Vol. 27 Issue 04 15-21 June 2009

Frontpage News

Parade during Fiesta week does not enhance devotion, say schools
Sunday, June 21st, 2009

The Bicol Association of Catholic Schools (BACS) has issued a statement declaring its opposition to the scheduling of the traditional Military Parade during the days of the Peñafrancia novena.

The BACS' statement was a result of the meeting of BACS representatives last June 18 in Naga; the meeting was part of the Catholic schools' efforts "to discern ways and means to preserve and enhance the devotion to Ina."

In their statement, the signatory schools were unanimous in declaring "that a Military Parade has relevance neither to the celebration nor to the enhancement of the Devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia."

They added that because of the above, the Military Parade "should not be scheduled within the Novena to Our Lady of Peñafrancia."

The BACS schools further urged that "the Military Parade be scheduled outside of the Novena on such a civic holiday as Naga Charter Day or on Philippine Independence Day."

Statement on the Military Parade and Beauty Pageant Bicol Association of Catholic Schools Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines , Region V
Sunday, June 21st, 2009

As we continue to prepare for the celebration of the 300th anniversary of the Devotion to Our Lady of Peñafrancia, we have been led to reflect on the various activities normally held during the Fiesta, hoping to discern ways and means to preserve and enhance the devotion to Ina.

Bikol News

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

PILI, Camarines Sur -- Government forces will embark on a renewed military offensive against communist rebels in an all out bid to end the four-decades old insurgency problem in Bikol by 2010, a ranking Army officer here said recently.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, June 17 - The Supreme Court's (SC) Justice on Wheels (JOW) has gained another milestone in bringing justice to inmates in Albay after it freed 84 of them at the Albay Provincial Jail and Legazpi City Jail recently.

Supreme Court Justice Reynato Puno over the weekend led court officials in bringing a JOW mobile court to this city to hear cases of detainees still languishing in provincial and city jails, awaiting court decisions.

Penny Robredo
First time outside the National Capital Region
Thursday, June 18th, 2009
The whole month of July, the Philippines celebrates the 31st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Month. Launching activities shall be held in various venues in Naga City on July 1, 2009-- the first time that NDPR launching events are held outside the National Capital Region.

Dr. Josephine Robredo-Bundoc, in-country Director at the Philippines Walking Free clinic and consultant at the UP-PGH Department of Rehabilitation Medicine is this year's Coordinator of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Month. Dr. Bundoc is a native of Naga City and the younger sister of city mayor Jesse Robredo.

Amputee Walks
Thursday, June 18th, 2009

In the run-off to the 31st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPAR) Month in July Dr. Josephine Robredo-Bundoc and company from the Walk Free Project and Physicians for Peace distributed and attached pre-fitted limb prostheses to amputees in Naga City.

The half-day event took place at the Naga City Civic Center last weekend.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Daet, Camarines Norte (16 June) -- The Police Provincial Office (PPO) of Camarines Norte launched Monday (June 8) the "Kalaswaan, Dapat I-ban" or campaign against pornography in front of the PPO headquarters here.

PSSupt. Emmanuel M. Talento, police provincial director here, said that the campaign against pornography will be done continuously to put a stop on the proliferation of pornographic materials, especially pirated VCDs and DVDs, in the entire province.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

LEGAZPI CITY, June 18 --- Drinking liquor in street sidewalks and other public places will be a thing of the past in this premier city after the city legislative council is strongly bent on passing an ordinance to this effect.

Rollie Rosal city councilor and proponent of the ordinance said the proposed ordinance had been deliberated at the committee level and is scheduled for the third and final reading on Tuesday.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Highly acclaimed singers, dancers, band players and majorettes of the Performing Arts Group of the University of Northeastern Philippines wowed and captivated the shoppers at SM City Naga with its breathtaking performances during the mall's 2009 Independence Day celebrations.


Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Naalaala ko nang huling gumamit ng ganitong formula, sa klase sa chemistry. Hindi nga ba't ang urban legend ay tinanong daw ni Eddie Ilarde, host ng noontime show na Student Canteen, ang kontestant, "Ano ang pangkaraniwang tawag sa NaCl?" At dahil hindi makasagot ang kontestant, nagbigay ito ng clue. "Ito ang binubudbot niyo sa itlog ng inyong Mister." Dali-daling sumagot ang kontestant, "Pulbos!" Namula si Ilarde, humagalpak ng tawa, pati ang mga audience sa studio. Nagtataka lamang ang kontestant kung bakit.

Church News

Sunday, June 21st, 2009
MANILA, June 15, 2009-Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio called on the Catholic bishops' leadership Monday to endorse specific candidates in the coming 2010 presidential elections.

Panlilio, a suspended Catholic priest, said it is about time for the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) to be effective in giving political advice.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

MANILA, June 16, 2009-Fr James Reuter, SJ, has stepped down as the executive secretary of the CBCP's Commission on Social Communications and Mass Media (ECSCMM) after 39 years.

Early this month, the CBCP Commission has accepted the resignation of Reuter due to poor health.

During his tenure, Fr. Reuter, 93, received awards and recognition for his work in the promotion of the Catholic Church utilizing mass media.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

VATICAN, June 18, 2009-- In preparation for the Year of Priests, Pope Benedict XVI has sent a Letter to the priests of the world, calling on them to live out the words of St. John Vianney, "The priesthood is the love of the heart of Jesus."

The Holy Father will inaugurate the Year of Priests during Vespers at St. Peter's Basilica tomorrow, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

MANILA, June 17, 2009-Church officials called on Manila's city council to reverse its decision and recognize the public's opposition to Pandacan oil depot's continued operation.

The Archdiocese of Manila condemned the recent approval by Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim of an ordinance allowing oil companies to keep their depots in the city.

The approved law, which reclassifies the 36-hectare riverside Pandacan district as an industrial zone, also defied a court order to relocate them on safety and environmental grounds.

National News

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

MANILA, June 19 (PNA) -- The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC) on Friday said claims of a total of 523 accounts amounting to P87.5 million in Legacy banks have been denied.

PDIC president Jose Nograles said the said accounts were denied because these are either not in the master list of deposit accounts, or deposits converted from pre-need plans or came from fictitious loans and the bank's marketing promotions.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

MANILA, June 19 - The salary increase of government workers nationwide takes effect July 1, 2009, Malacañang said today.

Executive Secretary Eduardo R. Ermita said that President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed Executive Order (EO) No. 811 on June 18 to effect the hike in the salaries of government workers.

The directive provides for the appropriation of P18.4 billion from the 2009 General Appropriations Act and savings of different departments, bureaus, offices and agencies of the national government.

World News

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

SEOUL, June 19 -- South and North Korea failed to reach an agreement at Friday's talks over Pyongyang's demands for wage and rent hikes at a joint industrial venture, but agreed to meet again next month, a Seoul official said.

The two sides will hold a follow-up meeting on July 2, Unification Ministry spokesman Chun Hae-sung said in a briefing.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

WASHINGTON, June 19 -- The United States will, in accordance with its agreement with Iraq, withdraw combat troops from all Iraqi urban areas, U.S. Ambassador to Baghdad Christopher Hill said here on Thursday.

"We signed that (security) agreement and we will absolutely comply fully with it. And that means pulling all combat forces out of the ... cities," Hill told reporters.


Editorial Logo
Sunday, June 21st, 2009

We welcome the statement released by the Bicol Association of Catholic Schools or BACS regarding their opposition to the tradition of having a military parade during the week of the Novena to Our Lady of Peñafrancia. As all sectors are enjoined to re-examine the manner in which we celebrate INA's feast, the BACS' statement demonstrated the Catholic schools' efforts to participate in this call towards renewal.

Touring Germany
Saturday, June 13th, 2009

June 5, 9:15 PM. There he is again! Back to Germany for the second time! Oh no, this is not Berlin, it is Dresden. Obama is not heading for Berlin in this visit. In fact he is not really into meeting anyone from Berlin. His concern is completely different.

