Tag Archives: Pampanga

Indoor Bike Challenge by San Marino at Robinsons Starmills Supermarket

Popular San Marino corned tuna by Foodsphere Inc. local manufacturer and distributor of popular brands like CDO, Bibbo hot dogs, Highlands corn beef , Holiday Cheese dogs . San Marino was launched in 2009 and the brand has come along way. San Marino offers delicious taste with health benefits of tuna loaded with Omega-3 DHA.

Indoor Bike Challange

San Marino and Robinson’s Mall started last year an advocacy to help improve the lives of the shoppers , thus they launched an Indoor Bike Challenge at Robinson’s Magnolia. This year , There are 3 legs of the Indoor Challenge, One held last June 3 at Nuvali , Laguna , June 24 at Robinson Starmills , San Fernando, province of Pampanga, and July 8 at Santa Lucia East Grand Mall , Cainta, Rizal province.

Robinsons Starmills , San Fernando , Pampanga

Prizes

The Indoor Bike Challenge now on its second year with the theme “Live Healthy Love More“.  Robinson’s Supermarket gift certificate worth Php 30,000 was at stake for the fastest racer in this year race. The second place got Php 20,000 and Php 10,000 for the third place. Aside from these prizes, The participants also got a singlet shirt ,plastic tumbler, certificate of participation and free gift certificate from Elorde Fight Camp , San Fernando ,Pampanga ( Free 10 session boxing )

Booths

There was a registration area, Before any person would be allowed to participate , It is Free , simple personal information.

Then a stub would be given for where one must complete 5 or 6 tasked , The first one is a free sample of San Marino with cracker ,  BMI , BP check, and Diet Consultation, Kinect , WII , a Photo Booth and Elorde Fight Camp booth ( Pampanga branch)  where there was a special promo of 50% for those who wanted to enroll at their Muay Thai and Boxing Sessions.

Elorde Fight Camp

There was  a selling area, where one can buy San Marino products and there are some extra freebies like pouch bag, plastic tumbler.

Exercise Bike Challenge

After the completion of the stub. We are allowed to participate at the Exercise Bike Challenge. Since the indoor bike units are limited – ( 20 participants per batch) The Exercise Bike Challenge was divided into 3 group.

The first batch started their exercise challenge for a total of 20 minutes at around past 2:15 pm , Our batch started the exercise challenge around past 2:40 pm ( second batch)  and the last batch started around past 3:20 pm. This is some sort of warm-up for those who are first timers.

Competition

The actual competition started with a short warm-up exercise and audio-video presentation.  It took about 10 to 15 minutes before the actual competition took place. ( 20 minutes ) the one who had the most pedaled distance in 20 minutes are declared the winners. (  There were 3 batches ). When the winners were finally announced, There are from first , second and third batch who won the first , second and third place.

It was a wonderful experience for all of us who participated at the challenge. I have not participated at the actual competition since i am not a competitive biker and it was observed by some participants and visitors that organizers should not have lumped -up those participants who are not biker by re-classifying the competition into ( amateur and professional ). Some of the participants have experiences in mountain and in outdoor biking.

Photo credits: Ms. Vance Madrid , San Marino FB page and Robinsons Starmills 

Note: The organizers of the indoor bike challenge must be conscious with time management since our batch was initially booked for the 1:50 pm  but was moved to the second batch since only 20 bikers can be accommodated per batch. I also wrote at the comment and suggestion slip at the venue area. ( survey conducted by the organizers)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Philippine Veterans Bank Inagugurates ” New” San Fernando , Branch and World War II History Wall

Philippine Veterans Bank inaugurates its World War II History Wall at its newly renovated San Fernando, Pampanga province branch in a ceremony led by Governor Lilia Pineda and City Mayor Edwin Santiago. On the side of the Bank, PVB President and COO Nonilo C. Cruz, along with Branch Banking Group Head SVP Vilma A.

In Photo: PVB president and COO Nonilo Cruz, City of San Fernando Branch head Alma Valdez, Provincial Board Member Cherry Manalo, Governor Pineda’s Chief of Staff Councilor Fritzie Dizon, Engr. Romelia Agoncillo and PVB SVP Roberto Palasigui cut the ribbon during the inauguration ofthe newly renovated Philippine Veterans Bank (Pampanga) Branch.

