Thursday, October 11, 2012

Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Fest goes global with worldwide Photowalk

SORSOGON CITY, Oct 10 – For the first time, the annual Kasanggayahan Festival of the Sorsogon province will gain international exposure in a worldwide photowalk both by professional and photography enthusiasts from Bicol and Sorsogon in a half day event to capture the culture and beauty of the province through the lens.

“On Saturday, October 13, the whole world will be walking again with Scott Kelby, president of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP) and the number one bestselling technology and photography book author, in his Fifth Annual Worldwide Photo Walk— the world’s largest global social photography event in the history of photography,” Local multimedia artist/photographer Geri Matthew Carretero of Kurit-Lagting Art Group said. Carretero is the lead convenor of the event in Sorsogon City of this worldwide event which will be held at the Sorsogon Provincial Capitol Park to Sorsogon City Baywalk on October 13, 2012 starting at 8AM. Kurit Lagting is the newest accredited member organization of the Sorsogon Arts Council undert the visual Arts discipline.

The event is supported by UNA Pizzeria, Sorsogon Arts Council, Kasanggayahan Foundation Incorporated, Independent Sorsogon Artists, Quimlat Multimedia Provincial Government of Sorsogon, Aguador Water Station, Paralaba Ko Laundry Services, Jehl Copy Center and Step Yes! Consultancy and Training Company, Carretero said.
“For more information, visit where you can also sign up to participate in the Photo Walk which is free and open to anyone who owns a camera – even disposable cameras,” Carretero said. More Photo Walk details are available at: visit the Scott Kelby Photo Walk G+ page.  (JJPerez, SAC/PIA Sorsogon)


MGEN ALAN R LUGA AFP (center) formally receives the saber from the Chief of Staff Armed Forces of the Philippines GEN JESSE DELLOSA AFP (left) as the outgoing SOLCOM COMMANDER, MGEN EDUARDO D DEL ROSARIO AFP (right) looks on during the Turn Over Ceremony in Camp Guillermo Nakar Lucena City, Sept, 28, 2012.

Camp Guillermo Nakar, Lucena City- MAJOR GENERAL ALAN R LUGA ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES (AFP) formally installed as the new Commander of Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) on September 28, 2012, replacing Acting SOLCOM Commander MGEN EDUARDO D DEL ROSARIO during the Turn over Ceremony in Camp Guillermo Nakar, Lucena City.

Chief of Staff Gen. Jessie Dellosa Armed Forces of The Philippines (AFP) presided over the Change of Command Ceremony before the distinguished guests, visitors, and representatives from different Local Government Units (LGUs) in Quezon Province.

Also present during the Ceremony were Commander, 9th Infantry Division, MGEN Romeo V. Calizo AFP, BGEN Rolando G Jungco AFP, Adjutant General, Brigade and Battalion Commanders in AOR, and military officers from the 7th ID were also invited during the occasion.

The Outgoing SOLCOM Commander MGEN DEL ROSARIO, in his speech, said that his experience as Acting Commander of SOLCOM was rewarding for two reasons.

“I validate that leading a Battalion, Brigade and Unified Command is basically similar as long as one follow the Chain of Command, and second, we have emphasize to the Command the importance of Bayanihan in all tactical levels,” he said.

The Outgoing Acting Commander, further expressed that the biggest challenge for him during his term was when he was designated as Task Force Kalihim purposely organized for the conduct of Search and Rescue Operation during the ill fated accident of the late Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo and two other pilots that crashed off shore of Masbate Island last Aug. 18.

“The experience was rewarding because aside from the fact that the Government tapped the AFP in the conduct of SAR, the collaborated efforts of the AFP, PNP, Philippine Coast Guards and assistance rendered by more than 500 volunteers, had successfully recovered the bodies of Sec Robredo and the two other pilots,” MGEN DEL ROSARIO said. MGEN DEL ROSARIO served SOLCOM for two months and 12 days since he assumed position last July 16.

