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National Newsbits for June 13, 2014

FEAST OF SAINT ANTHONY DE PADUA

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will preside over a feast mass at 6 p.m. today at the St. Anthony de Padua Shrine in Sampaloc, Manila in commemoration of the Feast of Saint Anthony (San Antonio) de Padua, a Doctor of the Church and the patron of the poor and of lost things. A solemn procession follows the mass. Masses will also be held at 6 a.m. and at 7 a.m. Commemorative rites in honor of the popular saint will also be held in many parts of the country, including Masbate City where the “Pagdayao” Festival will be held. He gave up his wealth to be a servant of God. Many miracles were reported during his time including the apparition of the Infant Jesus. He died in 1231 in Padua, Italy and was canonized by Pope Gregory IX in 1232. He was declared a Doctor of the Church in 1946. To this day, St. Anthony is often invoked for the recovery of lost things. His image is portrayed carrying the Infant Jesus in memory of the apparition. (Christina I. Hermoso)

GRAND LOTTO POT TO REACH P145M

The jackpot for the Grand Lotto 6/55 is projected to reach P145 million for tomorrow’s draw. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said Wednesday’s Grand Lotto P138.5-million bonanza escaped thousands of bettors. PCSO Senior Assistant General Manager Conrado Zabella no one exactly matched the winning numbers combination of 16-12-09-54-27-30 of the June 11 draw. But Zabella said a total of 35 individual bets got at least five of the jackpot numbers which would earn a P56,420 consolation prize. The Grand Lotto 6/55  draw is held every Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. (Edd K. Usman)

PH, CYPRUS SIGN AGREEMENT

The Philippines and Cyprus have inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOA) on Political Consultations to help guide the direction of and provide a mechanism for strengthening bilateral relations.  “This is, in fact, a good first day for us to start commemorative activities for the 35th anniversary of the establishment of our bilateral relations in 2015,” said Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario who signed the MOU on behalf of the Philippine government. Non-resident Ambassador Pantelakis Eliades, who is based in Nicosia, Cyprus, signed for his government. The day before the signing, Ambassador Eliades presented his credentials to President Aquino in a ceremony in Malacañang.  Cyprus is the third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean, and a member state of the European Union. (Roy C. Mabasa)

BARANGAY ENTREPRENEURS

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is supporting the 3rd Negosyo sa Barangay Entrepreneurship Development Training which will be held from July 23 to 26, 2014 at the Royal Mandaya Hotel in Davao City. With the theme, “Barangays toward economic independence,” the training will focus on how barangay officials can promote entrepreneurship in respective communities and spur economic development to help constituents rise from poverty. This will also allow them to gain knowledge, skills, and attitudes to facilitate or create new businesses or improve upon existing ones in their localities. They will also learn to tap available resources, engaging community members in worthwhile activities, and invigorating the barangays to be models of grassroots development. (Czarina Nicole Ong)