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inulantang tayo sa iba’t-ibang balita hinggil sa mga tinaguriang “KING OF THE ROAD” na kinabibilangan ng mga KILLER BUSES na ito, na kung saan kinitil nila ang libo-libong buhay ng kanilang mga pasahero sa kadahilanan walang pag-iingat sa PAGMAMANEHO ng mga mangilan-ngilang “TARANTADONG DRIBER”, kasabay pa nito ang mga umaalingaw-ngaw na KABULASTUGAN at KASWITIKAN ng mga nagmamay-ari o OPERATOR di umano ng mga BUSES na ito… na napag-alamang KOLURUM ang kanilang mga PLAKA at hindi sumusunod sa mga alituntunin ng LTFRB. Ngunit… bakit nga ba kadalasan, may kaugalian tayo, na saka lang tayo namumulat sa KATOTOHANAN, Kung BUHAY na naibuBUWIS ang ating PINAG-UUSAPAN. At hindi ba’t saka lamang nagiging INTENSIFY ang PAGMOMONITOR sa mga KING OF THE ROAD “ kung nagsusulputan na ang mga “SALPUKAN ng PROBLEMA”… Hindi ba’t mayroon tayong ahensiya ng gobyerno katulad ng Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) at Land Transportation Office (LTO) upang magman-man, magmasid at pag-aralan ang mga “PAPELES” na ipinapasa sa kanila? Hindi ba’t sila ay IPINAGKAKATIWALA katulad din ng mga DRIBER ni ORDINARYONG JUAN katumbas ng PISO na kayang SAKAYAN ni ORDINARYONG JUAN. Ngunit… Bakit at bakit paulit-ulit ang mga ganitong suliranin sa Bayan? Na sa kabila ng mahusay at magaganda nating BATAS ay pilit nagkakaroon ng BUTAS? Hindi ba’t bawat sasakyang pampulitiko ang mga papeles nito ay dumadaan sa dalawang ahensiya ang LTO at LTFRB? Uso pa ba o talamak ito?? NAGTATANONG LANG PO!!! At sa mga DRIBER na humahawak sa ating mga BUHAY, manong naman! Di mo ba naisip na PAMILYA’T KAMAGANAK mo din ay sumasakay din sa Bus. At sa mga nagmamay-ari o OPERATOR ng mga BUS hindi ba’t sa ilang taon na namamasada ang iyong BUS ay MILYON na rin ang katumbas inyong NALIKOM… bakit sukdulan pa rin kayo sa pagka-SWITIK Naman! Naman! Tuloy di MATAHIMIK ang mga KAWAWANG NAMATAY … tulad ni TADO! Sana’y maging aral sa atin lahat ang TRAHEDYA sa KALSADA na ito.

CEO/PUBLISHER: DELIA JESUSA A. GUARINO CHIEF OPERATION OFFICER: BENJAMIN P. BASA GENERAL SALES/MARKETING OFFICER: JOAN C. ROSALES ASSISTANT CHIEF OPERATION OFFICER: JEZZ MARIE GUARINO GENERAL MANAGER: YZIANDREA A. GUARINO ADVERTISING MANAGER: ANAVELLA S. RACELI EDITOR IN CHIEF: YZIANDREA A. GUARINO COLUMNIST/REPORTERS/ACCOUNT EXECUTIVES/MARKETERS: MAJOY C. DUMBRIQUE ODETTE DULDULAO TUBIG ANAVELLA S. RACELI ANTONIO PUG-YAO LAY-OUT ARTIST: ROGEL J. DUMBRIQUE LEGAL CONSULTANT: ATTY. MARCELINO M. QUITORAS, JR.

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Editorial - p2. Sentido Kumon - p3. Talk of the Town - p3. Lets aFace It! - page 4. Pangkabuhayan ni Juan - p4. Doodle Time! - p9. Potch Corner - p9. Sports - p11. Krosword - p7. La Union Athlete to join NBA All-Star 2014 p5. Ilocos Norte joins 'Lifeline' drive to Guinness on Feb. 28 - p5. PGLU supports organ donation & transplant campaign - p5. Student leaders run Laoag government for a day - p6. "Hairline" cracks appear in Ilocos town hall after strong quake - p6. La Union Features “Ayat Festival” anew - p6. Regional athletic meet opens in Agoo, La Union - p7 . Biggest rice processing plant in Region 1 to rise in Ilocos Norte - p7. Ortega Presents Better LU in 7th SOPA - p8. For the record: PH sets new Guinness on most number of organ donor registrants p8. PPMC Promises Brighter Sillag - p9. San Fernando City binds residents through food festival - p9. La Union abuzz with 3-day beekeeping summit on Feb 19 - p10, NGCP brings Ilocos Norte’s public school to digital world - p10.

