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How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

How to pick a perfect book as gift

There is an art to gifting the right book to someone else. And, during a moment in time when e-readers are king, hardcover books can be expensive, and people can be so darn picky, picking the right book isn’t for the faint of heart.

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

As a bibliophile, I’ve cultivated a wonderful collection of books in my home. In fact, I purchased my home because it had a built-in shelf with exposed brick. I like to collect books that I consider classic reads, from Ready Player One, to Jane Eyre, Harry Potter, and Beloved by Toni Morrison. I curate my books like a gardener, careful to nurture the growth of my mind, intellect, and curiosity. Plus, it’s fun to have nerdy bookends to frame my collection.

So, I have a lot to say when it comes to picking the perfect book as a gift.

Understanding Your Recipient So You Can Give a Book as a Gift

Giving a gift can be fraught with stress. But, giving a book can be even more challenging because you’re hoping that the recipient of your gift will actually enjoy it enough to sit down and take the time to actually read the book.

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

In a moment in history where people feel like they’re constantly pressed for time, this is a huge expectation on your part. The book has to be good enough to take time out of their day to enjoy.  Before you purchase the book ask yourself the following questions:

  • How does your friend/mom/dad/etc. Enjoy taking in information? Are they fans of audio books, comics, graphic novels, e-readers, paperbacks or hardcover books? In my case, while I love that audiobooks exist and are a way for vision empaired readers and busy people to enjoy the written word, I personally hate them for me. I really hate them. I’ve found that the narrators of those books never sound like how I imagine the characters to be. Weirdly enough, I found a number of t.v. shows have done an incredible job of casting actors in the roles that I love. One example of this is the Shadowhunters series. Each actor is perfect in their role and I wish they were doing the audio for the actual Shadowhunter books.



  • What is their life like? Is your gift recipient constantly traveling for work, is busy with small children, or single and works a ton of hours. For a traveler a digital book may be the best way to gift a book so that they can take it with them anywhere without worrying about the additional weight as they travel. For a busy person who is always on the go, being gifted an Audible subscription may be the best way to help them enjoy their new favorite book.
  • What have you noticed? Pay attention to the clues that your gift recipient leaves you. Do they complain about the loss of real books and hate e-readers? That’s a pretty huge clue not to give them an audio book. Are there physical books in their home? Do they have coffee table books on their favorite table and have you seen them actually looking at those books?

Ask Questions

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

It seems obvious that the easiest way to figure out the type of book that you should gift someone is to ask them questions. Some people love to read romances, others consider romances to be on the lowest run of literature.

I love them.

Some readers are obsessed with reading the stories of their favorite idols, world leaders, or intriguing personalities. While I love knowing their stories, I don’t really enjoy reading autobiographies during my downtime.

Innocently flip through the books that you see in the home of your gift recipient to get an idea of what they enjoy.

Understand your friend, family member, colleagues actual active interests. What is it that they enjoy doing?

Do they watch football obsessively, comment on notable figures in a unique area of interest? Pay attention to the topics that they talk about in a positive way, and focus on nurturing that area of interest with a new book.

Don’t Make the #1 Mistake of Gift Giving

Avoid giving the book that you want. Recently my mom gave me a gift that she knew wasn’t my style. I literally said “Mom, this isn’t my style.” Her response “I know, but I thought you would enjoy it.”

Yes, I gave her the side-eye.

And, I may have laughed a little bit because moms are hilarious. And, in case you’re wondering, she gave me a soft jacket that I will only wear inside because it is cozy, but too many colors and a weird material for me to wear outside.

Ahem.

It’s not lost on me that she would absolutely love to wear that jacket all the time. She bought me a jacket that she would love to wear. I’m sure one day she will pop up wearing something similar.

But, let’s be honest, we’ve all given a gift that we would love to receive. Don’t do that. That’s the #1 reason why gifts get returned. It’s the wrong gift for the recipient.

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

Have Fun

Gift giving should be a joyful occasion. I love buying gifts for the people in my life because it gives me an opportunity to give them something that they would be reluctant to give to themselves because of cost, time, or for a number of reasons why people don’t treat themselves.

Gifting a book should be a joyful experience, not something that you find painful.

Still Don’t Know What Book to Give?

Sometimes we get stumped and still aren’t sure what to give someone else. There’s a tried and true formula that I like to use during moments like these.

First, give 3 books instead of just one. The idea is that if you give three slightly different books that you will likely hit a homerun with at least one. When I do this I tend to give a classic, a current contemporary book on the top #100 list, and something whimsical.

Gift cards are always a wonderful way to empower your reader to find the book or books that are a perfect fit for their personality. Gift cards are great because you’re shifting all of the choice responsibility to the gift recipient.

Don’t forget that you can also gift Audible subscriptions or gift cards as well. Again, allowing your recipient to figure out what they would like and leaving you out of the decision making process.

Giving the gift of a book doesn’t have to be hard, ideally though, it’s an exercise in thoughtfulness. Giving a book doesn’t need to be an intimidating process, and even though I mentioned several steps to doing it well, it shouldn’t take you more than 15-20 minutes to choose well.

Your last resort, pick a book on your favorite online website and send it to them.

How to Pick the Perfect Book as a Gift

Author Bio

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Anne loves finding the perfect gift idea that’s on budget. She has been writing about gift giving and personal finance online since 2012, as owner of https://uniquegifter.com. Her favourite beverage is champagne and she loves figure skating, even if it’s harder now that she’s not 20!


