Disaster and Emergency Preparedness: Starting ‘Em Young

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SCHOOL BASED DRRM (IEC-Campaign and Drill)

A series of school-based Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, Information, Education, and Communication (IEC-Campaign and Drills) for the public and private schools in the city were conducted in August 2018 up to present by virtue of the implementing rules and regulation of RA 10121, known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management (DRRM) Act, along with The Department of Education, Iligan City’s Center for Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO).

The school-based disaster preparedness campaign and drill conducted by ICDRRMO started last August 24, 2018 at San Miguel Village School, Palao, Iligan City. It was already on its 23rd school when it covered Digkila-an Central School and Digkila-an National High School at Barangay Digkila-an, Iligan City by November 26, 2018.

As part of RA 10121’s implementation and support, the ICDRRMO conducted the series of IEC-Campaign and Drill activities which included film showings, lectures on different types of disasters and emergencies, earthquake drill, as well as basic bandaging skills.

The importance of disaster management in schools at an early age is crucial, and it begins with awareness of disasters and preparedness in case disaster happen.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Framework

The Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act (RA 10121), is an Act that provides a comprehensive approach to disaster risk management through the development of a national framework and formulation of the National Disaster Risk Management Plan (NDRMP).

This master plan was implemented to provide strategies and other guidelines on how the country deals with disasters or emergencies.

ICDRRMO's Mr. Julius Q. Bado giving a lecture during the School Based DRRM at Digkila-an National High School

ICDRRMO’s Mr. Julius Q. Bado giving a lecture during the School Based DRRM (IEC-Campaign And Drill) at Digkila-an National High School (Image Courtesy of ICDRRMO)

From mere response to preparedness, the plan hopes to achieve responsive disaster risk management by 2019 in all levels — from institutional, organizational, to individual levels.

 

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A special thanks goes to Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training and ICDRRMO

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Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop

Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop
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Barangay Hinaplanon, Iligan City – Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (ICDRRMO) conducted a training workshop in a Community-based level to increase awareness, prevention and mitigation in the event of local disasters and hazards.

Barangay Hinaplanon Captain Veronico "NIck" Echavez (right) giving a speech, with Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head looking on during the Opening Ceremony.

Barangay Hinaplanon Captain Veronico “Nick” Echavez (right) giving a speech, with Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head looking on during the Opening Ceremony.

November 27, 2018 saw the start of the three-day long “Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training Workshop” in an effort to improve Community-based participation through an integration of program action plans for the safety and the saving of and the overall preservation of lives.

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Ms. Elizabeth G. Buna (right) OIC-DILG City Director giving a special message with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (Supervising Head of the Tourism Office), PSSUPT Leony Roy G. Ga (Former Iligan Chief of Police), Hinaplanon Kag. Nestor S. Aquino and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez (OIC-ICDRRMO Head).

Human Induced Hazard

Guest speaker for the occasion, former City Police Director, PSSUPT. Leony Roy G. Ga, said that pro-active measures, paying attention to our environment, staying alert, and proper reporting enhances appropriate response to man-made hazards.

Guest Speaker PSSupt Leony Roy G. Ga (right) delivering his speech during the training workshop opening with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head and Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training.

Guest Speaker PSSUPT Leony Roy G. Ga (right) delivering his speech during the training workshop opening with (l-r) Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head and Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training.

With additional force multipliers in the community level in place, Community-based vigilance and cooperation greatly helps counter terrorism. Information is very precious, “With your support and cooperation, we will save lives,” Ga said.

Incident Command System

Designation and defining specific roles and responsibility of Responsible Officials and Incident Commanders ensures incident safety at the community level.

Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (right), Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Cultural Affairs Office and Iligan City Traffic and Parking Management Office giving an overview in ICS during the program. (l-r) SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head.

Guest Speaker Mr. Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr. (right), Supervising Head of the Tourism Office, Cultural Affairs Office and Iligan City Traffic and Parking Management Office giving an overview in Incident Command Sytem during the program. (l-r) SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of the Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City and Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head.

“Avoiding an incident within an incident” is crucial. The second guest speaker for the training-workshop, Lamberto S. Macapagal, Jr., pointed out that Community Incident safe objectives. Safety should always be in mind (for responders).

Community based Fire suppression Technique

SFO1 Romano D. Tablon, third guest speaker, elaborated that a “sense of responsibility towards safety and resourcefulness should be applied” in case of fire, for example.

Integration of fire safety programs in barangays is paramount. Safety education to Puroks/Barangays about fire prevention should be properly disseminated.

“Calls should come in, someone should report any incidence of fire,” Tablon said.

