Quail festival in Lipa City presents ideas for biz ventures

Add quail eggs with pickles and one can have pickled quail eggs for a product. One can have pickled quail eggs with different flavors, like Jalapeño. (photo by MARLON LUISTRO / The Filipino Connection)


LIPA CITY – Hop on a Manila-bound bus here and you will see vendors selling quail eggs or pugo pegged at P10 per pack.

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Waste-to-energy technology not feasible ‘for now’ in Lipa, says CENRO

The City's Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) (photo from Facebook page of Lipa City CENRO)



LIPA CITY—The City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) has turned down yet another proposal to build a waste-to-energy plant here citing the failure to find a suitable land and issues on the compliance with existing environment laws.

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[Community] Nina’s Special Puto and Tamales

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The recipe of kakanin (rice cake) was passed on to Aleng Ninay from her grand parents who started cooking in 1913. Using only first-grade rice, coconut milk, and sugar, Aleng Ninay is preparing and cooking her puto and tamales just how her lola had prepared them.

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Patok na paborita ng isang panaderya sa Lipa

Ang Fadullo's Special Paborita mulsa Brgy. Tibig (kuha ni Arvel Malubag / The Filipino Connection)



BRGY. TIBIG, LUNGSOD NG LIPA—Naalala ko noon, ani Jailel Fadullo. Boy ako sa isang gasolinahan, at 17 anyos.

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Eric Cray wins 400m hurdles gold at Asian championships

Twenty nine-year-old Filipino-American hurdler Eric Shauwn Cray won the country's first Asian Athletics Championships gold medal in eight years following his 400m hurdles golden conquest in Bhubaneswar, India (phto from the Asian Athletics Association).


MANILA–Eric Shauwn Cray revived Philippine athletics’ glory years in Asia by winning the 400m hurdles gold medal at the 22nd Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneswar, India. [Read more…]

Filipinos remain among world’s most emotional

A resident of Lipa City got this strip of paper carrying a positive message. This made her day, Maricar Garcia said on Facebook. This simple display of positivity shows how emotional Filipinos are, if a 2017 global survey by the US-based polling firm Gallup is to be believed. (photo from Maricar Teves Garcia on 'Lipa City Philippines' via Facebook)


LIPA CITY–Maricar T. Garcia got a small strip of paper near the police station here and thought it was a scented sheet. The two sentences on that strip gave a different “scent:” positivity.

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Mula sa bakuran, kumita ang mga tinamnan na luya

Isa nang household name ang Mira’s Turmeric Product bilang isang organikong tsaa




LUNGSOD NG LIPA–Ayoko na sa baboy, ani Almira Silva, 43, na may babuyan sa isang subdibisyon. Rereklamuhan ako rito, dagdag nya.

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Kakaibang timpla ng itlog na maalat

Sa pagtitiyaga ni Arnel Isaga na magsubok ng kakaibang itlog na maalat, hindi siya inalat. Isang umuusbong na negosyo na puting itlog na maalat —ang Lipeños Salted Eggs— ang inani ni Isaga. (kuha ni Arvel Malubag / The Filipino Connection)

Puti ang kulay ng Lipeños Salted Eggs. Unti-unti, yumayabong ang kakaibang timpla nito



LUNGSOD NG LIPA—May iniwan si Arnel Isaga dito dahil may naamoy siyang maalat.

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Calabarzon economy grew 4.8 percent in 2016


An industrial hub’s growth got a boost from services, agriculture



STO. TOMAS, BATANGAS—Economic growth in the industrial region where Lipa City is situated grew only by 4.8 percent in 2016, and has the agricultural sector to thank.

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City Gov’t dared: Name barangay captains who tested positive for drugs


LIPA CITY – A three-termer councilor challenged the Lipa City government to name the four barangay captains who tested positive in last week’s random drug test for the sake of transparency.

In his privilege speech on Tuesday’s session, Councilor Nilo Catipon said that while he commends the initiative of Mayor Meynardo Sabili, the City’s Anti-Drug Task Force, the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police, to conduct the test as a means of showing example to their constituents in the fight against illegal drugs, he feels that some barangay captains are being unfairly implicated since the announcement was made in an interview with ABS-CBN Southern Tagalog.

“They better name the four barangay captains involved in illegal drugs because of its negative impact to the other captains who are being falsely accused,” Catipon said, adding that the city has rehabilitation facilities to help reform these village officials.

Councilor Merlo Silva opposed the said suggestion insisting that these would only put the chairman and his family’s name to shame. They should instead file cases against the said persons without having to namedrop and shame them in public.

Earlier on June 8, the city government initiated a surprise drug test among the city’s barangay captains, four of which were reported positive for drugs. Their names, however, were not released to the public pending confirmatory tests, which only triggered speculations and guessing games among netizens as to who these people are.

Sixteen chairmen were not present during the testing but city officials said they will require them to undergo the test.

In an interview with ABS-CBN, Sabili said he was disappointed to hear the said news.

“I didn’t expect it. Sometimes, there were reports and when I ask those people concerned, of course they would deny it,” he added.

ABC President and Councilor Paulino Querubin however said that the results of the drug tests may not be conclusive as they are still subject for confirmatory testing by the Department of Health.

He also claimed that two of the barangay chairmen who tested positive have been taking maintenance medicines for heart disease, which may have influenced the lab results.

“Initially, they already have findings so what the Department of Health will do is to check whether they used marijuana or shabu or they may have taken other drugs that they failed to declare so the DOH will have to confirm which substance they tested positive,” said the city’s anti-drug task force chairman Ram Mendoza in an interview.

On Tuesday, the Sangguniang Panglungsod headed by Vice Mayor Eric Africa and 13 other councilors participated in another drug test, the results of which have yet to be released as of this posting time.

Africa said this was their way of showing their support to the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs, which should start from the leaders themselves. Those sanggunian officials and employees who will test positive for drugs after confirmatory testing will likewise face necessary sanctions, he said

The Vice Mayor also said he opposes the suggestion to name barangay chairmen who tested positive “until after confirmatory tests are made” so names will not be destroyed and those who conducted won’t be accused of “politicking.”

P/Supt. Carlos Barde, Lipa City police chief, told reporters that around 5,300 self-confessed drug users in the city have surrendered through PNP’s Oplan Tokhang but they are still validating the figure as there were reports that 1000 of them were classified as “double entry”, which means these addicts have already surrendered both to them and the Lipa City government.

The city government’s campaign against illegal drugs is also gaining headway as Barde claims many pushers have already began mending their ways and stopped using drugs, based on the police and various barangay captains’ observations.

The PNP is taking a multi-faceted approach to solve the drug problem: first with the Oplan Tokhang and another with police operations including search warrants and buybust to pin suspects who continue to be involved in the illegal drug trade.

Barde has this message to the pushers: “They better stop now as our efforts are relentless led by the President. The President would definitely not allow illegal drugs to proliferate in our country.”

Privilege Speech Councilor Nilo Catipon