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CHEERS photo of the week

Hello just wanna commend this teacher to SLT! She works in Hinundayan Southern Leyte but lives in Maasin City. A year ago she started giving slippers to 1,645 students in hinundayan. 100 pupils in secondary and all elementary students in the private schools there. She also gave the students of salvacion elementary school in silago and hingatung elementary school for 100 students. She is very active even now in helping the yolanda victims! This year she is again giving slippers to students of hinundayan and other schools! - ranlyn25@yahoo.com.

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Former Regional Trial Court Judge passes away

Former Regional Trial Court Judge Atty. Leandro Loyao, Jr. died last December 2 at 6:10 a.m. from renal failure. He was 75 years old. A graduate of South Western University he holds a Masters Degree in Public administration from the University of the Philippines in Baguio City where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He is survived by his wife Anavelina Agero and children Leandro III, Anavelina, Andrew, Faulton, Florence and Norman Vincent.(By MARK L. RIMAS)

Wife of former Mayor passes away

The United Church of Christ in the Philippines held a special service celebrating the life of Mrs. Norma Palermo-Espina last November 27 at the UCCP Church on Tomas Oppus Street, Maasin City.

Mrs. Espina who passed away last November in San Bruno, California, USA was the wife of the late Maasin Mayor Edgarino Lakandula Espina and daughter of Judge Santiago and Macra Palermo.

Norma who was born in Malitbog, finished her high school at the Rath Memorial Institute. She was chosen as the Best Choir Director and Best Pianist at the First Filipino American United Church of Christ in San Bruno, California.

Norma will be buried in Cebu City, where her son Roderick, and his family now live. (By GLORIA M. REYES)


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Brgy. folk lament slow pace of new city port

MAASIN CITY - The wheels of development seems to turn ever so slowly as the city’s new sea port is still very far from being completed. Residents of barangay Can-iwan during their fiesta informed SLT of the port’s agonizingly slow construction. “Our local officials claimed before that the port will be finished by February 2015, but now when we ask them they have no clear date when the port will be opened to the public.” claimed one interviewed resident. A local official who asked not to be named claimed that the funds needed for the completion of the port is yet to be released by the national government through the DOTC.

Yepes is new SLSU President

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES – Dr. Prose Ivy Guasa Yepes is the new president of Southern Leyte State University. She is the third to hold this prestigious post.Four highly qualified academic professionals vied for the presidency...read more

Archbishop asks public to help “J”

CEBU CITY - Reacting to public condemnation of “J” (whose name we won’t mention because of her age) Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma urged the public not to judge her too harshly because of her childhood...read more

Maasin City will honor Alberto Pagara

For bringing the name of the place where he was born Maasin City in Southern Leyte and successfully defending his International Boxing Federation intercontinental junior featherweight title against tough Mexican challenger Raul Hirales, Albert Pagara will be awarded by the City Government of Maasin...read more

Detained Sogod beauty needs help

MAASIN CITY - A Southern Leyte beauty was recently detained in Cebu City for allegedly not paying her hotel bill amounting to 15,000 pesos. In December 4 she reportedly availed of the varied services of a beauty salon at the Cebu Capitol Site amounting to P2,000 which the owner said the suspect, who we will call “J” because she is a minor, did not pay for...read more

City probes delay in release of NFA rice for evacuees during Typhoon Ruby

MAASIN CITY – During their recent session at barangay Mantahan the city council probed the simmering controversy between the city government and the National Food Authority regarding the release of NFA rice for evacuees during Typhoon Ruby...read more

Loggers could kill rare frog species

A team of US and Filipino Herpetologists are now studying the species of the two frogs (above) which were found in Southern Leyte. DENR Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca said the two frogs were discovered in the tropical forest of Mount Nacolod bordering the towns of Silago, Hinundayan and Hinunangan. He added that Herpetologists who are studying the amphibians are worried about the fate of the varied flora and fauna species endemic to Mount Nacolod because of the illegal logging activities in the area...read more

Help and assistance for the completion of Southern Leyte's Domestic Airport

Let's let our voice be heard together as one. Click on the link above and sign the petition for the upgrading of our own domestic airport.




Due to the province’s susceptability to natural disasters the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council has organized a Disaster Response Team that focuses on Sea, Air and Land search and rescue. The unpredictable weather conditions and the impact of disasters will necessitate a well planned systematic disaster response system. (Source: DANILO ATIENZA)



The front running candidates for President of the Southern Leyte State University was officially announced last Monday by the SLSU Search Committee. The candidates are Dr. Valerio Cabalo, SLSU Vice President for Administration and Finance, Dr. Prose Ivy Yepes, SLSU Vice President for Research and Development, and Dr. Annabel Hufalar, SLSU Dean for Undergraduate Studies. The university’s Board of Regents will select its new president during its Board Meeting this December 17 in the Commission on Higher Education Central Office in Quezon City.


Congressman Damian G. Mercado celebrated his 60th birthday last November 24 at the Maasin City Gym. The affair which was opened to the public was a success. The solon, joined his guests as they sang and danced, to celebrate his senior citizenhood.



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