Guest Speaker SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City talks about the importance of Community fire suppression techniques during the program.

Guest Speaker SFO1 Romano D. Tablon of Bureau of Fire Protection, Iligan City talks about the importance of Community fire suppression techniques during the program.

Awareness through community-based information agency, with the family as the basic unit, information and teachings about possible causes of fire and its prevention should be read, internalized, and spread.

According to Tablon, “The importance of having roads is one of the major factors that hinders response and should be addressed at the community level. The one bucket/pail of water per household for emergency use should be mandatory.”

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A Comprehensive Barangay Disaster Plan should be laid down. Such Barangay Action Plan with the LGU/DILG’s approval, should be implemented for each barangay.

Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training delivers his speech during the program.

Mr. Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, ICDRRMO Head of Training delivers his speech during the program.

With an early warning system, evacuation plan at hand, risk assessments and plans for hazards for barangay implication, in the likelihood of calamities, hazards and/or man-made disasters, with everybody’s cooperation, can achieve safety.

“A little help has a very big impact to the people” – Jade V. Pondang, RN, EMT-B, Head of Training for the ICDRRMO said.

Basic Life Support and Life saving Skills

Lecture and demonstration of Basic Life Support-CPR, Life Saving Skills: Vital Signs Taking, Bandaging and Patient Casualty Handling, Splinting and Improvised stretcher were conducted during the second day by ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas.

ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas demonstrating Bandaging techniques and other Life-saving skills during the training-workshop.

ICDRRMO Team members Mr. Julius Bado and Mr. Rae Randolph Roxas (seated) demonstrating Bandaging techniques and other Life-saving skills during the training-workshop.

The third day covered additional Skills demonstration for Vehicular Extrication and Helmet Removal, Q & A and Review of Skills for participating Hinaplanon Purok Presidents, Councilors and other representatives, which ended up with Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants.

Barangay Hinaplanon participants applying CPR techniques during the Training-Workshop.

Barangay Hinaplanon participants applying CPR techniques during the Training-Workshop.

Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants during the Training-Workshop.

Scenario-based learning and Return Demonstrations of participants during the Training-Workshop while ICDRRMO’s Mr. Julius Bado (crouched at center) and Mr. Zidrig Nov M. Pagara (standing at right) watches on.

Pilot Barangay

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head, in behalf of Iligan City’s Honorable Mayor Celso Gomera Regencia, along with Hinaplanon Barangay Captain Veronico “Nick” Echavez distributed Purok First Aid Kits to Purok Presidents during the closing ceremony.

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC ICDRRMO Head during the closing ceremony of the Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training-Workshop.

Mr. Patrick S. Nuñez, OIC-ICDRRMO Head during the closing ceremony of the Community First Responder and CBDRRM Incorporating Quality Assurance System Training-Workshop.

This is the first time that this kind of training workshop was conducted at Barangay Hinaplanon, as the ground zero during Typhoon Sendong. It was chosen as the pilot barangay. According to Nuñez, the City Government of Iligan along with the ICDRRMO aims to put a first responder in each household in the near future.

 

E. Rabago Guitars of Iligan City: Glitter Down South

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via Daily Prompt: Glitter

There’s a ton of Guitars out there… but not all will fit you unlike a Custom-made guitar that’s made just for you.

And in your search for the one guitar, if you be lucky, if it leads you to the one luthier that’s just near you, it is like a dream come true.

At first, you know, at the back of your mind, the question hangs…

Is he really that good?

Is he really the one that can make you “The One?”

So… you pay a lot of visits to that Luthier’s Shop to find out.

Guitars may come in different sizes, shapes and colors and the degree to which one Luthier is capable of making sometimes play a big role in ones “judging.”

Well, in the course of ones visits a long time ago, one sight caught really left one in awe.

A nearly finished “Butterfly” shape Custom-made Acoustic Guitar in E. Rabago Guitar’s I saw!

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“Butterfly” shape Custom-made Acoustic Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars. After so many years, finally found it today in a bar left for display (Photo Courtesy of S.O.S.)

Wow! This is really one of a kind, It’s not an everyday find!

And to think one luthier is capable of making this, he is surely one of the best there is!

How’d I really wanted to take pictures of it… but cellphones with camera’s weren’t around yet and I wasn’t able to bring any type of film camera to take pictures of it.

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Lucky to get a picture of this one of a kind Custom-made Acoustic Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars today (Photo Courtesy of S.O.S.)

Such a “unique” acoustic guitar I’ve seen made so far, left me thinking, he might be the best guitar maker and luthier by far?

