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The Ateneo de Naga University brought home two national awards from the Search for Best Student Student Services Awarding Ceremony held last April 17, 2009 at the National Center for Public Administration and Governance Assembly Hall, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City.

Along with 13 other higher educational institutions, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) recognized ADNU as one of the Philippines’ top schools and undisputedly Region 5’s best in the areas of student welfare, services and development programs. ADNU scored high ratings in the Search’s criteria: (1) National Relevance (vision, mission, goals of student services); (2) Student Welfare Program and Services, (3) Student Development Program and Services, and (4) Impact to Students.

The Ateneo Workshop on Ignatian leadership for Life (A-Will) was also awarded Best Student Leadership Program in the country. With Ignatian-rooted framework and program design for the formation and training of ADNU’s student organizations, this unique leadership program offers three parts throughout the school year: Summer A-Will which highlights basic leadership themes, Teambuilding for Student Leaders and Basic Facilitating Skills. The program has been considered by many student leaders and organizations as effective in equipping them with the necessary self-awareness, appropriate values, motivations and skills as they hurdle leadership and teambuilding challenges. The Office of Student Affairs (OSA) runs the program, with other Formation and Student Support Offices (FSSO) under the Deputy Academic Vice President for Formation (DAVPVF).

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SMCity Naga opens today

Posted by nhile On May - 7 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

When SM City Naga opens its doors to the public on Friday, May 1, it will not only bring great shopping and leisure, but also SM’s entertainment excitement to the Bicol region.

There will be many things to celebrate when SM launches its first mall in Bicol, and its opening weekend will be packed with star power.

It will be a homecoming of sorts for matinee idol Jericho Rosales as he welcomes his fellow Bicolanos to the mall on May 1 at 4:00 PM at the mall’s Atrium. During the same day, Jollibee and his friends from Jollitown – sun expert Yum, cheerleader Hetty, sports minded Popo, and star performer Twirlie will entertain kids of all ages as they go around the mall.

And May 1, being Labor Day, SM City Naga will be part in SM Supermalls’ jobs fair dubbed as JOBapalooza in cooperation with the Department of Labor and Employment at the mall’s second floor starting at 10:30. The Job Fair will bring together hiring companies and applicants who wish to be part of the work force brings together in media partnership with ABS-CBN “Kaya ni Juan: Trabaho Patrol” advocacy program through its regional network group based in Naga.

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Bicol martyr’s granddaughter passes away

Posted by nhile On April - 22 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

Aida B. Abella-Felipe, 84, the granddaughter of Manuel P. Abella, one of the 15 Bicol martyrs executed by the Spaniards on January 4, 1896, passed away on April 4 with a full life behind her even as her eternal absence brings sorrow to her loved ones.

Aida is the wife of lawyer Ramon H. Felipe Jr., who became the mayor of Naga City from 1963-1965, later elected congressman of the first district of Camarines Sur for two terms from 1965-1973 and appointed commissioner and chairman of the Commission on Election (Comelec) from 1984-1988.

She was the eldest of two siblings born to parents Emeterio I. Abella and Magdalena M. De Belen. She was educated under the guidance of the Sisters of Charity at the Colegio de Sta. Isabel. Like her only sister Magdalena, her fine character was honed by Catholic discipline under the tutelage of Mother Superior Pilar and the rest of the nuns that time that included Sisters Consolacion (principal), Consuelo (registrar), Soledad (treasurer), Cecilia Maronilla (music), Marta, Aurea (porteria), Feliciana (painting and embroidery), Salvadora and Margarita (grade school).

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GMA to open PRISAA 2009

Posted by nhile On April - 22 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will deliver the keynote address during the grand opening ceremonies of this year’s edition of National PRISAA Games on Sunday morning, April 20, at the University of Nueva Caceres Sports Palace.

The original venue for the opening rights was the Metro Naga Sports Complex in Barangay Pacol site of three Palarong Pambansa, some 8 kilometers from the city proper, but reportedly upon suggestion by Malacanang’s security officers, the venue for the opening rites would be more secure at the UNC grounds, within the city proper.

PRISAA is the Private Schools Athletic Association, the national organization of private colleges and universities from 17 regions of the country.

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Naga to launch heritage festival

Posted by nhile On April - 13 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

NAGA City Mayor Jesse M. Robredo, Armita B. Rufino of the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI) and Ana Maria ‘Bambi’ Harper of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) will be the main presentors during the formal launch and press conference of the 2009 Filipino Heritage Festival on April 15, at Almacenas Reales in Fort Santiago, Manila.

Naga City has been chosen as the kick-off venue for the annual festival that will usher in the nationwide celebration of the Filipino Heritage Month, in consonance with Presidential Proclamation No. 439 declaring May each year as National Heritage Month.

The country holds nationwide monthlong celebrations that are centered on heritage. Among the activities lined-up for the Naga event is the opening to the public of the Museo Seminario Conciliar for the Historico-Clerico Exhibits starting at 9:00 o’clock in the morning of April 29.

