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MARCH 18-24, 2013

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Lucy gets a shot at 3 more terms!

... if SC decision becomes final and not reversed
Lucy is still congresswoman and remains a candidate for the May 2013 polls Incumbent mayors of the district express commitment of support
By Lalaine M. Jimenea

The silver lining in a dark cloud

For the 1st time: Lucy, Beboy share the same stage
REP. LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ shares the same stage with rival Ormoc Mayor Eric Codilla (in polo barong) two days after the news of SC deciding against her came out, to show one and sundry that she is still the congresswoman. She was accompanied by her allied mayors to the venue as their show of solidarity for her.

ORMOC CITY News that Leyte Rep. Lucy TorresGomez has been unseated by the Supreme Court on a complaint of a loser who only got 493 votes compared to her 101,250 votes is turning out to be the proverbial silver lining in a dark cloud. The Supreme Court, in invalidating her almost three years in Congress, will make her a first-termer come 2013 if re-elected to office.

ORMOC CITY For the first time, 4th Leyte District Representative Lucy Torres-Gomez shared the same stage with challenger Ormoc mayor Eric Codilla, Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez is, on March 21 (Thursday) at however, still the sitting congress- the commencement rites of woman of the 4th district until the Eastern Visayas State the decision becomes final. Her lawyers are filing a motion for University-Ormoc campus.
reconsideration and it is estimated that it will take months before the issue is resolved. Congresswoman Lucy TorresGomez said that if the Supreme Court ruling is not reversed, the positive implication for her is welcome. The news, which broke out Tuesday, March 19, initially dismayed supporters here and abroad. One said, it does not make sense, its almost elections. Greg Gardiola, marketing

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The congresswoman, who recently made headlines when the Supreme Court issued a ruling on March 19 to unseat her, was accompanied by husband Richard Gomez, who is running for Ormoc Mayor; incumbent mayors of Palompon Ramon Oate, Isabel Mayor Saturnino Medina Jr., Matag-ob Mayor Michael Torrevillas; and Albuera kingpin Sixto dela Victoria who is running for his 7th term; her brother Matt and cousin Tony Martinez who are running for mayor of Kananga and Merida, respectively.

EDUCATION, iNDEED, is the greatest equalizer. RICHARD AND LUCY hugged Rina Bautista, from Kananga, who graduated cum laude. She was their previous househelp and asked for the chance to go back to college. A congressional scholar, the couple are happy that she has graduated already and a cum laude at that! The audience buzzed as soon as the congresswoman and Richard came in, with some openly cheering her on. In her message before the graduates, the congresswoman avoided making mention of politics. But when she advised the fresh graduates to sow good seeds because karma has a way of getting back and that what goes around, comes around, the audience burst into claps. Earlier, the congresswoman had just told the press that the SCs unseating her, if not reversed,



UNA slate to hold rallies in Ormoc, Tacloban & Baybay on April 6, 7
By Nino Villalino
ORMOC CITY - The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA), the umbrella party of opposition groups, will be having their senatorial rally on the afternoon of April 6 at Lopez Jaena Street here, just in front of Gaisano Capital main. The Sangguniang Panglungsod here passed on second reading during their session this week, an ordinance approving the request of Marcos Alfredo Larrazabal, mayoralty wannabe of PMP-Laban under UNA, asking for the temporary closure of the street. It would also be the opening salvo of Larrazabals campaign and his five remaining councilor wannabes. One councilor wannabe under his camp, Kai Fernandez, had earlier withdrawn. Those whove remained with him are James Domino, Raquel Kaluza, Bebe Laurente, Macky Nazario and Antonio Suarez. Larrazabal also requested that the same venue be closed once more on May 10, 2013, for their miting de avance and grand proclamation rally, as relayed by councilor Demosthenes Tugonon. Sources said Larrazabal could not use the city stage on April 6 because Martinelli, owned by the mayors brother Edwin, had already booked it for a free concert. He cannot also use it on May 10 because another Codilla brother, Edward, who is running for mayor will reportedly be using it for his miting de avance. It was also learned that UNA had also reserved the Superdome on May 10, in case it rains. NOW SHOWING Councilors Ruben CaMarch 20-27, 2013 pahi and Mario Rodriguez, on the other hand, said Larrazabal must be certain as to what time the area would be closed, considering it is a No showing on busy street. Rodriguez said all deMaundy Thursday tails should be ironed out and Good Friday because they are passing an ordinance, considered a Change Program local law. The UNA Proclamation (March 30 - April 9) Rally in Eastern Visayas Leg would start in Tacloban City on April 6 in the morning. After which, they will proceed here for the rally organized by Larrazabal. On April 7 (Sunday), they will be in Baybay City for Tentative program after is: the opening salvo of UNA BULLET TO THE HEAD candidate Marilou Malot *Showings could change without prior notice. Veloso Galenzoga and her FOR INQUIRIES: team. Their rally would be by CALL TEL NOS. 561-6445; 255-3273 evening of that day where opBefriend STAR THEATER ORMOC (A-MALL) on FaceBooK position mayors in 5th district for updates and screening schedules! are expected to come.


March 18-24, 2013

BIR revenue district office appeals to taxpayers to help meet P 1.106-billion 2013 collection target
Businesses, professionals have to surrender ORs by June 30
Ormoc City - Arturo Abenoja, revenue district officer of RD No. 89 based here, urged taxpayers and their bookeepers to help their office meet the 2013 target collection that is 28% higher than the 2012 actual collection. He said that the P 1.106 billion 2013 target collection may have put RD 89 again on the billionaires club, but he does not believe that the target is impossible to attain. He believes that if taxpayers only pay their correct taxes, they can even collect more. BIR, it was learned, is focusing on professionals like doctors, dentists and lawyers who are suspected of not paying the right taxes. He noted that in 2012, they actually collected P 864-million, exceeding their target collection of P 857-million. Because of this, he believes they can meet the P 1.106-billion, and even exceed it. Quoting Helen Keller, he said, Alone, we can do so little. Together, we can do so much. The revenue district officer made this appeal recently during the kick off activity for the 2013 tax campaign, which is also being done nationwide. In the forum, special focus was made on one time payments and registration of businesses that would benefit from the nearing May 2013 elections like printers, campaign contributors, media outlets and the candidates themselves. They urged candidates, may they be individuals, parties and party-lists, to keep records of their campaign finances up to three years. Another important topic discussed was the full computerization of all their field offices, which now have MRCOS machines that immediately encodes tax payments



Photo on top shows the whole BIR RDO 89 team in a souvenir picture. Below, key officers with officers of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA)-Ormoc, their partner in kicking off the 2013 tax campaign. (L-R) Marichu Yap, Roger Uy, assistant RDO Pax Villablanca, RDO Arturo Abenoja, PICPA president Gemma Corbo, Bichu Quidlat, Imelda Chu-Mendoza, Charivic Serafica and Maxim Nabong. and transmits it to their central server, enabling government to have real time data on actual tax collection. The machines are powered by SMART, they added. However, for Ormoc City taxpayers, they still encourage them to pay through partner banks to declog administrative load in their main office. The BIR also informed the audience that all businesses must surrender their receipts, used or unused, to the BIR on or before June 30. This generated a groan from the audience, some who complained they had sizable receipts still unused and to have new ones printed was an additional burden. Leah Sabelino, BIR examiner, said that only accredited printers were allowed to print official receipts and the like. The printers will have security features imbedded in the ORs which will prevent double printing or the rehashing of number series. She added they are now on the process of accrediting printers but of the districts 23 known printers, only three have been accredited yet. Businesses can start ordering new receipts at least 60 days before June 30, Sabelino added. As to complaints from business owners about having just printed new receipts in bulk which would be a waste if they are surrendered all on June 30, Sabelino said to address their concerns to the BIR central office, because such matters were beyond them. Meanwhile, two elderly attendees complained to the BIR people that the presentations were high tech. Virgie Dumaguing, a candidate for council in Baybay City, said that they needed handouts to recall all of what was discussed. When told to just bring a USB so that she could get a copy of the presentation, she said she was not computer-savvy. The other oldie complained he did not even know what a USB was. RDO Abenoja said they can come to his office anytime to ask for hard copies since they were not able to bring a printer to oblige their request. By LM Jimenea

March 18-24, 2013

Its all about Lucy and what they said on the Supreme Court ruling
Sixto Brillantes: Lucy is not disqualified
Commission on Elections Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., explained that Gomez is not officially unseated (and disqualified to run) until the decision is final and executor. She is not disqualified, the disqualification was the substitution (in May 2010). The one disqualified there was her husband, and she merely subbed for him. But since there was a motion for reconsideration from the congresswomans camp, you cannot implement it, Brillantes explained. - between a disqualified candidate a candidate whose COC has been cancelled. Theres only limited information from the summary so we cant say for sure. -


WE, the Municipal and Barangay Officials of Palompon, Leyte, declare our full support to Congresswoman Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez; We believe that the sovereign will of the People of the 4th District of Leyte in the 2010 elections where Congresswoman Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez convincingly won by a majority of more than 24,000 votes cannot be easily set aside and suppressed; We believe that sovereignty resides in the People and all government authority and power emanates from them; We believe that the Will of the People as expressed in the ballot is the supreme law transcending beyond legal technicalities and procedure; We believe and know that Congresswoman Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez is a resident of the 4th District of Leyte, particularly Ormoc City, since birth, and could not be disqualified on the ground of non-residency; We affirm that Congresswoman Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez did not fail the People of the 4th District of Leyte by rendering HONEST SERVICE DEVOID OF CORRUPTION which resulted in the effective delivery of basic services, such as the rehabilitation of the national highway connecting the municipalities of the District and the City of Ormoc, the concreting of the Matag-ob-Palompon National Highway which was ignored in the past, establishing and improving access roads to the barangays, extending valuable support to education, health, agriculture, infrastructure, and peace and order through proper utilization of the Priority Development Assistance Fund; We affirm that Congresswoman Torres-Gomez ably articulated for us as the Voice of the People of the 4th District of Leyte in the floors of Congress, and brings Pride to the District by standing on high Moral grounds on various national issues without fear; We affirm that Congresswoman Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez is a complete epitome of an honest, humble and effective public servant-leader whose services we need in these momentous times; We rally behind Congresswoman Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez in her endless pursuit for honesty in the public service and to continue fighting for what is righteous and just for the good of the People of the 4th District of Leyte; Congresswoman Lucy, You are not alone, the People is with You!

Lucys salaries, disbursements of PDAF legit

Q: Will Rep Torres-Gomez be required to return pork barrel allocations and salaries she received as a lawmaker? Baquiran: No (she will not be required to do so). The effect of the decision with regard to her salary and all that will be forward-moving. It will only cover the period when she was ordered to vacate her post, when it was declared that she has to be replaced (woth finality). Projects, especially those that are in the implementation stage, that was funded using her PDAF (Priority Development Assistance Fund) will also continue because the funds were not allocated to her but to the district. -

House lawyers say Lucy cant be replaced in Q & A

Q : Will a caretaker be appointed if the decision says that the 2nd placer may not automatically assume the post? Atty. Analou Nachura: For a person to assume a post, there has to be a clear declaration. He needs to present his credentials. He needs to take oath before the plenary. For all practical purposes, [there is no point in appointing a caretaker] because session is already adjourned. When they come back, it will only be to adjourn the session. Q: Will her term be counted as one full-term? House Committee on Rules Chairman Jeffrey Baquiran: No. There have been cases when the winner of the post is only declared in the last day of session. As long as she vacates her post and somebody replaces her before the end of the term, which is on June 30, it will not be counted as a term. Q: What if the SC releases its decision after June 30? Nachura: We cant say for sure. I think it will be a fresh term thats what Im getting from the summary (of the Supreme Court decision). Theres a discussion there about the difference

Lucys use of PDAF legal - DBM Sec. Abad

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said that Rep. Lucy TorresGomez use of P190 million worth of priority development assistance fund (PDAF) or pork barrel is legal. It was legal. She was still a representative when it was released. And even if released already, no substitute will take over and the funds dont go to Gomez but to the same district, anyway Abad stated. The SC decision is not final yet. So meantime, she can still use it. But assuming it is final, its possible she may have already exhausted her PDAF by frontloading it, like many of the legislators, Abad added. - Sunstar. com

Mayor Codilla says:

Mayor Eric Codilla, who is challenging Lucy, said the high court decision was a boost for his candidacy. I will not deny that it could be a plus point for me. -

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will make her a neophyte candidate on May 2013 which gives her the chance to serve three full terms more if she wins. After delivering her message, Rep. Lucy TorresGomez waited until the awarding rites of the universitys two Magna cum laude graduates. Mayor Codilla, who presented the medal to the first awardee, left immediately thereafter. Rep. Gomez awarded one a specially-crafted Congressional Medal for Leadership and to the other, for Literary Excellence. Richard Gomez said the two awards symbolize Lucys achievements: leadership for her being a congresswoman and the literary award, for her being a writer. When the congresswoman went down the stage, she also stopped by to greet one Rina Bautista, a cum laude, who was sitting at the front. Earlier on stage, she was seen waving to the girl and pointing her to Richard Gomez, who was seated with the audience. When they came near her, Richard and Lucy gave Rina a warm hug, drawing hoots and cheers from the crowd. Some started asking, kinsa man diay nang bataa? (Who is that girl?) Rina, it was learned, formerly worked as house helper of the couple until she asked to be given the chance to go back to college. She is one of Lucys more than 300 academic scholars and Rep. Gomez said she was very happy to see her already a graduate and cum laude at that. Wow, we always knew she was intelligent and now she graduates as cum laude. We are very happy for her, said Richard Gomez. Gomez, who himself was a working student, said this is why they believe education is important. Look at her. Without the chance to get back to school, she could have been a house helper all her life. Now, she can pursue her dreams and she has an edge over the others because she graduated cum laude! Before the congresswoman went to EVSU, she was at the Hotel Don Felipe with the mayors and other Liberal Party candidates for a press conference with local media. She clarified that the Supreme Court ruling was not yet final and that she is still the congresswoman and will continue dispensing her duties. She added that as far as she was concerned, I have the clear mandate of the people and that is what matters to me. Wa ko nanikas, wa koy gitamakan og klaro akong kadaugan (I did not cheat, I did not step on anybody just to win and I won resoundingly.) Rep. Gomez won by 24,701 votes over her closest rival in the 2010 polls, the biggest lead ever delivered by 4th district voters to a neophyte candidate, as pointed out by Palompon Mayor Ramon Oate.