World War II History Wall

The centerpiece of the renovated branch, the World War II History Wall – tells the story of World War II in the Philippines with several of the panels dedicated to local WWII events that have happened in the Province of Pampanga. The branch also has two (2) display cases that contain artifacts, paraphernalia, and memorabilia from the war which combined with the history wall, make a visit to PVB San Fernando Pampanga branch almost like a trip to the museum. The history wall also has a panel with a display monitor that continuously screens WW2 documentaries and photos.

PVB San Fernando Pampanga, located at Unit 2-3, The Peninsula Plaza MacArthur Highway Dolores San Fernando City, Pampanga also sports a new façade with a large “V” that is not only a nod to the bank’s stockholders – the over 300,000 Filipino World War II veterans – but also a symbol of the aggressive outlook that the bank has of the city. This aggressiveness is easily dispelled once inside the branch as the interiors convey a sense of comfort and homeliness.

Officials of Veterans Federation of the Philippines, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, surviving World War II veterans of Pampanga also attended the event.

Websitehttps://www.veteransbank.com.ph/

 

 

Suspended Mayor of Guagua, Pampanga Calls for Calm and Unity

Suspended Mayor Dante Torres of Guagua, Pampanga had personally appealed on both supporters and his detractors in government to unite , and peacefully work for the common good of the people.

Mayor Dante Torres (suspended) is also a CPA by profession

 His administration has been laying down the necessary infrastructures and facilities to bolster the municipality’s quest for city-hood even before 2021. This also includes training government employees and ISO certification.

Citations from Government Institutions 

Guagua town got several awards and citations received last year : the Seal of Good Housekeeping given to local government units by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the title “Second Most Competitive Municipality” from the National Competitive Council (NCC), which annually evaluates the performance of LGUs in attracting capital , investors and pursuing infrastructure programs.

The local government has also been recognized by the Department of Health (DOH) for its aggressive health-oriented campaigns, distribution of free medicines to indigents, human vaccination, senior citizens projects and the eradication of rabies.

There are also plans to built a permanent building for the local college which is one of the basic requirements of CHED.

Case Filed

The case was under L-A-16-0136 which was approved last October 24, 2016 by Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales,Office of the Ombudsman in Manila has ordered a three-month suspension of Torres for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty.

suspension was served by the Department of Interior and Local Government Regional Office last December 23, 2016.

The decision stated that Torres has been found administratively liable for simple misconduct, or violation of Article 171 (4) of Revised Penal Code, and was meted the medium penalty of suspension from office for a period of three months.

On February 1, 2016, Mr. Juan Pring ( a complainant ),  also from Guagua town filed before the Ombudsman a complaint for grave misconduct and gross neglect of duty after Torres allegedly signed a marriage certificate, which he did not officiate.

It had been over 5 months since he got the notice of suspension and some people resort to bad publicity, mud slinging, rumor mongering and negative trolling at different social media accounts like facebook and twitter.

Some of the below the belt accusations in social media platforms by his detractors and trolls are having over a dozen SUV vehicles and maintaining lavish lifestyle which he vehemently denied .

 

 

 

9 Buffet Reasons to Dine at Chef’s Laudico Feast at SM Clark Field , Pampanga

Experience buffet bonanza and feast at the newest foodie destination in Pampanga province . The restaurant boasts a culinary menus under the guidance of Chef Laudico and his wife Chef Jacqueline ( a pastry chef) .

L-R Chef Ronaldo Laudico , Dasuri , Chef Jacqueline , Mrs. Darlyn Tsang and Mr. Kyle Reyes

The restaurant had their soft opening around November 14 ,2016 and took about 5 months before having their formal opening.

Chef Laudico’s Feast 

This gastronomic expert tandem of husband and wife team along with their business partners stands by their philosophy and mission, when it comes to creating dishes and what they truly advocate is bringing out the true flavors of any dish that they serve in their restaurants and Chef Laudico’s Feast in SM Clark Pampanga .

The sitting capacity is about 170 with an al- fresco dining area extension for another 20 to 30 person. The interior is a good sample of minimalist modern with capiz chandeliers and chairs made from indigenous materials.

9 Buffet Reasons to Dine

9.) Filipino dishes– There is wide array of Filipino dishes to choose from pinakbet , kare-kare, bulalo among others.

8.) Over 100 dishes to offer – There are over 100 dishes to offer , from ordinary spaghetti to regional cuisines.