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."Deuteronomy 31:6


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tanong??? Ano ba itong SPES na ito, na bawat KABATAAN, ay gustong mapabilang upang maging PRODUKTIBONG MAMAMAYAN at makatulong sa mga magulang ni JUAN PINOY subalit katulad ng karamihang MADLANG PIPOL, hilong TALILONG ang lahat sa katanungan KANINO BANG PROGRAMA ito, ang ating PAMAHALAAN sa mga Local Government Unit o LGU, sa ating mga lugar? Napapanahon, ang usaping ito sa kadahilanan malapit na ang SUMMER TIME na kung saan ang mga KABATAAN ay nag-iisip kung “ANO ang PUEDENG PAGKA-ABALAHAN nila . Karamihan sa mga KABATAAN, ay sinusubok sa kanilang KAPALARAN hinggil sa SPES. Ang SPES o Special Program for Employment of Students ay isa sa mga programa ng ating PAMAHALAAN na makakatulong di umano sa mga MARALITANG FILIPINO. Itong SPES ay adhikaing makatulong sa mga estudyante at out of school youth na “POOR BUT DESERVING”. Ang SPES ay may mga REQUIREMENTS katulad ng Barangay Certificate na nagmula sa “Kapitan del Barrio” na kung saan kabilang ang naturang “POOR but DERSERVING” bilang INDIGENT sa kanilang lugar, at marami pang ibang kinakailangang ipasa sa kinauukulang ahensiya. Katulad ng ibang programa ng ating pamahalaan para sa ating mga KABABAYAN, ibinababa nila ang naturang programa katulad ng SPES sa DOLE. Sa DOLE o Department of Labor and Employment ay siyang namamahala sa mga alituntunin na dapat sinusunod ng bawat nagnanais maging isang SPES. Mula sa mga Regional Offices ng DOLE sa buong KAPULUAN, ay nakikipagugnayan sila sa kani-kanilang mga sangay sa mga PROBINSIYA at SIYUDAD at ang mga sangay ng PESO o DOLE na ito ay silang magiging tulay makipag-ugnayan sa mga Local Government Units o LGU. Sa pakikipag-ugnayan ng anumang ahensiya ng gobyerno sa mga LGUs ay dito nila naitatalaga ang mga listahan ng mga MARALITANG MAMAMAYAN nangangailangan ng tulong. Katulad ng ibang PROGRAMA ng PAMAHAAN, ang SPES ay nagmumula sa pondo ng DOLE na 40% (kuarenta porsyento) at ang 60% na pondo ng LGUs na galling sa mga BUWIS natin na ating “IPINAGKATIWALA” sa kanila. Taon-taon ay isinasagawa nila ang SPES, na bawat maging BENEPISARYO na KABATAAN ay may KATUMBAS na SAHOD ang kanilang pinagpaguran… Ngunit… bakit nga ba kinakailangan ibaba sa LGU’s??? Ibinababa o nakikipag-ugnayan ang anumang ahensiya sa mga LGUs dahil ang mga LGUs ay sa kadahilanan katulad sa mga Bara-BARANGAY subalit… ayon sa mga taong may “MATANG LAWIN” mukha atang nababahiran ng POLITICAL COLOR ang di umano sa pagpili ng mga SPES lalung-lalo na sa mga SIYUDAD at mga MUNISIPALIDAD… Hindi ba’t karamihan sa programa ng ating pamahalaan na kahit sabihin nating MAY MAGANDANG ADHIKAIN patungo sa TUWID na DAAN ay nagiging “Lubak lubak na DAAN ito dahil sa mga POLITIKONG EPAL na ito na ginagawa pang “pa pogi points” sa mga news at maging sa mga POLYETOS nila sa mga ELEKSYON?.. Hindi ba’t ating NAPAPANSIN at NAPAG-ALAMAN na umiiral pa rin ang “IT IS NOT WHAT YOU KNOW, but WHOM YOU KNOW?... Ang SPES ay programa ng ating PAMAHALAAN kung mayroong man pondo ng LGU’s sa ating mga LUGAR bilang PARTE o BAHAGI ay NARARAPAT lamang dahil ‘KABAN ng BAYAN’ po yan… PERA po natin yan at hindi po NANGGAGALING sa kanilang BULSA.

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asaray agdata, agsikig iti pagiddaan ni Juan a nakamulagat a kumitkita iti bobeda. Anian! Ken Aysus! Daytoy a kaarubakon, pasado ala-unan iti parbangun awan pay laeng iti sarday a kumananta iti KARAOKE wenno VIDEOKE… Abus man pay a nangrugida iti alas-siete iti rabii nga agragragsak ken agi-inum iti arak… ala-unan! Saanda pay laeng a sumarsardeng! Makaparengreng! Bayat daytoy iti pannakasinga ni JUAN iti pannaturogna… umal-aligagaw iti nariwet a panunotna, nu apay! Apay! nga awan iti makatulad iti “DISKARTE” ni Davao City Mayor Duterte tapno maipatungpal met ditoy Rehiyon Uno maipapan iti nainget nga implementasyon ti KARAOKE BAN. Idinto maysa a syudad idiay Metro Manila, nangiwayatda met iti pamusposan nga ipatungpal ti KARAOKE BAN. Itay kallabes babaen iti MEDIA, adu dagiti immannugot iti pannakaipatungpal iti nasao a KARAOKE BAN agsipudta a segun kadakuada, makapasinga iti nasimbeng a pannaturog para kadagiti maban-bannug a tattao… Maka-isturbo pay kadagiti maladaga . Kinunada, saan a rasun ti panagaramat iti KARAOKE nga agpatpatnag tapno agragragsak para kadagiti agpa-ala iti kasangay, graduation ken buniag! Saan pay a maiparbeng tapno rasun a “maawanan” iti pamastrekan dagiti addaan iti KARAOKE BAR agsipudta, adu met iti sabali a wagas iti pamastrekan… Aysus ni PINOY kas kenni JUAN! Ngem, saludsod! Awan ngata iti SENTIDO KUMON dagitoy a klase iti kar-ruba? Gaputa pumarbangon ngaruden, arya kanta! Arya inum! Kasta met, saan ngata a pagwer-reten dagitoy nabotosan a BARANGAY OFFICIALS ti SENTIDO KUMONDA? Uray koma mapalubosan dagiti kabarangayanda iti agkaraoke, nu la ketdi, adda iti curfew hour-na wenno limitasyon iti orasna. Masdaaw ni JUAN! Apay nga awan ngamin ti KARAOKE BAN ditoy Ilocos Region? Mapanunot ngata dagitoy a POLITIKOS a nu ti DISKARTE ni Mayor Duterte iti Davao Citi iti ipatungpalda, ket amkenda a possible nga ADU iti manggura kadakuada banag a mang-gura kadakuada a pakaawanan iti BOTOS da?


