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TIBIAO: Where fishing is tourists' fun!

Posted by home.tibiao on August 15, 2011 at 12:30 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Rex Q. Omalde

Photo Credit: Flord Nicson Calawag

If you are a tourist willing to experience the bounty of nature’s beauty from river trekking to actual sea fishing, don’t miss Tibiao Adventures. Don’t worry if you do not know the place or haven’t heard its name before because you are not alone. This small, quite and sleepy town in central Antique province named Tibiao is now tickling everyone’s ears and probably starting to sculpt its name on the broad daylight of Philippine wonderful places as well as mapping itself on the vastness of the world’s territory. I don’t want to exaggerate further but this place could offer you a unique experience you would not want to forget in your life.

Tibiao Adventures package is offered to promote tourism industry in Tibiao. Under the package, tourists may swim in seven-tiered falls, go cliff-diving, Manglamon cave roaming, kayaking or river trekking, relax in Tibiao Fish Spa where “therafish” nibble their feet, or go lamb read full story..

Things about Tibiao we didn't Know

Posted by home.tibiao on August 5, 2011 at 11:10 PM Comments comments (0)

By: Rex Omalde

The Curse of Cheating and the National Cancer

Posted by home.tibiao on August 1, 2011 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

 By: Rex Omalde


Way back during my high school years, our school conducts an oral test for teachers (I don't know what exactly the purpose) but I believe it intends to measure the competencies, abilities, proficiencies and teaching strategies of teachers in their respective fields of discipline.


That test involved the conduct of actual lecture by a teacher (just like normal lectures in the classroom) in front of a class but with a group of judges (panel) at the backside. While the teacher is lecturing, the judges at the back are simply observing and from time to time jotting (I think some remarks) on a piece of paper that looks like a scorecard. That will be their grade sheet perhaps and a measure how profecient they are at the same time how effective their interactions with the students are. I don't know the reward either once they have got a satisfactory rating.


Of course all of the teachers wanted to have a high score and it was very evident because each one of them have a cooked scheme prior to the date of their scheduled examinations. As far as I can remember, one of them (a science teacher) would make an agreement with us that every time she asks a question, all of us should raise our hands. She will then assign a specific topic to the honor students of the group to study it carefully because during the oral exam,that student will be tasked to answer the question specific only to the topic assigned to him/her. In other words, even though all of us raise our hands every time our teacher asks a question, she already knew who she is going to mention and that exactly what happened. In the day of examination, the class was visually lively and interactive. Indeed, it impressed the panel at the back seat but they didn't know that it was a mere product of a cooked cheating.


Another case was, during my elementary days, the education department would conduct an annual National Elementary Achievement Test (NEAT) in public schools. This method is also to test the competency of teachers by determining the learning proficiency of public school pupils under them.


This time, the NEAT involved the conduct of examinations which determined the average score of the pupils in a specific school and this was compared to the scores from other schools within the district. The best achievers, both schools and teachers, were given awards and commendations.


So, the school head through their teachers, who wanted to win awards for themselves and their schools, encouraged the young pupils to cheat or even arranged a cheating scheme to make sure that the below average pupils in the class would have better grades in the examination so as not to pull down the rest of the class with them.


I can still remember how the bright pupils were made to sit among the below average pupils so that answers to difficult questions could be shared with them easily. I am lucky enough to sit next to our future valedictorian that time (lol). I managed to get from her several difficult question answers that made my test paper looks like a contender at the same time I was able to relay those answers to my classmates behind me and so on (lol). The exam is good only for one day and we will wait for a couple of weeks more before we know our scores.


When the scores were released, the principal announced that our school performance was poor. The highest scorer was our future valedictorian with an 84% rating and the lowest score was 72%. If I can remember it correctly, our school got an average of 76% way behind the top performer, which is the central school. I expected that I got a good grade because the one feeding me difficult answers got the highest grade. Wow, it was amazing because I got a nauseating failure grade of 74% (lol). Why? It was because our future valedictorian also cheated us. She did not feed us the correct answers (lol). She thought that it was an individual competency test and not a school competency evaluation and therefore she saved her and starved almost all of us who rely mostly on her answers.


It was pretty interesting to be with it as a child but it also gave us lessons along the way. At a very raw age, we as a students were taught that act of cheating.It was fun in those days but looking back to it now, I realized and understand why cheating, lying and corruption have been ingrained in the Filipino culture and corroded our values as a people.


I ponder how can we be able to solve corruption  when teachers themselves encourage their young wards to cheat. When at the very young age we learned things like this, there is no wonder to me that we have a country of dishonest and corrupt people. There in some points that Filipinos were so proud of their honor and trustworthiness but has degenerated through time when most of the people learned to accept bribery and corruption as a part of life.


