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  • lv on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Caridad Laminoza of Barangay Quirino in Tagudin and Southern California, RIP 

    She is survived by her five children – Pidong, Rick, Luz, Paz, and Fe. Nang Caring lived in Southern California for many years until she decided to go back to the Philippines for good in the last few years. She was the wife of the late Tang David Laminoza (brother of the late Nang Lourdes Laminoza Mina who was once a president of the Tagudinians of Southern California).

    Let us please pray for the repose of the soul of Nang Caring.

    Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord.
    And let the perpetual light shine upon her.
    And may the soul of the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    • Seaside Park of Dardarat on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Our sincere condolences to the Laminoza Family.

    • The family of the late Selmo and Nelly Valdez - Vangie, Landa, Larrry, Jr., and Josie on June 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Our deepest condolences to Manong Pidong, Manong Rick, Manang Luz, Paz and Fe and families and to the Mina family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Nang Caring was a kumadre of our late mother Nelly Dauz Valdez. She was a good friend to our family. May Nang Caring rest in peace.

  • lv on June 27, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Tagudinians of Northern California Summer Picnic 2015 

  • lv on June 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    $999 Visit the Philippine Package 

    Article Source: The Philippine Daily Inquirer

    Big push in San Francisco for ‘$999 Visit the Philippines Package’

    By: Esther Misa Chavez
    INQUIRER.net US Bureau
    02:03 AM June 23rd, 2015

    The San Francisco consular staff headed by Deputy Consul General, Jaime Ascalon(fourth from left) with Tourism Director Purification Molintas, PAL OIC Milagros Revilla, Consul Reginald Bernabe and travel representatives from Mango Tours and Pacific Air and Leisure proudly pose with Visit the Philippines flyer. PHOTO BY ESTHER MISA CHAVEZ

    SAN FRANCISCO – Philippine tourism officials, the country’s consulate here, Philippine Airlines as well as key Fil-Am travel agencies have launched a big push for The “$999 Visit the Philippines Package,” which aims to increase tourist arrivals to the Philippines during the lean-month seasons of September – November and January – March.

    With a minimum of two-pax traveling together both ways, the following are also included in the $999 Visit the Philippine Package: two nights/three days hotel accommodation in Manila at a four-star hotel; daily breakfast and airport transfers (one-way). The $999 price tag is inclusive of taxes.

    The tour package’s selling period is from June 15, 2015 to August 15, 2015. Travel period for the Promo is valid from September 1, 2015 to November 30, 2015 and from January 16, 2016 to March 10, 2016.

    Tourism Director Purificacion S. Molintas, together with the new Philippine Airlines OIC Milagros Montemayor Revilla, and Deputy Consul General Jaime Ascalon, presented the latest initiative in support of the tourism industry’s “Visit the Philippines Year” campaign.

    The joint project also involves the cooperation of Mango Tours/Travelfast, Pacific Air and Leisure and their sub-agents, the DOT-Los Angeles and DOT-New York and all the city hubs of Philippine Airlines in the U.S. namely, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Honolulu.

    “Philippine Island Holidays” tour packages are also available for those who want to experience the world’s best coral reefs, pristine white sand beaches, and locals whose warmth and hospitality are unrivaled in the region. Choose from these fun-filled destinations such as Cebu, Boracay, Bohol, Laoag, Banaue, Puerto Prinsesa and Davao, for only USD 1,099.

    Asian Getaway packages such as Shanghai, Beijing, Bangkok and Bali are also available for US$1,199. For more information, visit http://www.pacificairleisureservices.com and http://www.mangotours.com or info@philippinessanfrancisco.org

    Read more: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/125000/big-push-in-san-francisco-for-999-visit-the-philippines-package#ixzz3dp26Jl6m
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  • lv on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Father’s Day To Everyone
    June 21 

    by Gary Valenciano

  • lv on June 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors, NBA Champions 2015 

    Your fans here in the San Francisco Bay Area waited 40 years for this.
    You made us all very happy.
    Thank you Warriors.
    More power to you in the years to come.

    img source: pbs.twimg.com

  • lv on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    I thought the song titled “Tagapulot” which is available at the playlist for your listening enjoyment is such a beautiful Ilocano song so I gathered the lyrics and posted it here for you. It is a fairly new Ilocano song but this song could become like one of those Ilocano classic songs. It is also a very easy song with a nice melody that goes along with it.

    Daytoy nga kansiyon ket para kadakayo amin apo.


