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BAYAMBANG MAYORALTY RACE Not tough — supporters


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

BAYAMBANG- Supporters of Mayor Ricardo M. Camacho and come backing Mayor Leocadio C. De Vera , Jr. debunked claims of political observers here that the mayoral race will be a “tough bout” between the two political contenders..

Both camps said that their bet has edge over the other and that the third candidate will fail dismally in the 2010 elections.

Incumbent Mayor Camacho according to his supporters will have an advantage over de Vera because of the former’s developmental programs. They said Camacho’s performance will speak for itself particularly in making the town more developed and progressive.

Followers of De Vera, however, believed otherwise. They said De Vera was a performing mayor otherwise he could have not completed his three terms as mayor.

“Our mayor (de Vera) will handily win over Camacho in 2010,” said a de Vera supporter who requested anonymity.

The third mayoral candidate is David Molina , a Lakas-Kampi-CMD candidate who ran in 2007 polls but was outscored by Camacho. He has no vice mayor and councilor line up.

Camacho is running under the Nationalist People’s Coalition and is on his second term.

His running mate is Mylvin T. Junio whileCrisostomo Bato, John Cabansag, Alan de Vera, Angelito de Vera, Levin Uy, Victorino Payomo,Gerardo DC Flores and Francis Domalanta, are his candidates for councilors.

On the other hand, de Vera will be running under the Nacionalista Party with Judith Ramos as running mate. He has Tony Acastro, Marilyn Caragan, Leonida Limpingco, Perfecto Soriano, Raul Sabangan, Dr. Gerardo de Vera, Alfredo Dela Cruz and Serafin B. Ramos , for councilors.

January 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm 2 comments

Villasis holds 10-day fiesta


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

VILLASIS- Residents, guests and balikbayans (expatriates) of this town will be feted to an 11-day fiesta activities which will start on January 8.

Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica said the more than week- long festival will be fun- filled and worth remembering.

“Despite the flood we experienced last October, we want to give the people a festival that will mark in their hearts. Fiesta like this is celebrated only once a year so we have to give the best to our people,” Abrenica said.

The festival will be opened by a photo exhibit on January 8 dubbed as “Reminiscing the Past, Nurturing the Present and Looking Beyond the Future”: Villasis, Now and Then.

The photo exhibit features the past and present of Villasis through photographs as captured by the lens of a renowned photographer Jose R. Sarmiento, a resident of the town.

The alumni of Saint Anthony Abbot Academy and the Don Ramon E. Costales Memorial National High School ( formerly Villasis National High School ) will have their grand alumni homecoming on January 9 and January 10, respectively.

Music enthusiasts will be entertained on January 11 with the Amateur Singing Contest chaired by Councilor Paz Sison-Rafanan.

Contestants from the various barangays of Villasis went through audition and screening. The best among the contestants will show their singing prowess on the final contest at 8:00 in the evening at the Villasis Auditorium.

The senior citizens and retirees will have their night on January 12 followed by the beauty pageant of gays on January 13. On January 14, the alumni of the defunct Pangasinan Central Colleges will have their grand alumni homecoming.

On January 15, the much awaited Talong Festival will take the center stage. It will start at 5:30 in the morning which will have a live coverage over ABS-CBN’s “Umagang Kay Ganda” followed by the book launching of “101 Ways of Cooking Talong” and the “Pinakbet sa Kawa” which will be participated in by the 21 barangays of the town.

Street dancing competition shall likewise be conducted on the same day at 8:30 in the morning. Talong cookfest will be in the afternoon which will be followed by a free concert along Peoples’ Boulevard in the evening. The concert will feature matinee idol Dingdong Dantes and singer Rachelle Ann Go.

The grand parade of beauties will be on January 16 in the morning and will culminate in the evening with the crowning of town’s beauties.

This year’s Mrs. Villasis 2010 is Ms. Violeta Madayag-Menor of Paris , France . Ms. Reynalda Lagleva-Ramos of Canada , the First Runner-up and Ms. Nelpha Velasco-Vejano of Autralia, Second Runner-up. They were selected from the popularity contest last December 28..

