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Monday, November 28, 2011


Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto V. Garcia asked the Subic volunteers to continue supporting SBMA, citing their vital role in the successful transformation of the former US naval base in Subic into a Freeport.

“Kung wala kayo, hindi magiging successful ang SBMA,” Garcia said as he joined Olongapo City Mayor James “Bong” Gordon and First Lady Anne Marie Gordon in paying tribute to the thousands of volunteers who sacrificed and worked without pay to maintain the facilities and environs of the former base and make it attractive to investors.

Mayor Gordon and other city officials, Chairman Garcia and the Bagumbayan Volunteers led the celebration of Volunteers Day and the 19th anniversary of the Subic turnover from the US to the Philippine government at the Volunteers Shrine in Subic Bay Freeport.

In his message, Garcia also reported that the Freeport work force now consists of 92,000 – triple the peak number of Filipino workers employed by the former US naval base.

Mayor Gordon, for his part, urged the youth to keep the spirit of volunteerism alive, as he noted the presence of students and young professionals in the celebration.

“Ang sakripisyo at pagsisikap ng mga kapwa natin volunteer ay siyang pundasyon ng pag-unlad hindi lamang ng Freeport kundi ng mismong lungsod ng Olongapo,” the city’s chief executive said.

“Ang pagdating ng Ayala at SM ang mga gantimpala natin sa ating mga sakripisyo,” Mrs. Gordon said, stressing that Olongapo should “keep fighting for excellence.”

The traditional floral offering and reaffirmation of commitment to volunteerism highlighted the afternoon program at the Shrine where the names of over 8,000 volunteers are engraved on granite panels, a memorial built in their honor by the first SBMA Chairman/Administrator Richard J. Gordon.

Gordon, who is in Geneva, Switzerland, was absent for the first time from the Volunteers Day celebration.

Former volunteers – many of them already senior citizens – relived the times that they spent the night watching the different facilities of the former base and dancing their worries and weariness away as Mayor Gordon and his Bonggo band played their favorite chants and songs.


Friday, November 25, 2011


The Olongapo City Fiesta 2011 Executive Committee in cooperation with the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Cinemalaya Foundation Inc. presents Cinemalaya sa Gapo on November 26-30, 2011 at the Olongapo City Convention Center.

Cinemalaya sa Gapo is one of the activities slated in the Olongapo City Fiesta celebration. Initiated by Olongapo City Councilor Bugsy Gordon Delos Reyes, Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Olongapo City Fiesta, Cinemalaya sa Gapo is also aimed at raising funds to improve the condition of the Barangay Health Centers in the City.

“We see Cinemalaya as one of the more appropriate avenues to carry out our vision. We have begun our efforts in encouraging and exposing Olongapenos to the arts, particularly by sending a delegation during the opening of the recent Cinemalaya Film Festival at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, “Councilor Delos Reyes said.

A selection of films from the 2011 Cinemalaya Independent Film Festival and Competition will be offered in Cinemalaya sa Gapo, including the Best Film awardees Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (New Breed Section), Bisperas by Jeffrey Jeturian (Directors Showcase) and Walang Katapusang Kwarto (Short Feature Section).

Other films to be screened are Niño by Loy Arcenas (Special Jury Prize, New Breed Section) which won the top prize in the 2011 Busan International Film Festival, Hanapbuhay by Henry Frejas (Special Jury Prize, Short Feature), Patikul by Joel Lamangan, Isda by Adolfo Alix Jr, Nono by Milo Tolentino, Niño Bonito by Milo Tolentino, Busong by Auraeus Solito, Debut by Pam Reyes, Ang Sayaw ng Dalawang Kaliwang Paa by Alvin Yapan, Every Other Time by Gino Santos, Boundary by Benito Bautista, Ligo na U, Lapit na Me by Erick Salud, Amok by Lawrence Fajardo, Hazard by Mikhail Red, and Immanuel by Gabriel Puyat.

Cinemalaya filmmakers and actors will be on hand to discuss their films with the audience.

