Bicol International Airport, dai pa mahahaman

Ma-aatraso pang maray an pagpoon kan construction kan Bicol International Airport sa Daraga, Albay, pagkatapos na pondohon ini, apisar kan inaprobaran na ni Presidente Duterte an proyekto.

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.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

PHOTOS | 'Bagito 'stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad in Albay



Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

Bagito stars Nash Aguas and Alexa Ilacad
Photo via Rico Manallo Photography

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Rebel group owns up to Libmanan ambush

NAGA CITY—National Democratic Front Bicol spokesperson Ka Maria Roja Banua has stated that their group is owning up to the offensive tactic in Libmanan, Camarines Sur on March 12 and 13.

In a statement this afternoon furnished to BICOL STANDARD, Banua wrote that it was part of their campaign to confront Oplan Bayanihan of the 49th Infantry Batallion and 22nd Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army in Camarines Sur.

She explained that initially, the primary target of the ambush was the Philippine Army.

However, their group noted that members of the Libmanan, Gainza and the Provincial police offices were invited by the Philippine Army Troop to investigate on the action initiated by the New People's Army under the command of Norben Gruta.

"Pangunahing target sa nasabing ambus ay ang Philippine Army kaya lang pumasok sila [PNP] sa labanang kontra-insurhensya. Magkagayunman, ang PNP-Provincial Office ay tahasang ginagamit na makinarya laban sa insurhensya at demolition ng mga magsasaka sa baranggay Del Rosario, Pamplona kaya isinama sila sa naging target," her statement reads.

"Kaugnay nito, nananawagan kami sa Mayor ng Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando at iba pang munisipyo ng Distrito II at iba pang PNP-Munisipal Police Station na huwag nang magpagamit sa demolisyon at kontra-insurhensya bagkus asikasuhin ang maraming kaso ng holdapan, sugal na sabong, weteng, quarrying, pagpatay, rape at droga na negosyo ng malalaking pulitiko sa probinsya.
Salamat po sa patuloy ninyong pakikipag-ugnayan. Asahan po ninyo na kung pahihintulutan na nang kalagayan katulad ng panahon ni Ka Greg Banares ay lubos tayong magkakapalitan ng talakayan on the air. Pansamantala higit naming sisipagan ang talastasan sainyo upang mabilis na makasagot sa inyong mga katanungan," she added.

It will be recalled that in the ambush, PO3 Jolan Aguinaldo of Gainza Municipal Police was injured by a shot fired by the suspected rebel group.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

The full statement is reproduced below:

Sagot po ito sa komentaryong inyong nabanggit kaugnay sa naganap na taktika na opensiba ng New People's Army (NPA) sa Libmanan noong nakaraang Marso 12 at 13, 2015.
Kaisa ninyo kami sa paghahangad ng pagpapatuloy ng usapang pangkapayapaan kaya lang sa pag-upo ng kasalukuyang Presidente Noynoy Aquino ay hindi ito naging bahagi ng prayoridad ng kanyang panunungkulan. Muling nagbukas tayo sa pagdating ni Pope Francis subalit pagkalipas ng naganap na krimen laban sa Fallen 44 ay nawala ang tulak para muling bumalik sa usapan pangkapayapaan. Higit nahiwalay ang US-BSA sa mamamayan sanhi ng pagkabigo na umakto bilang commander-in-chief; pagbasag ng chain of command; mapagsugal na atas sa Special Action Force (SAF); atas na manatili hanggang sa huling buhay ng mga SAF; pagbalga sa ceasefire agreement; bulag na pagsunod sa payo ng United States handlers; at pagkanulo sa tiwala ng mamamayan.
Inuulit namin, ang usapang pangkapayapaan ay dapat kapayapaan batay sa katarungan at hindi pagpapasuko tulad ng nagyari sa MILF. Sa ganitong balangkas na pirmahan ang unang agend,a ang Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) na napirmahan sa panahon ni dating Presidente Joseph Estrada. Ang nakahapag na susunod sanang agenda ay ang Comprehensive Agreement on Socio-Economic Reform (CASER) na matigas na ayaw kilalanin ng kasalukuyang Presidente Benigno Aquino sa payo ng amo nitong Estado Unidos.
Ang naganap na demolition_harass operation noong Marso 12 sa detatsment ng Dinumpilan, Malinao na sinundan ng ambus sa PNP at Philippine Army kinabukasan nang Marso 13, 2015 sa Pag-oring Viejo at Malinao ay bahagi ng kampanya para harapin ang Oplan Bayanihan na isinasagawa ng 49th IB at 22nd IB ng Philippine Army sa Distrito II ng Camarines Sur. Ito ay isang kampanyang panunupil na naghahasik ng kawalan ng kapayapaan sa mga lugar ng ating sonang gerilya at humahadlang hanapbuhay ng maraming mamamayan.
Mahigpit po ang isinagawang monitoring sa PNP-Libmanan, PNP Gainza at Provincial PNP mula sa haywey hanggang umakyat ito sa itaas na mga baranggay ng Libmanan sa pamamagitan ng ating mga monitoring post. Ikinumbina sila sa tropa ng Philippine Army pagsapit sa Pag-oring Viejo na gumagalugad habang nag-iimbestiga sa unang aksyon ng New Peolpe's Army (NPA) sa ilalim ng kumand ng Norben Gruta. Pangunahing target sa nasabing ambus ay ang Philippine Army kaya lang pumasok sila sa labanang kontra-insurhensya. Magkagayunman, ang PNP-Provincial Office ay tahasang ginagamit na makinarya laban sa insurhensya at demolition ng mga magsasaka sa baranggay Del Rosario, Pamplona kaya isinama sila sa naging target.
Kaugnay nito, nananawagan kami sa Mayor ng Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando at iba pang munisipyo ng Distrito II at iba pang PNP-Munisipal Police Station na huwag nang magpagamit sa demolisyon at kontra-insurhensya bagkus asikasuhin ang maraming kaso ng holdapan, sugal na sabong, weteng, quarrying, pagpatay, rape at droga na negosyo ng malalaking pulitiko sa probinsya.
Salamat po sa patuloy ninyong pakikipag-ugnayan. Asahan po ninyo na kung pahihintulutan na nang kalagayan katulad ng panahon ni Ka Greg Banares ay lubos tayong magkakapalitan ng talakayan on the air. Pansamantala higit naming sisipagan ang talastasan sainyo upang mabilis na makasagot sa inyong mga katanungan.
Ka Maria Roja Banua
Tagapagsalita
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STUCK FOR 3 DAYS | CATanduanes cat-lovers scream for help for feline

VIRAC, Catanduanes—An unfortunate feline had to spend Friday the 13th on top of an electric pole after it got stuck on the same on Feb. 12.

STUCK FOR 3 DAYS | CATanduanes cat-lovers scream for help for feline
Photo courtesy of Tres Muskiteros
Residents living near Zamboanga Farm, Eastern Cavintian, where the utility post is located, described the cat to be already lethargic. 

It has been without food and water for three days, they said. 

This morning, the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) has already attempted to rescue the helpless creature, but its efforts were futile. PDRRMO's rescue truck was unable to penetrate the narrow street leading to the electric post. 

Meanwhile, concerned feline-lovers here have taken to social media to plead for rescue for cat. 

One netizen said that he had already reported the incident to the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO), but no action has yet been taken by the electric cooperative.—BICOLSTANDARD

Photo via Tres Muskiteros

Photo via Tres Muskiteros

Photo via Tres Muskiteros

Photo via Tres Muskiteros

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CHARRED | 2-year-old toddler dies in Naga City house fire

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

NAGA CITY-- A two-year-old toddler died in an early morning blaze Saturday morning. She was charred beyond recognition.

The fire broke out at around 7:41 am at the residence of Victor Aspe and Marivic Tan in Zone 3, Pagdaicon, Mabolo, here.

