By By Fernan A. Gianan
Some good news for Virac market occupants
posted 1-Apr-2018  ·  
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(For lack of space in this issue, this column accommodates the following press release by the Stroke Society of the Philippines):

The Stroke Society of the Philippines, Catanduanes chapter held its first activity at the RHAJ Inn on March 17, 2018.  With over 20 medical practitioners in the province including government health officers in attendance, different cases of stroke, their recognition and management were discussed in an interactive session facilitated by neurologists Drs. Ester Bitanga and Geraldine Mariano and cardiologist Dr. Rene V. Reyes.

CPoST or the Cardinal Principles of Stroke treatment designed by the World Stroke Organization will be discussed in the next session on May 26, 2018.

The local chapter was established last January 27, 2018 through the initiative of Dr. Bitanga, former president of the Philippine Neurological Association and the Stroke Society of the Philippines, with the support of Dr. Reyes, cardiology consultant at St Luke's Medical Center, The Medical City and Immaculate Heart of Mary Hospital.

The following officers were elected: President- Dr. Maricel Zantua, Vice President- Dr. Ruel Evangelista, Secretary- Dr. Robert John Aquino, Treasurer- Dr. Alvin Ravalo, and  Directors- Dr. Joselito Urgel, Dr. Annabel Pelagio, and Dr. Zeny Donato.

Established in July, 1995, the   Stroke Society of the Philippines aims to reduce the incidence of stroke, reduce morbidity and mortality from stroke and improve the quality of life of those who suffered a stroke through dissemination and promotion of the practice of evidence based stroke management and the creation of support groups throughout the country. 


Finally, some good news for the displaced market vendors in Virac who have been waiting for the answer to their question as to how long is temporary.

The engineering consultants hired by the administration of Mayor Samuel Laynes to check on the structural integrity of the nearly 50-year old public market conducted a briefing last Monday on the preliminary results of their study.

According to sources, the consultants are of the opinion that the market building can still be made fit for further occupancy and would not be torn down as earlier planned by the previous administration. Something called “global retrofitting” would have to be implemented on the reinforced concrete structure. The presentation before Mayor Laynes and key officials was to brief them on the results as well as elicit from the LGU any other aspects, additional loads and changes that need to be incorporated into the engineering plans and specifications to be done after the final results are submitted.


A must-experience destination this Semana Santa is the 24 Biblical-Traditional Stations of the Cross at the Shrine of the Holy Innocents in Sto. Niño, Virac.

Located just off the provincial road leading to the barangay proper, the shrine has been a work in progress since construction began about 15 years ago with Msgr. Simon Peter Ignacio, who heads the foundation of the same name, as the driving force behind the project.

With the foundation providing a map of the site for a small donation, the Catholic faithful are able to walk around the undulating topography of the area amidst the greenery constantly made cool by the ocean breeze. The life-like art of the tableau depicting Jesus Christ’s suffering on the way to the Cross should make shrine visitors ponder deeply God’s love for His people especially this time of Lent.

Just a kilometer away is the 5 A.M. assembly point for the Good Friday Station of the Cross on the climb to the PLDT and GMA towers that has been an annual feature of the Holy Week celebration in Virac since the Mountain Cares and Hikers Association began the activity years ago. Hundreds of Catholic faithful, young and old as well as vacationers, are expected to join the prayers up the mountain where a magnificent view of the capital town awaits.


MID-FLIGHT TURBULENCE. A passenger aircraft was being bounced around by severe turbulence in a thunderstorm. Things got so bad that a young woman turned to a minister sitting next to her and, with a nervous laugh, asked: “Reverend, you’re a man of God. Can’t you do something about this storm?”

The minister replied: “Madam, I’m in sales, not management.”

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