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TRAGIC:  This morning I found out that the foreign manager of Gentlemen’s Club, Perry, was shot early AM as he was leaving work.  From what I learned from various sources is that two male Filipinos riding tandem on a motorcycle stopped and demanded money from him, when Perry refused to cooperate one of them shot him.  He was left lying in the street.  The latest news is that he was transported to Ona hospital and is still alive.  Pictures of him lying in the street have been circulated via social media.  This is a terrible act of violence and the sad thing is that I would be very surprised if the police did more than a cursory investigation.  As I receive more info I will update here and I certainly hope Perry survives.  At the time of the morning he left work that area of Perimeter road is dark and deserted.

US VISIT:  A week ago I returned from a quick visit to the US (Ft. Jackson, South Carolina) to attend the graduation of my son Jason from Army basic training.  It has been years since I was in a location that cold.  My wife and I were frozen, during the two day ceremony I shook so hard from the cold that my teeth hurt.  All went well, the family day and graduation  ceremony were wonderful to watch despite the cold and proud Mom, Vina was so happy to see “her baby” again.
We flew out of Clark on Emirates, business class and we were very happy with the great service and comfort.  We were 23 flying hours to our destination and when adding in layovers you better believe it was a long trip.  I used wheelchair service all the way and it seems to me that the distances from plane to gate in these terminals are getting longer and longer.  If I had to walk we would have missed our flights.  One pleasure that we had was not having to make the trip to and from NAIA Manila for our flight and believe me, even if we have to take a longer route to get to our destination we will always try to use Clark for our air travel.

It is time for bed now so I have to sign off but will be adding more comments soon.  Yeah, I have thoughts floating around in this old head of mine.  Remember, be kind to horses and the Emirates personnel certainly treated this old horse with kindness.

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I realize that is a strange title but I am sorry that I have taken so long to add words to this blog of mine.  Please forgive me.  I do not have a decent excuse other than lack of energy and at times quite busy.  I want to thank those that have subscribed to this site and I have filed away all your Email addresses, thanks for your patience.

At this time though I would like to mention two good friends that have passed away recently.  One, Joe Nelson was a man I knew for years, retired Air Force and a Mason.  He died suddenly in Feb after an illness that drove him to Medical City.  Joe enjoyed playing pool and at one time, a long time ago, played on my pool team.  He was a gentleman.


Just a few moments ago I received information that another friend “Fish” passed away in California.  Let me post his obituary:

U.S. Veteran

Charles W. Fisherman passed away Sunday, March 11th,  2018 after a short but acute illness. He was a Husband, Father, Grandfather, Great Grandfather and a Vietnam Veteran.  He was always a very happy and cheerful man that carried a warm smile.

Charles (aka “Fishcat”, aka “Listo”, aka “Fish”) was born in Cogdell, Clinch County, Georgia, on November 5th, 1930. Charles was raised in southern Florida where he excelled in sports. He graduated from Dorsey High School in 1951. He attended Lincoln University in Missouri and worked his way through college as a Pullman Porter on the Pennsylvania Railroad in the early 1950’s. He joined the US Air Force in 1954, after originally being drafted by the US Army, and worked as an Air Policeman. On his 2nd assignment at Clark AFB Philippines, he met his wife, Irene Pineda, and they married after a formal courting process. Charles and Irene had 6 children, traveled all over the world as Charles served a 24-year career in the USAF. Most of his Air Force career, he was stationed at Clark where he played and coached various USAF sports teams.  He excelled in football and track  and consistently made the Air Force team. While in the Air Force in the late 50’s, he qualified for the Olympics in track but had to withdraw due to a leg injury.  Charles completed two tours of duty in Vietnam surviving the 1968 Tet offensive at Tan Son Nhut AFB where he was wounded and narrowly escaped with his life. Charles was a decorated veteran and proud of his service to the country. After his retirement from the Air Force, Charles worked as a government employee at Clark AFB with merchandise control for the Base Exchange and Commissary and would take frequent space available flights around the world. During this time, Charles completed his college education obtaining a Master of Science in Physical Education from the University of the Philippines.

