Vol 5 No 105.pmd



Vol 5 No 105.pmd
P 8.00
JANUARY 25 - 26, 2012
CAAP-OTS clears Luciano
Civil Aviation Authority of
the Philippines (CAAP) and
the Office for Transport Security
(OTS) have exonerated a top
executive of the Clark International
Airport Corp. (CIAC) from any
culpability in the reported theft of
aviation cables in a security area
at the Diosdado Macapagal Airport
(DMIA) here in July last year.
MERGER. NCO President and CEO Ronald
Rittenmeyer (2nd from left) answers questions
from journalists. With him are (L-R): Regional
Recruitment Director Arlyn Fausto, COO Jack
Jones and Atty. Jamea Garcia, regional human
resource director of NCO Group Inc. Other photo
shows QC Joy Belmonte leads the ribbon cutting
In a “joint investigation
report” to Transportation
and Communications Sec.
Mar Roxas, the OTS and
CAAP officials, who were
tasked to probe the alleged theft, cleared CIAC
president and chief executive officer Victor Jose
Luciano of any wrongdoing
in the case.
Earlier, CIAC vice president for operations Reynaldo Catacutan noted
that Luciano had issued
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‰ NCO exec: ‘The thing we saw is quality’
QUEZON CITY – The quality of
work that Filipinos provide especially in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) remains to be the
top reason why foreign investors
prefer to stay in the country, a top
executive of NCO group said recently.
“In the Philippines, the quality
of service here is so good that’ they
prefer to do it here. It’s not just price
and other things, the thing we saw
is quality,” said Ronald Rittenmey-
er, president and chief executive officer of NCO Group Inc. during a
press briefing here last week.
Rittenmeyer announced the upcoming merger of NCO and APAC
Customer Services Inc. which is
expected to bring 13,000 employees into “one roof”.
He said they invested in the
country not just because it offers
cheaper labor cost but due to better quality of work of many Filipinos.
“We think the quality here is certainly is good as were gonna find
anywhere. The quality of work here
is topnotch,” he stressed. “And so
that’s something that the country
should be proud of, it’s the reason
why we continue doing business
Rittenmeyer, together with
Chief Operating Officer Jack Jones,
joined Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy
Belmonte during the ribbon-cutting
rites on the company’s 5th site
“I think the thing that makes the
Philippines so valuable is the qualPAGE 6 PLEASE
5,000 board feet
ng iligal na kahoy,
narekober sa Ecija
GEN. TINIO, Nueva Ecija Umaabot sa 4,894 board
ft ng sinasabing iligal na
kahoy ang nakumpiska ng
magkakasanib na elemento ng Department of Envi-
ronment and Natural Resources (DENR) Philippine
Army (PA) at Philippine
National Police (PNP) sa
isang bakuran sa Barangay
Pulong Matong ng bayang
ito noong Huwebes.
PNoy endorses new DOT slogan 4Xs over
Pres. Aquino virtually
stamped yesterday his
overwhelming approval for
the new “It’s more fun in
the Philippines” slogan of
the Department of Tourism
(DOT) as he used the
phrase four times in his
speech during groundbreaking rites for Cebu
Pacific’s aviation school
“I hope I will earn my
pay from Sec. Jimenez
today,” the President said
in jest after using the
phrase for the third time in
his prepared seven-minute
speech, with Tourism
Sec. Ramon Jimenez Jr.
widely smiling on stage.
The President led here
the groundbreaking ceremonies for the $50-million
Cebu Pacific Air President and CEO Lance
Gokongwei is assisted by President Aquino in
laying the twin-capsule of the PAAT aviation
training center during its groundbreaking ceremony
at Clark on Tuesday. With them are DOTC Sec.
Mar, Roxas, CDC President and CEO Felipe Antonio
Remollo, John Gokongwei and other officials.
Napocor nagbigay
ng tubig, kuryente
sa Dumagat schools
Matapos ang mahabang paghihintay, pagkakalooban ng power at water supply ng ang mga
paaralang Dumagat sa bayan ng
Ito ay matapos pagtibayin at
tugunan ng National Power Corporation (Napocor) ang kahilingan ni Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino
Ang unang paaralang makikinabang ay ang Coliangco
Dumagat School sa Sitio Dike,
Barangay San Lorenzo, Norzagaray na nasa loob ng bakuran
ng Napocor na siyang namamahala sa Angat River Hydro Electric Power Plant (Arhepp).
Ayon kay Froilan Tampinco,
presidente ng Napocor, hiniling
ito ni Alvarado na mabigyan ng
probisyong kuryente at tubig ang
paaralan ng mga Dumagay kaugnay ng 4th Regional Full Council Meeting ng Cental Luzon
Regional Development Council
na isinagawa noong nakaraang
buwan sa Baler Sports Complex,
Baler Aurora.
Sinabi ni Tampinco na
magkakabit ang Napocor ng
mga solar panels upang maiwasan ang hindi awtorisadong
paggamit ng kuryente at magtatayo rin sila ng artesian well
para sa maiinom na suplay ng
“We are now in the process
of preparing the design and the
estimate of the needed utilities
for this project,” ani Tampinco.
Ang Coliangco Dumagat
School ay may dalawang gusali
na may tig-dalawang silid aralan.
Ito ay itinayo may 10 taon
na ang nakakaraan sa pamamagitan ng donasyon ng Coliangco Family at ng Antonio
Roxas-Chua Foundation sa ilalim ng “Operation Barrio Schools
Project” ng Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FFCCCI) at
ng Bulacan Filipino-Chinese
Chamber of Commerce (BFCCC).
Mula nang maitayo ang nga
gusali hanggang sa kasalukuyan ay walang suplay ng kuryente ang nasabing paaralan, samantalang isang non-governmental organization ang nagdonasyon noong nakaraang taon
ng tangke ng tubig para sa rainwater harvesting o pagsahod ng
tubig ulan.
Sa isang pagbisita noong
nakaraang taon nakita ni Gob.
Alvarado ang kalagayang ito,
maging ng mga katutubong nakatira sa paligid ng Coliangco
Dumagat School.
“This is a perfect irony. Napocor generates power and Angat
Dam has so much water but
Dumagat schools and communities don’t have power and potable water supply,” ani ng
Iginiit pa niya na ang nasabing proyekto ay simula pa lamang at isusunod na nila ang
iba pang paaralan ng mga Dumagat na matatagpuan sa iba’tibang pamayanan sa loob ng
kabundukan ng Sierra Madre sa
taong ito. –Dino Balabo
MALOLOS CITY – Vice President Jejomar Binay challenged
journalists that if they want copies of high officials’ Statement of
Assets, Liabilities and Networth
(SALN) they should go to the
Ombusdman where it was filed.
This developed after Malou
Mangahas, executive director of
the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ), said in
a telephone interview that Binay
has handed them a copy of his
SALN last week.