Some time passed and the guitar’s owner traveled, I just wondered where the guitar I marveled ended.

I never knew my search for that very unique, one of a kind, Custom-made Acoustic guitar that I saw a long time ago ended today.

I finally found it, thanks to a very reliable source I say!

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So a few guitar’s I had were built and repaired for I finally found that Master Luthier!

Oh, how I’d really admire and look up to someone who is not only a great luthier but seems to be one of the world’s best custom guitar maker.

To top it all, our story doesn’t end here or there!

Lately, our Master luthier has done it again!

And it’s not about that Semi-Acoustic Guitar he made way back then…

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Sir Joemark Mocorro, an accomplished musician and classical guitar virtuoso (Photo Courtesy of Sir Joemark Mocorro).

But he was able to recently build an 8-String Classical Guitar for Sir Joemark Mocorro, an accomplished musician and classical guitar virtuoso.

Check out this video clip from Sir Joemark Mocorro playing his Custom-made 8-Strings Classical Guitar by E. Rabago Guitars. Playing 6 Strings to 8 Strings transition instantly (since he first got the guitar), this one’s played spontaneously out of muscle memory, his own rendition.

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The Biker and Classical Guitar Player (Image Courtesy of Joemark Mocorro)

Man, talking about finding the right luthier that’s best for you.

Sir Edgar Rabago of E. Rabago Guitars Iligan City holding Sir Joemark Mocorro's newly finished Custom-made 8-String Classical Guitar

Sir Edgar Rabago of E. Rabago Guitars Iligan City holding Sir Joemark Mocorro’s newly finished Custom-made 8-String Classical Guitar (Photo Courtesy of Sir Joemark Mocorro)

Guess, we’re so lucky… in the Philippines… in Iligan City… We have one such talented and gifted Luthier as Sir Edgar Rabago!

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“E. Rabago Guitars of Iligan City: Glitter Down South… ‘The best guitar maker without a doubt!'”

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Seriousness? Why So Serious?

"The best things in life aren't things... but 'Family'"
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via Daily Prompt: Seriousness

Seriousness? Why So Serious?

Sometimes in life we are confronted by that “serious” question.

Each time we do, we take time to do a great deal of contemplation

Reflection, meditation, cogitation, i.e., serious thought or consideration

In every stage we come to reach or pass sometimes we ask

Our ambitions, objectives and goals have we reach at last?

Unachieved or the other way around there’s always a story

Sometimes unpredictable things happen… a part of the journey

Not what we wanted… but sometimes others are just quick to say… hastily

Easily putting certain things above others… some rush to judge eagerly

Sometimes things they say overshadow friendship, relationships and family yet they don’t know

So let’s ponder on one quote, “The best things in life aren’t things… but ‘Family!'” they should know

“The best things in life aren’t things… but ‘Family'”

“So why so serious all the time?”

“Loosen up from time to time.”

Pokemon Go: Just a Game, A Diversion, or Evil and Bad?

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Pokemon Go (Image retrieved from pokemongo.com)

Pokemon Go: An Interactive, Mobile Game (Image retrieved from pokemongo.com)

What is Pokemon Go?

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It’s a Game

Pokemon Go is a free-to-play, location-based augmented reality game developed by Niantic for iOS, Android, and Apple Watch devices.

 

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It was released in selected countries (including the Philippines) last July 2016, that’s according to en.wikipedia.org.

Pokemon!

Pokemon!

It’s like the “Virtual world” spliced with the “Real world.”

The "Virtual World" spliced with the "Real World"

Spliced together!

It has become one of the most successful App launched with millions of download.

Pikachu on my dashboard!

Pikachu on my dashboard!

It has made Nintendo’s shares skyrocket.

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And it took the world by storm as millions got into the Pokemon Go Craze, Pokemon Fever or Pokemania.

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Pokemon Fever! Caught the bug!

A Diversion

This fantasy role-playing game makes you go out, walk, jog, run or drive if you have transport. It’s added fun for those used to exercising like walking or jogging, or sore legs for others who just started.

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“It’s also a game that get’s one be up and about.”

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Be up and about…

If you’re a passenger that’s okay but it shouldn’t be played while driving!

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Not because your transport may be a gas guzzler but it is to avoid accidents from happening.

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A Passenger…

Even then, a number have been reported that were unfortunate, who failed to see and read “Warning Signs” which led to their untimely departure (from the real world).

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Now look where this GPS location thingy has led me to… Hair raising Steep (That’s a long way down to where the heck this place is! Hope my brakes don’t fail me!)

