Monday, December 29, 2014

The Ilocos Times Dec. 29, 2014-Jan. 4, 2015

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THE ILOCOS TIMES’ top 10 Ilocanos for 2014

[Publisher’s Note: As it has become a tradition for The Ilocos Times to fete and recognize the 10 most outstanding Ilocanos for the year, we are proud to present this year’s choice by the paper’s editorial board. Inasmuch as we want to honor all who made it big for the past 2014, we limited our choices to those who made—and sustained—the biggest impact to the province. Kudos to this year’s awardees and may you all have the same impact in the coming New Year. Congratulations and more power]

AS ILOCANDIA’s oldest and most read newspaper, The Ilocos Times continues to bear witness to the greatness of the Ilocano. This is the third year we are presenting this list of Ilocanos who have made a significant dent in their respective spheres of influence.

The 2014 roster is interestingly diverse. Of the 10 honorees, 5 are individuals while the other half are groups. One is nonagenarian while another is a youth group. Two are elected officials while two are NGOs—one a watchdog while the other a volunteers’ group. Of the individual awardees, 3 are women. This year we are also recognizing an honorary Ilocano who is well-loved by all Filipinos.

Here are the Top 10 Ilocanos of 2014:

Ma. Imelda “Imee” R. Marcos
Governor, Ilocos Norte
If she wins as governor, her critics warned in 2010, she will probably spend more time in Metro Manila than in the Ilocos Norte Capitol.  “She will be bored here,” they said matter-of-factly. Sure, Imee Marcos had served as congresswoman for nine years but that job meant more time spent in the nation’s capital.

Four years and one reelection later, the cynics, or whatever have remained of them, are silent. Many may now even be singing a different tune. Looking at how things are going on for the province, it has become increasingly difficult not to admire Ms. Marcos as a leader. Highly popular and well-loved, she has attained rock star status never before seen in this part of the country.

Through her well-rounded, well-planned, well-executed programs on education, employment, culture and the arts, agriculture, and tourism among others, Ilocos Norte, already the best little province in the Philippines, stands on an enviable place of distinction and pride. More good things are expected to come as the governor unveiled during this year her clear and realistic blueprint of development dubbed IN 2020.

Miriam E. Pascua
President, Mariano Marcos State University
In her almost 10-year stint as president, Mariano Marcos State University has emerged as a forward-looking, internationally competitive institution of higher learning. Under her term, the university’s international linkages grew rapidly, as manifested by the influx of world-renown scientists collaborating with homegrown academics and researchers. 

MMSU’s academic programs have also proven to be of topnotch quality, having hurdled most stringent accreditation visits, including the AACCUP institutional accreditation which has been, by far, attained by only two state universities in the Philippines. MMSU is also a top-performing school in professional licensure examinations across disciplines and has churned out a number of board topnotchers. Her efforts to expand MMSU’s program offerings led to the opening of the MMSU College of Law, whose first batch nailed the highest bar passing percentage in Northern Philippines in 2014. In the pipeline are the College of Medicine, College of Fine Arts, and the Institute of Communication and Technology. Moreover, the university’s research and extension endeavors, all meant for inclusive growth for the Filipino people, have consistently stood out among the best in the country.

But the best achievement of Dr. Pascua is the moral leadership she has exemplified at all times. MMSU’s longest-serving president has never been embroiled in any irregularity or any act of graft and corruption. For her combined qualities of brilliance and virtue, she has gained the respect not only of her constituency, but of other state university presidents and agency heads as well.

Eduardo “Eddie” G. Guillen
Mayor, Piddig, Ilocos Norte
PROVING that even essentially small municipalities can dream big—then do something to realize it—Piddig Mayor Eduardo G. Guillen may have actually moved heaven and earth to bring progress and development to his erstwhile sleepy town.

With a 10-hectare plantation being planned and which would be implemented as public-private partnership, the Piddig municipal government, through Mr. Guillen, has also entered into a supply agreement with a coffee corporation or the establishment of a modern coffee plantation and later on a milling center to supply quality grade coffee to at least 200 supermarkets and 150 hotels and restaurants in the Philippines, Canada and the United States.

Aside from this, the municipal government, through Mr.  Guillen, is now also implementing an honest-to-goodness health care system that looks after their poorest constituents from birth to burial. And according to the mayor, the health care package is actually available to all Piddig residents as the municipal government has deposited an amount at Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital in Batac for all concerned to be admitted at the hospital without question.

