The word pandanggo comes from the Spanish dance “fandango” characterized with lively steps and clapping while following a varying ¾ beat. Pandanggo requires excellent balancing skill to maintain the stability of three tinggoy, or oil lamps, placed on head and at the back of each hand.
This famous dance of grace and balance originated in Lubang Island, Mindoro.
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) announced on May 1 that the Prelature of Ipil (Zamboanga Sibugay) has been elevated to a full diocese, with its Ipil Bishop Julius Tonel as its first bishop. Ipil, a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Zamboanga, is the 11th diocese in Mindanao and the 58th in the entire country, the CBCP website said. It has a population of nearly 600, 000 of which 65 percent are Catholics. The new diocese has 19 parishes, 32 priests and 31 religious sisters.
PIMEs has four men working there: Fr. Ilario Trobbiani and Emereson Gazetta in the Parish of Sampoli, fr. Bruno Vanin in Bayog and fr. Stefano Mosca in Lakewood.