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National Newsbits for August 27, 2014

FEAST OF ST. MONICA TODAY

Rev. Fr. Juanito Arroco Jr., parish priest of the Santa Monica Church on the corner of Basa and Dagupan Streets in Tondo, Manila, will preside over a feast mass at 6 p.m. today in honor of Saint Monica, the patroness of mothers and wives. A solemn procession follows the mass. A special mass will also be celebrated at the San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila at 5:30 p.m., to be followed by the traditional blessing of mothers. Commemorative rites will also be held in Sta. Monica, Surigao del Norte; Alburquerque, Bohol; Taytay, Palawan; Minalin, Pampanga; Pavia, Iloilo; Botolan, Zambales; Panay, Capiz, and Angat, Bulacan. Born in Tagaste, North Africa in 331, St. Monica was a great devotee of the Blessed Mother. She died in the year 387. (Christina I. Hermoso)

Grand Lotto Pot To Reach P125m

The Grand Lotto 6/55 jackpot remained elusive last Monday with no bet managing to hit the winning numbers combination of 37-08-32-11-09-38 for the P117 million at stake. The projected jackpot for today’s draw is expected to hit P125 million. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said some 1,765,287 individual bets were placed for the 6/55 for the August 25. PCSO Acting Chairman Jose Ferdinand M. Rojas II said that after the no-winner draw, the prize money for the Wednesday draw is projected to reach P125 million depending on the 6/55 ticket sales. He invited the public to continue supporting the charity agency because part of their bets (30 centavos for every peso of revenue) goes to the PCSO charity fund for medical and health assistance to the poor. (Edd K. Usman)