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Balibago News Dec-2013

28 Dec 2013 - Kabalen taxi driver in Las Vegas returns $300,000, gets reward

MABALACAT CITY -- Las Vegas cab driver Gerardo Gamboa, who hails from Mabalacat City in Pampanga, thought someone left a bag of chocolates in the back seat of his vehicle -- but the stash turned out to be $300,000 in cold hard cash.

Gamboa is winning honors for honesty after turning in the money he found Monday. The money was returned to an unidentified poker player. Yellow Checker Star Transportation named Gamboa its driver of the year and rewarded him with $1,000 and a dinner for two at a restaurant.

28 Dec 2013 - Mayor vows to recognize ‘Ligligan Parul’

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago pledged to recognize and include in next year’s Giant Lantern Festival Barangay Panipuan’s version of the renowned “Ligligan Parul.”

“We were amazed by their version of the Ligligan Parul because all the seven entries this year are made of recycled materials. They closely resemble our gigantic Parul Sampernandu in size, plays, sequences and techniques,” Santiago said, as he extended P7,000 each to the participating “puroks.”

28 Dec 2013 - Central Luzon cops hold raids of illegal fireworks factories

PAMPANGA -- In its continuing efforts to help reduce casualty figures due to firecrackers before the end of the year, the Central Luzon police has confiscated illegal fireworks and pyrotechnics from warehouses and stores within the region especially in Bulacan.

On December 27 alone, joint elements of Bulacan Provincial Police Office Intelligence Brach, Bocaue Municipal Police Station and Provincial Public Safety Company raided an illegal firecracker/pyrotechnics manufacturer located at Sitio Daang Riles, Brgy Bundukan, Bocaue, Bulacan which resulted in the seizure of large quantities of chemicals and finished and unfinished pyrotechnics and firecrackers.

27 Dec 2013 - DPWH, LGU asked to remove highway barriers

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) Vice Chairman Rene Romero has called on the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the City Government to remove concrete barriers in major highways in this city.

Romero said that some of the concrete barriers, placed without appropriate warning signs, pose danger to motorists and commuters. He added that the barriers have been placed not considering the overall traffic situation in the areas.

27 Dec 2013 - Guv to hospital workers: Shape up or ship out

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda ordered on Friday government hospital workers in Pampanga to either “shape up or ship out” if they cannot provide quality health care to patients they serve in their respective medical facilities.

The governor’s order covers all 11 district hospitals and the provincial hospital in the province; and was a result of what she described as a filthy, unkept Domingo B. Flores District Hospital in this town that she visited Friday for the turnover of a new P8-million, two-storey medical services building.

27 Dec 2013 - OFW dependents get tips on financial management

PAMPANGA -- Dependents, relatives and other family members of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) got tips on financial management and literacy from the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (Owwa) in Central Luzon on Friday.

The seminar-workshop, which started on Thursday at the SM City Pampanga Event Center, is part of Owwa’s Family Day, and was conducted in partnership with the Provincial Government of Pampanga.

27 Dec 2013 - Man shoots bro on Christmas Day

PAMPANGA -- The police are now looking for suspect Lord Dela Cruz after he allegedly shot his older brother, Lawrence, twice over an alleged dispute on Christmas Day, Wednesday.

The police said a concerned citizen reported to them around 3:10 p.m. Wednesday that a shooting incident occurred in Barangay Sta. Filomena, Guagua

26 Dec 2013 - Green warriors hold rally for Manila Bay cleanup

CLARK FREEPORT -- Members of the Advocacy for the Development of Central Luzon (ADCL) and other pro-environment organizations in Pampanga aired their call for the cleanup of Manila Bay.

ADCL President Sonny Dobles said the rally is in line with the Supreme Court (SC) order (a writ of continuing Mandamus), dated December 18, 2008, that directs 14 government agencies "to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay in their different capacities" and restore and maintain its waters, making it fit for swimming, skin-diving, and other forms of contact recreation.

26 Dec 2013 - Guv plays Santa to marginalized families

PAMPANGA -- Governor Lilia Pineda played Santa Claus to some 30,000 marginalized families, including Aeta households in Porac, Floridablanca and Mabalacat City a day before Christmas.

In Barangay Planas, the governor was accompanied by Mayor Carling De La Cruz, Vice Mayor Dexter David, Councilors Mark Valencia and Rey Lapid, Pampanga Police Provincial Director Oscar Albayalde, and Miss Pampanga 2013 3rd Runner-Up Ashley Nicole Singh of Porac in the 5 a.m. distribution of goods, including sandals and hotdogs at the Aeta village here.

26 Dec 2013 - Mayor welcomes new police program

PAMPANGA -- San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago commended the Philippine National Police (PNP) here as he welcomed its new program "I-report mo sa Pulis."

Santiago graced recently the launching of the new citizen-participated drive at the Police Regional Office-Central Luzon at Camp Olivas where the new emergency hotlines, 0998-998-0003 and, aside from the already established police quick response 117, were announced and disseminated to the public

26 Dec 2013 - STL collector slain in CSF

PAMPANGA -- An unidentified armed man shot dead a collector of small town lottery (STL) inside an eatery along Mc Arthur Highway in Barangay Quebiawan, City of San Fernando, over the weekend.

Police chief Superintendent Ridardo David identified the fatality as Ariel Argarin, 50, an STL sales representative and a resident of Purok 1, Barangay Quebiawan.

23 Dec 2013 - Tension brews anew in Luisita Farmworkers arrested

ANGELES CITY - With land reform finally implemented this year in Hacienda Luisita, tension is still far from over between the farmworker beneficiaries and Pres. Aquino’s family who used to own the entire estate in Tarlac.

The Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) has again blamed the President’s family for the recent arrest of eight farmworkers and the bulldozing of their crops and a house within a 500-hectare area which the Cojuangco-owned Tarlac Development Corp. (Tadeco) insisted was not covered by land reform. The area is located in Barangays Balete and Cutcut within the hacienda.

23 Dec 2013 - MOU on US takeover of Clark cemetery signed

CLARK FREEPORT -- The state-run Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) announced this week it has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the US Embassy formalizing a law passed in the US last year allowing the US government to fi nance the upkeep of the US Veterans Cemetery in this former US military base.

The MOU was signed by BCDA President-CEO Arnel Paciano Casanova and US Ambassador Philip Goldberg and was witnessed by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Sec. Albert del Rosario at the DFA head office in Manila.

23 Dec 2013 - Church, SM-SF mall free parking to city hall clients

PAMPANGA -- The Metropolitan Cathedral and SM City San Fernando Downtown recently signed an agreement with the city government to open their parking spaces for free to those doing official transactions at city hall.

