Saturday, February 10, 2018

STL pinondo na sa CSur

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Igwa nin limang aldaw an Evenchance Gaming Corporation, an nagpapadalagan kan Small Town Lottery sa Camarines Sur, na maka file nin motion for reconsideration – pakatapos na cancelaron na an saindang authorization na iyo an mag operar kan STL, sa provincia.

Ini an ipinahayag ni PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan sa report na ipinadara sa Bicol Standard.

Alagad nin huli sa maisog na pagdakop sa mga nagpapataya kan STL sa Camarines Sur, susog sa direktiba na firmado ni Gob. Migz Villafuerte, pondo ngonian an pagtao nin medical assistance sa mga naghahagad saindang tabang na mga indigents o tios na mga tawo, segun ki Balutan.

Sinabi ni Balutan na poon pa kan sarong aldaw, paralisado na an saindang operasyon nin huli ta dinakop asin naka detinir an duwa nindang organic personnel na distino sa Pili, Camarines Sur.

Idinagdag ni Balutan na an ginibong pag arestar sa saindang empleado consideradong arbitrary asin illegal.

An duwang PCSO personnel na dinakop asin nasa carcel iyo an nag pipirma kan mga documento para sa oro-aldaw na ipig tataong assistencia financial sa mga tios, sabi ni Balutan.

Mientrastanto, idinagdag pa sa news report hale sa oficina ni GM Balutan na pusog an saiyang pagtubod na nangyari an raid sa saindang opisina, pakatapos kan interview sa sarong local na estasyon nin radyo sa Naga City, (bako sa BBS FM) ki PCSO Director Sandra Cam.

An interview mapadapit sa termination kan authority kan Evenchance Gaming Corporation na magpadalagan kan STL digdi.

An pag cancelar kan awtorisasyon sa Evenchance nin huli ta pigbalga kan STL kan Implementing Rules and Regulations.

Nagpapaherak pa ngani si Balutan kan sabihon kaini na an PCSO-Camarines Sur branch may oro-aldaw na allocation na kantidad P400,000, sa lindong kan flagship project na Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP).

Base pa sa saindang record, nag aabot sa 22 na cliente an saindang pig seservehan, oro aldaw, na kadaklan hale sa tios na familia, na natatawan nin tabang, kada aldaw sa paagui nin medical assistance.

Mientrastanto, sa parte ni Rep LRay Villafuerte, pig question suboot niya an operasyon kan Evenchance sa Camarines Sur, nin huli ta dai kaini na susunod an pag remit kan inaapod na presumptive monthly retail receipt, na ipig promisa kan Evenchance na itatao sa gobierno, na nakapalaman sa saindang application.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Albay and Sorsogon to have alternative road soon--DPWH

An alternative route that can reduce as much as three hours travel time between Manito, Albay and Bacon, Sorsogon is being fast tracked for completion in 2018 by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

DPWH Region 5 Director Danilo E. Versola said the Bacon-Manito Road which will be a 15.3-kilometer, 2-lane road with five bridges traversing mountainous terrain along the east coast of Albay and Sorsogon is being implemented by the regional office with only three (3) ongoing contracts to be completed.

Director Versola noted that one of the contracts which covers the 3.9-kilometer gaps in Barangay Osiao to Barangay Sto. Niño in Bacon, Sorsogon is almost complete at 93.7 percent work accomplishment. For this segment, DPWH allocated P183 million to undertake road opening, paving, drainage construction, and right-of-way acquisition.

The contract covering the P110 million opening of 699 lineal meters road and concreting of 232 lineal meter road, and construction of two (2) bridges in Bacon Sorsogon is now 40 percent completed while the last phase involving the P150 million concreting of 836 lineal meter road, gravelling of 756 lineal meter road, and construction of two (2) bridges also in Bacon, Sorsogon.

Currently, motorists from Manito, Albay have to pass by lengthy secondary roads and congested Daang Maharlika Road to get to Bacon, Sorsogon and vice versa. With the completion of the project, motorists can bypass the city road and the original route which is four (4) times longer than Bacon-Manito Road.

“This road will provide a better and safer alternative route to the traveling public. It will not only result to substantial savings for motorists but also improve economic condition of these nature-rich areas of Albay and Sorsogon,” said Director Versola.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Bicolanos attend Saling Panitik at UP Diliman

Photo courtesy of Peyj Padrigon
Fifteen Bicolanos are presently attending the first Saling Panitik: Palihang Bienvendio Lumbera translators seminar at University of the Philippines Diliman.

They are: Roy Penolio of Nabua; Eilyn Nidea of Ragay; Ryan Remolacio of Sorsogon; Vicente A. Olanario of Tabaco City; Bonifacio B. Cana of Tabaco City; Pejay A. Padrigon of Iriga City; Fr. Raul B. Barcela of Bacacay, Albay; Elsie Albis of Minalabac, Camarines Sur; Rachelle D. Pineda of Camarines Norte; Teresita Abdera of Virac, Catanduanes; Adam Rudio of Virac, Catanduanes, Victor John Loquias of Iriga City; Elbert O. Baeta of Iriga City; Marissa R. Redburn of Naga City; Irvin P. Sto. Tomas of Canaman, Camarines Sur; Ryan Cuatrona of Buhi, Camarines Sur; Jovi Cadores of Naga City; Jusan Misolas of Naga City; Marvin Aquino of Tinambac, Camarines Sur; and Jerome Hipolito of Calabanga, Camarines Sur.

The seminar, which takes place today (Feb.8) until tomorrow at the UP Hotel, is in honor of National Artist and Institue of Creative Writing (ICW) adviser Dr. Bienvenido Lumbera.

This landmark ICW undertaking is in line with an existing UP EIDR grant, and accommodates a combined total of fifty (50) teachers, textbook writers, and college students.

Resource persons and discussants for this iteration of the workshop are Mr. Marne Kilates (translator and writer), Dr. Michael M. Coroza (writer and translator, Ateneo de Manila University), Prof. Ma. Crisanta N. Flores (faculty of the UP Department of Filipino and Philippine Literature and Commissioner of the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino for Pangasinense), Mr. Niles Jordan Breis (award-winning writer in Bicol and Filipino), and Prof. Junley Lazaga (Professor of Language and Literature in UP Baguio and renowned Ilocano writer).

The rationale behind this workshop is the training of translators of our regional languages, particularly of literary texts that are now being used in textbooks for our classrooms. This is crucial in light of developments brought about by the K-12 program.


Mayon agri damage estimated at P73-M

by LMTanguin

GUINOBATAN, Albay -- By January 25, 2018, the initial cost of damage reported by Che Rebeta, Provincial Agriculturist, during press briefing with PAG-ASA and PHIVOLCS has an estimation of Php 73,345,150.00 cost of damage in rice and in terms of coconut, vegetable and fruit crops, it is as well greatly affected with high value of cost.

