Porac to host cook-fest in 8th Binulu Festival

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 07:37 p.m.

PORAC town will be hosting its 8th Binulu Festival on November 15, with various barangays bringing their best Binulu recipe for a competition.

Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz said the cook-fest aims to promote the indigenous cooking process and place the town in the tourism radar as food and eco-tourism destination.

‘Undas’ perfect for family reunion

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 07:37 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -– To most Kapampangans, the “Undas” is more than just remembering departed loved ones, but also a perfect time for family reunions.

Before this occasion, tombs are cleaned and repainted, candles are lit, and colorful flowers, prayers are offered. These all are gestures of love.

Fishermen group accuses 3 nations of ‘ocean grab’

Thursday, November 1, 2012 - 07:36 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY - Fishermen in Central Luzon belonging to the Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) accused the governments of Japan, South Korea and Taiwan of ocean grabbing.

The group issued the statement a day after Olivier de Schutter, the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, warned governments that small fishermen, local fishing communities and sustainable fishing are threatened by ocean grabbing or long-distance, industrial-scale trawling.

Woman ‘held’ by Chinese national rescued

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:57 p.m.

ANGELES CTIY -- A 20-year-old woman, allegedly detained illegally by a Chinese national inside an apartment in Barangay Balibago here, was rescued recently by authorities.

Balibago chairman Rodelio Mamac said the suspect, Christopher Tan, reportedly locked the victim inside an apartment for several months.

‘Longest’ All Souls’ Day rites start in Betis today

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:57 p.m.

GUAGUA -- While others would have been setting aside left-over candles after the November 1 occasion, folks of this district would continue honoring the dead, showering them with prayers in the company of family members continuously for nine days, starting from November 1 until November 9.

As early as Monday, residents here have been busy cleaning grave sites.

Aetas get school supplies from journalist’s foundation

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:56 p.m.

PORAC -- Aeta students of Barangay Camias here received a school building and supplies from Project Malasakit Foundation Inc., a non-government entity founded by Kapampangan journalist Kara Patria David.

Vice Mayor Dexter David said the journalist facilitated the counterpart program of P100,000, which the Municipal Government matched to construct the open-air classroom here for Aeta students.

Traders double earnings on ‘Undas’

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:55 p.m.

STA. ANA -- Local traders here have doubled their earnings as a consequence of the preparation for “Undas.”

According to them, business activities during this season are “active” with the sudden increase of marketgoers.

Hardware store held-up by riders-in-tandem

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:54 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Four unidentified riders-in-tandem, one of them armed with an unknown gun, held up the JBJ Commercial and Construction Supply in Barangay San Juan, City of San Fernando last Tuesday.

In a report, Pampanga Police Acting Provincial Director R’Win Pagkalinawan said two of the suspects posted in front of the establishment while the two others entered and one of them pointed a gun at Joseph De Jesus, 47, of Zone 2, Cabalantian, Bacolor.

Local execs greet Iglesia executive minister on his birthday

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:54 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Local executives here extended birthday wishes to Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) executive minister Brother Eduardo Manalo, as he celebrated his 57th birthday Wednesday.

Brother Manalo, also known to the faithful as “Ka Ediboy,” was born on October 31, 1955. He is currently the head of the INC following the death of former late executive minister Eraño G. Manalo.

Salisi Gang victimizes 2 Russians

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 - 09:52 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- Two Russian diplomats fell victims to the Salisi Gang while taking their lunch at a McDonald’s chain at the Lakeshore Business Center in Barangay Panipuan, Mexico town last Tuesday.

Andrey Sapzhikov, 51, and wife Elena, presently residing in Laguna Towers, Makati City, were reportedly taking their lunch at the food chain when the incident happened.

Mexico town acting mayor assumes office

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:22 p.m.

MEXICO, Pampanga - Acting Mayor Roy Manalastas buckled down to work early Tuesday morning starting the day by issuing his first memorandum to employees, signing pending documents, and listening to the needs of hundreds of Mexico folks.

Manalastas worked at the Municipal Council session hall, as the Mayor’s Office was still locked and Municipal Government employees cleaning and securing the personal belongings of suspended Mayor Teddy Tumang.