Downtown San Fernando suffers from chronic parking space problem. To run till the end of January 2014, the agreement designated reserved parking areas at the cathedral’s patio as well as two parking levels at the SM City San Fernando Downtown for clients of city hall’s business permits and licensing division.

23 Dec 2013 - CebU PacIFIC starts Shanghai flights via Clark airport

CLARK FREEPORT -- More Chinese tourists are expected to flock to this freeport with the twice weekly Clark-Shanghai-Clark flights at the Clark International Airport (CIA) here mounted by Cebu Pacific starting Dec. 21.

Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) President-CEO Victor Jose I. Luciano said one big factor in the Shanghai- Clark fl ights is Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino here which agreed to block 120 seats per flight out of the 160 seats of Cebu Pacific’s Airbus A319.

23 Dec 2013 - PGKM sees ‘sabotage’ in decreased Korean flights to Clark

ANGELES CITY -- The Pinoy Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) is seeing “sabotage” in the decreased flights from South Korea to the Clark International Airport (CIA) here. PGKM Chair Ruperto Cruz noted that as compared to last year, there seems to be a decrease of passengers from South Korea at the CIA which has affected the local tourism industry.

Cruz said Koreans complain that they cannot book flights directly to the CIA which have become “scarce” unlike flights to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila which are “over abundant.” He said Koreans are forced to land at the NAIA and take the bus to Pampanga and other Central and Northern Luzon destinations.

22 Dec 2013 - SM mall, church ink pact on free parking

PAMPANGA -- At least for a little more than two months starting this latter part of December to January 2014, businessmen and Fernandinos wishing to renew or get new business permits, licenses or pay taxes will be relieved from parking woes.

This, as SM City San Fernando Downtown and the Metropolitan Cathedral administration recently inked an agreement with the City Government here for free parking spaces to people with transactions at City Hall.

22 Dec 2013 - Police form Regional Advisory Council

PAMPANGA -- PRO-Central Luzon Director Raul Petrasanta said the RAC is composed of prominent personalities in the region who took their oath on December 17 at the PRO Post Conference Room.

Governor Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado of Bulacan was appointed chairman of the RAC, while Napolcom-Central Luzon Director Atty. Manuel L. Pontanal was appointed as vice chairman.

21 Dec 2013 - San Fernando, Switzerland mull trade exchange

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando and Switzerland are looking at forging a trade agreement and exchange of investments.

This was disclosed by Mayor Edwin Santiago yesterday, who said that he has had initial talks with Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber after the Giant Lantern Festival at Robinsons Starmills on December 14.

21 Dec 2013 - LGU told to get tricycles out of San Fernando highways

PAMPANGA -- Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PamCham) Vice Chairman Rene Romero is now calling on the City Government here to strictly implement government laws banning tricycles and pedicabs from using national highways here.

For the City of San Fernando, these include the MacArthur Highway and the Jose Abad Santos Avenue which are not supposed to be traversed by tricycles and pedicabs.

21 Dec 2013 - ‘Baratillo’ highlights San Fernando thanksgiving

PAMPANGA -- A “baratillo-tiangge” or flea market mounted by the Lanao Muslim Traders Association (LMTA) of this city on Saturday highlighted the thanksgiving party of the government at Heroes Hall on Friday evening.

Part of the on-going Christmas night market which will run until December 28 at the city proper, the “baratillo” featured a wide array of quality products at low prices. With the “tiangge” also was an assortment of clean street food which was the main “merienda” during the thanksgiving celebration.

20 Dec 2013 - Ayala to make Porac ‘Makati of the North’

CLARK FREEPORT -- Move aside, Mabalacat City. Your collateral of being “Makati north of Manila” is being snatched – with the most valid reasons – by Porac.

Porac, this province’s largest town in terms of land area, maybe likened to the legendary bird phoenix rising from the ashes. In just a little over two decades, the town that got the brunt of the devastation wrought by Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption in 1991 over a large swath of the Central Luzon province appears to be back on its feet.

20 Dec 2013 - Phl, US ink MOU to restore Clark Veterans Cemetery

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippines and the United States finally signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on the cooperation, restoration, operation and maintenance of the historic Clark Veterans Cemetery here.

A Philippine government website ( said Arnel Paciano D. Casanova, president-CEO of the Bases Conversation and Development Authority (BCDA), signed the MOU for the Philippine side while newly designated U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg signed for the American side at the DFA main office in Pasay City.

20 Dec 2013 - HAU starts countdown to birth centenary of Rogelio de la Rosa

ANGELES CITY -- The Holy Angel University (HAU) here started a countdown, not for Christmas, but for the birth centenary of the late movie icon Rogelio de la Rosa, a native of Lubao, Pampanga. This early, the university’s Center for Kapampangan Studies (CKS) is already preparing for the anniversary that will, however, still be in 2016.

The center is already busy preparing a documentary paying him tribute. “With this modest tribute, we give notice to the Philippine movie industry to remember and honor the legacy of the first King of Philippine Movies, the first Filipino to win Best Actor in Asia, and the first movie star to enter politics and government service, setting a high benchmark for succeeding showbiz personalities many of whom, unfortunately, could not live up to,” CKS Director Robby Tantingco said.

20 Dec 2013 - Under Pineda 92 percent of poor served

PAMPANGA -- At least 92 percent of the 55,328 poor households in Pampanga have been visited this year by the Community Heath Team (CHT) tasked to effectively implement the health care program of Gov. Lilia Pineda in cooperation with the Department of Health (DOH).

This, according to the 2013 accomplishment report presented by Pineda on Tuesday during the distribution of subsidies to the 1,649 CHT members here. She was joined by DOH Regional Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon and First District Board Member Crisostomo Garbo, chairman of the provincial board committee on health.

19 Dec 2013 - ‘Biosphere is dead’

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando has recently rescinded its partnership agreement with Spectrum Blue Steel Corporation, the proponent of the waste-to-energy facility “Biosphere” in Barangay Lara here.

Mayor Edwin Santiago first disclosed of the now void memorandum of agreement on Tuesday during a Christmas gathering for media, when Society of Pampanga Columnists head Bong Lacson asked about the status of the “green energy” plant.

19 Dec 2013 - CDC launches ‘Aeta-preneur’ program

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has launched a livelihood program that would support and augment the economic needs of Indigenous Peoples (IPs) here and Persons With Disabilities (PWDs) that will be employed inside this Freeport.