Through all these, Mr. Guillen proved that in public service one does not need a huge local government coffers, all one needs is a vivid imagination and the strong will and determination to pursue and realize them.

Anti-Black Sand Mining Advocates

SOMETIME in June 2014, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, thru SP member Atty. Joel R. Garcia attempted to reverse an earlier provincial board resolution that called for the total ban of black sand mining in Ilocos Norte. Luckily for the province, Atty. Garcia called for a public hearing before they decide on whether to reverse the province’s position on black sand mining or not.

During the public hearing, anti-black sand mining groups converged at the Provincial Capitol to collectively register their objection to Atty. Garcia’s plan.

Led by key players from various sectors—NGOs, people’s organizations, church groups, the academe, and the media—the anti-black sand mining group was able to convince the flip-flopping legislator to shelve his plan and to let the total ban on black sand mining stand.

At least as of now or to extent that our people will remain vigilant, Ilocos Norte is spared from the perils of black sand mining now being suffered by neighboring provinces

GLEDCO—A story of matchless success
GLEDCO (Government of Laoag Employees’ Development Cooperative) was born out of an urgent need to address the financial independence of employees by harnessing the power of the credit market to mobilize savings and generate additional income. From a mere capitalization of P125,000.00 in 2002, GLEDCO has parlayed its own investment into a half-a-billion worth of assets by 2014.

With the convergence of RA 7520 and RA 7160, employees evolved into entrepreneurs of high caliber guided by their familiarity with public governance principles and enhanced individual involvement in contributing to its growth.

Today, GLEDCO has overtaken older cooperatives and now stands out in the province as it contends for top performance ranking region wide. Expertly managed by Laoag City accounting office head Edgar Pascual with the guidance of the GLEDCO board chaired by Enrico Aurelio, the cooperative have broken a lot of ground in its more than 10 decades of existence. It forged a private-public partnership with the Laoag City government which produced numerous projects under the cooperative principle of mutual actions and use of resources. Significant among these projects is the acquisition of heavy equipment for the use of the city’s Oplan Dalus program as well as infrastructure development through the build-operate scheme.

Sirib Ilokano Kabataan Association (SIKA)
When the Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) was frozen, the youth of Ilocos Norte found a golden opportunity for genuine youth participation in social development and change. Unlike the SK which had become a breeding ground of corruption and inefficiency among young people, SIKA is nongovernment and voluntary in nature. It is composed of well-driven, well-disciplined members, now numbering around 4,000, coming from every corner of the province.

What is particularly admirable about SIKA is the love of country, sense of discipline, and independent-mindedness they exhibit during provincial events and in the activities of their local chapters. At this time when people have increasingly become more cynical, jaded, and selfish, SIKA shows us that volunteerism still works. In Ilocos Norte, the saying “youth is hope” no longer sounds cliché but reverberates loudly as an inspiring reality.

Ilocos Norte Tourism Office
That Ilocos Norte has emerged as a top tourist destination in the Philippines is beyond question. Current tourist arrivals for 2014 is estimated at 900,000—an almost tenfold leap from the barely 100,000 visitors in pre-Imee 2009. Various tourism trails have also been organized to make Ilocos Norte the total and ultimate destination that it is—there’s history and heritage, nature and green technologies, gastronomic attractions and out-of-the-box events.

All these have resulted to more business establishments, more jobs, and high levels of confidence and pride of place among locals. Products development took a big leap this year with the province’s participation in Manila Fame, the Philippines’ premier design and lifestyle event.

Ilocos Norte Communication and Media Office
Composed of a largely young and energetic workforce, this office is being recognized for effectively equipping the people of Ilocos with relevant information that enables them not only to avail of government services but to become active partners in development.

Various avenues of media, both the traditional and the new, are explored and utilized to reach out to the province’s stakeholders. This year, they released four issues of Paspas Dur-as, an all-Ilocano newsletter which has a circulation of 100,000 distributed by SIKA volunteers in every nook and corner of the province. Always to be relied on are their information mechanisms in social media, in addition to broadcast and print.

The efficiency of the provincial CMO can be best appreciated when compared to other LGU media offices. For instance, a recent study commissioned by the DILG revealed that the people of Laoag City have low levels of awareness on the city’s programs, no thanks to an unimpressive media center that does very little, if at all.

Spider Rodas
Musician, deejay
He is a disc jockey and PR practitioner at day, a rocker at night, and a dreamer every second of his life.

