Friday, November 27, 2009

Corn Bags and Slippers from Basista

Looking for a Christmas gift which is not expensive and at the same time eco-friendly?           Try bags and slippers made out of corn husks.   

Indigent families from Basista, Pangasinan have transformed corn husks (which used to be thrown away after harvesting the corn) into bags and slippers. The corn husks are gathered from corn fields and then handcrafted into twine, then braided. This is then turned into apparel. Not only is the income of folks in and around the fifth class municipality augmented by the proceeds from the sale of the products, this project also contributes to the protection of the environment by eliminating the need to burn the discarded husks. The corn husk bags and slippers sell for P150-P540 at the ECHOStore.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Ocampo Upsets Hung-hsiang in World 10-Ball

Unheralded Filipino Jomar Ocampo took a significant step in his qualifying bid from Group G with a stunning 9-8 victory over Wang Hung-hsiang of Chinese-Taipei.

The 22-year-old Ocampo, a qualifier from Alaminos, Pangasinan, whose only major win in the local circuit came last year when he topped the Search for Billiards Idol 2, fought back from 4-8 down to beat the second seeded Taiwanese in Group G.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

“Unos at Banaag” Benefit Art Show in Dagupan City

Repost from What's Up Dagupan?:

“Unos at Banaag (Storm and Ray of Hope),” a benefit art show for the victims of typhoon Pepeng in Pangasinan is slated from Dec. 12 to 26 at the newly constructed Liongoren Gallery at 301 Tapuac District, Dagupan City.

This endeavor is presented by Liongoren Gallery, in partnership with Operation Blessing Foundation Inc. Prior to the Dagupan City leg, the same exhibit will be held on Nov. 26 to Dec. 9 at the Liongoren Gallery, 111 New York St. Cubao, Quezon City.

The exhibit features the works of Leo Abaya, Gus Albor, Willy Alicdan, Yasmin Almonte, Nunelucio Alvarado, Jo Barja, Pablo Baen Santos, Jeho Bitancor, Remy Boquiren, Elmer Borlongan, Ross Capili, Daniel Coquilla, Pierre Noel Crisologo, Marina Cruz, Rey Contreras, Tala Contreras, Paulo De Pio, Simkin De Pio, Norman Dreo, Edgar Fernandez, Marge Garcia, Emmanuel Garibay, Renato Habulan, Winner Jumalon, Mark Justiniani, Eileen Lanuza, Lindslee, Jojo Lofranco, Alfredo Liongoren, Julie Lluch, Joel Mahilum, Noel Mahilum, Ferdie Montemayor, Manuel Ocampo, AJ Omandac, Jim Orencio, Florante Paghari-on, Alma Quinto, Jucar Raquepo, Raul Rodriguez, Cid Reyes, Rovi Salegumba, Sherwin Tan, Rodel Tapaya, Clairelynn Uy, Arlene Villaver, Nestor Vinluan, Ann Wiser, and National Artist Federico Aguilar-Alcuaz. Local artists from Pangasinan will also be represented in the Dagupan leg of the exhibition.

According to the organizers, proceeds of the show will go to Operation Blessing’s fund for medical missions and livelihood workshops for severely affected communities in Pangasinan province. The exhibit is part of the gallery’s efforts to strengthen awareness-building and action on environmental and social concerns among Philippine visual artists.

Liongoren Gallery dedicates "Unos at Banaag" to the memory of the late Odette Alcantara, a passionate and respected advocate for the protection of the Philippine environment and the development of culture and the arts.

For inquiries, call Erika at 912-4319 or SMS Norma at 0917-8874319.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Three Giants Join Forces to Launch the New University of Pangasinan-Phinma

University of Pangasinan-PHINMA Our Heritage. Our Future.

Last November 15, 2009, the Pangasinense community came together for a Thanksgiving Mass and the Inauguration of the new University of Pangasinan – PHINMA at the UPang Student Plaza.

Newly-appointed Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, D.D. of Lingayen-Dagupan presided over the holy mass, in order to give thanks for the safety and well-being of Pangasinan, and for the generosity of UPang employees who volunteered their service during the onslaught of super typhoon Pepeng. This is one of the Archbishop’s first masses since his appointment in September.

The Inauguration marked the official launch of the University of Pangasinan-PHINMA to the public. Members of the Board of Trustees and of the Administration Council presented the new look of UPang, as well as future plans to improve the school. Guests included representatives from the business, education, medical, and government sectors, as well as members of the UPang community.

As the first and oldest university joins forces with PHINMA and Victory Liner, new and modern facilities, stronger course offerings, and an increasingly competent and caring faculty come together to create a bigger, better University of Pangasinan-PHINMA for the community.

UPang-PHINMA. Our Heritage. Our Future. 
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