Vol 5 No 76.pmd



Vol 5 No 76.pmd
P 8.00
NOVEMBER 4 - 5, 2011
Nueva Ecija
rice harvests
down by 40%
MASSAGE. Angeles City Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan enjoys a backrub
massage together with Mayor Marino “Boking” Morales of Mabalacat
during the ‘Longest Sitting Massage Chain’ world-record attempt held
recently at the Bayanihan Park to promote health and wellness tourism
ITY OF SAN FERNANDO – A month since
typhoons Pedring and Quiel, the toll on rice
production in Nueva Ecija, dubbed as the
country’s rice granary, has shown.
SC hit for failing to
diffuse ‘social volcano’
on Manila Bay clean-up
ANGELES CITY – Leaders of the militant Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang
Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) and
Anakpawis party list has
accused the Supreme
Court of failing to diffuse “a
social volcano” by junking
their motion seeking clarification on its ruling on the
clean up of the Manila
spokesperson Atty. Midas
Marquez advised us to file
a motion for clarification
before the high court instead of asking the 15 justices to issue a legal opinion if the reclamation and
conversion of Manila Bay
foreshore areas is consonant with the SC ruling on
Manila Bay,” Pamalakaya
vice chairman Fernando
Hicap said yesterday.
“We were just asking
for clarification, but the
court failed to deliver the
needed clarification on
Manila Bay ruling,” Hicap
lamented. The motion was
filed last Sept. 1.
Hicap said “We are bePAGE 6 PLEASE
Atty. Custodio shows the photos to locators displayed at the exhibit
in the AFAB administration building. PHOTO BY RIC GONZALES
Freeport to hire 6K
workers in Bataan
At least 6,000 workers
will be hired at the Freeport Area of Bataan (FAB)
as two firms will start
their operations early next
Deogracias Custodio,
chairman and administrator of the Authority of the
Freeport Area of Bataan
(AFAB), made the an-
nouncement during the
launch of FAB’s photo
exhibit here last week.
The photo exhibit, entitled “Respecting the
Past, Building the FuPAGE 2 PLEASE
Nagwaging Lakan, Lakambini
makakasama sa Star Magic
Tinanghal na Lakan at Lakambini ng Bulacan ang isang binatang
taga-San Rafael at dalagang mula
sa bayan ng Paombong sa
katatapos na koronasyon para sa
taunang timpalak.
Kaugnay nito, ang dalawa ay
posibleng mapabilang sa talent
pool ng Star Magic Productions
ng ABS-CBN kasama ang tatlo
pang kalahok.
Tinanghal na 2011 Lakan ng
Bulacan si Jovet Andrade ng San
Rafael samantalang nasungkit ni
Mariver Ocampo ng Paombong
ang korona bilang Lakambini ng
PANALO. Tinanghal na 2011 Lakan at Lakambini ng Bulacan sina Jovet Andrade ng San Rafael at Mariver Ocampo ng Paombong matapos ang
isinagawang koronasyon sa bayan ng Plaridel. PHOTO COURTESY OF LAKAN AT LAKAMBINI NG BULACAN CHARITIES INC.
Marshmallow maker
is ‘Olympics’ winner
marshmallow maker has
bagged the “Olympics.”
Bulacan-based marshmallow manufacturer
Markenburg International
(Markenburg) has been
named as the first in Central Luzon to be awarded
the government’s Productivity Olympics Prize under the micro, small and
(MSME) category.
Department of Labor
and Employment (DOLE)
Sec. and National Wages
and Productivity Commission (NWPC) chairperson
Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz personally conferred
the prize to the corporation
in ceremonies held recently in Manila.
“The Productivity
Olympics is a biennial
competition of best productivity practices of MSMEs nationwide. Business
excellence which includes
total productivity; expansion and growth; and
awards, recognitions and
certifications received as
well resource management were the basis in
determining the winners,”
said DOLE regional information officer Jerry Borja.
Borja added that
Markenburg shared the
medium industry category
prize with Tesoro’s Printing
Press of Davao city.
He said the Bulacanbased confectionery manufacturer was cited for its
compliance with labor
laws and international
quality standards.
“Markenburg’s personality development trainings
for employees and its stature as the marshmallow
distributor of big local and
UNDER REGISTRY NOS. 89-634 & 90-4888;
UNDER REGISTRY NOS. 97-3028 & 97-3029,
SP. PROC. NO. G-11-2417
On October 03, 2011, petitioner, through counsel, Atty. Dick Van P.
Nieto, filed the instant petition praying that after due notice, publication
and hearing, an Order be issued directing the Local Civil Registrar of
Guagua, Pampanga to cancel the record of birth petitioner under Registry
Nos. 97-3028 & 97-3029, being considered as double registration as
well as the Local Civil Registrar of Lubao, Pampanga to make the
necessary correction/cancellation in the Certificates of Live Birth of Hal
John B. Zita and Allain B. Zita, under Registry Nos. 89-634 & 90-4888,
from “March 3, 1988, Guagua, Pampanga, (Chuch)” to “Not Married”.
WHEREFORE , finding the petition to be sufficient in form and
substance, the Court hereby:
(a) sets the case for hearing on 06 December 2011 at 8:30 o’clock
in the morning;
(b) orders petitioner (1) to serve within seventy-two (72) hours from
receipt hereof copies of the petition and its annexes to the Office of the
Solicitor General of the Philippines at 134 Amorsolo St., Legaspi Village,
Makati City, Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, City of San Fernando,
Pampanga; and the Local Civil Registrars of Lubao and Guagua,
Pampanga; and (2) to show proof of said service to this Court;
(c)orders all persons interested in the petition: (1) to appear on said
date and time before this Court-Regional Trial Court, Branch 49, guagua,
Pampanga; (2) to show cause, if any, why the petition should not be
(d) orders the Solicitor General to enter his appearance in this case
for the State seventy-two (72) hours from receipt of this Order;
(e) orders the Officer-In-Charge of this Court to furnish copies of this
Order to the petitioner, her counsel, the Solicitor General, the Local Civil
Registrars of Lubao and Guagua, Pampanga, the Provincial Prosecutor
of Pampanga, the Civil Registrar General of the Philippines and the
National Statistics Office who are given fifteen (15) days from notice of
the petition or from the last date of publication of such notice, within which
to file their comment/opposition thereto, if any.
Further, the petitioner at her expense, is ordered to cause the
publication of this Order before the date of hearing for three (3) consecutive
weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the Province of Pampanga
in accordance with P.D. 1072. Likewise, the petitioner is directed to pay
the amount of Five Hundred (Php500.00) Pesos to the Office of the
Provincial Prosecutor , City of San Fernando, Pampanga, as appearance
fee of the Public Prosecutor and through whose office the Solicitor General
shall be represented in the proceedings, and to show proof to the Court
of such payment made on or before the scheduled hearing.
Guagua, Pampanga, 10 October 2011.
