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EDITORIAL OPINIONS

A Living Faith Inflation on the Rise UNLIMITED


Atty. TONY (APA) ACYATAN

(Atty. APA – chairs Acyatan & Co., currently at the P51-1$ band – there is the independence of others who
How should faith be lived? CPAs-DFK International – is past chair “natural volatility in this price discovery may feel continually ingratiated
of ASEAN Federation of CPAs, PICPA process because of timing and other to Malacanang. Let us see how
Bicolanos have an answer and past president and Hall-of-Famer, uncertainties “. This is normal (daw) the cookie crumbles – and how
express them in their fervent annual and ACPAPP Lifetime Achievement for a small open economy. truly senatoriable are our Senate
pilgrimage, either in Joroan and Awardee). The BSP stands ready to members. Now is the time for the
AUGUST INFLATION: Prices of intervene and neutralize the activity true Senate gentlemen to show their
Tiwi, in Capalonga or Calabanga, widely-used goods and services likely of speculators so they don’t define virtues and responsible stands!
and this month, in Naga. rose at a faster pace last month owing the market. They can’t be be allowed ROBREDO VS MARCOS: The
to higher costs of rice and gasoline, to distort price discovery in search of pending protests of the contending
The Penafrancia festivity which latest estimates of DOF has revealed. quick profits by promoting exaggerated parties for the Phl vice presidency
honors Mary, begins in the Traslacion In DOF’s bulletin dated August 30, price movements and instability. – Bongbong vs. Leni Robredo
2017, the country’s inflation may have Espenilla added. He considers the is another case of a lady under
– Ina’s traditional transfer to another increased to 3.1% in August 2017 from peso depreciation as modest and “duress”. It is good that the potential
temporary home, the Metropolitan 2.8% in July and 1.8% logged in August gradual and that the peso falling 2.8% case for impeachment of the lady
2016. Specially mentioned was the bird year-to-date is but a reflection of a vice president was thumbed down
Cathedral. flu outbreak which reportedly did not “dynamic” price discovery process (at least verbally) by no less than
On this occasion, revelry, affect our inflation rate (???). “on the back of strong and sustained Pres. Digong. He said let the case
The DOF’s inflation projection is imports growth as the PHL economy proceeds per legal proceedings –
reverence and raucousness well within BSP’s forecast range of hums along but not through numbered political
characterize the street of Naga, not 2.6% to 3.4% which was driven mainly ANTI-WOMEN? It seems many of machinations using the majority of
by higher fuel pump prices, electricity Pres. Duterte’s henchmen are fond PRRD allies in the House.
to mention the crass commercialistic rates and the unabated slide of the of putting down independent-minded The Supreme Court ruled that the
tarpaulins hanging on trees and all local currency’s foreign exchange rate. females. This includes SC Chief national elections in 2016 was valid
sorts of come-ons of malls, the new BSP also said credit growth as well as Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and – including the use of computerized
the increase in Phl domestic liquidity Ombudsman Conchita Morales-Carpio ballots. If the SC ruled otherwise
cathedrals of consumerism. could have pushed the inflation rate - not to mention jailed lady senator – the election of even the lowliest
But is this how faith should be higher than earlier programmed by Leila de Lima. The first-named two councilor would have been open to
the financial analysts. With Christmas lady personalities are facing potential question. So the ruling is to proceed
lived? season spending on the wings – it may impeachment cases – courtesy of a with the ballot recount or poll results
be wise to budget our funds outflow. House majority kowtowing to PRRD audit or review. Both camps claimed
Shouldn’t it be also expressed in PESO FX RATE: The peso is keymen leading the pack! The that the SC decision favored their
other performative ways? in a free-floating exchange rate House vote is almost certain that the position! That’s what the law is all
environment, not a fixed level, and the impeachment will be passed. about – it is how you read it and how
A mark of a Christian is how they Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will Here – the integrity – once again of you interprete it.
are keepers of their brothers. “practice self-restraint” to allow the local the Senate will be under scrutiny. While PROVERB: Deceit is in the heart
currency find its price discovery, said there are presumably many “wise” of them who imagine evil; but to the
Contemporary events in our BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla, Jr. senators who can take independent wise counellors of peace is eternal
country are calling on us to be He added: as the peso finds its level – stands – we are still uncertain as to joy.
witnesses of our times.
Yet, how many are even bothered Let’s celebrate Peñafrancia Fiesta with FROM MY
by the creeping culture of death in Merriment and Prayers & Cardinal WINDOW
the streets, all in the name of the Tagle’s Explanation on War on Drugs NENITA FUENTEBELLA PEÑONES
Duterte drug war, which lecherous
politicians are riding on, with their The feast of our regional patroness, the issues, no single individual, group or awakened consciences may come to
the Virgin of Peñafrancia is already at institution could claim to have the only your pastors to tell your stories and
eyes on the next election or a hand. The festive mood is increasing right response. We need one other. We we will document them for the wider
possible government position. everyday. This is possible because of cannot disregard each other. Let us invite society. I call on all the parishes in the
the peace we have here. I believe this families, national government agencies, Archdiocese of Manila to mark the
These are challenging times to be is because of the love and protection of local government units, people’s nine days from August 21 (Memorial
a Christian. our “Ina” and her Son Jesus, the Divino organizations, schools, faith-based of St. Pope Pius X) to August 29
Rostro.There were so many stories of communities, the medical profession, (Beheading of St. John the Baptist)
And the challenge is giving flesh people who were helped by Ina and this the police and military, recovering as time to offer prayers at all masses
is due to their faith in her. Jesus cannot addicts etc. to come together, listen to for the repose of those who have
to what we shout in the streets this refuse the request of His Mother, who each other and chart a common path. died in this war, for the strength of
September. intercede for us. Let’s enjoy the religious The illegal drug problem should not be their families, for the perseverance of
occasion with merriments but always reduced to a political or criminal issue. It those recovering from addiction and
Our faith should be living. It with prayers to our Lady of Peñafrancia is a humanitarian concern that affects all the conversion of killers.
should be about life. and to Jesus, our Redeemer. Viva la of us. The Archdiocese of Manila would Finally, let us conquer evil with
Virgen! Viva el Divino Rostro! be willing to host such multi-sectoral good (Romans 12:21). Let us save
Let us affirm life therefore in these ****** dialogue. the lives of people most vulnerable to
times. The war on illegal drugs is dividing Secondly, to understand the drug dependency: the youth, the poor
us. Here’s the following Pastoral Letter situation better, we need not only and unemployed. Words of solidarity
of Cardinal Antonio Tagle published in statistics but also human stories. without tears and acts of compassion
the Philippine Graphic dated September Families with members who have been are cheap. I enjoin our parishes
4, 2017 which can guide us: destroyed by illegal drugs must tell and vicariates to commit again to
****** their stories. Families with members the parish-based drug rehabilitation
Dear Brothers and Sisters in the who have been killed in the drug-war, program of the Archdiocese of Manila
Archdiocese of Manila, especially the innocent ones, must called Sanlakbay in partnership with
On August 12-17, 2017, I participated be allowed to tell their stories. Drug the local government and police. I
in the meeting of Caritas Latin America addicts who have recovered must tell ask the Basic Ecclesial Communities
held in El Salvador, a country where their stories of hope. Let their stories be and other organizations of the lay
many people had been killed in a civil told, let their human faces be revealed. faithful to care for our neighborhoods
war. Until now it still contends with We knock on the consciences of in coordination with our partners.
armed groups. In El Salvador, I heard those manufacturing and selling illegal “May the Lord bless you and keep
news of the increase of killings in our drugs to stop this activity. We knock you! May the Lord let His face shine
own country due to an intensified war on the consciences of those who kill upon you and be gracious to you!
against illegal drugs. I am inviting you to even the helpless, especially those May the Lord look upon you kindly
reflect, pray and act. who cover their faces with bonnets, and grant you peace!” (Numbers
First, all Filipinos agree that the to stop wasting human lives. Recall 6:24-26)
menace of illegal drugs is real and the words of God to Cain who killed
destructive. We must face and act upon his brother Abel, “Your brother’s blood +Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
together, as one people. Unfortunately, it cries out to me from the soil” (Genesis Archbishop of Manila
has divided us. Given the complexity of 4:10). Those with sorrowful hearts and 19 August 2017

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KANTONG Kultura Bilang Burabod


DIS *KARTE
*KUSYON
*KURSO
nin Ekonomiya
PUTIKON! Dawa an piyesta, arog kan sa lugar para saindang mga obra,nganing
FRANK PEÑONES JR.

man lang si Ang Kiukok o kaya si Gus


Penafrancia, parte nin kultura. magkaigwa man lang nin income, arog Albor kaysa sa mga K-pop idols.

O’bikoliana Alagad bako lang ining aspeto nin


kultura na pwedeng magin burabod nin
ngonyan na Penafrancia.
Dai magngalas kun ta’no ta
An gobyerno, dapat mag isip
naman nin paagi na an programa
ekonomiya. kun Penafrancia dakul an mga ninda sa kultura asin arte mabalik sa
For all you know even the devil’s part of the love story. Please An pigiisip ko iyo an mga obras kan nagbuburutwang mga art exhibit ta karahayan asin kapakanan kan sa
invite Trillanes, Lagman, Alejano, Roxas and PNoy. Risable. mga inaapod na mga cultural workers, pagmidbid yan na economic beings sektor.
***** Pwede ining gibohon sa paagi
arog kan pintor, parasurat, paradesinyo, man an mga visual artists. Kaipuhan
BREAKING NEWS:
mga aktor, musikero, magin mga man nindang magkaigwang income nin mga grants o tabang na iba sa
An love story ni Inang Peñafrancia asin kan mga voyadores
parahabol nin sinamay, paralaob nin ta makakan man yan, nagpapaadal mga proyekto kan gobyerno an mga
asin devoto na magin THE GREATEST LOVE STORY OF ALL
TIME na nag poon labing 500 ng taön sa pampang kan Bicol sundang o paragibo nin dulay na dalipay. nin aki, kaipuhan man maginom nin kinakaipuhan na proseso.
River, na an langitnon na Ina asin enot na mga Bicolano na Katubuan, an mga yaon sa inaapod beer dawa paminsan minsan nganing An katuyuhan iyo an pagburak
apod “simarones” na pinatunayan na ni Ina sa paagi nin dae na crafts an may diretso asin dalian marecharge an creative energy niya. nin rinibong produktong kultural asin
mabilang na mga milagro asin pag-tao nin ganar o favor sa mga na kontribusyon asin koneksyon sa Syempre makamundo an siring na orog pang kadakul na mga obrero sa
pamibi asin devosyon sa satuyang Patrona Inang Peñafrancia ekonomiya. sistema. Alagad, pwede man ining kultura.
ilaladawan kan famosong 15 Bicol Intenational Artists sa Pero an mga yaon sa mga inaapod mataan nin kasimbagan. Ta siring sa mga nasyon arog kan
pamamayo ninda Pancho Piano, Lomie Daliva, Annie Daliva, na “fine arts,” kinakaipuhan pang Halimbawa sa akademya, itukdo an Spain o Italya, kultura an saindang
asin Tony Baduria sa pinakadakulang Art Exhibit sa Robinson makiulay para lamang magkaigwa nin mga humanities nganing mabidbidan pangenot na burabod nin ekonomiya.
poon Sept 9 hasta 17. Nakatalaan na mag bukas sa Opening