    Denggem o biag ko
    Denggem iti ibagak
    Kasta ka met kaniak
    Denggem ‘toy asog
    Iliw ‘toy pusok
    Nabayag la idin a dita naginniliw
    Denggem toy gutob
    Gutob ‘toy pusok
    Aw-awagan naka
    Denggem kadin ala
    Umay kad ‘toy sibay
    Pusok pumaypayapay
    Tapnon ma-epepan iliw ko ken sennaay
    Il-iliwek ti karinyo ni ayat ti damdamo
    ti nairut nga arakup a buyogan ti as-asog
    Il-iliwek ti agek nasamsam-it ngem tagapulot
    a sabayan ti ap-apros ap-apiras ti bukbukot
    Il–iliwek ti areng-eng iti tileng ti lapayag
    Umaykan o biagko
    Mailiwak unay kenka

  • lv on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Bangar mayor’s husband, driver die in car crash 

    La Union mayor’s husband, driver die in car crash
    June 15, 2015 10:04 pm

    by William Jun Garcia

    STO. TOMAS, La Union: The husband of Bangar Mayor Joy Pinzon-Merin and his driver died from injuries in a car crash along the national highway in Barangay Patac on their way to Calasiao, Pangasinan. Senior Inspector Garry Anthony Casem identified the fatalities as John Anthony Merin, 36, and his driver Diego Nastor Corpuz, 28. Casem said the victims rode in a Mitsubishi Strada with plate No. AEZ 426 around 8 p.m. when the driver allegedly tried to overtake another vehicle but lost control and crashed into a tree and a concrete fence. They were brought to the La Union Medical Center but were declared dead on arrival.

    • lv on June 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Condolence to Mayor Merin and family.

  • lv on June 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Notice to Gun Owners in the Philippines 

    Kadagitay kakabsat tayo nga adda paltog na dita Pinas apo, siguraduen yo nga naka register tapno saan yon to nga problemaen dagita nga iggem yo nga paltog no dumteng iti tiempo nga adda mangsita kadakaya nga authoridad. Below is an article regarding the new gun control law which will start collecting fees for license to own and pocess firearms this Monday, June 15.

    PNP to start collecting gun license fees under new law Monday
    By: Julie M. Aurelio
    Philippine Daily Inquirer
    06:01 PM June 14th, 2015

    The Philippine National Police will begin collecting from gun owners the fees for the license to own and possess firearms (LTOPF) as mandated by the new gun control law.

    The payment of the fees will begin on Monday, June 15, to be made at the Land Bank of the Philippines branch at Camp Crame.

    Senior Supt. Elmo Francis Sarona of the Firearms and Explosives Office said the PNP signed an agreement with the Land Bank on accepting and processing of payments for the LTOPF program.

    Gun owners who applied for the LTOPF were initially given a temporary LTOPF. They will be notified through text about the payment details of the license.

    The FEO had already issued 50,428 temporary LTOPFs since Republic Act 10591 or the new comprehensive gun control law was implemented.

    A type 1 license holder will pay P1,000 to own and possess two registered firearms, while a type 2 license cost P2,000 for five registered firearms.

    A type 3 license holder will pay P3,000 for 10 registered firearms and a type 4 license costs P5,000 for 15 registered firearms. A type 5 license for a certified gun collector costs P10,000 for more than 15 registered firearms.

    Since May 2014, the FEO has issued temporary LTOPFs to 10 percent of around 500,000 registered firearms owners.

    Of the 50,428 LTOPFs issued so far, 970 were to juridical or security agencies while 49,458 were issued to private individuals.

    Data from the FEO have shown 1.6 million firearms registered with the agency, which means some gun owners own more than one firearm.

    Sarona said the FEO has been trying to amend some provisions in the new gun control law’s implementing rules and regulations to make it easier for gun holders to comply with the application requirements.

    This was after the PNP officer in charge, Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina, directed the FEO to simplify the application process for the LTOPF and permit to carry firearms outside of residence, following complaints that the requirements were excessive. SFM

    Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/698403/pnp-to-start-collecting-gun-license-fees-under-new-law-monday#ixzz3d2uZqeay
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  • lv on June 13, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    Tagudin, Ilocos Sur — Several vintage bombs and hundreds of ammunitions were discovered by two residents while digging a compost pit in Barangay Libtong, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, last Monday. Inspector Cesar Milanes Jr., Tagudin town’s chief of police, said that 10 pieces of mortar bombs and 550 rounds of ammunitions for a .30-caliber rifle were found in the backyard of Teresita Tabura by diggers Jayvee Lorena, 21; and Lander Neil Lapitan, 18. The explosives were turned over to the Ilocos Sur Provincial Public Safety Company. (Freddie G. Lazaro)

    Read more at http://www.mb.com.ph/luzon-newsbits-for-may-27-2015/#oktGtLIXwwcZYMcd.99

  • lv on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Happy Philippine Independence Day
    June 12, 2015 

    Bayan Ko
    By Freddie Aguilar

    • Juan on June 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Sa mga politiko at kawani ng gobyerno na magnanakaw, tama na. Kayo ang pumapatay sa ating bayan. Maawa naman kayo. Buti pa ang mga dayuhan na sumakop sa atin, kahit papano may mga magandang bagay na iniwan na hanggang ngayon pinapakinabangan.