Initial reports say that the child was sleeping on the second floor of the house when, for unknown reasons, fire was ignited in the ceiling.

 Police Regional Office 5 spokesperson Malu Calubaquib named the fatality as Caszofhia Benjamin Bermudo.

The child's parents, who were preparing breakfast at that time, were unable to save the child due to the thick smoke and fire which quickly engulfed the house.

Also injured in the blaze was Justine San Jose Tan, 28 years old.

The  incident was declared fire out at about 7:54 AM.

The Bureau of Fire Protection Naga is still conducting further investigation to determine the cause of the fire. -- With reports from Oscar Esmenda and Ian Mar Nebres Lee BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.



Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee

Mabolo Fire
Photo via Ian Mar Nebres Lee


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Friday, March 13, 2015

DPWH completes 124 infrastructure projects in Camarines Norte

A total of 124 infrastructure projects amounting to more than P819 million were completed by the Camarines Norte District Engineering Office (CNDEO) of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

CNDEO officer in charge Engr. Elmer R. Redrico said that 124 are part of the 153 infrastructure projects targeted for the year, while the 29 other are still on-going projects. The programmed amount for the 153 infrastructure projects is more than P1.3 billion.

The district engineering office implemented and programmed the construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure facilities like highways roads and bridges; flood control and drainage/river control; preliminary and detailed engineering; urgent arterial/secondary roads and bridges; farm to market roads and bridges and other infrastructure project; national buildings and various infrastructure including local projects.  These were locally funded projects.

There were also foreign assisted projects for highways; airports, flood control and water supply.

He said that some of the projects recently completed were Mabulao Bridge along Tagas-Daet-Poblacion-Magang Road; Laniton Bridge along Maharlika Highway; School Building at Alawihao High School, Daet; Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP) with seawall along Pres. Cory Aquino Boulevard, San Jose Section, Talisay; and construction of seawall and PCCP along Pres. Cory Aquino Boulevard, Bagasbas Section, Bagasbas, Daet.

The implementation of these projects also creates job opportunity to marginalized sector of the community, he said.

On the other hand the DPWH-CNDEO also participated in the Computer Literacy Examination conducted by the Regional Information Management Services wherein they got 100% passing rate last year.

The district contingent team to Tacloban City also received a certificate of recognition from the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for their unfailing support to the clearing operations launched during the calamity disaster operation caused by Super Typhoon Yolanda in 2014.

They also conducted the blood donation drive as part of the 114th Civil Service Anniversary; coastal clean-up drive along Bagasbas Beach and participated several inter-agency activities in the province. (MAL/RBM-PIA5/Camarines Norte)
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Cop hurt by suspected rebels in ambush

LIBMANAN, Camarines Sur—The police have launched pursuit operations for the capture of the suspects in the ambush of PO3 Jolan Aguinaldo of Gainza Municipal Police Station at around 5:30 PM here.

The suspects, according to the initial investigation, are believed to be members of the CPP-NPA-NDF.

Prior to the shooting,  members of the 9th Infantry Batallion of the Philippine Army reported that they recovered two suspected improvised explosive devices (IEDs) at around 5:30 in the morning.

These were found at the north portion of their detachment at Sitio Dinumpilan, Barangay Malinao.

The IEDs each weighed more or less 1 kilogram each with 40 meters of wire and assorted empty shells for the M14 and M16.

This afternoon, members of the Libmanan and Gainza police, along with the PPSC and EOD team of the Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office went to the area to dispose properly of the IEDs.

The group was beginning to leave the area when they were ambushed by an undetermined number of suspected rebels.

PO3 Aguinaldo, the victim, was hit in the abdomen by said suspects.

He was immediately brought to the Bicol Medical Center in Naga City for treatment.

As of the time of this writing, the victim is still recovering.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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FOOD TRIP | Chef Jang Melgar Grageda's Marigsip na Bolinaw con Lada Recipe

Savor the crispy, spicy goodness of chili-coated bolinaw served with a dish of fresh tomatoes and cucumbers along with an exciting chili vinegar dip.

