Mayor Gerry, pinarangalan ang mga taga-URS Angono na nagchampion

Ulat ni Elida Bianca Marcial 
Correspondent
September 4, 2017; Lunes, 12:25PM

Binigyang pagkilala ni Mayor Gerry Calderon ngayong umaga ng Lunes, September 4, 2017 ang mga estudyante ng URS Angono bilang over-all champion ng URS Socio-Cultural and Literary Festival.

Personal na isinabit ni Mayor Gerry sa mga estudyante ang kani-kanilang medalya. Ginanap ito sa liwasang bayan kaalinsabay ng lingguhang pagtataas ng bandila ng mga kawani at lokal na pamahalaan .

Kasama ni Mayor Gerry na nagbigay pagkilala sina Konsehal Jeri Mae Calderon, Arling Villamayor at Patnubay Tiamson.

Ang URS Angono ay nagwagi ng 1st place sa dagliang talumpati, on the spot painting, pencil rendering, battle of the bands, kundiman at vocal pop solo. 2nd place naman sa essay, chorale singing at instrumental.

Nagkamit din ng parangal sa contemporary dance, vocal duet, radio drama, sanaysay at quiz bowl. Nagwagi naman Mr. URS 2017 si Kercy Mata at Ms. URS 2017 2nd runner-up naman si Tricia Malabanan ng URS-Angono.

Ang nasabing festival ay ginanap noong August 9-11, 2017.

Si Maureen Bulatao, na propesor ng URS-Angono, ang nagsilbing Over-all Chairperson ng Socio-Cultural and Literary Festival 2017.

Angono traffic enforcer na nasa viral video, tinanggal na sa trabaho; traffic violators, wala nang pakiusapan ayon kay Mayor Gerry

Ni Richard R. Gappi
September 3, 2017; Sunday, 2:52PM

Tinanggal na sa trabaho kahapon, Sabado, September 2, ang traffic enforcer ng Angono na nahuli sa video na nanghingi ng P100.

Ito ang ulat ni Angono Office of the Mayor chief of staff Alan Maniaol sa panayam ng aRNO ngayong tanghali ng Linggo, September 3.

“Nung makita ni Sir Rey Tan yung viral video, kahapon pa lang ay tinanggal na sa trabaho yung traffic enforcer,” wika ni Sir Alan.

Si G. Rey Tan ang head ng Public Safety and Order na nangangasiwa sa mga traffic enforcer.

Dagdag pa ni Sir Alan, Enero pa lamang ngayong taon ay alam na ni Mayor Gerry Calderon ang mga angal ng publiko sa mga traffic enforcer.

“Kaya nga nanawagan tayo ng mga bagong traffic enforcer na pwedeng magtrabaho at palitan itong mga tiwali pero walang nag-aapply,” wika ni Sir Alan.

Binigyang diin din ni Sir Alan na hindi kinukunsinti ng lokal na pamahalaan ang anumang katiwalian.

“Kaya ngayon ay simple lang ang utos ni Mayor, wala nang pakiusapan, tiketan na mga traffic violators para iwas ang pakiusapan o itong sinasabing lagayan at kotongan,” wika ni Sir Alan, na atas ni Mayor Gerry sa mga enforcer.

Matatandaang naging viral ang nasabing video na ini-upload ng isang estudyanteng taga-Binangonan na hinuli ng nasabing traffic enforcer dahil sa traffic violation na no parking sa tapat ng palengke.

Isang libong piso ang fine o penalty pero nakiusap ang traffic violator na wala siyang ganoong kalaking pera dahil estudyante lang siya at hindi siya taga-Angono kung kaya hindi niya umano alam na bawal magpark sa nasabing lugar.

Kung kaya nakiusap ang traffic violator sa traffic enforcer.

“Sige P100 na lang pero hindi ko na kayo titiketan,” wika ng traffic enforcer sa estudyante.