For Bikol and the World
Sunday, June 21st, 2009

On June 19, 2009, in line with the call of Archbishop Legaspi to discern concrete ways of enhancing our devotion to Ina to prepare for her 300th anniversary, the Bicol Association of Catholic Schools issued a statement calling for the scrapping of the Military Parade during the Peñafrancia.

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

Naga is vanishing. It is vanishing fast. In the place of those that are quickly disappearing come forth places that I yet have to know. In fact, it can be said that while I mourn the disappearance of the city of my youth, some are finding spaces that fill their lives with meaning.

But for the moment, I search for those things that made this city for me and my remembrance.

Mayon Limited
Monday, June 22nd, 2009

. I SHALL BEGIN THIS wit h a period. Which is wrong. Very wrong. And you know that this—this—is even wrong.

Opposite Poles
Saturday, May 30th, 2009

In my column this week, allow me to present some data from a study I made on the relation of poverty and population in Masbate.

God's Global Household
Saturday, June 6th, 2009

I WANT TO WRITE ABOUT a couple of things, about some thoughts that have been following me or have been nagging me to say something about them.

The Cha-Cha See-Saw Battle
Sunday, June 14th, 2009
MANILA - The Filipino people's vote against the convening of a constituent assembly has been cast. Between 10,000 to 15,000 people joined the rally in Makati on June 10 to show their indignation over the railroading of House Resolution 1109, which provides for the convening of Congress into a constituent assembly with the Senate and House voting as one.
No to ChaCha
Monday, June 22nd, 2009

The anti-Charter change (Chacha) and anti-Arroyo forces had barely a week to mount the muscle-flexing protest action yesterday in Ayala Avenue, Makati City and in major urban centers nationwide. They achieved a big measure of success by gathering thousands in Makati and hundreds if not thousands more in various cities and big towns nationwide.

Ayaw Kong Sumayaw

Ayaw Kong Sumayaw

Ayaw kong sumayaw sa panahong ito
na marami ang inililigaw-na nililitis sa kaisa-isa't
naghihingalong ilaw ang mga hinuling sumigaw.
Nagkukulay dugong-pula ang bombilyang dilaw.
Ipinapanganak ang nagnanaknak na bersyon
ng katotohanan sa loob ng mga lihim na selda,
bodegang wala sa mapa, talang walang pirma.

Hindi ako sasayaw sa mga pabayle sa kalye
na nagluluklok sa mga datihan ng diyos-diyosan
ng bayan. Silang nabubulok at muli akong hinihimok
sa mga bagong pangako. Ayoko. Ayokong sumayaw
habang umaawit ang sintunadong tuko sa palasyo.
Kahit pa sumabay ang koro ng alaga niyang mga loro,
kikik at kuwago sa munisipyo, kongreso at senado.

Hindi ako matitinag sa mga pasaring na parehong
kaliwa ang paa ko- na wala itong ibang alam kundi
magmartsa at magsisigaw sa kalsada. Bakit ako patatalo
gayong ang nakakuyom kong kamao ang bumubuto,
ako, ang pumipili.  Hindi ang mga surbey o sabi-sabi
ng mga mambabatas na kumapal na ang labi sa labis
na palangis. Masdan sa kanilang mga patalastas.

Tinatanggihan ko ang nakakahumaling na awit.
Katuod, kaibigan, kabulig-Narito ang asin, ilagay
natin sa sugat, sa kalyo, sa lipak, sa tama ng baril.
Palapit na ang araw ng pinunong tuko na mag-otso-otso
maisulong lang ang kanyang cha-cha! Sa panahong
mahuli siya, lilitsunin natin lahat ng kanyang kasama
at magsasayaw tayo ng panibagong kanyaw!

Kristian Sendon Cordero
Kapanganakan ni Jose Rizal, Cubao


31st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Month Launching in Naga City in July

Starting June 14, 2009 - Ending July 2, 2009 Expired
The 31st National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation ( NDPR) Month will be launched in Naga City on July 1, 2009. This is a momentous event because it will be the first time that the NDPR opening activities will be held outside the National Capital Region. In this regard, may we invite you to participate by joining in the following activities that are geared towards increasing awareness on disability empowerment, inclusion and services.