Presiding Judge
PUNTO! Central Luzon: October 21, 28 & November 4, 2011
international companies
such as Jollibee, Nestle
and Red Ribbon were likewise commended,” Borja
Apart from Markenburg
and Tesoro, other Productivity Olympics winners
were Pamora Farm Inc. of
Abra (micro agribusiness
category), Our Tribe Food
Products of Kalinga (micro
industry category), Stanfilco Makilala Labor Union
Consumer’s Store of North
Cotabato (micro service
category), J. Peyra Poultry Farm of Camarines Sur
(small agribusiness category), Farmtec Foods Inc.
of Cavite (small industry
category), St. Joseph’s
Academy of Mandaue city
(small service category)
and Escalante Public and
Private School Teachers
Multi-Purpose Cooperative
of Escalante city (medium
service category).
Each winner received
P100,000 and trophy plus
the privilege to use the
Productivity Olympics
2011 logo for three years
and priority endorsement
to training programs of
DOLE and its attached
Meanwhile, five companies were also given
special citations for their
productivity initiatives in
the areas of business excellence and people management. These include
Technovate Enterprise of
Quezon City;
Kabinulig Para ti Panagdur-as ti Abra Inc. of
Abra; San Rafael Agrarian
Reform Beneficiaries
Multi-Purpose Cooperative
of Murcia, Negros Occidental; Almora General
Hospital of Kalinga and
Elim Agricultural and Poultry Dressing Plant of Misamis Occidental.
ALEMART CORPORATION for its protection
and that of its wholesalers and customers
announces that the following official receipts:
155601-155650 issued to its San Fernando
Sales Office cannot be accounted by the
Sales Office. Any payment evidenced by the
above receipts will not be honored by the
Company pending investigation
Punto! Central Luzon: October 21-November 16, 2011
City of San Fernando (P)
EJF No. 236-11
(Real Estate Mortgage under Act 3135, as amended by Act 4118)
Upon extra-judicial petition for sale under Act 3135, as amended,
filed by UNITY BANK, A RURAL BANK, INC., mortgagee, with principal
address at V. Tiomico St., City of San Fernando, Pampanga, against
with residence and postal address at Blk. 18, Lot 10, AG Castro Blvd.
Greenville Subdivision, City of San Fernando, Pampanga, to satisfy the
mortgage indebtedness which as of October 10, 2011 amounts to TWO
SIXTEEN and 09/100 PESOS (P2,680,716.09) excluding interest and
other charges, the undersigned Clerk of Court & Ex-Officio Sheriff and/or
her duly authorized Sheriff IV will sell at public auction on December 6,
2011 from 9:01 A.M. to 12:00 N.N. and from 1:00 P.M. to 3:59 P.M.
at the main entrance of the Regional Trial Court Building, City of San
Fernando (P), to the highest bidder for CASH or MANAGER’S CHECK
and in Philippine Currency, the following property/ies with all the
improvements thereon, to wit:
“ A parcel of land (Lot 33, blk. 20 RES II of the subd plan
Psd-03-023089, being a portion of lot 5038-D, Psd-03-001902,
LRC Rec No. ), situated in the Bo. of San Jose, Mun. of San
Fdo., Prov. of Pamp. x x x containing an area of TWO
HUNDRED FIFTY FIVE (255) Square Meters x x x “
All sealed bids must be submitted to the undersigned on the abovestated time and date.
In the event the public auction should not take place on the said
date, it shall be held on December 13, 2011, without further notice.
Prospective buyers may investigate for themselves the title herein
above described and encumbrances thereon, if any there be.
City of San Fernando, Pampanga, October 27, 2011.
Clerk of Court
& Ex-Officio Sheriff
V. Tiomico St, City of San Fernando (P)
Sheriff IV
Blk. 18, Lot 10, AG Castro Blvd.
Greenville Subd., City of San Fernando (P)
PUNTO! Central Luzon: November 4, 11 & 18, 2011
69 HR victims in CL
undergoing ‘rehab
ANGELES CITY – Sixty-nine victims of human trafficking in Central Luzon have availed themselves of
the government’s “reintegration program for trafficked
persons”, a program cited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as an “important process in the campaign against exploitation.”
The DSWD in the region reported yesterday that
the 69 victims included 23 minors and four males
most of whom were “rescued” from prostitution fronts
in various provinces in Central Luzon.
“More than rescuing them, their rehabilitation and
reintegration is an important phase,” the DSWD regional director Adelina Apostol.
After being rescued Angeles City, two minors
have already been integrated with their families in
Olongapo City even as social welfare officials have
continued to assist them in the cases they file
against their former employers. A third minor is still
in Haven, a home for girls in Pampanga, and the
DSWD is coordinating with her father who resides
in Manila, she said.
Adults who were rescued were given funds to
enable them to start small businesses, while others
found employment under the DSWD’s food-for-work
Apostol said three more minors rescued in Aurora province were also brought back to the custody
of their parents and were provided food assistance,
as well as counseling and legal services amid the
pending cases against their former employers.
In Tarlac City, 10 women who were rescued got
as much as P10,000 from their local government units
to enable them to also starts small businesses. One
minor was also returned to her parents in the city.
The DSWD also said that three more minors rescued from nightspots in Zambales were reunited with
their families in San Fabian, Pangasinan and Manila. Two rescued adults, also in Zambales, were
reported to have found employment in Lebanon after
they were also given financial assistance by the
In Nueva Ecija, 14 minors who were rescued were
also reunited with their parents. Also rescued in the
province were four men from Gen. Natividad town
and three women from Aliaga.
“The involvement and participation of the victims
themselves in the rehabilitation process will facilitate their reintegration in their communities,” Apostol said. –Ding Cervantes
Freeport to hire...
ture,” and the FAB sportsfest joined by AFAB workers and locators were the
culmination of the monthlong celebration commemorating the turning of
the freeport into an authority.
In 2009, Second District Rep. Albert S. Garcia
worked for the passage of
Republic Act 9728, the law
creating the FAB and the
Custodio disclosed that
two firms under the Lhuen
Thai Garments Co. will
start their operations at
the FAB where there are
at least 12,500 workers.
He added that there are 52
registered firms at the
FAB, 45 of which are now
Custodio also said the
one of the new firms produces bags for computers and laptops, and the
other is involved in garments.
He added that the FAB
has a historical past as it’s
the first-ever freeport zone
declared by the government in the country during
the tenure of former President Ferdinand Marcos.
Garcia earlier said he
had worked for the creation
of the law to push for
progress not just in the
FAB but in the entire province.
Custodio named Slazenger as one of the two
firms. He said Lhuen Thai
will also be engaged in
cotton fabric mill, water
treatment facility, cotton
knit facility, cotton knit factory, and wash facility in
the area.
