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Monday, April 16, 2018

Precursor ba ang 2018 GE3 asteroid? Ano naman yung bulalakaw na bumagsak sa Marinduque

Galing sa Spaceweather

Ay sobrang lapit ngani naman, munsikan ng sumalpok sa kasalukuyang mundo natin na nagakagulo na mandin. Tingni sa pic ng NASA (itaas).
April 15, 2018 dumaan. Ang 2018 GE3 ang pinakamalaking asteroid na dumaan malapit sa Earth sa kasaysayan ng scientific observation.
Batay sa intensity ng liwanag na sinalamin nito, ang 2018 GE3 ay nasukat na 48 hanggang 110 metro ang lapad, ayon sa NASA-JPL. Kaparehong Class ito ng 60-meter Tunguska impactor na pinalugmok ang isang kagubatan sa Siberia noong 1908.

Tunguska impactor, Russia 1908

Maihahambing din sa Chelyabinsk meteor - isang ~ 20-meter asteroid na sumabog sa may sakop ng Russia noong Pebrero 15, 2013, na naging mapanira sa mga bintana at nagpalugmok sa mga nakapanood, isang fireball iyon na mas maliwanag kaysa sa araw.

Chelyabinsk fireball event

Ang 2018 GE3 ay tinatantiyang 5 hanggang 6 na beses na mas malawak kaysa sa fireball na iyon.

Precursor kaya ito ng isa pang mas matindi?

Post sa FB ko March 29, 2018 tungkol sa Masaguisi event.

Ano naman iring bumagsak sa Brgy. Masaguisi sa Marinduque?

Kamakailan lamang mandin ay nagulantang ang isang komunidad sa Sta. Cruz, Marinduque sa barangay Masaguisi. Dahil sa isang bulalakaw na bumagsak dito noong March 26, 2018.

Pinagbagsakan ng bulalakaw. Nagapoy-apoy pa.

Naging usapan ng mga Marinduque netizens dahil marami ang nakakita at may nakakuha pa ng mga larawan kasama na ang pinagbagsakan.


Mga nabulabog sa pagbagsak ng bulalakaw


Piraso ng bulalakaw diumano
May larawan ding lumabas na nagpapakita ng piraso ng 'bulalakaw' na bumagsak subalit ang image sa itaas ay nanatiling hindi naberipika.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Ganap sa Syria: Teatro at False Flags ay Prelude sa Isang Wakas?



ANG PAGKAKASUNOD NG MGA GANAP SA SYRIA SABI NI KANG ILYONG: TEATRO AT FALSE FLAGS AY PRELUDE SA ISANG WAKAS?

Isang buwan na ng sinabi na may pagtatanghal na inahanda na ga-chemical attack kuno para daw pumasok ang US sa eksena at gumawa ng airstrikes sa Syria.

Naganap ngani at sabi ng US 'one time shot' laang yun. Sabay padala naman ng mga Tomahawk-capable destroyers sa Meditteranean puntang Syria ano ka!

Tantyang mga 1 linggo bago makatawid sa Atlantic plus 3-4 days daw bago makarating sa Syria. Kung may full-blown attack ay mga April 22 pa raw ito magaganap.

Tyempo naman na may mga 'conspiracy theorists' sa isang banda, na base sa buwan, bituin at mga tala lamang at hindi base sa Syria o US o Russia ay nagtantiya na gakagulo sa Mundo sa April 23 di dahil sa WW3 kundi dahil sa Planet X/Nibiru. Makikita na raw ito sa gab-i ng petsang yun. Para sa iba naman, ga-trigger daw ng pagkasira ng ulo ng ilan at pagsabog ng kung anu-ano sa kalupaan.

ALIN KAYA SA DALAWA ANG MAGAGANAP SA APRIL 23?

Sabay-sabay namang pinabulaanan ng NASA at ibat-ibang media networks ang balitang ito. 

AY DI ABANGAN NA LAANG MANDIN SABAY TAGO!

Isa-isahin daw natin ngani ang mga naganap:

Published on Feb 13, 2018 (1 month ago): Russia’s Center for Reconciliation in Syria reports that the White Helmets are preparing to stage a chemical weapons attack aimed at creating a provocation for US intervention. Link

3 weeks ago: US training Syria militants for false flag chemical attack as basis for airstrikes – Russian MoD

April 13: US, UK and France launch airstrikes in Syria

Today, Apr 14: Deep State Source: Evidence of Syria Gas Attack Faked: Trump Duped Into Missile Strike, link

Today: April 14: Pentagon says Syria strikes are 'ONE TIME SHOT' to send strong message to Assad

Today, April 14: Goal of Syria strikes was to prevent chemical watchdog's fact-finding mission in Douma – Moscow

PERO, PERO:
Today, Apr 14: A Second US Tomahawk-Capable Destroyer Enters The Mediterranean

DETALYE? IRI:
"This is the second Tomahawk-capable destroyer to enter The Med (along with the USS Donald Cook which can carry 60 Tomahawk missiles).
"...it will take approximately 6-7 days for the Truman Carrier group to cross the Atlantic at 30 knots, plus another 3-4 three days once it arrives in the Mediterranean, to reach Syria, suggesting a full-blown on attack may not take place until after April 22 or so."

