Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines
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List of Municipalities in the Isabela province of The Philippines
Alicia | Angadanan | Aurora | Benito Soliven | Burgos | Cabagan | Cabatuan | Cordon | Dinapigue | Divilacan | Echague | Gamu | Jones | Luna | Maconacon | Delfin Albano | Mallig | Naguilian | Palanan | Quezon | Quirino | Ramon | Reina Mercedes | Roxas | San Agustin | San Guillermo | San Isidro | San Manuel | San Mariano | San Mateo | San Pablo | Santa Maria | Santo Tomas | Tumauini
Cities in the province of Isabela: Cauayan City | Ilagan City (Capital) | Santiago City
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Geography of Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines
Benito Soliven Land Area (as of 2007, in hectares)= 18,440
Location of Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines
History of Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines
The town is named after the Hon. Benito Soliven, Congressman of Santo Domingo, Ilocos Sur. Benito Soliven defeated former Secretary of Interior Elpidio Quirino in the Assembly elections of 1938.
About Benito T. Soliven, the man
- Source: http://law.upd.edu.ph verbatim
Soliven studied law at the University of the Philippines and graduated summa cum laude. He placed third in the 1921 Bar Examinations and became the first lawyer of his hometown, Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur. When he was a congressman, he sponsored bills which were enacted into law such as the University of the Philippines Basilan Land Grant, the National Defense Law, and the National Board of Review for Moving Pictures, among others.
- Source: Phlistar.com - Vebatim article dated: March 28, 2003
Born to Capt. Isabelo Soliven of the Revolutionary Army and Dorotea Tagorda in Sto. Domingo, Ilocos Sur on March 21, 1898, Benito Soliven was orphaned at the age of four. Taken into custody of a severe relative who treated him as a menial servant, Bitong as he was called managed to go through primary grades by sheer perseverance. Later, he studied at the Colegio Seminario at Vigan under the Spanish Jesuits and finished law at the University of the Philippines while teaching at the Ateneo grade school in order to earn his keeps.
During his senior year at the UP College of Law, Soliven won the coveted Manuel L. Quezon gold medal for oratory with the piece entitled Ave Triuamphator. The subject was war, not knowing that several years later a more devastating one would come and overwhelm the country and that he himself would go to fight on the battlefields of Bataan as a major in September of 1921, he had passed the Bar exams and returned to Ilocos Sur. As a legal practitioner and the first lawyer of his hometown Sto. Domingo, he gave his services free to those who were too destitute to hire a lawyer.
In 1925, after having an unfruitful year in his home province as a lawyer, Benito Soliven made a pilgrimage to Rome as a delegate of the Defensores de la Libertad and visited the leading European countries. In the same year, he toured the United States where he gave lectures in many schools.
Soliven’s rise and fame in the political arena was not born overnight. Hindered by financial constraints, he extensively campaigned from barrio to barrio always living among the common people. Thus, "the champion of small towns," in his first bid to politics, had made a dramatic entrance by winning over veteran politician Judge Simeon Roxas via a landslide in 1928.
Around the time, Representative Benito Soliven married Pelagia Villaflor, after almost seven years since their first meeting.
Soliven’s dedication and zealousness as a public servant brought him overwhelming victory over then Sen. Elpidio Quirino in the 1938 election. His resounding triumph made history as he won over Quirino, who had been the senator and the secretary of the interior.
Benito Soliven never rested on his laurels. The three-term congressman was twice valedictorian of the legislature as he had authored the most number of bills enacted into law. It was Soliven who presented the first bills amending the Constitution for the re-election of the president and by providing for the establishment of the Senate. He created a Basilan Land Grant to subsidize the UP as a state university.
Other laws which were authored by Soliven gave birth to Commonwealth Act 628 which called for the revision of all substandard laws. Another law enabled the National Development Co. to provide for the distribution of public lands to homesteaders reserving one-half of all public lands on both sides of the national highways for distribution among settlers. Likewise, he was instrumental in the passage in part of acts such as improving the national defense law, and a bill that created the National Board of Review for Moving Pictures, and many others.
Soliven greatly believed that a "public man should remember that he belongs first to the people before he belongs to his party." At the 1941 outbreak of the Pacific War, Soliven was called a National Assemblyman as the Congress had been reconstituted into a unicameral body.
