ORMOC CITY – The city council here has approved a one-peso rollback on the minimum fare for tricycles plying in the city, following a series of reduction in prices for gasoline. This brings the minimum fare within the city from P 7.00 to P 6.00, and rates outside the city lower by one peso.
In their session held Wednesday, January 14, it was noted that Ormoc City was already lagging behind other cities in rolling back the fare of tricycles, which is determined by the local officials, as it was a devolved function.
The fare rollback was requested by the Ormoc Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. in a resolution, noting that “reduction of fuel prices will continue and therefore the reduction in minimum fares is proper and logical.”
The Ormoc Chamber, under the new leadership of former PBA cager Rey Evangelista, also views the fare rollback as “beneficial to lower the cost of living in Ormoc City and this further is contributory to the promotion of industrial peace.” [click to continue…]
ORMOC CITY – Two women from this city, known for their active involvement in charitable organizations and church activities, were among the blessed few who were able to get up close to Pope Francis during his lunch with calamity victims on January 17, Saturday, at the Archbishop’s Residence.
They are Magdalena de los Santos-Larrazabal or “Leni” to family and friends and Estrella “Teling” Serafica-Pangilinan. They were among six people chosen to serve the Pope during his lunch.
“Leni” is the wife of Atty. Iñaki Larrazabal Jr., a CPA by profession but a full-time mom to eight young professionals. She is also the president of the Sanctus Vincenzus Scholarship Foundation, a homegrown organization, which has sent and is sending around 200 poor but deserving students to college.
“Teling”, on the other hand, co-manages Big Roy’s Restaurant with her husband, and is very active in church activities, aside from giving testimonials on surviving breast cancer. She also speaks Spanish like a native, growing up in a household where Spanish was the preferred language. [click to continue…]
Delegates from Ormoc City were fast on the draw to show their warm welcome to Pope Francis. As soon as his arrival was announced, they formed “Pope Francis loves Ormoc” with their supply of bottled water.
TACLOBAN CITY – “When I saw from Rome the catastrophe, I felt that I had to be here, and on those very days, I decided to come here. I’m here to be with you, a little bit late I have to say… but I’m here. So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you, but the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you lost part of your families, all I can do is keep silence, and I walk with you all with my silent heart,” said Pope Francis during his homily during the Papal Mass in DZR Airport here on January 17, moving the pilgrims into tears.
Over 75,600 Catholic faithful endured the rain and the cold as their utmost sacrifice, just to meet in flesh His Holiness Pope Francisco, and attend to the Papal Mass. They came from the 78 parishes of Leyte, and the other Dioceses in the region and even Mindanao. They started arriving at the venue on January 15 yet, and stayed out in the open airfield, which was wet and cold brought by a tropical storm that was threatening to hit Tacloban.
The storm eventually escalated into a typhoon by January 17, the Pope’s visit, but the Pope bravely flew in, ignoring warnings not to. [click to continue…]
The dead body of Sim Serrano lies at the foot of the stairs of the illegal cockpit. Autopsy revealed all shots he sustained were on the back.
ORMOC CITY – The city prosecutor here has found probable cause to indict two policemen, out of 13, for homicide and frustrated homicide, in a buy-bust operation that went wrong last April 8, 2013, resulting in three civilian deaths and the wounding of five others.
Facing a complaint of frustrated homicide is SPO1 Renato Singcol, while PO1 Joseph Pilapil faces homicide.
City prosecutor Marcelo Oñate, in a “Consolidated Resolution” to resolve six complaints and countersuits that the aggrieved parties and the police filed against each other, said evidence pointed at PO1 Pilapil as the one who shot dentist Dr. Jay Movilla on the head, albeit unintentionally. [click to continue…]
Tacloban-born Cherrie Anderson is the frontwoman of Ooberfuse, an internationally known electro-pop band. They also performed the theme song of the World Youth Day in Brazin in 2013.
PALO, LEYTE – “Mercy”, the official theme song of Pope Francis’ upcoming “Mercy and Compassion” themed Apostolic visit to the Philippines is composed by Cherrie Anderson, the Tacloban-born frontwoman of the international electro-pop band Ooberfuse.
Fr. Chris Militante, Palo Archdiocese’s Information Officer, said, “‘Mercy’ was composed by the band’s vocalist Cherrie Anderson, whose mother is from Tacloban City, specifically for Yolanda survivors.” It was officially nominated as one of three songs that convey the message behind Pope Francis’ upcoming state and pastoral visit. Palo, Leyte was one of the most devastated areas during Typhoon Yolanda last November 2013. [click to continue…]