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Barangay To Emulate
Barangay Sapngan should be a source of inspiration to
other barangays in Bulusan because of the dynamic leadership of
their officials and the support of their constituents.
Although it could be one of the smallest barangays in the
municipality with only 549 residents and a handful of
professionals and well-off families, it has almost all the
needed facilities of a barangay which others don’t have.
In the heart of the barangay is a 537-square meter lot
where stand a barangay hall, nutrition center, day care center,
chapel, and a basketball court which serves also as a rice
drying area and place of assembly.
The acquisition of all these started when Mr. Salvador
“Buddy” Fuller took over as Chairman of this barangay in
1991. Through the
initiative of Mr. Maximo B. Fulo, a retired school principal and
the barangay secretary then, the said lot was purchased.
With his retirement pay, he advanced the payment for the
lot which was paid later by the barangay on installment basis.
With the bayanihan spirit in their hearts, the barangay
officials and the residents worked together to level the ground
in preparation for the construction of the barangay hall and the
Being an employee of SORECO I, Chairman Buddy was able to
install street lights along the main road of the barangay using
his one year honorarium in buying the needed materials, while
all the kagawads agreed to foot the monthly electric bills.
The project that followed was the cementing of their main
road with the bags of cement and P 7,000 cash coming from the
government. To cut cost on labor, all officials and the residents
volunteered their services while others served food for the
When Mr. Andres “Arî” Frando became the barangay
chairman in 1997, he pushed through the programs of Chairman
Buddy. It was
during his term that the day care center and nutrition center
were erected with the funds from the IRA.
The chapel was also put up through the initiative of Mrs.
Fe G. Monteo, a kagawad and the barangay hermana.
Now, after the last barangay elections, Chairman Buddy
was elected again to his former position together with Kagawads
Celso Gacosta, Jr., Jose Furio, Edwin Sesbreño, Jerry Gamis,
Francisco Gallardo, Sr., Wilfredo Gapayao, Fe G. Monteo, and
Jean G. Gabitan. Also
elected SK Kagawads were: Aris Abad, Allan Dominguez, Gibson
Sesbreño, Jenny Gob, Ryan Gapayao, Noreen Emberga and Janice de
Supporting them as a team to better serve their
constituents are: Marietta Dominguez – treasurer; Lea B. Peñalosa
– secretary; Pacita Gamis – day-care worker; Ma. Cleofe P.
Fuller – nutrition scholar & health worker; Leticia
Fuentes and Lutgarda G. Españo – health workers.
Upon their assumption of office, they immediately put
some improvements in the barangay hall to make it more
it boasts of an electric fan, gas stove, curtains and table
cloth, a barangay map, and a 21” TV set which only this
barangay has. An outpost is being constructed also.
To realize their vision of “Isang pamayanang tahimik,
maunlad, at mamamayang matapat, nagkakaisa, nagtutulungan at may
takot sa Diyos”, they work together in all their projects
and activities. This
is perhaps the reason why Barangay Sapngan was awarded recently
as the Cleanest and Greenest Barangay, and was chosen eight
place by the Nutrition Committee.
Sapngan now is the object of envy by other barangays.
Visitors say, if only other barangays would have the kind
of leadership of Chairmen Buddy and Arî and supportive
constituents, they could also be another barangay to emulate.
waters of the Embarcadero must have been rough as it has
always been. The skies could have been dark and heavy with storm
clouds – as if the heavens were in unison with the pain their
hearts must be feeling at the thought of leaving behind the land
of their fathers, the land where they’ve first seen light,
where they’ve spent their childhood, where they’ve made
friends and found that one true love – a place they’ve
always called home until recent circumstances forced them
to embark on such an exodus.
the skies could have been bright, clear and devoid of any sign
of an impending storm. Like
a balm to the spirits, it could have signified for them a
brighter tomorrow of new beginnings – there in a place called Manipa-a,
just across the turbulent seas from the southern tip of a land
once called Tierra de Ibalon.
Just maybe, fate would be
kinder to them in that new and strange land.
board that vessel were the couple Don Lorenzo Gallego and
Maria Cabahug together with some of their relatives.
Also with them was the old equestrian image of Sr.
Santiago Apostol el
Mayor, believed to have been carved in Spain between the
16th and 17th centuries – the one that
devotees in their former town used to revere in that old stone
church within the walls of Punta Diamante.
would later on find the place already inhabited by some natives
from the nearby Capul Island.
By the passing of the years, more Bicolanos would follow
their lead. The
population would continuously grow in size, such that they would
soon be moved to petition for their sitio’s township.