Meanwhile, the new SOLCOM Commander, MGEN LUGA stated that he is both excited and inspired to face the challenges ahead of him as SOLCOM Commander. He said that together, we will work within the framework of “bayanihan” while strengthening the alliances to different stakeholders and civil societies in AOR. He added, “In all our undertakings, discipline should be our guiding principles. As professional soldiers, we are bound to promote, protect and defend human rights. Let us do it not because we are required by law but because it is the right thing to do.”

MGEN LUGA was the former Commander of 7th ID based in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija. Before he assumed the post, he was the Chairman of the Government Ad Hoc Joint Action Group (AHJAG) which implements peace negotiations with different armed group particularly in Mindanao in 2011. MGEN LUGA was also the former Commander of the 802nd Brigade, 8th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (PA) from Feb 10, 2009 to Dec 04, 2010. During his tenure as Brigade Commander, Gen Luga played a very significant role when Bohol was freed from insurgency in March 2010 through strong collaboration with the civilian government-led campaign against the NPA. MGEN LUGA was a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 1981.

Son of a retired general of the AFP and hailed from Iba, Zambales, MGEN LUGA is also happily married to former Miss Lilibeth Maria Ebarle and blessed with two daughters and son, namely:  Gia Leanne, Bea Sarah, and son Alan Joseph. 

Meanwhile, CSAFP GEN DELLOSA, congratulates MGEN DEL ROSARIO for steering in a very professional SOLCOM organization despite the short period of time.

“Saksi ang bayan sa kabayanihan at dedikasyon na ipinakita mo (MGEN DEL ROSARIO) sa pagsagawa mo sa iyong tungkulin. Sa iyong pamumuno, naipakita ng SOLCOM ang kakayahan nito mapa kalamidad man o sa kahit ano pang pagsubok,” said DELLOSA.

Furthermore, the new SOLCOM Commander extended his gratitude to former SOLCOM Commanders. “I personally thank MGEN EDUARDO D DEL ROSARIO, GEN ROLAND M DETABALI and other former SOLCOM Commanders for they have set the foundation of “IPSP BAYANIHAN” effectively in Southern Luzon…their sterling accomplishments have provided me with base camps from where I shall begin my long journey,” said SOLCOM Commander MGEN LUGA. (COL GLBOLINA, PA/PIA Sorsogon)

International Coastal Clean-Up 2012

“Bayanihan Para Sa Karagatan”. About a hundred of participants from Sorsogon Police Provincial Office, Provincial Public Safety Company, Sorsogon City Police Station, national and local government agencies including residents joined the Coastal Clean-up Drive at Pier Site, Brgy Talisay, Sorosogon City on October 5, 2012. The activity spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources/ Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Sorsogon was in connection with the celebration of the 27th International Coastal Clean-up. The celebration marks a unified action on coastal cleanliness and proper management towards a clean seawaters and preservation of marine habitat in the province of Sorsogon. Different stakeholders advocate the theme of the celebration to awaken participation of the community in the campaign of the government on coastal management and clean environment. (PCI NFMarquez, SPPO/BAR PIA Sorsogon)

Coastal cleanup. DENR employees pick up plastic and non-biodegradable materials along the shore of San Roque, Legazpi City to lead a simultaneous coastal clean up event in the city on Saturday, October 6, 2012. Hundreds of kilos of marine debris were collected off the beach heads and rivers in the city as part of the 27th observance of the annual International Coastal Clean Up Day. (Photo by Jessel S. Basanta-DENR V/PIA Sorsogon)

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Call for Application to the 14th ASEAN-Korea Future-Oriented Youth Exchange Programme

