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Honorable Jose G. Solis, representative of the 2nd District of Sorsogon, was the Guest of Honor and Speaker at the Christmas Party of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. on December 14, 2003 at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse, Intramuros, Manila.

Before the crowd of Buluseños and other guests which included former Sorsogon OIC Vice-Governor Eddie Frivaldo, his sister Josephine and son Vladimir – Congressman Solis spoke on his sterling accomplishments in his district the last two and a half years of his term.  Particulary, he reported on the recent passage into law of RA 9176 otherwise known as the Extension of the Free Patent Act, whose mother bill was of his principal authorship. 

This new law which was just enacted last November 13, 2003, provides for the extension for the filing of free patents, or the titling of agricultural lands, until December 31, 2020, a 20-year extension from the original deadline set by RA 6490  - thus, enabling the government to distribute more lands especially to the poor farmers and landless across the country.

            According to the solon, his priority is education that’s why he saw to it that more public schools be put up in the different towns and barrios to accommodate the growing number of students every year and give opportunity to the poor to acquire quality education.

Upon knowing of the yearly gift-giving project of Damayan-Buluseño dubbed as Damayan Christmas Drive, Congressman Solis handed a check of P 25,000 to Mr. Rogelio F. Fuentes, the association’s president, as his contribution which was well-applauded by the Buluseños.  He also pledged to support other projects of the association.

            In response, Mr. Fuentes presented to him a Plaque of Appreciation for his very nice gesture.

            Although he was a bit late in coming to the party, he was admired by the association’s officers and other Buluseños for trying his best to honor their invitation.  Despite the fact that he had a commitment in his hometown of Bulan a day before, he exerted all efforts to be back in Manila by land just to catch up with his appointment with them.

            The party was attended by a big crowd of Buluseños representing the 24 barangays of Bulusan.  They came from different points of Metro-Manila and nearby provinces bringing with them their assigned foods and donations to Damayan Christmas Drive ’03.

            As usual, the affair was ushered in by a mass at 2:00 P. M. which was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Alex Jerus of Sorsogon City.

            To boost the Christmas spirit in the celebration, all the officers, members of the choir and other Buluseños were in red and bright-colored attire.

            Unlike in Christmas parties of the association in the past wherein the entertainment numbers were rendered by individual performers, this time the audience including the guests led by the choir joined in the lively singing of popular Christmas carols like Joy to the World, Hark the Herald and Ang Pasko ay Sumapit.

            Indeed, it was another very successful afffair for the Damayan-Buluseño.


Vol. XV No.10 (November - December 2003)

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