BAYBAY CITY A joint posse of the police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) finally nabbed the alleged number one most wanted drug lord in Leyte Norte dawn of March 22, 2013 at Yum Bee Lodging House at Brgy. Hipusngo, this city. The suspect, identified as Fernando M. Balagbis alias Intoy, is a resident of Zone 11, Trece Martires Street here, just in front of Radyo Natin station. The suspect is married but jobless. He was with his alleged girlfriend Yolanda Prieto during the time of his arrest. Accordingly, Balagbis tried to resist arrest and even fired at the operatives as they announced the raid and barged into his room. The operatives confiscated from Balagbis a loaded .22-caliber Llama pistol and in his person found one medium-sized sachet of suspected shabu and the P1,000-peso bill marked money used by their undercover agent during a test buy done earlier. The police also found in plain view at the room premises one large plastic sachet of suspected shabu with an estimated market value of P 300,000.00. The PDEA brought the suspect and recovered items to Tacloban for the required drug tests. There are stories that Balagbis has been in and out of jail already, but this has not been confirmed by authoritative sources. Allegedly, his customers call the suspect Tiyo or Uncle. He allegedly supplies all the retail industry of the shabu trade in Baybay and neighboring towns. With his arrest, residents are hopeful that the growing problem of drug use in the city is eradicated, or minimized at least. By Nino Villalino

March 18-24, 2013

Alleged drug lord of Baybay City falls



22 March 2013 Water holds the key to sustainable development. We need it for health, food security and economic progress. Yet, each year brings new pressures. Onein-three people already lives in a country with moderate to high water stress, and by 2030 nearly half the global population could be facing water scarcity, with demand outstripping supply by 40 per cent. Competition is growing among farmers and herders; industry and agriculture; town and country; upstream and downstream; and across borders. Climate change and the needs of populations growing in size and prosperity mean we must work together to protect and manage this fragile, finite resource. This is the International Year of Water Cooperation, and World Water Day 2013 is dedicated to highlighting the joint efforts necessary to ensuring a fair share for people and planet. The United Nations system, through UN-Water and its 30 UN members and 25 international partners, is fostering collaboration from the global level to the grassroots. For example, the UN Development Programmes Shared Waters Partnership is supporting political agreement on shared waters, such as in the Nile Basin. UNESCO is supporting the equitable management of transboundary water resources to avoid conflict, while the UN Economic Commission for Europes Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes will soon be available to all UN Member States. I urge countries outside the UNECE region to join the Convention and further develop it. Agriculture is by far the largest user of freshwater, and there is growing urgency to reconcile its demands with the needs of domestic and industrial uses, especially energy production. Climate change also presents a growing threat to agricultural productivity and food security. My Zero Hunger Challenge promotes sustainable agriculture by sharing best practices and harnessing the most appropriate technologies so small farmers and industrial giants alike can get more crop per drop. No message on water should pass without mentioning sanitation. While the Millennium Development Goal target for providing access to improved water sources has been reached, we are woefully short on sanitation. Some 2.5 billion people lack access to the dignity and health afforded by access to a toilet and protection from untreated waste. We count the cost in lives -- 4,500 young children a day and economic productivity. Yet we know that every dollar spent on sanitation can bring a five-fold return. That is why the Deputy Secretary-General has this week launched a global call to action to accelerate work towards the MDG on sanitation. Investment in sanitation is a down-payment on a sustainable future. There are little more than 1,000 days left before the MDG deadline, but with renewed effort we can finish the job started at the beginning of the Millennium. But 2015 is not a finishing line, merely a milestone in a long and challenging journey. As we develop the post-2015 development agenda, our aim is to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, and to create an equitable world of opportunity for all. To do that, we need to give equal consideration to the environmental dimension of sustainable development. We cannot prosper without clean, plentiful freshwater. On this World Water Day, I appeal for heightened cooperation. Water is a common resource. Let us use it more intelligently and waste less so all get a fair share. PR/UNIC

Red Horse Beer powers Muziklaban for the 14th year

THE TOP-SELLING Red Horse Beer, also touted in the circle of beer drinkers as the brand for the brave-hearted, wittingly installed two Red Horse power meters on both sides of the main stage to measure the extent of noise made by rock legends Pepe Joey Smith, Ely Buendia, Slapshock and the rest of the performers in the final staging of the 2012 Red Horse Beer Pambansang Muziklaban Grand Finals last Feb. 2, 2013. The same stage, where the rock gods of the Philippines reigned supreme that night, also served as the platform to fame of the band A Music Theory, one of the five finalists to the most prestigious search for amateur rock bands in the country. Representing Greater Manila Area, the 2012 Red Horse Beer Pambansang Muziklaban grand champion brought home half-a-million pesos, an exclusive recording contract with Red Horse Beer and MCA Universal Music, plus exciting prizes from co-presenter Dickies. Cholo Pabalan, JC Santos, Lorce Manaois and John Jo Presingular, who formed the band A Music Theory in their college days at Dela Salle University-Manila, outstaged the other finalists namely Katulad (Northern Luzon), Fidortchi (Southern Luzon), Disengage (Visayas), and Memoronnie (Mindanao). Astig! was their shout to victory when their band was awarded on stage by Red Horse Beer brand representatives and welcomed by celebrity hosts Phoemela Baranda and Francis Brew and Red Horse Beer brand ambassador Ely Buendia. Every year, there is something new to rave for in Red Horse Beers signature event. Not only does the organizer offer something new in every Muziklaban, like the Red Horse power meter, which measures the decibel level of the music as well as the cheers of the crowd, there was also the 900cc Red Horse Beer Custom motorbike that was given for the first time to one lucky raffle winner. Walther Calderon, a resident of Taguig City, was picked out from among the 18,000 plus guests in the recent Muziklaban Finals as the new owner of the Red Horse Custom motorbike designed exclusively for this event by the Hardcore Brothers. The bikes worth, according to the organizer, is approximately P1 million. To celebrate the 14th year of Muziklaban, Red Horse Beer also raffled off P14,000 cash prizes to 14 winners and 196 cases of Red Horse Beer 330mL. Apart from the sights and sounds on the main stage, Muziklaban fans enjoyed the exhibit of Hollywood-famous tattoo artist Chris Garcia inside the Pinoy Ink Tent, the breathtaking stunts of BMX and skateboard riders on the Extreme Sports Zone, and in the Horsepoewer Zone, the audition performances of aspiring Muziklaban bands for next years rock challenge. Now on its 14th year, the Pambansang Muziklaban gathers music aficionados, tattoo artists and extreme sports athletes. It is the gathering of Red Horse Beers hottest rock bands in the country to bring an event with an extra strong kick and hard hitting action na may sipa ng horsepower. To see more of the recently held Red Horse Beer Pambansang Muziklaban grand finals: Visit Like us on Facebook: and/or follow us on Twitter: @RedhorsebeerPH PR

2 kids die, 2 in hospital after eating Japanese snails

PALOMPON, LEYTE Two kids died and two were hospitalized after eating Japanese snail on March 17, 2013. The fatalities were identified as Shane and John Roquero, 6 and 3 years old respectively. Their siblings, Roxan, 9, and Elay, 5, survived. The siblings are suspected to have been poisoned by chemicals or pesticides sprayed or thrown into the banana groves where they gathered the snails. Marcelo Roquero, the kids father, said theyve long been eating Japanese snails. Other neighbors eat the snails, too, he said. A pot-pot driver, he lamented that he could only afford little to feed his children. He said that he was estranged with the kids mother who is now in Manila, while he was living in with a new partner. He recounted that it was the children who gathered the snails that afternoon. Locally known as Hila-hila, Japanese snails can be found in banana groves. He wonders why it were only his kids who were poisoned, when he remembers other people gathering the same that day. A few hours after eating, the children began complaining of stomachaches and started vomiting. He rushed them to the hospital, but for two of his children, it was too late. The two fatalities were immediately buried the next day, with the assistance of the local government unit. The idea of eating the snails may should dreadful but what is commonly known as Japanese snails are edible, according to sources in the internet. To call it Japanese is a misnomer however, because they should be called African snails. The snails are endemic to Africa. In the 1930s, a sanitation officer Shimojo Kazuma, who was fascinated with them after he saw them at a garden in Singapore, brought them to Japan. The fad apparently caught on and in 1935, another enthusiast introduced the snails to Honshu, the largest island of Japan. The snails were marketed as edible, light purple snail can be used for food. Its fleshy, pink meat has earned it the name land abolone (riku no awabi) and that within a year it can reproduce to up to 5,000 snails. They are a farmers dream come true, a pamphlet extolling the snails virtue read. Like the Golden Kuhol here in the Philippines, the snails became an agricultural and hygienic hazard. The Japanese reportedly introduced it to the Philippines during the war, as a sort of biological warfare, including Schistosomiasis japonicum which causes the dreaded schistosomiasis.

Sun Biz powers Reyes salons

Sun Business, the corporate solutions arm of Sun Cellular, recently entered an agreement with local salon giant Reyes Haircutters through the networks Sun Partner Program. Established in early 2001 by Celestino Les Reyes, multi-awarded Reyes Haircutters offers a well-rounded assortment of beauty and wellness services, ranging from haircuts and coloring, massages, facial treatments, and cosmetic products. Reyes Haircutters has over 150 plus franchise branches nationwide and recently opened another branch at Boracay and Vigan. Reyes Haircutters is still open for franchising. Under the Sun Partner Program, Reyes Haircutters employees and franchisees are entitled to exclusive Sun postpaid plans and business solutions. Present at the contract signing event were (in photo, left to right) Corinne Zablan, Sun Cellular AVP for Strategic Sales Partnership; Faraday Go, Sun Cellular VP for Retail and Corporate Sales, Celestino Les Reyes, CEO of Reyes Haircutters, and Marites Del Pilar, Franchise Support Group Department Manager of Reyes Haircutters. For more information on business solutions, log on to Sun Business dedicated website,, or call 395-8PRO (776). You can also check for updates by logging on to Sun Cellulars official Facebook page: or on Twitter: suncelltweets. Sun Business is powered by Sun Cellular, a member of the PLDT Group. PR

There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread. - Mahatma Gandhi

March 18-24, 2013


Liberal Party bets for Ormoc led by Richard and Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, Toto Jr. Locsin are flanked by their candidates for council. From left: Dr. Gerry Penserga, Tommy Serafica, Dr. Mario Rodriguez, Vince Rama, Erlinda Sakai, Locsin and the Gomezes, Emma Fiel-Fragata, Rolando Villasencio, Atty. Bennet Pongos, Dr. Goito Yrastorza and Engr. Lito Cotiangco.

Coco Martin, Jose and Wally, Siakol to guest LPs opening salvo on April 7
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Clockwise from top: Coco Martin, Siakol and Jose and Wally comic duo THE STARS are falling down on April 7, 2013 at the parking area of the Gaisano Riverside Mall led by no less than Ormoc mayoralty bet Richard Gomez himself and celebrity Rep. Lucy TorresGomez. It will be the Liberal Partys opening salvo in Ormoc and the 4th District of Leyte, with no less than award-winning actor Coco Martin coming to entertain the audience, together with comic duo Jose and Wally and the rock band Siakol. To recall, Coco Martin played Daniel, Richard Gomezs son in the hit teleserye Walang Hanggan. Richard Gomez said that their starstudded opening salvo is his birthday gift to Ormocanons and the residents of the 4th district. Richard, who turns 46 on that day said, lets raise the happiness quotient of the people. The affair is expected to start at around 7:00 PM. The entertainers are also expected to draw a huge crowd so that the Team Go-

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Richard Gomez is on the cover of the March issue of the mens magazine Esquire.

March 18-24, 2013

Very good news?

