September 26, 2008

FATHER’S ROLE IN THE FAMILY, DISCUSSED IN ESSAY WRITING CONTEST

The Winners (from left) are Sandy Marie B. Belarmino, first place; Peejeh P. Sahagun, second place; and Eric Mae M. Batralo, third place. (CIO/J. Aningalan)

Sandy Marie B. Belarmino, a fourth year student at the San Pablo City Science High School emerged as the first place winner in the essay writing contest coordinated by the City Population Office to help celebrate this year National Family Week. The theme is “Fathers and Families. Responsibilities and Challenges, Maabilidad si Dad.” She received a token cash reward of P2,000 provided by Mayor Vicente B. Amante.

Other winners are Peejeh P. Sahagun of Laguna College, second plance and received P1,500-cash reward, and Eric Mae M. Batralo of Santo Angel National High School, third place and received P1,000-cash reward.

The contest was participated by 12 fourth high school students representing 12 institutions providing secondary education in the City of San Pablo.

City Administrator Loreto S. Amante said they opted to sponsor an essay writing contest, because Mayor Vicente B. Amante believes that essay writing contest is a good medium to train the capability to express the feeling and sentiments of the young high school students on any particular subject or theme. It will also help enhance exemplary adherence towards English proficiency, to help achieve the dreams of many to be globally competitive as workers in communication industry, as well as in cultural inter-actions.

Just like the poster-making contest, which is a form of visual arts, Amante hope that the essay writing contest had helped encourage the youth in uplifting their proficiency level in communication arts, that would help them prepares to meet the rigors of college and the academic demands specific to the program to which they intend to purse higher education. (CIO/Pedrito D. Bigueras)




September 24, 2008

HISTORY AND CULTURE
By Ruben E. Taningco

THE AGONY OF LEADERSHIP

When he confirmed to Fr. Jerry V. Bitoon of Save the Lkes Movenment (SLM) that he will abide by his covenant as a leader with the majority of the people, that the establishment of his brother at the lake will be the first to be demolished come come February 29, 2000, Mayor Vicente B. Amante admitted that this is inevitable agony of leadership. By his choice to lead, he must sacrifice a large measure of selfhood and individuality. He must leave behind personal attachment that will hinder him from achieving his goals to the city’s seven crater lakes. As mayor, he cannot and does not live for himself alone. He live for others, His life is self-surrender, self-giving, abds self-sacrifice. This painful act of giving self to other is the substance of leadership, because he new that he must not fail the fragile faith of his people on government that lies in his hand. He must reflect the hope as well as the fear of the people.


Mayor Amante told Fr. Bitoon that he only tries to be cautious in formulating decisions because he knows that the intensity of his decision will have impact on the life of those with varied interests on the lake. He must be uncommon leader, so he must be innovative, energetic, and daring. He must participate, rather that merely watches the development of events, but he must not only participates, he must assumed responsibility, so he must command. He must be cautious within the framework of the power as city’s chief executive, because he is an administrator, he is never a ruler or a dictator.






ANDRES BONIFACIO SHRINE @ Sampaloc Lake


a. The official name of the memorial is “Andres Bonifacio Shrine.”

b. The figure of Andres Bonifacio was sculptured on concrete cement
by Conrado Balubayan of Bagumbayan, Santa Cruz, Laguna

c. The construction was funded by the local government unit through
budgetary appropriation enacted by the Sangguniang Panglunsod
for Calendar Year 1997, on motion of Kagawad Ireneo G. Biglete
as part of the preparation.to commemorate the centennial of the
Declaration of the Philippine Indepencence. This is in compliance with the provision of Republic Act No. 7356 creating the National Commission for Culture and the Arts.

d. The shrine is located on the western bank of Sampaloc Lake, a stone
throw from the monument of the martyrs of the country (martirez dela
Patria) at the end of Andres Bonifacio Street. The 8-foot figure of Andres Bonifacio is facing South.

e. The bidding for the project was done on February of 1997 and the
shrine was formally inaugurated on November 30, 1997, on time with
the commemoration of the 134th birth anniversary of the Founder
of the Katipunan.