Marigsip na Bolinaw con Lada Recipe
Photo by Jang Melgar Grageda

FOOD TRIP by Chef Jang Melgar Grageda
Local celebrity chef and Albay native Jang Melgar Grageda is known for cooking up classic delectable concoctions with a distinct Bicolano twist. Her often artfully plated work has been featured on television and print, including ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda, Marhay na Aga Kapamilya, TV Patrol World, TV Patrol Bicol, GMA’s Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Cebu Daily News.

Ingredients:

1/2 kilo bolinaw or fresh anchovies
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1/8 cup coco vinegar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/8 cup powdered  chilies
oil for frying
bird’s eye chilies
coco vinegar
cucumber
tomatoes
Procedure:

Wash and clean the anchovies.
Add salt, pepper, garlic and vinegar. Mix.
Combine the all-purpose flour and cornstarch.
Add this mixture to the anchovies.
Coat individually.
Heat the oil and fry the anchovies individually until golden brown.
Place the fried anchovies in a mixing bowl and coat with chili powder 
In a mixing bowl, place the fried anchovies and coat with chili powder.
Serve the dish with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes and a dip with a mix of the bird’s chilies and vinegar.
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Friendship Bridge to link Catanduanes to mainland Bicol

The Regional Development Council for Bicol headed by Governor Joey Sarte Salceda has approved for endorsement to the national government the construction of the Friendship Bridge that will connect the island-province of Catanduanes to mainland Bicol through Camarines Sur province.

The project will be built from the Rugos Point in Caramoan, Camarines Sur, to Barangay Tibang in San Andres, Catanduanes.

It is part of the inter-connectivity project of the administration of the President Benigno S. Aquino III towards the speedy development of this part of the region and its neighboring areas.

Catanduanes Governor Cely Wong profusely thanked the RDC for its approval to endorse the project, which has long been dreamed of by the Catanduanes residents.

The council also discussed the various ambitious projects of the Bicol Region, which include an international airport in Pandan, Catanduanes; Camarines Norte International Port in Jose Panganiban and Daet-Naga Freeway.

Salceda also cited the QueBEx Way or Quezon Bicol Express Way, modernization of the railway system and many others.

He asked the provinces without proposed projects yet as part of Luzon Plan 45 that they still have a chance to submit these to the National Economic Development Authority-Bicol, which is the secretariat of the RDC Bicol.

The RDC-Bicol head advised the local government executives spend efforts to make feasibility studies for their projects as these will pay off.

"It might take long but you can realize the projects you want done in your areas for the benefit of your constituents," Salceda said, giving example the feasibility studies exhaustively done by the Province of Albay.(PNA) 
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The Voice US | Bicolano Nathan Hermida's family asks for support

NAGA CITY—Relatives and friends of Nathan Hermida here are rejoicing over the 17-year-old's achievement in Season 8 of The Voice US.

Nathan Hermida's family
From L-R: His brother Cole, his mother Acela, his father Irving, and Nathan
Photo courtesy of Acela Hermida
Nathan, whose parents are from Nabua and Baao in Camarines Sur, was among those recently handpicked by coach Adam Levine to be part of his team.

In an interview with BICOL STANDARD, Nathan's Aunt Mafe Santiago, who is based here, said that they were still overwhelmed by the judges' reaction.

Santiago said, however, that they had always known his nephew to be talented.

Photos via Nathan Hermida's Twitter account
"He would come to Bicol for vacations. He even performed at Lolo's Bar before," she recalled.

The proud aunt also described Nathan as a simple and smart kid.

"Nathan is truly a source of pride for Bicolanos. We hope that his achievement inspires more Bicolanos to fulfill their dreams," Santiago said.

She also expressed her gratitude to those who have been supporting Nathan.

Bicolanos may help Nathan fulfill his dream by liking  his Facebook page www.facebook.com/natehermida.

Nathan's songs are also available on iTunes. His "Sure Thing" rendition peaked at #55 on the iTunes Pop chart.