Hati naman ang tingin ng mga netizen sa pangyayari.

“Tama lang ‘yan na ivideo at iangal, maraming traffic enforcer ang ganyang nangongotong,” wika ng isang netizen.

“Walang utang na loob. Siya na nga traffic violator at nakiusap, ivinedeo pa at ini-upload sa Facebook,” wika naman ng isa.

“Pareho silang mali. Bribery yun — and it takes two to tango. Walang malalagyan kung walang maglalagay,” wika ng isa pang netizen.

Alam nyo bang nagpunta at nag-organisa ng Katipunan sa Angono si Bonifacio? Kilalanin kung sinong mga taga-Angono ang naging Katipunero

Ang “Readings on the History of Angono” ang pinaka-unang komprehensibong pagtatala sa kasaysayan ng bayan. May kopya sa Angono Municipal Library na maaaring basahin at gamitin sa pananaliksik.
Litrato mula sa Google Internet: Detalye ng mural na ‘Filipino Struggles Through History’ ni Angono National Artist for Painting Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco

Ni Richard R. Gappi
Managing Officer, Angono Public Information Office/Secretariat, Angono Municipal Committee on Cultural Heritage
August 31, 2017; Huwebes, 3:28PM

Agosto 1896 nang pumutok ang Himagsikan sa pamumuno ng Katipunan ni Andres Bonifacio. Sa Angono, may organisado ng Katipunan bago magrebolusyon.

Ayon kay Ayong Tiamson, pumunta mismo si Andres Bonifacio sa Angono noong 1894 upang organisahin ang lihim na kilusan. Nagtayo sa Angono ng Sangguniang Balangay na ang “Pangulo” ay si Kapitan Rufino Villaluz.

Itinalaga din ni Bonifacio si Don Eugenio de Lara bilang supplier ng Katipunan sa buong bayan. (Eugenio G. Lara, “Readings on the History of Angono,” 1969, page 103-104)

Si De Lara ang ‘Juez de Paz’ (o Justice of the Peace/Pinunong Tagapamayapa) na isa sa mga opisyal ng bayan noong 1896, base na rin sa ‘Guia Oficial’ ng gobyernong Espanyol.

Bukod kay De Lara, opisyal din ng bayan noong 1896 sina Presbiterio Luis Ignacio bilang cura parroco/pari ng simbahan; Lazaro Vitor, gobernadorcillo/alkalde ng bayan; Juan Sim, Maestro de Niños/Pinunong Guro sa mga Batang Lalaki; at Macaria Cecilio, Maestra de Niñas/Pinunong Guro sa mga Babae. (Page 101)

Gayunman at sa kabalintunaan, si De Lara ang una sa mga papaslangin ng mga tinaguriang ‘tulisanes’ galing sa Antipolo at paligid ng Angono noong gabi ng January 6, 1897 sa pamumuno ni Gardo Padua, na taga-Muson sa Taytay, Rizal. (Page 102).

“That evening, instead of the scheduled dancing of the ‘Bati’ by the ‘Kapitana’ and ‘Tenienta,’ at the house of Don Genio who was then the ‘Hermano Mayor’ of the ‘Pascuhan’ – and while some others in the renegade group ransacked the bodega of the Hacienda, singled him out from the completely surprised, thus completely unarmed crowd of ‘Tatlong Hari’ celebrants, and down the street, the Juez de Paz was summarily executed,” ayon sa Readings on the History of Angono. (Page 102)

Dahil sa pagkubkob na ito ng mga umano’y tulisanes, bumawi at lumusob ang mga guardia civil mula sa garrison ng Maynila at Taytay (walang garrison na nakahimpil sa bayan) sa Angono noong February 20, 1897.

Ito ay upang malawakang hanapin at arestuhin ang mga umano’y tulisan at kriminal sa bayan.

Sa operasyon o pagganti na ito ng mga Guardia Civil, napatay ang pipi/mute na si Santos Hernandez.