“The issue here is kung nagfile na kami o hindi,” Binay said
in an ambush interview after he
spoke at the 113th anniversary of
the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic at Barasoain
Church here on Monday.
As the second highest ranking elective official in the country, he said that he has filed his
SALN at the Ombudsman.
This is compliance with Republic Act No. 6713, or the Code
of Conduct and Ethical Standards
for Public Officials – which requires
disclosure to the public of the actual copies of their SALN.
“Kung gusto ninyo ng kopya,
magpunta kayo sa Office (Ombusdman), hindi naman namin sinasabing huwag ilabas yan, di katulad sa Supreme Court,” he said.
Earlier, the PCIJ reported
that their requests were not
granted despite repeated attempts to secure a copy of SLAN
of high ranking officials including those in the Supreme Court,
the Ombudsman and the House
of Representatives.
The PCIJ even quoted Director Roberto Maling of Congress’
Secretary General’s Office that
the Records Management Service would not able to provide
copies of the SALNs because
the process is “tedious.”
In a telephone interview yesterday, PCIJ’s Executive Director Mangahas said that Binay’s
office has already provided them
a copy of his SALN as early as
last week.
“Noong una, medyo mahirap
pero nakuha rin sa tiyaga,” Mangahas said.
Meanwhile, Binay said that
releasing the SALN remains a
prerogative of the person who
owns it.
This in reaction to comments
made by some lawyers in the
province who called on for Chief
Justice Renato Corona to take
a leave of absence while his impeachement trial is on-going.
The lawyers who asked not
to be identified for fear of reprisal said that one of the best examples is when Presiding Senator-Judge Juan Ponce Enrile
told Supreme Court Clerk of
Court Enriqueta Vidal to submit
the SALN of Corona at the impeachment court.
However, Vidal said that disclosure of the copies of the Chief
Justice’s SALN will only happen
if he will give it to her and order
to do so. –Dino Balabo
Want SALN? Go to the
Ombusdman, Binay
tells journalists
FUN SHOT. Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan shoots with Atty. Ian Maniquis of Register of
Deeds-Angeles City, and Eulalio Diaz III, administrator of the Land Regulatory Authority
during the Fun Shooting event held on Saturday at Mountain Clark, Angeles City.
Looking on are firing range owner Ric Chu and Jay Pelayo IV of the City Information
DepEd, Bulacan partnered
for P2-B classroom project
MALOLOS CITY – The Department of Education (DepEd) and
the provincial government of Bulacan has joined forces for a
massive project aimed at building 1,942 classrooms in the province in the next 18 months.
This came as Education
Secretary Armin Luistro and
Bulacan Gov. Wilhelmino Alvarado signed a memorandum of
agreement (MOA) on Monday
afternoon for the P1.8-billion
“Bulacan will have a zero
backlog in classrooms by May
2013,” Luistro said moments
before signing the MOA at the
capitol gymnasium here which
was witnessed by about 4,000
of the 13,000 public school
teachers in the province.
He said that based on the
50-50 scheme, DepEd and the
provincial government will build
a total of 1,942 classrooms until May 2013.
“DepEd will provide P800million for the project while Bulacan will provide the same
amount as counterpart fund,”
Luistro said.
He also assured that the
province will have zero backlog
in text book and school furniture
by June this year.
When asked on the deficit on
the number of teachers, Luistro
said that it is one of the many
problems that DepEd is trying
to address.
He said,” sa dami ng problema ng DepEd, iisipin mo na kakailanganin natin ang isang
salamangkero to solve it, but we
are doing our best,’ he said.
Luistro stressed that addressing backlogs in the country’s basic education cannot be
done by focusing on one area
“We have to do it all together, kahit maliit ang impact para
hindi mapag-iwanan yung other
areas,” the secretary said.
He also expressed gratitude
for the cooperation of Bulacan
officials led by Gov. Alvarado
noting that it is crucial in the
implementation of the project.
Luistro even cited that in
some provinces, local mayors
usually ask for another project
different from the project of their
governor or congressmen.
For his part, Alvarado said
that as early as last year they
have consulted DepEd and local officials in the province including mayors and congressmen.
“We all agree that we have
to make immediate investment
on the province’s education system to improve skills of our young
people and be more competitive,”
Alvarado said.
With regards to the P800million counterpart fund, he said
that it was part of the P2-billion
they loaned from government
banks last year.
He explained that the province’s financial resources allowed it to get the loan.
“It’s better to get a big loan
and address at least half of
our problems that getting
smaller loans and fail to address the problems,”Alvarado
Meanwhile, Dr. Edna Zerrudo, the division superintendent
of DepEd-Bulacan said that at
present, the province has over
1,000 classroom deficit, along
with books and teachers.
“We hope we can close the
backlog in the next two years,
at least, the books will be addressed this year and the classrooms by next year,” Zerrudo
With regards to teacher-student ration, she said that there
are still oversized classes and
they need more teachers.
P138M chemical fertilizers
burned in warehouse fire
MARIVELES, Bataan – Some
P138 million worth of fertilizers
was burned in a warehouse fire
of still unknown cause over the
The warehouse, was as big
as two basketball courts, is located inside the Seafront Shipyard in the seaside village of Lucanin in Mariveles, Bataan.
Senior Fire Officer 1 Romeo
Abergas said amount of damage was placed at P3 million for
warehouse and P135 million for
the chemical fertilizers like urea
and other contents of the building or a total of P138 million.
Workers said the warehouse
allegedly owned by a foreign
national was full of imported
chemical fertilizers some
marked “harvester” with new deliveries only made the other day
by a vessel coming from a foreign country.
Senior Supt. Arnold Gunnacao, Bataan police director, said
that security guard Joel Levantino suffered second degree burns
on his feet but was already in
stable condition. There was no
report of other injuries.
Fire raged from one of the
warehouses about 400 meters
away from the front main gate
of the shipyard.
Security guards, allegedly
upon order of the management,
barred mediamen despite repeated requests from entering
the shipyard and going near the
burning warehouse.
Abergas said the blaze started at 6:30 a.m. A dozen
firetrucks responded that placed
the fire under control at 9:30 a.m.
“Wala namang nadamay sa mga
katabing bodega at maging sa
maraming bahay sa iba-bang
warehouse,” the fire officer said.
He said that they have to request chemical foam from the
National Power Corporation Alliance to totally put off the raging
fire that reached fourth alarm.
Group wants massive manhunt vs. fisher killers
ANGELES CITY – The activist fisherfolk
alliance Pambansang Lakas ng Kilusang
Mamamalakaya ng Pilipinas (Pamalakaya) urged yesterday Pres. Aquino
to order a “massive manhunt” for still unidentified suspects who killed 20 fishermen on three fishing boats off Sibago island in Basilan last Monday.