f. The total cost of the project was P200,000.00. P120,000 of which was
for the preparation of the architectural design and execution of the sculptural works. The preparation of the pedestal, which is made of
concrete with marble slabs was undertaken by administration of the
City Engineer’s Office. The recent improvements and expansion of the
setting was funded by the Kiwanis Clubs in San Pablo City, and the
Seven Lakes International (a federation of San Pablo City Associations
in the United States and Canada.)

g. Andres Bonifacio is consider as “The Hero of Manila,” and when City
Mayor Alfredo Lim learned of the inauguration of a Bonifacio Shrine
in San Pablo City, he sent a congratulatory message, since San Pablo
City under the leadership of Mayor Vicente B. Amante, is the only
local government unit in the country that have choosen Bonifacio as the cernter piece in the commemoration of the centennial of the
declaration of the Philippine Independence.

PEDRITO D. BIGUERAS

ANG PUNO NG MOLAVE


Ang puno ng maulawin o molave na itinanim nina Hukom Tagapagpaganap Bienvenido V. Reyes ng Pangrehiyong Hukumang Tagalitis at Punonglunsod Vicente B. Amante noong Hunyo 11, 1998 sa binuksang Liwasang Sentinyal bilang bahagi ng pagdiwirang ng ika-100 Taon ng Kalayaan ng Bansa na sa dalawang pagkakataon ay nabali na ang mga sanga nito dahil sa malalakas na hihip ng hangin, subali’t ang tumubong mga bagong sanga ay higit na naging malalaki at matatag, kaya ito ay nanatiling nakatayo at napaglabanan ang matinding hagupit ng Bagyong Milenyo, tulad ng dalawang lider na nagtanim nito na patuloy na nakapaglilingkod sa pamayanang kanilang kinakitaan ng unang liwanag, sa kabila ng mga tinamo nilang puna at pansin ng kanilang mga detraktor. (RET)

CONSERVE OUR MOUNTAINS – MAYOR VIC AMANTE

SAN PABLO CITY – When “Yakap sa Lawa,” a movement initiated by local leaders during the early months of Year 2000 to help protect the city”s seven crater lakes, was formally launched during a program by the Sampaloc Lake attended by then Congressman Heherson Alvarez as keynote speaker, City Mayor Vicente B. Amante shared the views of environmentalists that the city’s seven crater lakes must be conserved and preserved, and wildlife call for help; the watershed that provide water to these bodies of water, Mounts San Cristobal and Banahaw east of the city proper must also be conserved.


Amante in briefing a group of humanity students from the Ateneo de Manila University that visited his office before the expiration of his third term in office, declared that the environ of Mounts San Cristobal and Banahaw must be protected since these are “power mountains” revered by believers that include so many foreigners.


Amante added that these mountains are part of the country’s national heritage, home for many adherents of various folk religion, that even the anthropologists of Ateneo de Manila University are now trying to document and conserved.


Plants, animals, top soils, water and forest form an interlocking chain of life. In nature, no living things is able to survive without the help of other living things. Trees and plants would not exist if it were not for the distribution of their seeds by birds. Fruits and flowers would become extinct without bees and butterflies, to carry pollens from bloom to another. Nature has provided a working balance to whereby each of the elements and creatures plays a role. Disruption of this balance will cause problem to man in the area, Amante reminded the Ateneo students.


In the study made by the technologists of Adrian Wilson and Associates, an international engineering consultancy firm contracted by the United Nations Development Fund (UNDF) to undertake studies to help improved the then San Pablo City Water Works observed that Mount San Cristobal in San Pablo City and Mount Banahaw in Quezon Province are the main source of water for domestic use by the many households in the surrounding city and municipalities. It is also the home for various species of flora and fauna, including the endangered pigmy falconet (lawin), an indigenous bird of prey. (Ruben E. Taningco)

WORLD’S ONLY MONUMENT FOR TILAPIA
(For Guinness Book of World Records in London)


