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Balibago News Dec-2009

30 Dec 2009 - 4 dead, 8 injured in SCTEx smash-up

MABALACAT - Four persons, including a child and two old women, were killed while eight others were injured in a seven-vehicle smash-up along the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) in the area of Sapang Balen village on December 28.

Police investigation showed that the road accident happened around 3:00 p.m. amid a grass fire outside the expressway's railings.

Investigators said the thick smoke from the grass fire suddenly shifted towards the expressway due to the sudden change in wind's direction causing zero visibility. This prompted vehicles at the front to reduce their speed, causing the multiple vehicles smashed-up.

30 Dec 2009 - Air-conditioned bus held up in Mabalacat

MABALACAT - Armed robbers carted away some P100,000 worth of jewelry and cash from 27 passengers inside an air-conditioned bus along McArthur Highway in Barangay Dau, Mabalacat town last Monday.

Reports said that a Victory Liner bus with plate number CVU-232 driven by Alfredo Tawantao was on its way to Pangasinan when the three robbers armed with short firearms declared the hold-up.

One of the suspects, police said, fired his gun, hitting the roof of the bus. His two cohorts then started divesting the cash, jewelry and personal belongings of the passengers.

29 Dec 2009 - 'Robber' caught on camera

ANGELES CITY -- A man who allegedly robbed a gasoline station on Sunday was identified and arrested with the use of closed circuit television (CCTV).

Alex Avelino Pamintuan, 25, single, of AU Compound Abacan, Barangay Malabanias, this city, was caught on camera poking a knife at the cashier of Starline Caltex Service Station situated along Santo Entierro Street here.

After this, Pamintuan immediately left the establishment carting away some P18,000 in cash, Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, City Police officer-in-charge, said.

28 Dec 2009 - Informal settlers find ways to resettle

ANGELES CITY -- A group of informal settlers living along the creeks in this city is now finding ways to resettle its members to more decent housing areas.

Wilfredo De Guzman, president of the Angeles Relocation and Development in Vision of Angeleños (Arvida), said the group still has some 450 families that need to be resettled.

28 Dec 2009 - Village chief envisions ecozone along Abacan River

ANGELES CITY -- Barangay Balibago chairman Rodelio "Tony" Mamac is envisioning a diversified project along the Abacan River.

The said project includes an economic zone, housing area, green houses, lateral road networks, among others.

Mamac, who is eyeing the mayoralty seat here, said the City Government will spend about P15 billion to realize the whole project.

27 Dec 2009 - Swedish Tourist beat up

A Swedish Tourist currently recovers from severe head injuries in a local hospital after a dispute with bouncers at the Dollhouse Bar.

27 Dec 2009 - Improvised gun used in nurse's suicide

ANGELES CITY -- The nurse who committed a suicide on Christmas Eve used an improvised handgun with single M-16 armalite rifle bullet.

Raymond Ian Lugue Malonzo, 22, a nurse employed at the Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA), reportedly sustained a single gunshot wound on the head, causing his death.

26 Dec 2009 - Pampanga 'to unite for Noynoy-Mar team'

ANGELES CITY -- A businessman said Pampanga will unite as one to vote for Senator Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino and his running mate Senator Mar Roxas in the 2010 elections.

Romeo Yusi Sr., former regional governor of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and owner of Royal Security Agency, led Wednesday heads of various organizations and hundreds of security guards in a brief march at the Nepo quadrangle in a display of support to the Aquino-Roxas tandem.

26 Dec 2009 - Nurse commits suicide on Christmas Eve

ANGELES CITY -- A nurse employed at the Ospital Ning Angeles (Ona) ended his life by shooting himself on Christmas Eve.

Raymond Ian Malonzo, 22, a nurse assigned at Ona, reportedly sustained a single gunshot wound on the head, causing his death.

A relative said that Malonzo recently broke up with his girlfriend. He even left a suicide note stating "Yan masaya ka na nyan (There. You should be happy now)."

26 Dec 2009 - 'Museo' opens major exhibits

ANGELES CITY -- Museo Ning Angeles recently launched three major exhibitions highlighting Kapampangan culinary arts and tradition, as well as local traditions and history of this highly urbanized city.

