Sorsogon nurse arrested for cyberlibel

A 49-year-old nurse was arrested for libel under the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012 Monday afternoon.

Cynthia Lagco Galido, of Sitio Mahingan, Barangay Balogo, Sorsogon City was nabbed by virtue of a warrant of arrest issued by Rofebar F. Gerona, Presiding Judge of Regional Trial Court Branch 53.

The bail recommended for her temporary liberty was P16,000.

Original story is from Bicol Standard.

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Sorsoganon teacher enters top 50 for Global Teacher Prize

Ryan Homan, a local champion for education, has been making waves through unconventional
reading initiatives in San Jose in the coastal town of Donsol in Sorsogon Province. Ryan first
stirred hearts when he caught the attention of media with ‘Balsa Basa.’ Armed with only passion,
he took on the challenges of poverty and topography, to make sure children realize their rights to
‘Balsa Basa’ is a reading initiative in San Jose Elementary school that centers on a raft. Teacher
Ryan uses the floating reading center to reach his students in far-flung areas so that he can teach
them to read. The raft is roofed and equipped with life vests. Books and food are brought aboard
usually every Saturday for some reading time with children. Teacher Balsa Basa is only one of his
reading initiatives.
His brain also cooked up Bangkaaraman (Boat of Knowledge), Walk for Knowledge, Reading
Festivals, organizing Nanay-Teachers for home-based reading corners to name a few. These are
all designed to make reading accessible to more children.
To date, Teacher Ryan has impacted the lives of hundreds of children not only in San Jose. He has
also started sharing the fruits of reading initiatives to other communities in Donsol, Sorsogon,
with the help of the municipal government. Last year, he was given the Civil Service Commission
Dangal ng Bayan award, the highest recognition given to government professionals in the
Philippines. International NGOs such as Fundación Educación y Cooperación – EDUCO enlists him
as one of their local child rights and education champions.
EDUCO has been working with Ryan Homan since 2015. It was through the Foundation’s support
that reading initiatives in San Jose was fully implemented as Ryan intended it, leading to clear
improvements in the literacy rate of his school. Community members, fellow teachers, parents,
and community officials, were initially doubtful of education initiatives that went beyond the walls
of a classroom. They’ve had their hearts changed through eyes of children who’s finally read their
first words on their own.
And now, Varkey Foundation, the institution that runs the annual Global Teacher Prize is likewise
recognizing the extraordinary efforts of Ryan Homan to be one of the world’s best. This year’s
search puts Ryan at the top 50. They are scheduled to do validation visit to San Jose tomorrow
until Friday (4 to 5 January 2018).
The Global Teacher Prize awards US$1 million to one teacher who made exceptional contributions
to teaching as a profession, based on a set of criteria that looks at innovation, values, and impact.
A winner is usually announced every February. Ryan is one of two Filipinos up for the prize this
year, with Jesus Insilada of Bukidnon, also in the running.

Original story is from Bicol Standard.

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Mercedes B. Peralta Sr. High school

The school is barely a kilometer away from AH-26.

The newly built Mercedes B. Peralta Senior High School was inaugurated last July 11,  2017.  The second building is due to be inaugurated in October 2017.  The land was donated by one of the children of the late Congressman Vicente L. Peralta and Mercedes Berenguer Peralta. It is located in Guinlajon West District.  

The school has been welcomed by the people of Guinlajon and surrounding areas as they do not have to go all the way to Sorsogon City to go to high school.  Mr Marcial Espinola, Principal of the Celestino G.Tabuena Memorial National High School, is the tireless driving force of this project – from approaching the Peralta family for the land donation to the realization of this impressive building of DepEd. The cemented access road to the school is only partly finished.  The rest is still muddy path but the local government promised to finish the access road up to the entrance of the school.  The second school building will be finished in October 2017.


Flag ceremony at Mercedes B. Peralta Sr. High School.


Proud teachers of Mercedes B. Peralta St. High School


Teachers posing for the camera.


High School students assisting in setting up the computer lab.


The concrete part of the access road to Mercedes B. Peralta Sr. High School. The school is 800m away from AH26.


This is the first building of Mercedes B. Peralta Sr. High School. A second building has been completed on October 2017.


Faculty members helping out beautify the school yard.



The happy students of Mercedes B. Peralta Sr. High School posing for the camera. And there will be more young generations that will benefit from this school. Thanks to the kind heart of the Peralta family and also the effort of Mr. Espinola.


Workers and students alike, working side by side on the beautification of the school yard.

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Subdivisions in Sorsogon town circa 1980s

I grew up in Brgy. Bibincahan, within Sts. Peter and Paul Ville Subdivision (aka  SPPVS or subdibisyon) specifically and stayed until I moved to Manila for college. And back then, there were only 3 subdivisions that I could remember – the subdivision where I grew up, Our Lady’s Village Bibincahan (simply Village to the locales) and Our Lady’s Village Pangpang (simply Pangpang back then because it’s the only subdivision on that area of town).