The tilapia monument erected by the Heirs of Jose C. Agahan by the Sampaloc Lake inaugurated last May 30, 2005 by City Mayor Vicente B. Amante, City Councilor Karen C. Agapay, and PCAMRD Executive Director Rafael D. Guerrero III as final activity in the commemoration of the month of May as Fisherfolk Month declared by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), and to commemorate the 50th year of the local tilapia industry the city. Mr. and Mrs. Jose C. Agahan introduces tilapia in San Pablo, the now famous “City of Seven Lakes,” by seeding Sampaloc Lake near the City Hall, and Palakpakin Lake at Barangay San Buenaventura, with tilapia fingerlings on summer month of Year 1955 at no cost to the local government unit. Tilapia is now the number one table fish in the world Dr. Kevin Fitzsimmons of the College of Agriculture of University of Arizona and Vice President of the World Tilapia Association (WTA) said last September at the 6th International Seminar on Tilapia in Agriculture (ISTA 6). Dr. Fitzsimmons has already received copy of this photo release, and now form part of the records of the international organization on tilapia culture and farming. (Photo by Christian B. Yorro)

THE FIRST COCONUT FESTIVAL (MARDI GRAS) IN SAN PABLO CITY


The holding of the First Coconut Festival, Mardi Gras Style, on January 12, 1996, was actually conceived by Robert M. Non, an advocacy officer of the San Miguel Group of Companies based here in Laguna who suggested it to then Secretary to the Mayor Adolfo “Rudy” J. Vergara, and Project Development Officer Ruben E. Taningco, in June of 1995, while Mayor Vicente B. Amante and City Administrator Hizon A. Arago were on official travel to the United States. On his return, Mayor Amante approved the idea/proposal as a compliance to the provision of Republic Act No. 7356, an Act Creating the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA), and with the approval of the Sangguniang Panglunsod, then headed by Vice Mayor Danton Q. Bueser, an ad hoc committee chaired by City Administrator Hizon A. Arago, assisted by former Councilor Vergel Cosico and Businessman Arthur T. Reyes was organized to formulate the program of activities for the holding of street dancing contest. Research was conducted by the ad hoc committee as to the mechanic of the cultural presentation, the type of music that must be used, and the design of the costume of the participants which must be based on coconut tree.

Mayor Vicente B. Amante as City’s Chief Executive, and Atty. Hizon A. Arago as City Administrator who is mandated to coordinate the implementation of programs on history and culture, was assisted in launching the First Coconut Festival (Mardi Gras Style) by Messrs. Vergel Cosico, Arthur T. Reyes, Rolando A. Inciong and wife Sylvia, Pablito J. Merin, Celso “Seseng” Oblena, and Willy Tan and wife Racquel.

Physical Education Teachers Luz Ges. Aguilar and Meng Lajara also assisted in coordinating some of the activities. The undersigned (Ms. Melinda P. Bondad) headed the committee’s secretariat that prepared the reports submitted to the Office of the President, the Department of Tourism, and the National Historical Institute (NHI).

The first coconut festival was almost solely sponsored by the San Miguel Group of Companies, and Messrs. Robert M. Non and Mac C. Dormiendo sit in the committee to help formulate and implement programs, since they are in the advertising field.

Incidentally, the First Coconut Festival, Mardi Gras Style, held on January 12, 1996, was on time with the commemoration of the 400th Anniversary or Fourth Centennial of the founding of the Parish of Saint Paul, The First Hermit, which was organized by the Augustinian Fathers in 1596.

