Gov leads festivity kick-off



Gov leads festivity kick-off
SALUTE. Governor Lilia ‘Nanay’ Pineda and Provincial Police Director Sr. Supt. Rodolfo Recomono Jr. arrive
with honors during the commencement of the week-long
444th Pampanga Day celebration at the Capitol Grounds
yesterday. —JUN JASO
DECEMBER 08, 2015
Gov leads
airport festivity
444th Pampanga Day
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario kick-off
By Angelique Tuazon-Eliseo
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – Governor Lilia “Nanay” Pineda led
the official opening of the weeklong festivities in celebration of
the 444th founding anniversary
of the province at the Capitol
Grounds in this city yesterday.
The celebration started early
with a holy mass officiated by
Archbishop Florentino Lavarias where Governor Pineda was
joined by provincial and local
government officials and employees.
Attendees then assembled
for the flag-raising ceremonies
and civic military parade composed of men and women from
the Bureau of Fire Protection
and the Philippine National Police.
The province’s 22 municipalities and cities also participated
through a parade of floats and
presentation of their respective
festival dances. Here, the City of
ANGELES CITY – Former Justice secretary and Liberal Party senatorial bet Leila
De Lima has joined the long list of personalities asking government to tap the full
potential of Clark International Airport to help decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). de lima...pagE 7
Plan to transfer
Bilibid to NE will
push through
BY Genaro Macalinao
ON THE SPOT. Former Justice
secretary and senatorial aspirant Leila
De Lima meets the Pampanga media
during a presscon at the Royal Estate
Residences, Angeles City yesterday
ANGELES CITY – Senatorial candidate and
former Justice Secretary Laila De Lima expressed optimism on the proposed transfer of
the National Bilibid Prison facility to Nueva
“The transfer of the NBP facility to Nueva
Ecija will proceed according to plan and in
fact there were four construction firms which
participated in the pre-qualification bidding,”
De Lima told reporters during a press conference held at the residence of businessman
Bong Alvaro at Royale Garden Estate Monday.
bilibid...pagE 7
Headline Gitnang Luzon • december 08, 2015
Tapang, et al asks Porac mayor
to distribute workers’ bonuses
by Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
PORAC, PAMPANGA – Exofficio Board Member Mike
Tapang, along with four
other Sangguniang Bayan
members here, is urging
Mayor Condralito dela Cru
to release and distribute the
year-end bonus of the town
hall employees.
In an interview with Tapang over the weekend, he
said he and SB Members
Remberto Lapid, Regin
Clarete, Ronaldo Gamboa
and Rafael Canlapan are requesting the town’s local fi-
nance committee to process
the bonuses of the employees.
However, Tapang said
the proposed budget for the
fiscal year 2015 amounting to P260 million has not
been approved to provide
allocation for the bonuses
through a supplemental
budget, as Dela Cruz vetoed
it earlier.
He further said his group
is bargaining with the local
chief executive to present a
detailed expenditure for the
fiscal year 2014-2015 as a
requisite for the approval of
the annual budget.
“Ang hinihingi lang po
namin sa ating butihing
Mayor na mag-report at
bigyan kami ng kopya ng
detailed expenditures niya
bago namin i-override ung
veto niya for the budget,”
Tapang added.
Tapang is also urging the
local finance committee to
act on the requirement imposed by the SB Committee
on Appropriations in order
to facilitate the enactment
of the vetoed budget.
Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Mayor dela
Cruz claimed that his office
is waiting for DBM rulings
on the employees’ year-end
bonuses. He also asked the
legislative body for a special
session to discuss the budget allocation intended for
the bonuses.
On the issue of vetoed
budget for the fiscal year
2014-2015, Dela Cruz admitted vetoing it as the legislative body slashed other
allocations intended for
other projects.
“Ekupa mikirut lalawen
ketang biye ng guidelines
ning DBM at manyad ku rin
pu special session kareng
Sangguniang Bayan para
kareng bonus da reng tau,”
the mayor ended.•
5 hurt in Bataan
road accident
By Mhike R. Cigaral
ABUCAY, BATAAN – Five passengers of a public
utility jeepney were seriously hurt when it accidentally rammed into a tree along the shoulder of Roman Expressway in Sitio Gomez, Barangay Mabatang of this municipality.
In a report from Camp Tolentino, personnel of Abucay police reported the vehicular accident involving a passenger jeepney
(CWN-441) registered to German Detruz of
Palili, Samal, Bataan, driven by John Ruzzle
Mirador, 22, of Brgy. Palili, Samal, Bataan. Injured passengers were identified as
Adonis De Leon, 19, of Palili, Samal; Ma.
Cresilyn Mallari, 21, of Palihan, Hermosa;
Jeric Luang, 23, of Bagac; Jomari Morales, 19,
road accident... Page 7
Bishop ‘invites’ arriving
OFWs for casual dialogue
By Mhike R. Cigaral
BALANGA CITY – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and
Itinerant People (CBCP-ECMI ) on Sunday
announced that it has designated three days
this December and five days in January 2016
as “days” for arriving Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) this Christmas.
“Itinalaga po ng CBCP-ECMI na mula Disyembre 14 to 16 at Enero 11 to 15, 2016, sa
tuwing ika-3 ng hapon hanggang ika-6 ay
bishop... Page 7
Solon decries
disqualifications of
leading candidates
via technicalities
By Mhike R. Cigaral
REAFFIRMATION OF COMMITMENT. Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC, Undersecretary Dina Ocampo, Undersecretary Reynaldo Laguda, Assistant Secretary Tonisito Umali, and Undersecretary Rizalino Rivera together with DepEd officials nationwide pledged continued
commitment in ensuring that no child shall be left behind. --DEPED PHOTO
DepEd holds National K to 12 Conference
PASAY CITY – “If yesterday
I was celebrating with you
what we have done, today I
stand with great pride telling myself, “Ang sarap maging Pilipino. Pero mas masarap maging DepEd. Never
in my life can I say that with
Department of Education
(DepEd) Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC said during the culmination of the
first National K to 12 Conference held at the Philippine
Center (PICC), December 4.
The two-day conference
gathered together almost
1,000 participants from
DepEd regional and division
offices nationwide to report the progress of various
strategies employed for the
promotion and implementa-
tion of the K to 12 Program,
specifically the Senior High
School (SHS), in their respective areas.
During the conference,
the participants provided
updates on the region and
division’s efforts in gearing
up for the nationwide implementation of SHS come 2016.