CDC President Arthur P. Tugade, during the state-owned firm’s monthly flag-raising ceremony, announced the launching of the “Aeta-preneur” program, a project that provides a variety of livelihood programs to support financial needs of Aetas here.

19 Dec 2013 - Moka awardee vows to continue service, shares award to newsmen

ANGELES CITY -- A top executive of the Hauland Development Corporation, who was recently received the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Award (Moka) in the field of social service, has vowed in providing affordable and quality housing to the people of Pampanga, and other parts of the country.

Wilfredo "Willy" Tan, president and chief executive officer of Hausland, said this during a Christmas party the real estate company prepared for local mediamen.

19 Dec 2013 - Ganzon wins Liga presidency election

ANGELES CITY --- Former Councilor Carlito Ganzon, incumbent chairman of Barangay Anunas, was elected president of the Liga ng mga Barangay here.

Ganzon defeated Balibago chairman Rodelio “Tony” Mamac in the Liga presidency race.

19 Dec 2013 - 2 giant lanterns on display at Nepo Center

ANGELES CITY -- Residents of Angeles City and its neighboring towns will have the chance to see a kaleidoscopic display of lights for the first time as two giant lanterns will be on display at the Nepo Center on December 27.

Two of the 10 huge "parols," which competed in this year’s Giant Lantern Festival will flicker hundreds of dancing lights at the new world-class destination in the city.

18 Dec 2013 - Unity key to Manila Bay clean-up efforts

PAMPANGA -- Fourth District Board Member Nestor Tolentino emphasized that the daunting challenge posed by the Manila Bay clean-up could be hurled by unity and strong political will.

Speaking before thousands of officials, private sector representatives and environmentalists who converged at the SM City Amphitheater after cause walk celebrating Manila Bay Day here, Tolentino -- who chairs the Provincial Board’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources -- said that restoring Manila Bay to its “old splendor” calls for collective action which should not be overlooked.

18 Dec 2013 - HUDCC extends rent control

ANGELES CITY -- The Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) decided to extend rent control for two more years.

The rent raise cap applies to residential units in highly urbanized cities like Angeles and the National Capital Region (NCR) which monthly rent does not exceed P10,000, and those in other areas with rental rates up to P5,000 a month.

18 Dec 2013 - Regional Advisory Council formed to assist PRO-3

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 3 has formed the Regional Advisory Council composed of prominent personalities in Central Luzon to further sustain and improve the PNP Patrol or Peace and Order Agenda for Transformation and Upholding of the Rule of Law.

The members of the council took their oath on December 17, 2013 at the PRO3 Post Conference Room at this camp.

17 Dec 2013 - Trader, son wounded in Mabalacat robbery

MABALACAT CITY -- An owner of a dollar exchange firm here and her son were seriously wounded after a group of armed men assaulted them in front of their residence along Anastacia Street, Samsonville Subdivision, Barangay Dau, Mabalacat City last Sunday.

Lolita Bato Villanueva, 59, was hit on the head while her son Vivencio, 24, sustained gunshot wounds in his mouth, right hand and other body parts.

17 Dec 2013 - Pampanga celebrates Manila Bay Day Wednesday

PAMPANGA -- Thousands are expected to participate in a walk-for-a-cause as Pampanga celebrates Manila Bay Day on Wednesday.

Themed "I am Manila Bay. Everything I do to Manila Bay, I do it to myself and my family," the celebration will be graced by Environment Secretary Ramon Paje -- who will deliver the State Of Manila Bay Address -- Governor Lilia Pineda, City of San Fernando Mayor Edwin Santiago, Department of Environment and Natural Resources Central Luzon director Maximo Dichoso, heads of government agencies and other local government units from Pampanga, as well as representatives from the private sector and officials from parts of the region.

17 Dec 2013 - Diplomats vow to return for GLF 2014

PAMPANGA -- Diplomats and other foreign representatives who served as judges in the recent Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) main competition have vowed to return to this city next year for more of the "dazzling, mesmerizing and wonderful Parul Sampernandu."

Swiss Ambassador Ivo Sieber told Sun.Star Pampanga that it was his first time to see the giant lanterns in the world-renowned "Ligligan Parul" dance to music, shine and twinkle at Robinsons Starmills last December 14.

17 Dec 2013 - Capitol CHTs serve 92% of Pampanga households

PAMPANGA -- The Capitol's Community Health Teams (CHTs) under the health care program of Governor Lilia Pineda have served at least 92 percent or about 55,328 poor households across Pampanga.

This was disclosed by Pineda herself when she presented the 2013 health program accomplishment report during the distribution of subsidies for 1,649 CHT members in Lubao town, which was witnessed by Department of Health Regional Director Dr. Leonita Gorgolon and Provincial Board Committee on Health chairman Board Member Crisostomo Garbo on Tuesday.

17 Dec 2013 - Angeles City supports mall’s ‘Tree of Light, Tree of Life’ project

ANGELES CITY -- City officials, headed by Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan, together with Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting and Councilor Edu Pamintuan, expressed their support for SM City Clark's "Tree of Light, Tree of Life" lighting ceremony, a charity program for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

Four local government units composed of Angeles City, Mabalacat City, municipality of Porac and Magalang town, and Clark Development Corporation joined the lighting ceremony held Monday at SM City Clark.

17 Dec 2013 - Christmas season can benefit San Fernando through hotel industry

PAMPANGA -- Visitors to the recent Giant Lantern Festival here are lamenting the lack of big hotel facilities in this capital city, adding that the local economy can benefit greatly from the tourists arrivals especially during the Christmas season.

Bulacan-based sculptor Edwin Layug said he trooped with his family here to watch the Giant Lantern spectacle but their visit fell short of the wholesome accommodation that could only be provided by big hotels.

17 Dec 2013 - Binay warns establishments refusing seniors’ discount

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay has reminded business establishments that they cannot refuse to grant the elderly, who fail to present their senior citizen's identification cards, for the mandatory 20 percent discount.

The Vice President issued the reminder after he lauded the Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of the discount and tax deduction scheme for senior citizens imposed on business establishments.

16 Dec 2013 - Ex-lawmaker mum on alleged ‘kickback’

PAMPANGA -- Former 2nd district representative and now Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) chairman Zenaida Ducut is keeping mum on the accusations of pork barrel scam whistleblower Benhur Luy that she allegedly demanded a five percent commission on projects she reportedly worked out for Janet Lim-Napoles.

Sources close to Ducut -- who was appointed to the ERC post by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo -- said that the former legislator is tight-lipped regarding the allegations, saying that the ex-solon "simply wants to be respected on her silence" since her name was floated and linked to the pork barrel scam.

