Thursday, October 18, 2012



(From left: Lt. Gen. William K. Hotchkiss, CAAP Director General with   
Capt. John Andrews, Deputy General for Operations, CAAP)
 Bird strike Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) does not only poses an imminent danger to the safety of airlines and its passengers at , but also a threat to our country’s economy as well. We may never earn an upgrade of our aviation safety classification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to boost our tourism industry and increase commercial activities in the metropolis and parts of central Luzon, because of such issue, other than the modernization of our airports.
Lately, there was tremendous increase of bird strikes at NAIA.  There were  49  bird strike recorded by CAAP from January to September, compared to 30 bird strikes in 2011 and 25 in 2010, which makes the makes the danger more imminent.  Thus, NAIA was prompted to issue a warning to the pilots of the danger to land and take off at NAIA. 
It was reported that a Philippine Airlines (PAL) Flight PR 124 to Manila was canceled last September after birds got sucked into the plane’s engine in order to ensure the safety of passengers and crew. Cebu Pacific's Cotabato-Manila flight was delayed for more than four hours also in the same month.  Earlier in July, it was reported that  PAL flight PR 105 that just arrived in Manila from Guam in also suffered from the same incident and the aircraft’s entire set of fan blades had to be replaced due to irreparable damage. It was reported by TV 5 News that from January to July this year, 39 bird strikes have been reported at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), 50 percent more than the same period last year, data from the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) indicated.  These incidents involve aircraft of Philippine Airlines (PAL), Cebu Pacific, Zest Air, Cathay Pacific, Jet Star Asia, Air Philippines Express, and Qatar Airways.
The population of migratory birds nesting at the Las-PiƱas-Paranaque Critical Habitat and Eco Tourism area located about 15 kilometer away from NAIA . . .  DOUBLE CLICK HERE TO WITNESS BY YOURSELF

Wednesday, October 10, 2012


Indefinite suspension of licenses to operate manning agencies pending litigation of a case is endangering  the maritime industry to the detriment of the Philippine economy!

This is what happened to the 300 seafarers of Gyron Crew Incorporation and Manning Agency (GCIMA). A complaint was filed by three former recruits of GCIMA leading to the suspension of its license to operate. Consequently, the contract of 300 seafarers due to be deployed to Netherlands were put on hold, many of whom were about to leave the country. Meanwhile, the case remains pending for more than sixty (60) days, while it was reported that a new law was passed in Holland allegedly banning Filipino seafarers. 

Despite previous withdrawal of the complaint by two of the complainants, while the other one already left the country, the case still remains pending litigation for more than two months, alleged Bosun Jeric Bilbao, representing the seafarers. Atty. Jesus Gabriel "Jeriel" Domingo, OIC, Adjudication Office, POEA, replied: “our hands are tied by the law . . . we must observe the requirement of due process”, when confronted by the seafarers, during the Balitaan sa Aloha media forum on October 10, 2012. However, the case has not yet been resolved to date. On the other hand, millions of pesos due to the seafarers and the government were already lost.

This is a dangerous precedent! 


Thursday, October 4, 2012

World Ostomy Day!

(From left: Greg Oculto, President, Ostomate Association of the Philippines (OAP); Luningning Siarez, President Stoma Nurses Core Group; Dr. Ramy Roxas, President of the Philippine Society of Colorectal Surgeons and the Asean Society of Colorectal Surgeons; Dra. Rachel Rosario, Executive Director and Romy Marcaida, Director, Philippine Cancer Society; Lolly Acosta, Moderator, Balitaan sa Aloha Hotel; and, Colorectal Cancer Survivor, Fernando Lazaro, Vice-President, OAP) 

Colorectal Cancer is now plaguing our country! Who are these people we call Ostomates? “The truth shall set us free”, said Lolly Acosta during her opening statement at the forum. In furtherance of its mission, the Philippine Cancer Society and Balitaan Sa Aloha Hotel in a joint project, launched a quad media, i.e., television, radio, print and the internet, campaign to advocate for the eradication of Colorectal cancer in the country on October 3, 2012, in celebration of the World Ostomy Day on October 6, 2012.

“Statistics shows that Colorectal Cancer is the third leading cancer in the Philippines today. Consequently, pursuant to the mission of the Philippine Cancer Society, there is a need for the society to disseminate information concerning the disease to lessen if not totally eradicate all kinds of cancer in our country”, said Dra. Rachel Rosario of the Philippine Cancer Society, the lead convenor of the forum at Balitaan sa Aloha Hotel on October 3, 2012.  

 “Colorectal Cancer is one of the most common cancer in the world today and the number of those suffering from the disease is growing, said Dr. Ramy Roxas, President of the Philippine Society of Colorectal Surgeons and the Asean Society of Colorectal Surgeons. “Data gathered by the Philippine Cancer Society shows that the survival rate of those suffering from the said illness in our country is only forty percent (40%), while those in the  United States is 60%”, said Dr. Roxas. He further added that, “the disease can be eliminated if earlier detected and curable”.

