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Christmas Cheers Now on 25th Year - CT

The annual Christmas Cheers begins marking its 25th year this December 16, making it probably the longest running privately-organized Yuletide extravaganza in Bicol region since Mons. Jose "Ping" Molina began the show in 1985 in response to the gloom following a typhoon.


Last week, the organizing committee chaired by DPWH District Engineer Ignacio T. Odiaman finalized the activities and the required budget for the 13-night series of shows at the Virac town plaza. The theme for the `09 Cheers is "Ang Kapaributan sa Pangpang ning Atbong" or roughly translated ‘The Environment on the Brink of Destruction."

The opening ceremony on Dec. 16 will be kicked off by a torch parade featuring ati-atihan dancers, at least six Santa Clauses, the Jollibee mascot and the 2008 Little Ms. Christmas Cheers. Sponsored by the Rotaract Club of Virac, the parade will start at the capitol grounds at 6:30 P.M. and end at Plaza Rizal for the official start of the program featuring a fi…

Real Change Is But A Change of Hearts Away

As we watched four typhoons devastate the Philippines in recent weeks we witnessed love and compassion in action among our citizens. It was very heart warming to see people helping people. The thousands of different scenarios that unfolded through the news media, Youtube and other sources, showed the world how we take care of disasters and each other. Without a lot of grumblings. Terrible as the situations were, and yes, we lost a lot of lives in the process, our countrymen almost without exception took things as they came with humble acceptance. We are indeed a nation of a lot of humble people. And life goes on after every disaster. The citizens of the Philippines have weathered all the beatings that nature can bring. We have learned how to submit ourselves to a lot of punishment whether it is by a natural disaster or whether it is man-made.

This is where our story as a nation of humble and submissive citizens turns sour. Our ability to handle unpleasant events and situations with eas…

Mayon Recorded Eruptions

Mayon has had forty-nine eruptions in recorded history. The first recorded major eruption was in 1616, the weakest eruption ceased on October 1, 2006, although a lahar followed on November 30, 2006. A further summit eruption occurred on August 10, 2008. The volcano is weakly erupting now and may be building up to a large eruption.


The most destructive eruption of Mayon occurred on February 1, 1814. Lava flowed but not as much compared to the 1766 eruption. Instead, the volcano was belching dark ash and eventually bombarding the town with tephra that buried the town of Cagsawa—only the bell tower of the town's church remained above the new surface. Trees were burned; rivers were certainly damaged. Proximate areas were also devastated by the eruption with ash accumulating to 9 m (30 ft) in depth. 2,200 Albay locals perished in what is considered to be the most lethal eruption in Mayon's history.

Mayon Volcano's longest uninterrupted eruption occurred on June 23, 1897 which l…

Nebres Reelected BCCA President

Rafael Nebres, General Manager of Action-Honda, was reelected President of the Bicol Canada Community Association in an election held last November 22 (Sunday) at the Quiapo Restaurant, No. 2 Principal Road, Scarborough, which was presided by BCCA past president Joseph Redoblado.

Nebres will be serving for another two years, 2010-2011. He announced the BCCA major project which is tne putting-up of a housing project in the Bicol Region in support of the ANCOP-GAWAD KALINGA HOUSING PROGRAM.

Aside from Rodoblado, the other past presidents of the BCCA include journalist Jess Cabrias and businessman Bobby Achacon.

The Bicol Canada Community Association (BCCA) is composed of Bicolanos coming from the provinces of Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes and Masbate who are now residing in Ontario, Canada.

Aside from Nebres, the other officers and members of the Board of Directors of Bicol Canada Community Association are: Ignacio L. Manlangit, Vice-president for Governmen…

Catanduanes Shifts from Pig to Tilapia - BM

VIRAC, Catanduanes—Instead of pigs that entail expensive food, Catanduanes now plans to raise tilapia to ensure food security in the island province.


The island province, under its Livelihood Vehicle for Job Regeneration Program, used to maintain a hog-breeding station that produced quality stocks for medium-scale and backyard piggery projects. These piggeries were put up by families and individuals who invested in the production of meat, but abandoned several years ago when these local businessmen incurred financial losses due to the high cost of maintenance.

“Later on, we experimented on tilapia-raising using the abandoned hog-raising project. We found it more feasible and effective in job generation and food production. Now, we are bent on pursuing this newfound food-production venture,” provincial agriculturist Herbert Evangelista told the BusinessMirror over the weekend.

Evangelista said the province’s tilapia-production project enjoys the support of the Bureau of Fisheries and…

P48-M Codon RORO Port Project Begins Next Month

The Department of Transportation and Communication is set to award the contract for the Codon Port Development Project costing some P48-million to an Albay-based contractor in preparation for the projected start date of January 2010.


DOTC Assistant Secretary Cesar V. Sarmiento, who has been keeping a close eye on the vital project, informed the Tribune that the DOTC Bids and Awards Committee was supposed to approve the resolution of award to Hi-Tone Construction and Development Corporation last Dec. 4, 2009.

Hi-Tone won the Nov. 6 bidding with a bid of P48,022,427.76 for the project, which would consist of the widening of the existing 80-meter rock causeway and its extension by 180 meters. The construction firm is a subsidiary of the Sunwest Group of Companies controlled by Elizalde Co, whose Sunwest Water & Electricity Co. is building three mini-hydroelectric power plants in San Miguel and Caramoran towns.