WWII US Map of Naga City


Program sa Sept 9 iyo sinda Vice Pres. Leni Robredo, Sen.
Riza Hontiveros, asin Miss Bicolandia. Para sa ibang detalyes
pwedeng apudan an Exhibit Director na si Ernie Imperial sa cp
#nya. 09199113374. & Pancho Piano 09175343238
***** By NATHAN SERGIO
The BSP CamSur Council spearheaded a weekend scouting
activities (1) Sept. 1-3 Investiture Ceremony and Backyard Unknown to most Nagueño, kept at the Map Section in PTA Officers. Remarkably, this Calle Panganiban appearing in
Camping, Villazar Nat’l H/S, Participants 114 scouts Mark Boter; the New York Public Library is a World War II map of Naga the map precedes by about two decades the town council’s
Coordinator; Patiam, Principal; Guest Danny V.; River Area City. Titled “Philippine Islands City Plan” and sub-titled “Naga, Ordinance No. 217, series of 1959 entitled “an ordinance
Commissioner (2) Sept 1-3 Central Bay Advancement Camp, Philippine Islands Camarines Sur Province”, the map was changing and/or naming certain streets in Naga City”, which
Milaor Central School; Dindo Malazarte, Coordinator; Raul prepared in 1944 by the Army Map Service, Washington, D.C. legislation include Panganiban Street among others. It now
Samarista, Camp Director, Opening Program Guest Speaker under the direction of the Chief of Engineers, US Army. Per appears that with regards to Panganiban Street the ordinance
Mayor Romy Reyes 931 adult and boy scouts participants (3) marginal note appearing on its left bottom corner, the map enacted by the local legislative body merely formalizes the
Sep 2 Rinconada Kab/Kid Pistahan, Buhi Central School Buhi was copied from another map prepared in 1939 by the Manila popular name of the street then commonly used by the people.
North District 11202 participants Fire Insurance Association. The map has a dimension of Thirdly, the old name of Calle Igualdad (now J. Hernandez
***** 45.50 by 34 centimeters. It is not drawn to scale, but provides Avenue), as indicated on this map, was Magallanes
a directional compass. The map’s specific purpose is clearly (Hernando de Magallanes), the Spanish name of Portuguese
The hardest test in life is having the patience to wait for the
written on its topmost, that is, “for use by War and Navy Ferdinand Magellan, whose quincentennial anniversary of
right moment. Sometimes when things are falling apart, they are
Department Agencies only; not for sale or distribution”. circumnavigating the world is now being planned, led and
actually falling in place. Be at ease because what is meant for Was this map actually used by the American soldiers when coordinated by an international committee based in Seville,
you will not miss you; and what misses you was never meant they came to Naga during the Liberation? I still do not know. Spain. This committee called Sevilla 2019-2022 is composed
for you. God knows. God sees. God cares. I’d rather leave it to our historians to get to the bottom of this. of nine select and distinguished members; one of whom is
***** This map shows Naga’s poblacion or its old centro including Bicolano historian Professor Danilo Madrid Gerona, Ph.D.,
“Life is a gift, a beauty in itself. No matter what happens in life, Tabuco area; the extent of which shows the part of what is now author of the book “Ferdinand Magellan: The Armada de
it will still be a wonderful gift from GOD that deserves to be lived Barangays of Mabolo, Triangulo, Lerma, Tinago, Peñafrancia, Maluco and the European Discovery of the Philippines”. Dr.
in a Beautiful Way..” Have a nice däy today Magandang buhay! Bagumbayan Sur, Santa Cruz, and Abella-Igualdad-Sabang Gerona is the only non-Spanish and Asian member of that
***** area. Clearly identified in this 1944 map are the various streets, international committee. Now, with Magallanes as the old
Makakabalik an Marcos sa Malacañang kun ibuelta an with their respective names written thereon. Interestingly, the name of Calle Igualdad, or of now J. Hernandez Street, the
kayamanan asin ilaog sa kaban kan banuaan. Maasenso an blocks are conspicuously numbered from 1 to 67, starting from City of Naga may have one reason, among others, to join the
ekonomiya ta pati pagbuhay kan kasaraditan. Bagumbayan area to Mabolo, except for the two plazas – the world celebration on Magellan-led, circumnavigation’s 500th
***** Rizal Park and the Quince Martires Park. What is the purpose anniversary.
To be FULFILLED & HAPPY, let us: or intent of numbering the blocks? Did it help the Yankee Other Information
plane bombers identify the Japanese positions/installations in This 1944 map of Naga City shows old names of existing
Naga on December 15, 1944, where about 4,000 Japs were streets, some of which names are no longer in use presently.
* WALK with purpose but with CALMNESS;
killed according to a Guerilla report? (see page 145, Gerona’s Calle Arellano is the now Abella Street. Calle Abella then
“Naga: the Birth and Rebirth of a City”, 2003) Did the map was only limited to the short street that links General Luna
* SPEAK with passion but with GRACE; operationally help the Americans in their succeeding military and Igualdad Streets; it has been extended up to the Naga’s
offensives in Naga? Who knows? I’d rather wait for historians boundary with Camaligan, pushing aside Arellano to oblivion.
* JUDGE with firmness but with MERCY; to make a conclusive statement on this. Calle Tinago is now Blumentritt Street, Calle Mabini is now
Few Peculiarities Peñafrancia Avenue, Calle Bagumbayan Pequeno is now
* LIVE with conviction but with CONSIDERATION; So what’s peculiar about this map? I will cite just three. Jacob Street, while Calle Bagumbayan Grande is shortened
First is the illustration of the railroad track; it traverses Calle to Bagumbayan Street. Calle Ocampo was much longer then,
* WORK energetically but with DIRECTION; Panganiban, from the Lerma side to Tinago area and towards as it used to link the three streets of Bagumbayan, Jacob, and
Dayangdang if the direction of the sketch is to be pursued. Peñafrancia.
* GIVE with AFFECTION but w/OUT CONDITION. Clearly, this is quite different from the existing railroad track There is a similar map for Iriga, Camarines Sur at the library,
***** which runs parallel to Panganiban Drive and veers away from but time limitations prevented me from getting it reproduced. No
An Kabikolan an lugar nin marhay na pagiribahan saka the highway upon reaching Concepcion area. Was there a regrets, though, as my main purpose for visiting the NY Public
kahadian nin maboboot na namamanuaan’. Yan an pusog na relocation or transfer of railroad track in Naga sometime in the Library is to merely look for materials about my hometown
pagtubod kan depuntong pading Kano na may pusong bikolano, past? Old folks, speak up; do clarify. Buhi, if any, on which I got nothing. Alas, the library is always
si Fr. James O’brien SJ, mas midbid sa bansag na O’B kan Secondly, and as I have already mentioned, there already there waiting to be visited again, but it is quite far and I would
exist a Panganiban Street in Naga in 1944, or as early as 1939. need a fortune to do so.
Ateneo de Naga University. Siya an nagtukdo sa mga bikolanong
This speaks volume about Naga people’s reverence and honor
juvenes asin estudyantes poon dekada 60 sagkod 70 na for Jose Maria Panganiban, a national hero and Bicol’s pride. ******************
magtaram/magsurat kan sadering Bkol na lenguahe, mamoot Imagine, a major thoroughfare of Naga is named in honor of Nathan Sergio is a three-term councilor of Naga City
sa sadering rona, kultura asin estorya. Pigalok nya an Bikolano JOMAPA, in addition to a 1930 monument in Naga Central (2007-2016), a cultural worker, and an advocate of heritage
na pauswagon an pag-oma y agrikultura. Bilang pagromdom School through the initiative and efforts of the school’s 1930 preservation and conservation; he loves history, among others.
asin pagdolot nin pagkamoot kan mga tunay na Bikolano ki O’B,
bubuksan an taonan na Fr. James O’brien memorial lecture
series sa jueves, Sept. 7, 2pm sa bagong Fr. Ritchie Fermando “How to be an Asset to the School and to the Entire Service System”
Building sa Ateneo Bagumbayan campus. Matokar kan temang By ARRA E. FRANCISCO - Teacher II
Obkoliana 1: the role of Fr. OB in Bicol history and culture, iyo San Roque Elementary School, Camaligan District
mismo si Dr. Danilo Madrid Gerona, PhD., nagngengenot asin
pinakabantogan na Bikolanong historian. An lecture bukas asin It is of significant for the educator to posses good qualities 7. Make the best decision possible.
libre sa publico. and personality traits in terms of dealing with the learners and 8. Always demonstrate sound judgement.
***** co-workers. This is also very important if a teacher is aiming for 9. Channel negative conditions to positive and constructive
Salamat po, Dios mabalos sa saindong pakidumamay, tabang a higher position. Human relations, stress tolerance and deci- endeavours.
asin gulping pangadieon para sa agom kong si Baby Consuelo siveness are some of the indicators which refer to the capacity 10. Always perform your duties in the pursuit of excellence.
Antonio Verdadero na tuminalikod na sa kinaban. Mapasaindo and ability of the teacher to assume the duties of the position to Being an educator and a public servant is definitely not an
man lugod an gracia hali sa kalangitan!- Ernie Verdadero & be filled up and utilize her talents and expertise to the maximum. easy task. But following these tips, one can be an effective and
family. Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and This is aside from the fact that these qualities of a teacher will efficient teacher undoubtedly. One can also be promoted to a
being. be an asset to the entire service system of the institution. Here higher level because these are also one of the criteria in ap-
***** are the tips on how to be an asset of the school and to earn praising the candidates’ potential qualities and psychosocial at-
Like in the past years, the MNWD prepared a full contingency sound relationship in the work field: tributes. He/She will be rated by their respective school heads.
plan for this year’s fiesta celebration when water will be more in 1. Adjust your personality to the variety of personalities, ranks It is the discretion of your immediate superior what grade you
demand due to the influx of devotees and guests. and groups present in the organization. deserve basing from your performance and good qualities that
From the management and staff of your water district, Happy 2 Accept constructuve criticism objectively. you have shown throughout your service as an employee of
Fiesta Bicolandia! Viva la Virgen! Viva el Divino Rostro! 3. Always observe proper decorum in relating with supervi- the school. So, it is therefore recommended to follow the above
***** sors and co-workers. stated tips in order to be not just an asset in your school but also
Personnel to respond to any problem that may occur during 4. Take the initiative to do the tasked job. aiming and claiming for a higher position in the school. Expect
this time have been scheduled 24/7. The public is requested to 5. Consider alternatives and recommend solutions when that every higher step, more responsibilities and wide scope of
store water during times when water pressure is high, usually at faced with problem situations. work will be given to you. As what the famous Spiderman said
(Turn to page 22) 6. Exercise flexibility especially in terms of time schedule. that, : ”With great power, comes with great responsibility.”
6 BIKOL REPORTER PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