  • lv on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Follow up post from the post below re the homeless people living at Baywalk along Roxas Blvd. 

    Finally, the government did something about the homeless people at Manila’s Baywalk. I guess it helps when an issue like this one gets posted in the different blogs including this blog and in the social media websites. It did get noticed. Hundreds of people were sleeping at Baywalk nightly. After the clearing operation done by the City of Manila and DSWD, the homeless people disappeared or are not as many as before. I think they will keep doing the clearing operations until all these street dwellers are all gone for good. I hope the City of Manila and DSWD are taking care of these people though and that they will monitor this place permanently on a regular basis. There’s no more ugly sight and you now feel safer walking around the area especially at night. This is a welcome change for tourists and residents alike.

    Palace: Eviction of Roxas Blvd homeless, vendors not part of APEC preps
    By: News5
    June 6, 2015 7:27 AM

    Homeless people sit on the seawall of Roxas Boulevard at sunset

    MANILA, Philippines — The eviction of the homeless and itinerant vendors along Roxas Boulevard earlier this week had nothing to do with preparations for the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit but is part of a government program to aid the poor, Malacanang said Thursday.

    The nighttime clearing operation by the Manila City government turned violent after street people, including children, were suddenly roused from their sleep.

    Palace deputy spokesperson Abigail Valte said the operation was “not part of preparations for APEC” but a continuation of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s modified conditional cash transfer program “for street families, families that are exposed to becoming victims of calamities … as well as indigenous people who are here in NCR (National Capital Region).”

    A similar clearing operation during which homeless families were taken to a resort in Cavite during Pope Francis’ visit last year was criticized with observers pointing out the irony of allegedly hiding the poor from a pontiff known for his compassion for the downtrodden.

    But Valte said the modified CCT has to be continued with the help of local governments to ensure that all intended beneficiaries are covered.

    Beneficiaries are given housing assistance after the orientations.

    Article Source: InterAksyon.com

  • lv on June 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    117th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence in San Francisco, CA 

    For all kababayans out there who want to take part in the celebration of the Philippine Independence in the San Francisco Bay Area, here is an article for you regarding the festivities.
    Source of the article: globalnation.inquirer.net

    San Francisco Bay Area gets set for big PH Independence Day bash
    INQUIRER.net US Bureau 12:28 AM | Saturday, June 6th, 2015

    Last year’s KalayaanSF concert and fiesta at San Francisco’s Union Square. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

    SAN FRANCISCO — Filipino American community leaders, in partnership with the Philippine Consulate General of San Francisco, once again will be offering a series of events this month – the biggest to date – to commemorate the 117th Anniversary of the Declaration of Philippine Independence.

    Commemoration organizer, KalayaanSF, has grown each year in size and number of participants. Its chair, Conrad ‘Radi’ Calalang, said, “It’s time to bring the Filipino community out from the shadows. As the largest Asian American community in California, Filipinos are still very much underrepresented politically and culturally. We need a louder voice, and KalayaanSF helps focus a bright, positive spotlight on the community.”

    Calalang added, “There’s no better time to create momentum, partly by stoking pride and patriotism within the community, and also by proudly showcasing the unique talents and contributions of Filipino Americans.”

    Consul General Henry S. Bensurto Jr., explained in agreement, “Empowerment cannot come from a vacuum, and it cannot be without direction. To begin with, you must start by recognizing who you are.”

    Bensurto added, “These activities in June help serve the purpose of establishing connectivity, which is to ensure that people are able to construct a bridge to link their first generations all the way to present and future generations.”

    Philippine Independence Day Gala

    A formal, black-tie event will be held on Friday, June 12 at San Francisco City Hall, to bring together city and state government officials, the international diplomatic community and a cross-section of guests from business, arts, politics, education and community service.

    Some of last year’s Kalayaan Heroes awardees.

    KalayaanSF Festival & Concert

    Drawing thousands of revelers each year, KalayaanSF’s main event will once again be held in the grounds of the iconic Union Square on Saturday, June 27 from 12 noon to 8 p.m..

