Saturday, August 9, 2014

PHOTOS: International triathlete Kim Kilgroe in Bicol

Kim Kilgroe in Bicol
Photo: Kim Kilgroe Facebook page


Kim Kilgroe in Bicol
Photo: Kim Kilgroe Facebook page

Kim Kilgroe in Bicol
Photo: Kim Kilgroe Facebook page

Kim Kilgroe in Bicol
Photo: Kim Kilgroe Facebook page

Kim Kilgroe in Bicol
Photo: Kim Kilgroe Facebook page

Kim Kilgroe in Bicol
Photo: Kim Kilgroe Facebook page

Kim Kilgroe in Bicol
Photo: Kim Kilgroe Facebook page

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Fil-Am triathlete model promotes Legazpi city sports tourism

LEGAZPI CITYA top Filipino-American triathlete model is now in this city to promote sports tourism.
Kim Kilgroe
Photo: Kim Kilgroe's Facebook page
Kim Kilgroe will swim, bike and run in the rolling terrains of Legazpi City on Sunday morning.

Kilgroe, whose grandmother is a native of Tabaco City, flew in this city for the first time to lead and grace the first-ever Mt. Mayon Triathlon, the event which will kick off month-long Ibalong Festival.

“I came here to promote sports tourism. Legazpi City is a great location for triathlon where one swims, bikes and runs, with the beautiful Mayon Volcano at the background,” the 24-year-old said.

Kilgroe and the 200 participants who are expected to arrive, will will go for a 1.5-kilometer swim in the water off Legazpi then take a 40-kilometer bike ride from this city going to Sto. Domingo town and vice versa, then make a 10-kilometer run along the rolling topography of this city within the span of an hour.

There will be professional, elite, and relay team categories, the organizers explained.


Kim Kilgroe
Photo: Kim Kilgroe's Facebook page

Free clinic

Before the official competition on Sunday by the city government, Kilgroe conducted a free swimming and sports clinic among the youth.

“My lola is from Tabaco, Albay. It's nice to be here for the first time. I'm motivated by the desire to be the best version of myself in every aspect, and to help others reach their own potential. I enjoy helping new athletes on their form and progression, so I'm planning a series of Train-Unlimited Tri-Camps in various provinces of the Philippines,” she said.

The tri-clinic is focusing on swimming and running techniques.

“We have pool and open water swimming clinics to improve everyone's swimming techniques. I especially love working with youth and inspiring them to pursue sports and healthful activities, so my events are open to all ages and levels. I'm doing an initial event in Legazpi before the inaugural Mt. Mayon Triathlon this weekend. We are inviting young athletes to come, participate and learn how to become better triathletes,” she declared.

Gratitude

Kilgroe expressed gratitude to Mayor Noel Rosal for hosting the first-ever Mt. Mayon Triathlon despite the destruction that typhoon "Glenda" brought to the city.

“Thanks to the City of Legazpi and the Ibalong Festival organizers for hosting the Mt. Mayon Triathlon, even with the typhoon that recently passed. We are so excited for the first triathlon in this province on Sunday. What a great location to swim, bike and run.This is one of my favorite areas in the Philippines now,” she said.

Kilgroe said that after Bicol, she will also go to Davao, Cebu, Bohol and Ilocos Norte for multi-day camps.

“With so many people gaining interest in the multi-sport community, I'd love to help bring more resources to those outside of the Metro Manila area,” she claimed.

Also joining Kilgroe in the event are politicians like Rep. Dato Arroyo of Camarines Sur and former Ako Bikol Rep. Pido Garbin.

The winners will receive Php 20,000 for first prize, Php 15,000 for 2nd prize and Php 10,000 for the third prize, according to Mayor Rosal. (PNA)CTB/FGS/RBB/CBD/PJN

More photos of Kim Kilgroe in Albay

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Matang-kuwaw, Alibagta, Clerodendum intermedium

Matang-kuwaw, Alibagta, Clerodendum intermedium
Matang-kuwaw, Alibagta, Clerodendum intermedium
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
This flowering plant, which grows wild in the Bicol region, is known by its scientific name Clerodendum intermedium. It is part of the family Lamiaceae.

Its common names in Bicol are matang-kuwaw (literally, "eye of an owl"), alibagta, and dasmagang-aswang ("place where the aswang trips").

The Tagalogs call it laruan-anito, kasopangil, and kalalauan, while the Bisaya know it as asuangai, kolokolog, pakapis, and bantana. 