Among the strategies highlighted in Luistro’s synthesis
were the K to 12 caravans and
unique approaches such as
Teaching Strategy Festivals
and Heroic Mobile Advocacy.
Luistro lauded the efforts
of the all DepEd field offices
in ensuring that no child
shall be left behind. He said
that because of the commitment of its education leaders
nationwide, over “1.1 million
Filipinos have included in
their dreams a way of upgrad-
ing themselves” and pre-registered for the SHS in 2016.
“I told myself our DepEd
leaders have now taken it
unto themselves to take care
of every learner. Wala na po
malaking divide between
public or private, nasa bayan
o nasa bundok. You took care
of all of them. You went out
of your way, you went out of
your Queendoms and your
Kingdoms, and your Hives,
so that you can promote and
let people understand what K
to 12 is all about,” he added.
The conference also provided an opportunity for
education leaders to share
good practices in building
and strengthening partnerships with different organizations and institutions for
the implementation of the
SHS program.
“The solution to many of
our nation’s problems is in
DepEd. You are the key players in changing the direction
of where our country will
go. You have proven that to
yourselves, you have proven
that to the country. You have
shown that leadership is
possible and that your leadership is credible,” he said.
“I prayed for a change of
heart in DepEd and I realized, when I went through
what you shared the past
two days, that you have actually changed the image, the
heart, and the culture within
the Department. In fact, you
have brought together, from
limited resources, many initiatives that in the past I did
not imagine DepEd is ready
and willing to do,” Luistro
QUEZON CITY – In light of the conf licting
decisions by the Senate Electoral Tribunal and the COMELEC on the qualificiations of Senator Grace Poe that are
presently causing confusion to our people, Congressman Roman T. Romulo on
Monday stressed and emphasized the
primacy and importance of listening and
heeding the sovereign will in order to
ensure the survival of our democracy.
“If no less than the President of the
Republic is confused about the accusation against Senator Grace Poe questioning her citizenship and needs a lot of
time to think it through, how could the
2nd division of the Comelec be so immediately sure of its grounds and decide
solon decries... Page 7
Republic of the Philippines
Municipality of Arayat
In compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines
in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172). Notice is hereby served to
the public that FLORENCE ROQUERO SIGUA has filed
with this office, a petition for correction of entry in the sex
from “FEMALE” to “MALE” in the certificate of live birth
1994 at Arayat, Pampanga and whose parents are FLORENTINO SIGUA and ROSE JANE ROQUERO.
Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his
written opposition with this Office not later than two weeks
upon publication.
Mun. Civil Registrar
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december 08, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Luenthai ‘iServe.iGive Back’ wins inaugural CSR Excellence Award
By Marna Dagumboy
-del Rosario
CLARK FREEPORT – For developing
an innovative approach to providing livelihood and community
service in Clark contiguous areas,
the biggest employer here has been
recognized by the country’s largest
and most reputable Human Resource Association.
Luenthai Philippine’s “iServe.
iGive Back” Program has won the
2015 CSR Excellence Award by the
People Management Association
of the Philippines HRM Foundation (PMAP).
Besting other entries in this
nation-wide search under the Livelihood Category, the program was
rated high on innovation, sustainability, replication, scalability and
social and business impact.
Frank Sauceda, Luenthai Executive Vice President, accepted the
award on November 27, 2015 during PMAP’s Corporate Social Responsibility Summit held at SGV
Conference Hall in Makati City. In a statement received by the
of Clark Development Corporation (CDC-CommDep), Sauceda
thanked PMAP for the confidence
entrusted to Luenthai through the
award. “This recognition further
strengthens our belief that a caring spirit for the employees and
the community is a manifestation
of good corporate citizenship”, he
said. “The award further boosts the
company’s desire to continue on
with the journey in effecting positive changes not just by providing
skills training and livelihood but
also in improving the wellbeing
of many orphaned, neglected and
underprivileged members of the
society through various community outreach programs,” Sauceda
Sauceda humbly dedicated
and expressed gratitude to the
program partners namely: Tu-
loy Foundation Inc. headed by Fr.
Rocky Evangelista; CDC, through
Atty. Art Tugade; and other LGU
and NGO partners.
CDC officials led by Atty.
Tugade conveyed congratulations
and commendations to the company, emphasizing the importance
of CSR programs of Clark locators
in community development and
nation building.
The “iServe.iGive Back” is a
community service and transluenthai... Page 7
Caravan goes
to Castillejos
iSERVE.iGIVE BACK. Frank Sauceda, L&T president, pose with PMAP officers and panel of judges ceremonies at the CSR Excellence
Award held at the SGV Conference Hall in Makati City. --CONTRIBUTED PHOTO
TV show launches Bataan farmers group undergo
search for ultimate
bamboo skills training
real estate seller
By Mhike R. Cigaral
BY Charlene A. Cayabyab
ANGELES CITY – An expert in the real
estate industry recently launched a
reality TV series that will challenge
aspiring real estate sales professionals to sell the most number of properties.
Philippine Realty TV (PRTV), the
first and longest-running real estate
and construction television show in
the country, recently launched its
newest program called, “Search for
the Superstar Sellers.”
Anyone with an entrepreneurial
spirit and a passion for finding the
right homes for potential buyers is
welcome to apply, but prior selling
experience and a broker’s license are
not necessary. Additionally, applicants must have
good interpersonal and communication skills, and must also be willing
to exclusively sell DecaHomes properties and be featured on Philippine
Realty TV, which airs on ANC. Contestants, whether on a full
time or part time basis, must also be
intent on pursuing real estate selling
as their future career.
Spanning over a course of three
months, contestants from Metro
Manila and Pampanga will go headtv show... Page 7
30 members and officers
of Mamamayan Sagip Kalikasan- Community-based
Forest Management (MASAGKA-CFM)
Association in the upland village of
Banawang, this town have
undergone extensive skills
training on engineered
bamboo products last week.
Nelin O. Cabahug, Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) provincial di-
rector for Bataan, told local
newsmen the skills training
program was conducted
with the cooperation of
trainers coming from the
Products Research and Developmental Institute of the
Department of Science and
Technology (PRDI-DOST).
Cabahug further explained the technical training on bamboo production
scheme would enhance the
human resource growth
aspect of the communitybased organization to be-
come more assertive and
creative in pursuing income
generating projects.