ARCHDIOCESE OF CACERES BASILICA MINORE ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST PARISH


OFFICE OF THE ARCHBISHOP OF OUR LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA Office of the Parish Priest
Pilgrim City of Naga Office of the Rector Elias Angeles Street, Naga City
Balatas Road, Naga City
MESSAGE MESSAGE
MESSAGE
I would like to express my
I express my warm warmest greetings and cordial
welcome to all the pilgrims The Catholic Bishops welcome to all the devotees,
and devotees to Our Lady Conference of the Philippines pilgrims and visitors to the
of Penafrancia to the declared the year 2017 as Naga Metropolitan Cathedral
Archdiocese of Caceres in the t h e Ye a r o f t h e P a r i s h as we celebrate once again the
as Communion of Basic regional festivities in honor of
celebration of the Peñafrancia Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
Ecclesiastical Communities.
Festivity in this year 2017. This year’s theme: “Mary,
For this reason, our annual
The Church in the Philippines celebrates in this year Mother of the Church, the Communion of Life, Love and
regional celebration of the Truth, in the Year of the Parish” (Maria, Ina kan Simbahan,
the Year of the Parish, Communion of Communities. This Solemnities of the Divino Rostro and Our Lady of an pakisumaro sa buhay, pagkamoot asin katotoohan, sa
calls for a moment of reflection about our being Church Peñafrancia adopts as its general theme: Mary, Mother of Taon kan Parokya), highlights Mary’s role as our Mother,
as a People of God who are united by a common bond the Church, the communion of life, love and truth in the focusing on the Church as a communion of live, love and
of communion. It is a bond of relationship founded in Year of the Parish. truth lived out concretely in the parish – a communion of
truth and love that brings together every one of us and The concept of communion is at the very heart of the communities.
The Church is essentially a Communion; it is something
every community to a Catholic experience of being a self-understanding of the Church. At the extraordinary
intrinsic to her nature. And as the Church lives out this
Universal Church. It is a bond that is rooted on the very Synod for the twentieth anniversary of Vatican II in communion of live, love and truth, she becomes more a
life of God who manifested himself to us as One God 1985, the Synod Fathers observed that the central and Church, realizing herself more as she stands in the midst
in three Divine Persons who continues to sustain us fundamental idea of the Vatican II documents was that of of the world but not of the world. Living out this communion
through the work of Jesus in the Church. communion. They observed that: “Fundamentally it is a entails challenges and risks particularly in the task of
matter of communion with God through Jesus Christ, in the evangelization and in her preaching especially on how to
In the midst of our ecclesiastical community, Mary, our engage those others who do not share our deeply held
Holy Spirit. This communion is had in the Word of God and
Mother whom we dearly called ‘Ina’ plays an important convictions. For indeed, the Church vision and mission
in the sacraments. Baptism is the door and the foundation
role in our life of the People of God. Mary was a mother may run counter to the prevailing spirit and agenda of the
of communion in the Church. The Eucharist is the source times, not to mention the presence of sin from within and
when she obeyed and conceived Jesus, the Christ. She and the culmination of the whole Christian life (cf LG11). without, evil embedded in society and in structures. This is
was a mother when she nurtured and supported Jesus The communion of the Eucharisitc Body of Christ which is where we can be severely tested and tried, as a Church,
from her womb to the tomb after the crucifixion. She was the Church (1 Cor. 10:16). individually and among ourselves and in relation to those
the same mother whom Jesus gave to his disciples on The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 1992 others whenever we respond pastorally according to the
the cross to be their mother also to continue his mission issued a document which concluded, thus: “The Blessed imperatives of our faith.
In the context of the present circumstances, considering
in the Church. Today, she plays the same role as our Virgin Mary is the model of ecclesial communion in faith, the particular needs of our respective communities, and
Mother. Mary is the Mother of the Church. She is our in charity and in union with Christ. Eternally present in the with the parish as the focus and locus of renewal, we are
helper, our advocate and our model. mystery of Christ, she is, in the midst of the apostles, at the challenged and called upon to act to live this communion
I pray that as we come to celebrate her Feast, may very heart of the church at her birth, and of the Church of in a strong solidarity for life, to work in charity for the least
we find her wholehearted love for her Son, so that we, all ages. Indeed, the Church was congregated in the upper of our brethren, and to exercise the prophetic ministry even
part (of the cenacle) with Mary, who was the Mother of in the face of difficulties.
as pueblo amante de Maria, a people in loved with Mary, In this year of the parish, let us listen to and heed our
Jesus, and with his brethren. We cannot therefore speak of
may find as well the joy of participating in the life and Ina, Mother of the Church. May we, always but especially
the Church unless Mary, the Mother of the Lord, is present in these trying times, find strength in her faith, take courage
mission of Jesus in our Church community.
there, with the Lord’s brethren.” in her hope and celebrate the joy of her love as once again
Viva la Virgen! Viva la Virgen! Viva el Divino Rostro! we gather as church embraced by her mantle of healing
and protection.

+ ROLANDO J. TRIA TIRONA, O.C.C., D.D. Rev. Msgr. RODEL M. CAJOT, P.C., V.G.
Archbishop Rector Rev. Msgr. NOE P. BADIOLA, P.C.
Parish Priest

The Festivities and the Procession


Reprinted from The Lady of the Cimarrones in Tabuco.”
Twenty years after, Puya Ruiz’s description
By DANILO MADRID GERONA reflected the same vibrant mood which
pervaded the atmosphere of the city:
Bishop Francisco Gainza did not only endow “At this time the principalia and the large
the Peñafrancia with a respectable chapel portion of the population proceed to the
but also strengthened with a more orderly cathedral and after a brief but beautiful sung-
celebrations. The novenary to the Virgin of prayer, the image is borne in procession to the
Peñafrancia was probably started since the first mouth of the river beside the bridge of Tabuco.
years of the introduction of this pious devotion. In this place, the image surrounded by the
But “to remove bad practices” according to expectant crowd, amid that resounding sacred
Bishop Gainza, Bishop Manuel Grijalvo the songs, the ringing of the bells, the deafening
holding of the yearly novenary to the Blessed sounds of bombs and rockets, is installed in
Virgin at the cathedral instead at the chapel in the beautiful pagoda, where the clergy, the civil
Francia. Bishop Manuel Grijalvo, an Augustinian, authorities and colonial employees, principals,
who assumed the office of the 24th bishop of the the seminarians and some other individuals.”
diocese of Caceres from 1848 to 1861, decreed The vessels participating in the fluvial
on 16th August 1853 that the said novenary be procession could be classified into three: the
held from Saturday to Thursday afternoon at the boats belonging to the pole bearers which
cathedral and the rest at the Peñafrancia shrine. towed the barge, the Chinese vessel, and the
It was this change in the venue of the novenary barge where the Virgin was borne. This barge
which obviously began the colorful tradition of was designed for the aristocratic personalities in
the traslacion and the fluvial procession. the celebration such as the seminary students,
The advent of Bishop Francisco Gainza, priests, Spaniards and other local elite.
the successor of Grijalvo, saw more dramatic But the vessels transporting the boyadores
changes in the devotion. On the 1st of September, also served a major attraction. Puya Ruiz noted:
1864, Bishop Gainza, amended the practice by “In the meanwhile, numerous groups of
holding the entire novenary at the Cathedral ‘bogadores’ dressed simply, neatly and notably
beginning in Friday, “preceding the feast of elegant composed of the out-students of the
the Most Sweet Name of Holy Mary” and ends seminary, the youth of the city, and the devotees
until Saturday, a practice observed until today. from the neighboring towns have distributed
Gainza’s decision to hold the entire novenary at themselves in 30 of 40 barotos, each baroto
the cathedral was based on his belief that the holding 25 or 30 persons. All of them wave flags
shrine was not only rather far but too small to or standard on which is written: Viva la Virgen,
accommodate the growing number of devotees. Viva Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.”
One of the highlights of the celebration was the traslacion, The return of the image to her original shrine was regarded The event watched by a throng of devotees awaited with
a Spanish word for transfer, which refers to the change in the by the devotees and visitors alike as the highest point and suspense the dramatic outburst of spiritual energy as the
venue where the image would have a temporary repose during the most spectacular event in the Peñafrancia festivities, the wave of humanity colorful vessels was launched in a rhythmic
the novenary from her shrine in Francia to the Cathedral for fluvial procession. The procession’s origin remained unknown cadence:
the nine-day novena. This signals the beginning of a nine-day but it could have started in the eighteenth century but was “At a given signal, the pagoda surge, as hundreds of
fiesta celebration in the capital which would be ended by the institutionalized during Grijalvo’s term. The earliest description marine-uniformed men shout “Viva la Virgen! Viva Nuestra
fiesta of the barrio of Francia on the tenth day which always of the colorful fluvial procession was made by Bishop Señora de Peñafrancia! Viva Nuestra Señora Patrona! As it
falls on Sunday. Francisco Gainza in 1866. surged to the river accompanied by infinite boats and bancas
It is unfortunate, however, that there was no available “The fluvial procession, which was being done since the filled with men and decorated with banners and with colorful
description of the traslacion in the Spanish period. The days of yore, is very awe-inspiring and exhilarating. It first lights.”
absence of notable account on the traslacion seems to came out of the cathedral escorted by the whole town, clergy, As the procession meandered through the Naga River, the
suggest that the Spaniards did not attach so much value on local elite, Spaniards and the head of the province, as well thunderous shouts of Viva! reverberating through the banks and
this road procession as they were simply overawed by the as about a thousand polers, each one equipped with a long
more solemn and picturesque fluvial procession. and fine pole: withal they all proceed by foot up to the wharf (Turn to page 22)
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 7
SEPTEMBER 16, 1972

THE FALL OF COLGANTE BRIDGE Reprinted from INA: LITTLE STORIES OF FAITH
reached the river bank,” he ing the pagoda were cut and the next morning. A third of the hour,” an unidentified on-
added. I was turned over to quickly landed the boat at the the fallen Colgante bridge looker later said of them.
some bumberos (firemen) riverbank level where the old was lifted by two giant cranes They condoned off the
who rushed me to the pro- PhilamLife Building along early the next day, yield- rescue areas from curious
vincial hospital in their fire Peñafrancia Avenue stood. ing more bodies caught at onlookers, kept general order
truck. There, medics treated Although I saw the bridge the river bottom beneath the and formed a receiving line
my broken jaw.” as it collapsed. I didn’t wit- wreckage. for the bodies recovered from
“We were about 10 meters nessed what happened next. Boy Scouts at work the river, passing them on to
or so from the bridge when it We were to engrossed mak- As rescue work went on, a waiting ambulance or fire
collapsed.” Titoy Villafuerte ing sure INA was safe and Boy Scouts from Naga City truck for transport in the city
recalls of the incident. “Im- escorted back to the shrine.” and adjoining towns took morgues.
mediately we made sure the Rescue operations went front stage. Blessing the Holy Oils
rope lines of the bancas pull- on throughout the night into “They were the heroes of (Turn to page 23)

BLACK SATURDAY BEFORE MARTIAL RULE


Colgante Bridge spanning the Naga River, collapsed on a
Saturday (Sept. 16, 1972) carrying down with its spectators
viewing the passage of the fluvial procession climaxing the
traditional fiesta for the Virgin of Peñafrancia, Bicolandia’s
regional patroness. Over a hundred pilgrims died by drowning.
A week after, martial law was declared.

