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Tayug builds permanent “Christmas Tree”

By Johanne R. Macob

LINGAYEN– The eastern Pangasinan town Tayug is now working on having a daily Christmas ambience by erecting a permanent “Christmas Tree” in the town plaza. “We want that in Tayug, it’ll be Christmas everyday,” said town mayor Tyrone Agabas in an interview.

Agabas said the six-meter high concrete Christmas Tree being built at the town plaza is an addition to the cast of cartoon characters erected in the area.

He said the cartoon characters that include Minions, Shrek, Little Mermaid, Happy Feet penguins, Batman, and Superman, and the tree will be the town’s attraction to make the public plaza a tourist spot since the town is landlocked with no rivers, mountains, and other natural tourist spots.

The cartoon characters make the public plaza a child-friendly place in the town proper, said the mayor.

Meanwhile, Agabas disclosed the other infrastructure projects lined up by his administration, namely, These include the improvement of the public market and plaza; expansion of public cemetery; the construction of class AA slaughterhouse, a new rural health unit, a bamboo nursery, and a National Housing Authority housing facility.

The municipal bamboo nursery is also being eyed to produce the one town, one product (OTOP) of Tayug,

Meanwhile, the housing facility, Agabas said, is for the calamity-displaced families.

WE ARE NOT AFRAID / Media groups vow to pursue fight for justice for Maguindanao dead 5 years after

By Lottie Salarda With PNA (

AMPATUAN, Maguindanao — (11:33 AM) It’s been five years since Malu Manar, Head of Research Department and News and Current Affairs of Notra Dame Broadcasting Corp. in Kidapawan City broadcast what happened in Sitio Masalay, Brgy Salman, Ampatuan Maguindanao on November 23, 2009.

On Friday, she and other local mediamen joined foreign journalist groups in revisiting the site where 58 people, includine nearly three dozen of their media colleagues, were massacred on a hilly part in Ampatuan town, in what was billed as the single biggest attack ever on journalists worldwide.

Commemorations of the massacre's fifth anniversary were also held by newsmen in Dagupan City, in Pangasinan.

Manar and the station's driver were supposedly part of the convoy of the wife of now Governor Ismael “Toto” Mangundadatu enroute to the Comelec office. Manar and the driver, however, were not able to join the convoy as they planned to go directly to the provincial capitol building because Kidapawan is closer to Tacurong.

“We were about to proceed to Sahriff Aguak but when we reached Brgy Makilala a colleague called and advised me not to proceed because something had happened,” Manar told

After fielding calls from her colleagues she immediately dialled the numbers of those she knew had joined the convoy. No one was picking up, sending a chill down her spine.

At 11 in the morning, Governor Mangundadatu called, asking her to verify if the information he received that his wife and some mediamen had been kidnapped.

“I was among the first that Sir Toto called to verify if his wife and some journalists had been taken. He sought our help,” recalled Manar.

The Notra Dame Broadcasting Corporation in Kidapawan City was the first station that broadcast what happened in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao on 2009. According to Manar, some of the radio stations in their place did not broadcast what happened, apparently because of fear.

“Hindi naman kami kinabahan. Hindi kami natakot.”

“Our first thought was to help unmask the truth of what really happened there,” said Manar.

She visited the massacre site months after the killings together with the authorities to dig up more stories.

Marife “Neneng” Montanio, her colleague in the radio station, was one of the 38 journalists who were killed and buried on that hilly portion of Ampatuan.

On Friday, she was back at the site, as members of the International Federation of Journalists in Asia Pacific attended Mass celebrated for the victims of the Ampatuan Massacre in Sitio Masalay, Brgy Salman, Ampatuan Maguindanao on Friday, just two days before the fifth anniversary.

They joined the local media here, the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines and the families of the victims called for speedy justice and the ending of impunity in the Philippines.

