Missing Sorsogon principal found dead, minor suspects nabbed

Christian ‘Qris’ de los Angeles. Bicol Today

SORSOGON CITY, 17May2016 – Police authorities Monday evening found the body of the missing high school principal in a canal at Bacon District, this city.

The body was discovered after police apprehended 5 suspects, all minors, and revealed that they dumped the body of Christian de los Angeles, the missing high school principal, in a canal at Sitio Gabao, Barangay San Roque.

A follow up operation Monday night by city police found the body in advanced state of decomposition.

Police authorities were looking for the chop-chop, or modified motorcycle of the victim as important lead in solving the case, and the lawmen discovered the suspects were using the motorcycle.

The body of the victim will undergo autopsy. Police is now conducting follow-up investigation of the case.

De los Angeles was reported missing by his parents last May 4, but search for the missing principal had remained unsolved, which had triggered wild speculation in the city.

The principal’s parents officially reported him missing to the police, prompting the city law enforcement unit to launch a manhunt and dig out more leads in solving the case.  The police manhunt led to the apprehension of the suspects Monday evening.

Original article is published at Bicol Today on March 17, 2016.

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DepEd Sorsogon, other units have new officials

LEGAZPI CITY — The Department of Education (DepEd) Sorsogon Schools Division Office (SDO) has new top officials headed by Dr. Loida N. Nidea, CESO V, as the schools division superintendent (SDS).

Joseph John J. Perez, DepEd Sorsogon SDO information officer, last week said Nidea came from DepEd Iriga City whose personnel even accompanied her during the recent turnover ceremony.

During the same occasion, Dr. Ma. Jeany T. Postrado also officially assumed as the new assistant schools division superintendent (ASDS) of DepEd Sorsogon, replacing Dr. Fatima D. Buen who is now assigned in Albay province, Perez said.

Postrado was formerly assigned in the province of Masbate.

Nidea replaced Dr. Danilo E. Despi who was promoted as assistant regional director for Region IV-B or Mimaropa, where the regional director is Dr. Lorna Dig-Dino, who is also from Sorsogon.

Nidea hails from Legazpi City while Postrado is a native of Catanduanes.

Meanwhile, Dr. Bernie Despabiladero, who was the former chief of the Curriculum Implementation Division of DepEd Sorsogon, has also been promoted as officer-in-charge ASDS of the province of Catanduanes.

Also present during the turnover ceremony were Dr. Freddie Gavarra, the former ASDS of Iriga City who is now assigned in Camarines Norte, and Dr. Jose Doncillo, the SDS of Masbate province.

Both Gavarra and Doncillo are natives of Sorsogon, Perez said.

The original article is published at InterAksyion on January 25  2016.

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How Safe is Sorsogon City Compared to Davao

And I thought Davao is safe! Check this out.


Camp Salvador Escudero Sr., the provincial headquarters for the Philippine National Police. Back in the old days, it was known as Cuartel.

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Storm Surge Hazard Map: Sorsogon City (Poblacion)


Hazard map for storm surge in downtown Sorsogon City. Screenshot from the ARKO apps (DOST’s Project NOAH).

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Storm Surge Hazard Map: Bacon Poblacion


Hazard map for storm surge in Bacon (Poblacion). Screenshot from the ARKO apps (DOST’s Project NOAH).

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Loida Nicolas Lewis and Her Love of Lobster

The philanthropist Loida Nicolas Lewis grew up by the sea, in Sorsogon, in the Philippines, listening to her father bargain with fishermen for sapsap (ponyfish) and “fresh shrimp, still jumping.” But the first time she tasted lobster was at Max’s Kansas City, the artist and punk refuge in downtown Manhattan.


This was in 1969. Andy Warhol may have been in the back room. No matter: Ms. Lewis had eyes only for her date and soon-to-be husband, Reginald F. Lewis, and the lobster. It cost $4.95. She ate it down to the shells.

Mr. Lewis, a corporate lawyer who would go on to be hailed as the first African-American to head a billion-dollar company, watched her, mesmerized. (His life is chronicled in the book “Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?”) He didn’t fancy lobster himself. “Too much work,” recalled Ms. Lewis, now 72.