Charles never forgot a birthday, holiday, or an occasion for his family.  He always showered his family with gifts whenever he could.  He was a great story teller and often spoke of his travel and experiences to anyone that would listen. He enjoyed going to the gym and was in incredible physical shape most of his life.  He ate healthy and never drank or smoked.  Charles had a love for cars which was generated from a childhood experience when he saw a 1920’s style Rolls Royce. He was so taken that he had 3 cars designed and manufactured while in the Philippines. He was known to “literally” travel the world searching for car parts. He could often be seen driving around Vacaville in his white Rolls Royce-like custom car he referred to as “Lucille”.

Charles lived most of his life between the Philippines and California.  After his wife’s death, he visited his children and grandchildren often sharing lots of stories and giving them advice on life.  During his later years, he read his bible daily.  His presence will be truly missed especially during the holidays when he cooked greens and baked his banana pudding and pound cake for the family.

Charles Fisherman was predeceased by his wife, Irene Fisherman and brother, Gerald Fisherman. He is survived by his children and their spouses: Yolanda and Andre Santana, Suzette and Victor Humphrey, Agnes Fisherman, Charles “Kenny” and Nicole Fisherman, Jessica and Darek Ochtera, Irene J Fisherman.  Grandchildren: Charles J Santana, Andre L Santana, Victoria Humphrey, Marsha Wainwright, Mark C Wainwright, Cameron Fisherman, Elijah Fisherman. Great Grandson Charles K Evans. His sister and brother in-law Dorothy & Roschell Franklin.  Sister in-law Ruth Fisherman and a host of other in-laws, nieces and nephews.

A viewing will take place on Sunday March 18th from 12:00-3:00 pm at Vaca Hills Chapel 524 Elmira Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687. Services will take place at St Joseph’s Church, Monday March 19th at 10:00 AM at St Joseph’s Catholic Church, 1791 Marshall Rd, Vacaville, CA 95687.

Fish was one of a kind.  He was always very fit, happy and proud of his family.  I met him at the Clark AB Gym when the USAF was here and he was amazing.  He loved traveling space A and when I would meet him he would regale me with stories of his travels to Germany, England and whatever other points on the map that  he could get “Hops” to.  He was so proud of the custom car he had built here in Angeles City shipped to the States.  He was 8 years older than me and physically, looked 25 years younger.  I am sure, in heaven, he is already traveling the world and is probably peeking into the Space Station.  I am so proud to have known this man.

On 25 Feb I celebrated my 80th birthday and enjoyed the company of my family and many friends.  My sister flew in from Florida and my son Jimmy flew in from Arizona.  Regretfully, my son Jason was enjoying a bit of Army basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.  Tomorrow, Sunday, Vina and I will fly out of Clark on Emirates Air line to attend his graduation from basic training on 22 Mar.  After graduation he will be heading to school to learn the plumbing trade.

ENVY SPORTS BISTRO SUITES – located at the entrance to walking street is the newest place for those who love sports and good food at affordable prices.  The four owners who gave you 7 years of service at Phillie’s Sports Grill have taken their experience to bring you a superior dining experience and an excellent venue for viewing sports of your choice at a high degree of comfort.  They have only been open one month but already have been declared as the place to go for great food, great service and great viewing pleasure.  In the near future they will also be offering 7 furnished suites at the same prime location.

Not too long ago I read in the Sun Star paper that officials of Porac, a town adjoining Angeles City, have been confiscating and destroying modified noisy mufflers from motorcycle users.  The use of improvised mufflers is a violation of the Republic Act (RA) No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and traffic code of the Philippines which makes me wonder why we have to suffer from the noise forced on us by these motorcycles.  I commend Porac Mayor Condralito “Carling” B. Dela Cruz and board member Fritzie David-Dizon.  My question now is why can’t Mayor Ed Pamintuan do the same for Angeles City?

