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27 Jan 2015 - Pampanga bishop visits Sun.Star looking for Apec ‘condom’PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto visited the Sun.Star Pampanga office Tuesday afternoon looking for a "condom report" related to the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit at Clark Freeport.
The still feisty prelate and staunch pro-life advocate, who strongly went against the Reproductive Health Bill, for half an hour browsed through the files of Sun.Star Pampanga, admiring the reports on the papal visit.
27 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan: Street kids rescue not for ApecANGELES CITY -- The City Government here has denied reports that it has been rounding up street children because of the ongoing Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meeting inside the Clark Freeport.
Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan described the report as "wrong and malicious."
27 Jan 2015 - Alviera Industrial Park to boost local economyPAMPANGA -- With the ground breaking ceremony Monday of the Alviera Industrial Park - Ayala Land's first master planned estate in Central Luzon in partnership with Leonio Land Holdings – it is expected that this will jumpstart the economic activities here and will generate as much as 5,000 new jobs soon as it begins its first phase of development.
Governor Lilia Pineda said Pampanga is lucky and happy that Ayala Land Incorporated and Leonio Land Holdings chose to invest here in Porac.
27 Jan 2015 - ‘Win-win solution’ over Lubao land dispute soughtPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged both parties in the land dispute in Barangay San Francisco, this town, to come up with a win-win solution in resolving the case now being appealed at the office of Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio Delos Reyes and subject of the motion for reconsideration before the Department of Agrarian Reform Adjudication Board (DARAB) in Central Luzon.
The governor, in a separate dialogue with William Co, original owner of the 44-hectare agricultural land in Barangay San Francisco and the farmer-beneficiaries of Certificate of Land Ownership Awards (CLOA) of the same land awarded through the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP) of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) asked them to resolve the case through a win-win solution.
27 Jan 2015 - NGO, partners to give free coconut seedlings to farmersPAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF), in partnership with the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region III, is giving free coconut seedlings for Pampanga and Central Luzon farmers who are willing to intercrop.
This as KDF, a non-government civic service group, is now set to plant an additional one million coconut trees in Central Luzon as supplement to its earlier initiative of planting one million fruit trees in various provinces of the region using certified seeds.
27 Jan 2015 - PCL head calls for full development of Clark airportANGELES CITY -- A top official of the Philippine Councilors League (PCL) Central Luzon Chapter has called on the national government to implement the full development of Clark International Airport (CRK).
Angeles City Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales issued the statement in support of the clamor of businessmen and local leaders urging the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) to convert CRK into a premier gateway.
27 Jan 2015 - Girl, 7, survives mishapPAMPANGA -- A 47-year-old man and his live-in partner died while a seven-year-old girl miraculously survived when the car they were riding accidentally collided to an armored van along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Telabastagan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Sunday.
Superintendent Rechie Duldulao, City of San Fernando police chief, identified the victims as Jaime Manalang, 47, a resident of Barangay Mining, Angeles City, his live-in partner Cristina Nulud, 47, a resident of Dona Belen Subdivision, Angeles City.
26 Jan 2015 - Apec SOM-1 startsCLARK FREEPORT – Senior officials from the 21 members-economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) on Monday kicked off the First Senior Officials’ meeting (SOM-1) at the Clark and Subic Freeport Zones to discuss several cooperation mechanisms on a wide range of areas in the region.
Department of Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Charles Jose said the SOM-1, which serves as the first comprehensive Senior Officials’ Meeting for this year, will be composed of more than 30 working groups and committee-level meetings, which will run from January 26 to February 7.
26 Jan 2015 - Guiao eyes inquiry on sale of PaskuhanPAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao disclosed over the weekend that he is looking into the possibility of calling for a probe on the reported sale of Paskuhan Village here.
Recent reports noted that the 9,3 hectare Christmas Village theme park --later renamed to Hilaga -- was sold to SM Development Corporation (SMDC) by the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority or Tieza for P939 million as part of its “asset privatization thrust."
26 Jan 2015 - Angeles police implement traffic re-routing for Apec meetingsANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) has released information on road closures and re-routing in different parts of the city as part of the traffic management preparations for the ongoing Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) First Senior Officials’ meeting (SOM-1) at Clark Freeport.
The City Government of Angeles is presently implementing a traffic re-routing plan to ease the flow of traffic within the vicinity of the Don Juico Avenue.
26 Jan 2015 - New city roundabout inauguratedANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan and Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade recently led the inauguration of the newly constructed five-lane roundabout (rotunda) in Barangay Balibago, this city.
According to the mayor, the Bayanihan Park Rotunda has proven itself as an effective measure to improve the traffic condition in this congested area, especially to motorists, public commuters and pedestrians alike.
26 Jan 2015 - DepEd exec lauds knights for promoting patriotismANGELES CITY -- The new head of the Department of Education (DepEd) schools division here has lauded the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR) for instilling patriotism among students at public schools in this city.
In his speech, DepEd Division of Angeles City head Dr. Nicolas Capulong said the OKOR are helping the government promote patriotism among students and young people by putting busts of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal at public high schools and elementary campuses here. He joined OKOR officials and members led by KGOR Supreme Exchequer Reynaldo "Rey" Malig and KCR Central Luzon Commander Fr. Andronico “Sonny” Pahed during the recent unveiling of the 11th Rizal bust at the Pulungbulu elementary school here.
25 Jan 2015 - Pampanga health care laudedPAMPANGA -- Officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) lauded the Provincial Government of Pampanga, headed by Governor Lilia Pineda, for being the best and model partner in healthcare throughout Central Luzon during a convergence meeting in this town recently.
PhilHealth Branch Manager Henry Almanon noted of the Capitol's allotment of P32,409,600 for its 13,504 indigent hospital-sponsored members in 2014 alone under the Point of Care (POC) program.
25 Jan 2015 - Security tightened at Clark, SubicCLARK FREEPORT -- The security level inside the Clark Freeport and Subic, Zambales has been boosted as delegates from different countries who are participating in the Asian Pacific Economic Council (APEC) First Senior Officials’ Meeting started to arrive.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), said that hundreds of policemen were deployed to hotels and other areas to secure the delegates.
25 Jan 2015 - ‘Fight for free college,’ Cayetano tells Kapampangan studentsPAMPANGA -- Senator Alan Peter Cayetano has urged Kapampangan students to fight for free college education.
The senator issued the statement during a meeting with tricycle drivers in this municipality over the weekend.
25 Jan 2015 - KDF eye surgery program still onPAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) announced Sunday that it is still entertaining patients who would like to avail of its free cataract and pterygium surgery programs at the KDF - Jesus A Datu Medical Center ( JADMC ) here.
In line with this, the KDF and the Rotary Club of Mabalacat in partnership with the Municipal Government of Mabalacat held an eye screening last January 23 for possible patients. Cataract and pterygium patients will be operated on for free at the JADMC located in Barangay San Vicente in Bacolor town.
25 Jan 2015 - PDEA seize P1-M worth of shabuANGELES CITY -- At least P1 million worth of suspected shabu were confiscated during a buy-bust operation conducted by agents of Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) at Barangay Pulong Maragul, Angeles City and SM City Annex, North Edsa Quezon City, Friday.
In the first operation, PDEA3 director Jeoffrey Tacio said Emerson Galapon, 32, of Tarlac City; and Tristan Acousta, 32, of Barangay Cutcut 1st, Capas, Tarlac, were arrested in Don Bonfication Subdivision, Pulong Maragul, Angeles City.
24 Jan 2015 - Guv to officials: ‘Clear Sasmuan River’PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda, in continuous compliance to the Supreme Court's Mandamus in clearing all waterways to support the protection and clean up campaign of the Manila Bay, ordered local officials here to assist the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in ridding and demolishing illegal structures in Sasmuan River near Manila Bay.
The governor inspected Friday the ongoing dredging and clearing operations along the Sasmuan River utilizing equipment of the DPWH.
24 Jan 2015 - Burial assistance for seniors pushedANGELES CITY -- A neophyte councilor, Carmelo Lazatin Jr., has filed a measure granting burial assistance to senior citizens here.
Proposed Ordinance No. PO-816-01-15 otherwise known as “Senior Citizen’s Burial Assistance Ordinance of Angeles City,” aims to ensure a dignified burial to the elderly of Angeles City, regardless of their economic status.
24 Jan 2015 - CLIARC exhibits mushroom production programPAMPANGA -- The Central Luzon Integrated Agricultural Research Center (CLIARC) of the Regional Field Office III of the Department of Agriculture (DA) showcased their Community-Based Mushroom Production Project during the 85th founding anniversary of the department in Malate, Manila.
The event is part of the forums and exhibits, which showcased different technologies, services and products that highlight the continuously developing technology of today’s agriculture hosted by the Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI).
24 Jan 2015 - Arrest warrants out vs mother-daughter bankersA mother and her daughter who were former bank officers charged with large-scale estafa continue to elude justice.
Charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with 19 counts of large-scale estafa under Presidential Decree No. 1689 and 19 counts of creation of fictitious loans in violation of Section 21 (f)(5) of Republic Act 3591 or the amended Charter of the PDIC before the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Guagua, Pampanga, Branch 51 were Sylvia de Castro and daughter Mary Jane Acol, former Assistant Manager and Corporate Secretary and shareholder, respectively, of the closed Rural Bank of Sta. Rita (Pampanga). The cases were based on a complaint by the Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), Liquidator of RB Sta. Rita, after the conduct of preliminary investigation.
23 Jan 2015 - Angeles police launch first tourism unitsANGELES CITY -- Local and foreign tourists will now be guaranteed of a safer visit to the city's top tourist destinations as 40 policemen of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) will be doing double-duty of securing and promoting renowned tourist spots here.
The ACPO has joined forces with the Department of Tourism Region 3 (DOT-3) in launching the first ever tourism police unit (TPU) in Central Luzon.
23 Jan 2015 - All systems go for ApecCLARK FREEPORT -- It's all systems go for the of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials Meeting (Apec-SOM) inside this Freeport from January 26 to February 7 this year.
The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) said that hotels and the convention areas to be used during the meetings are now ready, including the hotels that many of the delegates will be staying during duration of the summit.
23 Jan 2015 - Angeles official wants amnesty for delinquent RPTANGELES CITY -- Councilor Bryan Matthew Nepomuceno submitted recently a proposed ordinance before the City Council granting amnesty on interest of delinquent real property taxes for Angeles City.
Nepomuceno, a member of the committee on Finance and Appropriations, and Ways and Means, said that the measure is intended to aid the city government in its efforts to collect unrealized revenues from unpaid real property taxes. This revenue measure will increase the City’s ability to implement meaningful projects and deliver social services.
23 Jan 2015 - Apec extends media accreditationCLARK FREEPORT -- The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) has extended up to January 30, Friday, the deadline for online registration for foreign and local media who would like to cover the First Senior Officials Meeting (SOM1) and Related Meetings here.
"All media representatives wishing to cover SOM1 should register online at http://reg.apec2015.ph/media. The information provided should be accurate and complete," Apec said in a statement.
22 Jan 2015 - Apec meeting takes on Cebu action planCLARK FREEPORT -- Senior finance officials from the 21-member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) on Wednesday commenced a two-day meeting at Holiday Inn in this Freeport to talk about the country’s proposed roadmap for greater economic cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.
The meeting also marked the start of the hosting and chairing responsibilities of the Philippines, which presented the "Cebu Action Plan" as part of its contribution as this year's head of the organization.
22 Jan 2015 - Businessman: Build railways in CRK catchment areaCLARK FREEPORT -- Businessman Rene Romero has urged the National Government to construct a railway system to connect Clark International Airport (CRK) to Northern parts of Luzon, which are considered the airport's catchment areas.
Passengers from Northern Luzon will have easy access to the airport if an efficient and reliable means of transportation like a train is established, said Romero.
22 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan to get ‘Ani ng Dangal’ awardPAMPANGA -- Kapampangan maverick photographer Ruston Banal is set to receive the prestigious "Ani ng Dangal" award from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) for his achievements in the field of photography and contribution to the visual arts.
NCCA head Felipe de Leon, in a January 13 letter, said that Banal will be presented the recognition, along with other awardees at the National Museum on February 12.
22 Jan 2015 - Angeles exec wants financial, burial assistance for gov’t employeesANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin, Jr. is pushing for the granting of financial aid for hospitalization and burial assistance to city government employees.
Lazatin filed last December 19 an ordinance that seeks to provide these benefits to local government workers.
22 Jan 2015 - Village official, cohort nabbed for drugsPAMPANGA -- A barangay kagawad and his cohort were apprehended by agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) and Mabalacat City police in a buy-bust operation conducted in Barangay San Francisco, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Monday.
Jeoffrey Tacio, PDEA3 regional director, identified the suspects as Allan Garcia, 53, a barangay kagawad of Dolores and his cohort, Ernie Flake alias Flakes, 52, both of Mabalacat City.
22 Jan 2015 - Guagua gets P2.3-M worth of rescue equipmentPAMPANGA -- The Municipal Government of Guagua purchased some P2,396,814 worth of life-saving equipment for flood-prone and vulnerable residents through the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB) program, a statement from the Municipal Government said.
The statement said that a partial delivery was received by Mayor Dante Torres, and Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) officer Magdalena Yonzon, at the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), with its head Aldwin Mallari also present.
21 Jan 2015 - Aetas get educational kits from Clark WaterCLARK FREEPORT -- Some 800 Aeta students from communities in Clark Freeport recently received educational kits from Clark Water, and its partners, Ayala Multi-Purpose Cooperative (AMPC) and Clark Development Corporation.
Students from Sitio Monicayo, Sapang Bato, Kalapi, San Martin, Calumpang, and Burog were gathered during the celebration of the AMP's anniversary where educational kits with school supplies, water bottles, t-shirt, raincoat, slippers, and flashlight were distributed.
21 Jan 2015 - Angeles council honors Kapampangan indie film for recent awardsANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Council led by Vice Mayor Vicky Vega- Cabigting approved Resolution No. 7103 honoring the achievements of Kapampangan independent film "Magkakabaung" for awards it recently received.
The resolution congratulated the team of Ferninand Lapuz, Romnick Sarmenta and Dennis Evangelista of "Ing Magkakabaung" for winning international awards like the Third Hanoi Film Festival for Best Asian Film and for Best Actor for Allen Dizon in the 40th Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave Best Picture.
21 Jan 2015 - Swedish national found dead in an apartmentMABALACT CITY -- A Swedish national was found dead inside his rented apartment at Dau Homesite, Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Monday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the fatality as Benny Avergaard, 78, a Swedish billeted at Abedoza Apartment in Dau Homesite.
21 Jan 2015 - Guv opens P26-M worth of facilities in ArayatPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda together with Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino and the Sangguniang Bayan headed by Vice-Mayor Ramon Changcoco formally inaugurated on Tuesday local government facilities and equipment plus the barangay service vehicles here with a total amount of P26,350,000.
The governor was also joined by Third District Board Member Rosve Henson whom he acknowledged as one of the most industrious and reliable members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
21 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan approves monthly pay raise for day care workersANGELES CITY -- In a bid to reinforce and improve early childhood rearing, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan recently approved the increase in salaries of 72 daycare workers assigned in all 33 barangays of the city.
This year, daycare workers in the city will receive an additional P1,000 every month.
21 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan Facebook group to host social service programPAMPANGA -- One of the biggest Facebook community group for Kapampangans will host a social service mission on March 29 at the Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth in Mabalacat town.
The group said that the mission is the sixth of its kind organized by the group and has been participated in by Kapampangans and expatriates from all over the world.
21 Jan 2015 - 3 missing persons discovered buried in Mexico rice fieldPAMPANGA -- Three persons who have been missing since January 16 were discovered buried along a rice field Calucan Pritil Boulevard in Barangay San Antonio, Mexico town, Tuesday.