At about 4:20 pm on It happened so fast. When I


September 16, 1972. The realized the bridge was on the
Colgante Bridge collapsed. verge of breaking. I tried to
A black day that marred move towards the river bank
the Peñafrancia fiesta cel- but couldn’t get through fast
ebrations that year. Five enough; people were franti-
days later and before the cally rushing ahead of me.”
rescue and cleaning opera- “I fell into the water, hit
tions of the tragedy were a man’s shoulder with my
completed, President Fer- legs. He grabbed and bit my
dinand Marcos declared hand. Even in the river, there
Martial Law on 21 Septem- was bedlam, every man was
ber 1972. for himself scrambling for
Officially reported dead safety. I got out of the water
were 138 devotees and on- only in my underwear, my
lookers, with another 100 skirt was pulled and torn by
suffering minor to gave in- people desperate to hold on
juries. Death was caused by to anything,” she continued.
drowning or electrocution “Some seminarians rescued
when live wires hit the river. me and brought me to Co-
A deadly combination it was legio de Sta. Isabel where
– water and electricity. I was treated for severe leg
“It was a beautiful after- wounds. Salamat ki INA for
noon, clear and sunny,” Ev- saving me!”
elyn Onrubia, then a student, The full weight of the
recalls “I was on my way bridge fell on and submerged
home to Dayangdang and two bancas which were di-
had a hard time crossing the rectly under it at the moment
bridge filled with people ea- of crash.
gerly waiting for Our Lady in Fifteen year old Eduardo
her pagoda to pass by.” Sta. Maria Jacobo was a
Five minutes or so after ‘parasagwan’ (paddler) in the
Evelyn crossed the bridge, it first banca (boat). He was 51
collapsed. when interviewed about the
Survivors recall the trag- tragedy.
edy. Survivors said they “We had actually passed
sensed danger when the the bridge but got instruc-
bridge started swaying. A tions to pull back because
creaking noise sent the crowd the rope that tied us to other
in to panic. Some people the other bancas behind us
jumped into the river while was broken. Just as we were
others raced to opposite ends exactly beneath the bridge, it
of the bridge. In seconds, fell on us. A wooden post hit
pandemonium broke loose as my jaw as our banca sank. At
spectators screamed, pushed first, I couldn’t free myself. I
and shoved each other. More was pinned down by some-
screams and crying were thing heavy on top of me.
heard as the bridge crashed. For a while I thought I would
“I was 16 when it hap- drown. Oh, no. I too young to
pened.” 53 year old Socorro die. I told myself. With one
Sagarit-Clores remembers. last desperate effort, I man-
“I was on the bridge among aged to break free and swim
the crowd of devotees jos- above water,” Eduardo re-
tling each other for a good lated.
vantage point, waiting for the “Red Cross person-
pagoda with INA to pass by. nel helped me as soon as I
8 BIKOL REPORTER PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

JOC-Partners ink MOA for a peaceful Peñafrancia festivity


By ANA-LIZA S. MACATANGAY ous government agencies their commitment to help the traslacion and fluvial City Mayor John Bon- diocese of Caceres and its
inked their signatures in ensure a safe, peaceful and procession come Friday, gat, representing the city partner-agencies after reac-
NAGA CITY – Rep- a Memorandum of Coop- successful Peñafrancia Sept.8 and Sept. 16, re- government of Naga will tivating the Inter-Agency
resentatives from vari- eration (MOC), sealing festivity, especially during spectively. work closely with the Arch- Task Group and Unified
Command Joint Operations
Center (JOC) to ensure an
effective and efficient com-
mand, control, coordination,
collaboration and communi-
cation system for the entire
duration of the Peñafrancia
festivity.
The orderly conduct of
the celebration will be made
possible through the creation
of different task groups com-
posed of various agencies.
The clusters are divided into
JOINT OPERATIONS CENTER REPRESENTATIVES' INKED MOC medical group, service and
support group and the me-
dia/ communications group.
The medical group is a
team composed of both gov-
ernment and private health
agencies and shall be spear-
headed by the Department
of Health through Regional
Director Napoleon L. Are-
valo, M.D. The Philippine
Red Cross (PRC) Camarines
Sur, City Health Office un-
der the headship of Dr. Vito
Borja, and the Bicol Medical
Center (BMC) will join the
said cluster.
Metro Naga Water Dis-
trict (MNWD), Camarines
Sur II Electric Cooperative
(CASURECO), General
Services Office, City Engi-
neers’ Office, City Environ-
ment and Natural Resources
Office, and the Solid Waste
Management Office shall
comprise the Service/ Sup-
port Group.
The media/communica-
tions group is a team com-
posed of the Kapisanan ng
mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas
(KBP) Camarines Sur Chap-
ter thru Chairman Romar
Vazquez, the City Hall Press
Corps thru President Roy
San Ramon, KABALIKAT
Civicom headed by Re-
gional Governor Archime-
des Salvino and Philippine
Information Agency (PIA)
Camarines represented here-
in by Provincial Head Ana-
Liza Macatangay for the
government print, radio and
TV stations.
The cluster will be head-
ed by City Events, Protocol
and Public Information Of-
fice (CEPPIO) Chief Allen
Reondanga.
Other partner agencies in-
clude the Office of the Civil
Defense (OCD), Philippine
Army (PA), Philippine Na-
tional Police (PNP) city and
provincial office, Philippine
Navy, Philippine Air Force,
Bureau of Fire Protection
(BFP), Philippine Coast
Guard, Land Transportation
Office, Department of Edu-
cation and the Department
of Public Works and High-
ways (DPWH).
Other composite teams of
the PNP were also tapped to
ensure the pilgrim’s safety. It
includes the Maritime group,
Highway Patrol Group and
the Criminal Investigation
and Detection Group.
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 9
DA-Bicol sets ₱91M livelihood projects
By CONNIE DESTURA agri-stakeholders not quali- weaknesses of the poorest and Sorsogon in the Bicol Uson and Cawayan were Sorsogon, the municipali-
fied for regular programs. areas and their potentials in region were identified as pi- initially included; in Cat- ties of Magallanes, Donsol,
LEGAZPI CITY – The SAAD is one of the strat- food production and liveli- lot provinces. andunes, the municipalities Matnog, Juban, Barcelona
regional office of the De- egies of DA to alleviate hood programs. In Masbate, the munici- of Gigmoto, Bagamanoc, and Prieto Diaz were also
partment of Agriculture poverty and achieve food For 2018, the provinces palities of Monreal, San Baras, San Miguel, Bato tentatively identified as pi-
(DA) here on Thursday security by looking into the of Masbate, Catanduanes Pascual, Balud, Mandaon, and Panganiban; while in lot areas. -PNA
said it has allocated more
than P91 million in the
pre-implementation of
the Special Areas for Ag-
ricultural Development
(SAAD). The fund is for
livelihood projects of the
three provinces in Bicol
region included in the top
20 poorest provinces in
the country, as pilot areas.
DA regional information
officer Emily Bordado said
the SAAD is a welcome op-
portunity for the region par-
ticularly the far-flung areas
that did not receive any in-
tervention from DA for the
last two years.
Under the program, the
allocated budget of P91
million for the Bicol region
for 2018, will be used to fi-
nance livelihood projects on
upland rice, corn, livestock
poultry and vegetables.
The program is anchored
on two major components
-- Social Preparation and
Food Production and Live-
lihood.
Bordado said the pro-
gram is people-focused and
it would address the needs
of special clients – those
10 BIKOL REPORTER PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

The CITY GOVERNMENT OF LEGAZPI joins the faithful in paying


homage to our LADY OF PEÑAFRANCIA on the occasion of Her
annual feast!
Viva la Virgen!
Viva el Divino Rostro!
Hon. NOEL E. ROSAL
City Mayor of Legazpi
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 11

VIVA LA VIRGEN!

We join Catholic Bicolandia


in paying homage and revering our
devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
Viva la Virgen! Viva el Divino Rostro!

From:

Hon. SALVIO B. FORTUNO ADE Florida Pangilinan-Nuñez


Representative and Family
5th District, Camarines Sur DPWH, Camarines Sur 4th District Engineering Office

Peñafrancia Fiesta
Greetings From!!!

VIVA LA VIRGEN!
VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
Peñafrancia Fiesta Greetings
from

With Branches:

* Along Diversion Road, Brgy. Tabuco, Naga City


MARAS FAMILY
* Brgy. Dayangdang, Naga City

* Along Diversion Road, Brgy. Camambugan,


Daet, Camarines Norte

* San Gregorio Village, Brgy. Pamorangon,


Daet, Camarines Norte
Jocelyn Yen Marvie
Owned and Managed By:

Engr. & Mrs. Fernando N. Cruz


Ragay, Camarines Sur
12 BIKOL REPORTER PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

Importance of School Improvement Plan in the School


By MARLENE VARGAS-BRAZA - Principal 1
Causip Elementary School, Bula North District
In whatever state of life wishes to work towards it, Management. The teacher
an improvement plan is very short term actions must be should be hold account in
important. It is much more in outlined which must ensure order to improve outcomes
the education industry. Edu- that the long term priorities for all learners. The teachers
cation being a long process, are achieved. This is the rea- focus on clear learning ob-
a School Improvement Plan son why a School Improve- jectives. Effective instruction
(SIP) is the the very soul of ment Plan is refined annually. for all steps needed to make
a school to achieve its goals. A School Improvement progress and feedback and
This makes it very important Plan is the result of an analy- assessment is essential to
and necessary. . sis of the school’s strengths children’s good progress,
The School Improvement and weaknesses as identified School leadership is the
Plant is a unique plan that is by a monitoring. assessment key to raising standards.
refined annually. It needs a and evaluation system. Target 2: Quality of Teach-
much closer look on the part A School Improvement ing/learning assessment.
of the school’s personnel as Plan is considered a full doc- Learning is brisk and more-
headed by its principal. The ument. It is a strategic plan able pupils tackle activities for
plan must define the school’s and is a working document themselves. High quality ex-
targets to be able to arrive at of all that the school wishes planation demonstrate what
a sound goal. The Improve- to achieve and how a school pupils are going to learn and
ment Plan is a driving force and its staff intend to do it what is expected of them by
behind the theory of change The School Improvement the end of the lessons includ-
MISS BICOLANDIA 2017 WINNERS JIGZ SADIUA in every school. It must have Plan is a road map that es- ing the use of success crite-
Miss Bicolandia 2017- Kayesha Clauden Chua (center), 1st Runner- Up- Paula Ortega, 2nd a strategic framework. tablishes change that the ria. Consistent high expecta-
Runner-Up- Julia Novel Gonowon, 3rd Runner- Up- Leorosa Maria Kennedy, 4th Runner- Up- While it contains long term school needs to improve tions of what pupils should
Sigrid Grace Flores. ambitions which the school school achievements and achieve in lessons and over
shows how and when these time with particular emphasis

