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Diosdado Macapagal:
A Great Kapampangan Protagonist By: Ria Mariz G. Lusung It is quite difficult to accept the mortal passing of a great man knowing that if he is physically present he is always there either as a father, or as a highly respected statesman - to give a helping hand or a well-thought advice to resolve whatever problems we bring to his personal attention – be it on the local community level or international arena in economics, politics or world peace. Diosdado P. Macapagal, fifth president of the Philippine Republic and known as "Champion of the Common Man" was born to the couple Urbano Macapagal and Romana Pangan on September 28, 1910 in barrio San Nicolas of Lubao, Pampanga. He graduated valedictorian at Lubao Elementary School and salutatorian at Pampanga High School in San Fernando. He attended the University of the Philippines to complete his pre-law course and as a scholar and protégé of Governor Honorio Ventura. He finished his law degree at the University of Santo Tomas and topped the bar examinations in 1936. He also earned the degree of Doctor of Laws and Doctor of Economics. He joined the law firm Ross, Lawrence, Selp and Carrasco and was elected president of the Philippine Lawyers Association. He was also a law and economics professor and worked for the Department of Foreign Affairs as Assistant Secretary on legal affairs and treaties. In 1949 he was elected as representative of the first district of Pampanga and was consistently chosen by the Congressional Press Club as one of the ten outstanding congressmen during his tenure. In 1957, the Filipino people elected Diosdado Macapagal to the vice presidency of the land. However, the Nacionalista administration of President Carlos P. Garcia did not make use of his expertise in the executive branch of the government. Hence, it gave him the ...

Safeguarding The Kapampangan Music
By: Ria Mariz G. Lusung It has been noticed from time to time that one of the greatest factors that Filipinos are lacking in is their memory about history. This is why the youth has a very insufficient thought or knowledge about the rich cultural inheritance of this nation and why the native music of different provinces particularly Pampanga is now at risk of becoming extinct. “Music is enough for a lifetime, but a lifetime is not enough for music”, said Mr. Benny Guintu, founder of OKMusica Inc., which aims to convey to the Kapampangan people the beauty and serenity of Kapampangan music. The group was founded last March 2009, with the principle that the Kapampangan culture is the spirit of our race, and to dig deeper into our prosperous and gracious legacy is to establish a link and pleasure to one’s self and soul. OKMusica Inc. is composed of singers and composers voluntarily working for the group because of their passion and enthusiasm in singing and writing Kapampangan songs. The group has already released its first album which is entitled LUGUD I: A Compilation of Kapampangan Love Songs which is available at Bale Capampangan, Apag Marangle, Holiday Land, Dulang, Party Place, Michell’s Café, Batirol and North Walk II. By this time, they are working hard to finish their upcoming Kapampangan Christmas Album. “Music is a business. But it's not only a business. It’s a part of who we are and how we express ourselves. It's not just about money. It's about people.”, added Mr. Guintu. A vibrant and active musical and cultural environment is a part of what makes life rich, existing, interesting and meaningful. The OKMusica Inc. wants to address to the Kapampangans that we should not only be addicted to English, Tagalog, KPop and other ...

Savor A Piece Of Pampanga
By: Ria Mariz G. Lusung All my senses were amazed with the view of bakery staffs working hysterically in the morning; the smell of newly-baked bread as it comes out of the oven; the echo of the bread-mill slicers and the conversations of the juvenile Kapampangan women packaging large basketfuls of parched goods; the consistency of expanding dough and crumbling crusts overflowing with soft egg custard; and of course the flavor of each product in various stages of production. This acclaimed and distinguished establishment is none other than La Moderna Bakery. La Moderna bakery was founded in the late 1800s by Ignacio and Maria Narciso in the calm town of Sta. Rita, Pampanga. It was transferred in Guagua in 1947 by one of their children, Pablo Narciso and his wife, Narcisa Narciso – the first industrial duo who prospered in this developing town from Sta. Rita. After they developed their candy factory, the couple nurtured the trade and changed it into an esteemed establishment all over Pampanga. Excellent ingredients were altered by the most devoted and brilliant bakers in the province into delicious goods enjoyed by the little and elderly. The wood-fired oven imparts a sole taste to the baked products. After the World War II, the bakery grew enormously and delivered its products to delighted patrons from Pampanga to Dagupan and Manila, where these baked products were circulated throughout the city. Butchie Lagman, the present manager of the establishment said that during the days of the couple, there were over 150 workers manufacturing the goods in shifts 24 hours a day to keep up with the supply. You could enjoy the whiff of newly baked bread ahead of you throughout the bakery and into the plaza in the early hours of the sunrise where tens of thousands of pan de sal and other ...

RedCross At GNC
By: MARIA CHRISTINA S. LUGTU The Municipal Government of Guagua and the Philippine Red Cross in cooperation with Guagua National Colleges held a Blood Letting activity themed as “Donate Blood and Save Lives!” last September 22, 2010 at GNC Gym. The activity was participated by the staff, faculty and some students from GNC together with other private sectors of Guagua and its residents. Maj. Hipolito Tagle, Chief Security and Safety Officer and his staff were among the 143 Red Cross volunteers. They were the ones who coordinated and gave assistance to these agencies during the said activity. Mr. Aldwin Mallari of National Disaster Coordinating Council (Guagua Chapter) said that this activity will benefit the indigent residents of Guagua in time when they need blood during medical emergencies. Our school nurse, Mr. Joseph Pineda who was also a blood donor said that it is very healthy for a person to donate blood especially during such activities because you give help to others. Red Cross and Guagua Municipality Staffs were grateful to the GNCians for giving a chance to have this event possible for the community of Guagua.

WASAR Conducts Live-In/Out Training
By: IAN BRYLLE F. NICDAO The Water Search and Rescue (WASAR) Live-In/Out Training, a joint project of the local government of Guagua in cooperation with the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council was held last October 11-15, 2010 in preparation for the institutionalization of a Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (LDRRMO). It was headed by Mayor Ric Rivera, Vice Mayor Ton Twaño and the Sangguniang Bayan Members. The said event was held at Natividad (October 11-14) and at GNC, Sta. Filomena (October 15). The 27 participants, 7 females and 20 males, were trained for five days. All of the participants are employees of the municipal Hall of Guagua in different departments except for two volunteers. One of the training components was basic rappelling which was scheduled on October 15, 2010, 8:00-12:00 noon. The wall building between Goseco and Limlingan served as their training ground. They were also trained how to carry victims in different types of carriage management. Lisa Ocampo, Planning Staff, and Aldwin Mallari, Rescue Training Officer of Guagua, facilitated the whole event. Tony Dungo, the team leader of Rescue 21 of the Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council, assisted the trainers and the trainees. The event was attended by Vice-Mayor Ton Twaño and Mr. Jun Panganiban, municipal administrator. “This is only a retraining of rescue responders to disaster victims.” Mr. Panganiban added. Its objectives were to have Disaster Management, Government Function and to prepare the municipality to respond quickly by having three rescue teams.

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