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You may or may not agree with the views, and opinions of the author. However, it doesn’t represent the sentiments of Chesz Dylan and its entirety. The author has all the liability for errors and omissions including the copyright claims and intellectual property rights of this article.

Autism: A Mom’s Diagnosis Story

It’s an extremely early morning in March 7 years ago and my husband, two young children and I are rushing to an appointment that’s a good 2 hours from home. Anyone who has children, has an emotional image of that morning. Your blood pressures up, your short tempered, and anything that could go wrong, does! To add assault to injury, this wasn’t your everyday checkup, no, this was an evaluation for my youngest, my son. He had been exhibiting some concerning behaviors for his age (he was almost 3) and after consistently bringing up his speech (or lack thereof) and hyperactivity to his pediatrician, we finally were referred to a child psychologist.

As I mentioned, this morning was a hectic one. Upon arrival, it was clear that the doctor was annoyed by our tardiness which is completely understandable. What I didn’t understand was the lack of patience for my son and his situation. She called us back in the tone of an over worked school mum which is very unwelcoming. My son had just endured a long car ride, so he was a bit overactive. The doctor hardly started the evaluation process when she rudely said those dreaded words “He has Autism!” Actually, the diagnosis she gave was Autism Spectrum Disorder Pervasive Development Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (ASD PDD – NOS).

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Confusing right? Not understanding how she came to that conclusion, or what this even means for us or my son when there was supposed to be several hours of testing. I was shocked and full of questions and excuses. All she did was tell us where to sign out and handed us stacks upon stacks of packages with therapy listings, descriptions of Autism, and other things I can hardly remember. I left that place feeling hopeless, lost, and sad for my son.



For those who do not know what Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is… allow me to inform. Autism is a social spectrum disorder. No two children are alike. There are extreme and mild cases. Children are nonverbal and a lot of them have sensory issues with light, sounds, and so on. Most children can be diagnosed as early as 2 years old. Autism affects 1 in 68 children worldwide and is the fastest growing social disorder to date.

Of course, being a mother, I expected the worse and also over researching made me compare him to others so it put me in a form of denial. We did what we felt he needed by signing him up for every therapy available. Which was overwhelming for him. He was 2 and had over 20 hrs. of therapy a week. I’m talking occupational, physical, speech, early intervention school, Wrap Around service at the house. All the therapy didn’t help at all! It actually increased his hyperactivity and tantrums due to being over worked. This could’ve been prevented with a social worker or someone qualified to not only point us in the right direction, but help emotionally so I wouldn’t act so erratic.

This story is one that needs told. We live and breathe our children. When given news of this nature, I feel the parents should be handled with care and there should be more workshops available for parents with a newly diagnosed child. Being that Autism is the fastest growing development disorder affecting 1-68 children worldwide. There should be workshops for Autism parents offered immediately after diagnosis to talk about hopes, fears, or whatever crosses their minds. An Autism diagnosis can mean a lot of things because it is a Spectrum Disorder. I obsessed and read everything from horror stories to extremely hopeful stories.

Needless to say, I had a lot of sleepless nights. Offering workshops or specialized therapy for parents would save people from unnecessary grief. Our experience also put me in denial because he was diagnosed with Pervasive Development DisorderNot Otherwise Specified Autism Spectrum Disorder. To someone uneducated that sounds like he “kind of” has Autism but not really. That delayed our understanding of the tribulations he will face. To my knowledge, they no longer give this specific long-winded diagnosis and for that I’m extremely grateful.

The emotional state of a parent that is told their child has autism is hard to explain. You worry about their struggle, how the world will receive them, education, and so on. Of course, there are groups and one can chose to talk to your therapist, but specialized care would help immensely. Today my son and our family are doing well. I needed to tell our story because I’m sure a lot of parents can relate and to maybe help a family about to embark on this journey called Autism.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Pervasive Development Disorder - Not Otherwise Specified (ASD PDD - NOS)

Author’s Bio

Nita Z Juanita Zeigler

Nita Z (Juanita Zeigler)
Hey. How is everyone? I hope all is well. My name is Juanita Zeigler, but in my virtual life, I prefer Nita Z or just Nita. I’m a SAHM (stay at home mommy) who has been for too long, with that being said, I am packing up all my ambition, passion, and skill that’s been stored away, to set off on a blogging/writing adventure (wish me luck)! I am married and have been for all of 13 years this April (Cheers). Together we have 3 wonderful kids, one girl age 12 and two boys ages 10yrs and 11 months (never a dull moment here).

I enjoy writing (obviously lol), music, and cooking. I attended The Art Institute for Culinary Arts Associates program some years back. Didn’t have opportunity to finish but had a great time and learned a lot on the way. I am in the beginning stages of having my own personal lifestyle/opinion/advice blog (www.nitastruth.com). It is currently under construction and should be up and running in the near future.

My ultimate goal is to not only inform, but to have a voice for those who don’t, help others, and gain experience for other opportunities. I honestly don’t care about monetizing so much (though it would be nice). If I reach out and only help one person, my vision will have been realized. Well that’s my introduction, I hope you enjoy my article and become loyal readers in the future.


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YOU NEVER DID

Ron de Leon You Never Did

Your smiles were sweet and charming.
Your laughter was nice and soothing.
You made me, and you claimed that I made you too.