PONDEROSA HOTEL: The Ponderosa Hotel (new name “Hotel Fenson”) has had a make-over since a new owner (British National) has taken over.  Before there were a number of owners now it is under single ownership.  I  have been told that the swimming pool area has had a complete upgrade and I am looking forward to taking a look see.  Will do that when I get back from my trip.  I want to meet the new owner.

SWAGMAN – The Swagman has been a mainstay in this town for many years.  Remember the old wet shirt contests, a great picture taking event.  Anyway, I have heard that the Hotel is closed but there is someone that is keeping the bar area up and running.  Another place I have to look at.  In the old days I would drive there myself but I can no longer drive or walk that well so I have to depend on my brother in law to help me, another reason I have not been so active in writing.  I am determined to change all that (I hope).

JOSIE-HI – AKA Thi-Hi has brought on board an Australian manager, Ken, to try and breathe some new life into the place.  It has never been the same since the American owner passes away.  Josie has been doing her best but finances have been a bit hard to come by.  Anyway, Ken was able to erect a cover for the frontage and place some tables and chairs so that now the 3 bars (Honey-Ko’s and Hang-out) all have outside seating.  The interior of Josie-Hi, I believe, remains the same.  The problem is getting the girls to show up for work every day.  It remains my favorite neighborhood bar and I have high hopes that Ken will be able to brighten the place up a bit.  I do not get there as much as I used to and I sort of miss

EATING OUT – A friend of mine treated me and Vina to dinner recently and took us to a new Japanese restaurant, Namari, located at the Saver’s Mall building on MacArthur Hi-way.  I had not been to Saver’s for a long time and I was absolutely amazed at the change.  I could not believe my eyes as drove into the parking area in the back of the building.  The restaurant was on the 1st floor and as we entered the entrance way I wondered if I was in the right place.  The restaurant was to the left and to the right was another restaurant under construction, darn, forgot the name.  Namari featured a long table with a right angle that had cooks standing behind ready to cook the food in front of you, like Beni-Hana’s only without the fancy show.  There are two sittings that you have to reserve in advance, 6 to 8 and 8 to 10 PM.  We sat for the 8 PM session and the chef started right away preparing the food and serving it up one item at a time.  This went on for the whole 2 hours because to my surprise, once the selections had been consumed he asked up what seconds we wanted as it was not 10 PM yet.  Naturally I asked for the pieces of tenderloin and a second dessert.  It was a wonderful experience and I think I would like a repeat evening but the price at P888 per head is a bit steep but considering the menu, especially the tenderloin maybe not so bad.

I was surprised to see that a Best Western Hotel has been installed on the 3rd floor.  I have known the Uy brothers for years, back when they started with a small store across the street from Johnny’s.  That is when you could see Jack or Alan behind the counter chatting with customers.  This newly renovated building is a monument to their success which took a lot of hard work.

AQUA PARK – There is a newly opened water park on Clark which has generated a lot of excitement. This definitely has to be on your “got to visit” bucket list when you visit Angeles City.  The kids or your favorite lady will really appreciate the treat.  I have not seen it yet but my friend Dave Crowe has checked it out and given it high marks.  Beware though, the entry prices are not cheap.  A full day with food, drinks, tickets, etc., could set you back a fair amount of pesos.  But the love and joy in the eyes of the kids and your lady will be reward enough (I think).

I still have lots of thoughts running through my head but it is getting late.  I wanted to write a few lines before I hopped on the plane tomorrow.  If the trip does not kill me I will rest up a bit when I get back and write some more words.  One thing I have to mention is that it certainly has been peaceful in AC with no bar raids, killings, shake-downs, etc.  The tri-cycle drivers are not happy with the appearance of “Grab Cars” but the Expats and tourists love them.  The fares are fair and you do not have to negotiate.  Ride in comfort instead of squeezing into a tri-cycle where the driver charges double what he is allowed to charge by regulation.

Along the Perimeter fence you should stop and look at the enormous parking garage that is under construction.  This is part of the ongoing commercialization of certain areas of Clark under CDC control.  Every month new plans are revealed and the biggest plan is for the Clark Green City which I am not sure I will be around to see its completion much less the beginning of construction.  It is so exciting.  OK
Jimmy D (Harry the Horse), give it a rest, I have a plane to catch.