Today, Apr 14: Russia vows REVENGE against Donald Trump for Syria airstrikes as World War 3 fears grow.

Delubyo scene mula sa Teatro Balangaw presentation ng Mara Unduk (1996). 
Image ni Katsuko Miyazaki III

TAPOS BIGLANG:
Is The World Going To End On April 23rd, 2018?

DETALYE? IRI: “The Sun appears to precisely clothe Virgo… Jupiter is birthed on April 08, 2018.

On April 23, the sun, moon, and Jupiter will align in the constellation Virgo to bring on the start of the biblical Rapture, according to the latest claims. Conspiracy theorists also say the mysterious planet Nibiru will appear in the sky, followed by the onset of World War III, the rise of the Antichrist, and seven years of Tribulation
On April 23, the sun, moon, and Jupiter will align in the constellation Virgo to bring on the start of the biblical Rapture, according to the latest claims. Conspiracy theorists also say the mysterious planet Nibiru will appear in the sky, followed by the onset of World War III, the rise of the Antichrist, and seven years of Tribulation
“The 12 stars at that date include the nine stars of Leo, and the three planetary alignments of Mercury, Venus and Mars – which combine to make a count of 12 stars on the head of Virgo.\

“Thus the constellations Virgo, Leo and Serpens-Ophiuchus represent a unique once-in-a-century sign exactly as depicted in the 12th chapter of Revelation. This is our time marker.”

"NASA has debunked the existence of Planet X before, calling it a hoax, but Mr Meade stands by his story.

"In an article entitled “Will the World end on 23 April”, Jonathan Sarfati said: “As usual with any astrology (or Christian adaptations of it), one cherry-picks the stars that fit the desired conclusion...


“We won’t know the day or the hour—so we should be prepared at all times!"

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Inaprubahan ng Bicam ang Electric Cooperatives emergency and resiliency fund

Ang naging karanasan ng lalawigan ng Marinduque noong mapanalantang Typhoon NinaPH ang isa lamang na naging dahilan sa pagsulong ng bagong batas na ito para sa mga ECs.
Si Cong Lord Allan Velasco bilang Chair ng House Committee on Energy

Sa Bicameral Conference Committee, tungkol sa Electric Cooperatives Calamity Fund, na nasa ilalim ng mahusay na pangangasiwa ng Chairman ng House Committee sa Enerhiya, Rep. Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco, at Tagapangulo ng Senado Committee on Energy, at Sen. Sherwin "Win" T. Gatchalian, ay inaprubahan ang huling balangkas ng mga hindi magkatugmang probisyon ng mga bersyon ng House at Senado (HB No. 7054 at SB No. 1461, ayon sa pagkakabanggit) sa Emergency and Resiliency Fund (ECERF) ng Electric Cooperatives.


Kasama ang mga Kinatawan na sina Uybarreta , Roque, Batocabe, Salon at Romero (na binubuo ng panel ng Kapulungan ng mga Kinatawan) at Senador Binay at Zubiri (na binubuo ng panel ng Senado).

Suporta at tulong sa Electric Cooperatives kapag may kalamidad

Sa kaso ng Marinduque ay rumisponde naman kapagdaka sa maikling panahon sa tulong ni Cong. Velasco ang mga EC's mula sa ibat-ibang lalawigan 

Ang panukalang batas na ito ay naghahangad na magbigay ng suporta at tulong sa Electric Cooperatives (ECs), na naaapektuhan ng mga hindi inaasahang kaganapan o force majeure upang agad na maibalik ang serbisyo ng kuryente, magbigay ng isang streamlined na proseso upang makakuha ng tulong pinansiyal, at magpatupad ng iba pang mga plano na makakatulong sa ECs na maging mas nakahanda sa pagharap sa mga natural na kalamidad sa hinaharap.

Sa karaniwan, mga dalawampung (20) bagyo ang bumibisita sa Pilipinas taun-taon, bukod pa sa iba pang mga sakuna tulad ng mga lindol at pagsabog ng bulkan. Ang mga kalamidad ay nagdudulot ng pagkasira ng mga pasilidad at pagkagambala sa serbisyo sa kuryente sa mga apektadong lugar.

Habang sinusubukan ng mga distribution utilities na ayusin ang kanilang mga pasilidad upang maibalik ang elektrisidad sa pinakamalapit na posibleng panahon, kadalasang kailangan nilang umasa sa mga magastos na instrumento sa pananalapi - na sa huli ay binabalikat ng mga consumers sa mga komunidad. 