Spider Rodas, the organizer of the Ilocos Music Artists Society (IMAS) also known as Ilocos All-stars, has labored hard to unite Ilocano artists and help them make a mark in the locality. Before, almost all bars and hangouts in Ilocos Norte employed bands only from Metro Manila and its environs. Today, with the exception of Cockhouse and Nightlife, all entertainment establishments here showcase homegrown talents.

A broad coalition of around 30 performing groups (singers, rappers, and dancers), IMAS has also been commissioned by the Laoag City Government to organize musical extravaganzas during the Pamulinawen Festival.

Magdalena G. Gamayo
National Treasure for Weaving
In a province experiencing landscape shifts not only physically, but also in ways of life, a nonagenarian shows the value of holding on to one’s roots.

Lola Magdalena, an “inabel” (Ilokano hand-woven cloth) maker, started honing her skills in hand-weaving at age 16 during World War II. Using a simple contraption, she started with simple patterns and ended up developing her own designs that enriched the abel industry. Her creative hands gave birth to “kusikos” (spiral forms similar to oranges), “inuritan” (geometric design), and the most challenging “sinan-sabong” (flowers).

What for is an amazing craft and beautiful designs when they are not passed on to the next generations? Ms. Gamayo has generously bequeathed his knowledge and expertise to younger weavers in informal training sessions held in her home. Luckily, Mariano Marcos State University, realizing the value of preserving traditional crafts, opened a conservation school that will teach abel weaving.

In 2012, the humble lola from Pinili was thrown to the national limelight when President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III signed Presidential Proclamation 475, declaring Ms. Gamayo as a National Living Treasure (Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan). The president personally bestowed the honor on this great Ilocano in fitting rites held in Malacañang Palace.

Special Citation: Nora Aunor
Around 3,000 extras took part in the filming of Himala, the 1982 Ishmael Bernal masterpiece shot in Paoay. Considering its limited budget, it was a miracle of sorts putting together what is now largely considered, both by critics and the viewing public, as the best film ever produced in the Asia Pacific. On May 10, the miracle happened anew, with a crowd ten times bigger witnessing the immortalization of the film’s iconic character, Elsa.

The unveiling of a fiberglass statue depicting Elsa was the highlight of this year’s Himala sa Buhangin, an offbeat outdoor arts and music festival staged in the Paoay Sand Dunes. Aunor, who played the lead role, graced the event to the delight of an estimated 25,000 revellers, including hundreds of die-hard Noranians from other parts of the country. In that event, Aunor was declared an honorary daughter of Paoay.

At that time, the Superstar was highly expected to be proclaimed as a National Artist for Film, an accolade she rightfully deserves. In a very unpopular move, however, President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III decided to deny her of the honor, causing massive dismay not only among Aunor’s fans but even among people who have decent capacity for art appreciation. She was so fit for the award that even Vilmanians were outraged by Mr. Aquino’s messing up the NCCA-initiated National Artist Award when the president’s signature is supposedly only ministerial.

But what is a piece of paper unsigned when Nora Aunor’s name is deeply etched in the hearts of our countrymen?

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Welcome each day with gladness

WE have every reason to welcome each day with gladness, regardless of how our condition may be physically, mentally, emotionally. And that’s because God is always good, and his love and mercy never end.

No sin nor stupidity of ours can change that. Its not him who will condemn us, if ever we get condemned. It’s us. We need to train ourselves to always have a positive outlook in life, to be hopeful and optimistic, in spite of whatever. As far as God is concerned, he has given us everything we need to be like him, happy, full of love and goodness.

We have to look at this matter first of all within the framework of the over-all plan of God when he decided to create us and the rest of the universe. Truth is we have all been created out of love, out of sheer goodness on the part of God who did not have any need to create anything or anyone. He just wanted to share what he has with us.

In short, the whole of creation has been generated out of love and is meant for love. With God’s omnipotent providence, it will remain in a state of love. As his image and likeness, we are supposed to reflect that love and goodness in our life, in our attitude toward him and everybody and everything else.

Even if we abused his goodness and fell into sin, God continues to love us. He will re-create us, heal us, redeem us as he actually has done and continues to do. He will forgive us always, just as he in Christ has commanded us—“not only seven times, but seventy times seven.”

Lets listen to what Christ has to say about this: For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whosoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God sent the Son into the world not to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.” (Jn 3,16-17)

Its truly worthwhile to engrave these precious and reassuring words in our mind and heart. Since we cannot help but abuse the goodness of God, and so get our just deserts by suffering some forms of sadness, shame, pain and the like, we should always remember that God will continue to love us.

