NATION CELEBRATES SANTO NIÑO FEAST (JANUARY 19)

JANUARY 10, 2014 -Festive and colorful celebrations in honor of Jesus Christ will once again come into play today on the Feast of the Santo Niño as revelers shift focus from the adult image of Christ represented by the Black Nazarene to the Child Jesus. Celebrated in several towns and provinces around the country, tens of thousands of devotees, pilgrims, and tourists traditionally take part in the festivities that will include fluvial and land processions, masses, street dancing, and colorful Mardi Gras parades. Church officials estimate attendees to double this year due to the series of calamities that struck the country in 2013 and to pray for a better year.

ALSO: Solar power begins to light Manila streets

JANUARY 19, 2014 - (Photo from a Sept 2013 REPORT) Manila officials have turned to solar-powered light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights to cut down on energy consumption as they continue to find ways to settle the city’s more than P600-million electricity debt. Mayor Joseph Estrada and South Korean investor Moon Pill Jong, chief executive officer of Global Gold Goal Inc., led the ceremonial lighting of the first 10 units of the solar-powered LED streetlights with CCTV and LED signboards in Rajah Sulayman Park, Roxas Boulevard, the other night. The event not only sealed the deal between Manila officials and Korean businessmen but also gave hope to the city that it would be able to meet its electricity expenses and improve the attractiveness of the area commonly frequented by tourists. It will not only help us save in electricity but also make us compliant with the renewable energy program of the government.

ALSO: Solar lamps end estero’s dark, dirty past

January 5th, 2013 Report -(Photo: Mayor Lim launches solar lighting project Sunday, 17 April 2011) Residents of a creekside community in Manila received the gift of light for the New Year with the installation of the first solar-powered street lamps in the city. “We’re bringing the light of the sun to this place which used to be dark,” ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez told the Inquirer on Friday at the ceremonial lighting of the 29 solar lamps along Estero de Paco, mainly on the easement from Osmena Highway to Quirino Avenue. The 2.9-kilometer estero is the pilot area chosen for greening and beautification by ABS-CBN’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP), the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and other partner agencies. “The cleanup of this estero which used to be filled with garbage is Gina’s everyday gift to you,” Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim told the residents. The lamps automatically light up at night and go off to recharge during the day, according to Rey Reyes of Adtel Inc., a sister company of ABS-CBN, which provided and installed the solar lighting system. Reyes advised the residents not to congregate directly under the lampposts to conserve energy. The posts have sensors that automatically increase the lamps’ brightness when warm bodies are nearby, he said.

ALSO: Manila’s ’10,000 solar lamps’ project sees first light

JANUARY 19 -A P2.2-BILLION project to illuminate the City of Manila with 10,000 solar-powered street lamps kicked off with the operation of the first 10 units on Friday.Switched on in ceremonies held at Rajah Sulayman Park across Malate Church, the lighting installations are also equipped with security cameras and electronic signboards, and are expected to significantly reduce power consumption for the local government, which is currently saddled with over P600 million in unpaid electricity bills.The LED lamps, cameras and signboards were supplied by Global Goldgoal Inc., a multinational company engaged in renewable energy projects, under a public-private partnership (PPP) with the city government. Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the ceremonies with Goldgoal’s Chief Executive Officer Moon Pill Jong and Chair James Lee.
The next 50 lamps will be lit up on España Boulevard, to be followed by 20 more units on Blumentritt and 10 on P. Sanchez in February.


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Nation celebrates Santo Niño Feast


WELCOMING THE SANTO NIÑO – With images of the child Jesus held up high, devotees welcome the images of the Santo Niño de Cebu and the Virgin Mary as they make their way on the Mactan Channel in Cebu City during the fluvial procession on Jan. 18, 2014, the eve of the Sinulog festival. Inset, an image of the child Jesus is placed on the ground overlooking the Santo Niño Church in Tondo, Manila, as revelers perform during the ‘Lakbayaw 2014’ celebration on the eve of the Feast of Santo Niño. (Cheryl Baldicantos/Ali Vicoy)

MANILA, JANUARY 20, 2014 (MANILA BULLETIN) by Christina I. Hermoso — Festive and colorful celebrations in honor of Jesus Christ will once again come into play today on the Feast of the Santo Niño as revelers shift focus from the adult image of Christ represented by the Black Nazarene to the Child Jesus.

Celebrated in several towns and provinces around the country, tens of thousands of devotees, pilgrims, and tourists traditionally take part in the festivities that will include fluvial and land processions, masses, street dancing, and colorful Mardi Gras parades. Church officials estimate attendees to double this year due to the series of calamities that struck the country in 2013 and to pray for a better year.

