Our dayshift manager, Tom Donnley, had one lung
removed at University Santo Thomas (UST) hospital on 14 March 2008.
Since that time he has been in the ICU as his body is trying to cope
with only one lung. He suffered a minor stroke on the morning of
the 15th, but it appears there were no lasting effects to his movement
or speech. In the first few days he used 15 units of blood, so we
have been trying to replace these units with the blood bank for the last
week. 80-90% of the donors that we have sent to the hospital have
been rejected for assorted reasons. We still need to find 6-8
qualified donors in the coming week. We would like to thank the
staffs from Rick's Cafe, C' Italian Restaurant, Jovy (one of our
contractors that does our airport pickups) and assorted EXPATS that have
made the trip to Manila trying to donate blood. This week the
Swagman Manila plans to send some donors. If you are willing to
donate blood, stop by Margarita Station and check with the cashier for
the next transport to UST.
I have been sending out daily updates on Tom to his family. These
updates are posted daily at
CUSTOMER SUBMITTED PHOTOS OF OUR STAFF:
A LITTLE INFLATION?
When we first opened I updated prices once a year.
Then in 1995 the prices started changing so fast we computerized our
recipes and the cost of our ingredients and started updating every 3
months. By 1996 I noticed
the drastic change in prices of some items so I saved that years prices
for future reference. I just looked at some of the old prices from
1996 and there has been a bit of inflation (see photos below).
Interesting to see some staples like chicken have changed little when
compared to seafood. Only recently has pork gone up significantly
(with bacon no longer having any relationship to the cost of pork).
Besides the increases in ingredients, the minimum
wage has increased 151% from P 110 to P 276. With our average of 95
employees this is roughly an extra P 373,500 a month in salaries for the
same staff we had 12 years ago. Plus a 151% increase in 13th month
bonus. One more notable increase is bottled gas which has
increased 192% from 899 to 2625 per bottle. We use an average of 35
bottles a month so our gas bill is now about P60,000 a month more than
it was in 1996. Our electric bill in 1996 averaged P
49,000 per month. One of our most recent bills was P 188,800. So when
people say our food has gotten too expensive, and it is just us trying
to rip off the tourists, I just shrug my shoulders.
ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT & PERIMETER ROAD NEWS
In the last newsletter I had many articles about
a small battle between the city and the bars. This is the
last article that was in the papers (shortly after the
last newsletter was published). Business seems to have
returned to normal with some of the bars now paying the "Jojo"
group an unspecified fee.
Monday, February 04, 2008
Pan hit for relief of
By Dante M. Fabian
ANGELES City Mayor Francis
Nepomuceno recently censured Central Luzon Police
Director Errol Pan for "unceremoniously" relieving a
police superintendent from his assignment at the Angeles
City Police Office (Acpo).
Nepomuceno's dismay was contained in a resolution
sponsored by Councilor Agapito del Rosario III for
approval by the City Council in its session last
In his resolution, del Rosario expressed Nepomuceno's
disgust over Pan's relief of Superintendent Pedro Ramos,
whom he identified as an officer who had hands-on style
in managing the anti crime drive in the city.
Ramos, a native of Bulacan has figured in battles with
organized crime groups in the region. He was deputy city
director for administration and concurrent chief of
Station 4, which covers the tourist belt here when Pan
Sources said Ramos was removed in connection with the
"clamp down on alleged prostitution in the city."
A few days before his relief, he implemented an
operation where about 47 people were charged for
Local bar managers here belied the accusations of
prostitution, saying employees go out with men only upon
their own will and not for sex.
Nepomuceno declared Pan's relief of Ramos as
Ramos figured in a controversy that stemmed from
announcements to business establishments that Angeles
City is the source of Aids in the Philippines.
"This is in connection with information received by our
office coming from the International Concerned Community
regarding the issue that Angeles City is the source of
Aids in the Country," Ramos said at the opening portion
of the letter distributed to businessmen earlier.
Ramos said due to this report, the police have decided
to conduct a campaign against prostitution in the city.
Managers in various entertainment establishments here
said that since the reports came out, business has
slowed down significantly and has placed them in a worse
This was met by strong protests from businessmen in the
tourism industry as they said this "Aids scare" would
discourage tourists from coming to the city. They said
the damage resulting from the announcement has caused
As this developed, a group of new employees at city hall
were accused of "hostaging" the licenses of
entertainment workers here in their alleged continued
attempt to collect P1,500 monthly from each of the about
5,000 entertainment workers.