Superintendent Ricardo Pangan, chief of police of Mexico, identified the victims as Pacita Villena-Limpin, 59, Patrick Limpin, 30, and Christian Paul Limpin, 25, all residents of Barangay Parian, Mexico town.
21 Jan 2015 - 3,740 cops, soldiers to secure Apec meetA total of 3,740 policemen and soldiers will be deployed to secure the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit at Clark Freeport.
The Police Regional Office (PRO-3) said it will deploy 1,800 personnel to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in ensuring peace and order during the first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM1) of the Apec Summit scheduled from January 26 to February 7.
21 Jan 2015 - NCMB tells CDC: Grant Mimosa workers’ perksCLARK FREEPORT -- The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) of the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) has issued a notice in favor of the Association of Clark Mimosa Employees (Acme), which is claiming some P82,088,387.03 for its members’ benefits.
In a Notice to Arbitrate dated January 9, 2015, Accredited Voluntary Arbitrator Josephus Jimenez endorsed to Central Luzon Executive Labor Arbiter Mariano Bactin a Writ of Execution dated April 29, 2014 issued by the NCMB in favor of the Mimosa employees.
21 Jan 2015 - Taxman collects P20.7-B in 2014PAMPANGA -- The Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Revenue Region 4 has collected a whooping P20,780,934, 177.33 in revenues from January to December last year marking it one of the strongest collections of the revenue office to date.
Revenue Region 4 (RR-4) OIC Regional Director Conrado Lee said that the collection is only short of 0.95 percent of the collection target of P20,980,010,000. Despite of this, RR-4 remains as among the top performing revenue offices.
21 Jan 2015 - CA upholds charges vs Clark BI officersCLARK FREEPORT -- The Court of Appeals has upheld the administrative charges filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) against six Bureau of Immigration (BI) officers involved in the facilitation of illegal transactions at the Clark International Airport (CRK).
Associate Justice Noel Tiham of the CA Sixth Division stated in a 12-page order that Justice Secretary Leila de Lima has the power to discipline immigration personnel found guilty of several irregularities.
21 Jan 2015 - Paskuhan Village soldPAMPANGA -- The Philippine Christmas Village, popularly known as Paskuhan Village located along the prime Jose Abad Santos Avenue in this city, has reportedly been sold to SM Development Corporation (SMDC) for P939-million.
Sources said that the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) allegedly sold the 9.3 hectare Paskuhan Village, now known as Hilaga (North), as part of its Asset Privatization Program upon the behest of its board headed by Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez.
21 Jan 2015 - Mexico gets P6.7-M backhoe, service vehiclesPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda led yesterday the turnover of a P6.7 million backhoe and distribution of 40 service vehicles for this town's different barangays.
Governor Pineda was joined by Mayor Roy Manalastas as the new vehicles were presented to the barangay captains of the town. Mexico is the last of the towns to receive service vehicles for their barangays. The distribution is part of the 400 brand new service vehicles purchased by the Capitol worth P216-million.
21 Jan 2015 - PRO3 all set for ApecPAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) disclosed Tuesday that it is all set for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit which will be held here.
The first event is the First Senior Officers Meeting to be followed by the Special Senior Finance Officials Meeting and First Senior Officials' Meeting and Related Meetings on January 26 to February 7, 2015.
21 Jan 2015 - Armed men gun down 2 in ApalitPAMPANGA -- Two persons were gunned down by four armed men riding on board motorcycles along Barangay Cansinala, Apalit, Pampanga, Tuesday.
Superintendent Samuel Sevilla, chief of police of Apalit, said that Caroline Arceo, 35, and Henry Dalusung, 50, both residents of the said barangay were on board a motorcycle when fired upon by the suspects.
21 Jan 2015 - Quarry truck thief arrestedPAMPANGA -- A suspect was recently arrested in a raid conducted by the operatives of the Porac Municipal Police Station (MPS) at Purok 5 Pabalan, Barangay Manibaug, this town around 3 p.m.
Police Superintendent Neil Miro identified the suspect as Francis Garcia, who was reported to be an employee and driver of complainant and Isuzu truck owner Michael Dela Cruz.
19 Jan 2015 - Government urged to focus on inclusive growthPAMPANGA -- Businessman Rene Romero is calling on the national government to focus on inclusive growth and spend more investments in the regions to further boost the economy forward.
Romero said that this is a necessary step so that people from all sectors may be able to appreciate and feel the economic achievements under the Aquino administration.
19 Jan 2015 - 2 more business conglomerates lured by PoracCLARK FREEPORT -- Two of the country’s giant corporate conglomerates are in serious negotiations to acquire large tracts of lands for development into residential and business hubs in Porac, Pampanga, it was disclosed by two-term Porac Mayor Carling Dela Cruz.
“If and when these developments materialize, this could hasten the municipality’s transformation into a bustling metropolis in Central Luzon within a decade,” he told members and guest of the Capampangan in Media, Inc. (CAMI) in last Friday’s regular weekly media forum at the Bale Balita (House of News) inside the Clark Freeport operated by the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
19 Jan 2015 - Lady drug pusher nabbed in San FernandoPAMPANGA -- A suspected lady drug pusher was apprehended during a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Jose, City of San Fernando last Sunday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, said that members of the Provincial Public Safety Company led by Superintendent Bernardo Perez conducted the operation at the said barangay after a civilian informant reported the illegal drug trade activity at the area.
19 Jan 2015 - Arayat national park guard shot deadPAMPANGA - A security guard detailed at the Arayat National park in Barangay San Juan Baño, Arayat town was gunned down by Motorcycle Riding Criminals over the weekend.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, said that Eddie Sagum, 49, a resident of Barangay San Juan Baño was at the entrance gate of the park when shot by the suspects.
19 Jan 2015 - 1,336 patients ‘blessed’PAMPANGA -- Some 1,336 persons with disabilities (PWDs) and dialysis and cancer patients who were treated to a live streaming of the papal mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on Sunday collectively said they felt “blessed” as they listened to the homily of Pope Francis during a gathering at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center here.
Governor Lilia Pineda and the Provincial Board initiated and organized the gathering of 873 PWDs and 463 dialysis, cancer and other indigent patients for them to get the message of compassion, healing and hope advocated by Pope Francis.
18 Jan 2015 - Bizman: Clark, Lipa airports will decongest NAIAANGELES CITY -- The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) has reiterated its call to develop airports in Clark and Lipa City and scrap the plan to build another international airport at Sangley Point in Cavite as pushed by Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
PGKM chairman Ruperto “Perto” Cruz said over the weekend that an airport in Sangley Point will require the shutting down of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila because of their proximity in terms of air distance.
18 Jan 2015 - Gonzales: Congress seat his only option in 2016PAMPANGA -- Former third district representative Aurelio Gonzales Jr. said over the weekend that if he runs in 2016, he will be looking at regaining his congressional seat as his only option.
“There had been rumors here and there saying that I would run for other positions other than congressman and I would like to clarify that any position other than being a congressman is not part of my plan,” Gonzales said.
18 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan artist to help enshrine new Palo iconPAMPANGA -- Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug is now in Tacloban to help in the enshrinement plans and repair the Marian icon of the Our Lady of Palo, one of the centerpiece images during Pope Francis' mass in Tacloban.
The image is said to have inspired part of the Pontiff's impromptu homily when he celebrated the mass.
18 Jan 2015 - 50 kids rescued from Balibago streetsANGELES CITY -- Authorities here rescued Sunday some 50 children from the streets of an entertainment district in Barangay Balibago.
Balibago chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac said the kids are reportedly being used by crime syndicates on robbery, mendicancy, drugs, and other illegal activities.
18 Jan 2015 - Macabebe founding anniversary 'historically correct'PAMPANGA -- Macabebe is known for its brave soldiers during the Spanish colonization, celebrated on Saturday its 440th founding anniversary and Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan described the celebration as “historically correct and significant.”
It was the first time in many decades the townsfolk and their past and present officials celebrated the “correct” founding anniversary of Macabebe.
18 Jan 2015 - Workers ask for P16,000 minimum monthly wageMABALACAT CITY -- Government employees belonging to the All Workers’ Unity, under the Confederation for Unity, Recognition and Advancement of Government Employees (Courage), is pushing for the National Minimum Wage of P16,000 monthly for both public and private sectors.
Courage National President Ferdinand Gaite and League of Local Government Units Employees (League) president Erwin Naluza disclosed this during a recent dialogue here with local employees associations in Pampanga and Angeles City.
17 Jan 2015 - Kapampangans meet PopePAMPANGA -- Tony Santiago is a 54-year-old community leader from Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga, a village that has served as the home of many indigenous peoples in the province.
"I never expected that I will be able to hear from the Pope but I am glad that I got selected to attend the event. I will always look back to this as the best moment of my life," said a teary-eyed Santiago.
17 Jan 2015 - Pope gets Kapampangan made image of Immaculate ConcepcionPAMPANGA -- Pope Francis received yesterday the Marian image of "Our Lady of the Immaculate Concepcion" inside the Palo Cathedral where the wood from the broken rafters after being ravaged by Typhoon Yolanda were used in making the image.
Palo Archbishop John Du presented the gift to Pope Francis with sculptor Willy Layug who was asked to make the image for the Pope.
17 Jan 2015 - Parishes to celebrate local SinulogPAMPANGA -- Parishes from all over Pampanga will join the whole country in celebrating the Feast of the Sto. Niño as it coincides with the papal visit of Pope Francis.
Parishes here are inviting their parishioners to reflect on the event, even those who would opt to attend Pope Francis’ closing mass in Manila. One of the most famous feasts in the country is the Sinulog Festival held annually in Cebu during the third week of January. The feast is meant to honor the historical statue of Sto. Nino de Cebu -- the relic given by Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan to the wife of Rajah Humabon. It is also considered to be one of the oldest religious images in the Philippines.
17 Jan 2015 - Blood Bank station in all district hospitals eyedPAMPANGA -- In line with the mission of Governor Lilia Pineda of providing safe, sufficient and sustainable blood for every Kapampangan, the Provincial Blood Services and Advocacy Council (PBSAC) is eyeing the establishment of blood stations in all district hospitals in Pampanga..
First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, president of PBSAC, said the district hospitals' blood station is in response to the Provincial Government's mission of providing excellent health care services to Kapampangans.
17 Jan 2015 - Road widening along old Dau-Clark link setMABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is set to implement a road-widening project along an access road that links the MacArthur Highway in Barangay Dau here and the Cabcom area inside the Clark Freeport.
This was learned from Barangay Dau Chairman Oscar Aurelio who said that DPWH officials in the province already coordinated the schedule of the construction, which will start on the first week of February this year.
17 Jan 2015 - Central Luzon police all set for Apec summitPAMPANGA -- With just about two weeks before the holding of the First Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM) and Related Meetings (SOM-1) relative to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit 2015, the Central Luzon police is already geared up to ensure the security and safety of all the participants at Clark Freeport, Pampanga.
SOM is the main policy-making body within Apec and at least 1,700 delegates composed of 1,600 foreign delegates and 100 local delegates are expected to attend the gathering.
17 Jan 2015 - 85 parents of ex-child laborers get Dole kitsPAMPANGA -- Some 85 parents of former child laborers were recent recipients of Dole-Kabuhayan Starter Kits, the Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Regional Office 3, said on Friday.
Dole Regional Director Ana Dione reported to Labor Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz that the starter-kit livelihood assistance is Dole Bulacan Field Office’s Child Labor-Free Barangay Campaign kick-off activity this year.
17 Jan 2015 - PDEA nabs 4 suspected big time shabu pushersPAMPANGA -- Four suspected big-time drug pushers were apprehended by members of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA3) in a buy-bust operation in Barangay San Miguel na Munti, Talavera, Nueva Ecija, recently.
PDEA3 Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the arrested suspects as Marily Espejo, 33, Noraina Hadji-Amen, 28, Emilio Agustin, 49, and Nasser Masorong, 32, all residents of Cabanatuan City.
17 Jan 2015 - RC Mabalacat past president elected ROTI chairpersonMABALACAT CITY -- A past president of the Rotary Club of Mabalacat was elected chairperson of the Rotarians on the Internet (ROTI), an official fellowship of the Rotary International.
Gloria “Glo” Nethercutt will assume the International ROTI Chair for 2015-17 on July 1.
16 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan, Cabigting trade barbsANGELES CITY – "I don’t want to be thrown into a fight. Let it wait."
Thus said Mayor Edgardo "EdPam" Pamintuan to journalists on Friday during his press conference when asked about the recent Facebook posts of Vice- Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting on the removal of her three workers stationed at the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA).
16 Jan 2015 - 10 Regional songwriting finalists announcedPAMPANGA -- Some 10 finalists made it to the "LiKhALIKASAN: Likhang Awit para sa Kalikasan" Regional Songwriting Competition of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Philippine Information Agency (PIA).
PIA Regional Director William Beltran said the contest seeks to instill awareness on positive behaviors and perspectives as resiliency safeguards against the effects of climate change; promote environmental awareness, protection and preservation; and recognize people empowerment and involvement towards measures leading to preserving the well-being of the environment as act of protecting not just it but more so protecting people's lives.
16 Jan 2015 - San Fernando to lift moratorium on pedicabsPAMPANGA -- The City Government here will soon lift the moratorium it set for pedicabs and tri-wheelers after a full review and evaluation to be conducted by local transport officials.
On Friday, Mayor Edwin Santiago disclosed that he has instructed city officials to evaluate the number of pedicabs registered with the city government, as well as unregistered tri-wheelers to determine if the moratorium covering them can already be lifted, following the request of some sectors to regulate the proliferation of the local transport means where the drivers and their passengers are exposed to dangers and pose risk to other motorists particularly when they are plying highways and major city thoroughfares.
16 Jan 2015 - Casino exec arrested for ‘bounced’ checkMABALACAT CITY -- A manager of a casino was arrested for estafa in his residence in Barangay San Joaquin, Mabalacat City, Wednesday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police provincial director, identified the suspect as Lyndon Canlas, 29, manager of Casablanca Casino at Hotel Stotsenberg, Clark Freeport and a resident of the said barangay.
15 Jan 2015 - Clark Freeport set to be a Wi-Fi zoneCLARK FREEPORT ZONE -- This Freeport will soon be a Wi-Fi zone.
Roberto Tagamolila, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) assistant vice president for information technology, said the Wi-Fi project is one of the agency's long term goals to equip Clark with wireless technology.
15 Jan 2015 - Central Luzon governors enjoin cops to secure Apec delegatesCLARK FREEPORT -- Central Luzon governors who are members of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) enjoined all police officers in Region III to secure the safety of the delegates to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit which will be held here from January 21 to February 7, this year.
The Central Luzon governors expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the national government in bringing the Apec summit in this Freeport zone.
15 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan producer to hold ‘film festival for a cause’ANGELES CITY -- Award-winning Kapampangan film producer Ferdinand Lapuz will hold a film festival for a cause to financially assist the scholars of his alma mater Holy Angel University (HAU) here.
The festival will showcase the most recent films of Lapuz on March 11 to 13 at the HAU Theatre. Directors and co-producers of "Dementia," "Ekstra," "Barber's Tales," and "Bwakaw" have all given their approval to lend their films for the scholarship project.
15 Jan 2015 - Police nab 3 suspected drug pushersPAMPANGA -- Three suspected drug pushers were collared by police in separate buy-bust operations in the municipalities of Masantol and Guagua.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified those arrested as Andy Amurao, 34, a resident of Barangay Bebe Matua and Christopher Roque, 39, a resident of Barangay Sto. Nino, both of Masantol town; and Michael Magtoto, 27, a resident of Barangay San Rafael, Guagua town.
15 Jan 2015 - Miss Mabalacat City 2015 coronation set on January 30MABALACAT CITY -- The region's most awaited beauty pageant, Miss Mabalacat City, which will feature a Broadway-inspired musical production, is set January 30 at Xevera, Tabun.
Dionisio "Jun" Magbalot, Miss Mabalacat City 2005 chair, said the musical numbers are excerpts from Hairspray, Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins, Grease and other Broadway hits.