But, I can see no reasons to continue
I can see no reasons to sail with this ship anymore.
I need to stop.
We need to stop.
End the relationship we current have.

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Let go and probably move on.
I need to let you go.
And you need to let me go.
We must part, for this ship is not sailing smoothy as it was before.

Then you asked me why…
Why would I seek and ask for the end if I claimed that I love you?
I did. I love you so much that it hurts.

And in the other hand, you didn’t.
Because you’re just in love with the thought of being in love.
You never loved me in the first place.

YOU NEVER DID!

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https://www.cheszdylan.com/2018/10/15/haunted-misery-of-dreyfus-by-chesz-dylan/

You Never Did by Ron De Leon

©Ron De Leon


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“THE LGU VILLE” GROUND BREAKING CEREMONY, A NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECT

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 By Chester Capua (Weekly Good News)

Burying the time capsule in the ground breaking ceremony of The LGU Ville

Bayambang – A momentous activity last March 25, 2019, happened in the municipality of Bayambang. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the distribution of Notice Approval for the Villa Magsaysay Housing Project, the awarding of Certificate of Occupancy for the Ancop Village beneficiaries, and the groundbreaking of LGU Bayambang employee’s housing project was held at Bical Sur, Bayambang.

Groundbreaking ceremony of The LGU Ville

PAG-IBIG Fund Officers Homelending Operations-Luzon Group  Vice President Atty. Joseph Quiboloy, Business Development Sector Senior Vice President Fermin Sta Teresa Jr, Business Development Department- North Luzon Department Manager III Josephine Reyes and Bayambang’s government officials, Mayor Cezar Quiambao and Municipal Administrator Atty. Raymundo Bautista together with Vice Mayor Raul Sabangan, the municipal councilors and LGUs marked the important event. In partnership with PAGIBIG FUND and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bayambang, “The LGU Ville” was established.

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Earlier, the LGU of Bayambang had commenced an awarding event prior to the groundbreaking ceremony. They awarded a certificate and a donation worth one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000) to the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Queers, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Association of Bayambang for their sustainable livelihood program. Certificate of Completion for the Basic Computer Literacy Training to the senior citizens for the 60th Public Library Day, a certificate for the awarding of SINGKAPITAL 2019 to Bayambang National High School performers, and the awarding for the Most Oustanding Athletes of the Taekwondo team that participated in the national competitions.

[L-R, Back] Mayor Cezar Quiambao, VM Raul Sabangan, Coun. Martin Terrado II, Coun. Amory Junio, Coun. Rodelito Bautista Jr, Dr. Joel Cayabyab, Head Jocelyn Espejo, and Atty Raymundo Bautista [Front]LGBTQI representatives

Every employee dreamt of owning a house. That is why the local government of Bayambang established a “pabahay” project that prioritizes the housing need and welfare of its government employees. After the inauguration of the “ANCOP Village”, the government didn’t stop there. It was just the start of the government’s commitment to helping the homeless Bayambangueños and improving their lives. A commitment that is part of the 10-year BPRP Anti – Poverty project of Mayor Quiambao’s administration. This time with the participation of PAG-IBIG, it aims to address the basic housing need of its constituents.

Fermin in his speech was grateful to the mayor for the trust in the project partnership. At the same time, he shared that Mayor Quiambao and PAG-IBIG shared the same vision and mission in providing decent homes for every Filipino family, and this will also serve as their support for the shelter program of the national government. “On top of that, we are also giving chances for the employees earning below twelve thousand pesos (P12,000) where PAG-IBIG Fund subsidizes the interests rates and each member will only pay a minimum of three (3) percent interest rate for the first five (5) years. This program is to make sure that our lower-income earners like security guards, salesladies, household helpers, and other associations including drivers, the association of the drivers, and other community organizations will also be given a chance to avail the housing for their families,” Fermin added.

Mayor Quiambao arriving at the event.

Mayor Quiambao and the municipality hoping to sustain the budget, this project was decided to be included under the local government’s Special Economic Enterprise because the government needs additional revenues by 2020 – 2021. “This will replace our expected income from the disposal of the assets in PAG-IBIG so that we will not go below the half-billion mark of the budget of Bayambang,” he quoted. “I hope that this will be successful being the first LGU project as a developer.” 

After signing the Memorandum of Understanding. [L-R] Atty. Raymundo Bautista, Vice Mayor Raul Sabangan, Mayor Cezar Quiambao, PAG-IBIG Fund Mr Fermin Sta Teresa, Atty. Joseph Quiboloy, Ms. Josephine Reyes and Coun. Amory Junio

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the project and signatories of the officials and a photo opportunity together with the councilors, followed by the “time capsule” groundbreaking ceremony and the awarding of certificate of occupancy for the CFC-ANCOP Housing Project beneficiaries was made official to the public. Meanwhile, the awarding of the Notice of Approval for the Villa Magsaysay beneficiaries, and the draw lots of the designated houses to be given away for the Ancop Village took place later that afternoon.

Awarding of Certificate of Occupancy to one of the Ancop beneficiaries, Erlinda Valdez with Mayor Cezar Quiambao, Ms. Lerma Padagas, and Municipal councilors.