Sa pagpasa ng ECERF sa batas, positibo si Kongresista Velasco na ang mga kooperatibang apektado ay makakakuha ng mas mabilis at magpapatuloy naman ang operasyon nang walang pasanin ang mga consumers.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

House Committee approves substitute bill on mobile number portability




The House Committee on Information and Communications Technology approved on March 14, 2018,  the substitute bill on Mobile Number Portability, a legislative measure which sought to provide mobile telephone subscribers the option to retain their numbers even if they switch to another service provider or even if they switch from mobile postpaid account to a mobile prepaid account and vice versa.

One of the original authors of this measure is Congressman Lord Allan Jay Q. Velasco of Marinduque. With the counterpart measure, sponsored by Senator Win Gatchalian, being approved on third reading in the Senate, mobile subscribers can hope that soon enough this House Bill will be enacted into law.



Marinduque Akin Ka performed by Margaux Perolino



Marinduque Akin Ka was premiered in 1992, for the first Teatro Balangaw presentation at the Boac covered court in celebration of the Boac Town Fiesta that year.

This year's surprise restaging of "Bulong" dance-drama by Teatro Balangaw featured the same song composed by this blogger as its theme and rendered by the beauteous Margaux Perolino on the same old stage in Boac. 

"Bulong" on the other hand was last mounted in 2008 as part of the Marinduque celebration of Araw ng Marinduque and Philippine National Arts Festival project of NCCA and the provincial government of Marinduque also with this blogger as Artistic Director.

Monday, April 2, 2018

Cong. Lord Allan Velasco's Cultural Night for PICE a smash


When I posted throwback pics from 2008 of Bulong dance-drama presented in the six towns of Marinduque as part of the NCCA-PGM National Arts Month-Araw ng Marinduque project, I had no inkling that it would be restaged one and a half months later. But it happened.



Matagumpay na naisagawa ng Teatro Balangaw sa pamamahala ng inyong lingkod ang pagtatanghal ng "Bulong" kasama ang Pangkat Kalutang, Moriones at Putong sa pangunguna ng Tanggapan ni Cong. Lord Allan Q. Velasco at pakikipagtulungan ng Tanggapan ni Mayor Bert Madla at kanyang Engineering Office. Ito ay may kinalaman sa Marinduque hosting ng PICE Technical Conference ng mga delegates from Calabarzon at Mimaropa at iba pang rehiyon mula March 22-24. 


Marinduque Congressman's Cultural Night for Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) 19th Technical Conference for Calabarzon and Mimaropa Regions, March 23, 2018,
Boac Covered Court
Presented by Teatro Balangaw
Sponsored by Cong. Lord Allan Q. Velasco

Photos courtesy of Toby Jamilla Photography






What is BULONG?

This Dance-Drama was inspired by a compilation of Marinduque’s folklores published in 1914 and annotated by anthopologist Henry Otley Beyer, known as the Father of Philippine Anthropology. “Bulong”, pronounced boo’-long, is defined as the collective name of spirits that bodily transport humans into another place or dimension. It is thus a glimpse into local traditional stories and bits and pieces of Marinduque’s ancient history.








SYNOPSIS:

Teenage Salve catching ‘bilabila’ (butterflies), gets lost in the forest. She finds herself in the company of elemental spirits and creatures of the underworld like patianacs, asuangs, duwendes, lambanas, engkanto, white lady. She is taken to the world of her ancestors under the rule of Katalona and witnesses their rituals and practices and how these were supplanted by a new set of beliefs. The spirits free her at last but Engkanto, calling in Aswangs get in the way. With no one to save Salve except herself, she uses the folk formula to set herself free from her vicious abductors.







 Ms. Margaux Perolino singing Marinduque Akin Ka





MARINDUQUE CULTURAL SHOWCASE for PICE
SPONSORED BY HON. CONG. LORD ALLAN Q. VELASCO, Lone District of Marinduque

TEATRO BALANGAW:
Artistic Director: ELI J. OBLIGACION
Associate Director: CELO J. SALVACION
Production Manager: SHERWIN GALON
Choreographers: SHERWIN GALON, JOHN LUMABAN & JHANAMAE MEDALLON
Costume Design: SHERRY ANNE CONSTANTINO; Props Design: JHANAMAE MEDALLON
Lights and Sound: RRC Lights & Sound
Mural Artists: RED NALING, RAYMOND GO
Teatro Balangaw Ensemble

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT:
Office of the Representative, Lone District of Marinduque
Office of the Mayor, Municipality of Boac
Department of Education
Bangbang National High School
IMD Dancers; Marinduque National High School
PICE Marinduque

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Rodolfo L. Jao, M.D.: From Boton (Boac) to Boston - Marinduque's first celebrity doctor

High up in the mountains I heard about the passing away of Marinduque's famous celebrity in the 60s, Dr. Rudy Jao. His family used to live in the quiet barrio of Boton where I also grew up. I just remember that one summer day in those days there was unusual excitement among the local folks. 'May mga parating na mga artista!' Si Tessie Agana, who was famous for having been the child star of 'Roberta', a tearjerker of a movie, and she was also known as the daughter of the beautiful accomplished actress, Linda Estrella. She was accompanying the couple visiting the humble barrio. Tessie got married in the U.S. to our barrio boy, a well-respected physician there. To welcome the party people lined up the dusty Ilaya road to warmly receive them.

