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Bulusan Has New Lady Doctor

March 20, 2005

Dr. Irene Tan Gacias recently passed the Physician (Complete and Finals with Prelims) Licensure Examination given by the Board of Medicine last February 2005. Irene or Ayen as she is fondly called by her relatives and peers, is the only daughter of Carlos Gacias of Barangay Dancalan and the former Florida Tan of Barangays Central and Madlawon.

She graduated with the second highest honors from Bulusan Central School in 1991 and as salutatorian at then Colegio de la Milagrosa (now St. Louise de Marillac College), Sorsogon City, in 1995. She finished nursing, her pre-med course, at the University of Santo Tomas in 1999 and passed the board exams within the same year, after which she took up medicine proper at Far Eastern University.

Irene has been a regular volunteer in the annual civic action of Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. and now that she has joined the ranks of Bulusan's doctors, nothing less but her best could be expected of her. (BCS Classmate 1991)


Glimpses of Bulusan Supports GenTech Enterprises Venture

February 26, 2004

Glimpses of Bulusan, an unofficial homepage of the Municipality of Bulusan, Province of Sorsogon, Philippines  – through its Webmaster, affirms its full support to the mission of GenTech Enterprises in providing "datacommunication connectivity to Buluseños."    

In well-received e-mail messages sent to the Bulusan eGroup, GenTech Enterprises manager Philip G. Bartilet announced the 23 February 2004 launching of the company's internet services.

GenTech is now preparing for an upcoming ICT Summer Camp for the youth. The activities aim to introduce the participants to computer basics and the hows and whys of the Internet. A reasonable fee will be charged to those who can afford it; while for those who are interested and willing to join but just don't have the resources, the company is calling on all civic-minded and innovative Buluseños and friends who would be willing to act as sponsors.

The said summer camp is tentatively set on the last week of March to May 2004.  Interested parties may contact Mr. Bartilet at (0920) 849-2782.  You may also contact him at the Bicol University Computer Science Institute, G/F MP Bldg., Rizal St., Legazpi City 4500 [(052) 481-1455 / (052) 481-5895].


Glimpses of Bulusan Supports New Website of LGU-Bulusan

July 14, 2003

Glimpses of Bulusan, an unofficial homepage of the Municipality of Bulusan, Province of Sorsogon, Philippines  – through its Webmaster, affirms its full support to the new website of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bulusan, in response to a report in the March-May 2003 issue of the Damayan-Buluseño Gazette by Mr. Albino Españo.  Mr. Españo together with Mr. Roswell H. Ramos attended a 3-day Website Development Training and Workshop at STI Computer Center (Sorsogon Branch) last April 10-12, 2003.

Said workshop was a joint project of the Provincial Government of Sorsogon and the National Computer Center (NCC) under the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).  Two representatives from each municipality attended and were requested to bring their respective Socio-Economic Profiles (SEFs).  Such data should thus be available at the following URL:

 The NCC was also authorized to register the following domain name:

 This development in the local government is much appreciated by the Webmaster as it would be a further boost to the town’s tourism efforts.  Online Buluseños and other interested parties could also gain access to more Bulusan-related information. 

 Congratulations, LGU-Bulusan! Here’s to a successful cyber presence!

- With reports from Mr. Albino Españo 

[Source: Damayan-Buluseño Gazette Vol. XV No. 7 (March-April 2003)]

[Posted: July 14, 2003 - Manila, Philippines]


Roco in Pista sa Maynila 2003

July 14, 2003

Former senator and DepEd secretary Atty. Raul S. Roco graced the Buluseños' Pista sa Maynila 2003 at the Knights of Columbus Clubhouse in Intramuros, Manila yesterday.  The gathering is an annual affair organized by the Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. (DBI), an association of Metro-Manila residents from Bulusan, Sorsogon -- and is slated every second Sunday of July, a few days before the actual town fiesta which falls on the 25th of the same month.

Much to the delight of all the Buluseños present, Atty. Roco started his speech with a few lines from the Bicol song Haen Ka Na Baya, and then gave out a cash prize to the one who was able to solve his riddle on "the sound of a single clapping hand".  Lea Balderama, a DBI scholar from Barangay San Bernardo, gave the right answer which is "the sound of cooperation". 

