Bowling Lanes at SM and Apl.De.Ap

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By Noel G. Tulabut

My Palm Notes

Tuesday, September 9, 2014


THE ball is rolling.

Kapihan Widus (pronounced as “with us”,) had its second staging last week at the newly renovated and impressive Widus Hotel and Casino inside Clark Freeport. Guests were from SM City Clark, Clark Development Corporation and the Philippine National Police Aviation Security personnel at the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport.

In particular it had the beauteous Miss Ana Datu, SM City Clark mall manager who was of course accompanied by the dyosa ng kagandahan Venus Manalang, the mall’s PR manager and a darling of the press.

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Miss Ana talked about upcoming events like the 3-Day Sale on 19-21 and the 3rd Pyrofest Competition on October 11, 18 and 25. She also discussed something about mall improvements, including a proposed ice skating rink which looks like going to be permanent this time. (It used to have a portable rink which was open for about a year).

While I think the skating rink will be a good addition, I thought that a more pleasurable recreational facility should also be considered by the SM – bowling lanes.

Yes, those alleys that would be good for the whole family and not just for the daring and athletic youngsters who could stand the cold and slippery ice. This, as I believe that SM espouses and promotes family togetherness. And bowling will be a very good outlet and time for the whole family – for Pop, Mom, Kuya, Ate and even house helps.

As Filipinos are known to have extensive family members, I think bowling lanes would also be more viable for SM. And I am not yet talking about the barkadas, peers, groups, collegial bodies from offices, schools, communities, etc.

In Metro Clark, there is no honest-to-goodness and well maintained bowling facility. I am not even sure if the one in Angeles City is still operating. For SM to consider opening one will not only be ringing their cash registers but will also be like offering a form of “service” to its local clientele.

I am not exactly a bowler nor am I an avid enthusiast. I am writing this piece only at the thought of giving local families another or a new form of recreation and enjoyment. Perhaps, SM could play a key role in bringing this to fruition. It would be instrumental in keeping that age-old habit of having worthy family times in this age where tablets and smartphones had taken away valuable personal and intimate communications.

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Apl.De.Ap will help promote Clark. Yep, the guy from Grammy-award winning group The Black Eyed Peas will be sounding the good news for the former US military airbase.

The Bases Conversion Development Authority managed to seek his help and he personally appeared in Clark to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Atty. Arnel Paciano Casanova last week.

With this undertaking, Apl. De. Ap, a fellow Capampangan, is really making us proud. Not just with his feats in the global entertainment arena but with the way he values his roots.
Allan Pineda Lindo, Jr. in real life, he hails from Sapang Bato, Angeles City and has once studied at a local university.

“I am from here. I am Kapampangan. I believe in the future and the development of Clark, [which] should be one of the destinations for the Philippines,” a report filed by former classmate Tonette Orejas in the Inquirer quoted Allan as saying.

In particular, Allan will help in the promotion of Clark Green City (CGC) – a new metropolis that is now on the drawing boards of BCDA which may become the next Bonifacio Global City of the north where the said government agency was also instrumental in its development. CGC will infuse life and excitement at the seldom-heard-of Sacobia Valley or the Sub Zone of Clark.

CGC will be a little less than 10,000 hectares that would host residential enclave, industrial estates, leisure and entertainment facilities. The latter is where I think Allan would be more interested in – bringing in projects that would hone up creative skills, particularly those in entertainment industry like audio engineering, computer graphics and animation, voice lessons, stage and concert productions and the like.

Allan is excited at the spectre of creating more jobs for Capampangans while Atty. Casanova is thankful for the help of the former in bringing in investments to Clark.

Cassanova said the project "will be environmentally sustainable, socially inclusive, economically competitive, culturally relevant, and technologically integrated." He added that it will generate billions in investments and generate thousands of jobs.

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AUF's PERFECT SCORE. The 2013 graduates of the Angeles University Foundation School of Medicine got a 100% passing rate in the August 2014 Physician Licensure Examination and an overall pass rate of 92.31% versus the national pass rate of 81.25%.

AUF-SOM ranked highest among medical schools north of Metro Manila and placed fourth nationwide among those with less than 50 examinees according to Professional Regulation Commission records.

“The success our graduates is a product of their academic preparedness, strong faith in the Almighty and their full support for one another”, says AUF SOM Dean Dr. Evelyn Yumiaco.

“We also attribute it to the commitment of AUF and SOM faculty to provide quality and relevant medical education recognized locally and internationally.”

The new doctors are Dr. Erwin Abraham L. Bondoc, Dr. Julian Patrick L. Bulaclac, Dr. Lei Anne C. Carolino, Dr. Karen Tiffany Pilar Q. Del Rosario-Henson, Dr. Ma. Melody Y. Diaz, Dr. Anna Mae D.L. Duya, Dr. Marlyn Galicia, Dr. Lawrence Y. Maliwat, Dr. Terence L. Manuel, Dr. Kristine Joy L . Mendoza, Dr. Jeshua Caleb B. Miole and Dr. Mark Lester I. Tolenada.

Among the new doctors is Jecjec Miole, son of Pastor Juil Miole and wife Evelyn. Jecjec is the second doctor in the family after his elder sister Gracelyn passed the board few years ago.

Congratulations to AUF, the new doctors and their families.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on September 10, 2014.

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