7.) Japanese foods – sushi, tempura, california maki, tuna rolls among others are sure a big hit among Japanese food connoisseurs.

meat carving station

6.) Meat Carvings -grilled liempo , angus beef tapa, roasted turkey , bellychon, pork ribs, .traditional lechon are some of the menus one can choose from.

5.) Desserts – interesting mix of fresh fruits , pastries, sandwich station and local kakanins to chooses from.

4.) No Short Cuts -There are no short cuts meaning Chef Laudico’s Feast would never use flavor enhancers such as ready-made bouillon, MSG and commercially prepared sauces and flavor sprinkles. What diners could expect is the authentic flavor that each dish represents.

seafood lovers will liked their steamed shrimps , marine crabs

3.) Chinese dishes– Dimsum , Pancit Canton , Spring rolls, Yang Chow fried rice , soups

sandwich station

2.) Korean dishes – Korean bulgogi and international fusion foods.

buffet center table 

1.) Value for Money. Considering the high buffet prices of the familiar restaurants. Chef Laudico’s Feast in Clark Field , Pampanga province had a lot of assortment of dishes which all kinds of foodies and people with discriminating taste will surely appreciate.

fried shrimps, fried crablets , calamares

The restaurant is near Radission Hotel

Buffet Rates

Here’s their rate for lunch and dinner buffet. 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM for lunch and 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM for dinner. BUFFET RATES are as follows: LUNCH -11 am-3pm Monday – Fridays: P499.00 Kids (3ft – 4ft): 249.00 DINNER- 5 pm-10pm Monday – Fridays: P599.00 Kids (3ft – 4ft): 299.00 Weekends and Holidays Adults: P699.00 Kids (3ft – 4ft): 349.00

*Kids under 3 feet eat for free. All prices and dishes posted are subject to change without prior notice

Chef Laudico’s Feast 

Ground Level  BPO 1, SM City Clark, Pampanga

0949.324.8382 | 0906.351.2688

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Visit to Nayong Pilipino -Clark

Nayong Pilipino -Clark  occupies about 5 hectares of the southeastern portion of the Clark Expo (formerly Expo Filipino) within Pampanga province. This site is between 1 hour and half to 1 and 1/2 hour drive north from Quezon City in Metro Manila. The distance is approximately 91 kilometer to 92 kilometers .

Maria Sinukuan statue

Our first visit at the old- Centennial expo site was on the later part of 1998- The area is larger but the landscape is still not mature at that time .  This was built as part of the Philippine National Centennial Exposition event . Site was intended as a showpiece during the commemoration of centennial anniversary of declaration of the Philippine Independence. Nearby features an amphitheater-type tent that can seat 35,000 people.

Malakas at si Maganda

Then, we revisited the site during the time of Ms. Charito Plans around 2007 . The last one was about 3 years ago , with a group of American tourists attending a conference . This is the fourth time to visit the site. The place also had interesting pocket gardens with Philippine popular characters based on myths , legends and folklore .

Barasoain church replica – This church was erected around 1998 funded by Agencia Cooperacion Espanola Internacional 

Barasoain Church was inaugurated during the visit of then King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain on February 13, 1998 , in commemoration of Philippine centennial of declaration of independence.

The theme park is divided into 15 different places .

Replica house of Dr. Jose P. Rizal in Calamba, Laguna and Gen. Emilio Aguinalo house 

Heroes Plaza – named after famous Philippine heroes and that plaza had several replica houses of Philippine heroes , Emilio Aguinaldo, Dr. Jose P. Rizal and Apolinario Mabini.

Obra Maestra of Mr. Rafael Maniago  ( theme Philippine kalesa painting) 

There is also a heroes gallery , stage area and administration office is located . There is an ongoing painting exhibit of Mr. Rafael Maniago at the second floor at the Administration office. The exhibited opened to the general public last December 7 and will run until the end of the Yuletide season.

Mr. Rafael Maniago was born in an impoverish Mexico , Pampanga. He is world reknown for his paintings

numismatic exhibition

There is also an ongoing numismatic and banknote exhibition at the Emilio Aguinaldo house – The exhibit showed the history timeline of Philippine coins, banknotes and pre-hispanic era. The collection is owned by a fellow stamp and coin collector Mr. Jorge H. Cuyugan

Kalinga Village 

Kalinga Village shows a typical village in Kalinga with several native huts , complete with rice terraces , stage area with wooden seats.

