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THE SWAGMAN eNEWS SEPTEMBER 2020
 
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THE LATEST FROM THE MAYOR'S OFFICE
 
THE SWAGMAN'S HAVING A BIRTHDAY
 
WELCOME TO the 1st Birthday Edition of THE SWAGMAN eNEWS.
I hope you have found something of interest in the articles over the past year.
The lockdown and quarantine restrictions has made it difficult to find interesting tourist based subjects to report on, and being on the wrong side of 60 years old, I am not supposed to leave the house.
However I will on occasions take the risk, mask up and take a wander around town searching for a gem or two in order to keep you up-to-date. 
 
 
I AM BEING "NICE"
 
THEY SAY if you don't have anything nice to say, then don't say anything.
This is true about Angeles City at the moment, finding something nice to say about the place at the moment is a challenge.
So in an attempt to keep positive here are a few.
PEOPLE: Still the best thing about Angeles. Filipinos are a happy lot, no matter the hardship, and after six months of lockdown they still greet you with a happy nod and smiling eyes, rembering most are wearing masks.
FOOD: Still a great variety of delicious dishes to be found in Angeles, even if the restaurants are not so comfortable with all the safety protocols and the plastic shields between you and your "friend". 
BEER: Still cold and cheap, even if you have to keep it covered or have it in a coffee cup, 1920s speakeasy style if drinking kerbside.
WOMEN: Goes without saying, they are still the friendliest and the most beautiful in the world, even if you can't see their masked up faces, you know they are smiling and of course, I never looked better.
Not to sound heartless but the beggars have disappeared, I only hope they are being looked after. I know the Bananaman and his crew are out feeding the kids, I hope he is not the only one.
I don't have to be worried about being held up late at night when I am meandering home. The curfew has seen to that, and I am not sure if it's 8pm or 11pm, so I just don't go out and about at night.
There are a few more pesos in the pocket each month because my barhopping has been curtailed.
Another good thing is the wife is looking younger and slimmer (I'm joking). I also don't have to shave as often and one t-shirt lasts a week now.
It's quieter with less trikes roaring up the street outside and no "bad" karaoke on the weekends.
The biggest bonus is spending more quality time with my children, with the school year   due to begin on August 24 has been postponed to October 5,
SO WHAT NOW!
When the lockdown was first imposed I thought it could  be over in a month, how wrong I was, six months down the track we don't seem any closer to things getting back to normal.
If and when a vaccine becomes available it should herald the end of the quarantine and with the recovery taking place. The bad news is that could be a year away before one is available.
One thing is certain, the bars are not coming back anytime soon, and without nightlife in Angeles, many tourists are not coming back.
It's being touted, that the powers that be want to make Angeles a "food" destination for tourists, not sure that would work on it's own, Pampanga is known for it's food but to attact international tourists instead of night life is doomed to failure. Pampangan food is more on the unusual side than a destination for culinary delights.
Another suggestion that has been around for a while and would attract many tourists is to make Angeles the gambling capital of the Philippines, much along the lines of Las Vegas, but of course it would bring nightlife and bars with it. 
WHY A STRONG PESO?
One thing that is a mystery to me is why the peso has appreciated by 7% the US dollar is down to P48+ and the Aussie is hovering around the P35 mark. A strong peso wouldn't help attracting tourists, even if there were some, and us ex-pats are feeling it. 
It's a mystery to me.
SO WHAT HAS BEEN HAPPENING?
Walking Street is still closed (I suppose that is a not happening), some iconic bars may have closed permanently including High Society.
Some are operating, Bretto's (formerly Paradise) seems to be doing ok. Komomos opened then closed again, Envy and Phillies are open, still good value for a quiet beer and meal while watching sport TV.
Further up the road near and in San Angelo St, a few bars/restaurants are open, Abby's Bee Hive, Hiede's (formerly Wobbly Boot), Bob's Place and Maxies Place (formerly Corner Pocket).
Up on Perimeter, Candy Bar and Mischief are open, but only to serve meals. 
It is reported that 70% of the hotels are open, though on walking around is seemed many are still not taking guests or have very few bookings. 
Hotels like New Horizon, Marquis, Perimeter, E Hotel, Seinpost and California are closed. CHECK AVAILABILITY HERE!
MASKS AND FACE SHIELDS
WEARING A faceshield as well as a mask is now mandatory in Angeles City. The city Mayor Carmelo "Pogi" Lazatin has issued a Memorandum urging the public to wear face shields in all public places.
I find it confusing, using the term "mandatory" and "urging" in the same notice, it's either one or the other, and what is a public place, the street, shops, malls, businesses, parks, Initially it was for public transport? The safest thing to do so you don't get a violation and a fine up to P5000 is to wear it everywhere.
