- President Aquino visits coco water plantation in Candelaria
- President Aquino inaugurates newly constructed by-pass road
- Candelaria Music Video-Making Contest Winners!
- Candelaria Music Video-Making Contest
- Candle Festival 2012
- 111th Araw ng Kalayaan
- Hundreds Benefit from Free Surgery in Candelaria
- Mayor Maliwanag launches "Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako"
- Araw Ng Candelaria 2008
- 1st Year Anniversary of Maliwanag Administration
- Sagip Ilog… Sagip Buhay
- Candle Festival ‘08
Search This Site
by Raimund Marasigan
President Aquino visits coco water plantation in Candelaria
CANDELARIA, Quezon - President Benigno S. Aquino III visited on Monday the coconut water plantation of the Peter Paul Philippine Corporation (PPPC) as part of his administration's goal to accelerate the growth of the coconut industry.
Upon his arrival at the plantation located in Barangay Pahinga Norte, the Chief Executive was welcomed by PPPC President Joey Quimson and other PPPC officials. He was accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo and Representative Irvin Alcala of the Quezon 2nd District
The President toured the coconut water plantation that provide the continuous supply of fresh premium coconuts year round. The 13-hectare property is located about 100 kilometers south of the city of Manila.
The President's visit to the PPPC is designed to help highlight the importance of the collaboration between the government and the business sector in boosting the country's coconut production.
During his visit, the President was briefed on the PPPC's operations, and an update on the collaboration between the government, through the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Trade and Industry, and the PPPC to accelerate the growth of the coconut industry.
The PPPC, likewise, briefed the President on the various initiatives and programs aimed at improving the productivity to cope with the rising global demand for coconut products.
The President, for his part, expressed his administration's support for the integrated development of the coconut industry.
The government's efforts to promote coco water exports resulted in 823 percent increase - from 1.81 million liters worth $1.84 million in 2010 to 16.75 million liters worth $15.11 million in 2011.
It also resulted in the 39.15 percent increase in the quantity of coco coir exports from 4.43 million kilograms (net) worth $974,586 in 2010 to 6.16 million kg (net) worth $2.01 million in 2011. At present, the Philippines is one of the major exporters of coco water.
Meanwhile, coconut water exports from the Philippines posted an 81-percent increase in volume for the first semester of 2012, increasing from 5.662 million liters to 10.249 million liters for the same period in 2011.
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) also reported $11.8 million in earnings, which is a 100.54-percent increase from the previous year's $5.57 million. Emerging markets for coconut water consumption accounted for almost 7 percent of export volumes.
The PPPC was established in Candelaria, Quezon on June 29, 1946 - just a couple of days before the Philippines gained independence from American rule.
In 1962, majority interest in the company was sold to the Filipino group. The company has established production facilities to produce other coconut products, such as coconut milk and cream, coconut water, virgin coconut oil, coconut flour/fiber, copra, copra cake, coconut oil, paring cake, paring oil, and other residual products, thus consolidating its strengths in the creation of an integrated coconut processing plant.
Today, the PPPC operates the largest single production facility of desiccated coconut in the world, with a rated capacity of 22,000 metric tons per year.
Quimson said the PPPC remains committed to the utilization of its core competencies as a premier producer of desiccated coconut, and the enhancement of its other coconut-based products such as virgin coconut oil, coconut flour/ fiber, coconut milk and cream and other specialty products.
Peter Paul's products are seen in all major markets such as North and South America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and maintains a substantial share in each of these markets.
President Aquino inaugurates newly constructed by-pass road
LUCENA CITY: President Benigno S. Aquino III led on Monday the inauguration of a by-pass road in Candelaria, Quezon which is designed to ease the traffic congestion and boost tourism in Quezon province.
After the ceremonial drive-through on the newly completed project, the President was briefed by Rep. Irvin Alcala on the salient features of the road project. The by-pass road is one of the two projects of Rep Alcala.
The recently completed 7.5 kilometer road is a spacious gateway to Quezon province, which also has four bridges.
In his speech in Lucena City after inaugurating the road project, the President said 40 percent of the traffic in Maharlika highway will be diverted to the by-pass road, easing traffic congestion in that portion of Candelaria.
"Kaya nung tinitingnan ko yung kalsada, siguradong makakatulong na mabawasan yung trapik dito sa papuntang Quezon at talaga naman pong masasabi nating medyo may pagbabago na po maski umpisa pa lang po yan," the President said.