Nelin described that
high-quality bamboo products manufactured in the
Shared Service Facility
(SSF) project in Barangay
Banawang already have
captive markets with the
presence of the nearby Las
Casas Filipinas de Acuzar,
a well-known heritage resort and world-class scenic
beach resorts facing the
West Philippine Sea.•
OLONGAPO CITY – Just before the holiday rush,
residents of Castillejos, Zambales flocked to the
municipal park on November 20 and 21, 2015 to
buy quality and affordable products at the “Diskwento Caravan” organized by the Department
of Trade and Industry (DTI) Zambales provincial office.
The 2-day caravan was participated in by 22
traders from Zambales and nearby provinces.
DTI Provincial Director Leny Baluyut expressed her gratitude to Castillejos Mayor Angelo Dominguez for providing them a venue to
stage the Diskwento Caravan. The fair provided
Zambaleños an array of products on display like
canned goods, bread, soap, rice, sugar, fruits and
vegetables, as well as native products like mango
chutney, camote and gabi chips, and bignay jelly.
Household appliances, motorcycles, household
decors and jewelries and accessories were also
sold during the caravan.
Employees of the municipal hall enjoyed the
early shopping for Noche Buena products as they
went from stall to stall. The DTI Provincial Office arranged with accredited suppliers to sell
quality products at discounts to help ordinary
Zambaleños enjoy the coming holiday season.
The Diskwento Caravan was considered
a big success as the two-day event generated
more than P2.6 million in sales. Food products,
household items, motor vehicles and electronic
items were among the top sellers.•
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Residents of
Zambales check
the products sold
at the recent Diskwento Caravan
conducted by
the DTI Zambales
Provincial Office
at the Castillejos
Municipal Park.
Headline Gitnang Luzon • december 08, 2015
Right in the face
ONE does not have to be a genius to see
the potential of the Clark International
Airport as an alternative or supplementary airport to address the congestion at the Ninoy Aquino International
Airport in Manila.
It’s staring at everyone right in the face.
Liberal Party senatorial bet Leila De
Lima yesterday told mediamen that
she also sees the wisdom in considering the full potential of CRK to help decongest NAIA.
According to the former Justice secretary, it’s about time that the country
has a supplemental airport to address
the problem of congestion. She too
has experienced air traffic a couple of
There is already a long list of personalities asking the government to consider the CRK as an alternative airport
to the NAIA, including senatoriables. A
lot of other people have expressed the
same sentiments. Even members of the
House of Representatives are open to
the idea, which is being pushed by kabalen 2nd District Rep. Joseller “Yeng”
We don’t think they’re just saying this
to garner favor from Kapampangans,
because they are speaking sincerely
on the need to decongest the country’s
premier airport.
But somehow, there are sectors opposed to the move, and are doing everything in their power to thwart this
proposal. We don’t understand why,
as the facilities are there, and at 2,400
hectares, CRK is four times bigger than
the NAIA.
De Lima understands the need for the
government to seriously look at the viability of the Clark airport.
She is not the first; there will be others
to follow the lead. We don’t know what
the government is waiting for, and
we’re hoping that it’s not an accident
that would take lives and properties.
By then, it would be too late.
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CRK backers
ROM Liberal Party frontman Mar Roxas to senatorial
bet Leila De Lima, the development of the Clark International
Airport as an alternative airport to
the congested Ninoy Aquino International Airport had been getting
support, a far cry from the bellicose assertions of the Department
of Transportation and Communications (DoTC) that the next interna-
best “location for an airport” development.
Given all these drumbeating for
Clark airport, I wonder how the
DoTC will proceed with the development of the aviation industry. Will
it support CRK or will it continue
daydreaming about a
new international airport
in Sangley? The people
of Northern Luzon and
Central Luzon, particularly those in Pampanga
province, eschew the idea
of Sangley as an international airport. They abhor it.
Now, if the whole LP
slate is serious about
Clark, the government
Arnel San Pedro
should better establish
the fast railway between
port at 2,400 hectares is four times Manila and Bulacan and complete
bigger than NAIA and the French the link up all the way to Clark. And
airport design team has so much op- perhaps, the Kapampangans will
timism on the viability of CRK. The have a change of heart about the LP
Japanese International Cooperation frontman and his slate by supportAgency (JICA), however, pointed to ing them in the coming elections.
De Lima was straightforward. No
the viability of Sangley Point and
this is where the DoTC heavily leans foot dragging here but calculated
remarks coming from a highly eson.
“Mas malapit at mas convenient” teemed figure. On the top honcho of
ang Clark airport, said De Lima, Clark Development Corporation, Art
pointing out that Central and North- Tugade, openly supporting presidenern Luzon will benefit from the pres- tial bet Rodrigo Duterte: “When the
ence of the airport. “Hindi puedeng campaign starts, someone has to tell
isa lang ang airport. The airport is him (Tugade) to stop.”
On whether she agrees on allowamong the important ones” needed
in the improvement of the economy. ing former President Gloria MacapaSpeaking live over ANC channel, gal Arroyo to undergo house arrest:
Roxas has also said that it is time to “The basis for a grant of bail de“move” to Clark while his running pends if the evidence of guilt is not
mate Lenny Robredo bats for the strong.”•
travelling public. Foreign and local
carriers coming to the NAIA have to
encircle the Manila skies for several
minutes just to await clearance from
the control tower to land, wasting
precious aviation fuel.
“Let us not wait for an accident to
happen. Paano kung marami (airplanes) na ang
naghihintay sa taas,” said
De Lima. The Clark air-
“De Lima cited the congestion problem
besetting the NAIA that inadvertently
cause flight delays, danger to commercial passenger airlines, and more incon- Check and
venience to the travelling public.” Balance
tional airport will be built in Sangley Point, Cavite City.
Since Roxas and De Lima are
both batting for the development of
Clark airport, I am pretty sure the
whole LP slate will toe the line and
throw their support to the development of a “dual airport” system –
that is NAIA and CRK.
“We are a growing economy,” according to De Lima, who met with
members of the Pampanga media at
the plush residence of businessman
Bong Alvaro. “Kumbinsido ako sa
wisdom ng pag kokonsidera sa Clark
De Lima cited the congestion
problem besetting the NAIA that
inadvertently cause flight delays,
danger to commercial passenger airlines, and more inconvenience to the
Hay Naku!
MIDST the decision of the contenders to safeguard the victory
Commission on Elections of their standard bearer Mar Roxas.