Under the law pushed
and sponsored by Garcia,
the investors will get to
enjoy the incentives the
FAB offers such as Income
Tax Holiday (ITH) from four
years to eight years; 5
percent tax in lieu of local
and national taxes after
ITH period; duty free importation of capital equipment, raw materials, consumer goods and personal items; exemption from
wharfage dues, export taxes, imposts and fees; domestic sales allowance of
up to 30 percent of total
sales; and special visas for
The new investors operating at the freeport are
One Source Petroleum
Marketing Co., Lewisberg
Warehousing and Logistics, North Binghamton
Solutions Corp., Off-Road
Adventure and Classic
Automotive Restorers Inc.,
Good Sail Trading Inc.,
Greenville River Manufacturing Corp., Half-Moon
Bay Duty Free Inc., Twenty Oaks Marketplace
Corp., Executive Heights
Bed and Breakfast, Clarkes Point Industrial Corp.,
Trans-Am Waste and
Rags Philippines Inc.,
South Charnwoods Industrial Corp., and Kinetix Industries Corp.
Subic eyed for rescue
training, Red Cross HQ
“So let the music take your mind, just
release and you will find you’re gonna fly
Being the unexpected present that it was to
me, the cruise had another surprise in store.
Little did I know that it was a concert cruise that
I got on. And the artists were the members of
my all-time favorite all-Pinoy singing group, The
CompanY. On the Galaxy of the Stars they performed. Their operatic rendition of the BlackEyed Peas’ My Humps is a totally different and
exceptional musical experience that caused a
last song syndrome in many minds that night.
And all throughout, The CompanY received such
a heartening response from the audience, turning the concert into a resounding success and
making us proud to be Pinoys.
One thing that struck me is that Filipinos hold
key positions as well as lead most of the entertainment programs on the SuperStar Virgo. I remember Ericka, host of The Singing Bee (of
which I was the contestant who took the medal
home), Ely the Zumba instructor, the sexy and
graceful Filipina who led the line dancing on the
Grand Piazza, the all-Filipino lounge band, and
the cruise director whose name, for the life of
me, I could not now recall. I can only conclude
that as a race, Filipinos can ably answer the
call as world-class entertainers with our fluent
English, friendly smiles, natural grace and love
for life.
“I love it when we’re cruisin’ together.”
Part of cruising is going onshore. Together
with Gilda and other new friends composed of
the travel agents and The CompanY, I got a
glimpse of Penang, host to the world’s third largest reclining Buddha. On closer look, Penang
appeared to me as a laid-back city despite lots
of vehicles, the inevitable traffic and being a budget shopper’s paradise.
Next stop was Phuket Island on the Thai
peninsula, and to Patong Beach where nowhere
could be found a trace of the 2004 tsunami that
devastated it. The beachfront was crowded, the
shops full of everything a tourist could want, while
people and buildings sweltered under the sun.
Eight of us chose to get an authentic Thai massage and did not regret missing out on shopping
at all. It was also in Phuket that we got to ride an
elephant and watched a humorous elephant show
after which two monkeys showed us their social
graces, bicycle-riding, ball-shooting and coconut-picking skills. (Thai coconut farmers use
trained monkeys as plantation hands to save on
time and labor costs.)
On the way back to Phuket’s deep sea port
where the Virgo was docked, I wished aloud for
other ordinary people like me to also have the
chance to experience what I have been through
the past several days. Gilda pointed out that this
is very possible at these times when travel has
become popular and cheap. An expert in the travel
field, she advises planning a trip way ahead of
time, say six months or more. This way, Filipinos could avail themselves of much lower fare
rates and more. Besides, she said, her agency
Ties That Travel can work out a lay-away plan
for those who have the wanderlust but fall short
on the means to satisfy it.
“Tonight belongs to us, everything right, do
what you mind…”
Back on the Virgo on our last cruising day, I
found myself spending quiet moments alone on
our balcony with a view and going over the past
few days. Gratefully acknowledging the rare
opportunity to travel, I realized that in seeing new
places, meeting new people, making friends and
doing unordinary things, I have let go of inhibitions and rediscovered aspects of myself that
have been buried and forgotten in life’s daily grind.
My introspection turned spiritual, seeing my Creator’s benevolence and coming upon the decision to renew and better myself.
The cruise paved the way for the intangible
benefits of travel - self-discovery, building new
friendships, renewing ties. Whatever time, effort
and money spent (reasonable, to my mind) was
worth it all.
indeed, my birthday present became an extraordinary and fun journey outside my country
and inside my soul.
Foreign travel agents set to tour...
tinations from the Philippines
and is the NorthPhil Expo’s official carrier.
The expo, according to Tiotuico, has evolved into a global
marketing event highlighting the
North Philippines as an international and domestic tourism hub
and contributing to the DOT’s
product, brand and market development efforts.
The expo’s tourism exhibits
will feature the pavilions of the
provinces of Aurora, Bulacan,
Nueva Ecija, Pampanga and Tarlac, the freeport zones of Clark
and Subic Bay, the DOT regional offices in North Philippines,
and the corporate booths of various tourism-related businesses.
This year’s expo will also be
participated in by DOT regional
offices from Visayas and Mindanao.
To be showcased in the exhibit booths and pavilions are
popular, new and emerging tourism destinations, attractions,
and products and services that
are unique to each region.
Supporting the expo are the
Central Luzon Tourism Council,
the provinces and DOT offices
in North Philippines, and the
Philippine Exhibits and Themeparks Corporation (PETCO) as
event manager.
More information can be obtained from PETCO (tel. [632] 8329303 to 05, fax [632] 5562723, email
[email protected], and website www.northphilexpo.com.
SBMA to supply seedlings
for greening program in CL
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) will supply most of
Central Luzon’s needs for seedlings under a national greening
program that seeks to plant
some 1.5 billion trees throughout the country in a period of five
SBMA Chairman Roberto
Garcia asked the SBMA Ecology Center to intensify its collection of seedlings of various indigenous tree species in this
freeport for use in tree-planting
projects in Central Luzon.
Garcia said the SBMA has
taken on a significant role in the
government’s National Greening
Program (NGP) after it signed a
joint memorandum of agreement
with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources
(DENR) and the Department of
Science and Technology
(DOST) for the establishment of
an indigenous tree specie nursery here.
“We are in the best position
to supply planting materials for
the greening program, because
the Subic Bay Freeport has all
sort of indigenous tree species
in its well-protected forests,”
Garcia said.
“Aside from this, Subic Freeport has all types of vegetation
— from those that grow in forests to those that thrive in grasslands and mangroves, so it can
really supply seedlings even for
various types of location,” he
Meanwhile, SBMA forester
Patrick Escusa said that Ecology Center personnel are currently gathering seeds and seedlings
from a mini-park right at
Subic’s central business district.
“So far, we have Narra and
Bani seedlings from our mini-park
here, and after this, we’ll also
collect so-called ‘wildings’ — or
seedlings that have sprouted from
fallen seeds — at residential areas in the zone,” he said.
The collected seedlings are
carefully transplanted into seedling bags, and then cared for at
the SBMA nursery until they’re
ready for distribution.
The NGP aims to reforest
100,000 hectares with 100 million seedlings this year; 200,000
hectares with 200 million seedlings in 2012; and 300,000 hectares with 300 million seedlings
annually for 2013, 2014, 2015
and 2016.
Half of the total number of
seedlings to be planted would be
forest tree species for timber
production and forest protection
purposes. The other half will consist of tree species used in agroforestry sites conducive to growing cash crops and fruits.