15 Jan 2015 - SM Clark holds special movie screening for deaf, blindCLARK FREEPORT -- The management of SM City Clark has arranged a special movie screening for deaf and blind school children the other day.
Some 150 kids from the Angeles City Special Education (Sped) Center enjoyed watching or hearing "The Life of Pi," which was shown with special narration for blind people.
15 Jan 2015 - San Fernando now accepting applications for 2015 SPESPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando is now accepting applications for the Special Program for the Employment of Students (SPES) for 2015.
SPES is an annual summer employment program that invites students to immerse themselves in government as well as hone their sense of leadership and public service.
14 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan to Angeles voters: ‘Validate registration’ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has called on registered voters of Angeles City to have their registration with the Commission on Election (Comelec) validated by undergoing the biometrics process.
"I call on all our fellow Angeleños, whose names are in the list, to troop to the Comelec and undertake the biometrics evaluation. Ensure that you can exercise your constitutional right to vote on May 2016 and beyond," Pamintuan said.
14 Jan 2015 - Guv tells new cops: ‘Be heroes of the people’PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda urged 835 new graduates of the Public Safety Field Training Program (PSFTP) of the Regional Training Center (RTC) 3 "Kapanalig" Class 2013-01 to become people's heroes.
Pineda, who was guest speaker during the graduation ceremony of Kapanalig Class 2013-01, said that as new police officers, they are bound to make their lives more meaningful through dedicated public service whose main goal is to protect and serve the people.
14 Jan 2015 - Pope to get memento of Yolanda disasterPAMPANGA -- When Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) battered Tacloban, it destroyed the roofing of the Palo Cathedral and reduced the structure's sturdy rafters into chunks of wooden debris.
A piece of the wooden debris was sent to Betis, Guagua and was worked by the hands of master sculptor Willy Layug who have turned the piece of wood into a small religious icon -- Tacloban's simple gift to Pope Francis and a reminder of the recent Yolanda disaster.
14 Jan 2015 - Hi-tech command center to beef up Clark securityCLARK FREEPORT -- A new command center with advanced technology shall beef up the security inside and within the perimeters of Clark Freeport during its hosting of the first Senior Officials’ Meeting (SOM) of the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit from January 26 to February 7.
Constructed in November last year, the one floor building in front of the Public Safety Department (PSD) of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is equipped with 38 cameras, nine TV wall monitors, eight computers, radios, and telephones.
14 Jan 2015 - Man nabbed for illegal drugs in GuaguaPAMPANGA -- A man included in the anti-illegal drugs watch list of the Philippine National Police (PNP) was arrested in a drug buy-bust operation on Tuesday in Barangay San Rafael here.
Superintendent Angelito Esteban, chief of Guagua police, said the arrest was part of their efforts to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in the province.
14 Jan 2015 - Rehab of Clark tourism areas complete before APEC meetCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) president Arthur Tugade said that the rehabilitation and beautification of tourism-related projects inside the Freeport are nearing completion.
Tugade said this during a recent media briefing at the Convention Center of Widus Hotel and Casino.
13 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan-made icons for papal visit readyPAMPANGA -- Guagua-scultor Willy Layug has finished the icons that will be used for the papal masses of Pope Francis during his visit to the Philippines this week.
The images, commisioned by the Archdioceses of Palo and Manila, are expected to be shipped today, January 14, to their respective venues.
13 Jan 2015 - New firetrucks raised CRK rating to Category 10CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport (CRK) is now rated Category 10 after the acquisition of P115 million two units Rosenbauer Firetrucks capable of handling emergency disasters at the 2,267 hectare Clark Civil Aviation Complex.
At the same time, Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Atty. Emigdio Tanhuatco III led on January 12, 2015, the blessings of the firetrucks and a newly installed P92 million two-finger Passenger Boarding Bridge at Clark International Airport.
13 Jan 2015 - P817M earmarked for Mabalacat 2015 budgetMABALACAT CITY -- The City Government here has allocated P818 million budget for Fiscal Year 2015 in a bid to further improve delivery of basic services that would elevate the city as the "Makati of the North."
Mabalacat City Mayor Morales said the increase in budget of the city will strictly fund programs and provide assistance to the people of the city that would fortify its bid to become the next "Makati North of Manila."
13 Jan 2015 - WMRI donates pacemakers to ONACLARK FREEPORT -- A US-based charitable institution that is headed by a Filipino is donating multi-million peso cardiac pacemakers to indigent patients of Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA) and nearby towns.
George Samson, president and CEO of World Medical Relief Inc., said during Talk Widus Kapihan by the Pampanga Press Club (PPC) that the Detroit-based organization is in collaboration with the University of Michigan for the pacemaker project that will benefit poor Angelenos and the people of Pampanga in general.
13 Jan 2015 - CDC takes over 3.2-hectare leased propertyCLARK FREEPORT -- The state-owned Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has secured a leased property covering some 3.2 hectares land that has been idle since 2011.
CDC's seizure of the property last January 12 was anchored on Holywood Park Development Corporation’s (HPDC) "persistent non-compliances" with their commitments under the agreement signed three years ago, despite reconsideration and concessions extended to them.
13 Jan 2015 - Pampanga cops mark 21st PNP Ethics DayPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Police Office (PPO) celebrated the 21st Philippine National Police (PNP) Ethics Day during the traditional Monday flag raising ceremony in coordination with the other police headquarters nationwide.
This year's theme was dubbed "PNP leading the right path towards credible and noble service."
13 Jan 2015 - Barangay chairmen deny supporting Lapid's bid for Angeles mayorANGELES CITY -- Five barangay chairmen of Angeles City denied news reports that they are supporting the mayoralty bid of movie actor and former Pampanga governor Lito Lapid, saying that they were invited to attend a Christmas gathering but were surprised to see Lapid and former Rep. Carmelo Lazatin in attendance.
In a joint statement, barangay chairmen Reynaldo Malig of Barangay Salapungan, Marino Banola of Barangay Sta. Teresita, Eduardo Badong of Barangay Ninoy Aquino, Angelito Caparas of Barangay Sto. Domingo, and Harry Roque of Barangay San Jose, said that they were upset with the news reports stating that they are supporting Lapid's candidacy.
12 Jan 2015 - Parishes gear up for Pope FrancisPAMPANGA -- Various parishes in Pampanga are now preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis this weekend with laity groups mounting information drives on social media and events to help Roman Catholics prepare for the spiritual encounter.
Parishes in Santa Rita, Guagua, Porac, Magalang and Arayat have included short programs after parish masses during the papal visit. Pope Francis will arrive in Manila on January 15 for a five-day visit in the country. Several events are lined up for him in Manila and in Tacloban in Leyte.
12 Jan 2015 - Police arrest suspected killer of Bataan reporterPAMPANGA -- Police have filed a murder case before the Prosecutor's Office in Balanga City against the suspected killer of Abante reporter, Nerlita "Nelie" Ledesma.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of the Police Regional Office-3, said the Bataan Police Provincial Office filed on Monday appropriate charges against the arrested suspect identified as Inocencio Bendo, alias Bandio, 39, a resident of Samal, Bataan.
12 Jan 2015 - Kapampangan made-icon to become part of Tacloban's low cost altarPAMPANGA -- The image of the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of Our Lady of Hope made by Presidential Merit Awardee for Ecclesiastical Art Willy Layug will become part of the low cost altar for the Papal Mass of Pope Francis when he visits Tacloban late this week.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) in a statement said that committee decided against an elaborate altar table design because after the papal visit, the said altar will be used in the church located in the lower grounds of the Gonzaga House in Barangay Arado, Palo, Leyte.
12 Jan 2015 - PRO-3 to deploy 3,000 police for papal visitPAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office (PRO-3) in Central Luzon will deploy 3,000 personnel to assist the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in ensuring peace and order during the visit of Pope Francis in the country this week.
Police Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of PRO-3, said the 3,000 cops will supplement the 25,000 policemen and 12,000 soldiers that the PNP and AFP will deploy to Metro Manila and Tacloban City and Palo town in Leyte as part of the massive security preparations for the papal visit.
12 Jan 2015 - South Korean firm to pour P65.5-M on hotel project in ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has signed an agreement recently with South Korean firm W Min Jun Corporation to pour P65.5 million for the improvement of its tourism-related project inside this Freeport.
The agreement was signed between CDC president Arthur Tugade and WMJC president Lee Chang Hwan in a simple ceremony held recently here.
11 Jan 2015 - P1.2-B Clark budget terminal pushedANGELES CITY -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Atty. Emigdio Tanjuatco III said over the weekend that he is lobbying for the immediate construction of the P1.2-billion Low Cost Carrier Passenger Terminal Building (LCC-PTB) at the Clark International Airport (CIA).
Tanjuatco said he asked National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) Director General Arsenio Balisacan during their meeting last January 5 to approve the plan for the LCC-PTB paving the way for the bidding of the terminal “at least by March this year.”
11 Jan 2015 - LGUs urged to monitor plants emitting pollutionPAMPANGA -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources- Environment and Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) over the weekend reiterated its call to officials of local government units to monitor plants emitting pollution.
Earlier, the DENR-EMB had asked local government officials not to issue permits to plants found non-compliant to environmental laws.
11 Jan 2015 - Angeles village aspires for model MRFANGELES CITY -- A village here is aspiring to be a model area in terms of waste management following the establishment of its material recovery facility (MRF) which accommodates at least eight barangays in the city.
Malabanias Chairman Reynaldo Gueco said that they are maintaining one-hectare waste segregation facility, situated along the Abacan River, which is now being eyed as model MRF.
11 Jan 2015 - Abante reporter slay suspect interrogatedPAMPANGA -- The suspect in the killing of Abante reporter Nerlie Ledesma was placed under the custody of the Bataan police.
Senior Superintendent Rodel Sermonia, Bataan Police Provincial director, said the suspected killer of Ledesma could not be divulged pending for further investigation.
11 Jan 2015 - Pampanga parishes, laity preparing for papal visitPAMPANGA -- Various parishes in Pampanga are now preparing for the arrival of Pope Francis this week with laity groups mounting information drives on social media and events to help Roman Catholics prepare for the spiritual encounter.
Parishes in Sanata Rita, Guagua, Porac, Magalang and Arayat have included short programs after parish masses during the Papal Visit. Pope Francis will arrive in Manila on January 15 for a five-day visit to the Philippines. Several events are lined up for him in Manila and in Tacloban in Leyte.
11 Jan 2015 - Parish hosts Sto. Niño exhibitPAMPANGA -- Dozens of images representing the child Jesus will be on exhibit at the Museo Ning Santa Rita de Cascia this week in honor of the feast of the Sto. Niño and the visit of Pope Francis.
Glenn Canlas, focal person for the event, said that the exhibit will feature popular representations of the Santo Nino. The exhibit, he said, is a reminder to every Catholic of the how Christ once humbled himself.
11 Jan 2015 - Regulation of pedicabs urgedPAMPANGA -- Concerned citizens and motorists here are urging the city government to look into the possibility of regulating the proliferation of pedicabs or triwheelers operating and plying major thoroughfares in San Fernando as are exposed to accidents and pose risks to other vehicles.
Data obtained from the city’s transport section show that there are more than 1,500 pedicabs operating in the city, with many of them unregistered with city hall.
11 Jan 2015 - RP Energy improves Castillejos traffic, security capacitiesSUBIC BAY -- In an effort to contribute to the security and well-being of surrounding communities, the Redondo Peninsula Energy, Inc. (RP Energy) recently turned over brand new safety vests, LED flashlights and hand reflectors to the Castillejos town in the province of Zambales for the use of its 25-man traffic force.
RP Energy head Victor Persius Chan said the donation is part of RP Energy’s “Kasanggamo!” corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, which aims to assist in the peace and order situation of the surrounding communities.
11 Jan 2015 - Magnitude 6.0 earthquake jolts LuzonSUBIC BAY -- A magnitude 5.7 earthquake rocked Luzon at Sunday morning, which was later on raised to 6.0 at 3:31 am.
The quake’s epicenter was in located 13 kilometers southeast of San Antonio, Zambales with a depth of 85 kilometers said the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
10 Jan 2015 - San Fernando eyes schemes to ease JASA trafficPAMPANGA -- The City Government here is looking at four traffic schemes, which will be implemented first quarter of this year to ease heavy traffic along east Jose Abad Santos Avenue, particularly the area starting from Paskuhan Village all the way to stretch fronting two giant malls.
Over the weekend, Mayor Edwin Santiago said traffic build-up caused by buses exiting from the regional transport hub has been addressed.
10 Jan 2015 - Marang throws support to Cayetano’s 2016 bidANGELES CITY -- Councilor Maricel Morales has vowed to support Senator Allan Peter Cayetano if he will pursue his plan to seek the presidency in 2016.
Morales issued the statement during the launching of the senator's Presyo, Trabaho, Kita and Kaayusan (PTK) in Barangay Santo Domingo here on Thursday.
10 Jan 2015 - Angeles second highest in HIV casesANGELES CITY -- Angeles City ranks second in terms of the increase in the number of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) infection diagnoses, said the AIDS-Free Philippines (AFP) based on the recent study of Human Life International.
AFP national director and Human Life International president Dr. Rene Josef Bullecer revealed that the number of people infected with HIV/AIDS in the Philippines grew at an average of 87 percent from 2008 to November 2014.
10 Jan 2015 - Cop wants reporter’s killer alivePAMPANGA -- "I want the gunman of Ledesma alive" said Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, officer-in-charge of Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3), during a press conference on Friday.
Santos said he wants the suspect alive so that they would know who is behind the killing of Nerlita "Nerlie" Ledesma, 48, reporter of Abante newspaper and resident of Tagnai Subdivision, Barangay Tuyo, Balanga City.
10 Jan 2015 - Lawmaker underscores importance of SMEsANGELES CITY -- Senator Allan Peter Cayetano has underscored the importance of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to a developing country like the Philippines.
The lawmaker disclosed this during his recent visit in Barangay Santo Domingo here where he donated seed capital to a tricycle drivers association under his Presyo, Trabaho, Kita at Kaayusan (PTK) livelihood assistance program.
10 Jan 2015 - Angeles council set to honor Kapampangan indie filmANGELES CITY -- The Angeles City Council is set to honor award-winning Kapampangan independent film "Magkakabaung" which recently reaped awards at the recent Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF).
Vice Mayor Vicky Vega Cabigting said the film deserves to be given due honor for advancing the cause of independent films with Kapampangan themes.
10 Jan 2015 - Convergys gives school uniforms to AetasCLARK FREEPORT -- The Convergys Community Action Network (CAN) in Clark Freeport recently gave 560 sets of school uniforms to Aeta school children from Camachile Elementary School and Nabuclod Elementary School in Floridablanca, Pampanga.
The effort was achieved through combined employee donations, supplemental fund from the Convergys CAN Program, and client support.
9 Jan 2015 - Pamintuan on Apec summit: Peace, traffic top prioritiesANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan underscored the importance of maintaining peace and order as well as efficient traffic management for the duration of the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) 2015 Preliminary Meetings, set to run from January 18 to February 7.
Pamintuan led a meeting at the Mayor's Office Conference Room, Thursday, with local stakeholders and government officials for the city's preparation for the upcoming events.
9 Jan 2015 - PGKM: Scrap Sangley airport planMABALACAT CITY -- Scrap Sangley Point airport plan and develop Clark International Airport (CRK) and Lipa airport.
This was the call of businessman Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Grand Palazzo Royale and Royal Golf and Country Club and leader of the Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM), which has been advocating for the immediate and full development of Clark airport.
9 Jan 2015 - CDC inks deal with Widus hotel on additional 3.2-hectare areaCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has signed a lease agreement with Widus International Leisure Inc., owner, developer, and operator of Widus Hotel and Casino on Wednesday for an additional 3.2 hectares of property located adjacent to their current project.