CARD, DTI in P3 Program Partnership changes will be made that


embodies the vision-mission
of the school..
on mastery. Consistent high
quality written and verbal
feedback so that pupils have
In support to the govern- There are several targets a clear next steps and time to
ment program - Pondo sa suggested to make a school respond and comments. Pu-
Pagbabago at Pag-asenso plan work effectively; pils assess with clearer links
(P3), the Center for Agri- Target 1: Leadership and (Turn to page 22)
culture and Rural Develop-
ment (CARD), Inc. inked School-Based Feeding Program:
a memorandum of under- Its Significance to Poor Health
standing with the Depart-
By IMEE P. FELICES - Teacher I
ment of Trade and Industry San Roque Elementary School
(DTI) on August 18, 2017 at Camaligan District
the Philippine International
Convention Center (PICC) Each school nationwide is the recipient of the School-Based
in Manila. Feeding Program (SBFP) which is a program funded by the
With the said memoran- Department of Education. The SBFP will cater public elemen-
tary with severely wasted and wasted nutitional status children
dum, CARD, Inc. agrees to
nationwide. Its objectives are: to increase enrolment, improve
provide the number of its
attendance, better performance, decrease repitition and drop-
outreach in 20 selected prov- out. The feeding of school childrenwill be undertaken for 120
inces in Sorsogon, Zambo- CARD, Inc. signs an agreement with DTI to provide microfinancing scheme for the mSMEs in schools days.
anga Sibugay, Negros Ori- the country under the P3 program. Sealing the partnership are DTI Secretary Ramon Lopez and Each school has to submit a supplementary feeding plan of-
ental, Leyte, Catanduanes, CARD, Inc. Executive Director Jocelyn Dequito (far right) with CARD MRI Managing Director fering a wide array of nutritious hot meals. SBFP is consi-dered
North Cotabato, Western Sa- Flordeliza Sarmiento, CARD MRI Founder and Chairman Dr. Jaime Aristotle Alip (middle) and a blessing especially to children with poor health because it
mar, Mt. Province, Lanao del Small and Business Corp. President Bartholomew Brillo Reynes (far left) as witnesses. will improve, if not elevate their nutritional status. Most of the
Norte, Eastern Samar, Agu- beneficiaries came from indigent family who cannot serve their
san del Sur, Siquijor, Zambo- The DTI’s P3 Program already started last July 1, ganization,” said Managing children hot and nutritious meals. SBFP is an intervention made
is the answer of the Duterte 2017, has served 5,883 cli- Director Sarmiento. CARD by DepEd to improve the nutrtional status of the children na-
anga del Norte, Sultan Kuda-
administration to replace the ents on the said 20 provinces MRI is now serving 4.6 mil- tionwide. Thus, improving the perform-ance academically and
rat, Bukidnon, Maguindanao,
“5-6” money lending system decrease absenteeism.
Northern Samar, Saranggani, with PhP77,252,000 loans lion clients all over the coun-
The Department of Education continuously advocating
Sulu, and Lanao del Sur. and help mSMEs around the disbursed. try through financial, microfi- SBFP to every school nationwide by means of allocating budget
CARD, a microfinance country by giving them cheap “CARD MRI continues to nance, education, health and to all schools in the country. All the internal and external stake-
NGO and a member institu- and easy credit access to start, partner with different organi- livelihood programs, and oth- holders are taking hand n hand to better serve the school chil-
tion of CARD Mutually Re- grow, and expand their enter- zations with the same mission er capacity-building services dren, realizing the objectives of the program. The Department
inforcing Institutions (CARD prises. as ours to fulfill our purpose that would help them move of Education believes that SBFPwill soon mitigate the severely
MRI), is providing financial The partnership, which as a social development or- out from poverty. waster children throughout the nation.
and non-financial services to
disadvantaged families na-
tionwide. “CARD, though
financially independent from
the government program, is
happy to share our number of
outreach to the P3 program by
providing the Filipino fami-
lies not only financial access
but also livelihood, micro-
enterprise development, and
financial literacy trainings,”
Ms. Jocelyn Dequito, CARD,
Inc. Executive Director, said.
“We are one with the govern-
ment to eradicate poverty in
the country,” Dequito added.
DTI and CARD both aim
to improve the quality of life
of the unserved and under-
served communities by pro-
viding programs that would
address their needs and even-
tually improve their quality of
life.
“We are happy that the P3
program sees the position of
microfinance in the develop-
ment of social and economic
conditions of every fam-
ily in the country,” said Ms.
Flordeliza Sarmiento, CARD
MRI Managing Director.
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 13
Former PWD Labor Day-Job Fair applicant,
now an Intern at DOLE Bicol
LEGAZPI CITY – Mary prised at first, then was excited
Grace Bantoy, 20 years and happy for this new chapter
old, and a Person with of her life.
Disability(PWD) from Lower Grace thinks and hopes that
a public servant means. Her DOLE Bicol Way. Nakakataba that the livelihood program of want to show the public that
Bonga, Bacacay, Albay, is the GIP would be her stepping
advice to other jobseekers and ng puso. Lalo na pag alam nat- the region is very much open our group project for PWDs at
now a Government Intern stone in achieving her dream.
to all those with disabilities… ing nakakatulong tayo," DOLE for access by differently abled- New Hope is really successful
here at DOLE Bicol under Two weeks as an Intern, Grace
“Wag susuko, go lang ng go! Bicol Regional Director Rov- persons. and we want to duplicate such
the Government Internship said that her experience is “na-
Wag mawalan ng pag-asa. May elinda A. Dela Rosa. “We know that we can’t give program for our PWDs brothers
Program (GIP). kakaenjoy, madaling makisa-
right time ang God para sayo.”. Aside from the GIP program jobs to all specially our PWDs and sisters,” DOLE Bicol reg.
Grace, 9th of the 10 children ma” and that she’s learning
"This is what we meant with DOLE Bicol Regional Director but we have our livelihood pro- dir. Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa
of construction labourer Mr. more and understanding what
our motto Public Service- The Rovelinda A. Dela Rosa said gram as an option. In fact, we ended. - Czarina Jane Balisa
Jose Bantoy and housemaid
Ms. Shirley Bantoy, was born
with an orthopedic disability.
From birth, her lower limbs
failed to grow normally. How-
ever, her handicapped did not
stop her from moving forward
and from dreaming.
“I love debate and I wanted
to become a lawyer. Someday I
know I will be…,” Grace said
smiling.
Being a fresh graduate of
San Jose Community College
with a degree in Business Ad-
ministration Major in Financial
Management, Grace applied
for a job last May 1, 2017 La-
bor Day Mega Jobs Fair in Le-
gazpi in various companies, but
unfortunately, she was unsuc-
cessful.
She then went to the Al-
bay Provincial Field Office of
DOLE to ask for assistance re:
local employment when she
was informed about the GIP
- which aims to provide op-
portunities and engage young
workers to serve general public
in government agencies/entities
projects and programs at the
national and local level. Then
last August 16, she received a
phone call telling her she was
chosen as one of the Interns of
the Department. She was sur-
14 BIKOL REPORTER SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

Sa kapistahan kan satuyang mahal na


INA, Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia
lugod mapasatuya an bendisyon nin
Kagurangnan Hesukristo!

VIVA LA VIRGEN!
VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

Happy fiesta sa gabos!

E. S. BIHAG CONSTRUCTION & SUPPLY


Alcantara Street, Poblacion West Ocampo, CamSur
Tel. No. (054) 472-32-76

Mabuhay si ‘INA’ - an patrona kan Bikolandia!


VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
Fiesta greetings -

AB OPEÑA BUILDERS
MN OPEÑA CONSTRUCTION & SUPPLY
Engr. & Mrs. ANDREW OPEÑA-PICE
Planning, Design Estimate, Structural Analysis, Project Supervision,
Steel Fabricator/Erector, General Contractor
4th Street, Parkview Village, San Felipe, Naga City
Tel. Nos. (054) 891-0117 / 4490092
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 15

Devotees, pilgrims and guests welcome to the Pilgrim City of Naga, the home of our ‘INA’,
Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

VICTOR BICHARA &


Emily Arcade, Bichara Mall
SONS INC.
VICTOR ‘JUN’ BICHARA
General Manager
Naga City

Happy Fiesta sa Gabos!


VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

GCI CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT CORP.


GIGI C. IBASCO and FAMILY
Naga City

An samuyang pagpapaabot nin maogma asin banal na pagrokyaw sa


kapistahan ni ‘INA’ Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.

VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

Engr. NESTOR A. VELASCO & Family


San Felipe, Naga City

An samuyang pakikisumaro sa kapistahan kan Mahal na ‘INA’


Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.

VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

Engr. & Mrs. CORNELIO J. RELATIVO and Family


Legazpi City
16 BIKOL REPORTER SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

Gibohon niato na solemni, banal asin maogma an kapistahan ni “INA’.


VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

PHILWORKS CONSTRUCTION & SUPPLY


Ms. GRACE B. DE LEON
Proprietor / Manager
Naga City

Mabuhay si ‘INA’, Patrona kan Bikolandia.


VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
Fiesta greetings from:
Engr. & Mrs. GARY R. BRIAGAS
nee: Mayet Butihi
Children / Son-in-law
Maria Nerissa (Manette), Myra Mae (Yvonne) & Matthew, Mark Edgar (Meb)
Christine Maude “Tin” Sheena May “Shee” and Grandchild - Nacy Riki

Maogmang pagrokyaw sa kapistahan ni Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.


VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
From:
Engr. & Mrs. RICHARD E. P. RAGRAGIO
Children: Jeffrey Richard, Richard Benedict & Abegail
Asst. District Engineer
DPWH 2nd District Engineering Office
Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur

Lugod mapasatuya an maogma, solemni asin banal na pagcelebrar sa


kapistahan ni Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
Fiesta greetings:

JM-COFER CONSTRUCTION & SUPPLY


JOJO FERNANDO - Manager
Bagumbayan, Naga City
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 17

Irokyaw niato an kapistahan ni ‘INA’ Welcome devotees, pilgrims & guests to the Pilgrim
Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia. City of Naga, home of the miraculous
VIRGEN OF PEÑAFRANCIA.
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
Maogmang fiesta -

Atty. IMELDA S. REYES GUERRERO


Notary Public

Children: Emil Harold & Eli Harold


Engr. SALVACION LORA C. DELEÑA
Arana Street, Sta. Cruz, Naga City Asst. District Engineer, DPWH 1st DEO
CP 09173277940 Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur

Welcome to the Pilgrim City of Naga


Maogmang fiesta sa gabos.
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

Engr. & Mrs. EDUARDO A. ALEJO JR.


nee: DEBBIE ESTRAÑERO

Children: ALWYN & iVY, ALYMER ALYSON


Engr. ROY L. GIANAN & FAMILY
Naga City
Naga City

Engr. JOY AGNES NACHOR Mag-arang asin mag-ogma sa kapistahan ni ‘INA’


Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia!
asin FAMILYA VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

nakikisumaro sa pagselebrar kan kapistahan ni Happy Fiesta


Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.

VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO! Mr. & Mrs. BERNARDO T. PECUNDO
Children: Bernadette Brigitte
Sta. Justina, Buhi, Camarines Sur
Roi Drandreb Rei Dominic
Happy Fiesta sa gabos. Gabon, Polangui, Albay

Welcome devotees, pilgrims and guests


Happy Fiesta sa gabos. to the Pilgrim City of Naga

VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!


Mr. & Mrs.
CHARLEMAGNE SEECHUNG Greetings from:
nee” Suzette Bolalin
Naga City RONIN SHEN BERMUNDO
San Alfonso Homes, Pacol, Naga City
18 BIKOL REPORTER SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

Maogmang pagselebrar sa kapistahan ni ‘INA’ Tuloy po kayo sa pista ng Mahal na ‘INA’


Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia. Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia.
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO! VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

From:

Engr. & Mrs.


RUBEN S. SANTOS JR.
EDROX CONSTRUCTION INC. District Engineer, DPWH 1st DEO
Children: OCEAN - SKY - FOREST
Mrs. CHAT ROXAS
Baras, Canaman, Camarines Sur
Mr. EDUARDO ROXAS

An pag arang sa kagurangnan dai niato dapat lingawan. Lugod, banal, maogma asin trangkilo an pagcelebrar
nyato sa kapistahan ni ‘INA’
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO! VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!