Pangasinan mediamen light candles

Elsewhere in the country, media groups also continued to hold activities marking the fifth anniversary of the massacre. Some 50 mediamen and students from different schools converged at the Dagupan city plaza at 5 p.m. Friday to commemorate the 5th anniversary of the infamous Maguindanao Massacre.

Wearing black and white T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase "Justice to the victims of Maguindanao massacre" and "Justice delayed is justice denied", they lighted 58 candles on top of a tarpauline spread over the concrete floor of the plaza.

Each candle represented each of the 58 members of the media mercilessly gunned down on Nov. 23, 2009 and buried thereafter in a shallow grave not far from the crime scene with the aid of a backhoe in a bid to conceal the inhuman crime.

Until today, not even one of the perpetrators of the most brutal crime against newsmen in Philippine history has been convicted.

Among the mediamen who joined the candle-lighting ceremony were those from the Pangasinan Press Club, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

6 jueteng workers arrested in Pangasinan

By Joel Locsin / JDS (GMA News)

Pangasinan police arrested five suspected bookies and one collector for the popular but illegal numbers game jueteng in separate operations in the province on Thursday.

Five bookies were arrested in Mangaldan town in a police operation but insisted what they were doing was legal, GMA Dagupan reported.

Those arrested were initially identified as Jose Librano, Eddie de Guzman, Jeffrey David, Rogelio David, and Gina Genese.

"Hindi namin alam, bigla-bigla nilang hinuli kami. Hindi nga namin namalayan na hinuli kami, legal naman itong ginagawa namin," said Librano.

"May in-issue naman sa amin na ID, tapos bakit biglang hinuli kami? Wala kaming kasalanan," added Rogelio David.

Seized from the five were pieces of paper and about P5,000 cash.

In Dagupan City, meanwhile, police arrested suspected collector Armando Ayson after catching him collecting bets on Burgos Street. Seized from him were his collections.

Ayson declined to comment on his arrest.

Mobile corn dryer to serve Pangasinan farmers

(MCA/EMBS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan Nov. 20 (PIA) – With a mobile corn dryer, Pangasinan farmers are guaranteed of quality corn grains and minimal post harvest losses compared to the traditional drying method.

The corn dryer worth P3.7 million and a minimum capacity of up to 13 metric tons will be provided by the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 1 to Pangasinan under an agreement.

On Monday, the provincial board passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino, Jr. to sign an agreement with the DA and the Agriculture and Fishery Council (AFC) to implement the mobile fast re-circulating batch dryer.

The resolution proposed by Board Member Danilo Uy was required by the agriculture department to avail of one unit of mobile fast re-circulating batch dryer.

Uy said the mobile equipment, which is under the Agri-Pinoy Corn program, is a post harvest support service of the agriculture department to the qualified cooperators, corn cluster organization or cooperatives who are registered with the Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) or the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Mall chain opens scholarship program for Pangasinenses


ROSALES, Pangasinan, Nov. 18 (PIA) – Pangasinenses who wish to enter college but don't have the means will now have a shot at education through a scholarship courtesy of a mall chain.

Mall magnate SM Group has announced the opening of its college scholarship program for school year 2015-2016.

Roselle Gale, public relations officer of SM-Rosales, said all qualified graduating senior high school students whose annual family income is P150,000 and below may apply for free college education.

To qualify, the student must be a graduate of a public school with a weighted average grade of at least 88 percent in the second or third grading period, Gale said.

She said SM has been providing scholarships for 21 years to help provide quality education to bright but underprivileged public high school graduates and fulfill their dream of a college education.

“The scholarship started in 1993 with just 100 scholars. Now SM has been sponsoring 1,450 scholars with 82 partner-schools nationwide,” Gale told the Philippine Information Agency.

Aside from free tuition, SM scholars are also entitled to free school miscellaneous fees and a monthly allowance and a chance to work at the SM Stores and Supermarkets during their Christmas and summer breaks.

“Even if there are no strings attached when they graduate, the scholars still receive job offers from the SM Group of Companies and affiliates,” she said.