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CERAMICS : KAYAMANAN SA SINING

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ng paggawa ng ceramics sa pilipinas ay nagsimula pa noong 700 bc. Ito ay napatunayan nang makahukay ng mga paso, kasama ng iba pang mga stone tools, sa ibat ibang bahagi ng

panay. Ngayon ay marami pa rin ang gumagawa ng ceramics tulad ng paso,tiles at mga figurines. The only difference is that ancient people used the clay soil they found along the river bed, while modern ceramics use a variety of pre mixed clay and more sophisticated materials. Pre- mixed clay can be divided into three(3) basic types. The first clay is the coarser teztured one used to make earthware; it can be fired at 1800 to 2100 degrees farenheit. The second clay is used to make stoneware; it can be fired at a higher temperature 91200 to 2250 degrees farenheit. Ang paggawa ng ceramics ay isang mabuting libangan. Ito ay madaling gawin at nakakaaliw pa. Madali ring hanapin ang mga materyales para dito. Higit sa lahat, maari itong maging magandang negosyo. Sadyang napakalaki ng demand ngayon sa ceramics. Dahil dito, ang european economic community ay nagbibigay ng tulong sa mga small and medium scale ceramic producers sa pilipinas. Inaasahang mahikayat ang mga tao na pagbutihin ang paggawa ng ceramic products upang maibenta ito sa labas ng bansa. Paggawa ng claypot Isa sa mga kilalang ceramics ay ang clay pot. Maraming paraan ang paggawa nito ngunit ang pinakakilalang paraan ay ang paggamit ng gulong. May anim na mahahalagang hakbang sa paggawa ng paso: Ito ay ang wedging,shaping drying,biscuit-firing,glazing at glaze firing. Bago hubugin ang clay, tiyakin na tama ang pagkakahalo nito. The right clay should not be stiff that it cracks when you a bend a piece of it. It should not also have any lump or hard pieces. It should not be sticky, but soft enough so you can mold and form it with your fingers. Wedging: elinate any trapped air in the clay mixture by pressing it down with the hel of your hand. Continue doing this until there is no more air in the mixture. Shaping: the first step in molding the pot is centering the clay on a revolving wheel the position of the potter’s body is important in the centering technique. The wheel head should be between the legs and the elbow should stay close to the body. To verify if he pot is centered, hold a finger on the outside of the spining pot. If it touches evenly all around, the pot is centered. As soon as the clay has been centered, press your thumb into the center to make the initial opening for the pot. Kung nais ninyong alisin ang kamay sa clay, gawin ito nang dahan-dahan. Removing the hands quickly can throw the pot off the center. After forming the desired shape of the pot. Even up the rim by giving it a smooth finish as it spins between your fingers. Then trim the base of the pot on the spinning wheel using a wood shaping tool. Biscuit-firing: patuyuin ang paso ng ilang araw, tiyakin na tuyong -tuyo na ang paso bago ito ipasok sa kiln o ceramic oven at lutuin. Fire the pot for eight to ten hours, make sure that you follow the specified temperature for the type of clay used. Firing the ceramic piece in a higher temperature may result in the melting or deformation of the pot. Glazing and glaze firing: after the piece had been biscuit fored, apply glaze a glass like coating to its surface, then return the ceramic into the kiln for the second firing. Fire the pot for about to ten(10) hours, it is also possible to glaze a calay pot before it is biscuit –fired; but the two step firing is more generally used when glazes are involved.

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iti KORYENTE, DANUM, CABLE, TELEPONO, ken CP LOAD… pakairamanan iti BOMBAY! Ken dadduma pay, dagitoy dagiti pagmirdu-otan ni JUANA kada dumteng iti agtapus iti bulan… Kanayunan iti daytoy, ti obligasyon iti TARAUN, baybayadan iti eskuwela ken balun, a pakaibilangan ti ABANG iti kasera. Masansan a panagngato ti presyo dagiti kangrunaana a gagatangen particular iti maysa a KILO iti BAGAS nga apag-isu laeng nga isa-ang iti agmalem… Aysus! SANTISIMA! Ngem, kas kaugalian, DISKARTE laeng kinuna ni JUAN! Kalpasan a mabayadan dagitoy ket adda iti sangkaanay a maigatang iti 1/4 kilo iti karne ti baboy a maisagpawan iti kabburas a bunga iti karabasa banag a “mangpasaret-set iti paryuk” SOLVE! nga isinna-ay ni JUAN. Wen, saanen a “BARO” dagitoy a “SENARIO” iti BIAG, par a kenni JUAN, ur ay dumteng ti kalamidad kas iti YOLANDA… Nupay iti pinansyal nga aspeto ket saan a kan-kanayun a nakasagana ni JUAN, addaan daytoy iti SIRIB a mangsulbar iti parikut iti likudan dagiti “Nagka-ADU a PANNUBOK”… LET’S FACE IT!... Adda pay laeng panawen ni JUAN nga “agpakatawa ken kumatawa”. Kas mangpaneknek, maibilang ni JUAN PINOY kadagiti naayat a mangliw-liwa iti lubong kas kada BERT TAWA, DOLPHY, CACHUPOY, BABALU, VIC SOTTO, ken dadduma pay, ket tr ending a tending ni VICE GANDA! Saan kadi, nupay agsisimpar at iti mapampanunot, nu mabuya iti maysa a klomedyante ket mapakatawe tayo. Saan laeng a daytoy, uray iti aguummong iti tianggi ni POPAY kadduana ni JUAN ken dagiti RUKAP-PI iti ngipen na, nga ur ay lang agsakit ti BUKSIT, nu malagipda itimaysa a banag a nakkatkatawa. Wen, dayta ti kinatao ni JUAN PINOY, BUNGISNGIS, kanayun a NAKANGI-IT… LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE, kunam-man!


