Monday, March 31, 2014

Our Lady of Penafrancia Basilica Minore in Naga City releases schedule of Lent, Holy Week activities

The Our Lady of Penafrancia Basilica Minore in Naga City has released its list of activities for Lent and the Holy Week.
Our Lady of Penafrancia Basilica Minore, Naga City
Our Lady of Penafrancia Basilica Minore, Naga City

Novena in Honor of Jesus Nazareno - April 2-10

 5:15 PM Novenary Mass
 5:45 PM Procession (Basilica Grounds)

Feast of Jesus Nazareno - April 11

 4:30 PM Procession / 5:00 PM Fiesta Mass

Holy Week

PALM SUNDAY - April 13
5:45 AM Blessing of Palms & Procession 

HOLY WEDNESDAY - April 16
5:45 PM Lenten Recollection & Confessions
Recollection Facilitator:
Fr. Jay Jacinto
Confession (c/o Basilica Priests)

HOLY THURSDAY - April 17
7:00 AM CHRISM MASS at the Cathedral
4:30 PM EVENING MASS of the Lord’s Supper
To be followed by procession of the Eucharist
6:30 PM Start of the Visita Iglesia:
Assembly at the Basilica Complex

GOOD FRIDAY - April 18
6:30 am: Way of the Cross in the Basilica/ Confessions
4:30 PM Celebration of the LORD’S PASSION

HOLY SATURDAY - April 19
6:30 AM Stations of the Cross in the Basilica
Confessions
9:00 PM EASTER VIGIL MASS
Service of Light / Liturgy of the Word / Eucharist

EASTER
Easter Sunday of the Lord’s Ressurection - April 20
4:00 AM Processions of the images Our Lady of 
Sorrows and the Resurrected Christ
4:30 AM ENCUENTRO (Pagtunton)
Featuring EASTER ANGEL 2014 
EASTER DAWN MASS after the Encuentro
nb: bring candles for the renewal of baptismal promises

The parish office is looking for children 4-9 years old who will join the Hosanna on Palm Sunday, April 13.
Please call the office at 4733644 for more information.

DON'T MISS: Naga Metropolitan Cathedral releases Lent, Easter schedule

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Lalaki, sinaksak sa San Fernando, Camarines Sur

SAN FERNANDO, CAMARINES SURSarong dai-pagkakaintindihan an naging causa suboot kan pagsaksak kan sarong persona sa nakaistar sa kataid kaining harong kasubanggi sa Zone 3, Barangay Del Pilar.

An victima na si Zaldy Ponpon y Casas, 50 anyos asin residente kan nasambit na barangay, irido matapos ini saksakon kan suspechado gamit an sarong ice pick sa walang parte kan saiyang lawas poco mas o menos alas 6:10 kasubanggi.

Nagdulag an suspechado matapos an insidente mantang an victima idinalagan sa Bicol Medical Center sa ciudad nin Naga.

Sa presente, hinahanap pa kan personnel kan PNP San Fernando an suspechado sa krimen.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

PHOTOS: Virac Public Market site development plans

Virac Public Market site development plans
Photos by PIA
Virac Public Market facade
Virac Public Market facade
Aerial view of proposed Virac Public Market
Aerial view of proposed Virac Public Market
Virac Public Market
Virac Public Market
Virac Public Market transport terminal
Virac Public Market transport terminal
Virac Public Market ground floor main building
Virac Public Market ground floor main building 
Virac Public Market temporary stalls and other rentables
Virac Public Market temporary stalls and other rentables
Virac Public Market basic dry goods section and atrium
Virac Public Market basic dry goods section and atrium
Virac Public Market wet section and walk-in cold storage
Virac Public Market comfort rooms
More Catanduanes news

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Bicol University confers doctorate degree to PNP Director General Alan Purisima

LEGAZPI CITY—Bicol University granted a Philippine National Police Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima a doctorate degree in Peace and Security Administration. Said degree was conferred during the University's 44th Commencement Exercises.