As a kid I just heard people talking about 'nagapandaw laang yang Rudy na 'yan nung araw sa ilog (Boac River) mandin pag walang pasok'. He went to school at the Marinduque High School and returned another time to receive an Outstanding Alumni Award from his Alma Mater dear.

Here's what I came across about the late Dr. Jao:



Rodolfo L. Jao M.D.
OCTOBER 16, 1933 – FEBRUARY 28, 2018

Dr. Rodolfo (Rudy) Jao age 84, of Valparaiso, passed away Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Second child of 8 siblings; Beloved husband of 53 years and survived by his wife: Maria Teresa Jao. Devoted father of Marita, Radmar, Rodger, Roderick (Melissa), Michelle (Dino), Mylene (Andy), Rodolfo Jr., Rodney (Noriko), Rodell (Toba), and grandchildren: Brianna, Marcella, Liam, Alexi, Ty, Cassandra, Xander, Lara, Gia, Cali, Chapman, Harris, Rodolfo III (Brody), Maxton, Emilia, and grandchild #16. Cherished brother and brother-in-law and proud uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Rodolfo L. Jao, MD was a practicing Internist specializing in Infectious Disease in Northwest Indiana for over 40 years. As a young boy growing up in Boac, Marinduque in the Philippines his intelligence, curiosity for science and incredible personal drive and ambition paved the path to be a doctor. Dr. Jao went to the University of the Philippines Medical School, however, as he seeked more opportunity he moved to the United States to do his Fellowship training in Infectious Disease at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Jao’s passion and dedication to the Philippines and the medical community led him to be co-founder of many organizations and led to charitable medical missions in the Philippines. He served in a leadership role and was deeply committed to all organizations. Dr. Jao was an active member in the University of the Philippines Medical Association of America, Marinduque International, Inc., Philippine Professional Association, Indiana Philippine Medical Association, Philippine Medical Association in Chicago, Asian American Medical Association, and Association of Philippine Practicing Physicians in America just to name a few.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Marinduque International, Inc. EIN 52-2184326 A 501 3C Corporation: Mail Checks to: 124433 North 149th Drive Surprise, AZ 85379 to help support medical missions and the church in Marinduque, Philippines. Visitation will be held Friday, March 9, 2018 at Geisen Funeral-Cremation & Reception Centre at 606 E. 113th Ave., Crown Point, IN from 2:00 to 8:00 PM. A Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 10:00 AM at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 509 Division Rd., Valparaiso, IN. Entombment will be at Graceland Cemetery, Valparaiso, IN.

FAMILY
Maria Teresa Agana Jao, Wife
Marita Jao, Daughter
Radmar Jao, Son
Rodger Jao, Son
Roderick (Melissa) Jao, Son
Michelle (Dino) Jao-Velasquez, Daughter
Mylene (Andy) Richardson, Daughter
Rodolfo Jao Jr., Son
Rodney (Noriko) Jao, Son
Rodell (Toba) Jao, Son
Brianna Jao-Stuppy, Granddaughter
Marcella Jao-Stuppy, Granddaughter
Liam Jao-Stuppy, Grandson
Alexi Jao, Granddaughter
Ty Jao, Grandson
Cassandra Jao, Granddaughter
Xander Jao, Grandson
Lara Velasquez, Granddaughter
Gia Velasquez, Granddaughter
Calista Velasquez, Granddaughter
Chapman Richardson, Grandson
Harris Richardson, Grandson
Rodolfo Jao III, Grandson
Maxton Jao, Grandson
Emilia Jao, Granddaughter
Baby #16, Grandchild
Amadeo Jao, Brother
FAMILY
Maria Teresa Agana Jao, Wife
Marita Jao, Daughter
Radmar Jao, Son
Rodger Jao, Son
Roderick (Melissa) Jao, Son
Michelle (Dino) Jao-Velasquez, Daughter
Mylene (Andy) Richardson, Daughter
Rodolfo Jao Jr., Son
Rodney (Noriko) Jao, Son
Rodell (Toba) Jao, Son
Brianna Jao-Stuppy, Granddaughter
Marcella Jao-Stuppy, Granddaughter
Liam Jao-Stuppy, Grandson
Alexi Jao, Granddaughter
Ty Jao, Grandson
Cassandra Jao, Granddaughter
Xander Jao, Grandson
Lara Velasquez, Granddaughter
Gia Velasquez, Granddaughter
Calista Velasquez, Granddaughter
Chapman Richardson, Grandson
Harris Richardson, Grandson
Rodolfo Jao III, Grandson
Maxton Jao, Grandson
Emilia Jao, Granddaughter
Baby #16, Grandchild
Amadeo Jao, Brother
Herman Jao, Brother
Aida Jao-Mariposque, Sister
Napoleon Jao, Brother
Conchita Jao-Manalo, Sister
Sison Jao, Brother
Vivian Jao-Herrera, Sister

