Farmer slain in Arayat

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:49 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A 28-year-old farmer was shot to death by motorcycle riding criminals in Barangay San Juan, Arayat, Pampanga, Monday.

Police identified the fatality as Albert Oronce, 28, a resident of Barangay San Juan.

Vermicomposting takes roots among Bacolor farmers

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:44 p.m.

BACOLOR -- Some farmers here have scrapped conventional farming, citing that it is not only dangerous for human consumption due to chemical fertilizers, but is also costly to maintain.

With growing awareness about the different processes of organic farming, the town of Bacolor, particularly in Barangay Sta. Barbara, became interested in using vermicomposting.

Cine Kabalen bares Kapampangan film-making winners

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 08:39 p.m.

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ANGELES CITY -- Carlo Catu's "Mis Da Ka" was awarded the Best Film in this year's Fourth Cine Kabalen Film Festival.

Officials oppose Minalin anti-flood project

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:09 p.m.

MINALIN -- The mayor of nearby Macabebe town and two officials here, including Vice Mayor Querolico Daag, are opposing the proposed P170-million Saguing Cut-Off flood control project due to its "negative impact" on the livelihood of hundreds of fisherfolk and the possibility that "it could worsen" the flooding in the two towns and nearby areas.

Guv: Community helpers, Peso coordinators unsung heroes

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:03 p.m.

LUBAO -- Governor Lilia Pineda lauded the efforts of some 1,225 barangay community helpers and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) coordinators in helping local officials in the cleanliness of their respective villages and bringing job opportunities closer to the communities and families.

CDC gifts folks at Mabalacat orphanage

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 08:00 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY -- The state-run Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has brought joy to children with special needs at the Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth in Barangay Mabiga here with a Christmas gift-giving activity.

Employees and volunteers under the External Affairs Department (EAD) and other CDC departments gave the institution grocery items and other goods.

Duman Festival reset for December 20

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:59 p.m.

STA. RITA -- It is all set for this year's 13th Duman Festival supposedly set last December 6 which was later cancelled due to Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) as organizers of the event said it would push through this Saturday, December 20 at the Santa Rita Eco-park.

Group urges appointment of municipal veterinarians

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:56 p.m.

ANGELES CITY -- Anakpawis Partylist representative Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap filed Tuesday House Bill 5297 or "An Act Providing for the Mandatory Appointment of a Municipal Veterinarian Officer."

Hikap said the move is for the purpose of decisively addressing the proliferation of contagious and harmful animal diseases in the countryside and the immediate delivery of public veterinary services to far-flung villages where the raising and production of farm animals is concentrated.

Masantol most wanted nabbed

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:44 p.m.

MASANTOL -- A man responsible for a series of robberies in Pampanga was arrested Tuesday in Barangay San Nicolas, Masantol, Pampanga.

Police Chief Inspector Joel Aparejado of Masantol Police identified the arrested as Armando Gaddi Trinidad, 40, a resident of Barangay Bagang here.

Students get Yuletide treat from RCCP, partners

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:42 p.m.

MASANTOL -- Dozens of students from Barangay Sagrada Familia Elementary School received Christmas gifts in a program hosted by the Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) in cooperation with its service partners.

RCCP president Lourdes David told Sun.Star Pampanga that the event aimed at spreading some Christmas cheer to students of the school who have been regular partners in the social service programs of the organization.

Man, 42, slain in San Fernando

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:40 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- A 42-year-old man was gunned down by motorcycle riding Criminals along Barangay San Juan, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.

Superintendent Rechie Duldulao, city chief of police, identified the victim as Raymundo Reyes, 47, a resident of the said barangay.

2 drug pushers arrested in Porac

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:35 p.m.

CAMP OLIVAS, Pampanga -- Two suspected drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Manibaug, Paralaya, Porac town, Sunday.

Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the suspects as Jerico Juco, 29, a resident of Nepo Subdivision and Marco Macapinlac, 28, a resident of Bagong Bayan, both in Angeles City.

Public urged to get involved National Volunteer Month

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:32 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Alyssa Suba, 20, devotes her time and energy to helping people in times of disasters and emergencies.

“Volunteering can be difficult at times but it can be a very rewarding experience once people show appreciation of the work that you have done for them,” said Suba who volunteers for San Fernando’s City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (CDRRMO) every week.

Kapampangan-led American NGO conducts Christmas outreach

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 07:29 p.m.

SILAY CITY, Negros Occidental – About 1,000 local folks here and in neighboring areas like Bacolod City on Monday, December 15, received medical care and attention from the World Medical Relief, Inc., (WMRI) a Detroit-based charitable institution that has been helping the sick and the poor for decades now.

The medical mission, complete with free medicines and other supplies, was organized by the Montelibano family and is part of the global outreach by the WMRI, in coordination with the city government here.

Capitol employees to get P30K bonus

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:29 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Governor Lilia Pineda announced on Monday that Capitol employees will receive P30,000 each as Christmas bonus.

The bonus will benefit the more than 2,000 permanent and casual employees of the provincial government.

Betis furniture, wood carving tilt set

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:24 p.m.

GUAGUA-- Betis is staging its first open national competition for the country’s wood furniture makers and carvers as part of its annual Dukit Festival this month.