16 Dec 2013 - Sta. Rita displays eco-friendly ‘belens’ on first dawn mass

PAMPANGA -- Some 10 belens or nativity scenes (manger scene or crib) made of eco-friendly and recycled materials are now on display in front of the Sta. Rita Parish Church here, signaling the start of the nine-day dawn novena masses or Misa de Gallo.

Mayor Yolanda Pineda said the scenes are a project of the Municipal Government of Sta. Rita and the respective barangays of the town.

16 Dec 2013 - Council to approve P760M Mabalacat City budget

MABALACAT CITY -- The City Council is set to approve this component city's budget for 2014 amounting to more than P760 million.

This was learned from Vice Mayor Christian Halili, who described the city’s 2014 budget as an “effective expenditure guide” of the local government.

16 Dec 2013 - Angeles gov’t cancels Christmas party, gives P1M aid to Yolanda victims

ANGELES CITY -- A total of P1 million will be donated to the victims of typhoon Yolanda as the City Government here has decided to cancel its holiday party.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said this year's Christmas celebration was called off and instead the City Government will channel the allocated funds for the nationwide efforts to lend a helping hand to the Yolanda survivors.

16 Dec 2013 - Sta. Ana students, sectors get 45OT in financial aid

PAMPANGA -- Sta Ana Mayor Rommel Concepcion on Monday led the distribution of financial assistance to this town’s public school teachers, senior citizens and students as part of the municipal government’s assistance program to various sectors.

Concepcion gave P100,000 to the Senior Citizen’s Chapter of Sta. Ana town. The program of assistance to the local elderly was started under the term of former 3rd District Rep. Aurelio "Dong" Gonzales Jr., and is now being continued by Concepcion.

16 Dec 2013 - 65 hurt as 2 buses collide

SUBIC FREEPORT -- At least 65 people were injured after two Victory Liner buses collided with each other along the national highway in Purok 12 Old Cabalan, Olongapo City last Sunday.

The accident occurred at 6:30 a.m. Sunday after a bus (CXB-841), heading to Olongapo City proper and driven by Emilio Ocampo, skidded as it was negotiating a sharp-curve at the Old Cabalan Road. The said bus encroached the opposite lane and collided with another bus (CXG-108) driven by Jerome Faustino.

16 Dec 2013 - Tarlac has new police director

PAMPANGA -- The Tarlac Police Provincial Office has a new provincial director in the person of Senior Superintendent Alex Sintin of Philippine Military Academy Class 1990 "Bigkis Lahi."

Sintin replaced Senior Superintendent Alfred Corpus who finally exited as provincial director of Tarlac after more than three fruitful years of tour of duty.

15 Dec 2013 - Telabastagan wins Giant Lantern Festival

PAMPANGA -- After settling for second place last year and losing its chance for a grand slam in 2007 and 2008, Barangay Telabastagan came back Saturday with a blast to emerge as 2013 champion of the world-renowned “Ligligan Parul” or Giant Lantern Festival (GLF).

Chief lantern maker Arnel Flores, head electrician Alberto Dungca, and rotor maker Arnold Flores seemed to have perfected their “half-half secret play,” where the Telabastagan lantern -- powered by 12,000 bulbs and more than 10 rotors -- displayed interchanging half white, half myriad of colors that danced to music and later accompanied by the Lumanog brass band.

15 Dec 2013 - Phivolcs: ‘Threats are real’

PAMPANGA -- The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) stressed over the weekend that threats of bigger and more disastrous calamities “are real and should not be taken for granted.”

During the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham)’s “Disaster Management Forum: Understanding the Economic and Financial Impact of Natural and Man-made Disasters” at Max’s Restaurant in Villa Del Sol, Phivolcs Director Dr. Renato Solidum said that Super Typhoon Yolanda and the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Bohol are now the new “norms” that both the government and the private sector should pay attention to and prepare for.

15 Dec 2013 - Late guv honored for legacy to Kapampangans

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government honored the late Governor Bren Z. Guiao for his legacy of good governance and service to Kapampangans.

During the recent Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards of the 442nd Pampanga Day celebration, Governor Lilia Pineda and Representative Oscar Rodriguez (3rd district) handed the posthumous citation to Guiao’s son, former vice governor and now first district Representative Joseller.

15 Dec 2013 - Philippines, US forge pact for cemetery maintenance

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Philippine Government and the United States of America are set to sign today (December 16) a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will give the American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) permission to maintain, restore, and operate the Clark Veterans Cemetery (CVC) located inside this former military facility.

The signing of the MOU, which will be held at the Department of Foreign Affairs office in Pasay City, will allow the ABMC to begin “caring for and maintaining” the cemetery, said Dennis Wright, president and chief executive officer of Peregrine Development International Incorporated, one of the entities currently supporting the CVC maintenance.

15 Dec 2013 - Morales shocked, offended by Comelec list

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Maricel Morales expressed shock and dismay on Sunday over the Commission on Elections’s (Comelec) move to include her in the list of 424 public officials who have not properly filed their Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce).

Morales said she has talked with Angeles City Comelec officer Numer Lobo, assuring her that they have properly complied with the Comelec order.

15 Dec 2013 - Angeles City eco gardens launched

ANGELES CITY -- As part of its contract with Angeleños to protect the environment, the City Government, through its City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro), launched the establishment of the Cutcut Ecological Garden and tree planting activity at the Sapang Balen Creek in Bagumbayan, Barangay Cutcut over the weekend.

With the theme “Partnership and Cooperation in Environmental Protection,” the event was co-sponsored by the Sagip SapangBalen Advocacy Group (Sagip) and Cutcut Barangay Council.

15 Dec 2013 - Master lantern maker calls for more ‘innovation’

PAMPANGA -- Master lantern maker Roland Quiambao said more innovation is needed to meet the challenges of the local economy, and to transform the local San Fernando lantern into more than just a Christmas decoration.

An officer of the City of San Fernando (Pampanga) Lantern Makers Association (CSFP-LMA), Quiambao said the Matro Manila market alone could not be saturated by all lantern makers and companies in Pampanga combined.

14 Dec 2013 - My City, My SM, My Crafts: The best of Kapampangan works

PAMPANGA -- Pampanga has always been known as showcase of the best in arts and crafts in the country, with its rich cultural and heritage tableau of songs, cuisine and products genuinely Kapampangan.

A gateway to the north, Pampanga provides the big picture of diversity that is united in its products, works and creations often showcased in three SM Malls in the province: SM City Pampanga, SM City Clark and SM City San Fernando Downtown.

