I just thought I'd post this photo. I am not trying to promote the bus line. I think it used to be the Aniceto bus line. It is one of the few buses that you can take from Manila to the Ilocos and vice versa. It goes all the way to Laoag, Ilocos Norte. Other bus lines for the Ilocos are Partas, Farinas, Victory Liner, Dominion, Candon Bus Line and others.
Gov't's anti-jueteng drive heads to Ilocos -- Courtesy of the Philippine Star, Tue, Jan 15 2013 
Gov't's anti-jueteng drive heads to Ilocos
By Artemio Dumlao (philstar.com) | Updated January 2, 2013 - 5:26pm
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur - The government’s drive against the illegal numbers game is heading to Ilocos Sur after dealing with the province of Pangasinan.
The government is now gathering pieces of evidence against a known political figure and his involvement in jueteng, a source close to the Palace told the Star as the administration is reportedly flexing muscles against the multi-billion “underground industry” in the northern provinces.
Earlier, Bugallon town Mayor Rodrigo Orduna accused his erstwhile boss Gov. Amado Espino of his direct involvement in the operations of jueteng in all six districts in Pangasinan, a charge denied by the governor, tagging it as “baseless” and ill-timed as the 2013 mid-term poll nears.
Orduna, who has lodged a plunder complaint, said Gov. Espino received an estimate of P900 million in jueteng money and is allegedly protecting its operations.
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has formed an investigative body to look into the accusation while the Ombudsman is undertaking a separate probe.
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The DILG has also requested the assistance of the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Anti-Money Laundering Council and other government agencies in the investigation on Espino.
In Ilocos Sur, only Tagudin town Mayor Roque Versoza, Jr. has declared his town as jueteng-free. “This town will remain jueteng free,” the town executive said while another town mayor talking on conditions of anonymity said, “mahirap mapahinto ang jueteng.”
Verzosa however is firm, saying “only the financers of jueteng gain from its operations,” adding, “if one wants to stop jueteng operations, it only takes political will.”
An article re the telephone lines that were installed in the Tagudin area last year -- Courtesy of The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Thu, Jan 31 2013  PLDT, Globe fighting over telephone poles
11:26 pm | Sunday, January 27th, 2013
The ongoing word war over network problems between the country’s largest telcos is set to heat up, as Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has accused Globe Telecom of illegally attaching fiber-optic cables to PLDT poles in northern Luzon.
In a statement during the weekend, PLDT said multiple notices had been sent to Globe Telecom of the Ayala group regarding the latter’s alleged illegal use of PLDT facilities to expand its own network.
“Despite repeated notices since December last year, Globe’s contractors continued to install (fiber-optic cable) FOC equipment on facilities of PLDT and Smart Communications without our knowledge and consent,” PLDT Public Affairs head Ramon Isberto said.
“We have been compelled to act because these may affect the operations of our own facilities,” he added.
Globe contractors have been installing FOC equipment at PLDT’s telephone poles in La Union, Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte, Isberto said.
Globe was given until Jan. 25 to remove the unauthorized installations, he said.
“If no action is taken by Globe contractors, PLDT will be (forced) to remove the illegal connections and charge Globe for the cost of the removal and other damages that may be incurred by our facilities in the process,” Isberto pointed out.
PLDT and Smart personnel have found Globe FOC facilities attached to PLDT or Smart poles and lines in various points such as Sudipen and Bangar, La Union, and in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur.
“It is unfortunate that the services of PLDT, Smart and Globe may be affected due to the apparent disregard of Globe’s contractors of standard legal and safety procedures,” Isberto said.
“We simply cannot allow this infringement into our facilities that could put our own network at risk and disrupt services to our subscribers,” he added.
In a statement, Globe spokesperson Yoly Crisanto admitted that illegal pole attachment for network rollouts was an ongoing concern for both Globe and PLDT.
“There have been occasions when Globe has raised the same issue with PLDT contractors doing this illegal act. For its part, Globe has not been remiss in exercising due diligence in choosing its rollout partners,” she said.
“It is also our policy to immediately correct a dispute and penalize the erring contractor. We call for closer coordination and exchange of information between Globe and PLDT to avoid these incidents in the future,” Crisanto added.
Last week, Globe accused PLDT unit Digital Telecommunications Philippines (Digitel), operator of the Sun Cellular brand, of using outdated equipment, leading to problems in the delivery of short messaging service (SMS) or text messages among the subscribers of both companies.
The PLDT group hit back, saying the text delivery issues were likely caused by problems in the current network modernization being undertaken by Globe.
The NTC has launched an investigation to look into the network issues, which have affected thousands of subscribers of both companies.—Paolo G. Montecillo
Update on the ongoing Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway Project -- Article courtesy of Philippine Information Agency, Fri, Jan 25 2013 
Ilocanos from the north have been waiting patiently for the completion of this expressway. I’ve posted some articles here at the mb in the past and here is an update. I am glad to know that it is nearing completion finally, at least the Tarlac-Carmen section. I think there were problems with land acquisitions and right of ways but most of it have been settled. The highway does not go all the way to Ilocos Norte but at least it will go all the way up to Rosario, La Union with future extension to Bacnotan, La Union I heard. This will surely shorten the travel time from Ilocos to Manila and vice versa. It will also be safer since you will not be sharing the highway with tricycles, tractors, bicycles, etc.
P12.5-B expressway offers seamless travel to north
By Carlo Lorenzo J. Datu
Wednesday 2nd of January 2013
TARLAC CITY, Jan 2 (PIA) -- It’s all systems go for the opening of the Tarlac-Carmen section of the 88.15 kilometers (km) Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) on May 31.
“The construction of this section, which runs 48.6 km, is 71.18 percent finished as of December. We are on track with our target date,” said Marilou Camua of the Department of Public Works and Highways Project Management Office.
“There is still ongoing works in the Agno Viaduct on the 13.72 km Carmen-Urdaneta stretch while construction of the 25.832 km Urdaneta-Rosario part will commence on March this year,” Camua added.
An all-Filipino consortium composed of R.D. Policarpio and Co. Inc., C.M. Pancho Construction Inc., New Kanlaon Construction Inc., D.M. Wenceslao and Associates Inc., J.E. Manalo and Co. Inc., and D.M. Consunji Inc. currently handle the TPLEX construction.
The P12.469-billion road is initially eyed to have two lanes and subsequently expanded to four when capacity reaches 25,000 vehicles per day.