The chief executive said his administration has been continuously paying attention to Quezon province in building new infrastructures. For instance, he said that in 2011, Quezon's Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) had P1.19 billion budget. In 2012, it became P1.43 billion and in 2013 the administration raised the budget to P2.4 billion, he added.
If the government could save more money and Quezon province officials spend their budget wisely, the President promised to support additional projects in the province by raising more allocation.
"Pag buo ang tiwala n'yo, may hiningi, makatwiran yung hinihingi, naitutulak natin na mas paspasan yan at puwede na tayong pumunta sa ibang problema," the President said.
Local Candelaria leaders expect that the new road will also boost eco-tourism because of the faster and convenient travel time particularly in the second district of Quezon. The wider and more comfortable roads will also boost Candelaria's growing commercial, residential and recreational areas.
Candelaria Music Video-Making Contest Winners!
1st Place: JOJO CAJES (JOJO ELEGANT)
2nd Place: JAIME LAROZA
3rd Place: ANGELITO MAYO
Congratulations To All The Winners!
Candelaria Music Video-Making Contest
Republic of the Philippines
Province of Quezon
Municipality of Candelaria
OFFICE OF THE SANGGUNIANG BAYAN
MUSIC VIDEO-MAKING CONTEST
GUIDELINES AND CRITERIA FOR JUDGING
1. WHO MAY JOIN:
The competition is open to all residents of Candelaria, Quezon, except municipal government employees, elected officials and their relatives.
Music video entries should address the theme: "CANDELARIA, ITO ANG BAYAN KO!" taking into account the videographers' perceptions of Candelaria, Quezon as a progressive and vibrant town with transparent and people-participatory governance and as a center of industries, agriculture, trade and commerce in the 2nd District of Quezon and the entire province.
The common official soundtrack of all music video entries shall be Raimund Marasigan's version of Candelaria Hymn (Imno ng Candelaria), copy of which may be requested from the contest organizer.
These impressions might be drawn from the following pointers:
How does Candelaria fare in the aspect of tourism and development?
Candelaria as the duly recognized desiccated coconut capital of the Philippines and the world.
Candelaria as hometown of nationally-acclaimed individuals in the areas of arts and culture, music, business, education, politics and other fields of expertise.
The emerging neo-political culture in the town under the leadership of Mayor Ferdinand R. Maliwanag anchored on the "Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako, Diyos ang Gabay Ko" philosophy.
3. TECHNICAL AND LEGAL REQUIREMENTS:
Any format, camera and/or video editing or authoring software may be used. When selecting the system/s to use, participants must be aware of the need to produce a quality suitable for internet viewing.'
The video must have a maximum total running time of three (3) minutes, including opening and closing credits.
The video must be ready for uploading and/or submitted in VCD or DVD format.
The video must not contain materials (music, images, etc.) having copyright restrictions, and all materials used must either be original or copyright-free.
Any entry found in breach of this rule shall automatically be disqualified, without prejudice to the filing of legal charges against its author/videographer.'
A maximum of three (3) entries per participant shall be allowed.
The music video must not have been previously submitted as an official entry in any music video-making contests.
4. SUBMISSION OF ENTRIES
The naming format should contain the tag: "CANDELARIA, ITO ANG BAYAN KO!", the title of the music video, and the name of the director/videographer.
Music video entries may be submitted to any one of the following: Executive Assistant IV Mae A. Carlos at the Office of the Mayor; SB Secretary Ariel L. Abas at the Office of the Sangguniang Bayan; and to Mr. Rico P. Limjuico at the Bids and Awards Committee Office.
A. CONTENT (50%)
Relevance to the theme
Completeness of content
B. PRODUCTION (50%)
Composite Score 100%
6. DEADLINE AND SCHEDULE
Contest period: June 20 to July 20 2012
Deadline of entries: July 20 2012, 5:00PM
Screening and judging of entries: July 20 to 31 2012
Announcement of winners: August 2 2012
Awarding: August 5 2012, 6:00PM, Plaza Narra
7. PRIZES AND OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION
The copyright to the music videos entered in the competition shall remain with the author, except that the Municipal Government of Candelaria, Quezon shall have the right to use any such material at no cost.