Signed by CDC president Arthur Tugade and Widus president Daesik Han, the hotel's property is now around 7.9 hectares.
9 Jan 2015 - Binay: Japan eyes more Pinoy nurses, caregiversMABALACAT CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay welcomed Japan's pledge to increase the number of Filipino nurses and caregivers allowed to work in Japan.
Binay was informed of Japan's plan to ease the process for healthcare workers to be employed in the country during the courtesy call of Japanese Ambassador Kazuhide Ishikawa recently.
9 Jan 2015 - Maersk Line makes maiden voyage to SubicSUBIC BAY -- Maersk Line, listed among the largest container shipping companies in the world, brought to this premier Philippine free port the first good news for 2015, as it marked its maiden direct voyage from Singapore to Subic.
According to Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia, Maersk’s MV Stadt Dresden arrived in the Port of Subic directly from Singapore at around 12:30 in the morning of January 3.
9 Jan 2015 - PDEA-3 seizes P1.5-M worth of ecstasyThe Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) 3 confiscated P1.5 million worth of ecstasy during an anti-narcotic interdiction operation at the Philpost Central Office in Paranaque City, Thursday.
Jeoffrey Tacio, PDEA-3 director, said the seizure was the result of the joint operation of his office and other concerned government agencies.
9 Jan 2015 - Folks start the year by helping indigentsPAMPANGA -- Employees of a reputable hotel in Tarlac City recently started 2015 by putting up funds coming from their Christmas bonus last year to help two marginalized families here.
The hotel staff, who requested not to be named, first picked Romy Toledo, 50, a native of Bacolod, Negros Occidental, who lives alone in a makeshift shelter in the city. The staff said he is a "mangangalakal" who earns about P60 pesos a day. He has lived in Tarlac since his teens and never got the chance to go back home.
8 Jan 2015 - Mabalacat mayor lodges libel suit vs accuserMABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino Morales has finally lodged a P20-million libel suit against businesswoman Pyra Lucas, mother of the slain teenager who was gunned down along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Mabiga November last year.
Morales, accompanied by his legal counsel, filed the complaint at the Regional Trial Court Fiscal’s Office in the City of San Fernando on Thursday morning.
8 Jan 2015 - P7.2B budget terminal to rise in Clark airportCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio Tanjuatco III has assured the public that the corporation and the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) are pushing for the development of the Clark International Airport (CRK) in Pampanga.
Tanjuatco issued the statement to allay perceptions that the government is neglecting the Clark airport.
8 Jan 2015 - Businessman asks DOTC chief to ‘resign’ANGELES CITY -- A businessman here has called Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to “resign” following disclosing government plan to pursue the development of a new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite province.
Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Grand Palazzo Royale and Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, said the government will spend a huge amount of money to construct a new airport.
8 Jan 2015 - CDC’s cash flow for 2014 reaches P2.27-BCLARK FREEPORT -- The cash flow of Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in 2014 has increased by more than P1-billion since CDC president Arthur P. Tugade assumed office in December 2012.
This was disclosed by Tugade during the first flag raising ceremonies on Monday where he said that CDC has a cash flow of P2.27 billion at the end of 2014.
8 Jan 2015 - Driver hurt in 2-truck collision in LubaoPAMPANGA -- A truck driver was injured after his vehicle collided with another trailer truck in a portion of Jose Abad Santos Avenue (JASA) in this town on Wednesday morning.
According to the Lubao police, the trailer truck was parked along Barangay San Nicholas II when another truck hit it from behind around 5:30 a.m.
8 Jan 2015 - 4 hurt as truck crashes into houses in San Fernando villagePAMPANGA -- At least four people were reported injured after a truck crashed into two houses in Barangay San Isidro here Wednesday night.
Initial police reports said the accident happened around 9:00 p.m. when the truck evaded another vehicle before hitting the residential area.
7 Jan 2015 - Pampanga trader hits DOTC for Sangley airport planCLARK FREEPORT -- A businessman here has called Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya to resign after disclosing government plan to pursue the development of a new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite province.
Ruperto Cruz, owner of the Grand Palazzo Royale and Royal Garden Golf and Country Club, said the government will spend a huge amount of money to construct a new airport.
7 Jan 2015 - Rodriguez backs MRT, LRT fare hikesPAMPANGA -- Third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez is heading the Central Luzon bloc which supports the government's plan to raise the fares of the Light Rail Transit (LRT) 1 and 2, and Metro Rail Transit (MRT) 3.
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. cited Rodriguez as among the House members who want an increase in train fares despite strong opposition from passengers and commuters.
7 Jan 2015 - San Fernando steps up anti-plastic drivePAMPANGA -- The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) here has decided to step up its efforts against the use of plastic bags.
Since the start of this year, the Cenro implemented the daily observance of the "Plastic Regulation Day," which was previously done every Friday.
7 Jan 2015 - Capilion breaks ground for Clark Green FrontierCLARK FREEPORT -- Singapore-based Capilion Corporation Pte. Ltd. recently held its groundbreaking ceremony for Clark Green Frontier together with key officials of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
This marks the initial phase of an estimated P7-billion project situated on a strategically located three-hectare lot.
7 Jan 2015 - Puregold wants to open 2 more stores in MabalacatMABALACAT CITY -- Puregold Price Club Inc., which has over 230 stores in the country, is interested in opening two outlets at Pampanga's newest city, Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales said Tuesday.
Morales said Puregold led by retail tycoon Lucio Co is "very much interested" in establishing a three-storey store at the Mabalacat Public Market in Barangay San Francisco. The market is a few meters away from the Mabalacat Gate of the Clark Freeport Zone, where thousands enter and exit daily and most of whom are part of the more than 74,000 Clark workers. The city hosts more than 7,000 registered businesses.
6 Jan 2015 - Guiao confident CRK will be international gatewayCLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga first district Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao expressed confidence on the fate of the Clark International Airport (CRK) saying nothing can stop its transformation into an international gateway.
Guiao issued the statement in the wake of a pronouncement by the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) that it is pursuing the development of a new international airport at Sangley Point in Cavite province.
6 Jan 2015 - Transport fare in Clark cut P0.50CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) announced the P0.50 cut in transport fare on all routes inside this Freeport, except Route 5 or the Industrial Estate 5 (IE5) area.
The new provisional reduced transport fare, which stemmed from the series of oil prices cut since last year, was approved by the CDC, Clark Investors and Locators Association (CILA) and Clark Transport Federation (CTF).
6 Jan 2015 - DPWH OKs construction of CLLexPAMPANGA -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) has approved the construction of the Central Luzon Link Expressway (CLLEx).
The proposed four-lane CLLEx project is expected to connect the Luisita Interchange of the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) and San Jose City in Nueva Ecija.
6 Jan 2015 - Dole-3 big winner at Praise awardsPAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office No.III (DOLE-3) was the big winner in the Dole Programs on Awards and Incentives for Service Excellence or Dole-Praise.
The Dole-Praise awarding took place at the recently concluded Dole Year-End Planning Assessment (YEPA) at the Occupational Safety and Health Center (OSHC) in Quezon City.
6 Jan 2015 - San Fernando gears up for zero waste monthPAMPANGA -- This capital city's local government through its Environment and Natural Resources Office has lined up activities in celebration of Zero Waste Month this January.
Mayor Edwin Santiago, Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin, together with city department heads unveiled a calendar of events made from recyclable materials during Monday's flag raising ceremonies. Joining him were councilors Nelson Lingat, Noel Tulabut, Harvey Quiwa, BJ Lagman, and representatives from Mother Earth Foundation.
6 Jan 2015 - BIR to improve e-services for taxpayersPAMPANGA -- Taxpayers are expected to enjoy faster, more reliable, and more convenient services and tax collection system this year, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) in Pampanga.
Vicente Gamad Jr., Assistant Revenue District Officer, said the government agency is set to develop its electronic services (e-Services) as part of its commitment to improve the tax return data capture and storage.
6 Jan 2015 - Aquino hit for Sangley airport planANGELES CITY -- A leader of the National Transformation Council and Guardians Brotherhood International Unified Command (Guardians) assailed the Aquino administration for pursuing the development of a new international airport in Sangley Point, Cavite.
Alfonso "Sonny" Dobles, head of the NTC in Central Luzon, said the government only needs to expand and develop Clark International Airport (CRK) as the country’s premier gateway.
6 Jan 2015 - Parish museum to host pilgrims this Holy WeekPAMPANGA -- Santa Rita Parish Museum is now being promoted as a pilgrimage destination as the facility is set to host tourists and pilgrims who will be visiting the old Santa Rita de Cascia Parish church here this April during the observance of Holy Week.
Museum Curator Romy Dizon said that they have lined up programs and other religious destinations in the town to help pilgrims who will be visiting in April. He added that the facility would like to help Roman Catholic pilgrims and tourists make their Holy Week visits more spiritual and meaningful.
6 Jan 2015 - Charters for Clark, 2 other international airports upCLARK FREEPORT -- The prospects are bright for the passage this year of proposed bills that seek to grant separate charters for the international airports in Clark, Aklan and Davao, said Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao.
He could not, however, say with confidence if the President would sign the legislations once they get enacted into laws considering the infirm position of the Chief Executive on the matter, particularly in the case of the Clark International Airport (CIA), in the last five years of his Administration.
6 Jan 2015 - Cops commended for anti-drug campaignPAMPANGA -- Two chiefs of police were recently commended for their successful joint anti-illegal drug operations last December.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, commended Superintendents Jhoanna Rosales, chief of police of Floridablanca and Jean Fajardo, chief of police of Lubao.
5 Jan 2015 - Archdiocese issues circular vs ‘priest’PAMPANGA -- The Archdiocese of San Fernando has issued a circular to its clergy, religious orders and laity clarifying the status of a certain Fr. Mark Robinson Bunag who claims to be a priest of Apostolic and Catholic Church of the East, after the it had received reports that the latter has been celebrating masses at homes and chapels in Pampanga.
Archbishop Florentino Lavarias issued circular No. 48 dated November 29, 2014, stating that "Bunag is not a validly ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Church."
5 Jan 2015 - Guiao supports SBP bid to host FIBA 2019PAMPANGA -- First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao has expressed support to the bid of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) to host the FIBA World Championship Games In 2019.
Guiao recently filed House Resolution 1781 "supporting the bid of the SBP for the Philippines to host the FIBA World Championship Games in 2019 and enjoining the government to extend its full assistance and support for the successful hosting and conduct of this prestigious tournament."
5 Jan 2015 - CDC gears up for APEC-SOM meet in ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation (CDC) is now in full gear in preparation for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting to be held inside this Freeport this month.
During the first flag raising ceremonies Monday, CDC president Arthur Tugade said that the APEC requirements are being met, especially the convention hall and hotel rooms which will house the delegates that will arrive during the APEC Senior Officials and Ministers (SOM) meeting here.
5 Jan 2015 - NHA awards 750 housing units to police personnelPAMPANGA -- A total of 750 housing units were awarded by the National Housing Authority-Region 3 (NHA-3) to Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) personnel on January 5, which coincided with the Monday flag raising ceremony here.
The awarding of the housing units is in line with Administrative Order No. 9 dated April 2011 where P4.2 billion was allotted for the housing of police and military personnel.
4 Jan 2015 - Hot air balloon fests setCLARK FREEPORT -- The Department of Tourism (DOT) in Central Luzon has announced the schedule of two separate hot air balloon festivals in Clark and Lubao town this year.
DOT Central Luzon Director Ronnie Tiotuico said the Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is set on February 12 to 15 here.
4 Jan 2015 - Hundreds of Catholic faithful to watch Pope Francis musicaleBishops and a throng of Catholic faithful would be among hundreds of expected spectators of the "I Love Pope Francis: The Musical".
The production of the all-Kapampangan group Teatru Kapampangan will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City on January 17 in time for the Papal Visit of Pope Francis from January 15 to 19.
3 Jan 2015 - CIAC head clears report on Sangley airport planCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco has clarified that the national government, particularly the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), has started a study on the proposed airport at Sangley Point in Cavite.
Tanjuatco issued the statement following a news report quoting DOTC Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya that the government plans to start the development of new international airport in Cavite province within the last 18 months of President Aquino.
3 Jan 2015 - Priest builds houses of God to renew faithPAMPANGA -- Fr. Jess G. Manabat of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish here is regarded as the "builder priest" of Pampanga.
Devout Roman Catholics disclosed that Manabat had built a church, parish hall and convent at the Mawaque Resettlement Center (MRC) in Mabalacat City when he was assigned in the area for about four years beginning 1998.
3 Jan 2015 - House to honor ‘Magkakabaung’PAMPANGA -- The House of Representatives is set to honor the Kapampangan film "Magkakabaung," (The Coffin Maker) which won the Best Asian Film Award at the Third Hanoi International Film Festival in Vietnam last November 27.
“Magkakabaung,” was produced by film writer and director Jason Paul Laxamana entirely in the Kapampangan language and shot, and tells the story of a casket factory worker, played by actor Allen Dizon, who brought up his eight-year-old daughter alone after his wife left him, and then accidentally caused the death of the girl by administering the wrong medicine.
3 Jan 2015 - NLEx, SCTEx implement advance toll collection systemPAMPANGA -- The North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) has implemented an advance toll collection system last January 2 and will last until January 5 to avert the pile up of heavy volumes of vehicles going back to Metro Manila after the holidays.
Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) Media Relations Officer Francisco Dagohoy said the system will be implemented at the SCTEx toll plazas of Concepcion and San Miguel in Tarlac for vehicles bound for Mabalacat City going to NLEx.
3 Jan 2015 - ‘I Love Pope Francis’ goes to CCP stage on January 17PAMPANGA -- "I Love Pope Francis" the musical will be staged at the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) in Pasay City on January 17.
This was disclosed Saturday by the musical's director Andy Alviz who said that the musical will be staged at the CCP for about 1,000 Filipino and Asian bishops who will join in welcoming Pope Francis in his Philippine visit.
2 Jan 2015 - Sculptor to present gift to Pope FrancisPAMPANGA -- The family of Kapampangan sculptor Willy Layug will present a gift to Pope Francis when the leader of the Catholic Church celebrates Holy Mass at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila on January 18.
Layug, including his five grandchildren, are expected to present to the Pope a two-foot high image of the Sto. Niño carrying a lamb made of Philippine cedar.
2 Jan 2015 - Central Luzon firecracker cases down 50%PAMPANGA -- A total of 237 fireworks-related injuries were reported in Central Luzon from December 21, 2014 to January 1, 2015 which is 50 percent lower than the same period in 2013 where there were 477 registered cases, the Department of Health Central Luzon (DOH-3) here said.
The DOH-3 in its latest Fireworks-related Injury Surveillance as of January 1 said that the victims ranged from one to 67 years old. About 208 or 88 percent were males with most of the cases were from Tarlac and Pampanga.
2 Jan 2015 - Brighter future seen for car tradePAMPANGA -- Businessman Levy P. Laus, Pampanga’s pioneer dealer of top car brands, said that the total sales of vehicles increased by at least 30 percent last year compared to 2013.
In a recent interview, Laus said that “2014 was a good year for business in the country, “notably in North and Central Luzon” where most of his car dealerships are based.
2 Jan 2015 - Clark leisure park ready for 2015 APECCLARK FREEPORT –- Fontana Leisure Parks, the center point of the 2015 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit here, is ready for the international convention.
Executives of the largest leisure park in Central Luzon assured that they are now prepared for the influx of visitors during meeting.
2 Jan 2015 - Sasmuan starts 2015 with festive dance ritualPAMPANGA -- This town’s old ritual dance festival, which traces its roots to Kapampangan pre-hispanic faith, will officially end the Yuletide Season here and usher a fresh start for the New Year.
The five-day dance ritual is in honor of the town's patron saint and the Feast of the Epiphany.
2 Jan 2015 - Cops’ firearms unsealedPAMPANGA -- The simultaneous inspection and removal of the taped muzzles of Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel was conducted at the Police Regional Office-3 (PRO3) parade grounds here Friday morning.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Officer-In-Charge of PRO3, led the unsealing of firearms of PRO3 personnel.