In a press statement, Pamalakaya
national chair Fernando Hicap said “Malacanang should mobilize all the resourc-
es to identify the perpetrators of Basilan
massacre and bring the people behind
this mass murderer of fishermen before
the bar of justice.”
“The killing of small fisherfolk like
chickens is unpardonable. In the name
of truth and justice; we demand a decisive thorough investigation by the Aquino administration,” he said.
Hicap also said “those with vested interests and cruel intentions in keeping
Mindanao as their own republic and unholy land for plunder and exploitation could
be behind this gruesome massacre.”
He theorized that the massacre
“could be part of a grand design to justify
the across-the-island militarization of Mindanao, as well as the intervention of US
military forces in the highly militarized
but resource rich island in the South.”
“We express our condolences and
sympathy to the relatives of small fisherfolk …If this is part of the sinister agenda
to transform Mindanao into a police state
according to military strategists of the
United States and the ruling clique in
Malacanang, then this should be exposed
and denounced,” added Hicap.
Marine Col. Jose Johriel Cenabre,
operations officer of the Naval Forces in
Western Mindanao, said the bodies of
the slain fishermen were recovered and
brought here to Zamboanga City.
Chief Superintendent Bienvenido Latag, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao police director, said the fishermen
were aboard three fishing boats when
attacked by an unspecified number of
Smart is sole PHL carrier
of Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Benedictine Institute
of Learning benefits from
Sun Business’ Message Cast
PARENTS and students of the
Benedictine Institute of Learning,
Imus, Cavite enjoy the benefits
of Sun Business’ Message Cast
Message Cast is a webbased service that allows the
company to send and broadcast
texts to one or multiple recipients across all networks in just
one send.
Features of the service include: easy-to-use web interface
to create texts and manage
phonebook, simple creation of
broadcast groups, customizable
message templates and footnotes, scheduled sending of
SMS, and creation of automated reply messages.
The Message Cast service
also assists Benedictine Institute of Learning in implementing
their RFID system.
Sun Business is the corporate solutions arm of Sun Cellular which aims to provide valuefor-money solutions so enterprises can do more for their business for less.
Present during the contract signing were: (L-R, seated)
Benedictine Institute of Learning School Administrator Sonia
P. Ramirez, Benedictine Institute of Learning President/
Director Noel M. Abad, Sun Cellular AVP for Corporate
Business Group Corinne F. Zablan, Sun Cellular Head of
Corporate Solutions for Corporate Business Group Ronell A.
Jiao, (L-R, standing) Benedictine Institute of Learning
Principal Teresa Cielo Fe J. Valenzuela, Sun Cellular Segment
Head for Corporate Solutions Marlon B. Alberto, and Sun
Cellular Senior Manager for Sun Business Marketing Ruth
Eva Ritumalta.
WIRELESS LEADER Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) is the
exclusive Philippine carrier of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the
flagship device of technology giant Google, and the world’s first
smartphone powered by Android 4.0.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus showcases all the new features
of Android 4.0 – codenamed Ice Cream Sandwich, and the latest
version of the world’s most popular mobile device operating system. The changes include an entirely new look and feel to the home
screen, Web browser, email, and everything in between. They
also include a revamped handset user interface, seamless integration with Google’s Web services including Google+ Hangouts,
and other new features like facial recognition, voice typing, Near
Field Communication (NFC), and more.
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus’ faster processing with 1.2 GHZ
dual core processor and the 4.65" large HD AMOLED display are
also ideal for its productivity, multi-tasking, multimedia capture,
and new built-in photo-editing features.
“The Samsung Galaxy Nexus brings more excitement to our
lineup of power handsets exclusively available to our subscribers,”
said Gio Bacareza, head of Smart’s Broadband Internet and Data
Services team. “As the flagship device of innovation leader Google,
it is natural that it be carried exclusively by the country’s telco
leader – this way, Filipino mobile users can have access to the
best smartphones and use them on the best network.”
The Samsung Galaxy Nexus will soon be available in Smart
Stores nationwide, free at Smart Postpaid Unli Data Plan 2000.
Smart’s Unli Data Plans provide unlimited mobile Internet, and free
calls and SMS. To be among the first to own one of the world’s
most anticipated handsets, interested subscribers can pre-order
the Samsung Galaxy Nexus until January 27, 2012, via http://
“The emergence of advanced Android smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Nexus coincides with Filipino consumers’ rapid shift
to more data-driven devices,” added Bacareza. “To maximize the
Samsung Galaxy Nexus experience, as with other smartphones,
it is important that the user is with a strong, reliable network. And
Smart is the only telco with a data network capable of providing the
best connectivity to the world’s most advanced devices.”
For more information about the Samsung Galaxy Nexus – its
features and detailed specifications, visit http://smart.com.ph/samsung-nexus or try out the device now on display at the Jump Experience Center in SM Megamall Cyberzone.
What’s love
got to do with it?
“I LOVE Luciano. I love DMIA. But I love justice.”
So said Reynaldo Catacutan, former mayor of
Capas and current vice president for operations
of the Clark International Airport Corp. in a series
of non-sequential non-consequential non sequiturs
at a Sunday media conference he himself called.
Catacutan was reacting, albeit obliquely, to the
accusations of harassment made by one Josie
Gomez, a resident of Atlu Bola, Mabalacat against
Gomez, in a sworn satetment, said Catacutan
was forcing her to sign some documents directly
implicating CIAC President-CEO Victor “Chichos”
Luciano in the pilferage of secondary cables at
the runway and taxiway of the Clark International
Airport, lesser known as the Diosdado Macapagal
International Airport.
Catacutan has denied Gomez’s accusations
with the ready alibi that he was elsewhere at the
time of the supposed harassment. This, affirmed
by the Atlu Bola village chair himself and the Tarlac
State University alumni office.
Turning the tables on his accuser, Catacutan
said the three of the four suspects in the cable
theft are relatives of Gomez and all are employees
of her ACP Manpower Services, which was earlier
implicated in the so-called scrap material scandal
at CIAC.
Catacutan said he wanted to see through the
resolution of the cable theft case and vowed to
pursue it. Vigorously, he did not have to say. Being
all too implied in his actions.
“I love Luciano. I love the DMIA. But I love
So what has love got to do with this thievery at
the CIAC?
Taxing our imagination, we can only look at
Catacutan’s statement as a syntax-deficient,
reason-challenged poor paraphrase of a part of
Brutus’ oration in Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar”
— “Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I love
Rome more.”
And we all know who delivered — “with the
unkindest cut of all” — the fatal thrust of the dagger
on Caesar’s breast.
“Et tu, Catacutanus?”
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More fun in HK
Zona Libre
Bong Z. Lacson
HONG KONG. Been there. Done that.
