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  • Tito Genova Valiente, a Bikolano public anthropologist and columnist of Vox Bikol, is one of the three speakers invited to deliver the keynote address in the 2nd National Art Studies Conference on Feb. 18-19, in the Tambunting Hall of the National Museum. The other two speakers are Prof. Eufracio Abaya of the University of the Philippines-Diliman and Prof. Judy Freya Sibayan of the De La Salle University.

  • MANILA, May 15 -- The Commission on Elections (Comelec) resumed on Friday the opening of the bids for the 2010 poll computerization project after granting on Wednesday the motions for reconsideration filed by four automation companies.

    Atty. Ferdinand Rafanan, head of the Comelec's Special Bids and Awards Committee (SBAC), said they would try to finish the deliberations on the eligibility documents so that they can proceed immediately with the technical and financial documentations.

  • NAGA CITY, June 3 (PNA) --- A regional political party known as Ako Bicol is vying in the forthcoming party-list elections in May 2010.

    Ako Bicol officials were even optimistic that Bicolano voters would support and vote for the homegrown political group.

    Arthur Monares, president of Ako Bicol, said the group would primarily focus on laws that improve the livelihood, education and health of Bicolanos and non-Bicolanos alike.

    Monares said that Ako Bicol was counting on the votes of the more than 2.5 million registered Bicolano voters.

  • Eighty-six volunteers literally bled for a cause during a bloodletting activity organized by Naga City councilor David Casper Nathan Sergio as part of the city's Sandugo Program. Blood donors flocked to the city hall lobby on Feb. 16 to participate in the activity.

    Sergio was appointed by Mayor Jesse M. Robredo last year as the director of the new blood program to boost the city's efforts in ensuring ample supply of blood transfusions as mandated by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH).

  • "The Board . . . heard of your resignation after your term had ended [and] when it really had no intention of re-electing you."

    This was the statement contained in the letter written last March 1 by Ateneo de Naga University (AdNU) President Fr. Joel Tabora, S.J. which responded to Naga City Mayor Jesse Robredo's resignation from the Board of Trustees of the said university.

  • MANILA  - As progressive transport groups in the Philippines prepared for a nationwide strike to protest the alleged price manipulation of oil prices by oil companies, a leader of one such group was shot early today in Albay province.

    Joel Ascutia, president of Condor-Piston-Bikol, an organization of jeepney drivers and operators, was shot at 4:30 a.m. Monday, July 13, in Daraga, near Legazpi City in Albay. Colleagues said two gunmen onboard a motorcycle fired five shots at Ascutia, hitting him in the leg and abdomen. He was pronounced out of danger and is undergoing treatment at a hospital.

    The shooting of Ascutia, which occurred less than 200 meters away from a police station, occurred as public-transport operators and drivers across the Philippines were preparing for today's protest against the profiteering of big oil companies and the government's failure to regulate them.

  • NAGA CITY ---- Nursing students and medical staff of the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) assisted doctors, dentists and other health care professionals treat hundreds of poor patients at the Camarines Sur National High School (CSNHS) Pavilion  during the Bombo Medico 2009 activities of Bombo Radyo Philippines here recently.

    Bombo Medico 2009, a medical and dental activity in celebration of the Iloilo-based radio network's 43rd Anniversary, provided over 1,000 patients from Naga City and suburbs with free medical and dental services.

  • LEGAZPI CITY, Jan. 29 - The Philippines through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) have recently signed an Expression of Interest, a document that formalizes reciprocal scientific, technical and educational activities on the basis of reciprocity between the two institutions.

  • NAGA CITY, June 30 --- The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Tagkawayan-Naga stretch will soon be operational in time for the forthcoming Peñafrancia fiesta here.

    The assurance came from Naga City-based PNR consultant Nicolas Beda Priela who told media practitioners that the rehabilitation works in the area are being rushed for the celebration of the regional fiesta in September this year.

  • MANILA, Aug. 1  -- Former Philippine president Corazon Aquino died early Saturday morning at age 76 after battling colon cancer for over a year, her family said.

    Corazon Aquino's son, Senator Benigno Aquino III, confirmed that the former Philippine leader died of cardio respiratory arrest at 3:18 a.m. local time Saturday (1918 GMT Friday) at the Makati Medical Center in the country's capital Manila.

    Aquino was diagnosed with the disease in March 2008 and has been confined at the hospital for more than a month.

  • The Ateneo de Naga University Press will launch the reprinted books of Fr. Wilmer Joseph S. Tria and poet Kristian Sendon Cordero this coming January 25, 2010 at the Richie Fernando Hall (3PM), Ateneo de Naga University in Naga City.

    First published in 2006, the Ako asin An Kapwa Ko is a seminal work of Fr. Tria that encourages learners to use the Bikol language in the task of philosophizing.

  • NAGA CITY (14 April) --Some high profile politicians in Bikol on Monday night had the chance to tell the public their presidential bets and campaign for them at the same time.

    In a political forum in the Plaza Quezon here in the city, Camarines Sur Representative Luis Villafuerte (3rd District) said he would only vote for the candidate who both had executive and legislative experience-obviously referring to Nacionalista Party standard bearer Senator Manuel "Manny" Villar.

  • Twenty-one journalism students from the University of Northeastern Philippines (UNEP) were declared winners in the recently concluded Division Secondary Press Conference conducted on October 11 and 12 at the Rinconada Technical Vocational School at Sto. Domingo, Iriga City .

  • NAGA CITY-Camarines Sur province now has two state universities after the House bill  seeking to convert Camarines Sur State Agricultural College (CSSAC) in Pili town into Central Bicol State University of Agriculture (CBSUA) was signed into Republic Act 9717 by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Monday (October 12).

    House bill 4360 was sponsored by Representatives Luis Villafuerte (Camarines Sur), Cynthia Villar (Las Piñas), Edcel Lagman (Albay), Exequiel Javier (Antique), Jesus Crispin Remulla (Cavite), and Bienvenido Abante Jr. (Manila). Its version in the Senate, Senate Bill 3192, was sponsored by Senators Manuel Roxas, Francis Escudero, and Edgardo Angara.

  • LOS ANGELES, July 11 - The investigation into Michael Jackson's death continued on Friday, with the focus on painkillers the King of Pop may have used, and the doctors who gave them to him, the Los Angeles Times said on its website.

    The coroner's office subpoenaed "any and all" of Jackson's medical records, "including radiology and psychiatric records," a source familiar with the investigation told the paper.

    One of the subpoenas was served on Dr. Arnold Klein, Jackson's dermatologist, the paper quoted the doctor's attorney as saying.