Dahil bingi nga at hindi tumigil si Hernandez nang sabihan siyang huminto, kaya siya binaril at pinatay.

Naaresto naman sina Julio Blanco na matagal na umanong wanted ng pulisya dahil sa mga kasong murder at si Pascual Diaz na isang panday/blacksmith. (Page 103)

Ang isa pang kinasangkutan ng mga Angono “insurrectos” laban sa Espanya ay nangyari noong ikalawang bahagi ng Himagsikan.

Ito ay nang salakayin ng mga Pilipino noong August 19, 1898 ang Kuta sa Morong, ang huling balwarte ng mga Kastila matapos silang umatras ng Maynila. (Page 107)

“The Angono insurrectos were armed only with bolos, and these bolos were used very extensively not in whacking away at well entrenched defenders of the garrison, but rather in cutting thousands and thousands of bamboos near Morong.

These bamboos were bundled and tied together into such sizes as to be sufficiently impenetrable by ordinary rifle shots,” ayon sa Readings on the History of Angono. (Page 106)

Sa pagsalakay na ito, ang naging casualty o namatay na taga-Angono ay si dating Kapitan Clemente Blanco. (Page 108)

Naging kasapi din ng Katipunan at naging ‘insurrectos’ ang mga sumusunod, bagaman naging aktibo sila sa paglaban sa ikalawang bahagi ng Himagsikan, kontra sa mga sundalong Amerikano:

Placido Unidad, Celo Vocalan, Hermogenes Floriza, Juan dela Cuesta, Antonio Vitor, Anselmo Mendiola, Ipe at Domingo Reyes, Baldo Tiamson at kanyang anak na si Ayong, Clemente Blanco, Feliciano Lipio, Maximo Orca, Pablo dela Cuesta, Felix Villaluz, Cipriano Igualada, Valentin Mendiola

Emilio Piñon, Cintong Taytay, Juan B. Gragera, Juan C. Gragera, Pencio Reyes, Jose Tolentino, Castor Capistrano, Andres Reyes, Jacinto Diaz, Armando Orca, Juan de los Reyes, Victorino Bolarin, Alejandro Orca, at Julian ‘Calabao.’ (Page 104)

Noong August 1, 1898, pinirmahan ang “Acta de Independencia” ng mga representative mula sa probinsya ng Distrito de Morong (dating pangalan ng lalawigan ng Rizal) sa Bacoor, Cavite.

Nahalal si Don Apolonio Villaluz bilang pangulong lokal na nagrepresenta sa Angono na nagpahayag ng suporta sa Pamahalaang Diktadurya ni Pangulong Emilio Aguinaldo. 

GAWAD GALING POOK 2003: SA TURISMO AANGAT ANG ANGONO

“Sa Turismo Aangat Ang Angono” is Angono’s attempt at total development using its tourism advantage as a vehicle.

It started as a dream.

Mayor Gerry Calderon had witnessed for himself the good practices of various places like Puerto Princesa, Marikina and Olongapo and adapted useful strategies from these award-winning local governments.

The dream of being included in the roster of Galing Pook Awardees prompted Mayor Calderon to package all his programs and actions into one effective transitional scheme, how these developmental projects improved the lives of the people, and brought the town Angono in the mainstream of local government innovation.

Trailblazing Culture and Tourism

The municipality of Angono in Rizal Province is home to two National Artists: painter Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco and musician Lucio San Pedro. But save for this reputation, it had little else.

The municipal government did not have a clear goal, traffic congestion was bad, there was no transport terminal, flash flooding was not uncommon, the surroundings were dirty, and worse of all, the people seem like they couldn’t care less. 

Yet a dramatic transformation took place between 1999 and 2002. Angono was consistently bagging awards for being the cleanest and greenest in the province. In 2001, it was finally elevated to a first class municipality.

