrid napier grass. The
mayor said the stalk of the napier
grass is used as fuel for the biomass
gasifier, while the leaves serve as
About 200 hectares of lands will
soon be planted with this kind grass,
which can easily grow and is weather
resistant. It grows without the aid
of chemicals or pesticides, it was
According to Hizon, a farmer
can harvest the grass after 110 days
or over three months since the day it
was planted.
With this, Hizon is encouraging
farmers in Bacolor to help him propagate this kind of grass as a main
source of living. “This grass has more
advantage in terms of profitability as
compared to sugarcane,” he said.
The biomass power plant project
will be built under the “build-operate-owned-transfer” scheme.
This kind of technology has been
found to be cost-efficient and touted
to be a source of green energy, which
the government is pushing under its
Renewable Energy Roadmap.
Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Climate Change
Commission (CCC) has signed a
Memorandum of Cooperation and
Understanding (MCOU) in an effort
to aggressively push for a sustain renewable energy program to address
the adverse effects of climate change
in the country.
“Our continuing goal is to triple our RE capacities by 2030. To
date, we remain confident that this
aim will be achieved,” said Energy
Undersecretary Raul B Aguilos in
his speech during the signing of
He also added that the Local Government Units (LGUs) will also play
a significant role in this endeavor for
the speedy development and successful implementation of RE programs
executed under their localities.•
said in an interview.
Backed-up by a team of policemen from Mexico town police station, members of PRO3’s regional
intelligence division led by Chief
Inspector Melvin Montante fetched
the suspects from the security department of SM City Pampanga and
brought them to the office of Pampanga provincial prosecutor’s office
for inquest procedure.
Criminal charges were filed
against the suspects ranging from
violation of the Access Device Regulation Act, E-Commerce Law, and
Seized from the suspects were
three data port cables that matched
the ATM card skimmer, a small flat
screw driver used in picking ATM
cards and a laptop reportedly used
by the suspects for decoding bank
Petrasanta said they have already coordinated with the Bureau
of Immigration for verification of
the suspects status for their alleged
involvement in an international syndicate engaged in ATM card fraud.
The suspects are temporarily detained at Mexico police station
awaiting their commitment order in
On February 8, 2014 an Italian
national identified as Roberto de
Secco, 62 was also arrested by the
police after he was caught red-handed while installing copying gadgets
in automated teller machine of Security Bank located along Mac Arthur
Highway in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City. •
members of said Task Force failed
to report and account the real
quantity of shabu and the amount
of money that they seized during
the operation.
It was learned that they arrested one Johnson Lee, a Chinese
national, and seized some 200 kilos
of shabu, cash estimated at P55 million and a Totoya Fortuner.
Instead, the group of Baloyo
instead filed a case against an-
other Chinese national, Ding
Wenkun, where the group planted evidence against
and charged him with violations
of Sections 5 and 11 of RA 9165,
Magalong said.
Meanwhile, cases for violations
of Sections 27, 29 and 32 of Republic Act 9165 against the group of
Baloyo were also filed before the
Department of Justice in Padre
Faura, Manila on May 12, 2014.•
atm fraud from Page 1
of Immigration.
Based on their records at the Bureau of Immigration, Stoyanov arrived in the country on May 5, 2014
while Goergiev arrived last March
26, 2014.
The suspects were presented to
the media by Petrasanta during a
press conference held at his office
here yesterday morning.
Madrid said security personnel
of SM City Pampanga immediately
held the suspects after knowing the
duo were skimming one of the ATM
booths of Banco de Oro.
“A client who reported to the
bank that an ATM machine has two
pin pads with card skimmers led to
the outright arrest of the suspects
who were found suspiciously loitering near the ATM booth,” Madrid
agaw bato from Page 1
B. Santos; SPO1 Rommel M. Vital; SPO1 Alcindor M. Tinio; SPO1
Eligio D. Valeroso; PO3 Dindo S.
Dizon; PO3 Gilbert A. De Vera;
PO3 Romeo E. Guerrero, Jr.; PO2
Anthony L. Lacsamana; and PO3
Dante M. Dizon.
The said policemen conducted
an illegal drugs operation in the
area of Mexico town sometime in
November 2013.
According to Magalong, the 13
korean jailed from Page 2
gun from his waist and poked it to Kwangsoo.
Luckily Kwangsoo saw a patrolling police mobile
which he immediately flagged down and sought for
help. Seeing the
presence of policemen, the suspect tried to hide the
gun under the front seat of the car but he was caught
by the responding cops.
The suspect is now detained at the Angeles City jail
after robbery charges and illegal possession of firearms were filed against him in court. •
brownout from Page 2
Specific cities and municipalities to be affected by
the power interruption are determined by the abovementioned Distribution Utility (DU), unless the activity
affects the entire franchise area. The DU allots the available power within its franchise area and implements the
power interruption schedule among the end-users.•
dole inks from Page 3
DOLE Provincial Director
Leilani Reynoso as Chair,
Ma. Corazon Zamora from
Our Lady of Fatima Clinic
in Mariveles town as Vice
Chair for Management,
Gilbert Pastorfide from
St. Joseph Hospital in Balanga City as Vice Chair for
Labor, Juno Miguel from
Bataan Doctors Hospital
as Secretary, Maria Luisa Lapas from Yumena
Lapas Medical Clinic as
Assistant Secretary, Dothy
Buno from Labtech Diagnostics Center in Balanga
City as Treasurer, Wilmaylet Violenta from Bataan
Peninsula Medical Center
as Assistant Treasurer,
Ruby Alover from Banahaw Heals Spa in Balanga
City as Auditor for Management, James Earnest
Sala s from St. Michael
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Hospital in Orion town as
Auditor for Labor, and Ma.