Each of the top three contest winners shall receive a trophy with corresponding cash prizes, to wit:
First Prize: P30,000.00
Winners will be notified three (3) days before the awarding ceremony. Prizes not claimed within fifteen (15) days after the awarding ceremony shall be forfeited.
For more information/clarification, please contact any one of the following:
Mr. Ariel L. Abas
ANATALIA D. ATIENZA
MUNICIPAL VICE MAYOR
Candle Festival 2012
Schedule of Activities
DAY 1 - January 31, 2012, Tuesday
Triduum Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Candelaria
San Pedro Bautista Parish Church
Thanksgiving Mass, San Pedro Bautista Parish Church
• Opening of Candle Festival 2012
• Recognition of Balikbayans
• Giving of Souvenir / Garland to Balikbayans
Visitation of the Image of Our Lady of Candelaria to the Municipal Hall.
• Vigil at the Municipal Hall in Honor of Our Lady of Candelaria to be led by Municipal Employees and San Pedro Bautista Parish-Religious Organizations
• Performance of Street Dancer Winners 2011
Sayaw, Awit at Kandila, Handog Kay Maria
Gabi ng mga Balikbayan at Kababayan, Sayawan sa Patio
DAY 2 - February 1, 2012, Wednesday
Triduum Mass in Honor of Our Lady of Candelaria
San Pedro Bautista Parish Church
Medical / Dental Mission / Blood Letting & Blood Typing / Gupit Misyon, Church Patio
Eucharistic Celebration and Procession / Turumba
Blessing of Houses and Final Judging of House Decoration Contest
DAY 3 - February 2, 2012, Thursday
FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF CANDELARIA
Dawn Procession and Blessing of Candles
Eucharistic Celebration, Feast Day of Our Lady of Candelaria
Eucharistic Celebration, San Pedro Bautista Parish Church
Street Dancing Competition in Honor of Our Lady of Candelaria, Various Renditions for "Totus Tuus Maria"
Announcement of Winners and Awarding of Prizes
• House Decoration Contest
• Street Dancing Competition
REV. MSGR. DENNIS M. IMPERIAL PC,EV
MRS. JOSEFINA L. CANTOS
SANGGUNIANG BAYAN MEMBERS
|SECRETARIAT AND DOCUMENTATION||
MRS. OLIVIA I. LINAO, CHAIRPERSON
MR. ARELLANO L. ABAS, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MR. ARLAN JOSEPH D.R. ALEGRE
MR. ERIC G. CARANDANG
MRS. DAISY J. DACASIN
MR. ROY S. DE OCAMPO
MR. ENRICO P. LIMJUICO
MR. RICARDO JOSE M. MANALO
MRS. ROSANA S. MITRA
REV. FR. JEROME L. ESCASA, CHAIRPERSON
MR. GREGORIO G. HIDALGO
MR. MARIO G. IGNACIO
MR. LORETO C. MACASAET
MR. GAVINO R. OCAMPO
MR. APOLONIO M. SUGAY
MS. EDELIA R. VARGAS, CHAIRPERSON
MRS. ILUMINADA M. TANYAG, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MRS. ARCELITA S. ANDAL
MS. ESTELITA R. BICOMONG
MS. FELICIDAD V. BITUIN
MR. ROBERTO R. CORONEL
MRS. EUFRONIA R. GALLARDA
MR. SERAPIO M. MACASAET
MS. CARMENCITA T. RICAFRENTE
MRS. LEONILA O. VELASCO
MRS. EDNA R. VILLARAMA
REV. FR. MARCELO S. CABARRUBIAS, CHAIRPERSON
MR. NELSON Q. BAGO, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MRS. MARIETTA B. BASIT
MR. BERNARD O. LIRIO
MS. AGNES R. VARGAS
MS. LOLITA R. MALIWANAG, CHAIRPERSON
MS. GLORIA P. REYES, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MS. AIDA R. DE LEON
MRS. LUCITA H. DE RAMOS
MS. LILIA R. ENRIQUEZ
MS. CORAZON C. GONZALES
DRA. CATALINA B. MALIWANAG
