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December 30 is Rizal Day

“On this battlefield, man has no better weapon than his intelligence, no other force but his heart.”

Today, December 30 is commemorated as “Rizal Day” to remember the death of our national hero in 1896 whose works sparked the revolution leading to our independence in 1898 and whose life story and lessons lingers up to the present.

In our very own city plaza, a unique statue of our national hero stands proudly as a symbol of Catbalogan’s love and respect of history and our continuing efforts to protect it for the next generation.

“May this day and the life and works of Rizal continue to inspire today’s generation that bravery and courage need not always be up in arms and in battles and that one must not always suffer death to be a hero,” City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan shares.

She further emphasizes that, “And as we brave through a new year this 2019, let us continue to fight for the real truth and the true justice that will always prevail no matter what.”

Rizal Day was first instituted with a decree by President Emilio Aguinaldo issued December 20, 1898 and celebrated December 30, 1898 as a national day of mourning for Rizal in Malolos, Bulacan and all victims of the Spanish colonial rule of the Philippines.

On February 1, 1902, the Philippine Commission enacted Act No. 345, which made December 30 a public holiday and to underscore the solemnity of the event, President Elpidio Quirino signed Republic Act No. 229 into law on June 9, 1948 that prohibits cockfighting, horse racing and jai-alai every December 30.

(Photo by George Tapan; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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City suspends work for the afternoon today due to TD Usman

By virtue of Executive Order Number 033 series of 2018, City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan suspends work in government offices starting 01:00 PM today, December 28, 2018 due to Tropical Depression Usman.

Suspension of work in all private entities, companies and institutions in Catbalogan City shall be discretionary upon the management of such entities.

#UsmanPH #catbalogancity #walangpasok #stepforwardcatbalogan

City DRRM Council convenes as TD Usman nears

The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (CDRRMC) was convened for an emergency meeting today, December 27, 2018 at City Mayor’s Office as Tropical Depression Usman nears.

For the PAG-ASA Sever Weather Bulletin at 05:00 PM, Usman was estimated based on all available data at 410 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar (10.3 °N, 129.4 °E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 65 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 1 has already been raised in Samar and Eastern Visayas as well as other nearby provinces and Usman may intensify into a Tropical Storm prior to landfall over Eastern Samar tomorrow afternoon (28 December).

No suspension of work was recommended by the CDRRMC for tomorrow but specific offices have already started preparing should their be a need for forced evacuation for families living in prone areas.

(Photos by Michael Tuazon; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Local artists participate Christmas poster-making & siday writing contests

Saludo kita han aton mga kabataan nga nakigduyog han aton Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan. Miski mauran-uran ngan bakasyon na, pinili la ngahaw nira magpakita han ira talento. Ha matin-aw nga paghulagway han aton mga kanta han Pasko ngan pagsurat ug pagbasa han siday, nabuhi an aton arte, kultura, ngan mga panurundon han kapaskuhan.

Maupay nga Pasko ngan Congratulations ha mga nagdaog!

Winners of the Siday Writing and Reading Contest (Mga Siday Han Kapaskuhan):
First Prize: “Ungod ka nga Santa Claus” ni Asel B. Dela Pena, 15 katuig an pangidaron taga Brgy. Guinsorongan
Second Prize: “Pasko na Sangkay” ni James B. Cataros, 14 katuig an pangidaron taga Brgy. Guinsorongan
Third Prize: “Hino an Ungod nga Pasko?” ni Lobela B. Bulos, 17 katuig an pangidaron taga Brgy. Mercedes.

Winners of the On-The-Spot Christmas Poster-Making Contest (Pasko na, Pinta Ko!):
First Prize: Raymart B. Pancito, 19 katuig an pangidaron taga Brgy. 13
Second Prize: Edison D. Ballon, 21 katuig an pangidaron taga Brgy. Guinsorongan
Third Prize: Ed Chieson C. Sapetin, 19 katuig an pangidaron taga Brgy. Guinsorongan

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December 20 was the MV Doña Paz tragedy last 1987

Today, December 20 marks the 31st year since that tragic event when MV Doña Paz collided with MT Vector claiming more than 4,000 passengers with a little over 20 survivors.

Dubbed as Asia’s Titanic, that tragic event records as the deadliest ferry disaster in history during peace time.