As February 6, 2018, the total production loss in rice crops with 5, 750 farmers affected, is Php 160,496,550.00 cost of damage. Leaves and tillers of rice parts were affected by ash fall. Affected areas were Tabaco City, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot, Legazpi City, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City Polangui, and Oas.

Albay Fruit Bearing has Php 1,076,250.00 and assorted vegetables/rootcrops has Php 19,814,070.00 cost of damage with 3,268 affected farmers. In terms of corn production, 773 farmers were affected and the cost of damage is worth Php 3, 417,109.00. Farms that were within the vicinity of the 8km and 7km danger zone were totally damaged by heavy ash fall that results to burning of fruits and leaves. Tabaco City, Sto. Domingo, Malilipot, Legazpi City, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Ligao City, Polangui, and Oas are the affected municipalities. Abaca has Php 478,000.00 cost of damage with 105 barangays affected coming from Camalig, Guinobatan, and Ligao City.

A total cost of Php 185, 281, 979.00 production loss was recorded.

In the Fisheries Sector, a grand total of Php 532, 000.00 cost of damage were reported on the different municipalities. In Libon, partial harvest of mangrove was done to prevent stocks mortality. Tilapias from Oas have bruises wound on their skin caused by the ash fall in the area. Skin deformities and skin bruises also remarked in Guinobatan and Legazpi City. Some areas were abandoned due to forced evacuation in Legazpi City and Sto. Domingo. Emergency harvest was conducted in Tabaco City. A sum of 336 fisherfolks and 38 private fishpond owners were affected by the Mount Mayon’s activities.

Despite the damage caused by Mount Mayon, the Provincial Government of Albay and Provincial Agriculture Services in partnership with Department of Labor and Employment, offered livelihood options to the affected farmers. They were given trainings on food processing and provided procured seeds and inputs sponsored by DA Secretary Manuel F. Piñol. Inputs includes 250,000 meters plastic UV film, plastic mulch, and bamboo slats, 25,000 black twine, and 1,000 bags of organic fertilizer.

They were also given options to do beauty care services on the evacuation centers which includes manicure and pedicure. Training and Distribution of Tunnel Type Green House to 500 Vegetable Farmers Affected By Mayon Volcano Eruption is still ongoing to the different municipalities of Albay.

Governor Al Francis Bichara instructed them to conduct assessment to the affected areas and give them updates of damage reports. PAS also provides rehab planning after eruptions. “Ang office kasi namin is post eruption. Hindi pwedeng nag eerupt mag aassess kami”, Engineer III Dindo Padilla added.

The Department of Agriculture also let the affected farmers avail soft loans wherein there’s no need to pay it for 3 years. They also conducted training in protected crops management wherein farmers can avail facilities from the DA of devices to protect their crops. This is also in coordination with Provincial Agriculture Services.

Jade Bongat dominates swimming in Bicol Palaro

NAGA CITY -- Jade Finella R. Bongat, the daughter of Naga City Mayor John Bongat, has won four gold medals for Naga City in the swimming event in the Palarong Bicol 2018.

Jade notched a gold medal each at the 100 backstroke event, 100 freestyle, 50 freestyle, and 50 backstroke, according to her father.

On Facebook, the city mayor gushed at his daughter's victory, saying that the family is very proud of Jade.

The mayor and his wife Farah Ranola Bongat personally attended Jade's events.

Jade is an elementary student at Universidad de Sta. Isabel.

Naga City is the host of this year's Palarong Bicol.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Dahil sa haranapan nin relief, tabang kan DSWD ididirekta na sa mga alkalde

ni Vince Villar

Legazpi City - Direkta nang itatao kan Department of Social Welfare and Developement (DSWD-Bicol) an saindang tabang sa mga Alkalde kan  3 siyudad asin 6 na munisipyo na apektado kan pagtuga kan Mayon sa Albay.

Resulta ini kan urulay kan mga Alkalde asin kan nasabing ahensiya ngani mapondo na an duda na wara man nahihiling na tabang gikan sa DSWD.

Nag ugat an isyu sa haranapan nin relief na nangyari kan nakaaging Mayon eruption briefing sa Camp General Simeon Ola kaiba si Sec. Francis Tolentino, an pigtalagang emisaryo ni Presidente Rodrigo Duterte ngani asikasuhon an problema sa mga evacuation centers.

Digdi, pigkwestiyon kan mga Alkalde an gari "missing in action" na sistema kan DSWD kun saen nagngangalas suboot sinda kun napasaen an sinasabing P32.8 million na tabang kan ahensiya mantang puro sa provincial government an nareresibe ninda.

Sa paliwanag kan Regional Director kan ahensiya na si Arnel Garcia, sinabi kaining
pigtatao ninda sa Provincial Social Welfare and Developement (PSWDO) an tabang asin iyo naman an bahala na magtaltag sa mga munisipyo an siyudad.

Tinawan doon kaini na sa ikatulong aldaw pa sana pakatapos kan nangyaring Phreatic Explosion kan Enero 13, 2018, nagtao na tulos sinda nin mga food and non food items sa PSWDO.

Nilinaw ni garcia, na augmentation o pandagdag sana man an saindang papel, alagad kun hahagadon an full support ninda, kayang suplayan an gabos na bakwit nin maski umabot nin 100 na aldaw pa.

Kun babalikan, naglataw sa mga bareta na enterong hali sa kanya kanyang IRA o Internal Revenue Allotment sana kan mga LGUs an pighahalian kan pondo ngani itabang sa mga bakwit.

Alagad, sa record na kapot ni Garcia, nagluluwas na sa sobra P168 million na nagastos sa haros sarung bulan na pag alburuto kan Mayon, P48.8 million digdi an hali a LGUs, P68.8 million sa National Government, P18.3 million sa mga NGOs, asin P38.2 million hale sa sainda sa DSWD.

Bulusan Mayor pleads guilty to failure to remit GSIS contributions

MANILA (Bicol Standard) -- Bulusan, Sorsogon Mayor Michael "Mike" Genetia Guysayko  has pleaded guilty to the charge of his failure to remit the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) contributions of the municipal employees from 2010 to 2011.

Section 52 (c) of the GSIS Act mandates the heads of government offices and agencies, including government-owned or controlled corporations and financial institutions, to remit all premium contributions, loan amortization and other accounts due to the GSIS, within 30 days from the time the amount is due and demandable. GSIS premiums are payable every 10th day of the month.

The amount of contributions from 2010 to 2011 ranges between P208,284.09 and P253,041.09.

Co-accused with Guysayko for violation of Section 52 (c) of the GSIS Act of 1997 were Municipal Treasurer Jasmin Garcia, Municipal Accountant Ramon Belleza and Municipal Budget Officer Marieta Negrite.