MRS. CARINA C. MONTECILLO
MRS. EMILIA V. PANALIGAN
MRS. NELIA R. SALAS
MS. EMELITA S. SANGALANG
MRS. JOSEFINA L. CANTOS, CHAIRPERSON
MS. TERESITA C. PANCHO, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MRS. BENILDA R. DE GUIA
MS. ZENAIDA B. DE LOS REYES
MS. EVA MARIA V. DE LUNA
MS. MELINDA C. EMRALINO
MRS. MARIA TERESA J. LIRIO
VICE MAYOR ANATALIA D. ATIENZA, CHAIRPERSON
COUN. LORD DANTEM G. MAUHAY, VICE CHAIRPERSON
COUN. MARIA YLLANA D. LIWANAG
MRS. JANICE S. EBORA
ROTARY CLUB OF CANDELARIA CIRCLE -
C/O PRES. MRS. RECHILDA V. MARQUEZ
COUN. CIPRIANO B. DE LOS REYES, CHAIRPERSON
COUN. MANUEL ANTONIO V. DE LUNA, VICE CHAIRPERSON
COUN. AILEEN MALABANAN-DELLOSA
COUN. IRENEO G. DIZON
MRS. MARIA TERESA A. CARLOS
DR. ALFREDO P. CORNEJO, CHAIRPERSON
COUN. AILEEN MALABANAN-DELLOSA, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MRS. EDNA G. ALIMAGNO
MS. BENITA B. BUNGA
DR. TERESITA L. VILLARAMA, CHAIRPERSON
DR. MARLENE TAN CUSTODIO, VICE CHAIRPERSON
DR. MARIA LOURDES C. BUÑALES
DR. LOURDES C. IGNACIO
MR. ELPIDIO B. BARCELONA, JR., CHAIRPERSON
MR. MANUEL M. LUALHATI, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MR. CESAR V. ALVAREZ
MRS. PINING A. AQUINO
MR. ROBERTO R. CORONEL
MR. MANUEL S. EBORA
MR. ORLANDO L. EBORA
MR. SIMPLICIO A. HUELVA
MR. DIONISIO Z. REYES
MR. HENRY Z. REYES
MR. JOEL M. REYES
MR. HOWARD B. TIERRA
MRS. RESURRECCION G. TIERRA
MRS. EULALIA A. VILLANUEVA
|LIGHTS, SOUNDS AND STAGE RIGGING||
MR. PRUDENCIO DENNIS S. EBORA, CHAIRPERSON
MR. JOSELITO L. MENDOZA, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MR. JUN M. HILAPO
MR. LARRY A. RABINO
MR. MAY ANTHONY E. SUAREZ
MR. NIÑO JERECO M. DE SILVA, CHAIRPERSON
MR. RYAN IRENEO B. DE LUNA, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MR. ARVIN G. DRIZ
MRS. JENNY D. DRIZ
MR. RICO M. ROSALES
MR. JOVEL P. ROVILLO
|FOOD AND ACCOMMODATION||
MRS. EDERLINDA H. CORDOVA, CHAIRPERSON
MRS. CRISTINA R. REYES, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MS. ESTELITA M. ABARQUEZ
MRS. ROSALINDA G. ALATA
MS. BERNARDINA V. DE GALA
MRS. MYRNA V. CATAPANGAN, CHAIRPERSON
MR. APOLONIO M. SUGAY, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MR. ARELLANO L. ABAS
MR. RAUL R. AGARAN
MR. GERONIMO Z. REYES, JR.
MS. BENITA B. BUNGA, CHAIRPERSON
MRS. MANUELA F. OPRIASA, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MRS. LORENZA R. STA. INES
MS. EMELIE A. TALASTASIN
MRS. ELISA G. MAUHAY, CHAIRPERSON
MRS. MYRNA S. BOONGALING, VICE CHAIRPERSON
MRS. FLORITA R. ALCALA
MRS. MYRNA B. BRIONES
MRS. ERLINDA G. BUNYI
MRS. GRACE P. GARCIA
MS. ELIZABETH C. MAGNAYE
MRS. GEORGINA M. MEDINA
|SECURITY AND TRAFFIC MGMT||
PSUPT ARSENIO LIM BANTAYAN-OIC, CHAIRPERSON
PCI ALEX A DE LA CERNA, VICE CHAIRPERSON
PINSP RAFAEL A AGUILAR
PHILIPPINE ARMY (SAF)
CPAG (CANDELARIA PEACE KEEPERS AUXILLIARY GROUP)
FEAST DAY OF OUR LADY OF CANDELARIA
Ang Pista ng mga Kandila (Candle Festival) ay nakaugat sa pagdiriwang ng Candlemas tuwing ika-2 ng Pebrero, apatnapung araw makaraan ang Pasko. Ito ay gumugunita sa ritwal ng Paglilinis kay Maria at sa Paghahain kay Hesus sa Templo. Ang pangyayaring ito ay isinasalarawan sa Ebanghelyo ni San Lukas, Kabanata 2, Talata 22 hanggang 40.