La Union Athlete to join NBA All-Star 2014 By: Abigail A. Cabilin, PITO-LU La Union’s Raymond Macaspac has been chosen as part of the Third Annual NBA Cares Special Olympics Unified Sports Basketball Game on February 16, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana as part of the NBA All-Star Games for 2014. This game will combine athletes with and without intellectual disabilities as teammates which aims to unite communities and foster an environment of acceptance and respect. As the only Special Olympics Athlete from the Philippines to join this year’s All-Star Games, 22 year old Raymond will proudly represent and give advance understanding of people with intellectual (L-R) Paolo Ortega (Head Coach, Special Olympics Philippines-La Union), Kaye disabilities. Having been Samson (National Executive Director, active to the Special Special Olympics Philippines), Raymond Olympics, Raymond has “BigMac” Macaspac, and Louie Aquino gained more confidence (Coach, Special Olympics Philippines-La and social skills through Union). (Photo: ph.nba.com/local-events) sports that eventually led his basketball team to win a Gold Medal during the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games in Newcastle, Australia in December. NBA Cares is the league’s global social responsibility program that builds on the NBA’s mission of addressing important social issues in the United States and around the world. Through this program, the NBA, its teams and players have raised funds to support education, youth and family development including Special Olympics Philippines (SOP). Managed by the Board of Directors composed of civic leaders, businessmen, professionals and volunteers, SOP is a non-profit organization created to help individuals with intellectual disabilities achieve their potentials through an organized year-round program of sports training, athletic competition and recreation. SOP Region 1 coordinator and Assistant Coach Delia A. Ortega acknowledged the continuous support of the Provincial Government led by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega to the programs, activities and competitions of the La Union Special Athletes delegation to various tournaments worldwide.

Ilocos Norte joins 'Lifeline' drive to Guinness on Feb. 28 By: Cherry Joy S. Discaya LAOAG CITY, Feb. 20 - A massive organ donation dubbed “I’m a Lifeline” attempts to place the Philippines as the country with the most number of organ donor registrants in the Guinness Book of World Records on February 28. The simultaneous bid is in place in six different cities across the country. In Region 1, the registration will be held at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando City, La Union from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Department of Health’s Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PhilNOS) along with the National Kidney and Transplant Institute (NKTI) and the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) joined hands to drum up public awareness on organ donation. The PIA provincial center here has been conducting information drive through social media campaigns and public awareness using tarpaulins. Netizens here were informed through their social media accounts such as facebook, twitter and instagram. Local media in this province also took part in driving awareness to the nation’s move for humanity through an online airing of the event’s call for donors. “Primarily, the attempt aims to draw awareness among Filipinos on the noble act of donating organs after death, whether to a family member or not, if it means extending one’s life,” said Regional Director Jennilyne Role of PIA. The organ donation is referred to as Lifeline because through the organs he or she donates, a person’s life is extended. It also seeks to beat India which holds the Guinness world record for a single-site registration at 4,135 at the Dharmsinh Desai University in Nadiad, Gujarat on Jan.1 last year. Record shows that India was able to draw registrants with 2,755 in one hour for a single site particularly in Prakash Gurjar and Madadgar Parivar in Ahmedabad, Gudjarat. Other sites that will serve as venue to the event are: Bicol Medical Center in Naga City, Vicente Sotto Medical Center in Cebu City, Polytechnic University of the Philippines-Manila in National Capital Region and Tuguegarao City. (VHS/CJDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)

PGLU SUPPORTS ORGAN DONATION & TRANSPLANT CAMPAIGN The Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) headed by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega is in high spirits in supporting the “I’m a lifeline” information drive on Organ Donation to convince more Filipinos to sign up as organ donors. This drive, which is a joint effort of the Department of Health’s Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (PhilNOS), the National Kidney and

By Joanna C. Guerrero, PITO-La Union Transplant Institute and the zones nationwide on February Philippine Information Agency 28, 2014 from 8:00 am to 5:00 (PIA), intends to draw public pm. It will be held in San awareness on the noble act of Fernando City, La Union donating organs after death, (Ilocos Training and Regional whether to a family member or Medical Center), Naga City not, if it means extending (Bicol medical Center), Cebu one’s life. City (Vicente Sotto Medical The "I'm a Lifeline" Center), Polytechnic University campaign, which aims to set a of the Philippines-Manila, NCR new Guinness World Record and Tugegarao City. on most number of organ As a strong act of support donor registrants, will be to this worthwhile endeavor simultaneously held in six and being one of the hosts to

this nationwide campaign, PGLU enjoins the community to register as organ donors on said date. Advocacy tarpaulins will also be posted in various strategic areas in the community. A “lifeline” is a term used for an organ donor since through the organs they donate, the life of people in need of a particular organ transplant is extended.


Student leaders run Laoag government for a day By: Cherry Joy S. Discaya LAOAG CITY, February 22 (PIA) – Student leaders got a taste of how to run a city after assuming various posts at the Laoag City government last Monday. Some 50 students of the Ilocos Norte National High School (INNHS) became junior city officials for a day as part of the observance of the Pamulinawen festival. Laoag City Mayor Chevylle Farinas expressed the hope that a day of public office may contribute to students’ leadership development and to their personal growth. “I just hope that this one day in their lives may bring them learning and that we may give them the best example of leadership because what the youth can see from us is the standard truth for them,” Farinas said. Inna Christine Cabel, the junior city mayor, was on high spirits after assuming her seat. “This is dream come true for me. I felt so blessed to be mentored by our very own city mayor. I look forward to getting lots of wisdom from her as a leader,” Cabel said. The program, which has run for years, is a joint undertaking of INNHS and the city government to train young Ilocano leaders in public service. February 7 was institutionalized as INNHS day during the city’s annual Pamulinawen Festival by virtue of a Resolution No. 2008-069. Lorna Balisbisanan, INNHS’ Supreme Student Government Organization (SSGO) adviser, said the practicum serves as realization on how a student becomes a leader.“This is like the alternative of the SK (Sangguniang Kabataan) for the kids because it enriches and exposes young leaders to the machinery and operation of the government,” Balisbisanan said. Cabel presided the weekly mayor’s staff meeting along with the other junior department heads who presented their weekly reports to the mayor. They later spent the day in their respective offices and performed their individual functions as public servants. (MCA/CDG, PIA-1, Ilocos Norte)

