And from gmanews.tv: Many firsts for 2009 top PMA grad
Air Force Ensign Karl Winston L. Cacanindin on Monday went down to the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) history books for many reasons.
For one, the Aurora native was the first valedictorian who was awarded both the Presidential Achievement Award for Academic Excellence Award and the Athletic Saber.
Also, Cacanindin was the first valedictorian who addressed both spectators and graduates in pure Filipino, taking off from the battle-cry of the late President Manuel L. Quezon, who was also from Aurora.
Cacanindin was also the only cadet who graduated magna cum laude this year. He also received the Philippine Air Force Saber, and a plaque each for Mathematics and Natural Sciences.
Congratulations to Karl Winston Cacanindin from Dipaculao, Aurora for being the top graduate of the Philippine Military Academy this year. Karl will graduate Magna Cum Laude on March 16. He will soon join the Philippine Air Force. Congratulations! We’re proud of you. Don’t die too soon in those flying coffins of the air force.
A wave of paid advertisements supporting President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo while criticizing her political opponents appeared on Metro Manila newspapers Thursday, on the eve of a rally for truth in Manila scheduled on Friday.
Two separate paid ads also appeared from the towns of Dipaculao and Dilasag in Aurora province.
I rarely read hard copies of newspaper, so this should be verified but I was listening to Joe Taruc on DZRH this morning and one of their guest commented over the phone that it’s strange that a small town in the farthest part of Aurora would run an ad in the papers because they don’t even circulate the newspapers mentioned in the town. FYI a full-page ad on a broadsheet is worth more than 200,000 pesos. If the municipalities of Dipaculao and Dilasag paid for those ads, then they must have lots of money to spare.
Update: It seems like Dinalungan also Hearts Arroyo. From the comments:
I did not see the papers yesterday. However, I saw the same ad from the Municipality of Dinalungan in the Nov 9 issue of the Manila Bulletin. It was a full-page ad. I learned that the cost of that ad is about 200,000 pesos. Until now I canâ€™t believe that the government of Dinalungan can afford to pay for such useless ads. Its an absolute waste of public money! And I also canâ€™t see the logic in putting the ad when said newspaper are not circulated there. Is that their way of soliciting development projects from GMA? How desperate!
A 16-year-old senior high school student at the Dipaculao National High School in Aurora province will be a delegate to the UNGASS+5, a commemorative event to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children and its “A World Fit for Children” document.
Jaylord Langbayan, an Igorot, is the delegate to the UNGASS+5 event to be held in New York City. He is being sent by the World Vision organization, being one of its sponsored children.
As representative, Langbayan will participate in official roundtables and have opportunities to do advocacy for children.
Aurora Province and the Prelature of Infanta mourns the passing of one of it’s humble servant Fr. Edwin C. Agapay. Fr. Edwin served as the parish priest of Dipaculao, Maria Aurora, Baler and San Luis since his arrival at the Prelature in 1987. His last assignment was as Rector at St. Joseph Seminary at Quezon City and a Professor at Maryhill School of Theology. He passed away on October 15 at the age of 51.
His wake is being held at Heritage Memorial, Global City. Interment will be on October 18, 2007.
More info about Father Edwin:
Born: May 15, 1956 at Liliw, Laguna
Education: Liliw Elementary School (1969)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary (High School – 1973)
San Carlos Seminary (College – 1977)
Licensiate in Sacred Theology, Academia Alfonsiana (Rome)
Magna Cum Laude (1983)
Ordination: August 22, 1981
Arrival at the Prelature of Infanta: 1987. Assigned at Dipaculao, Maria Aurora,
Baler, San Luis
Rector – St. Joseph Seminary Q.C.
Professor – Maryhill School of Theology
Info from: Mount Carmel College and Baler Parish Office.
Here’s another great news (via the comments page):
Glenn Llamador won another championship match in the recently concluded LSAI Singapore (Kilat Senjata) -Philippines Cup last July 2007. He bested all participants in the Live Cane Category. (Live cane means the arnis sticks are not padded). The competition also served as a tune-up fight for the LSAI Singapore Team in the upcoming Worldâ€™s Tournament in Arnis.
Glen Llamador is from Dipaculao. He won a gold medal in arnis (anyo two-sticks team) together with Nathan Ben Dominguez & Peter Kelvin Celis in the 23rd South East Asian Games held in the Philippines on 2005. He graduated from Mucdol National High School and Mechanical Engineering from UP. He is also an officer of ROTC.
Last February 26th, I posted this photo without telling where it was. If you’re still guessing, the place is in Dinadiawan, in Dipaculao. This is an overnight picnic of sorts by the hardworking peeps from the Provincial Tourism Office to take a break from months of torture they suffered during the Aurora Day celebrations and also as a birthday bash of the office overlord chief who is now having a different kind of picnic somewhere on the other side of the globe. The four hour trip to Dinadiawan is another form of torture in itself, but it’s all worth it.
There’s the place as seen from Google Earth.
Here are the pictures. Click on the slideshow to biggify.
I uploaded the pictures last May 8 and procrastinated on posting about it on this blog until today. Much has happened in those 16 days. The election reshuffled some government posts in the Province, and one friend who was with us during the Dinadiawan trip suddenly passed away last May 17 – Sharen Jamora. She was a staff at the tourism office and I had a chance to work with her during the preparation for the Aurora Day celebrations. She was also a fellow tour guide and a co-alumnus at ANSHS. She will be greatly missed.
The other weekend (October 13-15), I was at the Father John Karash Memorial High School to document a theater workshop organized by the school principal, Mr. Jimmy PeÃ±amante. It was a 3-day gig with more than thirty participating high school students from FJKHMS, MCC-Baler, and 2 college students from ASCOT. The trainor was Rommel Espinosa or Metz. Metz used to be is a member of the Gantimpala Theater Foundation in Manila. He works as a production designer and art director at GMA7. He was assisted my Mr. Louie Arapan from MCC.