BuyBust: Protestang Pelikula

Sa pagpadagos kang madugo buda kontrobersyal na gyera kontra droga ni Presidente Rodrigo Roa Duterte, dae mapupugulan ang pagluwas kang mga protestang pelikula. Lampas duwang taong puon kang magtukaw si Duterte bilang payo kang estado, nagkaigwa kitang “BuyBust” ni Erik Matti, direktor man kang “On the Job” (2013) buda ang horror na “Seklusyon” (2016) na pareho man igwang social commentaries.

[Ang ribyung ini ay igwang minor spoilers kang inot na treinta minutos kang pelikula, pero hanggang mapu-pwede, bawas ang dakulang spoilers. Pwede niyo ining basahon na mae-enjoy niyo pa man guiraray ang twists and turns kang pelikula.]

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‘Road constructions put Mayon’s World Heritage Site application at risk’

LEGAZPI CITY—Mayon Volcano Natural Park’s (MVNP) application for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) World Heritage Site is at risk if the road network constructions within the designated protected areas site and the 6-kilometer radius permanent danger zone are given green light to continue.

This is the fear of the technical working group for MVNP nomination to be among the “elite group of destinations” in the world.

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Riding the Waves at 13, Winning

NOTE: This story was written last year, October 25, after the Lunad sa Balod (Ride the Waves) 2016 in Gubat, Sorsogon.

With nowhere to display all the proof of her victories inside their humble home, all of Vea Estrellado’s trophies are all wrapped in plastic and hidden in one corner gathering dust. All, except for two, which she won from Lunad sa Balod, a three-day national surfing competition at Gubat, Sorsogon.

The 13-year-old from Gubat, Sorsogon was declared champion in two categories Sunday after she bested 11 other surfers in the wahine short board category and 10 other surfers in the wahine long board category. Some of the competitors from Daet, Baler, Lanuza, Leyte, Zambales, and Catanduanes are in their 20s and 30s.

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Bulan-bulan: Recovering from ‘Nina’

NOTE: This story was written last June 26, three weeks after the resumption of classes in the Bicol Region.

Classes have been going on for three weeks already in Libon, Albay, but a number of elementary and high school students are still trying to make do with the notebooks their parents can afford.

Last Christmas Day, Libon was one of the hard-hit towns after Bicol took a beating from ‘Nina’ (international name: Nock-ten), which was described by many as the strongest typhoon since 2006’s ‘Reming’ (international name: Durian). No one was reported dead after Nina, but it turned out that many sources of livelihood were profoundly stricken and are still affected by the disaster up until today.

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In Sorsogon, even men line up for a seat at a Hello Kitty-themed café

A Hello Kitty-themed café in Sorsogon City has been luring straight male customers—sometimes in groups, sometimes with their girlfriends or wives—for a completely understandable reason—their cheeseburger and pizza.

Kitty Tours Café was originally intended to be a travel and tours office and a restaurant, but two months since the opening of the café in January, the staff has been busy accommodating customers who patiently line up outside the café for a seat, café owner Audrey Lustestica said.

SUPER KAWAII. This Hello Kitty-inspired cafe in Sorsogon City is only ten months old and is the only themed cafe in Sorsogon City. (RA Ostria/Ibalio)

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Chek Paints: Raising Funds for Buboy’s Treatment

NOTE: This feature story was written last August 5 during the celebration of Ibalong Festival 2017 in Legazpi City.

When she was three years old, Yonnah Francheska “Chek” Toledo received a scolding from her mom Louraffy for drawing random scribbles over a white pillow with poster paint. But that did not stop Chek from moving on to coloring and painting dresses over bond papers, coloring books, and then on canvases to perfect her art.

Now at seven, Chek is putting her talent to use by helping raise fund for the medication of her brother, three-year-old Rafaelo Franco “Buboy,” who was diagnosed with profound hearing loss in both ears early February.

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