Gale said qualified applicants may visit SM City Rosales’ Mall Admin, the SM Store, and SM Hypermarket. Accomplished forms should be submitted on or before December 20, 2014 and a qualified applicant will undergo rigid screening and interview from January to March 2015.

“There is no quota as to the number of scholars per province because the selection will be based on their scores in the exam and interview,” she added.

The SM Foundation’s College Scholarship Program is the embodiment of the foundation’s education advocacy, one of many programs intended to extend immediate and long-range assistance to deprived communities in areas served by the SM Group of Companies, she added.

Dagupan, most Child-Friendly City in region


AFTER being chosen as the “Most Friendly City” under the independent component city category in the region, the City of Dagupan has been nominated for the 2014 Presidential Awards for the Most Child-Friendly Cities.

Mayor Belen T. Fernandez, bared this good news to officials and employees during the regular Monday flag-raising ceremony November 10 at the Dagupan City plaza.

Fernandez expressed jubilation over this development but assured the city that with or without the Presidential award, her administration will continue to push for programs and activities that will benefit young Dagupenos especially the less privileged children.

The regional evaluation committee cited the various programs and projects that the Dagupan city government has initiated for children since Fernandez took over the helm of the city government on July 1, 2013.

Dagupan is the only Local Government Unit (LGU) in Region 1 and perhaps in the whole country that organizes Children’s Congress annually for the last four years. It just hosted a Robotics Fair, in addition to the regular science fairs being held in the city from time to time.

Under the Fernandez’ administration, all day care centers have been upgraded to meet the standard of accreditation set by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

The supplementary feeding program in the city was launched for malnourished kids in school in coordination with the Department of Education, non-government organization, Kabisig at Kalahi, amd multi-national corporations such as Unilever, Mead and Johnsons and CSI Group of Companies.

The city government has agreed to partner with DepEd to build a modern library hub to encourage better reading habits for pupils and students and organized a pool of retired teachers to conduct read-along and story-telling sessions with young kids in day care centers.

“It’s easy to implement programs for the betterment of our children because we do it from the heart with or without the benefit of an award,” Fernandez said.

She acknowledged the initiatives taken by the department heads, particularly the City Social Welfare and Development Office under the leadership of Leah Aquino, for their good performance and hard work that led to the recognition.

Pangasinan’s Waterworld to boost water sports

By Amadís Ma. Guerrero (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

The scene at El Puerto Marina, a leading resort in Lingayen, capital of Pangasinan, was festive.

There were balloons all over, cars and vans, young men and women preparing themselves as if for some lark, brass bands blaring; and loud, pulsating rock-disco and Latino music over the outdoor sound system.

Then all the vehicles and their passengers, with much fanfare, filed out and headed in the direction of the town center.

It was a motorcade actually, out to spread the word to all and sundry that the resort’s ambitious Aquatica Marina Waterworld, after many months of preparation (and still not a 100 percent-complete) was finally going to be inaugurated.

El Puerto Marina, a short walk to balmy Lingayen Beach, is known for its leisure and team-building facilities, spa, restful tropical ambience, picturesque native cottages, good accommodations for families, and a much-photographed swimming pool with a sculptural “monster” with its tongue—which serves as a slide—sticking out.

Aquatica Marina Waterworld boasts of a clutch of swimming pools, large and small water slides, huge buckets creating waterfalls, winding or simply cascading; sturdy picnic huts made of coco lumber and bamboo slats ,and capped by a huge, sculptural mural of stone, its back to the sea and facing a low pool of onrushing water.

The theme park is about 90-percent complete, with owner Flor Verzosa promising a “raging river” in the future.

Among the entertainers, the lifeguards, clad in simple white shirts, stole the show with their precision dancing and somersaults.

Gov. Amado Espino was present during the opening ceremonies. And Aquatica Marina, according to Provincial Tourism Officer Malou Elduayan, “was an important tourist event not just in Lingayen but all over Pangasinan.”