J-MARBELA CONSTRUCTION & SUPPLY


Naga City

J-MARBELA POULTRY FARM


Engr. & Mrs. CRIS W. GOJAR & Family Brgy. Binanuaanan, Calabanga, CamSur
Construction Division DPWH ROV
Legazpi City
Engr. JERRY LUZ
Owner

Irokyaw asin ipadagos an pagtubod sa Mahal na ‘INA’ Mabuhay an Patrona kan Bikolandia
an patrona kan Bikolandia.
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
Happy Fiesta -

JANET E.Administrative
MORENA &
Officer V
FAMILY
Engr. & Mrs. ALEJANDRO S. ARNEDO
DPWH 3rd District Engineering Office
& FAMILY Tigaon, Camarines Sur
Legazpi City

Mabuhay si ‘INA’ Ipadagos an maimbod na pagtubod sa banal na ‘INA’


Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
Fiesta greetings from:

Engr. & Mrs. ERLY M.TEXON


VERTCAP CONSTRUCTION nee: ELSIE BRUTAS - MT II
and SUPPLY CORP. Children: Earl Francis, Sheena Leslie,
Eliane Madelle
JOEL VERGARA - Owner Earl John, Elise Mae
Banga Caves, Ragay, Camarines Sur Lagonoy, Camarines Sur
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 19
VIVA LA VIRGEN! Viva la Virgen!
VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
Viva el Divino Rostro!

HAPPY PEÑAFRANCIA FIESTA!

Viva la Virgen! Viva el Divino Rostro!


20 BIKOL REPORTER PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

Iriga City Railway Tourism:


Newest City Attraction
By JOKEE BOTOR-REYES / BUTCH DE VILLA ABONITE

What is Iriga City’s resorts and the last at the lungsod ng Iriga and the
newest tourist attraction Iriga City Learning Farm city government headed by
is its Railway Tourism where a tourist can expe- Mayor Madelaine Yorobe
dubbed Touring on Wheels rience first hand farming Alfelor. This new concept of
launched September 1, and feel nature at its best tourism which is Touring on
2017. Touring on Wheels is with its bountiful trees of Wheels is an original idea
an ultimate experience of all species. of the indefatigable Mayor
riding in a makeshift land Touring on Wheels is a Alfelor who will not sto to
transpo powered by skates very relaxing experience. think what is new to make
carrying three or four It looks like one is riding Iriga City a destination for
passengers using the rail- on a PNR coach he is actu- tourists and non-tourists
road tracks and pushed ally riding on skates-drawn alike. Many Iriguenos who
manually by three or two vehicle pushed by two have not tasted traveling
drivers or skaters. This driver-skaters. Since it was this way have lined up for
is very popularly known launched several days ago, their unusual new riding ex-
a “skates”. There are five many have taken the oppor- perience.
skates negotiating starting tunity to experience a won- Incidentally, a Nora Au-
at the PNR Iriga station derful and relaxing ride for nor life size replica stands
and its regular route starts a meager fare. at the ONR station and is an
at the PNR station and The launching of this added attraction to this new
moves south. There are new tourism attraction is tourism project. It could be
three stopovers: at Balai- a signed Memorandum of remembered that it was at
gang, a sitio of Iriga where Agreement among the PNR the old PNR station that the
there is a nearby resort,at headed by Jose Florece, only country superstar was
the Masosu where there OIC, PNR Naga City Area in her younger years ped-
are four natural spring 2, the Sangguniang Pan- dling water for a living.

VIVA LA VIRGEN!
VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 21
SSS releases about P1.45-T benefits in 60 years
State-run Social Secu- milestone year, we look back from P6.62 million in 1957. and services,” Dooc said. 6,670 regular personnel and
rity System (SSS) over the with pride that SSS has been This was backed by the in- Assets of the pension 2,200 service bureau person-
weekend said it has dis- a staunch ally of its members crease in members’ contribu- fund, meanwhile, also im- nel.
bursed nearly P1.45 tril- for six decades now as we tions from P6.58 million in proved through the years SSS was established in
lion worth of benefits to its look forward with hope that 1957 to P1.51 trillion as of from the initial P6.37 million 1957 by virtue of Republic
members since it started the pension fund will con- end of the first half of 2017. in 1957 to P501.49 billion as Act 1161 or the Social Se-
operations in 1957. tinue to stand strong, ready Investment and other income of end first semester of 2017. curity Act of 1954. Due to
Celebrating its 60th year, to help its members through from P40,000 in the pilot Latest data showed SSS numerous objections from
SSS President and Chief Ex- difficulties and milestones of year grew to P567.53 billion membership now stood at the business and labor groups
ecutive Officer Emmanuel F. their lives for generations to as of end of the first half of P35.5 million from a mere in 1954, the execution of the
Dooc said benefit disburse- come,” Dooc said. 2017. 224,156 members in 1957. law was delayed until it was
ments of the pension fund Benefit disbursements “The pension fund’s in- From an office space sta- finally implemented on Sep-
SSS Pres. DOOC
grew nearly 20 million times pushed total expenditures of come from contributions and tioned in Manila, SSS now tember 1, 1957.
from P80,000 in benefits paid the pension fund to P1.58 investments has always been of the Social Security Com- has 301 local and foreign of- SSS will hold its anniver-
in its first year of operations trillion as of end-June 2017 the strong pillar and source mission to allow the SSS to fices. Its workforce has also sary program on September
in 1957 to P1.45 trillion as of from P580,000 in 1957. of benefits for members. invest in more feasible and expanded through the years 6, 2017 at its main office in
end the first semester of 2017. Revenues for the 60-year With the current proposal to profitable investments, we as its serve more members. Quezon City with President
“This year, as the pen- period also jumped to P2.08 amend the SS Charter, such hope to serve our members From the 211 personnel in Rodrigo Roa Duterte as the
sion fund celebrates another trillion as of end-June 2017 as rationalizing the power better through better benefits 1957, the SSS now employs keynote speaker.

House honors Metrobank


Outstanding Filipino awardees
House Speaker Pantaleon all as you receive the distinc- a part of the Armed Forces of
Alvarez on Wednesday led tion you deserve for being the the Philippines (AFP) before
lawmakers in giving recog- heroes of this generation and joining the Philippine National
nition to 10 awardees of the for your unwavering contri- Police (PNP).
2017 Metrobank Foundation bution to nation-building,” he Meanwhile, Rep. Romeo
Outstanding Filipinos who said. Acop (2nd District, Antipolo
were chosen on the basis of The Speaker called the City), chairman of the commit- Fifty three clients of CARD, Inc., a member institution of CARD Mutually Reinforcing Institutions
their exemplary contribution awardees “heroes of this gen- tee on public order and safety, (CARD MRI) from Cagayan Region received livelihood training as part of the institution’s thrust
to the academe, armed forces, eration” and cited their unwav- said they affirm and recognize of providing its clients wide array of opportunities to help them improve their quality of life in
and police sectors. ering contribution to nation the awardees' achievements. Lallo, Cagayan Valley on August 7-10, 2017

Cagayanos receive
The winners were present building. “Your dedication to “We hope the accomplish-
during the recognition rites your profession is most timely, ments of these exceptional in-
held at the Speaker’s Social especially since a lot of young dividuals will encourage other
Hall wherein Alvarez handed people do not see the difficult Filipinos to emulate them as

livelihood training
each one of them a certificate life of a public servant,” said they help fulfill the long dream
of recognition for the services Alvarez. of national growth and devel-
they rendered above and be- “Tingnan nyo naman, ang opment,” said Acop, also a re-
yond the call of duty and their daming kahanga-hangang po- tired police general.
pursuit of excellence for the lice officers, tapos yung nabab- Metrobank this year leveled
greater good of the Filipino alita lang yung mga scalawags up its recognition program by “Providing livelihood
society. na involved dun sa murder. imposing a more stringent and training is one of our means
This year’s batch of win- So, dapat tingnan din natin na rigorous selection process. It to help our clients who mostly
ners consists of four teachers, hindi lahat,” Speaker said after gave each awardee an incen- came from the underserved
three soldiers, and three police recognizing the awardees. tive of P1 million, a gold me- communities to attain social
officers. Five of them hail from Rep. Ramon “Red” Durano dallion, and a trophy. and financial progress,” Ms.
Mindanao. VI (5th District, Cebu), chair- Of the 20 finalists, the Me- Jocelyn Dequito, CARD,
“The House of Representa- man of the House committee trobank Foundation Outstand- Inc. Executive Director, said.
tives stands by and support you on basic education and culture, ing Filipinos chose 10 award- CARD-MRI Development
and we’ll work on legislation said the recognition shows that ees as “Metrobank Foundation Institute, Inc. (CMDI), the
that will ensure that your effort the House of Representatives Fellows” in public service. school and training institute
will neither be in vain nor for- continues to share in the pride The 10 awardees were of CARD MRI, is regularly
gotten,” said Alvarez. and honor of deserving and ex- chosen by a Final Board of conducting various capacity Ms. DEQUITO Mr. ALIP
The Speaker, who is from ceptional members of society. Judges composed of Senator building programs including
Davao del Norte, said he was Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil (2nd Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, Rep. livelihood training to clients, The participants in the live- My knowledge in making tur-
glad to witness the ceremony District, Pangasinan), a retired Feliciano Belmonte Jr. (4th especially those who are just lihood training were taught meric tea can help the partici-
honoring fellow Mindanaoans police general, said the occa- District, Quezon City), Court starting their own enterprise. how to make turmeric tea. pants make their own and turn
for protecting peace and sav- sion was meaningful to him of Appeals Associate Justice “With the growing demand of it into their livelihood,” she
ing lives. “As a public servant, especially since he belongs to Magdangal de Leon, US Am- Sung Kim, Manila Electric turmeric tea in the market, we said. “It’s good to know that
I am proud to stand before you a family of teachers and was bassador to the Philippines Company president and CEO would like to tap our new po- the training helped their family
Oscar Reyes, Asian Institute tential suppliers in Mga Likha a lot,” Wenielyn said.
of Management president and ni Inay (MLNI),” Mr. Julius The participants are grateful
dean Dr. Jikyeong Kang, Palo Adrian Alip, MLNI president for the said training. Juanita Se-
Archbishop John Du, and and CEO, said. MLNI is the miniano, a seven-year member
GMA Network senior vice marketing arm of CARD MRI of CARD, is planting crops as
president for radio Miguel that helps its clients improve a source of living. Because it
“Mike” Enriquez. their products then links these only takes a small capital, she
The awardees are: Jenni- to the mainstream market. is planning to make her own
fer Rojo, Tagaytay’s Vision- Wenielyn Bakidol, a three- turmeric tea and turn it into an
ary Science Teacher-Master year member of CARD Bank, income-generating project. “I
Teacher II, Neogan Elemen- a microfinance-oriented rural will surely share what I have
tary School; Edgar Elago, bank and also a member insti- learned to my co-members.
Agusan del Norte’s Cultural tution of CARD MRI, served They might consider this kind
Coach-Teacher III, Magallanes as the training’s resource per- of livelihood where we, as a
National High School; Prof. son. Wenielyn has been pro- group, will invest our loans
Esperanza Cabrera, RMT, ducing turmeric tea since 2014. from CARD to operate this
MSc, Ph.D., DPAM-Manila’s “I wanted to share what I know. business,” she shared.
Master Microbiologist-Pro-
fessor 10 and University Fel- Basilan’s Soldier-Trailblazer- Manila Police District’s Finest
low, De La Salle University; Operations Officer, Joint Task Officer- Chief, District Intelli-
Prof. Alonzo Gabriel, Ph D., Force Marawi; Lt. Col. Ricky gence and Operation Unit; and
RMicro, DPAM-Diliman’s Bunayog, Central Mindanao’s P/S Superintendent Joel Doria,
Food Security Advocate-Full Warrior-Peacekeepr- Asst. Ph. D., Cebu’s Pokemon
Professor and University Sci- Chief of Staff for Operations, Groundbreaker-City Director,
DARLING OF THE PRESS JAM MADRID/PIA-CAMSUR entist, University of the Phil- 6th Infantry Division; PO3 Cebu City Police Office.
Philippine Information Agency CamSur Provincial Director Ana-Liza S. Macatangay was ippines; Staff Sgt. Narding Shiela May Pansoy, Davao Since 1985, Metrobank
one of the presentors for the Darling of the Press awards to the newly crowned Miss Pascual, CARAGA’s Lumad del Sur’s Anti-Abuse Herald- Foundation has honored a to-
Bicolandia 2017, Kayesha Clauden Chua of Albay, together with Juan Escandor Jr. and Hero- Squad Leader, Bravo Investigator, Women and tal of 645 Outstanding Filipi-
Naga City Hall Press Corps president Roy B. San Ramon during the Miss Bicolandia Company, 26thInfantry Bat- Children Protection Desk; P/C nos, 356 teachers, 151 soldiers
pageant night, September 6, 2017. talion; Lt. Col. Elmer Suderio, Inspector Rosalino Ibay, Jr., and 138 police officers.
22 BIKOL REPORTER PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017