"Mamasans" told Sun.Star Pampanga that the office of
Nicolas Tolentino, sanitation officer, could not release
the licenses since some men reportedly calling
themselves as the "Jojo group" came to haul the
The men reportedly planned to deliver the licenses to
the bars in order to collect the money from the
According to mamasans, the "Jojo group" has lowered the
"fee" last Wednesday to P500 and last Thursday the
amount was down to P150.
||Here is something you don't see often.
A few weeks ago I walked into
La Bamba right at opening
time and there were no dancers or customers. Of
course, it didn't take long for it to fill up. A
good early afternoon club with great management and
||When the Byrd Cage opened a lot of the staff from
the BODY SHOP followed Elsa to their new club.
But, I've been in a few times since then and I'm happy
to report there are still plenty of dancers in the Body
Shop. I think it opens about 4 pm with a second
shift starting about 6 pm.
||I stopped into
Dr Holms one day last week to see the
place packed. They had arm wrestling competition
going on. It was well organized with Ted Lerner
doing the MC work and Don
McMahon acting as referee. I caught some of the girls
and the final match (heavy weight) pictured here.
I didn't get a
chance to see much of the club's staff because the place
was so crowded. Dr Holms is open early in the
afternoon. It has a good snack menu and a walk-through
to Eruptions in the back.
||Club Atlantis has had mixed reviews from all the
punters on the various Angeles boards. I've been
in a few times and I find it to be a place I'll visit
again when I'm on that end of town. Large staff of
dancers, good lighting, and the music is not too loud.
And if you are hot, the air conditioner pumps out lots
of chilly air in
Ko's is still the top club on Perimeter Road.
It opens about 3 pm and is usually full until 7 pm, but
the party goes on until late.
In Asia has improved quite a bit with the
addition of DUKE as the manager. And the rumor is
they will be working on improving their seating in the
next few weeks. IMO if they get some better
seating they might give Honey Ko's a run for the money
for the top spot on perimeter.
Rock is a quiet little bar in the group of bars
near C' Italian. One of the few bars on Perimeter
with a generator big enough to operate normally during
brownouts. And as you can see, it has the
occasional diamond in the rough.
PHOTO OF THE
KJ sporting a great t-shirt at the grand opening of the
OPENINGS - CHANGES - ETC
The Byrd Cage has opened on Real Street.
Owned and managed by Dragonstar and his wife, Elsa (aka BC
momma) it is a lively club that immediately had a good
following. The club opens at 7 pm
I believe more money has been spent remodeling this building in
the last 10 years than just about any property in Angeles City.
Multiple remodeling as Cleopatra (remember the moat?), Sphinx.
Big Easy to name a few. Now under renovation again by the
Dollhouse Group. Rumor is it will be called
Heartbreakers (formerly Pickup Disco) has recently been sold to
the Dollhouse Group.
ALEX LONGHAIR PLACE has replaced
The TRUCK STOP on Santos Street.
CLARK SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE NEWS
Thursday, January 31, 2008
DMIA declared main airport
CLARK FREEPORT -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has announced
that the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) in Manila will be
closed to give way to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA)
here as the main international airport of the country.
Clark will now be the new premier airport, President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo declared during last Tuesday's Cabinet meeting in
Malacañang convened to discuss the future of Philippine aviation,
including DMIA's role as a developmental route where a liberalized
regime of air policies will be in effect.
Prior to issuing the directive, Transportation Secretary Leandro
Mendoza briefed the President on the need to transfer Naia's
operations to DMIA to ensure the country's economic competitiveness.
"For the Philippines to be competitive, we have to close Naia as our
major gateway and transfer to Clark," Mendoza said referring to an
impending multi-lateral agreement providing for an open skies regime
among a number of Asian countries including the Philippines.
"In other words, you are saying Clark will not just be a
developmental route, it will now be the premier airport," Arroyo
told Mendoza adding Clark will now be phased in as the premier
airport because Naia is too crowded already.
