(message board 109)
Basilio A. Balasbas
Address: No. 539 Ricarte Ext., San Antonio, San Pedro,
Date: December 8, 2011
Victoria Jadaone Viojan
Palai St., Brgy Poblacion,
Alaminos City, Pangasinan
Dear Marivic Viojan,
I have to be honest with
you, I wanted to personally come with you. I intimated to you in my
private communication that I sent you through your email address
that I am one of the student that your father mentored. I may not
have reached my peak had it not been for your father, he basically
touched my life. He was responsible in molding me.
I am however flattered to
be referred to by somebody in the stature of a Tonyboy Morales,
(thank you Tonyboy).
Frankly speaking in my
itinerary seeing Sir Anling in person is my 1st priority, the reason
why I told you that I may come with you. When I was in Singapore I
even sent him a letter. Had I not read the posting of Mr. Tonyboy
Morales I wouldn't know that he is already dead.
I gave you my address in
Laguna including my landline. Should you still decide to visit his
graveyard I will go with you.
God bless and may the good
lord shower your way always.
Name: Roldan S.
Address: Barangay Napuro II, Sta. Margarita, samar
According to the news
Quedancor hits 90% loan repayment, that is true because in our
school we are almost 100% paying our previous obligation with
Quedancor. Only that when we ask a print out of our payments we
noticed that we are paying interest for the present amortization and
other interest on previous loans, this loan we are paying was our
previous loan which Quedancor offered loan condonation or what they
According to the
explanation of Quedancor Calbayog, in loan condonation or
remediation only surcharges and penalties are being disregarded, but
the interest during those time of non payment were still be
reflected and to be paid. This is my concerned because when the
condonation took place maybe I forgot, or I did not remember,
because I think it was not explained well that we have to pay the
previous interest. To sum it up, our payments presently to Quedancor
has two interest, the present interest and the previous interest,
that is why small amount was deducted to lessen the capital.
Address: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: Nov 30, 2011
Dear Marivic Viojan,
Your biological father,
Mr. Alejandro Cananua, was a professor at the old Trade School, now
Samar State University. He is a contemporary of another old man of
that school, Dr. Dominador Cabanganan. I heard that he passed away
several years back, around 2008, but I may be wrong. He was married
(well, officially) to another teacher who eventually became a
Division School Supervisor in the 90's. Mr. & Mrs. Cananua are
educators who are well known in the Catbalogan area. I am sure some
other people in this forum can say a thing or two about them.
If my memory serves me
right, Mr. Alejandro Cananua was an active member of the Knights of
Columbus. He is usually seen parading during town fiestas and other
church-sponsored processions with a full regalia of a Columban
I am not familiar about
his children who may have just remained residents of Catbalogan. The
Cananuas in Burak for instance are related to Senyor Alejandro.
Mr. Basilio Balasbas may
have some inputs to share. Most likely, he was one of the thousand
students who were mentored by the dashing Alejandro Cananua.
Here's hoping that you
could be re-united with your half-siblings if not your father. Rest
assured that although you have been a passionate product out of
wedlock between your mother and your father that he maintained a
good name and reputation as a teacher. You may not have the chance
to see him but his memory is with the thousand people who were
mentored by him.
Address: Palai Street, Brgy. Poblacion, Alaminos City,
Date: Nov. 24,2011
Dear Editor of Samar
I need your help to find
my biological father named Mr. Alejandro Cananua of Catbalogan,
Samar. Although I have not seen him since birth but this pieces of
information was relayed to me by my mother, Fe Viojan.
I am Victoria Jadaone
Viojan, 39 years of age with four kids and presently residing in
Alaminos City, Pangasinan. I was told by my mother, Mrs. Fe Viojan
who was their housemate and the daughter of late Roman Viojan of
Basey, Samar that my father is Mr. Alejandro Cananua, a public
school teacher. I was born in 1972 and later my mother brought me to
Tarlac where I grew up. I am his daughter and I want to let him know
that for 39 years I have been longing to see him personally. My
mother is still alive and lives with me.
