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MANILA - President Arroyo has signed into law Republic Act 9716creating a new district in Camarines Sur (CamSur) province in Bicolregion.
Several municipalities in the current first and second legislativedistricts were consolidated to create the new district. These are:municipalities of Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao and San Fernando in the first legislative district; and,municipalities of Gainza and Milaor in the second legislative district.Signedon October 12, the law--An Act reapportioning the composition of thefirst and second legislative districts in the province of Camarines Surand thereby creating a new legislative district from suchreapportionment--brings to five the total number of legislativedistricts in the province.
The law, which was published on Thursday in the Manila Standard Today newspaper, will take effect 15 days after publication.
The law means all the five districts will be entitled to onerepresentative each in the House of Representatives beginning in the2010 elections.
The proposal to create a new district in Camarines Sur is seen as anaccommodation to the president's son, Rep. Dato Arroyo, who currentlyrepresents the province’s first district.
The first district's former representative, Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr., hopes to reclaim his legislative post in 2010.
Creating a new district would therefore avoid an election contest between, Andaya, an administration ally, and Arroyo.
Pop'n requirement not met
However, the new district has been opposed because it allegedly fails to meet the population requirement for a new district.
Section 5-3, Article 6 of the Constitution requires a minimumpopulation of 250,000 for a local government unit (LGU) or clusters ofLGUs to be declared a congressional district. Each district should becomposed of a “contiguous, compact, and adjacent territory.”
The five legislative districts will be composed of the following:
First District--municipalities of Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, and Cabusao;Second District--municipalities of Libmanan, Minabalac, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Gainza, and Milaor;Third District--the current Second LegislativeDistrict shall be renamed as the Third Legislative District composedof Naga City and the municipalities of Pili, Ocampo, Camaligan,Canaman, Magarao, Bombon, and Calabanga;Fourth District--the current Third LegislativeDistrict shall be renamed as the Fourth Legislative District composedof the municipalities of Caramoan, Garchitorena, Goa, Lagonoy,Presentacion, Sangay, San Jose, Tigaon, Tinambac and Siruma;Fifth District--the current Fourth LegislativeDistrict shall be renamed as the Fifth Legislative District composedof Iriga City and the municipalities of Baao, Balatan, Bato, Buhi,Buha and Nabu.
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Sorsogon celebrates 115th foundation anniversary
by BA Recebido
Kasanggayahan Festival opens October 17
Sorsogon Province (7 October) -- It's all system go for the Kasanggayahan Festival 2009, this province's premier festival, which will formally open on October 17, in time for the 115th foundation anniversary of the Sorsogon province.
In a press conference held Tuesday (October 6), Msgr. Francisco P. Monje, Kasanggayahan Foundation, Inc. president, has assured that the activities are already in place and committee preparations are all set for the opening ceremonies on October 17 as well as for the smooth staging of the festival.
According to Monje, this year's theme "Pangangalaga sa Kalikasan, Buhay ng Susunod na Salinlahi Tungo sa Tunay na Kasanggayahan" (Care for Environment, Life of the Next Generation Way to the True Kasanggayahan) will serve as an awakening for the present generation that the best legacy we can leave for the future generation is but a healthy and rich environment.
Monje also stressed out that "our time now needs nurturing hands from the humanities of the world and it is indeed fitting to start our unified dedication and commitment towards care for the planet where we live in."
"Kasanggayahan Foundation, Inc., the Provincial Government of Sorsogon, LGUs, government line offices, non-government organizations, private institutions and individuals have pledged to chip in their time, talents and resources to ensure a simple yet meaningful and successful celebration of this year's festivities," Monje accounted.
Credit for coining the word Kasanggayahan is given to the late Rev. Fr. Jose O. Ofracio, then the parish priest of the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in the then capital town of Sorsogon.
Fr. Ofracio, also an author in Bicol, made an explanation of Kasanggayahan in the following verses "…when the fields are green and the grains are golden; when the machines work well and business prosper; When the birds in the sky chirp freely and men on earth are peacefully happy; In Bicol, it is Kasanggayahan, meaning a land of peace and a life of prosperity..."