I find it uncomfortable and hot to wear both during day, but that's what he wants and we have no choice but to comply.
I do wonder if the next thing will be a snorkle, flippers or a big red nose. which my daughters say I have that covered.
IT'S RAINY SEASON
I have never been a fan of rainy season, but now it helps me justify my staying home. The downpours do cool the place down, and settle the dust, but it has caused a problem for us this year with our street being turned into a river, They are building new condos up the road and have paved the unmade section of road outside the condos and forgot about runoff and drainage. We had flooding to the front of the house with poor Bruno copping an unscheduled bath.
FORTUNA IN TROUBLE AGAIN
Police arrested six Chinese nationals and eight sex workers from China and Vietnam who were working for them at Fontana Hotel and Villas inside the Clark Freeport Zone.
Last month unauthorised hospitals were closed down after they were found to be treating Covid patients.
DRIVE-IN THEATER OPEN?
I see that in Manila the new GCQ allows drive-ins to open, I didn't realise that they were a thing up here.
After a little research found that SM Pampanga have a drive-in theater, P400 a ticket includes snacks, but their online booking website is down.
I spent many a memorable night at the drive-in back home back in the 70s with the mates. A regular Friday night thing, collect a few young ladies from the local nurses quarters, load up with beer and off to the midnight drives.
THANK HEAVEN FOR AUSSIE RULES
One thing that has made the lockdown a little easier is that Aussie Rules is back and for a couple of hours each week we can get back to some sort of normal.
You can check the guide for the Philippines at www.abcaustralia.net.au (was Australia Plus).
You could go downtown and watch at Phillies or Envy but the way things are I prefer to get a couple stubbies, and settle down at home. Phillies and Envy are probably the best to watch rugby, otherwise I maybe wrong not being a great NRL fan you have to use an app and seems a bit expensive to me.
HARRY THE HORSE
Dropped into the Blue Boar  to see how Jimmy D is getting along, I was a few sheets to the wind having had a few "coffees" up at the VFW earlier.
He wasn't in the bar, but a few minutes later the waitress gave me her phone and there he was, not sure if using the phone was his way of social distancing, as he hasn't been well, or his old legs couldn't get thim down the stairs. He was in good spirits, throwing some good natured insults my way, and being the irreverent old bugger he always has been, he must have been in a good mood as he bought me an SML.
I got my butt kicked on the pool table by the waitress and have no idea how I got home, so must have been a good afternoon.
I was going to drop in again, but they have barricaded the road to the pub. So another catch up with him is unfortunately going to have to wait.
I WEAKENED AND BOUGHT A PHONE
I have had phones before but had a habit of leaving them on a bar, and I hardly ever used them. When out and about and trying to relax I don't like to be disturbed every five minutes, so after losing my last phone four years ago have never bothered to replace it.
Since publishing the Swagman I realized that it would be handy to take the odd photo or make a post for the eNEWS, and borrowing one from the family is not a option.
So not wanting to pay the "skin tax" I asked my wife to get me one.
I would have preferred a new one but she is Filpina and of course bought a second-hand one, seems to be ok, does the job, but here's a tip, if you're a "teacher", as the previous owner of the phone was, and sell your phone, a good idea is to make sure your browsing history is completely wiped, "just saying".
MARRIED TO A FILIPINA, YOU NOW NEED A VISA
The Bureau of Immigration (BI) have informed foreigners who have Filipino spouses and dependents that they can only enter the Philippines if they have the appropriate visas.
Previously non-visa required foreign nationals married to Filipinos were allowed to enter the country upon presentation of their marriage certificates and other proof of their matrimonial relationship.
Foreign spouses of Filipinos must now secure entry visas from Philippine Consulates abroad before traveling to the Philippines otherwise, they will be denied entry by immigration officers and sent back to their ports of origin. READ FULL PRESS RELEASE
ASSISTANCE FOR AUSSIES
FINANCIAL SUPPORT for vulnerable Australian citizens trying to return home from the Philippines is available.
If you’re eligible you can apply for an interest-free loan to help with the cost of a return flight where one can be arranged, or to assist with emergency living costs until a flight home to Australia becomes available.
Only those in genuine need will be provided loans. They are only available as a last-resort and you will have to meet strict eligibility criteria. All loans must be repaid.
For more information, eligibility criteria and to apply CLICK HERE
or email financial.assistance@dfat.gov.au in Canberra if you have further questions.
FINALLY
A mate of mine told me to be careful of those pistol-like gauges that they put against your head to take your temperature, when you go shopping. 
He says they affect your memory. 
Seems he went to the market to get eggs, milk and bread but came home with a dozen bottles of SML and a liter or Tanduay Rum.
Until next month, stay safe,
 