Quite a number of times, as a matter of fact, from pre-handover
to post-Luneta hostage crisis. So what fun can still be had out of a
place that has become all-too frequently visited?
One, find some spots out of the tour rut.
Two, get a totally new perspective, indeed, a new high out of
the old familiar places. Simply by bringing the whole family around.
And what fun we — three sons, three daughters, two sons-inlaw, three grandkids and one nephew — are having now here in
cool, 11-degree C-chilly Hong Kong. Aye, if only for the opportunity
to ramp in their winter collection, this trip is already one blast for
my three girls.
Yeah, it’s more fun in Hong Kong. With the whole family. It
helps — tremendously— when one family member lives and works
here. On the practicaly side, you just don’t get a free place to stay
in but a knowledgeable guide too. And then, the emotional
rebonding, priceless.
Hectic is one adjective appended to Hong
Kong. Just get to any MTR station and be
devoured by the rat race, at a most frenzied pace.
Which makes the Nan Lian Gardens and the Chi
Lin Nunnery at Diamond Hill in Kowloon a most
pleasant discovery.
Serenity comes right at the very entrance to
the classical garden, the meandering pathwalk
through clumps of “giant” bonsais and rock
formations inspires contemplation, the pond —
really a lake in miniature — with kois of bright
orange, immaculate white, bursting yellow, deep
black and shimmering gold opens up to
If it’s solitude that one desired, the banyan
grove makes the perfect spot, with but the soft
whistling of leaves breaking the perfect silence.
From a promontory, the Perfection Pavillion
— a golden pagoda which bears some likeness
to Kinkakuji in Kyoto — and its orange Zi Wu
Bridges radiate some glow of enlightenment amid
the verdant calmness, touching the very soul,
moving one to seek the Way.
The feeling of lightness of being transcends to
some timeless eternity at the Chi Lin Nunnery —
in fact but a few hundred steps away — amid the
soothing chants, the gentle, barely audible tinkling
of little bells and the fragrant aroma of incense at
the different altars of the Tang Dynasty timber
Refreshed, renewed in some inner peace, we
hied off to the Wong Tai Sin Temple at Sik Sik
Yuen — hope I got the name of the place right —
for more praying and incense offering.
Lest this be misconstrued: No, this is no
religious pilgrimage we are making. Our Hong
Kong-based son Jonathan, who is the main reason
for the visit, is professedly irreligious. Finding the
greater fulfilment in numbers — the actuarial
specialist that he is — than in formulaic prayers.
Off to Disneyland then on our second day,
January 22. A long-held dream — as far back as
when the kids were preppies and graders—
resurfacing when the wife and I did Annaheim’s in
2006, finally fulfilled, the brood complete, plus three
beautiful grandkids.
Planet Earth’s happiest place, indeed. The
child in everyone, no matter the age, finds eternal
rebirth at Disneyland.
There, three generations of Lacsons, now
blended with Pingol and Dy, heartily laughing,
immensely enjoying jungle river cruises and space
mountains, autopias and orbitrons; ooohing and
aaahing at Tinkerbell and the Lion King, Buzz
Lightyear and Winnie the Pooh and but of course,
Mickey, Minnie, and Goofy in the Main Street
parade of all the characters the Great Walt himself
created and his consequent entertainment empire
And what greater climax of the day than the
spectacular fireworks show backdropping — and
highlighting in all hues — Sleeping Beauty’
magnificent castle. Ah, how in childlike awe, I
shed some tears of joy at wonderland.
We never really outgrow our childhood
completely. Disneyland makes that a certainty.
At Hong Kong Disneyland, East and West find
confluence, aye, a blending as in the yin and yang,
most manifest in the oriental dragon — to presage
the Chinese New Year — moulded in the silhouette
of Mickey Mouse.
Yes, it’s the Chinese New Year come. Got to
leave for Tsim Sha Tsui to see the grand parade.
Kung Hei Fat Choi, then.
First Winter Olympics
ON JANUARY 25, 1924, the first
Winter Olympics take off in style
at Chamonix in the French Alps.
Spectators were thrilled by the
ski jump and bobsled as well as
12 other events involving a total
of six sports. The "International
Winter Sports Week," as it was
known, was a great success,
and in 1928 the International
Olympic Committee (IOC) officially designated the Winter
Games, staged in St. Moritz,
Switzerland, as the second Winter Olympics.
Five years after the birth of
the modern Olympics in 1896,
the first organized international
competition involving winter
sports was staged in Sweden.
Called the Nordic Games, only
Scandinavian countries competed. Like the Olympics, it was
staged thereon every four years
but always in Sweden. In 1908,
figure skating made its way into
the Summer Olympics in Lon-
don, though it was not actually
held until October, some three
months after the other events
were over.
In 1911, the IOC proposed
the staging of a separate winter
competition for the 1912 Stockholm Games, but Sweden, wanting to protect the popularity of
the Nordic Games, declined.
Germany planned a Winter
Olympics to precede the 1916
Berlin Summer Games, but
World War I forced the cancellation of both. At the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, ice
hockey joined figure skating as
an official Olympic event, and
Canada took home the first of
many hockey gold medals.
Soon after, an agreement was
reached with Scandinavians to
stage the IOC-sanctioned International Winter Sports Week. It
was so popular among the 16
participating nations that, in
1925, the IOC formally created
the Winter Olympics, retroactively making Chamonix the first.
In Chamonix, Scandinavians
dominated the speed rinks and
slopes, and Norway won the unofficial team competition with 17
medals. The United States came
in third, winning its only gold
medal with Charles Jewtraw's victory in the 500-meter speed-skating event. Canada won another
hockey gold, scoring 110 goals
and allowing just three goals in
five games. Of the nearly 300 athletes, only 13 were women, and
they only competed in the figureskating events. Austrian Helene
Engelmann won the pairs competition with Alfred Berger, and
Austrian Herma Planck Szabo
won the women's singles. The
Olympics offered a particular
boost to skiing, a sport that would
make enormous strides within the
next decade. At Chamonix, Norway won all but one of the nine
skiing medals.
For what I have received, may the Lord make me truly thankful.
And more truly for what I have not received. –Storm Jameson
Henrylito D. Tacio
ALTHOUGH a non-communicable disease, diabetes is spreading
rapidly. Dr. Paul Zimmet, director of the International Diabetes
Institute in Victoria , Australia , predicts that diabetes “is going to
be the biggest epidemic in human history.”
In the Philippines , one out of every five adults is diabetic. This
figure comes from the latest national survey conducted on the
prevalence of diabetes in the country. In addition, as many as
three out of five adults are already diabetic or on the verge of
developing diabetes unless they change their lifestyle.