Environment Secretary Ramon Jesus Paje said that a key
feature of the NGP is to correct
certain gaps in past reforestation undertakings that “usually
were concentrated in areas that
were most convenient to (planters) without regard to whether
the tree seedlings planted will
thrive in those areas.”
–Malou Dungog
The CompanY + 2. Gilda Padua (left) and author (3rd from left) join sensational
singing group on cruise.
With its own elite corps of veteran rescuers and emergency response teams, the Subic Bay
Freeport will soon be a center
to train and develop emergency
rescue teams in the Philippines
and also become the regional
headquarters of Red Cross for
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) Chairman Roberto Garcia said the Red Cross
will establish its regional headquarters in Subic and develop a
facility to enhance the skills of
rescue workers from all over the
country on emergency operations and disaster preparedness.
Garcia delivered a message
during the recent Luzon Island
Cluster Conference of the League
of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) at the Travelers Hotel & Convention Center here.
He was invited to welcome
participants to the LMP conference last Friday, along with Zambales Gov. Hermogenes Ebdane
Jr.; Daraga, Albay mayor and
LMP Luzon Island Cluster president Gerry Jaucian; Dinalupihan, Bataan mayor and LMP
Bataan Chapter president Joel
Jaime Payumo; and San Marcelino, Zambales mayor and
LMP Zambales Chapter president Jose Rodriguez.
The three-day conference discussed issues and concerns
related to climate change and
disaster risk-reduction management.
Garcia said that the SBMA
now boasts of its own “very good
fire department, rescue team and
experts who are trained in disaster-preparedness and emergency operations.”
With this, the SBMA “is always ready to provide trainings,
as well as assistance in any
kind of emergency and rescue
operation, as may be requested
by local officials,” he added.
At the same time, the SBMA
chairman cited the conference
theme “Nagkakaisang Luzon
Tungo sa Ligtas at Progresibong
Pamayanan” and stressed safety and cooperation as foundations of progress.
Garcia told LMP officials and
members that the SBMA has
just launched Project Unity,
which seeks to promote cooperation with neighboring local
government units in areas like
agriculture, tourism, as well as
disaster preparedness.
Garcia said that the SBMA
board of directors has already
paid a courtesy visit to Gov. Ebdane to talk about how SBMA
and the province of Zambales
can help each other enhance
growth in the area.
Meanwhile, LMP Luzon’s
Jaucian urged his colleagues to
act on the collective task to help
build a strong nation through
LGU capability-building, especially in dealing with disasters.
“Let us think of creative approaches in dealing with various
problems that confront us by
getting the support and commitment of the national government,
as well as the private sector.
This task includes enhancing our
disaster preparedness programs,” Jaucian said.
Gender upper
SOMETHING POSITIVE for the Philippines now at the
global scale.
The country stays in the Top 10 of the 2011 Global
Gender Gap rankings by the Geneva-based World
Economic Forum (WEF), beating even superpower
United States, and key world players United Kingdom,
France, Germany, Russia and China.
The Philippines moved from ninth place last year
to eighth, among 135 countries ranked. The Top 10,
in order now, comprised Iceland, Norway, Finland,
Sweden, Ireland, New Zealand, Denmark, PHL,
Lesotho and Switzerland.
At the bottom are Nepal, Oman, Benin, Morocco,
Cote d’Ivoire, Saudi Arabia, Mali, Pakistan, Chad and
The WEF said the world rankings are aimed “at
increasing the awareness of countries on the
importance of closing the gender gap.”
“A world where women make up less than 20
percent of the global decision-makers is a world that
is missing a huge opportunity for growth and ignoring
an untapped reservoir of potential.” So declared Klaus
Schwab, WEF founder and chair.
The WEF is an international organization of large
and multinational companies, mostly with annual
turnover of $5 billion. It serves as a venue for various
economic and social issues affecting development
Countries are ranked in the four categories that
determine gender gap, namely: educational
attainment, health and survival, economic participation
and opportunity, and political empowerment.
In the first two categories, the Philippines is
reported to have got the perfect score of 1, and thus
grabbing the first rank. It does not take an in-depth
survey to see why the country fared so high here. Any
cursory look at schools would show that the number
of females are equal to – many times even more than
– the number of males. And generally, women outlive
the men here.
Generally, indeed, there is no pronounced gender
gap hereabouts, it is amorphous, if indeed any exists.
Even in the field of political empowerment.
Or have you forgotten that the Philippines has had
two women Presidents, when the supposed Number
One country in the world – good old USA – has yet to
elect one?
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FG did good too
FIRST A disclaimer: I am no fan of the former First Gentleman. And
this is neither an apologia nor a defense in his behalf.
At the rate the FG – and the whole Arroyo brood – is being
demonized by the current administration, it is as though he were
the devil incarnate, incapable of anything good.
Here are two stories that found their way into Punto’s pages in
November 2008 yet.
Zona Libre
Bong Z. Lacson
Poor patients get gift of life from FGFI
THE POOR and the sick continue to receive the gift of life from
the First Gentleman Foundation Inc. (FGFI).
Last month, the GMA 7 Network’s top-rating Emergency program hosted by Arnold Clavio approached the FGFI for financial
support to “cover the life-changing operation” for Rowena Salas,
20, of Paclasan, Roxas, Mindoro.
Her medical abstract said Salas was afflicted with a severe
case of “ossifying fibroma.” Her tumors were removed from her jaw
three years ago and replaced with a metal plate which however
protruded out by two inches and got infected. A follow-up operations was urgently needed.
“The UST Hospital quoted the total cost of
operation which involves a bone harvest at
P150,000, exclusive of the doctors’ professional
fees and the patient’s board and lodging that UST
On the very day – October 17 – FGFI received
the letter, the amount of P150,000 was released
for Salas’ operation.
At about the same time, the first beneficiary
of Project Heart Matters (PHM) of the Rortary Club
of Cubao West underwent her successful operation too.
Elenita de Jesus suffered from aortic aneurysm dissection (AAD) until her surgery at the
Philippine Heart Center in Quezon City.
Project Heart Matters is an endowment fund
project of the FGFI launched on August 25, 2007
following the successful open heart operation of
First Gentleman Mike Arroyo.
Arroyo had donated P1 million in seed money
to PHM for the continuing research and outreach
program for acute AAD cases.
Project Chair Dr. Lorenzo Rommel G. Carino
reported that through PHM AAD procedures have
been performed on 10 other patients.
In a letter to Arroyo, Carino expressed their
“sincere gratitude for the support and contribution” which, he said, “have inspired us to extend
more service to our community.”
A case of service begetting more service – all
for the poorest of the poor. The FGFI core value
continues to permeate more sectors of the community.
That was dated November 10, 2008.
Bagong Puso Mula sa Puso
FG sponsors free open-heart
surgery at PGH to indigents
TEN LUCKY beneficiaries of the Bagong Puso
Mula sa Puso, a project of the First Gentleman
Foundation Inc. (FGFI) recently celebrated their
triumph over congenital and rheumatic heart diseases with a simple get-together at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) to personally thank
their benefactor, Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo for “the
gift of life.”
