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Angono Higantes festival supports frontliners

The colorful giant effigies or “higantes” made of papier-mâché” celebrated every year in what is known as the Higantes Festival in Angono, donned face masks, face shields and protective equipment in a show of support to frontliners for their untiring works during this time of pandemic.


A parade in the major streets of the town in the third week of November is a thing of the past; now, it was held at the municipal grounds and aired on social media on Oct. 31. Less than 10 officials were in attendance.


“We incorporate Angono’s COVID-19 response and recognize the doctors, nurses and [law] enforcers who had died and who are still with us in this fight,” said John Robert Ducabo, municipal tourism officer.


The occasion displayed only 15 higantes that the Angono municipal government had, whereas in the past, 100 giant effigies were paraded on the festival day.


The Higantes Festival traces its roots to the Spanish era and was commemorated in honor of the town’s patron saint St. Clement, one week prior to its fiesta on November 23.


The municipal government began celebrating the Higantes Festival in 2013 as a way of thanksgiving.

Iloilo revives sabong sans audience

Iloilo provincial government gave the go signal to resume cockfighting in the province, but without the presence of bettors or gambling aficionados to prevent from transmissions of coronavirus disease or Covid19.


The move was in line with the ordinance issued by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) Resolution No. 79 lifting the ban on cockfighting in areas that are under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ).


“We are allowing the resumption of cockfighting, but there are limitations,” said Governor Arthur Defensor Jr.


The governor, who met the four different associations urging him to reopen their businesses under the new normal, emphasized that it would be still the decision of the local government units (LGUs) in any of the 42 towns or the component city of Passi on whether to allow the resumption of cockfighting or not in their areas.


In support of the decision of Defensor, the Panay Gamefowl Breeders Association or PAGBA promised to follow the health protocols of the government when cockfighting resumes.


Ricardo Palmares Jr., PAGBA president, said only owners or handlers are permitted inside cockfighting arenas and there are no cockfighting online betting or live streaming.

Davao City bans drinking in public

Davao City residents are celebrating this Christmas Season but missing the merry-making of drinking liquor or any intoxicating beverages in the public as the city government imposed a liquor ban last Nov. 2 to Dec. 31 from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.


Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio signed the executive order banning the drinking of liquor in public places aimed to prevent the transmission of the virus among residents in the area.


Carpio said that Covid19 patients admitted that they contracted the virus through drinking sessions in places outside their homes.


To safeguard that this order should be followed to the letter, the Vices Regulation Unit and Barangay Council will conduct strict surveillance of fast food establishments, restaurants, sari-sari stores and the like and a closure order will be imposed on establishments which violate the ordinance.


The liquor ban was first implemented on April 6 when the unabated spike of the virus occurred in the city but it was lifted on Sept. 21 to give way for the business establishments to recover their losses.

Hired killer shoots to death Abra teacher

An Abra teacher, who was getting a haircut inside a barbershop in Bangued, Abra on All Saints’ Day, Nov. 1, was shot dead at close range by an unidentified gunman.


The victim was identified as Rodelio Claor Bueno, 41, of San Gregorio, La Paz, Abra.


Police Major Carol Lacuata, Police Regional Office-Cordillera information officer, said that the suspect just emerged behind the victim and shot him.
The crime was committed at the Santo Nino Barbershop in Capitulation St., Zone 2, Bangued town at around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.


Probers said the gunman is believed to be a “hired killer” and without qualm he fled immediately after the shooting.


Probers said that the suspect is now the subject of a police manhunt and are establishing the motive of the killing.

Taal victims receive Japan’s 425 MT rice donation

The Japanese government turned over 425 metric tons of rice for Taal eruption victims via the National Food Authority (NFA), under the Department of Agriculture (DA).


Koji Haneda, Japan Ambassador to the Philippines, said the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries (MAFF) under the framework of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Three Emergency Rice Reserve (APTERR) made the donation as ordered by the Japanese government.


“Japan doesn’t neglect victims of the volcanic eruptions despite the pandemic,” said Haneda.


On Oct. 26, the sacks of rice were handed by the Embassy’s economic minister Nakata Masahiro at a simple ceremony in Batangas to NFA during the ceremony before the presence of NFA administrator Judy Carol Dansal, Department of Social Welfare and Development Bureau (DSWD) Director Emmanuel Privado, and Batangas Provincial Administrator Levi Dimaunahan.


Known for its humanitarian help, APTERR is a regional cooperation initiative among ASEAN, Japan, South Korea, and China extending help to Southeast Asian nations suffering from disasters.


This organization began in 2002 during the ASEAN+3 Ministerial Meeting on Agriculture and Forestry (AMAF+3).


To exemplify its commitment, Japan gave 560 metric tons under APTERR to the folks in Ilocos Norte when the region was hit by Typhoon “Ineng” (Bailu) and those in Pangasinan battered by Typhoon “Jenny” (Podul) in 2019.


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