Evil and Bad?

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Since its release, a lot of talk over the web came out saying this and that.

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Onix! (Hoth Worm)

Many argue that it is “Just a Game” and “Just for fun” while many others have a different point of view.

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Magmar – Pokemon O’ Fire!

Do you really have to play the game to find out?

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Clefable

Or is the mere thought of the kind of game it is…

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Wigglytuff. Quick Move: Pound – Damage = 7, Charge Move: Play Rough – Damage = 55

…is already self-explanatory.

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Charmeleon!

“And the answer to this question is… on which side you’re on.”

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Voltorb!

If you ask those who play it, they’ll say it’s fun, good and has certain benefits like being able to be entertained, exercise, hangout, meet new friends, a date perhaps.

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Fiery!

Others have a different opinion and say exactly the opposite that it’s dangerous, satanic, demonic, and tied to occult.

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Gastly!

 Sticky situation?

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Muk!

Good or bad, whatever it is… We are all entitled to our own opinion and how we perceive things.

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Slowbro!

The world is still filled with people who have different attitudes, views, beliefs, outlook, thoughts and standpoint.

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Machop!

We still have our differences.

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Poliwrath!

Why is this so?

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Mankey!

When supposed to be we are all one and the same… Human beings.

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Jynx!

We have all been given the freedom of choice, right?

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Porygon!

So, Is this the reason why the world still has its differences?

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Arbok!

We do have our norms in society as a whole but in spite of that, taking ourselves out of the game and how one looks at it…

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Weezing!

We still don’t have peace and harmony in some lands around the world, we still have have war, pain, and suffering.

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Blastoise!

And about this game of pocket monsters, that are captured, and evolved to become better and more powerful Monsters that some call “Evil” isn’t really something new.

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We do have tons of games that may be dubbed “Violent and/or Evil” like some Shooting Games of the gory and head blowing kind.

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Or games that are named or are all about demons like “Doom and Diablo” that came out much earlier.

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Arcanine!

But these are just for entertainment right, make-believe.

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Snorlax!

So Pokemon Go is just a game.

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Sandshrew!

However, another question is, “Who are playing the games?” or shall we say, “How young the minds of the ‘Trainers’ should be?”

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Vileplume!

As a number of caring parents worry about the perceived influence and future effects on their kids ,based on how they see the kind of game it is… it is surely a cause for concern.

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Like a grinning Undertaker!

So shall Pokemon Go be a game only for grown-ups? …of the mature minds, emotionally mature?

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Golduck!

Or will one allow their younglings to play it because their kids want to join in the craze, …for the sake of fun?

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Dream Catcher!

Again it brings us back to this fever’s serious bone of contention.

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Cubone of Contention

But we must all remember and not to forget that…

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Koffing!

Parental Guidance is key in everything.

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Lickitung!

And everything starts at home.

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Rhyhorn!

“We must do what is right if it’s the right thing to do or We must do what is right because it’s the right thing to do?”

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Geodude!

No need to confuse yourself here folks… the difference in conjunction illicit’s more questions but the fact is…

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We all have that freedom of choice.

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Graveler!

There are many other things out there in this world other than this game’s climate of opinion that we may hear, see or do…

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Abra!

That if one isn’t mindful about their own feelings… I quote, “…may slowly make them turn to the dark side.”

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Trooper – “That’s no Moon! IT’S A TRAP! Gastly – “I have you now Trooper! You are unwise to lower your defences! Search your feelings… Only at the end do you realise the power of the Dark Side.”

To play this game or not?

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Snorlax!

You decide…

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Dragonair! (Dragonite youngling)

…as you see fit.

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“Monsut? Maybe to Pidgey, ‘Meowth’ is.”

Binging on

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Congregation and Feast after Hunting! (Center top: Halang-halang, Bottom right: Kilawin, Far right: Dinuguan, Bottom left: Humba, Far left: Paklay) Pokemon GO = “Yes,” GOuty = “…have a bad feeling about this.” Hyper-Pokemania = “Yes,” Hyperuricemia = “Space travel sound rather perilous.”

“Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we… hope to find more ‘Dratini’ Candy!”

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“Dough-moh Ah-ree-gah-toh-oo Goh-zah-ee-mas”

The GAS Must Be Crazy

Snapshot after drinking coffee at Yobz Office. (l-r) Yobz and Danzoy of Mitochondria Iligan with Yobz "Axes," a B.C. Rich Mockingbird and a Dean "DIME" Razorback Lightning Guitar (Photo courtesy of Yobz Tolentino)
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Guitar Acquisition Syndrome: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon!”