Sure Thing (The Voice Performance) - SingleThinking Out Loud (The Voice Performance) - Single

Meanwhile, videos of him singing are uploaded on www.youtube.com/nathanhermida.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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PSSupt Pornillos, nag-asumir na sa pwesto bilang Cam Sur PNP PD

NAGA CITY—Nagpasalamat si PSSupt Primo Golingay sa mga kapulisan sa suportang itinao saiya sa halipot na panahon na naging marhay an relasyon kan lambang saro.

An bagong OIC Provincial Director kan Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office PSSupt. Walfredo Pornillos asin dating Provincial Director PSSupt Primo Golingay (Kua ni Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)
Sa saiyang paghale sa pwesto bilang OIC Provincial Director kan Camarines Sur Provincial Police Office ngonian na aldaw, sinabi ni Golingay na sinda naging katuwang niya sa pagmantener kan katrangkilohan asin pagresolbar kan mga kaso.

Inangat man niya an maribay saiya na ipadagos an mga programa.

Sa ibong na lado, nagpahayag man an bagong OIC Provincial Director na si PSSupt. Walfredo Pornillos na matrabaho man siya nin maigot para sa mga taga Camarines Sur.

Hinagad ni Pornillos an ayuda kan publiko sa pagmantener kan katoninongan.
Si Pornillos gikan sa Nabua, Camarines Sur—Ni Oscar Esmenda, BICOLSTANDARD.COM
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ARRESTED | 9 minors on probe for string of robberies

NAGA CITY—Nine minors are facing investigation for their alleged involvement in a rash of robberies here.

SPO1 Toby Bongon
Photo by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM
The minors were apprehended this morning after they allegedly broke into a store located along Peñafrancia Avenue. They were accused by Jaime Among, owner of the establishment, of carting away several items from his store.

The modus operandi allegedly employed by the group of minors is hoisting their smallest member up a window. Upon gaining entry, the same would assist other members to enter their victim's place.

Recovered from the group's possession were cellular phones and a bag of coins, which, according to the owner, were taken from his store.

SPO1 Toby Bongon told BICOL STANDARD that the police are already conducting a deeper probe to determine if the nine suspects were also the ones involved in the recent laundry shop and lotto outlet burglaries along Peñafrancia Avenue.

In both incidents, the perpetrators entered the premises through very small openings.

Meanwhile, the mothers of two of the accosted minors immediately rushed to Naga City Police Station 3 after they were informed of their children's arrest.

Both denied any knowledge of their children's involvement in the alleged illegal activity. They explained to police that their children merely asked for their permission to join a dance practice.

The initial report says that some of the minors still go to school, while others are out-of-school youths.

These children in conflict with the law will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development for proper disposition.

Under R.A. 9344, minors below 15 years old are exempt from criminal liability. Those aged below 18 but more than 15 will only incur criminally liability if they acted with discernment.—With report from Boyet Paderes, BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming enot. Pirming bago.
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Caceres to celebrate St. Teresa of Avila’s 500th birthday

NAGA CITY— In a circular dated March 4, Carmelite prelate and Caceres Archbishop Rolando Tria Tirona announced the schedule of activities for the celebration of the 5th birth centenary of the first Woman Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila.



Penitential Walk

The week-long celebration begins with a Penitential Walk on March 21, 5:00 a.m. from the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral grounds to the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Monastery (Naga City).

Tirona will give several points for reflection before the Walk while confession will be made available at the end point. According to the circular, plenary indulgence shall be given provided that the following requirements are met:
sacramental confession
Eucharistic communion
prayers for the Supreme Pontiff’s intentions

According to Teresa 500 Chairman Fr. Wilmer Joseph Tria, the Walk is “a meditative procession [as it is] in keeping with the spirit of the Lenten season”. He further said that “the visit of Pope Francis encourages participation in activities that lead to deeper faith in the Lord”. Hence, it is hoped that the Walk “will be an opportunity to receive Christ fully, as [one] recalls the Lord’s Passion, death and resurrection”.