The silent maneuver of the cur(Comelec) 2nd Division favoring one of the disqualification rent administration can be heard
cases filed against presidentiable all over the country. All presidenSenator Grace Poe, another promi- tial wannabes contending Mar
Roxas have their secrets
nent figure in our chaotic
revealed with malice.
political system wants to
To weaken the defenses
gain entry, or should I
of their enemies is their
say in a funny prose, the
“return of the comeback
“ to try once again his
disrupted stroke for the
highest position of the
Joseph “Erap” Estrada
recently expressed his
intention to replace Sen- ELLEZ J. DAVIO
utmost goal to ensure suator Poe in the presidenpremacy.
tial race in case she is
Issues like Poe’s citizenship and
disqualified in the coming national
elections. No one saw it coming. residency requirement was raised
However, I am giving the former when she declared her intention to
president a point for his intensive run; the character assassination of
analysis on the current situation of Duterte is in effect to mislead the
our political system, which is the voting populace; and lastly, the socovert manipulation of the admin- called black propaganda against
istration to eliminate all possible VP Binay are all evident of the
coy execution done by the Aquino
Let me go back to “Erap.” When
he disclosed his intention in case of
Poe’s disqualification, I uttered a
word unacceptable in the jargon of
the print medium.
“Hay naku!” What is happening
to our country? The election should
be taken seriously. It is not a circus
“What is happening to our country?
The election should be taken seriously.
It is not a circus that needs the service
Now We Know! of clowns and magicians.”
that needs the service of clowns and
magicians. We had enough of the
“Erap” magic. Enough is enough for
Pete’s sake .Right now I am praying
fervently for the Lord God to heed
my appeal for Grace Poe. May she
overcome all the ordeals she is facing right now and not to let “Erap”
replace her as the opposition’s candidate. I am crossing my fingers. •
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december 08, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
Would you rather
OMEONE who would speak
badly of the person regarded to be the divinest among
Catholics would rationally earn
the toughest criticisms and public
rage―add the fact that amidst this
period of electioneering, any minute adverse deed will definitely be
taken advantage of and used against
any candidate vying for the highest
seat in the land.
This happened when Davao City
Mayor Duterte, in his speech during the PDP-Laban’s declaration of
or a presidentiable who is showing
off the arrest of lawbreakers but is
hideously one of the backers of various syndicates?
Would you rather have a presidentiable who is notoriously known
for having extra-marital affairs and
admitting to having numerous girlfriends, or someone who shows off
to be happily married to only one
woman but the truth is, they are
sleeping in separate rooms inside
one house?
Would you rather
have a presidentiable
who is notoriously
known for being too
straightforward that
it offends most of us,
or someone who is too
good to be true that
all of this goodness
we see is just superficial?
Michelle CatapWell, I’d rather
have someone who is
willing to, or someone
and would not kiss anyone’s ass, or who has already bared his soul to
a presidentiable who is infamously every inch of his flaws than get disknown to be sugar-coating words appointed with someone who looks
but would stab you at the back like a very superb choice but end up
like a s*** at the end. I’d say, why
whenever an opportunity strikes?
Would you rather have a presi- don’t we give it a try to have somedentiable who is notoriously known one who is worlds apart from the
for sacking criminals for the sake of traditional style of politicking and
a peaceful and orderly community, see where it would take us.•
putang ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag
ka nang magbisita dito. (Pope, you
son of a bitch, go home. Don’t visit
here anymore.)”
As much as I want to shun myself from reacting and writing
about this issue, I have also come to
a point when I wanted to explore on
the different sides of this issue and
wanted to ask myself these questions:
Would you rather have a presidentiable who is notoriously known for cussing
“Would you rather have a presidentiable
who is notoriously known for cussing and
would not kiss anyone’s ass, or a presidentiable who is infamously known to be
sugar-coating words but would stab you
at the back whenever an opportunity
his presidential bid, began talking
about his experience of taking five
hours to reach a mall from his hotel
while in Metro Manila last January,
which is apparently caused by the
traffic jams during the Pope’s visit
in Manila. Citing a Rappler report,
the presidentiable said in a joking
tone, “Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope
headline in history
Japan launched a surprise attack on the Philippines
n December 8, 1941, Japan
launched a surprise attack
on the Philippines, just ten
hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Initial aerial bombardment
was followed by landings of ground
troops both north and south of Manila. The defending Philippine and
United States troops were under
the command of General Douglas MacArthur, who had been recalled to active duty in the United
States Army earlier in the year and
was designated commander of the
United States Armed Forces in the
Asia-Pacific region. The aircraft of
his command were destroyed; the
naval forces were ordered to leave;
and because of the circumstances
in the Pacific region, reinforcement
and resupply of his ground forces
were impossible.
Under the pressure of superior numbers, the defending forces
withdrew to the Bataan Peninsula
and to the island of Corregidor at
the entrance to Manila Bay. Manila,
declared an open city to prevent its
destruction, was occupied by the
Japanese on January 2, 1942.
The Philippine defense continued until the final surrender of
United States-Philippine forces on
the Bataan Peninsula in April 1942
and on Corregidor in May. Most of
the 80,000 prisoners of war captured by the Japanese at Bataan
were forced to undertake the infamous “Death March” to a prison
camp 105 kilometers to the north. It
is estimated that as many as 10,000
men, weakened by disease and malnutrition and treated harshly by
their captors, died before reaching
their destination. Quezon and Osmeña had accompanied the troops
to Corregidor and later left for the
United States, where they set up a
government in exile. MacArthur
was ordered to Australia, where he
started to plan for a return to the
Japanese soldiers guard hundreds of American and Filipino prisoners of war resulting from the surrender of Corregidor in May 1942.
The Japanese military authorities
immediately began organizing a new
government structure in the Philippines. Although the Japanese had
promised independence for the islands after occupation, they initially
organized a Council of State through
which they directed civil affairs until October 1943, when they declared
the Philippines an independent republic. Most of the Philippine elite,
with a few notable exceptions, served
under the Japanese. Philippine collaboration in Japanese-sponsored
political institutions--which later
became a major domestic political
issue--was motivated by several considerations. Among them was the effort to protect the people from the
harshness of Japanese rule (an effort
that Quezon himself had advocated),
protection of family and personal interests, and a belief that Philippine
nationalism would be advanced by
solidarity with fellow Asians. Many
collaborated to pass information to
the Allies. The Japanese-sponsored
republic headed by President José P.
Laurel proved to be unpopular.