Diabetes mellitus (its complete name) is a chronic, debilitating
and often deadly disease that affects how the body turns food
into energy. Normally, the food we eat is converted into glucose
and used or stored by the body with little problems. Circulating
insulin hormone stimulates the uptake of sugar by the body’s
cells. But with diabetes something goes awry. The pancreas,
which is the organ responsible for producing insulin, becomes
Diabetes strikes in two forms. In the less
common Type 1, the body does not make enough
insulin and generally afflicts children and
adolescents. Type 2 diabetes are either unable
to produce enough insulin, or, if they do churn
out enough, are unable to process and utilize it
properly. The latter type is much more widespread
and most often strikes in adulthood.
About 40 percent of diabetics require oral
agents for satisfactory blood glucose control, and
some 40 percent need insulin injections. People
with Type 1 diabetes are usually totally
dependent on insulin injections for survival. Such
people require daily administration of insulin.
However, the majority of people suffering from
diabetes have the Type 2 form. Although they do
not depend on insulin for survival, about one third
of sufferers need insulin for reducing their blood
glucose levels.
More often than not, diabetics abhor sugar
like the plague. But there is a natural sugar that
they can consume: coco sugar. It is derived from
coconut sap or toddy, which contains 12-18
percent sugar in its natural form with important
vitamins and amino acids.
Prior to the discovery of coco sugar, the
coconut sap was traditionally made into alcohol
drinks (tuba and lambanog), or as vinegar.
“A natural sweetener and functional food,
coco sugar is a much welcome development for
diabetics and hypoglycemics,” said the Philippine
Council for Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural
Resources Research and Development
Compared with refined cane sugar, coco sugar
has a glycemic index (GI) at 35. This is much
lower than the 54 GI, the level which nutritionists
consider as safe for people who have to watch
out their glucose level.
“Having a low GI means that people who
consume coco sugar will not experience sudden
spikes in their blood glucose or blood sugar
levels,” explained PCARRD, a line agency of the
Department of Science and Technology.
The Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA)
agrees. Research results have shown that
diabetics who use coco sugars are able to
stabilize their blood sugar levels, PCA said in
its website.
Aside from having a low GI, coco sugar is
also rich in nutrients and high in potassium,
phosphorus, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, and
vitamin C. Like other sweetener, coco sugar can
be used in coffee, tea, juice, cakes, pastries,
and sauces or dressings.
With its health benefits, the coco sugar is
gaining wide popularity in the country and even
abroad. At present, coco sugar is exported to
the United States , where it is consumed by
diabetics and health-conscious individuals. There
are also reports that it will be shipped also to
Europe, Japan , and the Middle East .
Yes, there’s now money in producing natural
coco sugar. Ask Benjamin Lao, who has an
integrated farm in Eman, Bansalan, Davao del
Sur. But the crop that dominates them all is
After doing extensive research, Lao started
his own coco sugar production. In 2005, he was
chosen as the most outstanding farmer of Davao
del Sur. The following year, PCARRD recognized
him as a Magsasakang Siyentista. In 2007, the
Department of Agriculture (DA) bestowed him the
honor as one of the country’s outstanding
In 2008, Lao launched Donna Belle Coco
Sugar and for the last two years, he has been
exporting his products to the United States and
Canada . “My coco sugar is guaranteed 100percent free from chemicals,” he says.
Today, Lao is developing new products using
coco sugar as staple ingredient. Some of these
are ginger brew, banana chips, coconut polvoron,
coconut balls, and lemon grass tea.
On why he continues adding values to his
products, Lao explains, "It is an important
component in a farming system. For instance,
if you have goats, you must know how to
produce fresh milk and having other saleable
products from the animals. In the case of
coconut, don't think only of copra because when
it is cheaper, you can always have another
product to sell."
Words of wisdom, these.
Ni Felix M. Garcia
Ing bie babaeru
KING KERAKLAN da ring kanakung kumpari,
I pare kung Tomas panodus keng dili;
At yan e uli ning kasundu keng pilmi
Nune king bisyu na a pamagbabai.
Ya, ing katutuan na e ne man masanting
Pero migit keta, bolero yamu pin;
Yang babai agyang mikit la pa nandin,
Penandit mu akua na neng apaniantsing.
Mupin, ing e ku mu kapupuri keya
Iti e mamili mang papatulan na;
Madalas pelalu tiktak a katsura,
E ne pikarine agyang kaninu pa.
Ing metung a bage e ku katutula,
Pati talasawa e na panupaya;
King sobrang ilig na makatiltil ya sa’
E na pikabyang man agyang ating mimua.
Tabalu nung baket pibuburyan de yan
King agyang lupa yang hitung alang asang;
At lalung ala yang kualtang ipanapan
Uling mamilang yang posti kareng dalan.
Tuberu ya mu’yti at binang malagad
King keyang opisyu makakua yang tanggap;
Pero keng galing na pamirapat-dapat
Milalabas ya keng bisyu nang e mayap.
Misan a memasyal ya kang kumpari na
Ing keyang kumari ya kabud disan na;
Sukat mung e meluat itang kwentuan da,
Ikua na ne mayna kumari nang Sepa?
Ing babai pala a tutung mahilig
Malagua yang makua keng pakalbit-kalbit;
Inya ing milyari, ikua neng araig
Keng patampa-tampa at patapik-tapik.
Kabud-abud namu menabat lang saken
At pepatad la king mismung plazang balen;
Karas da…pasimpling miagnan lang linub den
King e naman sikat at mura mung otel.
Inyang atinalu king pasilyu mismu
At ume no’ sanang lungub pin king kuartu,
Bigla iting Tomas meputla yang ustu
Lipat ne pa keta ing mekakit multu!
Dimdam nang sinapo ing matinding nerbius
King atangalan na makapangalo ‘tud;
Keng pangatikdo na antia’mong tinulus,
Nung arapat namu akua na sang’ lumbug.
Obat e pin naman mangalgal a laman
King bage ikit na o karin asaksyan?
Ing keyang asawa’t kumpari nang Teban
King mesabing otel atilu mu naman!
Ing metung pang sisti king bage merapat
Deting mikumpari buluk da metuklas;
E na rugu balu ning kalulung Tomas
Ing maluat ne palang king utang na bayad.
Isipan na kasing parati kanita,
Ing alang ninu mang makalamang keya;
E na ukulan pin datang, miras keta
Ing ya mamuntuk ya namang urinola.
Nung king bage agyang kaninu, masakit
Itang king asawa ating makasingit;
Pero keng puntung yan a keta meyakit,
Ninu king tantia yu ing mas menasakit?
Inya siguru ken ban alang lamangan,
Ing bage e keka e me pakialaman;
Ing keti king yatu dapat tang’ ganakan,
Ing Alti ya kabud alang kayablasan!!!
Coco sugar safe
for diabetics
CAAP-OTS clears Luciano
handwritten permissions
to the ACP manpower firm
to do some “groundwork”
in a restricted area in the
airport where the firm’s
four workers were caught
allegedly pulling out underground cables.