But he chose to volunteer as a Captain in the reserves. He had 10 children but the thought of serving his country and fighting in a war was, to him, a sacred duty. He was promoted to Major on the battlefield.
After the death march and months as a prisoner-of-war in Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac, Soliven was released on July 23, 1942. Within a month after his return home, he took a turn for the worse and died of malaria.
He died on Jan. 10, 1943 but declared in his delirium, "There is so much to do — so much yet to be done." He was 44 years
- The CAP Family of Companies pays tribute today (March 28, 2003) to Benito Soliven, father of STAR publisher and chairman of the board Maximo V. Soliven, through the unveiling of the Benito Soliven statue and the opening of the Soliven Memorabilia at the CAP Building in Plaza Burgos, Vigan City in Ilocos Sur. CAP pays tribute to great men who have dedicated their lives in the service of God and fellow men through the installation of statues, memorabilia, and holding of symposia in their honor. In the past, CAP had honored Presidents Manuel Quezon, Sergio Osmeña, Manuel Roxas, and Diosdado Macapagal, Silliman University founder Dr. David Sutherland Hibbard, US Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and the Rev. Gregorio Aglipay.
People of Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines
- Benito Soliven Population (as of Aug 1, 2007) = 25,151
- Benito Soliven Registered Voters (2009) = 14,938
Local Government Unit LGU of Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines
- Elected officials of Benito Soliven for the term of 2010-2013
- Mayor: Benjamin Edillo Sanglay
- Vice-Mayor: Roberto Taguinod Lungan
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Economy of Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines
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Natural Resources of Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines
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It is sad but true that as of the year 2012 the rivers of the Philippines continue to be the #1 Sewer Systems of the Philippines.
Protect & Save the Rivers. Do not let your sewer drain into the river. Your community can be the first to initiate this project.
Build your riverbank protection with a built-in gutter system. Reforest within Ten Years - Guaranteed!
Let us plant more trees in every barangay in the entire Philippines. It does not make any difference if the barangay is urban, partially urban or rural; we need more trees. Trees will prevent erosion, provide oxygen, prevent green house effect, and even a place of business for the shade tree mechanic.
The Philippines is a tropical country and practically anything will grow. The DENR has the planting trees project that goes on every year. Lots of picture taking for the media. Planting trees one by one is the "human" way of doing it. This individual planting of trees is good if done to "line" the roads and highways with trees or along fences or property divisions, or if you have a plantation.
To reforest the nation of the Philippines we have to plant trees the "mother nature" way. Sow the seeds during the rainy season. Go deep into "bald" forests and plant trees by sowing seeds. If there's not enough volunteers to do this, use the military helicopters to fly over the designated areas and sow the seeds.
Guaranteed within a few years, The Philippines will be lush again. >>Read More
We are using our rivers as our sewer system. If you ask a Filipino, "Are the Filipinos a clean people?" The answer is an automatic, "Yes!". However, the Filipinos are suffering from the same disease or attitude as most people do, and that is the "NIMBY" disease or "NIMBY" attitude. (NIMBY) Not In My Back Yard. So it is OK to dump my garbage and sewer there. Not mine! Someone else will take care of it.
This attitude is killing our rivers. Your great-grandparents, grandparents or parents were once proud to tell the stories of how they enjoyed swimming in the river behind your house or nearby. However, you can't say the same or tell the same stories to your kids or grand kids. Why? Because your generation is killing the river.
- Secretary Ramon J. P. Paje
- Department of Environment and Natural Resources
- Visayas Avenue, Diliman, 1100 Quezon City, Philippines
We have so much water in the Philippines and yet very little to drink.
Instead of relying too much on Diesel fuel and Coal to generate the majority of Philippine's Electrical energy Supply, we can concentrate more on renewable and sustainable source of energy such as: Hydro Power, Solar Power, and Wind Power. We have too many black outs.
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Benito Soliven, Isabela, Philippines supports Philippine Cycling
Philippine Cycling is about cycling in the Philippnes. Philippine Cycling helps promote bike races, cycling clubs, bicycle tours, and the development of bicycle trails. Activities are coordinated with bike shops and cycling clubs throughout the Philippines to promote the fun of riding bikes. Philippine Cycling will be coordinating events with tour of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. Road biking and mountain bikings will be promoted by Philippine Cycling.