I WAS inside the office of a lawyer in this city for some official business when a text came in. I took a glance at it and it was from PhilStar editor Marichu Villanueva asking me to call mayors of the 4th district and ask them for their reactions about the SC ousting Lucy on Tagolinos quo warranto suit. Weh!? Wow, this is something, I told my friend. There must be news posted about it in the internet by now. So he gets his iPad and Google-d Lucy. In a touch, we got a more or less clear picture of the situation from the online news of the Inquirer. Other news sites were already breaking it but the reports were quite sketchy. As we read the news, my eyes latched in on the word invalidate. According to the news we read, the SC decision invalidates the years that Lucy served. We also gathered that the decision was not yet final. So, I asked my lawyer-friend, if her first three years are invalid, and if Lucy wins in May 2013, technically it becomes her first term? He also had the same understanding. For about 30 minutes, we discussed the pros and cons. When I got out of his office, I couldnt help but shake my head about how the gods could sometimes play cruel jokes. A quote traditionally attributed to Euripides states: Those whom the gods wish to destroy, they first make mad. These words of wisdom are so cryptic that a variation states: For whenever the anger of divine spirits harms someone, it first does this: it steals away his mind and good sense, and turns his thought to foolishness, so that he should know nothing of his mistakes. This is from an old Greek poet Lycurgus of Athens in his Oration Against Leocrates. The lyrics of a Bee Gees song also popped up I started the joke, and started the whole world crying but what I didnt see, that the joke was on me, but I had to shake it off. I couldnt be singing when I had a story to write and file. I reached home and starting typing away. By almost 6:00 PM, I filed the story based on my interviews with Richard and the mayors. I even texted city administrator Apao Pascual, to please relay to Mayor Codilla that Id like to get his reaction. Apao replied K. All throughout, I had to ignore calls and texts from friends whom I was sure wanted to talk to me about it. I couldnt prematurely tell them what I thought was the implication of the decision. I am just a writer anyway. By 8:00 PM, we took off to have a few bottle beers with a close friend (eh, 10 bottles and woke up with a terrible hangover) and relax. It was a fun evening, full of laughter. When I woke up the next day at around 11:00 AM, my inbox was already full of text messages. I scrolled through it, answered those that were important. One text informed me that Very Good News tarps about Lucys being ousted were already all over the city, even barrios. I read posts of Codilla publicists and they were gleeful, to say the least. I thought, these people havent realized the implications of the SC ruling as yet. Tagolino reportedly hosted a banquet and coordinators had a drinking binge. Aftersee

Lets be good partisans

NOW THAT we are again into exercising our duties as citizens to elect our public officials, we need to remind ourselves to be good partisans. To be partisan is unavoidable among us as we try to choose our options in our effort to organize ourselves as a people journeying in this world toward our ultimate goal in heaven. This is nothing to be surprised about, and should not cause us some misplaced fear as long as we live that aspect of our life properly. To be partisan is a consequence of our human condition. Since we cannot help but have different backgrounds, preferences, views, etc., neither can we help to avoid being partisan of what we think would serve our interests as well as those of the others, or in fact, what would serve our common good. We need to be respectful though of the different and even conflicting opinions, and just try our best to settle or resolve our differences in ways that are fair and charitable. To be fair and charitable while being partisan can mean many things. It can mean always trying to enter into dialogue instead of imposing ones opinions on others. That is why we need to promote anything that can enhance dialogue. We need to hear all sides that have something to say about a certain issue. It can also mean the effort to get a consensus when a variety of options is presented. As much as possible we have to agree to a certain device or mechanism to arrive at a consensus. In other words, the rules of the game should be set out and accepted by all parties as much as possible. Underlying all this is the attitude of charity and understanding towards others. No matter how strong we feel about views, ours or those of othersand indeed we can be strong in our views in certain situationswe should never lose this attitude of charity and understanding. To be Christian about it, what we need to do, more than just voicing out our views and positions, is to pray and offer sacrifices before, during and after expressing these views and positions. We need to understand that its not only reason, much less, passion, that should be mainly used in sorting out our differences. We have to use the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity, because these are what are truly proper to us in our discussions as persons and children of God. Reason and passion without these theological virtues can get us nowhere but spiraling tension and conflict. We should see to it that our mind and heart be freed of any trace of resentment, anger and the like during and after the exchanges. We should try to avoid as much as possible illegitimate biases and prejudices, always keeping an open mind and the attitude of quickness to understand, disregard and forgive whenever some mistakes are committed by the parties involved. What should ideally happen is that greater love and understanding is achieved after the discussion, and even after ones position is outvoted or defeated. Especially when the differences are merely matters of opinion, we should not make a big fuss as to whether who wins or who loses. We just accept what the consensus says. And even if the differences are serious matters of faith and morals, we should make

Hooray! We have a new Pope in Pope Francis I

THIS CORNER was rooting for a Pinoy to be the next Pope. Cardinal Tagle was designated by Pope Benedict XVI as Cardinal last December 2012 barely a few months. In that short stretch, ten Asian Cardinals were rooting for him as their choice for Pope. From some press releases, it was gathered that Cardinal Bergoglio - the new Pope - came out second to Cardi-nal Ratzinsky in 2005 for the Papacy. He already had quite a following from among the 115 Cardinals. Perhaps this is the reason he won it this time. Moreover, he is not that young anymore, at 76. Likewise, this corner is awed with the election of the new Pope last 14 March 2013 at 2:30 a.m. (RP time as per information given by Bro. Floro Hibaya, a fellow Lay Minister) on the fifth balloting in the historic Sistine Chapel of the Vatican. His election as Pope made several Firsts that could bring back the seemingly lost glamor of the universal Catholic Church. It was now the time for Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio of Argentina to win the seat that was denied him in 2005 because he lost out to Cardinal Ratzinsky. This is the first time that a Pope comes from the Western Hemisphere, considering this used to be the exclusive domain of Italy in Europe. It is no longer surprising; the last two Popes came from Poland and then the next one came from Germany. Before his election, there seemed to be a foreboding because of the presence of a white bird that perched atop the smokestack where either black or white smoke would emit to indicate the election was over or not yet over: if black, its a no go, but if white, it is go. It was as if a hidden hand was there to show to the world that his election is heavenly guided. The birds presence was cause for wonder because it is the kind that comes in a flock and not a loner. And if so, why not on the branch of a




Nudity-Art. Porno?
(Second of a 2 series)
MY PERSONAL opinion is that homo sapiens has changed neither mentally nor spiritually in spite of thousands of years of generous wisdom (?) and sciences. Ok, a small change for better or -? This opinion is partly supported by modern psychology of religion and anthropology. In Sweden I once had a small bookshop. One nationally well-known painter, Thore Ason and his younger wife Marja, were customers. Together they had an art exhibit 1978 in their hometown. Marja exhibited textile art. The main attraction was Thores portrait study of his well-shaped wife. Not one depreciatory remark or whisper against the painting or the couple did I hear. Not one dirty or obscene remark was uttered in the small, otherwise rumor full town, simply because the Portrait is Pure, clean art, as much as that is possible. On visits to their home and joint studio, I never saw bad art. The Marja portrait is a replica of Goyas two portraits: La maja vestida and La maja desnuda, the attractive denuded. Goya, 1746-1828, had a mistress, the Italian duchess of Alba. Writers of history of art assume that Goyas maja model was the duchess. They also mean that she is not a Venus, and I agree, but an earthly woman, who deliberately exposes herself for onlookers, including me. . There are devilish exhibits, as I mentioned recently. The one in Manila last year in CCP was clearly pornographic blasphemy. What was it good for? BEAUTY A little girl 3 years old wearing a new skirt or dress is often called sexy. That can be misleading. Call her pretty or Guapa. When I see a well-shaped woman, my first male association is erotic and that must be controlled. When I see a young well-shaped man my first impression is of beauty and then I imagine him as a potential competitor. A woman suckling a baby is a beautiful picture of life giving. When I see a pregnant woman, I see life carrying and beauty in a different shape.










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RH and Pope Francis

I BEGAN writing an open letter to Ms. Riza Hontiveros regarding her open letter to Bishop Navarro of the Diocese of Bacolod City. It was about the Bishops putting up posters in front of the cathedral launching his campaign not to vote for Team Patay or senatorial candidates who favored the passage of the RH Bill. Recent indications in moral degradation of Catholic/Christian Filipinos can be measured by the passage of laws on divorce, same sex marriages and the RH Bill. We are six siblings, five are Doctors of Medicine and I am the lone Civil Engineer. All undertook honorably public and private services. Sadly, our eldest, a RHU Doctor, died at the age of 65 on the verge of his retirement from government service. Our brother-physician practicing in Dearborn (Ford City), Michigan, USA recently died at the age of 73. Recalling our get-togethers during Christmas or Holy Week vacations, the hot discussions were often about health, new discoveries of cures for many diseases, particularly those occurring in epidemic proportions. From their discussions, what stuck in my mind was NATURE to continue any specie whether animal (lions, cattle, etc.) or lowly insects (grasshoppers, spiders, etc.) and most obvious, WE, human beings. The REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM of the MALE species is strengthened in times of hunger or natural calamities. The thin, hungry males (husbands) in homes at squatters areas have no ED (erectile dysfuntion) problems. Hence, children by the dozen are born in the poorest of poor families. The macho attitudes of Filipinos refuse vasectomy or use of condoms which are merely given to their children to blow multi-colored balloons. Meanwhile, contraceptive pills or injections are given to women to prevent their natural menstruation, actually monthly fertility cycles. Artificial means or element of the said pills or injections, when inside the blood system of women, react by producing more white corpuscles or antibodies, soldiers that destroy any foreign matter like germs, this time the elements of the contraceptive pills or injection. Similarly or on top of earth wars when enemies hiding in buildings or fats are shielded or destroyed, the white blood corpuscles or soldiers pursue and eat the walls of the womens UTERUS where the foreign elements of the contraceptive pills or injections are absorbed, but this time the usual diagnosis is already CANCER of the UTERUS. My foregoing premises are subject to corrections, being a mere technical man, not a doctor or male nurse. However, allow me to suggest why not concentrate in controlling the libido of Filipinos. In the spirit of Lent, again, God in His mysterious ways had caused the election of POPE FRANCIS I, the first pope from outside Europe. He is a beloved Cardinal from South America where 40% of the almost two billion Catholics in the world reside. Sadly though, POLITICS in their parts are known to be bloody and corrupt. At first, the Catholic hierarchy there traditionally shunned political matters, however, churches were ransacked of silver and gold ornaments, including religious statues. Matters got worse when convents were raided and nuns raped by rebels hiding in their convents. The present POPE FRANCIS I, as cardinal, led the church hierarchy (priests, deacons, nuns) to head a citizens revolt against the corrupt political leaders. Being a humble Cardinal, he refused to live in the Archbishop Place and stayed in a small apartment instead. He cooked his own meals and shared his wealth to the poor families nearby. He also rode in passenger buses to visit his Diocese. In short, he was a good leader.

At first glance
MUCH HAVE been said and written about love at first sight, especially about the romantic ones at their syrupy sweetness. But is there more to it than being attracted to a new face? In my teens, I had fallen hopelessly in love many times to beautiful classmates, pretty teachers and sexy movie stars at first glance. The behavior is hormonal but research reveals that the medial prefrontal cortex of the brain plays a major role in romantic decision-making. Different parts of this region, which sits near the front of the brain, make a snap judgment about physical attraction all within milliseconds of seeing a new face, a new study finds. People turned out to be pretty good at knowing who interested them based on photographs alone, the researchers found. Some 63 percent of the time, their initial, photograph-based interest in dating a person was backed up by their real decision after their five-minute speed date. More intriguing was what the brain was doing to make those judgments. The researchers found a link between one specific region of the medial prefrontal cortex, and peoples ultimate decisions about dating. This region buzzed with increased activity when volunteers saw photographs of the people theyd later say yes to. The ventromedial prefrontal cortex, meanwhile, which sits closer to the front of the head, became especially active when participants looked at faces they thought were attractive. But there was a catch: This region was most active when looking at faces that most people agreed were hot. Of course, people dont always agree on who looks good. When people saw a face that tripped their trigger but didnt get great ratings from others, a different region

activated - the rostromedial prefrontal cortex, a segment of the medial prefrontal cortex located lower in the brain. That region in this moment may be doing something like evaluating not just Is this person a good catch? but Is this person a good catch for me? That role makes sense for the rostromedial region because the region is known to be very important in social decisions. Among the judgments this region makes is how similar someone else is to you. Given that people tend to find similar folks attractive as potential mates, the rostromedial prefrontal cortex could be saying, Hey, this one matches us! There are ways to look at the results. One is that were very shallow. In the first few milliseconds of seeing a new face, were evaluating physical attractiveness. But the rostromedial prefrontal cortex goes a bit deeper, very quickly asking, Yeah, but are they compatible with me? These really are separate processes, researchers said. But they really are both happening in your head as you make those initial evaluations. This goes to show that some people cannot help falling in love suddenly after a quick eyeball. Their brain is on fast drive and if it matches the object of attraction, sparks will fly. However, the only downside is, quick decisions can lead to expensive outcomes - emotionally and financially. But as often quoted: Its better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.




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The tragedy that is exploding in Sabah

THE TRAGIC events unfolding in Sabah could have been anticipated and avoided if there had been constant dialogue and consultation not only between the authorities of Sabah and the thousands of undocumented migrants there, also between the Philippines and Malaysia, but even among the member countries of ASEAN wherein the two above were the initial original members. What I mean as the tragedy happening in Sabah is not only the deaths and casualties of the Kiram followers but also the resulting backlash against innocent people and the larger problem of displacement and harassment of the nearly one million Filipinos, mostly migrants from Sulu and Tawi-Tawi now peacefully residing and working there for as long as 30 years now for a number of them. Many of these Filipino immigrants want to become permanent residents and even wish to apply as citizens in the state of Sabah but could not hurdle the legal requirements since they are undocumented or do not have passports for their legal entry into Sabah as immigrants. They just went there since they considered the place as part of their known territory and only as a sort of domestic travel since time immemorial. Nur Misuari even said that he considers Sabah as part of his homeland. Sabah authorities, including their immigration officials, tolerated this situation of undocumented migrants and accepted it since they needed the migrants as workers and trading partners for the growth of their domestic trade and businesses. Plus the Sabah authorities saw the migrants as their close relatives and as Muslim brothers and these circumstances went on for several years without any legal complications, despite their knowledge of the dormant claim by our country on Sabah. Until now, when these tragic events exploded, the Sabah immigration officials and the police have resorted to summary deportations of large numbers of Filipinos who have resided in Sabah for a long time. The ASEAN travel protocol of not requiring a visa for tourists from member countries also contributed to the lax control of undocumented migrants to Sabah, mostly Filipinos and Indonesians. These immigration related issues affecting the long-staying Filipino migrants in Sabah who want to become permanent residents and even wish to change their citizenship could have been threshed out and assisted by the Sabah immigration officials with the help and active cooperation by their counterpart Philippine government agencies in processing the official travel documents of the undocumented migrants in Sabah. Our government should not be jealous or wary of assisting its citizens who wish to apply for citizenship in another country for economic reasons, labor and residential needs. I am of the belief myself that people should be free to decide where they want to reside, work and be citizens of the country they prefer. This belief is in line with the

Dear Atty. Golo, Duna bay warranty ang sakyanan nga second hand?. Nakapalit man gud kog second hand nga sakyanan unya siging kadaot. Lahi diay ang asawa kay sa sakyanan. Ang akong asawa, second hand kay may anak man siya sa lain sa wa pa me maminyo. Peru maayo man siya moda. Ang second hand nga sakyanan di na man makadagan. Kining mga kandidato nga dugay na sa pwesto, mga second hand pud ni sila. Maayo ni sila alisdan og bag-o nga kandidato kay brand new.