Celebrating Teresa

Following the Walk is a Seminar on Prayer slated on March 25 at the Big Hall of the Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia. Carmelite priest Fr. Alex Collera shall give the talk while the Caceres Carmelite prelate is scheduled to preside over the Eucharistic celebration that ends the activity by noon.

On St. Teresa’s birth date, March 28, Archbishop Tirona will celebrate two Masses in honor of the occasion: at 6:30 a.m. at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Monastery in Naga City; and at 9:00 a.m. at the Parish and Shrine of St. Teresa of Avila in San Vicente, Baao.

Capping the week-long celebration is a musical on the Life of Teresa of Avila on March 29 at the Unibersidad de Sta. Isabel (USI) Auditorium at 6:00 p.m.

Relics on Tour

In addition, the pilgrim relics of St. Teresa of Avila will visit several parishes in the Archdiocese, from March 14, Saturday, until March 28. Below is the schedule of the said visit.
March 14-15, Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
March 15-16, Parish and Shrine of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Naga City
March 16-17, Parish of St. Therese of the Child Jesus, Pili
March 17-18, Parish of St. John of the Cross, Agdangan
March 18-19, Parish of St. Therese of Lisieux, Iriga City
March 19-20, Parish of St. Anthony of Padua, Iriga City
March 20-21, Parish of the Holy Cross, Nabua
March 21-22, Parish of St. John the Baptist, Goa
March 22-23, Parish of St. Raphael the Archangel, Pili
March 23-24, Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Porteria, Calabanga
March 24-25, Parish of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Carolina
March 25-27, Parish and Shrine of St. Teresa of Avila, Baao
March 27-28, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Monastery Chapel, Naga City

For more information, the Monastery may be reached through 054-473-0411. (Natalie Hazel Quimlat/CBCPNews)
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Businessman accuses legislators of railroading street rename

LEGAZPI CITY – A prominent businessman has accused several councilors of this city and a board member of Albay for hastening an ordinance renaming a street without following the proper procedure.

Left: Barangay 34 Oro Site, Legazpi City Logo, Right: Ordinance renaming the 5th Street Extension to Jose L. Lee Street
Photos via Barangay Oro-Site Facebook Page
Marcial Tuanqui, a senior member and past president of the Albay Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) says that he does not understand why these legislators were such in a hurry of renaming the 5th Street Extension in Barangay Oro Site into Jose L. Lee Street.

City Ordinance No. 0001-2015 was recently passed by the Sanggunian Panlunsod of Legazpi and was subsequently approved through a resolution in the Sanggunian Panlalawigan of Albay this week.

At the city level, the measure was opposed by Tuanqui firstly because the National Historical Commission (NHC) was not consulted. Second, the entrepreneur stressed that there are other historical personalities in the city who are also qualified to be given the honor.

Tuanqui also says his manifestations were never taken into consideration. He went as far as saying that he was never invited to consultative meetings and if invitations were sent, it was done so during the last minute.

When the edict was approved by the provincial board this week, Tuanqui filed a Request for Reconsideration of the SP’s approval of the ordinance with the office of Vice Governor Harold Imperial.

This time, aside from the previous reasons, he alleged that the author of the approving resolution, BM Jose Marino Madrilejos, did not hold a committee meeting to deliberate on the matter which he believed was highly irregular.

In his letter to Imperial, Tuanqui added that the city ordinance in question was never approved unanimously which was contrary to the requirements of Sec. 13, Book 1 of the Local Government Code.

In media interviews, he also cited procedures by the NHC on the time element of renaming any public domain in honor of deceased personalities.

Meanwhile BM Madrilejos, in his approved resolution, dismissed Tuanqui’s arguments citing several grey areas both in the NHC’s procedures and the local government code.

As of now, Tuanqui still hopes that his request be thoroughly reviewed by the vice governor to avoid setting a precedent to similar decrees that may be filed in the future.

If again, his words are not heard, Tuanqui says he will elevate the matter to the NHC.

