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National Newsbits for August 29, 2014


Catholics mark today the Feast of the Beheading of Saint John the Baptist, the precursor and cousin of Jesus Christ. Masses will be held by the hour from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the St. John the Baptist Parish (Quiapo Church) in Manila in honor of its patron. Commemorative rites, masses, and processions will also be held in many parts of the country particularly in Catholic churches named in memory of the first century Jewish preacher. Also known as the last of the Old Testament prophets, the liturgical commemoration of the Feast of the Beheading of St. John the Baptist is as old as the feast of his nativity on June 24. (Christina I. Hermoso)


Another low pressure area (LPA) 190 kilometers east-northeast of Surigao del Sur will continue to bring moderate rains and thunderstorms over the country, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday. PAGASA said the LPA is expected to bring moderate to occasional heavy rains in Quezon while light to moderate rains and thunderstorms will persist in Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, northern part of Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Biliran, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Northern Samar, Samar, Southern Leyte, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur. According to PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio, the LPA is not expected to intensify into a tropical depression. (Ellalyn B. De Vera)


The Grand Lotto 6/55 jackpot prize is expected to reach P133 million tomorrow, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) announced, after bettors failed to pick last Wednesday’s winning combination 27-53-12-52-28-18 which had a P125-million pot. 16 individuals, however, managed to pick five of the six winning numbers and won P133,201 each, the agency said. Grand Lotto is drawn every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. (Edd K. Usman)


Two outstanding women technical vocational (tech-voc) education graduates yesterday topped the 2014 national “Idol ng TESDA Award.” Rhea Corina B. Mejia of Batangas, grabbed the first prize in the Wage-Employed Category, which came with a P15,000 cash prize. Cristina G. Reyes of Dagupan City (Region I) emerged the first prize winner of the Self-Employed Category. She also took home P15,000. Tarlac City’s King Pual B. Gabertan was adjudged winner of the special award for the youth category dubbed ‘Tatak Best, Batang TESDA.” Secretary Joel Villanueva, director general of TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority), led the awarding rites Thursday at the TESDA Women’s Center (TWC) in Bicutan, Taguig City. He said the ‘Idol ng TESDA’ is generally intended to promote technical and vocational courses to Filipinos. Villanueva added that the award also serves as a testimony to the value and dignity of the work performed by the country’s skilled workers, while the winners serve as paragons who can inspire the Filipino youth to pursue tech-voc education. (Edd K. Usman)