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NEDA board approves Tutuban-Sorsogon railway, 7 other projects

TALKING INFRA. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the board meeting with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at the State Dining Hall inside the Malacañang Palace on November 14, 2016. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

(UPDATED) The board, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, also discusses guidelines for processing China-assisted infrastructure projects

Published Tue, Nov 15, 2016 10:00 AM

TALKING INFRA. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the board meeting with the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) at the State Dining Hall inside the Malacañang Palace on November 14, 2016. Photo by SIMEON CELI JR/Presidential Photo

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board, chaired by President Rodrigo Duterte, approved 9 projects on Monday, November 14.

One of the projects approved during the NEDA board meeting is the South Line of the North-South Railway Project, a train that will run from Tutuban in Manila to Sorsogon in Bicol. This project was not approved at the first NEDA board meeting in September.

NEDA Director-General Ernesto Pernia, quoted in an Inquirer article, said the  653-kilometer railway will cost P214 billion, making it the biggest Public-Private Partnership (PPP) project.

Duterte, before he assumed the presidency, had said he aims to build 3 legacy railways in Luzon and Mindanao during his term.

The projects approved in the Monday meeting are worth around P270 billion, said Pernia in a message to Palace reporters.

In the first NEDA board meeting last September, 9 projects worth P171.14 billion were approved.

The approved projects, released by Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, are the following:

  1. Scaling up of the Second Cordillera Highlands Agricultural Resources Management Project
  2. Expansion of the Philippine Rural Development Project
  3. Improvement/ Widening of General Luis-Kaybiga-Polo-Novaliches Road to Valenzuela City
  4. New Cebu International Port
  5. North-South Railway Project – South Line
  6. Malitubog-Maridagao Irrigation Project, Stage 2
  7. New Nayong Pilipino at Entertainment City
  8. Improvement, widening of road from Quirino Highway, Quezon City, to Gen MacArthur Highway

The Chico River Pump Irrigation Project was discussed during the meeting but deferred with instructions for the National Irrigation Administration to reconfigure the project so it includes hydropower. The NIA was also told to gather more information on what type of crops may be profitably grown in the area around the Chico River.

During the NEDA board meeting, guidelines for processing projects that involve assistance from Chinese parties were also discussed.

Some of these guidelines include:

  • The source of financing for pre-investment studies are not tied to a particular country/technology/lender
  • Suppliers are qualified and of “good standing”
  • Contracts are favorable to government

The discussion on guidelines comes after Duterte’s state visit to China where Memoranda of Understanding between the government and Chinese companies were signed.

But some of these Chinese companies were found to have shady track records. One firm was involved in a string of accidents in Vietnam, while another was banned by multilateral lender World Bank.

The Palace later clarified that the government has made no commitments to these companies and had only agreed to allow the companies to do “feasibility studies.” –


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Explore the beauty of Sorsogon

There’s no better time to relax & explore beautiful places in the philippines than today. Specially if you plan goin to the south, Sorsogon has a lot to offer with its amazing place and breathtaking scenery and some of the most hospitable people in the country.

By the way, The Pili festival will be this coming 28-29 of June & it coinsides with the fiesta of Sorsogon City. Celebrations include street dancing by locals donning pili nut costumes, cooking competitions, fireworks displays, and even a nutcracking session along the road by the locals.

Bulusan Natural Park

Swim with the whaleshark@Donsol

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[PHOTO AT LEFT – Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Honorable Stockwell Day]
MANILA, NOVEMBER 14, 2009 – Deplorable conditions of evacuation centers pose persistent threats to the survival of children and families in Muntinlupa, says Save the Children

Canada’s Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Honorable Stockwell Day, will personally meet with and hand out essential relief items today to more than 600 families displaced by Typhoon Ketsana who are enduring overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in an evacuation center in Muntinlupa City.

Minister Day will be accompanied by the Canadian Ambassador to the Philippines, Robert Desjardins, and the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) Head of Aid, Laurenne Garneau, along with other officials from the Canadian Embassy.

Leading Canada’s international efforts to help people in poverty, CIDA was the first international donors who responded to the situation of Filipino children and families affected by Typhoon Ketsana through an international children’s organization, Save the Children.

“It has been more than a month since the first of four consecutive typhoons hit the country. Hundreds of thousands of children and families remain in overcrowded evacuation centers and flooded communities. Save the Children is responding to this situation, but more needs to be done, particularly for children who are the most vulnerable in this kind of situation,” said Latha Caleb, Country Director of Save the Children in the Philippines.

Children living in evacuation centers and flooded communities are particularly vulnerable to diseases such as leptospirosis, cholera, acute diarrhea and upper respiratory infections. This problem is aggravated by the lack of access of families to quality basic services which they need now more than ever. “Immediate access to clean and safe sanitation and hygiene services is paramount in this response, as the risk of disease outbreak due to contaminated water and improper hygiene increases daily. Through the timely support of the Canadian government via CIDA, Save the Children was able to respond urgently to the needs of displaced children and their families through extensive distribution of water, household and hygiene items to affected families.” said Caleb.