Once fully operational, it will provide seamless travel to Ilocos, Cordillera, and Central Luzon regions as it will be linked to the North Luzon and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressways. (WLB/CLJD-PIA 3)
Our country The Philippines should institute a draft for all able-bodied men and women upon reaching the age of maturity. -- Paul L. Villanueva Sr., Thu, Jan 17 2013 
Our country The Philippines should institute a draft for all able-bodied men and women upon reaching the age of maturity.
Time to put patriotism above all. Change the national anthem part thus: Ang Pumatay ng Dahil Sa Iyo. The draft service is based on patriotism, commitment, & total devotion to the democratic state of our country. In turn the Filipino youth will learn what comradeship, responsibility, & professionalism mean. discipline, loyalty, & love for country must prevail.
If you think compulsory military service for all young Filipinos is a good idea please response. “ Roque go pursue my dream run Jun run.”
The Valdez family would like to thank you for your kindness and sympathy.
We thank our relatives, friends, and all Tagudinians and non-Tagudinians who came and attended the wake and the funeral. There was an outpouring of grief and support for us from a lot of you. I am very sure that my mother would had been very happy to know that she was well loved and you were there for us during our time of sorrow.
We also thank all the folks in Tagudin who went and said daily prayers for our mother at our home in Barangay Quirino.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We will remember.
God bless you all.
We would like to share these photos taken from our mother's funeral especially for those of you who wanted to attend but weren't able to come.
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Manuela "Nelly" Dauz Valdez of Barangay Quirino, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur and Newark, California, RIP -- Larry Valdez, Mon, Jan 07 2013 
On behalf of my siblings Vangie, Landa, Josie and Junior Sury and the rest of the Dauz-Valdez families, I am heartbroken to tell you that our beloved mother has gone to heaven. To her relatives, to her friends, to her many acquaintances, to everyone she had touched one way or the other in her lifetime, and to all Tagudinians and non-Tagudinians out there who know my mom, you were all in her heart when she passed away on Jan 6, 2013. Mother died peacefully at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View California at 8:30 AM.
I want to share with you my little story about my experience leading to my mother s fateful day on the 6th of January at El Camino Hospital in Mt. View California. My experience started in Baguio. When I was at Burnham Park during the New year s eve celebration, for some reason I was missing my mother. I usually miss my mother whenever I go overseas but not as intense as the way I missed her that chilly night in Baguio. There were fireworks in the sky but when I looked up to watch the fireworks, all I saw was mom s beautiful and kind face up there. She wasn t there but I felt her presence even with the music that was being played in the background. As the final countdown for the new year came closer, the beautiful moments that I had with her through the years came to my mind, and my first wish was for my mother to be able to live for many more years. I had all the reasons to be hopeful that night because she successfully and bravely fought a series of major health battles mainly related to her diabetes and her stroke in 2010, and the dialysis that she started a few months back was working which improved her overall health condition. That night was a little sad but it was also a wonderful night for I thought of my mother my mother that I love so dearly. However, I received an email the following morning from my oldest sister Vangie telling me that mom got rushed to the hospital and she was in critical condition. That actually spoiled whatever good feelings that I had that night before. Upon reading her message, I packed my things and drove back crying to Tagudin so I could monitor their updates. Their first update was mom s condition was stabilizing so I felt more relieved. However, the second update from my younger sister Josie told me that mom wanted me to come back to the states. With no hesitation, I bought a ticket and hop on the next plane back to the states but for the first time I felt a little more at peace with myself for I begun to accept the reality that at anytime at this point mom could go. When mother saw me upon my entrance at the ICU two days later, I could tell she is relieved and happy to see me by looking at her face. She seemed okay and stable so everybody went home that night since it was also my turn to take care of her but at dawn, things took a turn for the worse. Mom deteriorated rapidly. Except for myself, the whole family weren t able to make it to her bedside for her last breath. However, knowing that that she already said her goodbyes to everybody when she was first rushed to the hospital during the critical stage, I did not feel as bad. I guess she was just waiting for me and I am very thankful that my beloved mother waited for me and I was there for her. It was a very difficult time for me and for everyone in my family but we are grateful that she went peacefully and she did not suffer that much.
She was an inspiration. I admire her because she was a simple, humble, very down to earth, loving, and generous person, and easy to get along with. She made friends easily because of her wonderful traits. As far as I remember, she never had any enemy. People called her Nang or Manang Nelly, Maestra Nelly or Mrs. Valdez.
She was a disciplinarian mother but she was always supportive of us in whatever we do and was always there to guide us. She was a pacifier and she bound together not only our family but our relatives as well.
Another trait that she had that I wish I have was her good organizational skills. She was a very organized person. If you hand her a document for safe keeping by her, you could be sure that document would be safe because her files are well organized. She definitely knew how to handle her files efficiently. I guess that had something to do with her long experience of teaching school.
Mom was 83 years old. She was born in Sulvec, Narvacan, Ilocos Sur. She is the daughter of the late Vicente and Francisca Dauz of Barangay Quirino in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur. She was married to my dad, the late Engr. Anselmo Valdez, Sr. who was a former vice-president and later the president of the Tagudinian organization of Northern California in 1988 to 1990. They were one of the pioneers of the organization since it was founded in 1986. Her five children are Vangie Valdez-Kelly - the present president of the Tagudinian Organization of Northern California, Marilyn Landa Valdez-Laluan, Larry, Junior "Sury", and Josie Valdez-Long. Her grand children are David, Melissa, Christine, Vanessa, Abigail, Nea, Miles and Gia.
Mom graduated from the Philippine Women s University in Malate, Manila with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics in 1950. She was a grade school teacher in the mountain provinces of the Philippines for many years. It was in the mountain provinces where mom met my dad who was at that time assigned as an engineer in that area for the Dept. of Public Works and Highways. Her last teaching assignment was in Las ud Elementary School in Tagudin before she immigrated to the U.S. in the mid 1970 s. My mother was my first grade school teacher. While in the United States, she worked for 3 years in different companies in the Silicon Valley and for Hewlett Packard Company for 13 years till her retirement in 1991. It was in that year when mom and dad went back to the Philippines for good. Just to keep them busy during their retirements, they started their own business (Seaside Park and Foothill Mini-Mart and Lodging) and got themselves involved in different organizations. Mom was the treasurer of the Retired Teachers Association of Tagudin. Both mom and dad did not have any regrets going back home to the Philippines. However they did a once a year visit to the family in the U.S. They enjoyed their retirements in the Philippines to the fullest until the last years of their lives when they had to come back to join the family in the U.S.because of health reasons.
