Thursday, February 11, 2016


Photo by Ben_Kerckx / Public domain

by Fr. Joey Gonzaga

Igwa daw talaga nin forever? May forever na pagkamoot sa lambang saro? Igwa man talaga nin pagkamoot na till death do us part?

Ano man kuwenta kan sarong tawo kun mayong namomoot saiya o mayo man lamang namotan siya? Sabi ni Madre Teresa: “The greatest poverty that can happen to a person is to be unloved.”

Mahalaga an pagkamoot sa lambang tawo. Bakong pobre an mayo nin dakul na bado alagad dakul na namomoot saiya.

Pobre an mayaman na dakul na rogaring alagad mayo man lamang namotan.

May forever na pagkamoot?

Igwa nin forever! Tano ta may forever?

Kun kita namomoot, namomotan ta an bilog na pagkatawo-bilog na hawak asin kalag.

An pinakasalan nin Pebrero 14, pinakasalan nin Pebrero 15. An pinakasalan nin bulan na Pebrero, pinakasalan nin Marzo sagkod Disyembre.

An pinakasalan sa taon na ini, pinakasalan mo sagkod na mag-gurang hangan siya mautsan.

Pinakasalan ta namotan. Asin an namotan sarong tawo na aram mong mahelang, ma-gurang, ma-gagadan.

Pinakasalan nin huli ta namotan bako nin huli ta nabadosan. Pinakasalan bako nin huli ta binayadan niya an saindong utang.

An pinakasalan na halaba an buhok nin Pebrero 14, 2015, maragrag, uubanon, makakalbo ngapit na panahon. An pinakasalan mo an bilog niyang pagkatawo kaibahan an bitis, payo, hawak asin iba pa.

Ta kun an namotan mo parte lang kan hawak nin tawo, puedeng bitis ta maputi, lips ta mapula, lalawgon ta kutis porcelana, halabang buhok na garo pang-model nin Sunsilk, kutana an pinakasalan mo bitis niya sana, buhok niya sana, kamot niya sana, lapi niya sana, lips na siya na?

Pero an namotan asin pinakasalan mo siya, bilang siya, siya sana asin bako an iba!

An pinagsaro nin Dios sa daga, dai man susuhayon sa langit. Sa daga asin sa langit magdadanay an pagkamoot sabi nin San Pablo.

May forever?

Igwa kun siring kaini an paghiling mo sa lambang tawo, may dignidad, may mga deretso, pantay an pagtratar mo saiya siring kan gusto mong pagtratar sa sadiri mo. An ibang tawo bakong oripon o surugoon mo, kundi katuwang tanganing magdanay sa pagkaminootan.

May forever?

Igwa kun an pagkamoot mo bakong pansadiri. Kun an pagkamoot sa bilog niyang pagkatawo kaibahan an realidad na siya maluya, ma-gurang, maggagadan.

May forever!

Bicol adaptation of Trifles to be staged, 100 years after play’s premiere in 1916

The Bikol adaptation of Susan Glaspell’s Trifles will be staged by Teatro Ragayano this month, one hundred years after the one-act play was first staged in Wharf Theater in Provincetown, Massachusetts.

Hawla, Carlos A. Arejola’s adaptation of the play considered by many as “ahead of its time”, will be staged back-to-back with Gamgam, three monologues by Eilyn Nidea based on Arejola’s Mga Ibon sa Maaraw na Alas-Siyete.

The twin bill is scheduled for performances at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Ragay National Agricultural & Fisheries School (RNAFS) on February 22 and 23 and at the Rolando Andaya Hall on February 24. On tour performances at the Ravina Hall of the Central Bicol State University of Agriculture is scheduled on February 28 and at the Pili Sports and Cultural Complex on February 29.

Also scheduled at the RNAFS Multi-Purpose Hall on February 23 at 3 PM is a round table discussion on the gender issues raised by the two plays. Speakers include the municipal councilor Trixie Clemente Makiling, chair of LGU Ragay education committee; literary historian Lourdes Lobis Nieva, Ph.D.; Atty. Edwina Juri Romanes of the Public Attorney’s Office, a human rights advocate; and Dorren Dulfo Arengue, a gender and development advocate. Playwrights Arejola and Nidea will moderate the discussion, and akin to the 1916 premiere where Glaspell multi-tasked and played one of the female leads, are also directing Hawla and Gamgam, respectively.

