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View Poll Results: If you were a town planner for a Bicolano community, to make your town even more successful?
Better road and transportation infrastructure 6 54.55%
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Better housing options 0 0%
Better food security (agriculture and farming) 1 9.09%
Better telecommunications and/or media infrastructure 0 0%
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Old January 20th, 2010, 04:44 AM   #2281
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there's this old charm that is seen in this picture.. and i like it..
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there's this old charm that is seen in this picture.. and i like it..
surely something worth keeping. hope our old towns like masbate preserve its unique character, this old charm even as all the signs and structures of progress set in.

first and last visited masbate in 2005. great view of the sea from the seminary on the hilltop. enjoyed the lazy walks in the breezy pier area.
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saw also the ad that palexpress will also be flying soon to Masbate. got very excited. at long last, we'll have the option of real comfort in travelling, not relying to Legazpi airport.
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Behind Kapuntukan Hill...

^...seen from Puro...

Legazpi Boulevard Extension to Lamba...


^...October.

v...December (27)


^...the gap is now nearly closed, reclaiming several hectares in barangays Puro and Lamba.
This is certainly a huge project. Congrats to Legazpi!
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From Legazpi City and Albay Thread...


^...Aerial shots of the same boulevard...

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Bilib na talaga ako kay Joey Salceda.go,go Bicol Nagulat ako sa nakikita kong development.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 03:13 AM   #2287
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By Celso Amo (The Philippine Star) Updated October 19, 2009 12:00 AM



LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — Beverage giant Coca Cola will be using the new integrated transportation terminal in Legazpi City as its springboard for expansion in the Albay province and the rest of the Bicol region. Virgilio Mindo, Coca Cola area sales manager for Southern Luzon, said the new Legazpi Grand Central Terminal is the most modern in Southern Luzon.

“Using this facility is part of our strategy to dominate the market here,” Mindo told The STAR during the terminal’s formal opening last Oct. 5. Earlier, Robert M. Regalado, Coca Cola Bottlers Philippines territorial sales manager, signed a marketing support agreement with property developer and terminal operator LKY Development Corp. in becoming the official beverage supplier for the P300-million facility which will include commercial establishments such as restaurants, bars, a supermarket, a sprawling hardware store, among others.

The partnership will make Coca Cola the official beverage in all restaurants and refreshment joints in the 3.9-hectare terminal. It will also mean preferential rights for Coke as beverage sponsor for all major events in the facility.

Ruben T. Santos, vice president of the LKY Group, said that it is a privilege for their company to play a key role in achieving Coca Cola’s vision to turn Bicol into “Coca Cola Country” and the company is starting with the Legazpi Grand Central Terminal where thousands of commuters from various towns and cities of the region would converge.

“The Legazpi terminal is the perfect vehicle for Coke to further consolidate their dominant position in Bicol,” said Santos. “From this facility, Coke will have the capability to reach their customer base in the cities and towns of Albay, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon and even Masbate and Catanduanes. This terminal will eventually also service buses bound for the Visayas and Mindanao,” he added.

The Legazpi Grand Central Terminal is now a new landmark in this city complementing the new demand of the city’s business and tourism centers for an efficient, modern and integrated transport system. During the simple blessing that officially kicked off the terminal’s operations, Legazpi Mayor Noel Rosal said he expects the terminal to alter the business landscape of the city by declogging the city center and transferring the central business district to its immediate vicinity.

The terminal is strategically located on what is called the Alternate Road and Tahao Road. It is adjacent to the Ibalong Center for Recreation (ICR), the city’s convention center which Rosal will soon restore. The terminal will also host the street dancing competition on Oct. 30 during the culmination of this year’s Ibalong Festival.

Aside from Coca Cola, the Jollibee group and Save More Supermarket are in the final stages of agreement to locate at the premises of the Legazpi terminal. These companies welcome the concept of a modern terminal with all the comfort features and amenities of a shopping mall, the first in the country.

