Balatas Dumpsite, linalaoman na maisara bago matapos an 2017

Naglalaom an Sangguniang Panglungsod sa paagi ni VM Nelson Legacion na maisasara an Balatas Dump Site bago magtapos an taon 2017

NEDA OKs 5 multi-million projects for Bicol

At least 5 big-ticket projects in the Bicol region are part of the 55 flagship projects that the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) aims to complete or break ground by 2022.

Drink responsibly

Ano an pag-inom kan nakakaburat na inumon (alcoholic beverages) maraot o kasalan?

Boarding house sa Naga, target kan mga mahabon

Pinatanidan kan pulis an estudiante asin residentes digdi na dai imaging aliwalas sa saindang mga gamit sa tahaw na nagkapira nang incidente nin harabonan na an mayor na victima iyo an mga boarding houses.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

FDA recalls Lily's Peanut Butter

A batch of Lily's Peanut Butter was recalled by the Food and Drug Administration due to the presence of an unacceptable level of aflatoxin.

 Lily's Peanut Butter
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The FDA released the following statement regarding the product today: "In line with the continuous monitoring of all prepackaged peanut-based products relative to FDA Advisory 2014-008, the public is hereby advised that the Department of Health - Food and Drug Administration has issued a Product Recall Order to Newborn Food Products, Inc. for the product Lily's Peanut Butter (170 grams) identified under Lot No. A1 10:26, with expiry date 052314 which was found to contain an unacceptable level of Aflatoxin.

The recall involves only  the specified product under the mentioned lot number and no other Lily's peanut butter variants and sizes are affected by the recall.

The manufacturer is ordered to immediately recall the above-mentioned affected product.  All retail outlets carrying the product under the identified lot number are ordered to coordinate with the manufacturer regarding the recall and discontinue selling the affected product to the consumers.  The public may send queries and their concerns to FDA's official email address, info@fda.gov.ph.

Further, consumers are hereby assured that the FDA conducts continuous monitoring and market surveillance of all peanut-based food products for the purpose of ensuring protection of public health."

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May darang droga, nadakop sa Camarines Sur Watersports Complex

PILI, CAMARINES SUR—Huli sa pagbalinghaw sa Camarines Sur Watersports Complex na nasa laog kan compound kan Capitolyo Provincial kan Camarines Sur, si Rey Ernest Neola y Famingo, 20, taga Barangay San Agustin sa banwaan na ini, ipigturn-over sa Pili Police Station para imbestigaran.

Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC)
Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC)
Photo by Ninjakeg, Wikimedia Commons
Si Ricky Cabalquinto y Bayrante asin si Jerry Solares y Pastrasanta, iyo an nagdakop kan ipigreklamong nagpapasaway na si Neola. Si Neola tulos dinara sa hepatura kan pulis.

Sabi sa report, an arestado mantang pig-iimbestigaran, nahulog an pitaka. Kan magkaigwa nin verificasyon, naaraman na ini may laog nin marijuana.

Afuera kan marijuana na yaon sa laog kan sarong silag na plastic sachet, nakua pa sa saiyang poder an disposable lighter asin sadit na pipa.

An mga nagdarakop ki Neola na sinda Cabalquinto asinn Solares, pareho suboot miembro kan Civil Security Unit (CSU) kan gobierno provincial.

An Camarines Sur Watersports Complex (CWC) yaon sa listahan kan mga lugar na pigsisirip kan mga awtoridad na pwedeng paboritong bisitahon kan mga may darang ipinangalad na bulong.

Si Neola sasangatan nin casong paglapas sa RA 9165.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Moral despondency in the Daragang Magayon Festival

The rage that the controversial effigy of the Tambaluslos stoked during the recent Daragang Magayon Festival still sizzles these days as Albayanos continue to air their reactions on the streets and on social media.

On one hand, there are those who maintain that the effigy is against public decency, especially because the venue in which it was exhibited was a parade. They point out that among the throngs of people who gathered to watch the parade were children, who, at their impressionable age could not have possibly understood wholly the context of the effigy’s appearance.

Meanwhile, the other camp argues that the effigy of the Tambaluslos is a work of art. Invoking poetic license, they claim that the artist is necessarily free from pressures to conform to demands of public decency or morality. Rather, his or her job is to create a piece that will evoke emotions and ideas, regardless of whether these are favorable or not.

The debate becomes more muddled, however, when the question of historical authenticity is raised. With the claim that the effigy is based on a mythical, that is, imaginary, creature, whose imagination must be privileged in deciding what physical attributes it must have? With several clashing ideas of the appearance of the tambaluslos, whose idea in the end should be championed as correct? Is it the tambaluslos with the oversized phallus, or the one with the gigantic mouth?

Of course, these debates over opposing descriptions of the tambaluslos, or whether the effigy belongs to the province of art or pornography, are hardly anything new. Even for Albayanos, it is not the first year that the Daragang Magayon parade featured a controversial effigy that prompted local officials, and even the Church, to speak against its inclusion.

That said, the real issue at hand does not concern these questions—both, after all, are subjective, and ultimately depend on one’s personal values and convictions. The core concern, and the one that Albayanos must take seriously, is whether the creation of such a controversial figure was a proper use of the government’s funds. Was it truly beneficial to the masses, especially considering that Albay remains one of the poorest provinces in the entire nation? Given the rage that some groups displayed because of the image, was it reflective of the public’s desire on how they would want local funds to be spent? Finally, was it effective in promoting the historical significance of the local myths and legends, given that some contest the basis of the effigy’s appearance?