Catacutan also earlier
submitted a report to Pres.
Aquino a report from the
CIAC engineering and
maintenance department
citing two kilometers of
“missing high power cable
along Runway 02R/20L
and Taxiway F5 with an
estimated cost of P2.6
million.” He estimated the
current cost of the cables
at P7.2 million.
But the joint OTSCAAP report noted that
“the aviation security and
safety (of passengers at
the airport) is not compromised”.
“The manager of EMD
(engineering and maintenance department of
CIAC) clarified that the
missing power cables are
not back-up system for the
runway, taxiway and the
entire airfield, but are unused cables that could be
utilized as spare lines for
the east sector of the security perimeter lighting
system,” the report said.
While Luciano had indeed issued access passes to four ACP Manpower
firm workers, the act was
“in accordance with security procedures and requirements” and was done
“for the purpose of performing ground works.” It noted that the manager of the
CIAC’s aviation security
department “allowed the
issuance of access passes subject to a condition
that the four suspects will
be escorted by his security officer while inside the
SRA’s (security risk areas).”
The report was not
clear on why the four
were later “apprehended”
despite being supposedly escorted. Cable wires
and a cutter were reportedly found in their possession.
The four suspects included two brothers of
Josie Gomez, owner of
ACP Manpower which was
also named as the same
firm which got involved in
the reported missing funds
supposedly to be donated
to Aetas from the sale of
scraps from unused American-era buildings that Luciano also allowed to be
demolished within the aviation complex in 2010.
The suspects have remained at large as no
charges have been filed
against them.
The OTS-CAAP report
Investors still prefer PHL as top BPO site
ity of work the employees
do is excellent and all over
the world everyone is impressed by that,” Rittenmeyer said.
Citing current expansions in the south and in
the north, Rittenmeyer
noted that NCO at the
Clark Freeport Zone is
“fine at this stage”.
He also said expansions would be announced
soon when they already
have the actual plans.
The CEO also allayed
fears of possible layoffs on
the merger of the two companies saying they intend
to hire more.
“Whenever you do a
merger, we’re looking all
the sites and make whatever decisions that can
maximize utilization,” Rittenmeyer said.
Asked about his reactions on a proposed law
restricting outsourcing
jobs outside the US, he
stressed that it is too early to comment on the issue since it is not yet a
“We’re on an election
season so we’ll wait and
see what laws are devel-
oped. This is so early on
those kinds of statements,
laws should be written. It’s
gonna get through the
house and senate,” he
However, Rittenmeyer
noted that they will abide
“by all laws presented to
us”. “But at this stage, I’m
not doing much with it until such time I see where it
ends up.”
5,000 board feet ng iligal na kahoy...
Ang mga operatiba na
may search warrant na pinalabas ni Regional Trial
Court Executive Judge Celso Baguio ng Gapan City
ay kinailangang wasakin
bandang alas 9:00 ng
umaga ang dalawang padlock, kabilang ang sa main
gate at bodega, bago tuluyang nakumpiska ang mga
kahoy. Hanggang sa ngayon ay hindi pa alam ng
mga may-kapangyarihan
ang eksaktong kabundukan na pinagkuhanan ng
mga kahoy.
May kabuuang 173 piraso ang nabawing mga
Ayon kay Joselito
Blanco, chief of the community environment and
natural resources officer
for Nueva Ecija-South, isinagawa ang operasyon
matapos ang halos tatlong araw na pagmamanman sa aktibidad ng isang
nakilalang “Rey Torres,” na
siya umanong nagmamantine ng bodega sa bakuran ni Amado Abainza sa
nabanggit na barangay.
Gayunman, hindi nagpakita ang suspek sa
buong maghapon at
magdamag na naghintay
ang mga operatiba simula
Miyerkules hanggang
matapos ang pag-rekober
noong hapon ng Huwebes,
ayon kay Nicomedes Claudio, hepe ng Forest Management services ng Cenro-Cabanatuan.
“Naghirap na nagban-
tay ang mga tauhan ng
DENR, mga sundalo at
pulis dahil gusto nilang
matapos ito sa mapayapang paraan,” ayon kay
Ang kagawad ng
barangay na si Luther Pajarillaga na naging saksi
sa operasyon ay nagsabing hindi nila namamalayan ang hinihinalang iligal
na pagkakahoy sa kanilang barangay, kahit tapat lamang ng bakurang
yaon ang kanyang sariling
“Napakahigpit ng kampanya ni Mayor (Virgilio)
Bote laban sa mga iligal
na ‘yan,” ani Pajarillaga.
Nang makapasok ay
nagulat ang mga kawani
ng DENR dahil kumaunti
ang salansan ng kahoy sa
loob nito hanggang masumpungan ng mga otoridad ang isang butas sa
konkretong pader ng bodega. Nang sundan ito, ayon
sa kawani ng ahensiya na
si Tom Miranda, ay nakita
nila sa labas ng bodega
ang tila handang itakas na
mas marami pang piraso
ng kahoy.
Dinala na sa impounding area ng provincial environment and natural resources office (PENRO)
sa Palayan City ang mga
narekober na kahoy, ani
Ipatatawag naman ang
mga taong nasasangkot
sa iligal na aktibidad at
sasampahan ng karampatang kaso ng paglabag sa
Presidential decree 705 o
illegal logging.
PNoy endorses new DOT slogan 4Xs over
Philippine Academy for
Aviation Training, Inc.
(PAAT), a joint venture between Cebu Pacific Air and
the Montreal-based CAE,
reputed to be the world’s
leader in aviation training.
The rites were also attended by Transportation and
Communications Sec.
Mar Roxas, Finance Sec.
Cesar Purisima, and Canada’s parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Deepack Obhrai.
The slogan was first
presented by the DOT under Jimenez during the
Asian Tourism Forum in
Indonesia last Jan. 14 and
gained both critics and
supporters, following the
much maligned slogan
“Pilipinas kay Ganda” under former Tourism Sec.
Albert Lim.
“We welcome CAE to
the Philippines. I hope they
are not too busy with work
to experience for themselves just much how fun
it is being in the Philippines. That seems to be
repeated too often these
days,” the President said.
The President also said
that “our highly qualified
and talented personnel, a
market that is beginning to
realize its potential and of
course the Filipinos hospitality and light heartedness.”
Again, he added “It is
truly as we say, again,
more fun in the Philippines,” then jested about
getting pay from Jimenez
for promoting the DOT’s
Another time the President used the slogan was
when he challenged Filipinos to work hard and excel in what they do. “It is
true that there is more fun
in the Philippines but we
remain aware that
achievements are built on
hard work and excellence.”
