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10390337_878286685521859_6090321382850241694_nAngono, Rizal – In a rare situation and at a very tempting moment, one would probably take the opportunity of pocketing a huge amount of money if found within his reach.  Well perhaps, but not for this young man from a small town in Rizal province – Angono.

John ‘Eric’ Tolentino Medina was on his way home after providing a home service massage to a friend (as part of his extra income to support his family). While waiting for a passenger jeepney bound for Angono, he walked a block further to a place where less passengers are waiting. Until he reached San Martin Subd., in Brgy. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal where a jeepney stopped in front of him to unload one lady passenger.

And so Eric boarded on that trip and took the seat vacated by the lady passenger. Upon seating, he noticed something bulky underneath, and surprised to see a wallet with a white bulky enveloped inside. He was even more astonished to see what’s inside – a huge amount of peso bills which he assumed to be more or less a hundred thousand pesos – cash!

Without any hesitation, and while the jeepney is still not gone far from the last stop, he politely ask the driver to pull-over for him to go back and look for the lady passenger who could be the owner of that envelope. All the passengers on that jeepney were so amazed to see and watched as Eric ran back to look for the lady, and found her shaking and crying on the last stop.

With his both hands holding the envelope, Eric gently asked the lady if she owns the wallet with that envelope left at the jeepney.  And with a tearful eyes and shaking voice, the lady immediately hugged Eric , embraced him so tight and even gave him a motherly kiss while repeatedly saying “Maraming Salamat, Maraming Salamat po” (Thank you, thank you very much!)

And after that incredible display of honesty and incorruptibility, the lady offered some cash but Eric politely refused to accept it. She introduced herself as Ms. Cecille from Cainta, Rizal.  She had that money to be delivered as part of payment for a lot her family bought recently in Angono. Overwhelmed with Eric’s sincerity and trustworthiness, Ms. Cecille eagerly invited Eric to have a dinner sometime with her family and as thanskgiving as well.

With so much gratitude and inspiration, Eric posted this extra-ordinary experience on his Facebook. “Being a God-fearing Christian and a devotee, I just did what I feel is the moral thing to do that time.” Eric said. “Temptation to these kind of situations that rarely happened to anybody can be avoided if God is always in the center of our heart” he added upon the interview with ADN (Angono Dream News Online).

Eric is a freelance visual artist from Brgy. San Roque, Angono, Rizal. He is a cartoonist, an excellent freehand artist and have done dozens of portraits and human figures. During his spare time, he works in a small gym in Angono as an instructor, and accepts home massage services as an additional income to support his family.

Eric’s works can be viewed thru his FB account @


June 13, 2014
Angono, Rizal






Happening right now, Oct. 31, is the inauguration of Kapuso Multi-Purpose Center located at Angono Elementary School. News reader and officer of the foundation Mel Tiangco represented the network while Mayor Gerry Calderon, Capt. Joey Calderon of Barangay San Isidro and municipal officials welcome Ms. Tiangco.

The center, which was blessed by Angono parish priest Fr. Roy Crucero, will likewise serve as temporary shelter for those who will be displaced by floods and typhoon.

/ Ricahrd Gappi 


Makikita sa itaas ang mga larawan ng noo'y itinatayong ANGONO KAPUSO MULTI-PURPOSE CENTER, na ngayo'y bubuksan at ipagkakaloob ng GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION upang pangasiwaan at pangalagaan ng Pamahalaang Lokal ng Angono.

Makikita sa itaas ang mga larawan ng noo’y itinatayong ANGONO KAPUSO MULTI-PURPOSE CENTER, at ngayo’y ipagkakaloob ng GMA KAPUSO FOUNDATION upang pangasiwaan at pangalagaan ng Pamahalaang Lokal ng Angono. (Mga litrato ng Angono Tourism Office/Patnubay Tiamson)