In just one month, four strong typhoons (Ketsana, Parma, Lupit, Mirinae) hit the Philippines consecutively, devastating communities in Northern and Central Luzon. Millions of people were affected by the storms, with hundreds of thousands of people forced to take shelter in crowded evacuation centers. Over 900 people were killed and hundreds more were injured. Hundreds of thousands of homes were destroyed or damaged and the economic cost of the damages from the storms is estimated at approximately USD 650 million. Three out of five people affected by the storms are children.

Save the Children’s response addresses the urgent need to protect children from any further harm and to ensure their wellbeing, which includes providing them with food, clean water, health care, access to education and safe places to play.

To date, Save the Children has reached thousands of children and families. Since the first storm hit on September 26, Save the Children has provided the following support:

· A total of 12,700 families (approximately 63,830 people, including over 38,000 children) have received packs of essential non-food items.

· Over 4,000 families have received food assistance, potable water and jerry cans

· Mobile medical teams have been deployed to help families in evacuation centers and affected communities, to date over 1,375 medical consultations have taken place, including pre-natal care. Breastfeeding support sessions have reached over 500 mothers and infants.

· 10 child-friendly spaces have been established and are attended daily by about 900 children staying in evacuation centers.

· Over 6,000 back-to-school kits have been distributed

Save the Children has been working in the Philippines for more than 28 years. Save the Children has over 90 years of experience in responding to emergencies worldwide.


The visit will take place at the Alabang Elementary School in Muntinlupa at 3:00 p.m. Please coordinate with Gia Chu for coverage.

More information

Please contact Gia-Marie Chu, gchu, + 639 178 590759 or Latha Caleb, lcaleb, + 639 175 332100 for more information or media interviews

Gia-Marie S. Chu, Communications and Media Manager Save the Children in the Philippines +63 2 8523064 loc 152 gchu

Save the Children is the world’s leading, independent organization for children.

http://www.savethechildren .net

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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JB Line – Bicol Express, simbolo kan mga bikolnon

Guiromdom pa nindo? Iyo ini ang original na bicol express-JB line ang simbolo kan mga bikolnon-sorsoganon. Kaogmang balikan ta ang mga memories sa BUS na ini. Ang mga driver kaini dating mga piloto siguro? ta kun mina padalagan kan mga bus ninda garu dai tatao mag-minor..ka-kaskas baya 🙂 exciting na maray lalo na sa mga kurbada ay sus…magdara ka na ki pangakod ta basi mahulog ka ! Pero ang BUS na ini ang  nagdara sa mga dating estudyante na yaraon na ngonian sa iba-ibang nasyon. Kagayon kun igwa sana kutang mga INVESTORS para maibalik ang PANGARAN kan BICOL EXPRESS.

The original bicol express

The original bicol express

Mga kababayan ko, kung igwa po kamong storya manungod sa JB post sana digdi. Dios Mabalos!!

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Dont you know that Mary Walter & Lino Brocka are Sorsoganons?

Mary Walter

Mary Walter was born to an German father in what is now Bacon Dist.  Sorsogon City, As a mary walterteen, Walter appeared on the Manila bodabil circuit as a chorus girl in the stage shows of Katy de la Cruz. She began her film career as a bit player. Walter first …came into fame in 1927, when she starred in Ang Lumang Simbahan, staged from the popular novel by Florentino Collantes. Her leading man in that film was Gregorio Fernandez, with whom she would be romantically paired in a succession of silent films, constituting perhaps the first “love-team” in Filipino cinema.

After appearing in many silent films, Walter easily made the transition when sound film emerged in the Philippines in the mid-1930s. She was among the stars who appeared in the 1942 LVN film Prinsipe Teñoso, the only film produced by a Filipino film studio during the Japanese Occupation.

In 1948, after a 21-year film career, Walter retired to her hometown in Sorsogon. Ten years later, she was induced to act again, and she appeared in LVN’s Kastilaloy. Now in her forties, she was cast as matrons or mothers. As she further aged, Walter became one of the most identifiable character actresses in Philippine cinema. Fair, petite and gaunt, she became inalienably identified in grandmother roles. A chain-smoker, her gravelly voice made her ideally cast in villainous roles, most prominently in the 1974 Lino Brocka film Tatlo, Dalawa, Isa. By the 1980s, she was a memorable presence in popular horror films such as Shake, Rattle and Roll (1984) and Tiyanak (1988).

In 1980, Walter received the FAMAS Lifetime Achievement Award. A similar award, this time from the Gawad Urian, was given to Walter in 1992.