Patterned after the Bonifacio High Street model of development, the Legazpi Grand Central Terminal integrates the terminals for buses, jeepneys and filcabs (FX and vans) in a commercial development complete with restaurants, bars, retail outlets, a supermarket and establishments for rest and recreation. Realized through a build-operate-and-transfer partnership with the Legazpi government, LKY Development Corporation plans to replicate the concept of the terminal in several key cities in the country.
Ang ganda naman ng design ng terminal niyo
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Old January 25th, 2010, 10:08 AM   #2288
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World-class agricultural products comes out of Bicol

By MELODY M. AGUIBA
January 24, 2010, 12:33pm

When it comes to emerging Filipino products, the Bicol Region can be the next big thing with its world-class goods foremost of which is a remake of the native pili nut.

One does not have to go far down south and cross islands to find other high-value goods like Bicol's anti-arthritic native 'Ragiwdiw' footwear, healthy sweet sorghum cookies, nutrient-rich seaweed noodles, and the durable, finely embroidered pina fiber. For Bicol is just a land transport, although eight to 10 hours, away from Manila.

A Technology Commercialization Center (TCC) along Maharlika Highway in San Agustin, Pili, Camarines Sur has just been established to showcase these goods in the aim to establish a market that acknowledges international quality in Philippine goods.

For one, the "Wrapsody" pili pastry, coming from a humble beginning from the concoction of the husband and wife tandem Erwin and Cynthia, is now being positioned to be marketed in South East Asia as a delicacy worthy of comparison to the Mediterranean fame baklava, also a nut-filled pastry.

Wrapsody is made of layers of phyllo dough-thin sheets of dough that make flaky pies and pastries. Sweetened with caramel and syrup and made tastier by butter, it is filled with chopped pili nuts that take a customer to the distinct natural taste of pili that is recognizably as good as the almond in its bare flavor.

"Pili has a very delicate taste. The more you process it, the more you lose the real taste. If you're not a Bicolano, you might not find it fine-tasting. But it's a very good nut. It's soft, and yet it's crunchy.
Just sun-dry it, and it gives a very satisfying taste," said Erwin who comes from Bicol.

Wrapsody's production volume at present is 300 units (12 pieces of approximately 2x2-inch piece per unit) per week. But with government assistance on marketing, there is certainly a big room for growth for this product.

"I just wanted to come up with something new out of pili because everytime my husband would bring home pili then from Bicol to our house in Quezon City, I would ask him if there isn't any other product than just the (honey-glazed) pili," said Cynthia who's a home-cooking expert.

She then scouted for all potential ingredients and tried and erred and tried again on it until the taste was perfect.

The Ragiwdiw native footwear is another piece of handicraft that's getting a boost in the market through the TCC established by the Bureau of Agricultural Research (BAR) in the aim to maximize commercialization of agriculture-based produce-- processed and fresh.

Ragiwdiw is an obstinate weed in the rice fields that once pestered many farmers until the Philippine Rice Research Institute (Philrice) found a way to make rural folks earn from it through footwear-making. Smoother to the foot sole than abaca-made footwear, the fiber from Ragiwdiw manages to retain in the ridges it creates through the weaving process an ability to stimulate or massage the foot sole.

Thus, Ragiwdiw footwear maker Emily Noora boasts, "This is a treatment for rheumatism."

For its nice look, therapeutic comfort, and durability ("it lasts for a long time," Noora confesses), the Ragiwdiw slippers are being brought by Filipino balikbayans to their relatives and friends abroad.

"This has already reached Japan," she said.

Prior to the establishment of the TCC, Noora's goods were only being sold in public markets in Bicol. But these products need better image projection that they deserve.

"We positioned the TCC along the national highway so it can be strategically located. These centers should not look like they're government--owned," said BAR Director Nicomedes P. Eleazar.

Like Noora's footwear handicraft, the sinamay bags, placemats, table runners, and decors of Bikol Sikat Handicraft (BSH) also need a new type of branded marketing.

"We need to have exposure. We're only selling these at our factory in Camalig (Albay)," said BSH Entrepreneur Sheila Briones.