"Hairline" cracks appear in Ilocos town hall after strong quake By: Freddie G. Lazaro BURGOS, Ilocos Norte, February 19 (PIA) – Hairline fissures appeared on the walls of the town building here following Monday’s 5.7 magnitude earthquake. The earthquake’s epicenter was located in Burgos town, 50 km north of Laoag City, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs). Engineer Wilmer Geralde, operation’s officer of the Burgos Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (MDRRMC), however said the tremor’s effect was not alarming. “Although the quake was not alarming, Mayor Cresente Garcia called for the immediate evacuation of all employees, students and teachers from the town hall and schools to anticipate the possible occurrence of aftershock,” Geralde said. “Fortunately, we didn’t feel any aftershock,” he added. Geralde said officials immediately commenced an assessment of all government buildings including the historic Cape Bojeador light house to determine whether it suffered structural damages. Meanwhile, Paoay Vice Mayor Jessie Galano reported the quake didn’t post any damage to the centuries old Paoay Church. Latest update from the local Phivolcs office based in Sinait, Ilocos Sur showed that the tremor was of tectonic type. Phivolcs Researcher Porferio De Peralta said that intensity 6 was felt in Burgos, Ilocos Norte; intensity 5 in Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte; intensity 4 in Sarrat, Laoag City and Paoay, Ilocos Norte; intensity 3 in Sinait, Ilocos Sur; Claveria, Cagayan; Bangui, Ilocos Norte; intensity 2 in Vigan City, Santo Domingo,Santa, Bantay, Santa Maria, Burgos; all in Ilocos Sur; Callao, Peñablanca and Calayan; all in Cagayan; and Bontoc, Mt. Province; and intensity 1 in Baguio City. The quake was the strongest in the Ilocos region since January this year. Over the weekend, Phivolcs also recorded a magnitude 3 quake in Ilocos Norte at 3:51 pm with epicenter at 28 kilometers northeast of Laoag City with a depth of 1 kilometer. Intensity 3 was recorded in Laoag City; Batac, Sarrat, Pasuquin and Paoay, Ilocos Norte. (MCA/FGL PIA-1 Ilocos Norte)

Biggest rice processing plant ...from page 7 Guillen said the Piddig plant got a bigger fund support from DA which normally allocates only P5 million for similar projects. Upon completion of the processing plant, Guillen said its operation and management will be transferred to the town’s cooperative of federated farmers. “The processing plant will become an additional venture of our federated farmer’s organization cooperative,” he said. (MCA/FGL PIA -1 Ilocos Norte)

Makita iti ladawan, ti maysa kadagiti Outstanding Laoageños 2014 awardee P/CSupt. Richard A. Albano, kaduana ti BETERANO nga PHOTOGRAPHER ita Ilocos Norte Mr. Reynaldo J. Guarino, kabsat daydi Dios ti aluadna nga Araniw Ex-Brgy. Kapitan Avelino J. Guarino Sr., nasinged a PAGAYAM iti FAMILIA ALBANO.


Regional athletic meet opens in Agoo, La Union today

Biggest rice processing plant in Region 1 to rise in Ilocos Norte

By: Joanne Namnama G. Parrocha SAN FERNANDO CITY, February 23 (PIA) – At least 15,000 athletes, coaches and officials are expected to show up in the opening day of the 2014 Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet today in Agoo town. Gina Perez, member of the sports management team from the Department of Education-La Union, said at least 15, 000 participants from Region one will join the parade of athletes which highlights today’s opening ceremonies at 2 p.m. “All athletes and their coaches as well as local government officials from the four provinces will attend,” Perez said. Some 14 school divisions in the Ilocos region will compete in various sports categories namely athletics, ball games, acrobatics, board sports, throwing sports, combat sports and water sports. Formerly known as the Ilocos Region Athletic Association (IRAA) meet, the biggest regional sporting event will be held from February 23 to 28 at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University-South La Union Campus (DMMMSU-SLUC). The Schools Division of La Union with support from the Provincial Government of La Union organized the event. Other sports events will be conducted at the Agoo Eco Park (archery), Old Congress College grounds (football), South Ilocandia College of Arts and Trades in Aringay town (badminton), Barangay Patac, Sto.Tomas (softball), Agoo Civic Center (basketball girls), Dagupan (swimming), Town Square Grounds ,Agoo (boxing) Ilocos Training and regional Mediccal Center (ITRMC), San Fernando (lawn tennis), Seventh Day Adventist Church, Agoo (volleyball boys) and Polytechnic College of La Union, Agoo (volleyball girls). Athletes who will win in the R1AA meet will advance in the Palarong Pambansa in Laguna in May. The athletic meet serves as a training ground for local athletes to improve their skills and potentials as a precursor to bigger sporting event like the Palarong Pambansa. Lingayen town in Pangasinan hosted the R1AA meet last year. (MCA/JNP/PIA1 La Union)

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By: Freddie G. Lazaro PIDDIG, Ilocos Norte, Febuary 28 (PIA) – A rice processing plant considered the biggest in the Ilocos will soon rise in this town located some 18.3 kilometers east of Laoag City. The plant aims to create a sustainable rice business enterprise by processing all palay grains that Ilocos Norte farmers produce from milling to packaging. “Instead of bringing the palay grains produced by our farmers in the province for processing in Bulacan, we can now do it in our town once the processing plant will operate with a lesser cost,” Mayor Eddie Guillien said. Guillen said rice coming from the Ilocos plant will be sold cheaper than the rice processed in Bulacan. He said the plant, whose operation is expected to start in April, will process all palay grains produced by the farmers and will be sold in public markets in the Ilocos and other regions in the country. Records from the Provincial Planning and Development Office in 2012 showed that at least 334,694 metric tons of rice were harvested from the 65,478 hectares of farm lands in the province. The processing plant, which will be built on a 3,000 square meter-lot, has a milling section, packaging section, drying section and a warehouse. The project was funded through a counter-part scheme between the Department of Agriculture and the Piddig local government. The DA allocated P16 million for the building’s construction and processing equipment which Piddig town shared P2 million for the site development. to page 6...