The same company also won the bidding for the Caramoan Port Development Pr…

In With the New, Out with the Old? - CT

The New Year is supposed to bring in the new and kick out the old. However, judging from the official list of candidates for the 2010 local elections, the electorate probably will have to make do with recycled leaders.

Former Governor Leandro Verceles Jr. is back to try to win a new stint in congress, against indefatigable loser Araceli Wong, former Vice Governor and now DOTC Assec. Cesar Sarmiento, and the largely unknown but reportedly loaded Manolo Sanchez.

Congressman Joseph Santiago tries to extend a nine-year stay in Congress to another nine-year stint in 2013, by using the governorship as a launch pad but he breaks up a friendship with Governor Joseph Cua in the process. Talk has it that the solon dreams of passing on the torch to his son, who is still in high school.

Of course, there are new faces in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan slates, councilors who have outgrown their towns, retirees out to break new ground, a son of Senator Kit Tatad trying his hand at local politics, and…

Albay to Evacuate 47,000 Around Mayon

LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, Philippines— (UPDATE 3) Albay Governor Salceda has recommended the immediate evacuation of 47,285 residents (9,946 families) from 45 villages around Mayon Volcano on Tuesday morning after Mayon's alert level was raised from 2 to 3 Monday night.

The preemptive evacuation will cover Tabaco City, and the towns of Malilipot, Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan and Ligao, Office of Civil Defense-5 director Raffy Alejandro said in a phone interview.

The figure comes from a total of 20 villages composed of 2,728 families or 12,803 people within the six-kilometer permanent danger zone, said Cristina Ador, statistician of the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office.

By Rey M. Nasol
Source: Inquirer Southern Luzon
First Posted 00:57:00 12/15/2009

Ako Bicol Group Seeks Catanduanes Votes - CT

The partylist group Ako Bicol launched its bid to corner a sizeable share of the partylist votes in the province of Catanduanes in the coming 2010 national and local elections.


Last Saturday, the group’s deputy secretary general for media affairs, Albay broadcaster Joshua Martinez Jr., met with members of the local media to explain the party’s mission, vision and objectives in joining the polls. Also present were officials of the Sunwest Group of Companies, whose chief executive officer Elizaldy Co is widely held as Ako Bicol prime mover and expected to be one of the nominees as partylist representative should it win the required number of votes.

Martinez said his group needs to win at least 900,000 votes out of the 3 million votes in Bicol, to be added to the votes of Bicolanos elsewhere in the country, to garner three seats in the House of Representatives. The problem, he said, is that Bicolano voters have yet to realize the importance of the partylist system, noting that in the 200…

PCARRD Project to Develop Model for Abaca Supply Chain - CT

Researchers from the Bicol University Research and Development Center are aiming o develop a business support model of coordination among chain actors in the abaca supply chain. The endeavor, funded by the Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development (PCARRD), is the second phase of the project dubbed "Supply Chain Improvement for the Abaca Industry in the Bicol Region" that originally covered Catanduanes, Albay, and Camarines Sur. The first phase – Evaluation Research – was completed in 2008 and analyzed the supply chain of abaca fiber, pulp, cordage, and yarn products from abaca, resulting in a supply chain map showing the flow of products, information and payment and determining the efficiency, flexibility and overall responsiveness of a particular supply chain. Director Arnulfo Mascariñas of the BU R&D Center, said the second phase, which will have Catanduanes as pilot area, targets the sustained application of produ…

Opinion: A Brief Relief

The oil price freeze of the GMA Administration via EO 839 gave some relief to the transport sector and car owners devastated by typhoons and floods particularly in Luzon.


With a strong clamor from the business sector including her economic adviser from Albay for its termination, that initiative ended just like that a brief relief from the continuing increase of oil prices. That EO could have defined the truth behind oil pricing in the country which seems to be operating as a cartel.

The period under price cap could have been used to really determine the true components and costs within the pump price of oil and attain transparency in pricing. While the price of crude oil in the world market is dictated by market conditions and the unnumbered law of supply and demand (Could we hope the soon-to-be Congressman Pacman would initiate an amendment to this law?), the pump price of gasoline can be made more transparent.

The costs that the government may have a say on the operations of these o…

Short Supply of Nuts Threatens Pili Exports - Malaya

NAGA CITY – A scarcity of pili nuts threatens a rapidly growing export industry. The scant supply is due to the decreasing number of pili trees, said Lydia Lomibao who, together with her husband Joseph, turned a backyard business with an initial capital of P500 in 1997 into a P10 million business today. The Lomibaos own and manage J. Emmanuel Pastries and source their nuts from the 105-hectare Hacienda de Naga. But they are worried enough to plant seven hectares of their own land to pili trees. Raw material supply is dwindling because farmers have little knowledge of the value and potential of pili-based products, she told Malaya Business Insight. I am confident, however, that we can still manage the volume of raw materials for our present needs, which is about 120 kilos of raw nuts a day. Lomibao said there are only two companies, one being J. Emmanuel Pastries, currently exporting pili products. J. Emmanuel Pastries sells its products to the United States, Japan, China, C…