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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
Ulat at mga litrato ni Richard R. Gappi
Sa flag raising ceremony na ginanap kahapon, February 4, pinuri ni Mayor Gerry Calderon ang mga mag-aaral ng Angono Regional Lead School for the Arts (ARLSA) na nanalo ng anim na 1st place sa iba’t ibang patimpalak sa Regional Festival of Talents.
Ginanap ang nasabing festival na pinangasiwaan ng Department of Education sa Nasugbu, Batangas noong January 16-18, 2013.
Kabilang sa napanalunan ng ARLSA ang 1st place sa Contemporary Street Dance, Best Song Writing, Best OPM Song Writing, Best Group sa On-the-Spot Painting, Best Painting, at Best Film.
Pinuri ni Mayor Gerry ang mga mag-aaral ng Regional Lead School for the Arts dahil sa kanilang tagumpay na nagpapatunay na magaling ang mga taga-Angono at Rizalenyo at lalo nitong naitatampok ang bayan bilang "Art Capital of the Philippines."

Pinuri ni Mayor Gerry ang mga mag-aaral ng Regional Lead School for the Arts dahil sa kanilang tagumpay na nagpapatunay na magaling ang mga taga-Angono at Rizalenyo at lalo nitong naitatampok ang bayan bilang “Art Capital of the Philippines.”

Ayon kay Mayor Gerry, ang mga tagumpay ng ARLSA ay patunay na magagaling ang mga taga-Angono at lalong nagpapatampok sa bayan bilang “Art Capital of the Philippines.”
Nagpasalamat naman kay Mayor Gerry ang mga taga-ARLSA dahil sa maraming tulong at suporta ang ibinibigay ng punongbayan sa lahat ng gawain at kompetisyong sinasalihan ng nasabing eskwelahan.
Dating pangalan ng ARLSA ay Angono Regional Pilot School for the Arts. Si Mrs. Amihan Reyes-Fenis ang principal dito.

The University of Santo Tomas College of Fine Arts and Design opens today, September 24, an art exhibit titled “I Like Angono: The Masters’ Exhibition from the Philippine Art Capital” featuring the works of Angono’s National Artists Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio D. San Pedro. The public can also view the works of Jose “Pitok” Blanco, Nemi Miranda and Orville Tiamson displayed at Beato Angelico until September 29. Angono, Rizal Mayor Gerry Calderon serves as the guest of honor. The exhibit coincides with the celebration of the centennial birth of Botong (November 4, 2012) and Maestro San Pedro (February 11, 2013)




by Manda Icasiano

Isa na namang Filipina child singer na taga-Angono ang nagpamalas ng kanyang galing at bumirit ng pagkanta sa bansang Italy!

Si Camille Cabaltera, na may edad labindalawang taon gulang (12 yrs. old) ay matagal na nanirahan sa Venus Compound, sa bayan ng Angono.   Dito matatagpuan ang kanilang bahay kung saan din lumaki ang kanyang ina na si Gng. Me-Anne Miranda.

Si Camille ay kumanta sa isang sikat na programa sa Italy na “Ti lascio una Canzone” kasama ang isa sa pinaka-sikat na singer sa kanilang bansa na si Annalisa Minetti.  Inawit nila ang popular na kanta ni Celine Dione na “All By Myself.”

Ang mga magulang ni Camille ay kababata nina Manda Icasiano (ADN Editor) at ni Richard Gappi (RNO Editor) na kapwang naninirahan sa Venus Compound.

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MANILA, Philippines—Actor-comedian Rodolfo “Dolphy” Quizon died Tuesday night, his son told reporters.

Eric Quizon, who has acted as spokesman for the family, said Dolphy left at 8:34 p.m. following a cardiac arrest.

“He lived a full life. He is at rest. He is at peace,” said Quizon hours after news of his father first broke on the social media network Twitter.

Quizon said his father “knew as he was going how much the country loved him and knew that everyone was praying for him”.

“If he could he would have stayed so just he could thank you personally,” said Quizon of Dolphy who has been confined at the Makati Medical Center since June 9 for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Quizon said that while his father’s “spirit was strong his body has so weakened he had to go”.

“On behalf of everyone who loved him — my brothers, sisters, Zsa Zsa [Padilla], we all thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” said Quizon.
He asked that the people “pray for his [father’s] eternal repose”.

Quizon said that “heaven would be a happier place with him there”.

He said, however, that “for us whom he has left behind, comedy is dead but long live comedy”.