This has been proven by the fact that Christ died for us. He assumed our sins. His love for us is not self-seeking (eros), nor a matter of sharing (filia). He goes beyond, to the point of giving himself to us even if his love is not corresponded properly (agape).

St. Paul explains it plainly in this way: God shows his love for us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.”(Rom 5,8)

This is the irrefutable basis for our joy and confidence in life, in our attitude towards anything, in spite of whatever mistakes, sins, miseries we may have. We need to train ourselves always to have a joyful, hopeful outlook in life.

It would not be good if we allow ourselves to be dominated by fear, worry, anger, doubts, sadness, etc., just because of our problems, difficulties, or worse, our sins and mistakes.

Yes, we have to learn to face them, solve and resolve them the best way we can. And yet even in the worst scenario when we encounter situations of insoluble predicaments, we still have reason to be joyful and at peace, because Christ has assumed all our troubles on the cross.

We need to learn how to be sport in life, how to move on in spite of setbacks, how not to get stuck in our failures and disappointments and to rot there. If we look at our predicaments the way Christ looks at them, it would not be hypocrisy if we strive to smile even if our heart is burdened with something. That would be heroic sanctity.

In the face of our abuses, Christ simply preaches what is right. He may correct, or sometimes scold as he did to Peter. But he does not prevent us from exercising our freedom, no matter how wrongly we use it. He simply drowns evil with an abundance of good, to the extreme of offering his life on the cross.

This is how we can be joyful and at peace all the time. Yes, we may suffer, but it’s a suffering that does not take away our joy and peace. And so we can afford to welcome each day with gladness, no matter how that day goes.

On ethics

Ethics is about making choices that may not always feel good or may not seem beneficial to you but are the right choices to make. They are the choices that make "model citizens" and examples of the golden rules. We've all heard about the golden rules: Don't hurt, don't steal, don't lie, or the most famous aphorism of Confucius. "Do unto others what you don't want others do unto you." These are not just catchy phrases; these are words of wisdom that any productive member of society should strive to live by.

In our personal lives, most people try to do the golden rules. Ethics are thought of by many people as something that is related to the private side of life and not to the business side. In many businesses, having ethics is frowned upon or thought of as a negative subject. This is because business is usually about doing what's profitable, not about what's really the right thing to do.

Many people tend to disregard ethics specially politicians in many cases. Money or monetary gain can influence people to do unethical things either in the workplace or in everyday life. In the words of Benjamin Franklin "nothing in this world is sweeter than honey but money".

Ethics can also be defined as beliefs that distinguish right from wrong. These beliefs are normally passed down from the family to help you make the right decisions when the need arises. Morals are also on the same line as ethics when talking about doing the right thing. People's morals can be totally different but should follow the same overall pattern in determining right from wrong. Ethics and ethical principles extend to all spheres of human activity. They apply to our dealings with each other, with animals and the environment. They should govern our interactions not only in conducting research but also in commerce, employment and politics. Ethics serve to identify good, desirable or acceptable conduct and provide reasons for those conclusions.

When most people think of ethics (or morals), they think of rules for distinguishing between right and wrong, such as the Golden Rule (“Do unto others as you would have them do unto you), a code of professional conduct like the Hippocratic Oath (“First of all, do no harm”), a religious creed like the Ten Commandments (“Thou Shalt not kill…”), or wise aphorisms like the sayings of Confucius.

Most people learn ethical norms at home, at school, in church, or in other social settings. Although most people acquire their sense of right and wrong during childhood, moral development occurs throughout life and human beings pass through different stages of growth as they mature. Ethical norms are so ubiquitous that one might be tempted to regard them as simple commonsense. On the other hand, if morality is nothing more than commonsense, then why are there so many ethical disputes and issues in our society? It is because the common sense is on uncommon. One plausible explanation of these disagreements is that all people recognize some common ethical norms but different individuals interpret, apply, and balance these norms in different ways in light of their own values and life experiences. (Gervin F. Bumanglag; Alvincent S. Siena; Ted Peter A. Pagba; Sevie Valencia; Angelo A. Taylan)

Dagiti birbirokek, adda kenka

Dagiti birbirokek, adda kenka 

Amado I. Yoro
Ewa, Hawaii

Birbirokek ti pusok
Adda gayam kenka 

Adda gayam kenka 
Birbirokek ti kararuak
Adda gayam kenka

Birbirokek ti kinataok
Adda gayam kenka 

Adda gayam kenka
Birbirokek ti kinasiak
Sika gayam ti kinasiak

Birbirokek ti ayatko
Sika gayam ti ayatko

Birbirokek ti kaibatogak
Kaibatogak ti kinasiak

Saanko a napukaw ti pusok
Saan met ti kararuak
Ket ti kinataok
Agraman iti kinasiak
Addada amin kenka
Ket ammuem: siak ti pakabuklak
Sika ti biag, 
Ti Bileg
agkurangak no awanka

Sika ti aminko!

