APARRI, Cagayan - A cum laude graduate from University of the Philippines-Baguio has been crowned as Bb. Cagayan 2012 during the recent Aggao Nac Cagayan (Araw ng Cagayan) held at the Cagayan State University Andrews campus in Tuguegarao City. Ma. Erika Oliveanne Castillejo, a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Journalism graduate, topped other young lasses from the province's 23 beauty contestants. She bested other candidates in the swimwear, Cagayan festival theme attire and question and answer portions, aside from being chosen as darling of the Press. Other pageant winners were Rubyrose Villaflor (Miss Lallo) representing Bb. Gobyerno Ti Umili, Liana Rose Montilla (Miss Amulung); Bb. Turismo and Reyma Yaman (Miss Claveria), First runner-up. (Ariel P. Avendano)


LINGAYEN, Pangasinan - Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. has denied news that circulated in the media that he suffered from a heart attack last Monday. The governor assured that he is in top shape and that there is no truth to him being sick. "Whoever is trying to spread these malicious rumors, they must be politically motivated," Espino told this reporter over the phone while in New Jersey. He said he was headed for Los Angeles to visit Da Vita Corporation which was set to donate more dialysis machines to the Dialysis Center in San Carlos City. (Liezle Basa Iñigo)


ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal - A non-government organization, a private company and the police personnel have teamed up for the benefit of the kids of the indigenous community here yesterday. Led by Supt. Rodino Elfa and members of the NGO, the Antipolo Communication Team Integrated for Emergency (ACTIVE) trooped to the upland Barangay Calawis for their first gift-giving activity for this school year. Inspector Medardo Sumait said the selected elementary school pupils received school supplies and toiletries as part of their humanitarian activity. (Nel B. Andrade)


SAN PEDRO, Laguna - At least 31 dogs placed inside an abandoned van were rescued by authorities in South Fairway Subdivision, Barangay Landayan, this town. Supt. Kirby John Kraft, San Pedro chief of police, said it was around 3:30 p.m. Friday when a concerned citizen informed the lawmen about the black abandoned van and the dogs apparently headed for the dog-meat trade. Kraft said during the inspection that one of the dogs was already dead inside the van, registered to a resident of Calasiao, Pangasinan. The rescued dogs were brought to Animal Kingdom in Tarlac province. (Ferdinand F. Castro)


MARIVELES, Bataan - Fourteen people survived a near-fatal accident on Friday night when the passenger bus they were on careened off a cliff on the Zigzag Road in Barangay Maligaya, here. Senior Inspector Dennis Orbista said the Genesis bus came from Cubao and was headed for Mariveles when the accident happened. Police said upon reaching the Zigzag road, the driver avoided a truck parked on road and lost control of the steering wheel. The bus plunged into a 15-foot deep ravine. All of the passengers were taken to the Maheseco Hospital for treatment of their injuries. (Mar T. Supnad)