 
A graphic map with the regulations that apply to the country you wish to travel to.
AIRLINES:
Information from Clark Airport
Check with each airline.
It has been reported that 6% of flights have been resumed.
AT PUBLICATION 70% OF HOTELS ARE REPORTED TO BE OPEN.
Check with your preferred hotel as to what restrictions may apply.
 
 
WEBSITE
 
SWAGGY'S YOUTUBE PICKS
 
 
GONE FOREVER?
 
The bar has closed it's doors on Walking Street, but rumor is that they are moving to a new location.
 
WATCH
 
IT'S NOT WHAT YOU THINK!
 
Philly  in  the Philippines offers some good advice and how to avoid paying without upsetting the locals.
 
WATCH
 
 
 
CHECKING OUT THE HOTELS
 
AG does a walkaround to check out what hotels are open!
 
WATCH
 
NOT A LOT!
 
An Update of "New Normal" in the City. Personally I think it's abnormal.
 
WATCH
 
 BARS GONE BYE!
 
These bars are gone, but luckily there are videos still around and with a little bit of digging  have found a few, and will include my finds each month. The quality of some is not great, I suspect they were recorded under the influence of a lot of San Miguel but hopefully bring back some happy memories.
 
 
 
POINT OF ORDER!
 
An Aussie politician's bar of choice.
 
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A SALUTE FOR THE GIRLS
 
Who wouldn't surrender?
 
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NO FIDDLING PLEASE
 
A lIttle Tequila dancer, was a fun girl with attitude who turned up the heat and set the place on fire.
 
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IMPORTANT ADVISORIES
 
 
A LITTLE GEM!
 
THIS COULD be one for the bucket list when the "lockdown/quarantine" is over.
I hadn't heard too much about this place, until David Shackle a subscriber wrote and told me about it. I thought it may make an interesting piece and it seems it's a little gem of a destination. I asked him to send me a few lines and he kindly obliged.
WHEN AN ex-pat wants to escape Angeles City for fresh air and beaches, they usually head to Subic or Iba, Zambales.
Here is an option that is worth exploring if you looking for a tropical atmosphere, beautiful blue water beaches and incredible sunsets.
A 140 km drive, approximately two-hours by car north of Angeles is Tondaligan, Pangasinan, a beach barrio of Dagupan City. LOCATION MAP
Dagupan City is famous for its month-long Bangus Festival, one of the more colorful festivals in the Philippines, celebrated in April of each year.
The festival was the brainchild of former Dagupan mayor Benjamin Lim, seeking to promote the city as the Bangus (milkfish) capital of the world.
The festival centers around cooking homegrown milkfish, a spectacular street parade, Pinoy culture, music, dance and a copious amounts of San Mig beer.
During the festival, sports such as volleyball, windsurfing, and skimboarding draw crowds to the beach daily.
Tondaligan Beach is a grey sand beach, unlike the white sands of Boracay, but has its own unique appeal.
The beach has undergone extensive rehabilitation over the last four years and has been cleared the shabu drug element, squatters and is now a safe tourist destination.
A one-kilometer boardwalk that begins from the location of the giant "jackstones" used as a breakwater to protect houses on the beachfront and MacArthur Park, has been constructed where people can walk, stroll or bike along the beachfront, it's a pleasant experience and includes playground for children.
This beach is where MacArthur landed in 1945 to begin the liberation of Luzon. A memorial dedicated to the landing is located at the southern end of the beach.
It has a very tropical atmosphere, and the sunsets create lasting memories.
If you want to stay close to the beach I recommend the Tondaligan Beach Hotel, (+63-0917-886-6039) or Nenas Bed and Breakfast, (+63-0920-950-3074). Both these three-story hotels have wonderful views, are clean and the rooms fairly priced. Here you can enjoy the tropical atmosphere and those spectacular sunsets.
Another hotel just a five-minute walk away from the beach is Rose Plaza Inn. This is a short-time hotel, but also has 24-hour rates.
I have many fond memories of late-nights on Tondaligan Beach, partying inside the old nipa huts with friends and locals enjoying the fresh air, the sunsets, and the cold beer, we gave life a nudge back in those days.
Life on Tondaligan beach has changed, and is a little more conservative now, but for an ex-pat with a love of beach life, a few pesos and some social skills, the sky is still the limit. If you do visit, I guarantee you will have fun and will want to return many times, and remember to have a few SMLs' for me.
 
