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Sorsogon mourns death of cultural worker, artist

SORSOGON CITY, March 16 (PIA)  —  After a bout with paralysis due to a stroke, Reynaldo “Tootsie” Jamoralin died past 4:00 p.m. of March 12, 2012 at the age of 66.


Founder and President of the Sorsogon Arts Council (SAC), he is considered as one of Sorsogon’s “Provincial” artists. His body lies in state at their residence  in Sorsogon City.


Jamoralin was the editor and writer of the two editions of the book ‘Tracing: from Solsogon to Sorsogon,’ published by the SAC and the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) in 1994. He also edited and co-wrote Pulang Hamtik, a collection of biographical sketches, of Bikolano youth martyrs during the Martial Law years up to 1990s, published by the Bikol Agency for Nationalist and Human Initiatives, Inc. (BANHI).


As a member of the Kapisanan ng Mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, he co-anchored the public affairs program “Damayan” over DZGN-FM during the late 80s till early 90s. A long-time journalist from the 1970s, he edited several local weekly community newspapers, notably the Sorsogon Times, Balangibog, and Sorsogon News Service including Sentro Sorsogon, which he himself published.


For a time he was correspondent and feature writer for the Philippine Daily Inquirer (PDI) and credited for exposing the slaughter of whalesharks in Donsol popularly known locally as Butanding that initiated the advocacy for its protection in his front page article on March 23, 1998. He was a member of the board of editors of letra, a bikol magazine, the first regional cultural and literary magazine and Centro, a Bikol magazine.


A playwright and folklorist, he wrote the dance-drama in the Bikol dialect, Si Bulusan nan si Agingay, based on the local legend of Lakes Bulusan and Agingay, which received several production and tour grants from the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) and NCCA, and Kantada ni Daragang Magayon, Mandirigma, adopted from Bikolano artist Merlinda Bobis’ epic poetry of the same title, which was toured around the country and presented at the CCP Little Theater in 2000. He also rewrote, revised, and adapted Sorsogon Sarswelista Asisclo Jimenez’s Pagkamoot sa Banuang Tinoboan, under a production and tour grant from the NCCA in 1994.


A long-time cultural worker, he was a founding member of the Kasanggayahan Foundation, Inc. and responsible for the institutionalization of Pantomina sa Tinampo every Kasanggayahan Festival in October. He was also a member of Sorsogon Heritage Society chaired by PDI Founder Eugenio Duran-Apostol, the publisher of Sarabihon, a journal of Sorsogon studies where he wrote several articles. He was also one of the organizers of Pagsurat, the first gathering of Bikol writers in 2000 at the Aquinas University of Legaspi attended by over a hundred participants including a septuagenarian chanter from Albay and New York-based poet Luis Cabalquinto.


He was the brains behind the establishment of the Sorsogon Museum and Heritage Center which involves the adaptive re-use and restoration of the old Sorsogon Provincial Hospital building built during the American occupation in the 1920s.


He earned his academic degree from the University of Santo Tomas, B.S. Major in Psychology. He taught at the Mass Communications Department of the Aemilianum College, Inc. in Sorsogon City.


He is survived by his wife Ella, sisters Mercia and Millet, daughter Suyin, adopted son Ian, and grandson CJ. (MAL/JJPerez/PIA Sorsogon)

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Sorsogon general new military chief


President Aquino presides over the change of command between outgoing AFP chief Gen. Eduardo Oban Jr (Left) and incoming Lt. Gen. Jessie Dellosa (right) at Camp Aguinaldo on Monday. Ralph Joel

Lt. Gen.  Jessie D. Dellosa, a former aide-de-camp to the late former President Corazon Aquino, has been named chief of staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, replacing General Eduardo Oban Jr., who retires Tuesday at the age of 56, three Cabinet officials and two senior military officers disclosed Sunday.

It was Dellosa who implemented “Oplan Daybreak” that led to the rescue of American missionary Gracia Burnham and the killing of Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Sabaya nine years ago in Mindanao.

President Benigno Aquino III is expected to announce Monday the appointment of Dellosa, the head of the Northern Luzon (Nolcom) Command, to the top AFP post when the Commander in Chief addresses the troops during turnover rites at the AFP general headquarters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

Both Dellosa, who was born in Bacon, Sorsogon, and Oban, who is also from Sorsogon, belong to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class 1979.

“It’s Dellosa. He’s been the choice for some time now as far as I know,” a key Cabinet official said, speaking on condition that he not be identified as he was not authorized to discuss the matter with the media.

The official said Dellosa was a great choice because of his reputation for “righting the wrongs” in the units he had led.

Another Cabinet official on Sunday night confirmed that Dellosa, described as mild-mannered and quiet, was the next AFP chief of staff.

“That’s what I hear unless there are changes at the last minute,” said the Cabinet official, who also did not want to be named for lack of authority to speak about the matter.

Still another Cabinet official, who is known to be close to the President, said Dellosa’s new appointment was “actually an open secret now within the AFP.”

Two military sources, both officers who serve under Dellosa’s command, said reports about the assumption of their commander to the top AFP post reached them on  Sunday. They, however, declined to say how they got the report or who circulated the information.

43rd chief

Dellosa becomes the 43rd chief of staff of the 130,000-strong military in a formal change of command ceremony in Camp Aguinaldo Monday.

Malacañang deferred announcing the incoming AFP chief of staff until the day itself of the turnover ceremony, keeping most of those in the AFP in suspense.

When Mr. Aquino appointed then General Ricardo David in July 2010 and Oban on March 7, Malacañang made the announcement before the formal turnover.