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Philippine Airlines (PAL) has started flights three times a week to from Clark to Catanduanes, a very beautiful location with many beaches to explore.  The above link will give you a good idea of why it is appealing to many tourists.  Now, when visiting Angeles City PAL offers easy access to this location.  If I was a bit younger and my legs worked a bit better I sure would book a flight to explore the Island.  I am sure backpackers and surfers have already discovered the place.

If only PAL or Cebu Pacific would offer flights from Clark to Bangkok.  It is a pain in the butt to have to get to Manila for this flight.

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For this old fart, one not having a Smart phone, I think these two items I am going to mention is cool.  The first one is GRAB CAR.  When you get to Angeles City, or land at Clark Airport, get you smart phone and add the app “grab car” and then if you have not arranged transportation to your AC hotel or house, contact Grab Car and you will be told how long it will be for them to pick you up, how long to your destination and the price.  In fact there is a Grab Car booth outside the airport or in the terminal, not sure of that.  Even in town use this service on a daily basis.  travel in comfort instead of trying to squeeze into a tricycle and having to pay more than you should.  I have a dumb phone so I can’t get any apps but many locals and tourists have told me how great this service is; of course the tricycle drivers are not happy.  Man, I might have to buy a smart phone and then take lessons on how to use it.

Oh yes, #2, at the Clark Airport they now have contracted with the Genesis Bus Company to have bus service  leaving Clark and going to the Manila airport for P350.  You can get the schedule at the airport when you land.  The plans are to keep adding more routes to include Subic and other destinations in Manila.

When you get to Clark try to get a feel for the place and see how much construction is taking place within Clark.  It is mind boggling.  Oh, wait, one other tidbit I picked up is that the  Philippine Air Force will be moving out by 2020 and that will free up a whole bunch of prime real estate.

That’s it for now, just finished watching a great Tina Turner concert on my TV and time for bed.  Vina, Mrs Horse, has told me we will be going to the farm tomorrow so have to get up early.  By the way, I am still recovering from my knee replacement surgery and taking physical therapy at Clark Medical City.  I also use the Kandi Tower gym which is fantastic.  It is located on the 11th floor and the view is spectacular.  Membership is P2,500 and personal trainers are available.  Check it out.  Construction of a final tower is in progress and I hear many of the units are already reserved.  If you are interested in retiring or spending a lot of time here, you can’t go wrong with Kandi Suites.  Look it up!

Good night!!

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ANGELES CITY – BUSINESS AS USUAL – Despite the imposition of Martial Law in the whole of Mindanao while the Government military forces are battling terrorist gunmen belonging to the Abu Sayyaf and the Maute Group who have besieged the predominantly Muslim City of Marawi, in Angeles City we enjoy peaceful days.
Additionally the lone gunman attack today at the Resorts World Manila has not affected everyday events in Angeles City.  The Philippine Government has declared this was not a terrorist attack and it would be nice if CNN got their facts right.

On Friday, June 2, 2017 9:55 AM, VA Manila (RO&OPC) <> wrote:
Security Notice: 
Visitor Laptops and Larger Electrical/Electronic Devices Are Now Prohibited into the Mission Facilities including VA Manila.  The security personnel is not authorized to store any of these devices while you complete your VA appointment.
This VA Manila notice was posted after the Resorts World Manila incident which indicates a bit more security procedures at this facility.  Over reaction?  Maybe, but what the hell, easy enough to comply with.
The reason I am posting these comments tonight is so I can assure those many tourists that have already booked tickets to travel to Angeles City through Manila that there is no reason to be concerned with your safety.  These incidents in Manila and Mindanao go nearly unnoticed in Angeles City..  There is great distance between the two locations mentioned.



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PORKY’S BAR – Has added a bit of Irish to this popular watering hole as the new management is a happy Irishman and his lovely Filipina partner.  I hope I can get there to take a picture and see what changes, if any, are planned.

PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL AND BAR – Will see two Australians, Joe and Phillip, take over ownership on 1 Jun.  These are two great guys who will not be making any immediate changes but once they get their feet wet, stand by for news.

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Always Remember, be kind to Horses!

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Greetings dear readers, old and new. You might remember me as “Harry the Horse” and know that Jason Collins took over the newsletter from me a couple of years ago. He purchased the domain names Harry The and .asia. Regretfully, he ran into a bit of bad luck and had to give up the on-line edition and the newspaper. There is a good chance he may be able to recover and return to the printed page again. I could not use those domain names again and I wondered what I could name my new venture. Many people know me as Harry, Jimmy D and yes, even “Asshole”. I answered to all, after all I was the President of the Asshole Club for 7 years. Over 500 people will remember the 1st Saturday of each month during that time. I thought about it and thought of JimmyDHorse, I kind of liked it, and well, here is my first attempt at returning to my keyboard, again writing about the City I love, Angeles City and the foreigners who visit and live here. As usual I will write about the good, bad and ugly.

I am not physically able to write a monthly blog so this new format will allow me to write something whenever I want and people who register will be able to see whenever I write something new. Yes, my political rants will continue, I just can’t help myself. I can no longer drive or walk that well but I will try to get around to bars with no stairs so I can meet the owners/managers and give them a bit of publicity. What amazes me is how many new names have cropped up, for example, Fire Pit has change their name to Diamond Bar and I suspect I will try to visit them first. I will also depend on friends who will feed me some information and keep me up to date. Folks, the bars and Clubs played a big part in bringing tourists to this City and they deserve to be recognized, despite efforts by many officials who think differently. Yes, Korean ownership of establishments are spreading from Friendship to Fields Avenue and beyond. That is a reality and it sure as hell is not going to change.

Who knows, President Duterte might open the door to Russian tourists and hell yes, Chinese too. Will Americans still be welcome? Good question.

That is my long intro, give me time to get used to this new format and I will get help from my friends Alex and Chuck, maybe even Detroit Al. I have missed my many readers, local and worldwide, and I know I will not please everyone but hell, I just like writing to whoever takes the time to read this, even if I am the only one to do so.

Alex will help me fact check some of my political rants so Bill Campbell gets off my ass for not doing so.

HONEY-KO’S BAR CLOSED – I was saddened to learn of this closure. It has only been a few months that the previous owner, Damien, sold his interest and new owner Mark spent a bit of money making interior improvements that improved the ambiance. He was looking forward to a long lease and to settle down to enjoy his years here. This all ended when certain law enforcement personnel visited him and made him realize that it would be better to close shop rather than risk a raid and get him and his wife arrested for some trumped up charges.

It is rumored that the owner of Josie-Hi was also approached and a sum of money was discussed. The owner, truthfully, advised these personnel that her establishment did not have any funds to spare. This was truthful for this bar is operating on a shoe string, especially now during the slow season.

This Horse is happy that the bar remains open as it is one of my favorite watering holes in town.

THE GREEN BOTTLE CLOSED – Located along Perimeter road in the Clarkview area regretfully closed its door because of the serious illness of popular owner Elmar. He is presently confined in a hospital in Okinawa. For a long time he was trying to sell the bar so he could move to Okinawa. I hated to see the closure as it was located just a short distance from my “Stable”

PHILLIE’S SPORTS GRILL and BAR This remains one of the more popular establishments in town with 24 hour sports coverage, great food and nice viewing areas. Every Friday night they host a Joker-Poker drawing as well as 4 to 5 raffle draws. Recently a young lady was overwhelmed with happiness as she won a jackpot of P300,000. Needless to say the house was filled to capacity. The jackpot now stands at P105,000 and P5,000 will be added each week until a customer finds the elusive but not hard to find Joker. Starting at 7:30 PM each Friday for every drink purchased one ticket is given and for a meal 2 tickets are added.