I am so thankful to find
this Samar News.com because I believe it will pave the way for me
and my father to see each other. I missed him so much.
Please help me to link to
my father, Mr. Alejandro Cananua. I can be reached through my mobile
phone 09483307073 or email ad:
I would be very, very
grateful if you can connect me to him.
Victoria "Marivic" Viojan
Address: Amherst, Massachusetts, USA
Naaro hin tambulig hi
Analiza Stohr nga aadi na yana ha Germany nga buligan hiya pamiling
han iya nanay nga hi Benita Olemba nga taga Catbalogan. Nakilala
namon hi Analiza pagbakasyon namon ha Germany han yana nga October.
Nasireng hiya nga didto hiya pagdako ha iya Lola ha Manila ngan
tikang han iya paglakat waray pa niya kakita an iya nanay. Kun hino
man an nakakakila kan Benita alayon pag email ngadi ha akon
(firstname.lastname@example.org) para ihatag ko ha iya and address ni
Analiza. Damo nga salamat!
Address: Catbalogan, Samar
Date: Nov 5 2011
The daughter of the slain
Calbayor Mayor Ining Uy together with Board Member Eunice Babalcon
launched the Yellow Ladies Movement. The movement is a stepping
stone to jumpstart her bid to become governor of Samar. The COMELEC
has already instructed its provincial office to verify the
signatures of the petitioners for the recall of both the governor
and the vice governor. Aica Uy-Delgado is hoping that she will have
a crack of chance to avenge the death of her beloved father.
To ride the memory of Cory
Aquino through the Yellow Ladies Movement is undoubtedly a cheap
shot on her part. We all know about the sad plight of our
impoverished Samarenyas but organizing them with the cloak of
protecting their rights and advancing their skills simply speak
volumes of how politics can cheapen any legitimate advocacy. My
question is why only now? Where were you Aica when your dad was
lording it over in the first district when it would have been easy
to organize such kind of an advocacy? Where were you Aica when your
dad was being accused of orchestrating the assassination of his
political opponents including innocent women?
I am not a fan of Sharee
Ann Tan (codenamed, S.A.TAN) either. Mila and Sharee Ann together
with some prostituted women leaders of Samar are equally responsible
for the degradation of the standing of women in our society. We
thought that Mila and Sharee Ann would be different from the
previous male governors. We were all proven wrong. Mas masahol pa!
Should a recall election
happens next year, I hope that there would be another option, a
better one, much better than the present choices. We deserve better.
We should not be swayed by cheap gimmicks like the one Aica is
trying to sell. We should already be freed from the powers of the
Tans. Let us continue to pray that our fellow Samarenyos will be
awakened to the truth that they deserve better.
Address: Level 3, Three Pacific Place, 1 Queen's Road
East, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Date: 20 October 2011
I'm looking for Cristina
Bachini (on behalf of the Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada),
formerly of Flat D, 9/F, Block 12, Hoover Heights, HK Garden, Tsing
Lung Tau, Hong Kong. Sun Life demutualised in March, 2000 and owes
Cristina a cash benefit as a result. Please contact me urgently so
that I can assist in submitting the benefit claim.
Torres, Concerned Samarnons, and Filipinos in Diaspora
Address: World Wide Web
Date: 19 October 2011
Kindly visit the following
website. Next to SamarNews.com, this is the most relevant and
updated website of the Filipinos all over the world, which is not
managed by a government organization.
Date: October 17, 2011
see this link for pictures
ARTISTS TO DOJ: FREE
ERICSON ACOSTA NOW!
Oct. 14, 2011 Press Release, Free Ericson Acosta Campaign
Artists led by the
Concerned Artists of the Philippines (CAP) gathered at the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) building in Intramuros
today to call for the release of poet and cultural worker Ericson
In an event dubbed
“Kumustahan mula sa Piitan,” National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera,
painter Neil Doloricon, TV and stage actor Nanding Josef,
screenwriter and actress Bibeth Orteza, film director Joel Lamangan
and other supporters from the artist community reiterated their
appeal to DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima to review Acosta’s case and to
immediately withdraw the fabricated complaint against the detained
Actor and former CCP Vice President Nanding Josef
Says Josef: “I know him
(Acosta) personally as a cultural worker. I am humbled by his
sacrifices and his commitment to the poor. This new administration
is challenged to be different from its predecessors. Free those
whose only ‘crime’ is genuinely serving the least served, and jail
without delay those who have greedily taken away food on the table
of the poor.”