In Metro Manila, the center of celebration will be the Santo Niño de Tondo Parish in Manila, where hourly masses – held continuously for 26 hours – starting at 10 p.m. last night and ending at 12 midnight tonight will be held.
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle will celebrate a high mass at 7 a.m. today, to be followed by a grand procession. The “Lakbayaw” Festival, wherein the well-venerated image was brought to the different barangays in Tondo, was observed yesterday.

In Pandacan, Manila, the “Buling-Buling” Festival in honor of the Santo Niño will be held. Hourly masses will be celebrated at the Santo Niño Parish from 5 a.m. to 12 noon and from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. At 7 a.m., masses will be held simultaneously inside the church and at the church yard (Ati-Atihan Mass) where there will be street dancing.

Santo NiñoIn Maypajo, Caloocan City, a procession of the different images of the Holy Child and street dancing will serve as the highlight of the “Pajotan de Sto. Niño” Festival. In Pasig City, the Bambino Festival in honor of the Child Jesus will be celebrated with a mass and a procession.

•‘Sinulog’ In Cebu

In Cebu City, the popular “Sinulog” in honor of Señor Santo Niño, the oldest festival in the archipelago, will be held. Cebuanos do not consider the Christmas season over until after the celebration of the festive “Sinulog” Festival. The heart of the “Sinulog” is the locals’ centuries-old devotion to the Holy Child, whose miraculous image is greeted with cries of “Viva Senor Santo Niño!” “Hail to the Child King!” and “Pit Senor!” from the phrase “Sangpit sa Senyor” (Call to Senor).

Other colorful celebrations in honor of the Holy Child include Kalibo, Aklan’s “Ati-Atihan” Festival where participants dress themselves in native Ati tribal garments, their faces smeared with ashes; “Romblon’s “Biniray” Festival; Cagayan de Oro City’s “Pachada Senor;” Butuan City’s “Kahimunan” Festival; Antique’s “Binirayan” and “Handugan” Festivals; Iloilo City’s “Dinagyang” Festival; and Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur’s “Zambulawan” Festival.

Celebrations will also be held in Malolos, Bulacan; Laoag City, Ilocos Norte; Binalonan, Pangasinan; and in several other cities and provinces.

After each Eucharistic celebration, children will be blessed by priests in observance of the feast as well as to highlight the observance of the month of January as the Month of the Child Jesus.

•No Drinking, Please

A Catholic priest has discouraged drinking sprees in today’s celebration of the Feast of the Sto. Niño (Child Jesus).

Father Edu Gariguez, an attached priest of the Sto. Niño de Tondo Parish in Manila, said the faithful should refrain from engaging in drinking sprees as this is not in keeping with the celebration.

“That is not the true spirit of the celebration. I think that is also the challenge to devotees… I think to engage in that (drinking spree) is contrary to the devotion,” he said.

“This day should be spent praying and giving honor to the Sto. Niño,” Gariguez added.

•‘Wet Weekend’

Meanwhile, the cool weather in Cebu did not stop a crowd of some 450 young people to experience the Sinulog celebration in Cebu aboard bancas and yachts.

The event hosted by Republiq dubbed “Wet Weekend” at the Cebu Yacht Club in Lapu-Lapu City gave an opportunity for those outside of Cebu to feel the “island vibe” onboard yachts cruising along the Mactan channel.

“This event is made grander because Spectrum and Viber Philippines team up for an island-hopping party. This is another way to join fellow Cebuanos in their celebration of Sinulog,” said Kaz Onozawa, event organizer.

He said for a minimum of P20,000, a group of 10 people can participate by joining a fleet of bancas and private yachts as they enjoy unlimited drinks, awesome music, and an exclusive island getaway.

For P100,000, a group of 20 can hire a private yacht inclusive of breakfast at the Cebu Yacht Club, welcome drink, lunch, drinks, gifts, and free WiFi through Smart Bro.

Participants started boarding the yachts and bancas by lunch.