The exhibits, staged with the help of the Kuliat Foundation Inc., were dubbed the Culinarium, Balikdan and the R.G. Alejandro Culinary Library. They were launched at Museo Ning Angeles with honorable Francis Blueboy Nepomuceno as guest speaker.

26 Dec 2009 - CEB extends 30K free baggage allowance

ASIA'S third-largest low cost carrier Cebu Pacific (CEB) extends its 30 kilos free baggage allowance (FBA) promotion for all international flights to/from Clark's Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) until June 30, 2010.

This promo is for Clark passengers traveling to and from Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and Bangkok.

21 Dec 2009 - Clark airport announces terminal tubes’ completion

MABALACAT -- Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) president Victor Jose Luciano announced Monday the completion of two passenger tubes at Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA).

Luciano said during a simple Christmas party for local mediamen at Shanghai Restaurant in nearby Angeles City that the tubes will be completed in February next year.

21 Dec 2009 - A sweet sixty beginning for Divine Tulio

SOCIALITES, businessmen, bankers and grand ladies from Guagua, City of San Fernando and Angeles City converged at the Function Hall of Pagcor Casino in vibrant Balibago to pay homage and celebrate the sixty grand years of socialite cum businesswoman Divine David-Tulio.

The third-floor Function Hall of Pagcor was filled with the glitter of gems worn by women but they seem to be dwarfed by the beautiful faces of guests from the ravishing ladies of MaArti, Quota International Pampanga

18 Dec 2009 - Effects of calamities on banks minimal: Central Bank

CLARK FREEPORT -- An official of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) said on Monday the effect of the recent calamities that hit the country had minimal effects on the banking sector.

While saying that effects on Philippine banks, particularly in Central Luzon, was "weather instigated", BSP Economic Statistics Director Rosabelle Guerrero said the impacts of the typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng on the banking sector has been very limited.

18 Dec 2009 - New fire station in Angeles

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government and Bureau of Fire Protection have appropriated funds for the new building construction, which will replace the old fire station situated at the city proper here.

Chief Inspector Jimmy Suba, city fire marshall, said that the City Government has earmarked some P1.6 million for the project.

16 Dec 2009 - Motorists hit cops watching over mass-goers

MABALACAT -- Motorists criticized the way policemen handled the flow of vehicles along the Our Lady of Victory parish church in Barangay Dau here Wednesday.

The policemen, along with members of civilian volunteer organizations, were watching over the people, mostly teenagers, who were attending around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday the first day of the Christmas mass (Misa de Gallo), a Roman Catholic tradition.

The police want to ensure that armed robbers, pickpockets and snatchers would not victimize the mass-goers.

16 Dec 2009 - Cops dispatched for Yuletide duties

MABALACAT -- Uniformed and non-uniformed policemen are being sent on streets here as part of the local police's crime prevention program to protect the public against criminal elements during Yuletide season.

Superintendent Gregorio Lim, town police officer-in-charge, said aside from the usual patrolling of police officers around the town, a team of cops, clad in civilian clothes, will watch out for criminals.

"Our effort seems to be effective. No major robbery incidents were reported during the start of the Christmas season," Lim said.

16 Dec 2009 - Hundreds benefit from medical mission

ANGELES CITY -- Some 400 poor residents in Barangay Pulung Maragul here were the beneficiaries of the half-day medical and dental mission sponsored by Butil Party-list and barangay captain Sonny Lao, Tuesday.

Lao said the barangay council partnered with Butil led by Representative Agapito Guanlao to address the immediate medical needs of indigents here.

The event was participated in by volunteer doctors and nurses from the St. Luther School of Caregivers and the Holy Angel University College of Nursing.

15 Dec 2009 - Funding for bulk water project sought

CLARK FREEPORT -- Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL) chairman Rene Romero sought for the funding of a bulk water project the group has proposed to benefit several towns in the province and thousands of residents needing potable water.

Romero, president of the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc., sought the assistance of Finance Secretary Margarito Teves during the Economic Briefing held for various sectors held at the Holiday Inn.

Romero said the bulk water project would tap the areas of Sapang Bato and Sacobia.