Mom loved to travel and had gone all over United States, Europe, Holy Land, Asia, the Caribbean and the Philippines. She loved to attend dinner dances and other activities of the Tagudinian organizations. She enjoyed playing cards and mahjong with her friends and helping the needy in her beloved town of Tagudin.
The entire family would also like to take this opportunity to thank all the people who help our mother along the way on her journey starting when she had the major stroke in the Philippines: The doctors and nurses in Lorma Hospital and Bethany Hospital in San Fernando, La Union and in Tagudin and the folks in her favorite hospital in the U.S. which became her second home for the last few years - the beautiful El Camino Hospital in the Silicon Valley; Manang Gloria, Manang Ansing, and Manang Carling at home in Barangay Quirino and the folks in the neighborhood who were always there to give support and to lend a hand; Our auntie Josie who became her caregiver for the last two years or so; And of course more importantly, everyone in my family especially to Manang Vangie and Manong Rudy who turned their home almost like a mini-hospital for mom for the last couple of years.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of our mother Manuela "Nelly" Dauz Valdez.
Viewing: January 11, 2013, Friday
Time: 4:30pm - 9pm
Chapel of the Chimes
32992 Mission Boulevard
Hayward, CA 94544
Due to the traffic on Fridays, please come early.
For the direction, please click: Map
Funeral Service (Mass): January 12, 2012, Saturday
St. James the Apostle Church
3470 Fremont Boulevard
Fremont, California 94555
Tel. No. 510-792-1962
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Let me just assure you that tagudinseaside.com is safe. There was a previous Warning Message that says the site is an attack site. That should not be a problem anymore because Google has cleared tagudinseaside.com for any malicious malwares. Except for Firefox, there should be no more warning messages when you enter the site using most of the popular browsers out there. If you are using an older version of Firefox - version 17 or below, it might still show intermittent warning messages due to a glitch in these Firefox older versions. Please make sure your Firefox browsers are up to date. The current version is Firefox 18 and this current version should not show the warning message anymore. Please update your Firefox browsers if they are not up to date. You can check your browser's version by going to Help in the menu and by clicking About Firefox. It should tell you if your version is up to date or not. You could download the new version of Firefox by going to http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/new/ . You could also set your browser to automatically update your browser by going to Tool, Option, then Advance and check on the automatic update.
Hope this resolves the issue regarding the warning messages.
I just want to share with you these songs that I put together as a tribute to my late beloved mother. Some of the songs were her favorites. My mom loved music especially songs from her generation. Sorry that I don't have time to put more of her favorite music at this time but hopefully when we migrate to the new message board, I'd try to put more of her favorite songs. Take care.
In Loving Memory Of My Mother
To go to the next song, please click the playlist button at the black bar at the bottom of the video.
16 from Tagudin graduate from beekeeping -- Courtesy of Philippine Information Agency, Wed, Jan 16 2013 
16 from Tagudin graduate from beekeeping
Wednesday 2nd of January 2013
TAGUDIN, Ilocos Sur, Jan 2 -- Sixteen graduated in beekeeping training in Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, December 20, said Dr. Apolonio Sito, Director of the National Agriculture Research and Training Development Institute.
Visitors and municipal employees watched in awe and enthusiasm the extraction of honey from 19 frames which highlighted the graduation program.
The objectives of the training were to provide the basic beekeeping training and skills in starting beekeeping as a component of their farming system; introduce beekeeping to conserve and protect the environment; introduce honeybee products to enrich nutritional food value and cash income for the people in the community; and to create employment in the community.
The different products derived from honeybees are honey, bee pollen, bee venom, bee wax, propolis, and royal jelly which are highly in demand in both local and international markets.
Beekeeping likewise favors increased crop production and improves quality of harvest through crop pollination, supplementing income, and improves family nutrition for a healthy environment and better quality of living.
This training is one among the 12 Flagship Programs of Mayor Roque S. Verzosa Jr. which was conducted by the Municipal Agriculture Office. The others are: Ruangan Ti Ilocandia (RTI) on Tourism, Revenue Enhancement Initiative (REI) on increasing Revenues, Integrated Social Welfare Center on Social Service, Public Market – Relocation, refurbishing and improvement of the Municipal Market, Tagudin Controlled Dumpsite, Agricultural Diversification – Improvement and furtherance of the present agricultural status of the municipality, Education – “Education for All”, Health, Youth and Sports, Various Infrastructure Projects, Peace and Order, and Values Formation. (ANL/NOA-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur/Tagudin website)
Best travel destinations for 2013 -- Courtesy of The Christian Science Monitor, Mon, Jan 14 2013  13 best, cheapest, and weirdest travel destinations of 2013
Decide where to take your next vacation with this compilation of "best of" travel destinations for the coming year, from Amsterdam to New Zealand.
By Renee Morad, Contributor / January 13, 2013
The ice-covered twin peaks of Illiniza, located 55 km (34 miles) south of Quito, are seen in Latacunga, Ecuador in this March 2011 file photo. Ecuador's capitol city, Quito, is lauded by National Geographic as an overlooked travel hot spot.
Another year, another collection of lists purporting to know the best, cheapest, or weirdest places for your next vacation.
So which list do you listen to? Which publication knows best? Which locale do you visit?
To help find an answer, we’ve compared all the best-of lists and best-on-a-budget lists we could find. We also rounded up the unique travel lists – in case you’re traveling for a tattoo or want to travel back in time.
We consider these eight hotspots the best of the best because they appear on multiple best-of lists.
1. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This capital city made three lists for 2013: Fodor’s Go List, Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Cities, and Travel + Leisure magazine’s Hottest Travel Destinations.
Amsterdam’s 2013 milestones include the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra’s 125th anniversary; Van Gogh’s 160th birthday; the Artis Zoo’s 175th anniversary; and the 400th anniversary of the Canal Ring, designated a World Heritage site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Rijksmuseum also reopens after a 10-year restoration.
So, Fodor’s says, “The city is ready to celebrate with concerts, exhibits, festivals, and sport events designed to embrace the spirit and culture of Amsterdam.”
2. Marseille, France
France’s second-largest city also made three lists: Fodor’s, Travel + Leisure’s, and National Geographic magazine’s Best Trips – plus the European Union’s European Capital City.
Travel + Leisure calls Marseille France’s edgiest city: “Style seekers browse the racks in the Cours Julien district; artists are colonizing the Le Panier area; and trendy types hole up at Philippe Starck’s Mama Shelter.”