ROBREDO CAMPAIGNED FOR THE ‘OTSO DIRETSO’ SENATORIAL SLATE IN SOME PARTS OF PANGASINAN

By Chester Capua (Weekly GoodNews-Regional)

San Carlos City/Mangatarem – Vice President (VP) Leni Robredo visited the cities of San Carlos, Mangatarem and Lingayen in Pangasinan last March 21, 2019 to voluntarily endorse the eight (8) official candidates of Otso Diretso senatoriables under Liberal Party (LP).

Otso Diretso (Straight Eight), is a line-up of senatorial candidates composed of LP candidates. A multi-party electoral alliance that is known to be critical to the current administration. This alliance is composed of re-election senator, Sen. Bam Aquino, Mar Roxas, Atty. Pilo Hilbay, Atty. Chel Diokno, Atty. Romy Macalintal, Rep. Gary Alejano, Erin Tañada and the only female among the gentlemen, Samira Gutoc.

VP Robredo has been vocal of her support to the Otso Diretso candidates even before the campaign period for the national candidates started. We watched her and heard her in the news promoting the accomplishments of these candidates and why they should be elected. During her visit, she cannot help but give praises to these amazing people and how she managed to convince them despite some issues that have been brewing against the Administration’s Hugpong- their party counterpart and co-candidates for the senatorial bid.

In her visits, she was all-praises to Tañada, son and grandson of the late congressmen Tañadas is known to have a great reputation in politics. Erin Tañada who accomplished his three (3) terms in the Congress, became a deputy speaker and majority floor leader, he remained simple despite his success and no corruption record. Robredo also narrated that she worked with Gary Alejano in the 16th Congress, during the time when she was a Congresswoman. She remembered Alejano as one of the members of Magdalo. But when she met him at the Congress, she witnessed his kindness and generosity. Alejano is one of the members of the Philippine marines that fought with rebels in Mindanao, later on, sentenced to seven (7) years in prison because of exposing the corruption in the administration of the former president, Gloria Arroyo. After which, he dedicated his life to public service when he got his freedom.

Mar Roxas was Robredo’s partner in the last 2016 election that ran for the presidential bid. Robredo narrated how Roxas turned her down, but because of his dedication to serving the public, Robredo convinced him to run again. Bam Aquino was Robredo’s campaign manager last 2016 election. The moment Robredo met the real Bam Aquino aside from his family name, she was amazed at his outstanding performances at a young age. Known for his “Free College Education Bill”, Filipino college students can now avail themselves of the free tuition fee in state universities.

Some of the candidates of Otso Diretso are neophytes in politics. Four (4) of them are new candidates. Robredo tried convincing them because she knew that despite no political backgrounds, these 4 candidates have been helping the Filipinos in their own way. Romy Macalintal, a famous election lawyer. Unknown to many, his advocacy is helping senior citizens. He toppled big establishments and filed charges against them for not following the Seniors Citizen Law. Pilo Hilbay came from a poor family. He finished his studies because of scholarships. Despite his record as a bar topnotcher, he worked in the government amidst the offers of big law firms in the Philippines. He worked as a Solicitor General and currently teaching at the University of the Philippines (UP). Hilbay is known for defending our case in the Netherlands against China in the West Philippine Sea dispute. Chel Diokno, the son of Pepe Diokno- an outstanding lawyer, former DOJ secretary, and a former senator. Robredo narrated how she idolizes Chel Diokno even before her husband was a mayor. Diokno was the lawyer of all the poor Filipinos in her province. He helped in the cases of Tokhang victims, the victims of the submergence of a passenger ship where a high death toll was reported, and the farmers that were not equally distributed with land titles.

The last of the list is Samira Gutoc, the only woman in Otso Diretso. Unknown to many, Gutoc was appointed in the Bangsamoro Commission. Robredo narrated how Gutoc resigned from her post when she no longer believed in the administration. Despite her resignation, she continued her advocacy for her fellow Muslims, for the bakwit, and for Filipinos who lost their homes in Marawi.

“Pinapakilala ko rin ang kandidato namin pero ayoko sabihin na botohan nyo sila dahil sila ‘yung kandidato ko. ‘Yung ginawa ko lang pinakilala ko, pero ang pakiusap ko parang napaka-cliche na ‘yung Vote Wisely. Pero parang utang na loob, ‘wag natin sayangin iyong pagkakataon na ‘to. ‘Yun lang ‘yung pakiusap ko. (I am also introducing my candidates, but I don’t mean that you vote for them just because they are my candidates. What I am trying to accomplish is to introduce them, but I am humbly asking, although Vote Wisely seemed so cliched. But just like out of gratitude, don’t lose this oppprtunity. That’s all I’m asking),” Robredo told the students and faculties of Virgen Milagrosa University (VMU).

THE INAUGURATION OF THE WORLD’S TALLEST BAMBOO (SUPPORTED) STRUCTURE

 

Photo: [L-R] Fr. Carmelo Carreon, KKSBFI Romyl Junio, Mrs. Julie Fernandez, Dr. Henry Fernandez, Mayor Cezar Quiambao, Mrs. Niña Quimbao, Arch. Jerry Suratos and Fr. Allen Romero  

By Chester Capua (Weekly Good News)

Bayambang – A press conference for the upcoming Bayambang Pista’y Baley that will run from  April 1-8, 2019, and the upcoming inauguration of the much-awaited, record-breaking bamboo-supported sculpture of St. Vincent Ferrer was held at Mayor Quiambao’s SVV residence last Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Present in the press conference are Bayambang Mayor Cezar Quiambao and his wife, Mrs. Niña Quiambao, Consultant Fr. Carmelo Carreon, Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation Inc (KKSBFI) Executive Director Romyl Junio, Hermana Mayor Mrs. Julie Fernandez, Hermano Mayor Dr. Henry Fernandez, Project Manager Arch. Jerry Suratos and St. Vincent Parish Priest Fr. Allen Romero.