The street in question is about a kilometer long and cuts through Brgy. Oro Site on the northwestern part of the city proper.

The late Jose L. Lee better known as Joe “Oro” Lee, who passed away a few years back, was its punong barangay.

He was the father of the present Barangay Chairman Joseph Philip Lee.

The young Lee is also the president of the Provincial Councilors’ League and is an ex-officio member of the provincial board.

He is reportedly a strong political ally of both Mayor Noel Rosal and Gov. Joey Salceda.

This circumstance has led critics to conclude that political patronage is behind this issue. (Joey B. Garalde)

Ordinance renaming street in Barangay Oro Site, Legazpi City to Jose L. Lee Street
Photo via Barangay Oro-Site Facebook Page

Ordinance renaming street in Barangay Oro Site, Legazpi City to Jose L. Lee Street
Photo via Barangay Oro-Site Facebook Page
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Thursday, March 12, 2015

PHOTOS | Comelec proclaims Ower Andal as CSur board member





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The Voice US | Bicolano Nathan Hermida conquers first battle

Photo via @nathanhermida
BAAO, Camarines Sur—Ten seconds was the all the time it took for 17-year-old Bicolano Nathan Hermida to make the red chair of The Voice's Levin Adam Levine turn during the blind auditions of The Voice US' 8th season.

Impressed by Hermida's "sexy voice," Christina Aguilera also pushed the red button to turn her chair for the Bicolano crooner.

Hermida serenaded the judges with his soulful rendition of "Sure Thing."

Levine praised Hermida's performance, who said,"I want to make you the centerpiece of my team. I think that's how good you are."

The Maroon 5 singer added: "I think you are ridiculous. I think you're gonna be into the finals."

Hermida picked Levine, over Aguilera, to be his vocal coach.

Yesterday, Hermida also hurdled the Battle Round of the reality show, after he defeated Josh Batstone. The two performed "Thinking Out Loud" by Ed Sheeran.

He advances to the next round of the competition.

Nathan

The official profile on the NBC website describes the vocalist as " a first-generation Filipino-American who grew up singing during his family's karaoke nights. He performs in his school choir and an a cappella group, but Nathan's parents have their hearts set on him going to school for biology. Nathan hopes that with success on The Voice, he will be able to show his parents that the safest option isn't always the right one."

Nathan also shared in his NBC interview how important religion is in his family. He said:  "I always make a sign of the cross before every performance because religion is very strong in my family and in my life."

Apart from his impressive musical skills, Hermida is good in academics. He goes to Boston Latin School, a prestigious "exam-only public high school" in the United States.


Bicolano roots


The Filipino pride hails from Camarines Sur.

His mother Acela Britanico Labao-Hermida is from San Nicolas, Baao. His father Irving Hermida is from Nabua.  

"Nate," as he is called by people close to him, comes from a musically-inclined family.

His mother, along with his Aunt Mayot Abainza, were members of the Bicol Heritage Foundation, a singing group organized by former Cong. Luis R. Villafuerte.

Meanwhile, his Aunt Mafe Santiago was also a part of the University of Nueva Caceres Glee Club.--BICOLSTANDARD.COM Pirming Enot. Pirming Bago

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Legazpi stays vigilant vs dengue this summer

LEGAZPI CITY—The City Health Office (CHO) here is not letting its guard down against dengue even in summer as it seriously takes a warning from the Department of Health (DOH) that the killer mosquito-borne disease has become an “all-season” syndrome in Bicol.

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"We maintain our vigilance with our preemptive measures involving communities in all barangays of the city by way of sustained clean-up activities that include clearing of clogged canals, esteros and other places where water is stored and serve as breeding ground for dengue virus-carrying mosquitoes,” CHO chief Dr. Fulbert Gillego on Wednesday said.

This clean-up drive is being initiated by community volunteers in all the 70 barangays of the city and during weekends and by city hall employees who have organized themselves into a clean-up brigade going around rural barangays doing the cleaning themselves and advising communities to dispose their household waste properly to prevent drainage clogging, he said.

