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More than 3.5 million foreigners visited or entered the country this year, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported Wednesday.

Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. in a statement said that as of Dec. 20, a total of 3,580,647 foreigners had entered the country, 128,979 more or 3.7-percent higher than the 3,451,668 who arrived from January to December last year.

They arrived at different ports of entry but mostly of them at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport, the country’s premier port.

David said the numbers would climb further as the figures do not include arrivals from December 21 to 31.

He said this year’s arrivals included tourists, investors, expatriates, students and balikbayans (those of Filipino ancestry) with foreign passports.

The immigration bureau said the number of foreign arrivals rose despite the travel advisories issued in late 2010 by foreign governments warning their citizens against going to the Philippines due to terror threats. Last June, the United States issued another travel advisory against the Philippines, warning of likely terror attacks.

Acting BI immigration regulation chief Danilo Almeda said that, based on the statistics, the advisories “did little to dampen foreigners’ interest in the Philippines.”

Almeda also said that in the same period, returning Filipino travelers totaled 3.83 million, bringing the total number of international travelers who arrived this year to more than 7.4 million.

Statistics showed that Koreans topped the list with 882,804 arrivals, followed by 707,160 Americans, 373,335 Japanese, 271,703 Chinese, 171,544 Australians, 135,696 Taiwanese, 131,139 Britons, 129,802 Canadians, 94,361 Malaysians and 89,329 Singaporeans.


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4:07 am | Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Originally posted at 12:48 pm | Wednesday, December 28, 201

Officials of the alumni association and Batch ’83 graduates of the Angono Private High School (APHS) are spearheading a fun run on January 22, 2012 which aims to raise funds for the construction of the school’s covered court at Barangay Pag-asa, Binangonan, Rizal.
Dubbed “Run@60 in 2013,” the fun run serves as 2012 opening salvo for its year-long celebration culminating on February 2013, which marks the 60th year of the school foundation.
Organizers said the fun run, which has 3K and 5K categories, also aims to foster camaraderie among APHS graduates together with their family and friends.
The registration fee – which includes singlet, race packet and snacks — is worth P290 and P240 for alumni and kiddie runners/students, respectively.
Winners will receive the following prizes:
5K (Male and Female) 1st place, P2,000 and medal; 2nd place, P1,500 and medal; 3rd place, P1,000 and medal
3K (Male, Female, Kiddie runners) 1st place, P1,500 and medal; 2nd place, P1,000 and medal; 3rd place, P500 and medal
Barkada Run: 1st place, P3,000 and medals; 2nd place, P2,500 and medals; 3rd place, P2,000 and medals.

For registration and other inquiries, please contact Angono Private High School thru Ms. Jane Diestro at (02)651-0118   or Planter’s Bank Angono Branch thru Ms. Vines Ibanez at (02)651-1779. (Richard R. Gappi)

By Zinnia B. Dela Peña, The Philippine Star
Posted at 12/19/2011 9:05 AM | Updated as of 12/19/2011 9:05 AM
MANILA, Philippines – Ortigas & Co., the developer of the 16-hectare Greenhills shopping complex, is planning to raise at least $200 million through a maiden offering of shares possibly in the second quarter of 2012, according to a company official.
Joey Santos, general manager of the real estate division, said the company — one of the country’s biggest landlords with its vast properties in San Juan, Mandaluyong and Quezon City — has already tapped CLSA as financial advisor for the planned initial public offering (IPO).
He said the shares will be offered to both local and international markets, adding that OCLP Holdings will most likely be the vehicle to be used if the group pushes through with plans to go public.
Meanwhile, Santos said the company is spending P650 million to build two BPO (business process outsourcing) buildings as part of the 18-hectare Frontera Verde.
The two call center buildings will provide a total of 20,000 square meters, doubling the current GLA (gross leasable area).
The group has allotted around P100 billion over the next 10 to 15 years for expansion. Of the total amount, P30 billion will go to the redevelopment of Greenhills Shopping Center, P25 billion for Capital Commons, P30 billion for the redevelopment of Frontera Verde along C5 in Pasig, and more than P15 billion for Circulo Verde.
To ensure continued growth, the company is hoping to recover 34 hectares of property inside Camps Crame and Aguinaldo. It is also discussing a possible agreement with the Presidential Commission on Good Government for the Payanig property in Pasig.
DOH-CHD Region 4-Calabarzon – The Center for Health Development (CHD) of the Department of Health (DOH) released recently the nationwide Health Report Card, a tool used in tracking the progress of health reform implementation among local government units (LGUs), including cities, nationwide.
In the report received by Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares who is a doctor by profession and who prioritizes health in his 12-point development agenda for the province, the DOH noted the consistency of the province in its performance on health reform.
Rizal landed in the top 10 performers nationwide by registering output indicators above the national average on the number of fully immunized child (FIC), protein energy malnutrition (PEM), and in the number of sanitary toilets.
According to the health department, there were continuing improvements in service delivery, regulation and financing on health reforms nationwide. From a low of 8% for budget allocation by LGUs in 2006, the figure jumped to 11.57% in 2010 while appropriations under the LGUs’ maintenance and other operating expenses (MOOE) for health increased from 20% to 25.7% for the same period. This shows a continuing increase in local financing by LGUs nationwide for health programs.
It would be recalled that Rizal Gov. Jun Ynares has been named as the health reform champion in the Calabarzon region by the DOH-CHD Region 4A, while the province continues to harvest awards and recognitions for its health programs that included PhilHealth universal coverage for underprivileged families of the province like farmers, barangay health workers and fisherfolks; as well as on the anti-TB and deworming programs. (Rizal Public Information Office)