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With this year’s theme, “Bayang Pinagtibay ng Pagkakaisa at Pananampalataya laban sa Kahirapan” and the mayor’s BPRP 10-year action plan against poverty, Bayambang has grown into a highly- progressive and well-developed municipality within the past years. Much to be thankful for the successes and accomplishments of the town is the guidance of their guardian saint, Bayambang’s patron saint, St. Vincent Ferrer where Bayambang will celebrate the 400th founding anniversary of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church and the patron saint’s 600th  death anniversary. The Jubilee celebration will take place this coming April 2019, and the municipality of Bayambang will set to attempt a Guinness World Record of “The tallest bamboo supported structure” in the world.

Measuring with a physical height of fifty-one meters (51m); 3,470 total number of polygons; 222 segments and cuts; 4, 124.26 sqm surface area; 767 rings; 60 tons total weight of bamboo panels made of medium carbonized bamboo cladding and steel; with a volume of 768.99 cu. m; 22,626 total numbers of bamboo panels used and 60.10 meters from the foundation level. It was said to be “Higher than the Statue of Liberty in New York City”, and will rise as a part of the sixty-seven (67) hectares soon-to-be-developed new town at Brgy. Bani, Bayambang. The tallest image of St. Vincent Ferrer will be unveiled on the night of April 5, 2019, but a grand thanksgiving and fiesta mass, and a grand procession will take place prior to the inauguration of the statue.

“We are creating a landmark for people to remember and for Bayambang to be recognized all over the world,” announced Mayor Quiambao during the groundbreaking of the statue last year. Bayambang has conquered the world and placed the municipality on the map, as it broke the Guinness World Record title for the Longest Barbecue at eight (8) kilometers overthrowing the previous record set by Turkey.

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Meanwhile, at 3 p.m on March 27, 2019, the first day of the nine-day novena, a Holy Door at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church that was granted by the Vatican in Rome will be ceremoniously opened by Most Rev. Soc Villegas. It is for pilgrims who will pass through the door, that they may gain the indulgence attached with the Jubilee celebration.

“In my six (6) decades of existence, my whole life has been spent around Bayambang. I am a living witness of how man-made and natural tragedies tried to ruin our living. I have experienced extreme floods brought about by devastating typhoons. Earthquakes also shook our house and we even came to a point of losing all our properties. But every time, I and my family prayed to our Almighty through the intercession of St. Vincent, I feel that we get enlightened of what these catastrophes are meant for. A faithless person would readily lose faith and would surrender, but constant prayer and devotion make one’s faith stronger for him to understand that all of these challenges are wake-up calls for stronger faith. With this, we understand that no matter what rains or quakes come, our faith and devotion are our great refuge against whatever challenges come along the way. And we thank our patron saint for this divine intercession and guidance,” testified by Imelda Cayabyab, a devotee of St. Vincent Ferrer.

See also: Planetshakers in Manila

GRACE POE VISITED THE CITY OF SAN CARLOS PANGASINAN

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By Chester Capua (Weekly GoodNews-Regional)

San Carlos City, Pangasinan – Senator Grace Poe was warmly welcomed by the townspeople of San Carlos City, and the students of Pangasinan State University (PSU), as she started her campaign as an independent senatorial candidate presenting her agendas this upcoming national election.

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Unwavered by her failed attempt for the presidential position in the last election, Senator Grace Poe has once again run for a re-election senatorial bid this coming May election. Last Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Poe visited San Carlos City and presented herself to gain support from her late father, the actor – Fernando Poe Jr’s hometown, for the upcoming May election. She met with the local officials of San Carlos City, headed by Mayor Joseres Resuello. With him is Abono Partylist representative Rosendo So.

She expressed her gratitude for the support of the townspeople that was given to her in the last election, despite the pressures and the outcome of losing the presidential bid. After a brief speech at the Municipal Hall, she headed to the PSU-San Carlos Campus to meet with the students. Present in the university is running for Vice Governor Mark Lambino, running for Board Member Darwina Sampang, Councilor Sammy Millora, PSU Executive Director Dr. Cesar Della, PSU Executive Director Dr. Honorio Cascolan, Dr. Adonis Bautista, Dr. Evelyn Lomboy, Dr. Marie Claire Briones, Dr. Baldina Gutierrez, together with the teachers, professors, and students of PSU.