Dolphy, known in Philippine entertainment as the “Comedy King”, is survived by common law wife and actress-singer Zsa Zsa Padilla and 18 children.

‘Humble, honest, and helpful’

President Benigno Aquino led the nation in paying tribute to Dolphy, calling him the embodiment of the “humble, honest, and helpful” Filipino, who made life easier for his friends and followers in the face of daunting challenges.

“He changed not just his industry, but also the national consciousness,” Aquino said in a statement.

“Through his art, he widened our outlook, he gave us the power to find and cherish happiness in our daily lives.”

‘King of Comedy’

Dolphy was widely regarded as the country’s “King of Comedy” in a career that spanned seven decades playing colorful comedic roles, from a cross-dressing homosexual to a poor jack of all trades.

His passing was announced by ABS-CBN television, which aired his hit sitcom “Home Along Da Riles” in the 1990s about a poor widower struggling to raise his children in the slums.

ABS-CBN said Dolphy’s passing was confirmed by his partner Zsa Zsa Padilla, an actress also employed by the station, and other relatives.

Dolphy made millions laugh even during the Philippines’ darkest moments, including the brutal 20-year rule of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos, which ended in 1986.

In the 1970s sitcom “John & Marsha,” he played the poor husband to a rich wife, who poked fun at his loud-mouthed mother-in-law, giving comedic relief during Marcos’ martial law regime that left thousands dead and missing.

It was a slapstick brand of comedy that steered clear of politics or criticism of Marcos.

The show was so popular that it was revived in the form of at least eight movies over the last two decades, introducing younger generations to Filipino humor.

Bob Hope of Philippines

Movie critics branded Dolphy the Bob Hope of the Philippines, and his philanthropic work helping the poor and unemployed actors was also well known.

Politicians looking to exploit Dolphy’s mass appeal for years unsuccessfully tried to lure him into running for public office.

Social media tributes

News of Dolphy’s death sent shockwaves across social networking sites, with many of his fans and colleagues paying tribute to him.

“RIP Dolphy. Kevin Cosme really gave so much laughter to my childhood,” tweeted Andreo Calonzo, referring to one of Dolphy’s most memorable television characters.

Former president Joseph Estrada, an ex-movie action star and a long-time friend of Dolphy, said he joined millions in mourning for a “national artist.”

“His memory will live forever. He was the kindest, funniest, most helpful man I know,” Estrada told AFP.

“He made life bearable for the masses, and his roles sympathized with the plight of the millions of poor Filipinos.”

Movie industry icon

While he never married, Dolphy was a known ladies’ man who fathered at least 17 children with various women, some of whom also went on to enter the showbiz industry.

President Aquino rallied Filipinos while Dolphy was on his death bed, calling the actor a “revered icon of the Philippine movie industry”.

A heart bypass 15 years ago had left him perennially weak. With a report Agence France-Presse

Ang Nazareno habang papasok sa simbahan ng Angono

Mabunyi at marubdob na tinanggap ng mamamayan ng Angono ang imahen ng Mahal na Poong Hesus Nazareno ng Quiapo halos isang oras pa lamang ang nakakalipas ngayong Biyernes, Mayo 25.
Sa pangunguna ni Mayor Gerry Calderon kasama ang mga konsehal ng bayan at mga opisyales mula sa iba’t ibang barangay, ang imahen ay sinalubong ng tatlong banda kabilang dito ang Rizal Provincial Band, Angono Wind Ensemble at Angono St. Clement Symphonic Band.

Pinangunahan ni Mayor Gerry Calderon ang panalangin ng bayan sa pagsalubong ng bayan ng Angono sa Mahal na Poong Hesus Nazareno kanina halos isang oras pa lamang ang nakakaraan.