Philippine National Police Director General Alan La Madrid Purisima receives his doctorate degree.
Photo from Purisima's Twitter account
Purisima, who is originally from San Ildefonso, Ilocos Sur, previously studied at the Philippine Military Academy and Manuel L. Quezon University. He holds a Masters of Public Administration degree from the latter institution.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Naga City SP moves to celebrate Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day

NAGA CITY—The annual observance of Philippine-Spanish friendship day in this city been proposed by the Sangguniang Panlungsod. Said resolution is authored by Councilor David Casper Nathan A. Sergio.
Naga City to celebrate Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day?
Naga City to celebrate Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day?
According to the resolution, the city government will lead the celebration of said occasion on June 30 every year.

June 30 marks the date of the Siege of Baler, a military operation of Filipino forces against the final holdout of Spanish troops in the Philippines who were garrisoned in the church of Baler, now the capital of the province of Aurora. President Emilio Aguinaldo granted the survivors safe passage to Manila, en route to their return to Spain, as a tribute to the loyalty and gallantry they had displayed.

Said incident would later form the basis for the promulgation of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day, by virtue of Republic Act. No. 9187, s. 2002.

Since the promulgation of Republic Act No. 9187, the celebration of Philippine-Spanish friendship day has been held in various towns and cities across the Philippines, including Baler, Malolos, Iloilo City, Vigan, Bacolod, Zamboanga City, and Manila. Several cities and towns in Spain like Madrid, Barcelona, Palencia and Almonte have also observed Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

More Naga City news
Casureco II announces brownout from 6 AM to 6 PM on April 2
Bicol Regional Tennis Championship to be held April 21-27

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Philippine Chemistry Congress to be held in Naga City

NAGA CITY—Chemists from all over the nation as well as other parts of the world will gather at the Villa Caceres hotel here from April 9 to 11, 2014 for the Philippine Chemistry Congress.

Philippine Chemistry Congress, Naga City
Philippine Chemistry Congress, Naga City
Now on its 29th year, this conference is the biggest gathering of chemists and researchers from the academe, industry and government sectors, where new knowledge and issues in chemistry and allied fields are brought to the forefront.

The congress hopes to forge and strengthen cooperation and collaboration among chemists and researchers in the Philippines, Asia and the Pacific.

The 29th PCC is organized by the Philippine Federation of Chemistry Societies, Inc. (PFCS), an umbrella organization with five chemistry organizations namely: Integrated Chemists of the Philippines (ICP), Kapisanang Kimika ng Pilipinas (KKP), Organic Chemistry Teachers Association (OCTA), Philippine Association of Chemistry Teachers (PACT) and Philippine Association of Chemistry Students (PACS). This is jointly organized with the Ateneo de Naga University.

This year, the keynote speakers will be Sandrine Lacombe, Ph.D., Director, Erasmus Mundus SERP of the Institute of Molecular Sciences, University of Paris-Sud and Dominique Rubia-Tutay
Director IV of the Bureau of Local Employment.

The scope of the conference includes analytical chemistry, biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, inorganic chemistry, chemistry education, environmental chemistry, natural products and materials science.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

3 Bicolanos top 2014 PNPA grads

Three Bicolanos are graduating at the top of the Philippine National Police Academy Mandilaab Class of 2014.
PNPA Mandilaab Class of 2014
PNPA Mandilaab Class of 2014
Photo by Chard Perlado/Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA)
Apart from Police Cadet Glenn Tabo Santelices, a Catandunganon who is the valedictorian at the Philippine National Police Academy, two other Bicolanos will be awarded at today's 35th commencement exercises.

Cadet Jayson Rey Sadueste Florin from Polangui, Albay ranked number eight in the class, while Cadet Mateo Arranguez Maloon from Catangan, Masbate will receive the PNPA Director Leadership Kampilan award.

Santelices, Florin, and Maloon will join the 202 graduating cadets who will soon join the ranks of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, or Bureau of Fire Protection.

2014 PNPA valedictorian Police Cadet Glenn Tabo Santelices
2014 PNPA valedictorian Police Cadet Glenn Tabo Santelices
Source
Gracing the event with their presence are President Benigno Aquino III, PNP Chief Alan Purisima, PNPA Director Police Chief Supt. Noel Constatino, OIC Jail Supt. Diony Mamaril, and OIC of BFP Fire Chief Supt. Carlito Romero.

