08 April 2014

TAGUDIN | JTC Tagudin Central + Superstore opens in Tagudin

Tagudin, Ilocos Sur - JTC, one of the largest mall and shopping center operators in Ilocos Region opened it's newest branch in Tagudin last April 4, 2014.

The opening of the said shopping center was attended by Gov. Ryan Singson. A dragon dance also graced the occasion.

This shopping center is expected to stimulate trade and commerce in southern Ilocos Sur. The northern towns of La Union are also lucrative market to spark economic activity in Tagudin.

ADAMS | Son of a politician in Ilocos Norte kills an endangered bird, sparks online outrage

Adams, Ilocos Norte - A person from the highland town of Adams in the province of Ilocos Norte became the subject of the netizens' anger after hunting (and killing) an endangered species of bird called Rufous Hornbill which sparked an online outrage.

The reactions of anger and shock from the netizens stemmed from a post on facebook page called Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.

Quoted from the post: Rufous Hornbill - better dead or alive ? My friends went birdwatching in Adams (Ilocos Norte) and were thrilled to see a family of Rufous Hornbills. A few minutes later, they encountered a hunter proudly showing off a dead juvenile hornbill (bill is not red yet). My friends showed the photo to the local police, who just shook his head saying the hunter is the son-in-law of the vice mayor. Whether he is a relative or not, it is sad that our countrymen do not realize the role these birds play in the balance of nature. Hornbills eat fruits of forest trees and spread the seeds far and wide, that is why they are called farmers of the forests. Can our authorities do anything ? Should they (we) start an advocacy campaign ? If you care about our environment, if you care about the future of our country, please share this photo to everyone you know - Mike Lu, Wild Bird Club of the Philippines.

The person is said to be the son-in-law of the town's vice mayor and a son of a councilor from the same town.

The town of Adams is an emerging ecotourism destination tagged as the 'last frontier of dipterocarp forest.' The hunter’s photograph was taken by members of the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines (WBCP) who were visiting the area. The photo was posted on a social networking site on Monday.

The hunter was identified as Mikel Dato. His parents met with the police chief to apologize for the offense done. According to his politician-parents, they have advised their son not to do it anymore.

However, police officers from the town said Mikel Dato can still be charged upon filing a formal complaint. According to DENR, hunting of endangered birds in the area is illegal, thus punishable by law. Environmental advocates demand for a fast action on the said case.

25 March 2014

VIGAN | Kara David's Powerhouse staff (GMA 7) goes to Vigan for a TV feature

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur - Posted on Kara David's various social media pages is a photo of her standing at the middle of the famous Calle Crisologo in the heritage city of Vigan.

According to her page, this photo is in relation to an upcoming show in GMA 7 to be aired in Powerhouse.

Powerhouse is aired every Wednesday in GMA after Saksi. Check out what Kara David has to say about Vigan. Don't miss it!

VIGAN | Ancestral house consumed by fire, gasoline station is just nearby

Vigan City, Ilocos Sur - The residents of the heritage city of Vigan were alarmed today when an ancestral house located along Bonifacio St. in this city was consumed by fire.


AS OF 8 PM TODAY, MARCH 25, 2014






The said 2-storey ancestral house is both used for residential and commercial purposes. The ancestral house is said to be owned by the Versoza family of this city.

Just beside this ancestral house being hit by fire is Shell Gasoline Station. As of this moment, there has been no reports of explosions in the area.

The source of the fire is still under investigation. The ancestral house is built with a mixture of light materials and bricks about a century old.

12 March 2014

GALIMUYOD | Solar panels given to households with no electricity

Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur - The team of Ilocos Sur Governor Ryan Singson visited the town of Galimuyod during their fiesta week to distribute solar panels to selected households of the town.

The beneficiaries of the said solar panels are families who don't have electrical connections at home.

These solar panels will harness the sunlight to generate mechanical energy to light lamps and bulbs and other household equipment to which it is best served.

Photos Courtesy of Gov. Ryan's Social Media Team
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