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24th October 2011
Maasinhon Trio PGT3 champ, P2M richer
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 24, 2011, 12:21 am

By Jani Arnaiz 

October 24, 2011

MAASIN CITY – A modest motorcade around the city and probably in the entire 18 towns in the province awaits the Maasinhon Trio, the grand finals’ winner of the ABS-CBN reality TV talent show Pinoy Got Talent season 3, says Mayor Malone Samaco.

Malone also said that the city will be preparing a victory party. “Not that big. But definitely we will be preparing a victory for the Maasinhon Trio aside of course from the motorcade.”

He said Maasinhon really rally for the group because they are not only from Maasin City in southern Leyte but they are bringing our name. “It’s a big thing for us Maasinhon for tourism and investment because we known not only in the Philippines but all over the world.”

Other factors for the win are the church, the diocese of Maasin, which supported them. The firemen and electric cooperatives in the country were also requested to rally behind the Maasinhon having two of Trio are connected with the Bureau of Fire Protection and Southern Leyte electric cooperatives, said the ecstatic mayor.


20th October 2011
Pres. Aquino sympathies with families of slain soldiers, hints "all-out-war" is not an option in Basilan clash
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 20, 2011, 12:23 am

By Ronald O. Reyes

PALO, Leyte (Oct. 20, 2011) —Pres. Benigno Aquino III extended his deep sympathies to the families of 19 soldiers who were killed and those who were injured in a clash with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters last Tuesday in Basilan, Mindanao.

“Nakikiramay tayo sa lahat ng mga pamilya na nawalan ng kanilang membro sa nagyari.”

The president said this in a hurried press briefing shortly after joining with the rest of the visitors and people here in the town for the 67th Leyte Gulf Landing Anniversary ceremony.

He also said that he is looking on the matter seriously.

President Aquino then said that he is going to have a command conference on Friday together with top officials from military and police to precisely discuss the issues in Basilan attack.

“Bago  mag-relieve ng ilang commander doon, dapat talagang masiyasat kung ano ang dahilan at bakit naging ganito ang naging resulta sa ating sandatahang lakas at iwasto, at hihingin ko bukas (Oct. 21)  ang mga detalye ng mga pagwawasto.”


Untold stories of Ruperto K. Kangleon revealed
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 20, 2011, 12:14 am

By Jani Arnaiz

October 20, 2011

MAASIN CITY – Sister Lourdes Kangleon was only thirteen years old when the war broke out but she can vividly recall the untold exploits of her late father, war hero and Senator Ruperto K. Kangleon, and the ordeal of her four siblings who were imprisoned by the Japanese for three years during the war.

Looking back 67 years after the Leyte Gulf Landings on October 20, 1944, she said, Spanish old churches in Southern Leyte, the imposing Leyte Capitol and other big buildings would have been wiped out had Gen. Douglas McArthur not heeded then Lt. Col. Kangleon’s strong opposition to the American’s plan to bomb these establishments.

“Papa was able to convince Gen. McArthur that there’s no need to bomb those establishments because the Japanese have retreated to Dulag Leyte (50km from Tacloban) and they were nowhere near the churches,” said Lourdes, a physician by profession.


19th October 2011
Maasinhon Trio singing for history October 22
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 19, 2011, 11:58 pm

By Jani Arnaiz
October 20, 2011

MAASIN CITY – They are no big stars yet but already a star just the same on their own right.

Bonifacio Salubre, Licinio Lolo and Andrew Sanchez who composes the Maasinhon Trio, bagged a grand finals slot in ABS-CBN’s reality TV show, the Pinoy Got Talent 3 on October 16. With that they also won P50,000 in cash and a one year recording contract with Star and Star Magic records.

Only last Sunday, they guested at ABS-CBN’s variety show ASAP directly coming from Maasin City on a free round trip tickets.

They will be singing for history on Oct. 22.

Singing Sharon Cuneta’s “Bituing Walang Ningning,” the Trio readily got the nods from the show’s three judges in Ai-ai de las Alas, Fredie M. Garcia and Kris Aquino.

“Kagabi, perfection talaga ang pagkanta nyo, super linis talaga yong pagkanta sobrang linis. And it brings back the happy memories memories ng mga tatay natin,” said Kris Aquino.

While Ai-ai de las Alas, said, “Congratulations sa mga matured, yan ang mga OPM OPM na’yan. Ang dami talagang fans nila sa TFC.”