A decorated Army Scout Ranger officer, Dellosa is a recipient of numerous awards topped by a Distinguished Service Star, two Wounded Personnel Medals, two Gold Cross Medals, 39 Military Merit Medals, six Bronze Cross Medal, Long Service Medal, Marksmanship Badge Expert and Outstanding Achievement Medal.

Dellosa was appointed chief of Nolcom, which is based in Camp Servillano Aquino in Tarlac City, on July 22. As Nolcom chief, he commands all the military forces in northern and central areas of Luzon.

Before that, he was the commander of the Army’s 2nd Infantry Division based in Tanay, Rizal, that was responsible for the capture of top New People’s Army commander, Tirso Alcantara, on July 28, 2010.

He also served as deputy commander of the AFP Central Command based in Cebu City, among his many command posts.

Special commander

From 1988 to 1992, Dellosa was group commander of the special reaction unit of the Presidential Security Group that defended Malacañang from a series of deadly coups d’etat.

He later became junior aide-de-camp to then President Corazon Aquino. The democracy icon took him as personal escort on critical occasions, including her peace pact with the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army on Mt. Data in 1987.

Dellosa served as commanding officer of the 16th and 14th Scout Ranger (SR) Company, commandant of the SR Training School and commander of Task Group “Panther” from 1992 to 1997. He was commander of the 1st SR battalion in Basilan from 1997 to 1999.

As deputy task force commander and operations officer of Joint Task Force “Comet,” he implemented “Oplan Daybreak” that led to the rescue of Burnham from Abu Sayyaf bandits and the killing of Sabaya.

According to an officer, Dellosa sees “no victory” when the enemy suffers fatalities because in the aftermath, the killings “do more harm than good.”

The officer said Dellosa believed that using arms should be the last resort of any soldier. “He’s a soldier of peace,” the officer said.

From 2004 to 2007, Dellosa was the chief of staff of the 4th Infantry Division.

Then he served as deputy commander of the First Scout Ranger Regiment and concurrently group commander of special Task Group Sulu that was instrumental in the neutralization of Abu Sayyaf leader Abu Solaiman in January 2007.

Dellosa was named the PMA commandant of cadets in August 2007.

He underwent extensive military training as an infantry officer, intelligence officer, scuba diver, hostage rescuer, Scout Ranger and in airborne and antiterrorism courses.

First assignment

After graduation from the PMA, Dellosa was assigned in Jolo, Sulu, where he fought Moro rebels for three years and earned the coveted Outstanding Achievement Award for Military Operations awarded by the PMA Alumni Association in 1988.

Dellosa was born in Sorsogon on Jan. 20, 1957, but grew up in Lucena City.

Oban will step down a day ahead of his mandatory retirement on Dec. 13.

Only the fifth Air Force general to be the AFP chief of staff, Oban assumed office on March 7 at the height of the pabaon scandal that exposed multimillion peso slush fund enjoyed by former top military officials.

He vowed to stamp out corruption in the military and made fiscal and logistics reforms the cornerstone of his term. He also promised to hold himself and all officials accountable for the proper use of funds in light of allegation that funds were diverted for cash gifts or pabaon of retiring top officials.

His focus was on reforms, peace, modernization and morale and welfare.

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Worldclass Sorsoganon Educator

A.A.J.A. AWARD FOR DECHAVEZ. Educator and community leader Willie D.
Dechavez (center) shows the recognition award he received from the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) during a reception held on March 4, 2011 in the GM Renaissance Conference Center in Detroit. With him in photo are State Senator Hoon Yung Hopgood (left) and journalist Ron Jacinto. Dechavez will also receive the Everyday Hero award on March 9, 2011 from Verizon and Urban League of Detroit and Southeastern Michigan.

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Fil-Am Veterinarian from Sorsogon Pays Tribute to Military on b-day bash

CHICAGO – On her 70th birthday, a Filipino-American veterinarian paid tribute to the military where three of her eight children built their careers.

“Remember our men and women in uniform who dedicated their lives for the love of their country, especially my son Alan, who died while undergoing training to pursue his dream as a U.S. Marine,” Dr. Dona Lariosa Hernandez told her guests present last June 26 at the cafeteria of St. Gregory the Great Parish at Chicago’s northside.

Dr. Dona Lariosa Hernandez (right) on her 70th birthday celebration at the cafeteria of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Chicago’s northside. JGLiPhoto

PFC Alan L. Hernandez was training with the US Marine Corps Recruiting Depot in San Diego, California in 2003 when he died.

One of her children, John, is still with the military as an Army sergeant. John has taken a couple of tour of assignments in Afghanistan.

Younger brother Herbert, who was also a U.S. Army specialist from Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has left the military service to pursue a civilian vocation in Hawaii.

Dr. Hernandez also paid tribute to her clients, especially those who are still calling for her services. One of them, Ms Barbara H. Herlein, has been a client since 1975, “when we were still brunette.”

Ms Herlein is still her repeat loyal client to this day. The semi-retired Dr. Hernandez has limited her professional duties to house calls.

Empathy with pets

Dr. Hernandez said her other clients, Mr. and Mrs. Celso and Linda Aurelia, Ms. Ligaya Reyes, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Arroyo, and Aida Davila “more than ever have demonstrated their strong bond with their pets.”

“They go to great lengths to shower their pets with empathy, compassion, friendship, patience,” she added.

Among the guests was Dr. Pilar Pascual Cenir, also her classmate in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of the Philippines. Dr. Hernandez said she has known Dr. Cenir, the wife of Filipino community leader, Boni Cenir, “for more than 50 years.”

