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VOLUME XXXV

Issue 8

Serving Los Baos and nearby communities


www.lbtimes.ph

Libre!

AUGUST 2015

Syen Saya 2015 held


by Ma. Roxanne Fatima Rolle

Los Baos The Special Science


and Nature City hosted the annual
science festival, Syen Saya 2015, last
August 12 to 14.
The activities and exhibits
revolved around the theme Syensiya
at Kabataan: #WOWTLG where
TLG meant Technology Leads
to Globalization. Major events that
comprised the three-day festival were:
Wonderama, Techno Forum, and R&D
Awards.

Elementary students from schools around Los Baos curiously dabbled with the e-modules
on disaster preparedness featured in the College of Development Communications
Wonderama exhibit at the Syen Saya 2015 science festival. (Photo by Rikki Mendiola)

National Disability Prevention Week,


idinaos ng LBFPWD

ni Jeannette Talag, Presidente ng Los Banos Federation of Persons with Disabilities

Noong Hulyo 21 hanggang Agosto 5,


muling nakiisa ang Los Banos Federation of
Persons with Disabilities (LBFPWD), Inc. sa
taunang selebrasyon ng National Disability
Prevention and Rehabilitation Week sang-ayon
sa Announcement No. 35, series of 2015.
Sa taong ito, ipinagdiriwang ang ika-37 na
anibersaryo ng naturang selebrasyon. Kasabay
nito, ginunita rin ang ika-151 na kaarawan ng
bayaning lumpo, si Apolinario Mabini.
Ang naging tema ng isang linggong
selebrasyon ay Health and Wellness for
Persons with Disability, Opportunity Towards
Inclusive Development for All.

Karapatan at Kaalaman
Noong Hulyo 21, sumailalim sa
pagsasanay ang mga pangulo ng samahan
ng mga PWDs upang mapalakas ang
kakayanan nilang pamunuan ang kanilang
samahan. Nagsilbing resource speaker si
Engr. Arthur Letim, isang bulag o visuallyimpaired na inhinyero mula sa Alyansa ng
may Kapansanang Pinoy (AKAPPinoyRegion 4A).
Tinalakay rin ang karapatan, polisiya,
at pribilehiyo ng mga PWDs noong
Hulyo 22. Ayon sa Republic Act 9442
Itutuloy sa pahina 3

Wonderama: testament to innovation


Held at the E.B. Copeland
Gymnasium in UPLB, the
Wonderama exhibit featured basic
science principles, appreciation, and
application. According to Ma. Rowena
Inzon, member of the UPLB Local
Organizing Committee, Wonderama
is a testament to innovation. We
Continued on page 3

Kultura at wika,
bida sa Agosto

ni Theresa Mae D. Villanueva, Grade 9, SHSI

Isang pagbubuklod ng maraming wikang Filipino ang naging


pagdiriwang ng South Hill School
Inc. (SHSI) noong ika-24 ng Agosto
na may temang Filipino: Wika ng
Pambansang Kaunlaran.
Ayon sa punongguro ng SHSI,
si Gng. Carmencita T. Nolasco,
tinawag na Buwan ng mga Wika
ang programa bilang pagkilala sa
maraming wika ng mga
Itutuloy sa pahina 4

NEWS

LOS BAOS TIMES

Rural High celebrates Buwan ng Wika 2015


by Jenny Flor S. Baclor (Instructor 6, UPRHS)

To celebrate the National Language Month, UP Rural High


School (UPRHS) led month-long activities inspired by the theme,
Wikang Pambansa: Danas at Paglikha sa Diwa ng Bansa.
A culminating program was held last August 25 to recognize
winners from the month-long activities. The program featured Joey
Ayala, singer and songwriter, as the guest speaker. Ayala performed
his songs, Papel, Organik, and his own version of Lupang
Hinirang. Throughout the program, three groups of eight students
performed their routine to Ayalas composition, Magkaugnay, as
part of the Interpretative Dance contest.
The second part of the program featured students competing in
Pasikatlaban. The contest aimed to showcase culture and tradition
from different regions. Grade 10 students, Chelsea delos Santos
and Allen Lunaria, placed first.

Joey Ayala, singer and songwriter, graces the National Language Month celebration of UPRHS with an acoustic performance of his original songs.