Baptisms and confirmation will be conducted on January 17 in the morning in honor of the town’s patron St. Anthony Abbot. In the evening, youth of the town will take the center stage at the Youth Night and SMB Night. There will be dance competitions and entertainment by local bands.

Barangay dads will have their night on January 18 as they will be feted to a Barangay Night. The festival will be capped by the Federation of Villasis Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (FVTODA) Night on January 19.

January 4, 2010 at 3:12 pm 1 comment

EAVESDROPPER: Inspiring Christmas and New Year’s Messages


By Virgilo Sar. Maganes

Last Christmas and new year’s evening, my cell phone has not stopped ringing with either calls or text messages from friends. I am not particularly keen on what messages to receive, however, I found many messages that are inspiring and deserved to be shared with others. Some readers might have received the same messages but have not given much attention to them.

For me, I read and re-read them and to exaggerate, munch over them to get their juicy meanings.

Let’s start.

This was a Christmas message from Punong Barangay Darwina Sampang of Pantal, Manaoag:- “IN LIFE… what matters is- not what you bought but what you built; not what you got but what you shared; not your success but your significance; not your competence but your character; not how long you will be remembered but by whom and for what? Live a life that matters.”

A Christmas message from Mapandan Mayor Ferdie Calimlim ( running for Vice Governor):- A “smile” is Joy; a “hug” is Love; a “laugh” is Happiness and a “ friend” like you is truly a blessing from God. ( Mayor, nakakataba naman ng puso.)

Mayor Calimlim’s new year’s message: “Together let us pray and thank God for the experiences and memories we leave behind from 2009. As we look ahead to what 2010 has in store for us, let us continue praying for God’s new surprises, lessons and successes. Together, let us make a difference in the lives of all Pangasinenses. Happy new year. ( Wow, what a heart from a public servant. If there will be a surprise Mayor, I wish it will be for you winning the vice governorship in May 2010 polls . Mabuhay ka!)

A new year message from a friend Albertini de Guzman, Jr., municipal administrator of Sta. Barbara: “”Happiness and peace of mind. These are my wishes for you. Have a blessed 2010. Happy new year. (It was a simple message but coming from a friend means a lot to me. Kuya Albert and I worked together way back in 1989 with the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), continued working with each other in 1992 under then Governor Aguedo F. Agbayani and 1995 to 1998 under then Vice Governor Victor Agbayani. Now that he is the municipal administrator of Sta. Barbara, we have been constantly in contact for media gatherings and activities. Kuya Albert, my deepest respect to you. Thank you for the friendship.)

Here’s a new year’s message from a friend and Senior Agriculturist Nestor Batalla of Office of the Provincial Agriculturist: “Wishing you and your family this 2010 not just happiness but pure joy, not just wealth but heaven’s treasures.. and not just silence but God’s peace. Blessed and happy new year. (Thanks Pare Nes for being there. While we may not be seeing with each other, I know that the mutual respect we have is always there. You are one of a kind. Thank you for your friendship.)

And from Marg Cortes (better half of colleague Brando Cortes), here’s her new year’s message: “ A strong faith, a peaceful soul, a joyful spirit, a healthy body, a loving family – all these I wish for you and your family. Happy new year and God bless.” (You nailed it to the right point Mare Marg. In these times of trouble and uncertainty, we are indeed in need of a strong faith to the Lord Almighty and let that faith works not only for ourselves but also for the others. And we have to make our soul a spirit free- peaceful and joyful not only before the eyes of God but to other people.)

I received many messages that by writing them all here will consume many spaces. The foregoing messages I supposed are inspiring and could move one’s spirit. This new year, I wish everyone a new life – like a new leaf budding from a twig in the spring and after the fall, let that leaf grow and nourish it with faith and joy. As Mayor Ferdie Calimlim said in his message, make a difference in the lives of Pangasinenses (or other people) by touching them, by having compassion and by exuding happiness.

Life is beautiful. Let’s celebrate!

January 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment


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