The TCC in Bicol, just the second TCC after BAR established one at its building along Visayas Avenue and Elliptical Circle in Quezon City, is actually becoming a center for technical assistance to farmers and rural enterprises and cooperatives. It also provides them internet access, a venue for assistance on real estate problems or business incubation needs, technical know-how in farming, technology transfer,and marketing.

TCC aims to narrow down the wide gap between technology generation and adoption by displaying the big potential for Filipino agricultural products.

It seeks to increase the income of farmers and small enterprises through value-adding, develop home-based and semi-commercial food processing enterprises, and generate jobs for housewives and out-of-school youth.

It should help reduce malnutrition in the outskirts and assist farmers in decreasing farm spoilage through technologies that will process crops during the peak season and sell these at a more attractive price off-season.

"It is becoming a convergence zone here for people who have different businesses," said Norita Badong, entrepreneur who founded Diet Secret Cafe on Mayon Avenue in Naga City, a restaurant offering only healthful food such as sweet sorghum-made cookies.

Badong is apparently a Filipino pioneer in the use of non-wheat flour for cakes and pastries.

She is helped by TCC with the partnerships that she strikes with farmers, marketers, suppliers, or fellow entrepreneurs.

Diet Secret Cafe's production of cakes, cookies, pasta, and snacks is contributing to increasing production of sweet sorghum of marginalized farmers in Pacol, Naga where 18 hectares are presently planted on sweet sorghum.

It has partnered with the Naga Small and Medium Business (NSMBE) from which it sources the sweet sorghum. The income that comes from sweet sorghum farming here is used to fund a scholarship for the underprivileged in the region.

Aside from giving livelihood and helping finance scholarships for the indigent, the growing of sweet sorghum also greatly benefits consumers. Sweet sorghum has those hard-to-find nutrients such as iron, calcium, and potassium. It is said to be the vitamins in the old times when vitamins were not yet in the form of over-the-counter pill.

Diet Secret Cafe, having been founded by a woman, , also gives livelihood to housewives who are being trained on food processing.

A native of Naga, Badong has specialized in using non-wheat flour from raw materials that are available in the PHilippines since this is both healthy and cost-effective. The Philippines heavily imports wheat for food-- for our daily pan de sal, and import cost reaches to $200 million with around one million metric tons of imports a year.

She has successfully substituted the imported flour in cakes and bread without one even noticing the difference in the taste.

While it is difficult to use grainy flour like that of sweet sorghum flour, a key is in using this at a lower mesh sieve to make the product softer to the bite, said Badong. Non-wheat flour substitutes like sweet sorghum are also a rich source of nutrients.

"They're already taking out the bran (outer layer of grain containing fiber, omegas, protein, vitamins and minerals), the hull, the wheat germ in white flour, so you'll end up with empty carb. But sweet sorghum doens't have a hull," and so it retains the nutrients in the grain, she said.

Badong, who finished Nutrition and Dietetics at the Universidad de Sta. Isabel, has been developing bakery products from non-wheat flour over the last five years. Her other starchy vegetable raw materials for cookies and cakes are camote (sweet potato), cassava, and arrowroot (uraro or araro). These crops have high amylose starch, making them advisable for intake by diabetics, hypertensives, the obese, and the diet conscious.

"The beauty of uraro is it has a high amylose starch, so it can be perfect for diabetics. Your body doens't metabolize it readily, so the calorie that it yields is very low. It's low glycemic too since it's high in fiber. It's in fact being used to prevent colon cancer," she said.

Badong's other secret in making her products healthy is the use of natural sweeteners like coconut sap sugar, xylitol, and stevia.

The Bicol Region is also an upcoming leader in seaweed products as the region, as you know, is surrounded by coasts where seaweeds abundantly grow. Now becoming a popular product is noodles that have seaweeds for a major ingredient and thus take advantage of seaweed's phytochemical richness and anti-cancer, flu prevention, and immune system booster properties.

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources-Regional Fisheries Research Development Center (BFAR-RFRDC) has initiated from its field office in Sorsogon the making of seaweed noodles which is now spreading throughout the region.

