Sto. Tomas Flood from Habagat, Dike Status August 2016

I told myself previously not to involve myself with these things again since more and more people are now on social media and electricity and internet connection has greatly improved in reliability during these times. However, perhaps for posterity’s sake, I’m posting some facebook posts I’ve seen so far regarding the status of the Sto. Tomas-Minalin Tail Dike.

Most recently and of great note, in my opinion is this one from Renzelle Rueda showcasing how the Bayanihan spirit remains alive despite the trying times in our beloved Balen Santo Tomas.

Stay strong Cabalen!


Social Media Suggestion to LGU: Use Infographics

I just think because the LGU has a personally-managed page and doesn’t have a professional social media manager employed, posts aren’t as techy or social media-friendly. They tend to be long-winded and more narrative than straight to the point. Of course, even on a national level, some government agencies’ social media accounts are no different. Only exception, perhaps, is MMDA who use social media wisely. They even get to produce viral content!

So, in order to lend a helping hand by making constructive criticisms, I posted this on Facebook: A one-image template that could be used to disseminate information important to the citizens:

  1. Class suspension – very important to parents specially in the morning.
  2. Dike status – I opted to put a color status next to it so you are immediately informed what the status is, though the color status/warning level is non-existent at the moment. As long as the LGU says it’s “Normal” (whatever that means), I’d put green as a safe color. I would love to have warning color levels though, depending on the water level of the dike.
  3. Flooded areas/roads – to note whether roads are passable and share the status of the depth of waters in areas affected by flooding.

It didn’t get much attention but it doesn’t really matter. My only objective is to create positive and constructive suggestions that will help instead of hinder spreading of information.


Lumanog Farmville is Newest Resort-Restaurant in Sto. Tomas, Pampanga

lumanogfarmvilleI’ve seen posts on Facebook from some of my friends who have already visited the place. Lumanog Farmville Restaurant and Resort just recently opened (October 24 this year to be exact) in San Bartolome in our beloved town of Sto. Tomas, Pampanga. I haven’t been there personally but it looks promising. The location is ideal for those who want to get away from the busy streets along MacArthur Hi-way and have a more laid-back atmosphere than the more prominent ‘ihaw-ihaw’ restaurants in San Matias. It’s about 20 minutes away from City of San Fernando and because of less traffic, getting there is a breeze.

This is not a paid advertisement nor a review of the resort. But I think this is one good indicator that the town is progressing as more business are being put up and gaining popularity outside the barangays and the townspeople. Let’s face it, Sto. Tomas is famous because of mostly 1. Flooding, 2. Pottery, 3. Caskets, 4. AUV assembly. There is little to no tourism in the town except during Lent and most of the event happens on Easter Sunday. This new business venture is unique and a welcome development in the town, personally speaking. I hope that this will bring more income for the town and help bring jobs and tourists to Sto. Tomas.

Lumanog Farmville Resort and Restaurant is on Facebook. Rates posted below are from their FB page as well.


Easter Procession and Sabuaga 2014 in Sto. Tomas, Pampanga

It’s been 4 years already since the inception of this Festival and it seems it has gained some mileage and perhaps because everyone now owns a DSLR and takes tons of photographs of the event. I will be compiling some (not all) of the online presence of the coverage of the event as well as the Easter Sunday procession that is a unique tradition for Tomasinos.

An online report and Facebook post on ABS-CBNNews and on by Mark Fredesjed Cristino.

CNN iReport by Ruston Banal

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Anyone with video footage of the events? Send them in or just comment below.