“GAS: it’s priceless”

That beautiful GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Store’s Washburn Heavy Metal Series, WV40 Vindicator’s acquisition would have made a lovely addition to the collection.

Washburn HM Heavy Metal Series, "Vindicator" Silver Metallic V Electric Guitar (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Washburn HM Heavy Metal Series, WV40 “Vindicator” Electric Guitar (Photo taken with permission from Yupangco’s staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

But since the “priceless” had no “price” I just had to give myself a bit of advice, hoping this strange phenomenon will go into remission.

2008 Model WV40 "Vindicator" (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

“…the ‘priceless’ had no ‘price.'” WV40 “Vindicator” (Photo taken with permission from Yupangco’s staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

With a Custom-made one already done and next in line, still another one.

Custom-made Z MetalMan Series Inspired Axe (Courtesy Sir Edgar R. Rabago's FB)

Custom-made “Z” inspired Axe (retrieved from Sir Edgar R. Rabago’s FB)

I was under the impression this GAS will soon be over and come to a conclusion.

“I was sadly mistaken!”

“GAS up!”

After having Yobz Tolentino’s “Axe” in my hands on my day of visit, talking to myself in my head before going to bed, I said “The GAS Must Be Crazy,” it’s here to stay, Mercy!

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Yobz and Danzoy

So after passing up a good one, and four days of acute GAS exacerbation, this GAS sufferer finally came to a decision.

“Never pass up a good thing!”

GAS: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon! ‘It’s a thing!'”

GAS: "it's just an interesting psychological phenomenon! 'it's a thing!'" (Photo courtesy of Yobz and Danzoy)

GAS: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon! ‘It’s a thing!'” Rock On! \m/  (Photo courtesy of Yobz and Danzoy)

If thoughts of having no means and money at the moment is enough to stop ones case of GAS attack in its tracks, then that is so funny.

This affliction could not be contained in remission and eventually became a primary mission.

"'lovely and pointy' Dime ...became a primary mission" (Image courtesy of Yobz and Danzoy)

“‘lovely and pointy’ Dime …became a primary mission… ‘of mine'” (Image courtesy of Yobz and Danzoy)

So the Piggy bank was emptied for every last coin and dime… coz’ I had to get me that “lovely and ‘pointy'” Dime.

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“Touch down!” Rain or shine I have to make you mine, you “Dime” so fine (Razorback Lightning “Dime” from Dean Guitars).

“Full of surprises have you up your sleeve Trooper!”

"GAS sufferer, more to say, have you? Try this on for size and 'May the force be with you' (Kzzt!)"

“GAS sufferer, more to say, have you? Try this on for size and ‘May the force be with you’ (Kzzt!)”

"Oh look Commander! An egg. Won't be long till this one will hatch and bring forth another bout of them "Wild GAS Chase!"

“Oh look Commander! An egg. Won’t be long till this one will hatch and bring forth another bout of them “Wild GAS Chase!”

Axe “Tameshigiri” by Yobz Tolentino

Yobz Tolentino, a highly-skilled guitarist holding his guitar "Astro" (Courtesy of Yobz)

Yobz Tolentino, one of Iligan City’s highly-skilled guitarist holding one of his guitars “Astro” (Courtesy of Yobz)

Guitar Acquisition Syndrome: “it’s just an interesting psychological phenomenon!

I thought this “GAS” case was about to pass and just about it, but after getting a hold of Yobz’s “Axe,” “I never heard the end of it.

Well, our GAS sufferer here felt he was so on top of it, however, this GAS is a “fiesty” one I admit it.

But, hey, who says we can’t have fun as we go on our next guitar hunt, in this insatiable desire to get the next one.

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“If you’re one true “musikero,” sooner or later ‘GAS’ will eventually get you!”

 Thank You!

Written by: Kuskus Balongus

 GAS – Guitar Acquisition Syndrome or Gear Acquisition Syndrome

GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store: A Customer Review from Mitochondria Iligan

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)
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4 out of 5 Stars (Retrieved from Amazon Rating Factors at grahampmarsh.com) High-end Instruments, Good Customer Service, July 21, 2016

By Mitochondria Iligan  Courtesy of Iligan City's Mitochondria band

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About 15 minutes on foot from McDonald’s at H.V. Dela Costa to the Yupangco Building at Poblacion, Makati, Metro Manila, I arrived at the GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store at 8:00 am.

I was greeted by the guard on duty who asked what my business was… then told that the “Showroom” won’t be open until 9:00 am.