Earlier, Aquino urged the graduates to fulfill their duties well and put the people's best interest at hand in connection with the maintenance of law and order in the country.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

DON'T MISS: RD Deona hopes for 2014 PNPA valedictorian to be deployed in Catanduanes
Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Masbate City village chief, mother shot dead; 2 others hurt

MASBATE CITY—Elements of the Masbate City police are still conducting an investigation to determine the motive of the massacre of a village chief and his family in Sitio Buyog, Barangay Igang late last night.

Philippine National Police
Philippine National Police
Reports indicate that at around 10:30 in the evening, three unidentified armed men barged into the house of punong barangay Allan Marcos y Nuñez and began firing at him and his family.

Purita  Marcos  y  Nuñez, the punong barangay's mother, was killed on the spot, while the village chief, his wife Analyn  Marcos  y Mitra and Alily Marcos y Nuñez sustained multiple gunshot wounds.

Said victims were rushed to Masbate Provincial Hospital, where punong barangay Marcos was declared dead on arrival.


Police Chief Inspector Edwin C Adora, Officer­In­Charge Masbate City Police Station announced that a police team tasked to identify the suspects and to uncover their motive has already been formed. The formation of a Special Investigation Task Group has also been ordered by PNP Provincial Director PSSupt. Jacinto Culver Nasol Sison.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Casureco II announces brownout from 6 AM to 6 PM on April 2

NAGA CITY—Casureco II has announced that on April 2, Wednesday from 6 AM to 6 PM, a power service interruption will be experienced by those covered by the Naga 3 20MVA power transformer. Consumers residing within the Naga City area to Pili Diversion, Milaor and Minalabac will be affected by the power interruption.

The reason for the interruption, according to Casueco II, is the "transfer of feeder, control, monitoring and protection system from old to new Naga Substation in connection with the ongoing Naga Sustation expansion project by the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP)."

Power will be restored upon completion of works without prior notice, Casureco II added.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti is Binibining Pilipinas International 2014

Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, whose mother hails from Albay, but is representing Taguig, was crowned Binibining Pilipinas International 2014 tonight.
Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti is Binibining Pilipinas International 2014
Photo: OPMB
Guidotti was also awarded Best in Long Gown.

She graduated with a degree in European Studies major in International Relations from Ateneo de Manila University.

She was joined by three other Bicolanas in the top 15: Yvethe Marie Santiago, Mae Liezel Ramos and Joanna Angelica Romero. Santiago was named Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014, Binibining Avon and Miss Creamsilk.

Passing the Binibining Pilipinas International crown to Guidotti is Bea Rose Santiago, a fellow Bicolana. Santiago hails from Masbate. Bea Rose Santiago currently holds the Miss International title.

Meanwhile, the other big winners are Binibining Pilipinas Universe Mary Jean Lastimosa, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Kris Janson, Binibining Pilipinas Tourism Parul Shah, Binibining Pilipinas 1st runner up Laura Lehmann, and Binibining Pilipinas 2nd runner up Hannah Sison.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Share:

Yvethe Marie Santiago is Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014

Yvethe Marie Santiago of Daraga, Albay was crowned Binibining Pilipinas 2014 Supranational tonight.
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2014 Yvethe Santiago
Photo: OPMB
Santiago was also named Binibining Avon and Miss Creamsilk.

The other big winners are Binibining Pilipinas Universe Mary Jean Lastimosa, Binibining Pilipinas Intercontinental Kris Janson, Binibining Pilipinas Tourism Parul Shah, Binibining Pilipinas International Mary Anne Guidotti, Binibining Pilipinas 1st runner up Laura Lehmann, and Binibining Pilipinas 2nd runner up Hannah Sison.

An early favorite, Santiago is a certified public accountant who graduated cum laude from Bicol University.

One of her coaches was Miss Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj who hails from from Baao, Camarines Sur.

Venus Raj and Yvethe Marie Santiago
Photo: Missology
Apart from Santiago, three other Bicolanas made it to the top 15: Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Joanna Angelica Romero and Mae Liezel Ramos. Guidotti also won the special award Best in Long Gown.