The President noted
that the PAAT would be
operational here later this
year. “Soon we will be able
to train world class pilots
here…they (Filipino students) will come here and
stand shoulder to shoulder
from students all over the
world, effectively cementing our position as a hub
for aviation training in the
Asia Pacific region.”
“In the spirit of the campaign launched by our
Department of Tourism,
again soon we will be able
to say that even aviation
training is more fun in the
Philippines,” the President
said in another endorsement of the slogan.
The President also reported that “right now the
CAAP (Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines)
is focused on regaining
category one status under
the US Federal Aviation
Administration, a positive
outcome or result of the
expansion of our airlines
towards a healthier aviation industry, more mobility for our people and ultimately for all of us an equitably more progressive
“We are also working
on liberalizing aviation,” he
said, adding that “last year
we have seen a liberalization program translate into
a very robust growth in both
domestic and international air traffic.”
“Likewise the Department of Tourism has hit
the ground running in the
implementation of our
pocket open skies policy,”
the President said, noting
that in a presentation in
the 17th world route development forum last October, the department “put
forth convincing arguments for foreign airlines
to include the Philippines
in their Asian airline route
also noted that “there is no
evidence to support the
allegation that the two-kilometer missing cable
wires were stolen by the
four suspected persons.
What can be proved is that
portion of the two kilometer missing cables were
recovered inside the SRA
(security risk area).
The joint report were
submitted by the combined OTS-CAAP team
composed of retired Cols.
Francisco Dino and Danilo Morada, Elvin Tinsa,
Bernardino Tardecilla, and
Eliezer Gojas.
Community leaders in
Angeles City and other
towns around Clark, most
of whom asked not to be
named amid pending requests for financial help
from Clark officials, said
the theft and other similar
cases have further fueled
rivalries among current officials of the CIAC.
They said such rivalries
were further boosted after
Pres. Aquino issued recently Executive Order 64
transferring the supervision and control of the
CIAC from the Office of the
President to the Department of Transportation
and Communications
Roxas, as transportation and communications
secretary, would then become chairman of the
CIAC board, with the posts
of current officials again at
stake. Luciano and his
colleagues within CIAC
are on holdover capacities.
Republic of the Philippines
City of San Fernando (P)
LIVE BIRTH (LCR NO. 91-04419) OF
SP. PROC. NO. 5420
This is a verified amended petition filed by the petitioner, thru counsel,
praying this Honorable Court that after due notice, publication and hearing,
the instant petition be granted oredering the Office of the Local Civil
Registrar of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga and the Civil Registrar
General to correct the erroneous entries in the Birth Certificate of the
petitioner so as to reflect his last name “Mañalac”, gender/sex as
“male”, his mother’s last name as “Valencia”, his father’s last name
as “Mañalac”, the date of marriage of parents as “February 15, 1981”and
last name of informant Radito Mañalac.
Finding the aforesaid petition to be sufficient in form and substance,
the court hereby set the hearing thereof at the Session Hall of the Regional
Trial Court, branch 43, Hall of Justice, City of San Fernando, Pampanga,
on February 8, 2012 at 9:00 in the morning, where and when all
persons who may have interest on the said petition may appear and
show cause why the same should not be granted.
Let a copy of this Order be published, at the expense of the petitioner,
once a week for three (3) consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general
circulation in the Province of Pampanga.
Furnish copies hereof, together with a copy of the petition and its
annexes to the Local Civil registrar of City of San Fernando (P), the Civil
Registrar General, Manila, the Solicitor General, Makati City and the
Office of the Provincial Prosecutor of Pampanga.
City of San Fernando (P), October 10, 2011.
Presiding Judge
PUNTO! Central Luzon: January 18, 25 & February 1, 2012
“As Sec. Jimenez has
said, selling the Philippines should be as easy
as selling chicken joy,” he
“We are aware about
how gifted our countries is
from our natural wonders
to the inherently welcoming attitude of our people.
Make no mistake about it.
We plan to take advantage of this competitive
advantage. Each new job
in the tourism industry
takes on a multiplier effect,
empowering our citizens
financial capacity, allowing
local businesses to thrive
and creating more even
more jobs for the rest of
our countrymen,” the President said.
The President also noted that “in three generations we have gone from
the pioneering flight of Filipino aviators such as the
first flight of Antonio Arnaiz
and Juan Calvo from Manila to Spain in 1936 and
the setting up of our first
international terminal in
Nielsen Field just one year
“We now have the
technology, knowhow and
the skills to train thousands of pilots who will
eventually be flying travelers across continents.
Seeing how much
progress we have made in
such a short time, from
celebrating our first flight
a little more than 75 years
ago to where we find ourselves now, we see how far
hard work and commitment can take us in fulfilling our shared dreams,”
Aquino said.
He stressed that “in
the next four and a half
years, I want our country
to progress in the same
way the aviation industry
has done.”
“What we want to do
can be stated simply. We
want to change the way
this country works, we
want to improve the lives
of our people and we want
to put an end to corruption
so we can put an end to
poverty,” Aquino added.
HABA NG HAIR ni Pauleen Luna, it is said na sa gitna ng maraming kontrobersya, ayan at umamin na
si Vic Sotto na sila na nga. This, in effect, would give freedom to Pauleen na magsalita ng kanyang
saloobin about the issue.
Tiyak na pagpipistashan ng press ang pag-amin ni Vic at hindi titigul hangga’t di nagpapaliwanag si
Ngayong umamin na sila, dapat nang linawin ni Pauleen ang maraming issues surrounding their
supposed affair.
Hindi ganoon kadali, eversince kay Bossing Vic ang umamin sa mga babaing nali-link sa kanya.
Pero oras na nagsalita ito about the issue, that means handa na niya g ibigay ang pangalan sa babaing
inamin niya.
Hindi ba nakahanda nang pakasal sana si Vic kay Pia Guanio at kung hindi lang nagkaroon ng
problema sa kanilang relasyon, baka si Bossing Vic ang naging asawa ni Pia Guanio. Ilang taon din
naman ang kanilang relasyon.
At sana, si Pauleen na ang huling babae kay Vic Sotto.
Sana at sana pa!
Vic Sotto
Pauleen Luna inamin na ni Vic Sotto
Dahil kampi kay Kristine Hermosa???
Oyo Boy sobrang kontra sa relasyon ng ama kay Pauleen Luna
VERY CONTROVERSIAL yung tweets ni Oyo Boy Sotto sa supposedly ay mga babaing malanding mukhang pera.
May mga humuhulang patungkol yun kay Pauleen Luna na siyang apple of the eyes ng tatay niya.
Pero sa gitna ng mga kontrobersya, di man deretsong umamin si Oyo Boy, marami ang naniniwalang si Pauleen
nga ang pinatutungkulan niya.
Sa isang interview kay Oyo tungkol sa controversial tweets niya sa Twitter, marami ang nakakabasa ng mga
tweets niya.
