By By Fernan A. Gianan
Christmas Cheers 2018 opens with Cosplay parade
posted 9-Dec-2018  ·  
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With the theme “Ang Simbahan Boda Ang Mga Millenials,” the 36th edition of the annual Christmas Cheers extravaganza in Virac starts Dec. 10 with a Cosplay parade for kids to be held just before the opening program. Those interested in joining the costume parade may contact Juan Paolo Sales.

Bishop Manolo delos Santos and Mayor Samuel Laynes will give inspirational holiday messages before Hablon Dawani performs its traditional opening night numbers.

The Cheers 2018 schedule of performances is as follows: Dec. 10 (Monday) – Hablon Dawani; Dec. 11 (Tuesday) – Catanduanes State University (CSU) Laboratory Schools; Dec. 12 (Wednesday) – Virac Central ES/Antipolo ES; Dec. 13 (Thursday) – Capilihan ES/San Vicente ES; Dec. 14 (Friday) – Magnesia NHS/Palta NHS/Hawan NHS/Antipolo NHS; Dec. 15 (Saturday) – Taytay ES/Juan M. Alberto Memorial ES; Dec. 16 (Sunday) Calatagan HS/Calatagan ES/Gogon ES; Dec. 17  (Monday) – Star Learners School/Immaculate Conception Seminary Academy; Dec. 18 (Tuesday) – Virac Pilot ES; Dec. 19 (Wednesday) – Palta ES/Buyo Integrated School; Dec. 20 (Thursday) – Catanduanes National High School; Dec. 21 (Friday) – Catanduanes Colleges; Dec. 22 (Saturday) – Christian Polytechnic Institute of Catanduanes; Dec. 23 (Sunday) – ARDCI NGO Group; Dec. 26 (Wednesday) – Hablon Dawani/CCT Tourism; Dec. 27 (Thursday) – Virac LGU; Dec. 28 (Friday) – FICELCO; Dec. 29 (Saturday) – Congressional Office; and, Dec. 30 (Sunday) – Provincial Government.

The Pasalinggaya sa Virac earlier scheduled on Dec. 21 has been moved to a still undetermined date in January.

The 2018 Christmas Cheers sponsored by the Municipal Government of Virac, Diocese of Virac, the Provincial Government of Catanduanes, Congressional District Office, Catanduanes Tribune, Catanduanes Contractors Association, DPWH Catanduanes, Mountain Cares & Hikers Association, FICELCO, Catanduanes Tulungan Club and Marriage Encounterers.

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    On behalf of the family of the late Milagros Alberto Tugano, this corner wishes everyone from relatives and friends to acquaintances, co-teachers, the religious community in Caramoran and the Catholic community of Holy Cross Parish in Fort Macleod, Calgary, Alberta, Canada for visiting her during her recent illness, attending the wake after her demise at age 88, joining the funeral Mass and procession and in extending assistance and support and in expressing their condolences to the bereaved family. Special thanks are also given to Gov. Joseph Cua, Mayor Samuel Laynes, former Gov. Hector Sanchez, former Gov. Araceli Wong, and Caramoran Mayor Agnes Popa for their visits and kind support.

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   Contractual and job order (JO) workers in the government can be covered by the SSS.

    Under the KaltaSSS-Collect Program, job order and contractual personnel can have access to SSS benefits and privileges as self-employed (SE) members with their monthly contributions to be remitted by their employers through salary deduction scheme through a MOA.

    At present, the SSS contribution rate for self-employed, voluntary members and overseas Filipino workers-members is 11 percent of the monthly salary credit based on the monthly earnings declared at the time of registration.  The total contribution ranges from P110 to P1,760. and should or remitted on or before the 10th of the succeeding month.

    Although there is no employer-employee relationship, the COS and JO workers can be covered as self-employed members.

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SMART THINKING. An efficiency expert concludes his lecture with a note of caution.

    “You need to be careful about trying these techniques at home,” he says.

    “Why?” asks a man in the audience.

    “I watched my wife’s routine at breakfast for years.” the expert explains. “She made lots of trips between the fridge, cooker, table and cabinets, often carrying a single item at a time. One day I told her, ‘Honey, why don’t you try carrying several things at once?”

    “Did it save time?” the guy in the audience asks.

    “Actually, yes,” replies the expert. It used to take her 30 minutes to make breakfast. Now I do it in ten.”


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