"[W]ith the conformity of the Office of the Ombudsman and the complainants, all the accused pleaded 'guilty' for violation of f Section 52 (c), RA 8291, to the remaining charges against them. In view thereof, the said accused are found guilty beyond reasonable doubt for violation of Section 52 (c) of Republic Act No. 8291, for each of these cases, and for which, they are hereby each sentenced to pay a fine of Five Thousand Pesos (P5,000.00) for each case, with subsidiary penalty in case of insolvency," the decision reads.

"The cash bond posted by the accused are ordered released, subject to the usual accounting and auditing procedures, after paying the fines," it continues.

Guysayko served as Bulusan mayor in 2010 to 2013. In 2013 to 2016, he was Board Member of Sorsogon, and was elected mayor of Bulusan again in 2016.


Crisis chief asks to suspend bid rules in Albay

by Mar Serrano Arguelles

LEGAZPI CITY --- Mayon Crisis Manager Francis Tolentino has requested the suspension of the government procurement regulation to fast-track the construction of hundreds of Temporary Learning Spaces (TLS) and sanitary toilets in 58 evacuation centers in Albay.

Tolentino, in a meeting on Tuesday with 10 national line agencies in Bicol, said he had consulted President Rodrigo Duterte and Budget chief Benjamin Diokno for the suspension of the government procurement rules in calamity-stricken areas specifically in Albay.

He cited a provision where the government suspended the procurement regulation in times of national emergencies.

Tolentino said, “this exemption could apply in the case of Mayon volcano eruption where thousands of families were displaced due to the danger pose by the eruptions.”

“With the exemption, national agencies can buy commodities or build, repair facilities to be used in disaster relief without submitting to the Government Procurement Policy Board GPPB regulatory requirements,” he said.

Tolentino said that disaster responding agencies such as the Departments of Social Welfare, Education, Health, Public Works and Highways, Environment, and the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) have reported target backlogs due to the delay in the release of their Quick Response Fund (QRF).

Aside from the problem on the procurement procedures, Tolentino has observed that some bureaucratic red tape at the national government level has seriously affected the speedy implementation of various disaster measures to caution the impact of calamity to displaced families living in shelter camps.

When asked for an overall assessment of the performance of various national agencies involved in disaster operation, Tolentino said that some agencies were slow in meeting their target because of constraints such as delay in the release of funds, lack of personnel and the strict procurement requirements.

Cited was the Department of Education (DepEd) where, for this disaster event, a total of 354 TLSs should have been constructed but only 196 were reported to have been completed while 158 have yet to be constructed.

The delay was also due to non-availability of supply or coco lumbers and gravel and sand as the quarrying site was within the permanent danger zone.

Tolentino said to solve the DepEd backlog on the TLS, he had requested the assistance of Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Engineering unit to DepEd in fast-tracking the construction of the remaining 158 TLS within this month.

The government would be spending PHP30 million for the construction of 354 TLS.

DepEd statistics indicates that there are 66 schools used as evacuation centers while 91,278 school learners and 2,797 DepEd personnel are affected by the influx of thousands of evacuees.

Tolentino said in his recent meeting with the President, the latter directed the National Housing Authority (NHA) to design a housing prototype to be used for the construction of a permanent relocation center when funds were available in the next budget years.

Price Freeze

Tolentino also directed the DTI, DA and LGUs to closely check the prices of basic commodities, noting that the prices of vegetables and agri products significantly increased.

He directed the reactivation of the local price control council and said that if prices were found to have gone unreasonably high, a ”price freeze” should be ordered.

Food packs

Meanwhile, Arnel Garcia, DSWD regional director, reported that his agency had released PHP32.8 million as assistance to various local government units of Albay.

He said DSWD had provided a 50,095 family food packs amounting to PHP20 million and PHP12.8 million worth of non-food items to the towns of Guinobatan, Malilipot, Bacacay, Sto Domingo, Daraga, Camalig and the cities of Tabaco, Ligao and Legazpi.

Cash for Work

DSWD had PHP62-million funds that would be used as employment assistance to 25,000 displaced families by the recent Mayon Eruption, Garcia also said.

He said following the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with town and city mayors affected by the Mayon volcano eruption, corresponding funds would be downloaded to the LGUs once they completed the documentary requirements.

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reported that after doing a profiling of households affected by the eruption, PHP30 million would fund 10,000 family beneficiaries under the emergency employment program where a member of a displaced family would receive a PHP290 daily wage for a 10-day work.

Communal Kitchen
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) reported that it had completed 336 toilets in 52 assigned evacuation centers. It would also construct communal kitchens in the 79 evacuation centers in the six towns and three cities.(PNA)


Catanduanes SPED athletes shine at Palarong Bicol Paralympics anew

Catanduanes’ Special Education (SPED) athletes took the limelight at the Palarong Bicol Paralympics opening after winning 9 gold medals in the special events on February 5 at Metro Naga Sports Complex.

Proving their worth as Palarong Pambansa qualifiers are the trio of Jayson Villaron, Lenneth Mae Tomagan, and Erika Joy I. Robles who shone in 100-meter run, standing long jump, and shot put. 

Villaron of Cabugao Integrated School competed in 100-meter run, standing long jump, and shot put under Partially Blind Category. Tomagan of Viga Central Elementary School also dominated standing long jump and 100-meter run under Low Vision Category, while Robles of Bato Rural Development High School won the 100-meter run under Intellectually Disadvantaged Category. 

This year’s stint in Paralympics solidified the trio’s position as Bicol region’s best in Special Events Category. It can be noted that Villaron, Tomagan, and Robles represented Bicol Region in Antique last April, 2017 for the Palarong Pambansa. 

This year, Catanduanes delegation paraded 14 delegates in Paralympics. However, the gold medals earned by Paralympics delegation is non-bearing. At present, Catanduanes has only won one gold and one silver both in swimming. (Catanduanes Governor's Office Information Unit)

Nakuang nakagapos na bangkay sa Pilar, Sorsogon, dae pa nabibisto

Ni Vince Villar

Pilar, Sorsogon - Padagos an pakikipagkoordinar kan Pilar Municipal Police Station sa gabos na mga pag iriba ninda saen man na parte kan Sorsogon o maging sa mga pagtaraid na probinsiya  ngani mabisto asin maklamar  an bangkay kan sarung lalaking nakuang nakagapos an mga kamot asin bitis, may tama nin bala sa payo asin daghan harani sa sementeryo kan Brgy Putiao, kan banwaang ini. 

Sa intrivista kay PO3 Alan Nunez, imbestigador kan kaso, nag iikot na suboot sinda asin naghahapot hapot manungod sa pagkakabistuhan kan biktima.

May nakapagreport na taga Brgy San Roque, Bacon District, Sorsogon City, alagad dae pa man ini nakumpirma kan opisyal.

