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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.

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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.

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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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7th October 2011
Metro Hi-per opens Oct 8
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 7, 2011, 11:42 pm
Fil-Am (Ormocana) moves back to work for PH govt
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 7, 2011, 9:20 am

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia, abs-cbnNEWS.com and U.S. News Agency / Asian

While some Filipinos would do anything to migrate to the United States, Eileen Aparis left a comfortable life in Seattle to move back to the Philippines.

“Going back to the Philippines was the most irrational thing I could have done. I had a good job, a house, a car and friends,” she told abs-cbnNEWS.com in an interview last week.

Born in Ormoc, Leyte, Aparis was only 8 years old when her family migrated to the US in 1985. She spent most of her life in Seattle, got her MBA in New York and has been working with communities and immigrant refugees from Somalia, Ethiopia and Vietnam.

Aparis had a passion for international development and a desire to reconnect with her roots and do something for the Philippines. She was inspired by the Aquino administration’s commitment to good government, especially since the late former President Corazon Aquino was her hero.

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Limasawa garners Nutrition Honor Award, a first in Region 8
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 7, 2011, 7:24 am

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Oct. 6 (PIA) -- For consistently getting recognized in its nutrition program for the past six consecutive years, the historic island-municipality of Limasawa, this province, shines once again for the Nutrition Honor Award (NHA), the first local government unit (LGU) in Region 8 to reap such distinction, according to Nilda Rich, the Assistant Provincial Nutrition Action Officer.

In a phone interview with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Tuesday, Rich said Limasawa was a Green Banner Awardee for nutrition in the years 2005, 2006, and 2007, while for the next three years, from 2008, 2009, and 2010, the LGU garnered the Consistent Regional Outstanding Winner in Nutrition (CROWN) award.

This year’s nutrition performance evaluation, which was based in the 2010 assessment, Limasawa made history again for landing in the top spot, this time the NHA, and for this outstanding effort it stands to receive P 500,000.00 from the National Nutrition Council (NNC), an agency under the Department of Health (DOH), Rich informed.

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5th October 2011
Maasinhon Trio takes finals crack at PGT3
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 5, 2011, 10:45 pm

By JANI ARNAIZ

October 5, 2011

MAASIN CITY – They have been singing since their younger days but never thought they will get a semblance of stardom.

But when they passed a rigid audition and bagged a semi-final stint of a reality TV talent show of a big network, all have changed and they started aiming high to become the next famed Apo Hiking Society.

They are the Maasinhon Trio composed of 38 years old Bonifacio Salubre, Licinio Lolo, 43 and Andrew Sanchez, 40, who blended good an Original Pilipino Music (OPM) song by the Apo “Ang Ganda ng Ating Musika that got three yeses of the three judges of the reality talent show of ABS-CBN Pinoy Got Talent season 3.

The Trio was previously part of the MenVoyz, who were sought out in parties and weddings. They parted though and formed a quarter with singing priest Fr. Dodong Cordovez.

When Fr. Cordovez was assigned to a parish outside Maasin, the tree formed the Maasinhon Trio and invitation to parties and wedding became a regular fare outside of their respective work.

Salubre, who is a fireman, started singing on top of meal table on the prodding of his mother, has become the voice of his peers at Mantahan village during drinking sprees. “My mother always prods me to sing at dinner table during family gathering when I was yet a toddler,” Salubre told Inquirer.

Lolo, secretariat head of the provincial bids and awards committee, on the other hand, started playing the guitar and singing in school gathering when he was still in grade school. The highlight of “his singing career” was winning in a cultural show in high school.

 

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3rd October 2011
P4.2 Billion needed to stop Samar insurgency
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 3, 2011, 9:36 am

By JANI ARNAIZ
October 3, 2011

Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva, Centcom CG (center) Maj. Gen. Mario Chan, 8th ID CG (left) and Col John Bonafos, 802 BrigadeMAASIN CITY – While his predecessor retired Lt. Gen. Jovito Palparan, made a bold prediction to wipe out insurgency in Eastern Visyas in six months, which he obviously failed, 8th Infantry Division commanding general Maj. Gen. Mario Chan, modestly pronounced that three years would be enough if the government spends P4.2 billion for Samar.

Chan made the declaration of timeline in a press conference after the signing of a joint declaration of an insurgency free southern Leyte.

“All I am asking is P4.2 billion for infrastructure projects in the three provinces of Samar and the insurgency will collapse on the fourth year,” Chan told the Reporter when asked if he has timeline for the insurgency in Samar.

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2nd October 2011
Southern Leyte is "insurgents free"
Posted by Jani Arnaiz, Chief Editor on October 2, 2011, 10:36 pm

 By Jani Arnaiz
October 3, 2011

Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva, Maj. Gen. Mario Chan and Gov. Damian Mercado sign joint declaration an insurgents free provinceMAASIN CITY – For the second time, the Armed Forces of the Philippines in the Visayas has declared Southern Leyte province as “insurgents free.”

In a ceremony held at the Ruperto K. Kangleon function house on Friday, Central Command (Centcom) head Lt. Gen. Ralph Villanueva and Major Gen. Mario Chan of the 8th Infantry Division based in Catbalogan City in Samar and 802 Brigade’s Colonel John S Bonafos joined with top officials in the province in signing the “joint declaration of an insurgents free Southern Leyte.”

The declaration was attributed to the determination and commitment of the local chief executives in helping the soldiers solve insurgency.

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