In today's Philippine landscape, we have these controversial issues rising like a mushrooms sprouted in a rice straw bed. These are what I call the national cancer. From Hello Garci scandal to the fertilizer scams, to 2004 election fraud up to the multi million coffee of PAGCOR, to the controversial helicopter purchases up to the AFP tens of millions "Pasalubong", to politicians who openly flaunt their unexplained wealth, to church leaders who publicly declare that they will receive contributions even from Satan himself and many others. As the saying goes, "there will be no smoke when there is no fire". Although all of these allegations have yet to be confirmed, it has become undeniable that the cancer has spread into the very soul of the Filipino nation.


The insensitivity to this cancer has paralyzed the nation to the point that nobody would dare stand up and denounce it because the money and the powerful will always prevail in the end. Past issues like the Jose Pidal case,the NBN ZTE deal controversy and the AFP "Pasalubong" scandal to say the least could describe it the most.


Thanks to the effort of today's administration in its seriousness and focus in eradicating corruption and cleansing the government of crooks. I feel relieved when President Aquino said in his second SONA (State of the nation address): I will straighten our crooked ways. Have trust in me.


(Photo by: Benhur Arcayan/ Malacanang Photo Bureau)

With that said, I am hoping that corruption and dishonesty in governance, even in our daily lives must be confronted head on as soon as possible or else Filipinos of next generations will continue to suffer the complications of national cancer and will forever live in darkness under the curse of cheating.






The FACEBOOK Things: A love that grows

Posted by home.tibiao on July 22, 2011 at 1:50 AM Comments comments (0)

By: yhetz03

At age 29 and nearly reaching the edge of calendar's month last date, she is lined among the throng of aspirants hopeful of getting a chance to show their love to their respective lovers one day. Unlike others who became frustrated in their journeys looking for Mr. RIGHT GUY just because they were afraid that the outcome will only be as bitter as their past painful relationships, she is firm on her belief that one day she will be able to find her golden treasure that she have been waited for so long. 


Jhelzy, an OFW in Hong Kong is one of the victims of failed relationship the very first time she crossed the valley of love. She battled her state of loneliness for years, tears out painful experiences and buried all sad memories keeping with her the scarce of unfaithful love that was once inculcated in the innermost part of her heart. The hardship of moving on fueled her desire to lost interest for future love affairs even when the day comes that everyth read full story..







Posted by home.tibiao on June 23, 2011 at 11:32 PM Comments comments (0)

This story was sent thru e-mail from  [email protected].

I made a research through google to determine who posted this originally I found out that this was already been posted  on numerous blogs sites through out the world. I was amazed and emotional upon reading the story so I decided to publish it here @ Tibiao.com. The original author is free to contact me through my e-mail [email protected] if this is a copyrighted material and that I violated their rights.

One day, a poor boy who was selling goods from door to door to pay his way through school, found he had only one thing dime left, and he was hungry. He decided he would ask for a meal at the next house. However, he lost his nerve when a lovely young woman opened the door. Instead of a meal he asked for a drink of water. She thought he looked hungry so the girl brought him a large glass of milk. He drank it slowly, and then asked, 'How much do I owe you?'


'You don't owe me anything,' she replied 'Mother has taught us never to accept payment for a kindness.' He said... 'Then I thank you from my heart.'


As Howard Kelly left that house, he not only felt; stronger physically, but his faith in God and man was strong also. He had been ready to give up and quit.


Years later that young woman became critically ill. The local doctors were baffled. They finally sent her to the big city, where they called in specialists to study her rare disease. Dr. Howard Kelly was called in for the consultation. When he heard the name of the town she came from, a strange light filled his eyes.

Immediately he rose and went down the hall of the hospital to her room. Dressed in his doctor's gown he went in to see her. He recognized her at once. He went back to the consultation room determined to do his best to save her life. From that day he gave special attention to the case.


After a long struggle, the battle was won. Dr. Kelly requested the business office to pass the final bill to him for approval. He looked at it, and then wrote something on the edge and the bill was sent to her room. She feared to open it, for she was sure it would take the rest of her life to pay for it all. Finally, she looked, and something caught; her attention on the side as she read these words.....


'Paid in full with one glass of milk.' (Signed) Dr. Howard Kelly.


Tears of joy flooded her eyes as her happy heart prayed: 'Thank you, GOD, that your love has spread abroad through human hearts and hands.'


Antique and Sulu ex-govs face graft raps

Posted by home.tibiao on June 16, 2011 at 4:22 AM Comments comments (0)

Source of information: http://ph.news.yahoo.com

MANILA, Philippines - Two former governors of Sulu and Antique provinces are facing graft charges before the Sandiganbayan over alleged fraudulent transactions involving millions in government funds.