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Photo was taken with San Carlos City officials

“Ang isa pang tinutulak ko ay magkaroon ng internship program sa lahat ng government offices and hospitals na may bayad. Kasi marami sa inyo ang nag-i-internship, kayo pa ang nagbabayad sa kanila (Another bill I am pushing is an internship program in all government offices and hospitals with pay. Because many of you are rather paying them for internship)” Poe stated. “Pag nagkaroon na kayo nang pagkakataon kumuha ng lisensiya, imbes na three (3) years, ngayon five (5) years na extendable to ten (10). Ako po ang nagpasa ng batas na ‘yan.. Dati ang passport five (5) years lang, ngayon ten (10) years na rin. Ang isa pa, hinihintay ko na lang ang pirma ng presidente, pinasa na namin ang batas na ito ang “First Time Job Seekers Act”. Kapag nag-graduate kayo with your diploma, lahat ng government permits at clearances, NBi, NSO, government hospital check-up, libre na sa mga estudyante. Kung ang mga kapatid nyo ay buto’t balat o payat, mayroon libreng pananghalian sa public schools. Pero pag hindi, hindi pa kaya kasi ng gobyerno lahat (If you have the opportunity to get a license, instead of 3 years, it would now become 5 years extendable to 10. I was the one who passed that bill. The 5 years passport validity before is now also 10 years. Another one, I am only waiting for the signature approval of the president, we already passed the bill “First Time Job Seekers Act”. When you graduate with your diploma, all government permits and clearances, NBI, NSO, government hospital check-up, will be accessible freely to all the students. If you have an emaciated sibling or skinny, there is now free lunch in public schools. But if none, the government hasn’t implemented it in all schools),” she added stating her political agendas.

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Photo with the students of Pangasinan State University (PSU)

A brief forum was later held. Some students were given the chance to asked questions, and hot topic like fake news were raised. “So sa mga estudyante dito sa Pangasinan State University at sa mga teachers, at ating mga opisyal na nandito, maraming-maraming salamat sa mainit na pagtanggap ninyo. Pagbalik ko dito ulit, sana magkita-kita tayo at pwede bang hwag ninyo akong kalimutan sa darating na halalan? Pwede bang sabihin ninyo sa mga boyfriend, girlfriend nyo, sa mga parents nyo, sa mga kapatid nyo kung saka-sakali matulungan ninyo ako? (So to the students of Pangasinan State University, to the teachers, to the officials present today, I am grateful to your warm hospitality. When I return, I hope we would see each other. And hopefully, could you not forget me this coming election? Could you tell your boyfriend, your girlfriend, to your parents and siblings, if ever, they could help me?)” Poe ended.

JANICE HIDALGO’S MISLEADING CLAIMS AND LIES AGAINST A MAYOR

By Chester Capua (Weekly GoodNews-Regional)

Bayambang – Janice Hidalgo is facing rap for her malicious claims and damaging lies against an honest public servant of Bayambang, Mayor Cezar Quiambao. The video was uploaded and went viral last February 5, 2019, but it was the blotter and her claim of death threats that forced the mayor to file charges.

Recently, a malicious documentary-like video was uploaded to social media. It was the video of Janice Hidalgo that garnered the ire and discord of the Filipinos, especially in the line of media. Last Monday, Mayor Quiambao expressed his sadness and concern about the wrong practice of a certain journalist. In his press conference, the mayor humbly stated that he will not tolerate the blackmailing, and misleading claims of Hidalgo. Present in the press conference are Mayor Cezar Quiambao, Bayambang Municipal Engineer, Engr. Eddie Melicorio, Bayambang OIC-Municipal Accountant, Mrs. Elsie Dulay, Bayambang Municipal Internal Auditor, Mrs. Erlinda Alvarez, Bayambang Municipal Legal Officer, Atty. Raymundo Bautista Jr, running for the Board Member, Ms. Darwina Sampang, Bayambang Municipal Treasurer, Mrs. Luisita Danan and Bayambang Municipal Budget Officer, Mr. Peter Caragan.

The damage she has done caused a stir within the circles of the media. Hidalgo is a fellow colleague in the media industry, a host, and has been known recently because of her viral video that is not only tarnishing the reputation of Mayor Quiambao but her malicious accusations of the mayor’s corruption and malversation of the city’s funds. Sampang, who has a somewhat close relationship with Hidalgo can justify the dubious claims and fabricated lies of the latter. In her statement, it was Sampang who took the initiative of talking to Hidalgo at Lenox Hotel, a hotel chosen by Hidalgo herself.

In their conversation, Hidalgo vehemently boasted her experiences with Cojuangco. And how much money she received, which is equivalent to the staggering price of a building. Sampang asked Hidalgo what help she could give, Hidalgo stated that she could build her up, and conduct an interview. However, Sampang clearly stated that she doesn’t have the means, and the money to pay Hidalgo’s service which the latter told her that it’s okay. Hidalgo again narrated that she was called by Espino, and asked her to stop the video against them. To which Hidalgo answered that it was too late as Espino’s camp wouldn’t afford to pay what Cojuangco has given her. According to Sampang, it was also Hidalgo that opened the topic of the video about Bayambang.

Meanwhile, Hidalgo vehemently asked if there was an offer coming from Mayor Quiambao’s camp. To which Sampang answered that there was never an offer. Sampang explained that Mayor Quiambao doesn’t know about their meet-up, nor any members of the mayor’s family. She reiterated that she was concerned about the welfare of Bayambang so she initiated the talk, and then challenged Hidalgo to simultaneously take a lie detector test. On the other hand, Hidalgo insisted they give her a Hyundai Starex van under her name, in exchange for erasing the video. Sampang debunked all the claims and accusations in the blotter.