The first Kasanggayahan celebration of the province was held in 1974 under the administration of the late Juan G. Frivaldo, then governor of Sorsogon.
Meanwhile, Gov. Sally A. Lee last week issued Executive Order No. 010 S-2009 declaring October 17 as a special local non-working holiday and enjoining all government officials and employees, as well as the private sector, to actively participate in all the events of the Kasanggayahan festivities.
The declaration is also based from RA 7380 which was passed by Congress and signed into law by then President Corazon Cojuanco – Aquino last April 10, 1991 declaring Oct.. 17 of every year as a Special Holiday in the whole province of Sorsogon in celebration, commemoration and founding anniversary of Sorsogon as a separate province from Albay. (PIA Sorsogon)
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Bicol schools join UNEP's
Army ROTC Activation Day
As expected, contingents from different universities in the Bicol Region gathered at the vast UNEP ground on October 1, 2009 in commemoration of the annual holding of the Army ROTC Activation Day now on its 47th year of existence. The legacy initiated by the late Gov. Felix O. Alfelor Sr. during the early 60s, is undoubtedly getting more and more prominent over the years as it inched its way in promoting the value of discipline and camaraderie among competing units.
This year’s distinguished speaker and guest of honor is no less than the Commanding Officer of the 901st (Fighter) BDE 91D of the Philippine Army based at Villa Hermosa, Daraga, Albay, Col. Marlou L. Salazar INF (MNSA) PA.
Twenty-eight (28) contingents coming from private and public schools from all over the region marched off towards the main thoroughfares of Iriga City , all hopeful that they will take the top prize this year. Eighteen (18) of them came from public schools while the remaining contingents came from private universities.
Sta. Monica Academy from San Roque, Baao, Camarines Sur has successfully defended its crown and was again declared as this year’s over-all champion. Coming close to the edge were the Holy Trinity College from Santiago , Bato and Saint Joseph Academy, Inc. from San Pedro, Buhi, Camarines Sur, respectively landing on the 1st and 2nd place under Category B.
San Vicente High School from Buhi though, wasn’t able to retain its place as best contingent, when the Eusebia Paz Arroyo Memorial High School from Buluang, Baao, Camarines Sur was declared this year’s first place winner under Category A . Eusebia Paz Arroyo Memorial High School was also last year’s winner (Category A) during the 46th Army ROTC Activation Day-CAT Regional competition.
Sharing the second post were San Roque High School from San Roque, Bato and Tapayas High School from Tapayas, Balatan, Camarines Sur while San Vicente HS landed on the third place.
One of the highlights of the event was the awe-inspiring unified performance of the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) and University of Saint Anthony (USANT) band and majorettes. The exhibition was not only a showcase of their skills and expertise but a manifestation of oneness and camaraderie that has been lost for the past decade.
It was through the efforts of Iriga City Mayor Madelaine Alfelor-Gazmen and UNEP President Atty.Remelisa Alfelor-Moraleda that the unification was finally realized. USANT Prexy Atty Santiago D. Ortega Jr., who was also receptive of the reconciliation, was happy that the long existing gap between the two top universities is finally over.
Atty. Moraleda raised her hats off to the UNEP Community and to all the participants and stakeholders who made the successful event possible. “We are all bounded by a common objective of bringing out the best in our students, and I guess, this is what this competition is all about. We would like to instill the legacy of camaraderie and continue to inspire every cadet to be a living proof of how UNEP values unity and harmony in our community.”
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Baylon is New Bishop of Legazpi
Tuesday, October 6th, 2009
MANILA, October 1, 2009-The Vatican announced at 6:00 PM Thursday (Manila Time) the appointment of Masbate Bishop Joel Baylon as new bishop of the Diocese of Legazpi in Albay province.
The Diocese of Legazpi, with over a million Catholics, has been under an apostolic administrator, Bishop Lucilo Quiambao, after the resignation of Bishop Nestor Cariño in November 2007.
The news of Bishop Baylon's reassignment was disseminated by the Media Office of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) citing an official announcement by the Apostolic Nuncio, Archbishop Edward Joseph Adams.