This (first) festival was covered by Asahi Shimbun of Japan, and footages of the events was contributed to Reuter and other foreign managed news gathering syndicate through the facilities of ABS-CBN Channel 2, GMA Channel 7, and People’s Television (Channel 4) through the efforts of Messrs. Adolfo J. Vergara and Ruben E. Taningco. It was also featured in an special issue of the Philippines Free Press and special report for television was prepared by Film Documentarist Corie Quirino released in January 1996 with Messrs. Hizon A. Arago and Rolando S. Bombio providing the basic materials. (Compiled by Melinda P. Bondad)

DOÑA EVANGELINA MACAPAGAL BOULEVARD

Sa Karangalan ng Unang Ginang ng Bansa

Dra. Evagelina Macaraig Macapagal


Ang lansangang ito ay nabuksan at napaunlad sa pamamahala ng Emmergency Employment Agency (EEA) na inilunsad ng pangasiwaan ni Pangulong Diosdado Macapagal, na isang tuwirang pagsuporta ng pangasiwaang pambansa sa pangarapin noon ng pangasiwaang lokal na masimulan ang pagpapaunlad ng industriya ng turismo, bilang isang estratihiya sa pagpapaunlad ng kabuhayan ng lunsod.


Bilang isang paggawain, ito ay binigyan ng Office of the City Engineer ng project code name na “Dagatan Boulevard,” bagama’t ang opisyal na project title ay “Proposed Peripheral Road of Sampaloc Lake,” na natapos na may-uring “macadamized all weather road” noong katag-arawan ng 1965, na kaalinsabay ng isinagawang rehabilitasyon ng makasaysayang “Hagdang Bato” na itinayo noong 1914, na ngayon ay bahagi na ng desinyo ng ng Opisyal na Sagisag ng Lunsod ng San Pablo, na nawasak sa pagtatapos ng Ika-2 Digmaang Pandaigdig, isang paggawaing pinunduhan din sa malasakit ni Pangulong Diosdado Macapagal, kaya nang ito ay pasinayaan, ay minarapat noon nina Justice Undersecretary Manuel A. Concordia at Alkalde Zacarias A. Ticzon na anyayahan ang Pangulo ng Bansa upang siyang mapagpasinaya sa dalawang natapos na paggawain.


Kung papaanong nang dumalaw si Pangulong Carlos P. Garcia noong katag-arawan ng 1961, nang malamang kasama sa pagdalaw si Gng. Leonila Garcia, ang Unang Ginang ng Bansa, ay ipinahayag ng pangasiwaang lokal noon na ang tree park sa pag-itan ng Gusaling Pampamahalaan at ng Lawang Sampalok, ay tawaging Doña Leonila (Mini-Forest) Park, sapagka’t kasama rin ni Pangulong Diosdado Macapagal ang Unang Ginang ng Bansa, Dra. Evangelina Macaraig Macapagal, sa pagdalaw sa lunsod, ay ipinahayag ng pangasiwaang lokal na ang Dagatan Boulevard na daraanan ng Pangulo sa pagpapasinaya sa Hagdang Bato ay opisyal na tawaging “Doña Evangelina Macapagal Boulevard.”


Doña Evangelina Boulevard o ang lansangang walang dulunan sa paligid ng Lawang Sampalok, sa nakalipas na mga taon, ay simbolo ng walang katapusang pagmamalasakit ng Pamahalaang Pambansa sa mga maliliit na mangingisda at karaniwang manggagawa sa lupa, na may pagsasaalang-alang sa pangangalaga at pagpapatatag sa kalikasan, kultura, at pagpapahalaga sa pagkakakilanlan sa Lunsod ng San Pablo. (Pedrito D. Bigueras)

SAN PABLO CITY’S HAGDANG BATO

By Ruben E. Taningco



Nobody knew the number of steps it has: when it was constructed and by whom, until Mayor Vicente B. Amante asked his private secretary to actually count the number of steps and copy the wordings on the tablets affixed on the lower part of the park structure.


The Hagdang Bato (concrete stairway) leading to the Sampaloc Lake, which is now a famous local landmark, is now part of the logo or official seal of San Pablo, being the City of Seven Lakes.


It was constructed in November 1915 under the administration of municipal president Marcial Alimario, but many, including the youth and technical personnel of the local engineering office, simply look it for granted. Nobody knew the number of steps it has, when it was constructed and by whom, until Mayor Vicente B. Amante asked his private secretary, Ruel B. Briones, to actually count the number of steps and copy the wordings on the tablet affixed on the lower part of the park structure.