Just last night (Tuesday) after a rather long absence I decided to treat my wife and son to a nice Indian meal. Of course an excellent establishment for this is the Risoi Authentic Indian Restaurant in Hensonville. The owner is Richard, an excellent cook of this exotic cuisine who I had known for 21 years. I first met him when he was working in a bar at the old Clark Terminal building near the Checkpoint. His right hand waitress was Lisa who now, so many years later was still working for him at his Hensonville restaurant. It had been a year since I visited Richard so I looked forward to seeing him again. After the meal I asked Lisa if Richard was in the back cooking. To my utter shock and sadness she informed me that he had passed away in March this year. I don’t know if the tear in my eye came from this news or the Vindaloo dish I had just consumed. I sat there in disbelief. He had suffered from lung cancer and had gone back to India twice for treatment. After the second time he returned to tell everyone he had been cured. That was not true. Over the years Richard became known to many expats in this town. He and his food will be remembered. His stepson is cooking now and the restaurant remains open in his memory. Stop by for a great meal and say hello to Lisa. I was not able to meet his stepson. He was busy, maybe next time.

DENNIS MITCHELLpassed away this month after a long illness. He was a dear friend to many, well respected and one hell of a good Club manager. During the years I wrote “Harry the Horse” I could always go to Dennis for advice and to get tips as to what was going on in the bar scene. I had not seen him for months and did not realize he was ailing. I received an Email from John C. (Margarita Station) and could not believe the words I was reading. He will be missed and I pass on my condolences to his wife, his hard working partner who stood by his side for so many years. I wrote the following words about Dennis in my Dec 2000 HTH newsletter. Believe me, he earned that respect and kept it to his last day with us.

Last month Dennis Mitchell left employment at Kokomo’s and moved over to the German connection at the Volcano.  I predicted that he would return to Kokomo’s but was assured that this would not happen.  Upon returning from Vegas I was very pleased to see that, indeed, Dennis has returned to Kokomo’s where his many friends felt he never should have left in the first place.  Dennis indicated that money is not everything and that peace of mind and respect counts for a lot.


For the first time in years I had to undergo root canal treatment for one tooth. I damn sure did not look forward to it even though I had complete faith in the dentists at Smile Makeover. I did not get to use Doctor Tey this time but, instead, the always smiling Dr. Irene. All went well the first day of treatment but on the second day it was found that my tooth was not going to cooperate, things got difficult as one canal or nerve was curved and not easy to deal with. On my 4th appointment, Monday, I was being treated, had my pain killer shots in my mouth, temporary cap removed, Doc Irene working away with some kind of file in my tooth and I was trying to watch the overhead movie. Suddenly, no electricity, brown out! They got me out of the chair to sit in the waiting area but, no luck the juice was not coming back on. Back in the chair, fill in the tooth, put cap back on and make an appointment for the next day. Everyone laughing, joking around, including me except that I wished it had happened before the shots.

Next day, 11 AM appointment, made me miss the rest of the Golden State basketball game. Got there on time but informed Dr. Irene had an unplanned patient with an emergency. Could I wait? How long? Unknown! Told them I would go to Phillie’s Sports Grill and have a cup of coffee. Call me when ready. Got a call, return at 12:30. No problem. Got in chair, got the shots again, cap off, fill in tooth again, different movie. Then the damn electricity went off again. Did not get out of the chair this time; we knew the routine except this time I uttered the polite word “shit, not again, what are the odds”, two unfinished movies! Wednesday, I have an appointment for 4 PM. Will it happen again, stand by for news!  UPDATE:  The 4 PM visit went well.  The bad news is that I still face at least 2 more appointments to finish up (hopefully).  Oh yes, I was able to finish the movie.

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I’m Back!

I‘m back, and I’m crankier than ever. Subscribe if you’d like to be notified of new posts…Or don’t…It’s a free world, or it used to be.-JD

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Smoking Ban.