Bicolanos are hoping that Santiago will win the Miss Supranational crown, after a fellow Filipina, Mutya Johanna Datul, took it home last year.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Get to know the Bicolana binibinis:

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

PHOTOS: Binibining Pilipinas 2014

Mae Liezel Ramos at the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant
Photo: OPMB

Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti at the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant
Photo: OPMB

Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant
Photo: OPMB

Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant
Photo: OPMB


Joanna Angelica Ramos at the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant
Photo: OPMB

Yvethe Marie Santiago at the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 pageant
Photo: OPMB

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Bicol Regional Tennis Championship to be held April 21-27

NAGA CITY—Around 400 tennis players from the six provinces and seven cities of Bicol are expected to attend the 29th Bicol Regional Tennis Championship here.

Bicol Regional Tennis Championship
Photo: Wikimedia Commons
The event is slated on April 21 to 27, 2014 at the Naga City Tennis Club Tennis Court at the Civic Center.

A parade of the participants through the streets of Naga is scheduled on opening day, April 21.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Will a Bicolana win Binibining Pilipinas 2014?

Will a Bicolana take home any of the Binibining Pilipinas 2014 titles tonight?

Bicolanas in Binibining Pilipinas 2014
Clockwise from left: Mae Liezel Ramos, Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Yvethe Marie Santiago, Joanna Angelica Romero
Photos: Binibining Pilipinas 2014
Scores of Bicolano pageant fans will be trooping to the Smart Araneta Coliseum to show their support to Mary Anne Bianca Guidotti, Yvethe Marie Santiago, Mae Liezel Ramos and Joanna Angelica Romero.

In the recent years, Bicolanas have shown sterling performances in the prestigious beauty pageant. Last year, a Masbateña, Bea Rose Santiago, took home the Binibining Pilipinas International Crowm. She was eventually crowned Miss International 2013 in Japan.

Other beauty titlists from the Bicol region include Bb. Pilipinas-International 2009 Melody Gersbach, Mutya ng Pilipinas 2009 Jane Banares, Bb. Pilipinas-International 2010 Dianne Necio, Miss Universe 1999 first runner-up Miriam Quiambao, Miss International 2005 Precious Lara Quigaman, and Ms. Universe 2010 fourth runner-up Venus Raj.

Raj will be one of the hosts of the pageant tonight.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Share:

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Wanted hairdressers, makeup artists, drivers—DOLE

Attention, jobseekers. Around 95,000 jobs are waiting for qualified applicants in the government's official job portal, Phil-JobNet.

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz

DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz announced that there is a need for 4,644 sales clerks, 4,188 call center agents, 3,056 service crew workers, 2,644 production workers or factory workers, 2,328 cashiers, 2,094 hotel housekeeping attendants, 2,000 skilled workers or pisci-culture, 1,931 merchandisers, 1,921 promo salespersons, 1,634 salesmen, 1,456 baristas, 1,114 customer service assistants, 1,100 casino dealers, 1,046 company drivers, 1,020 hairdressers, 1,011 hair stylists, 1,000 makeup artists, and 1,000 makeup artists for government.

Baldoz says that the website is designed to help jobseekers look for work that would fit their qualifications.

Meanwhile, the government is also holding job fairs throughout the country for the same purpose.

Earlier this month, Baldoz announced the schedule of job fairs in the Bicol region.

DON'T MISS: DOLE announces Bicol job fair schedule
Share:

Fermin Mabulo belies massacre; 'illegal miners nagkabarilan'

CAMARINES SUR—Fermin Mabulo, who identifies himself as the Provincial Administrator of Camarines Sur in his Facebook account, blames family rivalries to have triggered the cold-blooded murder of four gold panners in Barangay Gata, Caramoan exactly a week ago.

Fermin Mabulo's Facebook post on the Caramoan massacre
Fermin Mabulo's Facebook post on the Caramoan massacre
In radio interviews, he claims to be the head of Task Force Sagip Kalikasan, a special organization under the Provincial Government of Camarines Sur that is duty-bound to implement laws on environmental protection.

As clarification of the incident, he posted on Facebook the following message the other day:

“On Gata Incident: Were still conducting a thorough investigation. Lumalabas na nag away away mga illegal miners nagkabarilan. Now they are blaming it on our SKTF enforcers para umalis doon mga SKTF at makabwelo mga illegal mining operators and illegal fishing operators. Sad, I feel for the victims. Especially yung enforcers na inuusig nila. Good thing my team leader Mr Francis Tria was released early this morning. Indeed, the truth will set you free.