Teatro Ragayano is a community theater group based in the Ragay, Camarines Sur.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

DOH-Bicol warns against Zika virus

Dr. Napoleon ArevaloPhoto via Hazel Rose
As the world braces for the spread of Zika virus into a pandemic proportion, the Department of Health (DOH) in Bicol has warned that a single mosquito bite can spread the disease in the country.

“Mosquito virus is already here and a single bite of mosquito on human-infected with Zika virus can spread in Philippines because of the mobility of the people,” Dr. Napoleon Arevalo, DOH regional director, warned the public here.

But Arevalo said that dengue is more dangerous and deadly than Zika virus.

“Dengue is more dangerous and deadly than Zika virus, especially when the patient is experiencing bleeding. So if you prevent dengue, you’re preventing Zika virus,” he said.

Arevalo said that Zika is like the German measles that causes congenital anomaly.

He urged pregnant women to undergo pre-natal checkup, especially during the first semester of their pregnancy.

The DOH offical said the symptom of Zika virus is similar to dengue virus carried by the Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, the species of mosquito that transmits it.

Dengue fever is a disease caused by a family of viruses that are transmitted by mosquitoes. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a more severe form of the viral illness. It is an acute illness of sudden onset that usually follows a benign course with manifestations that include headache, fever, rash, and evidence of hemorrhage in the body.

The virus is contracted from the bite of a striped Aedes aegypti mosquito that has previously bitten an infected person.

The mosquito flourishes during rainy season but can breed in water-filled flower pots, plastic bags, and cans year-round.

The virus is not contagious and cannot be spread directly from person to person. There must be a person-to-mosquito-to-another-person pathway.

Arevalo said dengue, like Zika virus, originated from tropical African countries as well as the Pacific Islands and that it started in the 1950’s and spread out after a person who have traveled to a place where the virus is circulating an insect-borne disease.

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared Zika virus as a global health emergency.

Zika virus was first discovered in Uganda in the late 1940s and mutated strain virus that causes an increasing birth defects called microcephaly and crippling neurological disorder called Guillain-Barre syndrome, both serious conditions afflicting babies.

The rapid escalation of dengue and Zika cases is attributed to climatic change because of El Niño phenomenon, as people opt to store up clean water over the containers which are so spellbound for breeding.

Arevalo said dengue cases and other related water-based and wind-borne diseases will be more dangerous and could be the leading and pressing public health concerns in the country. (by Rhaydz Barcia, PNA)

LTFRB slashes jeep fare in Bicol to Php7

MANILAAn order by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) on Tuesday approved a a Php7.00 minimum jeep fare for the Bicol Region, a 50-centavo reduction from the current fare of Php7.50.

The Board said that it reduced Php 0.50 from the fare considering that it has earlier approved the reduction of fare of Php 0.50 for jeeps plying in Metro Manila, Regions 3 (Central Luzon), 4 (Calabarzon, Mimaropa) and most recently Region 7 (Central Visayas).

“After careful evaluation of the recommendation of Regional Office No. II, (and No. V) the Board hereby resolves to grant a provisional fare reduction of fare Php 0.50 for the first four kilometers or from a provisional fare of Php 7.50 to Php 7.00 and the retention of the rate at Php 1.40 for every succeeding kilometer thereafter,” the Board said in separate orders for regions 2 and 5.

This also applies to persons with disability (PWDs), senior citizens and student with a 20 percent discounted rate.

LTFRB said that the minimum jeep fare is provisional and was decided upon based on a sustained drop in the price of petroleum products.

The order will take effect immediately upon its publication in a newspaper of generation circular in both Regions 5 and 2. (by Azer N.Parrocha PNA)

Pigeon racing takes flight in Albay

Albay pigeon race
Photo: Martin Reynoso
LEGAZPI CITY—Over 40,000 pigeons were released from Legazpi City and Daraga here in Albay Monday morning as part of a series of races organized by the Philippine Homing Pigeon Association, Inc.

"Albay [is] now the center of another type of racing," exclaimed Gov. Joey Salceda at the report, referring to the triathlon and cycling race that Albay is also hosting.

The pigeon race is in its second lap towards Metro Manila.

Beside his house, Salceda revealed, some 7,000 of the birds were released, while more were set free in other parts of Albay, mostly in Alobo.

Salceda said the organizers hope that the pigeons will not be harmed or harrassed by onlookers.