Adda apuy iti iliw, ti alipaga ti segga

Adda apuy iti iliw, ti alipaga ti segga

Amado I. Yoro

Ti Umang-anges a darikmat

Adda met sugat ti ayat, gracia campos
Tapno riknaen ti saem a kakuyog
Ti pannakaugas ti barukong
A kas iti atab ti baybay ti panagdaliasat
Ti panagduma iti linak ken allawig
Adu ti puris ken siit uray iti dalan
Ti derraas ti pannakigasanggasat

Kas iti karayan agayusda
ti biag lasatenna dagiti karayan
adda dagiti tamnay-apgad ti biag isuda
met la dagiti ramen ti panagdaliasat

Mapessaan ti piek iti umok
Ket sallukoban ti payak,
adda apuy iti panangilala
Adda Apuy ti iliw;
Alipaga ken alinaga
Bara, pudot anem-em
Silnag silaw;
Ti sugat-saem matay
met laeng iti darang
Ti narayray nga init
ti bulan aglemmeng
Adda ti igaaw ken kalgaw
ti lua ni liday matayda met
Iti dalluyon ti ragsak
dagiti adu a katawa.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Nothing dirty here: FAO kicks off International Year of Soils 2015

Spotlight turns to humanity’s silent ally and the risks it faces

Healthy soils are critical for global food production and provide a range of environmental services.

Rome—Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important "silent ally," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said on the eve of World Soil Day, to be celebrated on 5 December. 

Healthy soils not only are the foundation for food, fuel, fiber and medical products, but also are essential to our ecosystems, playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts, he noted. 

The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. The year will be kicked off tomorrow at events in Rome, New York and Santiago de Chile, in an effort to raise awareness and promote more sustainable use of this critical resource. 

"Today, we have more than 805 million people facing hunger and malnutrition. Population growth will require an approximately increase of 60 percent in food production. As so much of our food depends on soils, it is easy to understand how important it is to keep them healthy and productive," Graziano da Silva said, adding: "Unfortunately, 33 percent of our global soil resources are under degradation and human pressures on soils are reaching critical limits, reducing and sometimes eliminating essential soil functions."

"I invite all of us to take an active role in promoting the cause of soils during 2015 as it is an important year for paving the road towards a real sustainable development for all and by all," he added.

Soils - key resource at risk

FAO estimates that a third of all soils are degraded, due to erosion, compaction, soil sealing, salinization, soil organic matter and nutrient depletion, acidification, pollution and other processes caused by unsustainable land management practices.

Unless new approaches are adopted, the global amount of arable and productive land per person will in 2050 be only one-fourth of the level in 1960.

It can take up to 1,000 years to form one centimeter of soil, and with 33 percent of all global soil resources degraded and human pressures increasing, critical limits are being reached that make stewardship an urgent matter, Graziano da Silva said. 

Calling soils a "nearly forgotten resource," he called for more investment in sustainable soil management, saying that would be cheaper than restoration and "is needed for the achievement of food security and nutrition, climate change adaptation and mitigation and overall sustainable development."

At least a quarter of the world's biodiversity lives underground, where, for example, the earthworm is a giant alongside tiny organisms such as bacteria and fungi. Such organisms, including plant roots, act as the primary agents driving nutrient cycling and help plants by improving nutrient intake, in turn supporting above-ground biodiversity as well. 

Better management can assure that those usually unnoticed organisms boost soil's ability to absorb carbon and mitigate desertification, so that even more carbon can be sequestered—helping offset agriculture's own emissions of greenhouse gases. 

Mapping the earth

FAO has implemented more than 120 soil-related projects around the world and produced together with UNESCO the World Soil Map. Among the most urgent priorities is to update, standardize and render accessible the world's knowledge of soil types and distribution. 

Currently, data on soils is very often outdated, limited in coverage, and fragmented in nature. One of FAO's priorities is to establish a global soil information system that could assist with reliable data decision-making regarding soil management. 

FAO has embarked on a host of initiatives, including launching the Global Soil Partnership, which has rolled out the Healthy Soils Facility as its operational arm.

Happy New Year?

