|17th June 2011|
Vic on 2011-06-17 02:35:49 MDT
ANGELES CITY – Local health officials has reported food poisoning case victimizing some 27 children in barangay Pulungbulu in this city Wednesday night. Hospital records at the Rafael Lazatin Memorial Medical Center (RLMMC) disclosed that the victims suffered from stomachaches after ingesting fruits of ‘galumbang’ tree, widely known in the Visayas regions as ‘tuba-tuba’.The said fruits somewhat look similar to an apple, the reason why kids are compelled to chomp them.In line with this, local police authorities promptly arrested a certain Edwin Balbuena, a person accused of triggering these kids to eat fruits from ‘galumbang’ tree.Upon receiving the said report, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan has instructed hospital staff of the RLMMC to extend the necessary medical attention to the victims.Dr. Antonio Dizon, hospital director of RLMMC said majority of the children were already discharged after being treated and given proper medication.One of the food poisoning victims, nine year-old Dexter Garcia said "Pumunta po kami sa mga kasama ko. Sabi niya, kumain kayo ng ganito, kumuha siya ng isa, tinikim niya yung isa. Sabi niya masarap ito. Tapos tinikman na namin." The Department of Health (DOH) is once again reminding all parents to tell their children not to eat any unusual fruit, especially if they don’t know what exactly it is and where it came from. This should be done to help the kids evade from food poisoning.The city health office will issue a circular and advisory to the public to refrain from eating the said fruit.Barangay Pulungbulu residents, however, said the plant was used as a wound healer and a massage liniment and was not meant to be eaten."Gamot po ito, hindi kinakain ito. Kasi po pag tuyo ang ganito, yung mga bata siguro nakitang bago binuksan ganito lumitaw, siguro naengganyong tikman. Siguro akala lasang mani, baka akala ng mga bata, mani," said barangay tanod Noli Manalo.Barangay officials said they plan to place signages to warn people that the plant is not edible. Garcia, who was one of the victims, said he believes it would be better if the plant were cut down.‘Galumbang’ tree is scientifically referred to as Jatropha Curcas or Physic Nut in English. It is the newest craze to hit the Philippine agri-business, as the tree is known to produce oil for biodiesel.It becomes poisonous due to its rotenone content in the root parts.Right now, a lot of agri-farms in the country are starting to cultivate ‘galumbang’ trees for a primary purpose of biodiesel production, especially with the ever increasing petroleum prices, nowadays.
Vic on 2011-06-17 02:34:45 MDT
ANGELES CITY – The Angelenos today remembers the triumph over the tragedy that hit the city twenty years ago wrought by the eruption of the once slumbered volcano.
“While we recall the anguish, despair and hopelessness, we will also celebrate the triumph, the success, the resurrection and the rising from the ashes of the Angelenos,” Pamintuan said.With the constant threat of lahar flows burying the city and erasing it from the maps, aggravated by the departure of the American forces in Clark Air Base, Angeles was considered a doomed city.“Our young people today, and first time visitors of Angeles, would never imagine the travails and tragedies that the people of Angeles faced during that time,” the mayor said.
He recalled that the Angelenos had very little idea about lahar.“I remember I made a call, as acting mayor then, for us to fortify the banks of the Abacan River, the possible path of the lahar. I thought that if the lahar breached the banks of the river, it will spill over to the nearby communities and ruin our city all the more. I even asked for volunteers,” Pamintuan said.
He said that the most spectacular sight and memory of the Mt. Pinatubo eruption was not the giant mushroom of ash that rose kilometers into the atmosphere but rather the more than 20,000 Angelenos who were in several parallel lines at both banks of the Abacan, some with picks and shovels, and the rest passing on sandbags which were piled at the river walls to reinforce them from the flow of lahar.
“The spirit of the Angeleños never faltered. Through their resiliency, strength of character, trust in their leaders and faith in God, they survived, stood up and moved forward. They have turned tragedy into triumph,” the mayor concluded.
Vic on 2011-06-17 02:26:46 MDT
ANGELES CITY – Included as among the group of seven heritage sites in the country where celebration of 113th Independence Day were simultaneosuly held, the city government made it sure that the commemoration was a grandest one and well-executed as planned.
Re-enactment of the Independence Day anniversary celebration was held at the Pamintuan Mansion with Senator Francisco “Kiko” Pangilinan as guest of honor and speaker. “Angeles City played a very significant and historic role in our people’s quest for freedom and independence,” said Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan. In the course of the fledgling Philippine Republic’s struggle against the United States, Aguinaldo temporarily moved the seat of government from Kawit, Cavite to Pampanga to what is now known as the Pamintuan Mansion.The Pamintuan Mansion is the ancestral house of the Pamintuan clan, built by Don Mariano Pamintuan, whose prominent members include Fashion designer Patis Tesoro and Mayor Pamintuan.Pangilinan was surprised of the city preparations for the celebration coupled with a civic-military parade, participants also performed in costumes that gave life to the Independence Day celebration. “This is the most grandiose celebration ever held in the history of the Philippines Independence Day,” Pamintuan quoted Pangilinan.
Uyat Artista, under the direction of Jayson Pabalan, staged a re-enactment of the celebration of the 1st anniversary of Philippine Independence. There were also performances from the Sinukwan Performing Arts directed by Mr. Peter A. De Vera.Pamintuan said this is the first time that Pamintuan Mansion was included in the seven Heritage Sites in the country for the holding of Independence Day celebration.In his speech, the mayor said ordinary Filipinos should be recognized like the men that joined the revolution against the Spaniards in 1896."Sa ika-isangdaan at labintatlong taong anibersaryo ng Kasarinlang ng Republika ng Pilipinas, magpugay tayo sa ordinaryong mamamayang Pilipino! Sumaludo tayo sa tunay na bayani ng bayan!" Pamintuan said. Dr. Rene Escalante, commissioner of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines also graced the event. The other venues for the simultaneous flag-raising ceremonies are Rizal Park in Manila; Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite; Barasoain Church in Malolos; Mausoleo de los Veteranos dela Revolucion in Manila North Cemetery; Gat Andres Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City; and Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine in San Juan City.