Sinasabing nakasulog na berdeng bado, blue na short asin kalo, asin black violet na jacket an lalaki.

Nasa 5'2" an langkaw, slim an lawas,  20-25 an edad, warang tatoo sa lawas, asin malinig man sa lawas man ini.

Nahiling an bangkay kaini kan Lunes nin aga, Pebrero 5, kan sarung residente na naghatod nin estudyante.

Napag araman na madiklom an lugar asin bihira an tawo pag banggi.

May nakuang duwang basyo nin bala gikan sa Cal. 45 sa crime scene alagad sa pagtubod ni PO3 Nunez , diversionary sana ini kan mga suspek huli ta wara man nadangog na putok sa lugar.

Pwedesir na sa ibang lugar suboot ini ginadan asin tinapok na sana sa lugar.

Segun sa pulis, tinapukan naman nin bangkay an nasabing lugar kan nakalihis na taon.

Sa presente yaon nakapatinte sa sarung punerarya sa sentro kan Pilar an bangkay.

Naghahalat pa ngonyan an PNP kan resulta kan otopsiya.

DepEd V launches Oplan Sagip Eskwela as disaster response

Legazpi City- The Department of Education Regional Office V has officially launched its initiative to support and address the needs of the learners affected by the Mayon Volcano’s high level of unrest in Albay.

On January 22, 2018, officials from DepEd ROV, with the presence of the Office of Civil Defense V, partner NGOs and local media, gathered for the regional launching of the OPLAN SAGIP ESKWELA (OSE) 2018 at the RELC Hall, DepED ROV.

This campaign is one of DepEd’s primary disaster response and contingency measure to the effects of Mt. Mayon’s unrest in the province of Albay, especially in the education cluster. It is an 8-fold approach wherein its focus is to provide assistance to the needs of the affected learners and personnel of the department of education and extend its support to the efforts being done by other sectors in responding to this continuing emergency. 

The activities under the OSE includes the Construction of DepEd Temporary Learning Shelters to facilitate the immediate resumption of classes among the affected learners of DepEd in Albay, conduct of Psychological First Aid (PFA) to learner evacuees, support to Basic Information and Communication Operations Link (BICOL) for response in partnership with DOH5 and OCD5 for immediate reporting and updating of concerns at the evacuation centers, and  the pairing/ twinning scheme of the non-affected Schools Division Office in Bicol to mobilize resources for the evacuees.

The Disaster Risk Reduction Management Team of DepEd headed by the Regional DRRM Focal Person Ms. Maria Cristina Baroso of DepEd Region V will be the one in-charge for the implementation and monitoring of the progress of the said Oplan.

During his message, DepEd Regional Director Ramon Fiel G. Abece said that DepEd is doing this initiative as part of its mandate in ensuring the continuity of education even during emergency. He also cited DepEd’s commitment to the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDRRMC) in its effort to implement disaster response program during emergency.

“Although our primary concern is on the education cluster, but we do not limit our focus to the learners and to our own personnel. We are one with other agencies and with the entire community in this emergency and with this we are giving our hundred percent support to all the efforts concerning the Mt. Mayon’s unrest.” said RD Abcede.

Regional Director Claudio Yucot of the Office of Civil Defense who was also present during the launching of the OSE expressed his message of support and gratitude to DepEd Region for coming up with the Oplan Sagip Eskwela Campaign.

The Department of education will continuously run the Oplan Sagip Eskwela until the situation gets normal and stable for the learners and evacuees in Albay.


Barangay Councilor shot dead in Masbate

SAN PASCUAL, Masbate -- A village councilor was shot dead after he was fired upon by an unidentified suspect at around 7 p.m. Tuesday.

According to San Pascual Police Station, the victim was identified as Donald Carba, an incumbent barangay kagawad of Mabini, this town.

Punong Barangay Felipe Dela Pena reported to the police that the victim was shot with bullets from a still-unidentified gun caliber.

The suspect fled following the shooting.

He added that the police immediately responded to the incident and are presently conducting an investigation to determine who is behind the killing. (with report from Vince Villar)

DepEd ensures education continuity of learners affected by Mayon eruption

Consistent with its mandate to ensure the continuity of education even in the direst situation, the Department of Education Regional Office V is currently working to resume the regular classes in schools affected by the volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon.

During the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (RDRRMC) meeting conducted last January 15, 2017 at the Headquarters of Tactical Operation Group V for the Mayon Operations, DRR Focal Person Maria Cristina Baroso said that Deped Bicol will implement contingency measures to immediately address the problem of students that were affected by the evacuation movement due to the abnormal state of the Mayon volcano.

Baroso said that if the volcanic event persists, Deped’s option is to establish Temporary Learning Spaces or TLS, thru the support of the Central Office and other government agencies in order for students to continue their education.

“Sa parte ng DepEd, hindi pwedeng pabayaan ang pagaaral ng mga estudyante. If the situation with Mayon persist, we really need to establish temporary learning shelters for the coping up activities of these affected learners”, Baroso said.

She also added that Deped will also conduct an inventory of all the donated tents during the Brigada Eskwela in the province of Albay and prepare them to augment the needed number of TLS.

Deped will construct the said Temporary Learning Spaces in 24 Public schools in Legazpi, Camalig, Guinobatan, Tabaco and Ligao which is presently occupied as evacuation centers.

As of January 20, 2018 DepED has already recorded 21,479 affected learners in Albay consisted of 15,575 resident learners and 3,904 displaced learners, after the implementation of the pre-emptive evacuation within the identified areas of high risk by the local government units. Deped is still expecting an increase on the number of the affected students due to the continuous evacuation effort in some areas in Albay.

DepEd Bicol is also open for any assistance that can help schools in the construction of TLS and other needs to facilitate the immediate resumption of classes.(MKA//PAU)

Nagueños help in blood donation drive for the Albayanos

The Bicol Medical Center (BMC), in partnership with the Naga City Scholars Guild and the City Government of Naga, conducted a blood donation drive activity dubbed as the “Dugong Nagueño, Alay sa mga Albayano”, February 6, at the Naga City People’s Hall.

The recent volcanic activities of Mt. Mayon has resulted to the hampering of blood donation operations supposedly scheduled in the affected areas of Albay— concerning the BMC (the largest supplier of blood units in the Bicol Region) with regards to the negative effect of the non- implementation of the drives to the blood bank in the province— a lesser blood supply for the Albayanos who might be needing so.

Dr. Diane Donacao of the BMC Blood Bank confirmed that nearby municipalities in Legazpi City had recently been inquiring of their blood supplies— an indicator of already reducing blood stock in the blood center in Legazpi.
In order to avoid further problems that may arise due to the perceived lack of supplies in the coming months, the BMC, together with the City Government of Naga launched the campaign, “Dugong Nagueño, Alay sa mga Albayano” to encourage Nagueños to donate blood and help the Albayanos affected by the recent volcanic activity.