Winners from the contests in August were called on stage.


Grade 7 representatives championed in the speech choir contest,
Sabayang Pagbigkas ng Tula. A team of Grade 11 students won in
creative story-telling, Masining na Pagkukwento.
The activities were spearheaded by the schools academic
organization for Filipino, Samahang Diwa at Panitik.

LGU, UPLB head disaster preparedness talk


by Ma. Roxanne Fatima Rolle with reports from Martin Imatong

Four back-to-back forums on disaster


risk reduction and management (DRRM)
and earthquake preparedness were
held last August 24 at the D.L. Umali
Auditorium, UPLB Campus. A total of
2,050 UPLB students attended.
UPLB Office of the Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs in collaboration with
the Los Banos Municipal Office organized
the event. The resource speaker was Mr.
Martin Q. Imatong, DRRM and Climate

Change Adaptation consultant from


the municipal office.
Topics tackled were DRRM
concepts and trends, the disaster risk
profile of the Philippines as well as
the Philippine Disaster Management
System (PDMS). Earthquake science
was also discussed. Steps on holding
an earthquake drill in schools and
proper action to take during and
after an earthquake were further
highlighted.

E D I T O R I A L S TA F F
Ricarda B. Villar
Editor-in-Chief

Ma. Roxanne Fatima S. Rolle


Associate Editor

Ma. Roxanne Fatima S. Rolle


Layout Artist

Rosa Pilipinas F. Francisco


Adviser

JTalag TMVillanueva JFBaclor


MRFRolle EReyes MImatong
Writers

According to Imatong, UPLB and


the Los Banos local government unit
achieved the mission [which is] to
enrich the understanding and proper
knowledge [on DRRM and earthquake
preparedness] among the students.
He furthered that he deems to motivate
the youth to prioritize awareness and
preparedness to contribute to nationbuilding.

The Los Baos Times is produced by the students and


staff of the Department of Development Journalism
at the UP Los Baos College of Development
Communication in collaboration with Los Baos local
government agencies, barangays, schools, and civil
society organizations. No part of this paper may be
reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means
stored in a database or retrieval system without
prior consent. All rights reserved.
The Los Baos Times is located at Rm. 201B,
Department of Development Journalism,
College of Development Communication,
University of the Philippines Los Baos
College, Laguna
Tel. No.: (049) 536-2511 local 401 or 410
Email: lbtimes@devcom.edu.ph
Website: http://lbtimes.ph

NEWS

From page 1

Syen Saya 2015...

LGU participants from Los Baos,


Calamba, and Bay, Laguna attended the
Techno Forum on Data Management and
Information Systems for Barangays last
August 13.(Photo courtesy of DOST Region
IV-A)

believe that to make our children


better appreciate the role of science in
development, we must teach them the
value of innovation.
Techno Forum for barangays
Techno Forum or the Technology
Forum on Data Management and
Information Systems (DMIS) for
Barangays was held last August 13.
The event aimed to improve access
to local and regional information for
decision making and planning. Los

Baos barangay officials and LGUs


from Calamba and Bay attended.
Participants shared data for
tracking, mapping, and monitoring
progress and needs in the local and
regional level, shares Juan Carlos
Manas, member of Techno Forums
organizing committee.
R&D Awards
Syen Saya 2015 concluded
with the R&D Awarding and
Closing Ceremonies at the
SEARCA Auditorium where the
outstanding agricultural research
and development (R&D) projects
were recognized.
The winning projects zoomed
in on organic agriculture.
In the Research category,
the study on developing organic
vegetable varieties by UPLBs
Institute of Plant Breeding
(IPB) won. In the Development
category, the winning project
aimed to develop, strengthen, and
implement organic agriculture in
the Philippines. This was led by
the Bureau of Plant Industry-Los

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Baos National Crop Research


and Development Center (BPILBNCRDC).
Syen Saya is an annual science
festival organized by the Los Banos
Science Community Foundation,
Inc. (LBSCFI), an organization
comprised of 24 science-based
agencies. The event is held to
celebrate the National Science and
Technology Week.