RFRDC Manager Aida S. Andayog said that since the Pacific side of Sorsogon has the highest biodiversity of seaweed in the world, the region might as well maximize commercial trade of this marine resource. Besides, the PHilippines is producing as much as 80 percent of the world's seaweed production.

Seaweed noodle manufacturing is now giving livelihood to many small businesses in the region. For instance, the Bacolod Enterprises and Fisherfolks Organization (BEFO), an organization initiated by housewives, has been producing over the last two-three years seaweed noodles that are marketed in the community. Now their seaweed noodles are reaching farther up north, Baguio.
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Daet, Camarines Norte (25 January) -- All systems go for the Palarong Bikol 2010 in this province set on February 1-5, according to Department of Education (DepEd) division office here.

Condrado Rempillo, DepEd Camarines Norte sports coordinator, said that delegations from the elementary and secondary levels are expected to arrive starting January 27 from different provinces and cities across Bicol region.

Prior to the sports competition, organizers slate the LITMUSDA rehearsal and pictorial of candidates for Search for Palarong Bicol on January 28; literary, musical and folkdance contest on January 29; and talent competition on January 30.

Palarong Bikol 2010 will formally open on January 31, to be highlighted by a parade, street dancing showcasing contingents from the 14 local government units, field demonstration, festival of festivals and Governor's Night.

Rempillo said that sports activities will be held in different venues, including Basud National High School, Eco Athletic Field, Labo Sports Plaza, Division Office, Camarines Norte Agro Sports Center, Vinzons Pilot Elementary School, CNSC Abaño Laboratory School, Wiltan Hotel, Mabini College and La Consolacion College here.

Billeting of the delegate is also already arranged, security measures are already in placed and public utility vehicles' operators and drivers were already briefed to ensure a visitor-friendly environment.

Sports events for the week-long Palarong Bikol will include archery, arnis, atletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, boxing, chess, gymnastics, sepak takraw, sipa, soccer football, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, tennis and volleyball. (PIA Camarines Norte)
another sporting meet to take place in Camarines Norte.
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DENR officials in Bicol reassigned

by AS Araya

Legazpi City (25 January) -- Some Community Environment and Natural Resources Officers (CENROs) of the DENR in Bicol have been reassigned.

In a special order dated January 6, 2010, DENR Regional Executive Director Joselin Marcus Fragada reassigned the following CENROs: Ponciano Mabesa, Jr. from San Jacinto, Masbate to Daet, Camarines Norte; Pio Bernal from Naga City, Camarines Sur to Goa, Cam. Sur; Eduardo Ampongan from Goa, Cam. Sur to Mobo, Masbate; Tito Migo from Mobo, Masbate to San Jacinto, Masbate; Imelda Baltazar from Legazpi City to NaGA City; Ricardo Ramos, Jr. from Daet, Camarines Norte to Legazpi City; Rene Camacho from Sorsogon City to Iriga City; and Luvimindo Chioco from Iriga City to Sorsogon City.

Fragada said the order takes effect immediately for 30 days and automatically renewed thereafter for same period and thereafter until such time a regular special order has been issued by the DENR Secretary. (DENR V/PIA)
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Fund includes “pork”: Half of P81-M EDF set aside for infra projects

The provincial government has begun the procurement process covering projects funded by the 2010 20% Economic Development Fund of P81,036,529.03, nearly half of which has been allotted for various infrastructure projects this election year.

According to an official source, the final list of projects was recently approved after weeks of bargaining b between Governor Joseph C. Cua and members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan headed by Vice Governor Alfred M. Aquino. Each of the provincial board members has been allotted P1-million in projects, although the source says other PBMs allied with the governor could get higher amounts.

The sticking point in the negotiations centered on the PBM’s share in the EDF infra projects and the governor’s allotments in the same fund and in the Maintenance and Other Operating Expense of P43 million set aside in the General Fund alone.

