Saturday, 21 April 2012

Late-breaking news by PERCY A OSTONAL

Official logo of the 2012 JPNHS general alumni homecoming-reunion that will appear in all souvenir banners, T-shirts, promo products, promo programs and a lot more. - Courtesy of JPNHS Facebook site

All roads lead to JPNHS High School grand reunion. Through my overseas call to our eldest sister Mrs Precy Ostonal-Taboada, (Batch ’63) I was told that lots of previous residents and "balik-bayans" are so excited to come home for this year's JPNHS grand reunion on April 28-29. Some came much earlier for the Holy Week, especially those based in California, New York, and in Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, in Canada. One adjective that could aptly describe this group is the word “retirees”. As one US old-timer told my sister: "When we were young then, with San Mauricio Gold Mines, Paracale-Gumaus Gold Mines and Philippine Iron Mines in operations, our town's population was not this big compared today’s number at 50,000 plus … and I hardly knew anyone by now.” She lamented that they (the retirees) have become strangers in their own native town owing to their long absence. Roughly some 1,000 plus alumni are expected to come home for the reunion by boats, SUVs, cars, train and airplanes.

Bag-of-cement for a cause: Road cementing now at Barangay Calero. There's a great deal for the baranggay residents of Calero, Jose panganiban, Camarines Norte, to be happy about these days as road cementing has been completed within their area. Just less than a month ago, it passed the Adea property fronting the beach area. Now, people's excitement soars as expectations are also high that the cemented road would finally reach Larap by year’s end. The appeal for bayanihan and helping-hands by Mayor Dong Padilla and his administration through Facebook to all Mambolenos in the Philippines and abroad and through Mambulaoans Worldwide Buzz online news has created patriotic emotions and continued supports. 

JP administration candidates for council, 2013 election. Except for the three remaining spots for Sangguniang-bayan of Jose Panganiban, Camarines Norte, five of the currently elected administration officials are pretty much assured to make the team. They are Councilors Aristeo Arenal, Romeo Arena, Sarah Marie Aviado, Felino Schneider-IV and Carlos Taboada. From a reliable source, it was learned that two of the candidates vying for the vacant slots were losers under the 2010 Dong Padilla-Ariel Non Tandem. The 8th place is now reserved to a" young, dynamic lady and community leader of South poblacion. There's no denying that even the political machine of the opposition is gearing up as well and its widely known that ex-mayor William Lim is preparing for his comeback while two former vice-mayors are jockeying for the second highest municipal job under the Lim team, alongside a newcomer. Die-hard followers of Lim -- councilors Pompeo Guzman, Ramil Ybarola and Rodrigo Ultra - were prominently mentioned this early as re-electionists.

Incoming seaside walkways. Instead of using the same treated lumber to replace the present-day boardwalks, it was learned by this writer that the municipal government has alloted P2 million to replace it with a "T- design" seaside walkways. It will be 100% concrete with materials chosen to last for years. When trying to determine as to the source of funding, I was told that funding to this project would come directly from the local government’s savings. Residents and visitors alike are expected to see and enjoy this facility improvement sometimes late this year.

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