Philippines DX News.16

Philippine DX News No.16

June 8, 2008

Hello everyone and welcome to the June 8th edition of the Pilipinas DX. This is report Number 16 and I’m Henry Umadhay in Antique, Central Philippines

In today’s Pilipinas DX News –

1. We have information about Radio Veritas Asia

2. Frequency Changes

3.  Regular station logs

4.  Our special feature on the occasion of Philippine’s 110th Independence Day 


For our first item concerning Radio Veritas Asia 




Typhoon Cosme ravaged the northern Philippine island of Luzon during the week of May 18th and reportedly resulted in considerable damage at Radio Veritas Asia’s transmitting site at Palauig, Zambales.  It has been reported that nine of the fifteen antennas at Palauig were damaged.  To cope with the problem, pending repair of the damaged antennas, Radio Veritas substituted spare antennas for some broadcasts.  For example the morning Tagalog broadcast from 2300 to 2330 on 9720 is temporarily used antenna #8 at 331 degrees rather than #7 at 331 degrees and the morning Urdu service on 11820 between 0100 and 0130 used antenna # 16 at 300 degrees rather than # 13 at 300 degrees.  With such arrangements signal deterioration was expected temporarily in some of Radio Veritas’s target areas.  Radio Veritas has indicated all efforts were underway following the typhoon to restore the transmitting antennas to normal operating capability in the shortest possible time.




Some recent frequency changes which could be of interest in the Asia/Pacific listening areas are as follows:


EGYPT: Radio Cairo’s English service to West Africa between 1900 and 2030 from Abu Zabal previously on 9380 is now on 9300.


WYFR Family Radio:  WYFR has added additional transmissions to South Asia from 19 May forward including 15640 from Nauen, Germany between 1400 and 1500 in Marathi: 15715 from Wertachtal, Germany between 1500 and 1600 in Kannada; and 15370 from Wertachtal, Germany between 1600 and 1700 in Tamil. These are all heard here in the Phillipines in the late evening/early morning.


NETHERLANDS:  Radio Netherlands (RNW) has cancelled their Dutch service to Australia/New Zealand from Bonaire, Netherlands Antilles on 9625 between 0700 and 0757 as of 3 May; RNW now provides their Dutch service to Australia/New Zealand on 9795 from Saipan between 0900 and 0957; and finally as of 13 May RNW’s Dutch Service to Southeast Asia from Talata Vol., Madagascar between 1200 and 1257 is on 17740 replacing 17745.


RADIO LIBERTY:  Radio Liberty’s Uzbek service between 0200 and 0300 via Iranawila, Sri

Lanka is now on 12025 replacing 9460; Radio Liberty’s Russian service between 1000 and 1200 via Lampertheim, Germany is now on 9585 replacing 21530; and Radio Liberty’s Uzbek service between 1400 and 1500 via Udon Thani, Thailand is now on 12005 replacing 11715.


RADIO FREE ASIA:  Radio Free Asia’s Khmer service between 1230 and 1330 via Tinian is now on 12140 replacing 11870.


VOA:  VOA’s English service between 1400 and 1500 via Tinang, Philippines is now on 9345 replacing 15185; VOA’s English service between 1400 and 1600 via Tinang, Philippines is now on7430 replacing 7125;  VOA’s English service beween 1500 and 1600 via Iranawila, Sri Lanka is now on 9345 replacing 13735; and VOA’s Persian service between 1530 and 1600 via Iranawila, Sri Lanka is now on 12110 replacing 11665.


Loggings from the month of May


May 1, Radio Kuwait 17885 Filipino Service @1145 S-I-O: 4-4-4

May 4, Radio Taiwan International Intl 11875 in English @ 0100 S-I-O 3-4-3

            Radio Kuwait 15110 in English @0503 S-I-O: 3-3-3, The Islam, cultural awakening and The Press Today program was aired.

May 5, Radio Canada Intl 11600 in English @0020 S-I-O 3-2-3.Maple leaf mailbag was heard.

May 6, Deutsche Welle 9885//15595 in English @ 0000 S-I-O 3-3-3 with Newslink program.

May 6, Radio Pakistan 15490   in Urdo @0045 S-I-O 3-2-3, song station ID, followed by the news and talk program.

May 7 Radio Australia 15415    // 17775 in English @0035 S-I-O 5-5-5 with Breakfast Club program.

May 7, KBS World Radio 9570 in English @0807 S-I-O 3-3-3.News, commentary, followed by Seoul Calling program.

May 7, Family Radio Oakland, California 13850 in Filipino @ 1230 S-I-O 3-3-3 with religious programming.

May 8, Voice of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur 15295 in English @0648 S-I-O 3-3-2

May 11, Radio New Zealand Intl 7145 in English @0800 S-I-O 3-3-3 Dateline Pacific Program was aired.

May 12, All India Radio 17800 in English @1025 S-I-O 3-3-3. Played Hindi music, followed by faithfully yours program.

