One Luzon E-NewsMagazine 16 December 2011

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Simbang Gabi Simbang Gabi has become the Holy anachronism, because in Filipino it means “Evening Mass” but in most cases, they are usually held at dawn. We often asked ourselves why but apparently, Simbang Gabi harked back to the time when most of the Filipinos were farmers and midnight is the best time because by four or five in the evening, the parishioners were already in the fields. Simbang Gabi is a nine-day series, starting from December 16 till Christmas Eve. The last Simbang Gabi on December 24 is called the Misa de Gallo or the Mass of the Rooster. Some of us usually complete the nine-day masses, usually with Christmas wishes tied to this sacrifice. Some of these nine-day devotees usually pray for something special. It could be a “Yes' from someone they are courting. It could be a special gift from Santa. Who knows? Maybe some are praying for world peace. Some, however, go only during the Misa de Gallo. But whatever the reason, the Simbang Gabi is what makes us Filipino. Only a few Catholic nations observe a similar ritual like us. And true enough, it is the Filipinos in the United States, Europe, Asia or wherever who insist on their poor priests to hold the Simbang Gabi in their respective countries. True enough, it is the Filipinos who help their overseas churches in decorating their altars with Filipino touches like the Belen and the parols. Some Churches here in the Philippines even make it a point to video their “Simbang Gabi” so that the Filipinos abroad can watch the mass in real time, whether they are at work or in bed. And of course, the most Filipino among the Simbang Gabi is when you step out of the churches and all these food await you on the steps. There are the tupig or native puto in Northern Luzon; latik, yema or puto bumbong in the Tagalog areas and uraro and otap in the Visayas. Of course, because it is still cold, there are also native coffee or salabat for the Simbang gabi breakfast. Some of the churches go for the heavy eaters, offering arroz caldo, pinapaitan or sinanglao to the parishioners. Even in the cities, this offerings are already part of the ritual. Even fast food franchises near the churches open early to accommodate these parishioners. In Hongkong, some of the enterprising Filipino domestic help were already selling puto bumbong and arroz caldo for their kababayans after their Simbang Gabi. Wherever we are, the Simbang gabi has become an opportunity of sharing and sacrifice, which is what Christmas is really about. Frank Cimatu, Philippine Daily Inquirer Frank Cimatu, PDI - North Luzon Bureau

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"Pantongtongan Tayo" radio program of PIA Pangasinan aired over DZMQ-Radyo ng Bayan Dagupan with Primitivo Vera単a of SSS

Regional Inter-Collegiate Population Debate awarding at the Crown Hotel, Tuguegarao City

Environment and civic groups condemn the planned construction of a sanitary landfill in Obando, Bulacan (courtesy of Bro. Martin Francsico)

Bridging the Gaps in Integrity Initiatives Forum Workshop at the Baguio Country Club with Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales as guest


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Ilocos Norte Crime Statistics

National Statistical Coordination Board

Dec. 12

7:30 am

Dec. 12

8:00 am

TV Program over Iloco Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Issue lang walang personalan” Infocen's “Morning heritage Channel (IHC) 16Dec.12/ 8:00 amIlocos Norte Sky” Television Program over SKYCABLE Laoag City Staff MeetingDec. 12/ 2:00 pmVigan City

Council Session

Dec. 12

Sangguniang Panlungsod (Pangasinan) Regular SessionDec. Sectoral Committee on Environment Meeting

Dec. 12

RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Laoag


7:30 am

Dec.12 Dec. 13

Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Issue lang walang personalan” Iloco heritage Channel (IHC) 16

Dec. 13 Dec 13

over SKYCABLE Ilocos Norte Infocen's “Morning Sky” Television Program

8:00 am

Bagnet Festival in Narvacan, Ilocos Su Pangasinan Infocen's hh “Pantongtongan Tayo” Radio

2:00 pm 2:00 pm 3:00 pm


Ilocos Sur's Board Member Regular Session DWFB Ilocos Norte Infocen's “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over

7:30 am 8:00 am 8:00 am

La Union Infocen's HDMF Fund Coordinator Meeting

11:30 am

AREX Program/Induction of Officers at Hotel Ariana,

Dec. 14

3:00 pm

Dec. 15


Dec. 15

3:00 pm

over Iloco heritage

Ilocos Norte Infocen's “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Issue lang walang personalan” Channel (IHC) 16

DWFB Ilocos Norte Infocen's “PIA HOUR” Radio Program over

Dec. 17

over SKYCABLE Ilocos Norte Infocen's “Morning Sky” Television Program Pangasinan Infocen's Media in Action Forum RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Laoag

8:00 am

Dec. 17

12:30 pm

Dec. 18

8:00 am

Orientation/Consultative Meeting on the renewed campaign in preventing fireworks-related injuries, DOH Conference Hall, Carig, Tuguegarao City.

December 14, 8:30AM RGIN-TWG workshop, NEDA, Tug. City December 14

31st Pag-Ibig Fund anniversary, turn-over of the 28 computer units to selected public elem. school

December 15-17

DepEd Regional Schools Press Conference (RSPC) Elementary and Secondary, Gattaran, Cagayan. RD Licas as evaluator on News Writing, Editorial Writing, Feature Writing, and Copy and Headline Writing.

December 16

Christmas Party with Nueva Vizcaya Press Club

December 16, 9AM

Forum on Free Trade Agreements dubbed as “Doing Business in Free Trade Areas I-Market Approach”, Brickstone Mall, Tuguegarao City.

December 20

Regional OTOP Fiesta Trade Fair, Theme: “Proud Ako Sa OTOP Ko…Kaagapay Ko Ito” Brickstone Mall, Tug. City


Sur Infocen's “Issue Pangasinan Infocen's KBP ForumDec. 16/ 7:30 amIlocos Channel (IHC) 16 lang walang personalan” TV Program over Iloco heritage

Dec. 16

DTI – One Town One Product (OTOP) meeting, DTI Cagayan

December 14, 8AM

over SKYCABLE Ilocos Norte Infocen's “Morning Sky” Television Program

Dec. 15

Dec. 16

December 13, 9AM


TV Program over Iloco heritage

RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Ilocos

8:00 am

Regional Population Executive Board (RPEB) Regional Inter-Collegiate Population Debate, Crown Hotel, Tug. City

Bauang, La Union

Dec. 15


December 12, 1PM

over SKYCABLE Ilocos Norte Infocen's “Morning Sky” Television Program

Dec. 14

8:00 am

Regional Multi-sectoral Forest Protection Committee 4th Quarter Meeting, DENR, Tug. City

in Santol, La Union

TV Program Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Issue lang walang personalan” Channel (IHC) 16

Dec. 14


Program over DZMQ

December 12, 1PM

Sangguniang Panlungsod (Vigan City) Regular Session

RDC- Initiated LGU Best Practices Validation in Laoag

Dec.13 Dec. 14

TV Program over

8:00 am

rDec.13 Dec. 13

12/2:00 pmRDC

in Pangasinan

San Fernando City Diocese Spearhead Annual Celebration

December 20, 8:30 am Regional Nutrition Committee 4th quarter meeting, Kainang Pilipino Tug. City December 21, 9am

Every Monday - Cover- Isabela Sangguniang Panlalawigan session

of the OFW Family day

DZTP Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Arimbangaw” Radio Program over Ilocos Sur Infocen's “Nia't Makunam Kaillian Radio Program

Regional Risk Reduction and Management Council 2 4th quarter meeting, Ivory Hotel, Tug. City

Every Tuesday

over DWRS

- Tipon-Tipan sa PIA, 9-10 am - Tungtongan Ti Tribu Biskayano, 2 pm

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