But, National Geographic says, “For all the new energy, Marseille’s old pleasures remain as alluring as ever: a stroll along the narrow lanes of the Panier Quarter, the lusty aromas of a good bouillabaisse, a boat ride into the fjordlike inlets called calanques. It’s no wonder that visitors are becoming fadas (big fans) of France’s southern gateway.”
This European country made Fodor’s and Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Countries.
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Fodor’s calls Montenegro – wedged between Bosnia, Serbia, Albania, and the sea – the new Monaco at half the price.
But despite the small Mediterranean country’s size, Lonely Planet says, “Nature has been prolific and creative…producing such iconic draws as the bewitching Bay of Kotor and the buzzy beaches along its Riviera. But be sure to pack a pair of hiking boots along with your swimsuit, for Montenegro’s beauty is no less intense in the wild and rugged interior. A new – and steadily growing – network of hiking and biking trails and improved infrastructure is making this glorious quilt of nature ever more accessible.”
4. Palawan, Philippines
Palawan, on Lonely Planet’s Top 10 Regions, is another secluded locale to visit before crowds of tourists arrive.
“Palawan incorporates thousands of sparkling, rugged islands and is fringed by [more than 1,200 miles] of pristine coastline. So far Palawan’s natural marvels have only been sampled by plucky backpackers. Not for much longer,” says Lonely Planet. “The trail these pioneers have blazed is set to explode, with regional airlines waking up to Palawan’s potential and clambering to schedule direct flights to the capital.”
Travel + Leisure also listed the Philippines.
5. Samana Peninsula, Dominican Republic
JetBlue started offering direct flights to this less-visited part of the Caribbean country in November, Fodor’s reports.
“Secluded beaches, small hotels, friendly locals, and plenty of natural wonders – including great whale-watching from January through March – await in an area that has not (yet) experienced massive development,” they say. “So go now before the megaresorts follow.”
Lonely Planet also listed the Dominican Republic, which shares the island of Hispanola with Haiti.
6. Quito, Ecuador
“For too long, travelers have neglected Ecuador’s capital city en route to the nation’s marquee attraction, the Galápagos Islands [which didn't make any of the aforementioned lists]. Though its Spanish colonial center has been enshrined as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1978, the area has more recently undergone a renaissance warranting longer stays,” say National Geographic.
Lonely Planet also listed Ecuador.
7. Istanbul, Turkey
“Stunning historical sights and urban style define the city that straddles two continents,” Fodor’s says. “Istanbul has an irrepressible energy that constantly propels it forward with exciting new hotels, restaurants, and art galleries, even while the culture maintains a firm grasp on the traditions of the past.”
Lonely Planet also listed Turkey.
8. Bagan, Myanmar
“The best Burmese travel experiences require a bit of planning, but the rewards are great—especially in Bagan, the arid, pagoda-studded plain along the Ayeyarwady River in Upper Burma where the first Burmese Buddhist kings, their courtiers, and other merit-seeking patrons built thousands of religious monuments from the 11th to 13th centuries,” says National Geographic. “According to Burma scholar Donald Stadtner, these 16 square miles…rank among Southeast Asia’s most significant sacred ancient sites.”
Fodor’s also listed Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
Best of the best on a budget
If you want to travel in style without breaking the bank, consider one of these destinations. They all made a best-of list as well as one of these money-minded lists: Lonely Planet’s Best Value Destinations, TravelZoo’s Wow Deal Destinations, and “Budget Travel” magazine’s 10 Best Budget Destinations.
9. Slovakia: Its capital has remained “surprisingly affordable” despite this country having one of the fastest growing economies in the European Union, according to Budget Travel. Plus, this year also mark’s the 20th anniversary of Slovakia’s independence (from Czechoslovakia, now the Czech Republic), and the city of Kosice made the E.U.’s European Capital of Culture 2013.
10. Slovenia: This European country is “as picture-perfect as Switzerland or other Alpine areas to the north, but much smaller and easier on the wallet,” says Lonely Planet.
11. Portland, Oregon: “Cheap food! Free things to do!" raves Lonely Planet. “Yes, budget-conscious but still fashionably minded travellers may have reached the promised land in Portland.”
12. Nepal: It’s possible to live for a day on the price of a Starbucks latte or two in this tiny landlocked Asian country, if you’re willing to stick to budget accommodations and meals and avoid the capital of Kathmandu, according to Lonely Planet.
13. New Zealand: Thanks to the “Lord of the Rings” and now the “Hobbit” movie series being filmed on this island nation, TravelZoo says more flights to the home of Middle-earth should result in more competitive prices.
Congratulations to Warren Miles Long for being the East Bay Football Player of the Year in the San Francisco Bay Area in California. Miles' mother is from Tagudin. He is the son of Josie Valdez-Long, the daughter of Nelly Dauz Valdez and the late Engr. Anselmo Valdez. Sr. Way to go Miles. -- lv, Mon, Dec 31 2012 
East Bay football player of the year: Warren Miles Long, James Logan
By Phil Jensen
Posted: 12/26/2012 05:35:59 PM PST
Updated: 12/26/2012 07:13:17 PM PST
Warren Miles Long, running back and outside linebacker at James Logan High School is the East Bay Football Player of the Year. Photographed in Union City, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Jim Stevens/Staff)
UNION CITY -- James Logan High football star Warren Miles Long affected games in multiple ways this past season.
Offensively, the Northwestern-bound Long was a challenge to bring down. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound running back rushed for 1,700 yards, averaging 10.3 yards per carry, and scored 21 rushing touchdowns and three receiving touchdowns.
Defensively, it was a challenge to keep Long away from the ball carrier. The outside linebacker netted 86 tackles, four sacks, two interceptions and one defensive touchdown.
Warren Miles Long, running back and outside linebacker at James Logan High School, is the East Bay Football Player of the Year photographed in Union City, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Jim Stevens/Staff)
Most impressive, he was a clutch performer in big games. Long rushed for 766 yards and 11 touchdowns in four postseason games, and he rushed for more yards against De La Salle (122)than any other player this season.
For his many accomplishments, Long has been named the 2012 Bay Area News Group East Bay Player of the Year.
"He's got Division I offers on both sides of the ball," James Logan coach George Zuber said. "There are not many guys that have that ability on both sides of the ball."
Long said Northwestern recruited him as a running back, and he likes to play that position more. But he always thought it was normal to play defense as well as offense.