Based on separate information prepared by Graft Investigation and Prosecution Officer II Judy Anne Doctor-Escalona and approved last May 16 by Acting Ombudsman Orlando C. Casimiro, former Governor Benjamin T. Loong of Sulu was indicted.....read full story here

TIBIAO: In the Claws of Darkness

Posted by home.tibiao on May 29, 2011 at 6:28 AM Comments comments (0)

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Antique activates Disaster Operation Center

Posted by home.tibiao on May 29, 2011 at 5:17 AM Comments comments (0)

Source of information: http://www.antique.gov.ph/

(PIA) – In anticipation of the adverse effects of Tropical Storm Chedeng and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon affecting the province,  Governor Exequiel B. Javier, Chairman of PDRRMC  issued a memorandum order to all Municipal and Barangay Disaster Management Council to activate.....read full story

TIBIAO: Sa mga Kuko kang Kagab-ihon

Posted by home.tibiao on May 27, 2011 at 10:31 PM Comments comments (0)

Originally written as TIBIAO: In the Claws of Darkness by Rex Q. Omalde



Ang nagpukaw sa baratyagon

Nagbugtaw, nagbangon kag nagpanaw.

Sa pagbutlak kang adlaw, nagsanag

Nagpamukra sa nagakaturog

nga mga handum.


Ang nagtudok sa tagipusuon

Nagpadayun, nakigbato kag nagtuman.

Sa hinali, ginsulay kang gamhanan

Nangibabaw ang kadalok

Natawo ang kaimol.


Ang naglupig sa katutom


Ang nagpalid sa huna-huna


Ang nagpukan sa mapag-on nga prinsipyo


Ang nagsilhig sa matam-is nga gugma


Ang nagpapas sa imung kalinung


Ang nagtabon sa yuhum


Ang nagtibas sa tanang handum.

Sa pagsamput kang kasisidmun,

kag pagtunod kang adlaw.

Ang pagsuragwit kang kikik,

kag pag ngiray kang lati.

Sa pag igpat kang bituon,

kag pagsirit kang burlakaw.

Ang dalay-a kang balud,

kag panihol kang salatan.

Ang imung kadulom, kami ginapung-aw.

Kasanag,  ginahulat namun ikaw.

Nga mag-abot ang banag-banag

kag magpasilaw kanamun.

Magpabaskog sa nalanta nga mga dahon,

magpahumlad sa laya nga mga kugon.

Gahimakas kami,

hagud ikaw magpadayun,

Kag sa tunga kang kadulom,

magadabdab ang imung kagayun.

Nga bisan sa amun mga damgo,

ang pag-uswag mo TIBIAO

Buhay run ginahandum!

Difinition of literary terms:

Dulos noun as Wind blowing

Sulog noun meaning breeze

Nagpukan, or ginpukan adj meaning to destroy

Nagpapas means getting all and nothing left

Dalay-a means a water wave slapping the shore

Salatan means North east monsoon

Banag-banag means dawn

Ginapung-aw means a feeling like living in a space of darkness




Do you know DYOKOY?

Posted by home.tibiao on May 24, 2011 at 1:55 AM Comments comments (1)

By: Rex Omalde


During our trip in northern Luzon last February, my boss andtwo of my officemates dropped by at a seaside resto along the narrow highway ofSantiago Ilocos Sur. It was a near sunny morning at 9:20 AM with gentle breezesblowing as strong only to cause tiny ripples on the sea just around fiftymeters away from the wooden and bamboo made with concrete flooring restaurantbuild on a sandy loam soil.


Of course it was not a five star haven but the naturallandscape of fine grayish sand lined with medium height coconut trees offshorecreates an enticing view that nature lovers would certainly enjoy. Let’s add toit the amazing seafoods of mouth-watering quality.


What caught my attention actually was the ceramic potcontaining unusual type of crabs stewed in coconut milk with some herbs in it.It looked very exotic to me that my stomach can’t almost contain but only tofind out that it actually taste good. They are not as succulent as the mudcrabs but they taste very similar.


Photo by: Market Manila

These crabs look familiar to me as it varies from brownishto reddish in color with broad and strong claws. One of my officemates said itwas damuko but the name in the menu sheet actually called it kagang.


Photo by: Market Manila

At first, I thought of it to be katang but itresembles almost like a dyokoy. As far as I know, katang looks muchparallel to a mud crab but slightly smaller in size with almost square torounded frame. These one is most equal to dyokoy whom I used to catchduring my childhood years and dyokoy in my complete senses is not edible in ourplace. Each one can see them roaming around the shoreline especially in Tibiaoeach summer days. I know kagang but it looks different. Kagangs in Tibiao canbe found on rivers and streams but this one are caught on the shore.

I can steel remember as a child, I would catch these dyokoysnear the seashore just for fun. There agility makes it difficult to catch themwhile they are crawling on the sand but once they are inside their holes, itwas so easy to trap them. The bigger they are, the deeper they bore holes andbeware to catch them inattentively because their strong claws might clip yourfingers anytime. Uughh, I experienced the pain before (lol).

Photo by: hthyou.com

Who can validate that these crabs are katang or dyokoy?Anyone? Or do you know dyokoy?