This [referring to photos he uploaded] is part of the coastline and mountains of Brgy Gata, Caramoan. See for yourselves the damage done to our environment by illegal mining condoned by their brgy captain over the years.”

He further said: “Gov. Migz ordered SKTF enforcers to stop them since December last year thats why Brgy Captain Mercy Sueno hated the SKTF so much she wanted them to leave so that illegal mining can go on.”

Later, however, he edited parts of his post. Apart from sections of the previous paragraphs, he added: “Bitter rivalry among clans involved in illegal mining has been going on for years but it has escaped public attention due to its remote location.”

In the comments section, Mabulo also declared: “That's is the role of SKTF to protect environment and human lives. We will not tolerate the offenders.”

Meanwhile, residents belie Mabulo’s version of the story.

In interviews by the media, they maintain that Task Force Sagip Kalikasan has been conducting its own mining operations in Gata.

According to the residents, the presence of heavy equipment such as a backhoe and at least seven bowl mills allegedly owned by the Task Force Sagip Kalikasan group proves that they are not there to implement the law, but to engage in the gold business.

Caramoan Massacre: Backhoe allegedly owned by members of Task Force Sagip Kalikasan, according to locals
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard
Caramoan Massacre: Mining equipment owned by members of Task Force Sagip Kalikasan, according to locals
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard
Meanwhile, authorities are still conducting a deeper investigation into the alleged involvement of other provincial government officials who are in cahoots with the said Task Force’s supposed illegal operation.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Suspect in Caramoan massacre charged

CAMARINES SUR—Out of the seven suspects in the Caramoan massacre, only Servillano Espares Jr. y Ebuenga was accepted by the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in the inquest proceedings.
PNP Bicol Regional Director Victor P. Deona
PNP Bicol Regional Director Victor P. Deona
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard
The six suspects who were released for lack of probable cause were Angelo Refran y Enciso, Luis Palaganas y Cleto Jr., Saetiel Pielago y Buen, Jonah Bolima y Bragais, Florencio Vargas y Venas, and Francisco “Iko” Tria y Ramirez III.

Notwithstanding their release, said six suspects are still facing the same case, and will have to undergo a preliminary investigation.

The suspects, it will be recalled, were arrested last Sunday, March 23 at about 4 o’clock in the afternoon by elements of the Caramoan Municipal Police Station.

They were nabbed for their alleged involvement in the gruesome killing of four gold panners in Barangay Gata, Caramoan last Saturday.

Murdered in the incident were Julio Labiano y Rivera, 31, Rene Labiano y Rivera, 28, Salem Virtus y
Elpa, 24, and Jesse Brondia y Altamera, 35, all residents of Brgy Gata, Caramoan.

Following the arrest, the suspects were brought to the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office in Naga City for inquest proceedings. A criminal case of four counts of murder was filed against them.


One suspect, identified as Joel “Bay” Breso, however, was able to elude the arrest.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

CBSUA Board of Regents to elect new prexy April 2

PILI, CSUR—The new president of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture will be chosen on April 2 at the central office of the Commission on Higher Education at Diliman, Quezon City.
 FROM L-R: Batanes, Oñate, Art Agreda (their former professor), Junsay-Bordado, Oscar Orosco (of the Naga City Environmental Office) and Gil Basmayor (Bicol Standard publisher and former mayor of Minalabac). This photo was taken after an unplanned get-together in Naga City last October 5, 41 years after their high school graduation. (PHOTO: BICOL STANDARD)
Participating in the selection are Chairperson and CHED Commissioner Ruperto S. Sangalang, Vice Chairman and CBSUA OIC President Ramon C. Arimado, Senate Committee on Education, Arts and Culture Chair Pia Cayetano, represented by Dr. Vivian Eustaquio, House of Representatives Committee on Education, Arts and Culture Chair Roman T. Romulo, represented by Leni G. Robredo, NEDA 5 OIC Director Luis G. Banua, DOST 5 Director Tomas B. Briñas, DA-RFU 5 Director Abelardo R. Bragas, CBSUA alumni Federation President Roberto L. Bayonito, University Student Council Federation President Christian R. Repuya, and CBSUA Faculty Union President Celerino B. Llesol.

Aspirants for the CBSUA top position are Joel Batanes, Georgina Bordado, and Wenifredo Onate, all with PhD degrees and alumni of the University.