"My dad brought it to my attention that not a lot of players played both ways," Long said. "That's weird to me. If you are one of the best players on your team, why not help them out on the other side of the ball?"
Zuber can describe many attributes of Long, both offensively and defensively.
"He has a phenomenal ability to make players miss, yet he will power right through you also. You see one or the other usually," Zuber said about Long's offensive talent. "He is a phenomenal outside linebacker. He's got that center of gravity that prevents him from being pushed back. ... To me, he's the best outside linebacker I've seen in a very long time."
Warren Miles Long, running back and outside linebacker at James Logan High School is the East Bay Football Player of the Year. Photographed in Union City, Calif. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012. (Jim Stevens/Staff)
Long gained 45 percent of his season rushing total in his four-game postseason, an eye-opening percentage. The Colts (12-2) reached the North Coast Section Division I title game, where Long earned his 122 yards on 18 carries against the Spartans, scoring on a 38-yard run.
"When you are an athlete, you know when to turn it on," said Long, who also received 41 percent of his season's rushing attempts in the postseason. He was limited to fewer than 10 carries in six lopsided regular-season wins.
Long certainly knows how to make an impact on the football field.
Our sincere condolences to the family of the late Junior Sarmiento. Junior Sarmiento was the son of the late Claudio Sarmiento and Esther Sarmiento who were both member of The Tagudinians of Northern California. Junior Sarmiento passed away in the San Francisco Bay Area. He was formerly from Barangay Quirino in Tagudin.
May he rest in peace.
Tagudinian International Grand Reunion II (TIGRE II) Souvenir Program -- MB Adm For The Tagudinians of Northern California, Sat, Dec 22 2012 [-2]
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St. Augustine’s School Class of 1978 would like to wish our “Kababayans” around the globe a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year. -- lv, Mon, Dec 24 2012 
St. Augustine's School Class of 1978 would also like to thank our batchmates from San Emilio, Ilocos Sur for inviting the batch to visit their beautiful town, for the warm hospitality and for being a great host for our reunion. Mabuhay Kayo Cornelio “Bruno”, Hermilo, and Gerry.
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Rachel Jasmin Cruz Encarnacion Candidate for the Tagudinians of Northern California for the Tagudinian International Grand Reunion on July 2013 -- MB Adm for Tagudinians of Northern California, Mon, Dec 17 2012 
Born on July 27, 1990 at Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord, California, Rachel Jasmin Cruz Encarnacion was born to parents, Rey & Rose. She is the youngest sister of Rita Jo Rose and Ruth Jamie.
Rachel attended Saint Agnes Elementary School from Kindergarten to Eighth Grade. After 9 years of academic excellence and success in her extra-curricular activities, for which she received many awards, she graduated in 2004 as the female student speaker.
Rachel attended Carondelet High School in Concord where she continued to be involved in several extra-curriculars while keeping up with a rigorous course-load. Through her extra-curriculars and academic standing, Rachel was able to attend special conferences at a few colleges in California and New York. She was also able to tour Italy with the Concert Choir in the summer of 2008, where they sang at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City, the Duomo in Florence, and San Marco in Venice. Just prior to this tour, Rachel graduated with several awards regarding her outstanding academic performance and community service, and was a candidate for both Valedictorian and Salutatorian of her class. She was also chosen to be the Homilist at her class Baccalaureate Mass.
In the fall of 2008, Rachel began her undergraduate career at Leland Stanford Junior University in Stanford, California which she was able to attend by being awarded a scholarship from the Srinivasan Family Scholarship Fund each of her four years of undergrad. There, she continued to strive for academic excellence while taking on a difficult pre-medical academic course load and attending several practices a week for four different performing arts groups. With an academic concentration in child and adolescent development, Rachel also worked at Bing Nursery School as a student teacher for two and a half years for children ages 2-5 years. Rachel received her BA in Human Biology this past June 2012, and she was also chosen to sing at the graduation ceremony for her major.
Apart from her schoolwork, Rachel has devoted much time to community service and also to the arts. In 2008, she was awarded the President Student Service Award for having done over 5000 hours of community service in her lifetime, much of her volunteer work done at her church up to this time. With a passion for singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments, Rachel sometimes incorporates her talents into her community service by performing or teaching dance classes.
Currently, Rachel is taking review courses for the MCAT and will apply to medical schools in the spring.
Community Temporary Forum -- MB Adm, Mon, Dec 17 2012 
Dear visitors, readers, and posters of the tagudinseaside.com community forum,
It is unfortunate that our old mb/forum was compromised with malicious scripts. So to prevent any problem with security, I have deleted the mb. It is sad for we have used the same mb for many years (in fact getting close to 10 years), and we have a lot of information stored in there regarding our community. It has been a headache for me restoring the site. I guess that just how it goes in the world wide web. However, I am starting this new forum which will serve as our temporary mb until I get the new forum going. I am actually working on it and hopefully it will be online soon.
I transferred some of the newer messages from the old mb so we have something to start with. Just ignore the dates. You probably have notice they all have the same dates. Please feel free to post your messages so we can keep the forum going.
If you visit tagudinseaside.com and still showing the warning message, please don’t be alarmed because the site has been cleared with malicious scripts. It will take awhile for Google to clear the warming message. This mb does not have the warning message so you can actually come directly to this mb. The new address is http://voy.com/229699/ . Please spread the word. Thank you.
Thank you for visiting and for all your support to this message board through the years.
Puto Bumbong Recipe (expat version) -- , Mon, Dec 17 2012 
Puto Bumbong is a rice cake popular during Christmas season in the Philippines particularly in the Tagalog region. Puto Bumbong usually are being sold beside or in front of churches during “simbang gabi” or early morning mass. I am not sure but I think they don't sell Puto Bumbong in the Ilocos. However, I’ve seen other types of rice cakes being sold outside the church. I’ve tried it before and though I thought it was a little on the sweet side, it is a delicious rice cake.
Volunteerism, partriotism spirit seen in Ilocos town -- Courtesy of Philippine Information Agency, Mon, Dec 17 2012  Volunteerism, partriotism spirit seen in Ilocos town
By Monette H. Herrera
Thursday 8th of November 2012
TAGUDIN, Ilocos Sur, Nov 8 (PIA) -- As a continuous effort to promote volunteerism and patriotism spirit among the Filipinos, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) – Office for Special Concerns Jose Mari Oquiñena underscored initiatives towards the development of the country among the pupils, youth and teachers on Tuesday during the Pilipinas Natin Balangayan Forum at Bio Elementary School in Tagudin town.