12 minors rescued from cybersex dens

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:21 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Police operatives have rescued 12 minors during simultaneous raids on alleged cybersex dens at the Marisol Manor Subdivision in Barangay Ninoy Aquino here on Monday.

Police reports reveal that the minors included a six-year-old boy.

Bacolor town all set for ‘Makatapak’ Festival

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:20 p.m.

BACOLOR -- This town is set to celebrate this year’s Makatapak Festival (Barefoot Festival) on Nov. 17, highlighting resiliency and religious fervor of its people in a myriad of street dancing and events.

Mayor Jose Maria Hizon told Sun.Star Pampanga that the event is in cooperation with the San Guillermo Parish, Centro Catolico de Bacolor, and the Municipal Government of Bacolor.

BCDA Board finalist in Asia CEO Awards

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:19 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases Conversion and Development Authority’s (BCDA) Board clinched a spot as a finalist in the ongoing search of the Asia CEO Awards’ Most Admired Board of Directors.

BCDA Chairman Felicito C. Payumo said the BCDA is the lone government representative in a group composed of the private individuals.

Spanish envoy optimistic of Phil-Spanish relations

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:18 p.m.

BACOLOR -- Spanish Ambassador Jorge Manuel Domecq on Tuesday said he is optimistic of the relations between the Philippines and Spain, adding that his country is happy with the strong and lively relationship ties it shares with the Philippines.

Domecq made this statement during his visit to Bacolor town Tuesday as part of the 250-year celebration of the town’s declaration as the seat of the Spanish colonial government during the British occupation of the Philippines in 1762.

Authorities, NGOs provide assistance for “Undas”

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:18 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Authorities in-charge of the maintenance of peace and order are now visible in some strategic areas in the province to provide assistance to the riding public for All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day celebrations or Undas.

This came as the Philippine National Police (PNP), Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP), and other non-government organizations are now bracing for the influx of motorists for Undas.

‘Favoritism’ on Comelec registration process noted

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:17 p.m.

CANDABA – Disgruntled resident-registrants at the municipal office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in this town on Tuesday noted “favoritism” during the registration process.

This came as hundreds of Candabenios came early at the Comelec office to be registered and be able to participate in the upcoming elections next year.

Police on 'full alert' during Undas

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 11:16 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS -- The entire Central Luzon police force has been placed on full alert status Tuesday as part of observance of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in the region.

Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao, Police Regional Office (PRO) director, said the “full alert status” is part of their security preparations for the annual "Oplan Kaluluwa" that aims to provide maximum security coverage and public safety service, to include security assistance along highways and major thoroughfares, and traffic management along routes leading to cemeteries and other places of convergence.

DPWH exec to evaluate Candaba infra projects

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 03:16 p.m.

DEPARTMENT of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) regional director Antonio Molano Jr. the other day vowed to evaluate infrastructure projects implemented in the municipality of Candaba.

Molano, along with other engineers of DPWH, and Mayor Jerry Pelayo conducted an ocular inspection in three major projects namely: the Bomba Bridge in Barangay San Agustin; the concrete pavement of a national road in Barangay Paligue; and the revetment of the slope protection of Pampanga River along the portion of Barangay Mandasig.

Kapampangan theater group to stage 11th Duman Festival

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 03:14 p.m.

KAPAMPANGAN theater arts group or the “Arti.Sta Rita” will host the 11th Duman Festival on December 1, 2012, highlighting duman, local delicacy, in front of the Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish Church.

Andy Alviz and his group Arti.StaRita started the festival in 2002, which originated from the long-standing tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or green delicacy called “duman.”

Taytay wins fireworks competition

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 03:13 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The entry of Taytay town, Rizal (Number 7) emerged as winner in the Pyrofest Competition sponsored by SM City Clark the other night.

SM City Clark officials estimated that some 20,000 people gathered at the mall to witness the spectacular exhibition of fireworks, the culminating activity of the Fiestang Kuliat celebration of Angeles City. Other winners in the pyrotechnics contest include Bulacan (Number 2), 2nd place; and Oroquieta City (Number 6), 3rd place.