The National Youth Commission opens the application to the 14th ASEAN-Korea Future-Oriented Youth Exchange Programme. With the theme “ASEAN-Korea Youth Square 2012” the program aims to provide better knowledge of history, culture, society of the Republic of Korea (ROK) to young people of the ASEAN-member states. It also aims to provide a firm foundation for mutual understanding and goodwill between ASEAN and ROK. The NYC will be sending eight (8) Filipino delegates (4 males, 4 females) to the program which will be held on November 21 – 27, 2012 in Seoul, ROK.
·         Filipino youth leaders
·         18-30 years old
·         Knowledgeable in Korean history and culture; and ASEAN-Korea relations
·         Can communicate in English

·         Accomplished NYC International Programs Application Form
·         Resume with photo (not more than 3 pages)
·         Scanned copy or photocopy of the information page of a valid passport
·         An essay of not more than 300 words that is focused on "Promoting Understanding among ASEAN-Korean Youth" (Essay must be typewritten/encoded, double-spaced; Arial font 12)

Obligations of Delegates:
·         To prepare 5-minute cultural presentation (group presentation)
·         To prepare PowerPoint presentation regarding Philippine history/culture (group presentation)
·         To write post-program policy paper (to be submitted within 2 weeks after the program)

·         Roundtrip airfare (Manila-ROK-Manila), accommodation, and meals will be covered by the Organizer

The following need not apply:

1. Participants of NYC-coordinated international programs from 2010 – 2012 whose airfare, accommodation, and meals were paid for by the organizer; and
2. Participants of NYC-coordinated international programs from 2011 – 2012 whose airfare was shouldered by the participants and whose accommodation, and meals were paid for by the organizer.

Applications may be submitted thru e-mail with the subject: "14th ASEAN-Korea Future-Oriented Youth Exchange Programme " to

Deadline for submission of application is at 5:00 PM on October 12, 2012, Friday.

For further details, you may get in touch with the International Programs Secretariat thru Ms Sarah Grutas at or at telefax number 02-4162833.

National Youth Commission 
Naga Area Office

Sorsogon’s Kasanggayahan Fest honors writer-artist in a lecture series

Reynaldo "Tootsie" Jamoralin

SORSOGON CITY, Oct 9 (PIA) – He used to organize the annual Sorsogon Heritage Lecture Series for more than a decade, this year he will be honored and his works will be highlighted in an afternoon of exposition of his meaningful and relevant contributions to enrich Sorsogon’s colorful culture and history. Sorsogon Arts Council (SAC) will once again conduct the annual Sorsogon Heritage Lecture Series in celebration of the Kasanggayahan Festival 2012 as a fitting honor to the man who started it all.

“Dubbed as PAG-ANI: Si Tootsie Nan Saiyang Mga Gibo (HARVEST: Tootsie and His Works), this year’s heritage lecture will focus on the contributions of the late Sorsogon Arts Council (SAC) President Reynaldo Jamoralin in the field of arts, culture and history of Sorsogon,” SAC OIC President Ella Gajo-Jamoralin said. The lecture will be held today, October 10, 2012 at the Governor’s Training Hall, Sorsogon Provincial Capitol at 1PM.

According to Gajo-Jamoralin, five panelists will feature Mr. Jamoralin’s works on specified fields of interest. They are University of the Philippines Professor/Anthropologist Francisco Datar who will focus on Jamoralin’s researches on history, Bicol University Professor and playwright Julio Mendoza who will discuss Jamoralin’s stage plays, Poet and Palanca Awardee Francisco Peñones, Jr. who will highlight Jamoralin’s literary masterpieces, Maria Leny Felix will reminisce Jamoralin’s struggles as an activist and, radio commentator and newsman Ramon Diño will reveal Jamoralin’s commitment as a print and broadcast journalist.

Started in early 1990’s, SAC under the leadership of Jamoralin, launched the lecture series, the first-of-its kind in Sorsogon and probably in Bicol Region to serve as a venue for exposition of studies, researches and seminal papers about Sorsogon’s history and culture. After more than four years bout with paralysis due to stroke, Jamoralin died on March 12, this year at the age of 66. (JJPerez, SAC/PIA Sorsogon)