By By Fernan A. Gianan
The PDRRMO holiday training-excursion
posted 10-Mar-2019  ·  
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This issue’s headline story regarding the PDRRMO’s alleged misadventure at a beach resort in Marilima, Virac did not carry the comment of the PDDRMO head or the members.

    The contact number for Jerry Beo was missing one digit so it was to the hotline that we sent the query.

    According to the reply, their volunteers were responding to the report that somebody was drowning.

    “It turned out na makusog su current & nasakitan cnda makagilid. Ng makagilid na cnda sa baybayon, nag pass out su saro na volunteer out of exhaustion. Eu ito ang dinara s ebmc for check-up, baku su nalamos,” the PDRRMO hotline on-duty stated.

    Regarding the allegation that they were drinking liquor at the time the incident occurred, the reply went this way:

    “Pd po ta excursion un ta holiday nman, at d same time nag skills enhancement cnda kan morning.”

    Whether the account of the eyewitnesses at the scene is true or not will be borne out if the provincial government or the Sangguniang Panlalawigan conducts an investigation into the matter, the PDRRMO’s actuations at the time, their refusal of the BDRRMO’s offer of assistance, and other things.

    According to a source, a video was taken by a resort goer of the entire incident, against the wishes of the PDRRMO official who told the people not to take pictures or videos and not to post them on social media.

    It’s just fortunate that nobody drowned.


This is a late post, so inquiries as to whether the available slots have been filled should be directed to the workshop in-charge.

Budding writers in the Bikol dialect have until March 15, 2019 to submit their applications for one of the 15 fellowship slots in the 9th Saringsing Bikol Writers Workshop to be held on this April 22–27, 2019 at Magnesia, Virac.

To be conducted by Parasurat Bikolnon, Inc. (PB) in partnership with SurTe, “Saringsing," which means a shoot that grows from the base of a rice plant when the main stalk has been damaged, aims to help young Bikolnon writers hone their craft. Writers from the six provinces of the Bikol (Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, Masbate, Albay, Catanduanes and Camarines Sur) are encouraged to apply for the free workshop.

Applicants must submit original works written in any Bikol languages either of the following genres: 3 Rawitdawit (poem), 2 Rikas-Usipon (Flash Fiction), 2 Usipon (Short Story 5–10 pp.), 2 Saysay ( Personal Essay / Creative Nonfiction 5–10 pp.), 1 Dulang May Sarong Tagbo (One-Act Play, approx. 30 min. running time) typed in 12 pt. Arial (MS Word), double-spaced with one inch margins.

All entries must be accompanied with a letter of intent and a short bio-note, and must be sent to on or before the deadline.

Panelists for this year’s workshop are Honesto Pesimo Jr., Marissa Redburn, Jerome Hipolito, Elbert Baeta, Marvin Aquino, Fernando Chavez, Napoleon Arcilla, Emmanuel Barrameda, Jovi Cadores, Eilyn Nidea, and Irmina Torres.

Invited speaker-panelists are Allan Popa, Gerry Rubio, Arnold Valledor, Frank Peñones Jr., Estelito Jacob, and Niles Jordan Breis.

For inquiries, please contact 0917 505 9296, Shellah Farina Chan, Workshop Director.


THE COMPUTER ERROR. Young Susie is having trouble with her computer so she calls Wes the computer guy over to her desk. Wes clicks a couple of buttons and solves the problem.

As he is walking away, Susie calls after him, “So, what was wrong?”

He replies, “It was an ‘ID ten T” error.”

A puzzled expression runs over Susie’s face.

“An ‘ID ten T’ error? What’s that, In case I need to fix it again?”

He gives her a grin. “Haven’t you ever seen an ‘ID  ten T’ error before?”

Susie replies, “No.”

“Write it down,” he says. “and I think you’ll work it out.”

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