The said brain-twister proved to be the central theme of his speech, wherein he observed that through the Buluseños' cooperative efforts, loud-sounding are the claps that emanate even from single-handed members of the community.  

The distinguished Bicolano also urged the Buluseños to continue with their brand of cooperation, especially with the organization's scholarship program.  He also expressed hope that such an example and leadership be made known throughout the entire province.

After his speech, Roco, who requested another Bicolano song from the DBI Angelus Choir, was awarded a plaque of appreciation "in grateful acknowledgment of his presence" by the organization led by DBI President Rogelio F. Fuentes.

To view some pictures during the Pista sa Maynila 2003, please visit our gallery page.

[Posted: July 14, 2003 - Manila, Philippines]


Buluseña Places 7th in Geodetic Engineering Board Exams  

Edelyn G. Fortes, the fifth child of Ruben Fortes of Barangays San Isidro and Looban, and the late Salvacion Guevarra of Barangay San Roque – ranked 7th  among the 76 out of 187 examinees who took and successfully hurdled the Board Examinations for Geodetic Engineers last January 16, 2003 in Manila.  It was indeed a close fight that with a general rating of 85.40, Edelyn was just 1.40 points behind the 1st placer.

A consistent achiever since her elementary days at the Bulusan Central School where she graduated with the top honors in 1991, Edelyn has been bringing home honors not only for herself but also for her family, friends, school, and to her hometown.  She continued her winning streak at the Ramon Magsaysay High School (Cubao) where she eventually graduated Valedictorian in 1995, and at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City where she finished her undergraduate studies.  (BCS Classmate 1991)


[Posted: June 24, 2003 - Manila, Philippines]


Preparations On for Pista sa Maynila 2003


Officers of the Damayan-Buluseño, Inc. (DBI), a non-stock, non-profit association of Metro-Manila residents from Bulusan, Sorsogon -- are currently busy doing preparations for the Pista sa Maynila 2003 which is slated on the 13th of July at the Knights of Columbus Club House in Intramuros, Manila.

This is a grand celebration of a fiesta "away from home" for Buluseños based in the metropolis and neighboring areas.  It would be noted that the town actually celebrates its fiesta every 25th of July in honor of St. James the Greater.  Since its foundation in 1982, DBI had always been consistent in its stand on the spiritual part that continuously strengthens the group.  Its 2nd Sunday masses, Pista sa Maynila, and Christmas celebrations are but a few testimonies to this value.

The group expects a big turn-out this year as various activities are well under way and certain personalities are expected to grace the occasion.  A program will immediately follow the Holy Mass.  Refreshments will be provided for everyone -- time to sample those suman and ibos once again!


[Posted: June 24, 2003 - Manila, Philippines]





Sorsogon: Luzon's Southernmost Attraction

 Lawrence Chin

If asked about Sorsogon’s tourism destinations then my response would be Donsol and Bulusan....The town of Bulusan, on the other hand, offers year-round attractions from hot and cold springs, Bulusan Lake, and many more.

Source: The Manila Times Internet Edition - November 29, 2002

Health Project empowers Bicolanas

Linda B. Bolido, Inquirer News Service

Gonzales, a member of the board of Sorsogon's Bulusan Integrated Women's Health and Development Organization in Barangay Sabang, reported how what started as a health initiative had helped empower women in her community and make them aware of their rights.

Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer - December 9, 2001

Sorsogon Now

Dennis Ladaw

Irosin was busier now, but the houses are still there. Bulusan is still verdant and restful, especially during the late afternoons. Palugtok Falls remains unchanged; it’s as tranquil as ever. Ditto with Bulusan Lake, which is now well maintained and safe. 

Source: The Manila Times Internet Edition - Lifestyle- 30 November 2001

Tales From Sorsogon

Ruby Gonzalez

A short distance away is Bulusan Lake. It is surrounded by lush vegetation with twin peaks lording in the background. We had the entire lake all to ourselves, save for a handful of men trying their luck - apparently with success - at fishing for tilapia.

Source: Malaya - The National Newspaper - November 12, 2001)

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