FMG, on the other hand, said, “Ang lakas ng sex appeal.”


Getting the highest number of text and online votes, the Maasinhon Trio is the ninth grand finalist.

When the show’s hosts, Luis Mansano and Billy Crawford announced their winning the finals slot, the Trio was just overwhelmed.

Punching the air, Salubre, said, “We never really expected to win but the support of Maasinhons and Southern Leyteños were really huge. Thank you so much Maasinhon, Southern Leyteños and to all who supported us.”


18th October 2011
All set for 67th anniversary of historic Leyte Gulf Landings
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 18, 2011, 11:18 pm

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte, Oct. 18(PIA) -- Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla informed that all is set for the 67th Anniversary of the historic Leyte Gulf Landings.

The Leyte Landing marker at the MacArthur Park in Palo, LeyteGovernor Petilla said will be the venue of the activities sponsored by various groups from the government and private sector have already been planned and are just awaiting implementation.

No less than His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III has been invited to keynote the Commemorative Rites, Governor Petilla informed.

This year, the Ambassador of the United States of America to the Philippines His Excellency Harry Thomas; Ambassador of Canada, His Excellency Robert Desjardins, the Ambassador of Japan, His Excellency Toshinao Urabe; and the representative of Australia have already confirmed their attendance to the Commemorative Program, the Leyte Gulf Landings Committee secretariat informed.


P3.89-M in DSWD heist recovered; 3 suspects detained
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 18, 2011, 11:15 pm

By Rodrigo S. Victoria

TACLOBAN CITY, Leyte Oct. 18 (PIA)--

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) - Region 8 on Tuesday presented to the media the cash and checks worth P3.8 million recovered rom the suspects in the Department of Social Welfare and Development(DSWD) heist.

The recovered amount is a part of the P 8 million that was allegedly taken by suspected robbers.

CIDG-8 investigation division chief SPOII Vicente Yamon presented the recovered cash money in P1,000, P500 peso bills still intact in bundles including some coins and nine pieces LBP checks worth P13 thousand plus to worth in all in the amount of P3.89 million.

Presented also was one caliber 45 pistol, seven live ammunitions, one back pack and two pieces of clothing believed to be used by the suspects.


15th October 2011
Maasin shrines lure Marian devotees
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 15, 2011, 7:06 pm

By Cris Evert Lato and Jani Arnaiz
Inquirer Visayas, 8:54 pm | Friday, October 14th, 2011

 MAASIN CITY—Even before they got married in May, John and Era Estan of Hindang town in Leyte had long wanted to go to the Marian shrine on a mountaintop in Maasin City, which offers a panoramic view of the capital of Southern Leyte from the foot of the statue of the Our Lady of Assumption.

They were not disappointed.

“Yes, it’s true,” John says. He and his wife joined thousands of devotees who went to the Monte Cueva Asuncion dela Virgen Shrine, or simply Monte Cueva, on Aug. 31, the first of the nine-day novena Mass to celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Sept. 8.


11th October 2011
TS Ramon first in 17 years
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 11, 2011, 6:49 pm

Ramon now back to tropical depression; spares Maasin, So. Leyte

By Jani Arnaiz

October 12, 2011

MAASIN CITY -- Southern Leyte is on high alert in anticipation of its first typhoon since 1994, when it was hit by “Bising.” The supertyphoon left one dead and destroyed millions of pesos worth of crops and infrastructure.

Governor Damian Mercado said he had ordered all local executives and risk reduction management councils to prepare for Ramon’s onslaught.


Tropical Storm Ramon may hit in S. Leyte, first time since '94
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 11, 2011, 12:41 am

By Jani Arnaiz
Inquirer Visayas

MAASIN CITY, Philippines– Weather officials raised Public Storm Signal No. 1 over Southern Leyte on Tuesday – the first storm that might hit the province in 17 years – and the largest elementary school in this provincial capital suspended classes in anticipation of heavy rains and possible flooding brought by Tropical Depression Ramon.

Pupils at the Tomas Oppus Pilot School were sent home about 9:30 a.m. Tuesday after Storm Signal No. 1 was raised in Southern Leyte, the first in the province since Typhoon Bising in 1994.

Fishermen along the coast secured their fishing boats and residents along the Canturing River in Maasin were warned of the approaching cyclone.  The Maasin port, the biggest in the province, was empty.


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