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Municipal Government of Gasan officially commended this blogger for Araw ng Marinduque festivities

Ani ng Sining in Marinduque: "Viva Marinduque!" 
"... their participation in this theatrical production have elevated them to a new dimension of skills, confidence and discipline..."

(Continuation) It wasn't just the honorable members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Marinduque that stepped forward to convey its positive response to the conduct of the first Araw ng Marinduque festivities. The Sangguniang Bayan of Gasan also conveyed its full appreciation through an official resolution.

Among others, the resolution stated that "Viva Marinduque is truly reflective of the richness of Marinduque's beliefs, customs and traditions, and can also be an effective vehicle in the preservation of these cultures."

It also stated that with respect to the participation of youths from Gasan to the theatrical presentations, "their participation in this theatrical production have elevated them to a new dimension of skills, confidence and discipline..."

Full text of said resolution resolved on motion of Councilor Jose Maria A. Sore and seconded by Councilor Patrick T. del Mundo of the Sangguniang Bayan of Gasan, Marinduque:

Republic of the Philippines
MUNICIPALITY OF GASAN
MARINDUQUE

EXCERPTS FROM THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR SESSION OF THE SANGGUNIANG BAYAN OF GASAN, MARINDUQUE HELD AT THE MUNICIPAL SESSION HALL ON FEBRUARY 26, 2008.
PRESENT:

Hon. Servillano M. Balitaan Vice Mayor and Presiding Officer
Hon. Celia Margarita L. Asuncion Councilor
Hon. Consuelo S. Salcedo Councilor
Hon. Jose S. Luna Councilor
Hon. Jose Maria A. Sore Councilor
Hon. Edelinda R. Sadiua Councilor
Hon. Patrick T. del Mundo Councilor
Hon. James Marty L. Lim Councilor/President
Liga ng mga Barangay
Hon. John Christopher M. Mascarinas Councilor/Vice President
SK Mun. Federation
ABSENT:
Hon. Nancy Arca-Iturralde (O.B.) Councilor
Hon. Elisa J. Lao (On Leave) Councilor

RESOLUTION NO. 2008-48

A RESOLUTION OF COMMENDATION IN FAVOR OF MR. ELISEO J. OBLIGACION FOR HIS UNTIRING EFFORTS IN BRINGING TO GASAN A WHOLESOME THEATRICAL PRODUCTION KNOWN AS “VIVA MARINDUQUE” AND FOR MOULDING AND DEVELOPING GASAN YOUNGSTERS ALONG THIS ART


WHEREAS, behind the conceptualization of “VIVA MARINDUQUE”, is a man whose love of arts can not be discounted;

WHEREAS, those who were able to watch the presentation of this theatrical production can not help but admire the depth of its message, the beauty of its choreography, and the craftiness of its adaptation of light and sound effects and musical scoring;

WHEREAS, Viva Marinduque is truly reflective of the richness of Marinduque’s beliefs, customs and traditions, and can also be an effective vehicle in the preservation of these cultures;

WHEREAS, most of the talents used in this theatrical production are Gasenos, because fact of the matter is that they are youths from Bangbang National High School and Marinduque Midwest College, something which Gasan must be proud of;

WHEREAS, surely, their participation in this theatrical production have elevated them to a new dimension of skills, confidence and discipline – and all these we owe to Mr. Obligacion who patiently trained and coached them along this discipline, and without him there is no such an entertaining production known as “VIVA MARINDUQUE”, which is worthy of watching again and again and again;

WHEREFORE, for and in consideration of the above premises, on motion of Councilor Jose Maria A. Sore, seconded by Councilor Patrick T. del Mundo, be it

RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved to recognize the services rendered by Mr. Eliseo J. Obligacion in showcasing the cultures of Marinduque, particularly the cultures of Gasan and his effort to preserve them.

RESOLVED FURTHER, to issue this commendation to Mr. Obligacion in recognition of the above-cited efforts and concern to Gasan youths.

RESOLVED FINALLY, that copies of this resolution be furnished Mr. Eliseo J. Obligacion and the Honorable Governor Jose Antonio ‘Bong Carrion’ for their information.

APPROVED: February 26, 2008.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:
(Signed)
DANILO M. DE BELEN
Secretary to the Sangguniang Bayan

ATTESTED AND CERTIFIED TO BE DULY ADOPTED:
(Signed)
SERVILLANO M. BALITAAN
Vice Mayor & Presiding Officer


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The very first-ever Araw ng Marinduque celebration

The very first-ever Araw ng Marinduque celebration

It was on February 2008, when the very first Araw ng Marinduque celebration was held. For love of Marinduque.