May 14, Voice of Indonesia, Jakarta 9525 in English @0813 S-I-O 3-4-3. News and Talk program was aired.

May 15, KTWR Agana, Guam 15170 in English @0823 S-I-O 4-4-4 with Bread of Life program.

May 15, HCJB Australia 15525 morning English transmission to East Asia @2230 S-I-O 3-4-3

May 17, Radio Netherlands 12065 in English to Asia @1010 S-I-O 4-4-3 news, followed by The State Were-in program.

May 17, Radio Sweden 15240 in English to North America @1256 S-I-O 4-4-4


 For our special feature about the 110th Philippine Independence


The Philippine Declaration of Independence occurred on June 12, 1898 at Kawit, Cavite , where Filipino revolutionary forces under General Emilio Aguinaldo (later to become the Philippines’ first Republican President) proclaimed the sovereignty and independence of the Philippine Islands from the colonial rule of Spain after the latter was defeated at the Battle of Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War.


The Solemn ceremonies were attended by the revolutionary leaders and by the thousands of people who came from various provinces. On the balcony of Aguinaldo’s residence- Rianzares Bautista read the Declaration of the Philippine Independence which he had written and which was closely patterned after the declaration of American Independence.

Among the signers of this historic document was an American, Colonel L.M. Johnson of the artillery. As part of the ceremony, the Filipino flag was officially unfurled for the first time. It had the sun and three stars, and was sewn in Hongkong by Marcela de Agoncillo(wife of the patriot-diplomat Felipe Agoncillo). The Philippine National Hymn was played, thrilling the crowd with its stirring music. It was composed by Julian Felipe, a music teacher of Cavite.

By proclaiming their independence to the world, the Filipinos showed determination to be free and soverign.

The declaration, however, was not recognized by the United States or Spain, as the Spanish government ceded the Philippines to the United States in the 1898 Treaty of Paris, in consideration for an indemnity for Spanish expenses and assets lost.

While the Philippines first celebrated its Independence Day on June 12, its independence was only recognized on July 4, 1946 by the United States. Henceforth, Independence Day was observed on July 4, but in the name of nationalism, and upon the advice of historians, Republic Act No. 4166 was signed into law by President Diosdado Macapagal in 1964, proclaiming June 12, which up to that time had been observed as Flag Day, as Independence Day.


This year marks the 110th Philippine Independence day celebration. Various activities where held and the culmination will be on June 12.

 Flag Reverence Day or the National Flag Day last May 28, 2008 signals the beginning of the celebration.

The Department of Education and the National Historical Institute launched the flag advocacy days from May 15-June 30, 2008.

Display of the Philippine flag in all government buildings, schools, universities, hospitals, hotels, department stores and even in residential areas was noted.

On May 28, 2008, simultaneous ringing of church bells, fog horns and flag raising ceremony at 7:00 in the morning was observed.

This year’s celebration theme urges all Filipinos: “Igalang ang Ating Watawat, Sa Isip, Sa Salita at Sa Gawa.”

Prior to the celebration, the newest Philippine festival with a historical twist was held in Cavite, the country’s seat of independence.

In time for the coming Independence Day, the town of Imus in Cavite, commemorated on May 24 the victory of the Battle of Alapan that paved way to the first Philippine Republic when the Philippine Flag was first unfurled on May 28, 1898.

Imus, dubbed as the country’s flag capital, celebrated the first Wagayway Festival on May 24-28 as a commencement of Kalayaan 2008.

The festival’s name “Wagayway” is a Filipino term that means wave, display or unfurl something that is folded such as a flag or banner.

Wagayway Festival hopes to recognize National Flag Day and Imus as a new tourist destination with the same caliber as Cebu’s Sinulog Festival, Bacolod’s Masskara Festival and the like.

Contrary to public beliefs, it was after the victory of the Battle of Alapan when then President Emilio Aguinaldo first waved the flag.

Aguinaldo again unfurled the same flag in nearby town of Kawit on June 12 of the same year along with the declaration of Philippine independence.

This festival will push Filipinos to be more patriotic to our flag and unlike other festivals which are religious in nature; this is a festival with historical and nationalistic theme.

The event will also highlight the bravery and patriotism of the revolutionaries against the Spanish forces.


For other activity


Instead of the traditional civic and military parade, the country will showcase all the micro, small and medium enterprise products that are offered by the government. The celebration will be focused on the government entrepreneurship program as “GoNegosyo” which will be publicized at the Rizal Park in Central Manila.


I join the entire nation and Filipino people worldwide in celebrating the 110 years of the Philippines Independence.


Mabuhay ang Republika ng Pilipinas. That’s our special feature this time.




And before I go, I would like to thank T.C.Patterson in San Remegio, Cebu for his contribution in this report. T.C., Thank you very much.

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This has been Henry Umadhay for Wavescan in Antique, Central Philippines saying… Mabuhay! At Maraming salamat po!






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