15 Dec 2009 - CMFR to hold human rights seminar

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), with support from USAid through The Asia Foundation, will conduct a two-day seminar-workshop on human rights reporting from January 21 to 24 next year.

CMFR deputy director Luis Teodoro, in a statement Tuesday, said the activity, which will be held at Holiday Inn Clark, is meant to enhance media practitioners' awareness of human rights issues and to encourage the pro-active generation of articles as well as in-depth reporting on human rights.

"Recent events have made the country the focus of worldwide outrage over the killing of journalists, and the violation of the rights, particularly to life, of individuals supporting political parties and candidates for the elections of 2010. The November 23, 2009 Maguindanao massacre is a new low even in the country's already shameful record of violence. Of the 57 civilians killed, at least 31 were journalists. This incident is unprecedented in the history of the country," Teodoro said.

14 Dec 2009 - Angeles City gets award from Palace

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo awarded Certificate of Recognition to Angeles City Government for successfully installing a Quality Management System in ceremonies held in Palace recently.

The said installation is in line with the compliance of Executive Order 605 Series of 2007 certified to ISO 9001 standards.

14 Dec 2009 - 'Better fiscal in 2010'

CLARK FREEPORT -- Finance Secretary Margarito Teves said Monday the finance department foresees a better year for the country in 2010 when fiscal performance and business development is concerned.

Teves, who spoke before the Philippine Economic Briefing at Holiday Inn here, said economic recovery in terms of employment and business development has started to pick up at the last part of this year.

14 Dec 2009 - Airport president named Most Outstanding Kapampangan

CLARK FIELD -- The president and chief executive officer of Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has been named one of the most outstanding sons of Pampanga.

The awarding was held during the 438th celebration of the foundation of the province last December 11.

Named Most Outstanding Kapampangan in the field of Government Service was Victor Jose I. Luciano, president and CEO of CIAC, owner and operator of the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA), in the Clark Freeport Zone.

Luciano and his team at CIAC has been responsible for the growth and development of the DMIA which, from a fledgling airport a few years back, developed into one of the busiest airports in the country and has been named by no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as the country's premier international airport.

14 Dec 2009 - Clark airport seeks ISO certification

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark International Airport Corporation (CIAC) has started its campaign to get the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 certification.

This will keep the corporation in tune with the worldwide industrial and commercial standards.

CIAC vice-president for Operations and Business Development and concurrent ISO general manager Romeo Dyoco Jr. said the move will pave the way to meeting worldwide industrial and commercial standards as well as upgrade services to international travelers and passengers using the DMIA as the premier gateway in the country.

12 Dec 2009 - Economic team, Bangko Sentral hold roadshow

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Economic Team and Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) will hold Monday an economic briefing at the Holiday Inn here.

The briefing will focus on post-disaster rehabilitation and the impact of calamities on BSP sectors and measures in support of rehabilitation.

The economic team is led by Finance Secretary Margarito Teves and composed of the secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Department of Agriculture (DA), Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Economic Development Authority (Neda).

12 Dec 2009 - Suspect in Pandan slay charged

ANGELES CITY -- The City Police here have filed charges against the man suspected of killing a son of a former village chairman in Barangay Pandan, this city.

Police Station 6 commander Chief Inspector Rene Aspe said they have filed a murder case against Jhun Jhun Dapiz of Villa Del Sol, Malabanias, the lone suspect in the slay case.

Daryl Angeles Celso, 23, single, of 213 Magalang Road, Barangay Pandan here, was shot dead along Santo Niño Street at Belen Homesite in the said village recently.

12 Dec 2009 - Clark investors union inducts new officers

CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Investors and Locators Association's (Cila) new officers and directors on Wednesday took their oath at Holiday Inn Hotel for 2010 to 2011 term.

Outgoing President Jennie del Rosario-Ng presented to Cila members the new set of officers which include Chairman Mr. Simon Morley (Holiday Inn), Vice-Chairman Prescy Aguilar (Peninsula Fashion International Corp.), President Joselito Mercado (PLDT Clark), Executive Vice President Radito Tuazon (Clark Electric Distribution Corp.), Treasurer Mr. Pablito Flores (China Bank), Corporate Secretary Justine Edward Flores (Stotsenberg Medical Center), P.R.O Dennis Wright (Peregrine - GGLC) and Directors Mark Cupitt, Darwin Malinit, Marilet Penaflor, Masaru Kobayashi.