Zipline, other adventures in Hundred Islands for only P175

(Philippine Daily Inquirer)

Decades ago, the sleepy town of Alaminos in Pangasinan rose to fame for its cluster of mushroom-shaped coral formations carved by pummeling ocean waves. Today, local and foreign tourists continue to flock to this unique destination that has come to be known as the Hundred Islands.

Despite its popularity, this attraction remains unspoilt and inviting. In 2008, it landed on the cover of the book “501 Must-Visit Islands” published in the United Kingdom.

And for good reason—scattered like beautifully cut emerald stones upon the blue-green waters of the Lingayen Gulf are 123 coral islands, with abundant inland and underwater flora and fauna, cream-colored fine sand that yields to every step, and friendly local islanders.

Outdoor activities

The Hundred Islands now offers active nature experiences such as zipline, wall climbing and rappelling. These are perfect activities for the weekend adventurer who wants a change of scenery—and exercise.

The outdoor adventure package is only P175—the cost of fast-food value meal.

You reach the 120-meter zipline ride by climbing a tower on one end of Quezon Island, one of the more developed islands in the national park. Highly skilled zipline operators, trained by Outland Adventure of Davao, secure the rider with a harness and protective headgear. One glides above the clear waters and sees the island from a rare bird’s eye view.

This island also has a 546-meter zipline that connects to the Virgin Island—for only P250 fee.

In the same tower as the zipline take-off point is a safe and uncomplicated man-made rock climbing wall perfect for beginners. The rappelling portion requires a descent from the tower to a bed of soft sand, quite easy and enjoyable, especially for beginners.

There are also cliff jumping and swimming in the underwater cave of Marcos Island, snorkeling in Coral Garden, communing with the wildlife in Bat Island and Monkey Island, and exploring the tiny, secluded coves of Cuenco, Old Scouts and Lopez islands.

There’s also swimming or kayaking in the shallow waters of Children’s Island. Or one can simply enjoy the breathtaking sight from the view deck of Governor’s Island.

Stores in the mainland sell souvenirs.


In Quezon Island, there are simple picnic tables for P200 each or a spacious pavilion for P4,000.

For bigger groups, there’s a guesthouse for 15 persons for around P5,000. The famous “Pinoy Big Brother” house in Governor’s Island can also be rented for the same amount.

Nature lovers can camp out on the shores of Quezon Island for P200. Tents can be rented for P400.

Dining and lounging in the sea aboard a floating cottage, which can accommodate more than a dozen persons, will cost around P1,000. Those on a tighter budget can bring their own food and drinks to enjoy anywhere in the islands or buy from the food stalls in the area.

The Hundred Islands is accessible by bus bound for Alaminos or Bolinao. The trip will take five hours. In Alaminos, charter a tricycle to the Lucap Wharf and get off in the local tourism office where visitors must register and can rent an outrigger boat.

The fee ranges from P1,000 to P4,500 depending on the size and type of the boat and length of stay. A day tour on a regular boat allows 20-minute visits each to Quezon Island, Governor’s Island and Children’s Island.

Victory Liner plies the Alaminos and Bolinao routes daily, every hour from 4 a.m. to 11:50 p.m. It has well-cushioned seats, fully functional air-conditioning system, strong WiFi connection, and courteous, highly trained personnel.

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FVR launches new book in Pangasinan

By Dexter A. See

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan—Former President Fidel V. Ramos has added the latest volume to his commissioned and published books entitled “111111-111-II Wonder of Words: The Timeless Quotes of Fidel V. Ramos & Contemporaries,” at the Sison Auditorium.

Governor Amado T. Espino Jr., who led provincial officials and guests at the launch on Tuesday, paid tribute to “Pangasinan’s most illustrious son” and his lasting infrastructure projects and other improvements for the province during his administration.

They were joined by 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo N. Bataoil, Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Z. Calimlim Jr. with board members, mayors, department heads led by Provincial Administrator Rafael Howard F. Baraan, former elementary classmates of FVR, members of the academe and students.