Ranging in age from two to 36 years old, the
beneficiaries underwent surgery that took three
to five hours and each costing from P400,000 to
P1 million each. This, according to Dr. Adrian
Manapat, OIC of the Bagong Puso Mula sa Puso/
Open-Heart Mission.
Trained in the US, Manapat returned to the
Philippines and the PGH after earning his degree in thoracic cardio vascular surgery to eventually become head of the PGH’s Cardiac Surgery Unit. He is also chief of the same sections at the Makati Medical Center and Medical
City. Manapat has so far performed some 1,000
open-heart surgeries on an average of 100 per
At the get-together, Liza Galang, one of the
recipients, presented a plaque of gratitude to Arroyo from all the ten beneficiaries for “the gift of
life and the chance to serve others.”
For his part, the First Gentleman enjoined the
recipients to “enjoy your childhood…your respective lives and always give thanks to God.”
“As I watched the video on the various openheart surgeries, I also saw how I was operated on
last year,” Arroyo said, in reference to his own
high-risk aortic descending surgery performed by
Dr. Rommel Carino.
“I can only say that I truly believe in our Filipino doctors. They are world class. And because
of the success of the first open-heart surgery
mission in PGH, the Foundation will again shoulder 10 more open-heart surgeries for charity ward
patients at the PGH under the Bagong Puso Mula
sa Puso project,” Arroyo announced to thunderous applause.
Juris Umali-Soliman, FGFI president, said
there are still savings from the first open-heart
surgery mission which can now be used to shoulder the heart operation of a waiting recipient, Nerissa Castel, a 52-year-old nurse at the PGH.
That was published November 21, 2008.
The very gift of life, that could have only come
from the very heart of FG. Something to salve the
pains from all those accusations of wrongdoing.
Something to nourish the very soul.
Something to hold onto for redemption.
Yeah, no man can be all bad. No matter how
the sanctimonious portray him to be.
Henrylito D. Tacio
IT WAS God himself who initiated the first marriage. The Holy Bible
stated that so: “For this reason, a man will leave his father and
mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh”
(Genesis 2:24).
“The need to love and be loved is the simplest of all human
wants,” says Charles Galloway. “Man needs love like he needs
the sun and the rain. He perishes without it. His basic longing is
to be the object of love and to be able to give love. No other need
is quite so significant to his nature.”
Love is blind, William Shakespeare said so. “But marriage
restores its sight,” Samuel Lichtenberg added. Marriage counselor
James C. Dobson offers this advice: “Don’t marry the person you
think you can live with; marry only the individual you think you
can’t live without.” Mignon McLaughlin also said: “A successful
marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same
Marriage is forever. Once a person commits himself or herself
to a partner, he or she is committed to that person for eternity. It’s
not only poorer and richer, in health and in sickness but “till death
do us part.”
“Marriage is not for a moment; it is for a
lifetime,” Gina Cerminara reminds. “It requires
long and serious preparation. It is not to be leaped
into, but entered with solemn steps of
deliberation. For one of the most intimate and
difficult of human relationships is that of
Recently, I had the opportunity of attending
two weddings – two very special weddings. If
you’re wondering why I considered them special
was because in the first wedding, the groom is
my first godchild. John Mark Solaña finally tied
the nuptial knot with his longtime sweetheart,
Louella Kristine Ulep.
As they walked the aisle, I was reminded of
how little was John Mark when I first held him in
my hands when he was baptized in the church.
Those days were gone; he is now a fine
handsome young man ready to start his own
I almost missed the second wedding because
supposedly I had to attend a meeting. But the
meeting was cancelled and so I had the chance
of witnessing the union of my nephew, Jims
Vincent Capuno exchanged vows with his bride,
Cherrylyn Joy Cejas.
Jims is my first ever nephew to get married.
He is the daughter of my sister, Evangeline and
her husband, Emerson.
The good thing about the second wedding was
that three of my nieces and two nephews were
given important roles to do. Meryl Louise Tacio
was the maid of honor. Audrey Ann Tacio and
Ashley Faith Arriaga were flower girls. Lester
Dave Tacio was the little groom while Justin Tacio
was one of the groomsmen.
The wedding was simple. It was the simplicity
that made the wedding solemn. As the officiating
minister talked, everyone listened; when he
cracked some jokes or two, everybody laughed.
No frills, no big things, no surprises but only
small talks, some giggles, and a few sighs.
As the officiating minister solemnized the
marriage, the words of Ogden Nash came into
my mind: “To keep your marriage brimming, with
love in the loving cup: Whenever you’re wrong,
admit it; whenever you’re right, shut up.”
“Chains do not hold a marriage together,”
French actress Simone Signoret bared. “It is
threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew
people together through the years.” Doug Larson
is even more direct: “More marriages might
survive if the partners realized that sometimes
the better comes after the worse.”
John Mark and Louella Kristine, Jims Vincent
and Cherrylyn Joy – all of them are still very young
– in their twenties. Will their marriage survive in
the long run? Who knows? Only time will tell.
They may be madly in love with each other now,
but no one knows about their future?
When he was still alive and was asked by a
reporter about his long marriage to award-winning
actress Joanne Woodward, Paul Newman
replied: “You can’t get impatient with each other.
We are all flawed, and you’ve got to love each
other enough so that those flaws aren’t taken
out of context.” Sounds a good advice for newlyweds.
Despite all the differences, the troubles, and
the pain of marriage, people still get married.
George MacDonald one simple reason: “One of
the good things that come of a true marriage is
that there is one face on which changes come
without your seeing them; or rather there is one
face which you can still see the same, through
all the shadows which years have gathered upon
I want to say something for the two newlymarried couples but I am not an authority on the
subject of marriage – since I am not married.
So, allow me to quote the words of Gary and
Barbara Rosberg: “If things get better for us, I
will love you. If things get worse, I will love you.
If we get rich beyond our wildest dreams, I will
love you. If we grow poorer and don’t own much,
I will love you. If you get sick, I will love you. If
you remain healthy, I will love you. In fact, no
matter what happens, I will always love you.”
For comments, write me at [email protected]
In Memoriam
Our sympathies to our colleague Joey Pavia whose brother
56, joined his Creator November 2, 2001.
His remains lie in state at the family home at
#400 J.P Rizal St., San Joaquin, Mabalacat, Pampanga.
Cremation is set on Sunday
at La Pieta Memorial Park, Angeles City.
We request the pious reader to pray
for the eternal repose of his soul.