Teaching Science with Life KANTONG PUTIKON . . .


night, for assurance of supply if and when water pressure is low.
By CECILLE V. ARIENZA * 'U will never get rich!' Naguin tama an tood ni fr james o'brien
Bagumbayan Elementary School, Bula North District sa atenista kad2ng c ernie verdadero kn 1965 huli ta ndakop
kn hesuita an tga mlaor ngsusurat nin sonnet (english poem)
sa socio-economics class. Tinawan markang 68 sa card c ernie
Teaching science has al- how to find answers for them- learn the truth. very familiar with and using
kaya dae naka-corp comandr. Talagang bko daa syang favorito
ways been a major challenge selves is a good way of get- The science teachers mo- them. n O'B ta mayo syang helig sa basketbol, dae sya kaiba sa mga
to teachers. But a teacher ting students to put life into tivate his pupils to enjoy since Exposing the children to lakaw kn padi paglibot sa kabikolan pagalok sa mga bkolano na
does not go about teaching themselves as students after science teachers can por- new opportunities along the magtaram & dae paglingawan an bkol, na mgaradal agrikultura
science unless his interest is all, much of science is investi- tray what science has done same exploration track, creat- & dae pagbayaan an bkol. An favorito c goyo castilla, 2ng taon
science and that is a guaran- gatory. Children can sharpen by relating the subject back ing contests that encourage pating guinibong editor kn babasahon na maogmang lugar. C
tee that he can teach science their observation skills and to something that interests them to use science to gen- goyo ska c bido (bansag k ernie) nagtarabang na pgmukna
with life. learn to make and test hy- them. erate a design that peak their kn O'bkoliana, an sarayan kn mga babasahon na bkolnon sa
Science teaching can both potheses to uncover their When pupils see their sci- interests, incorporate technol- ateneo ngonian. Pareho cnda hs 66rs. C goyo prof y parasurat
be intelligible and interesting answers. Students must like- ence teachers as passionate ogy, bring science to life, en- sa amerika, $ incnme, c bido brodkstr/politico sa bkol kaya poor.
to the learners. Much de- wise be encouraged to partic- and knowledgeable and en- hance pupils natural curiosity, Pigbuyagyag yan sa obkoliana lecture sa ateneo kan jueves.
pends on the teacher’s cre- ipate in class discussions giv- thusiastic about science, that connect science to their daily
ativity and ideas to make the
subject something students
ing every single child to have
his say. They should find out
would resonate with them
The teachers can involve
lives, do creative and explor-
ative and create opportuni-
IMPORTANCE OF SCHOOL . . .
will find a subject they would for themselves how things the learners with hands-on ties to ensure that pupils will identifying how to improve to the needs of the learners.
relish and enjoy. work, watch things grow and experiments and connect sci- be able to thrive in the many their learning School leaders to monitor
With the introduction become practical. Science is ence to everyday life years beyond their scholarly Plan opportunities for chil- impact of intervention groups
of digital learning in most really to understand and not .The children will under- career…these the science dren to challenge them on more rigorously. .
schools, science classes to memorize. Imaginative stand that science is behind teachers consider very favor- learning. Learning environ- With the K-12 curriculum
have become more interest- experimentation can spark the making of cellphones, able towards teaching science ment supports a celebrate now on its second year and
ing compared to those in the learning and counter the idea tablets, ipad, videogames with life and draw a very lively children’s learning and pro- has steadily progress, the par-
days of talk and chalk mak- that science is a set of known and all other gadgets they are science environment. mote independence. Teach- ticular School Improvement
ing the learners understand facts that establish setbacks ers make use of all assess- Plan, shall we say, has been
science in the context of real
life and not just plain memory
quietly and receive from on
high. One has to experiment
THE FESTIVITIES AND THE . . . ment information to quickly
adapt lessons in response
put to attest and has hurdled it
safely to its desired goal.
work. and fail and learn again and the silvery sparkle of water of this pompous religious
Encouraging students science is really a quest of to splashing on the powerful event. “The multitude of
Republic of the Philippines
thrusts of the ‘bogadores’ people, who come from all Department of Transportation
Republic of the Philippines poles transformed every towns, watch from the banks LAND TRANSPORTATION FRANCHISING
LOCAL CIVIL REGISTRY OFFICE movement into an enthralling of the river; at the same time and REGULATORY BOARD
Province: Camarines Sur vista of mythical proportion. the acclamations by the pole- Regional Office No. V
City of Naga “A little after the bearers, the firing of guns Legazpi City

NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC procession moved, night falls and the playing of bands, all
Application for extension CASE No.R5-EV-TT-2012-g-0485
CFN but no one even notices it for add to the deafening sound
of validity of Certificate
CCE-0058-2017 the light of day is replaced of profound joy in the heart of of Public Convenience to operate a
In compliance with the publication requirement and pursu- by miles of lights which, like whomever.” TOURIST TRANSPORT (TTS) Service
ant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guide- an enchanted view, brighten The entire ritual
lines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. both banks of the river from culminated in the bank of the ELMER PLATON, for Tierra de Ibalon Tours,
where rockets are fired which barrio of Peñafrancia where Applicant
1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby
served to the public that MONICA SAVILLA PRIMAVERA right at the start covered the the “Lord bishop awaits NOTICE OF HEARING
space with such precious there at the shrine and when Petitioner, a grantee of a Certificate of Public Convenience to
has filed with this Office, a Petition for Change of First
operatea TOURIST TRANSPORT SERVICE (TTS) on the route:
Name from “ALEXANDRA” to “MONICA” in the certificate flares and brilliant sparks the Virgin docks near the
NAGA CITY, CAMARINES SUR TO ANY POINT OF BICOL
of live birth of ALEXANDRA JASMIN SAVILLA at Naga which gave the splendor community hall in Francia, REGION., with the use of one (1) unit under the above-entitled
City, Camarines Sur and whose parents are ____________ of celestial appearance, garbed in episcopal raiment, case which Certificate is valid up to November 29, 2017, filed a
and NERLY JASMIN SAVILLA. delighted by the love which descends to the wharf”. petition for extension of validity of the said Certificate with the use
Any person adversely affected by said petition may these men manifest to her As part of the welcome of the same unit.
file his written opposition with this office not later than Blessed Mother, she shower ceremony, the bishop Notice is hereby given that this application will be heard by
September 24, 2017. over them her divine and censered the Virgin and led this Board on September 26, 2017, 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon
at LTFRB Regional Office No. V, Rawis, Legazpi City.
abundant blessings which the polers and people closely
At least TEN (10) days prior to the above date of hearing, appli-
(Sgd.) ALEXANDER M. CAYETANO are transformed in copious pressed together, singing the cant shall publish this NOTICE once in ONE WEEKLY newspaper
City Civil Registrar rains of gold.” Salve, and afterwards doffed of general circulation in the Bicol Region.
Naga City, Camarines Sur Unlike today, the masses the pontifical vestments. Parties opposed to the granting of the application must file
BIKOL REPORTER in the late nineteenth century, The bishop, accompanied their written oppositions supported by documentary evidence on
Published: Sept. 10 and 17, 2017 served merely as spectators by the Spaniards and the or before the above date furnishing a copy of the same to the ap-
provincial and city officials, plicant and may if they so desire, appear on said date and time.
This application will be acted upon by the Board on the basis
would stop for a drink of
of its records and documentary evidence submitted by the par-
water at the community hall ties, unless this Board deems it necessary to receive additional
concluding the religious documentary and/or oral evidence.
ceremony. WITNESS the Honorable JUN B. ABRAZADO, Regional Direc-
tor, this September 5, 2017.

Viva la Virgen! (Sgd.) Atty. MARY JIL P. CAUREL


Attorney IV / Hearing Officer
Viva el Divino BIKOL REPORTER
Rostro Published: September 10, 2017

VIVA LA VIRGEN! VIVA EL DIVINO ROSTRO!