Nang lumaon, ang tradisyon ay lumaganap sa buong sangkakristiyanuhan. Ang paggamit ng mga kandila ay ipinaliwanag ni Papa Inosente Ikalabindalwa sa kanyang sermon bilang pagpaparangal sa Mahal na Birhen bilang tagapagdala ng liwanag.
Ang tradisyon ng pagsisindi ng kandila sa mga bintana o silid ng mga Kristiyano at pagano ay hindi maituturing na siyang pinagmulan ng pangalang "Candlemas" sapagkat ito ay tumutukoy sa pagbabasbas ng mga kandila, dahilan upang ito ang maging sentro o buod ng pagdiriwang ng kapistahan.
Ang Candlemas, na napagkasunduang tukuyin bilang Candle Festival sa Candelaria, Quezon, ay binigyan ng higit pang malawak na pagdiriwang sa pangunguna ng dating lingkod-pari, Reb. Mons. Carlos Pedro A. Herrera, PC, noong 2004, sa okasyon ng sentenyal ng pagtatalaga sa Mahal na Birhen ng Candelaria bilang patrona ng bayan.
Tampok sa Candle Festival ang pagbabahay-bahay ng mga katekista upang ipaliwanag ang debosyon sa Mahal na Birhen ng Candelaria. Sa bisperas (Pebrero 1) ng kapistahan isinasagawa ang pagbabasbas ng mga kandilang nakapalamuti sa mga tahanan sa daraanan ng prusisyon (house decoration). Sa madaling-araw ng kapistahan (Pebrero 2) binabasbasan ang mga kandila sa simbahan at sa hapon ng kapistahan ginaganap ang 'street dancing' o turumba sa karangalan ng Mahal na Birhen, sa saliw ng Totus Tuus Maria'. Ginaganap din ang 'Glow Awards' at 'Candle Float Parade'. Ang una ay ang pagbibigay-parangal sa mga natatanging Candelariahin na nagbigay ng liwanag sa bayan ng Candelaria sa pamamagitan ng kanilang mga pinagtagumpayan sa kani-kanilang larangan; ang pangalawa ay ang parada ng mga naglalakihang kandilang ginawa ng mga mamamayan sa iba't ibang barangay. Masasaksihan rin ang paglilipat o pagdalaw ng orihinal na imahen ng Birhen ng Candelaria sa Bahay Pamahalaan kung saan isinasagawa ang magdamagang bihilya. Ang 'Gabi ng mga Balikbayan' ay kasama rin sa programa bilang angkop na pagkilala. Ang makasaysayang pagbebendisyon at dedikasyon ng pinagandang Simbahan ng Parokya ni San Pedro Bautista noong Enero 31, 2009, ang pangunahing kaganapan sa pagdiriwang ng Candle Festival noong taong iyon.
Ang mga kulay ng kandilang ginagamit sa pagdedebosyon ay luntian (sumasagisag sa tanging kahilingan ng deboto sa Mahal na Birhen), rosas (nababanaag na katuparan ng kahilingan), pula (mga kahilingang natupad na), lila (pakikipagkasundo o pagbabalik-loob) at puti (mga kahilingang itinataas sa Diyos matapos ang nobena o matagalang panalangin).
Ang mga naging tagapamunong pangkalahatan ng Candle Festival ay sina: Reb. Mons. Carlos Pedro A. Herrera (2005), dating Punong Bayan David V. Emralino (2006); dating Punong Barangay Marinelo F. Emralino (2007); Punong Bayan Ferdinand R. Maliwanag (2008), Kalihim Proceso J. Alcala (2009); Kgg. Anatalia R. Atienza, Pangalawang Punong Bayan (2010); Reb. Mons. Dennis M. Imperial, PC, EV, Lingkod Pari (2011). Sa kasalukuyang taon (2012), ang pamumuno ay nakaatang sa balikat ng Pangalawang-Pangulo ng PCEA, Gng Josefina L. Cantos, sa tulong ng mga miyembro ng Sangguniang Bayan ng Candelaria, Quezon.