2 Jan 2015 - 2 Balibago ordinances ‘deemed approved’ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has stated that the two ordinances of Barangay Balibago, which were subjected for review by the Sangguniang Panlungsod here, are “deemed approved.”
Barangay Ordinances Number 6 and 7 Series of 2014 were transmitted to the city council for review on October 22, according to Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac.
2 Jan 2015 - 7 hit by stray bulletsPAMPANGA -- Seven persons from Central Luzon were hit by stray bullets during the celebration of New Year’s eve, police said Friday.
The victims were identified as Maria Liberty Andoque and Misael Eguin, both of Barangay Minuyan, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan; Benjamin Alipio, 28, of Barangay Paltao, Pulilan, Bulacan; Marvelyn Valdez, 32, of Barangay Graceville, San Jose Del Monte City, Bulacan; Charish Amela Habaybay, 16 and a certain Rogie Vizcara, both of San Jose Del Monte City and Victor Juano, 34, a resident of Northville 14 Resettlement, Barangay Calulut, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
30 Dec 2014 - Businessman: 2014 was a good yearPAMPANGA -- "The year 2014, for Pampanga and Central and North Luzon's economy, was relatively a good year."
So disclosed Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) chairman emeritus Levy Laus, as he noted that businesses and investments boomed the whole year-round in Pampanga and the rest of the region, taking much of North Luzon into an economic upswing, even if the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been affected by the controversial Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP).
30 Dec 2014 - Lito Lapid announces mayoralty bid in AngelesANGELES CITY -- Senator Manuel "Lito" Lapid has officially announced his plan to seek the mayoralty post in this highly urbanized city.
Lapid made the announcement during a Christmas Party his camp organized for incumbent and former barangay leaders here on Monday.
30 Dec 2014 - Mayor calls for more ‘heroic’ partnershipsPAMPANGA -- San Fernando City Mayor Edwin Santiago urged Tuesday Fernandinos and multi-sectoral representatives to bond together and form more "heroic and strategic" partnerships for governance to enhance the city's growth.
During the commemoration of the 118th death anniversary of Dr. Jose Rizal at Heroes Park here, Santiago stressed that the city's stakeholders are "everyday heroes" who see to the welfare of Fernandinos.
30 Dec 2014 - Angeles village chief portrays Rizal at hero’s 118th martyrdom ritesANGELES CITY -- A barangay captain of Angeles City portrayed Jose Rizal for the fifth straight year on Tuesday during the commemoration of the 118th martyrdom anniversary of the national hero who was executed here on December 30, 1896.
Salapungan Barangay Captain Reynaldo “Rey” Malig said “I am deeply honored to play the role of Rizal as proud member of the Order of the Knights of Rizal (OKOR).”
30 Dec 2014 - Rotarians optimistic with Sama for district governorshipPAMPANGA -- Some Rotarians from various Rotary Clubs under Cluster 4A are optimistic that a Rotarian from their cluster would be Rotary governor as nominations are set this January.
Their confidence is set on Rotarian Jesus "Jess" Sama who is currently the holder of the position of assistant governor. Rotarians and even cluster presidents expressed their confidence for Sama during a mid-week meeting at Villa Asucena in Barangay San Matias here.
30 Dec 2014 - Displaced farmers get aid from San FernandoPAMPANGA -- Some 53 displaced farmers from Barangay Maimpis who were affected by a land row received Tuesday financial assistance from the City Government of San Fernando on Tuesday.
Jived with the commemoration of Dr. Jose Rizal's 118th death anniversary at Heroes Park here, Mayor Edwin Santiago lauded the farmers for their sacrifices and "standing up to their rights in times of adversity," branding them as heroes who fight for food sufficiency.
29 Dec 2014 - 2014 quarry revenues reache P1.3-B markPAMPANGA -- The provincial government’s revenue from quarry operations reached an all time high anew as it posted a P1,364,566,747.34 income December 23 this year.
The total income from Pampanga's sand and gravel industry, excluding revenues for December 29, which was still unavailable at press time, is the sum of aggregate quarry collections, weighing scale fees, accreditation of motor vehicles and sand and gravel fees.
29 Dec 2014 - Mayor: New Arayat improves basic servicesPAMPANGA -- "The new Arayat continuously improves the delivery of basic services and is friendly to businesses."
Thus said Mayor Emmanuel "Bon" Alejandrino on Monday as he showed the newly constructed offices, multi-purpose hall and birthing station at the compound of the municipal hall.
29 Dec 2014 - 6 nabbed in drug buy-bustPAMPANGA -- The intensified anti-drug operations of the Tarlac City Police Office (TCPO) resulted in the arrest of six alleged drug dependents in this city on Monday.
Earlier on, the CAIDSOFT (the anti-drug unit of TCPO) led by SPO2 Ronald Ibañez conducted a buy-bust operation against Perry Michael Dayrit, 24, single, a resident of Sitio Santos, Barangay Matatalaib, Tarlac City.
29 Dec 2014 - Suspected pusher, users arrested in CandabaPAMPANGA -- Alfer Mallari, 27, An alleged shabu pusher and seven persons were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Bahay Pare, Candaba, Pampanga, Saturday.
Confiscated from his possession were two heat sealed transparent plastic sachet containing suspected shabu and a P500 bill used in the buy-bust operation, Recomono said.
28 Dec 2014 - Miss Mabalacat City pre-pageant set todayMABALACAT CITY -- The region’s most awaited and elaborate beauty pageant, Miss Mabalacat City, will be having its pre-pageant Monday as it stages a broadway musical-inspired production that will parade 15 lovely ladies in this city.
Among the musicales it will feature are excerpts from Hairspray, Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins, Grease and other broadway hits, including a grand production for its January 30 Coronation Night.
28 Dec 2014 - Don’t use firecrackers, public warnedMABALACAT CITY -- The Department of Health (DOH) has warned the public not to use firecrackers in welcoming the New Year because of the risk it poses.
The agency stated that it will treat all individuals injured by firecrackers during the New Year festivities "but damaged future has no cure. Don’t use firecrackers to welcome the New Year."
28 Dec 2014 - Kapampangan film bags awards in MMFFPAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan independent film "Magkakabaung" (The Coffin Maker) won three major categories in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) New Wave Section.
The film won Best Director for Jayson Laxamana, Best Actor for actor Allen Dizon and Best Film in this year's Metro Manila Film Festival New Wave category. The entries for the New Wave category were presented last December 17, while the eight mainstream films were presented a few days before Christmas.
28 Dec 2014 - Vice guv lauds SM for treating 72 kids at Sky Ranch parkPAMPANGA -- Vice Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda expressed gratitude to the management and officials of SM City Pampanga for allowing 72 young Aetas to have "an unforgettable and happy day" at the mall's Sky Ranch Pampanga amusement park recently.
Pineda and Angelina “Angie” Blanco, head of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO), led the “Christmas Treat” for the Aetas at the latest crowd-drawer at the SM Pampanga.
27 Dec 2014 - Hospitals on ‘white’ alert for New YearPAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has announced that Pampanga province’s 11 district hospitals and its lone provincial medical facility will be on “Code White” alert in preparation for the celebration of New Year.
The alert means that the medical personnel in the province are on-call for firecracker-related incidents, according to Dr. Jesse Fantone, head of the Regional Epidemiology Surveillance Unit of DOH-Central Luzon.
27 Dec 2014 - Arroyo back at hospital after Christmas furloughPAMPANGA -- Former President and incumbent Pampanga Second District Pampanga Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo returned to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) in Quezon City on Friday after her furlough request which started on December 23 ended on December 26.
Arroyo was reported to have arrived at the VMMC around 2:17 p.m. Friday, according to reports.
27 Dec 2014 - Pampanga mason holds Christmas party for kidsPAMPANGA -- Hundreds of children felt the spirit of Christmas after attending Saturday’s party sponsored by the Pampanga Masonic Lodge Number 48.
The kids were given food, toys, and candies during the event dubbed “Pamaskong Handog ng Pampanga Masonic Lodge Number 48, F. and A. M. Para Sa Mga Bata.”
26 Dec 2014 - Sto. Tomas relentless vs drug pushersPAMPANGA -- Mayor Joselito "Lito" Naguit has ordered the police to continue its aggressive campaign against alleged drug pushers in line with the directive of the provincial government to purge their illegal trade.
Naguit's order to Chief Inspector John Clark, town police chief, resulted in the arrest of at least 18 drug pushers since the renewed campaign was launched a few months ago. Two other suspects were arrested for alleged possession of illegal drugs, added Clark, who was assigned as chief cop of Sto. Tomas last January.
26 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat business district peaceful during ChristmasMABALACAT CITY -- The business district of this city was relatively peaceful during the celebration of Christmas Day.
This was according to Chief Inspector Melvin Florida, newly installed Dau police commander, who disclosed that there were no major incidents over the past few days.
26 Dec 2014 - Gun-related crimes rise by 45% in 2014PAMPANGA -- The number of shooting incidents in the province of Pampanga has increased significantly this year, the Pampanga Police Provincial Office (PPPO) said recently.
PPPO data showed that reported shooting-related crimes went up from 98 cases (January to December 2013) to 142 cases in the same period this year. This year’s figure is up by 45 percent or 44 cases of gun-related crimes, with five days to go before year-end.
26 Dec 2014 - Soldiers convert Basa Air Base into Christmas-themed attractionPAMPANGA -- Deafening cheers cut through the chilly air as impatient, giggling children marveled at the strings of Christmas lights that burst into the stunning landscape of Basa Air Base in Floridablanca.
Every December, the spirited members of the Philippine Air Force (PAF) here convert a part of the camp into a Christmas-themed park, which boasts of a number of rides, shows, and booths.
26 Dec 2014 - Drug dealer killed in post Christmas Day shootoutPAMPANGA -- It was the end of the road for a notorious drug pusher after Christmas Day when he tried to shoot it out with joint police operatives of the Capas and Concepcion police.
Earlier on, Capas police intelligence operatives conducted a buy bust operation against Rico Bundalian, Jr. alias Jun and JB, 44, single, a resident of Ilang-ilang Street, Green Village, Concepcion, Tarlac at Barangay Sto. Domingo 2nd in the town of Capas.
22 Dec 2014 - Businessman cites role of media in developmentPAMPANGA -- Laus Group of Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Levy P. Laus is optimistic for the local economy of Central Luzon this coming 2015 as he highlighted the importance of local media in the region’s development.
Laus made this forecast during the Christmas media luncheon with Pampanga media at Max's Restaurant on Monday
22 Dec 2014 - Lazatin: Rodriguez’s re-election bid good for San FernandoANGELES CITY -- Former first district Representative Carmelo "Tarzan" Lazatin welcomed Monday the decision of third district Representative Oscar "Oca" Rodriguez to seek re-election, allowing a "harmonious relationship" between officials in the nearby City of San Fernando.
In a phone interview, Lazatin said both Rodriguez and City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago "are doing very good in their respective posts and there is no reason for them to clash in 2016."
22 Dec 2014 - Central Luzon ‘well-poised’ for Asean economic integrationPAMPANGA -- Central Luzon is in a strong position to partake in the economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) next year, an official of the Regional Development Council (RDC-3) in Central Luzon assured, citing vigorous economic progress and positive image in the international community.
“What does it mean for us here in Central Luzon? First of all this is not an option for us because we are all involved here and all of us are stakeholders and are bound to feel the impacts of the integration,” RDC-3 chairman and Bulacan Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado clarified during the RDC-3 Forum on the Asean Economic Community (AEC) held recently at the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda-3) Central Luzon Office, Diosdado Macapagal Government Center, this city.
22 Dec 2014 - Fire hits sugarcane farm in GuaguaPAMPANGA -- A portion of a sugarcane farm in Barangay Maquiapo here was destroyed by fire recently.
Fire Officer Christopher Felimco, officer-in-charge of the Guagua Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), said the fire might have been ignited by the cold weather.
22 Dec 2014 - PRO3 seals cops’ gunsPAMPANGA -- The muzzle taping of firearms that aims to prevent illegal discharge of guns by Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel, here was conducted Monday.
Chief Superintendent Ronald Santos, Deputy Regional Director for Administration of the Police Regional Office III (PRO3), said the sealing of firearms of policemen in Central Luzon has been annually conducted to ensure that no one will use issued guns during the celebration of Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
21 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat wants ordinance vs riding in tandemMABALACT CITY -- Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has urged the City Council to come up with an ordinance that will drastically reduce the crimes committed by individuals riding motorcycles.
Morales, who was interviewed at the Pampanga Mayors’ League (PML) Christmas party on Saturday night, said he directed Vice Mayor Christian Halili to immediately consult the public and study a proposed ordinance aimed at limiting the movements of motorcycle-riding criminals.
21 Dec 2014 - Oca to seek re-electionPAMPANGA -- Third District Representative Oscar “Oca” Rodriguez said he is seeking re-election in 2016, dousing reports that he wants to make a comeback as mayor of this city and challenge his longtime political ally, Mayor Edwin Santiago.
“Who said I want to run for mayor? I never said that I will run for mayor. ” said Rodriguez in an interview on Friday night.
21 Dec 2014 - Group offers free physical therapy for indigentsPAMPANGA -- The Kapampangan Development Foundation (KDF) has been offering free physical therapy sessions for indigent stroke patients with the help of volunteers from the Arellano University at the Jose A. Datu Medical Center here.
KDF president Benigno Ricafort said the new program is on a per schedule basis and would be available as long as there are patients willing to avail of the services of the volunteers.
21 Dec 2014 - Suspected drug peddler arrestedPAMPANGA -- Police operatives here arrested a suspected drug dealer in a buy bust operation few days before Christmas.
Oliver Canlas, 28, of Purok 2 San Vicente, this town, was caught allegedly handing selling illegal drugs to a police agent.
21 Dec 2014 - Capitol backs SC mandamusPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government headed by Governor Lilia Pineda reiterated its strong support and backing for the Supreme Court’s mandamus on Manila Bay aiming to bring back its old glory and make it a “swim and bath” spot again.
During the recent Manila bay Day commemoration at Heroes Hall in this city, Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Officer Engineer Art Punsalan said that Capitol has strengthened its solid waste management program and continues to sustain its environmental program to attain the objective of the High Tribunal’s mandamus covering 14 line government agencies.
20 Dec 2014 - ‘Maestro’ gives Fernandinos songwriting tipsPAMPANGA -- “Maestro” Ryan Cayabyab over the weekend gave aspiring high school students and professionals in this city important songwriting tips to enhance their talent and craft.
The half-day training program was facilitated by the city’s Multi-Sectoral Governance Council and Manila North Tollways Corporation in partnership with Cayabyab’s Philpop Music Foundation.
20 Dec 2014 - US custody of Pemberton hitCLARK FREEPORT -- Anakpawis Partylist Representative Fernando Hicap described as "highly condemnable" the United States government's hard stand to retain the custody of US Marine Joseph Scott Pemberton, suspect for the murder of transgender Jennifer Laude.
Hicap said the people should strongly demand not only for the Philippine government to assert custody of the American soldier while the murder case is still being prosecuted, but also for the immediate termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA).
20 Dec 2014 - Business sector urged to support San Fernando adopt-a-scholar programPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando recently urged business owners and traders to support a local scholarship program.
Mayor Edwin Santiago said the local government has already provided educational assistance to the students of the City College of San Fernando.
20 Dec 2014 - 5 Central Luzon bets win in 2014 Gawad SakaPAMPANGA -- Central Luzon bets have bagged awards at the National Gawad Saka 2014 held at Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) recently.
The Gawad Saka is an annual contest to recognize farmers, fisherfolks, livestock raisers and farmers' and fisherfolks' groups who have excelled and made significant contributions in enhancing the development of the agriculture and fishery sector in their respective communities and in the country.