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Ortega Presents Better LU in 7th SOPA By Israel O. Rudio, PITO-La Union

Aided by an Audio Visual Presentation, Gov. Manuel C. Ortega presented his State of the Province Address to the various development stakeholders of the Province of La Union at the Speaker ProTempore Francisco L. Ortega Legislative Building last February 18. Governor Ortega presented a safer, Gov. Manuel C. Ortega, delivering the introduction wiser, healthier, of his innovative 7th State of the Province wealthier and greener Address which was presented in an Audio Visual La Union. With peace Production last February 18 at the Speaker Proand order as the Tempore Francisco L. Ortega Legislative Building. bedrock of his (Photo by: Alfredo R. Buenaventura, Jr.) programs and projects, he proudly mentioned the Provincial disaster mitigation and Government’s excellence in local management, environmental governance as affirmed by its Hall conservation, education, of Fame award for the Search for employment, tourism, trade and the Cleanest, Greenest and Safest industry, infrastructure, health, Province in Region I. He also population and income generation thanked the La Union Police which was attributed to excellent Provincial Office and all law- local governance, coordinated enforcement agencies for their efforts with development efforts that led to the decrease of stakeholders and united support of Crime Volume as it cleared 756 out the people of the 1,066 Total Index Crimes and For 2014, Governor Ortega posted an Index Crime Solution asked for continued unity to make Efficiency increase of 37.15% in the best out of the time left in his 2013. The Peace and Order administration. He assured that by Council, La Union Anti-Drug Abuse working harder and smarter, the 28 Council and Council of the Five remaining months of his Pillars of Criminal Justice System administration will be more than (CFPCJS) played a significant role enough for the effective in supervising operations of the law implementation of PGLU’s priority enforcement bodies in the province. legacy programs and projects. The unconditional support of the Towards this end, he hopes La Sangguniang Panlalawigan was Union will continue to be cleaner, also cited as it important legislations greener, safer, wiser, wealthier, and such as the Creation of the La healthier. Union Coconut Industry La Union is the Second Best Development Council (LUCIDC); Performing province of the country. Requirement for all Business Some of the latest awards it Establishments under the Food received are the Pearl Award for La Service Industry within the Province Union Surfing Break as the Best to Include Half-Cup Rice in their Tourism Event under Sports and menu; Creation of the Human Wellness category; National Rice Immunodeficiency Virus/Acquired Achiever Award; Pinnacle of Immune Deficiency Syndrome (HIV/ Excellence Award to La Union AIDS) Council; and Creation of the Medical Center from the La Union Most Outstanding Lupong Department of Health (DOH); Flame Tagapamayapa Award. A total of 10 of Leadership Award awarded to major planning documents were the Provincial Health Office by updated or formulated in 2013. As DOH; Most Institutionalized the Best Implementing Province of Provincial Advisory Committee on the National Statistics Month for Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino three consecutive years, the Program; Outstanding Pabasa sa Province of La Union is already a Nutrisyon Award; and Best LGU candidate for Hall of Fame for 2014. Implementer for Coastal Resource Governor Ortega also presented Management in Region I. the province’ gains on agriculture,

For the record: PH sets new Guinness on most number of organ donor registrants By: Cristina Arzadon SAN FERNANDO CITY, March 1 (PIA) - The event showed what Filipinos are worthy of and that’s for the record. To a country recently battered by storm Yolanda, the strongest typhoon that hit the country by far, to be at the receiving end of countless donations locally and abroad had been the norm. This time, Filipinos are giving back - a gift of life - after signing up yesterday in a nationwide organ donor registration in six sites across the country to create a national registry of potential organ donors. The feat was also an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for most number of people willing to share an organ, a record currently held by India having enlisted a total of 2,755 people in an hour and in one place. India also holds the record of gathering the most number of registrants at 10,450 in a period of eight hours and also in a one place. Event organizers said as of 10 a.m., the Philippines was on its way to breaking India’s record for most number of signatures in a one-hour period in a single site. Director-General Jose Mari Oquiñena, of the Philippine Information Agency which helped organize the event, said the Philippines was making history by sharing life so that many others may live. “Today, we are showing what we are worthy of. A person can give life to many others by becoming a lifeline,” he said during the pre-event ceremonies at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center here which was one of six sites opened for people to enlist. Oquiñena along with San Fernando City Mayor Pablo Ortega joined thousands of potential donors here composed mostly of police personnel of the Philippine National Police Regional Office 1, the Philippine Navy’s Naval Forces-Northern Luzon, barangay patrols, government and private sector representatives and ordinary citizens. Senior Supt. Moro Virgilio Lazo, acting police director for Region 1, said the police force gathered its men and women to the event because they support its cause. The PNP in the region fielded more than 2,000 of its police force to enlist as potential organ donors. “This is a worthy undertaking and we are proud in shaping history,” he said. For his part, Ortega said the event becomes a source of inspiration, of .life and miracle for others. “It is a pleasure to become a part of and a witness to a gathering where each one becomes the light for those who have not seen one, a heartbeat for those who have skipped a beat and a life for those who would lose one any moment,” he said. Abigail Raposas, of the Department of Health (DOH)- Philippine Network for Organ Sharing (Philnos) coordinator, said data from six separate sites where enlistment took place showed that Polytechnic University of the Philippines chalked up 3,548 signatures in an hour followed by San Fernando City in La Union at 2,981, Tuguegarao in Cagayan Valley at 1,134, followed by Davao City at 944, National Capital Region at 788 and Naga City at 725 or a total number of 10,120 Meanwhile, the official Lifeline facebook page showed a total pledge count of 17,856 in 8 hours for the six sites broken down as follows: PUP at 8,063 registrants; NCR, 1,270; La Union, 3,471; Naga, 1,532; Davao, 1,947, and Tuguegarao, 1,573. The given numbers are to be added up to the more than 5,000 nurses and doctors who are included in the national registry of Organ Donation signees in the Philippines at present. “The number of signatures along with the paper works will be submitted officially to Guinness for its verification and confirmation,” Raposas said. (Cristina Arzadon-PIA1 La Union)