Thanking him, I went on my way.

At Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave/Buendia Ave with Mapua Institute of Technology Building and SMDC Jazz Residences Tower A in the background.

At Sen. Gil J. Puyat Ave/Buendia Ave with Mapua Institute of Technology Building and SMDC Jazz Residences Tower A in the background.

The SM Jazz Mall nearby won’t open until 10:00 am so I went inside the 7-Eleven convenience store located at the Ground floor of Crown Center, Jupiter Street across the Yupangco Building to get something.

SM Jazz Mall. Nicanor Garcia, Makati, Metro Manila (Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

SM Jazz Mall. Nicanor Garcia, Makati, Metro Manila (Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

 

I sat outside the 7-Eleven store at exactly 8:10 am and waited for one hour, giving a full 10 minutes after 9:00 am to make sure the GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store was already open.

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The guard smiled at me when he saw me coming and welcomed me, which made me very excited to see what they have in display.

As I walked inside the showroom, I saw a small office on my right and another office ahead with a woman behind a desk (I presumed was the manager) and a gentleman talking and three other staffs near them.

As I look around and stopped to check out some items on display nearby, I realized I was the second customer in the store after they opened.

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

The woman and the gentleman from Butuan City at the office were talking about making arrangements on how to ship the grand piano the gentleman just bought.

Afterwhich, the woman stood up and lead the gentleman to the other office and referred him to another employee to further assist him with his transaction.

When she returned back to her desk she turned her head and greeted me and asked me how can she be of any assistance.

I greeted her back and answered that I was still looking around in the store, and thought, wow, their showroom’s big with lots of products on display.

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

GA Yupangco Co., Inc. Musical Instrument Store Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila [Photo taken with permission from staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Guitars, Basses, Percussion instruments, Professional Keyboards, Upright and Grand Pianos, and an Organ, Amplifiers, Gadgets, gears, various accessories.

High-end Instruments!

Brands like Zemaitis, Fender, Godin, Seagull, EVH, Washburn, Yamaha, MarkBass, Boss, Roland, Sabian and many more.

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After spending almost an hour looking around, I finally called one of their staff for assistance.

Having a thing for “pointy and horned” electric guitars and basses, two guitars on display caught my eye.

Washburn HM Heavy Metal Series, "Vindicator" Silver Metallic V Electric Guitar (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Washburn Heavy Metal Series, “Vindicator” Electric Guitars at GA Yupangco Co., Inc.Showroom Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Although they also had “Jackson” guitars like the JS32T Rhoads, King V and Warrior on display (which were on Clearance Sale for only P9,999.00 each)…

Jackson Guitars at GA Yupangco Co. & Inc. (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Jackson Guitars at GA Yupangco Co. & Inc. (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

…the two “Vindicator” guitars caught my attention not because of their rare Offset/Modified Flying V shaped bodies but both have cracked guitar necks.

Seeing that they had an ongoing promo and hoping to get a bargain on any of these two damaged guitars, I had to ask the staff how much they were selling the guitar’s.

Promo (Retrieved from yupangco.com)

ongoing promo (Retrieved from yupangco.com)

The staff replied that “the guitar’s are for display only and not for sale because of their cracked necks.”

“How much was its price then before…?” I rephrased my question and added that I’m really interested in buying it.”

He told me that he will check it out for me but before he left, I asked, “Is it okay to take pictures?” he replied, Yes, and hurriedly went to the office to get more information.

2008 Model WV40 "Vindicator" (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

2008 Model WV40 “Vindicator” at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

When he got back he told me that they no longer have that information and that the guitars are “for display only because they’re no longer ‘playable’ and that there are no luthier’s near that can fix it.”

Abalone Stars Inlays, Vindicators at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Abalone Stars Inlays, Vindicators at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

So I said to him, “What if I know of one ‘Master Luthier,’ who’s not from here, who can fix that, are you still going to sell it ‘as it is’ if I’m really interested to buy it?”

“Actually, the price and detailed product information is no longer found in our computer database,” he answered.

Okay, I said and then I just moved on to take more pictures.

Professional Keyboards and Upright Pianos Abalone Stars Inlays, Vindicators at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Professional Keyboards and Upright Pianos at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

As I was walking towards the left-hand side of the showroom, towards the rear, where other professional keyboards, digital percussion’s, pedals and effects were displayed I could hear the song “Harvester of Sorrow” by Metallica being played on an electric guitar.

When I reached the spot, I saw that it was another employee playing the guitar. He then stopped playing the guitar when he saw me, greeted me and asked what was I looking for.

