Gloom in Masbate for ‘Dayan’

MASBATE CITY, Masbate – Going to work weekdays at the provincial capitol of Masbate is no longer the same to employees since Governor Rizalina Lanete surrendered herself to authorities last Wednesday.

Employees like Masbate’s provincial spokesperson Merien Efver said they feel like they are now in a “limbo” after the governor turned herself in on the same day that the Sandiganbayan released an arrest warrant against her for her alleged involvement in the multimillion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam when she was still a congressman representing the province.

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Cam. Sur farmers, LGU fight ‘cocolisap’ infestation

Political panoramic map of 13° 44' 54SIPOCOT, Camarines Sur – Farmers and the town agriculturist’s office are fighting the spread of “cocolisap” which was noted in at least six villages in Sipocot town, Camarines Sur.

Judith Mangalino, Sipocot’s Municipal Agriculturist, said at least 506.50 hectares of coconut farms in barangays Cotmo, Salvacion, Tula-tula, Vigaan, Anib and Calampinay were affected by the feared bug in Sipocot. Alteza, another barangay, is also suspected to have been hit by cocolisap.

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Getting on the Organic Farming Trend

BULA, Camarines Sur – Despite high hype and demand for healthier organic produce, Crispin Cabal, Jr. still encounters considerable amount of opposition against organic farming whenever he conducts seminars and trainings in Camarines Sur. Cabal, the community organizer of Pecuaria Development Cooperative, Inc. of Bula town in Camarines Sur, said getting farmers to switch to organic agriculture from conventional farming in order to meet the growing demand for safer and healthier organic food is quite hard.

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‘Baluko’ Christmas trees stand proud icons of Sorsogon

10296563_10202000804022096_777554430202964224_nSORSOGON CITY, Sorsogon – Surrounded by crowds of youngsters milling about in Sorsogon’s Provincial Capitol Park, Milo Naval sat watching the reinstallation of lights and wirings on the sixteen foot Christmas trees he designed and conceptualized in Sorsogon City.

The thirty Christmas trees made of discarded shells of seafood “baluko” (pen shell) were reassembled Tuesday after being dismantled and temporarily stored away before typhoon “Ruby” hit Luzon earlier this week.

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They Sat By The River and Cried

Sisters Maricel Bo, 38, and Lorie Repia, 27, cried again in far-flung barangay Rawis, Libon, Albay, adding more of their teardrops to the shallow river that swelled and took their children’s lives a day after typhoon ‘Glenda’ ravaged Bicol region.

Bo’s third son Ramil Contreras, 8, and Repia’s eldest child Jason, 6, both drowned in the river July 16 during the wake of ‘Glenda’ when they were trying to cross towards their house after checking the chicken house that they were paid to look after.

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Creepy Ancient Majestics

“They say this used to be a hospital here,” my buddy photographer correspondent Mark Alvic Esplana said, pertaining to the hotel we had to share with Philippine Daily Inquirer national editor Jun Bandayrel during one of our Summer Getaways assignments in Masbate City, Masbate province.

Crystal drops older than my parents cast shadows.

Crystal drops older than my parents cast shadows.

He then shook his head, emphasizing how spooked he is of old houses and hospitals converted into lodgings for tourists everywhere.  He said the same in the old St. Anthony Hotel that we stayed in during the Rodeo Masbateño last March with friend RJ Competente.

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