The 55-year old prelate is currently the Bishop of Masbate and chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Youth, CBCP's executive arm that oversees the activities of the youth apostolate.
Baylon is also known for his anti-mining stand. Recently, he led a protest rally against the Filminera, a foreign mining company now in operation at Puro, Bangom, Amoroy, Capsay and Panique villages in Aroroy town.
Bishop Baylon was born in Milaor, Camarines Sur on January 29, 1954. At the age of 24, he was ordained priest in 1978.
In February 1998, the late Pope John Paul II appointed him as bishop of the Diocese of Masbate where he has been serving for 11 years now.
No date has been set yet for the installation of Baylon as the new bishop of Legazpi. (Roy Lagarde)
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Catandungan Festival 2009 GOOD NEWS & BAD NEWS
Tue, 10/06/2009 - 10:51
FOR THE BAD NEWS:
I received a letter from Governor Joseph C. Cua informing me that “due to the present calamities that hit our country just recently, the Provincial Government has opted to reprogram the activities for the forthcoming 64th Catanduanes Foundation Anniversary on 22 – 24 October, 2009.”
To further quote, according to the governor, “this is consistent with the declaration of National State of Calamity by Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal – Arroyo thereby calling on all LGUs to avoid lavish spending more particularly during festivities.”
And because of this, the Local Government Unit of Baras through Mayor Jose “Bong” Teves has formally announced the postponement of the National Surfing Competition scheduled this October 7 – 11, 2009 at the famous Majestic Waves in Puraran.
Quoting a news article from Bicol Peryodiko, Provincial Tourism Officer Carmel Garcia disclosed that the surfing competition might be re-scheduled this coming month of November or in February next year.
FOR THE GOOD NEWS:
Provincial Tourism Officer Carmel Garcia, head of the Catandungan Festival 2009 Steering Committee, informed me that “The First CatanduanesForum.Com Essay Writing Contest and On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest” will proceed as scheduled. She officially informed this writer that, although the event will not be included in the official Schedule of Activities of the Catandungan Festival 2009, the commitment of the provincial government to this event will remain.
So its final. All systems go for “The First CatanduanesForum.Com Essay Writing Contest and On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest” this October 27, 2009, 7:00 in the morning, at the Capitol Dome, Virac, Catanduanes.
THE FINAL SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES:
CATANDUNGAN FESTIVAL 2009
64th Catanduanes Foundation Anniversary
“Sustaining Paradise @ 64”
Schedule of Activities
October 22, 2009 Catandungan 2009 Kick Off
7:00 AM---------Eucharistic Celebration ( Virac Cathedral )
8:30 AM---------Launching Parade (Plaza Rizal to Virac Heroes Memorial Fountain)
9:30 AM---------pening Program ( Virac Fountain)
10:00 AM-------Opening of Agri Fair and OTOP Exhibit ( Virac Youth Center)
-------------------Launching of “ Gawad Kalikasan Award Project”
11:00 AM-------Scholars Assembly ( Virac Sports Center )
1:00 PM---------Drum and Lyre Corps Competition (Virac Fountain )
1:00 PM---------Pa-uragan sa Catandungan (Quiz Bee) (Capitol Dome)
7:00 PM---------Talent Night: Binibining Catandungan (Virac Fountain) __________________________________________________________________
October 23, 2009
6:30 AM-----------10K Marathon and Run for Peace
8:00 AM-----------Trabaho sa Catandungan/NBI Mobile Clearance Application
---------------------(2nd Flr, Provincial Capitol)
8:00 AM-----------Senior Citizens Assembly ( Capitol Dome)
8:00 AM-----------Skills Olympics (Capitol Lobby)
---------------------Iron Chef “ Bicol Version” ( Virac Sports Center)
7:00 PM-----------Binibining Catandungan Pageant Night ( CSC Gymnasium)
October 24, 2009
7:00 AM----------Thanksgiving Mass with His Excellency Bishop Manolo A.