Proceeding to the press conference, Mayor Quiambao clarified some important issues surrounding the said allegations in the viral video. The first is about the higher tax rates for business owners in the municipality. Showing the tricycle fees, it was only the annual parking fee that increased by only ₱15. The most affected business taxes were Land Registration Systems Inc (LARES), and STRADCOM, both of which are companies owned by Mayor Quiambao. Second, the ghost projects are nowhere to be found. With a supposedly allocated budget, East West Bank hasn’t yet released the remaining funds for them. The LGU is still waiting for the remaining loan of ₱91,419,809.75 to complete the projects. Third, the issue of who is paying for the loan of the LGU. It was the mayor himself, Mayor Quiambao is the biggest taxpayer of the entire municipality. Fourth is that the clip of Mayor Quiambao included in the video was taken in 2012 and it has nothing to do with the issue. The last is the accusation of not paying taxes on Royal Mall, where the mayor explained it is impossible not to pay it as he already paid the rental 50 years in advance. Mayor Quiambao clearly stated that all the transactions done by his office are transparent.

Mayor Quiambao honestly answered some questions raised by the panel of media outlets. In one of the questions, he clarified the accusations on building the Prayer Park, “By the way, sinasabi nila kaya ako nangutang kasi gingastos natin sa Prayer Park. For the last 2 and a half years, I’ve been quiet. What I have been spending for this town. That prayer park will cost ₱240M, and no single centavo is being spent out of taxpayer’s money (By the way, they keep on saying that the reason why I borrowed money is that we are spending it on the construction of the Prayer Park….)”

“Why civil case? It’s a legal strategy because the civil case goes to RTC. So we will just file damages, even if it will be granted, I filed the ₱5M damages. Okay! Then her next video, it would be the criminal case, then another civil case by prosecution.. so it’s a legal strategy. So, what she earns, is going to spend it in legal cases that we are going to file against her,” Quiambao answered on why he opted for a civil case against Hidalgo.

His wife Mrs. Niña Quiambao has been emotional because of the controversy. She was saddened on why Hidalgo is dragging her husband’s name when Mayor Quiambao’s only intention is to support and uplift the lives of Bayambangueños. No amount of money could leverage his love for Bayambang. No instance was Hidalgo threatened or offered any amount of money because Quiambao believes that Bayambangueños are smart enough to know Hidalgo’s purpose of making a demolition job. A dirty tactic, as the election season is approaching. Before Quiambao ended the press conference, he was grateful for the presence of the media, “..hopefully, we will able to clarify the issues against us, and hopefully this will give a lesson to the media industry that we should have a balanced reporting”.

HOUSING TURN OVER CEREMONY FOR THE POOREST OF THE POOR IN BAYAMBANG

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By Chester Capua (Weekly GoodNews-Regional)

Bayambang – The housing turn over ceremony was held at Brgy. Sancagulis, Bayambang, Pangasinan last January 24, 2019. Led by the Couples for Christ (CFC) ANCOP Charity Organization, with the participation of Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation (KKSBFI), and with the aide of Mayor Cezar Quiambao, ten (10) houses were successfully awarded to the beneficiaries.

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The program commenced with a mass officiated by Rev. Fr. Oscar Roque. Present in the said event are Mayor Cezar Quiambao, Vice Mayor Raul Sabangan, CFC ANCOP Canada President Bro. Ricardo Cuenca, CFC Pangasinan Provincial Area Director Gerry Montero, KKSBFI General Manager Romyl Junio, CFC Pangasinan Area Head Rudi Talosig, CFC ANCOP Chairman Reuel Robregado, CFC ANCOP Board Member Henjie San Juan, CFC ANCOP Board Member Raul Marababol, benefactors of CFC ANCOP Canada, some representatives of KKSBFI, LGUs and barangay officials.

After the Groundbreaking Ceremony happened last July 2018, some of the completed houses are now ready to be turned over to their selected beneficiaries. ANCOP, an acronym for “Answer the Cry Of the Poor”, is a global non-profit organization founded by Couples for Christ. It is dedicated to uplift the lives of poor families in developing countries such as the Philippines. With a mission to restore the poor’s hope and dignity, organizing them into sustainable and self-reliant communities through livelihood assistance, values formation, and community empowerment. Currently operating in the country, its aim is to answer the cry of the poor through effective child education and community development programs, develop partnerships to achieve a shared vision and sharing of resources for the poor. Putting faith into action, with the grace of God, and the generosity of all of their donors and supporters, they already helped many poor families and transformed many lives. Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation, Inc.(KKSBFI) is a non-stock, non-profit corporation. It is organized by a group of individuals led by the Quiambao family of Pangasinan, who wanted to uplift the quality of life of Bayambangueños. It was established to address poverty due to unemployment and lack of economic opportunities, while it focuses on Livelihood Trainings. In areas such as bamboo processing treatment and preservation, livelihood workshops, reflexology, cosmetology, entrepreneurship, computer hardware service, housekeeping, and implementation of 4P’s Sustainable Livelihood Training Residential Care. One of their recent initiative in Bayambang is the “Vision Mission” together with WeCare Foundation, a medical mission focused on giving free eye care needs around the different provinces.

The invocation was headed by Bro. Ricky Castillo, then-Vice Mayor Raul Sabangan delivered an exuberant opening speech while Mr. Romyl Junio welcomed the guests. Bro. Gerry Montero made the briefing of the project. According to him, “..the project involves the construction of fifteen (15) units duplex houses for a total of thirty (30) units in all. Each housing unit has a floor area of thirty square meters (30 sqm). By far, one of the biggest, if not the biggest low-cost housing in the country in terms of floor area. It has likewise a lot area of sixty square meters (60 sqm)”. He added that, “Each housing unit has a total project cost of one hundred seventy thousand pesos (P170,000). Of this estimated amount of one hundred seventy thousand pesos per unit (P170,000/unit), CFC ANCOP Canada funded one hundred forty-five thousand pesos (P145,000), or 85% of the total project cost per unit. And the remaining thirty-five thousand pesos (P35,000), or 15% of the cost is the counterpart of our foundation, KKSBFI.

