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 ARCHIVED ISSUE:            
Vol. XV No. 9
September - October 2003

  LGU-Bulusan & DENR sign MOA

DBI Prexy Clarifies Donation Issue

Scholar Passes Board Exams

Support X'Mas Drive '03

Kapangihanons Celebrate Fiesta in MM

Hermano/Hermana Mayor Installed

50th Annniversary for Flower & Dagay

Senior Citizens' Day Celebrated

A Pleasure Tour For Aguilar Clan




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Representatives of various government line agencies, LGUs (provincial to barangay level), NGOs, POs and stakeholders for the management of the Bulusan Lake area are witnesses to the MOA signing between the DENR & LGU-Bulusan.  (Shown are RED Oscar M. Hamada of DENR, Mayor Juan G. Guysayko, Hon. Jose G. Solis, and other regional & provincial representatives.)  

MOA signing

The long-standing crusade of the Local Government Unit of Bulusan to become a pro-active partner in the development, protection and conservation of the Bulusan Volcano National Park (BVNP) was finally realized with the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on October 10, 2003 at the Bulusan Municipal Auditorium.

            This mutual covenant was signed by and between the Municipal Government of Bulusan (MGB) represented by its Hon. Mayor Juan G. Guysayko, and the Department of the Environment & Natural Resources (DENR) represented by its Chairman, DENR Region V Regional Director Oscar M. Hamada.  The simple ceremony was witnessed by no less than the Congressman of 2nd District, Hon. Jose G. Solis who likewise committed to set aside funds from his CDF for the development of the lake area.

            Development of the tourism industry, which the LGU considers as among its flagship programs, would likely be the immediate thrust of the present administration to enhance its local revenue-generating scheme that would eventually lift the socio-economic condition of the municipality.  Thus, the lake area will be the locus and focus of the LGU-management because it is the centerpiece of BVNP which will be the object of first time and repeat visitors due to its scenic view, the placidity of the place and its natural ambiance.

The MGB will initially institute doable preventive and contingency measures to its immediate areas that are susceptible to people-directed activities.  (Binoescañoespaño)


            MR. ROGELIO F. FUENTES, president of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc., would like to clarify the issue regarding the donation of the association to the Bulusan Local Government Unit (LGU) in connection with its fundraising project during the last town fiesta celebration.  Because of some miscommunications, the reputation of Mr. Juan G. Galindes, chairman of the Local Coordinating Board of DBI, was placed in a bad light.

            It all started when Ms. Luz Z. Gamba, 1st vice-president of DBI informed the board in its meeting last May that Mayor Juan G. Guysayko would like the association to put up a candidate for Miss Bulusan Town Fiesta to support the project of the LGU.  The board approved the idea but upon realizing later that it would entail so much burden on the part of the officers who are all based in Metro-Manila, it was agreed upon to set aside the candidate and instead donate the solicited votes to the LGU.  This was relayed to the Mayor by Ms. Gamba.

            But, Mr. Joel Fulleros to whom Mr. Fuentes gave some envelopes did not turn them over in Manila.  Instead, he gave them to Mr. Galindes in Bulusan for him to drop into the ballot box during the last canvassing on July 13.  It was only then that Mr. Galindes knew that DBI has no more candidate for the said contest and was unaware on the communications between Ms. Gamba and the Mayor.  So, he did not drop the envelopes and decided to return them to Mr. Fulleros which was the just right move in such a situation.

            But a Sangguniang Bayan member concluded at once that those envelopes contain the donation of DBI and were supposed to be turned over to them.  When this SB member reported to the board on the results of the contest in its session after the town fiesta, he insinuated that Mr. Galindes pocketed the donation.  He did not know that Ms. Gamba gave the total amount of P35,000 to Mrs. Elvie S. Doloiras, SB Secretary, on the eve of the town fiesta, July 24th, to be turned over to the Mayor who had then a visitor at his office.  P25,000 of the donation came from Ms. Gamba herself as her contribution for the sound/band expenditures while the remaining P 10,000 were from the DBI intended for the civic action.

            Mr. Fuentes would like to advise this Honorable Member of the Sangguniang Bayan of Bulusan to be extra careful in issuing official statements in a board session which will bismirch one’s reputation without first finding out the truth behind the issue, particulary of people like Mr. Galindes whose integrity is known to the Buluseños.  He also wishes to make it known to this gentleman that many of his constituents are now getting fed-up with his swell-headedness since he became close to the Mayor.

            According to Mr. Fuentes, he has received numerous reports that for sometime now, this guy has been the source of ugly rumors and malicious gossips against Mr. Galindes not realizing that by destroying the image of a good man, he destroys himself.  These actuations of this SB member made Mr. Fuentes to ask the Buluseños this question: “Betweeen Mr. Galindes and him, who is more credible and honorable?”

