Bicolano PMA top 3 not afraid of Mindanao

NAGA CITY – Bicolano Cadet Firsbacsaint Class John Paul Bacsain said he never saw himself ending up as top three on the honors list when he entered the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) as a nerdy and skinny boy of 17.

Speaking from his barracks in Baguio City, Bacsain radiated with humility through the telephone while he and his batchmates were preparing for their graduation rites come March 15 in PMA.

Bacsain gained the third spot among the Sundalong Isinilang na may Angking Galing at Lakas na Handang Ipaglaban ang Bayan (Sinag Lahi) Class 2015 PMA. Cadet First Class Arwi Chiday Martinez, 21, from Buguias, Benguet emerged as this year’s topnotcher followed by Cadet First Class Genesis Salvador Dizon of Sta. Maria, Zamboanga City. They lead the 171-member graduating class.

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A Swede Man’s Romance With Mayon

LEGAZPI CITY – Pushing forward up unto a heap of volcanic rocks left there by Mount Mayon’s latest big eruptions in the 1990s and early 2000, Swedish seaman Ted Litens, 44, scaled the ‘lava wall’ again in Legazpi City, Albay to get a closer look at the perfect cone in the distance. Litens regularly enters Mount Mayon’s six-kilometer permanent danger zone.

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Em’s Independence Day


I initially intended to have this story published with the Philippine Daily Inquirer as a follow-up on the incident that shot Pio Emmanuel Mijares to popularity as the boy who courageously called The President of the Republic of the Philippines the “Pork Barrel King” on Independence Day in Naga City in 2014.  Sad to say, it did not merit a spot on the paper as the other stories I also wrote about him (for the full stories please follow these links: and  Here is the story of the day “The Student Who Heckled PNoy” celebrated his own Independence Day.

Still wearing his favored shirt for the occasion, a red t-shirt with a print that says ‘Serve the PEOPLE!’, student-activist Pio Emmanuel Mijares, 19, lifted his fist to the late afternoon sky June 13, Friday, while leaving the Naga City Police Office (NCPO) with his uncle and friends after spending almost two days there.

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