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San Manuel’s ‘Hollywood Show’ lures thousands every night


 By Yolanda Sotelo

SAN MANUEL– This agricultural town turned its public square into a fascinating world of Hollywood movies which has been luring thousands of spectators every night since November 29.

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When the sun has set and the multi-color lights are switched on, the characters of 17 animation and fantasy movies almost come to life, enthralling both the young and old who come from different towns and provinces.

The movie themes are depicted in a limited 144-square foot of space, although the “artists” can go as high as they want, taking into consideration of course, the safety of each booth, says San Manuel tourism officer Vi Corpuz.

“Now showing” are Avatar, Lord of the Rings, Lion King, Cars, Star Wars, Kung Fu Panda, Avengers, Inside Out, Sponge Bob, Rudolf the red-nosed reindeer, What happened in Vegas, Pirates of the Caribean, Moana, Gods of Egypt and Malificent.

The “artists” are the local government employees themselves, Corpuz said. Each LGU department, including Department of Interior and Local Government and the water district office, select which movie to portray and conceptualize how these are presented.

“Sometimes we consult professional artists, but in the end, it is mostly our ideas that we build,” Corpuz says.

 Each is given P50,000  budget to come up with the production.

While every shimmering and awe-inspiring production elicits ohs and ahs from the spectators, they are made mostly from scrap, recycled and indigenous materials.

This is in keeping with the town’s program to be as environment-friendly as possible, says Vice Mayor Salvador Perez.

Closer looks would reveal that the materials used  – jute sacks for the clothes of Frodo of the Lord of the Rings,  talahib (reed) for his hair) and cigarette foils to cover his barrow blade.

The employees get creative with whatever available materials in the area, transforming used foams into a fiery dragon in Avatar, discarded cartoons into cars and plastic bottles into walls.

The other materials used are plastic softdrinks bottles, plastic spoons, corn cobs, coconut shells, dried beans, shells, rice hulls, bento boxes, marbles and woods.

“As early as June, employees start to collect plastic bottles and other waste materials that they can use, from schools and cockpits,” Corpuz said.

In October, they start conceptualizing and then building their displays, ready for opening on November 29.  The employees worked after office hours and on weekends.

The “show” runs for more than a month or until the first week of January.

“We don’t turn off the lights until the last visitor has left, usually after midnight,” Corpuz said.

This is the fourth year that the town, which hosts the San Roque Multi-Purpose dam, establishes what it calls a “Christmas Village” but which veers away from the usual “Belens.”

On its first year, the village was themed “Candylandia,” the second year it was world’s landmarks like London Bridge and Legoland. Fantasy movies marked the third year. Next year’s theme would be themed Wow Philippines.

The town used to be known for the dam, now it is getting known for the Christmas Village, Corpuz said.

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December 26, 2017 at 7:31 am Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: What constitutional amendments? Just change the PSA to draw investors


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Sa Pilipinas meron ho tayong 2.76 million (January 2017 NEDA) na unemployed at 2.2 million na overseas foreign workers (OFWs) as of 2016 according to psa.gov.ph.

Ilagay natin na kalahati sa OFWs na ito ay napilitan lamang magtrabaho abroad because of glaring unemployment problems dito sa Pinas. So, kung may pagkakataon na may trabaho dito, ay dito na nila pipiliin na mamalagi.

Siyempre, malapit sa pamilya at peace of mind kay mister na nasa abroad.

Why? Anak ng baka, mababantayan niya si misis sa lurking adulterous relationship sa kay kumpare na mukhang matagal ng may pagtitinginang malagkit ang dalawa sa isat-isa.

Sanamagan, that’s the social cost of working abroad!

So how can the government mediate for these unemployed and OFWs to have jobs in the country?

Singapore, Malaysia, and Vietnam took most of the Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in the ASEAN – 10 Region with U.S $77.83 Billion for the three of them while the Philippines got $7.93 Billion, according to the 2016 ASEAN Investment Report.

Our lethargic FDI figures happened because, one reason, our law dangles only 40% and even 30% for the foreign investors to control the capital of the corporation here while the Filipinos are given 60% and even 70% control of the business.

Sa media industry nga 100% Pinoy ownership, pero iyan ay nasa Constitution at hindi nakalagay sa Public Service Acts.

For decades this First Filipino Policy I called xenophobic or bias against foreigners deprive us with the presence of more FDIs where many of them even transferred, as a contract with the host country, their technological blue prints how they manufactured their products. (more…)

December 26, 2017 at 7:23 am Leave a comment

Espino inducts new officers of KBP Pangasinan Chapter


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 LINGAYEN- Governor Amado “Pogi” Espino III inducted the newly elected officers of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP), Pangasinan Chapter held at Sison Auditorium on December 21.