PPMC Promises Brighter Sillag By: Israel O. Rudio, PITO-La Union Inspired by the fastgrowing popularity of “Sillag, the Poro Point Festival of Lights,” the Poro Point Management Corporation (PPMC) assures its multitude of followers for brighter celebration this 2014. During a Press Ms. Jennifer Ortega-Manguit, discussing the of the Hope Lanterns for the 3rd Conference held innovation Silang Festival of Lights to comply with Bureau last February 21 at of Fire Protection requirements during a Press the San Fernando Conference held last February 21, 2014. To her are Hon. Ives Q. Nisce, Chair of the Board Airport, Hon. Ives Q. right of Directors of Poro Point Management Nisce, Chair of the Corporation (PPMC) and Hon. Florante S. Board of Directors Gerdan, President and Chief Executive Officer of of the PPMC, PPMC.(Photo by: Israel O. Rudio. PITO-La Union) assured more exciting events for tourists. From 4,000 visitors during its first year, the number skyrocketed to 18,000 during the 2nd Sillag Festival. Expecting an even larger turn-out of visitors this year, Nisce informed the provisions of wider parking spaces, wider entry road which is expected to end at the lighthouse and alternate routes. Continued on page 10.

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San Fernando City binds residents through food festival BY: JOANNE NAMNAMA G. PARROCHA SAN FERNANDO CITY, February 23 (PIA) – To officials of the San Fernando city government, the best way to bind Ilocanos is through their stomach. On February 16, the city government began its weekend festival of dishes where the best Ilocano cuisines are housed under one roof at the city plaza. Dubbed Ilocano Food Festival, the event will run during weekends (Fridays to Sundays). It is part of San Fernando’s vision to become Northern Luzon’s Center for health and wellness by 2020. The city government partnered with the City Tourism Council and the Multi-Sectoral Governance Council (MSGC) in putting together the festival. Former city mayor, now MSGC chairman Mary Jane C. Ortega said the festival unites residents through eating. “Eating together at the city plaza will make us one big family,” Ortega said. Food booths are set up complete with a dining area for customers who can enjoy free entertainment from homegrown bands and performers. The festival’s opening day attracted residents including key La Union leaders led by Rep. Victor Ortega who were provided entertainment by the La Union National High School Drum and Lyre, Dalumpinas Streetdancers, Folkloriko ti La Union and Stringbeans Band. Another weekend food festival is scheduled from February 28 to March 2. (MCA/JNP/PIA1-La Union)

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La Union abuzz with 3-day beekeeping summit on Feb 19 By: Miriam P. Aquino SAN FERNANDO CITY February 18 (PIA) – This early, the beekeeping industry is abuzz with the biggest gathering of beekeepers in the country in the rising honey capital of La Union province. The three-day national convention, from February 19 to 21, will gather under one roof some of the biggest associations in the honey industry at the Kultura Splash Wave and Resorts in Pugo town. The National Apiculture Research, Training and Development Institute (NARTDI), which is housed at the Don Mariano Marcos Memorial State University, is behind the national summit. Lawyer Benjamin Sapitula, DMMMSU president, said the event promotes awareness on proper beekeeping and, in the process, helps improve apiculture in the country. Pugo Mayor Orlando Balloguing, also Beekeeping Association of the Philippines Inc. (BAPI) president, said the summit is an avenue where industry players can learn from each other’s strengths and weaknesses. “In the past, no one considered beekeeping as an industry. The honey industry saw its birth in La Union,” he said. Balloguing credited La Union Congressman Victor Ortega for promoting the industry including Governor Manuel Ortega who has given funding support for the industry to take off. Balloguing, who also heads the La Union Beekeepers Development Cooperative (LUBDCO), said the Ortega siblings are known to keep their own bee colonies. The event will showcase various practices and technologies on bee propagation, particularly, hive management techniques for sting-less bees or native bees in the ecosystem; the prevention and control of major parasites, predators and diseases of honeybees; and honeybee pollination of selected agricultural crops. The convention includes plenary sessions on NARTDI operations, beekeeping technologies, agriculture program in support to the honeybee industry, beekeeping programs in La Union, bee product standardization, research studies on beekeeping conducted by Satellite State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) and entrepreneurship skills. It also includes an eco-tour in La Union, Baguio City and Benguet province. Sapitula said the summit was designed to showcase the environmental benefits obtained from bees like pollination services, food security, income generation, employment drives, and health benefits. (MCA/MPA/PIA1 La Union)

NGCP brings Ilocos Norte’s public school to digital world By: Freddie G. Lazaro BADOC, Ilocos Norte, February 20 (PIA) – To get pupils connected to the electronic world, the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) provided free laptop and tablet computers to the Paltit Elementary School here recently. Lilibeth P. Gaydowen, NGCP’s North Luzon public affairs officer, said the giving of a laptop computer and 10 tablet computers will boost the pupils’ quality of learning process. Local distribution utility Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative, Inc. (INEC) had also joined the power grid company’s initiative by donating a printer. Gaydowen said the distribution of electronic communication equipments was part of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) to its clients. Aside from Paltit Elementary School, the Tobuan Elementary School in Labrador, Pangasinan also received a laptop and 10 tablets computers from the NGCP while the McKinley Elementary School in Negros Oriental province also got three brand new desktop computers, two printers, and two slightly used computers. At least 1,080 students from the three schools were benefited from the NGCP’s project. The computer units will also aid the schools’ faculty in teaching and computerizing some of their office systems. The staff from the NGCP also took the opportunity during the turn–over rites to inform the pupils about transmission line safety tips to prevent accidents and power interruptions in their communities. Notebooks were also distributed to students during the program. (MCA/FGL PIA – 1 Ilocos Norte)