Most of her guests were parishioners and members of the Filipino congregation of St. Gregory the Great Parish, where she is a board member. Also present were five of her eight children: Larry, Helen, George, Neil and Joseph – and her grandchildren, her brothers Joseph and Ray, relatives and friends.

Rev. Paul Wachdorf, pastor of St. Gregory the Great Parish, opened the celebration with an invocation followed by a dinner, testimonials of Dr. Hernandez’s family and friends including Gina Ybardaloza and Susan Silvano, who are her fellow officers at St. Gregory.

A native of Pilar, Sorsogon, Dr. Hernandez immigrated to the US in the ’60s. She was one of the seven children of the late agriculture teacher Jose L. Lariosa of Sorsogon, Sorsogon and homemaker Consolacion G. Garra of Matnog, Sorsogon.

She opened her veterinary practice in Chicago. She has been a proud member of the American Veterinary Medical Association for 35 years and of the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association for 34 years. — LBG/FONJ, GMANews.TV


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COMELEC proclaims new Sorsogon City leaders

Bing Divina/Rex Bolima (DZMS)

Sorsogon City Commision on Election (COMELEC), headed by Atty. Ryan Filgueras, officially proclaimed the winners of the May 10 local elections today in a simple ceremony held at the City Hall. Proclaimed mayor is the incumbent mayor Leovic Dioneda and his running mate, Bobet Rodrigueza was proclaimed vice mayor.

In his speech, re-elected mayor Dioneda thanked the Sorsoguenos and assured them that he will continue to serve them the best way he can. Meanwhile, Rodrigueza said that he will never forget the support that the Sorsoguenos gave him after winning by landslide. He also thanked the all out support given by the religious group Iglesia ni Cristo.

Procalimed city councilors are the following:

Bacon District:

  • Danny Deladia
  • Inigo Destacamento
  • Roque Divina
  • Mario Duka

East District:

  • Bitong Daria
  • Tony Detera
  • Charo Dichoso
  • Mike Go

West District

  • Aldin Ayo
  • Nestor Baldon
  • Roger Jebulan
  • Peter Ravanilla

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Jesus L. Huenda-Damath learning math the Pinoy way



Jesus L. Huenda


Damath comes from the Pinoy checker boardgame called “dama” and mathematics. It blends local culture, education and digital technology that aim to make math teaching and learning child-friendly, challenging and interactive. In its unique way, damath boardgame ushers the Filipino school kids into the new millennium by equipping them with competitive life-long learning for understanding and ICT-fluency skills. 

 When school children play damath boardgame they also learn to explore, firm-up, deepen, and transfer to daily tasks the concepts of real numbers and its properties and operations. 

Moreover, it stimulates the children’s capability to think deeper through creative math storytelling, flowchart, concept map, tree diagram, picture riddle, haiku, cryptogram, secret code decoding, simulation, role playing, jingle or rap composing, reflection journal writing, and problem solving. 

This joyful and practical approach to contextualized teaching and learning math is the brainchild of 1981 presidential merit medal awardee teacher Jesus L. Huenda. 

As a public high school teacher in Sorsogon, Huenda always thinks of ways to optimize his talents to help others. This describes best this ordinary teacher who was cited by no less than the President of the Republic for his out-of-the-box “contribution in terms of innovative approaches in teaching and learning mathematics”. 

According to Huenda, this is how damath works: “I integrate some math concepts and numeracy skills in the indigenous boardgame of dama. In the 32 white squares (the other 32 alternately arranged squares are colored green) of the 8×8-square damath playing board, I put the symbols of mathematical operations like addition (+), subtraction (-), multiplication (×) and division (÷). The 12 damath chips for each player are divided into two sets (blue and red chips): those with zero, and even numbers with positive sign (+); while odd numbers have negative (-) sign. The two players try to capture chips by adapting the existing dama rules to numeracy skills which result to higher positive points, while evading those with lower negative points.” When the learners play damath, they aim to get higher point over the opponent. Capturing the opponent’s dama chips is strategically planned such that a player would target a chip representing high number. The game becomes a combination of strategic higher order thinking skills and basic mathematical operations. 

This strategy in teaching and learning math with Understanding by Design (UbD) framework has helped students look at Mathematics as a subject not so difficult to learn. 

“Unknowingly, the players are using the mathematical fundamentals when they play damath”, Mr. Huenda explained. “Those who used to dislike math is actually learning how to use math when he/she plays the boardgame and in the process learn the subject,” he added. 

Aside from “damath”, Mr. Huenda has also developed the “pierdi-gana” boardgame. He calls this boardgame “scidama”. This is the opposite of damath in the sense that the players’ main target is to have their dama chips consumed by their opponent in order to win. Scidama is focused on bringing about environmental consciousness among the school children. 

Literally, pierdi-gana means to let go by disposing water, fuel and energy consumption that contribute to global warming and climate change. The main objective of the players in scidama is to divest themselves of extravagant consumptions that can lead to environmental degradation. Here, the scidama chips represent kilowatt hours of electricity used, cubic meters of water consumed, liters of oil consumed, cooking gas used among others. 

The players strategize in such a way that they will have to reduce their consumption of these resources and in the process help in arresting global warming and climate change. “The less you consume resources, the less you contribute to the destruction of the environment. This is what we want to instill in the minds of our learners,” Huenda pointed out. 