111th Araw ng Kalayaan
The Municipality of Candelaria, Quezon complies with the directive of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to display the Philippine flag in all public and government installations, from May 25, 2009 to date in line with the celebration of Pambansang araw ng Watawat and the 111th Anniversary of Philippine Independence. At the whole stretch of the national highway in poblacion, municipal offices and establishments and barangay offices the Philippine flag was displayed.
On June 12, Araw ng Kalayaan, the LGU conducted a simple yet appropriate program, to wit:
I. Doksolohiya......Mga Piling Kasapi ng Association of Candelaria Municipal Employee (ACME)
II. Pagtataas ng Watawat, Pag-awit ng Lupang Hinirang,
Isang Sulyap sa Kasaysayan ng Kalayaan at Pag-awit ng Himno ng Candelaria
III. Pag-aalay ng Bulaklak sa mga Bantayog ng mga Bayani
IV. Paglulunsad/Presentasyon ng Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako "Logo"
V. Mensahe......Kgg. Ferdinand R. Maliwanag - Punong Bayan
It was attended by the municipal mayor and members of the sannguniang bayan, punong barangays, members of the sangguniang barangay and SK officials, municipal and barangay employees, school principals, teachers and students, veterans, NGOs, POs and spectators.
During the event, the logo of "Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako" program was also launched which aims to instill in the heart and mind of our people in Candelaria the love for our town and our country so that they will not be merely "program recipients and beneficiaries" but community assets. The logo depicts a coconut to highlight the town's primary product and major source of livelihood for its people. Candelaria, a first class town in Quezon Province, prides itself as the desiccated coconut capital of the world. It carries a jolly, smiling face that mirrors the state of being of every Candelariahin, happy, joyful and able to enjoy the simple things in life. Most importantly, it shows to the world that a Candelariahin professes love for his town and proud to be a Filipino.
Hundreds Benefit from Free Surgery in Candelaria
Candelaria, Quezon - A total of two hundred three (203) patients received free surgical operation and medical check-up in the 5-day Candelaria Surgical Mission sponsored by the Candelaria Health and Education Foundation (CHEF), Inc., the municipal government of Candelaria under Mayor Ferdinand "Bong" Maliwanag and the UST Medical Alumni Association headed by Dr. Renato Reyes, at the newly-opened Candelaria United Doctors Hospital here last April 24-28, 2009.
The free surgical operation was performed to patients with cyst and cataract and includes ophthalmology, local and general surgery and pediatrics.
"This free surgical mission is part of our continuing effort to serve our constituents especially those who cannot afford to have their operation done because of financial constraints, " Mayor Bong Maliwanag, whose wife is a doctor, said. He adds that this is the first time this large number of patients received free surgery in one medical mission.
"The operation was indeed very timely and helpful to us. I have long been suffering and even afraid I might already contracting a cancer but with this medical mission I can now go on with my life without being afraid of what's going to happen to me," enthused Hector Alcala, one of the beneficiaries of the medical mission who was operated on a cyst.
Other patients are equally grateful. Cecilia Alvis who was operated on thyroidectomy was all praise for the group. "I am very thankful to Mayor Bong Maliwanag and the group of Dr. Reyes for this surgical mission. I hope they will continue to conduct medical mission to help our poor kababayans who really cannot afford the high cost of having an operation."
Other organizations who helped in making the surgical mission possible are the Sputnik Club of Candelaria, the Rotary Club of Candelaria, the Rotary Club of Candelaria Circle, and other individuals with benevolent hearts.
Meanwhile, another medical mission will be conducted by a group of Candelaria doctors and volunteers from the United States. The group headed by philanthropist Alberto Alcala, will conduct the medical mission in February 2010.
These medical missions and other initiatives are under the "Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako" Program of Mayor Bong Maliwanag and the municipal government of Candelaria, Quezon.
Mayor Maliwanag launches "Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako"
Candelaria, Quezon - Mayor Ferdinand "Bong" Maliwanag and the Municipal Government of Candelaria launched the program Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako with the signing of Memorandum of Agreement with all private and public schools in the municipality, April 15, 2009.
