ANGELES CITY NEWS

May 2008

 

MARGARITA STATION NEWS

 

Sadly, Tom Donnelly, our dayshift manager for over five years, passed away on the night of 16 April 2008 due to complications after lung surgery.  He left behind substantial debts from his extended hospital stay and his funeral.  We are having a fund raiser to pay off these bills and hopefully earn enough to give some money to his widow, Divina, to start a new phase of her life.  

More details on the fund raiser are available at:  http://www.margarita-station.com/tom/

ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT & PERIMETER ROAD NEWS

Balibago Today is a small newspaper published by the Barangay Captain of Balibago.  Hidden away on pages 8 & 9 of the 10 page paper in the first issue was an article about violations by several businesses.

 

 

OPENINGS - CHANGES - ETC

Tropix Bar - opened in May.  It is owned by the Dollhouse group, but it is IMO more comfortable than the Dollhouse and it's sister Atlantis.  Plenty of room and a large staff make it worth a look.

The Lewis Grand Hotel -  is accepting limited booking for their dry run. They have limited rooms and limited hotel services available. People that do get a room now may still be inconvenienced by some construction noise, but the rooms seem to be well sound proofed so noise will be at a minimum.

Hopefully the hotel will be fully operational by the end of May or in early June.  They have released their introductory rates which will be valid until 31 August 2008. 

This hotel features one of the nicest swimming pools in town (with dual jacuzzi's), a large restaurant, a 3rd floor coffee show, and a ballroom.  All rooms are equipped with large plasma screen TV's, in-room safes, quality beds and linins, and "rain showers" in the bathrooms.

Although this hotel is not yet listed on our website, you can request reservations through reservations@theville.com

Bohemia Grill House - Frank is scheduled to reopen Bohemia as a fast food & grill on 19 May.  From looking at the website it looks like he will still have many of my favorites.  This is one of only a few restaurants in town that I really enjoyed. I'm looking forward to trying the new format.

Wild Orchid Subic - is scheduled to have their grand opening on the 17th of May 2008.  They had completely remodeled this hotel and it looks like the place I'd stay when I visit Baloy Beach.

Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex)

Saturday, March 29, 2008
SCTEx records 50,000 vehicles on Holy Week
By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- More than 50,000 vehicles traveled along the P22.5 billion Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) during the Holy Week dry run on the Subic-Clark segment of the new toll road, according to the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA).

SCTEx program manager Robert Gervacio said the Tollways Management Corporation (TMC) recorded that about 50,130 vehicles entered SCTEx from March 19 to 24.

This, Gervacio said, is a validation of BCDA projections that there is an urgent need for a direct and faster route between the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales and the Clark Freeport in Pampanga.

"The huge volume (of vehicles) is a welcome surprise for us. It affirms the Arroyo administration's long-term vision of building a world-class toll road to connect the two most important economic zones in Central Luzon to create an international logistics and services hub in the Central Luzon region," he said.

The free SCTEx dry run, dubbed "Handog ni Pangulong Gloria, Libreng Biyahe sa SCTEx," was ordered by President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as her gift to Holy Week travelers shortly after she formerly opened the 50.5 kilometer Subic-Clark segment on March 18.

The dry run, which concluded on March 24, allowed only Class 1 vehicles (cars and vans) as well as chartered and tourist buses and motorcycles with engines 400cc or higher to use the Subic-Clark portion of the expressway from 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. only.

The TMC, the designated interim operator of the SCTEx, reported that average travel time between Subic and Clark was only 40 minutes during the dry run.

Before, travel between the two points using the old provincial road takes more than an hour.

Charly Espanola, TMC division head for the SCTEx, said vehicles entering the SCTEx peaked during the Holy Week holidays from Holy Thursday up to Easter.

He noted that on Day One of the dry run, only 2,356 vehicles utilized the new expressway.

The TMC, which also operates North Luzon Expressway (Nlex), deployed patrol vehicles, service crews and other Nlex staff members to ensure adequate assistance to motorists during the SCTEx dry run.

Emergency medical services, towing crew, and roadside repair technicians were also dispatched in the freeway during its soft opening.

Gervacio said the number of vehicles that used the new toll road also reflected BCDA projections of considerable holiday traffic along the Subic-Clark segment.

"It offers faster, more convenient travel to Subic and Clark. The SCTEx is directly linked to Nlex via a two-kilometer spur road and interchange between the Dau and Sta. Ines exits (Mabalacat Spur Road)," he said.

"The entire 93.7-kilometer stretch of the SCTEx from Subic to Tarlac is expected to be fully operational by the end of April this year," he added.

SERVICED HOUSE FOR RENT  It is now fully booked thru 1 Sep 2008.  We only have one,  so book early.   You 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 details see http://www.margarita-station.com/house.html

MISC

What says quality like "Mexican Water"??

Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Consumers warned v. fake distilled water

 
ANGELES CITY -- A sanitary inspection officer here has warned consumers against the potential risks from drinking distilled water brought about by the un-hygienic bottling practices of "fake water distillers."

Edgardo Mercado, city sanitary inspector, said there are fake distillers peddling bottled water that do not undergo the proper process. He said the City Health Office (CHO) does not sanction their operation.