The Wonderama participants marveled at


the S&T exhibits put together by 24 sciencebased agencies in Los Baos. (Photo by
Rikki Mendiola)

Mula sa pahina 1

National disability ...


o Magna Carta for Disabled Persons, and for Other Purposes,
kalakip ng batas ang sumusunod na probisyon: tamang paggamit
ng benepisyo, transportasyon, gamot, pagkain, ospitalisasyon, at
diskwentong 20% sa mga bilihin ng mga PWDs; at angkop na
paggamit ng assistive devices

Pagiging handa

Ibinahagi ni G. Ronel del Rio, isa sa mga tagapagsalita,


ang kaukulang multa at parusa sa diskriminasyon laban sa may
kapansanan. Si del Rio ay napili bilang Official Promoter para sa
mga taong may kapansanan ngayong ikatlong dekada ng PWDs
(2013-2023) ng United Nations-Economic and Social Commission
in the Asia Pacific (UN-ESCAP).

Naging interesante para sa mga PWDs ang huling araw ng


training. Naibahagi sa kanila ang importansiya ng first aid o
paunang lunas. Tinuruan rin ang mga dumalo kung paano tulungan
ang taong nawalan ng malay, nagkasugat, nakagat ng aso, nalunod,
nabalian, o naaksidente. Katuwang sa pagpapasinayan ng training
ang lokal na opisina ng DRRM mula sa munisipyo.

Kinatawan ng PWD na sektor


Isang pribilehiyo na naimbitahan ang mga miyembro ng
LBFPWDs na makilahok sa Mobile Training Plus ceremonial
turnover ng TESDA sa munisipyo ng Los Banos noong Hulyo 23.
Dumalo ang mga opisyal ng LBFPWDs kasama ang kinatawan
ng ibat-ibang sektor: estudyante, guro, kawani ng barangay, atbp.
Dumalo rin sa program si TESDA Sec. Joel Villanueva.

Noong Hulyo 28, nagdaos naman ng pagsasanay sa


disaster risk reduction and management (DRRM) ang mga may
kapansanan. Naganap ito sa Old Municipal Covered Court, Brgy.
Baybayin.

Noong Agosto 5, sa pagtatapos ng isang linggong selebrasyon,


isang salu-salo ang naganap kasama si Mayor Ceasar P. Perez.
Nagkaroon ng programa kung saan umawit, sumayaw, at
tumanggap ng certificates ang mga lumahok na PWDs.
Ang isang linggong selebrasyon ay naisakatuparan
ng LBFPWD katuwang ang Municipal Social Welfare and
Development Office (MSWDO).

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Mula sa pahina 1

Kultura at Wika ...


Isang Wika na mula sa panunulat ni
Dionisio S. Salazar, kilala sa pagiging
magaling na manunulat.

Masayang nagtanghal ang mga estudyante


ng elementarya suot ang ibat-ibang katutubong kasuotan sa pagdiriwang ng Buwan
ng Wika.

maraming wika ng mga Pilipino na naguugnay sa bawat isa tungo sa pag-unlad.


Makulay na kasuotan, magiliw na
pagtatanghal
Suot ang ibat-ibang katutubong kasuotan gaya ng barot saya, barong, kimono
at iba pa, ang mga estudyante sa bawat
baitang ay nagkaroon ng presentasyon
sa pagsayaw at pagtula. Ito ay lubhang
ikinasiya ng mga mag-aaral at mga magulang.
Bukod sa mga nakakaaliw na presentasyon, ang mga mag-aaral sa ika-siyam na
baitang ay nagpakitang gilas sa sabayang
pagbigkas ng Isang Bansa, Isang Diwa,

Panitik at literatura
Kabilang pa rin sa malawakang
pagdiriwang ng Buwan ng mga Wika
ay ang story-telling sa preschool. Nagkaroon naman ng pagkakataon ang
mga nasa ika-lima at anim na baitang
na makita ang manunulat ng libro na
si Egay Calabia Samar at Michael Jude
Tumamac. Ibinahagi nila ang kahalagahan ng pagbabasa. Nagkuwento
sila Samar at Tumamac kung paano
naisagawa ang mga librong kanilang
isinulat.
Ang SHSI ay nagkaroon ng isang
linggong Book Fair mula sa Scholastic
at Adarna House. Nagbigay rin sila ng
ibat-ibang gawain para sa mga estudyante na gustong lumahok. Naging patok naman sa ika-siyam at ika-sampu
na baitang ang Words Anonymous ng
UP Diliman na pinangunahan ng mga
miyembro nito na si Serge Gabriel,
Roch Lazarte at Henri Igna. Ikinagalak
naman ng mga panauhin ang ipinimalas na galing ng mga estudyante mula
sa ika-sampung baitang na nagpakitang gilas rin sa Words Anonymous.