 
 
Street Champions Perform
 
The colorful street dancing performance from the Bangus Festival 2019.
 
WATCH
 
New Tongaligan Beach
 
A flyover showing the latest improvements to the beach and boardwalk.
 
WATCH
 
 
WEBSITE
 
BLUE BOOK IS BACK!
 
Blue Book is back in business.
This is a positive sign for Angeles City, the iconic  magazine was last published in March.
Blue Book is a barometer for business in Angeles City.
Click the button below for the latest online edition.
 
 
READ BLUE BOOK
 
 
COVIDE PUTS A DAMPER ON KARAOKE
 
THE MAYOR of Angeles in response to Covid has placed a ban on rentals or purchase of Karaoke machines, venues are also closed. This is an attempt to stop people gathering for social evenings or parties under MGCQ Regulations. Several people have been cited for violations to the regulations, which incur fines from P1000 and one months jail up to third offense P5000 and 6 months jail.

FILIPINOS LOVE karaoke. Almost every Philippine home has a karaoke machine or a Magic Sing – a digital microphone that turns your television into a karaoke machine.
Karaoke features as part of most birthdays, holiday parties and celebrations.
Many bars and restaurants offer karaoke or videoke (a competitive version that scores singers performances).
There are many styles of karaoke bars in Angeles City. There are wholesome “family KTV’s” (KTV standing for Karaoke Television) which cater to all ages, serve food and have private rooms where you can sing with your friends.
There are regular karaoke bars, a place to have a few drinks before perhaps embarrassing yourself publicly, they have karaoke machines or a live band to back up your vocals. “Nightclubs” are basically strip clubs with karaoke, exotic dancing and back rooms that often feature more than just singing.
Karaoke’s popularity also extends past city centers and can be found in remote areas of provinces, even in areas that are plagued by frequent brownouts, families living in bamboo huts have karaoke.
The world’s first karaoke machine, the Juke-8, was built by Japanese inventor and musician, Daisuke Inoue in 1971, but it is Filipino inventor Roberto del Rosario  who holds the machine’s patent. He developed the Karaoke Sing-Along System in 1975.
I remember when I first came to Angeles City having an SML fueled conversation with an older Filipino gentleman at a bar on Fields who told me he invented karaoke, I initially put it down to the amber talking but on reflection I think it may have been Roberto, he was very convincing as was his girlfriend.
Singing and karaoke has become a central part of pop culture in the Philippines even boxer Manny Pacquiao enjoys singing publicly (Click to watch the Pacman and Will Ferrel sing a karaoke duet), he also endorses a well-known brand of karaoke microphone known as "Extreme Magic Sing".
Sadly, this playful pastime also has some dark history. Over the past decade, at least half a dozen people have been murdered after singing Frank Sinatra’s "My Way" in Philippine karaoke bars.
The "My Way Killings" were reported on heavily in the international press and caused many bars to ban the song altogether. Was it because someone sang out of tune? Or are bar fights often sparked by breaches of karaoke etiquette – such as laughing at other performers, performing the same song twice, or hogging the microphone.
Karaoke is a family-friendly activity throughout the Philippines. Perhaps the best way to enjoy this tradition at the moment is in a Philippine home, but when quarantine is over, there will be many places to sing the night away in Angeles City, hopefully most of these will be back. LOCATIONS 
 
KARAOKE "MY WAY"
 
PERHAPS YOU want to tempt fate and have a go at Frankie's "My Way", well, here it is, I take no responsibility.
 