By: Quennie Ann J. Palafox

On the 30th day of December yearly, the whole nation observes the death anniversary of our great national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. This is to commemorate the nationalism and martyrdom of Rizal which is highlighted by the raising of the Philippine flag and wreath laying-ceremonies at the Luneta Park, Rizal Shrine in Calamba and Zamboanga and Rizal Monument in Baguio City. For this reason, 30 December is declared a national non-working holiday. The theme of this year’s Rizal Day celebration is “Rizalismo: Sandigan ng Kaunlaran, Pagkakaisa at Kapayapaan” which is apparently timely to the status quo with the economic crisis and political conflicts confronting the Filipinos. We often come up with a theme such as the abovementioned to arouse the nationalistic fervor of the people and join hand in hand in the celebration of Rizal’s martyrdom. Another reason for the said celebration is perhaps to bring the Filipinos together as they immortalize Rizal and his significance in contemporary times.  It is a controversial fact that we celebrate Rizal day on December 30 of each year, since it his death anniversary it is the opposite of the more jovial occasion that is his birthday. Jose Rizal was born on the 19th of June 1861 in the town of Calamba. He was re-arrested by the Spaniards because of his alleged involvement with the series of revolts that broke out in 1896 referred to as the Philippine Revolution. Thus, from November 3, 1896, to the date of his execution, he was again committed to Fort Santiago. In order to get rid of him immediately, he was convicted of rebellion, sedition and of forming illegal association. In the morning of December 30, 1896, Rizal, then 35 years old, was shot at Bagumbayan Field. In hindsight, both the dates June 19 and December 30 are of historical relevance to the life of Rizal as the former is his date of birth while the latter is his date of death. Debates have cropped up in the past on the appropriateness of celebrating December 30 as Rizal Day. The observance of Rizal Day goes back to the decree issued by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on Dec. 20, 1898 declaring Dec. 30 as the anniversary of Jose Rizal’s death and also as “a national day of mourning”, for Rizal and other victims of the Spanish dominion throughout its three centuries rule.  He issued a directive that all national flags shall be hoisted at halfmast from 12:00 noon on December 29 and all offices of the government shall be closed the whole day on December 30 as a sign of mourning.  This decree appeared in the government organ, El Heraldo de la Revolucion issued on December 25, 1898 in two languages, Tagalog and Spanish.The first ever celebration of Rizal Day in the Philippines was held in Manila on December 30,1898 by the Club Filipino which coincided with the unveiling of the Rizal monument in  the town Daet in Camarines Norte. The monument was the first ever erected in honor of Rizal. Aguinaldo’s revolutionary government did not last long when the Americans came in and established their rule in the country. The Americans, conscious of the veneration of Filipinos for Jose Rizal, and perhaps to enliven the sprit of the people, came out with Act. No. 243 enacted on September 28, 1901 which granted the right to use public land upon the Luneta in the City of Manila upon which to erect a statue of Jose Rizal from a fund to be raised by Public subscription. The committee tasked to raise funds by subscription and the for causing the erection of the monument and the expenditure of the funds consisted of Pascual Poblete, Paciano Rizal, Juan Tuason, Teodoro R. Yangco, Mariano Limjap, Maximo Paterno, Ramon Genato, Tomas G. del Rosario and Dr. Ariston Bautista, most of whom had personally known Rizal. The shrine was finally unveiled on December 30, 1913 during Rizal’s 17th death anniversary. On February 1, 1902, the Philippine Commission enacted Act. No. 345, which set December 30 of each year as Rizal Day, and made it one of the ten official holidays of the Philippines.   December 30 as national holiday continued as statutes were enacted by succeeding presidents. Republic Act No. 229 was enacted by President Quirino on June 9, 1948 to create a committee to take charge of the proper celebration of Rizal Day in every municipality and chartered city. On November 8, 2002, Pres. Arroyo enacted Administrative Order No. 44 directing the chairman of the National Historical Institute to spearhead the observance of the 106th anniversary of the martyrdom of Dr. Jose P. Rizal on December 30, 2002.  There are moves to change the observance of Rizal Day from December 30 to June 19 his birth date. This move is based on the argument that June 19 is a more positive celebration as it his birth anniversary, and that it is close to significant days in the formation of Filipino nationhood such as the National Flag Day on May 28 and Independence Day on June 12. Another point for the contention is that December 30 is not well attended as people are on their Christmas vacation.  Both December 30 and June 19 are significant dates to the Filipinos and should be remembered and celebrated by the Filipinos as June 19 marks Rizal’s birth and December 30 his martyrdom, symbolizing his great love for country, the reason he gave up his life.