20 Dec 2014 - Sto. Tomas indigents get Christmas giftsPAMPANGA -- Some 50 children from this town received Christmas gifts from the Santo Tomas Municipal Police as part of their social program this Yuletide Season.
Police chief John Clark said that the move was part of the local police's desire to win the hearts of the people in the community.
20 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat junkshop robbedFour armed men riding in two motorcycles held-up a junkshop located along Mampan road, Barangay Camachiles, Mabalacat City, Wednesday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono, Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, said the suspects armed with caliber .45 pistols were on board Honda wave motorcycles without plate numbers when they arrived at the EM junkshop owned by Eufracia Marin, 52, a resident of Barangay Camachiles, of said city.
19 Dec 2014 - Burials resume at CVCCLARK FREEPORT -- Burials at the Clark Veterans Cemetery (CVC) has resumed after the Bases Conversion Development Authority suspended the interment at the war veterans’ resting place on December 1.
Earlier, United States Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) urged the Philippine government to end the suspension of burials at the CVC.
19 Dec 2014 - Business group fetes mayor for supportPAMPANGA -- The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) presented a plaque of appreciation to Mayor Edwin Santiago for generously hosting the dinner reception for the delegates of the Federation of Philippine-American Chambers of Commerce (FPACC) and business matching with the members of the chamber recently.
PamCham said that it is also thankful for the support of the mayor to the business community here for the past year. The group said that the city's vibrant economy has been the product of proactive teamwork between government leaders and the business community in the city for the past decade.
19 Dec 2014 - US marine appears in court for arraignmentUS Marine Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton showed up Friday at the Olongapo City Hall of justice where he was fingerprinted and photographed.
The US Marine was scheduled for his arraignment but was postponed, Delos Reyes said.
19 Dec 2014 - SBMA to hold training-program on CSRSUBIC BAY -- The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) wants the locators of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) to regard corporate social responsibility (CSR) not as a mere philanthropic initiative but as a mature, refined discipline.
Victor Persius Chan, CSR manager of Redondo Peninsula Energy Incorporated (RP Energy), issued this call on Wednesday during a media briefing held at the Buma Hotel, Moonbay Marina Area, this Freeport.
19 Dec 2014 - DFA announces schedule of holiday season authentication servicesPAMPANGA -- The Department of Foreign Affairs released on Friday the schedule for authentication services in observance of the public holidays in the last week of December.
The schedule covers DFA City of San Fernando-Pampanga at Robinsons Starmills, Department of Foreign Affairs-Aseana (DFA Aseana), DFA NCR-West (SM Manila), DFA NCR-East (SM Megamall), DFA NCR-Northeast (Ali Mall), and DFA NCR-South (Metro Gaisano Alabang).
19 Dec 2014 - Nicdao is new PamCham prexyPAMPANGA -- Prominent businessman Jess Nicdao has been elected as the new president of the influential Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham).
This came as PamCham corporate secretary Malou Garbes announced the new set of officers as a result of the special meeting of the group's board of directors last December 16.
19 Dec 2014 - Angeles honors gun shooting champANGELES CITY – The City Council recently honored Franchette Shayne Quiroz, a full-blooded Kapampangan who is making a name in international practical shooting competitions.
Franchette, who is based in this city, was cited through a city council resolution, said Councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales in an interview on Thursday.
19 Dec 2014 - Motorcycle riders kill 2 in Mexico, San FernandoPAMPANGA -- Two persons were killed by motorcycle riding suspects in Mexico town and the City of San Fernando, Tuesday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, identified the fatalities as Warren Legaspi, 23, a resident of Barangay Lagundi, Mexico; and Restituto Dimabuyo, 41, a resident of Barangay Bulaon, City of San Fernando.
18 Dec 2014 - San Fernando tops in ECAPAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando was recognized by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) after it topped this year’s Environmental Compliance Audit or ECA and for its environment-friendly programs and projects.
During the second year commemoration of Manila Bay Day at the Ninoy Aquino Amphitheater of Heroes Hall in this city, DILG Regional Director Florida Dijan said that San Fernando exemplified the “passion to protect the environment” through sound solid waste programs and projects that are compliant to RA 9003 and to the spirit of “bayanihan” which runs in accordance with the Mandamus order of the Supreme Court to save Manila Bay and water tributaries connected to it.
18 Dec 2014 - Angeles employees to get P10,000 bonusANGELES CITY -- Plantilla personnel of the City Government will each be getting an additional P10,000 Productivity Enhancement Incentive (PEI) bonus before Christmas as Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan approved the passage of Supplemental Budget No. 3, ordained by the Angeles City Council during a Special Session on Wednesday.
“Our permanent, co-terminus, contractual and casual employees deserve this additional productivity bonus especially those at the front line services. This is based on Executive Order No. 80 issued by President Benigno Aquino III and its implementing guidelines, DBM Memorandum Circular No. 2014-3 dated December 2, 2014,” Pamintuan said.
18 Dec 2014 - Medical City Clark offers specialized health servicesCLARK FREEPORT -- The Medical City (TMC) Clark has vowed to provide specialized health care with its certified physicians and state-of-the-art equipment.
The medical center is committed to offer specialties including orthopedics, ophthalmology, otolaryngology (ENT), radiology, pathology, hematology/oncology, endocrinology, physical therapy, neurology, nephrology, pediatrics, neonatology, OB-gynecology, and different kinds of surgery.
18 Dec 2014 - San Fernando holds abilympics, special welfare dayPAMPANGA -- The United Nations (UN) International Day of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) may have passed but the City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga still kicked off Tuesday a special welfare day and abilympics for the city’s PWDs.
The celebration is based on the International Abilympics (IA) or Olympics of Abilities for PWDs, which traces its roots in Japan in 1972 when Abilympics, an annual national skill competition for the disabled persons, was organized by the Japanese Association for the Employment of the Disabled (JAED).
18 Dec 2014 - Street children get Yuletide treat from Quota PampangaANGELES CITY -- Some 50 street children under the care of the Bale Anghel here received Christmas gifts and food from members of Quota Intentional of Pampanga on Thursday.
Quota International of Pampanga president Joycel Robles said that the event is part of their Christmas program for disadvantaged children in the city. The group was invited to help in the Christmas program for the street children under Bale Anghel.
17 Dec 2014 - Morales urges CDC to open Dau-Clark gateMABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales urged the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) to open the Dau-Clark Gate (formerly Dau Checkpoint) of the Clark Freeport.
The mayor said the opening of the old entry point will help in decongesting the traffic volume at the central business district of Dau.
17 Dec 2014 - Ex-PML president: Binay has the ‘heart’ for peopleCLARK FREEPORT -- The former president of the Pampanga Mayors' League (PML) has renewed his commitment to support the presidential bid of Vice- President Jejomar Binay.
In a press conference at the Fontana Residences here recently, former Candaba Mayor and PML president Jerry Pelayo said Binay has the "heart" and genuine concern for the Filipino people.
17 Dec 2014 - Farmer slain in ArayatPAMPANGA -- A 28-year-old farmer was shot to death by motorcycle riding criminals in Barangay San Juan, Arayat, Pampanga, Monday.
Police identified the fatality as Albert Oronce, 28, a resident of Barangay San Juan.
17 Dec 2014 - Vermicomposting takes roots among Bacolor farmersPAMPANGA -- Some farmers here have scrapped conventional farming, citing that it is not only dangerous for human consumption due to chemical fertilizers, but is also costly to maintain.
With growing awareness about the different processes of organic farming, the town of Bacolor, particularly in Barangay Sta. Barbara, became interested in using vermicomposting.
17 Dec 2014 - Cine Kabalen bares Kapampangan film-making winnersANGELES CITY -- Carlo Catu's "Mis Da Ka" was awarded the Best Film in this year's Fourth Cine Kabalen Film Festival.
The winners were announced at the Cinema 4, SM City Clark recently. The 10 Kapampangan short films from different towns and cities in Pampanga vied for the following major awards: Gintung Tugak (Golden Frog), Gintung Salaksak (Golden Kingfisher), Gintung Matsin (Golden Monkey), Gintung Tikbalang (Golden Kapampangan Centaur), GintungDapu (Golden Crocodile) and the distinguished Gintung Damulag (Golden Carabao) for the best film. The trophies were designed by Kapampangan artist Don Reich De Dios.
16 Dec 2014 - Officials oppose Minalin anti-flood projectPAMPANGA -- The mayor of nearby Macabebe town and two officials here, including Vice Mayor Querolico Daag, are opposing the proposed P170-million Saguing Cut-Off flood control project due to its "negative impact" on the livelihood of hundreds of fisherfolk and the possibility that "it could worsen" the flooding in the two towns and nearby areas.
In a statement, Macabebe Mayor Annette Flores-Balgan, Daag and Minalin Councilor Enrico Suba said the design of the 1.7-kilometer Saguing Cut-Off “is outdated and will not solve but worsen the flood problems” at the southwestern portion of Pampanga, including Minalin, Sto. Tomas, Macabebe, Masantol and Apalit towns.
16 Dec 2014 - Guv: Community helpers, Peso coordinators unsung heroesPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda lauded the efforts of some 1,225 barangay community helpers and Public Employment Service Office (PESO) coordinators in helping local officials in the cleanliness of their respective villages and bringing job opportunities closer to the communities and families.
“Your volunteerism and untiring efforts for human and community development is worth recognizing for. You are one of the unsung heroes of the Province of Pampanga,” the governor told them during the “Aldo Ding Mangalakal” and “Aldo ding Barangay Livelihood and Employment or PESO Coordinators” held at Pineda Gym, this town, Tuesday.
16 Dec 2014 - CDC gifts folks at Mabalacat orphanageMABALACAT CITY -- The state-run Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has brought joy to children with special needs at the Munting Tahanan ng Nazareth in Barangay Mabiga here with a Christmas gift-giving activity.
Employees and volunteers under the External Affairs Department (EAD) and other CDC departments gave the institution grocery items and other goods.
16 Dec 2014 - Duman Festival reset for December 20PAMPANGA -- It is all set for this year's 13th Duman Festival supposedly set last December 6 which was later cancelled due to Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) as organizers of the event said it would push through this Saturday, December 20 at the Santa Rita Eco-park.
Andy Alviz and his group Arti.StaRita started the festival in 2002, which originated from the long standing tradition of pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or green delicacy called "duman." The festival features alfresco dining were rows and rows of delicacy stalls would sell various pastries and native dishes of the town, with duman being the major highlight.
16 Dec 2014 - Group urges appointment of municipal veterinariansANGELES CITY -- Anakpawis Partylist representative Fernando “Ka Pando” Hicap filed Tuesday House Bill 5297 or "An Act Providing for the Mandatory Appointment of a Municipal Veterinarian Officer."
Hikap said the move is for the purpose of decisively addressing the proliferation of contagious and harmful animal diseases in the countryside and the immediate delivery of public veterinary services to far-flung villages where the raising and production of farm animals is concentrated.
16 Dec 2014 - Masantol most wanted nabbedPAMPANGA -- A man responsible for a series of robberies in Pampanga was arrested Tuesday in Barangay San Nicolas, Masantol.
Police Chief Inspector Joel Aparejado of Masantol Police identified the arrested as Armando Gaddi Trinidad, 40, a resident of Barangay Bagang here.
16 Dec 2014 - Man, 42, slain in San FernandoPAMPANGA -- Raymundo Reyes was gunned down by motorcycle riding Criminals along Barangay San Juan, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.
The victim, together with his sister, were seated in front of the house of barangay councilor Alfer Bondoc, when two unidentified gunmen on board a Wave motorcycle without plate number arrived.
16 Dec 2014 - 2 drug pushers arrested in PoracPAMPANGA -- wo suspected drug pushers were arrested in a buy-bust operation in Barangay Manibaug, Paralaya, Porac town, Sunday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the suspects as Jerico Juco, 29, a resident of Nepo Subdivision and Marco Macapinlac, 28, a resident of Bagong Bayan, both in Angeles City.
15 Dec 2014 - Capitol employees to get P30K bonusPAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda announced on Monday that Capitol employees will receive P30,000 each as Christmas bonus.
The bonus will benefit the more than 2,000 permanent and casual employees of the provincial government.
15 Dec 2014 - Betis furniture, wood carving tilt setPAMPANGA -- Betis is staging its first open national competition for the country’s wood furniture makers and carvers as part of its annual Dukit Festival this month.
Guagua Mayor Dante Torres said the competition, which will be held at the Betis Church on December 23 to 28, will showcase the creations of top wood furniture makers and carvers from Paete in Laguna, Ifugao, Isabela and other known hubs for topnotch artisans, including Betis, in the country.
15 Dec 2014 - Sta. Ana releases last batch of educational assistancePAMPANGA -- The municipal government of Santa Ana has released the last batch of educational assistance for this year with the local government unit shelling out almost P3 million in aid to indigent students for the whole year.
Mayor Rommel Concepcion led the distribution of P250,000 to 161 beneficiaries at the Santa Ana Municipal hall yesterday. The group of beneficiaries included 89 college students and 72 high school students with assistance ranging from P2,000 to P1,000 respectively.
15 Dec 2014 - Pagcor launches feeding programMABALACAT CITY – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) launched recently a feeding program which will benefit 110 severely wasted pupils of Doña Asuncion Lee Integrated School here.
The feeding program will run from December 2 to March 2015.
14 Dec 2014 - Dolores wins 2014 GLFPAMPANGA -- The entry of Barangay Dolores won this year’s Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) held on Saturday evening at Robinsons Starmills here.
The village received for P150,000 for beating eight other participants to the “Ligligan Parul."
14 Dec 2014 - CHR: Police torture, rights abuses rampant in Central LuzonPAMPANGA -- Police torture and other forms of human rights abuses are still rampant in Central Luzon, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Regional Director Jasmin Regino said.
Based on the data of the CHR, as of 2013, Central Luzon recorded some 187 cases of human rights violations. From January to November of this year, the CHR reported 173 cases.
14 Dec 2014 - Slay suspect on the runPAMPANGA -- The police here have initiated a hot pursuit operation against a person who allegedly killed a 20-year-old man during the town’s fiesta.
The incident happened last Monday night in front of a covered court in Barangay Concepcion, Mexico.
14 Dec 2014 - Gawad Kalinga village to rise in PoracPAMPANGA -- A GAWAD Kalinga village is now fast rising in this mountain side town as 30 houses are currently being built for 30 beneficiary families in Barangay Pulung Santol here.
Councilor Mark Valencia said that the new facility will greatly help beneficiaries of the project and could usher in further development in the area. The lot for Gawad Kalinga Village in Porac was donated by the Payumo family, according to Valencia.
13 Dec 2014 - Mayor wants ‘sanity’ back in Angeles CityANGELES City -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said Friday that he has asked all sectors to “bring back sanity” in this city amid on-going improvements and projects like addressing traffic woes.
In a forum at the Imerex Plaza Hotel held recently, Pamintuan has stressed that the projects and programs being implemented by his administration are all geared for the convenience and safety of Angeleños, sans color of politics.
13 Dec 2014 - First Sky Ranch branch opens in PampangaPAMPANGA -- Officials of SM Supermalls led the opening of the Sky Ranch Pampanga at SM City Pampanga over the weekend, marking the full operation of the first ever amusement park of its kind in Pampanga.
SM in a statement said the Loop Roller Coaster rotates 360 degrees and swerves from left to right, a ride that is ideal for thrill seekers while the Dream Log is a water ride that mimics the experience of going down a raging river. The company decided to create its own river and island especially for this ride to give visitors a unique experience.
13 Dec 2014 - Orphans receive Christmas giftsCLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has donated grocery items, food packages, and other household goods to the children of the Bahay Bata Learning Center in Angeles City.
The donation, which included two cavans of rice, grocery items, toiletries, and free meals, will benefit the orphans staying inside the learning center.
13 Dec 2014 - Int’l exec takes over top post at Ocean AdventureSUBIC BAY -- A veteran of international business and Rhodes scholar is now at the helm of Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach resort here.