    Free to the public, this year’s festival will again feature very popular and energetic street performances for which past events have been known.

    Spread throughout all corners of Union Square, colorful dance troupes, Filipino-Eskrima martial artists, painters, singing groups and musicians will be performing simultaneously throughout the day.
    The festival grounds will be home to various exhibitors, as well as food and craft vendors offering Filipino themed cuisine and wares to the public.

    Capping the KalayaanSF Festival will be a free, full-length concert produced by ABS-CBN/TFC (The Filipino Channel), to be held in the main stage of Union Square.

    Headlining the concert will be international star and “American Idol” top-two finalist, Jessica Sanchez, and multitalented “Super Selfie King” Gab Valenciano.

    For more information on KalayaanSF events in June, or for inquiries on sponsorship, volunteer and vendor opportunities, visit http://www.KalayaanSF.com, Facebook.com/KalayaanSF, or email info@KalayaanSF.com

    Read more: San Francisco Philippine Independence Day Bash
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  • lv on June 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Ilocano Songs 

    Here are some Ilocano songs that I’ve prepared for you to all the Ilocanos out there who visit or happen to come across this blog for your listening enjoyment. The playlist is located at the right hand side of the blog. Enjoy.

    Daytoy nga selections ket insaganak para kadakayo amin apo nangnangruna kadagitay padak nga Ilocano nga mangipatpateg iti kultura tayo nga Ilocano. Sapay koma ta dagitoy nga kankasiyon ket mangipaay kadakayo iti ragsak ken liw-liwa sadino man a paset ti lubong iti ayan yo.

    Naimbag nga aldaw.

    Photo Credit Goes To The Owner

    • lv on June 8, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Kumusta kayo amin apo dita Tagudin, Mangatarem, Manaoag, San Fernando, Candon, Vigan, Laoag, Baguio City, Santiago, Camiling ken amin dagitay kakabsat tayo nga Ilocano dita ballasiw iti taaw.


  • lv on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Raul Antonio Decano of Dardarat, Tagudin, Ilocos Sur, RIP
    Seaside Park 

    In Memoriam

    Raul Antonio Decano
    April 29, 1968 – May 30, 2015

    I am deeply saddened to tell everyone who knows Raul that he passed away this week unexpectedly, the last week of May 2015. He was in a motorcycle accident that happened somewhere at the Junction in Bitalag on May 28, along with one of his neighbors. Raul and his neighbor both suffered serious injuries but unfortunately Raul’s injury was a lot more serious for he had a head injury. His neighbor survived the accident but Raul was not as lucky. He went into a coma immediately after the accident and never woke up until he died on May 30 at the Ilocos Training and Regional Medical Center in San Fernando, La Union.

    Raul was one of the staffs at Seaside Park Resort in Tagudin working for the night shift. He was one of the pioneers at Seaside Park. He was there working almost every day since the very first day when the resort started operating sometime in the late 2003 until that day before he passed away. In fact, he was even involved in the construction of Seaside Park. He was one of the workers hired by the contractor and that was how my late parents who were the owners of the resort got to know him. When my late parents saw the great qualities that Raul had – gentleman, hardworking, humble and someone who was always happy and very easy to get along with, they did not think twice in offering him to work as a full time employee for the establishment when the construction ended. Though his job at the resort ended too soon and too abruptly due to what happened, I am forever grateful to my late parents for hiring him. Because of that, all of us at Seaside Park got the opportunity to be a part of the life of this great and wonderful man. It is a rare opportunity that could never happen again for all of us at Seaside Park.

    Raul’s family roots are from Cervantes and Tagudin. He was born in Cervantes on April 29, 1968. His family moved to Tagudin in the late 1960’s to take advantage of the booming business of iron ore extraction in the area by the Filmag Company. They settled at a place along the road that borders Libtong and Dardarat where Seaside Part is now located between the National Highway and the beach which I believed used to be called Manglapus Beach prior to it being taken over by Filmag. It was here where he was raised by his parents and where he was also happily raising his family before that fateful day on May 28. He went to school at Libtong Elementary School and the former Tagudin General Comprehensive High School. If I am not mistaken, he belonged to TGCHS Batch of 1984.