9:00 AM----------Solemn Procession of Our Lady of La Naval
---------------------( Virac Cathedral to Capitol )
1:00 PM-----------Festival of Festivals Showdown: Streetdancing Competition
---------------------( Virac Fountain)
7:00 PM-----------“JAS and BOBOY Night” ( Virac Fountain)
For more info: contact the Secretariat/Tourism Office @ (052) 811-3229;
mobile nos. 09293998437, 09183249528 or 09175876153
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Cordero wins Maningning Miclat Poetry Prize 2009
Diliman, Quezon City- The Bikol literary circle and the avid supporters of this artistic renaissance in the region has another reason to celebrate in the winning of Kristian Sendon Cordero in the Maningning Miclat Poetry Prize (Filipino Category) last September 24, 2009 at the Abelardo Hall of the University of the Philippines.
Cordero, a graduate school student of Ateneo de Manila University, joins other two winners, Mikael de lara Co for the English and Chen Liang from Fujian Province for the Chinese category respectively.
In a press release statement issued a week before the awarding ceremony by Alma Miclat, the Executive Director of the Maningning Miclat Art Foundation and mother to Maningnging Miclat, three finalists were named for every category.
The finalists for Filipino and English categories are all in their mid20s, with age below 28, which is part of the criteria in joining the contest, are all previous winners of Palanca and other important literary competitions in the country.
Cordero, one of the bright luminaries in Bikol contemporary writings, as New York-based poet Luis Cabalquinto described him, has already won several national awards including the 2007 NCCA Writers? Prize for Poetry, the Madrigal-Gonzales Best First Book Award and the Palanca in 2006. He has three books of poetry in three languages and is a regular name that appears in the leading university journal in the country today. His latest collection was a finalist in the 2008 National Book Award for Poetry. Last April, he went to Germany under Ateneo de Naga?s partneship program with the Friedrich-Alexander Gymnasium in Neusdaht Aisch to present his poetry and give short talks on Philippine contemporary writings especially Bikol literature.
His winning collection for this competition, Labi (Remains) is composed of ten poems, which dealt on the physical and metaphysical losses that confront the individual-poet. In a literary journal where some of poems in the Labi collection appeared, editor and poet Ronald Baytan, decribed Cordero?s poetry as ?lyrics of remarkable clarity and tenderness. They express the sentiments of the self dealing with absence, with grief, with cosmos.?
The Judges for Filipino category were university professors and award-winning poets, Vim Nadera, Former Director of the U.P. Institute of Creative Writing, Marra PL Lanot, and Rogelio Mangahas, a National Book Award Winner and one of the prime movers of Filipino modern poetry in the late 60s.
The announcement of winners was held during the tribute concert that featured Maningning?s younger sister Banaue Miclat, a multi-awarded theater actress and the Mabuhay Singers. All winners received P 28,000, books of the Miclats and a much-coveted Julie Lluch trophy from Mrs. Alma Miclat and National Artist for Literature Virgilio S. Almario.
The Maningning Miclat Poetry Prize is named after Maningning Miclat who was a talented poet and visual artist when she passed away on September 29, 2001 at the tender age of 28. It is to her name that the family and the foundation decided to put up the Maningning Miclat Prize for Poetry and Visual Arts given alternately every year, to recognize the growing talents among Filipinos and Chinese artists. The foundation has been handing the award since 2003 and is now reputed as one of the most prestigious literary competitions in the country and even in Southeast Asian region.
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Peñafrancia feast starts
By MA. GLAIZA LEE
September 11, 2009, 6:10pm
The Our Lady of the Peñafrancia returns to its original home, the Shrine of Peñafrancia, as the festival named after her kicked off with the Traslacion procession Friday in Naga City.
This was the first time since 1982 that the image of the Virgin came back to the shrine, after it was transferred in the Peñafrancia Basilica and National Shrine in Balatas, Naga City where the venerable original image permanently resides.
The almost 300-year old religious relic has been confined in the Basilica since 1982 subsequent to its construction and following the return of the image after it was stolen the previous year.