Arthur D. Tai was appointed president and chief executive officer by the newly-elected board of directors of Subic Bay Marine Exploratorium Inc. (SBMEI), parent company of Ocean Adventure and Camayan Beach resort hotel, this December.
13 Dec 2014 - Quota Int’l launches program for special kidsThe Quota International of Pampanga launched over the weekend its Quota Bears program in a bid to raise funds for children with special needs.
Quota president Joycel Panlilio said that funds raised will be used for programs and support projects for children with special needs as well as differently-abled children.
13 Dec 2014 - CDC cited by PWD groupCLARK FREEPORT — A group of persons with disabilities (PWDs) in Central Luzon has conferred to Clark Development Corporation the Central Luzon Federation of Persons with Disabilities, Inc. (CLFPWD) Choice Award recently.
The award was given in recognition of CDC’s genuine support and contribution to the cause of PWDs.
12 Dec 2014 - San Fernando launches books on GLFPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando and the Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) committee have made another historic first with the release of the first ever coffee table book chronicling the Giant Lantern Festival and a children's book on the world famous tourist attraction.
The Giant Lantern coffee table book is a commemorative edition that features the works of veteran journalists Tonette Orejas of Philippine Daily Inquirer, Bong Lacson of Punto Central Luzon, and Joey Pavia.
12 Dec 2014 - DHVTSU gets historic markerPAMPANGA -- The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) on Friday unveiled a historical marker at the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University (DHVTSU) as part of the university’s 153rd foundation day.
NHCP Research, Publication, and Heraldry Division Chief Alvin Alcid, DHVTSU president Enrique Baking and other university officials publicly launched the historic marker in front of the DHVTSU Heritage Building, considered as one of oldest structures in the Bacolor town, having been constructed in 1892.
12 Dec 2014 - Inter-regional Terminal Hub opens at Robinsons Starmills PampangaPAMPANGA -- Officials of Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) led the opening of the first ever Inter-Regional Terminal Hub in Pampanga at the Robinson Starmills in a bid to interconnect neighboring regions to Central Luzon.
The opening was attended by Mayor Edwin Santiago and officials of different bus companies and is the third of its kind in the Philippines. RLC has transport hubs in Robinsons Novaliches and Robinsons Place Dumaguete.
12 Dec 2014 - City of San Fernando bares winners of inter-school lantern paradePAMPANGA -- The San Jose Juliana Elementary School, Sindalan High School, and City College of San Fernando were named as the winners in their respective categories during the City of San Fernando’s annual Inter-School Lantern Parade and Competition held recently at the City Hall.
As part of the Giant Lantern Festival 2014, the inter-school lantern competition was participated in by some 37 schools for the elementary, high school, and college categories.
11 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat mayor wants parallel probe on Gantan slayMABALACAT CITY -- Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales has formally requested the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a parallel probe on the killing of a 29-year old woman here last month.
Morales said he already sent a letter to NBI officials in the region to conduct a separate investigation on the killing of Marian Lucas Gantan.
11 Dec 2014 - Lubao lass crowned Pampanga’s ‘mutya’PAMPANGA -- Young Miss Lubao Mary Angelique Serrano Manto was crowned “Mutya Ning Kapampangan 2014” on Wednesday evening after being hailed as the most beautiful and intelligent among the pool of 22 other equally talented and pretty candidates during the coronation night at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center in this city.
With Manto in her court are first runner-up Patricia Lois Talusig of the City of San Fernando; second runner-up Zaina Marie Chandley of Angeles City; third runner up Maolin Yalung of Mabalacat City; and third runner up Mary Joy Caparas of Macabebe town.
11 Dec 2014 - Parul Sampernandu shining in LebanonPAMPANGA -- For the first time, the world renowned “Parul Sampernandu” or Fernandino Lanterns are shining and shimmering in Lebanon. In a report the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said that “the Lebanese community took a rare opportunity to witness for the first time in Lebanon the lighting and display in public of the iconic Philippine Christmas parols during the first-ever Philippine Christmas Festival, which was held on November 30 at the historic Unesco Palace in Beirut.”
11 Dec 2014 - CDC to bring Christmas cheers to less fortunate kids, elderlyCLARK FREEPORT -- Less fortunate children and elderly from select orphanage and nursing homes in Clark’s adjacent areas are guaranteed to receive early Christmas gifts soon---thanks to the annual gift giving activities of the state-run Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
The gift giving is a yearly tradition of CDC and regular part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program to make the less fortunate children, families or orphans in communities near Clark feel the spirit of Christmas through gifts, food baskets or meals shared by CDC employees and volunteers.
10 Dec 2014 - Lawmakers urge PH air panels: Boost CRK air traffic rightsCLARK FREEPORT -- Two members of the House of Representatives are urging Philippine air panels to intensify its offer and promotion of air traffic rights to and from the Clark International Airport (CRK).
Representatives Joseller "Yeng" Guiao (Pampanga, 1st district) and Cesar Sarmiento (Catanduanes, lone district) have filed Resolution 1753 urging "the Philippine Air Negotiating Panel, through the Secretary of Foreign Affairs as its Chairman, and the Philippine Air Consultation Panel, through the Secretary of Transportation and Communications as its Chairman, to immediately set up the necessary parameters and lay down the corresponding timetable on the promotion of air traffic rights in Clark International Airport, in line with its mandate to intensely pursue the country's international civil aviation liberalization policy."
10 Dec 2014 - 6,350 students to benefit from senator’s scholarshipsANGELES CITY -- At least 6,350 high school students in Central Luzon, 1,530 of them in Pampanga, stand to earn scholarships from the educational assistance program of Senator Alan Peter Cayetano.
This, after President Benigno Aquino III signed Cayetano's bill, which mandates all state universities and colleges to give automatic admission and provide scholarship grants to the graduating top 10 public high school students of their respective graduating classes.
10 Dec 2014 - Mabalacat exec orders arrest of illegal motorcycle racersMABALACAT CITY -- A city official has ordered the arrest of individuals participating in illegal motorcycle racing along the national highway and other secondary roads in the city.
Vice Mayor Christian Halili directed the city police to stop the illegal activity, which is now becoming a form of gambling and placing motorists at risk.
10 Dec 2014 - 1 dead after motorcycle, patrol truck collidePAMPANGA -- A village patrol truck and a motorcycle collided on Monday in this town resulting in the death of one motorist.
The motorcycle rider, identified as Angelo Elegores, 17, of Barangay San Pablo, Magalang, was transported to a hospital, where he died due to injuries suffered in the crash.
10 Dec 2014 - Korean in the act of sniffing shabu nabbedANGELES CITY -- A South Korean national was arrested while in the act of sniffing suspected methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu along Arellano Street, Barangay Lourdes North West, Angeles City, Monday.
Senior Superintendent Eden Ugale, Angeles City police director, identified the arrested as Yoo Jae Hong, a construction manager and a resident of Limay, Carbon Site, Bataan.
10 Dec 2014 - Man nabbed for attempted snatching in GuaguaPAMPANGA -- A man was charged with robbery after attempting to snatch the bag of a customer in a vulcanizing shop in Barangay Rizal, Guagua town Tuesday morning.
The Guagua police identified the suspect as Jonathan Mataga, 36, a resident of Barangay Dila-Dila, Sta. Rita, Pampanga.
10 Dec 2014 - Senior citizens get Christmas gifts from Rotary Cluster 4APAMPANGA -- Some 180 senior citizens from 18 villages received Christmas gifts from various Rotary Clubs under Cluster 4A during distribution ceremonies held at Villa Azucena Resort here led by Assistant Governor Jess Sama.
Sama said that the event was made possible through the collective efforts of all the officers, members and presidents of Cluster 4A who contributed their time and resources in making the event possible.
9 Dec 2014 - Gantan slay bounty raised to P500,000MABALACAT CITY -- City officials announced Tuesday that the reward for the Gantan slay case has been raised to P500,000.
Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales, who convened the city's Peace and Order Council (POC) on Monday, said they decided to increase the reward for the speedy resolution of the case.
9 Dec 2014 - Vice guv to mayors: desilt rivers, tributaries nowPAMPANGA -- San Fernando Vice-Governor Dennis "Delta" Pineda asked Pampanga mayors to excavate and desilt all rivers, creeks and tributaries in their respective municipalities and cities now before the next rainy season.
The vice-governor said local government units should act now about the siltation of rivers and waterways to avoid problems on perennial flooding, water borne diseases and inconveniences of affected families during calamities.
9 Dec 2014 - Kapampangan film showing at SM City Clark set December 13ANGELES CITY -- Kapampangan films will be shown for free this December 13 (Saturday) from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at SM City Clark Cinema 4 in Angeles City.
From 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., exhibition films will be shown including two award-winning Kapampangan short films. “Lisyun Qng Geografia” (Geography Lessons) by Petersen Vargas is one of the three winners of Best Picture in the recently concluded Ika-26 Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video.
9 Dec 2014 - No. 1 most wanted in Porac arrestedPAMPANGA -- Police arrested the alleged number one most wanted person in Porac town during a manhunt operation at Purok 2, Barangay Jalung, Porac, Pampanga, Monday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga Police Provincial director, identified the arrested as Romeo Laxa, 25, a resident of the said barangay.
9 Dec 2014 - P200-M government center to rise in San Simon townPAMPANGA -- The local government here announced on Monday the plan to build a P200-million government center to further improve the delivery of services to the people of this industrial town.
Mayor Leonora Wong, in her Ulat Sa Bayan, said that plans are on the way for the construction of a government center in Barangay Sto. Nino here.
9 Dec 2014 - WMRI officials to continue charitable medical missionCLARK FREEPORT -- Executives of the World Medical Relief Incorporated (WMRI) have vowed to continue their charitable medical missions in the country to help indigent Filipinos.
The WMRI officials, led by their president and chief executive officer George Samson, a native of Magalang, Pampanga, reiterated their mission when they turned over assorted medicines and other medical supplies to members of the Pampanga Press Club here yesterday.
8 Dec 2014 - AirAsia Berhad flight cancelled; 4 aircraft diverted to ClarkCLARK FREEPORT -- An AirAsia Berhad flight from Kuala Lumpur enroute to the Clark International Airport was cancelled on Monday due to typhoon Ruby (Hagupit), which dumped heavy rains in Eastern Samar.
Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president and CEO Emigdio Tanjuatco III said AirAsia Berhad Flight AK982 bound for Clark had been cancelled.
8 Dec 2014 - San Fernando receives new ISO certificationPAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando, Pampanga has once again received an ISO seal from the Certification International (CI) Philippines for meeting customers' needs and expectations.
Mayor Edwin D. Santiago, together with Vice-Mayor Jimmy Lazatin presented the certification to the city's department heads and employees during the flag raising ceremony held at the city hall.
8 Dec 2014 - HAU bags top animation awardsANGELES CITY -- A student and a teacher from the Holy Angel University (HAU) have been named among the top animators of the country after bagging awards from this year's Animahenasyon Philippine Animation Festival, held at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Benilde School of Design and Arts in Manila.
Animahenasyon is an annual festival of original Filipino animated films, sponsored by the Animation Council of the Philippines, Inc.
8 Dec 2014 - Palawe bridge reopenedPAMPANGA -- San Fernando Motorists can now pass through the newly renovated Palawe Bridge, a project engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said Monday.
The Palawe Bridge, which connects the town of Bacolor to the City of San Fernando, undertook a number of structural and aesthetic improvements.
7 Dec 2014 - DA sets new record in rice productionPAMPANGA -- The Department of Agriculture (DA) here has finally set a new record in palay crop production after it is now near its target of 3, 743 540 million ton palay production exceeding its target of 3, 524, 558 metric tons.
DA regional director Andrew Villacorta said that the record breaking production could be attributed to the good weather in Central Luzon for the later part of the year, stressing that the production gives a clear outlook on the real capacity of Central Luzon.
7 Dec 2014 - Council allots P600,000 reward for Mabalacat slay casesMABALACAT CITY -- The City Council has appropriated P600,000 reward for the speedy solution of two separate slay cases here.
Vice Mayor Christian Halili said the reward will be given to individuals who can give information about the suspects in killing of a woman in Barangay Mabiga and couples in San Joacquin recently.
7 Dec 2014 - Cabigting lauds Lazatin’s dedication in public serviceANGELES CITY -- Angeles City Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting praised first-termer Councilor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin's enthusiasm in fulfilling his duties as a councilor.
Cabigting lauded Lazatin as she delivered the "Ulat ng Paglilingkod" during the City Council's Regular Session last December 2 at Hausland Pavillion, Timog Residences.
7 Dec 2014 - Guardians leader bares organization’s visionANGELES CITY -- A top leader of the Guardians International Unified Command (GIUC) said that his group is uniting various factions of the brotherhood to work for a common vision of liberating the Filipino people from the bondage of poverty.
GIUC president Alfonso "Sonny" Dobles said members of the Nagkakaisang Guardians in Regional 3 and other parts of Luzon join and support National Transformation Council in its advocacies of immediate regime and systems change in the government.
7 Dec 2014 - RCCP holds eye screening for Santo Tomas indigentsPAMPANGA -- The Rotary Club of Central Pampanga (RCCP) hosted eye screenings here that would aim to benefit indigents with cataract problems under the Kapampangan Development Foundation's (KDF) upcoming free cataract surgery missions.
RCCP president Lourdes David said that they have been working KDF partners in order to identify possible beneficiaries of the program from poor communities here. She added that they hosted the screening at Sitio Dalakitan, San Matias of this town.
6 Dec 2014 - Pampanga ready for RubyPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Disaster risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) headed by Angie Blanco disclosed Saturday that the Provincial Government and all local government units in Pampanga are ready for the onslaught of Typhoon Ruby.
During the disaster response plan updating at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention here where officials from the province’s 505 barangays gathered for a briefing on Ruby, Blanco said the PDRRMO has prepositioned essentials and is closely monitoring the typhoon which is expected to bring heavy rains that may cause flooding and storm surges in low-lying areas.
6 Dec 2014 - Aeta’s get Christmas gifts from Pampanga guvPAMPANGA -- Aeta communities here and in the towns of Floridablanca and Mabalacat received Christmas gifts from Governor Lilia Pineda as part of this year's celebration of the 443rd Aldo Ning Kapampangan celebrations with the communities being treated with cultural performances and activities promoting local culture.
Pineda was accompanied by Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda and Pampanga board members who also distributed educational assistance to Aeta students taking up various courses in different universities and colleges in Pampanga.
6 Dec 2014 - San Fernando boosts MacArthur Highway lightingPAMPANGA -- The so-called "killer road" in San Fernando is now getting road lighting improvements because of landmark infrastructure projects implemented by this city.
City Planning Officer Engineer Fernando "Fer" Limbitco said the City Government allotted P20 million to set-up illumination projects along MacArthur Highway, where a "dramatic increase" in terms of deaths and injuries due to vehicular accidents has been recorded.
6 Dec 2014 - Bizmen help police build new officeANGELES CITY -- Businessmen, including the owner of a major construction supplier here, supported the establishment of the new office of the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) City Investigation and Detective Management Branch (CIDMB).
Charlie Koo of the NCR Construction Supply and Willy Ng funded and supported the construction of the new office of the CIDBM at the ACPO compound in Barangay Sto. Domingo.
6 Dec 2014 - Off-roaders hit Porac in 4x4 challengePAMPANGA -- ff-road enthusiasts once again faced-off in the Fifth Councilor Maynard Lapid 4x4 Off Road Challenge held recently in Babo Sacan, Porac, Pampanga as part of the celebration of Binulu Festival.
The participants hailed the town of Porac as "one of the best off-road destinations of the Philippines."
5 Dec 2014 - Put up flights in CRKCLARK FREEPORT -- Pampanga First District Representative Joseller "Yeng" Guiao asked the Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) to grant the Clark International Airport (CRK) landing rights and at the same time influence airlines to transfer some of their flights here.