In the scidama, the player’s main objective is to have his/her dama chips be captured by the opponent in order to win. The player who first has his/her chips decimated by the opponent wins the game. This means that the winner is able to divest himself/herself of these resources and does not use them unnecessarily. 

|“Kabaliktaran ng damath ang scidama kasi ito ay pierdi-gana o ubusan ng chips. Dapat maubos ang chips mo para manalo. In other words, I have to dispose off my expenses in water, electricity, oil and others so that I will not contribute to global warming and climate change. Kung malaki konsumo ko, I will contribute to the destruction of the environment. Gagawa ka ng plano na pagkatapos ng laro konti lang konsumo mo at ibibigay mo ang dapat mong konsumo sa kalaban mo upang hindi ka makasali sa paglubha ng kapaligiran”, Huenda added. 

Another collaborative innovation which Huenda did in cooperation with some Computer Science students is the “eDamath” which uses digital technology in playing damath against the computer itself. The damath computer game helps develop the strategic and analytical thinking skills of the students. Similarly, when two players are interconnected in their computers through the Local Area Network, they can play damath in a remote platform and the computer becomes the arbiter or scorer. 

Mr. Huenda’s electronic damath playing board can be accessed through the DepEd website ( The eDamath appears in the computer monitor together with the damath chips that are properly labeled with positive and negative signs in even and odd numbers, respectively. 

Playing the electronic damath is also a contest on who gets the higher positive score which entails the use of the fundamental operations in math. “When students play the game, they tend to have deeper consciousness on the intricacies of the game. They get to consider every step that they make and how this can contribute to winning the game. In the process they develop analytical thinking skills,” Huenda explained. 

And there is no stopping Huenda from inventing edutainment games that teach students the basics in living such as entrepreneurship. Thus he came up with “entrepinoy damath,” a business venture game. 

Here, the fundamental operations of math and basic accounting are also used in the board game including debit and credit, simple bookkeeping, balance sheet and the like. The first set of damath chips represent rent, taxes, salaries, bonuses, discounts, cost price, and other operating expenses. The other half represents income like selling price, profit, savings, real property, building, equipment, etc. 

The game is played with the damath chips properly labeled: business expenses on one hand and business income on the other hand. The game is won by the one who has captured more chips representing incomes rather than expenses. “With this learning for understanding approach, the learners are honed on strategic business models like the efficiency of incurring less cost in order to have more income. The learners also become conscious of effectively running a business venture,” Huenda explained. 

But in business as in life, the learners still have to be trained on values and ethics. So he came up with “damath de honor”. Here the damath pieces represent positive and negative Filipino ways including interpersonal relation, consumer protection, anti-corruption and red-tape practices. 

“Ipapakain mo ang negative values at makakaipon ka ng positive values. Dapat walang greed na siyang dahilan ng corruption at illegal business transaction,” he emphasized. 

“Have you heard of damath on health and nutrition, People Power EDSA revolution, English-Filipino-Korean vocabulary-building? Or damath with three players? This is just the tip of the iceberg”, Huenda shared. 

Huenda remains a very active staff at the DepEd Central Office. Although he is a superintendent-eligible, Huenda opted to focus on educational technology innovations that will make a difference in basic education. The beneficiaries, no doubt, are the young school children who never imagined that the lowly boardgame of dama would ever play a significant role in their learning of life’s lessons. 


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William Dechavez – Sterling Heights TV show spotlights diversity

Sterling Heights — City officials are using a new public access television show to showcase the city’s diversity.

“What we’re looking for is educating people about who we are,” said William Dechavez, a Filipino resident who moved to the city 28 years ago and is a member of the Ethnic Community Committee, which sponsors the show. “We have several ethnic groups in Sterling Heights.”

Sterling Heights Mayor Richard Notte said the show fits in well with the city’s mission to embrace a diverse community.

“We are like the melting pot of the world,” he said. “The city welcomes all cultures and likes to work with everybody and try to learn from each other.”

According to the American Community Survey posted on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Web site, from 2006-08 the three-year estimated average population included 112,407 whites, 5,133 African-Americans, 539 American Indians, 8,804 Asians and 2,879 Hispanics.

“Getting to Know Your Neighbor” features interviews with immigrants who have settled in Sterling Heights.

The show also wants to feature war veterans, Holocaust survivors and others involved in historic events such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks and Hurricane Katrina survivors.

Show host Dennis Burin, 50, interviews residents. A Sterling Heights resident, Burin is a program curriculum coordinator for the Hazel Park Schools and a Wayne State University adjunct professor of world regional geography.

“I think this is such an important topic,” he said. “We run across people of various backgrounds in our daily lives and don’t talk.”

The first episode of the show, which aired last month, featured Iqbal Singh, chairman of the Ethnic Community Committee, who was born in India. In the second episode, Dechavez talked about how he came from the Philippines to the United States for more opportunities. He works as a special education resource room teacher for Detroit Public Schools.

“It was really relaxed and an informal conversation,” he said. He encourages other immigrants to participate.

By: Candice Williams / The Detroit News
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Police Officer 3 Judith Daria-Olbes-Sorsogon police officer named to TOPWP 2009

  by Bennie A. Recebido

Sorsogon Province (1 February) — Police Officer 3 Judith Daria-Olbes, non-commissioned officer of the Sorsogon Police Provincial Office (SPPO) was named among the 8th Search of the Ten Outstanding Police Women of the Year (TOPWP) 2009.

Olbes is the first lady law enforcer in this province feted with said recognition receiving the TOPWP Kabalikat Awards trophy.

