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Everyone loves fiestas!

Fiestas happen all year round in Bohol but mostly during the month of May. Tagbilaran City’s fiesta is held on May 1st.  It is at that time that Boholanos from different places, even where they have already settled, within the Philippines or abroad, come home to celebrate the fiesta in their town.  They often bring pasalubong for family & loved ones and so reunions take place.  TBTK or Tigum Bol-anon Tbuok Kalibutan which means “Boholanos get together from all around the World” is an event held each year as Boholanos get together and catch up.

Boholanos are so warm that everyone is invited during this celebration.  Before we open our house for guests, my family is used to hear the pontifical mass (mass for the fiesta).  I remember, the priest in my place say Misa una before lamesa which means “Mass first before the table”.  It’s a local funny quote, actually (because it rhymes in our local dialect).

In Bohol, every town celebrates their fiesta in honor of the patron saint.  Boholanos love fiestas as we love welcoming and treating our guests.  So we always come home during this event and decorate the entire town with banderitas, parade on floats, organize pageants, concerts & different activities, and prepare food like lechon & tuba for bisperas (day before the fiesta) and fiesta itself.   No fiesta is complete without having a roasted pig– often raised by most throughout the year to be slaughtered and served for the fiesta.

List of Fiestas in Bohol
January 16 Cortes Santo Niño
January 16 Pres. Garcia Holy Child
January 16 Valencia Sr. Santo Niño
January 17 Carmen Saint Anthony de Abbot
January 29 Ubay Holy Child
Last Saturday of January Getafe Holy Infant
February 11 Dagohoy Our Lady of Lourdes
February 11 K of C – Tagbilaran City Our Lady of Lourdes
April 5 Bool – Tagbilaran City Saint Vincent Ferrer
April 27 Corella Nuestra Señora del Villar
May 1 Tagbilaran City Saint Joseph the Worker
May 3 Dao – Tagbilaran City Santa Cruz
May 4 Alburquerque Santa Monica
May 4 Mabini Santa Monica
May 4 Sagbayan San Agustin
May 8 San Miguel Saint Michael
May 10 Calape Saint Vincent Ferrer
May 15 Bilar Saint Isidore the Farmer
May 15 Trinidad Saint Isidore
May 15 Tubigon San Isidro Labrador
May 15 San Isidro Saint Isidore
May 19 Candijay Saint Joseph
May 29 Talibon Blessed Trinity
June 13 Sikatuna Saint Anthony de Padua
June 24 Garcia Hernandez Saint John the Baptist
June 29 Loboc Saint Peter the Apostle
June 30 Inabangga Saint Paul
July 16 Balilihan Virgin of Carmel
July 16 Taloto – Tagbilaran City Immaculate Heart of Mary
July 25 Batuan Saint James
July 26 Alicia Saint Joachim
August 15 Dauis Our Lady of Assumption
August 16 Tip-tip – Tagbilaran City San Roque
August 22 Taloto – Tagbilaran City Immaculate Heart of Mary
August 28 Sagbayan San Agustin
August 28 Panglao San Agustin
First Saturday of September Guindulman Our Lady of Consolation
First Saturday of September Lindaville – Tagbilaran City Birhen sa Barangay
September 8 Loon Our Lady of Light
September 10 Dimiao Saint Nicolas de Tolentino
September 29 Clarin Saint Michael
September 29 Jagna Saint Michael
October 7 Buenavista Santo Rosario
October 7 Lila Holy Rosary
October 11 Pilar Virgen del Pilar
October 16 Cogon – Tagbilaran City Birhen sa Barangay
Last Saturday of October Antequera Virgin of the Most Holy Rosary
November 24 Maribojoc Saint Vincent
December 8 Baclayon Immaculate Conception
December 8 Catigbi-an Immaculate Conception
December 8 Duero Immaculate Conception
December 8 Sierra Bullones Immaculate Conception
December 12 Sevilla Virgen of Guadalupe
December 12 Booy – Tagbilaran City Virgen of Guadalupe
December 30 Danao Holy Family
Movable Anda Holy Infant
Movable Bien Unido Holy Child
Movable Loay Santisima Trinidad

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I saved lives…

I saved the lives of at least 600 people last Sunday. With all altitudes occupied from 32,000-41,000 ft and traffic is in unusual route, 2 aircrafts in opposite directions are just 10 minutes away from impact. My alpha controller is busy with so many air traffic at the edge of his radar. His assistant was busy with lots of coordination with adjacent Area Controls. I was busy looking at the strips on the bay and I felt something was wrong with the level of 1 aircraft. Right there, I saw that 2 aircraft on the same airway travelling at 480 knots toward each other are at 41,000 ft. The first one was at the edge of the radar screen and will disappear in a few minutes while the other is coming from the adjacent airspace and no contact at all. First thing I did, I looked at 40,000 ft if its vacant, no it’s not. But the aircraft in the level was 7 minutes behind and deviating. So I told my alpha to descend the aircraft. Then told the assistant to coordinate it with that particular airspace. When the aircraft at 40,000 ft appeared on radar, it was behind already by 10 minutes. We’re lucky to avoid such tragedy.

This situation is not known by media and the world. To them, the airport is the only gateway to a country. But for air traffic controllers like us, the gateway to our country are the boundaries of our airspace. Anything that happen within this boundaries reflects to my country as a whole. With the present air traffic volume that we have in present time, the air traffic controllers are the best people our country has in ensuring the safe travel of people in and out of our country.

transcribed from a friend’s page

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