Wanted: Pili Sap (Sahing)

To all readers,

We have one reader who is looking for saving for their adhesive production. If you know somebody who can provide the raw materials to Junji Alvia (junjialvia@gmail.com / +63-939-910-7650 / +63-908-780-0474), feel free to get in touch with him.

Just a disclaimer, sorsogoncity.wordpress.com is not related to Junji in any way. This is just one of its mission to connect Sorsoganons to different business opportunities.

Dios mabalos!

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Albay gov. thanks Sorsogon, CamSur for aid to Mayon-affected towns

A PAL plane taxis on Legazpi Domestic Airport.

A PAL plane taxis on Legazpi Domestic Airport.

Albay Governor Jose Salceda on Monday thanked Sorsogon and Camarines Sur provinces for extending assistance to some Albay towns affected by the situation caused by restive Mayon Volcano.

In posts on his Facebook account, Salceda said Sorsogon gave P550,000 to Daraga, Camalig, Guinobatan, Sto. Domingo and Malilipot.

He said Daraga received P150,000, while the four other towns received P100,000 each.

Salceda also thanked Camarines Sur for sending a medical team to Sto. Domingo town in Albay.

The team includes five doctors and eight nurses.

More than 12,000 families from various areas of Albay at the danger zone of Mayon had been evacuated from their homes since the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology raised the alert level there to “3.”

Alert Level 3 means an eruption is due within weeks.

The original article is published at GMA Network on October 14, 2014.

 

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Nasi’no (Let it Go, Bicol Version)

Kudos sa nag compose san Bikol version san Let it Go.

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Sarah Geronimo sings Sarung Banggi

Sarung Banggi was composed by Potenciano B. Gregorio Sr. of Sto. Domingo, Albay on 1897. However, several versions came out year later. There are 3 recognized versions according to Bicol Wikipedia.

During my childhood days, I would hear this over the radio. I don’t memorize the lyrics, but I love its melody.

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Where Can I find These Mountains?

While looking for relevant articles in the net, I found a web page about the mountains in Sorsogon:

Mount Bulusan (5,134 ft / 1,565 m) • 3 summits • Mount Bulusan is a 5,134 ft / 1,565 m mountain peak near San Roque, Sorsogon, Philippines. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 1st highest mountain in Sorsogon and the 218th highest mountain in the country.

Mt. Bulusan. Image via Wikipedia.org

Sharp Peak (3,273 ft / 998 m) • 1 summit • Sharp Peak is a 3,273 ft / 998 m mountain peak near San Roque, Sorsogon, Philippines. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 2nd highest mountain in Sorsogon and the 583rd highest mountain in the country.

Rock Dome (2,248 ft / 685 m )• 0 summits • Rock Dome is a 2,248 ft / 685 m mountain peak near Brgy. Osiao, Sorsogon City. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 3rd highest mountain in Sorsogon and the 940th highest mountain in the country.

Volcanic Cone (2,027 ft / 618 m) • 0 summits • Sorsogon, Philippines Volcanic Cone is a 2,027 ft / 618 m mountain peak near Brgy Santo Niño, Sorsogon City. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 4th highest mountain in Sorsogon and the 1033rd highest mountain in the country.

Mount Caloumutan (1,748 ft / 533 m) • 0 summits • Mount Caloumutan is a 1,748 ft / 533 m mountain peak near Quezon, Sorsogon, Philippines. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 5th highest mountain in Sorsogon and the 1190th highest mountain in the country.

Mount Sujac (1,488 ft / 454 m) • 0 summits • Mount Sujac is a 1,488 ft / 454 m mountain peak near Quezon, Sorsogon, Philippines. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 5th highest mountain in Sorsogon and the 1337th highest mountain in the country.

Mount Homahan (920 ft / 281 m) • 0 summits • Mount Homahan is a 920 ft / 281 m mountain peak near Gabao, Sorsogon, Philippines. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 7th highest mountain in Sorsogon and the 1741st highest mountain in the country.

