Vol. 27 Issue 05 22-28 June 2009

Frontpage News

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

MANILA, June 25, 2009-Street parties and beauty pageants will no longer be allowed starting this year's celebration of the Peñafrancia Festival in Naga City.

The Catholic Church in Bikol and local government authorities agreed to ban the fiesta's civic components to avoid diverting the public's attention from the church's celebration.

The agreement was reached recently between Caceres Archbishop Leonardo Legaspi and Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
On 19 June 2009 members of the Bicol Association of Catholic Schools (BACS) who had joined the military parade in the past came together in the spirit of discernment and reflection on the conduct of the Peñafrancia Fiesta.  Our Archbishop Leonardo Z. Legaspi, O.P., D.D., had called the discernment and reflection forth.  In the wake of many secularized and commercialized fiesta activities, which tended to draw people away from true devotion to Ina, he challenged not only our schools but all devotees of Ina to a more authentically devout celebration of the fiesta.
Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Bicol Association of Catholic Schools' (BACS) president, Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J., expressed the view that the joint statement recently released by the Naga City government and the Archdiocese of Caceres is an invitation to further discern the relevance of the military parade to the celebration of the Peñafrancia Fiesta.

Earlier, the BACS had issued its statement opposing activities which do not have relevance or do not enhance the religious feast's celebration, among them the Military Parade.

Bikol News

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

A team of specialists from the Czech Republic returned to Naga City this month to assist in the implementation of the city government's 10-year solid waste plan.

Jan Pavlik, the team's project manager, was accompanied by technical experts Jaroslav Jakubes, Jiri Klicpera, Jaroslav Koubal, and Ivo Pospisil. The experts conducted several inspections and engaged in dialogues with some city officials during their week-long stay.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

NAGA CITY-A and a backhoe were completely burned by 10 armed suspected rebels, reportedly belonging to the group of Francisco Mendoza, in Bula, Camarines Sur at noon Tuesday, said Major Christopher Morales, spokesperson of 9th Infantry Division of the Armed Forces of the Philippines based in Camp Elias Angeles, Pili, Camarines Sur.

The burnt equipment were being used in constructing a road opening near the boundary of Barangay Santo Niño and Barangay Ombao Heights.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

NAGA CITY-Two persons were found dead in two towns in Camarines Sur on Sunday while a vehicle was sprayed with bullets for unknown reason very early On Monday in Naga City, reports from Camarines Sur and Naga City police offices said.

In Caramoan town, Marvin Alfon, 23, married, and resident of Barangay (village) Binanuahan, was found dead inside a karaoke bar in the same barangay. The victim has multiple stab wounds when his dead body was found by Maritess San Pablo,owner of the bar.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

A solemn mass and an offering of healing on June 22 momentously marked the 33rd birthday celebration of UNEP President Atty. Remelisa Alfelor-Moraleda with no less than the Mission Director of the SVD Mission Philippines, Rev. Fr. Algerico "Jerry" M. Orbos as the main celebrant.  On that red- letter day, UNEP faculty members, students and well-wishers gathered at the University of Northeastern Philippines' gymnasium to offer their own little wishes and prayers.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009
NAGA CITY-Now, Malacañang can rest assured that Gibo would not bolt out.

Despite recent surveys showing rival Vice-President Noli De Castro way ahead, Defense Secretary Gilberto Teodoro on Friday said he would vigorously seek the nomination to be the standard bearer of the administration party.

Sunday, June 28th, 2009
NAGA CITY July 27, 2009 - Induction of charter officers at the Naga City Civic Center today ushers in the blooming of a new lawn tennis club in Naga City--officially called the Naga City Peñafrancia Tennis Club, Inc.
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.

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.


Saturday, June 27th, 2009

MANILA - The Philippines is still Asia's most dangerous place for workers.

In a survey by the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Philippines ranked No. 1 in Asia and No. 3 in the world in the number of trade unionists killed in the past year. The Philippines has been on top of the list of most dangerous countries for workers for several years now.