Mendoza revealed that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean)
member-countries, including Japan, Korea and China, have already
agreed to adopt open skies in the region beginning with unlimited
flights between capital cities by December 2008.
Secretary Edgardo Pamintuan of the Subic-Clark Alliance for
Development Council also confirmed Malacanang's latest
pronouncements on the fate of the country's main international
"The President has declared during the last Cabinet meeting, which
was fully supported by Secretary Mendoza, that DMIA will no longer
be treated as a developmental route but as the main international
airport of the country," Pamintuan said.
Pamintuan also revealed that Arroyo is inclined to sign and issue a
new executive order liberalizing aviation over the DMIA and the
Subic International Airport in Subic Freeport Zone in Zambales.
He said Arroyo instructed Presidential Chief Legal Counsel Sergio
Apostol to review and come up with a final draft of a proposed
Executive Order (EO) 500-B that will amend the existing EO 500-A.
"The President also instructed the Department of Transportation and
Communications (DOTC) and other Cabinet members to study the
aviation policies of Vietnam which has been experiencing dramatic
growth of its tourism industry and determine whether these policies
could be adopted to our advantage," Pamintuan said.
Clark officials, led by Clark International Airport Corporation (Ciac)
chairman Nestor Mangio, Clark Development Corporation (CDC) chairman
Rizalino Navarro, CDC President Levy Laus and Ciac Executive Vice
President Alexander Cauguiran, also attended the Cabinet meeting in
Malacañang to lobby for the approval of the proposed EO 500-B.
Mangio welcomed the Arroyo's pronouncement on DMIA as the new main
gateway adding, "it is the right thing to do to serve our national
"DMIA is more than enough to answer our country need for a modern
and efficient international gateway which is important for us to
sustain our economic competitiveness in international trade and
commerce," Mangio said.
Right now, according to Mangio, Clark's 2,500-hectare civil aviation
complex is undergoing a major facelift starting with the phased
expansion of its passenger terminal to accommodate around two
million passengers per year.
"This initial phase of terminal expansion is expected to be finished
by the first week of March this year," he said.
On top of its modern instrument landing system, navigational aids,
meteorological equipment and complete airfield lighting system, Ciac
also recently installed new US$10-million dollar radar considered as
the most advanced in the country.
As one of the largest aviation complexes in Asia, with its two
3.2-kilometer parallel runways, DMIA is certified by the
International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) with ratings of
Category I for Precision Approach Runway and Category IX for
"There is even enough room at Clark's aviation complex to expand our
runways and terminals to accommodate the largest wide-bodied
aircraft in the world," Mangio said.
He noted that the recent landing at DMIA of the Airbus A380,
currently the biggest passenger airline in the world that is capable
of accommodating 800 passengers in a single flight
Freeport ready for international airport operations
By Reynaldo G. Navales
CLARK FREEPORT -- Clark Development Corporation
(CDC) president Liberato Laus said the Clark Freeport is
"physically" ready as the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA)
is gearing to operate as the country's premiere gateway to the
Laus issued the statement after President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo
declared DMIA as the replacement of the congested Ninoy Aquino
International Airport (Naia) recently.
The CDC official said the Clark Freeport is "physically ready" in
terms of infrastructure to accommodate vehicular and human traffic
once the DMIA is fully-operational as an international airport.
He noted the completion of the P21-billion Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway (SCTEx), which will open next month. The expressway would
then connect Clark to contingent areas like Subic's seaport in
Zambales province and the industrial areas of Tarlac province.
"Travel time to Subic, which usually takes two hours, will now be
cut down to just 30 minutes," Laus said, adding that nearby Tarlac
province will be closer by just 10 to 15 minutes.
Laus stressed that Clark officials have been bullish in the
development of the Freeport's infrastructure to meet Arroyo's grand
vision to transform Clark into an aviation and logistics hub in the
He added that within the first quarter of 2008, construction work
for the Clark-South Interchange (CSI) is set to start.
Earlier, CDC executive vice president Isaac Puno III of the Bases
Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) reported before the
media and Clark officials that construction work on the CSI, which
would link the Clark Freeport and nearby Angeles City and Mabalacat
town to SCTEx "is set to start early next year (2008)."
