Mass, thanksgiving concert kick off Binalonan Town Fiesta 2018


To thank the Lord Almighty for all the blessings that the Municipality of Binalonan has received from the past year, the celebration of the Town Fiesta 2018 began with a celebration of the Holy Mass and Thanksgiving Concert.

Both events, which occurred Feb. 11, were participated in by municipal officials and employees, barangay officials, teachers, students and other Binalonians from various sectors. The Thanksgiving Mass was celebrated at the Sto. Nino Parish Church officiated by Rev. Father Numeriano Gabot, who recalled the history of Sto. Nino being the patron saint of Binalonan.

On the other hand, the Thanksgiving Concert was held in the evening at the Binalonan Public Auditorium. In his message, Binalonan Mayor Ramon Guico III recognized “one true God” as the unifying factor why Binalonan continues to progress. Pastor Butch Charvet, gospel singer and composer, was the guest speaker of the celebration, emphasized the importance of God in everyone’s life. Pastor Nady Olinares, president of the BMF, led the Prayer for Binalonan, while Pastor Manuel Viloria did the Benediction.


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National Bonsai Exhibition reels off in Binalonan


Binalonan, Pangasinan – The first nationwide Inter-Club Bonsai Exhibiton and Competition on Nov. 18 reeled off at the Bonsai Park at the Binalonan Municipal Town Plaza.

The cutting of the ribbon was done by the municipal officials headed by Mayor Ramon V. Guico with the Bonsai and Suiseki Club Alliance of the Philippines’ officials.

An opening program followed at the municipal grounds where the President of the Bonsai and Suiseki Club of Pangasinan, Pats Lopez welcomed all guests, participants and bonsai-enthusiasts coming from different Bonsai Ligas all over the country.

Most strategic

Michael Morden, vice-president of the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines, stated in his remarks that Binalonan was chosen among other places as the site of the competition.

“Binalonan is the most strategic place for the activity. The Bonsai Park complements the centennial old acacia trees in the Rock Garden. Besides, it is not difficult to come over the town because of the TIPLEX which makes Binalonan, the gateway to the north, ” he said.


The significance of the endeavour was made by Pablo Dychitan, president of the Bonsai and Suiseki Alliance of the Philippines in his message. He said that the competition does not stop here. Nationwide activities will be done yearly and that they will contemplate for the 1st International Bonsai and Suiseki Exhibition by 2019.

Mayor Ramon V. Guico III thanked the organizer of the activity, the Bonsai and Suiseki Club of Pangasinan Incorported headed by Mr. Faustino Lopez for choosing Binalonan as the venue of the nationwide competition. The mayor supports the Bonsai Liga and said that it is one way of introducing the Binalonians to love and venture on this artistic activity. It is one of the ways of advocating his creative economy for the municipality.


About 362 entries (the biggest ever in the history of bonsai competitions) were judged and 177 were awarded as winners in the following categories; Non-Bonsai for Bonsai Liga (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Bantigue Bonsai (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Special Bonsai Awards, Innovative Bonsai Category (Gold, Silver, Bronze), and Suiseki Category for Bonsai Liga (Gold, Silver, Bronze).

Judges of the competition were from bonsai advocates Mike Siow, Noryadi Noruddin, Abdul Hakam Bin Mohamed Esivan of Malaysia, Samson Adina from USA, David Du and Noland Sison, Board of Directors of the Bonsai Alliance of the Philippines.

Meanwhile, to give the opportune chance for the Binalonians to participate in the exhibition and to give credence to the core program of the town, Binalonan, ang Galing, the following awards exclusively for Binalonians were presented: Bonsai Category for Binalonan “Ang Galing” (Gold, Silver, Bronze), Special Bonsai Awards for Binalonan “Ang Galing” and the Novice Category, judged by 3 of the outstanding bonsai artists of the Philippines, Bernabe Millares, Erwin Mejiano and Cading Centeno.

Different activities are lined-up for the show until December 3. The schedule includes the following: Bonsai Lecture and Demonstration by the Malaysian Bonsai-experts, November 19; Everyday Lecture and Workshop of Bonsai Institute of the Philippines from November 20-24; Bonscience and Bonsai Best Practices on November 25 by Pangasinan artists; Bonsai Challenge on November 26 by the 5 Outstanding Bonsai Artists of the Philippines; Everyday Lecture and Workshop by the Bonsai Institute of the Philippines on November 27 and All Day Workshop (Bring Your Own Bonsai)) on December 2 and Egress on December 3.