Ever since, Ms. Lewis has served lobster to family and friends visiting from the Philippines, to share her discovery. Her Fifth Avenue apartment, overlooking Central Park, is equipped with silver picks and crackers, for wresting every scrap of flesh, and disposable plastic bibs bearing a life-size image of the creature about to be devoured.


A former immigration lawyer, Ms. Lewis helped found the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund andmultiplied the profits of her husband’s business, TLC Beatrice International, after his death, at age 50, in 1993.

She has never prepared a lobster. For this she relies on Delia Juarez, a native of Iloilo City in the Philippines, who presents it simply broiled, with a finger bowl’s worth of melted butter and half a lemon, carved into a flower.

Ms. Lewis did cook for her husband and their two daughters when they were little. “I had three dishes,” she said. “Fried chicken, pork chop, sinigang” (the last one a distinctively sour Filipino soup). For her grandchildren, she occasionally slips a tablespoon of brown sugar into spaghetti sauce or bastes ribs in hoisin and sautés broccoli with lobster sauce (which contains no lobster).

“I cook pretty good,” she said. “They eat it all.”

Her father, a lumber and furniture magnate, wanted her to enter politics. “Maybe congresswoman, then mayor,” Ms. Lewis said with a laugh. When she was 7, he built and named a movie theater in their hometown after her, hoping that voters would remember “Loida” in a future election.

Years later, when she passed the bar exam, he sent her on a round-the-world tour that culminated in New York, where she was supposed to while away a few months while her sister studied art history at Columbia.

Instead, bored (“You don’t sit around”), Ms. Lewis found a job at a civil rights organization. Her boss set her up on a blind date with Mr. Lewis. (Her father’s hopes were not entirely dashed: Ms. Lewis’s sister, Imelda Nicolas, is a cabinet-level secretary in the government of PresidentBenigno S. Aquino III.)

At a recent lunch, Ms. Lewis efficiently dismantled her lobster and encouraged guests to try tomalley, the green minerally paste inside the carapace. She said, “At any dinner the fish head is reserved for me.”

Afterward, Ms. Juarez handed out Häagen-Dazs ice cream bars. Ms. Lewis wasted no time. Within minutes, only the stick was left.

Original article is published at The New York Times on December 7, 2015,

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Negosyo center set up in Sorsogon

SORSOGON CITY, Nov. 10 (PIA) – Individuals who will start up a business to make money in Sorsogon will now find it easier to register their enterprises with the opening of a Go Negosyo center in this city.

Launched last Oct. 22, the Negosyo center is located at the lobby of the City Hall Bldg. in Barangay Cabid-an.

The center is linked to the Philippine Business Registry System (PBRS) to make it easier and faster for entrepreneurs to start and register their businesses at the local level.

The PBRS is a government project that integrates the services of all agencies involved in business registration, such as the Department of Trade and Industry, Securities and Exchange Commission, Bureau of Internal Revenue, Social Security System, Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. and other permit and license-issuing agencies to facilitate registration.

DTI is also closely collaborating with Department of Science and Technology, University of the Philippines–Institute for Small Scale Industries, and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority to assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with business research.


Sally Lee, the new Sorsogon City Mayor for 2013-2016. Image is via BicolToday.com

DTI has also partnered with Cooperative Development Authority to help MSMEs gain easier access to financing solutions.

All this ensures that the center’s services to entrepreneurs does not only include  one-stop registration services with government but also all other equally important components of running a business—from finding financiers and markets to developing products and services.

With the newly reconstituted Sorsogon Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (MSMED) Council at the helm, the center is expected to be fully functional.

Jocelyn Blanco, DTI regional director for Bicol, said the establishment of a Go Negosyo center is provided for under RA 10644, or Go Negosyo Act.

Go Negosyo Act mandates the DTI to work with local government units to establish Negosyo centers in all provinces, cities and municipalities.

“We congratulate the city government of Sorsogon for accepting the challenge of establishing a Negosyo Center. It is the first in the province (of Sorsogon),” Blanco told the Philippine Information Agency.

Blanco expressed optimism “that the rest of the municipalities in Sorsogon will follow (the lead of City Mayor Sally Lee).”

The Negosyo centers provide MSMEs extra push to expand operations, she said.  (EAD/BAR/PIA5-Sorsogon)

The original article can be found from this link.

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