Month: December 2012


This province has just celebrated its 41st founding anniversary on September 10, 2012 with the theme, “I Love Quirino.”

Quirino, the youngest province of Region 2 became a regular province through R.A. 6394 which was passed by Former Congressman Leonardo B. Perez on September 10, 1971, separating the sub-province of Quirino from its mother province of Nueva Vizcaya.

The weeklong celebration started last September 6  with  a thanksgiving mass, awards and recognition of outstanding Quirinians, opening of agro-industrial trade and tourism fair, Farm Family Day, RIC Cookfest, QCPM raffle draw and Tanghal Galing Quirino (Quirino Got Talent).

The Farm Family Day- Farmers Olympics was participated by hundreds of farmers from the six municipalities. They had whole day fun in the contested activities on seeds identification, tilapia sex determination, splicing, coop weaving and many others.

The search for the Best Booth and Museum was also held where Aglipay Booth bested all the other booths to win the Best Booth and Most Innovative Product Awards. Cabarroguis Museum on the other hand was adjudged as the Best Museum.

On the second day, a tree planting at Bundok ng Susong Dalaga was conducted where different species of trees were planted by thousands of provincial, municipal and barangay officials, and employees of the six municipal local government units, national government agencies, non-government organizations and private groups.

The free medical and dental services and surgical operation were held at the Quirino Provincial Hospital in coordination with the UP- Pahinungod, the volunteer service arm of the University of the Philippines.

The Congressman’s Cup and the Laro ng Lahi were also held on the same day.

On September 8, Gov. Junie Cua led the first ever ‘Fun Run for Tourism’ at the Capitol oval.  He was joined by the different provincial, municipal and some barangay officials.

Board Member Julius Caesar “Jojo” S. Vaquilar, who chaired the committee on fun run reported that some 500 runners participated in the said event and an estimated P80,000 was generated. The proceeds will be used for projects to be put by the Provincial Tourism Council (PTC) headed by Former Congresswoman Mary Ann Cua.

It was immediately followed by the ‘Bicycle Fun Ride’ and the pre-judging of the Mister and Miss Quirino at the Quirino General High School.

On the same day, the much awaited motocross amazed the viewers with the death defying stunts of the riders led by Glen Aguilar. It was made even more exciting with the presence of Senator Chiz Escudero who happily expressed his desire to join not as a watcher but as a motocross player in the next celebrations of Panagdadapun festival. He also lauded the provincial leaders headed by Cong. Dax and Gov. Junie Cua and all the residents for their unity and cooperation.

The continuation of the search Miss & Mister Quirino was held on the night of September 8 where Mister Maddela and Miss Cabarroguis were crowned as Mister and Miss Quirino 2012. The event was graced by Cong. Erin Tanada of Quezon province.

Capping the weeklong celebration was the street dancing showdown featuring the different festivals in the province: Diffun-Saba; Cabarroguis-Flower; Saguday- Pagay; Aglipay-Mais; Maddela-Mais and Nagtipunan-Walis festival.

The activity was both a thanksgiving for abundant harvests and a showcase of the unique culture of the Quirinians depicted through dances. (TCB)

Quirino Province opens Paskuhan Village

The provincial government here headed by Gov. Junie E. Cua, in collaboration with various national government  agencies, municipal local government units, non-government organizations and private sectors,  is holding    the first ever ‘Paskuhan sa Quirino’ at the Quirino Sports Complex from December 12-31, 2012.

Gov. Cua conceptualized the event which he considers as  one of a kind celebration in hopes to gather the community together to celebrate the Christmas season.

“We are inviting you to bring your family and friends to the  Christmas celebration in our province,” Gov. Cua said adding  that he wanted every Quirinian especially the children to have  memorable Christmas experiences which they will treasure all their life.

The opening rites will be held on December 12 at 2:00 in the afternoon and it will be highlighted with the lantern parade  and competition. The simultaneous lighting of the giant Christmas tree, Belen, lanterns and the huts (Christmas kubo) of the six municipalities will be held at 5:00 PM. The audience will also be treated to a 10-minute fireworks display, Christmas musicale and  draw lots for noche buena packages.