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The Gospel on Sunday

March 31, 2013 Easter Sunday John 20: 1 - 9 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. So she ran, and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him. accepted rule of self-determination by a people in creating a state and forming a government of their own. If the Sabah authorities had anticipated this present crisis and assisted in the process of legalizing and registering the stay of undocumented migrants, even to the point of accepting them

Peter then came out with the other disciple, and they went toward the tomb. They both ran, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first; and stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; he saw the linen cloths lying, and the napkin, which had been on his head, not lying with the linen cloths but rolled up in a place by itself. Then the other disciple, who reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; for as yet they did not know the scripture, that he must rise from the dead. as regular citizens, then they would not have been suspicious of where the loyalty of those innocent and peaceful migrants lie. The Sabah officials would not have resorted to harassment and human rights violations against the Filipino migrants due to these suspicions.

Leyte IDOL

People, Places

Champion is from Albuera

HIS YEARS Leyte Idol Champion singer is Stephanie Cantiga, 23, of Albuera, Leyte. No less than former Leyte governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, who is now Energy Secretary, awarded the crooner with P 200,000 worth of prizes alongside Leyte governor Mimmietta S. Bagulaya. First placer is Ms. Wayne Aubrey Salceda of Alang-alang and 3rd placer is Jeyve Dao, 20, of Matalom, both of Leyte Province. The talent search is Petillas brainchild because he believes that somewhere in the towns of Leyte are talents waiting for be discovered. Since Filipinos love to sing, he started with the province-wide amateur singing contests but did not limit it to that. As the finalists go through elimination, they go through a battery of personality development and voice lessons, aimed at not only finding who has the best voice of them all but turn them into entertainers, too. The talent search has since been expanded to include the rest of the region. Furthermore, a category for Dancing has been introduced. This in the field of arts. In the field of sports, about two years before he left his elective post to join Pres. Benigno Aquino IIIs cabinet, Petilla instituted the Leyte Sports Academy where athletes are given concentration trainings but not neglecting the academic side. The athletes are considered scholars just like members of a Varsity. Leyte officials were happy to note that in this years Eastern Visayas Regional Athletic Association meet hosted by the province, a good number of those who made it to the Palarong Pambansa 2013 are LSA scholars. Photos by Gina Gerez/PMRC

Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Icot L. Petilla and Leyte Governor Ma. Mimietta S. Bagulaya hands over a P 200,000 check to Leyte Idol Grand Champion 2013 Ms. Stephanie Cantiga. The Grand Finals was held at the Leyte provincial convention center at Pawing, Palo, Leyte.

Leyte IDOL Champ Stephanie Cantiga shares the stage with 1st placer
Wayne Aubrey Salceda of Alang-alang and 3rd placer Jeyve Dao of Matalom and other finalists.


restaurant. It cost only about P30-P50 per meal.

Household Tips
By Ina Larrazabal-Gimenez

4. WATER Even bottled water these days about P15-P20. You can easily save when you bring y own water.

Budgeting Tips for Students

During my college days, my parents taught us how to live within the allowance that they would send us every week. Here are some tips I would like to share with you and your kids that I hope you find helpful. 1. RICE Bring rice instead of buying. You save P10P15 per cup.
Ms. Joy Concio (middle), one of the judges of the Dance Category pose with the 2nd placer of the Dance Sports Kids (Raiza and Arnold), also of Albuera, Leyte receiving P 75,0000 as their prize. With them are Palo Mayor Remedios Matin L. Petilla and Mr. Dominic L. Petilla, governor-in-waiting of Leyte Province.

5. SNACKS Typical Filipino eats about 6 tim day. That is 3 meals and 3 snacks in between. Instea buying, bring your own baon like a sandwich or crack Even eating in burger joints can be a pain in the poc

6. JEEP I used to take the jeep to school which a 10 minute ride from our place in Cebu. That way save on expensive fuel expenses.

7. CAR POOL There are a lot of families doing today. Just like a school service, a car pool is like sha ride. You also get to share the expense with the othe

2. PACKED MEALS Better yet, bring whole meal with you so you save P50-P70. 3. CARENDERIA If you cannot bring your packed meals, then I suggest you eat at a carenderia or eatery. Meals are cheaper as compared to eating at a fast food or

8. WALK If you school is just near, take the advice. Walk.

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s & Happenings
Kalanggaman Isle is ready to take on the world!
PALOMPON, LEYTE 300 international tourists and 80 crewmen aboard the MV Europa, one of the worlds most luxurious cruise ships, stopped by Kalanggaman Island here for a barbecue on Wednesday, March 20, but ended up staying up to 7:00 in the evening, enamored with its white sand, sparkling clear blue waters and terrific diving spots, apparently finding it more fun than their next stop. The tourists arrived at the island at around 7:00 AM, said the towns tourism officer Cleo Rivera. They were jetted to the island through rubber boats of the MV Europa and all had a heyday baking in the powdery white sand and frolicking in the clear blue waters. Some diving enthusiasts also did their thing, as the dangerous side of the island is a divers paradise. Kalanggamans side facing the open seas is a cliff, and said to be one of the most challenging in the world. Town officials made sure that the tourists of MV Europa were welcomed properly. Rivera said that they left the mainland early to make sure they were already on Kalanggaman when M/V Europa made their stop. And while the tourists were having their barbecues, they entertained them with the LGU dance troupe executing the colorful Lawig Festival. The Lawig Festival is a dance rendition of the towns history and a celebration of its faith, thanking God for its bounty and asking for the intercession of their patron saint, St. Francis Xavier. Rivera said the dancers, all LGU employees, are ready to perform anytime, on occasions like these. To commemorate their historic stop on Kalanggaman, the first luxury cruise ship to ever do so, a crewmember of the MV Europa planted a marker on the islands signage welcoming guests. Vice Mayor Georgina Arevalo, in an e-mail to this writer, said they are happy that through the efforts of town officials, combined with that of former Leyte governor Carlos Jericho Petilla and Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, the island is now getting international attention. Local tourists, whove been visiting the island for the past three years now after the town regained its ownership from the late Celso delos Angeles of the beleaguered Legacy Group, have helped spread its fame through social networks. Previously, beach enthusiasts steered clear of the island that had armed security under the employ of delos Angeles. Now, town officials assure that they have not only kept the island in pristine condition but that tourists are secured. Tourist police are stationed in the island and beachcombers clean up the island everyday and bring whatever trash they gather to the mainland for proper disposal. Vice Mayor Arevalo added that the LGU earned P 162,000.00 from entrance fees of the M/V Europa tourists and hinted that it would not be a one-time bonanza as another cruise ship had already contacted them to make another stop next month. The M/V Europa management, on the other hand, relayed the message that they would now include Kalanggaman Island among their hops in the country in their Asian cruises. The M/V Europa sailed off from Hongkong to hop through known beach destinations in the Philippines and Malaysia. It will dock in Singapore where the tourists disembark. It was supposed to stop by the island from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM, said the vice mayor, but the tourists asked the M/V Europa to cancel their next stop to the more

A lovely young tourist poses at the welcome marker after the MS Europa put their marker (below) as the first ever ship to anchor off the island.

The MV Europa as it anchors offshore.

The tourists start arriving on rubber boats.

The ladies of the LGU dance troupe in an iconic leap.

A picturesque sight immediately greeted the tourists, with the orange umbrellas providing the perfect color contrast to the white sand and clear blue waters of Kalanggaman.

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The international tourists walk on Kalanggamans famed sand bar, feeling the powdery white sand beneath their feet, cool and soothing despite the baking sunlight. known Malapascua Island, and extend their stay up to 7:00 PM there. Louie Tordillo, president of the Palomponganon Association based in the US, commented that the island is paradise and from what he gathered, the tourists who visited were people of good means in their part of the world. M/V Europa passengers (each) paid from 6,990-Euros (Php P 286,000.00) and upwards for the package tour per Hapag-Lloyds brochure. By Lalaine M. Jimenea

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Tables were set for the 300 plus tourists at the islands area identified by the LGU as the activity area where guests can converge, eat and drink. Ms Cleo Rivera, tourism officer, makes a peace sign as they pose with Bu. of Customs people, the ship agent, quarantine and other support agencies.
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CAING .... from P. 7
By the way, our pope got his name from St. Francis de Assisi. St. Francis was the son of a very rich merchant of Assisi. He got his share of his wealth, but unlike the story of the prodigal son in the Bible, he immediately distributed his wealth to his poor neighbors. He went on pilgrimage, sans his wealth, along the harsh and bandit-ridden routes across Asia and died in Penang, Malaysia where a magnificent Cathedral was built over his grave. During my second travel to Malaysia, I passed by Penang to visit the huge St. Francis Cathedral. Fronting Penang is an island, where the Industrial Complex of Malaysia is established. It reminded me of the Industrial Complex in Mactan Island, also fronting the City of Cebu now. We cancelled our plane flight from KL to Singapore to travel by land, to be able to visit the St. Francis Cathedral. In closing this column, allow me to quote the famous Prayer of St. Francis, the best supplication of a human being to our God the Father Almighty. Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace, Where there is hatred, let me sow love; Where there is injury, pardon; Where there is doubt, faith; Where there is despair, hope; Where there is darkness, light; and Where there is sadness, joy. Oh Divine Master, grant that I may not seek To be consoled as to console; To be understood as to understand; To be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; It is in pardoning that we are pardoned; And it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

Cebu Pacific Air (PSE:CEB) is primed for summer peak in the Philippines with brand-new aircraft, additional flights and new services. We expect to serve over 340,000 passengers during the Holy Week period. Traffic to leisure destinations such as Boracay, Coron and Dumaguete is high. Internationally, we expect high loads this Holy Week for Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Singapore, Bangkok, Hong Kong and Macau routes, said CEB VP for Marketing and Distribution Candice Iyog. 73% of Holy Week passengers are traveling to domestic destinations this year, while 27% opt for international destinations, an increase from 24% last year. CEB earlier announced additional flights to Hong Kong, Legazpi, Naga and Puerto Princesa during the Holy Week period to accommodate demand. The airline will also increase the summer frequencies to Tagbilaran (Bohol), Tacloban, Kalibo, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao, Singapore and Bangkok. CEB has carried more than a million passengers for the months of April and May for the past two years. Cebu Pacific will continue to provide travelers with the lowest fares, most flight options and most extensive route network, so they can maximize their summer vacation, she said. CEB took delivery of two brand-new Airbus A320 aircraft equipped with Sharklets last January and March 2013. Those still booking flights and planning their summer itineraries may also sign up to be a CEB Club member through the Cebu Pacific website, for seat sale alerts, easy management of flights and travel funds, and a faster booking process. Iyog also gave passengers some travel-friendly reminders for the summer peak season: BEFORE THE FLIGHT Check in from your home or office with Cebu Pacifics web check-in service through . Remember that CEB allows only one hand carry bag (maximum weight is 7 kilos). Purchase your baggage allowance upon booking, with options ranging from 10 to 45 kilos. This lets you save up to 44% as compared to paying excess baggage fees at the airport. Place easily identifiable markers on your check-in luggage, and hand carry valuable items. DURING CHECK-IN Check in using CEBs self check-in kiosks available in all Philippine airports with Airbus flights except Laoag and Tawi-Tawi. Another option is CEBs Express Counter for those with no check-in luggage (Lite Fare). Make time for expected long lines at the security scanners and immigration. We encourage guests to be at the airport 3 hours before the flight. CEB counters will close 45 minutes before the scheduled time of departures so we can be ready to depart on time. Check in umbrellas and liquids, aerosols and gels more than 100ml. BEFORE BOARDING Be at the boarding gate 30 minutes before the flights published time of departure. Guests will pass through another security check before getting to the boarding gate, so wear shoes that can be easily removed and avoid wearing belts with metal buckles. For bookings and inquiries, guests can go to, or call the reservation hotlines (02)7020-888 or (032)230-8888. The latest seat sales can also be found on CEBs official Twitter and Facebook pages. PR

March 18-24, 2013

Cebu Pac gears up for the summer peak

Ogmokanon Puliteks

If its on yellow and blue tarps with the tagline Good News, its E-Pal. If its on a green poster or a calendar, what is it? Its the color of Lakas. A calender of the AANI party list shows that Mayor Eric Codilla supports their aspirations to grow more camote.

FR. ROY .... from P. 6

sure that that such situation does not entitle us to go against the requirements of justice and charity. While its true that we can employ certain techniques and tactics of persuasion that can also be strong and forceful, we should see to it that we dont depart from the sphere of justice and charity. In fact, whenever we have to assume a strong position we have to make sure that we also are stepping up our eagerness to be most fair and charitable, only using legitimate means even if they involve inconveniences. In this regard, we have to realize more deeply that we need to be vitally identified with Christ. Its the only way we can remain truly fair and charitable amid these sharp and painful differences. Vital union with Christ would teach us how to be patient, how to see things in the context of eternity, far from a narrow and shallow view of things and from a knee-jerk reaction to issues. It would teach us how to be merciful even as we try to go ahead with a strong and clear vision of things and do our best to win our case.

And if it is on an orange tarp, which by the way is the color mix you get when putting yellow and red together, it is surely the campaign material of Marcos Larrazabal. Long before the requisite period, Larrazabal and his councilor wannabes have put up their billboards at common poster areas already, as if daring their opponents to file disqualification against them.