//National Historical Commission of the Philippines

ANGONO, RIZAL — Some 300 kids and senior citizens from several depressed communities of the town received an early Christmas gift from the municipal government and its partner non-government organizations Friday, Dec. 16.
The office of Mayor Gerardo “Gerry” Calderon said  bags of goodies consisting of rice, noodles, canned meat, assorted clothes and toys were distributed to the beneficiaries of the gift-giving activity held at the Angono Municipal Gymnasium Friday. (Nel B. Andrade)

Matagumpay na naidaos ng pamahalaang bayan, sa pangunguna ng Human Resource Management Office, ang 10th annual Angono Municipal Employees Bowling Tournament noong Dec. 9.
Labindalawang (12) koponan ang lumahok at igrinupo sila sa tatlong klase.
Sa Class A, champion ang Human Resource Office/Angono Public Market. Pumangalawa ang Assessor/BPLO, at pumangatlo at pang-apat naman ang Engineering/Budget at Treasurer’s Office.
Sa Class B, champion ang MTFRO/CSU/KKK. Pangalawa ang Mayor’s Office, pangatlo ang Mayor’s Extension Office, at pang-apat ang Association of Barangay Captain-West.
Sa Class C, champion ang Health Office, pangalawa ang SB/Accounting, pangatlo ang GSO/Comelec at pang-apat ang ABC-East.
Ang High Team Single at High Team Triple ay nakopo naman Engineering/Budget Team.
Ang tournament ay pinangasiwaan ng HR Office sa pangangasiwa ni Ms. Lina Intalan at buong sigla namang sinuportahan ni Mayor Gerry Calderon.
Layunin ng tournament na palakasin at pahigpitin ang samahan at pagkakaibigan ng mga empleyado sa munisipyo.
Iaaward ang premyo sa susunod na taon. (Richard R. Gappi)


9:35 am | Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Mula sa Twitter account ni Oscar Oida: Oscar Oida | oscaroida: 4 na hinihinalang carjacker, patay matapos mapalaban sa mga pulis sa Antipolo city abangan sa #unangbalita. Source:

MANILA, Philippines — Four men believed to be car thieves were killed in an alleged shootout with police authorities in Antipolo City on Wednesday before dawn, a few hours after the car of a Korean national was stolen in a nearby town.

Senior Superintendent Manuel Prieto, Rizal police chief, said the firefight, which lasted for about four minutes, happened at a chokepoint on Blue Mountain Drive in Barangay (village) Sta. Cruz, Antipolo City around 2 a.m.

Three of the suspects died on the spot while one was rushed to the Amang Rodriguez Medical Center but was later pronounced dead on arrival.

The identities of the suspected car robbers remained unknown as of Wednesday morning.

Prior to the encounter, a Korean identified as Sang Gu Choi went to a police station in Taytay, Rizal, before midnight to report a robbery incident.

The Korean told the police his gray Chevrolet with plate number XBL-353 was taken from him at gunpoint by four armed men along Ortigas Extension in Barangay San Isidro in Taytay.

Prieto said immediately after the incident was reported, the police issued a flash alarm and ordered a dragnet operation to block all the possible exits of the robbers.

Two hours later, the robbers were cornered by a joint team from the Antipolo police, provincial police and the Highway Patrol Group at one chokepoint.

“Perhaps thinking there is no way to escape, the suspects opened fire which prompted our men to retaliate,” Prieto said.

No one was hurt on the side of the police while the stolen car was recovered and would soon be turned over to its Korean owner.

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