“We are looking into expression of volunteerism and one way of doing this is thru donating chairs and paints raised by the youth to said school being chosen as the beneficiary, since we cannot just wait for the government to make all things happen for us”, he said.
Around 80 Pilipinas Natin members from Ilocos Sur, a volunteerism movement that thrives on the peoples’ continuing response to the call for change convened to paint the roofs and window rails of each classroom and provision of chairs and bags for the teachers that took place, during the day.
Citing President Noynoy Aquino as an example that encourages ‘bayanihan’ in the country, he said that people will also be encouraged to do their part or work stressing, that this could be a good environment.
We have to inculcate to these young ones that they are nation’s builders. We all know that volunteering is what we can do during our spare time but, we would like the youth to embrace this spirit in their every action and thoughts in order for them to contribute to the nation, Usec Oquiñena said.
The whole idea in here is to build an arm of nation’s builders or multiply group of people this is why we are encouraging more youth to join Pilipinas Natin. If they will be bombarded with heroism then, there will be more hope, he said.
School Head Teacher Erlinda L. Puzon, on the other hand, thanked Pilipinas Natin volunteers and officials from the PCOO especially Assistant Secretary Cathryne Jonne T. Licudine, also native from Tagudin for bringing that support to the school. “We can already teach comfortably looking our students that they have good classroom and chairs to use considering that we really lack chairs and even books here, she said in an interview.
Meanwhile, Oquiñena further told that there is no target area yet for their next mission as they were strengthening for now the youth while emphasizing that he is dreaming and hoping that more sponsors will take initiative to help so that there will be more school building that will be put in place, trees to be planted and houses to be build for the poor in region one. (ANL/MHH-PIA 1 La Union)
A NOTE OF UNDYING GRATITUDE -- MB Adm for SASAI President, Mon, Dec 17 2012 
A week and a half ago, you posted in this MB the news of SASAI having been accorded a very great honor.
There are many people that SASAI owe eternal gratitude. They are those that took some of their valuable time to nominate and did write-ups and submitted them to The Great Non Profit Organization. As a result, we were given the recognition as one of the top 2012 nonprofit organizations. So as not to risk omitting anybody, I wouldn’t name any individuals but to thank all of them for their prompt attention, kind consideration and unquestionable support and belief of SASAI, its works and its mission. People like them, and all SAS Alumni and Tagudinians, this honor belongs to them. We, at SASAI, are truly blessed. Their continued support, this MB, you Larry, readers and posters inspire us all to continue helping intelligent but financially handicapped children finish their high school education at SAS.
May I just add that majority of our scholars sent in their nominations and write-ups. Let me tell everybody, we are very very proud of them. Their essays were the product of well developed intelligent minds with such an awesome display of academic prowess and very excellent command of the English language. Deacon Tom is in the process of publishing them at our websites: www.sastagudin.wetpaint.com; www.sasaiinc.org; and www.sasaiinc.com. We would like to invite everybody to read our scholars literary works.
We are very grateful and may God Bless all and may I close by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and the Best of the coming New Year. Thanks Larry.
Romeo J. Somera, Esq. CPA
President & Chairman of the Board, SASAi, Inc.
Attorney-At-Law, CFF, CFS,
CERS, CFSA, DABFA, MBA, JD.
What do you think? -- Courtesy of CNN, Mon, Dec 17 2012  Philippine economy bucks global headwinds
By Kevin Voigt, CNN
updated 3:06 AM EST, Thu November 29, 2012
Workers clean windows of a building in Manila on November 28, 2012.
(CNN) -- The Philippine economy grew 7.1% last quarter -- the fastest growth in two years and the fastest pace in Asia next to China -- a strong sign that the Southeast Asian economy is building domestic-growth rather than relying on exports.
Manila is bucking the global pressures of the eurozone debt crisis and the slowdown in China. The Philippines is the only nation whose expected growth has been raised by the International Monetary Fund, rather than revised down, IMF Chief Christine Lagarde noted while visiting Manila earlier this month.
"There is no denying it, the Philippines is having a fantastic year despite strong global headwinds," HSBC said in a research note Wednesday. "This is largely due to the fact that policy makers took timely measures to counterbalance an anticipated slowdown of demand from China and the eurozone as well as the resilient nature of the services-oriented economy."
The stronger-than-expected growth brings more good news for the administration of President Benigno Aquino III, who last month signed a landmark peace deal with Muslim rebel leaders that moves to end the long-running insurgency in the nation's troubled south.
A strong service sector, accelerated growth of the industry sector and better than expected agricultural output led grow, Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan told reporters Wednesday. Household spending contributed more than half of the growth on the demand side, he added.
The 7.1% year-on-year growth in the third quarter was up from 6% growth in the second quarter. "Overall, we now expect the economy to expand by 6.3% this year, up from our previous forecast of 5.0%,"wrote Gareth Leather of Capital Economics in a research note. "Reflecting the economy's resilience, we are also raising our growth forecast for 2013 to 4.5%, up from 4.0% previously."
What is driving the Philippines' surprisingly strong growth?
Tagudin Credit Union - Puede po bang magtanong kung ano ang nangyari sa Tagudin Credit Union? Matagal na po akong walang balita tungkol po sa cooperatibang ito, na noon ay nangunguna sa Region 1. -- high school alumni, Mon, Dec 17 2012 
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Thanks to your review, ST AUGUSTINE SCHOOL ALUMNI INTERNATIONAL INC won! -- MB for SASAI President, Mon, Dec 17 2012 
I would like to share to MB posters, and readers and fellow Tagudinians about the good news on SASAI. I am reproducing hereunder the pertinent portion of the good news sent to me via e mail by Great Non Profit. To those who had contributed and wrote some excellent reviews, SASAI is deeply grateful and profoundly indebted. They made it possible.
Update regarding SASAI Scholars -- MB Adm for Atty. Somera, President of SASAI, Mon, Dec 17 2012 
I receive this very excellent write up and ringing positive endorsement about our SASAI scholarship program. SASAI is currently soliciting write ups and nominations for SASAI for Great Non-Profit Organization. SASAI is also currently have an Essay writing contest among our scholars on their experience, as SASAI scholars, what the scholarship mean to them, and anything they want to write about SASAI. These scholars are also students of our virtual classroom (this is the future of elementary, secondary and on a limited basis, college/university education) providing them excellent academic preparations which so far has brought fantastic results as majority of our scholars are in the honor rolls of SAS.