In English, it is called bleeding heart, dragonboat flower, pagoda flower, bagflower, and glorybower. In Chinese, it is named Bao da lung chuan hua or Ken ding ku lin pan.

Apart from the Philippines, the plant grows in Indonesia and Taiwan. It also thrives in other tropical and warm temperate regions.

Matang-kuwaw, Alibagta, Clerodendum intermedium
Matang-kuwaw, Alibagta, Clerodendum intermedium
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM 
A shrubby plant, the Clerodendum intermedium grows from one to two meters tall, with 4-angled branches, and ovate leaf blades measuring around 8 to 20 centimeters. Its flowers are bright red while its fruit is blue and rounded.

The Clerodendum intermedium has a number of traditional medicinal uses. In Bicol, its leaves are steamed on top of rice, and are believed to cure the common cold and cough. In other parts of the world, its leaves and roots are said to cure rheumatism, colic, mumps, and abdominal pains.—by Prof. L.O. Basmayor, BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Club manager files 3 complaints vs. Nigerian national

MILAOR, CAMARINES SUR—A Nigerian national identified as Cartny Davis was arrested by the police here when he failed to pay his bills amounting to P7,620 in a night club at Barangay San Vicente.

Police records show that Arnel del Rosario, floor manager of White Petals Super Club complained to the authorities that Davis ordered food and drinks, but refused to settle his orders.

When the club management insisted that he settle his obligation, he resisted and instead acted in a scandalous manner. Thus, the club management called for the assistance of the police.

Davis was brought to the PNP police station at about 3:10 in the early morning of August 8.

At around 6:20 in the morning, on even date, while they were in front of the police station, Davis boxed the complainant, hitting him at least three times in different parts of his body.

This resulted in physical injuries inflicted upon the complainant.

Complainant del Rosario, who is the victim of the boxing incident was immediately brought to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City for medical treatment.

Meanwhile, Davies also requested the police to put on record that del Rosario pushed him three times.

The investigators are now preparing to file three separate criminal cases against Davis, including Alarms and Scandal, Estafa, and Physical Injuries.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Livelihood loans for DepEd employees now available

Department of Education (DepEd) employees can now avail of loans through the Land Bank of the Philippines’ (LBP) Livelihood Loan Facility.

The Livelihood Loan Facility has a fixed interest rate of 10.5% per annum. Employees can borrow the equivalent of up to 8 months of their gross pay but not exceeding five hundred thousand pesos (PhP 500,000) for qualified rank- and- file employees and one million pesos (PhP 1,000,000) for qualified Department Officials.

The rate offered by LBP is much lower than the rates offered by most private lenders who are accredited under DepEd’s salary deduction program. For a starting teacher borrowing at the maximum amount, the savings in amortization is approximately one thousand pesos (PhP 1,000) per month which goes a long way in increasing the net take home pay of teachers.

Education Secretary Br. Armin A. Luistro FSC saw this as an excellent opportunity for teachers and other DepEd Employees to improve their financial welfare by availing of low interest rates offered by LBP.—DepEd

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Bukid kan Mt. Isarog, igwa man nasusulo

CALABANGA, CAMARINES SUR—Padagos pang nagkakanayap an kalayo sa bukid na parte kan Barangay Harubay sa banwaan na ini, huli sa kalayo na luway-luway dinidilaan an mga alang na mga doot na nadistroso kan bagyong si Glenda.

Mt. Isarog
BICOLSTANDARD.COM File Photo
An barangay na ini namumugtak sa Mt. Isarog.

An oficina kan Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) digdi an nagpahayag na difisil sa parte ninda na sigbohon an kalayo.

Ini sa rason na mayong pwedeng agihan an saindang mga fire trucks patukad sa bukid.

An informasyon sa kasulo ipinaabot sa BFP office asin sa Philippine National Police (PNP) kan mga residentes kan nasambit na barangay.

Sa pakipag-olay ki PO3 Jesus Guiza kan PNP, sinabi kaini na nagpoon magkurab an kalayo poco mas o menos alas 2:30 nin hapon ngonian.

An solamenteng lalaoman kan mga residente iyo an tabang hale sa BFP Regional Office ta igwa sinda nin mga eroplano na pwedeng magtabang sa ampat kan kalayo.

Mantang sinusurat an baretang ini, dae pa ma-carculo kan mga taga BFP kun pirang hectarya nin daga an linamlam na kan kalayo.

Iyo ini an primerong ipigreport na kasulo nin bukid sa Camarines Sur sa halawig na panahon.