Contrary to what is published in her IMDB biography, Walter was not the actress engaged in the first kissing scene in Philippine cinema (that distinction falls to Dimples Cooper). Walter never retired again after returning to film in 1958. She died on February 25, 1993.Read More

other info: Pelikula blogspot 

 Catalino Ortiz Brocka 

better known as Lino Brocka (April 3, 1939–May 21, 1991) is known as one of the greatestLino_Brocka film directors of the Philippines. Brocka was openly homosexual and many of his films incorporated LGBT themes into their often dramatic storylines.

Brocka was born in Pilar, Sorsogon. He directed his first film, Wanted: Perfect Mother, based on The Sound of Music and a local comic serial, in 1970. It won an award for best screenplay at the 1970 Manila Film Festival. Later that year he also won the Citizen’s Council for Mass Media’s best-director award for the film Santiago.

In 1974 Brocka directed Tinimbang Ka Ngunit Kulang, which told the story of a teenager growing up in a small town amid its petty and gross injustices. It was a box-office hit, and earned Brocka another best-director award, this time from the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS).

The following year he directed Maynila: Sa mga Kuko ng Liwanag (Manila: in the Claws of Light), which is considered by many critics to be the greatest Philippine film ever made – including British film critic and historian Derek Malcolm [1]. The film tells the allegorical tale of a young provincial named Julio Madiaga who goes to Manila looking for his lost love, Ligaya Paraiso (which is Tagalog for “Joyful Paradise”). The episodic plot has him careering from one adventure to another until he finally finds Ligaya. Much of the film’s greatness can be traced to the excellent cinematography by Mike de Leon, who would become a great Filipino filmmaker himself.

In 1976 Maynila: Sa mga kuko ng liwanag won the FAMAS awards for best picture, best director, best actor, and best supporting actor.

Insiang (1978) was the first Philippine film ever shown at the Cannes Film Festival. It is considered to be one of Brocka’s best films — some say his masterpiece. The film centers on a young woman named Insiang who lives in the infamous Manila slum area, Tondo. It is a Shakespearean tragedy that deals with Insiang’s rape by her mother’s lover, and her subsequent revenge.

The film Jaguar (1979) was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 1980 Cannes Film Festival. It won best picture and best director at the 1980 FAMAS Awards. It also won five Gawad Urian Awards, including best picture and best direction.

In 1981, Brocka was back at Cannes’ Director’s Fortnight with his third entry, Bona, a film about obsession.

In 1983 Brocka created the organization Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP), which he led for two years. His stand was that artists were first and foremost citizens and, as such, must address the issues confronting the country. His group became active in anti-government rallies after the assassination of Benigno Aquino, Jr..

The following year, Bayan ko: Kapit sa patalim (Bayan Ko: My Own Country) was deemed subversive by the government of Ferdinand Marcos, and underwent a legal battle to be shown in its uncut form. At the 1984 Cannes Film Festival, however, it was nominated for the Palme d’Or. It garnered four honors at the 1986 Gawad Urian Awards, including best picture.

Brocka directed over forty films. Some of his other notable works are Macho Dancer (1988), Orapronobis (1989), and Gumapang Ka sa Lusak (1990).

In 1987 a documentary entitled Signed: Lino Brocka was directed by Christian Blackwood. It won the 1988 Peace Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival.

On May 21, 1991 Brocka met an untimely death in a car accident in Quezon City, Metro Manila. In 1997 he was given the posthumous distinction of National Artist for Film.

His nephew Allan is an American film and television director.


References, external links and further readings

  • Ricky Lee – Official Website
  • Lino Brocka at the Internet Movie Database
  • An extensive biography from a Lino Brocka fan site
  • Lino Brocka: Legendary Filmmaker, First LDS Convert in the Philippines (About Brocka’s conversion to Mormonism)
  • The University of the Philippines Film Institute’s Lino Brocka page
  • Mission Impossible 1: Filmmaking in the Philippines 1896-1986 (historical overview)
  • Guardian Unlimited (UK) feature on Derek Malcolm’s Century of Films, which includes Brocka’s “Manila: In The Claws of Darkness”
  • Lino Brocka : the artist and his times , ed. by Mario A. Hernando, Manila : Cultural Center of the Philippines, 1993.
  • Who are we to judge the insane? – “Tinimbang ka ngunit Kulang”
  • “Director Lino Brocka: Stronger than Life



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Pictures for the Future

Originally uploaded by ahlacra
pantomina sa tinampo
The Sorsogon East District Teachers during their participation in the Pantomina sa Tinampo, Kasanggayahan Fastival, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon

To Mr. Nico Lacra, Thanks a lot for allowing us to post this photo.

Originally uploaded by ahlacra


source:  ClarisVien


source:  ClarisVien

“Sosogon Pili festival”

originally uploaded by RvdBrugge

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