The activity, which will continue until the month of June, 2018, in the different areas of Camarines Sur, targets at least 400 blood units for the blood center in Legazpi City.

Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- The public is strongly advised to be vigilant and desist from entering the eight (8) kilometer-radius danger zone, and to be additionally vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden stream flows along channels draining the edifice.

This is according to Gov. Al Francis Bichara this morning.

Civil aviation authorities must also advise pilots to avoid flying close to the volcano’s summit as ash from any sudden eruption can be hazardous to aircraft.

DOST-PHIVOLCS maintains close monitoring of Mayon Volcano and any new development will be communicated to all concerned stakeholders.


Lalaking haloy ng wanted sa 3 counts of rape sa Polangui, nadakop na

Ni Vince Villar

POLANGUI, Albay - Makalihis an sobra 4 na taon na pagtago, nadakop na kan pulisya an lalaking akusado sa 3 beses nin panlulugos sa Polangui, Albay.

Sa report kan Polangui Municipal Police Station, alas 9:00 ngonyan na aga, Pebrero 7, kan madakop si Roderin Belmonte Y Samarista, 46 anyos, may agom asin residente kan Brgy. Kinuartelan, kan nasabing banwaan.

Sinasabing pang-4 na sa mga Municipal Most Wanted si Belmonte na igwa nin tulong Alias warrant of arrest para sa 3 counts of rape na pig issue kan duwang hukom.

An duwa an hali kay Hon. Edwin C Ma-alat, Presiding Judge kan RTC Branch 14, Ligao City, na may petsang Enero 16, 2013 asin Setyembre 26, 2012 mantang an saru an hali man kay Hon. Alden C Rabe, Acting Presiding Judge kan RTC Branch 12, kan kaparehong siyudad, may petsang Enero 28, 2014 sa irarom kan criminal case numbers 6526, 6527 asin 6528.

Wara nin inirekomendang piyansa sa arin man na kasong isinangat kontra sa saiya.


Nagkakan “mushroom"--Ama, nagadan, agom asin aki na hospital

NAGA CITY – Binawian nin buhay an sarong padre de familia na taga Malitbog, Minalabac, Camarines Sur, na nabisto sa pangaran na Salvador Leonardo kan suboot maka kakan nin “mushroom” (ligbos o tubo), na nakua hale sa saindang lugar.
Afuera saiya, idinalagan man sa hospital an saiyang agom asin aki tanganing ipabulong, pakatapos na makakakan man kan nakakaheling “mushroom”.
Segun sa declarasyon ki Eddie Leonardo, na tugang kan victima, nagkarakan an mga miembros kan familia ni Leonardo nin linuto na “mushroom”, na iyong causa kan pagkulog kan saindang mga tulak.
Nin huli sa pag-raot kan saindang pagmate, idinalagan sinda sa hospital. Alagad an ama na si Salvador, dai naka salvar.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Phivolcs considers lowering alert level of Mayon

By Rhaydz Barcia

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) is considering lowering the alert level of Mayon volcano from 4 to 3 in the next few weeks if the volcano’s lower level of activity will continue.

Ed Laguerta, Phivolcs resident volcanologist in Bicol, said Monday that Mayon showed lower abnormal activity in the last 24 hours but thorough observation is still being done by scientists as there is no conclusive proof yet that the volcano's restiveness is on a weakening stage.

He said Alert Level 4 is still up over Mayon and so is the 8-km extended danger buffer zone.

Laguerta is not discounting the possibility that Mayon may still produce an explosive hazardous eruption similar to the 1984 scenario where the volcano showed off a lull for one week before a strong and explosive explosion took place.

“We are closely studying the sudden change and decrease of S02 (Sulfur Dioxide gas emission) of Mayon which was decreased to 1,583 tons per day from the more than 3,000 tons of SO2 emission two days ago," Laguerta said in a press briefing here today, February 5.

According to him, there was a significant deflation by 1 millimeter somewhere in Sto. Domingo area but inflation on the other side continues.

“But bear in mind that the seemingly downward trend of volcanic activity is not an assurance that the Mayon will no longer erupt. We’re not discounting the possibility of explosive eruption because the volcano is still restive,” Laguerta said.

Alert Level 4 remains in effect over Mayon Volcano and the public is strongly advised not to venture into the 8-kilometer-radius danger zone, and to be vigilant against pyroclastic density currents, lahars and sediment-laden stream flows along channels draining the edifice. (PNA)

P400K, natabag sa horoldapan sa Catanduanes

Caramoran, Catanduanes - Armado sana nin mga sundang, alagad kinakarkulong P400,000 an natabag kan tulong holdaper sa mga kolektor kan sarung lending company sa banwaang ini, alas 6:45 kasubanggi, Pebrero 5, 2018. 

Sa report na pinaluwas kan Caramoran MPS, binisto an mga biktima na sinda Ryan Romero y Tablizo, 28, Community Development Officer (CDO) kan ARDCI Microfinance, taga Brgy. Calatagan, Virac , Rodel Torres y Vargas, 28, CDO ARDCI, taga Brgy. Gogon Virac, asin Monser Briones y Arevalo, civilian escort, taga Brgy. San Andres, Pandan.

Nangyari an insidente sa Sitio San Jose, Brgy Mabini, kan nasabing banwaan.

Kahahali pa lang suboot sa pagkolektar sa saindang mga kliyente sa manlain lain na baranggay an mga biktima asin pauli na sa saindang opisina sakay kan duwang motorsiklo kan biglang  papunduhon sinda kan 
tulong mga naka maskarang kalalakihan gamit an kahoy na pigbalagbag sa tinampo asin armado nin mga sundang.

Kan dae na makapalag an mga biktima huli sa takot, pwersahan na kinua tulos an saindang mga backpack na naglalaman kan nasabing kantidad nin kwarta, duwang cellphones asin mga dokumento.

Pagkatapos makua an tuyo, tulos na duminulag sa dae maaraman na direksyon an mga suspek.

Huli ta harayo an distansiya kan Municipal police station, makalihis nin duwang oras na naipaabot kan mga biktima an sumbong sa pulisya.

Padagos pa an follow up investigation kan mga otoridad sa nasabing insidente.

Monday, February 5, 2018

ISIPON, OSIPON | An pagtao nin pulang rosas kun Valentine’s Day

An tradisyon kan pagtao nin burak kun Valentine’s Day nagpoon sa huring parte kan ika17ng siglo.

Ini kan panahon ni Hadeng Carlos Segundo kan nasyon nin Sweden.

Nagbiyahe an hade paduman sa Persia (na iyo na ngonyan an Iran).

Duman, namidbid niya an arte asin lenguaje kan mga burak.

Para sa mga taga Persia, an pagtao nin burak sarong forma nin pagpaisi kan namamatean, maski dai na magamit nin mga tataramon.

