Archive for April, 2010

EAVESDROPPER: ‘Money’ or ‘Emotion’

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

Whether we like it or not, electorates are jumping with joy when politicians dole out “money” in exchange of their votes.

In my dealings with people, I always hear them say, “ Kailan ba magbibigay si ganitong politico? Kailan ba siya pupunta dito para magbigay ng pera?”

Of course, “money” talks. If I heard it right, the most “blessed” this election are the barangay officials, the barangay health workers, the civilian volunteers organizations and the federation of tricycle operators and drivers. They are “blessed” because they are the center of pay-offs as if they are the only ones that could steer the winnability of the candidates.

April 29, 2010 at 9:42 am Leave a comment

EDITORIAL: Elections and Labor Day

Early Philippine republics were Kakarong de Sili republic in Pandi, Bulacan; Tejeros Convention in Malabon; and Biak na Bato republic in San Miguel, Bulacan. Historians, however, wrote that the first real Philippine republic was established in Malolos, Bulacan on January 21, 1899. Two days later, the First Philippine Republic was inaugurated while General Emilio Aguinaldo was declared its first president.

The first municipal election in the Philippines was held in Baliuag, Bulacan under the supervision of American military governor general Arthur MacArthur on May 6, 1899 .

Isabelo delos Reyes, a writer, established the Union Obrera Democratica, the first organized labor union in the country on February 2, 1902.

April 29, 2010 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

Domantay to voters: Bring ‘codigo’

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

MALASIQUI-The mayor of this town advised voters in this province to bring a list of their chosen candidates to the polling precinct for them to vote faster.

Mayor Armand Domantay said that once a voter enters the voting precinct, he would see a folder; a pen marker, a Precinct Count Optical Scan (PCOS) machine, and a more than a foot-long ballot with names of candidates from president down to the town’s aldermen that are alphabetically listed.

“If you have a codigo (list), it is good because it is already arranged in a logical order according to the alphabet of the names of the candidates. It is what we call arrangement of the letters,” he stressed.

April 29, 2010 at 9:36 am Leave a comment

Abono donates medical supplies, equipment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

URDANETA CITY – The Abono Party-list donated assorted medical supplies and equipment to Don Amadeo J. Perez, Sr. Memorial General Hospital as part of the group’s continuing assistance to public hospitals in the province.

Abono chair Rosendo So turned-over the supplies and equipment to hospital chief Dr. Maria Vivian Villar on April 23.

So said that through his initiative, civic spirited “kababayans” from the United States donated the medical supplies and equipment which he in turn donated to the hospital.

He promised to the hospital management and staff that he will continue to help in the development of the hospital which is serving the nine municipalities of 5th district of the province.

April 29, 2010 at 9:34 am Leave a comment

Hundred Islands is Pangasinan’s top tourist destination

By Venus H. Sarmiento

DAGUPAN CITY– The famous Hundred islands in Alaminos City remains the top tourist destination in the province.

Provincial tourism officer Maria Luisa Elduayan said the bulk of tourist and visitors who came to the province last year still chose to visit the Hundred islands, followed by the Capitol Complex and the Lighthouse in Bolinao town.

“Aside from the top three destinations, the Our Lady of Manaoag Shrine still attracts a big number of visitors based on the masses held daily.” Elduayan said during the Pantongtongan Tayo radio program of the Philippine Information Agency.

April 29, 2010 at 9:31 am Leave a comment

Blind entrepreneurs see success in business

By Venus H. Sarmiento

DAGUPAN CITY – Blindness did not hinder Alradny Solitario and his other blind friends from seeing success in their chosen businesses.

Solitario, a graduate of the Area Vocational Rehabilitation Center of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, is the owner/manager of GRCM Blind Massage Services and has employed other blind people like him to his shop.

Reynante Patoc, another blind person, is the owner of United Blind Massage Service Shop. Both enterprises have branches in the cities of Dagupan and Urdaneta and employ 27 workers. Their business earns a whooping P90,000 in gross income per month.

April 29, 2010 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

Fearless Forecast: Manay Gina to win by landslide

Gina de Venecia’s congressional bid for Pangasinan fourth district got an overwhelming boost when no less than two separate powerful leaders of the country threw their all-out support to her, aside from the numerous endorsements she’s getting from different sectors.

Presidential bet, former President Joseph Estrada of the Partido ng Masang Pilipino (PMP) and El Shaddai leader Brother Mike Velarde, were among her latest growing list of supporters when they came to Dagupan City last April 17.

Mrs. De Venecia’s team composed of her, re-electionist Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr and re-electionist Vice Mayor Belen Fernandez, was strongly endorsed by Estrada during the PMP’s grand rally beside the CSI Market Square.

April 29, 2010 at 9:30 am Leave a comment

SM City Rosales launches book donation drive

ROSALES – A Book Donation program was launched on April 21 by the SM Foundation Incorporated at SM City’s branch in this town.

The program launch started with a ribbon cutting and symbolical turnover ceremony to encourage everyone to donate books and cash.

Several publishing companies such as Adarna Book House, Inc, Amos Publishing and WS Pacific Corporation, Bookmark, Inc., bookstores and private individuals have pledged to support this year’s Donate-A -Book project.

April 29, 2010 at 9:26 am Leave a comment

DAGUPAN MAYORALTY RACE: Survey says Al leading BSL by 14.10%

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY – Mayor Alipio Fernandez Jr. claimed that latest survey on the mayoralty race showed him leading his rival Benjamin Lim by 14.10 percent.

Last March, a survey by a local radio station showed he was “statistically tied” with Lim.

The survey commissioned by Fernandez last April 10 to 14, 2010 showed Fernandez getting 54.52% while Lim, 40.42%. The survey was undertaken by a group from the University of the Philippines .

The mayor said he commissioned the survey to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of his party in the 34 villages.

April 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

Pigar-pigar festival held in Dagupan

DAGUPAN CITY – Pigar-pigar, the deep-fried thinly sliced carabeef that has put Galvan Street in the map of gustatory delight, has become so popular that this city staged a mini- festival for the dish.

The Pigar-pigar festival was held on April 19 as a part of the Bangus Festival, with a contest among pigar-pigar owners to come up with the best-tasting and most presentable recipe right along the road where the dish started.

The judges picked the entries of Maeveen’s Eatery, Ty-Ann’s and Meryl’s as the first (P5,000), second (P4,000) and third (P3,000), prize winners, respectively.

April 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm Leave a comment

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