Of the P81-million for the 20% EDF this year, P5,614,925.00 has been allotted for General Services, including P2,564,925.00 for Institutional Development and P3,050,000.00 for Economic Development. A total of P1.18 million will go to the acquisition of equipment and other supplies for the tax information and advocacy campaign, mobile sound system, Data Digitization Project, and ICT equipments.

For Economic Services with an allotment of P52,554,078.00, the province will spend P6,899,078.00 for crops, fisheries and livestock development. This includes P750,000 for abaca development, P1-million for the Catanduanes Crab Center, P240,000 for four crab grow-out sites, P280,000 for the tilapia hatchery, P770,016.00 for the Panganiban demo fishpond, and P1.4 million for the dairy farm development project in Guinsaanan, Baras. Tourism development will get P2-M for the Catandungan Festival and P300,000 for the tourism info desks and travel café.

Aside from P1.85 million for quarry management and regulations, Capitol has set aside P1.5-M for its own Clean and Green project and P1.35-M for the Gawad Kalikasan award and solid waste management plan formulation.

The bulk of the 20% EDF goes to Infrastructure Development, with a total of P38,055,000.00, broken down into P10.7-M for various construction and repair works, P7-M for health facilities, and P20.3-M for project assistance to local government units. Among the big projects considered are rehabilitation of the PEO motorpool, construction of waste management facilities at EBMC, upgrading of Pandan district hospital, repair of PHO TSD building, second phase of the multi-purpose training center at the capitol compound, reconstruction of the Virac public market footbridge and the completion and rehabilitation of the 2-km Cabuyoan road in Panganiban.

Under Social Services, P5-M has been set aside for the provincial scholarship program while P9.75-M will be allocated for Philhealth indigent insurance. It likewise includes P600,000 for disaster management and P2-M for public security and safety, including support for the PNP crime laboratory. Slightly over P1-M will go to the 2010 operation plan of the Provincial Investment Plan for Health (PIPH) which seeks to implement major reforms in the health sector.

The 2010 Annual Investment Plan of the Cua administration proposes to spend for development projects a total of P678,725,684.19, sourced from the General Fund (P350,033,474.00), 20% Economic Development Fund (P81,036,529.03), and Grants and Loans from national agencies and financing institutions (P247,655,681.16).

Among the big-ticket items to be sources externally are: P81,233,381.16 from the Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO) and the German development bank KfW for the repair and rehabilitation of eight (8) hospitals; P12,196,500.00 from the Department of Health and PDAF for the establishment of six (6) barangay health stations, upgrading of 23 other BHS, and procurement of equipment and supplies;

P42,225,800.00 from the Agencia Española para Cooperacion International Desarollo (AECID) and DOH for the conversion of six Rural Health Units to Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric Care Center (CEMOC) and one (1) BHS to Barangay Emergency Obstetric Care Center (BEMOC) equipped for medical equipment; P35-M from MDFO for the Real Property Tax Administration information system and rehabilitation of the Catanduanes Youth Center;

P25-M loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines for the construction of its branch building inside the capitol compound; and, P50-million loan from the Philippine National Bank for the procurement of heavy equipment.
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Bicol University, Gubat Campus

Congratulations to Gubatnons, at last a state university was approved and signed into law by the President last Dec. 20, 2009.

REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9860
AN ACT INTEGRATING THE BICOL UNIVERSITY - GUBAT EXTENSION CAMPUS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF GUBAT, PROVINCE OF SORSOGON AS A REGULAR BRANCH OF THE BICOL UNIVERSITY IN LEGASPI CITY, PROVINCE OF ALBAY DEFINING ITS OBJECTIVES, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR

Thanks to Senator Mar Roxas who sponsored the Bill
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New Campus

The new campus will be located in the former vacant Dairy Farm in Brgy. Buenavista. A new building is already being constructed for the said state university
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Ask ko lang kung pano makapunta ng Masbate galing ng NCR via bus. Kung pede sama narin ang estimated time of departure from NCR and time of arrival in Sorsogon (pier).
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The construction of a San Fernando, Camarines Sur to Oas, Albay bypass (diversion) road has recently been approved. It is one of 10 priority projects in Bicol for 2008-2010 along with the construction of the new Legazpi airport. P500M has reportedly been released for the project. The rationale of the project is to decongest the main road running from Naga to Legazpi. A shortening of the travel time between the two cities is expected.