Habang tumutugtog din ang mga banda, nakasaliw din naman sa sound system ang panalangin-awit na “Nuestro Padre Hesus Nazareno” na ang bersyong pinatutugtog ay lika/komposisyon ng Pambansang Alagad ng Sining sa Musika na si Maestro Lucio D. San Pedro.
Nilikha ni Maestro San Pedro ang arrangement sa nasabing awit bilang pagdiriwang sa ika-400 taon ng Translacion, o pagdating ng nasabing imahen sa katedral ng Quiapo.
Hindi nakalagay sa andas ang Nazareno kundi ito binuhat ng mga deboto na kinabibilangan ng mga Hijos de Nazareno na mula pa sa Quiapo. Nakayapak din sila habang nagpaparada/prusisyon.
Ang mga Hijos ang nangangalaga at nag-iingat sa nasabing imahen na pinagdedebotohan ng maraming Katolikong Pilipino dahil sa mapaghimala ito umano.
Sa kanyang maiksing mensahe, binanggit ni Mayor Gerry na ang pagbisita ng Nazareo ay “isa na naming biyaya para sa ating bayan.”
“Nawa’y itong maging daan upang lalo tayong magkaisa at upang mabiyayaan ang lahat ng ating mga kababayan pati na ang buong mundo. Nawa’y ang diwang ito ay lalo tayong maging ‘higante’ bilang mamamayang disiplinado, mamamayang mapagmahal sa kalikasan at kapaligiran, at mamamayang nagmamahalan bilang disiplinadong mga taga-Angono,” wika ni Mayor Gerry.
Pagkatapos ng kanyang mensahe, pinangunahan naman ni Mayor Gerry ang panalangin ng bayan. Nag-alay din siya at ang kanyang pamilya ng sampagita at pagkatapos nito ay humalik sa Nazareno.
Bago tumulak papuntang simbahan, lumapit ang mga tao at mga deboto upang makapahid ng panyo o makahawak sa imahen.
Pagkadaan sa munisipyo ay umusad naman ang parada/prusisyon patungo sa simbahan. Dumaan ito sa kahabaan ng M.L. Quezon Avenue, sa E. Dela Paz, sa Barangay Poblacion Ibaba hanggang makapasok sa patio.
Bago pumasok sa simbahan, tila fiesta ang naging tagpo dahil sunud-sunod na sumirit sa ere ang mga kwitis at kasabay nito ang mga tugtog ng banda at ang awit-panalangin na nagmumula sa trompa/sound system.
Pagkapasok sa loob ng simbahan, nagwagayway ng putting panyo ang mga tao at may ilang sumisigaw ng “Viva! Viva!” habang ipinupwesto ang imahen.
Bandang 9:45 ng umaga ng maipwesto sa kanyang lugar ang Nazareno at mula doon ay sinimulan ang “Pahalik” na nagpapatuloy hanggang ngayon. Pinangasiwaan ito ng mga taga-simbahan at ni Barangay San Isidro Capt. Joey Calderon, na tumatayo ding tagapangulo ng Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Council.
Maya-mayang alas-12:00 ng tanghali ay magkakaroon ng welcome mass o misang pagtanggap na pangungunahan ni Fr. Roy Crucero, ang kura paroko.
Mamayang 3:45 ng hapon naman ay ang prusisyon at ililibot ang Nazareno sa mga pangunahing lansangan sa Angono.
(Ulat at Litrato ni Richard Gappi)

May 13, 2012, 1:09am

Like most of its residents today, I am an Antipoleno by choice…My Antipolo represents what the entirety of Rizal is and what it can become. I live here so I can always remind myself of this. Like the rest of Rizal, it is in the midst of a tug-of-war – between the lure of modernization and the desire to keep the beauty of its original state. It has brought home the important amenities of modern living while preserving the expressions of faith and culture that has made it known.