12 Dec 2009 - Suspect in Pandan slay charged

ANGELES CITY -- The City Police here have filed charges against the man suspected of killing a son of a former village chairman in Barangay Pandan, this city.

Police Station 6 commander Chief Inspector Rene Aspe said they have filed a murder case against Jhun Jhun Dapiz of Villa Del Sol, Malabanias, the lone suspect in the slay case.

Daryl Angeles Celso, 23, single, of 213 Magalang Road, Barangay Pandan here, was shot dead along Santo Niño Street at Belen Homesite in the said village recently.

While having a drinking spree inside a bar in Barangay Balibago here, Aspe said the Dapiz revealed to Celso that the former will shoot someone.

12 Dec 2009 - Cebu Pacific announces extra flights for December

THE Cebu Pacific (CEB) increases its December flights to chosen destinations, in anticipation of the peak travel season.

CEB adds an additional daily frequency to its Manila-Hong Kong route, giving passengers an option between five daily flights. CEB’s Manila-Singapore route also gets a boost with an additional daily flight, making it a four times daily service.

Manila-Ho Chi Minh and Clark-Bangkok also get a new six times weekly frequency, while Clark-Hong Kong and Clark-Singapore flights are now daily.

10 Dec 2009 - Late senator's daughter vows to continue dad's advocacy

ANGELES CITY - The daughter of the late Senator Blas Ople has vowed to continue her father's advocacy for the rights of Filipino workers, including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

Senatorial bid Susan "Toots" Ople, who acted as guest speaker during Thursday's meeting of the Rotary Club of Angeles (RCA), said she will continue the advocacy of her late father.

10 Dec 2009 - Clark to stage Christmas Bazaar

CLARK FREEPORT - The Cark Development Corporation (CDC) announces the staging of "Pako sa Clark 2009" from December 14 to 20 at the Parade Ground here.

CDC President Benigno N. Ricafort said this year's Pasko sa Clark is expected to be bigger and better as more events and activities are lined-up in the week-long Clark festivities for local and foreign tourists this season.

10 Dec 2009 - Mayor orders posters removal

MABALACAT -- Mayor Marino "Boking" Morales has ordered the removal of promotional materials, encroachments and illegal structures along the McArthur Highway.

Morales's move is in consonance with Municipal Ordinance 55, Series of 2003, which prohibits the posting of billboards, commercial ads, and other signage without permits from the local government unit.

10 Dec 2009 - Pampanga celebrates founding day

PAMPANGA, with its 20 municipalities has observed Friday, December 11 an official holiday to commemorate the province's 438th founding year.

Angeles City Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno said the declaration of holiday or no-class only applies to the schools and other educational institutions.

He said Friday remains a regular working day for employees in all government offices and business establishments.

10 Dec 2009 - Mayor leads awarding of sportsfest champs

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno led the awarding rite for the recently-concluded Second LGU Employees Sports Festival Olympics 2009 during Monday's flag raising rites at City Hall.

Nepomuceno awarded trophies and prizes to teams and individuals who won in different sports categories including Bowling, Basketball, Women's Volleyball, Badminton, Table Tennis, Billiards and Chess.

8 Dec 2009 - Village exec: Allow city-limit jeepneys to ply additional routes

ANGELES CITY -- A village executive here is pushing for the allowing of city-limit passenger jeepneys to cover in their route at least four eastern villages here.

Salapungan village chief Robert Yeen said Pandan-Pampang jeepneys should make a direct route to Barangays Pulung Cacutud, Pulung Maragul, Sapa Libutad, and Cutud to serve the people living in the area.

During daytime, passengers coming from these villages have to ride twice to get to the city proper because of the city-limit terminal scheme implemented by the City Government.

Outside city-limit vehicles coming from adjacent towns are prevented from entering the city and unload passengers in terminals situated at the city's boundary from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. during weekdays.