The oathtaking of the new University president is scheduled on April 4, during the commencement exercises at the CBSUA main campus.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM


Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

2nd Peñafrancia Short Film Festival opens

NAGA CITY— The Caceres Commission on Communications has formally launched the 2nd Peñafrancia Short Film Festival last March 26 through a press conference.

Peñafrancia Short Film Festival 2014
2nd Peñafrancia Short Film Festival
This year’s film festival brings to light the call to be like Mary, and the Year of the Laity, according Archbishop Rolando J. Tria Tirona, OCD DD.

The theme for this year’s festival is "Choose to be brave, to live and love like Ina." Interested participants must be able to develop a story that centers on a strong and stirring devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Patroness of Bicolandia. They must be able to feature the Bicolano culture, which inherently showcases a deep sense of religiosity.

The theme encourages participants to heed the call of the Year of the Laity: to be active witnesses of Christ, and to spread the Good News wherever one goes. By choosing to be brave in the Catholic faith, they become missionaries, carrying the light of Christ to others.

Through the Peñafrancia Short Film Festival, the Caceres Commission on Communications urges filmmakers to embark on a spiritual journey, with Christ and His mother, Mary.

Those who are interested may check the Peñafrancia Short Film festival official Facebook fanpage at www.facebook.com/FPSFF for more information.

More church news:
Share:

Friday, March 28, 2014

EDITORIAL: Survivor: Lahuy?

An atmosphere of fear has shrouded Caramoan, a town once praised for its pristine beaches, in the wake of the violence that robbed the town of its peace.

Survivor: Lahuy?
Survivor: Lahuy?
In the municipal hall, the family members and sympathizers of the massacred gold panners have gathered to pray together for justice. In front of them, the coffins of the victims, now known as the Gata 4, are an all-too-tangible reminder of the recent spate of terror.

Some relatives are wailing at the loss of their loved ones, their howls resounding throughout the building. Others, meanwhile, prefer to mourn quietly, still stunned at the cruel fate that has fallen on their family or friends.

Yesterday, when PNP Regional Director Victor Deona, NBI Asst. Regional Director Atty. Tomas Enrile and members of the local media came for the investigation, residents were still visibly unsettled.

“We are afraid of trusting visitors now because of what happened. The last time people visited us, they killed four of our friends,” whispered one resident, who asked for her name to be withheld.

Most heart-wrenching are the children whose eyes are eternally seared with the sight of the slain gold panners and their unfinished supper splattered with their own blood.

The chilling irony is that Lahuy is not the site of an upcoming season of the reality show Survivor (which, incidentally, is set to start filming in Caramoan again come April 30). However, residents have found themselves smack dab in a real-life dystopia as they try to outwit, outplay, and outlast the powers-that-be, their lives reduced to sadistic forms of entertainment.

Yet even more ironic, perhaps, is how the cold-blooded massacre happened right in Caramoan, the town on which the province spent billions of pesos promoting as a haven of serenity and relaxation. With the merciless massacre, all that was rendered meaningless, as the ugly side of the oppressed communities faces the public in an anguished, last-gasp cry for help.

Meanwhile, the gold deposits, which have earned Lahuy the nickname of “Treasure Island” in old maps, turned out to be a curse rather than a blessing; the root cause of the cruel Survivor game of greed where power is the currency, and blood is the price for a handful of glittering specks of rock.
Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

CamSur media dare Kalikasan head Mabulo: put up or shut up

NAGA CITY—Members of the local media treated as a bluff the threat of Fermin Mabulo, the alleged head of the controversial Task Force Sagip Kalikasan, to file a lawsuit against the members of the media who reported about the massacre of four gold panners in Barangay Gata, Caramoan, Camarines Sur.
Alleged Task Force Head Sagip Kalikasan Fermin Mabulo
In his Facebook post, Mabulo said: “Evidence are now at hand for lawsuit i am filing against irresponsible media practicioners who in their commentaries have accused, tried and convicted my person.”

In the meantime, upon learning of the said threat, broadcasters and other media personalities just laughed it off defiantly, branding the same as a means of persecuting them to cow them into silence on the massacre issue.