The planned diversion road is 61.90 kilometers long. Only 14 kilometers will be new road as it just intends to use old roads that already exist. Thus, 32.22 kilometers of existing gravel road will be paved and 15.68 kilometers of the existing Maharlika highway will be improved. An old bridge will also be repaired and a new 40-meter bridge will be built. The total project cost is estimated to be P2.25 billion.

This bypass road will connect the old roads connecting Legazpi to Naga (see my previous article, "The Old Roads of the Naga-Legazpi Corridor and Dialectal Variations Along Its Way", 11/18/08). From the town of Oas it will probably use the old Mayao road that connects the town to Libon, Albay.

From Libon, it will use the gravel road that connects it to the upland barrios of Nabua. This is the Libon-Buga-Tandaay road. This road crosses the Nabua-Balatan road in the big barrio of Tandaay, Nabua. The road runs through the southern shores of Lake Bato.

From Tandaay,Nabua a gravel road runs to Bula, Camarines Sur, running south of the plains irrigated by the Bicol River. This road skirts the southern side of Lake Baao. This is the old Malawag road.

It seems the new road construction mentioned will be used to connect Bula to San Fernando, Camarines Sur. It is probable that the paved road running west of Bula to the barrio of Panoypoyan will used. If not, some other farm-to-market (feeder) roads might be used like the road to Bagoladio. It seems the new bridge will be used in this stretch since the Bicol River will have to be forded here, a connection that hencetoforth does not yet exist. Before reaching San Fernando, the road will pass through portions of Minalabac, if not the town proper. However, Milaor will be bypassed.

This diversion road for the most part will pass through the foot of the long mountain chain on the southern side of Bicol which is always visible from the road when one is traversing the Sipocot to Ligao stretch of the Maharlika highway.

Concerns have been raised about the possible effects on Naga and the towns that will be bypassed by the new highway. There's fear that the economic downturn suffered by Daet and the Camarines Norte towns when the Quirino Andaya highway was opened will be replicated here.

But to sustain progress sometimes new infrastructure must really be built. There is no question that the Naga-Legazpi road is already a little bit crowded and this won't get better anymore. Anyway the first users of this highway will probably be the cars, trucks and buses that just passes by the area en route to Sorsogon and Eastern Visayas.

Whatever, it is imperative that a comprehensive study be made of the possible impacts of the new highway should be. This is needed to warn the sectors that will be affected and also anticipate future problems.

It is now being bandied as the "GMA Highway". The information is from NEDA (National Economic Development Authority) Region V office so it must be official now.
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I'll try to scan the plan of DPWH for the Libon to Oas section. The road bed is almost 10 meters in with some are yet to be excavated. The Ligao Pioduran crossing of GMA highway is already in fullblast (road opening only).
Any updates on this project?
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I visited Bicol (Albay) last month and indeed, things are getting alot better to this formerly underdeveloped region.
Hi guys. I have Bicolano blood running thru my veins... My father hails from Catanduanes. I browsed through this thread and I'm really proud to say that my second home region has IMPROVED A LOT! I can say that Bicolanos are really gifted artisans and workers as they persevered the hardships brought by Mayon and look, infrastructure developments are still up and running. Can't wait to witness this all myself. Thanks for these picture updates.
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Bicol region has a lot of beautiful places to offer. Lots of delicious foods. The best food I've ever taste is that "bicol express", it was so yummy!! Thanks for sharing those information on different region especially to Bicol Region. Its very informative...
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Any updates on this project?
It's ongoing, I just can't give the details since they are working on areas too remote for the vehicular traffic. Her in Ligao City, they still have a lot to do to clear the row of this expressway but things are running smoothly. They expect to complete the road opening before end of this year.

BTW: The Bicol Bypass Road popularly known as GMA Highway will soon be connected to SLEX.
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