Japanese occupation of the Philippines was opposed by increasingly effective underground and guerrilla activity that ultimately reached
large-scale proportions. Postwar
investigations showed that about
260,000 people were in guerrilla
organizations and that members
of the anti-Japanese underground
were even more numerous. Their
effectiveness was such that by the
end of the war, Japan controlled
only twelve of the forty-eight provinces. The major element of resistance in the Central Luzon area was
furnished by the Huks, Hukbalahap, or the People’s Anti-Japanese
Army organized in early 1942 under
the leadership of Luis Taruc, a communist party member since 1939.
The Huks armed some 30,000
people and extended their control
over much of Luzon. Other guerrilla
units were attached to the United
States Armed Forces Far East.
The so-called Angels of Bataan,
or Battling Belles of Bataan, upon
their liberation in February 1945.
The women continued to serve in
what capacity they could while
imprisoned at Santo Tomas and
Los Banos.
Allied forces landed on the island
of Leyte on October 20, 1944, accompanied by Osmeña, who had
succeeded to the commonwealth
presidency upon the death of Quezon on August 1, 1944. Landings
then followed on the island of Mindoro and around the Lingayen Gulf
on the west side of Luzon, and the
push toward Manila was initiated.
Fighting was fierce, particularly in
the mountains of northern Luzon,
where Japanese troops had retreated, and in Manila, where they put
up a last-ditch resistance. Guerrilla
forces rose up everywhere for the
final offensive. Fighting continued
until Japan’s formal surrender on
September 2, 1945. The Philippines
had suffered great loss of life and
tremendous physical destruction by
the time the war was over. An estimated 1 million Filipinos had been
killed, a large proportion during the
final months of the war, and Manila
was extensively damaged.
Neng Capa M. Pangan
Ding menako prutas
(Last part of 2 parts)
“Nanu no’mang prutas ding kekang darala?”
Ngana ning Hepi king kaduang inaus da;
“Santul la pu” nganing agad pekibat na;
“Aru!” nganang Hepi, “karagul da pala?”
“Nung makanian abe daklut na kang metung
Karing amanwan mung penako mung santul,
At ilako mu ne ing kekang pantalun
Ba’na kang milabas king ibye kung atul”.
“Nanu pung gawan ku?” ing agad nang kitang
“Karening santul a kanakung daralan?”
“Ipalub me” ngana, “king kekang pitaklan
Ing metung kareti bilang kaparusan”
Anyang idampi ne king kayang kuyukut
Ban king pitaklan na ume nang ipalub,
Sinagakgak ya pa’t saka atuk-atuk
Meyli iti, imbes king magpakalunus.
“Nanu ing kaylian mu?” nganing Hepi kaya,
“Obat balamu yang makaloko keka?
Ing abe mung metung a kakung perusa,
Sinigwelas yamu mengapangisngis ya.
Samantalang ika akakwa mung mayli
Kening kaparusan a binye ku ngeni?”
“O makananu pu”, pekibat na niti
“Aganaka ke pu ing abe ming tawli”.
“Obat naman mo ya pang kekang isipan
Samantalang ika ing keni makasyang?,
Sarili mu namu ing kekang ganakan”
Nganing Hepi kening kaduang miparusan.
“O makananu po” nganang migmatulid,
“Talagang e ku pin pu lubus aisip
Nung makananu neng isaksak king buldit
Itang linimid nang langka ketang tiklis!!”•
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Archbishop Miguel de
Poblete died in Manila
n December 8, 1667, Don Miguel de Poblete, archbishop of Manila, died. His death was mourned by
all of the city. Poblete acted as a loving father and
pastor of his church. He was a very amiable, pious, and possessed with great charity. He gave liberal alms which he
took from his own sustenance.
He rebuilt the cathedral in Intramuros that was damaged by the 1645 earthquake. It had 3 naves all of free stone
and rubble-work masonry. The cathedral was finished
shortly after he died.
It was the common report, and an established fact, that
he died a virgin, and was beloved to the utmost for his virtue.
On the day of his death, was also the ceremony of the
taking of oath of allegiance to the new King, Carlos II. Carlos II succeeded Felipe IV who died on Setptember 17, 1667.
Carlos II, an infant, reigned under the regency of his mother, Mariana of Austria, until his fifteenth year. He reigned
until the end of the seventeenth century.
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ing, sudden speed bursts, and
camel backs make this a ride to remember. Another roller coaster,
the Field Runner, will make your
heart beat fast and bring on an
adrenaline rush to your system.
Capture the excitement of a
water ride down a raging river
with the Flume Ride. Cruising
over 5 minutes of winding waters,
it ends with passengers dropping
from a height of 9.5 meters into a
wet and wild water track.
More thrills? The Drop Tower
slowly lifts passengers to 40 feet
high before releasing in a free
fall… the Space Shuttle that swivels with three cycles going to the
right, and three cycles going to
the left… the Super Viking, an
open seated gondola that swings
up to 90 degrees back and forth.
There are also nostalgic rides
like the Double Decker Carousel,
the classic favorite ride of all time,
where kids can ride on magical
horses. Designed by Peter Petz Productions of Germany, it transports
one back to 20th century world fairs.
Visitors of all ages can also
have fun with games – booths for
extreme basketball, a color toss,
ring toss, lift-a-bottle and lobster
pot where park guests can bring
home stuffed toys and other prizes.
Enjoy a dazzling Glittering
Holiday Parade from the characters of Cartoon Network on all
Saturdays of December as they
carnival along the longest mall
in the Philippines. Also, witness
the special Christmas Skit of costumed role-playing artists as you
stroll along the park and have
your selfies and groufies every
Sunday for the whole month of
SkyRanch Pampanga is open to
the public from 12 nn to 12 midnight on weekends and from 3
p.m. to 12 midnight on weekdays.
It is one of the many exciting attractions for the whole family at
SM City Pampanga.•
ery single work of art she produces that
helped her carve a niche in the world
of modern artists. Each Tiinz Taruc
artwork bears hear signature style: the
indefinable essence of her soul which
manifests in her quick, confident brush
strokes; unerring color symphonies;
and, surprising, quirky compositions.
The artist has recurrent themes that
have been noticed by art enthusiasts
and serious collectors.
Her gigantic flower paintings have
a life of their own. One rose artwork
contains 10 different hues of red alone.
Asked where she buys her unique colors, Tiinz nonchalantly said she mixes
these herself. She also paints lilies and
Tiinz considers her Van Gogh-inspired landscapes with the spiral, rolling clouds depicting movement in the
sky overlooking a rural panorama or
an urban cityscape as her liveliest artworks. Her nationalist spirit, an inherent family trait, weaves itself into her
artworks where familiar landmarks
such as Pinatubo Volcano, Mount Arayat, Mount Makiling, the Sierra Madre
Mountain Range, and structures such
as the San Fernando Cathedral and
even the Salakot at the entrance of the
Clark Freeport Zone can be seen.