The idea of celebrating Marinduque’s founding anniversary in fitting ceremonies province-wide with activities showcasing its traditional arts & culture, history, products and uniqueness as a province, in the same vein that all municipalities, provinces and cities in the Philippines mark their own anniversaries, was proposed by this blogger in late November 2007, in his capacity as consultant for tourism and cultural affairs of to the provincial government. 

The said proposal was warmly supported by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan’s Committee on Tourism chaired by the late board member Yolando Querubin.

Knowing that the funds of the provincial government for such activities were limited at that time, I had the opportunity to discuss the possibility of obtaining a grant from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts with the late NCCA Commissioner Elmer B. Ingles while attending a seminar in Vigan earlier in the same month of November. Ingles was enthusiastic about the idea of supporting a joint PHILIPPINE ARTS FESTIVAL (PAF) and “ARAW NG MARINDUQUE” celebration, both occurring in the month of February (now National Arts Month).
On my way back to Marinduque from Vigan I already got a phone call from a NCCA culture and arts officer, apparently directed by the commissioner asking me to immediately fax my proposal that should strictly follow the official guidelines for the Philippine Arts Festival grants. But it had to be done right away as the deadline for submission was already on the following day. 

This was complied with, and soon after came the response for the inclusion of Marinduque in the national arts festival project. A Memorandum of Agreement between the Provincial Government of Marinduque and the NCCA was eventually signed, witnessed by the Provincial Accountant with the Provincial Treasurer issuing a certificate on which official bank account the NCCA funds should be transferred to.

PAF-ARAW NG MARINDUQUE COMMITTEE

A committee tasked to map out plans for the celebration was immediately created. This was composed of representatives of the Provincial Planning and Development Office, the Provincial Tourism Office, the Office of the Governor, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Department of Education, the Provincial Engineering Office and the six municipalities of Boac, Buenavista, Gasan, Mogpog, Torrijos and Sta. Cruz.

“VIVA MARINDUQUE” was adopted as the project title of “ANI NG SINING IN MARINDUQUE: PHILIPPINE ARTS FESTIVAL 2008”, and in line with NCCA objectives - to celebrate the Filipinos artistic creations; to promote the Filipino creativity, specifically of local and indigenous talents, through various forms of artistic expressions; to provide a venue for broader participation in creative activities; to drumbeat “Araw ng Marinduque” as a new avenue for cultural-tourism promotion and development in the province.

It also aimed to raise the level of cultural awareness among local artists and the community, in general, and is expected to pave the way for the honing of local talents, as well as strengthening their network among other artists, cultural workers and arts enthusiasts within and beyond the island-province. 

It was also seen as a rare opportunity to raise the level of local and national awareness on Marinduque’s rich cultural heritage.

The “Viva” project was held as an interactive and collaborative project with the NCCA, all the local municipalities, participating schools, cultural organizations, performers and participating groups. This showcase was then presented in all the six municipalities, simultaneous with the arts festivals in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

VENUES

Available public spaces were utilized, namely, covered courts, gyms or open spaces, specifically Boac Covered Court, Mogpog Covered Court, Sta. Cruz Gym, Open Court in Torrijos, Open Public Park in Buenavista and Municipal Tennis Court in Gasan.


The February rains posed a problem as there were days when it rained the whole day on scheduled dates. In Sta. Cruz the original venue had to be changed from the Sta. Cruz Open Court to the Gym two hours before the show. In Torrijos, Buenavista and Gasan, the venues of which had open spaces the rains stopped as if on cue. In all the venues and scheduled dates the programs started at exactly 7:31pm).


The cast dressed up all the venues with backdrops, curtains, mobile platforms designed for the purpose, and additional plants and designs where needed. The municipal governments provided monobloc chairs for the use of town officials, visitors and guess. The general public used bleachers or watched standing on top of parked jeepneys or trucks. A technical crew that travelled with the group was responsible for installation of lights and sound requirements.

Cast dressing up a venue in Mogpog

THE CULTURAL SHOWCASE

Cultural and historical researches were major components of this project that went beyond the traditional arts expressions for which Marinduque is known for, such as moryonan and putong that remained important “Viva” features. Presented were: 

“Moryonan” – dance drama on Marinduque’s famous Lenten tradition;

“Bulong” – dance-drama on teleportation/entry into another dimension, a belief still popular in far-flung areas; 

“Labanan sa Pulang Lupa” – dance-drama with original song on the “Battle of Pulang Lupa” with choral rendition by the Marinduque Provincial Capitol Choir; Mini-feature on one of the U.N. Millenium Development Goals, poverty alleviation (an NCCA requirement); 

Cast of Viva Marinduque
“Kalutang” played by the Pangkat Kalutang group of Gasan;“Harana”, local songs of courtship; and “Putong”, Marinduque’s welcome or thanksgiving ritual.