Angono’s road to development started with the basics. With the help of the people’s organizations, Angono drafted a mission-vision statement that became its roadmap to development. A massive information campaign was launched to awaken community spirit and introduce the “Angono Dream”.

After it identified tourism promotion as its centerpiece program, Angono embarked on a physical makeover. Road obstructions were removed to decongest traffic, the public transport system was organized, the public market was renovated, and volunteers enlisted to keep the main roads clean. 
Volunteerism played a key role to the program success. Aside from assisting in the government’s clean-up activities, volunteers also helped in traffic management, tax campaigns, and security surveillance.

The town’s physical rehabilitation did a lot to improve the way of life of the residents of Angono. There are now parks where people can stroll around and where artworks are proudly displayed. A Regional Pilot School for the Arts was established to boost Angono’s status as an artist’s haven. Social services as well as the peace and order situation were likewise addressed.

ART CAPITAL OF THE PHILIPPINES AND 1ST ASEAN CULTURE CAPITAL

Angono is known as the ‘Art Capital of the Philippines’ because it is the only town, despite its small geography and population, which has produced and home to two National Artists namely Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco for Painting and Prof. Lucio San Pedro for Music.

While there is no formal or legal document from the national government in which this claim stands, former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo verbally recognized Angono with this identity during her speech and visit in 2004.

A resolution of the Sangguniang Bayan in 2004 also requested President Arroyo to issue an executive order recognizing Angono as Art Capital but to this date, no legal document has been done.

For its part, the Municipality of Angono led by Mayor Gerardo Calderon used the “Art Capital of the Philippines” for branding purposes, like what marketing and public relations officers do in their promotional activities.

Mayor Gerry has likewise honed the town’s tourism industry and promotion by anchoring it on Angono’s rich art and cultural heritage, a program which merited a Gawad Galing Pook Award in 2003 for its innovation and sustainable implementation.

Angono boasts of more than 500 painters alone, excluding other artists such as musicians, writers, video and film editors, theater people, craftsmen, and church-based heritage and cultural workers.

The town traces its artistic roots to Angono Petroglyphs in Binangonan, the oldest rock art in the Philippines.

It, however, considers Spanish era artists Juan Senson and Pedro Piñon as roots of artistry, who inspired Botong and San Pedro and the succeeding generation of Angono artists.

Art galleries and museums as well as studios of individual artists abound, which have become favorite places among local and international guests visiting the town, particularly the Blanco Museum, Nemiranda Art Haus, Botong’s Studio and Balaw-Balaw Restaurant and Folk Art Museum.

Angono also celebrates seven festivals and festivities throughout the year, notably the Higantes Festival every November and the Feast of St. Clement, the town’s patron saint.

Angono likewise has six artists groups based in the community and schools led by its two oldest groups Angono Ateliers Association and Angono Artists Association, 11 marching bands, three symphonic ensembles, three community-based theater groups, six chorale groups including those in schools, a writers group, three community newspapers, and an exclusive school for the arts whose students are from Angono and Rizal province.

ASEAN Culture Capital

The Philippines was recognized as the ‘cultural capital’ of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2010 and 2011. 

As the first country given this distinction in the 10-member association of countries in the region, the Philippines hosted in 2010 the ministerial and experts meeting on culture and arts (AMCA-SOMCA) and the 4th ASEAN Festival of the Arts held in March 2011.

With the theme “The Best of the ASEAN,” the National Commission for Culture and the Arts-led festival showcased what the member-countries considered to be their best such as performance, book, art exhibit, film, among others. 

In August 2010, Angono, Rizal was the sixth locale highlighted as focal site in celebration of the Philippines as ASEAN Culture Capital. 

During the program, the concept of Angono Artists Village was launched, in which the community was envisioned to provide residency for underprivileged and deserving Filipino artists as well as multipurpose venue for art workshops, performances and residency programs.