Afuera kan kasulo sa bukid sa provincia kan Camarines Sur, may enot nang informasyon nin kasulo sa mga provincias kan Albay asin Sorsogon.

An inaapod na “bushfires” na arog kan nangyayri ngonian, parate nangyayari pagkalihis nin makusog na bagyo, sabi pa sa report.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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PHOTOS: Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)
Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

Tig-Aw Festival, Tigaon, Camarines Sur (Photo: LGU Tigaon)

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Rep. Escudero pushes for agri-business research

MANDALUYONG CITY — Sorsogon 1st District Rep. Evelina Escudero expressed her support for granting higher investment in agri-business research at the 10th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exhibition held simultaneously with the 27th Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) at SM Megatrade Hall here yesterday.

Rep. Evelina G. Escudero of the 1st District of Sorsogon delivers her message during the opening of the 10th Agriculture and Fisheries Technology Forum and Product Exibition and 27th BAR Anniversary Celebration yesterday at SM Mega Mall, Mandaluyong City. (Photo by Gil S. Calinga/PNA/LAM/gsc)
Escudero claimed that she would lobby for it on the upcoming budget hearing of the Department of Agriculture (DA) next week.

She revealed that even before, she had been coordinating with the DA-BAR (Bureau of Agricultural Research) in the inclusion of additional funding for science-based research.

Escudero echoed the call of former agriculture secretary and Director General of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) Dr. William Dar, who urged the government to invest more on promoting agri-business through the provision of higher budget on science-based research.—With report from PNA
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Mayon on alert level 1

MANILA — Alert Level 1 remains in effect as of 8:00 AM, 09 August 2014, which means that it is at abnormal condition, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said this morning.

Further, it announced that Mayon Volcano's seismic network detected two volcanic earthquakes during the past 24-hour observation period due to rain clouds covering the summit.

No crater glow, however, was observed.

As precautionary measure, the NDRRMC strongly advised that the public refrain from entering the 6-kilometer radius Permanent Danger Zone (PDZ) due to the perennial life-threatening dangers of rockfalls, landslides/avalanches at the middle to upper slope, sudden ash puffs and steam-driven or phreatic eruptions from the summit.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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Milagros, Mandaon, Matnog, Sorsogon Bay safe from red tide — BFAR

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) confirmed yesterday that the coastal waters of Milagros and Mandaon in Masbate, and Matnog and Sorsogon Bay in Sorsogon in Bicol are safe from toxic red tide.

Also safe from red tide are the coastal waters of Las Pinas, Cavite, Paranaque, Navotas and Bulacan in Manila Bay; coastal waters of Bolinao and Anda, Sual, Alaminos and Wawa, Bani in Pangasinan; Masinloc Bay in Zambales; Honda and Puerto Bays in Puerto Princesa City and Inner Malampaya Sound in Taytay, Palawan; coastal waters of Pilar, President Roxas, Panay, Roxas City, Ivisan and Sapian in Capiz; coastal waters of E.B. Magalona, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Talisay City, Silay City, Bacolod City, Hinigaran, Cadiz City, Victoriuas City, Bago City, Binalbagan and San Enrique in Negros Occxidental; Calbayog City in Western Samar, Biliran waters in Biliran province; Dumanquillas Bay in Zamboanga del Sur; Murcielagos Bay in Zamboanga del Norte and Misamis Occiodental; Hinatuan, Bislig and Lianga Bays in Surigao del Sur; Balite Bay, Mati, Davao Oriental; and Taguines Lagoon in Benoni Mahinog, Camiguin Island.

Free from red tide


The areas free from toxic red tides, according to BFAR, are coastal areas of Villareal Bay (Villareal, Samar) and Maqueda Bay (Jiabong, Samar), Cancabato Bay (Tacloban City, Leyte), San Pedro Bay (Palo and Tanauan, Leyte), Carigara Bay (Carigara, San Miguel, Barugo, Capoocan, and Babatngon, Leyte), Ormoc Bay (Ormoc City, Albuera and Merida, Leyte), Sogod Bay (Sogod, Southern Leyte), Cambatutay Bay (Tarangnan, Samar), and Matarinao Bay (Salcedo, Quinapondan, Hernani, Gen. MacArthur, E.Samar).

Positive for PSP


Meanwhile, shellfishes collected along Irong-irong Bay in Catbalogan, Samar and along Bataan coastal waters (Mariveles, Limay, Orion, Pilar, Balanga, Orani, Abucay and Samal) are still positive for paralytic shellfish poison.