WATCH AND SING
 
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THANK YOU TO all that have contacted me and for the positive comments. If you would like to contact me with a request or perhaps share a memory of Angeles City please email me at editor@theswagmannews.com
 
 
 
DENIS THE LOCKSMITH
 
A THUMBS up to Denis for his help in getting a mate's vehicle going again. His ignition lock had jammed, it was after hours and he was in a bind.
Denis came to the rescue, he spent considerable time fixing the lock and getting him going again, and his charge was embarrassingly low.
He is a local landmark and has been in Angeles since 2004.
Has a great reputation, friendly and very knowledgable, he makes keys for almost any lock including vehicles.
Cnr Mitchell Street, McArthur Highway, Near Astro Park, Balibago (50 metres from 7/11).
Tel: 0908 750 0629
 
LOCATION
 
FREE POLIO VACCINATIONS
 
THE CITY government with the Department of Health (DOH), started house-to-house administration of free polio vaccine to children aged 0-4 years old.
Mayor Lazatin helped in giving the oral vaccine to toddlers.
The city will administer a house-to-house vaccination to more than 50,000 children.
He has instructed Executive Assistant IV Reina Manuel to coordinate with the Barangay Health Workers (BHW) to conduct a survey in the city’s 33 barangays to identify children who will be receiving the free polio vaccine.
So a big thumbs up to the city for a much need program.
 
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CELEBRATIONS ON HOLD!
 
AS IT'S the First Birthday of THE SWAGMAN eNEWS I thought perhaps a story on celebrating birthdays in the Philippines. However for the immediate future, birthdays are going to have to be low key, private family affairs, as there is a ban here in Angeles on gatherings. Several families have already been cited for violations of quarantine regulations.
FILIPINOS LOVE birthdays. It’s one of the most celebrated occasions for any Filipino family. There are four of them that stand out from the rest: the 1st, 7th, 18th (for girls), and 21st (for boys).
Here’s what you need to know about each of these birthdays:
1st BIRTHDAY
A most significant birthday for any Filipino family is the first birthday of a child. This is more a thank you to the parents rather than the child’s actual first birthday. Gifts are usually meant for both: baby clothes, feeding bottles, a larger crib are usual gifts. Expect a lot of cheek pinching and catching up between the parent and the godparents, uncles, and aunts.
7th BIRTHDAY
The next one is the child’s 7th. This birthdays in the Philippines is a big deal: it marks the year when the child can be held accountable for their actions. It’s the time when youngsters develop their sense of right and wrong, also the year when they graduate from pre-school to primary school. It’s a big leap, and most parents throw lavish children’s parties for the occasion.
18th and 21st BIRTHDAYS
These are “coming of age” birthdays: 18th for girls and 21st for boys. A girl’s 18th birthday is referred to as a debut and marks her transition from adolescent to adulthood. It’s a momentous occasion similar to how Americans celebrate a 16th birthday (or 15th if your family is part-Latino or adheres to Latino culture), but with more flare.
For debut, it usually includes sets of 18 “things”, the staples are 18 roses (a dance with select males), 18 candles (messages from the birthday girl girlfriends), and 18 treasures (gifts from friends and family).
A boy’s 21st birthday is also celebrated, but with a lot less flair. Some parents choose to forgo big celebrations in lieu of a vacation or a very expensive gift.
There’s also the concept of celebrating a 50th birthday with a bang, and every decade after that. Reaching 50 is seen as a milestone for most people.
SOME things that every birthday has in the Philippines have:
No R.S.V.P.
Come one, come all! That is the super-extended Filipino family culture. It means that every friend or relative, no matter how distant the blood tie, within a day's travel should be invited or involved in the planning of the birthday party.
KARAOKE
There is always karaoke, Filipinos love to sing it is a must during birthday celebration. The party just won't start without it. There will always be a karaoke system called Magic Sing or Magic Mic in every Filipino household. Now, almost everyone who has a smartphone also has a mini-bluetooth microphone karaoke or an app.
UBE CAKE
There has to be a cake from Goldilocks or Red Ribbon (famous pastry shop in the Philippines). If not, anyone who knows how to bake would definitely bring a home-baked Pinoy cheese or yema cake and the uber favourite ube (Taro or Purple Yam) cake.
PANCIT
A delicious practice adopted from the Chinese is the “'long life” noodles. This food symbolism of longevity is a very important part of the Filipino birthday meal. These should be uncut during preparation. It can be anything from the Asian inspired 'pancit bihon', to a dish derived from Italian cooking which is the Pinoy style spaghetti (sweet sauce with hotdogs).
LEFTOVERS
If there’s one thing that Filipinos worry about happening during parties, it is running short of food. No matter how tight the budget is, the celebrator would definitely over spend on food to make sure the guests have plenty to eat. There are usually a lot of leftovers when the party ends. These are shared and taken home by guests to be enjoyed later. This is one Kabayan custom that is practiced everywhere in the world.
BLOWOUT
Sometimes it's easier to book a restaurant like Jolibee to hold the party, it can be expensive, because in my experience more relatives and friends turn up than you budgeted for, so make sure you have extra pesos in the wallet. Most venues take care of everything for you and it takes the stress out of organising your own. These events have to also be put on hold because of the regulations against gatherings.
TARPS
Every year I am tasked with creating a large graphic tarp of my children's past year, usually with the theme of what they are into at the time, they vary in size but normally around 5 feet by 4 feet that we can hang on the wall behind the birthday spread. This is common in Filipino families.
 