FOR AUGUST
NAME OF DECEASED DATE OF INTERMENT

LUISA T. RAZON AUGUST 3, 2017


MARIO P. LAGODA AUGUST 4, 2017
VICENTE B. QUINDO SR. AUGUST 4, 2017
GERARDO S. ARAZAS SR. AUGUST 5, 2017
RONNIE FRANCIS D. NIDEA AUGUST 5, 2017
IGNACIO T. TUD AUGUST 6, 2017
RODRIGO H. OLARIO AUGUST 6, 2017
CLARA N. RANCES AUGUST 10, 2017
ABUNDIO L. ELAURZA AUGUST 12, 2017
MARIA FE D. SAPANTA AUGUST 15, 2017
JOSE D. ORTAÑEZ AUGUST 15, 2017
EVELYN L. MOLINA AUGUST 16, 2017
RUSTICO T. TESORERO AUGUST 17, 2017
EMILY M. MORAL AUGUST 20, 2017
RICARDO G. CASTRO AUGUST 23, 2017
MARIA O. BERCASIO AUGUST 23, 2017
JOEY E. VIDA AUGUST 26, 2017
LYDIA P. MELITON AUGUST 27, 2017
CAYETANA P. OLIVA AUGUST 29, 2017
DOLORES C. GALVAN AUGUST 29, 2017
HOSPICIO B. CEA AUGUST 31, 2017
SEPTEMBER 10-16, 2017 PEÑAFRANCIA FESTIVAL 2017 BIKOL REPORTER 23
Recycling Materials as Instructional Aids The Gains of Brigada Eskwela
By GLENDA B. ESPIRITU By HIDITO C. DOROSAN - Master Teacher ll
Romero Elementary School Iriga Central School
Bula District, Division of Camarines Sur
Brigada Eskwela is already open, it is a wonderful sight to the classroom now cozy and
a by-word in the education see parents, volunteers, other more disaster resilient, it is
A visual aid is a concrete materials important and to do paper mache themselves
industry in the Philippines. stake holders flock to schools the outlook of the people that
object used to help pupils learn relevant to their pupils. will not only make them use
Since it was first done until to to give their support in terms take part in the “rebuilding” of
more. When pupils use more There are many materials their time wisely but that they date, it has been a proof that an of making the school prepared a school and its campus and
than one of the five senses to that are available just about challenge their innovativeness effective partnership between for the coming school days. it is a source of great pride
learn about a topic, they are anywhere for use to make and creativity. government and citizen is It is a fact and accepted at for the citizens as well as the
more likely to remember what instructional materials. For Recycled materials reduce possible. The program has that that there is shortage government.
they are learning. This is the example, Styro foams are very the amount of garbage. captivated the mind of many of classrooms, overcrowded E v e r y y e a r, B r i g a d a
rationale why teachers have good materials to use in making Recycling is cost effective. who believe that every Filipino cases, dirty and unkempt Eskwela provides a beautiful
to devise visual instructional letters, science and health As a teacher I gather deserves to have an education campus, school facilities and wonderful sight as
aids to help them carry out their projects. Arts can be made everything I can lay my hands but that education is not the damaged and many others everyone seems to have a
lessons effectively. Pupils tend using colored papers, crayons, on like cloths, ribbons and exclusivity of the government, that are needed which Brigada hand in making the school
to pay more attention when colored pencils. Woods and with my creative mind which that citizens also place upon Eskwela has placed upon itself the place where parents want
they see something other than bamboos can also be used. I have challenged myself, themselves the idea that they the task of helping in order to have their children stay for
just listen to their teachers or Other materials that may be my classroom is one happy too, have their share in the for school children to find long hours away from home
just read their lessons. used to make instructional place for children because of development of our youth for a comfort when they assemble resting in the thought that
It takes a lot of creativity on materials are bottles especially the visual and instructional better future.The Department as an army of volunteers for their children are safe and
the part of teachers to be able plastic bottles. materials that bound making of Education is bonded to a collective effort. Brigada comfortable.
to catch the attention of their No materials can be thrown the pupils learn more and the great task of fulfilling its Eskwela pictures a people Indeed, no effort is too
pupils. With the creativity and to the garbage bin. The garbage enjoying the impact of visual commitment. from different sectors of small to make a difference.
innovativeness of the teachers, bin can be a very good source aids in their studies. Every year before classes society bonded together for a The Iriga Central School
pupils tend to become creative of materials for the purpose
big cause. has always prided itself in
and innovative themselves and
this is where the fun begins.
of using them to help children
learn better and remember their
THE FALL OF COLGANTE BRIDGE . . . The annual and now making their annual Brigada
already traditional Brigada Eskwela the chance to prove
The pupils enjoy doing their learning more. The teachers “I felt so helpless. There devotees and onlookers watch-
Eskwela has created a ripple that is is a school that is for
projects since the teachers can use any materials within was little I could do. As bod- ing the fluvial procession.” of impact revolutionizing the every child in the community
themselves show what they their reach to make paper ies were retrieved from the “Now, it’s beginning to Filipino spirit of bayanihan. and for the local government
had done is an instructional mache, and teaching students river and laid on the grassy sway a little. I’m afraid it won’t The positive changes it unit as well as the thousands
slopes along the river bank, hold out much longer unless has make showing the new of stakeholders whom have
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC waiting to be identified or someone tells these people to physica appearance of the not weaned in their voluntary
AUCTION SALE/SUBASTA carried off to some mortuary, stop adding their weight to it. school, now clean and with commitment to make Brigada
I went around and bless each The bridge is now swaying …” facilities fixed, walls repainted, Eskwela an interesting part of
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at R. M. ASPE body with the Holy Oils,” Fr. tables and chairs made new, being a Filipino.
PAWNSHOP, Cor. Panganiban & Elias Angeles Street, Naga Ojeda was no media man.
Alfonso Grageda. But during that Peñafrancia
City, pawned from APRIL 1-30, 2017 whose terms have expired
will be sold to public auction sale on OCTOBER 02, 2017 from A community closes ranks fiesta, he went around with a
9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. to help sophisticated movie camera
Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the By the next day, more vol-
above-mentioned date will be honored until SEPTEMBER and a Sony tape recorder to
30, 2017 only. unteers from neighboring
capture the events for himself
THE MANAGEMENT towns and Philippine Navy
BIKOL REPORTER and his family. Even before
frogmen had joined the rescu-
Published: SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 the tragedy, he knew the dan-
ers to scout the disaster area
ger of Colgante Bridgeposed
for still more bodies. A first aid
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC team composed of nuns and when overloaded with people.
nurses frm the nearby colegio Earlier, he had warned his fam-
AUCTION SALE/SUBASTA
stood at, ready with food and ily to steer clear of the bridge.
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ASPE EXPLORER dry clothes for sleepless and Ironically, he failed to resist
PAWNSHOP, Ground Floor, Bichara Complex, Abella St., Igual- the bridge’s lure. He was one
dad, Naga City, pawned from APRIL 1-30, 2017 whose terms
exhausted divers and rescue
have expired will be sold to public auction sale on OCTOBER personnel. All hands were on of the last mangled bodies to
02, 2017 from 9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. deck, it seemed, as any entire be recovered from under the
Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the city of devotees felt the pain of collapsed span.
above-mentioned date will be honored until SEPTEMBER - From news reports, interviews
30, 2017 only. the tragedy.
and a research paper by Joy Fatima
THE MANAGEMENT At daybreak, private plane Abayon, et al.
BIKOL REPORTER arrived, offering to airlift seri-
Published: SEPTEMBER 10, 2017
ously injured victims to Ma-
nila. Most of the injured were
NOTICE TO THE PUBLIC confined at the Mother Seton
AUCTION SALE/SUBASTA
and Camarines Sur Provincial
hospitals.
All unredeemed items/articles pawned at ROWENA ASPE And this, many believe, was
PAWNSHOP, P. Burgos St., corner J. Hernandez Avenue, Naga the blessing of emanating from
City, pawned from APRIL 1-30, 2017 whose terms have expired a sad and painful event in the
will be sold to public auction sale on OCTOBER 02, 2017 from
9:00 A.M.-12:00 NOON. history of INA in Bicolandia
Redemption/Renewals of all pledges covered by the – that people cared and closed
above-mentioned date will be honored until SEPTEMBER ranks to help each other, as INA
30, 2017 only.
THE MANAGEMENT
always is, in the terrible, hor-
BIKOL REPORTER rible moments of life.
Published: SEPTEMBER 10, 2017 Dead man talking
An enterprising media man
– Ramon Brillantes – happened
CORRECTION ON THE EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT to be in in the Philippine Con-
OF PURIFICACION ALILANO PINTO’S BANK ACCOUNT stabulary headquarters that
AT LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES, GOA BRANCH Saturday evening. There he
published August 20, 27 and Sept. 3, 2017 - the name of spotted a leather Canon movie
the sole benificiary must be DOLORES PINTO-TURIANO camera case still dripping with
water. The movie camera itself
EXTRAJUDICIAL SETTLEMENT was missing, but inside the
OF PURIFICACION ALILANO PINTO’S case was a Sony tape recorder
BANK ACCOUNT AT LAND BANK OF THE and a microphone. Thinking
PHILIPPINES, GOA BRANCH the recorder could still be used,
he stripped it of its four batter-
Notice is hereby given that the named parties are the ies and left to dry.
legitimate children and sole heirs of PURIFICACION The next day, Sunday, he
ALILANO PINTO, who died on October 9, 2015 in Goa, went back to the PC headquar-
Camarines Sur, without any Will or Testament, and with ters. The recorder was where he
no known debts, left a bank account at Land Bank of had left it. He flipped open the
the Philippines, Goa Branch; that pursuant to Section 1 cassette lid and took the tape
of the Rules of Court of the Philippines, the parties all of out. With Pepito Fuentebella
legal age hereby adjudicate unto themselves said bank III, he went to the ABS-CBN
account in equal shares; the mentioned parties/Heirs radio station to have the tape
give all their shares of said bank account to DOLORES replayed. That was when San-
PINTO-TURIANO, as the sole beneficiary, as acknowl- tiago Ojeda’s voice came out
edged before Notary Public Atty. Andy G. Rivero, Doc. loud and clear.
No.4085, Page No. 817, Book No. VII. Series of 2017. “This bridge is full of peo-
ple and I don’t see anyone di-
BIKOL REPORTER recting traffic here. Some years
Published: September 10, 2017 ago, this same bridge collapsed
due to the heavyweight of the
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Peñafrancia Festival on
(Our Cover Story)
The rising tempo of the from various parts of the
ment in some portions of the
route. Civilian attired police
watch the event on television.
Arrival of the Virgin of
The river voyage will be
carrying back ‘Ina’ to Her
cia Basilica Minore with
Church dignitaries.
annual Peñafrancia fiesta country even from abroad, and military personnel were Peñafrancia and El Divino permanent shrine at the Ba- Following this solemn
season is on. Traslacion, a still came over for their tra- also in attendance to main- Rostro was welcomed by the silica Minore and National occasion, the pilgrims and
religious procession bring- ditional pilgrimage to pay tain some semblance of or- pealing of bells at the Naga Shrine, the devotees and devotees from other places
ing the sacred image of homage to the treasured icon der during the ‘Traslacion’ Metropolitan Cathedral, pilgrims will be lining both of the region and the archi-
the miraculous Virgin of of the region’s ‘Ina’. which lasted for four hours. inspite of the heavy down- sides of the river bank as the pelago will be going on their
Peñafrancia to the Naga Despite the code-color- But the enthusiasm of pour, they will stay for a Virgin passes by. They will backhome trip sayng a fond
Metropolitan Cathedral ing t-shirt of ‘voyadores’ the crowd remained. They novena homage and prayers be praying and waving with farewell to their ‘Ina’ of all
last Friday (Sept. 8) after- which increases this year, stayed on the main thor- for divine intercession. This that familiar September cry seasons – eagerly awaiting
noon ushered the 10-day noticeable lack of discipline oughfares for the passage will be capped with the big- of “Viva la Virgen! Viva el once more for next September.
regional festivities. among some of the par- of the religious procession. gest part of the regional fi- Divino Rostro!” Naga City, site of the cel-
The crowd of devotees ticipants, especially those Some avoiding the heat and esta: the Fluvial procession On Sunday, September ebration, will also return to
joining the Traslacion was drunk ‘voyadores’, during the seemingly uncontrol- of the religious icons along 17, the closing day of the normal conditions – once
not so big than last year’s the procession of the re- lable throng of spectators, the Naga River on Saturday, Peñafrancia fiesta celebra- more a little bit tranquil and
due to the ongoing econom- gional Patroness and the Di- stayed at their homes or air- (Sept. 16) afternoon, startin- tion, a concelebrated mass less crowded, after 10 days
ic crunch. Some Bicolanos vino Rostro, delaying move- conditioned restaurants to gat 3:00 o’clock. will be held at the Peñafran- of rejoicing.