            As a warning, Mr. Fuentes reminds him that if he won’t refrain from such acts, which are unbecoming of an elected official, he might lose his seat in the coming 2004 elections.



Marlon Rabulan

MARLON RABULAN, a scholar of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. – passed the board examinations for Electrical Engineering and Master Electrician given by the Professional Regulations Commission (PRC) on September 20-23, 2003 and released last October 2.

Sponsored by retired Maj. Gen. Cesar F. Fortuno, Marlon was one of the four recipients of the Scholarship-Through-Sponsorship Program of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.  who graduated last March in different courses in college.  He is a graduate of the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) in Manila.

When asked by DBI President of his plans now that he has two professional licenses, he meekly said that will go home first to Bulusan for a thanksgiving mass and after taking his oath, he will look for a job so he could support his younger siblings in their studies in college, too.

Marlon is the son of Mr. & Mrs. Santiago Rabulan of Barangay Madlawon, Bulusan.  He is the second DBI scholar who passed the board examinations for engineering.  The first was Jesus Perez of Barangay Dapdap, now a mechanical engineer connected with the Philippine National Oil Corporation (PNOC).  Engr. Perez was sponsored by former Assemblyman, Atty. Augusto G. Ortiz, also a Buluseño.



            Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. once again appeals for support to the forthcoming Damayan Chrismas Drive ’03 for the benefit of the poorest of the poor Buluseño families back home.

            This project is another yearly humanitarian mission of the association to bring cheers to the homes of the indigents during the Yuletide season.

            In this project, the DBI solicits various food items, used clothes, shoes, and other personal effects from Buluseños in Metro-Manila and elsewhere.

            For their part, the Local Government Unit (LGU) and the local residents contribute rice to augment the items from Metro-Manila. Used clothes and other items will also be much appreciated.

            DBI hopes concerned Buluseños would be willing to share the joys of Christmas with their needy townmates.  They are urged to bring their donations to the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse in Intramuros, Manila during the Christmas Party on December 14 at 2:00 P.M. where all the items will be gathered together.

            For more details, interested parties may call up Mr. Rogelio Fuentes at 929-5277 and Ms. Luz Gamba at 551-4887.

            For local residents, they may turn over their donations to Mr. Juan G. Galindes, the chairman of the Local Coordinating Board of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.  He will then turn over all the items to the DSWD for proper distribution.



                A large number of residents of Barangay San Francisco (Kapangihan), Bulusan, converged at the Karuhatan Barangay Hall, Valenzuela City, to celebrate their fiesta last October 19.

            The affair started with an ecumenical mass at 4:00 P.M. officiated by Rev. Salvador “Buddy” Gacias of the Evangelical Methodist Church who is also the president of the Kapangihan Kapatiran Association, Inc. (KKAI).

            Highlighting the occasion was the coronation of Little Miss KKAI, Jaime Flores.  Others in her entourage were: Baby Serveño (Little Miss Hope), Pauline Jewel (Little Miss Unity), Janine Briones (1st runner-up), and Christine Fuasa (2nd runner-up).

            Among those who graced the celebration were Mr. & Mrs. Rogelio Fuentes, Mr. & Mrs. Ulpiano Sorra, and other Buluseños from other barangays.

            In his message, Mr. Fuentes lauded the Kapangihanons for their unity and existence as one of the few very active barangay associations of Bulusan based in Metro-Manila.  He also thanked them for their participation in the activities of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc.

            Rev. Gacias who is a major in the Philippine Army and chaplain at the V. Luna Memorial Hospital in Quezon City, told Mr. Fuentes that KKAI was founded in 1997 and since then has been celebrating their barangay fiesta every year on the third Sunday of October.


            The new hermano/hermana mayor were installed last October 26, 2003 at 10:00 A.M., at the town’s parish church.  These were in the persons of Mr. & Mrs. Reynaldo D. Din (nee Corazon Gallanosa) of Mabuhay, replacing Mr. & Mrs. Antonio B. Gacosta (nee Cleofe Gallano) of Sabang.  Mrs. Cleofe Gacosta was not able to finish her term for health reasons – she passed away a month earlier (September 30).

            Presiding the installation was Msgr. Francisco Monje, Vicar General of the Diocese of Sorsogon, together with Rev. Fr. Roberto T. Traballo, parish priest, and his assistant, Rev. Fr. Higino D. Lagarde.

            Installed also were the Kapilya hermanos/hermanas and the deputados/deputadas – great helpers of the hermano mayor.  Lunch was served after the mass and installation.  (JGG)

50th anniversary for flower & dagay

Flower & Dagay

            Mr. Celso F. Gacosta and the former Elisa Labayo exchanged I do’s for the second time after fifty years of blissful marriage last September 24 at the St. James the Greater Parish Church in Bulusan.

