Sorsogon Pili Nuts at Landers

My wife dragged me to Landers Pasig last night. They just opened barely a month ago, I think. While going through their shelves, I found lili products where the peanuts are.

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Banking in Sorsogon City – Development Bank of the Philippines

DBP – Sorsogon Branch, Burgos St. corner Rizal St. at Brgy. Talisay. circa Nov’2011, For the longest time, original branch is located in Quinto Complex on the same barangay.

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China vows to finish PNR South project before 2022

China has promised to finish the Philippine National Railway’s (PNR) south railway rehabilitation and restoration project before President Duterte’s term expires in 2022, Malacañang said on Monday.

A North bound PNR train crossing Gen. Santos Ave. in Brgy. Bicutan.

Presidential Spokesman Harry L. Roque Jr. said the assurance was made by Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua during their meeting two weeks ago.

“I’ve talked to the ambassador of China and he told me that the term [of President Duterte] will not be finished without the revival of the south railway,” Roque said at a news conference in Camarines Sur.

He added the construction of the PNR’s South Line Manila to Legazpi City in Bicol has been awarded to China.

“So be patient, the south railway will be finished, and even the President had said he will not leave without fulfilling this promise,” Roque said.

The revival of the PNR’s south railway stretching from Paco, Manila, to Matnog, Sorsogon, will be funded by a loan from China reportedly worth P175 billion payable in 20 years at 2-percent interest per annum.

The South Line is one of the flagship projects under the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program.

The 683-kilometer South Line will have nine train stations in Paco, FTI, Los Baños, Lucena City, Gumaca, Pili/Naga, Legazpi/Camalig, Sorsogon City and Matnog.

Meanwhile, Roque welcomed the signing of a loan agreement with Japan worth P51.3 billion for the construction of the initial phase of flagship subway system project.

“We are moving a step closer to having our first subway system that would help alleviate traffic congestion in Metro Manila,” Roque said.

He added the construction of the 36-kilometer subway will begin next year and is expected to be completed by 2025.

“The subway will begin partial operations by 2020. Once completed, the subway will have 16 stations and will run from Mindanao Avenue in Quezon City up to the Ninoy Aquino International Airport,” Roque said.

Note: Original article is from Business Mirror

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Legazpi Domestic Airport circa Oct’13

Legazpi Domestic Airport (IATA LGP) is one of the memorable places during my childhood days. I was 6 or 7 years old when I took the flight to Manila all by myself. And there was a time, the first flight out of Manila was called bulilit flight which I really don’t know why considering all flights were taken by BAC-111 plane.

And when we would check in, a neighbor (son of Papa Fojas) would assist us; he works for the airport or Philippine Airlines. And the best part was when Auntie Alice or Tita Che will take us to the Mayon Airport Canteen. There’s nothing special with this place except it was the only eatery beside the airport. In some cases, you dine with the politicians who were also waiting for their flight.

The last time I took the plane to Sorsogon was on 2013. Since I am leaving in the Eastern part, it’s a pain braving the traffic to NAIA and wait for the delayed flight (although this has changed in the last 2 years I heard from my mom). I find it more convenient to take the sleeper bus from Cubao Terminal and sleep the 12-hour drive to Sorsogon. Admittedly, the bus can be more expensive if one is buying a plane ticket months in advance.

A PAL plane taxis on Legazpi Domestic Airport. Eventually, this airport will be moved to another location outside the city.

The newly renovated Daraga Airport – departure area.

The newly renovated Daraga Airport – Arrival area.

Newly renovated Daraga Airport – waiting area.

These canteens have been there since I started taking the plane back in the early 80s. If my memory serves me right, Mayon Airport Canteen is the oldest.

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UAAP: Ayo takes Tigers to Sorsogon

University of Santo Tomas’ first-year coach Aldin Ayo continues to make his time with the new-look Growling Tigers worthwhile.

As promised, Ayo, 40, took UST’s mainstays and new recruits to his home province of Sorsogon as part of their 10-day team building as they try to improve the team’s chemistry and camaraderie ahead of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball wars.

Ayo posted several pictures on his personal Twitter account (@AyoAV_official) last Thursday night, showing him and the rest of the group having an island hopping in the southernmost tip of Luzon.