“Oo naman, public yun, e. Ano ba dun? Ang dami kong tweets, e.”
May pinatatamaan ba siya?
“Ewan ko. Sabi ko nga kasi, kung sino yung tamaan, siya yun.”
Bakit niya naisipan na mag-tweet ng ganun? Galit ba siya sa taong pinatutungkulan niya?
“Hindi naman. Wala lang, na-tweet ko lang,” sabay-tawa ni Oyo.
Nang tanungin ulit kung para kanino ang tweets niyang tila may patama...
“Basta sabi ko kung sino yung tinamaan, siya na yun, siya na yun.”
Ang hula ng iba, si Pauleen Luna ang pinatatamaan ni Oyo. Against ba siya sa sinasabing relasyon diumano nina
Pauleen at Vic?
“Wala akong sinasabi na kay Pauleen yun, di ba? so...”
Pero against ba siya sa relasyon, kung meron nga?
“Well ako, kung totoo man yung sa kanila ni Pauleen, basta ito lang ang sasabihin ko, ayoko talaga! Iyon lang,
ayoko talaga.”
“E bata kasi siya sa akin, e.”
Twenty-eight si Oyo at 26 years old si Pauleen.
May connection ba ito sa naging isyu diumano noon sa pagitan nina Kristine at Pauleen?
May isyu kasi noon na nagkaroon ng gap ang dalawa, dahilan kaya umalis diumano si Pauleen sa ABS-CBN at
Oyo Boy Sotto
lumipat sa GMA-7.
“Actually lumabas nga yung isyu na... parang may nabasa nga ako na si Tin raw yung talagang nagtutulak sa akin
para magalit daw sa kanya or sa mga nararamdaman ko daw.
“E sabi ko, in the first place, hindi ako galit. Hindi ako galit sa tatay ko, hindi ako galit kay Pauleen.
“Ayoko lang. Hindi lang ako approve sa ano, kung totoo man na meron silang relasyon.”
Ano ba ang alam niya, meron nga o wala?
“Si daddy tahimik lang e,” ang natatawang reaksyon ni Oyo sa tanong namin.
After ng tweets niya, kinausap ba siya ng daddy niya?
“Wala, hindi. Okay pa din.”
Sila ni Pauleen ay hindi rin daw nagtatagpo ang landas since Oyo’s tweets.
Kahit raw sa mga Sunday breakfast ng kanilang pamilya or special family gatherings ay hindi pa niya nakitang isinama ng daddy niya si Pauleen.
So there!
by Cesar Pambid
IT IS INTERESTING to note, tinanggal na ang apelyidong Schuck ni Empress. She is now simply known as Empress. Si Diego Loyzaaga naman, Diego Montano na,
although, official niyang name ang Diego Loyzaga. Si Diego ay anak ni Teresa Loyzaga kay Cesar Montano at yan ang explanation sa dalawa niyang names.
Walang paliwanag si Empress as to why she dropped her family name. Puwedeng isiping may malalim na dahilan na siya labng ang nakaaalam kung bakit Empress
na lang siya sa ngayon.
She is now the female lead sa Mundo Man Ay Magunaw, isang remake ng old movie ng Seiko Films. Bago ito, siya ang kapartner ni Ejay Falcon sa Guns And Roses,
at dahil okeay naman daw ang tambalan, sila ulit sa Mundo Man Ay Magunaw.
May nagsususpetsang sila na sa totoong buhay, pero ayon kay Empress magkaibigan lang daw sila.
Paniwalaan na natin.
Siyanga pala, bakit mukhang lumamig na’ng isyu tungkol kina Ejay at Queenie Padilla, anak ni Robin Padilla?
Sila pa ba at nagsasama na bilang mag-asawa o break na agad?
Balik sa dalawang pangalan ni Diego Loyzaga, ayon kay Cesar Montano, he really wants his son to use Motano, wala
raw siyang paki kung gamitin man nito ang Loyzaga sa ibang projects na wala siyang kinalaman.
“I told him, isasali ko siya sa action film na Hitman, ako ang director dito, sinabhan ko siya kung okey na gamitin ang Diego Montano, umokey naman siya.”
Wala ngang paki si Cesar kahit na Diego Loyzaga pa rin ang name niya sa mga
projects nito with ABS.
“Bahala siya, kung ano ang gusto niya,” sabi pa ni Cesar.
Teka, paano nga ire-resolve tio? Makialam kaya’ng ABS-CBN?
May kinalaman kaya ang naturang network sa ginawang trabaho
ni Diego para sa ama niya?
Abangan natin kung saan ito pupunta?
Pauleen Luna
Empress tinanggalan ng apelyido; Diego Loyzaga nagdagdag pa ng isang apelyido
Owners Leigh Jocson in violet and Maricel Morales in pink pose with
Mayor Ed Pamintuan, Vice Mayor Vicky, Vice Mayor Dexter David and
Angeles City councilors
From passion to
business of beauty
By Ning V. Cordero
HAVING a different career
but sharing the same love
for beauty and wellness,
long time friend Angeles
City councilor Maricel “Marang” Morales and Jocson
College president Leigh
Jocson, had finally turned
the same interest to business and set off the newest talk of the town salon
and spa called La Bellezza (an Italian word for
beauty) which opened to
public last January 17.
Asked how La Bellezza differ from the other
flourishing salons in Angeles City, Marang shares
the concept is unique, one
stop shop beauty salon
and spa. After a visit to La
Bellezza, they want each
client to feel good, relax
and pretty. This was inspired from her trip to Korea. “I visited a Korean
salon and for the first time
I felt relaxed, satisfied. It
was convenient, in just one
click my hair was done,
nails ok, and had massage. It really felt good in
spite of a very stressful
trip. Koreans have a special way of translating
beauty and wellness that
my partner and I wanted
to adopt for La Bellezza”,
she says.
Aiming to tap the
working class, La Bellezza positions itself for a
quality service at an affordable cost with haircuts
fetching to P 200 and
many discount packages.
“We want quality service
and excellent customer
service that’s why we
made sure all our 11 employees passed the standards of the Technical
Education and Skills Development Authority
(TESDA) and Department
of Health (DOH)”, says
Leigh. They will constant-
ly upgrade products and
services depending on
trends and market needs.
They even have a plan of
enrolling employees to
Jocson College for further
La Bellezza offers affordable full-scale beauty
salon and spa services –
hair cut, hair color, facial,
hand and leg paraffin, wax,
nail art & sculpture, nail
extension, massage, body
scrub and a lot more.
Opens daily from 10 am to
9 pm.Visit La Bellezza at
172 Friendship Highway,
Brgy. Anunas, Angeles
City. For inquiries call
Thank you for your comments.
Love to hear from you [email protected]
Vice Mayor Vicky Vega-Cabigting tries La
Bellezza hair spa

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