Puno said the construction date was "based on the BCDA's revision
and assessment of the area," which is near the Mabalacat gate of
"We are set to start construction (of the Clark-South Interchange)
by early next year as per our assessment and revision of the area's
geography," said Puno, who is also program manager for the
Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway Project (SCTEP).
The CSI, which would cost the government an initial P314 million, is
among the three interchanges that would connect the province of
Pampanga to the 21-billion SCTEx project.
The two other interchanges would be built at the Hacienda Dolores in
Porac and Floridablanca. The Porac interchange would cost P260
million while the Floridablanca interchange would cost P280 million.
Laus said the construction of the CSI is expected to attract more
investors inside the Freeport as presidential infrastructure
projects will realize the government's vision to make Clark and
Subic Bay Freeport Zones as the premier logistics hubs in the Asian
As much as we'd like to see the airport on Clark developed further, it
is a long way from being ready to handle all the commercial flights into
the country. There is a big difference between a few budget
flights a day and a A380 full of passengers! The runways are far
superior to NAIA, but the terminal and parking ramps are years away from
accepting more than a few planes at a time.
More Clark Photos: I had
an opportunity to fly from Clark to Iba on Good Friday. On the
return I got some good aerial shots of Clark.
Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex)
After a long wait, the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex)
opened during holy week for "dry runs." It will close
again for about one month while they finish. Only in the
PI would they build a road like this that goes through Clark
(thus the name for the road) and not have an entrance/exit
anywhere inside Clark.
Clark Freeport will have
access to SCTEx: agency
THE state-run Bases Conversion and
Development Authority (BCDA) gave assurance that Clark
Freeport Zone will definitely have direct access to
Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx).
The BCDA said the construction of Panday Pira Road, which
serves as a vital link from SCTEx to the freeport through
Clark North-B Interchange, would start as soon as the Japan
Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) releases a
supplementary loan for SCTEx.
SCTEx spokesman Robert Gervacio said work on Panday Pira
Road would take at least four months.
Thus, Gervacio ruled out the possibility that Panday Pira
access road could be completed in time for the scheduled
opening of SCTEx in April this year.
He explained that deferment of work on Panday Pira Road was
a strategic decision meant to streamline and rationalize
certain components of the ongoing construction of the main
As it was, some adjuncts of the 93.7-kilometer SCTEx were
"scoped out" as an offshoot of reduction of the project cost
to P21 billion.
Gervacio stressed that, like every stakeholder, the BCDA
also wanted SCTEx to be completed on time "so that the
people, particularly those in Central Luzon, could begin to
receive the benefits of having a world-class, seamless
"As much as we want construction work to go full steam
ahead, there have been some constraints that prevented us
from meeting our original deadlines," Gervacio said, adding
that once completed, SCTEx would be worth the waiting.
He also called on the stakeholders to continue supporting
the BCDA and the government in pushing SCTEx to full
completion, instead of standing in the way of the road
"It is now a matter of time before we open SCTEx to
vehicular traffic. Having done that, we can focus on
addressing the concerns of the public, particularly the
motorists that would likely come up along the way," he said.
The Manila Times
Internet Edition, Feb. 8, 2008
Save GMA from
"ANGELES CITY: Pinoy
Gumising Ka Movement (PGKM) Chairman Ruperto Cruz yesterday
called on all allies of President Gloria Arroyo to “save her
from shame and disgrace before it is too late” as the
Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) is set to open on April
without the access to the DMIA.
“The President will face criticisms when the SCTEx opens in time
for her birthday on April because the Clark Freeport has no
direct access to the expressway,” Cruz told The Manila
He blamed Clark Development Corp. (CDC) President Levy Laus’
alleged opposition to the Clark North Interchange in Dolores.
Clark has only two interchanges: the Clark North Interchange in
Dolores, which was supposedly linked to an access road to Expo
Pilipino, and the Clark Logistics Interchange connected to the
North Luzon Expressway Spur Road in Mabiga, Mabalacat.
The Clark Logistics Interchange is only a connection between the
two expressways, SCTEx and NLEx but was not completed.
“It is just a loop connecting SCTEx and NLEx, and it doesn’t
take you inside Clark because there are no arterial roads
entering Clark. It will only serve commuters coming from Manila
going to Subic and Tarlac, and back,” explained Cruz."
SCTEx opens for March 18-24 dry
By Albert B.