In society, festivals such as the Daragang Magayon serve specific functions. In the case of the Daragang Magayon Festival, its aim, it appeared, was to celebrate culture and inspire locals to continue and enrich age-old traditions. To gain the people’s ire, however, whose culture and traditions the festival is supposed to celebrate, should not be among these objectives. Sure, stirring some controversy would prompt some to do a double-take, perhaps crane their necks at the spectacle. But when the same old stunt is pulled year after year, all that is gained is no more than a few raised eyebrows, and perhaps the question of whether there remains a trace of creativity left in the brains of the organizers to draw in people than this annual shocker.

All things considered, the ultimate person responsible for the circus of bad taste that the Daragang Magayon Festival has become, is Governor Salceda. It is he who should have looked into the participating effigies of the parade, he would should have made sure, as he promised last year, that no more offensive effigies would be present. It is, after all, his primordial duty as the father of the province, to not only entertain his constituents, but also, and much more importantly, to look after their well-being. As opinions clashed regarding the Tambaluslos effigy, he should have made a stand for what he believed was right, instead of ignoring the issue, instead of hoping that the public would not take note of his poor judgement.

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Georgina Bordado is new CBSUA president

PILI, CAMARINES SUR—Georgina J. Bordado is the new president of Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA).
Georgina Bordado is new CBSUA president
 Georgina Bordado is new CBSUA president
A graduate of the University, Bordado also holds degrees from the University of Northeastern Philippines, Doctor of Business Management, 2009;  University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Master of Science in Agricultural Economics, 1984; and University of the Philippines at Los Baños, Bachelor of Science in Agriculture (BSA) Major in Agricultural Economics, 1977.

Among her previous designations and achievements are: Dean, College of Economics and Management, CBSUA; Associate Professor V to Profession I, CBSUA; Merissitimus in Revalida Awardee; Consortium Director, Bicol Consortium for Agriculture and Resources Research and Development (BCARRD); Research Director, Research Div. CSAAC; IRRI Research Scholar; and Visiting Professor, University of Northern Iowa.

She also conducted the following researches: Sheep Production-Marketing-Consumption System in the Bicol Region; Rice-Based Farming Systems; Marketing of Rice by Small Producer Groups in Selected Regions of the Philippines; Marketing of Coconut by Small Producer Groups, among others.

Bordado was chosen over Joel Batanes and Wenifredo Onate, former classmates and fellow PhD holders.

The Board of Regents, which selected Bordado, includes 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.

Bordado will take her oath as new president of CBSUA on April 4, during the graduation ceremonies at CBSUA's main campus.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Daet hails 10 Outstanding Women

DAET, CAMARINES NORTE—The municipal government here has cited the town's Ten Outstanding Women for their exemplary performance in their particular field of profession that significantly contributed to the municipality’s development.

Awardees included Ma. Antonia B. F. Boma, general manager of the Camarines Norte Water District (CNWD); Lorna N. Jalimao, principal II of Moreno Integrated School; Melicia A. Ibasco, principal III of Daet Elementary School; Myrna Deligero, general manager/proprietor of MDD Production, CNTV at Bicol CATV System; Marissa Bernardo, Diocese of Daet Social Ministry, Barangay Pamorangon; Nova C.Monilla, day care teacher, Barangay Gahonon; Amelita P. Raviz, barangay nutrition scholar of Brgy. V; Lolita Mocha Edusma, water sports enthusiast of Brgy. Bagasbas; Eden Cordova, barangay health worker of Awitan; and Judilyn Grace Almacen, barangay kagawad of Dogongan.

The basis of the evaluation for the Ten Outstanding Women is their accomplishments for the year 2013 which is in line with last year’s theme “Kababaihan: Gabay sa Pagtahak sa Tuwid na Daan”.

Corcini Sarion said that there are livelihood assistance given to women in the town particularly trainings under the the Technology and Livelihood Development Center (TLDC) of the local government unit of Daet which are open to would be entrepreneurs.

She also said that she is willing to extend assistance to those women who want to enter into micro small medium enterprises (MSMEs).

Councilor Rosa Mia King,on the other hand, said that they also allocate budget for women activities especially on training and conducting celebration of women’s month celebration.

She also reminded women of their rights and protection under Republic Act 9262 or the Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC).

The said law seeks to address the widespread acts of violence directed against women and children which acts clearly violate the fundamental human rights and several international human rights instruments of which the Philppines is a signatory.

This year’s theme of the celebration “Juana, ang Tatag Mo ay Tatag Natin sa Pagbangon at Pagsulong. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/CamNorte).
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Localization of Magna Carta for Women pushed

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged all local government units (LGUs) to ensure that the principles of Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women (MCW), which is considered as the “Bill of Rights” of Filipino women, are mainstreamed at the local level.

DILG Undersecretary for Local Government Austere Panadero, who is also the concurrent Gender and Development Focal Point (GAD-FP) Chairperson of the Department, said that all LGUs must comply with the requirements of the said law through the creation of an enabling environment that will promote women’s empowerment, gender equality, and ensure gender responsive governance at the local level.

Local chief executives are directed to ensure that their GAD Focal Point System or similar GAD mechanisms are in place, fully-functional and its members have the capacity to promote gender mainstreaming pursuant to Sec. 37 of the MCW Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

Workshops will enable the participants to coach and mentor LGUs on their implementation and compliance to MCW on the following mechanisms: 1) preparation of GAD plan and budget, monitoring and evaluation system; 2) formulation of GAD Code; 3) establishment of GAD database; 4) creation and/or strengthening of the GAD Focal Point; and 5) mainstreaming gender in local development plans.

The workshop of the batch from the Bicol Region will be held in Metro Manila on May 20 to 24, 2014.

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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

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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

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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
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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

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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

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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

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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
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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
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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

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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
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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
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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:

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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

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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

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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
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