Adhikain ng pag-unlad
Maituturing na isang malawakang
pagdiriwang ang isinagawa ngayon
ng SHSI bilang pagbibigay halaga
sa wikang Pilipino. Subalit, higit sa
mga pagpapamalas ng kakayahan at
pagsuot ng katutubong Pilipinong
kasuotan, ang pagdiriwang na iyon ay
nagmulat sa bawat mag-aaral na ang
Pilipino, bagamat maraming salita, ay
kayang pagbukludin ng adhikain na
maging kaisa sa hangarin ng pagunlad.

Pinaunlakan ni Henri Igna, miyembro


ng Words Anonymous, ang pagpirma
sa ilang libro mula sa Scholastic at
Adarna House.

FEATURE

LOS BAOS TIMES

info
hub
OSIS: of rice science
by Elsie E. Reyes

he Philippine Rice Research


Institute (PhilRice) Los Baos
will open its one-stop information shop or OSIS to the public by
November this year.
OSIS is PhilRice new project
which aims to provide information
on rice research to students and other
stakeholders.

Audio-visual presentations of the latest


rice technologies, meanwhile, can be
viewed through a television.
The second component is the
PhilRice database. Stored here are
documents, reports, photos, and videos
of PhilRice. Readers will need to ask
for assistance from the OSIS personnel-in-charge to access the materials.

Inside the one-stop information shop


The one-stop information shop has
two basic components: the mini library
or the Palay-Aklatan and the PhilRice
database.
The first component houses books,
magazines, brochures, and publications from PhilRice and other R&D
institutions.
A designated computer can also
be used for online research through
PhilRice websites such as www.
pinoyrice.com and www.philrice.gov.
ph. An E-lib system also makes the
library use more convenient. Readers
can search their preferred publication
and will be alerted of its availability.

Accessing the collections


The Palay-Aklatan adopts an open
access system. Users can directly get
the publication they need straight off
the shelves. However, all the publications will be for room use. According
to Ms. Jacqueline Lee Canilao, one of
the proponents of the OSIS, the institute is looking forward to allowing the
patrons to bring out publications and
materials in the future.
Not your typical rice
information hub
In a way, OSIS is different from
other rice information hub. For Ca-

nilao, what sets it apart is that it is a


mini-library set-up that would soon
incorporate museum artifacts, paintings, and others that can give the area
a more modern and sophisticated feel.
She added that visitors can further
expect visually-engaging mini-exhibits
in the future.
Aside from the OSIS refreshing
theme, Canilao also encourages people
to visit because of what the hub holds.
The mini-library houses a wealth of
information on rice and rice technologies. Since rice is the major staple in
our country, its but important that the
public increase awareness on the many
aspects and functions of rice, shares
Canilao.
OSIS will be formally launched on
the first quarter of 2016. OSIS is open
to the public from 9:00am to 4:00pm. It
is also open during lunch break.

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Week-long events
lined for LB@400
by Ma. Roxanne Fatima Rolle

This landmark pleasantly welcomes locals and visitors


alike to Los Baos. Cradled along the roads of Brgy.
Lalakay, this serves as a reminder of the towns 400 years
of history. (Photo by Randolph Tolentino)

To mark Los Banos 400th anniversary, a weeks line up of activities awaits


residents and tourists from September
14 to 20 during the 14th Baamos
Festival.
Local trade in focus
The festival kicks off with the
opening of week-long local expos, the
Baamos Sale and the Barangay Booth
Trade Fair to be held at the old municipal covered court starting September
14, Monday.
Culture and arts
An evening of culture will grace
September 15. Members of the towns
public schools are poised to host
DepEd Night where students will stage
Philippine folk performances.
Also part of the activities is a
1990s themed dance contest, Bailamos, on September 16, 7:00 pm. Twelve
groups from Laguna will vie to bag
cash prizes of PhP 20,000 (first place),
PhP 15,000 (second place) and PhP
10,000 (third place).
Commemorating 400 years
Declared a municipal holiday, bulk
of the activities will unfold on September 17, the towns founding anniversary. The day opens with a Civic Parade