Angono also witnessed the countdown to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Review Summit with UN Resident Coordinator Dr. Jacqui Badcock as special guest.

The inaugural event of ASEAN Culture Capital campaign was held in Angeles, Pampanga. Other sites that hosted were the province of Capiz, Santiago City in Isabella, the province of Batangas, and the province of Bohol.

Home of the Higantes Festival – Angono, Rizal

Higantes Festival is a secular celebration initiated by the Municipality of Angono to express gratitude to its patron Saint Clement, in which the parade of giants is held on Sunday before the town feast on November 23.

Base on Angono folklore, the ‘higante’ was used as symbol of agrarian protest during the waning years of the Spanish colonization when Angono was a hacienda (large tract of lands).

A study made by Far Eastern University professor James Owen Saguinsin, however, theorized that the higante was inexistent and the locals of Angono actually refer to a tall and towering ‘katiwala’ or hacienda caretaker named Karias Tangkad as the giant whom the residents were exacting and taking revenge, which is ‘higanti’ in Filipino.

Saguinsin also theorized that the giant papier mache only started after World War II when artist Carlos ‘Botong’ Francisco asked the first higante maker, Artemio Tajan, to add an element of festivity and joy to the post-War ambience of Angono fiesta celebration.

At present, ‘higantes’ now have evolved, with Angono craftsmen producing images of local and national officials, Angono’s myths and legends, the vegetables outlined in the Filipino folk song ‘Bahay Kubo,’ and even small giants called ‘higantitos.’

The Municipality of Angono likewise considers the ‘higante’ as the symbol of the people’s aspiration to be great in their respective field and contribute to the development and pride of this town which is home to two National Artists namely ‘Botong’ Francisco (Painting) and Maestro Lucio San Pedro (Music).

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Apolinario Mabini Award for 2015 and 2016 for Angono

The Municipality of Angono on December 2, 2016 received the Apolinario Mabini Award from the Department of Health and Philippine Blood Center.

The award, which Angono also received in 2015, was received by Kalinga at Kalusugan sa Kalikasan-Office of the Mayor coordinator Lita Bartolome and Municipal Health Office administrative officer Arlene Ang Reyes.

The awarding was held at H20 Hotel Quirino Grandstand, Metro Manila.

The two agencies are active in soliciting blood donors who have saved lives of those who have sought help from the municipality.

In handing over the award, Philippine Blood Center Dugong Bayani Award 2016 overall chairman Salvador Aydante Jr. explained that the award is given to an organization or company which conducted mobile blood donation activities and donated more than 100 but not less than 30 in partnership with PBC team within the calendar year 2016.

1st Place, 2016 Araw ng Lalawigan Provincial Painting Contest

The Municipality of Angono won the grand prize in the painting contest ‘Your Town, Your People’ sponsored by the Provincial Government of Rizal as part of the 115th Araw ng Lalawigan in June 2016.

Angono’s entry was represented and painted by Angono artist Herbert ‘Ebok’ Pinpiño who took home a cash prize worth P50,000.

Ebok is an outstanding Angono person with disability and recipient of Dangal Ng Bayan Award in 2015.

Ebok bested 42 other artists in the province. Two artists from Binangonan won the 2nd and 3rd prize, Emmanuel Emnace, 31, of Barangay Layunan and Ruben Perdiguerra, 47.

The judges were Tanay and Antipolo City-based artist Tam Austria; Angono artist and former chair of the Visual Arts Committee of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts Nemi Miranda Jr.; and Dr. Joven Cuanang, an art collector and owner of Pinto Art Gallery and Museum. 

Cleanest Municipality in the 1st District of Province of Rizal for 2015 and 2016

For the past two years, Angono (as represented by Barangay Mahabang Parang) has won the Cleanest and Greenest Municipality award in the 1st District of the province compose of Cainta, Taytay, Angono and Binangonan. 