Jesus Salas from Body and
Senses Spa in Balanga City
as Public Relations Officer.
“We are truly honored to be partners in this
council. Rest assured, the
newly-created BHDMTCITC will continuously work
closely with DOLE in ensuring that we will be able
to attend to the issues and
needs of our healthcare
professionals and workers
in empowering them to become world-class individuals,” Zamora said.
This is the fourth tripartite council to be established in the province
after those that catered to
the Construction, Education, and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism industries. (PR)•
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permanently stationed troops on three islands
while in 1973 and had since occupied Pagasa Island (Thitu Island), Likas Island (West York Island), Parola Island (Northeast Cay), Lawak Island
(Nanshan Island), Kota Island (Loaita Island), Patag Island (Flat Island), Panata Island (Lankiam
Cay), and Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Shoal).
Vietnamese troops were stationed on five islands.
In 1976, the first major Philippine oil discovery
occurred off the coast of Palawan, near the Spratly
Islands territory.
The Philippines and Vietnam have both improved their cooperation with the US government
particularly conducting joint military exercises in
a collective bid to ward off the advances of China
in the South China Sea. China had a condescending attitude toward the Philippines, Vietnam or
any other Asian countries for that matter since
it apparently became an economic and military
Where will the China incursions take us? World
War III? We have had enough of China posturings
but recent events in the South China Sea and the
increasing incursion of China on its neighboring
countries tend to ignite more dissension and misunderstanding that could lead into a full blown
war. The presence of the US forces in Vietnam, the
Philippines, South Korea and Japan will curb the
increasing presence of China in the territories of
peace-loving nations.•
now we know from Page 4
blood, semen, vaginal fluids and breast milk. If left
untreated, it can progress into a full blown AIDS
thus leading to a slow death.
Bird Flu- is a type of influenza that affects bird,
especially poultry, and it can be transmitted to humans. It is proven to be fatal. The H5N1 strain began spreading through Asia in 2003.
Swine Flu- is a form of influenza which affects
pigs. In 2009, there were two documented strains
of the pandemic virus including the subtype H1N1,
Transmission from pigs to humans is not common,
but people with too much exposure with pigs are
at risk.
SARS- Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome is
a contagious viral respiratory disease caused by
the SARS coronavirus. It can lead to a potentially
fatal form of pneumonia. It already claimed 775
lives. MERS- Middle East Respiratory Syndrome
is a virus similar to SARS. It is a new coronavirus
strain causing respiratory illness to mammals that
appeared in 2012, when a man died from “ SARSlike,”symtoms. MERS causes complications like
pneumonia and kidney failure and death. MERSCoV is more deadly than any other coronavirus
seen before.•
group funds from Page 3
many STCBF proposals
for approval.
STBF was implemented in Bataan with a
mango farm in the upland
area of this city owned by
farmer- scientist Edgardo
Following its success,
the STCBF with 15 mango farmers here started
implementation last year
funded by PCAARRD.
Carlos and other
PCAARRD staff had attended the Bataan mango
farmers Field Day in this
city. The event was part of
the STCBF project here.•
Technology Based Farm
(STBF) and upon success,
upgraded into STCBF
with more farmers benefitting.
In STBF, only one scientist-farmer is involved
in the project.
Carlos said they have
already implemented 485
STBFs in the country
since 2008 with different
commodities, all of which
are almost completed.
He added meanwhile,
they have already 31 ongoing STCBFs all over the
country since last year.
He said they still have
governance from Page 3
environment management, and peace and order.
“DILG will recognize and incentivize provincial,
city, and municipal governments that respond to the
challenge of the SGLG,” Dijan added. (PR)•
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Chef Mark Bernardino with students,
from left, Shaine Gozon, Amie
Talibong, Joedaline Remegio, Frenzie
Salazar and Jhen Turla.
Subic goes
UTY free shops and
nature parks were
my usual destinations in Subic but on a hot
Wednesday evening it was for
a dinner repertoire of “Italy
in Nine Plates” that brought
me driving all the way from
Mabalacat City to the Center
for Asian Culinary Studies
(CACS) at the popular freeport.
I was invited by the
school’s young chief chef,
Mark Bernardino, to a special
dinner but with a task – to
grade the dishes prepared by
a team of his students. Very
seldom that I go to fine dining, preferring instead eating
newly steamed seafood with
bare hands on Fridays at the
surviving Farmfresh market
in Clark.
I enjoy breaking the provincial habit once in a while to
enjoy Italian food so I happily accepted the invitation
and eventually found myself
jittery in the company of food
connoisseurs and restaurant
My favorite shrimps were
among the opening dishes and
really appeared affluent the
way they sat on my plate and
tasted magnificently as “Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with
Basil, Mozzarella, Served with
Cranberry Balsamic Glaze.”
I was seated between Chef
Mark and an engineer from
Norway, Kristian Bertling,
who readily gave me some tips
on how to find good meat for
steak in Subic.
It was a gastronomic
delight from the first plate
to the Terzo Platto, “Fillet
Mignon Flambe in Cognac
Crème and Caramelized Onion with Demiglace, Sautéed
Asparagus in parmesan Frico
and Roasted Garlic Mashed
Potato.” Chef Mark’s students
went through a tough grilling that night but came out
very promising as future chefs
CACS just earned accreditation from the US Department of Veterans Affairs Education Program so veterans
and their dependents may
now enroll with all expenses
paid by the US government.•
Fillet Mignon Flambe
Kristian Bertling.

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