"The program is our administration's thrust of going out of the box in serving our constituents in Candelaria. While we continue and unceasingly pursue our mission of serving our people thru good governance, transparency and accountability, we feel that we have to do more to our people and our town. The Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako, is a program that seeks to operate as a continuous meaning-making exercise, roused by series of programs and activities that shall run from March 2009 up to early months of the following year and in the coming years," explains Mayor Maliwanag.
"Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako" also aims to instill in the heart and mind of our people in Candelaria the love for our town and our country so that they will not be merely "program recipients and beneficiaries" but community assets. This program shall organize activities in an effort to generate a positive political culture manifested through responsible citizenship, volunteerism, active participation in the implementation of government programs and intelligent exercise of suffrage, among others. The program is a different approach to traditional politics because here we really will involve all sectors in transforming Candelaria into a better, if not the best, town in Quezon Province and the country ", Mayor adds.
Under the program, various activities will be undertaken. One of these activities is the signing of Memorandum of Agreement with public and private schools for the inclusion of teaching values that are consistent with the program Candelaria Mahal Ko, Pilipino Ako.
Other activities would be story telling contest on the history of Candelaria which will be participate by private and public schools. A choral competition on Himno ng Candelaria will also be undertaken to demonstrate the municipality's concern and thrust of engaging communal and social participation through choral competition.
It will also include the Pinakamalinis na Barangay Contest, which aims to maintain the cleanliness of the town and the caring and protection of the environment; and the Sampung Magagaling na Candelariahin and the Candelaria Young Leaders Summit. The former aims to honor the excellent performance and contributions of Candelariahins in their respective fields of endeavor. The latter, on the other hand, is a congress that shall bring together promising student leaders of the town to hone their leadership skills and potentials.
"Vote Ko To" Concert for the Youth will also be held to serve as a venue in conveying the importance of exercising one's suffrage rights, from voter's registration procedures to voting procedures in the precincts and a wise selection of candidates.
Also included in the program Candelaria Mahal Ko , Pilipino Ako will be the conduct of Mural Painting Contest, Poster Making and Logo Making contest, the review and reframing of the town's local history and its integration to history subjects offered in schools, creation of Public Information Office, tapping and involving Candelariahins abroad, creation of the Candelaria Cultural and Heritage Council, formation of functional local special bodies, promotion of barangay assemblies, livelihood training programs, gender development-gender sensitivity training, health and sanitation, and community organizing towards people empowerment and community development in partnership with non-governmental organizations.
-Sec. Arellano L. Abas-
Araw Ng Candelaria 2008
Maliwanag administration kicked off the 5-day celebration of Araw Ng Candelaria 2008 with this year's theme HALINA SA CANDELARIA, BAYANG MASAYA. A Thanksgiving Mass was held to bless the affair ensued with the Opening Parade with all sectors of society in their Filipiniana outfit, truly the people of Candelaria evoked the Filipino culture at its finest. The Agri-Trade Fair soon followed right next to the parade then the launching of Gulayan at Niyogan tagged as "Sa tamang PROCESO, MALIWANAG ang asenso!", together with Talakayang Agrikultura - a program to encourage Candelariahins to wellness and healthy living simultaneously aired live broadcast over DZEC 1062. The first day was concluded with a night of music and dances dubbed as Gabi Ng Candelariahin. One of the highlights of the commemoration is the instigation of the so-called Candelaria Health and Education Foundation (CHEF), a non-government non-profit organization that will uphold the public education and better health services. The distinguished kababayans to lead this worthy cause are Dr. Renato M. Reyes, Mr. Sotero B. de Luna, Mr. Danilo Garcia, Mrs. Zenaida Reyroso, Mrs. Ma. Gracia Nadres-Licup, Senate Secretary Emma Lirio-Reyes and Atty. Renato de Luna together with the other Board of Trustees Mr. Daniel de Gala, Mr. Panfilo Castro, Jr., Dr. Eric R. Punzalan, Dr. Ziegfredo A. Nacorda, Dr. Alfredo Cornejo and two(2) District Supervisors Thelma O. Magnayon & Noranda delos Santos . Coconut Tree Planting was another program revived in testimony to the recognition accorded to Candelaria, Quezon as the Desiccated Coconut Capital of the World. A mascot to represent Candelaria and the coconut industry in general was likewise born and was named by the Coconut Millers Association thru a name-giving contest participated by the Candelariahins, a whopping P30,000 pot money for its name COCO MAGNIFICO.