She also received cash prize from ZONTA Club of Makati Paseo de Roxas Foundation, gift certificate from the Arms Corporation Philippines (ARMSCOR) and the Outstanding Achievement Medal from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

PSSupt. Heriberto Olitoquit, police provincial director here, stated that among hundreds of nominees from the police commissioned and non-commissioned officers across the country, 28 were chosen finalists and wherefore named the deserving ten outstanding police women of the country.

“Olbes indeed deserves the recognition considering her dedication and exemplary work significantly contributing to the cause of peace and order in the local community,” related Olitoquit.

It can be recalled that Olbes was part of the successful implementation of PNP programs bridging the gap between the police and the community, including the Expanded Community Orienting Polishing System (ECOPS) that focused on the promotion of public’s health; “Kampo ng Bayan sa Lawasnon” showcasing sports development, as well as the maintenance of heightened security at the Sorsogon Baywalk.

Likewise, Olbes initiated the “Malusog na Bata, Malusog na Bansa” program targeting children in the remote barangays to be their feeding program recepients, the “Konting Tulong ni Mama at Aleng Pulis” where they chipped-in certain amount from their own pocket and used this to realize the “Kaarawang Handog ni Mama at Aleng Pulis” and the distribution of slippers, food and school supplies to children.

Olbes who is currently the SPPO’s Family Juvenile and Gender and Development PNCO is an active officer of Sorsogon Women’s Network and Development (SWND) and Visayan Forum Foundation respectively working on women and children’s welfare.

In an interview, Olbes, though didn’t expect she can really make it to the top, extends her utmost gratitude to the past provincial chiefs of SPPO including PSSupt Joel Regondola, PSSupt Henry Rañola and to PSSupt Heriberto Olitoquit, the present PD. “I am also grateful to PSupt Edgardo Ardales, Deputy Prov’l Director PSupt Elmer Ferreras and to the Non-Uniformed Personnel as well as the Police Non-Commissioned and Commissioned officers of SPPO,” she added.

Other awardees are: PSupt Lailene Amparo – Marilao Police Station, Bulacan Provincial Office (PO), Police Regional Office(PRO) 3; PCI Delia Ingalla – Taguig City PO, Southern Police District, NCRPO; PSI Lerma Tirana – Regional Police Community Relations Division, NCRPO; SPO1 Marifel Cortez – Butuan City PO, PRO 13; PO3 Zorayda Aripin – Zamboanga City PO, PRO 9; PO3 Ruth Poserio – Sta. Barbara Police Station, Pangasinan PRO, Police Regional Office 1; PO3 Lilybeth Pascual – WCPD PNCO-Camarines Sur Police Provincial Office (PPO), PRO 5; PO2 Famela Suba – Cabiao Police Station, Nueva Ecija PPO, PRO 3; PO2 Rina Salaya – Maasin Municipal Police Station, Iloilo PPO, PRO 6.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo herself conferred the award to the Ten Outstanding Police Women of the Philippines, Jan. 13, at Rizal Hall in Malacañang.

These awardees that make up this year’s TOPWP were chosen for the honor by the ZONTA Club of Makati Paseo de Roxas Foundation and the Philippine National Police. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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Floro Dery- Extraordinary artist from Gubat Sorsogon

Floro Dery, is an extraordinary artist  from Gubat, Sorsogon. He master the arts of painting & comics illustration and now a full time animators in different animation shows in the US of A.  Some of his projects : Pirates of Dark Water, Wildfire, The Transformers:  The Movie (animation), The King and I, The Little Mermaid, The Swan Princess, Spider Man. This man is truly a pinoy world class. Tunay na maipagmamalaki ng pilipinas..Uragon talaga!!

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Eddie “Manoy” Garcia – Sorsoganon, pillar of Pinoy movie industry



Eddie Garcia (born Eduardo Verchez García on May 2, 1921 in Sorsogon, Philippines) popularly known as Manoy  is one of the top Filipino film actors and also a Movie Director.


source: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


He made his first movie, Siete Infantes de Lara in 1949.

He is also known to play the part of Leandro Montemayor, the fictional Philippine President on the television drama series, “Kung Mawawala Ka” (If Ever You Were Gone), and gave him his first Best Actor in a Drama Series in the 2002 Star Awards, and is also known for portraying various roles either the main villain or the lead or supporting character. He is also known for his trademark humorous lines which he says mostly in action films or comedy films[1]

He also played a part as Lolo Carlos (Grandfather Carlos) in the Filipino-American film, The Debut, the Lolo Sinat (Grandfather Sinat) in the film, Deathrow, and even the villainous Judge Valderama in Kapag Puno Na Ang Salop (If the Ganta is Full) and its two sequels, opposite of Fernando Poe, Jr. although he also portrayed a judge which is the opposite of his latter character as Judge Maximiano Asuncion who is a real life judge known as Hukom Bitay. He also portrayed another real life personality portraying Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim.

He is the only person in the Philippines to be a Hall of Fame inductee of the FAMAS in three categories: Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Director.[1]

He is the only performer in Philippine movie history to win three consecutive FAMAS Awards: Best Supporting Actor Awards for Taga sa Bato (1957), Condenado (1958) and Tanikalang Apoy (1959).[1]

He is the most awarded and nominated person in the long history of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences (FAMAS) Awards. He garnered a total of 34 nominations (13 for Best Supporting Actor, 10 for Best Actor and 11 for Best Director). Out of these, he got 6 Best Supporting Actor wins, 5 Best Actor wins and 5 Best Director wins, 3 Hall of Fame Awards, 1 Lifetime Achievement Award and the Fernando Poe, Jr. Memorial Award. He was awarded his first FAMAS Award in 1957 and his last FAMAS, a Hall of Fame for Best Actor, in 2003.