This reaction came from the group of media practitioners who joined the group of PNP Regional Director Victor Deona and Asst. Regional Director Atty. Tomas Enrile who conducted an ocular investigation at the scene of the crime in Lahuy Island.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Tambaluslos earns ire of Legazpi Church

ALBAYThe Roman Catholic Church is asking for an explanation from Governor Joey Salceda regarding the controversial Tambaluslos effigy that was paraded here during the Daragang Magayon Festival.
Left: St. Gregory the Great Church in Legazpi
Right: The controversial Tambaluslos effigy
(Photo from Nelson Bulalacao's Facebook account)
In an interview with Mark Kevin Arroco, Father Rex Arjona of the Diocese of Legazpi reminded Salceda of his promise last year that he would ensure that no scandalous effigies would be part of the said parade.

It would be recalled that an effigy of the Tambaluslos was also present in last year’s Mythos Kan Albay activity.

Arjona called the Tambaluslos effigy indecent. He further maintained that even if the effigy were not displayed at Penaranda Park, it was still paraded through the streets of Albay, where many people, including children, could see it.

Meanwhile Board Member Ric Riva announced earlier that he also wants a legislative inquiry to be conducted by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Albay. Said inquiry will solicit an explanation from the organizers and the governor about the effigy.

Debates on whether the Tambaluslos effigy offends public morality still continue on social media as of press time.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Share:

Caramoan massacre: CamSur mayors seek help of PNoy, Mar, DOJ, PNP

CAMARINES SURLeague of Municipalities President Arnie Fuentebella confirmed today that the group of mayors has already sought the help of President Benigno Aquino III, DILG Sec. Mar Roxas, PNP Director General Alan Purisima, and DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima to step into the investigation of the massacre of the four gold panners in Gata, Caramoan.

Camarines Sur League of Municipalities President Arnie Fuentebella
Camarines Sur League of Municipalities President Arnie Fuentebella
Fuentebella, who is the mayor of Tigaon, said that there is a strong urgency for the issue to be elevated to the national officials to ensure that justice will be served soonest to the victims of the crime.

"We have requested DOJ Manila to take over the prosecution," Fuentebella said in an interview by BICOL STANDARD.

"It's about time that we put a stop to the abuses of the notorious Task Force Sagip Kalikasan, which has been pestering our residents," he added.

It will be recalled that last year, the same group of armed men identified with the Task Force Sagip Kalikasan allegedly terrorized residents of Sagnay town.

Meanwhile, this is not the first time that names of members of Task Force Sagip Kalikasan were linked to criminal activities in the province. The latest of these involves incidents in Calabanga and Camaligan, where unlicensed firearms were confiscated from the apprehended suspects.BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Related:

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

CSur PNP Provincial Director Bausa relieved of post

CAMARINES SUR—Camarines Sur Philippine National Police (PNP) Provincial Director PSSupt. Ramiro Bausa has been relieved of his post this morning.

Camarines Sur Provincial Director  PSSupt. Ramiro M. Bausa

This was confirmed by PNP Regional Director Victor P. Deona, in an interview by BICOL STANDARD.

SSupt. Arnold Albis will take over as the Officer-in-Charge of Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office, according to the regional director.

Albis was previously the Deputy Regional Director for Operations.

Bausa was allegedly relieved of his post because of the public perception that he did not actively involve himself in the resolution of the Caramoan massacre.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

Related:

Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

PHOTOS: Caramoan gold

Caramoan gold: Gata, Caramoan massacre
This piece of rock with gold from Caramoan, Camarines Sur is allegedly one of the causes of the massacre of the four gold panners in Barangay Gata, Lahuy Island. (Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)

Caramoan gold: Gata, Caramoan massacre
Close-up detail of the gold
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)
Caramoan gold: Gata, Caramoan massacre
One of the mining sites in Barangay Gata, Caramoan
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)
Gata, Caramoan mining site
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)
Gata, Caramoan mining site
(Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard)
Related:
Bicol Standard on Twitter
Bicol Standard on Facebook
Bicol Standard on Youtube
Bicol Standard on Instagram
Bicol Standard on Google+
Bicol Standard on Pinterest
Share:

Featured Post

Quack dentist arrested in Naga City

Photo courtesy of Dr. Albeus NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – A person believed to be a quack dentist was arrested by authorities as he was...