A total of thirty trucks released the pigeons, the first ones of which arrived in Manila by 11:32 a.m.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

PHOTOS | Palarong Bicol 2016

Photos of the opening of the Palarong Bicol 2016 (by Oscar Esmenda/BICOLSTANDARD.COM)


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

ANGKLA Party-List gets #43 on 2016 official poll ballot

ANGKLA volunteer Leslie Suntay flashes a thumbs up sign with the Bicol Merchant Marine College, Inc. 
Anchor for Excellence Maritime Quiz Bee winners in Sorsogon.

ANGKLA 4 3 seats?

NAGA CITY— ANGKLA Party-list will appear 43rd in the roster of party-list candidates on the May 2016 official poll ballot. This was announced by the Commission on Elections as the electoral body bared the certified list of candidates vying for Congressional seats.

ANGKLA is an organization of maritime and legal experts, who are propelled by their shared desire of implementing relevant maritime policies and programs through appropriate legislation. It represents Filipino seafarers, shipbuilders, naval architects, and other stakeholders from ancillary maritime services. The first party to serve as the voice of the maritime sector, ANGKLA is represented by Congressman Jesulito (Jess) A. Manalo in the 16th Congress.


            Leading ANGKLA’s formidable list of nominees is incumbent ANGKLA Representative Jesulito A. Manalo. Cong. Manalo, a son of a ship captain, is a maritime lawyer. Next in the roster is Capt. Ronaldo Enrile, who is affiliated with the private sector. Completing the list are Atty. Augusto Perez, Jr., Chief Engineer Petercon A. Lugue, and Atty. Bernadette Yanzon-Blanco as third, fourth, and fifth nominees, respectively.

Maritime voice indispensable

            Speaking to BICOL STANDARD, Manalo reiterated the significance of the maritime industry. “The maritime industry incessantly needs a voice in Congress, which would constantly champion the various concerns of the industry, and guarantee it the attention and importance it deserves,” Manalo said.

            “Thus, in ANGKLA, we are always adamant in our efforts at promoting that the industry be always included in the main agenda of the Philippine government, and be made part of the political, economic and social consciousness of the country and its people,” he continued.

Legislative performance

            Despite being a neophyte in Congress, ANGKLA’s Rep. Manalo was able to pass landmark legislations such as RA 10635 (Single Maritime Administration Law), which ensures that the knowledge, training, and certification of Filipino seafarers are compliant with global standards and requirements; RA 10668 (Foreign Ships Co-loading Act), which implements a more effective and less expensive inter-island shipping of goods; RA 10698 (Naval Architecture Modernization Law), which further develops shipbuilding and ship repair in the Philippines, as another potential source of employment opportunities; and RA 10706 (Seafarers’ Protection Act), which provides full protection of Filipino seafarers against unconscionable legal fees pertaining to their claims against death, occupational hazards and illnesses.

Social Welfare Programs

Apart from performing its legislative mandate, ANGKLA also catered to the needs of its constituents through its social programs. ANGKLA provided P28M in scholarship grants and educational assistance to 2,514 students in various academic institutions in the country. It was able to give various trainings, maritime or otherwise, to seafarers and relatives, amounting to P30M. It also extended a total of P16.3M in medical assistance to ailing seafarers and their families.

Other Maritime Achievements

            ANGKLA was able to secure around P730M in funding in order to improve our existing maritime facilities and to make the processing of the seafarers’ certification requirements more efficient.
            It worked on the additional budget of MARINA for 2015 in the amount of P300 Million for the construction of its main office. It also initiated the setting-up of MARINA regional processing centers in at least three regions largely populated with seafarers, namely, Region VI (Iloilo), Region VII (Cebu) and Region XVIII (Negros Island Region). To this end, ANGKLA assured the inclusion of P180M in the budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH). ANGKLA likewise pioneered the construction of multi-purpose halls and/or recreational centers, amounting to P120M, in about 43 municipalities in the different parts of the Philippines where numerous seafarers reside.
            Aside from these, ANGKLA also infused P130M in Marina’s budget to ensure that the Seafarers Identity Document (SID) it issues will be International Labor Organization (ILO)-compliant.

ANGKLA in Bicol

            ANGKLA has been active in elevating the standards of maritime education in the Bicol. It has hosted the Anchor for Excellence Maritime Quiz Bee, which was participated in by four maritime schools across Bicolandia, namely: Mariners Polytechnic Foundation-Canaman, Bicol Merchant Marine College, Inc., University of Saint Anthony, and University of North Eastern Philippines.
            Apart from this, ANGKLA has also awarded scholarship grants to Bicolano maritime students.  

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