NCCA officials; visual
artists Karen Ocampo-Flores and Egai Talusan Fernandez; writers Jun
Cruz Reyes and Pablo Tariman; musicians Karl Ramirez, Tony Palis and
guitarists from the Quezon City Performing Arts group, and members
of the Filipino Freethinkers, Kilometer64 Poetry Collective,
Kabataang Artista para sa Tunay na Kalayaan, Tudla Multi-media
Productions, human rights advocates and other artist groups and
individuals were also in attendance.
Acclaimed film director and former political detainee Joel Lamangan
Lamangan and Lumbera were
also detained during the Marcos dictatorship. Angelina Ipong of the
Samahan ng Ex-Detainees Laban sa Detensyon at Aresto (SELDA) who was
imprisoned by the Arroyo administration for six years gave a brief
account of her ordeal and incarceration as documented in "Garden
Behind Bars," a collection of Ipong's prison writing.
SELDA Secretary General Angie Ipong
Acosta, who is a poet,
thespian, songwriter and former editor of the University of the
Philippines’ student publication Philippine Collegian, was arrested
by the military while conducting human rights research in Brgy. Bay-ang,
San Jorge, Samar, last February 13. He is currently detained at the
Calbayog sub-provincial jail.
A review petition was
filed by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL) September 1
at the DOJ, where National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
Executive Director Malou Jacob personally appeared to lend her
support to the campaign to free Acosta. The petition states that the
evidence against Acosta was planted and cited the military’s
admission of human rights violations in the conduct of Acosta’s
arrest and detention.
Acosta was brought to
court for a scheduled arraignment last September 21 in Calbayog
City. His legal counsel led by Atty. Jun Oliva of the (NUPL) moved
to defer arraignment and proceedings pending the DOJ’s decision on
the review petition.
Acosta is among the
country’s political prisoners, numbering 354 as of August 2011.
Human rights groups led by KARAPATAN and SELDA appeal to President
Aquino to free all political prisoners through a general,
unconditional and omnibus amnesty declaration.
National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera
National Artist Bienvenido
Lumbera leads call to free Ericson Acosta
Concerned Artists of the
Philippines, October 14, 2011
On the 8th month of
Ericson Acosta's incarceration, a gathering of artists and cultural
workers, led by National Artist Bienvenido Lumbera of the Concerned
Artists of the Philippines (CAP) was held today, October 14 at the
National Commission for Culture and the Arts lobby, to press for
Acosta's immediate release.
"Ericson should be granted
freedom immediately so he can continue his work as an artist and as
a cultural worker, " said Renan Ortiz, CAP spokesperson.
Acosta is a poet,
songwriter, thespian, journalist and cultural worker. He was a
former editor of the Philippine Collegian and culture writer of the
Manila Times. As an artist and activist, he chose to work with the
poor and the oppressed. On February 13, 2011, he was arrested while
conducting human rights research. He was accompanied by a barangay
official and was carrying only a laptop and some personal belongigs
at the time of his arrest. He was detained in a military camp and
subjected to 44- hours of interrogation with only two hours of
sleep. He was levied with a trumped-up charge of illegal possession
of explosive to justify his arrest and continued detention.
Actress Bibeth Orteza read her letter to Ericson Acosta
According to CAP
Secretary-General and painter Neil Doloricon: "Even behind bars,
Ericson surmounts the prison walls that try to curtail the creative
prowess in him. A determined and committed artist, in pursuing one’s
dream of a meaningful change in society, will try to survive the
challenges in life that get in the way . The prison cell for Ericson
has become a virtual studio for his literary and musical
undertakings and he even shares his talent to his cellmates and
"Ang sining ni Ericson
Acosta ay matatag na nakatuntong sa lipunan natin at ang liwanag na
dulot nito ay dapat lamang suportahan ng pamahalaan na naglalayon
unawain ang mga problema ng sambayanan," said Lumbera.