Orchidarium

The Nayong Pilipino Orchidarium had Philippine bred orchid hybrids named after Philippine presidents . There are also pocket gardens where one can appreciate native trees and plants.

Ifugao hut 

There are craftsmen and wood carvers from Ifugao which makes wonderful artistic wood crafts like statues , tissue holders, wooden mortal and pestle, chopping board and other items.

wood carvings

One can easily buy interesting wood carving from native tribes.

orchid hybrids mounted on drift woods

There are a couple of Philippine native orchid species like Dendrobium anosmum ( sanggumay ),  Cymbidium finlaysonianum , Vanda lamellata and Dendrobium crumenatum ( dove or pigeon orchid ) within the grounds .

Museo sa Nayon 

Museo sa Nayon houses different textiles made by different indigenous tribes of the country .

Salangi Restaurant 

Salangi Restaurant specializes on Kapampangan dishes like adobo , menudo among others . The restaurant had a second floor , ideal with rustic views of the place.

native cottage 

Those who wanted to experience a rustic bahay kubo with modern amenities , one can rent any of the bahay kubo within the Nayong Pilipino for a minimal fee – each bahay kubo had a capacity of between 4 to 6 people .

The place is also ideal for team building , debut , wedding and special event.

Cultural Shows

cultural performers

There are daily cultural performance held at the Nayong Pilipino – one is held around past 8:00am at the lagoon area and 11:15 am to 11:45am at the Centennial plaza fronting the Barasoain Church (except monday )

cultural performer inside the teatro

There is also a daily performance of rondalla , cultural shows at the Teatro every 2:00pm

A visit to Nayong Pilipino is worthwhile not only for balikbayans , tourists but for every Filipinos .

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/NayongPilipinoOfficial/

Operational Hours : Tuesday to Sunday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Contact Information :

(+63) 943-553-2414 , (+63) 906-117-9037 ,(+63) 927-287-0097 , (+63) 949-768-1893

Entrance Fees: 

General Public : Php 150 

Students and Senior Citizens :Php 120

Photography and Pre-Nuptial : Php 2,000 ( inclusive of 4 hours shoot with complimentary entrance for 5 PAX and use of holding area ) Php 300 per hour in excess – (Prices are subject to change without prior notice ) 

How to Commute 

Take any Bus to Baguio and Pangasinan with stop-over  at Dau, Mabalacat Pampanga. Victory Liner, Five Star, and Philtranco, on the other hand, have Manila-Dau route.

From Mabalacat Bus Terminal, walk towards McArthur Highway and wait for jeepneys to Main Gate Terminal. You can also take jeepneys to Angeles, get off at 1st street, and walk towards SM Clark. The Main gate terminal is just few meters before SM.

From the main gate, take route 1 jeepney and tell the driver to drop you off at Parkson Duty Free (Claro M Recto Highway cor. Centennial Road) then walk along Centennial Road to Clark Expo or Nayong Pilipino.

There are also occasional service shuttle from Clark Freeport Zone, Main Gate near SM City Clark- This was according to the staffs of the Nayong Pilipino .

Note : The author was invited by the new head of the Nayong Pilipino to visit the site , this is for some unsolicited advice and free consultation about the landscape, plants and orchids . I would like to thank Mr. JQ Quesada and Ms. Mich Aguilar -Ong , Sir Stephen from the Nayong Pilipino administration.

The author is not connected with the management of the theme park.

3rd Anniversary of Fancy Chicken Show

Hardin ng mga Bulaklak, Quezon Memorial Circle – Quezon City

 

Philippine Bantam Fancier’s Association together with CALABARZON Bantam Association and Philippine Orchid Society presents to the general public the 3rd annual fancy and chicken show . It was quite hot and sunny afternoon when the all breed and bantam show was held .

ribbons , trophies and plaques

I arrived past 1:00pm and the judging for the all breed category is being conducted. It started a bit late as the bantam association waited the entries coming form different parts of CALABARZON areas.

members and judges

The 2-day event activities includes an all breed / open breed competition and Serama Breed competition . There were about 70 to 80 types of chicken that were entered in the first day of competition.

Mr. Pher Nunag and his chabo chicken breed

During the first day of competition held yesterday , I met Mr. Pher Nunag from Kabalen Bantam Society from San Fernando City , Pampanga.  He entered a couple of  Japanese bantam chicken or Chabo in the competition.

chabo chicken walking

He started taking care of bantam chicken breed in 2014, when he was attracted to some small breeds of chicken . Unlike the larger counterparts ,bantam chicken and chabo requires smaller space and less food. They are also adorable and cuddly . The chabo breed  has a large upright tail that often reaches over the bird’s head. The wings angle down, and to the back, along the sides.