There will be a lot of pros and cons over this new executive order from President Duterte. I am sure our Angeles City Mayor will be sending out specific enforcement procedures. For sure, there will be many violations and one hell of a lot of unhappy smokers.-JD

Duterte signs nationwide smoking ban into law

After months of apparent prevarication, President Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public throughout the Philippines.
The ban, which could see persistent offenders jailed for four months and fined 5,000 pesos, covers both indoor and outdoor smoking — making it one of the most stringent anti-smoking laws in the world.
The new order announced today (Thursday, May 18) also absorbs existing bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship — which can see offenders jailed for three years, fined 400,000 pesos and have business permits revoked.
Over the past few months, we have reported on contradictory announcements about the timing of the ban. (Read more here and here.)
For many years, the president was himself a heavy smoker but gave up after he was diagnosed as suffering from Buerger’s disease, which can cause blockages in the blood vessels.
The new ban is based on the ordinance that then-Mayor Duterte slapped on Davao City in 2012.
Designated smoking areas not larger than 10-square-metres are permitted, but must be at least 10 metres from building entrances or exits. Police-led anti-smoking task forces will be created in towns and cities.
The ban also covers the use of electronic cigarettes.
There are about 17 million Filipino smokers, or nearly a third of the adult population, one of the highest rates in the region. Experts say the habit costs the economy nearly $4 billion in annual healthcare and productivity losses.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea described the ban, saying: “Public places means all places, fixed or mobile, that are accessible or open to the public or places for collective use, regardless of ownership or right to access, including but not limited to schools, workplaces, government facilities, establishments that provide food and drinks, accommodation, merchandise, professional services, entertainment or other services.
“It also includes outdoor spaces where facilities are available for public or where a crowd of people would gather, such as, but not limited to, playgrounds, sports grounds or centres, church grounds, health/hospital compounds, transportation terminals, markets, resorts, walkways/sidewalks, entrance ways, waiting areas and the like.”
All forms of public transport are also covered by the ban.
It remains to be seen how widely implemented the new order will be. In March, we reported how the president’s daughter Sara, the current Mayor of Davao City, was launching a “vice squad” to crackdown on her father’s anti-smoking ordinance, due to widespread breaches.

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Dental pt.4, Phillie’s Parking, Barrio Barretto

DENTAL PART 4 – I decided to add a new post about my dental drama.  Went today for a 4 PM appointment to have the final canal cleaned out.  Sure enough, in the middle of the job the brown out occurred again.  That is 3 times, BUT, surprise, they got the generator up and running and finished the job.  I left SMILE MAKEOVER with a big smile.  Only one appointment left to fill it in and put on the cap.  I hope I never have to suffer a root canal again.  What great patience Dr. Eileen had and her assistants as well.  (Dr Tan, no need to change)

NO PARKING – Everyone knows how difficult it is to try to get a parking space in front of Phillie’s Sports Grill and all of us living here were hoping that the CDC park area would eventually turned into a paid parking area.  That dream went out the window as the CDC police came and got rid of the squatters, cleaned up the area and then declared the place off limits.  I was informed that CDC will turn that whole area into a market.  No word on what kind of market yet.  There are so many areas in Angeles where parking at business establishments is difficult or non-existent?

BARRIO BARRETTO:  Driving to Subic is a pleasure due to the Expressway and the very short driving time.  It is also very convenient to drive through the Freeport Zone and then head to the popular entertainment spots in Barrio Barretto.  I have not been there this year but I have spoken to some lads here in Angeles City that have related as to how the prices for entertainment have become a bit expensive.  Like in Angeles City prices have risen over the years but what has changed as well is the attitude of many of the ladies and even some owners.  The Barrio is no exception as reviews reached me about bars such as Hot Zone, The Office and TRose places where the prices surprised those who had been customers for many years.  One bar mentioned, Mango’s was reported to have stable, easy to understand pricing.  This is not to be critical of these bars because times have changed and many Expats living here remember the old days but sometimes forget inflation and how much harder it is to make a Peso.  The surprise was in the differences in price for entertainment from bar to bar.  Isn’t that sort of similar to the principal of free marketing.  Shucks, shop around until you find a place with prices you can afford, or, simply go home and put on a movie and dream of the “Old Days”.

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