8 Dec 2009 - Suspect in Pandan slay case identified

ANGELES CITY -- The city police have identified the suspect in the killing of a son of a former village chairman in Barangay Pandan, this city.

Police Station 6 commander Chief Inspector Rene Aspe said the case was already solved and they are set to file charges against the suspect Wednesday. He, however, declined to reveal the name of the suspect.

Daryl Angeles Celso, 23, single, of 213 Magalang Road, Barangay Pandan, this city, was shot dead along Santo Niño Street at Belen Homesite in the said village last Friday.

7 Dec 2009 - uper Karting Series held

CLARK -- Some 60 kart racers joined the Magnolia Super Karting Series held last Sunday at the Clark International Speedway inside this Freeport Zone.

John Tan, owner of the race track and organizer of the karting event said this is the first time that racers coming from different parts of the country as well as nearby Asia Pacific countries had a chance to try their driving skills at the Clark International Speedway.

Manila, Cebu, Laguna, Batangas, Tarlac and Pampanga as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia have joined the race," Tan said.

6 Dec 2009 - Village officials post bail

ANGELES CITY -- Pulung Maragul village officials in this city have posted bail after Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 60 here issued warrant of arrest against them last November 17.

The village officials were earlier charged with grave misconduct before the Office of the Deputy Ombudsman for Luzon.

6 Dec 2009 - Arrest warrant issued vs 3 schoolteachers

ANGELES CITY -- Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 61 recently issued a warrant of arrest against three teachers of an international school in Barangay Cutcut in this city.

In the arrest warrant dated November 23, RTC Branch 61 Judge Bernardita Gabitan-Erum directed any officer of the law to arrest Violeta De Jesus, Myla Diano, and Maricel Inocencio of Westfields International School Incorporated (WISI), which is located at Sunset Estate in Barangay Cutcut, this city.

This is in connection with a case of falsification by private individuals under the Revised Penal Code in relation to Republic Act (RA) 7610, a special law that protects children against abuse, exploitation and discrimination, filed by Lilian David, mother of a former student of Westfields.

6 Dec 2009 - Australian found dead

ANGELES CITY -- An Australian was found dead inside his room in an apartment at number 4-6 Aguinaldo Street, Josefa Ville Subdivision, Barangay Amsic, Angeles City recently.

In his report Senior Superintendent Danilo Bautista, officer-in-charge of Angeles City Police Office, identified the victim as Timothy Harriman (Timbo), 40, who was temporarily residing at said place.

The victim's friend, a certain Romeo Tullman, 40, a Dutch national who is staying in a hotel, told police investigators that he saw Harriman alive at around 2 a.m. on Tuesday at Voodoo Bar along Fields Avenue in Barangay Balibago, Angeles City.

The alleged wife of the victim identified as Lallyn Harriman y Orpanio, 24, told police that on November 14, this year, she and her husband had a misunderstanding about the fight of Pacquio and Cotto.

6 Dec 2009 - Dec. 8 is non-working holiday in Angeles City

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno announced that December 8 will be a special non-working holiday in commemoration of this city's founding anniversary as a town.

Nepomuceno's announcement is a reiteration of Republic Act (RA) 8315 passed by the Congress on July 22, 1996 and signed by then President Fidel V. Ramos declaring December 8 of every year "a special non-working holiday in Angeles City in commemoration of its foundation day."

5 Dec 2009 - Las Vegas officials to employ Filipino nurses

ANGELES CITY -- Officials of the City of Las Vegas, Nevada in the United States have vowed to employ scores of nurses from this city.

Councilor Danilo Lacson said Las Vegas Mayor pro tempore Gary Reese and his colleagues in the City Council will visit Angeles City next year to scout and hire Filipino nurses here.

Lacson, Councilor Arvin "Pogs" Suller, Retired Police Major Medardo Manalo, Superintendent Lorenso Detran, and others recently visited the City of Las Vegas to renew the two cities' sisterhood pact.

"Since 1995, Angeles and Las Vegas are already sister cities and we have a good relationship with them," Lacson said.

3 Dec 2009 - City joins anti-Aids campaign

ANGELES CITY - The Tridev Specialist Foundation and Jogger's Unlimited will commemorate this year's World's Aids Day with a 5-kilometer run dubbed "Run For Life: Stop Aids Now."

Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno said the activity, in partnership with Angeles City Tourism Office, aims to spread advocacy and awareness about Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (Aids) and prevent the spread of such diseases.

Its route will start at the Miranda Street Rotunda, entire stretch of Henson Street, Jake Gonzales Boulevard, turning right to McArthur Highway, passing through Angeles University Foundation, Sto. Enteirro Street, Sto. Rosario Street, Plaridel Street, then back to Miranda Street.

3 Dec 2009 - Negotiation with Mimosa employees successful

CLARK FREEPORT - The Clark Development Corporation-Special Project for Resort Operation (CDC-SPRO) announced its successful negotiations with union members of the Mimosa under the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA).

CDC President Benigno N. Ricafort said Thursday's conclusion of the CBA "was a result of months of hard work" citing the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement forged between the CDC-SPRO and the Association of Clark Mimosa Employees on Dec. 1, 2009.

"All issues have been resolved," Ricafort said.

2 Dec 2009 - Fire razes 10 houses

ANGELES CITY -- At least 10 houses were razed in a fire that broke out at a suspected prostitution den in Barangay Santa Teresita here on Tuesday.

Superintendent Danilo Bautista, city police officer-in-charge, said no persons were killed and injured in the conflagration, which destroyed some 10 houses.

Bautista said that based on the investigation they conducted, the fire originated from the house of a certain Modesto Dayrit.

The fire quickly spread to other houses but was contained in less than an hour by the city fire department.

2 Dec 2009 - Mimosa workers stage 24-hour strike

CLARK FREEPORT -- Association of Clark and Mimosa Employees (Acme) held Tuesday a strike inside this Freeport that lasted for almost 24 hours.

Workers demand that the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) will provide security of tenure for workers of the Mimosa Leisure Estate.

Some 400 workers of Mimosa participated in the strike that started Tuesday morning and lasted until 5 a.m. Wednesday.

2 Dec 2009 - Ex-village chief son's murder ‘not election-related’

ANGELES CITY -- Police here said the recent killing of a son of a former village chief here is not an election-related violence.

Daryl Angeles Celso, 23, single, of 213 Magalang Road, Barangay Pandan here, was shot dead along Santo Niño Street at Belen Homesite in the said village last Friday.

2 Dec 2009 - Mayor leads anti-violence vs women project

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Francis "Blueboy" Nepomuceno led Tuesday the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on "The Red Anti-Violence Project."

The signing took place during the launching and signing of the memorandum of agreement held at Century Resort Hotel here.

The project, dubbed as "Private and Public Faces of Violence against Women: Addressing Domestic Violence and Trafficking in the Urban Poor Communities and Entertainment Centers in Angeles City," aims to identify factors constraining the effective implementation of the anti-trafficking and anti Violence against Women and Children (VAWC) laws and build the capacities of stakeholders to address the identified factors hindering the protection and fulfillment of the right against trafficking and violence.

2 Dec 2009 - 438th Pampanga Day celebration kicks off

THE Pampanga Day may have been observed for the past 437 years, but the celebration should take on a fresh meaning every year.

This in effect was the message of Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto of the Archdiocese of San Fernando in his homily during a mass on Tuesday, opening this year's celebration.

"Pampanga Day is not only today; its spirit should be celebrated everyday so that the Kapampangan will continue to soar and evolve into the good human beings that we are," Aniceto said.

2 Dec 2009 - Mamac: I'm LP's official bet

ANGELES CITY -- Balibago village chief Rodelio "Tony" Mamac stressed Wednesday that he is the official candidate of the Liberal Party (LP) for mayor in this city.

This, amid reports that he did not seek the clearance of the LP provincial leadership headed by Governor Eddie Panlilio.

1 Dec 2009 - Arroyo to run for Congress

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo filed her certificate of candidacy (COC) for congresswoman in the Second District of Pampanga at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) provincial office Tuesday.

Before proceeding to the Comelec office, President Arroyo attended a mass at the St. Augustine Parish Church in Lubao town and graced the "support rally" attended by close to a thousand people at Barangay San Nicolas 1st, also in Lubao.