An pulang rosas nangangahulugan na –padangat- an sarong tawo.

Ini nin huli ta an pulang rosas simbolo ni Aphrodite, an diyosa nin pagkamoot kan mga Griyego.

Kan naging uso an pagcelebrar kan Valentine’s Day, an pulang rosas an naging paboritong regalo.

Manlaen laen an kahulugan kan mga burak. An gladiola nagsisimbulo nin kusog. An lily, pagpakumbaba. An mirasol o sunflower, lealtad o loyalty.

An puting rosas, simbolo nin pagiging mag-amigo o mag-amiga.

Tandaan nindo: dapat magin maingat sa pagtao nin burak ta pwede kang masala sa pagpaabot nin mensahe sa si’mong padangat o namomotan.

Sa gabos na burak, an pinakapaboritong regalo an pulang rosas kun Valentine’s Day nin huli ta ini an pinakamalinaw na senyal nin pagkamoot.

Plete sa Legazpi-Naga UV Express, naglangkaw

ni Vince Villar

Legazpi City - Dakol an nakigkig kan biglaan na paglangkaw sa pamasahe sa UV Express asin aircon bus kan biyaheng Naga City hali nin Legazpi City o Daraga asin vice verza huli sa pagmahal na kan pamasahe.

Epektibo ngonyan na aldaw, P210 na an pamasahe kan Legazpi - Naga mantang P168 sa mga may 20% discount siring kan mga estudyante, senior citizens, asin disabled persons. 

P198 man hali Daraga to Legazpi mantang P158.40 kun discounted.

An aircon bus an masingil naman nin P168 mantang  134.40 kun may 20% discount.

An singil ibinase sa kada kilometrong biyahe kun saen P2 an kada kilometro sa UV Express mantang P1.60 sa aircon Bus.

Katakod kaini, piglinaw tulos ni Peter Encisa, Public Information Officer kan UPTAP o  Unified Provincial Transport Alliance of the Philippines, na totoo man nanggad an bagong fare matrix sa UV Express asin aircon buses.

An nangyayari suboot ngonyan an saro na sanang corrective measure kan Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board o LTFRB ngani malikayan an mga kumplikasyon na dinara kan dae kaini pag-implementar tulos.

Dahil suboot sa kumpetisyon, nagpahibabaan suboot nin pamasahe an mga public utility vehicles kaito na nagresulta nin pagkarerebok.

Miyentrastanto, pigpa enutan na ni Encisa an publiko na sa mga masunod na aldaw, ipapa utob naman an P1.00 na dagdag sa minimum na pamasahe kan jeep sa Bicol.

Bilang kan evacuees sa Albay, urog pang nababawasan

ni Vince Villar

LEGAZPI CITY (Bicol Standard) -- Padagos na nababawasan an bilang kan mga evacuees sa Albay puon kan ipa decamp kan Office of Civil Defense Bicol an mga residentes na yaon nag eerok sobra sa 8 kms extended danger zone.

Sa latest na listahan kan PDRRMC Albay, nasa 75, 949 na indibidwal na sana o 19,684 na pamilya an yaon sa 62 na evacuation centers o 871 classrooms, gikan sa 47 na barangay na sana.

Pinakadakol na ngonyan an banwaan kan Sto Domingo na igwang 14, 136 na indibiwal o 3,627 na pamilya gikan sa 7 mga barangay.

Ikaduwa an Daraga na may 13, 374 na indibidwal o 3, 302 na pamilya gikan sa 6 na barangay.

An Legazpi City na pinakadakol na bilang dati an nag abot na sana sa 12, 258 na indibidwal o 3, 182 na pamilya gikan sa 5 barangay puon kan paulion na kan OCD an ibang mga residentes.

Dakula man an nabawas sa banwaan kan Camalig, puon kan paulion na an mga residentes gikan sa sentrong banwaan ninda. Nasa  9,630 na sanang indibiwal o 2,537 na pamilya gikan sa 6 na barangay.

Haros kadukot kan Camalig an Guinobatan na may 9,243 indibidwal o 2,704 na pamilya gikan sa 6 na barangay.

Napag araman na may mga residentes pa sa banwaang ini na yaon sa 9 kms extended danger zone an nagmatagas pa na mag uli huli sa peligro suboot kan ash fall asin pagkatakot sa lahar flow.

An Tabaco City an igwa pa man nin 1,938 na pamilya o 7,685 na indibidwal gikan sa 9 na mga barangay.

An Malilipot igwa pa nin 1,303 pamilya o 5,067 na indibidwal gikan sa 3 barangay mantang an Ligao City na igwa na sanang 952 pamilya o 4,050 na indibidwal gikan sa 4 na barangay.

Pinakadiit man giraray an banwaan kan Bacacay na may 139 na pamilya o 506 na indibidwal hali sa Brgy. Bonga.

Graduating student kan BU Legazpi, nagsuicide

ni Vince Villar

Legazpi City - Sarung 20 anyos na graduating student kan Bicol University an naghugot sa Brgy Pawa, kan siyudad na ini. 

Sa inisyal na impormasyon, binisto an biktima na si Jan Rey Esplana, kan nasabing barangay, nag aadal sa kursong Management.

Nadiskubre an bangkay kaini na nakabitay sa saiyang kwarto sa second floor kan harong ngonyan sanang pagkaaga, Pebrero 5, 2018.

Sinasabing straw an ginamit kan biktima sa paghugot

Segun sa mga kapamilya, pag abot kaini kasubanggi, pig agda pa ini magkakan alagad nagsayuma asin nagdiretso na sa saiyang kwarto.

Inaaram pa ngonyan kan pulisya kun ano an motibo kan biktima sa saiyang paghugot.


No supply of NFA rice in Naga City

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Rice retailers here have confirmed that there is presently no supply of National Food Authority (NFA) rice in the market.

This after the NFA temporarily stopped the selling of rice to accredited rice retailers to give priority to the calamity victims.

In an interview by the Bicol Standard, Naga City rice retailers said that the price of commercial rice now ranges from P38 to P48 per kilo, averaging to a P5 increase per kilo.

Meantime, according to the NFA's rice inventory, there is around 2.7 million metric tons of rice or 55.3 million sacks of rice in the market, if the sacks of commercial rice will be factored in.

This stock will supply the market for around 88 days.

The NFA has been granted the authority to import 250,000 metric tons of rice for its buffer stock.
(With report from Oscar Esmenda)

Sunday, February 4, 2018

TAGBO 2018 rolls out activities for Arts Month in Bikol

Poetry performances, spoken word, Bikol music, theater, films, creative talks, competitions, art exhibits, a book sale, and a lake ‘literatour’ mark Tagbo 2018, National Arts Month celebration in the Bikol region this February. Supported in part by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), individuals and groups announce their events in six towns and three cities, following NCCA’s theme “Ani ng Sining, Alab ng Sining” and the Literary Committee’s slogan of “MAARTEXT.”