“We also maintain our strengthened information and education campaign on dengue, particularly on prevention in communities and schools with the help of barangay health workers (BHWs) who conduct house-to-house and classroom-to-classroom visitations,” Gillego said.

He relayed this information to the Philippines News Agency here in response to an advisory issued over the week by the DOH regional office for Bicol based in the nearby Daraga town urging the public to take precautionary measures against the possible spread of dengue even during the summer season.

Gloria Balboa, the DOH regional director, noted in the advisory that dengue cases that usually are on the uptrend during rainy season should not make the public self-assured during the dry season as this deadly syndrome takes place all year round as long as there are breeding grounds for Aedes aegypti mosquito, its primary carrier.

“Let us not be complacent and abandon our anti-dengue campaign this summer as we should not expect the disease to spread only during the rainy season. Seasonal changes make dengue an unpredictable disease to observe that is why we should be consistent with community involvement towards putting a stop its spread,” she stressed.

In fact, Balboa said, recent monitoring conducted by the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit (RESU) has noted an increase in the number of dengue cases in four of the six provinces of the region—Albay, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and Masbate.

She said that the surveillance data from Jan. 1 to Feb. 21 this year has recorded 52 cases in Albay, 65 in Camarines Sur, 25 in Sorsogon and Masbate, 16–whose total of 169, including the 11 cases reported in the regions’ two other provinces of Catanduanes and Camarines Norte, shows a 63-percent increase compared to the regional total of 104 in the same period of 2014.

While the increase rate was posted mainly by the first four provinces, the cases in Catanduanes and Camarines Norte show decreases of 50 percent and 13 percent, respectively, Balboa said, citing the RESU report.

Gillego said he doubts if any of the 52 cases reported in Albay is from the city as his office has not received any confirmed dengue case report from its area of jurisdiction, which is its 70 barangays—nearly half of them distributed within urban districts.

The CHO’s preempted measures include mosquito source reduction activities such as the application of larvicide in potential breeding sites; and eradication of adult mosquitoes through contact spraying using Aqua resigen set in place in barangays where dengue mosquitoes are detected through surveillance activities being initiated by its field personnel, he said.

Dengue infection is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitoes which usually surface after rainfalls or practically during the wet season that offers breeding grounds out of stagnant water accumulated on clogged canals and other shallow waterways.

Thrown away containers such as coconut shells, empty bottles and tin cans as well as flower vases and salvaged used tires are other dengue mosquito breeding places when left unattended, Gillego explained.

“The best options to prevent dengue are search-and-destroy operations against the mosquito breeding grounds and protection of family members, especially children, from mosquito bites,” he stressed.

Although the CHO chief admitted that there were reported cases of suspected dengue in some barangays of the city last year, the present situation is favorable although not a cause of complacency even when it is summer.

And should there be any suspected case, he said, early and accurate notification for prompt public health intervention; strengthened surveillance in the communities through the activation of the Barangay Health Emergency Response Teams (BHERTs) for daily reporting of persons with fever; and equipping of barangay health stations with Oral Rehydration Solution and Paracetamol are all in place.

“There is no vaccine yet for dengue, thus, the best way to fight it is to prevent mosquito-bites and keep mosquitoes from breeding," he added.

City Mayor Noel Rosal lauded the CHO for its preemptive action, saying efforts to thwart any possible outbreak of disease in the locality is “a must” under the “very determined” public health campaign of the local government not only to maintain livable communities and healthy population but also to keep tourist safe from contacting any contagious disease during their stay here.

“We lost all those that have been gained over years by our tourism industry once we leave public health unattended,” Rosal stressed.

The city government, after surpassing the half-million mark in the number of tourist arrivals in 2013 for a whopping 32.27 percent growth rate over the previous year, has achieved last year another big round of increase be receiving a total of around 700,000 arrivals as it gets closer to hitting the targeted one million mark by 2016. (by Danny Calleja, PNA)
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