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Philippine Business Bank opens in Catbalogan City

Another bank has opened in Catbalogan City — Philippine Business Bank(PBB) and is conveniently located at corner Rizal Avenue and San Francisco Street, further cementing Catbalogan’s stronghold as the province’s capital.

Philippine Business Bank (also known as PBB) is a Filipino savings bank, which focuses on corporate and small and medium enterprises markets that provides close to a full range of banking services and products including cash management, retail and corporate lending, deposit products, international trade finance, treasury and trust products.

PBB is a part of the AMY Group, a conglomerate of companies owned by Alfredo M. Yao (or AMY); was incorporated as a Philippine corporation and registered with the SEC on January 28, 1997 as “Total Savings Bank”; and was granted the authority to operate as a thrift bank under the MB Resolution No. 29 dated January 8, 1997. 

Catbalogan has now more than ten (10) banks present with seven (7) commercial banks listed in the top ten banks of the Philippines according to Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), proving our higher economic and commercial activity in the whole island of Samar.

(Photos by Aldwin Chow Giray; Report by Ador Hurtado)

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SMCC to celebrate alumni month with mardi gras theme

Seven (7) weeks to go and St. Mary’s College of Catbalogan (SMCC) will be holding its alumni homecoming, signaling the start of Alumni Month in Catbalogan City.

This year’s SMCC homecoming will be hosted by Batch 1994 and their theme is “Karisyohan 2019: Mardi Gras Celebration”, which will run from April 08 to 14, 2019.

And for their first time, their grand parade will be held in the evening of April 11, 2019 featuring a parade of lights with a twist of mardi gras so expect a bright extravaganza!

Booked already for the alumni month?

Don’t think twice, come home to Catbalogan!

(Photos provided by Shc-Smcc Grand Alumni Homecoming 2019; Article by Ador Hurtado)

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Local art shotout for Arts Month

Beauty is everywhere, only if you know where to find it.

Shoutout to Mr. Christ Palmiano for this beautiful artwork just in time for the 2019 National Arts Month (NAM) celebration this month of February.

Art in whatever medium or format is not only a depiction of the artist who made it but a reflection of the community around it.

Happy Arts Month, Catbalogan!

(Photo and painting by Christ Palmiano)

#catbalogancity #shoutout #kahusaykatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan#nam2019 #nationalartsmonth

Samar State University to celebrate alumni month with tomorrowland theme

Three (3) schools are simultaneously set to start Alumni Month this April 2019, and one of them is no less than Samar’s premier state university — Samar State University (SSU).

From April 08-14, 2019, this year’s grand alumni homecoming will be hosted by Batch 1993 with their theme “Tomorrowland Music Festival 2019” featuring THE BEST OF OUR YEARS.

From their kick off to fitness activities to entertainment madness; tributes to jubilarians; they have everything for everyone!

One highlight tradition of SSU homecoming is their annual search for outstanding alumni chosen from among themselves and voted by themselves — indeed a salute to those who made great contributions to various fields.

And who can miss the major prizes at stake on their grand night and at their boho/hawaiian beach craze capping off that weeklong celebration.

As they say, “Live. Love. Laugh. Dance. Win Prizes.”, alumni homecoming is indeed a reason to come home to Catbalogan!

(Photos provided by Batch 1993; Article by Ador Hurtado)

The 2019 42nd Grand Alumni Homecoming STS SSAT SSPC SSU

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Happy Valentine’s Day

“Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you.” – Loretta Young

Happy Valentine’s Day!

#catbalogancity #valentinesday2019 #captivatingcatbalogan #february2019#valentine

Grotto of Catbalogan now


Today marks the 61st anniversary of the inauguration of the grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes in Catbalogan – the project initiated by the La Asocacion de Virgen de Lourdes.

It was under the leadership of Mrs. Angeles Esguerra Figueroa, the president of La Asocacion de la Virgen de Lourdes in 1958 when the grotto was inaugurated.

The celebration was presided by then Bishop Manuel P. Del Rosario, D.D. the Auxilliary Bishop of Calbayog and was highlighted by a noon-day Mass, the exact time when the Virgin Mary appeared in Massabielle (now the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes), France. 

A Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was also held and many sick people were brought in wheelchairs who received the communion one-by-one from the parish priest, Msgr. Maximiano T. Cruz.

The message of Our Lady of Lourdes is a call to personal conversion, prayer and charity; and today, the grotto stands as a symbol of the Marian spirituality of Catbalogan.

(Photo by Rommel Rutor; Texts by Manuelito Sultan Uy)

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Alumni Month this April 2019

Barely two months left, Alumni Month is just around the corner!

Four (4) major schools in Catbalogan City are set to gather thousands of balikbayans and their respective alumni this April 2019 for a month of rekindling high school memories through fun outreach activities, festive parades, raffle of amazing prizes, and just reminiscing old high school spirit.

Alumni homecoming in St. Mary’s College of Catbalogan (SMCC), the first Catholic school in Samar will be hosted by Batch 1994; Samar Colleges, Inc.(SC), the first non-sectarian private school in Samar will be hosted by Batch 1993; Samar State University (SSU), the premier state university in Samar will be hosted by Batch 1993; and Samar’s oldest secondary school in Samar island — Samar National School (SNS), will be hosted by Batch 1993.

Have you decided already to be home during the Alumni Month this April 2019?

Don’t think twice, join the alumni fever and come home to Catbalogan City because you’re never too old to be with friends and you’re never too young have fun!

Shc-Smcc Grand Alumni Homecoming 2019
Samar College 2019 Grand Alumni Homecoming
The 2019 42nd Grand Alumni Homecoming STS SSAT SSPC SSU
2019 Samar High Grand Alumni Homecoming Music Festival

(Logos by respective host batches; Article by Ador Hurtado)

#catbalogancity #alumnimonth #summer2019 #april2019 #alumnifestival#karisyokatbalogan #samarnationalschool #sns #ssu #samarstateuniversity#sc #samarcollege #smcc #stmaryscollegeofcatbalogan #kulturakatbalogan

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

#catbalogancity #chinesenewyear2019 #walangpasok #karisyokatbalogan#kulturakatbalogan #captivatingcatbalogan

Holiday on February 05, 2019

By virtue of Presidential Proclamation No. 555, tomorrow, February 05, 2019 is a Special (Non-Working) Day in celebration of the 2019 Chinese New Year.

#walangpasok #walangklase #chinesenewyear2019 #catbalogancity#captivatingcatbalogan #kasugbongkatbalogan

Local Recruitment Activity of Fast Distribution Corporation

Per request of Fast Distribution Corporation, a Local Recruitment Activity (LRA) is scheduled on February 15, 2019 (Friday) at City Hall Lobby from 08:00 AM – 05:00 PM in coordination with the City Public Employment and Services Office (PESO).

See attached photos for the available positions including the qualifications required and other relevant information.