Thus, all types of shellfish and alamang (Acetes sp.) gathered from the said area are not safe for human consumption.

The agency has advised the public to refrain from eating, harvesting, marketing, and buying shellfishes and alamang from Irong-irong Bay and Bataan coastal waters and wait for such time when the shellfish toxicity level in the area has gone below the regulatory limit.

Continued monitoring


Meanwhile, Maqueda and Villareal Bays in Western Samar are being monitored continuously by BFAR and the local government unit (LGU) as the said areas have just become negative for the red tide toxin according to the negative results for PSP obtained from three consecutive weeks of sampling in the two bays.

Red tide is a large concentration of aquatic microorganisms caused by a few species of dinoflagellates which when ingested, can result to paralytic shellfish poisoning. —With report from Jade D. Miguel/PNA
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Bichara seeks to amend Philippine Mining Act

Rep. Al Francis Bichara of the 2nd District of Albay filed House Bill 4037, a bill that would shorten the tedious process of applying for a mining permit from the government. The bill seeks to amend Republic Act 7942 otherwise known as Philippine Mining Act of 1995.
Rep. Al Francis Bichara 
Bichara said mining is being touted as one of the pillars of economic development by the present administration since the country is really rich in mineral resources.

“With proper regulations to protect the environment and ensure sound mining practices, mining has great potentials to develop and spur the economic growth of our countryside through infrastructure development, job creation and of course, an increase in government revenues, particularly of host local government units,” Bichara said.

Bichara said the industry has already attracted a lot of investors, serious or otherwise, as result of the rise of metal prices in the world market.

“Together with the influx of investors are the speculators, middlemen, shysters and all other personalities trying to cash in on the booming industry,” Bichara said.

“As a result, there are certain mining claims which are being applied for exploration by individuals and or corporations who are not serious investors but are mere speculators,” Bichara said.

Bichara said there are serious investors who are discouraged to come in due to the delay in the processing of permits. “With this bill, we can now separate the serious investors from mere speculators and at the same time, streamlining and cutting bureaucratic red tape,” Bichara said.

The measure mandates the Mines and Geosciences Bureau MGB) to grant exploration permit to a qualified person, to be acted upon within 60 days from submission of all requirements, and provided that all requirements are submitted within ninety days from filing of the application permit.

Should the applicant fail to submit the requirements within ninety days from filing of the application for exploration permit; such application shall be deemed ipso facto abandoned with finality.

All application for exploration permits not acted upon by the Bureau within sixty days from the submission of all requirements shall be deemed approved.

A holder of an exploration permit who fails to enter, occupy, possess as well as to commence exploration work within 60 days from approval of the exploration permit, or incurs gross delay or deviation from its approved work program or who fails to submit periodic reports to the MGB shall be disqualified. (PNA)
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SC cancels certificate of candidacy of BM Naval

NAGA CITY—The Supreme Court has sustained the decision of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) cancelling the certificate of candidacy (COC) of Camarines Sur Board Member Angel Naval., thus upholding the three-term limit.

Board Member Angel Naval
Board Member Angel Naval
Photo: SP Camarines Sur
In a 25-page decision that was promulgated July 8, 2014 and released yesterday, the Supreme Court cited the laws that limit consecutive terms, cautioning against the ills that exemptions or exceptions may elicit.

“The drafters of the Constitution recognized the propensity of public officers to perpetuate themselves in power, hence, the adoption of term limits and a guarantee of every citizen's equal access to public service. These are the restrictions statesmen should observe for they are intended to help ensure the continued vitality of our republican institutions," the Court said.

Reapportionment


Naval was elected as member of the provincial board for Camarines Sur’s second district in 2004, and again in 2007.

However, before his second term was over, the President signed into law Republic Act No. 9716 which reapportioned legislative districts in the province.



As a result of said republic act, 8 out of 10 towns were taken from the old second district to form the present third district.

In the 2010 elections, Naval once again won as among the members of the Sanggunian, third district.  He served until 2013. 

In the 2013 elections, Naval ran anew and was re-elected as Member of the Sanggunian, third district.

Prior to his re-election, however, Nelson Julia, who ran against Naval, filed a petition for the cancellation of Naval's COC in October 29, 2012.

Comelec ruled in Julia’s favor and cancelled Naval's COC through a decision of its second division on March 5, 2013.