The month of May is synonymous with Antipolo, Rizal.
During this month, thousands flock to our hilltop city. For them, the year would not be complete without this annual trek to what is dubbed the Pilgrimage Capital of the country.
There are three things that draw people to Antipolo, Rizal. First, faith. Second, history and culture. Third, its nature-based attractions.
At the core of the yearly Antipolo tradition is the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Many visit the Cathedral built in her honor to have their vehicles blessed or to ask for protection for a journey. Many others are simply drawn by the contagious display of faith among devotees who crowd the cathedral and endure the mammoth Sunday crowd for the chance to pray before her image.
That display of faith and devotion is a hundred years old, maybe more. Our elders say people, including those from distant provinces, pilgrimaged to Antipolo, Rizal, long before there were good roads leading up to the place.
In fact, a tableau has been erected in front of the new Capitol as a tribute to that age-old tradition. In that little plaza, visitors would find the statuettes of a party of pilgrims bringing a woman up to Antipolo, Rizal, in a hammock, locally called “Humaka.”
The fervor of the display of faith on the Lady of Antipolo, Rizal, has not changed despite the advent of modern roads and transportation. Given that a lot of children and teens form part of the giant pilgrimage crowd, it looks like the fervor is being passed on to the next generation. God willing, Antipolo, Rizal, will stay as the Pilgrimage Capital for decades to come.
Many others come to Antipolo, Rizal, for reasons other than faith. Biking enthusiasts, for example, consider the place a haven. Back when there were fewer vehicles, the Masinag-Bayan stretch of Sumulong highway was a favorite weekend destination for mountain biking. The pros consider both the upward and downward trip along Sumulong a major challenge.
Today, bikers still speed along this scenic stretch. But they have found other spots in the city which proved to be as exciting. My neighbors told me that there is a place called Phillip’s Sanctuary Bike Park in our city which provides mountain bikers with 10 kilometers or more of trails.
The place, my neighbors add, is designed like those American bike resorts. The park has something for bikers of every age and ability. I am yet to personally see the place, but let me already invite our readers to come and explore it.
The Park is located in the hills of Maarat, where Antipolo, Rizal, meets up with San Mateo.
Speaking of neighbors. Unknown to many, I am actually a resident of Antipolo, Rizal. Yes, I work in this city and I also live here. Yes, my roots are Binangonan and Taytay, but I have chosen to live in the Pilgrimage City.
Like most of its residents today, I am an Antipoleno by choice.
My friends estimate that about 75 percent of those who live in this city today are not “natives” of the city. They do not trace their roots to the clans of the Dela Paz or Sumulong, or Oliveros. They may have been born elsewhere but have decided to build their homes in this hilltop haven.
I did, too.
There are several reasons why people choose to live here. One is a practical reason. It is close enough to Metro Manila to enable one to get to work fast, be it in Makati or Ortigas. It is also far enough from Metro Manila to enable one to isolate oneself from the smog and tension of the bustling metropolis.
And, in the process, to raise one’s family in a healthy and wholesome environment.
My personal reason is this: My Antipolo represents what the entirety of Rizal is and what it can become. I live here so I can always remind myself of this.
Like the rest of Rizal, it is in the midst of a tug-of-war – between the lure of modernization and the desire to keep the beauty of its original state. Somehow, my Antipolo has managed that tug-of-war well: It has brought home the important amenities of modern living while preserving the expressions of faith and culture that has made it known.
At the end of the day, I realized that my Antipolo reflects my own struggle. And perhaps, of most of us.
On one hand, we desire to keep in step with the dizzying pace of change, progress, and acquisition of wealth. On the other hand, we fight to keep our cherished values and relationships – those things that matter within the very core of our being.
Perhaps, there is an Antipolo in all of us.
So, come and visit my Antipolo.
You just might find yourself there.

Si Atty. Karen Jimeno sa Sagala/Santacruzan sa Angono

Nagningning ang ganda ni Atty. Karen Jimeno sa Santacruzan na nagpapatuloy pa ngayon dito sa Angono, Rizal, Mayo 12.

Si Jimeno, tagapagsalita ng defense panel ni Chief Justice Renato Corona sa impeachment sa Senado, ay isa sa mahigit 50 pares ng kababaihan at kalalakihan na lumahok sa tradisyong ito ng pag-aalay ng bulaklak sa Mahal na Birhen.
Naging escort ni Atty. Jimeno si Justice Tiamson, na anak ni Angono Tourism Officer Patnubay B. Tiamson.
Sina Patnubay at Mayor Gerry Calderon ang nag-imbita kay Jimeno na tila katuparan ng sinasabing “beauty and brains” na paglalarawan sa isang babae. (Ulat at mga litrato ni Richard R. Gappi)

Escort ni Atty. Karen Jimeno si Justice Tiamson, anak ni Angono Tourism Officer Patnubay B. Tiamson.

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