Top guard Marvin Lee and Cameroon center Steve Akomo were among those present together with comebacking veterans Renzo Subido and Embons Bonleon as well as UAAP Season 80 juniors cage MVP CJ Cansino and fellow recruits Mike Enriquez, Makoy Marcos, Sam Abu Hijleh and Toby Agustin.

Aside from doing some rest and recreation, Ayo is also bent on spending some time to reflect with his young players during the Holy Week and they will most likely do their spiritual obligations to Our Lady of Peñafrancia.

The contingent is expected to be back in Manila by April 4, giving Ayo and the Growling Tigers to fine-tune their plays as they gear up for the annual Filoil-Flying V Preseason Tournament pitting top teams from the UAAP and the NCAA.

In other league developments, reigning titlist Ateneo has secured the services of Fil-Canadian Matthew Daves.

The 6-foot-5 Daves, 19, who suited up for Durham Crossover Canada in the recent National Basketball Training Center tourney, met with Blue Eagles’ chief bankroller Manny V. Pangilinan recently and expressed his desire to play for Ateneo.

The entry of Daves, who carried the colors of Central Tech Prep in Toronto, gives Ateneo another solid piece in their bid to sustain their winning tradition after getting the services of former Blue Eaglets SJ Belangel and Jason Credo.

However, Ateneo lost Blue Eaglets forward Joaqui Manuel, who decided to play for archrival La Salle and promising forward Dave Ildefonso, who joined National University to make a reunion with his celebrated father Danny and elder brother Shaun.

Note: Original article is from Manila Bulletin

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5 Bicol police chiefs sacked

LEGAZPI CITY (PNA) – Five chiefs of police in the Bicol region had been relieved from their posts for failure to stop illegal gambling operations in their areas of responsibility, an official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office 5 said on Monday.

PNP Camp Escudero in Sorsogon City.

In an interview, Police Senior Inspector Ma. Luisa Calubaquib, the spokesperson of the PNP regional office in Bicol, said the chiefs of police relieved from posts headed the Daet Municipal Police Station and Mercedez Municipal Police Station in Camarines Norte province; Lagonoy Municipal Police Station and Pasacao Municipal Police Station in Camarines Sur; and Donsol Municipal Police Station in Sorsogon.

One of them is a superintendent and four are chief inspectors, Calubaquib added.

Calubaquib said the relief of the police officers was part of the one strike policy being implemented upon the order of PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa.

Data released by the police regional office showed that from Feb. 3, 2017 to March 18, 2018, 1,226 police operations on illegal gambling were conducted regionwide and a total of 2,912 suspected illegal gamblers, including five elected officials, were arrested.

In Albay, the arrested suspects include a vice mayor and barangay officials; and another government official in Sorsogon province.

The arrested suspects were involved in sabong, jueteng, fruit game, drop ball, mahjong, color game, sakla, cara y cruz, STL bookies and other forms of illegal gambling. Police operatives were able to confiscate bet money amounting to R666,060.30.

“In the coming days there are other chiefs of police who might be relieved from their stations as some high-ranking officers in Camp Gen. Simeon Ola and the reviewing panel they created are now in the process of reviewing the overall performances of all the COPs and provincial directors,” Calubaquib added.

Chiefs of police relieved from their posts will undergo retraining and face administrative penalties.

Note: the original article is from Tempo

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Paghimo sin Hinagum

Ginalpong, main ingredient of Hinagum. My grandmother would add mascovado for the taste.

Hinagum is a Bicolano delicacy. My grandmother who grew up in the 40s in Brgy. San Isidro, Bacon district, know how to make one. And even though they moved to Manila in the late 70s, she would make one for the family from time to time. The ginalpong (galapong in Tagalog) – hinigtu na bugas – would normally come from Sorsogon. And I remember she would add grated coconut meat (buko) and mascovado sugar and mix it together.

The best part that I like about making hinagum is the pounding on the large pestle called lusakan or lusong.

One time, my uncle made hinagum for the family and my daughter had an opportunity to try it out. I am sure she will remember this experience when she grows older.

The author’s daughter trying the labukan for the first time.

The author’s daughter watches her grandpa make Hinagum.

Hinagum

Hinagum, paborito san manga Sorsoganon. Image via http://www.backpackingphilippines.com

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