Tiinz said the influence of Chagall
and Picasso surface in her portraits
that reflect the many mysterious facets
of a woman while her versions of the
Madonna and Child revere the bond
between a mother and her child. Her
ever-changing color palettes and details are depicted in these series.
Her crowded koi paintings, meanwhile, brim with abundance and prosperity. Circles predominate in these
paintings. One ardent koi hobbyist
waited 30 years to find the perfect koi
painting and found a Tiinz Taruc original that was exactly what she wanted.
Her craft has evolved as she added
bird paintings to her repertoire. The
simple yet graceful outlines of her
bird figures are very similar to her koi
paintings, plentiful in number yet not
in massive clusters like the koi.
Yet she said these are also different
whereas koi congregate and seemingly
swim in perpetual motion, her birds sit
serenely on respective tree branches.
Her works have also been noticed
in the world arena. Within a year after
she started painting, Tiinz was chosen
among 300 contestants as the winner
of a United Nations-sponsored competition to create six exhibit boards for
the Global Chemi-Pharma Producers
Directory (GCPPD).
The former Miss PampangaTourism winner, Tiinz has shown
the world that she is more than just
a beautiful face. She is no longer simply the daughter of Dr. Taruc and the
granddaughter of Ka Luis Taruc. She
emerged from the shadows of her
famous forebears to make her own
mark in the world.•
AC ARTIST... from Page 8
dela Fuente; her father Dr. Romeo Taruc; and, Jesus Romualdez along with
Tiinz’s friends and relatives. A scion of the popular Taruc family
of Angeles City, Tiinz, 53, is the daughter of former City Councilor Dr. Romeo
Taruc and granddaughter of Hukbalahap leader Luis Taruc.
Tiinz started painting on her own
only three years ago but her artistic
inclinations were evident even when
she graduated with a Tourism degree
from UP Diliman. Her artistic leaning led her to jobs in the United States
that exposed her to commercial art and
graphic design.
She spent over two decades working for what are considered two of the
biggest engineering and architectural
design firms in the world: Hellmuth
Obata & Kassabaum and AECOM.
These firms are responsible for their
distinguished engineering and architectural marvels such as the King
Khaled Airport in Saudi Arabia; the
Charles de Gaulle Airport in France;
Resorts World Sentosa; the London
Olympic Park; the Hong Kong Science
Park; and, the Apple, Inc. R&D Campus.
While in New York, she further
honed her skills as a graphic artist and
designer at the famous Parsons School
of Design.
Described by one art patron as
“Monet on steroids,” Tiinz’s uniqueness
and individuality are stamped into ev-
DoLE urges employers
to give 13th month pay
on or before Dec 24
MANILA – The Department
of Labor & Employment
urges private employers
to pay their workers’ 13th
month pay by 24 December.
Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said 13th
month pay is a labor standard requirement of the
Labor Code and all employers are required to pay it to
their workers, regardless of
the nature of their employment, and irrespective of
the methods by which their
wages are paid, provided
they worked for at least one
month during a calendar
She added that giving
13th month pay to workers
would foster “good labormanagement relations and
increase workers’ and enterprises’ productivity and
The 13th month pay constitutes one-twelfth (1/12th)
of the basic pay received by an
employee in a calendar year.
Baldoz said that while
the 13th month pay includes
remunerations or earnings
paid by an employer to the
worker for services rendered, it does not include:
cost-of-living allowances
(COLA);profit-sharing payments cash equivalents of
unused vacation and sick
leave credits; overtime pay;
premium pay; night shift
differential pay; holiday
pay;allowances and monetary benefits which are not
considered or integrated as
part of the regular or basic
salary of the employee.
“This year, the 24th of
December falls on a Thursday, so employers may
pay their workers the 13th
month benefit on this day,
but I urge them to pay earlier to avoid the rush,” said
Employers may also opt
to pay their workers onehalf of their 13th month
benefit before the opening
of the regular school year
in May or June; and the remaining half on or before
December 24.
“If not paid after this
date, the 13th month pay
becomes due and demandable,” said Baldoz, adding
that employers who fail to
pay the 13th month benefit
are liable to money claim
cases that workers may file
with any DoLE Regional
“Once the DoLE receives
a request for assistance
(RFA) to resolve a non-payment of 13th month benefit,
the RFA will be acted upon
using the single entry approach (SEnA) mechanism
of conciliation-mediation
which is a very accessible,
fair, non-litigious, and inexpensive dispute settlement
system,” said Baldoz.
The Labor and Employment Chief also added that
all employers are required
to make a report of compliance to the nearest DOLE
regional office not later than
January 15 of each year.
december 08, 2015 • Headline Gitnang Luzon
de lima... from Page 1
“It’s about time for us to
have an alternative or supplemental airport particularly to address the problem of congestion which I
also experienced, [yung]
paikot-ikot up in the air
because of air traffic,” De
Lima said in a press conference held here yesterday.
De Lima said the government should seriously look
for an alternative airport
outside of the metropolis in
light of the over-congested
air traffic at the NAIA.
De Lima said inconvenience and possible aircraft
luenthai... from Page 3
accidents will be avoided if
air traffic at NAIA would be
relieved with other flights
mounted in other airports. “Let’s not wait for an accident to happen. We need
alternative airports… as
our economy is growing
fast,” she furthered.
De Lima said that
North and Central Luzon
will benefit in terms of
economy should CRK is
developed as an alternative
airport. The Clark airport
has been named among
the best Philippine airports
based on several assess-
ment experts, as among
the better choices as aircraft terminals. The former justice secretary also added that even
suburbs need infrastructure development.
Studies made by air
professionals claim that Clark
airport’s catchment area--where its passengers
would possibly come from-include the entire Northern Luzon where millions
of Overseas Filipino Workers hail from. De Lima said that if she
would make it to the Senate, she will “help open up
the minds of government
policy makers” to see the
need to use Clark.
One of the Philippines’
most sought-after election lawyers, De Lima also
vowed to work for the review of Philippine laws to
make these easy for common folk to understand
and government easier to
Recent surveys place De
Lima among the top runners in the 12-slate senatorial contest for 2016. •
bilibid... from Page 1
De Lima said one of the bidders
had been disqualified. She did not
elaborate. Decongested cells at NBP in
Muntinlupa City prompted the Department of Justice (DoJ) to scout
for a government property in Nueva
Ecija where the proposed prison facility would be constructed.