So all in all, the total project cost is, for the entire thirty (30) units socialite housing project is five (5) million one hundred thousand pesos (P5.1M). The CFC ANCOP Canada funds a counterpart of four (4) million three hundred fifty thousand pesos (P4.350M), and the KKSBFI counterpart is seven hundred fifty thousand pesos (P750,000)”. That day, they are set to turn over five (5) duplex houses or ten (10) units to ten (10) of their selected beneficiaries. Jonah Gulles, one (1) out of the ten (10) beneficiaries, was unable to express her happiness. “..maraming-maraming salamat po sa lahat. Hindi ko po ma-express ang pasalamat na nagkaroon kami ng sariling bahay. Na magkaroon kami ng panibagong panimula; na magkaroon kami ng dignidad na masasabi talaga namin na kami ay tagarito na, bahay na namin. Nakatira po kami dati sa Amangcosiling. Saksi po si Municipal Councilor, Councilor Amory. Saksi po siya sa buhay ko po, na ako ay palaging pinapalayas. Hiwalay po ako sa asawa. Pero pasalamat pa rin ako sa Panginoon binigyan ako ng bagong pagkakataon, bagong buhay para maalagaan ko ang aking mga anak. Para magiging maayos na tao sa lipunan, hindi pasaway. Ito na po ‘yung way para sa panibagong pagbabago po (Thank you so much for everything. I cannot express my gratitude for having our own house. To start anew; to have our dignity in claiming that we are a resident here, that it’s our home. We were once a settler in Amangcosiling. Municipal councilor Amore is a witness. He witnessed how I lived my life, that I am always evicted out of my abode. My husband and I were separated. But I am grateful to the Lord for giving me a new chance, a new life that I can take care of my children. To be a good citizen in society, and not to be delinquent. This is the way towards a fresh start)”.

For a brief moment, Bro. Rudi Talosig offered a short prayer for the late, Mr. Levin Uy. Levin Uy was a councilor, KKSBFI Managing Director, and a political adviser of Mayor Quiambao before he was killed. Talosig narrated Uy’s important role in the project. How they conceptualize the idea, giving Uy’s whole heart into it. He later empowered the beneficiaries with his kind words, an announcement of building additional houses in the future, and a promise of scholarship for the children of beneficiaries, where one of them is dreaming of becoming a future engineer. “..tinitiyak ko sa inyo na lagi kaming nakaalalay. Kami ay tutulong, pero kayo ang unang tumulong sa inyong sarili (I am assuring you that we will always guide you. We will lend our help, but, you should help yourselves first)”, as Talosig ended his message. Meanwhile, Bro. Ricky Cuenca was all-praises to the local government of Bayambang. He commended the successful partnership and collaboration between the two parties. The strong support from the local government, together with the KKSBFI made it successful. Calling the beneficiaries as “home partners”, rather than the former, Cuenca emphasized how blessed the CFC ANCOP Canada seeing the project came into full fruition. He was touched and inspired, because of the hard work of everyone. Reminding the home partners to the conditions it entails, he empowered them with his kind words and assuring them the help they need will be given.

Gathering the community’s attention, Mayor Cezar Quiambao made a remarkable speech expressing his gratefulness to all the partners, local government units, and barangay officials who made the project a success. He was grateful for the new partnership that developed while hoping for a new collaboration in the future. Commemorating the death of a beloved friend, Levin Uy, he can never be replaced, but continuing his leadership was tasked to Mr. Romyl Junio. Mayor Quiambao was reminded of how the proposed two (2) hectares of the land to be used on this project was acquired. The land was bought to Levin Uy’s driver, with the help and persistence of Levin Uy himself. After remembering Uy and his participation, Quiambao moves on to announce the new name of the new community. He called it “Ancop Village”, got the name from its benefactors and its equivalent translation of the word “ancop” in the local dialect, meaning “bagay na bagay”, in Tagalog. Wrapping up his speech, he introduced some of his new projects in Bayambang. One of his major projects is Bayambang Poverty Reduction Action Plan. A 10-year action plan proposing to reduce the poverty rate of its residents. The program ended with the awarding of a symbolic key, after which a walk-thru inspection was made. Prior to the program, Quiambao has stated another plan in the works, “Sa kabila ‘yung low-cost housing naman ng mga empleyado (The low-cost housing for the employees would be on the other side)”.

Witnessing all the important figures and local political officials that came to the event, one man was grateful to be part of such a historical event. The Barangay Captain of Brgy. Sancagulis, Brgy. Captain Marcelo Caniezo cannot express his awe and gratitude for choosing a portion of their land to give shelter to his fellow homeless Bayambangueños. “Lucky kami, lucky kami na kuwan, nakita ‘yung barangay namin na para dito sa pabahay (We are lucky, lucky in a sense that they saw our barangay for this project)”. Caniezo said. The newly established, ANCOP Village, is situated between the boundaries of Brgy. Sancagulis and Brgy. Bical Sur. Geographically, it is still part of Brgy. Sancagulis.