Ni Felix M. Garcia
sa CIAC, may
sabuwatan tiyak
IPAGPALAGAY nang walang kinalaman
Itong si Luciano sa hinihinalang
Ninakaw na kable sa CIAC, dapat siyang
Papanagutin at posibleng kasuhan
Pagkat bilang pinuno o presidente
Ay ‘liable’ siya sa madaling sabi,
Dahil ‘under command responsibility’
Si Mr. Luciano may sagutin pati
Sa anumang legal na aksyong maaring
Isampa laban sa kanya – at posibleng
Sumabit ang iba pang opisyal natin
Sakali’t kumanta ang nasa ilalim
O nagmani-obra upang mailabas
Ang naturang kable magmula sa CIAC,
Patungo sa alin mang ‘gate’ mismo ng Clark,
Sa kaparaanang gamit ay “padulas”;
Kung saan di lamang iisa o lima
Itong nagsabuwatan – at baka pati na
Ilang ‘security guard’ ay ‘nabili’ nila
Kaya ang paglabas ay ‘smooth’ lagi na.
Kasi nga, papanong ang malaking bulto
Ng kable ay basta naipuslit dito
Gayong lahat na ng nagdaraan mismo
Sa lahat ng ‘gate’ ay sinisiyasat nito?
At ultimong kotse ay pinabubuksan
Ang ‘compartment’ para lang nila matingnan,
Kaya imposibleng nailabas nga yan
Kung walang nangyaring anumang sabuwatan.
Di ko sinasabing itong si Luciano
Ang may pakana sa lahat na ng ito,
Pero ano itong ‘hand written’ umano
Ng taong yan na siya’y nagbigay permiso
Sa apat na suspek upang makapasok
Sa ‘high security areas’ diyan sa loob,
Na kung saan natuklasan pagkatapos
Wala na ang ‘subject alleged looted cables.’
Para ano at pinahintulutan niya
Ang isang ‘private firm’ upang tingnan nila
Itong nasa loob ng ‘restricted area’
Kung siya ay walang intensyon talaga
Na ipagbili ang kable o anumang
Inaakala niyang pagkakakitaan,
Kahit batid nilang ya’y dapat magdaan
Sa isang ‘ public bidding’ bago ibenta yan.
At saka ano ‘tong nagpatawag yata
Si Luciano ng ‘closed door meeting’ ng bigla
(Sa mga kabagang niya at “alaga”)
Gayong siya mismo, sabi ay ‘on leave’ nga?
Na di nararapat gawin ng sinumang
Gaya niya na isang ‘government official’
Na ‘indefinite leave’ ang bakasyon bilang,
Pagkat ang ganito’y lubhang ‘unethical’
At kawalan pati ng delikadesa
Ng isang opisyal na katulad niya,
Ang ganito kundi man kakapalan na
Ng mukha at ng ‘self-discipline,’ kumbaga.
Pagkat bilang isang Presidente na rin
Ng pandaigdigang paliparan sa ‘tin,
Ya’y talaga naman ding maituturing
Na malaking dagok sa gobyerno natin.
(May karugtong)
Nueva Ecija rice harvests down by 40%
Nueva Ecija provincial
agriculturist Serafin Santos reported recently that
the province’s recent rice
harvest comprised only 60
percent of what was initially expected.
“The rice crops were hit
by the calamity at their vulnerable stages,” he noted.
City and municipal agriculturists estimated that
300,923.35 metric tons in
expected harvest, amounting to P3.63 billion at P12
per kilo.
Records of the provin-
cial agriculture office
showed that 188,000 hectares were planted to rice
this cropping season in the
province. Only about 3,000
hectares had been harvested before the typhoons
Guimba lost P495.1
million when its 14,737
hectares of rice plants suffered 70 percent damage.
Other badly hit towns were
San Antonio with 6,758
hectares sustaining losses worth P259.5 million,
and Zaragoza with 4,015
hectares losing P154.2
million worth of rice crops.
This, even as the Na-
tional Food Authority in
Central Luzon urged local
farmers to sell even their
damaged rice seeds to the
National Food Authority
(NFA) in the region.
NFA assistant regional director Gerry Imperial
said Pres. Aquino has already authorized his agency to buy such palay
seeds in the government’s
bid to help farmers displaced by the recent typhoons Pedring and Quiel
which flooded vast areas
in Central Luzon.
He lamented that while
the NFA has been authorized to buy 280,000 bags
of damaged rice seeds at
the amount of P99 million,
no farmer has yet sold
such rice to his agency.
Pedring’s total damage
on agriculture in rice crops
alone was estimated at
P8.5 billion in Central Luzon.
“We have remained
open, but we have not
bought any damaged rice
seeds because no one has
come,” Imperial said, noting that the NFA in Central Luzon has 58 stations
and 12 mobile stores authorized to buy the seeds.
Imperial said NFA will
buy for P12 per kilo the
SC hit for failing to diffuse...
ing treated to a roller coaster ride. The issues that we
raised are matters of life
and death to the fisher people of Manila Bay. But the
court missed the point and
missed the opportunity to
address a social volcano in
the making.”
Hicap said denial of
motion “is tantamount to
denial of truth and justice”
as he appealed to the Supreme Court justices to
reconsider their decision
on the clarificatory petition.
“Instead of taking our
motion as judicial opportunity to clarify matters on
Supreme Court decision
on Manila Bay rehabilitation, the high tribunal
grossly ignored, and
therefore grossly committed a major political and
moral blunder,” he said.
“It is a judicial massacre of our collective and
constitutional right to seek
truth and justice before the
high tribunal. We hope
Chief Justice Renato Corona and the 14 other justices would reconsider the
decision and start new
round of legal debate on
the Manila Bay clean up
ruling that chiefly targets
the livelihoods of marginalized fisherfolk and the
marine environment in favor of big reclamation
projects and in favor of big
business interests,” Hicap
The Supreme Court
denied for lack of merit the
manifestation with motion
for clarification filed by lawyer Jobert Ilarde Pahilga in
behalf of Pamalakaya and
Anakpawis party list represented by Hicap, France
and Pamalakaya-Southern
Tagalog chairperson
Pedro Gonzales and Anakpawis secretary general
Cherry Clemente.
Pahilga is the counsel
for intervenors Sentro Para
Sa Tunay Na Repormang
Agraryo (SENTRA) and
Farmers Advocacy and
Development Center in the
case Metropolitan Manila
Development Authority
(MMDA), et al. vs. concerned residents of Manila
In the petition, Pamalakaya and Anakpawis
party list asked the Supreme Court to clarify
whether the demolition of
fisherfolk homes and livelihoods along Manila Bay
is part of the clean up, and
that the reclamation of
large areas of foreshore
lands to give way to big
buildings, commercial
spaces and eco-tourism
projects are allowed under
the high tribunal’s initial
decision ordering the Manila Bay clean up.
The groups said in their
petition that almost 20,000
hectares of Manila Bay
have already been reclaimed over the last 30 to
40 years to give way to
special economic zone
projects in Bataan and
Cavite, as well as to the
commercial spaces occupied by the Manila Film
Center, the GSIS Building
in Pasay City, the Cultural Center of the Philippines and Folk Arts Theater in Manila, and the SM
Mall of Asia and other
commercial companies in
Parañaque City.
The petition noted that
from 1992 to 1995 alone,
some 3,500 small fisherfolk and their families in the
Pasay reclamation area
and another 3,000 coastal and urban poor families
along the coastal shores
of Parañaque were already evicted by the government of former Pres.