Ericson is among the 360
political prisoners in the country today, 77 of whom, including
Ericson were arrested and detained under the new administration.
Cases of illegal detention continue to increase under the younger
Aquino's administration. This has been the situation even with the
past administration of Corazon Aquino's granting of unconditional
amnesty to political prisoners after the fall of the Marcos
dictatorship, and P-Noy's approval of conditional amnesty to 400
alleged rebel soldiers.
TV actor and CAP board
member Nanding Josef expressed: There are two things P-Noy and this
present administration can do to improve the Filipino people's trust
in them and prove that they're different from all the past national
leaders: one, to immediately put behind bars all the shameless,
greedy, corrupt, self-serving leaders who committed crimes against
the poor by stealing everything that rightfully belongs to people;
and two, to free all political prisoners, like Ericson Acosta, whose
only crime is to side with the poor, to fight for their rights, to
protect them from the abuses of the criminals who pass off as public
servants, and to educate them on how to liberate themselves from the
long years of deprivation and exploitation by a society that has
continuously allowed big time thieves to get away with their crimes,
but allows self-sacrificing people's heroes to rot in jail."
"P-Noy and his men and
women can choose to be remembered in Philippine history as the just
and fearless leaders who put the true criminals in jail, and set the
real heroes free. We the people, will wait and see," said Josef.
Painter Egai Fernandez
To show their solidarity
with the campaign to free Ericson Acosta and all political
prisoners, artists and cultural workers, tore down symbolic iron
bars to reveal a huge banner with the calls "Free the Artist! Free
Ericson Acosta! Free All Political Prisoners!" Artists affixed their
names and signatures on the banner to signify their support.
Doloricon added: "The
Aquino regime should instead imprison those who block fundamental
change and those who are fetters in developing a truly nationalist,
popular and pro-people culture that signify the interests and
aspirations of the Filipino people. (There is ) no doubt that
Ericson will soon be free not only because he’s not guilty of any
crime committed but also because he does not deserve this kind of
treatment from a government which is supposed to protect and nurture
the talents among its people."
Address: Pio K. Tabunda st., Basey, Samar
Date: October 14, 2011
Today (October 14, 2011),
Mount Danglay will serve as a subject for documentation and a
documentary to be undertaken by a joint group of first-time Danglay
climbers mostly coming from Basey, Samar. The group will be led by
Pastor Guillermo Gacutan of Basey Baptist Church, who is president
and convenor of the COrBa (Consortium of Community Organizers of
Basey) and Teodorico D. Porbus, president of the four-year old
Baktas Kabub’wason Rural Workers Association. If plans don’t
miscarry, a delegation from Tacloban-based CAT8 (a cable television
network) will join in, producing a documentary for its own
Among the fresh climbers
are agrarian reform beneficiaries who agreed at the conclusion of
their training on community organizing (with regional coordinator
Judy Torres of KAISAMPALAD Inc. as principal lecturer) to climb
Danglay as part of their preparations for a planned hike to the
interior northern mountains of Basey which are inside the
agrarian-covered Samar Settlement Project (SSP). The visit will
enable them to measure their hiking and climbing paces and to
estimate how much time they’ll be spending during their first
exploratory trip to the SSP mountains.
Last Sunday afternoon,
they met for their final preparations for Danglay at the
Metropolitan Bible Baptist Mission at Loyo, Basey, with pastor
Douglas Dela Torre, who is also an ARB, playing host even as he
celebrated his 55th birthday. Douglas said CAT8 television crew will
join the climbs, first to Danglay, and a week later, to the northern
mountains of Basey, Samar. The Basaynon Danglay hikers also intend
to plant souvenir banners to convey the message that they "captured"
this mountain whose legend remains fresh in the hearts of many
Danglay is that imposing
mountain on the side of Basey, that overlooks the 1.2-kilometer San
Juanico Bridge and provides a good cloud-level standpoint for
surveying the skyline of Tacloban, Basey, and the part of the town
of Sta. Rita.
