Archive for June, 2013


ARBOR DAY LOGO copyThe Local Government of Angono, thru its town’s chief executive – Mayor Gerry Calderon, is encouraging his constituents to participate in various Tree Planting activities and Reforestation program on  July 15, Monday at the Lakeside Park.

Arbor Day is a worldwide event  in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for TREES.

Mayor Gerry recognizes the necessity to promote a healthier ecosystem for its people through the rehabilitation and re-greening of the town’s environment.

Arbor Day in the Philippines has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25 throughout the nation by planting trees and ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities.  However,  Angono will observe Arbor Day on June 29 to enable its municipal employees and all other private citizens to participate in all its activities.

The necessity to promote a healthier ecosystem for the people through the rehabilitation and re-greening of the environment was stressed in Proclamation No. 643 that amended Proclamation No. 396 of June 2, 2003.

Proclamation No. 396 enjoined the “active participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sector, schools, civil society groups and the citizenry in tree planting activity and declaring June 25, 2003 as Philippines’ Arbor Day.”

“Planting more trees will not only help reforest denuded areas but also makes Angono and the entire nation – a greener and healthier place to live in” –  Mayor Gerry Calderon further said.

ARBOR DAY originated in Nebraska, USA in 1872.


Manda Icasiano

Public Information Office

Office of the Mayor , Angono, Rizal

June 19, 2013 : 9:00 am


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Ang artwork ni Jasper Espina kung saan nagwagi ito ng 1st Prize sa "Paint Your Town In a Shirt" Contest.

Ang artwork ni Jasper Espina kung saan nagwagi ito ng 1st Prize sa “Paint Your Town In a Shirt” Contest.

Sa pagdiriwang ng Ika-112 Taon “Araw ng Lalawigan ng Rizal,” nagwagi ang bayan ng Angono sa isang Painting Contest na ginanap sa SM Tayatay.

Pinamagatang “Paint Your Town in A Shirt,”  nasungkit ni Jasper Espina, isang mag-aaral sa URS-Angono ang 1st prize sa nasabing patimpalak.  Ito ay ayon na rin sa ulat ng lumikha ng nasabing painting/artwork.

Ayon naman kay Angono Tourism Officer Patnubay Tiamson, nag-2nd at 3rd place ang Cardona at Pililla samantalang 4th place naman ang Binangonan.

Halos isang linggo inieksibit sa publiko ang mga nasabing likhang sining sa Event Center ng nasabing mall.

Ginanap ang awarding noong June 12, sa SM Taytay na isa din sa mga sponsor sa nasabing patimpalak.

Makikita ang iba pang entries sa link na ito:


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YNARES CENTER, Antipolo, City, Rizal – The Provincial Government of Rizal announces this year’s Anak ng Lahing Bayani (ALAB) ng Rizal awardees namely, former Rizal Gov. Lope K. Santos (posthumous), music maestro Amando San Jose (posthumous), Mayor Elionor I. Pillas and artist Nemesio R. Miranda, Jr.
This year, ALAB ng Rizal awardees come from various fields of endeavor – two public servants and a literary expert, a musician and a renowned artist.  Each ALAB ng Rizal awardee has shown outstanding skills, transformational leadership and the burning spirit to succeed in their field of endeavors.
Former Rizal Governor Lope Santos went on to hold various key positions in the government. He was a Senator and an Assemblyman. As an Assemblyman, he authored Bonifacio Day in honor of the hero who fought for our independence against the Spaniards. He was also a great leader of the common Filipino workforce. But his real great works come from his pen. A novelist, writer, poet, critique and a lawyer, Lope was recognized as a “Paham ng Wika” and “Haligi ng Panitikang Filipino” because of his great contributions in the development of the Tagalog Language and his various literary works.
Music Maestro Amando San Jose grew up nurtured by music. With no formal education he learned music by ear. Honing his God-given talent, he delved into transcribing, arranging and composing/writing original compositions. Soon enough, he emerged as a well-respected music maestro. Music aficionados from Pampanga, Batangas and Laguna provinces found their way to Cardona in search of Amando San Jose. He was the Band Master of the Tomas Claudio Memorial College and the Rizal Technological and Polytechnic Institute (RTPI). Hundreds of young musicians passed under his tutorship. Noted graduates pursued a career in music; while others pursued different careers as music scholars.
Mayor Elionor Pillas, fondly called Ely is a native of Jalajala and a true pride of this town. He earned his Master in Business Administration’s degree at Ateneo de Manila. He delved into various business enterprises such as fishing, farming, duck raising, vegetable planting and others. The hardship of life and the inherent acumen in business and trade pushed him into business and trading deeper. Love for education and ambition to rise above poverty are his inspiration why he succeeded in life.
Mayor Ely’s inspiration in entering the world of politics is his poor constituents in Jalajala. He believes that he can help a lot using his experience, knowledge and skills in Management and business. With his genuine concern for his fellowmen, he believes that the real purpose in life is serving the people and giving back the God-given blessings of life.
Artist/sculptor Nemesio Miranda, Jr., has his name already etched in the history of his beloved town of Angono. A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting, Nemi, as he is fondly called by family and friends, has contributed immensely to the growth and development of art in his hometown.
He established and managed various art schools and museum that had influenced and honed the skills of many young artists today, these are: Nemiranda Family Art Museum, Angono School for the Arts, The ArtCamp, Nemiranda Arthouse, Atelier Café Restaurant.
Nemiranda has played a key role in the promotion, recognition and preservation of the arts and culture of Angono and the province as a whole. Truly, he is a man of arts.
Previous ALAB ng Rizal awardees include National Artists, Botong Francisco and Lucio San Pedro, tenor Arthur Espiritu, Dr. Gilberto M. Duavit, Prof. Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin, Engr. Bonifacio O. De Lumen and Dr. Milagros R. Niñonuevo.
The ALAB ng Rizal award is set to be conferred during the 112th Araw ng Lalawigan ng Rizal celebrations on June 11, 2013.
MANDA ICASIANO | Public Information Office | Municipality of Angono

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A workplace is a conglomeration of people with different mindsets and attitudes — from timid to pushy to systematic workers and procrastinators.  To be a productive leader in the work environment, you need to manage people and see to it that they deliver their best to the job within the constraints of money, time and other resources. Good people skills are not communication skills alone but a combination of observation, motivational and behavioral skills, which enable you to choose the right approach to each individual to get the job done.