The proposed project is situated
in a 500-hectare military reservation
area situated in Barangay Nazareth,
General Tinio, Nueva Ecija.
Early this year, De Lima attended
one of the full council meetings of
the Regional Development Council 3
(RDC3) where she stressed the need
to build a new prison facility to decongest detention cells of the NBP which
she said is already 163 percent congested and deteriorating.
“Alam n’yo naman po kung gaano
ka-deteriorated ang mga facilities under the Bureau of Corrections. For so
long a time, for so many decades, talaga pong neglected ang ating prisons
at halos wala pong budget para dyan,”
De Lima told the RDC3 panel.
De Lima said the project will be
undertaken through a private-publicpartnership. “This is the first big ticket project and first of its kind, state-ofthe-art prison facility in the country,”
she said.
She said proposed prison facility
project would also serve as a regional
[prison facility], the first major project of the DOJ and BuCor to be built
in Nueva Ecija.•
pangans despite the various disasters
and natural calamities that hit the
province through the years.
444th founding anniversary is no
small feat. Our province is centuries
old and has faced countless disasters
yet we still stand here today stronger
than ever as one of the country’s top 10
most progressive provinces,” Pineda
proudly said.
Other activities slated for this year’s
Pampanga Day celebration include inter-town Zumba competition, job fair,
Mutya ning Kapampangan coronation night, and the Most Outstanding
Kapampangan Awards night, among
pampanga day... from Page 1
San Fernando emerged best, followed
by the runners-up Mexico, Bacolor,
Lubao, and Sta. Ana, respectively. The
performance by indigenous folks from
Porac were also cited and dubbed as
“Most Disciplined”.
According to Governor Pineda,
this year’s celebration focuses on the
resiliency and solidarity of Kapam-
road accident... from Page 2
of Bilolo, Orion; and, Ivan Jimenez, 9,
of Palili, Samal.
Initial investigation revealed that
the said passenger jeepney was travelling from north to south towards
Balanga City when the accident took
place. The jeep swayed out of control
and eventually smashed an unidentified tree at the right side of the road.
One of the passengers said the
driver was speed driving manner and
was having a “hearty conversation”
with a lady beside him.
The passengers sustained physical injuries and were immediately
rushed to Bataan General Hospital
in Balanga City for medical treatment.•
the Bataan prelate said.
Santos invited OFWS to visit their
office at CBCP Building at 470 General Luna Street, Intramuros, Manila. On hand to receive the visitors
are Father Resty Ogsimer, Carmelita
Maraan, Jeanette Rosales, Edyzza
Pumarada and Edmund Ruga.
He also advised vacationing workers to refrain from excessive spending.
“Mag-ipon at maging masinop.
Unahin palagi ang pamilya at palaging mag-usap. Gamitin ang bakasyon
higit sa lahat para sa inyong pamilya
at para sa Panginoong Diyos. Samasamang magsimba,” he stressed.
The bishop asked OFWS to be extra careful about online investments
and people offering big interests and
returns on money lending.
“Kami po na bumubuo at namumuno sa ating CBCP-ECMI ay hindi
lamang bumabati sa inyo ng Maligayang Pasko bagkus nagpapahayag din
nang may pasasalamat na Maligayang Pagdating!”, Santos said.•
and I don’t think they are amused
at the prospect of being deprived
of the choice of whom to vote for
as their President.” said Romulo.
“As a citizen, I think we must
all assert the right of the Filipino
voter to vote his or her choice of
President in the coming elections. It is simply not right for
seven (7) people or fifteen (15)
persons, no matter how notable
they are to decide for 60 million
voters whom we want to lead our
nation. Not even the current President of our country has that prerogative. Let the will of the people
prevail. Let the voice of the people declare who shall be the President of the Republic in May 2016.”
“I challenge all the Presiden-
tiables to come together and ask
Comelec and the Supreme Court
in a joint statement to let the sovereign people decide on the issues
surrounding every Presidentiable
by electing him or her whom they
trust, from a shortlist of serious aspirants rather than from a
shorter list of residual candidates
atter all the leading ones have
been disqualified by some technicality.” Romulo, paraphrasing the Supreme Court in the Frivaldo case,
added: “And in the final analysis,
over and above Grace Poe herself,
the indomitable people of the
Philippines most certainly deserve to be governed by a leader
of their overwhelming choice.”•
bishop... from Page 2
para sa inyo. Kung anuman ang aming maitutulong, tayo po ay magkuwentuhan, tayo po ay sama-samang
magkape,” Bishop Ruperto Santos of
the Diocese of Balanga, CBCP-ECMiI
chairperson, told OFWs in a Christmas letter.
The visiting OFWs will be given
prayer pamphlets on Way of the
Cross, Way of Migrants, Nine Days
with Saint Joseph and Holy Rosary as
a way of thanking the overseas workers for sacrificing for their loved ones,
solon decries... from Page 2
speedily that Senator Grace Poe
was disqualified,” asked Roman
Romulo of the Galing at Puso
camp. Romulo was referring to
the statement of President Aquino yesterday about his own need
to study and mull the various aspects raised about issue of Poe’s
“As a matter of fact, the people
are talking about parallel urgent
moves to disqualify Grace Poe
and other leading candidates as
certainties. People are suspecting
a grand design to knock out all
the strong candidates for President to deliver a pre-defined outcome in the coming Presidential
elections. This is the kwentong
kutsero now among the “bosses”
GAWAD KALINGA... from Page 8
continued rebuilding efforts in areas devastated by super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas as well as our banner
projects namely Kusina ng Kalinga and Barangay Walang Iwanan,” Meloto said.
Interested parties are encouraged to pre-register through [email protected]
GK, which means to “give care”, is a Philippine-based movement that aims to end extreme poverty by first
restoring the dignity of the poor. •
formational program that
marries the Luenthai’s
long running community
outreach activities with its
culture building initiative. As such, it promotes giving
back as an inside out motivation, a commitment and
a habit. Born as a corporate initiative in 2009, Verte Philippines has adopted this
program in 2012 and since
then has been reaching
out and touching lives; and
been creating awareness
and meaningful partnership with various stakeholders who share the same
aspirations of taking responsibility for others.
Other category winners
presented with ingenuinely
crafted kamagong based trophy were: AES Philippines
Johnson & Johnson Philippines (Health & Wellness
Category); SM Supermalls
(People with Disabilities);
(Community Service); San
Roque Power Corporation
(Education) and Trans-Asia
Oil & Energy Development
Corporation (Environment).