Cycling Activity to Participate In
Tour de Zamboanga 2013: From the 11th of July, 2013 to the 14th of July, 2013. A four day 540 kilometer bicycle race for Charity!
- Due to the road constructions going on in the route of the Tour, we are eliminating the road bikes from this race.
- This is a (Non-Roadbike) individual bicycle race. Everybody is welcome in this race. The more the merrier. Racers who skip a stage will not be allowed to continue. Everybody who finishes the race and does not skip a stage is a winner.
The race starts at the port municipality of Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte and rests in the historical city of Zamboanga del Norte, Dapitan City to end the first stage. The following day the race will continue from Dapitan City to Pagadian City to end the second stage. The 3rd stage will be from Pagadian to Ipil. And finally culminate with the final stage from Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Zamboanga City.
Prizes for the Winners and Participants of Tour de Zamboanga
- 80 PRIZES in all to be Given Away. OVER ₱ 782,000.00 pesos in Prizes
- Grand Prize: The overall (liloy, dapitan, pagadian, ipil, zamboanga) first 15 finishers will be based on the overall accumulated time it took to finish the 4 stage race. The racer must finish all stages to qualify for the grand prize.
- The racer with the best accumulated time wins the championship. 1st:50K, 2nd:30K, 3rd:20K, 4th:15K, 5th:10K, 6th:9.5K, 7th:9K, 8th:8.5K, 9th:8K, 10th:7.5K, 11th:7K, 12th:6.5, 13th:6K, 14th:5.5K, 15th:5K
- Every stage has a winner. Prizes will be presented to the first 3 racers to win each stage. 1st:20K, 2nd:15K, 3rd:10K, 4th:6.5K, 5th:6K, 6th:5.5K, 7th:5K, 8th:4.5K, 9th:4K, 10th:3.5K, 11th:3K, 12th:2.5K, 13th:2K, 14th:1.5K, 15th:1K
- The winner of each stage keeps the prize money even if he/she can't continue with the race because of injury or other reasons. But because the racer skipped a stage he/she will not be allowed to continue with the race.
- Besides the Open Category, There are three (3) other competitive categories: (Women; Under 16 years old; 50 years old and over. Prizes for these categories are as follows: 25K 1st, 20K 2nd, 15K 3rd, 10K 4th, 5K 5th. Each Category gets a prize. Prizes given only to finishers of all 4 stages for these 3 categories.
- Finishers of all the 4 stages get a certificate of completion and a refund of their 1,000.00 peso registration fee. If a racer skips a stage he or she is will not be allowed to continue the race. Every finisher of the Tour de Zamboanga is a WINNER!
First Bicycle Race to cover the entire Zamboanga Peninsula
- Due to the election complications in the Zamboanga peninsula, the tour has been postponed to July 11 - July 14 of 2013.
Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and Zamboanga City.
- First Stage - July 11, 2013 (Thursday): Liloy to Dapitan City
- 143 Kilometers: This stage of the race does not have many hilly terrains. It will be mostly flat. The roads are cemented.
- Second Stage - July 12, 2013(Friday): Dapitan City to Pagadian City
- 128 Kilometers: The second stage will be more challenging as there will be more hills to climb. About 40% of the terrain will be hilly. It will be on the Osmena Hwy which is almost completely cemented. There are only a few kilometers that are still under construction.
- Third Stage - July 13, 2013 (Saturday): Pagadian City to Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay
- 139 Kilometers: The race from pagadian to Ipil will prove to be a grueling race specially the first 35 kilometers. The first 35 kilometers is about 80% uphill battle.
- Fourth Stage - July 14, 2013 (Sunday): Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay to Divisoria, Zamboanga City
- 130 Kilometers: There are three challenging parts to this section of the race. First challenge is the uphill climb from the border of zamboanga sibugay to the border of zamboanga city (barangay of licomo). After that is the twisty uphill in the barangay of Tigbalabag and finally the quiniput tuktukalaw climb. Then it will be a downhill race to the finish at the barangay of Divisoria.
All Philippine Cyclers are invited to participate in the open bicycle race. It is for a great charitable cause: Project BOSS - Brotherhood Operation Sweet Smile
- Total Distance to be traveled: 540 kilometers or 338 miles - Visit our WebPage
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