The first actor to be inducted in the FAMAS Best Supporting Actor Hall of Fame of the Filipino Academy of Movie Arts and Sciences in 1974.

He played the role of Markadan of Saladin, a powerful dark magician, in the television fantasy series, Majika. He also directed many films such as hinukay ko na ang libingan mo starring Robin padilla portraying twin brothers and even eddie himself as the film’s main antagonist


Personal life

His family is among the descendants of Spanish settlers.[citation needed] He is a former member of the Philippine Scouts in Okinawa during World War II. The Philippine Military Academy Marangal (Honorable) Class of 1974 also adopted him as one of their honorary classmates, alongside First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.

He has a daughter living in San Diego, CA by the name of Lisa Ortega.

He is also good friends with fellow veteran actors Dolphy and Fernando Poe Jr. He also personally witnessed the last moment of FPJ. Earlier that year during the 2004 presidential elections, he and Dolphy are campaigning alongside FPJ




As an actor


TV series

  • Darna (2009) as Father
  • Totoy Bato (2009) as Coach Fredo
  • LaLola (2008-2009) as Don Aguirre Lobergat
  • Joaquin Bordado (2008) as General Russo
  • Obra (TV series) (2008)
  • Asian Treasures (2007) as Professor Wakan U. Matadtu / Supremo / Datu Makatunaw
  • Majika (2006) as Markadan
  • Darna (2005) as Mambabarang
  • Marinara (2004)
  • Narito Ang Puso Ko (2003)
  • Kung Mawawala Ka (2002)
  • Manoy & Mokong (1998)
  • GMA Mini Series (1995)
  • GMA Telecine Specials (1993)
  • Lovingly Yours (1987)