By late afternoon, everyone started grooving to the music played by live DJs from Republiq–Ace Ramos, Inno Naguit, Martin Pulgar, Brandon Jon, and Marc Naval. (With reports from Leslie Ann G. Aquino and Malou M. Mozo)

Solar power begins to light Manila streets by Jenny F. Manongdo January 19, 2014


Credit: http://mayniladailyphoto.blogspot.com/2008/12/manila-city-hall-at-night.htmlThe city government of Manila has entered into a private-public partnership (PPP) program with a local subsidiary of a Korean consortium for the installation solar-powered LED lights around the city worth about P2.2 billion. Manila mayor Joseph Estrada signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with Global Gold Goal on Friday, Sept. 6, for the installation of 10,000 units of LED street lights that will be rolled out in three phases. Diego Cagahastian, chief public information officer of Manila, said the city will incur no financial obligations regarding the unit cost, shipment, and installation and utilization of the technology and tools. He said the street lights that will be donated will be accompanied by CCTV and LED digital signboards and will be installed in strategic places around the city. Moreover, Cagahastian said Global Gold Goal will look after the management and maintenance of the installed units. In return, Global and all its partners will be allowed to enter into advertising contracts with both public and private entities in the digital signboard installed along with the solar-powered LED street lights. Costing about P300,000 per unit, the street lights have a estimated life span of 50 years. Manila city engineer Roberto Bernardo said the LED lights will be installed in the 11,900 lamp posts scattered around in the city. For street lights alone, Bernardo said the city is paying P18 million monthly — or P400 million yearly – in electricity bills. – PIA-NCR FROM NEWS REPORT: Manila to install P2.2-B solar-powered LED street lightsPosted on September 12, 2013

Manila, Philippines — Manila officials have turned to solar-powered light-emitting diode (LED) streetlights to cut down on energy consumption as they continue to find ways to settle the city’s more than P600-million electricity debt.

Mayor Joseph Estrada and South Korean investor Moon Pill Jong, chief executive officer of Global Gold Goal Inc., led the ceremonial lighting of the first 10 units of the solar-powered LED streetlights with CCTV and LED signboards in Rajah Sulayman Park, Roxas Boulevard, the other night.

The event not only sealed the deal between Manila officials and Korean businessmen but also gave hope to the city that it would be able to meet its electricity expenses and improve the attractiveness of the area commonly frequented by tourists.

“The project is heaven-sent. It will not only help us save in electricity but also make us compliant with the renewable energy program of the government. This is a big help in giving Manila a renewed vigor and beauty. Manila will be brighter without additional expenses in electricity,” Estrada said during the program.

“All are in accordance with the urban renewal program of my administration. Our goal is to make Manila streets safe, secure, clean and beautiful. A major part of that urban renewal program is the rehabilitation of Roxas Boulevard through better lighting, improved landscaping, convenient facilities, as well as assurance of safety,” he added.

Starting this month up to February, 50 units of the streetlights will be installed in España; 20 in Blumentritt and 10 in P. Sanchez street in Sta. Mesa, Manila.

A total of 10,000 units of solar-powered LED streetlights will be installed in two years with a total cost of P2.2 billion with no cost to the city of Manila.

The streetlights also feature CCTV cameras to monitor criminal activities.

EARLIER REPORT

Solar lamps end estero’s dark, dirty past By Erika Sauler Philippine Daily Inquirer 11:12 pm | Saturday, January 5th, 2013


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SOLAR SOLUTION ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez and Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim during Friday’s ceremonial lighting of the new solar lampposts on Estero de Paco. RODEL ROTON

Residents of a creekside community in Manila received the gift of light for the New Year with the installation of the first solar-powered street lamps in the city.

“We’re bringing the light of the sun to this place which used to be dark,” ABS-CBN Foundation managing director Gina Lopez told the Inquirer on Friday at the ceremonial lighting of the 29 solar lamps along Estero de Paco, mainly on the easement from Osmena Highway to Quirino Avenue.

The 2.9-kilometer estero is the pilot area chosen for greening and beautification by ABS-CBN’s Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig (KBPIP), the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission and other partner agencies.

“The cleanup of this estero which used to be filled with garbage is Gina’s everyday gift to you,” Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim told the residents. “Now there are streetlights and you can go out for a stroll.”

The lamps automatically light up at night and go off to recharge during the day, according to Rey Reyes of Adtel Inc., a sister company of ABS-CBN, which provided and installed the solar lighting system.

Reyes advised the residents not to congregate directly under the lampposts to conserve energy. The posts have sensors that automatically increase the lamps’ brightness when warm bodies are nearby, he said.

Each streetlight costs P25,000, bringing the total project cost to P725,000.