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO --
Motorists may use Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx)
Subic-Clark segment for free from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on
March 18 to March 24 as the Bases Conversion and Development
Authority (BCDA) conducts a dry run for the
soon-to-be-operational toll road.
BCDA president Narciso Abaya said the dry run of the
50.5-kilometer Subic-Clark segment would be beneficial for
motorists bound for Bataan and Olongapo, and Subic, which
has been a major tourist destination during the Lenten
The free Holy Week dry run dubbed "Handog ni Pangulong
Gloria: Libreng Biyahe sa SCTEx" is an initiative of the
Office of the President, BCDA and other agencies.
Only Class 1 or light vehicles, chartered buses and
motorcycles with an engine displacement of 400 cubic
centimeters or higher will be allowed to enter the
expressway during the free Holy Week trial run.
Motorists coming from Nlex bound for Subic are advised to
take the Spur/NLE interchange located between the Dau and
Sta. Inez Exits of Nlex and proceed to the SCTEx Clark
Logistics Toll Plaza.
After crossing the bridge, motorists should follow the loop
of the ramp towards Subic. Motorists are also advised to
follow the appropriate road directional signage.
Likewise, motorists at SCTEx bound for Bataan may exit at
the Dinalupihan Interchange via the Roman highway.
On the other hand, motorists from Subic and Bataan bound for
Manila are advised to enter the SCTEx through the Tipo Toll
Plaza or the Dinalupihan Toll Plaza, respectively, and
follow the road signage towards the Clark Logistics Toll
Upon reaching the Clark Logistics interchange, they should
take the first ramp to the right that will lead to the toll
plaza, then the Spur/NLE interchange connecting to Nlex.
Travel time from Clark to Subic will be reduced to a mere 40
From Nlex in Balintawak to Subic, travel time will only be
about one hour and 30 minutes.
The SCTEx is a flagship project of President Gloria
Macapagal-Arroyo and is among the mega-projects intended to
transform Central and Northern Luzon into a super region.
It is expected to serve as the new economic backbone for
Central Luzon and the adjoining regions that is expected to
create wider opportunities for investment, trade and
Thousands of motorists cruise
CLARK FREEPORT -- The Bases
Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) reported
that thousands of motorists have used the Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway (SCTex) over the past five days since its
soft opening on March 18.
On Day one alone, a total of 2,356 Class 1 and Class 2
vehicles did a trial run on the 50.5-kilometer portion
of the SCTex from Clark Freeport in Pampanga to Subic
Freeport in Zambales following the opening ceremony led
by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The Presidential entourage set in motion the week-long
free trial run dubbed "Handog ni Pangulong Gloria,
Libreng Biyahe sa SCTex" that would last until 5:30 p.m.
The freeway is open only from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
SCTex program manager Robert Gervacio announced that
motorists using the SCTex during the Lenten Season could
avail themselves of "reliable and expert road
assistance" courtesy of the Tollways Management
Corporation (TMC), which also operates North Luzon
Gervacio said the TMC, designated interim SCTex
operator, has deployed patrol vehicles, service crews
and other Nlex staff members to ensure adequate
assistance to motorists.
Charly Espanola, TMC division head for the SCTex, said
they have also fielded emergency medical services,
towing crew, and repair technicians along the
"There is a composite security team deployed along the
Subic-Clark segment coming from the BCDA, the Subic Bay
Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) and Clark Development
Corporation (CDC) to ensure the safety of our
motorists," Espanola said.
The BCDA said it expects big volume of traffic along
the Subic-Clark segment because the new expressway
offers faster and more convenient travel to Subic and
The SCTex is directly
linked to Nlex via a two-kilometer spur road and
interchange just after the northbound Dau exit of the
A one-page advisory distributed along the Nlex since
Tuesday said Subic-bound motorists can take the spur
interchange between the Dau and Sta. Ines exits of the
Nlex and then proceed to the SCTex Clark Logistics Toll
Plaza, turning left for Subic.
Those bound for Bataan can exit at the SCTex
Dinalupihan interchange via the Roman Highway.
From Subic and Bataan bound for Manila, motorists can
enter the SCTex at the Tipo Toll Plaza and the
Dinalupihan Toll Plaza, respectively.
