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Wednesday, August 27, 2014


LATEST CRAZE - You might be wondering what are all these hulabaloos about the 'ice bucket challenge'. Politicians, show biz people and people who matter are being photographed and followers of mainstream and social media through Facebook, Instagram amd Viper postings get them 24 hours.

As explained it is designed to raise awareness about a degenerative disease about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). It is according to initial research a degenerative nerve ailment. No wonder when you will be doused the ice cold water you have to make a donation. If I am not mistaken, one of the victims of this disease is former Candaba Mayor Jerry Pelayo's wife Lani.

May I therefore request my friend Gerry Nepomuceno and all his cousins who are all part owners of the Teresa Ice Plant in Angeles to take the IBC. Maybe Blue Boy and Yeng Guiao, too. He he he.

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CHANGING LANDSCAPE - Motorists are experiencing now a little breather as the principal roads in Angeles are almost finished, though there still much to be done for their total completion. As I reported earlier, the second phase of the Pandan-Magalang road starting from the roundabout near the Marquee Mall up to the boundary of the city and Sapang Maisac, Mexico town is yet to be bidded.

The west circumferential road is half finished as of this writing, and crossing my fingers with the hope that it can withstand the almost 3,000 trucks hauling the white sand of Porac town daily to Metro Manila.

The whole section of the MacArthur Highway of Angeles City was expanded but many portions are being utilized as parking areas by the business establishments lined-up along the road. It is one big problem that city government is trying to solve.

Take notice of the many high rise buildings in the Balibago and in the spine road of Don Juico Avenue. They add up to the traffic jams occurring not only during rush hours.

GHOST MONTH - You need not be a Chinese to believe in feng sui. Many businessmen would rather let the month of August pass before making major decisions in their investments. One of them I believe is businessman Rodolfo 'Bong' Pineda.

Some months back, his group made a purchase of the Tony Tioco- owned Oxford Hotel inside the Clark Freeport. The amount is undisclosed. Also in the radar is the Oxford Princess Casino being operated by politicians from Isabela led by Congressman Paul Dy and a certain Mayor Bentot Panganiban.

My source said most likely the deal may push through this coming September and that the same corporate vehicle will operate the casino. Clark Development Corporation president Art Tugade is keenly watching developments of the transaction as the casino owes CDC a huge amount in lease rentals that mounted over the years.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 28, 2014.

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