It noted that thousands
more are to be dislocated
once the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA)
implements more reclamation and other projects
at the Manila Bay, including the reclamation of
5,000 hectares of coastal
waters in Cavite City to
expand Sangley port
which would displaced
26,000 fisherfolk and urban poor families in the
coastal towns of Bacoor,
Kawit, Binakayan, Noveleta and Cavite City.
The militant groups
noted that while the Supreme Court wants Manila
Bay cleaned, “extreme violations are occurring in
the area.”
“In Pier 18, a purported recycling company is
presently operating. Pier
18 likewise is being used
as a staging area for the
transfer and hauling of tons
of waste to some dumpsite further down Manila
Bay or the Navotas landfill
in Obando, Bulacan which
pollutes even more the
waters of Manila Bay. But
no government agency
has looked into the said
activities,” Hicap said.
–Ding Cervantes
Nagwaging Lakan, Lakambini...
Bulacan sa isinagawang
koronasyon sa Don Cesario San Diego Gymnasium
sa bayan ng Plaridel
noong Oktubre 30.
Ang 19 na taong gulang na si Andrade ay
mag-aaral ng Systems
Technology Institute (STI),
samantalang ang 18-taong
gulang na si Ocampo ay
nasa ikatlong taon ng kursong Pharmacy sa Fatima
Bukod sa pangunahing
karangalan, tinanggap din
ni Andrade ang special
awards na Lakan ng Kalikasan; samanatalang
tinanggap ni Ocampo ang
mga special awards na
Most Photogenic, at
Manejkom Travel and Tour.
“Marami ang nasurpresa sa panalo nila, kasi
hanggang sa huling sandali ay nanatiling sikreto
ang resulta,” ani Jo Clemente, ang tagapagtatag ng
Lakan at Lakambini ng
Bulacan Charities Inc.,
Bukod kina Andrade at
Ocampo, pumasok din sa
“magic” five ng Lakan at
Lakambini sina Clarence
Mananguit ng San Ildefonso (1st runner-up), Dennis
Pangilinan ng Lungsod ng
San Jose Del Monte
(SJDM) bilang 2nd runnerup, Danilo Ileto ng San
Rafael (3rd) at Wilvert Diaz
ng Marilao (4th).
Sa hanay ng kababaihan, tinanggap ni Mary
Joy Geronino ng Lungsod
ng Meycauayan ang
karangalan bilang 1st runner up, kasunod si Ma.
Denise Niscell Diaz ng
Sta. Maria, at sina Jeslyn
Santos ng Hagonoy, at
Caraleigh Ico ng Bustos.
Narito naman ang iba
pang nagsitinaggap ng
mga special awards:
Lakan at Lakambini ng
Kalikasan: Jovet B. Andrade ng San Rafael; at
Janine Charisse H. Pile ng
San Ildefonso.
Peoples’ Choice Award:
John Paulo J. Halili ng
Bocaue; at Rachel Ann M.
Salazar ng Baliuag.
Friendship award: Emmanuel Gabriel S. Reyes
ng Paombong; at Angelica Joy G. Gonzales ng
Lungsod ng SJDM
Most photogenic: Daryll San Diego Sunga ng
Lungsod ng Malolos, at
Mariver De Guzman
Ocampo ng Paombong.
Radiant Skin award na
tumanggap ng tig-P10,000
gift certificate: Dennis
Pangilinan Jr.ng Lungsod
ng SJDM, at Mary Joy
Geronimo ng Lungsod ng
Manejkom Travel and
Tours na nagbibigay ng
pagkakataon na makapaglakbay sa anumang bansa
sa Asya ng libre: Dennis
Pangilinan Jr. ng SJDM, at
Mariver De Guzman
Ocampo ng Paombong.
Best in swimwear:
Robert Paul B. Tuazon ng
Plaridel, at Ma. Dennise
Niscelle J. Diaz ng Sta.
Best in talent: Gerald
Benedict Caballero ng
Plaridel, at Aeronica Denice M. Sumeracruz ng
Best in formal wear:
Mike Albert P. Gonzales ng
seeds estimated to be 40
percent damaged, while
those 40 to 60 percent
damaged will be bought
for P9 pesos per kilo and
those 60 to 80 percent
damaged will be purchased at P7 per kilo.
He said, however, that
NFA is not buying rice
seeds exceeding 80 percent damage.
“The damaged seeds
we buy will still be dried
up and sold, while the irremediable will be ground
and marketed as feeds to
livestock owners,” Imperial added.
“If the quality of the rice
seed is poor, the recovery
rate is low. So this really
seems a subsidy. What’s
important is the farmers
retrieving their capital,” he
Meanwhile, Imperial
also assured the public that
rice supply of Central Luzon
is sufficient to feed its 9.8
million people for about 74
days. He said the buffer
stock holds 2.5 million bags
of rice alone, but noted that
with stocks in the hands of
traders and those in private
warehouses and homes,
the region is estimated to
have 4.8 million bags.
Department of Agriculture (DA) director for Central Luzon Andrew Villacorta also guaranteed enough
rice supply, but admitted
that the P8.5 billion damage to rice crops alone in
the region was significant.
He echoed Agriculture
Sec. Proceso Alcala’s
view that despite the rice
damage, there would be
no need to import more
rice to sustain the country’s needs.
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San Rafael, at Mary Joy
Darling of the press:
Dennis Pangilinan ng
SJDM at Ma. Denise Niscell Diaz ng Sta. Maria.
Bayanihan award:
Mike Albert Gonzales ng
San Rafael at Angelica Joy
Gonzales ng SJDM.
Bukod sa mga nasabing parangal, sinabi ni
Clemente na lima hanggang anim na kalahok sa
taunang timpalak ang inaasahang pipiliin ng Star
Magic Productions upang
isali sa kanilang talent
Ang unang lima ay ang
2011 Lakan at Lakambini
na sina Andrade at Ocampo, kasama sina Jeslyn
Santos, Dennis Pangilinan, at Mike Albert
“We are very proud to
be part of their dreams,”
ani Clemente at sinabing
maraming kalahok sa
taunang timpalak ang
umaasang ang kanilamg
paglahok ay magbubukas
ng higit na maraming oportunidad.
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“Ako ang abnormal, hindi krung-krung
si Mariel!” –ROBIN PADILLA
by Cesar Pambid
Anne Curtis
alam natin tungkol sa
pagsasama nina Mariel
Rodrioguez at Robin Padilla.
Taliwas sa impresyon ng
lahat na si Robin Padilla ang
nagpapasensiya sa pagkakrung-krung ng asawang
si Mariel Rodriguez, ayon
kabaligtaran ito.
“Abnormal akong
tao, eh,” sabi ni Binoe,
“kaya hanga ako sa mga
normal. At ngayon, alam
na ni Mariel ’yun, na
moody ako.”
Si Mariel din
naman, moody, ’di
“ H i n d i ,
napakabait nu’n, wala
akong masasabi,
paggising pa lang nu’n,
nakangiti na at ’yung energy
na ng gising niya, ’yun na
’Yung sinasabi raw na
krung-krung si Mariel ay hindi
pa niya nakikita.