14 Dec 2013 - Guanlao gets Most Outstanding Congressman Award

PAMPANGA -- Butil Farmers Party Representatives Agapito Guanlao was awarded as among the seven Outstanding Congressmen for 2013 by the Superbrands Marketing International (SMI) for his contributions to the country’s agriculture sector.

Guanlao was presented the award at the Grand Ballroom of the Mandarin Hotel in Makati City last December 11 by SMI, an award-giving body tasked to celebrate the success of brands worldwide.

14 Dec 2013 - JBL patients get Christmas gifts from water district

PAMPANGA -- Some 70 patients from the Jose B. Lingad Memorial Regional Hospital (JBLMRH) here received grocery packs from the City of San Fernando Water District as part of its yearly Christmas gift-giving to the hospital indigents.

City of San Fernando Water District general manager Gorge Gumba told Sun.Star Pampanga that the program is under the group’s Gender and Development Program. Attending the event, aside from Gumba, were director Angelo D. David, director Felicitas S. Maglalang (Chairperson on GAD), Division Managers and some other employees.

14 Dec 2013 - Kanye West to headline 1st Clark International Music Festival

CLARK FREEPORT -- Grammy-award winning hip hop artist Kanye West is set to headline the 1st Clark International Music Festival that is slated from February 21-23, 2014 at the Global Gateway Logistics Corporation (GGLC) grounds inside the Freeport.

“I am excited about this one which 7107 Group is organizing in partnership with us and GGLC,” Clark Development Corporation President Arthur Tugade said in the press statement.

14 Dec 2013 - PRO3 gives early Christmas gifts

PAMPANGA -- The Police Regional Office 3, under the leadership of Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, has started spreading joy to its personnel and their dependents through a medical and dental mission conducted by the Regional Health Service on December 13.

The free medical and dental mission was conducted at the Regional Health Service 3 wherein the following services were offered for free: Fasting blood glucose test, Visual Screening, Vitamin A supplements, Silip TIB (tenga, ilong, bibig), water fluoridation, blood pressure, Prophylaxis and Leptospira test (Leptospirosis).

13 Dec 2013 - Archdiocesan Museum re-opens

PAMPANGA -- The Archdiocese of San Fernando Museum and Archives were re-opened to the public by the Church hierarchy led by Archbishop Paciano Aniceto and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Wednesday.

The museum and archives, housed at the 2nd level of the Chapel of the University of the Assumption here, were established in 1979 by Archbishop Oscar Cruz as the permanent repository of the "handiwork and possessions" of the Kapampangans that depict their customs, tradition, ways of life, their philosophy and their rich faith.

13 Dec 2013 - San Fernando village chiefs get budget training

PAMPANGA -- The 35 village chiefs of the City of San Fernando--15 of whom are new to the post--were trained Friday on the proper budgeting process and project planning.

The budget training and project planning was conducted by no less than Department of Budget and Management Region III Director Elisa Salon, City Planning Officer and Acting City Administrator Fernando Limbitco, City Budget Officer Eda Panganiban and City Accountant Maria Gisel Rivera.

13 Dec 2013 - Japanese national commits suicide

PAMPANGA -- A Japanese national committed suicide by hanging himself at his residence at Highview Hills Subdivision, Barangay Sampaloc, Apalit, Pampanga, Tuesday night.

Superintendent Homer Penecilla, chief of police of Apalit, said the victim Yoshio Ueba, 66, a Japanese national was found hanging on the stairs and a cloth was tied onto his neck.

12 Dec 2013 - 5 Pampanga officials asked to leave post

PAMPANGA -- At least five officials from Pampanga, including 2nd District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, are among the 424 local officials asked by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to leave their post for failing to file their appropriate Statement of Contributions and Expenditures (Soce).

This developed as Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes, who went on television Thursday, said officials are prohibited from assuming their posts until they have filed the proper Soce requirements.

12 Dec 2013 - Businessmen call for ‘decongestion’ of Metro Manila

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. or PamCham on Thursday made the call and launched the advocacy to "decongest" Metro Manila in the midst of new disaster norms like the devastating super typhoon Yolanda that hit Eastern Visayas and the disastrous magnitude-7 earthquake that shook Bohol.

The launch of "Decongest (Metro Manila) for Country’s Sake Advocacy" culminated the business group’s Disaster Management Forum: Understanding the Economic and Financial Impact of Natural and Man-made Disasters graced by Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology Director Dr. Renato Solidum Jr. at Max’s Restaurant in Villa Del Sol, this city.

11 Dec 2013 - Water utilities plant 3,000 trees at Mt. Arayat

PAMPANGA -- The Association of Water Districts (PAMAWD) planted some 3,000 hard wood and fruit seedlings along the slopes of Mt. Arayat in Barangay Gatiawin here yesterday in a bid to contribute to reforestation efforts here and help fight the harmful effects of global warming.

PAMAWD consists of 13 water districts in the province. More than 100 employees and volunteers joined the tree-planting occasion.

11 Dec 2013 - Friends of Opus Dei distribute Christmas gifts to Porac Aetas

PAMPANGA -- Lady friends of the Catholic organization Opus Dei visited Barangay Planas Thursday and distributed Christmas gifts to 245 school children in the small Aeta community around Porac.

The event was attended by Vice Mayor Dexter David and Councilor Mark Valencia who facilitated the reception of the group which brought in food stuff, sleepers and school supplies.

10 Dec 2013 - Binay renews call for kabalen blood money

MABALACAT CITY -- Vice President Jejomar Binay appealed to Filipinos to help in raising the blood money to save overseas Filipino worker (OFW) Joselito Zapanta from the death row.

Zapanta, a native of Cabalantian, Bacolor town, may be executed in January if the blood money being demanded by the victim's family is not raised immediately as the deadline has already lapsed, according to the Vice President.

10 Dec 2013 - Capitol gets POEA ‘surprise’ award

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday received a "surprise award" from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).

The award, handed over by POEA administrator Hans Cacdac during the opening rites of the 442nd Pampanga Day celebrations, was for Capitol's efforts in curbing illegal recruitment and its war against human trafficking.

10 Dec 2013 - Pampanga Day is a special non-working holiday

PAMPANGA -- The 442nd Pampanga Day Founding Anniversary on December 11 is a special non-working holiday, giving Kapampangans a chance to join the celebration highlighted by the Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center at 5 p.m.

The late President Ferdinand Marcos, through Proclamation 2226, declared December 11, 1982 and every year thereafter as "Aldo Ning Kapampangan," a special non-working holiday in the province’s 19 towns and the component cities of San Fernando and Mabalacat, excluding highly urbanized Angeles City which is politically independent from Pampanga as a chartered city founded on January 1, 1964 under Republic Act 3700.