Sulog One-Minute Digital Film Contest, Feb 1

To kick off the arts celebration is the launching of a 1-Minute Digital Film Competition on the theme of saving our rivers and waterways, sponsored by Sumaro sa Salog, Inc. (SULOG).

The digital film competition is designed to tap the talents of Bikol youth, 16-22 years old, in making 30-second to one-minute films in the service of Bikol’s rivers and waterways. An individual, or a group of not more than five, may submit an entry.

The rules for the film competition, for both live action and animated films shot with a mobile device, are posted on the Sulog Film Competition Facebook page and Sulog Facebook page Cash prizes and certificates of recognition will be given to the winners of this contest which will run from Feb 1 – May 31, 2018.

SULOG, Inc., a volunteer organization that seeks to strengthen citizens’ participation in river governance and to help clean and save the rivers and waterways of Bicol, will facilitate the showing of the best entries in local cinemas and on television.

Tanog Bikol: Musika asin Literatura, Feb 10

Bikol musikos will jam with spoken word artists in Tanog Bikol: Musika asin Literatura, on Saturday, Feb 10, 6:30 pm at Burabod, on Dayangdang Ave., Naga City.

Organized by composer Muloi Prado, Tanog Bikol is part of the continuing effort of local musikos to arrive at a distinctive “Bikol Sound” via an increase in the production and preservation of original Bikol music.

4k Barrel has pledged to participate, along with other finalists in the 2017 Bicol Music Festival Reloaded, Balatan folk singer John Benedict Mangente, Ildefonso Celocelo Jr., and Abiel Leo Candelaria. Other music artists who will participate are Ajan Dolorical who will sing a Rinconada song, Jennelyn Bujo and Ken Romero who will render a song from the river advocacy play “Mga Aninipot sa Tahaw kan Salog” accompanied by Khryss Arañas on the guitar, the rawitdawit-music tandem of Vic Nierva of Lupi and Jireh Pasano of Albay, and Melissa Basmayor with Jason Chancoco in a Spoken Word with music performance.

A highlight of the activity is a jam session between Joey Santiago who unearthed suanoy Bikol kundiman from his music archives, to which contemporary artists will respond.

Primo, Prima, Feb 10-28

Visual artist, farmer, and social entrepreneur Bernadette B. de los Santos, aka Bidibidi, will be joined by her cousin Jose F. de los Santos, Jr. in an art exhibit entitled “Primo, Prima” at Café des Arts, Baao, Camarines Sur.

Ms de los Santos’s medium is oil and her theme is flora et flora, while Mr. de los Santos's uses watercolor to render architectural pieces such as houses. The exhibit will open on Feb 10 and will run until Feb 28.

Literatura y Figuras, Feb 10

Literatura y Figuras resurrects a colonial art style to re-present visually Bikol mythical and literary creatures.

This event, organized by representative to NCCA’s Literary Arts Committee Frank Peñones Jr., will be held at the St. Anthony of Padua Parish Church Hall in Iriga City, on Feb 10 at 9 am. This is a Hiras - Dunong social enterprise and features the work of the Makulay Rinconada Artists.

The group intends to make Literatura y Figuras it a traveling exhibit to cover Baao, Nabua, Bato, and Buhi

Mga Aninipot sa Tahaw kan Salog, Feb 11, 17, 25

The aninipot (fireflies) will sing and dance again to retell the stories of riverine communities in more performances of Sari Saysay’s river advocacy play, “Mga Aninipot sa Tahaw kan Salog.”

Now a production of Sangre de Naga Theater Group led by Isbel Wasan Borja, three shows will be held at the Libmanan Cultural Center on Feb 11, 1, 3, and 5pm, sponsored by the non-government organization Libmanan for Reform, Accountability, Transparency & Empowerment (LIBRATE).

The Aninipot, which has new cast members, will also perform at the Naga Parochial School on Feb 17, sponsored by the Naga Parochial School Parents Association. Two more shows will be held at Emily Theater on Feb 25, 2 and 6 pm. Tickets at P100 each will be available at the Aroaldaw Learning and Tutorial Center, 4F Emall, or contact Bel Borja, 09328873850. Proceeds will go to arts and culture endeavors and to river advocacy projects.

Creative Talks, Feb 15

“Creativity," your parents would probably say, "does not put food on the table." But Creatives (photographers, food stylists, chefs) make food look good on the table!

Five creatives will speak on the loves (and lives) of their creative selves at the Museo ni Jesse Robredo on Taal Street on Feb 15, 2 pm.

The speakers and organizers, led by Paolo Sumayao, will answer the questions “What is it really like to be a CREATIVE in the region today? How do we realize what the job title "freelance multi-hyphenate" has in store for us?” The creatives will speak not only on how you don't just become like them, but do more than what they've accomplished in this era.

Admission is free, with sponsorship from the NCAA, Avenue Plaza Hotel, Parabella Ads, Soleil Store, and Bigg’s Diner.

The Dutertards and the Tokhangers, Feb. 16 & 17

Since the barangay election is just around the corner, the Teatro de Sta. Luisa (TSL) deems it timely to produce the election advocacy play "The Dutertards and the Tokhangers," a story that exposes the youth to the goings-on in the political arena – its realities and influence on the citizens.

The play seeks to expose the traditional political culture surrounded by corruption and other issues, and its influence on the youth, which may blur their idealism. The play will also introduce how the characters like Barangay Captain Duterta and the people of Barangay Tokhang, the Tokhangers, will face the issue of drug addiction and other pressing concerns in Philippine society.

The story will also usher the audience to the various types of politicians who appear in all "shapes and colors" who visit their place, trying to lure them with the promise of a good life should they vote for them. Their responses and reactions to the candidates' schemes would be a reflection of the kinds of voters that will shape the country’s political system after elections. What happens to the community will serve as a microcosm of Philippine society in general, in terms of how they exercise their right of suffrage.

Billed as entertainment for the old, the young, and the single, “The Dutertards and the Tokhangers” will be presented on, coincidentally or not, Chinese New Year, and on the next day at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel auditorium. The shows are on Feb 16, 10am and 2pm and Feb 17, 3pm and 6pm. Tickets cost P50. More details are available on the Facebook page of Teatro Sta. Luisa,

Dalan: Bikol Short Films, Feb 18

The romantic Camaligan wharf will serve as a backdrop for the arts offering of the Ateneo Literary Association (ALA) for National Arts Month, DALAN: A Bikol Short Film Showing Year 2, with the Camaligan local government unit as partner. Selected indie films created by Bikolnon, including animated films, will be shown at the venue. Some of the films will feature the convergence of literature and film.