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      Practice self-management skills. Managing yourself is as important as managing others because you react to people depending on your mood. Maintaining a positive mood helps you react constructively to situations and people. Practice to identify and benefit from the opportunity each situation offers and to enjoy the results of work.

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      Develop good communication skills. Make sure your team members understand the messages you send across in the way you want them to understand it. To achieve this, you need to be clear in your mind as to what message you want to send. Visualize how you want the receiver to react to your message. This is a good way to ensure you are delivering the message right. Your tone of voice (condescending, friendly or authoritative), body language and choice of words all have an impact on your listeners and the way they react to you. Present yourself as approachable and not intimidating. Make eye contact and keep a friendly voice so the other person relaxes and feels free to talk. With good communication skills, you can build rapport between yourself and the team.

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      Pay keen attention to people. People speaking to you should feel you have not just listened to them but really understood what they were saying. To attain this level of understanding, you need to listen to what the other person is saying (the words) and the body language of the person (tone of voice, hesitations and emphases). Use your instincts to listen. Grasp the meaning behind the words. Listen to the speaker with an empathetic attitude rather than a judgmental mindset to really understand the situation from the other person’s viewpoint.


MANDA ICASIANO | Publc Information Offce, Municipality of Angono

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Information, educational and communication (IEC) materials are the most  important component of mass communication or public information campaigns.  Their effectiveness depends on the nature of the materials and their combination with other communication techniques, such as face-to-face education.


  • Printed IEC materials can be assessed for suitability, simplicity of language, effectiveness of message and numerous other factors.  A single, printed IEC item is unlikely to broadcast a message effectively; a variety of printed IEC materials is usually required.


  • The effectiveness of any IEC material is subjective to some degree.  Some people prefer IEC materials they can reference privately, but highly visible materials — such as posters in public places — are also necessary to raise general awareness of an issue.


  • In addition to printed materials, mass media communication and community awareness events, the success of any campaign may also hinge on identifying champions within the local community. These individuals will be best-placed to tailor IEC materials and training sessions to the needs of local populations.


MANDA ICASIANO, Public Information Office | Municipal Government of Angono

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A June 6, 2013, press release from the Department of Health


The Department of Health (DOH) today formally launched Pilipinas Go4Health, the nationwide healthy lifestyle movement that aims to help prevent and control the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the country. These diseases, while highly preventable, are on the rise mainly due to the lack of regular exercise, improper diet, and excessive drinking and smoking, according to DOH.


NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, cancers, respiratory diseases, and diabetes claim more than 36 million lives worldwide annually. “When it comes to their health, Filipinos need to be liberated from misinformation or lack of information, indifference, and careless practices and habits,” said Secretary of Health Enrique Ona.


Pilipinas Go4Health seeks to encourage Filipinos from all walks of life to commit to a healthy lifestyle through physical activity, proper nutrition, and the prevention or cessation of smoking and alcohol consumption. “There is abundant scientific and social evidence that addressing these habits is the path to better health,” Ona said.


“One of the keys to good health is regular exercise,” said the health chief. “The human body is designed for motion. Daily physical activity is for everyone, from the very young to the very old,” he added.


Only 7 out of 100 Filipino adults engage in vigorous exercise at least three or four times a week based on findings by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI). Regular exercise is important because a sedentary lifestyle may lead to increased risk for heart diseases, stroke, diabetes, obesity, some cancers, and even depression and anxiety. Aside from ensuring regular physical activity, a proper diet is a must. “Eating right and maintaining a proper diet means more vegetables and fruits, and less meat, processed foods, salt, and sugar,” Ona said.


Pilipinas Go4Health also focuses on avoiding smoking and moderating alcohol consumption. Ten Filipinos die every hour because of illnesses related to cigarette smoking. A total of 17.3 million Filipino adults aged 15 years and older are tobacco smokers, according to data from the 2009 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). The 2007 Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) survey also shows that 57.8% of youths live in homes with smokers, and some 67.9% are exposed to smokers outside their homes.


“GATS data show that a number of smokers accessed tobacco when they were very young to make informed choices. By the time they are old enough, they may find it very hard to quit and some may already suffer its consequences,” explained Ona. Smoking is directly linked to lung cancer, emphysema, and bronchial disorders.


Ona also cautions drinkers and would-be drinkers, “The effect of alcohol on health is complex. It may lead to impaired judgment, which contributes to risky behaviors that may result in road accidents or violence, among others”.


“Every Filipino has the right to a healthy family, community, and country. DOH will continue to work hand-in-hand with different sectors to provide options for healthy living and make it accessible to as many people as possible. It’s not too late, so we must act now,” concluded Ona.


Pilipinas Go4Health is the nationwide healthy lifestyle movement led by the DOH) and its partners. It aims to inform and encourage Filipinos from all walks of life to practice a healthy lifestyle by making a personal commitment to physical activity, proper nutrition, and the prevention or cessation of smoking and alcohol consumption. Visit for more information.



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MANDA ICASIANO, Public Information Office, Angono, Rizal


Na-publish noong Hun 3, 2013
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Manda Icasiano, Public Information Office
Municipality of Angono

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