Guiao issued the statement during Thursday’s consultative forum here initiated by the House of the Representatives Committee on Transportation.
5 Dec 2014 - Guv, PB launch PWDs codePAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda and the Provincial Board launched on Thursday Ordinance 648, enacting the Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) Code of the province which officially establishes the Provincial Council on PWDs Affairs and creates the PWDs Affairs Office under the supervision of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development.
This came as Governor Pineda announced during the "Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) Day" held at Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center that the Capitol will allot one half of one percent of the annual budget of the provincial government for the education, livelihood, financial and medical assistance and other needs of the PWDs.
5 Dec 2014 - Angeles observes World AIDS DayANGELES CITY -- World AIDS Day was marked in this city with educational seminars as local health officers went to different schools to lecture on various aspects of the HIV/AIDS.
The World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that in 2013, 35 million people were living with HIV, 2.1 million people were newly infected with the virus and at least 1.5 million people died of AIDS.
5 Dec 2014 - Tanjuatco underscore national policy on two-airport systemCLARK FREEPORT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Emigdio "Dino" Tanjuatco has stressed the need for a national policy for a dual-airport system in order to promote Clark airport as the country’s next gateway.
Tanjuatco stressed this during a consultative meeting organized by the House Committee on Transportation here on Thursday.
5 Dec 2014 - Police arrest illegal loggersPAMPANGA -- Three alleged illegal loggers were arrested by policemen in a checkpoint along Barangay Consuelo, Floridablanca, Sunday.
Superintendent Jhoana Rosales, chief of police of the town, said while her personnel were conducting checkpoint operations at the said barangay, flagged down a passenger jeepney with license plate number CWW-992.
4 Dec 2014 - Petrasanta suspendedPAMPANGA -- Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 Director Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, along with Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima and 10 other police officials were ordered suspended by the Office of the Ombudsman for six months without pay over the alleged misuse of gun owners' courier fees.
Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales signed the suspension order that stems from the administrative and criminal complaints from an alleged anomalous PNP delivery service contract in 2011 with Werfast Documentary Agency, a private company.
4 Dec 2014 - Angeles exec to launch ‘Kabuhayan Patrol’ANGELES CITY -- Vice-Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting is set to launch this December 16 the "Kabuhayan Patrol" program that aims to help micro entrepreneurs expand and improve their businesses here.
Cabigting said that the program targets sari-sari storeowners, small carinderia owners, and tricycle and jeepney drivers.
4 Dec 2014 - Crime of passion eyed in Mabalacat slayMABALACAT CITY -- Police probers are still puzzled over the slaying of a young businesswoman here as they are looking into the crime of passion angle as a possible motive in the November 23 ambush.
Highly placed sources said Marianne Lucas Gantan had quarreled with her live-in partner weeks before she was waylaid along MacArthur Highway at Barangay Mabiga, this city.
4 Dec 2014 - DILG comments on controversial Balibago ordinanceANGELES CITY -- The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has expressed its opinion on the rejected amusement fee ordinance of the Balibago Barangay Council after Barangay Captain Tony Mamac wrote the department about the actions of the Angeles City Council.
Mamac claimed that if the City Council finds the barangay ordinance inconsistent with the law or city ordinance, it shall return the same with comments and recommendations for adjustment, amendment, or modification within 30 days, which it failed within the said period, he stressed.
4 Dec 2014 - Cabetican bridge set to open before ChristmasPAMPANGA -- Bacolor motorists can soon cross the newly renovated Cabetican Bridge after a year of construction, a project engineer of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) said.
The Cabetican Bridge, which connects the town to other parts of the province, underwent a number of structural and aesthetic improvements.
4 Dec 2014 - Elderly man found dead in LubaoPAMPANGA -- The police are investigating the death of a blood-soaked elderly man who was discovered in his own house at Barangay Sta. Barbara, Lubao.
Luis Nicdao, 92, was found with several stab wounds on his head and nape at around 6 p.m. Tuesday.
4 Dec 2014 - 3,605 Aeta families feted in Katutubo DayGovernor Lilia Pineda feted more than 3,605 Aeta families in the upland villages of Mabalacat City, Porac and this town during the "Katutubo Day" held Wednesday in their respective venues as part of the 443rd Aldo Ning Kapampangan or Pampanga Day celebrations.
Governor Pineda, who came as early as 6:00 am in Barangay Nabuclod was welcomed by Mayor Eduardo Guerrero who expressed his profound gratitude extended by the provincial government to his constituents in the upland villages of Floridablanca.
4 Dec 2014 - Turn Clark, Subic into logistics hub – Central Luzon folkANGELES CITY – "Make Central Luzon jueteng-free and turn the former US bases (Clark and Subic) into an international logistics hub for transport, trade, tourism, and development."
These were embodied in the declaration of Central Luzon folks who aired their urgent grievances and concerns to the National Transformation Council during its fourth leg assembly in this city on Wednesday.
3 Dec 2014 - Pamintuan underscores role of education in developmentANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has underscored the importance of education on urban development and support to indigent families.
“In our city, we established an institution of hope, the City College of Angeles, for the benefit of our poor but deserving students – and I believe that involving the poor is what inclusive growth for urban development is really all about.”
3 Dec 2014 - AUF to install 4th university presidentANGELES CITY -- The Angeles University Foundation (AUF) will formally install Dr. Joseph Emmanuel L. Angeles as its fourth university president in solemn investiture rites Thursday.
Pampanga Archbishop Florentino Lavarias will officiate the oath of office and confer the University Medallion upon Angeles.
3 Dec 2014 - Capitol honors outstanding farmers, OFWsPAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government on Tuesday paid tribute to farmers and overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and their families in separate recognition rites at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center and SM City Pampanga Trade Hall here as part of the ongoing 443rd Pampanga Day celebrations.
Some 2,000 Kapampangan farmers and fisherfolk gathered for the “Aldo Ding Ortelanu” or Farmers’ Day, where 28 outstanding farmers -- many of them now senior citizens -- were awarded plaques of appreciation for their important contributions to the development of the agricultural sector in the province, and helping boost food security. The farmers also received early Christmas gift packs from Capitol as well as farm implements from Senator Cynthia Villar who graced the affair, along with Butil Party-list Representative Agapito Guanlao.
3 Dec 2014 - Big time woman pusher nabbed in MabalacatMABALACAT CITY -- Joint operatives of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency Region III (PDEA-3) and PAIDSOTG collared a high value target in a buy-bust operation which resulted to the arrest of a suspected big-time woman pusher at the Dau Bus Terminal, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, on Tuesday.
In the report PDEA Regional Director Jeoffrey Tacio identified the suspect as Amina D. Timbona, female, 27, a resident of Purok 5, Tambacan, Iligan City.
3 Dec 2014 - 1st bike fest launched in PoracPAMPANGA -- The town’s first bicycle festival was held recently when Fun Ride 2014 opened as part of this year’s celebration of the Binulu Festival.
Fun Ride organizers said the event was aimed at gathering bike enthusiasts and promoting public health, tourism, and environmental protection.
3 Dec 2014 - Cop to get a ‘star’PAMPANGA -- Senior Superintendent Ronald Santos, deputy regional director for administration, was recently promoted to Chief Superintendent and will be pinned a "star" on Monday.
The order of the promotion to Santos was dated November 20 and the pinning of rank will be held at the National Headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.
3 Dec 2014 - Top robber arrested in Sta. AnaPAMPANGA -- An alleged robber with a standing arrest warrant was arrested Monday in this town.
Police Chief Inspector Ynigo Gamido, chief of Sta. Ana police, said the suspect attempted to escape the authorities and was about to point his gun at them. However, he was disarmed before he could shoot.
3 Dec 2014 - Widus Clark opens expanded casino; new and better Ride Wid Us promoCLARK FREEPORT— Widus Hotel and Casino Clark promises even more excitement to its loyal customers, with a chance to win three luxury cars as it unveiled a bigger and better casino inside Clark Freeport recently.
After the first Ride Wid Us promotions, Widus offers the opportunity to its members for a very happy Christmas on December 27, 2014, and a chance to win not one, but three brand new cars– Audi, Mini Cooper and Peugeot. The promo extends to members through raffle tickets earned from points every week.
2 Dec 2014 - Folks hit DPWH over unfinished bridgePAMPANGA -- Residents of several villages here are complaining against authorities for failing to complete the construction of a major bridge connecting many areas within Guagua.
The residents of Poblacion district, Pangulo district, Locion district, and Betis district complained that the bridge construction was halted by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) without prior notice.
2 Dec 2014 - CBCP: Ashley Madison site promoting adulteryPAMPANGA -- The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines said Monday they are against the international web dating service Ashley Madison.com from being launched in the Philippines since "it blatantly promotes adultery."
In an interview here, Fr. Melvin Castro of the Episcopal Commission on Family and Life said Christoph Kraemer, a German national and spokesman of the international online dating service is busy visiting radio, TV networks and newspaper outfits in the country “speaking about how good the website is for a family, since the website is intended for the lonely husband or lonely wife who wants to find happiness.
2 Dec 2014 - DOH-3 beefs up preparations vs EbolaPAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) Central Luzon continues to intensify its preparations against the threat of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD).
In a recent media conference, DOH 3 Regional Epidemiologist Jessie Fantone said that although the country remains free from Ebola, the agency started preparing its manpower and facilities in the entire region in the event the disease enters the country.
2 Dec 2014 - Applicants get hired on Pampanga Day job fairPAMPANGA -- Some 160 job applicants were hired on the spot during the kick-off of the Pampanga Day at Benigno Aquino Hall.
Provincial Employment Service Office (PESO) manager Luningning Vergara said that this number is part of the 1,266 job applicants who took time to try their chances for employment.
2 Dec 2014 - Capitol brings Pampanga Day medical mission to inmatesPAMPANGA -- This year's 443rd Aldo Ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day) Celebration featured medical and surgical missions, which benefitted some 500 inmates at the Pampanga Provincial Jail.
The Provincial Health Office headed by Dr. Marcelo Jaohico sponsored the medical mission in cooperation with the chiefs of the 11 provincial and district hospitals run by the provincial government.
2 Dec 2014 - PH air carriers assail CAB for Emirates route extensionCLARK FREEPORT -- Philippine carriers including Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air, PAL Express, and Tiger Airways Philippines expressed grave concern that the Philippine Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) has allowed Emirates to continue operating seven weekly flights on its Dubai-Manila-Dubai routes.
In a statement, the Philippine carriers purportedly stated that these are in excess of their maximum entitlement under the existing Philippines-United Arab Emirates bilateral air agreement.
2 Dec 2014 - 12,000 informal workers target of Balibago social programANGELES CITY – Some 12,000 informal workers including barangay officials, tanods and bar workers in the entertainment district of Barangay Balibago here will soon enjoy the government social protection coverage program which was apparently been deprived from them for a very long time.
Barangay Balibago Chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac, together with the Social Security System (SSS) and Pag-Ibig Fund, the other day forged a memorandum of understanding (MOU) seeking for mandatory compliance to social protection coverage to both regular and informal workers in that village.
2 Dec 2014 - SMART posts 69%-increase on mobile data revenuesCLARK FREEPORT --Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) has a recorded an unprecedented increase on mobile data revenue amounting to P5.73 billion in the last nine months of 2014.
This is 69.2 percent increase compared to the same period in 2013, which indicates that more subscribers are using web-enabled smartphones to access the mobile internet.
1 Dec 2014 - Pampanga Day bash kicks offPAMPANGA -- The 11-day 443rd Pampanga Day celebrations kicked off on Monday morning with the opening of the biggest trade fair, the traditional Harvest Festival and a host of other activities showcasing the spirit of unity of Kapampangans.
This year's Agro, Industrial, Trade, Food, Cultural, Arts and Crafts Fair featured the biggest gathering of food retailers, agricultural producers, artisans, crafts producers and retailers in a three-day event aimed at promoting local products, arts and culture.
1 Dec 2014 - Dengue cases in Central Luzon down by 34.7%PAMPANGA -- The Department of Health (DOH) recorded a 34.7 percent decrease in dengue cases in Central Luzon from January to the second week of November this year compared to the same period last year.
"There were 10, 908 cases this 2014 which is a significant drop from the 16,714 reported cases in 2013," Center for Health Development 3 Regional Epidemiologist Jessie Fantone said.
1 Dec 2014 - Pamintuan conferred service medalANGELES CITY -- In a fitting ceremony, the Knights of Rizal conferred on Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan the rank of a Fourth Degree Knight and awarded him with the Distinguished Service Cross for “having performed, with honor and selfless devotion to duty, an outstanding achievement for the Order and/or the Philippines, through pre-eminent and exemplary activities or projects that bring honor and distinction to the Order and/or the Philippines.”
The conferment was done during the organization’s 12th Central Luzon Assembly held at the City Library in this city.
1 Dec 2014 - Clark Water reduces rates by P1CLARK FREEPORT -- Early this year, Clark Water Corporation (CWC) has become the lowest water utilities in Central Luzon, even in other economic zones.
Though lowest, the water firm continues to provide world class services to its 1,987 clienteles inside this Freeport.
1 Dec 2014 - LPRATs urged to submit GPP plans for 2016 earlier than December 15PAMPANGA -- The Regional Poverty Reduction Action Team (RPRAT) in Central Luzon headed by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged Local Poverty Reduction Teams (LPRATs) to submit their plans earlier than the scheduled date.
This came as the LPRATs are set to submit on December 15 this year their plans and programs for the Grassroots Participatory Process (GPP) for 2016.
1 Dec 2014 - Indian national abducted in MabalacatMACALACAT CITY -- Armed men abducted an Indian national in front of the Mawaque Resettlement Center in Barangay Mawaque, Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Sunday.
Senior Superintendent Rodolfo Recomono Jr., Pampanga police provincial director, identified the kidnapped victim as Varinder Kumar, 28, an Indian national, presently residing at Brentwood Village, Barangay Mabiga, Mabalacat City.
1 Dec 2014 - SBMA holds 1st women’s summitSUBIC BAY -- Women here and around this premier Freeport were oriented on their rights, privileges, and opportunities as the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) made history by holding the first Women’s Summit in the community.
With the theme, “Ang Bagong Pinay,” the recent two-day gathering sought to promote the welfare and development of women and update them on the latest socio-economic and political issues that have significant bearing on them.
1 Dec 2014 - Students with disabilities get cash assistance from policePAMPANGA -- Some 22 pupils with disabilities received P5,000 each from the local police here.
Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay, town police chief, said that this is part of the local police's social responsibility program to help the schoolchildren in their educational needs.
1 Dec 2014 - PRO3 sets firearms licensing in Angeles City on December 5ANGELES CITY -- Upon the request of Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, the Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 3 (PRO 3) will conduct a License to Own and Possess Firearms (LTOPF) caravan on Friday, December 5 at the Taxpayers' Lounge located at the first floor of the City Hall of Angeles in Barangay Pulung Maragul, this city.
Republic Act 10591 or the Comprehensive Law on Firearms and Ammunition requires gun owners as well as buyers of new firearms to secure the LTOPF from the PNP Firearms and Explosives Office.
Upcoming events in Balibago
Live Rock'n Roll at Midnight RockEvery Thursday night 8pm onwards with Rockin' Dave.
Manic MondayOct 27 2014 Lollipop
Nov 03 2014 Rhapsody
nov 10 2014 Q Bar
Nov 17 2014 The Bunker
Nov 24 2014 Shipwrecked
Dec 01 2014 LaBamba
WOW WednesdayOct 29 2014 Rhapsody
Nov 05 2014 La Bamba
Nov 12 2014 The Bunker
Nov 19 2014 Lollipop
Nov 26 2014 Q Bar
Dec 03 2014 Shipwrecked
Saturday Night FeverOct 11 2014 Kings Landing
Oct 18 2014 LaBamba
Oct 25 2014 Rhapsody
Nov 01 2014 The Bodyshop
Nov 08 2014 Lollipop