Students from Bangbang National High School and Marinduque Midwest School and out-of-school youth underwent workshops/rehearsals conducted by this blogger as artistic director and project coordinator with the assistance of choreographers Joseph Ogalinola and Ian Sotto (both from Buenavista), Oliver Macunat and Roselo Salvacion (both from Gasan). 


Well known director Frank Rivera was also invited to conduct a workshop for the dance-drama cast and the participating cultural groups. Altogether, the “Viva Marinduque” artistic and production staff were composed of 100 persons. During the performance in Buenavista, Mayor Ofelia Madrigal requested that some dancers who took part in their municipal showcase be also included in the Viva repertoire to perform some of the local dances, increasing the number of participants to 120.

Mogpog's "Battle of Bintakay"
Part of the arts festival concept was the inclusion of municipal showcases. The municipality of Mogpog came up with “Battle of Bintakay”, performed by DepEd teachers, about the revolutionary struggle in Mogpog during the Filipino-Spanish war. The story was presented from the point of view of Olympia Manuba, the local Gabriela Silang. The play also incorporated local dances, songs and cultural practices, and underscored the capacity of women to be so empowered as to join the fight for Inang Bayan.

In Boac, DepEd teachers presented a local folk dance; In Sta. Cruz the municipal choir rendered various local songs with an elderly veteran of “Harana” songs dishing out a few songs. In Buenavista, selected students from Buenavista National High School performed three local dances, including “Banderitas de Libas”, said to be a native dance that was eventually included in the Viva presentations. “Harana” songs complete with a movable ‘bahay kubo’ was likewise performed as part of the municipal contribution.

Torrijos' "Inalimango"
In Torrijos, DepEd teachers danced “Inalimango” as well as other lesser known folk dances. As most of the Viva performers were from Gasan including the Kalutang musicians, the municipal government helped in the technical aspects of the production from rehearsals, providing additional mobile platforms when necessary, providing additional meals and snacks to the cast and appointing a municipal staff as coordinator for all Gasan performers throughout the duration of the project (January-February).

Responsibility for lights and sound, production design, costumes and props, transportation, accommodation, meals and snacks, streamers and documentation were variously assumed by the provincial government and participating sponsors.

AUDIENCE

Government officials, employees, teachers, students, parents and people from all walks of life watched the “Viva Marinduque” presentations. Depending on the weather situation and other factors such as efforts exerted by the municipal governments to attract a good crowd the estimates were: 

Mogpog (2,000), Sta. Cruz (held at the Gym with 500 people mostly dressed up for the occasion); Boac (700); Buenavista (2,000); Torrijos (1,000) and Gasan (2,500). The Mogpog Viva presentation was shown on the two local cable channels and covered by the local paper, “The Weekly Marinduque”. Performances were held in Boac (Feb 9), Mogpog (Feb 12), Torrijos (Feb 16), Sta. Cruz (Feb. 17), Buenavista (Feb 23) and Gasan (Feb. 26, 2008).

THE OTHER “ARAW NG MARINDUQUE” FESTIVITIES


“Viva Marinduque” was the most visible of all the Philippine Arts Festival-Araw ng Marinduque celebration because of its province-wide presence. There were other activities undertaken, however, to mark the event. Among them: “Barakalan at Turismo” (Trade, Tourism and Food Fair) a cooperative endeavor among the six municipalities of Marinduque, the Department of Trade and Industry and the provincial government. The exhibition site (Boac Covered Court), served as a big bazaar of quality Marinduque trade and tourism products and served as tourist information center as a whole. (Feb. 16-21, 2008)

“Quiz-Bee & Oratorical Contests” organized by the Department of Education, the Quiz-Bee on Marinduque’s culture and history, as well as the Oratorical Contest were undertaken for high school students in public and private schools. The latter’s theme was “Marinduque: Alab ng Puso ng Pilipinas”. DepEd took care of the responsibility for the guidelines and mechanics of the contests. Held at the Boac Covered Court. (Feb. 18, 2008)

“Harana”. As Marinduque is known to be one of the few remaining localities in the country where the traditional “Harana”, local serenade, is being practiced, or where the old songs remain popular to oldtimers, all municipalities showcased their versions of Harana to generate new interest in this tradition. Held at Sta. Cruz Municipal Court (Feb. 18, 2008).

National historians included Dr. Emmanuel F. Calairo, president of National Historical Association and Dr. Augusto V. De Viana, chief history researcher, National Historical Institute
“National Conference on Marinduque”. The former National Historical Institute identified eminent historians, researchers, anthropologists and archaeologists to present papers on various aspects of Marinduque’s culture from pre-Hispanic times to the present. 