10 Dec 2013 - DOE taps San Fernando for energy program

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Energy (DOE) on Tuesday conducted a seminar on emergency efficiency and conservation in government agencies and institutions, tapping the City of San Fernando as a pilot area for the "refresher" cum "enhancement" program.

During the launch at the Ninoy Aquino Amphitheater of Heroes Hall, DOE Luzon Field Office Director Efren Balaoing disclosed that the program aims to expand energy conservation in government offices, with the City Government of San Fernando as a model local government unit.

10 Dec 2013 - Pamintuan leads cityhood golden anniversary kick-off event

ANGELES CITY -- Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan led the launching of the 50th anniversary of the cityhood, with the theme "AC50: Limampulung Banua, Gintung Mana."

Hundreds of Angeleños joined Monday's kick-off activity held in front of the Angeles City Library and Information Center with several participating as skaters, BMX riders, kite flyers, cosplayers, street performers and many more.

10 Dec 2013 - City fetes 3-termer village chiefs

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando led by Mayor Edwin Santiago on Monday recognized its three-termer barangay captains who "have exemplified on how service should be properly given to the people."

Conferred with Resolutions of Recognition from the 5th City Council headed by Vice Mayor Jimmy Lazatin Remigio de Dios of Telabastagan; Renato Pineda of Juliana; Melchor Caluag of Dolores; and Emerito Sason of Del Rosario.

9 Dec 2013 - CDC signs integrity pledge

CLARK FREEPORT -- In observance of National Anti-Corruption Year, top management officials and employees of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) signed on December 9 an integrity pledge against corruption in government.

CDC President Arthur Tugade said this is the first time in the history of the CDC that the entire management and its employees vowed to fight corruption and restore the integrity of the state-owned corporation.

9 Dec 2013 - CDC donates more than P2M, Fontana cancels party for Yolanda survivors

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) donated a total of P2.45 million to victims of super typhoon Yolanda in the Eastern Visayas.

Initially, the CDC has donated more than P1 million in savings after the state-run firm announced that it is cancelling its Christmas party.

8 Dec 2013 - Trade fair showcases local products, crafts

PAMPANGA -- Kapampangan products, crafts and services are showcased in a trade fair at SM City Pampanga as part of the 442nd Aldo Ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day) celebration.

Mamerto Gatus of the Provincial Cooperative and Entrepreneurial Development Office (PCEDO) said some 50 stalls of craft products, food delicacy companies, furniture, religious crafts, and processed food, among others, are available in the agriculture and industrial trade fair.

8 Dec 2013 - Aeta kids learn personal grooming from Rotarians

MABALACAT CITY -- Aeta pupils at the Haduan Negrito Elementary School were taught proper hygiene as part of a feeding and grooming project.

The Rotary Club of Dau and Midtown Tarlac and the Philippine Air Force 600th Air Base Wing organized the activity.

8 Dec 2013 - CineKabalen names Kapampangan indie film winners

ANGELES CITY -- Jonathan David's "Sulat" was named Aring Sinukwan Best Film in this year's 3rd CineKabalen Kapampangan Film Festival.

The winners were presented at the Holy Angel University over the weekend. The 12 Kapampangan short films from various towns and cities in Pampanga and Tarlac competed for the major awards, including the top prize Aring Sinukwan Award for Best Short Film.

7 Dec 2013 - Central Luzon police lights up Christmas Tree of Hope

The Central Luzon Police Regional Office (PRO), has lit up a "Christmas Tree of Hope" placed a few meters from the administrative building here.

Chief Superintendent Raul Petrasanta, PRO director, led the ceremonial lighting of the Christmas tree.

7 Dec 2013 - 2 schools win lantern parade

PAMPANGA -- The Pampanga High School (PHS) and the Malino Elementary School emerged as winners in their respective categories during the City of San Fernando's annual Inter-School Lantern Parade and Competition held at City Hall on Friday evening.

A part of the Giant Lantern Festival 2013, the inter-school competition was participated in by eight private and public high schools, as well as 11 schools in the elementary division.

7 Dec 2013 - Capas town to build new police building

PAMPANGA -- Mayor Antonio Rodriguez recently spearheaded the ground breaking ceremony of the P6-million Philippine National Police (PNP) building to be erected inside the vicinity of Capas Municipal Hall.

Rodriguez said with the building project, they can say that the town is nearing the Capasenos’ dream — that Capas will become a city very soon.

7 Dec 2013 - Japanese national robbed

PAMPANGA -- A Japanese national lost his valuables from the so-called “Salisi Gang” at the Dagupan Bus terminal in Tarlac City recently.

In a report, Takao Okemoto, 58, a Japanese national and a member of Kyosota Education Experiment Project, reported to Tarlac City police that his backpack which contains valuables had gone missing.

6 Dec 2013 - Quarry revenues near P1-B mark

PAMPANGA -- Collections from the quarry operations of Capitol under the administration of Governor Lilia Pineda are nearing the P1 billion mark, as revenues for the month of November this year were posted at P23,642,500.

Documents from the Provincial Government Environment and Natural Resources Office (PGENRO) show that from July 2010 up to December 2, 2013 collections now total to P914,312,500, excluding quarry derivatives like weighing scale and accreditation fees.

6 Dec 2013 - Businessman: Visayan traders may have to triple investments

PAMPANGA -- "With Super Typhoon Yolanda now the norm, our fellow traders in the Visayas may just to triple their investments as a protection to such calamities."

So opined businessman and Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. vice-chairman Rene Romero on Wednesday, in helping formulate rehabilitation plans for co-chamber members in affected areas in Visayas in the aftermath of the storm surge that saw traders fleeing and leaving their businesses because of looting and economic devastation.

6 Dec 2013 - Join Efren’s burial rites, Lazatin urges Angelenos

ANGELES CITY, Pampanga -- Former congressman Carmelo Lazatin has urged the people to join the burial rites for Santo Cristo Barangay Chairman Efren Dela Cruz, who was killed last Sunday near the Angeles Cockpit Arena.

Dela Cruz, a former Association of Barangay Councils president, was killed by an unidentified gunman in Barangay Claro M. Recto last December 1.

6 Dec 2013 - Body found in Arayat town

PAMPANGA -- A body of a man was found at a grassy portion in Barangay Telapayong, Arayat town on Wednesday.

The man, who is believed to be a murder victim, was described as 5-foot-4 in height and medium built. The victim was clad in blue shorts and his head covered with bonnet.