The town would gain independence by the year 1867, during
which time it would also be renamed La Granja, which
would be more closely associated to mean the place for
1898, as the town’s third executive, Don Lorenzo Gallego
donated to the parish church their family’s image of
Bulusan’s patron saint, Sr. Santiago
Apostol el Mayor (St. James the Greater) –
under whose patronage their new town was also placed.
1903, the name La Granja was changed to Allen, in honor of Gen.
Robert Allen, the American Governor General of the Visayas who
liberated the region from Spain.
of Allen’s big barangays later on became independent
municipalities: San Isidro in 1954 and Victoria in 1971 –
thereby significantly reducing its land area to the present
Allen, serves as a major connecting port to Luzon with ferry
services to and from Matnog, Sorsogon.
has always been a part of Allen’s history – both oral and
written, but neither Allen nor its former names has ever made a
mark on Bulusan’s, or at least not in widely-publicized
written accounts. It is a known fact that some Buluseño
families still maintain close ties with their counterparts in
Allen like the Fortadeses and the Galarosas, but Bulusan has
never really had any formal & definite relationship with
our historical and cultural tie-ups, Bulusan and Allen could at
least enter into a sisterhood pact.
As sister municipalities, we could work together as
partners in economic development while strengthening our
familiar ties. This
move, which would require a strong community support, gives no
assurances that it would all be an easy task – but it is
nevertheless one worth taking, one that would ensure solid
connectivity between our two towns.
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maipadara ko man an danon ko.
Sa masunod na pag-uli ko, gusto ko mabagat an mga
nagtatag sini na organisasyon nan iba na mga Bulusanon.
Keep up the good work, more power.
May God bless you.
(Sgd.) Wilma Frago – Hirsch
Greetings of Peace and Joy!
My heartfelt gratitude to all the officers of the
association most especially to my sponsor, Maj. Gen. Cesar F.
Fortuno for the wonderful opportunity you have given me.
I am one of the products of your scholarship program.
With your assistance, I have reached my goal. I have finished my course and have just passed the board
examinations for Electrical Engineering and Master Electrician.
Thank you very much, more power!
(Sgd.) Marlon A. Rabulan
Greetings with God’s inclusive love!
As I read the article of Mr. Rogelio “Elio” Fuentes
entitled “Sin-o An Mas Kristiano?” (June – August ’03
issue), I was surprised and challenged.
As a Chaplain and Minister of God who takes care of the
spiritual needs of the people regardless of belief and creed, I
love to serve the human soul which Jesus Christ saved with His
Holy Blood with genuine humility and utmost concern.
This is why I am reacting positively on the said article.
First, I was saddened by his decision to obligate himself
not to act as Godfather in wedding and baptismal ceremonies, not
to take communion during mass and if he dies, it would be
alright with him if no priest would offer mass services for his
body. He is a true
Christian in following the Pastoral Letter of the CBCP on the
stand of the Catholic Church against members of Masonry.
As a Catholic Mason, he obligated himself to follow such
un-Christian policy depriving him of the church practices.
On the other hand, I was greatly challenged by his
boldness to express his feelings and personal stand on his
beliefs and principles in life.
Following the footsteps of our beloved heroes like Jose
Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and other Masons is more Christian than
the Friars of their days.
Secondly, I admire him so much and believe he is more
Christian by what he is doing.
It is more Christian to know by heart and follow the
Christianity that is taught by Christ and His disciples in the
Bible. Mr. Fuentes
advocated that we should live by example as true Christians
rather than just words without action.
Parallel to what St. James wrote in James 1:22 (RSV), it
says: “Be doers of the Word and not hearers only deceiving
I am a Protestant (United Methodist Church), I support Mr.
Fuentes for opening his heart to us.
May his example be a challenge to us.
I pray that more will follow his bold decision to expose
the un-Christian practices in any religion/sect as an eye-opener
Keep on your noble task, Mr. Fuentes.
God will greatly bless you.
God is with you always.
(MAJ.) SALVADOR G. GACIAS
V. Luna General Hospital
Niyan baga Sadto man
By: C. E. Ferreras - Wang
Kun diri nakaaram mangabayo si Gabriela
Diri naka sugod, nakawagayway san bandera Pilipina
Kun diri maluway-luway si Maria Clara
Nakuwa niya an gusto niya na Crisostomo Ibarra
San pagsakop san Kastila, Americano nan Hapon
Napugto an sintas san kamison
Di bale na mabansagan na butangera
Diri lang mapirit san katrato na namwemwersa
Kun diri sa condom na daradara
Sa daraga nato, diri man mahahali
An pagrosaryo nan san pagnovena
Kay daghan pa man an soltero
Na kaipohan ipangadyi na tumanos an ugali
[A well-meaning Buluseña sent this to us via e-mail in reaction to Mano Andoy's poem,
"Daraga Sadto/Niyan", which was published in the previous issue of this Gazette. - Ed]