which starts at Olivarez Plaza, 6:00 am,


and ends at the old Municipal Covered
Court at 9:00 am.
Following the parade are two
simultaneous events: unveiling of the
Los Banos Museum and the foundation anniversary program. The old municipal building at Brgy. Baybayin will
be re-opened as the towns museum.
To lead the ribbon cutting ceremony is
Mark Lapid, Chief Operating Officer of
the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
Outstanding citizens to be named
In the foundation anniversary
program, Outstanding Citizens of 2015
winners will be announced under the
following categories: Outstanding Citizen (Professional); Outstanding Citizen (Non-Professional); Outstanding
NGO/ Civic Organization; Outstanding Public School Teacher (Elementary
and High School); Outstanding Citizen
for Sports Development; Outstanding
Cooperative; Outstanding Municipal
Employee; and Outstanding Barangay
Official.
On the night of September 18, 10
bands will compete at Himigsikan.
Winners will receive PhP 20,000 (first
place), PhP 15,000 (second place), PhP

10,000 (third place) and PhP 5,000 for


the best original composition.
Record to beat
Everyone is invited to join the
World Record Shower Fest on September 19, 6:00 am. According to the Municipal Tourism Office, Los Banos will
aim to beat the world record of 350
people participating in a shower fest.
From world record to mass dancing, Los Baos will also host a series of
Zumba sessions on September 15, 17,
and 19 at the old municipal covered
court. On September 19, the Zumba
session will be led by Regine Tolentino,
celebrity choreographer and dancer.
Dubbed Zumbanos, this event starts
at 3:00 pm. In the evening, 14 pageant
candidates will vie for the crown, Miss
Los Baos 2015.
Its a wrap
The quadricentennial week
concludes on September 20 with an
inter-barangay sports fest, Palarong
Banamos, 6:00 am; followed by a samba-themed street dance event,Bayle
sa Kalye, 12:00 pm; and the closing
program, Grand Revelry, at 7:00 pm.
More information on the schedule
of activities is available at the Los Banos Municipal Tourism Office at (049)
530-2818.

COLUMN

LOS BAOS TIMES

Panayam kina Ms. Anselma C. Manila,


University Extension Specialist II at
RNE Coordinator at Ms. Arminga B. Peria,
University Researcher

Kooperatiba 101: Part 2

Noong Hulyo, ating tinalakay kung ano nga ba ang


isang kooperatiba. Ngayon naman, ating alamin kung
ano ang mga klase ng kooperatiba at kaibahan nito sa
mga microfimamce institutions.

Paano po ba pumili ng isang kooperatibang sasalihan?


Ang unang konsiderasyon sa pagpili ng sasalihang kooperatiba ay ang pangangailangan. Ang pipiliin nating kooperatiba ay yung makasasagot sa ating pangangailangan.
Kung pautang ang kailangan ay mainam sumali sa
isang credit cooperative.
Ikaw ba ay isang driver or operator ng sasakyan?
Mainam sumali sa transportation cooperative.
Gusto ba ninyo magtayo ng bangko dahil gusto
ninyo magpautang sa iba pang myembro ng kooperatiba? Ang sasalihan niyo ay cooperative bank.
Kung ang pangangailangan niyo naman ay pabahay,
ang itatayo niyo namang kooperatiba ay housing
cooperative.
Kung ang kailangan niyo ay water service para sa
malinis na tubig na pang-inom at pangluto, ang
kailangan niyong itayo ay water service cooperative.
Kung kayo ay agrarian reform beneficiaries, maaari
kayong sumali sa agrarian reform cooperative.