The “Wonder of Words” is a companion piece of FVR WOW Book 1 which was also launched in Pangasinan in November 2011 to commemorate the 111th birth anniversary of his diplomat father, the late Foreign Affairs Secretary Narciso R. Ramos.

According to editor Melandrew T. Velasco the sequel compiles new quotes and nuggets of wisdom, spanning FVR’s 68 years as a public servant and statesman.

He said the book is packed with insights into nation building, leadership, people empowerment along with anecdotes from FVR who remains active in promoting national interests and civic responsibility.

In the book’s foreword, FVR wrote, “I urge everyone to never lose that sense of WONDER of faith and hope. I offer this book, Wonder of Words, to you in the hopes that in every nugget of wisdom you read, you gather food for the soul and use it to fuel love and hope for our nation.”

Copies of the book are available at the Pangasinan Provincial Library, Pangasinan State University, Pangasinan National High School and other national high schools and universities in the province.

NGCP to build P173-million substation in Pangasinan

By Lenie Lectura

THE National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) is building a P173-million substation in Pangasinan that will serve three power distribution utilities (DUs) once finished in September next year.

The 100 megavolt ampere (MVA) substation will soon rise on a 7-hectare lot in Barangay Balingueo, Santa Barbara, Pangasinan. It will serve Central Pangasinan Electric Cooperative (Cenpelco), Dagupan Electric Corp. and the Pangasinan III Electric Cooperative. The substation project when completed with the new 69-kiloVolt (kV) lines to be installed by the three DUs will improve system reliability and operational flexibility in the 69-kV facilities of Eastern and Central Pangasinan.

“Pangasinan is one of the provinces with high electricity consumption. Because of improved economic activities in the area, load growth is expected. With the construction of this substation, NGCP is confident it will be able to keep up with this demand for power,” NGCP President and CEO Henry Sy Jr. said. NGCP is a privately owned corporation that is franchised to operate, maintaining, and develop the country’s power grid. It transmits high-voltage electricity through “power superhighways” that include the interconnected system of transmission lines, towers, substations, and related assets

The consortium, which holds the 25-year concession contract to operate the country’s power transmission network, is comprised of Monte Oro Grid Resources Corp., led by Henry Sy Jr., Calaca High Power Corp., led by Robert Coyiuto Jr., and the State Grid Corp. of China (SGCC) as technical partner.

Non-working holiday in Pangasinan on Nov. 13

(MCA/AMM/PIA-1, Pangasinan)

DAGUPAN CITY, November 12 (PIA) – Pangasinan will mark November 13, Thursday as a special non-working holiday to mark the 118th birth anniversary of the late Speaker Eugenio Padlan Perez.

Former President Corazon Aquino signed on March 29, 1989 Republic Act No. 6271, titled An Act Declaring November 13 of Each Year a Special Public Holiday in the Province of Pangasinan, to honor Perez, the first Pangasinense to become speaker of the Philippine Legislature.

Perez served as Speaker of the House of Representatives from 1946 to 1953.

During his term as Speaker, he helped secure the passage of the Bell Trade Act and the Parity Rights Amendment in the Constitution allowing American citizens and corporations equal access to Philippine minerals, forests and other natural resources.

Perez was born in 1896 in San Carlos City, Panga­sinan. He first entered politics in 1926 as a member of the municipal council of San Carlos City prior to his election to the Philippine Legislature as a Representative of the 2nd District of Pangasinan.

In 1946, Perez joined the newly-established Liberal Party, which obtained a congressional majority in the House of Representatives in the 1946 general elections. He was elected speaker of the House of Representatives when the 1st Congress of the Philippines convened later that year, and would serve as House Speaker throughout the 1st and 2nd Congresses.

Perez was married to a soprano, Consuelo Salazar, with whom he had three children. His child, Victoria, was the first wife of Jose de Venecia, who would become House Speaker 35 years after Perez's death.

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