The award was given by the provincial government led by Gov. Nini Ynares as part of the governor’s environmental awareness campaign called BUSILAK or BUhayin ang Sapa, ILog, Law at Karagatan.

Angono was among the first municipalities in Rizal to have its solid waste management plan approved by the National Solid Waste Management Commission.

Throughout the years, Angono has proven its concerns on its environment. All these were results of people of Angono and the local government unit’s participation to keep the municipality clean by segregating, recycling, and reusing wastes as well as religiously implementing various garbage management plans. 

It all turned out to be inspiring and useful. 

A related recognition was given to Angono by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR Environmental Management Bureau on June 29, 2016 for its exemplary practice in the implementation of different environmental mandates.

Recognized for its exemplary practice, “Globo Resiklo” of the Angono Public Employment Service Office is one of the products out of recyclable materials such as used bottles. Also, PESO clients were required to bring recyclable items in exchange of PESO services, thus intensifying efforts on waste management.

Presently, the possibility of requiring clients to bring recyclable materials for various social services is close at hand. 

According to the Honorable Angono Mayor Gerardo V. Calderon, “This is a very laudable policy integrating environment awareness to governance and enabling our constituents with our effort to implement RA 9003 (Ecological Solid Waste Management Act of 2000) in a more direct and participatory manner.”

Another result of the municipality’s clean and green project is Angono Eco-Park, which was once the LGU’s controlled dumpsite and now a transfer station for residual wastes.

National Solid Waste Management Commission Resolution No. 26 “Resolution Adopting the Eco-Park as an option to Sanitary Landfill” provided LGU’s like Angono with a cost-effective solution to residuals management.

The Eco-Park allows tertiary sorting to further segregate into good and bad residuals. Great portion of the park is a functional park where environmental measures are showcased at the same time.

Materials Recovery Facility is also an innovation by all barangay officials of Angono. LGU’s are required to have MRF with operational solid waste transfer station, sorting, drop-off, composting and recycling facility. 

To comply also with the law, Executive Order No. 2013-06 ordered all junk/scrap shops within Angono to be designated as MRF. The EO No. 2013-06 by the Honorable Mayor is a legal basis for barangays to explore a partnership agreement with the junkshop of their choice.

The improved Angono Lakeside Park, a template of Gov. Nini’s BUSILAK program, has also become one of the most favorite recreational and tourist sites.

Manila Bay Day Gold Award Environmental Compliance Audit for 2015 and 2016

For the past two years, the Municipality of Angono has won P60,000 for winning the Gold Award during the awarding rites celebrating the Manila Bay Day.

The latest recognition was held on December 14, 2016.

The Manila Bay Day Celebration commemorates the day when the Supreme Court rendered a decision G.R. No. 171947-48, ordering the defendant-government agencies (13 mandamus agencies), “to cleanup, rehabilitate, and preserve Manila Bay, and restore and maintain its waters to SB level (Class B seawaters per Water Classification Tables under DENR Administrative Order No.34, 1990) to make them fit for swimming, skin diving, and other forms of contact recreation.”

Key legal provisions include (1) Mandatory Segregation of Wastes at Source; (2) Functional Materials Recovery Facility and; (3) No-littering and related ordinances (and if random ocular inspections prove these are strictly implemented) and are re-checked by the DILG quarterly.

The award was given by the Department of Interior and the Local Government and Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

Angono Mayor Gerry Calderon’s Clean and Green program as well as the town’s physical rehabilitation of the Lakeside Park, DOMSA spring and natural pool in Barangay San Isidro, rehabilitating and dredging of Angono river and waterways, and Zero Basura campaign have merited provincial and national recognitions in the past for its exemplary and innovative steps in maintaining clean lake and river as well as mitigating and reducing risks brought by typhoons and effects of climate change.

These projects parallel with Rizal Gov. Nini Ynares’s environmental campaign known as BUSILAK or BUhayin ang Sapa, Ilog, LAwa at Karagatan.