    He was an OFW working in Saudi Arabia for several years until the late 1990’s when he came back home to his beloved country the Philippines where he met and married his beautiful wife, Mae Ann (Fely) from Man-Atong, Suyo. They started a family and Raul never went back to Saudi Arabia. During their early years together, there was no more steady income for Raul unlike when he was still in Saudi Arabia so he had to work harder to support his growing family by working odd jobs here and there and Mae Ann did the same. He did everything from being a farmer, carpenter, and to a laborer on a temporary basis for people who wanted to hire him. Raul and Mae Ann also tried getting into the buy and sell business at one time which he said was a lot of work for they had to go from place to place selling their wares with their kids tagging along with them. Because of their determination, perseverance, and hard works, they got through those years with no problem. Then came Seaside Park. Working at the resort which is only a block away from where he and his family live made his schedule a little steadier. Though he was a full time night employee at the resort, he still found time to work as a care taker of a farm which was a job that was passed down to him by his late father and as a tricycle driver if he was not taking care of the farm during the day. He worked hard and did everything for the sake of his family. He was a great provider to his family that he loved so much.

    The neighborhood and Seaside Park will never be the same again without Raul. He was kind and a very friendly person with a nice sense of humor. He made everyone happy. He was the type of a person who rarely gets angry. I’ve never seen him get angry for as long as I have known him. He made a lot of friends at Seaside Park through the years because of his great personality. In fact, a lot of the customers would ask for him if they see that he is not around. The staffs at Seaside Park including myself, the customers, and the people in the neighborhood love Raul.

    I consider Raul as not just one of the staffs of the establishment in which I am a part of but also a family and a good friend. Some of you who are followers of this blog probably have seen the videos and photos that I’ve posted here of Raul and me going to places and doing things together. He was a great company and assistant for a lot of the projects and chores that I did during my stays in the Philippines. It was always fun to be around with him. One thing that I will surely miss is his cooking. He was a very good cook and nobody can make “pulutan” the way he did. It was simply the best. He was always there for me and for everyone and I am not sure how I will feel when I go back home to the Philippines and see that he is no longer there. I know that it would be very difficult for me. I got to know all these facts about Raul through him from our countless conversations together through the years.

    Raul ading, wherever you are, words cannot describe my sadness that you are no longer here with us. I am deeply sorry about your unexpected tragic accident. I wish that there was something I could have done that would have prevented the accident from happening. We will miss you tremendously, but we know you are in a better place in the presence of our Lord, with no more agony and no more sufferings. Thank you for all the things you have done for all us. You will always be in our minds and in our hearts. Ay-ayaten daka la unay. So long, until we meet again. May you rest in peace.

    Raul is survived by his wife Mae Ann, his four children – RM, Rhea Mae, Aira Joy, and Shaira and his four siblings.

    Please let us pray for the repose of the soul of our friend and kababayan Raul Decano.

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.
    And let the perpetual light shine upon him.
    And may the soul of the faithful departed,
    through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

    Dikanton Malipatan
    From All Of Us

    • Atty.Romeo J. Somera, Esq..CPA on June 2, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I am sorry to hear this terrible news. We arrived late at Seaside when we stayed for the Tagudin town fiesta. Although it was close to midnight, Raul was wide awake and quite cheerful and full of smile when we (with my brother Bert) arrived, and he let us in. May he rest in peace and with God’s full blessings. Larry, please extend my condolence to his family.

      • lv on June 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Wen attorney, I will extend your condolences to the family. He mentioned to me when I was still in Manila that you checked in at Seaside. Thank you.

    • lv on June 3, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ading Raul no sadino man iti ayan mo itatta, idi umay ka intulod idiay bus station idi immay ka gimmatang ti motor idiay Manila para kadagita pool dita Seaside idi sakbay nga pimmanawak dita Pilipinas, diak ammo no apay nga nagdagsen daydi riknak nga nangpalubos kenka. Tattan ammokon no apay . Daydiay metten gayam iti maudi nga kanito nga makita kan. Agyaman kami unay kadagiti naytultulong mo kadakami ken iti Seaside Park. Maykawa kami la unay iti kaawan mo ngem uray no kasta, adda ka latta a kankanayon ditoy puso ken panunot mi. May you rest in peace. On behalf of my four siblings VANGIE, LANDA, JUNIOR, and JOSIE, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of Raul – his wife Mae Ann and their four children – RM, Rhea Mae, Aira Joy, and Shaira and to Raul’s siblings. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. God bless you. …. LARRY VALDEZ

    • Seaside Park And Foothill Mini-Mart Staffs on June 5, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To the family of our beloved co-worker Raul especially to Mae Ann, RM, Rhea Mae, Aira Joy and Shaira, we will miss him tremendously but his memory will reside forever in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this very difficult time. Our deepest sympathies from Raul’s co-workers – Manang Gloria, Bong, Evelyn, Nelson, Alvin, Edgar, Alan, Rolly, Esteling, Manang Leyte, Pacing.

    • lv on June 7, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Raul’s funeral is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, June 10, in Tagudin.

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