February 27, 2020

LEGAZPI CITY --- The African Swine Fever (ASF) virus has reached one more town in Camarines Sur, bringing the number of ASF-affected municipalities in the province to three, the Department of Agriculture (DA) in Bicol said on Monday, Feb. 24.


Continuous surveillance an...

February 27, 2020

The provincial government of Albay has closed its borders from the entry of live pigs and pork products from neighboring province of Camarines Sur due to the threat of Africal Swine Flu (ASF).


“The province of Albay is closely monitoring and enforcing checkpoints in Ti...

February 27, 2020

Naga City Mayor Nelson Legacion has ordered on Thursday, Feb. 20, the putting up of checkpoints in strategic locations within and around the city, particularly entry and exit points, to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) disease. 


This after Department of...

February 27, 2020

At last the cat is now out of the bag. After having been informed that his name is included in Malacañan’s so called NARCO list, Police Lt. Col Jovie Espenido asserted that his case was due to “failure of intelligence.”


Espenido’s plight cannot be taken lightly. It is...

February 27, 2020

“Piteous Humanity,” wrote the Spanish author Vicente Blasco Ibáñez in his novel The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, “half-crazed with fear, fleeing in all directions upon hearing the thundering hoof-beats of the Plague, War, Hunger, and Death.”


As I sit in church in t...

February 27, 2020

There is a film that should haunt us after its restoration. But first, the question: why restore the old film called Ibong Adarna?


In 1941, LVN released the film called Ibong Adarna. On screen credits are given to two directors or pioneers: Vicente Salumbides for the s...

February 27, 2020

(Note: I was sifting through some of our old photo albums the other day when I saw a copy of an elocution piece that I wrote and delivered during an elocution contest at Loyola House of Studies (LHS) in 1969. I was then an idealistic college freshman at the Ateneo de M...

February 27, 2020

Arog kan ABS-CBN, COVID-19, Mt. Taal Volcano eruption, asin African Swine Flu (ASF), an isyu kan Visiting Forces Agreement o VFA entre kan Pilipinas asin Estados Unidos de Amerika, marhay, maraot man nanggad.


Sa ibabaw kan kinaban na ini, maguin kaogmahan o kamunduan,...

February 27, 2020

Outbreak strikes on the home front.  It’s too close to home, as blue clad cops stand patrol on the Canaman Naga boundary (In my case, that’s just around the corner.), ready to block the passage of pigs.  (Somehow, that’s funny because another American slang term for po...

February 27, 2020

The Senate and the House of Representatives finally came up with the common stand that it has the exclusive prerogative and jurisdiction to decide whether or not to grant the franchise for the continued operation of the ABS-CBN Broadcasting Network. Earlier, Solicitor...

February 27, 2020

The ABS-CBN franchise renewal issue has been simmering for weeks and has now reached a crescendo in the past few days with more politicians joining the fray and as the deadline looms in the horizon. The main crux of the issue is whether to renew the franchise for anoth...

February 27, 2020

Gospel Mt 4:1-11

At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. He fasted for forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was hungry. The tempter approached and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command that these stones b...

February 27, 2020

The Vatican releases Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2020, in which the Holy Father invites the faithful to embrace the paschal mystery as the basis for conversion.


In his lenten message, Pope Francis points to the paschal mystery – the mystery of Jesus’ Passion, Death,...

February 27, 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,


​With the solemn celebration of Ash Wednesday, we begin the sober and sacred season of Lent. This is the opportune time when the Church contemplates in silence and in prayer the passion, death and Resurrection  of Jesus.


​The memorial of...

February 27, 2020

First Sunday of Lent

Theme: Obstacles to Christian Unity and Inter-Religious Dialogue

Every year on the First Sunday of Lent, we meditate on the temptations of Jesus by the devil. Matthew narrates how Jesus is led into the desert where he fasts and prays for forty days a...

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