December 27, 2019

NAGA CITY --- The City Engineer’s Office (CEO) here will require owners of 47 existing buildings around the city to have their properties inspected for structural stability by civil engineers or structural engineers starting January next year as part of the annual insp...

December 27, 2019

Sometime in mid-November this year information circulated that the leadership of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Camarines Sur has opted no longer to have the conduct of its proceedings covered and made public at least via internet (social media/ facebook).  In previou...

December 27, 2019

A year and a half or so ago, then DOTr for Rails USec Cesar Chavez together with then newly minted PNR GM Jun Magno hosted a “PNR Development and Consultation Meeting” held at Midas Hotel in Manila. In attendance were the Governors of Cam. Norte and Albay, and some Con...

December 27, 2019

(Another Nagueño of the old generation is gone. Feliciano “Choy” Ojeda was the last surviving member of the family of former Naga City Mayor Victorino “Vitoy” Ojeda. Below is my final tribute I prepared on the day the family celebrated his life.)


I must confess that on...

December 27, 2019

Magpoon sa bulan sa Setyembre antes magtapos an Peñafrancia Fiesta nagtutugtog na an mga pamaskong kanta o christmas carols sa mga radyo asin telebisyon. Poco mas-o menos 4 na bulan bago kan ka-aldawan kan pagkamundag ni Kristo sa Disyembre 25, an pagmate kan mga Bikol...

December 27, 2019

Christmas season in the Philippines officially starts with the Simbang Gabi, the nine-day series of pre-dawn daily Masses celebrated by Filipinos to prepare for the coming of the Messiah. After the Mass, the people feast on puto bumbong (rice cake) and other delicacies...

December 27, 2019

History is never always the better judge. This was the lesson inside the Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). 


It was the eve of Christmas: a friend, Kristian Sendon Cordero, poet and filmmaker, and I were in Lagonoy, Camarines Sur. He asked me to come along for his f...

December 27, 2019

This coming December 30, the whole country will be celebrating the 123rd Death Commemoration of Dr. Jose P. Rizal. In Naga City, the celebration will be held at the Rizal Monument at at the Naga City Hall compound instead of at the Plaza Rizal Monument in downtown Naga...

December 27, 2019

Since the last time that I noted the peculiar absence of juvenile carolers, I have been accosted by a couple of kids with improvised tambourines singing “Pasko sa Pinas” while waiting for a ride along Diversion Road (which if I may say has become usually jammed with tr...

December 27, 2019

NAGA CITY --  The president of the Bicol Electric Cooperatives Association, Inc. (BECA)  has asked two reporters of this paper for the identity of their sources who said that they requested the House committee on ethics to investigate the alleged double compensation re...

December 27, 2019

INDIGNATION RALLY. Policemen and Army soldiers condemn attacks by NPA rebels despite the holiday ceasefire agreement. The protest was held last December 26, this year, while the communist insurgents were celebrating the 51st anniversary of the Communist Party of the Ph...

December 27, 2019

Gospel: Mt 2:13-15, 19-23

When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Jose...

December 27, 2019

I stayed for three years in a parish in Rome while I was doing my Masters studies. There in that cozy community of Parroquia di Santa Caterina da Siena I first caught glimpse of their peculiar nativity scene. Because Jesus was laid in a manger, the nativity scene is kn...

December 27, 2019

In speeches, Pope Francis has been known to be simple yet potently blunt as he brings doctrinal lingo into language we all understand.


This year, his New Year’s Message  talks about peace, politics, and social vices. Here, some things to reflect upon based on Pope Fran...

December 27, 2019

Some parishes spent their Christmas by preserving the common home through Tree Planting. Initiated by Caritas Caceres, headed by Fr Marc Real who celebrated recently his 25th year as a priest and his 50th natal day. Silver and Gold Celebration. The idea is to plant 50...

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