Women leaders slam Lazatin

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 03:10 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -– Leaders of various women’s organizations criticized what they described as lack of coherent and clear program of government of Representative Carmelo Lazatin (1st district, Pampanga).

“Is that all? You call that a program of government? That's not a program. That's a very, very, very shortlist of what he intends to do. But even as a list, the same pales in comparison to the program of government of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan as presented in the contract with Angeleños,” Meren Coronel of the Kapisanan ng mga Kababaihan para sa Kaunlaran ng Angeles (KKKA) said.

Envoy cites Kapampangans’ resiliency

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 01:11 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –- The Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Manuel Domecq Monday cited the Kapampangans’ resiliency when it comes to calamities, which led to the success of the province of Pampanga.

Domecq said the province started to rise and grow from its devastation following the Mt. Pinatubo eruption 17 years ago.

Mexico mayor suspended

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 01:01 p.m.

THE Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Pampanga ordered on October 25,2012 the suspension of Mexico City Mayor Teddy Tumang for three months without pay.

The DILG order, which took effect last Thursday, stressed: “The order denied the motion for reconsideration filed in your behalf, thus imposing against you the three months suspension without pay as stated in the Ombudsman decision dated November 8, 2010.”

Spanish flag flies again after 114 years

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 12:58 p.m.

THE Spanish flag known as “La Rojigualda” flew once again at the Pampanga Capitol Monday, marking the historic visit and friendship of Spanish Ambassador to the Philippines Jorge Manuel Domecq.

The “La Rojigualda” flew side by side with the Philippine flag as the national anthems of the two countries played one after the other for the first time marking a revitalization of friendship between the countries.

Nepomuceno: Clark workers to get more jobs

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 12:57 p.m.

ANGELES CITY –- Congressman-wannabe Francis Nepomuceno said he is in talks with union leaders of the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ) in a bid to give more jobs to some 70,000 CFZ workers of the city.

Nepomuceno said he will provide livelihood opportunities, which will come in the form of cooperatives, to the Clark workers through their respective unions such as the Samahang Manggagawa ng DMIA (SMD), Association of Concerned CDC Employees (ACCES), and Association of CDC Supervisory Personel (ACSP).

Fernandinos celebrate Frog Festival

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 10:19 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- For almost a week, they again came jumping, leaping, singing and dancing into the limelight -- that is, both frogs and humans -- as the City of San Fernando celebrated the 10th “Pyestang Tugak” or Frog Festival which culminated with a grand show of Fernandino talent Saturday at Robinsons Starmills.

Themed “Pamakibage, Pamanantabe, Pamia-abe,” this year’s festival, as Mayor Oscar Rodriguez aptly put it, “reminds us of the humble beginnings from where we came and the heights that we have scaled toward a better life through giant strides, much like those vigorous leaps that frogs are capable of making. Lowly regarded yet admirable for their resiliency and flexibility are these creatures we fete with such festivities like the street dance competition, choral and frog mascot contests, the ‘padwasan and sukluban’ and frog leaping and race.”

3,000 Northville folks get birthday blowout

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 10:19 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — Some 3,000 residents of Northville 14 in Barangay Calulut here were treated to free food by Rep. Aurelio “Dong” Gonzales Jr. (third district, Pampanga) as part of his celebration of his 50th birthday Saturday.

Gonzales said he opted to celebrate his birthday with his constituents and forgo the lavish parties to be able to also meet and consult constituents.

Roxas not in favor of arming village watchmen

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 10:18 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT — Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas said he is not in favor of arming village watchmen or tanods in maintaining peace and order in the barangay, adding that the proposal might bring more problems and solve criminality.

“One would need specialized training to be able to carry side arms.  It would bring more problems that solve most,” Roxas said, adding that tanods and barangay officials should instead coordinate with the local police in implementing peace and order programs.

DILG names local governance performers

Saturday, October 27, 2012 - 10:17 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently named and feted Pampanga towns and barangays for their excellence in the local governance performance management system (LGPMS) and other aspects of administration.

According to DILG regional director Florida Dijan, for 2011, all of the 137 local government units in Central Luzon composed of seven provinces, 13 cities and 117 municipalities have been recipients of the Seal of Good Housekeeping.

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