Old and New

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By Noel G. Tulabut

My Palm Notes

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


SO, ANOTHER year is here. We always say and hope that may the old become new each time a year ends. Although not all old things and habits need replacements. Some of them are preferred to stay.

What is old and what is new? Let me enumerate some.

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EDPAM’s NEW CITATION. The City Government of Angeles received a positive 55 percent sincerity rating (in fighting corruption) in the 2012 Survey of Enterprises on Corruption conducted by the prestigious Social Weather Stations for the Transparency Accountable Governance (TAG) project.

Angeles City came in 2nd, with Davao getting the highest rating at 66 percent. It however bested Cebu (34), Iloilo (33), and the Cavite-Laguna-Batangas (31) areas which were lumped into one in that survey. Cagayan de Oro was a negative 13 percent.

The survey was supported by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through The Asia Foundation (TAF), and done in partnership with the Makati Business Club’s Integrity Initiative program and the National Competitive Council. Around 100 businessmen and entrepreneurs in Metro Angeles were interviewed for the survey.

This is something both old and new.

Old because the city has garnered some recognitions in the past year such as the Seal of Good Housekeeping award from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) -- for two consecutive years -- and the prestigious and most coveted Gawad Pamana ng Lahi award.

Mayor Pamintuan was also recently named as one of the seven most outstanding mayors of the Philippines by Superbrands International, a prominent organization of product branding with presence in around 88 countries worldwide.

What makes it new (or newer) is that the city is getting all these citations amidst brickbats thrown at the current administration. While some of the allegations could be valid, the recognitions also somehow tell the people that Mayor Edpam and other city officials are doing the right thing.

Any day from now, the winners of World Mayor Award 2012 will be known. Pamintuan is the only Filipino vying for the prestigious plum, joining only four Asian mayors in the cast of Top 25 nominees from around the world.

The nomination alone should be a source of pride for Angelenos. To be chosen as one of the winners should make us Filipinos more than elated.

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“DONG DRUBS OCA”. So the headline of another newspaper states. This item (not the headline per se) is both new and old, too. It is old as Congressman Dong Gonzales had topped surveys before. Equally not surprising too is the ability of his nemesis Mayor Oscar Rodriguez to bounce back.

What is new in this one is Cong. Dong’s apparent lead in all of the towns of the Third District, including the City of San Fernando where Mayor Rodriguez has a supposed foothold.

It is a bit close though for the protagonists in a city that garnered several awards under the world city mayor, with 50 percent from the 800 respondents going to the Cong. Dong, 41.9 percent to Mayor Rodriguez while 7.4 percent were undecided.

Mind you, the question raised was “who would (voters) go for (congressman) if elections were held today.”

Things might have changed soon after that survey. The past holiday season might have changed the landscape too. While I am definitely not saying that voters in the third district could be had for a ham or queso de bola, the electorate in the area would know who is most generous and who continues to make a personal touch. Who poured in the projects in the third district?

The survey had the answer. That is not new.

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PRISM. This a new bar in town. It is actually a lounge inside the fast growing Widus Resort and Casino inside Clark Freeport.

Although it opens as early as 11:00 am, Prism features a very relaxing ambience where yuppies and business persons can retreat from a tiring day at the office or from taxing meetings.
The new joint has colorful but subdued lights that match the fine pieces of comfy chairs that soothes a tired mind and body. The prices? Food and beverage are fairly priced for this unique lounge that plays only unplugged or acoustic music.

Prism is located right next to another new joint – “W” coffeeshop -- which is open from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Not to be left out of course is the newly renovated SALT Restaurant, the main food and beverage outlet of Widus where everyone can have succulent and satisfying meals all day long.

SM CLARK IMAX. For movie buffs like me, there’s a new IMAX theater that will wow us all. It’s located on the second floor of SM City Clark.

Convenient and comfy. Now there’s no need for moviegoers to go to Mega Manila for high definition – both video and audio – silver screen. Opened in December last year, the IMAX is a state-of-the-art, three-dimension (3D) digital movie entertainment.

It is part of the multi-million peso investments by SM Prime Holdings as it opened five IMAX theaters in SM Malls last year. The first three theaters were at SM Mall of Asia, SM North Edsa and SM Cebu.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 09, 2013.

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