Another celebrated episode is the Ground-breaking Ceremony of the Candelaria By-pass Road Project by his ever dedicated Congressman of the 2nd District Proceso J. Alcala and the Flower Offering at the actual site of the signing of the decree founding Candelaria as an independent pueblo from its matrix towns Sariaya and Tiaong. Other events feature the original culture and tradition of Candelaria namely Street Dancing & Dance Showdown, the Search for 2008 Mr. & Ms. Candelaria, the Choral Competition participated by different schools and the Gabi Ng Kulturang Pilipino. Not to mention the presentation of the Coconut Product Innovators/Processors Awards for Handicrafts & Novelties that is given to a kababayan Mr. Benildo A. Belen of Brgy. Mayabobo. A successful Dental Mission and Teachers' Symposium also contributed to this year's affair. Two(2) noteworthy Seal of Excellence Awards and two(2) Certificates of Recognition, given by the Civil Service Commission have also been received by Engineering, Treasury and Local Civil Registry departments for rendering an exceptional service to the public via their PASADA (Public Service Delivery Audit) program. The Oath-taking Ceremony of the Federation of Parents-Teachers Community Association (FPTCA), the recognition of SPO4 Rafael A. Aguilar as an Awardee of Tunay Na Lalaki ng Quezon 2008 and the Awarding Ceremony for Mga Natatanging Samahan at Institusyon sa Candelaria were among the main parts marked on 5 August 2008 before the Gabi ng Kulturang Pilipino.
The tireless mayor Ferdinand 'Bong' R. Maliwanag though has unsurpassingly given his commitment to fully support his administration's goal for the betterment of Candelaria and its people, undoubtedly and significantly SERBISYONG MALIWANAG!
1st Year Anniversary of Maliwanag Administration
The Hon. Ferdinand “Bong” R. Maliwanag celebrated his 1st Year Anniversary in public service as Municipal Mayor of Candelaria, Quezon last July 02, 2008. Simultaneous blessing of a brand new municipal ambulance, two motorcycles, ten hand-held radios and the new Rural Health Building (RHU) highlighted the event. Aside from the numerous ongoing projects of the Maliwanag Administration, clearly, Mayor Bong selflessly dedicates himself to uplift the socioeconomic stature of Candelariahins.
Sagip Ilog… Sagip Buhay
The once renowned ILOG QUIAPO of Candelaria,Quezon finally got the much needed cleaning and rehabilitation initiated by the Local Government Unit last May 8, 2008. With the help and assistance of the PHILIPPINE AIRFORCE, BANTAY BAYAN and the CANDELARIA RESPONSE AND RESCUE VOLUNTEERS.
Not an easy task to embark on, considering the neglect it suffered for a long period of time. Pulling some strings was all the new Local Administration of Candelaria headed by the hard-working Mayor Ferdinand “Bong” Maliwanag has to do to make it a reality.
A very timely endeavor to answer the worldwide call of environmental protagonists for people to save Mother Earth or face the inevitable. With the enthusiastic participation of the citizenry and the relentless promotion of such significant endeavor, who knows one of these days, we might see once again the glory and beauty of the once famous… QUIAPO RIVER of Candelaria.
Candle Festival ‘08
Candle Festival is a five-day celebration from January 28 to February 2, which reflects the devotion of the people of Candelaria in “Nuestra Señora de Candelaria” also known as the Candlemas Virgin. It also offers insights into the magnificence of the culture and tradition in the locality.
The feast starts with the visitation of the image of Our Lady of Candles to the Municipal Government of Candelaria wherein employees, thru the supervision of every department heads, offer a one-hour vigil to Our Lady lifting their prayers and petitions. The youth also took their part as they perform a night vigil with Mama Mary.
Medical and Dental Mission, spearheaded by the Executive Committee of the Candle Festival 2008, in cooperation with different NGOs of the Candelaria ang Lakas ay nasa Mamamayan Council (CAALAMAN Council) attests the unwavering Filipino custom Bayanihan.
Marvelous displays (Barangay Float Parade, House and Establishment Decorations) and brilliant cultural presentations (Gabi ng Balikbayan and Street Dancing) show the artistic talent and religious faith of the Candelarians.