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Senate Blue Ribbon Committee hearing live stream on the Makati City Parking Building & Science HS

The probe on the alleged overpricing of the 11-storey new Makati City Hall II Parking Building continues on Tuesday November 18 at 9:00 AM, at the Session Hall 2/F Left Wing, Senate of the Philippines.

Vice President Jojemar Binay snubbed the invitation of the mother committee headed by Senator Teofisto Guingona in the last hearing. After the hearing was adjourned, the sub-committee continued its investigation about the alleged anomalous transactions in Makati City during the tenure of the Vice President then-Mayor.

In today’s hearing, the agenda would continue on the Makati City Parking Building II but more time probably would be given to the Makati Science High School building which Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV always said that was also overpriced.

Members of the Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee members, Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III and Sen. Trillanes, went on for an ocular inspection of the New Makati Science Building during the weekend.

Trillanes said the city government of Makati used P1.3 billion for the construction of the MSHS building. The cost per classroom as computed would be equivalent to P24.6 million, which he said appears to be too expensive.

Expected to attend on Tuesday’s hearing are professional assessors and quantity surveyors. The first seven floors were being used for laboratories, classrooms, faculty room as and other school facilities. The eight floor is utilized for the 20 room dormitory, which can fill in 240 students having 12 students per room. However, these rooms are not yet being utilized.

The Senate Blue Ribbon subcommittee hearing live stream is available here.

Will there be new revelations from new witnesses to be presented?

Ayala Land Inc. pours P75 billion in Porac

MANILA, Philippines– Property Giant Ayala Land Inc. is pouring P75 billion ($1.68 billion) over a 20-year period to transform a new community in Porac, Pampanga, as it seeks to lure homeowners and manufacturers to northern Luzon.

Alviera is a 1,100-hectare master-planned, township development in Central Luzon and Ayala Land’s first large-scale estate development in the region, done in partnership with the Leonio clans. It will comprise residential communities, industrial parks, schools, country club, and recreational facilities.
Bernard “Bobby” Dy, Ayala Land CEO, said that the project would allow the company to replicate its success in developing other large-scale communities, like the 1,800-hectare Nuvali project in Laguna province.

Dy also added that the size of the property development allows them to do what they do best.

Ayala Land vice president Anna Margarita Dy said that Alviera would provide homes to around 65,000 people, and employ 20,000 workers over the next 20 years. “We are known for large-scale, master-planned, mixed-use, and sustainable communities that become thriving economic centers in their respective regions. These growth centers serve as platforms for Ayala Land’s various product offerings, integrating into thriving communities that generate value over time,” she added.

The first phase of Alviera would be launched this month with an estimated P8 billion ($189.68-million) to be spent for the project. The initial phase will involve 207 hectares.

The Alviera Industrial Park is a 30-hectare project registered with the Philippine Economic Zone Authority and will be sold to non-polluting light industries at P15,000 ($336.90) per sq. m. Aside from Local exporters that have already shown interest, Ayala Land said that Korean and Taiwanese manufacturers are also drawn to the property,

Educational facilities will also be major component of Alviera, with two schools, Holy Angel University and Miriam College., have agreed to put up their Campus in a 10 Hectare lot.

Ayala said land cuts will range from 150 to over 1,000 square meters, with prices ranging from P10,000 to P15,000 per square meter.

PDIC auctions real estate in Cebu

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Deposit Insurance Corp.(PDIC)said Tuesday that it will auction off P51.57-million in real estate located in Cebu province.

The real estate was belonged to the banks that have been closed.

PDIC said in a statement that on October it would bid out 126 residential and commercial lots 9 on an “as is, where is” basis.

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ Cebu regional office in Cebu City will be the venue of the said public auction. Interested parties must submit their bids between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. on that day said by the PDIC.

PDIC stated that each bid must be accompanied by a bond or deposit equivalent to at least 10 percent of the submitted bid, either in cash or manager’s or cashier’s check or a combination thereof issued by a commercial or reputable bank.

The PDIC also added that the winning bidder is required to pay the balance of the bid price not later than October 20 or else risk an automatic cancellation of the award of the property.

The properties to be auctioned are listed at the “property finder” section on PDIC’s website. Bid documents can also be downloaded online for free.
PDIC is tasked to dispose of the non-financial assets of shuttered banks.