Digital Percussions, Roland Professional Keyboards, Boss Stompboxes & Multi-Effects at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Digital Percussions, Roland Professional Keyboards, Boss Stompboxes & Multi-Effects at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

I greeted him back and said that I’m just taking a look around for the moment.

Grand Pianos at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Grand Pianos at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

As I was about to leave, I went back to the office to thank the staff for his help, he nodded his head at me and said, “One of our fellow employee knows the price of the guitars but he’s not here. It’s his day off.”

So I said, “Okay, I really appreciate that” and turned to leave.

MarkBass Cabs & Combos, Washburn Bass guitar at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

MarkBass Cabs & Combos, Washburn Bass guitar at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

On my way out, I also thanked a couple of employees on the office near the exit who were busy talking but managed to turn their heads when they heard me and thanked me also, and yes, the guard thanked me too, when I got out.

Rodgers Artist Series Organ at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

Rodgers Artist Series Organ at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from staff/Courtesy Mitochondria Iligan)

“Overall, my visit to GA Yupangco & Co., Inc. at their Yupangco Building Showroom was positive. I really had a good time and received ‘good customer service.’ Their showroom is big, and that doesn’t include the section of the store inside I didn’t mention, that was cordoned off for renovation. The friendly staff was really patient and helpful in addressing my ‘probing’ queries. Too bad the Washburn’s HM Series, WV40 ‘Vindicator’ had no price, would have bought it otherwise. If money is no object, then this is definitely one of the stores to get high-end instruments.”

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Washburn Heavy Metal Series, Model WV40 “Vindicator”  Electric Guitar

The “Jackson” guitars on sale offered bargains galore.

Pointy "Jackson" Guitars: JS32T King V, Warriors and Rhoads [Photo taken with permission from Staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan]

Pointy “Jackson” Guitars: JS32T King V, Warriors and Rhoads [Photo taken with permission from Staff (PTWPFS)/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan]

Tantalizingly “Pointy” as the Jackson guitars may be, one can always find them in any JB Music branch nationwide, as they are now the “exclusive” official distributor of Jackson Guitars.

"two 'pointy' guitars..." (Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

“two ‘pointy’ guitars, WV40 ‘Vindicators'” (at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. PTWPFS/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

But as for the WV40 “Vindicators,” It was the first time I saw it in person.

“Hot Licks!”

These rare “Offset/Modified” Flying “V” shaped body guitars somehow looks like a slightly smaller variation of one of them “Limited Edition ‘Reverse’ Flying V” of Silverhawks Lt. Colonel Bluegrass’s “Hot Licks.”

Lt Colonel Bluegrass, 2nd in command and pilot of the Silverhawks with his Sonic Guitar "Hot Licks." His pilot aid and weapon (retrieved from Tuesday Toonsday: Get to know the Silverhawks, Oct 14, 2014 at saturdaymorningcartoons.com)

Lt Colonel Bluegrass, 2nd in command and pilot of the Silverhawks with his Sonic Guitar “Hot Licks.” His pilot aid and weapon (retrieved from Tuesday Toonsday: Get to know the Silverhawks, Oct 14, 2014 at saturdaymorningcartoons.com)

A “groundbreaking” guitar built specially for shredders, the Vindicator’s bottom “pointy tips” seems to be in a “directionally oriented position,” making the guitar appear to take flight.

Stock Humbucker Pickups: Randall (UL Neck, Ultra XL Bridge), Stop Bar Tailpiece (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Body: White with Black bevels, Tune-o-matic bridge, Stoptail bar, Passive Stock Humbucker Pickups: Randall (UL Neck, Ultra XL Bridge), (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Feels like this “Bluegrass’s ‘Sonic Guitar’ reverse look-alike” can give you that “Sonic Boom” boost, defy gravity and blast you, sending you whizzing through space as you shred away.

“Master Luthier”

Regarding the two Vindicator guitars “cracked neck” issues which made me look it up in the net, I found out that there was one that had a broken neck that got damaged after shipping but was repaired, and one that had a crack in its headstock.

Repaired Washburn Vindicator H.M. Series (WV40 repaired broken headstock damaged from shipping, retrieved from https://reverb(dot)com/item/544398-repaired-washburn-vindicator-h-m-series)

Repaired Washburn Vindicator H.M. Series (WV40 repaired broken headstock damaged from shipping, retrieved from reverb(dot)com/item/544398-repaired-washburn-vindicator-h-m-series)

The cracked necks of the Vindicators at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Musical Instruments Store didn’t really pose much of an issue, they would’ve been easily repaired by any “Master Luthier.”