            The ceremony which was officiated by Rev. Fr. Roberto T. Traballo was witnessed by Mr. & Mrs. Jaime Espedido, Mr. Juan G. Galindes and Mrs. Teodora Tison as principal sponsors.  Also present were their children, close relatives and friends, and invited guests. Reception followed at their residence at Barangay Sapngan.

            Mr. Gacosta who is known to Buluseños by the name Flower was popular in the town during his younger days because of his funny antics.  He married Mrs. Gacosta known as Dagay fifty years ago at the Sorsogon Cathedral, Sorsogon City, her hometown.

            The couple had ten children – eight of which are living.



The Muslim Suite from selected Buhang students 

The Muslim Suite

                 The Federation of Senior Citizens Associations of the Philippines - Bulusan Chapter celebrated Senior Citizens’ Day last October 25, 2003.  The affair was actually the culminating activity of the Senior Citizens’ Week which was observed from the 19th to the 25th of the same month.

                The day’s activities started off with a Thanksgiving Mass at 7 A.M. at the town’s parish church.  In his homily, Rev. Fr. Roberto T. Traballo expressed delight on the growing number of elderly church-goers – a great manifestation of their unity.  In conclusion, he said that he would be glad to register as one of them.

                A civic parade around the poblacion followed after which cultural presentations were held at the Bulusan Cultural & Sports Center for the rest of the day.

                The invocation was led by Mr. Reynaldo D. Din while Mrs. Virginia G. Fulleros conducted for the singing of the National Anthem.  Mr. Jaime M. Espedido, vice-president of the association, gave the words of welcome.

                This year’s theme was “Bulusan: Destinasyon Nin Mga Turista.  Nano an ikakadanon ko?”  The float for the five virtues was painted along with Bulusan’s different tourist destinations.  The program numbers, on the other hand, showed “Bulusan – Then & Now”.

                Ethnic dances, harana, kundiman, and a parade of folkdances were rendered in the morning.  PSI Eduardo M. Amande, Jr. (OIC, Bulusan Station Police Office), gave his very inspiring observations and remarks; while Vice-Mayor Nelly G. Fortades delivered the inspirational talk in behalf of the Mayor, stating among others the construction soon of a Senior Citizens Building.

                After lunch (KKB for members), presentations depicting “Bulusan Then” were performed including scenes from Agingay to Ribongcena, a Muslim suite, and Ilog Bulusan.  Councilor Eugenio R. Regalario, Chairman for OSCA (Office of Senior Citizens Affairs) gave his remarks, announcing his all-out support to the organization. “Bulusan Now” was presented in the form of Sex Bomb dancers from the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Sabang Elementary School, and Bulusan Central School.  Modern dances were shared by students from Jose S. Reyes Memorial Institute, Bulusan High School, and Bulusan National Vocational & Technical School.  Mr. Juan G. Galindes, president of the organization, gave his words of thanks.

                The last group of numbers were surprise ones from the barangays, and the ballroom dancing which was a contest. (JGG)


Members of the Aguilar Clan of Bulusan will go on a pleasure tour of Manila, Baguio City and Tagaytay City on December 26-30, 2003.

Led by Bulusan Municipal Mayor Juan G. Guysayko who is also the clan’s president; and Sangguniang Bayan Member, Kagawad Menandro F. Frayna – the group’s iteniraries are as follows:

On December 26 at 5:00 A.M. they will depart from Bulusan for Calamba, Laguna where they will stay overnight at the residence of Kagawad Frayna.

The following day at 4:00 A.M., the group will proceed to Baguio City.  They will have a whole-day tour visiting interesting spots and historical landmarks in the city of pines where they will also spend the night.

On December 28 at 4:00 A.M., they will go back to Manila where they are expected to meet with the Metro-Manila based members of the clan who will host a lunch for them at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse in Intramuros.  A meeting will follow to discuss future plans of the clan.  After the meeting the group will be guided to the site of WOW Philippines which is located nearby.

They will stay overnight with their close relatives in the city.  The following day, they will go on sightseeing around Tagaytay City before finally returning home to Bulusan.

As decided by the group during a meeting held last October 5 at the office of Mayor Guysayko, they will travel on a caravan of cars and vans courtesy of members who own these types of vehicles.

Members who are willing to join in this one-in-a-lifetime tour of these three cities are requested to place their reservations early through Mrs. Nenita R. Rafallo or Mrs. Paz R. Domingues, both of Barangay Madlawon, Bulusan.

Assembly point on December 26 is at the Bulusan Municipal Hall premises.



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