History conference participants
Students, teachers, government officials, historic-cultural societies, researchers and media participated in this conference organized by the provincial government in cooperation with the National Historical Institute, National Museum, Philippine Historical Society, Department of Education, private schools and the six municipalities. Held at the Mogpog Central School. (Feb. 19-20, 2008).

Drum and Lyre Corps from OMPSA, Torrijos at the Boac Covered Court

“Grand Parada” (Street-Dancing Festival Showcase). Showcase of municipal festivals introduced in recent years to promote the province as a year-round tourist destination. Parade with all municipalities bringing their own festivals to the capital started from different designated areas in Boac Poblacion and converged at the Boac Covered Court. 

Participated in by the provincial government, the six municipalities, Phiippine National Police, Department of Education, other participating agencies, NGOs and the business community. 

Streets of Boac & Covered Court (Feb. 21, 2008 morning).

“Putong Festival”. Showcase of different “Putong” rituals from the six municipalities. Suceeding annual festivals were intended to be competitive, with traditional and modern categories. Organized by the Provincial Tourism Office in cooperation with the Municipal Government of Mogpog and the other five municipalities. Mogpog Covered Court (February 21, 2008 afternoon)

Unprecedented kudos to all individuals and orgs involved

Spreading cultural and historical awareness and continuously exploring, searching for that something that could help bring about unity and positive change in a small, poor, politically divided island-province, promoting a sense of oneness, a clearer sense of identity and direction among Marinduquenos, are tasks cultural workers and artists take upon themselves to undertake. 

It is believed that existing political structures could make it rather difficult for cultural undertakings of the same magnitude as the first "Araw ng Marinduque" to prosper. But the message of the Araw ng Marinduque celebration was clear. 

As the first Araw ng Marinduque celebration was concluded, a RESOLUTION was adopted by the SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN NG MARINDUQUE. It was to commend all the individuals behind the success of the two projects for such an achievement "despite the limited time and budget of the provincial government and the six municipalities... and even strengthened a collaborative effort with the national government offices/agencies and other organizations..."

The resolution stated that "despite the limited time and budget", the event "exuded the province's unique culture, customs and traditions which were hailed by most of those who witnessed the various activities and presentations".

The huge success of the Viva Marinduque project could be gleaned from the welcome decision of the NCCA for singular inclusion of Marinduque three (3) years in a row in the Commission's annual Philippine Arts Festival projects, and to prioritize cultural development in this island-province.

Full text of said SP Resolution adopted on motion of board member Eleuterio "Bong" Raza, Jr. follows. In a strong show of support and solidarity with all those involved in the project, said Resolution was "unanimously seconded" by all the members of the provincial council, and therefore may be described as unprecedented: 



Republic of the Philippines
PROVINCE OF MARINDUQUE
Boac

OFFICE OF THE SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN

EXCERPT FROM THE MINUTES
5th SPECIAL SESSION, 11th SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN
SUPREME COURT COMPOUND, BAGUIO CITY
FEBRUARY 24, 2008

Resolution No. 264 series 2008

RESOLUTION

COMMENDING ALL INDIVIDUALS, OFFICES, AGENCIES AND ORGANIZATIONS WHO CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF THE CELEBRATION OF THE “ARAW NG MARINDUQUE” 

WHEREAS, the recent celebration of the “Araw ng Marinduque”, the founding anniversary of the province, had exuded the province’s unique culture, customs and traditions which were hailed by most of those who witnessed the various activities and presentations relative to the same;

WHEREAS, despite the limited time and budget of the provincial government and the six municipalities, it did not constrain them from organizing a committee that made the event a success and even strengthened a collaborative effort with the national government offices/agencies and other organizations that led to such an achievement;

WHEREAS, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is truly grateful to all individuals and/or organizations who in one way or another, and through their efforts, have contributed to the success of such an endeavour;

WHEREFORE, on motion of Hon. Eleuterio R. Raza, Jr. unanimously seconded, it was:

RESOLVED, as it is hereby resolved, to commend all individuals, offices/agencies and organizations who contributed to the success of the celebration of the “Araw ng Marinduque”.

RESOLVED, finally, that copy of this resolution be furnished the following for their information, to wit:

1. Provincial Governor
2. Provincial Administrator
3. Executive Assistant to the Governor
4. Mayor and SB of the 6 Municipalities
5. Organizing Committee through the Consultant for Tourism Affairs
6. Department of Education
7. Department of Trade and Industry
8. Marinduque State College and all School Participants
9. National Commission for Culture & the Arts
10. National Historical Commission
11. Department of Tourism
12. Sponsors, Donors, Guests, Others.

ADOPTED, this 24th day of February 2008 at Baguio City.

CERTIFIED CORRECT:
(Signed)
NIMFA M. CABRERA,Secretary, SP

ATTESTED:

(Signed)
TOMAS N. PIZARRO
Vice-Governor & Presiding Officer

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