Vindicator with a crack in headstock (retrieved from ebay(dot)com/itm/discontinued-washburn-wv40-vindicator)

Vindicator with a crack in headstock (retrieved from ebay(dot)com/itm/discontinued-washburn-wv40-vindicator)

A Master luthier like Iligan City’s Renowned Custom Guitar Maker, Sir Edgar R. Rabago, who said, “the reason both guitars had similar cracks on their necks at the same spot is that maybe because both their necks were made of or came from the same batch of wood.”

“Priceless”

In my research I also found out that these Washburn WV40 Heavy Metal Series Models, released in 2008, have been discontinued already.

Too bad those “rare” Metal machines were “for display only” at the GA Yupangco Co., & Inc. Musical Instrument Store.

Washburn HM Series Vindicators, WV40 Model, "for display only" at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc., Showroom, Yupangco Building,Poblacion, Makayi 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

“Priceless” Metal machines, built for shredders, The Washburn HM Series Vindicators, WV40 Model were “for display only” at GA Yupangco Co., & Inc., Showroom, Yupangco Building, Poblacion, Makati 1200 Metro Manila (Photo taken with permission from Staff/Courtesy of Mitochondria Iligan)

Too bad they didn’t have the “price” for a guitar that’s seemingly “priceless” today.

Because getting any one of them would’ve made a great addition to ones collection… a short-term cure for ones Symptoms of Guitar Acquisition Syndrome (G.A.S.).

GAS (Guitar Acquisition Syndrome) Propulsion System

These GAS thrusters anew has propelled me to pay an old friend a visit in another one of this case induced episodes.

Yobz Tolentino, currently one of Iligan City’s talented guitarist, had one guitar that drew out this GAS case from remission.

Yobz Tolentino, currently one of Iligan City's talented Guitarist with his Dean ML Axe (Photograph Courtesy of Yobz Tolentino)

Yobz Tolentino, currently one of Iligan City’s talented Guitarist with his Dean ML Axe at Pinch (Photograph Courtesy of Yobz Tolentino)

During my visit to Yobz, I was astonished to see he had quite a collection of Axes.

When he brought out his Razorback Lightning Guitar from its case, I couldn’t help but feel that GAS building up relatively quickly.

Snapshot after drinking coffee at Yobz Office. (l-r) Yobz and Danzoy of Mitochondria Iligan with Yobz "Axes," a B.C. Rich Mockingbird and a Dean "DIME" Razorback Lightning Guitar (Photo courtesy of Yobz Tolentino)

Snapshot after drinking coffee at Yobz Office. (l-r) Yobz and Danzoy of Mitochondria Iligan with Yobz “Axes,” a B.C. Rich Mockingbird and a Dean “DIME” Razorback Lightning Guitar (Photo courtesy of Yobz Tolentino/Mitochondria Iligan)

Like being struck by lightning (holding it in my hands), I only wished I had the means that time for a “Dime!”

Sadly, I had to pass up a good one.

Adept

A former neighbor and classmate in classical guitar that lasted for only a couple of sessions, Yobz was able to get a classic red “Stinger” electric guitar thereafter that really helped him start out.

Mitochondria was able to purchase their first guitar, also a Stinger, sometime later.

Yobz soon moved to Iloilo City to study and while he was there, Yobz became a member of a College Rock band named “Turning Point” which later on became “Mjah,” playing their own compositions and was able to release a record on their own.

He was able to jam with Mitochondria Iligan (more than a decade ago) after he got back from Iloilo City playing his recent acquisition, a “PRS” style Custom Made Guitar.

Yobz Tolentino with his guitar "El Tigre" (Photo Courtesy of Yobz, retrieved from Yobz's FB)

Yobz Tolentino and his Tiger looking “Jimi” Guitar (Photo Courtesy of Yobz, retrieved from Yobz’s FB)

His dynamic guitar skills kept growing since then and like the current guitars in his collection, it was quite surprising.

Yobz Tolentino’s “Spontaneous Aeolian Metal Bliss of the Senju Clan” (Courtesy of Boboy Tolentino’s Youtube Channel)

Having joined several bands and done countless sessions with other musicians, Yobz has become one of Iligan City’s highly skilled guitar players to date.

Currently, he is a member of a band named “Agalon.”

Agalon – Playing Gods Excerpt (bass and 2nd lead guitars) Video Clip – Courtesy of Boboy Tolentino’s Youtube Channel

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