Naval questioned Comelec's decision before the Supreme Court, arguing that "the First, Second and Third Legislative Districts of Camarines Sur are not merely renamed but are composed of new sets of municipalities.  With the separation of Gainza and Milaor from the other eight towns which used to comprise the Second District, the voters from the Third Legislative District are no longer the same ones  as  those  who  had  elected  him  to  office  in  the  2004  and  2007 elections."

Inflexible


The Supreme Court disagreed, saying that the three-term limit is "inflexible."

It further noted that "[t]he rationale behind reapportionment is the constitutional requirement to achieve equality of representation among the districts. It is with this mindset that the Court should consider Naval’s argument anent having a new set of constituents electing him into office in 2010 and 2013.  Naval’s ineligibility to run, by reason of violation of the three-term limit rule, does not undermine the right to equal representation of any of the districts in Camarines Sur.  With or without him, the renamed Third District, which he labels as a new set of constituents, would still be represented, albeit by another eligible person."

READ THE DECISION HERE: Angel G. Naval vs. Comelec and Nelson B. Julia

"[T]he Court finds no compelling reason to grant the reliefs prayed for by Naval.  For the Court to declare otherwise would be to create a dangerous precedent unintended by the drafters of our Constitution and of R.A. No. 9716.  Considering that the one-term gap or rest after three consecutive elections is a result of a compromise among the members of the Constitutional Commission, no cavalier exemptions or exceptions to its application is to be allowed," the ruling reads.

"[S]ustaining Naval’s arguments would practically allow him to hold the same office for 15 years.  These are the circumstances the Constitution explicitly intends to avert," the Court held.

The decision was penned by Associate Justice Bienvenido L. Reyes. Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Associate Justices Antonio D. Carpio, Presbiterio J. Velasco Jr., Teresita Leonardo-de Castro, Arturo D. Brion, Diosdado M. Perala, Lucas P. Bersamin, Mariano C. Del Castillo, Martin S. Villarama, Jose Portugal Perez, Jose Catral Mendoza, Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe, and Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen concurred.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Bushfire razes 30 hectares in Sorsogon's Bacon District

SORSOGON CITY  The Bureau of Fire Protection recommended that cloud seeding or aerial suppression be carried out as some 30 hectares of land were engulfed by fire in sitios Tiagao, Gayong, Magasang, and Gajo in Barangay Osiao in this city's Bacon District.

Bushfire in Barangay Osiao, Bacon District
Photo: Sorsogon City BFP via Cresenciano Lim Cantor Jr.
Earlier today, a composite team of the BFP, City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and Sorsogon City Emergency Response Team (SCERT) went to Sitio Tiagao, Barangay Osiao area to assess the damage after receiving a report that fire had broken out.

Bushfire in Barangay Osiao, Bacon District
Photo: Sorsogon City BFP via Cresenciano Lim Cantor Jr.
With the assistance of a barangay kagawad, and four barangay tanods from Osiao proper, the team noted that hectares of tiger grass (talahib), cassava (kamoteng-kahoy), young coconut tree (tagbong) and other root crops were damaged by the fire.

They also noticed thick smoke coming from Sitio Magasang and Sitio Gajo and assumed that a bush fire also happened in said areas, the report said.

Later, they were alerted by PNP Bacon that a bushfire was also raging at Sitio Gayong in Barangay Barangay Santo Niño.

Bushfire in Barangay Osiao, Bacon District
Photo: Sorsogon City BFP via Cresenciano Lim Cantor Jr.
The police officers were worried that the blaze would affect Gayong Elementary School in the same barangay.

However, the fire was unable to reach the school because the distance from the fire to the building made heat transfer through conduction or direct contact almost impossible.

The composite team in their investigation discovered from the residents of the barangay that the bushfire started on August 2 and has not stopped since.

Some 20 hectares of tiger grass (talahib) were burned, the BFP claimed.

Tiger grass is one of the main sources of livelihood of the residents, who earn a living by making fans out of the leaves.

Bush fire in Barangay Osiao, Bacon District
Photo: Sorsogon City BFP via Cresenciano Lim Cantor Jr.
As the team was on its way home, they saw that the smoke coming from Sitio Grajo had turned into large flames. According to the team, they assumed that it was another bushfire in progress.

In their report, they revealed that the cause of the fire is still under investigation. However, they suspect that its cause is the practice of kaingin.