Briones, who normally does his morning exercises on the stairs, discovered for himself that the Hagdang Bato is divided into five (5) sections and with an aggregate total of 89 steps. He also found out that it was constructed on a lot donated by Cabesang Sixto Bautista, and form part of what is now known as “Doña Leonila (Mini-Forest) Park.”


Mayor Amante’s interest on the technical description of the now famous landmark was aroused by a long distance call from Philippine Tourism Authority general manager Angelito T. Banayo, a native son of the city who used to play on the stairways during his elementary school days.

Published on page 16 of INTERFACE (July-September 1999 Issue)

Official bulletin of the League of Cities of the Philippines

DOÑA LEONILA (MINI-FOREST) PARK

What is now known as Doña Leonila (Mini-Forest) Park overlooking the Sampaloc Lake is actually a portion of the site for the City Hall Complex purchased in 1937 by the Municipal Government of San Pablo headed by President Inocencio Barleta, which was partly developed after the termination of World War II under the administration of appointed City Mayor, Dr. Fernando A. Bautista.


During the incumbency of elected Mayor Lauro D. Dizon Sr., with the help of the Rotary Club of San Pablo, and under the supervision of Dr. Juan B. Hernandez, then club secretary of the local Rotary Club and Chairman of the City Beautification Committee, constructed some park structures at the park, with the fountain featuring the country lass with agriculture harvest as centerpiece.


Probably, Hernandez and then City Engineer Perfecto Reyes were inspired by the figures affixed on the façade of the City Hall Building which symbolizes progress.


Sometimes on April of 1961 when then President Carlos Garcia made an official visit to San Pablo, when the party dropped-by the park to breath some fresh air, City Mayor Lauro D. Dizon Sr. proclaimed that the garden by the city hall overlooking the lake are being named “Doña Leonila Park” in honor of then First Lady, Mrs. Leonila D. Garcia.


During the first term in office of Mayor Cesar P. Dizon, the City Beautification Committee headed by Architect Gilda G. Dizon, the City’s First Lady, and City Schools Superintendent Concepcion D. Licsi introduces massive improvement on the park with the construction of promenaders’ lane, which is actually a view deck, put-up park lightings system, and other park fixtures. In 1975 to 1977, San Pableños were not aware that slide photos of the park taken by then Public Information Officer Ruben E. Taningco for the Department of Public Information-Region IV were being flashed on television screen by Manila television stations to accompany good weather reports.


Toilet were added during the incumbency of OIC Mayor Zacarias A. Ticzon, when the park was declared a mini-forest park by then Bureau of Forest Development Director Delfin Ganapin Sr. on June 7, 1987 under the Urban Reforestation Program of President Corazon C. Aquino. Massive landscaping were undertaken in 2003-2004 by the City Tourism and Cultural Office headed by the City’s First Lady, Mrs. Leila A. Aquino. The stage constructed at the park routinary serve as venue for receiving and entertaining official guests of the city during the incumbency of Mayor Florante L. Aquino.

Emblem at the Old City Hall Building


This emblem served as logo in the medallion given to the Ten Most Outstanding San Pableño Awardees in 1990 on the suggestion of Dr. Conrado P. Aquino, and when asked by Mayor Zacarias Ticzon to described it, I simply said that “It symbolizes progress in agriculture and industry brought about by the Commonwealth Era. . The lady on the left of the Commonwealth logo hold palay stalk with banana on the ground, since I was told by my father that palay, banana, coffee and lanzones are abundantly harvested in most barrios of then Town of San Pablo. The lady on the right hold a wheel, and standing on a banca and coconut to denote our seven lakes, and beginning of coconut based industrialization, the building was designed after Franklin Baker Company plant has become operational and proclaimed as the world’s biggest dessicated processing plant.

My materials then were prepared without thorough research, and just to satisfy Mayor Ticzon. I intentionally withheld it to be released then to the media.

Why not the San Pablo City Historical Society launch a project to properly research the meaning of this emblem to correct my mistakes. The members of the United Architects could help.