Unlike last year’s Dalan, held at Plaza Rizal in Naga, the activity will include short talks and discussions about the Bikol films. The films will be shown for free and open to the public from 2-5 pm on Feb 18.

Teatro Ragayano, Feb 20 & 26

The two contemporary pressing issues of HIV-AIDS and the environment are the themes of Teatro Ragayano’s performances in the railroad town of Ragay, Camarines Sur for National Arts Month 2018.

Teatro Ragayano, a semi-professional community theater based at the Ragay National Agricultural and Fisheries School (RNAFS), Liboro, Ragay, will produce eight monologues on the topic of HIV-AIDS awareness as well as musical plays on environmental awareness.

The monologues were written by eight students and teachers from Ragay and are a product of a basic playwriting workshop conducted by the late playwright Carlos A. Arejola in March and May 2016.

“Sulog nin Pagkamoot” (Love’s Currents) is on aquatic resources preservation, while “The More of Life” is an adaptation of Trina Paulus' Hope for the Flowers on personal, social, and environmental metamorphoses.

The shows will be on Feb. 20, 3 pm at the Andaya Covered Court in Ragay, and on Feb 26, 3 pm at RNAFS. They are produced and directed by Eilyn Nidea with support from NCCA.

Hablon 2.0: Habi Ng Sining Sa Paaralan At Komunidad, Feb 21

Experimental and contemporary performance forms by the youth will highlight Hablon 2.0, Sining Banwa’s activity for National Arts Month, on Feb. 21, 5 pm, at Poison Cauldron, Daraga, Albay.

Local and original pieces will take center stage, providing a common platform for a variety of arts from both seasoned and budding artists.

Hablon 2.0 will feature poetry reading/ performed poetry / spoken word, dramatic reading of plays, music and songs / rap, iristoryahan buda karape-kape (storytelling and coffee) to weave their collective creative responses to current socio-political events. Hablon 2.0 is a reprise of Hablon in February 2015, with the aim of continuously weaving the harvests of local artists, therefore producing a collective cultural awareness that is Bikol, contemporary, and social.

The first Hablon, in cooperation with NCCA, gathered Bikolano artists from schools and communities in a week-long activity that included workshops, forum, performances and a laboratory theatre production of ‘Tatlong Libong Bayani ng Ibalong,’ a contemporary reimagining of the Bikol epic Ibalong.

Sining Banwa is an increasingly prominent and active Albay-based inter-disciplinary arts group formally established in August 2011. An independent cultural community organization, it aims to create venues for experimenting and theorizing on theatre and performance by way of research and practice of multiple art forms such as literature, music, dance and movement, and visual arts. Sining Banwa has committed itself to producing artistic pieces that are reflective of local and national social conditions. It aims to use different performance platforms such as universities, churches, marketplaces, roads and sidewalks, parks, barangay halls and many others. Their members are volunteer artists from different sectors of the community.

Bulos Buhi: Lake Buhi Literatour, Feb 24

Cultural workers of Buhi, in partnership with environmentally-inclined civil society and private and schools, will circumnavigate Lake Buhi on a “Literatour” called Bulos Buhi, at 12 noon on Feb 24.

An advocacy event organized by arts and civil groups, in the lake town, Bulos Buhi will promote environmental consciousness through firsthand observation of Lake Buhi, the town’s major economic and natural resource and the cradle of its identity. Lake Buhi is known for sinarapan, now an endangered species. The lake tour will be followed by various creative expressions, such as poetry reading, performances, and publications, thus in the process, making arts and culture serve the people and the environment.

The tour will culminate in a reading of Lake Stories for Children and other performances for the environment. Organizers of this event are the one-year old Project Susog led by Ryan Cuatrona, and Parasurat Bikolnon. They will also seek the involvement of fisher folk for this activity.

Interested parties from outside Buhi, particularly from Naga and on the route to Buhi and vice versa, may avail of a free jeepney ride by pre-registering for the event. Seats are limited, and Feb 17 is the last day of pre-registration. Please contact Ryan at 09219965095 for this.

Pagtanyog: Para Sa Karahayan, Feb 24

In the wake of Mayon Volcano’s eruption comes another quake, this time cultural, “Pagtanyog: Para sa Karahayan” to be held at Anthosia Café in Legazpi, Feb 24, 5 pm.

Pagtanyog (Quake) is an exhibition of original music, poetry, and visuals “for goodness sake,” plus Kirtan Meditation, according to Richard Madrilejos, president of sponsoring community organization An Banwa: Kultura buda Artes kan Tabaco (ABKAT).

ABKAT is a 13-year old organization engaged in research, development, and promotion of Bikol languages and culture through contemporary art forms in the fields of literature, music, dance, visual, theatre, and film. Its most sustained activity is Pagtanyog, a yearly showcase of original Bikol literature, visual, short plays and films. It has organized conferences and workshops and directed and produced publications.

Aklat Ani sa Legazpi 2018, Feb 23-24

At the annual Aklat Ani sa Legazpi 2018, you don't have to buy a book. A Bikol book.

You may drop in to 1) meet fellow bookworms & Bikol nationalists, 2) rub elbows with authors & wannabe authors, 3) riffle through pages and pages of hundreds of Bikol books, 4) sell your own Bikol book, 5) listen to and/or recite rawit-dawit, 6) listen to and/or sing Bikol songs, 7) eat baduya, 8) quaff free suds, 9) take selfies, 10) smell the roses, 11) multitask, 12) and/or even buy a Bikol book or two.

And at the 13th AKLAT ANI SA LEGAZPI on 23-24 February, the year of the dog, you won't ever listen to speeches. Friday and Saturday. At the Museo de Legazpi. Free admission.

Girok 4, Ekphrasis, Kabulig Inaugural Writers Prize, Feb 25

To cap the celebration of Arts Month, erotic texts written in a variety of Bikol languages will be read at Girok 4, at Kinamon, Magsaysay Ave., Naga City on Feb 25, 2-6 pm. Some poems serve as poets’ responses to art work by visual artists, such as Lorna Margate and Rommel Perez, on the theme of Bikol erotica in an ekphrasis activity organized by Dennis Gonzaga.

Girok 4, sponsored by Kabulig-Bikol, Inc., will culminate in the awarding of the Kabulig Inaugural Writers Prize for poetry on the theme of the Bikol erotic. Cash prizes, medals, and books will be given to the winners. Copies of the book Girok: Erotika will also be sold at a big discount during the event. Tickets will be sold for the occasion. For queries, email or contact Elbert O. Baeta/ 09096571786.

KABULIG Bikol, Inc. is a non-profit, non-government organization composed of writers in Naga and Camarines Sur dedicated to supporting and promoting Bikol arts and culture. Kabulig, meaning one who shares or helps in an endeavor, is the most sustained Bikol literary organization in the last decade and has produced and supported many of the present crop of writers actively writing in the Bikol languages.

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