POTPOURRI .... from P. 6

tree instead of something metallic like the smokestack. At any rate, the waiting period was shortened. It was over in a matter of two days and after five balloting sequences. Of the 115 Cardinalelectors, there is a requirement that the winning margin be 2/3 or 77. This figure was met. The rest is now history. It is said that Pope Francis has only one lung because the other one was removed during his childhood because of an infection. His body must have adjusted to this development but surely in his old age, he will begin to note the difference. Maybe, in about ten years time, he will feel that he will be out of breath. It is not a joke to take command of the faithful of the whole wide world. It may be bad enough to take care of Argentina where he comes from. His tenure may fire up the Hispanics to a higher degree of resurgence as that of before. The Western Hemisphere, comprising both North America and South America is said to have about 40% of the 1.2 billion Catholics all over the world. That comes close to 500 million actually 480 million. Ours here in the Philippines is only about 80 million (80% of roughly 100 million). That he chose the name Francis is very remarkable because of Saint Francis of Assissi who was the only son of a landed gentry and he gave up his inheritence to live a frugal life. When he greeted the crowd in the plaza of St. Peters Cathedral at the Vatican, he just wore simple apparel. As a Cardinal, he gave up his mansion and rented an apartment. He also gave up his chauffeur-driven car in order to commute by bus or by train. He prefers simple living. He even dispatched his cook and would cook his own meals. In other words, he turned his back to the trappings of the opulent. He is said to be a devoted Marian. He said his first mass in a Marian church. He kept on urging the crowd to pray for him. He did this on many occasions. He may yet be an obtrusice Pope who shuns wealth. You can be sure that the Argentinians are now be on top of the world. This corner would have done the same it were Cardinal Tagle who was in his shoes the so called Shoes of the Fisherman. What do you think was the reason why the white bird perched atop the smokestack from which would billow the white smoke to indicate we have a new Pope? Was it a portent? Will they add to his name the words the Great in the future? He will be formally installed this coming 19th March 2013, which incidentally is the feast of St. Joseph, the Patron Saint of the Catholic Church and also for the dying. On his death bed, it is said that both Jesus Christ and Mama Mary ministered to Joseph. No doubt, this is the best way to die.

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Manpower Training Center holds First Aid lecture for studes

New garbage collection schedule of Ormoc City (Madunot and Di Madunot) *

Students of the citys manpower training center keenly listen to the lectures of the three speakers. Van Omega is seen standing on the right. Ormoc City- The Ormoc Manpower Training Center here, under the tutelage of Van Omega, guidance counselor, recently organized a lecture to impart First Aid skills to their students at the Liga ng Barangay building at the government center in this city. He explained that the training aims to teach the students how to administer first aid promptly and appropriately to themselves and other people, particularly to those enrolled in manpower courses that are considered high risk. Lecturer Van Jose Tabudlong, a nurse of the Ormoc Rescue team, shared about their activities and experiences in responding to calls for help and emergency. He campaigned for the students to join them to be able to help others, too. 2nd speaker Elsie Jaca, another nurse, is the founder of HEMS (Health Emergency Management system). She is presently working at the city health department. She discussed and demonstrated the proper handling and response to emergencies like natural disasters, accidents, ingestion of hazardous substances, and health-related issues like heart attacks and choking. Cristobal Dexter Mendola III, also from the city health department and coordinator of healthy lifestyle discussed on how to deal with various kinds of wounds and how it should be treated. The speakers stressed that in emergency situations, one must have patience and perseverance, and more importantly, presence of mind. By Marian Lastimosa

PAL, Airbus sponsor street kids for Paris performance

Philippine Airlines and Airbus are bringing 25 Filipino street children to Paris to perform at the opening of a major art exhibit in the French capital. The children are part of the choral group Street Children Choir of Virlanie Foundation Philippines, a non-governmental organization established to help abandoned and homeless kids. Under the co-sponsorship agreement, PAL and the French aircraft manufacturer will shoulder the the roundtrip tickets of the 25 performers. Were glad to be of help to these talented street kids. We wish them success in their Paris performance, said Ramon S. Ang, PAL president and COO. The Paris trip materialized when the group performed before Frances Prime Minister Jean Marc Ayrault and wife Brigitte Terrien during the French premiers visit to the Philippines late last year, a performance that left the couple impressed. Thus, the invitation for the children to perform at the opening of a major art exhibit in Paris. Dubbed Musee des Arts Premiers du Quai Branly, the exhibit features a grand exhibition titled Philippines: Archipel des changes (Philippines: An Archipelago of Exchange), which will showcase Philippine artwork and artifacts dating back to the countrys pre-colonial period. The contract signing between PAL, Airbus and Virlanie Foundation was held at San Miguel Corporations headquarters in Pasig City. Virlanies founder and current president Dominique Lemay signed on behalf of the organization. Lemay calls the childrens three-week trip Tournee en Europe de la Chorale des enfants de Virlanie. He said he is proud to offer the child-performers a unique opportunity to discover a new culture and a new country. PR

* A public service placement of the EV Mail

Coast Guard says theyre ready for Holy Week passenger rush
ORMOC CITY - The Philippine Coastguard here said they are expecting more passengers to come from Cebu this week because of the Holy Week, and as usual, is undertaking the preparations they have always done for the season. Chief Petty Officer Juanito Rejano said they are already on full alert mode for their Oplan Ligtas Kwaresma 2013 operation. He added that the Philippine Ports Authority is helping them, too. The chief of the Special Operations Unit, Chief Petty Officer Reynaldo Godoy, disclosed that they are already deploying their men including some K9 units and the Maritime Environment Protection Unit (MEPU) on round-the-clock duties. Moreover, Passenger Assistance Centers have already been setup in various ports. Rejano enjoined everybody to cooperate with the preparations, saying this was ultimately for their safety and convenience. He said that passengers who may be experiencing problems can contact their cellphone numbers: 0917-724-3682, 0930-313-5188 and 0935-855-6127. By Paul Libres

MTCRB chair leads media workshop

To strengthen media literacy among Filipinos, the National Council for Childrens Television (NCCT) will open its summer media workshops for both youth and parents/educators on April 1 to 4 at Teachers Camp in Baguio City with no less than MTRCB chair Toto Villareal and child rights advocate and Anak TV spokesperson Mikee Cojuangco Jaworski as among the key resource persons. Dubbed Rights. Camera. Action: Media Summer Camp for Young People, Parents, and Educators , the series of workshops fall under the DepEd Advisory No. 67, series of 2013, signed by DepEd secretary Armin A. Luistro. The unique camp aims to develop a generation of young media users who are savvy and smart communicators and ready to become dynamic, creative leaders. Adult participants will further understand the workings of media and how children are affected and shaped by them. The four-day workshop on basic photo and video production and TV literacy will cover discussions on the best and worst media practices, fundamental media production, writing and directing among many others. They will be handled by a faculty of experts that include NCCT chair Mag Cruz Hatol ,childrens book writer Doc Luis Gatmaitan, film/stage director Frank Rivera and communications lecturer PJ Veril. Registration is still open to youth 14 and below, and adults 26 and above, until March 26, 2013. Limited scholarships are available to early registrants who qualify. ( or e-mail for additional information). PR

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branches 6,7,8,9, & 34 Bulwagan ng Katarungan Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF LEYTE EJF 3612 EXTRA JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE/ PERSONAL PROPERTY MORTGAGE UNDER ACT 3135 AS AMENDED BY ACT 4118 AND PD 38 RADIOWEALTH FINANCE COMPANY Mortgagee- versus- SPS. ZOSIMO C. DEL ROSARIO and LYDIA S. DEL ROSARIO and DENNIS ARIZA, Mortgagor NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL SALE Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended, filed by RADIOWEALTH FINANCE COMPANY INC., a corporation duly organized and existing under and by virtue of the laws of the Philippines with principal Office Address located at 2nd Floor Guevent Commercial Bldg., 52 Libertad St., Mandaluyong City and Branch Office at 206 P. Burgos St., Tacloban City, duly represented by its Branch Manager Mr. Glecerio B. Madijanon fo legal age, Filipino and a resident of Tacloban City against SPS. ZOSIMO C. DEL ROSARIO and LYDIA S. DEL ROSARIO and DENNIS ARIZA, (co-maker) of legal ages, Filipino citizen and with office/ postal address at Brgy. 87 Camacho Subd. Manlurip, San Jose, Tacloban City to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of February 19, 2013 amounts to SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED SEVENTY SEVEN PESOS (P722,977.00), which amount is inclusive of interests thereon, but exclusive of daily interest and expenses thereafter and 10% of the total amount of loan acquired/indebtedness as attorneys fees also secured by the said mortgage, sheriffs fee and other necessary expenses and charges incident to the enforcement of the requested extra-judicial foreclosure and sale of the properties at public auction, the undersigned or his duly authorized deputy will sell at public auction on APRIL 05, 2013, at 10:00 A.M. or soon thereafter at Regional Trial Court, Bulwagan ng Katarungan, Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City, to the highest bidder for cash and in Philippine Currency, the following properties with all its improvements, if any to wit: TCT No. 122-2010000307 A parcel of lot designated as Lot 2036-A, of the subdivision plan Psd-083747-007577-D, being a portion of Lot 2036, AD. 220, (LRC Rec. No. 10518), situated in the Barangay of San Jose, Municipality of City of Tacloban, Province of Leyte, Island of Leyte. Bounded on the: NE., along line 1-2 by Lot 2036-P (Road Lot 6.00 m. wide) of this subd; on the SE., along line 2-3 by Lot 1027-B, Psd -08-000183; on the SW., along line 3-4 by Lot 4973, CAD. 220 Along line 4-5 by Lot 4972, CAD 220; and on the NW., along line 5-1 by Lot 2036-B of this subdivision Containing an area of ONE HUNDRED FIFTY (150) Square meters more or less. PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS AND BUYERS MAY INVESTIGATE FOR THEMSELVES THE TITLE AND ENCUMBRANCES, HEREIN ABOVE-DESCRIBED REAL PROPERTIES IS ANY THEREBE. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on said date, it shall be held on APRIL 10 2013 on the same time and place without futher notice. Magsaysay Boulevard, Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. February 26, 2013. (Sgd.) LEONARDO G. AGUILAR Sheriff IV OCC-RTC-Tacloban Copy furnished: RADIOWEALTH FINANCE COMPANY INC. 2nd Floor Guevent Commercial Bldg., 52 Libertad St., Mandaluyong City Branch Office at 206 P. Burgos St., Tacloban City SPS. ZOSIMO C. DEL ROSARIO and LYDIA S. DEL ROSARIO And DENNIS ARIZA, (co-maker) Brgy. 87 Camacho Subd. Manlurip, San Jose, Tacloban City EV Mail March 4-10, 11-17, & 18-24, 2013 EJF No. 3558 SHERIFFS NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALE UNDER ACT 3135 AMENDED Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for sale under act 3135, as Amended filed by PAG-IBIG FUND TACLOBAN COR. Lopez Jaena & del Pilar Sts., Tacloban City, against MA. HUMILDA R. URMENETA a resident at BRGY. UTAP, Tacloban City to satisfy the Mortgage indebtedness which as of September 21, 2012, Amounted to THREE HUNDRED FIFTY THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED TWENTY NINE PESOS & 27/100 (Php350,129.27), Philippine Currency, including Penalties, Charges, Attorneys Fees, expenses of the Foreclosure, Sheriffs Lawful Fees, and expenses for conducting the PUBLIC AUCTION SALE, thereof, the UNDERSIGNED EXECUTING SHERIFF WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION on April 5, 2013, at 9:00 in the morning or soon thereafter, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City, to the highest bidder for Cash and in Philippine Currency, the following Real Properties/Personal Properties, with all the improvements thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. T-52666 A parcel of land designated as Lot 11, Block 13 of the consolidation-subdivision of Pcs-08-000538-D, being a portion of lots 1-8,Block 1, 1-10, Block 11, 1-10, Block III, 1-6, Block IV, 1-11, Block V, Road lots 1-3, Psd-083747-007768-D and lot 2971A to 2971-F, Psd-083747-007736-D, situated in the Barangay of Calanipawan, City of Tacloban, Province of Leyte, Island of Leyte. Bounded on the : SE., along line 1-2 by lot 10, Block 13; on the SW., along line 2-3-4-5 by Alley 2 (4.00 m. wide); on the NW., along line 5-6 by Road 9 (6.50 m. wide); and on the NE., along line 6-1 by lot 1, Block 13 all of this subdivision, containing an area of SIXTY NINE (69) SQUARE METERS more or less. PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS AND BUYERS MAY INVESTIGATE FOR THEMSELVES THE TITLE AND ENCUMBRANCES, HERE IN ABOVE-DESCRIBED REAL PROPERTIES IF ANY THERE BE. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on

Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT Eight Judicial Region Regional Trial Court Branch 17 Palompon, Leyte SP. PROC. CASE NO. 0349-PN IN RE: PETITION FOR DECLARATION OF PRESUMPTIVE DEATH OF ABSENTEE SPOUSE JOEL O. ALCAZARA, PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 41 OF THE FAMILY CODE JOSEFINA G. ALCAZARA Petitioner. /----------------/ ORDER A verified Petition for Judicial Declaration of Presumptive Death has been filed by petitioner, Josefina G. Alcazara, through counsel, Atty. Remegio C. Dayandayan, praying that petitioners absent husband, Joel O. Alcazara, be declared presumptively dead. As the petition appears to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby set for initial hearing on April 22, 2013 at 8:00 oclock in the morning, at the Hall of Justice, Regional Trial Court, Branch 17, Palompon Leyte, at which date, time and place, any person may appear and show cause, if any, why the petition should not be granted. Let a copy of the Petition and this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Leyte, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, with the last publication to be made at least ten (10) days prior to the date set for initial hearing. Furnish copies of this Order to the Office of the Solicitor General, Office the Asst. Provincial Prosecutor, Palompon, Leyte, Atty. Remegio C. Dayandayan, herein petitioner, the Local Civil Registrar of Tabango, Leyte, absentee-spouse Joel O. Alcazara and the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office. SO ORDERED. In Chambers, this 13th day of February, 2013 at Palompon, Leyte, Philippines. (Sgd.) MARIO O. QUINIT Presiding Judge Copy furnished: 1. Atty. Remegio C. Dayandayan- Dayandayan compound, Welcome Triangle Kawasaki Blvd, National Highway Junction Isabel, Leyte 2. Office of the Solicitor General 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City 3. Hon. Asst. Provincial Prosecutor Lorna O. Pades, Palompon, Leyte 4. The Local Civil Registrar of Tabango, Leyte 5. Joel O. Alcazara Layog, Campokpok, Tabango, Leyte/ San Francisco Camotes, Cebu 6. The Civil Registrar National Statistics Office, Quezon City Metro Manila 7. Josefina G. Alcazara Layog Campokpok, Tabango, Leyte 8. EV Mail Ormoc City Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 17, Palompon, Leyte SP. PROC. CASE NO. 0349-PN IN RE: PETITION FOR DECLARATION OF PRESUMPTIVE DEATH OF ABSENTEE SPOUSE, JOEL O. ALCAZARA, PURSUANT TO ARTICLE 41 OF THE FAMILY CODE, JOSEFINA G. ALCAZARA, Petitioner. x----------------x PETITION COMES NOW the petitioner, by counsel, and to this Honorable Court, most respectfully states: 1. The petitioner is of legal age, Filipino, married to Joel O. Alcazara, and a resident of Layog, Campokpok, Tabango, Leyte, Philippines. 2. The petitioner is in full possession of her civil capacity and legal rights. 3. On April 13, 2004, the petitioner got married to one Joel O. Alcazara, which marriage was solemnized by Hon. Bernard Jonathan Remandaban, Municipal Mayor of Tabango, Leyte. A machine copy of their Certificate of Marriage is hereto attached as Annex A. 4. After the celebration of this marriage, the petitioner and Joel O. Alcazara, having been previously living as common-law husband and wife in the house of the latters parents at Layog, Campokpok, Tabango, Leyte, continued to reside thereat. 5. In July, 2004, however, Joel O. Alcazara, without the knowledge and consent of the petitioner, left Layog Campokpok, Tabango, Leyte, to an unknown place or destination. 6. Caught by surprise on the inexplicable act of her husband, the petitioner reported the matter to the concerned authorities of the place. 7. The petitioner thereafter made inquiries on Joel O. Alcazaras whereabouts from their neighbors as well as from their friends, particularly in Tabango, Leyte and neighboring Municipalities of Villaba and San Isidro, Leyte. But not one of them knew where her husband went or of his whereabouts. 8. Not content with her inquiries, and thinking all the while that Joel O. Alcazara must have returned to his place of birth and be with his parents, the petitioner went to San Francisco, Camotes, Cebu. But her husband was not there. the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on said date, it shall be held on April 12, 2013 on the same time and place without further notice. Tacloban city, February 26, 2013 FOR THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF (Sgd.) LUDY C. MARMITA SHERIFF IV EV Mail March 4-10, 11-17, & 18-24, 2013
Addendum of Affidavit of Self Adjudication NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late SPS. ENRIQUITO MACAPAZ and NORMA CABANA MACAPAZ re a Certificate of Shares of Common Stock with a Stockholder No. 03762600 with 15,917 share issued by A. Soriano Corporation Share was adjudicated unto herself by MARIA LARALIE M. LASACA per Doc. No. 302; Page No. 61; Book No. CCCLII; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Nicolas S. Maglasang. EV Mail March 4-10, 11-17, & 18-24, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement with quitclaim NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the properties of the late SPS. AGUSTIN SENILLO and MAXIMA FUENTES SENILLO re parcels of land Lot No. 7349, situated in barrio Dolores, Ormoc City, containing an area of 562 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 17258; Lot No. 7352,

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Neither did his parents know of his whereabouts. 9. On the impression that Joel O. Alcazara was in Cebu City, where he has friends, the petitioner then went there. But again, she was told by them that they did not see her husband, nor did the latter visit them. 10. In November, 2005, thinking that everything was not lost on her quest to find her husband, the petitioner went to Metro Manila, specifically in Caloocan City, where again he has relatives. But then again, Joel O. Alcazara could not be found there. 11. Of the belief that Joel O. Alcazara was working in a fishing company in Bula, General Santos City, the petitioner also went there and stayed for a few days, purposely to look for him. But it was all the same not a shadow of her husband could be found in the place. 12. Without any resources to further embark on a journey to find Joel O. Alcazara, the petitioner returned to Layog, Campokpok, Tabango, Leyte and bade her time that someday her husband would come back and spend the rest of his life with her. 13. From July, 2004 up to this date, or for a period of more than Seven (7) Years, the petitioner has not received any communication from Joel O. Alcazara or even a bit of information from him relative to his whereabouts. 14. The petitioner honestly believes that Joel O. Alcazara had long been dead, not only because he could no longer be found, or his whereabouts being unknown , but also because he has not made known his existence to her up to this point in time. 15. The petitioner and Joel O. Alcazara did not acquire any real property, nor did they have any issue during their brief marital union. 16. The petitioner could not simply live throughout her life without someone looking for her security, health and well-being, etc. Thus, as she would want to remarry, she has decided to avail of the provision of Article 41 of the Family Code, where the proceeding for the declaration of presumptive death of the absentee spouse is summary in nature. WHEREFORE, it is respectfully prayed of this Honorable Court that the petitioners husband, JOSE O. ALCAZARA, be DECLARED PRESUMPTIVELY DEAD. The petitioner further prays for such other reliefs and remedies as are just and equitable under the premises. Isabel (for Palompon), Leyte, Philippines, September 24, 2011. (Sgd.) REMEGIO C. DAYANDAYAN Counsel for the Petitioner Dayandayan Compound, Welcome Triangle Kawasaki Blvd.- National Highway Junction Isabel, Leyte Roll of Attorneys No. 30413 PTR No. 4076750; Isabel, Leyte; 01-17-11 IBP No. 843704; Leyte Chapter; 01-18-11 MCLE Compliance No. III-0006653; 11-08-09 Tel No. (053) 337-2003 VERIFICATION AND CERTIFICATION OF NON-FORUM SHOPPING I, JOSEFINA G. ALCAZARA, of legal age, Filipino, married to JOEL O. ALCAZARA and a resident of Layog, Campokpok Tabango, Leyte, Philippines, after having been duly sworn to in accordance with law, hereby depose and say: that I am the petitioner in this petition; that I have caused the preparation of the foregoing Petition, by counsel; that I have read the allegations contained therein; and that the same are true and correct of my own personal knowledge. -andI hereby further certify that I have not heretofore commenced any action, petition or proceeding involving the same issues before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, other inferior court, or any tribunal or agency; that to the best of my knowledge, no such action, petition or proceeding has been filed or is pending before the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, other inferior court, or any tribunal or agency; and that should I thereafter learn that such action, petition or proceeding has been filed or is pending with the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, other inferior court, or any tribunal or agency, I shall undertake to promptly inform this Honorable Court of such fact within FIVE (5) DAYS therefrom IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this 24th day of Sep 2011, at Isabel, Leyte, Philippines. (Sgd.) JOSEFINA G. ALCAZARA Affiant SUBSCRIBED AND SWORN to before this 24th day of September 2011 day of September, 2011, at Isabel, Leyte, Philippines, by affiant Josefina G. Alcazara exhibiting to me her Postal ID No. 8471684, which is valid until April 7, 2013, and where her signature and picture appear; that she has satisfactorily proven her identity to me; that she signed the foregoing Petition before me; and that she acknowledged that the same is her free act and deed. Doc. No. 274; Page No. 55; Book No. XLVI; Series of 2011 (Sgd.) WILMA CORDEO-MATUGUINA, CPA Notary Public Until December 31, 2011 Notarial Commission No. 09-1008 For Isabel, Leyte Roxas St., Isabel, Leyte Attorneys Roll No. 45702 PTR No. 4074778; Isabel, Leyte; 01/03/2011 IBP No. 846754; Cebu Province; 01/18/2011 EV Mail March 4-10, 11-17, & 18-24, 2013 EJF No. 3581 SHERIFFS NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALE UNDER ACT 3135 AMENDED Upon Extra-Judicial Petition for sale under act 3135, as Amended filed by PAGIBIG FUND TACLOBAN cor. Lopez Jaena & del Pilar Sts., Tacloban City, against FELICITO L. JALIPA a resident at B4 L6 ST. SCHOLASTICA VILLAGE, Guindapunan, Palo, Leyte to satisfy the Mortgage indebtedness which as of October 19, 2012, Amounted to SIX HUNDRED TEN THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTY PESOS & 42/100 (Php610,730.42), Philippine Currency, including Penalties, Charges, Attorneys Fees, expenses of the Foreclosure, Sheriff s Lawful Fees, and expenses for conducting the PUBLIC AUCTION SALE, thereof, the UNDERSIGNED EXECUTING SHERIFF WILL SELL AT PUBLIC AUCTION on April 5, 2013, at 9:00 in the morning or soon thereafter, REGIONAL TRIAL COURT, Magsaysay Blvd., Tacloban City, to the highest bidder for Cash and in Philippine Currency, the following Real Properties/Personal Properties, with all the improvements thereon, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. TP-20279 A parcel of land designated as Lot 8 Block 4 of the subdivision of Psd-08017786-D, being a portion of Lot 11273, Cad. 407, situated in Brgy. Guindapunan, Municipality of Palo, Province of Leyte, Island of Leyte. Bounded on the SE., along line 1-2 by Lot 7, Block 4 of this subdivision; on the SW., along line 2-3 by Lot 11275, Cad. 407; on the NW., along line 3-4 by Lot 9, Block 4 of this subdivision and on the NE., along line 4-1 by Road Lot 1 (6.50 m. wide) of this subdivision, containing an area of THIRTY TWO (32) SQUARE METERS more or less. PROSPECTIVE BIDDERS AND BUYERS MAY INVESTIGATE FOR THEMSELVES THE TITLE AND ENCUMBRANCES, HERE IN ABOVE-DESCRIBED REAL PROPERTIES IF ANY THERE BE. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above-stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on said date, it shall be held on April 12, 2013 on the same time and place without further notice. Tacloban City, February 26, 2013 FOR THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF (Sgd.) LUDY C. MARMITA SHERIFF IV EV Mail March 4-10, 11-17, & 18-24, 2013
Extrajudicial Settlement with Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late NARCISO AGUILAR re a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Matobato, Calbayog City, Samar, designated as Lot 2568, Case-1, Cad-422, covered by the OCT No. 923, containing an area of 18,573 sq. m. was settled among his heirs and 200 s. m. sold in favor of NORMA B. MONGAYA per Doc. No. 464; Page No. 93; Book No. XXVI; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Alex R. Gelera. EV Mail March 11-17, 18-24, & 25- 31, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement with Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late NARCISO AGUILAR re a parcel of land situated at Brgy. Matobato, Calbayog City, Samar, designated as Lot 2568, Case -1, Cad-422, covered by the OCT No. 923, containing an area of 18,573 sq m. was settled among his heirs and 800 sq. m. sold in favor of NORMA B. MONGAYA per Doc. No. 465; Page No. 93; Book No. XXVI; Series of 2013 of Public Alex R. Gelera. EV Mail March 11-17, 18-24, & 25- 31, 2013 Deed of Extra-Judicial Settlement with Absolute Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the personal property of the late NORBERTO SINGCOL ATCHUELA re a Make- Kawasaki, Motor Number- MX125AE055275, Serial/Chassis No. MX125A-B05361, Year Model- 1998, Official Receipt No. 115977746, Plate No.-GK5343, C.R. No. -48486442, Classification MC, TMC Control No. 179434-3 was settled among his heirs and sold in favor of RENEN RAPELLO GERALDO per Doc. No. 214; Page No. 43; Book No. XXXV; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Melinda C. Domael. EV Mail March 11-17, 1824, & 25- 31, 2013

containing an area of 207 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 17259; Lot No. 7357 , containing an area of 164 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 7573; Lot. 7527, containing an area of 36,909 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 25555 were settled among their heirs per Doc. No. 101; Page No. 21; Book No. XXX; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Evergisto S. Escalon. EV Mail March 4-10, 11-17, & 18-24, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the properties of the late VICTOR TANNER re parcels of landLot 4, Pcs-08-000140 , situated in Barrio Milagro, Ormoc City, containing an area of 37,616 sq. m. under TCT No. 49264; Lot 11, Block 9, Pcs-08-000528-D, situated in Brgy. Tambulilid (formerly Brgy. Linao), Ormoc City, containing an area of 50 sq. m.; and a residential building erected on Lot No. 11, Block 9 (CS/SD of Lots 5251-A & 5257-B), with an area of 21 sq. m. were settled among his heirs per Doc. No. 141; Page No. 29; Book No. LXXIII; Series of 2012 of Notary Public Ruben R. Capahi. EV Mail March 4-10, 11-17, & 18-24, 2013

Republic of the Philippines Province of Samar Municipality of Sto. Nio OFFICE OF THE MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR Publication Notice R.A. 10172 NOTICE FOR PUBLICATION Date: March 15, 2013 In compliance with Section 7 of R.A. 10172, a notice is hereby serve to the public that CHRISTINE NARAG JIMAOL was filed with this Office a petition for correction of entry in SEX from MALE to FEMALE in the Certificate of Live Birth of CHRISTINE NARAG JIMAOL who was born on 26 February 1992 at Brgy. Ilo, Sto. Nio, Samar, and whose parents are Roberto Jimaol and Josefina Narag. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than ___. (Sgd.) SIMEON N. PARINGIT, JR. Municipal Civil Registrar EV Mail March 11-17, & 18-24, 2013