Ang Dito sa Lagunaay isang programang


ipinalalabas tuwing Sabado sa Community
Cable Channel 8 sa ganap na ika-10 ng
umaga. Laman nito ang mga magagandang
kwento, masasayang karanasan, at
makabuluhang mga usapan patungkol sa
Laguna. Ang replay ay tuwing Lunes (2PM),
Miyerkules (4PM), at Biyernes (10PM) sa
parehong istasyon

Ano po ang kaibahan ng credit cooperative sa mga


microfinance institution na dumadami ngayon?
Ang kooperatiba ay may malaking pagkakaiba sa isang
microfinance institution. Sa kooperatiba, ang mga
miyembro ang may-ari at ang mga miyembro din ang
namamahala at tumatangkilik. Hindi ito tulad ng
microfinance institution na binubuo ng mga lima o sampung tao. Gumagawa sila ng isang korporasyon at sila
ngayon ang nagpapautang sa mga nais humiram
ng pera.
Kapag umutang ang isang indibidwal sa isang
microfinance institution, wala siyang makukuhang balik
tangkilik. Hindi ito kapareho ng isang kooperatiba.
Pagkatapos ng isang taon, mayroong parte ng interes na
ibinayad ng indibidwal sa inutang niya ay maibabalik sa
kaniya.
Anu-ano po ba ang requirements o kailangan para sa
mga gustong maging member ng isang kooperatiba?
Residente ng Pilipinas;
18 taon pataas;
Application form, membership fee, at iba pang mga
requirements ng kooperatiba; at
Pagdalo sa PMES o Pre-membership Education Seminar kung saan itinuturo kung ano ang kooperatiba,
benepisyo, responsibilidad bilang miyembro, at mga
polisiya at operasyon ng kooperatibang sinasalihan.

Ang bahaging ito ay sa produksyon ng mga sumusunod:


Project Coordinator - Garry Montemayor; Hosts - Elaine Llarena and Romel Daya;
Technical Director - Louie Amongo; Sound Engineer - Geronimo Canonio; Videographers
- Louie Amongo, Mei-Ann Bangabang, Red Robel; Video Editors - Louie Amongo, Antoni
Kristofer Lim; Video Capturing: Antoni Kristofer Lim; Voice Over: Gelen Turano;
Production Assistants: DSC Students.

Mga natatanging kwento ng Los Baos

Pagsalubong sa Mutya
ni Ma. Roxanne Fatima Rolle

Upang magbigay pugay sa kaniyang bayang


sinilangan, magiliw na lumibot si Bb. Leren Mae M.
Bautista sa ibat-ibang barangay ng Los Baos
kasabay ng Homecoming Motorcade noong
nakaraang Agosto 8.
Si Bb. Bautista ay kinoronahan bilang Mutya ng
Pilipinas Asia-Pacific International 2015 noong
Agosto 2 sa Newport Theater, Resorts World
Manila.
Tubong Brgy. Anos, si Bautista ay tinanghal na rin
bilang Ms. Los Baos 2013. Madalas rin siyang
maimbitahan bilang Reyna Elena tuwing Mahal na
Araw lalo na ng Brgy. Timugan at ng Brgy Anos.
Mahaba man ang nilalakad tuwing prusisyon, ayon

kay Bautista, di niya alintana ang pagod. Sa halip, isang


karangalan para sa kaniya ang paanyaya ng mga
barangay.
Mapagbigay sa kaniyang oras o accommodating,
hindi na rin maipagkakailang isa sa pinagmamalaking
katangian ni Bautista ang pagiging matulungin at
magiliw sa panauhin o hospitable ng mga Lagunense.
Dagdag pa ni Bautista, we, Lagunenses, are very
welcoming and accommodating that tourists love
returning to our province. We also still hold on to
traditional values... I think this sets us apart from others.
Sa darating na Disyembre ay makikipagtunggali siya
para sa korona ng Miss Tourism Queen of the Year sa
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ayon sa kaniya, kung maiuuwi niya ang titulo, gagamitin niya ito upang tumulong
itaguyod ang turismo sa bansa.
Nagpapasalamat si Bautista sa lahat ng sumuporta sa
kaniya mula pa noong simila. Ayon sa kaniya, to those
who believed [in me] and supported me, many thanks to
you! This is all for you.

Be a community correspondent.

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lbtimes@devcom.edu.ph
Matamis ang ngiti ng mga kababayan ni Bb. Leren Mae
Bautista nang siya ay makita ng personal noong nakaraang
Motorcade na ginanap ng Agosto 8 sa Los Baos, Laguna.
(Mga litrato kuha ni Randolph Tolentino)

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