Church News

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

MANILA, June 25, 2009-Pope Benedict XVI made an appeal again on Wednesday to the Abu Sayyaf to release their one remaining hostaged Red Cross volunteer.

Marking the Red Cross's 150th anniversary, the pontiff appealed at the end of his general audience in Vatican for the release of people held hostage in areas of conflict.

He particularly mentioned Eugenio Vagni, an Italian Red Cross worker held hostage by Islamic militants in Mindanao.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

MANILA, June 24, 2009-A church official is seeking transparency in expenditures of President Arroyo's foreign trips.

At trying times, he said, every peso that can be saved by the government counts and every trip abroad by the President should be accounted for.

Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) media director said the call for transparency does not zero in only on Mrs. Arroyo but also on other government officials.

National News

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

MANILA, June 26 -- Prices of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) will increase by P3 per kilogram tomorrow.

Arnel Ty, president of LPG Marketers Association (LPGMA) said effective tomorrow morning they will implement a P3 per kilogram or P33 adjustment in the 11 kg LPG cylinder.

"We will implement P3 increase per kg [increase] tomorrow morning" Ty said.

Ty said the price hike is basically due to "increase in contract price in the international market.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

QUEZON CITY, June 24, 2009-It is the United States government that pushes hard for the Constitutional Change in the Philippines.

This was the allegation of the independent think-tank, Ibon Foundation Inc., explaining that the US needs more market for its surplus product, that is why, it is exerting all efforts to remove nationalist and other progressive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution, now more so with the US economy under recession.

World News

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

VATICAN, June 24, 2009-- The Vatican confirmed today Benedict XVI will receive in audience U.S. President Barack Obama next month.

The meeting, set for the afternoon of July 10, will be the first between the Pontiff and the new president.

Obama's Vatican visit will take place within the context of his participation in the Group of Eight summit, which will be held July 8-10 in L'Aquila, Italy.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

UNITED NATIONS, June 27 (PNA/Xinhua) -- Governments have failed to provide developing countries with the resources they need to deal with the financial crisis, according to an umbrella group of trade unions, civil society and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), which released a report card critical of the United Nations economic conference on the financial crisis here on Friday.


Saturday, June 27th, 2009

What's not wrong with street parties during the Novena week again?

After all the denials and the protestations of Mayor Jesse Robredo and his administration, the recently released joint statement of the Naga City government with the Archdiocese of Caceres has proven that street parties not only have nothing to do with the celebration of the Peñafrancia Fiesta. They also serve as undue distractions to pilgrims and devotees.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

Fruits alone are not enough?

Well, many a German would think so. The woman next door takes in food supplements in form of pills. Pills that contain pressed essence of fruit or vegetables. She would swear by those and thus she spends some 75 Euros (around Php 5000) a month for the additional supply of health.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

On June 20, the Naga City Government launched its self-styled "Governance Institute." It is reportedly supported by World Bank money, so I will not quarrel with its establishment for now.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

If our politicians can misunderstand the "aswang", then they cannot lead us at all into progress or any form of light at the end of the long dark night.

Senator Mar Roxas, a few weeks back, surprised the hallowed halls of the Philippine Senate by giving each of the senators a wreath or necklace of garlic. The message being given was that there was a witch in the Palace and the bunch of garlic was the only way to ward off that "Aswang."

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

LAST WEEK, THIS PAPER featured four articles on the Church’s rejection of the secular celebrations, military parade, and other civic activities during the Peñafrancia week. Take note that I used ‘week’ instead of the ecclesiastical term ‘novena’ which is a little more than a week.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

The passage of House Resolution 1109 gave the 14th Congress of the Philippines the authority to convene a constituent assembly and solely by itself amend our constitution.

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

MANY PEOPLE who have been affected by the economic downturn or have simply lost their jobs due to retrenchment have realized the importance of spending wisely every single centavo in their pockets.  The basic question is always "Do I need to buy this?"  Need becomes the criterion for spending.  Instead of buying clothes, shoes and other stuff, many are becoming more conscious to prioritize food, medicine and utilities in thei

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.
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.

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.
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