In my observation, both  OLV had better road than subdibisyon. I can’t remember when the local government started repairing the road of SPPVS. Back then, when it rained, the asphalt would easily be damaged and it took months to repair; and normally only the main road of subdibisyon would be repaired. The concreted portion are just the Gates 1 and 2; Gate 3 was infamous for deep potholes back in the 80s. And the intersecting roads of Gates 1 and 2 have humps, which the only humps I could remember in Sorsogon.

And when you say Bibincahan back then, people have the perception that it’s far (about 1.5km from banwa) due to low number of tricycles plying the route or expensive if you want to hire for yourself; more expensive if it’s after 7pm. Of course, people though Pangpang  is farther (it is, around 3 to 4 km from banwa).

And the only time I was able to figure out the street naming of OLV Bibincahan when I was in college. That’s another story for another time.

Then small subdivisions sprouted in Roro, then in Balogo (near Mahingan). But these are in the early 90s.

I started to reminisce because of the article on Camella Sorsogon, which I only hear from my tito/tita from Manila.

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SMC, PNCC mull over P700-B Quezon-Samar road, bridge deal

Conglomerate San Miguel Corp. and the Philippine National Construction Corp. (PNCC) are studying a massive P700-billion toll road project and bridge stretching from Quezon province to Northern Samar.

The project, which still requires a feasibility study and may take eight to 10 years to build, will provide a road link between Luzon and Visayas and cut travel time between Metro Manila and Bicol from 10 to 12 hours to just four hours, PNCC president and CEO Mario Espinosa told reporters late Wednesday.

Espinosa said the toll road would stretch more than 388 kilometers and would also link the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay and then Sorsogon.

Matnog and Allen are currently connected via ferry service. And the service is drastically affected by seasonal typhoons passing by the region. With the planned radial connection, it will lessen the impact on the transportation between the islands of Luzon and Samar/Leyte. Image via Google Map.

Moreover, SMC and PNCC plan to build a bridge that will link MatnogSorsogon, to Allen in Northern Samar.

Espinosa said the starting point of the toll road was Lucena in Quezon. This area will be connected to Metro Manila once SMC completes its 57-km TR4 extension of the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx).

SMC said in its annual report that the TR4 project, which starts from Sto. Tomas, Batangas, would begin construction this year.

“We’re still studying this; we will need to do a feasibility study,” Espinosa noted.

He spoke to reporters on the sidelines of an agreement signing with SMC, outlining mainly the Metro Manila-based toll road expansion projects of the conglomerate, which operates SLEx, the Metro Manila Skyway, the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, and the NAIA Expressway.

North of Metro Manila, SMC operates the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, or TPLEx.

The agreement between SMC and PNCC involved projects worth about P554 billion. Espinosa clarified the Quezon to Samar toll road and bridge was not part of that estimated budget.

SMC president Ramon S. Ang told reporters late Wednesday that building a new toll road south of Metro Manila would help spur development, similar to what occurred in the north, with the opening of the TPLEx.

Ang said new projects would mainly be financed by SMC, which is continuing its diversification from food and drinks into transport infrastructure and power.

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Sorsogon gov offers P100-K for info on board member’s slay

LEGAZPI CITY — Sorsogon Governor Robert Lee Rodrigueza offered P100,000 in reward money to anyone who could give information that might lead to the arrest and conviction of those behind the killing of Sorsogon 1st District Board Member Pedro Alindogan Ravanilla on Tuesday.

Ravanilla, 64, was shot three times at around 8:50 a.m. Tuesday by an unidentified gunman in Sorsogon City. Hours later, Rodrigueza released a statement on his social media account strongly denouncing the slaying.

“His untimely demise is a big loss to the province of Sorsogon,” Rodrigueza said.

He also said that Ravanilla “unselfishly served” through three terms as councilor of Sorsogon City from 2006 to 2016.

Ravanilla was elected as board member in the 1st district of Sorsogon with 38,636 votes. He ran under United Nationalist Alliance Party.  

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Sorsogon board member shot dead

Senior Superintendent Ronaldo Cabral, Sorsogon provincial police director, said the victim, Pedro Alindogan Ravanilla, 64, a resident of Barangay (village) Pangpang, Sorsogon City, was shot in front of Roda Building along the Maharlika Highway, also in Barangay Pangpang, around 8:50 a.m.

“The victim was fixing his establishment together with his foreman Honorio Deniega when suddenly an unidentified gunman from behind of the victim drew a short firearm and shot him three times,” he said.

The killer boarded a motorcycle and, together with his driver, fled to the diversion road.

Police have started their investigation.

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