With majority of the passengers coming from Samar and Leyte, a park now sits across the Church of St. Bartholomew with a memorial statue of the famous “La Pieta” of Michelangelo, serving as a reminder of the thousands of souls that were claimed by the Doña Paz tragedy.

Now called Pieta Park, it was where the town’s plaza mayor or main plaza was located and was said to be a cemetery before transferred to Ubanon District in 1865.

The park now serves as a public space for families and friends, ever mindful of the dark past that lingers with lessons and good memories that remembers.

(Photo by George Tapan; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Step High Christmas Dance Craze 2018

Grooving on December 22, 2018 as part of the “Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan”, calling all dance groups to join this year’s STEP HIGH Christmas Dance Craze!

Register your groups at City Tourism, Culture, Arts, and Information Office (CTCAIO) located at Captivating Catbalogan Center, 2nd Floor of Concesa Building, Corner Rizal Avenue and San Francisco Street, Catbalogan City.

Kay ha Catbalogan, marisyo it kapaskohan!

 

Christmas caroling contest gathers young talents

Young Catbaloganons joined the Christmas Caroling Contest held tonight, December 19, 2018 as part of the “Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan” activity of the city government.

“An Mga Blanos” group representing Barangay San Pablo took home the first place; “Malunggay Family” from Barangay 06 Poblacion settled for second place; and “Kikay Squad” from Barangay 04 Poblacion placed third in the competition.

The newly-unveiled Christmas Belen by no less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan served as the backdrop of the competition, which featured english, filipino and binisaya Christmas songs that filled the cool evening air of Catbalogan.

Indeed, Christmas season in Catbalogan is fun and festive especially when shared with families and friends.

(Photos by Adine Mabag; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #kapaskohanhakatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan#christmas2018 #stepforwardcatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan#karisyokatbalogan

Catbalogan unveils Christmas Belen made by local sculptor

Commissioned by the City Government through local sculptor, Mr. Joel Alba Pragas, an eleven-piece nativity scene is currently displayed at the city stage and was officially unveiled last December 17, 2018 by no less than City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, signalling the start of the “Kapaskohan ha Katbalogan” activity in Catbalogan City.

Witnessed by various partners and stakeholders, series of activities are scheduled every night to promote our local culture while celebrating the most joyous season of the year.

“An paghatag hin waray sukol nga paghigugma, waray kabalyo nga pagbulig ngan pag-simpatiya ngan sakripisyo para han kada tagsa, labi na gud adto nga atun mga kabugtuan nga kulang ha kinabuhi, amo an tinuod nga karuyag signgon han pag selebrar han Pasko,” Mayor Step shares.

The Christmas Belen displayed at the city stage is meant to remind Catbaloganons of the real meaning of Christmas and that is Christ – His birth and our salvation.

(Photos by John Doblon & Adine Mabag; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Christmas Caroling Contest 2018

Happening on December 19, 2018 (Wednesday), calling all amateur groups of five (5) to eight (8) members to join the “Christmas Caroling Contest” and win your way to amazing prizes!

Each group must sing two (2) Christmas songs: one (1) song must either be in English or Filipino and one (1) song must be in Binisaya or Waray-waray.

First Prize is P5,000.00; Second Prize is P3,000.00; Third Prize is P2,000.00; and non-winners will receive P1,000.00 consolation prize per group.

To officially register, please contact Bambz at 0917-836-1495 or visit the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO) at Captivating Catbalogan Center, 2nd Floor of Concesa Building, Corner Rizal Avenue and San Francisco Street, Catbalogan City.

#kapaskohanhakatbalogan #catbalogancity #carolingcontest #christmas2018#kulturakatbalogan #karisyokatbalogan #stepforwardcatbalogan

Pasko na Pinta ko Christmas poster-making contest open for youngsters

PASKO NA PINTA KO!

Not your ordinary on-the-spot poster-making contest.

Turn your favorite Christmas song into a beautiful piece of art, join the competition on Friday, December 21, 2018, 3PM at the City Plaza, Catbalogan City.

For inquiries, please contact Mike at 0927-771-3527 or visit the City Tourism, Culture, Arts and Information Office (CTCAIO) at Captivating Catbalogan Center, 2nd Floor of Concesa Building, Corner Rizal Avenue and San Francisco Street, Catbalogan City.

Kay ha Catbalogan, marisyo it kapaskohan!

#catbalogancity #kapaskohanhakatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan #karisyokatbalogan #stepforwardcatbalogan