PPMC Promises ...from page 9 Hon. Florante S. Gerdan, President and Chief Executive Officer of PPMC shared that the P2,000,000 fund intended for the festival was boosted by partners from the private sector which sponsored their choice of events. He gave his special thanks to the Provincial Government of La Union (PGLU) led by Gov. Manuel C. Ortega, for the heavy equipment which were used to clear areas to be used during the festival. To avoid heavy traffic, he advised the general public to avail of free rides on jeepneys hired by PPMC which will be stationed near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Poro Jeep terminal in Brgy. IV and PPMC Main Gate.


Eye-opener in Sochi

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efore teenager Michael Christian Martinez dared to compete in Sochi, hardly anyone in our tropical country cared about the Winter Olympics. And for good reason. There is no winter in our side of the world. We don’t play ice hockey which is to the Winter Olympics like basketball is to the Summer edition. It doesn’t snow here and the closest to basking in a shower of flakes is enjoying the snow machines at the Baguio Country Club during the Christmas season.

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ut for two days last week, we were awakened to the magnificence of the Winter Games by a 5-7 1/2, 17-year-old high school graduate who lived his dream of performing on the global stage in a sport that is as foreign to Filipinos as snowboarding. It wasn’t easy for Martinez to make it to Sochi. A quick look at his resume reveals that he went through the wringer to qualify, gaining in confidence from one competition to another. He entered in figure skating competitions in Lake Placid, Croatia, Latvia, Estonia, Australia and many other countries while earning little attention from sports officials back home.

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artinez’ resolve was unflinching. He was determined to compete at the Winter Olympics and shrugged off a slew of injuries that came his way in the process. Back in 2009, he took a two-month rest from practice after a skating blade cut his thigh. Then, Martinez tore two ligaments in his ankle and later a medial ligament in his knee. Last year, he sat out two months to recover from a fractured ankle and early this year, was treated for an inflamed knee. Obviously, figure skating isn’t for the frail or faint of heart. It requires as much physical conditioning, discipline and training as basketball or football. Martinez may be slender and lean but don’t let his looks fool you. He wouldn’t be able to execute all those spins, twists, turns and the dreaded triple axel if his body wasn’t in shape and his mind wasn’t in focus. ●●●●● n Winter Olympic history, the Philippines has been an absolute flop, if not an embarrassment. At the 1972 edition in Sapporo, cousins Juan Cipriano and Ben Nanasca showed up to compete in the slalom and giant slalom events of alpine skiing. In the giant slalom, Cipriano didn’t finish and Nanasca took 42nd place. In the men’s slalom, both didn’t finish. Fil-Am lawyer Raymond Ocampo was 35 when he represented the country in luge at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary. Alas, Ocampo placed 35th of 38 and his consolation was he didn’t end up last. At the 1992 Winter Games in Albertville, France, another Fil-Am Michael Teruel was 22 when he placed 71st in the giant slalom and 49th in the men’s slalom of alpine skiing. With that kind of history, it’s no wonder that Filipinos aren’t taken by the Winter Games – until Martinez came along.

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artinez’ story is inspiring. It was nine years ago when he became fascinated with figure skating, trying out the ice rink at the SM Southmall. He improved from year to year, from competition to competition. He finished fifth at the World Junior Championships last year and is now ranked 30th in the world. A month before the Winter Games, he hooked up with Russian coach Viktor Kudriavstev. Imagine if Martinez had the resources to train with Kudriavstev for more than just a month.

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n Sochi, Martinez attracted a lot of media attention as the first Southeast Asian to compete in figure skating at the Games. When details of his journey to Sochi were made known in media, fans began to set their sights on the kid from Muntinlupa – not just out of curiosity but also out of sympathy. One detail that was highlighted was his appeal on facebook for help in creating a costume, an appeal that was picked up by a New York designer who donated a sequined and braided black-and-white outfit. The costume was perfect for Martinez’ rendition of Nino Rota’s “Romeo and Juliet” in the short program that was the qualifier for the medal round. ●●●●● artinez made the 24-man cut in the short program, landing 19th of 30. Struck out were contenders from Spain, Austria, Italy, Canada, Australia and Russia. He scored 68.07 and outranked skaters from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Israel, Estonia and Romania. The youngest in the finals cast, Martinez performed for four minutes and 30 seconds to Ernesto Lecuona’s “Malaguena” in the free skate program. His routine took two minutes and 39 seconds in the short program. There were lowlights and highlights in Martinez’ last appearance but on the whole, he was warmly applauded by the audience that marvelled at the showing of the Philippines’ lone representative at the Games. He tallied 119.44 in the medal round and finished 19th overall with a total of 184.25. Gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan was at the top of the heap with 280.09 points.

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ilipino viewers couldn’t get enough of Martinez and waited until late Friday evening to catch his performance live on TV5. Martinez didn’t only mesmerize his countrymen but also a world-wide audience that applauded his history-making feat of not just competing in figure skating as the first Southeast Asian qualifier but also advancing to the medal round.

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ere was a classic case of an athlete proving it’s not just the medal that counts in competition but it’s how you play the game. Martinez won the hearts of every Filipino with his gutsy effort at the Iceberg Skating Palace and the pride that he showed in holding up his white jacket with “Philippines” emblazoned on the back at the end of his routine. Now, he’s looking to join more high-level events to prepare for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. It may not snow in our country but in Sochi, Martinez showed a rare ability to launch an avalanche of support for more Filipino athletes hoping to someday live their own dreams. (SOURCE: The Philippine Star. SPORTING CHANCE By Joaquin M. Henson )

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