De faux prêtres dans les cimetières bénissant les tombes des défunts à l’occasion de la Toussaints, de faux agents des impôts collectant des fonds pour un diner de charité qui n’aura jamais lieu … c’est ‘’more fun in the Philippines’’ avec ‘’The Artists’’.

Cela prête plutôt à rire, voire à sourire ; ne sommes nous pas dans la période d’Halloween ?
Alors quelques zombies de plus, parmi les démons, chimères, sorcières et autres monstres de cette période de l’année, ne vont guère déranger l’ordre public !

Réhabiliter une ruine, un ancien building qui était le siège du Gouvernement Provincial durant la colonisation espagnole et qui date de la deuxième moitié du 19ème siècle ?

Dans l’état dans laquelle se trouve cette ruine, son manque d’originalité, pour ne pas dire son architecture banale, me font penser que peut-être il y a d’autres monuments, à la fois plus anciens et à l’architecture reconnue, qui pourraient être sauvés. Je veux parler de ces vieilles églises du début de la colonisation espagnole qui pour la plupart sont laissées à l’abandon.

Ah, la séparation de l’Etat et de l’Eglise !

THE Catholic Church warned the public of “fake priests” visiting and blessing tombs as millions of people troop to cemeteries for All Saints’ and All Souls’ Days celebrations on November 1 and 2.

In a report posted in a Catholic online, fake priests will reportedly roam to different cemeteries asking for donations after blessing tombs as they will find this a lucrative opportunity to earn a living.

 Fr. Francis Lucas, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Social Communication and Mass Media, said in a report that these bogus priests may look more than priest-like, complete with altar boys, holy water and mass kits.

Fr. Lucas said priests do not normally roam around cemeteries to bless graves but is already pre-arranged by families.

He even said priests are not allowed to collect money as the law of the church said.

A bishop from Tagbilaran in Bohol urged the public to ask the prelate to show his “celebret,” which will allow him to administer sacraments.

A “celebret” is a testimonial given to a priest when travelling, stating that he is in good standing, with the accompanying request that he be permitted to hold Mass and other sacraments.

At least four medical doctors have fallen prey to scam artists posing as Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) officers.

BIR regional director Eduardo Bajador warned the taxpaying public of unscrupulous individuals posing as bureau employees and soliciting cash for a dinner-for-a-cause on November 3 at Camp John Hay.

Bajador sought the help of the Baguio City Police Office and the National Bureau of Investigation to apprehend these scam artists fooling doctors into giving money for a dinner for a cause.

The regional director advised the taxpaying public to contact the nearest police station if someone approaches them posing as BIR employees soliciting money for such activities.

The BIR director also emphasized their agency is serious in eradicating these solicitation gimmicks in the same efforts as their campaign to apprehend tax evaders in the country.

The Provincial Government of Pangasinan is set to apply for a Special Patent Title for the Casa Real.

The Provincial Board recently passed a resolution authorizing Governor Amado Espino Jr. for the said purpose for security reasons and as inherent right over the ownership and use of said property.

Vice Governor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim Jr. said part of the Espino administration's programs is the restoration of historical building just like the pre-war Sison Auditorium, the province's cultural center, and the provincial capitol building, which survived the World War II bombardment.

Second district Representative Leopoldo Bataoil also had endorsed the restoration project to the Department of Tourism (DOT) and further requested a budget allocation from the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for its restoration.

However, the patent (a title issued to a government-owned property), is a requirement for budget allocation by the TIEZA, said Provincial Tourism Officer Malu Elduayan.

The Casa Real or Royal House was constructed at the Poblacion area here in year 1840. The 1,700 square meter building, which is made of stone masonry and bricks, was the provincial seat of power where the alcalde mayor resides and holds office.

The already deteriorating structure was badly damaged in 2008 when typhoon "Cosme" hit the province.

The Casa Real was declared by the National Historical Institute (NHI) as among the country's historical landmarks on March 13, 2002.

With the planned restoration, Espino envisioned Casa Real to become a provincial museum which shall provide Pangasinenses a visual source of information of the province’s wealth and appreciation of Pangasinan's cultural heritage.

On September 17, 2012 during its regular session, the provincial board, through provincial resolution number 1446-2012, expressed full support for the Casa Real Restoration Project stating thereat that "the ruined building is worthy of protection, preservation and restoration not only for its historical significance, but also for being an outstanding and unique example of civic architecture from the Spanish and American colonial periods."

The Casa Real is one among the oldest public buildings in Pangasinan.

During the Spanish Era, it served as seat of the provincial government. The building also became a sala of judicial courts, public elementary school and municipal government offices during the Spanish Colonization Era and American Period.

The edifice is located in a parcel of land with an area of 16, 537 square meters in Poblacion, Lingayen, Pangasinan, based on tax declaration 02301,. The lot is bounded on the North by the Rizal Plaza, Agno River on the south, Palaris Street on the east and Callejon Street on the west (Sunnex).

Attention si des démons, chimères ou autres sorcières viennent vous solliciter pour un dîner avec le diable, achetez une cuillère en bois avec un très long manche.

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