“The CCP and Cinemalaya Foundation have always worked together in the past to bring Cinemalaya to the regions. This is part of our outreach program aimed at promoting Philippine independent cinema to as many Filipinos as possible by showcasing films that speak of the unique Philippine culture, experience and values which one would not normally see in the mainstream cinema. We therefore look at this project as educational in thrust.”, Cinemalaya Festival Director Nestor O. Jardin said.

Mostly students from various high schools and colleges of Olongapo City and nearby towns as well as the general public are expected to attend Cinemalaya sa Gapo.
Cinemalaya sa Gapo will open with an opening ceremony at 6 pm on November 26 followed by a gala screening of Ang Babae sa Septic Tank, the popular Eugene Domingo starrer that topped the New Breed Section of 2011 Cinemalaya.

Tickets are at P100 (regular price) and P80 (student price).
For more information, please call 832-1125 local 1704-1705 and visit www.culturalcenter.gov.ph and www.cinemalaya.org


Olongapo City Convention Center
26-30 November 2011

November 26 (Saturday)
06:30 PM Opening Program
08:00 PM ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK by Marlon Rivera
(Gala Screening)

November 27 (Sunday)
10:00 AM PATIKUL* by Joel Lamangan/ Niño Bonito by Milo Tolentino
12:45 PM ISDA* by Adolfo Alix, Jr. / Hanapbuhay by Henry Frejas
03:30 PM ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK* / Hanapbuhay
06:15 PM NONO by Milo Tolentino/ Niño Bonito by Milo Tolentino
08:30 PM BISPERAS by Jeffrey Jeturian/ Immanuel by Gio Puyat

November 28 (Monday)
10:00 AM ANG BABAE SA SEPTIC TANK / Hanapbuhay
12:45 PM BUSONG* by Auraeus Solito / Debut by Pam Reyes
03:30 PM PATIKUL / Niño Bonito
by Alvin Yapan / Every Other Time by Gino Santos
09:00 PM ISDA / Hanapbuhay

November 29 (Tuesday)
10:00 AM BUSONG / Debut
12:45 PM NIÑO* by Loy Arcenas / Debut
03:30 PM BOUNDARY* / Hazard by Mikhail Red
06:15 PM LIGO NA U, LAPIT NA ME* by Erick Salud /
Walang Katapusang Kwarto by Emerson Reyes
Every Other Time

November 30 (Wednesday)
10:00 AM NONO* / Niño Bonito
12:45 PM BISPERAS* / Immanuel
03:30 PM AMOK* by Lawrence Fajardo/ Hazard
06:15 PM NIÑO / Debut
09:00 PM LIGO NA U, LAPIT NA ME (Closing Film) /
Walang Katapusang Kwarto

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Thursday, November 24, 2011


The Olongapo City Police Office (OCPO) reported the arrest of the suspect in the murder of a trader and his family’s household help in less than 24 hours.

In a report to Olongapo Mayor James “Bong” Gordon Jr., OCPO City Director Police Senior Supt. Christopher Tambungan identified the suspect as Danilo Gidor, 42, a native of barangay Dau, San Jose, Northern Samar who is staying temporarily with a relative at Barangay Barreto in Olongapo.

Investigators said that Gidor was tagged by witnesses as suspect in the killing of local businessman Leon Ong, 50, and Leonisa Guerrero, 41 on November 21. 2011.

Gidor, identified as the common-law husband of Guerrero, was captured at Bgy. Barreto at 11:50 p.m. on November 21, some 20 hours after Ong and Guerrero were found dead with multiple stab wounds at Ong’s apartment in #45 18th St., East Bajac-Bajac.

Gidor is currently detained at OCPO Station 1. Police authorities filed two counts of murder against Gidor at the Olongapo City Prosecutor’s Office.

Investigators said there are strong indications that the the killing was triggered by jealousy.

Mayor Gordon lauded the PNP for the immediate apprehension of the suspect.
“Pinatutunayan ng ating kapulisan sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mabilis na aksyon sa kasong ito na masigasig sila sa pagsisikap na mapanatili ang kapayapaan sa Olongapo,” Gordon said.

In a recent briefing for the City Peace and Order Council, the OCPO reported a 50% reduction in crime volume in the city, compared with last year.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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