They exit at the Clark Logistics Toll Plaza, and then
through the Spur Road connecting to Nlex.
Only Class 1 (light) vehicles, tourist and chartered
buses and motorcycles with engine displacements of 400cc
and above are allowed to use the SCTex during the dry
The TMC and BCDA also advised that there are no service
areas yet along the SCTex, and that the nearest stops
for rest areas are along Nlex and inside Subic.
In case of emergencies, motorists are encouraged to
call the SCTex hotline (045) 865-2030, (02) 3629997 and
(02) 3622246. (Reynaldo G. Navales)
bound to happen:
How long does it take
to drive the 55 kilometers from tollgate to tollgate?
16 MINUTES! Yes, 16 minutes is all it takes if
you happen to be a Frenchman butterfly that hears of a cute new girl
in Subic. He says his time will go down below 15
minutes when the Friendship interchange is opened.
Average traveling speed was 2 kilometers per hour short of
200 (198) due to some cars on the road, was blocked a few
times ,and when overtaking reduced speed to 200kmh in case
of unexpected lane change/swerving . Top
recorded speed : 266 kph. Vehicle
: Porsche 996 turbo s (460 bhp). Tires :
Michelin sport pilot 305. Gas :
Petron blaze. Gas consumption : 15 l
(25.4 liters/100). Gas cost : 720p.
I recently got a tour of the Lewis Grand Hotel on Perimeter
Road. This is the most ambitious hotel project in the
Balibago area to date. They were trying to open in late April,
but June to July is IMO a better estimate. They will have
68 rooms, including 4 big Presidential Suites with big corner
balconies looking out over the pool area, 16 Executive Rooms, 16
Family Rooms. The rest will be standard "Superior" rooms.
HOUSE FOR RENT It is now fully booked thru
1 Sep 2008. We only have one, so book early.
can rent one bedroom and have the entire house to
yourself, or a group of 3 guys can have a party house
much cheaper than 3 hotel rooms. You'll
probably want to rent a Balibago Buggie or a motorcycle,
but trikes are available close to the house. For more
I have been hearing good things about the SOUTHERN CROSS
SHUTTLE. This is a quality, new Tourist Bus that connects
Angeles & Manila. It should not be confused with the
dilapidated Blue Bus of years gone by. The bus leaves the
Southern Cross Hotel in Ermita (Manila) daily at 10 am.
The bus leave The Brass Knob Hotel In Angeles at 1 pm. For
more details contact the Southern Cross at:
Day Outing: Got
some time and $$ to kill? Why not take a flight to Iba or
just a sightseeing flight? I got to do that on Good Friday
with a couple of Expats. The aerial photos of Clark above
are from that trip. We boarded the plane at 1030 am, flew
to Iba to deliver some supplies to Palmera Gardens, and we were
back to the hanger on Clark at 1 pm. We had a great,
relaxed lunch with a view of the South China Sea and we made
several loops over the Angeles side of Pinatubo looking at
developments in the jungle.
A flight to Iba for a drop-off/pick-up costs about $140.
For $160 Jimmy will give you a good sightseeing time over
Pinatubo. For more information see
or contact Jimmy at
PALMERA GARDENS RESORT
Palmera Gardens is one of the few beach
resorts on the west coast of Luzon that is foreign managed. It
is only about 5 minutes from the Iba airport. With the
opening of the SCTex, it is now only about 2 hours by car.
For more information see their website at
GOOD FRIDAY: For
the first time in 3-4 years a large percentage of the
restaurants & bars in Angeles closed their doors for the day.
Most of the bars that were open did not have dancers, or had
their staffs dressed in street clothes. The streets were
Blast from the Past:
Late 1980's Clark AB list of off base hotels
1994 Margaritaville Map of
ONLY IN THE PI
March 05, 2008
vice mayor declared 'persona non grata'
By Ian Ocampo Flora
ANGELES CITY -- The City
Council here has declared its own presiding officer, Vice
Mayor Vicenta Vega-Cabigting, as an undesirable person.
During Tuesday's session of the City Council, Councilor
Danilo Lacson filed a resolution declaring Cabigting "as
persona non grata."
Enumerating the "issues" against Cabigting, Lacson said the
resolution is the result of the vice mayor's refusal to sign
the appointments of confidential staff assigned to the
majority bloc, as well as the issues emanating from the
reorganization of the Liga ng mga Barangay (LB).