To date, the program has
generated over P880,000
employee donations benefiting 11 charitable institutions in Pampanga; with
schools spread across An-
geles City, Mabalacat, Porac, Clark and Bataan with
over 1,500 graduates, more
than half of which are hired
by Luenthai and others
gainly employed in other
factories in the province.
Luenthai has also hired
over 20 dressmaking graduates from Tuloy sa Don
Bosco in Alabang through
the Preferential Hiring Program. Under the Football
program, the free academy
currently caters to over 160
kids of Luenthai employees, Air Force and of the
poor community, plus hundreds more in Tuloy sa Don
Luenthai Philippine’s
“iServe.iGive Back” addresses social issues like
and hopelessness with
three intertwined helping
schemes. Community Outreach – helping partner
organizations to continue
to help and care for the
less fortunate members of
the community; Skills and
Employment – helping
marginalized members of
the community be able to
have a fair chance for employment and provide for
their family; and Sports &
Youth – giving equal opportunities for poor kids to
learn life lessons through
Football (with reports from
tv show... from Page 3
to-head as they try to outwit, outhustle, and outsell each
other to the most number of DecaHomes residential developments within the contest period.
“Contestants will find themselves learning not just
about the product they are selling, but also what it takes
to be an effective and successful real estate sales person,” PRTV chief executive officer and executive producer
John Aguilar said.
Throughout the contest, participants will receive
various training in real estate sales such as digital marketing strategies from some of the country’s top digital
marketing experts and real estate online platforms. They
will also be given opportunities to widen their network
through open house events and various other strategic
selling initiatives. Aside from this, the winning competitor can also look
forward to a host of other major incentives, such as a
chance own a house and lot from DecaHomes, travel the
region via an Asian cruise, and start living their dream as
a successful real estate seller.
One of the frontrunners in bridging the gap between
consumer demand and business opportunities in the real
estate sector, PRTV also recently launched its brokerage
arm dubbed as, “Realty Emporium,” as a response to the
changing needs of both the property developers and potential buyers. “We created Realty Emporium to become a platform for
real estate companies to reach out and sell their properties
better to a larger, more diverse audience,” Aguilar said.
PRTV now becomes the only multi-channel platform
with its own brokerage firm (Realty Emporium) and selling (Superstar Sellers) avenue for real estate companies,
in partnership with 8990 Holdings Inc. under its banner
projects DECA Homes. “I’d like everybody who is interested in a real estate
selling career to actually look at this program that we’ve
partnered with Philippine Realty TV,” 8990 Holdings Development Corp. president and CEO Januario Jesus Atencio III said adding that, “I think this is a novel way of
looking at how sales is in the life of an agent, going out
everyday and trying to market a product.”
Those who are looking to be part of the competition
are encouraged to attend the initial screening and interview to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations: December 9, Deca Clark Wakeboard Park, Barangay
Margot, Angeles City; December 10, Urban Deca Towers
Showroom, Sierra Madre Street, Mandaluyong City;
and December 11, Urban Deca Homes Campville, Barangay Cupang, Muntinlupa City. Applicants are also requested to bring a copy of their
respective curriculum vitaes during the interview. Interested sellers may contact Realty Emporium through the
following numbers: 436-3210 or 0917-8465066. •
regional news
The Pampanga Eye turns into a giant lantern
of hope that awed the audience over the
week at SkyRanch, SM Pampanga, City of
Grand Pyro Musical Show and more at SkyRanch Pampanga
By Marna Dagumboy-del Rosario
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The biggest and tallest
ferris wheel in the
Flume Ride that
mimics the experience of going down
a raging river… a
Super Viking gondola that swings
up to 90 degrees…
a nostalgic doubledecker Carousel.
These are just
some of the exciting
at the SkyRanch,
which opened at
SM City Pampanga. Located on a
10,000 site beside
the mall, it is the
park in North Luzon and the newest destination for
both local residents and tourists.
SM Prime Holdings, Inc. partnership with S&T
Leisure Inc. and
Philippines, the SkyRanch brings all
the thrills, all the
excitement, and all
the fun to kids and
kids at heart with
its 20 rides.
The Pampanga
Eye, the tallest and
biggest ferris wheel
in the Philippines
– at 65 meters in
height and 50 meters in diameter –
was transformed
into the Biggest
Lantern of Hope
over the week, in
time for the Holiday season. An
impressive Grand
Pyro Musical Show
danced along the
nostalgic song of
fireworks display
on the ferris wheel
that wowed guests
of all ages.
The Loop Roller
Coaster, on the
other hand, is great
for thrill seekers as
it completes a 360
circle at the top of
the loop, completely inverting riders.
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Angeles artist
stages 5th art
exhibit at Museo
ning Angeles
By Marna Dagumboydel Rosario
interested in colorful
artworks of flowers,
koi and birds can come
over to the Museo ning
Angeles from today, December 8, until Saturday, December 12, and
see such artworks on
display, and sale, at the
5th art exhibit of Angeles artist Christina “Ti-
inz” Taruc.
The 5th Tiinz Taruc
Art Exhibit opened on
Monday, December 7,
At the Museo ning Angeles with special guests
opening with guest Angeles City First Lady
Herminia Pamintuan;
Museo ning Angeles
President Marco Nepomuceno; City of San
Fernando Vice-Mayor
Jimmy Lazatin; Mila
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Gawad Kalinga to hold
business summit in Bulacan
By Charlene A. Cayabyab
ANGELES CITY – The Gawad Kalinga (GK) is to
hold its third Global
Social Business Summit next year in Bulacan
province. With the theme, “The
Business of Kindness:
Doing Good Makes Good
Business Sense,” the
summit slated on January 15 to 17, 2016 will focus on social innovation
for greater inclusion in
emerging economies and
collaborative solutions
in addressing global
challenges in the context
of inclusive growth.
It will be held at GK’s
Enchanted Farm in Angat town, Bulacan.
“The [summit] is
unique as the GK En-
chanted Farm is located
at the heart of an actual
GK Community, creating
an opportunity to immerse and engage with
the people who will benefit the most from social
entrepreneurship,” GK
founder Tony Meloto
The summit will also
serve as platform for
government and private
sector leaders who seek
to create innovative ways
of making society better
through collaboration,
inclusive growth, and
Coinciding with the
last day of the summit is
GK’s 13th Global Expo,
their thanksgiving program to their volunteers. “It shall showcase our
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