With Cora's blessings, let me share this with your MB posters and readers. If any of your posters and readers would be kind enough to nominate and do a write up for SASAI, we shall eternally be grateful. Here is the website:
At that site, one can do a write up and nomination for SASAI. Just click the "Nominate" Our full name is " Saint Augustine's International Alumni., International" or they may email Deacon Tom at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or me at email@example.com. for our IRS Tax Number.
Please find below Cora Fajardo Kelley's write up. Thanks a million Larry.
Romeo J. Somera, Esq. CPA
President & Chairman of the Board, SASAi, Inc.
Attorney-At-Law, CFF, CFS,
CERS, CFSA, DABFA, MBA, JD.
A Welcome Party for Father Alex Ulpindo (SAS Class of 1961) -- MB Adm for Alberto Somera, Mon, Dec 17 2012 
A Welcome Party to Father Alex Ulpindo(cl. 61) altogether w/ mini reunion of cl & batch 61..held at Nonong & Doris Valdez Residence in Xavierville II, Loyola Heights, QC .Nov. 13, 2012. Father Alex Ulpindo(center-in white polo) just arrived fr. Dominican Republic..d2 s naka assigned/destino bilang pari 4 almost 40yrs. nw. Welcome Home Father.!
Di la mabalin met aya Apo nga maammuan ditoy MB no sino met dagiti agngayangay nga kandidatos iti ili nga Tagudin. Nganngani ti eleksyon ket uray saan datao nga makabotos ta underage pay met la datao a ket nasayaat ko ma met no maamuan no sinno sinno da... -- Tagudinian MD, Mon, Dec 17 2012 
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Tagudin’s OTOP Calamansi yields 4 products -- Courtesy of Philippine Information Agency, Mon, Dec 17 2012  News Feature: Tagudin’s OTOP Calamansi yields 4 products
By Nila O. Argel
Saturday 27th of October 2012
TAGUDIN, Ilocos Sur, Oct. 27 (PIA) -- This town has produced four products from calamansi, which it chose as its product under the One-Town-One-Product (OTOP) program. They are calamansi juice concentrate, ready-to-drink calamansi juice, calamansi wine and calamansi jam.
Processed by the ASAP Tagudin Samahan ng Magkakalamansi Development Cooperative (ATSMDC), calamansi has two peak seasons of harvesting -- April to June and November to January.
Calamansi growers in this town cover about 48 hectares of land planted to calamansi. This is distributed in barangays Pacac, Sawat, Pudoc East, Pudoc West, Baritao, Tarangotong, Lantag and Las-ud. The growers banded together to form the ATSMDC with its members also working as calamansi processors.
During the Kannawidan Iloco Festival, the province of Ilocos Sur’s yearly cultural festival, the calamansi ready-to-drink juice has always been the number one product among trade fair visitors, according to one of the cooperative members.
The cooperative has been assisted by the Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Trade and Industry. It has almost doubled its number of products since the intervention made by these two national agencies in the form of financial assistance, trainings and equipment.
An article from Tawid News Magazine said calamansi is well known for their wholesome and health-giving properties. It is considered an essential nutrient that promotes the immune system and helps the body resist most types of infections.
The vitamin C content helps the body resist most types of infections and aids the healing of wounds and prevents eye damage. It also helps in the maintenance of teeth and is vital to proper growth and the formation of strong bones.
Researchers reveal that calamansi is a blood purifier. The malic acid and bitter taste contained in calamansi juice helps in the treatment of digestive disorders and prevents constipation when taken first thing in the morning in a glass of warm water. Fresh calamansi juice flushes out body toxins and is an ideal remedy for cold and dry cough, the article said.
Calamansi was found to be high in synephrine and hesperidin, supposed to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. (ANL/NOA-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur with reports from TAWID NEWS MAGAZINE, October 15-21, 2012)
Here is a nice article that is being circulated through the emails. I've thought I would share it with you. -- , Mon, Dec 17 2012 
Peter Wallace is better known hereabouts for his humorus essays on the Philippines, Filipinos and Filipino food.
Professionally, Peter is a foreign investment consultant. He turns his attention on what economists call our 'comparative advantage'.
A great people
The Philippine Advantage
by Peter Wallace
I have often wondered why the Philippines is so poorly regarded internationally (the lowest levels of foreign investment and smallest number of tourists confirm this).
There's so much that is attractive about the Philippines-but it's not known. The image of the Philippines is of bungling cops unable to break down a bus door so eight tourists die. The image of New Zealand is of a country that rescues, nurtures and sends a penguin back home to Antarctica. A country that cares is not careless.
You have an image of a country from minor events, not from in-depth knowledge. Well, the Philippines is not a land of bungling cops (Incidentally, I'd almost guarantee that the promised properly, professionally equipped, intensively trained rescue team has not been created. If it is, I'd like to see a demonstration), but of talented people who perform as well as, or better, in many cases, than anyone else.
The situation is so bad that at many events the Philippines is not compared poorly to elsewhere, it isn't compared at all. It's not on the list. I really have no simple answer to why this is so, despite I've thought and thought about it over the years. Here is a country with a warmth, hospitality and friendship you won't find anywhere else.
Multinational corporations tell me that their operations here are ranked up at the top on performance, efficiency, profitability amongst their subsidiaries around the world. That's reality. I can tell you loyalty of staff is incredible. My team thinks nothing of working way beyond eight hours if the client or project needs it. Of working years for us in a belief in what we do. That's a loyalty replicated in numerous companies Texas Instruments doubled its investment here because after a typhoon that devastated Baguio and many of TI's employees' houses, the employees were all back at work the next day.
I wrote a booklet some years ago to help foreigners new to, or thinking about investing and living, here understand what they're getting into. I listed the country's best features based on various surveys, as: 1) English language proficiency; 2) Labor availability, quality and reliability; 3) Adaptability to Western culture and practices; 4) Market potential and size; 5) Educational attainment; 6) Low cost environment; 7) Positive Filipino attitude; 8) Quality and quantity of middle management and technical people; 9) Comfortable local lifestyle; 10) Strategic location; and 11) Good telecoms infrastructure.