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FMR, irrigation critical in job generation

Posted by nhile On April - 5 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

In spurring economic activities in the countryside to generate employment, the Department of Agriculture has to focus on farm-to-market road and irrigation projects to generate employment , Agriculture Sec. Arthur Yap said Saturday.

“These two are the critical components in generating employment under the so-called Comprehensive Livelihood Emergency Employment Program (Cleep) of the Economic Resiliency Plan (ERP),” Yap said.

Yap said for every one hectare of irrigation facility project they will generating 12 jobs and for the road projects 10 jobs for every kilometer of construction.

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AdeN HS ‘54 fetes emerald jubilee

Posted by nhile On April - 3 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

The Ateneo de Naga High School Batch ’54 is scheduled to celebrate its Emerald Jubilee this coming Saturday April 4, 2009 at the Ateneo Campus. The Emerald Jubilee celebration will start off with a thanksgiving mass to be presided by Rev. Fr. Mario B. Gaite at the Ateneo Chapel at 10:00 in the morning to be followed by a fellowship breakfast. At 7:00 in the evening of the same day there will be a fellowship dinner and dance at the Arupe Hall after a short program.

The agreement among the batch ’54 of the Ateneo de Naga to meet every (5) years was hatched when they celebrated their Golden Jubilee five (5) years ago. The Executive Committee in chage of the coming Emerald Jubilee celebration this Saturday is headed by Jose O. Badiola as Chairman, Eufronio K. Maristela, Vice-Chairman Delfin N, Divinagracia, Jr., Timoteo M. Borromeo, Rodolfo S. Eufracio, Gaspar H. Marpuri, Ricardo N. Rosin, Manuel B. Pasaba, Belindo M. Tordilla, Gil T. Malanyaon and Rene E. Villegas as Members. -EKM

Ang anunsyong ini hali sa bicolmail

The present controversy between the Archbishop and the local officials of Naga as to the manner of celebrating the Peñafrancia fiesta, while certainly far from taking the magnitude of the old church-versus-state conflict, has but reminded us again of the historical antagonism between religious and civil authorities. At numerous instances in our Hispanic past, that conflict had oftentimes surfaced not so much as to put some excitement in the languid pace of living in those times as to even influence or alter the course of history. Indeed, from rather trivial, if not comic, bickering over the usual turf to open hostility, the old division has expectedly spilled over to the present. Not that the current discordancy has become that serious — even if the Archbishop has already issued (ex cathedra?) a catechesis-type of information about what-should-be-and-what-should-not-be of the subject, including a veritable list of dos and don’ts addressed to the city government — but it could could cause some re-defining of relationships, including the political one, among the personalities involved. So, well, this controversy is really becoming interesting.

Interesting, but hardly original.

It might surprise those who have forgotten Rizal’s Noli Me Tangere, or have not really bothered to read it, that an incident in that novel has a curious similarity to the present controversy that we have in Naga. It was also a disagreement over how the town fiesta should be celebrated that pitted the curate of the fictional town of San Diego against the town council; although it was somewhat the reverse.

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Duwa an nagtukaw na OIC General Manager kan Camarines Sur II Electric Cooperative (Casureco II) Inc. sa laog nin nagkaperang aldaw alagad naresolveran tulos kan NEA kan magpaluwas nin decicion kan Martes, Marzo 31, 2009 na pig-declarang status quo muna si Mrs. Jane Barrameda bilang OIC GM asin dai ma-iimplementar an 30 dias na preventive suspension na pig-isyu kan junta directiva sa ginibong special board meeting kan Viernes, Marzo 27.

Si Engr. Rodel Pasumbal iyo an pig-designar na OIC GM kan junta directiva sa pamamayo ni Board President Zosimo Sanado alagad huli ta habong maghali sa puesto si Barrameda nag-ooficina si Pasumbal sa board room kan cooperativa.

Sa entrevista kan BM sa paagi nin telepono ki Ms Ana Marie Jovily Dy, parapahayag kan Casureco II saiyang pigconfirmar na saindang narecibe an decicion kan NEA mga pasado alas 6:00 nin bangui kan Marzo 31 na firmado ni NEA Deputy Administrator Mariano Cuenco.

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Redistricting accommodation for Andaya

Posted by nhile On March - 29 - 2009ADD COMMENTS

The creation of a fifth district in Camarines Sur is a political accommodation for Budget Secretary Rolando Andaya Jr., a town mayor commented yesterday.

Mayor Fermin Mabulo, of San Fernando, Camarines Sur and a Liberal Party member, said he believes that the creation of the fifth district from the 10-town first district of Camarines Sur shows the political accommodation for Andaya whose co-terminus job employment ends with President Macapagal-Arroyo in 2010. He said the proposed redistrcting intentionally separates the neighboring towns of Ragay, Andaya’s hometown, and Libmanan, Congressman Dato Arroyo’s adopted town, both in the first district of the province.

But Andaya retorted that he respects such opinion even as he said he has no hand in pushing for its creation which Congressman Luis R. Villafuerte sponsored in the Lower House and 34 mayors of Camarines Sur endorsed it.