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Laoag SK prexy proposes new LMB, SK buildings

Laoag SK federated president Michael Christoph Agustine defends his measure requesting Rep. Sandro Marcos to allocate fund for the construction, rehabilitation and expansion of LMB and SK buildings. ( Doms dela Cruz) By Dominic B. dela Cruz,  Staff Reporter Laoag City —With the aim of “fostering a better coordination and communication among the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan officials” in this  city, the Sangguniang Panlungsod here approved a measure requesting Ilocos Norte 1st district Rep. Ferdinand Alexander “Sandro” A. Marcos, through the Dept. of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), to allocate funds for the construction, repair, rehabilitation, and expansion of the existing Liga ng Mga Barangay (LMB) and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) building situated at Brgy. 2 Sta. Joaquina, this city. Sangguniang Kabataan Federated President and Sangguniang Panlungsod ex-officio member Michael Agustin said the construction of the LMB and SK buildings are deemed essential to facilitate the ef
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Badoc celebrates 2024 La Virgen Milagrosa

La Virgen Milagrosa, Baro a Badoc 2024 Bb. Badoc 2024 winners (top photo,  from left) Charmaine Joy Rabino (1st runner-up), Trisha Jane Fernandez (Bb. Badoc ABC), Bb. Badoc 2024 Mervichelle Agbayani, Kristine Joy Mayubay (Bb. Badoc Tourism) and Axl Monique Papel (2nd runner-up). Miss Gay Festival Queen winners (bottom photo). ( Photos courtesy of LGU Badoc) By Dominic B. dela Cruz ( Staff Reporter) Badoc , Ilocos Norte —The municipal government here successfully led the celebration of this year’s La Virgen Milagrosa, Baro a Badoc Festival highlighted by a series of programs and activities with the theme ‘’Panagtitinnunos en Panagkaykaysa, Tulbek Iti Natan-ok a Badoc; Napudno a Panagyaman, Ruangan Iti Natalged a Panagpapagayam’’. The four-day celebration started on April 14, 2024 kicked off by a “Diana Around the Town” at 4:00 in the morning followed by a Thanksgiving Mass held at the Minor Basilica of Saint John the Baptist Badoc, Shrine of La Virgen Milagrosa by Reverend Father Jo

The impossible and unlawful healing

By Noralyn O. Dudt OUTSIDE the Beautiful Gate of Solomon's Temple, the man that was "unlawfully" healed  had been found. The man had been crippled from birth. Yesterday, he was healed. He was put back on his feet.  Now that he could stand up and walk again, he was filled with thanksgiving and praise. A miracle that was supposed to bring joy to many had become a court case. Peter and John who had healed the man suddenly found themselves arraigned in the court of the Sanhedrin. The night before, they had been arrested by "the priests and the captain of the Temple." They were kept in jail for the night. The captain of the Temple was the head of the body of religious police whose business  was to watch the temple courts, and see that there was no violation of their sanctity. "The priests and the captain of the Temple and the Sadducees came upon them...." Thus the case of the arrest was that the priests inspired by their own "Sadducean" convic

Solsona allows traditional games during wakes

SOLSONA  SB member Marvin Pascua while defending his measure for allowing the traditional games during wakes. ( Photo by Doms dela Cruz) By Dominic B. dela Cruz ( Staff Reporter) Solsona , Ilocos Norte—Gathering visitors, mourners and keeping a 24-hour vigil over the deceased, the municipal government of Solsona has allowed traditional games during wakes based on a resolution approved by the Sangguniang Bayan. The SB requested law enforcement agencies to extend leniency in the implementation of Presidential Decree 1602 as amended by Republic Act 9287 during wakes within the municipality of Solsona subject to guidelines and limitations that may be imposed. Republic Act 9287 primarily amends PD1602, which imposes penalty to any person taking part in all forms of illegal gambling by exclusively increasing the penalties on jueteng , masiao and last two while leaving other enumerated illegal gambling activities with the same degree of penalties. In Filipino tradition, when someon

Veterinary medical mission in Laoag

  The City Veterinary Office spearheaded by Dr. Samantha Licudine, city veterinarian, conducts a veterinary medical mission at the Brgy. 25 Multi-purpose Hall. This initiative was part of the Rabies Awareness Month celebrations last March and was a collaborative effort with the City Agriculture Office, led by Engr. Sheila Marie Opelac, TopBreed, represented by Richard Agustin, Regional Sales Manager North Luzon, Regional Veterinary Quarantine Service, Ilocos Norte Provincial Veterinary Office, and various veterinary practitioners in the city. The event offered essential veterinary services, including anti-rabies vaccinations, deworming, consultations, treatments, and the spaying/neutering of dogs and cats. It was learned that the city government is planning to establish a dog and cat pound which aims to reduce rabies incidents and potential road accidents caused by stray animals. The city government of Laoag also distributed 17 pigs from the animal breeding station to various recipien

Laoag City to grant financial incentives to bar, board topnotchers

By Dominic B. dela Cruz ( Staff Reporter) Laoag City —The city government here will grant financial incentives and recognition certificates to bona fide residents of the city who excelled in either the bar or board licensure examinations and declared as topnotchers by the Supreme Court of the Philippines or the Professional Regulation Commission. Article 14, Section 1 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution, provides, that, “The State shall protect and promote the right of all citizens to quality education at all levels and shall take appropriate steps to make such education accessible to all”. Article 2, Section 17 of the 1987 Philippine Constitution likewise provides, that, “The State shall give priority to education, science and technology, arts, culture, and sports to foster patriotism and nationalism, accelerate social progress, and promote total human liberation and development”. Records show that the city government has an existing ordinance giving cash incentives to honor/d

Distortions or fake news? (Check out the World's Fair of 1904)

By Noralyn O. Dudt During these past few weeks, I'm seeing a large number of photos of what the Las Islas de Filipinas (Philippines) looked in the late 1800s and early 1900s  on FB sites of  Pilipinas Retrostalgia, Herencia Filipinas, and several others.  Photos  of old churches/cathedrals that are now in the World Heritage list,  schools, town plazas,  bridges, Filipinos daily life that are archived in libraries and museums in the West. The U.S. Library of Congress, University of Michigan, University of  Wisconsin, private collections in Washington, New York, Germany and the Netherlands are resurfacing, thanks to diligent research. The pictures were taken by American photographers—civilian and military—when the United States took over the Philippines in 1898 following the Spanish-American War. Noteworthy is the interesting fact that even though the United States had these photos, they were not the ones exhibited to the American public during the World's Fair in St. Louis,