6 Dec 2013 - AUF to honor tycoon Andrew Tan

ANGELES CITY --- The Angeles University Foundation is set to confer an honorary degree in humanities upon business mogul Dr. Andrew L. Tan in a special convocation on December 9 at the AUF St. Cecilia’s Auditorium, Angeles City.

Tan is being cited for his visionary leadership in real estate, food and beverage, and tourism which has contributed significantly to the country’s economy through investments and the generation of employment opportunities for 20,000 Filipinos. From humble origins, he has become one of the most admired business tycoons, a renowned innovator, and a brilliant brand builder. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of the Alliance Global Group Inc., the multi-billion peso holding company for his three major businesses namely, condominium-developer Megaworld; the world’s biggest brandy producer Emperador Distillers, Inc. and the nationwide Philippine franchise of McDonald’s fast food chain.

6 Dec 2013 - Lazatin expresses condolences for slain village chairman

ANGELES CITY -- Councilor Carmelo Lazatin, Jr., has filed a resolution expressing deepest sympathies to the family of Barangay Santo Cristo chairman and former Association of Barangay Councils president Efren Dela Cruz who was killed by unidentified gunman in Barangay Claro M. Recto last December 1.

"I'm very saddened by what happened to Kap Efren," Lazatin said. "He was truly one of the most dedicated public servants of this city and his death is a great loss for us."

6 Dec 2013 - Dangerous firecrackers sold through text message

CAMP OLIVAS -- Police said Friday that some individuals and illegal dealers are selling dangerous and oversized firecrackers through text messaging and other forms of social media.

Superintendent Joel Ordona, Bulacan police director, said that intelligence operatives have uncovered the new modus operandi of some dealers are engaging in the illegal sale pyrotechniques banned by the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP).

6 Dec 2013 - Cessna plane crashes at Iba Air strip

PAMPANGA -- A Cessna plane has crashed at the Air Strip of Iba, Zambales, Thursday.

The plane's pilot, Hakal Hazmiwdodo, 19, an Indonesian national, managed to bail out from the aircraft before it crashed, Senior Superintendent Manuel Abu, Zambales Police Provincial director, said.

5 Dec 2013 - Pampanga lanterns to light up damaged Bohol churches

PAMPANGA -- The Giant Lantern Festival 2013 had donated some 80 pieces of the famed Parul Sampernandu to damaged churches in Bohol, in a bid to share just a little Yuletide cheer despite the recent calamities that devastated the province.

Committee heads Engr. Marnie Castro and businesswoman Tess Laus, with former city Administrator Fer Caylao and Bong Mah, turned over the lanterns to Pampanga Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio S. David, D.D. at the Heroes Hall recently.

5 Dec 2013 - Dole-Central Luzon gets ISO certification

PAMPANGA -- The Department of Labor and Employment (Dole) Central Luzon office is now ISO 9001:2008 certified.

This developed as Dole on Wednesday received the certification from the German-based DQS Holding GmbH, the ISO body, for the regional labor agency's Quality Management System. The UL Management Solutions Systems and IQNET -- the International Certification Network, also recognize the DOLE’s ISO certification.

5 Dec 2013 - Archdiocese of San Fernando gets title to Dolores chapel

PAMPANGA -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando received as donation a portion of the property of LLL Holdings Inc. (LHI) in Barangay Hacienda Dolores here, where the Dolores chapel is located.

Archbishop Paciano Aniceto accepted the donation on behalf of the Archdiocese from LHI, a local real estate corporation.

5 Dec 2013 - 2 Sta. Rita cops named outstanding Central Luzon policemen

PAMPANGA -- The Chief of Police of Sta. Rita town and a policewoman assigned in the same station bagged the top awards in the prestigious "Search for Outstanding Policemen in PRO-3" by the JBT Group of Companies held at the Multi-Purpose Hall of Woodgrove Subdivision in the City of San Fernando recently.

Two of the most coveted awards were given to Senior Inspector Michael Masangkay, Chief of Police; and PO2 Comet D Dumangeng, both of the Sta. Rita Municipal Police Station.

5 Dec 2013 - Sta. Rita to host 1st inter-town kite flying contest

PAMPANGA -- Hundreds of kite flyers from different municipalities in the province are expected to join the 1st Inter-Town Kite Flying Competition Saturday, December 7, at the Santa Rita Eco-Park, Barangay San Isidro (Mega Dike section) in this town at 2 p.m.

The event coincides with the famous "Duman Festival," which is also celebrated on the same date and venue.

5 Dec 2013 - Police nab Magalang’s most wanted man

PAMPANGA -- The local police recently arrested a man tagged as the town's most wanted person charged with murder.

Superintendent Neil O. Miro, town police chief, identified the man as James "Panik" Pecson Santos, 25, single, of San Pedro 2, Magalang.

5 Dec 2013 - Clark airport media group formed, officers elected

CLARK FREEPORT -- To maximize the coverage of the country's "next premier international gateway" here and to promote camaraderie in the profession, correspondents and reporters of several national daily newspapers have formed an organization and elected their officers.

The newspapermen met for the third time last Tuesday to formally organize the Clark International Airport National Correspondents Association (CIANCA) and held an election.

5 Dec 2013 - PamCham-CLTV 36 'Lingap' moving full speed in Cebu

PAMPANGA -- The joint Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (PamCham) and Laus Group of Companies-run regional TV network CLTV 36's "Lingap ng Central Luzon Para sa mga Biktima ng Bagyong Yolanda" relief and rehabilitation is moving full speed in Cebu.

It was noted that the "Lingap" team led by PamCham president Jim Jimenez and CLTV 36 president and general manager Sonia Soto left Cebu City with the Visayas Disaster Response Network (VDRN) and Concern around 6:30 a.m. to conduct relief operations in Daanbantayan, where super typhoon Yolanda made its third landfall last November 8 and affected some 74,000 residents from its 20 barangays.

3 Dec 2013 - DEC. 6 Power outage to hit 4 towns

ANGELES CITY -- Four Pampanga towns are slated to be affected by power outages on Dec. 6 to give way for the “replacement of selected woodpoles and line hardwares along Hermosa- Guagua 69kV transmission line.”

In an advisory yesterday, Lilibeth Gaydowen, communications and public affairs officer of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said the power outage would last from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday.

3 Dec 2013 - Aliens tagged in illegal vibro plant

CLARK FREEPORT -- Three foreigners who can speak neither English nor Filipino are reportedly leading the construction of a vibro plant at the Sacobia area in Barangay Calumpang inside the Clark special economic zone here.