The village was put up with the combined efforts of the provincial government, Provincial Tourism Council chaired by former Cong. Mary E. Ann Cua, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Education, the six municipalities , some non-government organizations, business  and the private sectors and other agencies.

The six  municipalities will be showcasing  their own brand of Christmas-related activities such as  dances and  songs as well as  Christmas exhibits of   their own native crafts and services.

A one-week  artworks  exhibit will also be held to feature the masterpieces of Fr. Ronnie Flores, priest of St. Mark’s Parish, Cabarroguis.

From  December 12 to 24 , the Banda Quirino (Baquir) through Edwin Antonio will be rocking the stage with its nightly performances featuring  artists from the province such as Sammy Salibo, J. Basa & co., Busania music & dance students, Quirino State University, Cabarroguis campus – Tagempiya, QSU, Diffun campus-Kansiyonistas, Quirino General High School band, St. Mark’s School band and other local performers.

On December 15, Jollibee Food Corp.  will be sponsoring food package distribution, mascot appearance, face painting and picture booth with mascot in a one-day event dubbed as Jollibee Invasion.

The Capitol employees and their families will be flaunting their singing and dancing prowess in the Dance & Song competition with the theme, “Pagmamahalan sa Pamilya, tunay na Diwa ng Pasko” on December 16.

A Christmas bazaar spearheaded by the Department of Trade and Industry and the provincial government will be featuring food fiesta, noche buena promo, souvenir items, gifts and toys. Native delicacies such as puto bungbong, cassava cake, bibingka, tsokolate, Q-tea and other foods like  pansit, lugaw, sandwiches and roasted chicken will also be sold.

The Christmas village will be open until December 31, 2012 but the carnival  rides will continue until January 15, 2013.

Aurea Martinez, senior tourism operations officer, has expressed  optimism that the event will be able to  draw local and foreign visitors and it will  help boost the tourism industry of the province.  (TCB)

Quirino Province Medical Center to open on June 2013

An official of the Provincial Health Office said that  the construction  of the  bigger and more sophisticated  Quirino Provincial Hospital at the national highway of  Mangandingay, Cabarroguis, Quirino is about to be completed and it will become fully operational by June next year.

The state-of –the art medical facility constructed on a 1.5 hectares lot purchased by the provincial government will be renamed  Quirino Province Medical Center.

Dr. Tagumpay Felismino, provincial health officer said they have acquired some modern medical equipment such as dialysis machines, CT scan, eye equipment, X-ray machines and others. Some of these equipment were already installed at the new building.

“We also purchased three additional dialysis machines so that we could accommodate all our dialysis patients. We now have 35 patients who are enrolled for dialysis and we only have three machines which can only accommodate 20 patients,” Felismino said.

At present, the QPH is operating as secondary hospital under the old hospital classifications but with its transfer to its new location early next year, the hospital management will apply for  tertiary level hospital license for operation.

Dr. Felismino likewise said that they are  working hard to make it as a teaching and/or training hospital with accredited residency training program for physicians in the four major specialties namely: Medicine, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology and Surgery.

On the other hand, Health Education and Promotions officer Ruth Payumo assured that  the hospital staff are continuously attending trainings and seminars to update themselves  on the latest trends in health care.

The said hospital has 100 beds capacity but Felismino said it can accommodate more than 100  patients because there are some areas for expansion in its 6,000 sq. meters floor area.

The construction is funded by the Department of Health- Health Facilities Enhancement Program (DOH-HFEP), one of the banner programs of Pres. Benigno S. Aquino III for the upgrading of health facilities aimed at ensuring quality and affordable health for every Filipino during his term.

The overall project cost is P300 million, wherein P183.3 million came  from the DOH-HFEP, P30 million from Congressman Dakila Carlo Cua’s fund, and the rest came from the provincial government’s funds.

Meanwhile, it was also hinted by the two health officials that the establishment of the hospital will open job opportunities for nursing graduates because they have requested  from  the provincial government some 96  additional items for nurse positions and some items for doctors to meet the staffing requirement of a medical center. (TCB)