Ptr. Gacutan is optimistic
that while taking a breather atop Danglay, he perhaps might be able
to compose a Waray song which he could share with the agrarian
reform beneficiaries during their upcoming tour of Basey’s northern
mountains. The COrBa convenor is himself a guitarist and former
combo lead guitarist in Manila, a singer, a self-made poet and
playwright and stage drama director.
This schedule can change
only when weather won’t warrant it, says Baktas prexy Dioring.
The trek leaders believe
that the mountains between Manlilinab and Baloog will be either wet
and slippery or dry, depending on the weather. What happens to
Danglay also happens there.
Name: Ka Chito
Address: Pio K. Tabunda st., Basey, Samar
Date: October 11, 2011, 4:57 a.m.
ALL please be reminded to
switch off our home electric lights, for one hour, from 7:30 p.m.
tonight, October 11, 2011 in protest to all attempts to increase
power consumption rates. Please also pray that the present
dispensation of PNoy will heed our nationwide demand-protest and
that all those in the business of providing electricity will,
starting at 9 p.m. tonight, also stop henceforth corruption, graft
and theft inside their own companies/cooperatives/offices.
A million thanks to all.
(The Parung Suga! October 11 campaign is initiated by Freedom from
Date: October 10,2011
San ka nakakita na
holdaper na may license ang baril at mamahalin.tapos puro sa Manila
nakatira. haynko Kung talagang holdaper yan di na yan lalayo noh...common
sense nga! o gusto Lang sumikat ng mga pulis kaya kahit walang
kasalanan hinuhuli! kawawa naman ang mga pamilya at anak ng mga
Address: 12 Nijaga Street, Calbayog City, Samar
Date: October 4, 2011
Sir / Ma’am,
Usa ako san mga kag-anak
san Oquendo Central school, nga kon diin karuyag ko la maipaabot san
iyo opisina nga an nasabi nga skwelahan in sigi naman la an paamot
haros kada simana kantidad P15, P10, P5 para san iba-iba nga mga
parks labot pa san homeroom project, test papers pa nga kada subject
may P10. Paanano naman la kami nga may 4 o 5 nga mga anak.
Ginpaeskwela ngani namon
sa publiko para menos gastos peru mas masahol pa ini nga amon
ginaaragmutan. Pag-abot san pan-enrol balik-balik kami kay di
karawton kay kinahanglan gud bayaran an tanan nga kabaraydan.
Magreklamo kami san magturutdo batonon la kami nga nagpinanganak
kami amon iton obligasyon, dudumtan pa an mga kabataan pinaagi san
grado hamubuan. Ada na gad kami siton nga obligasyon peru kaangayan
pa man ba ini nga sigi la aragmot. Haros tanan nga kamaistrahan an
naghihimo sini ug pati pa an principal may kacorrupt bisan an 137
makuri ireles kay ginpapabaydan, pabalik-balik kay di napirma.
Ginpapahamtang voluntary peru ginpapabaydan gud pag-abot san panguha
kard. Napipiritan kami pagbayad nangungutang kami para la makabayad
para la ka-enrol amon kabataan.
Sadto una nga tuig an mga
magradweyt gin-aruan donasyon P100 o P50 para sumpay nga Covered
walk kantidad P15,000 peru pira na kabulan sa high school amon mga
anak wa la gihapon iton kaimplementar. Amon iton ginpakiana ginbaton
la kami nga di pa tanan nagbayad, nga di man nira ginhahatag an kard
og 137 kon di magbayad.
An gintatawag nga moe ba
iton di kami sayod kon nano an kagarimitan ug an kantidad siton kay
kon mayda ngani kinahanglanon bisita kon may okasyon pareho
gradwasyon sa amon man nga kag-anak. Masiring ngani kami nga sa moe
masiring la kulang panbayad sa tubig o kuryente kay gutiay man la an
kantidad nga kaihaan pa nga tuig mga naglabay tubtub sadton una tuig
GPTA man an nabayad tubig o kuryente.