"Consumers should not buy bottled water without sealed caps. These have the potential of being contaminated by viruses and bacteria because they are being sold at streets at any given time," Mercado said, stressing that the summer heat has an effect on the integrity of the water sold in the streets.

Mercado added that consumers should scrutinize the contents of the bottle by checking if there are any floating "solid" substances inside the bottles.

"We advise consumers if they are not convinced with the safety of their drinking water to have a sample run through our sanitation tests," Mercado said.

The CHO is also advising consumers to look for the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) print in the bottle's label to be assured of its quality.

According to Mercado, the City Health Office will be conducting surveys of distilling shops and water providers in its bid to abide by the current Department of Health (DOH) directive to upgrade and ensure the sanitation safety of water distilling stores.

It is estimated that there are around 150 water-distilling stations in this city. (IOF)
"GRAVE SCANDAL!!"     It just takes one guy to give the rest of us a bad name??

CAB driver Arnel Aban allegedly turned into deaf-mute mode as his male American passenger let out countless oooohhhs and aaahhhs during a blowjob orgy with two GROs inside the taxi. While the thrill-seeking trio pleasured each other, sounds of climax filled the vehicle and broke the stillness of the night in Makati City.

Nabbed for allegedly having a sex orgy inside the taxi were Samuel Adams, 34, an American national, and Pinays Kelly Clavilla, 27, and Perla Hudalgo, 26. The three were reportedly caught inside the vehicle while it was parked along P. Burgos St. in Makati City before Thursday midnight.

Makati City police chief Supt. Gilbert Cruz said Adams, Clavilla and Hudalgo were charged with grave scandal and exhibitionism before the Makati Prosecutorís Office yesterday.

Supt. Manuel Santos said Aban claimed that he was caught by surprise by the three passengersí scandalouse act. The two GROs supposedly performed oral sex at the same time on Adams.

The driver claimed that Adams asked him to stop the cab at a dark portion of P. Burgos St. as the passenger had to answer the call of nature.

Aban said he was shocked when Adams did not alight.

The cabbie claimed he did not know what to do when the two Pinays started undressing Adams and sucking his private part.

Santos said the offense is bailable. The U.S. Embassy has already sent a lawyer to assist Adams.

Police are determining if charges should be filed against the driver.

SMUGGLING SPAM?

Wednesday, May 07, 2008
Clark Customs: Smuggled 'Spam' came from Subic
By Reynaldo G. Navales

CLARK FREEPORT -- The district collector of the Bureau of Customs (BOC) at Clark Port has denied any involvement of his office in the reported smuggling of 12,025 cases of luncheon meat bound for Vietnam.

Lawyer Ronnie Silvestre said he was outraged by the reports that the Presidential Anti-Smuggling Group (PASG) had seized five container vans loaded with luncheon meat being diverted "from Clark Field in Pampanga to Poro Point."

"We do not tolerate smuggling here in Clark. Not even one can of Spam has entered Clark," said Silvestre.

Silvestre showed documents furnished to him by Bong Reyes, chief of the Customs Intelligence and Investigation Services (CIIS), which showed that the five container vans loaded with Spam -- not Hormel as previously reported by The Philippine Star -- came from the Subic Freeport.

In the Foreign Transshipment Declaration (FTD) with Control Number 59928 of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA), Subic was identified as the port of discharge while the final destination was Vietnam via Curimao Point in La Union.

The FTD also identified the consignee as Tom Trading Company, Ltd, a company based in Ho chi Minh, Vietnam. The shipping company, on the other hand, was identified as Value City Sales, Incorporated based at the Clark Freeport.

The luncheon meat arrived from San Pedro California, USA on January 18, 2008 at Subic Port and was set to leave Subic on April 18, 2008 bound for Vietnam, the FTD further indicated.

The same details were also reflected in the Daily Transshipment Permit Report of Port of Subic's District Collector Marietta Zamoranos dated April 16.

Silvestre said he was "completely unaware" of the alleged smuggling incident until he was informed by his staff of the newspaper report. He added that some of his colleagues have also called him to confirm the television and radio reports.

"But we want to set the records straight...and the documents will speak for themselves," he stressed.

"We're not pinning down on Subic but we just want to set the records straight," he said.

Silvestre also said assistant vice president for permits, licensing and monitoring Mariza Mandocdoc of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) did not issue any import permit for the five container vans.

"According to Mandocdoc, the last shipment imported to Clark by Value City was in November 2007," Silvestre said, adding that "this shipment has already arrived (at Clark)."

FINAL SALUTE

Rick Tremblat, 61 yeas old.  Died on 5 April 2008 at Angeles University Hospital from liver & kidney failure.  Rick was best known for his years with the Red Baron bar in the 80's, but recently had been somewhat involved with Matrix Brawn Bar.
Tom Donnelly, 60 years old.  Died on 16 April 2008 due to pneumonia and heart failure after lung surgery.  He is survived by his wife Divina.
Jerry Cunningham, another long term EXPAT passed away in April. Not much information available on Jerry's death at this time.  He was most often seen around the pool tables of Angeles City.
Dante Fabian, 49 years old. Died from a heart attack on 2 May 2008.   Staff writer for the Sun Star Pampanga, he was best known for his, often fictional, articles about the night life in Angeles City.
Richard Long, a frequent Philippine visitor died on 1 May in Brisbane from cancer.  No other details available at this time.

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