PHOTO APRIL 16, 2011: Lim launches solar lighting project - MAYOR Alfredo S. Lim yesterday led the launching of a community-based solar lighting project that would benefit residents from the depressed areas of Manila. Lim chose the Baseco area in the fifth district of Manila as the pilot area for the project where a total of 120 houses have been initially installed with solar bottle bulbs and which is expected to spell huge savings on electricity on the part of the residents. Lim explained that under the project, each home will enjoy solar-generated electricity at no cost to the occupant. The project aims to help the residents save amid the spiraling cost of electricity. With this in place, Lim said the residents can now do away with using candles or kerosene lamps which poses danger and the possibility of causing fire. Mayor Alfredo Lim, joined by city engineer Armand Andres, Manila Police District deputy Commander Col. Alex Gutierrez and city councilors Josie Siscar and Nino dela Cruz, launched the project wherein 120 houses have been initially installed with solar bottle bulbs.FROM http://aliteroflight.org/2011/04/lim-launches-solar-lighting-project/

The funds came from the proceeds of the 11.20.2011 Run for the Pasig River held by KBPIP.

The lighting system’s battery packs are expected to last for three to five years, while the solar panels and LED (light-emitting diode) lamps can last for 25 years.

Lim lauded Lopez and the ABS-CBN Foundation for the improvements in Estero de Paco which, according to him, previous Manila mayors, including himself, had failed to accomplish.

“We weren’t able to clean up the estero,” he said. “Good thing Gina found a way. She has made many sacrifices to spearhead laudable projects.”

In return, Lopez thanked Lim for the support and cooperation and lauded the block leaders and so-called “river warriors” of the community for reducing the volume of the garbage that ends up in the waterway.

“No matter how much money we put into this project, it will not be successful if the people do not pledge to help in achieving decent living (conditions),” Lopez said.

“I hope you take care of the lamps. I hope they don’t get stolen,” she added.

Manila’s ’10,000 solar lamps’ project sees first light By Erika Sauler Philippine Daily Inquirer 1:29 am | Sunday, January 19th, 2014


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A P2.2-BILLION project to illuminate the City of Manila with 10,000 solar-powered street lamps kicked off with the operation of the first 10 units on Friday.

Switched on in ceremonies held at Rajah Sulayman Park across Malate Church, the lighting installations are also equipped with security cameras and electronic signboards, and are expected to significantly reduce power consumption for the local government, which is currently saddled with over P600 million in unpaid electricity bills.

The LED lamps, cameras and signboards were supplied by Global Goldgoal Inc., a multinational company engaged in renewable energy projects, under a public-private partnership (PPP) with the city government.

Mayor Joseph Estrada and Vice Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso led the ceremonies with Goldgoal’s Chief Executive Officer Moon Pill Jong and Chair James Lee.

The next 50 lamps will be lit up on España Boulevard, to be followed by 20 more units on Blumentritt and 10 on P. Sanchez in February.

The rest of the units will be set up in other areas of Manila in the next two years at an estimated project cost of P2.2 billion, excluding shipping and installation costs.

Under the PPP, Goldgoal will get the earnings from advertisements to be placed on the LED signboards

Comply with gov’t program

“(The project) will not only help us save on electricity but also make us compliant with the renewable energy program of the government,” said Estrada, who upon assumption of office last year disclosed that City Hall had up to P613 million in unpaid electricity bills.

The former President said the project was also in line with his urban renewal program that included the rehabilitation of Roxas Boulevard through better lighting, improved landscaping, more convenient facilities and increased security.

“Safety is another feature of these solar-powered streetlights because they also have CCTVs that can monitor illegal or criminal activities,” Estrada noted.

Hospital to spruce up plaza
Also in Manila, a private hospital has offered to shoulder the maintenance of Plaza Rueda and transform it into a more attractive hub for community activities instead of being a mere terminal for tricycles and pedicabs.

Rhais Gamboa, president of Medical Center Manila (ManilaMed) said “we offered to keep (the plaza) clean and do some basic fixing” through landscaping and the construction of a police outpost and a covered walkway.

Located next to ManilaMed, Plaza Rueda is the triangular park at the corner of Taft Avenue and UN Avenue. It is currently crowded with ambulant vendors, tricycles and pedicabs.

“ManilaMed, as a medical institution and part of this community, has a moral obligation to share its capabilities and services to the people in this area, particularly the less privileged,” Gamboa said in a recent interview.

The hospital had conducted medical missions for the tricycle and pedicab drivers and their families, she noted.

ManilaMed also initiated an agreement with four groups of tricycle and pedicab drivers on the Gen. Luna side of the plaza, for a wellness program that would benefit an initial batch of 258 families.

Plaza Rueda could serve as a point of convergence for Manila-Med’s mission and City Hall’s health and urban renewal programs, Gamboa added. Once given a makeover, the plaza can serve as a venue for social gatherings and public health programs and even performances.

As for the vendors and drivers, Gamboa said, “We’ll have to find a way to allow them to maintain their livelihood that is consistent with the plan to keep the place clean.”


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