 The affair was also dubbed as the Broadcasters and Awarding Night with the theme  “Promoting Unity through Fairness, Responsible and Excellent Service for Every Filipino.”

 The new officers are: Chairman Mark Espinoza (RMN/IFM), Vice Chairman Emmanuel Sibayan (Love Radio), Secretary Jay Mendoza (DZRD Sonshine Radio), Treasurer Gina Almazan (ABS-CBN/MOR), Auditor Josie Sarmiento (Bombo Radyo), and Standards Performance Officer Bernie Erasquin (Radyo Pilipinas). (more…)

December 26, 2017 at 7:17 am Leave a comment

Villasis conducts HIV/AIDS symposium


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

 VILLASIS- The Municipal Health Office (MHO) here conducted recently a HIV/AIDS symposium at the Villasis Covered Auditorium, which was attended by 267 participants composed of the teaching staff of Don Ramon E. Costales Memorial National High School, barangay officials and barangay health workers (BHWs).

Municipal Health Officer Gloria A. Liberato said the symposium aims to educate and to spread awareness to the residents of this town about human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)- its causes, and symptoms.

It can be recalled that as of December 2016, this town has eight HIV cases, a part of the HIV/AIDS cases in Pangasinan.

Pangasinan has the most number of HIV/AIDS cases in Region I.

The symposium is also in connection with the World AIDS Celebration that carry the theme: “ Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability and Partnerships”.

Discussed during the symposium were AIDS stigma and discrimination, understanding and identifying HIV: HIV Related Infections and Co-Infections, Global Epidimiology of AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV Diagnosis and Treatment.

Mayor Nonato S. Abrenica shared the current data on HIV/AIDS cases according to age and gender. (more…)

December 26, 2017 at 7:13 am Leave a comment

Dagupan wins 59 in regional schools press conference


DAGUPAN CITY – The city scored a total of 59 winnings in the 2018 Regional Schools Press Conference held in San Carlos City, Pangasinan on December 12-14.

At least 23 students have qualified to the National Schools Press Conference to be held in Dumaguete City.

Schools Division Superintendent Dr. Lorna G. Bugayong disclosed that the city has scored a total of 32 individual winnings, five team winnings, 22 school paper winnings for a total of 59 winnings.

The winners were all presented and acknowledged during the flag raising ceremony at the city plaza on December 18 by Mayor Belen T. Fernandez.

“Our city is indeed so blessed. Our children have been victorious in any field of endeavor be it in sports, music and now in writing. Our city itself is also winning numerous awards like the Seal of Good Local Governance for three consecutive years now. We are also finalist in the National Child-Friendly Municipalities and Cities and we were also recognized as the Most Competitive City in the entire region, a feat that we have not gained in the past,” said Fernandez.

In line with this, Fernandez disclosed that preparations are underway for the First Journalism Summit in the city by next year onJanuary 29-31.

The summit aims to promote and enhance the talents of the children in journalism with lectures from well-known journalists, locally and nationally.

Assistant Schools Division Superintendent Lourdes Servito said Dagupan is now number one not just in sports but also in academe.

She said the students who participated in the conference mostly won in feature writing, news writing, sports writing, photo-journalism and cartooning.

They also excel in TV and scriptwriting, broadcasting and collaborative desk top publishing.

The school papers also were best in feature page, layout design and sports page.

Among the winners was Young City Mayor Jilian Kay Madison S. Fernandez of the Pangasinan Universal Institute who won 1st place in feature writing in English. (Joseph C. Bacani/CIO)

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December 26, 2017 at 6:37 am Leave a comment

Chua: Penalty too harsh


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes

ASINGAN- The penalty is too harsh.

 This was the reaction of Mayor Heidee Ganigan- Chua of this town  on the decision of the Office of Ombudsman suspending her and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr. for one year following the seven-page decision on October 13 signed by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales.

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Chua and Lopez were penalized for “conduct prejudicial to the best interest of the service, simple misconduct and violation of the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards of Public Officials and Employees” for printing their pictures and names on the town’s ambulance. (more…)

December 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm Leave a comment

Dads to replace suspended Mayor, Veem


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

ASINGAN – A lady councilor here said the first top two elected municipal councilors will replace temporarily the mayor and vice mayor here who were suspended for one year by the Ombudsman.

Councilor Evangeline Dorao said Councilors Joshua Viray Mel Lopez will replace Mayor Heidee Chua and Vice Mayor Carlos Lopez Jr. after the Ombudsman Conchita C. Morales issued a suspension order last October 13 against them.

She said the assumption of Viray and Lopez will take effect after the full implementation of the order by the Department of Interior & Local Government that could be anytime from now.

“I was the only one to had the courage to write the Ombudsman and their indifference (Chua and Lopez) not to reply on my letters,” Dorao told this paper. (more…)

December 18, 2017 at 10:07 pm Leave a comment

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