  • Fuschia
  • Urduja (2008)
  • Ate (2008)
  • Till I Met You (2006)
  • I Wanna Be Happy (2006)
  • Gakseoltang (2006)
  • Blue Moon (2006)
  • Reyna: ang makulay na pakikipagsapalaran ng mga achucherva, achuchuva, achechenes (2006)
  • Gakseoltang (2006)
  • Tulay (2006)
  • Wrinkles (2006)
  • Terrorist Hunter (2005)
  • Batuta ni Dracula (2005)
  • Lisensyadong kamao (2005)
  • Pinoy/Blonde (2005)
  • Birhen ng Manaoag (2005)
  • ICU Bed #7 (2005)
  • Mano po III: My love (2004)
  • Sa totoo lang! (2004)
  • Chavit (2003)
  • Asboobs: Asal bobo (2003)
  • Masamang ugat (2003)
  • Alab ng lahi (2003)
  • Operation Balikatan (2003)
  • Tomagan (2003)
  • When Eagles Strike (2003)
  • Mano po (2002)
  • Bahid (2002)
  • D’ uragons never umuurong always sumusulong (2002)
  • Bro… Kahit saan engkwentro (2002)
  • Kapitan Ambo: Outside de kulambo (2001)
  • Sanggano’t sanggago (2001)
  • Syota ng bayan (2001)
  • Deathrow (2000)
  • Anino (2000)
  • The Debut (2000) …
  • Matalino man ang matsing na-iisahan din! (2000)
  • Asin at paminta (1999)
  • Tigasin (1999)
  • Sambahin ang ngalan mo (1998)
  • The Mariano Mison Story (1997) ..
  • Nagmumurang kamatis (1997)
  • Papunta ka pa lang, pabalik na ako (1997)
  • Emong Salvacion (1997)
  • Mauna ka susunod ako (1997)
  • Padre Kalibre (1997)
  • Wanted Dead or Alive: Arrest the King of Carnappers (1996)
  • Duwelo (1996) (Regal Films)
  • Bakit May Kahapon Pa? (1996)
  • Moises Arcanghel: Sa guhit ng bala (1996)
  • Melencio Magat: Dugo laban dugo (1995)
  • Hukom bitay (1995)
  • Alfredo Lim: Batas ng Maynila (1995)
  • Ultimatum (1994)
  • Mayor Cesar Climaco (1994)
  • Salamat Sa Lotto (1994)
  • Marami ka pang kakaining bigas (1994)
  • Galvez: Hanggang sa dulo ng mundo hahanapin kita (1993)
  • MAESTRO TORIBIO: Sentensyador (1993)
  • Tatak ng Kriminal (1993)
  • Doring Borobo (1993)
  • Enteng Manok: Tari ng Quiapo (1992)
  • Cordora: Lulutang Ka Sa Sarili Mong Dugo (1992) (Moviestars Production) (Directed by: Francis Posadas (as Francis ‘Jun’ Posadas)) (Written by: Tony Tacorda (story & screenplay)) (Produced by: Edgar Abanilla …. associate producer, Willie Milan …. line producer, Ramon Salvador …. supervising producer, Wally Chua & Victor Villegas …. executive producers) (Original Music by: Mon Del Rosario) (Cinematography by: Ver Dauz) (Production Designed by: Bobby Bautista) (Stunts: Eddie Nicart …. stunt & fight director) (Sound Department: Rolly Ruta …. sound supervisor)
  • Andres Manambit (1992) (Viva Films)
  • My Other Woman (1991)
  • Magdaleno Orbos: Sa Kuko ng Mga Lawin (1991) (Harvest Films International)
  • Alyas Ninong (1991) (Octoarts Films)
  • Mayor latigo (1991)
  • Hinukay ko na ang libingan mo (1991)
  • Higit na matimbang ang dugo (1991)
  • Boyong Manalac: Hoodlum Terminator (1991)
  • Bakit kay tagal ng sandali? (1990)
  • Sgt.Patalinghug (1990)
  • HEPE: Isasabay Kita! (1990)
  • Tangga and Chos: Beauty Secret Agents (1990)
  • Naughty Boys (1990)
  • Hindi ka na sisikatan ng araw (Kapag puno na ang salop part III) (1990)
  • Baril Ko Ang Uusig! (1990)
  • Ikasa mo, ipuputok ko (1990)
  • Gumapang ka sa lusak (1990)
  • Bala at Rosario (1990)
  • Patigasan… ang laban (1990)
  • Kung tapos na ang kailanman (1990)
  • Trese (1990)
  • Galit sa mundo (1989)
  • Ako ang Batas:General Tomas Karingal (1989)
  • Handa na ang hukay mo, Calida (1989)
  • Hukom 45 (1989)
  • Kung maibabalik ko lang (1989)
  • Ako ang huhusga (Kapag puno na ang salop part II) (1989)
  • Ang Pumatay ng dahil sa iyo (1989)
  • Tatak ng isang api (1989)
  • Kailan mahuhugasan ang kasalanan (1989)
  • Bakit iisa lamang ang puso (1989)
  • One two bato three four bapor (1989)
  • My Pretty Baby (1989)
  • Tupang itim (1989)
  • Chinatown: Sa kuko ng dragon (1988)
  • Sandakot na bala (1988)
  • Sgt. Ernesto Boy Ibanez: Tirtir Gang (1988)
  • Enteng, the Dragon (1988)
  • Puso sa puso (1988)
  • Afuang, Bounty Hunter (1988)
  • Nasaan ka inay (1988)
  • Ibulong mo sa Diyos (1988)
  • Lord, bakit ako pa? (1988)
  • Baleleng at ang ginto sirena (1988)
  • Kapag puno na ang salop (1987)
  • Lumuhod ka sa lupa! (1987)
  • Ayokong tumungtong sa lupa (1987)
  • Pinulot ka lang sa lupa (1987)
  • Tenyente Ilalaban Kita Sa Batas (1987)
  • Sgt Patalinhug: CIS Special Operations Group (1986)
  • Payaso (1986)
  • Muslim Magnum .357 (1986)
  • Gabi na, kumander (1986)
  • Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (1986)
  • Turuang apoy (1985)
  • Order to Kill (1985)
  • Manoy, Hindi ka na makakaisa (1985)
  • Miguelito, ang batang rebelde (1985)
  • Public Enemy #2 (1985)
  • Ben Tumbling (1985)
  • Erpat kong forgets (1985)
  • Kapag baboy ang inutang (1985)
  • Life Begins at 40 (1985)
  • Pati ba pintig ng puso (1985)
  • Alyas: Boy Life (1985)
  • Tinik sa dibdib (1985)
  • Mahilig (1984)
  • Matukso kaya ang angel (1984)
  • May daga sa labas ng lungga (1984)
  • Kriminal (1984)
  • Bigats (1984)
  • Daang hari (1984)
  • Malisya (1984)
  • May lamok sa loob ng kulambo (1984)
  • Sigaw ng katarungan (1984)
  • Kung mahawi man ang ulap (1984)
  • Minsan pa nating hagkan ang nakaraan (1984)
  • Kunin mo ang ulo ni Magtanggol (1983)
  • Palabra de honor (1983)
  • A Time for Dying (1983)
  • Paro-parung buking (1983)
  • Iyo ang batas, akin ang katarungan (1983)
  • Get My Son Dead or Alive (1982)
  • P.S. I Love You (1981)
  • Ulo ng gapo (1981)
  • Cover Girls (1981)
  • Alfredo Sebastian (1981)
  • Dear Heart (1981)
  • Ang Babaeng Hinugot Sa Aking Tadyang (1981)
  • Uhaw na dagat (1981)
  • Anak sa una, kasal sa ina (1981)
  • Aguila (1980)
  • Tanikala (1980)
  • Si Malakas, si Maganda, at si mahinhin (1980)
  • Totoy boogie (1980)
  • Palaban (1980)
  • Gobernador (1980)
  • Ang Alamat ni Julian Makabayan (1979)
  • Anak ng Maton (1979)
  • Aliw-iw (1979)
  • Sino si Boy Urbina (1979)
  • Maynila, 1970 (1979)
  • Sa ngalan ng anak (1978)
  • Walang katapusang tag-araw (1977)
  • Maligno (1977)
  • Masikip, maluwang… paraisong parisukat (1977)
  • Sudden Death (1977)
  • Ganito kami noon, paano kayo ngayon (1976)
  • Savage Sisters (1974)
  • Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang (1974)
  • Black Mamba (1974)
  • Bamboo Gods and Iron Men (1974)
  • The Woman Hunt (1973)
  • Beyond Atlantis (1973)
  • Dragnet (1973)
  • Karateka Boxer (1973)
  • The Twilight People (1973)
  • Super Gee (1973)
  • Nueva Viscaya (1973)
  • Ang Mahiwagang daigdig ni Pedro Penduko (1973)
  • Nueva Ecija (1973)
  • Black Mama, White Mama (1972)
  • Vibora, El (1972)
  • Beast of Blood (1971)
  • Pagdating sa dulo (1971)
  • Karugtong ng kahapon (1971)
  • Tubog sa ginto (1971)
  • Stardoom (1971)
  • Daluyong! (1971)
  • The Beast of the Yellow Night (1971)
  • Maruja (1969)
  • Patria adorada (1969)
  • Infiltrators (1969)
  • The Crimebuster (1968)
  • Kailanma’y di ka mag-iisa (1968)
  • Dambana ng kagitingan (1968)
  • De colores (1968)
  • Diegong Daga (1968)
  • Abdul Tapang (1968)
  • The Blackbelter (1968)
  • Deadly Jacks (1968)
  • Killer Patrol (1968)
  • Triple (1968)
  • Baril at rosario (1968)
  • Leon Guerrero laban sa 7 kilabot (1968)
  • Igorota (1968)
  • Kaibigan kong Sto. Niño (1967)
  • Deadly Seven (1967)
  • Ito ang Pilipino (1966)
  • Ibulong mo sa hangin (1966)
  • Kumander Judo (1964)
  • Haliging bato (1963)
  • Balisong 29 (1963)
  • Apat ang anak ni David (1963)
  • Kaming mga talyada (1962)
  • Diegong Tabak (1962)
  • Halik sa lupa (1961)
  • Ito ba ang aking ina (1961)
  • Dalawang kalbaryo ni Dr. Mendez (1961)
  • Lupa sa lupa (1960)
  • Gumuhong bantayog (1960)
  • Tatlong Magdalena (1960)
  • Amy, Susie, Tessie (1960)
  • Kaming makasalanan (1960)
  • Tanikalang apoy (1959)
  • Kamandag (1959)
  • Handsome (1959)
  • Condenado (1958)
  • Ulilang angel (1958)
  • Silveria (1958)
  • Anino ni Bathala (1958)
  • Taga sa bato (1957)
  • Busabos (1957)
  • Sino ang maysala (1957)
  • Gabi at araw (1957)
  • Mga Ligaw na bulaklak (1957)
  • Dino Barbaro (1956)
  • Gilda (1956)
  • Contravida (1955)
  • Tatay na si Bondying (1955)
  • Waldas (1955)
  • Iyong-iyo (1955)
  • Kurdapya (1955)
  • Despatsadora (1955)
  • Anak ng espada (1954)
  • Menor de edad (1954)
  • Aristokrata (1954)
  • Sa isang sulyap mo Tita (1953)
  • Diwani (1953)
  • Reyna bandida (1953)
  • El Indio (1953)
  • Recuerdo (1953)
  • Huling patak ng dugo (1950)
  • Kilabot sa Makiling (1950)
  • Siete infantes de lara (1950)
  • Kahit ang mundo’y magunaw (1949)