CITY HALL BUILDING OF SAN PABLO

The site of the present City Hall Complex was purchased by the Municipal Government of San Pablo during the administration of Municipal President Inocencio Barleta in 1937, but the actual construction of the townhall was undertaken during the administration of Municipal President Cristeto Brion, and it was inaugurated with Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon as guest of honors on March 30, 1940. According to Hometown Historian Juan B. Hernandez, it was during the ceremonies that Quezon promised that he will readily approved the bill being authored by Assemblyman Tomas D. Dizon proposing the conversion of the town into a city. Quezon fulfilled his promised when he signed Commonwealth Act No. 520 on May 1, 1940.

When the first set of city officials lead by former Laguna Governor Potenciano Malvar as City Mayor took their oath before Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan on January 2, 1941, the town hall was readily converted into city hall to house the Office of the City Mayor, the Office and Session Hall of the Municipal Council, the City Treasurer; the Office of the City Health Officer, and the Office of the Chief of Police.

Former City Engineer Guillermo P. Inciong said the building was designed by Architect Antonio M. Toledo of the Division of Architecture of the defunct Bureau of Public Works as a norm during the Commonwealth Era. The structural stability of the building was tested during the War for Liberation when it was able to withstand the explosion of a 500-pound bomb dropped by the U.S. Air Force plane of returning General Douglas Mac Arthur. (Ruben E. Taningco)

San Pablo City : FACTS AND FIGURES


C I T Y   O F   S A N   P A B L O
FACTS AND FIGURES

Land Area:      21,400 Hectares (Including the Seven Lakes)
                                    (DENR-Land Management Bureau Data)

Number of Barangays:   80 Barangays     (50 Rural Barangays
                                                                                30 Urban Barangays)    
                                    All barangays are being serviced by Manila Electric   
Company and with land lines of the PLDT
                                    and DIGETEL. 66 barangays or 75% of the
                                   population of the community are  being serviced by the
                                   San Pablo City Water District.

Population:      237,259  (NSO-August 1, 2007 Census)

Number of Registered Voters:
                                    134,486 voters in 182 clustered precincts
                                    (COMELEC Data for May 10, 2010  Elections)

Cultural History:
                                    San Pablo is originally known as Sampalok,
                                    a village under the Pueblo de Bay, then the
                                    capital town of Laguna, converted into a
                                    parish by the Augustinian Priests in 1596, and
                                    into a Pueblo or as a local government unit in
                                    1647, and named San Pablo de los Montes, in
                                    honor of Saint Paul, the First Hermit.

                                    San Pablo was chartered as a city by
                                    Commonwealth Act No. 520 approved by
                                    President Manuel Luis Quezon on May 7, 1940,
                                    and formally inaugurated on January 2, 1941
                                    with the first set of city officials headed by
                                    Dr. Potenciano Malvar (Decermber 11, 1867 –
                                   November 15, 1954), a former governor of
                                    Laguna, as Appointed City Mayor,  installed
                                    into office by Interior Secretary Rafael Alunan.
                                    The last appointed City Mayor is former
                                    Assemblyman and former Laguna Governor
                                    Tomas D. Dizon (September 18, 1887 –  
                                   January 27, 1966) who authored its  charter.
                                    The first elected City Mayor is former Guerrilla
                                    Major Cipriano Colago (September 26, 1905 –
                                   June 26, 1962), elected in 1955.

Major Emphases of the City Government of San Pablo

                                    Eradication of drug-addiction, development of eco-tourism
                                    industry,  development of small and medium scale 
                                    industries, and aspiring to be the educational center and
                                    rest area in the Southern Tagalog Region. These   will   help
                                    attend real peace and order in the  community, under the
                                    concept that  these   are   basic   to  attain  economic
                                    progress and prosperity.

General Information : San Pablo City

By Loreto S. Amante 


Situated 82 kilometers southeast of Manila, about 500 feet above the mean sea level, San Pablo City is a fascinating blend of atural beauties and timeless history. Dubbed as te “City of Seven Lakes,” lies in the apex of the heart-shaped Province of Laguna, fanned by the swaying coconut breeze, nesting among the foothills of Mount San Cristobal and Mount Banahaw.