In response to Lacson's resolution, Cabigting delivered a
privilege speech. She, however, refused to take questions
from the majority bloc of the City Council.
But the majority bloc seemed to have been dissatisfied with
the answers of Cabigting and proceeded with the approval of
Cabigting did not preside over the proceedings that led to
the approval of the resolution. The majority placed
Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) Federation president Carl John
Miranda as presiding officer.
Councilor Willie Rivera criticized the action of the
majority, saying the act "is a way of closing the doors for
communication and dialogue" and that it would not be proper
to declare the presiding officer, who is mandated by law to
uphold her position, as persona non grata.
Most of the councilors, on the other hand, affirmed their
votes with the issues raised earlier against Cabigting.
"You (Cabigting) have a personality defect; you try to cling
on something even though it is wrong," Councilor Agapito del
Rosario told Cabigting, pointing out that the vice mayor's
earlier privilege speech was "too personal" on the part of
Tension sparked when Miranda, the presiding officer,
recognized barangay leader Robin Nepomuceno to vote on the
resolution as ex-officio councilor representing the LB.
When Cabigting resumed in presiding the session, she said
the act of Miranda was "clearly in violation of the current
court procedure on the issue of the LB between Nepomuceno of
Barangay Cutcut and Jerry Alejandrino of Barangay Pandan."
"The issue is already in court, if it would appear that the
City Council is already recognizing someone, our SK might be
seeing himself in contempt of court," Cabigting said.
Councilor Ares Yabut, on the other hand, lauded Miranda's
action, stating that Nepomuceno is the real LB president.
But Cabigting vowed to present the proceedings of the
resolution, the media tapes of the session and Yabut's
declaration in court, adding that any issue pending the
decision of the court should not be discussed in the
Some attendees of the session were disappointed with Miranda
for having been playing as a "puppet" of the new majority.
"He sits there but he does not call the shots, he does what
honorable councilors dare not do," an observer said.
February 22, 2008
Vintage bombs found in
ANGELES CITY -- A barangay zone leader
was in for the surprise of his life when he accidentally
unearthed two vintage bombs while clearing a drainage canal
in Barangay Pandan here recently.
Crisanto Atienza was busy with what he was doing at 10 a.m.
Tuesday when he noticed metal protruding from the
excavation. He thought it was just a metal scrap. But to his
amazement, what he found were two bombs.
He immediately informed Barangay Pandan chairman Jeremias
Alejandrino about the bombs who, on the other hand,
requested for police assistance.
Angeles policemen led by Rolly Reyes immediately responded
to the scene and secured the area.
The Angeles City Police Mobile Group provided security
within the area. At about 1 p.m., the Explosives and
Ordinance Division (EOD) team of the Philippine Air Force
(PAF) in Clark Field arrived and conducted full excavation
and retrieval of two "unexploded" bombs. The vintage bombs
were identified by the EOD as one 80 mm Cartridge and one
According to reports, the two bombs might have been remnants
of Word War II, as the city used to be a battle ground
between American and Japanese troops.
Police said the two bombs may still explode if improperly
handled. It was not immediately established if the two bombs
belonged to the Japanese or the American troops.
The recovered vintage bombs are now in the custody of the
PAF for proper storage and disposal.
KOREAN RESORT DEVELOPMENT ON THE SLOPES
OF MT PINATUBO: Here is
something I haven't heard a word about until I flew over it.
A little research and I found out that a Korean developer has built a hot spring resort, a hilltop
picnic cabana and now is building a road into a scenic
waterfall. It appears these developments
have not been advertised because they are Korean ONLY
facilities. Too bad as they look like a nice day trip from
Hot spring resort opened last year
Scenic waterfall with small lake
Road being built to waterfall
Hilltop building halfway from hot springs
Irma R. Buizon, the long time companion of Bretto (Brenten
away last month at the age of 38. She had been
fighting breast cancer and then bone cancer.
Baretto's business has been for sale since his death. For
more info contact 0915-933-8614.
On 19 February Dana "Weiner" Moen died in a motorcycle
accident. Dana was 51, an experienced bike
rider, and a member of the American Steel Motorcycle Club (ASMC).