Mount Culangalan (540 ft / 165 m) • 0 summits • Mount Culangalan is a 540 ft / 165 m mountain peak near Sabang, Sorsogon, Philippines. Based on peakery data, it ranks as the 8th highest mountain in Sorsogon and the 1884th highest mountain in the country.

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Heart, ipinarada na ni Sen. Chiz sa Sorsogon!

Heart, nag-enjoy sa buhay-probinsiya!

Makikita sa Instagram account ni Heart Evangelista ang bakasyon na ginawa nila sa mismong probinsya ni Sen. Chiz Escudero, ang Sorsogon. At base sa mga post na pictures ni Heart, super-enjoy talaga siya, sa ilang araw na buhay-probinsiya na ipinatikim sa kanya ni Sen. Chiz.

Heart Evangelista, Senator Escudero’s amore. Image via http://www.abante.com.ph

Para ngang first time niyang uminom ng sabaw ng buko na galing mismo sa shell nito, at tumikim ng masasarap at sariwang lamang-dagat.

Pero, kaaliw talaga si Heart, dahil kahit sa byaheng ‘yon ay bitbit pa rin niya ang kanyang mga alagang aso. At todo-pictorial din.

Ipinakilala na rin ni Sen. Chiz sa ilang pulitiko sa Sorsogon. At ano pa nga ba ang meaning nun? Puwede na ngang isipin na naghahanda na talaga si Heart na namnamin ang buhay pulitika, o buhay ng isang first lady, na siya namang sinasabi ng iba, na magiging kapalaran ni Heart, sa piling ni Sen. Chiz.

Well, si Madame Imelda Romualdez Marcos kaya ang peg ni Heart? Eh, si Heart naman, sanay na sa showbiz, at knows na talaga niya kung paano makisa­lamuha sa lahat ng klase ng tao.

The original article is published at Abante Online on August 23, 2014.

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Town mayors back grassroots budget process

MANILA, Philippines–Town mayors have come out in defense of the grassroots participatory budgeting process (GPBP), describing the new budget strategy as transparent and output-oriented, and an effective way to cut red tape to prevent wastage of public funds.

Mayor Jess Burahan, secretary-general of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP), said the GPBP, previously known as Bottom-Up-Budgeting (BUB), originates from the actual needs of the people, thereby insuring that funds are spent wisely for priority projects.

In a press statement, he said public expenditures under the GPBP call for fiscal discipline, effective allocation of resources to solve underdevelopment and attainment of desired outcomes with the active participation of civil society and the people in the community.

Burahan said local chief executives consider the GPBP as the most democratic experience in allocating public funds, pointing out that development projects proposed by local government units in consultation with the people are being funded without any consideration at all to political affiliations.

Big difference 

He said the P20.9-billion outlay allocated for the GPBP will spell the big difference in accelerating economic development especially in the municipalities where at least every municipal government is provided with a P15-million budget for poverty reduction projects.

“The projects are identified by the people themselves, who are also active in monitoring their implementation. This is the most transparent and most accountable system ever introduced to stimulate economic growth in our municipalities,” said Burahan.

Manual Fortest Jr., mayor of Bercelona, Sorsogon. Image is via Pamana.net

Manual Fortest Jr., mayor of Bercelona, Sorsogon. Image is via Pamana.net

LMP spokesman Mayor Manuel Fortes of Barcelona, Sorsogon, said the league will make representations with the national government to download directly to LGUs some of the funds under the GPBP to empower the local governments in the implementation of the projects that are labor-intensive to provide work for their constituents.

He said the pilot implementation of the GPBP showed a lot of promise as incidence of poverty in areas where the nationally funded projects were implemented has been greatly reduced, while the actual and urgent needs of the people were directly addressed.

The original article is published at Philippine Daily Inquirer on August 7, 2014.

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