Guagua Mayor Dante Torres said the competition, which will be held at the Betis Church on December 23 to 28, will showcase the creations of top wood furniture makers and carvers from Paete in Laguna, Ifugao, Isabela and other known hubs for topnotch artisans, including Betis, in the country.

Sta. Ana releases last batch of educational assistance

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:15 p.m.

STA. ANA -- The municipal government of Santa Ana has released the last batch of educational assistance for this year with the local government unit shelling out almost P3 million in aid to indigent students for the whole year.

Mayor Rommel Concepcion led the distribution of P250,000 to 161 beneficiaries at the Santa Ana Municipal hall yesterday. The group of beneficiaries included 89 college students and 72 high school students with assistance ranging from P2,000 to P1,000 respectively.

Pagcor launches feeding program

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:12 p.m.

MABALACAT CITY – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) launched recently a feeding program which will benefit 110 severely wasted pupils of Doña Asuncion Lee Integrated School here.

The feeding program will run from December 2 to March 2015.

Pope Francis musical wows theatergoers

Monday, December 15, 2014 - 11:09 p.m.

SUPERB! World-class! Impressive! Fantastic!

These were the admiring words uttered by the theatergoers who trooped to the Holy Angel University Theater in Angeles City last Friday for the matinee presentation of the Pampango-produced stage musical “I Love (expressed in the symbol of a heart) Pope Francis – The Musicale” - in English.

Dolores wins 2014 GLF

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:43 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The entry of Barangay Dolores won this year’s Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) held on Saturday evening at Robinsons Starmills here.

The village received for P150,000 for beating eight other participants to the “Ligligan Parul."

Youngest MOKA winner cites hard work, dedication

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:38 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO –- Multi-titled international golf player Annyka Chanel Pineda-Cayabyab, youngest Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (MOKA) winner, said that “hard work and dedication” are the keys to be successful in sports.

In her speech at the MOKA awards night on December 11, Annyka said representing the country in international golf competitions is an “honor enough” and winning the prestigious award made it special.

CHR: Police torture, rights abuses rampant in Central Luzon

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:35 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO-- Police torture and other forms of human rights abuses are still rampant in Central Luzon, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Regional Director Jasmin Regino said.

Based on the data of the CHR, as of 2013, Central Luzon recorded some 187 cases of human rights violations. From January to November of this year, the CHR reported 173 cases.

Slay suspect on the run

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:32 p.m.

MEXICO-- The police here have initiated a hot pursuit operation against a person who allegedly killed a 20-year-old man during the town’s fiesta.

The incident happened last Monday night in front of a covered court in Barangay Concepcion here.

Gawad Kalinga village to rise in Porac

Sunday, December 14, 2014 - 09:30 p.m.

PORAC-- A GAWAD Kalinga village is now fast rising in this mountain side town as 30 houses are currently being built for 30 beneficiary families in Barangay Pulung Santol here.

Councilor Mark Valencia said that the new facility will greatly help beneficiaries of the project and could usher in further development in the area. The lot for Gawad Kalinga Village in Porac was donated by the Payumo family, according to Valencia.

Mayor wants ‘sanity’ back in Angeles City

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 06:51 p.m.

ANGELES City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said Friday that he has asked all sectors to “bring back sanity” in this city amid on-going improvements and projects like addressing traffic woes.

In a forum at the Imerex Plaza Hotel held recently, Pamintuan has stressed that the projects and programs being implemented by his administration are all geared for the convenience and safety of Angeleños, sans color of politics.

First Sky Ranch branch opens in Pampanga

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 06:50 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Officials of SM Supermalls led the opening of the Sky Ranch Pampanga at SM City Pampanga over the weekend, marking the full operation of the first ever amusement park of its kind in Pampanga.

SM in a statement said the Loop Roller Coaster rotates 360 degrees and swerves from left to right, a ride that is ideal for thrill seekers while the Dream Log is a water ride that mimics the experience of going down a raging river. The company decided to create its own river and island especially for this ride to give visitors a unique experience.

Orphans receive Christmas gifts

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 06:48 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has donated grocery items, food packages, and other household goods to the children of the Bahay Bata Learning Center in Angeles City.

The donation, which included two cavans of rice, grocery items, toiletries, and free meals, will benefit the orphans staying inside the learning center.

Int’l exec takes over top post at Ocean Adventure

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 06:47 p.m.

SUBIC FREEPORT -- A veteran of international business and Rhodes scholar is now at the helm of Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach resort here. 

Arthur D. Tai was appointed president and chief executive officer by the newly-elected board of directors of Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. (SBMEI), parent company of Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach resort hotel, this December.

Quota Int’l launches program for special kids

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Quota International of Pampanga launched over the weekend its Quota Bears program in a bid to raise funds for children with special needs.

Quota president Joycel Panlilio said that funds raised will be used for programs and support projects for children with special needs as well as differently-abled children.

CDC cited by PWD group

Saturday, December 13, 2014 - 06:46 p.m.

CLARK FREEPORT — A group of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Central Luzon has conferred to Clark Development Corporation the Central Luzon Federation of Persons with Disabilities, Inc. (CLFPWD) Choice Award recently.

The award was given in recognition of CDC’s genuine support and contribution to the cause of PWDs.

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