Notices for Dec. 22, 2014

Publication Notice
R.A. 10172
CFN-0022-2014                                                                                             19 December 2014
CCE-0098-2014         R.A. 10172

            In Compliance with the publication requirement and pursuant to OCRG Memorandum Circular No. 2013-1 Guidelines in the Implementation of the Administrative Order No. 1 Series of 2012 (IRR on R.A. 10172), Notice is hereby served to the public that MILAGROS F. AGUINALDO has filed with this Office, a petition for Change of First Name from “TRINIDAD” to “MILAGROS” and correction of entry in the date of birth from “AUGUST 7, 1968” to “AUGUST 27, 1968” in the Certificate of Live Birth of TRINIDAD S. FERMIN at Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte and whose parents are Miguel C. Fermin and Laureana C. Sales.
            Any person adversely affected by said petition may file his/her written opposition with this Office not later than January 6, 2015.

Municipal Civil Registrar
Dec. 22-28, Dec. 29- Jan. 4, 2015*IT

            Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late MARCELINA R. SAGUIGUIT consisting of a parcel of land designated as Lot 1 of the subdivision plan (LRC) Psd-25150, being a portion of a parcel of land described on plan Psu-162144 (FPA No. 3-1 2251), LRC Record No. (Free Pat. No. 176453) under TCT No. T-10748 containing an area of 694 sq. m. located at Brgy/ 7 Caunayan, Batac City, Ilocos Norte has been the subject of Deed of Adjudication with Quitclaim and Partition executed by her heirs ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Da Vinci M. Crisostomo as per Doc. No. 472; Page No. 96; Bk. No. CCXXXIV; S. of 2014.
Dec. 22, 29, 2014, Jan. 5, 2015*IT

            Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late FRANCISCA A. ACOB consisting of a bank deposit with the BANCO DE ORO (BDO) under Savings Account No. 005190245102 has been adjudicated by her heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Jason Bader Ll. Perera as per Doc. No. 272; Page No. 55; Bk. No. 126; S. of 2014.
Dec. 22, 29, 2014, Jan. 5, 2015*IT

            Notice is hereby given that the intestate estate of the late FRANCISCA ACOB consisting of three (3) parcels of land designated as Lot Nos. 53823, 51989 and 53831 containing an area of 437 sq. m., 427 sq. m. and 811 sq. m. covered by TD Nos. 08-021-06125, 08-021-00289 and 08-021-06102 situated at Brgy. Cabaruan, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte  and a building with an area of 146.25 sq. m. under TD No. 08-004-00735 situated at Brgy. San Andres, Bacarra, Ilocos Norte has been adjudicated by her heir ratified and acknowledged before Notary Public Jason Bader Ll. Perera as per Doc. No. 350; Page No. 70; Bk. No. 127; S. of 2014.
Dec. 22, 29, 2014, Jan. 5, 2015*IT


Dagitoy man dagiti paboritomi a pagsasao a naadaw iti 24 Oras Ilokano iti daytoy a tawen:

No kasano’t kinabengbeng ti rupa isu met ti kinaingpis ti kararua.

Ti uleg, uray maawanan ti gita, ulegto latta.

Agminarto iti rupa ti kinangisit ti kararua.

Masansan a dagiti nakarit ket dagiti awanan ti pudno a saririt.

Alisto a maunnat ti agkedked nga agannad.

Saanto a makasang-at ti tao a mabuteng iti rigat.

Nasaysayaat pay ti agserbi iti ngumernger a tigre ngem ti makikaddua iti karasaen nga aginpapasimple.

Ti napudot nga ulo agasan ti nabara a puso.

Masansan a ti tapik iti abaga ket nalimed a bagkong iti bukot a nawada.

Ti aginnanakem karemkemen ti sakit ti nakem.

Mailisi iti panagsagaba ti tao a managpakumbaba.

Agusaw ti kinaragsak no matibnukan ti nalabes a kina-appak.

Nadakdakes tay puso a nalupoy ngem tay panunot a nakapoy.

Nainaw iti kinagulib ti tao a sipsip.

Abalbalay ti pannakapaay ti tao a nareklamo unay.

Mangriing ti narway a gura ti nalabes a kina-ariwawa.

Saanto a maattianan ti naimbag a gasat ti tao a nasayaat.

Nasakit ti sarita no adda kinapudnona kenka.