It will be recalled that several towns in Albay have been affected by bushfires this week, as well. (With report from BFP Sorsogon City Chief Marcial)  BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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LTO Bicol ready to release new motorcycle plates

NAGA CITY—LTO Regional Director Atty. Noreen San Luis-Lutey announced tonight that the new standardized motorcycle (MC) plates are now available for the Bicol region.
LTO Regional Director Atty. Noreen San Luis-Lutey
LTO Regional Director Atty. Noreen San Luis-Lutey
Releasing will start on Friday, August 15, 2014 to give allowance for dispatch and encoding, Lutey said.

She further called on all motorcycle owners who have not yet received thei plates to claim said plates at the LTO District Office where the motorcycle is registered.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

New motorcycle plate
Photo: Atty. San Luis-Lutey
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Bicolano actor Rez Cortez stars in Cinemalaya bet 'Hari ng Tondo'

Bicolano actor Rez Cortez is part of the cast of Hari ng Tondo, one of the official official entries to the Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival this year.

Bicolano actor Rez Cortez stars in Cinemalaya bet 'Hari ng Tondo'
L-R: Domingo Cobarrubias, Armida Siguion-Reyna, and Rez Cortez during the Hari ng Tondo CineMalaya Gala Night at the CCP. (Photo: Rez Cortez)
Earlier this week, Cortez attended the Cinemalaya Gala Night at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, where other films such as Hustisya, The Janitor, Asintado, and Kasal, were showcased.

Cortez, who is from Iriga City and Buhi, Camarines Sur, shares credits with Robert Arevalo, Cris Villonco, Rafa Siguion-Reyna, Lorenz Martinez, Liza Lorena, Lui Manansala, Aiza Seguerra, Carlos Canlas, Mark Tayag, Ciara Sotto, Gian Magdangal, Eric Quizon, Ali Sotto, Audie Gemora, Hans Eckstein, Raul Montesa, Jelson Bay, Gino Ramirez, and Domingo "Menggie" Cobarrubias.

Bicolano actor Rez Cortez stars in Cinemalaya bet 'Hari ng Tondo'
Bicolano actor Rez Cortez in Hari ng Tondo
Hari ng Tondo tells the story of Ricardo Villena, a grandfather (Arevalo) who decides to bring his grandchildren to the community in Tondo where he grew up, as he faces an impending bankruptcy. Cortez plays the role of Boyong, the caretaker of Villena's old apartment.

The film is directed by Carlos Siguion-Reyna, and written and produced by Bibeth Orteza.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
Bicolano actor Rez Cortez stars in Cinemalaya bet 'Hari ng Tondo'
Rez Cortez  in Hari ng Tondo
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PHOTOS: Paroy Festival, Libon, Albay

Devotees of Señor Santiago de Libon, or Saint James the Greater, attend the River Voya and Convergence Procession in Libon, Albay during the town's annual fiesta. The town of Libon is known for its celebration of the Paroy Festival, during which locals give thanks for good harvest. (Photos: LGU Libon)

Paroy Festival, Libon, Albay
Paroy Festival, Libon, Albay
Paroy Festival, Libon, Albay

Paroy Festival, Libon, Albay

Paroy Festival, Libon, Albay

Paroy Festival, Libon, Albay

Paroy Festival, Libon, Albay
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PHOTO: Bicolano anti-crime crusader Jimenez commemorates Manila Hostage Crisis

Bicolano anti-crime crusader Dante Jimenez visits Luneta Park to light a candle and bring flowers as his group prepares to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the Manila Hostage Crisis. (Photo by Carlo Mateo, DZBB Super Radyo 594)
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DSWD opens website development contest

In line with its thrust to involve and empower the youth, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is holding the ‘Savvy Innovations, Zesty Exchange (SIZE) Matters’ Website Development Contest which will run from August 4 to September 15, 2014.

SIZE Matters is an online showcase of innovative ideas and practices of the DSWD which aims to “reinvent the things we do and the way we do things.”

The competition is open to all freelance professionals, students, and out–of-school youths (OSYs), including youth with disabilities.

Participants may fill out entry forms which can be downloaded at facebook/osm.dswd and osm.dswd.gov.ph. Deadline of submission of entries is on September 15, 2014.

Mechanics of the contest can be viewed also on osm.dswd.gov.ph.

The winning website design will be launched and serve as a platform where one can discuss and develop progressive proposals and practices. The site aims to enhance peer participation and encourage convergence and sharing of ideas.

Once established, the site can evolve into a long-term open platform for mass collaboration to tap knowledge from outside to find solutions to current and emerging demands and challenges of the Department, particularly on good governance and social protection.
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