?We want to reinstate the tradition of starting off the Traslacion in the Shrine. We want the devotees to become aware where the devotion to the Lady first began. We try to return it to give prominence to the shrine,? said Rev. Msgr. Romulo Vergara, rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
The Traslacion or the transferring of the miraculous images of the Virgin and the Divino Rostro or the Holy Face to the Metropolitan Cathedral of Naga City commenced the nine-day novena, starting on September 11 to 19, 2009.
For nine days, the image of the Lady of Peñafrancia will stay in the cathedral for a novena of prayers and holy masses. But on the ninth day, on the feast day itself, the Lady will return to the Basilica via the fluvial parade in the Naga River.
This year, to cater to the huge number of devotees who will flock the city and will want to touch the Lady, the church had built a larger andas (carosa) which could be easily pushed by the voyadores (male devotees who guard the image) during the procession.
Last year, there were an estimated 600, 000 to 800,000 devotees and tourists who witnessed the festival, over 1.5 million in the span of three years.
?In 2001, the ratio of the Bicolanos and non-Bicolanos who participated in the festival was 70 percent to 30 percent. During that time, Bicolanos comprised the big percentage of devotees. In 2004 until last year, the ration was 60 to 40, with a tremendous increase in the non-Bicolano visitors. But it didn?t mean that the number of Bicolano devotees has decreased. Instead, the number of tourists just soars,? Rev. Vergara shared.
Meanwhile, the church and the local government had a mutual agreement on banning street parties, beauty pageants, and other commercial pursuits related to festival.
?The purpose of the church during the nine-day novena is for the people to focus on their devotion to the Peñafrancia.
We are alarmed with too much commercialization and securalization of the festival. People are distracted and confused about the real meaning of the festival. We should focus our activities why we have Peñafrancia,? said the rector.
Although there are still commercial events during the feast day, the church advised to hold it outside the nine-day novena.
?We have experience it (commercialization) here. That is what happened in Cebu. The Sinulog has become tourism activity rather than religious as well as the Ati-Atihan. We don?t want it to happen in Naga. That?s all our concern,? said Rev. Msgr. Vergara.
Source: Manila Bulletin Online
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Peñafrancia Festival 2009, nagsimula na sa pamamagitan ng Traslacion procession
9/11/2009 7:23:06 PM
NAGA CITY – Binuksan na sa siyudad ng Naga, Camarines Sur ang pagdiriwang ng Peñafrancia Festival para sa taong 2009 sa pamamagitan ng Traslacion procession kanina.
Kaugnay nito, inaasahan ng mga otoridad at lokal na pamahalaan, pati na rin ng Simbahang Katolika na magpapatuloy ang katahimikan sa loob ng syudad sa mga susunod na araw.
Una rito, naging maayos at mabilis ang prosisyon ng mga imahe ng Divino Rostro at ng Inang Peñafrancia sa mga kalye ng Naga, makaraang magsagawa ng ilang pagbabago ang simbahan upang maiwasan ang mga insidente.
Kadalasan kasi hindi mapigilan ang ilang mga Voyadores at mga deboto na taon-taon ay sumasali sa Traslacion upang humingi ng milagro mula sa Birhen.
Ayon sa mga nakilahok na mga turista at mga deboto sa prosisyon, mas epektibo ang bagong sistema sa prosisyon dahil sa nababawasan ang ilang insedente ng kaguluhan na palaging pinoproblema ng mga otoridad, katulad ng tulakan at balyahan.
Samantala, nagpasalamat naman ang mga pinuno ng simbahan sa mga otoridad dahil sa pagpapanatili ng katahimikan sa mismong prosisyon.
Noong nakaraang taon nasira ang ilang parte ng imahe, pero kanina maayos na nakapasok sa ito sa simbahan.
Kung matatandaan nabasag ang salamin ng imahe ng Divino Rostro matapos na batuhin ito ng hindi nakilalang deboto.
Kanina bumuhos ang malakas na ulan makaraang isagawa ang santa misa.
Sa ngayon, patuloy na dumarami ang bilang ng mga turista na nagmula pa sa iba't ibang dako ng bansa upang makiisa sa pagdiriwang ng ika-300 kapiyestahan ng Peñafrancia.