BARD NOTES: Happy bard-reading to Governor Imee Marcos, Laoag City Mayor Chevylle Farinas, Laoag City Vice Mayor Michael Farinas, Provincial Treasurer Josephine P. Calajate, Dr. Castor Bumanglag, Dr. Miramar Bumanglag and PNB Laoag Manager Metty Guerrero.

Happy reading also to the members of the Bad Circle Runners and to the employees of AMA Laoag, PNB Laoag, DEPED Laoag and Vertext. 

Naidumduma a kallaysa: babai Ken babai da Mhar ken Lecey

Ni Amado I. Yoro

Kasla nakaad-adayo idi a mapasamak nga adda agkallaysa iti agpada a kinataona,  ti agasawa a babai ken padana a babai, wenno lalaki ken padana a lalaki ta kas ibatay iti nasantuan a kasuratan iti makuna traditional marriage ket maysa a lalaki ken babai laeng ti mabalin nga agasawa.

“Ta pinagtipon ti Dios ti lalaki ken babai tapno agbalinda a maymaysa…”

A kastoy ti baliksen ti padi kabayatan nga annongenna iti seremonia ti nasagraduan a sakramento:

“In the Name of God, you Romeo, do you take this woman to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, until you parted by death.

And you Juliet, do you take this man to have and to hold from this day forward, for better for worse for richer for poorer in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish until you parted by death….”

Kunada nga isungbat: I DO.

Ngem kasla saan a nakapapati ngem pudno nga iti panaglabas ti napardas a panagbalbaliw iti aldaw, panawen ken iti aglawlaw ti kagimongan a kakuykuyog ti adu a pasamak ken wagas iti panagbiag ti tao, linteg ti tao ti mapaturayen iti sumagmamano a disso, estado ken pagilian.

Biernes, Hunio 20, 2014.  Umuna a pasamak iti pakasaritaan ti biag ti St. Paul’s Episcopal and Philippine Independent Church ditoy Honolulu.

Manen, kasla saan a nakapapati ngem pudno a babaen ti kabaruanan a linteg nga inaprobaran ti Lehislatura iti Hawaii babaen iti espesial a sesion nga agilinlinteg sakbay ti paskua ti 2013, nupay adda dagiti nangtubngar iti publiko, iti uneg ti pagpandayan ti linteg iti agpada a benneg ti Senado ken House of Representatives, ad-adu ti nangpabor iti Equality Marriage Act, banag met a pinirmaan ni Gobernador Neil Abercrombie idi   Disiembre  2, 2013 a nagbalin a linteg. [Same-sex marriage in Hawaii has been legal since December 2, 2013. The Hawaii State Legislature held a special session beginning October 28, 2013, and passed the Hawaii Marriage Equality Act legalizing same-sex marriage. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the legislation on November 13, and same-sex couples began marrying on December 2. Hawaii also allows both same-sex and opposite-sex couples to formalize their relationships legally in the form of civil unions and reciprocal beneficiary relationships. Civil unions provide the same rights, benefits, and obligations of marriage at the state level, while reciprocal beneficiary relationships provide a more limited set of rights.]

Agpada nga annak iti Kailokuan, naangay ti kallaysa ti agpada a babbai: Lecely Faustino ken Mhar Ancheta babaen ken ni Reb. Canon Randolph Albano iti St. Paul’s Church Episcopal and Philippine Independent ditoy Honolulu

I-Bacarra ni Padre Albano:  “We call the service, the witnessing and blessing of a lifelong covenant; we have gathered together today to witness Mhar and Lecely publicly committing themselves to one another, and in the name of Church, to bless their union a relationship of mutual fidelity and steadfast love forsaking all others”

Naranga a pasken ti naangay iti International Ballroom iti Pagoda Hotel, Honolulu idi Hunio 20, 2014 nga inantendaran iti aganay a 180 a kameng ti pamilia ken nasinged  gagayyem ken sangaili.

Agaddayo a probinsia ti naggapuan dagitoy dua a maseknan itoy a kita ti kallaysa. Immayda iti Hawaii kas imigrante iti naginnadayo met a tawen. Ngem tay pagsasao, pagsaraken latta ti gasat no talaga nga isuda ti nagbatog iti bituenda.

Nayanak ni Mhar Ancheta idi Abril 20, 1978 idiay  Pasuquin, Ilocos Norte. Immay ditoy Hawaii idi Hunio 4, 1991 idinto a nayanak  ni Lecely Faustino idi Nobiembre 27, 1987 idiay San Fernando La Union ken immay ditoy Hawaii idi Hulio 24, 2004

Maintenance / landscaping ti damo a nastrekan a trabaho ni Mhar,

Cashier (I love Country Cafe Navy Exchange) ti immuna a trabaho ni Lecey.