 

I also met the association president Mr. Vilmo Silviderio and he is quite happy with the attendance and number of entries had increase several times.

small chicken breed

The Japanese bantam and similar breed are enjoying an increasing popularity mainly because it is an ideal bird for people who are fond of their lawns and gardens because they are not good diggers as their short legs stop them from damaging the ground.

I saw a small chicken breed that was part of the exhibit , i do not know if the small breed was entered in the competition or it was just intended for exhibition purposes.

 

 

 

 

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Inc.Memorandum of Agreement with Pampanga State Agricultural College

Pampanga State Agricultural College, Magalang , Pampanga province -Philippines

Pampanga  State Agricultural College (PAC) occupies nearly 700 hectares of government agricultural lands in the town of Magalang, province of Pampanga. The campus is about 3.5 km east of the town proper of Magalang, and about 15 km due southwest is Angeles City and Clark Field Special Economic Zone. Farther southeast about 25 km lies the City of San Fernando, the capital of Pampanga.

PNPCSI  announcement of the 2nd International Symposium which appeared on March 24, 2013 ( Florum ) -official newsletter of the organization

 The college is strategically located in Central Luzon and with its proximity to Mount Arayat ( a key biodiversity area for endemic Philippine flora and fauna )  The Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated board and members decided to choose  this well-known institution to be the next venue of the 2nd International Symposium to be held from November 16 to 17, 2013 .

Dr. Antonio Manila -president of PNPCSI and Dr. Honorio M. Soriano, Jr of Pampanga Agricultural College signed the Memorandum of Agreement

This will enable students and faculties of the state university to actively participate in the symposium. Aside from the students and faculties  ,  Organizers are expecting between 250 to 300 participants coming from various colleges and universities from across the country not to mention foreign delegates from ASEAN member countries and the rest of the world.

L-Ms. Jo Quimpo -Vice President of PNPCSI signed the MOA agreement

History:

Established more than a century ago (1885), this state agricultural institution stands among the other public and private academic institutions in the province and in Central Luzon. The College, with its focus on Instruction, R&D, Extension-Training and Production, envisions itself to be a center of excellence for development in agriculture, science and industrial technology, and comprehensive education and training for global competitiveness.

ceremonial handshake between the two organizations

The College is a state institution of higher learning, fully chartered in 1974, by virtue of Republic Act No. 4576,”An Act Converting the Pampanga National Agricultural School in Magalang, Pampanga into Pampanga Agricultural College (PAC)”, and complemented by Republic Act No. 8292 also known as the “Higher Education Modernization Act of 1997”.

As the “agricultural” word attached in its name, it is mandated to offer agriculture and agriculture related curricular programs, not withstanding the offering of allied fields. PAC operates a single campus, which lies at the western slope of majestic Mount Arayat in the Municipality of Magalang, Pampanga some 15 kilometers east of Angeles City.

It started as an agricultural experiment station known as “Estacion Pecuaria” in 1885 and was later renamed “La Granja Modelo de Magalang“. Then it became Magalang Farm School, but was closed in 1898 due to revolution.

It resumed operations in 1918 with Hon. Frank T. Ebbsen as the first American principal through the efforts of Governor Honorio Ventura and Assemblyman Andres Luciano, together with American teacher Kilmer Moe. In 1921, the school began to offer curricula in both the intermediate and high school levels.

Likewise, PAC continuously undertakes agricultural research, production and extension-training activities aimed at enhancing the quality of higher education and countryside development. Equally vital is the promotion of excellence in education and its products for improved agricultural and rural development in Pampanga as well as for the entire region.

Principally established as an agricultural school, PAC became a state college in September 1974, and 30 years later, the College offers a total of 13 undergraduate courses (both allied and non-allied courses), 2-year computer courses, a two-year course in agricultural technology, maintains a laboratory high school, an agricultural science high school, and operates a graduate school for three masteral and three doctoral degrees.

PAMPANGA AGRICULTURAL COLLEGE
Magalang, Pampanga, Philippines
Tel No# (63)45-8660800

Website: http://www.pac.edu.ph/

Philippine Native Plant Conservation Society Incorporated email : pnpcsiflorum@yahoo.com.ph