Note how much of it is people: it's the Filipino. Close to 9 million of them around the world tell you that, too. The global shipping industry experienced a great slump during the recent world economic meltdown, yet Filipino seamen didn't lose their jobs. Other nationalities did
But note too how two of the most important features (English capability and education) are being thrown away. My wife was taught in English, her home spoke English, English was the language of choice. Tagalog was placed alongside it. Today, misplaced nationalism seems to think Tagalog must be spoken as it's the language of home so it's easier for kids to learn in it. Yes, the language of home is the easiest language to use to impart knowledge, but 40 years ago, that language was English.
The other argument is that Tagalog identifies the nation. Well I speak English, not Aboriginal; Americans speak English, not some red Indian language. Language doesn't define a nation, language is for one purpose, and one purpose only: Communication.
The world speaks English. More than 300,000 Filipinos have jobs in call centers because they speak English. Another 200,000 are employed in other business process outsourcing sub-sectors like transcription & digital content/game development where English is also the primary language used. Most of the nearly 9 million Filipinos around the world have jobs because they speak English. None is there because he or she speaks a Filipino dialect The interconnectivity of the world, the explosion (the only word) of globalization makes English essential if we are to be a leader in the IT industry where we've done so well already. So it must be taught equally with Tagalog, not as a second language.
It also means education is ever more essential, yet we've just lost all our universities out of the world's Top 300. Some 35 percent of kids never finish primary school, another 27 percent drop out from secondary. Of 100 primary school entrants, only 14 earn a college degree. The deterioration of the educational system is heart breaking and is becoming a major deterrent to new investment. There are still enough Filipinos to meet industry needs, but it won't continue. The BPO industry, where the Philippines is a world leader, can find enough people now, but soon it won't be able to. Not having enough money to fund education is not an excuse. There is enough money-if corruption is stopped as the President wants; if schools are built, not monumental government offices (go see the opulent monstrosity in Calamba to satisfy someone's ego); if tax effort (taxes as a share of GDP) is brought up to the 17-18 percent as elsewhere in Asia; if tax changes are pushed through (sin tax amendments and fiscal incentive reforms could add about P95 billion that could be put into education and health). The money is there. Lack of money is not an excuse.
The other human factors that make the Philippines so attractive remain strong, so how do we get the world to know about them? Spend money, that's how. Market the Philippines aggressively. Create the image (based on what is the reality). It's a job that Tourism Secretary Mon Jimenez and Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo must be tasked to do. And that, Congress should agree, should be liberally funded-the returns will be multiples of what is spent.
We can't sit around and wait for the world to discover the real Philippines, we have to tell the world. But forget the stereotyped, unimaginative ways: Rescue a penguin. Get the world to stand up and take notice.
When you market something, you sell its best feature, you identify the product with a unique feature. Well the unique feature of the Philippines is the Filipino. I'd sell the Filipino, concentrate on getting the message across that the reason to invest or visit is because the people are great.
No one wants to see a church, they want to see a temple. Beautiful beaches abound around the world, but people that make for a wonderful experience don't. Workers that go beyond what is expected elsewhere in the world are as scarce as hen's teeth (I presume hens have no teeth, I've never looked).
What must go hand-in-hand with this, though, is a change in the leadership of the country. Over the past 40 years, China has leaped past the Philippine, as I explained last week, for only one reason: better, more focused, more idealistic, nationalistic leadership. Nothing else was different, it can be the only logical conclusion. Three of the country's past four leaders have been accused of corruption, of putting themselves before the nation. And many of the people below them have replicated that attitude. So the Philippines sank off the map.
Can it be made to surface again? Can we get a truly patriotic leadership? This is the challenge for President Noynoy Aquino. It's a challenge he seems to have accepted, but can he bring the other leaders along with him?
That's his real challenge. Can he change the wang wang culture at all levels?
Can Filipinos truly care for their country, not themselves. After 333 years in a monastery and 45 years in Hollywood – close to 400 years of foreign domination – who wouldn't want to think only of themselves and protect their families? But 113 years of independence is surely enough for Filipinos to realize it's their country now and they must care for it, genuinely care for it – in action, not words.
Sell the Filipino to the world, it's the Philippine advantage.
Tagudin in the top 10 municipalities with highest malnourished preschoolchildren in Ilocos Sur??? -- Courtesy of Philippine Information Agency, Mon, Dec 17 2012  Operation Timbang data shows effectiveness of Ilocos Sur nutrition program
By Nila O. Argel
Thursday 20th of September 2012
VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Sept 20 (PIA) -- A total of 72,987 children aged 0-71 months were weighed under the Operation Timbang (OPT) program where 68,244 or 93.50 percent had normal weight; 3,102 or 4.25 percent were underweight; 634 or 0.86 percent were severely underweight; and 1,007 children or 1.37 percent were overweight.
Editha S. Castillo, Ilocos Sur Provincial Nutrition Action Officer, said that to develop a system for easy delivery of basic nutrition on related health services in the province, there is a need to know who the targets are. Operation Timbang was conducted on January to February.
A monthly weighing followed for 0- to 24-month-olds who were underweight and severely underweight. A semestral weighing was also conducted for 24- to 71-month-olds to monitor the nutritional status.
Operation Timbang 2012 of preschoolchildren shows the top 10 municipalities with highest rate of normal weight namely: Santiago, Del Pilar, Burgos, San Emilio, San Vicente, Cabugao, Quirino, Sto. Domingo, Sta. Lucia, and San Juan. Santiago had 98.6 percent of children with normal weight while San Juan had 94.15 percent.
The top 10 municipalities with highest malnourished preschoolchildren were Banayoyo, Nagbukel, Sigay, Tagudin, San Esteban, Salcedo, Narvacan, Alilem, Lidlidda, and Sinait. Banayoyo had 11.73 percent while Sinait has 6.48 percent combined underweight and severely underweight.
Although, the percentage of combined underweight and severely underweight is not that high in the province, Castillo has requested the provincial government to purchase goods for supplemental feeding to reduce the number of malnourished children of these 10 towns.
The Provincial Nutrition Office encourages parents, guardians or caregivers to have their preschoolers weighed regularly. Operation Timbang detects growth faltering among infants and preschoolers as early as possible and thus appropriate health and nutrition services are provided to those whose weights fall below normal, Castillo said.
Annually, the National Nutrition Council processes Operation Timbang results. From this, it makes the list of nutritionally-at-risk cities or municipalities. This is then disseminated to government and non-government groups so that these areas are given priority attention in nutrition programming planning and intervention, Castillo added.
Operation Timbang data is used for local nutrition action planning - in measuring the number of malnourished kids and in identifying who will be given priority interventions in the community. (ANL/NOA-PIA 1, Ilocos Sur)