March 19, 2009



While we have yet to receive copies of the case filed with the Office of the Ombudsman by the Provincial Treasurer Manuel Leycano, we will assuredly respond to all these charges at the right motivation time and at the proper forum.

However, it is regrettable the Provincial Treasurer Leycano would resort now to the filing of this case in order to cover up for his inadequacies in the performance of his duties and functions as provincial treasurer. As early as February of this year, he has been the subject of a joint complaint filed by the Department Heads of the Provincial Government and a resolution of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan for his non-performance of his responsibilities as Provincial Treasurer. This has prompted the Provincial Government through the Office of the Governor to petition the Department of Finance to relieve and replace Mr. Leycano as Provincial Treasurer of Laguna. The said petition is now being acted upon by the Department of Finance.

It is likewise lamentable that these rehashed charges dating back as far as year 2000 are being resurfaced as this time when local elections are fast approaching. This leads us to suspect political and personal vendetta as he motivation behind these charges.

These accusations will not in any way diminish the exemplary performance of Governor Lazaro’s administration that has been validated by the constituents of Laguna with a very recent survey dated March 2009 that showed a highly satisfied rating of 83%.

We assure the people of the province of Laguna that these will in no way affect the delivery of services that they deserve especially during times of grave economic crisis. The Provincial Government of Laguna continues to move forward. (Release through PIO Cris Sanji)

March 18, 2009

Ka Ruben Is Recognized At Final Curtain

Ka Ruben E. Taningco, the acknowledged dean of local mediamen in Laguna, was awarded with a certificate of recognition and appreciation by JCI Member Normandy I. Flores, an hour before his term as the 60th President of the Junior Chamber International Philippines San Pablo “7” Lakes formally ends last Saturday evening at the San Pablo City’s Coco Palace Hotel and Restaurant. The certificate is an expression of gratitude to the 72-year old provincial newspaperman who provided communication support to the activities of the local organization of young leaders and entrepreneurs. The ceremonies were witnessed by JCI Philippines National President Fulbert C. Woo. (JCI-Seven Lakes Release)


John Paul Gomez (right) of Biñan at World Chess Olympiad held in Dresden, Germany

Laguna’s pride, John Paul Gomez of Biñan has been named UAAP University Athletics’ Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Athlete of the Year, adding one more to his long list of achievements.

Gomez, the multi-titled B.S Mechanical Engineering student from the De La Salle University (DLSU), was honored as the league's top athlete last March 12, 2009 during the Awards Night held at the Bahay ng Alumni inside the University of the Philippines (U.P) campus in Diliman, Quezon City. He won the award by edging out fellow Lasallian PJ Tierro of tennis, trackster Ben Alejandrino of UST, swimmer Luica Dacanay of UP, and ADMU cager Rabeh Al-Hussaini.

In this year’s UAAP season, Gomez was the lone bright spot for the DLSU Green Archers' solid fourth-place finish as he bagged his fifth straight Most Valuable Player for winning all five matches in Board 1. Although a big name already in the league, the 22-year-old Lagunense made a bigger name for himself last November 2008 when he clinched the GM (Chess Grandmaster) norm during the World Chess Olympiad in Dresden, Germany. The feat also earned him a citation during last month's Philippine Sportswriters Association Awards Night. Just recently, he was chosen as one of this year’s Outstanding Youth of Laguna during the 5th Anilag or Ani ng Laguna Festival last Monday, March 9, 2009 at the Laguna Cultural Center in the capital town Sta. Cruz. As one of The Outstanding Youth of Laguna (TOYL) for 2009, Gomez was cited for excelling in sports being a role model to the Lagunense youth. (Cris Sanji)


The 2008 winners for the 11th Search for the Best Tourism Establishments in the province of Laguna were once again recognized and given citations as the province celebrates the 5th weeklong AniLag or Ani ng Laguna Festival which started formally last Monday, March 9, 2009 at the Provincial Capitol Compound in the capital town Sta. Cruz. The winners were conferred with the awards last Friday, March 13, 2009 during the fifth night of the festivity at the Festival Stage in front of the New Capitol along P. Guevarra Avenue in Sta. Cruz.

As a province known for its tourist and scenic spots, the Provincial Government headed by Gov. Teresita “Ningning” S. Lazaro thru the Provincial Tourism Office has conceptualized a search or competition among various tourism establishments in the whole province. Now on its 11th year, the Search has become a barometer or benchmark for local establishments in drawing and attracting tourists traveling to Laguna and nearby areas.

Currently, there are four categories for the Search such as Best Resort, Best Hotel, Best Restaurant, and Best Gasoline Station. The winners for Best Resort are Splash Mountain Resort of Los Baños, 1st place; Maria Paz Royale Garden Resort of San Pablo City, 2nd place; and Montreal Garden Resort of Pila, 3rd place. For Best Hotel, the winners are Techno-Park Hotel of Sta. Rosa City, 1st place; Splash Mountain Oasis Hotel of Los Baños, 2nd place; and Trace Suites, also of Los Baños, 3rd place. The Best Restaurants are as follows; Palmera’s Garden Restaurant of San Pablo City, 1st place; RSM Lutong Bahay Seafoods Garden Restaurant of Calamba City, 2nd place; and Katrina & Grace Bulalo & Seafood Restaurant, also of Calamba, 3rd place. For the Best Gasoline Station, the winners are; RLA Petron Service Station of Biñan, 1st place; Exact Petroleum (Total) Service Station of San Pablo City , 2nd place; and Chevron Services Philippines, Inc. of Sta. Rosa City, 3rd place.

Hall of Famers on the other hand include Villa Gregoria Terrace Resort of Nagcarlan for the Resort Category, and Rose and Grace Restaurant of Sta. Rosa City for the Restaurant Catergory. (Cris Sanji)

March 16, 2009

61st Jaycee President Installed

JCI Member Jose A. Agoncillo Jr. Plant Manager of 3J Foods Corporation in this city, was formally installed as the 61st President of Junior Chamber International-San Pablo Seven Lakes for Administrative Year 2009, during a ceremony held at Coco Palace Hotel last Saturday evening attended by the national dignitaries of the organization of young leaders and entrepreneurs. On the picture are City Administrator/JCI Mem. Loreto “Amben” S. Amante, Immediate Past President JCI Mem. Normandy I. Flores, National President JCI Senator Fulbert Woo, President JCI Mem. Jose A. Agoncillo Jr., and National Executive Vice President JCI Mem. Karren Sia. (Ruben E. Taningco)

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