Monday, June 8, 2009


(This column appears in today's edition of the Leyte-Samar Daily Express)

Hi there! It’s another week and we are days away to the 111th Philippine Independence Day. Don’t worry there is nothing about history in today’s column (goodness, I sound like I’m not a history major). First things first, so sad to miss you the past two weeks. Yup, the past weeks which saw some senators take a break from what they do best (please don’t tell me it’s law-making). Go Johnny go! Fight Nene fight! That’s all I can say on the debate (or was it an argument?) between the two senior members of the senate.

And today’s title? Nope, it’s not a tribute to Mike Enriquez. So you think the imbestigadors will let go of the Hayden scandal? Not in a million years, or at least in your lifetime and mine. No need for me to elaborate on the circus, err inquiry that happened, may buhusan-ng-tubig effect pa. Well, some guys have all the luck, I mean Hayden. He gets to pose almost nude in the website of a clinic (yum!); he gets attached to a celebrity; he gets to fu_k the girls many ordinary mortals can only dream of; and now he rules the internet. Oh well. And yes, he’s gorgeous! (Oops, smile it’s a new week!)

Love her or hate her. One of the interesting offshoots of Manny Pacquiao’s fame is Aling Dionesia. Whether you love her or you hate her, she is one such character. So what about her? It’s just that I was uneasy upon reading some reports poking fun at the person. Yup, she is never camera-shy, with theatrics and all. But let us look beyond. She is one woman who is reaping the sacrifices she made on her son.

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Mayor Mal Sarmiento is back from Barcelona, Spain. He was there for the High-Level Symposium on Cities, Climate Change and Finance. He was invited by the event organizers namely, the City of Barcelona, the Government of Spain and the World Bank.

The event was aimed at promoting dialogue around climate-friendly city development paths and facilitating knowledge exchange within and between relevant stakeholder groups - city mayors, senior officials from government and city networks, business leaders, multilateral development organizations, leading thinkers form academia and research - from developing and developed countries.

The symposium, in particular launched the "City Twinning for Carbon Finance Capacity Development" program, which will be assisted by CF-Assist, World Bank with the support of the Spanish government; and aims at fostering partnerships among cities for networking among peer and knowledge sharing on carbon finance in cities.

The event was held in conjunction with Carbon Expo 2009 held in Barcelona, Spain on May 27 - 29, 2009. Said expo featured the focal theme "Cities and Carbon Finance" in its official Conference and exhibition.

Mayor Sarmiento's expenses for this trip were paid for by the event organizers.

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A new school for Brgy. Guin-on. The DepEd and Calbayog SICAP Center held an inauguration and turn-over of the Guin-on Elementary School last Friday (June 5, 2009). The said school is a joint project of DepEd Calbayog and SICAP. Present in the affair were Mayor Mel Sarmiento, SICAP Center Administrator Rev. Daniel Kim and DepEd Calbayog Superintendent Edita Paculan.

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The International Justice Mission (IJM), an international NGO launched its Samar Anti-Trafficking Project on May 21, 2009 in Calbayog City.

As per info from PIA-Samar, the US State Department has awarded IJM a grant to create a satellite office in Calbayog City to combat child sex trafficking.

The event commenced with a motorcade and it was capped by a program at the Joggers covered court. Mayor Mel Sarmiento led the guests which included Bishop Isabelo Abarquez and DILG-Samar Director Jovito Lacaba, among others. GMA 7’s Love AƱover was also present during the program.

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The Social Scene. 50th Wedding Anniversary. Congratulation and Best wishes to Mr. Isagani “Ganing” De Guzman and Mrs. Guadalupe “PingPing” De Guzman. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 27, 2009. The wedding mass at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral was presided over by Fr. Ferdie Figueroa. Reception was held at the Cardinal Rosales Hall of the Centennial Pastoral Center.

25th Wedding Anniversary. Molly and Bebi Olasiman celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary last Tuesday (June 2, 2009). Fr. Prix Cajes, ofm presided over the Mass which was held at the CKC chapel. Reception was held at the Cardinal Rosales Hall of the Centennial Pastoral Center.

Just got married. Jardee De La Rosa and Dimple Dean got married on May 23, 2009. The wedding mass was held at the Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral. Reception was held at the Cardinal Rosales Hall of the Centennial Pastoral Center.

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This is it for now. Have a nice week everyone! Ciao!


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