Sir/maam sugad sini amon
pamaagi san pagpadangat tungod kay naglilikay la kami kay ada gud
sira san ira posisyon. Para san iyo kasayuran pwede man kam
mag-imbestigar san mga kag-anak.
Ginlalaoman namon in iyo
paghatag aksyon san sini nga amon ginpadangat sa iyo.
DAMO NGA SALAMAT.
Basilio Atienza Balasbas
Address: 539 Ricarte Ext., San Antonio, San Pedro, Laguna
Date: 03 October 2011
To All Samarnon based
locally or abroad
It is through this forum
painstakingly watched and nurtured by Mr. Gaspay, so that we can
dish out our position on issues of national interest.
I unabashedly imparted the
condition of my father and my mother who both perished because our
provincial hospital cannot attend, even the most simple assistance
of transporting patients. Namatay ang Nanay ko, namatay ang Tatay ko
na hindi man lamang nalalapatan ng kaukulong pansin ng Doctor. Not
once had I seen a Doctor visiting my mother who was in coma while
confined at our Monalisa Hospital (our provincial hospital). She was
really neglected by the hospital. I saw somebody putting something
to clear the throat of my mother before she died. I was so
distressed and I pity the condition of my mother. I was helpless. I
knew that my mother knew that the mass was being heard inside her
room, I held her hand tightly and I whispered to her to join her
creator and I promised her that I will look after her possessions
including those who borrowed money from her and further promised
that her siblings will be well, after which she departed peacefully.
A lot of misfits,
undesirables, corrupt officials, nincompoops, shenanigans are
divesting the hospital funds for their personal gains. I have
personal knowledge on this as I experienced it first hand when my
parents were hospitalized. Samarnon who are based abroad you can
help in changing the destiny of our paisanos, we are already on the
threshold or the last leg of our journey in life and before we bid
goodbye, let us help our distressed kababayan by reforming the
political system in Samar. Others tried but failed, take the case of
Doming Cabanganan. We have to pull our resources together and filled
an upright person in the mold of P-Noy who will spearhead a no non
sense corruptless governance locally.
If we continue to pay no
attention to the political spectrum in our impoverished province,
our children, grandchildren and the generation to come will say that
their forebears had the chance to reform Samar but did not hence,
their continued misery, my father died, mother died without being
attended to by a physician in our MOnalisa Hospital, would you want
this to happen to your siblings?
Let us wake up from long
slumber and eradicate corruption by weeding out the misfits and the
Zsa-Zsa N. Mirante
Address: 1067 BOnifacio, St.Sta. Cruz, Palo, Leyte
Good day I would like to
know Nonoy's surname he had a sister named Melody residing at Brgy.
San Pablo, Catbalogan, Samar beside Atty. Juan Latorre's house.
Thank you very much.
Address: Daly City, CA 94014, USA
I have been away for such
a long time from my beloved Pinabacdao, I attended elementary school
from 1st grade to 6th grade with all the same classmates and I
wonder where are they now?
I have been married for 31
years with 4 sons and have not been back to visit for 32 years. I
want to say hello to my friend and cousin Leah Abinguna, Nenita
Abainza, Flor Acaba.
To all my relatives, the
Acbo's and Abinguna's, miss you all.
Address: Pangasinan, Philippines
Date: 18 sep 2011
I needed your help in
finding my long lost father and his relatives. My only knowledge is
that they live at Catbalogan, near the market place. My father's
name is Manuel "Manny" dela Cruz and I can only remember his
sister's name that sounds like Vedic or Bedic, something like that
who might have married a Chinese.
I suppose he doesn't know
me, only my brother Emmanuel because he had seen him, while I was
then conceived by my mother. My mom's maiden name is Sobrepena.
Probably, my grandparents will know and my aunt, but am not sure. If
I remember right, my father's middle name is Monteves.
Am now 33yrs old and have
never seen my father, but I'm doing this for my brother who longs to
meet him. For me, I really don't know. I have lived well enough to
care. But please help me...for my brother's sake.
Thank you so much!