And what are the remedies?   Hear it from them personally.  Join us in our Talakayan at Balitaan sa Aloha:    


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

OLPP, Building Christian Communities in Cauayan City, Isabela

Rev. Fr. Angel Luga have been a Priest for over three decades serving different Parishes in Isabela. He is a native of Tumauini. With a group of persons whose roots were from Tumauini and the Parishioners of Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Cauayan, the Parish produced this Audio-Visual Presentation to thank those, here and abroad - who continuously helps Fr. Angel realize his project for the people of Cauayan City, which started with our simple project: Isabela Awaits You . . .", which we mentioned in our previous post. To those who resides in a Barangay somewhere in Cauayan City now working in Germany who continuously helps their Barangay raise fund abroad to built a Chapel for their community - thank you very much from the people of your Barangay! Now you can see it worldwide. To many others and to those good samaritans who passes by, please watch the AVP below. Thank you po! Let us help build a Christian community in Cauayan City. There are many more things that can be done before its Parish Priest shall be transferred on 2011.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Isn't it wonderful to celebrate the birth of Christ in its true meaning? The spirit of giving and sharing to and from the people of Cauayan City, here and abroad. Building chapels for their communities with the help of Good Samaritans, the community and the Church in You Tube . . .





(Our proposed cover and label design, we hope that there are good samaritans along the way who is willing to sponsor the mass production of the cover through Fr. Angel in Cauayan, Isabela, as we are working in tight budget for this production considering that this is a non-profit undertaking.)
(Above picture: the Bishop of Ilagan, His Emminence Joseph Nacua).

Sunday, December 27, 2009


I fell in love with St. Mathias Church in Tumauini, Isabela, the first time I saw it. I promised myself to return, whenever permitted. After Isabela Awaits You Part I Project (which we mentioned in our previous posts), it was an honor to serve once again Our Lady of the Pillar Parish in Cauayan City, Isabela - through the kindness of Fr. Angel. Actually, Fr. Angel's project concerns building of Chapels in Cauayan City, the hometown of DONNA SAMONTE one among the great Photographer we encountered in Facebook. We hope that in His time, Donna shall personally capture the intricate details of St. Mathias Church and the Barroque churches in Isabela for the New Yorker's to see the beauty of Isabela by Donna's keen interpretation in details, colors and composition, for those in the United States to see the beauty of Isabela.

We shall start by honoring those who inspired us to return to Tumauini after we documented Fr. Angel's projects in Cauayan City. Isabela Awaits You . . . Part II. This shall be a series of video clips in support of Fr. Angel's Project in Cauayan City - One Barangay . . . One Chapel . . . One Community . . . One Church. Imagine the Tumauinians helping those from Cauayan City build Chapels, at the same time promotes its place and Isabela per se . . . . Isn't it wonderful?

(Our proposed cover and label design, we hope that there are good samaritans along the way who is willing to sponsor the mass production of the cover through Fr. Angel in Cauayan, Isabela, as we are working in tight budget for this production considering that this is a non-profit undertaking.)
(Above picture: the Bishop of Ilagan, His Emminence Joseph Nacua).

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


We never realized that it was over a year ago when we first started the "Isabela Awaits You" project, after a brief meeting with Rev. Fr. Angel Luga at Col. Mateo Luga's place. It was in September 2008 when we started the project Isabela Awaits You with Fr. Angel Luga. What was then a simple project now claims its place at the first spot in google search engine when you search for St. Mathias, Tumauini, churches and shrines in Isabela. St. Mathias Church in Tumauini its history is now in the forefront of google search engine when you look for the Church and the place.

This was how our project begun. We have not acquired a 3ccd camera then and we were just converting from VCD to DVD format, unlike today with our upgraded top of the line equipment. Yet we are proud that the Tumauinians and the Ibanag started the Cyber Revolt it was sad, however, that Fr. Luga have to relinquished his post as the Superintendent of the Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Ilagan due to his heavy workload. Cauayan with roughly 115,000 residents, 85% of which are Roman Catholics, only have a Parish Priest in Our Lady of the Pillar Parish. Mariesu Antonio, is now with the present Superintendent of Diocesan Schools. We appreciated her help in our first mission. Meanwhile, Rev. Fr. Luga remains with his Parishioners at Our Lady of the Pillar in Cauayan, Isabela, now concentrating on building Chapels for each Barangay, which we shall be presenting as we progress in this newly constructed site. This was how it begun (our first experiment):

(Pardon us for typographical errors, as the above production was hastily made and the editors then were not fully familiar with the places).

Lately, we returned to Isabela to document the chapels which were already constructed by Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, in Cauayan City, which we shall be featuring soon. It's a documentary.

On our second mission, we have to fulfill our promise to a woman (just like our promise when we were in Legaspi City), to see her mother, who resides in Tumauini and to the Tumauinians in U.S. and Canada, who this woman represents. I am referring to no other than, Mila Samonte Opseth of Merry Christmas!
Fr. Angel Luga celebrating Mass at Our Lady of the Pillar Parish, during the lighting of the candle, which symbolizes the start of the Misa de Gallo, the Simbang Gabi.Fr. Florman Cabauatan, the Parish Priest of St. Matthias Church in Tumauini, with Eng'r. Tony Luga of the Malappo Nga Ibanag Cooperative. I was told that the lady in yellow is also a relative. Fr. Cabauatan was the former Chaplain of the Philippine Military Academy at the time when Col. Alan Luga was still in the Academy. Caught on camera was Mrs. Samonte, the mother of Mila Samonte Opseth of, we never thought of meeting Mila's sister instead of her Mother, to whom we partly dedicate this production.
Above pictures: Eng'r. Tony Luga, his brothers and sister and their family (The family of Rev. Fr. Angel Luga); and, a wedding between a bride (also a relative of the Lugas) from Ugad, Tumauini and the groom, who hails at Cauayan City.
Above pictures: The members of Our lady of the Pillar Parish Choir, Cauayan City; and, the Altar Boys, don't you know that the one who organized the Knights of the Altar at Baguio Cathedral was from Isabela? We were told by the children at Baguio Cathedral. Unluckily, we did not get his name, but we were told that he went back to Isabela.