The three foreigners were reportedly Taiwanese nationals who are setting up a vibro plant that will be used to process sand and gravel needed for the construction of a nearby hotel here.

3 Dec 2013 - BFAD hit on malunggay imports

CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bureau of Foods and Drugs (BFAD) has been accused here of virtual colonial mentality by being partial to moringa or malunggay health supplements imported from the US while allegedly ignoring local producers.

In a resolution, delegates to the 5th Moringa Congress held here recently accused BFAD of “taking too much time to accredit local products with high components of moringa for food supplement,” while giving “more advanced accreditation of similar products” from abroad.

3 Dec 2013 - Cops looking for witnesses in Dela Cruz slay

ANGELES CITY -- This city’s chief of police said yesterday there were witnesses to the killing of Sto. Cristo Barangay Chairman Efren de la Cruz last Sunday night, but they seem to have fled so as not to be dragged into case.

In a phone interview, Senior Supt. Eden Ugale said his investigators got information on the identities of the witnesses who, however, could not be located. “These witnesses actually saw two suspects, including the gunman, when Efren was shot,” he said.

2 Dec 2013 - Angeles barangay leader shot dead

ANGELES CITY -- A barangay chairman here was shot dead by two gunmen Sunday night, after finishing a derby at the Angeles City Cockpit Arena in Barangay Claro M. Recto this city.

Efren Dela Cruz, incumbent chair of Barangay Santo Cristo and a former Liga ng mga Barangay president, sustained two gunshot wounds on the head, police said.

2 Dec 2013 - Capitol fetes Kapampangans in media

PAMPANGA -- The Provincial Government led by Governor Lilia Pineda on Monday honored 11 seasoned Kapampangan media practitioners who have brought honor to Pampanga and continue to contribute to serve in their various fields.

In simple but touching and momentous rites at Benigno Aquino Hall, Pineda feted and paid tribute to Pampanga and Manila-based media veterans Numertano Dayrit, Ramiro Mercado, Democrito Caparas, Fred Dela Rosa, Alfredo Roxas, Cris Icban, Jr., Jake Espino, Willie Capulong, Abner San Pedro, Rizal Policarpio, Gregorio Sangil, Lino Sanchez, Jr., Max Sangil, Federico Pascual, Felix Garcia and Ed Aguilar.

2 Dec 2013 - Giant ‘Parul Sampernandu’ twinkles in Hawaii

PAMPANGA -- A 16-foot giant lantern from the City of San Fernando is currently twinkling and drawing crowds in Hawaii.

City of San Fernando Senior Tourism Officer Ching Pangilinan-Gonzales said that the huge “Parul Sampernandu” was the highlight of the 2nd Annual Parol Festival held at the Philippine Consulate Grounds in Honolulu.

2 Dec 2013 - All set for Giant Lantern Festival 2013

PAMPANGA -- The City of San Fernando is all set for this year's bigger and brighter "Ligligan Parul" or Giant Lantern Festival (GLF) slated on December 14 at Robinsons Starmills.

This was disclosed Monday by GLF 2013 executive committee chairman Engr. Marni Castro who said during a press conference at Heroes Hall that preparations for the world renowned show of colors, lights and sounds have been completed.

2 Dec 2013 - 22 Kapampangan beauties vie for Mutya Ning Kapampangan 2013

PAMPANGA -- Twenty-two stunning ladies from Pampanga's 19 towns and three cities are now competing for the title of Mutya Ning Kapampangan 2013.

The Mutya Ning Kapampangan Executive Committee led by 2nd District Board Member Anthony Joseph Torres presented the candidates before members of the media the other day at SM City San Fernando Downtown.

2 Dec 2013 - Angeles gets new garbage trucks

ANGELES CITY -- The City Government here recently acquired four new garbage trucks from the Department of Interior and Local Government's (DILG) Performance Challenge Fund (PCF), which amounts to P3 million.

Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan together with Vice Mayor Vicky Vega and DILG City Director Remedios Rodriguez presented and inspected the trucks during the regular Monday flag raising ceremony at the city hall.

2 Dec 2013 - Man carrying gun in barangay execs’ oath-taking nabbed

PAMPANGA -- Police operatives in Macabebeb arrested a man allegedly carrying a firearm during the oath taking ceremonies of village officials here.

Chief Inspector John Clark said the suspect Melquiades Aguilos, hails from Novaliches in Quezon City. He was apprehended after the latter was found carrying a .45 caliber pistol tucked in his waist while taking photographs of the oath taking at San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church.

2 Dec 2013 - Discounted products up for grabs in DA Christmas bazaar

PAMPANGA -- Over a dozen farm producers and craft businesses are now offering their products at discounted prices at the ongoing Department of Agriculture (DA) Region 3 Christmas Bazaar here.

Producers, small and medium entrepreneurs from all over Central Luzon are currently selling their products at the DA compound, with offerings ranging from the famed beaded slippers of Nueva Ecija, the buntal hats of Aurora and food delicacies of Pampanga.

1 Dec 2013 - San Fernando commemorates 150th birth anniversary of Bonifacio

PAMPANGA -- The City Government of San Fernando on Saturday commemorated the 150th birth anniversary Andres Bonifacio, with Mayor Edwin Santiago leading the wreath laying ceremonies at the monument of the Katipunan Supremo at the Heroes Hall here.

The event, attended by Bonifacio descendant Divina Ferrer and third district Representative Oscar Rodriguez, called on student guests and government employees to remember the lessons and emulate the values from the life of Bonifacio.

1 Dec 2013 - OWWA holds reintegration program

PAMPANGA -- In a bid to address the needs of returning Overseas Filipino Workers in Central Luzon, the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) Regional Welfare Office on Friday concluded the Reintegration, Entrepreneurship Development and Information Technology Stakeholders Conference at the Bliss Hotel in this city.

OWWA-Central Luzon Director Ma. Lourdes Reyes said that some 42 program-partner representatives from the public and private sectors participated in the two-day conference-cum-seminar and workshop geared towards establishing a common understanding on the needs of OFWs and returnees intending to engage in business in the region.

1 Dec 2013 - SM City Clark urges LGUs, groups to own ‘Trees of Life’

CLARK FREEPORT -- SM City Clark is asking local government units and other socio civic groups as well as kind hearted donors to own a "Tree of Life" for the survivors of super typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas.

SM City Clark mall manager Ana Datu said the "Tree of Light, Tree of Life" campaign will complement SM City Pampanga's "Adopt A Parol" and SM City San Fernando Downtown's "Give Back" drives, aiming to generate funds for housing projects for the displaced in Tacloban City and other Visayan areas ravaged by the recent storm surge there.