As director

  • Crisis (2005)
  • Abakada ina (2001)
  • Hinukay ko na ang libingan mo (1991)
  • Imortal (1989)
  • Kung kasalanan man (1989)
  • Huwag mong itanong kung bakit? (1987)
  • Kung aagawin mo ang lahat sa akin (1987)
  • Saan nagtatago ang pag-ibig (1987)
  • Magdusa ka (1986)
  • Kailan sasabihing mahal kita (1985)
  • Palimos ng pag-ibig (1985)
  • Friends in Love (1983)
  • Forgive and Forget (1982)
  • Cross My Heart (1982)
  • Sinasamba kita (1982)
  • P.S. I Love You (1981)
  • Atsay (1978)
  • Pinagbuklod ng langit (1969)
  • Blackmail (1966)
  • Deadline Agosto 13 (1966)
  • Sabotage (1966)
  • G-2: Taga-usig ng kaaway (1965)
  • Kalaban ng sindikato (1965)
  • Historia de un amor (1963)

Filed under: Sorsoganon in the LIMELIGHT!, Sorsogon Outstanding Achievers,

Another remarkable Sorsoganon “Willie Dechavez” who also gave an important contribution to our City

Willie Dechavez
Willie Dechavez

Another kababayan who hails from Bacon District made a remarkable contribution to our City. His name is Mr. Willie Dechavez, He is an Educator who migrated in the United States and successfully pursued his career in education. Through his initiative, he made a way to link Sorsogon City to Sterling Heights in Michigan where he is the chairperson of the  Ethnic Community Committee and Michigan National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA).

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Willie D. Dechavez has served as the Executive Director of NaFFAA Midwest Convention 2003, Vice-Chair of the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) board member of Philippine-American Community Center of Michigan (PACCM), and Executive Director of the Filipino-American Political Association of Michigan (FAPAM).He is an active cultural chairperson of the Council of Asia Pacific Americans ( CAPA) in Michigan.

He holds government-appointed positions: past Macomb County Historical Commissioner, former member of the Board of Directors of the Cornerstone Development Authority, City of Southfield; the current chairperson of the Ethnic Community Issues Committee, City of Sterling Heights. He was appointed three years ago by Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm as a member of the Advisory Council for Asian-American Pacific Affairs.

Willie received the 2002 Banaag Presidential Award for Filipinos Overseas, 2002 Governor Service Award, 2001 Macomb County Volunteer of the Year Award, 1997 Fulbright Teacher Japan Travel, 2001 Michigan Teacher of the Year -Finalist, and the Marygrove College Professional Teacher Award. He also received the 2005 MetLife Foundation Ambassador in Education Award and was the 2005 Diversity Champion awardee.

Willie is an educator with the Detroit Public Schools. He earned a Masters Degree in Special Education and an Educational Specialist Degree in School Administration from Wayne State University. He is married to Winifred and blessed with an only child, Jacqueline.

Willie Dechavez Wins the First-ever “BalikTeacher” Award


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