Archeological diggings undertaken before World War II by the late Don Arsenio M.Escudero reveals that it is a thriving community that had existed long before the coming of the Spanish. From a big settlements (or barangay), Sampalok, of the town of Bay, the Augustinian fathers made it into a parish in 1596, then into a town or pueblo under a gobernadorcillo in 1647, and renamed it San Pablo delos Montes, after Sain Paul, The First Hermit, at first under the Province of Laguna, later under Batangas for 100 years, then back to Laguna before outbreak of the Philippine-Spanish War. Through the untiring and determined effort of Assemblyman Tomas D. Dizon, it has bloosomed into a city, created under Commonwealth Act No. 520 approved by President as the first City chief executive by President Quezon.

An urban-agriculture community populated by 207,927, divided into 44,166 families (NSO May 1, 2000), San Pablo City has an area of 21,400 hectares (DENR-Land Management Bureau figure) bestowed by nature with seven (7) crater lakes, five rivers, and eight creeks, which in its water now abound with tilapia, carps, ayungin, dalag and prawn. The city is divided into 80 barangay, with 48 barangay consider as rural. Interconnected by a spiderweb road networks, almost 70% of the total land area fully energized and electrified.

Apperantly, San Pablo City is fast becoming the seat or hub of regional operations for several government agencies and private enterprises. For the 2004 National and Local Elections, San Pablo City has 122,868 registered voters divided into 566 precincts or voting centers.

Here is San Pablo City, proud of its legendary and noble past, enjoying its challenging present, and hopeful of its future.

Photo contest on climate change on

A photo contest covering the theme "Climate Change in the Philippines (causes, consequences and responses) is now open to all Filipino photojournalists and photography enthusiasts with promising cash prizes in euros and special prizes.


According to the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines and the Philippine Center for Photojournalism, major sponsors of the photo contest, the competition is open to all Filipinos except for the staff of the delegation. Eligible photos are those published or unpublished, taken in the Philippines from June 2007 to November 2008.


A maximum of up to ten (10) standalone photos may be submitted by a participant. In addition, participants may submit up to a maximum of 5 photo stories comprising 5 to 12 images per photo story. Images submitted as part of a photo story will also be considered on their merits as standalone photos.


Entries may be taken by a digital camera (with at least 4 megapixel size and taken at the largest images capture mode) or by a film camera (using at least 135 mm film, then digitized).

All entries must be submitted on a compact disk recordable (CDR) using the following file name system. For single images: Initials_Photo#Total Number of Entries (example:JAD_Photo 1-8).


For photo stories – initials of photographer-Photo story-total number of photo story (example JAD_PS1_p2-12).


Participants who will be included in the final selection process may be asked to submit their negatives and/or raw digital files. Digitally-altered images will be disqualified. Traditional photo enhancing must be limited to acceptable dodging, color level and contrast adjustment.


Contestants must enclose a paper containing the following details: Photo File Name, Photo Title/Photo Essay title, Date and Place taken, Name of Participant, Complete Mailing Address, Contact/Phone Number and e-mail address.


A duly-signed certificate attesting that the photographs is/are taken by the participant and that he/she holds the copyright to it must also be attached to the submitted entries.

The Board of Judges will be composed or respected photo journalists/artists as well as officials from the Delegation of the European Commission to the Philippines, Philippine Center for Photojournalism, Inc. and partners.


Deadline for submission of entries is on or before noon on November 6, 2008. Winners will each receive a trophy plus in kind prizes. For first prize (singles), the winner will get 1,000 euros; second, 800 euros; third, 600 euros. Ten honorable mentions will get certificates. A special prize of 800 euros will be given for photo story while five honorable mentions will get certificates.

A special prize for a photo on EC response to Climate Change will get 800 euros. In addition, all winners may receive special prizes from the European Commission and partners. (PIA/Venus G. Villanueva)

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