March 18-24, 2013

Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Branch 18, Hilongos, Leyte SP. PROC. NO. H-114 FOR: ADOPTION IN THE MATTER OF THE ADOPTION OF THE MINOR ERIKA MAE PECHON PAGARAN and CHANGE OF NAME from ERIKA MAE PECHON PAGARAN to ERIKA MAE FORMENTERA REDITO SPS. FELIPE T. REDITO JR. and LUISA S. FORMENTERA, Petitioners x------------------x ORDER THE SPOUSES FELIPE T. REDITO JR, and LUISA S. FORMENTERA, by counsel, submit this Petition to adopt minor ERIKA MAE PECHON PAGARAN and a change of name to ERIKA MAE FORMENTERA REDITO. In support of their Petition, they alleged in substance, THAT: they are Filipinos, 42 and 39 years of age, residents of Brgy. Naval, Hilongos, Leyte; both claim to be of good moral character and have not been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude; jointly, they desire to adopt ERIKA MAE PECHON PAGARAN, a minor, nine (9) years of age, Filipino, likewise residing in Brgy. Naval, Hilongos, Leyte, adoptee is not disqualified by law to be adopted; Petitioners are providing all the basic needs of the child since birth and in custody of the minor since birth up to the present; petitioners have developed parental love for the child; the Spouses have not children of their own, they likewise suffer no disqualifications to adopt; they are morally and spiritually able to bring up the minor to be God-fearing; the couple is financially stable; this adoption will serve the best interest and well-being of the child to be adopted, and, Petitioners seek to change the surname of the child from Pagaran to REDITO and FORMENTERA WHEREFORE, finding this verified Petition to be sufficient in FORM and SUBSTANCE, the __ is set for initial hearing on August 6, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at which date, time and place, anyone who may object to the grant of this petition may do so on this first opportunity. Publish this Order in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Leyte at least once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks all expenses charge to the Petitioner. Furnish copy of this Order to the 1. Office of the Solicitor General being the general counsel of the Republic # 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village, Makati City; 2. Regional Director DSWD for that office2. a to conduct a social case study report; 2.b to conduct a home study report; 2. c to submit other relevant papers within 60 days. 3. natural parent of the minor to be adopted 4. Petitioner- Spouses and counsel for them to be present during the scheduled initial hearing. SO ORDERED. IN CHAMBERS, this 14th day of February, 2013, Hilongos, Leyte, Philippines. (Sgd.) EPHREM SUAREZ ABANDO Judge ESA/gsp EV Mail March 4-10, 11-17, & 18-24, 2013 Republic of the Philippines SUPREME COURT Regional Trial Court Eight Judicial Region Branch 17 Palompon, Leyte SP. PROC. CASE NO. 0388-PN IN RE: CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN THE RECORD BIRTH OF MARIFE S. LABASTIDA, Petitioner, - versusMUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF VILLABA LEYTE AND NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE AT QUEZON CITY METRO MANILA, Respondent. /--------------------/ ORDER A verified petition having been filed with this Court by petitioner, through counsel, Atty. Erwin A. Pedrosa, praying that after publication, notice and hearing an Order be issued directing the Local Civil Registrar of Villaba, Leyte and the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office to correct the erroneous entry on petitioners Certificate of Live Birth, specifically petitioners first name MARIEFE instead of MARIFE and the family name of petitioner entered as ATUANO instead of SUMILE. As the petition appears to be sufficient in form and substance, the same is hereby set for initial hearing pursuant to Section 4, Rule 108 of the Rules of Court on September 16, 2013 at 8:30 oclock in the morning at the Hall of Justice, Regional Trial Court, Branch 17, Palompon, Leyte at which date, time and place, any person may appear and show cause, if any why the petition should not be granted. Let a copy of this Order be published at the expense of the petitioner in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Leyte, once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks, with the last publication to be made at least one week prior to the date set for initial hearing. Furnish copies of this Order to the Office of the Solicitor General, the Local Civil Registrar of Villaba, Leyte, the Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Leyte, Atty. Erwin A. Pedrosa, Office of the Civil Registrar General, National Statistics Office and the petitioner. SO ORDERED. Given in Chambers, this 25th day of February, 2013 at the Hall of Justice, Palompon, Leyte. (Sgd.) MARIO O. QUINIT Presiding Judge Copy furnished: 1. Atty. Erwin Pedrosa- PAO Palompon, Leyte 2. The Office of the Solicitor Gneral Manila 3. Pros Lorna Pades, Palompon, Leyte 4. National Statistics Office, Manila 5. Marife S. Labastida- Brgy. Balite, Villaba, Leyte 6. Local Civil Registrar of Villaba, Leyte 7. EV Mail, Ormoc City EV Mail March 11-17, 18-24, & 25- 31, 2013
Extrajudicial Settlement and Partition NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the properties of the late SPS. ZENON D. PIAMONTE and SOFIA BAQUERO PIAMONTE re parcels of land Lot No. 2519-A, Psd-19892, situated in Alegria, Ormoc City, containing an area of 111 sq. m., covered by TCT No. 7815; Lot No. 2347-B-5-A-1, Psd-08-000843, containing an area of 200 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 22199; Lot No. 2269-C-30, Psd-152743, containing an area of 271 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 15377 ; Lot 12014 before No. 19787B, Csd-8235-D, situated in Bo. Of Lonoy, Mp of Kananga, Province of Leyte, containing an area of 16,963 sq. m. covered by TCT No. T-21675; Lot No. 10788-A, Psd74376, situated in Bo. Natubgan, Mp Kananga, Province of Leyte, containing an area of 30,264 sq. m. covered by TCT No. T-19165 ; Lot/Psu-08-004316,situated in the Barangay Igang, Calubuan, Leyte, containing an area of 24,856 sq. m. covered by OCT No. P-26929; a residential house located at Brgy. Punta, Ormoc City erected on Lot No. 2347-B-5-A-1; and a residential House located at Brgy. Batuan, Ormoc City, erected on Lot No. 2519-A were settled and partitioned among their heirs per Doc. No. 111; Page No. 23; Book No. CCCXXII; Series of 2011 of Notary Public Nicolas Maglasang. EV Mail March 11-17, 1824, & 25- 31, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement and Partition of Bank Deposit with Waiver NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the late BELEN CAMPOS CORSIGA had left an account with the METROBANK Ormoc branch Savings Account No. 139-3-03801510-9; and Savings Account with the BANK of COMMERCE Ormoc Branch SA No. 091-36-000281-6 were settled and partitioned among their heirs and all their shares and rights over the abovementioned waived in favor of LUCRESIO O. CORSIGA per Doc. No. 313; Page No. 63; Book No. CCCLII; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Nicolas Maglasang. EV Mail March 11-17, 18-24, & 25- 31, 2013 Extra-Judicial Settlement and Partition with Quitclaim and Waiver NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late LUZNARA SISON CLAROS re a parcel of land Lot No. 5236-E-2-A-1-A, Psd-08-005059, situated in Brgy. San Isidro, Ormoc City, Leyte , containing an area of 159 sq. m. was settled among her heirs and waived in favor of AMELITO E. CLAROS per Doc. No. 298; Page No. 60; Book No. XV; Series of 2011 of Notary Public Adelito M. Solibaga, Jr. EV Mail March 11-17, 18-24, & 25- 31, 2013 Extrajudicial Partition with Deed of Absolute Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the personal property of the late EDUARDO L. CHAVEZ re a motor vehicle Make MitsubishiFuso, Series- CANTER, Type of Body CARGO TRUCK, Motor Number- 4D32-951473, Chassis Number- FE335E-560386, Model- 2004, ColorWhite, Plate Number- GTE-264 was partitioned among his heirs and sold in favor of TEOFILO V. GENISTON, JR. per Doc. No. 186; Page No. 38; Book No. XXVIII; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Octavius L. Labtic. EV Mail March 11-17, 18-24, & 25- 31, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement with Deed of Absolute Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late PURITO SABONSOLIN re a residential land situated in Brgy. P. I. Garcia, Naval, Biliran denominated as survey no. 755 under TD No. 01178 covered by OCT NO. P-4206, with an area of 90 sq. m. was settled among his heirs and sold in favor of ALVIN CESAR L. LAOHOO per Doc. No. 63; Page No. 13; Book No. 47; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Redentor C. Villordon. EV Mail March 18-24, 25- 31, & April 1-7, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement with Deed of Absolute Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late SPS. FROILAN JAGUROS and ANATOLIA GADUGDUG re a coconut land situated in Brgy. Inasuyan, Kawayan, Biliran denominated as survey no. 3309 and assessors lot no. 32 under TD No. 00604 with an area of 1.698600 has. was settled among their heirs and sold in favor of MARIZA R. SPENNA per Doc. No. 175; Page No. 35; Book No. 47; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Redentor C. Villordon. EV Mail March 18-24, 25- 31, & April 1-7, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement with Deed of Absolute Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late TERESA ESPINOSA re a parcel of an agricultural land situated in Brgy. Looc, Cabucgayan, Biliran denominated as survey no. 1717 and lot No. 10 under TD/ARP No. 00187 with an area of 1.918780 HAS was settled among her heirs and sold in favor of GERALYN M. DE LA CRUZ per Doc. No. 96; Page No. 20; Book No. 46; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Redentor C. Villordon. Extrajudicial Settlement with Deed of Absolute Sale NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late PRUCENCIA EDICTO re a parcel of residential land situated in Poblacion, Almeria, Biliran denominated as cadastral lot no. 23 and assessors lot no. 6 under TD No. 00532, with an area of 403.77 sq. m. was settled among her heirs and sold in favor of SPS. CAMILO E. DELOS REYES and RIZALINA A. DELOS REYES per Doc. No. 161; Page No. 33; Book No. 47; Series of 2013 of Notary Public Redentor C. Villordon. EV Mail March 18-24, 25- 31, & April 1-7, 2013 Extrajudicial Settlement with Deed of Quitclaim NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late BENILDA DANGEL re a parcel of residential land situated in Brgy. P. Inocentes, Naval, Biliran denominated as survey no. 515 under TD/ARP No. 00419, with an area of 374 sq. m. with the building erected thereon under TD/ARP No. 00420. was settled among her heirs and quitclaimed in favor of GENARO G. DANGEL per Doc. No. 421; Page No. 85; Book No. 46; Series of 13 of Notary Public Redentor C. Villordon. EV Mail March 18-24, 25- 31, & April 1-7, 2013 Deed of Extrajudicial Settlement NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late DIEGO CAGOYONG re a parcel of land Lot No. 3520-B, situated at Brgy. Macabug, Ormoc City covered by OCT No. 24947, containing an area of 10,511 sq. m. covered by TD No. 00052-00702 was settled among his heirs per Doc. No. 111; Page No. 24; Book No. XLI; Series of 2012 of Notary Public Conrad P. Conopio. EV Mail March 18-24, 25- 31, & April 1-7, 2013 Extrajudicial Partition NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the property of the late CONCEPCION TAN AQUINO re parcels of land lot No. 7105-A-20-F under TCT No. 35485, TD No. 00049-00376, containing an area of 302 sq. m. situated in Brgy. Luna, Ormoc City; Lot No. 7105-20-G, covered TCT No. 35486, TD No. 00049-00377, containing an area of 250 sq. m.; Lot 7105-A-20-H , containing an area of 250 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 35487, TD No. 00049-00378; Lot No.

4486-C-16, situated in Brgy. Dayhagan(now) San Pablo, Ormoc City, containing an area of 233 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 38435; Lot No. 4486-C-23 ,containing an area of 200 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 38442; Lot No. 7411-C-7 situated in Brgy. Dolores, Ormoc City, containing an area of 500 sq. m. under TCT No. 40454, TD No. 00060-00392; Lot 7411-C-8, containing an area of 595 sq. m. under TCT No. 40455, TD 00060-60393; Lot 5 Blk 1 situated in San Pablo Ormoc City, containing an area of 439 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 43399; land designated as 2 Block 3, containing an area of 300 sq. m. under TD No. 00076-01904 situated in Brgy. San Pablo, Ormoc City ; Lot No. 16 Block 3, containing an area of 300 sq. m. under TD No. 000-76-01917; Lot 4 Block 4, containing an area of 300 sq. m. under TD No. 00076-01917; Lot 12 Block 1 , containing an area of 300 sq. m. ; Lot 7 Block 2, containing an area of 603 sq. m.; Lot 23 Block 2, containing an area of 300 sq. m.; Lot 5 Block 3 , containing an area of 300 sq. m.; Lot 12 Block 3, containing an area of 300 sq. m.; Lot 6 Block 4 , containing an area of 300 sq. m. ; Lot 7151, situated in Brgy. Luna, Ormoc City, Lot 7490-E-8, situated in Brgy. Dolores, Ormoc, containing an area of 21,330 sq. m. covered by TD No. 00060-00550; Lot 7411-E1-F, containing an area of 512 sq. m. covered under TCT No. 40492, TD No. 00060-00399; Lot 7411-E-1-G , containing an area of 259 sq. m. covered under TCT No. 46171, TD No. 00060-00522-X; Lot 6117-G-3 , containing an area of 300 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 40858, TD No. 00076-01677; Lot 6117-G-4, situated in Brgy. Dayhagan, Ormoc City, containing an area of 300 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 40859, TD No. 00076-01678; Lot 6117-G-5, containing an area of 576 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 40860, 00076-01679; Lot 6117-G-8, containing an area of 625 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 40863; Lot 6117-H-4-B, containing an area of 1,523 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 44566; Lot 7411-H-2-D, containing an area of 300 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 40011,TD No. 00060-00378;Lot 7411-H-2-E, containing an area of 300 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 40012, TD 00060-00379; Lot 7411-H-2-F, containing an area of 250 sq. m. covered under TCT No. 400 13, TD No. 0060-00380; Lot No. 7411-H-3 , containing an area of 1,205 sq. m. covered by TCT No. 39551, TD No. 00060-00341; Lot 7411-I-1, containing an area of 3,204 sq. m. covered under TCT No. 39305, TD No. 00060-00335; Lot 7411-B; Lot 7411-F-10-E, containing an area of 206 sq. m. covered by TD No. 00060-00460; and Lot 6117-E, situated in Brgy. Dayhagan, Ormoc City, containing an area of 4,134 sq. m. covered by TD No. 00076-00032 under TCT No. 30944 were settled among her heirs per Doc. No. 165; Page No. 33; Book No. XIII; Series of 2008 of Notary Public Ari G. Larrazabal. EV Mail March 18-24, 25- 31, & April 1-7, 2013