“Siguro sa iba. Pero sa akin,
siguro ayaw niyang sabayan ang
pagkabaliw ko. Hindi, hindi ko pa
siya nakitaan ng ganu’n.”
Minsan nga raw, nagiging cause
ng tampuhan nila ang pagiging
moody ni Robin, pero nilinaw ng
aktor na hindi na kasama ang
Mariel Rodriguez
“Wala nang selos, wala
nang ganu’n. Hindi kasi,
lalo na nu’ng Guns and Roses, masyado ’yung mga eksena, mabibigat na, minsan pag-uwi
ko, nadadala ko pa ’yung karakter ng Abel.
“Alam ko nagpapasensiya siya, hinahayaan muna niya akong matulog, ganu’n.”
Selosa ba si Mariel?
“Basta nasa tama,” sagot niya.
May dapat pa bang pagselosan ang asawa niya sa kanya?
“Hindi naman. Minsan kasi hindi maiwasan na nakapagsasalita ako ng para sa kanya,
‘hindi mo na dapat sinabi ’yun,’ ’yung mga ganu’n. Hindi naman selos, may mga palso
rin kasi ako, eh,” sabi pa ng isa sa bida ng sitcom na Toda Max na magsisimula na sa
Nov. 5.
Anne Curtis, Cristine Reyes pagsasaluhan
ang box-office queen award!
AYON KAY Anne Curtis, ang 20 percent ng kanyang bonus sa No Other Woman ay ibinahagi niya sa paboritong
charitable institution, ang UNICEF.
Dito man lang daw, mai-share niya kahit paano ang mga biyayang natatanggap niya.
“Well, I believe kasi na when you’re blessed, you should share your blessings without a doubt, because
parang that’s one of the reasons why I think you also get blessed, eh. So that you can share it to people who
are in need of that blessing, too. I-share natin, ’wag tayo madamot,” say niyang natatawa.
Nag-celebrate na rin daw sila ng boyfriend na si Erwan Heussaff.
“Kumain nang kumain, kasi sobra akong nag-work-out for the movie, so, binongga ko ’yung kain ko
Tulad ni Cristine Reyes, okay na okay daw sa kanya kung dalawa silang box-office queen this year.
“Of course naman, last year, there were two box- office kings, so, baka it’s time for two box-office
queens,” masaya pa rin niyang sabi.
BET PALA ng singer na si Mark Alain si Kris Aquino. In fact, kung bibigyan nga raw siya ng chance na
ma-try ang acting, ang gusto niyang makasama ay ang Queen of All Media.
“She’s very smart and I love the way she talks. I love her opinions. I think she’s very balanced in
her views,” say ni Mark nang makausap namin sa presscon para sa kanyang self-titled solo album
under Sony Music Entertainment.
Actually, hindi naman bagito si Mark sa music industry. Dati siyang bokalista ng bandang Frio
at ilang taon din siyang nagtagal dito bago niya naisipang mag-solo.
When asked kung bakit niya iniwan ang Frio at nag-decide na magsolo, aniya, “kasi the
band is pop alternative. I felt that I could not maximize my potential as a pop ballad singer kung
nasa band ako doing alternative which I’m not very good at.”
Gwapo si Mark at may height kaya pwedeng-pwede rin siyang mag-artista. Bukas naman siya sa mga
offers kung sakali.
“Given the chance, why not? I’m very open to that. I don’t have any experience in acting but I’m very open
to undergo workshops to learn more about the craft.”
Carrier single ng album ni Mark ang Maghihintay na na-nominate na ‘Song of the Year’ ng Star Awards for
Music at parati nga itong tinutugtog sa radio pati na ang isa pa niyang single na Sa Piling Ko. Kasama rin sa
album ang Binibini, Magpakailanman at Loving You.
Sobrang labo ang statement ni John Lloyd!
Cristine Reyes
MEDYO naguluhan kami sa interview nina John Lloyd Cruz at Shaina Magdayao sa The Buzz nu’ng
Klaro sa amin ang paliwanag ni Shaina sa gulo nila ni Ruffa Gutierrez.
Pero nang tanungin sila ni Lloydie kung ano ang status ng kanilang relasyon. Hindi sila diretso sa
kanilang tinutumbok at paliguy-ligoy lalo na si Lloydie.
Sinasabi ni JL, ayaw niyang mabastos si Shaina pero sino ba ang naghahanap ng kanyang sarili?Di ba
siya rin? May alingasngas ding lumabas na kaya sumabay si Lloydie sa interbyu na yun ay dahil natakot siya
na kung ano ang sasabihin ni Shaina na makakasira sa kanya.
Nagkakaroon tuloy ng masamang interpretation at nagkakaisa ang maraming tao sa interview na ‘yun na
nagsawa na si Lloydie kay Shaina kaya hindi okey ngayon ang kanilang relasyon.
Ganoon ba yun?
Baguhang singer type na type si Kris Aquino
Foreign travel agents set to tour North Phils
FOREIGN travel agents
who will promote the Philippines to their clients
back home will have their
own first-hand experience
of the country’s finest tourism destinations, attractions, and exciting activities across Northern and
Central Luzon.
The guests will visit
parts of the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR),
Ilocos and Pangasinan
(Region 1), Cagayan Valley (Region 2), and Central Luzon (Region 3).
They will be flown in by
Cebu Pacific Air for the
North Philippines (NorthPhil) Tourism and Travel
Expo 2011, which will be
held at the SM City Clark
on Nov. 11 to 14.
They will view the
NorthPhil Expo exhibits
before engaging in business activities with local
tourism firms in the Buyers Meet Sellers program
the following day.
The program, which will
be held at the Holiday Inn
Clark, is the NorthPhil
Expo’s business matching
component for the foreign
buyers and local sellers of
tourism and travel packages, products and services.
As the program takes
its course during the event,
the expo shall treat visitors
to three days of fun and
excitement involving theatrical and cultural extravaganzas, corporate game
shows, product presentations, raffle draws, and
crafts and culinary demonstrations.
For foreign travel
agents, however, these
activities are just a preview
of what they will soon experience in a multisensory fashion during their stay
at the Holiday Inn Clark for
their tour of the Clark Freeport Zone, said Region 3
Director Ronnie P. Tiotuico
of the Department of Tourism (DOT).
“They will be feted for
lunch at the Lighthouse
Marina Resort during their
tour of Subic Bay as facilitated by the SBMA (Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority), before moving to
the Manor at Camp John
Hay during their tour of
Baguio as arranged by
DOT-CAR (Cordillera Autonomous Region),” Tiotuico said.
“Nonetheless, the foreign buyers will also have
a tour of Metro Manila
while staying at the Richmonde Hotels in Eastwood City and Ortigas,”
Tiotuico added.
All their flights will be
handled by Cebu Pacific
Air (CEB), the first domestic airline to base its operations in Clark.
Now a prestigious international airline, the CEB
has the most number of
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