Kastoy ti nagrugian ti panagsarakda ditoy Hawaii, iti uneg ti trabahoda. Hunio 24, 2010 a nagsarak da Mhar ken Lecely iti Jack in the Box Kapiolani, maysa kadagiti fast food chain restaruran daytoy a kompania. Nangrugi ditoy iti uneg ti Walk-in freezer a pakaidulinan dagiti food supplies tapno mapagtalinaed ti kinalamiis ken kinasayaat ti kondision dagiti maidulin a taraon, iti nasapa a bigat a saanen a madaeran ni Lecely ti kinalamiis iti kaaddana iti uneg ti freezer.   Gapu iti kasta a naimatang ni Mhar iti panagpaypayegpeg ni Lecely iti napalaus a lamiis ken lammin dagus nga indiaya ni Mhar ti nabengbeng a dyaketna sada naginnisem.  Iti uneg ti panunot ni Mhar, nakunana iti bagina: "I got her"...

Iti panunot ni  Lecely: "ooh wow, he cares".

Nangrugin dita a nagbalinda a nasinged nga aggayyem. Agpadada nga addaan iti kabukbukodan a ‘dalluyon iti biagda’ [ups and downs]  Ammo ni Lecely nga adda sabali a gagayyem ni Mhar, ammo met ni Mhar dagiti parikut ni Lecely.   

Rabii ti Thanksgiving a panagkakainumanda nga aggayyem, nangrugin ti sabali a rikna ti tunggal maysa kadakuada. Kalpasan dayta a rabii, narikna la uneay ni Lecely nga adda ‘naisangsangayan a riknana’ para ken ni Mhar.   Agpadadan a nakayawan iti tunggal maysa.   Nangrugin ti panagpasiar, panangngan iti restaurant, agpagpagna ken agsarsarita. Iti riknada, suminged a suminged.

Iti maysa a gundaway a panagkuyogda a nagkalugan iti kotse ni Mhar, kastoy ti kinuna ni Mhar ken ni Lecely:   “ if only I could find a woman that has everything that I'm looking for, if only I could find that woman who can understand me and take me as I am then I will be good and faithful to her, I will be very very happy in life”

Mabalin a siak daytan, nagrimat iti panunot ni Lecely. Maysa a kanta ti pinatokar ni Mhar iti kanta:  "Ikaw na Nga" ket uray la a naglabbasit ti rupa ni Lecely ket nayebkasna:  Really? Mhar answered YES, and said I Love you... nagistayan napalagto ken napaikkis ni Lecely ta dayta met ti ur-urayenna a mangeg manipud ken ni Mhar.   Naginnarakupda a naginnagek iti nabara ken nairut.  And that was the beginning of their love story.

PhilRice embarks on new movement to transform farmers into millionaires

By Leilanie G. Adriano
Staff reporter

Batac City—The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) is embarking on a new movement which aims to inspire farmers on becoming a millionaire is possible in agriculture.

Leading the way in this rural transformation movement, Dr. Ronan Zagado of PhilRice Central Experiment Station (CES) said having the right mix of strategies and practices would ensure farmers they can make it big in farming.

Attended by over a hundred farmers, researchers,  extension workers, teachers and students from the Ilocos region including its neighboring provinces in Cagayan and Apayao, a briefing on the rural transformation movement is being conducted at the PhilRice auditorium today to help farmers achieve this goal: to achieve at least P1 million gross income per hectare per year.

According to Dr. Zagado, PhilRice has developed a wide range of technologies and production models to increase the yield of farmers and at the same time convert this into sustainable income.

“If farmers were only able to harvest 30 cavan of rice per hectare before, they can now produce more than 100 cavan per hectare should they adopt these technologies,” he said.

Converting a rural farming community into an organized group in partnership with support organizations which can compete in the world market, he said farmers can take advantage of the Asean Integration program of the government to create an impact in this rural transformation movement.

Dubbed as “Kaya Natin Maging Milyonaryo” challenge, Rafael Abaya, a psychology graduate and a farmer model from Caterman, Candon City in Ilocos Sur said the adoption of new technologies such as the modified rice seeding has helped him transform his five-hectare farm planted with various crops, yielding a gross income of more than a million per cropping season

“Becoming a millionaire is not an overnight job. How early you wake in the morning?  Every minute counts and it requires a lot of hard work, discipline and patience to achieve this goal,” he told farmer-participants at the forum.