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Republic of the Philippines REGIONAL TRIAL COURT 8th Judicial Region Ormoc City OFFICE OF THE CLERK OF COURT & EX-OFFICIO SHERIFF EJF No. R-ORM-13-00003-FC For: EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE OF REAL ESTATE MORTGAGE under Act 3135 BANCO DE ORO-TRUST AND INVESTMENT GROUP, Mortgagee, -versus- Sps. LORETO T. GONZALES and ROSALINDA G. GONZALES, Mortgagors. x---------------------x NOTICE OF EXTRA-JUDICIAL FORECLOSURE SALE Upon Extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135 filed by Banco De Oro-Trust and Investment Group Makati City against Sps. Loreto T. Gonzales & Rosalinda G. Gonzales to satisfy the mortgage indebtedness which as of September 30, 2011 amounts to One Million Three Hundred Seventy Five Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty Eight Pesos & 53/100 only (P1,375,768.53), including interest & penalties but excluding attorneys fees, sheriffs fees and other charges & expenses of foreclosure, the undersigned sheriff will sell at public auction on April 24, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. at the Office of the Clerk of Court, Regional Trial Court, Ormoc City to the highest bidder, for cash or managers check and in Philippine Currency, the following property with all the improvements located therein, to wit: TRANSFER CERTIFICATE OF TITLE NO. 36586 Register of Deeds of Ormoc City A parcel of land designated as Lot 20, Block 2 of the subdivision plan, Psd-08-008927-D, being a portion of Lot 5343, Ormoc Cadstre, situated in the Brgy. of Salvacion (now Bagong Buhay), City of Ormoc, Province of Leyte, Island of Leyte. Bounded on the NE. Along line 1-2 by Lot 8 Block 2; on the SE. Along line 2-3 by Lot 19, Block 2; on the SW. Along line 3-4, by Road Lot 2 (6.00 m. wide) and on the NW. along line 4-1, by Lot 21, Block 2, all of the subdivision. Beginning at a point marked 1 on plan, being S. 87 deg. 38W., 524.92 m. from BLLM No. 40, Cad 256; thence S. 68 deg. 09E, 8.00 m. to point 2; thence S. 21 deg. 51.00 m. to point 3; thence N. 68 deg. 09W., 8 m. to point 4; thence N. 21 deg. 51E.,15.00 m. to point of beginning; containing an area of ONE HUNDRED TWENTY (120) square meters, more or less. Registered in the name of Loreto T. Gonzales, Brgy. Punta, Ormoc City. All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the above stated time and date. In the event the public auction should not take place on the said date, it shall be held on April 30, 2013 without further notice. (Sgd.) ZENEN B. PURAY, JR. Sheriff IV EV Mail March 18-24, 25- 31, & April 1-7, 2013

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What is beauty? That is what you feel, sometimes having no words for what you feel. Philosophers et al. have millions of other words for you. M o n a L i s a s a n d many womens eyebrow hair was pulled out by the 15th century fashion tyrant and L.da Vinci. Why? Women and some pull out hair from their armpits. Why? Men in Ormoc shave off their head hair to be bald. Why? Are they not bold enough to defy the temporary tyrant of fashion? In Greek mythology and art, the (female) Amazon soldiers are seen to wear pants and maybe underpants/briefs when they were in combat against the Greeks. (Male soldiers for various reasons usually had briefs under their pants or double pants instead briefs. That is occasionally so even today.) In the European Renaissance, 1300-1500 A.D. ladies depicted in few cases wore briefs. Usually ladies had more dresses/ skirts covering the first, closest to her body. Another time I will say the little I know about brassiere/bra from simple Spartan times and onwards. Bra manufacturers today study vanity and ornate bras with laces, colors and what not UNDER! not transparent shirts. For whom to see? Email: collanderjan@




NOTICE IS GIVEN THAT in SP. PROC. CASE NO. 0388-PN IN RE: CORRECTION OF ENTRIES IN THE RECORD BIRTH OF MARIFE S. LABASTIDA, Petitioner, - versus- MUNICIPAL CIVIL REGISTRAR OF VILLABA LEYTE AND NATIONAL STATISTICS OFFICE AT QUEZON CITY METRO MANILA, Respondent, the petitioners name was mispelled as MARIPE in the first issue of EV Mail March 11-17. Such has been corrected in this issue. Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Leyte Municipality of Hindang NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Sec. 5 R.A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that FLORENCIO C. NIER has filed with this office a Petition for Change of First Name from LUTOS to LOTIS in the birth certificate of LOTIS CORPUS NIER who was born on May 29, 1977 at Hindng, Leyte Philippines and whose parents are FLORENCIO CASULLA NIER and EMELIANA CORPUS Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/ her written opposition with this office not later than fifteen (15) days after publication (Sgd.) DEXTER R. SARCON Municipal Civil Registrar EV Mail March 18-24, & 25- 31, 2013 Republic of the Philippines Local Civil Registry Office Province of Leyte Municipality of Hindang NOTICE OF PUBLICATION In compliance with Sec. 5 R. A. No. 9048, a notice is hereby served to the public that INOCENCIA MAGA, has filed with this office a Petition for changed of First Name from PURITA to MARIA LUZ in the birth certificate of MARIA LUZ MAGA AORA who was born on September 22, 1982 at Hindang, Leyte, Philippines and whose parents are GONZALO AORA and INOCENCIA MAGA. Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/ her written opposition with this office not later than fifteen (15) days after publication. (Sgd.) DEXTER R. SARCON Municipal Civil Registrar EV Mail March 18-24, & 25- 31, 2013



noon came and suddenly, the merriment reportedly stopped when news broke out of Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes saying the decision is not yet final and that Lucy is still congresswoman. Then, our suspicion that if the decision to invalidate Lucys three years is made final, then a win on May 2013 would make it her first term, began to take shape. It is the interpretation of many a legal minds, from the House to the Comelec. I even suspect that her detractors, after the giddy bubble burst and reality sat in, also realized they might just have put their feet in their mouths. The braggadocio we heard over the radio on Wednesday and Thursday began to tone down, and the FB is strangely silent. I am not saying I am correct. I am just asking if Lucys detractors, in their abhorrence to fighting out the district seat in the democratic arena called elections, just served her a new full three terms on a silver platter?


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manager of a Singaporebased IT company, asked is this democracy or democrazy? Lucy Zelah Gorres who is based in Wisconsin, USA, initially reacted OMG! THIS TIME AROUND I WONT AGREE WITH SUPREME COURT. Silverio Tagolino, who got 493 votes against Torres-Gomezs 101,250 votes in the fourth district of Leyte, thats more than a good reason to let Cong. Lucy TorresGomez stay in her position. Backed up by her very good projects. We want Lucy TorresGomez ..... But she changed her mind immediately after she learned that the move to unseat the congresswoman could give her another three full terms. She said, Greg, its demo-crazy. Right, let this term be invalid and lets welcome CONG. LUCY TORRES-GOMEZ for her next 9 years that means more future for the 4th District of Leyte. Very good news, huh? Meanwhile, detractors of the Gomezes were fast to print tarps parroting her tagline Good News. In tarpaulins posted at common poster areas of the city, they announced Very Good News: Supreme Court ousts Lucy Torres Gomez as congresswoman of the anymore. The chairman of the House Committee on Rules said that if the SC ruling becomes final, it effectively invalidates Lucys first three years. If she wins on May, then it will be counted as her first term, entitling her to a full three terms. Third, it has no bearing on the coming elections. The Commission on Elections said that Lucy is still a candidate in the May 2013 polls because the SC ruling was about issues raised against her in the past elections. Lucy still the congresswoman Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez remains congresswoman of the 4th district of Leyte. In a press conference with local media on Thursday, March 21, two days after the news broke out, she said they were exhausting legal remedies. I believe I have the mandate of the people, she said, and that a mere technicality will not erase the fact that she routed her rival Codilla by 24,701 votes. Her fighting the decision, she said, was a matter of protecting the votes of the people who chose me over him (Codilla), overwhelmingly. I cannot and will not abandon them. I think he should be the



4TH DISTRICT INCUMBENT MAYORS AND LP BETS SHOW THEIR SOLIDARITY FOR CONG. LUCY TORRESGOMEZ. Seated with the congresswoman are Palompon Mayor Ramon Oate, who together with town officials and all the towns barangay chairmen issued a manifesto of support, and Sixto dela Victoria of Albuera who is gunning for his 7th term. Standing from left to right are Matag-ob Mayor Michael Torrevillas, Richard Gomez, Antonio Martinez who is running in Merida, Isabel Mayor Saturnino Medina Jr. and Matt Torres for Kananga. I made a promise to the people that if I become congresswoman, I will try to do the best I can do for them, and I have. Measure me from what I have done, not because you like me The congresswoman added that she is asking constituents of the 4th District of Leyte to measure her for what she has done for the district. I am not asking you to like me but to measure me for what I have done, she said. The congresswoman takes pride in accomplishing more projects in the district in just three years, compared to the nine years of her predecessor. But more than that, she is happy that her programs have directly benefitted the people, especially the needy. Among these are two major surgical missions that she hosted, in partnership with the Society of Philippine Surgeons in America (SPSA). The missions have addressed major surgical needs of around 1,000 indigents whove suffered from their conditions for years, aside from hundreds of minor surgeries and cataract operations. Cita, a patient during her first surgical mission from whom doctors removed the biggest dermoid they ever saw, said shed been carrying the baggage for years. Kun dili pa si Lucy ang congresswoman, kasabot kong mamatay na ko pila ka buwan o tuig. Her cyst filled up a fourth of a barrel. Cita has approached Lucys predecessor and the mayors office here many times for help but was given only token amounts, a drop of the P 35,000 she was told to prepare for an operation at the government hospital many years ago. Lucy said that if given a fresh mandate, she would continue the missions. She added that she is happy to see how her office was able to help hundreds of people. We can help as private citizens, yes, but we can only help a one, two or even 10. As public officials, we can help save the lives of hundreds of people, even thousands. She has also more than 300 congressional scholars, funded through her Priority Development Assistance Fund. It touches the heart to see young people receiving their diplomas, knowing they couldnt have if not for the scholarships. Among region 8 solons, she has the most number of constituents enrolled with PhilHealth. Richard Gomez said that the Philhealth universal coverage program started in 2005 yet, but through the years, Lucys predecessor only covered a few constituents, if any. The congresswoman is also instrumental to successfully promoting tourism in Palompon town. Through the TIEZA, she constructed a tourism center cum hostel at the town, coupling it with a big speedboat to help ferry visitors. The amenities have increased traffic of local tourists visiting the islet of Kalanggaman whove extolled its virtues in social networking sites and found international attention. J u s t t h i s We d n e s d a y (March 20), the M/V Europa, one of the worlds most luxurious cruise ships, dropped by the islet for barbecue from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Vice mayor Georgina Arevalo said the 300 multi-national tourists aboard were enamored by the islet and stayed until 7:00 PM, foregoing their stop at the more famed Malapascua Island. Thanks to the efforts of Congw. Lucy Torres-Gomez and Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla, she e-mailed, the town earned P 162,000 that day from regulatory fees. Word of the islets pristine beauty apparently spread immediately, she added, that they also got another advisory from another luxury cruise ship wanting to visit it in the next two weeks. Promising Road is now a reality The congresswoman also worked hard to realize road of broken promises of her predecessor, foremost is the concreting of the Matag-ob to Palompon Road. Her predecessor called it his Senators Highway. Mayor Ramon Oate dubs it as the Promising Road, with pun intended. In the presscon, Mayor Ramon Oate said Lucys predecessor, who is her challengers father, had always been promising over and over again in his nine years, to fix the particular road. But in the congresswomans less than three years, it is now almost finished. Mayor Michael Torrevillas of Matag-ob, Lucys last convert, said that his constituents are so happy with the road being fixed that They were really the ones who asked me to join her, Torrevillas said, and as a good leader, I must listen to the clamor of my constituents. I have to show gratitude to the leader who has done much for our town. He added that more than just admire the congresswoman, they love her for fulfilling their dreams, he said in the vernacular. In Ormoc City, work on the Ormoc Diversion Road has started. While her challenger Ormoc Mayor Eric Codilla wants it stopped, even texting Public Works secretary Rogelio Singzon about it, work on the project continues. It will decongest the city proper and open new growth areas. It has been on the planning board for 35 years now but only saw the light of day when Lucy became congresswoman. She also lobbied that the JICA flood control project gets sizable funding for its rehabilitation, because after more than a decade, it is badly dilapidated. Mayor Codilla also wanted it stopped, but recognizing the importance of its rehabilitation, DPWH Secretary Singson ordered for the project to proceed. Lucy, on the other hand, said she could not understand why the mayor wanted a very important project that could protect the lives of Ormocanons stopped. She also has an impressive record as legislator, even better than some lawyer-colleagues. A comparison of how many bills she has had approved to that of a topnotch lawyercolleague in Cebu shows she has authored. She has authored and passed the conversion of the Palompon Institute of Technology into a university, and just this week, Pres. Benigno Aquino III signed into law rehabilitating and restructuring the Peoples Television Network. She is also a co-author of House version of the Kasambahay Bill and the amendments to the Breastfeeding Law, lifting time limits on breastfeeding moms in nursing their babies during work. At the start of her term, she only had one mayor allied to her. Now, she has four. All incumbent mayors and LP bets for mayors in her district joined the congresswoman during the presscon to show their solidarity behind her. Also present aside from Oate, Torrevillas and Medina were Sixto dela Victoria who is making a comeback for his 7th term, Lucys brother Matt who is running for mayor in Kananga and Antonio Martinez for Merida.

4th district of Leyte. There is no attribution, however, who funded its printing. But Eufrocino M. Codilla Jr., in an interview on radio on March 20, called on Lucy to step down, show delicadeza and not to contest the SC ruling anymore. He was said to be congressman-in-waiting already had the Gomezes not challenged him. He lost to Lucy by 24,701 votes. He filed an election protest against her but lost at the House of Representative Electoral Tribunal (HRET) and his subsequent appeal at the Supreme Court. He also funded the quo warranto suit of Tagolino, as Tagolino himself told media in the past. Her detractors high spirits, however, were deflated in the next two days when the positive implication of the adverse ruling for Lucy became clear. First, Commission on Elections chairman Sixto Brillantes announced that they could act on the matter yet as the decision was not yet final. Second, the House of Representatives is not in session

one thinking about delicadeza, wanting to take over when the people clearly rejected him, she said. She said they are filing a motion for reconsideration at the Supreme Court. As of that time, her lawyers have not received the official copy of the decision yet, and until then, cannot file the MR. The congresswoman added that the interpretation that she gets another full three terms if unseated before June 30 is just something she takes in a stride. In a Liberal Party meeting she attended on Wednesday (March 20), party-mates applauded her as soon as she walked in. I was surprised why, until they congratulated me on how lucky I was, to be getting an additional term served to me by my detractors on a silver platter, she recalled with a laugh. Nonetheless, she said, I remain Gods good soldier. If he wants me to serve for three more terms, then I will, with the same brand of public service that I have dispensed.

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