By By Fernan A. Gianan
More people to thank for the Tribune’s 37th
posted 11-Mar-2018  ·  
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The 14 pages of the Tribune’s 37th foundation anniversary issue were not enough for us to fully extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who played a part in this community newspaper’s success.

Let us cite their names: my 89-year old mother and occasional editorial adviser, Zune Arcilla-Gianan, the paper’s ‘circulation manager’; my loving wife, Millie, so understanding of the joys and travails of having a journalist as a husband, and the kids – Cris Eugene, Fred Benedict and Erwin James – who I hope would take over my job in the future; my brothers and sister; current columnists and contributors Jex Lucero, Efren Sorra, Pablo Tariman, Arnold Valledor, and Rev. Fr. Rommel Arcilla; occasional pinch hitter Padaba FM manager Juan Paolo Sales;  ‘retired’ columnist Ros Manlangit and the other writers who have rested their pens; the few remaining news boys in Virac the circulation staff and Tribune distributors all over the island; Tri-Star Press and its staff; the countless people and agencies, from the Regional Trial Court and Catanduanes PNP to other national and provincial offices, which are most often the sources of relevant news and information; the few whistleblowers who will remain unnamed; people who matter on the island, to name a few, Bishop Manolo delos Santos, Governor Joseph Cua, Congressman Cesar Sarmiento, Vice Governor Shirley Abundo and the entire Sangguniang Panlalawigan, the mayors and the rest of elective officials; fellow members of the local media; and, the ordinary people we meet on the street, in the market, in the halls of government offices and outside it. The pages of the Tribune would be mostly blank if not for you….

Of course, the Catanduanes Tribune would not be what it is today if not for its founder, the late Fredeswindo Tomagan Gianan Sr., and his colleagues who had gone ahead – Benny Bagadiong, Joel Son. Panti, Dr. Rodolfo Azanza, and Atty. Romulo Atencia - and, the Great Journalist in the Sky, He who guides us through the difficult path of the journalist’s everyday life.


My thanks to Jex Lucero, Aboy Tariman, tio Efren Sorra, Arnold Valledor and Dok Rene Reyes for gracing the advance anniversary lunch at ARDCI Corporate Inn the other Saturday.


The article on the CRFPSP program of DAR was omitted due to lack of space and will run next issue. Our apologies to PARO Alex Teves...


    Finally, the Judicial and Bar Council of the Supreme Court has opened the vacant judgeship positions in the First-Level Courts in the province of Catanduanes.

    Among the listed applicants for the vacancies in the Municipal Trial Courts and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts in Virac, Pandan-Caramoran, Panganiban-Viga-Bagamanoc, and San Andres, are local prosecutors Louie Guerrero, Francisco Samonte Jr. and Emmanuel Pelea.

    Their interview before the JBC is set this week from March 6 to 7. May they all pass the JBC’s scrutiny so that justice will be dispensed with much faster in the seven towns.


THE RELIGIOUS DOG. A Christian fundamentalist couple felt it important to own a pet with similar leanings, so they visited a kennel that specialized in Christian fundamentalist dogs. One particular dog caught their eye. When they asked the dog to fetch the Bible, he did it immediately. When they asked the dog to look up Psalm 23, he used his paws with great dexterity to locate the exact page.

    They were so impressed that they bought the dog and took him home. That night they had friends over and took the opportunity to show off their new fundamentalist dog. The friends were equally impressed and asked whether the dog could perform any of the usual doggie tricks as well. This momentarily stumped the couple who  had not given any thought to ordinary dog tricks,

    “We don’t really know,” they said. “We’ve only seen him perform religious tricks. I suppose there’s only one way to find out. Let’s give it a try.”

    So they called the dog and clearly pronounced the command: “Heel!”

     The dog immediatelty jumped up, put his paw on the man’s forehead, closed his eyes in concentration, and bowed his head.

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