RIHSPI featured in short documentary

RIHSPI and its projects were featured on the short documentary video entitled, Rolling Towards Progress. This documentary outlines the plight and challenges that railway heritage preservation faces at present. Railways in the Philippines have been in existence for more than a century, yet it remains in a poor state, when railways are supposed to be the symbol of a country’s progress.

The video reminds people on how beautiful and wonderful our railway system was, and how can it be an inspiration, or even a catalyst for the improvement of our railway infrastructure.

The video feature was produced by RIHSPI Trustee, Juan Carlos Salamat as part of his college thesis. It is distributed through the Reese Channel.

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RIHSPI begins Kapihan sessions

MANDALUYONG CITY – As an effort to reach out to potential applicants, RIHSPI has started the Kapihan Membership Orientation series, envisioned as a regular meeting with members and applicants.

Members and interested people are invited for a coffee session at a coffee shop of choice easily accessible by mass transport. There, RIHSPI officers will explain the goals and objectives of the Society, as well as guidelines to follow as a member of the group. The sessions aim to foster a community forged by closeness and unity in ideals.

The RIHSPI Kapihan series are regularly announced via the Society’s Facebook page and the Reese Forums.

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RIHSPI participates in 4th Bicol Test Run

TUTUBAN, MANILA – RIHSPI has sent a delegation to the 4th PNR trial run to Naga City last May 22, 2011. RIHSPI has previously sent delegations to the first and second trial runs back in 2010, which were conducted to prove the viability of the rehabilitated tracks to the Bicol region.

President Karel Brouwers, Vice President Alberto Nual, Treasurer Jaime Tiongson, and Trustees Victor Dennis Nierva and Juan Carlos Salamat were included in the delegation. The RIHSPI officers took the opportunity to sit down with the PNR management to discuss various heritage projects.

RIHSPI Bicol Delegation

The RIHSPI delegation to the fourth PNR Bicol trial run.

The trip took around 9 hours and 50 minutes, setting a record for the PNR test runs. RIHSPI members provided documentation support, taking note of arrival times, slowdown points, and track obstructions. RIHSPI also conducted interviews with test passengers and PNR officials, gathering insights about the new face of the Bicol Express which is due to resume this June 2011.

These interviews are included in the second episode of the Reese Channel, entitled Sleeper Coach Insights.

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RIHSPI featured on GMA News

RIHSPI and its photo collection were featured on an episode of GMA News TV’s State of the Nation.

Sa tindi ng traffic sa Metro Manila, mas maginhawang sumakay sa tren — iwas-abala dahil mas mabilis ang biyahe. Kaya nga ang makabagong mga tren katulad ng LRT at MRT, kahit laging siksikan, mas pinipili pa ring sakyan. Kamustahin naman natin ang mga tren na biyaheng-probinsya sa Assignment Pilipinas.

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RIHSPI launches the Reese Channel

RIHSPI recently launched the pilot episode of its newest media project, the Reese Channel. It is hosted through the popular video-sharing website, YouTube.

The episode featured the newly donated Japanese sleeper coaches of the Philippine National Railways and provides viewers with an up close look on the sleeper coaches.

Engr. Esperedion Regulto of the Manila Yard Division was interviewed about the features and amenities that will give Bicol bus operators a run for their money once the Manila-Bicol service resumes later in the year.

The Reese Channel is shot in high-definition video, and provides closed captions in English and Filipino for persons with disabilities. Soon it will feature topics about railway heritage and preservation, as well as public awareness for better appreciation of the railways of the Philippines.

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