 
Source: PHILIPPINE NEWSPAPERS ONLINE
 
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SUNSTAR
HUNDREDS ARRESTED IN ANTI CRIME DRIVE

August 31, 2020: Nearly 2,000 suspects were arrested by regional police during the five-day implementation of simultaneous anti-criminality law enforcement operations in Central Luzon. FULL STORY
 
OLONGOPO COURT ORDERS RELEASE OF PEMBERTON
September 02, 2020: The Olongapo City Regional Trial Court has ordered the release of US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton who was convicted for the death of a Filipino transgender woman. FULL STORY

IATF MULLS EXTENDING QUARANTINE CLASSIFICATIONS TO ONE MONTH
August 31, 2020: The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Emerging Infectious Diseases is looking into extending the duration of quarantine classifications from two weeks to one month, Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said Monday FULL STORY
 
BAGUIO CITY TO OPEN TOURISM IN SEPTEMBER TO LOCALS ONLY
August 31, 2020: As part of the month-long celebration of the 111th City Charter anniversary, the city government is planning to reopen all the parks, and the night market, as well as resume with the weekly pedestrianization of Session Road in September for local residents only. FULL STORY 
  
GASOLINE PRICES UP AGAIN THIS WEEK
August 31, 2020: Oil companies will raise the cost of gasoline by 10 centavos per liter but will lower the prices of diesel and kerosene by 10 centavos per liter each effective Tuesday. FULL STORY
 
METRO MANILA UNDER GCQ FOR 1 MORE MONTH
August 31, 2020: MANILA, Philippines - More businesses are allowed to reopen beginning today even as Metro Manila remains under general community quarantine for one more month while Cavite and Laguna, which host special economic zones, are eased into the most lenient modified GCQ. FULL STORY
 
AIRASIA UPDATES FLIGHT SCHEDULES UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30
August 31, 2020: Following AirAsia’s resumption in the Philippines, more commercial flights are being arranged as we gradually restore our network. FULL STORY
 
GYMS AGAIN ALLOWED UNDER GCQ FROM SEPTEMBER 1
August 31, 2020: The Philippine government is once again allowing gyms, internet cafes, drive-in cinemas, personal grooming services, pet grooming services, and tutorial centers to reopen in areas under general community quarantine (GCQ) starting Tuesday, September 1. FULL STORY
 
GUNMEN KILL NINE MOTORCYCLE RIDERS IN SOUTHERN PHILIPPINES
30 August, 2020: Gunmen blocked a group of motorcycle riders then opened fire with assault rifles in a busy downtown area in the southern Philippines, killing nine people, police said Sunday, in the latest violence to roil the volatile region. FULL STORY
 
5 PH HOSPITALS EYED TO JOIN POSSIBLE CLINICAL TRIALS FOR CHINA MADE COVID-19 VACCINE
August 31, 2020: Five Philippine hospitals have been named as possible sites for the clinical trials for CoronaVa - Chinese pharmaceutical giant Sinovac Biotech Ltd’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate - should its deal with the country push through, the Health Department said Monday. FULL STORY
 
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FREE "BE PREPARED" BROCHURES
 
HERE IS a free downloadable PDF brochure that may come in handy if ever faced with a Typhoon The brochure gives advice on what to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER! Just click the graphic to download. Please share the link with others.
 
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Swaggy recommends these facebook links in Angeles City, from Classified Ads pages to Government information. By joining the groups you can reach 1000s of people in Angeles City. 
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HELPFUL LINKS
BARS/RESTAURANTS/HOUSES FOR SALE
 
MOONS BAR: Diamond Subd. P1.8M ONO 33 year old Sports Bar Walk in / Walk out Long term lease. FB Messenger Tez Molloy Text 0906 322 6923 To arrange meet up.
GENTLEMEN'S CLUB: 4 Sale call 0977 388 2762
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HE'S DOING fine considering he doesn't get out to chase trikes. This lockdown has not been kind to dogs, I would love to take the big fella for a walk, let him off the lead, but that is going to have to wait.
He did get to have a swim when the place got flooded a couple of weeks ago during a downpour, but he is part Newfoundland and they love the water.
 
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